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Apr. 9th, 2012

I still have a headache from the awfulness of yesterday. My cousin/her husband took everyone out to dinner at  nice restaurant. My fiancee (R.) finally got to meet my cousin and all seemed good. Everyone was having a good time, except my brother. He was in rare form - being rude, sarcastic , obnoxous. I mean, he can be snarky at times, but yesterday was unbelieveable. He also was drinking tons of wine, which didn't help. Plus, he rarely drinks, so it made me wonder what is going on with him. He was relentless in questioning my cousin about the selling of her really personal questions. When she refused to answer him, he then embarrassed her saying loudly "OK, fine, you don't want to tell me." He ket asking what was wrong with my 8 y.o son (he has Asperger's, anger/impulsivity issues)...asking him "Are you shy?" when he didn't want to talk. He continued to tell me that his friend's son had Asperger's and he's in college now and he'll just grow out of it. Oh really? He has no fucking idea  what Asperger's is about. t made the entire dinner unenjoyable. he just sucked the life out of everyone.


Mar. 7th, 2012

Just got back from dinner at  a local Mom and Pop restaurant. This place only takes CASH. I never heard of such a thing. Anyway, the food was served quickly and it was delicious.
Going to San Francisco for a long weekend. meeting up with R., going to Sonoma and will probably take a tour of SF. R. has been there all week for a conference. We'll fly back home together on Sunday night.
Crappy news about my Nurse Practitioner certification. Since I let me NP certification lapse for over 2 years, I have to re-take the exam. It's not a huge deal because I already passed the exam, but I took it  over 10 years ago and it was hard as fuck - most people passed by the skin of their teeth (including me). The exam has been revamped, thank God, so hopefully I'll pass the exam. Then I can start working as an NP again and make more $.  

My youngest son has been doing excellent in school. They've started to mainstream into the regular clas, and he's doing great. He's one of the highest level readers in the class. I'm really proud of him. 


Feb. 15th, 2012

I had a meeting with A.'s teacher today. Thankfully, he's doing great and his teacher is starting to mainstream him into the 1st grade class. A. is doing an excellent job academically, but socially, ...not so hot. His social skills are getting better..I just have to be patient and grateful that he's making improvements. Between trying to change his behaviors and therapy, he has made some progress.  I've also started introducing some gluten free foods and it's hit or miss, depending on the texture. If it's too sticky, he won't eat it (I tried it also and it wasn't too appetizing.)
Yoga keeps my stress levels under check. I'm looking for places to teach but this area is saturated with yoga teachers.

I've been writing and submitting short stories to various magazines, haven't heard anything back yet. My fiance is supportive ..but then he shoots me back to reality by saying that "the only way I'd be able to make a living is write what the masses want - all the crap that's on TV." He's probably right, but what can i say, I think I was born in the wrong century.


Jan. 25th, 2012

I feel like I've been shot out of a cannon for the New Year - which is great! Lot of good things going on. I got engaged over date to be later this year. My sons are happy with this news. R. has been such a stabilizing factor in their lives.
I've been trying to shake off a bad cold for 2 luck. I've been practicing different smoothie concocations -
lately, the favorite smoothie is the chocolate almond milk, bananas and strawberries combo

My ex husband called me yesterday after no contact since August, starting up with his shenanigans. It was sickening to hear his voice, but at least i held my own during the phone call and didn't engage in his crazy conversation.  Thank God he lives on the other side of the country. The social worker who has been helping me with getting therapy for the boys suggested that i get  a restraining order against him, since the boys are still afraid of him, but he hasn't threatened me at all. Part of me is afraid that if i do it, it will set him off.


Dec. 11th, 2011

11 days until we fly to South Beach, then take a Caribbean cruise for the holidays.
Still have a lot tog et done before we leave..
- Packing the boy's suitcases and mine.
- Buy Shirts/undies for me
- Finish laundry!
- Send Christmas cards out, take the boy's Christmas picture

Went clothes shopping in NY yesterday. I wanted to buy everyday shirts for myself and blazers for the boys.
Ended up with a Calvin klein leather jacket, cool cardigan, silver sequined top and mittens (70% off). No everyday shirts in any of the outlets - just lightweight tees or heavy sweaters. Got blazers for the boys at brooks brothers - no bargain, but they need them. Visited R.'s Mom last night. We were happy to see her and vice versa. The full moon looks beautiful against the countryside - it almost looked like a harvest moon.
Going to take the kid's Christmas picture (again)..last time I took so many pics, and realized afterwards that I didn't have a memory card in the camera..grrr. NOW, I've the camera ready to i go...


Procrastination Station

I can't get myself moving today. Part of it is due to feeling depressed and also due to the rainy weather. Still have to finish out my yoga requirements, can't motivate myself to go. I love doing yoga, but not at the studio where I trained. I made a hasty choice & signed up for Yoga TT at this studio , which *appeared* to be what I was looking for. However, as th emonths have passed it's become more trendy, playing loud (non-yoga like) music during classes and..this is odd, but, everyone wears a ton of jewelry and makeup. I am not judging others, but it makes me uncomfortable, because I am the opposite. I'll just keep at it, get the training over with at that studio, so I can move on.


Nov. 19th, 2011

I'm plugging away , participating in NanoWrimo. This is much harder than I thought it would be. I can bang out a non-fiction pretty quickly, but, you've got to be good. I just wonder if it's worth it or a waste if time.  Yes, it's good practice to write, but to pump out 50,000 words that *make sense* in 30 days? As I'm going through this fresh hell, I have much more respect for fiction writers than I've ever had.


Nov. 15th, 2011

Nearly done with yoga teacher training. I had to pay an extra $275 for 20 classes because i didn't finish the  requirements in 3 months. (attend 25 classes in 12 weeks) Fuuuuuck. I can't wait to finsh my classes so i can move on.. It's frustrating because some of the teachers don't give correct advice - like - "Don't dry yourself off with a towel while doing yoga, you'll just sweat more." WTFFFF??? 


nanowrimo i'm so behind-o

I'm participating in nanowrimo and I'm 6 days behind. I'll do my best and see what happens. Enjoying my free time while it lasts. Went to Great Wolf Lodge in PA over the weekend - nice indoor waterpark/hotel. We're going away for Christmas vacation to South Beach and then a cruise to the French West Indies. Can't wait to go.
Right now I'm enjoying the peace in my life. It's taken 3 1/2 years tie up all of the loose ends from my divorce. 95% of the loose ends have finally come to a closure. I'm so grateful that everything has finally worked out.


This Old House

I knew when we moved into this house that things wouldn't be perfect, since it was built in 1903. BUT, last week, the toilet broke, overflowed, leaked to the downstairs apt and cause the ceiling to cave in on the 1st floor apt. Of course the 1st floor renter was pissed, but I reminded her that the house is over 100 years old. The 1st floor renter is dramatic, and was upset that we didn't help her out. (I guess she doesn't think that the clean up crew that the Landlord hired wasn't sufficient), She's also upset that my boyfriend ignores her (because she's nuts!) ugh. Wait a minute, I'm not the landord! Plus, I have 2 small boys and my own life.

Today the 1st floor renter informs me that our thermostat controls the heat for the entire house. We're on the the 2nd floor - why would the thermostat  be placed here?
SO,now the next issue - THE HEAT. When we put the heat on the other night, she said " she was boiling hot" . (I thought that heat how could she be hotter than us?) She asked me if we could work together re: the heat settings so everyone is comfortable. She offered to lend me her space heaters, the premise being that we could keep the temp really low, so she won't get too hot.

It probably sounds like I'm bitching over nothing, but we pay top dollar to live here. Anyway, we will definately not be renewing our yearly lease, because this is too much BS.