Saturday, February 26, 2011

Week 38 of Unemployment

I'm happy to report another busy week between our houseguest, the magazine and my old company. Next week I'm hoping to start on my new project, so it's looking like it will be fulfilling too. Woo hoo!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Our little ski resort

Today is our first day without a houseguest since Feb. 11. Don't get me wrong, we love guests, but it's always nice to have the house back to ourselves.

Our latest houseguest was a friend of J's from the Prep, Chris Farley. He works in a school system and was on break, so came up here to do some snowboarding and used our house as his launching pad.The first day he went on Saturday was pretty awesome because we had fresh snow up north. We actually joined him and opted against the expensive Bretton Woods XC trails and instead skied the nearby and free Flat Iron backcountry trail. Best trail we have XC skied here yet. Lots of ups and downs and ungroomed. Of course I forgot my camera, so couldn't take any pictures. Darn! But, it was darn cold that day, so taking pictures would have been tough.

The rest of the time, though, Chris Farley did not have good snowboarding conditions. We were having a taste of spring and there was a lot of melting and icy conditions. Too bad we got a fresh 7+ inches today after he was long gone ... (as a result, J has a snow day!!)One of the main reasons I am glad to be houseguest-free is because of the constant concert chit-chat and i-Pod-playing I had to endure all week. And then, Phish announced their summer tour, so these boys were scrambling to check their schedules. Geez louise. This is what I call my personal hell. These music gurus bantered back and forth testing each other about Phish and Dead setlists dating all the way back to the 1960s when they were negative 15 years old. I don't understand how they can store all that info in their heads, yet J can't remember when I tell him what we are having for dinner.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm retiring my skort

I tried to start a trend this indoor soccer season: wearing a skort to play. But I cannot take the ridicule anymore, so I am officially retiring it.

It didn't bother me when J made fun; he always makes fun of me anyways. He would ask, "Are we playing tennis?" and I would ignore. But it did bother me a little bit when the refs would say, "I've never seen anyone where a skort to play soccer." J said last week when he was sitting in the bleachers watching my woman's game, people kept commenting, "Is that girl wearing a skirt??" And someone would correct them, "No, it's a skort."

Let me just say, wearing the skort has brought me the most comfort. I have thunder thighs. My shorts ride up when I run. The skort does not. But boo hoo, I've given into peer pressure and I won't wear my skort anymore.

POST-EDIT: I have not laid down and died just yet. I wore my skort to Thursday's game. I think I will break it out here and there, just to keep things spicy on the fields.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Week 37 of Unemployment

My dear readers, this week was a good week in terms of my self-employment endeavors. Can you believe I'm saying that? It was, in fact, a busy week! I invoiced 8 hours for my old company, scored another assignment from the magazine AND—yes there's an and—signed a new contract for a project with an old client.

paying projects=happy week

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Business Combined with Pleasure

We have wrapped up a wonderful visit with Mama Fashion. She was with us from Friday until her work meeting Wednesday morning in Boston.

So let's review what we did.

MamaF gave knitting lessons to her grandkitty.

We played two games of Scrabble and J won both times. I still don't understand how the worst speller in the world can win every time? (Except last time MamaF was in town in November, I actually did win!)

We dined at a new restaurant in Concord, O Steaks and Seafood. And we thought it was O so good. Get it? O Steaks and Seafood was O so good. I crack myself up.

We got manis/pedis (not J, in case you cocked an eyebrow) and this time, we did not go for the Shellac option. Although the polish did last the full 2 weeks they promised, I think it made my nails weaker because I peeled off the remaining polish. Overall, I'm still not sure I am a convert with manis/pedis. I still don't love getting them (I always inevitably bleed when they are working on my feet). And my polish is already off (from Saturday). But, I will continue to go with MamaF when she needs a partner.

MamaF and I got some vitamin D and went snowshoeing on her lunch break. We have been having funny weather here. No new snow, but the temps have risen to 40 one day and dropped to 0 the next. Today it is 50 degrees. I'm almost tempted to eat my lunch outside!

We tried on funny glasses. Okay, that was because we saw Sanctum in 3-D Imax. What a great movie. It's an intense adventure thriller about cave divers who become trapped in unchartered cave territory because of a storm. We were on the edge of our seats pretty much the whole time. J has caved before, but after seeing this movie, I think I might have taken caving off my bucket list.

Anyways, we are hoping her company schedules another meeting in Boston very, very soon so she can come back!

In the meantime, we have another visitor coming this weekend!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Week 36 of Unemployment

Of course I have no job update for you. Looked for work, not much out there, sent my resume to places where I won't hear anything back, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda. I am so sick of selling myself! But, such is life.

This week, we had a friend get into heaps of trouble with the law. The crime is pretty disturbing and the situation distracted us all week. Overall, we just love this friend and his family so much, we don't want to see them go through this. But it is what it is. So, if you are of the praying type, please offer up some prayers for this family. God will know who you are talking about. 

Big weekend planned, as Mama Fashion will be here visiting!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Superbowl Sunday!

Happy Superbowl! We're just sitting here watching the game and commercials (disappointing so far, no?) as well as the Black Eyed Peas' half-time show (Yippeeeee!) on our sweet 13-inch TV. Our 27-incher (which we understand isn't even that big) finally kicked the bucket for good and we are not in a position to be buying TVs, even though they are really cheap right now. I have supersonic eyes, so the 13-incher is just fine to me, but J keeps complaining that he can't see anything. Rough life, no?

We can't buy a TV right now because we are too busy buying outdoor gear at the REI garage sale. You see where our priorities are. We actually weren't planning to go to the garage sale because Mama F was supposed to be in town. But her trip was canceled due to the white stuff (snow, that is, not cocaine). So we went to the sale after all.

We got there late by our standards ... 8am. It was approximately .8 degrees when we left in the morning, so standing outside for more than 2 hours did not seem appealing. We were 100 people deep in the line but thankfully, we still scored some sick deals and spent less than we usually do.

One of the biggest deals was a tent. We are in the market for a backpacking tent fit for our AT trip. We have set up and read reviews on many, many tents. We have resolved to the fact that we will pay full price for the tent, something we NEVER do when it comes to outdoor gear. But, at the garage sale, we came across a NEMO Espri 2P tent, which originally costs $299 and was marked down to $75 for no good reason really. In fact, we ran into 2 of the NEMO designers and they said the tent costs more than $100 to MAKE! So it was too good of a steal to pass up.

We are not sure if we are going to keep it, or if it will be our AT tent. We really had our eyes on the Big Agnes Cooper Spur 2P. It has the space (height and floor space) we were looking for and 2 doors, without adding too much weigh.

And now, the NEMO girls told us that in March, the company is coming out with a 2-door lightweight tent as well. Hmmm. It's a good thing we're not starting until June and we have more time to make this very important decision.

And now that I am done babbling about tents and TVs, I will leave you from some pictures from our XC ski at Carter Hill Orchards. When we go skiing in Concord, we usually go to the local golf course, but we discovered these trails among the frozen apple trees. Once again, we are discovering parts of Concord we didn't even know existed. That's one thing I love about this place.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Week 35 of Unemployment

I have nothing good to say about my pitiful job search this week, though I did invoice 8 hours of work. Woo hoo. Instead, I will just tell you about the fun stuff that's going on here!

We finished up January, and it turned out to be the 4th snowiest January in Concord since 1870 with 38.1 inches of snow.

And February started off pretty good with about 20 inches during our two-day snowstorm this week. Another one coming tomorrow!

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen no shadow this week, predicting spring will be here early, but you wouldn't be able to tell if you lived in these parts, where there's still close to 3 feet of snow on the ground. And we say, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

On Wednesday, during the said snowstorm, J had a snow day. That is one of the days I had to work. Go figure.

The night of the said snowstorm, we braved the roads to head up north and attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with our friends. We went last year and left very inspired. Pretty much the same deal this year. We already reserved our tickets for next year and officially decided Banff is on our list of places we want to go.

Awhile ago, we discovered that Concord had a weekly auction. We used to go to weekly auctions in Danville. For us, it was the thing to do on Saturday evenings. Local culture, very entertaining and we often came across sweet finds. Every item was made of "URN." It took us many time before we figured out the person was saying "iron." Anyways, we finally went to the one in Concord (much, much more organized than Danville's) and it brought back great memories. We may become regulars if we can squeeze it in between soccer.

I have been experimenting with making time-lapse videos. Unsuccessfully so far. If anyone has advice about some editing software, please share.

Peace out friends.