Friday, June 29, 2007

It's a small world after all!!!!

I reconnected with an old friend this evening. Dyan and I were inseperable in elementary school. We were in the same class three years in a row and we spent most of our weekends hanging out. We were like sisters.

After elementary school, we went our separate ways. We both went to affluent private schools - Dyan to Buckley, and I to Westlake School for Girls. We lived only minutes from each other, but at twelve-years-old, it's easy to lose touch with close friends. It's probably been close to two decades since Dyan and I last spoke and I've thought about her often, wondering what she was up to, if she was married, etc. I've seriously considered contacting Oprah or Montel Williams about trying to reunite us - we were that close. I missed her.

Well, thanks to Myspace, we've reconnected. Turns out Dyan and I have a mutual friend who made the connection that we knew each other and she got us in touch. Dyan and I are now eagerly looking forward to a reunion in New Orleans in early August. Dyan, since I know you'll read this, it's time to sign up on Myspace girlfriend!!!!

"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart." --Eleanor Roosevelt

Getting ready for our Los Angeles visit

We're leaving on Monday to spend a week visiting family and friends in sunny Los Angeles. My godmother Jill is getting married next Saturday (7-7-07) in Westlake so we decided to take advantage and spend the whole week in L.A. just chillin'.

My family is a hoot. You haven't experienced a 4th of July get-together until you've kicked it with my fam. I guarantee you there will non-stop laughs and fun.

Of course, our trips are always filled with some unknowns - How will Will do on the plane? How will he adjust to being around a bunch of new people and being in a new environment? Traveling always presents some unique challenges for us, but we manage.

The biggest challenge of the trip will be staying at my mom's house. She's had several remodeling jobs going on for well over a year. She could be the poster child for what not to do when remodeling one's house. Our entire home remodel (4300 sq. ft.) will most likely be complete before hers. Her kitchen remodel, that was supposed to take three weeks, is nowhere near being done. This means we'll be eating out the entire week. Yikes. I guess I can look on the bright side - that means no cooking for me! And Will doesn't really eat anyway, so I guess I'm cool!

But take note (mom) - don't hire your friend's bootleg son to remodel your house. Those situations rarely go smoothly, and there are way too many conflicts of interest in the event something goes wrong (which is inevitable). It's a lot easier to sue someone you have no personal connections to.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Unbelievable!

I just spent the last 40 minutes assembling a bookcase I ordered from OfficeMax. I got to the point where I'm supposed to attach part D to Part K. Well, the holes aren't drilled properly so they can't be attached. No big deal - I figured I'd call the manufacturer (O'Sullivan Industries, Inc.) and have them send me a replacement part. Well guess what? O'Sullivan has gone out of business. Nice.

So I call the OfficeMax customer service line. The only option I've been given is that they will come back out to pick up the bookcase. But I have to disassemble the bookcase before they'll come pick it up. Like I don't have anything better to do with my time. Unreal.

This is the kind of experience that can just destroy a good relationship. I won't be ordering squat from OfficeMax in the near future...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Let the planning begin!


For the past several years, I've been involved in a wonderful event sponsored and produced by Off the Field, the official NFL wives' association. The event is awesome - it features the wives of former and current NFL players working the catwalk at a fashion show brunch. The event is held annually in the Super Bowl host city. Our next event will take place in Phoenix, Arizona in February of 2008. We are in the preliminary planning phase, so more details will follow!







I've participated as a model in the event the past couple of years, but this year I'm in charge of securing corporate sponsors for the event. In college, I was extremely fortunate to intern for a company owned and operated by former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and his wife, actress Holly Robinson Peete. One of our big events every year was a super bowl fashion show, so I have some experience in coordinating events like this. It's still going to be challenging though - we could send out hundreds of letters with the hope of getting one or two companies to respond. But it gives me a chance to use my brain and it keeps me busy - that's always a good thing.

For more information on Off the Field, visit www.offthefieldpwa.org.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Amateur Photographer

Here are some of my favorite shots from my trip this week. Enjoy!






Thursday, June 21, 2007

Self-Proclaimed Trophy Wife

Not me!!!!

Back to my homegirl walking through the cafeteria half naked the other day. I got the lowdown on her while talking to a lady on a hike who had lunch with her that day I saw her in the cafeteria. Turns out she's a 40-something self-proclaimed trophy wife married to a gazillionaire thirty years her senior. She has seven-month-old twins at home (in addition to her five other children). Her husband basically told her that she needed to lose ten pounds, so he sent her (and a friend for company) to Canyon Ranch for a couple of weeks. It all made sense - no wonder she tried so hard to look so good. No doubt all that makeup is a cover up for some deeper issues she has going on. I think this is another one of those situations that proves that money doesn't necessarily buy happiness.

I'm back home from Canyon Ranch - and I miss it already. It really is a wonderful place. Ryan and I are already thinking about making plans to visit the Arizona location next winter after the football season is over.

And one last note - R.I.P. to the little birdie I hit on the freeway on my way home today. My bad...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It's not that kind of place!

I've got another ta-ta story for you today.

I was enjoying my delicious lunch this afternoon at Canyon Ranch when this lady, who was trying way too hard to look younger than she really is (bleached hair extensions, totally tan, etc. - it actually aged her) walked into the restaurant with these little itty bitty shorts on and a teeny weeny tank top with no bra on. Now, she's clearly had her breasts surgically enhanced and they were hanging out of this little tank top. It was just so tacky. I looked around and everyone sort of stared at this woman and kind of chuckled as she walked by.

Canyon Ranch is a pretty classy place. Most people walk around in sweaty workout clothes or spa robes. This woman surely commanded the attention she was asking for when she walked through the room, albeit not the kind of attention she wanted. I don't think she cared.

Such a shame - she's a pretty woman too. I bet she looks great in some real clothes. Remember ladies - the more skin showing doesn't necessarily translate into attractiveness and sexiness.

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm the champ!!!!

Yeah, that's right! I'm the champ. I am the reigning Canyon Ranch croquet champ!

I decided to take a workout break this afternoon to play a round of croquet. I've never played before, and I figured I'd better pace myself while I'm here so I can still move in a couple of days, so why not sign up for a little friendly competition? The GM of Canyon Ranch came out and gave the six of us contestants a quick lesson on how to play. The concept seemed easy enough. The group seemed like fun. It was on and crackin'!

I took an early lead right away. But sure enough, there amongst us contestants was the resident bully. This was one of those know-it-all guys who has played plenty croquet in his days. He was going to show the rest of us how it was done. Instead of letting us all just enjoy our game (our first time playing for most of us), he decided he was going to give us a lesson on croquet strategy. He made it a point every time he was up to hit someone's ball out of the way. It was infuriating. And he was so cocky about it. But payback is a (beep) - I relished in those couple of moments where I was able to feed him some of his own medicine and knock one of his balls out the way.

In the end, I was victorious. I finished way ahead of that guy. And it was so funny because you could tell his ego was hurt - he was just devastated. He got beat by a girl who'd never played the game before. Yes. That felt GREAT!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fat camp!

I'm leaving bright and early in the morning to head to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for a couple days of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. I affectionately call it "fat camp" - daily activities include 20-mile bike rides, yoga classes, hikes, etc., all of which are optional. All meals are included, and the key in the kitchen is "portion control." You ask for the ravioli for dinner, and you seriously get two or three raviolis. I don't know what they are thinking, but a girl who has been working out all day has got to eat more than that! I quickly learned last year that you can order as much food as you want, so if the tiny serving of ravioli doesn't fill you up, you can get something else off the menu. They don't serve soda though - this poses a problem since I'm ADDICTED to Diet Pepsi. I'm hoping this year's trip to Canyon Ranch will get me on the right path to break my 3-4 can per day soda habit.

Of course, there's a magnificent spa at Canyon Ranch, so after torturing myself all day, I can relax with a spa treatment - I've got a facial and a massage scheduled. I can't wait.

I visited Canyon Ranch for the first time last year with my good friend Amanda and we had a blast. Amanda is off enjoying the sun and cerveza in Mexico this week, so I'm actually making the trip by myself. It's about a 5 hour drive from Buffalo, so I uploaded some audiobooks in my iPod to keep me busy on the way there. Since my life is always an adventure, I'm sure this trip will provide me with some good stories to tell.

Happy father's day!!!


Father's Day is always bittersweet to me. The sweetness comes from knowing that I married one of the most amazing men in the world who couldn't be a better dad. The bitter part comes from missing my own dad who died back in 1985 at the age of 43 from a massive heart attack. I miss him terribly, most often on days like today, major holidays, at Ryan's football games, when I'm driving down the thruway. Okay - I just about miss him all the time. Amazingly though, dad still makes his presence felt all the time. For example, it's no coincidence to me that after all the years Ryan struggled to make it in the NFL, the team he eventually stuck with was the Buffalo Bills. Everyone who knew my dad, Bill, knew that he had a love for the game. He had three daughters though, so any dreams of having a son of his own make it in the big leagues just wasn't gonna happen. Then Ryan came along who is now going into his fifth season with the Buffalo Bills - coincidence, coincidence.

I'm also reminded about how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mom who had to fulfill both parental roles while raising me and my sisters. So in honor of women just like her, Happy Father's Day mommy!

Happy father's day to all the dads out there!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ocean's 13!!!!

We just got back from date night - dinner and a movie. Tonight, our flick pick was none other than "Ocean's 13." It is seriously the most entertaining movie I've seen in a while. It was funny, clever and wonderfully entertaining. Definitely a "must see!"

But there's one thing I couldn't help notice during the movie - Ellen Barkin's fake ta-tas! Wow. Without giving away too much of the movie, there's a scene where she tries to get it on with one of the guys. Here walks in this ridiculously skinny woman (even scarier is knowing that the camera adds ten pounds) but she's got these round grapefruit-sized boobs pouring out over her designer dress. Her chest was almost sunken in, but there stood those two rounds balls on her chest. I couldn't take my eyes off of them.

I'm all about some fake boobs - I promise you one of these days I'll have some surgical intervention to help fix what I've lost after having a kid and nursing for months on end. So I guess I'm a little obsessed with them right about now. But after seeing Miss Barkin's, it just makes me think about what happens to those bad boys when we start getting up there in age, when gravity takes over and everything starts heading south but the ta-tas.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ryan - the voice of reason


We added to our clan about a month ago - we got a new kitten. We couldn't decide on a name for several days. Finally - I had an epiphany. We would name him Boo-Yow! That's right - Boo-Yow. Ryan just kind of looked at me like I was crazy and totally shot me down. I thought it was cute, and I got a chuckle thinking about having to call the vet to make an appointment for Boo-Yow Neufeld.


After many discussions, we decided to go with Winston. And I'm so glad we did. An older lady came up to me today while Winston and I were sitting in the waiting room at the vet's office and she asked what the kitty's name was. Can you imagine if I had sat there and said "It's Boo-Yow." She would have looked at me like I was CRAZY!


My perfect morning...

Our housekeeper came this morning, and I hate being here while she's tidying up. Ryan and I rushed Will off to daycare then we hit up a local Par 3 golf course - the infamous Bob-O-Links! We hit some warm up shots on the range then played 9 holes on the course. Neither of us are very good, but Ryan did get Par on one of the holes! The weather is perfect too - low 70s, a cloud cover with a nice breeze that helped when the sun peeked through. A perfect morning for golf.

Unfortunately, this feeling of contentment probably won't last the rest of the day. We're off to Direct Buy this afternoon to pick out about of light fixtures for our house that was damaged in "the flood" last year. More on that to come....

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ouch!

I think I have a concussion.

I hit my head this morning - HARD! I'd just put Will in his booster seat for breakfast when he dropped his beloved blankie. I reached down to grab it and somehow forgot the booster seat is actually propped on a chair. BOOM. I hit the edge of the seat back with my forehead full speed, right above my left eyebrow. I couldn't believe it. Maybe my morning cup o' joe hadn't kicked in yet and I was still in my morning fog. Actually, this goes along with the fog I've been in all week. So I'm not surprised. Maybe I should avoid driving, carrying heavy objects, or doing other everyday tasks until this fog lifts!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We'll wait and see...


Tests, evaluations, therapists, meetings, therapy sessions...


The quest to get our two-and-a-half year old son Will "caught up" and on track with all the other toddlers out there has just been utterly exhausting.


Will is a great kid. He's fun, personable, utterly handsome. He's just not much of a talker. Will had numerous ear infections before his first birthday. We're hoping and praying his infections are reason enough for his significant speech delay. He had his first set of tubes put in at 13 months, and he had his second set of tubes put in a couple of months ago. No doubt the cycle of tubes will continue over the next couple of years.


Will has received speech and occupational therapy through Erie County's early intervention program for months now. Every week, Will meets with his three therapists for speech, play and occupational therapy. We're in the process now of having to transition into our local school district, so Will is now having to go through a new set of evaluations to see what services the district will provide. Keeping up with Will's schedule has been tedious to say the least. It's actually starting to take an emotional toll. Every time I'm told that my child is "severely delayed," I just shudder. The label is tacked onto Will in order for him to qualify for services, but it just hurts every.single.time I hear it.


We've seen some improvement in Will, but not as much as we hoped after all of this therapy. As the delays persist, one word keeps coming up as a possible explanation - Autism. I've lost sleep over the possibility that my child could be autistic. As a mom, my intuition tells me that something just isn't quite right. We've had Will evaluated by a local developmental pediatrician who wasn't comfortable labeling Will as autistic because some of Will's tendencies that might be characterized as "autistic" might also be attributed to the fact that he's TWO! Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable with someone labeling him as autistic at this age either. So we're taking a "wait and see" approach. We'll see how Will continues to develop over the next couple of years, all the while continuing his therapy and providing him with the resources to put him in the best place possible when and if an official diagnosis of autism is ever made.


In the meantime, I'm enjoying the new words that Will seems to discover every day, or the songs we sing together. His favorite song right now seems to be "Beautiful Liar" by Beyonce and Shakira. We can sing a mean duet!



Oops!

Yesterday was just one of those days - my mind just wasn't quite right. I've been battling a cold for a couple of days, I was stressing out a bit about the new scene I was going to be performing in front of my acting coach he apparently thinks it's just fine to tell me I don't have any talent, and that's okay, because I have "the look" (that's nice), Ryan had his first day of minicamp with the Bills, etc. My scattered mommy brain finally just went kaput.

I was getting Will ready for a trip to the supermarket. I go to put on his shoes, and he's soaking wet from the waist down. I'm a little perplexed now - I'm wondering what water source he got into, or how he managed to spill his juice all over himself. Neither was the case. I apparently forgot to put a new diaper on during his afternoon diaper change yesterday. How does a mother manage to put on a kid's shorts without realizing he's going commando??? I bet I won't make that mistake again.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Look out world!!!

I'm here.

My life is pretty interesting - definitely worth reading about. As I start posting regularly, I'll share a bunch of interesting information about me! This is going to be so much fun. So check back often!