Thursday, December 29, 2005

A Meeting Almost 2 Years In The Making!

Yesterday, I finally met Euan, after almost 2 years of talking to him through email and on the phone. Our New Year resolution for 2005 was to finally meet each other before the year was over. I remember joking that we shouldn't wait until December 31st, either. Well, yesterday was the 27th! So, we cut it pretty close. lol But after all the not knowings, hopings, and wondering if and when it would happen, I am so happy that we finally met!

Euan came to my side of the border, and we met at Tim Horton's, a very popular place that started on his side. lol As soon as I walked in the door, I knew exactly who he was. I had seen pics of him, but he also had a gift for me sitting on the table! I thought, awww, he got me something?? So I went up to him, and we just gave each other a big hug. We chatted for a bit before going to get something to eat. And the rest of the time we spent together went so well! We talked pretty much nonstop the whole time, no awkward pauses, nothing like that at all. It was just a great time! And the gift was a snowglobe, with 2 ice skaters (a guy and a gal). And the guy had a hockey stick, which he said was kind of Canadian, so he thought of us when he bought it. lol I thought it was very sweet!

We talked for a while late last night, and again this morning. We are making plans to get together again in mid-January, since he is moving his office to a new building in the next couple weeks. I am already looking forward to it! :) :) :)

Monday, December 26, 2005

A Rather Amusing Story!

Friday evening, I had been trying to take a nap because I was so tired from being out shopping with my mom. I was half out of it when my house phone rang. I jumped out of bed, feeling weird, but I answer the phone.

"Hello?"

"Hi, is Colleen there?" the lady asked.

"This is she," I answer.

"Oh, hi, this is Lori, your neighbor from next door," she says.

"Oh, hi! How are you?" I ask.

"I'm ok, it doesn't sound like you," Lori answers.

"Oh really? I was just resting, maybe that's why I sound funny" I say.

"Oh, ok," Lori replies. "Well, I wanted to let you know that we're having a Christmas party, so feel free to come over and have some drinks and food."

"Oh how nice!" I said. "Thank you, I'll try to make it over there soon!"

"Ok great, I'll talk to you later!" Lori says, and we end the conversation.

Still dazed, I wander into the bathroom thinking how weird that was. I've never been invited to a neighbor's house for Christmas before. As I'm thinking about this, I realize, I don't have a neighbor named Lori. I even peeked out the window to see if there was anything going on next door. That neighbor's name is Tanya. I think harder about this, and then it dawned on me: Lori had asked for Darlene, not Colleen!! If you had been reading my AOL journal, I had posted about getting Darlene's phone number when I had to get a phone line in the house again. You can read it here if you'd like! So I started laughing hysterically!

Darlene got invited to a party, and didn't even know it!! I hope Lori doesn't think she was trying to avoid her. LOL

A Wonderful Christmas With The Fam!

I had a really nice Christmas with my family on Sunday. Lisa and I went over to my parents' house in the early afternoon, and we helped get food ready for dinner. Everyone else didn't get there until a bit later. We didn't even open gifts until after 4! I got some really nice things, though. I loved spending time with everyone, and it ended up being a fun time!

Hailey was just too cute for words! She definitely had a good first Christmas! She was more interested in eating her gifts than anything, which was funny. She eventually got really tired and cranky, as babies are wont to do, so her parents took her home for bed. Lisa and I came back here a little after 9, and I just talked on the phone for almost 3 hours with a couple friends. Nice way to end the day! :)

Today was resting day. I really wanted to venture out to Target to use my gift card from Joan, but I ended up just staying home. Probably a good thing, so I didn't have to go out there and fight the crowds! I'll use my card eventually, though! I know what I want to use it for, I just need to spend some time in the store comparing products and prices. That could take some time for me. I can't seem to make quick decisions sometimes! lol

Lisa went out to dinner tonight with some friends, so I was dog-sitting for her. Lexie actually did pretty good for quite some time. She even ate her food! The poor thing is having such a hard time adjusting to being here, but I think she's coming around slowly. By the time she's fully adjusted, she'll be going home. lol Lexie kept trying to follow Mittens around the apartment. Mittens kept crying at her to back off. At least he wasn't hissing at her, I'm impressed. About 45 minutes before Lisa came home, Lexie decided to put herself in her crate, and she fell asleep. So I just closed the door to her crate, so she knew to stay in there. She is really a cute dog!

Tomorrow night is martini night at Mandy and Ron's house! I'm looking forward to it. It's nice that they are able to host something now that they have their own house! Hopefully Hailey will be ok with all the people, and will sleep in their bedroom ok. I'd really feel bad if the baby won't go to bed or wakes up constantly from hearing the noise of people! But it should be a lot of fun!

Well I suppose I'll get to bed at a decent time tonight. Being the holiday, I've been going to bed quite late the past few nights. I need to break that habit!! I have a lot to do tomorrow during the day, so off to bed I go!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Whoo Hoo, A Sista In Da House!

My sister, Lisa, arrived here safely a couple hours ago. She went down to our parents' house first, so she didn't come to my house until a little after 11pm. I'm so happy she got here safe and sound!

Her puppy, Lexie, has gotten so big!! She is a black lab, and she reminds us all of our first family dog, Lady. Lisa said she has even called her Lady a couple times. She is very cute, though! She knows tricks and everything! Well, except how to not jump on people. Lisa is still working on that.

Mittens disappeared when Lisa got here. He's currently under my bed, and sadly, I'll have to just go to bed without trying to get him out from under there. I wonder if I'll ever see him again this week. lol

Well, everyone here is sleeping, so I think I'll be on my way, too! The next couple of days will be busy, that's for sure! Merry Christmas to all!! :)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Where'd My Week Go??

I have been meaning to post all week, but things keep happening, or I just don't feel like it! The week went by quickly, though. I can't believe tomorrow is already Friday again. Geesh, will time ever slow down??

I spent this past week still trying to rest, but doing things in the house, too. And doing a few things out and about. I finally got all my gifts wrapped between Monday and Tuesday. What fun that was. Trying to wrap gifts on the floor when you have a cat is quite entertaining and frustrating at the same time! Mittens kept laying down in the space where I wanted to roll out the wrapping paper, and refused to move. When he finally did move, he'd dive-bomb the paper, leaving claw marks in some areas. Or, he'd try to eat the paper. He also kept shoving his little head (the only little thing about him is his head!) into all the gift bags. Then there were the moments that he thought it would be the best time to bite mommy. When that happened, he got booted out of the room, and I'd shut the door in his face. Then I got to hear him cry for 10 minutes until he decided to finally give up. Sooooooo, this is why I'm glad I only wrap a ton of gifts like this once a year. The cat really doesn't make it easy!

I went to the movies last night with Mo and Dee, and Mo's friend from work, along with her friend's sister. We saw The Family Stone, with Sarah Jessica Parker. While there were many funny parts during the movie, I just felt a little lost at some points. I didn't really think it was a great film overall. My friends loved it, however. Oh well, can't win 'em all. lol

We then went to Dunkin Donuts for coffee, and we exchanged gifts. I gave all of my friends jewelry, but I also bought these ornaments that open, and you could put something inside. Soo, I put their jewelry inside the ornament!! Mo and Dee loved the idea, and they loved what I made! Yaaay!! I loved their gifts, too! It was a nice evening spent with a couple of close friends. :)

Today, I went to Starbucks with Dee, and Renee met us there. I know, more coffee. Funny thing is, I don't drink it. lol Renee and I exchanged gifts, and of course, she loved her jewelry, too! Yaay!! She got us a pair of fuzzy socks, they are soooooo soft. I love them, I have 2 pairs already! And she got some lotion from Bath & Body, which you can never go wrong with! We had a great time chatting away for a couple hours there. It was a nice afternoon!

In between all these days, I made another pot of soup. This time it was tortellini soup. And it was good, although I do think I liked my Italian wedding soup better. Either way, I did freeze a container of each soup, so I'll have it at another time during the winter! I think I like making soups, I need to find myself some more recipes. I also made this candy thing out of chow mein noodles, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and cashews. They are quite tasty!! And very easy to make. You melt the chips together, and then stir in the noodles and cashews until they get coated. Then you drop tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet or wax paper, and let them cool. Voila! A tasty treat! I am also going to make some mini chocolate tart things, hopefully tomorrow. They just looked yummy, and fun to make! I hope!

My sister, Lisa, drives up tomorrow with her dog. She is coming from NC, and she usually makes the trip in one day. That's a looooong day, if you ask me. It's about 12 hours of driving for her. I hope she gets her safely! The last time she came up here, before Mandy had the baby, she somehow avoided getting into a very bad accident. So, I am praying she arrives to us safe and sound!

I guess I'm all caught up for now. The holiday is right around the corner. Which is hard to believe. It just arrived so quickly! I wish everyone out there in blog land a happy and safe Christmas, holiday, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and whatever other holiday might be in there as well! :)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Wintry Weather

I awoke this morning to a lot more snow on the ground than there was last night. It's actually very pretty! The snow stuck in the tree branches are a beautiful sight to see, I love that look. It's still snowing, a few specks here and there, but there have been a few times when I've glanced out my window and felt like I was watching snowglobe snow falling. It's supposed to snow most of today, so I'm staying inside again until tonight, when I'll go down the street to my parents' house for dinner. It's my dad's birthday today! We are just having pizza and wings, and maybe a cake (I haven't heard about one yet lol). It should be nice!

My friends were supposed to go to NYC this morning. Because of the unknown with the snow and the ice we had last night, they cancelled their flights. I know all of them are bummed, but a couple of them were mad, and I felt stuck in the middle. I plead the fifth! They can complain to me if they want, but I'm not sharing info with anyone. I think it's safer that way. lol Besides, with a possible mass transit strike in NYC (there is a partial one now), it would have been hard getting around anyway! At least they didn't lose money on their plane ticket, and can go again another time!

Well I suppose I should do something, like get dressed. I'm so used to slacking, I need to break this habit! I have more earrings to work on today, so at least that will keep me busy for a while. I really feel like bundling up and playing with the snow, but that is a huge no no for me. Then I'd probably get sick for real!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Chilling, Chillin', and Other Happenings

It is still cold up here in WNY, but not as bad as the past couple days. I still haven't gone outside, but I will be venturing out tomorrow. Hopefully. We are getting a lot of snow here, after an afternoon of rain/freezing rain/hail. I'm only going down the street to my parents' house, but still, that drive can be treacherous! But tomorrow is my dad's birthday, so we are having pizza and wings. Mmmmm, that can't keep me away!

Today was another day of resting and taking it easy. I am still playing that game of Am I Getting Sick, Or Is It Just My Sinues Driving Me Insane? It's really not a fun game, and I'm tired of playing it! I woke up this morning feeling tired, so after my shower, I fell asleep again for an hour. I made some earrings for a friend of mine, and watched tv. It really wasn't an eventful day, but I need those kind of days when I'm not sure how I'm feeling.

I talked with my friend, Tom, on the computer today, for quite a while. I hadn't talked to him in a few months. We were chatting about this and that, and while I still consider him a great friend, it it sometimes hard to talk to him. My feelings for him were so intensely strong for a long time, a LONG time, that those feelings are still there. They are under the surface, and won't ever return again, but nevertheless, they are there. And I'm not sure they will ever go away.

So anyway, as we were talking, he told me that for 9 months, he was with this woman who is married. I already knew this because his brother had told me, but he thought it would catch me offguard. I told him I wasn't surprised, since he hasn't been the only friend I've had who has been involved with a married person. Anyhow, we got to talking about being single, and meeting that right person (with me thinking in my head that he wouldn't be single if he had given me a chance...whatever lol), and I ended up telling him that I have gotten to the point where I don't even think my life is about meeting someone and being in love. And that I don't even care that I'm not with someone, since I'm happy with my life right now, and all that matters to me are my family and close friends.

But after talking with him, I've been thinking...am I really happy with no one in my life? Do I really not want to be with anyone at all? My feelings are so mixed about this, since I have a hard time finding anyone who wants to deal with my health issues. I think that's why I blow it off, because I think that no one will want to bother being with someone who gets tired a lot, wears oxygen, and can't work because of a stupid illness. It gets tiring to feel this way, and it feels quite lonely. So I don't know, half of me does hope I find someone who is willing to be with me, and half of me hopes I won't have to deal with someone else. It's aggravating feeling this way!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brrrrrr!!

It's cold out. Veeeeeery cold. I think when I got up this morning it was 8 degrees, now it's 21. Yuck! I shouldn't be surprised by this. I've lived in WNY all my life, so I should be used to it, right? I wish!!

I haven't gone out since Monday, like I said I wouldn't. I was a slacker yesterday, although I did get my dishes and my fish bowls clean. I also made the Italian wedding soup, and it is rather tasty! I have to put some in the freezer, though, since I can't eat the whole pot by myself. It gets boring after a while, eating the same thing for days! Today, I feel like I'm coming down with something. It's driving me nuts! I think the main reason is the heat that's been going on every 10 minutes, and wearing the oxygen. Both of these are very dry, and I feel dehydrated. It's making me quite tired. So I've been taking it easy. I am working on my friend's illusion necklace that she ordered from me when I had my jewelry party. It is going to be sooooo beautiful! I think I might start working on more illusion necklaces. They take along time to make, but they come out very elegant looking. :)

Well I've finished eating lunch, so I guess it's back to the old grind. I want to get the necklace done so I can take a nap. lol

Monday, December 12, 2005

Busy Busy Busy! And Exhausted!

I have been out of the house almost every day since last Wednesday or Thursday. I can't remember which, really! Christmas shopping for so many people is hard sometimes! I did pretty good being out on Saturday and then again yesterday, but today, I just wanted to stay home. However, I had to go to the post office to have some packages mailed, and to buy a lot of stamps for all my Christmas cards. And then I had to go to a couple other stores to get some more wrapping paper and cards. I told my mom when she dropped me off that I didn't want to go outside for a few days, because I'm so tired of being out! I also have some things to do around here, so I'll still be busy, but at least I won't have to bundle up and go anywhere.

My best friend and I were looking for a dinnerware set for our best friend who is getting a divorce. She has to move out, and will not have a lot of things to bring with her. So my friend and I went to Bon Ton to look around, and found a 45-piece dinner set that was originally $120. It was on sale, plus my friend had 25% discount and a free shipping card. Because the box was so heavy, we paid $8 of the shipping. So the grand total for this beautiful dinner set? $40! And so we both only spent $20! I love a bargain!!! I'm hoping our friend loves the set, too!!

Well I'm definitely off for a nap. I so need it! I think I'm going to make a soup tonight. I bought ingredients to make a tortellini soup, and an Italian wedding soup. I can't decide which one I want to make first!! lol

Saturday, December 10, 2005

U2!!!!

I got back home about 45 minutes ago from the U2 concert in Buffalo. It was awesome!! It was the first time I've ever seen them play, and I was so glad that I got the chance. Although we were sitting in the 300 level, way up in the last row, we could see the stage in front of us, and all the lights and everything fancy that went on during the show. The band played for almost 2 1/2 hours, and that included 3 encores! It was a great time!! :) :)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Whew, I'm Finally Moved!!

Well it took me forever, but I finally got all my AOL entries moved over here! I just did a little at a time, and it took me like a week and a half, I think. Feels like more. lol So, I'm all settled in my new home! I'd like to do a little more decorating, as soon as I figure out how to do some things. But, I do have to admit, that I'm happy here. I like the atmosphere more, and most of those who wrote on AOL have moved over here, too. Making it still feel like a happy blog community! So, I'm hoping to stick around here for quite some time! :)

Now, if anyone can tell me how to get a little drop down menu like I've seen in some blogs for my older entries, I'd appreciate it! lol In the meantime, I might just investigate myself. :)

Monday, December 05, 2005

Lazy Weekend, Busy Monday

I felt like such a slug this weekend. I suppose that's alright, considering last weekend I was hardly sitting for more than 10 minutes. I watched a lot of movies, since I had free HBO and Showtime for the weekend. But it's no wonder I don't pay for these channels. The same thing comes on over and over, or I can never find anything I want to watch. lol It figures!

Today, I had wanted to go out shopping, but I decided I'd better stay home to get some actual work done. And I certainly kept pretty busy! I finally put the plastic up on my bedroom windows. I rolled some pennies to put in the bank. My poor little bunny was filled to the top with pennies, so I had to empty it! I've had this bunny bank since I was really little. It used to be soft and fuzzy, but it's worn down now. But at least I still use it! I also washed all my dishes. I just hate that chore. (Wait, I hate any chores. lol) Then I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with Medicare, trying to figure out what prescription plan I should choose so that I get all my meds, and I can still use the same pharmacies. The whole Medicare prescription plan has been quite confusing, so it was nice to talk to a person who understood my frustrations!

Tomorrow I am going to get bloodwork done, and then going shopping with my mom, sister and little niece. Hopefully it'll be nice! I know it'll be cold, but there's nothing that can be done about that. Except wear more layers, which I do anyway! I'm sure it'll be fun! :)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Ca-Ching!

I had a great time last night at my friend's house! And, I sold quite a bit of jewelry! That's always a plus! There were nine of us there, and we laughed, gabbed and ate yummy snacks until quite late. I didn't get home until after midnight, and I went to bed after 1am. I just love gathering with my friends. I'm so glad we do a girls' night almost every month. It is definitely a great time!

I'm not sure what I'm doing today. I'm still in pjs, and I almost don't want to get out of them. It's rather chilly outside, although the sun is shining brightly! I'm grateful for that. The sun perks me up, no matter what the temps are. It is welcoming!

I suppose I should go! I know I have some chores to do around here, although they are not getting me motivated. lol Maybe today will just be a lazy day!! We shall see!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Five Years Ago Today...

I received this cute little guy (trust me, he was tiny when I got him!) as a Christmas gift from one of my best friends!! Mittens is like my kid, and I just love him to death! He has gotten me through some rough times, by just making me laugh at things he does, or making me smile by cuddling on my lap. I hope to have many more years with him!!
He loves to chill on top of the fridge!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Whoo, Goal Accomplished!!


Well, I accomplished my goal of having 50 necklace sets for tomorrow!! There may not be too many people there, but that's ok. At least I have a lot to show them! The set above is an example of what I make, but I have so many kinds, it's hard to judge by just that pic. Plus, the quality of the photo stinks. lol I keep telling my sister I'd like the pics she took, but I don't know why she doesn't send them to me!! This is why I need a digital camera!! Maybe, just MAYBE, if I make a lot tomorrow night, I can use some of the money for camera. Guess I'll have to wait and see!

It's the first of December. It's so hard to believe it's the last month of the year. The new year ahead of me is so full of unknowns, but I suppose that's true for anybody. I haven't decided on any resolutions for next year yet. Maybe by the end of the month, I'll have some! lol

I'm off to take a nap. The necklace I worked on today is an illusion necklace, and it took me a few hours to do. My back is hurting! But, at least I'm happy that I did it. :)