charliesmum: (Doctor Horrible News)
I had an impromptu dinner party yesterday evening, a total last minute thing, and I feel like I rose to the occasion like...er...someone who is always super organized and who always has food on hand should unexpected people drop by.

Seriously I was ever so proud of myself because I was able to scrounge up some pre-dinner nibbles, and had 3 different kinds of pickles to go with the burgers. I'd also made brownies the other day, so I had a dessert to serve.

And, three of the people who were there had never seen Doctor Horrible, so I rectified that situation. They loved it, of course. Plus one of the guys, (friend of a friend type) is a Doctor Who fan, so we were able to geek out a bit; always fun.
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I had an impromptu dinner party yesterday evening, a total last minute thing, and I feel like I rose to the occasion like...er...someone who is always super organized and who always has food on hand should unexpected people drop by.

Seriously I was ever so proud of myself because I was able to scrounge up some pre-dinner nibbles, and had 3 different kinds of pickles to go with the burgers. I'd also made brownies the other day, so I had a dessert to serve.

And, three of the people who were there had never seen Doctor Horrible, so I rectified that situation. They loved it, of course. Plus one of the guys, (friend of a friend type) is a Doctor Who fan, so we were able to geek out a bit; always fun.
charliesmum: (Dear LJ (by mrbnatural))
You know how in that movie, someone says to Jimmy Stewart that 'no man is poor who has friends'?* Actually, Anyway...it's really true, isn't it?

I'm so extremely blessed in my friends, and I can only hope I can pay it back in kind.

My one friend, she of the earring making/costume creating/coconut-boat buiding talents, came with me to my new flat, early last week, and immediately offered up some left over paint she had, along with some curtains (including shower curtains) that she said she had no use for, and suggested which colors would work in each room.

This weekend she, along with two other amazing people (and one person worked like a dog even though she was really tired, for which I am very grateful. You know who you are) came to the flat on Saturday with me, and spent the entire day painting. I mean, I helped, but would I have done that on my own? No. And now every room but the kitchen (barring some touch-ups) is painted in seriously beautiful colors. I shall post photos later today.

I really can't believe how lucky I am that I have such great people in my life - and that includes you, my on-line friends. I've had friends offer to help me move, showered me in boxes as well as emotional support during this time, and break their backs painting a place they are not even going to live in.

I am very lucky.

And, since this isn't a post from me unless it includes a mention of Charlie, he is very excited about the place.

In fact, last night after my mom's birthday dinner, he insisted on going to the 'apartment home' for a little while, even though there is no where to sit, and nothing to do, so we got some ice cream, and went and sat on the floor for a little while, and talked about changes in our life. I'm still not sure how much he understands about the mommy and daddy situation as he keeps asking me why we are not going to live together, but ultimately he is looking forward to the move.

Him and me both.



*I'm pretty sure Charles Ingalls said that once, too.
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You know how in that movie, someone says to Jimmy Stewart that 'no man is poor who has friends'?* Actually, Anyway...it's really true, isn't it?

I'm so extremely blessed in my friends, and I can only hope I can pay it back in kind.

My one friend, she of the earring making/costume creating/coconut-boat buiding talents, came with me to my new flat, early last week, and immediately offered up some left over paint she had, along with some curtains (including shower curtains) that she said she had no use for, and suggested which colors would work in each room.

This weekend she, along with two other amazing people (and one person worked like a dog even though she was really tired, for which I am very grateful. You know who you are) came to the flat on Saturday with me, and spent the entire day painting. I mean, I helped, but would I have done that on my own? No. And now every room but the kitchen (barring some touch-ups) is painted in seriously beautiful colors. I shall post photos later today.

I really can't believe how lucky I am that I have such great people in my life - and that includes you, my on-line friends. I've had friends offer to help me move, showered me in boxes as well as emotional support during this time, and break their backs painting a place they are not even going to live in.

I am very lucky.

And, since this isn't a post from me unless it includes a mention of Charlie, he is very excited about the place.

In fact, last night after my mom's birthday dinner, he insisted on going to the 'apartment home' for a little while, even though there is no where to sit, and nothing to do, so we got some ice cream, and went and sat on the floor for a little while, and talked about changes in our life. I'm still not sure how much he understands about the mommy and daddy situation as he keeps asking me why we are not going to live together, but ultimately he is looking forward to the move.

Him and me both.



*I'm pretty sure Charles Ingalls said that once, too.
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[livejournal.com profile] kirathaune, among her many talents, makes jewelry. My mother's birthday is coming up, and I thought she would enjoy a totally unique set of earrings made by my friend. This is what she did:



Pretty, aren't they? My mom is going to love them.

Also, both [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune and [livejournal.com profile] pairika are going to help me paint my new flat this weekend, because they are both made of awesome.

I whine a lot about my life, but I have to say I am one of the luckiest people in the world, really, because I have some amazing friends. Both IRL and here on LJ. All these people are extremely good to me, and I can only hope I repay their kindness and friendship equally.
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[livejournal.com profile] kirathaune, among her many talents, makes jewelry. My mother's birthday is coming up, and I thought she would enjoy a totally unique set of earrings made by my friend. This is what she did:



Pretty, aren't they? My mom is going to love them.

Also, both [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune and [livejournal.com profile] pairika are going to help me paint my new flat this weekend, because they are both made of awesome.

I whine a lot about my life, but I have to say I am one of the luckiest people in the world, really, because I have some amazing friends. Both IRL and here on LJ. All these people are extremely good to me, and I can only hope I repay their kindness and friendship equally.
charliesmum: (LOM Lollypop lady by Boji)
Spent the afternoon with my friend at her house. They have one of those above ground pools, so the kids swam while we chatted, and eventually watched Pirates of Penzance - a DVD of a 1980 production in the park in NYC - Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline. It was a very nostalgic thing for us to do.

You see, back when I was in High School I had this movie version of the play starring the above, and my friend and I watched it practically every day. This wasn't exactly the same, but it was fun watching the story together again.

Unfortuately I have discovered I am allergic to her gigantic dog, Oscar, because I was sneezing quite a bit, and now I have a raging headache. Dog is so cute though. Huge. I said they should've named him Padfoot.

In other news, I'm still in the same place I was on my last post. Trying to figure out what to do next. Big and dramatic changes? Keep going on the way I'm going? Hope that someone else makes a decision for me? I wish I knew what to do.

On the bright side, I did get a couple of calls re: working, but on the downside, I'm going to have to work. Boo. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, I guess.

It is a very lonely thing when one checks ones email and there are no new messages, don't you think?

Charlie apparently woke up at 5:30 this morning, but he didn't come into my room. Instead I found him downstairs playing with his Ben 10 toys when I woke up. He's never done that before. Usually if he wakes up, he would come and crawl into our bed. More signs of growing up.

Four Leaf Clover count: 154
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Spent the afternoon with my friend at her house. They have one of those above ground pools, so the kids swam while we chatted, and eventually watched Pirates of Penzance - a DVD of a 1980 production in the park in NYC - Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline. It was a very nostalgic thing for us to do.

You see, back when I was in High School I had this movie version of the play starring the above, and my friend and I watched it practically every day. This wasn't exactly the same, but it was fun watching the story together again.

Unfortuately I have discovered I am allergic to her gigantic dog, Oscar, because I was sneezing quite a bit, and now I have a raging headache. Dog is so cute though. Huge. I said they should've named him Padfoot.

In other news, I'm still in the same place I was on my last post. Trying to figure out what to do next. Big and dramatic changes? Keep going on the way I'm going? Hope that someone else makes a decision for me? I wish I knew what to do.

On the bright side, I did get a couple of calls re: working, but on the downside, I'm going to have to work. Boo. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, I guess.

It is a very lonely thing when one checks ones email and there are no new messages, don't you think?

Charlie apparently woke up at 5:30 this morning, but he didn't come into my room. Instead I found him downstairs playing with his Ben 10 toys when I woke up. He's never done that before. Usually if he wakes up, he would come and crawl into our bed. More signs of growing up.

Four Leaf Clover count: 154
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You are all awesome. All of you. My LJ has been paid for because you guys are so amazing and kind.

I just hope I'm worthy of the kindness that is continually shown me here. I will strive to be.

Thank you.
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You are all awesome. All of you. My LJ has been paid for because you guys are so amazing and kind.

I just hope I'm worthy of the kindness that is continually shown me here. I will strive to be.

Thank you.
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When I was in High School, one of the people in my 'core group' of friends was this boy called Joey. He was an artistic type, like we all were, and his sense of humor always kept us laughing. Looking back, I realise how much he didn't share his personal life with us, not completely, but he was a great friend. I would call him Zaphod because he reminded me so much of that character at times.

He was a year ahead of me and not long after he graduated, he disappeared for parts unknown, but just recently he came back. Or, I should say he came around. He isn't one to look backwards, but for whatever reason, he's decided to give Philadelphia another go, and we got in contact again.

Last night my friend Kathryn and I (and Charlie) met Joey in Philly and we had a great time.

It was so odd though, because he was someone I'd known so well and at the same time a complete stranger.

It made me happy, too, because with Nina's death earlier, it felt good to reconnect with someone who was so important to me. I am glad he's back in my life, and I hope he stays for awhile this time.
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When I was in High School, one of the people in my 'core group' of friends was this boy called Joey. He was an artistic type, like we all were, and his sense of humor always kept us laughing. Looking back, I realise how much he didn't share his personal life with us, not completely, but he was a great friend. I would call him Zaphod because he reminded me so much of that character at times.

He was a year ahead of me and not long after he graduated, he disappeared for parts unknown, but just recently he came back. Or, I should say he came around. He isn't one to look backwards, but for whatever reason, he's decided to give Philadelphia another go, and we got in contact again.

Last night my friend Kathryn and I (and Charlie) met Joey in Philly and we had a great time.

It was so odd though, because he was someone I'd known so well and at the same time a complete stranger.

It made me happy, too, because with Nina's death earlier, it felt good to reconnect with someone who was so important to me. I am glad he's back in my life, and I hope he stays for awhile this time.
charliesmum: (Sad House)
I just found out that a college friend, Nina Troth, died two weeks ago. She'd had breast cancer, and the cancer eventually spread to her brain.

I last saw her in 2005. Just a little over 2 years ago actually, at the retirement party for Professor Rich.

I'm trying to be coherent here, but it's hard. I'm grieving for the loss of a friend, but also the loss of opporunities. Part of me thinks I shouldn't be this sad. Haven't seen her in years, we weren't best friends, but I can't help it. People who know had lost my contact info and couldn't get a hold of me, so I missed the funeral.

I've lost so many people in my life and never had the chance to tell them what they meant to me because I always think I'll have another chance.


I need to go cry for a bit.



She's third from the left, standing next to me.
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I just found out that a college friend, Nina Troth, died two weeks ago. She'd had breast cancer, and the cancer eventually spread to her brain.

I last saw her in 2005. Just a little over 2 years ago actually, at the retirement party for Professor Rich.

I'm trying to be coherent here, but it's hard. I'm grieving for the loss of a friend, but also the loss of opporunities. Part of me thinks I shouldn't be this sad. Haven't seen her in years, we weren't best friends, but I can't help it. People who know had lost my contact info and couldn't get a hold of me, so I missed the funeral.

I've lost so many people in my life and never had the chance to tell them what they meant to me because I always think I'll have another chance.


I need to go cry for a bit.



She's third from the left, standing next to me.
charliesmum: (Dangermouse Crumbs)
She did a random act of kindness to me.

In other news, cut for Doctor Who Series 2, tenth doctor spoilers )

And I was in Wegman's today, in the little section for the British food and I had to buy a can of "Hoops" simply because Gene, in Life on Mars says, "I'm havin' 'oops", in the first episode. I'm that pathetic.
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She did a random act of kindness to me.

In other news, cut for Doctor Who Series 2, tenth doctor spoilers )

And I was in Wegman's today, in the little section for the British food and I had to buy a can of "Hoops" simply because Gene, in Life on Mars says, "I'm havin' 'oops", in the first episode. I'm that pathetic.
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Here is a picture Charlie made in school yesterday.

It is entitled 'Friendship'.




When I was younger, and feeling very lonely and unpopular, this quote about friendship made me feel sort of better:

Don't walk in front of me, I might not follow, don't walk behind me, I might not lead, just walk beside me and be my friend.

Yes, I know it's all sorts of smaltzy, but it helped.

What's your favorite friendship quote or, alternatively, do you have a picture that evokes friendship for you?

If so, share!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] silverhill made me think of this. It's part of Kermit's speech to Doc Hopper.

. And... well, I've found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And that makes us like a family. That's how I feel about you guys.
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Here is a picture Charlie made in school yesterday.

It is entitled 'Friendship'.




When I was younger, and feeling very lonely and unpopular, this quote about friendship made me feel sort of better:

Don't walk in front of me, I might not follow, don't walk behind me, I might not lead, just walk beside me and be my friend.

Yes, I know it's all sorts of smaltzy, but it helped.

What's your favorite friendship quote or, alternatively, do you have a picture that evokes friendship for you?

If so, share!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] silverhill made me think of this. It's part of Kermit's speech to Doc Hopper.

. And... well, I've found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And that makes us like a family. That's how I feel about you guys.
charliesmum: (P&P blah blah (by mrbnatural))
I finally met [livejournal.com profile] justleakynow in person, and we had a wonderful time. Her kids are every bit as adorable as she claims, and my Charlie had a great time playing with her 4 year old son, who is wise beyond his years. Charlie kept asking if we could 'go there tomorrow'.

So, thanks again for a great lunch! (PS [livejournal.com profile] justleakynow do you have contact info for Denise? The email she gave me for her husband didn't work, and I really want to get in contact with him about the lighting thing.)

Charlie had his first real baseball game last night, and he did pretty well. He struck out his first time at bat, but he swung well, and concidering that the first three innings every kid that was up struck out, including his friend who is normally a good hitter, he wasn't alone. When he was in the outfield, he stopped the grounder and threw it to second base, which is what he is supposed to do, and he threw well. No one was out, but he did it and I was proud. And he had fun. The game ended as a tie, 3 to 3.

And I must say I love, love, love those coaches. They are excellent teachers, and they really emphasize the 'just have fun, no negativity' type thing. Before they went out, Coach Rick (who is, by the way, georgous) made sure to tell them he only wanted to hear positive things, like 'nice try'. Very nice.

And yes I have photos and I am putting them under the cut to spare people's friends pages.

The Mighty Retrospects )
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I finally met [livejournal.com profile] justleakynow in person, and we had a wonderful time. Her kids are every bit as adorable as she claims, and my Charlie had a great time playing with her 4 year old son, who is wise beyond his years. Charlie kept asking if we could 'go there tomorrow'.

So, thanks again for a great lunch! (PS [livejournal.com profile] justleakynow do you have contact info for Denise? The email she gave me for her husband didn't work, and I really want to get in contact with him about the lighting thing.)

Charlie had his first real baseball game last night, and he did pretty well. He struck out his first time at bat, but he swung well, and concidering that the first three innings every kid that was up struck out, including his friend who is normally a good hitter, he wasn't alone. When he was in the outfield, he stopped the grounder and threw it to second base, which is what he is supposed to do, and he threw well. No one was out, but he did it and I was proud. And he had fun. The game ended as a tie, 3 to 3.

And I must say I love, love, love those coaches. They are excellent teachers, and they really emphasize the 'just have fun, no negativity' type thing. Before they went out, Coach Rick (who is, by the way, georgous) made sure to tell them he only wanted to hear positive things, like 'nice try'. Very nice.

And yes I have photos and I am putting them under the cut to spare people's friends pages.

The Mighty Retrospects )

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