Monday, August 25, 2008

Festivities cont.

Since I’m not the most computer-savvy, I find it easier to post pictures when there aren’t a lot of words. So I decided to break up the "festivities" post for my sanity. Sorry for the interrupted reading.

After Dville, we drove up to the Chesapeake Bay to meet J’s group of friends for some camping and crabbing (Crabfest IV), an annual tradition we have with the boys (and their wives) from the Prep, J’s high school.

There are too many people to nickname, but I will highlight some of them. DrPilot is the official host as his parents are the ones with the house on the Chesapeake Bay. Below is a picture of him and his wife theDancer. AYB actually made is down for the event despite the fact that his wife just had her baby 3 weeks ago! Beef and DogLovers were also there. It’s so nice that these boys still keep in touch after all these years. Lives get very busy, but their bond definitely hasn’t changed (and they are still as immature as ever!!!).

Anyways, this year was much of the same events as in the past … kayaking, crabbing (of course), eating, drinking, sitting around the fire, games. We only got a wee bit of rain, unlike last year’s crazy thunderstorm.


This has been quite an active two weeks! I promised a recap of my surprise party with some more pictures, so here goes …

I was surprised for the party. I had some idea that J was up to something, but I wasn’t sure when and what exactly. I thought we were going to my sister’s to babysit the kids. That was the ploy. He and QuickQuestion did a great job. J catered it, planned some silly “kid” games and even got my friends/family to put together a scrapbook for me! It was fabulous.

We both have so many friends around the country, so it’s nearly impossible to get together with everyone at once, so it was nice to have at least my "tri-state area" friends in one place. From high school, theAccountant and Hallmark4Ever were there with their significant others (and Hallmark4Ever’s babe in belly). From college, Charlotte, Shadow and RedJeepTrvlr were there. Charlotte and RedJeepTrvlr came all the way from Philly with their hubbies and that was quite a haul. As for family, of course Big on Lotto, Short on Coffee, QuickQuestion, Yankee, Bones and CurlyLocks were there, but my AuntVegas and her husband theCrabber were also there! Last, but not least, BFFcoworker flew in from Phoenix!!! So all in all, it was a great gathering.

BFFcoworker stayed for a few more days after the party. NHBound and Mouth happened to be in NH from Phoenix visiting family this past week, so we got together with them a few times. In particular, we went boating on Lake Winnepasaukee all day Monday. That was a blast. We went tubing, knee boarding and just enjoyed a nice day together.

Wednesday, J and I headed out of town. Our first stop was Danville to take care of some business. We installed an alarm system throughout the house, so we *think* this will keep people from stealing our copper pipes over and over and over again. I guess desperate times means desperate measures, but I won’t dwell on our troubles. In any case, the house is now locked down and we will continue our quest to get a renter in there … I think we are close now. While we were there, we went out with friends and that was a blast. I forgot my camera, but the Wolf took pictures so maybe he will upload them sometime and I can share them … Also saw the Is/Was family for lunch, drank lots of sweet tea, had our special coffees (the shop still remembered our order!!!) and got way too many mosquito and chigger bites. Ah the South.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feliz cumpleanos at mi!

We are about to leave for a combined 4-day trip to Danville (to check on the house) and Maryland (annual Crabfest gathering w/ J’s friends), but I had to update the blog about my birfffffday!!!! J threw me a surprise 30th bday party on Saturday!!! And while I did know something was up, I didn’t know I was going to celebrate with so many friends. I will send out a more comprehensive update when we return, but for now, I just wanted to say thanx to my sis who hosted, thanx to all who made the drive (or flight BFFcoworker) to CT for the party and thanx especially to J. You’re the bestest!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fun with imaging

I use ichat for work every day. It's awesome. But that's besides the point. We each have our symbol showing we are online. Mine has always been a firefly. There weren't many choices. A lot of people use dog symbols, which is fine, but it gets confusing. My one co-worker created a mini-him for his symbol and I always thought it was neat. I finally went to the Web site he used to create a mini-me. And I created a mini-J too.

If you want to have a little fun, create your own! This is the site I used.


Raise your hand if you are staying up too late watching the Olympics. Yeah, that would be us. I can't say I've always been a die-hard fan of the Olympics. I mean I would watch here and there. But this time around, I've been watching just about every night until my eyelids can't stay open. J's been watching well in the 1-2 o'clock hour. Damn East coast time zone. Maybe its the Phelps mania. Or just the all-around mightiness of the American teams. I can tell you it's not the commentator for the synchronized diving (which, by the way, is something I never heard of!). She is by far the most annoying. All I can say is we are tired. But we watch on.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The camping trip that almost wasn’t

J and I were stoked about a paddle-to camping trip we had planned for this past weekend so long ago. It was a new venture for us. We’ve been car camping. We’ve been backpacking. But never have we packed up our kayaks and traveled via water to our campsite. However, after careful deliberation and packing on Thursday (for we didn’t want our kayaks to sink or tip over on the way to the island), we sat down to watch the weather. We knew we had been getting a lot of rain and our daily threat of thunderstorm, but we didn’t realize that pretty much the entire state of NH was in a flood watch/warning. The weather for Friday was also looking pretty grim, particularly with severe threats of thunderstorms on top of the flooding. Not the best paddling conditions.

Bummed as we were, we decided we had enough play with lightening on previous outdoor experiences, so we decided to can the trip. Instead, we headed up to the White Mountains on Saturday and did a simple overnight car-camping trip coupled with a 10-mile hike up to Mt. Lafayette. The weather Saturday was beautiful. When we were in the alpine region hiking, we did see a cloud or two. I even hit the ground once in preparation. But, the dark cloud quickly passed and we finished our hike safely. By Sunday, NH’s weather was back to normal. Rain and thunderstorms.

I do love rain. I do. But I keep forgetting. Did we move to Oregon or Washington? Or London? I knew those places were known for their rain, but now I’m thinking NH should be on the list.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Do they all wear short shorts and shoot squirrels in Hungary?

For a year now, J and I have rented a beautiful converted barn as our home from a very nice couple. We have toyed with the idea of moving closer to J’s job and also off of a main road, but this place is pretty much too good to be true. The rent, as high as it may seem to some, includes all utilities (and while J has denied me use of heat in other places we’ve lived to save money, it is crucial in New England) as well as lawn care and snow removal. The place is bigger than most places we’ve seen so we can host guests, and boy have we had our share. Our landlords are phenomenal cooks and often share their meals with us. Plus, they maintain an extensive garden with everything you can think of (eggplant, corn, broccoli, potatoes, herbs) and pretty much let us have free reign (more on that some other time).

The male is from Hungary. He’s been in the US for a long time. When we first moved in, we noticed he had some odd practices, like walking around the yard with short shorts and no shirt. This may seem like a real Sex in the City moment where I get to work from my second floor office and drool over the hot man in my backyard. But no, this is not the case. Frankly, I’d rather not see any man, including my husband, in nut huggers.

J and I pretty much got used to his dress code, joking about it often. It’s been quite funny when we have guests and without us making any reference, they become aware almost immediately. “Have you noticed your landlord walks around in his short shorts and no top? Isn’t that kind of weird?” Weird, nah. Some guests have found him quite a turn-on . . .

Our landlords have had some guests from Hungary staying with them for the last two weeks. Lately, ShortShorts and the Male International Power have been shooting targets in the backyard during the day, putting on a show for me when I need a break from work. They were ultimately trying to practice so they can shoot the squirrels that have been eating all the crops. And low and behold, the male visitor also wears short shorts.

Well, J and I returned from our camping trip this weekend to find ShortShorts and the Male International Power skinning two squirrels in the yard. So guess what we had for dinner???

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Say wha now?

Some of our friends call J and I active. Hiking. Running. Paddling. Rock Climbing. Sure, those things are not on everyone's agenda. Nor do most of our friends aspire to hike all the high peaks in the country and spend months in Alaska living off the land. So yes we have lofty and different goals. But, there are many others who outdo us by a million.

When I coached cross country in Danville, the head coach was a 60-year-old man who regularly ran 100 miles per week. Then we heard David Horton speak at a special event in Danville. Among other things, this ultramarathoner broke the record in 1991 for thru-hiking the AT (Appalachian Trail=2,100+ miles) in 52 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. Did I mention he is in his 50s?

Now this guy, Karl Meltzer wants to beat the most current AT southbound thru-hiking record set by Andrew Thompson in 2005. Thompson hiked the trail in 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes. Meltzer hopes to do it in less than 47 days. That's like 50 miles a day people. He started in Maine last week. We may see if we can catch him (not literally) in NH.

This just goes to show that the word "active" is relative. I could never live up to these guys' standards. But, that's okay. As long as I'm still setting goals and doing the best I can do at achieving them.

Anyways, just thought I'd share so when you peg J and I as "crazy," you can think twice!

Monday, August 4, 2008

When it’s good to be 29 going on 30 …

… tailgating at a Bruce Springsteen concert! So J and I went to see the Boss Saturday evening in Mass at Gillette Stadium (where the Patriots play) with Uncle SlickG, who drove up from Jersey for the show. We were tailgating for a good 3-4 hours, watching the guys across from us get carded at least 3 times. One of the cops turned to us and asked us with a hearty laugh if we were jealous and wanted to be carded for old time’s sake. Let me tell you, this moment should go down in history because this is the first time I’ve been mistaken for … my age! In any case, there were lots of arrests going on and the newly 21-year-old boys across from us were safe. They taught us a new game they play in college nowadays called “Slap the bitch.” Not really the nicest name, but what they do is give one of those bags inside the boxed wine a good slap and then chug as much as they can. When in the world did it ever become a good idea to chug wine??? Boy am I glad to be out of college.

In any case, the show was killer. J and I had the nosebleed section, while Uncle SlickG had prime seats. There was a brief, but life-threatening, thunderstorm that hit us as we were walking to our seats. Maybe it was because of that, but Bruce didn’t come on stage until 9:30 for the 7:30 show. He still played through the noise ordinance time. He was so active during the whole show and took requests from the audience.

The biggest problem was getting out of the parking lot. Those bastards charge $40 to park there, yet no one knows how to move cars out at a decent pace. We sat there for a good 2 hours before we could move an inch. Argh.

Mad props to AYB III whose baby boy (AYB IV, I kid you not) was born Saturday! J and I have I think 3 or 4 other friends who are due with babies the next few months. I will definitely post pictures as they come!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Some people are ballsy

So I was covering the results of this survey from, and it seems 8 percent of workers admit lying on their resume. However, 49 percent of employers have caught job applicants in a lie! Most employers give the person the boot, but I’m more curious what the person says after they are caught in their lie. Usually people beef up their past responsibilities, skill set and job title, but making up jobs and degrees, that takes more cojones. It gets better. Some of the more unique lies recorded were:
Claiming to having been the CEO of a company despite being an hourly worker
Listing work samples that were actually done by the interviewer
Claiming to be a member of the Kennedy family
Saying he/she served in World War II even though it took place before he/she was born
Claiming to be Hispanic while it was clear the person was 100 percent white.
I understand most companies take less than 1 minute to review your resume, but that kind of info will stand out and how the heck do you BS through it?