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Rants, ramblings about my life, work, politics, current events and my obsessions with yarn, knitting, and good music...

Tuesday, December 23, 2003


Mom & I just finished making a double batch of Russian Teacakes. YUM YUM They're my favorite Christmas cookie. We made extra so I could take some back with me next week. If I don't eat them all on my flight to BWI, I might bring them to Dan & Stacy's.

The visit home's been busy. I think this week is going to go really fast. I've been here since friday the 19th and I can't believe it's tusday already!!

Aunt Fran's memorial service went as well as could be expected saturday morning. There must have been over 150 people at the service. It says a lot about Aunt Fran's character that people she & my uncle hadn't seen in almost 20 years came to the service. Emotionally wise I was glad when it was over.

Speaking of Aunt Fran, I had a dream about her last night. She was standing next to my uncle, but he couldn't see her. And she told him that he needs to eat & sleep because she's ok.

Not sure what my plans are for the rest of the day. I do have an eyebrow appointment at 4:30, I had an "accident" with the tweezers and now my eyebrows are all uneven, so I'm off to get them fixed.

I didn't realize that it's only 1:40! It's amazing what you can get done when you're up early! Well that's if you think 9am is early. Which it really isn't but it is for me.

The next few days are going to be busy with family events, so if I don't have a chance to post, I hope you all have safe and wonderful journeys whether near or far. Love and kisses to you all.

Friday, December 19, 2003


Flew into Buffalo around 11am today. Dumbass me thought my flight left at 10am, so I scheduled my SuperShuttle to pick me up at 6am, meaning I had to get up at the ungodly hour of 5am. Snoozed on the drive in, snoozed on the plane. The airport (BWI) actually wasn't too crowded and my flight wasn't full and I lucked out and had an empty seat next to me.

Dad picked me up from the airport and we had a nice lunch at this cute restaurant not to far from the house. I had a very yummy chickenfinger melt sandwich.. ah to be in Buffalo and get good comfort food. Got home and had tea with Mom & Dad before going to do some running around. Wanted to go to Borders to pick up a book I've been wanting, but on my way there, the exaustion hit me, so I came home and took a nap.

After my nap had a lovely dinner with Mom Dad & my sister Beth. I love coming home because Beth & I do all the silly things we used to do when I lived here. We did dishes and listened to some of our favorite songs and sang. I miss singing, although I do it a lot when I'm alone, it's so much fun to sing with her. But I'll never do it in public, bad stage fright.

Mom & Dad went to the airport to pick up Chris & Heather, so it's going to be a full house for the next 10 days or so. I wonder how long the goofiness will last before we all start to get on eachother's nerves.

Aunt Fran's memorial service is tomorrow. I'm so not looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, but I've already forwarned my parents that I'm mostly likely going to be a wreck, and they're both like "DUH! Of course it's going to be rough, that's what grieving's all about." Wise wise words.

Well I should get offline incase anyone is trying to ring the house. Love and smooches to you all. Will try to post while I'm hin the land of snow (which it really isn't right at this moment).

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Winding Down

I finished the semester yesterday! YAY!! No more school!! Well... at least for a month. But anyway, no school, no school, no school. *does little dance*

I'm not sure how grades are going to turn out, I did better on my Shakespeare paper than I thought I would. My African American Lit paper was a piece of crap, but my prof seems to really like my papers, even though I don't, so we'll see. And Sociology, well, that's up in the air too. I have no clue how I did on that paper. I will just have to be patient while waiting for grades. BUT I WANT THEM NOW!!!!

Niels leaves today for Wheeling. Weather permitting he's going to come up for New Years (he better damnit otherwise I'm going to be one sad Miss Mita). If he can't come up, we won't see each other until the spring semester, and that starts January 12th. So keep your fingers crossed that WV doesn't see a crazy snow storm at the end of the year.

I'm leaving for Mom & Dad's friday morning. I'm really looking forward to going up, a lot of family that I haven't seen in a while will be in town, granted it's for Aunt Fran's memorial service, but it'll still be good to see everyone.

Mrs. L-K is feeling under the weather, so please send healing thoughts her way.

Hope you have a wonderful wednesday. Love & kisses to you all.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Rice & Beans

I have to say, I think I've finally mastered the art of making good rice & beans. I just cooked up some black beans and mmmm mmmm are they GOOD!! It's taken me YEARS to get them to not taste bland, but the past couple times I've made them, they've been soooo yummy!! I will reheat them tomorrow with some jasmine rice & some cheese...mmm mmm. So good. I love cooking. Would you like to come over?? I have enough to share!

I'm also mastered the art of procrastination. I wanted my African American Lit exam to be done by 6pm tonight, and well, that deadline's come and gone. I have to finish it before I can go to bed. No ifs ands or buts. I have to spend tomorrow working on my Shakepeare study guide, the final's tuesday morning at 11.

With that said, back to writing I go!! I hope you are all having a more exciting evening than I!!

Love & smooches to you all.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Friday Five

I haven't done the Friday Five in a few weeks.....

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
Yes, very much so. Just as long as I don't get snowed in at my parents' house for three days, i.e. Christmas 2001.

2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
I don't know if I have an ideal celebration. As long as I'm with my family that's all that matters. We could eat grilled cheese sanwiches and I'd be happy. I'm a goober, but I love my family and just spending the day with them is perfect. Now, this year I wish Niels could join me for the holiday, but other than that....

3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
We always go over my sister in law's parents' house for a traditional Sicilian Christmas Eve.

4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
My siblings & I decided a couple years ago not to exchange presents, so instead we pool the money and give it to this great charity in Buffalo that helps young men get back on their feet, it's called the Fransican Center.

5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
Either an air popper popcorn popper or a pair of Doc Martins. What can I say, I'm boring when it comes to presents...

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Much much better

Am in much better mood. The funk has slowly gone away, and I am glad it's gone.

Things have been crazy. Some shit's gone down at work and is making being at work not so much fun. I think it'll clear itself up by the new year.

Emailed my sociology final to my professor last night, a full 24 hours before it was due. I don't know how I did. I think I did pretty well, but I think my grade will definately depend on the mood of my professor when she's grading it.

One down two to go.

My African American Lit final's due by 4pm monday. I took today off to write it, but so far all I've done is read the hand out. I need to get it done tomorrow night, the latest, so I can do the study guide for my Shakepeare final. Thank goodness that that final is open book and open note.

Spent some quality time with Niels last night & today. He slept over & I made us breakfast this morning. I haven't been doing any sort of cooking lately and I forgot how much I love to do it. Even simple things like pancakes & omlettes.

Happy thursday to you all.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Just call me grumpy

Sung to the tune "Just call me angel....of the morrrrrrnnnnninnnnnngg"


Niels came over. We watched Two Weeks Notice. Very cute Hugh Grant/Sandra Bullock film. Hugh Grant is fine fine fine. rraaarrrrr

Today was the last day before winter break where Niels and I could spend a big chunk of time together. So guess how much time we spent together.... Three hours. Yup, all of three hours. I am not amused. Not at all. I am grumpy. I was so looking forward to him sleeping over and spending the evening cuddling. But no, he went home.

I know I should be grateful for the small bit of time we did spend together, but we had made these plans to hang out & watch Two Towers and he'd sleep over. But he changed his mind, which he has every right to do, this afternoon. But when one has been having a rough couple weeks, and a bit stressed do to impending finals, us hanging out was the bright moment of my week.

Granted we've both been in a funk but I'd rather be in a funk with someone I care about than by myself. Is that selfish of me?

I am going to shut up now and am off to read The Two Noble Kinsmen, if you've ever read Chaucer's The Knight's Tale, you'll know how depressing it is....

I need a smoke.

Friday, December 05, 2003

"I'm feeling better!"

Said in my best Monty Python & the Holy Grail voice. "I'm not dead yet!"

Had a good talk with Niels late last night, we hashed somethings out. So I'm feeling better about us. But I'm still funky. Not funky smelling, just funky. I think it's goin' around. A buch of people I know have it goin' on. Not fun at all. Oh the joys of mental health.

It's friday. The office is quiet with the weather and all. A bunch of people are using the excuse of "bad" weather to not come in today, not like they would have come in anyways. Because, god forbid you actually come in and do your job. But that'd a rant for another day.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Mine will be filled with take home final exams and quality time with Niels.

Love you all.

Thursday, December 04, 2003


I'm in a funk. I shouldn't say funk, I'm really really depressed. I haven't been this depressed since summer of '93 when I couldn't get out of bed for a week I was so depressed. But I can get out of bed, so I guess I'm not as depressed as that time. But it's close.

My hormones are a mess, which added on top of my grieving process makes for one pathetic Miss Mita.

When I'm like this I overanalyse shit and I know I shouldn't but I do. BAH! Things like, why is Niels going over some classmate's house for dinner next weekend? He said it's because she's going to make a "home cooked meal" Everytime I ask him if he wants me to cook, he says "no, let's order out." Why will he let this classmate make him & some other classmates dinner, but not me?? So this leads me to start to doubt our relationship. ARGH!!! I need to stop!! What makes it worse is that he's at some meeting so it's not like I can even TALK about it with him at this moment in time.


BAH! I'm going to bed.