New nephew!

2 08 2011

My phone rang at 11:10 this morning. I, of course, was still sleeping. But I heard it ring and looked. Since it was Lili calling, I answered immediately. I figured Little C wanted to talk to me about swimming.

Side note: I’m supposed to go to Florida on August 6th. Little C is beyond excited to go swimming with Aunt Claire… She has been talking about it since July. To the point that she asked Lili if I would wear my swimsuit UNDER my clothes on my flight, so that we could go swimming immediately upon my arrival… (she’s TWO, you guys.)

But it wasn’t Lili, or Little C. It was NE, calling to tell me Lili was in labor, and my parents were on their way. My first question? “Where is Little C?”

She was safe and sound at Lili’s good friend’s house in Florida. I wished them luck and hung up.

I wanted to sleep more, but I had stuff to do for school, so off I went.

At 2:12pm, as I’m in the CCAC Boyce Dean’s office, dropping off paperwork. And I hear/feel my phone. As I walk out, I answer.

It’s Lili. She says she just wants to tell me I have a new NEPHEW! His name, here, at least, is G-Man. She called around 45 min after he was born. (My sister is amazing.) And then she had to hang up quick to snuggle him.

OMG. A boy! I was hoping for HEALTHY baby, but HOORAY FOR A NEW BABY BOY!

I cried. Of course, I cried.

I called my mom approximately ellebenty billion times today over the baby… Once to tell her that her *other* daughter made me cry in public. lol.

When I called my mom before work. NE had come home and told Little C she was a Big Sister to a Baby Brother, and she was SO excited. She’s going to meet him tomorrow. She is going to be a great big sister.

During our convo, my mom mentioned that there was a Tropical Storm coming for Florida… Saturday. Maybe. Turns out, I checked the weather and it’s scheduled (for now) to hit Florida, their area, right around when I’d arrive on the 6th. So tomorrow? I’m going to try to change my flight to Friday, the 5th. I’m spending my birthday with Little C (and my parents, Lili, NE, and G-man) come heck or high water. I don’t care.

I might have to fly through Philly though… The last time I did that, it was November or December and I spent 6 HOURS THERE. Please hope this works out better.

Thanks to my friends who are offering themselves or husbands to drive me to the airport. I love you guys.

Also, I cannot wait to meet G-man and make him a baby burrito. I loves me baby burritos. Can’t wait to see how similar or different he is from his sister… although, I didn’t meet C till she was a month old…

Baby Burrito Time!

School and all over the place…

16 05 2010

Good grief I have a LOT of stuff and school coming up.

  • First, I start my Biology class on Tuesday. Excited? Yes. Terrorfied? Absolutely. Again, Lili, expect 30 zillion or so phone calls. I’m sorry. I love you. And I love your kid even more. That makes it okay, right? Right?! (Also her MORE CHEESE! pic made four of my friends laugh like crazy tonight and exclaim that she is, indeed, adorable. I know we knew this, but still. MORE CHEESE! aka Death by Cute. Just Sayin’)
  • Second, I will be attending Beer School on Tuesday night. One of my favorite people, Uncle Crappy, is the co-host… I originally wanted to go, but tickets sold out by the time I managed to store up enough $$. But then my super-friend, Calipanthergrl, realized she had to go to some exotic location for work and wouldn’t be back in time… and she asked if I would accompany her boyfriend, Mr. HowIMetYourRugger, in her absence. Willing to do anything for such a good friend, I agreed. (I was entirely sober and well aware of what I was doing at the time, just FYI.)

This is nearly insane for three reasons: 1) it’s HowIMetYourRugger… I’m sure he’ll find a way to nearly embarrass me with what he wears, but also make me laugh my butt off. (I’m sorry, CPG. Sometimes [only sometimes,] it’s kinda funny…) 2) It’s beer. We all know that I’m really picky with beer. Very. Gotta avoid those heartburn issues. (Speaking of beer, has anyone found my one and only beer love Southern Tier Mokah on tap anywhere? MUST. FIND.) And 3) Speaking of heartburn, I’ve just spent about 3 days down & out because I chanced the heartburn and drank Lemonade. Lemonade I have a love-hate relationship. I love it. It tries to kill me. (I’ll post about the Lemonade love-hate thing soon. Promise.)

So beer school should be, at the very least, interesting.And hopefully not painful for me…

  • Third, I have a busy weekend coming up. I can’t tell you what I’m doing on Friday or Saturday, yet. It’s not related to anything I’ve talked about here yet, but I will, soon.
  • And fourth, on Sunday! We March for Babies! I am SO EXCITED that I will get to see Teaspoon! I haven’t seen him, in person, in a year! A YEAR! (Also, I’m kinda scared. He’s too cute in pictures. He’s going to be even more cute in person. I. Might. Die.) And I get to see so many more kiddo friends that I’ve gained over the past year. It might be the best day ever. Many thanks to The Nana for donating to my walk. We’ve talked about how awesome The Nana is. (Yeah, I need to update that to recent stuff, I know.)

In other news:

Did I mention The Nana and The GrandPa bought Little C a wagon for her birthday? I don’t have pics, but according to reports from The Nana AND Lili, Little C LOVES it, and it’s got convertible seats so it can be used for transporting Little C and her many toddler friends, and for transporting stuff. Good call, The Nana and The GrandPa.

Big thanks to KellsBells for saying she knows what’s going on w/ me by reading this blog. I love you dearly, KB.

Also, how do I set up this blog to be readable via email when I post? UC? I’m looking at you since you have that option… I need to do that because one of my other fave ppl mentioned it’s blocked at work, and I’d like to set that up for them… She’s entirely worth whatever work I have to do to make it happen.

Lastly, donate to the March for Babies, won’t you? If you’re a rugger and read this, think of all the new adorable little folk, and the a little older toddler/kids we know… Our baby friends are AMAZING! But, imagine if they needed the March of Dimes… I was inspired by Maddie‘s story (she has a sister now, Yay!) We want all our rugger babies HEALTHY, right??? DO IT. DO IT, NOW. Just a buck, even!!! Just do it.

March for Babies!

5 05 2010

The Aunt-In-Training is at it again! I’m walking in the March for Babies again this year!

And this year it’s even more important to me, given all of the babies I know that have been born in the past year! My Little C, Teaspoon, Mr. Blue Eyes, MW, and a new rugger baby that was just born a few days ago! Plus all the little nieces and nephews that have come into my friends’ lives over the past year. Plus a whole slew of friends who are pregnant (it’s apparently in the water! Stay away!)

This time it’s a Sunday, which means I don’t have to miss any rugby or any of the walk! Hooray!

I can’t wait to see all of my friends – adult and kiddos too! (Note to Spoon & his lovely wife: I hope to see my Teaspoon and get to hang out with him a bit, just FYI!)

Please consider donating to help the cause. You can do so by clicking on the icon below.

I thank you for your donation in advance. Just think of all the little babies you’re helping!! Doesn’t that make you happy!? (If you’re confused, the answer is YES, helping the babies makes everyone happy!)

Pirates n’at

18 09 2009

So I really, really don’t get it, but September 19th is “Talk Like A Pirate Day.” Normally, I would never, ever bring this up, but I’m working on a special project of bib sets right now, and one of them happens to be related.


Who can’t love fabric covered in pirates? I need to find something else to make with it. I’m going to another JoAnn’s tomorrow in the hopes of finding more.

A dress, maybe? How funny would that be?

I went to one of my fave Joann’s the other day. Looking for new, interesting fabrics for this project. I found a few, but one caught my eye because it was kind of ridiculous. And there was only about 1 yard left of it… I sent a picture message to this guy:


And I received a big ol’ YES. So I bought the yard or so that was there.  And it’s just so over the top & crazy that I think it might work out.

I managed to also finish this tonight:

skulls bib

Yep. A bib covered in skull & cross bones.

I would say I’ve truly lost my mind, except I know what fabrics I’m planning to buy over the next few weeks. It gets stranger and more bizarre. I kid you not.


2 09 2009

So tonight at practice we played touch, the women’s version. Two hand touch required. Any stupid passes, knock-ons etc result in a turn over. We are allowed to kick at any point (which I ALWAYS forget.)

So there was a kick and I went to catch it. As did a player opposing us on our tiny little field…. (I have no name for her right now, my brain is fried, nothing to do with this situation. Check for an update later.)

Anyway, we collided. Actually, her elbow and my right cheekbone collided. Oops.

It immediately started swelling.

We started one of the coach’s super fantastic fitness runs – lactic ladders (god help me, I tried to find a link to explain this, but couldn’t find one!) – and not only did my lack of summer rugby b/c of my knee make me unable to complete it, I kept seeing this swelling lump below my right eye in my peripheral vision.

So my left cheekbone:


Left eye/cheekbone


Right eye/cheekbone. ooh look at my pretty eyelashes! woot! no mascara there! sweet!

Honestly, I have no idea how big that lump is. But I can still see it. And as far as I know, there’s no visible bruising… Who knows what tomorrow will bring? AND for the record – totally not the un-named chick’s fault…. Just a random oops rugby thing. And, no, I will not punch you in the eye as you asked to repay you, no matter how it ends up.

However, I’ve never, ever had a black eye from rugby. My face seems to not bruise as well as my arms or legs. (Fail, IMHO) So here’s hoping!

Instead, here are pics of me from the Pizza Off I ran to after my game last weekend…

This is me, just after arriving…. Hello everyone!!


And now a face you may have seen before, or at least a variation of the face:


Recognize it? No? how about this?


The scrunched up, similing face? (I really love that smile, to be honest!!) Anyone seen it before? No? It’s apparently my “OMG I just met or am playing with a little person who rocks face.” Had no idea, until I saw that ridiculouse smile on my face in picture twice in a few months time.

Why? Well, I am not only blessed by my Little C, who lives a zillion miles away, but also by a plethora of Yinz Team kiddos. Thankfully, all were born well before my baby girl, Little C, so each and every one of them I meet is teaching me something to look forward to with her.

To the YinzTeam parents – thanks for bringing your kids to our events or letting me visit. (Hi, A! make sure you tell her I said HI! @burghbaby!) I hate that my Little C is so far away. But your children have helped me learn what’s in store when I visit and how to interact with her better. I love you all for it.

By the way did I mention that there are 10 – TEN – days till I go visit Little C, Lili and NE? No?



6 08 2009

I could have anything I wanted for my birthday, which was canceled this year by some kind of a higher power, meaning I turn 29 again, (but is technically in 3 minutes or so….)

I’d want to be in Florida and see my sister and hold my Little C. And hear Little C talk to me. It would be the bestest birthday ever.

But I’m not doing that. Instead I’m supposed to go camping. And I don’t really want to. And I’m considering not going. The camping is some kind of pseudo-wacked-out substitute I decided on since I knew I couldn’t see my favorite baby girl. And I know I’ll just think of her the whole time I’m there. (Maybe I’ll start a countdown of hours till I see her in September if I go?)

I know what I hope to do next year on this cancellation date.

P.S. Lili – please give Little C a thousand extra kisses from Aunt Claire tomorrow. Tell her she owes me that many and more next year. Lol. Thanks. 🙂 And check back here Sunday at 8am for your message.

By the way, this is my cancelled-birthday gift to myself. I joined the Dahcheet cult. I was really hoping it’d be here by tomorrow, but I guess it’s coming next week sometime. Boo.


And also? Yay for bunnies as angels and devils! Sweet…

Thank goodness I have Yinz Team Softball on Sunday. Wahoo!!!


2 08 2009

…with The Nana and The GrandPa

The Nana & The GrandPa offered to buy me a new sewing machine for my birthday. A better one, as I’m about to kill the one I have now. As they were in town last weekend, we set out  to find such a machine.(I know, you’re asking why I would subject The GrandPa to endure this, but he’s a big supporter of my sewing, and we discussed my softball game,so he was all good!)

We found one. It is part birthday gift and probably my entire Christmas gift & maybe next birthday gift, and although we got a really great discount,  it was much more than I wanted to have my parents or myself or anyone pay for a machine, but really, it lives up to it’s promises thus far…

Behold the gorgeous new beauty that sits on my sewing table:


Isn’t she beautiful? And the panel on top? Reveals this:


That, people is all of the stitches I can choose from. 167 built in stitches. And I can design my OWN stitches… The max is 215 stitch functions. It stitches letters. Letters, people. Letters…. They are great!

Oh! And it’s so quiet. So quiet that my other machine may have sounded like a freight train when I used it. Wow. Quiet.

Me and soon-to-be-named sewing machine and I started work tonight. What did we make? Well, we started on the project that NONE of you who aren’t super, duper close to me can figure out… Come on people…


And then me and my new toy started to sew:


First patch of the patchwork? Made…. We’ll continue from here. Until we put bells on it. Got it yet??

I’m guessing no, unless you’re named Buckeye here on this site… Hello? Buckeye? Have you been reading here? No? You’re in trouble….

In other news, we (The Nana) bought the Little C this yesterday. What looks like white detail is actually white with small red dots. So are the bloomers underneath. Wow. So. Cute. However our Little C will maybe be able to wear this once. Sad. She should stop getting bigger. Yes. Indeed.


Thankfully The Nana and I found this on clearance… Because otherwise? No chance of buying it. We found it at Janie and Jack. Super, duper expensive. But holy crap how cute their stuff is.It’s deadly.

And Lili? The Nana found out that there is not only Janie & Jack stores near YOU, but also near The Nana’s favorite mall in Tampa. I apologize now for flying into Tampa for Thanksgiving… I’m sorry.