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Happy Birthday betray802! I hope you have a great day!
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First off, thanks mbeancntr for the balloons. With all the snow around here I do need something colorful to look at!

Our fourth "major" snowstorm of the winter is slowly making its way out of here. Unlike the first three, where we got hammered with snow, this one was a bit of a bust for us. It looks like we ended up with only about four inches, but you don't have to go far to see another foot or more. The kids had their fourth snow day of the year yesterday and their first weather related early dismissal on Thursday. Considering that they had four snow days total the first five years they were in this school district, this winter has been pretty impressive. And of course there is another storm on the horizon.

I did escape for a little while last weekend when I went to Orlando to visit my sister in law and my four week old niece. It was such a nice weekend. The baby is adorable, and I spent as much time possible holding her. I was also proud of myself that despite more than six years, I remember how to change a diaper. It was a also a great lazy weekend. I read three books - including my first Dean Koontz novel, the Husband, which I thought was pretty good as it got me hooked instantly, although the ending was rather lackluster, saw three movies - quick reviews - The Blind Side - great, great movie, Sherlock Holmes - okay, Old Dogs - terrible, and watched a lot of tv. I was introduced to the Big Bang Theory that I had avoided up to this point because I though Kaley Cuoco was awful on Charmed. But I thought the Valentine's Day episode was hilarious, and came home with the intent of getting DH to watch it so we could have a second Monday night sitcom to watch with How I Met Your Mother. But as soon as I mention TBBT, he went on a tirade about how he couldn't stand that show because basically, some of the geek humor I think was hitting too close to home for him :)

Our dog is really thriving and now we call her a "real" dog. She had three fears when we got her, cars, the leash, and stairs. Well, she now gets all excited when we tell her she's going on a walk and on Thursday I got her to get over her fear of our stairs, so she's able to explore the whole house. She's still not crazy about getting in the car but she's definitely not as petrified as she once was. Plus I think she's realizing that when she gets into the car we take her to someone new she can love on. I also noticed when I got back from Florida that she's a lot more sociable. When we eat, she hangs out under the table. When I made dinner last night she was in the kitchen with me. I realize that both of these is because she sees the opportunity to catch some dropped food, but I like seeing her with us as opposed to just being off in a room by herself playing with her toys.

The Olympics have been semi-enjoyable. We've had it on a lot but it seems like all the best stuff happened after we went to bed. I am, though, really looking forward to the shows returning. I want to see Jim and Pam's baby! And the new show Parenthood. And I've been jonesing for a new episode of The Biggest Loser than is probably normal. Which reminds me, another show I saw for the first time at my SIL's was the Amazing Race. I might need to check that out again as well.

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This is the time of year I like to affectionally call "Hell week". It's the week that my parents, boss and about 20 of their closest friends do their annual trip to somewhere a hell of a lot warmer than here. This year like many of the previous ones, Eric is also away for most of the time. As an added bonus I'm dog-sitting my parent's Springer Spaniel. I'm alone in the office today due to a myriad of reasons, which I am enjoying. Work has been quiet all week, which is nice since it's been crazy at home.

Adding to the crazyness at home was the sudden arrival of a very sweet terrier mix named Sandy. I saw her photo on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that said she was in my area and looking for a home. We've been itching to get a dog, so about 48 hours later we took her home. She's a great dog, crate trained and housebroken (although we've had a couple of issues with that this week). We're not sure how old she exactly is but she definitely seems to be in the fully grown yet still a puppy stage. She is a chewer, which we're also working on, and I've noticed it's more pronounced (as well as the above mentioned puppy pee problems) when she feels like she's being ignored. Which is a good thing that she does the crate when we're gone during the day and at night, or I would have a lot more destruction on my hands.

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We knew she was a 'sato' dog from Puerto Rico.  Last week I did some research trying to get some more background information about her.  I knew she came from the Amigos de los Animales shelter.  But what I didn't realize was that it was basically a rescue organization run by a handful of people who donated thier, time energy and money into saving as many dogs as possible.  I left a comment on one of the worker's journal telling her I adopted Sandy and she left me a nice note in my previous entry giving me Sandy's brief history.  It's such a sad situation for the dogs down here, but seeing what these people do is amazing and so heartening.  I'm glad I was able to help out in some small part.  

In other news, winter is still in full swing here.  We had two small snow storms in the last week, and another whopper is coming this weekend.  Normally I get excited for a good storm, but after December's 20+"s and the fact that we're having our first Super Bowl party in years on Sunday, I'm not thrilled.

Still not really keeping up with TV.  I half watched the first ep of Caprica, but I don't care.  One show I've kept up with is Friday Night Lights - spoilers for last night's ep and season in generalCollapse )

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Phew, I'm pooped.  Today ended up being busier then I expected, but I can check another box off the "Needs to be unpacked" list.  And finally, after over a year of being in a box my Swarovski crystals are back on display.  That was one of the fun parts of today.  One of the not fun parts was taking my older son to the orthodontist and finding out he is ready for part 2 of his brace wearing journey, which will cost about $4000 after the insurance pays it part.  Oy.  That will last two years, probably just in time for my younger son to get started on his braces.  Just for the record, I never had braces as a kid, and have had very minimal problems with my teeth.  My husband is the one with atrocious teeth, and it's my luck that both of my kids ended up with his teeth genes.

So how 'bout those Jets?  It's definitely not as cool as my beloved Giants shocking the NFL a couple of years ago with their Super Bowl run, but it's nice seeing the other NY team on a playoff run. 

Saturday we went to see Avatar.  I knew this movie was making a butt ton of movie, but the point wasn't hammered home until we decided to try and see it in IMAX 3D.  We had a whole plan of going to the Tropicana in Atlantic City to see it and then catching the playoff game at Hooters afterwards.  Luckily we mentioned wanting to go see it on Friday and our coworker told us how he was denied seeing it the previous Saturday because all the IMAX showings were sold out.  We then checked our movie, and sure enough it was already sold out.  We could have bought tickets for an earlier show but since we had to go through Ticketmaster, they wanted 19.50 a ticket plus a total service charge and I wasn't going to pay over $80 for the four of us to see a movie, no matter how cool it was.  We switched to a different IMAX theater and for the low price of $13 a ticket for the kids and $14 for ours we secured tickets for the Saturday afternoon show.  We arrived a half hour early to find a line wrapped all the way around the theater to see the show.  But that turned out okay (other than the guy behind us in line making a point to tell me that he left his kids at home) as we still were able to get good seats.

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One of the greatest movies of all time, Rock Star in on HBO Signature right now.  My entertainment for the evening is set.

The 't' key is arbitrarily sticking on my laptop.  Thank goodness for spell check or I would have looked like an idiot all day.

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Bah!  This icon made me realize I missed HIMYM again tonight.  I got to get a new TIVO.

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Last day of winter break - at least for the kids.  Eric and I are heading to South Florida tomorrow on a mini vacation to see the Orange Bowl.  I'm definitely looking forward to the getaway, and while the forecast isn't exactly beach weather, it's still going to be thirty degrees warmer than here. 

I had a very enjoyable week and a half off - got some stuff done around the house, had fun with the kids and lounged around a lot. 

I got caught up on Doctor Who yesterday during BBC America's marathon.  The one thing that got lost in the move was my beloved TIVO.  We're still not sure how that happened as we moved ourselves.  I'm holding out hope that we're going to fully unpack a box and find it.  In the meantime I've been living through (the horror) of real time TV, and it was painfully obvious yesterday.  As much as I thought I wanted to spend the time from 3 PM to 10 catching up on the Who specials I missed in the last year and a half, it wasn't very practical.  I got bored and antsy during the end of the Next Doctor and only half watched until the End of Time eps were on.  I was really not impressed with the finale, and while it was nice getting glimpses of the past companions again, it still seemed sort of half assed somehow.

I still have a long list of shows I need to catch up on.  Another two episodes of Friday Night Lights and I can actually watch them as they air on DirecTv.  I'm glad some shows like Glee and Flash Forward are on hiatuses until the spring as that will give me time to catch up on those.  Other shows, like Brothers and Sisters, I have no desire to see again.  Maybe this forced TV hiatus and loss of TIVO is a good thing as I should have more time for other projects at night - ha ha!

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So 2009 was a very eventful year for us, as evidenced by the fact that my last entry was in June.  We finally sold our house in October, and bought a new one in November.  It's a great house, lots of space and potential, but home improvement is going to be on our to-do list for the foreseeable future.  But since Eric shouldn't be spending any significant time out of the country for the next few months we're up to the challenge.

We're mostly moved in, just a few boxes remain.  Life should be settling down the next couple of months so one of my resolutions is to make a concentrated effort and get back into LiveJournal.  I miss interacting with my friends here.  A special thanks to those that have reached out to me the last couple of months - mbeancntr for the virtual gift, majorsamfan and ladyjaye for the Christmas cards, betray802 for the IM I never did get a chance to reply to (yes, I've sure his Farve jersey has met a very unfortunate end) and to those that I never did say thank you for the condolences after my grandfather's death.

To recap the year, here's a 39 question Meme:
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My grandfather died yesterday afternoon.  He was at home and had his wife, both children and three of five grandchildren by his side.  I was one of the grandkids present, and as difficult as it was, I am so glad I was able to be there at the end.

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He was a great man, and we're all going to miss him.  He co-founded the company that Eric and I are working for now, and therefore we'll always think of him.  He loved everybody, especially all of us grandkids and great grandkids.  I'm glad my kids did get so much time with him, but as my mom said yesterday it's going to be so hard to go over to nonno and nanna's house without the nonno part being there.   

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Happy Memorial Day! 

I have had a pretty fantastic weekend.  A big part of that had to do with Eric coming home Friday night.  Unfortunately, it wasn't quite for good, but more on that in a moment. (Got a little TL;DR so I'm cutting to spare your friend's list)

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Today turned into errand day.  Eric and my older son went for a run before breakfast, and then I took advantage of still having an adult in the house and ran to the grocery store for kids free food shopping.  After another couple of songs on Rock Band, in which I crashed the trio by adding my vocals, he left at about noon.  If all goes well he should be back by Wednesday afternoon / evening.  Hopefully, worst case is Thursday.  But here it is, only four hours after he left, and I'm trying not to think about how much I miss him.  Instead I've been throwing myself into my to-do list.  I took a break about an hour ago, when I went out back with my laptop and a beer and composed this entry. 

My brother went to Charlotte to see the Nascar race.  He's had nothing but rain, and the last I heard they are still trying to get the race in today in between rain.  I had to send him a picture text showing how bright the sun was shining here.  Now I'm debating - should I have another beer?   I promised myself the last one was it, but it is a holiday...
    

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My morning workload was just cut in half, so to celebrate - a post. I think this is the first time I've done one of these, or at least dedicated a whole post to "So why doesn't everyone think the same as me?!?"
  • Bones season finale - I thought was brilliant. I thought for sure people were going to be falling over themselves writing fic about spoilersCollapse ) But not only was I wrong about that, I didn't realize how passionately people hated the episode. I'm not crazy about the last thirty seconds, but I want to see where they are taking this. On a side note this ep proves how important it is for your DVR to record the whole episode. Not only did my DVR decide it wasn't going to tape the show, a fact I realized at 8:07 Thursday night, but it also cut out the last minute. I tried to watch the episode from the seven minute mark and was hopelessly lost. So first, I went on-line, watched the beginning and then proceeded to finish the rest of the ep. When it cut off the last scene, I foolishly wondered if I had missed anything important. A second trip on-line showed, that yes I did.
  • Christian Bale - I can't stand him. I was never a big fan of his, which is why I didn't make an effort to see Batman Begins. I watched Dark Knight for Heath, and Christian Bale's Batman turned me off. Then he had his much publicized meltdown, and I hated him even more. Now he's John Connor, and I would be so excited for this new Terminator movie, but I can't because of him, and that pisses me off. He was on a talk show this morning that was on at the gym, and just seeing him on screen made my blood pressure rise.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The world's longest series watch is continuing in my house. I just finished disk 3 of season 3, and this show is killing me. I just don't care about any of the characters this season, and all of the problems they are having. There isn't enough Buffy/Angel for my taste, and at this point I just want to finish this season so I can start watching Angel to see if I like that any better. As a subset of this, I don't think I'm a huge fan of Eliza Dushku. Which may be one of many reasons I gave up on Dollhouse after a couple of eps.


ETA: Damn you Fox and your Sarah Connor cancellation! Not that it comes as any surprise, but I was holding out hope. I guess Bones is the only thing left on Fox that I will watch next year.

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I'm having a very lazy day.  I woke up with that 'uh oh, I think I caught a cold' feeling.  I'm not surprised as my co-worker was sick with not-swine-flu all week, and since he insisted on coming in as much as possible I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught something.  I'm still hoping it's only allergies, and I wake up tomorrow feeling better.  As a precautionary measure, and since I really don't feel like doing anything, I'm giving in to the laziness.  So far today, I've gone on-line, read some fic, wrote some fic, took a nap, and watched old school SG-1.  The husband gave me seasons 1 and 2 for Mother's Day last year, but they sat untouched until now.  With Mother's Day fast approaching again, I figured it was finally time to start the SG-1 rewatch I've wanted to do for nearly a year.  This was the first time I saw the non Sci-Fi version of Children of the Gods and I had the "Why hello there, Share's boobs and more!" reaction.  I also had the 200 spoof scene with the puppets in my head during parts of it, which brought my enjoyment of the episode to a whole new level.

So, we're now in May which means that in less than three weeks Eric will be back in the States as his mobilization ends.  If the Navy gods look on us with favor, he should be home for Memorial Day weekend.  Worst case is that he still has to finish checking out after Memorial Day, which means the boys and I will probably spend the weekend somewhere in Virginia with him.  Either way not a bad scenario, but I'm really hoping he does make it back sooner as opposed to later.

We did have a very nice Easter break week together.  It turned out to be a little more hectic than I was hoping for, and the weather and my grandfather's health issue did put a damper on a few days that.  But I got a night away with a friend at the new MGM Grand in Foxwoods, he got lots of bonding time with his boys, and many a song on Rock Band was played.  My son also had a really nice First Communion and birthday, which was the main things I was hoping for. 

One last note - to everyone who's gone to see Wolverine this weekend, I want to live vicariously through you.  I probably won't get a chance to see it until Memorial Day weekend, so until then I want details on all the hotness in the movie!

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I need to do a proper update, but right now I am basking in the glow of the laptop, wireless access, a couple of beers, and the opportunity to sit on the back porch in this beautiful 80ish and sunny day.

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I'm not sure if I'll make it on-line tomorrow, so if not Happy Easter to all that celebrate.

Every year about this time I have to go on-line and find the correct way to boil eggs.  I know it's not rocket science, and I think I know what to do, but the fact that I do have to do research into boiling eggs is a testament to my culinary skills.

So, very exciting day - the husband is on a Lufthansa flight heading to Newark airport as we speak.  He's not scheduled to land until after dinner, so I'm trying to get the day to move along as fast as possible.  So far, I've succeeded pretty well.  I started with watching the FNL season finale, and then broke up my serious loafing time with dish washing and a quick trip to the supermarket.  A friend is dropping her boys off in a little bit so she could get in her Easter shopping without kids.  I'm glad my kids are going to have company because they are excited to see dad - especially the younger one.  And if I had to listen to him all day long, I might have lost the remaining hold of my sanity before DH gets here.  Oh and look at that as if on cue, here comes crying from the basement.

Before I head off to do a load of wash, some quick comments on TV from the last few days (spoilers!)
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So a couple of days ago, I was scanning the flist and came across svilleficrecs's comment about Taylor Kitsch playing Gambit in the Wolverine movie coming out next month.  I loved the X-Men movies (okay, maybe not the third one as much) so I've been pretty excited about it.  I have watched the trailers several time, and even had an in-depth conversation with DH over it, as we tried to figure out who all the mutants are.  (Which brings up a side question, I could swear I saw a trailer that actually flashed up the names of the mutants but I can't find it.  Maybe I dreamt it.)  But I never clued into the fact that it was Mr. Tim Riggins himself as Gambit.

And well, the idea broke my brain.  I'm not sure why as while I do realize Tim is quite the hottie, I've never caught myself mesmerized by his FNL scenes.  Maybe it's the idea that he's a high school student?  I didn't think I was a big Gambit fan either.  But Taylor playing him just works so well in my mind, and I might have watched the trailers a few more times.  And downloaded icons.

I'm starting to think it's the hat. 

Anyway, along the same lines, I do have to write a small ode to Friday Night Lights.  I haven't openly squeed about it, especially as there are others on my flist that are more eloquent about it, but I do love so very much this show.  I realized after the last episode that it really is one of my favorite TV series of all times.  I especially give it props because other shows that made my top series of all times, seem to fizzle out somewhere around the 3rd season, but FNL is still going strong.  It did stumble a bit last season, but it came back and gave us some great episodes this year (as opposed to say, BSG for example, that seemed (to me at least) hit bottom in season 3 and then started digging).  I want to do a series rewatch, but I'm torn as to whether dive in after next week's series finale, or wait until DH gets back.  I've been telling him for months to start watching the show, but as far as I know he's resisted.  I know he won't be swayed by the hotness of Tim Riggins, but I think he would really enjoy the football aspect.  And I think he could be a Coach/Mrs. Coach shipper.  He is a Smallville Clark/Chloe shipper afterall.

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One last TV in general comment.  Didn't shows use to end their seasons/series in May?  What's with all the shows ending in April?

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Saturday morning was heavenly as I realized when I first woke up, I had no one clamoring for breakfast or fighting with his brother, or no need to be up first thing.  I was also glad that a hangover didn't seem to be imminent, so I snuggled closer to Eric and slept for a couple more hours.

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I know I still haven't finished last year's Italy recap and never did one for Paris or Germany, but since Dublin was more recent, and the shortest trip I wanted to skip right to it.

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I tell you, I can procrastinate with the best of them.  This morning my son has his First Communion breakfast after church, and I promised myself I would be up bright and early doing something productive around the house.  Especially as yesterday I got very little accomplished around the house.  So here I am, having been up for forty five minutes, and I'm still making excuses to not get out of bed.

So, BSG - I watched the finale in semi real time Friday night.  Since at the time part 1 aired a week ago, I was stumbling back drunk to our hotel room in Dublin, I saved it to watch all three hours in one shot.  I avoided LJ for most of the week afraid that I was going to come across spoilers from part 1, but after watching it I realized I had nothing to worry about cut for spoilers for all three hoursCollapse )

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Despite me not being nearly as attached to BSG as I once was, I still felt like it was an end of an era.  Especially here in LJ land.  As I was reading 'the last day' posts, I realized a lot of us joined LJ at the same time, and it was right around the beginning of season 1.  So while the show has disappointed me frequently in the past, the flist hasn't.  Sure there were times when I was more heavily invested in the show and people's comments would piss me off, but for the most part it was fun reading post ep reactions.  This weekend I've been refreshing non-stop waiting to get yet another post on the finale. 

As for the show itself, I do want to get the series disks if it comes out (which I'm sure it will).  I'll probably watch Caprica and The Plan, although the idea of the latter scares me a little.  I'm not all that excited to see more revisionist history of the series. 

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Happy Birthday betray802!  I hope you're having a great day!

And belated birthday wishes to calcitrix and surreallis - I'm sorry I missed you both last week.
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Holy shit, I'm exhausted.  I'm recovering from the latest round of shoveling.  It doesn't look pretty, but I think I have removed enough of the 8-13" of snow that covered my driveway this morning to at least get the car out of the garage tomorrow.  I intended to go one more round to try and get more driveway and less snow showing, but since I'm now feeling twinges in my back and legs, I might just chalk it up to 'good enough'.

So color me shocked that the big Nor'easter they forecasted actually came to pass.  It's the most snow we've seen at the shore since we moved here in 2004.  Needless to say the kids had a snow day (their second of the year, which is also a recent memory record for this school district).  It's been a pretty good day.  My older son has a friend over, as he had parents that, unlike me, absolutely had to go to work today.  I caught up with a friend who was also snowed in in Massachusettes, did some laundry, did a little cleaning, paid some bills - you know, the general household stuff.

I also uploaded some photos and videos from recent events to share with my husband, which leads me into the title of this post:

The Good!
- DH got his orders to come home last week.  He's still there until the end of May, but knowing there is actual paper proof that he is coming home, made us all very happy.

- In ten days and a few hours I will be on a plane to Dublin to hook up with DH for a weekend filled with drunken debauchery.  

- My older son crossed over yesterday from Cub Scout to Boy Scout at the Blue and Gold dinner.  It was kind of sad, as it seemed like the end of an era and yet another example of how he's really not a little guy anymore.  But he was so excited and proud of himself, that I couldn't help but feel the same. 

The Bad
- This news made me so very sad: http://www.bnlmusic.com/  I'm really not shocked that Steve is leaving the band, as he ran into a host of problems last year.  I also think it's commendable that the remaining four want to continue BNL, but it's not going to be the same.   I've always been more of a Steve girl, as I think he has an incredible voice, and the idea of never seeing BNL do Break My Heart or Call and Answer really is kind of a bummer. 

That's a quick summary of the last week or so.  I'm still catching up on Sci-Fi Friday.  Sarah Connor had me wondering what the hell was going on (but in a good way) throughout most of the episode.  I really enjoyed BSG, which is why at first I was surprised by the mixed reactions on my flist.  I understand though, where a lot of people are coming from, and I had intended to write my own BSG thoughts down, but the weekend passed and I don't have the energy now.  I started watching Dollhouse, but only made it to the opening credits.  I enjoyed last week's episode, but afterwards when I really started to think about the central premise of the show, it started to really bother me.  So that was all I could focus on when the latest episode started. 

Man, I could really go for a hot shower and a nap.

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