Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pre-summer pics

Yeah, I'm a little behind and haven't been posting much. Here's a little catching up.

Late May; Caelin's First Communion. I can't believe she's old enough! She was so excited. Kelsey's was last year, which seems like yesterday. Once again, we had a gorgeous day. Caelin looked beautiful, and they had a nice ceremony where all the kids got to participate in their special day.

Pretty princess after her ceremony. She was so happy and proud on her special day. I think she's also happy here 'cause they had doughnuts. :-)

I love this picture-it totally captures her personality.

Who loves her auntie?

What a lovely, grown-up girl!

Ready to be done with it all, and get into her normal weekend clothes; with her Mom, Tracy (love her!), and sister Kelsey (who also loves auntie)!

Bike ride in Boston, Randy and me, on either Memorial Day Weekend or the first weekend in June? Can't remember, but it was gorgeous. We rode from home, to Harvard Square where this picture was taken (that's me on the bike by the stop light), along the Charles River, across Mass. Ave, then through the Esplanade. Rode past the Garden where the Celtics play, into the North End, then wound our way along the harbor to the Aquarium/Faneuil Hall area. Easy ride back home. A really fun few hours, but our butts really hurt at the end of it. I need a wide-load seat with springs.

Under the bridge that supports the T, by the Museum of Science

This is in a really cool part of Boston on the harbor that you wouldn't see unless you were on the Harbor-walk. It's so quiet here. Can't believe it's a 5-minute walk from here to some of the busiest places in Boston. (Nice picture, Randy!)

On our way to Provincetown on Cape Cod, the weekend before summer officially begins. This picture was taken outside the World Trade Center in the Seaport district in South Boston.

This boat gets to P-Town in 90 minutes. The regular ferry takes about 2.5-3 hours, which would have been fine but we were taking a day trip.

At the front of the ferry. Good way to get some body in the ole hairstyle.

Provincetown harbor

View from the restaurant's deck, where we enjoyed a beer and some scenery.

On Commercial Street. The perfect blend of art galleries and tourist (read: summer) shops.
There were also several really beautiful gardens on this street. Put me to shame.

This is the Pilgrim Monument. The Mayflower first landed at Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, where the pilgrims either took one look at the soil and said "We'll starve!", or took a look at the winter and said, "Dudes, it's pretty here and all, but really, let's try someplace else." They wound up in Plymouth (hence, Plymouth Rock, which really is just a rock surrounded by a small monument). Yeah. Winter's sooo much better there.

Great seafood at Townsend Lobster Co., and also a fantastic photo op.

'Nuff said. If I weren't so stuffed from the other place I'd have had some chowder here.

Randy on Commercial Street.

Church with a sculpture on Commercial Street.

Modelling my new summer hat.

Deck time in Somerville! I spent about 1.7 million dollars on dirt and baby plants to create our little haven in the 'ville. That tomato plant is now about 4' tall and will give us at least 30 tomatoes, which I'm pretty sure will all ripen up in the same week, when we'll have no guests.

The garden

This corner is dark and shaded by a tree that drinks all the water and sunlight. I am very proud of this little corner now. It's mine! Can't say much about the grass but the flowers and new bush and hostas look nicer than plain black dirt.

Close-up of my carefully cultivated impatiens patch in the shade.

On the deck: a really cool lamp post my mom gave us for Christmas. We even turn on the lights when we're on the deck after dark. I was so excited when Randy pulled it out of the box and put it up-it meant the weather was good enough to start grilling and for sitting outside late.

View of the deck from the garden.

The first bunch of our 30 tomatoes that we won't be able to use.

Petunias up close

I love my flower boxes this year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Celtics just won...

...and my neighbors are throwing off fireworks.

Congratulations Boston Celtics! An unbelievable 131-92 victory over the LA Lakers in the NBA finals...first time since 1986.

I'm kind of a "Pink Hat" when it comes to these guys-you know the Sox are my team. But wow, they just dominated all season and played like the team they are. Just like the Sox in 04 and 07 they played like a team.

This is truly the pinnacle of Boston sports. Red Sox win the World Series, Patriots in the Superbowl (lost, but had an undefeated season), and the Celtics win the NBA finals.

Aw and now Paul Pierce has been named MVP. So happy for this guy-he's been here forever and aside from the dubious miracle on causeway street where he vaulted out of a wheelchair to lead the team to a win in game 1, he's been a class guy and a leader in this series.

Gotta go now, there's been a drought in basketball trophies around here. Gotta make sure our cars don't get tipped over!

Over the weekend...

Oddest thing we saw over the weekend...a poetry reading during the Red Sox game at a sports bar.

...we went to the Summer Shack in Cambridge on Friday eve for some seafood (yummy lobstah roll). Decided to take the ferry to Provincetown on Cape Cod on Saturday (scene of the above-mentioned crime). You KNOW there are things you'll see going on in P-Town that you don't see in your normal everyday lives when you're straight and relatively sheltered. The Red Sox poetry reading was one of them, and a bearded 71-year-old transvestite singing through a karaoke machine was the other.

Aside from these particular oddities, it really was absolutely spectacular weather and made for a really nice day out. We wandered through the pretty town, which is also known for its art galleries and shops, got sand on our feet for the first time this summer, relaxed with some bevvies at a restaurant overlooking the harbor, shopped a little (new beach hat and shades!), and feasted on some righteous fried clams at the Townsend Seafood place. Only 5 tables and a bar-like thing to sit at there, definitely a good sign. Seafood both nights on the weekend makes me happy!

Good thing we made the most of the beautiful day. Sunday was cold and wet and we both had to do some work. A big change from our 1-day vacation to the Cape!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

99 degrees and a man in a skirt

Actually, I've really liked these last few hot-hot-hot days. It's been sunny and really not too humid around these parts. My workplace is about 59 degrees which is a full 40 degrees cooler than outside, which makes my fingers to cold to type on the computer and utilize my genius in Excel, but other than that it's been great! Sit outside for a nice long time in the evenings, etc.

Today on the drive home from work, I saw a man wearing a polo style shirt paired with a red corduroy knee-length skirt. He seemed perfectly comfortable. I always have to figure out why someone did something - what was the reason? For the rest of my drive home, I thought about this. I to the conclusion that this man has a "No shorts" dress code at work. What do you think? Randy thinks he lost a bet.

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Gav Menagerie: What if . . . ??

Check out this link-my cousin's husband published a book that all of us would find useful.

The Gav Menagerie: What if . . . ??

This is so juvenile....

...but I love me a good bench-clearing brawl once in a while