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Today is Groundhog Day. Tradition says that if a groundhog can see its shadow after emerging from its burrow, then we will have six more weeks of winter. Looks like it’s going to be six more weeks of winter.  I can deal with that!

Speaking of tradition, let’s back track a bit to 2011 . . . a mild winter day . . . tradition . . .

After the potato pancakes the girls opened their presents. Rachel’s steamer was a hit. She set it up and started steaming her clothes. Hannah pulled off her dress and put it on minutes later — wrinkle free!

Watched a few episodes of Drunk History and then it was time for dinner. We had 7:30 reservations at Les Halles Park Avenue.  Eh, more on that tomorrow.

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“by the way, I’m really disappointed in you”

Finally, someone actually noticed that I haven’t been posting on a regular basis — not really on any basis, at that. I thought I might just disappear and the world would go on as before because, after all, who the hell is reading this anyway?

Nothing exciting going on. The sky is blue, the clouds are puffy and white, a bit too hot but not in my backyard. My flowers are always thirsty — just not enough rain. I have a few soaker hoses snaking through the garden beds but I could use a few more. My lawn is burnt but when the rain comes, I know it will spring to life, not so sure that’s the case with my flowers.

Went to Maximus for a haircut the other day. Tommy cut it very short. I like it short, until the grays start showing (tomorrow.) Went to Nancy’s the next day for color. I walk in and she looks at the back of my head and says, “You’re almost there, why not go all gray or at least blonde?

AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH, did she really say that? “What are you crazy!!!! No way, not gray and not blonde either . . . hit me up with dark brown and lots of it!” And so my hair is short and dark brown. Yes, feeling good about that.

Met Carol for lunch today . . . catching up on all the gossip. We ate and chatted for 2 hours. Sorry, nothing to report. Think it’s time to open up a bottle of wine.

I really don’t know who you are anymore.

Thank you, Hannah, for noticing.

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I Can Track Hannah’s Flight Wherever I Am

This is great. All day, wherever I am I can track Hannah and Sam’s journey back from Istanbul. Right now they are somewhere between London and New York sitting in First Class. Wonder if I can use my iphone to type my blog? The space bar on this computer is driving me crazy.

So how smart is this phone anyway? Is it smart enough to screen my incoming texts and respond to them appropriately? Let’s start with a list of mommy responses:

Yay!  — truueeee –what do you want me to do about it? — ginger, lemon, and honey tea — ? — kk — idk — pick up the phone and call — did u get a receipt? — look in the oven — call me — take a Tylenol — no, I’m not in the city . . . I could probably get a pretty good list together. I think mommies all over the world would like this feature.

So who is writing these yahoo news articles? Today another blurb caught my eye:

Peter Falk, TV’s rumpled Columbo, has died

. . . Somehow fittingly, Falk — the perfect choice to play Columbo — failed to be the first choice. Instead, the role was offered to easygoing crooner Bing Crosby. Fortunately, he passed.

Did he say “fortunately?” OMG, so how does Bing’s family feel about this? Fortunately?

Ah, I better check Hannah’s flight status . . . click, click, click, click: Flight is early by 14 minutes. While I’m at it better check my email, and, hmmm, the weather — Tomorrow will be much warmer than today.



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Momma Gadda Iphone

This was, like, one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make in a long long time! To buy or not to buy an iphone. It’s not like I won’t use it. It’s just that it is going to mean I have to send an extra $25 plus tax to AT&T every month. When I told Drew that was my main issue he said, “Forget it, it’s not worth it!” So here I am –setting up my iphone. Bought a nice thin case and the AppleCare Protection plan too.

I’ve already sent one text, made two phone calls, and tried to sign on to my wireless network but I can’t seem to get the password right. Now it is asking me to set up my voicemail and I am following directions. I put in a password, I started recording a message and it is not working. Earlier I tried signing in to iTunes and couldn’t remember my Apple password. Finally figured it out and every step I take is more confusing than the next. But I am getting there!

I have to register the phone but I can’t get that plastic wrapping off the package. I’m sure this will get easier. I know it will. I know it will. Did I mention that my space bar is not working (sporadically) on my computer?

Called Rachel for some iphone advice. I now have a few very important free apps — Yelp, WxQuickie, Droid Light, and Kick Lite.  The Compass is already on the phone. Now I have to rearrange my home page and continue the search for more apps. I connected both of my Gmail accounts to my phone and I finally typed in the correct password for the house wi-fi. It’s not that I didn’t know the password, it’s just that my fingers are too fat .

Phone’s ringing. Wow look at the time. It’s Drew, “Hey babe, do you want me to . . . ”  He was offering to pick up dinner because he thought I would be busy with my new toy. Awwwwww, how sweet!  Cooked dinner and set up my voicemail. I am woman, hear me roar!

Weather report: Tomorrow will be about the same temperature as today. Yay, gotta love it!

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It was a very very very long long day

It’s funny, he goes on and on and she says it in one sentence,” Drew blurts. Well slap me in the face . . . is he talking about us?

It’s 7:15 am on Sunday and we are on our way to Winchester, Virginia with a car full of speakers. Our final destination: A Super Walmart parking lot. The radio is on.”Remember when Sunday morning was all religious programming? I like this better — philosophy. I find it interesting,” he says as he turns up the volume.

I look at him and smile and I’m thinking — uh oh, is he going to want to discuss. I better put on my listening ears.

He’s listening, he giggles. “Even that becomes . . . ” and then, “I think he’s missing the point. ” Drew is listening and commenting out loud as we drive out of New York and into Jersey.

Is the radio still on? Listen, listen, listen. I’m trying. I really am . . . It’s not working. So much chitter chatter in my head. I just can’t seem to pay attention to the words. I hope he doesn’t want to discuss. Nah, I doubt it. He knows better.

So you came with me just to document the trip,” he says to me as I snap a picture of the GPS. “No, I want to spend the day sitting next to you in the car. It’s my drew time and I don’t want to miss any of it,” I say with all my heart and soul.

(What am I crazy — 5 1/2 hours each way in one day??????)

Well, yes, I documented it, kind of. It passed the time. On the way back home did the Newsday crossword puzzle and that was sad. I wanted to call Nancy because I know she could have helped us out. I guess Sunday’s crossword puzzle is real hard . . . right? We really do know how to have fun.

Got home and there was a message from Janet. I called her. “They just found my luggage. I’ve been on the phone all day,” she screams into the phone. “Luggage? Where are you now?”  I quietly say. “Virginia,” she answers.

And now — some highlights of our trip to Virginia:

Not in chronological order

Drew was right — the astrophysicist on the radio did go on and on and the interviewer did sum it up in one sentence. Yup, that’s us!!!

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Lots of Eggies, Plenty of Painting, a Bit of Rain, and Janet’s First Time

A busy Memorial Day Weekend. Lots of  omelettes were made, the deck railing was primed, the gazebo is up, Rachel surprised us, and Janet arrived. Ended up with a friend and family filled bbq ending with a dose of South Park — which, by the way, was Janet’s first time (watching South Park, that is.)

Where's Vicki?


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