Sunday, June 25, 2006

Goat gets demoted

This is the funniest story I've read in weeks. I especially enjoy what Billy does with his cigarette allottment.

A fun but strange night

Last night we went to a fundraiser concert at a firehouse on the shore. It was a good time, but ultimately, a very strange night. First of all, the evening started at 5. What kind of a concert starts at 5? I have to believe it's because they fed us overcooked hamburgers, potato salad and meat shaped like ribs. I guess 5 begins the dinner hour. The tickets were also "all you can drink" if you like beer. There were literally 20 different kinds of beer (including something called Golden Monkey that several of the group got schemed into) and 2 boxes of wine. Mmmmm, box of wine. I had one glass of something pink (I think the actual name on the box) and decided it wasn't worth the calories.

The band itself was fun, although it felt strangely like a wedding where we didn't know anyone. There were 3 year olds and 70 year olds on the dance floor. The 3 year olds by the way, had watched waaayy too many Britney Spears videos. It was fun to see some friends we haven't seen in a while and the band was a good time ... but I'm not sure that I'll go next year.

Friday, June 23, 2006

And so it begins

I don't really enjoy driving. Anticipated for years, it quickly lost its appeal after the errand running, sister driving, and parking space hunting final years of high school. Even in college, I didn't mind driving. It was certainly better than trying to drag home 8 bags of groceries on the bus. I never understood my husband's obsession with cars. As much as I enjoy my truck, I still give up driving whenever possible.

It's pretty ironic then that I ended up in a state where the average commute is over 30 minutes and mine comes in at 45 on no-traffic days. For the past three summers, I have dreaded the end of the school year. In NJ, school doesn't end until the 3rd or 4th week of June. Each week of the month means more schools out and more families traveling "down the shore" to their weekend slum houses. Now, I don't begrudge people their summer vacations, but I do get a little tired of 90-120 minute commutes every Friday during the summer. It doesn't really matter if I leave early. Today for example, I left the office at 3:30. Commuting time: 90 minutes. It sucked only slightly less than the 2 hours it would have been had I left at 5 pm, as usual. My options on Friday are 11 am or 8 pm. Not great options, if you want my opinion. Stupid shore anyway.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

As requested

A few shots of the final version of the patio.

In remembrance of Tufty

Pat is new to our family and hasn't heard all of our stories. To Pat ... I'm so so sorry. We got started talking about the Crapmobile this weekend. I had to bring out some of the pictures of Tufty just to warn everyone again why you should never, ever buy a 6 year old car from a maker that doesn't exist anymore from a cardealership with less than two dozen cars on the lot. Dad, I've learned my lesson.

Guess which picture earned Tufty his name? Of course, car from Hell was already taken.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

In Law Tales

Frank and Pat left this morning, after visiting since last Thursday. All in all, it was a great visit. On Saturday we went to the beach, which was only OK since it was overcast. We also exposed Pat to Jersey Boardwalk. I don't think she was impressed.

Sunday was a great day. We went into Philadelphia to go to a Phillies game, but took in some of the historic stuff first. An organization called Once Upon a Nation has storytellers at many of the famous historic sites. They tell stories about living during colonial times. Some are even dressed up like famous people. Ben Franklin told us about traveling in a stagecoach. It was really fun. We only got to about a third of the sites, so I think Ryan and I are going to go back over July 4th weekend and try to do the rest of the locations.

The Phillies game was good fun. I had forgotten what a good time live games were. I think we're going to try and catch a few more games this summer. I really enjoy Philadelphia. The city is much more approachable than NYC. It's a great walking city and the people there are actually nice. It's also only a 40 minute drive, which is a huge bonus for me. I think we'll be spending a lot more time in Philadelphia now.
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