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January 31, 2007

day 2


Sunday night one of my mother-in-laws close friends died.

Cheri Hunt had battled with MS for as long as I knew her. She was a kind woman and always thought of Adam and I and our family. When Lilli was in the hospital she got us a prayer blanket from her church, one year for Valentine's Day she has a shirt custom made for Conner when she couldn't find any with the correct spelling of his name on them.

She has a baby grandson who won't get to know his grandma in person, she has to brilliant sons who lost their mom too soon. She also has many friends and family members who will do their best to share their memories with her family as they suffer this loss.

Good bye Cheri and may you be at peace now.

January 30, 2007

365 Days


One picture a day for a year

Last Friday one of my favorite bloggers appeared on the Today Show to talk about this new so-called trend of mom's drinking in front of their kids. Melissa over at Suburban Bliss has frequently talked about her play date get togethers and the fun that all the moms have along with an occasional beverage of the alcoholic nature. To some people, other mothers included this is a no-no.

When Melissa made her appearance on the Today Show, it was obvious where they stood on the issue, for as much as possible was done to make Melissa appear incompetant and moronic.

Some fellow bloggers have said that their issue is because of the double standard because noone gets mad at dad for having some beers while watching the game? Others feel that the implication is that women can't drink without men blah blah.

January 29, 2007



What's better then having a park a block away from your house? Having a 2 and a half year old who's at the perfect age to enjoy it and taking him on the last "warm" day for a week.

Saturday's temperature peaked at 48 so I decided to bundle Conner and Lilli up and scoot over to the park for some energy burning. Conner was so well behaved through the few errands that we had to run before-hand that we stopped and got him a Sprite from White Castle.

Upon arriving at the park he was pleasantly surprised to see that Oma was joining us. Lilli was asleep so I counted my blessings and let her stay in the car asleep.

We had the entire playground to ourselves and it was a blast. Conner loves to climb and go down the slides and he even got to "fly" on the swings.

I'm so glad that New Albany put this park in and didn't skimp. It's huge and is set on great grounds next to the local elementary school.

January 26, 2007

Good job Greg!

Last night was the last meeting as president for Greg Roberts, the ESNA's charter president. If you are involved in the city of New Albany in anyway, chances are you have at least heard of Greg. He's outspoken, friendly, motivated and great person to have on your side. He has done so many great things, not only for our neighborhood, but for the city as well. He's not afraid to get dirty (if you remember when we cleaned up a dirty alleyway full of crap deposited by one of the slumlords) and he's not afraid to step on toes, hello news stories! He does the right thing and he tries to get other people involved.

Greg Showing off.

January 25, 2007

Drama in the 'hood

A few Saturdays ago early in the morning, as Adam was leaving for military, he noticed one of the girls across the street throwing stuff all over her yard and dumping a liquid on it. He stood on the porch and watch her tried to light some dudes (I'm guessing) clothes on fire! Hells to the yes.

I just wish he would have come and tried to wake me up. I'll get out of bed at 6 in the morning to see a slighted crazy woman lighting shit on fire!

Here's the aftermath. (it was raining so the clothes didn't burn too much)

drama in the neighborhood!

big grin

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4 months

Wow, I can't believe it has already been four months my Lilli Bug. You've grown so fast and so well. You're not a skinny little alien big head baby anymore!

This last month you've started smiling big gummy smiles and I've even gotten you to laugh outloud a few times by touching your little toes to your cheeks.

Your sleeping is fabulous. 5-7 hours at a time at night, and when you wake up to eat in the early morning, I put you into bed with dad and I and after your bottle, I grab you up and cuddle you until we're both back asleep. That's one of my favorite times during the day.

Goodness do you love to nuzzle too.Last night you had a bit of a tummy ache so dad gave you some candy cane to suck on. It helped and you loved it! Happy 4th month Lilli bug, I love you!

January 23, 2007

How Long

New Albany Housing Authority gets Indiana's whole slice of federal pie

How long before the city council starts trying to take these funds and reallocate them so they can say they worked hard not to raise taxes and fees and look! they found all this extra money that the "pergessives" were just going to waste!


Taken by my SIL Gwen...


people are shit.

January 15, 2007

one year

1 year

I miss you and love you grandpa.

thanks for everything, and I hope I made you proud.

January 10, 2007

National De-Lurking Week 2007


January 09, 2007

Are you there God, it's me obsessive fan...

It's like God finally answered my prayers

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Today (one of) my fantasy boyfriends turns 40 years old! Happy birthday! I'll be under the table and dreaming of you!!! (har, har, har)

Happy Birthday Dave!

January 04, 2007

Misfit Table, Party of 2 please

Over New Years Adam and I were more entertained by the characters we encountered then anything else really.

Stopping in at French Lick Winery on the way up we encountered the skeeviest couple ever. you know how some people just emit that skeezy vibe? Blech this guy was one of them, and of course they sat next to us at the little cafe. When his wife/lover/mistress got up to go to the bathroom he promptly whipped out his cell phone and dialed someone whom he called sweetheart the whole time, true it could have been his "daughter" I guess. Then when the WLM came back from the restroom he greeted her with a *SKEEZ ALERT* "hello lover" and I promptly threw-up in my mouth. Then she said she noticed she had something in her shirt. Rico Suave asked her if it looked like a pearl and it didn't matter because it would be on the floor later anyway. That's when I took the fork and gouged my eyeball out. He so reminded me of quagmire.

If only it stopped there! At the New Years gala, we were assigned tables and being the first at our table to arrive I began thinking of the other interesting people we were going to sit with, as I looked around and saw the other attendees chatting it up and shaking hands with their new pals for the night.

The first to arrive was a family of three straight outta NASCAR country. The wifey complained the whole time about the yucky appetizers (oysters and lobster!) and how she wanted more "pop". She also complained that she was so bored. I'm sorry was the 9 piece band, actors dressed up in zoot suits and flapper gear not enough for you? Sorry theres no WWE on.

Then two lesbian couples sat down at the table. Well since they knew each other they pretty much kept to themselves. The waitstaff brought out salad which had bacon in it and one of the lesbians was a vegetarian so they got pissed and left. Sweet.

So its us and the rednecks. Well mom is finally bored enough and cant wait to get to the casino so they leave. And it's just me and Adam all by ourselves.

Around 11, we decide that we are indeed lame and go back up to the hotel room to...(are you ready for this??) NAP before the big balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. I was terrified we'd sleep right on through.

We didn't though, and we had our sweet new years kiss and I was even able to convince Mr. No Rythem (Adam) to dance with me.

January 03, 2007


1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Purchased a business (well helped a little), made more money then before, spoke at a funeral, had my son and daughter dedicated.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I can't even remember what they were, so probably not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME! and my cousin-in-law Tiffani.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bleah. This was not a good year. both my grandpas, Adam's grandpa, my uncles dad and my friend Jessica's grandpa

5. What countries did you visit?

Um yeah, the whole kid thing kind of puts a damper on international travel right now.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

A clean house and more time to spend with my family.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 15-my grandpa died and Conner was dedicated, August 25th, my other grandpa died, and September 25th Lilli was born. Of course there are the birthdays and anniversarys etc

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Lilli and making enough money to give my family what they need and want

9. What was your biggest failure?

The constant battle with my weight and the times I was too easily frustrated with Conner

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Went back on Lexapro for my anxiety.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Ummm hopefully the flooring company and it will make us lots of money

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Conner-he has been amazing to Lilli, and rarely gets frustrated with her. He always does what he can to make her happy, which in turn makes me happy

My mom-she had a rough year. 'nuff said.

Adam-he is amazing with Conner and Lilli, and he deserves props for dealing with his chemically imbalanced wife so well on a daily basis

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

"anonymous in New Albany"

14. Where did most of your money go?

Conner, Lilli and my closet. Ok so savings and the house too.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Lilli arrived!

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Any Johnny Cash song, because every time we get in the car and we ask Conner what he wants to hear he has started answering "Johnny Cash"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier, I'm not faced with a sick grandpa.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same.
c) richer or poorer? Financially better off.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Ate better, exercised, and cleaning my house.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Yelling, eating and shopping

20. How did you be spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve, we cleaned and had our open house that night, and then I went to church with my parents and grandma. Christmas Day, Adam's sister stayed the night so we all opened presents together as a family. Then we had naps and went to my sisters house, where her boyfriends family was visiting from out of town (like Germany out of town) then off to Adam's mom and dads. whew.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?

With little Lilli-bug and even more so with Conner and Adam.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Grays Anatomy, The Office, Scrubs, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and Mythbusters

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


25. What was the best book you read?

Wow, I read so many before Lilli got here, now if I can just remember them...Zig Ziglars biography, and the Devil Wears Prada.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
OKGO, Justin Timberlake, Regina Spektor

27. What did you want and get?
A healthy baby girl

28. What did you want and not get?
A less stressful job

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Umm..oh I worked and ohh ohh Adam got me a gorgeous ring. I was 25

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning a bajillion dollars, being able to do freelance work and stay home with the babies

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Do cardigans count as "concept"? Umm lets see how about trying to look mature but not 50 years old.

33. What kept you sane?

Adams stability and the adorableness of my children

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ohh la la House can give me a check up any day

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The complete and total cluelessness of my city government and Busy sending our people (and potentially) my husband to die for his clusterfuck mistake

36. Who did you miss?

My grandpas

37. Who was the best new person you met?

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, and some stuff is better forgotten.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"There's got to be a break in the monontany 'cause baby when it rains how it pours"

January 02, 2007


For New Year's Adam and I celebrated together sans kids. It was a nice, brief and romantic overnight stay at the historic French Lick Hotel. (right up our alley, no?)

Work is super busy so here are some pictures, I'll have more later