Thursday, June 19, 2008

Girls of a Tender Age

Just finished a book (perfect before a vacation- who wants to bring an almost-finished book on vacation!?) This book was an interesting look at a period of Hartford's history. The story was gripping, amazing and well told- about a girl growing up in a Hartford neighborhood after World War II when a sexual predator assaults one pre-teen and assaults and murders another. However, the end where this biography feels a bit like a 'and then I did this... 'and then I did that. It also seemed to end in a rather a and 'this is the quick update'- these people are alive, these people are dead. I think the ending was poor, but the bulk of the story was well told.

still no Luke Henry Serignese. Jenna's doing well

Vacation countdown: T minus 17 hours!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

things are looking up!

So the new hose doesn't leak...

Bunny repelant seems to be effective...

Kitchen is coming along, appliances and cabinets are in and look amazing sofar. Small dent in the fridge warrants a new door to be ordered, progress is being made and we can't wait to share with everyone..

Jenna hasn't had her baby yet, but I think she's finally ready. And her little baby is teaching her and Brian a lesson, that things now operate on HIS schedule, not theirs...

Hawaii is closer than before!

Ahhh...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Two and a Half Days til... we relax...

We leave for Hawaii! Oh my gosh! It is just so crazy. Oh, ok, it's not really 2.5 until Hawaii, but until Dave and I leave for 10 days. We head to SF first for my friend Liz's wedding! Then off to Hawaii, amazing. Then back for our anniversary! And hopefully our kitchen being done/remodeled.

I am really excited for this trip for several reasons. One being Liz's wedding which I'm sure will be absolutely amazing. She has remarkable taste and a great jazz voice- the music is bound to be amazing. The wedding is at a boutique hotel. it's big, but kitchy. Called the Sir Francis Drake- the doormen look like the guys from Alice in Wonderland. So fun! I think the walls have striped wallpaper too.

And secondly, I am thrilled about going to Hawaii. Wow, you have no idea. But what I'm really also excited about is the fact that I need a break.

Life has been stressful. Very stressful. Stressful in the little things. Like the bunny who has decided to dig a hole in our front yard, then rip the grass out next to the hole and fill the hole with the torn out grass. This makes Dave really mad. And he runs after the bunny throwing things at it. One day chased it with a shovel, which was damn funny to watch. I'm sure he doesn't like me laughing at him either, but picture him, skinny legs and all, running after a little bunny muttering his anger at the bunny. (we're certain the bunny needs to find a place to have babies, and hope she finds a place a bit more private, not the middle of our front yard- the back yard would be lovely for birthing bunnies, but this one is a creepy exibitionist apparently)

We keep buying hoses that leak- we're on our third- annoying. The kitchen is in shambles b/c of the remodel. Work just sucks lately. I don't like my haircut... AGAIN. There are like 90 different 'white' pain chips at the store- how are you supposed to choose? My ankle is still busted, but possibly improving.

But, for some reason, after Hawaii, I truly believe all the stresses of life will go away. Our lives (and hopefully our kitchen) will be back in order. We won't be wondering how we are supposed to pick one of the 90 whites for our trim. We won't worry about how to clean things in our bathroom sink or anything like that. Cooking will be part of our lives again. And starting Friday, our goal is to absolutely and utterly RELAX. And maintain that through the summer and into Autumn.

Maybe I should also write more often, less long. I don't liek reading long blogs, can't imagine anyone finished this one. But if you did, thanks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CANCER FREE!

After a disturbing visit (office staff sucks) to my least favorite doctor (the dermatologist) I got clearance that I am CANCER FREE! What a relief! It is a stressful thing, this skin cancer stuff and he sat down and sat back in his chair and said 'wow, you're 30 and already had 3 cancers removed? That's a lot'. No kidding I thought- that's supposed to happen when I'm older, not now. So I got the free-and-clear from him and bought some high powered sunscreen in preparation for HAWAII! Yay!

Bookclub last night was awesome. God those girls are great. It's so neat to have the relationships with such wonderful and different women. I am so truly blessed. I can't wait until next one!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Change my BlogName

I think this is a better title for me. Though Owww... that's my face is very funny, it doesn't sound very nice. So I changed. I hope it doesnt' screw everything up for everyone. Makes me think of this:



Came home on Friday to this?!?!?

Some progress! Yay! While an utter pain in the tail to do anything in this 'kitchen' it means that we are halfway there? Though another week of no visible progress (skimcoating the walls) and with the humidity I suspect it might be slower waiting for it to dry.... we just are so excited but so anxious.

And, yes, you guessed it, more wallpaper. Dave thinks our house might have once been a wallpaper museum. I hope the coffee, onion, potato wallpaper was there at a different time than the gold faux brick paper. Hey, but who knows?




It was a hot and humid New England weekend. Dave and I decided to go to the beach at Crystal Lake in Ellington but the parking lot was not open? there were cars parked in another spot and people on the beach so we followed suit. After about 10 minutes, maybe, of sitting there, in our newly purchased beach chairs, the police pull up in a boat telling us the beach is not open. So we packed our stuff and went home. BOOO. Bummer. We sat on our deck, under the awning and tried to stay as cool as possible. Wow, it was hot and humid. whew!

Saw Sex and the City this weekend- good movie. God I hate Big. What a jerk. I know some people out there love him, but UGH, what a jerk. It was a good movie.

Nearly done with Escape by Carolyn Jessop. I would highly recommend this book. It's fascinating look into a polygamous family from a real life point of view. And in light of Warren Jeffs being sent to jail, I think it's even more facinating. Caitlin my hairdresser recommended it to me.

Ok, that's all for me. PT at 8:30 today so I get to lounge around this morning - go find a place to get some coffee- since we're not even making that in our kitchen= no where to put the coffee grounds. Happy Monday!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kitchen Befores...





ok so here are some picts of our former kitchen. Lovely brown hanging light, huh? I wonder if there is a way to post more than one photo... It's not really a 'bad' kitchen, but more like a no-one-thought-about-cooking-when-they-redid-the-last-one.

Oh, and my favorite part of the kichen redo is the sparklie gold faux brick wallpaper.

Visit with Kristine and Jake

Went to Kristine's house last night to visit her and Jake. She looks amazing! And Jake was a peaceful little sleeper when I was there -though I understand he was up all day with no sleeping but must have known his friend Colleen was coming to visit. He is just adorable. I brought some food that Jenn and I made. Cathy attempted to make a mac and cheese but it spilled all over her oven.

Physical therapy today- it really should be called 'therapy' and not physical. They've eliminated the 'physical' part of it - which was stretching- hardly physical. Now I get heat, ultrasound and iontopherisis. I don't even stand up the whole time. I bring my coffee and a book and with pillows supporting my sitting up, I spend an hour with the lovely therapists. Seems like I really just need to stop doing the gym work so have decided on a new workout plan- just need to actually get up out of bed for it- which I failed at this moming...

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Comings and Goings

Comings:
*Hawaii- 15 days- oh my god!
*Jenna's baby- Luke Henry, so exciting!
*Jameson's First Birthday- I can't believe he's ONE, but moreso I can't believe how absolutely adorable he is
*Kitchen- it's a 'goings' it's getting going, very fun.
*Sex & the City- unless Jenna has her baby, then I probably won't go
*Bookclub- read the book, just finished today. can't wait to talk about it
*Next Bookclub is scheduled for July 16th at my house- book picked is Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Goings:
*Cathy's house to make post-baby food for Brian and Jenna- wow, that was fun and funny! Poor Cathy dropped a whole pan of mac and cheese in the bottom of her oven. There were only about 5 noodles left in the pan after if flipped/bent!
*Deck staining: it doesn't look terrible, but really doesn't look very good either- bummer b/c we spent so much time on it. And passed up the deck the whole Memorial Day weekend.
*Homemade Spanikopita with Chicken. Oh my LORD it was yummy

4 packs frozen spinach (thawed, squeezed dry)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 or so, sun dried tomatoes in olive oil- chopped
1 fat free block of cream cheese
1 container crumbled feta
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
~1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped into bite sized pieces
Phyllo dough (can be found in freezer section)

In med-hi pan with oil, saute garlic for 2 minutes, add tomatoes and spinach. Cook until dry. Remove from heat, cool briefly. Add cheeses, lemon zest salt and pepper. Mix with spoon until incorporated.

Line a square baking dish with 5 sheets of phyllo dough brushing each with olive oil. Add 1/3 spinach mixture and 1/2 chicken on top. Spread over whole container. Add 5 more phyllo sheets, brushing with oil. Press down to fill any gaps. Add 1/3 spinach and 1/2 chicken and repeat with the phyllo. Add remaining 1/3 spinach mix and 5 more pieces of phyllo.

Bake in oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. Until top phyllo is brown and crunchy. Enjoy.

Yum! Gotta run to Kristine's house!