Monday, June 25, 2007

Start of Vacation, 2007

This is just a quick post. A week's vacation started for me this morning! I got up with the boys; Susan slept 'til 9am. She's got a doctor's appointment this morning, and after that, we're going to the Aquarium!

And, for those interested, new photos of Groove Machine are posted in the gallery.

Watching: Nothing! The TV is off!
Listening to: Vegietales

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, June 22, 2007

Amy's "New" MI-5

Amy says "I got some new themes up on my the them of this mi-5 is NEW."

1. What is the last thing you bought?
A blueberry muffin for breakfast this morning. $1.72.

2. You can add on one NEW room to your existing home. What would it be? Why?
Susan and I recently have been thinking about a new house. There were a couple of Victorians for sale in Rockland that I think we could fit into our budget. One was sold, one had old wiring, and one just didn't tickle our fancy enough. So I've been thinking "Why don't I work on the house I have, rather than find another?"

One feature Susan likes on Victorians (other than the turret) is the bay window. Our current home would look silly with a turret. I think it would look nice with a bay window, though.

3. What new book are you looking forward to?
Um, I don't really read new books. I tend to read classic stuff, religious works, and non-ficiton. So I'm not really looking forward to anything new. I am looking forward to reading some of the old books that Susan bought me for Christmas.

4. What new music are you looking forward to?
Um, I don't really listen to new music. Well, not really true, but there aren't any artists coming out with new material that I know I must have. There's a song called "Lazarus" by a group called Blue Highway that I'm really into. I haven't heard enough of the band yet though to know if I'd like the whole album. I think I probably would.

5. What new dish or restaurant would you like to try next?
I'd really like to try soft shell crabs. You know, where you eat the whole thing, shell and all? I don't know why. I don't really care for crab. Yet, it seems like something I should at least try. And squab. I want to try squab. I've never seen it on a menu here in Maine, otherwise I would've ordered it.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Where Has My Week Gone?

Yikes! Almost a week with no fresh content! What am I doing? Well, I'll tell you what I'm not doing: I'm not turning the computer on in the evening. I don't even turn it on! There was a time when just about every night, I'd log in from home for work purposes. Since the computer was on, I'd blog and do web design. I don't have to work from home in the evenings anymore. So by the time I get home, play with the kids, and help with dinner, I just don't want to do anything but relax. So that's what I've been doing.

As you can see over at Susan's blog, we've been without the kids this week. They've been at my in-laws since Sunday. Still, my week was full. Monday night, Catfish came over so we could work on some tunes for the gig this weekend. Tuesday night was Bible study, and then Susan and I went to Applebees for supper. I had worked at the office on Sunday morning (it was billing day), so I had some extra hours in for the week, so I took Wednesday afternoon off. Susan and I drove to Portland, where we had a great time, doing a little shopping, being Bohemian at Starbucks, etc. (On a side note, I was very disapointed in Starbucks. They only had two coffees on "tap:" a mild house blend, and a bold decaf. C'mon, Starbucks, give me big flavor with caffeine!) The kids came home last night, but I had band practice. I'm home tonight, though. And, vacation begins at 5pm today!

Working On: Susan Gilbert's Website

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

I'm having a great Father's day! Here's what's happened so far, and it's not even noon!

Yesterday, Susan asked me what I wanted for breakfast. I said "Scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast, and coffee." She gave me her famous "hairy eyeball," one eyebrow raised, head slightly cocked to one side. "Or," I said, "One of those Entenmann's cheese filled coffee cakes." Because Susan isn't much by way of making breakfast, I knew it would be the coffee cake.

I woke up this morning, and something smelled delicious! I thought to myself "Susan's making breakfast?!" Then I thought "No, she's making that casserole for our friend who just had surgery." Still, it did smell a lot like bacon. I decided to go downstairs and investigate. And what was on the griddle?

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Oh my! I can't tell you how much this relatively simple gesture means. Susan hates making this kind of breakfast. It's just not her thing. Hey, eggs really aren't the easiest things to make. It takes a little time to figure it out. They're easy to overcook. This entire breakfast was great!

And that wasn't all! Julia made me a hand-colored folder to keep important papers in. The boys bought me a new cleaning brush for the grill. And Susan bought me a digital picture frame. She spent last evening filling it with photos. Since today was billing day, I took it into the office and set it on my desk. I set it to change photos every 30 seconds, and with so many photos on there, it will take me some time to notice them all. It's like a little surprise every 30 seconds!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, June 15, 2007

My Classic/Cheesy MI-5

1) What "classic" song are you SO sick of, you wish you'd never hear it again?

As a musician and former DJ, there are many for me that fall into this category. "Old Time Rock and Roll" is probably top on the list. "Mustang Sally" and "Free Bird" are high on the list too.

2) What "classic" song could you listen to over and over?

I guess I'd say "Roxanne" by the Police. I also have a soft spot for, believe it or not, "Sweet Home Alabama"!

If you're having trouble with the "classic" rock songs, VH1 has a list of the 100 greatest rock songs. YMMV.

3) What song would most consider "cheesy," but it's one you really love?

This is the question that inspired me to write this set of questions. Over the last couple of weeks, I've heard Winger's 17 a couple of times. And, I'm embarrassed to say, I like that song! It's filthy, misogynistic, and the message is not something I would subscribe to. Yet I like the song! Must be the dirty old man side of me.

4) Of the "cheesy" songs, what one do you really, really hate?

The chicken dance. Oh, how I loathe that song. Please, don't ask me to play it, just kill me dead. Dreadful.

5) What're your thoughts on cheese, the foodstuff? What's your favorite?

I like cheese. The only cheese I don't care for is the rind of Brie. The cheese itself is OK, but I can't do the rind. I like blue cheese, especially creamy Danish blues and Gorgonzola. I've never had Limburger, and I've never had that other stinky, runny cheese whose name is eluding me at the moment. My favorite is probably room temperature Cabot extra sharp Cheddar. Yum! And Cottswald.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Weekend and Anniversary

Well, I was going to post a weekend wrap up, but it's gotten so late, I don't know what I can remember. I know I played a gig in Waldoboro on Friday night. Saturday day, some of Susan's family from PA came to visit, and we had a little cookout. That night I played in Skowhegan to an enthusiastic crowd. (The Skowhegan crowd is usually fun. They listen, the show their appreciation, they talk to the band.) Sunday was church, then lunch at Moms. I think I mowed the lawn Sunday, and maybe some other stuff too.

And, I wanted to post about my anniversary. Susan already has, so you could check there for the details. I did want to mention, though, that when you go to Cody's Roadhouse, get the full rack of ribs. They are delish!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, June 11, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

It was on this day, thirteen years ago, at 2pm at the South Somerville Baptist Church, that Susan and I were married.

So far, the day has started of as a real whizzer... The boys were up screaming at 6:15 this morning. Julia couldn't find clothes. Matthew won't stay out of the kitchen. Looks like another fun day is in store. Bye bye, weekend!

Good thing my wife loves me!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, June 8, 2007

Jim's MI-5

I have been very much out of the loop on my web log lately and I am trying to fix that so when Susan asked about the MI-5 I was glad to take a turn and I appreciate the opportunity.


1. Summer is here. How does your life or routine change during the summer months?

Two big things happen. One, I start getting a lot of gigs. It makes me look forward to October. Also, we start grilling out. Odds are, if we're not eating out, we're eating something from off the grill.

2. Have you ever read a book more than once? If so tell us what it is.

I've ready many books more than once. Susan bought me some old books from my childhood for Christmas, and I've been re-reading them. Many of my Richard Brautigan books get re-read, and Revenge of the Lawn is probably my favorite. I own a book of Chinese poems written in prose that I read over and over. I should post a selection or two hear. I reference the book here from time to time, but I can never find anything on the Internet about it.

3. How do you do when it comes to being on time for things? Are you ever late? What are you feelings on that.

As my father used to say, "I'd rather not go than be late." I'm the same way. I hate being late. The only time I don't mind being late is for parties, where it's assumed you're supposed to be late. For example, some company Christmas party starts at 6:30pm. Don't show up early! Your host/hostess doesn't want you early! A few late in that scenario is ok by me. Anything else is right out!

4. What is your favorite TV show right now and why? If you aren't watching TV now how about one you had when you were younger?

Good Eats. A cooking show with off the wall food trivia bits, and a sense of humor. It's only natural I'd love it.

5. What would it take to make your weekend perfect?

At least one gig canceling, preferably the one in Skowhegan. (I'd just as soon not make that 2 hour drive each way!) Getting to sleep in tomorrow. Some kind of breakfast sausage somewheres. A nap on Sunday. Kissing Susan's neck.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hey, My Internet's Back!

My high speed wireless Internet has been down since Sunday night. The neighbor's tree has lots of leaves on it this year, and the water on the leaves brought my signal to nothing. Of course, I get free back-up dial-up. Too bad my modem was causing my machine to freeze, so I had taken it out. I tried a Lucent chipset modem. No good. I tried another Lucent. No work-y. So I found this old Rockwell modem at the office, and downloaded the drivers to a floppy. When I got it home, there was an error with the floppy disk! And of course, I couldn't get online to download the drivers! Finally, today I gave up. I took my machine into the office, found an old US Robotics modem, stuck it in, and BANG, no drivers or anything, it worked.

Of course, as soon as I got the modem installed, the tree dried off, and my high speed came back!

I jokingly said to Susan "My emotions are tied to my Internet connection." Monday and Tuesday were not great days for me. Today was better. And, today my Internet was back. Coincidence? Hmm...

Watching: Made in America

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Susan's Somewhat Late MI-5

1.What was the last book you read & what are you reading currently?

I usually have two reads going at any given time, sometimes more. I'm always reading something in the Bible. I start at the front, read through, and when I get done, start over again! I recently finished, and decided I'd read the Apocrypha. I'm currently in Judith.

I'm also reading a book Gina lent me called 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. And, for non-spiritual reading, I'm reading a book about the Paul McCartney death rumor.

2.What are you wearing right now?

Blue plain fron chinos, a brown button down, fancy socks, and boxer briefs. Also, my watch.

3.What was the last phone call you made?

The last phone call I made was to my boss to let him know of a problem on the network.

4.To whom did you last send a letter or card (snail mail & email)?

According to my outbox, the last email I sent was to our new Pastor. The last card I sent? Well, I haven't sent a card or letter in a long time. I would guess the last thing I sent was a thank-you card to a DJ client. Most times, I give cards rather than mail them. The last card I gave was a "just because" card I gave to Susan.

5.What was the last restaurant you ate at (can be eat in or take out)?

Susan and I were able to "con" neighbor Erika to watch the kids on Friday night. We went to Applebees for supper. I had the steak and ribs combo, and Susan had a special Tyler Florence steak.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, June 1, 2007

Waking Up Spanish

This time, it was Matthew's turn. At 5:15 this morning, I could here him yelling from his bedroom:

"Abre! Ah-ba-ray! Abre!"

Abre is Spanish for open. He wanted his door open so he could get up!

We, his parents, decided for him that he should not get up quite so early.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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