Friday, January 27, 2006

here i am again...

evan's sleeping, it's still early enough he's not done sleeping yet. i've had a pretty good week. we got snow the other day about 7" +/- and it was great snow for snowman making! woohoo! so while jays was doing the driveway, and evan as supervisor, i went to work on my first snowman onf the year! all our snow to date has been powder, except the one storm where it was so heavy it was pretty much water. my snowman came out well. it wasn't nearly as big as the one my mom and i made back in april of 97 after the blizzard (which was taller than me!) but it was still a good size, probably to my chin or so... that's right i said "was".... 2 nights ago he lost his head.. after the first night he was leaning a little backwards, and was still missing his arms, so i straightened him out and gave him some arms, no face or clothes, but atleast some arms. the next we woke up, i turned on the porch light as usual, so the paperboy doesn't kill himself, and there my creation was.... headless, smashed into little pieces on the ground behind him... i chuckled and called out to my husband... "hey the snowman lost it's head!".. he goes, "yeah i saw that" and we both chuckle.. oh well, they never last long, and when they do, they look pitiful after a few days, falling apart, and melting in places almost as if they're anoriexic... at that point i often just kick them down b/c it looks so pitiful, not that i'm saying i'd kick a perrson who's anorexic... i wouldn't, that's mean, but the snowman is different... it's like the lawn ornament that stays out all year, it's pathetic and needs to be taken care of... it melts faster if it's in pieces on the ground.

this is all that is left of my snowman... he's in pretty good shape, except is head is a lump on the ground.

so the weekend is supposed to be fairly nice, so that's good. very happy about that, but on tuesday, as you can see they're saying snow... according to the husband, he said they said it's gonna be a nor'easter. oh boy! it's gonna start monday as rain (oh good, i can still work and not reschedule) and turn to snow for tuesday, where it's looking like it'll snow all day tues. (oh good, atleast i'm not scheduled to go anywhere!) so we'll see what actually happens. one of my clients called my yesterday and asked if we can rescedule b/c he has a dentist appointment. i'm supposed to go on monday. let me just explain that what i do is, i drive to peoples houses all over the state, run their water, and take samples, and return to umass to drop them at the lab. on monday i'm scheduled to go to boxford, which is a 2 hour drive, so when i go there, i like to fill my day with 3 clients. i hate the drive. and at my peak load of clients i was going there 8 times a month... thankfully i'm down to 2 times. (i sample each client monthly for a year). the stupid part is that i schedule my appointments a month in advance, while i'm there testing i schedule the next appointment... now if he had a dentist appointment, why did he say the day was okay. the only thing i can think of is that this was a last minute appoinment he made and the only time that was open. but see, yesterday was teh 26th, and i'm supposed to go on monday which is the 30th... that leaves one day open, tuesday which is spposed to be a blizzard or something.. right... perhaps i can schedule him for the 2nd, when i'm gonna be back in boxford, it shouldn't be a problem as long as he can schedule.. i just have to call.. i mean remember to call. i often forget when i'm home. oh yeah, i forgot to mention i only work 3 days a week, because spending money on more than 2 days of day care is too expensive, mondays evan goes to jay's grandparents house, so that day is free. besides i don't really need to work more than 3 days, but hey the job's saraly, so i don't care.

on weds a friend of mine had a bunch of errands she needed to do before he chiropractor's appt, so i offered to have her oldest over to play while her and the 14 month old had a good time down in hadley doing their thing. we had a good time. it was nice to not have to entertain evan. they just played and played.... i got a couple pictures here...
when evan's at daycare, he loves to play upstairs with wil, so it was no suprise that he kept going upstairs to play with maddy! they were fine.. no loud noises, but a bunch of giggling... so i put down my book, which i was trying to finish... i was on the home strech of about 15 pages, and head upstairs...
the 2 kids are in hysterics... they're jumping on evan's bed! it was actually quite cute, so tamar, i apolgize if maddy starts jumping your bed at home.. i guess it's my fault. i fugured, hey, if it'll tire them out... besides after he has a bath and i put him on our bed to get diapered and dressed he has this thing where he has to jump around for a while. whatever... he kills some energy before bed. i suppose i spoil him in that sense, but my mantra is "you have to pick your battles" and it's worked so far. it'll weaer off or if he becomes recklass, then i put an end to it, but he's okay.
i got some videos of them too, only they're too big to post.

so that's that, and evan is awake now.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

do this, it's neat


Take your time with this test and you will be amazed. I did this last year when this came around and a spiritual wish I made did happen - in fact all year long.

he Dalai Lama suggests you read it to see if it works for you. Very Interesting.

Just 4 questions and the answers will surprise you.

Be honest and do not cheat by looking up the answers. The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is opened. This is fun to do, but you have to follow the instructions very closely. Do not cheat.


A warning! Answer the questions as you go along. There are only 4 questions and if you see them all before finishing, you will not have honest results.

Go down slowly, and complete each exercise as you scroll down.

Don't look ahead. Get pencil and paper to write your answers as you go along.

You will need it at the end. This is an honest questionnaire which will tell you a lot about your true self. Give an answer for each item. The first thing that comes to mind is usually your best answer. Remember - no one sees this but you.

(1) Put the following 5 animals in the order of your preference:

Cow, Tiger, Sheep, Horse, Pig

(2) Write one word that describes each one of the following: Dog, Cat, Rat, Coffee, Sea.

(3) Think of someone, who also knows you and is important to you, which you
can relate them to the following colors. Do not repeat your answer twice.
Name just one person for each color:

Yellow, Orange, Red, White, Green.

(4) Finally, write down your favorite number, and your favorite day of the

FINISHED? Please be sure that your answers are what you REALLY WANT.

Look at the interpretations below: But first before continuing,
REPEAT your wish.

*answers are in the comments area*

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

wind advisory

i was in the mood for cookies the other night, so i made myself some chocolate chocoate chip ones... very yummy. jay got me a "cookie bible" for christmas, so i thought i'd use it.. i made him some peanut butter ones last week.. it was my turn.. so i made a point to put a baggie of them in my purse for work, but in the process for locating my keys i left them on the futon.... :( no cookies for erica on the drive. what a drag. oh well.

but we week has been pretty good otherwise. we're all feeling better now. i just wish the weather would make up it's mind. give us a winter for heaven's sake... stop with this pseudo spring crap... it was super cold the past 2 days, and now it's heavy wind and rain...
although or snow blower doesn't seem to run when there's snow on the ground so we shoveled this last time. grandpa fiddled with it, andit hasn't been right since... he meant well.. lol... perhaps we can catch an end of season sale in the near future for a new one... i'm not holding my breath. i grew up shoveling and never thought anything of owning a snow blower, except that only a handful in the 'Ham had them.... the ones with the money.i don't think i knew anyone with a snowblower... the funnng is that out here... everyone has one... ours is like 20 years old, so don't think that we have loads of money... ours is third hand in jays family... it was on the way to the dump when we got our house...

so here are a couple of pictures i took on monday.. the first of the year. have a great week!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

just had to share this....

not that i'm really complaing... but what happened to the winter?? lol.... i don't mind the snow or even the cold (around 30 degrees) per se, but i do mind the bitter cold that we had last year... i recently heard som comedy by Lewis Black, and the title of the section was the coldest winter ever... at somepoint during this he commented, "where the f*** is global warming when you need it!?"... well i guess here it is lew... lol

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

sometimes life just gets in the way

i love catching up on the blog and being able to type for you all, but life has been crazy lately.... we've all been sick, but finally we're feeling better.. not 100% yet, but getting close... i finally got a nights sleep where my coughing didn't wake me up... evan's woke me up, but that's a different story.

i realized the other day that i dont' really have any recent pictures of us to post... didn't take much if any over christmas... we did video christmas this year tho. who wants pictures of people blowing their noses all the time... it's just not attractive, so you all will have to wait a little bit, but then i promise i'll get some pictures up for you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

happy new year

what a way to start off the year.... being sick since before christmas, and then a snow storm, and there's plenty more snow on the way. and it's not just me who's sick.. evan, jason, and everyone at day care too! so i've made dr's appointments for us.. well i'm still waiting to hear from evan's dr., but jay's at teh dr's right now, and i have an appt for 11:15... evan fell asleep, so that's how i'm able to be online :)... it's hard to get online these days when you have to fight over the computer with the 2 year old. he likes to check his email... lol... by this i mean you open a webpage, and he scrolls down the page using the mouse. it's cute. when you open the browser he says thank you, and when he gets to the bottom of the page he says "uh oh, help me" and we put it back at the top and he starts again.

the snow today is very wet and heavy... jay tried to snow blow the driveway, but our snowbloer, being old and well used, didn't want anything to do with it and said, no way... i'm gonna clog myself... so thankfully our neighbor has a new model that just threw the snow crap into oblivion... jay come in after 15 minutes... and says "i want a new snow blower" i said, "maybe next year" it usually takes him way longer than 15 minutes to do the driveway and the side walk with our snow blower b/c it's slow... oh well, it was free, and i'm just grateful that i didn't have to shovel it. most tiems i don'tmind shoveling, but the heavy crap sucks....

umass closed it's doors today! yay! and jay had a snow day too! double yay! so i called my 1 client our in barre where i was going today, and said i wasn't gonna make it out today... even though the roads aren't that bad around here, but i'm sick and umass is closed so that's a free day for me!

that's all for now..