Friday, June 30, 2006

my daughter

Who would have ever guessed that my daughter would be a risk taker in creative writing?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

my baby

My baby! Click on the image and take a better look.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Please mom I wanta' go home

Please mom I want to go home, but they won't let me go, please mom I want to go home!

I am feeling terribly homesick today. I am stressed and sad and I want to go home. I feel I have grown a bit being out here on my own in the great big world. I am heading towards my ultimate job being a photographer. My daughter is doing well in school and for the most part is happy. Will is doing great and enjoying his job. Me I want to go home. I just can't afford it. I miss my mommy and daddy and sister and niece and nephew. I miss my aunts and grandma I miss the good old USA. I want to go out at 10 o'clock at night and find something open. I want to shop at a superstore and get everything I need at one stop. I want Taco Bell. I want well... I want my family. It's been 7 months since I last stepped foot on my homeland and believe it or not I miss it. Australia is beautiful and for the most part the people are great and caring. They seem to genuinely love their country. The landscapes are stunning and the oceans are amazing but I miss Pittsburgh. I miss the rolling hills and the sweet little creek that runs behind my parents home. I MISS WALMART. I miss going to my mothers home for dinner and drinks. I miss sitting in her little pool and playing games with the kids. I just want to go home. I miss home.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My mothers daughter

I am my mothers daughter. I have inherited her ability to debt collect. I wasn't sure it was something that was passed through the genes but apparently I was wrong. Perhaps its like a super power inherited through the womb during my all important debt collecting growth moments in utero. If you don't know my mom you are truly missing out. She is 5 foot nothing and full of beans. She use to debt collect when she was pregnant with me. Were talking repossesing cars, beds, houses you name it. She was good at it. Apparently people like to have there stuff taken by a cute, short, little Italian. I have began debt collecting at work. For the past three years no one has wanted the job and it has gone undone for way to long. The strangest thing about all this is I like doing the work. I don't mind calling people up and saying hey you owe us money when can you pay up? I am my mothers daughter.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

oh the weight loss.

Today I went jogging. Yes you heard me right I jogged. I went out for 25 min and 12 seconds and actually jogged for at least 10 minutes of it. So now I have been going to the personal trainer for two weeks and have started to add Veggies and fruit. I even made Lamb with White wine, garlic and lemon with an herb rub. Plus steamed veggies. I head for the gym again tomorrow so perhaps I will even lose some weight this month.

Monday, June 19, 2006

flicker photos

Photos have been added to flicker you can now print them out using flicker. So go have a look at all the new photos from Kangaroo Island.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Why Me?

Why me? I just got out of having to go to a black tie dinner about 2 weeks ago due to a nasty cold and now we have a Red Tie dinner for Rose's school. We weren't going to go we hadn't even read very far on the flier all we knew was it cost money so we weren't going. But "no" says fate, your going. Today we get a call from the principal of the school. My first thought "oh no what has Rose done." No she's calling to invite Liam and I to the dinner as Marions guests. I know she wants to get in good with Carnegie Mellon but it is Rose's school and I couldn't say no. So now I have to go this dinner. I am not cut out for fancy dinners I would be better at farm feast not a black tie dinner. I don't have a dress nor do I have the money to get one. My hair hasn't been dyed in 7 months and looks horrible. I have until July 1st to find a dress a babysitter and a new body. WHY ME?

Happy Fathers Day

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...
For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...
And Father struggles daily
To live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider
And "hero or the scrimmage"...
And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,
But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...
But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...
But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,
For the only reason Cad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
Helen Steiner Rice

"That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all." -- J. August Strindberg

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare

"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -- Anne Sexton

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- English Proverb

"To be a successful father . . . there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." -- Ernest Hemingway

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." -- Gabriel García Márquez

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud

"I miss you Daddy."--Casey

Friday, June 16, 2006

the break-up spoiler

Tanya and I went to see this movie Friday night and came out feeling a bit empty. I am a hopeless romantic and I wanted to see a Hollywood ending. You know where everyone walks into the sunset arm and arm. Well if that is what you want then you want another movie. I left feeling empty and unfufilled. The arguments were true to life and you could see yourself in the characters. The man argument of the movie is why won't some men do things for their partners just because there partners want to do it. Like sitting in a motorcycle shop for hours in the cold just cus that's where the man you love is. Why can't he inturn go to the arts festival just because you love it? Well in my world that just doesn't happen. My favorite quote from the movie is
"So you want me to do the dishes"- Gary
"No, I want you to want to do the dishes" -Brooke
That's all were askin' here men we want you to want to do something for us just because you love us. Is that so much to ask? So I guess what I am saying is the movie is good just a little to close to home and I wanted it to all work out in the end.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


You enjoy your summer fun. For here fall has sprung.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I love rust

For: Will , Jim, Brad, Byron, Micheal, John Mc., John M.,

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The million dollar night

Okay remember when I was complaining about being sick yesterday well I would gladly put up with it if it meant it took back last night for Rose. Rose woke up last night with her first ever ear ache. At 4 in the morning she climbed into bed complaining about her ear. After two hours of crying and fighting us for any help we could give her we went to the Womens and Childrens Hospital to see what they could do. What they did was make her throw up all over me TWICE. So after three hours of waiting and puking and crying we were seen by the worlds cutest Irish Doctor wearing red Doc Martins. He concluded that she did indeed have an ear infection but that antibiotics would not help and just to give her ear drops and tylenol to ease the pain. So with that "Million" dollar advice we took home a much happier daughter. Right now its 3 pm and she looks pale but she is happily playing Barbie by herself.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Nose ahead

I'm sick (said through sniffles). I have been so for around a week. My head hurts, my throat hurts, my nose hurts...! Lets just say I am going for a whole body ache! I can't seem to shake it. I fear it may be permanent. Where does all this snot come from anyway? I can blow and blow and blow and it seems to do absolutes no good what so ever. On other news I have just been informed that The Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Faire has closed its doors for good. There will not be a thirteenth season. On that note I am going to go and blow my nose!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Java anyone.

I have decided to give a bad habit a chance. No I am not taking up drugs or alcohol! I have ADD and we have addictive personalities as it is. I am taking up caffeine. Why caffeine well I am rather tired and I have a sluggish metabolism. So I am going the way of the coffee. So here it goes. Cross your fingers that it doesn't make me to crazy!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Kagaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is 155km long, and 55km wide, it is the third largest island off the Australian mainland. Kangaroo Island was uninhabited when it was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders (an English explorer) and approximately one third of the island still has native vegetation in it of which the majority is conserved in National and Conservation Parks.
Leaving Cape Jervis
Parndana Wildlife Park: Koala
Red Kangaroo
Koala sticking his tongue out
Baby Possum Kissing

Kelly Hill Caves

Island Pure Sheep Farm
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
Pelican Feeding

Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay Conservation ParkFlinders Chase National Park
The Admirals Arch
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
Emu Ridge
Remarkable Rocks Scenic View
Remarkable Rocks
ETC Australia Class 06'
Australian country side

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island 2006
more pictures to come later!