Thursday, May 29, 2008
In less then a week, they have gotten so big. They went from little wet feathered babies, to teenagers. I noticed this morning the mama bird wasn't sitting on her babies and I'm assuming they did something to make her mad. Then this afternoon, I heard these little chirps coming from our back porch. I peeked out the door and sure enough, it was those itty-bitty birds calling for mama.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The drinks arrived, took my first sip and woe-wee it was strong. I wasn't the only one thinking so either. I finished the drink, but I didn't enjoy it. I'm not sure if it was the brand of vodka or maybe too much, but I will try it again at another location. I will not give up on the Apple-tini!
So, I ordered a few Kahlua and Milks that evening after my experimentation with the apple-tini. While I was sitting at the head table with my new friend, Eva who was in the wedding party too, she asked if I had tried a Scooby Snack drink. I slowly shook my head no thinking back did I ever try one, but to my knowledge I haven't tried one or even heard it. So, she told me what was in it and I said, bring it on.
The recipe for "Scooby Snack" is -
Serve in a Collins Glass
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
She had 16 people in her wedding party, not including the 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers. The maid of honor was Christina's sister Toria and the best man was Mark's (the groom) brother.
The wedding took place in a Polish church which is pictured below. The church was beautiful. The mass was given in English & Polish since his side of the family still speaks fluent Polish.
The two ring bearers did so well during the ceremony. They marched down the isle with no problems. The handsome little devil on the left is my cousin Mylo and the other adorable gentlemen is Tyler, the grooms nephew.
I love this picture of the newlyweds! This is inside their special vehicle before heading off to pictures.
Oh, look at that! The best looking couple in the place! Hey, I had to put this on in there! Its me and my husband of course.
Monday, May 26, 2008
He arrived Friday afternoon and his daddy whisked him off to play some golf. I didn't get a chance to go since I was doing my last minute errands before my cousins wedding the next day. But I did hear Zack beat his dad by one point....nice!
Then it was off to visit my niece, BIL & SIL before they headed off to their much anticipated vacation since the next time they will see each other will be in August. Too much time if I say so myself, but its not up too us (ok, that's all the complaining I will do this time). So, we visited, had some pizza and played outside. My niece is always asking for him when we do not have him, so it was so nice to see them play together.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Something Blue by Emily Griffin
- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
- Wish Club by Kim Strickland
- My friend Leonard by James Frey
- Dog Handling by Clare Naylor (its not about dogs, its about guys)
- The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
- The Secret Life of Bee's by Sue Monk Kidd
- Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
I love to read. It takes me away into my imagination, far, far away. Sometimes I can't get enough. I am so passionate when it comes to a good book, its hard to put it down.
When I walk into a books store, weather it be Barnes & Noble or a used book store, I am like a kid in a candy store...I want it all. I get a sugar rush just being in the store. The other day when I walked into B&N, I couldn't get past the first table in the store without picking up 3 books before I actually walked into the store. Of course I put one back since I found different book further into the store, but hey at least its a good obsession right?
So, do you have any favorite books? Any suggestions that I can add to my B&N wish list?
News out today that Todd Davis's company, Lifelock, didn't work & his social security # was compromised. He should have seen it coming! I bring this up with my recent post about my personal experience with identity theft.
Also, there were 87 other attempts to steal his identity and one succeeded. Someone in Texas used Todd Davis's information for a $500 loan using his Social Security number.
If you have this company protecting your identity, maybe its time to rethink the company you are paying to provide this task. According to the article, Todd knew his identity was compromised, but he still went along convincing people that it worked.
So again, be careful with your personal information. If you want to read the entire article, check out - ID Protection Ads Bite Pitchman
I guess the best way to protect yourself is to review your credit card statements, check your credit history, answer the phone if you see your credit card company calls (since it could be the fraud dept) and make sure to shop online with secured websites.
I practice these actions since my identity was stolen, but its too late for me since my information is out there. I just make sure to comb over all my information to help prevent any more issues. Just be careful!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
If you have any other fancy beverage suggestions, please let me know. I am always open to trying something new and yummy. I am not a fan of beer, so I like to try new beverages. I love Midori Sours (thanks Sarah) but, I like to try other drinks too. I would like to expand my personal list in the event the bartender at a party doesn't know how to make certain beverages.
If anyone else would like to try it, here is the recipe for the Apple Martini -
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple-flavored liqueur
1 oz. triple sec
Splash sweet-and-sour mix
Pour ingredients and ice into a shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Remove cherry stem and drop cherry into martini glass so it sinks to the bottom.
If you have any other fancy beverage suggestions, please let me know. I am always open to trying something new.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
While we were ringing out our merchandise, the associate who was at the register was making conversation. When she found out we were from out-of-state, she had asked if we had our out-of-state customer coupon. Um, no I replied since I had no idea what she was talking about.
The women explained that if we make our way to the main floor (luckily we were on the 2nd floor of the store instead of the 8th floor) and go to the visitor center and show our ID, we will receive a 11% coupon for the store.
Well, me and mom asked her to hold our items and made a bee-line to the visitor center. And yes, it was just that simple, we showed our ID's and each received a coupon for 11% off our purchase, good for 5 days. So wonderful!
When we returned to the counter and it was our turn to check out again, a women in line mentioned that Bloomingdales has the same program. Fabulous! That will be our mission to find out if its true or not during our next visit!
So, I'm not sure if this is only in the Macy's store in NYC at Herold's Square, or if it occurs at the malls all over the country if you are from out-of-state. But, I wanted to pass along my new savings tip! Hey, everything helps!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Jeff & his friend started off on their own to shop and people watch. They went into every electronic store they could find around Times Square and then went in to the ESPN Zone for a beer and appetizer. Then they met up with us.
My mom & I started off shopping at Macy's (for my mom's outfit for the wedding this Sat). After that was taken care of, we headed uptown and found ourselves in Bryant Park (near the library) and decided to sit and enjoy the sights for awhile.
Before my husband & his friend met up with us at the park, I got hit on by a homeless man. Yeah, not my proudest moment. The situation went like this....I am sitting at one of the outside tables behind the Library Cafe, my mom is off getting a coffee at a vendor at the other end of the park & I see this gentlemen talking to a couple at another table. Next thing I know he is approaching my table and asks me how I am. I responded fine and you? Then he said good and asked me for some change to do something (I really don't remember what it was) and I told him my mom has all of the spare change (I didn't want to pull money out of my pocket, being by myself). Then he said he'd be back and I said ok. Next thing I know he asks me what I was doing later. Um, OMG I said to myself. I told him, Um going home with my husband.....he starts chocking and walks away never to be seen again. Phew!
After we ate, we split up in groups again and did some more shopping. Mom & I went to Barnes & Nobles (I stocked up on books!), American Girl and Crabtree and Evelyn all on 5th Ave. The boys went to Best Buy and ended up in Starbucks.
So, overall it was a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous too!
Friday, May 16, 2008
This past Tuesday, I brought my FIL to Boston for his 6 month follow-up(from his liver transplant). He is doing great! His medications are working the way they are designed to do, he is working 50 hours a week, active & *TRYING* to eat healthy. So, his next apt is in November.
Then Wednesday was my hair apt. It's the normal scheduled one, but this one was a little different since its right before the upcoming wedding. She colored my hair a little darker red (deep auburn) and no trim so its a little longer for the up-do.
Yesterday evening was the make-up run through (yup, for the wedding) with a bonus facial. Oh, the facial felt great! As a bonus, I even learned some make-up tips from the Mary Kay rep. I'm not a huge make-up person (just the basic eye-liner, mascara and lip gloss), but I learned some tips, *NICE*.
Also, thrown in there were my tanning sessions. Phew! It doesn't seem like much, but it's a lot of running around.
Then tomorrow I am the trip coordinator for my college's NYC bus trip. I'll have pics to share next week!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Well, thanks to my page-a-day calender, you are only 40 questions away from finding out! Check out quizfarm.com to find out!
My results ended in a tie. I had to answer a tie breaker question to determine who alter ego was & when I found out, they were at opposites ends of the spectrum.
But before I jump ahead, the answer is........
My Disney Ego is -
"You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You aren't worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things."
Now for my runner up ego, which may I may remind you tied with Goofy-
Cruella De Ville
They give a list of runner ups & this is how I found out about Cruella, so at least I have a little princess in me too (according to the list)! The rest of my list (in order) is - The Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Ariel, Pinocchio, Donald Duck.
So what's yours?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
So, this got me thinking off all the nic-names I've had throughout my 28 years. Yes, there are some I am not proud of & definitely will not mention. But I wanted to share some of them with you (well, the ones I can remember). I will also try and match them with the family member who game it to me too for some added fun.
My official name was almost Mandy. My parents decided to name me Amanda so I can have an option to either be called Amanda or Mandy.
My official name is Amanda
My family calls me Mandy
My dad used to call be Beeper
My dad STILL calls me Mander
My grandpa has called me Maggie all my life (it started as Magnolia Blossom when I was born, and now its just Maggie)
Some friends call me Manda
Aunt Virg still calls me Ladybug (no idea why, but I think its cute)
My niece calls me Auntie Mana (and I hope it doesn't change because I love it)
My husband calls me qt (by text of course, cutie for those who don't read text)
So, if you are around and you hear someone call out one of these names, it could be for me! Hey dad, did I miss any?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Last Saturday was our first dress fitting. Christina looked like a princess, she was so beautiful. Here is a peek at her dress from the bridal collection magazine-
Here is a peek at my dress from the bridal magazine too-
Here are our shoes too-
I think Christina did a good job picking everything out, nothing to flashy or hideous. I think everything has been tastefully chosen.
I have a growing check list I have to get done before the the big day. I have tanning to finish up, and all the beauty stuff I have to squeeze in. I'm sure it will all get done, its just finding the time.
I will share pictures after the big day. My mom is using my high-tec camera and Zack will use my other camera, so I'm sure I will have some interesting photo's!
Friday, May 9, 2008
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
~Mildred B. Vermont
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb
But, thanks to all my family, friends (new & old) & anonymous readers. I know this blog is somewhat a record of my life, but its always nice to know there are wonderful people out there reading up on your adventures.
So, here's to another 100 posts with everyone on board for the ride!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
My story started a couple of years ago when we noticed money was moved from our joint savings account to my husbands checking account that neither one of us did. When a large amount of money is moved all by itself, you freak out.
After the money was transferred, the person on the other end wrote out an e-check to be sent to an address we of course have never heard of. Also, happening at the same time, I couldn't sign-in to my online banking website since my password wouldn't work. What!?!?
We contacted the bank to tell them all about the issues. It was discovered that someone had called the bank to change the password on our online banking, then transferred the money using MY social security number and name. It defiantly wasn't me. So, the next business day we went to the bank branch to change our account numbers. Oh, and they couldn't tell us the identity of the person who did this to us, but they did stop payment on the check.
About a week later, after we had swapped everything over to our new account numbers & new passwords my husband called me and told me it had happened again. I couldn't believe it! So, we went back to the same bank branch & had to explain to someone else what had happened. He laughed at us, like we didn't know what we were talking about! Um, this is serious and he was acting like it was all a mistake! I wasn't happy. Finally we got through to him because that very moment, it was being attempted again! So, it showed this fool that it wasn't us and it was actually some bad person out there doing this to us.
After the third attempt (and poor customer service), we decided to switch banks! It was such a hassle, aggravation and scary thing to happen!
We almost were free & clear without any issues since our bank incident, but on the Saturday before Easter I received a phone call from one of my credit card companies. The fraud department was calling to see if I wanted to transfer $5,000 from my credit card to a bank account that was known for fraudulent charges. Um, no! I told her what happened in the past and explained to her most likely who ever this was found my SS# & was trying to do some tricky business, again, with my information. Thank goodness for fraud protection!
So, I guess my lesson for today would be to protect your personal information as best you can. Its tough since everything is electronic, but just beware of where your information is going. I am always combing everything over with a fine toothed comb now just in case it happens again.
To this day, I don't know how my information was found or what was out there, but its out there and there is nothing I can do!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
About a week ago, I noticed a nest was built inside of the basket. I thought it was pretty neat, but I didn't see any birds around it so I had assumed the birds were scared off since it was so close to our back door and driveway.
On Saturday, there were now two birds in the basket. They would each fly away when we would approach the porch so we didn't think anything of it.
By Sunday, the female bird would remain in the nest while the male would fly off. Wow! I was amazed how brave this bird was being. I was assuming she had an egg that she had to keep warm & protected, but there was no proof.
On Monday, it was confirmed one egg was in the nest. This had confirmed why the mommy bird would wait until the last possible second to fly off. She hasn't flown off when I'm around so it take something pretty scary for her to fly away (it must have been the kids next door playing to close to our back stoop for her to fly off when it was determined how many eggs were in the nest by my husbands sister).
Now I am so protective of the nest. Any large object coming in or out of the house, it has to go through the front door. Any fast movements around the nest are prohibited. I need to help out my new neighbor. I am pretty excited to be able to be so close to mother natures magic! I will let you know when we have a new baby birdie in the nest!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I like it! I had my windows down driving home reminiscing about singing along & dancing to the songs that are now classics (yikes). It reminds me of when I was is *LOVE* with the boys when I was 13 years old.
Of course they had listeners call in after the song and give their opinions. All the young girls called in saying how much it sucked and they didn't understand the hype.....well, they weren't around the first time around. We were!
I think the boys are even hotter now then years ago and I'm going to buy the new CD when it comes out. I hope they come around MA during their tour (they better since they are from Boston). My husband doesn't know yet, but he is so going if my cousins can't go!
Who's with me!?!?!?!
1. Where is your cell phone?
2. Your significant other?
4. Your mother?
5. Your father?
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night?
8. Your favorite drink?
9. Your dream/goal?
10. The room you’re in?
11. Your hobby?
12. Your fear?
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?
14. Where were you last night?
15. What you’re not?
17. The last thing you did?
18. What are you wearing?
19. Something you’re not wearing?
21. Your summer?
anyone who reads my blog
Saturday, May 3, 2008
As we were driving to the circus, I let my niece use my camera. Here is the people she rode with in Auntie's van through her eyes.
Setting up for the Tiger Performance
The show was great! It had a trapeze act, clown shows, a tiger performance, balancing acts, roller skating performance, elephant acts and so much more. It was really a great time. Also, the cotton candy and popcorn were a treat too. It was fun watching my nieces reaction to all the different things. We all had a wonderful time.