Typing and sweating x 2..

Monday night blog from the Robbinsville Field House. I just came off the field after playing 60 minutes on attack.  I had no goals tonight. I had three shots on the crease that the goalie stopped. I had a better night catching the ball then most.  This is the first night playing with my new lacrosse head. I am still happy with the job that was done stringing it. It would be great if stringing a lacrosse head was standardized instead of being part all the same and part improvisation.  

Work was busy for me.  There are a few projects that have sat on go for a month now the push is for completion, yesterday.  We’ll see. My DW got chauffeured to work by DS3 since her van remains in the shop. Hopefully it will be fixed tomorrow.  DS1 worked all day. DS3 was off from work today.  DS2 came home this afternoon from his concert last night.  He had some fun stories to tell about the night at dinner.

Tonight’s pictures come from last night’s concert.  I posted a few last night. He sent these pictures after I went to bed.  Enjoy!


In the dog house again..

Or maybe the title should be Get out Your Pitchforks and Torches..  I’m trying to take the high road here.  Maybe I should ask myself, self “Why are you taking the high road?”  Like most things, there is a story in this. Tonight is Thursday, July 19, 2012. On Thursday nights we play lacrosse outside under the lights in Manalapan, NJ.  This is our second year using this field and playing in the evening. We start around 8 pm and end around 10 pm.  So far so good.

Each night that I go to play, I bring an amp that I plug my Sirius satellite player into. We listen to Alt Nation while playing lacrosse. I place the amp as far as the extension cord will reach, aim it towards the field and away from the houses. We play lacrosse and listen to music. We were asked one night last year to turn it down, we were still playing after 10 pm that night and it was only fair to the neighbors to turn the music down.

Tonight, at 9:30 the Manalapan police came by and asked us to turn the music down. It really was not any louder than any other night.  The heat wave broke and I guess people opened their windows and could hear the music.  I walked over to the amp and turned it down from three to two. One third reduction. I looked towards the road and there were two men and a women giving me the evil eye.  They started walking towards me I figured, oh boy, angry neighbors.  I turned the amp down from two to one.  Two thirds reduction. The police car continued to sit 100 yards away in the parking lot.

The people came over and started yelling at me about the music. I told them that we play lacrosse and listen to music  every week for the last two years…  The women started screaming at me about a noise ordinance and that the music was not allowed. Again, I pointed out that we had been doing this for two years. I told her that the police asked us to turn the music down, and I did. That’s it. And, if they talk to the policeman and he tells me to turn it off, I will. I said, go and talk to him!  The woman yells back “You won’t play that music tomorrow night!’ I calmly replied “We are not playing lacrosse tomorrow night”. I think that made her even more angry.

So again, I calmly told her, the policeman told us to turn it down, I did.  If he wants me to turn it off, have him tell me that. Then I told them to have a nice day and I walked away. I’m not 19 years old. I don’t rattle that easy. After I walked away the policeman drove over and they talked to him for a few more minutes. Then they walked home and he drove away. And the music stayed on, at a lower volume.  Maybe next week the neighbors will come down to the field with their torches and pitchforks.  And, I looked up the noise ordinance for Manalapan, quiet time is 11 pm to 6 am.

Me, no goals, missed one shot and lost two passes as I tried to shoot them. I think my brother the weatherman had a goal. I know that DS3 had a goal. We had a good time.

Pictures, hmm. I can always find a picture. See the caption. Enjoy!


DS2 at Christmas 2009. It looks like he is looking for something under the chair..


Day 351, Not far from the tree, I guess..

Saturday, June 16 here in New Jersey. The weather was pretty close to perfect today. Last night cooled down around 60 degrees and the high here was around 78 degrees. Sunny, some breeze and no children, all day. Really, it was the weather.. (Note to the children, this is all tongue in cheek, or in your world, LOL).  Easy Saturday morning for us old folks. Breakfast was pork roll and eggs. Some excellent coffee from New Orleans and an easy, slow start.  After we finally got going, my DW did inside chores, I did outside chores.  This seems to be the usual Saturday division of labor. The garden is looking good. I will take some pictures and share them tomorrow.

Lunch was at the Stafford Dinner.  Then we went to COSTCO for stuff. We went to lunch first so that we (I) would not buy any unnecessary items at the store. They say you are not supposed to shop on an empty stomach.  We never (right) buy unnecessary items at COSTCO. But when we do, they usually cost around 10 dollars each. That seems to be their more or less price for most things.   Dinner tonight was Veal Francese. The veal came from the store today.  Dinner turned out great. My DW was my helper keeping the dirty dishes moving into the dish washer.

DS1 came home around 9 pm from working all day. He must have stopped somewhere for dinner. He had a small piece of veal. He watched some professional lacrosse with us on tv. DS2 was in Copenhagen, NY for a funeral today. The father of one of his classmates died. He and some of his college friends got together and traveled to upstate NY for the funeral. He got home around 7:30 pm tonight. He was very hungry. They did a lot of traveling and not a lot of eating.  I offered him a Victory Summer Love to go with his dinner. He declined (gasp) and went looking for the River Horse Hop Hazard. There was one left. He seems to like beers that are hoppy. I like beers that are hoppy.  Not from the tree, right?  DS3 worked and then went to friends graduation party. He will be sleeping there tonight.

Tonight’s pictures are from today’s travels. Read the captions, and enjoy!


Day 286, Back out in the sunshine..

I was back in the office for the first time since last Wednesday. I worked from home Thursday and Friday.  If you read yesterday’s blog you will know that I was off yesterday to drive the youngest back to school. I went out at lunch time and went for my first walk in three weeks. About three weeks ago I was walking three miles a day for three days a week at lunch time and my left leg developed quite painful shin splints. Benign neglect and good fortune and my leg is feeling better today. I only walked one mile since the consensus was that I overdid the distance the first time.   Tomorrow I probably won’t get out of the office at all.

My 2000 Chrysler mini van turned 240,000 miles last night coming home from lacrosse. It still (knock on wood) continues to get the job done. I am hoping to keep it running through the end of the year.  My DW went to a continuing education seminar in Cherry Hill today.  She enjoyed the lecture and fulfilled some of her required continuing education requirements. Next week she has two days of ACLS training and re-certification to go through. Since her hospital merged with a larger group of hospitals, the process has become more “corporate”. Hopefully the process won’t be too painful.

Children.. DS1 worked today delivering pizzas. He also went to the gym in the morning. Not our morning, like am. His morning, like early pm. DS2 has struggled this year with his guitar playing. The university was supposed to provide guitar lessons to the Sophomore music therapy students and canceled the class due to under enrollment. Due to his lack of guitar skills, the three eye surgeries, and other reasons, the chair of his department has pushed him out of the music therapy program. He is in the process of declaring a General Psychology major with a music minor. His plan is to continue working on his guitar, piano and voice skills and get his Masters degree in Music Therapy.  It is just a fork in the road, he is committed to being a music therapist, but his spot at Marywood in the program is gone.  DS3, quiet so far today. I’m sure 6:30 am pt was tough after he slept in  during Easter break.

Tonight’s picture is of my DW and DS1. The file has a date of December 2007. I’m sure that is not accurate. The background looks like the pavilion in front of the stands at Robert Morris near Pittsburgh, Pa.


DW and DS1


Day 272, Made fudge brownies..

Duck egg brownies to be precise. My brother and sister-in-law shared some more information about duck eggs. They wrote about the benefits of duck eggs and how they are prized in the baking world.  So tonight we made fudge brownies using those eggs. The brownies taste like… umm, brownies.  What would you expect them to taste like?  I’m still weirded out by them, but I guess disguised in baked goods they are all the same.  Thank you for helping me spread my horizons.

Work was slow. I have a project scheduled for the morning so that should give my day some structure. At lunch time I am going to visit with a co-worker who fell at her home is will be out for a few months recuperating. I don’t have many details about her fall. I guess I will have a better understanding tomorrow afternoon. We are going to the Windmill for two for one hot dogs!  My favorite. She will get to ride in my van which has 239,000 ish miles on it. The car is getting a little rough (ok, a lot rough), but it still starts and stops. When you have three kids in college at the same time, something has to give.

My DW had a busy day. She was on the early shift so she got home at a decent hour. DS1 worked part of the day and then went to the gym. DS2 continues to shop for guitars. He sent me this possible choice today (in red). He posted something on Facebook about playing a song on the recorder today. He enjoyed the experience. By the time he graduates he will have experienced playing quite the variety of musical instruments.  DS3 has a paper due soon and seems to be procrastinating. Dude, just get it done!  There you go, my parenting advice for the night.  My brother the weather man said that my shin splints were probably either from too much to soon or the wrong/bad pair of shoes. I would agree with the too much to soon thought. 

Short and sweet tonight. Here is a picture of the brownies.  Enjoy!


Day 271, Eggs are what is for breakfast..

Maybe, maybe not. As I wrote last week my brother in Oregon and his wife sent us a dozen duck eggs. Due to the ducks not paying attention to the order sheet, there was over production.  I made a cheese omelet with two of them Friday morning. Here are my thoughts.. The yolks were huge!  The omelet seemed “yellower” (is that a word that means more yellow?). I ate the omelet. It was not as light and fluffy as a chicken egg omelet. 

I have to admit I am irrationally weirded out by the eggs.  Why? I don’t know. I guess it is a good thing that I don’t live on a farm.  Even though I pretend to live on one. At the bottom of this blog will be pictures of the ducks and their eggs. Are you interested in farm fresh duck eggs shipped to you home? I’m not sending mine. but my brother and his wife would be happy to send some your way. Go here for their website. While I did not immediately find the eggs listed for sale, I’m sure using the contact form will solve your problem.

Tonight was lacrosse night. DS1 came out and played with the old people tonight. Actually the median age is quite younger than it was when we first started. I had mixed success. I did score one goal. I had a shot that the goalie stopped with his feet.  I missed the goal a few times. I caught some, I missed some. I am happy with the way the night went. Last week while walking my shins started hurting. They have not hurt like that since I started running track back in high school. They feel like shin splints. Tonight the left leg really started hurting towards the end. I may take a few days off from walking at work. I did not walk today due to the cool temperatures and the very brisk wind.

My DW was busy at work today. She got her evaluation for the year today. She did quite well. She will find out in April how much the merit raise will be. She went to yoga tonight while I played lacrosse. Tomorrow night we have adult school yoga. That will make three nights in a row doing yoga for her.  DS1 had class today. He is looking forward to finishing up his class. DS3 texted me for a few minutes this afternoon. I guess he was reading in the blog that he had not been communicating with his parents enough.  He took care of that today. Nothing real special or hard-hitting, just a check in.  DS2 (or his friends) continue to post pictures on Facebook from their trip to Baltimore. I will add them to the bottom.

Tonight’s pictures (as advertised) are below. The captions should tell the story.  Enjoy!


Day 270, Naps are always nice..

Aren’t they? A nap is a guilty pleasure stolen from the people that promote productivity in the world.  Today is Sunday, March 25, 2012 here in New Jersey. I guess adding the date to this blog now and then will make it easier to figure out where and what was historically going on when this blog was written. Who knows, some civilization far in the future might be studying the ancients (us) and this blog could provide a glimpse into the life in 2012. Or not.

We (DW and I) just got off the phone with DS2. He called and told us about his trip to Baltimore and  Washington, DC this week. He really had a great time. I think this was his first convention.  He was very impressed and interested in a presentation given about the use of the iPad in Music Therapy. There are apparently many apps available for the iPad that can be used in the clinical settings. It would seem from talking to DS2 that an iPad is fast becoming a useful tool for his profession. He will talk to his grandmother over Easter and maybe she will take care of that for his 21 st birthday in May. Dude, you are going to be 21 in a few months!  Wow!

Dinner tonight was fresh Halibut steaks from the Shop Rite. I guess that the Halibut are in season (as it were) or the Shop Rite would not have it and they would not look as good as they did. I found a recipe Googling “fresh Halibut Steaks”. The first one was for barbecue (we skipped this one), the second recipe was for zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, basil and feta cheese, baked in the oven. It was delicious. The topping is adaptable to almost any kind of fish. While the Halibut was expensive, it tasted good. My DW wanted lobster tonight but they are just too expensive this time a year without a sale.

My DW finished up her first Master’s of Nursing course through Drexel University online. Her final grade was an 88. She is very excited. She is unsure about the  next step because this course with difficult since there are no classes. You read, write papers, comment on a discussion board. She grew up (as did I) in a time where college was in a classroom with teachers and other students. She is going to take this eight week period off to give the experience some thought. I am very proud of the hard work and the hours she devoted to this endeavor.

Me, made breakfast, went grocery shopping.  I took a nap this afternoooooon.  We went to a new yoga place tonight. They had a free yoga session if you donated to the Barnegat Food Bank. The session was interesting. This makes the fifth different yoga instructor that I have studied with. Again, 2 males and 15 females.  My DW and I were comfortable with the session. This teacher at the end put a tissue and a scented “eye pillow” on your eyes while in the final meditation. That was interesting, but I had to wash my face when I got home.

Tonight’s pictures are a mixture from the weekend.  The captions will hopefully explain. Enjoy!


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