Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
After St. Patrick's, it was off to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Again, the reaction was "WOW" and then, pride, as the tree came from the same town in CT where Nurse Nancy grew up and Nonnie still lives. Here is view of the tree with JBM.
After Radio City, we walked down Fifth Avenue to 42nd Street and into Grand Central through the front door. We took note of the clock at the main entrance, the eagles on either side and, of course, the Chrysler Building which is my favorite building in the whole city.
Back on the train and after a bit of debriefing, the adventure was over.....
What a thrill for us all. Next year? We shall see.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Our evening started with a train trip. The whole evening could have ended right here (and saved us some money) as being on a train is always a thrill for JBM. It was a local and stopped everywhere it could with JBM announcing each stop as if we could not hear the conductor. You gotta love it!
Arriving in NYC, we strolled into the main concourse of Grand Central Station and I watched JBMs face. It was thrilling. I do not have any pictures of this moment since I knew I could not capture the real moment. Looked up at the ceiling at all the stars and constellations and then scanned the room. After the initial "wow," the next comment was "I remember in the movie Madagascar, Alex got hit in the head by the old lady on that staircase!"
We moved on to Park Avenue. By far my favorite street in Manhattan during the holidays. I love the white lights on all the trees and turning back towards Grand Central to enjoy the old building against the MetLife sky scraper. JBM thought it was pretty cool too.
We headed toward Fifth Avenue and entered St. Patrick's Cathedral. We talked about the saint statues inside and I challenged him to find the statue of St. Peter. I knew it was in the front and we would be required to make a full circle around the cathedral in order to find it. We had such a nice time talking about all the saints, lighting a few candles along the way and reflecting in front of the nativity. About half way through, JBM turned to me and said, "This place is amazing."
Flyboy and I just love experiencing those things we have become used to through FlyBoys eyes.....
Part two tomorrow with pictures...provided my camera, iPhone and computer all play well in the sandbox together!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sitting in my office yesterday and in walk two first grade students. One was having a birthday celebration and was handing out donuts to the class and other staff in the building. It is always nice to be remembered....you kind of feel like one of the cool people.
Anyhow, as the students are coming in the door, I see the birthday child dive to the side to rescue the last donut that had fallen out of the box and onto the floor. She proceeded to put the donut in a napkin and place it on my desk! Thank goodness she did not wait for me to taste it. Mom tried not to laugh and the Nanny exclaimed, "A special gift, germs and all...."
While I do believe in the 5 second rule, I do not think it applies to the health office floor or the floor in a doctor's office. Guess it did not pay to be "cool" this time.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Some interesting "insider" information. My doctor shared that a major part of the funding for the study was contributed by China. His thought, "they have a population issue so what do they care if people die of cancer!" Interesting. Second tidbit, he watched a panel discussion with the head of the study as one of the panelist. His overall opinion of this physician was, "it was like watching a talking tree stump." Guess she did not creat much confidence.
To make a long story short......do not sell yourself short. Have a screening mammography on an annual basis and please remember to do monthly self exams. Both of them save lives.
This concludes this Tuesday editorial....Have a nice day.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I think we have an actor in the making.....and I am in need of a nice glass of wine.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I do feel bad for FlyBoy but I know he will survive :)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
He spent his day on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket, feeling really awful and wavering between 101 and 103 despite Motrin every 6 hours. Could not keep food or liquids down...poor guy on the best food day of the year.
FlyBoy stayed home with him and I went to dinner at Bro's house. Brought dinner home for my guys. Both ate and JBM gave it all back to me within 30 minutes. Poor guy.
Next day, went to the doctor and confirmed the flu with pneumonia on top! It is amazing how quickly this H1N1 can settle into the chest.
Good news is that after a weekend of antibiotics, Tamiflu and nebulizer treatments he is ready to go back to school. I am glad the illness was short lived.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and the chance to spend the day with those you love!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We both finished! Flyboy took one hour and two minutes and I took one hour and three minutes. That last half mile was the hardest and I might have caved had it not been for my friend Millie who was standing at the check point screaming "You go girl!" to me. She was my motivation to enter the race and my motivation to finish. The fact that Bruce was singing Born to Run in my ears really helped too. What a great feeling....we are already talking about next year.
Ellen told Flyboy and me to think of it as a date - hand holding, good music and heavy breathing! :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
TSAnnie and I even tried to access them directly from the memory card from the camera and my ancient block of computer on my desk cannot see them!
Technology is wonderful as long as it works!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Anyhow, my struggle is trying to be a good resource to parents. If their child becomes ill in school and we need to send them home, the first question a parent will ask is what are the symptoms we found. Does their child have a fever? Is their child wheezing? Is their throat red? Do they have swollen glands? I cannot answer those questions if I have to stay several feet away in order to keep myself healthy.
I might have the wrong idea, but it is more important to me to provide valuable information to a parent then to save myself. Isn't that why I went into this profession to begin with?
And...if I get H1N1...a few days off would not be bad even if I do feel like crap (oops I said the "c word")! Down Nurse Nancy...Down off your soap box yet again!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
1. The local health department is supplying vaccines for all the school health professionals in our town free of charge. If it is that easy for me to get, guess I should get it. Received it yesterday. Guess if I blog tomorrow you will know I survived.
2. JBM's doctor's office has a supply and gave an appointment for him. Since it affects younger children in a far bigger way than those at my youthful age, I am not giving him a choice. He will get his later this evening and hopefully will stay well enough to receive the next one in a month.
3. Flyboy is hopeful that his company will be giving the H1N1 at the same time as the seasonal vaccines. I do not think that is likely but I guess we shall see.......tomorrow.
My party line to parents who ask? Get the seasonal vaccine for all the kids in your family and for yourselves. If anyone in the family has an underlying condition, get the H1N1 for them. It is truly a personal decision whether to get one for yourself and also a matter of whether they are even available to get.
Most importantly, wash you hands and stay away from sick people and, if you are sick, from others who are not. So ends this public service announcement which has not been approved by the local health department or the CDC :)
By the way, for those of you who are interested, Army lost again to Rutgers on Friday night...but a good time was had by all. JBM spent the game sitting next to an injured player for Army who had just had knee surgery and did not have to suit up for the game. He now has a new insight on the game, the team and "high fiving" a cadet the correct way....although he will not tell me what that is.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Go Army! Beat Rutgers!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Guess we parents do have some gems to pass on to our children.
Can you also conclude who does not listen to me at home? In reality, the answer is NO ONE...except the dog and that is questionable at best since she is 12 and hard of hearing :(
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
TSAnnie and I are on opposite sides of the room as the testing takes place and the glances that travel back and forth are beyond funny. Once the classes are done, we take the time to review and giggle. This is, by far, the most entertaining time of the year. Love to tell teachers that their classes all passed with flying colors. It confirms for them that there are those students that simply choose to not listen!
Alas, I feel that way at home every day........
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
On the other hand, the CDC has decided that school nurses are NOT part of the health care workers who should be getting the H1N1 vaccine. Imagine, we spend our whole day caring for students of all ages with "flu like" symptoms but are not considered high risk for getting the actual disease? What floors me even more is that doctors and nurses who work in pediatric practices (I do that too) are not consdered high risk health care workers either! UGH......or as MPM would say GAH.....
Coming down off my soap box now....but one more thing, if we are being counted on to keep track of cases, are not immunized and get H1N1, who will be tracking things when we are home sick?
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So I ask those parents out there who may get a notice about lice to take the notice and treat it seriously...don't beat up on a teacher or the school nurse to try and find out who has lice. It does not matter! Just make sure your child doesn't. It is not rocket science.
I had lice in elementary school and my hair was down to my waist at the time. It was not fun for me or my Mom but we had plenty of girl time. Oh and by the way, my hair was cut short at the time and has not been below my shoulders since!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Last week, I was driving down the street and practically hit the stone wall when I saw the new fountain in the front yard! In addition, there was a fancy new mailbox (made of stone, of course). I feel like I am living across the street from the house in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
No the fountain does not look like this but I think we are headed in this direction. What is most amusing about this whole thing, is that the house is a simple center hall colonial. All the pieces of the puzzle do not fit together in my mind...but if it makes the neighbors happy..good! Do you think the house is next?!
On another note, I have decided to go on vacation and leave Mom and Bro home. While I do feel some guilt (what daughter wouldn't), my other Bro asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told him that I wanted to be able to go away for 10 days and know that Mom and Bro would be OK and he would be there for them if they needed help. He assured me all would be OK.
See you on the flip side!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Now...being the dutiful daughter and having my big brother out of work for most of the summer, my immediate reaction is to invite Mom and Bro to come along. Flyboy has said "no way" because he feels I need a break from being a caregiver....but I feel guilty about not asking. Mom would not be able to go to the beach but a change of scenery is always nice. So, I ask, what would you do?
BTW, Flyboy thinks it is important for my other brother to step up and take over for me for 10 days....I would love to be a fly on the wall for that. He will have nothing to do unless an emergency crops up since I will have taken care of all needs before I go.
Friday, July 24, 2009
JBM is with me today and he has just spent the last 20 minutes updating me on every weather event that has happened since school got out....
I think it is going to be a long day....oh and did I mention I am having a really bad hair day?
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
My faith in God
The depth of my faith in God
The health of my friends and family
My friends and family
My dog, Hope
The health of my dog, Hope
The freedom of our country
The four seasons but mostly summer
The fact that I have a roof over my head and a bed to lay in to count my blessings.....
Then.....I think I fell asleep. Have I discovered a new cure of insomnia?
What are you thankful for....think about while you enjoy your weekend.
Happy Friday :)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
- The President throwing out the first pitch! What a great job.
- The President visiting each locker room to meet each player before the game....
- The President's remarks to Derek Jeter. I thought they were very cute together and can only imagine what it must have been like for Jeter. No, I am not a Yankee fan but I do think Jeter is a great guy and would like JBM to consider him a role model.
OK, so in reading this, I guess I was impressed with the President more than the game itself. National League lost again and I am afterall, a Mets fan.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
What would your choice be?
Me, I would go for the refund but, then again, I would not have paid money for the concert to begin with.....yes, he was a gifted performer but he was also several cars off the train track and I would not want my hard earned money to support the continuation of that lifestyle.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday is grocery shopping day and JBM and I usually go together. This week, we had a somewhat larger order due to a gathering planned for Saturday afternoon. The end of the season party for JBM's baseball team. During our shopping adventure, JBM asked if he could have a yogurt that came with a "special stick" for freezing. I said that it would have to wait 'til this week for a number of reasons...including our larger than normal order. He stood and watched as the groceries were rung up and was astounded at the cost of the order. I was not except for the fact that for $154, I did not buy anything for the coming week's meals. But that is for a different day......
The next morning, I was getting ready to go off to work (part time job) and JBM handed me one of his favorite stuffed animals and told me to keep it. I explained that I was going to work and could not take it with me. He asked that I take it in the car for "comfort." I thought this interesting since I did not think I needed comfort.
This encounter perplexed me for the entire day until Flyboy shared with me that JBM felt I needed comfort because of the cost of the grocery bill the day before and that I was making a big sacrifice going to work so we could have his party.... :)
Do you think this will last through the teenage years? I can only hope so.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The only confusion came at the end of one inning when the pitcher left the ball on the pitching mound. The dog who came out to retrieve the bat could not decide if the bat or the ball was more important. The trainer then had to catch the dog.....
JBM has been trying in earnest since we got home to get Hope to fetch his hockey stick. Just not happening :)
Note: Sorry the pictures are so far away...the zoom on my camera only goes so far. I think you get the idea.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This is my evening to work and JBM was going to go to the game with Flyboy. As the week progressed, Flyboy recieved his e-tickets and realized that the face value of each ticket was $150. Since he is a man of integrity and total honesty, he decided to inquire with the corporate legal department if there was an issue in his accepting these tickets. Turns out, you guessed it, there was. So as to not appear to be "under the influence" of the vendor, Flyboy turned down the tickets.
Since we had already told JBM that he was going to the game, Flyboy was now faced with having to tell him that the plans had changed. We discussed all kinds of options including buying the two tickets...but again, expensive and are the Mets worth paying to see right now? NOT.
With a heavy heart and tears in his eyes (I love this about my guy), he told JBM the news. My little man, took it like a man and after a moment to absorb it, reached out, hugged his dad and said, "That's OK Dad. I understand."
Wiping tears from my eyes as I write this....another proud moment in my parenting life.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The photo above is one of my favorite homes in town. They always have a big crowd with lots of family and decorate their home for the town contest. I look forward to seeing this house every year. It feels like a home even though I have never been inside.
Images of Americana and the true spirit of the holiday. This town knows how to celebrate our freedom.
Monday, July 6, 2009
So we spent our long 4th weekend with Ellen and her boys. It was truly the best of times with the best of friends.
Spent lots of time in the pool and in the sun (finally) and JBM is now tanned and toned and looking a bit pruney. He slept like a log and woke up willingly and happy....all good things when you are not a morning person.
Our morning in Ridgefield Park on the 4th was lovely as always and JBM had the opportunity to show it to someone else (Ellen's wonderful husband) and took advantage of his expereince as a fireman to ask lots of questions about fire trucks. Pictures will follow later this week.
Ellen's spawn made a great chef and fire pit manager so that we had burgers, hot dogs and smores. Very American.......
Baseball game was great.....long game and the team that JBM was rooting for lost....but great time anyway....two outs in the bottom of the 9th and a count of 0-2 and the home team hit a two run homer to tie the score. Game went 14 innings but we gave up in the top of the 13th....guess 4 hours of baseball is about all I can take.
Who could ask for anything more? Certainly not me. Thanks for a great time friends. And thanks to our troops for providing the freedom and safety that allowed us to have such a great time.
One other note....had our first cherry tomatoes from the garden yesterday....so GOOD!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A reminder of where we started.....
Next is just after planting......
Just above was the end of last week, before the severe thrunderstorms and tonrnadoes (which skipped over my house so the garden does not look much different).
I am hopeful that we will have a plethora of burgundy beans in the next few weeks. I promise to do a blog on the exciting transformation they go through from purple to green!
Monday, June 29, 2009
The boys handled everything very well and stayed in the game until the very end. JBM had a great play from second to first. I held my breath...and he went two for three at the plate. All in all, not a bad showing.
The championship game was Saturday morning and the Mets won. We were all happy about that since it is easier to loose to the champions.
Two weeks without sports and then camps galore.......
Friday, June 19, 2009
When we (Hope and I) went to wake up JBM this morning, it was tough but took a bit less time. Most likely becuase I shared with Hope that her job for the year was done. With that, she took her paw, placed it on JBM's face and pushed as hard as her 23 lb body would let her. That woke him up with a giggle.
Good way to start the last day of school. Not sure how much blogging I will do during the summer. However, I do plan periodic updates to the garden. Stay tuned.......
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It has been an interesting journey to watch. The season started with a firm..."I don't want to pitch..I know I will not be good at it." Then, watching most of the rest of the team try, it became, "I guess I should think about it." FlyBoy and I decided it needed to his decision. So after the game on Saturday, JBM asked his dad if they could "practice." And practice they have for the past five days...at the field and on the "make shift" pitching mound in our backyard (see below) which was created when we removed a large tree a few years ago. Note the slightly less green area of grass. It was a joke at first and has become a reality.
I will go to the game but will spend most of the time staring at the ground since the stress will be too much for me :) Guess I had better get used to it.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
He managed to shower and wash his hair last night and save the tattoo all at the same time. Funny how that happens. FlyBoy questioned his washing techniques but it does not matter to me....it is all in fun afterall.
Three days to go........
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
FIELD DAY CANCELED
We are canceling field day today due to the rain and the day-long threat of thunderstorms.
We will try again tomorrow.
And in the "out of the mouths of babes" department, as we pulled into the school parking lot this morning, Jr. Bird Man noticed the water slide set up on the hill. His comment, "Mom, today is a great day for the water slide." Yes, it was raining.
Friday, June 12, 2009
With next week being the last week of school, there are so many activities going on that teachers will be scrambling to fit in those activities around Field Day (whenever it is). Jr. Birdman is prediciting Wednesday. My vote is to wait for Thursday and have the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on the water slide. As each student reaches the bottom, they get their certificate. Novel idea?
Have a good weekend everyone!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Once she got the ice bag, she held my hand to the door, said thanks for the ice and as she walked away she said....."I am going to miss you." Do you think that means she is not coming back at all for the next seven days or the next 12 hours?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Oh well....that is my weak political statement for the day. As you can tell, my creative mind is a bit sleepy today.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
JBM playing his most complex piece. Sorry that I am so far away but I have to believe that flashing lights in your eyes while playing would be a big distraction.
This is the whole group that played....JBM takes lessons right before the boy in the striped shirt and they both play baseball and hockey. They also performed together in the Young Musicians Festival this year. They enjoy each other's company.
JBM and his Nonnie.....the piano behind them cost $74,000. Nonnie had a hard time with that concept....me too!
On to Sunday and hockey...JBM is in the white helmet. He is wating for a pass...took the picture right before he scored a goal and at the same time the battery died on my camera....as MPM would say, GAH!
The busy weekend took its toll last night, JBM had a baseball game. Flyboy looked totally dejected when I got home from work last night. Comment from both parties...."we had an off game today....everyone was off and it was pure torture!" Oh well, not activities until Saturday so plenty of time to catch up on sleep etc.
Guess what, it is raining here today....what a surprise. Happy Tuesday.
Monday, June 8, 2009
As it turned out, the game was in the morning and the recital in the afternoon. Nonnie was able to come the recital becuase it was held in a local Steinway Gallery and was handicap accessible. The kids played on a grand piano (which cost more than the new car we purchased last summer).
A good time was had by all.....including the dinner and ice cream with Nonnie afterwards! Thanks fo dinner Nonnie!
On a side note, with the addition of a piano in his life, Jr. Birdman has decided to try his hand at writing his own music. He has composed two pieces so far and played them for his teacher. They are recording them on his "tape" this week and she is going to incorporate how to write music in his lessons over the summer. Maybe we have the next Billy Joel in our midst.
On another side note, I had pictures to go along with this post but came to work with my camera but NOT the USB port to allow me to download the pics....guess I know what the subject of tomorrow's blog will be. Happy Monday!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Nurse Nancy work story: Sent a child home Tuesday with a fever of 103. Made sure that Mom heard me say that said child should stay home on Wednesday. Wednesday morning teacher calls to let me know that student is back. Called Mom to say come and pick him up....."Oh, I am sorry I did not hear you say he needed to be home for 24 hours....." Do they think I am that stupid? He went home and I am sure he will be back today.......
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
If your child was going on a field trip to the beach for 5 hours, would you remember to apply sunscreen before putting them on the bus in the morning? Apparently not for more than 10 kids in a class of 22.....
Call me cranky but why don't people think (I know we are all busy but I am busy too and should be able to concentrate on more important things).....and I do think there should be a test that everyone MUST pass before becoming parents.....
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In the "go figure" department, I had a small cook out with some family on Sunday.....being the planning maven that I am, I had all the salads made, burgers made and the baked beans heating in the oven before anyone arrived. Just needed to fire up the grill. Had planned all day to have our first outdoor meal of the season.....Mother Nature thought differently.....a tornado warning and severe thunderstorm took care of that and the power too! We survived the storm, ate inside by candlelight and the power was back in time for coffee and dessert.....and a fun time was had by all.
OK enough rambling.....have to get to work now.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Now that it is the weekend, I hope to NOT speak to anyone on the phone or type a single word into a computer (which is why I am getting this ready on Friday afternoon).
Wish I had a pool or hot tub to hang out in all weekend - with a glass of good wine, of course. Have a good weekend and everyone stay well.......