Friday, May 28, 2010

quote of the day...

for what it's worth, it's never too late to be whoever you want to be.

there is no time limit, stop whenever you want.

you can change or stay the same.

there are no rules to this thing.

we can make the best or the worst of it, i hope you make the best of it.

i hope you see things that startle you.

i hope you feel things you've never felt before.

i hope you meet people with a different point of view.

i hope you live a life you're proud of.

if you find that you're not, i hope you have the strength to start all over again."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

a bottle of wine and ...

the power of positive thinking.
there definitely is power in positive thinking. so, i'm surrounding myself with positive energy, good thoughts and all the love i can muster and i  am sending it your way. i'm not going to let life get me down. i need all the help i can get. i'm hoping that sending all these positive thoughts out into the universe is going to get you (you know who you are), through this. in the words of one of my very favorite willie nelson songs: you've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don't mess with mister in-between.

what seems impossible one minute becomes, possible the next. just believe. i am going to.

remember just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.
when you're going through hell, just keep on going. finish each day and be done with it. you have done what you could. some doubts have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. tomorrow is a new day.  go with a spirit that fears nothing! you are the most positive person i know.
believe in yourself and all that you are. know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.  this detour won't stop you.  we need you. we are here.

i love you... xo

Sunday, May 23, 2010

love on the inside....

sugarland was amazing....

life in a northern town...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

happy 64th anniversary.............

mom and dad - wishing you a wonderful anniversary.  you are very, very lucky...

love sent,

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

another golden birthday...

another golden child...

18 years   - defining moments. my sweet, sweet, baby girl. how can you be 18? on that cold may morning 18 years ago i walked through the hospital doors expecting i would certainly have another baby boy.  one hour later we had a beautiful baby girl. you surprised me then and have so many times since.   the days pass so quickly, all the chapters roll into one another.
i guess you aren't a baby anymore, but in my heart you will always be. i wish someone would press the closing buzzer so that i can keep you with me just a little longer. but - the world awaits. graduation is in 2 short weeks, you are  beautiful,  smart, talented, kind and one of the most thoughtful friends i know.  through every stage and every age i love you more and more. you are more than i could have ever hoped for.  may you always sleep under a lucky star.  happy, happy birthday.

 i love you and am privileged to be your mom.  xoxo

and Dad... Happy Happy Birthday to you too!!!!

Happy Birthday Dad.....

Keep on dancing......   i love you ,  xo

Friday, May 14, 2010

happy weekend... it's friday...

and it's raining. but my sweet friends surgery is over and that is to celebrate.  we will stop by tonight to
give some tlc.  last night we shared in a sweet little shower and ate way to little cake and drank waay to much wine. although i did manage to fight through the hangover and  finish up the arrangements for my bosses trip to germany - miracle. but it all might go downhill if i dont get to go home soon and rest.   tomorrow promises we can open the windows and watch the cutains flutter in the breeze and feel the warm sun on our faces.  hoping for a wonderful weekend.  celebrating some birthdays, eating some fine food and hopefully find some  time for relaxation....
until then, love sent xo

"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love."
William Wordsworth

take a moment to remember the little acts of of kindness that you've witnessed in your own life.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

eat. pray. love.

when i read this book 3 years ago i remember thinking this would be an amazing movie. it opens may 14th starring  julia roberts who i happen to love.   i can't wait to see it. i hope it's as good as the book.  a journey about finding yourself or to never stop looking. one womans search for everything. you will laugh, cry and love with a more open heart.  reach for everything.  xoxo

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

universal truths...

i saw this today and a few of them really made me laugh...

i think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear
your computer history if you die.

nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

 i totally take back all those times i didn't want to nap when i was

there is great need for a sarcasm font.

how the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

jumping on the bed is fun. we should all do it more.

map quest really needs to start their directions on #5. i'm pretty
sure i know how to get out of my neighborhood.

obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

bad decisions make good stories.

you never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for
the rest of the day.

i'm always slightly terrified when i exit out of word and it asks me
if i want to save any changes to my 10 page  report that i swear
i did not make any changes to.

i hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not
seeing anyone of  importance the entire day. what a waste.

i keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so i know not to
answer when they call.

i think the freezer deserves a light as well.

i disagree with kay jewelers. i would bet on any given friday or
saturday night more kisses begin with bud lite (or wine or margaritas) than kay jewelry.

i would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand
than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

the only time i look forward to a red light is when i'm trying to finish a text.

 i have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

how many times is it appropriate to say "excuse me"?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

here's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car
keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, but i'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze
button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time,
every time!  i know i can.

sometimes i'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still
not know what time it is.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

happy mother's day mom...

when i am feeling happy, excited, postitive, cheerful or glad i call my mom, when i'm feeling down, stressed, sad,overwhelmed,or negative, i call my mom.
she is an amazing lady, this mom of mine. no matter what may be going on,
she tells me, "you can do this!" in a way that makes me believe it.
she says, "i'm so proud of you for just the littlest things!
when i'm feeling like i have such a long way to go, she says, "look how far you've come."
when i tell her that i might be feeling frustration or dissapointed with one of the kids, she never picks sides.
i know she always has my back. she's been there, she raised 6 of us.
her prayers are something mighty to behold. luckily she uses her powers for good. she is always looking out for others. she is cheerful. she is a such hard worker. she is an amazing ceramic artist and she makes the best italian food (actually any food ) i've ever tasted. but the thing she is best at is mothering. in all senses of that word. she listens and cares and takes such good care of all the people in her life. i am so blessed to
have her for a mom.
you know how people always say that girls grow up to be just like their mothers? i am certainly all grown up and i can only wish to be like her. she is 88 years young, i am so grateful to have her. she is truly an inspiration. i mean it.

i love you mom, hope you have a great day! xo

see?     mom celebrating cinco de mayo on wednesday....  she never stops having fun.....

Friday, May 7, 2010

to all the mom's out there....

happy happy mother's day weekend...

love sent, xo

Thursday, May 6, 2010

friends and a hat trick...

i believe that having friends can make you a rich person.  when i blogged about my girls weekend earlier this week  i meant what i said.  on monday night m had her lacrosse team over for team dinner.  i watched and listened to the girls chatting endlessly about all the senior activities coming up.
they chatted about prom dates, boyfriends, break ups, colleges and graduation parties.  i quietly listened and wondered if they had any idea
how important sharing all of this is. some of these friendships might last a lifetime, some might last until the
last graduation cap is thrown.  in the end each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrived.

and the hat trick - congratulations m!!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

happy cinco de mayo day....

in honor of cinco de mayo day you should keep happy with quesadillas, chips and guacamole.  wash it down with a margarita.....

simple cheese quesadillas

8 8-inch flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) grated monterey jack
1 12-ounce container refrigerated store-bought salsa                        


heat broiler.
place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet and sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese evenly over each. top with 2 more tortillas. broil until golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per side ( watch closely)  repeat with the remaining tortillas and cheese. cut into triangles and serve with the salsa.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

maybe it's just a detour... are running or dancing or rollerblading through life at a pretty good pace...on a road that you can handle, heading towards things that you've been working towards for a very long time. the map says you're getting really close, and just after a bend in the'll be there. so you speed up just a bit out of sheer excitement...and you come around the bend.....and there it is......
maybe you've asked for signs ..but, you certainly did not want a road closed sign!
there are some pretty critical points in life, like the ones where we come to a place in our life that tries to forbid us from going any further on our path. some people take those signs and turn the other way...some people are in cars and can't get their cars by the road closed gate ...and some brave people just hop out of the car, over the fence and on their way.
because, the road really isn't might just be closed to if you are in a car....get out. what kinds of things are you going to miss-out on if you don't take that trail that you've been working so hard to get to?
i've taken that trail before .....and, i found the most beautiful of a kind. i found things that could only be found by people who are willing to take the risk....i found plants i'd never seen before, scenes that had never been touched by human hands....i saw the way that the sunlight paints messages through the leaves....the kinds of messages that you only get to see on those kinds of 'closed' trails.
when life comes to roadblocks, ask yourself if they really are roadblocks, or if they are just opportunities to take the trail on foot, where you'll come closer to the things you are seeking...where you'll smell flowers and hear the wind blow through enormouos trees and feel the pinecones beneath your feet....that road closed sign will become a gift in no time.


sites and sounds of girls weekend...

Ogunquit 2010

sunshine and sunglasses. this weekend was wonderful. filled with good times with good friends, long talks, blue skies, beautiful beaches, so many laughs, great food and so much more. i appreciate every precious moment. i am constantly reminded by my heart to be a better friend to those around me.  i aim to never take any kindness shown to me for granted. it's a privilege. it was over in a blink. now we are back to running our homes and getting caught up in regular life.  but we are rejuvenated and sunny and glamorous.

                      friends = one great weekend, thanks guys!

stonewall kitchen for cooking class

   fabulous food...

sue m giving sue n a makeover.....

sue making new friends after the make over...


sue at the bar  figuring out the bill - oh that's right we never got the bill.  xo
remember girls save the date -  first weekend in november... listening skills.