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December 27th, 2004

06:47 pm - guess who's birthday is tomorrow?
that's right, it's MY birthday tomorrow!

the big 3-3 is happening in a mere 5 hours and additionally it's our 8th wedding anniversary. (okay, in hindsight, getting married on my 25th birthday was not such a wise idea, but honestly, it was all about the economics). wow, i guess tonight is really the eve of our wedding...time to reflect? time to pontificate on our marriage? well i really can't believe we've made it to 8 years (12 counting the dating). thank god for patricia, our esteemed marriage counselor. she really helped us out this summer (or was it last that we started? i can't remember). was it a sign, the fact that i was wrecked the night before our wedding? seriously, so drunk that i passed out?

just got off the phone with a vera, who's mother lana (madelaina) is coming to look at chez chen for a cleaning estimate. won't she be shocked when she sees our house, after the women who gave her my name? i was like "mmmmm...our house is really not that big, compared to christa's!". at least i'm over the guilt of having someone clean my house. that only took 4 years.

it's my birthday tomorrow!

Current Mood: excitedexcited

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December 26th, 2004

06:38 pm - whew..
what a long 2 days it's been. so happy that christmas is over. poor little M is so sleepy right now...my family was here visiting and he skipped nap. it was actually fun (gasp!) to see them ...... for the first time ever, i managed to connect w/catherine. and that was without drinking.

i'm exhausted right now. more later.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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December 25th, 2004

10:09 am - merry christmas everybody
dc is running around in his new winter jacket from eddie bauer ("http://www.eddiebauer.com/eb/product.asp?product_id=27080&nv=2|21472|16&lview=&cm_cg=C16&tid=&c=&sc=&lp=v1i008"). one second, cookies are finished. okay, i'm back.

the boys are loving their new toys. J is in the basement right now, playing with one of his new computer learning games. M is watching a Little People video, not new, but he likes to be where his brother is. the kitchen set was such a huge hit for M that we actually put away two gifts that he couldn't even be bothered to open b/c he was so engrossed in playing kitchen! J actually opened most of M's presents, b/c M couldn't tear himself away. thankfully we caught it all on video.

we're having such a time trying to potty train M. he is fully trained at school, but refuses to go on the potty here, even w/a toilet ring. we'll have to go to target and see if we can find him something that will work for him.

went to church yesterday afternoon at 3:45 at st. helen's. it was crazy packed. we ended up in the parish center and M & i got a seat from some nice man who gave his up for us. M was out of control. every time the priest would say "Jesus Christ", M would say "Jesus Christ Almighty". some other gems: on seeing communion: "I want chips!"; on the wine: "i want beer!"; towards the end: "let's go now. i want to eat lunch"; to keep him occupied, i gave him my wallet, so he was pawing through the cards: "i go shopping. $8!!! which one is this mommy?". i was laughing so hard that i had tears. he is too much.

went to chili's for dinner after church and then came home for a bit before heading up to the family gathering at mal and grace's. we got there around 7pm and stayed until about 10. put the boys in their PJs and headed home. put them to bed and then had to construct the kitchen:

i estimated 1.5 hours and it was completed in just under an hour. a HUGE hit.

my favorite gift is my new book:

gotta go. the boys are clamoring to play with a light bright.

merry merry to all.
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December 21st, 2004

08:24 pm - sick, still
so much for the miracle product zicam. it did exactly jack shit for me, and that was in three forms (nasal swabs, chewables and ready-melts). i feel like shit warmed over. raspy voice, sore throat and nose running like a faucet. i stayed home from work yesterday, and left early today. and not to finish shopping, although i did stop at target on the way home for DCs presents, stocking stuffers for the boys and gift cards for M's teachers and one of J's teachers. DC is off to barnes & noble to get two more gift cards and then the gap for two more. that leaves only one gift card to purchase, and i'm just not sure where to get it. i was thinking one of the restaurants downtown, just don't know which one. for those keeping score, that's eight (8!) gift cards + one amex gift check for J's speech teacher. $225 in presents (bribes?) to the daycare providers / kindergarten teachers / speech teacher / daycare admin staff. at first i thought i'd do $50 per gift card, but the reality of $450 vs. $225 sank in pretty fast. we still have to get something for DCs parents ..... probably another amex gift card. what is the point??????????

OH, before i forget, MFC did pee pee on the potty at school today!! he is so ready to be potty-trained, it's me & DC who aren't.
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: absolutely nothing. no tv even.

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December 19th, 2004

02:29 pm - sick
such a busy weekend. we drove to PA yesterday for the niece's birthday party. it was held at an indoor "kids play" complete with enormous, deep ball pit. DUH, what were we thinking? the PA germs that the boys were both exposed to yesterday should fester and present just in time for a very merry christmas. at least it'll be an excuse to miss some of DCs family festivities. we drove the 130 miles to PA, had lunch at my father's house (oh he makes me insane), and then went to the party. afterward we went back, hung out w/my brother and niece and nephew and then were back on the road to NJ by 4:45pm. we made it to our 2nd party by 7:15 after dropping the dog off at home. what a seriously funny time we had last night. chris is the consummate host .... it was very fun and his 3 girls were perfect fun for M & J to play with. it was nice to have 4 couples and only 2 w/kids ..... not so many children as to be overwhelming. M was a hit, running around calling my friend Tom "Fabio" all night. once M starts calling you Fabio, you KNOW that you are a-okay in his book. the past 2 times we've seen Lizzie, he's called her Fabio nonstop. it's like he just knows who the most child-friendly person at any event is and kind of latches on to them. chris presented quite the spread .. a full sit down dinner complete with the good china (kids in the kitchen at their own table!). he and L are wonderful, wonderful hosts. it was exactly what i needed after a day w/my family.

we stayed there until after 11pm .... the kids were all surprisingly well behaved and never really hit the wall. or maybe they did and i didn't notice after my 9 bajillion drinks? i still felt kind of strange drinking in front of Tom. non drinkers make me a little nervous (as do short people and quiet people).

so now back to today. i had the best of intentions to go out and finish all of the christmas shopping, but just don't feel up to it. at least i am showered and ready to go should i change my mind. DC has a stomach bug, so he is out of commission. poor M is still under the weather and on hour 2 oh his nap. J is in the basement playing a computer game and i just finished giving him a haircut (they should not sell Wahl home hair care kits to people like me). it's a little short, but it'll grow.

i really need to hit the grocery store and trader joe's. must must must.
Current Mood: nauseatednauseated

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December 17th, 2004

07:55 pm - i hate the NJ turnpike
i do hate the NJ turnpike. more on that later. i'm "under the influence" right now and not prone to writing a lot.

i love left over beer from christmas parties.

no doubt.

and looking at lights w/24 oz coors light.

good stuff!
Current Mood: drunkdrunk

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December 13th, 2004

08:31 pm - trying too hard
so let's see, where were we? it's december 13th and i've a very busy month ahead. first, have to finish all of the christmas shopping, and you know that the remainder is the painful to finish stuff. the boys are done, the niece and nephews are done, the friends' kids that i buy for are all done. the still to do? the inlaws, the husband, the father, the myraid of daycare providers / Kindergarten teachers. sigh. the inlaws need nothing. no really, they need nothing, but would be absolutely offended to receive said nothing. so my current idea is a gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant up by them. but that poses a logistical problem, b/c i don't really know any restaurants up there and to get the gift certificate will be a pain in the ass, b/c really, who wants to be anywhere near northern nj around christmas? maybe i'll ask anne for a recommendation. for DC, well, i'll figure him out. my father? makes me need a drink just thinking about it. and i think that i have decided for all of the daycare women target gift certificates, b/c i am all about the pratical. which reminds me i need to get stocking stuffers for the boys.

so tomorrow night is the big corporate holiday celebration at a very fabulous location in central park. i'm so excited. i don't think i've been to a holiday party since maybe 1997? 1998=pregnant w/J; 1999=J as infant; 2000=me lame?; 2001=pg w/M; 2002=M as infant, me lame; 2003=DC on business trip; 2004=i'm back and ready to par-tay. definitely busting out some "holiday flair".

12/14: my work party
12/16: DC's work party
12/18: trip to PA for niece's 7th birthday
12/18: party as chris's
12/18: invited jennifer over for drinks
12/24: GR + mass
12/25: D&Ds
12/26: my familia here
12/28: my birthday and our 8th anniversary
12/30: princess party in nyc
12/31: FL

speaking of FL, my disney nonsense better resolve itself. i refuse (refuse i say!) to pay for 5 nights of "peak" rates, when only 1 of those nights is a "peak" date. absolute bullshit as far as i am concerned. Fers!

dude, luke wilson is hot.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "back to school" on the boob tube

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December 12th, 2004

08:28 pm - the day after & a note on party planning for '05
our 3rd annual christmas party was last night and what a good time. i'm so glad that we decided to not have kids this year. it was nice to hang out with the grownups. good times and the new participants made nice additions. it was a good blend of personalities .... just wish i'd taken some photos!

M & J spent the night w/DCs parents and they were no worse for the wear. apparently M stayed up until 11pm or so (the after effects of a 3 hour nap yesterday afternoon!), but finally fell asleep and slept through. he's having some problems going down right now, the poor boo.

reminder for next year's party (if we're here!): for hors d'oeuvres: baked brie; bacon wrapped scallops; shrimp cocktail; more veggies w/spinach dip; a hot dip/spread (crab? artichoke?); mini quiches/weiners. desserts were fine. everyone mostly just drinks anyway. went through a lot of beer (bought 1 case of yuengling, 12 pack of corona light, 12 pack of sam adams variety pack, 6 pack of sam adams light; raspberry lambic). also: lots of champagne and bought way too much red wine. remember that people always bring along a bottle of red -- no need to have more than 2 bottles on hand. oh, do small bowls of snacky stuff (almonds, peanuts, etc..)

that's it. watching survivor on tivo & arrested development. going to bed early. late night last night .. last guests left at 1am (or so DC tells me!).
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: tv

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December 10th, 2004

09:39 pm - random schmandom

Your Dominant Intelligence is Musical Intelligence

Every part of your life has a beat, and you're often tapping your fingers or toes.
You enjoy sounds of all types, but you also find sound can distract you at the wrong time.
You are probably a gifted musician of some sort - even if you haven't realized it.
Also a music lover, you tend to appreciate artists of all kinds.

You would make a great musician, disc jockey, singer, or composer.

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November 26th, 2004

08:37 pm - this just about sums it up........

You Are a New School Democrat

You like partying and politics - and are likely to be young and affluent.

You're less religious, traditional, and uptight than most Democrats.

Smoking pot, homosexuality, and gambling are all okay in your book.

You prefer that the government help people take care of themselves.

Current Mood: contentcontent

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