When did she become the woman I am so proud of?
When did I become old?
This past week, she's had off from work- she works at Mandee's- so she's been hanging around with the family until her boyfriend gets off from work, around 10 o'clock. Usually, since she works retail, I don't see her often. She goes to Adelphi University full time, then works until 10ish, then goes to eat with her BF. She's oftentimes not home until I'm in bed, and if I happen to be up, it's a quick hello, then off to bed. So it's been a real pleasure to have her home, eating with us, watching TV instead of treating home like a hotel. We've actually been able to talk and laugh and shop. I know Zombiegirl misses her if she doesn't see her for a stretch of time. They're very close. Beena even asked if she could go Trick-or-Treating with them tomorrow!
Last night we celebrated her birthday, because the BF has plans with her today- taking her into NYC for dinner and a cruise.
As I'm watching her open her gifts, I'm struck that this kid has grown up into someone special. We talked about how she's doing in school, and what her plans may be when she graduates. She's a math major, with an education minor- she wants to teach High School math! She's currently enrolled in a 5-year program combining her Bachelor's degree with a Master's degree. She still has her faults (she knows my pet peeves, but yet still continues to ignore me when I say anything. I AM still her mother, after all!) and her quirks, but she's developed a maturity that kind of snuck up on me. She's always been mature- she always helped out when Zombiegirl was born, and taught Sunday School, and babysat. I saw her last night however as a peer, or a friend, someone I would like to hang around with. The baby daughter is gone. The woman daughter has arrived.
I love you, Beena! Happy Birthday!
Don't forget the Hump Day giveaway here!
Okay, since my only reader won last week's Hypothetical Question by default- don't worry SS23, you'll get your prize- I'll give her a shot at this week's Question:
If you could move anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?
Comment by midnight Sunday, November 2, and I'll pick the winner by random (HA!) drawing.
Don't forget to turn the clocks back on Saturday night!
(I looked that song up. I really have no idea what the movie is even about!)
We also have a Halloween party for Soccergirl K (Mandy's daughter) Saturday night- I get to be a Fortune Teller! Last year I was a witch- see my myspace page. On Sunday, we get to celebrate my nephew Raymond's 4th birthday. My SIL Paula usually does a Halloween party for him because his birthday is the 29th. Funny- Beena would NEVER let me do a Halloween birthday party for her growing up. She was born on the 30th! Maybe for her 21st....
Anyway, I'm happy it's Hump Day. And I'm going to start a new tradition! Answer the Hypothetical Question in the comments section by October 26th, and the next day I'll pick someone (all one of you) at random for a giveaway! Here is Hypothetical Question #1:
If you could have coffee with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Comment by October 26th, and I'll email the winner on the 27th. Happy Hump Day!
Healthwise, I feel great. I've lost 5 and a half pounds. I'm not as hungry as I used to be. I don't feel as grouchy as usual (people may dispute that, but that's how I feel!) For the first few weeks I didn't have any migraines, but then they showed up like bad realtives at Christmas. The changing of the seasons, and the fact that I haven't been to see Dr. Evelyn, my chiropractor, probably has a lot to do with the frequency of occurences. I just found a video that totally captures my "aura"- the time when the migraine shows up visually. Link is here.
To recap, I'm:
- not eating meat.
- not eating dairy, except for 3 mozzarella slip-ups, for which I paid for in bathroom visits.
- trying to eat organic.
- not eating refined sugar, except for finishing up the package of Twizzlers I bought.
- limiting myself to 1-2 cups of coffee a week, in dire emergencies.
- trying new veggies. Broccoli IS good!
I'm also taking my vitamins every night, and walking to and from the train/bus stop every day.
It's evident that this can be a healthy way of life for me. It takes a little planning, and things cost a little more, but the way I feel is totally worth it all for me!
Goals for next month:
- Try 5 new vegetables
- Have dark greens every day
- DRINK MORE WATER!
- Make a large meal on the weekend for lunches for the rest of the week.
Thirty days. That's what it takes to change a habit. And this is one "habit" I'm glad I changed!
And their kids. These are the kids I blogged about a few weeks ago when MR and I took them to the Medieval Fair. When Zombiegirl and the other girls get together, their giggling is infectious. She'll have them as friends for a long time- through high school. Which is great, because then I get to keep their moms.
Love you guys! You are awesome! Go Lady Jaguars!