jillithian: (cabin at sunset)
"If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." - Kurt Vonnegut

Last night was wonderful.

After dinner and pottying and bath, I brought Cal into our room and laid him on the bed for some nursing. I wasn't sure if it was bedtime nursing as he'd been staying up later lately.

He laid down happily and nursed nicely. Then he rolled a round a few times - sometimes away, sometimes nearer. We smiled and giggled at each other. He'd snuggle up to me spoon-style as the little spoon, then would pop up into a crawl position and grin at me. I gently patted or rubbed his back and smoothed his hair and talked softly about how I loved my little boy.

Eventually one of the spoon snuggles turned into him falling asleep.

It was lovely.

He's growing up and showing his independence - not nursing to sleep, rolling away from me, but smiling to make sure it was OK.

It was a wonderful evening, so I thought I'd share it.
jillithian: (Wedding Day)
I'm studying for a final this evening in my intl business mgmt class. I remember being amused by this portion when we first covered it, so I thought I'd share:

My professor had mentioned in passing that the requirements for selecting a partner in a strategic alliance should also be used when choosing a life partner:

    Making Strategic Alliances Work
  • Partner Selection
    • Shares purpose of the alliance
    • Helps partner achieve goals
    • Has skills
    • Will not behave opportunistically

  • Do Due Dilligence
    • Get info from the public and knowledgeable 3rd parties
    • Have a meeting of managers


Have I mentioned how much I love my husband, lately? I especially appreciate all of his help as I've been working on my master's degree, not to mention all of his skills. ;-)

Updates

Aug. 19th, 2008 10:28 am
jillithian: (climbing rose)
In home improvement updates:
I decided I'd try to paint the wall above the window the same color as the bottom of the other walls - "Pressed Linen," I believe it's called. We'll call it an "accent" wall. Tim scrunched his nose up a bit when he first saw it, but I assured him that if we don't like it, it's only paint and we can repaint it. "We've got more than enough paint" I tell him.

So then, last night I decided to start painting some of the stripes the "Urban Gold" color. I was standing on a chair to paint the top of the wall and on the last stripe on one wall, I went to sit on the chair from my standing position and lean against the back of the chair to get to the lower portion. FYI: when planning on doing this, please ensure that the chair back is actually behind you and not to your left. I ended up falling backwards into the bathroom counter and spilled a bunch of paint on myself, the chair, the floor and a little splatter on the wall. Yes, yes. I rule. I know. I figured that was enough painting for one evening.

In work updates:
I just sent off the second version of an enhanced report I've been working on. I had sent off the first version yesterday to the customer and she had noticed I needed to add in functionality for the custom report options. This is by far the most code I've written in years - not counting the piddly JCLs I used to write at Nahan. And it's in C/SQL combined code which I've never written before. I feel so accomplished right now. I even made sure that the report header was updated. Response from my customer:
It worked this time.
This is gonna save me hours. Thank you so much!!!
Tina


She's one of my favorite customers. She's demanding and has an ever growing list of requests, but if you send her stuff to test, she'll test the crap out of it and send back excellent feedback in a timely manner.

In donation updates:
I've got some very generous friends, family and co-workers. I'm at 95% of my goal! That's just fricken awesome. Now if I can just convince Jody to have Jackson's fifth birthday party late enough in the day that I can still go... (the walk starts at 10am and she was saying that that she thought she'd have his party that day)

Also, her brother is hilarious. He suggested that the theme this year should be "Jackson 5". Can you imagine everyone in afro wigs?! Sylla said he might try to grow his hair out for his own natural afro. :)
jillithian: (Smile)
Things that make me happy:
When two of my best friends are truly in love (not with each other!) and happy and can see futures for themselves they did not see just three or four years ago.

Because all you really want is for your friends to be happy and for others to realize, too, just how great they really are.

Anniversary

May. 7th, 2007 08:58 pm
jillithian: (Wedding Day)
Yesterday was our first wedding anniversary.

It's funny some days. Every once in a while I get to consciously realize how really wonderful he is. I think most days I don't think about it because it is the daily constant. "Oh, I get to breathe oxygen today? How nice."

He's just really wonderful. The way he makes such an effort to invite and include his friends. He genuinely cares a great deal about each and every one of them, and he has so many! I just feel so lucky and blessed knowing that he includes me in it all, even makes me first most of the time. It's hard to explain how lucky I feel to have such a kind hearted soul in my life.

I was looking at some job listing in Alexandria and when I mentioned it to him, the very first words out of his mouth were about all of the good points about it and all the ways we could make it work. Just that kind of automatic support from him is just so reassuring. I'm surprised some days by his observations of me and how he knows me so well - better than me most days.

He's just amazing, and I love him.
jillithian: (Smile)
Oh my goodness. I am literally crying and the cat doesn't quite know what to think.

Two things just happened:
  1. My cell phone rang and it was my co-worker Missy. A little surprising, as she left work very early today because her mother was having an emergency angioplasty surgery. She called to let me know that she missed me last week and she really appreciated the hug I gave her today just before she left. That really made me feel good.
  2. After I hung up with her, I noticed I had a text message from [livejournal.com profile] thetim. He's engaged! So of course I had to call him and congratulate him. It's really wonderful news. He's a completely stronger, happier, and more confident person ever since [livejournal.com profile] princess_nicci entered his life. I'm just so excited and happy for them!


That's all I got. :)
jillithian: (Wedding Day)
So, I get home from the gym. Go 'round the house to get the mail as usual. Open the door and it hits me.

Something delicious is emanating from the kitchen.

My husband, who had to come in to work three hours early today to work a full twelve, somehow managed to find time to make a crockpot full of delicious soup - all different kinds of veggies and what looks like italian spicy sausage. Oh, it was so delicious.

Next to the crock pot was a big bouquet of lovely flowers, a sweet card that brought tears to my eyes, and a small, beautifully wrapped box.

My husband never wraps things. "gift bag" is his mode of choice.

In the box was a beautifully delicate necklace with a single pearl that will match the earring he got me for Christmas two years ago.

He really is quite wonderful.
jillithian: (Default)
This NPR story made me think of [livejournal.com profile] viksin.

Jacked from [livejournal.com profile] verucagonff
jillithian: (Smile)


Interesting thing.

Jody and I have been friends since I moved back to Minnesota in tenth grade. We had a rocky year in 2000 when she said Andrea would fuck us over and not pay rent and I didn't believe her and then Andrea fucked me over and didn't pay rent. We graduated from college together. When she got pregnant with Jack, I had bought a pregnancy test the week before for myself. When she became a single mom, I became single three days later. That adorable little crying pooper helped us both get through some trying weeks as we adjusted to our single status. Every vehicle either of us has ever owned is the same color as the other person's at that time. She had a white Dodge Sundance in high school. I had a white Chevy Nova in high school. She had a white Chevy S10 pickup in college. I had a white Pontiac Grand Prix in college. She got a beige-y tan colored SUV after moving to the cities with a full time job. I got a beige-y tan colored sedan after getting a full time job. None of these decisions were premeditated or planned.

Lately we've both been very busy with life and family and work. We haven't seen each other as often as we'd like or talked to each other as often as we'd like. In fact, I hadn't seen her in about three weeks until last night.

Did I mention I got a short, sassy haircut last Saturday? Did I mention she got a short, sassy haircut on Wednesday? Did I mention we hadn't told each other about our plans to get short, sassy haircuts?

It's nice to know that even if we are distant in some ways, we'll still be on the same wavelengths.
jillithian: (Wedding Day)
Reasons why I believe I won the jackpot in the husband lottery:
  1. This weekend, he got his motorcycle back and looked ever so dreamy and studly with the motorcycle jacket I bought him and slightly tousled helmet hair
  2. Then he took me for a half-block bike ride and didn't make fun of me too much for panic-giggling in his ear and saying "I wasn't attached to anything!"
  3. He had Monday and Tuesday off this week and painted the whole kitchen. He even tore down his beloved "wall of weed" wall paper and painted there, too. He even did a double coat!
  4. Tuesday, he then bribed Gary and Bryan into helping he fetch our new stove from Menards and removed the old stove and installed the new one. And our new range hood.
  5. Wednesday, he went with me to a co-worker's birthday party/boss's new promotion party and hung out with us.
  6. Today, I get home to steak on the grill, corn on the cob on the grill, and roasted buttery garlic potatoes, carrots and onions on the grill.
Note: This list is not entire. It is only the most recent awesomeness that has occurred in the past five days.
jillithian: (Wedding Day)

More of the professional wedding photos here.
jillithian: (Smile)
Yesterday was beautiful and sunny and 74 degrees out and I got a sun burn... Today it is cold and looks like it is going to snow.

Yesterday, the illustrious Miss Jody Mae dropped my birthday present off while I was at work. It was a lilac bush! Lilacs are my most favoritest flower and my best friend and maid of honor gave me a whole plant of them!

Jilly are loved.
jillithian: (Big Earl)
Oh yeah.

I walk in the door to a delicious smelling kitchen (and a grumpy Tim).

He made these delicious potato/carrot/onion thing wrapped in foil that I love, some green beans, and the whole room smelled of rosemary... He had made chicken in a sweet rosemary, currant jelly, and raspberry vinegar sauce and it was so moist and delicious and yummy and good. Jill is impressed. Seriously, you don't know how good this chicken was.

Jilly are spoiled. :)

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