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|Thursday, November 11th, 2010|
|Sunday, December 20th, 2009|
|Truffled Food Coma!
Food coma: Homemade Tagliatelle Pasta in a truffle oil/cream sauce with white fresh truffles shaved on top. Veal Piccata with Foie Gras in a Truffle Sage and Marsala sauce. All with Vernaccia wine!
Saporissimo Restaurant in Boca Raton: The BEST Italian restaurant EVER stateside!!! Closet thing thus far to what I had in Italy!
|Thursday, January 25th, 2007|
|Saturday, December 2nd, 2006|
|Life Updates, X-mas Plans, Etc...
So after many twists and turns every and all doors for Chris trying to PCS, remote tour, and/or totally get out of the AF have been shut, locked forever. It is either due to his med codes, Corey's med codes, and the fact he is behind in his tech & mil career (his slot isn't funded so no one will put him in for training or awards). Hence, paperwork sumitted to get that slot funded so training can be for him. All of this equates to Chris tweaking out, he has not been "the same o' Chris" and it has been scary for me. In the end I pray that this can help Chris learn the skills to cope/deal in a healthy way when, well, when you just have to. I am always here for him but stuff like this there is nothing I can directly do, I just play the support role.
Me, meh, same o same o. Since Corey isn't active in school this yr (just the job) I seem to have free time on my hands and getting bored very quickly. Looking into belly dance classes. But will have to drive to B'ham one night a week for it. Chris and I may get into some league (pool, bowling, poker) but it has to have me home by 9:30pm at the very latest if a school night.
Yet another lesson on life's fragility: Yet another funeral to attend next week for a man in his fifties that died of cancer. Every funeral I have been to in the last 3yrs have all been cancer victims except one. This one is related to work - John V. from our business office...very sudden and fast..leaving behind a wife and 11 yr old daughter. Friday was a very quite day at work. Just sad and mad (this is taking too many people I know and I want a cure damn it!!!!)
Happier subject: Christmas Plans: Knew were going to Jax, FL but looks like we will be in Orlando. All so Chris' sis can spend time w/ her new bf (very long story but this is being pushed my his Mom who wants the daughter to hurry up and marry a naval officer..this is her 3rd or 4th naval officer she has dated). I am like whatever, don't want to rock the boat it just means less time w/ my family in Jax, more time on the road, & more vacation that I had planned on taking. We will have one day at park (his sis won the grand prize at a x-mas party which is a trip to Disney) (don't know which one yet) and they are treating us to the Animal Kingdom Lodge buffet dinner Sat. night. This will be my first x-mas I do not wake up in my own bed x-mas morning. It will be fun, I know, just had my heart set on some stuff in Jax that won't happen.
Anyone throwing in their party hat for a New Yrs Eve Party yet??? If someone hears of something give us a holla. Feel like I haven't spent quality time w/ my friends in a awhile (Chris party we were just busy w/ everyone else but visiting w/ our friends).
Anniv plans in ATL in Jan: Plan on seeing the new Cirque show - Corteo and seeing the Louvre exhibit at the High Museum. May have to skip on doing a really nice dinner but I think it is pretty cool to have a flavor of Italy (the Cirque show) and France (Louvre exhbit) on our anniv weekend. And ofcourse, will be at Masq/secretroom that night!!! Probably not staying at the Chateau this yr but will have to at least drive up to it. Words cannot describe how I am looking forward to this weekend. We really need some time away (if only for one night).
Thats all folks!!! Hope every has a very merry, happy, and safe christmas season.
|Sunday, October 22nd, 2006|
|All moved in and walkin' like old folks
Ah, another yr and another move. Got all moved into our apartment. HUGE kudos to geredan
and Bill from Chris' work for helping us (oh and Bills wife for the almost better than sex expresso brownies!!!). God knows there were so many other less physically demanding things you could have done w/ your saturday. many, many thanks!!!
Moving beats your body up but this was my first move to the third floor. We are moving around like we are 70yrs old. Very stiff if we sit in one place for too long. Took a beer and sat in the jacuzzi for awhile which helped before going to bed last night.
Off to organize the bathroom and to the old house for cleaning.
|Friday, October 6th, 2006|
So had leave work early and show up at a house this afternoon to collect my son - he was there for a trip to the fair and a slumber b'day party. The school nurse came to the house (Chris was home) frustrated as all get out because Corey forgot to tell her some major things (hard to explain but since there is a school nurse she is obligated to ensure Corey gets here get there ok, stays at after-school practices, etc...) and oh, also left his diabetic kit at school. Too many times in the past have we run over this and that because he forgot but he never has forgotten EVERYTHING that he needs not to get very sick. This was really hard for me to do because you don't want the punishment you give your child to directly impact another family. But felt this time I had no other choice. I deeply apologized to the dad (mom was picking up other kid to spend the night) but he said he understood. I also apologized to the friend and said we hope to see him tomorrow night. Friend was asking when he could come over again and I said I don't know - we will have to talk this out as a family. Told Corey we will talk later. 90% of the time I do want to talk when things happen but the 10% when I don't, there is a good reason to that. Seems to be my dilemna of late - how to discpline a teen who has great motivation/grades in school but everything else just sucks. My Mom called it carrots. Finding the carrots that you can take away/earn back. But the carrots nowadays either don't exist like they used to in younger yrs and/or so major that I am scared of inadvertently discouraging the one area that is going good.
|Tuesday, September 5th, 2006|
|Wanna Party like we are still at D*C??
In hopes of resurrecting a tradition of some friends of mine I want to throw the idea out there and get feedback. If + then it is a go.
The "I wish I was still at DragonCon" Party. Yes ladies and gents, bring your pictures, video, badges, spoils from the dealers room, costumes (this is a feel free to dress up shin dig), but most importantly bring your D*C stories to share. This started a long time ago because we all got sad the very last night not wanting to leave so to try and savor it people threw this party. That being said, even if you didn't go this yr, you are very much invited (cough-hint- Alicia -hint-cough and Drea if in town/state)
When: Either this Friday or next starting around 7-8pm-ish (shooting for this Friday...the longer we wait the closer we are getting to Mike's wife giving birth)
Where: Cramer Casa
What to bring: Other than what was mentioned this is a total Bring Yor Own Food/Drink as we all who attended the con are probably broke.
Please reply as to what Friday will work if this is something you want to do.
And a 'lil highlight review of the Cramer D*C '06 experience (w/ a longer review when a feel 100% human again). It rocked!!! We stuck to our plan of not spending the days in the dealers room and sleeping in the hotel room. We went to 2 out of 3 Firefly/Serenity panels, Klingon Beauty pagent, The Last Dance panel, 3 acoustic band sets (2 being Voltaire) and most all of the concerts. The only drama that happened sucked but it sucked in the best way: Mike's wife (Melinda) came by the room Sat. night w/ the friends she was spending her b'day with. One of which was Chris and ex-wife's neighbor when they were first married. Apprently she (one of meinda's friends) never liked his ex-wife but still runs into her at Woodmere a lot. If I was ever to meet his ex-wife or someone who was/is close to her: let it be in fetish gear (latex that is!!!). More on that to come but after a stiff drink- I was ok back in the D*C groove. Needless to say, other than a death metal concert, the LAST place I would think that Chris ex-wife's and that whole issue would enter my thoughts would be DragonCon!!! However after walking around the Hyatt she is wanting to go next yr. But we have all yr to plot and plan the Cramer experience around that. Lets just say we go to DragonCon to get away from people like that (Chris told me she is a smaller version of his ex-wife).
Drea girl- I really, really missed you and Ty ( I am sorry if this is adding salt but just really needed to say it).
Oh, and Yami Yami just was the icing on the cake!!! Eating good sushi and amazing beef teriyaki almost everyday at the Con was splendid.
|Monday, August 28th, 2006|
|C&C Dragon Con Plans
1) I am taking Wed. off to run errands/pack for the trip as I ran out of time taking care of other people/items over the weekend.
2) I will be leaving Thurs. morning riding w/ Michael and Mark F. After getting settled into the room we will head down to Little 5 Points for lunch/shopping(me)/whatnot. One of our friends coming up from FL will be leaving his car at a relatives place in Little 5 so we will have two cars going to Little 5 but only one coming back to the hotel. Then once reg opens (4pmish)get our badges and await nighttime activties.
3) Chris will leave for Atl after class Thurs. night (he will get to the hotel right before midnight).
4) Hopeing to get up early enough to splurge on the Marriott bkfst buffett Friday morning. Looking into checking into Robert's room early but who ever does will be looke dupon as staying in that room. SHould be ok unless said person loses hotel key. Have to talk w/ Chris.
5) Cell phone service gets if-ee the lower you go in the hotel so if you can't reach us, leave a msg and/or text msg and once we start moving from the lower levels up, we will get the message.
|Friday, August 25th, 2006|
|Some D*C Must's for Me...
Belly Dance Lessons (ouch- but at 10am- that will be hard to get myself up for but will try)
Don't mind me-- just excited we will be getting out of town for a few days w/ some geek-dom and goth-dom!!!
|Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006|
|Friday, August 18th, 2006|
|The End to a Very Hectic/Very Crazy Week
I think I had a beer every night before I went to bed this week which is very out of the normal range for me.
Work- Got thru our huge audit w/ flying colors. So proud of those IT folks!!
Corey- Along w/ this major audit at work was Corey's first week at a new school and high school at that!!! SUpplies, clothing, fee's and book bag cost $250. Now w/ that out of the way we can D*C crunch our finances. Every night I had to spend 30 minutes on the phone w/ my Mom and talking to Chris on who will take/pick up Corey to school since I had to be at work early and stay late Mon-Thurs. I took him to the 2nd bus pick up location this morning and all ran smoothly. He is very talky about school, friends, girls, and teachers right now.
This boy has been throwing down some major attitude this week so we will have a family "Pow Wow" to re-established all the rules.
Chris- Was home some of the week to Dante a class for the semster- took the test on Tuesday won't know how he did for a month or two.
Also found out some 180 degree info on his staying in/getting out of the AF issue. Ball has officially begun to roll and we are to know a final decision in 2 weeks. Can't discuss much here but as normal the offical word was opposite of what Chris has been told for months now. It goes to show why I never trust any date or info anybody tells me or him until the last signature is signed on some offical paperwork.
Me- Will try to de-stress this weekend. I am highly concerned that I will enter this yr's D*C as I did last yr, a ball of stress. And I for one do not want to repeat of last yr. Chris and I had planned on going to a concert in Atl this month prior to D*C which we agreed would be our de-stressing mechanism. And for a variety of reasons & people, we were not able to go to any of the four and I now can see how beneficial it would have been to go to one.
Hope everyone else has a de-stressing weekend!!
|Tuesday, August 15th, 2006|
|ATTN: DragonCon Sci Fi/Fantasy Book Lovers
The SciFi and Fantasy Literature track is proud to announce its first annual (if all goes well) Swap Meet. Bring your old books, swap them out for new-to-you reads. Or films or any sf memorabilia for that matter. One fan's discard may be another fan's treasure!
This will happen Saturday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Fairlie room.
|Monday, August 14th, 2006|
|Well, today deserves some beer
1) What idiot scheduled the AF Technolgy Conferene along w/ the first day of public school?? I don't know why the conference could have moved to P'ville (i.e. Legends Resort). That is way closer to Maxwell than AUM is. Plus no one lives near Legends. People live at/near AUM!!!!
2) It took me 45 minutes ot get home.
3) Kiss Taylor Rd goodbye this week (plus two weeks on top of the conference on Taylor Rd)
4) Did I mentioned I worked a 10hr day (yes I worked most of those 10hrs).
5) At the end of the day found out the areas that was hoping to aviod will be audited this week (this is th eone time a yr where my job/ass is on the line) AND I lost my ENTIRE Inbox of emails at work today.
|Saturday, August 12th, 2006|
|Bringing back Memories.....
Right now I am watching the "WHose Wedding is it ANyway" on the Style Channel. They are featuring a wedding at the Chateau Elan where Chris and I were married (well receotion but that was wedidng central). AND the couple is using the florist we did. Even seeing this place on tv brings a sense of calm, peace and and amazing sense of love.
Before this segment, Style featured a wedidng in the city that was our #1
choice- St. AUgustine, FL. The reception was at this incredible Arabian nights style hotel (Casa Marina I think). The day Chris proposed to me in St. AUgustine we waltzed thru this hotel dreaming of how incredible a reception woould be there.
Man, I can't wait for January to get here!!!!!
|Monday, August 7th, 2006|
|Monday, July 31st, 2006|
|Damn Bumpy Road....
(Disclaimer--mainly this is to get racing/circling thoughts written down to attack options and oh, also VENTING!!)
This morning I :
1) Faxed paperwork in so if child support payments are going to start back up they will have my new address & name tho last time it took them 6 months to change my address in their system.
2) Filled out paperwork to mail to first dental ins. company for braces
3) Called bank. Finally disbursed loan funds but took yet another call to make them do their job
4) Oversight on our fault- Both apts we would move to require Knology. We are in a 2yr contract w/ BellSouth so if we go w/ those apts we would be paying double phone/internet for one yr. If bellSouth cannot service the area we will live they cannot hold us to the 2yrs. So all is still a go for Verandas/Barrington.
As far as transportation for Corey this yr: I can either drop him off at Brew Tech or the zoned school Lee (where he would take a bus to Brew tech) in the mornings and then the afternoons he can do the double-bus route (from Brew Tech to Lee to neighborhhod drop off)
5) Called Reserve Apts (place that screwed us last summer) they are cool w/ BellSOuth BUT huge issue w/ Corey and getting him to Brew Tech.
5a) Process to get child to school using buses: He will be picked in in the neighborhood of where he lives and then taken to his zoned highschool (currently is Lee and at the Reserve Apts it is Jeff Davis---this is the problem). From that zoned school he will board a second bus that will take him to his magnet HS- Brew Tech. Boy this school system sure knows how to waste tax payer's money. Lee=Good; Jeff Davis= BAD!!!! Work around- I can drive child to Brew Tech but will need dedicated help to pick him up in the afternoon from Brew Tech. The Reserve Apts in same zone as Deer Creek. Have one friend in that area so will call her tonight to see her plan for getting child to Brew Tech and if she knows of other parents in same situation. A car pool of types where I drive to Deer Creek every morning, pick up kids and drop them off at Brew Tech and then their parents pick up at Brew Tech and drop Corey off at our apt. Problem is this will fall on me, Chris, and my parents (who are into retirement traveling) to be able to be at Brew Tech NLT 4pm, almost every schhol day unless a car pool can be worked out then it would be 2-3 times a week. And all hinging on fact I can push my work hrs out even more from 8-5 to 8:30-5:30 (normal work day 7:30-4:30).
6) Chris calling bank to see how much of a house we can currently buy
In the end: I am dizzy- still am. All of these moves have been w/in town and we end up w/ so much drama. Guess we are thinking hell, just buy the farm, err, house and be done w/ it!!! Just wasn't quite ready yet for a mortage - we were going to take this yr to get finances in order for it. And yeah still kinda do but would liek one more yr before buying the house.
But Chris I did have a nice/quite weekend. Rented Mrs. Henderson Presents and Walk the Line. Both were excellent movies!!! Current Mood: stressed
|Friday, July 28th, 2006|
|All Around Update
Apts: Update on where to live: As I was driving to Auburn on Sunday I noticed the Storage facility which our Verandas apt would be near backs right up to I-85. So not saying Chris and i did this but two people may have walked the Verandas property to see the actual apt we would get in Nov and just how much noise from the interstate we would hear. Again not saying we did, but it appears the flashing red storage sign would be seen from our lviing window and the noise was tremendous (no walls built just the wooden frame tho). The other bldg ready for Oct. isn't that bad since it has a bldg between that and the area that backs up to I-85. So I think we both are praying that either an Edgewood or Fitzgerlad floorplan at Barrington will open up for us. Or I will buy noise machines for every room.
Corey/braces/school- He is in some pain. He was so depressed yesterday when he realized eating will be a time consuming process having to cut everything in bite size pieces to eat. And brushing the teeth routine takes on a whole other meaning- again time consuming. He started on rubberbands (one side). Having bank issues w/ getting the funds disbursed for the loan to cover the $1000 down payment I wrote the check for yesterday. I told the bank do not expect me to pay for bounce checks since this all was your (the bank) fault.
Corey's school nurse from jr high will be at his highschool and both he and nurse (talked to her yesterday) are thrilled. She really is a gem (also acts as a friend/counselor to Corey) and so glad she will be there during the HS yrs.
DragonCon/New Orleans/Concert- Holy Sh*T the band line up this yr rocks!!! I am getting uber excited tho wandering what will go wrong this yr. Excited about costumes, going to panels, concerts, talking w/ Jeff again from TLD, and lasting memories w/ friends. I wish, wish we could do the NO trip but no way in the same month as D*C. We gave ourselves $50 for fun this month prior to D*C. W/ 5 people in our room, DragonCon will costs us $600 to drive, park, eat, sleep, and attend the con---that is w/out buying one single item. So add to that he braces, and buying school supplies all in the month of August we just can't financially do NO. There are 4 concerts in August we would like to attend. Our last one was in March so for those that know how much of concert whores we are---we have been that broke!!! It is Chris' choice to choose one out of those 4 to go to since I had the SKin two/Rubberball party. But we can do any of the shows for $50-$60 (tics plus tank of gas) so that works.
Job Front- good news and bad. Did better in my perf review this yr than last. I still want to keep telling my boss how messed up I was in '04 (hello- almost died in Italy on my HM) but just let it be- still it bugs me that he doesn't know the true/full picture. Next contract is looking to have a ton of top-secret IT stuff. Company would possibly have to pay for TS clerance which is expensive (my secret costs them $5K) and I would feel obligated to stick around (that could be the bad news). But for once in my 4 yrs here I feel appreciated and valued, don;t expect the feeling to last more than a few days but it is enough of a bite to keep my hopes up for the new contract and what (hopefully@$#@) challenges lay ahead.
Chris- gets fitted for the C-pap machine Aug. 7th so kinda nervous on how much time the miltary will take w/ paperwork all the while no clue where turning his job into civil service stands. He can go a 'lil over a month or so being unemployed but that is about it.
|Tuesday, July 25th, 2006|
|Not a Good sign...
For those of you unfamilar w/ costs of mandatory school supplies/fees here..it can run upwards to $150. Tack on another $50 if your child needs a new backpack. So because the start of school coincides w/ DragonCon I like to start early. In july I look for deals on clothes and then each trip to the grocery store I like to buy a little bit of supplies at a time. Well, that is if the school has the supply list ready.
Corey's new school, Brew Tech HS, DOES NOT!!! I called yesterday and was informed the indivdual teachers (which he will have 7 of) will pass out their own supply list the first day of school along w/ the novel of other paperwork that has to be filled out. By the second day of school- Office Depot is running really low on stuff and I have seen people dive for folders/binders (me being one of them).
What this means is I have no clue how much we are talking about (this is HS) and god knows how many stores I will have to visit that first week to get evertyhing. And on top of that, we have at work our BIG audit going on he first 3 days of school (ie.e long hours).
SO yeah, not a good sign that this school is organized so expecting the chaos that resembled last yr.
|Wednesday, July 19th, 2006|
|ATTN: Possible DragonCon 06 Peeps
Chris and I have a room reserved (2 beds) at the Marriott (the Double or triple rate which is $150 to $160 a night plus taxes) for all 4 nights of DragonCon (Thursday thru Sunday night checking out on labor Day). We are 99% sure we will be staying w/ a friend so before we cancel our reservation wanted to open it up to you all who want to go but don't know where/who you will be staying with. The Hyatt & Marriott are currently sold out. Hilton has rooms avail but they are $30-ish more expensive a night than Marriott/Hyatt. I don't know the avail of other hotels around the area.
So just let us know if you or someone else you know is interested and I am sure we can all get on the phone and transfer our reservation to someone else. You will need a cdt card to hold the room but they do not charge until the actual day of check-in.