Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York
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18-January-2006Posted by on
This week has been crazy – all kinds of stuff pulling at my mind, body, and patience. Here’s just a few things that have been pissing me off!
The weather has sucked, plain old sucked, this week. We had frigidly cold weather this past weekend with about 4″ of snow on Saturday (which made house hunting – see below – oh-so-much fun on this past Sunday). But, for the most part, it’s been dry and cold. Well, we finally get some precipitation roll in. It’s the middle of January, so you’d expect it to be snow right? NOPE! It’s freaking rain – and tons of it. As I type this, we’ve gotten about 4″ of rain in the last 24 hours. Now, mind you, we had an exceptionally warm January, so the slopes (most notably Mtn. Creek) haven’t exactly been dripping with snow. This storm is not helping them by any stretch of the imagination. Speaking of imagination – could you image what this storm would be like if it was snow. 40″ of snow would do wonders to the ski/snowboard economy in the area. I’m just hoping to break even on my season pass at this point.
Working Out & Diet
With the cruise we’re taking about 5 weeks away, the wife and I jumped back on the South Beach that we had so much luck with before. It’s been two days, and I’ve already dropped 6 lbs. My body totally responds to this kind of diet. I’m also trying to get back in the groove of working out. So far, so good – although I kicked my own ass yesterday. Too much, too soon – I think. I’m trying to do a combination of weights, cardio, and yoga as a way of training for my main sports – snowboarding and surfing. I’m gonna try to put some swimming into the equation around March so that I won’t be spent for surfing – although, I said that last year and it never happened.
Right now, I’m just going through a bit of carb withdrawals, so I’m sure that my mood and petulance for all things before me are partially due to that. It’ll all be worth it in the end though as I’ll look good and be healthier when it’s all said and done.
I’ve just started looking around and playing with these. I figured they’d be a good way of learning about what’s going on in the world while I’m at work – better than having Ozzie blasting into my ears all day long. Not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with Ozzie, but learning something here and there won’t hurt either.
I can’t wait until this project is done – too much crap and not enough recognition. I don’t even way to get into it.
This activity is something we just got into. This past weekend our landlord upped our rent by $60/mo. Now, that’s nothing – $15/wk. Totally affordable. BUT, we’ve gotten to the point where we are sick of paying rent every month in an amount that would take up the vast majority of a mortgage payment. So, we’re looking. We attended about five or six open houses last weekend and will do so again this weekend. Long story short, we beginning to define what we do and do not want/need in a home. Unfortunately, we’re looking at spending $400k – $450k for a home and putting down, maybe, 5% down payment. That’s sad.
7-July-2005Posted by on
Well, the 2005 4th of July weekend is in the books, but it’s far from forgotten. What a great weekend it was. Veeco, in an unnatural act of kindness (I’m sure there was some other reason, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt), gave us all Monday AND Tuesday off. A 4-day weekend! Let’s see if I can remember how all the debauche…err, fun, went.
The weekend started off with a great meal with the in-laws at a place call Sagamore Grill (I think) on Jericho Turnpike while we waited out the yahoo’s on the road. We rolled up to MA with virtually no traffic. Very uneventful drive up, which was nice.
Saturday: Woke up Saturday morning around 8-8:30 and made it over to Bungay Brook with Zac and Anthony around 9:30. I proceeded to win a fun 18-hole round with the best score I’ve ever gotten when playing 18 (100) and was about 3″ away from breaking a three digit score. Went back to the house and just farted around with the folks. Went to my cousin’s All-Star baseball game and then came home and went swimming. Some of the extended fam came over and we had a nice little cook-out. Fun city!
Sunday: Slept in nice and late and then leisurely got ourselves ready for some fun. Drove down to Fall River and met up with Rob and Amy at their place. We met up there (great drive – even saw a hawk) and headed out to Marc’s boat. Spent the rest of the afternoon wakeboarding and hanging out in the boat. After picking up some food (and booze), we headed over to Rob’s buddy Jake’s place for a BBQ and shindig. The gang there had already ate upon our arrival, so we fired up the grill and made a feast. As the night wore on, we rolled out some ‘pizza dough’ (very inside joke) and ‘cooked’ it. Everyone on that lake lights big bonfires on the water’s edge, so we got to see them and a fireworks show (private – nothing professionally done) that lasted about 1.5 hours and rivaled anything professional I’ve ever seen. Great night!
Monday: Hung out with Mom and Pop and said good-bye to Z and Alys. Ant and I played 9-holes at Fore Kicks (I kicked his ass again) and we just chilled. Ris and I made dinner that night – steak, potatoes, and shrimp on the grill – and we just enjoyed being on the lake and with each other. It was a great way to spend time with each other.
Tuesday: I got up fairly early for a vacation day (8ish) and headed over to Semco around 9:30 or so. Hung out there and talked shop for a while. Then it was time for Ris and I to get on the road. The ride home sucked, but it was worth it, because the weekend was just great!