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Date Night in Westfield

Matt with his new hair cut and a glass of Mazza Chautauqua pinot grigio at Sapore in Westfield.

Picture of me with the same drink in the same place.

Our friend, Tim, had told us about the changeover of Cafe Barista to Sapore some time ago and we've been intrigued about this place on the other side of the county since. The weather cooperated yesterday and we made the trek for date night.

Matt ordered the braciole (fresh herbs and cheese rolled in tender beef pan seared and braised) with a side of roasted new potatoes and pisto (eggplant, Italian squash, zucchini, cippolini onion and garlic). He said he'd order it all again, and was especially happy with how good the pisto was since he's not a fan of eggplant. I ordered quiche that had ricotta cheese, spinach and swiss chard in it. My side was cornbread and sausage dressing. The quiche was light, but filling. I enjoyed the stuffing as well, but the flavors overpowered the quiche. I regretted not ordering a pumpkin dish as…

Lunch At Cooper's

A half sandwich (Pitt Bull - Panini, capicola, ham, salami, tomatoes, hot peppers, provolone cheese, balsamic vinaigrette) from Cooper's Deli. Well, Cooper's Cafe but I like to call it Deli after the one in my hometown of Irondequoit.

Matt ordered the full-size Greyhound (Double decker, turkey, ham, bacon, tomato, mayonnaise) and had to get a box to take half of it home.
I didn't grab any photos of the interior, but if you visit the cafe's website there's a pic or two. Seating varies from four-top tables, higher two-tops, cushioned chairs, and seating at a bar that looks out the front windows onto Third Street. It's very cozy and someplace I could spend some time in if I wanted to catch up on blogs while drinking Stedman Corner's coffee and eating a Belgian waffle for breakfast.

The cafe is wi-fi enabled, hence the 1990s name of the place (Cooper's Cyber Cafe), but if you're not laptop enabled, with a purchase of $10 you can borrow one of their lapto…

Tell Me More..

Erin tagged me on this one.

What were you like when you were five? Quiet with a streak of absurdity.

What are you wearing now? Gray jeans, white dress shirt under a cream sweater, black boots

What story/book/novel have you read over and over again in your life?A Semester In The Life of a Garbage Bag by Gordon Korman

What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading?Sleeping With Schubert by Bonnie Marson

Do you nap a lot? No, but I have been more lately.

Who was the last person you hugged?Matt

What’s your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Morrissey/The Smiths

What was the last thing you ate today? A piece of homemade pumpkin bread

What was the last thing you said aloud? Something went wrong with the direct deposits for everyone on the floor but me.. not sure why.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?Gmail, Facebook, Google Reader

What was the last thing you bought? Groceries at Wegmans

What are you listening to right now?Beth Orton's "Sweetest Decline"

If you cou…

How I'd spend $1,000

Part of me thinks I'd put it toward our credit card debt, but that's only if my job situation was a little more stable. If I was given $1,000 today it would go right into savings until things were a little more certain.

If either of those things weren't an issue, I'd probably use the money toward a trip we had hoped to take to the Portsmouth, NH and Portland, Maine.

Endless Walls

Another wall freed of wallpaper. At this rate I might get the dining room completely stripped by the weekend. Such excitement!

By the way, thanks for all the offers to lend me a steamer if I lived in your city (winks). It's going pretty well with the Dif and scraper.

If I could tame a wild animal

En Garde! by Kevin Pack (Cynergist) I always liked prairie dogs, but I imagine that I'd quickly tire of this tunneling quirkster. I don't need more holes around my house. Plus, the real dogs probably wouldn't appreciate having to share their dog beds with a new little guy.

Pizza Heaven

We went to Pizza, Wings, and Things (known by locals as P'Dubs) in Fredonia for date night. Date night also included getting a free bag of dog food from Petmor, so it's been a cheap but fun night.

Technique Improving

This section went a lot faster. I altered my technique and made sure to score the paper really well and the soak the bejeezus out of it with the Dif. I'm done for now.

One Wall Section Done

This is all I have done so far, but it's a nice little section. I'm going to work a bit more until we take off for an early date night.

Prepping For Wallpaper Removal

I started scoring the wallpaper in our dining room and sprayed it with Dif. Just letting it soak in before I start scraping.

My first job: Amusement Park

My first job was a seasonal gig as a ride operator at our local Amusement Park, Seabreeze. I only made minimum wage ($4.25/hr), but I loved it. I never had to be into work before 10am, the people I worked with were fun and most of the park visitors were there to have fun which made work fun. By the end of the summer, I could operate 11 different rides and had earned enough to help buy a new bow for my violin.

Plink Plink

Scobleizer posted about another kind of social networking/blogging tool.

What attracted me to this one is the fact that a guy who was around when Blogger was created help come up with Plinky.

With my plethora of blog posts lately, I thought it might be nice to use it to help update the blog, even if it's small, aside from my Twitter updates over on the right hand side (do the clicky thing on that link if you're looking at this in RSS).

So if you want to give it a look-see, see my profile.

Coffee Break After Museums

Having coffee with Shelley at Labyrinth after touring the Lucy-Desi Museums as part of "Doors Open" day in Jamestown. All the area museums were free today.

Blue Skies, Blue Lips

This is what negative four degrees looks like at noon at our house. It's sunny out at least. I'll have to dig out the icicle destroyer out of the back of our garage this weekend.


Emma of Eriepressible asked if anyone would like to be interviewed recently. Since I've been blogging so consistently this year, I thought I'd bite.

Here are the questions Emma sent and my responses:

What first made you want to learn to play the violin? When I was in second grade, the string teacher at the middle school brought over some students to play for us and let us try out their instruments. I remember getting to pluck the strings on Chris Beato's violin. A year later, when we were trying instruments to see if we might want to play one in fourth grade, I was able to pick out the beginning of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" as demonstrated the year before. I decided then that if I could do that then I should play violin. I started lessons in the Fall of 1986 and have been going steadily since.

Why did you start blogging? In late 2000/early 2001, I had come across these things called blogs. Jenny's blog was one of the first ones I followed since I knew…

Friday Snow

Matt emerges from our snow bound house as I pick him up after work. Our Friday excitement is going to Friendly's for dinner.

First Violin (Lesson)

Last night I gave my first violin lesson since I was in high school. Our friend, Lori, had bought a violin somewhere and wanted to learn how to play. Lucky for me, she had played clarinet before so that meant she could read music. Plus, the fact that she's an adult helps speed along some of the other bits about learning to play an instrument. To top it off, she had bought a beginner's violin book which laid out detailed lessons I could work from, and it had a DVD she could consult later.

Still, I was nervous. I had to gauge how fast we could go through each lesson. I wasn't sure where to start Lori initially with holding the violin or the bow. This is where I used her beginner's book as a big crutch. I've been removed from the teaching, and learning, process enough that some of her questions left me scratching my head for an answer. She asked good questions like, "Will I always play that note on that string? How do you know?"

Primarily, we concent…

A Nice Deed

When I got home last night, I didn't even step much beyond our front door except to put my purse on the kitchen counter. Since I had a friend coming over, I wanted to make sure there was a clear path from our driveway to our back door. Snow tends to drift a bit around our house, creating huge drifts on our walkway.

As I started shoveling the snow and chipping away at the ice underneath, I saw two kids with shovels walking by our house. They stopped at the bottom of our driveway, watching me, and conversing between themselves. I steadily kept going, waiting for the question I knew was coming.

"Would you like us to shovel your driveway?" one of the boys finally asked.

I answered truthfully, "Thanks, but I don't have any cash on me right now."

"Oh. No. We don't want money," the boy replied.

I stood up and leaned on the handle of my shovel, slightly stunned.

"Um. Okay. Well, it would be really awesome if you could just do the end of the dri…

Beginning the Winter Months..

Winter can be a long ordeal in this part of the country if you're not equipped to deal with endless days of snow, cold, and sunless skies. I usually try to keep the doldrums at bay by immersing myself in the things that sometimes get pushed aside during the flighty days of Spring and Summer.

I don't concern myself with trying to find ponderous material to stretch my brain cells. If it comes my way and I welcome it, so be it.

The first book of the new year that I've read is Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. It's chick lit from the same duo that gave us The Nanny Diaries, however I liked this story better.

Part of what grabbed me and had me laughing throughout the story was that the character is the same age as me and the book featured flashbacks to the main character's youth. The authors manage to mostly accurately capture the era and the trials of junior high and high school. Plus, the main driver of the story is that a girl finally is given the oppo…

A Saturday Night

Watching some football with my so-called lap dog, Zak, and a beer. Not a bad way to spend an evening.

Keep My Baby Runnin'

It wouldn't be a New Year if I didn't have some drama where my baby is concerned. I'm referring to my Tercel, naturally.

Three years ago, a mechanic tried to sound the death knell. Last year, I had a laugh when it passed inspection with no problems. This year, my car isn't passing inspection without a fight.

Tomorrow morning we're taking it to a mechanic who manufactures his own car pipes. There, we hope he will remedy the exhaust situation that requires an exhaust system replacement in order for the car to begin its trek toward passing inspection. After that, the catalytic converter sensor needs to be replaced. If the paperwork I got from our regular mechanic is correct, there's various wires and plugs that need to be replaced as well in order to achieve that happy little sticker that says my Tercel is roadworthy.

Price tag on all of this? We're told the exhaust work and sensor fix will start the bill at $500. Just the exhaust work alone was quoted at…

Wee Hours of 2009 Roller Skating

Matt quit early on me for skating. All the lessons I took as a kid seemed to have paid off since I only wiped out once. A very fun night!

All Night Skate

Roller skating at Evan's Skateland at 3:30 AM.