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how soon is now?

25 February 2012

Today is February 25, 2012.  My first post in quite a long time.  For the most part, things have stayed the same, though I must say, I am poised for a change!  Some things that are different:

-the kids are older.  Rockstar boy is now 6 years old, and Lil C is now 4 years old.

-we renovated our house.  I’m not sure if I even posted anything about us renovating our house.  In any case, we moved back in last May 2011, and we are much happier with our new space.  At least, I am much happier with the new space.  However, I know realize that we are quite locked in.  That is, thoughts of moving to anywhere else are not at all realistic.

-I’m older.  I’ll be even older come July.

-I’m writing this post on a brand new computer!  A MacBook Pro to be exact!  It hasn’t exactly changed my life, but hey, it’s much faster than my old computer!

I realize last year that I did not leave the country at all!  And I usually try to do at least one trip.  But we were working on our house, so any other added expense was just not in the picture.

 This year, however, I am going to a brand new place!  I decided to treat my mother    to a Mother’s Day-and-birthday trip to Turkey!  It’s a place both she and I have not been to, and a change of pace from going to Europe.  Then our mother-and-daughter trip expanded when I invited two of my other friends to join us (Girlie, and my co-worker Priya).  So now, it’s a big girls’ trip!  We are leaving the first of May, and I cannot wait.

I also have a pending trip to San Francisco.  I never ever travel for work, but am actually going to a Forensic Evidence seminar in San Francisco of all places this coming March…and the whole family is coming with!  It’ll be a mini-vacation of sorts…I’m also working on a trip to Aruba if everything falls into place!

But for now, I have this picture on my work desktop…something to envision and take me away when all else gets me down.

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project 365 – day 95: my life in bullet points

8 June 2010

I realize I’ve missed posting on several occassions.  I chalk it up to pure laziness.  I also chalk it up to “who cares?” 

Well, for those of you who still care to see what I am up to, here’s an update of my life –in bullet points, nonetheless.

  • We have not started any work on our home renovation project.  We have finalized a design, but alas, we need a variance.  This means we have to apply to the local board for approval before any construction can begin (assuming they let us do it).  So no approval = no renovation.  Wish us luck.
  • I am going to make a photo book for the kids.  A “first year” book for Rockstar Boy, and a “first year” book for Lil C.  It’s about time.  So I am going to try to update all the photos I have, and centralize them into one account under Shutterfly.  Bye bye Snapfish.  Bye bye Flickr.
  • I am excited about our upcoming trip to Seattle!  It’ll be the kiddos’ first plane ride (at an age where they are actually aware of being in a plane).  I am not excited about disrupting their schedules… we’ll see.
  • I am excited about our picnic in Central Park this Saturday.  It should be awesome!
  • I think I have found a bassist for my band.  I may meet him later this week. 
  • I am excited about Prague!  I can’t wait!
  • We’ve been looking at kitchen designs… I can almost taste my new kitchen….*drool*
  • My credit card balances are getting lower….yay!
  • I read 6 really good & entertaining books the past 3 weeks.  I highly recommend reading: The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Bone Worship, Case Histories, The Piano Teacher, The Spellmans Strike Again (Book 4 of the series), and Dead in the Family (Book 10 of the Sookie Stackhouse series).   I read A LOT.  And I heart my library because I can pretty much request any book I want!  It is a fabulous way to save money (and bookshelf space!)
  • So I have hired a trainer.  I am completely unfit and lost all tone in my muscles.  My trainer (who used to train me years ago pre-kids) is aghast at my complete lack of muscle tone.  I may weigh less than I’ve weighed before, but I have zero strength and stamina.  It’s really hard to get back in shape.
  • I am already thinking of things to do for my birthday this coming July.  I will be 34.  Thirty. Four.  I think all I want is a nice meal at Aquagrill or Nobu.  The hubs is already nixing it because of $.  So probably no date night with him! After all, we already did go out for our anniversary meal just this past weekend.  LOL.  I also wouldn’t mind trying out a new restaurant….
  • That about covers anything remotely interesting…
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project 365 – day 2: best books of 2009

8 January 2010

I read an average of 3 books of month –sometimes more, sometimes less.  So I approximate that to about 36 books a year.  I’ve read so many books that I really don’t remember some of the titles of what I’ve read; I have sometimes re-read something by accident.  I realize by the 3rd or 4th page that I’ve already read a story before! 

I do, however, remember books that have struck a chord in me one way or another.  I remember books that were just fun to read, books that were beautifully written, or books that had such an engrossing story that to this day I wonder what happened to the characters (as if they were real people).  Here’s a handful of memorable books I read in 2009 (not in any particular order) that I highly recommend reading.  The synopsis will be brief, but I will tell you why I liked it. 

  1. In a Perfect World by Laura Kasische: this book is certainly thought-provoking, engrossing, and beautifully written.  It’s about a woman dealing with a new marriage, stepchildren, and the influx of the “Phoenix Flu” that is slowly changing the world around her. 
  2. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist:  Oskar, a lonely, bullied boy finally makes a friend –but Eli only comes out at night, and needs a bit of blood to feed on!  There is a lot of suspense in this one (think film noir); but what makes it so poignant is the focus on the friendship between Oskar and Eli.
  3. The Pretend Bride by Bridget Asher: I liked this story because you can totally relate to it.  In a nutshell, it’s about a married woman who wonders about what her life could-have-been.  It’s not a literary classic by any means, but it’s a fun and quick read.
  4. Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz:  Oh no! Not another vampire series…ah but yes!  And totally different than Twilight, etc.  de la Cruz has an awesome fresh take on the vampire mythology, and her vampires are young and gorgeous.  Think vampires-meets-Gossip Girl and Sex in the City.  Witty writing, stylish settings, and a cool story all wrapped up into one.
  5. The Blue Notebook by James Levine: this novel is written from the point of view of Batuk, a 15-year old Indian girl whose parents have sold her into sexual slavery.  Levine captures her thoughts perfectly;  you’ll be instantly transported into her sad, sad, world.  The story is obviously depressing (really, it’ll break your heart), but it’s still a wonderful read. 
  6. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld: I was wary about reading another Sittenfeld novel since her protagonist in “Prep” annoyed me to hell.  This book is wholly different.  It’s a fictionalized life story of a very familiar first wife.  Very entertaining.  Read it!
  7. Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar: I’m cheating since this is actually a book I read in late 2008, but it’s so darn cool that I’m recommending it to everyone!  It’s about Kalix, a teenage werewolf princess who is outcast from her home and ends up living with two teens in London.  This story comes complete with fairies, demons, punk bands, oh my!  A description can’t do it justice, so read it for yourself!

I’ll leave you with a notable “Don’t” read:  I was sorely disappointed by Audrey Niffenegger’s latest novel Her Fearful Symmetry.  It was so promising but left me just scratching my head.  I’m usually fond of ghosts and reincarnation and all that, but this novel was sooooo slow and it lead to absolutely nothing!  Well, nothing meaning the end was written pretty much non-descriptly (is that even a word?) that you miss the “splash!” it was supposed to create.  It’s definitely a library book, not a book to own.

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the last post of the year

31 December 2009

I haven’t posted in several months so I thought I’d close out the year with a bang and actually write something. *gasp*

Life has been good this year.  I honestly really have nothing to complain about.  I still have a job and actually got a (tiny) raise when most people are losing theirs, I have my loved ones and my health, and I had the opportunity to do fun things!  In 2009, I actually travelled –twice!  Outside the country!  And inside the country!  I went to Los Angeles in February, to Cancun in August, and to Cabo San Lucas in November.

Work has been good (and busy), and my personal life has been bustling.  Okay, I may not be a social butterfly but I do go out with friends when I can.  And I spent some QT time with my family.

But I want 2010 to be better.  I want to make things happen in my life and not just let life happen to me.  Every year I feel I make the same “resolutions” but I always fail to meet them.  But here I go again.  This time with new goals… So here comes the ubiquitous “resolutions” list that usually goes with end-of-the-year posts… 

1) Be a better parent.  I always worry that I’m yelling too much at the kids; that I always seem to be the “frazzled mom” who rushes to get it over with.  I have to take a deep breath and be more patient, be more understanding, and be just be there for them.

2) Work out.  Get fit. Do some sort of physical activity.  The “mom-pooch” is getting bigger and bigger and it takes more sucking in to make it appear normal.  Must.Get.Toned!

3) Stop obsessing about other people and things I can’t do anything about –whether it’s to compare what I have vs. others, or wondering why this person doesn’t keep in touch, etc.  Just.Let.Go. and go on with my own life. 

4) Do obsess about what matters to me.  Like writing, or starting a band again and playing guitar.

5) Actually do something about what matters to me.  Woman, just write already!  Go snowboarding again!  Write songs.  Just.Do.It.

6) Stop buying things.  I always complain about not having enough money or being broke.  And why?  It’s to buy things that I don’t really need.  How can I stop though when I love to read new books, listen to new music, buy a new dress, etc.  Well I already frequent the library and ask people for music; I just have to realize that I can be fine without material things in my life.  This ties in with #9.

7) Get rid of clutter and create more space in my house.  I am constantly working on this (although it’s rather hard to do a deep cleaning all in one day when there are 2 young kids running around the house).  But I am always working on this.  Always.

8 ) Go on a trip once a year.  I’m already slated to go to Prague in 2010 with my friends!  Awesome.

9) Get my finances in order.  I worked really hard to eliminate/minimize my debt this year only to have the holiday season ruin my hard work.  But this year will be different.  I will have a zero balance by my birthday if it kills me!

10)  Have the family go to church regularly.  We haven’t been in ages but I think it’s high time to start again, especially so the kids can get familiar with it. 

Ciao for now!  Happy 2010 everyone!

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go shorty, it’s your birthday…(in a couple of weeks)

24 June 2009

July is just around the freaking corner and this means…I will soon be another year older.  Yikes!  Still haven’t done stuff I want to do, but overall, my life rocks, I must say.  Life’s short, so I’m choosing to look at the good stuff that I got going on! Like…

  • I’m going to be 33 years old, but I like to think that I can still pass for a “twenty-something.”   I may not get carded anymore, but people usually think I’m only 28 or so!  AND I recently got in for free at a club in NYC –maybe not out of “hotness” (more of a feeling of “sorryness”), but it sure beats paying the $25 cover charge! 
  • I may have fine lines  and dark circles under my eyes, but I have minimal crow’s feet in the eye corners (I have to squint A LOT before I see them). 
  • I may not be in the best of shape, but I’m actually getting active again whether it be popping in a workout DVD, or walking, or playing in the park with the kiddos.   And I can always go for the fall back: I did give birth to 2 children after all.
  • I may not have a lucrative job, but I have a job!  And it’s a job I enjoy, AND one that actually serves the public interest, AND is family-friendly!
  • I may not be able to splurge on the kiddos as much as I want, but I do have great parents and in-laws who do the splurging for us!

For my birthday, I’m treating myself to a trip to Mexico with my oldest and dearest friend in the world (going in August).  Prior to that, I’m a doing a family holiday with hubs and the kids.  Summer will be awesome!  And then the hubs and I will go to Costa Rica in November!  Rock!

But of course, even a girl who has everything still wants something, right?  Here’s my wishlist:

  • An 8GB iPOD Nano in Black (the IPOD I have is 1st Gen…1st!!)
  • An iTunes gift card to go with my new iPod Nano (if I get one, that is!)
  • The Sims 3 (quite possibly the best game in the world..yet a game I haven’t played since giving birth to Rockstar Boy!)
  • Starbucks gift card –to feed my addiction to their Iced Mochas
  • A LeCreuset 5 qt French Oven in Green
  • My house renovated!!!
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8 things about me

29 September 2008

Aiza tagged me a little while ago, but instead of doing the meme she sent, I did one of her old ones.  So here’s 8 dazzling new things about me!  Can you feel the excitement? Hee-Hee.

THE RULES – List of 8

  • write 8 facts about yourself.
  • in the 8 facts, you share 8 things that your readers don?t know about you. at the end, you tag as much other bloggers to keep the fun going. each blogger must post these rules first.
  • each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • at the end of the post, a blogger needs to choose as much people to get tagged and list their names.
  • don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here’s my crazy 8:

1.  My new favorite reading obsession is Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.  It’s trashy and cheesy yet, fun, fast-paced, and cool.  It’s based on the reality where vampirism is legal, the dead can be reanimated, and you need a warrant of execution before you can kill vampires.  Anita is an awesome character –she’s petite (5’3), but can pack a punch.  She raises the dead for a living, kills vampires, but dates one (as well as a werewolf).  Awesome.

2. I heart zombie flicks.  I actually haven’t seen a lot, but my favorites include the Resident Evil franchise (and all it’s cheesiness), Shaun of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead.

3.  When I was little, I wanted to be a mermaid.  Since I can’t be one, I have a tattoo of one.

4.  I would love to breakdance.  Alas, the only thing I can do is pop-lock –and the hubs wouldn’t even classify what I do as pop-locking.

5.  I secretly think that I can sing, but I will never sing my heart out like I do when I’m alone in my car or in the shower.  Not even when I was in my band and actually singing (yes, I was still reserved).

6.  I thought of writing a screenplay for The Virgin Suicides when I first read it in high school.  I had about 6 pages and didn’t follow through.  Sofia Coppola did hers 6 years later.

7.  I consider myself a foodie.  I haven’t been able to actually dine out like I used to, but I’m planning to once the kids are older.  But I like anything from your local turo-turo, hole-in-the-wall, to a delicious chef-tasting course at Daniel.

8.  Unless I super-duper, absolutely have to, I cannot take a dump in a public restroom.  Period.  I’m anal like that.  Ha ha!! Get it?

I’m not going to officially tag anyone since everyone is busy.  But if you want to do it, be sure to let me know so I can read your crazy 8!  Okay, now I leave you with this uber-cute photo of baby girl who is officially crawling and getting into everyone’s business.

look what i can do!

look what i can do!

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subUrban girl (and her soundtrack)

18 April 2008

I meant to write this post right after I saw the movie “Suburban Girl” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s a movie based on the novel “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing” –a book that I happen to love. In a nutshell, Sarah Michelle plays an Associate Editor in a publishing company, reads books for a living, lives and plays in NYC, and is dating a distinguished older man. Watching it made me reflect on my life as it is right now. In my early twenties, I never thought I’d be married, have kids, own a house, and live outside NYC by the time I was 30.

In college, my goal was to be a writer or journalist or editor and viewed myself writing for a magazine or publishing house while working on the Great American novel. I also fancied myself to be living in an airy loft in Tribeca (before I knew how much real estate cost in Manhattan), going out with my friends at ecclectic restaurants and lounges, and trying my hand at dating. I was never those girls who dreamed about their perfect wedding nor did I have a goal to be married at a certain age. So it’s funny that I ended up far removed from what I thought my “ideal life” would be.

In reality, I hated the singles scene and was always a serial monogamist. I did try my hand at dating and did the bar scene and I always felt so skeeved out by the scene. I met the hubs and in less than two years of dating, got engaged and married. When I got married, we moved to NJ. I remember telling the hubs that we had to live near public transportation so my friends can visit. Well we do but only a rare few have come to visit on their own volition.

I also abandoned my idea of becoming a professional writer since I was so intimidated by all the other much more talented people in my school and I didn’t really have a plan career-wise. What I did do was go out with girl friends and had fun eating out, drinking, and dancing. The hubs and I also continued to do that for the first five years of our marriage. We lived our life much like our single counterparts and life didn’t really change so much.

Then we had rockstar baby. Kids really do change the course of your life. I think that with having one kid, you can still keep up some sort of semblance of life pre-baby. But with two kids, that’s definitely out the window (until they are both of school-age at least).

The whole point of this entry is that I think the life we imagine for ourselves isn’t always the life we end up living –which is not a bad thing. You definitely keep your old goals (for me, that would be writing as a hobby, etc.), but you outgrow stuff (for me, that would be doing the hipster club scene, etc). I’ve always strived to live a life less ordinary, and I didn’t think I was the type to become a domestic goddess, but here I am! Because really, as much as I think it would be cool to live life like Carrie from Sex in the City, I can’t imagine life without my rockstar baby, lil’ C, and the hubs. They are my life and they make me who and what I am today. They definitely make this suburban girl’s life extraordinary.

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Now for the soundtrack! I feel so honored! I was lucky enough to be tagged by the lovely Ms. Jet who gave me the following instructions:

1. Choose 19 of the songs you like best, regardless of artist or genre.
2. Put them all together in a CD.
3. Make 5 other copies.
4. Post your playlist on your blog.
5. Choose 5 people and send them a copy of your CD each. Send the first copy you made to the one who tagged you.

Sorry this took a while; I can’t believe I could only choose 19 songs. In any case, here goes (and your CD will be in the mail shortly! Please be patient since I have to track some of these songs down.)

My 19 songs (in no particular order):

1. Lovesong by The Cure
2. Jacqueline by Franz Ferdinand
3. Rock the Casbah by The Clash
4. Shadowplay by Joy Division
5. PDA by Interpol
6. Narc by Interpol
7. No Quarter by Led Zeppelin
8. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
9. Inaction by We Are Scientists
10. Atomic by Blondie
11. Cities in Dust by Siouxsie and the Banshees
12. There, There by Radiohead
13. Same Deep Water as You by The Cure
14. A Forest by The Cure
15. This One Goes Out to One I Love by R.E.M.
16. New Year’s Day by U2
17. New Hampshire by Sonic Youth
18. Titanium Expose by Sonic Youth
19. Shadowboxin’ by Wu-Tang Clan

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