December 25, 2007 at 11:29 am | Posted in Home, News | 16 Comments

Well, we bought the house and are all moved in!!!  I basically live in the new bathtub and we love the new place.  We painted my office this weekend and started putting things away.  I’m blogging from my brother-in-law Scott’s house and I am itching to have my own internet connection set up.  Thanks for all of the well wishes and I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, and if I don’t get online sooner, a happy new year, too!


December 21, 2007 at 10:06 am | Posted in Home, News | 11 Comments

We supposedly close on the house at 11:30 this morning.  We won’t have internet in the new place until January 5th, so blogging may be scarce, but I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

My boys

December 20, 2007 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Love, Photographs, Puppy, Sean | 6 Comments

Eat this candle

December 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Photographs | Comments Off on Eat this candle

We’re not pregnant

December 20, 2007 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Memories | 7 Comments

…nor did we really think we were, but the constant nausea over the last few weeks made us second guess our wishful thinking.

We got the clear to close on the house tonight which means that our mortgage went through and now all that needs to be done is to sign the contracts. This is fantastic news for us and tomorrow may be the day we are awarded the key to our new home. Phew.

So to celebrate, we drove over to Stop and Shop so that Sean could pick up some beer, and while we were there I decided to pick up a pregnancy test. And oooh, we bought I Cant Believe its not Butter and some English muffins.

Here we are at the counter, ready to buy our treasures, and I notice that we didn’t buy pregnancy tests, we bought ovulation tests. Noooooo! So I rip the ovulation tests off the belt and run across the store like Forrest Gump to pick up the right test.

I came back to the line and slammed the pregnancy test down matter-of-factly as Sean laughed. The 16-year-old cashier blushed and rushed through our order. I’m not sure if he was thinking “These people are buying beer and pregnancy tests! Get out of my line sinners!” or “Wow, they’re going to have a good night”.

We giggled at his adolescent reaction.

Sean’s response as we left the store, “We should’ve bought whipped cream.”

Christmas party pooper

December 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Employment, sick | 2 Comments

Today was our work Christmas/holiday party and also my first day back on the job in a week. We had a secret Santa gift exchange and happily, I drew my friend Shawn’s name.  EASY: he’s Irish, likes to drink on occasion, a dog-lover, happily married — he’s a lot like my Sean.

So I bought him Guinness pub glasses.

Maybe not work appropriate, but a present I knew he would like.

I wrapped Shawn’s present last night and went to sleep excited to go back to work and celebrate the holidays with my work friends and teammates.

This morning I woke up dry heaving, in severe stomach pain, coughing up spit and drained of energy.

It must be stress. I ran out of my ulcer medication three days ago. I’m a bum.

I took Sammy for two long walks before work and the cold air made my stomach feel a little better. I dropped him off at home and headed to work.

By noontime, we walked up to our team meeting/holiday party. I still felt sick but now I felt desperate for a garbage can or a toilet. I walked right into that meeting, stared at all of my coworkers, told my boss who was sitting at the head of the table that I needed to go home now. She looked at me and said, “are you sure you can’t stay for the party?” I nearly threw up on her as I told her no, I had to go.

Ironically, Shawn had picked my name for secret Santa too, so he handed me my present — a Dunkin Donuts gift card, candles, and a silver photo frame — and later text messaged me to feel better.

I walked away from that meeting with my tail between my legs, but I’m glad I didn’t throw up in the 3rd floor conference room.

Bad luck day

December 19, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Posted in News | 7 Comments
  • Locked myself and Sammy out of the house and had to flag down a neighbor to call Sean to let us back indoors.
  • Lost my cell phone (!) on a hike through the woods with Carrie.
  • Nearly ran out of gas while driving around New Haven looking for cell phone.
  • Still no house.

Sister hike

December 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Photographs, sisters | Comments Off on Sister hike


December 19, 2007 at 7:29 am | Posted in Agitated, Home | 2 Comments

I don’t think we can take much more of this stress. Give us our house or go away forever so we can pick up the pieces of our shattered lives. We have a large dog living with us in a small condo. He’s been great, really, but it’s time for us to move into our house now. I’m afraid to leave him alone because he’ll probably bark once I leave.

I just keep holding on to the idea of relaxing in our tub as soon as they give us the key, letting Sam run around in the backyard without worrying what the neighbors think, talking to Sean without him bringing up some stressful comment which makes me panic at how this stress is engulfing him.

I’m watching an infomercial on colon cleansing. Today is my last day off from work and the day that the cable was supposed to be installed in the new house. Instead of getting all of the moving done this week as planned, we have done nothing but wait.


Slow going

December 18, 2007 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Home, Photographs, Puppy | 5 Comments

Still no house progress. At least we spoke with our mortgage broker today. She didn’t call voluntarily as we had hoped, so our lawyer called her and ripped her a new one. I believe his words to us were, “Well, she hasn’t heard me scream yet.” I love our lawyer.

We have a few more steps to take to complete the house buying and Sean keeps saying, “We’re going to be homeless in two weeks!” Luckily, Sean’s dad offered to take Sammy on Saturday while our current landlord comes by to inspect the premises. We may own the house by then anyhow, but the babysitting offer warms our hearts.

We’re stressed. We’re tired. We haven’t even thought about Christmas. But we’ve been getting plenty of exercise and smiles thanks to our new four-legger.

Check the sidebar: Sammy’s got a blog. 🙂

A boy and his doggie

December 17, 2007 at 9:10 pm | Posted in Puppy, Sean | Comments Off on A boy and his doggie

HUGE congrats!!!

December 17, 2007 at 7:09 pm | Posted in dreams, News, sisters | 6 Comments

My sister Carrie finished nursing school today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are prouder than proud parents because she worked extremely hard for this nursing degree and she is going to make the best nurse, aside from Laura Margaret, ever.  Congrats sister!!

I am Sam

December 17, 2007 at 6:26 am | Posted in Memories, Puppy | 8 Comments

Guess who woke up at 4:30 this morning.  I knew letting him fall asleep at seven last night was a bad idea.  He’s back to bed now, 6:30, but we’re about to drag his little puppy butt back outside to drop Sean off at work.

“Hey People!  Play with me!  It’s nearly dawn!”

Welcome home buddy!

December 16, 2007 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Love, Memories, Puppy, Video | 8 Comments

Sammy came “home” today for a temporary stay here at the condo until we hopefully can move into our house next week.  He’s been a perfect angel so far.  He slept in the car, he ran with us in the park and then headed himself to the car when he had had enough exercise, behaved wonderfully in Petsmart, and is now sleeping peacefully in his bed.

Sean and I are in love with him already.  So sweet, so patient, so chill.

Sean has been adorable, too.  He went outside and packed down a thirty-foot path so that the dog can poop on grass.  I have a feeling that Sammy Oscar is going to be a very happy dog for the rest of his sweet doggie years.

Merry Christmas, Mama!

December 15, 2007 at 9:55 pm | Posted in family, Happy, Love, Memories | 2 Comments

Since we were originally planning on moving today, I had the day off from work. Sean and I decided to go out to breakfast and head over to Cabela’s, our local camping store, and then to pick up a computer for my mama for Christmas.

Mom’s old computer was her Christmas present a few years ago, I can’t remember where I found it, but it was old and was attacked by a virus and hasn’t worked in months. Before it crashed, she loved to sign onto her computer at night to read this blog and to write my sister and me a nightly email. She didn’t usually have much to say, but still I’ve been missing her daily messages and I know she missed them, too.

So we bought her a used computer this morning and since Sean caught my cold, I drove to her house today to set it up while he slept.

The conversation went like this:

“Hi Mom! We bought you your Christmas present, actually, it’s from Carrie, Laura, Sean and me. Guess what it is!”

“Well, I don’t know. What could it be?”

“I’ll give you a hint: it starts with “C”!”

“Ooh, a candy cane?” (starts singing the “C” is for the candy cane around the Christmas tree lyric from Dean Martin’s Christmas Alphabet)

“No, it’s a COMPUTER!!!!”

She doesn’t have much, and she doesn’t usually need much; this is something I needed. I missed reading her emails at night. I didn’t like that she couldn’t keep up with us through my blog.

When we set it up and found out that this new computer was not yet capable for dial-up (what’s dial-up?), we headed to a local mall together to buy an external modem.

Mom and I sang Christmas carols the whole way. She bought me Josh Groban’s Christmas album to say thank you for her present and we picked up lunch as we sang along to our holiday favorites.

At my mama’s house, she let me open my Christmas presents (which include this awesome handmade scarf [see above picture] I had asked for) and gave me Sean’s and Sammy Oscar’s gifts to take home.

Here’s the first of many emails to come:

Hi girls 🙂 🙂
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!! I just wanted to send a big THANK-YOU to you both (and Laura and Sean too 🙂 for my new computer. I love it!! I didn’t realize how much I missed it til I got back on-line 🙂
I hope you are enjoying the weekend. They were predicting nasty weather but maybe it won’t amount to much. Anyway thanx again 🙂
Luv ya 🙂 🙂 Til next time…


Sean isn’t a big fan of Christmas, he sees traffic and money and hassle, but I’ve always been absolutely in love with this holiday, I get that from my mom. I’m hoping Sean will come to love this holiday, too.

Today was the relaxing holiday cheer I’ve been craving.

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