Sunday, April 29, 2007
I found out this week that I can finish my Masters program and walk in May of 2008. Bad news is that it will take me another year and a half to finish my reading specialist certification - only because certain classes are only offered during certain semesters - boo!!!
OK, I think I may try to get a head start on my last paper. I hope everyone had a good weekend!
One more day until May!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Yeah, I got Sofia the I Heart Daddy onsie - and look how well she wears it. She has her daddy wrapped around her little finger - I can't wait until she gets older to see what he will let her get away with!
For those of you who do not know about the African Well Fund and what we do here is a snippet of the documentary we are putting together from our board member's visit last summer. The wells in this video were built with funds from our first 2 Build a Well for Bono's B-day fundraisers. Like Bono said last night - everyone of us can make a difference in someone else's life - this video is proof of that!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Then my mom called and when I got off the phone it was GONE! No one (meaning my other co-worker) knows where it went to...hopefully the person at the reception desk got tired of looking at it and threw it away...hopefully.
OK, now that the thong is gone I can go to lunch. All this thong intrigue has made me hungry!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sofia came over on Friday with a present for her Zia Paola - an enormous cookie from Mrs. Fields which read "Will you be my godmother?" in yummy vanilla frosting. I took a picture but I am not sure I have the strength to find my USB cord to upload the photo. Seriously, it was the cutest thing ever as is she. She is getting bigger and no longer looks like a newborn but a full fledge baby. Here are some pics Lisa sent me this morning:
Come here I gotta tell you something
Seriously, she is so freaking cute! I got to change her diaper on Friday and I almost cried - she is still so tiny and amazing!! I cannot believe how beautiful she is!!! And I am not saying this because of the wine...she really is beautiful!!!
OK, off to try and finish (yeah right) some school work before I pass out.
Friday, April 20, 2007
The view of the Gran Sasso from our house.
My Nonna Linda showing my mom how to make gnocchi the "right way."
The finished product.
The tiny 15th century church where my parents were married.
Dan in front of our house.
OK, that is enough Italy for today - this weekend I will dig through my pics to see if there are any other post worth pics of Italia.
Godetevi questa bellissima giornata di sole!!! Ciao, ciao!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
So much cuteness should be illegal!!!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
For those of you that live on the East Coast and have forgotten what summer looks like, I post these two pictures. They were taken in Alba Adriatica (provinca di Teramo) in August of 2005.
Tan, oh where oh where did you go?
Since the blog is called Italianissima let's talk about Italy for a bit shall we.
Alba Adriatica is a small sea town on the Adriatic Coast in the region of Abruzzo. My family has a little apartment there where as a teenager I was lucky enough to spend every summer. The beach photo is taken on the "spiaggia libera" or "free beach." This just means that you bring your own umbrella as opposed to renting one from the many beach "establishments" that surround the free beaches. When I was a teenager we rented at "Il Calimero." Still to this day, if I am ever there, the owners, Teresa and Riccardo as well as their children Maurizio and Ilenia still let me stay there for free for the day if I want.
My goal is to one day be able to take my future children here as well during the summer. Hopefully when I am a teacher this will be possible. I can take the kids for 5/6 weeks and Dan can meet us for the last few like my parents did with us.
And BTW,while I am not in the habit of posting pictures of myself with such little clothing on, I am doing so because I need a serious kick in the pants to get my diet and exercise routine back on track before Sept. 22. I look good in this picture. Now, not so much.
Stay warm, peeps!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sigh...only 22 more work days and I am out of here!!!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
For the second year in a row we are having a photo auction in conjunction with the Bono Birthday Well fundraiser. Click here to see all the photos up for auction. We have a pretty amazing selection this year - spanning all tours. Last year we raised over $11,000. This year we are hoping to top that - so check it out and if you see something you like - bid often!!!
Friday, April 13, 2007
Out of the Hollywood tan exit two very orangey brown college girls in sweats. I notice that they have slippers on their feet. Ha! I think to myself, remembering all the times, hung over on a Sat or Sun morning when I went to the 7-11 or McDonald's in similar foot wear. These girls walked towards the parking lot, I finished my conversation with Lisa and went into the cleaners.
About 10 minutes later, I am in my car, crossing the intersection at Henderson Road and Rt 202 (a huge intersection) when I see the same girls crossing 202. The had WALKED to Hollywood Tans in their slippers. Now seriously, when did slippers become appropriate foot wear for WALKING more than to and from your car in the parking lot of the 7-11?
These were not indoor/outdoor slippers either - they were fuzzy (see below). The worst part - it had rained too so the ground wasn't what you would call, um, dry.
I was kind of grossed out and even outraged - I mean come on - if you are going to walk OUTSIDE for over a mile on WET ground can you at least find a pair of shoes? Flip flops even? Where are the fashion police when you need them!
OK, I feel better now. Back to my homework. May all your feet be warm and dry tonight!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
At La Locanda with my parents and Uncle. Notice how Sofia is the center of attention - and so tiny!
OK, enough Sofia worship for today. I leave you with this horrific picture of me after eating too much while out with Chris and Suz on Friday night. I am only including this because JD is feeling my pain and is sacked out next to me in solidarity which in itself is pretty awesome. Feel free to gouge your eyes out.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
While filling out my take home exams for Human Development, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was on in the background. I have seen this movie a dozen times so it provided the perfect backdrop for my studies.
During a break where I checked my e-mail I went to Kit's blog. She has a link to this on there so I went ahead and took the "Which Harry Potter Character are You?" test. Lo and behold the results...
Which HP Kid Are You?
My favorite character!!! Neville Longbottom! Very appropriate I think, especially since I have been reading about how humans develop their personalities and characteristics.
OK, off to do more reading - this time about Dyslexia - is the semester over yet?
Friday, April 06, 2007
How was Dante to know?
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
On Thursday, EBM calls me into his office to tell me that he has decided NOT to replace me but instead, divvy up my work and delegate it to the 3 less fortunate co-workers I am leaving behind. If I had even an ounce of integrity I would have voiced my opinions about what a bad idea delegating more work to your only 3 office staff who are already overworked.
Alas, I have decided to not say a word. In fact, I am seriously looking forward to see what kind of train wreck happens here in the next few months. It is not that I think my co-workers are incompetent - they are far from it. They are very good at what THEY do...the question is, can they be good at doing what I do while still doing what they do. Again, we are not talking brain surgery here, but the position requires flexibility, the ability to multi-task and knowing how to navigate our computer system. The two unfortunates who will get the brunt of my work are not, how shall we say this, the most computer savvy people. Sigh...what a nightmare. These poor people aren't even getting a pay raise...just more work heaped on their plate. It's not like this place has awesome benefits or any perks whatsoever so at the very least you would not mind the extra work.
Anyway, be prepared for some outrageous posts as the next 6 weeks unfold. My money is on co-worker A quitting and co-worker B having a nervous breakdown. Co-worker C will probably be OK since she has been here for years and is used to dealing with the insanity and bad judgement of my employers.
Below is a snippet from Rolling Stone where Edge confirms my boys are working on a new album.
"The guitarist also confirms that U2 are in the midst of recording a new album. "We're working on new songs and getting lost in the music," he says. "I don't think we're going to try and think too much about what we're going to do with it yet, we're just going to do a lot of writing and just see what gives. We're giving ourselves the luxury of just working on the songs. There's some amazing things coming through." He calls the material the group's been working on with producer Rick Rubin "fascinating stuff." When asked whether the band will team up again with longtime collaborators Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, he merely laughs: "You might be surprised how quickly that happens."
Seriously, it doesn't get any better than this...well, ok winning the lottery would REALLY make this the best week ever!