January 2011

Where to begin?

File under: greta | weekend update

This month has been the busiest month I have had...maybe ever. I have been quiet here due to lack of time but also a little bit of the if-you-don't-have-anything-nice-to-say kind of thing. Since it's the last day of the month, I am optimistic that things will calm down a bit and life will stop sucking the life out of me.

Anyway, here are some highlights:

Greta has been continuing her dance and swim lessons on Saturdays and she started ice skating lessons on Sundays. While having at least three planned activities every weekend makes it go by in a flash, it's fun to watch her enjoying herself, and I like hanging out with the posse of parents/friends we see there each week. Greta's first week of ice skating was sort of horrifying, though. She was clearly miserable the entire time; we really didn't prepare her for just how hard it would be to start out, but things have been on the up and up since.

I know Pat doesn't share this opinion, but personally, I think ice skating might be one of the more worthless skills on the planet, but I am happy that she wanted to do it and even though it was a total bust the first lesson, she was excited to go back and try again, and she's getting better and better each week.

In other Greta news, she had a dental check-up today, and she received rave reviews from the dentist and hygienist. This is VERY good news since she has a less-than-stellar dental history, but we've made many changes in her habits the last six months, and it's nice to know that it has made a difference.

Um, what else? This is the most boring blog ever. Oh! One exciting thing is that I threw a baby shower for my friend Rebecca, and it was lovely (if I do say so myself). I think I throw a better adult party than kid party because when I throw an adult party I know there will be mimosas, I can wear something pretty, and I don't have to worry about anyone smearing pizza sauce on the couch. Aaanyway, I got to make all of my favorite brunchy foods; there were mimosas, as I mentioned (N/A for the preggers); and I got to ooh and ahh over cute baby stuff.

Rebecca looks FANTASTIC, and it's not immediately noticeable who is pregnant in this picture (hint: it's not me!). In addition to showing off a glowing pregnant Rebecca, this picture shows off my new shorter, lighter locks (which are also probably not immediately noticeable).

We haven't had much time otherwise, but we have gotten out a wee bit to enjoy the cold weather. When in Rochester, do as the Rochesterians do.

I have my fingers crossed that February will be a little more enjoyable and interesting (in other words, less soul-sucking) than January!

Fran

2011 in the heezy

File under: new years

Dudes, I've had a martini and I'm using a Mac, so we'll see how this goes.

The last week of December was AWESOME. I worked and Pat and Greta were home, but I got caught up on a bunch of work and it was so nice having them around. I really cherished 99.95% of it. The other less than 1% included honest moments of me being annoyed with having my family around while I was working, but seriously, that's not a lot considering it is usually very, very quiet here for more than 40 hours a week and I really, really like quiet.

Anyway, I loved having my family here, and it felt like a reset button was pushed in more ways than one. It just felt like a very happy time, but things must go back to normal at some point, and they headed back to their respective posts on Monday, which was also nice.

New Year's Eve, itself, in a word, was rockin'. We went to our friends' Frank, Joyce, and Nathan's house, and we stayed until Greta's normal bedtime, thinking we'd get Greta to bed at a reasonable hour and also avoiding the drunkards on the road. But then Pat told Greta she could stay up until midnight if she wanted to, and I clarified that if she stayed up she would have to watch adult TV and "not complain," and Greta did just that. Aside from running to the basement at various points in the evening to get water paints and Greta painting a picture of a chameleon and The Little Mermaid, she was a total trooper. She started to look a little peaked around 11:15, and then Pat Reed instituted a family dance party. It was a great night.

Here are Pat and Greta watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve.

Here's the family dance party.

Roooock!

On Sunday we went to my parents' house to have lunch for my dad's birthday. The entire family helped prepare the meal, which was fun. Here are Phil and Greta working on the scampi part of the shrimp scampi.

We hope everyone had a wonderful end of 2010 and start of 2011!

Fran