Jul 232015

You guys all know my friend, Jeanine from Six Time Mommy, right? She’s been contributing here for a few months now, so that’s why her name sounds familiar. What you may not know about Jeanine is that she lives up in Canada.  Trust me, you will understand why that little tidbit is important in a minute.

Over the past few months, Jeanine and I have become friends and she emailed me last month with what she called a “crazy idea” that I just could not say no to.  Literally, “Crazy Idea!” was the subject line of the email she sent.

What she had in mind was for her and I to exchange a goodie box of candy & snacks that were not available in each other’s countries and write about what we got.

Ummmm, can you say Kinder Surprise Eggs?  In case you didn’t know, they are not sold here in the US and I have been dying to get my hands on one for years.

Other than the Kinder Surprise Eggs, I hadn’t given much thought to what else might not be available in US  that they have up in Canada until she brought it up (and vice versa of course). After talking with her I found out that there is a ton of stuff we each have that the other doesn’t.

My box of goodies arrived a few weeks ago and although everything has long since been devoured, I managed to get a few photos before we all pigged out on Canadian treats.


Obviously, the Kinder Surprise Eggs were the only thing that I really wanted and I am happy to say that they were not confiscated by customs. Continue reading »

Sep 302014

What is a Regulah Coffee

Hi my name is Robin and I am an addict. A coffee addict that is and I am a Dunkin Donuts girl through and through.  I stop there at least once a day for a coffee, and some days I am there two or three times.

I literally have four Dunkin Donuts shops within a three mile radius of my house, so it’s not like I have to go out of my way to get my coffee fix.  I usually go to one DD’s shop in particular because they know me there (because I go there so much) and we’re at the point where I don’t even have to order anymore because when they see me, they already know what I want.

But, if I happen to be out & about and end up stopping at a different Dunkin Donuts, this is my order:

A medium caramel, coconut iced coffee regulah (or as you guys not from around here would say, regular).

But what exactly is a “regulah” coffee?   Continue reading »

Jul 092014

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.

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May 022014

Many of you know that we took a trip to San Diego last month and while I haven’t told you much about our trip yet (mainly because I haven’t had the time to sit down and write about it yet), but this just couldn’t wait.   Chris & I found ourselves scratching our heads on more than one occasion while we were in the Golden State and I couldn’t wait to share them.

A couple of times, as were were driving around from one place to another, we noticed a bit of a backup getting on to the highway (or freeway as they call it out there).  Both of us were baffled because the traffic on the highway appeared to be moving, but as we got closer we saw that it was because of these traffic lights that were letting cars enter onto the highway one or two at a time.  I don’t know if other parts of the country have them, but here in New England, we know how to get on the highway without any help, so we were kind of taken aback when we saw them.  They definitley slowed traffic down on the side roads/on-ramps.


Next I have a really good one. Continue reading »

Apr 242014

Today is a big day here in the Bay State.  It was twenty five years ago (1989) that former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, declared today, April 24th, New Kids on the Block Day.




At the time I didn’t know it yet, but that following summer I was going to be heading to the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette) to see the Boston boy band live in the flesh.  At the time, it was the highlight of my young life.

So, in honor of NKOTB Day, go ahead and channel your inner 14 year old and celebrate.

Tell me, which one did you think was the cute one?  FYI – the correct answer is Donnie.

Apr 172014

The date was October 29,2001 and I was in Las Vegas on my honeymoon with my ex-husband when we made a spur of the moment decision to rent a car and go see the Grand Canyon.  It was something that we both had always wanted to see and we figured we had a perfectly good chance while we were out west, so why not? We asked around (remember that was way before smartphones existed) and were told it was anywhere between a four and five hour drive to get there.

We got Mapquested directions to the Grand Canyon from the concierge at the hotel we were staying at, picked up our rental car and we were off.

I have to be honest -it was a really boring ride.  We drove for nearly four hours with nothing to look at but “brown”.  If you’ve ever made the drive, you know exactly what I mean by that. There was a house every few miles or so or a random cactus, but other than that – there was nothing to see. Until suddenly, out of no where, we saw this:


It was like one of those slow motion scenes out of a movie. My ex was driving, I was in the passenger seat and both of our heads almost completely turned around (think the Exorcist) to see it as we drove past. My ex and I looked at each other, he slammed on the breaks and drove back because we both knew we would regret it if we didn’t stop there. Continue reading »

Apr 042014

I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate running.  With a passion.  I know some people love it and I want to love it – I really do, but I just can’t do it. The thing is, I know that running is a great workout and  I am going to need to run a timed mile in the very near future because of the martial arts training that I am currently going through (it’s part of the testing process).

Since I truly dislike running so much, I need something to help me get through my misery and music is that thing.

1.  Sound of Madness by Shinedown
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
3.  Bring the Action by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears
4.  Gold on the Ceiling by El Camino
5.  Everything Zen by Bush
6.  Berzerk by Eminem
7.  C’mon by Ke$ha
8.  Magic by B.o.B. Continue reading »

Mar 262014

There are just some things that I can’t wrap my brain around.

1.  Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock.  I don’t know about you, but first of all, I can’t fall back to sleep instantly, so once I’m up – I’m up.  Why would I just lay there?  The thought baffles me.  And secondly, for those people that can fall asleep instantly, what’s the allure of a second (or third) mini heart attack when the alarm goes off yet again?  Isn’t getting the crap scared out of you once per morning enough.

And even furthermore, if you need the extra few minutes of sleep that badly, why don’t you just set the alarm to go off later?

2.  Pictures of extreme temperatures from a phone app posted on Facebook.  You know what, I have my own phone and if I am interested in the weather, I can see for myself.  Or I could just watch the news like we did in the old days.  I really don’t need to see 573,856,589 of the same picture cluttering up my feed. Continue reading »

Mar 132014

It’s called the Marshfield Hills General Store.

Steve Carell and his family spend their summers in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts (on the south shore), which is about 25 miles south of Boston.  In 2009, he bought the store to save a piece of Americana.

Carell told the Boston Globe in an email: “This is much more of an emotional investment than a business one….I saw an opportunity to help to preserve a little piece of history. I also felt that places like the Marshfield Hills General Store represent a gathering place, and give people a sense of community. These spots are growing more and more scarce. I hope to keep this particular one alive and well.”

Located in the heart of Marshfield Hills Village on Boston’s South Shore, “The General” has been the epicenter for this historic neighborhood for over 150 years. In 2009, actors Steve and Nancy Carell, both Massachusetts natives, bought the property and restored this treasured landmark to its original glory and stocked it for its 21st Century clientele. Step inside and experience quintessential New England charm.

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Mar 022014

This is a story that involves a ghost, a missing toothbrush and George Clooney. Ok, well, maybe the George Clooney thing was just wishful thinking, but hey, a girl can dream, right? The strange little story I’m about to tell you actually happened to me, and for whatever reason, it’s still something that I think about from time to time and it bugs me every time I do.

Back when I first started dating my ex-husband (in 1999), he lived in an old house in Cranston, RI. It was a 2-story house and he lived in the apartment on the first floor. He only lived in Cranston for probably the first six months of us dating. He is from MA and wanted to move back “home”, so shortly after we started dating, he started looking in this area for a new apartment.

So there is a little back story and now onto the good stuff…… Continue reading »

Feb 262014

He’s with me almost every day.  He helps me navigate from point A to point B almost effortlessly. Ok, maybe not effortlessly – there was that one time he told me to drive off a bridge……

He’s my GPS and his name is Lance.


Most GPS units come pre-loaded with a few different accents and you can set most of them to speak to you in a male or a female voice. When I need to get somewhere, I really can’t get much better than getting my directions from a man with an Australian accent (swoon).  So, you guessed it, Lance is Australian.  I honestly don’t really have a reason as to why I chose Lance as his name.  I don’t know any Australians with the name Lance – and now that I think about it, I don’t actually know anyone named Lance.  It just seemed fitting at the time and it stuck.

So tell me, does your GPS have a name?  If so, what do you call it?

Feb 152014

As Chris & I were walking down Main Street in Plymouth a few weeks back, we spotted this sign on the sidewalk outside of a small restaurant:


I wonder if that brought anyone in? Chris and I aren’t big beer drinkers, so we kept on walking, but we had a good chuckle over it.

Feb 132014

If you know me in real life, you probably already know how much I hate The Wizard of Oz.  Most people are horrified when I say it and because of something that happened recently, I wanted to re-post my original blog about my reasoning behind it.

Chris and I were out at an improv comedy club a few weeks ago.  You know, the kind where they ask for suggestions from the audience.  Since Chris & I are regulars at the show & seating is on a first come – first serve basis, we almost always sit in the front row.  Well, the last time we were there, one of the guys asked the audience to name some movies that everyone else seems loves, but you can’t stand.  I couldn’t get “The Wizard of Oz” out of my mouth fast enough.

The actor looked at me and asked “really”, to which I confidently responded “REALLY”.  He took my suggestion.

Anyways, I posted this about three years ago and in true #TBT style, here it is again:


Can you imagine living in a world where rainbows shine around every corner, there are miles and miles of deadly gorgeous poppies, little people pop out on queue to sing songs about candy and inanimate objects miraculously come to life?  Me neither.  But it sounds familiar, right? Of course it does and unless you’ve lived under a rock all your life, you know I am talking about the land of Oz .

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Feb 072014

Yesterday, I told you all about our adventures on Wickenden Street in Providence.  Wickenden Street has numerous independent shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants that are popular among local artists, professors and students.  Among the shops on Wickenden Street are a few antique stores.  Chris and I get a kick out of antiquing sometimes, so we stopped into one of them while we were down there.

As soon as we got into the store, I walked right into this little beauty.


I have no idea what anyone would do with that hideous thing, but frankly, she kind of creeped me out, so I moved on quickly and didn’t look back.

As I walked a little ways into the room, I saw that they had this old version of The Poky Little Puppy for sale. Continue reading »

Feb 022014

According to folklore, if a groundhog (specifically, Punxsutawney Phil) sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Around these parts us New Englanders know that on February 2nd, there is absolutely NO CHANCE of an early spring, so the idea of Groundhog Day is pretty absurd. Sure it’s fun for the kids (I guess?), but nobody actually believes in his predictions.  Do they?

It does start to warm up a little in April, but I have seen it snow in April and even in May (yes, you read that correctly).  No matter what Phil sees, we’ve got winter weather for at least six more weeks around here, so – go back into your sleep coma, Phil!

According to Groundhog.org:

  • How many “Phils” have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years! Continue reading »
Dec 052013

Yesterday I posted about our awesome family Christmas card photo shoot.  Man, I am still patting myself on the back over how good they came out…..

But I digress.

With five people that were going to be in the picture, there was no way we’d get it right on the first try.  Surprisingly, it only took six or seven tries before we got it right, though.  It was the coldest day of the year at that point and it was only about 30 degrees out, so we were freezing out there in t-shirts – which definitely motivated us to get it right quickly.

Anyways, here are a few of the cuter outtakes from out photo shoot:



I showed you the picture that I chose for our cards in my post yesterday and as soon as we got it, we ran inside.  Then it was time for a little fun before we started the process of removing all that make-up.
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Oct 202013

Do you have recurring dreams?  I do.  I’m one of those people that remembers my dreams, usually in great detail.  Some of them make sense, and some are so off the wall it makes me wonder if someone slipped me some LSD.  But there is this one dream I keep having over and over. No joke, I have the this dream I’d say about once a month or so.  The location/setting of the dreams occasionally change, although not always, but the two people in the dream with me are always the same.

Wanna know what the dream is?  Is the suspense killing you?   Continue reading »

Oct 152013

The other day I was in the drive through line at Dunkin Donuts (what else is new? ) and the person in line in front of me was unable to lower their window to place the order, so they had to put the car in park, open the door and kind of get out to place their order.  Then they had to do it all over again when they got to the window to get their stuff.  They actually had to stop the car and open the door not once, but twice.  I’ve written about this before because I think it’s the height of laziness and don’t understand why they don’t just go in.  I mean they have to put the car in park and open their door anyways, so why not just park in a space and go inside.  Right?

Then I started thinking about all the other things that absolutely drive me NUTS and once I started listing them all out, I was on a roll…..and came up with a whole bunch more.

1.  When people refer to Thanksgiving as “Turkey Day”.  Um,  the last time I checked, Thanksgiving is not a holiday celebrating a Turkey.  It’s about being thankful and maybe you can and should be thankful that you’re eating a turkey, but calling it “turkey day” cheapens the meaning of the day.  By a lot.

2.  People who sit next to each other in a booth instead of sitting across from each other like they should be. It’s just weird.  Not to mention that if you want to have a conversation with the person next to you, you have to crane your neck all night.  It’s a lot more work that way and I hate seeing it with a passion!
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Oct 102013

Here in Massachusetts, particularly in my neck of the woods (near Cape Cod), we have a lot of rotaries.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a rotary is, let me explain.  It’s a a circular shaped road junction where the traffic moves in one direction around a central island.  I’ve also heard rotaries referred to as traffic circles and roundabouts, but around here, they’re rotaries.  For someone that’s not experienced in driving their way through a rotary, they can be vicious – trust me, I know first hand.   I live about 30 seconds from one and drive through it daily.

Keep in mind that I proudly live amongst some of the worst drivers in the country (I am a masshole after all), so this is definitley more of a survival guide than a how-to, but it should help you either way.

Rotaries actually keep the traffic moving a lot faster than conventional intersections with traffic lights & even though they may get backed up a little at rush hour, you’re not going to have to sit there long before it’s your turn to go.

The most important thing that people need to realize when approaching a rotary is that they are ONE WAY.  I’ve witnessed first hand cars going in the wrong direction inside the rotary.  Yes, really – three times as a matter of fact.


1.  When approaching a rotary, you should yield to oncoming traffic inside the rotary.  You are not required to stop! Only stop if there is no clearance for you to get inside the rotary – if there is no oncoming traffic inside the rotary and you stop upon approaching it – you’re probably going to get rear ended.  If there is no oncoming traffic, go! Continue reading »