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oh and don’t forget the preakness!! could be a triple crown year. i feel i should explain my horse racing fascination. i have always loved horses, every christmas list that i would put together from the age i could speak until i was 16 was a list that had a horse and all the crap that accompanys them. (thank you daddy for finally caving!) add to my love of horses my competitive side and whala! horse racing! my lifelong dream was to become a large animal vet, work at churchill downs, then retire early and race/train/raise my own racehorses. i even had names picked out and was the only 12 year i knew who had a subscription to Thoroughbred Times. my favorite questions while playing trivial pursuit and other various trivia games in college included horse racing facts and listing the winners of the triple crown. no one liked when i asked the questions-mostly because it usually involved drinking if you got the answer wrong. so after the very devastating derby, big brown has won the preakness and is one race away from history, and not to completely give my age away, i was born the year of the last triple crown winner and have been patiently waiting to witness another.

so enough about that, i do not want to jinx anything, the rest of the weekend was a little league game, tough loss but the other guy who coaches the team who shall not be named wanted to protest the game, i think they should have let him, its coaches like that that make the whole experience not fun for kids, just once i would love to see nicks team beat that guy! the kid was totally out, the rules say they HAVE to slide at home if there is any type of play! the kid didnt even attempt to slide, very fishy!

after that we went to mystic to watch them re-launch a boat. i just thought it was cool because i saw them take the same boat out! saw my friend mike and let me just say he looks so GREAT! i had to do a double take to make sure it was him! way to go MOF!

on sunday, kevin and i took a drive up to cornwall and i got to go over the covered bridge. it was so cool and a gorgeous ride, and its little things like that, that just proves kevin loves me so much! he knew i would like it and was happy to show it too.

the covered bridge its one of the oldest, one lane and all! very very cool!

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this weekend…

hpim1068.jpg the budweiser horses are so cool! this is the third time in my life i have seen them and every time they just get cooler and cooler! how much of a nerd am i?   hpim1064.jpg  if you look closley our good friend MOF is there doing what he does best… i would kill for his job right about then! and MOF it was great to see you, and you look fabulous by the way, have you bought new jeans yet?hpim1060.jpg   what a gorgeous day and of course loved the horses! then we walked around downtown, which is one of kevins favorite places, that goes without saying it is for sure mine as well. on sunday i took k to old weathersfield and we walked around the town and she actually had a good time, sometimes i am hesitant to take her to places that i think are great but she is just a teen, but then again i think she just appreciates someone who will take her out and not judge her. well back to the daily grind! have a great week! 

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ahh february break, a week off because well the week of christmas was just not quite enough right, why would we want to have kids in school for a whole entire  month? anywho, this past weekend, nick went with his mom…the beginning of the worry wart in me. first i worry if he will be alright, no scary scarring visits from the crazy man. next i worry if he will shower, brush his teeth, not jump off of anything to high and break a limb standard worries with an 11 year old. then i worry if he can sleep alright, if he is getting enough sleep, if he can fall asleep alright. but the worst worry is that he may come home and be so miserable because he is not with his mom and that he will just have such spite for me and me being here. in no way have i tried to or wanted to replace his mom, i am just jen. i spent all day yesterday worrying myself a new ulcer that it was urgent that i just get home. because not only do i worry about that, i also tend to start over-analyzing everything and developing these terrible scenarios in my head and how would i react to them and what would i do and of course that all snowballs into crap! i cannot even imagine what my blood pressure was yesterday. so as i am driving home, with all the terrible scenarios in my head and to the point of tears, i pulled into the parking lot, first good sign is the boys are home, well they haven’t up and left was my first thought. when i opened the door, nick was sitting on the edge of the futon, waiting, for me! with a huge smile and leap he was in my arms before i could close the door. at that point all the terrible thoughts and feelings and fears were gone, just one little act. god i love that kid. apparently he had been checking the window every five minutes from the time he had gotten home as well, something i found out later. so foolish jen had to put the worry wart away and remind herself that there really is something good here and all the thoughts and fears were really just a waste of time, well maybe not a waste of time but defiantly so not warranted. i think i should learn to worry about real concerns like global warming or something that is at least a little bit more rash. now that i have survived that, its time to watch the lunar eclipse, so cool. oh yeah and i was tagged by hallie with a neat little what are you reading meme, i thought it was cool and i am reading this great book so i thought i would go along, here are the rules: 

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).2. Open the book to page 123.3. Find the fifth sentence.4. Post the next three sentences.5. Tag five people.

so the nearest book that i am reading is called Czars: Russias Rulers for Over One Thousand Years 

by james P Duffy and Vincent L Ricci ( i thought i made it clear i was a history nerd…)

“A stubborn animosity born of centuries of hatred spilled from both sides as they argued first about where the negotiations would take place (the Russians finally prevailed and the meetings were opened in Moscow), then over which side had started the war. After months of stalemate, a Russian ultimatum forced the Lithuanians to submit a declaration of their proposed terms. Moscows delegation listened to the Lithuanian demands and then stormed out of the meeting in anger.” 


so i havent gotten to this part of the book, so i checked to see the time line…oh i see this was in 1536…so history really does repeat itself dosent it? and the last thing is to tag five people, well if i get five people to read this…consider yourself tagged and just let me know! 


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the good parents weekend,

friday night we got to my favorite restaruant…chowder pot. ahh yummy food. as we are sitting at dinner over my shrimp scampi, nicks fish and chips and kevins pile of fried stuff, nick pipes up with “you guys are great parents” my heart melted and i think there was a tear in kevins eye. it was complelty unsolicited and there was nothing that he was going to get by saying that (he is still gounded from  the ps3) it was just genuine and that was great. every once in a while we get those little glimpses that prove we are doing the right thing. there are times when nick will ask me a question, then it will come up again later on with his dad and we have the same answer, and those were not covered before hand. its kinda creepy really. as for kevins mystery pain, the doctors still do not know what it is, he had more tests and thankfully its not cancer, kevin tends to have an overactive imagination, so now we have moved into a mind over pain type attitude, it really dosent exsist, right? right. so for the rest of the weekend we are now working on a social studies project on dragons…pretty cool, but i am such a nerd that i have to contain the enthusiasm, its coming along though!

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old weathersfield…


Another great Calvin and Hobbes!


and another clever kid!

but i digress… because i am such a nerd and kevin loves me so much, on one of the coldest days so far, we piled into the car and drove about ten minutes from our apartment to old weathersfield. The place is amazing! not only does it have houses that are amazing gorgeous victorian and huge, they also have over 50 homes that date from before the revolution. and to top it all off they have the house that was used to base the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond. one of my all time favorites. they have all sorts of great little shops and a really old cemetery, which i am just itching to walk through, and a gorgeous green. i love the history in this area and cannot wait for it to get a bit warmer. i am loving the snow though! this could be my first white christmas in connecticut…very exciting! i am still trying to figure out how to watch that movie though, its my favorite…but there isn’t a lot of time or availability for the tv, i am going to have to do some planning, maybe when my sister comes, which is soon!! YEAH!!

so i just have to say thanks to MOF, he wrote such a nice thing in his blog that i just cannot thank him enough, i dearly miss my old life, but am so excited for my new one!

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