>> Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ahhhhhh, the beach. Where UV lovers marinate, children build sand fortresses, and if you happen to be across the pond enjoying the European variety, speedos galore. Thankfully, we didn't see any proud men sporting the mini-suit variety at Lake Erie.

Erin, Greg and I ran away from our non-AC apartments last week and enjoyed a long afternoon at Headland's State Park, only a 30 minute drive eastward from Cleveland. We relaxed, read our books, built our own little citadel of a castle, played word games, and of course swam in the lake. I can cross Lake Erie off the list now. So far I've swam in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron (*cold!), and now Lake Erien. 3 out of 5 ain't bad!

Greg "digging for good sand", and preparing for the construction of Castle Land.
Moments later, we find Erin, smashing said Castle Land. So sad.


I'm With the Band...

>> Saturday, July 26, 2008

Joe and couple other guys from American Greetings are in a band together called The Vig. Last night was Joe's first, and...due to basic training just around the corner, unfortunately last, show with them. Good times and good music.

Check out some audio clips on the MySpace page @:



>> Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer break makes way for free time, well spent in the kitchen.

These crumbs are remnants of what Joe and I loving nicknamed, 'Matzah Crack'. I tested out an apparently popular recipe among the Jewish this past week...and as Borat would say, it was "Great success!" The combo of matzah cracker bottom, carmelized brown sugar/butter mixture on top (baked to bubbly carmel perfection) and a healthy layer of dark chocolate couldn't be more heavenly. We finished the entire cookie sheet batch within a couple days. Oye veh. So good.

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And here, we have the remains of one of our favorite summer desserts. Fresh blueberries and strawberries, covered with a generous amount of cream. Why so good?!


Sign Here

>> Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's official! Joe has officially accepted an employment offer he received from the West Point Academy. He auditioned and won a vacancy they had for an audio engineer a couple weeks ago, and signed the papers this past Thursday. West Point has a concert band, a jazz band and a bugle corps. Of the 3, Joe will be working closely with the Jazz Knights; running sound for their live concerts and recording/mixing for any CD's they decide to produce. Pretty thweet. We're both mega excited.

To celebrate the occasion, we ate. We love food. LOVE IT. A fifteen minute walk takes us to one of our favorite joints, Tommy's, where we enjoyed a couple of finger-lickin' pitas, and grabbed a homemade peach shake on our way out to slurp on our walk home. Dericious.

Here are a couple of pics, courtesy of Google, of West Point. The Academy is located about an hour's drive northwest of Manhattan, right of the Hudson River. Beauty.



>> Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We had ourselves a great 4th of July weekend. The temps peaked at a perfect 76, our pulled pork sandwiches came out faaantastic, and our tuba tootin' friend Ken scored Joe and I free tickets to Blossom's July 4th concert; which gave way to a healthy helping of Sousa marches, some Leroy Anderson, a little Gershwin, and of course....Tchaik's 1812, complete with multiple firings of a real canon.

I've played Tchaik's ever famous piece. A couple times in fact. And even though Ken had mentioned how loud the canon had been during their rehearsals and even though I knew exactly when in the music the canon fires....I still jumped when the trigger was pulled. I jumped.....every time.

Can't complain though! Joe and I had a great time at the concert. With a bottle of tasty a concoction our friend Chubby turned us on to, and a bag of old fashioned strawberry licorice in hand, we had ourselves a grand ol' time.