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There & back again..the NYC snowy adventure part 2

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oh boy oh boy! So here is the final story to the NYC/Show adventure as promised.

We dropped off the kids at 2 of their aunt's houses...sleepover time! and then, off we went to the train. It was 1:00 and just starting to flurry and when we got into NYC, the streets were fairly clear, but wet and there were lots of people around. Roadio City Music Hall was a clog as was Rockefeller Center. Times Square was cool because it's a big pedestrian area now and we got some pics there. All the while...flurries. Talking to my SIL at home - there was a coating of snow on the ground.

Dinner at 5PM at Ben Benson's Steak House. Delicious Beer & Barley soup....and then I got a skirt steak that could have fed my whole family for a week! I ate about a quarter and was stuffed. Now, mind you, I rarely eat beef, but in a steak house....duh, you eat it, right? dumb dumb dumb move....I'll explain why later. Anyhoo---we felt rushed the entire time and dinner was over by to kill some time...

The show we were going to see was "White Christmas" ultimate all time favorite Christmas movies next to "Meet me in St. Louis" - my hubby did great. Having 2 hours to kill was a treat. Me & hubby are not touristy people, so we kind of don't know what to do aside from our own agenda, so we wandered around and looked at people and windows and I bought some makeup at Bare Escentuals, we got coffee...yadda yadda yadda. The snow is picking up a little bit, but nothing major. At 7pm we go into the Marquis Theater and hang out and use the bathroom...which I wasn't in dire need of just yet....but I have that feeling, you know?

The show started at 8pm and I have gas pains....BAD gas pains. Can't let them rip in a show, so they stay bottled up, which only makes it worse. By the time the first half is done, I excuse myself before intermission and head to the bathroom, looking kind of green. you'd think I would have exploded. Nope. The window had passed. Nothing except pain. Yay. I do some yoga in the bathroom, I pace the lobby. My Hubby is waiting for me at my seat and I am having a panic attack and feeling horrible that I have ruined our night because I ate beef. Stupid beef. And the soup. Stupid delicious soup that usually gives me gas... I'll blame the soup. But it was so warm & yummy and salty....and then the theater was so warm and constricting and warm. A perfect pair for pain!

We left the show at intermission and started walking to the train to catch an earlier one. The snow was now being shoveled from the Manhattan sidewalks. In 2 hours, there was 3 inches on the ground!!! No kidding! At Penn station, we catch the 10:16 train to Ronkonkoma, which is in the middle of Long Island. As we merrily roll along, so does the gas within me, yet, nothing comes of it.

The further we get on the rail, the deeper the snow get. By the time we hit 3/4 of the way home at Deer Park, we are crawling, and stopping and starting. The tracks are covered and when we FINALLY get to the station (2 hours later) the conductor gets on and says "Sorry for the delay everyone, but the tracks are treacheous and it's the worst I've seen in 20 years of driving. Be careful getting off the train, the drifts are 1 to 2 feet. Merry Christmas" This morning we found out that the next train was delayed for HOURs at that same slow spot we had gone thru!

Good thing for my gas pains or we would have been worse off by taking the later train! God works in mysterious ways! LOL

Getting home was dangerous. Thank God for our YukonXL and that it was 1am. It plowed thru everything with the 4X4 on. Getting into our driveway was interesting to....18 inches of snow built up. I got out of the car and it was up to my knees!!

Thank heaven we got home when we did and that our kids were safe at their aunts' homes. Now we are digging out. hubby is out there right now...better go join him! I'll talk to everyone later when my job is done. Thanks for reading my silly little blogs, I hope you had fun reading!

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ANNIEONLI 12/22/2009 12:00PM

    I should probably add here that the 11:16 train was on the tracks for 8 hours!!! We would have been on that train too, if not for my gas pains! LOL Whew! We were very blessed!

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SUCHAHOOT 12/22/2009 10:11AM

    Who'da thought "gas pains" would come under 'things I"m thankful for'?? I'm glad you got to go & do MOST of your fun things. What a sweet thing for your husband to arrange & surprise you with. My neice was flying into Philly, got diverted to New Hampshire for a night, ended up on a flight into LaGuardia the next day, took a cab to Penn Station & the train to NJ where her Uncle picked her up. Whew! She's 20, sharp & used to flying, but jeepers, we were all really thankful to have her home safely! Thanks for the snow pics. I know many have waaaaay too much, right now, but I still love it!

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TASOGAREBAN 12/20/2009 7:49PM

    So the gas pain thing sounds HORRIBLE. On the upside you didn't ruin the evening. You actually make it seem like it was a very nice evening. Except for the pain which doesn't ruin it. Just...spoils it a bit, LOL.

But good for you! You got home just in time!

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OAKBORN 12/20/2009 10:47AM

    Kind of good/kind of bad sort of day... but glad you are home safe. Jealous of your snow.

You love Meet Me in St Louis? Well, maybe you should meet me there someday! (I grew up in the suburbs!) I love that movie too!

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This is CLASSIC...murphy's law, I tell ya!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Some of you may know that my Christmas Present from my hubby was going to go see a show in NYC on Sat...which is tomorrow...which is when a BLIZZARD is going to hit LONG ISLAND where I live....making travel hazardous and dangerous and bla bla blah...BAH HUMBUG!

Everyone is saying..."go anyway"..."stay in the city, the kids are all taken care of"....suuuure....easy for them to say.

Here's my dilemma, which is CLASSIC me...I say, yeah, what a great idea!!...and then, the second thoughts hit me like a LIRR traincar!
#1 It's expensive to stay in the city.
#2 what if the weather gets WORSE and we really really are stuck looooonger than we want to and it takes forever to get back anyway.
#3 If we go home right after the show, we'll miss all the snow that is going to hit if we stayed over night which would bring my fearof #2 to life. We'll still have snow, just not as much if we left right away.
#4 - Do they cancel Broadway shows in a blizzard???? Hubby has to call for that info to find out b/c it's a surprise and I have no idea what we are even seeing, or else I'd do it right now.

Writing helps me work things out. This is the mental me talking...not the "hey I can do anything!" Annie that hangs out here most of the time.

UUGGGHHH!!!!! Crud!!! I don't know what to DO!!!

The excitement of having an adventure is there, but no offense, hotels in the city creep me word: bedbugs. Eww! emoticon

Sheesh! I think I'm going to have hubby call the theater now & in the morning to see what they say about the storm and refunded or postponed shows. At least that way, we'll have an idea on that front.

Oh boy.

Wish I had a crystal ball.

Murphy's law: we cancel our plans and the darned thing misses Long Island by those 100 miles they are talking about.

Murphy's law: we go and the 100 miles is the other way and it's the biggest blizzard in Long Island's history and we are stuck in Manhattan - 58 miles from our lovely warm home.


To be continued........

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TASOGAREBAN 12/19/2009 2:23PM

    Well the snow started here about an hour ago and it's fairly light but the wind is just pushing everything all over. Who knows how it's going to be later. Wish you the best and hope it all works out!

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SHERWARE 12/19/2009 12:18AM

    All I can say is "GOOD LUCK." Hope it turns out the way you want it to. emoticon

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OAKBORN 12/18/2009 10:21PM

    You will make the right decision...

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KATRINAKAT23 12/18/2009 5:22PM

  Hi Annie:

I hope the storm misses you whichever you decide. If you go let us know how it went.


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Resisted the temptation

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OMG...EVIL flitted thru my brain today. Pure EVIL emoticon

I went to BB&B today to get some hair glaze and shampoo and it was right around lunchtime. There in front of me was BURGER KING! No line at the drivethru too. The thought flitted across my consciuosness "Go's been a's right DESERVE've been SO good...blah blah blah evile blah..." it said sweetly...beaconing...

I turned around SO FAST and drove right home for lunch.

Honestly, the next 2 weeks are going to be SO hard with food and celebrating with family. The only way I'm going to maintain everything through it all is going to be a) save my calories for those days and b) be extra conscious of eating healthy on those 'regular' days, which is hard to do with all of the yummy cheeses, crackers, dips and booze around (These are my downfalls lately).

This weekend is like seasonal kickoff....Hubby & I are going into NYC to see a show (a surprise Xmas present to me) and we have reservations at a steakhouse. That is going to blow me out of the water foodwise. Sunday is the cookieswap with my sisters & cousin...which means pizza! AAAAH!

Just thinking about the Christmas week is insane { forget about the Eve and the Day itself - sheesh!} - my girlfriend is coming over for a few days/nights with her family (SO excited about that) and then we'll be heading north to our other dear friends house for New Year. Everything is probably going to revolve around food and drink! LOL

We all have that going on this time of year...I guess we just have to be smart about our choices - even more so! In the meantime...I'm going to resist those evil thoughts. You'd think they'd go away completely...sorry, to tell you....but they don't.

OK - pledging to myself to resist evil when not at the appropriate time.
- I will not eat cheese & crackers alone anymore
- I will not make cocktails unless we have guests over or even if one of my kids has a whining fit for 5 hours straight
- I will drink all of my water
- I will practice breathing for at least 5 minutes a day
- I will not..scratch that...I will try not to yell when the kids are driving me nuts
- I will only order healthy takeout if that is the only option before me

I think that's it....for now...

Good luck everybody...'tis the season, but watch those reasons!!!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/16/2009 5:30PM

    Congratulations on resisting the Burger sounds like you have WAY BETTER splurges planned. Spend those calories where they really count, I say!

Have a great *season* and stick to your plan. We're behind you!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/16/2009 3:00PM

    My "today" is totally shot, lol. But I don't do this often and I am prepared to forgive myself.

We are going to have days like this as long as we have to eat to nourish the body.

WTG on resisting BK!! Did you get back to BB&B?

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TASOGAREBAN 12/16/2009 2:31PM

    Wooooo, congrats on that willpower! I was actually laughing at the beginning of the blog because of the way you described it but I do applaud you. :)

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ANNALISA73 12/16/2009 1:33PM

    This was funny!...I like how you write very animated :) emoticon

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ITGALLO 12/16/2009 1:20PM

    Wow, what a great and insightful plan. You have really thought this out and are ready to face the holidays. I, too, have been dreading the holidays. Your plan will help me as well. Every time I pass a Burger King, In and Out Burger, McDonalds, Wendy's Subway--I face temptation and moral dilemma. Good for you that you resisted and have great activities to surround your holiday. Enjoy and best wishes, Ilene emoticon

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The final reward

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 25 pounds, I bought some Lia Sophia jewelry that I love and wear all the time. So in honor of the last goal hit...I treated myself to some more. MY Xmas present to myself and a treat that will keep me focused on WHY I did this in the first place and to STAY there forever more.

I wore the necklace yesterday and last night....I didn't know how it was going to be because it's a flat style & all my others have all flipped on me - it's 5 different gold shapes linked together and then a leather cord attached to each side which hooks in the back. It's called 'Shapeshifter' - how fitting, huh?

Well, the thing felt great all day, like I didn't even have it on. My hair didn't get trapped in the clasp; it stayed right where itshoud be; it didn't flip over; it felt warm and cozy all day.

I've found my everyday necklace to wear with anything...whenever. LOVE it. Wish I could post a pick...the necklace site won't let me. :( Guess I'll have to post my own! LOL Which I tried below...can't really see it...but it's gold & shiny!

Revised 12/14/09 10pm
That's my MIL in the pic with me at my nephew's birthday party. I've seen her go up and down 5 times over the last 12 years and now her hip is giving her problems and she's pre-diabetic and her cholesterol is high. After not discussing my weightloss for over a year with me, she finally said how proud she was that I kept it off. It's a hard subject for her. It's hard for me to help someone who is smart but who doesn't want to listen to someone younger. I love her to pieces and it breaks my heart to see her hurting and struggling. All the more reason to stay where I am...maybe one day she will ask me how. Sadly, until then, the ball is in her court.

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DWEXCEL 12/15/2009 6:56AM

    And, you know she some time. So you just keep on doing your thing, and sooner or later, one day she will ask you how you did it. Is that your necklace there in the pic?

What a wonderful way to reward yourself.

Luv ya!

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TASOGAREBAN 12/14/2009 11:16AM

    LOL isn't it great when you find that one perfect piece! And I hate getting my hair caught in anything, it's an immediate turn off for me. Woohoo and congrats!

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Monday, December 07, 2009

So after a hideous start to the dear hubby came home and we started going thru our Den meeting routine...and I asked him nicely to please do the meeting...he is my second in command after all.

You see...he's a teacher and usually the last thing he wants to do is be around kids who'd rather not listen because it's the end of the day; and teach after school hours because he is basically shot at the end of the day. Being a teacher isn't easy - I can tell you from first hand witnessing that it is a draining job. Most days, he wants to just decompress when he gets home...and we have 3 little boys who want our attention, so usually, that doesn't happen! LOL

Well - he knew my day...and he came in and did the whole meeting about tools to perfection. He is truly gifted and I am so lucky to have him at my side...especially after this horrible day...nay week, of just plain mental yuk.

I LOVE YOU BABE!! emoticon You are the emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 12/11/2009 6:24AM

    AWWWW....Men are great!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 12/7/2009 9:43PM

    Yeah for you for asking and double yeah to DH for accepting. What a great guy you have. Hope tomorrow is much better!

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SUCHAHOOT 12/7/2009 9:39PM

    Yea for awesome guys! I'm lovin' mine too! emoticon

Aww, renewing your vows, Oakborn! I love it!

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OAKBORN 12/7/2009 9:35PM

    They sure can come through sometimes or say the sweetest things when you need them to, don't they?

Markle asked me to renew vows on our 25th today..

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