Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The clock, which was a gift from Rochester Telephone (or was it Frontier back then?) when my late father-in-law retired several years ago, stands almost seven feet tall and looks great our front hall. It hasn't run in almost eight years, so after we have some painting done this spring we're going to call in the clock expert to have it cleaned and reset.
Having a serious piece of "furniture" like this in the house really makes me feel like I'm a responsible adult now! I guess I'd better start acting the part!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
- Love, Actually - one of our relatively new Christmas traditions, a little racy in an "English" sort of way, but has so much heart and a rockin' soundtrack!
- The Sixth Sense - I think everyone knows how spooky and clever this one is.
- Titanic - a bit of a cliche, but still an engaging journey with a story line that draws you in.
- Star Wars (mostly IV, A New Hope) - The movie that made a huge impact on my 13-year-old life.
- Big Fish - a really original tale of a strained father-son relationship that is just perfect.
- Lord of the Rings (1 and 3) - I like all the LOR movies, but mainly numbers 1 and 3 because there is less fighting and more storytelling.
- Harry Potter (3, 4, and 5) - The characters in these movies seem like old friends now...we've all grown up with them. We'll be sad when the movie series is over, just like we were with the books.
- Bridget Jone's Diary (1) - The first of this two-movie series is so sweet and funny. The best part: Colin Firth.
- The Shawshank Redemption - We just re-discovered this amazing movie of hope. Violent in parts, but its inspiring message overrides all that.
- Best in Show - I suppose I could put any movie with/by Christopher Guest on this list, but this one is really funny!
- Field of Dreams - Another father-son movie. As Charlie used to say, you need a box of Kleenex to watch this one.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (1) - So clever and funny! Johnny Depp is amazing and Orlando Bloom is so dreamy.
- When Harry Met Sally - I'm pulled in every time I see this one. So many quotable lines!
- Goodfellas - Violent but engaging, and a great song track.
- Pride and Prejudice - the BBC version (with who else? Colin Firth!), not the crappy Keira Knightly version. Every year I have a P & P marathon screening at some point in January.
- Same Time, Next Year - This one's been around a long time, but I still can't help watching it every time it's on. Another one with a lot of heart.
- The Way we Were - twists your heart around then breaks it in two.
- Garden State - A very different movie that Zack Braff says is closer to his real self than J.D. on Scrubs. Great soundtrack.
- The Manchurian Candidate - The original movie from the 1962. So much better than the recent remake.
- The Others - So creepy in every way with a twist ending. Very satisfying. About the only movie I can stand with Nicole Kidman in it.
- A Beautiful Mind - Definitely a different point of view when thinking about how the human mind works. Great acting!
- Apollo 13 - Suspenseful, sit-at-the-edge-of-your-seat story. I can't believe they actually made it back to Earth.
- This is Spinal Tap - So funny, you really have to pay attention the first time because there's so much in this one.
- Thank You for Smoking -A clever satirical comedy...hey, everyone has a job to do; even the tobacco, gun and alcohol lobbyists.
- Muriel's Wedding - tagged as a comedy, but this thoughtful movie is far from a comedy. Great Abba soundtrack aside, a very troubling tale.
Until next time, happy viewing!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I suppose it's not too far off a concept. After all, women have smelled like strawberries, watermelon, vanilla, cinnamon and blueberries for years.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- 1 stick butter
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 bag colored marshmallows
Try them! You'll have 'em clamoring for the recipe! Maybe you can sell it to buy Christmas gifts!
This week will be an eating disaster for me. Today at lunch we're having a taco fiesta, followed by our division lunch tomorrow at Pomodoro Grill (which will most likely work out okay since I can never find anything I really like there), followed by our staff lunch on Friday at the Cheesecake Factory (they have a salad there I really love, but it's the cheesecake that gets you). On Sunday is the annual Fourth Avenue Cookie exchange, another gastronomical disaster with my homemade eggnog (again), appetizers, and, of course, all the cookies (I'm making a cheesecake bar something-or-other; it was an easy recipe in the cookie book).
See you at the gym in January! (Wait! I hate the gym...see you walking around the Village.)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Next up...the neighborhood cookie exchange on Sunday, December 21.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yesterday was a FREEEZZZINNG day (17 degrees), so it was a good day to hang out by the light of the tree and the warmth of the fire. Only a couple of weeks until our much-needed Christmas break!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Dare I say I'm "ahead of schedule" this year? The package is off to Turkey for our family there, the decorations are up (the tree will go up next weekend), the Christmas cards are ready to be addressed (but I won't mail them for a week or so...I don't want to seem too ahead of schedule), I've got a good chunk of my shopping done, and the dates are set for St. Nicholas Day, a get together for my coworkers at our house, and the cookie exchange. Wow!! Well, to reduce my stress I need to take little bites out of the gigantic elephant called Christmas. So, bite away, I'm under control and still have 25 days to go!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This year, I haven't gotten my dander up (just yet) about the all encompassing holiday (for some) that is exactly one month from today. Why the difference? I'm not sure - I'm just not feeling overwhelmed by all things Christmas yet this year. It's not that I'm any farther ahead with my shopping; I have only about a 1/3 of it completed (I'm taking December 12 off to do a wide sweep and finish most, if not all, of it). It's not because of all the ads and commercials; they don't seem to be flooding the airways just yet (or maybe I've blocked them out, which is more likely).
Maybe it's because the month of December actually has really some fun stuff in store. From our St. Nicholas Party the first weekend through the cookie exchange and the Christmas Eve party at Mary and Peter's, I'm looking forward to all the traditions. This year our friends, Scott and Kay, have decided not to have their annual tree cutting party, something that Cameron is very upset about since, in his mind, it was the "kick-off" for a whole month of get togethers, great eating, and fun (which is ironic given his newly declared religious views - I guess his intellect has not yet caught up with his emotion).
I think part of my problem with the holidays, but more specifically, December, is that it is a tangible example of how quickly the years are flying by. As we were walking the dog in the cold, wet snow last night, it felt as if those trips to the Moonlight Creamery and summer walks along the canal were all just a sunny, warm dream...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So, McCain, get into your (Ford) Maverick and drive back to Arizona, and Palin, load up the dog sled. Is Wasilla waiting for you? You betcha!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Lastly, I told him we loved him no matter what his beliefs, and I asked him to keep his mind and heart open to the possibility in the future that he might be touched by something that makes him believe in God, and he agreed he would. What I believe: I don't think all is lost at the tender, questioning and exploratory age of 15.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
We did finally tour Hildene this year, which was really awesome. It's one of the few historic homes I've ever gone into that has all of the original furnishings and decorations. Some of the decor has been freshened up (Robert Todd Lincoln's granddaughter, the last of the Lincoln family - there are no more descendants, lived there until her death in 1975, when the Hildene Society took it over). And yes, it most likely is haunted. The tour host said that he has heard distant piano music when he's been in the house, but that's about it.
For the leaf-peepers: the colors were amazing. We had two beautiful warm days with clear blue skies and there is no way a camera could do justice to the dazzling colors and the contrast of the leaves to the sky. So, the sight of the mountains in full color will just have to remain a wonderful memory!!
NOTE: When we returned from VT I was greeted with the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH on my laptop and now I'm back working on our 2001 Dell Dimension, which is very slow and unreliable. I'll post pictures from Vermont when I can!
Friday, October 10, 2008
On a sadder note, today we say goodbye to Mom as she heads back to Turkey until June 30. We will miss her!!!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It was the perfect way to usher in my big day (today), which I must admit is a little less exciting this year as I turn 45. Where did the years go? I have a feeling I'm not going to feel really comfortable getting older.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- If You're Into it
- Frodo Don't Wear the Ring
- Bowie's in Space (You should probably watch this first in order to fully appreciate "Bowie's in Space.")
Now you have a problem, too.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
- The Kountry Kitchen
And have lunch at:
- The Koffee Kove
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday: Work, anniversary lunch, shopping for ingredients for a couple of salads and supplies for a picnic at our house on Saturday, dog walk, and pick up relatives arriving from Turkey at 10:20pm. Bedtime at 11:30.
Saturday: Up early, go to the market, make salads, clean, greet visitors, have fun at picnic, clean up, go to Okoberfest with neighbors, walk dog, collapse into bed.
Sunday: Up early again, go to church by 7:45am to set up coffee hour, take dog to field, go to dim sum at noon, go to the People to People reunion meeting at 2pm, go shoe shopping, walk down to McCardles for a light dinner.
You'll notice that the last two days were missing the prime ingredient that makes for a successful Baker weekend experience. I'll give you a hint: it starts with an "N" and I'll be starting out the week tired without it. Maybe I'll be able to sleep at work.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Cam: "I'm home"
Mom: "How was school?"
Mom: "What did you do?"
Mom: "Do you have homework?"
Cam: "A little."
Mom: "Okay, I'll talk to you later."
A (young) man of few words...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
- We broke down and bought the Furminator. People claim it's a miracle "cure," but I suppose it's only as good as the amount times you're willing to furminate, which takes time and additional raking of the yard to gather up all the wayward fur. Luckily, Jasper loves to be furminated.
- We vacuum the dog...and he loves it! Whenever I break out the vacuum cleaner he comes from wherever he is in the house and follows me around until I take one of the hoses and give him the once over.
- I'm considering buying a vacuum cleaner that's rated #1 for managing pet hair. The bad news is my upright has died, my old canister vacuum cleaner is left with just one wheel and the hose/attachments, and I really need to vacuum. So, I went to Sears yesterday to get the lowdown on new vacuum cleaners and was directed to one of the Dyson models. I've since done some Internet research on vacuums for pet fur and the Dyson seems to be the brand everyone's talking about. However, at $400, I think we'll get an estimate on fixing our upright first.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
So, Annalisse and I headed out to Head-to-Toe Essentials, parked ourselves in a massage chair for an hour, and came out with shiny toes and soft feet. Yes, it was worth it, and yes, I'd do it again!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
How can it be that it's Labor Day weekend already? I feel a little cheated out of summer seeing how rainy and often chilly it's been since May. But, summer is summer, and I'm bummed it's almost over. But, there's still a lot to look forward to, like:
- The Gate's Backyard Movie Night is tonight
- We have blissfully nothing planned for Sunday and Monday of this long weekend
- The kids go back to school next Thursday (HURRAY!)
And I am REALLY GOING TO GET THAT WEEDING DONE THIS WEEKEND (notice a theme here...). In fact, I've hired Cameron to do most of it!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
How the heck do they do that? Finally, a good use for all that cenus data! Isn't the Internet cool?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I had originally planned to take the kids to Seabreeze for the day, but that plan had to be scrapped and put aside until today. So today we, and a zillion other people, headed to the park for the last hurrah of summer (it didn't help that it was 90 degrees).
Tomorrow morning we're heading up to Letchworth State Park at 8am for an early morning breakfast with Mark's cousin, Sue, and her family. Then Mark (and possibly me, I haven't decided yet) are heading to the Village for the Fairport Music and Food Festival. I may just take a nap...
It's blog entries like these that make me wonder if I should do a blog...does anyone care? Of course you do! Thanks for visiting!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Poor Gina, she didn't feel well all weekend. She was battling a cold and fever, but was a real trouper. Kathy was not able to join us as tragically, her sister passed away on Friday, the day we left for our adventure. She was in our thoughts all weekend, though, and we hope she'll join us next year. That left just the five of us, including Heather and Lorie, and we had a lot of laughs. On Saturday, we took a ride to Lake George, which was about 20 minutes away from the ranch, where we spent the afterenoon and had lunch. We all got temporary tattoos with the Chinese character for "friendship." I tried to rub mine off before work today but it's not budging!