Sunday, January 25, 2009

Music Girl



Anna has been attending a weekly music class, thanks to Jessica's suggestion! She takes Anna to class every Wednesday morning, and from what I hear, Anna is really enjoying it. She especially enjoys the guitar music and the interaction with other children. Thanks to Jessica for such a great idea!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thank you City of Chicago!

This is quite possibly the most annoying thing ever...to have neighbors save parking spaces with household junk because of snow. We have a lot of "abusers" on our block.

Amnesty on parking space savers is over
January 22, 2009 11:04 AM
If you don't remove the chairs, buckets, brooms and other items you're using to save a street parking space, the city will do it for you. "To be clear, the city does not advocate residents saving the spaces they dug out, but we understand why some people do it," said Streets and Sanitation spokesman Matt Smith in a news release. "We are initially tolerant of these items because our main focus during and after a storm is plowing and salting to maintain public safety." But the city's tolerance has run out. There has not been any snow since Tuesday and only "extremely light flurries" are possible late Friday and maybe Sunday, Smith said. Space savers now "are nothing more than obstructions in the public way," he continued. "If residents don't remove them, we will."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Historic Day



Dear Anna,
Today is a historic day. Barack Obama has given his oath and is now our 44th president. We have renewed faith in ourselves and in our country. You are a part of the future, and we want you to know that you took part in this historic day!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Facebook

I just finished reading an article about why I should join Facebook. In addition to that, the girls were seriously razzing me last weekend for not being on Facebook. Is it just me or is this silly site taking over the world? I don't know what it is, but I am just not that interested in joining. It seems like such a time leech to me, sucking away all of the free time that I have (which isn't much). Don't get me wrong, I am completely interested in stalking my old friends from high school and college to see what they are up to now. It is so interesting that you can obtain such an intimate look into people's lives just by logging on... and it is addictive. Once you know a little bit, you want to know more! The problem is my workplace blocks the Facebook website. Can you blame them? Certainly not because people like me would be on there all day long. And since I can't get on at work I've decided that I won't get on at all. It would require me to log on at home, forcing me to give up time with my family, and that's something that I am just not prepared to do. So girls, I'm relying on you for all the updates and juicy gossip.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So over it


I am so over the cold temps and blowing wind. Dear winter, it's time to pack up and move on out, you have overstayed your welcome! I stepped out of the office tonight and thought to myself: This isn't so bad. By the time I got half way down the block, tears were streaming down my face and my boogers were frozen. I changed my mind...this is horrible. Spring cannot come quickly enough.

Obamicon


There has been so much news and hype about the upcoming inauguration, it's hard not to be excited about the future of our country...no matter which way you voted in November. I heard about this on the news, and thought it was fun! Check it out and make your own poster.

Chicago Tribune Tribute

There was a very nice article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday about my grandfather. I believe my Uncle Mike submitted it for printing. You can read it here or right here:

Samuel Marotta, 1917-2009: Longtime finance expert for Culligan
By Trevor Jensen Tribune reporter
January 14, 2009

Samuel Marotta had a long and successful career in finance at Culligan, but when he decided to finance a business professorship at Loyola University, he put it in the name of his father, an Italian immigrant who ran a Loop newsstand for 50 years.
Mr. Marotta, 91, died Monday, Jan. 5, in Indian Wells, Calif., his son Michael said. He had suffered from dementia, and his time was split between California and Colorado after he left his longtime home in Northbrook about six years ago.
Mr. Marotta was hired by Culligan in 1940, not long after receiving a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University, his son said.
He was named treasurer five years later and steadily rose through the ranks, playing a key role when the company was taken public in 1960. He retired as executive vice president of finance in the late 1970s and remained on the company's board for several years after that.
Mr. Marotta grew up in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood and graduated from Loyola Academy, then just a short walk away, before going Loyola University.
His father's newsstand stood at Clark and Lake Streets into the early 1970s, Michael Marotta said.
The admiration Mr. Marotta had for his father's work ethic and ability to make good in America led him to donate money to create the Ralph Marotta Professorship of Free Enterprise at Loyola in 1981. The chair focuses on teaching about issues pertaining to free enterprise, entrepreneurship and finance.
Mr. Marotta's first marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by his second wife, Shirley; two other sons, Mark and Paul; three stepsons, John, Kenneth and Robert Grubb; a stepdaughter, Mary Kreeger; 20 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Services are being planned.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

FlipFlop Sister

We've already tried on all of my other shoes, and now it's all about the flip flops.

Warning! Naked Baby Below

AB can show us where her belly button is now! (sorry for the naked picture)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seriously?

She has the entire bed to spread out yet I often find her all crunched up on one end.

Helping Dad

I got your back Dad!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bloomington x 2!





I traveled to Bloomington, Indiana on Friday and Saturday for our annual girls trip. Several sorority sisters and myself have made a ritual of "helping out" with rush at the house each January. And by helping out I mean: walking through the house, remembering old times, and watching the skits and videos from the back of the room. We've decided that next year we will just stop by instead of "helping" so as not to let the collegiate girls down when we skip out on rush! We managed to have 2 fun filled days, including lunch and window shopping on Kirkwood, dinner at Scholar's Inn, bellying up to the bar at Nick's, and a small detour to the outlet mall on the way home.

Matt, Anna, and I headed to Bloomington, Illinois on Sunday for a birthday celebration for Papa Mike. As always, we started with a super lunch at Monical's Pizza followed by bowling extravaganza. We didn't bowl this year because it was getting late and we wanted to get home before dark. We stop by the alley before leaving town though, and Anna was MOST interested in the bowling. She was completely captivated and I have a feeling that we will have a 275 handicap bowler on our hands next year! Happy Birthday Mike!

Happy Birthday Bobbob




We celebrated Bobbob's 80th birthday in Decatur a few weekends ago. A very yummy brunch was on the menu along with a lot of fun! Happy Birthday Bobbob!

Christmas in Peoria




Christmas in Chicago




Monday, January 5, 2009

Samuel Ralph Marotta




December 24, 1917 - January 5, 2009
I am incredibly saddened by the news of my grandfather's passing today. While he has been declining in health and mental awareness for the past few years, the news of his death was still shocking and horribly sad. I have had so many memories passing through my mind the past few hours and they are all kind of whirling around up there. I am going to try and write some of them down and share them in the upcoming days. For now, I will post two poems that he often recited. He told us that the nuns in grammar school made him memorize a poem during each detention, so I know that he had at least two! I've done a little research about them tonight, I am surprised to find that the poems are much longer than his recitals and that they were both written by the same poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I know that many members of my family could recite these along with me now, for we have all heard them many times over.


A Psalm of Life

TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!—
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,—act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

The Day is Done

THE DAY is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fun with Grandpa



My dad came downtown on Friday to watch Anna for us. We found out when we got home that this is what they were doing all day. No wonder she loves him so much, he is tons of fun.

Deer footstool

We went to Cabelas yesterday and Anna found this very fun foot stool. She thought it was a ride and she had a blast sitting on it!

Friday, January 2, 2009

If I didn't have a kid...


...I'd go to the movies more often, even though I wasn't that big of movie buff before Anna was born. We hardly ever went to the theater. In fact, I see a lot more movies now that I ever have in my life, because we signed up for Netflix after she was born. It must be one of those 'the grass is greener on the other side' type of things. Anyways, I would love to see a few movies. And by the time they come out on video I am certain that I will have forgotten about them. I wish I could add them to my Netflix que right now. (note to Netflix, the ability to add movies to my que which are currently in theaters would be a nice update to your service) So the movies, in no order and not limited to: Four Christmases, Slum Dog Millionaire, Gran Torino, Doubt, Seven Pounds, Marley & Me, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the soon to be released Bride Wars. That's 8 movies and at apx 2 hours a piece...well, that's just a lot of time that I am not willing to give up with Anna.