Saturday, January 31, 2009


Ethan loves to help me. It's like Pavlov's Theory. Ethan hears me open the dish washer and he comes running (crawling, to be more accurate) He is a fast crawler. Sort of like a cockroach. He empty's my silverware and tosses it on the ground. I have resorted to doing dishes when he is napping.

It has been awhile since I have given a cancer update. I wish I had more information to offer. My surgeries have been postponed until more tests have been completed in March. Apparantly I can't have the other mastectomy unless the port comes out. They don't want to take the port out until they are completely done giving me all the drugs I need.

I have been banned from Herceptin. It reeks havoc on my heart and my oncologist doesn't want to be blamed for congenital heart failure. Geez. What a sissy.

Other than that, my biggest concern at this point is how to do dishes without my baby emptying faster than I can start it.....hmmmm.......

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's official...

My husband has always been a good gift giver. I have to give him credit. There has been, on occasion, the unusual, what-do-I-do-with-this gift. But, for the most part, he is very attentive to things I say and generally gets excellent gifts for me. I am not one for jewelry or chocolates so for him to get gifts, he really needs to think.

One year, for my birthday, he got me tickets to Mystere. Another year, he reset my ring (I know I said I am not one for jewelry, but my ring needed some help). Another year, he got me a gym membership. Believe it or not, I had been wanting one for a really long time. This year? Well, it tops them all.

You guessed it.....Hawaii!

He came to me about a week ago and told me of his plans for a trip. He has been doing side jobs and knowing me and my frugalness, told me he had secretly saved up enough money to take me on a vacation for my birthday. He was right in hiding the money from me. If I had known, I would have applied it towards bills. He asked me where I wanted to go and I said I would happy with anything! Last night, for my birthday, he surprised me with a 7 night cruise around the islands. Yea for me! I am really excited. The funny thing is that as I was inspecting our itinerary, I noticed the dates for the cruise and the dates for the airline. The numbers were the same but the months were not.

Oh Josh. He nearly had it. He accidently booked our flight for February but our cruise in March. After canceling our flights with only a $26 penalty (thank you travelocity), we decided to try our luck on Priceline. We weren't able to find anything under $500 at all the other sites. Priceline never works for me. Josh set his own price at $300 roundtrip. I advised him to go for $350 because I thought $300 was too cheap. You wouldn't believe it! We got them! They came back almost immediately and accepted our price! So.....I have learned several things this birthday:

1. My husband is the best in the world and none of you can have him!

2. I am going to Hawaii

3. Travelocity was great for not penalizing us for my husband's attempt at flight planning.

4. Priceline DOES work

5. I am going Hawaii (I just thought I would rub that in).

Thanks for all your birthday wishes. It had been a great year for me!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I recieved a phone call last night. It was a tiny voice on the other end, pleading her sorrow. I owe an apology to Luke. It was not him but his 3 year old sister, Natalie! I just assumed..... Really? What 3 year old writes that well?!?! Seriously, Christin, start her app's now for college,

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

This blog is my testimony of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. My hats off to the person who I deem a genius for coming up with a miracle concoction that removes anything and everything. You deserve a Nobel Prize.

I shall now refer you to exhibit A:

I had playgroup at my house yesterday. After all the kids were gone and I was cleaning up the remnants, the phone rang. It was my sister. Just as I picked up the phone located in our bathroom I came across this lovely piece of artwork, compliments to a dapper young fella in my playgroup.

It didn't take me long to guess the culprit. The names said it all...

My sister calmly told me to try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. After all, I did have an entire garbage sack full of them. (I gave them as white elephants to family for Christmas). I was skeptical. The proof was on top of the counter. A black, permanent sharpie.

I waited for Josh to get home. He casually retrieves the "Magic."

The verdict? Clean. I thank Luke for his Picasso masterpiece; however, I will be sending his mom a bag of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for Christmas, Birthday, Hanukuh, St. Patricks Day and Valentine's Day. Maybe even the 4th of July. (Thanks Christin!! I love Luke and I love having him in play group.)