Just A Few Things

I finally got a donation button put on my sidebar, but I can’t figure out how to put my progress indicator over there. So I will try to get one of those tickers like Sing 4 Joy has on her blog at some point this week. I am thrilled to say that I’ve received over $1,800 so far!

Did you notice my new picture? I think my family thought I had lost my mind as I shoved the kitchen table around so the light and shadow would be just how I wanted it. Oh, and the big cup of hot cocoa with all the whipped cream I made just for the picture. Of course I had to drink it all, too. Isn’t that the prettiest cup? My sister-in-law, Rachele, gave it to me for Christmas. And it holds a ton of liquid, too! It doesn’t get better than that.

Todd and I went to New Balance in King of Prussia mall yesterday and bought two pairs of shoes each so we can start training in earnest. New Balance is a Susan G. Komen sponsor so not only do my shoes have a cute little pink ribbon, but we received a discount as well. Todd’s not so lucky because his shoes don’t have a ribbon on them.

I’ve decided I don’t want to be Mother of the Year anymore. It’s too much work and it’s not any fun. I think the fact that I made it an entire month AND I have two teenagers is quite an accomplishment in itself. I’m also pretty sure the fact I’ve been rethinking having children – even though it’s nearly 17 years too late – takes me out of the running. They haven’t been bad or anything. They just require too much of me. Do I look like a waitress? Do I look like a personal chef? Do I look like a cab driver? Do I look like an ATM? Do I look like a personal secretary? Okay. So I probably do look like a few of those, but that’s totally beside the point.

After nearly record breaking cold weather we got up into the mid-fifties today! It smelled like spring and was divine! Except the snow has all melted and our side yard is one big mud puddle. Brady came over and the dogs ran around attacking each other. And of course my dog had to jump up on Bill and Laura with her filthy muddy paws. What a little brat. Todd had to give her bath after all that fun. But the worst part about all the melted snow is finding all the thawed out poop. Ick!

I’m watching the end of the Grammy’s. I thought it was a pretty decent show tonight. Jennifer Hudson sang flawlessly with that beautiful, robust voice of hers and had a hard time holding it together when she finished. My heart just hurt for her, poor thing.

So there’s a little smattering of what’s been going on around here. Happy week!


  1. His Girl on February 9, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I may never get over this:I’m also pretty sure the fact I’ve been rethinking having children- even though it’s nearly 17 year too late- takes me out of the running.HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAman, I love you.

  2. Lori on February 9, 2009 at 12:43 am

    LOL – yeah, the whole rethinking children thing? Doesn’t work, cause you can’t send them back where they came from. Believe me. I’ve contemplated it. And immediately discarded the idea.

  3. Rosie on February 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    You did that picture? Wow! I mean, really. That’s terrific. I’ll pass on to GG (he worries) that you got “good” shoes. The kids? Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. I’m hoping we are collecting hazard duty graces in heaven. There’s gotta be a reward for the worry, the angst, the stinky socks. Am I right?

  4. Lynilu on February 9, 2009 at 1:18 am

    You’re forgetting the contract you signed at their births, aren’t you? The fine print has a “no returns” policy, but most of us don’t see it! Sorry ’bout dat!!

  5. Jenster on February 9, 2009 at 9:14 am

    His Girl – Well… And right back atcha!!Lori – Yeah. It doesn’t bear thinking on. lolRosie – I like to play with my camera. :o) And yes! You are right!Lynilu – I suppose you’re right. I thought maybe there was a 6,205 day return policy or something, but I was mistakin’.

  6. Monnik on February 9, 2009 at 11:31 am

    we found a ton of thawed out dog poo during our thaw this week too. EW.Love the new picture, and that hot chocolate looks divine!

  7. radioactive girl on February 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Apparently I DO look like a personal chef. And I have taught my children well because before they ask for something, they lovingly tell me how awesome I do something. “Mom, you are the best cook ever. I love the way your (insert food here) tastes. It tastes even better than the stuff when we go out to dinner. Can I please have (insert food here).” And I am a sucker because I fall for it every time.I am cracking up about the dog poop thing. My next door neighbor was out yesterday picking up the “poopsicles”.

  8. Becky on February 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    The photo is FAB (and looks good enough to want to go get the whip cream out of my fridge and tip back the can). Woo HOO on the donations so far!And all that walking is going to be really good for you, too. (I need to get my booty off the blog chair and get walkin’ myself! But I am on a diet, so that counts for something, right?)Jeff probably wouldn’t have wanted the pink on his shoes either, lol.

  9. Gretchen on February 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Veddy, veddy nice picture. I’m so excited for your progress with your fund-raising, Jenster! And with your training. Gotta have the cute NB shoes for walkin’. 😉

  10. Suzanne on February 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    ROFL about re-thinking having kids! I often wonder myself “what made me think I could do this?!!?”Congrats on the donation progress!

  11. beans on February 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Love the picture! I am so glad you guys are doing this, and I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.OK, so the mud. I am so close to tears right now about the mud–ok, tears coming down right now. I can’t stand it. I don’t know how to deal with it. Mud–everywhere . . .our yard is a mud pit, and the dogs love it–and love jumping on me even more. I think I may need some serious intervention soon. We had a play date yesterday with our friends, and when we were done I was seriously dissociating from the mud balls. ok, need to stop and get ready for therapy. seriously.

  12. The Daily Bee on February 9, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Noticed the photo – NICE!$1,800 – WOOHOO!Mother of Year – How about “Mother of two teens”? That sounds good and it last f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

  13. Cheryl Wray on February 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Yes, I LOVE the picture!!! The whipped cream looks most excellent!! :-)J Hudson did beautifully. Her voice is amazing.Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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