Saturday, July 23, 2005

sailing

today my dad and i went sailing in long island sound. we left from the clinton marina around 7:30 this morning and sailed until noon. it was really great being out on the water, and we had a great time together! he gave me some good fatherly advice about grad school, GREs (dave, i think i'm going to take a kaplan course!), and sailing. i'm going to get my boater's license so i can take dad's boat out and one day buy my own. i'd like a little fifteen-footer with a motor so i could either sail or plow around the water.

in a few days, ben is going...going...GONE! to virginia to start his masters degree in piano performace at james madison. i'm really going to miss him! he'll do great there. we just got back two days ago from a four-day camping trip in vermont. we stayed in burlington, swanton(way up north right near the canadian border), and quechee (pronounced kwee-chee). quechee was my favorite. we were at campsite #9 which was really clean and private. we made a fire and grilled hotdogs (patented "ash dogs") and marshmallows for dinner, and then we ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. we also hiked down into quechee gorge, a huge hole in the earth probably cut out by a glacier millions of years ago. there were rocks to climb on and little fish swimming around in the puddles. we visited the ben and jerry's factory (and had a tour; try oatmeal cookie chunk!!!), the cabot cheese company, an apple cider factory, and tasted different kinds of dessert wines at at a wine shop. honestly, the wine was too sweet (one of them had honey mixed in). some were flavored with cherries, blueberries, and apples. one of the wines tasted like plastic (more specifically, it tasted like that gooey plastic concoction that you put on the end of a straw and blow to make bubbles. anyone remember that from your childhood?)

besides being in vermont, we also spent the day up in montreal. it was our first time there. everything is in french (duh, although i kind of thought that it would have been a more bilingual city), and it felt like being in paris at times. the canadians have a strange accent which is more nasal and harsh sounding than the suave parisians. we visited chinatown and old montreal (at the southern tip of the city). did you know that montreal is actually an island? as ben and i were walking down toward the old section of the city, i commented on how much it reminded me of the section of new york city down by the world trade center. later, when we ate a french sandwich from a corner coffee shop, we noticed on our map that we had been walking through the world trade center district of montreal. the city was a little too crazy compared to vermont, so we decided to forego camping au canada and just drove back across the border, landing in swanton at a bug-ridden campsite (the next morning, i woke up with ten misquito bites on my ass). besides the skeets, the trip was awesome! ben is the best!

i can't believe it's almost the end of july. i have more plans to come for the summer, including going to new jersey, vermont (again!), new york, atlanta, and florida. for today, at least, i'm just hanging out. more blogging to come? we shall see...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

an epiphany!

today i experienced a broad range of emotions. i was sad, angry, confused, pissed, miffed, and discouraged. for the past month or so i was toying with the idea of getting a masters in early childhood education (as in k-3); i love kids and have enjoyed working in the first grade this year, so getting this degree seems to make sense. i also seem to interact well with this age group. however, upon looking at a program description at james madison university of a music ed masters, all became clear: i don't want to be an elementary classroom teacher, i want to be a music teacher! i feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders since i've come to this conclusion. even though i still have a lot to figure out in terms of my job and school, i feel so much better. pheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

tomorrow afternoon i'm off to lake dunmore in vermont with mer and mom and hannah's ashes to sprinkle some of the world's best dog around. hannah loved the lake, especially by fred bierhoff's house, and so we decided it would be appropriate to leave what remains of her in a place that made us all happy.

goodnight, everyone. my eyes are heavy and it's time to rest.

Friday, July 08, 2005

the loves of my life


finally, here's that picture from som siam!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

a question

Q: What's a truss?
A: It's what old men use to hold up their balls.

why can't we all just get along?

wasting time

i've wasted a hell of a lot of time today. crap. i need to move my ass. before i do that, i want to say that i'm so glad that ally bregman and her mom are safe and sound. they are both in london (they just arrived yesterday) but are removed from the places where the bombs hit. it disgusts me that people can be so heartless and kill people in the ways that they do. who ever put such debauched ideas in their minds? no one is born with such hatred.

awake


i'm downloading some fun ringtones onto my new phone. i swear, this phone is like a new toy! i've had so much fun all day sending pictures and messages to lauren o'donnell. we both have verizon and so can send unlimited messages to one another. it's great. lauren and dave sent me some pretty scandalous pictures this evening! let's just say my mouth dropped when i got one of them.

above is a picture (taken on my phone) of our garden outside. isn't it lovely? this is the third year my mom has worked on it, and "it's never so good as it will be next year." she does such a good job. notice our little chicken, frank (named by two little boys down the street), who is thoughtfully picking away at the dirt and looking for bugs.

lauren just sent me a photo of herself naked (from the neck up). this phone stuff is crazy!

i'm lovin' it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

yaaaaay!

today i got my new phone! it really rocks. it has all kinds of awesome features that my old phone didn't have. for example, it has a camera, so i can send pictures to anyone's phone or email (depending on their phone's capabilities). the resolution isn't bad. i'll post a few later. off to listen to ben's organ playing!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

photo from som siam

here's a photo of ben and me at our favorite thai restaurant in guilford, ct.

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freckley and tired

what a good day! the game was a hit. we were up in row y with a plethora of jewish kids. they were all there with their jewish camp. it was also an afternoon, summertime game, one conducive to bringing kiddles. we got to see a-rod, jeter, hideki matsui...all the stars. it took us 5 hours to get home from the bronx, but we stopped here and there along the way. tomorrow i'm going to get my new cell phone. i've been cell phone-less for about three weeks now, and it hasn't been that bad. sometimes it sucks not being able to call someone with whom i need to talk, but it's better than talking unnecessarily on the phone for many minutes, even hours, a day. i often spend a lot of time talking to people in the car on my way to and from bridgeport. it's a good way to pass the time, but i blab a lot about nothing. aaaaaaaaaaaaaah, anyway, i need to get away from this computer; my head is swimming.


Harry Truman, Doris DayRed China, Johnny Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard NixonStudebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bombSugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King and IAnd The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, VaccineEngland's got a new queen
Maciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
We didn't start the fireIt was always burning since the world's been turningWe didn't start the fireNo, we didn't light itBut we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, MalenkovNasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy CohnJuan PeronToscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean,Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter PanElvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, BudapestAlabama, Khrushchev
Princess GracePeyton Place
Trouble in the Suez
We didn't start the fireIt was always burning, since the world's been turningWe didn't start the fireNo, we didn't light itBut we tried to fight it
Little Rock, Pasternak,Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai,Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle,California baseball
Starkweather homicides,Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben HurSpace Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, CastroEdsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rheepayola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho,Belgians in the Congo
We didn't start the fireIt was always burning, since the world's been turningWe didn't start the fireNo, we didn't light itBut we tried to fight it
Hemingway, EichmanStranger in a Strange Land
DylanBerlinBay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of ArabiaBritish Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John GlennListon beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm XBritish Politician sex
J.F.K. blown awayWhat else do I have to say?
We didn't start the fireIt was always burning, since the world's been turningWe didn't start the fireNo, we didn't light itBut we tried to fight it
Birth control, Ho Chi MinhRichard Nixon back again
MoonshotWoodstockWatergate, punk rock
BeginReagan
PalestineTerror on the airline
Ayatollah's in IranRussians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride,heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debtsHomeless VetsAIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shoresChina's under martial lawRock and roller, cola wars,I can't take it anymore
We didn't start the fireIt was always burning, since the world's been turningWe didn't start the fireNo, we didn't light itBut we tried to fight it

happy 4th, "everyone" (namely ally and lauren)

the window by this computer is wide open, and the chilly air is drifting in. it feels cold for july. i'm actually kind of excited to be making a blog entry, even though i think ally and lauren are the only ones who will be reading it. :) i still haven't grasped why reading about someone else's life is fascinating enough to do it on a regular basis, yet here i am. today was a great day! i watched the parade in the morning, had a birthday lunch with steph at the griswold inn (and strangely ran into dan shapiro there), had a bbq at ally's with her family, drove to middletown with ben to watch some great fireworks (although we actually missed them and only caught a glimpse of them from the car window), and then watched "office space" with ben back in madison. i ate entirely too much today. tomorrow, ben and i are going to new york for a yankees vs. baltimore orioles game. we've been listening to a lot of guster and keane lately (thanks, ally!). the keane "hopes and fears" album is excellent; i'd recommend it to anyone. i'm going to sleep now, going to sail away into my dreams. goodnight.

Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me honey now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
Crazy skies all wild above me now
Winter howling at my face
And everything I held so dear
Disappeared without a trace
Oh all the times I've tasted love
Never knew quite what I had
Little Darling if you hear me now
Never needed you so bad
Spinning round inside my head
Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me honey now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
I've been talking drunken gibberish
I've been puching at the bars
Trying to find some explanation here
For the way some people are
How did it ever come so far
Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me honey now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me honey now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now

le pied est sale

on this day, dave and lauren came to st. raphael school to accompany me in putting on a 1st through 5th grade + choir music show. it was a hit! (notice my dirty foot.)

Monday, July 04, 2005

bbq

i'm over at ally's again with her parents, my sis, and my mum. we're about to have some fun summertime bbq food. last night, ally and i enjoyed watching the fireworks while walking down the road (there was a misprint in the newspaper, and we ended up missing a few of the blasts). anyway, ally just french-braided my hair. and this entry is boring. let's liven this thing up with a few pictures.