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Last weekend was my family reunion. It's always good to see everyone, and this year we had quite a few of the cousins (my generation) attending so we managed to corral all of us and get some pictures.

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There are (I think) 23 of us, so having 15 all in one place is pretty good.

Actually, one of the folks in the pic is a cousin from Germany, who was visiting with his daughter. So make that 14. Still a pretty good showing.

It was nice to meet Hannes, our German cousin. His mother and mine are first cousins. I'm not sure what that makes us; second cousins? I can never keep that straight.

Back at work on Monday, we had two days of sales meetings. Fortunately, my team didn't have to attend all the modules. It's hard for me to sit through long meetings. I need to get up and stretch, and walk around once in a while! We were supposed to all go to Dairy Queen again, but it was rather gloomy outside so they brought in ice cream & toppings, and we did make-your-own sundaes. That was fun. It was my birthday that day (Tuesday), and one of my coworkers spilled the beans so they all sang to me. That was fun, if slightly embarrassing.

After work, I met a friend at her now former house so she could give me an extra TV they had, since mine had bit the dust a while ago (all I've had to watch since then is a 13" old-fashioned tube set). Well, the darned thing is HUGE, and it was an effort for both of us to get it into the car. There it stayed until today, when my landlord dropped by (for another reason) and nicely helped me carry it upstairs, and waited while I cleared off the bookcase where we put it. Whew. I had to do some rearranging, but I think I've found a good arrangement.

I had to go to Target to pick up an HDMI cable, and after I attached all the cords I turned it on. Great picture, but no sound! That was frustrating. I called the electronics department at Target, but the guy there was little help. So I looked at the back of the cable box, and noticed there was an audio out jack (actually, a pair of them) which matched jacks on the TV. Aha! I think. So I went back to Target (it's only 5 minutes away) and bought an audio cable. It took a couple of tries in different jacks on the back of the TV (there are so many of them!), but now I have sound! And HD picture! And the thing really is huge, I think it's 40". So now I have a bigass television, and I'm watching the opening ceremonies from Rio on demand. Nice. I don't have a remote or a manual, but hey, it was free. I really can't complain.

An aside: why do the Olympic opening ceremonies have to be so weird? Who started that trend?

Last night, I got together with friends for a nice cookout-and-cocktails evening, complete with cupcakes for my birthday.

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My friends are awesome. But they made me take home the leftover cupcakes. I had one for breakfast, because I could.

Oh, and the other night we had a smoke alarm malfunction in the house. Fun times.

So it's been quite the week. I hope I have the spoons for tomorrow's Lammas Faire, which is here in Hudson now.

emerging

Jul. 29th, 2015 06:46 pm
lizziebelle: (selfie)
My family reunion was held last weekend in (actually just outside) Binghamton, NY. There were plenty of laughs, lots of food, and much silliness. Here is a shot of my cousin [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday and me taking double selfies in front of the clan, who are gathering for the annual group shot. Meta meta meta.

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Said cousin gave me a Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book, which made me scream for about ten seconds straight and then sent me into paroxysms of laughter. I cannot even believe such a thing exists, and yet it does. It's like Tiger Beat in coloring book form.

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Things are still going well at the new job. This week, the whole sales team is here for the second-half kickoff, and last night they took us all out to a nice restaurant. I had a couple of mojitos, we shared some apps (included toasted ravioli and some really good mussels), and as my main course I had a lobster roll, because why not? It was on the company. I got to meet the two sales reps I've been working with (they work from home, one in NJ and one in, I think, Kansas), and they both had very nice things to say about me. I like working with both of them, and now I have faces to go with the voices on the phone.

They had us join them this morning for part of the meeting, where our CEO sang for us (it was hilarious: she made up new words to "The Greatest Love of All") and they fed us a hot breakfast, and lunch too. Later this afternoon, they invited us along to a Mexican restaurant (I declined; it's not on the company this time, and I'm still recovering from last night) and then bowling. This is such a fun company. Just before I left, the CEO came around with a box and handed out tie-dyed company t-shirts. I so fit in there!

After the meeting, one of the reps who works on site said my reps were raving about me to her last night. Another one was disappointed I wasn't going bowling with them because she wanted to get to know me better. Neither of them has said so much as "boo" to me before. It makes me feel really good to hear people are talking about me, and in a good way. I am a Leo, after all. ;)
lizziebelle: (little me)


This weekend was the annual family reunion in Binghamton. It was a fun time, and it was great to see everyone who was there. I don't know if anyone did an official count, but it seemed like we had a smaller crowd than usual this year. I was really glad my brother and his wife were able to make it; I don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. I was able to have actual conversations with some of my cousins, which was very nice. We've all known each other all our lives, and it's wonderful that we still like each other despite how different our lives have turned out. The next generation is starting to get old enough to have conversations with too, and they remind me so much of their older cousins (and parents) at that age that it's almost scary. There's something to that genetics stuff, you know?

We revived an old family tradition and tied my cousin Julie to a tree. Once upon a time, we did that to my Aunt Rose. Already there is talk of revenge, and who it will be next year. I gave the kids some advice and told them to skip a year, and nobody will suspect it next time. Also, we discovered that untangling the rope before grabbing the victim is probably a good thing. *g*

Of course I took lots of pictures, of actual people as well as Terry's beautiful horses and Sharon's wonderful flowers. This action shot of the kids being taught to fish is one of my faves:



We had wanted to do a cake last year for my mom's 80th birthday, but miscommunication scuttled that plan. So this year, my aunt got a cake for her, and we surprised her last night.



What she (and we) didn't know was that this was a fake cake, made of foam covered in frosting. Mom took a couple minutes to catch on, and was determined to cut that cake! Hilarity ensued, and then the real cake (an ice cream one from Friendly's) came out. She was tickled, despite the joke.

We managed to miss all the big storms on the way home today, thank goodness. Part of the highway in Worcester was underwater (on the other side from us, fortunately) and we watched cars throw up huge splashes as they drove through it, slowed down by cop cars at the edge of the water. The traffic on that side was backed up for a couple miles.

I'm completely knackered after all the traveling and gathering the past couple of weeks. I don't want to do anything for the next couple of weekends! What I'd really love to do (but not for a few weeks!) is go to a cabin somewhere with no TV or internet (or people) and just relax and do absolutely nothing. Well, I'd probably read, walk, photograph, and write, but that's it. Oh, and sleep.
lizziebelle: (beer good)

Another family reunion has come and gone. It was good to see everyone. There's a new crop of little ones to pass around and squee over (check out the best baby picture ever, taken by my cousin Hannah). The weather was nice: not too hot, not raining. Some folks were missing, including my aunt, who had to deal with a sick kitty cat. Some folks we haven't seen for a while were there. We managed to herd everyone for the family portrait. It was the usual, which is comforting and good.

It was strange too, in a way. The vibe was off. I don't know if it was Mercury retrograde fallout (which often happens in the days after it goes direct) or what, but things felt a little weird. I had an epic fail, which I feel badly about but not enough to explain. I let people down.

But there were s'mores, and cousins, and laughs, and ice cream in the rain. Plus bratwurst, spiedies, potato salad, cousin Jen's banana pudding, horses, donkeys, dogs, and cows. Like I said, the usual. :)

lizziebelle: (ganesha)

perfect spot, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Went to start my car this morning, and discovered that I'd left the lights on. Since Friday. O_o Thank goodness for housemates with jumper cables, and AAA since my commute isn't long enough to charge the battery. I drove around for half an hour and found out where a couple of the roads nearby go. Confirmed that my sense of direction is very good. Mom says I get that from her father. :)

The family reunion was fun, as usual. This shot was everyone's favorite; it's the pond behind the house, with an incredible sky and my cousin Joanna painting on an easel. We are a creative family. :)

We did s'mores twice, and the second time I noted that we should be singing campfire songs, which my cousin [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday took to mean "sing karaoke" and proceeded to belt out "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (which I joined in on) (we are both Leos, after all).

Ahem.

I also managed to spill coffee on myself and my desk today, after which I cried "Uncle!" to Mercury, who is presently retrograde. Oh, he is a trickster all right.

Made calls for the first time at work, and had one person who was interested but about to go on holiday (and you'd be surprised by the number of travel agents who have British accents here in Massachusetts), so I sent her a flyer and put her in the calendar to call back next week. She sounded quite interested. Getting used to the lingo; selling BBB services is similar to but also different from selling advertising. Soon it'll be rolling off the tongue, but today the tongue got a bit tied in places. Also Mercury's fault, of course. ;)

Starting to come back to myself as I get used to going to work every day, and being happy about it. Seeing the family was good, too. Once a year isn't often enough. It's hard when everyone is so far-flung.

Discovered the perfect pillow at my aunt's over the weekend; it's from Ikea, so I foresee a trip down there next time I'm at Mom's. My neck will thank me. It's been cranky lately.

lizziebelle: (Default)

mommy's turn, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Back home from Binghamton, and a weekend full of family. We had a good time, but it was curiously devoid of several traditions. We didn't do the tractor ride (the tractor got parked in by several cars), there was no chalk driveway art, and we never got around to making s'mores. It was a lot like camp this year in that respect.

We did the annual cousins trip to Denny's, but decided that we need to find a new tradition because it was quite disappointing. Their food has gone downhill; not that it was all that great to begin with, but you'd think you'd be all right with a sundae or cake. Nope. Denny's has lost its luster for us.

My cousin Alyson left her phone in the car after we left her and her brother to get picked up by their parents, and we discovered that she had Facebook on her phone and it wasn't locked. Ha! There then followed a flurry of postings (including pictures), like "I sure wish I had taken my cousins' offer to drop off my phone" and "Who can tell me more about Scientology?" *g* She took it with grace and humor, proving to be a good sport. And then she locked her phone. *g*

I tried to take more portraits, and had the inspired idea to do them in black & white. I really like how a lot of them came out, including the one above of my cousin Jen and her daughter.

There were a plethora of babies and little kids, who got passed around to adoring cousins, aunties, and grandmothers. They are all beautiful, of course. We're like Lake Wobegon: all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average. *g*

We had hoped to go to the movies last night, but decided we were too wiped out so we looked at a slideshow of my brother's trip to France instead.

My cousin Bryon got me set up with his sister's old laptop, changing the login and password. Alyson helped me change the fingerprint scanner to accept my fingerprint instead of hers, which (now that it works) is a pretty cool feature. It's missing the cord to plug it in, but B said I should be able to get one at Radio Shack. We might even have one floating around the office; I'll have to check tomorrow.

I wasn't able to connect to the internet here at home, but that's OK. I have my Mac for that. It definitely works with wifi, which was the point to begin with.

It was a great way to spend the last weekend of my forties. ;)

lizziebelle: (Default)

mommy's turn, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Back home from Binghamton, and a weekend full of family. We had a good time, but it was curiously devoid of several traditions. We didn't do the tractor ride (the tractor got parked in by several cars), there was no chalk driveway art, and we never got around to making s'mores. It was a lot like camp this year in that respect.

We did the annual cousins trip to Denny's, but decided that we need to find a new tradition because it was quite disappointing. Their food has gone downhill; not that it was all that great to begin with, but you'd think you'd be all right with a sundae or cake. Nope. Denny's has lost its luster for us.

My cousin Alyson left her phone in the car after we left her and her brother to get picked up by their parents, and we discovered that she had Facebook on her phone and it wasn't locked. Ha! There then followed a flurry of postings (including pictures), like "I sure wish I had taken my cousins' offer to drop off my phone" and "Who can tell me more about Scientology?" *g* She took it with grace and humor, proving to be a good sport. And then she locked her phone. *g*

I tried to take more portraits, and had the inspired idea to do them in black & white. I really like how a lot of them came out, including the one above of my cousin Jen and her daughter.

There were a plethora of babies and little kids, who got passed around to adoring cousins, aunties, and grandmothers. They are all beautiful, of course. We're like Lake Wobegon: all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average. *g*

We had hoped to go to the movies last night, but decided we were too wiped out so we looked at a slideshow of my brother's trip to France instead.

My cousin Bryon got me set up with his sister's old laptop, changing the login and password. Alyson helped me change the fingerprint scanner to accept my fingerprint instead of hers, which (now that it works) is a pretty cool feature. It's missing the cord to plug it in, but B said I should be able to get one at Radio Shack. We might even have one floating around the office; I'll have to check tomorrow.

I wasn't able to connect to the internet here at home, but that's OK. I have my Mac for that. It definitely works with wifi, which was the point to begin with.

It was a great way to spend the last weekend of my forties. ;)

quick post

Jul. 30th, 2011 09:39 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Just a quick post from Binghamton (on my uncle's wireless network) on my 'new' laptop, thanks to my cousins, who helped me crack its security and get logged on. Yay, I can has laptop! It's an IBM ThinkPad, and now it's mine. :)

The family reunion today was lots of fun, if a bit more laid back than usual. Lots of babies in the past year! My cousins and cousins' kids have been busy. We are a prolific lot.

Lots of pictures, and more stories when I get back. It's going to be fun to be able to get online on the road! :)

quick post

Jul. 30th, 2011 09:39 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Just a quick post from Binghamton (on my uncle's wireless network) on my 'new' laptop, thanks to my cousins, who helped me crack its security and get logged on. Yay, I can has laptop! It's an IBM ThinkPad, and now it's mine. :)

The family reunion today was lots of fun, if a bit more laid back than usual. Lots of babies in the past year! My cousins and cousins' kids have been busy. We are a prolific lot.

Lots of pictures, and more stories when I get back. It's going to be fun to be able to get online on the road! :)
lizziebelle: (little me)

fire good, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I had a good time visiting the family in Binghamton this weekend. We are a wild and crazy bunch, and I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

Pix )



We ate even more last night. Spiedies (of course), and ice cream cake. We were too tired to make more s'mores. We watched the DVD my uncle made, featuring lots of old pictures that various people sent him. That was fun.

I scored a jar of my cousin Annie's sweet garlic jelly (OMG, yum. It sounds weird, but it's so good) and a CD from my brother with a cool song about witches dancing around a fire.

The trip home was uneventful. After uploading all the pix, I went for a nice walk. It will be an early bedtime tonight, I'm sure!

How was your weekend?

lizziebelle: (little me)

fire good, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I had a good time visiting the family in Binghamton this weekend. We are a wild and crazy bunch, and I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

Pix )



We ate even more last night. Spiedies (of course), and ice cream cake. We were too tired to make more s'mores. We watched the DVD my uncle made, featuring lots of old pictures that various people sent him. That was fun.

I scored a jar of my cousin Annie's sweet garlic jelly (OMG, yum. It sounds weird, but it's so good) and a CD from my brother with a cool song about witches dancing around a fire.

The trip home was uneventful. After uploading all the pix, I went for a nice walk. It will be an early bedtime tonight, I'm sure!

How was your weekend?

back to NY

Jul. 30th, 2010 12:15 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

stair pixies, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

In a couple of hours I'll be heading back to NY for the family reunion. It's been a mostly quiet morning, but there have been some odd phone calls. One woman called looking for the number of our sports writer (we don't have one), then went into a diatribe about Verizon. Um, what? Then one of my customers called, and when I said I had spoken to her husband, she called him a dick. Her husband calls her an idiot, so I suppose they deserve each other. *g*

I'm hoping for a drama-free weekend. It's not likely, but one can always hope. Mostly the drama is of a minor nature, and usually involves my mother. We *are* both Leos. *g*

At least with Willow driving now, I don't have to drive the whole way to Binghamton. That's nice. Not that I mind driving, but it's nice to be able to enjoy the scenery. :)

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

back to NY

Jul. 30th, 2010 12:15 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

stair pixies, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

In a couple of hours I'll be heading back to NY for the family reunion. It's been a mostly quiet morning, but there have been some odd phone calls. One woman called looking for the number of our sports writer (we don't have one), then went into a diatribe about Verizon. Um, what? Then one of my customers called, and when I said I had spoken to her husband, she called him a dick. Her husband calls her an idiot, so I suppose they deserve each other. *g*

I'm hoping for a drama-free weekend. It's not likely, but one can always hope. Mostly the drama is of a minor nature, and usually involves my mother. We *are* both Leos. *g*

At least with Willow driving now, I don't have to drive the whole way to Binghamton. That's nice. Not that I mind driving, but it's nice to be able to enjoy the scenery. :)

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

lizziebelle: (Captain Jack)
Today seems rather anticlimactic after yesterday. It's the slow time of year, so there's not a whole lot happening. I keep thinking of all the things I have yet to do before this weekend's family reunion (paint toenails, pack, clean the bathroom, etc.) and wishing I could duck out and get some of them done. As I am ducking out early tomorrow, however, that would not be prudent. *g*

I woke up at 5:30 this morning in a panic, because for some reason I had remembered that my driver's license expires on Monday, and there is no way I can get to the RMV by then. I was able to renew it online, though. *whew* It cost 50 bucks! That's highway robbery. For that much dough, it should last ten years and not five. :P At least I remembered today and not, say, Tuesday...

Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to the reunion on Saturday (and Denny's tomorrow night with the cousins). I have such a fun family. Saturday morning, we're having a memorial for my aunt Pippi at the cemetery where my dad and grandparents are also buried. It's been a while since I've been there, so that will be good. It's such a gorgeous place, nestled in the hills outside Deposit, NY. I'll try to remember to take pictures this time.

I have plans to try and take portraits of people at the reunion. We'll see if I can get anyone to cooperate. *g* Here's one of the portraits I took at Brushwood, of my friend Snoo. She was standing there like this, and I said, "Don't move!" and she didn't. :)

reflective Snoo
lizziebelle: (Captain Jack)
Today seems rather anticlimactic after yesterday. It's the slow time of year, so there's not a whole lot happening. I keep thinking of all the things I have yet to do before this weekend's family reunion (paint toenails, pack, clean the bathroom, etc.) and wishing I could duck out and get some of them done. As I am ducking out early tomorrow, however, that would not be prudent. *g*

I woke up at 5:30 this morning in a panic, because for some reason I had remembered that my driver's license expires on Monday, and there is no way I can get to the RMV by then. I was able to renew it online, though. *whew* It cost 50 bucks! That's highway robbery. For that much dough, it should last ten years and not five. :P At least I remembered today and not, say, Tuesday...

Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to the reunion on Saturday (and Denny's tomorrow night with the cousins). I have such a fun family. Saturday morning, we're having a memorial for my aunt Pippi at the cemetery where my dad and grandparents are also buried. It's been a while since I've been there, so that will be good. It's such a gorgeous place, nestled in the hills outside Deposit, NY. I'll try to remember to take pictures this time.

I have plans to try and take portraits of people at the reunion. We'll see if I can get anyone to cooperate. *g* Here's one of the portraits I took at Brushwood, of my friend Snoo. She was standing there like this, and I said, "Don't move!" and she didn't. :)

reflective Snoo
lizziebelle: (Default)

the cousins, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I had a fun time at the family gathering this weekend. We had the largest showing of cousins in a long time (and one more showed up after we took this picture), which was nice.

more pix, boring if you're not family ;) )



I'm simply exhausted. And I have at least two more weekends of travelling, albeit only in MA this time.

And yes, I had spiedies. *yum*

*zonk*

lizziebelle: (Default)

the cousins, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I had a fun time at the family gathering this weekend. We had the largest showing of cousins in a long time (and one more showed up after we took this picture), which was nice.

more pix, boring if you're not family ;) )



I'm simply exhausted. And I have at least two more weekends of travelling, albeit only in MA this time.

And yes, I had spiedies. *yum*

*zonk*

off again

Jul. 24th, 2009 01:35 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
I'm off to Binghamton this afternoon for the annual family reunion. I managed to get everything done. I think. I packed my toothbrush, at least. *g*

This year's reunion will be poignant, to say the least. My uncle Ed, who hosts it every year, is undergoing chemo for lymphoma. Thank goodness it's a large family, many of whom live nearby and can help out with setting up tents, chairs, and mowing. I'm sure we'll all be there late tomorrow cleaning up, too. (Ooh, must remember to grab my chair out of the car before we leave)

Tonight will be the annual cousins' gathering at Denny's. We've been doing that since, gosh, I don't even remember now. Since before Deanna could drive, I think, and now she's in her 30's. I'm looking forward to seeing my brother and his lovely wife; I don't get to see them nearly often enough. I wonder what shenanigans they'll get up to this year (last year it was the leaning tower of creamers at Denny's, and Frankenkrispie at the reunion. And mom made Rice Krispie treats again this year...) You know, I really do have a very silly family. *g*

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you late Sunday!

off again

Jul. 24th, 2009 01:35 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
I'm off to Binghamton this afternoon for the annual family reunion. I managed to get everything done. I think. I packed my toothbrush, at least. *g*

This year's reunion will be poignant, to say the least. My uncle Ed, who hosts it every year, is undergoing chemo for lymphoma. Thank goodness it's a large family, many of whom live nearby and can help out with setting up tents, chairs, and mowing. I'm sure we'll all be there late tomorrow cleaning up, too. (Ooh, must remember to grab my chair out of the car before we leave)

Tonight will be the annual cousins' gathering at Denny's. We've been doing that since, gosh, I don't even remember now. Since before Deanna could drive, I think, and now she's in her 30's. I'm looking forward to seeing my brother and his lovely wife; I don't get to see them nearly often enough. I wonder what shenanigans they'll get up to this year (last year it was the leaning tower of creamers at Denny's, and Frankenkrispie at the reunion. And mom made Rice Krispie treats again this year...) You know, I really do have a very silly family. *g*

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you late Sunday!
lizziebelle: (little me)
This is what we did a lot of at the family reunion on Saturday:










We are such a silly family! As if you hadn't already figured that out. *g*

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