Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Heart Festivals.

Church Festivals. I love them. For many reasons.

1. There is always delicious food. For some reason hamburgers, hotdogs, corndogs etc. always taste better at a festival, amusement park, etc… then they normally do.
2. I like drinking beer outside. Sure you could do this in your backyard or at a bar with outdoor seating, but it’s just more fun at a festival.
3. I like winning prizes (even useless crap that I will never use/need)- like two years ago when I won a delightful lawn ornament (oxymoron?), only to be reminded by friends that I did not have a lawn, or a place to put my lawn ornament. Or the year we won the hot pink cheetah print cell phone covers (that Katie still uses), or the various beanie babies I have won (does ANYONE even collect these anymore). My point is, I like to win stuff. I’m not too picky about what it is.
4. I’m not usually a gambler. Losing money doesn’t feel fun to me, but when you lose money at a church festival you can think of it as a donation and then feel good about yourself! Really, a win-win for everyone involved.
5. I like live bands, dunking booths, white Christmas lights in the middle of the summer and fun.

If you like all these things too you should come up to Mt. Adams for the Mt Adams Holy Cross-Immaculata festival this weekend. And if you come you should look for me!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Winery Weekend

Happy Monday! I had a nice weekend and I hope you all did too! Let me start off this blog by talking about the phone call I received on Saturday morning from my dad, who told me that a hand written note had come to their house, addressed to me. Now, since I haven’t lived there for 5+ years, I wondered which of my friends that would send me a hand written note would still have that written down as my address. I told him to open it and my ID fell out! Along with a note from a good Samaritan that apparently found my ID at the Jimmy Buffet concert and was nice enough to mail it back to me! (I still have my parents’ address on my ID since I move pretty much every single year and they will most likely never ever move.) Anyway, I hadn’t even noticed it had gone missing but I am very appreciative to the random Jimmy Buffet fan that decided to mail me back my ID instead of giving it to some random 20 year old that “looks kind of like me.”

Later that day Krista and I were preparing to take Rob and Jonathan on a surprise day date. They had no idea where they were just told Rob you pick up Jonathan and be at Krista’s by 2. We loaded in the car and made the long random trek to Bethel, OH to visit Harmony Hills Vineyard. An adorable little vineyard in what feels like the middle of no where, where the owners/winemakers are right there to tell you about the wines and you can hang out, bring a picnic (we packed cheese, crackers, grapes and a summer sausage, yum) and listen to a couple of small bands play. There were three musical acts in the time period we were there…the first and third were really good, but they just didn’t have the gift of lyrics like the second lady, a 50ish year old woman with blonde pigtails and her backup music on a cassette tape. She sang such moving songs such as, “Jesus doesn’t say love your neighbor unless he’s (insert any word, depending on the verse. Black, jewish, atheist, muslim, white, etc) “single white female” and “climbing the ladder of calculus” while her counterpart sang such originals as, “you’ve turned me into a minivan man.” I must say if they were selling CDs they could have made an easy four sales at our table. We played a little cornhole, did a little porch swing swinging and headed back to Newtown for dinner.

For dinner Krista and I whipped up a delicious dish of filet mignon, garlic & rosemary mashed potatoes, asparagus and Caesar salad which went wonderfully with the new bottles of red wine we bought at the winery, and cheesecake for dessert. Followed by the obligatory games of catchphrase, in which Krista and I slaughtered Rob and Jonathan, as per usual. Then Suzi and Dan met up and we finished the night off with some Super Mario Cart Wii and then a few cocktails at the Newtown Tavern.

Sunday I spent the day singing and dancing for a bunch of old folks at an assisted living establishment in Lebanon. I was dreading it all morning as I was tired and Lebanon is far, but it turned out to be really super fun and the old people were so nice. One old lady even searched for me specifically out of the crowd of show choir members to ask me what “I do.” When I told her I worked at P&G she didn’t believe me and said she was sure I was either already or training to be a Broadway Star.. sure, she was old and possibly from a comment like that, slightly senile…but whatever, I’ll take the compliment :-)

Now another week begins with book club tonight. We are currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and if you have never read it, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Peace Love and Jimmy Buffet

PICTURES! Yay- I promised them and now they are here.
Here are a few that I think will help explain the day.

Cheeseburger (cookies) in paradise!


Beginning of the day. (look how cute our koozie/cup is.) They match.

Friendly tailgate neighbors with pools in their pickup truck!! yessss

New friend doing a random slip and slide

Tropical animals love Jimmy Buffet (and we love them)

These girls are obviously angry bc we whooped them in flipcup on their own table

We had a rough day, but at least we weren't these people...who drove all the way from somewhere far away to come to this event. (they were still like this when we left for the concert)

Only picture I have from the actual concert

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thank you for being a friend......

Estelle Getty died today. She was a star in one of the greatest shows of all time, The Golden Girls.
Estelle, this is for you:
Thank you for being a friend
Travel down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidente....
AND IF You threw a parrrrtty
iiiiiinvited everyone you knew!
you would see, the biggest gift would be from me,
and the card attached would say: THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND!

Jimmy & More!

Happy Tuesday! I apologize for the week’s delay in posting. It was a crazy week/weekend that I think I’m finally ready to re-cap.

Thursday night was the Jimmy Buffet concert and a wonderful time as usual. You will have to wait for pictures as I had a slight camera mishap at the concert that I’m hoping will be “fixed” soon. Krista and I left work at around noon to start the preparations for our night. We stopped by Cappells to pick up some flair, stopped by Penn Station to fill up our stomachs and then made a quick stop by the gas station for ice and beer before heading to the tailgate lot.

Highlights of the day included:
• Befriending our tailgating neighbors and making use of their pickup truck pool.
• Walking up and down the tailgate lot and just challenging random strangers to games of flipcup.
• Wonderful outfits like the dude that actually looked like a real pirate and my personal favorite, the guy in the neon green banana hammock (and that was it)
• Rob picking us up afterwards with a bag of McDonald’s Cheeseburgers! (good work sticking with the theme!)

Lowlights:
• Dropping my camera in a cup of beer
• Calling/texting every single person in my phone 10 thousand times
I got an email from Wall the next day that read:
“Jen I wanted you to know that the wife and kids are alright. No one was beaten.”Ummmmm. What? At this point I knew I was in trouble.
I will post pictures soon. Hopefully my memory card still has them on it.

Friday
I took the day off work to recover from the debauchery the day before and spent some time poolside before another one of my favorite quarterly events, the Towne Properties Resident Party… free food and cocktails from 6-9pm… unless you’re us and you get your waitress to bring you like 30 more beers at 8:59…then it sometimes goes a little longer. Thanks to Teresa for the cute pic!


Saturday

I met Krista at the salon that day to get a little pampered with no intention of going out that night. I thought maybe a day (or 20) off might be a good idea. After leaving the salon we decided we were definitely in the mood for sushi/thai food and drove to my favorite restaurant ever, Asiana, only to be disappointed that it was not open. We then hit up Wild Ginger (closed), Green Papaya (closed) called Thai Café in Clifton (closed) and Teak in Mt. Adams (closed). Since the Thai gods were against us we settled for PF Changs (meh) and got a text message that changed our plans for the night. A rooftop party at the McAlpin downtown with free food/drinks/blues bands and fun. So we hit up this fun event instead of our current plan (sleep/detox) and had a great time.

Excited tonight to see the Walls for Taco Tuesday. I will try to post some Jimmy pictures as soon as I can. The rest of the weekend, unfortunately was not photographed due to my broken camera and Krista’s forgetting to charge her camera…so you will just have to imagine that fun in your head.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Angie's Last Night Out!!

Over the weekend I traveled to the lovely city of Columbus, OH to help my good friend Angie bid farewell to the single life. I could tell you about the night, but I think pictures might tell the story better than words can.

Of course Angie a had ridiculous list of "tasks" that had to be completed by the end of the night (constructed by Andrea)- at the beginning of the night I wasn't sure this list would be completed, but with Angie's determination (and a few cocktails)- she really got the job done, teaching us all that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

The list included but was not limited to guessing multiple boys underwear preference (then making them prove it), dancing on bars, getting free shots, getting someone to turn over their underwear, etc etc.

Let's start at the beginning. We all got gussied up and met at Andrea's apartment to distribute the flair. Doesn't Angie look lovely in pink??

Next was dinner at Martinis downtown (I had to include some pictures to prove that we all looked adorable before the real debauchery started)



I made hundreds of these stickers. Dork's face was plastered on many friends and strangers in the downtown Columbus area (You're welcome Dork!)








Let's Party!!



Pretty sure a Michael Bolton song just came on.
(Particularly, "How Can We be Lovers if we can't be Friends?")



Seperated at birth?

Yes, she has a stranger's underpants in her mouth.

With a little dancing on the table, the checklist is complete!



So that was our night. We had a fabulous night with Angie and am now even MORE excited about her and Dork's wedding!!! xoxoxo!!!

ps- sorry for the pictures all over the place... I have yet to master blogspot and will try to do better next time.

Friday, July 11, 2008

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

a blog!!!

Look at me! I have a blog!- I am a loyal reader of many blogs and finally decided that I wanted my random thoughts to be out on the internet for friends and strangers to read. The problem is, I don't really have a specific topic. I'm just going to ramble on about whatever I want to, whenever I want, hense my blog title. Sounds fun right?! I'm also excited to use this as a way to keep in touch with all of my favorite people who are now as far away as California, Texas,Illinois, NY, etc. So leave me comments, and lots of them. (I love comments)
bye for now!!