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 042014

There is literally a fork in the road in Westport, Massachusetts.


After a little bit of research, I found an article that said the creator of the large dinner fork sculpture is Tom Schmitt of Westport. Don’t quote me on that, though.  I read several articles and/or blog posts about the fork and there are a few different stories out there about how the fork came to be (if anyone actually knows Tom and can confirm that he made it, by all means let me know so he can get the proper credit).

Either way, it’s pretty cool and definitely unique. 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 »

Sep 302013

A little ways back, Chris texted me me this picture & said something along the lines that he wanted to make them for the boys:


Cool, right?  And since I’m not one to stand in the way of creativity, especially someone else’s, I was all for it.

I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see how they would turn out.  We didn’t tell the kids that we were making them in case they didn’t turn out well.  It was almost like we had a premonition……

He laid everything out before he started. Continue reading »

Sep 152013

Every now and then I’ll tweet something about my milkman.   It’s usually when I’m singing his praises because I’ve forgotten to place my order online (even though I had at least a week to do so) and he shows up anyways with everything I normally order.  Heart him.


So, yes, I have a milkman.   He comes from a local-ish diary and he brings me goodies once a week.  I order my milk, chocolate milk, bread, eggs, cream for my coffee,  ice cream and depending on the week, a variety of other stuff from them.  I grew up getting milk deliveries from the same place because my parents used their service for years, so I knew their stuff was GOOD.  And once I had kids, I didn’t really wanted them drinking the milk from the grocery stores with all those growth hormones and who knows what in them, so I switched to the dairy.  They pasteurize the milk, but don’t add any of that unnecessary crap to it, so I feel better giving it to my kids…especially since they drink A LOT of it. Continue reading »

Aug 122013

I was looking in the mirror the other day contemplating a tummy tuck and after a few minutes I started thinking.  Sure there are a handful of physical things that I’d like to change about my body, but what  about some other things that I’m not happy with. So I asked myself,  if I could change one thing about myself that is not physical, what would it be?

It was pretty hard to narrow it down, because believe me…there are multiple things I’d change. After thinking long and hard, I narrowed it down to two things. I finally decided in the end that I would like to have more patience. Actually, let me be straight here…..I would just like to have some patience. Period. I have absolutely none. Zip. Zero. Zilch I definitely think I’ve gotten a tiny bit better since I had kids, but honestly, I am quite possibly the most impatient person ever born.  I want what I want and I want it now.

The end.

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Aug 062013

How many of you put your shopping carts in the corrals out in the parking lot after you go grocery shopping or to a store like Target?

Let me start off by saying that I always put my shopping carts away.  Always. But it never ceases to amaze me when I’m out in the parking lot and I see lazy people just pushing them up next to their car and driving off.  I see it almost every time I’m at the store and I often wonder why those people don’t just put the carts away.  Most places have multiple corrals, and is it really that hard to walk an extra 10 yards to put the cart away? As a matter of fact, I strategically park my car, so that I’m either right next to the corral or right across the row from one (because I, too, am lazy and I don’t want to have to walk too far with the cart).  Besides, I want to set a good example for my kids, who are usually with me.

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Jul 052013

My mother is completely computer illiterate.  We’re talking she can’t even turn on a computer here.  So a few years ago, I was surprised when my dad got an iPhone for my mom.  It just seemed like a huge waste to me.  The only things she could do were make calls and type out some fat fingered text messages.

Not realizing that she only had an iPhone 3, I got her a personalized iPhone case for Mother’s Day with the boys adorable faces plastered all over it – but the one I got was for the iPhone 4 & 4S, so it didn’t fit.  Apparently the fact that she wasn’t able to use it, prompted her to keep asking my father repeatedly for a new iPhone, which she got on Wednesday.

In case you’re unaware, the iPhone 5 has Siri, so now my mother basically doesn’t have to do anything when it comes to her phone other than ask Siri to do things for her.   Case in point:


I have a bad feeling that there are a lot more conversations with Siri in my very near future.  And by the way, the case I got her still doesn’t fit because the iPhone 5 is a different size than the 4 and 4S.  Sigh.

Jul 012013

This past Friday, Chris and I headed off to Newport (RI) again for a night away.  We didn’t have the kids and Newport is our go-to spot these days.  There is always something to do in Newport and not to mention that there are so many good restaurants down there.  One of those restaurants is the Brick Alley Pub, which is right in the middle of all the action on Thames St.

Chris and I had dinner at the Brick Alley Pub before we went to our new favorite spot in Newport – The Firehouse Theater.   After we had finished eating, the waitress brought over our check and all of the sudden I saw Chris light up.  He looked at me and said “I’ve been waiting three years for this”.

This is what all the excitement was about: Continue reading »

Jun 242013

Way back when I bought my house in 2002, my ex-husband’s aunt & uncle asked us if we wanted their big screen tv. They were moving and it needed a new home and we thought it would be perfect in our finished basement, so we said yes.    The thing is, this was way before those awesome light-weight flat screen tv’s came out and it weighed a ton.  It took six grown men to bring the tv into the basement room through our bulkhead and frankly, it was so heavy that they barely got it in there.  They set up boards to sort of slide it down the stairs.  We knew at the time that it was going to be in that room for life because it was SO heavy and there was no way it was going out in one piece.

When Chris & his son moved in back in 2010, Chris & I had decided that the basement room would become my step-son’s room.  It is the biggest room in the house and plus, it would give him more privacy.  Well, after a while, the tv stopped working and we all just wanted the damn thing gone.  And that’s what we did the other night.

Chris and his son rolled it into the unfinished side of the basement and we took an ax to it.  I went first.

Here I am before I went to town on it:


I had just gotten home from a krav maga class, so pardon my workout attire…. Continue reading »

Jun 162013

I was having a conversation with someone the other day about someone that we knew mutually that’s absolutely cray cray (aka crazy)!  The person in question was not playing with a full deck, that’s for sure.  I mean she definitely is not the sharpest tool in the shed and she certainly isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer!  To say she is not firing on all cylinders is a complete understatement.

Anyhow, the conversation led to other ways of saying someone is off their rocker and here’s the list we came up with:

1.  He/She is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

2. The elevator doesn’t go up to the penthouse!

3.  He/She is as sharp as a bowling ball.

4.  He/She is one banana short of a bunch.

5.  The wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead.

6.  He/She is a few ants short of a picnic. Continue reading »

Jun 122013

Yesterday I told you all about my son’s field trip, which was a walking tour of our town.  While the kids were all at the library, another mom and myself ran over to a pizza place nearby to grab some lunch for the kids before we headed out on the rest of our journey.  As soon as we walked in, we both chuckled because the place was all decked out.  For Christmas.



There were poinsettias all over the place, as well as silk flowers and holly garland.  I never go to this place, so I have no idea how long it’s been up, but I am assuming at least since last December.

Jun 012013

Last weekend, Chris and I found ourselves behind this doofus.


There was one, ONE, bungee cord holding the wood onto the roof on the drivers side of the car. The passenger, as you can clearly see, held the other side with his hand.

Real safe.