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Drinking & Practicing

Practicing and drinking V8 fusion with Mount Gay rum, peach schnapps, and a splash of club soda. My playing is rather relaxed. Hmm.

Celebrating Our Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Matt and I both ordered tiramisu for dessert at the Scallion Bistro for our anniversary dinner tonight. We both ended up bringing most of it home because we were so stuffed!

Rain Soaked

Soaked after kayaking.

Drifting

Drifting down the Chadakoin River.

Kayaking on the Chadakoin

Kayaking on the Chadakoin River with Evergreen Outfitters.

Matt on the Chadakoin

Matt kayaking on the Chadakoin before the heavens unleashed torrential rain for the next hour and more.

Kill With A Kiss

So I almost made my husband go into anaphylactic shock tonight.

I had gotten some sushi from Wegmans because we were doing our own thing for dinner while Matt buried himself in school work. It was a spicy roll which includes cooked shrimp.

I had just finished eating when Matt emerged from his office and came downstairs to find more beverages. We chatted as I rinsed out the sushi tray and put it in the recycling bin. Then I gave him a big kiss before he was about to head back upstairs. I rummaged around the fridge for something when he cried out, "Oh no!!"

"What?" I asked, looking around the kitchen to see what was causing his anxiety.

"You had sushi!" he said, frowning.

I stared at him, "Yeah. So?" I frowned back and then realized what he meant, "OH MY GOD! Are you okay????"

He immediately went to the sink and started rinsing out his mouth with water from the tap. Then he went upstairs, calling down to ask if we had any Listerine. W…

There's always ice cream

Matt wearing the Darkside Of the Garden t-shirt I bought him for our anniversary. Kayaking was a no go for us. Matt is disappointed but we will go another time soon.

Full Moon Kayaking? Doubtful.

Going to attempt to Kayak in some choppy weather.

It's a Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

A funny thing happened when we held our garage sale over the Fourth of July holiday. I saw, and spoke to, more of my neighbors over two days than I sometimes do in months. I watched, with great interest, as one neighbor collaborated with another to pull huge bush stumps out of the ground in front of his house using rope and a truck. Over the course of this project, there were 2 trucks involved, rope, shovels, and about half the neighborhood and my garage sale browsers watching anxiously as the guy driving the truck spun his wheels trying to yank this monstrous bush out. Eventually, they were successful.

Another neighbor down the road came back a couple times to buy lamps, telephones, shoes, and other items for her sister who was moving into a new apartment around the corner.

Later in the day, a neighbor we rarely talked to came over from across the street to let us know he and his family were going out of town for a week and asked us to keep an eye on his house. It turns out his ne…

"Super Clyde 3" Coming to the Reg Lenna Civic Center

Jamestown resident and friend, Kipp Reynolds, will premier his full-length film, Super Clyde 3, this Sunday at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

The film has been described as an action, science fiction, comedy about a young spatula wielding super hero who comes out of retirement to save his brother.

Kipp has spent the last year and a half working on the project. He's drawn on a large pool of talented friends to act in and help produce the film.

When I asked if audience will ever have the opportunity to be delighted by Super Clyde 1 and 2, he laughed and admitted there was no Super Clyde 1. The consensus is that he may go back and do a Super Clyde 1 much in the vein of the Star Wars prequels.

If you want to share the experience of seeing this movie hit a big screen, pre-sale tickets are being sold at the Reg and Labyrinth Press Company. They're only $3 pre-sale, $5 at the door the day of the show. The movie begins at 2pm at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown. See you …

Blog Share Guest Post

I'm hosting an anonymous Blogger today as part of Blog Share. Many thanks to -R- for undertaking this project again even while being pregnant. I hope you enjoy and bestow many comments on the guest post below:

I almost don't want to write about this, but not for the reason that you all probably think. I'm not particularly ashamed or embarrassed or afraid. Instead, I feel like it is a story that has been told in so many forms and mutations that it is no longer even remotely original. And also: I sound whiny, because there are countless other women with stories worse than mine - stories that horrify rather than cause one to sit back and go "hmm", which is basically what I do when I think about it.

But, here goes. After all, this is something I have never written on my own blog, and therefore it makes it perfect blogshare material.

I lost my virginity unwillingly.

No, it wasn't rape. Not in the traditional sense. I know I sound bratty in saying this, because…

Blog Share Participants

BlogShare: July 2008 Edition

I am once again participating in the latest Blog Share this week (Original Info. Here).

Tuesday night (or whenever I get it), I will be uploading a post by a special Guest Blogger. I also will be linking all the participating bloggers in a post so you can check out all the exciting stuff people had to say this round.

The first time I did this, my Guest Blogger had a rather interesting post about dealing with bodily functions while stuck at the border.

Little Road Trip

As you can see from the pictures below, Matt, Hector, and I got out of Chautauqua County for a few hours yesterday and headed straight for the waterfront in Erie, PA.

We took a look at the reconstructed version of the Flagship Niagara, grabbed a bite to eat at Smuggler's Wharf, then walked around Dobbins Landing where I spotted Rum Runners from a viewing platform. We sipped a few drinks there and people watched until the sun started setting. Since I was the designated driver at this point, I insisted on finding our way back to Peach Street so we could get gas and a Krispy Kreme. Yes, I'm still obsessed about the fresh version. I tried to order two, but the drive-thru window girl was playing the part of "Julia's Conscious" because she only gave me one (only charged for one).

I want Emma to know I invoked her name a couple of times, especially when Matt and I mused about doing another mini-holiday in Erie sometime. That most likely won't happen until next s…
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Summer Sounds

As much as I despise trying to sleep in humid weather, one thing I do love on those less sticky evenings and days is waking up to ambient noise. There's something so relaxing about emerging from slumber and listening to birds outside the window, neighbors trying to get lawn mowers started, leaves making a shh-shh noise in the wind, and feeling a light breeze cooling my forehead from the overhead fan. I'll take that any day over the ca-chunk-buzz of my air conditioning unit cranking on after its internal thermometer has determined that the room has gotten too warm.

Capitalizing On A Holiday Weekend

As Sunday evening falls, I'm taking a much needed breather from the past week. It was a successful week in many ways. The run down:

Last Weds./Thurs.: I spent those two days prepping for our garage sale and getting the house ready for my parents and two aunts. Matt and I switched "date night" to Thursday and hit up Forte for dinner. We originally had planned to get to bed early due to the garage sale the next day, but we let our friends coerce us back to Forte for some live music and alcohol. We stayed out much longer than we had planned because of all the fun.

Friday: One of the things helped me have fun all Thursday night was some coffee at Forte that was kindly served up by Nick Dean. It did the trick too well. I didn't sleep much between the time we got home and the time I had to get up. Visions of grabbing a hangover sandwich from Timmy Ho's for Matt were dashed when I mistakenly opened one of the garage doors to put something inside around 7:45am and …

Recycled Lights Times Two

This is the other chandelier my mom found on the side of the road. Dad and Matt installed this one in the dog's room AKA our library. Not bad for free!

Recycled Lighting

My mom found this chandelier on the side of the road. My dad and Matt installed it in our powder room this weekend.

Garage Sale-ing The Fourth

For about four to five years, Matt and I have been saying we're going to have a garage sale to get rid of some of the excess stuff we have in our house. That day has come.

Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th from 9am to 4pm we are holding a garage sale at our house.

I just finished organizing all our stuff inside the garage since it's raining out. I've managed to fill up six tables and then resorted to arranging other items in boxes under the tables. And this is before my parents and in-laws bring over their own stuff tomorrow.

Yes. This will be a family affair. On top of holding a garage sale, we will also have my parents and two aunts staying with us Friday to Sunday.

Items we are selling include 2 televisions, children's books (beginning reader to Young Adult), paperback/hardcovers, stereo, women's clothing/shoes/purses/jewelry, Easter and Christmas decorative items, telephones/portable cd players, houseware items (we have 3 cheese graters!), some toys, a …

Green Addition

I've been looking for a way to compost at our house in a way that doesn't take up a lot of real estate, but is a contained unit. Fortunately, I found out our local Cornell Cooperative Extension office was selling these units. Home Depot had been selling them at one time, but stopped.



I had to move some flagstones that had been propped up against the back of our garage to get this in place, but I'm pleased so far with the location. Now I just have to remember to save materials to put into it.