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December 7th, 2009

It's been close to 8 months or so since I last blogged on here...so much has changed that I don't really know where to begin.. I am no longer the same woman I was just 6-7 months ago.. all that changed on May 16th, when my mother passed away suddenly from a massive stroke....I'll go into more details later on( to be honest, my muse hasn;t been with me lately) but suffice it to say that I'm learning how to live again, to fight against the sadness and grief.. and desperately trying to deal with this holiday season... putting on the "Merry" even though I'm crying inside.

March 1st, 2009

Happy Birthday to Lara


from LaraCorsets! :)  I hope you've had a wonderful day
( and I will be in touch properly in the next wee while; it's been a rollarcoaster lately)


February 18th, 2009

Just wanted to wish xperfectlysaneX a very Happy Birthday!

February 12th, 2009

Not a whole heck of a lot to report here.. on my lunch break @ the moment( I took early lunch today, let the teacher's aide do do the later one), NOT looking forward to the 4 hrs of class I have tonight after work(Educational Concepts & Theory III, boring as all hell)
Right now I'm wishing for a time machine, so I could go back, oh 12 years ago, and take advantage of the opportunity I had to acutally be a full time college student, and not doing the evening stuff... that prolongs the degree by years instead of months. I'm still waiting on the department head of Education for my college to either approve or veto my doing student teaching @ the place where I teach( I teach kindergarden @ a private school & am going for my Elementary Ed degree) and I do wish they'd hurry up.

NOT looking forward to Valentine's Day since I've just broken up with my bf of 6 months( we were both @ fault, and I'll admit it, but he's 40 and acting like a 15 year old over something that was said and done. and that fact that he thought I was spending more time w/my friends than him.).. He's been coming in and out of my life for the past year and a half and we FINALLY started dating towards the end of the summer.. not sure what's going to happen, but I do know that with everything else I've got on my plate( work, school, upcoming eye surgery in a few months, my mother's ill health and the recent unexpected death of my uncle) I don't need teenage hystrionics!
I wonder if I'm genetically programmed to date unstable men or something!

So a couple of my girlfriends and I are celebrating Valentine's Day weekend by doing a roadtrip and staying over in Atlantic City Sun/Mon-we're all in the education field and all off Mon for President's Day) ... It's a man free night, and who knows what may happen. If we're energetic, we might cross over to Philly and do some sightseeing there( I'll be dragging everyone to the historic district for sure! )

Oh one thing that is gonna be a bit fun- Tomorrow I have to dress up in my 18th c reenacting garb and do a wee bit of a presentation for the 4-6 year olds at my school( yes they are actually teaching them a bit of history). It's basically a very very child-friendly 10=15 minute thing, about what a woman in the 18th c would do and how kids lived.
A friend of mine from one of my units is doing the GW thing with me( he's portrayed GW @ various reenactments). He's bringing in some samples of historical toys( those little ball and cup things, rag dolls,ect) that 18th c children would have played with, but of course can't bring in the wooden swords and muskets that boys would have taken pleasure in.. he IS bringing in some examples of toy soldiers..
I have a similar living history presentation to do in April, for a friend's 5th grade class. They're going to be studying the Rev War @ that time, and once again my friend and I are doing a demo..for that, however, he got permission to bring in his Charleville musket( unloaded of course).. I'm still prepairing my part of the presentation though.
This is the part of living history/reenacting I love the most...watching the kids eyes light up when we are in character, hearing their questions, and hoping that, just as I was inspired by living history, that I can light a flame of interest in at least one of them.

Speaking of history, today is Lincoln's 200th birthday..

February 6th, 2009

This picture was taken @ Jockey Hollow, Morristown, NJ
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Jockey_Hollow.
The area is the site of a Revolutionary War encampment, where many
soldiers suffered and died( there is a small cemetary down the hill
from where this was taken).
It was taken in one of the reproduction soldier's huts early on a
cold Dec morning( the huts are built on the foundations of the
original huts used by the Pennsylvania Line of the Continental Army
during the winter of 1779-80. This winter was more brutal than the
celebrated winter @ Valley Forge.)
I was spending the night in one of the huts with the Revolutionary
War reenactment
group I belong to and that night had experienced some
paranormal activity.
I'd been coming back from the bathroom( well porta potty) which was
located down the hill from the hut I was staying in with some of my
group. It was a clear cold night,and the park is located in a pretty
rural part of Morris County,NJ. I thought I was going a bit batty,
but started to hear the sound of fife and drum music( nothing unusual
about that @ a Rev War encampment). However there were only 8 of us
in the huts, none of them musicians,no other regiments or reenactors
around, the park staff had gone home for the night, and no one had
brought a radio along( we like to keep things as authentically 18th c
period as possible) Truth be told, I was a bit frightened, but at the
same time, felt at peace. When I returned to the hut, I was white as
a sheet and mentioned to my fellow re-enactors what I'd heard and
"Welcome To Jockey Hollow, you've just experinced your first haunting
here" they said, only half joking. I later found out that they had
experieced similar feelings and a few of them had even had seen
shadowy apparitions. One fellow, a professional photographer and
photo archivist, had taken some pics in our location where there were
a ton of unexplained orbs and hazing.

Unfortunately, I'd not had my camera when I went down to the porta-
potty, or I would have snapped the pic

The pic was taken when I DID have my camera, at about 5 am in the
morning.. for some reason I felt a chill that had nothing to do with
the weather, as tho I was being watched and snapped that particular

The next evening, I took a look @ the pics and came across the one by the firepit. I was not suprised to see at least 2 orbs in the guttering hearth,. right where I had felt the creeping yet, not intimidating feeling. That begs the question" Is it smoke from the guttering fire, or do you think it could have been the
spirits of the soldiers, who recoginzed familiar uniforms and wanted
to make themselves known to us?
I tend to feel inside my heart and soul that it was the latter

I welcome everyone's opinions, whatever they may be

Maggie from NJ

January 28th, 2009

25 More random facts about yours truly!

1. I'm a complete, total and unabashed history geek who reenacts
2.I married a Canadian citizen @ age 20
3.I'm very very ticklish
4.Despite setbacks, I'm very close to becoming a certified elementary school teacher
5. I can't touch my nose with my tongue
6.I hit pueberty @ age 9
7. I've lost over 100 lbs in the past 2 years( still a lot to go tho).
8. I LOVE to sing and dance, anything, anywere, anytime, so bring on the music
9. I used to write historical fiction that I kept in the back of my closet
10. When excited or stressed, I still use the ubiquitous "eh" of Canadians
11. I've a maternal 3x great grandfather who fought in the Civil War on the Union side & was captured
12. I had to have emergency eye surgery for a condition called a detached retina and still can't see well
13. I have hazel eyes which change constantly with my moods and what I'm wearing
14. I'm intensly loyal to my friends.
15. If all goes well, I plan to visit family in Ireland in 09
16. The initials of my Given, middle and maiden names spell MOP
17. I want at least 2 children.
18. I can't drive a stick shift to save my life
19. This year, I've actually learned how to be content with myself
20. I prefer jeans and a teeshirt to dressing up
21. Working with kids is my life
22. I used to have my nose pierced in my late 20's
23. I've dated the same person 3 times in 11 years, with a hiatus of 8 years
24. I won a lot of writing contests when i was in high school
25. I play the flute

Even though we only got a few inches of snow, the director/principle of the school I teach kindergarden at decided to close @ 1 pm... she did it mostly because the snow and rain is supposed to freeze over later. But I think this is gonna make it a lot more diffacult for parents already scrambling to find snow-day care(which we provide for kids up to 13 ) anyway. Personally it dosen;t matter too much to me, since I am a 10 min walk from work, but since I'm only in my 1st month of employment there, I won't get paid for the full day.
It's so much fun to watch the kids frolic around in the snow... ;)

So I'm spending the day doing some reading for my Women in Early American history class, doing an essay ahead of time, catching up on here, and if the spirit moves me, hemming an old peach colored petticoat for my campfollower impression( I'm starting small)

So in the interest of snow day randomness, here are 25 random things about me..feel free to add your own!

1).  I dated a firefighter for 5 months( met him through reenacting and we are currently on a break) who became a firefigher in part because of 9/11
2). I will be going in again for surgery for my eye in March, to repair scar tissue on the old incision, so I can FINALLY start driving again
3). I was known as a "history geek" throughout grade school and high school
4) Teaching is my passion and what I always want to be doing careerwise
5) Thanks to reenacting I've started to learn how to sew, something I previously destested.
6) I am going over to Ireland in summer 2009 for a cousin's wedding & this will be my first time outside of North America
7) For over 2 years I dated a guy who was descended from Thomas Paine( Common Sense, The Crisis) on his maternal side
8) I LOVE veggies, especially cauliflower, zuchinni and broccoli
9) I live near one of my old students and tutor her in English
10). In the next month or 2, I plan to join the gym where one of my old high school friends works
11)My first car that I owned outright was a 97 Dodge Neon
12) I used to write Rev War historical fiction in my teen years & was working on a novel
13)I drink WAYYY too much coffee
14) I was a student aide/student ambassador @ Bergen Community College for 2 years
15) When I lived in Canada I worked in the auto industry for a time
16) I can't ice skate very well, despite having lived in Canada for 8 years
17) My favorite movies are RENT 1776, The Patriot, Sweet Liberty, Gods & Generals & Gettysburg
18) My parents & I  argue a lot, but I consider them one of the most important factors in my life and of who I am today,
19) I love vaccuming but can't stand mopping and laundry
20) Four  of my favorite scents are: Coffee, anything vanilla, Tommy Hillfiger men's cologne( reminds me of someone special) and the smell of a fireplace or open fire
21) My favorite colors are blue, green and black
22) I am a "morning person" usually up before 8 am even on weekends & prefer to work & take my classes early
23) I returned to college @ age 28 to persue my Education degree
24) I have 2 dogs here in NJ and 2 dogs taken care of by my ex husband in Canada
25) The thing I want most in my life is to make a difference to those whose lives I've entere

January 23rd, 2009

This time last Jan, were you single?
nope, was with yet another loser.

Who was the last person to make you smile?
The kids I teach

Who can you blame for your bad mood today?
no one really, save fate.. my uncle passed 2 days ago

Did you ever waste too much time on a certain boy or girl?
All the time( wasted 8 years on a hideous marriage).

What do you prefer, skittles or starbursts?

How was last night?
Hectic... went into NYC after work to be with family following uncle's passing

What is your mom listed under in your phone?
mom & dad

Have you ever kissed someone and never saw them again?
yep,part of being a young adult

How are you feeling right now?

What was your last argument about?
fought with my parents(family stuff regarding mom;s health) and my semi significant other

Have you ever stripped for money?
No, I'd probably have to actually be PAID to keep my clothes on! :P

Last nap?
not since I was sick w/pneumonia a couple months ago

Who were the first 2 people you heard this morning?
parentals as I was leaving for work

Have you ever liked anyone who treated you like crap?
Sadly I seem to have a penchant for getting in such relationships, but THINK I might have broken the curse with the one I'm currently getting into

What are you listening to?
coworkers in the faculty lounge

Do you believe in celebrating anniversaries?

Have you ever stayed in a hotel?
Numerous times.

Ever been told you were loved by someone who didn't mean it?

Do you think someone is thinking about you right now?
I hope he is.

Are you a big fan of snowstorms or thunderstorms?
Both,, snowstorms bring out the creativity, thunderstorms bring out the freak in me!

Were you happy when you woke up today?
Hell no, I wanted my warm bed, considering I got like 4 hrs sleep

Would you ever live with anyone of your top friends?
Doesn;t count here, but have lived with friends before.

Do you believe in perfect?
no one and nothing is perfect!

How do you feel about chocolate covered strawberries?
like em, but since I'm doing a  low carb diet, they are a no no

Best thing you did for yourself today?
stayed on said low carb diet, only got a medium coffee.

Have you ever liked somebody and never told them?
lol yep

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

Are you over your past?
Hell, no.. my past seems to be part of my present these days!

Has anyone disappointed you recently?
friends, some family members

Does it take a lot to make you cry?
Nope, I'm overly emotional

Is there someone you wish you were still close with?
an ex bf of mine(not the one who dissed me via myspace) with whom I was close for 12 years

What do the majority of people in your life call you?
Maggie, Mags, Maggot

Do you currently hate someone?
Not hate, but strongly dislike/pity

What was the first thing you thought this morning?
Freakin alarm!

Do you like the majority of the people you go to school with?
they are ok, haven;t gotten close to them for the most part as I'm an evening student.

Have you ever gotten a sunburn so bad it hurt to move?
God yes, fell asleep in the sun @ a friends's house in PA.. she and I both ended up in the emergency room for sun poisoning!!.

What will you name your son?
Daniel,Hugh, possibly James( even though it was the name of the hated ex hubby) Joseph, Patrick

Who was the last person you texted?
n/a.. don't have txt on the cell @ the moment( soon tho

Does anyone hate you?
Think so, but do I care... HELL NO

Have you ever read an entire book in one day?
Often.. mostly history related ones

What do you have to do tomorrow?
Attend my uncle's memorial service in NYC, work on an assignment for class, maybe see friends in the evening

What were you doing at 9 this morning?
Teaching my little rugrats, drinking a protein shake

What is the last thing you said out loud?
Thanks and have a good weekend( to a co-teacher who was leaving early

What did you think about before you went to sleep last night?
uncle, my semi signigfigant other

January 20th, 2009

Just got home from my first day of class of this semester( Women's role in Early American history, so far seems to be a kick-ass class with a wonderful feminist prof who is THRILLED by my reenacting and wants me to dress in garb for a project grade), but a long day nevertheless( I also just started teaching kindergarden in a new private learning center( 7:30 am-4:30, then class 3 nights a week).. At least we got  to watch parts of the inaugaration on Tv today!

*sigh* I'm one of those I guess you'd call them sadio maschiostic people who just keeps metaphorically opening up old wounds, not being able to leave well enough alone...looking at old pics of the ex's, dragging out all the old tapes and CD's that had "our songs".. but now I've done one better.

My most recent serious ex bf( we dated from Dec 07-May 08 and had a very nasty breakup) was a freelance musician. He had a LOT of talent( singing and playing guitar) but sadly was too undiciplined and undirected to do much with it. He was trying to market some of his songs( mostly covers ) on Youtube and he and I often made vids with my digital cam of him. I posted a number of them up on youtube. 

In May we had a very vitriolic breakup( he publically humiliated me via his myspace blog when we did so) and no longer even speak anymore and after a time of anger and hurting, I was able to erace all  the vids of him in my hard drive and delete all the pics.. Now what am I doing?? I find myself  going onto his Youtube channel and listening anew to his music, remembering.....It's like I have a "beat me hard emotionally" sign on my mind and soul....

January 11th, 2009

Pre Hammie Birthday Visit/Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton

More @ http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h53/LadyMaggie1976/Trinity%20Church%20NYC/
I wasn;t sure how to do a LJcut

Good morning one and all, on this snowy ( at least here in NJ) morning.
On Fri I chanced to be in NYC to have lunch w/my aunt and cousin, who work down there. I happened to have my camera with me, as I've taken to doing, and on a spur of the moment, decided to visit Hammie's grave(good thing I did, because we ended up having a snow/ice storm here in the NY metro area and bus travel is sort of nasty from here w/ice on the ground).... I bought a flower and placed it there, and in the late afternoon NYC cold, stood there and paid my respects to Hamilton..Even surrounded as I was by the hustle and bustle of Manhattan crowds and traffic, I stood @ the cold gravesite and felt transported back to Hammie's times.. I could( crazy as this sounds)
Many other Rev War soldiers are also buried here, including Gen Richard Montgomery, an Irishman who was killed @ the Battle of Quebec early in the war)

So here, just in case I should not make into the City today, are the pics.

( I also chanced to walk past Ground Zero and the new under construction foundations of the Freedom Tower.. with tears in my eyes, I threw another rose in memory of all who lost their lives there)

On a lighter note, there is one pic I took of the American Stock Exchange, located directly across the street from Trinity Church...How fitting that Hammie's final resting place is just across from the center of American commerce

**raising glass** Happy Birthday Colonel Hamilton, you are still sorely missed by many( and your financial prowess is sorely needed!)


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