An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dancing through Life

It's a beautiful, sunny Sunday. In celebration of today, I'm sharing this video that Rachel from Testosterhome posted a few days ago. Just spreading the joy . . .

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

ABC's and 123's

Go in ABC order, answer the questions, and then tag 3!

A is for age: 41

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." --Sophia Loren, Italian film actress

B is for burger of choice: grilled, at home; however, once a year I get a craving for one of these:

C is for what kind of car you drive: a minivan
C is also for your favorite past vehicle: I have never owned one, but believe it or not I have a "thang" for motorcycles; I have a couple of good motorcycle stories . . . maybe in a later post

D is for your dog's name: don't have a dog; had a goldfish named Eric once

E is for essential item you use everyday: my espresso machine

F is for favorite TV show at the moment: Lost

G is for favorite game: to watch, soccer and football; to play, Upwords, Pictionary

H is for Home State: Georgia . . . peach season is here!

I is for instruments you play: guitar

J is for favorite juice: like Soutenus, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: Hmmmmm

L is for last restaurant at which you ate: Panda Express at Six Flags

M is for your favorite Muppet: Kermit ("It's not easy being green")

N is for the number of piercings: two, one in each ear

O is for overnight hospital stays: 3, one for each pregnancy

P is for people you are with today: my sons, my husband

Q is for what you do with your quiet time: read, blog, write, hike

R is for biggest regret: not going into the medical field (not really a regret; more of a "what if?")

S is for status: married 17 years

T is for time you woke up today: 7 a.m. (we are all early risers)

U is for what you consider unique about yourself: I am half Italian, with a very British maiden name, that changed to a very Slovak married name. Oh, and I taught Spanish.

V is for vegetable you love: like Lisa, fresh tomatoes; I've always said that I could live on fresh tomatoes, crusty bread, a chunk of cheese, and some good, red wine

W is for worst habit: procrastination

X is for x-rays you've had: dental

Y is for yummy food you ate today: haven't eaten yet, but now that I've mentioned peaches I think I'll find the nearest peach stand

Z is for zodiac sign: Aquarius

I now tag mg, kathryn, and grandmak.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

La Vita e' Bella ( Life is Beautiful)

Sometimes, something wonderfully unexpected happens. Out of the clear blue. In the middle of an ordinary day. Something wonderfully unexpected . . . such as discovering this sign in a clearance bin at Target. It literally called my name.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Un-Vacation

We returned from the beach this past Friday and I am just now finding the energy to write. If you read my previous post you know that our vacation did not get off to a good start (children throwing up will kind of do that).

Well, it did not get better. Despite my Pollyanna-ish optimism, my friend Suburbancorrespondent was right (did she hex us??!!) . . . that nasty bug followed us on vacation and made himself right at home in our nice condo right on the beach. And he took his sweet time visiting everyone so that every day someone was sick. Except me and my husband. Miraculously we stayed healthy so we could nurse everyone else. I don't know what's worse: to be so sick you don't want to go anywhere, or to be healthy and can't go anywhere. It's a mind boggling question . . . I'll deal with it later. So, to succinctly describe our vacation (vomiting gets very, very boring, after all) I'm using Lisa's meme First Things First and applying it to all my mornings last week.

The first thing I drank: cappuccino (what else?!)

The first thing I said: "I wonder who will throw up today?"

The first action I did: felt everyone's forehead to check for fever

The first thing I read: instructions from the ER doctor on Gastroenteritis (yes, our vacation included a visit to the ER)

The first item of clothing: a biohazard suit . . . JUST KIDDING! a bathing suit ("I don't care who throws up . . . I'm going to the beach!")

The first person I spoke to: God ("please, please let this madness stop")

The first chore I did: cloroxed sinks, doorknobs, toilet, and all common areas in the condo

The second chore I did: made a grocery list: saltines, broth, jello

The first thing I did once I returned home: googled vacation rentals; if at first you don't succeed . . .