Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Looong Weekend Recap

Wow, I really took a break from everything (including my blog) during my time off from work.
Here is a recap of what I did with my time (you can fill in all of the missing time with sleeping and reading - I was pretty slothy, I have to admit).

Wednesday - Slept until 11:00 AM. Cleaned the coffee maker, I can't believe we have never done this before, Tim is such a coffee snob, I was surprised. Washed dishes, cleaned off the crash pad (kitchen table) and did a couple loads of laundry. Between all of that, I watched The History of Thanksgiving on the History Channel, which was pretty good. Tim came home at about 6:00 and we hung out, ate dinner and just tooled around, very mellow evening.

Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving! Slept until 8:15 AM, made a crumble topped apple pie. Washed dishes, pressed my clothes for the day and took a shower. By the time I was done in the shower, Angela and Frankie arrived! Tim and I were so excited to spend some time with them. We can't get enough of Frankie, he is super cute and full of energy! He is eating baby food now and it is so fun to watch him eat, and also fun to feed him. We left San Francisco at about 1:00 PM and headed down to Campbell to Robin's parents house. We arrived at about 2:00 PM and had some little appetizers and started to put the final touches on dinner. Robin made some wonderful little carmelized pearl onions and I was on gravy duty. Kenny usually makes the gravy but he was recovering from surgery so it was up to me to make the gravy happen, it was fun. I love cooking with friends, it is always nice to have a good friend at the next burner. Dinner was fabulous and the company was wonderful. I am so thankful to have such good friends close by when my family is not. I am thankful that my friends parents think of those of us who don't have family in town and invite us over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Frankie fell asleep at about 7:30 or so, so we stuck around and cleaned up and headed back to SF at about 9:00 PM. When we got back to the city, we quietly unloaded the car and got Frankie in the house without waking him and he slept until midnight. It was nice to have a baby in the house, good practice for Tim and I. I purposely did not sleep with ear plugs on so I could hear when the baby woke up (which wasnt much).

Friday - We all got up at about 7:00 and Angela drove Tim to work while I stayed with Frankie and fed him breakfast and got him ready for the day. Angela and I walked to 24th Street and window shopped a bit and stopped for lunch. Frankie fell asleep while we ate, which was nice. We ate at Savor, and split Vanilla Buttermilk pancakes and also a Tuscan savory crepe - they have really good food and great prices! We walked back to my place, fed Frankie and Angela packed the car for their trip back to Sacramento. It was such a nice Friday. Very mellow, got some good exercise and was with great company. After Angela and Frankie left, I took a nap on the couch until Tim got home from work - I know, it was endulgent, but I did it anyway. Tim came home and we had leftovers from Thanksgiving that Ginny packed up for us before we left their house.

Saturday - Slept until 11:00 AM (epic). Tim woke up and played tennis, I stayed in bed and slept with BayLee until he got home. We took our annual trip to KMart in San Mateo to check out the Martha Stewart Christmas stuff. There is some cute stuff out there but most of it was sold out already. I checked it out online before we went over there. Here are a couple things I thought were nice:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Looooong Weekend

I am so excited to announce that I have tomorrow, Thursday and Friday off - I have a 5 day weekend! I am super duper excited.

I found out that my parents are putting up their holiday decor this coming weekend so I am trying to convince Tim that we should get out our stuff too! I love putting up our little tree and all of the fun stuff that goes with it. We even have holiday dishes that we swap out our regular plates, bowls, mugs, etc. for - it is red with snowflakes on it and I love it!

Anyway, sorry for the short post, I have to work tonight and then I am off tomorrow to clean, bake and hang out for the long weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Little Dirty Secret

I didn't have the wherewithal to travel last night, so the chips are still in the cupboard.
I was however, trying to come up with a system to get my "stuff" organized around the house. I don't know if any of you know this, but one characteristic of a cancer is messiness - which always miffs me because my Grandma Netti was a cancer and was so completely neat, it was crazy. The one area for me that ALWAYS has needed help, my ENTIRE life has been my bedroom (Mom, feel free to comment on this one). I am pretty organized when I cook, sew, craft, whatever else, but once I get in my room, I just put things on my dresser and pile my clothes on the trunk at the end of my bed. The worst part is my dresser...poor girl, she is so pretty when she is clean, but as of late, she is covered in jewelry, things I have pulled out of my pockets when I get home from work, random receipts, folded socks, hair clips, rubber bands and cat toys that have gone flying in the air and have decided to land right into no mans land. I was thinking about getting someone to come in and help me organize my home, with the baby coming, etc. but it is SO expensive there is really NO WAY that is going to happen. Then I spoke to my friend Angela, who has offered her help and is the one person that has been privy to my "inside world" who I know would help me without any judgment and would make me laugh the entire time even though I would be so embarrassed of my immature untidiness. My plan right now is to manage the little things that I can organize on my own and bring her in as the voice of reason when it comes to the larger things, making space for baby and putting things in storage. If I have Tim help me, we will argue and I will feel bad about being messy and that is not fun. Plus, if it isn't his stuff, he wont really help anyway.

Anyway, I have a couple things to put my jewelry in (a pretty glass box and the fabulous pink jewelry box Wendy got me for my Birthday) but those are on a shelf in my closet and I need a little more room and found these fabulous beauties at Pottery Barn Teen and thought I would share them with you. I can't afford them right now, but maybe after Christmas I will purchase them for myself - hey, maybe they will be on sale then too!
My plan after getting the top of the dresser done is that I am going to finally finish my closet and inside the dresser purge. I have this book that Lucky magazine put out a couple years ago and it tells you how many of each item of clothing you should have. I can tell you, I have scaled down a lot, but not nearly enough. Really, I wear the same 4 pairs of jeans all the time, the same black cardigan, the same tank tops and the same shoes the majority of the time. So, I am getting ready to purge, yet again, and try and make some money off of the things I no longer need. The problem with me is, when I am in the cleaning mode, I just want to get the stuff out of my home and not keep it, take it to a used clothing place, etc. besides I don't have any really nice stuff anyway, so I may be making a donation to the Goodwill very soon.

OK, enough of all that. I am secretly hoping that by airing my dirty laundry it will help me out a little. I think the first step in mending an unsavory trait it to recognize it and come up with ways to fix it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Vacation Anyone Can Afford

For those loyal readers of my blog, you know I have not had a vacation since October '06 when I went to Malta (my homeland). I have been really itching to travel but am in lock down money wise and my next trip will be to Vietnam to pick up our little one. With all of that said, I truly believe I have found the perfect solution for those who need a vacation but can't afford to take one. I would like to let you in on my new find...I have not opened the bag yet. First of all, I am allergic to mold (cheese), but am willing to give these a try; who knows, it may be worth it. Second, I need to get bathing suit ready, pack my bags and make sure I have up-to-date sunscreen. You bet your booty when I open these, I am expecting a full ray of sunshine to burst out of the bag, my cousins will be there to greet me and a mandolin will play 'O Sole Mio or Volare as I put the first chip in my mouth. As I make my way through the bag, my olive skin will begin to darken to the color of the perfect cappuccino (which I hope to find at the end of the bag). I won't be gone long enough to mail you all postcards like last time, but I am on my way. I will try to take some photos while I am there.

PS - If I don't post again for the next couple days, it means these chips really deliver! Please call the Kettle Chip company and let them know what I wrote above REALLY happened to me and they MUST choose some other destinations for the travel deprived!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Cooking Shows and Christmas Time

I stayed in all weekend and watched cooking shows and dreamt of Christmas time.

Tis the season to fire up the oven, start baking more and start staying home after work to finish up all of the holiday projects I started over the summer. I still need to get my timing down. I think I literally need to start projects right after the new year for the holidays next year. I tend to put things down for a while and then pick them back up when I am in a rush to finsh which is not good. I need to give myself more time to put my heart into it when I am working and not just pick it up to "get it done".

I feel like I am skating by for Thanksgiving this year, which is kind of nice. I am making desserts for a gathering of 10 and that is my only responsibility, which I am excited about. I already have some recipes picked out, but need to narrow them down.

Other than thinking about and planning for the holidays, that is about it for my weekend.

I want to give a shout out, one day late to all of the Veteran's out there, Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you all for your service.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

CRABBY but still smiling...

Ugh, the last couple days have been really rough emotionally. Most of you know Tim and I are in the adoption process, and we recently heard some disturbing news about a couple of the provinces our agency works in. More info at Operation Olive, our adoption blog. All of this is very upsetting to both of us and we are keeping our heads up and our hearts committed to our baby that is out there some where for us. We have faith that everything will work out for us when it is supposed to.

I had to get out of the office for lunch today and needed a laugh so I had Wendy take this photo of me. I am a cancer afterall, and needed to find humor in something today.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Color Purple (the musical)

This afternoon, I went to see The Color Purple which is part of the best of Broadway series. It is a musical based on the movie (which happens to be one of my favorites). Sort of the same story line, but with a couple changes and of course, singing and dancing. Robin planned the outing for Angela, Wendy and I - it was an early Christmas present and so much fun. Robin, you are too kind, thank you so much for getting us together today. I wish we all lived closer to each other so we could get together more often.
Following the musical, we went to Pad Thai for dinner. Everything we ordered was fantastic! The pad thai was better than I had last time (I updated my post called "the search continues"). Tim was a good sport all day, dropping us off at the theatre and picking us up, he joined us for dinner which was nice.
A good weekend all around.
Stay Tuned...

It's November!

I cant believe it is already November! Tim is flying by so fast and before we know it, the holidays will be here. I have already gotten a few holiday catalogs in the mail and so far, Wisteria has some of my favorite things for the holidays. These are the things I have picked if
I had the time and money to decorate for the holidays this year. If anything I think I will put my mini tree out and little Christmas village on our console table.

Some sizes of these candles are already sold out!

I have a tiny tabletop tree, but if I had a real full size tree, this skirt would be perfect.

I love these little birds, I would love to just have them and some cranberries on my tree this year. Simple and sparkly, l think the lights on the tree would reallly make these birds pop, I love it.


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