Happy Spaghetti Year!

I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions. I don’t take them seriously. My past resolutions are proof.

2009 – Use a spork more often while eating spaghetti.

2010 – Finally become a proud owner of a penguin.

2011- I didn’t make a resolution this year because I failed terribly in 2010.

2012 – Have a baby (Note: I was already pregnant).

2013 – Eat more pasta.

2014 – Establish a National Glitter Day.

Resolution for 2015? Have the cast of Downton Abbey over to drink the 125 bags of tea sitting in my pantry.

What’s your resolution?

I haven’t updated Mama Spaghetti in 3 months because …

… every time I sit down at the computer Little Miss Gigli decides that it is a fantastic time to sit on my lap and do this aoruewairauew89rew7apr98eauhtrw38754q2345749305 with the keyboard.

… I was trying to conquer those painfully slow Candy Crush Quests without harassing my FB friends.

… Downton Abbey had my undivided attention.


… I’ve started knitting with means I’ve turned into an old lady and no longer know how to use technology.


My scary knitted dishcloth

… I was trying to read The Great Gatsby and fell asleep.

… I was waddling around the house pretending to be a penguin in preparation for our trip to SeaWorld.

… I’ve been watching the Catching Fire trailer obsessively because I still have yet to see the movie!

… I was too busy eating spaghetti.

You got it dude!

The Pretend Knitter

I just wasted a vast amount of time on the Raverly website. What is Raverly you ask? Raverly is a website for knitters.

Which would make one think that I knit.

I do not.

I just wasted time on a website in which it does not currently benefit me.

I am determined to learn how to knit though! I have wanted to knit for years now.

A few years ago I attempted to learn. I grabbed a set of needles, some blue yarn, and sat my little hiney in front of the computer. I googled “how to knit” and watched a not so good youtube video. I got frustrated and threw the needles and ball of yarn across the house. That was either my Italian kicking in or my severe lack of patience.

Well I signed myself up for a knitting class this coming November. A REAL knitting class in which REAL people will show me how to REALLY knit. Ziti has titled my new knitting obsession as my “Old Lady Habit” and says that I better not knit in front of him.

And because of that, I shall knit him this sweater for Christmas …

Where’s the Mountain?!

It was our first family vacation. Ziti, Stelline, and I decided to drive from Florida to Ohio and then onto Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  We chose Gatlinburg because we were in search of the mountains. I barely remembered what a mountain looked like having lived in Florida for so many years. The tallest mountain in Florida was the fire ant hill in the backyard.

We visited family in Ohio and then made our way to Tennessee. We had driven a good 4 ½ hours before we hit Sparta, North Carolina. At that time we decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway as a “shortcut”. Let’s face it … we were dumb. We didn’t really know what the Blue Ridge Parkway was and this was back in the day before it was super easy to just “google it”. We didn’t realize that it would take us about 93 hours to drive it!

Our jaws hit the ground as soon as we turned onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. All we could see around us were beautiful, never-ending mountains!  We were so excited! There were so many overlooks to stop at every few miles. We stopped at all of them! There was not one overlook that we could drive by. Every overlook was more spectacular than the last.

As the day progressed that amazing-ness turned into well … scariness. We were driving along and all of a sudden we were met with a wall of fog right smack in front of us! How in the world were we supposed to know that as it got later into the day, that the fog would start to roll into the mountains!? Ziti thought it was awesome and I began to cry like a baby. And while I was crying like a baby, Ziti decided to pull off at an overlook to TAKE A PICTURE!!!


Doesn’t look too scary, right?? Think of it this way … there’s supposed to be a mountain there!!

I was so mad and of course, I cried even more. What was he doing?!! Didn’t he know that the fog would eat him!? After enough crying and yelling, he got back into the car. I didn’t want to leave that spot. I wanted to ride out the fog or something. But nope, we drove on and I cried.

I honestly don’t know what I was expecting Ziti to do. Turn around? Pitch a tent? Turn the car into a helicopter? Anything but drive!!  I was terrified that we were going to drive clear off of the damn mountain! Well … we didn’t.

We decided it was time to take the highway once we hit Asheville. It was about a 2-hour drive to Gatlinburg from there. The hotel was plopped right in the Great Smoky Mountains and by the time we got there it was dark. You’d think I would have cried again, but I didn’t. That’s because the fog had scared the tears right out of me.

My 10 Most Favorite Things About Fall

I know exactly what you are thinking …it is August. So why in the world is this chick rambling on about Fall??!! Here’s the thing, Fall has decided to come early to our state. The high today is 71. The high tomorrow? 66 !!! What in the world is going on? It has me scrambling for pants for the super human baby that grows at a rapid rate of speed (Little Miss Gigli… incase you were lost).

I think the planet got so sick of everyone complaining about Global Warming that it said, “Enough!! Take a blast of some cool weather in AUGUST and shut the eff up!” Not gonna lie … I had myself a nice warm cup of hot cocoa this morning. I’m not going to argue with the planet. If it wants me to think it is fall then I will gladly go along for the ride.

So I love the fall! It is my absolute favorite season and since I’m feeling all in the fall spirit today, I now give you a list of my favorite things about the fall. I guarantee you they are your favorite things too!

1. Pumpkins – They are orange. You can carve them. You can eat their delicious seeds. Plus they give you pumpkin pie!!

2. The Leaves Changing Color – It’s like I close my eyeballs and the last thing I see is green. When I open them up I see orange, red, yellow and I am so confused. The leaves change that fast and I love it!

3. The Crisp Cool Weather – Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right!

4. Pumpkin Spice Lattes – Just set up that IV right now.

5. Hot Air Balloon Festival – Sounds like it is for sissys. But it totally is not. You try wrangling an 800 pound hot air balloon into the air and then tell me your opinion. Plus, they are pretty!


6. The Mazie Maze – Nothing better than getting lost in a 50 billion acre corn maze!

7. Cinnamon Brooms – It is the only time of year where is it appropriate, and not at all strange, to buy a broom that smells of cinnamon and hang it on your wall.

8. Halloween – I get a kick out of witnessing what kind of costumes Ziti creates not only for the girls, but for himself as well. Me? I just wear my good old fairy costume. Maybe I should get creative this year?


Stelline as a Bloody Bride!

9. Football – I’m really not a crazy sports person, but if you can’t sit down and watch a football game in the fall then something is wrong with you. You don’t have to enjoy it. Just sit there and make fun of the players!

10. I can wear PANTS – Which means I don’t have to shave my legs. Ziti is the luckiest man in the world.

What do you love about fall? Or do you secretly hate it?

What I Think About When I Can’t Fall Asleep at Night

  • Is the front door locked?!
  • I wonder what happens next in my book.
  • Does counting lightning bugs outside my window have the same affect as counting sheep?? 1 … 2 … 3 … Nope … still awake.

AHH!! Lightning Bugs are pretty horrific looking up close!

  • I still can’t get over Kate Middleton walking down the stairs while carrying a newborn and wearing fancy high heels only a DAY after she gave birth. I couldn’t even walk an inch barefoot! She must be Wonder Woman!
  • I want spaghetti.
  • What else do I need to buy at Target???
  • Dannon Coffee yogurt is so disgusting! Spare your taste buds! Do not try this at home!
  • Do I have to pee?
  • “Doe, a dear, a female dear, Ray, a drop of golden sun!!!”
  • Just close your eyes … you are getting sleepy … very sleepy …
  • I want a hummingbird. I wonder if Ziti will buy me a hummingbird?!
This is Don and he hearts hummingbirds. And here I thought I had hummingbird issues. http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Birds/Hummingbirds/Great-Reader-Hummingbird-Tips-/

This is Don and he hearts hummingbirds. And here I thought I had hummingbird issues. http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Birds/Hummingbirds/Great-Reader-Hummingbird-Tips-/

  • “Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, What are they feeding you??”
  • Should I read a chapter in my book? Will that make me tired? I think I’ll go read.

What Is Falling From The Sky??

We went to our local big deal firework show last night to celebrate the 4th of July. This time last year Little Miss Gigli was happily swimming around in my belly so she enjoyed the firework show from there. So we were looking forward to seeing her reaction to witnessing fireworks for the first time.

We arrived about a hour or so before the show was due to start. We came equipped with 2 chairs, a blanket, snacks, a little sit upon cushion for your butt, a heaping diaper bag, and of course the kids, Stelline and Little Miss Gigli.

We waited the hour and relaxed, fed Little Miss Gigli, and enjoyed some Watermelon Oreo’s and Strawberry Shortcake bites for ourselves. Ziti was also trying his best to pump Little Miss Gigli up for the fireworks. She HATES loud noises so we were all fearing the very worst. Ziti kept making firework noises and was pretending his hands were the fireworks.

It grew dark and we were probably about two minutes a way from the show starting. Suddenly the wind picked up and silly me said, “Why’d it get so windy all of a sudden??” Then we heard the rows of people screaming in front of us as if they were getting hurt and Ziti yells, “IT’S RAINING!!!”. Three seconds later the sky absolutely opens up on top of us. I’m not talking a light sprinkle … it was pouring!! We did not see the rain coming because it was so dark.

I stand up with Little Miss Gigli in my arms and grab the diaper bag. Ziti and Stelline snatch everything else and we start running!! Our car was not parked nearby at all. We ran in the pouring rain for about five minutes. Little Miss Gigli had a stunned look on her face as we were getting wet and she was getting bounced around. Half way through the run Ziti took her from me and began running with her. Let me tell you, I am so out of shape! I was panting like I had just competed in an Olympic track race!

We got to the car and of course we were all soaked! There is nothing better than sitting down in your wet denim shorts. I guess we got lucky though, the only causality to the rain were the delicious Strawberry Shortcake bites from Dean & Deluca. They fell out of the diaper bag during the run and I was left with only two. 😦 I am heart broken about this though, as it was a gift from Ziti for our 14 year anniversary.

Poor Little Miss Gigli is probably thinking, “You had me waiting around for this??? Your hand motions were supposed to rain?!” She’ll probably be hesitant to go to any firework show in the future.

So our 4th of July ended with rain falling from the sky instead of fireworks.

How did you spend your 4th? Did anything crazy happen?