Tuesday, June 29, 2004

OK..is this an omen or what?!

My day thus far:

Worked..It was reallly slow..I was supposed to be 1st out because I have therapy on every other Tuesday BUT one guy that I worked with pissed and moaned that he shouldn't have to stay because he had to work a double on Wednesday..don't know how that applied to today but OH WELL...I told him to go home. Got 3 tables right after he left and made another $26!!

Therapy...Told my therapist about the email from the paranormal researcher..Was leaving her office, saying "Well...I need to decided wheter or not I;m going to join them.." With that , I told her that I smelled the scent of a Christmas tree! She said that was really strange..I pressed her for info and she told me that the office (which is actually a really old house) is haunted by a little girl who smells like a Christmas tree! And my therapist did not smeel the pine scent in the air!! VERY ODD...an omen that i should perhaps take the offer seriously?!

Dinner..Herman and I went to Stop and Shop to pick up some steaks for dinner but when we saw the price, decided that we'd just as soon go to Charlie Brown's for dinner because I had a $20 coupon..We get there and my "new" old boss, Keith, is there. I go to say hi and chat for a few minutes and tell him that I'll see him on Tuesday..He picked up our check!!! Then I'm telling Herman that I was pouring a beer for a customer (for the bartender who was on a cigarette break) and that the keg kicked it and I had to have someone change it..Well, as I told him that story, our waitress comes over adnd says, " the keg just kicked..it will only be a minute for them to cahnge it.." Strange, huh??!!

Mega Millions, here I come!!

Monday, June 28, 2004

Got me that pedicure!

Well...what a bargain I got! A pedicure for $20 and for $5 more, you get a pedicure! Stay with me here...$20 + $5 = $25...throw in a $10 for a tip and that = $35....so why did I hand her $45??!! I didn't realize it til I left...I counted my money when I got home and realized that I had done this..Oh well..I ALWAYS do sh%t like this..And I'm not about to run back and argue with them..They're so nice there..So they got a HUGE tip. Good for them! They work hard, bent over nails and feet all day.

Jackie and her friend Dana just ran to get beer and chips...said that they invited a few friends to come and hang out...Yay..there goes my quiet evening home alone! (Herman just left for the gym...he'll be gone for a good 2-2 1/2 hours...) Oh well..if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Maybe they'll watch "Road Rules" with me....

Doesn't that beat all?!

I received an email today from one of the paranormal investigators who participated in  the investigation of my house. They are looking for new investigators and my name was the first one to come up! HOW COOL IS THAT?! I have to give it some serious thought because I'm always so busy with Church and family..but it really sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?! She said that I could put in as many (or few) hours as my schedule allows. I'll keep you posted about my decision..

On other fronts, I'm down 2 children this week..WOOOOOHOOOO! The Boy has been in NY with my sister-in-law since last week but when we went up this past weekend, Boo decided that she'd like to stay for the week. And of course, The Boy refused to come home so he's still there! Actually, Ray stayed up there Saturday night and was gonna stay til tonight but poor Herman had to drive up early yesterday morning to pick her up because she missed her boyfriend...boo frickin hoo..

I worked today...made decent money. Just have to work tomorrow and Wednesday then I'm off til Tuesday, when I'll be starting my "new" old job..Can't say I'm excited, but a steady income is something to look forward to, I suppose..

Herman and I had a nice quiet day yesterday (after he drove 1 1/2 hours each way to get Ray, that is...IN TRAFFIC)...went out for breakfast and then to dinner. (We are really bad..always eating out.) We went to The Portuguese Manor in Perth Amboy. I just had a seafood combo and he had baby lobster tails and filet mignon..Very good! Tonight he's getting frozen vegetable lasagna! LOL!!

Hmmm...maybe I'll get that pedicure I've been talking about for weeks now....Or I'll just hang out at home and enjoy the peace and quiet..Oh, I started the "new me" routine again...But I ate fries at work..I'll just have to watch what I eat for dinner tonight..Maybe a salad with chicken..Hmmm...and no more alcohol..welllll...maybe Michelob Ultra..I think I'll take it slowly this time..after all, I burnt out in just a week last time! (Can you say NO WILLPOWER?!)


Thursday, June 24, 2004

OMG! This is TOO Funny!

While reading the Drudge Report today, I came upon THIS ARTICLE...Caution: Adult content, altho not too, too bad. Let's just saying this guy was grabbing the wrong "gavel" during trials! ROFL!! Here come da' judge!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Took a break...

Let's see...when last I wrote I was afraid that Jackie used. It appears as tho I may be wrong about that. She did another stint in the CCU for elevated blood sugar..Was very sick. As she gets older, she gets sick more easily and recovers at a very slow rate. Diabetes sucks.

This is my last full week at The Cornerstone..Next week I plan on working Tuesday and Wednesday and taking off Thursday and Friday. I think that we're (me, Boo and my mom) are gonna try to head to the city and go to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and maybe head down to the Village.

Yesterday was Boo's 15th birthday..Took her to get her belly button pierced. (I know...bad parenting.) I myself only have my ears pierced (ONCE!) and have no tattoos or other body piercings. HOWEVER! If I had a nice belly, I might want a belly button piercing, too! But that's it...I'm pretty anti-piercing/tattoing. Anyway...we took her out for a Japanese hibachi dinner last night to celebrate.

The Boy is in upstate NY visiting Herman's sister and her family. He's close to his cousin Mike. They're the same age so they get along really well. The girls are home. Ray got a job as a hostess at The Cornerstone, starting next week. She really needs to start making some pocket money for herself. Boo is going down to Dar's in July...gotta make those arrangements THIS WEEK. She's afraid to fly alone this year, what with the threat of attacks being high this summer. Can't say that I blame her...but life has to go on. Jackie starts her new job next week...can I get an Allelujah?! AMEN!!

Had a nice weekend...Saturday was kind of quiet. My mother and father in law came down for Boo's birthday so we took the out to The Steak and Ale for dinner. Then we stopped by The Cornerstone to listen to the music and dance. I only wanted to stay for 1 drink but we wound up there for 2 hours! Herman and I did alot of dancing. Gisella (the day hostess and owner's wife) showed up so she sat with us. I tried to get her to dance but she wouldn't. Her 40th birthday is coming up in July so a few of us are going to take her out. She wants a wild time, she claims. Hmmm..I may be just the person to show her a wild time! LOL!! She ALSO wants to see naked male dancers..not too sure if I can make THAT happen! But I will try!

Sunday we had a birthday party/ Father's Day barbeque...it was the most gorgeous day! Bright blue skies, not too hot or cool..perfect! Of course, as usual, we made way too much food...Jerk shrimp, ribs, steak, burgers and hot dogs...some salads, fruit....SOOOO many leftovers!

Well...that's about it..I've been pretty lax about updating lately..but I HAVE been reading everyone's journals, keeping abreast of all the latest dramas, trials and tribulations..I haven't left too many cooments, either...No reason...just not too much to say..LOL...Ok, I'm outta here....Peace!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Stuff and nonsense

I borrowed this from Lila's journal..looked like fun..


Have you ever...

1)  Got so drunk you blacked out? 
2)  Missed school, because it was raining? 

3)  Put a body part on fire for amusement?
  No..that's just CRAZY !

4)  Been hurt emotionally?
  Oh yes..by friends, lovers and family

5)  Kept a secret from everyone?
  Sure I have!

6)  Had an imaginary friend?
  When I was about 4-5 years old I had an imaginary friend named Glenn..he was actually a 2nd cousin that I had only met once but had made quite an impression on me. My mom says that I used to make her set a place for him at the dinner table!

7)  Cried during a movie?
  All the damn time!   

8)  Had a crush on a teacher?

10)  Had a new kids on the block tape?
  Uh-uh...they were much younger than me  

11)  Been on stage?
  Oh yeah..2 years of summer stock theatre camp (Hampton Playhouse in NH)  

12)  Cut your own hair?
 Yep...mine, my sister's and my ex-husband's! LOL..and it wasn't pretty!   

>-----Favorites--------------------- > >  

1)  Shampoo?
  Whatever is on sale...right now it's Pantene   

2)  Color?
  Sage green   

3)  TV show? 
  Six Feet Under 

4)  Store?
  Hmmm...difficult question...I guess Kohl's      

5)  Summer/Winter?

6)  Cartoon Character? 
  SpongeBob SquarePants

7)  Food?
  Applebee's Nachos (for the moment)  

8)  Commercial?
  I LOVE the Citibank (or CitiFinancial) Identity Theft Solutions commercial where there is an Asian dental hygenist who had her identity stolen by a guy named Larry who then had his "chassis waxed..OUCH! Stand back ladies, there's enough Larry for everyone!" Cracks me up every time I see it!!

9)  Movie?
   Oh man..I have to pick just one?! I'd have to say  "Almost Famous" followed by "The Nightmare Before Christmas" ..I'd better stop...did I mention "West Side Story"?

10) Holiday?
  Definately Thanksgiving 

11)  Non-Alcoholic drink?

12)  Alcoholic Drink?
 Vodka & tonic and beer


1)  What are you wearing?
  Jean capri pants and a white scoop neck tee  

2)  How are you feeling?
  Wired...worked all day and then had to go serve dinner at the battered women's shelter...and trying to catch up with the laundry 

3)  Eating?
  Just finished a macadamia nut cookie

4)  Drinking?
  MGD Light beer

5)  Thinking about?
  What to do about my oldest daughter Jackie who wound up back in the hospital last night...afraid that she may have used again... 

6)  Listening to?
  Led Zeppelin on AOL radio 

7)  Talking to?
  No one...I can't type and talk at the same time, never mind chew gum and walk at the same time! LOL!!   

------------In The Last 24 Hours-----  

1)  Cried? 
  Yes...angry tears

2) Worn a skirt?

3) Met someone new?
  Since I waitress, yes...I suppose I did meet someone new tooday!  
4)  Done laundry?
  Always...in the process as we speak!

5) Driven a car?

-------Do you believe in------  

1)  Yourself?

2)  Your Friends? 

3)  Santa Clause?
  I'd have to copy Lila and say yes, in the spirit of Santa! 

4)  Tooth fairy?
    Let's not push it! (NO)

5)  Destiny/Fate? 
  For sure! 

6)  Angels?
  Maybe not exactly "angels" but someone who watched over me      

7)  God? 

-------Friends, Family, and Life---------  

1)  Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
  A husband 

2)  Do you love anyone? 
  Herman, my children, my family and alot of friends.. 

3)  Who is the loudest?
  That'd be "Boo"!    

4)  Who is the shyest?
  Hmmm...I don't think that any one of us could be labeled "shy"    

5)  Who's the weirdest? 
 Trust me on this on..it's ME!   

6)  Who do you go to for advice? 
  Herman (husband) 

7)  Over what have you cried the most?
  When my grandparents died...especially my Gram.  

8)  What is the best feeling in the world?
   Knowing that Herman loves me!

9)  Worst feeling?


Sunday, June 13, 2004

Wedding Weekend Mania!!

Whew! What a weekend it's been! I bought my son a suit on Thursday to wear to the wedding...and they left the security tag in it. So back to Sears on Friday (after working all day) and then to Mark and Heather's rehearsal dinner. We had a great time! It was held at the Italian restaurant "The Tomato Factory" that their good friend Frank owns. Got up early (me) Saturday morning so that I could go for new officer training at Church..That was from 9am until 11am. Tried to get some sleep when I got home but that wasn't gonna happen.."Mom, can I...?" "Mom...so and so is on the phone..." "Mom, so and so is at the door for you..."..well, you get the picture. God forbid you should try and nap on a Saturday afternoon!! So, up I got and started cleaning up the house.

The marriage ceremony was nice.."Boo" did the video taping for them as they had not hired a videographer..Their friend Kyle had nowhere to go between the ceremony and the reception so we took him home with us. (We live 2 blocks from the church that they were married at.) McDonald's, food shopping occupied the rest of the afternoon. Soon enought it was time to head to the reception...Wayne and Brenda drove us there..Bren was the "designated driver"! The reception was BEAUTIFUL! We had such a great time!! They had a wonderful band...no "Chicken Dance", no "Macarena" no "Elcetric Slide"!! Yahhhooo!!Instead, Big Band, Frank Sinatra...very cool stuff! (I love to dance to Big Band swing musin...how can you not?!) Home at 1am..Kyle, once again, came home with us...and not in too good of shape, either. (Kyle is a 19 year old powerlifter who wieghs close to 280-300 pounds...He slept in my son's room. All night long I was afraid that Kyle would wake up and step on my poor son, killing him...Luckily, Kyle slept thru the night..)

No Church for me today..Instead, I slept realllly late and then we all (me, Herman, my son, "Boo", Kyle, Wayne and Brenda and their daughter Monika) went to Mark's parent's home for an "after the wedding" party. Had a great time once again!

Got home just in time for the season premier of "Six Feet Under"...and now I'm TOTALLY exhausted! LOL...wonder why?! Off tomorrow but I think Jackie and I are taking a ride down the shore to see my girlfriend and her son..Man, I sooooo need a day off! LOL!

This girl bids everyone a good evening...Peace!

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

My last Deacon's meeting...

Before anyone asks....yes, I cried. I told everyone how much being a Deacon meant to me, how much I've discovered about myself and my Church. I told them that they had no idea of the personal crises my family was going thru for several years and how my being a Deacon kept me centered, kept me sane. I told them that I would miss all them, and in my prayer at the end of the night, I thanked everyone for their guidance and fellowship.

This is a time of change for me...Deacon meetings will soon enough be replaced by Unicameral Board meetings, my waitress job will be replaced (in a large part) by my "old" secretarial job..

I'm looking foward to the challenges that being an Elder of the Church will bring. I look forward to new friendships and continuing old ones.

One of my favorite movies is "Godspell"...the following lyrics kind of sum up how I feel about my life..

All Good Gifts

We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land..
But it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand..
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain...
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain...

All good gifts around us
Are sent from Heaven above
So thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love...

We thank thee then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
The seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food,
No gifts have we to offer for all thy love imparts
But that which thou desirest, our humble thankful hearts!

All good gifts around us
Are sent from Heaven above..
So thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love..

I really wanna thank you Lord!

:::eyes welling up with tears:::

I thank HIM for my past 3 years as Deacon and all my personal growth...and for all the good gifts He has rained upon me...

Monday, June 7, 2004

Spent time with my husband

Friday Herman and I decided to go to to Pt.Pleasant Beach. We had a lot of fun! We got there around noon or so and proceeded to eat our way thru the boardwalk! LOL! We started off with a sausage sandwich from Martell's . Then we walked up and down the boardwalk for a bit. When we got back up to the Martell's end, the Fun House had just opened so we ventured in. Then back to Martell's to the Tiki Bar where we had something to drink and I ate some great steamers (clams) while Herman feasted on a pound of snow crab legs. Then back down the boardwalk to play some miniature golf. I totally SUCK at this so I stopped keeping score after the 8th hole! LOL!!

We left the boardwalk to go have a very early dinner (it was only 3:15pm) at The Lobster Shanty but they weren't open til 5pm. So we went next door to their sister restaurant, The Wharfside. It was packed with early-bird-special-seeking folk. We decided to have a beer and a shrimp cocktail and head on back home for dinner.

Well...by the time we got home we were both so full that we didn't even entertain the thought of dinner til about 8pm! So I just had a California roll from our local sushi parlor and Herman bought himself a lobster from the store. All in all, a great day!

This past weekend we pretty much just hung out, watched some TV and cleaned up around the house. It was a quiet weekend...FOR ONCE! Anyone catch the season finale of Sopranos? Not that great...Can't wait for Six Feet Under to start their season. Love that show!

Well...that's all I have for now..Herman's coming home for lunch so I should starighten up a bit..Back to work tomorrow for me..I really enjoyed my week off altho it did go by quickly. ::sigh::


Thursday, June 3, 2004

The "identity crisis" is over!!

Well....my crisis of sorts is now over! I went to Seaside Park on Tuesday and picked up my marriage license to my first husband and then drove up to Elizabeth (the city I was born in) and tried to get my birth certificate. I say "tried" because when the woman checked the books, my birth was NOT recorded!! Sooo...she took down the info and called Trenton the next day to see if they had a record of my birth....and THANK GOD, they did! So back up to Elizabeth on Wednesday to get my birth certificate. (You may be wondering, "what's the big deal?" but Elizabeth is one the top ten list of places to get car-jacked...not the best place for a woman to be by herself..) Then quickly to motor vehicle and TA-DA!! I now am the proud owner of a digitalized driver's license!! Woooo hoooo!

Today I attended my 8 year old nephew's Spanish assembly (they performed a cute skit in Spanish!) and then to lunch with my friend Deb. I never get to see Deb any more as she works 3 days a week and we all know how damn busy I can get sometimes! It was great to hang out and talk to her..been a long time.

Herman is taking tomorrow off so that we can do something together, like maybe go to the beach...We'll see. I love being able to spend time with just him...no kids. It's nice to get up and have coffee together on the deck and talk about our day's plans..I told him that I want to do something  that doesn't involve the cleaning or caring for of ANYTHING...Just wanna do something fun....(get your minds outta the gutter!! LOL!!)

"Boo" and "The Boy" have been home sick the past 2 days. She has a pain in her side (not appendix related) and he has a really bad Spring cold complete with cough. Jackie is still out of the house...haven't heard a peep from her altho "Ray" did speak to her last night.

Well...I haven't even thought about dinner yet so I really should thrown something together soon..