Eat. Play. March.

Taco Loco

Nothing beats a fabulous lunch. Las Chicas Taquerias in Owego, NY never fails to deliver on this.

Everything is made fresh here and it shows.

For starters we had Beef & Bean Dip with chips.


The hubby ordered a Carnitas Taco and a Pollo Lima Taco


I had a Carnitas Taco and a Pescado Baja.


In my rented automobile.

The hubby is driving, I’m semi-navigating and Duncan the Greyhound is in the way back probably napping. Sandy due to her age and a bit of frail health is staying home with my sister.

It’s that time of the summer, Grapehounds weekend up in the Fingerlakes of New York.

Our first stop has become a tradition. A few years ago we found this awesome Mexican restaurant in Owego called Las Chicas Taquerias. Everything is made fresh there and it’s locally owned.

Tonight is the welcome reception/check in for the event. The real winery hopping doesn’t start until tomorrow.

There are 27 Wineries, 1 Distillery , and a Brewery. Based on previous years we have already crossed off 5 wineries that we aren’t interested in. That being said we have 6 that we have to visit. So that leaves 16 that we will most likely visit at least half of, more if time allows. Overall it will be a great weekend.



Hunting scavengers

So this weekend The Hubby and I teamed up (partially out of convenience) and partook in an Adult Scavenger Hunt to celebrate my Sisters 30th Birthday (which is in August). The activity was a surprise to her and based on the end result everyone who participated had fun.

Below are the images we captured as part of the Hunt, the goal was to get as many points as possible from the 30 clues and tweet them using a hashtag. My Girlfriend was the creator and judge.


Here we are Team TheBFandHusband


1984 – A picture of the number 1984


Twins – take a picture of twins

(not technically a picture we took but a picture of the Hubby and His Twin Sisters)


Party of Five – a picture of someone with 5 Children. This is a picture of my Parents. Had to involve my Mom in some way since she isn’t with us.


School Days -Take a picture of 2 or more team members playing on a play ground. Plus 2 bonus points if one team member is hanging upside down from something. Bonus point if it is at a school/playground that was important in Michelle’s life The more original the place the more points.


Bear Hug – photograph a team member hugging a bear.


Stairway to Heaven – Take a picture with team members on a staircase, one team member should look like they are sledding down the stairs. And naturally The Girlfriend had to Selfie it.


Ryann’s Raucous – Our Niece loves to take pictures with her “Silly Face” take a picture making Ryann’s Silly Face.


Somewhere over the Rainbow – Take a picture of a Rainbow, bonus points  for an actual rainbow, double bonus points for a double rainbow.


Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Team members on a brick road, bonus points for a Dog.


If I only had a Brain – Team member with a Scarecrow.


Put me In Coach – Picture of  Team member sliding into Home. We took this creatively, everyone else went to the softball field. I slid into my actual Home.


She thinks my Tractors Sexy -Picture of a Team Member on a Ride on Mower (I guess this is some country song).


Emmaus – Team members at the Emmaus Retreat Center (you would really have to know my sister to get this one).


Mananita – Team member giving someone flowers.


Drum Corps – A picture of the Drum Corps Logo.


It’s a Parade – Picture of members of the team with instruments marching.


Dodgeball – You can dodge a ball but can you dodge a Wrench, picture of your team members interpretation of this line.


Road Trip – Picture of the Team in the Car.


Penguin Plunge – Picture with a penguin.


Work it – a picture of a team member working at a place my sister has worked.


Danbury Whalers – a picture at the Ice Arena with a Whalers Logo in it.


30 – Picture of the Number 30.

These were all of the ones we were able to get in the 2 1/2 hours we had to get them completed. Afterwards we met at a local bar and had some drinks and a bite. The Hubby and I came in 3rd out of 5 teams, not bad since everyone else was a team of 4 and we were only 2. Naturally my Sisters Team came in first.


And by dance card I mean Summer. After the 4th of July that consisted of us and some friends sitting under the Breezeway gazing longingly at the pool through the rain drops I need some weekend fun.

It all begins the end of July with our annual trek to The Finger Lakes for Grapehounds weekend. This year we will most likely only be bringing Duncan with us as Sandy just isn’t dealing with old age very well. The less stress we can put on her the better she will be. We will get my sister to stay at the house with her while we are gone.

The fun will then continue on for us until the Holidays hit in December.

August we are going on cruise number 16. It has been a hell of a year and this is much needed. We debated back and forth on where to cruise from and how long and what’s the best value for the money. The Airlines pretty much helped us to make the decision to NOT fly to Fort Lauderdale (which is the port we prefer to cruise from). The Car Rental agencies helped us to make the decision to NOT fly to Houston and drive to Galveston to cruise from there (which we haven’t done since 2007).

What we did decide on was driving to Baltimore and cruising from there. This will be our 2nd time in Baltimore but our first time cruising from there. We are going to drive down Friday and spend 2 nights, our friends who we convinced to cruise with us will most likely drive down and join us Saturday night, then we leave on the cruise Sunday.

It will be a glorious 2 days at sea, then a stop in the first of 3 ports Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. This is a new port for us and one we look forward to visiting. The Next stop is Half Moon Cay, the Carnival Cruise Lines private island, then we stop in Freeport, Bahamas (we will treat this as a sea day as we have been there done that). One last sea day back to Baltimore and then it’s the long drive home.


After that September becomes Wedding-Palooza! There are 4 weekends in September and 1 is filled with a parade, 1 so far is empty, and the other 2 are filled with Weddings of really good friends. The first one is local(ish) across the state an hour just staying overnight on the Saturday, 2 of the girls from our bowling league that I thought their wedding would never get here.

The second wedding is in WAAAAAY upstate NY practically on the Canadian border, we will spend 2 nights up there. The best part is that I get to see my friend Holly whom we haven’t seen in a few years. DAMN YOU! Why hasn’t anyone invented transporters yet.

October seems to be the only month we don’t have anything planned as of yet. There may be a Halloween party or 2 thrown in.

November finds us back up in the Finger Lakes for Deck The Halls weekend. We had so much fun last year that we may end up making this an annual trip as well. There is a vast difference in the weekends, where the greyhound one is laid back and carefree, but the Christmas themed one is up beat and energetic, maybe it’s the difference in weather.

Not much else to report here, work is work, and Drum Corps chugging along nicely with about a parade a week which is perfect.


On the Road

And away we go. Heading to Lake George, NY for a weekend away with the Drum Corps.

This weekend is The Hudson Valley Firemen’s Convention. The parade isn’t in Lake George proper as it has been previous years but it’s close enough to stay there.

The big parade is tomorrow, which as of right now we aren’t marching in due to our fire company canceling on us. We are however marching in the Fun Parade tonight. I’ve packed my tiny hat and my tutu to wear. Pics will follow later.



Parade season is in full swing here, we have marched our first 5 (technically 4 but I’ll explain that later) parades and had our fist cancellation. We started out with 3 Parades or Memorial Day, the fist was the Sunday before and then we had 2 on Memorial Day Proper.

It has become tradition in our house now to celebrate Memorial Day with meat, hence the name Meat-a-Palooza. It’s funny how all of our friends have started referring to is at that and jockeying for invites. I counted 40 people who came to enjoy the beautiful day and the fabulous food the Hubby and I made as well as all of the dishes the others brought.


We started with an 18 pound Brisket and a 22 pound Pork Shoulder


They took a nice long nap in the smoker while we slept and I marched the 2 parades.


We added 24 Chicken thighs and 3 Salmon Fillets (which aren’t pictured cause there was none left)

And above is all of the leftovers we had.

IMG_2006This picture was  recreation of a picture from a few years ago, except my Brothers and Sister and  I are all wearing the same uniform this time.

This year marks the beginning of my 2oth year, and my 2oth Memorial Day Parade with the Drum Corps. It was slightly bittersweet without Mom on the sidelines cheering us on. I know though she had the best seat in the house for the parade.

We had a nice little break between parades this year, the last one being this past Wednesday. We marched this parade twice which is why I said 5 parades so far. The only reason we are able to march this parade twice is that we lead it the first time around for the host Fire Company and the beginning isn’t very far from the end.


The next turnout we have is an annual Flag Day Ceremony that the local Elks Lodge holds every year. I can say I know a lot more about the evolution of the Flag of our Country than some people care to.

We did have a visitor for a few weeks, Classy was a Foster Greyhound who we ended up looking after for a bit. She was fresh from a racetrack and didn’t know the first thing about steps, linoleum floors, or dog toys. She adapted well with the toys, the steps and linoleum not so much.

Here is a picture of her as we were bringing her to meet the Adoption rep who was placing her with her new family.


Other than Parades and work there hasn’t been much else going on. I’ve been trying to walk at lunch time while at work, we have a nice pond area on the grounds that they put a path around.

20140607-204220-74540329.jpgThis is a typical walk we do which takes about a half hour. I usually walk with a couple coworker, but occasionally will do a few laps myself.

20140607-204220-74540254.jpgThursday I walked by myself and had to avoid the Canadian Geese families that also enjoy the pond.

This week at work we started what’s known as summer hours, we can leave at 3pm on Fridays, which means half hour lunches the other days of the week, and on Friday I take my lunch at 2pm and just leave the office then. One of the other sales teams mentioned that their manager would allow them to work from home on their Summer Friday so I may look into doing that as well. Saves me the 45 minute trip home and allows more enjoyment of the break from the office.


After the Hubby and I ran our errands today I took a chair out to theyard and decided to take in some of the beautiful sunshine.



Duncan decided he wanted to join me out there,  so we both sat and contemplated the day. Ok he laid there and I didn’t really contemplate anything but a drink and dinner.

Speaking of Dinner, I found this recipe a few weeks ago and decided tonight was a good night to try it again. This time instead of baking it in the oven we cooked it on the grill. I’ve got the flavor down pat, I just need to work on getting the crust a little thinner. What you can’t tell from the picture is that the crust is made from Quinoa. We topped it with some crushed tomato, seasoned it, added sausage and some left over Corned beef, miscellaneous cheeses we found in our deli ends section and Voilà, Pizza!


Tomorrow we start up our monthly brunch gatherings again. It’s been far too long since we have gotten together with the Brunch Gang. The Hubby and I are bringing Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs, and Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches.



1. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance but it also signifies the “Official” start of summer. What are your plans this weekend?

It will start on Thursday when the Hubbies best friend makes his annual trek to the north for the weekend. Sunday will be the first of 3 Parades for the weekend, then Monday will be 2 parades and our annual Meat-a-Palooza celebration (and yes this is the Official Name for our Memorial Day party).
2. What is your most and least favorite thing about summer?

Most favorite is spending time poolside/outside with friends, least favorite is still having to work everyday, and bugs.

3. What do you think of when I say “Bar-B-Que?”

Meat, Meat and more Meat. Fire up the smoker and the grill.
4. What is your favorite summer food?

Well I have to start with the spread we put out for Meat-a-Palooza. Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Beans, and the Quinoa Salad and Coleslaw that I make. Next would be home made Ice Cream Sandwiches.
5. Are you is swim suit shape yet?

Is anyone *EVER really in swimsuit shape. I am happy with my body and will be seen in my swimsuit as much as possible. Although the pool is in our back yard I’m not really sure who will see me.
6. Given the choice, which do you prefer: ocean, lake or pool?

Pool, then Lake – specifically our friends lake house in NY. The ocean is usually only an option when on a cruise, I don’t swim in Long Island Sound.
7. Which summer blockbuster movie are you most looking forward to seeing?

Eh, I can give or take any of them, there isn’t really a must see movie on  my list.
8. Summer reading: What? Recommendations?

Well I do have 2 books I purchased back in February that I haven’t started yet that came highly recommended – The Something Like Series by Jay Bell (Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring).
9. Vacation Plans? If you can’t, what would you do if you could?

So far the summer travel plans are shaping up nicely, Long weekend in June with the Drum Corps, Grapehounds Wine Tour weekend in July, and hopefully a Cruise in August.
10. Did you ever have to go to summer school?

Not ever, unless you count Drivers Ed which I took in the Summer prior to my Senior year of High School.

Sex on the beach? The Drink Yes! The act Not so much – too much sand.


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