Saturday, February 16, 2013

Off to Vermont

I'm feeling MUCH better since my last post, but that flu was brutal!  I was sick for almost two weeks.

We're off to Vermont this morning and bringing two of our cats, L'il Munch and Molly, with us!  I'm bringing my camera and will share pictures upon my return.  I would love to post in my Blog while up in the mountains, but believe it or not, I have no cell service up there and no Internet!  Talk about going back in time...

Don't worry, we do have water and electric.  I'm not feeling THAT adventurous to part with such luxuries as hot showers and light!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 5 With The Flu

Well, I'm still suffering with the flu.  This is now my fifth day of spending at least half of the daylight in my bed and basically the remaining hours on my couch.  My husband is down in Florida visiting his Mom, sister and niece and even though I miss him when he's gone, I must say, I am comforted knowing that he doesn't have to look at me in this condition.  It is not pretty!  Today I really need to try to take a shower.  I promise you all I have showered since I've been sick, but I admit, I haven't showered much.  It seriously takes a lot of energy to do such things when suffering from this illness.  Wish me luck!

I spoke to my Mom last night.  She, too, is down in sunny Florida (at least I think they have some sun today in Naples).
Anyway, the funny thing is my Mom told me to I have to be careful about my cats.  At first I didn't know what she meant, but then I realized she was worried about my getting them sick.  I explained to her that it's not possible for humans to transmit the flu to their pets, but then I decided I better do some research to confirm my beliefs.  

It turns out I may be wrong!  I've found numerous articles online which state that humans may be able to give their dogs/cats the flu.  Whether or not the flu virus transforms itself into another strand, or another type of virus, is something that seems to be a popular topic of research with scientists at the moment. 

Either way, I now realize I must isolate from not only my husband, but my four four-legged friends who have been keeping me company, or at least, I have to be cautious not to sneeze on them or share my spoon with them (I'm kidding about that last cats don't use utensils when they eat, though I've always felt it would be ultra cute if they did)! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bed Blogging

Home sick with what I think may be the flu.  I may have gotten it from my boss who is such a workaholic that he refuses to ever stay away from the office.  Anyway, I believe I've been infected and no, I never got a flu shot (though I read yesterday that 4 out of every 10 Americans who did receive a flu shot are still getting certain strains of the flu).

I thought about posting a picture of myself lying in bed looking sick and disgusting, like I do, but I thought I would save you all from the image, but I found these other pics of other sick people, so let's use those - for effect:

I feel a real connection with this particular individual...I think it's the hoodie.

So now that I'm sick, I'm looking for some activities to keep me busy, which is difficult seeing as I'm too weak to get out of bed.  I've tried to get some work done despite my condition, but when we get sick, our brains get a little foggy.  On top of already feeling not to with it, I've taken some medicines to help with my symptoms, like Advil, NyQuil and DayQuil...(not all at the same time), but I do feel drowsy so it's probably not the best idea to do too much business today.

Maybe I can work on planning my honeymoon, which I've been meaning to get around to in the next month or so.  I've done some research on castle tours in Europe and also explored the option of staying more local and perhaps taking a vacation to explore Rocky Mountain National Park (where I've been before, but my hubby hasn't). 

Aw...looks like I have a visitor here now to keep me company.  
Bella (AKA Little Munch)

I think I'll give her a little pet and get back to my bed blogging later.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Why Dollhouse Diaries?

Why is my blog titled Dollhouse Diaries?

Though I presently work full-time in the real estate industry, my full-time job about six years ago was in the dollhouse miniatures business.  Over ten years ago, I started working for a dollhouse shop in Greenwich, CT.  I was already a big dollhouse/miniature enthusiast and it just so happened that a job opportunity came up at this adorable retail shop and I happened to be perfect for this job.  The job required someone who is great with people (me), had a lot of experience in the retail business (me), thoroughly understood the meaning of 'customer service' (me again) and who had the creativity and artistic ability to help create wonderful miniature displays and even build some of the custom 1:12 scale dollhouses for both new and old customers of the store (this is SO me).  Anyway, I left my very boring job I had at the time for my new dream job and it was wonderful.  Finally, I had a job where I absolutely adored what I was doing and I looked forward to going to every day.

After a couple of years working for this store, I finally decided I really wanted to start my own online business.  I created a website and started to watch my business grow.  At first, I tried out selling online on e-bay, but soon, I realized how much it was costing me to do that, so that's when I decided to design my own website and hopefully find ways to drive traffic to my online store.

Well, years went by and I started selling more than I had available to sell.  I love(d) it (I still do own the website, the online store and the miniature business I created), but low and behold, being myself, and a Gemini who is into adventure and constantly changing her mind and wanting to pursue different things, I decided though I still wanted to keep my retail (or shall we say, e-tail) business, I was still eager to get into real estate.  My Mom was in real estate and interior design for many years and I always found the real estate industry to be interesting.  Though many people at the time were getting out of the business, I decided I wanted in so that's how I came to be in the profession I am now (and still keep my other business on the side).

So, for the patient folks who are still with me and waiting eagerly to hear the answer to the question in the title of this blog, here it is...I created this blog with the idea of posting all kinds of information and fun stories pertaining to my dollhouse miniature business.  This was way back in 2007, but seeing as I was making some major changes in my life at the time, I just never got around to writing, but I always loved my blog title and kept telling myself, I'll get to it!

Now, years later, I suppose I could still write about my dollhouse miniature business, but I have other things I want to write about, too.  In fact, I have a whole long list of ideas.  I think maybe I'll make that my next post.  Future blog post please, stay tuned!

Friday, January 11, 2013


Thank goodness it's Friday!

This has been a long week for me.  Too much driving.  Lot's of work at the office and not enough sleep!

I'm ready for the weekend.

I have to admit I still haven't taken the ornaments off our Christmas tree nor removed the holiday lights from the front and side of my house (not that it's unusual for me to postpone activities such as this).  I also have a full Christmas snow village to take down and I have to pack up my beloved carolers.

While I sat impatiently in my office chair today waiting for the clock to strike 5:00, I couldn't help but do a little shopping...I managed to spend quite a bit of dough just sitting here.  It can be a problem sometimes, the ease of online shopping.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to receiving my new items tomorrow (thanks Amazon Prime)!

Want to see what I bought?  I thought you might! :)

Mirror I've needed since my previous mirror broke about 3-4 months ago!  Yes, I have literally had to guess what my butt looked like in pants ever since that day!
Cookware Set - The set I've been using the last couple of years is literally falling apart.  I mean, handles have broken off, pieces of porcelain have chipped off, lids have gotten broken, etc.  I've been looking for a new set for a while now.  This should do the trick!

Marble cheese slicer - I eat cheese like it's going out of style - I'm talking lots of cheese - every day!  There's nothing like a nice hunk of extra sharp cheddar cheese (I get this sharp cheddar cheese obsession from my Dad I think...)
Sound/Sleep Machine - I live rather close to a railroad crossing.  Need I say more?  

Some of you might argue with the fact that all of the above are necessities, but the way I see it, if you want something long enough, you deserve to treat yourself.  I've wanted each of the above for over a year now and seeing as I work my butt off every day, I say, why not join the rest of the consumers in America and allow myself some little luxuries, right?  As long as I don't have any debt, I ought to give myself a little present or two every now and then - as long as I don't go overboard.

Maybe next blog post, I'll share how frugal I can be at times, especially when it comes to clothes shopping!  You wouldn't believe some of the deals I've found!

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Traffic Violation

On my way to court to try to fight a speeding ticket I received months ago...wish me luck!

I guess I should have at least tried to talk myself out of the ticket, but I didn't.  Heading to Patterson Court House in a couple of minutes.

Basically, they make you show up 45 minutes before court begins.  Sounds like a whole lot of waiting around if you ask me.  That'll teach me to keep the pedal to the metal!  No, seriously, I really wasn't going very fast. The officer made a mistake.  It was impossible for me to be speeding.  I was in a long line of cars driving home after work and there's just no way I could have been doing 20 mph above the speed limit.  If I was, EVERYBODY was speeding.

Anyone who thinks my hot new Mini may have proved to be a target, raise your hand!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Dental Disaster

I must have bad luck when it comes to dental work.  I went into my dentist's office today for a simple filling.  He gave me a shot of Novocaine and kept asking me whether or not I was numb.  I kept telling him, "a little bit."  Anyway, he starts drilling and I basically jumped in my seat.  Then he asks, sounding surprised, "Are you feeling this?" while simultaneously pulling the drill out of my mouth.

"Yes!" I replied as best I could with some contraption still hanging out of the left side of my mouth.  And I knew immediately when he pulled the drill out of my mouth (drill still set on high speed), he swiped my bottom lip.

I'm now back at work with a not-so-small cut on my not-so-small recently fattened lip.

I have a party to attend tomorrow night.  I just hope I can hide this by then.  :(  BOO HOO

Now I know why it's been a while since I went to the dentist.  Somehow, it's never a good experience for me.