Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Full Circle

Picture it... May 2001, I walked across the UofH graduation stage and thought to myself, "Self... get the F out of dodge and get to Boston, stat."

I loved my time in Hartford, loved the people I met, yadda yadda but CT life wasn't for me. Oh HELLZ no. City life, that's where it's at and Hartford, my dear friends, is not a city. Unable to buy beer after 8pm, grocery stores with curtains over the beer on certain days/times, what is a package store - too much to keep track of. No cabs, no trains, it's driving around or bust.

Wouldn't you know it... life circles and the next thing you know you and your family are moving to Connecticut. West Hartford, no less. Turns out, while I didn't realize it then... W.Hartford is kick ass for kids. Hott library, parks, stroller friendly, f'ing a ch
ildren's museum right near W.Harford Center. AND it turns out W.Hartford Center is pretty hott for adults too and not just if you are under 21 and want to go to a 'club'. Now I thought Hartford only had to offer insurance buildings, RIP the Moose & SpringFling - but West Hartford Center is pretty amazing. We walked through the other day and I must have said 300 times... I don't think this was here when I was here. The Guarros are moving to the 'burbs, that's the scoop.


(*That's what I'll be calling myself now that I will be officially be becoming a stepford wife. Garden dresses and pearls for me. Stay at home mom & housewife extraordinaire.)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Twilight Zone

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

This weekend the Guarros took the show on the road to a far far away land North (45min-1hr) to visit some dear old friends from collegiate days of yore. Boy oh boy (and girls) how things change. Standing (most times) strong with 10 adults and 8 children all of which pretty much strikingly amazing. We spent the day catching up and if I do say so myself I handled the rapid fire of questions, but having a few inside contacts on the inside and the glorious tools of the wacky world wide web I was very much caught up. Plus there was a lot of pressure and I don't work well under pressure.

Last I remember I was at their graduation... looking forward to my Junior year of college or maybe it was everyone starting to get engaged or even married. But one babe, two babe, toddler time, kindergarten? When in the Hartford Hawk did that happen?

It's crazy how with the kind of technology we have right now, the answer to the question "What's new?" is answered before it is asked. There are always people in your life who you can pick up right where you left off with and most definitely not skip a beat. This weekend I was among friends, but even with out truly staying in touch consistently with all we have now it's a surreal experience. Even children who I have never met I feel like I've been apart of their everyday. If I didn't love the Internet before, I certainly love it now.

Good times had by all.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dirty 30

Last week I turned the dirty thirty. The whole thing was overwhelming. C had a mini melt down when it was his turn to enter decade three, however for me it could have come and gone and I wouldn't have noticed. If not for my wonderful baby's daddy and friends. Pretty incredible.

So many stories to tell... we'll start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

Saturday Jez came out to play, ex-pat and currently living in Switzerland she was here for the weekend. We spent the afternoon with the babe, getting in some QT. We took a walk, dressed the kid in an outfit she gave her (which is basically something that she probably owns herself), it was grand. L loves her some Aunt Jezebelle. They played with her make up, dress up she was in girly girl heaven (L & Jez). We had to scoot to Cambridge. Jez invited me to a friend of hers engagement party - C & I were tagging along but we never get to see her so I figured what about tagging along to another celebration? We walked into the bar and as we approached we saw WC who wasn't scheduled to make an appearance but since he and his woman are friends with the groom & groom to be I didn't think anything of it. That was until the masses screamed, "SURPRISE!!"

I screamed right back in their faces. Hard! I screamed and then cried to see all the faces there to celebrate little with me. Oh and when I saw my homegirl LG, I nearly lost my mind. Her and her dapper hus all matchy matchy probably afraid that after a trip to the big bad city they would loose each other with out some kind of way to find each other. Ah my darling friends. I cried my little eyes out and had the very best night a girl could have.

And then Monday happened. I came into work. Really overwhelming - my team made a calendar that covered an outside of an office - of May... 31 days in May and 31 reasons they love me. SO nice. Most of the reasons they love me include embarrassing facts, but whatever. It was glorious. They also blew up an embarrassing picture of me and put all kinds of random old lady stuff... Depends, pill boxes, magnifying glasses, all over my desk. Crazy. Weird. But love them.

I was so amazed I couldn't help but what? Cry.

And then this happens...

Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 8:53 AM
Subject: PLEASE READ: Important feedback required

Hey Jenn,
First of all, Happy Birthday!
Second - I’m working on this video project for Susan and I need to get the first draft to her today. I would really like your opinion if you could just take a few minutes to watch it, I would really really appreciate it. Sound is required. Special Project

I laughed and then I cried and then I laughed and I cried. I mean, sure the video was kind of like a memorial and I may have died, but who gets to see what people think of you (a crying bud light drinking manager who sings inappropriate songs and tells b's to fly)? It was the most amazing birthday. Ever. I anticipated a cupcake or two and a card - but I couldn't have ever imagine this kind of birthday. I was weepy for most of the week, truth be told. It was all overwhelming and all so amazing.

I have kick ass friends and family. A kick ass baby's daddy. A kick ass life. Dirty 30 feels pretty damn good.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Camera, New Angle

IMG_0043, originally uploaded by guarros.

Mama just got a sick arse new camera. Maybe you can't tell - but I sure can. My picture frequency will probably go up and now in crisp shots I'll be able to capture even more of my baby girl.

My husband kicks your husband's ass.

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