Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

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Ahh Tuscany! What a beautiful place!

April 30, 2010

Thanks to our friend Charlie, who planned nearly the entire trip, we went with 16 of our friends for 10 days to Italy. We toured Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa  and many smaller towns in North and Central Tuscany. Great friends, delicious food and amazing memories. A trip of a lifetime.

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City Dwellers Everywhere Rejoice

July 5, 2009

This is way too funny to pass up doing a blog post about it. So here you have it folks, the amazing Street Sign Chair. Would you believe that 30% of citizens living in metropolitan cities in the U.S. have been known to get tired while walking around the city and wish they could sit down? No? Good, because that last part was made up. Seriously, I think the Street Sign Chair is a riot!

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Boat Ride with Rick & Fran – Out of Salem Harbor

October 8, 2006






Incredible weather, great friends…fun times.

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Happy New Years!

January 11, 2006

Happy New Years!

The holidays are over, my finals are over and now it’s time for wedding plans and a new semester. I started last week and my first papers are due this weekend. My first classes of the semester were last night and they both went well. The changed to a new format and the chats run very fast now, you really have to pay attention, unlike before. I used to multi-task during class and there will be less of that now. But since I’m paying for my education, I don’t mind.

The wedding is planned for June 24th, 2006! I need to get cracking on confirming the caterer, the cake, the photographer, minister and DJ. I’ve spoken with a caterer and I’m praying they can do a decent Mexican food spread. This isn’t Texas ya know. I really want it to rock. I will have to try everything first and since I’m such a salsa snob I’m thinking about giving them my recipe to use.

I need to really start thinking about my backyard and how I can transform it into a wedding oasis. I’m thinking lots of red flowers and hanging lanterns. I’m wondering how I can keep John from seeing me in the same house….I’m not sure that will happen. We’ll have to see. I’m such a DIY girl; I have to be there to set things up. Maybe he can do some of it ahead of time and sleep at Charlie’s house the night before. Can I trust him to not stay up so late that he’s tired at the wedding???? That’s a good question…

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Finals, Christmas and Wedding plans…Oh My!

December 7, 2005

Ok, so the Open House Brunch went off without a hitch and now it’s time to focus on Christmas, my finals and then….the wedding!!!

This morning, I gazed out at the backyard daydreaming about the wedding taking place there…albeit covered in snow currently I was still able to “see” it. There are so many things that need to take place before that. I should really get started but I’m doing my best to hold off until after finals.

I was such a slacker this semester…I have soooooo much work to do in the next two weeks. I will get it all done and I will set a record for me. That’s what ya get for being a slacker!

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What a Morning!

November 23, 2005

It started at 6am, feeling sorry for myself…surely I was the ONLY one going to work today. John made me breakfast, which always helps. I jumped into my car after it warmed up a bit (Thank you John for my remote start!), I hit the road and it started SNOWING!!! There’s nothing like driving fast on the highway with snow bouncing off your windshield. I got to work and I kicked butt building eight content pages for the website, uploaded data via ftp for a co-worker, build some cool front page images and went shopping at lunch. Now I’m having a great day!

I need to pick up a poinsettia for Gail on my way home from work so we can take it to dinner tomorrow. What do get a person who has everything? A poinsettia!

Tomorrow’s weather prediction has us getting 2-4 inches of snow beginning before 9am. I can’t wait! We’ll get to try out the new ride-on snow blower. John will be traveling for the next two weeks during the week so I should probably learn how to operate at least one of the two snow blowers. Not thrilled with that prospect but I’ll get over it. We’re going to Charlie & Gail’s for Thanksgiving dinner at 1:30, it should be a pretty drive if we get the snow they are predicting.

The Open House Brunch is next weekend so the goal(s) for this weekend is to get the Christmas lights up on the house (woohoo), snake the wall to run the Entertainment center wires (John), get the server back up (we haven’t touched it since we moved), hang curtains and paint a second coat around the trim in the living room. I’ve got the menu all planned…Cream Cheese & Bacon Crescents, Sky High Brunch Bake, and Cheese & Ham Spirals. Fran’s bring her French Toast, Ronnie’s bringing 2 quiches and Linda is going to make Belgium Waffles. We’ll serve Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Coffee (with liquors available like Baileys) and Orange Juice. We’ve received 30 RSVPs so we should have a good turn out….I’m praying for a pretty day!

I’m almost done Christmas shopping…I think I only have 2 people left. I think this is a Shannie record! I’m usually still shopping well into December. I need to get started on my Christmas cards; I like to get them out early.

I have so much homework it’s ridiculous. I’m going to need the holiday time off to get it all done. I’ve been in denial but I do have to make myself write some boring papers and long message board postings to keep my grades up. If you want to be bored to sleep, take Operations Management! Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to run a manufacturing plant? Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Me either!!!!!!

The rest of my degree won’t be fun but it will be over at some point so that what keeps me going. I think I’ll take a semester off when I get married (in June). I’m getting a lot of pressure to do so. And I think if I don’t…I could find out what it looks like to have my brain explode and I don’t think it would be pretty…

I’m going to go finish this day with a Red Bull and some painting and maybe, just maybe some homework. I recommend the Red Bull (Sugar Free) but don’t attempt the homework! It will make your brain work and that would be bad…very very bad.

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Donna is Coming for a Visit to Boston

June 16, 2005

Finally, the day has come when Donna will land at the lovely Boston Logan airport for a weeklong visit at the Gaither-Weston household. I can hardly stand to be at work. My mind is going a million miles an hour with things that I want to show her in the Boston area. Sadly, it’s raining so it won’t be the beautiful day that I had hoped for but we’ll have fun nonetheless. But hey, I’m not watering my plants and rushing to clean my car either…rain has it’s perks.