Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Chris and I are here in Seattle spending the holiday with his family. I hope you all having a wonderful day with your families and keep close to your heart the true meaning of Christmas.
(Me, Chris, Andrea, Bryan, Paul, Alicia, Mom, Dad, Trevor, Gavin)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Shopping DONE!

Chris and I decided to wait until we got to Seattle to do our shopping for each other. So yesterday we headed out with his mom to Costco and the mall and finished our shopping and came home and wrapped it all. YAY! No need to brave the malls these next few days.

Today we are heading over to Chris's aunt Aileen's for Christmas with that side of the family. We always have such a great time with them and are looking forward to seeing everyone. Don't worry I will be back later with stories and pictures.

Friday, December 21, 2007


Happy 63rd birthday Dad! We love you and hope you have a GREAT day!

Cookies Cookies Cookies

Yesterday Chris's mom and I made cookies. YUMMY! I made peppermint chocolate chip ones while she made 3 different kinds. I love baking cookies and I had a lot of fun. Chris of course was on hand for testing anything we needed him too. The lovely apron Chris made for his mom in 7th grade. Fancy eh!?7 Layer cookies that Chris's mom made

Last night Chris and I went over to Bryan and Andrea's. We had yummy pizza (thank you Papa Murphy's) for supper. Before supper Chris, Bryan and the boys played hockey and basketball while Andrea and I escaped to the couch. After supper we watched Mr Beans Holiday. You really can't go wrong with Mr. Bean lol! After the boys were in bed we attempted a game of Battle of the Sexes but decided it was dumb and stopped playing. Their cat however had entertainment in store as she launched from their closet in the computer room while we were all standing in the there and scared the daylights out of Chris. THAT was funny!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Greetings from Seattle

Well, we are alive and well. Our flights were smooth sailing for the most part. After dropping Belle off at 5am at our friends house we were off to the airport thinking we were so smart for getting such an early flight out of town. It would have been a brilliant idea if only everyone else didn't have the same great idea. It actually wasn't that bad. We did self check-in, got our boarding passes and through security all within 20 mins. We flew Delta and loved it. All the seats have their own TV sets built into the back of them. They had over 20 channels that were free, over 100 Cd's available for listening just like an MP3 player plus a free trivia game that you play against any of the other passengers that are playing, They also had movies, HBO and games available for purchase. It was pretty cool.

The plane we flew on was a 757 so the seats were actually pretty roomy. The TV/music was the perfect distraction for me. For the first time ever I flew without any major nervousness, tears or a question to Chris every 5 seconds that go something like "what was that noise for?" I was very proud of myself. We flew from Boston to Salt Lake City (which is a hub for Delta airlines), while the flight itself was okay as far as being pretty smooth with not much turbulence etc it was LONG! Over 5 1/2 hours. Flying over the Rockies was AMAZING!! We took a bunch of photos. It was like a big rocky winter wonderland. As scared as I am to fly I always feel so blessed when I get to see something that breathtaking.

We had a short layover in Salt Lake (not even an hour) so Chris and I got off the plane and had just enough time to jump right back on (we didn't have to actually change planes) to head to Seattle. That flight was much shorter, only about an 1 1/2. Chris's mom picked us up right around 1pm and we were off. We spent the rest of that day hanging around the house. Bryan (Chris's bro)and Andrea came over with the boys for a few hours. It is to be here and just relaxing with family.
This evening Chris and I went out for dinner with our friends Shawn and Celeste and their twin girls Ana and Alyssa. It is always a good time with Shawn and Celeste and we are happy to be able to see them and hang out over the next few weeks.
Chris and I with Alyssa (beside Chris) and Ana

That is all for now folks, stay tuned for more Adventures from Seattle:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane.......

We are off to Seattle. Our flight leaves at 6:30 AM which is in just 3 hours from now. YIKES! I have been up all night packing. No sleep tonight means I will hopefully sleep on the plane, which is good for me considering I am terrified of flying. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wow! Has it really been that long since I last blogged? I know I go through phases where I don't write for a little bit, but this is ridiculous.

You may (or may not) have noticed my blog (and our picture blog) has a lovely new look. Thank you so much to my dear friend Jodi over at Organized Chaos for being so nice as to help us out with the new look. You did a wonderful job and Chris and I are both very appreciative. I knew it was time for something different but I didn't really know what. So I went to Jodi and left it in her capable hands and was not disappointed:)

Chris and I are trying to get everything organized around here before we head off to Seattle next week. We will be gone for 18 days which will be nice. Boston gives me a big fat headache so it will be nice to get away. I will miss Belle though as she will be splitting her time between friends and the Petsmart Hotel. We were going to take her to Seattle with us, but at the end of the day I was FAR too stressed about putting her on a plane. I know I wouldn't want to be shoved under a plane and left having no clue where I was or what was going on. So I decided to spare her (and me) the trauma of it all.

That is all you get for now, but I promise I will be back later with more to ramble on about.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


For those of you who are slackers and don't want to be bothered reading this post you can take the easy way out and just head on over to our picture blog and look at the pictures.

Earlier this month we went to Cleveland for a few days. It was Chris's 30th birthday and the Seahawks were in Cleveland playing the Brown so I thought it would be fun. We ran the idea past our good friends Shawn and Celeste and they too thought it was a good idea. So we bought plane tickets and booked rooms at the same hotel. We planned to fly in at the same time on the Friday night, them from Seattle and us from Boston.

Chris and I landed in Cleveland shortly before 8 pm. Our flight was pretty uneventful. I don't think I will ever get used to it and I don't think I will ever not be a total nervous wreck during take off. None of it seems natural to me. I mean who actually thinks being strapped into a metal tube and shot into the air in insane speeds is a fun time? But anyways, I digress. We did not check luggage so we just headed straight to the baggage claim where Shawn and Celeste would be claiming their bags. Once they arrived we all took a cab to our hotel, got checked in and headed out in the streets of Cleveland in hopes of finding somewhere to eat. We clearly picked the wrong street to walk down because there was nothing, at least nothing open. After finally finding a restaurant we enjoyed a late supper and the on the way back to the hotel decided to walk down a different street. THAT was where we should have walked. There were tons of pubs and restaurants open and people everywhere. I suppose next time we should ask before we just start walking.

We stayed at the Embassy Suites downtown Cleveland. Every night they have a "managers reception" with free drinks and every morning a cooked to order breakfast. It was nice to have breakfast every morning and not have to go out and pay for it. The rooms were really nice and big. Big kitchen/slash dining room area. Living room with pull out couch and a separate bedroom. All rooms had two flat panel HD TVs. It was pretty sweet. And the bed was SO comfortable. We have a crappy old futon and believe me when I say I have not slept that great in a long time. All three nights I slept like a log. Saturday after breakfast Chris, Shawn and I headed to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Celeste wasn't really interested in going so she went off shopping for the afternoon. Chris and I both really enjoyed the Hall of Fame. We were a little disappointed to learn that we could not take camera's into the actual museum part because of agreements with the artists who have donated all the stuff. I understand why you can't but it still sucked. There are so many things I wanted to take pictures of to be able to show you. It would take me forever to tell you all the things I saw and all the different displays they had but I will do my best to give you a run down.

They pretty much cover all the bases of rock in the museum dating back to the early 1920's/30's. They even have a display showing the evolution of radio and DJ's all over the world. I thought that was pretty cool as you could choose any year and city, state or country and listen to DJ's as far back as the beginning days of radio. Does anyone remember Rick Dee's and The Weekly Top 40? I remember every Saturday morning I would get up and turn my radio on and listen to the ENTIRE top 40. I think he still does it, I had no idea. There were so many displays of music from different eras filled with instruments, clothing etc. It was neat see the evaluation of even the simplest of things like clothes, concert posters and all that sort of thing. Probably the coolest display (at the least the one I enjoyed the most) was the Jimi Hendrix one. They had everything from different articles of his clothing, guitars, note paper with lyrics on them in his handwriting. My other favorite was Janis Joplin's Porsche they have on display. And no I did not take this picture, I found it online. It was obviously taken by someone when it was on display elsewhere.They had an section with all sorts of clothing of different artists from different concerts and videos. Probably the neatest part in that was the jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the Thriller video. There was also a display of letters etc and there was a rejection letter to U2 from some record company saying that they weren't what they were looking for at the time but good luck. Ha!! Can you imagine how dumb those people felt once U2 skyrocketed to stardom. We had a great afternoon and it was definitely worth the price of admission.

That night we decided to have dinner at The Cleveland Chophouse and Brewery. We all had amazing steaks and had the best waiter ever. His name was Vance and he was money. I suppose you had to be there but if your ever in Cleveland and you eat there you better be praying your waiter is Vance.Sunday was game day. We got to the stadium early so that as soon as the gates opened we could head down to the front rows next to the visitors tunnel to watch warm ups and get some autographs. We had so much fun, ended up with 2 autographs and got a lot of great pics of the guys coming and going.We lost the game but we had a lot of fun. We lost in OT which was disappointing but it was my first Seahawks game and I had a great time. The Cleveland fans were a bunch of jerks, which kinda sucked but what can you do.Monday was our last day in Cleveland and after we checked out of our hotel we headed to Canton, Ohio to go to the NFL Hall of Fame. Celeste didn't want to go so we dropped her off at the mall. I wasn't sure how much I would like the Hall of Fame but I actually really enjoyed it and saw some really cool stuff. Old uniforms, footballs, pictures, benches. Basically anything you can think of we saw it there. The gallery with all the inductees busts were pretty cool. Although they were a little on the creepy side.So there you have it. That was our weekend in a nutshell. Our flight home was okay. It was really windy in Cleveland so the take off was a little on the scary side, the plane was all over the place all the way up. Needless to say I did not enjoy it at all, and yes I even cried. Other than that we had a great time and were happy to spend time with Shawn and Celeste.

Monday, November 12, 2007


That's right folks. Yesterday at 4:42 PM Chris gave birth to a jaggedy snaggle-toothed kidney stone. Thankfully for him it didn't really hurt. In fact it kinda took him by surprise, so much so that he had to get creative and fish it out of the toilet himself. I TOLD him to keep using his strainer, maybe next time he will listen to his wife. Regardless we are now proud owners of a jagged little stone that will be making it's way to the urologist soon. Until then, I think we will name him Henry!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Great Books and Great Friends

Thursday night Chris and I went out for a late dinner with our good friends Georgette and Tyrone and Jeff and Carolynne. Before dinner we went to Jeff's book (which I will be blogging about in the next few days so stay tuned) signing at the Harvard book store in Cambridge. It was nice to enjoy a nice dinner (we went to John Harvard's Brewhouse) and relax with friends that we don't get to see very often. Congrats Jeff on your book and thanks for letting us celebrate it with you.

Carolynne, Me, Georgette

Friday, November 02, 2007


Happy Birthday babe, I love you! Chris turned 30 today. I would make fun of him for it except for the fact that I will be turning 30 myself in just 2 months. My birthday present to Chris this year is a trip to Cleveland to see the Seattle Seahawks (our favorite team) play the Cleveland Browns. We fly in to Cleveland tonight and will be arriving at almost the same time as our good friends Shawn and Celeste (from Seattle). We are all staying at the same hotel, The Embassy Suites which is downtown Cleveland. We are looking forward to a relaxing weekend with good friends and hopefully a Seahawks win on Sunday. GO HAWKS!!
I hate to fly, it scares me half to death so wish me luck:)

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Pumpkin Artists

I love to carve pumpkins. So much so that for the last month or so I have asked Chris everyday if I could get a pumpkin to carve. He kept telling me it was too early and that I had to wait. Last week we went over to our friends Kristen and Jeremy's for supper and Kristen and I carved pumpkins. YAY! Here are pictures of our pumpkins. Kristen's is on the left and mine is on the right. Yeah we are five, so what!! Now go on, carve a pumpkin. What are you waiting for? It will be fun, I promise!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Has it really been that long since I last posted? I seriously need to find a way to get myself out of this blogging funk I am clearly in and have been for quite some time. But before I figure that out I thought I would update you guys on the goings on around here.
Last Sunday Chris and I took an unexpected trip to the ER. We realized we were out of coffee and so Chris decided he would just pop over to the Dunkin Donuts right up the street from our house. As he was sitting in the drive thru he started to have a really bad stomach ache. Thinking that was all it was he came home, took some pepto and laid down. Within 5 minutes he was in the bathroom throwing up. After he laid back down he told me that he no longer had a "stomach ache" but rather just a bad pain on his right side just below his belly button. My immediate thought was that maybe it was his appendix. By 4 pm the pain was still there and Chris was once again throwing up. I think that was when Chris realized that maybe we should go to the hospital. So we got ready and away we went. When we finally got taken into the back and Chris was settled in a sexy hospital gown and a bed he was given morphine for the pain and something for the nausea. He saw the doctor, a surgeon and they were all confused. They couldn't decide if they thought it was his appendix or not. So they had him drink a big ole jug of white stuff so they could send him for a cat scan of his abdomen. The doctor came back with a confused look on his face asking Chris if he was sure he didn't have any back pain. When Chris told him yes he was sure the doctor was like "that's weird, you have a kidney stone, I have never seen it present itself like this." Well thank God it wasn't his appendix and he didn't need surgery. So they gave Chris a strainer to pee into and some pain killers and sent him on his way. The strainer is to try and catch the stone to take to a urologist to have it tested to see what kind of stone it is. Monday was filled with more throwing up and more pain but the rest of this week he has been fine. Just drinking a lot of water and peeing a lot. ha ha. He will go in again this week for another scan to see if maybe the stone has broken itself up. If not he will still have to give birth, for his sake hopefully sooner rather than later.

So other than Chris preparing to give birth things are pretty much the same around here. Just working a lot and trying to find enough hours in the day to get things done. Next weekend we are going to Cleveland for the Seahawks/Browns game with our good friends Shawn and Celeste so we are really looking forward to that. The plane ride I could do without but the rest of the weekend will be a fun time.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Chris and I laugh everytime we see this commercial. Andrea can you not picture Gavin and his friends doing this...haha, we totally can!

As you all know I am a dog walker. Because I am out walking with dogs all day I see all sorts of people. From time to time people stop to talk to me and pet whatever dog I may be walking. Sometimes people roll down there windows as they drive by to ask what kind of dog it is. It is fun to see all different kinds of people on a daily basis. What isn't fun is when GROWN men bark at my dogs as I walk by to try and get them riled up. It is really really annoying. Especially if the dog or dogs I am walking happens to take the bait and bark back. Annoying.....

Monday, October 08, 2007

Ok so it's a new week and time for me to get back in the groove with my blog. Not a lot has really been going on so I haven't really had a lot to blog about. We have both just been working a lot. Nothing new, nothing exciting.

We are taking a trip to Cleveland in a few weeks and are looking forward to that. We will be meeting our good friends Shawn and Celeste (from Seattle) there and will be going to the Seahawks/Browns game and we are super excited about that. It is Chris's b-day that weekend so the trip is really his present.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my peeps up in Canada :) GOBBLE GOBBLE!!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Drunk at the Landromat

Last Saturday Chris and I went to the laundromat to do some laundry. The place we go is nice and is usually lacking any entertainment. Just what you would expect at the laundromat, people quietly going about their own laundry and minding their own business. But then there are days when you get lucky and someone walks through those doors and you just know your in for a fun night.

They first walked in around 6:30 pm. I was over by the dryers and they walked to the washing machines on the other side of the room. She was talking really loud and at first I thought she was handicapped. I do not mean that in a mean way at all. It was just how she was talking and the way she was saying some of her words. It was until Chris and I were folding laundry and she walked by us that we could smell the alcohol on her like a bad perfume. It was like she bathed in a tub of beer before she left. It was gross.

We couldn't help but laugh to ourselves as she was trying to put quarters in the dryers. Every two seconds she was asking the guy she was with "IS THIS OURS?" he would reply with a "no" and she would follow it up with "ARE YOU SURE, BECAUSE IF YOUR WRONG...." Then she could not figure out how to put the quarters in. You know how there is a slot for the coins and then the slot at the bottom that is for return. Well she kept asking him OVER AND OVER "WHICH ONE DO THEY GO IN" he would tell her the top one. But at the next dryer she would ask him again which one. I mean lady how much did you drink???? Then a few minutes later when she was by herself putting quarters in she put like 5 in and pushed the button for the dryer ABOVE the one she was using and then tried to yell at the girl who worked there like it was the machines fault and not her own drunkenness that made the mistake. She said something along the lines of "I PUT QUARTERS IN THERE, I AM A WORKING PERSON. WELL I GUESS IT ISN'T YOUR FAULT IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO HIRE YOU!" Then she walked off, staggered off is actually a better description of what she was doing. I have capitalized everything she said because yes she was actually that loud.

It amazes me that people at that age still get THAT drunk. Do you have no control? Do you have no self respect? It is sad, very very sad. This wasn't a teenager who was out having fun with her friends and had a few too many. This was a grown woman who drank herself silly and was so drunk she could barely walk or talk and couldn't do simple tasks that a 1st grader could probably do. Makes you wonder what she is like every other day of the week. Very sad, and yet offered us entertainment at the normally boring and quiet laundromat.

At least she wasn't drunk enough to do this..

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Just a Few Things

Dear lady sitting next to me on the train...

Why do you have B.O. ? You do not look like someone who would be unaware of such a thing. And yet there you were beside me infesting my nostrils with the unmistakable smell of someone who has not used deodorant in quite some time. I don't really get it. Maybe you are one of those "all natural" types who thinks any product is bad for you, causes cancer, tested on animals. I really have no clue. All I know is that it isn't fair to the rest of us in the world who have to sit beside you on the train or the bus. Perhaps if you choose not to wear deodorant you could avoid places where you will be cramped next to other people. That way, we don't suffer and you don't have to use deodorant. Just a thought!
Dear creepy guy sitting across from me...

I am sure you are a very nice person. But what isn't nice is the fact you felt the need to STARE at me the entire time I got on until I got off the T. Perhaps my inexplicable beauty was just too much for you to handle but you could have been more subtle. I guess you didn't see my wedding ring, or you just didn't care. The times I happened to make eye contact with you your creepy weird guy smile was so not needed. I already thought you were creepy, but thanks for adding to it.

I love public transportation ;)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New TV Day

And henceforth, the day of September 14th, 2007, shall forevermore be known as New TV Day.

Yes, we finally purchased a new TV and emerged from the rec-room 21" JVC cathode-ray tube era. It's a 37" Vizio LCD HDTV. We don't have the Dish Network HD receiver yet, so it's just a bigger ordinary TV for now. But once we get the new receiver......look out! It will be broadcasting glorious HD for all to see and revel in.

Here are some pictures...Evey and Belle (much like the cats they both pretend to be) seem to be more interested in the TV box...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Top of the Hub

Chris and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary on Wednesday. We went for dinner to Top of the Hub which is the restaurant at the top of the Prudential Center here in Boston. I was nervous about going here for the simple reason I am terrified of heights, and this restaurant is at the very top--the 52nd floor--surrounded by glass windows. After a glass of champagne though, I relaxed and all was good. We had a table by the window and a bottle of champagne awaiting us at our table. It was the first time I had ever eaten in a really fancy place like that, so I was a little overwhelmed with the hostess when she was putting pulling my chair out, putting my napkin on my lap and our waitress pouring our champagne for us. The service was excellent, the food was even better and the views were amazing.
Chris had the 14 ounce sirloin with oxtail ragout and garlic mashed potatoes--and enjoyed every bite of it. I had the smoked chicken spaghettini that was excellent. Of course I took pictures of our food, at the price we paid I wanted pictures darn it.With Chris's nut allergy we were a little limited on what we could get for dessert. We ended up going with this Chai Lemon Pineapple cake with vanilla bean ice cream. It was YUMMY and we even got a candle for our anniversary. he he!
The views were amazing. My favorite had to be watching all the planes line up in the sky to land at the airport. I love watching planes. I hate being in them, but love to watch them...go figure. Throughout the evening I kept getting so excited seeing all the planes that at one point Chris said to me "I know where I am taking you for our anniversary next year." "Where?" I asked. "To the airport!!" he said. Funny guy;)We ended up moving over to the lounge area after supper to enjoy some of the live jazz they have. The band was really good. We capped the night off with a couple of drinks, and I of course had a martini and it was gooooooood!