Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bronx Birthday memories, from a gal now "in her late forties".

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear me-e-e....
Happy Birthday to me.

OK, so it's now been 6 1/2 months since I last "blogged"...

Lots that's new.

1. as the title indicates, now in my LATE forties, as of today.
2. recently celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary... who'da thunk
3. getting my ASS kicked by an autoimmune disease (therefore no blogging)

Today was also my Dad's birthday...he would have been 82.
When I was a little girl I used to tell him I was the best present he ever got.

Thanks to my mom, of course there would be no "birth"day without her, THANKS MOM!!!

When we were kids she would set up our little family birthday parties which consisted of party hats, a simple cake with candles, and ice cream sodas; made with "White Rock soda. When we did have a party outside of the house, Jahn's Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor was the best destination. Those TRULY were the good old days.

In the section of the Bronx I grew up in, there was a birthday tradition for young schoolgirls to wear a corsage that denoted the age you were turning. NO FLOWERS!!!! There was always a pipecleaner bumble bee, a really pretty ribbon & bow, and more pipe cleaners attaching "treats" together. The treats were usually candy, but I swear I remember one age being little dog biscuits!!! There were Tootsie Rolls, Bazooka Bubble Gum, mini Lifesaver rolls, Chicklets Gum, Jolly Ranchers... I can't remember which candy sood for which age. What a SIMPLE pleasure.

OK - as far as the blogosphere... here goes:
I'm stuck at home, watching too much TV, while the rest of the world works, and after a 6 month hiatus... I'M BACK!!!!!!!

I'd like to resurrect this blog, which was only in it's infancy when I had to put it on life support.

I'd really like to know what you think, too...

- Election Day approaching... unbelievable news coverage & TV ads!!!
- Anti-gay bullying and bullying in general
- Bill O'Reilly refers to 9/11 attack on WTC as "killed by Muslims"
- CT Home Invasion Trial in sentencing stage... death penalty on the table; what's this nonsense about life in prison being cheaper??

Well, I gotta run for now. Getting old SUCKS.
Gonna have to smile while I cut my low fat, low sodium, low taste, even lower expectations, birthday cake.... JUST KIDDING.

Have a great one,


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter, My Mom & The Robe

The first movie ever filmed in CinemaScope, The Robe was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio, the Roman centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion. But when he wins Christ's robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross, his life is changed forever.

Its inspired story set to a spectacular score, and featuring an all-star cast, including Victor Mature and Jean Simmons, The Robe remains one of the screen's greatest biblical epics.

Happy Easter!!!!!

Jelly beans, Peeps, chocolate bunnies and the robe? I mean "the Robe", the movie. When I was a little girl the only egg hunt I ever did was in our apartment, but I'll never forget my mom and "The Robe".

Our family never watched that much tv, but I clearly remember my Mom's teasing when I would ask her "Is The Robe on yet?" I guess that's when I first learned about double meanings. She would get the biggest kick out of tell me "No, the robe isn't on yet, see?" and of course she would pull at her housecoat to show me. I would explain what I meant and the next time I asked she would do it again. Eventually I would be giggling and trying to explain through my laughter and she would try to keep a serious face and keep playing with me that "the robe isn't on, can't you see?" Boy, do I miss that age of innocence. I was too young to tell time, but I'm not sure how old I was, I'll ask her tomorrow; she has a great memory.

My mom was (is) amazing!!!!! We all (6 of us!!) had beautiful baskets filled with candy from the Easter bunny and I don't know how she did it because we really didn't have money, at least not for splurges.

Next it was off to Church, we all had Easter bonnets, spring coats (as we used to call them), pretty dresses, meticulously pressed, ankle socks with white lace trim, white patent leather shoes, white gloves, curls in our hair (nothing overdone, just a simple ribbon tied around what she called a half ponytail, and of course... frilly panties. That was special fancy underwear to be worn over your normal undies incase your dress blew up, or if you were climbing like a monkey and your undies could be seen.... yup, that was me, the tomboy, even on Easter. My Mom might have her hair done (a real rarity for her) and maybe even wear a corsage.

Again, how did she do it???????

Well hats off to you Mom, or "bonnets" off to you, and of course, HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

I love you,


ps - Is The Robe on yet?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I love a parade!

Sorry I haven't posted lately, I was sick :(. Feeling better now, thank God.

Well tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and I am very excited. I've only made it to the parade in New York once in the last decade, and I'm going tomorrow. The forecast is 60 degrees and sunny YAY!!!!

My parents were both born and raised in Ireland, making me 1st generation American. For little girls whose parents are from Ireland, taking tap dance and ballet lessons aren't the norm, and frankly weren't on our radar either. Naturally, we all took Irish dancing, but we never gave it much thought, and thankfully, we really loved it.

I danced from the time I was 5 until I was 14. My mom tried to start me at 4, but I wasn't ready to stay in line and listen.... OMG, I'm still the same!

Anyway, this is a short one, but I'll follow up with a St. Pat's Day report.

Take apeak at this.... very cool

nils lofgren on accordion, gets the crowd singing “fields of athenry”
just prior to bruce springsteen beginning “no surrender”
july 12, 2009 LIVE in dublin

If you have an extra minute, check out youtube Stavros Flatly Audition Britain's Got Talent.


Have a great day,