Monthly Archives: August 2008

Wednesday August 27, 2008

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Well, hello there. I hope you are well. It has been a pretty busy month for me.

 

My mom and I went to Rosemont, IL to see Psychic/Medium John Edward a couple weeks ago.  It was a really nice time. The seminar was awesome as I knew it would be. He is truly just incredible. So many direct hits and I seriously only remember like 2 misses the whole night. He, as always, was so completely accurate with the people he read. And very specific. He is also very thoughtful in his readings. He really wants people to walk away feeling better, more at ease than when they arrived. Yet he sugar coats nothing! No. I did not get a reading. Yes. I was disappointed. But I got over it pretty quickly. 

 

The day after the seminar we went for manicures, pedicures and a massage. It was FABULOUS!! And so needed. After that we watched a Pay per View.  I had already seen The Life Before Her Eyes, but I really wanted to see it again and have my mom see it. She really liked it too, though not as much as I did.  I can’t say enough about that movie. Truly one of the best in years. We stayed 2 nights in a decent hotel. All of it was really nice. It would be awesome to be able to do something like that every year. 

 

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A week after Illinois, we took a family trip to Minocqua, WI.  My parents, husband, kids and I stayed at a nice condo style resort right on Minocqua Lake. We brought the boat and had some time on the water. Not as much time as my husband would have liked…but it was pretty hot during the days and my daughter (who is almost 4 now!!) just doesn’t have the patience to sit on the boat for very long.  But it was a good time. I wish we could have stayed longer.  The view from the room was great. We constantly had bald eagles perched right outside our balcony everyday. I got some great pictures – check them out if you get a chance.

 

We also kidnapped my brother’s gnome and took pictures of him in various locations as though he was on ‘vacation’ too. I then dropped the gnome back off in his yard with a little lunch box containing his pictures as well as a gift for each of my nieces.

 

The first day we were there was pretty stressful, however. We had to go to a public launch to get the boat in the water and over to the hotel slips.  Charlie was driving the boat over to the hotel while I drove the 4 Runner with the trailer.  I have done this plenty of times and know Minocqua pretty well, so I wasn’t nervous. Well, it was a CRAZY afternoon at the very poorly designed launch. As I started to pull out of the driveway, there were 2 cars trying to pull in and one beside me trying to pull out. I tried to rush it and hit the fender of the trailer into the wooden fence on the property. Ugh. Luckily there is a service station right there and we were able (with the help of my step dad who I was able to catch before he took off) to get the trailer over there. It was not drivable. The axel was shifted (tho not bent, thank God) and the plastic fender was severely bent into the tire. 200 bucks and 3 days later, the trailer was fixed. From now on, HEATHER drives the boat and Charlie deals with the trailer!!

 

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Shortly before we left on vacation, I learned that my (along with many others) contract at work will be ending as of September 19th. So, the 18th will be my last day. I am pretty bummed as this is the perfect job for me at this moment in my life. Now, back to being a stay at home mom 24/7. Not sure if I am ready for that again right now.  But that is how it goes. Trying not to be too upset about it.

 

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Something else I have been struggling with…my weight. I have to lose it. I cannot stand looking this way anymore. I need to lose 20 lbs and would like to lose 30.  Everything I have tried has failed. I am really at a loss as to what else I can do at this point without developing an eating disorder or starting smoking again. I know that sounds ridiculous…but I am very frustrated.  I have the diabetes walk on October 4th and I would really like to be in better shape for it. I have no problem doing the walk – very easy. But I just want to LOOK better, ya know?  And yes, I am still considering the boob reduction…but that wouldn’t be for quite a while if I did eventually get the balls to do it.

 

 

 

 

I think that is pretty much it for now. Talk at ya later J

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Mr. Gnome Takes a Vacation

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My brother’s gnome decided last minute that he wanted to join us on vacation. He sure hopes Chad and Bess didn’t miss him too much. But he will be returning tomorrow with photos of his trip as well as souvenirs for Leia and Abby.  So, maybe they won’t be too pissed that he left without asking.
 
(larger pictures in Minocqua photo album)
 
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Leia’s (My darling niece) Dance Recital

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Monday August 4, 2008

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Well, hello there. Been a while. August is such a busy month, haven’t been too energized in the blogging department. Well, in any department really. But I finally have a moment as the kids are pretending to nap…ah…the brief moments of silence, gotta enjoy them while I can.

 

This past weekend we had a party for my mom and step dad’s 25th anniversary. I was in charge of throwing it, but it was at their house (thank God). It was a pretty good turn out and everyone seemed to have a good time – at least it seemed so by all of the empty Miller and Grey Goose bottles.  Besides my step dad and I who do not drink, I think everyone got a bit tipsy!! But they had fun, which is good.  Cassidy was the only kid out there – besides my 6 month old niece – and I was so proud of her for behaving the whole day. I thought she would have been a monster being so bored around all these adults. But she wasn’t at all. I wish she was that well behaved everyday!!!

 

My mom’s childhood friends from Mundelein, Illinois came up for the party. My gift to my mom was a room at a nearby hotel for all of them to stay that night. So after the party, my mom and “the girls” partied more at the hotel. Why at age 34 am I so lacking in the tolerance and energy departments and they at age 50ish can party and drink all night?? Man. I really AM a loser.  Anyway, they all have been passing this huge can of beans around between the 5 of them for the past 13 years or so. I even had it for a short time as I received it as a wedding gift. Well, I guess they decided to retire the beans and do so with a burial ceremony. It was quite strange and entertaining. I have some pictures in my latest album of the party and the “ceremony”.

 

This Thursday my mom and I are going to Illinois to see John Edward. I am SO stoked. We went about 2 years ago and it was truly awesome. I have a blog on here somewhere about it. Anyway, we loved it so much we decided to go again when he added the event to his schedule. We are going to stay an extra night too just for a mini getaway – which I desperately need!!!! So, Thursday night we will be going to the reading seminar and then on Friday we are just going to be really lazy and get a massage, order pay per view and veg. Cannot wait!!! I hope some of my dead people come through. I would be so grateful to “hear” from my dad especially. But even if we don’t get read, it will be great and I will try not to get disappointed this time. I have heard him bring pets through – maybe I will even get a nudge from Brian!! Okay Heather note to self…no expectations…remember that!!

 

About a week or so after we return from Illinois, we are all (me, my husband, the kids, mom and my step dad) going to Minocqua for a few days. We are staying at a resort hotel which has boat slips right on the Minocqua chain outside the rooms. So, it will basically be a boating vacation. I love it up there. I just hope it isn’t stressful with all of us. This will be our first vacation with the kids. I hope it all goes well. I am looking forward to taking them to Paul Bunyons restaurant. I loved it when I was a kid, hopefully it is the same.  As you can see, we are fancy types Sarcastic

 

I am absolutely dreading leaving Bob while we go up north. This will be his first time without us since Brian passed away. He is already been acting so needy and clingy…I just don’t know how he is going to react to us leaving. We are having a friend of my mother in law taking care of him. I probably sounded like a TOTAL nut when I was explaining my need for him to be picked up and petted A LOT.  But with him having this kidney disease and not knowing how long he will be around (Brian went SO fast) I just do not want him stressed or unhappy at all for the rest of his time. I hope he will be ok. I am going to leave the TV on Animal Planet while we are gone. Don’t tell Charlie.

 

I have been seriously considering the cosmetic surgery again.  I saw a new way they are doing breast lifts on TLC or Discovery…one of those.  And while it still looks gruesome, I am hearing so many good things from people who have had reductions/lifts.  I think that I may go in for a consult just to see if insurance would pay. Then I will obsessively contemplate if it is worth going under for. I am SO afraid of anesthesia and/or dying from such an unnecessary surgery.  I also worry about whether it is “right” to do or not…like karma-wise, ya know? I am still not convinced we are suppose to be doing these types of things…but that might just be my guilty nature. I dunno. I over analyze so much. But I sure would like to look better. And I know that my size is the reason I look so much bigger than I should. I have to buy these huge tops and everyone thinks I am in maternity wear. I swear to you…I am asked if I am pregnant or something to that nature like once a month!! It is SOOO depressing. I mean, I know I am heavy and need to lose about 20-30…but come on!! I just think it might really help my self esteem. Ugh.

 

Anyway….I will write again soon…thanks for listening….I am putting a couple John Edward readings below for your enjoyment Open-mouthed

 

 
 
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