Thursday, April 8, 2010

What do you want to know?

Ello, lovely (and handsome?) readers.

I have bravely decided to hand the reigns over to you. I know I've been a lazy, bloggy girl lately only sharing weekend updates and Friday Fill-In stuff. So I want to know...

What do you want to know???


Ask me anything, and I promise to answer you honestly. Come on...you must have some questions. Right? I mean...you totally spend your down time wondering about me and my life.
Don't you?

Well don't you???

I thought so.

Ask away in the comments...the questions can be funny, serious, whatever your little heart desires.

(I'm scared.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Remembering Maddie

I first heard about Madeline Spohr last April.

I wish I had heard of her sooner.

Maddie left this world on April 7, 2009.

From the little bit that I knew about the Spohr family, I knew I wanted to learn more. I started reading Maddie's mother, Heather's, blog and her father, Mike's, blog...both from the very beginning.

Poor little Maddie had it tough from the start. Heather was only 29 weeks along when Maddie was born, and the little baby spent the first two months of her life in the NICU. She was poked and prodded with needles, underwent medical procedures, and had rock hard abs because she had to fight for every breath. But that little girl was tougher than most adults I know today. I know she was stronger than I am. She made it home from the hospital, and started a wonderful life with her parents.

Maddie had a few scares after that, and at one point had to be on oxygen at home. But she fought every battle she faced with a brave face and a smile, and always came out on top. I loved reading about her life and the funny stories that Heather and Mike would share. As I went through the blogs I found myself laughing and smiling thinking of Maddie. But as I neared April 2009, each laugh I had for her ended with sadness. I already knew how her story ended.

But the truth is, Maddie's story didn't end on April 7, 2009. She was only a year and a half old when she was taken, but she has inspired more people in her little life than most people could hope to in 100 years. Maddie has thousands and thousands...possibly millions...of fans around the world. She has taught us all to be stronger, to be braver, to enjoy our loved ones just a little more. I mean if a tiny baby can go through so much pain and still smile at her nurses...I'm pretty sure that I can handle whatever life throws at me.

Though we would all give anything to have Maddie back, her little life has served to help so many other babies and their families. Thousands and thousands of people have marched and donated money to the March of Dimes in Maddie's name. She has given other babies a better chance at survival. Her parents have started a non-profit organization called Friends of Maddie, that helps parents who have babies in the NICU. Heather and Mike are just as amazing as Maddie; not many people are able to turn such horrible pain into something that can help others.

I know we all lead busy lives. I know you don't know the Spohrs. But please today, just take one moment to remember Maddie. We can all learn something from her.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bliss

I had the most glorious weekend. I know it will probably sound like the same old same old to all of you, but I just felt so happy the whole time, Geoff and I felt blissful together, and the whole thing was just perfect.

Friday night we rented Julie & Julia (on the condition that next week we rent Ninja Assassin...la sigh) and I thought it was so cute! I mean it was by no means a wonderfully made movie or anything, but I really liked the story and it put me in a good mood before bed.

Saturday morning I slept in, then did Yoga while Geoff went to the library to get me Julie & Julia to read. Why did I send him? Well you might remember my little problem with "borrowing" books and movies from places. Long story short, I owe the library $14, that I swear I'll pay back some day...but for now I just have Geoff use his fee free card. STOP JUDGING ME! Anyway, I'm already halfway through the book and I really like it! It's very different from the movie, a quick fun read, and it makes me happy.

After my yoga session and Geoff's trip to the library we enjoyed a nice brunch (weekends we have breakfast between 11 and 12:30 so I guess it's considered brunch by then) while lying in the sun on the porch. It was SO WARM. Hot even! I had a tank top on and shorts and I didn't feel even the slightest chill. It was fabulous.

In the early afternoon we took Bandit up to the park and let him run around while we played some frisbee. I knew it had to be hot because our normally energetic and crazy dog spent his time rolling in the grass then lying still in a shady spot. I brought water for him but it didn't seem to give him any of his usual spunk...poor guy. After lunch Geoff and I grabbed our bikes and rode downtown. We took lots of back roads, stopped to check out a little carnival we saw, and rode along a river for a little while to check out the flood damage. It was crazy.

We ended up at a mexican place and split a pitcher of margaritas at a table outside. We walked our bikes for a little while after that before riding again...by then it was early evening and the air was a teeny bit cooler and oh so refreshing as I sped along wind in my face. Amazing.

When we got home we fired up the grill for the first time this year (woohoo!) and enjoyed some burgers and asparagus for dinner. That night we did some more reading and relaxing and Geoff hit the hay early after our long bike ride.

Sunday morning was much like Saturday, but Geoff did yoga with me! He was better at it too...ass. My arms aren't very strong so anything that requires me to hold myself up that way is almost impossible for me at this point...but he did great at all of it. We had brunch on the porch in the sun again, and then headed to Home Depot for gardening supplies. We needed a shovel and seeds. Once we got home we spent almost 2 hours in the garden redigging the whole thing up plus more of the yard as we are going bigger this year. It was hard work...so many rocks to pull out! Our plan is to have tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers again this year along with zucchini, onions, and peppers. We will have to wait until later this month to plant as New England weather is iffy this time of year.

We finished in the early evening and were dirty, sore, and tired. After a quick shower we were ready for our Easter dinner: a pot roast and veggies that I had tossed in the crock pot earlier. It was delish. After dinner I enjoyed some more sun on the porch with my book, then cleaned the apartment...it had been pretty neglected this weekend. That night we enjoyed some chips and guacamole while listening to the Red Sox beat the Yankees on the radio.

It was all pure bliss. Thank you Geoffrey, for a perfect weekend.

How are all of you?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins and Floods

1. All you need is love, sunshine, and wine.

2. My favorite shows, my friends, my doggy, my boyfriend, and my nieces fill(s) me with laughter.

3. Each generation, as it grows up, must face the problems left to them by generations before, and must do their best to leave less problems for generations of the future. Unfortunately, that last part rarely happens...

4. My father's disappearance, and my youngest brother's increasing pain is something I have a hard time dealing with.

5. A trip to anywhere else (preferably Jamaica, Europe, or South America) is what I need.

6. When you give your time and love to others, you will feel the happiness it brings to you and you get back.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to yoga, a sunshiney afternoon, and relaxing with Geoff, tomorrow my plans include hitting the library, relaxing on the sunny porch, working in the garden, going for a bike ride, enjoying some margaritas and Sunday, I want to repeat parts of Saturday and then watch the Red Sox kick some ass!

I know, it's such a cop-out. Sorry! It has been a relatively uneventful week here. Rhode Island has had major flooding issues, but we are very lucky and were unaffected. I feel so bad for all of the people who's homes and businesses were damaged though. This state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and now even more businesses (including a mall with untold amount of retail workers) will be shut down until they can get the funds to repair the damage. It's sad to see people who are already struggling have to struggle even more, and it makes me thankful for the luck that Geoff and I have had.

Are you on the east coast? Did you get any flooding? What are your plans for the weekend?