Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yummy Quotes

Yes, yes, I'm back on my quotes "thing". This time, let's talk about quotes about and around food.

I've heard several recently and for some reason I find them tremendously visual. As previously discussed- I see in pictures, so the imagery provided with the food metaphor is a good one for me.

Last week during The Jane Austen Book Club... this one was dropped... "He looks at me like I'm the ice cream (long pause) and he's the spoon."

Tell me, that you don't see a complete visual of how he looks at her, what that look means and what it means to her to be looked at that way. *sigh*

And today a classic came up at work... "Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you are going to get."

I think of Christmas when everyone has the boxes of assorted chocolates... some people are daring and pick up any, some study very carefully the diagram of what chocolate is where before they choose, still others poke the chocolate to see what's in the middle and afterwards take it or move on to check out the middle of a different one.

Again, tell me, you can't see different people in your life who approach life in one of those 3 fashions- dive in and take what they get; careful choose their moves after thoughtful consideration; and finally, take a little peak, dip their foot in to test the water and then either jump in or run in the other direction.

Monday, February 18, 2008


For Christmas my Mom gave Sunshine and me gift certificates to get manicures.

This fall Sunshine was sick and spent the day with my Mom and she took her with her to get a manicure... being much more like my Mom and than me... Sunshine in her girliness thought it was the best thing EVER.

So today we went, Sunshine talked about it all day... green with Easter eggs.. that's what she wanted on her fingers.. and she told me all about the polish and how you get a massage afterwards... it was fun Mom and Sunshine girlie time...

We'll see how long my polish stays on... but she loved it!

Sunday, February 17, 2008


The last 2 or 3 weeks at work have been exhausting. I don't know that I could tell you why or how- but I can tell you that when the cleaning guy sees you walking out and says you look like you got beat up, what happened- you know something is up.

Its not all bad, and frankly I've been very proud of how I've handled much of the stuff coming my way- its just been a lot of negative energy and difficult and tense discussion.

As I drove home from Hannah Montana in 3-D (Yes, I know- High School Musical on Ice and Hannah Montana in 3-D all within 24 hours of each other- how incredibly cool am I?) I thought... you know what.. it has been a really busy weekend- but I feel relaxed, regrouped and re-synced!

Watching Sunshine have such a good time at High School Musical on Ice and Hannah Montana in 3-D I remembered what I had forgotten... how much fun it is to be a Mom and I work as hard as I do, so we can afford to have these kind of moments... at the end of the day what is most important is that I do my best as a Mom, as a person and as a product manager/people manager- in that order. All the rest will fall into place.

Now, I just need to always remember that... when the days come where I feel like I buckle under the weight of my life... I just need to remember to do my best and the rest will work out.

Funny... a lot of the songs from HSM and HM talk about that... Gotta go My Own Way, Nobody's Perfect, Bet on It and one of my favorites right now Find Yourself in You by Everlife from one of the Hannah Montana CDs. Recommended listening for all of you out there.. don't be embarrassed.. its okay!


Yesterday Sunshine and I drove to Boston to watch High School Musical the Ice Show.

It was actually a lot of fun. The energy level of the performers was amazing, lot of dancing and a lot of the moves from the actual movie were included. I was very impressed with the basketball scene from the first movie. (They performed basically 45 minute version of both movies).

After the show we met a friend from college and his wife and went to Regina's famous pizzeria... we waited about 20 minutes outside and then had some fantastic pizza. The woman I ran into in the bathroom informed me it was the best pizza ever- except for a close 2nd at a place called Max's someplace in NJ.

All and all it was a great day, I had been anxious about driving to Boston without a navigator, but my friend gave me great directions to a really convenient T-Stop that I'll use in the future.

I continue to enjoy these adventures that Sunshine and I undertake... there is always this point during the trip where I have that "priceless" moment like in the Visa commercials... the time together doing something that at first seemed pretty overwhelming to me and realizing that the two of us can do it together... Priceless.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kung Fu!

Sunshine had her 2nd belt test yesterday. She did wonderfully. She was so very serious and concentrated very hard. I was very proud of her and she was very proud of herself.

Here are a couple of pictures and a video of the test.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


So friend told me about this website I could track my running progress, so I started using it.

I'm always much better about that sort of thing when I have goals, and being able to see what I've done touches on my competitive side and pushes me to do more.

So here are my stats since I started tracking:
1/14-1/20: 6.3 miles; 1:25:41
1/21-1/27: 7.5 miles; 1:45:00
1/28-2/3: 9.3 miles; 2:11:03
2/4-2/10: 9.8 miles; 2:21:06

I am so impressed with myself, I never would have guessed I could do this, but I am so glad I took the leap to start running and didn't give up those first few times when I couldn't run for more than a 10th of a mile.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How Was Your Day?

Sunshine has created this wonderful "habit" for us. Much like me, when she comes home and I ask how her day was, she says good. We have to process "stuff", don't know how to explain it, we just do. It is hours later that we can answer more truthfully.

So what has started to happen as we lay down in her bed for her to fall asleep at night she will say something about the day, mostly they are not so good things, things that I'm sure, like me, she is struggling to process and put in the right bucket in her brain. It's hard, because I have to tell you, I wasn't prepared the first few times to deal with them, her friends being mean to her or saying she can't play with them. I thought... this is first grade, drama this early? Really? But the teacher assures me it starts this early.

So although it breaks my heart to watch Sunshine have to go through these things, I am thrilled beyond belief that she is willing to talk to me about them, even if sometimes I don't know the right thing to say.. and I just thank the angels and high power for giving me the divine intervention to say the right thing, and listen properly.