Thursday, December 28, 2006

Update in Chronological Order

1) Rachel Graduated
2) Rachel got a new fabulous haircut
3) Christmas was great
4) Rachel Got a Job
5) Jer & Rach Bought a Car
6) Jer & Rach are going to New Hampshire for New Years

please stand by for additional info and pictures after the new year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve and the Eve of Christmas Eve

On the eve of Christmas Eve we had a cupcake decorating party at the 'rentals. It is a family tradition that the Pauli's chill with Nancy on the 10th day of Christmas.

The cup cakes can become quite elaborate. Carl Pauli came out on top with his cupcake vignettes.



But we all did quite well



Tonight we are going to the Brugger's house. Another family tradition, when we hang with Papa Pauli's side of the fam - something that is a good time and not done frequently enough!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

cute, very cute.

no heat. water pouring out of radiators onto our new hard wood floors. very very cute. last night we cranked up the space heater* in the bedroom jumped into bed and hoped jack frost did not infiltate the warm cocoon we created. Woke up this morning, the house was 51 degress. chilly.

The plumber has come and taken care of business, the heat is back up and we are relaxing carribean style. pina colda anyone?

I am wondering if our broken heating is karma as a result of my earlier "crack spackle" joke (see below)

*for fretting moms the space heater has an automotic shut off.

Irresistable

When I was a kid I LOVED Garfield. So, when I stumbled upon this comic I could not resist posting it here.



-rachel

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

those ain't reindeer on our roof.


I was disappointed the other morning to discover that instead of reindeer, santa, or even some elves, we had roofers up on top of the house. At 7:00am they launched their ladders onto the house and got to serious business. They finished the job in two days. They were animals. I was thinking though that perhaps I should have offered them some of this:


Comes in handy for those tough jobs.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

O Tannenbaum

Deck the big fat round bushy tree, fa la la la la la la la la.
It is bigger than 10 of me, fa la la la la la la la la.

This is our first Christmas tree together and it is something special. Remember when you were a kid and you always wanted the biggest tree in the lot. Well we ain't got no parents telling us what to do so we got a big tree. But it turned out to be just as wide as it is tall. Perhaps even wider. With a lot of hand me down ornaments our tree is fully decked. All we need is a tree topper and of course more presents under the tree.

Monday, December 11, 2006

A Yule Tide Graduation

Hold onto your egg nog. Rachel is getting her Master's degree for Christmas. The last paper is finished. Even though the 27th is teacher grade submission and January I will receive the official letter of completion, Rachel ain't got no college! Last class is tonight and I am so stoked I am getting all dressed up.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Who is this Mr. Hankey?

So our friend Marissa is a fancy pants at a book publishing company here in Boston. Recently the company published a book called "South Park and Philosophy". The cover looks like this:


A few weeks ago she was in New York, at a meeting, promoting/distributing this book to her peeps. At the meeting were two very prim and proper, mature, Canadian women. Marissa launched into a discussion about the book "South Park and Philosophy" when one of the women asked: "Now, who is this Mr. Hankey". Marissa, dieing inside, said, "Oh, he is a character that occasionally makes an appearence on South Park, the readers will know who he is." The women persisted, Marissa's colleagues balked. Marissa took the same tack again. "Oh, he is a character that makes a cameo on South Park". The women were not satified with the answer, Marissa's colleagues stared at her. Finally after another failed attempt at avoiding the question. Marissa said: "Mr. Hankey is the Christmas Poo".



The women, lips pursed, sat silently, "Oh, I see."

So, everyone, do Marissa a favor and buy the book. Look at what she has to deal with to get the message of South Park and Philosphy out there.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

It ties the whole room together.

A day or two ago we received a wonderful gift in a coffee table from Dad and Thom. Just like the rug in the Big Labowski, it really ties our whole room together. Thank you very much Dad and Thom. We both love the table and it fits perfect.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mission Accomplished

Well, we managed to pull of a Thanksgiving dinner! We had carl, susan, michelle, lousie, kevin, rhonda, rachel & jer to feed and in the end we were happy campers. Check out some pics from the day below.
The gigantic balloon turkey - a gift from Papa Pauli


Jeremy making the mashed potatoes



Butternut Squash. The marshmellows burned. We let them chill on the back porch for a bit, scooped them off and we were good to go.


Rachel getting ready to go to town on the stuffing.


Our Table

Thanksgiving and Splinter Cell

The turkey is in the oven and we are awaiting to eat big in a few hours. In the meantime, Jeremy and my dad (Carl) are playing a family friendly game of Splinter Cell on the game cube in the den. It's kinda cute.

In other news we actually cleaned and gutted the turkey. I screamed as I reached into the bowels of the turkey and pulled out a neck. Seriously gross. Good thing it taste so good. Jeremy is a fantastic help, we are definitly not an old school, "get in the kitchen and make me some pie, woman", type of family.

Be sure to check out Jeremy's new song below.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Olive Sun

Hear Jeremy's latest song here.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

If you ever wanted to get something stuck in your teeth....

Have one of our delicious Popcorn Balls!
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Our Hand Turkey Gobblers


We made these for family home evening a while ago and stuck them on our front door. Happy Thanksgiving. Posted by Picasa

what's been entertaining us lately

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Time to Toast the Turkey

We are getting ready for Thanksgiving - cooking the bird here at our new digs. The closer we get to the big day we still seem to have aquired no real information as to how to cook a turkey. Sure, people give us advice: "thaw it out" (if its frozen), "be sure to take the stuff out of it", "cook it in a bag", or "turn the heat way up", but those are very abstract tidbits that do not get anyone to our apartment at 9:00 am Thankgiving morning to do all these things for us. If you have any tips on how to make that tukey get done, please feel free to post a comment. gobble gobble.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Be Sure to Check Out Our Clickers!

We have recently added (and renamed) more Clickers! Be sure to check out our new Photos which is done through no one else then Google, who will soon be buying the whole world for 400 trillion dollars.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Here's to Sucking at Trivia

Or at least Rachel and Amy do. Kevin, he may be good at 90's trivia, but homeboy don't know nothing about trends. Can't get an orange pie to save his life. Jeremy, cruises along as always. Bet he just gets all the easy questions...luck of the draw...or maybe Rachel is just a little bitter.

Monday, November 13, 2006

For Monday Night's CSI

We are regular watchers of CSI:Miami. We are not sure if our friends support or mock our faithful devotion to the show, but nevertheless, we have no shame, we simultaneouly support our watching and mock the show, and invite you to join us in a vairiation of the below.




The CSI: Miami Drinking Game
(not that we, like, drink or anything)

Take a swig/shot every time:
You see a special guest cameo from an actor who is familiar but you can't remember the name (take two swigs if you can).

Really keen neato special effects reveal a quick flashback of how the victim died based on evidence the cast uncovers. (don't drink unless the general consensus of the room is that it was really keen neato).

We learn something personal about one of the investigators (like Horatio's past, or Calleigh's fear of ants)

You notice the color yellow used predominantly, to the point it makes you almost wince.

Take a swig/shot every time Horatio Caine:

Takes off his sunglasses.

Puts on his sunglasses.

Asks a rhetorical question.

Gets tough. (actually this last one could leave you plastered, so use with caution)
has an opportunity to tell Yelina how he feels about her, and then doesn't.

Take a swig/shot every time Calleigh Duquesne:

Shoots a gun at a gun range.

Shows up a fellow investigator.

Deals patiently with a relative or friend who proves to be dumber than she.

Is excessively polite to someone when she had valid right to be snippy.

Take a swig/shot every time Dr. Alexx Woods:

Talks to a corpse directly as if speaking to its soul (two swigs if she refers to the victim as 'baby' or equiv.)

Gets shot at, almost blows up, or otherwise faces danger outside the usual job description of Medical Examiner.

Magic 2

Here is to Hating School

I have one class left and I am going out of my mind. Jeremy was just crunching the numbers to help me figure out how poorly I can do on the next two exams, which the teacher crulely calles quizzes, in order to still get an A in the course. (Scared to think of a future therapist scraping by?, don't worry, I will be fully insured :) I have a presenation today and I am just bummed out about the whole thing. Oh how I just want to get out of there. The topic of the presentation (and upcoming 20 pager)is an analysis of the book "Creating a Life: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Having a Baby and a Career". It's not what you would think, and it really scares the *bleep* out of any woman over 30 who has not had children yet - and 30 is creeping up on me.(March 20 send all presents c/o my parents for the big surprise party & FYI air space has been cleared above our palce for the sky writing air plane, so feel free).

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Make Crazy in the Movie Theater

We have not gone to the movies in months and we were up for some humor so we decided to take in a comedy with Amy and Murphy (holla). We experinced 84 minutes of pain, horror, disbelief and laughter. Who knew a comedy would make you cover your eyes with fear of what you might see next? We sat though and are seriously scarred by the carryings on of Sacha Baron Cohen in "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan".



Borat: This is Natalya.
[He kisses her passionately]
Borat: She is my sister. She is number-four prostitute in whole of Kazakhstan.
[She holds up a trophy and smiles]
Borat: Niiice!

Strong caution is advised for those faint of heart - but if you go, be prepared to scream with horror of the hysterical maddness of it all.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rachel in Jeremy's Duds

It started with my sweat pants and quickly got out of control. Rachel added one article at a time until she was decked out from helmet to sandals in my duds. Even the name badge





And what is with the ukulele you wonder? It was a gift from Rachel's wheelin and dealing Aunt Janice. She picked it up at an estate sale on Cape Cod. Jeremy can be found roaming around the house playing it at any time in any room. One time he picked me up at the train station - while he waited for me he played the ukulele in the car.

Rachel's Song of the Night

Midnight Rambler: Rolling Stones, Let it Bleed

Folk Art at the Planchards

Today and yesterday was a big folk art event at our apartment. We made hand turkeys. Our front door was looking bare - Papa Pauli even got in on the action. Check back for pictures.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Death Cab

Tonight we met up with Lucas.
He is holding down the lighting situation for Death Cab for Cutie.
Here is some of his finer work.



We went to the show. It was good stuff, killer seats and it was nice to chill with someone from the old school. After the show we were granted all access to the band's "photo op" thingy. To our surprise there was little beer, babes, bongs or other hijinks which you think would make rock roll. Felt like breaking something just to make it right.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Thriller

As you may or may not know, Jeremy and Rachel are big MJ fans.
Here is some Thriller for you. Happy Halloween!

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts."

Tonight Amy and Rachel went to Spookyworld, an overpriced Halloween theme event at a local exhibition center. We hit up 4 haunted houses in one night. That is pretty good in my book. At one point Amy was so scared she grabbed the arm of the women in front of her...in another haunted house we were so spooked that when we came to a straight away we booked it past all the people in front of us and screamed "save yourselves!" Good times.

You wonder why Jer was not there. Answer - too scared :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pearls Before Swine

Wednesday we hit up an open mic in downtown Boston. Got a killer parking space - no need to feed the meter. Jeremy rocked the drunk after work crowd and managed to get a few howels out of them when he launched into "Let's get it on".

At wrap up time we headed back to the car. Got slammed with a $20 ticket. Inspection overdue by a month. Who knew?

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Pictures of the Family "Out West"

Pictures of our family in California. Dad is doing well and the picuture of him and Owen with matching shirts, made by all talented Thom, might be the cutest thing we've seen all year. And then there's the photo of Owen dressed up like a cow. What can I say about that?


Marshall Farms

This weekend we added another notch in our fall festivities belt and went to Marshall Farms in Fichburg, MA. The place was packed with fun nonsensical things to do. We got lost in a corn maze for an hour, got to pat & feed goats, horses and pigs and consume some mean hot apple cider, carmel apples and hot dogs. Check out some of our photos and a video from our journey on the cow train. The best $2.00 ever spent.














Riding the Cow Train. Enjoy the Music.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Microfinance/Microcredit

Recently, Muhammed Yunus and Grameen Bank won the 2006 Nobel Peace prize for "developing micro-credit for as an instrument in the struggle against poverty". Above is a video to school you on it a bit. I knew very little about it till very recently. Enjoy.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Dear Dad,

We are glad you are feeling better. We wanted to let you know that we love you. If you are reading this than that means you are at home and feeling better and that makes us happy.
Take care of yourself.

Love,
Us

Coincidence?

Since a bunch of family members recently received our blog info, I thought I should post the photograph I have mentioned to several people over this past summer. The photo below is a picture of some of my beautiful little cousins (hi kids!). From left to right you have three pairs of siblings all sitting side by side in a nice little row. See anything interesting? Look at their hands. Each pair of siblings has the same hand position! My vote: human development in action.

My Little Girl

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

3,165-ft.

We didn't climb it, but we walked around it. Not ALL the way around, but, you know, around. Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire was our destination to take care of some obligatory New England leaf peeping. If you don't peep, you have not passed through the seasonal rites of passage and you are doomed to snow covered cars, multiple blizzards, unending amounts of hot chocolate, and, the worst, ice covered windshield wipers. So, we did it. Here is the proof. The bad news is a lot of leaves have not turned. We are doomed. We are sure we will have ample proof of that come February.




Here are some views from a great vista we came upon on a trail called "cliff walk".

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Our Photos are Up!!

Check out our new photos and all the old along with them.

See Our Photos

Friday, October 06, 2006

Can't Top This

What are you doing tonight? We are hitting up the $2.50 movie theater in The Q to check out "Snakes on Plane". Jealous? You know it. All those snakes for two dollars and fifty cents. Snap!


Read a review:

"Truly, this is the greatest movie about snakes on a plane ever made so far!" Gregory Weinkauf, 20 August, 2006

Breathe Again

"Pop-pop gets a Grisham?"

We have been taking in the "Arrested Development" series. Freaking brilliant. First two episodes make you squirm, then you are hooked.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"Love that Dirty Water"

Tonight we are heading over to the MIT sailing pavilion to take an evening sail on the Charles River. Our friend and super sailor Matt is taking us out. He is known for making his landlubber friends freak out as he tips the boat as far as he can and laughs. This guy knows what he is doing.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Our photos are on Ofoto now!

Hey All!
Our photo albums are now going to be on Ofoto for you to view. Below is a link to some older photos. We will be updating this very soon and hopefully we will have a stationary link to all of our photos.
~peace

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Friday, September 01, 2006

what to worry about in a lake

great white turtle
sword turtle
maco turtle
tiger turtle
whale turtle
san jose turtle
hammerhead turtle
white-tip reef turtle
zebra turtle

"Your woraciousness, fellow-critters...
You is turtle, sartin: but if you gobern de turtke in you,
why den you be angel; for all, angel is not'ing more dan de turtle well goberned."
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, LXIV (with a sprinkling of turtle)