Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Live from the corner of Ispwich & Boyleston

Totally stole these from my brother (who did go to the parade and was at the above location) - I'll see if he has any more tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Autumn in New England

Not the best pictures (taken from our back deck) but the colors have been so pretty this fall:

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Happy Monday

As my friends from Bahstahn would say, I have a wicked cold. At first I was hopeful it was just allergies, but as this illness continues I must grudgingly admit it’s not. Sigh. And it’s not even a dignified cold, where I could just cough or sneeze quietly every so often, but one of those massive head colds like a little kid gets, complete with runny nose, sniffling, coughing and sneezing. I blame C – she’s got the same thing except not as badly. And that brings me to my next paragraph:

When did it become harder to get Sudafed decongestant than liquor? Of course I realize that meth is a problem (although why anyone with half a brain in their head would want to mix all the ingredients that make up meth and then INGEST it is something I’m not capable of figuring out today) but goodness – all I wanted was some Sudafed so C would stop sniffling and coughing. You have to take the tag from the shelf, bring it to the pharmacist, show id, have same id scanned, sign some sort of statement (someday I’m probably going to regret not reading things as closely as I should!) and then I could buy the Sudafed. And according to the nice pharmacist, apparently there’s a limit on how much decongestant one can buy in a certain time frame. What would happen if I had more than 1 kid (or I wanted kid and adult formula?), or if the pharmacy was closed when I was shopping? I know, greater good and all, but its still frustrating.

But in better news: the new Tarjay opened in town. Practically right down the street from us. WOO HOO! No more trips to the scary Mart of Wal! It’s big, it’s clean, it’s brand spankin’ new and I LOVE IT. We even went there on the “official Grand Opening” day and the hordes of people didn’t bother me. There’s a Starbucks - yes I know, my heart will always belong to Dunkin Donuts but sometimes you just gotta get a Pumpkin Spice latte. Or a peppermint mocha during the holiday season. I’m sure once those new baristas get up to speed it will be even more wonderful.

C’s birthday party with her friends was on Saturday. I’m sure D will have a coherent post on that experience soon. I’m just glad it was at the Y and not at home. And now, we have an entire battalion of Barbies. (I’m counting the High School Musical dolls as Barbies, because as soon as they are liberated from their wire/tape/plastic enclosures I’m sure they’ll be swapping outfits with the other 999 Barbies that live with us).

Foliage has been beautiful this weekend. I have some pictures, but they’re at home and I’m not, so I’ll try to remember to post those sometime this week.

And go Sox! Who’da thunk it? Not me (but it should be noted I’m not a big baseball fan, profess no allegiance to any specific team and am merely involved for the chance to sit outside with a beer and hot dog. I can’t tell you the number of Yankee games where the only way D and I knew it was over and who had won was whether it was Liza or Frank singing New York, New York). So anyway, GO SOX!!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

For my brother, and all the Red Sox fans out there

Our Father, who art at Fenway...
Baseball be thy game.
They Kingdom come,
Playoffs need to be won,
On Earth, then on to the Cask 'n' Flagon.

Give us this day, a perfect Papi,
And forgive us our losses,
As we forgive those,
Like Bill Buckner.

And lead us not, into desperation,
But deliver us from any losses.

For thine is the Power,
And the Glory,
To beat the Indians,
Forever and ever....the Yankees suck


Hail Mary
Full of fenway franks,
Red Sox be with thee.
Blessed art thou among baseball fans
and please bless the arm of thy man Beckett
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us Sox fans now,
and especially after the fourth inning.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Live from Central NY

I've been a neglectful blogger lately. Life has been moving along, and there's not really been any one topic that's made me say "I've got to blog that!"...It's kind of a treadmill - wake up, get ready, get C ready, drive to work, work, drive home...lather rinse repeat.

Sure, we've planned C's birthday party for her friends, ordering way too much stuff from Oriental Traders, sending invitations, stressing that no one's been responding (at last count we have 7 kids, not counting C, and including one sibling of an invitee. Out of a class of 28!!)

C's been very cute lately. 5 has been the best year yet. I'm afraid of 6, which is less than a month away now. Not sure why....Maybe because it puts her one year closer to those dreaded 'tween and teen years. There's a new girl who will be joining her class towards the end of next month (the family is moving from WI). C mentioned that she saw the new girl's parents, and they sound just like us! (I'm not sure what language she thought was spoken in WI - or if she even knows where WI is! Ok, yes, a teaching moment, but it was cute!).

She made me a card and snuck it into my suitcase for this trip. I didn't find it until I was unpacking at the hotel. Yes it made me cry. I can't wait to get home to see her and D. And get a real meal....sigh...one more night!!

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