Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thankful Journal IV – November 13th to November 19th

Wow,  Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  That’s insane, but so is one local radio station playing Christmas Music (and as a self-professed Christmas Junkie, this even irritates me – although I may have slightly contradicted myself below).  So, I’m back with my 4th installment of the Thankful Journal…..

Sunday – November 13, 2011 – Old Jokes – Back in HS, I had this one teacher who on the 13th of any given month would say “Friday the 13th Comes on a Sunday this month” (assuming the 13th would be on a Sunday).  So this morning I was awoken with this little reminder – and of course I had to beat my BFF Val to it and posted it on her Facebook wall (it is now a challenge to see who gets to it first every month)

Monday – November 14, 2011 – Warm Weather and Christmas Music Collide – it was a very nice day (and nice I mean sunny and 70 – which is very rare for NJ in November).  I happened to be flipping through the stations and found myself belting out Winter Wonderland.  Seemed odd, especially since it’s not even Thanksgiving yet (I don’t like Christmas Music until the day after Thanksgiving), but admittingly there was just something refreshing about it.

Tuesday – November 15, 2011 – Pinterest – Have you checked out Pinterest?  OMG, I’m hooked. Not only do you get to browse different ideas (DIY, Home, food, etc), but you get to pin your inspirations on a virtual board.  It keeps me busy for hours – especially the Humor section, where I found these gems:

By the way, if you are a friend on Facebook and want a Pinterest invite, let me know; I’ll email you an invitation!

Wednesday – November 16, 2011 – Carside Take-Out – I have a sinus infection and on this particular day, I felt like I was repeatedly getting punched in the face.  After realizing that I had left overs from the previous nights dinner for the babes, I ordered some soup from Carrabbas.  It was nice not having to cook!

Thursday – November 17, 2011 – Being Creative – I’m working on a project, which is rather funny, unfortunately I can’t share many details, at least until after the recipient receives it (and I will remain tight-lipped until then)

Friday – November 18, 2011 – End of a Work Week – Friday was a little hectic and stressful and I was more than happy to know it was also the end of a work week.  Woo hoo for the weekend (even though it was a busy one)

Saturday – November 19, 2011 – Facebook and Extended Family – I have a very unconventional family.  I barely know anything aside my Mother’s – Mother’s side (if that make sense).  So thanks to Facebook, I reconnected with my cousin Kim and my cousin Anita (they are relatives on my Mother’s-Father’s side aka the Hagerthey side).  I hosted a dinner and it was great to have everyone over (and finally meet Anita), learn a little about the Hagerthey side and just general conversation.  I hope we can all get together again soon!

I’ve loved seeing the different happy thankful posts on Facebook – keep them coming!


Thankful Journal – Part III – November 6 – November 12

Well, I’m almost halfway through the Thankful Journal and I have to admit it’s been pretty nice to quietly reflect each day and be thankful for at least something (especially since someone’s situation is always worse than yours):

Sunday – November 6, 2011 – Productive Sundays – I love lazy Sundays as much as the next person, but I also love love love when I get lots accomplished on the home front too.  Had a pretty busy day of food shopping, cleaning, cooking, and leaf blowing.  Guess I put that extra hour to good use, huh?

Monday – November 7, 2011 – Patience – Today was one of those days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong.  I was thankful that I did remain patient and calm.  Normally I would have had a meltdown like a 5-year-old in ToysRUS flopped on the floor crying, kicking, and screaming.  But I was good 🙂

Tuesday – November 8, 2011 – The Right To Vote – I’m sort of self-proclaimed geek with politics.  I follow it by watching debates, reading news, reviewing past voting history, etc.  I vote based on issues, not party lines.  I feel privileged that I live in a country where we are allowed to elect our officials.

Wednesday – November 9, 2011 – Pretty Fall Foliage – When I got home, I snapped this picture.  There is nothing like fall in the northeast.

Thursday – November 10, 2011 – The Babes – I’m thankful for Eddie every day, but this day in particular, he saved me from one of my 5-year-old meltdowns (I’m sensing a theme here) when accidentally lost half of the pasta I was draining down the drain.  I thought dinner was ruined, but he reassured me that everything would be ok.  Thanks babes – much love.

Friday – November 11, 2011 – Veteran’s Day – Thanks to all the veterans who have served this great country and continue to fight for my freedom.  I’m forever grateful.

Saturday – November 12, 2011 – Changes in plans – We were supposed to go to a family function, but the babes was ill, so we ended up not going.  After all the crazy running around in Lancaster the day before, I definitely needed a day of rest; although I didn’t really do much of that – I went to a yard sale & caught up with my BFF’s parents, saw my nephew’s football game, ordered some take out and watched a few episodes of The Wonder Years on my DVR. 

What about you – what are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Journal – Part II – 10.30.11 – 11.05.11

Well, I’m back with the second part of my Thankful Journal….As always, there’s plenty to be thankful for:

Sunday October 30, 2011 – Anniversaries – 10 years ago on this date we purchased/made settlement on our dear condo and moved from Westville & Bellmawr to Washington Twp (or Twp, or South Philly East as I call it).  I loved that place and there are times (especially since taking care of this house can be quite overwhelming) that I still wish we were there.  It’s was the best investment we may have ever made!  Cheers to 10 years in S. Philly East 🙂

Monday, October 31, 2011 – Comfort Food – there’s something about the fall and comfort food.  Since it was Halloween, normally we order a pizza and my nieces/nephews come over to go trick or treating.  They are now getting too old to hang out with Aunt Shanny, so I decided since it was a cool fall day, I’d make some homemade chili and it was delicious (please refrain from drooling on your keyboard)

Tuesday – November 1, 2011 – Doggie Snuggles – Every night it has been crazy cold in our house (thanks babes, for NOT using the heater), so I’ve been snuggling up on the couch with an old comforter and every night, both Mario and Mia are right beside me.  Such sweetness (and yes, I know they need haircuts)

Wednesday – November 2, 2011 – Fabulous Female Influences – Typically, this day is bittersweet for me.  It’s the anniversary of my mother’s death (32 years) and also Ed’s grandmother’s birthday (sadly she passed in 2003).  Instead of mourning and feeling bitter about things I have no control over, I decided that I’m going to celebrate their lives as well as all the other fabulous female influences in my life – Thanks also to my Grandmother (RIP), my sisters Kelly & Jennifer, Teresa (Mother-In-Law), Future Sis-in-Law Linda,  & of course my BFF’s Val, & Meg – you all rock!

Thursday – November 3 – Monthly Girls Night Out – At least once a month, my dear friend Megan and I go to dinner to catch up on news, etc.  Both of us have fairly busy lives and to just take one night out and go to dinner w/o the boyfriend/the babes is always refreshing (Shout to Val – We wish you were here to join us like the old days – maybe one time we’ll have “Flat Valerie” come!)

Friday – November 4, 2011 – Pandora Radio – Since my favorite radio station switched formats to a sports station (I may or may not have cried like a baby when I found out), I have yet to find a morning show to replace it.  Thankfully I have the Pandora App on my iPhone and all I had my own “Hair-Band Friday”on the drive into work.  Imagine the looks I got when I was belting out ‘Two Steps Behind” by Def Leppard (I can say it may or may not have been as bad as the time I was rapping to “Big Poppa” – along with white girl rap gestures/dancing – whoops)

Saturday – November 5, 2011 – Supporting a Great Cause – Eddie and I along with some other family members walked Purple Stride Philly to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer.  It was great to be involved in something that has directly impacted us both (I lost my grandmother, Dottie Ganly, in 1996 and Ed lost his uncle, William Venella, back in 2008).  For more information, click here.

So, what are you thankful for this week?