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Monday, September 20, 2010

Glee Premiere on Tuesday Night!

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My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know that London, Maddie and I became huge fans of Glee over the summer. We hadn't watched a single episode all year, but when we learned that Glee was going to be the theme for the girls' Annie's Playhouse Summer Stars camp this year, we caught up on the entire season very quickly.

Now that London and Maddie are back to school, we were glad to see that the season premiere is on at eight o'clock EST tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 21st). After the girls come home from their ballet and modern dance lessons at Garden State Ballet in Randolph, New Jersey, we'll eat a quick dinner (sorry, Rex, for rushing through one of your delicious meals) so we can watch Glee before bedtime...

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Green Eyeshade's Wedding

My niece, Green Eyeshade, got married yesterday, the day before her 30th birthday, at the Lyndhurst castle in Tarrytown, New York. Rex, London, Maddie and I left Peanut Butter with the girls' nanny as a puppy sitter and drove up from the Roxiticus Valley in the early afternoon. We stayed at Tarrytown House and took a shuttle bus to the nearby ceremony and reception. It was great to be together with my sisters and nieces for a happy occasion instead of a sad one, though we all wished my mom could have lived a few more months to attend her granddaughter's wedding.

Everything about the day was perfect... the weather, their vows, the adorable flower girl and ring bearer, the celebration, and the way the two of them look at each other. I am so happy for Green Eyeshade and her new husband. They're off to Bora Bora on Monday morning for their honeymoon. Congratulations!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11th: Never Forget

One day maybe I
Won't have tears behind my shades
Walking home from work


My souvenir t-shirt from today's Brookside Engine Company Clam Bake in Mendham Township, NJ, says "Never Forget," but September 11th has not truly been top of mind for me today. In a way, 9/11 will always be a part of me, but my thoughts these days are more of gratitude than of grief. Grateful that Rex and I survived, grateful to have our family safe here in Mendham, grateful to live in the United States, grateful to be able to eat clams and drink beer in a field while our kids play nearby... safely.

September 11th continues to render me speechless, but last year I read an essay by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal entitled "The Children of 9/11 Grow Up" that really hit home. Noonan begins:

It is eight years since 9/11, and here is an unexpected stage of
grief: fear that the ache will go away. I don’t suppose it ever will, but grieving has gradations, and “horror” becomes “absorbed sadness.” Life moves on, and wants to move on, which is painful for those who will not forget and cannot be comforted. Part of the spookiness of life, part of its power to disorient us, is not only that people die, that they slip below the waves, but that the waves close above them so quickly, the sea so quickly looks the same.


Not for me. Now nine years later, though we've moved out of Manhattan, my babies are growing up and our lives have changed so much, it feels like it was yesterday I took the photo at right from our old neighborhood in the West Village on Bleecker and 12th Street. Noonan continues:

"9/11 was for America’s kids exactly what Nov. 22, 1963, was for their parents and uncles and aunts. They were at school. Suddenly there were rumors in the hall and teachers speaking in hushed tones. You passed an open classroom and saw a teacher sobbing. Then the principal came on the public-address system and said something very bad had happened. Shocked parents began to pick kids up. Everyone went home and watched TV all day, and the next."


That's Rex holding seven-month-old London along the Hudson River after both towers had fallen; I was pregnant with her sister, Maddie. I wonder how much, if anything, they remember or understand about that day.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

See You at the Clam Bake in Mendham Township, NJ, this Saturday, September 11, 2010

Every June, since we moved to the Roxiticus Valley at the end of 2003, our family hosts an annual Roxiticus Sunset Party that parents and kids look forward to all year. So much so, that when we ran into friends at the Labor Day Parade and Carnival, several of our friends asked why we didn't have a back to school party. So (adopting Pathological Liar voice)... we decided to have a big party this Saturday....and you're all invited! Bring your friends! Bring the kids! Our backyard isn't big enough, so we've changed the venue to the Brookside Community Club Grounds. And instead of that hostess gift, why not slip the fireman at the door a few (well, quite a few) bucks?

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Back to School Anthem for Music Monday: I Don't Wanna Go Home by Southside Johnny

Labor Day Weekend... the end of summer. It's always been a bittersweet time for me... a new school year and a fresh start, but time to pack up and head home from the beach. Who better than Southside Johnny and his Jersey Shore bar band the Jukes to capture that feeling with his anthem, "I Don't Want To Go Home"??



Sing along with Roxy, Southside and special guest Bruce Springsteen:

Oh, I know that it’s getting late
But I don’t want to go home
I’m in no hurry baby time can wait
‘Cause I don’t want to go home

Listen to the man sing his song
I don’t want to go home
I don’t mind if it takes all night long
‘Cause I don’t want to go home

Listen, baby, I know we had to try
To reach up and touch the sky, baby
Whatever happened to you and I
That I don’t want to go home?

Lord, look at how all the people stare
Said I don’t want to go home
In their minds I know they’ve all been there
I don’t want to go home

I know the words to this song are real
But, oh, I don’t want to go home
I know he’s talking ‘bout the way I feel
And I don’t want to go home

Listen, baby, I know we had to try
To reach up and touch the sky, baby
Whatever happened to you and I
That I don’t want to go home?

I want to hear people laughing and having a good time
I want to know why she told me she had to go
Why did she leave me lonely?

I know that it’s time to go
But I don’t want to go home
You can play play your blues, play ‘em soft and low
‘Cause I don’t want to go home

I know the words to this song are real
But, oh, I don’t want to go home
I know he’s talking ‘bout the way I feel
And I don’t want to go home

I don’t want to go, believe me, darling
I don’t want to go home
Don’t wanna be all alone
I don’t want to go home, baby

Ain’t nobody waitin’ at home
Baby, won’t you please come home
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, won’t you please come home?



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