Wednesday, February 25, 2015

100 Inches

The post title refers to the amount of snow that has fallen in the past month in Boston, but if/when Ryan checks our blog, "100 inches" might make him giggle.  (Reader, please note that I am holding my thumb and index finger approximately two inches apart in our family's trademark "six inches" gesture.  We are a classy, classy group.)

Nobody likes a whiner, so it is for the best that I haven't posted since blizzards started pelting Boston with snow and the entire city fell apart.  This article captures the Armageddon-like atmosphere here over much of the past month.  The good news is that each day is a step closer to spring, a season that I will treasure in 2015.  (Okay, I will probably will not officially start "treasuring" spring until the threat of flooding passes and the mucky mud season wraps up.)

Last night, one of my all-time favorite shows ended.  "Parks and Recreation" was a funny and sweet sitcom with delightful characters.  I was sad to see "Parks and Rec" end, but I have decided to take the opportunity to tie a photo of one of the world's most celebrated carnivores, Ron Swanson, to an announcement.  Like "Parks and Recreation," my three-year stint as a vegetarian is coming to an end. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are you pulling my dick, bro?!

The above blog title is one of the best lines from the TV show, 'Always Sunny in Philadelphia'.  Danny DeVito delivered that line a few seasons back and cracked me up.  OK - time to blog:

A while back I saw this BS clip about Sam Smith ripping off Tom Petty and brushed it up as nonsense.

Due to being out of town, I'm  just catching up on B.Wills dominating the National News, and come to find out Sam Smith is paying Tom Petty for writing credit for this ridiculousness.  Wow, really shocked and quasi heated. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Holiday Wrap Up

Holy smokes.  Baby Bro has posted to the blog four times since I was last on here.  It is a holiday miracle!  Hopefully he will keep it up in 2015, as I find his posts entertaining and I am missing any solid gold material he is generating on Facebook.

When last I posted, the most wonderful time of the year was still ahead of me.  Now it is over and DANG.  January through March are such garbage months.  My dad just called to tell me that it is going to be very windy and cold tomorrow and to make sure to pack my warm weather accessories.  (He should know that as his daughter, I am usually well prepared for the cold weather.  He used to always make us pack a hat and mittens when we visited people in the winter in case the car broke down.)  So I am back to reality tomorrow with a five-day work work week and most likely a long and frigid wait for the bus.  But first I will post a few highlight shots from Christmas, which was truly fantastic in 2014.

USteve hosted a lovely holiday dinner on December 22.  He provided a delicious vegetarian feast that catered specifically to me and thus was a dream come true.  USteve's edit of a family-famous book title provided some of the biggest laughs of 2014.  Since USteve, Jeff, and Christine did not spend Christmas in Maine, I am very grateful to USteve for hosting such a fun gathering and giving us all the opportunity to be together around the holidays.

Ryan sporting some new ornaments for his and Christine's tree
Mum, Jeff, and the host extraordinaire, USteve
Ryan and I spent Christmas at my parents' house this year and they also did a killer hosting job.  Nineteen family members gathered at their home on Christmas day.  My parents deserve a ginormous thank you for opening up their home and bringing the family together on Christmas.  I had a blast seeing everyone on my favorite day of the year.

My cousins Sarah, Nicole & Lynn
Dad, Nana & Uncle Bri
Pman/Uncle Pat & Aunt Norleen
Mum, Gretchen & Norleen
Two more cousins, who I will not name as I am not sure that it is kosher to post photos of kids
My dad is one of six brothers and the next generation includes six male cousins
You can see Ryan sporting his Christmas 2014 jammies in the photo above.  Here are a couple shots from the PJ photo shoot that night:

Dad, Mum, me & Ryan, featuring Sophie
Dad, Mum, me, Zach & Ryan, featuring Boots & Neville
The traditional Mike & Frank shot - Take 1
Take 2
Coming back from Christmas in Maine would have been a big disappointment if I hadn't had the pleasure of Mum's company for a night and a quick 3-day work week to return to.  I am in the final hours of my second consecutive long weekend and although the New Year weekend could not compete with Christmas (because really, what can?), it was still a nice break.  My friends the Michaleks invited me over for a tasty and fun New Year's Day lunch and yesterday I finally caught the third Hunger Games movie with Ryan and Christine after being stomped by both of them in Boggle.  Ryan actually announced, "Come on! You're embarrassing me!" during one round.  It is my plight in life to be routinely crushed in Boggle competitions.  Jeff has mopped the floor with me many times.

It is just about time to hit the sack if I am going to face an alarm clock tomorrow morning.  I can never fall asleep at a decent hour on Sunday nights, so I will probably crank through a few episodes of "Parks and Rec" for the seventeenth time before nodding off.  I know this is the time of year to make resolutions, but I am going to take a step back to November and say that I am so very very thankful for my wonderful family and friends.  God bless us, everyone.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Steve Jobs

Never knew Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple, was such a dbag.  I watched the movie, 'Jobs' last night on Netflix.  Ashton Kutcher displayed some solid acting as Steve Jobs, all the way down to his walk.  I will be reading the book in February once I get through 2 books I have in my queue.  If you have Netflix, check the movie out on Netflix Instant.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mad Men = ehhhhhhhhhh

Started watching the TV show, 'Mad Men' this week.  I'm 7 episodes into Season 1 and I still can't get over the amount of smoking, drinking, drinking and driving, etc in the show.  I've been Googling how realistic this show is for the 60s and a lot of folks say they downplayed it a bit.

Right now I would give the show 6 out of 10, but I am going to finish Season 1 and see if it moves up to an 8, which would make me continue on to Season 2.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The new Entourage movie trailer is out and it reminds me how much of my life post college was dedicated to this show.  I've seen every episode from Seasons 1 through 5 at least 3 times each.  Great show that died out a bit on the last 2 seasons.  Hopefully they can start fresh with this movie.  Click on the link below to check it out.

Official Entourage Movie Trailer

Can't wait to catch this movie in 2015!

Monday, December 15, 2014