Set your intention..

Greetings from foggy Manahawkin tonight.  We spent the weekend between the Manahawkin mansion and the Best Western Plus in Dunmore.  Sound like quite the dichotomy of locations (at least from the titles of the locations). The reality was quite a bit different.  Dunmore, PA is one of the towns that Marywood University can be found in. The other is the city of Scranton, Pa. As long time readers, you would know that DS2 is a student at Marywood. A senior in fact. Graduation, possible grad school and a job are all looming in the not to distant future.

This weekend was all about a Wind Ensemble concert, dinner with the parents and Sunday mass. I guess he may have done some studying and whatever with his friends as well.  We arrived in Dunmore/Scranton at exactly 4 pm. The concert was scheduled to start at 4 pm. My DW had a continuing education class to attend in Atlantic City Saturday morning that caused us to leave for school later than usual.  It was nice to make it in time and not have to enter the concert hall during the show.  The concert went well. We enjoyed, but may not have understood, all the music. I have come to realize that I can enjoy the university level music without understanding it. I am making progress!

After the concert DS2, his GF, DW and I went to Coopers Seafood Restaurant for dinner. For all of you Office fans, Coopers is alive and well six months after the show went off the air. The menus are redone, the food tweaked and the selection of beer (draft and bottled)  is probably unrivaled in the city of Scranton. If you go there, ask for Pat. She is a our favorite waitress. A single mom, our age with a daughter attending Seton Hall Law School after graduating from the University of Scranton. Her daughter was a student of the wife of one of my uncles when she was in elementary school. Talk about a small world.

Saturday night we stayed at the Best Western Plus in Dunmore. They had a party in the “party room” which was under our room. The music stopped at exactly 11 pm. That was great. Sunday we attended mass at Marywood University. As long time readers (same assumption as before) you will know that DS2 plays his trumpet during mass. His GF is in the choir.  A fun thing for me, is that my DW has been welcomed into the choir whenever we are in town. This morning was no exception. It was cool to see my son, my wife and my son’s girlfriend all singing/playing during mass.  I can’t sing. I can however take pictures. Yes, I did.

Sunday after mass we went to the Buck Town diner in Dunmore. Eat here. Simple enough statement.  Elegant, no. Reasonably priced, good tasting food, yes. Good table and kitchen staff, heck yes! We drove home listening to the Cincinnati Bengals playing football on Sirius. They absolutely sucked in the first quarter and could do no wrong for the rest of the game.  The final outcome being a resounding win for the Bengals.

Tonight we went to gentle yoga with Gabby at Hot or Not Yoga in Manahawkin.  Tonight’s class was the perfect cap to this crazy weekend. Dinner was flank steak, red wine and mashed potatoes. DS1 was over for dinner. He was off from work for a few days and spent the weekend at home. Tomorrow he heads back to his apartment and off to work on Tuesday.

Me, I have a stress test with my cardiologist  tomorrow morning. Then I will work from home and probably go to a hot yoga class Monday night.

I hope you enjoyed living in my shoes for the weekend. I will add some pictures below.

Here is a link to the Wind Ensemble concert pictures.

Here is a link to the Sunday Mass pictures.


Thanks for reading.



Office Wrap Party – Scranton, PA..

We spent the past weekend in Scranton.  DS2 had a choir concert that we wanted to see.   The concert was Saturday night. The music was sung A Cappella. That just means that there were no musical instruments other than the voices in the choir. The music was the Mass, with various parts of the mass coming from different composers. Here is a link to the Marywood University website with more information about the concert.  The concert was in rotunda on campus. The singers sang from the second floor and the audience sat in chairs or the first floor level.   We (DW and I) both enjoyed the concert. I shot some video and pictures.

Also on Saturday, the tv show, The Office, held it’s Office Wrap Party in Scranton.  My DW and I went to the parade. We aren’t big fans of the show but I figured we were in town, so why not go and experience the spectacle. And yes, I shot some pictures. I saved them in two groups. This link will take you to the pictures taken of the cast members in attendance.  This link will take you to the crowd pictures that I took. It was 75 degrees and sunny in a college town.  Enough said.  DS2 was not interested in the parade. DS3 had a paper to proof read then email in by 5 pm that day so he missed some of the parade.

After the parade we went across town to Marywood with DS3 to see DS2. They would never see each other if we did not get them together. DS2 and my DW walked around the lacrosse field and talked while DS3 and I spent an hour shooting and passing lacrosse balls.  We walked over to “The Rock” afterwards and took some pictures. The rock is a formation of two flat as a table rocks in the field between the lacrosse field and I 81. Each time we play on the field I look over at the rock and think that it would make for some neat pictures.  I will add a few of them at the bottom.  After the concert Saturday night we went to Coopers for a snack and a beer (or two). Both boys attended this function (there was free food – parents paid). College students know better than to skip a free meal!

Sunday we went to mass and watched DS2 play his trumpet with the choir. After mass we all got together one more time at the Buck Town Diner for lunch. Then we drove home and the boys went back to their lives. Monday night was lacrosse. I scored my first goal in a month! I was pretty excited. Tuesday was yoga. Tonight might be outdoor lacrosse depending on the weather and how I feel. I found a cold somewhere in the last 7 days. Cough, cough and cough.

Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading


Middle of the day post..

Work is slow today, both of my scheduled jobs cancelled out. One with a death in the family the other with a dead computer. I see a theme here, time to run faster, I guess.  Today is May 1, 2013. May Day as it were.  We had our first decent rain on Monday in quite awhile. I heard quite a bit of complaining in my travels about the one day of rain. My garden and lawn were quite happy for the soaking. Speaking of the lawn, I rented a tiller from Home Depot and tilled a third of the lawn. Last year I did a different third. Well, it would not make sense to keep tilling the same area, right?  I am halfway through raking the stones and clay out of the dirt. Hopefully by next Monday the dirt will be ready for seeding.

This weekend we are going to Scranton. No, not for the Office Wrap parties.  The Office tv show is ending its run and some of the cast are going to be in Scranton this weekend. There is a parade on Saturday afternoon.  This is an excellent opportunity for the local hotels to double their rates for the weekend. We, are going to a concert at Marywood Saturday night.  I suggested to my DW that while she was playing on the internet this morning that she look and see what silliness was going on in the city this weekend so that we could avoid (if possible) the crowds. Maybe we should go to the parade…

Monday night lacrosse belonged to the goalies. Or, belonged to the goalies that I tried to shoot on. Tonight we are going to Manalapan to play lacrosse outdoors under the lights.  Hopefully there will be enough players to play a decent game.  Children, DS1 drove out to Wheeling for the WJU men’s lacrosse team’s alumni game. He had a goal in the game. I have only briefly talked to him since he got back. He slept at a friends house Sunday night and was a ghost Monday and Tuesday nights. I thinks he is a little (a lot) beat from the weekend  and 15 hour days at work.

DS2 is in the middle of finals week. When we see him Saturday, he will be done with his junior year of college. DS3, not really sure what he is up to.  I expect that we will find out this weekend.   My DW has decided that Hot Yoga is not for her.  The gym where she goes changed her Monday night class from a regular yoga to a hot yoga class. She gave the hot yoga three weeks to see if she could handle the heat. The hot yoga got two thumbs down.  She has been getting back to swimming on Monday nights until the hot yoga fad goes away.  We are still enjoying regular, adult school yoga on Tuesday nights.

Pictures, only one this week. Crazy or what?  In this picture DS3 (on the right) is with his college roommate (L) and a girl at a bar in Wheeling, WV.  Thanks for reading!