what a whirlwind of a weekend...

I kind of can't believe that this weekend is over. I mean, despite the whole extra day and all... it went really fast.

Friday I spent the afternoon babysitting for the kiddos that I used to nanny for, and it was nice to get to see them for a bit. It seems like they get so big in between each time that I sit for them-- the 3 year old is talking up a storm and has SO much personality (I might have taught him how to say "Youuuuk!" when he showed me his Youkilis t-shirt), and the 6 year old kind of blew me away. We were driving home after everyone had been picked up and they were sort of talking about how they didn't have to go to school on Monday. I kind of assumed that the 6 year old wouldn't know why, but I had gotten as far as to ask "So do you know what holiday is on Mon--" when I'm cut off, hearing "YES Katie-- it's to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Listen-- we learned a song. I'll sing it." She proceeded to sing SUCH a sweet little song in complete honor of this wonderful man, and I was just pretty impressed. I remember singing songs like that when I was in elementary school, but I had honestly been cynically thinking that so many issues could be raised when speaking of MLK, Jr that the topic would just be pushed aside. It is so encouraging to know that the little, most influenced people are still being taught (and absorbing!!) such important things as this. It made my weekend.

Saturday we went to the Winter Jubilee Beer Fest in downtown Boston with The Boy's cousin and his girlfriend, and his other cousin and two of his friends. To sum it up... pictures were taken on another camera, it started out fun, the night went downhill REAL fast, and hangovers were setting in by 7pm (I suppose that's what you get when you buy tickets for a beer festival starting at noon...). We ended the evening with Domino's Pizza and were passed out by 10:30pm. Big party people, we are indeed.

Sunday was spent recovering and getting The Boy's grandparents house ready for his Pop to head home from a short vacay at the hospital. Thank goodness things are recovering well and he's resting (so-much-more comfortably) safe and home sweet home. We headed home afterwards to watch the Cowboys game (which we will NOT talk about), and so I could make a pot of my sauce with turkey meatballs (delish!). Also, The Boy and I FINALLY finished up The Sopranos. The series ended, I knew what was coming, he did not, the anger flashed, the disappointment settled... and we went to bed.

We woke up this morning to lots of snow and headed into Boston for the Bruins game/ The Boy's Christmas present. Sad thing: a sausage on a roll with peppers and onions is twelve points. A Sam Adams is 4 points. Within 15 minutes, I had consumed more than half of my daily points. As painful as it was to point that mess, I did it and I am SO proud. In the past, I so would have just acted like it didn't count and just ignored the fact that I consumed all of that mess... but today I did not. We broke out the indoor grill and made chicken fajitas... and they were fabulous. The Boy handled the chicken and I sauteed up A TON of peppers, onions, and mushrooms (more veggies + less chicken = fewer points), measured out my cheese, sour cream, and spicy fat free refried beans (holy moly, my own heaven... 1/2 cup = 1 point) and went to town. I was famished and threw mine together before I could take a picture, but The Boy came walking in with his plate and presented this to me:

I mean really-- how tasty does that look?! It was so good. He had my fresh guacamole on his, but after the whole (fabulous) sausage and peppers fiasco, I had to abstain from the guac.

We have to be up and at 'em by about 7:30 in the morning, so I'm going to fill out this little thing (because I love them), finish watching some new show that he DVRd ("American Pickers") and head to bed.

Bits and Pieces of Me (that kind of sounds disturbing...)

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Fleece Christmas tree pajama pants? Really?

2. How much cash do you have on you? Nada. I never, ever have cash. Lots of change, no cash.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR? Sore.

4. Favorite planet? I'd have to say earth because I'm not so big on the astronomy thing (supported by the fact that I had to Google "astronomy" and make sure that I was not meaning "astrology"...)

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? Unknown, which turned out to be a nanny agency.

6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone? I was lovin' my Christmas songs this year-- Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree for my parents, Merry XMas (War is Over) for my main tone.

7. What shirt are you wearing? a black spaghetti strap top-- bedtime!

8. Do you label yourself? As unemployed with a Bachelors Degree? Sure do.

9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing? not a thing-- like I said, bedtime!

10. Bright or Dark Room? I'd have to like the dark, for sure.

11. What do you think about the person who is to your left? It's The Boy-- he's pretty neat.

12. What does your watch look like? When I wear it, I believe it's silver with an ivory face.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping-- we're getting old :/

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say? The last message received would be a picture my brother sent of my dad yesterday, wearing his old-timers Cowboys helmet. Needless to say, it didn't work.

15. Where is your nearest 7-11? Near The Boy's parent's house.

16. What's something that you say a lot? "Oh man!" or "Oh geez..."

17. Who told you he/she loved you last? My Mama.

18. Last furry thing you touched? Probably the blanket I'm covered up with right now.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days? A few things here and there for an unsettled tummy, and the pill that prevents the babies.

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed? I have a ton from soooo long ago back home, but nowadays I am of the digital camera.

21. Favorite age you have been so far? Despite the no-job situation, I'd say 24 is looking pretty good.

22. Your worst enemy? Carbs... yet they're my sweet best loves.

23. What is your current desktop picture? Me and The Boy during my first trip to Colgate.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? "What's the point of this? What do they do with this stuff once they buy it?", in reference to the American Pickers show I mentioned.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be? For sure the million dollars.

26. Do you like someone? I'm lovin' The Boy.

27. The last song you listened to? Not quite sure... whatever was playing last on the radio in the car.

28. What time of day were you born? Around 8pm I believe.

29. What’s your favorite number? I like 7 and 52-- completely random and unimportant.

30. Where did you live in 1987? On the Northside in Temple!

31. Are you jealous of anyone? People who can effortlessly run for miles on end, and the teensy girls who can pack away pasta with not a bit of evidence on their bodies... not that I'm hostile or anything.

32. Is anyone jealous of you? I hope not... although I am a pretty lucky and blessed girl.

33. Where were you when 9/11 happened? Sitting in my World History class in the L-Wing... I'll never, ever forget that.

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Hasn't happened in forever and ever, but I probably mutter at it and look crazy as I give people "Poor me-- give me sympathy" looks as they walk past.

35. Do you consider yourself kind? Absolutely.

36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be? It would be SO tiny and on the very low part of my front right hip.

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be? Well I've spent enough time working on French, so I'd have to go with that.

38. Would you move for the person you loved? Of course.

39. Are you touchy feely? Very much so-- love my hugs and kisses!

40. What’s your life motto? To be happy, healthy, and have faith!

41. Name three things that you have on you at all times? My rings (one from my parents, one from The Boy), my phone, and a bottle of water.

42. What’s your favourite town/city? I looove me some Austin, Texas. And you can't really beat New York City either.

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash? I added value to my train card with cash...

44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it? The main person I write letters to is my Grandpa, and it's probably been too long since then...

45. Can you change the oil on a car? Um, no, but I know how to watch the sticker and make sure when it's time to take it in.

46. What's one thing that you will never talk about on your blog? Anything super personal about my relationships (in any and all regards).

47. How far back do you know about your ancestry? Bits and pieces on my dad's side, nothing on my mom's side. Lots of Scottish and Irish, a wee bit of German...

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy? Probably my plum bridesmaid dress for my cousin's wedding.

49. Does anything hurt on your body right now? My lower back has been bothering me, but it's only because I'm an old lady...

50. What are you going to do now? Turn myself over and head to sleep!

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