Monday, December 31, 2007
Not too much about 2007 stands out as being particularly "great." It was a run-of-the-mill sort of year, with a couple of major disappointments and a couple of shining moments. Among the disappointments: losing our sweet dog Casey in April and our long-time-companion cat, Bailey, in July. Gaining our new wonderful family member, Jasper, in June offset some of the sadness, and we look forward to a great new year with him. Mostly we just lived our lives in 2007, got a little older, watched beloved relatives as they got a little older, too, and celebrated the every day triumphs!
Looking forward to 2008: I noticed in the last several months that I don't have as much patience (and understanding and kindess) as I would like to. That's one of the major things I'm going to work on in 2008. I would also like to work on paying more attention to my relationships, and trying to reach out to friends and family a little better. I think 2008 is mostly going to be about reaching out and trying to reconnect - to gain a little bit of the personal connection back that I have sacrificed to the hurried routine and obligations of everyday life. And, as always, I want to eat better and walk more!
For Baker Blog readers far and wide, we wish you a healthy and happy 2008!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I never though I'd say this, but we can't wait to enjoy the winter (if you know me you know I'm a summer-lover). Cameron started skiing with ski club four or five years ago, and last year Mark and Annalisse decided to give it a try, and both loved it (who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?). This year's Christmas was definitely ski-oriented. Annalisse got new skis and all the stuff to go with it, and Cameron's main gift was the weekend ski trip to Gore Mountain he'll be taking through school the first weekend in February. So c'mon! Shake the clouds! Get the white stuff falling already!!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
One of the regulars there is Cooper, a 6-month old Australian Shepard. Jasper and Cooper go way back, they were in puppy class together and were fast friends. In typical Shepard fashion, Cooper spends all his time herding and jumping Jasper, and pulling with all his might at his neck skin and ears. Jasper, in typical chicken fashion, spends a lot of his time running away and being submissive to Cooper.
The result, after a couple of walks around the field, is a very tired, wet, saliva covered dog that's so worn out that he sleeps for most of the day. Score!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Just a few random thoughts since not any one of them would make for a substantial blog entry...
- After today I'm off until Wednesday, January 2 - HURRAY! ~I can feel that nap coming on already!
- Tomorrow's Jasper's 8-month birthday. We haven't weighed him in a while but he's probably tipping the scales at around 45-47 pounds. I think he's still on the small side for a male Golden, which is just fine!
- After tomorrow, the days start getting longer (Mark always likes to correct me on this. The days aren't getting longer - they're still just 24 hours long - but it STAYS LIGHTER LONGER. Whatever.)
- On the heels of yesterdays attention-grabbing-all-over-the-news announcement that Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant at 16, follows the headline "Lynne Spears book on parenting postponed indefinitely." That was a classic - you can't make that stuff up!
- Today I'll be done with my Christmas shopping with one more special gift for Mark.
- Work has been a foodfest. Between holiday lunches, goodies from vendors, and other various sources of cookies and candies, it's not been a good couple of weeks for my weight.
- Annalisse has been trying out all week for a part in the spring play at school. She just called - she got the part of the secretary (I have no idea...). There is a God.
That's it! Just think of it as The Baker Blog Lite.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
In a flash I was transported back to the mid-seventies, to Nonnie's living room in the light of the multi-colored aluminum tree. My two cousins and I, making a name for ourselves as the rock band "The Family Three" (remember, this was when we were knee deep in the pop culture of The Partridge Family and, as a cheap knock off, The Brady Bunch [when they tried to sing]), would perform for the hoards of relatives that was "our family."
Coming from a big extended Italian family, there were always tons of people around my grandmother's house, and we kids would entertain them with various renditions of Christmas songs such as "Jingle Bells" (The Partridge Family version), "Blue Christmas" (Jeannie, Rosanne and I would sit in a circle and each sing a word round-robin style, practicing until we could sing it smoothly and flawlessly), "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Jeannie and I would sing in English, and Ro in Latin), and we'd finish off our set with a rousing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"
Jeannie was six-months-to-the-day younger than I was, and Ro was three years younger, and these two cousins were a very important and special part of my childhood. We still enjoy singing the old Family Three songs when we have a chance to spend time together. Our repertoire back then, as now, also includes a couple of original compositions such as "Pass the Sugar" and "The Nonnie Song."
So here's to aluminum Christmas trees, big families and Jeannie and Rosanne. They all made my childhood Christmas' very memorable!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Oh well, back to the couch so the dog can come up and comfort me (he loves it when people stay home and lay around all day since it's what he does best).
Thursday, December 13, 2007
...which always develops into a chronic cough...
...which (after much prodding by me and way too much time spent sick at work) results in a trip to the doctor...
...after which he's on five days of antibiotics...
...which helps the cough but never really cures it...
...and so on until the next time...
But yesterday's result from his most recent "cold" was different. After his usual trip to the doctor, it was off to get a chest x-ray - with a little PUKE thrown in. Actually it was a LOT OF PUKE, most of which left his body during the short trip from our house to the radiology office for the x-ray. That, as you can imagine, was really pleasant for all involved (especially me as the driver). Of course, it begs the question: did he have a plastic bag - YES.
He was a complete physical wreck all day. Mid-day he checked his voicemail at work and got a message that several of his co-workers had come down with food poisioning, possibly from a box lunch they all ate on Tuesday. Well, there you have it.
He's going to attempt to go to work today. That curse-ed work ethic!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The Christmas tree cutting party - a great event we went to yesterday where we all gather at our friends Scott & Kay's house in Palmyra then head out to a field (on Hogback Road!) to cut a tree (any size: $18 - I can remember when, before Scott & Kay started this party 12 years ago, we paid $40 for a tree - outrageous!). After cutting down the tree we all gather back at the house for hors d'œuvres. For Cameron, this party is the official kick-off to the holiday season.
St. Nicholas Day - Grammie Versprille celebrated this tradition long before I came into the family, but since I had kids (and Mark's cousins Dan and his wife, Tina, had them about the same time), we've been celebrating this German tradition (wooden shoes and all) with our cousins, Peter, Abbie and Phoebe. Tina and I alternate houses, and it's a great opportunity to hang out by the fire and munch on treats. Our celebration will be at Tina and Dan's house at 3pm today.
Cookie Exchange - I started a neighborhood cookie exchange the first year we moved to Fourth Avenue, and that year invited moms and daughters on the street. Well, the little boys didn't like that too much, so the next year we invited moms, daughters, sons and dads, and it is now just a great excuse to get together with neighbors during the holidays and drink wine (and of course, exchange cookies!). This year the neighborhood cookie exchange will be at Sarah & Tim's house next weekend. I still need to figure out what to bake...
Christmas Eve - After going to church on Christmas Eve, we head over to Mark's Aunt and Uncle's house for a family Christmas Eve get together. In November we had drawn names for a gift exchange, so between much unwrapping chaos we have some of the most delicious treats around. Among their other talents (baking, arranging, playing of instruments, singing, decorating), Mark's family is full of awesome cooks.
Christmas Day - We try to make sure everyone stays in bed until a reasonable hour, then mom heads down to light the tree, and everyone follows. We check out our Christmas surprises, then open up our stockings and wrapped gifts (each in turn). For the last couple of years, Mark's mom, sisters and their spouses came over for an early Christmas breakfast (Mom Shiao has to sing in the choir each Christmas morning so she needs to leave by 10:30am), but this year we're heading over to Mark's sister Nara and her husband Jim's new house for the Christmas morning breakfast and gift exchange. Then we come home for a little while before heading over to Mark's stepmom Pat's house for an early dinner and gift exchange there. We are pretty exhausted by the end of the day!
That's enough celebrating for now. Check back later for our New Year's traditions!!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Alas, this was not the day to sleep in and play in the snow because OFF TO SCHOOL THEY WENT! ~ Although not happily, and Cameron still fights with me every morning to wear his Old Navy sweatshirt instead of his winter coat. The weather this morning is actually still pretty bad, and I'm also a little surprised it's not a snow day...
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Whew! No wonder I love January so much! Must be my hibernation instinct. (Did I mention my FAVORITE holiday, bar none, is Groundhogs Day - JUST SIX WEEKS OF WINTER LEFT!). But, that's a topic for another (snowy) day.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Mark is on the final journey of his wrist recovery. He had his final surgery yesterday when the doctor took the two pins out that, I'm assuming, joined the ligament back to the bone. So, next week he starts physical therapy for what I assume will be months.
In all my complaining about they hype surrounding Christmas I should mention how much I love Thanksgiving! No pressure (beyond the meal), just all my favorite foods on one plate (followed by a nap and days of feeling full afterward). Enjoy your holiday! I know we have much to be thankful for!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Annalisse's two nights of School House Rock, Jr. were great! She did a fantastic job, and we could really hear her belting out the songs from where we were sitting. In addition to being part of "Group II," she also had some other little, but memorable, parts in the play. It was a really great production where all the kids had a chance to shine, and not just the "main" characters, which was nice.
There were a few tense moments during Saturday's performance when the audio (background music) cut out and the girls/characters sang most "Conjunction Junction" without the music/tune. They were true professionals, not missing a beat, and kept on keepin' on! Their performance was met with thundering applause when they finished the song. We were all so proud of them!
Today I bet there's a few very tired students after a night out for ice cream at Friendly's on Friday, and the cast party last night!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We got the call last night that Cameron has been accepted into the People to People program (along with the cost of the trip, of course), and he's really excited about it. We first learned of the program last summer when several kids we know went to Austrialia, New Zealand and Fiji with P2P. We are excited for him, too, and realize it's really a great opportunity for a kid his age to be able to travel to Europe and see some of the great sights they have lined up, like:
- Visit Epidaurus, famous for its well-preserved 4th Century B.C. amphitheater.
- Walk through Athens and take in the majestic Acropolis. See the Parthenon and Erechtheion.
- Enjoy a performance of traditional Greek dances at the Dora Stratou Theater.
- See Mt. Olympus, the mountain where the ancient Greek Gods were supposed to live.
Tour the arena where the Olympic Games first took place in 776 B.C.
- Make an excursion to the ancient city of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius’ most famous victim.
- Explore the Roman Forum and Coliseum.
- Visit the world’s smallest state and the home of Catholicism, the Vatican. See St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
- Learn about the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.
- Explore the renaissance city of Florence.
- Examine Michelangelo’s statue, David, and other works of art inside the Accademia Gallery.
- See one of the most famous buildings in Europe, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- Visit the beautiful city of Venice and take a ride on a gondola on a watery canal.
Stay with a host family for three nights
- Take the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and get the best views of the city.
- Walk through the famous Latin Quarter and see the Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Explore the magnificent Château de Versailles. Built during the reign of Louis XIV, it was the seat of the royal court from 1682 to 1789.
- Go on a guided exploration of one of the most important art collections in the world, the famous Musée du Louvre. View the principal parts of the museum including the Mona Lisa.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it? That rat fink!!
Over that next couple of months we'll be thinking of creative ways to fund raise for the trip. The first fundraiser will be a Parents Night Out on Friday, December 14 when Cameron and Annalisse will run a babysitting program for a few hours so parents can go Christmas shopping (or just out for an adult dinner). Other ideas we're kicking around: a raffle and asking friends, neighbors and relatives to donate their cans for the 5 cent donation. Cameron also plans to get a part-time job when he's 15 (I think there are some jobs out there for 15-year olds).
Hats off to the world traveller!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So, if you're looking for an hour of fun this Friday or Saturday night, we'll see you at 7:00 at Minerva Deland School in Fairport.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Other places we visited for the first time: Sugarbush Ski Resort, The Vermont Country Store in Weston (a bit of a tourist attraction, but worth a visit at least once), and Woodstock (not the one of hippie concert fame). We also were able to put a dent in our Christmas shopping (although we didn't go overboard - see post of November 4!). The kids would have liked to visit Springfield, which hosted The Simpson's Movie premiere this summer, but we ran out of time. The state basically closes down at 6pm on Saturdays (and 5pm on Sundays).
Even though the trees were really brown (versus the brilliant oranges, yellows and reds we would have seen a month ago), going later in the year really had its advantages. The main one: there were no crowds! We were visiting in that small window (off-peak) between fall foliage tours and ski season.
One of the greatest parts of the weekend: we were able to get through about 3/4 of the 7th Harry Potter book, which we listened to on CD (everyone has already read the book, except Annalisse). It's so much fun, and Jim Dale, who performs the book (unabridged), does all the voices and it's just mesmerizing. We'll have to save the last 1/4 of the book for the ride to Massena the day after Thanksgiving.
Jasper stayed with our neighbors Tom and Cheryl and we feared they would not give him back. Cheryl was a really good sport and endured him sleeping with them - good thing they have a king-sized bed!
Tomorrow it's back to work (and school) with fond memories of good meals, new sights, and cool crafts!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Heading back down towards Rutland there's Montpelier (the state capital), and Killington (fun for the growing interest in downhill skiing by the Bakers). Then north of Rutland is Manchester (if you like outlet shopping) where Mark has to make his yearly pilgrimage to the Orvis flagship store, and this year's stop: Robert Todd Lincoln's family home, historic Hildene (to feed my obsession with the Lincoln family; Mary Lincoln is the object of much fascination). On the way out on Monday, it's off to Bennington for a stop at Bennington Potters, at which I always wish I could buy "more."
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I really cannot stand the way Christmas has gotten out of control. Still, I like all the warm and fuzzy stuff as much as the next person (spending time with family and friends, Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men and all that jazz), but I find the expectations and the costs associated with the holiday to be way out of control. I wish it could be an occasion when we spend time with the ones we love and give maybe one special present to those special people (something chosen with consideration and thought, and not just because it was part of the crazy-day-after-Thanksgiving-sale at Target) ~ a true token of our appreciation for their love and support throughout the year. And, of course, amid the shopping and party frenzy, I wish the celebration could become more of a reflection on what Christmas is really all about.
All the hype! All the drama! It's all a bit too much. It seems the older I get, the quicker it comes, and the fact that it's creeping into the calendar earlier and earlier each year is a bit disconcerting to me. Of course, I need to be careful that my opinions don't spoil the excitement for the kids and other Christmas enthusiasts...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I'm not one to spend a lot of money on costumes. Usually we try to use dress up stuff and accessories we've collected over the years, and we may need to buy an accessory or two, but that's about it. As an example, this year, I got Annalisse a dog mask thingy and a tail, and VIOLA!, she's a dog. Cameron is going to put on sweatshirt and some packing tape, roll in the neighbor's leaves, and be a leaf pile (his main motivation is to be camouflaged when little kids go by so he can jump out and scare them). Jasper will wear a Halloween bandanna that Grandma made him. As for me, I'll probably be the stay-at-home-hand-out-candy person, which is probably not the greatest idea since I bought six bags of my favorite treats.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Today's picture is of a tuckered out wet dog. Since the weather's been so nice we've been able to take him swimming on the weekends. Fetching sticks in the creek and running around with "friends" makes Jasper one tired dog! Today he came home so dirty and smelly he was rewarded with a shower (he's really good...he just sits in there with his eyes closed while Annalisse suds him up). That's about the most exciting news to report!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Just the same, there are a couple things I can mention:
- My girls weekend was great. Four of us were able to make it, and it was a really mellow, nice catch-up weekend.
- The kids got their 5-week grade reports today and Annalisse is kicking Cameron's butt! Sweet justice for her!
- I had a great, low key birthday. We were all off (the kids were off for Columbus Day, Mark was still home with his arm, and I took the day off) and the days activities included taking Jasper to the park for a swim and going out for a nice birthday dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Our awesome neighbors, Ann & Morey, brought me a lemon meringue pie!
- Mark's birthday is tomorrow, and, unfortunately, I'll be in Western New York at Grad Fairs all day. : (
That's about all the boring news to report. Now, it's off to puppy class!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Getting back to our girl's weekend: we'll head out tomorrow to meet two (and possibly three) high school friends for a weekend of indulgence and abandon. And to rip-off the Vegas slogan, whatever happens during girls weekend, stays with girls weekend!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Today we walked the 1.5 mile course for Barktoberfest at Lollypop Farm. There is something really wrong with the weather when it's 85 degrees on October 6...we were so hot, and the dogs all seemed to be having a hard time with the heat (between the long walk and the beating down sun). I'm sure today ranked as one of the funnest days in Jasper's life!
I'm not sure when new pictures will be on the blog...the rechargeable battery for my digital camera died and I have to figure out how/where to find a new one!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tomorrow (which also happens to be Annalisse's birthday), the kids will be gone for a German class overnight to Lancaster, PA and a tour of Amish country. For students taking German, this is probably the closest the school could come for a visit of a culture with roots in Germany. We won't mention that the German that the Amish speak is very, very old German. Anyway...
The kids will leave at 7am tomorrow morning and spend Friday and Saturday in the Lancaster area. While there they will experience such events as having dinner at an Amish family's house (I'm having trouble picturing 50 kids in a house...maybe they'll be eating in shifts? Please, please please God, make my kids act politely), a tour of a pretzel factory, and a couple of other neat tours. To top it all off (and I'm sure this was the selling point for my kids), they will be spending the night in a hotel with an indoor water park. What could be more fun? Is it an Amish water park? Will there be plainly dressed fellows at the top of a wooden slide pouring water down? ~all questions to be answered in good time.
In the North Country, there was a settlement of Amish nearby. They hold endless fascination for me, and I am very envious the kids get to take such a cool trip!
(And when the kids are away, the parents will play. Well, not exactly play, mostly eat out, our favorite pastime!)
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Every once in a while I think about when I might "leave this life," and when I do I want the following passage either read or printed somewhere. It's one of my favorites, and I think it brings much comfort in very sad times:
I am standing on the sea shore. A ship sails and spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says: ‘She is gone.’ Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all; she is just as large in the masts, hull a spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not her; and just at the moment when someone at my side says; ‘She’s gone’ there are others who are watching her coming and other voices take up a gland shout, ‘There she comes’, and that is dying. -Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
So, we'll have a light lunch of chicken soup, then a nap (having risen at 5 a.m. to get to the surgery center at 6:15 a.m. - early even for us Bakers). He's off for
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The diagnosis: the ligaments in his wrist have ripped away from the bone, and he will be having surgery to reattach them on Tuesday. The doctor said it was pretty atypical to see this type of injury resulting from what Mark described - it's the type of injury and damage that he usually sees if someone falls off their rollerblades, or has a bad fall on the ice. He said the bat-swing was probably the last straw after a long period of wrist stress. Looking back I do remember times when Mark said his wrist hurt after bowling, fishing and other activities (lifting, throwing).
So, after surgery Mark will be hanging with the dog for a couple weeks at home, then will have a wrist cast for eight weeks or so. If all goes well complete recovery could take up to a year. We'll keep you posted!
- Libra is the newest of all the signs and before Roman times, didn’t exist as a separate Constellation. It was the Romans and their love of balance and harmony, that couldn’t abide a solar system of 11, unequal signs. To bring things together and have everything balanced, they created Libra, out of Scorpio.
- Librans sprout from a series of contradictions: self versus non-self, mental versus emotional, pleasure versus pathos, helpfulness versus helplessness, generosity versus greed, kindness versus coldness, control versus chaos. Underneath the smiling face and stellar charm lies a character with many ambivalences
- Best qualities: Friendliness, Fairness, Gracefulness; Worst Qualities: Indecisiveness, Laziness; Best Match: Sagittarius; Worst Match: Virgo; Best Day: Friday; Worst Day: Wednesday; Favorite Weakness: Romance
- The Libra sign of the scales is the only non-human/non-animal sign in the zodiac.
Every year for the last 15 years or so I go out to dinner with my friends Meg and Jo Ann for our annual "Libra Dinner." We try to go somewhere where we can draw attention to ourselves, and inevitably end up celebrating with a ton of other self-identified Libras in the restaurant. I'm not sure any other sign makes such a big deal of it, or feels so self-important!
So, during this month of the Libra, be aware that the person sitting next to you may be secretly sitting there...feeling superior...wondering if you might be a Libra, too.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
How are we spending our big day? Mostly at work, a Annalisse's play meeting after work, Annalisse's confirmation class, and a walk with the dog. We're probably having reubens for dinner. We'll have to save our special dinner out until the weekend as real life tends to get in the way!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Could we have a moment of silence, please?
(I'm sure it was purely a business decision - apparently they weren't "making enough dough...")
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
~Among all the excitement (I can't wait to see Mrs. Connor!)
~Among all the supplies chaos (Where are the 5" binders?)
~Among all the demands for new clothes (I know I can't even close my drawers, but I really want to go to Abercrombie!)
Comes the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! The only (and I do mean only) thing I don't like about school: the morning rush and packing lunches. Other than that, it's all good.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
- Hire a teenager for activities direction (mostly to get Cameron out of the house during the summer days) - NOT ACCOMPLISHED. I never did locate anyone, and before I knew it there was only three weeks when the kids would be mostly by themselves with some miscellaneous activities thrown in. Oh well, boredom makes going back to school more appealing (says me...).
- Get a puppy - ACCOMPLISHED, AND HOW! We now have the most loving, cuddly dog in the world. Maybe that's why we all didn't mind hanging around all summer...
- Paint the side yard fence - NOT ACCOMPLISHED (yet). I took a nap instead.
- Go to the Renaissance Festival - NOT ACCOMPLISHED. For two years in a row we have not managed to get there. The weekends seem to fill up with other activities.
- Go to Seabreeze - ACCOMPLISHED. See post of August 14. The kids had a great time and it was a beautiful day. Annalisse surprised me with her daring - going on "scary" rides and the Tilt-a-Hurl. I, as usual, waited by the end of the ride for them to get off...
- Read the 7th Harry Potter book - ACCOMPLISHED (and enjoyable). And I also read many more books. Right now, I'm on a Kennedy family biography kick. What a wacked-out family...
- Ride bike, a lot - ACCOMPLISHED, SORT OF. I didn't ride my bike "a lot," but we got out a fair amount.
Some other pleasantries of the summer: we supported the Fairport economy through ice cream/smoothie/gelato/flavored coffee/latte/dessert purchases; I supported my mental health by hanging with the dog and taking naps. All in all, a lazy, hazy, not-so-crazy summer. Luckily, there will probably be a month-and-a-half of pretty good weather left before the real cold front moves in.
Coming up: we'll spend September adjusting to the new school year, then, it's "Bring on October!" ~ and "our" birthdays (Mark, Judy & Annalisse's anyway!).
Friday, August 24, 2007
Don't get me wrong: we have a really long way to go with excited pulling when he see people/dogs and pulling on walks. But it sure was a proud moment!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
We were joined by our cousins from Massachusetts, and, as all the kids are around the same age, it was a great time. Whenever the kids are all together we like to get a picture of them, preferably hanging in and around the front yard tree at Mark's Aunt & Uncle's house. Looks like trouble to me!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
We are having fun at puppy kindergarten, but he already knows most of what the trainer is teaching. For instance, the trainer called on Jasper to demonstrate the "wait" command (first you start with having him wait two seconds, then four, then six...), and I didn't want to break it to the guy that he is already pretty good at "waiting" as he has to wait three times a day until we tell him to come for his food. He has a really good attention span, and was very impressive as the demo dog.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
"It's back!!!", screamed Annalisse at 4am this morning. Sure enough, another bat (the same one?) was in her room. We weren't quite as freaked out this time...like an old pro Mark trekked down to the basement to get his fishing net, we isolated the bat, and out the door he went.
On today's to-do-list (just a reminder - I am on vacation):
- CALL THE ROOFER TO FINISH THE JOB. After the last bat Mark incident, went into the attic to examine how it might have gotten in, and found that he could see daylight through the roof line. It seems the roofers never took the final step to caulk/seal the roof. When we called they said they would be here "some time this week." Well, they're going to get a "reminder" call today.
- PLUG THE HOLE IN ANNALISSE'S CLOSET. There is a small hole in the roof of Annalisse's closet that the bats are obviously slipping through. A trip to Home Depot is in order.
Hopefully, that should do it. Let's just hope there aren't more hiding in the attic...
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
We aren't doing much in the way of vacation activities. A new roof and unanticipated pet expenses this spring/summer (losing two pets and getting a new one) has put a squeeze on our vacations funds this year, but the great thing about living in Fairport is that you can take a vacation without leaving home. Bike rides on the canal, walks, and trips to the library and Candy Nation (an old-fashioned candy store in the Village) are a relaxing way to enjoy my time at home. Then, tomorrow we're going to Seabreeze Amusement Park on Lake Ontario, and on Friday we're taking a day trip to Skaneatles.
So many take hanging out at home for granted (and might even think it's boring), but those of us who work full-time see this time as a gift - a break from the routine and the grind of our jobs (I'm fortunate to like my job, but still...). It's chance to wake up late, linger over the morning paper, putter in the garden and, if I'm lucky enough, take an afternoon nap.
A vacation at home is the way summer should be!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Alex bay is very tacky and pretty run down, but still so much fun. It's pure escapism with some beautiful scenery thrown in. I think next year the four of us will go up for Pirate's weekend and do some tourist stuff as well, like fishing for Mark and a boat trip to Boldt Castle. Of course, Annalisse will eat that up since a lot of people dress like pirates (or wenches) and she always enjoys a themed-destination. Arrrr!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
My morning routine always includes a 20-oz cup of flavored Green Mountain Coffee (I don't love it for the caffeine - I try to get mostly decaf). Ironically, I really really dislike the taste of regular coffee, but love any variety of flavored coffee. In fact, the place I go every morning generally has up 6 or more flavors of GMC available in addition to the "regular" coffee. But, I digress...
So, in case you're keeping track, Fat-free Half & Half is the new "#2" on Judy's list of Greatest Inventions EVER.
We got Jasper a little pool and are trying to get him used to it. He is a water dog, after all!
We have been meeting so many canine friends around the Village. Among them: Cooper, a very bulky 4-month old Chocolate Lab; Toby and Bo, two yellow labs on our street,; Murphy and Mulligan (6-month old Goldens); Lily and Sunny (also Goldens); and Casey's old buddy, Scooter, a 3-year old Flat Coat Retriever. Every night on our walks it's a frenzy of leapy and playing bitey-face. His favorite friend, hands down, is Sheba, a long-haired Calico cat, who through her regal bearing and no-nonsense approach, is the undisputed Queen of the Street.
P.S. How in the world did it get to be July 31?!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Steven: If you're an adult how come you just ordered a burger off the kid's menu?
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
A couple of times each summer a great local group of teens performs at the event. They are called "It's My Party", and they are three young girls who sing classic "girl group" songs from the '50s and '60s. Always a big draw, they are a lot of fun to watch and very entertaining. I would encourage you to catch them if you can. They'll be at Car Cruz Night a couple more times (August 7 & August 28) this summer. They'll also be at the Thursday night Gazebo concert (Kennelly Park) next Thursday, August 2.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
On another note, on Friday morning we went to see the new Harry Potter movie at the IMAX theatre. That was really fun, and we'll probably do that for the next two movies. Then, Friday night, we had every intention of going to Borders to get the new HP-7 book (although we had not reserved one), but I've never been much of a line-waiter, so we went to the store around 9:30pm, but left within an hour. I went out the next morning and got a copy at Wegmans, along with our morning bagels and donuts. We are looking forward to the CD release so we can listen to it as a family when we travel. We do so enjoy Harry!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Anyway, as the days went by we and did not hear any more about this situation (except for the media was asking the witness to contact police), I began to think that maybe it was a hoax. Especially since the description of the males seemed very stereotypical and racist. I told Mark on a walk last night that I was going to talk to the next Village police officer I saw to determine what became of the case.
Well, today on the news it was announced that the young woman involved was arrested for falsely reporting a crime. What a relief - but a good reminder that we should never take our "safe" town for granted, and should continue to keep a close watch on our children. There are crazy (and evil) people out there...
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
- I'm a self-admitted bad cook and I hate to cook, and
- I love to eat out!
Still, you need to consider the source - this comment came from the picky eater who wants Kraft Mac-n-Cheese or canned ravioli every meal, and thinks last week's meals at 4-H Camp was the best food she's ever eaten (ditto for her brother - he gained two pounds at camp!!!).
Friday, July 13, 2007
- Monday night: Out to Mom Shiao's (Mark's mother - rhymes with "cow") for my favorite Chinese pork dish (followed by a raspberry/pina colada smoothie from Fairport Village Coffee).
- Tuesday night: burgers on the grill followed by another smoothie run at FVC.
- Wednesday night: yummy pulled pork and jambalaya at The Beale Street Cafe.
- Thursday night: a walk over to Donnelly's for great pub food.
- Friday: before picking up the kids this afternoon, we're going out to one of my favorite lunch places in Rochester - The Open Face Sandwich Eatery. There is nothing like their pickled ginger carrots - I know it sounds a little weird, but I'm hooked!!
The week was still good, even without the food fest. We mostly just enjoyed leisurely walks at night with the dog, and chatting with neighbors and friends we met along the way.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Tonight we're not doing anything very exciting for the 1st night of eating out - just going over to Lindburger's in Penfield for a good juicy burger and some crispy sweet potato fries.