Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The August Break: Day 24

Behold, my pile of unread magazines. I could say I'm embarrassed about the trash I read, but really, I'm not. I read enough books to make up for it.

And thus concludes The August Break! 24 days out of 31 - not bad, not bad at all. Thanks for indulging me and my terrible photography (really, you can't event call it photography). It was fun, and just the kick-start I needed in terms of blogging.
See you in September (i.e., my birthday month)!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The August Break: Day 23

A friendly reminder to myself that it's TIME TO CLEAN MY DESK at work.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The August Break: Day 22

This is all we all feel after a long weekend at the boat. (Dogs included.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

The August Break: Day 21

More New York...(although none of these photos are ACTUALLY funny, they all make me laugh, because - and I'm sure this will surprise you - we were acting like idiots playing hooky all day.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The August Break: Day 20

Yesterday I went to NYC with my friends Heather and Cheryl to see the musical American Idiot. I had seen it previously and am happy to report I loved it just as much the second time around. Plus, I had massive amounts of fun with my friends, many laughs, and solid plans to do this again next year. It's pretty awesome to spend the day in the city with people who have known you for 29 (Heather) and 19 (Cheryl) years. Oh, they stories they could tell....

You really don't know how badly you need friend time (sans children) until you get it.

(more New York pics to come...)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The August Break: Day 19

"Mommy, STOP TAKING MY PICTURE!!!" is what she is quite literally saying here.

Someone is really sick of The August Break.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The August Break: Day 18

It rained a lot yesterday, so we took that as a good excuse to hang on the couch and watch copious amounts of Dora.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The August Break: Day 17

Just got back from spending a large chunk of the weekend at the boat. We actually stayed over two nights in a row - the first time we did that. It was mostly fun, but the sleeping situation the first night was terrible. Greg, Jane and I all shared the little v-berth bed, and, at one point, I managed to, from a sitting position, slam my face into a sharp wood corner, rather than my pillow. OUCH. Last night Greg slept elsewhere on the boat and it worked out better. Anywho, I forgot my camera, so here are a couple of pics of the ones that were left behind (Jimmy looks terribly offended, no?).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The August Break: Day 16

OK, so, last week we went on a super-fun family trip to the Bronx Zoo. I have been wanting to go there with Jane since she was born. Greg and I are in love with the San Diego Zoo, but, alas, we are 3,000 miles from there, so the Bronx Zoo would have to do. And she loved it. (I had a fear that we would drive two hours and then have to leave 10 minutes later because she was scared of the animals.) And I took all sorts of really great pictures, and I was really going to milk it for a few days during this August Break thing. Until Jane managed, with a couple pushes of the buttons on my camera, to delete all of my photos.
I was devastated. Really! I'm no photographer (as you can tell), but it was such a great trip and I lost everything about 20 minutes before we left. So here is what I ended up with: a picture of me and Jane near a sign, Greg and his camel friend, and this pic of a gorilla that I uploaded from my Blackberry. Thrilling, I know.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The August Break: Day 15

My dresser is starting to look like it did 30 years ago.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The August Break: Day 14

On Saturday, we went to an old-fashioned clambake at Lisa's house. And to paraphrase Rodgers and Hammerstein, it was a real nice clambake, and we were mighty glad we came. (From Carousel! Get it? Anyone? Anyone?)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The August Break: Day 13

And this is the reason it is imperative we have a king-sized bed. (The laptop represents me in this picture.)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The August Break: Day 12

Nine years ago today, my brother got in a terrible car wreck which resulted in weeks and weeks in the hospital and rehab. So despite how annoying he is (as all brothers are), I'm very glad he's still here to irritate the crap out of me.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The August Break: Day 11

On Wednesday, we took a little field trip to Greg's alma mater, UConn, to see the cows and horses. Man, we love those cows and horses. As a side note: I sometimes wonder if people who aren't from CT think that this is what all of CT looks like. Because this is what a CT calendar tends to look like. Cows, horses, green trees and shit, and maybe a seascape to change it up.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The August Break: Day 10

I just realized I hadn't posted any pictures from Jane's birthday party a few weeks ago, so here you have it! That day was completely insane. I have hosted many a party in my day, but none so crazy as when preschoolers take over the house.


I am interrupting The August Break to tell this quick story.

Jane has started to say two things a lot. One thing is, "I love you Mommy" (or Daddy). This is, obviously, awesome.

The other thing is, "Why?." Like, constantly, why, why, why, why, why. I have actually said, "Because I said so." (None of us are far from our mothers when it comes to this parenting thing.)

So, this is now a common exchange:
"I love you Mommy."
"I love you too, honey."

Girl, there aren't enough hours in the day to tell you why.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The August Break: Day 9

One of my all-time favorite things to do in the summer is sit on my back deck and read a book. So that is exactly what I am doing now.

Monday, August 09, 2010

The August Break: Day 8

I like to call this the Dora Coma.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The August Break: Day 7

I figured I'd post this recent self-portrait of Jimmy and myself, in tribute to the fact that he realized the invisible fence wasn't working this morning and made me run screaming like a lunatic in the backyard before 8 a.m. to find him (all is well). Oh Jimmy - you always keep me on my toes!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The August Break: Day 6

(I'm numbering the days by how many I'm participating in, not by the total days in the month of August.)

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The August Break: Day 5

Today we went down to the family biz - I've mentioned that my parents owned a Dairy Queen for over 30 years, and then sold it to my sister about 15 years ago, right? And I worked there for 13 summers of my life? I can make a cone with a curl on top like nobody's business - anyway, today was Miracle Treat Day, and proceeds from today's sales and donations went to support the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She had face painting, a bounce house, a tiny little petting zoo, pony rides, raffle prizes - it was quite the evening. Here are a couple of pics from our night.