Thursday, October 30, 2003

Pretty Shiny things

I WANT something and I just can't figure out what it is. Sometimes a big juicy hamburger will solve the problem. Other times a hot fudge sundae.

Right now I just need something pretty and shiny. Or maybe soft and girly.

Either way, I think a shopping trip is in order.

Monday, October 27, 2003

What's that you say God?

You're not too happy about this movie?

Wouldn't have to tell me twice.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

What ever happened to those?

A guy at my office just came over and made a joke about Parkay. Remember those commercials? Butter...Parkaaaayy

And the NTW jingle. It was insipid and stuck in your head, but you always remembered it. (NTW 3000 tires one should fit. NTW because for tires we are it.) And back when CVS was People's Drug? And it's 3 note song, which they tried to carry over with the name change and it just didn't work.

Is this how you start irritating your children? I can't tell you the number of times I rolled my eyes as my folks described some long lost advertising campaign. "Mooooommmm I don't caaaaarrrreeee."

I guess it all comes around. And I don't know who coined it but it's certainly true "The older I get the smarter my parents become."

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

I lovermont

So the trip to Vermont was nice. Really really nice. That was my general reply to those asking at the office. Of course the lack of sleep may have had something to do with my vague generalities. I just didn't know of any other way to put it.

We started up Thursday morning and got to our B&B late Thursday evening. Settling in and meeting one of the inn keepers took what was left of the evening. The room was a decent size, clean and cozy and warm. We had to share a bathroom with the neighbors, but luckily that first night, no neighbors were coming in, so we could really make ourselves at home with worrying about making sure the shampoo was out of the shower.

Friday morning we woke early and headed down to the delicious smells in the dining room. Lemon and Ricotta stuffed pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup, and fruit cup with yogurt....YUM! After that we headed out for a fun filled day of eating. We drove some terrific little back roads and saw some incredible scenery. Discovered that Montpelier is a very small mountain town, despite the fact that it's the state capital. Granted Annapolis is no metropolis, but it made Montpelier look like, well, a backwoods town. We hit a lot of things on our drive. Including the Cabot Creamery, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, the Grand View Winery, the Bragg Farm Sugar House, and naturally the obiligatory visit to Ben and Jerry's . Each place had plenty of free samples, along with a tour. No need for lunch, just keep driving to you see a sign for some sort of food shoppe. We can eat whatever they're selling!

Saturday was a little more relaxed, now that the major eating had been done. We took a gondola ride in Stowe up to the top of the ski slopes. Of course I figured it would be cold. I wasn't counting on it to be snowing. The snow already coating some of the trails was not man-made for a base. It had been laid down by Mother Nature herself. And we got to play in some of it. In October. A rarity to say the least for those of us born and raised in Maryland. Later on we toodled across to Burlington. Not quite the fun city I remembered, but a nice drive all the same. We really should have picked a different restaurant, but this was the restaurant we ate at 6 years ago when Andy came to visit during my summer at Middlebury. Nostalgia ruled, even if the food wasn't terrific. We drove around more picturesque backroads and eventually wound up in Waitsfield. According to the area map, the little town was just a few streets big. According to real life those few streets were spread out by a few miles. We hopped back in the car and drove around town. After that back to the inn where we enjoyed that evening's small drama of "The couple in the other room is talking very loudly." Actually it was just the man who seemed to be at full volume. He apparently never learned about inside and outside voices. And according to his life story that he was telling to the woman with him, his love life had not been the best. I'm not sure how it ended up for him, I fell asleep while he was discussing holistic cures, and shakras.

Sunday, our last day in Vermont was incredibly nice. The day was sunny and warmer (50 degrees vs. 40 something) and we drove down to Middlebury. I couldn't believe how much I'd forgotten. It has been 6 years, and I was only there for 7 weeks, so I guess it really shouldn't have surprised me. But the town was remarkably the same. Campus was lovely, and seemingly deserted. We had another nostalgic lunch at Mister Up's, and the food was very good. Lots of good memories.

The drive home was... long. I've discovered I greatly dislike New Jersey, and I'm not particularly fond of Delaware.

All in all it was a great trip. It's good to be home.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Behind again

Sorry loyal readers, I'm a bit behind again. A lot has been going on lately, and it's been a little overwhelming for me. But the good news is we're taking a little break. A nice long weekend in Vermont to see the leaves. Ok, and I confess, part of the choice process in selecting our bed and breakfast was it's proximity to the Ben and Jerry's factory.

Hopefully lovely stories to come. And maybe a few pictures.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Are we really that old?

I was listening to the 80's at 8 last night and Video Killed the Radio Star came on. I bopped along happily until the line "We can't rewind we've gone too far." It hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew some day our kids would roll their eyes when playing this song for them, telling them all about a way of life prior to the invention of cable and MTV.

But I NEVER thought I'd have to explain the concept of rewinding to them.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Didn't I just write one of these?

Seems like I just wrote a blog about our anniversary a little while ago. I guess time goes quickly (4 years already?) when you're married to the sweetest guy there is.