I never ever thought I would stop blogging. But right now I don't know how to keep going. So I am signing off. I am officially not going to finish NapoBlahBlah. I may or may not be back. I don't know. If I am back in any way shape or form, I will announce it here. It won't be secret.
But for now, before the blahs take over this blog entirely and I look back on it in a few years and regret letting it get so down, I will put it on hold.
Today my Great-Aunt had a surprise 80th birthday party. It was a wonderful brunch where I got to see so many relatives that I rarely get to see. It did, however, make me feel very very old. In my immediate family, I was the first of my generation, the oldest grandchild. So for many years as a young child, our family celebrations were spent with this branch of my father's family, really, his cousins.
Today, these 2nd cousins all have grown children, some of whom are also parents. This made me feel so old. Especially when my favorite "great-cousin" of all time, the one who worked in communications and PR and inspired me as a young teenager to go into that field, introduced me to her 16 year old daughter! The summer she found out she was pregnant, I was in college and working with her for the summer doing pr work in her office. Can it possibly be that I was in college 16 years ago? How is that possible? Where did the time go?
The girls had a good time. They were the only little kids there, except for a not-yet-2-y.o., so they were pretty much the center of attention..... Too bad for my Great-Aunt! We did leave them there with my parents mid-party to go to more open houses..... the great house search of 2008 continues. You do not want to know what we are attempting now.... I'll let you in on it in a couple of days....
Links! I promise you a REALLY great time waster tomorrow! and if you didn't catch my link request on Friday, go back a couple of posts.
Among my few addictions, the big ones are of course Camper Shoes and wine after the kids go to bed. But one I haven't mentioned too often is my addiction to magazines. Even though I don't actually believe one word that is printed in it, I still buy People magazine almost everyweek. Vanity Fair is my absolute favorite and doens't last more than a week, evne though I read it cover to cover, including all the captions under the party pictures. I buy almost all the "modern and trendy" decorating magazines like Domino, Real Simple, Canadian House and Home.... I used to buy Blue Print and Budget Living. Ready Made is another favorite, as is Craft.
As you can imagine, I end up with a lot of magazines laying around.... But try as I might, I can't wrap my head around the online versions. I like to keep the magazines in my purse to read in the car when I get to school 15 min before pick up time, or I take one to bed at night when it's 11 but I'm not quite sleepy enough yet.
But I understand that the future of mags is online. the line between blogs and mags is blurring. So when a decorating blog last week pointed me to a new online mag, I had to give it a try and I hope you will too: Store & Style seems to be the perfect hybrid between blog and mag. Read the article on home-banking for kids. I'm totally going to do that!
I met with a therapist today, talking stuff out..... Still on the Kosher wine, but I graduated from Halloween candy to a lovely box of Guylian Belgian chocolates that was in the out-of-towner gifts bags at the wedding last week. Like I said, Klassy with a capital K!
So tonight instead of giving you a link, I'm gonna ask you guys for one. But it's topic-specific: i ahve to make something for a gift swap we are having with the Wednesday Kitting Gals. I have a ton of ideas of things to make, but since I am completely unable to make any decisions right now, I'm gonna simply leave it up to you guys. Suggest something I should make. The gal getting it is a very busy mom. I'm not really limited in medium: could be knitting, sewing, glueing, whatever. I would like it to be useful. I could easily make something pretty with no purpose, but I would rather give her something she can use. It's gotta be done by mid december, so it can't be super complicated. But then again, I tend to be lightening-fast, so throw me your best suggestions!
We are most definately in a blue period around here. I resorted to Kosher wine and halloween candy as therapy last night. Dumpling's parent-teacher conference on Monday left us very shaken. More than we anticipated. And as hard as I try to move on, I'm still overwhelmed by sadness over the house situation. Last night, for the second week in a row, BB threw up all over her bed.
And now poor Lucy, our long-suffering beloved #2 dog, had yet another procedure. That poor thing has horrible allergies, suffered from some kidney issues last year and now had to have surgery this morning to remove a cyst from the top of her head and a mass of unknown origin from her neck. She looks like hell and is moping around, looking at me with her sad-puppy eyes, wondering why she had to go through this.... I wish I could share the wine and candy with her.
After months of trying to deal with the reno that wasn't to be, weeks of trying to find a new "perfect" house and days of waiting to hear back on an offer, the entire saga came to an abrupt and depressing end last night when we were unable to reach an agreement. We were just too far away on price and the torture had to end so we walked away. And it makes me very sad.
Then I had to fire someone first thing this morning. I wanted her to work out, I ignored many things that others were pointing out to me because I so wanted her to work out and stick around, but in the end, it wasn't to be either.
And just now, I bit my tongue. Not the tip. The back, right between my molars. It hurts so much my ear is throbbing and I want to stick something in there to relieve the pressure.
So the calendar says Tuesday, but I'm telling you, feels like a Monday.
If someone told you about it, you would think that is was an urban legend. But alas, not only is it true, it happens over and over again.
As a matter of fact, I was once the victim of a cake wreck.... I can't find the picture right now, it's on one of the back up drives and I can't find it, but let me just say my first name was missing the last "i"...... which spells V-I-R-G-I-N-A...... fun!