Tuesday, January 31, 2012


      It was the end of summer in 1982. I was officially a college freshman and driving to Virginia from Massachusetts to embark on my "college years". I was scared to death. Finally after getting settled in and meeting my roommate (who left after the first year) I fell into a group of girls from another dorm and we just clicked. I moved over to that dorm and we became known as "3BC", our little nickname for ourselves. We all got along great but we had our "besties". Mary was mine.

     Mary was from Norton, Va. and like many other of the girls went home on the weekends to spend time with her family and boyfriend. I tagged along sometimes and other times she would stay at school and we would laugh, goof off and just hang out. I didn't get to graduate from my class because I didn't do very well and had to stay another year, but that is another story. Mary and the gang graduated and moved on but never out of my life. We both got married and then her husband was in a horrible car accident. That was rough but we made it through. She remarried and I was asked to be in her wedding and "3BC" was back together. I moved to Puerto Rico with my husband and had to hear the tragic news of her brother's death due to a fire in her childhood home. She knew I couldn't make it home to be with her and she understood. We both had children two years apart but on the same date, I thought that was the coolest thing! Then another tragedy struck. Her other brother died due to an illness. She stood strong and made it through this dark period in her life. I have never met anyone stronger.

     Mary now lives in South Carolina and while finances don't allow us to visit often, we did get a chance to visit a couple of summers ago while we were driving through her area and it was the quickest but best way to end a family vacation! We may not see each other often or speak on the phone but when we do, it is like we just spoke yesterday and she still makes me laugh like no one else!!

     Mary is my idol and my hero and I am so proud to call her friend.

Thanks to Write on Edge for this writing prompt.......

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Movie Review...

Rise of The Planet of the Apes:
I really thought this was going to be a cheesy predictable movie. I was wrong! It was a little predictable but damn if I didn't fall in love with those chimps! I loved the relationship between James Franco and his father who had Alzheimer's and what his son was doing to help him. To me, this is what a movie is all about, entertaining, thought-provoking (not in the real deep sense but really about disease, evolution and love) and best all, Chris didn't fall asleep! 2 Thumbs-up!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Writing Prompt: Personification

Slam, Dunk

                 He's late today. That is not a good sign. I know from previous experiences that he gets all flustered 
when he is late and takes it out on me. Uh, oh, there he is. Hmm, he doesn't look all that grumpy today.
  Quiet, quiet, here he comes...ugh! his hands are freezing! Here we go...bounce, bounce...his hands aren't to 
 tense, so that is a good sign. Bounce, bounce, he's laughing now with his friends, another good sign. He's passing me back and forth gently. They all seem to be in a good mood today. I hope I was wrong about his mood. Well here's the final test, he shoots, WHOOSH!!!  He (or I, however you want to look at it), made the basket! High five's all around! Oh yeah, today will be a good practice!
~~This is my first time doing a prompt from http://writeonedge.com/2012/01/remembered-personification/, so forgive me if it is a little short, I'm a little nervous, LOL!! And yes, my terrified little guy is my son's basketball.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I need to practice this...

Resentment hurts you, not them. Always forgive people, even if they never ask for your forgiveness. Don’t do it for them – do it for you. Grudges are a waste of happiness. Get that unnecessary stress out of your life right now, and move forward. - via http://www.marcandangel.com/

Monday, January 23, 2012

She should have been a you-tube star!

This poor woman at the wrestling tournament yesterday...she came walking into the gym carrying her turkey sandwich and tripped, slipped and did a face plant right into the sandwich! If only someone had filmed this and put it on you-tube, she would have been an overnight sensation! Probably over a million hits, would have done the morning talk show circuit, Ellen would have had her on her show and she would have had her 15 minutes of fame! And her poor mortified son.....she is probably sore today and has a bruise on her ankle where she twisted it...yes. she does. That poor woman was me! Sorry for embarrassing you Zak, and your damn father hasn't stopped laughing!!!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Monday Movie Review...

I'm a little late to the party but My Big Fat Greek Wedding was adorable!!  I felt so bad for her while she was preparing for the wedding, the bridesmaids dresses were hideous, the favors (those almond candy thingies), so outdated and I cringed when I saw her in her wedding dress! But she was a trooper and made the best of it!

The best scene in the movie however is when her aunt is telling the groom's parents about the cyst on her neck, and she had it removed and the Doctor said it had teeth and a spine and was her twin!!! I about peed in my pants!!! If haven't seen this little gem yet, hurry! You will love it!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy 2012!!

Happy New Year!

Well, so far it started out crappy! Out of the blue, I was knocked down by a horrible cold and spent the whole weekend in bed! So, up today and started off with a brisk walk with Chris. We have been out of our routine cause of his bad back and the Holidays so we are regrouping and getting back on track. Zak was home for 2 weeks and is now back at school and hopefully well enough to wrestle. I struggle with him being in college. I guess it is because I was there once and I know first hand what goes on there. I know I need to let him go but I am such a worrier.....

Our New Year's resolutions include keeping on track with our weight loss and getting organized, both in the house and with our finances. Wish us luck.......

The kids are all back at school, thank God! So off to tackle laundry, cleaning and back to the library today!