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Thursday, May 28, 2009

It's finally over.....

it's been a really insane week around the kingdom! I don't know why these schools can't just keep these kids all day like I pay them to. One kid goes in at 9AM and the others get out at noon. Some thing's wrong there! Did we have schedules like that, I don't think so!

But the craziness is coming to an end and I'm going to enjoy a nice, long, relaxing, all about me weekend! I'm off on Thursday night because the Mothers Assoc. is being treated to a night out! We're going to dinner and a play with the President of the school. What a treat and I'm really looking forward to it. It's also going to be the last night for some of the senior moms so we'll be giving them a nice goodbye. I'm sure we'll see them during the year. Once we have your number, you can't hide!

The kids can't wait for Friday. First, it's Spirit Day at the school so it's a free lunch and a day of games. Then sometime during the day, their new cell phones should be arriving. They had to be ordered from the website so we could use our upgrades or something like that. I don't know, all that stuff isn't my department. Gotta give hubby some jobs or he feels useless.

In the spirit of Kathy over at, I'm sporting a new pocketbook! I bought my new D&G a few weeks back but never got around to using it. Of course it's purple like all my bags are and it's big but never really big enough for me. I'm a big bag kind of girl! But I'm liking it and it looks good!

I started a new book and a new author for me. I'm reading Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell. So far I'm really liking this one. It's a mystery/suspense genre which I love. I'm waiting for a few others to come in from the library too. Last night I found out the title to a new book by a favorite author that is coming out in July and I was smart enough to go right to the library site to reserve it! I'm #1 on the list!! It's the new Karin Slaughter book that is titled Undone and it's due out in July. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm also patiently waiting for The Lost Hours by Karen White to come in at the library. I really need to pick up on my reading again. I was doing so good there for a while but now that I have my new notebook, I'm getting caught up on all my shows I was missing.

Speaking of shows, The Bachlorette is my guilty little pre-summer pleasure. I look forward to coming to work on Tuesday nights so I can catch Monday's episode on line. Where in the world do they find some of these guys and why are so many people amazed that they are still single? LOL I really wonder what some of them think when they watch the show after it's all over. Do they watch themselves and think "I'm an ass." Or do they not see it? Go figure!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fantastic Friday.....

in the kingdom today! I slept till 12 since the kids had off and I was able to come right home from work and crawl into bed this morning. I took Greg to a friends house and then Victoria, her friend Jess, Jerry and I went to the mall for some clothes shopping. Jerry found some great new outfits for his date tomorrow night! Victoria found 2 cute shirts at Aero! The girls had a blast walking around and Jerry and I had a really nice lunch together.

And what made it even more perfect???

Finding a brand new LAVENDER day planner in B&N. I couldn't wait to get home and play with it! It fits all my tabs and pages from my old one and it's purple. I mean, it's perfect!

Yeah, I'm a dork. But I'm a happy dork!

Library junkie.....

I love libraries! I'm so lucky that where I live I can get to at least 10 different branches of our library. I can go to a different one every time just to see what it's like and each branch that I go to has different things that I love about it.

But 2 weeks ago, I went for a ride with my husband. He's doing work on this old house in a historical area of this city that is about 20 minutes from us called Bristol. He's been telling me that I need to go out there with him just to enjoy the view. The people whose house he is working on live in Colorado part time and they are there so the house is unoccupied right now. So, we went. As we are driving on the main street of this little historical area, I notice these houses. They are the kind of houses you imagine being in Savannah, Georgia or North & South Carolina. They are just beautiful and old.

And then I see it! Right in the middle of the block.........the Bristol Library. Now, it looks modern and kind of small. But that's ok. Victoria and I decide to take a walk to the library. We get there and here, you have to go into the library and then go down. Going down makes it 10 times bigger than it looks from the street. This library is actually along the river and there is a huge glass wall on one side of the library. You can grab a book, find an awesome comfy chair and look out this glass wall at the river while you browse through your book or magazine. It was incredible!

I had library envy! I was in heaven!

So when I was at one of my libraries this week, I asked my librarian about using other libraries. She informed me that you can use your Philadelphia library card and borrow books at another library through this borrowing program they have.

I can't even begin to tell you how happy that made me! I could go there, browse the shelves, relax with a book in a huge comfy chair, gaze out at the river and not feel like I'm intruding there. And then I could check that book out and take it home. Then, I'd have to return it! TO THAT LIBRARY!

To me, that is a little slice of heaven!

Thrifty Treasures.....

I love yard sales and flea markets! Last weekend there were quite a few of them advertised but I just didn't have enough time to get to them all. I'm soooo glad I did get to this one. I was driving my niece home and we noticed it. I had wanted to go there but with her sleeping over and Tori having to serve the 8:30 mass in the morning, I just didn't know if we were going to make it. But we had to pass it driving my niece home so we stopped. I'm so glad we did!

I found these houses that I collect. Actually, my father had collected them. They are ceramic houses that you put out at Christmas time called Dickens Village. I remember my dad buying them and they were not cheap. After he passed, my mother split the collection between my brother and me. I love the ones I got from his collection! I've never been able to find them again and I've seen different ones on sale at places like AC Moore or Boscov's but they weren't the Dickens Village ones. Well, we walked around this flea market that was all along the outside of this one high school. They had a few vendors inside and we weren't even going to go in there but Tori insisted. I told her we were doing this fast! We went in and it was getting a little warm so I didn't want to hang. We walked all the way to the back and on the very last table, there are these houses. The Dickens Village houses to be exact. They even had the original price tags on them from a store that I know my parents have gone to. I asked the woman and she says $70 for the whole collection or $10 a house and I'll throw in some of the little figurines with each house you buy. I didn't have $70 on me. And in my head, I couldn't justify just spending $70 on those houses when I knew I had to get so much shopping done for the kids in the next few weeks. So I treated myself to 3 houses. I got the Ebenezer Scrooge house, the Oliver Twist Fagan's house and the cutest little house that has a chocolate shoppe and book store called Brown Brothers. One of the very first jobs I ever had when I got out of high school was at a place called Brown Brothers Harriman. It was a private bank, not a chocolate shoppe but it reminded me of that so I got it! The woman gave me the Scrooge figures that go with the house, some cute little kid figures and a really neat news stand with figures to go with the other houses I have at home.

When I went home to show G he told me we should go back and get the rest of them. I told him that I'd rather spend $40 on something else for myself. And each of the kids needs new sneakers and some summer clothes. And I could go on and on about other things that are needed. But I'm kicking myself now. Ah, maybe I'll be at another flea market one of these days and I'll see them again. Then I'll know it's a sign from my dad that I should get them.

The ones I got are going to look so great with the ones I already have and I can't wait to put them all together at Christmas time!

Now I'm eager to see if there are any yard sales and flea markets going on this weekend! I love getting a thrifty treasure!

Back to blogging....

or at least I'm hoping to! Where does the time go! Before you know it, it's going to be summer. And behind me will be another year, a year with some tears, fears, smiles and adventures. What a year!

As far as reading goes, I've been kind of slow on my reading because I've actually been catching up on shows that I've missed since I couldn't watch things on line. I'm all caught up on LOST and HOUSE so my world is good! I have a few others that I think I'll be able to catch up with next week but those are my two must haves!

This week I finished Blue Heaven by CJ Box. It was a good suspense but not the kind that had me dying to grab my book. I'd give it a B. I started Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber since it's the next one due back at the library. Those are usually a quick happy read and I'm in a quick happy mood these days. I have quite a few other books on my nightstand that I can't wait to get into. After I'm all caught up on shows, it'll be a good summer of some good reading!

The week is wrapping up and it seems to be turning out to be a damn good one! I got some good news from a friend and it was such good news, it made me cry. I'm soooo happy for her! Then my oldest called me at work and told me that he officially has a "date". This boy of mine is so shy that I thought he wasn't ever going to get there. I had a little talk with him earlier and told him that I think she might be waiting for you to ask her so why not just do it. Well, he did and she did so they are! I don't know if he's smiling more or if I am.

I'm really looking forward to the nice long weekend and then the coming week. I just want to relax this weekend since last weekend was so busy. The week coming up I have a really great night out with some of the moms from our association and we're doing dinner and a play! I'm really looking forward to that! And I have a long weekend at the end of the month because I've decided I don't want to work on my birthday and I certainly don't want to spend the day napping because I have to work that night. So as a gift to myself, I'm taking off. I just want to relax and enjoy my family!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Catch up.....

That's all I ever feel like I'm doing, is catching up! There's never enough time.

I'm really enjoying playing with my new toy. Love this mini notebook. I don't know how I would be surviving at work without it. But, it's completely cut into my reading time at work. I haven't been doing much, only when I'm going to sleep and I've been so tired, I don't read too many pages before I pass out.

I'm sure once the hussle & bussle of this weekend is over, I'll get some more reading time in. At least I hope so! I have quite a few books in my TBR pile.

I'm "borrowing" a question that I've seen on a few blogs this week. I think it's really a good one!

So...Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

I'm a book hog! I honestly believe it's an addiction. I CAN'T SAY NO! Even when I know I have at least 300 books in this house to read, if I see one at a sale or sitting on our bookshelf at work, I take it. Now I won't take one just for the heck of it, I pick and chose. But I can't pass up a really good book, even if I know it won't be read for a while. Right now, I have 6 library books on my nightstand, I have 9 books that I own that I am dying to dive into and I have at least 3 on hold at the library. That's not including the shelves and piles that I have in my room. And then there are boxes of books in the basement. I don't even know how many. I just know they are there and eventually I will get to them.

If I never went to the library again, I wouldn't run out of books for at least 3 years. But that will never happen. And it's not my fault. I can't help the fact that some of my favorite authors have to keep writing new books. It's not my fault that I keep finding new authors that I can't believe I haven't read before. IT'S JUST NOT MY FAULT!

But I can justify it. I have no other vices. I don't smoke, drink, shop for shoes. I don't blow a ton of money on books, I get them from flea markets, yard sales, library sales or just get them for free. I love book stores but I don't shop them. I browse them. I have a notebook in my pocketbook with lists. Lots and lots of lists. Authors I want to try, books I want to find, suggestions from friends, book boards and blogs.

I just enjoy reading so much, I just enjoy "having" these books so much. And I don't see a damn thing wrong with it. I refuse to be "cured". I refuse to give up this addiction!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope each of you have a very wonderful & blessed Mother's Day! I hope you enjoy every minute of it, I hope you laugh, I hope you take a few moments to take a deep breath and realize that it's a fabulous gift to be someone's Mother. I hope your children put a smile on your face today, even if you aren't with them, just when you think of them. I hope you make a memory with them today. I hope you get some time to sit back, reflect and enjoy the day!

I wish you all love, peace and a very Happy Mother's Day!

How did this happen?

I honestly don't know. I was watching. I was paying attention. I did not approve this but yet it's happening anyway.

My oldest son is getting older, growing up, becoming And I'm not happy.

This morning we woke him up so he could.................go get working papers............GASP!

What? Get WHAT? He's a baby. He can't go out into this big, huge, man eating, cut throat world! HE'S MY BABY! He's the first reason I got to celebrate Mothers Day. He's the child I went through everything with, dealt with some major issues with, almost lost! He can't possibly be getting a J-O-B.

And to top it all off, he shaved without us even telling him he had to.

What is this world coming to!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My reads this week.....

with no computer at work, I have a lot more time to read. Last night I finished The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain. It was another good one by her. I really enjoy her books so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

I also started Blue Heaven by CJ Box. I'm only on page 40 so we'll see how it is. This book just received an Edgar award I believe for Best Fiction. I've read another Box book and enjoyed it so I'm hoping this one is just as good!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


a world with no internet. Let me tell you friends, it's awful. It's an awful world. I don't know what we did before it! I can't imagine what the world was like when you couldn't go on line in a heartbeat. It must have been a nasty world.

My boss removed the internet from our computers at work. I can understand. We were getting a lot of virus and spyware and things that you just don't want your computer to have. These are work computers and we need them to function for work related business.

Now, when you are on the 3rd shift, blogging, email, book boards are all work related somehow. I don't know how but to me, they were. Losing them was awful!

My darling son lent me his laptop after the 3rd night without any internet. I owe him some of my sanity. My incredible husband ordered me a Notebook. I owe him the rest of my sanity and I have a feeling a few other things will come to his mind. It's cheaper than therapy is how I look at it.

I got some reading done though. I finished The Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker. It was okay. Not my favorite book of the year. I was getting tired of hearing about broken bones after a while. Some of my bones were even hurting from reading about the broken bones. I'm not rushing out to get anymore of his books. I wasn't dying to get back to the book when I had to put it down. I actually was expecting a little more but maybe he's just not my kind of writer or it wasn't my kind of book.

I started The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain. I'm half way through and it's really good. As usual with Chamberlain, I'm enjoying this novel.

I have a few others on the night stand that I can't wait to get to. I bought a few this weekend too. I grabbed Dead Before Dark by Wendy Corsi Staub at Target the other day. I bought How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward and Love Walked In by Marisa de Los Santos at a flea market on Saturday. I need to read some of the library books I have out before I can dive into my pile at home. I just wish reading didn't make me so tired, otherwise I could do it 24/7.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Good finds + Good reads = GREAT SATURDAY!

I love finding a book that you've been wanting to read. And I love finding it at a flea market for $1. And I actually found TWO good ones today!

I got Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos and How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward. I had both from the library but kept taking them back because I had other books that I wanted to read. I figured I would reorder them from the library during the summer. Now I don't have to!

I didn't find any good books at the library sale. I think I own most of the good ones I saw! But we got some cookies and muffins, all for the sake of saving the library so it's okay!

We're heading to mass and then to Greg's hockey game! After hockey tonight, we're going to play PHILADELPHIA, which is a "monopoly" like game but all with Philadelphia references. Another great find at the flea market!

Just another perfect Saturday around here!

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Satisfying Saturday?

I can't wait for tomorrow. There is a book and bake sale at the library AND an indoor flea market at the high school!

And we are going to take a look and see what we can find in the laptop/notebook world for me! It's gonna be a good day!

What a week!!!

I know it's been days but let me tell you, it feels longer! I got into work on night and found out that the Internet had been taken off our computers at work.


Probably not a real big deal but when you don't have anything else to do on a long 8 hour shift from 10PM to 6AM, it's a biggie!

But I survived! Thank heavens I'm a reader! I can't imagine what you would do for 8 hours if you couldn't go online, watch TV or movies or READ! I'd be dead.

Since I had a few hours to kill, I made a nice dent in The Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker. It's a pretty good book. A little graphic so it's not for the squeamish reader, but not as bad as some others I've read years ago. I don't know if I'm going to read anything else by him but it's not bad for a new author (to me).

I've been spending the rest of my time catching up on line and seeing what I missed in the great big beautiful cyber world. It was killing me not to read the book boards and blogs to see if there were any HAVE TO HAVE books out there waiting for me!

I don't know how I'm going to survive!!