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Friday, June 26, 2009

A Sad Day for Pop Culture

Wow! June 25 was a very sad day for pop icons Farrah Fawcett, whose death was expected, and Micheal Jackson, whose sudden, shocking death was not. As a child of the '70s, both stars shaped my childhood and to this day I cannot sit still when a Jackson 5 song comes on. I travelled along the road with Michael on his journey until "Thriller" came out, then I had to get off the bus as his life and looks became more bizarre. Both characters were undoubtedly quite strange, but they will leave a gaping hole in many lives, nonetheless. RIP Michael and Farrah.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Here comes summer! Bring it on!

It's been a while since I've been able to update the blog! A combination of general busy-ness and the fact that the kids are now out of school and monopolizing the laptop makes for a quick-n-dirty (less fat, more filling) blog entry! Here are some quick updates with the promise of a meatier, more thoughtful blog in the next couple of days:

  • We had our street sale and only made enough ($32) for an Applebee's-level dinner out, which we promptly spent on bird food. At least the birds enjoyed a nice dinner out! We sold the crockpot we had gotten for a wedding present (it still works!) for $3 - that was one of the bigger-ticket items. Mark's friend, Scott, did really well with his fishing equipment, though. We closed the sale at noon on Sunday because of soaking, torrential rain.
  • The kids are finally done with school, including finals. Let the boredom begin!
  • On Sunday, Cam leaves for camp where he'll be in a week of training. Then he's home for a week, then gone for three and home on weekends. It seems a little like last summer between the time he spent at camp and his three weeks in Europe.
  • Annalisse will be going to camp for one week and rowing camp for another. Other than that, she doesn't have much planned. Have any little kids that need sitting?
  • I struggle each night to not go get one of those gelato spaghetti and meatball desserts. Give me strength!
  • I'm off for a couple of days during which we'll be spending the day at Seabreeze (Wednesday) and biking to Pittsford (six miles each way) to go to the Coal Tower for lunch (Friday).

Now you're up-to-date with the Bakers! How about taking the dog for a walk so I can take a nap on the couch?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bring Out Your Junk!

The yearly ritual of collecting our "treasures" has begun as I prepare for the this weekend's Fourth Avenue Street Sale (Friday and Saturday). There are the piles in the cellar and garage left over from last year, then there's this year's pile of things collected over the past year that resulted from further weeding of the kids' stuff and other attic clutter (their motivation is that they get to keep the $$ for whatever they sell). Mark's friend, Scott, will once again be bringing over his fishing samples (rods, reels, tackle, other equipment), so we hope to attract a crowd that way as well. Our goal every year is just to make enough cold, hard cash to go out for dinner (which is not as easy as it sounds when everything is marked from 25 cents to $1). Anything beyond that is gravy!

The only unknown: the weather. At this point it looks like rain for both day, as I compulsively check my iPhone weather app for updates. Pray for sunshine!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane - Finally!

Four weeks from today Mom flies back to the states from her year in Turkey. Hurray! We're looking very forward to her return to Rochester, which will happen after she spends a week in DC looking after Jackson while Dave and Amanda attend a wedding on the west coast. We have so much to catch up on (and so many restaurants to visit)!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Royal Dessert

YOU MUST go to the Royal Cafe in Fairport for their gelato "spaghetti & meatballs" treat! Made from homemade vanilla gelato (the spaghetti), topped with a strawberry puree (the sauce) and shredded white chocolate "cheese," it comes with a side of brownie "meatballs." Annalisse gobbled this full course dessert right down. Give it a try! It's just one more reason to love Fairport!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Another Jam Packed Weekend

Could we possibly fit more stuff into this weekend? Is it possible to alter the Earth's rotation to add a couple more hours in each day? On Friday night, it all started with sending Annalisse off for her 8th Grade Finale and heading to the Village for the bands and food that kicked off this summer's Canal Days Festival. As for Cameron, he was long gone, off with Bonnie and her friends.

We rose early on Saturday morning to get the kids organized and fed before they headed to the boathouse for an exhibition row through the Village. What fun that was! Then we were back and forth and back and forth between the festival for most of the day. When it came time for our usual evening walk with Jasper, Mark had just about had it and and cut our walk short, heading for home while Annalisse and I walked over to Bonnie's so Jasper could play and run like crazy with his pal, puppy Duke.

So here we are on Sunday morning, and by 10am we have already gone for a coffee walk and taken Cam to Camp Bristol, where he'll be working the Open House for new campers from 10-3pm (remember his Dream Job?).

I'd better cut this blog entry short because Mark is calling to "get going" back for a another round in the Village!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Well, it's coming up on five years since we've moved onto Fourth Avenue. How the time has flown! I remember back to the weeks leading up to our move from that dastardly housing track with the house high up on a hill (the house was nice, but the location - not so much), and the excitement I felt (it was very physical: heart racing, anxiety, the whole ball of whacks - but in a good way!). We came to a Tuesday old car night a couple of nights before the move and had dinner at the restaurant right on the canal (I can't remember the name right now - it's had a couple of owners since then), and I remember thinking, "In a couple of days, this will be 'us'."

Living in the Village of Fairport has exceeded even my highest expectations. I tell people it feels like we're on vacation all the time. There are always things to do, people to see (on the street - especially the dog people we've gotten to know), ice cream to eat...the possibilities are endless. It often feels like we work just to rush home, thrown on our play clothes, eat dinner (or not!) and head out for our walk. And always, we look forward to the weekend for the Farmer's Market and a concert or two around town.

On the street (with great neighbors, I might add) there have been street parties, street sales, bonfires, impromptu get togethers on the porches, and much exchange of baked goods. My co-worker, Linda, who moved to Fairport from Philadelphia a couple of years ago calls it Mayberry. Opie should be heading back from the canal any minute with his fishing pole! (Just don't eat the fish from the yucky canal.)