This one too... :-)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sorry I didn’t write earlier, but I had a wicked busy morning.
For those of you not from the Boston area, let me translate: I had a very busy morning.
Anyway…I’m writing now, so settle down.
The weekend was fun, but for once, it felt really long. As you may recall, we were dog sitting for my sister’s four month old beagle this weekend.
Everything went well, in spite of Scooter being VERY jealous and Miner (that’s the puppy’s name) wanting to play all the time – as puppies do.
All in all it was quite fun having two dogs around the house, although I forgot how ‘challenging puppies can be. Yikes.
This is him…..ain’t he cute?!?!?
Friday night Jim and I went out to dinner with our friends Kelly, Mattie and Katie which was very fun. We hadn’t seen them in a long time, so it was nice to catch up.
Saturday we spent the morning around the house playing with the pups, went out shopping with Jim’s mother and our niece Molly, grabbed some lunch while we were out, and then headed home. Jim made an AMAZING squash soup for dinner and then he and Charles headed down to Hyannis for the night. Charles was going to a Halloween party that he goes to every year and wanted us to join him. Unfortunately, we were watching the dogs, so I just stayed home and Jim went down there for the night. He was able to get a cheap hotel room, so he wouldn’t have to deal with driving all that way after being out late. It was a VERY smart idea. I had a relaxing night on the couch with the two dogs. Of course we had some CRAZY weather that night. It was so windy and rainy that I thought the roof was going to blow off and I’d have to take shelter in the storm cellar. Dorothy!!!
From time to time, Scooter would hear the wind outside and start barking, which would cause Miner to start barking. However, Miner is still little, so he was totally freaked out by Scooter’s reaction. I ended up with one dog running around, barking like a loon and the other one barking his puppy-face off, but running on and off my lap because he was afraid to leave my side. It was kind of insane. Once the rain slowed down (and they were completely exhausted), we all were able to sit on the couch and relax. It was nice.
Sunday morning I got up around 8am (good dogs!!) and within a few minutes of me being awake, Jim came home. I was happy to see him, but also slightly surprised. I assumed that he’d sleep in and then go out for breakfast (hell, that’s what I would have done) – but I guess he woke up early and headed right home.
We had some breakfast, took showers, went grocery shopping and then went to his sister’s house to watch the Patriots game. Shortly into the 2nd quarter I headed home to meet my sister, who was coming to pick up the dog. Once he was gone, I headed back to Jim’s sister’s house to watch the rest of the game. We didn’t end up staying for the whole thing (since they were winning) because we had a bunch of stuff to do at home.
Last night was PUMPKIN CARVING NIGHT!!!! Fun.
I won’t go into a lot of detail, but my pumpkin came out OK. It was a very detailed stencil (I decided to challenge myself) and it was pretty complicated, so I’m happy that I at least finished it. Whatever….it’ll be a pile of mush by next week anyway.
Here are some pictures of the house all decked out for Halloween, as well as some pics of Scooter in his Halloween costume…..happy happy.
If you want to see more, you can check out my flickr account by clicking on the do-hickey on the left side of the screen.
This is our front door decor....
Jim's pumpkin....cool, huh?
This is mine....eh, it's not bad....it looks better from far away. :-)
Don't worry, he got lots of treats....
My favorite one...
Friday, October 23, 2009
He probably looking more like this these days....
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tomorrow is my gastroscopy, and I'm a tad nervous. I've been feeling a lot better, so I'm assuming the Prilosec is doing its job. I still have that 'odd' feeling at the back of my throat, so maybe they'll see something when they're in there searching around. If not, at least I'll know that nothing is wrong with me, and I'm just crazy. Kidding.
Of course, all I keep thinking about is going in there for this 'routine' test and never waking up again....or waking up in 10 years and not knowing that I've been 'out' for that long. That would be craziness.
Clearly I watch too much TV.
Well my friends...I must be getting back to work. Look for a post in a day or two about my 'experience' - or if you don't hear from me, check back in about 10 years or so. ;-)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Jim and Michael catching up....
Ben, making sure everything is in order...
The birthday boy!!!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
PS - I've been kind of obsessively listening to the Original Cast Recording of 'In The Heights' since I've bee back from New York. The national tour is coming to Boston in January and I REALLY want to see it again.....love it.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I made it through both appointments yesterday unscathed.
Another cavity-free visit!!
What I neglected to admit yesterday was that I also had a doctor’s appointment early this morning.
Since last Friday night, I’ve been a victim of what I’ll simply call ‘Upper GI Discomfort’.
I initially thought it was due to my acting like a 21 year old over the weekend at the softball tournament, but when I wasn’t feeling any better by Monday morning I decided to pay a visit to my local nurse practitioner. My PCP wasn’t available until November 6th and I was NOT waiting that long.
I wasn’t displaying any severe symptoms; just mostly uncomfortable ‘stuff’ like heartburn, not really being hungry, and the feeling like something was in the back of my throat at all times. Like I said, nothing painful, I just wasn’t feeling ‘right’ and was pretty uncomfortable, especially when eating.
I went in this morning and met with my super-nice nurse practitioner. I went into great detail about my ‘issues’ and we had a nice chat.
She gave me a prescription for Prilosec in order to (hopefully) make me feel better, they gave me an EKG (which came back totally fine) and sent me off to schedule an appointment to have a Gastroscopy done.
Apparently, that’s when they sedate you and jam a scope down your throat so they can see what’s going on inside your throat and tummy.
Are you jealous yet???
I scheduled that little procedure for next Wednesday, so we’ll see how that goes. I can’t drive home afterwards, but I’m hoping that they’ll let me walk around the corner to my sister’s house and crash there until I’m ‘over it’. The hospital’s parking lot backs right up to the fence in her back yard…it’s that close.
Of course, if they can’t ‘allow’ that, I’ll just take a cab around the corner and piss off some cabbie.
She also mentioned that my blood pressure was a little high and I should have my sister (PJ, the nurse) check it at some point within the week, just to be sure it’s nothing to worry about. It was 130/100, but she said that could have been due to the fact that the only thing I had this morning was coffee, but either way, she didn’t seem all that concerned about it.
Not only am I looking more and more like my Dad every day, but I'm CLEARLY adopting all of his health issues as well. Awesome.
A couple of other ‘fun’ things that happened while I was there this morning:
After stepping on the scale and being faced with my actual weight (I haven't weighed myself in God only knows how long) I said “Oh. Wow.” and she replied “I’m surprised….you certainly don’t look it.”
Also – it has become very clear to me that EKGs are NOT designed for those of us with hairy chests. OUCH.
I’ll keep you posted with any updates…….Happy Thursday!!!!
PS – I was a little bit horrified admitting to her that I drank a lot on Friday night, which was when all this really started.
Nurse Practitioner: So, on Friday – how many beers did you have?
Me: Ummmm, I’m not sure, but it was more than 2.
Nurse Practitioner: So, like three?
Me: Well….I wasn’t driving and we were staying at the hotel, so it was probably closer to 4…….or 5.
Nurse Practitioner: Oh….so you had about 5 beers.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I'm back to work after a long, but fun weekend. It's rainy and cold out, which makes me very happy that I have an indoor, office-type job. On days like this I'm glad I'm not outside delivering mail or building something. That would be yucky.
The softball tournament in RI was a LOT of fun, but unfortunately we didn't do too well from a softball perspective. :-)
Due to a rain delay, the Round Robin games on Saturday morning (to determine our seeding) were super quick and were 'One Pitch' games. I'd never played a game like that before. The way it works is that they throw you one pitch and that's it. You either swing at it or let it go by. If you hit it and it's fair, you run. If you miss, it's a strike and you're out. If you let it go by and it's a strike, you're out and if you let it go by and it's a ball, you take your base.
Those are your options. CRAZY.
Needless to say, it was a tad nerve wracking, but it certainly made for a quick game!! Not to mention the fact that they were limited to a half hour to begin with. Yikes.
Anyway...we lost both games in the Round Robin, won our first game in the Double Elimination round and then lost our second game (the 4th game of the day for us on Saturday). After playing all those games, I was SOOO tired and ready for bed. A bunch of us went out to dinner and I opted to go back to the hotel and go right to bed after dinner. It was an excellent choice.
We got up on Sunday morning, played one more game and lost. That was our second loss, so we were totally out of the tournament at that point. I stuck around and watched once more game and then headed back home.
Even though we played pretty poorly overall, we had a lot of fun. We had a few players from other teams in the Boston league that joined us for this tournament, which is always fun. A big shout out to Jon, Brian, Chris, Justin and Darryll for playing with us....I think they all had a good time and if I forgot anyone...ooops.
On Sunday night, Jim and I went to a local benefit/pasta dinner with his entire family, which was very fun. After dinner (and a very disappointing Patriot's game) Jim and I met up with everyone back at his sister's house for more drinks and a quick board game. I forget the name of it, but it was really fun. Hmmmm....I'll have to get back to you on that one.
Yesterday, Jim and I both had the day off so we put away all our summer clothes and brought out the fall/winter wear. After that, we went out to the store, bought a new bird feeder for the backyard (I love bird feeders) as well as a few pumpkins and mums for our 'fall display' in front of the house. I'll take a picture and post it here at some point....really, I will. It looks very autumnal and festive. I like it.
When we got back inside, we discovered the ghost had paid us another visit. :-)
OK - I'll put it this way....we noticed some more 'weird' stuff, in the front living room that we couldn't exactly explain.
There were the remains of a shattered light bulb sitting on the table, which had clearly come from the lamp sitting on the table. When Jim went to remove the rest of the bulb from the lamp, he asked me to unplug it, but it was already unplugged. Do light bulbs just shatter for no reason? In an unplugged lamp? Maybe they do....but if they do, are all the pieces sitting neatly on the table, below the lamp? With nothing on the floor? Weird.
Also, we noticed that the digital picture frame in the room was turned on. Neither Jim nor I turned it on, and we know it wasn't on when we were in there switching around our clothes earlier that morning. One of the barn stars we have hanging on our wall had fallen off the wall and was sitting on the day bed beneath it, but since that's happened a couple times before, I'm not blaming that on the ghost....just a bad nail.
The last odd thing is that while Jim was sitting in the room, documenting the latest 'incident' in the 'house journal' that we're keeping, Scooter was sitting on a chair in the corner, turned his back to Jim and was sitting there, staring at the corner of the ceiling until Jim called his name and he finally looked away. Very interesting.....
Well, my peeps.....I need to get myself back into 'work mode' and get some stuff accomplished.
Have a great day...I'm happy to be home. :-)
PS - My car is all fixed! (at least for now it is) I brought it in to be looked at on Friday afternoon, and it turns out that when the kid gave me a new antennae to replace the recalled one, he replaced it with the exact same, recalled type of antennae. Awesome.
So, I actually never got rid of the 'bad' one....I just got a new, 'bad' one installed. This new guy put in the correct (non-recalled) antennae and it's been just about 4 days without my car starting on its own once....which is a huge improvement.
PPS - Thanks for all the 'glee' comments. You've all convinced me to stick with it and give it a few more chances. We'll see what happens.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Well, let's just say that I'm MORE than disappointed in the show up to this point.
I'm not sure what they're thinking, but in my opinion (obviously, since I'm the one writing this) the creators have created the most unappealing cast of characters imaginable. In order for me (and most people) to enjoy something, there has to be someone you either relate to or at the very least, like about the people you're watching on the screen.
That being said....I barely like any of the characters up to this point and I have no interest at all in what happens to them. Who am I supposed to root for? The music teacher who's a total jerk to his wife? The music teacher's wife who's a huge bitch? Should I be excited about the idiotic guidance counselor who's now engaged to the equally stupid coach? Or should I maybe be rooting for one of repugnant high school students? The only person that I've even found the slightest bit humorous is the gym teacher, played by Jane Lynch. But even then, from the beginning, I assumed that she was going to be the typical 'bad guy that we all would love to hate'. Unfortunately, the cast seems to be full of them and as a result, she's just added to the list of characters to despise. It seems that the majority of the characters are 'bad guys' and rotten people that I would want nothing to do with.
I will say one positive thing. Jane Lynch's character does manage to make me laugh at times....if I HAD to pick a favorite cast member, it would be her.
I'm just so disappointed that a show I was looking forward to loving has annoyed me so much.
I guess I'll just go back to watching 'Criminal Minds' each week during that time slot and watch all the 'glee' musical numbers on YouTube. At least I don't hate THEM......yet.
On a more positive note, I'm not working tomorrow or Monday!!!! I'm heading down to Providence, RI for the weekend to play in a softball tournament. :-)
I'm sad to be leaving Jim and Scooter, but I'll be back on Sunday night so it's not that long of a trip. I'm also a tad nervous to be back out there playing again. I haven't touched a softball since our last game on July 12th. Yikes. We have practice tonight, so 'm hoping I can dust off all the cob webs and remember how to play.
Have a great weekend and thanks for letting me complain. :-)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
(Barrie was the only right-handed person at the table, but we let her stay.)
I was pretending to steal Ben's drink...
Friday, October 2, 2009
The 'pool people' are coming today, so we'll see how THAT goes.
This is Gavin Creel...he plays Claude. Not only is he totally cute, but he's a great actor and has an AMAZING voice. He spent a lot of time during the finale about 3 feet from me...it was fun.
This is Bryce Ryness...he played Woof, and was excellent as well. Great voice and SO funny.
This is Sasha Allen, Steel Burkhardt, and Megan Lawrence. You may recognize Sasha from the movie 'Camp'....she was majorly featured in the show and sounds INCREDIBLE in everything she sang. Steel is one of the understudies for Berger and went on the night I saw the show. He did a great job and I wouldn't have known he wasn't the original if I weren't the Broadway freak that I am. Super talented....and sexy as all get out. Megan Lawrence is no longer in the show, so I didn't see her....but I know she's a big ball of talent as well. Their faces (and Steel's chest) are painted because this was taken at a rally for Marriage Equality and the cast was their showing their support and having fun. There is no body paint in 'Hair' :-)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wow. I seriously can not believe that it’s October already. I suppose that’s what happens when you have a busy September that includes a week and a half long vacation.
Anyway, it’s October and I vow to be a better blogger this month.
So….work has been so busy lately that I’ve been working like a loon. That’s partially why my blogging has slacked off a bit. I may try and adjust my ‘blog schedule’ so that I’m catching up on my friend’s blogs and tending to my own blog entries at night, as opposed to during the day.
What a concept, huh? I’m still undecided about that though. It’ll have to depend on what work is like over the next few weeks.
Nothing too exciting has been going on this week, although to be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit stressed lately.
Poor Jim was sick at the beginning of the week but he’s feeling MUCH better now and is back to work.
His car is giving us grief and is being looked at today by the local mechanic (who’s a long-time friend of Jim’s family). Initially we thought it was an issue with his battery, but I have a feeling that his starter is gone. Whatever it is, I’m hoping that it won’t be too expensive. Fingers crossed.
Adding to my stress is the fact that our pool is being closed this week. Normally it’s not a big deal, but I’ve noticed that the water level is getting lower and lower as the weeks go by. I’m pretty sure that there’s a leak of some sort and that is sending me into a panic. I’ve come to learn that NOTHING associated with pool repairs is cheap and the thought of having to repair a leak makes me nervous. I’m hoping that it’s a minor repair and something they can take care of quickly so that we can get it fixed and close up the pool for the winter.
On Sunday, Jim and I are ‘playing’ (is that the right term???) paintball with a bunch of softball friends and we’re hosting a BBQ afterwards. This too, has me a tiny bit stressed. We have to get the house and yard in order and I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed about that as well. Not to mention the fact that it’s supposed to be rainy all weekend and it’s very likely that we’ll have a house full of rain-soaked, paint-covered gay men this Sunday.
Hold on….that actually doesn’t sound that bad. :-)
OK – let me think…..we’ll probably find out about the car situation this afternoon or tomorrow morning at the latest and the pool people are coming tomorrow, so those questions will be answered as well. Jim got paid yesterday and I get paid tomorrow, so if we have to spend more money than we were planning on spending, at least it’ll be there to spend. We have all day Saturday to clean and get everything in order…and to top it all of - every gathering we’ve had with our softball friends always ends up totally laid-back and a good time, so there’s really nothing to be stressed about, right?!?!?!?
Ahhh….I feel MUCH better….isn’t blogging nice?
Happy October to one and all.
PS - this was me last October.....wow, I completey forgot. :-)