Feb 052018

My husband, Christian, and I got recently invited to check out a new show in Boston called “BABEL: An Evening of Mind Reading”. Sounds cool, right?  Well, it was cool. Actually, it was totally mind blowing. We love it when we watch America’s Got Talent and a mentalist comes on and it always ends the same way with the two of us: when the trick is over, we look at each other and say in unison, “how the h-e-double hockey sticks did they do that??”

BABEL is a 90-minute intimate evening of mind-reading with Boston’s premiere mentalist, Christopher Grace, at The Bostonian Boston in the financial district and we went to BABEL’s debut show last Friday. It’s a performance designed for sophisticated adults looking for a different type of entertainment and Christopher delivered on his promise.

BABEL is a 90-minute intimate evening of mind-reading with Boston’s premiere mentalist, Christopher Grace, at The Bostonian Boston in the financial district. It's a performance designed for sophisticated adults looking for a different type of entertainment.

Christopher completely confounded the entire audience on Friday with his seemingly impossible mind-reading abilities, acts of super memory, and actually entertaining rapid fire math skills. He was inside all of our heads and kept up laughing the whole time. Continue reading »

Jan 172016

Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

Today is a special day – it’s Chris’s 41st birthday!  Happy Birthday, Chris.

Since we had some alone time yesterday, I took him to do something fun in celebration of his birthday weekend. He loves to read & spend time at bookstores, so we went on a bookstore scavenger hunt.

rueyear bookstore scavenger hunt

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but it was a blast.  Oddly enough, we ran into each other after about an hour and 15 minutes & each of us only had one thing left to find – so it was neck in neck.  The good thing about something like this is that the answers are pretty subjective. Not only did we both end up winning since we finished at the same time, but there was one answer that neither of us could get (finding a book with exactly 394 pages. He found one with 395 and I found one with 393 – so we were both pretty darn close) – so we both had all the “right” answers.

If you want to head out on a bookstore scavenger hunt, too, just print these four pages out and you’ll have everything you need for a fun day with your main squeeze. Continue reading »

Nov 242015

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Date Night Essentials

Over the years, my husband Chris and I have had some pretty epic dates.  When we were first dating he took me to a shooting range & that’s the exact moment when I knew he was a keeper.

When it comes to fun date nights, he’s got a knack for finding some pretty cool things for us to do.  We’ve gone to a couple of paint nights,  tons of different ghost tours, we’ve made our own beer – from scratch and we’re regulars down at the Firehouse Theater in Newport, RI to see the Bit Players, which is an improv comedy troupe.

This is us at the Medieval Manor in Boston, which is a themed dinner & show.  It was one of my favorite dates.

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I’m not sure if this qualifies as a “date” per se, but last year when we were in Manhattan to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, he let me drag him all the way across town to see the Ghostbusters headquarters.  It was rainy and cold that day, but he knew it made me happy. Continue reading »

Sep 062015

Small Disclosure

Masshole Mommy and I really enjoy sitting down in the evenings after the kids are in bed and watching some tv together.  Being the patient husband that I am, I put up with her shows (Dancing with the Stars and American Idol), but there is one show that we both really like and enjoy equally.

The Vampire Diaries.


If you keep up with the show, you know that they are going to start airing the 7th season next month & Masshole Mommy and I are definitely ready.

The Vampire Diaries is a really great show. It has everything for for both women and men.  I will briefly talk about the female aspect- Six words: Damon, Stephan and Elena love triangle.  Blah, blah, etc, etc.

Now I will talk about why guys will like it.  There is fighting,  blood and guts, double crossing and lots of back stabbing. Then there is Katherine, the sex craving “bad girl” vampire, who literally does not care who she hurts to get what she wants. Oh and then there is my personal favorite <3 Caroline.  She is the blond bombshell that keeps everyone else on the show in line. There are werewolfs and witches that work together or betray each other- depending on the day.  You never know what is going to happen and who is going to kill who.

The story-line goes back a thousand years with flash backs to different time periods like the middle ages and the roaring 1920’s along the way. I love that the vampires have super strength, speed and my personal favorite compulsion (think of it like hypnotizing someone).  There are epic battles between the sides with people switching sides on a whim. Continue reading »

Sep 192014


10 Ways to know that you're married to a blogger

Top Ten Ways to Know that You’re Married to a Blogger:

10.  For every meal, snack and/or drink, a picture must be taken and posted to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before one bite/sip is taken.

9.  You have been to so many kid events/activities that not only do you forget what a beer tastes like, but you can barely remember if the Patriots play in the NFL, NBA or are a soccer team.

8.  When they get writers block  or don’t have time to write a blog post, you have to write them a guest post (case in point here).

7.  They call themselves Social Media Consultants.

6.  They have 100 blogger friends, but only have met two in person.

5.  When you hear them cursing, you know someone is not commenting on their blog post.

4.  You get free tickets to a Baseball game, but you have to spend the whole time taking pictures of everything.

3.  They are on their phone so much, they have to recharge it every hour.

2. When they take a Selfie,  it is never good enough the first try.  There is a minimum of 100 attempts to get the right angle and lightning before it can be posted to all social media sites.

1. And the number reason you know you are married to a blogger: they make you drive 2 hours out of your way to get a picture of LITERALLY a fork in the road.

Apr 232014

I recently started to take the train to work instead of having to deal with a one hour commute in traffic. I have to say that I’ve put down my foot and decided that from now on I will only take a job that is a 15 minute walk or less from the train station.

I LOVE taking the train because I love to read. I am now reading 2-3 books a month and relaxing on the train ride while all those other people are stuck in traffic


That being said, I have some tips on things that I have learned since I became a trainy (not tranny – get your mind out of the gutter). Continue reading »

Apr 092014

The transition from military life to civilian life after 20 years in the military can be a strange and weird experience for most military personnel.  Here are a few things that I learned  throughout my own personal process.

I joined the military right after high school and was in for 20 years as a Firefighter in the United States Air force.  Along the way I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and knew that I wanted to work in the business world when I got out of the military.  When I went from active duty to being a reservist, I went to work for a private software company as an Accountant.

With the military, you have be very sharply dressed at all times because your supervisors and coworkers will look you over every morning and you know when there will be a uniform inspection. If we were caught being poorly dressed, we were punished by having to do push-ups.  That was not so in my civilian job.  No one really cared what I wore and in fact, when I showed up wearing a shirt and tie  on my first day of work there,  I was told to lose the tie and wear a t-shirt the following day.  The culture of the software company where I worked was very laid back and their way of thinking was basically to let us wear what ever made us feel comfortable.  Of course, that was an easy adjustment to make.  Plus, it cut about 10 minutes from my morning ritual when I went from polishing my boots to just wearing sneakers every day. Continue reading »

Jan 302014

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another guest post.

Last time I told you about my favorite job and now I am going to tell you about my least favorite job.

The worst job that I ever worked was as a delivery driver for a Pizza shop.  

Don’t get me wrong, the money was good – not only did I get minimum wage, but I got to keep all my tips.  I loved going home with cash in my pocket every night. I also didn’t mind driving around by myself with the radio blaring out Britney Spears songs again and again.  My coworkers were nice and my manger was great.  And all the free pizza I could eat was probably the singular greatest benefit any job can give you.  

Unfortunately, I never did have the delivery to a house where a beautiful woman met me at the door in bathrobe and invited me in for my tip (a guy can dream right), but I did get a few people who tipped me in exact change (quarters, dimes nickels and pennies) and I did receive a six pack of Bud Light as a tip once. Continue reading »

Jan 292014

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another guest post.

This time I am going to talk to you about my favorite job (not including my husbandry job to Masshole Mommy of course) that I have worked to date.

When I was in high school, as a senior, I was given the opportunity to work by my best friend, Ken.  He was an assistant manager (so he claimed) at a full service gas station in East Bridgewater, MA and he hired myself & two of my younger brothers to work there (I have four brothers).   There were always two of us working together and even if we would not working we would still go there just to hang out.  It was great!  We would play street hockey in between pumping gas and sometimes we played basketball, too.  The best part was that we made the cars wait for us to pump their gas until a point was scored.  
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Jan 232014

Hi Masshole Mommy readers!  Chris here again with another guest post.

You may remember my last post, which was about the time I lost my virginity with my first fire.  Now I am going to tell you about one of my scariest times as a fire fighter.  One of the reasons is was the most terrifying was because this time I was a leader and had five younger guys looking to me for answers and to make decisions.

It started in the summer of 2003 and it was one of the worst times for wild land fires in the Midwest.  There were millions and millions of acres of fires in some really hard to reach places.

The fire chief gave us the assignment of saving the power for three counties.  On top of a nearby mountain there was a transformer building which was threatened to become overcome with fire and/or have trees fall on it.  If that happened, it would knock out power for over 11 towns.  My job was to get to the building & not let any fire come near it and keep from any trees from falling on it.  The access road was blocked because so many trees had already fallen down from the fire, so we would have to walk up the mountain – which already was consumed with fire on two sides.   Continue reading »

Dec 232013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another guest post.  

It’s perfect timing for the holiday season and I wanted to talk about the importance of giving the wife/girlfriend the perfect Christmas gift.

Your significant other has probably been hinting probably for at least the last six months about what they want.  But ladies, guys are thick-skulled, so they don’t pay all that much attention and don’t listen really well.  So, if you didn’t cut out a picture, put it in an envelope with the exact change, safety pin it to his shirt, drive him to the store and gave him the salespersons name to speak to  – then YOU ARE NOT getting the gift you want.

Now, fellas there are some do’s and don’ts for gift giving and I am speaking from experience.. 

1. Don’t give Love coupons for back massages or foot rubs.

2.  Don’t give a Tiffany’s Box with something other than Tiffany’s inside of it.

3.  Don’t give something that is for the household (Blender, mop, or new car headlight).

Do buy tickets for shows (hint: pick a show that you will most likely hate the most and get those because she will love them). Continue reading »

Sep 272013

Good Morning Masshole Mommy readers. Chris here again with a guest post.

Today, I want tell you about a important time in my life.  A time when a boy becomes a man and the story of how I popped my cherry.  I remember like it was yesterday because well, you never forget your first time. I was a young man of 19 and I had been practicing and practicing and practicing by myself and as part of a team for this significant event in my life.  I also went to school for 4 months to learn how to perform this task to perfection.  It was a Monday morning when I woke up to what would become a hot and wet day.  Most of my friends were there cheering me on and giving me advice.  After it was over my supervisor even complemented me on a job well done.  It wouldn’t be my last time because I would have ample opportunities over the next 20 years to do it over and over again.

Since it was my first time, I didn’t believe that I could get the job done and I stumbled with my clothing. After it was all over I was sticky with sweat, dehydrated and my whole body was sore – but in a good way.  My knees were sore from being on my knees the whole time. I twisted my ankle and bruised by shoulder, but I had a huge smile on my face for days.  That night my buddies took me out for a celebratory beer and we relived it over again and again. Continue reading »

Sep 132013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here with another guest post.

The season has begun and today I want to talk about the New TV Series Premieres. Being the accountant/math nerd that I am, I have organized our television watching into a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel by using rate formulas for point distribution and other numerical factors – but that is another guest post for another day. Today I am going to break down the new TV shows into the following categories: Yes (which means we both want to watch or just Masshole Mommy), No (which means we will not be watching it), Maybe (which means we will give it 3 episodes to see if it spikes our interest) and finally the Yes/NO (which means I want to watch it, but Masshole Mommy said we would not be watching it. Her VETO power rules).


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Aug 302013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with a another guest post.  You may remember my early post about door holding etiquette and now I am going to explain proper elevator etiquette.

Firstly, before you get on the elevator it is nice to let women and elderly get on before you and it’s even nicer to hold the door for them.  Now, if your nemesis or someone you don’t like (like people who eat eggplant or the Lannister Clan (except for Tyrion)) is waiting for the same elevator that you are and you don’t want to be stuck with them, grab your phone and make pretend that you are answering call and walk away so that you can take the next elevator.

Once you are on the elevator, it is perfectly acceptable to make pretend you are sticking out your arm trying to stop the doors from closing if you see someone coming.  Personal space can be taxing but let yourself know that it is a short ride and almost over.

An improper joke to tell on the elevator is:  What did one elevator say to the other? I think I’m coming down with something!

Another great joke to say on the elevator is:  To open your briefcase/bag and whisper into it “You have enough air in there”

Now time for survival tips.  If you get stuck in a elevator you need to claim a corner fast, as if it was your own property and you will need defend it at all costs.  If a society starts to form, align yourself with someone that has food and drink or has a fully charged smartphone – it’s even better if they play candy crush.  If you are the only person with food, declare that you will share the food only if the other people proclaim you as the KING of the NORTH.And let me leave you with an inside tip (shhhhhh) on one condition:  that you cant use it if  I am waiting for an elevator in the same building as you. Continue reading »

Jul 232013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another Fire Fighter experience.

This time it is about the “Probies” – otherwise known as brand new fire fighters.  These are people fresh out of the academy and eager to learn and even more eager to please.

So to put these probies in their place and initiate them into the fire department, we have them do tasks. One that we did was wait for it to start pouring (and I mean really coming down), then we stick the probies outside on the roof with a pair of binoculars. We told them to look for tidal waves and you should know that at the time, we were in Missouri.

Here is another good one that they fell for every time:   You have all heard of the “stop, drop and roll” advice, right?  Well, we would tell them that they have to practice it everyday for an hour, so you would see these guys rolling around the fire station like that everyday.

Another one they fell for every time was that we would tell them that the Fire Chief is going deaf and refuses to wear a hearing aid, so every time they had to talk to him they would have to scream.

Sometimes we could get the new guy to play hide and seek in the fire station, but we would never go looking for them. The record time for the longest time someone stayed hidden was a little over an hour.

The joy of it is that you get to keep doing the same jokes on the new people who come in year after year.

Jul 152013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with the followup from my practical jokes in the fire department guest blog last week.

If you read my last post, you are already familiar with some of the practical jokes that I played on other people. Today I will tell you some of the jokes that were played on me for payback.

Remember the guy with the nicotine patches?  That guy payed me back by taking my bicycle completely apart.  Every single screw and nut was left in a pile at the bike rack for me.  I am pretty sure some parts are still missing, but it still works.

I also have had the superman symbol spray painted on my chest.  It took 11 guys to hold me down, but they did it.

One time when I just gotten off of a 24 hour shift, I found my room completely rearranged.  That one was mostly my fault, though.  When a buddy of mine asked for the keys to my room because he asked to borrow my Britney Spears CD, I should had known something was fishy.

Also I had gallons of water dropped on me from the fire department roof.  I realize it doesn’t sound bad, but it was in South Dakota and it was 2 degrees at the time.

Another good was was when I had my front door covered in saran wrap and then when I went to run through it, I came to find out that it was covered in Vaseline.

Now all this was in good fun and most of the time it was done in revenge for practical jokes I played on other people first.   Be sure to look for my next guest blog where I will tell you about all the jokes we played on Probies (brand new firefighters).  You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff these guys fall for.

Jul 112013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers. Chris here again with another guest post.

Now many of might not know this, but before I became the COOL, SUAVE, SEXY, EXCITING accountant that I am today, I was a nerdy, uncool, boring firefighter.

Right out of high school I was a firefighter in the military and I traveled all over the world for over 11 years.  One of the things that I really miss about the fire department is the practical jokes that we played on each other. Today I will tell you about some of my favorites that I played on other guys.

One night I snuck into a guy’s room while he was sleeping and put nicotine patches on his legs.  He woke up all nauseous in the morning.  Don’t worry – he was fine.  Just a little (or a lot)  mad.

Another time while I was stationed in South Dakota, myself and a couple of other guys buried this one other guys car completely in snow.  One of my favorite pranks was writing on a guy’s windshield with Oreos “Have a Nice Day”.  Another good  joke that I have done again and again is to pick a guy and decorate his car with ribbons, steamers, cans and write on it “Just Married”.  Another easy one is to put their bed on top of 4 soda cans so when they lay down, it falls down.
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Jun 282013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another guest post.

Today I am going to tell you about the new LOVE in my life – Jennifer. You can call her my mistress/new squeeze or whatever, but she is here to stay and her fingers bring me so much happiness that I will never stop seeing her.   In fact, I want to see her more frequently.  Now don’t worry,  Masshole Mommy not only knows about her, but encourages me to go see her when ever I need some stress relief.  And to make the experience more entertaining and fulfilling, Masshole Mommy likes to come along to watch and she even joins in.  Also, the thing was totally Masshole Mommy’s idea!  She was with Jennifer first, so she knows all about her special talents!  Not to worry, I am talking about our new Pedicurist.

Masshole Mommy has gotten me hooked on them! So much so that before every weekend outing/getaway we go on, getting pedicures is now our first stop.  She has magic hands and let me tell you, I have alligator feet, so she earns her tip.  My footsies are so thankful for her.  Also, now I can wear flip flops to show them off all the time.  Now for you male readers that think this is too feminine for a guy to do  – YOU are totally wrong.  One hour session with Jennifer and you be proposing to her at the end.  My favorite part is the exfoliating scrub where she scrapes the dead skin off and massages my feet.  And to top the whole thing off you are sitting in a massage chair the whole time.  Continue reading »

Jun 142013

Hi Masshole Mommy readers!  Chris here again with another guest post.  I am here to set the record and establish some guidelines for door holding.

How long should a person hold a door open for an individual behind them?

There are a lot of factors to consider here.  Are they you manager?  Your friend?  Are they handicapped?  Are they cute?  Your nemesis?  Are you in a rush?  Also, you have to take into consideration the distance between you and the person behind you.

beat women to the door

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