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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

11:18 AM EST [Link] Jumbo's Back! [comments: 0]
And he's going to be bigger than ever!

Forty years ago today, on April 14, 1975, fire consumed Tufts' Barnum building, destroying much of its contents, including the taxidermied body of Jumbo.


Monday, April 13, 2015

03:49 PM EST [Link] The Estate and a Clock Tower [comments: 0]
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Some cell pics from the weekend. The first is the former Morgan estate. The second is a historic wooden clock tower in Walpole that looks like it's ready to keel over.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

08:56 PM EST [Link] Spring chores [comments: 0]
What a day. Did a lot of yard work, planting new flowers and herbs, getting the decks set up, doing some landscape improvements in front of the house, and cleaning out the raised bed. But also found time to have some fun too!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

06:40 PM EST [Link] Shake those feathers! [comments: 0]
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06:34 PM EST [Link] First real spring day [comments: 0]
Today's events so far: loping rose bush, photographing wildlife in Wellesley, Sherbon, and Natick, (even spotting an American Coot) buying some flowers for the garden (and some lettuce even though we still need to come up with a plan as to how we're going to lay everything out this year). Hanging by the former estate of Dr. Morton, the discoverer of ether and its use in surgery, although I have learned that there was a lot of controversy over that, gave myself a nice history lesson on it. Nice spring day - need to make the most of it.

11:57 AM EST [Link] Namiscray [comments: 0]
Namiscray - the crazy in me salutes the crazy in you!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

02:06 PM EST [Link] Grasshair! [comments: 0]
say Hello to Grasshair, a litttle pot with some seeds I picked up at Target last week. All last week there was nothing so I figured it might be a bust but then when I arrived at the office on Monday, BAM! - Instant hair!
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It will be interesting to see just how far I can take this thing.

12:22 PM EST [Link] Spring Cleanup! [comments: 0]
I hope the weather's pretty good this weekend. I think I might actually *want* to do some yard work. Crazy, huh? I'd also like the plan how we're going to do the garden this year and what if any changes might impact that.

Monday, April 6, 2015

07:22 PM EST [Link] History Walk in NJ [comments: 0]
So I had some time to kill in Morristown NJ this week, so I went for a little stroll around the common area, a spot I've walked about a few times before. This time I tried to see things that I hadn't seen before though and I did notice a few new things. I found a graveyard behind a church that held the remains of soldiers that fought in the Revolutionary War. This particular area of town was a base for General Washington, so there is some history here. Then a took a walk up a freakin big hill which was the site of a place called Fort Nonsense, basically an outpost where Washington stationed troops in case the British showed up, but they never did. The often cited story of the name is that Washington's original purpose for constructing the fort was to keep the American troops busy and out of trouble. It does provide a nice high view of the surrounding area though. I then walked down a bunch of side streets that housed many mansions once owned by prominent people back in the day. One such place is the Vail Estate, built for a man who co-invented the telegraph. It has nice little reflecting pool out front - now it's luxury condos. The next day we took the kids on a historic trainride out of Whippany in vintage cars. The Easter Bunny was also there for amusement. I also grabbed a magazine detailing things to do in NYC as at some point I want to do a getaway in Manhattan again.

01:44 PM EST [Link] Little Red SchoolHouse [comments: 0]
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Here's a little red school house I stumbled upon in Florham Park NJ over the weekend. It was built circa 1830, and continuously held classes there until 1913. Kinda cool.


01:34 PM EST [Link] Happy Anniversary Ladydoc! [comments: 0]
Ladydoc, you make me better, You challenge me, test me, compete with me, and complete me, while standing by my side. You cheer me up with your smile and our silly ways, Our sense of adventure is never lost, even if its just during a trip to the grocery store. We see a little humor in everything, and you've brought so much more meaning to my life than I could ever express in words...Thank you for being "that girl." -- Happy Anniversary!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

08:26 PM EST [Link] It's All Good [comments: 0]
Historic walking tour of Morristown, Easter celebrations, Madison Hotel, Whippany railroad ride, 7 year anniversary (!), More to come...

Monday, March 30, 2015

07:41 PM EST [Link] Jamaica Pond Visit [comments: 0]
Yesterday since the sun was finally out and the weather is starting to get nicer, we decided to get some fresh air and exercise by taking a visit to Jamaica Pond in Boston and walking around the 1.5 mile perimeter of the pond. I noticed a couple of things this time that I never did before. One was this structure of an Indian carved inside of a block. After looking it up it is a memorial to a man called Francis Parkman, a famous American Historian and lived among the Sioux, among other things. Sounds like a fascinating life, funny how I never personally heard of him before, but maybe that's just me. Toward the end of the walk we were lucky enough to see a Great Blue Heron just hanging around standing on the ice of the pond, but rather far away from us.

Lately in the back yard, a rather large rabbit has been sighted. We think she may be pregnant - Spring is certainly in the air.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

02:25 PM EST [Link] Dover Horses [comments: 2]
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Stopping along the side of the road on a drive through Dover, MA today, a group of horses decided to come over and check out to see what I was doing. Been jonesin' to get outside but it's been kinda cold and the snow, though slowly disappearing, is still a negative factor.

Also, was a little bummed to hear that the Oak View Estate is up for sale. It would be a tragedy if developers bought the place and turned it into condos. I think the current owners had some kind of doll museum in there, which sounds weird, but whatever. I guess they just couldn't keep up with the cost of the place. The inside could use a little updating for sure, unless you like the victorian look.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

08:14 AM EST [Link] K-Cup Recycling [comments: 0]
Hmmm. Think I might want to try this. Reuse Spent K-Cups as Seed Starters for Your Spring Garden.

Also, mason jar salads.


Monday, March 16, 2015

09:29 AM EST [Link] Can it stop forever now? [comments: 0]
Boston has surpassed its all-time snowiest record for a winter season at 108.6 inches (276cm).

So done. Oh, and wasn't it a joy scraping off all the caked ice from the windshields this morning?

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No sooner do I finally think I'm getting the hang of this project, the project manager is leaving! WTF! Well, I'll just keep plugging away - hopefully any transition will all work out smoothly - again.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

08:50 PM EST [Link] Wildlife among us [comments: 0]
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The living with wildlife in the suburbs talk was great! What a great local library too! Here's a coyote that was hit by a car in town 14 years ago and now used for display and educational purposes.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

08:14 PM EST [Link] A small update [comments: 0]
Small update. Couple of pics seen along to road to last weekend's trip to NJ. Also some backyard birds grabbing at some seed on the snow. Tomorrow night, going to see a talk by an animal control officer about dealing with wildlife in the suburban environment. Got a great review at work for the past year (one of my best ever - mostly due to that state government work I assisted with last summer), still managing this new task of the day-to-day for a gov't run website, and finally enjoying some warmer weather this week.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

04:34 PM EST [Link] Argh! [comments: 1]
Can't remember when I had some free time to update this blog! Things in general are going well, I've actually been addressing the project's needs that I've taken the lead on more or less on my own now for 2 weeks! It's a process.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10:45 AM EST [Link] PSA [comments: 2]
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100,000 Elephants have been killed in Africa in the last three years. Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory. Stop the Ivory trade in China and other countries that participate and SAVE the ELEPHANT!! (Pic Source: Natl Geographic)


Sunday, February 22, 2015

01:12 PM EST [Link] Pic from yesterday [comments: 0]
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Winter is winning.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

01:31 PM EST [Link] Monkey Minds and Spa Treatments [comments: 0]
Currently reading Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety. Book is pretty funny but useful too!

Can't help but seeing everybody trying to rake off their roofs around town before tonight's snow/rain craptacular event.

Fisher Spa in Braintree is THE place to go. I got to hang out there for a few while LD got a treatment she loved! I read some of the book while sitting in the chair!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

06:03 PM EST [Link] Draw the Line Already! [comments: 0]
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Ok, I draw the line when the snowfall is almost up to the top of the garage!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

03:17 PM EST [Link] Stop Snowing! [comments: 0]
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Another 14+" on top of the 30" we already have on the ground! Snow banks taller than cars. 4' up to the front door....


Saturday, February 14, 2015

06:45 PM EST [Link] Pre-VD Festivities [comments: 0]
Had a nice pre-Valentine's Day Date last night. Started with a nice early dinner at Salvatore's in downtown Boston, then had some hot chocolate and hanging out at Boston Common Coffee Company, before heading next door to the Boston Opera House to catch Motown the Musical!

Today we got massages before the next winter storm rolls in later tonight.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

09:56 AM EST [Link] Snow Piles [comments: 0]
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Snow piles up to the clothesline out back.

STOP!!!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

11:34 AM EST [Link] Busy Busy Days Ahead [comments: 0]
Been really busy at work this week! Trying to learn everything that a woman that's been the lead on the project for years and who is now leaving. They want me to take her place - so it's a new role for me, but if I can handle it, it may be good for me. Hope I don't screw it up too badly. Lotta little nuance things - plus its going to take up ALOT of my time moving forward. Hope it can work out.

Also, my mom is on the front page of this week's Somerville Journal (nice photo!), dealing with all the snow we have gotten.


Monday, February 2, 2015

01:25 PM EST [Link] Stop Snowing! [comments: 0]
Stop Snowing! ARRGH!

Not sure how Boston expects to have a Patriots parade tomorrow with all the snow around. Should be real interesting.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

05:28 PM EST [Link] Go Pats! [comments: 0]
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

05:49 PM EST [Link] This week [comments: 0]
Spent much of the day on Tuesday shoveling and dealing with 24" of snow. Ugh. More snow is coming (but I hear it won't be so much). When there's this much snow it's hard to find places to put it all. Good thing I have a massage scheduled for Saturday.

Implant is in! Begin the healing process! So far, I'm very pleased with how its turning out. It really is amazing how far technology has come. Once it heals in about 2 months I'll be done!

Ready for the Super Bowl! (ok, and the Puppy Bowl).


Sunday, January 25, 2015

05:53 PM EST [Link] Back to It [comments: 0]
Welp, back to the grind, and it looks like we a due for a massive storm on Tuesday. Great. As if I didn't have enough fun shoveling the previous storms remnants yesterday (and that was tiny compared to whats coming). Plus it looks like I got a ton of work to do after checking my email. Guess I'm working from home that day, in between shoveling etc. Hopefully no problems. Plus I have oral surgery on Thursday so I'll def. be out that day. Going to be a very interesting week.

On a positive note, I was able to correct LDs computer. Come to find out there was a tricky little trojan hiding in there, which I finally successfully eradicated.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

02:17 PM EST [Link] Back to New England [comments: 0]
Back to the cold and the snow!

#$%@!!

And I hear about is deflated footballs!

%$@*(!!


Friday, January 23, 2015

07:21 PM EST [Link] Back in Beantown [comments: 0]
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Back in Boston now, and we are getting snow. Blah! I rather enjoyed sunny 70 degree days. Pretty psyched that everyday we were there was sunny and 70s. The first day was a bit overcast but it didn't rain! I got to check out places such as the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and an entire day at a place called Discovery Cove (A part of SeaWorld) which has some really cool water features and swimming with dolphins. I didn't do the dolphin thing, but the Ladydoc did. Got some great photos from the event.

The last day was a little stressful trying to get back, with the kids being themselves, and having the absolute slowest bus driver in the world to get back to the airport, but we made it!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

05:25 PM EST [Link] Dolphins, Sunning, and Rides, Oh My! [comments: 0]
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Just some quick snaps from the week so far.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

05:23 PM EST [Link] Orlando! [comments: 1]
Off to Orlando Florida! 70 degree temps all week! Booya!

6:52 am: Waiting at the gate!
10:30 am: In Orlando!

Let the fun begin!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

03:14 PM EST [Link] Allston Rock City Visit II [comments: 0]
Allston-m (30k image)Yesterday evening, we went to a restuarant/bar called SKY just outsode of Foxboro and saw the exciting Patriots game. I ended up getting the lobster mac & cheese. LD got the filet.

This afternoon, went to Allston-Brighton for some new sneakers, and also to buy some more necessities for the trip. Can't believe it's this week already! Very exciting! Hopefully everything will go swimmingly. LD was also kind enough to drive around so I could find that mural - one that I've been wanting to visit for a while.

Also took down some of the xmas lights, but not all!


Friday, January 9, 2015

02:18 PM EST [Link] Getting Close [comments: 0]
It's been a pretty busy week for me, especially at work, but it's the good kind of busy - plus I was able to really generate some really killer stuff that's hopefully going to be real helpful for the decision makers. Mostly it's trying to get things done before I'm gone for a week and a half.

Got up early this morning because I noticed my car needed to get inspected before the end of the month, and I figure I better get it out of the way because of the big trip coming up next week. When I first heard about it, I wasn't all that enthused, but now I'm getting stoked for it - think it'll be fun. Car passed inspection, btw, with flying colors, as it always does. Then I finished some errands that I needed to address as well.

I've been in the process of slowly packing my new carry-on for the trip. I hate to have to rush because I inevitably always forget something and then I'm kicking myself in the ass about it. Hopefully I will have prepared appropriately - I like to have something for every weather occasion - just in case.


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