Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom, Peyton and Rhonda

November 30th is a VERY special day. . . because it is the birthday of my mom, my niece, Peyton and my good friend, Rhonda!  So this blog post goes out to these 3 very special gals!!!

 Happy Birthday Mom!  Can't wait to celebrate next week by eating your home cooking!!

Happy Birthday Peyton!  Even though you are a big girl now I'm glad you are still little enough for me to hold!

 Happy Birthday Rhonda!  So glad I got to see you in 2011.  Hoping to see you even more in 2012!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Long Weekend That Wasn't Long Enough. . .

4 days in a row off from "real job" (at the hospital) but worked all day Friday and half a day Saturday at my "other job" so that combined w/ many family events made for a very busy weekend that went by way too fast!

On Saturday we celebrated Peyton's 4th birthday.  I really can't believe she is going to be 4 tomorrow.  How did that happen!?  She had a friend party in the morning at the local bowling alley and then the family party in the afternoon.  She's one busy gal w/ so many parties!!  Oh and of course it was a princess party!

Peyton got plenty of gifts including a certain doll that Ella was absolutely in love w/ and got pretty upset when she couldn't play w/ it the entire time.  Thankfully there were plenty of other toys to go around!  Just a preview of what Christmas will be like this year.  I got Peyton an adorable outfit as well as the game Memory and let me tell you she is really good at it!  She really did beat me for real w/o me letting her!  Ha!  Then I played w/ Ella and she wasn't too bad either.  So fun that they are old enough to play games w/ now.

My parents gave Peyton 2 dress up outfits - a vet and a hairdresser but thanks to kids imagination the vet can also be a doctor (see Ella taking care of baby) and the hairdresser can also be a dog groomer (Peyton had that stuffed dog looking great)!  I love the picture of Peyton blow drying baby's hair b/c she is making the sound w/ her mouth then we figured out that if you put a battery in it actually works and makes the noise by itself!  Haha! 

On Sunday I went to Owen's baptism.  He is such a sweetie but feeling a little hungry during the ceremony!  Luckily a bottle did the trick.  We all went back to Kendall's house after the baptism and enjoyed some yummy food and of course cake.  Riley had a sweet in her hand every time I turned around.  I joked that she had all 4 food groups - cookies, brownies, cake and ice cream! 

All and all it was a great weekend.  I even managed to squeeze in a little shopping and got myself a new GPS.  Much Christmas shopping still needing to be done. . .

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful day with family, friends and FOOD!  I know I have plenty to be thankful for this year.  We had a great day yesterday.  Here are a few pictures. . .

I'm sure my family members will really appreciate these candid photos I'm sharing!  Haha!  If they complain I'll just tell them that they should be more agreeable to posing when I ask! 
Taylor, my mentee, came with me for Thanksgiving this year and I was so happy to have her as was the rest of my family!  She slept over the  night before and we went to the movies and saw the Muppets.  It was so good.  Before heading out for Thanksgiving I curled her hair and it looked so pretty!  I still can't believe she is a freshman in high school and I've known her since she was in 5th grade!!!

We have a holiday tradition in my family of playing a game after dinner.  We often play "left, right, center" which is one of our favorites.  Last night my mom won the first round ($36) and then the 2nd round nobody won (last roll was a center) so we all put out another dollar and played again (and last roll center again)!  So in Double Overtime we just played another round w/o putting in anymore money and my aunt Nancy won $48!  It was a lot of fun! 

No Black Friday shopping for me.  I took the day off from the hospital today but I'm working my per diem job supervising a visit all day.  At least I have my laptop w/ me and can blog! :)  Happy shopping to all you crazy people out there!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fashion Plates - More Photos!

As I mentioned in my Fashion Plates recap post there were several professional photographers at the event.  I'm so excited to see all of the photos they took.  Here are some of the beautiful photos that  ASA Photographic took!
The room looked beautiful!  I still can't get over how many people where there - over 400!
Piper, our fearless leader, is the Fashion Plates committee head and volunteers much of her time to make Fashion Plates an amazing event!
Lori Grande,DJ from Country 102.5 and Lisa Lynch, stylish and owner of Ports and Company did a wonderful job introducing the models and of course talking about the clothes!
 Here I am in outfit number 1. . . what do you think?  {Maybe looking a little nervous here!?}
Ahhh looking a bit more relaxed. . . love those earrings!
Outfit number 2. . . this gorgeous dress is a burnt orange color (hard to tell in the photo due to lights).
Lori, Piper and Staci who is the staff person responsible for organizing this amazing event. This was her first year and I must say she did an outstanding job!
Fashion Plates Committee (minus me). . . I'm SO depressed that I missed being in this photo.  I was out front buying the dress and didn't know they were doing it.  I will need to be photo shopped in!  Ha!  All of these women are wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know them at our committee meetings.  Thanks ladies for volunteering your time to make Fashion Plates an outstanding event!
Oh and don't worry. . . I'm sure there will be even more photos to follow!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fashion Plates 2011

Real Women Real Stories
My wardrobe "sneak peak" (you may have already seen this if you follow me on FB or Twitter).  When we got to the event our clothes were all out for us.  We each had a little area to get ready. 
Getting ready. . . life of a model seems pretty good to me. . . feeling pampered with getting my makeup done, hair styled and plenty of bubbly!  We had such fun "backstage" before the show.  We even did a trial run on the runway.
The Looks - what do you think?  I must admit I was feeling a little nervous when my hair stylish was teasing my hair A LOT for the first look.  I don't typically wear my hair that high but he kept saying "trust me. . . this is a model look."  Haha!  And how about those earrings?  Aren't they just to die for?  LOVE them but would have to get a 3rd job to be able to afford them.  I did buy the dress after much encouragement from many people telling me it looked great on me.  No clue what I'll wear it to but I'm sure it will come in useful at some point.  The skirt for the 3rd look was a gift from Lisa, the stylish and owner of Ports and Company.  It is a great skirt.  We got to pick between red, black, taupe and teal.  I love the teal and think it will be fun to wear to a holiday party!
Before people arrived I had a chance to sneak a peak of the cocktail area where the AMAZING raffle baskets were on display.  The baskets were all valued at well over $1,000 and were FILLED with awesome stuff.  I didn't win BUT my aunt did!!!  She won "Entertaining In Style" which includes a lot of awesome cooking stuff, cookbooks, wine, vodka, flower gift certificates, and a private party for 20 at the Sam Adams Brewery.  I'll be invited to that I'm sure! ;)  Lisa also set up a Ports and Company "store" with a lot of her awesome clothes and accessories.  I wanted to buy one of everything but only treated myself to an amazing headband.
 Here are just a few of my new friends who are the amazing women who modeled at the fashion show with me.  I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible women.  What a gift to learn about women with MS who are about so much more than just MS.  They inspired me and made me proud to participate in this event. 
For the final look we all wore Fashion Plates t-shirts with the fun skirts.  When we went out on the runway we carried a glass of champagne and the song "Raise Your Glass" by Pink was playing (I've always loved that song) and it was such a fun "finale."  I'm so thankful to my Aunt Cathy and good friend Emily for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to this event.  It means so much to me to know I have such a great support system.  I know my mom was there in spirit and wished she could have attended.  I guess I'll just have to do it again next year so she can see me in action!
The day didn't end there. . . Piper, the committee chair, hosted an "after party" at her house.  Not everyone went but we had so much fun w/ the people who were there.  I got to hang out w/ some of my fellow committee members and a bunch of the models.  (Oh and you can see my fancy new headband a little in this top pic).  Thanks Piper for opening your home to all of us and making up feel so welcomed and comfortable.  You should know how to throw a fashion show and a party!
I hope to have much more to post about Fashion Plates.  There were 4 photographers there so I should get plenty of runway shots soon.  I can't wait to see all the pics and maybe even a video of the event.  It was a BLAST and I had a great time.  I continue to feel amazed at the opportunities I've had due to MS.  Who would have thought that such an awful disease would bring so many wonderful friends and opportunities into my life.  A blessing in disguise for sure!  Never in a million billion years did I think that I would be a model walking a runway at an event in front of over 400 people.  But ya never know what life has in store for ya! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm loving my recent purchase at Christmas Tree Shop!  Isn't this the cutest little thing?  And it was only $6.99!  I love that store.

I'm loving that Fashion Plates is only 2 days away.  I'm so excited for this event and can't wait to tell you all about it and share pictures afterwards.

I'm loving that Thanksgiving is next week and I have Fri and Sat off from work (well work at the hospital).  Long weekends are wonderful!

I'm loving that my cousin Katelyn is now a Stella and Dot consultant and I can host a party as a fundraiser for MS! 

I'm loving that I'm treating myself to a mani/pedi tomorrow after work in preparation of Fashion Plates.

I'm loving that Christmas is only 39 days away!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dear Jodi Bean's Blog,

Sorry I've been neglecting you.  I've been busy.  Working at the hospital.  And working my per diem job to make extra money (to pay crazy high dentist bill and car repair bill).  I've been busy which makes me tired and trying to get a lot of sleep which means not turning my laptop on after work which means no blogging.  THE END
Love, Your author, Jodi Bean

But tonight I'm breaking all the rules and turned on the laptop for some long overdue blogging b/c I know y'all miss me dearly (right!?).

So let's catch up.  I think I'm getting a cold which I'm not at all happy about b/c the MS Fashion Show is THIS Friday and I MUST be healthy!  On and speaking of Fashion Plates I had my fitting at Ports and Company with Lisa (the owner) and the outfits I'll be modeling are gorgeous.  Oh and the earrings I'm wearing are TO.DIE.FOR.  I'm so in love with them I can't stand it.  I can't wait to show you pictures of everything!  A few hints - outfit one - dressy/classy/orange, outfit two - casual/chic/purple, outfit three - sassy/fun/teal.  Yup that's all you get for now.  But don't worry there will be plenty of pictures following the fashion show.
My grandmother "Ma" celebrated her 85th birthday on November 10th.  My mom went down to Florida to celebrate with her and I love that even at 85 years old young she still knows how to enjoy her fave martini!  So happy for the healthy years she has had and hoping for many more! 

In other completely unrelated news. . . while driving in my hometown with my mom and the girls we saw some Thanksgiving escapees.  These two were very upset that all of their friends are on the other side of the fence.  Not sure why they just didn't fly to the other side but guess turkeys aren't known for their smarts!  The girls got a kick out of them!

I ordered the newspaper article from my "Cutting For A Cure" event.  They printed the whole story on one page and on nice paper.  I then picked up a frame at A.C. Moore and it now hangs in my office.  I love the way it looks and think it is such a nice addition to my work space!

I am totally in love with the beautiful warm weather we have been treated to this November.  It has been so nice to be able to spend so much time outside and not have to bundle up in heavy coats, gloves, hats, boots, etc.  I hate winter so the shorter it can be the better!  I also love that the colors of the trees are still looking beautiful.  All in all (minus the crazy Halloween snow storm) it has been a great fall weather wise!

So there you have it.  That's what has been going on w/ me the last several days.  Not too exciting but such is life.  Hoping to have more time for blogging but not sure since work and per diem schedule are still looking pretty busy for the next couple of weeks.  I'll make sure to update after the fashion show for sure!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend Recap

Warning:  my weekend was not very exciting so bear with me!!!
On Saturday morning I met Kendall at a craft fair.  We had fun shopping around and managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts and a few things for ourselves.  Do you like my hat?  I was trying it on for size b/c Kendall was buying a pink and green owl hat for Riley and this one looked huge which it was!  No I didn't buy this hat but I did get a hot pink wrap that looks like a hat and I LOVE it!
After craft fairing it w/ Kendall I had to head to work.  I've been doing a lot of per diem work on weekends lately supervising visits.  It is great money but I'm exhausted!  We went to Gloucester for a hike and it was beautiful out.  There is still a lot of pretty colors on the trees so it was really nice.  (Do you like my hat/wrap thingy?)
 The kids were playing with their mom and I was sitting and goofing off on my iPhone and my instagram app. 
When the iPhone updated I think the instagram app did too b/c there seem to be new choices on there.  Anyone else notice that?  Well as you can see I was trying a bunch of them out.   After working Saturday afternoon I did a bunch of errands then went home and relaxed knowing I would have to get it up and do it all over again on Sunday!
On Sunday it was another BEAUTIFUL day.  I worked but at least got to enjoy some time outside.  We went to Jamaica Pond so that they could throw the ball for the dog (and she went swimming b/c it was just so warm)!
I sat and enjoyed the warm sun on my back.  After work I went to meet Cara for lunch.  I took her out for a belated birthday get together at Chilli's.  I've been obsessed w/ Chilli's chips and salsa and chicken enchilada soup lately.  Yum.  I could eat that every day!  It was nice catching up b/c it is always too long in between our get togethers.  When I got home last night I was so exhausted I collapsed in bed.  My legs were screaming at me for doing so much over the weekend. 

Thankfully I had already planned to take today off from work.  I was so in need to a day to rest.  I've pretty much done nothing all day.  My big accomplishment was putting clean sheets on my bed and going to the bank to deposit my earnings for this weekend.  Pretty exciting stuff!

So now just have to make it through 4 days of work this week and 4 days of work next week b/c I have Friday the 18th off for my modeling debut in the MS Fashion Plates fashion show!!!!

I'm linking up with Savanah and Erin for "Fun With Our Phones Monday." 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Randoms. . .

I have Fridayitis!  I am so glad this work week is almost over (even though I'm working my per diem job both days this weekend).  I am taking a comp day on Monday which is much neeed!

I've always wish that there was some way to take pictures quickly when you see certain things.  Take for example the other day when I was shopping at the Natick Collection (in the rich people section w/ all the fancy stores) and I see a lady pushing her little dog in a stroller.  Yes her dog!  Such a sight.

Or today when I was driving down Beacon St. in Boston and saw a guy riding his unicycle to work!  Interesting way to commute! 

Here are a few things that I thought were funny and just want to remember. . .

Mom talking to Jodi: "I called your dad to tell him that Peyton and I were going to be home a few minutes late and he didn't answer. I thought it was strange since he was home with Ella but thought maybe there were in the basement and didn't hear the phone. A few minutes later he called me back and said. . ."

Dad to Mom: "I couldn't answer the phone when you called because I was hiding."

Yes folks you heard that right. He was hiding!  Meaning he was playing hide-and-seek with Ella and didn't want to come out to answer the phone b/c then she would find him.  Haha.  This one gave me a good laugh!

Jodi: "Ella did you tell  Uncle Scott what you are going to be for Halloween?"
Ella: "A CUPCAKE!"
Scott: "A cupcake!  Does that mean somebody is going to eat you?"
Ella: "Noooo it's pretend!"

Conversation with my 5 year old client (from my per diem work)
Her: "Why did you cut your hair?"
Me: "Because I donated it to make wigs for people who don't have hair."
Her: "Oh."
Me: "Why do you like it?"
Her: "No."
Ok then!  Haha!  

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I'm thankful for "Fall Forward" b/c that means one extra hour of sleep this weekend! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I had allergy testing on Tuesday and unfortunately am allergic to dogs, cats, feathers, dust and mold.  So now waiting for the blood tests results to see if there are any food allergies and then will need to do seasonal allergy testing in a few months.  Looks like I'll be adding another weekly shot to my routine.  Joy! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jodi Bean's 2nd Annual MS Fundraiser Recap cont.


I have the best family and so thankful that so many of them were able to make it to the event.  Thanks to my brother Allan for donating some great silent auction items, to my aunt Cathy for bidding on lots of restaurant gift certificates (hope you take me to one), and extra special thanks to my mom for making the amazing photo boards which I know took hours and for everything else you did to help me get ready for the event- really couldn't have done it w/o you.  Love you all!

 *high school friends*
Kendall, Jill, Julie, Tommy and Jenn
What can I say about this crew?  Kendall a best friend since 7th grade and Jill since 6th. . .  I was a bridesmaid in both of their weddings and have seen them have 5 kids in total.  Love that we've been through so much together - good and bad - and are better friends for it.  Thanks for being there for me.  Tom and Julie thanks for supporting me and fighting for a cure for MS.  And Jenn, my sister-in-law, my friend, my auto immune disease partner, brought together by marriage but I know it was for a reason.  Thanks for your endless support.  Words cannot express.
*maav friends*
Rebecca, Executive Director of MAAV and Anna, fellow board member have only know me about a year but are generous and supportive people who give so much to the Melrose community through their efforts with MAAV.  So thankful for people like you who give so much to so many.  Thanks for supporting me too!
*babysitting friends*
Anna and Sherry, I've babysat Sammy and Jake since they were infants and they are in 1st grade now.  I love those 2 kids (despite the occasional temper tantrum) and happy I can call Anna and Sherry friends.  They are very supportive and have helped me pay the bills for several years now! ;)  Thanks Anna and Sherry for your support, for going out so often so that I can babysit and for helping w/ donations for the silent auction last year and this year.
*first real job friends*
 Cara and Judi (on left in each picture) worked with me at Riverside which was my first "real" job out of college and what led me to becoming a social worker.  Sousxie (right) is Judi's sister and also a former client (along w/ her husband) from my job at the adoptive agency.  So happy I could help them become parents to Luca!  Thankful that I've had the chance to work with all three of these amazing ladies and that they continue to support me today.
*grad school friend*
Marybeth made the drive from CT w/ her husband to come to my event.  I am so happy she was able to come b/c we don't get to see each other often enough.  So thankful for my social worker friends and love that we've remained friends since our busy grad school days at Boston College.

*scrapbooking friends*
Yes I said it. . . scrapbooking friends!  Ha!  Kandi and Jenny are "crafty" just like me and we've had a lot of fun over the years.  Even though scrapbooking has been on hold for a while I know someday we will scrap again.  So glad they are friends outside of scrapbooking and made it to my event.  

*first work friend now real life friend*

Joana is one of my closest friends and I really don't know how I would have made it through many days at work w/o her.  It was no secret that I was pretty sad when she didn't come back to work after having Carter but thankfully we remained wonderful friends and are even closer today.  Joana thanks for your endless support and being my "second address."

*having fun*

*talking, bidding, drinking*

Did you guess right?  I raised $1,471 in one night!  Awesome!!  Thanks to everyone who came to the event.  I'd say it was a great success and a lot of fun.  Already looking forward to next year. . . maybe!