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Doggy Picture Day at Subaru

Posted on April 8, 2018 by under Babies.    

Here are our favorite pics from the Doggy Picture Day at Subaru.

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We almost missed it too because we were just lounging around the house after work. I’m so glad that Jay called to remind us. Jay and Becca brought their new puppy Gronk for the photos and then they came over to hang out and have dinner at the house after. Gronk got to play with the girls in the yard.

It was a lovely way to end the day, which is even more reason why Good Friday was a GREAT Friday.

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Good Friday Was a GREAT Friday

Posted on April 8, 2018 by under Food and Drink.    

Even though I had to work on Good Friday, it was still a great day because Brian was off that day and was able to meet me for lunch at the pop-up park down the street from my office. It was a beautiful day and one of our favorite food trucks, Uno Mas, was there. Here are a few pics of our delicious lunch.

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Brian got their Cuban sandwich with the jalapeno fries.

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I tried their elote, which is delicious!

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And, of course, I got some tacos. You can buy food from the best taco truck in town and not get tacos!

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Until next time. Cheers!

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Final Movie Before Vacation

Posted on April 7, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

We normally don’t watch movies on opening weekend but we made an exception for Ready Player One because Brian has been waiting for this movie – FOREVER.

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I bought him the book four years ago and it quickly became one of our favorites. We don’t typically enjoy the same types of books but this is one that we both enjoyed reading. Brian enjoyed the book so much that he reread it again recently in preparation for watching the movie.

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Oh, you might notice that we went to see the movie in the balcony. We haven’t watched a movie in the balcony since Warren 21 opened. Somehow they didn’t have RPO showing in the 21, which we thought was quite odd.

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This is Brian’s “excited” face. His excitement is two-fold. First, he is super excited to finally see the movie that he’s been waiting for since he first read the book four years ago. Second, he found out that he could get Walnut River’s Warbeard (his favorite beer) in a giant 32 oz. mug.

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Cheers!

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I was on steroids that day (literally, it was prescribed by my doctor) so I couldn’t drink (I usually get a 32 oz. hard cherry limeade) and had to settle for dessert.

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After looking over my options, I decided on an old fashioned chocolate malt.

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Here are some pictures of our food.

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Pretty basic because we are basic people. Also, we try to stick with finger foods at the movies. Full meals are just too much hassle with the makeshift table.

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After the movie, Brian got a photo with a movie display for another movie that he’s been long awaiting. It’s on like Donkey Kong after we’re back from vacation because we’ve got some movie passes to burn and rumor has it they won’t accept them anymore after the end of May.

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Easter Surprise

Posted on April 6, 2018 by under Zumba.    

The YMCA is always closed on Easter Sunday but Alex, Amanda, and I had the treat of seeing the Easter Bunny on Saturday in between our Zumba double.

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There is a new Zumba class in Andover on Saturday mornings at 8 am. The girls (Alex and Amanda) had been doing it since it first started. I’d been wanting to do it with them but first I was sick. Then, the following weekend, I had to cover Amy’s 7:30 am Zumba class at East Y. If it wasn’t one thing, it was something else. Anyway, I knew I had to make it happen last weekend because my Sunday class wasn’t an option (due to the Y being closed for Easter). If I was going to get my normal weekend workouts in, I’d have to do two classes on Saturday.

I’m glad I did because we had a blast. I had to take my medicine (the doc had prescribed steroids, which I had to take with food) so we went to Dunkin Donuts in between classes. Brian picked us up from the Y and brought us back. This photo was taken while we were waiting for my 10:30 am class to start.

BTW, I’m not sure if you noticed but the Easter Bunny shrank compared to last year. I’m making a mental note to get a photo with the Easter Bunny again next year to see if there’s a change. Until then, have a fabulous weekend!

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I am not a Handyman!

Posted on April 6, 2018 by under Home Ownership, Projects.    

So, the back door to the garage has needed some work for a long time now. If anyone remembers the Farmstead fiasco of a home, then you all know that I am not a handy person. I don’t really know how to fix things all that well.

Heck, I had to have my father-in-law come help me install two smart light switches because the switches were smarter than I was and I couldn’t figure out the wiring. If it wasn’t for him and his friend (Tito Arnel) I could have very well wired it and burnt the house down.

Back to the door! So, the door was water damaged and rotting because the previous owner cheaped out on the install and didn’t seal it properly. One of the sprinkler heads wasn’t ever adjusted right and water just pounded that frame and, well, we get a crumbling POS.

About a month ago I got fed up looking at it and called a professional to come give me a quote on installing a new door in my garage and, while he’s at it, installing a new front door too — because, if they are already here, it will probably be cheaper… Right? No!

After about an hour of his time and the price getting all the way up to $9000, I had to dial him back and tell him I wasn’t going to fork out what could be money for a pretty good vacation, for a couple of doors. We narrowed it down to just the garage door and that was still well over $1000. I thanked him for his time and looked at option 2, 3, 4, and even 5.

I looked at a few videos and found a door at Lowe’s for about $170. Add in screws and caulk and we’re looking at $200 max, plus my time. I managed to convince my wife that this was going to be so easy, a child could do it. I told her they made the doors idiot-proof and that even I could install one now. Heck, even my dad was convinced we could both tackle it and be successful.

Then one night I was playing online with my buddy and remembered he worked construction for like 15 years and knows how to install doors! So I buckled down, swallowed my pride and asked him if he would be willing to help. Without hesitation, he said yes. My wife has never been so relieved to not have to do something in her life. I think her exact words were, “Oh, thank God!”

Fast forward to this last Saturday. My friend and his son Eli come out. I already had the door and everything we needed. He gave me more information about installing a door than I could process. It wasn’t really as easy or simple as I thought it would be. But, in the end, we got it done and it looks great.

I honestly don’t think it would have been as good without him. I’m sure I would have done something to either ruin the door or mess up the install. I am grateful to have friends with skills.

Here’s some pictures of the new door and the old one we removed.

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Old, rotten door.

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New door, in progress.

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New door, trimmed up.

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Outside view.

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By the way, anyone need a door?

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