Category Archives: Hubby

Fun day

I told Bill I was making butternut squash with bacon pasta for dinner tonight. He took us out to dinner.

We went to a teppanyaki bar, where the Japanese chef did wonderful tricks with food and flame, then threw shrimp at our faces. Bill caught his, I didn’t catch mine, and Decky caught two out of three. We had a great time – Decky was especially happy and impressed – he even ate some salad and veggies!

We came home and watched one of my favorite movies, “About a Boy.” I have resurrected my crush on Hugh Grant.


Earlier today, I did tons of Christmas shopping online. I got so much done and got some really great deals. I’m psyched!

I talked to my dad and got some good ideas. During our conversation, he told me that he’s been going on three-mile walks many times a week. I am so proud of him! I told him that he exercises more than I do right now and he didn’t believe me. He has inspired me to get back to the gym. Tomorrow morning, I’ll be on the elliptical at the workout place. It can only do good things for me.

It seems that when I finally get back in the gym, I suddenly remember how good exercise makes me feel. And then I kick myself that I didn’t do it sooner. Duh.

Thanks, Dad.


Tomorrow, I intend to clean the upstairs, including the band room and Decky’s room. After my workout. Two punishments? Or a treat and a punishment? I’ll let you know.


I can’t wait to get to Chicago!

Twenty-three years

Today is the twenty-third anniversary of my marriage to Bill. I have been with this man for over half of my life. We have had wonderful highs in our time together, and terrible lows. Some times we love each other more than others. Some times we need each other more than others. But usually there is a great balance.

He’s my best friend. He makes me smarter, kinder, helps me think more clearly and objectively. He is the most intelligent man I know.
He is handsome and sweet. He cracks me up.
As parents, we are perfect complements to each other. What one lacks, the other makes up for.

We both occasionally acknowledge how fortunate we are to have each other. We have fun dates. We are happy together.

Twenty-five years together, twenty-three years of marriage. I have grown up with this man. I can’t wait to grow old with him.

My men

I have such a good time with Bill and Decky. On the weekends, we try to do some fun stuff, stay active.

Today we golfed a nine-hole, par three course. It’s just the right skill level, the right-sized holes, the right length for us. Well, at least for me and Decky. Bill is patient with us. We each got off a few really good shots and putts, we got some exercise, and we were outside enjoying the fall weather. It was a winner on many levels.

After that, we went out to lunch at Arby’s, then Decky tore up the tomato plants and burned leaves with a magnifying glass on the driveway. I did laundry and cleaned, Bill was on the computer.

I took Decky to basketball practice, which was a terrific workout for him, got to chat with a friend and a read a book, while Bill took a nap. When we got home, I made a nice dinner while Bill vacuumed and Decky rested.

Owen and Koby came over for dinner, which consisted of pork roast, pureed cauliflower and some green beans. We tried to cover the cauliflower with gravy and call it mashed potatoes, but Decky wasn’t having any of that.

Koby left after dinner to take Cait out for a nice date, and we got to keep Owen. We had a nice evening of play, drumming and ice cream. The boys and Ruthie are now in Decky’s bed, sleeping. Owen is taking up half of Decky’s pillow, because he won’t use his own. He just wants to be close to him, so Decky is hugging the far edge of the bed while the other half lies vacant. Thank goodness he has an extra hour to sleep tomorrow, because I think he’s in for a restless night.

Ryan just got home after working a nine-hour day at the restaurant. He’s pooped. He misses Decky and Decky misses him very much. Decky looks so forward to Monday and Tuesday because those are the days Ryan has off. They really love each other a lot. It’s wonderful to see.

I am so lucky to have such sweet, funny, loving men in my life. I really am.

Halloween recap

Yesterday was so much fun! And so busy! Just the way I like it.

We spent most of the day cleaning and cooking. I vacuumed and washed the floors while Bill shampooed the rugs. When the house was clean, I started in the kitchen. I made a big pot of chili, some baked acorn squash, quesadillas, cornbread, and pumpkin yumpkin muffins. We used the bench for extra seating at the kitchen table so we could seat everyone.

Caitlyn, Koby, Owen, Dani, Tommy and Miles came over for dinner. Afterward, we all drove over to Nick’s house, so we could trick-or-treat in his neighborhood with him and his mom and brother. Ryan came home just in time to join us.

Miles and Owen did such a wonderful job going house to house! Owen was running, saying, “Run!” They both did their best at saying ‘Trick-or-Treat’ and ‘Thank you.’ Decky and Nick did too.

We all went back to our house for some pud-pud and ice cream, then the adults enjoyed some wine. The babies and their parents went home, and Bill and I took Decky and Nick out for another round of trick-or-treating. They each had quite a haul!

After driving Nick home, and avoiding the crazy neighbors’ party on the driveway next door, Bill, Decky and I relaxed and regrouped.

I finished up the cleaning this morning, then spent the day doing nonproductive things with Owen and Caitlyn. We shopped for new gym shoes and boots, and hand cream and soaps. We had a fun lunch at a new restaurant, then I went to their house to meet their new kitten Bean. Sweet little thing – lets Owen pick him up and carry him wherever he wants.

I think the three of us missed our occasional fun days out. Too much work and travel lately I guess.

After a dinner of leftovers, I took Declan to basketball practice. He is tired and kinda cranky, but he’ll feel better once he’s in bed for the night with his dog.

Work a half day tomorrow, vote, early dismissal for Decky. Pretty quiet, just right after our weekend trip and Halloween.

Just plain weird

Bill and Decky and I went to the walgrreens today. On the list: picture-hanging hardware, a wedding card, nail polish, and chocolate.

We each went our separate ways upon entering, then met up by the cashier. Bill and I found that we had each independently selected the same size bag of chocolate-covered peanuts.

I guess after half our lives together, it makes some sense to know each other’s tastes so well. But still.

It’s just plain weird sometimes.

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Also, tomorrow’s Dani’s and Tommy’s wedding. We’re all going and we’re all going to be wearing our dancing clothes!

Everybody’s getting
Ready for the wedding!
Oh, we’re so excited!

Everybody’s getting
Ready for the wedding!
We’ve all been invited!

I can’t wait to see my kids dance and have a great time with each other. The only sad part will be the black space on the dance floor that should be occupied by Stefanie. We’ll all have to dance enough to make up for her absence. And our collective goal is to get Koby out there with us. Yeah!