Sunday, June 29, 2008

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Last night we went to the Ogunquit Playhouse and saw Breaking Up Is Hard To Do featuring songs by Neil Sedaka. It didn't start until 8:30 so Gary had plenty of time to get home from work and eat dinner before we left. It was a really good play, and funny with good music. It took place in 1960 at a summer resort called "Esther's". Esther was played by Renee Taylor who was on the TV show The Nanny, she played the mother. Two thumbs up for this play.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Brooke's Bedroom

So these are some pictures of the inside of the sun room after we put our furniture in. Note the half wall that separates Brooke's bedroom from the rest of the room, it is a piece of 6'x6' white vinyl fence. Gary and I came up with that idea (actually it was me!) and it works perfect. She has some privacy and the mess can be hidden from our view, voila! We are still waiting for the guy to come and build the deck and put the lattice work around the bottom. He was maybe coming today, but I am not holding my breath. We still have a leak in the sun room, which Gary is on the roof trying to find right now and fix. If there is no deck-building today we have to go find a bureau for Brooke, her clothes are all over the place, which is not unusual but I would like to at least have a spot where she could put them if she wanted!
My MIL is here for a few days, not here in our camper, in her own. She has Timmy's youngest and his friend Alex with her. Alex took a dive off his bike the other night (actually the tire fell off!) and split his chin open. Charley had to take him to York Hospital and he got 9 stitches. At first he was scared, but then when they numbed it up, he thought it was cool.

The Quickie

This book was so good. It was a very quick read, but
I couldn't put it down! When you start reading it you
think you know exactly where it is going, but it takes
a lot of twists that are unexpected. I already bought
this on audio book from E-Bay for Gary to listen to, this
is just the sort of story he will really like.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wedding Plans

So yesterday, Brooke and I went with Nicole and Nina to scout some wedding reception locations. Nicole is not getting married until October 2009 but you can never be over-prepared. The top two pictures are of Steele Hill Resort right here in Sanbornton, just up the street from me actually. They have beautiful views, and Gary and I had our wedding reception there 20 years ago in October. :) The man who runs the weddings is still the same guy who did ours. Nicole was not overly thrilled with the reception room which I could not find a picture of. I am totally guessing on costs because they will go up for next year. But an estimate for a wedding reception here is about $6500.
The third and fourth picture were from Gunstock Mt. in Gilford. You can actually have your ceremony on the summit of the mountain, and every one rides the chair lifts up. Is that cool or what?? The reception area was very large and the woman who showed us around was really nice. Nicole was not keen about the ceremony on the summit, she has her heart set on walking down the church aisle. An estimate for this one would be about $$5500, and that is really an estimate on my part because this is the only one I don't have the food prices on yet.
The fifth picture is Opechee Inn in Lakeport. This was Nicole's least favorite. I couldn't find a picture of the building they have the receptions in, but it was not at all attractive on the outside even though it was right on the water. Even the paving was yucky on the parking area. The inside was nice, really big, and they are re-doing it with new carpeting and window treatments. It would be the cheapest probably because of the way the outside looks, I estimate this one would be $4500.
The last picture is Church Landing in Meredith, the most elegant place. It also is right on the water, and the reception room is large and nice looking with beautiful chandeliers. This one is way out of our budget, not only do I estimate the reception to cost about $12,000 here, but you have to fill 10 guest rooms, and they have to stay for two nights. At $300 or so a night. right. And you have to have a minimum of 150 guests, I would like to see Nicole's stay around 125. So, there they are, she is leaning towards Gunstock at this point, If you read this and want to leave a comment let me know which one you think is the best....

Celtics Win!

The Celtics returned to glory
and won 131-92 at last night's
NBA final against the Lakers.
I of course fell asleep, why do they
play so late??

Congratulations to the Graduate!

Brandon with his Mom and Dad

My mother and Brandon

My sister and our cousin's baby,
5 month old Brady

Monday, June 16, 2008

You're Not Seeing Things

No, you are not seeing things, our sun room is up, finally, 44 days into the season. We are only halfway there, the deck on the front needs to be put on, the latticework around the bottom and the guy never ordered the wall partition for the inside so Brooke's bedroom will be separate. Also there is a little decorative strip of awning that goes around the top of the sun room and that was never shipped with the room. Three cheers for Gary, if he had not taken the initiative to go get the room himself, and also he took Friday off to help the guy put it up, this would not be done right now. We had pouring rain in Maine Saturday night and Sunday morning, and we did experience a couple of leaks, but nothing that he couldn't fix. We went to Home Depot and picked up some decking paint in Cape Cod Gray and he painted his way out of the room yesterday afternoon. It looks really nice. We also picked up some roman shades for the windows. Saturday I went to my nephew's graduation party. I will post pictures later of that!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mr. Mole

Brooke had to make this for a Mole Day that they had in school. I forget what class it was for, but she won first place in the three classes with it. It had feet, well, a foot at one point, but when she cut it out and realized she only had one foot, it didn't look like a foot after all, it looked rather obscene. So this mole has no feet. :)
Today, finally, our sun room gets put up. Gary is up in Maine right now getting in the way, I mean, helping. :) I am not going up until Brooke gets out of school.
Yesterday, I got a free tank of gas. I went to put my credit card through, and it said there was $97 pre-paid on the pump. :0 My mother and my Aunt were with me, aka Bonnie and Clyde. I think they wanted me to pump the gas in, and leap into the getaway car, pulling out on two wheels. Who would have thought my 67 year old mother would be urging me to commit a crime!! So I pumped $55 worth until my tank was full, and against my better judgement was going to leave. Before I could execute the getaway ,the pump beeped and said to see the cashier inside. oops. They must have been watching me, probably cause I am a shifty looking sort of person. I went in and no one was looking at me, they didn't have a big picture posted from the cameras "Have you seen this woman, she tried to steal $55 worth of gas?" Nope, they didn't have a clue, I said to the woman, "the pump said to see the cashier inside" (notice I did not mention that it was pre-paid gas I pumped into my car) she took my card, ran her thumb over the magnetic strip and handed it back to me saying " if this doesn't work you will have to come back inside and pay". All righty then, I sauntered nonchalantly back outside, and we sped away.... on all four wheels.

Odd Hours

This is Dean Koontz's fourth Odd Thomas book. It's strange, I really enjoyed Odd Thomas and Brother Odd, but this one, and Forever Odd were just so-so. This one does not take place in Odd's hometown of Pico Mundo, and there are no "bodachs" to be seen. It was more of a regular suspense story and not a supernatural suspense story. From the ending, I would bet that there will be more adventures of Odd Thomas to come.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Then and Now

I should have waited and used this as an anniversary thing but I am too impatient. My parents on their wedding day, weren't they cute? And my most recent picture of them at my nephew's wedding, still cute no?

World Without End

This is the sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth".
But you absolutely don't have to read the first
one in order to enjoy this one. This is a long book, 1014 pages and takes a good while to read
but it is worth it, I loved the first book and this
one was even better. Set in the 1300's it takes place in the town of Kingsbridge. The great cathedral and the priory from the first book are once again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge. It starts with 4 children who witness a murder. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end. One boy will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church. The other will pursue an impossible love. They will see prosperity and famine, The Black Plague and war. And they will always live under the shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!

Home Again Home Again Jiggedy Jig

Back from vacation. I have no pictures, number one because we didn't do anything exciting, and number two because my computer crashed right before vacation and it is still at the doctor's. I am having to use my daughter's computer. We had a nice vacation. We decided to buy bikes. Since we aren't professional bike riders we just went to Wal-Mart to buy cheap ones. Gary got a nice 21 speed
Schwinn. I insisted that the cheaper, purple bike was all I needed. When we got back to the camp we took them for a ride. I thought I was going to have to be brought home in an ambulance. Just going up little hills I was huffing and puffing, and oh, my ass, it killed! I figured I was pretty out of shape, but I walk a lot and do exercise almost every day and that bike killed me. The next day I went out with Brooke. She rode the 21 speed I rode my 7 speed. Ugh. the hills were even worse than the day before. I figured that maybe it was because I was still recovering from the day before and begged Brooke to switch bikes with me. I could not believe the difference when I got on the 21 speed. I went right up the hills like nothing, and even the seat felt better. Poor Brooke, she rode the yucky 7 speed all the way home and swore she would never get on it again. Gary put the tags back on the bike, cleaned up the tires and we took it back to wal-mart. I ended up getting the exact same one as him, but in a women's. We also solved the dilemma with the closet in our bedroom at the camper. There aren't any drawers to speak of in the bedroom to put clothes in, but there is a huge closet. We have been looking and looking for some sort of shelving to put in it to put our clothes on. Nothing had the right measurements. While in Wal-mart we saw these 3 shelf bookcases that looked like they would work. They were only $18 a piece so we decided to try them. They fit in just right and I am thrilled to have shelves for my clothes.
Other than that, we ate out a lot. And I ate WAY too much junk food. I was so out of control. today, back to eating sensibly.
Last night we watched a couple of movies when we got home, Mr. Brooks and The Mist. They were both pretty good.
Our sun room has still not arrived. We aren't going up this weekend so maybe by the weekend after it will be there.
My nephew who got married at the end of April is going to be a Dad. His new wife is pregnant and due sometime in January.