Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Jersey - Day One

Got arbuup at 2:30 this morning to head to NJ!  Bill took me to the airport at 4:00 am.  Had the best Starbucks coffee at the airport.  Boarded the plane and while in flight took a nap and when arriving in NJ it was snowing!  Mom and Irene were there to meet me and is a great thrill to see them.

Got to mom and dad's house and had lunch.  Heidi, Louis, Sarah and Christopher came, along with my brother, Fred.  We had a great time getting together to get caught up.

I am now and my sister's Heidi's house to celebrate New Years.  Had her meatballs and a bunch of other junk food.  We played a category game with the family and Nick's sister and her family are also here.  It was great to laugh and get together.

Now as the old year ends and the new year begins, I look forward to new and exciting things for the new year.

Miss you Bill!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Jersey Bound

I am headed to New Jersey to celebrate the birthday weekend - my mom's is January 1 and my dad's is January 3.  It is a milestone birthday for my dad.  It will be a "great-ee" day!

It will be glad to see my sisters and brother and their families.  I have missed them.  It is hard living far away and not being part of the day-to-day activities.  It makes it extra special when I can get there!

My flight leaves at 6:30 in the morning.  I am off to bed in the next few minutes and getting up at 2:30 to have my coffee and last minute packing.  Bless Bill for taking me at 4:00 am.  I like to get to the airport early and relax  before the flight.  Have another cup of coffee and a muffin.  I wonder what it will be like going through security with everything that has happened in the past few days.  We'll see!

Good night!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


My husband and I just saw one of the best movies - Pixar's "Up".  It is a wonderful story of adventure, remembering the past and moving on toward the future.

I do not like to give out plot lines for movies, so you need to see it!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Vacation - Day Twelve

1.  Slept in for the last day of my vacation (8:00 am)
2.  Bill and I went out to (where else) Starbucks, 1/2 Price Books and Barnes and Noble.
3.  We purchased our first Blue-Ray DVD "The Adventures of Robin Hood" made in 1938.  What a difference!  The colors are absolutely beautiful and the detail is exceptional.
4.  Getting ready to get in the groove to get ready to go back to work.
5.  Bill and I played Scrabble and he finally won!

Looking forward to about work:
1.  I moved into a new office right before my vacation and getting it set up
2.  The quietness of the three days between Christmas and New Years.  Can get alot of work done in those three days.  It will be me and Christina "minding the fort".

Not looking forward about work:
1.  Wearing a dress/skirt.
2.  Wearing make-up.
3.  Not being able to wake up whenever I want to.
4.  Finishing the few projects left at home.

All in all, I am blessed to have a job I can go to!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Vacation - Day Eleven (the end is near)

1.  We went to Costco today to return the DVD/VCR combo.
2.  Purchased a new Blue Ray DVD player
3.  Bill worked on getting it all hooked up and experimenting with it.  Long story, not worth telling!
4.  Went to Costco again to buy another new Blue Ray DVD player.
5.  Went to 1/2 Price Books - found a biography of Charles Laughton.
6.  Came home and watched "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince".  Great movie!
7.  Starting to think about going back to work on Monday...

We also went to Starbucks..

Friday, December 25, 2009

Vacation - Day Ten

Merry Christmas!!!
1.  Karen made me eggs and faux sausage for breakfast; Bill already had a turkey and cheese sandwich!
2.  Watched thw Partridge Family Christmas episode.
3.  Cooked dinner with Karen - lasagna!
4.  Watched "Muppet Christmas Carol" and "A Canterbury Tale".
5.  Played Uno with Bill and Karen; then War with Karen.
6.  Getting ready for bed!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vacation - Day Nine

Merry Christmas Eve!
1.  Went last minute Christmas shopping with Karen - Bank, Starbucks, 1/2 Price Books, Taste of Asia, Bank, Post Office, Albertsons.
2.  Had Christmas lunch of Taste of Asia - Chicken Broccoli, Kung Pao Chicken and Terriaki Steak.
3.  Baked an apple pie
4.  Watched the snow come down!!
5.  Opened Christmas presents!
6.  Listened to Christmas music with my favorite people - Bill and Karen!
7.  "For unto us a Child is born..."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vacation - Day Eight

1.  Went out early this morning to Central Market, Tom Thumb, Starbucks, Petco, Vitamin Shoppe and Walmart.
2.  Came home.
3.  Played Scrabble with Bill and won again!
4.  Spot cleaned the house.
5.  Watched "Thirteenth Guest" starring Ginger Rogers
6.  Ate dinner.
7.  Watched two short films by Alfred Hitchcock that he made during WWII.  They were in French.
8.  Watched "The Grinch" and "Mickey's Christmas Carol".

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vacation - Day Seven

1.  Was planning to stay home, but took Bill to Albertson's to pick up a cake for Tony Price's birthday.  The cake I made yesterday was a failure.  I added 2 1/4 cups of water instead of 1 1/4 cups.
2.  Took the cake to work and Bill packed up his laptop.  He was not feeling well today.
3.  Went to Starbucks.
4.  Came home and watched TV.
5.  Played Scrabble.  I won again.
6.  Watched more TV.
7.  Watched  one hour of "Under Capricorn" - boring Hitchcock movie.
8.  Watched "Criminal Minds".

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vacation - Day Six

1.  Supercleaned our bathroom.
2.  Took stuff to Goodwill, including our artificial Christmas Tree.
3.  Went to cleaners, bank, Walmart and Starbucks
4.  Pick Bill up from work.
5.  Made spaghetti.
6.  Baked a cake.
7.  Watched Criminal Minds.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vacation - Day Five

1.  Missed church again this week, our timing is off!
2.  Went to Starbucks, Borders and Central Market.
3.  Gave Chance and Toffee a bath (60 degrees today!)
4.  Watched "How to Steal a Million" with Bill and Karen
5.  Began cleaning out the bedroom closet.  Finished the bottom portion, the top portion another day.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vacation - Day Four

1.  Woke up at 8:30 am
2.  Went to Costco, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble with Bill.
3.  Played Scrabble with Bill - I won by eight points!
4.  Super cleaned our bedroom.
5.  Had tea and cereal.
6.  Did wash and loaded the dishwasher
7.  Watched "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vacation - Day Three

1.  Drove Bill to work.
2.  Went to work to chat with the ladies and approve payroll.
3.  Mailed a package to Beverly and Christmas cards.
4.  Went to Kohls, Lowes, Container Store, Bank, Ulta, Tom Thumb, Covey, BK Imports, Anna's Linens, TJ Maxx, Walmart.
5.  Came home and wrapped presents.
6.  Watching "Uptown Girls"
7.  Picked up Bill from work
8.  Went to Joe's Pizza and Starbucks with Travis, Carrie and Nancy
9.  Went to 1/2 Price Books.
10.  Now home and getting ready for bed.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vacation - Days One and Two

Day One (Wednesday, December 16)
1.  The gentleman came to install our new OTR microwave
2.  Watched TV and took a nap
3.  Had leftover homemade chicken soup
4.  Went to 1/2 Price Books, Burlington Coat Factory and Starbucks with Karen
5.  Watch "Criminal Minds".

Day Two (Thursday, December 17)
1.  Super cleaned my living room
2.  Watched "Holday Inn" while cleaning
3.  Took out the Christmas decorations
4.  Watched "Philadelphia Story" while going through the Christmas decorations.
5.  Now on to more cleaning...
6.  Finished playing Scrabble via Facebook with my nephew, Bill
7.  Had dinner of salad and scallop potatos
8.  Went to the YMCA to work out with Karen
9.  Talked to Bill