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Monday, April 6, 2009

Mondaymania! always comes way too fast!

Another week beckons. Am I ready? Sure. Why not? What do I have to lose? My sanity? Perhaps. Maybe another pound? That would be good. Whatever my week holds, I'll make the best of it.
Sure, I have to work a few days and tackle all that goes along with that. But, after all that work--there will be a reward. And, for that--I am thankful. And, I am thankful for what makes that reward possible--a job, a family and good health. Sometimes you just have to admit it--life is good.

We're gearing up for a little end of the week road trip. One that's been in the making for a little while. We're headed to Niagara-On-The-Lake. All of us. My sisters, their families, my father and us. Even Vince will be able to join us--he'll be driving up fresh from a conference in Boston where he is presenting his research this week. My sweet niece will also make the trip--taking a little break from her busy grad school life. It will be a complete family reunion of sorts. An Easter weekend to savor.

Toni and I will kick off the festivities with a little scrub down at a day spa. We'll visit the falls and take in some tourist attractions. And then, it's on to a wine-filled voyage to the local wineries in the area. After that, a visit to a special restaurant, a birthday celebration for my sister Denise, a little casino action for those who are so inclined, maybe a little shopping in the quaint shops in town and then it's all about Easter. A cook-a-thon and eat-a-thon with the Carr girls. All of it in a lovely sprawling cottage that my sister Cathy found on an anniversary trip there last year.

It will be the first year in a very long time that we won't be hiding Easter baskets (yes, I still do that!) or making our decant chocolate covered strawberries or hosting our annual Easter egg hunt. But, change can be good. And, this is the year we decided to inject some change in our lives. As the kids grow older and everyone's life changing with the times and my father's health giving way to age, the time was right. A time to celebrate our blessings....even if it may be slightly chaotic and quite a bit different.

I'm not crazy about Mondays. But, they always come. And, with it comes the promise of something good.....especially this week. I got myself some new Spring clothes in a size that makes me smile, a fun little pink leopard pajama set and a few new recipes tucked inside my cooking and drink-making arsenal.
All of that and wine tasting......could life get any better?
Well, I suppose I could do without Mondays....

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