Monday, July 24, 2006

My husband spoils me.....

Yes he does!

With gifts and flowers and kisses galore.

Friday was my birthday!

Not only did my hubby pick up a giant bouquet of flowers from the florist, but he was in co-hoots with my family in South Africa and actually printed out a beautiful note from them and stuck the note onto the flowers. It melted my heart.

He also personally delivered an ice-cream cake, took me out to Lunch and then later out to a glorious Dinner at a fabulous bistro.

BUT, the cherry on the cake was that he bought me a brand new sewing machine.

My first one ever!

I am so excited to figure out how to use it. I have been wanting one for ages.

Yes, I know, you all want him don't you?

Well, you can't have him, because HE IS MINE!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Almost back to NYC...But not just yet!

Oh NYC, place of humidity and heat.
You are hot, steamy and don't allow me to come up for air......You are my mistress!

How I love you and hate you at the same time.
I can't wait for you drive me crazy with all the noise, the late nights and the waiting.
But I could do without the heat and the condensed hot air that threatens to smother me.

I will spend many days in my bedroom, writing in my notebook while snuggling down under my duvet, with the door closed, the t.v on and the air conditioner running.
It might as well be Winter, because I will fight with all my strength not to leave the apartment for hours and maybe days at a time.

When I do, I pray the trips are short and the destinations are cool.

I need a partner in crime and Carrie, I think you are it.
We have to head to a movie theatre in Times Square on the hottest, most humid day and just stay there. We will pay for one move and sneak into as many as it takes for the day to pass.
How long can you sit in one place?

I guess we will find out!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Project Girl

Me relax?
I have been having a very relaxing summer, even though I feel like I am going a little stir crazy.
Those who know me, are aware that I am ridiculous and like having something to do.
I am a project girl.
I attack life as one big calendar of events and while this might be tiring to those around me, it invigorates me. I love the hunt and chase of a new project. The thrill of finding something to do.

Hey, maybe I am more like crazy Tom Cruise than you all think!

I am on vacation and I am not suppose to be doing anything.
I should be nothing.
My husband insists I "kick back and relax".

We are away from NYC, in a place with wonderful people, doing nice things for one another. I am having a great time and I have loved going into pause.
The hardest thing to do so far has been trying to get out of nanny mode!

Whenever I am out shopping, I automatically gear toward things for kids, I miss being an aupair, but nannying in NYC is just out of the question. Where can I find a job where my job would be to hunt high and low and spoil and educate children without footing the bill. mmnnhhh?????

I am also getting involved with strange parents and their kids on the street. I have to learn to keep my opinions to myself and get a darn job lol.

And a few couples we met up with have interrogated me about nannying and childrearing. I know they are seeking advice, and I love dishing out, but how do I stop thinking and acting and responding like a nanny? I mean seriously, my aupair days were years ago!

How do you go back to before you were once a childminder? And if I have to think about it, I babysat for years in South Africa. So I would have to go back to 1990.

but I think I am off to a good start.
I have, taken a 3 week vacation with my husband, where our main goal is to do nothing but relax and have fun.
I am in week #2 and planning the rest of my Summer, but first, on my husbands orders, I have to relax some more. How much more relaxed can I get? I am basically a housewife.

I just dont know if I can.

We have some cool stuff planned, like a rummage sale and garage sale today, followed by coffee at a quaint coffee shop.... I love old things and then we are going to travel to his sister in Fulda Minnesota for July 3rd and 4th.
Then we off to his parents for the rest of the week.

I have not been back to NYC for over 2 weeks now. It is a great feeling to be away, but I can't help thinking about what to do when I get back.

Yes, I am going to start nursing school in the fall, but will that be enough?

So, after thinking long and hard about things. I have come up with a plan.

I have decided to spend the remainder of the Summer and well into the fall I am going to...................


The old fashioned way.
Apprentice style.
Learning from books, t.v and the people around me.
I am still busy making the list, I am so excited, I can hardly wait.
What kinds of things? (you might be wondering)

Well here are a few I am thought about...They are just thoughts.

1. Learn how to create a soft serve ice-cream cone. (It looks so easy, but in high school I tried and failed miserably, so I didn't get the job at Milky Lane, the malt and ice-cream shop.....And now 13 years later...It still haunts me.

2. Learn how to quilt. I have always wanted to learn, but never had the time. Hey, I think one of Shawns 80 year old aunts knows how to quilt. I might have to take a lesson from her, only problem is that she lives in Minnesota. But that's right near Shawns sister, and we will be in the area next week...hhmmmmm maybe I will be able to learn from her.

3. Learn how to change the oil on a car. I know how to check it, but change it?

4. Make an edible pizza from scratch

5. Make balloon animals.

6. Throw a dinner party for 6 on under $30 (almost impossible you might say. But is it?)

7. Develop photographs in a dark room. (where do I find a dark room and what am I thinking?)

Oh and there is so much more.
I think I will aim for about 50 or so.
I will post my list when I am done and see how to get this baby off to a good start.
I have no idea where to start. I think I am either going to change this blog a little, or start another.

I will let you know when I figure it out and I will let you know how it goes.