For the dogs

This past weekend was a very busy one, but not one spent at any of the Pride celebrations. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy and proud of my neighbor state of NY but NYC Pride was no place I wanted to be this weekend. Been there before, and with the Marriage Equality Law being signed by Governor Cuomo, I can only imagine how much more crazy it was.

Friday night I was supposed to have marched in a local town Fireman’s parade but alas, the fire department that hired us, once again, canceled because it looked like rain. The clouds didn’t dampen our plans though. The hubby and I along with my Ex and Current Work Wife kept the dinner plans we had made. We started with drinks at my current work Wife’s house. I had a couple glasses of a very good Riesling.

After a couple glasses of wine for me and some Gin and Tonics for them we headed out to a new favorite restaurant we were introduced to called the White Horse pub. I had the Guinness Beef Stew for dinner and the Chocolate Lava cake for dessert.

Saturday was our annual Greyhound adoption group picnic. There were just about 200 people and over a 1oo dogs there to celebrate all the hard work we do to promote Greyhound adoption. Along with the food and company they do some games and the Costume Contest. Below are 2 pictures of my favorite costumes.

Frankly my Dear I don't give a damn

I titled this one “Carol Burnett’s Gone with the Wind”

We are so pupular that the Royal Couple showed up.

As part of the picnic we have a 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction, and Silent Auction. I was able to snag this item with the highest bid.

Sunday we did have a bit of a pride celebration as we had brunch with some gays and gay friendlys. This was the first time we had brunch at this local place and I must say I was pretty impressed. Not just with the food but the free flowing Bellinis!

For my entree I ordered the Frittata special which had Bay Scallops, Spinach, Tomato and Feta in it. Since there were 9 of us we ended up just getting a “Dessert Sampler” a little bit of everything they were offering, Cannoli, Tiramisu, and Gelato. It was delicious!

There and back again

Tuesday night sitting on the couch what better time to recap the weekend.

After the excitement of the power outage at work on Tuesday the rest of the week was pretty uneventful, until Friday. Friday night started a whirlwind weekend.

It’s hard to believe but my nephew graduated High School last week. Friday night was his Graduation Party. The best part of the party (aside from seeing my niece and nephews) was the first time I can recall all 3 of my older Brothers’ Baby Mama’s in the same room at the same time. I was waiting for lighting or a house to fall on us. I should clarify there are 2 Baby Mama’s, the last one he married. So that give me 2 nephews ages 17 and 9, and a niece who is almost a year.

After the party Friday night the hubby and I hopped in the car and drove the 2 1/2 hours to our friends house in upstate New York. There was a parade not far from their house that the Drum Corps was marching in so we decided to see if they wanted some weekend visitors and to go to the parade with us. The Parade was in Lake George, NY a resort town. Naturally the first thing we did when we got there was get a drink, and then the tour. Knowing I had a very long day ahead of me Saturday, we headed to bed around midnight haha.

Saturday morning we got had a leisurely cup of coffee, then showered and hopped in the car to make the hour drive to Lake George. I wanted to get into the town early, knowing the main drag was going to be shut down for the parade and to get good parking so we could hightail it out of there after the parade.

The other 3 boys had a lot more fun than I did waiting for the parade, they enjoyed a nice lunch and took in the scenery. Meanwhile, I headed to the start of the parade to meet the Drum Corps, and wait. And wait, and wait, and wait, and wait…..

As this was a convention parade there was a very large showing of area Fire Departments. The parade started at 1 and because we were in the 4th division (of 5) I was able to catch most of the parade, which included most of our competition. It was finally out turn to head down the 1.18 miles down the parade route.

After the parade the hubby, our friends, and I hopped back in the car and headed back to our friends house for a shower for me, a much-needed drink, and then on to dinner. We had a great dinner at the Albany Pump Station, then stopped for ice cream at the Ice Cream store at the Drive-In near their house. While waiting for my fabulous sundae I happen to be perusing Facebook when I saw one of my friends’ status messages say Congrats XXX Drum Corps. I was like WHAT WHAT!!! So I naturally had to call him and find out what that meant. Turns out it meant WE WON FIRST PLACE! You don’t know how happy that made me to hear it.

Sunday was another leisurely morning, where I slept in cause I was TIRED. Then we headed out to breakfast at a nearby diner (the third choice on the list since we kinda forgot it was Father’s Day). I had eggs Benedict and a side of bacon, the hubby had farmers Benedict, which was biscuits and sausage gravy. After breakfast we headed home, went and picked up the pups from camp and then bed. I still don’t think I have recovered from this weekends activities.

Off and running

Big parade today. Convention parades are the best and the worst.

Enjoying some time with friends both before and after the parade.

I’ll give a proper recap of the weekend later on this week but at least wanted to warn you about it.

Parade Pictures

So our schedules allowed for the Hubby to come to the parade the other night. Here are some pics he took.


Once for Good Luck….

Twice because we are crazy.

The week after Vegas was just as crazy as the week of Vegas. It took us nearly a week just to recover. Memorial day’s meat-a-palooza was a rousing success. It was all down hill from then.

It always seems that the short work weeks tend to feel longer then the regular work weeks. That week was pretty uneventful, a lot of figuring out what happened while I was gone and figuring out what June was going to bring. We also had a friend visiting from North Carolina for the week so that made the home life fun.

We went and saw X-Men First Class. I must say I rather enjoyed the movie, it helped that most of the actors in the movie were easy on the eyes. I think I will go on record as saying this is the best of the Super Hero movies that I have seen. On top of the Human houseguest we also had a 4 legged houseguest, my best friends’ beagle boxer mix. Miss Maggie loves to come and visit and with each one she gets more behaved. She also gets a spa treatment while she is here.

The weather here finally broke just in time for the fun part of the week. Last night we had out first Firemen’s Parade of the season, the Drum Corps I lead does mostly Volunteer Firemen’s Parades during the summer. Last night we marched for one of the fire companies we have marched for years for. Since they were the hosts we get to lead the parade. Then after we marched the mile, we got on our bus and headed back to the beginning to do it all over again. This normally would be good fun but in 90 degree weather, yeah not so much.

We braved the heat and the band sounded good. Up next is another parade on Saturday then our annual community service work playing at a local Flag Day Ceremony for our local Elks Lodge on Sunday.

That’s it for now…stay cool, or warm wherever you may be…..