Thursday, September 17, 2009

North Haven Fair

This weekend we spent some time at the North Haven Fair. I haven't seen a tight rope walking act in a long time, and usually they do this sort of thing indoors. They were up about 50 feet with no safety net.
A veritable feast of vegetables.Of course there were plenty of barn yard animals.The youth craft category had some interesting entries. Here is a model of someones chipmunk.Here's an elephant made out of packing tape.A pretty good monkeyIt wouldn't be a fair without some ridesYou either love them or hate them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bring on the Leaves - part Deux

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Someone looks excited. There's not much use for this in an apartment.

Meatballs au Jus

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It's been a while since I took Jen out for a romantic meal, so tonight we put on our best t-shirts and headed out to Ikea. We chose to partake in their much publicized "plastic tray" self service option. After careful perusal of their menu Jen and I both opted for their classic meatballs and mashed potatoes. The meal was complimented with a fine bottle of juice and a diet coke.
Perfect ambiance under Ikea's romantic lighting. Hopefully we'll find a special occasion so that we can return to this fine restaurant in the near future.

Monday, September 14, 2009

In Memory of Annie Le

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A candlelit vigil was held tonight on Yale's old campus in memory of Annie Le, a student whose life was cut short under tragic circumstances. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
Listen to the audio from the vigil here:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dresser Makeover

We were given this dresser by a cousin of Jen's and have used it for many years. It was in desperate need of refinishing and we thought that we would try to get it done before the move. It took about 2 hours to do most of the sanding. The rest will need to be sanded by hand followed by staining, some lacquer, more sanding and more lacquer. Hopefully it's worth the effort.

Still waiting

It's now 3 weeks until we close on the house. This weekend involved some planning for the move, packing and a little shopping. Ideally we'll have everything packed and ready to go when we need to load it all in to the truck. While picking up a few things Jen thought she would take a look at paint color options. We have no rooms to paint yet.
Apparently labor day weekend is a good time to buy a mattress. I guess any major holiday would be the same. As we are going to need an extra one, we decided to go and see what was on offer. Jen is testing out this one but it's just a little too firm. We bought one that is a little more "plush". Jen liked this chair but we didn't get it. We're not going to buy anything big because we'll just have to move it in 3 weeks.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Haddam Neck Fair

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It's that time of year again, for tractor pulls & baking contests. Throughout September there will be numerous county fairs around the state. This weekend there were three, and we chose to take a trip to the closest one in Haddam Neck. It was an hour ride on the scooter and we arrived just in time to see the tractor pull. As you can see, these are pretty big tractors and built for one purpose - to see how far they can pull a large block of concrete. The winner managed to get just over 100ft.
We also spent some time watching the dog agility course. There was a wide variety of dogs, large and small. Most knew exactly what they were doing. A few seemed to be oblivious to the obstacles.This little guy was taking a rest.No fair would be complete without fried dough.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Adam & Waitz's Wedding

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I need to get caught up here. Two weddings in two weeks and no blog posts to show for it.
A week ago we headed up to Bath, Maine for the wedding of Adam and Waitz. Adam went to Bowdoin College with Jen and they have stayed good friends. It seems we only see them at weddings and this time it was theirs. The ceremony took place at the Chapel at Bowdoin college in Brunswick.
After the ceremony everyone headed out to the coast where the reception site overlooked the ocean.A quick change for the bride and it was time for the Chinese tea ceremony.Bowls of tea, words of wisdom and gifts are exchanged between the couple and their parents.
The obligatory Bowdoin pictureAnd the posed professional photo.Well it wouldn't be a wedding in Maine without lobster. We didn't have the lobster though. It's just a little too much work.The dancing started and lasted into the night. The beautiful couple