Chaos, then quiet..

Today was a Work From Home Thursday for me.  Both of my immediate supervisors had the day off.  And, the traffic heading south towards the Jersey Shore is usually bad the Thursday and Friday before a holiday weekend. That certainly is enough incentive for me to work from home.  The past two days I took my lunch to the beach to shoot pictures of the beaches in several Monmouth County towns. Today for lunch? I stayed home and had a bowl of stone crab soup with my DW. We bought the stone crab soup from Keys Fisheries in Marathon, Fl. There were nice chunks of stone crab meat in the soup. And the soup was not too peppery.  Often we have found that pre-made “home-made” soups have a lot of pepper. I like the pepper, my DW, not so much.

My driving today was just one lap around the block. No, not just keep in practice. The town truck came by this morning to collect the tree branches that we stacked on the curb a few weeks back. The driver asked me to move one of the cars from in front of the house so that they could get the truck nearer to the brush pile.  Dinner tonight was chaos. DS1 arrived just as dinner was hitting the table. He backed his “red truck” into the drive without any incidents. The truck is full of trees that need to be delivered tomorrow morning.

Around the table for the first time since maybe Christmas were all the boys and us. It was loud. We (DW and I) usually eat alone since DS1 gets home late. So dinner is a quiet, relaxed, how was your day, kind of event. Tonight was closer to a MMA match. Who said what, who was where, who wanted something from the other end of the table.  I enjoyed the noise. I think the boys missed the camaraderie as well. Then, dinner was over, DS1 went to the gym, DS2 went to the high school to see a concert, and DS3 went to see a high school friend. 

No cars in the street, nobody in the cellar. Back to empty nest. Chaos to empty nest in 5 minutes. Wow!

Here are a few pictures from around the house tonight.  Enjoy!


Good thing I don’t gamble on football..

The NFL wild card weekend is over. The games are in the book.  I picked all four losing teams this weekend.  Dam!  Does it really matter? Does life go on?  No and of course.  I watched most of the Bengals game. I watched a little of the Packers game. I watched no football today.  I was not boycotting after my two Saturday teams lost, I was just busy and it was nice and sunny out. 50 degrees on a Sunday in January is to be cherished. 

Walking, we (DW and I) continue to walk our mile a day.  Today is January 6, 2013. This means we have walked no less than 6 miles this year! Yesterday we walked in the park near our home. Today she did her mile doing  her walking tapes and I played lacrosse with DS1, DS3 and one of DS3’s friends for 90 minutes. That has to be better than 20 minutes of walking. Or at least equivalent.  I was playing catch with DS1 (ex-college lacrosse player) and we were throwing the ball pretty hard at each other and I was slow bringing my stick up and the ball hit the top of my stick head and broke the plastic. Heads cost between 60 and 100 dollars each. It still surprises me how sturdy and fragile they are at the same time.

Tonight we (the whole family) went out to eat to celebrate the last family dinner before DS2 goes back to college for his spring semester. We went to Makoto Japanese Restaurant here in Manahawkin.  The restaurant is known for its sushi and hibachi meals.  We have eaten here many times, usually to celebrate someone’s birthday. The food is good, the chef’s entertain and if it is your birthday, the entire restaurant will sing Happy Birthday to you! There are pictures below from tonight’s festivities. The entire folder of pictures from tonight can be found here.

Here are a few of tonight’s pictures.  Enjoy!


PS At dinner a challenge was given to write a fictional first person account of the killing of the last Velociraptor that existed in North America. The challenge will be met and exceeded. Stay tuned..