Archive for June, 2008


forty something year old women should not get cancer and get better for a little bit and then get worse again and THEN die the day after kindergarten ends, leaving a 6 year old in great confusion and pain. i’ve got a bone to pick with someone about this.

i barely have a decent picture of you.

goodbye dear martha, your friends in the neighborhood are so sad and we miss you so badly and we will help to care for your daughter. she will know you. we promise.


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the longest day

happy summer solstice. 

be on the lookout for those wicked faeries and beware what you dream tonight!

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meme the first

unless the mosaic was a meme? i saw this one at anna’s blog (one of my faves – glad you’re posting again!), and decided to do it here. mostly because they are questions i can answer quickly, thereby posting quickly, and thereby feel like a blogger. ha! diagram that.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago? planning our wedding! we’ll be married 10 years this september. wow. also, getting paid the most ever i’d ever made for theatre. that was nice.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? get the boy to school, get coffee, take miss thing to music class, feed neighbor’s cat, nap miss thing, download camera (pix from the boy’s moving-up ceremony from last night!), work on thank-you gifts for the boy’s fabulous teachers, get the boy from school, survive the afternoon (go to the park, probably), feed the children, put said children to bed. oh, yes and we must eat in there somewhere. is that more than 5? go figure. 

3) Snacks I enjoy: see mosaic below! chocolate, baby. iced coffee. gorgeous cupcakes. popcorn & lemonade. diet coke. dipping salty, crunchy things into hummus. bread. tasti delite (which i’m sure, ain’t).

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: hire my favorite musicians (see sidebar) to play private parties! give away a lot. start a theatre? move someplace bigger. travel. eat out. what a lame list (except the musician part). honestly, i can’t even wrap my mind around the idea. 

5) Places I have lived: teaneck, new jersey; blacksburg, virginia; cincinnati, ohio; kent, ohio (one summer); new york city (hell’s kitchen and inwood).

6) Jobs I have had: life-sucking retail, babysitter, flower deliver-er!, admin ass’t, restaurant hostess (even more life-sucking than retail), actor, mama

7) Bloggers I am tagging who I will enjoy getting to know better: oh, i don’t know. if you read this and feel like doing it, be my guest! leave me a comment so i can read your answers.

and now, because i can’t stand picture-less posts…

the boy amongst his peers, as they move on from kindergarten:

they had a hilariously cute song & dance number to the tune of ‘new york, new york’ which the boy flatly refused to participate in. he also wouldn’t walk over to get his certificate by himself (all this attention can be very overwhelming, see?), so a buddy or two went with him, resulting in a very sweet group hug with the two coolest teachers ever (please excuse the blurriness & darkness):

on to first grade!

holy crapamoley.



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so very interesting: food, coffee, beautiful old buildings and portraits of women. not surprising, really, for a mosaic of me. that pretty much sums me up. oh, yes, and don’t forget henry (or should i say, desmond, brutha?)

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image. The easiest way is to head over here and use the mosaic maker, you can paste the url of each picture in as you go.
c. Copy and paste the html into your blog or Flickr stream.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name? – suzanne
2. What is your favorite food? – bread/chocolate/red wine
3. What high school did you go to? – Teaneck High School
4. What is your favorite color? – twilight Sky
5. Who is your celebrity crush? – henry ian cusick
6. Favorite drink? – iced latte
7. Dream vacation? – paris
8. Favorite dessert? – cannoli
9. What you want to be when you grow up? – an actress
10. What do you love most in life? – my children
11. One Word to describe you. – soft
12. Looked up my flickr name and found something about me – just this album cover! (but if i add a space between the two parts, i find more…including a pic of myself!)

[i’ve got to say, i didn’t find this very user friendly. i got the images mosaic-ed ok, but getting them to show up here & be clickable and have their proper credit just didn’t happen. suffice it to say, these are not my pix, they are from flickr and i thank those who took them].

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you’re a great papa.

happy father’s day, honey.


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ooohhh! lookie what i got in the mail the other day….

yup, the pattern for the famously overknit baby surprise jacket from elizabeth zimmerman (“ez” to those in the knit). i’m going to put my magallanes to use, finally, for this pattern. the babe has been born, he is a he, and i’m far, far behind on a gift. i haven’t even spoken to the mama voip-to-voip yet!

i’m a little intimidated by the pattern, though, i have to say. i love how she writes things down: “See what you are doing? You are decreasing…”, or, “Work will start to look very odd indeed, but trust me and press on.” there’s a lot of that. sweet, personable, human…but i fear things will be hard to keep track of. i plan on writing out the pattern line by line, because, as i have learned in the past, if it ain’t written down, i ain’t gonna knit it. or purl it. or what-have-you. you see what i’m saying.

in other surprise-related news, miss thing is keeping us on our collective toes lately. not that she hasn’t, always. not that all children don’t, usually. but jeez. i can barely catch my breath. like, for the biggest instance, she – quite suddenly – needs one hour less sleep per day. yeah. you parents out there, you feel my pain, right? she already wasn’t the ‘maximum’ type sleeper like the boy is, and now: oy. chicklet is going to sleep at 9-freakin’-thirty. folks. i need to be in bed by 10:30 or i’m toast because she still gets up by 7:15. that’s a short evening indeed. barely time to shower and watch the wire! i don’t think she cares.

also, surprise! school is ending. ahhhh! where did the year go? kindergarten is nearly over. i can barely wrap my brain around that. but the journey…the journey for the boy has been really important. he has come so very far. i (seriously) could not have paid cash money for this year to go any better than it did. i give a lot of credit to his pre-school teacher, last year (melissa). and a lot to his teacher this year, miss pinnie, the rockin’-est kindergartner teacher there ever was. but i also have to give him credit: he has matured so much this year. from the boy who wouldn’t answer to his name during roll call in the morning to the boy who read two books in front of his whole class – and remembered to show the pictures!! he now runs down to the third grade class for reading buddies on fridays. amazing. i am so proud of him.


(isn’t that the best class photo ever? i love it so much more than those silly posed ones with the dorky background. they were on the beach at coney island. after they took this pic, they ran a big race across the sand).

anything surprising you these days?

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