Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

This is one holiday that I look forward to every year. It's a celebration of my Irish heritage, and for people who don't have a smidge of Irish DNA in them, it's a great excuse to party!

Also, in two days (the 19th), QH and I will be celebrating 13 years of being together. We met on March 19th and had our first date on March 25. We were set up on a blind date by a friend of mine at work and her husband. So, ladies and gents, don't think that blind dates don't work. Sometimes they do!

I have a hard time believing it's really been that long. There are times I feel like we just met and are just getting to know each other, and other times, I can't even remember what my life was like before we met. It's been a great time in my life, and yes, we have had our arguments, we have had our rough times, but we have come through them together. I feel like this is going to be the year that all the good things we have worked so hard for will be coming into our lives. I'm excited and exhilirated at the thought that the LOA is working and we will have a banner year together.

To celebrate, we are leaving town to have a couple of days together. We both really need it, and it will be nice to just have some time and reconnect. Who knows what might happen while we are away? It could be lucky!

A quick update on the home front, my son Alex, has been accepted by the United States Navy and he will be leaving on June 19th. Most everyone who knows me thinks I should be crying and grieving and carrying on. Not so. I am happy that he has finally gotten what he has worked so hard to achieve and that he is on the way to make a life and a career for himself. I am extremely proud of him and all the things he has accomplished in these last few months. I will miss him, I will cry, but I won't fall apart until after he leaves. That would not be fair for him, and he is not responsible for my happiness or my unhappiness. I don't want to make him feel bad for leaving. I want him to know I love him and that no matter what happens, he can always come home.

My last post was rather sad, about the death of Jeff Healey, a great musician who brought joy to millions of people through his music. Today I want to celebrate a new life. On the celebrity front, Halle Berry and her life partner, Gabriel Aubry, welcomed a beautiful baby girl. It's the first child for both and there is no news on the name yet, but I'm sure they both are happy and feel truly blessed. There is nothing on earth like holding that tiny person in your arms for the first time. The love that flows from you to them and back again is beyond words. Congratulations to both of them!

I also want to give a shout out to my friend, Sandy Lender, who has just returned home from a business trip to my birthplace, Las Vegas, Nevada. You can read all of the hilarious details at her blog.

If you haven't picked up her book, Choices Meant for Gods, get on over to Barnes & Noble or and order it. The second book in the trilogy will be hitting the shelves soon. Today she has a fabulous contest going on, so check it out at her blog,, and get all the details. Who knows, it's St. Patrick's Day! You just might get lucky!

Kiss someone Irish today, or just kiss someone, whether they are Irish or not. And if you drink too much green beer, then please take a cab home or have someone drive you home. Stay safe, and have a very lucky day!


Nigel said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I'm pleased to hear that you'll get some time to spend vacationing with your partner. What a novel idea that perhaps a certain author we know should consider writing into her book for my bride and ... I'm being censored now.

I just wanted to let you know that, yes, Sandy is back from her business trip and the first thing she had me post was a ridiculous recipe for beef stew. Beef stew. What the devil has beef stew got to do with marketing her book? Nothing. Not a blessed thing.

But she claims there's a method to the madness and I'm supposed to trust her. Thus I'm out reading your blog instead of trying to understand the inner workings of a crazy woman's mind.

Have fun on your trip!
All my best,

Laura M. Crawford said...

Thanks, Nigel!

I will have to mosey on over and check out that recipe! Sounds good to me! We have snow again, sigh. I was hoping for rain to clean everything off and warm things up a bit, but it never fails. Tournaments, March, and Minnesota equals SNOW! I can't wait to get to Florida!

I will post when we come back!

Laura :)

Sandy Lender said...

You just got tagged for a fun little meme, baby!
(I swear it's not a difficult one. Just building blogosphere presence...)

Go to today's posts at and you'll see it.

Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."