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April Ideas!

Hey everyone! April will be here later this week! Wow, right? Who woulda thunk it? If you have any holiday ideas to celebrate next month, please feel free to share them with the rest of the class!

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. I’ve had a bit of blogger’s block and I feel like I have to force myself to do it. When one has to force themselves to blog, that’s not good. So I can’t say I’m completely back, but I did want to do a shout out for holiday ideas. I always love what you come up with for the eclectic calendar!

Here’s a photo for you, taken back in October:

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My Own Belated Birthday Post

Hey everyone! Well yesterday I turned 36 years old. Yay! Thank you very, very much for all of the fantastic comments, Facebook messages, greeting cards and virtual birthday cakes! I feel very blessed to be friends with all of you. Hugs all around!

Yesterday I really didn’t do that much, but I did do a bit of grocery shopping for a little gathering I’m having on Saturday night. One of my brothers sent me a giftcard to Walmart (he certainly knows me), so I bought the movie “Hitman” (I saw the movie on TV a few days ago and really liked it), George Michael’s old “Faith” CD (I had it in cassette version but I think I lost it) and a gigantic, Reece’s peanut butter cup Easter egg. I didn’t think I’d ever get tired of peanut butter and chocolate, but that egg did it for me for awhile.

The rest of the day was spent playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii, thinking in the back of my head that I should really focus on getting my apartment tidied up for Saturday, but then rationalizing that my birthday doesn’t come around everyday and that I should do whatever I damn well wanna do! I certainly showed my adult side who’s boss.

Now today was a little different. Had to drive my mom to the eye doctor’s office for a checkup, and then once we were done and back over at her place, we had lunch and I headed home. I had a 2pm appointment at a local spa for a one hour massage! I’ve never had a professional massage before, and I was pretty excited about it.

I learned that massage tables aren’t as soft as regular beds. She told me to get ready and then leave the door open a crack to let her know that I was ready. So I opened the door up a crack and then kind of threw myself on the table, thinking it would be bouncy and soft. Nope…well it wasn’t bad, but it really was more of a table than a bed. There was soft music playing and the lights were all dim. Once the massage started, it really felt good, especially when she handled my neck. Then she did my arms and my legs. Now when she massaged my legs, she hit the deep muscles and I realized that I’m ticklish around those muscles. She also massaged my back, and under the rib area. That is another funny spot for me. My youngest brother’s calling card when we were younger was to sneak up behind me, take his fingers and jab me in the ticklish, reflex spot under my ribs. It was startling, and when I jumped it made him laugh. One time when I was a kid I was reaching up for something in the cupboard. He came up and jabbed me. As a reflex, my arms came down, but on the way I banged my elbow against the cooler that was sitting on the sink. He just laughed and said, “Ooo, ouch! You okay?” I think the situation made me laugh the pain away. By the way, who dared call the bone on our elbow the “funny bone”?

Anyway, the massage felt great, but it went way too fast. I felt loose and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. I must learn to ask for those types of gifts more often.

Here is a photo of me with some of my friends when I had a party at McDonald’s oh so long ago. I’m the one at the table with the yellow shirt. I’d say I’m the one with the goofy face, but we all had goofy faces in this shot..

Periods of Fog….and the Weather’s Foggy Too.

I am one tired tamale. But get this – I’m done for the week! I requested tomorrow and Friday off, so I have an extended weekend. I even started my vacation off by taking a long, hot bath. I love baths, but this one was incredibly welcoming and relaxing. Here’s what’s been going on:

My cousin died on Friday, she was the one we visited on St. Patrick’s Day, in her late stages of cancer. We were told that the funeral would be held on Monday, so I called off work. Then we found out the funeral was going to be held on Tuesday, but that friends and family would be welcomed on Monday. We decided to stick to the Monday plan. It was rainy, cold and dreary, and the funeral home was 40 minutes away. But once we got there we stayed awhile and then headed home.

My mom figured, since we were near a shopping mall we usually visit, that she could buy my birthday present at the store and then treat me to an early birthday lunch. She bought me Super Mario Brothers for the Wii and then we had some great food at The Macaroni Grill. I’m loving Super Mario Bros., by the way.

I returned to work on Tuesday, starting my new 7:30am to 4:30pm shift. On Monday night I was determined to go to bed at 10pm in order to wake up bright and early. Nature had other plans, and put on a light show and thunderstorm outside of my window. Don’t get me wrong, I love thunderstorms, especially when I’m safe at home and able to relax and watch it all. And I did enjoy the idea of an early storm, but I needed to get to sleep. Eventually, I think, I fell asleep. Then the next night I was more determined to watch “Hitman” and “Justified” on TV than to get to bed at a decent time. When I did go to bed, my mind kept working and I didn’t get to sleep right away.

Which brings me to today, and I spent half of the day clearing out my office, making sure things are able to be stored elsewhere. I didn’t feel I was finished until 6pm. I left feeling relieved, exhausted and finished.

Tomorrow I’ll just be running a few errands and straightening up Chez Tara. But I’ll be doing all that one year older! What a way to bring in a birthday, right? Don’t panic, because on Friday afternoon I am scheduled for a free, one hour massage. Then on Saturday I’m having a little gathering for my belated birthday party. Just a handful of awesome girlfriends who I haven’t seen in awhile. So that’s my plan for the weekend.

What are you plannin’ on? I hope you all have a fun weekend!

Better Than a Golden Globe or an Oscar!

It's a Major Award!!

I won, I won! It’s a major, major award! Yay! Thank you, Laura B.! You like me, you really, really like me!! Thank youuuu!

And now is the time I present the same, honorary award to some fellow bloggers who have helped me keep up with Eclectic Spaghetti by being cool, funny, supportive and super-terrific.

Churlita-Bedelia – I love reading your blog, Churlita, love seeing your party photos and hearing about the Churlita household! You almost always leave me a comment on my page and you’re very good at commenting on comments on your own, and you get several! That’s no easy task!

AlienCG (Can I award people who have already been awarded by another blogger? If not, I’m breakin’ the rules!) – You’ve been a devoted blogger for quite awhile now and I definitely appreciate it! The facts that you’re an “Airplane” fan and you live in Ohio are definite bonuses!

Tim – Although I’m jealous that you have an IKEA so easily accessible and you seem to flaunt it whenever possible, I still love to visit your blog. :) You don’t post stuff everyday, but when you do post something, it is well worth the wait and the read! And I love it when you comment on my blog! Please keep it up!

Suze – You are funny, I love your blog and you send me cool things like books about cake decorating mistakes and soy candles that smell amazing. I’m so glad we found each others’ blogs!

BabyBull – I love your comments, I love your blog and I love that I have a passport so that, if I’m on the run from the police I can just cross the border into Canada and visit you, BHM and adorable LHM. I won’t hang around for too long, they’ll think you’re aiding and abetting….Unless, of course, you WANT to aid and abet.

Ksra – You are the reason I started a blog to begin with (okay, so I started a few and deleted them without giving them a chance, but eventually I did create “Eclectic Spaghetti”)! You’re my best friend, you’ve been my best friend since high school, and I will see you next Saturday! You need to move back to the west side of Cleveland, please. Just find a house or apartment right away and move. I don’t ask for much, do I? ;)

And Laura B….. I am incredibly glad that we’re Blogthings twins and I’m so glad we’ve found each others blogs. A day without reading a Laura B. blog is a day of torture. And happy 5-year blogiversary!!

****CRUCIAL ADDITION!!****

I was trying to wake up this morning and started thinking about my recent blog post when my eyes popped open! I realized that I didn’t give Eros from “Eros Den” a “Best Blog Comments” Award! Eek! If you haven’t checked out his blog yet, you need to do so immediately. He writes thought-provoking blog posts and at least one of his posts made me cry. So that kind of gives you an idea of the way he writes and how much thought he puts into his posts. And I love getting a comment from him, he puts just as much thought into his comments on other blogs as he does with his own blog posts. Thank you, Eros!!

Top O’the Mornin’, Afternoon, Evenin’ and Early Mornin’ to Ya

Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day! Did you celebrate? I would love to tell you that I partied, but I didn’t. The night before was full of problems with the laundry machines, my printer and my kitchen sink, so by the time I was all done with that drama, I was ready to drool over Timothy Olyphant who was wearing a cowboy hat in the new series called “Justified”. He is yet another obscure crush of mine.

On a very sad note, my cousin is in hospice care, in her late stages of cancer. My mom and I went to visit her today….er…yesterday. She started out with breast cancer, but then just when they thought that was over she got the cancer in her bones, then her lymph nodes, then liver and then her brain and spinal cord. She seemed alert when we visited, but then went back to sleep. So we sat and talked with her husband for awhile. Her two sons have been helping during this terrible, dramatic time. They’ve been beyond awesome. Some friends of theirs also came by to visit. We stayed for an hour and then left. It got to me more than I thought it would. She of course didn’t look the way I saw her three years ago. What I remember, distinctly, is her contagious laughter. My brothers would, not surprisingly, tease her until she laughed harder and harder. She had a great laugh. When we saw her last night, a friend of hers had painted her nails red. I was able to laugh with the lady who had visited that my cousin’s painted nails looked much better than ours.

Anyway, so before all that, I had to work today and we were fed during a staff meeting. We all got a raffle ticket for each piece of green we wore, since it was St. Patty’s Day. I won two, wonderful prizes since I wore a green skirt, green sweater, shamrock earrings and a green necklace. I won a water bottle with my company’s logo on it and a thingy for my license plate. Stay back! Don’t swarm around my loot, don’t be jealous.We had good food, though…and some tasty desserts!

Yeah, so that’s about it. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted and need to sleep. G’night!