Monday, October 29, 2007

The Red Sox Win the World Series!!!

Yes, the title of this post DID deserve three exclamation points, thank you! The Red Sox won the World Series for the second time in four years! That is amazingly exciting for those of us in Red Sox Nation, and it was a sweet sweep over the Colorado Rockies. I wasn't expecting it to be over so fast, or so conclusively, but here we are. Sigh! It doesn't seem real!!

We go to New England next week, and I can't WAIT to go shopping for new gear! Hats, t-shirts, and stickers for all! Mike Lowell was named MVP, which couldn't possibly be more deserved. He is the heart and soul of this team, and it brought a tear to my eye.

Congratulations to this team. They are so deep and so talented, and lead the American League from Day 1 of the season through to the almost-Yankee-contested season's end. It was nice to win the division, and great to win the pennant, but nothing can come close to matching the hazy happiness I am currently experiencing.

While this isn't as momentous as 2004, it is better in a lot of ways. This is a better, more robust team, and because of the outstanding job Theo Epstein and crew have done to build the ranks, we are set for a few (possibly more) years.

I like this side of the fence, I must say. =>

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Triplets enjoying pumpkins

Here is an adorable photo of the next-door triplet boys enjoying Halloween and some pumpkins! From left to right: Mason, Tyler, and Ryan. They are six months old, and couldn't be sweeter - or cuter!

Their parents have done a great job getting them on a schedule, and just the other night, they ALL started sleeping through the night (Mason was being uncooperative about the whole thing). So now their folks can get a good chunk of sleep time, and everyone has to feel better about the world as a whole. =)

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Week in San Francisco

I have been in San Fran all week, enjoying watching baseball on the West Coast - better start times! I am working at a tradeshow (CTIA - a mobile industry show) with my company, Sybase 365, and we have been having a great time. We had a Tuesday night party at a cool wine place in the city called Vino Venue, and the show is going well. That said, I miss the kids, Craig, and the kitties. And my feet are killing me - I keep referring to them as "bloody stumps," and finally resorted to wearing sneakers at the show.

I have visited with several friends while here, including Paul Scott Silvera and his BF, Keith (whose last name is pronounced "sure home" but is unspellable to me). We spent Sunday night together watching the Sox clinch the ALCS, and then I took Bart out to Oakland to visit with them, see Scott's store (Scout Hardware), and to see their faboo house and meet their uber-sweet dog, Raleigh. We had a wonderful dinner, and watched the Sox rout the Rockies. All was well with the world.

I also got to visit Alan Gibbs! We went to dinner with two coworkers, and had a lovely time. The Sox were playing (of course), so I kept delicately slipping away from the table to sneak into the restaurant's bar to check the score. Hopefully, Alan will find it in his heart to forgive this obsessive New Englander!!

Home soon!

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Red Sox win the ALCS!!

In an astonishing comeback from a 3 games to 1 deficit, the Boston Red Sox tonight defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the ALCS. Many in Red Sox Nation, this writer included, thought we were done for. It was over. There was no chance that the team could pull this off. Never you mind that in 2004 we came back from a 3 games to 0 deficit against the Yankees, then won four straight for the first time in MLB history. Just don't think about that.

And yet, we did it! I watched the game at Jillian's sports bar in beautiful San Francisco with a few friends. It should be noted that this is the same bar in which I watched the Sox clinch the 2004 World Series (and I was attending the same tradeshow that year, too). Same month, same location, same tradeshow... it is starting to sound a little too coincidental, isn't it? =>

GO SOX! On to the World Series! I never thought they'd win ONE in my lifetime, and here we are on the possible, potential, hopeful doorstep to TWO! Bring it on!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pat turns 15!

My brother, Patrick, turned 15 today. Only one more year until total, unadulterated freedom! Wheee haw!!!

Man, am I getting old. =>

Happy birthday, Pat!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Liz's birthday!

My sister, Liz, turns 41 today!!

Am I allowed to publish that? I guess that the answer is YES, at least until she learns how to hack into my blog and change it. Hah! =)

Happy birthday, sis! Love you!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fiona is 8 months old!


Today, Wee Fee turned eight months old. She is a very sweet baby, is a good eater (as you can no doubt see!), is practically crawling, pulls herself up on things (with assistance), and is very interactive. She is currently eating two 4 ounce jars of food a day (fruit/grain in the morning - or a yogurt, and veggies/rice at night), and drinks four 6-ounce bottles of formula every day.

Fiona has a very gentle, silly nature. She giggles a lot, is endlessly fascinated by Rory, loves staring at the cats, bounces in her exersaucer like a MADWOMAN, and likes to stand up at the coffee table and grab everything in sight. I call her "scrabbly paws," because she flings her exploratory little hands all around the table, looking for new, exciting things to wing around. Last night, I had her drumming. Rory came over and joined us - I see a family band in the future!!

For more pics, go to my Web site. There is a link to Fiona's 8 month photos near the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Testing her vocal chords

In my last post (the tooth post), I mentioned how Fiona had discovered a primal scream within herself. Well, here it is in video form! I apologize in advance if you call us and hear this live. It could shatter glass! Hah!
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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fiona grows a tooth!

Fiona sprouted her first fang tonight, on the bottom, all nice and bumpy. It seems to have brought on a new ability to scream loudly, which she has been doing all day. Perhaps she has been trying to alert us to the tooth's arrival, but we were a little slow to clue in. Fiona also ate her first yogurt today, and went crazy for it. It was banana flavored. What's not to love? She couldn't fling her mouth open far enough!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fiona loves raspberries!

In the past few days, Fiona has started blowing raspberries like her life depends on it. Laura has been teaching her this critical life skill, and is pleased that all the hard work and focus has been paying off. Hah!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ben Garneau... in memorium

Ben Garneau, father-in-law of Laura's first cousin, Jenny (and grandfather to Jenny's wonderful daughter, Delly) died today, on his 83rd birthday. He will be missed. Ben had a great sense of humor and a wonderful spirit, and his smile was like sunshine filling a room. Our family is lesser for his loss. Ben, we will miss you.

Following is the obituary written by Jenny:

Benoit W. Garneau, Jr. died on Tuesday October 2, 2007. He was 83 years old.

Born in Fall River, MA on October 2, 1924, Mr. Garneau led an exciting and full life. He attended the Dublin School in Dublin N.H. as well as a private school in Canada. From February 1944 to April 1946, Mr. Garneau served in Company B, 411th Infantry Regiment in the European Theater of World War II and was part of the initial invasion of Italy. He graduated in 1950 from the Foreign Service School, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. After graduating he went to work for the United States Displaced Persons Commission. He was assigned to work in Stuttgart, Germany. It was there in 1951 he met and married his beloved wife Sigrid Eickelman. They were blessed with two children Benoit and Pierre.

Mr. Garneau worked internationally for BIC and RCA. He and his family lived in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Canada, and New York City before settling on Nantucket. Having “retired” to Nantucket he and his wife bought the Dory restaurant where they would entertain their breakfast customers with the wild tails of their lives. After selling the Dory he bought the Brass Lantern Inn and was the inn keeper until 1989.

Mr. Garneau had a zest for life that few could match. He spoke French, German and Spanish fluently. He was an accomplished cook and loved to read. He was an avid history buff. He was devoted to his granddaughter Delphine whom he took care of daily when her mother, Jeanette went back to work after her birth. Noted for his sense of humor and engaging smile, Mr. Garneau was one of a kind and will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

Mr. Garneau was predeceased by his wife Sigrid and his sons Benoit and Pierre. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Jeanette and granddaughter Delphine.

A gathering in remembrance of Mr. Garneau will be held on Saturday October 13, 2007 at his daughter-in-laws home, 18 Sesapana Road from 1-3 pm for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mr. Garneau’s name to Our Island Home, The American Heart Association or to the National Heart Foundation. Au Revoir Benoit!