Before and After

J really pushed our limits this time with the food shopping thing. If it weren’t for our garden, oh I mean our landlord’s garden, we would have been living on mayo, ketchup and mustard. Thank God we have guests coming this weekend or else he probably would have pushed us until next week!

Bell mystery solved

I’ve talked about the bells on the church across the street from us and how they were driving us batty. Well, we went to Mass on Sunday and got some answers. Me: Um, Fr. [Eugene Levy], is there some sort of sequence to the bells on the church. We live across the street and have…

Like we need more toys …

Some people say Christmas is their favorite day of the year. Others say birthdays. Our favorite days come when there’s an REI garage sale. Training is intense and takes place over several months. It’s a mental and physical challenge. On Saturday, we awoke around 5am and headed to the Boston area to get on line.…

PR

I’ve had this particular post planned in my mind for some time because I’m just so proud. It’s about how J and I reached a PR. No, not a running personal record. But we’ve-lived-under-the-same-roof-for-more-than-two-years PR. We have lived here in the same NH barn/house for 2 years and 2 weeks. As in we haven’t had…

Great Scot! Great Brit!

This week is British Soccer Week in J’s town. J has 8 coaches (some who are pro) from various parts of England and Scotland in town coaching 120 kids. It’s a pretty awesome program and has grown every year since he’s been the Rec Director. Anyways, we went over to some good friends’ (we call…

Kayaking 101

We’ve been teaching a lot of beginner classes in outdoor adventure lately … hehe. Good practice for our future B&B, where we will offer all of that! Anyways, we visited J’s dad (MartiniShaker) and wife (GottaMove) on the coast of Mass this weekend and took MartiniShaker on his first kayak trip. He loved it and…

The Leaf

Before the invasion of the children this past weekend, J and I saw our favorite band, Carbon Leaf, in concert at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry (it’s an awesome, intimate setting). One of my favorite songs is the namesake for this blog! Live a life less ordinary Live a life extraordinary with me Live a…

Camping/Hiking 101

In addition to the tourist attractions, my sister’s visit to NH included a little of what J and I do regularly … camping and hiking. I had taken my nephew Bones “camping” in his backyard once, but for everyone else, this was pretty much a first. Truth be told, J and I were more worried…

The Perfect Form of BC

How do you parents do it? Seriously? How? How? How? Am I asking too many questions? Because everything that comes out of my 7-year-old nephew’s mouth is a question? We just spent 3 days with my sister and her family (QuickQuestion, Yankee, Bones & CurlyLocks) and now we need 3 days of recovery! This is…

Numero 95

J and I enjoy living in NH more and more every day, so I was pleased to see my opinion validated when Concord made the 2009 Best Places to Live list. Of the 1,800+ towns (populations from 8,500 to 50,000) evaluated in the report, Concord was numero 95.

Now this is summer …

J & I just got back today from a 3-day kayak/camping trip to Squam Lake in NH with DogLovers and UncleSlickG. It was fantabulous!!!This is a trip we attempted to do last year, but were thundered/rained out. Surprisingly, not this year!! We only had rain Saturday night. When you have a good tent and rainfly,…

The bell tolls …

37 times at 8am and 19 times at noon. Anyone know the significance of that? Back in May, J and I started hearing church bells. We put two and two together and realized they were coming from our Catholic Church across the street–the church where Eugene Levy is the pastor. How nice, we thought, they…

Hell froze over

What did you do for Independence Day? Did you help your husband with his big community event that required manual labor, willingness to get up close and personal with garbage and about 20 hours of your time?? I did! I did! Though it was all tiring, I’m not complaining really. J does a great job…

Olde New England Brewfest

Our day started with a lobster hangover. With so much to do in NH, we wanted to make the most of the day before hitting the beerfest. So we settled on Franconia Notch State Park. TheHoss and Accessory were impressed. We looked and looked for the Old Man in the Mountain, but he was still…

J & P’s B&B

After J’s mom left on Tuesday, more visitors came on Wednesday! Seriously, this is great practice for the B&B we hope to open someday … TheHoss returned to NH for Jimmy Buffet take 2. There were many differences this year compared with last year. For one, the Hoss brought his GF, Accessory. He also didn’t…

Who needs sunshine?

Despite the threat of rain all weekend, J and I decided we desperately needed some QT with nature, so we opted for an easy paddle on Saturday at Hopkinton Lake & Stumpfield Marsh. It was marvelous. I think Mother Nature and I have kissed and made up. Okay, maybe not. Sunday was supposed to be…