Best Lady’s Birthday

Monday was Best Lady’s birthday. She is 32! Lord S and I went shopping on Sunday and tried to buy her a gift. Here are some of the things we found.

IMG_8078.JPG IMG_8079.JPG While at Oce@n St@te J*b L*t we found these great fish. They were unstuffed pillows. I thought we could buy some stuffing and make her a very nice body pillow. Lord S thought not and so we just took pictures. OSJL is a crazy-ass store with everything you could possibly want – for cheap! They have them all over New England, although not in Vermont. The aisles are crowded and narrow. There is crap all over the place. The cashiers are surly. And stuff is CHEAP! In the 20 minutes we were in there the cashier on aisle 4 called for assistance 5 times! They look like they are on the set of a movie about angry retail workers.

Next we went to the store next to OSJL, it looked kind of like a TJ Maxx, but it was called A.J. Wr!ght. It was little, how do I put it? Not what I expected. I will let the gifts that we picked explain themselves.
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Do woman really still wear hats? And what is that glass bust thing? Lord S just liked the name Apple Bottoms. It made a lot more sense when we saw shirts with that label too. We are certainly showing our rural sensibilities aren’t we? As a fan of the Da Vinci Code (book, not movie) I was interested in the Last Supper print. I suppose it is more near to accurate than the original, done by a white European, but it was still a little startling.

Happy Birthday, Best Lady! Hope it was a good one!

It’s OK

It’s nice to know there’s someone who caresWhen you feel all alone and suddenly scaredYour mom and dad will make it OKWhen they give you a hug, the fear goes away.Chorus:It’s OK (It’s OK)It’s really all rightIt’s all right. (It’s all right)It’s really OKYou’re as safe in the night as you are in the dayIt’s all right (It’s all right)It’s really OK.You can squeeze your pillow, squeeze it real tight.You can crawl out of bed and turn on the lightYou know it’s not so bad to be alone in the nightIt’s OK. It’s really all right.Chorus

8536541322.jpgIn the late 1970s/early 1980’s, when I was growing up, there was not much cool music aimed at kids. Only recently has there been an explosion of music that parents could listen to, and enjoy, with their children. Sure there were recordings for children, but they were limited and mostly folk-music (not every family loves folk music). But I didn’t know about this lack, because I had my own rock band.t_756.jpgMy parents tell a story about when I was 18 months old and we were visiting Florida. We went to the Dade County Fair because their friends, Rosenshontz, were playing there. We saw the concert and then went back to the trailer. The little tiny, itty bitty trailer. But it had air conditioning! That was 1977.8536541242.jpgWhen I was a kid growing up these two guys came to my school, first my Montessori pre-school/kindergarten and later at my elementary school. They played cool music, kid rock, with songs we could sing and dance to. We laughed and danced and rolled on the floor. And we Hugga Hugga Hugged. We went to Teddy Bear’s Picnics with our stuffed bears.713647.jpgAs I grew up and grew out of the music I was still blessed. Those men lived in my town and my parents knew them pretty well. Gary Rosen lived next to the store my parents owned while I was growing up. We sold their records in the store. It was just one of the ways Brattleboro is the center of the universe. Sadly, they had a falling out over 10 years ago and the music came to an end. They continued to live in the same town, but everyone who knew them knew it was an angry break up. Each went his own way and made his own music, but to kids like me, it was never the same.DL1.jpgHappily, as an adult, I have also been able to watch the Rosen children, Lela, Penn, and Eliza, grow up into talented terrific kids. I’ve worked with Penn in Shakespeare in the Park. He was an annoying 14 year old, but he did what I asked. My husband and I have seen them all in the high school musicals over the last 7 years. Lord S had the pleasure of starring in the musical Children of Eden with Penn in 2006. Penn played Adam and Noah, son of my husband’s God. Lela had leads in her later musicals and Eliza is showing her talents as each year progresses. [Penn is on the left in the blue shirt; Lela is on the right looking at her dad, Eliza is next to her.]petsounds.jpgJust a few years ago I heard some hard news. Gary was diagnosed with ALS. My friend Bonnie, whose family is very close to the Rosens, told me about it. Over the summer he began to feel weak and shakey. In the fall it was hard to walk. By December he needed help doing many things. But he swore he would walk at Lela’s graduation that June. Sadly, by February, he needed a wheelchair to make it to see his children, all of them, in the high school musical. He relied more and more on that chair. Over the last few years his friends have rallied.DL4.jpgJust that spring, Bonnie organized a fundraising concert featuring musical acts from our community. (I will always be sad I had to miss it for another production.) The most wonderful moment, save for the finale, was when Bill Shontz, Gary’s former partner, took the stage. Even though they had such a difficult past Bill knew their history was more important.The concert was sold out and broadcast frequently on our local television station.aamilne_me.jpgBonnie and others organized a group of 20 friends who went every day to Gary’s house. They read with him, talked with him, helped him. They were there to relieve Mary and the children. There were nurses as well, but his friends were there for everything else. He even put together one last album. With songs he had previously recorded and tracks laid down by his children, Gary celebrated his favorite author A.A. Milne. Money was raised for a super wheelchair to help him get around in the world. He made it the last two years to the musical. This year he got to see Penn as Joseph (and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Eliza as a choir leader organzing and leading dozens of school children in the chorus.JRH2.jpgThis past summer there was one final Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Gary Rosen. They were the opening concert at our community Summer Arts in the Park series. The children performed accompanied by local musician, Dan DeWalt.Penn will graduate this year. He is currently choosing from the schools that accepted him and looking forward to the end of the year. Lela is in her 2nd year of college and Eliza is a freshman in high school. As hard as the last 3 years have been Gary and Mary and their friends have made sure those kids had as normal a life as they could.Gary died this past weekend. It was kept out of the media until today. My mom told me yesterday. His family was prayed for at my church on Sunday and my sought out friends who would know what happened. I am glad his suffering has ended – isn’t that what you are supposed to say? But it hurts in my heart to know he is gone.obituary2005 Boston Globe articleDL7.jpg

I’ve got a friend. She’s different than me.Says her seeing eye dog does the seeing she needs.I say “Don’t you miss the sun going down?”She says, “No! Not when I’ve got friends all around.Don’t go feeling sorry for meI may be blind but I can see that(Chorus)I, I’m gonna be the best that I canYes I am, yes I am. Yes.I, I’m gonna be the best that I canYes I am, yes I am.I’ve got a friend, moves slower than meHis paralyzed legs won’t let him run free.I say, “Don’t you miss running around?”He says, “No! It’s never gonna slow me down.Don’t go feeling sorry for me.I cannot run, but I can see that(Chorus)I’ve got a friend who’s special to knowHis mind’s not too quick and his speech is slowI say, “Don’t you feel sad when kids put you down?’He says, “No! Not when I’ve got love all around.Don’t go feeling sorry for me.I may be slow but I can see that(Chorus)We’ve got a dad who’s special to knowAlthough he’s been sick, he’s still doing his showWe say, don’t you feel sad that you’ve got to slow down?(Rosen) Oh no, not when I’ve got love all aroundDon’t go feeling sorry for meI may be sick, but I can seeI’m gonna be the best that I canYes I am, yes I am

So far Saturday

Last night we went to dinner with my sister, her best friend, and a guy friend of theirs. We ate at our favorite resturaunt (not our favorite diner, which is a different place) and had a ball. We laughed and talked and stared at the people on the other side of the window. After dinner we stopped at the grocery store and got cheesecake.

Of course, there was a scene there too. Mooch’s friend needed to use the bathroom, but doesn’t like public restrooms. She made a formal announcement that she was going and then was back right away. No TP. So my sister goes into the men’s room and comes out with a huge wad of TP. Meanwhile we have already left the aisle and are trying to pretend we don’t know her. She chased us yelling, “I got you toilet paper!” We were laughing again in the nearly empty grocery store when this older woman in a wheelchair comes up past us and says “You just keep laughing. I wish my friends would laugh with me about stuff.” It was crazy.

We popped in Monty Python and the Holy Grail while we ate. My sister kept saying (how had she not seen this movie yet?) “I don’t get it. Why is it funny? Why are you laughing? This is not funny.” I fell asleep during the movie, and woke up kind of hazy at the end.

This morning we went to WW to weigh in (not so good, last week was -9.2 and today way -6.6). We headed south to Best Lady’s parents’ house for scrapbooking. I spent the day playing with her new kitty and watching T play Lego Star Wars. I got some work done, but not enough. I still have to journal and do three more pages before this album is finished.

Now we are getting ready to go to Small Town to hear my friend’s band play. He is the husband of a friend from work and we missed the last show due to snow. Mooch is going with us, but I think it won’t be a very late night. Although how “not late” can an evening that starts at 9 pm be?

Thursday Things

IMG_7892.JPGThe talk yesterday was that we might have a delayed entry today. The weather wasn’t so bad here first thing. Schools all over our area were closed, but not in the Strathconn Valley. Big huge snow drops were falling, but everything was just wet. The trees still have snow from last week. By the time I got to school there was about an inch of slush on the ground.

When we got to school the talk had turned to early release. We were all talking about moving the performance of the school play from the afternoon to the morning. At 8:45 we had the morning announcements and school started without any good news. By 9:00 the principal got on the loudspeaker to tell us the play would be at 10:00 and lunches would be early, so we could dismiss at … wait for it … 12:30!!

octopus.gifI spent most of the morning bemoaning my period cramps in the library. At 10 I went to the play (very funny, great job kids) and at 11:10 we had 30 minutes of Literacy. With 3 girls out, and a boy who left early, we had a very quiet morning. We worked on our Octopus accordian books. The kids worked quietly and showed me great effort and direction following. After Lit I killed some time and then went to eat lunch (baked ham dinner) with some third graders, and then killed time in the office until I could take off.

On my way home I stopped by the hospital to see my friend (with the no longer yellow baby). She had several of her (right side) kidney stones removed and the doctor told her the ones in her left kidney can probably be treated with meds. Today is her 37th birthday and she has to spend it in the hospital. She has been looking forward to going out with her friends tonight, as the first time she could have a drink since she got pregnant. I gave her two cards (happy birthday and get well) and gossiped about a huge news story in Small Town. Her husband was there holding formerly yellow baby (who needs a better nickname) who I hadn’t gotten to meet yet. I am going to go visit over vacation and I plan to hold her the whole time.

IMG_7909.JPGI have now been home, watching soaps and the snow, for two hours. I haven’t gotten anything else done, not even any real Bloglines reading. That’s not true. I have been reading email. I even voted several times for my friend’s Peep-orama (see previous entry). I have eaten 2 stiff Peeps (yummy).

Tonight Lord and I were going to Marlboro College to see a lecture about software freedom, but it has been cancelled due to snow. I may call him and ask him to bring home BK. Or maybe we will go to our favorite diner. Tonight is a Grey’s clip show, so Mr. Director won’t be coming and we will watch something we recorded earlier in the week (like LOST).

Peep Gallery

My friend Allison submitted a Peep diorama to the Washington Post contest. They didn’t win, but were semi-finalists. You can vote for the best diorama on the website. This is what she had to say:


Picture 3.pngOr, rather Heather’s, Anh’s, and my peeps – the Post has a new page where you can vote for your favorite peeps…see below. (For those of you who haven’t heard, we made a diorama using the not-so-tasty Easter treat and submitted it to the Post’s contest- we were finalists, but we didn’t win). With your help, we can win in the court of public opinion! So, log on a vote – for the Anna Nicole Peep-Daddy Trial, that is!

Please go and vote for her diorama. It is the one on the bottom right called “She’s My Peep”. You can also see them all large by clicking on the link at the top of that page. Her’s is #19. I also like #7, Say Anything: I gave her my heart, She gave me a Peep. I think #8, A Peep at Mardi Gras is very funny too.

It’s time

I recently told my friend, Best Lady*, about this blog. I don’t know if she has stopped bye yet, but she said she would. She was also a little annoyed I hadn’t told her about it yet. Hi hon!

She told us tonight she is going to have an important conversation with her boyfriend, Mr. Director.

They have been together, two years I think. He was in a relationship when they met, but it was ending. It has been good and it has been stormy. He has a temper and is very high strung. He often thinks he knows more than he does, is smarter than he is, and is always right. He’s not really a blowhard or know-it-all, but it can be very difficult to be around him. She is starting to realize that this relationship isn’t going to go where she wants. She has given a lot to him, and doesn’t always get in return. A few of us have noticed the tension lately (since fall) and she hasn’t seemed happy.

There is so much more to this story than I can write here, but I am so concerned about how this is all going to end up. I am waiting to see what she needs. I think the hardest part is how to keep his friendship. She is worried about him too. He has grown very close to her family and most of his friends were hers first. She doesn’t want to take anything from him, but she can’t sacrifice herself anymore (do you hear that?).

Best of luck BL. We are both behind you. You stood up for us, and we will stand up for you.

*When we got married my closest friend was getting divorced, so she was neither maid nor matron. So I decided if T could have a Best Man, I would have a Best Lady.

Sunday night blues

Watching SNL and eating leftovers. Easter weekend was pretty good. We went to T’s grandma’s in Schenectady. His mom and one cousin were there. Saturday we dyed eggs and went for a walk. It was pretty cold and windy and when we got back I coughed a lot. We had a great dinner with MIL’s best friend. MIL and T are vegetarians, so we don’t focus our meals around meat. MIL makes something called Good Earth with brown rice, broccoli, water chesnuts, mushrooms cashews, and cheese. We also had asparagus, ham, and awesome mashed potatoes (thanks cousin M). After dinner we had the best strawberry shortcake ever! Bisquick biscuits, strawberries, and homemade whipped cream with whipping cream and maple syrup. It was sweet and yummy and delish! We played 2 rounds of cards and I coughed my way through.

This morning we had an Easter egg hunt (yes, 4 adults: 30, 30, 66, and 97) and ate candy for hours. We did the puzzles in the newspaper and just chatted. Lunch was leftovers and 2 more games of cards. I nearly threw up from coughing, but I made it through. Our drive home was snowy and we even had to take a detour because of a major fire.

Altogether, Easter weekend was steller. I will probably post some pictures later.

Sunday night blues

T and I are catching up on our NetFlix. We have had Syriana, In America, and Jeeves and Wooster for far too long to make out membership worth it. We finally finished the fourth season of Jeeves and Wooster. Next up on my MIL’s list is a movie, but I don’t know what. Something old I bet. We are now watching Syriana, but I am having trouble following it.

Yesterday we helped our friend move from the house he lived in to his own apartment. It is a cute three room place in an old building. Everything has been updated though, so while it had that old charm, it doesn’t feel old. It is on the third floor (43 steps) and I coughed for 5 minutes after my first trip up. I ended up the door holder and I worked on a bib while I guarded the open van. When everything was in I went with my friend, her mom, and her sister to get fabric for a dress for the sister. My friend’s brother is getting married this summer and sister needs a dress. We also went to Target. Fun fun! We went to Margaritas in the evening with another couple and had a really nice time.

Friday night we just hung out at home. I don’t even remember it. Oh, but I went to Weight Watchers on Saturday morning and was up a bit. Bummer.

Starting GOTR tomorrow, let’s hope I am ready.

Thurday Thoughts

Remember when I said I was going to try to post more. Yeah, so then I got this freakin’ cold and I haven’t been in the mood to do anything. I am feeling better. As better as you can feel with only one working nostril and a hacking cough.

My friend and her new baby are at the hospital with jaundice. Mom is/was pretty freaked out. She was very upset at having to sit there next to her crying baby and not be able to hold her and comfort her. I wanted to be able to visit when she was born *hack hack** but I felt it best to wait. Now I am going to wait a little longer. I made them mac & cheese last night, but I won’t take it until tomorrow when they are home.

I start Girls on the Run on Monday. I met with my new co-coach today. She has never coached before and is not connected to my school, so she is kind of nervous. Which is interesting, because she is very confident. We were at the high school at the same time, elementary too is seems, but we didn’t really know each other. I think it will be a good season. I will keep you posted.

Now I am off to pottery. Sometime I am going to write about my pottery teacher. New coach (I need a name for her) and I were talking about how she (pottery teacher) is one of the nicest people we have ever known.

Sunday night blues

Sunday night is always the hardest. You have had a great weekend, but now it is the end, time to start thinking about the week.

The alarm went off at 6, but I didn’t really wake up till the phone rang at 9. It was my friend calling to give me news about the baby. She was born Saturday night at 7 and she is 9 pounds with lots of dark hair. I am still working on bibs for her. I think she will have 4 or 5.

We got an invitation to a wedding this weekend. A friend from high school is marrying a guy from our HS class. They have been together almost since we graduated (1994) and are expecting a baby in June. It is the second weekend of my spring break so we are planning to go down to Florida for it. It is hard to get tickets though, since everyone wants to have vacation then in Florida.

Our day yesterday was great. Today was lazy. I tried to install a scanner we have had sitting around for a few months onto my laptop, but nothing is working. T has been playing with it for hours, while I played Lego Star Wars on his computer. It is a pretty fun game.

Not much coming up this week, so we will see what comes.