Monday, July 31, 2006


So I just received my newest toy, a Canon 5D!! Please bear with me as I take a million pictures of anything I can find in the yard as I figure out how to use it. The subject today is the wonderfully yummy cucumbers growing in the garden.

Friday, July 28, 2006

The World

Just got home from an amazing concert! Bon Jovi may be getting old, but he is still sexy as ever. Tomorrow (well, technically today) is the last day of summer school, and I must admit that while it has been fun, I'm not sad to see it end. (Especially since I'll have to prop my eyes open tomorrow!!) In honor of the last day, I'm posting an educational shot tonight. Enjoy!

View of my classroom behind the world.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006


Eric & I spent this past weekend in Connecticut with some good friends. It was an excellent time, even if the weather didn't cooperate fully. At least we got a little boat time in Sunday afternoon!

Coil of rope and life preserver on deck.

View from one side of the boat.

View from the other side.

Rachel and Eric try to soak up whatever available sunshine there is.

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Friday, July 21, 2006


I love spending time in my garden... And yesterday I was visited by this beautiful creature. Normally I hate bugs, especially the kind that fly, but this guy was too pretty and peaceful to be an annoyance.

Dragonfly in my garden.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Another note

This is a much happier note! And is also a big part of why I love the school I will be teaching at!! The people there are just incredible, so welcoming and supportive on top of being fabulous teachers. Have I told you how excited I am? Haha...

This note from a colleague appeared in my mailbox soon after it was announced that I had been hired for the first grade position.

Annabelle participates in the excitement.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006


The Note

Reason number four billion twenty-two why I am happy to be married... No more dealing with roommates!! My friend is in an icky situation with two girls, which is thankfully ending in a month. These girls are the epitome of passive aggressive, and I just couldn't help but take a picture of this note left for Erin the other day... Illustrates too perfectly!

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Happy Anniversary

Enjoying the deck, the chimenea, and each other.

Yesterday, Eric & I celebrated the 3rd anniversary of our marriage! We ate ourselves to death at a fabulous (and swanky) Italian place and throughly enjoyed the evening. To honor the man who is my rock, here is a shot taken last weekend of us enjoying a lovely evening.

Eric, I know I lost the card I wanted to give you yesterday, so let me tell you here... I love you more than I thought possible 3 years ago. How did I get so lucky as to find you? We go together like 'peas and carrots' ;)

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Utah 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from Erica's graduation. Yay again Erica!!

All the graduates have filed in and are calmly seated, listening to the chorus perform.

Graduation is complete! Everyone is on their feet, with just a couple of caps being thrown in the air.

The happy graduate mugs for the camera with all her medals and honors! Yay Erica!! Congratulations!!

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Monday, July 10, 2006


I cannot believe that I never got around to posting these pictures from my sisters high school graduation and my visit to Utah!! Here are some today, and I'll get the next batch tomorrow...

The view from my mom's driveway. Mt Olympus is truly beautiful.

Smokey Joe is totally comatose as Bailey tries to decide what to attack next.

Yay! Go Erica!!

Christina and I fend off boredom during the lamest graduation speaches ever!

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Saturday, July 08, 2006


It gives me much pleasure to announce that I can finally call myself a teacher! This is because I finally have a classroom of my own!! Now when people ask me what I do... I can tell them that I teach first grade at Fitzgerald Elementary School!! After so many years of being unsure of what the next months would bring, it is almost unreal to be free from the anxiety and stress. I feel like I could walk on air!!

My school!! Well, almost, this building is being torn down in a month so they can build a new school. We have a temporary (2 years) location at another school until the new Fitzgerald is finished.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Fireworks by the River

If there is one thing about Boston that I have always loved, it is watching the fireworks over the Charles River. If you've never experienced it, I am inviting you right this minute to come stay with me for next years festivities! It was a small gathering this year at Cate's, but a very good time was had by all (even Jamie eventually recovered from Germany's loss to Italy...) Here are some images that try to capture the amazing lights, feelings, and sounds of the evening.

I know I say this every year, but I do think this year's fireworks topped the rest. The fireworks seemed brighter and louder, and the choreography with the music was outstanding. Riding the escalater at Porter, Cate and I saw a perfect image for Drifty... a large child (6 yrs old perhaps?) being carried by her very small mother, totally and completely conked out. The ensuing ethical discussion about whether it was appropriate to take their picture and the post it online took too long and the window to capture the shot was gone. I'm still not sure which side of the discussion I fall on... I'd love to hear thoughts from others.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Playing with the Macro

While waiting in the Jetta (my other 'new' toy) at Midas for Eric to get his Jeep fixed, I thought I'd learn about this 'digital macro' feature on my new p&s. I was intrigued because my biggest issue with my last p&s camera was the inability to get in close and still have control over focus and depth of field. This new camera rocks!! Check it out...

This is as close as you can get using the typical macro function.

Check me out! I'm like less than an inch away!! And what was way cool was that I was able to focus in on the reflection of the camera in the logo. Very impressed with the digital macro... Way to go Canon!!