Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yes, I am quite aware that I do indeed look like an idiot in the picture below, but pray tell, who can help looking like an idiot when they are oh so stoked about the Elvis t-shirt sent to them by their fabulous sister for their birthday??? (Thanks Kirst!)

Please note that the shirt has "30th" on it, thus commemorating the 30th anniversary of the sad day when the King's life came to a tragic end. Ironic, don't you think, that just one mere little year later to the month was the date of my birth? I am quite convinced that the spirit of Elivs was reincarnated right into my mother's womb and into my little soul. Except the whole famous, musically talented part...that portion certainly didn't come my way...

Love Me Tender, man!


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Sunday, August 26, 2007

I can't believe how accurate this puppy is! I would spend the rest of my life in Rome if I could!!!! Viva Italia!




You Belong in Rome



You're a big city soul with a small town heart

Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?

The Northshore...

You know you're an east coaster when you use the term "Northshore" and aren't referring to either 1) Hawaii, which has the REAL Northshore, or 2) The legendary Rick Cain (loved him) and his killer surfing skills documented in the classic movie "The Northshore" (this should be a family classic in all your households, ranked up there with the likes of "Top Secret" and "Raising Arizona")

Derelique and I spent yesterday exporing the northshore. We drove through Gloucester (please pronounce properly "Gl-ou-shtah" like you're a German, or face the ridicule) and Rockport. We drove along the coast and stopped at whatever spot hit our fancy to check it out sights or take pictures. It was a little hazy, but still very pretty.



I loved this little fishing boat, out and about a-fishin!

We ended up spending the afternoon at Good Harbor Beach in Rockport. It was great and besides the FREEZING water, the rippling-water-excuse for waves and the many white bodies (mine oh so very much included!) I thought for a moment that I was home in California and I was in heaven!




Saturday, August 25, 2007

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

I got all kinds of cards, calls and e-mails wishing me a happy birthday a couple days ago - thanks everyone! You all made my day!
Darek took me to dinner at Grafton Street Grill in Harvard Square, delish!


And nothing could beat my Munchkin donut birthday cake! Thanks Derelique!!!


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25 Weeks
I promise I won't bore you with belly pictures every week but I couldn't believe how much my tummy popped out this week - much larger then last week! This babe is a-growin!

So touristy!


We've spent the last few weekends cruising around doing fun Boston touristy things that we've just never gotten around to. Our first stop last weekend was the Longfellow Mansion in Cambridge. Washington used this house as his headquarters during the revolutionary war. A century or so later Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived here with his family. I gained a much greater appreciation for his writing as I learned that he gave voice to many of the oppressed populations of the time, namely women, African Americans suffering through slavery, the Native Americans and he even spoke up for animal rights. He was a very forward thinker of his time!


Then we headed down to Quincy (pronounced Quin-zee for you non-locals) to visit the birth places, homes and burial places of two US presidents John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams. Again I was really impressed with these men and their wives as well, all they stood and fought for. It made me grateful to live in this promised land and understand more about the foundation that was established here so that freedom and the coming forth of the gospel could happen. Very cool!


This is Darek in the tomb of a church in Quincy where John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives are buried.




John Adam's tomb.




This is the house that John Adams was born in, the first of three that we got to tour. So little house on the prairie!


Darek was so excited to meet former US president John Adams!


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The after party...

As if our tour through Quincy checking out the historical sites wasn't exciting enough...some poor chick ran a stop sign and nailed our trolley car on our way back to the T. I was the lucky patron that was sitting right at the spot the chick hit and saw the whole thing happen. I say lucky because I was three feet above the car sitting in the trolley so when she hit it dent it in underneath me instead of at my side. I for sure thought she was going to stop, she had plenty of time, but I guess the sun was shining in her eyes or something because stop, she did not!

Darek couldn't resist taking a picture...after making sure everyone was OK of course. I got asked about 1000 times if I was OK, as I was the only prego girl on the trolley and quite the center of attention. Since I saw it coming I could brace myself. However the chick hit this vent part of the trolly and it let out all this steam and was really loud and that was right below my seat so that part freaked me out a little bit and I bailed from the trolley ASAP for fear the sucker was going to go up in flames or some such nonesense!

It was pretty sad. The girl hit the grill thing and her car sunk a foot or so into the trolley. The trolley driver didn't realize what had hit him (literally) and kept driving for a few more feet. Since her car sunk a foot into the side of the trolley, the trolley dragged her a few feet and then finally peeled off her bumper like a banana peel. Again, I was watching the whole ordeal and couldn't believe it just ripped off the bumper like you'd rip off a bandaid. I felt really bad for the girl. Moral of the story: please take stop signs seriously folks!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Man alive - blogger won't upload my fantastic fotos of our most recent adventures! I'll keep working on it...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Finally a bare belly shot last week at 23 1/2 weeks!


I love the Esplanade!!!!

Derelique and I took a nice leisurely bike ride along the esplanade last week! It was beautiful outside. Darek couldn't believe how many runners were out running along the river. It just made me miss running like MAD to see them all out there! Boston is such a beautiful place and the river is definitely one of its most beautiful features!

I had to take a litte break. We sat and watched the sun go down over the river...until the dude on the next bench lit up a joint that is!



There were about 8 million sail boats on the river. This picture just shows a few of them . They were sailing in a line then the first would turn around and weave in and out of the rest and eventually they would all follow. It was cool watching them weaving so close to each other.


Oh dear Boston - will you go steady with me?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

FINALLY!

I'd just like to welcome the Kimball clan (aka Packy and family) to the blogging world! So happy she finally joined us. Please check out her blog and be sure to congratulate her on the arrival of her sweet son Clark!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Vanderbuilts fifth child passed away in adulthood of an exploded esophogus...

just one of the many interesting facts I learned last weekend touring the mansions in Newport, RI. We had a really great time on Saturday in Newport. What a beautiful place. The mansions were insane. We toured two built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. So excessive, so much money! American "royalty" at its best (or worst, perhaps!!)

The Breakers

We toured The Breakers first, built by the Vanderbuilts in the late 1800s as a "summer cottage" where they spent 6 weeks each summer. This is a side view of the front.

I don't know about you but I was pretty stoked as a kid with the cardboard box forts we made in the TV room and played in for hours. However my sad little cardboard box fort was put to shame by the "play house" built for the Vanderbuilt kids...

This playhouse is bigger then our apartment!


This is the view from the back of the house overlooking the backyard and the water. So beautiful!


Here's the back view of the house. Can I please just be Elizabeth Bennett for ten minutes and attend a ball on that patio??? Oh Mr. Darcy, would you like to take a turn about the room with me?

And Darek looking hoitty toitty! Such a mucky muck!


Marble House

This house was built later by Alva Vanderbuilt who prided herself in building a completely marble home and being the first woman of her class to divorce her husband and marry the richer man up the street. Don't worry she kept both mansions...because you need two mansions, right?

I got real worn out touring the mansions and therefore we only saw two of them. They were beautiful and amazing...but there is nothing like the BEACH!



Just chillin, enjoying the beach


Trivia:

Alex Trebec: "Answer: The Ocean State"

Trivia-savvy you: "Alex, That would be What is Rhode Island?"

We had such a great time and once again must proclaim our LOVE for the gorgeous east coast!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Bob Loblaw
(That's "blah blah" for those poor unfortunate souls who live in the misery of never having seen Arrested Development! Please remedy that ASAP)

Today's random post:

It was a good week, way too busy at work...there is nothing in this world like driving home from work on a Friday afternoon - even if you did leave 45 minutes late, so great to get out!

Major accomplishment: Not a single dish sat in my sink this week! Automatic wash after use - such an effective strategy! Then again, not a single dinner was cooked this week either...also a very effective strategy!

Husband planned a surprise date for tonight! I really love him, think I'll marry him!

The babe is a tap dancer, my bladder his stage!

We're headed to Newport, Rhode Island tomorrow to enjoy all the beauitful sights and mansions...including that of Mr. Gatsby himself (where The Great Gatsby was filmed) I'll send him your love! Los fotos fabulosos to follow!

I finally talked with Packy this week about the arrival of Clark! She gave me all the gruesome details that only Packy is capable of giving. I am now sufficiently scared of delivering the tap dancer!

Got the happy news about the Walls expecting their first - welcome to the club and CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So great! And PS - I love the new blog layout and gorgeous beach picture! Oh California - how I miss you!

Fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter from Whole Foods = HEAVEN!!!!

Pictured below: Last night's dinner...perhaps why very little dish doing occurred this week! Ummm, by the way, that's supposed to be seedless. Pray tell how that single seed got into the middle of my watermelon?



Hope all is well with all you folks!!!!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Happy Birthday Keri!

Hey sweet girl! I hope you had the happiest birthday ever yesterday! I thought of you all day and can't believe how big you're getting! We love you!


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I love me some Footloose!

The 80's were such an embarrassing time...but watching Footloose tonight made all the embarrassment worth it! Oh Kevin Bacon - come footloose with me sometime!


Oh man! Now Flashdance is starting! I'm never going to make it to bed tonight! Yeah Tiff - let me tell you all about the awkward pregnant girl dancing like its 1999!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Just feel like blogging...

I have nothing new to say today so her are the current tidbits on my life:

Derelique flew to Arizona today for the weekend so I'm going on a chitty chat date with a friend of mine. Late lunch, then off to see Hairspray. I've heard it's great and although John Travolta looks straight up scary to me as woman, I'm sure it will be good!

PS ~ Darek will be chillin not only with the Arizona McCoys (which includes G. Sterling of course!) but the Las Vegas McCoys too! SO jealous! Wish I could be in the jammed packed crazy hilarious house this weekend with those FOURTEEN McCoys! (yeah, 14! And that's not even half the fam, folks! Ma and Pa McCoy feel strongly posterity!) Can't wait to see the pictures!

I've been eating cherries and watermelon for the last hour, delicious!

I'm currently listening to Wishlist by Pearl Jam...so great. Reminds me of the early days of falling in love with my hubby!

We had another ultrasound this week and can I tell you that I have never seen anything as
precious as my sweet baby's lips.
Can't wait for those kisses!

I want to name our son Atticus...what do you think?

It has been hotter then Hades this week and I might melt away. I'm thinking of chopping my hair off. Darek hopes I won't, but it like carrying a quilt from my head at all times!

Now I'm listening to One Year, Six Months by Yellowcard. Please download this song and enjoy!

I did half of my dishes this morning. Would you like to come over and do that other half?

We saw Bourne Ultimatum last night. Very good. I recommend it if you're a fan of the series. Matt Damon - so talented!

I miss California! Sunny but not melting hot...all the time! *sigh*

I babysat four little munchkins this morning and we watched Highschool Musical. Pretty funny and although I hate to admit it, it totally made me miss the good old days of doing musicals in high school. I played Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie my senior and dyed my waistlength hair BLACK for the role! That's dedication folks!


We went for a bike ride last Sunday night and this was the beautiful sunset we were able to enjoy. Oh Charles (the river that is...) I simply LOVE you!




Ok, that's it for now. Have a great day!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Candlepin Bowling
So we've posted Candlepin pictures before, but now I present VIDEO of this awesome New England pastime:
  • Instead of 2 balls per frame you get 3
  • The lanes are more narrow
  • The pins are really skinny (hence, "candlepins")
  • The balls are mini
  • And you don't clear off the downed pins in between balls
WARNING: PROFESSIONAL BOWLER AHEAD; BE PREPARED FOR AWESOMENESS!



"...and he picks up the spare!" That's textbook bowling form right there. Of course I wouldn't post any of my many gutter balls which are frequent on these stinkin' narrow lanes! Seriously, one of the most frustrating sports I've ever played...but like golf, I can't NOT keep playing it no matter how mad I get. I took Mom and Dad when they were out here a few weeks back and they both beat me by like 20 pins. Nevertheless! please note the personal Dunlop bowling shoes and Purple swirl balls. You have to at least be able to talk a big game...



"...and he gets the spare again!" Good ol' Sacco's Bowl Haven in Davis Sq. We keep it old school here with our manual scorecards and exposed ball return tracks (you can see the ball coming back in the background).

(thanks to camera man, Logan, for the great videography)