Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009!!!


Our plans for New Year's Eve....Andrew to sleep at 7:30 p.m. - Mom and Dad asleep by 8:30 p.m. We haven't seen a midnight awake in a long time - well except for those nights that Andrew cries out at 11:50 ish or so. (I should say mom hasn't seen a midnight - Jim works late alot and by the time he eats dinner and then does more work - it is close to midnight most nights.)

It snowed here this morning - nice, pretty, white snow. It has already stopped - only about 3 inches. I baked a couple dozen sugar and peanut butter blossom cookies this morning - Andrew helped to unwrap the kisses and to plant the kisses on the cookies.

Tonight I making chicken strips and roasted bacony cheesy potatoes for our New Year's Eve dinner/snacks. Might as well clog up what room is left in our arteries.

Very sad that Eastwick is over. I loved that show. :-(

Yesterday, we went into the city to look at the tree....then eat an expensive mediocre lunch at Burger Heaven ... then walk all the back down Fifth Avenue through hoards of people back to Penn Station. Ahhh vacation. It was fun because we got to spend the day with our friends the Bancalari family - but I would have rather just gone into Hoboken with them to Carlos and see Mauro and momma at the bakery!

Happy New Year people those few of you that read this.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The $240 Christmas Tree From Hell


$20 in gas to drive to Nomansland to cut down our tree "it's a tradition"

$70 for the tree

$5 to tip the kid who tied the tree onto our car

$40 for lunch at Applebee's because we are in Nomansland and hungry

Future $$$ it will cost Jim for being mean to me because I told him to get off on the wrong exit (twice)

$20 for the leather gloves Jim left at the tree farm

$5 for the brand new glove of Andrew's he left as well

$70 the next morning to have the service station jump our car because Jim left the car door open and the light drained the battery (it was so cold too)

"it's a tradition"

$$$$$ to enlarge our living room and dining room because Jim has decided that this tree incident (did I tell you that it is the biggest tree in the history of mankind - Rockefeller Center would envy this tree) as we now refer to this experience has convinced him that our living space is too small - I shudder to think what next year's tree will cost us.

Happy Holidays.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My holiday baking/making plans

Here is what I want to make for Christmas trays/jars etc.

Chocolate fudge
Maple Walnut fudge
Brownies with candy cane kisses in the middle covered in chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes
Oreo Truffles
Chocolate Chip Truffles
Nutterbutter Truffles
Sugar cookies
Italian rainbow cookies
Peanut butter cookies
Pumpkin spice bars
Orange blondies
Seven layer bars
Orange ricotta cookies
Symphony brownies

That's the goal.

For the teachers/therapists/aides - I bought them each a big glass jar and I'll fill the bottom with Hershey kisses, then biscotti, and wrapped "purchased treats" - then fill the top with wrapped homemade treats. Tie a big ribbon and we're done. I'll take pictures of those.

Neighbors/friends will get a tray with assorted goodies (that is the hope).

Jim is in the shower (allegedly) and then we're going to go cut down our tree!

Happy Saturday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

If I only had a brain


....in my head I know my son will always have Asperger's....he will always have his quirks...his anxiety...but my heart - it rages against every regression - every set back...

the last couple weeks Andrew has started to chew his sleeve, the fronts of his shirts...
he pulls up his shirt and he used to play with his belly button - now its his nipple (sounds funny but not); he does it all the time
pacing and worrying more, totally anxiety striken about making people gifts
noises bothering him more

now today he is starting some weird breathing thing - I ask him "are you okay?" - "yes, mommy, I'm making a pattern".

we're lucky - he is high functioning, smart - very smart, cute and funny as hell and loving....but sometimes you just want to cry.

Spoke to my doctor on Tuesday night - such a great doctor she is - calls me at 8:45 pm and talks to me for 30 minutes. The chest x-ray was normal, the sonogram showed my spleen to be slightly enlarged but not worrisome and that I had two gallstones. She asked me about my fevers....I read my log. I went through a list of things that I thought could make this happen - her answer to each "no". So Tuesday I have to have a CAT scan and then we'll do blood cultures and then the lymph node biopsy. Happy Birthday to me...at least my scan is a day before my birthday - I can get that out of the way.

Starting to gear up for Christmas. Going to bake next weekend (the 19th) alot for the teachers and neighbors. We're going out on the Island Saturday to cut down our tree - then Sunday we'll buy and put up Flo's tree and lights.

Happy Holidays. I'm tired already.