Weekend Recap


Friday night I was figuring out just how many of my bonus Weight Watchers points I had to use after a delicious dinner of grilled steak, baked potato, salad and a glass of wine, the phone rang. We have caller ID and the name and number pops up on the television. To say I was surprised is putting it mildly.

“Hello?” I said cautiously.

“Hi, Jen! Do you know who this is?”

“Manic?” I asked slowly.


“Yeah! Guess who’s here with me?”

I made the logical guess. “Swishy?”

*giggle, giggle*


How fun was that? It was a great way to start the weekend and I’ve giggled to myself several times since then. Those girls are crizazy fun!


Todd’s parents flew in from California Tuesday night. They have a timeshare and were able to get a week in New York City. The plan was they would take the kids to NYC Saturday, bring them home on Tuesday, return to the city on Wednesday and come back the following Saturday.

About 1:00 in the morning their other son, Tim, called to say that Rachele wasn’t doing well. She was uncomfortable and a little bit panicked, but that she was sleeping at the moment. Susan told him if she was still anxious and uncomfortable in the morning he needed to take her to the emergency room if for no other reason than to check the babies and ease her mind.

The next call was at 10:30. They were at the hospital and Rachele was in labor. A c-section had been planned for August 1st, but apparently the kiddos had other plans. Tim called while they were prepping her for surgery and then called again to fill us all in on the new additions.

Once it was established Rachele and the babies – and Tim, too – were all okay the Grandparents and our kids left for New York City. Katie is turning into a native.

Not only were Nicholas and Olivia born on Bastille Day, but July 14th is Susan’s birthday, too. So Todd and I sent flowers and three balloons to Tim and Rachele. A blue “baby boy” balloon, a pink “baby girl” balloon, and a “Thank You” balloon; along with a note that read something along the lines of, “Thank you for having the babies on Grandma’s birthday so she’d forget we didn’t get her a gift.”


Later in the afternoon Todd and I went to see Live Free or Die Hard. Where do I even begin to describe the sheer awesomeness of this movie? I don’t remember the last movie that entertained me quite so much. Of course, movies are darned expensive and we don’t go very often so that may have something to do with it. But this was easily my favorite of the Die Hard movies.

Here’s the movie synopsis from IMDB:

When a criminal plot is in place to take down the entire computer and technological structure that supports the economy of the United States (and the world), it’s up to a decidedly “old school” hero, police detective John McClane, to take down the conspiracy, aided by a young hacker.

This is a particularly interesting storyline to Todd because not only does he work in the electricity sector (one of the terrorist targets in the movie), but he works with FBI and Homeland Security developing standards and procedures so this type of thing doesn’t happen. With the exception of an “I don’t think so” here and there from Todd, he enjoyed it just as much.

Witty humor, incredible stunts and special effects, explosions, explosions and more explosions. How much more entertaining can two hours be??


My big event yesterday was going to church. I always feel like I’m missing something when I don’t get to go and, understandably, I’d missed the last couple of weeks. But there’s such a feeling of rightness when you walk up to the building and friends see you and hug on you and tell you they missed you and how are you and all that. And for me there’s just something special about singing the songs – worshiping with others and hearing all the voices lifted in praise. Now that Todd is a mature man he carries a hanky with him. All I have to do is tap him on the arm and he hands me his handkerchief because I can never make it through the singing without tearing up.

By the time church was over I was exhausted and I came home and sat for the rest of the day. Todd had to go back at 3:30 for youth group so I just watched TV, read, surfed the net. Yeah – none of that is exciting and not worthy of posting, but I did anyway.


On another note, so far I’ve lost 13.5 pounds. While I’m thrilled with another 3.5 pounds lost this past week, Weight Watchers is not. Now I’m losing weight too fast. BAH! I think the fat may be tired of hearing me complain about it and it just wants gone. I’m good with that.

Today marks two weeks since the hysterectomy and I’m feeling very good. I’m even sleeping on my sides, now, which is very exciting. My biggest problem is that I am a stretcher and stretching is a bit uncomfortable. But I can’t help it. It’s like some alien takes over my body for a minute and my legs and arms unfold and lengthen, all the while I’m trying not to. But even that’s getting better.

Tomorrow I see the dermatology specialist about my funky rashes and blisters that are pretty much gone. But at least I’ll then be established with him so I won’t have to wait three or four months the next time I’m afflicted.

In closing I have this silly little story for you that actually happened since I wrote the last paragraph. Todd has a circular sore on the top of his right foot and I asked him what it was from. He said he didn’t know and I said, “Oh! Maybe it’s a stigmatism!” Which totally cracked us up because for one thing it’s “astigmatism” and more importantly because I meant “stigmata”.

Okay. That wasn’t such a great story, either, but I had to write it down before he had a chance to.


  1. Lori on July 16, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    You are doing fantastic on the weight loss. Congrats!And I’m glad you are getting out and about – starting to really feel good. Congrats on the healthy babies, too. Twins are certainly something to celebrate!

  2. Katybug on July 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    What a treat to have your blog buddies call!!! What fun!!!Your Katie is going to NYC??? IS SHE GETTING A CUPCAKE???? I’m so jealous. ;-)OOH!!! We saw Die Hard Friday night!!! It was AWESOME!!! Bruce Willis & Justin Long (the Hacker kid) teamed up really well. Lots of good laughs. Plus Bruce looks good even without hair. :-)3-4 months to see a dermatologist? I thought this only happened here in Austin. What is the deal with dermatologists? Why is it so ridiculously hard to see them???? Congrats on becoming an aunt! It’s almost as fun as becoming a mom! :-)So glad you’re feeling better and recovering well. I see nothing has affected your sense of humor. :-)Katy

  3. Angry Woman on July 16, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats on becoming an aunty and on your weight loss!Glad to hear that you’re feeling much better. Sounds like Katie will become a total native to the city, I guess she’ll be showing you around in the future :o).And I liked the Die Hard movie too. The hubby had to see it opening weekend. I swear he’s such a little kid sometimes, lol.

  4. Stacy~ on July 16, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Congrats on your new niece & nephew! That’s always happy news :)And WTG on the weight loss. I think people know their own bodies better than anyone or anything else, so as long as you’re feeling okay, not too tired or feeling drained from it, then it’s a good thing. Sounds like you are healing and feeling better…now you just need to get the rash thing taken care of so you don’t suffer through it again.I so want to see this movie! I love Bruce Willis and this looks freakin’ awesome. Nothing like a good crash ’em up movie to put me in a good mood LOL.

  5. Rosie on July 16, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I think you are hilarious. Babies, NYC, church, Die Hard and stimatism…er….stigmata. That’s quite a weekend.

  6. WhyMommy on July 16, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Jenster, so glad that you’re healing well from the surgery. This is my first time to your blog (glad you found mine!), but I am so glad to have found you. I will come back and read you more and more … and congratulations on becoming an aunt!

  7. Pokey Puppy on July 16, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I SO want to go see live free die hard.. i’m glad another girl has seen it!!.. not that it maters that much.. I mean i am a closet Steven Segal and Lethal Weapon fan… shhh.. dont tell…Congrats on the babies and weight loss!

  8. Slackermommy on July 16, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    I’m glad your recovering well. Sounds like you had a nice weekend. I also cry in church. Congrats on the weight loss!

  9. Jen on July 17, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Mature men carry hankies? Guess I had better get Bill some hankies. Maybe then he will grow up! LOL I miss our old church – which was a small country church. White. Wooden pews. Much like the church in Cold Mountain. Now I need a hankie…..So glad your skin afflictions are getting better. Skin troubles are awful! Hope they stay away!! Big Hugs to you Jenster – take care.

  10. Jen on July 17, 2007 at 1:01 am

    OH, and CONGRATS! on the 13.5 lbs. You just keep doing what you are doing. Your body wants to get rid of the fat so let it! Bless You! and keep up the great work:)

  11. Swishy on July 17, 2007 at 1:16 am

    It was SO MUCH FUN calling you! We were so proud of ourselves for finding your number … LOL. And then we hung up, and we were like, “SHE IS SO NICE!!!” Sooooo much fun!And HOLY CRAP, look at you, Miss 13.5 pounds! Wow! That is awesome!

  12. Eileen on July 17, 2007 at 2:53 am

    What a weekend you had! Full of the best life has to offer, Faith, Family and Friends. Doesn’t get much better! Congratulations on being an Aunt! Twins too, how wonderful.Great news about the weight loss. I am impressed. You just sound so healthy and happy. It is good to have you feeling back to your regular,special self.

  13. Jenn on July 17, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I am glad you are getting better. Wow twins…I am glad you are the aunt!!! NYC sounds like a blast. I would like one of those cup cakes that looks wonderful. I cry during every church service as well. It is good to have the Holy Spirit bring out the tears. What a cleansing.

  14. Jenster on July 17, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Lori – Thanks on all counts! :o)Katybug – Can you believe Katie’s back in the city again!? Lucky girl. And this dermatologist took so long to get in to see because he’s a specialist. But I’m established now!!Aim – When it comes to movies I think I’m the child in the family. But don’t tell Todd I said so. lolStacy – You should definitely see the movie. It was two hours of fun!Rosie – I’m sure next weekend will be dull in comparison.Whymommy – I found you through radioactive girl. Your story is so similar to mine – and yet very specific to you – so I’ll be visiting you often. Thanks for coming to see me!Pokey Puppy – Your secret is safe with me, but I’ve heard a ton of females say it was a great movie. So you’re definitely not alone!Slackermommy – THANKS!Jen – I italicized the word “mature” because it was used VERY LOOSELY. LOLSwishy – I’m serious! You girls made my weekend!! Well, that and the babies. LOLEileen – Thank you! It was the best of the best.Jenn – I’m glad I’m the aunt, too. LOL And yes! I always feel cleansed after a good cry at church. :o)

  15. Monnik on July 18, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    When I was still losing weight (did you pick up on the past tense there? Serious plateau for me lately…) I always gave that weight watchers warning message the finger when I lost more than 2 pounds a week. :)What a nice weekend you had.

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