Saturday, January 15, 2005

A Very Boyhowdy Birthday Weekend 


In which iTalk about how I celebrated this year.


Too much on my plate to take my birthday off this year, despite previous resolutions to the contrary. But when my favorite 9th grade Health teacher called me to request an instant two-day Media Literacy module teaching her students to deconstruct mass media messages of fitness and nutrition, I couldn't resist the challenge. Heck, I didn't mind coming in. I would rather be teaching than almost anything.

Spent the remaining workday polishing the resume, gathering references, and otherwise prepping for an ultimately fruitless end-of-day meeting with a visiting rep from prep school placement-slash-recruitment agency Carney Sandoe. Hadn't been expecting much, to be honest, but "our clients really only send us positions from the usual teaching disciplines; we can't really do much for a utility guy like you" was a pretty inauspicious way to begin the job search. Especially from a guy who looked maybe 22, and quite probably had to have help tying his tie. Nice to have the paperwork in place, I guess.

Sped off from there to a pre-arranged meetup with Darcie, the ever-sweet Willow, and a few of our closer friends and co-parents at the newly reopened Lady Killigrew Cafe, yet another middle-of-nowhere pub of no small local charm and intimacy. Set practically inside the Montague Bookmill (motto: books you don't need in a place you can't find), this new find was a wonder to which we'll surely return. The roaring post-rain waterfall just under the windowsills compliments the hardwood tables, each an old footpedal sewing machine; the menu is quirky and organic; the cellars select and crisp. If you go -- and you should go -- look along the windowsill nearest the door for a polaroid of Willow and I proudly showing off the thick dregs of my cowboy coffee.

And it was just perfect for a birthday evening with friends. Fellow rightsizer and all-around close buddy Michelle brought Zinnia, the wee one Darcie and Willow had been watching two mornings a week for the first half of the school year. Fellow ex-suburban Jew Lynn came, too, though without her own frail child, preferring instead to relax and chat jobsearching while I jiggled Zinnia and dreamt of our impending second. We drank fine pinot grigio and cask-aged microwbrews, and shared vanilla ice cream over Port, toasted nutella-and-peanut-butter sandwiches fresh from the panini grill, and roughbread summer sausage munchies until the kids began to droop. You know you're old when everyone gets up to go home at 9:00 and no one says anything about how the night is young.

The festivities continued today with a nice sleep-in -- a true rarity once kids are in the picture, at least until the youngest is finally ready for summer camp season -- followed by a trip down to Northampton for a mocha almond buttercream cake and coffee with the in-law clan at Northampton Coffee, where Darcie's sis and professional barista Virginia expects to make manager within the year. Yet another too-short haircut with miracleman Patrick at Panacea afterwards (though I think we're getting closer to the ideal), a delicious breakfast-for-supper at tiny downhome CK's Cafe on the way home, and a lie-about making up stories for Willow in the dark, and I was off to brave the suddenly dry and bittercold winter air for another evening blogging and mp3-loading in the library.

And, finally, thanks to Michelle for the Remy Martin, to Matt and Alicia for new anti-kids CD Mary Had A Little Amp, to Willow for the card (and Grandma Patty for helping)...to all who left comments or cards yesterday...to my brother for calling...and especially to Darcie's parents for the Griffin iTalk, which adds voice recording and tin-speaker audio output functionality to the already-superb toolset that is iPod. Someday when I'm in the car driving home from my new job, shuffling my way through 20 gigs of randomness, Willow's sweet rendition of Happy Birthday will burst through the the car radio, and I'll remember this weekend with pleasure.

Oh, and a very special thanks go out to my parents for my very existence. It may be bumpy at times, and a bit unpredictable, but so far, I'm enjoying it thoroughly.

posted by boyhowdy | 9:43 PM |

Comments:
Enjoyable blog. Please check out my dog clothes blog.
 
Nice Blog!!!   I thought I'd tell you about a site that will let give you places where
you can make extra cash! I made over $800 last month. Not bad for not doing much. Just put in your
zip code and up will pop up a list of places that are available. I live in a small area and found quite
a few. MAKE MONEY NOW
 
After we paid for our kids family camp summer we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!
 
I was searching for dog art info and found this post. I agree totally!

Paul
 
Well, this is interesting. I did a blog search for starbucks barista and found your site. When I get some time I'll come back and find out where starbucks barista appears and how it relates - if it even does. Take care - nice work.
 
I love your information on tampa bay buccaneers I bookmarked your blog and will be back soon. If you want, check out my blog on tampa bay buccaneers exposed - please come by
 
Your blog is great! It's hard to find blogs with good content and people talking about tennessee titans these days! I have a secret tennessee titans exposed if you want to come check it out
 
Not what I was searching for, but none the less and interesting blog here. Thanks for putting it up. I've enjoyed reading alot of the text here. I got you bookmarked for the future, I'll be back.

My site is a bit different, some think it's odd. I guess it's a matter how you look at it. I have a nicotine patches related site. Most of the articles are on nicotine patches.
 
I have a challenge discovery health loss weight
site. It pretty much covers challenge discovery health loss weight
related stuff. Check it out if you get time :-)
 
We had been blogging trying to find how our world sees italian food. It has been a lifeline for us. Your site provides some of the best examples of this sort and we will bookmark yours. Another one we found was and appears to be related to yours is italian food site/blog. It pretty much covers italian food related stuff.
 
If you like magnets, I'm sure you'd be interested in save the date magnet My Site is about save the date magnet
 
Good work with your great blog If you like magnets, I'm sure you'd be interested in save the date magnet Go here if you like save the date magnet
 
If you like magnets, I'm sure you'd be interested in save the date photo magnets My Site is about save the date photo magnets
 
Hey, you have a great blog here!

I have a accessory chihuahua coat dog site. It pretty much covers ##Coats for Dogs## related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time.
 
You have a great blog here! I will be sure to book mark you. I have a adopt a dog site. It pretty much covers adopt a dog related stuff. Check it out if you get time :-)
 
Hi i am totally blown away with the blogs people have created its so much fun to read alot of good info and you have also one of the best blogs !! Have some time check my link of restaurant philadelphia.
 
Hi, Nice blog, I am bit new to this blog stuff but I really like it. I will definately be back. I have a
gold charm for man that the horse lovers community just love. I should set a blog up on it that has to do with gold charm for man
 
I came across you blog and thought you may find this site usefull. It has gas saving tips and where to find cheap gas. travel central america

:)
 
Great site about web development tool Keep up the good work! website design bathurst
 
Cute blog! Please visit my clifford the big red dog blog.
 
hey nice posts i added you to my bookmarks

Just wanted to say everything you posted was a good read.
Its nice too see that some people create decent and entertaining blogs, yours kept me reading for well over 10 minutes.

Thanks!
 
Didn't know there was som much infomation about port stephens. You have some great information here about port stephens. Thanks for all you have done.
 
Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a dog training shock collar site. It pretty much covers dog training shock collar related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)
 
What a good blog. You should check this out. mp3 file free download
 
Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Free Ipod Nano site/blog. It pretty much covers free ipod scam related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)
 
This is an interesting blog ! I'm bookmarkarkimg you and will re-visit :o)

I also have a water testing site. It pretty much covers
water testing related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)
 
San Diego is having a Hot Rod Halloween on Sunday, October 30. If you love auto refinance then you will want to be there! All kinds of auto refinance will be in attendance. For more information go to auto refinance
See Ya There!!
 
Cool Blog. If you're interested in low carb diets, I have a good site with pertinent info. http://meltthepounds.com. Check it out if you want. Have a nice day.
 
Hi, Thanks for your interesting blog. Keep up the great work! I also have a site & blog about call center work from home
, please feel free to visit.
 
It is always good to see others interested in metaphysical work. Please visit my blog **Rising Energy Newsletter** and my website at Rising Energy Reiki and Psychic Healing Art.. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Rising Energy
 
I like to read up on the latest info here body building
 
Virtual Office Info At: office redmond services virtual
 
I think you're right on track and not many people are willing to admit that they share your views. emmys oquinn terry is an AWESOME place to discuss LOST.
 
Did you visit mine yet? Let me know what you think.. **Rising Energy Newsletter** and my website at Rising Energy Reiki and Psychic Healing Art.. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Rising Energy
 
Great dog training blog! Keep up the great work. I have a web site on dog training, so I can relate. It pretty much covers all aspects ofdog training Stop by if you get some time.
 
If you like dog health you may very well like this site dog health
 
Find great deals on eBay with the misspelledauctions.com search engine

Misspelledauctions.com


Awesome
 
I enjoyed you blog about two for the money. I also have a site about two for the money which makes me appreciate this one even more! Keep up the good work!
 
Blogger I was just searching blogs for information on web pages , and I can across this post .
I also have a web pages site. You might find it helpful.
You should check it out sometime if you get a chance :-)
 
Good day to you Blogger. Sure is nice to have come upon your blog. I was searching for some information on home based when I saw this post. It's not what I'm looking for, but it's a good read. Maybe I'll come back after I find some more info home based related sites.
 
Post a Comment
coming soon
now listening
tinyblog
archives
about
links
blogs
quotes