Archive for November, 2007



November 29, 2007

My Mom, who apparently thought I should be tagged…tagged me! I guess I will be a good sport and play along…

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog.

Seven random/weird facts about me…

1. I have a 15 year old son, a 15 year old sister, a 12 year old daughter, a 12 year old brother, an 8 year old daughter, and a 1 year old sister.

2. I gave birth to my  15 year old son, Kyle,  in Daytona Beach, Fl. on the evening of August 23, 1992, as hurricane Andrew was bearing down on the area. We were well away from the eye, but waiting to see for sure where it would hit was stressful at best!

3. I met, dated, got engaged, and married my husband in a period of 11 months and we have been married for 14 years, with many more to come!

4. After the birth of my middle child, Sarah, I developed some weird allergies…strawberries, alcohol, and a contact allergy to corn products (corn meal, corn starch…).

5. Even though I am in my mid-thirties all 4 of my grandparents are still alive. I guess I come from hearty stock!

6. I am very technically savvy, but one of my dreams is to have a little cabin somewhere completely “off the grid,” that I can go spend a week or two a year to relax and forget about the chaos of life.

7. When I was in sixth grade, my best friend, Karen, and I had a candy making business called KC’s Candy. It didn’t last long, but we sure did have fun!

I would gladly tag 7 other people, but I don’t really know that many people with blogs. My Mom would be the likely person for me to tag, but she already tagged me, so I guess it would be silly to tag her back!


What a lovely day…

November 22, 2007

…for a race! It is Thanksgiving and in Upstate NY it is supposed to be cold and snowy at the end of November! Apparently the weather didn’t get that message and instead it was cold and pouring rain.

One of the local towns held their 35th annual Turkey Trot, a 4.4 mile race near the lake. With the lovely winds blowing in across the lake from Canada, and the torrential downpour of rain, I am sure Kyle had a nice run… I had to work, so my MIL took Kyle to the race. She said everyone was covered in mud at the end of the race. Several people apparently fell down, although Kyle was not one of them. But all of the runners will still muddy, whether they fell or not. Over 1400 people went out to run. Due to the ridiculously large crowd, my Mother-in-law was not able to get a picture of Kyle crossing the finish line, but she did take a good shot of the throng of people. We are still waiting for the results of the race to be posted, but my MIL is pretty sure he finished in just under 41 minutes. Go Kyle!



Wordless Wednesday

November 20, 2007

This picture was actually taken about 1 1/2 years ago in Niagara Falls. I have a slide show as my screen saver and when this picture came up and we all agreed it should be a WW.



A few new posts…finally!

November 20, 2007

There are a few additional new posts after this one, so scroll down when you are finished.

Things have been a little insane lately! I started working full-time, moved to a new store (same company), and we all had horrid colds.

The new store is awesome. I am loving it! I go in at 4am and work until 12:30 basically making donuts, muffins, and bagels and making sure the case where we display them remains full and neat. I am meeting new people and seeing how things are done differently in different stores. This is exactly what I wanted. I am having a blast!

Ah, the colds we had! Jeff got one, then I did. The kids followed, Kyle, then Sarah, and Erin. Then Jeff got another cold that turned very quickly into bronchitis. It was horrid and earned him a night in the hospital while they gave him treatments to improve his breathing. Not fun! That was almost 3 weeks ago, and he is finally feeling better, although he still uses the inhaler from time to time.

Things have been very topsy turvey, and every time I think I am going to post, something else comes up. I still have some more stuff to post, but it will have to wait for another day.


Birthiversary Gifts

November 20, 2007

When Jeff and I got married, we decided we should have the wedding between our birthdays, so we would be the same age when we tied the knot. Very silly, we know, but, well, that’s the way we are!  Jeff’s birthday is the end of October and mine is the end of November, so we got married right before Thanksgiving and my birthday. Since the kids birthdays are in July, August, and September, money is usually tight by our birthdays and anniversary, so we get each other little things for each and don’t think much of it. Well, this year we decided to go bigger, so we combined each gift into a “birthiversary” gift.

I love being surprised, but Jeff usually requests my input in deciding what to get me. I usually request something practical that I/we need. This year I told him I wanted to be completely surprised, so when he asked me to look at “this” on the computer and tell him if it was something I wanted, I told him to decide himself and surprise me! Well, he did, and this is what I got…


When I first started watching hockey in 1990, Jagr had just started playing for the Pittsburgh  Penguins. I thought he was a wonderful player, and for many years enjoyed watching him play for the Pens. When he left them and went to the Caps, I just couldn’t give up being a Pens fan. Jeff managed to find me a jersey with Jagr’s name/number in the Penguins old style that I like. It is waaaay cool!

Wanting to totally surprise Jeff, I decided to replace his wedding band. The band that we originally got for him had a depression in the underside of the band that would collect grime and irritate his finger to the point where he could no longer wear it without having a raw finger. About 2 years ago, he stopped wearing it altogether which bothered him enormously. We talked about getting new bands, but the timing was never good. I decided that I would get him a new one this year, so I went looking.

Apparently all jewelry stores sell pretty much the same wedding bands. Every store I went in (3 of them at the mall) had almost the exact same stuff, for the exact same prices. Tired of repeating the same information every time, I decided to just go for it in the 3rd store. I had little idea what he would like best, and no idea what size he needed. As I decided on a ring, I was concerned that he might not like it, or think it was too plain.

When he arrived home from work, I gave it to him and he was very pleased, saying he would have chosen the same thing himself. It was exactly what he wanted…whew!  Here it is…just the ring and his hand…he doesn’t like having his picture taken!



Pirates, Toys, and Running

November 20, 2007

Kyle ran a race on November 10th to support a charity that collects and distributes toys to  youngsters in need. The weather was cold and Kyle had missed an entire week of workouts, due to a miserable cold, leading up to the race. He still pulled off a decent finish time, and enjoyed himself. I had to work, but Grandma took him to the race, and even took a couple pictures of him finishing the race.



Yet another race…

November 20, 2007

Kyle decided to run in the “Johnny’s Run Like Hell” on the weekend of Jeff’s birthday. The race was actually ON Jeff’s b-day, but he was happy to go spend an hour checking out the crazy costumes people wore to the race, and to see Kyle run. Being 4 days before Halloween, lots of people were dressed up in costumes. Johnny’s is a local bar, but the race was to support medical research for either CF or MD…can’t remember which one.

The race was fun to watch, and the day was almost perfect again. There was a bit of a breeze though, so I mentioned to Kyle that his time might not be as good as his last race. Leave it to Kyle to knock 2.5 minutes off his time from the weekend before. His time was 25:31, making it 8:14 a mile. Afterwards, we heard from some folks who have been running much longer than Kyle, that this was a tough race because of the rather hilly terrain. The hills aren’t big, but much of the course is uphill, including the last stretch to the finish line. Here is a picture of him after the race…



Sunday’s Race

November 20, 2007

I had intended to post this almost a month ago, but time just got away from me, and I was having issues posting pictures!

Kyle ran his second race on Sunday, Oct. 21. This race was a 5k on a relatively flat course at a local park. I don’t think the conditions could have been more ideal. It was about 65 degrees with sunshine and beautiful, puffy, white clouds. According to the final results, 280 people participated in the race, which probably didn’t include everyone, because some people were just walking, not running. It was to raise money for Crimestoppers, so some people were just there to support the cause and not to actually “race.” Of the 280 competitors, Kyle was 128th with a time of 28:08, meaning he ran 9:05 minute miles. He seemed happy with that, and it gives him something to work from.

Erin decided she wanted to enter the kids 1k run, so we let her try it out. It was rather amusing, as she got really tired out and strolled across the finish line, rather than running across. She enjoyed it, but was exhausted at the end.

Here are a couple pictures from the morning’s race.