3 more hours to go!...

I can not believe that another year is over!...
In 3 hours I'll be in 2009!
Geez!
Time flies by so fast!
I'm watching the year review on the news channel (all the big events and stuff...)and tears persist in coming!...My my...I'm such a cry baby!...
It's true I can't help my self from crying in every New Year's Eve!
It's a mix of feelings...Happiness....Emptiness...Dreaminess...*Big sigh*...
I wish that this new year brings me all I need!
I know I'm gonna work my way to get it!But a bit of good luck is always welcome!
So my dear friends...
Fulfill all your dreams, grab all your chances and tell to your dear ones how much you love them every day!!!!
Happy 2009!!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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Award time!!!!

My dear friend Tina Lapadula @ "Life in the Lapadula House" gave me this sooooooooo cool award!
Thanks girl!!!
You always think about me even when you know that I've been a awful blogging mate lately!
That's why I love to have such good friends as you!



As part of this award I must now list 5 addictions and then pass onto 5 more fabulous blogs!

So here are mine:
  1. Blogging (DUH!!!)
  2. Coffee
  3. Picking my face (Gross I know!)
  4. Reading
  5. Chocolate!!!
And I'm passing this award to:

Angeline
Petula
Tisha
Toni
Gin E

The Incredible Hulk


I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last post...I've totally neglected my blog! Oh well, here is a cake that I think is pretty cool and unique. I hand painted The Incredible Hulk on to this fondant covered cake to resemble the cover of a comic book. I used edible gel colors and painted it freehand...and to God be the glory!

Meet My Friends Monday


This meme is hosted by my dear BBF Toni over "It is Nap Time"





This week I will talk about my dear friend Tammy.
Along with Toni and Tina, Tammy was one of my first BBF's.
She's a Work at Home Mom that lives in Canada, she's married and has two gorgeous kiddos,Aurora  and Aidan.
Tammy has got to be one of the sweetest people I have ever met.
We got a lot in common!I use to say to her that we must be twin sis separated at birth!LOL!
For instance:her birthday is exactly in the same day of my baby brother's birthday!
And we both have a white female dog!LOL!
She's a doll!
Tammy is always there for me when I need!
What can I say!?
She is an awesome friend!
So I hope you hop over her blogs and see for yourself what a lovely lady Tammy is!


 






Surprise, Surprise....Abstinence Only Sex Ed Doesnt' Work

Surprise, surprise! According to a recent study released today, teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence. The only difference, those teens that pledge not to have sex are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do. "Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior," said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. "But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking."
As much as parents or educators or whoever hope kids don't have premarital sex, fact of the matter is they do! We are sexual beings! Sex is one of the strongest driving forces in humans. I know there are some people that are not driven by sex for whatever reason (medication decreasing the libido, a painful past sexual experience, etc), but as long as humans have been in existence, sex is a very strong motive for their behavior.
So for those who think abstinence-only education must be the rule in schools, hopefully this study will help shed some light on our educators and politicians: kids need to know the facts, all the facts! Teens need to be given total insight to contraceptives available, the possible negative side effects of sexual behavior, and condoms need to be made available wherever possible for teens!

Almost New Year

WOW I've not blogged once since I started working and that's REALLY bad.

I'm starting to get into the work routine now and actually will be working less hours so I might have more time for cardmaking and blogging.

I've been making lots of cards for my BRAK club and some of the girls who have birthdays in Jan will be getting them in the mail.




















Here's a couple of them.

Hope you all enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone.

HugS
Sandra

A Face Only A Mother (Or Grandfather) Could Love

I'm not a REAL dog lover, but here's my new Granddog, Caesar. Ain't he cute?!

Through My Eyes Friday


This is a Friday Meme by my friend Tina Lapadula.

These pictures were taken over my mom's (where we spent the Christmas Eve) and when we got home around 2am when the kids unwrapped the rest of their Christmas presents.
So...

This is what you see when you look through my eyes!








































Today's The Day

OMG!! IT has finally happened! Half a Century! Damn, I'm old! "Old as Mold." "It's the BIG one!" "If you were a horse, they'd shoot you!" "If you were a car, you'd be an antique!" "Over the Hill!" These were just some of the sayings that waited my return from lunch the other day at work. To my surprise, the clerical staff got me! I thought because I'd be off on my actual birthday, I would be spared the tradition that has awaited staff in my office for a few years now: the "trashing" of the office/cubicle with the announcement of "THE BIG ONE!"

But it was inevitable. And as I always have heard, "Age is just a number." Believe me, most days I don't feel 50! On some I feel 150! However, most times I feel pretty damned good! Thank God I don't look 50!

50 years of learning! Patience has been one of them! I got a new computer about 2 weeks ago, and guess what? It's still sitting right here next to me in the box! In my earlier years, I would have torn the thing open and thrown it together, cursing and screaming the whole time because it wasn't fitting together just right! Not this year! I will probably set the computer up tomorrow, taking my time, reading the directions, and hopefully making the entire process much simpler and easier. Besides, I needed a new computer desk for this one too. So before I even attempt to take it out of the box, everything needs to be ready. I will be setting up a wireless Internet system also, so I have to do it right this time!

"Don't sweat the small stuff!" That's another thing I've learned over the past years. Life is too short to be worrying about the little stuff that happens. Sh** happens and there's nothing we can do about it anyway, so why let it bother us? It is what it is! Move on and leave it behind. There's too much important stuff happening to sweat the small stuff. The trick is to learn what is the small stuff and what is the big stuff. Everyday I run into people or situations that help me realize the difference between the small and big stuff. Someone battling cancer; that's a BIG thing! Someone who can't walk; that's another BIG thing! Someone who's house just burned down and all their belongings were inside; that's a BIG thing! Whether or not I'm going to get to the party on time; that's a very very small thing! What will I eat for dinner tonight; another small thing! See, it's not that hard to distinguish BIG from small.

Now that I am 50, I guess I can start to say whatever I want. I can tell people what I am really thinking! Nah! I won't be ignorant with people, but I am 50, so I'll do what makes me happy! Just watch out next 50 years!



Santa brought me!.....


A nicely all wrapped up....INFLUENZA!!!
On Christmas Eve I was feeling it already so I started taking the pills to fight it....
Yesterday (Christmas Day) I was doing nothing but sneezing and blowing my nose...
Today....Geez....I feel miserable....
My whole body aches...My eyes hurt like hell!...Oh and my nose!...I think if I blow it one more time it will fall apart!...
Anyhow...I'm gathering some strength to make my Through my Eyes Friday and let you see the kids unwrapping their gifts.

Seasons Greetings Everyone!(AAAAAAHHHTCHUUUUUUU!!!!!Bless me!.....)

From My Home To Yours


M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S ! ! !

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Eric's Conversations this Week...



Talk #1

Yesterday I bought a new pair of slippers...A Spiderman ones...
Eric:(screaming at the top of his lungs like if was being bitten or something...)Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!Wilson took away my dear and beautiful slippers!!!!
In this  one he scared the hell out of me, cause I really thought he got injured or something!Turned out that his brother took them out  so he could sit on the sofa....

Talk#2

Two days ago while I was brushing my hair:
Eric:Mommy,what are you doing?

Me:I'm brushing my hair...
Eric:Let me see it.Please, can you turn?
So I turned my back so he could see it.
Eric:WOW!You look beautiful mommy!Your hair is beautiful!

Talk #3

On the bus after last minute Christmas shopping,I was doing funny faces to Eric but I had my sunglasses on...

Eric:(trying to look at my eyes directly)Mommy!Taken them out....I wanna see it!....
Me:See what?
Eric:Your eyes!It's too dark with the glasses.
I took them out...
Eric:(smiling ear to ear)Those eyes are beautiful!

LOL!I think he's in love with the "beautiful" word!!!





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Warm hat for dad-to-be

This hat from Giftig Weblog (which is a GREAT site by the way!) inspired me to make something warm for the winter for Renz. He's been working so hard at his job and in the nursery so it's about time this dad-to-be gets a bit spoiled ;)

Now that knitting has proven to be not so difficult I decided to give intarsia a few more tries and I guess the hat has turned out great! This is the first half, and I am trying to finish the second half before Christmas... don't know if that will happen but it's worth a try.


Here's the pattern, please feel free to use it!

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Meet My Friends Monday #2


Meet My Friends Monday is hosted by my BBF Toni.


Today I'd like to talk about my dear friend Tina.
Tina is a wonderful lady and an amazing friend.
She is what I call the Ultimate Hot Momma!She's a very funny girl that always manage to put I smile on my face!
Tina is a stay at home mom of two gorgeous boys who are 4 and 1 years old.
She lives in the UK and I just love her outgoing personality!
We do have a lot in common and just like Toni, she was one of my first commenters!
Tina has 3 blogs of her own:

"Mummy Diaries"--Where you can take a look over her daily family life.

"Game Freakz"--where she reviews games and cool stuff.

"Gossip Avenue"
--where  she talks about celebrities,fashion,make up...


If you wanna piece of advise  hop over her blog and see for yourself what I mean! ;)

It's not always fun


Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our cat Hippo, at the age of 17. He was becoming too sickly and weak and we had reached the point where treatment was not helping him anymore. And keeping him alive for selfish reasons simply is never an option.
We will always remember him as a little guy with a GREAT personality. Rest in peace buddy, say Hi to everybody 'up there', you'll be in good company.

This photo was taken last summer and this is how we prefer to remember him: happily snoring the day away...

Sandra's Sunday Corner


And my Sunday choices for today are:



Music:"This Christmas"--By Christina Aguilera








Book:
"Christmas Carol"--by Charles Dickens




Perfume:"Nina"-- by Nina Ricci


Crappy Feeling....



I'm not feeling very good today...
In fact, I wasn't feeling that good yesterday either...
Me and hubby have been Christmas shopping for the past 3 days and that has been quite stressful to me...To him too I suppose...But he's not in his "PMS" week...or is unemployed for the past 3 years...
This Christmas we have a very low budget to spend on Christmas gifts and that makes me feel really bad...Mostly because we can not buy some of the stuff the kids would like to have...Then there is my brother...I still haven't figured out what to buy him...He's 13 and all the stuff he likes is way too expensive to what I can afford....Then there are mom and MIL...Both of them quite picky with their taste...I once bought something to my mom and what she said was «what am I supposed to do with is?»....My MIL only likes expensive perfumes but we're thinking in offering her one in her birthday next February, so now I give her what?....
And we have 5 nieces and nephews still to buy a treat...Yeah, a treat....Cause we can't buy anything else but it....
Ohh!...Did I mention that I'm so broke that I don't even have the money to buy hubby a present?!...He said me not to worry cause I have the rest of the year to do so...And his Birthday is next month....
I feel down....
I feel like crying...
I feel useless...
Overall, I feel a piece of S**t!...



One More Interesting Point From Rick Warren

One other interesting point made by Rick Warren on Dateline NBC:

Ann Cury: You said that God says in the Bible that a man and a woman should cling to each other for life, but it does not say that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. In fact the Bible says that King Solomon had 700 wives. Leviticus speaks of homosexuality as being a sin, but also orders the death penalty for eating fish that had fins and getting a tattoo.
Rick Warren: The people that make that argument don't understand there are three kind kinds of law in the Bible that are very different. There's civil law, which is for the nation of Israel. There's ceremonial law, which is for the Jewish priesthood. And there is moral law, which is for everybody. The laws about eating fish and stuff, those are civil and ceremonial laws for Israel. No Christian follows those.

I admit, I didn't realize there are three types of law, civil, ceremonial, and moral, mentioned in the Bible. I'm glad Rick cleared that up for me. So, even though God pronounced all three laws,
Christians such as Rick Warren get to choose which ones are for them and which are not! It's nice to have a faith that in reality lets me choose what I want to do and what I don't want to do.