Sunday, December 30, 2007

The year in review...some thoughts...

Thanks to the ever amazing sognatrice for the idea of doing a me me to wrap up the New Year.

I have been a bit absent these last few weeks and I apologize.

Seeing as I started the blog in Feb I have a least a year's worth of reflecting to do.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Went to Tuscon, San Diego, Jamaica and St. Lucia, Got married!, started teaching, started a blog, became and aunt!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I can't remember if I made any but I am sure I did not keep them if I did. This year the only resolution I am making is to be content with all the wonderful things that God has seen fit to give me.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Hell yes! My sister-in-law Lisa gave birth to Sofia Vincenza March 29, my sister-in-law Evie to Greyson, my friend Dawn to Jacob Zachary, my friend Bert to Liam Francis, my friend Amara to Jenna, my friend James' wife Kerrie to Finn, my friend Annie to Caleb Steven, my friend Sean's wife, Elise to Maggie, my ex-GU roommate Rogerwene to Catherine Lily, my friend Laura to Bennet, my ex-Alexandria roommate Eleanor to Reese Aida and most recently my sister-in-law Michelle to Hannah Caroline on Dec 24. It's raining babies!

4. Did anyone close to you die? My mom's friend Mrs. Emma a few weeks after our wedding. We just got our wedding video and it is great to see her dancing and having fun.

5. What countries did you visit? St. Lucia and Jamaica

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? A baby! A Master's Degree.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March 29 - the birth of my niece, Sept 22 - my wedding day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Quitting a job that I did not like and finding one that I loved! oh yeah and getting married :-)

9. What was your biggest failure? Gaining 20lbs after my wedding :-(

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I was just diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on meds...other than that nothing thank goodness!

11. What was the best thing you bought? My wedding dress

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My sister-in-law Lisa for giving birth to the most beautiful baby ever! And Bono for the continued inspiration to create clean water projects in Africa.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our prez...can we get a new one already?

14. Where did most of your money go? Our wedding and tuition for grad school

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My niece's birth and my wedding!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? This is hard. Probably our wedding song - I Belong to You by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a) way happier (b) um, yeah way fatter (c) poorer...I quit my well paying office job to teach but am so much the better for it!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Eating

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas Eve working at La Locanda - Christmas Day with my parents.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007? Yes, with my niece

22. What was your favorite TV program? Oooh, tough one. It's a tie between Lost and Project Runway

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is such a strong word...I guess I hate the person that invented Pizza...cause it's sooooo goooood.

24. What was the best book you read? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - The runner up - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Hope "Who am I to say" is an amazing song!

26. What did you want and get? A baby niece!!!

27. What did you want and not get? A smaller waist line

28. What was your favorite film of this year? We really don't go to the movies...but we liked 300.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 34 and I was in class that night so I didn't do anything. Dan took me to dinner later that week.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not much - it was a pretty great year!

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Please let this fit me!!

32. What kept you sane? As always...the music of U2

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Daniel Craig. I never thought I would say this but he is better than Pierce - who knew?

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Clean water is a basic human right.

35. Who did you miss? My Suppa Club girls!

36. Who was the best new person you met? Barb & Suzanne, the teachers in my classroom

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. No matter how bleak life seems, there is always someone who is worse off than you - so get over it!

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "In dreams begin responsibilities" - U2, Acrobat

So how did the rest of you fair this year?

Felice Anno Nuovo!!! See you all in 2008!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bath Time Giggles

Tonight my baby bro turns in honor of his b-day I am posting a video of his beautiful daughter at bath time...Anth, you have come a long way from that hyperactive, Transformer obsessed little boy. Your daughter is precious!

Monday, December 17, 2007

So many things to blog about so little time

My hubby and I just went into our basement to find that it had flooded overnight - yikes! So not what we need right now!!! Anyway I apologize for being MIA - I had finals which are now over - yee haw! I think I did well and now I have a break until mid-Jan when I tackle 3 more classes...but then in May I will have my Masters in Ed so it will be worth it!

I had my last Toddler Talk class on Tuesday - the kids were so cute - and I got gifts!!! My first as a teacher - so exciting! Toddler Talk starts up again Jan 22 so I will try to post some of our crafts for your entertainment pleasure - it was something that I wanted to do all along but never got around to photographing the final products we made.

Sofia went to see Santa yesterday - she was enthralled by him and could not tear her eyes away...

She is so cute!!! She is coming over in a little bit so her mommy and I can check out the new Steve and Barry's - aka Best. Store. Ever. which just opened up in my neighborhood. We are talking walking distance people - this could be a problem.

Other than that I am working at La Locanda and trying to get our house in order. We painted the office/den yesterday - finally - so things are coming together a little bit at a time.

I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy holiday season!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Liam Francis Greenberg

A picture of the newest member of the Bridgeport Ribhouse Softball team.

Welcome Liam!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cell phones and shoes

I bought Sofia a pair of Tommy Hilfiger shoes this weekend while out shopping. I also got her a cell phone. It is never too early to start a girl out on her basic necessities.

She is the best and brightest little student - look how intently she is listening to her Zia explain about the importance of good footwear. She is going to be the smartest girl in her class.

I spent the cold and snowy! day writing a paper so I have no news to tell. I did go to the doctor for a physical last week only to find out that I have very high blood pressure and was immediately put on medication...sheesh...another thing to add to my list of aches and pains. Getting old SUCKS!

One last thing - congrats to my friends Roberta and Mark who had a beautiful bouncing baby boy, William Francis, this morning at 11:40am. Liam is 6 lbs, 5 oz and 20 inches long. Both mom and baby are fine and Auntie P cannot wait to see them tomorrow! So many little boys - my friends Dawn and Mike welcomed Jacob Zachary into the world last week as well...sigh...I want one too!!!

Buona Notte ragazzi!