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|Tuesday, June 20th, 2006|
|35th Week in 2 Days!!!
Oh my god!!! I am going to be a MOM! In approximately 34 Days (give or take a few) I am going to be a mommy. I cannot believe it. As the days get closer and the bassinets get made, and the teeny tiny little baby clothes get washed (in Dreft of course!)...and the hospital bags get packed, it becomew more and more real to me.
Tiffany and I are really doing this! We are really going to have this little bundle of joy!
Last week in our birthing classes we had "Labor Rehearsals". It was really quite cool. Tiffany and I were able to forget everything else in the world and focus in on having this child. We tried different relaxation techniques and birthing positions. We practiced our encouraging words and signals and loving touches and glances. We were really there and focused. I feel like we are ready. We have been attending Bradley method classes for about 9 weeks now. We have one more class on Sunday. We have watched videos and talked and listening to our teacher. We have practiced, and prepared and anticipated...
While no one can really prepare themselves fully, I believe that we have done the best we can do. I just hope that when the moment of truth arrives, I don't forget everything!
34 days! Have I mentioned the whole 34 days thing?!?! Yeah, so..umm..34 days....
I have already packed our bags (all three of them) for the hospital. The car seat is in the car. Now it is just a matter of time.
We are so excited, we can hardly stand it!
We have had 5 baby showers and are completely inundated with baby goods. This child is not only going to be the best dressed kid in town, but he is gonna have every little gadget and toy and what not you could ever want...and more accurately, two of each of them! It is just crazy.
Needless to say, I have been a bit preoccupied as of late so please forgive me for the lack of journal entries, but here is the latest. Talk to you soon! Wish us luck!!! Current Mood: contemplative
|Friday, May 12th, 2006|
|Our First Baby Shower!!!
Last weekend my parents threw us an absolutely amazing baby shower. I got to visit with many, may friends who I have not seen in forever, I got to eat lots of chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows, and ummm we got to open a billion trillion amazingly cute and wonderful gifts for our lil guy. We were absolutely spoiled beyond belief. We got boppys, and diaper genies, and swingie chair, and baby bouncers, and clothes, lots and lots of clothes. We got so much stuff! Everyone that came was so generous it just blew me away. Elijah has 6 hand-made blankets. Hand-Made! He has a tummy time surf board thingie, and cute lil stuffed animals. And, hey, did I mention the clothes?!??! So cute! Anyhow, here are some pictures of the big event. Enjoy!
My baby and my friend MAry and her husband Vito hanging out by the pool...
This is my gorgeous fiance' and my friend Mary, who is 8 months pregnant! Wowzers!
Tiff & I and our Cake...
And Afterwards...I love this picture!
And our Stuff! Oh my word, so much stuff! Current Mood: cheerful
|Tuesday, May 9th, 2006|
|And all that Jazz.....
So much has been going on as of late. I finished my last show and am waiting to hear if it has been picked up (fingers crossed). I went on a trip to Chicago with my cousin, M, and then went on a lil trip to the fine state of Wisconsin, to visit my sister piefessor. All in all, it was a fine time. My cousin became quite ill in Chicago after eating their famous deep dish pizza, and was sick the entire rest of the trip. There were some highs and some lows, but I absolutely loved meeting weetapie and seeing my sister. I got to see what she has been doing for the past year, and I am glad I got to see her teach, she is quite remarkable that one. We had some laughs, ate some yummy food, and found out everything there is to know on the subject of diarrhea.
Chicago was great, we walked around the entire city in one day! We saw everything!! And I took my cousin to see Spamalot for her birthday, and the show was great. We saw the tulips on magnificent mile, we ate the pizza (sorry M), we saw Wrigley Field, and Sue the dinosaur. We saw the Sears tower, and the Navy Pier, and our favorite: The Orb! This was our absolute favorite find of the day. Here are some pics from our trip:
(The Really Cool Face Fountain in Wrigley Square)
(My Cousin and I in the Orb)
(The infamous Orb)
(And another angle)
(I like this picture a lot)
(M in the Orb)
(The Tulips..aren't they purty?)
(And the Dinosaurs!! I bet you didn't know they had Dinosaurs in Chicago eh?? Well they do...)
(The Wrigley Building)
(A Message to my love...) Current Mood: awake
|Monday, April 10th, 2006|
Hello Everyone!!! Long time no talk...
Here is the scoop...
We're having...A BOY!!!!! Tiffany, is officially 25 weeks pregnant today :). It has been such an amazing experience, I cannot even put it into words. We are having such a wonderful time, planning the future, day dreaming about all of the fun times we are going to have, anticipating the rough patches, loving every single minute of this whole thing.
She looks amazing, glowing so beautifully, with her perfect lil belly. Well, not lil, but perfect regardless. Elijah (that is the name we decided on btw), has been kicking and turning and playing in that belly like crazy. I got to be there the first time he kicked, and I felt it over her belly, and we both cried. It is really something else. We have basically finished the baby's room, we are just putting a few little last minute touches on it, including a wonderful piece of art we are comissioning from a friend of ours. It is a piece of art that contains the lyrics of "Imagine" in it. We are planning on putting it up above the crib as a sort of mantra for his life. Don't worry, we are using a special mechanism that is used in Museums to make sure that the piece of art is very securely attached to the wall, so that there is no chance that it could fall, unless of course the wall came down, (god forbid).
So, that is what is going on in our lives right now. We have had a few teeny little scares during the whole pregnancy, but everything turned out okay (thank god!). Tiff is suffering from shingles right now, and has been for a few weeks, which has been terrible, but she is being strong and wonderful and trudging through brilliantly. I am hoping that the shingles will clear up soon, so she is more comfortable, it is so very difficult for me to see her in so much pain. :(.
Other than that, things have been great. We have our first baby shower on May 7th, so we are really looking forward to that. It should be great. We are so darn spoiled. We are having five baby showers!!! Five!! We are not going to have to buy anything for this kid for years! ;). I cannot believe how many people have offered to throw us a shower, it is really quite remarkable.
My cousin and I are going to Chicago the first week of May, and then to Wisconsin to visit my sister. I am really looking forward to it. I am fininshing the pilot I have been working on for 2 months on Wednesday, so I will have a little bit of time off, which will be very nice. I plan on resting, giving my girlfriend, lots and lots of massages, fixing up soem things around the house, and snowboarding!! Yay!
I hope all is well with everyone!
Me :) Current Mood: good
|Wednesday, February 15th, 2006|
|Just Like Heaven...
So... I quit my job on Monday. Yaay! It was nice working here for the last 5 months I suppose. Though the people are a little too into their work. I mean, I understand running a business and I understand wanting to be successful, but I don't understand having your personal life totally and utterly emeshed in your business. First and foremost, it is creepy. Secondly, you cannot expect your employees to put the same weight on YOUR business as you do. News Flash!!!! It is not THEIR business. They may, like me, actually have a life they like to go home to and relish in and are proud of. Maybe, just maybe...working as an "associate producer" (which basically translates to a production assistant extraordinaire) for little to no money for an insane amount of hours is actually not desirable to said employee.
I am having a baby. I am in love with the most amazing woman in the world. I have a wonderful family, and friends and a dog and two cats. I have a home that I like to go to at the end of the day. I actually like my life and want to have time to enjoy it. Why that would not be something I valued more 3 months ago when I should have quit I don't know. It was probably out of fear. I mean, afterall, I am a grown adult. I do need to bring a paycheck home every week. And I am having a baby, and I need to set money aside for the months that I would like to stay at home and be with Tiffany and our child. So, I stayed, despite my integrity...I stayed.
Then, last weekend I was offered another pilot, and though I vowed to never do this to myself again, I decided to take it. But! I am taking a lighter role this time, and am going to be assistant coordinating for a wonderful friend of mine, who I worked with as a PA when I first started this business.
I think that these days, my notion of success is having a good job that pays well, but that also allows me to have my home life. I want to be allowed to go to doctor's appointments with my girlfriend and our baby, and not be chastised for it. I want to feel like it is okay if I have a cold and have to stay home. In other words, I want to not be a slave to my work anymore. I am hoping that this experience will be a nice one, one that I can be proud of...the one that will be my last hoorah (SP?) if you will. I truly hope that this pilot goes well, but I am also very serious about changing careers and teaching, so I hope that this will allow me the satisfaction I desired in this crazy entertainment world, and then I can move on with conviction to my next phase of life.
I think I have made the right choice, and I look forward to what the future holds for me.
Now, on an another note, and I know this entry is long, but bear with me...I do have to rave about my wonderful little lady and what she did for me on Valentine's Day. First, I came home to a dozen long stemmed roses and a basket full of presents. She got me sexy underwear, and candles, and the Just Like Heaven DVD that I liked so much. It was really, really cute. Then we went out to dinner at this great little place called Luna Park. The ambiance was fantastic, very well lit, with roses everywhere, and she requested this great little booth that had curtains, so it was private and romantic and wonderful.
The dinner itself was pretty mediocre, but the experience was wonderful. We ordered goat cheese fondue as an appetizer. That came with toasted bread, and slices of apple, and was really, really yummy. They also have this great little thing called "Make your own cocktail" which I had to partake in. They give you all of te ingredients, and you make your own drink! It is really quite cute. And then, for dessert, we made our own smor'es (sp?)!!! They give you a little fondue thingie with little teeny melted marshmallows, and then a little teeny fondue thingie of chocolate and then a little teeny basket of homemade graham crackers, and then you just put it all together and whala! Your own little smo're (again, sp??). It was a really neat experience.
Then off to home we went. Tiff really played it out as if that was it for the evening, and I was perfectly okay with that, I just wanted to get her home if you know what I mean? ;). But upon our arrival at home. I noticed a friend's car outside..??? Then as we were walking up the steps to our house, the walkway was lined with flower petals. :). When we walked in, there were candles everywhere and roses everywhere and champagne sitting in a bucket on our table. And, AND, AAAANDDD!!! Two massage therapists all set up!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! I have been dying for a massage for weeks. Damn she is good that girfriend of mine. She had arranged our friend to come over and set this whole thing up for us! Needless to say, we had such an amazing night. The massage was incredible, probably the best I have ever had.
It was truly a magical night. I love my life. *sigh* Current Mood: happy
|Monday, February 13th, 2006|
|When it's time to Change, then it's time to Change...
I feel like poop. I have a cold AGAIN! I swear, I have no immune system..it is really annoying. I feel like I am always sick... :(. In addition, I hurt my knee at my game on Sunday :(. It hurts really, really badly, and is all blue and swollen.
So aside from that, all is well in Carolineland. I took my beautiful girlfriend out for a special Valentine's weekend extravaganza. I took her to the Queen Mary and booked The "Royal Romance Package" which included a hundred dollar dinner at a lovely restaurant on the ship (5 stars!), a first class stateroom overnight, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the room.
It was quite lovely if I do say so myself. I tookt he CBEST on Saturday morning, and it was a bit stressful to say the least, and after that was done, we were off!
We went and saw this really cool Titanic exhibit they are having at the Queen Mary currently. They had all of these recovered items from the actual Titanic! It was really cool. To see all of these itmes and read all of the stories..it was eerie and enlightening all at once. I really enjoyed it. Then we checked into the hotel.
The hotel room itself was also very cool. It was pretty well preserved with original walls and carpets and bathroom sinks, and bathtubs and toilets. One of the knobs on the bathtub read: "Cold Water Salt" or "Hot Water Salt" or "Hot Water Fresh" or "Cold Water Fresh" it was pretty darn nifty.
We also had a wonderful view of the Harbor to boot! So, needless to say, we enjoyed our special weekend very much.
Today, I gave my letter of resignation to my bosses, I got an offer this weekend from a producer that I absolutely cannot refuse, so it is time for me to move again.
I am exhausted..all I want to do right now is sleep..but alas, I have therapy, and then I will head home.
I cannot wait for Valentine's Day tomorrow, I am very excited... Tiff is taking me to a new restaurant called "Luna Park" where you can make your own desserts! Like you can make your own Smores and caramel apples..they are teeny little green apples that you can dip in caramel and nuts (but not for us!! ). Yipppeeeee!
Okay, bye for now Current Mood: sick
|Friday, February 10th, 2006|
I am seriously avoiding having to study for the CBEST that I am taking..tomorrow! Ugh. I HATE MATH!!!! I just don't get it...and then to compound my already existing hatred of mathematics, I haven't studied it in about 10 years... :(. So, I am at an even greater disadvantage. Poop!
I just want to pass this test. I will feel like a total loser if I don't. *Sigh*
Well, I guess back to the Kaplan's test prep book I go...
Wish me luck! I am gonna need it!
~Me Current Mood: groggy
|Thursday, February 2nd, 2006|
|The Price of Parenthood...
So... I am having a bit of a problem. It's a problem I have been having for many, many, many, oodles (even) of years. That sounds funny, but we will ignore it okay? Okay. See, I am a bit of a spender. I like the nice of the nice or even the really, REALLY nice. And my version of something that is "nice" means something that is wildly overpriced.
Yesterday, Tiffany and I went to Bellini to look at baby stuff, and I picked out the most adorable crib bedding set EVER. And it would match our motif perfectly...the problem you ask?? Well that would be that the crib set cost $450.00... :(. Is this a bad price?!?!? I have no idea, but when Tiffany laughed out loud at my mere suggestion that we buy it, I guessed it was a wee bit overpriced perhaps. $450 for a bumper, a sheet and a crib skirt...I guess that is a large amount of money to spend on something that the baby will undoubtedly pee, poop and spit up on. *sigh*. I tell ya, I am having the darndest time with all of this.
Last week, I picked out the stroller I want (really, really) badly, and it costs...ummm....well, it costs about $750.00...but!!! In my own defense, it is one of those strollers with the detachable car seat/carrier!!! Yup, for that bargain price, people!!!
I am beginning to realize that I am not going to get to do any of the baby shopping alone... I cannot be trusted...
Oh Poop! ;)
P.S In other baby news, Tiffany went to the doctor yesterday and saw the baby again (she is 16 weeks pregnant now)...and she said it was sooo cute, all cuddled up and sleeping. It has two little arms and two little legs, and a little butt, and it was sleeping all crunched up holding it's own legs..I guess that is why they call it the "Fetal position" eh?.. I am a genius! The baby looks great according to the doctor, and has a VERY strong, regular heartbeat!!!! Yipppeeeee! Current Mood: amused
|Monday, January 30th, 2006|
|Here are My Votes...
Go and see Transamerica!!!!!! One of the best films of the year, in my humble opinion. Felicity Huffman should win the Oscar. And do not go and see Capote! I know so many people that just raved and raved about this film, and I hve to say, I was not impressed. So anyhow, there is my film criticism for the week. Back to work I go...
P.S In baby news...we picked out our furniture and our color scheme for the baby's room. *jumps around* it is soo very cute. We are painting the room this beautiful called "Christopher Robbins'Treehouse". It is this pretty little green color. And our furniture is honey oak, and it is beautiful. Now all we have to do is paint the room. We need volunteers..anyone interested? I will buy you lunch *wink* *Wink* Current Mood: calm
|Wednesday, January 25th, 2006|
|Living on a prayer...
So Tiff and I had our genetics counseling meeting last night with a very nice man named Jeff...
He told us all about how wonderfully horrible things could happen to our baby...like Edward's disease, and Spina-Bifida, and Downs and all these other truly horrifying things that I cannot even pronounce.
We just sat there in horror..nauseous and terrified. And although, he comforted us by saying that the "likelihood" of having a child that has any one of these billions and billions of chromosomal defects is slim, neither Tiff nor I felt very confident after we left there. It's a scary, scary thing people. I never knew how many things could possibly go wrong. Because she is 35 years old, and will be 36 at the time of delivery, her risk and the babies risks increase significantly. If I had a baby today, there is a 1 in 416 chance of me having a child with any abnormality. When tiffany has our baby, there is a 1 in 148 chance she will have a baby with an anomalie of some sort. This scares the both of us to death. The meeting with the counselor is basically to decide whether or not you and your partner want to opt to have an amniocenthesis.
This is a much harder decision than you think. See, I always thought for sure I would want one or want my partner to have one, because I would want to know if the child had any birth defects or chance of mental retardation etc. But after you go through the joy of actually finding out you are going to have a baby, and you are in the shoes of a person that has to make such a decision, it is much harder than you could ever imagine. See, there are some risks involved in having an amnio, and granted, the risks are slim to none, but there is a chance that you will have complications from the amnio that result in miscarriage or other difficulties.
See, Tiff and I planned this pregnancy, we have been waiting for it for a long time, and when it happened, nothing but pure joy had taken over. Of course we were worried about the first trimester, you always are a little worried about that..and we both have our fears associated to every little aspect about the pregnany itself. We wonder whether she is eating right, staying away from harmful chemicals,taking the right vitamins, exercising enough. I make sure she doesn't lift up heavy objects. I pray she does not fall, or get into an accident or basically hope that nothing happens that could possibly result in harming the baby and her in any way. So how could we decide on something that even has a slight chance of ending in the loss of our child?
While noone wishes to have a child with any birth defects, or any brain malfunction, predisposition for illness, or anything of that nature, we feel that we have been truly blessed with this child and that it really isn't something that we will would necessarily terminate the pregnancy over. We want a healthy child more than anything else, as does everyone, but if we should happen to have a child that is not, we still want this child more than anything.
Needless to say, we opted not to consent to the amnio at this point in time. I just don't think it would help us to know that we had a child that was sick. We want to revel in the joy of this miracle, not plan for a lifetime of difficulty. I suppose we will face that if it should happen.
I hope we are making the right choice. Does anyone have any advice??? We could sure use some kind words or a bit of encouragement right now. Current Mood: nervous
|Wednesday, January 18th, 2006|
Hello everybody, What's shakin'? So life has been really good as of late, it seems my life was at a crossroads not so long ago, and I chose the right path if you will. I was reading through all my journal entries yesterday (yes, I was at work, and yes my job is boring...) and I was amazed to see how much my whole life had changed once Tiffany really came into it. It was quite remarkable really.
We are so lucky to have found one another, and I thank whatever powers that be that have brought us into this life together. I cannot believe that she is 14 weeks pregnant..in just 6 more weeks, she will be half way through her pregnancy! It is just crazy! She is really starting to show. It is quite adorable really.
I took her out on a date last Thursday and as we were sitting in the movie theatre, I looked over and she was sitting like a real pregnant girl, and her tummy was protruding ever so cutely. I put my hand on her tummy and my head on her chest and we just smiled. I don't know how to explain it, and probably those of you that have children know the feeling I am about to describe, but I don't think anyone has ever known true love before they think of their children. I mean to say, that that kind of love is so different than anything I have ever known before. And while my love for Tiffany is true and pure and amazing, the love a parent has for their child, even inutero, is unexplainable.
I am so excited about being a mom. I daydream about it constantly. I stare at other mothers and their children and think about how I would deal with a particular situation if I were in their shoes... I wonder if I will know what to do, and what to say. I know I will make many mistakes, but I hope that I will do a good job. I want my child to feel secure and loved always and know that I am listening and that I care and understand. It's a funny thing, the prospects of becoming a parent, your whole world view changes. Things that you never used to think about plague your mind. You are forced to look at yourself without any smoke and mirrors.
I hve been really struggling with my career lately, and the choices I have made with regards to it. I work a lot, I mean... A LOT. I don't get vacations really.. I don't get days off for Holidays. I work on weekends sometimes..I work all night at other times...it is really a horrible, horrible schedule. And it's not as if this job brings me so much satisfaction either. I am not driving a beemer, I am not living in the lap of luxury, and I am certainly not loving my job.
So, my girlfriend and I have discussed it at great length, and I have decided that I am going to take the CBEST in February and go back to school to get my Masters Degree in Education, and become a teacher. Better hours, holidays, time off, amazing opportunities, the satisfaction I crave in knowing I have touched a life, working with our youth, challenging my mind, this is what I want...this is what I live for...this is exactly what I am going to do.
Tiffany has been gracious enough to afford me the opportunity to do this, as she has offered to cover our household bills and rent for the time being. I am going to get a joe job of some kind, and go to school full time. Heck, my sister did it and she was a success, why can't I try it?!?! If I never try, I would never know what could have been, and I will always resent myself for that. I will be crushed when I realize I don't know my children, and that I am not around to help Tiff raise them, and when I am around I am cranky cuz I hate my job...it is sooo not worth it. But my love for Tiffany and the future of our family is..and so I am very excited about this new adventure. Wish me luck! Current Mood: excited
|Monday, January 9th, 2006|
|My Fairy Tale Life...
Wow! It has been a very, very long time again! Well, there is some VERY, very big news for all of you in Live journal land. I will begin by filling you all in on some of the major highlights in 2005:
My girlfriend and I (after our failed attempt to adopt little Chloe) decided to start trying to have a baby on our own. We began this process in September, meeting with the sperm bank, getting counseling and what not with regards to this, and we found a perfect donor! I think I should write a book or make a short film regarding the process, as it is probably the most unusual thing anyone could go through. I remember reading through this particular bank's catalog thinking...this is sooo very weird. There are various prices attached to various sperm, there are handling fees, and shipping fees and price tags that go along with everything you could ever imagine could ever happen with sperm. To "wash" the sperm for instance costs $60.00 and who would want unwashed sperm, I mean really?!? I only want the top of the line, if you know what I mean?! Anyhow, the whole process is quite surreal, and after much deliberation, reading and counseling we found our candidate...number 630. Oh yeah, he's our daddy! he is an actor (and we are superficial you know..) so we knew he would be cute, we also got to see a baby picture of him, which confirmed his cuteness. We also got to read his 30 page profile which revealed a very pensive, talented, bright guy with very little negative family history, so he was our number one choice.
We had our first go around in October, and the insemination failed... :(. But given Tiff's age (35), we were not at all surprised by this result. So, we put our chins up, and tried again. This is where I have to interject with some other BIG NEWS!! In Late October, I took Tiffany away for a surprise weekend getaway. (which I wrote about briefly in a prior entry). The weekend was a getaway to New York City, where a little over a year ago, Tiffany and I took a little trip to (as friends) and fell madly in love.
The timing could not have been more perfect either, because after the news that she was not indeed pregnant that month, we needed a little pick-me-up. What she did not know, was that I was planning on proposing to her that very weekend. And let me just say, as I have said multiple times before, it could not have been a better weekend. I had everything well mapped out. I packed her bags for her, and had a car pick us up at our house on Friday night. As we were on our way to LAX, Tiff begin to get more and more excited. She loves surprises though, so she did not ask where we were going. She didn't find this out until the announcement came over the loudspeaker that our fight was boarding for JFK. She was thrilled, I was thrilled, I couldn't wait.
When we arrived in NY Saturday morning, another car was there to pick us up and take us to the Dream Hotel, which is located in the heart of Manhattan, just steps away from both Central Park and Times Square. The hotel was amazing, to say the least. We settled in, took a brief nap, and then headed out on the town. The whole city was just magical. With chestnuts roasting in little carts, street fairs a plenty, and just the most perfect weather you could ever ask for. It was simply amazing. We walked around times square all day, stopping to watch the ice skaters at Rockefeller plaza, and then stopping by places like Tiffany's and Toys R' Us. It was just fantastic. We then went back to the hotel to have a cocktail and get ready for the evening.
We got changed into out fancy cocktail dresses, and went down to the lobby, where I had arranged for a black stretch limo to take us around for the evening. She was really, really shocked and excited. (which made for a very happy me).
The limo took us back to Rockefeller plaza and we went up to the 65th floor to dine at the Rainbow Room. This is where I took her on our first official date August of 2004. We drank some champagne and had an amazing dinner. Then it was back to the limo for some more surprises.
I directed the Limo driver to take us to Central Park, where upon our arrival, the most beautiful horse drawn carriage was waiting for us. It was clad full with red velvet decor, and a lovely red velvet blanket to keep warm under. So we embarked on our hour long carriage ride through the park, whereupon I pulled out the ring and proposed. She accepted, we cried and all was happily ever after. We returned to the limo with the biggest smiles frozen onto our faces, and there, a bottle of champagne to celebrate sat for our toast. We toasted and kissed and giggled our way to our next destination - The top of the Empire State Building. We went up on the last elevator, ran around it VERY quickly as we were both freezing our asses off, and then back to the limo...which took us back to our hotel for the night.
And boy, was that a wonderful night...
The next morning we were up by 10:00 and out the door by 11:00...grabbed a slice, and walked over to central park. It was the most beautiful day I have ever seen. The colors in the trees had changed to the prettiest fall oranges and yellows and reds I have ever witnessed. Tiff had to take off her overcoat and walk around in a tank top, that is how warm and perfect it was. I took her on an hour long row boat ride through the park, where I could not keep my eyes off of her. It was just magical, I cannot emphasis that word enough. We left there and then headed back into the city for our 3:00 matinee show of Spamelot, which was starring Alan Tudyk, Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce! It was just awesome!!
Also, Tiff's mom happened to be in Connecticut this particular weekend, and jumped on a train to come toast our engagement, which was just lovely for both of us. We drank champagne and had some appetizers before the show...and then we ere off. The show was amazing,hilarious, and down right fantastic! We left there, I postponed our return flight to the latest possible flight leaving that night, and we went back to our hotel's restaurant to have dinner with Tiff's mom, cousin and some other family friends. The all congratulated us and drank to our engagement, it was just lovely.
We hoped on a plane that night and returned home, filled with nothing but joy in both of our hearts. The next day was Halloween, so Tiff went to school dressed up as a baby, clad full with pig slippers, a footsie pajama complete with a butt flap, pig tails and a gigantic pacifier. Unbeknownst to us, Tiffany was ovulating, and would have to go in during her lunch break to be inseminated for the second time. Yes people, she had to be inseminated whilst wearing a BABY costume...classic! The nurse laughed out loud when she saw her.
But it must have sent some great vibes or something cuz lo and behold, this insemination took!!! So, everybody, it is official, I am going to be a mommy! We couldn't be more thrilled. Tiff has just passed the first trimester mark, and is due on July 27th 2006! Yes, I am having a LEO..god help us all! (just kidding!, well...maybe just a little...). So there is our big news!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday season, and will have a great 2006! I will keep updating with all the exciting news that will come with this miracle. Bye for now.
Here are some pics for you as promised:
My beautiful Fiancee on a boat in Central Park
Us in Times Square
Tiff at Spamelot
More of my beauty..and if you look closely, you can see the ring!
And, last but not least, our engagement photo: Current Mood: calm
|Monday, December 19th, 2005|
|'Tis the Season!
The Holidays are officially here..and despite my best efforts, I am officially stressed out. Every year I promise myself I am going to start early, make a plan...not go overboard...and every year, EVERY SINGLE YEAR, I do just the opposite. :(
I Did, however, finish Christmas shopping! Thank god!!! I have a bunch of stuff I need to go return though, cuz, like I said, I went a tad overboard... :(. And I kept seeing things for people and just getting them...and getting them, and getting them. Then I had to come back to reality and say.. "Self, I know you think that everyone's christmas is made or broken by your perfect gifts to them..but guess what self??? They're not!!!"...sad, but true...so me and my fifty bags o' stuff are going to go back to the fifty stores I went to to get all these gifts, and return some of them.(head down..shuffles away...).
So, Christmas shopping done, going to go return things and get a good $500 back from what I've spent this year..(thank god). and we have a tree! Yippeee!
My girlfriend and I got the perfect tree this year. And although we have misplaced most of our decorations, we found our ornaments and stockings, and made do with what we had...and the house looks absolutely amazing. I also bought the coolest thing ever, and as soon as I find my damn memory sticks, I will take pictures and post them! I will tell you what I got in the meantime. I got a gigantic 6 foot Snow Globe lawn decoration that actually snows inside! It is awesome, and I went to great length to find it, and, my friends, I have to say, that I really, really love it.. I really do.
When Tiff found out how much I spent on it, she almost had a heart attack, but then, just the other night, at 10:30 pm, as I was taking out the trash, a group of our neighbors were standing in front of it, admiring it, and telling me that it brightened up their day and that they love it, so that made me happy, and Tiffany was beaming with pride! Yaaay to dorky lawn ornaments!
I meant to put our lights up this weekend, but Tiff was really sick and I had about a billion parties to go to this weekend, so that didn't so much happen..oh well..maybe I will get to do it tonight...nothing like waiting til the last minute, eh?
So anyhoo, Friday Tiff and I went to the promenade and finished our shopping, it was lovely, all decked out for the holidays, clad full with carolers, street performers, and other such delights. It was a nice way to spend some time together and not get swept up in the craziness that is the week before Christmas.
Sunday, we celebrated my dad's birthday at a lil place called tequilas...my entire family was drunk and man are they funny when they are drunk! From there I went to my Work Holiday Party which was nice.. I guess?? And then to Tiff's family party where Santa himself paid a little visit! And then it was off to my Sister's annual shindig, which was lovely as always. I got to see some old friends that I haven't seen in FOREVER it seems, and that was really, really nice. I can't believe how we've all grown up! Marriage proposals, babies, engagements..it is just crazy, and wonderful too!
Despite my best efforts to ruin this Christmas (for some strange reason...), I think that it is actually going to be quite lovely. In fact, I know it is! Happy Holidays to you all, may you and yours have a safe and joyous Holiday season, and a Happy New Year! Current Mood: drained
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2005|
"Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong???" Current Mood: numb
|Thursday, November 10th, 2005|
|What is wrong with this world?!?!?!?
Is it just me, or have you noticed that customer service, and general kindness is at an all time low???
Or rather non-existant at this point in time. Ugh! I have had the most annoying two weeks. First: I went to Kaiser the other day, which is really hard for me, because I have a new job and I really don't want to take any time off, but I took a haf day, and I really needed to go to the doctor, so I did. I got there at 10:20 for a 10:40am appt. Wanna guess what time they got around to seeing me (after many tears mind you...) 12:05.. I kid you not! I made this appt a month in advance and I had to wait there for almost 2 hours?!?!?! What the F*%k?!?!? Then my whole car situation... I waited in South Central for 4 hours...remember that..yeah....
The other day I waited on hold with cingular wireless for an hour..noone came back to ask me to wait, or explain why I was put on hold for that long or to apologize or anything....
Then in NY , I had ordered a car service pickup from the airport. not only were they late, but the car was trashed..off white (when I specifically asked for a black town car), and the guy spoke on the phone the entire way to our hotel. If I wanted this kind of an experience, I would have hailed a cab...Even better, when I called the service to complain she said that there was nothing she could do about it...AHHHHHHHHH!
Then today, I was at a gas station near Sunset Blvd. And as I was pulling away this other car was trying to get to another pump. Well, that was all fine and dandy, but the way I was situated whilst trying to exit would have caused this person some trouble trying to get to the pump..so I hit my gas and drove in front of them so as to get out of this person's way. Well apparently she thought I cut her off, so, she proceeded to follow me to the next street while screaming at me and taking pictures of me..?!?!?! WTF?
Then, just this afternoon, I went to pick up lunch. As I was turning around the corner in the parking lot, these two guys were walking around the corner. How the fuck was I supposed to see them before turning, they crossed from the other side?!?!? Anyhow... I didn't slam on my breaks for fear that the person behind me would hit me, and kept driving...so the mature 50ish your old guy threw his coke on my car. I almost let it go and just casted him off as a complete idiot/loser...but I just couldn't..this was the last straw!
So I backed up...and rolled down my window and said "excuse me sir, but was that entirely necessary?" to which he responded "yeah, you got in my way..." Me: "So what your saying,is that you felt it was okay to destroy personal property because I got in "your way"? Him: "Yeah...you cut us off..." Me: "so if I go to the police right now and say that you threw your coke on my car, and they came to question you, you would say???" Him: "I would say that you hit us, and that I dropped my coke on your car cuz you ran into us". Me: "So you would lie?"
Him: "No, that is what happened". Me: "Really? cuz that's not what I have you saying on this recording a second ago (pulls IPOD out as if to say I have recorded you saying everything, idiot didn't even think about the fact that you can't record on them...haha). I then said "Sir, I think you need to grow up, and just remember, Karma's a bitch!" then I drove off. Fucking IDIOT!He made me so mad. You should have seen the scared and perplexed look on his face, it was priceless.
To top it off, I am really sick, and feel like total crap, so these rude people just make it about a hundred times worse. All I want to do is crawl back into my bed and not wake up til tomorrow. Maybe the world will do a complete turn around and all the rude, obnoxious and heartless people in the world will just cease to exist.
One can dream can't they? Current Mood: irritated
|Monday, November 7th, 2005|
|Adventures in Car Towing....
Ahh where to begin, where to begin...?? I will begin by saying that last weekend was the most amazing weekend of my life and we had a wonderful time on our trip. I am waiting to upload all my pictures so I can do an official entry just about that glorious, magical weekend. Let's just say that I love New York City in Fall...my gawd...why I ever came home from there I will never know. (oh, yeah, that whole job and house and dog..thing..that's right...hmpf...heheh). Anyhow, like I said, all that is for another entry. So instead I will just talk about my adventures this past weekend.
Let us begin with Friday around...7ish shall we? Got off work around 6ish...packed my dog, Tillie, up in the car (she comes to work with me) and headed home. All seemed normal...I stopped at the Chevron (the evil Chevron) for some gas, and off we went. I called my sister on the way, and we had a lovely conversation...which was rudely interrupted by my car making a sound that I have never heard any car make before in my life. My sister told me to get off the phone and off the frwy as soon as possible. And this, this, my friends, is where the real adventure begins.
So, I get off the frwy (just barely) and pull into another Chevron station (are you feeling the tension here?). The only difference between this chevron and the other chevron is that this one, my friends, was in South Central Los Angeles. Oh yeah, little ol me parked my now dead car at a Chevron in South Central LA. Woo Hoo! I called for some roadside assistance and they assured me they would have someone there within 45 minutes, which was frightening, but not undoable ( I think I made that word up?). So my dog and I sat there....and sat there...and sat there....we watched people pee on the side of the station walls...we saw people shooting up behind the bushes right in front of my car. We saw prostitutes, we heard gun shots...(no joke) and we waited some more.
An hour or so later I got a call from the roadside assistance place...it was a recorded message saying, "we just wanted to confirm that your car has been picked up"...huh??? Ummm...no!!!... So I called them back and said that we had indeed not been picked up and that it would be really nice if they would do it quickly, you know, like before we were murdered. So, they called the tow truck people and they said they would be there in another hour or so...hmpf....not good news. So Tillie and I sat some more. We held in our bladders and tried to make the best of a VERY bad situation. At one point, some guys pulled up and asked me what I was doing in a neighborhood like that....yup...you get the picture right? So I waited some more..then the crazy chevron attendant came out yelling at me to move my car. I explained to her that in theory that would be a wonderful thing to do..but that my car was completely dead and that there was no way I could get it to move. She didn't quite understand that and kept yelling at me. In fact, she told me that I needed to push it out of the way.?!?!?!?!?!?!? I drive a ford escape. I weigh 130 pounds..there was no way I was going to be able to push the car....I hated this woman. So, I got back into my car, locked my doors and just sat there.
You see, the reason she needed me to move my car was becuase the Chevron gas delivery truck was getting there any second and of course the place they needed to attach the pump or whatever to was right behind my car. Needless to say, they managed..but the best part of this story, is that it then took another 40 minutes for me because the tow truck couldn't get to my car. LOL! So now, I have been at this gas station for about 2 and a half hours....oh yeah, that is a fatastic way to spend a Friday night, let me tell you. Finally the tow people got there. They smelled of alcohol and cigarettes, but I didn't care...I just wanted to be saved from the confines of my vehicle. My friend picked me and Tillie up and we went home..I got home at 11:30pm..this ordeal started at 7:05pm...ugh is all that I have to say about that! My car is still in the shop, they have no idea what is wrong with it...the best part is that I just paid my car off! :( Ugh, ugh, ugh!!!! Oh well, I will always have NY! And that is all that matters.
P.S Go see Jarhead, it is really, really good! Okay byeeee! Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, October 27th, 2005|
|Just in Case you were wondering....
Preserving Your Pumpkin
The best way to add lifespan to you carved pumpkin is to soak it in a tub of cold water. An hour usually does the job. If you have very fine details carved on the pumpkin, soak it overnight. A little bleach will help kill off germs.
Vaseline or any petroleum jelly on the exposed and sawed edges will help prevent the pumpkin from rotting.
HEHEH...you learn something new everyday! Current Mood: bored
|Goblins, and Ghoulies, and Creepies, (no I am not talking Politics...) oh my!
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Halloween is almost here!!!! I am soo very excited! I love most holidays, but I have to say, Halloween is probably one of my favorites. I got all my decorations from my parents garage last night, and tonight my girlfriend and I are going to carve pumpkins and decorate!!! Yaaay! I know what you are probably thinking...isn't thursday a little early to be carving pumpkins when Halloween isn't until Monday?!?!? Well, yes, yes it is. But we are going away for the entire weekend and won't be bavk til late Sunday night, and we both have to work on Monday all day, so this is the only time we can do it. So I have to go google "how to keep a pumpkin from rotting for 5 days once carved"... if you have an suggestions, do tell.
Last night I went and bought a flying ghost for our hauunted house. It is so darn cool. It is on a long zip line and flies back and forth on the 25 foot line. And it makes noises and flaps it's little ghost arms. Tiff and I were cracking up last night, because it looks like it is power walking towards you.. (oooh...so very scary!!!) Anyhow, it has become our tradition that we add a new decoration every year to our stash, so now we have quite a little collection complete with tombstones, ghosts, witches who have crashed into the wall and or lawn, little pumpkin lights, and other such delights. I am looking into buying a fog machine as well after last years dry ice fiasco. Oh, I am so excited!! We are going to eat vegetarian chili and corn bread (Tiff's family tradition), hand out candy to the kids all night, and then head out to the massive Halloween festival in WeHo. Yipppeee!
This weekend is going to be amazing, I will write all about on Monday. Hope all is well with everyone, talk to you soon!
XOXOX Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, October 19th, 2005|
So this morning I got a call from my mother asking me if my girlfriend and I would like a fire extinguisher for Christmas?!?!?!?!? Ummm.. I didn't know exactly how to respond to this...I paused...thought and then paused again...completely mute... "Hello?, Hello, Caroline?!?!?Did you hear what I asked?? This is mom..." Um...*pause* "yes... I heard what you said... ummm...well...it is not exactly something either one of us would necessarily, put ON our christmas wish list...and umm there has never been any real reason (thank god for that) for us to require a fire extinguisher in our house..but ummm sure..why not?!?!" Clearly this was not actually a question...merely a way of informing me this is what we are getting for Christmas.
Last year was my first Christmas with my current girlfriend. I forwarned her of my mom's weird gift giving tactics...but I don't think she got it until she opened her blender, iron and "mind bender game". *sigh* See, my sister and I have been used to her odd use of Christmas as a way to get us totally random and useless things that will clutter our house, but Tiffany was in no way prepared for such a thing. (Despite my warnings!) So now.. the mind bender thing sits on our shelf as a reminder for this Christmas. Tiff laughs at the fact that my family makes wish lists for Christmas...but now, NOW she will not laugh, oh no...she will make a list, I tell ya! Oh yes she will...
Lordy lordy lordy...feel for us..please.
In other news, the house that we fell in love with a couple of weeks ago in Silverlake just fell out of Escrow, so we are very excitedly getting our paperwork together to see if there is any way in hell we may be able to get this dream house...I am currently trying to sell my soul on ebay...I think it is up to 25,000...I need A LOT more than that people... A LOT! So if you have some money just lying around, and you feel for me (because I have never gotten a good Christmas gift from my parents) please mail your donations to me. In turn I will trade any gift that i get from my parents. :) Sound like a good deal? Oh come on! you know you want a Fire Extinguisher! Come On!!!
Bye for now.... Current Mood: chipper