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He's got a girlfriend!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wow this growing up stuff sure is hard! Not for them, for me!!!

I went to visit my son at camp yesterday. I always look forward to parents day because it seems such a long time away. My son looked taller and leaner than I've ever seen him. So handsome (yes, I'm a mom!!)

So, we are sitting eating a picnic lunch that I've brought. All his favorites including homemade chocolate chip cookies (I didn't even have one). We are sitting there talking and laughing and this cute little girl comes over. My son introduces her as "Alexa" and then excuses himself and she takes him to meet her parents!!

OMG, his first girlfriend!!! I knew this day would come but I'm less prepared than he. While we were sitting there several girls came by and hugged him and said what a great friend he was and offered him some of their mom's home cooking etc....

Finally, he turns to me and says, "Relax mom, I'm just very popular."

Yes, I could see that. My little boy (who is a head taller than me at 12 1/2) is growing up so fast. His girlfriend lives near us and they already have a movie date for when they return. Of course, he asked that his sister take them. I'm just to momish!

I think I'm still in shock!

  
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BLINDBETH 8/12/2008 8:58PM

    Oh, wow! Youngsters in love... and kicking their parents to the curb. It does smart a bit doesn't it? Thankfully, I've liked all the girls that my sweet boys have liked. And I'm doubly thankful for the fact that they haven't gotten too serious too soon.

Good luck with all that!
Beth

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NLEVCOVICH1313 8/5/2008 4:22PM

    I will be ok mom! it is hard to see them leave childhood and become adolescents but that is the job we took on. dating is great and a lot of dating helps our young ones make good choices later on. if you son is popular with girls he is not just good looking is is also a nice guy (more important)

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CARYNP64 8/5/2008 11:48AM

    I have two boys now in college and I know exactly how you feel. It is a shock at first, but it's all part of growing up. Look at it this way, your son obviously has some good qualities or he wouldn't have made so many friends. I have always loved getting to know my son's friends and girlfriends and have loved watching them all grow up. I like nothing more than to have my kids and their friends at home laughing and cutting up it makes our home seem so "alive."



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GIRLINMOTION 8/5/2008 10:02AM

    Gayllynne, with the blog title, I thought you were going to talk about your blind date, lol.

Yes, they do grow up so fast (too fast). I am glad to hear that your son is having a great time at camp.

I am not prepared as of yet for my son to have an official girlfriend, lol. He likes one girl from school, but she is not interested. But then, a new school year is coming up?

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I'm baaack!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I'm back from my hectic week in NYC with my daughter. It was nice to be in the city and not have to worry about the commute to work. I got to sleep an extra hour every day. That's a perk!!!

Watching my daughter getting up and dressed for work and just navigating the city every day was quite an eye opener. She is really maturing and I'm so proud of her. At 17, she has a really great head on her shoulders.

We did have a lot of fun too. She is very, VERY into designer clothes and such but I just can't afford them so..... we went to lots of consignment shops. It wasn't until the very last one we went to that we found GOLD!!! LOL - Her favorite designer is Juicy Couture. Very expensive stuff but at this place she got 5 different things of Juicy including a brand new pocketbook which she loves!!! I spent under $150. for all 5 combined!!!! Now that's a bargin!!! She's happy, mom's happy (and exhausted) and then it was off to dinner with old friends.

We went to see "A Chorus Line" on Broadway and it was wonderful. I had seen it when it first opened and didn't really like it but this time it was great. She enjoyed it too.

It's good to be home again and sleeping in my own bed. My greatest fear was the scale. Yes, I did gain. One pound. Yup, one little pound that could be anything (water, natural flux of weight, whatever). I'm so proud that I managed to really stay on target even if I wasn't able to count calories. Whew!! It was tough but I did it.

Oh, and the date wasn't to bad either. emoticon

  
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GIRLINMOTION 8/2/2008 10:25AM

    As I was reading your blog (glad you had a great time with your daughter), I was wondering when you were getting to the blind date. Had a good laugh the way you finally entered a small part at the end. So are you going to have another date?

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My mini vacation

Monday, July 28, 2008

For the past month my daughter has been working as in intern in a design firm in the city. (NYC). I take her into the city on Monday mornings with me and she goes to her job and I to mine. In the evening she stays with her dad who lives in the city and towards the end of the week I take her home with me in the evening. It's been working out great.

Well, this past week her dad left for Europe for a wedding in London. My daughter still wanted to work so we are going into the city this afternoon and saying there for the rest of the week. We will both work but afterwards we are going to go shopping and meet friends for dinner etc. It's like a little vacation for me and we are both going to have so much fun. I've even got tickets to see "A Chorus Line" on Thursday night.

This will be a lot of fun and a great bonding time for the two of us. I even have a blind date in the middle of all this. Wish me luck!!!!

  
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TAMMI1963 7/29/2008 3:56PM

    Have a great time in NYC with your daughter this week. Sounds like your both gonna have ALOT of fun!!!! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 7/29/2008 9:04AM

    Sounds like a great week with your daughter.

Blind dates? They can be scary, lol. I hope you have fun.




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JLITT62 7/28/2008 2:47PM

    Oh, you're going to have a blast! I miss NYC. I grew up in Poughkeepsie, but it's been since years since I've been to the city. It's sort of hard, living in TX, despite the fact that my parents have a time share in a great location.

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Back on track!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I have been working hard on my food choices but the exercise of late has been pretty sporadic (as in non-existent). The past few days I've been trying to change that. Getting out, walking the lake and yesterday when it was just to hot to do that, I actually got on the treadmill and then did some work with my weights. Apparently it worked!!

I am officially ONE pound away from my next goal!!! I wanted to lose 30 lbs by Aug. 1st and as of today, I've lost 29!!! I'm pleased!!!

My daughter and I went shopping yesterday. We went to some thrift stores because she wants designer and I just wanted some things that would look good now even though i still have over 12 lbs to lose. Wow, did we do great!!

I got a pair of Lands End white jeans in a size 6 that look like they were made for me!!! I also got a beautiful pair of Ann Taylor capris that were a 6 petite. My daughter got tons of things (well, everything looks wonderful if you're a size 2). The woman at the cash register said it was fun to watch the mother/daughter team and she remembered when she was young and slim like the two of us!!!! It felt soooo good to hear that. My daughter hugged me and said, "See Mom, I told you you looked great".

3/4 of the way home. Dang, I'm on the home stretch!!!!!!

  
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DORY.A 7/28/2008 12:39PM

    Gayllynne, you have been such an inspiration... SIZE 6!!! WOOOOOT WOOOOT!!!!

I don't ever remember being smaller than a size 10... and I'm starting to try that size on now! I, too, did the thrift store thing a couple of weeks ago... it is very encouraging to drop sizes right there in the store!!!

I'm at 148.2 - goal 137... that makes me at 11.2 pounds to go... we're on the same track! Congratulations on being on the home stretch!!!!!!!

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BLINDBETH 7/28/2008 6:29AM

    Oh man, that had to be motivating to try on smaller clothes and have them fit! Way to go! You are getting so skinny!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/27/2008 10:22AM

    I have been getting lazy too regarding exercise. I still get some in, but not as much as I would like. Today, I was planning a mountain climb with my son and his dad, but it is currently raining (not a good idea to go, could be unsafe and slippery). I guess you shouldn't count on exercise if it has weather conditions attached, lol.

You and your daughter had quite the good time bargain shopping and being green. I found a lovely Ann Taylor Robin egg blue silk skirt at a thrift store (size six too), I don't think the previous owner ever wore it, it was only $3.

I don't think your going to have any problem reaching your goal for August 1. You have been doing so well. Way to go!!!

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Billy Joel!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sorry I haven't had the chance to give you all a review of the most unbelievable concert ever!!! The next morning we left for Boston and it's been so busy ever since.

The final concert at Shea Stadium in NY. What an event. I was at the very first concert in Shea Stadium back in 1965. I was only about 9 and the Beatles came to town. My older brother took me and I have never forgotten it. Now, I have been the the very last concert there before they tear it down. Wow.

Billy Joel sang all of those old favorites. It was so much fun and never knowing who was going to come out next made it doubly exciting.

The first one that came out, singing along with Billy Joel was

Tony Bennett!!

I have always loved his music and it gave me chills to hear him sing! He was just great. Then Billy came back and sang some more and out pops

Garth Brooks

I'm not much of a country fan but this guy ROCKS!! The place went nuts and it was so much fun to see. Then, Billy sang some more and out popped

Steven Tyler (Arrowsmith)

He was just great and again the crowd went nuts!!! So much fun to watch and just in awe that I was there, a part of all this history. Then Billy sang some more and out popped:

Roger Daltry (The Who)

Wow!! I've never seen the Who in person and just seeing someone from that famous band was, well, WOW!!! He also just Rocked the house down. Then Billy sang MORE songs and.......out.....popped.........

PAUL MC CARTNEY!!!!

Yes, he was at the first concert there and the last. Paul McCartney!! What could be better. I've seen his concerts before and it just doesn't get any better than that!!!!

Billy ended his show with his famous "Piano Man" song. What a night. Didn't get home until 2 a.m. and had to be up at 6 for Boston but worth every second!!!!

  
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NAOMIJGH 7/24/2008 2:37PM

    ...another wow to add to everyone else's. I happened to turn on the news Friday night and they were saying that all these people had joined Billy Joel on stage and they were wondering if McCartney would show up. Sounds like he did!

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TAMMI1963 7/23/2008 6:17PM

    AWESOME!!! All that talent on one stage - I'm JEALOUS!!! Glad you had a good time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLINDBETH 7/22/2008 8:29PM

    Oh wow, wow, wow!!!!! I can't find another adjective to describe how exciting that must have been to actually be there and see all those amazing people! It just sounds unbelievable! No wonder this concert made the news.

And how awesome that you were at the first and last concert at Shea. What a great piece of history you have experienced.

Did you buy a t-shirt? Did they let you take a brick? I wonder if they'll come out with an album from this concert. If so, I'll buy it!

By the way - I've never seen Billy Joel in concert (and I do love his music) but I did get to meet his cute little wife when my husband and I were on Paula's Party this past fall. She seemed so sweet and said so many nice things about her husband.

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DORY.A 7/22/2008 1:13PM

    What a fantastic sounding concert!!! I saw Billy Joel twice in one week when I first met Hubby #1 (The Troll)... We would have celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last May so that tells you how long ago I saw Billy!!!

Glad you enjoyed... and congrats on your progress... you are rocking it girl!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/22/2008 9:08AM

    WOW!!! That had to be the ultimate concert. What a great experience for you, especially since you where at the first concert at Shea, and then the last. I wonder how many others that attended (besides Paul) could say that?

I am glad that you had a great time.

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DIALY_STORM 7/21/2008 9:29PM

    Wow. I'm jealous! Sounds like a wonderful concert. I've been to several Billy Joel concerts, but never anything like this.

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