The Fab 15

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you're over 40) or cassettes (if you're over 30) that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the ass, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.This is a drop in the bucket, in no particular order. You can not contain the love of music to fifteen albums:

1. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
2. Tupac - All Eyez on Me
3. Zepplin - iV
4. Guns n Roses - Appettite for Destruction
5. Pearl Jam - Ten
6. REM - Automatic for the People
7. Portishead - Dummy
8. Madonna - Like a Virgin
9. Madonna - Ray of Light
10. Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime
11. Alice in Chains - Dirt
12. Nirvana - Nevermind
13. The Offspring - Smash
14. Green Day - Dookie
15. Weezer - Blue Album
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44 ODD things

44 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 44 things about your friends, and let them learn 44 things about you! Tag the person that sent it plus others.
  1. Do you like blue cheese? EWW
  2. Have you ever been drunk? Yes
  3. Do you own a gun? No
  4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite? Grape
  5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? sometimes
  6. What do you think of hot dogs? They are effing nasty!!!
  7. Favorite Christmas movie? hmmm
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? COFFEE - milk and sugar please, that Rice Dream stuff just doesn't cut it.
  9. Can you do push ups? not now.
  10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? I love my wedding rings - and my Sadie necklace.
  11. Favorite hobby? I like hanging out with my family.
  12. Do you have A.D.D.? No
  13. What's your favorite shoe? flat ones.
  14. Middle name? Lynn
  15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? (1) why am I filling this out?; (2) why won't Sadie take her nap; (3) it's cold in here.
  16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Coffee, Water, ... lately that's it.
  17. Current worry? to work or not to work, that is the question
  18. Current hate right now? having a baby in a 5th floor walk up in NYC in the winter time
  19. What do you wish for in the coming year?  A move.
  20. How did you bring in the New Year? Sadie had a growth spurt - I spent the entire night feeding her.
  21. Where would you like to go? back to Santorini, Costa Rica, Peru
  22. Three people who will complete this? I can't
  23. Do you own slippers? yes
  24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Navy Blue
  25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? no.
  26. Can you whistle? Yes
  27. Favorite color? aqua blue
  28. Would you be a pirate? sure, it could be fun.
  29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing in the shower, but I sing all over the rest of the house.  A lot of the Sadie & Mommy Song.
  30. Favorite girl's Name? Sadie
  31. Favorite boy's name? Jason
  32. What's in your pocket right now? nothing
  33. Last thing that made you laugh? Sadie makes funny noises in her pants.
  34. Best bed sheets as a child? I don't remember my bed sheets
  35. Worst injury you've ever had as a child?  a cut on my chin...
  36. What are your plans for the future? I plan on having a beer tonight.
  37. Do you walk around the house naked? absolutely
  38. Who is your loudest friend? Jamie
  39. How many dogs do you have? 0
  40. Does someone have a crush on you?  yes, its' a secret crush.
  41. What is your favorite book?  wow - difficult question.
  42. What is your favorite candy? Necco Wafers
  43. Favorite Sports Team? um, none really - whichever one Jason likes.
  44. What song do you want played at your funeral? I want a New Orleans marching band - the kind that plays during Mardi Gras.
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The Bucket List

The Bucket List
Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not, then tag your friends (including me).

(To do this [in Facebook], go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, do the list and tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) If you don't see the Tag people in the upper right hand corner you are in the wrong place.)

After the list is a set of footnotes briefly describing some of the more interesting ones. Footnotes are coded to the number next to the item in the list.

Things you have done during your lifetime:

(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Donated Blood
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die - does an animal count?
( ) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
( X) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
( ) Flown a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
( ) Hugged a homeless person
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Swam with Stingrays
( ) Been sailing in the ocean
(X ) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Ran a marathon
( ) Sang Karaoke
(X ) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( ) Seen the Northern Lights
(  ) Been Parasailing
( ) Been on TV
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( ) Fed an elephant
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Fired a gun (rifle)
(X) Danced in the rain
( ) Been to the Opera
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Serenaded someone
( ) Seen a U.S.President in person
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
( ) Driven a race car
(X) Been to a National Museum
( ) Been to a Wax Museum
( ) Eaten caviar
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( ) Seen the Grand Canyon
(x) Seen the Statue of Liberty
() Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(X) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
() Been horse back riding
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
() Been in a rain forest
(X) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
(X) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
() Been water-skiing
(X) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
(X) Been to the Louvre
(X) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
() Been to a National Football League game
(X) Swam with sharks
( ) Been White Water Rafting
( ) Written a book or screen play (short stories)

Foot notes:
**I better get moving!

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Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and put an x after those you have read.
2) Add a + to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star * those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling [X+]
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell*
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott [X]
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien [X]
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger [X]
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger [X+]
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot *
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald [X+]
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll [X+]
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini [X+]
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne [X]
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell*
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown [X+]
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood [X]
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding*
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel*
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley [X+]
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon [X]
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov*
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold [X+]
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Aleandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding [X]
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker*
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson*
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath [X]
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens]
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White [X+]
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom [X]
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole [X]
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Aleandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare [X]
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl [X+]
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total Read: 21
Total Read and LOVED: 10
Plan on reading: 9
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25 Things About Me

I've never been 'tagged' before.  Here goes:

1. I love reading crafting and design blogs. I think they are pretty.
2. One of my biggest pet peeves is the NYC Subway.
3.  And yet, I love the subway and public transportation.
4.  Still. . . I miss owning a car.
5.  I have a custom invitation and design business: Buttercream Cards
6.  I think most everyone I know is much more creative than I am.
7.  I'd rather sit in a bar or a lounge than go clubbing.
8.  Other than a family cruise to the Mediterranean I've only been out of the country to Paris (TJ doesn't count!)
9.  I really like food and consider myself a mild foodie, but I am very picky.
10. Ex: Since high school I haven't eaten any meat that has been ground up.
11.  I'm currently reading Service Included and The Meaning of Night - up next Kitchen Confidential.
12. I'm a HORRIBLE correspondent.  I only keep in really good touch with 4 people - Not including my parents.
13.  I am a nail biter and have been since grade school.  I remember when I noticed I was doing it - It was around the 3rd grade.  It's gross.
14.  I am extremely sensitive - I take most of what people say to me personally.
15.  I want to go back to Santorini with my husband and my daughter.
16.  I have a daughter.  It sounds weirder out loud than it doesn't writing it down.
17.  I am totally socially awkward and feel uncomfortable around people I don't know that well.
18.  I talk to my Mom almost every day.
19.  I miss my really miss my Grandpa - even though we weren't that close. 
20.  In my early college years, my roommates called me The Ripper.  I can't seem to live that down.
21.  I  believe in karma.  If I do or say something to make someone else feel better, the universe automatically pays me back by making me feel good about myself at that moment.  If i do or say something to make someone else feel bad, I usually think something bad will happen to me.
22.  I love grilled cheese.  At home I nuke it.  I toast two pieces of bread (well done).  Layer two slices of Kraft American in between the bread and microwave for exactly 32 seconds.  Not a moment more or less.  I can eat so many of these Nuked Cheese sandwiches.
23.  Running will always be a part of who I am, I may stop and start - but I'm a runner for life.
24.  I am addicted to trashy reality tv like Rock of Love, Real Housewives, Sober House, etc. . .
25.  I make the same wish every time I blow out a birthday candle, break a wishbone, or toss a coin in a fountain. . . and it's not for world peace.

Oh Baby!

A fantabulous array of color!

Never until Sadie did I ever think that I'd be so excited about the different bodily fluids that come out of one little baby.

For example - this morning Sadie was having tummy time and I noticed a big green snotty substance under her nose mid head turn.  Let's back up - Sadie's had some odd congested sounds coming out of her nose/throat for about a week now.  We have tried the saline solution and suction thing with no success.  We can see stuff way in the back of her nose but haven't been able to get it out.  So fast forward to tummy time - I was so excited that she was able to get this out, I started cheering like she turned her head.

So - snot, different color poops, drool, spit up.  It's a magical rainbow of color packaged in a little Sadie monster.

Oh Baby!

3 Weeks and Counting

Today is Sadie's 3 week birthday.  I can't believe we've had her at home for this long already.  It's been a roller coaster ride that I gather will last her entire life.  We are still waking her up every 3 hours (unless she wakes before then) to feed her.  She's eating well - so that's not a concern anymore.  She's been moody for the last few days and no matter what we do - we can't seem to figure out what's wrong.  She has, what I would consider - really bad diaper rash.  We are trying to let her have some airing out time everyday to help.  We think that it must really hurt or sting - because every time she pee's she starts crying (of course we don't know she's peeing, we just know she's crying and so we change her diaper). She also cries when we wake her up, when we change her diaper, when we sit in one position too long. . . the list goes on.

We gave her the pacifier for the first time today.  We're hoping that will make her a little happier during those crying times when we absolutely know she's not hungry.

People often say oh "she's an easy baby" or "he's a difficult baby".  I wouldn't know how to answer that about Sadie love.  She's fairly predictable - she cries and we do something about it and if we're lucky, she falls asleep.  We're extra lucky if we get 30 minutes of quiet alert time with her.  It's heart breaking when she cries and we don't know what to do about it.  I wonder if the easy or difficult part is more a description of the parents than the child?

Today was also Sadie's first Christmas.  We had the traditional Ashlock Christmas breakfast (which she most likely enjoyed for lunch).  We opened presents from Santa (Sadie was of course asleep during this time) - who by the way, was presented with a letter transcribed by Daddy on behalf of Sadie.  Santa ate the cookies Sadie left out and I think really took to heart her letter.

We even went for a Christmas walk and watched the small dogs at the small dog run (Sadie was of course, asleep during this time as well).

It's been an eventful day.  We're exhausted, but of course the only one sleeping now is Sadie.  And we love her all the more for it.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. 

This is Sadie's very first Hanukkah and to commemorate, I'm attempting to make Sweet Potato latkes... An experiment in - dare I say - disaster.  They don't seem to be setting well...  Still working on the first batch.  Hopefully they are like regular pancakes - where they get progressively better.

The scene is comical really.  Sadie is sleeping in her car seat, Bob Marley is crooning in the background.  The Christmas tree lights are lit up.  Jason is off at a bar watching the Seahawk game.  Our menorah is set up in front of the TV.  I just wish there was more I could share with her.

At least I know what she's getting for her first Hanukkah gift - a boob full of milk, a gift I KNOW she'll love.

Happy Hanukkah!
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