Maria Goes Home and Inspires

Maria gets her little feet licked when she meets her big sister Bella. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Maria gets her little feet licked when she meets her big sister Bella. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Our whirlwind weekend in Florida, when we welcomed my niece Maria Regina, might have come to an end on Monday morning. But the impression she made is everlasting. As a result of my visit, I’ve already been quite a busy bee. Her mom Jaci gave me an idea for Monday’s Newlyweds blog on the judgment of pregnant women when they don’t wear their wedding rings. On the plane from Orlando to New York, I read a copy of Ladies’ Home Journal, which had me waxing nostalgic about the “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” column, for which I once worked, in today’s Newlyweds blog. Obviously, I’m going to have to visit Maria even more. (For pictures of her return home from the hospital, visit the “Maria Goes Home” photo album.)

Calm after Storms

New Jersey looked like a war zone after the latest Noreaster. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
New Jersey looked like a war zone after the latest Noreaster. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

What a week we have had. It was full of disaster and drama. On Saturday night, we were ordering Chinese take out and waiting for my friends to arrive. The next thing we know, there’s a leak streaming down the wall in our hallway. And moments later, the lights went out. My friends called to tell us the police turned them away from the highway, and they were forced to return home.

We were without electricity from Saturday until Tuesday. The house felt like a giant ice cube. We had to take turns dragging buckets of water out of the basement. We were lucky to have very little damage to the floor in the basement. The water was turned off for two days, too. Needless to say, we have a new appreciation for the little things – brushing your teeth with water, a hot shower, and a light for reading. Of course, I’m ever more grateful for television. Oh how I love you fair TV! If you’d like to check out all the damage from the last two storms New Jersey has faced, visit the photo albums “Blizzard of 2010” and “Noreaster of 2010“. The blizzard with its heavy snow paved the way for all these trees to come crashing down during the noreaster. Now, I feel as though it was all a terrible nightmare.