Monday, September 28, 2009
So, here’s the scoop….I’ve been away on vacation for the past week and a half, and the week leading up to my going away was so busy, that I never even got a chance to write so that y’all would know I was going away. :-)
As you can imagine, SO much has happened since you last heard from me……OH – and a big thank you goes out to all the folks who were concerned about my ‘disappearance’….you’re awesome and you made me feel loved. The rest of you can just piss off. :-)
Anyway….I’ll give a quick re-cap of what went down before my vacation:
On Friday we hosted a party with lots of amazing friends in attendance; on Sunday we volunteered for the day and had tons of fun at a local ‘park day’; on Thursday, Jim and I celebrated our FOURTH wedding anniversary; On Friday I spent the day with some college friends, visited my college campus (UNH) for the afternoon, and then went to dinner and a show in Portsmouth; Saturday was my softball banquet (I was voted MVP for my team!!!!) and on Sunday, we spent the day down the Cape with my parent’s, Jim, and Jim’s parents. It was VERY fun. Then we got home, packed, and left at 4am Monday morning for our week in NYC!!!
Jim was working at a conference all week, but I tagged along and spent the entire week in New York City staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
As you can imagine, it was pretty much a dream come true for me. There’s no way in hell that I would ever be able to afford to stay at the Marriott Marquis for one night, never mind for an entire week – so it was truly a one-in-a-lifetime experience….and it was an amazing trip.
I won’t go into a huge amount of detail, but I’ll give a quick overview of my week:
Monday: ate lunch with Jim, saw President Obama and his ‘crew’ drive by…he totally waved to me; I went to the taping of The Late Show with David Letterman (with Bill Clinton and Lebron James as the guests) which was a cramazing experience, then had dinner in the Presidential Suite of the hotel with Jim and his co-workers.
Tuesday: went to the Museum of Natural History, met up with some NYC friends, saw ‘Hair’ that night…..loved, loved, loved the show to bits….SO good.
Wednesday: went to the ‘Sirius Live on Broadway’ performance in Times Square with Seth Rudetsky and his guest Diana Degarmo (of American Idol fame), I chatted with them both afterwards, which was VERY fun. I’m a big fan of Seth’s, so that was an extra special treat. Diana sang a couple of songs and sounded amazing. I saw the matinee of ‘Shrek: The Musical’ (excellent sets and costumes, but NOT a good show. It was a little bit depressing to see so many amazing performers performing such crap 8 times a week. Yikes.) I then met up with a good college friend for dinner and then saw the evening performance of ‘The Toxic Avenger’ (such a fun and funny show….currently starring Diana Degarmo, who again sounded great, but isn’t the best actress on the planet. The rest of the cast was hysterical though…sooo funny) Went for drinks afterwards and met up with another college friend, who’s currently in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – yes, I have famous friends.
Thursday: met a friend for lunch, met a different friend for coffee, had a ‘date’ with Jim that night to go see ‘In The Heights’ (which we both loved…..see it when the tour comes anywhere near you, or if you happen to visit NYC) and then we had a yummy post-show dinner
Friday: walked around for a bit, waited in line for discount tickets (the only time I really waited in line all week) and got tickets to see a preview performance of ‘Memphis’. I ran into a friend before the show, went to dinner and drinks with him and his boyfriend and then met up with Jim after the show. The show was quite good. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a show in previews, so I’m interested in seeing what changes they make before it’s officially ‘open’. My friend Brad is in the show, so it was fun seeing him up on stage and chatting with him afterwards.
Saturday: got up and packed, checked out of the room around 10 or 11, went with Jim to the World Trace Center memorial (sad, sad, sad) then went to lunch in the Village. We went to Madame Tussaud's (total tourists – but it was fun), had some AMAZING gelato, caught our train and arrived back home at 9:45pm. We picked up Scooter at my mother-in-law’s house around 10, and thought he was going to have a heart attack when he saw us. It was SO great to see him….we missed him a LOT.
So…..that’s a brief re-cap of my vacation. I saw 5 shows in 6 days, and will probably never have the chance to do THAT again….so I’m grateful that I got the chance. Even though Jim was working all week, we got to spend some time together, and he was really happy to have me there….at least that’s what he said!!!
I’ll post some pictures when I can.
Yesterday we spent the day getting back into the swing of things (laundry, laundry, laundry) and here I am today…..at work. I’m happy to report that while I was gone, I only received 50 emails. Of those 50 emails, only a handful were work-related, and none of them were specifically addressed to me (they were all generic work announcements) so I CLEARLY didn’t miss anything here.
Now I have to get caught up on all your blogs!!!!
As much as I loved being away, it’s nice to be home.
PS – today is our 3rd anniversary of home-ownership!!!! My, how time does fly……
Friday, September 11, 2009
There's no question that today brings back LOTS of memories for most Americans. We all have our "Where were you on 9/11?" stories that will undoubtedly stay with us and be passed on for years to come.I just want to give a quick mention to my college friend Jen, who was working in the South Tower, 92nd floor on that Tuesday morning and was never heard from again.
She was a sorority sister of one of my roommates, so she was pretty much a fixture at our house. I'll always remember her as an intelligent, super-friendly, hysterically funny person with an amazing sense of humor. And she could drink with the best of them!!! :-)
I'll be sure to keep Jen and everyone else we lost that day in my thoughts.
Have a good weekend everyone!!!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wow...isn't it odd? Actually, it's only because I wanted to add pictures from our 'bog visit' the other night, and it's a lot easier to do it from home, as opposed to sending them to my Flickr account and then add them at work....
So - here are some pictures from the other night. :-)
This picture was taken while I was standing on one of the bogs.....that's their brand-spankin' new house on the left, the chicken coop in the middle, and the aforementioned teepee on the right.
This too was taken from one of the bogs, looking out over their property, towards the main road (where the telephone poles are) those are all bogs!!!
Here's a close-up shot of a cranberry on the vine....
Ain't they pretty?!?!?
This is one of their sheep....who's name escapes me at the moment....
This is their entire, bleating herd. They were very loud.
This is another view of their land...I was close to the house for this one, so you can see how much they have....and that's not even close to the entire thing....
These are their two boys, playing with two of the three kittens....
Labor Day has come and gone, and I'm back to work.
However, I have my vacation coming up in 9 short days, which is VERY exciting.
More on that later!!
Let's see.....Jim and I met up with our friends C & J on Friday night for dinner. They own a hair salon in the next town over, so we met them there. They recently relocated, so this was our first time seeing the new place. We never actually saw the old place, but that's not important.
The new salon is amazing...it's SO pretty and they did a really great job decorating. Jim and I decided that we need them to come over and help us decorate our house. :-) While we were waiting for the massage therapist to finish up with her last massage of the day (she was joining us for dinner) we had a cocktail. Once she was done, she joined us for a drink (or two?) and then we headed off to dinner. We were going 'cheap' - so we went to the local Chili's, but still had a lot of fun....and a lot of yummy food. After dinner, we said our goodbyes and headed home.
On Saturday, Jim and I got up, hung around for a bit and headed to the mall....which I hadn't been to in soooooo long. We were going there to look for a suit for Jim, and to buy his mom a birthday present (today's her birthday.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARYANN!!!!).
We had NO luck finding Jim a suit, but we did get his mom and nice birthday gift...and I got myself 3 CDs.
I was very excited. FYE is having a CD sale, so I took full advantage. Since most people have apparently stopped buying CDs and are now mostly downloading music, it would seem that the demand for CDs is fading. I'm not at all anywhere near that advanced (I don't even own an iPod) so I was thrilled to see that they were selling CDs for $9.99 or less. I ended up buying 3 CDs for $31.80. Without the sale, they would have cost me $63.57!!!! Sweet.
I know you're dying to know what I bought, so I'll tell you. The Original Cast Recordings of 'Spring Awakening', and the current revival recordings of 'West Side Story' and 'Hair'.
I'm very excited....and I'm sure you're shocked that I bought something Broadway related.
Anyhoo....after our shopping extravaganza, we headed to our friend Kevin's house for a BBQ, which was very fun. It was a nice mix of people, some I knew, some I didn't - so, I got to meet some new people and have fun with some of the old gang. After the BBQ died down, a few of us headed into Boston and went to The Alley for 'Bear 411' night. It was fairly crowded and quite fun. Since I'm a huge fan of 'people watching', it was a really good time. There was a lot to watch. :-)
Sunday morning, Jim and I slept in (P.S. - we haven't been to church in WEEKS) and then spent the day down the Cape with Jim's family. A few of his mother's cousins and their families were up visiting, so it was kind of a mini-family reunion. It was quite fun...but a little bit tiring. That may have been due to our previous night's activities, but either way, we left the Cape around 4, came home, ate dinner, lounged on the couch and went to bed early.
Monday morning we got up, cleaned the entire house, threw in some laundry, Jim mowed the lawn, we went grocery shopping and by the time we were done with all that, it was dinner time. After dinner, we went over to C & J's house to sit around their fire pit and have a few drinks.
After seeing the salon and their house, we are DEFINITELY having them over to help us decorate our house. They clearly have an 'eye' for it and Jim and I don't.
It was fun chatting with them, hearing all about their adoption experiences (they have 3 year old twins, a boy and a girl) and getting the inside scoop on parenting from their perspective. At this point, any and all advice is greatly appreciated. We're always willing to learn from other people's mistakes!!!! :-)
I hope you all had a great weekend as well....now, get to work!!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I don't want to get all sad and emotional, but wanted to dedicate today's entry to her and wish her a happy 70th!!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Back when I was in college, I had a friend who was totally fun and a little bit crazy, named Andrea. One night we were at a party and she was introducing herself to everyone and telling them that her name was September Morn. She kept it up all night long and acted like it was totally normal.
So much fun.
Anyway....it's September, and as is typical for New England, we went from 100 degrees, humid and sweating your face off all day long to 60 degrees, dry, and searching for a sweater all day long.
Seriously, it is chilly out.
Last night I had to close some windows it was so dang cold. I LOVE this type of weather though. As much as I live for warm weather and sunshine, there is nothing like Fall in New England. It's great. I look forward to all the fall festivals, fairs, apple picking, and going outside in jeans and a sweatshirt....that's my all-time favorite outfit for the fall.
Bring it on, I say!!!
In other news, I'm supposed to start testing for my first project at my 'new' company (up to this point, I've been supporting the 'old' company's system) and I still don't have ANY access to the systems I need. Hooray for productivity!!!!
Have a delightful Tuesday.....