baby #3

Posted in self on February 27, 2009 by alissaclare

My sister is scheduled to have her 3rd baby on March 17th – the family jokes that she’s having a leprachaun.  I’ve been part of the day of birth for each of her two other kids.  I waited at the hospital, pacing when my nephew was born, I spent the day with my nephew and got to see his face light up when he was told he had a baby sister when my niece was born.  I treasure these moments with them.  

Originally I was supposed to be in New Orleans on St. Patrick’s day for work, but that trip got moved to a later date.  When it did, the first thing I thought of was that I’d be here when the baby is born.  So this time, I’ll work part of the day, I’ll leave the waiting room pacing to my parents and will have the pleasure of picking up my niece from a friend’s house and my nephew from school and Evan and I will take them up to the hospital to meet their new sibling.  

I spoke with my sister yesterday to work out the details and she said “you can tell the kids if it’s a boy or a girl when you pick them up.”  I declined, I told her what a joy it was to be there when my nephew found out he had a sister, and that I think she and my brother-in-law should get to experience that.  So Evan and I will pick them up, and cart them to the hospital to meet their new sibling, but we’ll let them find out if they have a brother or sister when they get there.

For the record, they’re both hoping for a brother.



Posted in self on February 25, 2009 by alissaclare

Today is Ash Wednesday and I haven’t put much thought into what I should give up for lent.  I was not raised Catholic, however I somewhat relish this time of year and the entire lent ritual.  It’s a kind of “reset” for me I think, a time to reflect, reconnect and meditate on my faith.  

The thing is, we’re making a lot of sacrifices right now, and I’m not really complaining about them, I’m kind of enjoying this consciousness regarding our money and what we choose to spend it on, but how much is too much sacrifice?  I don’t want to hit a breaking point.

So I’m going to keep it simple this year, I’ll choose something that will still make me stop and think, appreciate the sacrifices made for me, but I’ve decided not to be grandiose about it, besides, it’s the little, everyday things you don’t even realize you do until you give it up that mean the most, isn’t it?

america’s next top model

Posted in self on February 24, 2009 by alissaclare

Yesterday I helped a friend in advertising out by doing a “photo shoot” of sorts for one of her clients.  They wanted 100 women between the ages of 25-34 for a campaign they’re launching on facebook in April.  They wanted real women, with real flaws who are concerned about their skin (hint: it’s a skin care line).  They’re trying to find a niche market in the women that aren’t dealing with the high school acne, but are possibly concerned with preservation and prevention where their skin is concerned.  I guess I fit the bill, so I volunteered.  I was promised a goodie bag and really, what more convincing does any girl need than that?

So I went, I was told to put on a t-shirt in the skin care lines colors and that we were going to do a quick photo shoot.  My goodness, it’s harder than it looks ladies.  I’m hoping models get a bit more direction than I did.  I was told to do the basic smile-and-look-at-the-camera shot and then I would do some “personality” shots.  I asked her what I should do, there was an entire list of shots listed on the wall next to where I was standing, things like “blow a kiss” or “do a peace sign” but I was stumped.  None of those things seemed to fit my personality and I drew a blank trying to figure out what I could do to show my personality.  In the end, she told me to chew on the end of my glasses, but I felt kind of defeated.  Like I was given a pop quiz and failed.  I couldn’t for the life of me think of what my one “personality shot” would look like and I’m still stumped.

So tell me, what would your ONE personality shot look like?  Shot is from the waist up, no props (unless you wear glasses) and there are a 1/2 dozen people staring at you waiting for your personality to be revealed.

Ready?  Go.

midnight blue

Posted in random on February 23, 2009 by alissaclare

Yesterday we decided to skip church and attend the church of “Coraline in 3D” instead.  We had planned on seeing it on Friday, but decided to save some money and hit a matinee instead.  What a fantastic movie!  The 3D was not overdone at all and the animation was amazing.  We really enjoyed it.  And it made me want midnight blue hair, which would look ridiculously horrible with my complexion, but I still want it.  

This desire made me remember a moment I had in high school or right after, the time line is a little fuzzy.  I was working at a coffee shop though and this guy I knew from school came in a lot.  I liked him (as friends) and we would chat when he came in, I think he even wrote a poem about me once while he was there that I still have somewhere.  Anyways, he had a girlfriend who didn’t go to school with us and one day she came in to the coffee house with him.  She had midnight blue hair and it looked so great on her.  It was really flattering and I was kind of in awe of her for pulling it off.  A few days later when I saw my friend, I told him I thought his girlfriend was really pretty with her midnight blue hair, that she pulled it off perfectly.  And that was that.

Except.  About a month later I got a phone call from my friend.  He said “hey, would you be interested in a three-some with my girlfriend and I?”  I was totally caught off guard having never been asked so bluntly to participate in a menage-a-trois.  I declined and he was a bit taken aback and said “well, you said you thought her blue hair was pretty!”

That I did, but I didn’t think complimenting someone’s hair translated to I would like to have sex with you both.  At the same time.

good intentions

Posted in home on February 20, 2009 by alissaclare

Ever since e was laid off, we’ve witnessed an absolute outpouring of support from friends, family and strangers.  Really, we’ve felt so absolutely loved and cared about and it just kind of overwhelms us.  However, we’ve also noticed that there has been a lot of “God has a plan” and “when one door closes, another one opens” type comments.  We whole heartedly believe this, we really do.  Honestly, I’ve seen so many coincidences leading up to this lay off that my faith is strong.  It’s just, there is something about someone just throwing that out there without a lot of thought behind it.  I know people don’t really know what to say when something like this happens, and I completely recognize the good intentions, I’m just starting to equate comments like “when one door opens…” to “they really are in a better place now…” when you’re grieving the passing of someone you love.  I’m looking for a more thought out comment I guess, and I may be asking too much.


Posted in self on February 19, 2009 by alissaclare

I’ve moved, or have been reinvented, depending on how you look at things.  I’ve decided to start over, and this time to be semi-anon.  So those of you that are seeing this and think you know me, welcome!  You’re in the club.  I’m hoping I can take a bit more freedom with my writing this way, get all of the good things out of this that I always have, but without the junk and maybe regain some authenticity at the same time.

We’ll see how this goes.  So yeah, it’s me.