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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

timeline, take 2

i've been trying to re-scan, photograph, upload file of my timeline, but without success! argh!!!! i really was trying to avoid having to re-type this , but, i will do so since some of you mentioned that you were unable to read it so here i type it out AGAIN! i apologize for the redundancy (i did, tho, delete the original post because it was horribly illegible>>>sorry about that!!!!)... firstborn's timeline (based on melba's) 1966: born one month prematurely (philippines) 1967: sister #2 born 1968: immigrate to usa (chicago) w/ parents & sister #2; live in a garden apartment near hospital where mom worked. 1969-1970:do not remember what the heck happened these years (was a toddler!)... 1971: sister #3 born 1972:become naturalised us citizen along w/ parents & sis #2 {i remember my sis & i standing on chairs in the judge's chambers & trying to recite the pledge of alligence...that must have been a sight!}; go to disneyworld with parents, sisters #2 & 3in orlando, fl & spend my 6th b-day there 1973: only brother born; family moves to very first house in chicago 1974: family takes road trip to canada 1975: sister #4 born 1976: family takes trip to motherland for one month (& hating the heat & foreigness of it all!) 1977-78:??? these are a blur for me 1979: went on another trip to mother country with mom & sister #2 (again, hating it) 1980: graduated grammar school & went on to all-girl catholic high-school (aka "prison"); learn thrifting & junking from mom; got braces 1981:??? 1982: moved to newly built house, five blocks away from old house; got driver's permit 1983:braces removed! 1984: graduated high school {aka broke out of "prison"} & went to depaul u in chicago; majored in communications & minored in art history {almost doubled majored, but in the end, chose to minor in art} 1985: got first car, a red jeep 1986: went to nyc for the first time ever 1987: graduated with high honors from depaul (completed 12 quarters in 3 years!); went straight to grad school in washington d.c. (georgetown) to study "linguistics"; lived with elderly lady & her dog for 2 years that i was there, "free" room & board; first time ever to live away from family 1988: still going to grad school in dc, often being mistaken for someone's "nanny" or some foreigner from exotic country>>>have been mistaken for vietnamese, korean, chinese, laotion, south american, native american , indian, mongolian, polynesian, eskimo, hawaiian, hispanic descent>>>everything under the sun except "filipino"! that really bugged the hell out of me>>>whenever someone asked me where i was from, i'd always say "chicago"...knowing full well they wanted to know my nationality! that usually stopped them in their tracks! when i grew up in chicago, no one ever asked me where i was from; could care less about politics (& dc is a very political town!) or being upwardly mobile {met way too many young republican types when i was there}, couldn't wait to go back to chicago & be around "regular", working-class people again... 1989: decided to finish with a masters instead of ph.d. in linguistics & matriculated the summer of '89 (which was the 200th anniversary of the university) dad, sister #2, cousin & dear college friend attended my grad ceremony, return to chicago with family, & worked first real job with local airline company 1990: traveled all over the us courtesy of the airline i worked for! 1991: airline company folds after having been in biz for 10 years; get a temp job as a word processor for state farm insurance, where i met my pal, angie wangie; apply for grad school (again), but this time in speech pathology, choose university of memphis bec. it was affordable & college friend was already going to optometry school there & had apartment i could share with; go with family to attend only brother's military graduation from marines bootcamp in san diego,ca 6/1992: sis #2 & i get in a bad car accident (not our fault; sis #2 gets banged up pretty badly & is in hospital for a week; i refuse to drive, but eventually get over my fear of driving, almost postponed grad school bec. of bad car accident 8/1992: pack up & go to memphis to begin grad school in speech pathology at univ. of memphis; never set foot inside graceland, tho have been outside its front gates & gift shop several times 1993: still in grad school, not amused with the heat & humidity of memphis, start to develop a "southern" twang in speech and being accused by my sibs as being "country" 7/1994: went to two job interviews: one in syracuse, ny at a very busy teaching hospital and the other to maine...i enjoyed to maine one bec. it was an all-expenses paid job interview, was wined & dined by prospective company & got to see lots of sights of maine>>>went on first whale-watching adventure & just fell for maine...but in the end i chose the more clinically challenging position in syracuse 8/1994: graduate from u. of m.; move to syracuse to begin my speech therapy career 9/1995: finish "residency" year in syracuse & return to chicago; move back temporarily w/ folks; find local job in chicago; find a 2bedroom apt a few blocks away from my parents'; sister #2 gets married 1/1996: sister #4 gets married 7/1996: drive by myself to maine for a week's vacation {the whole, "30, flirty & thriving bit"}; move out of apt because of safety (always getting late-night doorbell ringing! not to mention, gangbangers loitering below my apt window 1/1997: first niece is born! 5/1997: sister #3 gets married 7/1997: meet the love of my life, joe! 1998: joe & i move to maine! 10/1998: only brother gets married 1999: family visits us in maine; had minor surgery 2000: we visit family in chicago; discover yoga; joe starts his own contracting business 2001: a niece (sister #3's first baby) & nephew (sister #4's second) are born 2002: sister #2's triplets are born wicked prematurely (26 weeks), only 2 survive; start private practice; we get married on mt. battie 2003: relocate to cheeseland & get majorily depressed; mom retires after 40 years of being an rn; joe & i return to maine for 2 week vacation 2004: nephew (only brother's firstborn) is born; joe starts up his contracting biz this time in wi; we vacation in maine x1week; 4 sisters host 1st annual ccokie swap at mom's (aka "grandma") "special house" 2005: visit dear college pal in wa state; learn that sister #3 has cervical cancer; 4 sisters host 2nd annual cookie swap at special house 2006: sister #3 recovers from cancer; discover BLOGGING; get out of depression & begin creating art again; second "mom" annie comes to visit; met elsa & joined local herb/garden society; had another minor surgery; parents get robbed while vacationing in the mother country, tho eventually arrive safely; learn that fil has bone cancer; cancel plans to vacation out west & stay closer>>>go to door co. instead; discover crackerbox palace stamp store; quit draining hospital job to work for self as private practice speech therapist/etsy shop owner; celebrate 4th wedding anniversary; looking forward to a couple of upcoming craft/antique fairs in chicago AND going to maine at the end of the month. at this moment: trying to pry my eyelids open as i finish this long-ass timeline! i'm going to bed now!


  • At 9/14/2006 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Going For Greatness said…

    Wow what a great exercise for blogging, writing AND MEMORY this is! It's awesome to read it because I get to know you a little more too. Here's what I can remember....

    *1970 - Born in Dothan, Alabama
    *70-73 moved to various states including Mississippi, Louisiana and NJ
    *1974 - Parents divorced. We moved to South Plainfield, NJ
    1975 - Started Kindergarten in South Plainfield. Had Mrs. Kravitz
    1976 - Moved in with my mother's fiance in Fanwood, NJ and started 1st grade
    1977 - ?
    1978 - Met lifelong friend, Bridget Martorina
    1979 - ?
    80 - turned 10, went to Middle school
    80 - 83 Park Middle School
    1984- Freshman at SPFHS Discovered R.O.T.C. and Loved it
    1985 - 1st trip to Colorado to visit the Air Force Academy
    1986 - Returned to colorado but this time for a music workshop in Aspen. Decided I wanted to stay and found my own foster family with whom I remained until I was 21!!)
    1987 - driving!!
    1988 - graduated HS. Flipped my Hyundai over a boulder. No one was hurt... just the car! LOL
    1989 - 1st job - NANNY
    1990 - turned 20
    1991 - 'got' Jack Nicholson as my 21st birthday present. A mutual friend set it up so that I would arrive to a bar and have my 1st legal drink with Jack Nicholson. TOO COOL, to say the least!
    1992 - Moved to NJ to work as a Nanny. Lived on a Dairy Farm
    1993 - Met Harel at 'The Yellow Rose' Country night club
    1994 - 1st vacation with Harel. We went to Virginia. Yeah I guess it really IS for Lovers :)
    1995 - Turned 25 and moved in with Harel in Somerset, NJ
    1996 - Got Engaged to Harel!
    1997 - Got Married on August 31st!
    and took a 4 week honeymoon. We started in Israel, went to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales... amazing!!
    1998 - Bought our 1st house here in Belle Mead, NJ.
    1999 - Started working in a nursery school with 3 year olds.
    2000 - Trained and worked at as a diamond specialist
    2001 - Pregnant with 1st Daughter
    2002 - January 18, M'Kayla was born!
    2003 - Pregnant with #2,she was born December 22nd
    2004 - Disneyland Vacation January ( 3rd year in a row)
    2005 - 1st daughter enters Nursery school (3 year old Pre-K)
    2006 - We're moving to PA ( soon....??!!)

    wow!! that was fun, Mary Ann!!

  • At 9/14/2006 10:53:00 AM, Anonymous Michel Murphy said…

    Thanks for doing this. I have not started mine yet. Kind of afraid to, in a way. Yours is so interesting to read and it must be good for you to see how much you've accomplished all the places you have seen.

  • At 9/14/2006 12:52:00 PM, Blogger weirdbunny said…

    Wow you are so qualified, one mulittalented lady!

  • At 9/15/2006 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Tammy said…

    I am working on my timeline!

    Very cool - I will take the time to fully read yours tonight! (I'm at work!)


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