Friday, August 29, 2008

Sometimes the clothes do not make a man

Never, ever have I felt so free. As predicted, first the bangs then the whole damn head of hair.



I highly, highly recommend it.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bad Hair Days

This is for those of us who look back on our days (especially those of us in high school) in the 80's and cringe.



I doubt she has regrets but at least there's proof that no one could escape the cheeseball factor of the 80's.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Elephant in the Room

In an effort to be a better person (hey, a girl can have goals) I've kept my piehole shut but I simply can't do it any longer. And, thanks to the eversowunnerful Tim Gunn, I feel justified in judging this....



I just don't get it. I don't get it when you are a slender, lovely young thing and can wear these instead...


There. I may not feel better for judging her but at least that's off my chest.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Seven Seconds in Heaven

Okay people. It may only be seven seconds total but it's seven seconds of sheer pridejoyblisselationexcitement for me.

Be sure to pay close attention to the gorgeous blonde secretary when he comes out of his office (:26) and when he finishes his rendition of Mozart (:46).



All the more reason to stay tuned to this fabulousness called "Mad Men"!

(Jessica, my bursting-at-the-seams pride knows no bounds.)

No Toy Horses

So, as with most things, I got myself all worked up into a lather over the first day of Kindergarten for Miz M. It went off without a hitch and there were no tears, no hanging-on-to-my-ankles-as-her-father-dragged-her-away....it was all very civilized and easy-going and uneventful.

And I'm realizing now that maybe, just maybe, that's exactly how the first day of school is supposed to go. Maybe it's normal to just go to school without any theatrics. Without any drama.

As usual, she teaches me. A lot.


As we walked home after picking her up (because Daddy had to do the drop-off... I wasn't risking the likelihood of blubbering) I asked her how it was and she gave me the pre-pubescent, monosyllabic response "fine".  I asked her what they did "not much".  I asked her if it was fun ("yes"), was the teacher nice ("yes"), did she make new friends ("uh-huh"), did she learn anything new?  That elicited a response. "Yes! We had to play this boring game and all I wanted to do was play with the toy horses!"

Sigh.

There's always tomorrow.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Day Late and a Dollar Short

As I quickly checked all my fave blogs this morning before running out for the next marathon of errand-running I was inspired by Nik and her Funky Photo Friday post.  While my submission is not that funky (nor is it being submitted on Friday!), I can say with total confidence that the show we were attending at the time this was taken was.

This was taken in 2001 not long after we met and not long before we got hitched in Vegas. Our friends, the Derailers, were playing and we were obviously enjoying the moment (and oblivious to having our picture taken).

Here we are obviously enjoying the moment, still, but fully aware and in ham-mode.

(Thanks Nik!  This was fun!)


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Open up your plans and, damn, you're free.

We're back. 

But not in spirit.

Until I can get myself organized (and the 5 year old ready for her first day of school!) please to enjoy this....



It embodies all that I cling to now as summer slowly slips away from me.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Next!

Finally.

It's our turn to get to spend some time up at our family's cabin at the lake.

Lots of lounging and hanging in the water and making sandcakes with the girls and fishing for minnows and jumping off the dock and relaxation at its finest.

So, until we meet again (in a week!), enjoy this parting picture....


See you soon!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Forty

I made it. Today I am forty years old. I've been dreading this day for a long, long time but once it finally arrived I was relieved. Nothing exploded or fell apart or, most importantly, fell off. Just lots of warm fuzzies and well wishes. One of these warm fuzzies was being kidnapped by a friend, taken to lunch and then to a matinee of Mamma Mia. Per usual, the sappiest moment of the movie got me but at least they were happy tears.



While I celebrated by listening to the best toe-tapping soundtrack in ages, I could not get over how much Amanda Seyfried looks like my cyber pal Nik.  Seriously. Nik.  The resemblance is uncanny.  And I'm only assuming that she is at least as fetching as you.

Now it's time for cool, sparkly beverages and delectable sushi nibbles.  I'm relieved that forty is here.  I'll keep you posted on fortyplusoneday.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Presenting...

In case you missed it last Sunday, AMC's Mad Men premiered and my favorite actress of all time made her debut on television.

Please be sure to watch very, very carefully at 7:48 and then again at 8:33. Sure, it may seem like a split second to some but I could watch it all day (and I'm not ashamed to admit I watch it once a day....at the very least).  Don't forget to tune in tonight!

(So sorry to blatantly brag JR, I know it's unbecoming of me, but I just can not help myself.)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Five

Today is the anniversary of my life being saved. It was a purely selfish act wanting to have this child but there was no way I could have ever imagined how she would have changed my life just by arriving. She has taught me many life lessons so far in five quick years. 

To let go of what we "should" do and to find perfection in the imperfections.


To not be so serious.


To embrace the daily (sometimes hourly) guffaw.


To live in the moment.


To remember where my heart is deeply rooted.
(days before she arrived!)


To remember that we are in this thing together.


To believe that sisterly love is possible.


To know that I belong to something bigger than what I see.


To surrender.


Completely.


I love you, Wilhelmina.  More than you will ever know.