It’s that time…

August 13, 2010

Football season is here!  Which means that I am a single mother for at least 4 hours, if not many more, a week!  Why is it that when the Patriots are on, things that used to get done by my otherwise very helpful husband, suddenly don’t.  As an example – first preseason game last night – came downstairs after putting Maya to bed and the dishes were still in the sink.  Bummer!  Where was the hubby?  On the couch.  Glued to the game…ahhh, it’s the season.  At least it’s only a few hours a week.  Imagine if he was glued to the Red Sox or Celtics for every game?  I’d be in big trouble.  Not that he doesn’t watch both, but the Patriots are priority.

My only saving grace is that Maya also happens to love football!  Maybe it’s because it was always on when she was an infant, or maybe it’s all the cheering, but for some reason it keeps her attention longer than anything else on TV.  Tonight was no different.  She sat in her chair, staring at the TV…and then she started cheering, clapping, making little hand gestures, asking for more.  It was hilarious!  What can I say, she’s a true daddy’s girl.  With the 2 of them so into the Patriots…maybe I should go get a mani/pedi!  Hmm…when do they play again? 🙂



August 11, 2010


I have a love hate relationship with August.  I love that it’s still the lazy days of summer, but I hate that it means I have to fit everything in before the school year starts.  By everything, I mean both work and play.

At work we’re busy getting ready for the return of the students, making sure we have everything they need for a successful job search.  At home I’m busy making sure I’ve seen all my teaacher friends before they go back to school, taking Maya to swim as often as possible, and doing all the necessary summer stuff!

Just in the last few days we’ve been swimming in NH, to a pool party and to visit our friend Maria on the Cape…does this sound like ‘lazy’ days of summer?  Not so much lazy, but they have been fun.  As many of you know Maya doesn’t really do lazy – so to her August is great!  Here’s some proof:



(Maya trying her first lemon on the Cape…mmm…mmm!)

As I said, I have a love hate relationship with August.  It marks the end of the summer, but this year we’re going yo try to squeeze every little bit of fun out of it!  I love summer!


Chiquita Banana…

August 6, 2010

Just get this girl a fruit hat & she’s ready to do a banana commercial!  What?  Your clothes don’t look like this on a random Thursday?  Well they should!


Oh the Goats…

August 5, 2010

Just when you think a conversation may die…those sneaky little goats come right up and get you!

What do I mean by this?  Well, Uncle Kevin – who has been mentioned on this blog before for his fantastic ‘listing’ abilities, has a great kinship with Andrew.  And this is the email he recently sent to both of us:

SUBJECT: Tired of mowing your lawn?


While enjoying my breakfast this morning, I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal.  I knew you would be interested.   Free Range Landscaping

Here is another link for you:  http://rent-a-goat.com/Site/Welcome.html

Best, Kevin

If you take just a moment out of your day to read the article & check out the website you’ll immediately see why I am at a loss.  With legitimate enterprises like the WSJ taking on the case for goats…my argument gets dimmer by the minute.

Never fear (my neighbors in particular), there will be NO goat at 71 Barry Family Drive* – but it seems we will have to keep talking about it for a good long time!

If you’re curious, Andrew’s response was this:

Hi Kevin,
Thank you for this.  I am both elated by fact that this concept is gaining steam, and frustrated by my own failure to capitalize on this.  Please let me know if you have any interest in becoming a business partner in such an enterprise.


There will also be NO Goat enterprises at 71 Barry Family Drive* either – if I have anything to say about it.

My furry little friends it seems you will forever be with us, in conversation that is.  Thanks Uncle Kevin for keeping the ‘Goats’ alive!! 🙂

*Addressed changed to protect those involved.


Traffic Tuesdays – The Drive By

August 4, 2010

Tuesday is a work day for me, which means it’s also a traffic day!  Some Tuesdays aren’t SO bad (Thursdays are always bad), but inevitably something interesting happens.  I’m hopeful that I’ll have something to report every Tuesday.   Today did not disappoint.

Driving down Rte 2 – after surviving a large amount of traffic on 95 – I had what I like to call the ‘drive by’.  I hear a honk, I turn to my left – in the other lane a guy in a red car starts waving to me.  I wave back, thinking I might know him.  Another quick look – nope, don’t know him.  hmmm.  I have a Stonehill sticker, maybe he went there too.  Look in my rearview mirror & he’s giving me the ‘call me’ sign.  Seriously?!  Is he hitting on me, in traffic, from a car away?  What does he think is going to happen?  It reminds me of a favorite Jerry Seinfeld skit:

“This is why you see men honking car-horns, yelling from construction sites. These are the best ideas we’ve had so far.. The car-horn-honk, is that a beauty? Have you seen men doing this? What is this? The man is in the car, the woman walks by the front of the car, he honks. This man is out of ideas. I mean what is he expecting? For the woman to stop and say “Hey you honked at me .. Ahhhh that’s so sweet .. I never knew you felt this way!”? “

I mean honestly – did he think I was going to stop in the middle of traffic?  Let alone, who hits on a girl driving a rusted out pathfinder, sporting windows down hair (because the car doesn’t have air conditioning), and packing a carseat in the back?  Is this seriously the ‘best idea’ he had that day??!  It just boggles my mind.  And this wasn’t the first time this happened this summer – it happened driving down 95 too, only that time I had Maya in the car & the guy wouldn’t give up even after I flashed my ring & showed him Maya!  We quickly got of the highway & lost him.

What is WRONG with guys?  Focus on the road!  There are so many bad drivers out there between texting, talking, eating, radios…the last thing men need is another distraction!  Stick to the road boys….stick to the road!  The honk-the-horn tactic does not work! 

(Although I will admit I know one story of people who met & married this way…but what are the odds there?)

**thos post is dedicated to my aussie roomies – Diane, Rich, Marlene & Scott.  They know why…love u guys!


Plum Pickin’

August 1, 2010

I’ve noticed that Plums are becoming a theme in this blog lately – which is funny since I never even had a plum before I met Andrew!  I was more of the strawberries, bananas & apples kind of girl.  I think those were the only fruits I ate growing up.  This is definitely NOT true for Maya!  She loves almost every fruit.  Especially watermelon!  But she also loves anything she can eat herself, whole pears were one of her first favorites.  Forget it when we get to the fruit section of the grocery store…I can’t make it through without letting her chow on a nectarine!

But I digress…this is about Plums, particularly the plum tree in our yard.  Yup, that’s right we have our very own plum tree in our front yard.  I’m the type of person who wouldn’t eat from anything that I hadn’t taken care of, but Andrew will try anything that looks okay.  Thus, just the other night we were all in our front yard chewing on these small, but I must admit very yummy plums.  Maya LOVES them!  She especially loves that she can pick them herself.  She HATES when I have to take it away half way through to remove the pit (imagine a lovely little tantrum and not wanting to take it back all squished up).  But it’s been fun having our own plum tree – we even shared with the neighbors.

I don’t think we will be a fruit farm anytime soon, but we do have a pear tree & 2 apple trees as well.  The apples are plentiful, but insects seem to have ruined them before we could spray.  No pears this year, but we’re hopeful for next year.  So we enjoyed our plums the last few days and now all we have to do is figure out how to explain to Maya that they’re all gone & she can’t pick them anymore….hmmm!


Dinner outside!

July 28, 2010


The weather around here has finally cooled off a little.  Or at least it’s not as sticky.  So for the last few nights we have been putting our new patio set to good use.  We strap Maya’s portable chair right to our chairs and she’s happy as a clam to sit at the table with us.

We’ve enjoyed steak tips, grilled chicken salads, and tonight…turkey meatloaf!  It’s so nice to be able to relax & enjoy the backyard.  But the best part is the clean up.  Maya is VERY into feeding herself these days…which usually means a royal mess all over herself, and the floor.  But when we eat outside, the mess gets taken care of by the random animals around rather than me.  Brilliant!  Now I know you’re thinking we shouldn’t be feeding the local animals, but they’re here anyway…what’s the harm in keeping them happy?  That & Andrew loves the wildlife so it keeps him happy too 🙂

I’m hopeful the weather will continue to be nice so we can keep enjoying!!