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August 2010

What I UnLearned on My Summer Vacation

Happy 20th Anniversary, Garth (not his real name!)

Happy 20th Anniversary to us, Garth (not his real name!) 

Most of my kids go back to school, this week -- my middle girl has been accepted into a specialized high school and doesn't start until the Tuesday after Labor Day AND yes the other kids are NOT happy about it.

So, to soften the mood of our house (seriously, where DID the summer go?) my husband Garth (not his real name) surprised me for our 20th Wedding Anniversary (thanks for the well wishes, btw!) by taking a vacation day last Wednesday, Thursday AND Friday to spend more time with me (yes, ME!) doing absolutely nothing of REAL importance, which truly is a  MONUMENTAL act of love, on his part.

Trust me, I know!!!

Although, it's nice to find some folks sharing their secrets to a happy marriage (97 of them, to be exact) I just think it would be prudent to just tell you that Garth (not his real name) and I have absolutely NO idea how we made it, this far!

Especially, considering what happened THIS passed weekend. 

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The Year of the Big Dress and Cinderella Poof!

1990 Bride

 August 25, 1990 

20 years ago (I know...I'm old...shuddup!) I was cruising down the Parkway (a.k.a. Garden State Parkway, for those of you who aren't, you know, from Jersey) surrounded by taffeta and covered in tulle (it was the end of the 80's, baby) as my soon-to-be-sister-in-law mooned traffic and made me laugh so hard, I snorted champagne out of my nostrils!

You would have thought SHE was the one getting married (the aforementioned Parkway-mooner, I mean) the way her hand shook, each time she filled my paper cup.

It took her forever to FINALLY convince her brother to ask me out.

"Just this once and then you leave me alone, right?"

I guess, since we DID get engaged, only 2 months later, she was just hoping it would, you know, work out.

Flash forward 20 years:  taking into consideration, ALL the good times (and bad) oh, and even those days that totally sucked hairy donkey balls (you're welcome!) not to mention, 4 kids, 2 cats, 1 sock-eating doofus-dog AND enough laundry to circle the planet (twice) YES, I really would do it ALL over again.

However, this time, perhaps with MORE champagne, a little less tulle and I'd be the one, you know, mooning the Parkway.

So, what ARE we doing for our 20th?

[shrugs shoulders]

Well, in lieu of fine china (which, is a really bad gift idea, for a klutz, like me, btw!) we're celebrating by taking our kids hiking to Bushkill Falls, PA today (it's where he proposed) then, having lunch at Hot Dog Johnny's in Buttzville, NJ (I kid you not!) followed by a burping contest across the Delaware (because, nothing burps better than Johnny's birch beer!) and then probably order in for some Chinese food, tonight.

Because...unlike Cinderella...I did NOT marry the man of my dreams...THANK GAWD and I do....TRUST ME...every blessed day!!!

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Sundays in My City: Stormy Skies

Sometimes, even a cloudy day can be, you know, beautiful...

Sundays in My City Stormy Skies

Greetings from New Jersey...taken with my Samsung what-cha-muh-call-it cell phone, because my camera is STILL broken!

Unknown Mami

To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City.

Oh, and feel free to clean off a chair, sit down and visit TFH Photoblog or my Flickr photostream.

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Marrying the Man of My Dreams...NOT!

Apu, Any, Mamama The Pocono Mountains, August 1963

Next week, my husband Garth (not his real name) and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.

Married.  20 years.  To each other.

Inconceivable, considering I've only just turned 29, again (ahem!) but, how did we get here?

"Look, we found a box of old photos!"

Because, I've never been really very good at finishing what I start (cough!) and 2 out of 4 of their baby books are actually, you know, finished.

"Who's that?"
My dad.  My mom.  My grandmother.  They ALL looked so young.  I managed to hold onto it (barely) but, couldn't stop my hands from shaking when I remembered who must have taken the picture. 

"Why does Papa look so sad?"

My grandmother was married to a very (and I mean VERY) abusive man (in the worse sense of the word, really) so, I can IMAGINE what my father was thinking at that very moment.

"I think he was maybe just nervous."

With good reason.  My father had a tumultuous relationship with HIS father-in-law (which, happened to be on a good day) and, well, the decision to move in with his in-laws must NOT have been an easy one, either.

"Was she married?"

Growing up, in that house, however, was MUCH worse.

"Who?"

Still, ALL parents fight...right?

"Your grandmother."

Especially, with their in-laws...no?

"She was married, but then she got divorced."

Granted, I don't remember my friends ever talking about the police being called out to their grandparents' houses.

"For how long?"

Not as often as they visited mine, I mean.

"How long, what?"

Then, there was silence.

"How long was she married?"

Days and days without talking to each other.

"40 years, I think."

Doesn't matter.  After a while, it all becomes a BIG blur anyway and, well, I just never dreamed it could be, or would be...any different...for me.

"She was married twice as long as you and daddy!?!?"

20 years.  Married.  To each other.

"Are you going to do something special for your anniversary?"

Inconceivable, indeed.

"Yeah, we're gonna stay married!"

Frankly, the man of MY dreams was WAY different.

"That's NOT funny, mom!"

Thank you, Garth (not his real name) for NOT being that man!!!

"Bet daddy would think it was funny."

I mean, he IS married to me, you know?

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Wordless Wednesday
Sisters Act...ing, Nicely

Holly and Heather Summer 2010Holly and Heather, Bayshore Waterfront Park 2010

Taken with my cell phone.  Imagine what I could do with a REAL camera?  Yeah, I'm looking at you, Garth (not his real name!)

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Surviving Foot in Mouth Disease

I ran into a friend of mine at the drug store, on Saturday -- seriously, nearly knocked her over right in front of the feminine products aisle -- we haven't seen each other since, well, the last days of school and spent the next few minutes, you know, catching up.

"Enjoying a nice, quiet summer, I hope?"

I continued to babble on and on, trying to distract her from noticing the fact that I had NOT shaved my legs in two weeks (you're welcome!) by saying something about my two most favorite days of the year being the last day of school AND the first day of school!

"Did you hear that my mother died?

Aaaaand then, my brain screeched to a halt.

"Oh...no...I am SO sorry."

As, I lied (like a cheap rug) and pretended that I hadn't heard of the poor woman's loss.

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High Tides and Green Skies, Jersey Forever?

The Overlook

Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook County Park, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Actually, it was grayish, rainy and a bit chilly, yesterday.. PERFECT weather for some late summertime fun...here, in Jersey, anyway.

A lot of folks seem to like visiting New Jersey (on purpose) especially, our neck of the Jersey shore and I'm okay with that (mostly) I mean, if it weren't for the Bennies (i.e. people who visit here, only in the summertime) we'd probably have to pay A LOT MORE money to get on our beaches and MTV would NOT currently hold the #1 google rank it does, you know, today...DAMNIT!

Why so sensitive? 

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