Thursday, October 11, 2007
1 1/2 shots Godiva® chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 shots creme de cacao
1/2 shot vodka
2 1/2 shots half-and-half
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Ultimate Chocolate Martini
1/2 oz Godiva® chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz Godiva® white chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka
1/2 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and serve. To enhance appearance, drizzle chocolate syrup into glass before pouring martini. Note: do not substitute creme de cocoa or any other chocolate flavored liquor for the Godiva liquors, as they are the key to the drink and well-worth the added expense. After this chocolate martini, cheap imitations made with creme de cocoa are unacceptable.
Washington Apple (this one I've had - its really good. Alchoholic Apple Juice)
2 oz Crown Royal® Canadian whisky
2 oz DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
2 oz cranberry juice
Pour DeKuyper sour apple pucker and Crown Royal Canadian whisky into a highball glass filled with ice. Add cranberry juice, more to taste if desired, and serve.
Caramel Apple Martini
2 oz Bacardi® Big Apple rum
2 oz butterscotch schnapps
Shake ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
Chocolate Carmel Martini
1 1/2 oz Grey Goose® vodka
1 1/2 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
3 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
3 oz Godiva® chocolate liqueur
Mix ingredients in mixing cup with ice. Shake, pour into chilled cocktail glass, and enjoy.
1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
2 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
Combine Butterscotch Schnapps and Vanilla Vodka in a shaker half filled with ice cubes. Strain into a Cocktail glass.
1 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz E & J® Cask and Cream Caramel Temptation liqueur
1 oz caramel syrup
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker then pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
A Kissed Buttery Nipple
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
2 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
2 oz butterscotch schnapps2 maraschino cherries
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 4 or 5 cubes of ice. Pour the whole thing into a glass and add cherries.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
This past weekend was a long weekend, so my Fiance and I headed out to to visit his brother. We arrived early Sunday afternoon, stayed over Sunday night and returned back on Monday afternoon. And ALL day we watched nothing but sports from 12:30pm until 9:30pm. Thats NINE hours of sports! The best part is my Fiance's brother has a big screen television and high-definition. I am telling you, there is nothing quite like watching football and baseball in high definition. Everything is so much crisper and clearer. Plus, we all get along so well! My soon-to-be sister-in-law is a very, very cool person. She is not afraid to say what she is thinking and she is not afraid of what people think of her - thats part of the reason why I admire her. They also have 3 very well behaved children - a 12 year old, a 9 year old and a 6 year old - 2 boys and a girl. I enjoy them, too! But its always more fun to watch sports and cheer on your team with other people!
So other than that, its been OK. Sometimes the time goes by so slowly and other times it goes by in the blink of an eye...
I'll be back later with more to say...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
1. Manny Ramirez
2. David Wright
3. Jacoby Ellsbury
4. Uh-OH. I only have 3??
So that was pretty much it for Friday. Saturday was spent at the mall and then at home just relaxing. I bought 2 pairs of pants that cost me a buck thirty - why are pants so dang expensive? I also bought a car adapter for my iPod - that was 75 dollars. *sigh* I'm all done shopping for the year, then. I keep thinking that I've got a wedding to save for. Man, what a drag - no, not that I am getting married, but that I have to save money for it. One day is going to cost us so much money. Makes me want to think about eloping in my parents basement next to my dad's woodworking tools and sending out for pizza. YES! Thats a GREAT friggin' idea! *ahem* But not bloody likely. OK, so before I get off track - Saturday was shopping day. And Sunday I went to visit my parents. They seem to be operating just fine with out my help...or with out me being there. Still, though, I cannot help but feel like I should still be living there, helping them out. I guess I can come right out and say that I do feel "guilty." I feel bad for living with them for so long and now that it seems they are getting OLD and may need my help, I can't help but feed BAD! Man...
OK, so anyways. This brings us to today, which is Tuesday. You may be asking what happened to Monday - well, MOnday was a sleepy day because I spent Sunday night flipping back and forth between the Pats game and the Red Sox - both games didn't get over until past 11pm. So I was draggin my butt all day. Today, though, is OK. I'm still a little droopy, though. I again, find myself waiting for the weekend. =]
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The hotel we were staying at (http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/NYCMLHH-Millenium-Hilton-New-York/index.do?WT.srch=1) is located in the financial district of downtown New York City. We arrived so early that we were not able to check in. So we dropped out luggage off with the front desk and then headed out into the city!
My parents, me and my fiancé took the Staten Island Ferry around the Statue of Liberty and to Staten Island – the ride is free! The ferry ride was absolutely beautiful, though, plus, it always helps when there isn’t a cloud in the sky! The weather was perfect and it gave us some good views of the New York City skyline and a couple bridges. The ride was super smooth and it wasn’t all that crowded. But since we were taking a round trip, we had to get off the ferry, re-route in the ferry station, and then get back on board of the same ferry that got us there. I believe that it was because of the security that you couldn’t just stay on board and wait to ship off. I got some pretty good pictures and it was pretty cool to see the Statue of Liberty so close up!
So after lunch, we started walking back towards the hotel. As we rounded the corner, we noticed that there was a lot of construction going on across the street from our hotel. Then we noticed a sign that said, “WTC Pathway.” And then it became crystal clear that we were staying right across the street from Ground Zero. Yikes. Once we were able to check-in, we went to our rooms – my parents stayed on the 49th floor and we stayed on the 48th floor. The view was…well, astonishing. If you looked directly down, you could see the entire base of where the Twin Towers used to be. When you look out onto the site, in many ways, it takes your breath away. There is this feeling of heaviness as you gaze out onto an area where many are still buried and will never be found. The view is different – where there once were these massive towers for buildings, there is nothing. In about 7 days, we will be remembering September 11th, as it happened 6 years ago. People always say where they were when they heard about the 1st plane…I was in Waltham, MA – my friend had IM-ed me to tell me what happened. At first I thought he was joking…But then I came to realize that it was true. Time sort of stood still that day and for days to come after. But I believe that this is to be saved for another blog.
So later that night, we all went out to dinner at a restaurant in the South Street Seaport Historic District. The restaurant, Sequoia, was located on the pier and we had a great view of the harbor (http://www.southstreetseaport.com/html/AttractionDetail.asp?aid=2213). Dinner was good, and when we were done, there were lots of stores to shop in. We only went into a few of them, though. The night was getting late and it was already a pretty long day. Our hotel room was beautiful, though. There was a 42” plasma screen television and a king size bed. What more could ANYONE ask for? =]
The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel restaurant (http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/NYCMLHH-Millenium-Hilton-New-York/dining.do#detail ): Church and Dey. They offered a buffet or menu ordering – I went with pancakes and a side of bacon. After breakfast, my fiancé needed to go to the ATM and then to Modell’s (http://www.modells.com/corp/index.jsp?page=storeLocator&locationCode=68429&state=NY&city=New+York&locName=55+Chamber+Street). The main reason we had to go there is because the Modell’s that is located near us doesn’t have New York Mets stuff. So he was a happy guy when we walked in and he found the hat he was looking for and a new t-shirt. The only down side is that the store smelled like some guys old basement where he worked out and sweat a lot. Pee-yewww. But as long as my fiancé was happy, that’s all that really mattered.
We had some time to spare before the wedding, so we walked down to Ground Zero and up the street where there is a church that has been there for a very long time, since the 1700’s, I think. My fiancé and I walked through the cemetery and into the little church – they were having a service there, but they allowed people to come in and walk through as it was going on. There were several little tables with pictures of the people who were lost on 9/11 and there was a stand with a lot of badges from different fire departments around the United States and some from different countries. I don’t know if it’s the guilt of not going to church or feeling like I’m missing something, but as soon as I stepped into the church, I felt a weight on my mind. It’s almost as if I was some place I was not invited. The words, although heavy, ring true for me as I stood there looking at pictures of people who are no longer here. People came to that little church and prayed and left messages and left pieces of the people who are gone. Often times, things are shown on television and that distance is what keeps you from feeling the raw emotions of actually being there. So, as you can see or feel from what I am writing, what you see on television is no where near what you can feel in person. As I was saying earlier, I’ll have to write a different blog about what I was feeling later on.
The wedding was held at Our Lady of Victory Church (http://www.ourladyofvictorychurch.org/). My 2nd cousin and his fiancé are Catholic, so it was done by a priest, or Parochial Vicar – whichever is more politically correct. There were 5 bridesmaids (including the maid of honor) and 5 groomsmen (including the best man). Although, the sad part was that the father of the bride was not there in protest. You see, my 2nd cousin is ½ Chinese and apparently, since his daughter is Japanese, that is ½ too much. I find is very unfortunate that he could not look past the race and instead look to the future of his daughter’s happiness. The bride’s mother escorted the beautiful bride down the isle – the mother was wearing a very beautiful kimono – which is traditional Japanese wear for an occasion like this. Everyone looked so great! After the ceremony was over, the bride and groom walked down the isle under a saber guard! My 2nd cousin’s sister got married a couple years ago, and they did it to her and her husband, too. She is a Captain in the Army and her husband is a black hawk pilot, so you can see why they did it. The walk under swords that are crossed over head and just at the last one, the two saber holders bring their swords down and spank the bride and groom. =]
We actually had about 2 hours to kill before the reception was to begin. I am not sure why there was such a long time between the ceremony and reception – I hope that I booked enough time! So we took a cab to the South Street Seaport Area, where the reception was held (http://www.theglaziergroup.com/restaurants/bridgewaters/index.html) – its funny we were there the night before. We ended up going to a corner bar and getting some drinks and some appetizers (http://www.southstreetseaport.com/html/AttractionDetail.asp?aid=2197). It was a pretty busy and cool place.
The place where the reception was held, as you can see from the website, is very upscale and very extravagant with a beautiful view of the harbor. We had cocktails for about an hour with an open bar – actually, I think the bar was open all night – and there were these fancy hors devours that I couldn’t pronounce or tell you what they were. The reception began with introductions of the bridal party and then introductions of the bride and groom. Everyone looked so great! Then they had the 1st dance with the bride and groom and then everyone was asked to join them. They had a live band, who was actually pretty good! Sometimes it can be a total gamble on whether you get Adam Sandler from the “Wedding Singer,” or someone who can really sing. The lady had a great voice and the band played a lot of songs that are typically heard at a wedding. Dinner was cooked to order – so it took a while for people to get their meals. I had the filet and my fiancé had the salmon. There was more dancing, and then they did the wedding cake thing – I’m thinking that for our wedding, we’re going to have a small wedding cake made and then everyone will get a small piece of a sheet cake – because no one really eats it anyways. After the wedding cake was cut, the bride’s bouquet was thrown, we left. My father was getting tired and we had an early start the next day.
So over all, the wedding was great! The views were spectacular, everyone looked fantastic and I was so happy for my 2nd cousin and his new wife. They looked so very happy together! =] The ride home was uneventful – which is good. We made it back home by 12:30pm and just like that, the long weekend was over. But guess what? We’re going to have to do it all over again in January. My 2nd cousin’s brother is getting married in the Central Park area. Eegad. But this is the last of those kids to get married. After I tie the knot next August, there is only 1 other cousin who won’t be married! But it should be a great time! So for now…that’s all.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Our trip began with a nice breakfast at MaryAnn's http://www.maryannsdiner.com/. This is a great place for breakfast, and typically, my fiancé, his good friend and I go there before we go see the latest blockbuster movie. So the restaurant also serves as a good starting point for a long trip. After breakfast, we began our journey into NY. It’s about a 4-5 hour ride, depending on how fast you go. I was traveling at typical 70-75 mph. I have to tell you that its kind of a boring ride. The worst part, though, is driving through Worcester. Man, that city is always under construction and I don’t know why. They are always mapping out new routes using jersey barriers and I always end up asking myself, “Am I going in the right direction? WTF?” I do not mean to offend those that are from Worcester, but I think if you Worcester Natives take a long hard look, you’ll realize I’m right. ANWAYS. After stopping in Connecticut some where, my fiancé took over driving. He offered, and I didn’t mind. So he took us into Flushing, where we had a little trouble finding a place to park. The streets are narrow, only going one-way and people are always coming, so you don’t have a second to think about what you are trying to do. So we ended up going to an under-ground parking garage that was just around the corner from the hotel. I have to say it was kind of sketchy and I felt weird leaving my car with Johnny McAsian. Is that racist of me, if I’m Asian and I am skeptical of other Asians? Or does it just make me paranoid because of the area I’m in? Anyways, reluctantly, I gave the guy my keys and we walked around the corner to the hotel. The Comfort Inn was tiny with not many rooms. We had a room on the 2nd floor with the grand view of some sort of furniture store that looked like it had been empty for 50 years. Once we dropped our bags, we left to go on the ¾ mile hike to the stadium.
Walking through any city in New York is pretty scary. And I am the first to say that I was happy that I was accompanied by 2 guys. I know in this day in age where women are always fighting to get out from under the shadowy protection of men, that this is not the greatest statement. But I say it when only thinking about me and my own capabilities of protecting myself. Its always good to have back up, you know? Anyways. The walk to the stadium, as I was saying before, is rather scary. You have to pass by some rather pungent smelling stores that smell like they killed several animals and left the carcasses out to rot. Yum. And the fact that it was ninety-five degrees out with a humidity of 1000%. So that added to the deliciousness of the aroma that is Flushing, NY. It’s just odd because so many times, my fiancé has told me that Shea Stadium is located in a dumpy area, and each time he said it, I was always thinking, “well, it can’t be THAT bad.” Well, guess what, kids? It IS. Sometimes I guess, you have to see and smell things for yourself. I just really couldn’t imagine living in that area full time. It’s just a really rough and poor looking place. Its one of those places you take a look at and realize how good you really have it, even if you were to think that you live in a crappy place (which I don’t). So, to put the icing on the cake, so to speak, as we were walking along the narrow sidewalk, there was this guy standing there. He looked a little spaced out and I kind of looked at him and saw him kind of open his mouth and then I realized that he was puking. Most people, when they puke, they bend at the hip or crouch down or do SOMETHING that looks like they are puking. But not this guy. He looked like it was an hourly occurrence for him and let it just fall out of his mouth. Ew. Just now as I type this out and share it with anyone who’s reading, I feel like I’m going to puke…the RIGHT way, bent over a barrel. LOL. Well, I have to say that it just added to the atmosphere.
We got into the stadium – I was wearing my Manny Ramierz shirt – but by the time we made it to our seats, I was sweating quite badly. Luckily, I was wearing a tank top underneath. We sat in the upper deck, 3rd base line. The seats were good because in front of us were bars. So no one to watch out for in front of us. Part of the pre-game show was an Irish dancing crew. I can’t imagine that it would be comfortable in those uniforms. And then there was a singing Irish due – one sang and the other played some sort of accordion thingy. Needless to say, I was not terribly impressed. I’m not a fan of the Irish singing/dancing stuff. But I will say that it was good – didn’t hurt the ears and it looked pleasant. So after the pre-game festivities, we had the national anthem. And then its “plaaaaaaaaaaay baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall!” The New York Mets were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. These are two of my fiancé’s most favorite baseball teams. To be honest, I am not sure why, but I believe it is because growing up, he watched baseball and became a fan of his own teams, as opposed to just rooting for the hometown Boston Red Sox. So his love of these teams comes from himself, with no lineage of sports fan to base his opinions on. The pitcher for the Mets was Orlando Hernandez, who fans call “El Duque:” http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=133340. The pitcher for the Dodgers? Well, I’m going to have to look that one up because I can’t remember. Anyhow. The game was quick – national league games tend to be quicker because the national league does not have a designated hitter – the pitcher has to hit. So in some cases, this is an automatic out and it moves the game along. Plus, national league teams tend to steal bases more often and use a different offensive strategy than the American league. I am not saying that the American league is inferior to the national league, I am just saying that they are different.
It’s also weird to watch the game live, as opposed to on television. It’s hard not to watch the players in awe as they play a game of baseball. If I had to choose a favorite Mets player, it’s definitely David Wright http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=431151. He is a total cutie and only 25. Hey, I know I’m engaged, but that doesn’t make me dead. So. He had a good game – he went 2 for 2, driving in 2 runs. I also like their catcher, Paul LoDuca. And Carlos Beltran…and Carlos Delgado. Overall, if there were no more Red Sox, I would for sure be a Mets fan…But don’t tell my fiancé that. =]
After the game was over, we went back to the hotel and kind of just laid there. Our friend had one bed and my fiancé and I had the other. It’s just that we were sweating so bad throughout the game that it made us tired. But after a few minutes of rest, we went out to get something to eat at this place, Deluge http://www.delugerestaurant.com/. As you can see from the website, it is a pretty fancy place. Its located in the lower level of the Sheraton – but it is very fancy and romantic. Which struck me funny because when we were discussing where we wanted to eat, we agreed on Chinese – I mean, we were, afterall, in Tiny ChinaTown! We asked the front desk guy at the Comfort Inn and he told us to go here. There wasn’t an oriental thing on the menu! And I was looking forward to eating white rice and spear ribs! The meals all came out on these square dishes and they were all fancy like you see on the Food Network! Yeesh. So we ate and then headed back to the hotel for a long rest.
The next day, we checked out around 10:30-ish in the morning. We went around the block to collect my car and then we were off. Our friend had 200 points on his Mohegan Suns players’ card, so he made the suggestion that we stop there on the way back for lunch http://www.mohegansun.com/. We ate at this bbq place: http://www.mohegansun.com/dining/big_bubbas_bbq.jsp. It was good, and it was neat because they had both the Red Sox and Yankees playing separate teams.
But you know, we go there and it’s almost kind of instant that you feel the need to gamble your life savings away. HAha. I did not. I only gambled 60 dollars away. I was hoping to win at least enough money to cover our New York trip – its not like I was asking for a million dollars, you know? But the gambling gods do not see it that way. They will take your money and they will laugh in your face. I played black jack and lost it all in 15 minutes (and I think I’m being generous giving myself 15 minutes for time). Our friend lost 300 dollars in half an hour. My fiancé doesn’t like to gamble, so I knew he wasn’t having a good time, and I knew that he was tired, so I didn’t want to stay. If I had more time…well, if I had more time I’d have to push the marriage out two years because I would have gambled all my money away. Hhaha. Just kidding. I actually have more will power than that.
So thus began our final journey home. It was a great weekend – although Flushing, NY is not a place to send postcards from, I have to say that there are no mere words that could ever fully describe it. You really do have to go experience it for yourself. =]
And if you can believe this, next weekend we’re going BACK to New York! My mom’s cousin’s son is getting married and we were invited to Manhattan. My parents booked us rooms at the Millenium Hilton in New York City: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/NYCMLHH-Millenium-Hilton-New-York/index.do. Pretty fancy, HUH? Well, I’ll have to tell the story next weekend, then.
Until then. TTFN.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
They also had a zoo: http://www.yorkzoo.com/. Which as you can see from the website, it is a very small zoo. But we did get to see many primates, lions, panthers, birds, snakes...etc. I even got a poloroid of myself holding a snake...It felt kind of weird and if I didn't feel it move from time to time, I'd have thought it was dead. Ew. And I didn't realize that they made poloroid cameras anymore...BUt then again, the perverts have to have SOME sort of way to capture their pervertivenes. LOL. ANYWAYS. They also had a huge pen where there were several deer that you could feed - they have one of those gumball machines that you put in a quarter and it spits out a handful of food. Man, those deer are HUNGRY. One of the deer was camped out in front of the opening to the food machine and he wouldn't let me open the door because he was trying to use his nose to open it himself. Some guy had to step in front of the deer and give me time to get the food out. YEESH. So, the zoo was actually pretty cool...
We ate at some cool restaurants - the first night, we ate at the restaurant at the hotel. Then the 2nd night, we ate at this place that was located just down the street from us - I don't recall the name of the restaurant, though. And the 3rd night, we ate at a japanese/chinese food place. Overall, the food was pretty good. Nothing too special or too fancy. =]
So there you have it. Our long weekend at York Beach, ME. Not very exciting, I know. BUt you know, its always nice to get away.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
On an upside, we have recently started to watch the 1st season of "Rescue Me." The best part? No commecials. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised because when it first came out in 2004 and was showing on FX, I wasn't that impressed. BUt After the 1st episode, we're hooked! Denis Leary is excellent and the charachters really gel well together...The show is a weird mix of drama, comedy relief and action. Its an interesting view of a fire fighters life. I keep saying through the entire show - "wow, I wouldn't ever want to be a fire fighter in a big city..." because if you think about it, they don't just put out fires. They have to respond to accidents, to family crisises (is that how you spell it?) and to any kind of other incidents that aren't so good on the soul. I mean, how do you handle having to deal with death, burning flesh, crazy people or accidents that shouldn't have happened? I mean, I feel sick when I accidentally singe a piece of hair on my head - how would I do if I smelled someone's flesh burning away? Most likely, not so good. I admire people who put themselves before anyone else. Not everyone is built that way.
The other thing, too, is as I was saying in the beginning - Denis Leary is excellent in this show. I have been used to his quick witted stand-up and harsh sarcastic look on life, but he applies his personality to this type of character and it works really, really well for him. I can't honestly say that I am a full-on Denis Leary fan, but to tell you the truth after watching the first 6 epidodes, I'm starting a new appreciation for him as an actor. Plus, I thought he was great in the Ice Age movies. Haha.
So if anyone out there is reading this - and I highly doubt it - go watch it!
ANYways. I'll end it here. Before someone else ends it for me.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I'll get a world record for this.
Let me reach in and get your watch out of the printing press.
Hey there's no handles inside these car doors!
Gee, that's a cute tattoo.
Here's my Kent State student ID.
He's probably just hibernating.
What does this button do?
I'm making a citizen's arrest.
Can we get a vision plan?
So, you're a cannibal.
It's probably just a rash.
Why am I standing on a plastic sheet?
Are you sure the power is off?
Yeah, I made the deciding vote on the jury, so what of it?
No, my shoes aren't untied.
The odds of that happening have to be a million to one!
What do you mean, "I'll be back"?
Why is the rest of the Star Trek landing party wearing a different color?
Pull the pin and count to what?
Which wire was I supposed to cut?
I wonder where the mother bear is.
I've seen this done on TV.
These are the good kind of mushrooms.
I'll hold it and you light the fuse.
What's that priest doing here?
You look just like Charles Manson.
Let it down slowly.
Rat poison only kills rats.
OK, I'll go ahead and make your day.
It can't possibly rain for forty days and nights.
I'll get your toast out.
Give me liberty or give me death.
Just take whatever you want, this is a ghost town.
It's strong enough for both of us.
This doesn't taste right.
I can make this light before it changes.
I can do that with my eyes closed.
I've done this before.
Well we've made it this far.
Hey that's not a violin.
I'll just slip into the commuter lane for a second.
I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses on, would you?
OK this is the last time.
Don't be so superstitious.
Now watch this.
This planet has an atmosphere just like on earth.
That birthmark on your head looks like 999.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
My fiancé and I took off on Friday morning at 7am. It’s a 2 hour ride - and initially I had wanted to leave at 6am, but that hour comes really quickly when you go to bed late, so we were already running a little behind. We plugged in the 'ol navigation device - whose voice has been changed to some English lady who sounds like a sex hotline chick. So each time she led us in the right direction, I'd say, "good work, slut!" LOL.
Anyways. We got to the campground around 8:45am. When I use the word "camp ground," I use it very lightly here. This is a place where you can get electricity, water, sewer, and cable. They also have an area with a pool, Jacuzzi, arcade and live entertainment. My parents own a pop-up trailer where if it were to start raining, we could go in and watch TV. There is even a little stove top, sink and working shower/toilet. Weird, eh? They stay at a site where there is a lot of land and it is at a point where you can sit and do a lot of people watching. One thing I have always loved about it is the ability to sit by the fire and watch the different people.
So, we got there and my oldest brother was there with his 2 kids and his wife. They are ages 7 and 4. The first thing I did when I got there was give my nephew his birthday gift – I had bought him a pop-up book of mega beasts (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780763622305&itm=1 ). He already had a shark one (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=9780763622299&pwb=1&z=y ) and a dinosaur one (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=9780763622282&pwb=1&z=y ), so it was a good gift. The funny part was that he seemed excited about there being a camp fire. So he kept asking if he could burn stuff. He asked to burn the wrapping paper and the box…Glad he didn’t want to burn the book. He didn’t seem too afraid of the fire, but was cautious of other people getting too close. So then we had to go to Target - I needed to get a tarp to lie on the ground for our tent – my niece and nephew were sleeping in the other bed in the pop-up, so my fiancé and I had to use a small tent and air mattress. So I went with my brother, my mom and my niece and nephew to Target. Its funny how everything is so close together and how you can go from being at a camp ground to being in the middle of civilization! So we purchased the tarp and then went back to the camp site.
From there, we packed up 2 cars and drove down to the little private beach my parents like to occupy while they are there. In years past, there were times when we were the only ones on the beach. But now, since they started charging money to park in certain areas, word has spread that this little beach exists and the parking is free. I can almost guarantee that in about 2-3 years, they will start charging to park there, as well.
On this particular day, though, the sun was very hot and it was very humid. So much so, that I actually went into the ocean. It was not until I ducked my head under, that when I felt a sting on my face that I realized I was getting a sun burn. But I kept chugging along, playing with my nieces and nephews and in general just hanging out. We left the beach about 4 hours later and returned to the camp. There, my dad cooked us some seriously good filet mignons. Yum! Then we spent a little time by the fire. My brother and his wife were staying at a hotel, so they left and the kids went to bed shortly there after. So did we, because we wanted to make sure the kids got to sleep at a reasonable hour.
The next morning, we had breakfast and waited for my brother to come and get his kids – they were taking off to visit some friends for a week – I had wanted to come on Friday so that I could see them, if only for a short time. So they packed up their stuff and headed out. Now all that remained were my parents, me and my fiancé. We went back to the beach and stayed there for quote some time. It was another beautiful day and I was just happy to be doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes it’s great to not have to worry about anything or think about work. =] We packed it up and headed to a local seafood restaurant where I like to get fried scallops. They are so yummy! Then after each meal, if you go out the back door, you can take your food and feed it to the seagulls…or at least, I think they are seagulls. These birds are massive. Must be all the food people serve them. I remember this one time I threw a piece of fried chicken out to them and I swear on my grandfather’s grave that it never touched the ground!! I am scared for little kids when they go out there, should the gulls ever confuse them as tasty little morsels. =D
So, you know, I’d like to go on and describe the whole weekend from Friday AM to Monday AM, but it pretty much played out the same way. Sleep, eat, drink, lie on the beach, burn, sit by the fire, and back around again. Sunday afternoon, though, we got to see a very small wedding. It consisted of a very pregnant bride, the groom, the JP, and a couple witnesses ( I think one of them was the mother of the bride). It was pretty cute – as they were walking off the beach, everyone gave them a round of applause. I turned to my fiancé and said, “maybe we should do that…” So that was a nice ending to a nice vacation, eh?
In a couple weeks, me and my fiancé and going to York Beach, ME. We’re staying at a hotel – I’ll post the details when they happen!
Monday, July 23, 2007
I hope you'll always be
Right here by my side if ever I need you
Oh my love
In your arms,
I feel so safe and so secure
Everyday is such a perfect day to spend
Alone with you
I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year
With the dark,
Oh I see so very clearly now
All my fears are drifting by me so slowly now
I can say
The night is long but you are here
Close at hand, oh
I'm better for the smile you give
And while I live
I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year there will be
I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year...
Friday night: I stopped at my brother's house to pick up a tent and a video camera. I got home about 6-ish and had about a 15 minute window to get ready. By the time I got out of the shower, my Fiance's brother and sister-in-law were coming through the door. Then I heard his friends come in, too. So I got ready uber quickly and then we all headed out to a restaurant to have dinner. The show was to consist of 2 opening bands and then the main attraction: Run to the Hills. We finished up dinner and drove over to the little pizza place. We saw my fiance's brother in the parking lot and met up with him. He looked like he was ready to rock and I was excited to be there to listen and watch. We headed into the place and got a table. The 1st band was just wrapping up their set and then the 2nd band came on. WOW. Very LOUD. The lead singer was very...uh, different. Very low voice, and then it sounded like someone took a vice to his privates. But its OK. I think that is how they were supposed to sound. Also, they had a kid playing guitar who was very, VERY good! I had my little camera going, so I video taped a little of him playing. So then there was a break while the main band did set up. The lead singer for Run to the Hills was insistent that my fiance's brother wear a wig! He looked so funny with long, long black hair! I guess they had a disagreement in the parking lot about the wig, and I guess the lead singer won. It took them so long to start though. I guess one of the guitarist was taking a long, long time to tune up his instruments. SO they actually didn't start until 11pm! They had a set list of about 20 songs...SO...
They came on and I have to tell you, Johnny's Pizza draws a very "different" crowd. Very biker-y. And then there were the Iron Maiden fans mixed in there and that equals a very diverse crowd. I won't lie. I did feel a little out of my element. But I was overall very mesmerized at watching my fiance's brother play bass. He just looked so happy up there and very professional. I kept hearing about how good a bass player he was...but to witness it is a whole different story. You kind of feel like one of those giddy women who are like, "Omigawd!! I KNOW that guy!!!!!" I tried to tape as much as I could, but ended up only getting about 10 minutes worth. I tried to get close, but there were so many nutty fans and they were all so very close to the stage that I always had some shadow of some huge guy banging his head to nothing in particular. It couldn't have been top the music because he was off beat. And then there were the crazy women who were looking like they just came out of an Iron Maiden video shoot. And they were dancing to the same thing the guy who was banging his head to was...Not really to anything at all. There was a point where I tried going next to the speakers, but the music was SO loud, it shook my brain stem loose and I had a few moments of dizziness. LOL. So I backed off and tried standing on a chair. That may have been a mistake because when I turned the camera off to "stand-by," the lead singer for the 2nd band came over and was talking to the camera. He told me to shoot a picture of his shirt and then he lifted it to show a very skinny, very white stomach. BLEAH. He looked white as a ghost! But the band played on and soon enough, it was 1am. The pizza place closes at 1am, which is weird because I thought it closed at 2am. Oh, well. We all hung outside for a while, talking to my fiance's brother and just discussing the performance. It was really weird, but as people were coming out, I saw my fiance's OTHER brother (his younger one, who was in the Marines), yelling at some guy - calling him a Nazi...I at first thought that he was joking around with the guy because I thought maybe they had chatted while inside. But I guess at the beginning of the show, while the guys were tuning up, he grabbed the mike and was screaming Nazi things. So I guess this rubbed my fiance's brother the wrong way...I never saw him yell that way. And when I realized that he was not messing around, I thought it was kind of scary. I had never seen him raise his voice like. Suddenly I realized that he was not someone I would ever want to make upset! (^_~) Anyways...the night ended around 2am. We got dropped off and then chatted for a while before turning in. My fiance and I slept on the air mattress we purchased and my soon to be brother-in-law and his wife slept in our bedroom. A few hours later, my fiance got up so he could go to his eye appointment. I went next door to D & D and got some coffee for our guests, since we don't drink coffee! I was going to cook eggs and potatoes and realized that it may be too much for everyone to eat. So I went back to D & D and bought donuts and muffins. So, NOW...
Saturday: We all headed over to my fiance's best friend's parent's house around 11:45am. We were the first ones there! I wish I could go into some elaborate story about all the things that happened, but to tell you the truth, it was just your typical cookout. Lots of friends, lots of people you didn't know, lots of food and lots of fun. I genuinely like all of my fiance's friends and family. I think they're all pretty great - I can only hope that they think the same of me and that my fiance things the same of my friends and family. It was just one of those rare occasions where friends and family collide. Both sets of my fiance's parents showed up, and his 3 brothers. Typically, it is one or the other - all friends or all family. We also had great weather. I have a very weird burn. Some on the back of my neck, and some on my arm. One arm is now darker than the other. I'm hoping that next weekend, I can take care of that (but that'll be another post). Anywho. We actually didn't leave until a little before nine. I like the fact that we stayed outside the entire time. Those days are great because that's what summer is supposed to be! So in retrospect, I had a really good time. One guy we know went to Alaska and he showed me some pictures. I swear, it is so beautiful there that every picture you take is worthy of a screen saver. =] He stayed there for 3 weeks, visiting his brother. Some day, I'd like to go to Alaska. Just to see what it is like. The mountains are just so beautiful and huge! And the water there looks so clean and refreshing - cold, I'm sure, but also refreshing. So we got home about 9-ish and settled in to watch "Blood and Chocolate." We only got to watch 1/2 of it though - we were a little too tired to make it through...
Then came Sunday: Just your typical lazy Sunday. We went to the Rockingham Mall and then food shopping. How exciting, right? =]
So that brings us back here to Monday. Bleah. Hope this week goes by fast, even though it is a 4 day week! =]
Friday, July 20, 2007
We met when we were at UMass Amherst (http://umass.edu/umhome/index.php). *sigh* The good 'ol days. We were both staying at Knowlton Hall in Northeast, which is the engineering, nerds and dorks section of UMass. Knowlton is also an all girls dorm. When I filled out my application to live on campus, I don't remember checking off that box. So I don't know how the heck I landed in that dorm. To top it off, I was on the 4th floor and had TWO other room mates. Yes, that's right, I was in a triple. One of them was Japanese and the other was Vietnamese (she was from Worcester). Both talked really loud, too. Don't get me wrong. They were really nice people. Its just that I was hoping to get a quiet room mate, you know? So anyways.
One night, I went down to the lounge area and saw my friend sitting there watching television. I think it was either the Monday night or Tuesday night line up...So we ended up talking and I was discussing my room mate issue. And she told me about her room mate issue (which was worse compared to mine). From there, we became friends. She actually took me back to Worcester to stay with her for a few weekends. She had relatives/friends that would come and pick her up, so she often asked me to come along, as well. Her parents are so very nice. I am sure that they thought I was weird because all I would eat was white rice...You see, my friend is Vietnamese and therefore, her mom cooked Vietnamese food - or Asian food. I'm just not a very adventurous person when it comes to food and can sometimes be scared of trying new things...So in saying this, I hope all those times I was not actually insulting them. =T Anyways. For the first time in my life, I was introduced to the Asian lifestyle. I never knew many Asian people - most of the people in my high school were either white or adopted Asians like me. It was pretty cool to be in a different environment. Her parents were so welcoming and so nice. It was like having a 2nd pair of parents! =] So anyways.
After the first year, I think, we got to share a room in Knowlton. The following semester, Hanh stayed home, so I was left on my own. I never got a new room mate, so I was actually living in a single. It was lonely and weird because...well, I'll leave that alone in case some people were to ever read this. But the following Fall, we moved to a different dorm, Johnson. We got a corner room, which was actually quite large. And at the time, I had gotten myself a boyfriend. So all of his friends started hanging out in our room. Seems our room was the place to be and soon enough, people were coming in without knocking! Sheesh! So needless to say, after one year of living in that room, I didn't come back. I was too wrapped up in having a boyfriend and having a good time that I let my studies slip. Its no ones fault but my own and if anyone ever asked me what I wanted to change in my life, I have to say that's the only thing. So that was the end of my UMass Amherst life. I went on to UMass Lowell and eventually got my degree, but you know, if it weren't for UMass Amherst, I wouldn't have met my friend.
And she is one of the greatest people you could ever meet. Funny, beautiful, thoughtful, caring, and smart. She has since moved away, though, and you know what? I miss her. We talk on the phone and chat and email, but you know, nothing quite fills the void of those nights sharing a room when you can just turn your head and start talking about whatever. Or go to dinner at 4pm at the dining commons and talk about EVERYTHING. Or walk to the campus center and get an ice cream on a warm fall night or a warm spring day (you notice how that doesn't happen in the cold of the summer or frost of the fall?) *sigh* There are times when I really miss those days. I think mainly it is because I tend to keep only a few very special people in my life. So when one of them moves away, the void is impossible to fill...
So there you have it. An introduction (brief, I know) of my best friend. Why don't you pop in on her and say hello? (http://dyshanhics.blogspot.com)
Ta Ta for Now!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
ANYways. I can't wait for the weekend. Actually, I can't wait for tommorow night! My fiance's brother is playing bass at Johnny's Pizza in Hudson, NH and everyone is going! (http://www.johnnys-pizzeria.com/about/index.html) We're all going out to dinner at T-Bones before the show and then heading over to see him play bass. I have never seen him play. All I keep hearing about is how awesome he is (which, I am SURE he is) but I need to see the legend for myself, you know? He's playing in an Iron Maiden Tribute band (http://runtothehillsusa.com/home.htm). My fiance loves Iron Maiden (http://www.ironmaiden.com/), so he is pretty siked about the whole thing. His OTHER brother is coming up from Douglas, MA (that is who is staying with us). Then the next day, we are heading to a yearly cookout at my fiance's best friend's parents house. I've been to one before - everyone is so nice. I can't wait! Its going to be a hoot of a weekend! (wow, did I say "hoot?")
So after the events occur, I'll have to post again and tell you all about it~!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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You can check out the crazy posts that people leave. Since Mike Rowe is a fairly attractive man, and single, there are ALOT of crazies out there just day dreaming and drooling over him. Its kind of freaky, actually. But the site is fun and it gives you the general idea of what its all about!
So if anyone is wondering - go check it out.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I'm tired of the same news, the same topics. I want to hear about other teams, how they are dealing with their injuries, their team chemistry. I want to hear about good players doing off the field activities to help their community. I don't want to hear about the latest A-Rod incident, players calling managers racists just to get the lime light, and I don't care if Jason Giambi used steroids. If he were really going to do something useful about it, he would have already done it.
Bleah. Baseball media needs to take a long look at itself and realize that no one cares about the Yankees, no one cares about Barry Bonds and no one cares about Gary Sheffield. I certainly don't.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Anywho. I'm not a big blogger, so this could be one of those, "what, she only has one post in the last two years" things. I'm actually not even sure where to start. I mean, since this is on the web, there is a large chance that Sketchy McWeirdo will see this and start stalking me. Although, in order for that to happen, I will have to have a somewhat exciting life - which I do not. As a matter of fact, one of my good friends is always asking me, "when did life get so boring?" I always tell her, "its when we became adults." But you know what? I'd rather a quiet life of dullness than a life filled to the brim with drama. Drama ages you and streaks your hair with gray. So for now, until things start happening, this is all I have. =]