Friday, February 29, 2008

This post brought to you by the letter W

W for winter, which I am as sick of whining about as you are hearing me whine about it. (another 6 - 12 inches of snow tonight!)

W for warm, which I can't seem to get. That's what the pictures are for - to try to remind myself it will get warm again.

W for work, which isn't usually bad, but this time of year is bonus and raise time and I just get all frustrated by the process.

W for waiting, as in waiting impatiently for another 6 weeks until vacation. It feels like it's been forever since our last vacation.

W for weight - I had been doing well, getting up early and walking on the treadmill. For some reason, this week I fell completely off the exercise/watch what I eat wagon and can't stuff the chocolate/junk in fast enough.

W for winning. As in Powerball. $153M. I could become a travel writer and solve all my problems (whining, work and waiting) in one shot!

Anyone else having one of those weeks?

PS. Happy Leap Day!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

I'm done, out, finished, finito....

WITH WINTER! It is amazing how a distance of only 70 miles makes the difference between snow and rain. Here at work it hasn't really snowed, and when it has, it's been minor accumulations which melt the next day. At home - snow, followed by sleet/freezing rain (which makes it hard to shovel), which melts, then lather, rinse repeat. Right now we have a winter storm watch for the northern half of the state. At least the first thing my boss said to me this morning was "work from home tomorrow".

I am so ready for spring. 51 days until vacation!!

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Stolen from Elle

Your Candy Heart Says "Cutie Pie"

You always seem to have a hot date, even though you never try to meet anyone.

A total charmer, you have a natural appeal that keeps you in high demand.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: multiple dates with multiple people

Your flirting style: 100% natural

What turns you off: serious relationship talks

Why you're hot: you're totally addicting

What can I say? I wish it were true.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Valentine's Day dilemma

The above picture reminds me of the little brother in “A Christmas Story” but this is not a post about the weather (snow, again. On top of the frozen precip that fell yesterday, it made shoveling the driveway more like making snow cones, but I’m sure you’re as sick of hearing about it as I am about living it!)…

No, today’s post is brought to you courtesy of the most anal retentive family in the state – mine. Thursday happens to be Valentine’s Day, and C’s teacher sent home the list of kids in the class on Friday. Since I’ll be out of town until Wednesday night, we decided we’d get a jump start on addressing the valentine cards since there are 29 kids in C’s class (plus her teacher and teacher’s aide) and C sometimes doesn’t like to print her name.

She and I had bought the valentines shortly after Christmas (don’t look at me like that, we were at the mall, Hallmark had special packages with an appropriate amount of cards for a surprisingly low price). Armed with the list, I was ready to just start addressing them so C could then sign her name. Captain Anal jumped in – the boys couldn’t get “girl” cards. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was in grade school, I didn’t care what the card looked like, just that I got one. And sometimes that meant that I got a Transformers or Superman card; I don’t think I’ve been scarred for life.

It was eerily similar to a LSAT question – there are 32 cards. There are 4 designs on each of 8 cards (C chose High School Musical valentines – so the choices were: Sharpay, Gabrielle, Troy and whatever character Corbin Bleu was). There are 13 girls and 16 boys in the class. Assign the cards so the girls all get a girl card (Gabrielle or Sharpay) and the boys get boy cards (Troy or Corbin Bleu) and no one gets a card intended for the opposite sex.

D immediately starts making notes on the list of names – because of course the cards couldn’t be assigned willy nilly even if there were enough girl cards and boy cards. Certain friends needed certain cards – for instance, C’s friend J, got a Gabrielle card because she has dark hair just like Gabrielle does. What should have been a simple exercise turned into a list making, cross checking adventure.

And once we finished the cards, we had to put together the goodie bag. Oh yes, last year we (simple, naïve parents) just sent cards to school. C came home loaded with more candy than Halloween. It was ridiculous. So this year, we put together simple goodie bags (lollipop, M&Ms and a Kit Kat – healthy and nutritious!). I’m sure this year she’ll come home with just cards, but I’ve resigned myself to being a day late and dollar short when it comes to this parenting gig.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Public Service Announcements

Today, Feb 1, is National Wear Red day – because too few people realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women (and men). And part of the problem is that heart problems manifest themselves differently in women than in men – most people will experience chest pain, but women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. I’m probably more sensitive to this issue because my mom died of a heart attack (just as my BFF is more sensitive to the issue of breast cancer since her mom is a survivor).

In Connecticut, next Tuesday Feb 5 is Super Tuesday (as well as Mardi Gras! Except we don’t do as well with laissez les bon temps roulez as our friends in Louisiana – actually I don’t think we do it at all. Where’s my king cake??) – 22 states (plus American Samoa) will hold their primaries or caucuses with 52 percent of all pledged Democratic Party delegates and 41 percent of the total Republican Party delegates at stake. If your state is holding a primary/caucus as well, and you’re eligible, please remember to vote. I don’t care who you vote for, just make sure you exercise your right.

And in case you weren’t aware, it is possible to become allergic to your contact lens solution. I have learned this the hard way and will now need to do mini chemistry experiments to continue to use my contacts.

Have a great weekend!