Sunday, December 28, 2008
So This Christmas we spent in New Jersey. My parents live in Atlanta and most Christmases we spend there but this year I decided to host Christmas. We spend every Thanksgiving at the farm in Kentucky and to help cut costs we had it here. I was sooo excited to have my parents and brother here. Unfortunately the day they were to arrive, I woke up with the stomach virus Nico had had two days before. I proceeded to have a very intimate relationship with the toilet bowl. Luckily for me, my parents were super delayed getting here and by the time they had arrived around 5:30, I was over the horrific part and was just weak from dehydration and fever. The next day proved MUCH better and I was able to eat and go to church and a Christmas Eve party. I was left with a bad head cold but THAT didn't stop Christmas! Christmas day I made Osso Buco and Butternut Squash Risotto for my family and my neighbors, Lesley and Ken and their two boys. It was YUMMY. I cooked all day but it was worth it. My mom made cornish game hens with her home made stuffing for my brother who won't eat anything. It was a great Christmas and we had a fabulous time. We even got to take a trip into the city to see the tree. I sincerely hope that all my friends and family had a blessed Christmas and that 2009 is healthy and happy for everyone.
Enjoy the pictures
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Christine hasn't had an easy time of it at least in the 7 years I have known her. She lost two people extremely close to her, she had a very scary child birth experience and in May 2008, she was diagnosed with HERS2 breast cancer. It's one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer from what I've been told. So far she's endured 5 months of Chemo. She's down to two more treatments before they start prepping her for major surgery. I didn't find out all of this until August or September. I hadn't seen her in a long time but promised I'd come visit her one day while she was getting her Chemo. I got to do that yesterday. I have to say her attitude is simply amazing. She has a great outlook, a constant smile on her face and seems at peace with what she is going through. She manages to still take care of her 3 year old while go through what appears to me to be torture, but to her is just what she has to do.
She gave me her Christmas card yesterday. I made a comment about how early she had them done and she said - "Well I had to get my picture taken before I lost all my eyelashes" I giggled because that's just Christine. She is THAT prepared. I think I would have been too caught up in it all. But not her. Looking at her Christmas card with Tom and her son George...you would never know she is in the fight of her life. She's an inspiration. So Chris, I am keeping your Christmas card above my computer in my cube at work....to look at when I think I'm having a bad day. To inspire me to know...I'm so blessed and whatever I might be going through really isn't that bad and also how blessed I am to have you as a friend.
I know she's going to be OK....Christine is a fighter - the kind that only knows how to fight because she's done it her whole life. In spite of that, what I know to be true about her character, I'm asking all who read this to please just say a prayer for her and her recovery, that God not give her anymore than she can handle in a day and that with HIS help, she beats this and heals quickly so she can go do what she does best....and that's be a mom her her 3 year old.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Maybe that's how they formed their opinions, by following what someone else has told them...I doubt it...but you never know. That's not how I've formed my own. I don't like that my opinion isn't respected when I do my best to respect other people's opinions and RIGHT to have a different opinion. I do not forward these emails because I do not presume to think that my email will change your mind. I do not assume that I even have a right to impose my beliefs on you in the first place. So why do people think they have a right to impose their beliefs on me?
And how Christ gets thrown around in these petty emails infuriates me even more. Insinuating that I can't be a Democrat and still whole heartedly be a CHRISTIAN. Last I checked this was a free country. This country was founded by those escaping religious persecution. Our Founding Fathers demanded a Separation of Church and State so that no one could impose their religious views on another. This melding of religion and law....threatens the very freedoms men have died fighting for. I believe in Christ and that he is my Savior. I don't believe that John McCain or George Bush for that matter, are the chosen few. And as a Christian, I resent that insinuation. That Barack Hussein Obama can't be one because of his middle name. And even if he WAS Muslim....how great a country is this that a mixed race man, of whatever religion has been able to do what he has done.
I know many of you have different opinions and I respect them. I silently respect them by NOT forcing my views on you. I think it's an awesome thing that we can all believe different things in this great country and NOT be persecuted for it. So please, stop the email propaganda...just vote your conscience. I certainly will vote mine.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
On another note, we went to visit Danny's brother, Christian and his wife Evelyn and their nearly 2 year old son, Alessandro today in Queens. Nico was sooo excited to see his cousin. I've attached some pictures. What's cool is that Nico and Ale are almost carbon copies of their dads, Daniele and Christian....what do you think? See pics above!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
So after reading and subscribing to several of my friends' blogs, I decided....why not start my own. I love to write and heaven knows I have opinions on everything. I also thought instead of sending out volumes and volumes of digital albums of my son, I can simply post current photos and events in one centralized location so friends and family can see Nico's adventures. For those of you who have never experienced a blog before, this is an online public diary of sorts. I'm hoping this will be a creative outlet for me as I am seemingly starved for creative outlets these days working in an office. If I post an opinion on something that offends you please know it's not my intention - it's just my opinion. If you want to comment feel free.
A note about the title....if you know me you know my background is Musical Theatre. One of my favorite shows is of course My Fair Lady, hence my email address....so I thought it appropriate to name my blog, My Fair Life. My Fair Life encompasses my son, my very Italian husband, my job as an Environmental Underwriter and everything else Jessica (kind of egocentric but if you can't be egocentric in your own blog...where can you be?). I hope you enjoy it!