Creepy, no?

I get emails every day from Etsy.  For those of you who have never been to Etsy or who don’t have an account there I highly recommend shopping there for very cool vintage stuff and for neat handmade treasures.  I know for a fact that there are some people who read this blog regularly who have received Etsy gifts from me or who shop there on a regular basis.  I even got my mom to buy some things from there.

Anyway, today I got my daily email from them and this was the featured piece at the bottom:

Massacre of the Barbies?

Yes, folks, that’s a necklace.  Made with Barbie/doll faces.  I don’t even know…  It does beg the question though.  Where would one wear such a thing?  Is this appropriate for a Black Tie fete?  (Answer: NO)  Does it go with jeans and a tee?  I have no idea.  Furthermore, should a psychological profile be done on the person who created it?  (Answer: YES)

I rather think something like this belongs here.

Happy Browsing!



Well, we had a white Christmas more or less.  There was a little snow on the ground from Monday’s poorly forecast Rush Hour storm that snarled traffic and left Geoff in a traffic jam that meant it took him about an hour to get the 4 miles home from his interview.

Yesterday, however, was an entirely different story.  This time they got the forecast pretty much dead on.  They even got it right that the snowfall amounts would vary *wildly* not only from city to town but from block to block.  What started out as light fluffy snow ended up as heavy wet stuff.  Trees have come down and at one point about 60,000 people state wide were without power (that’s nothing compared to the ice storm from a few years back.)

Anyway, once we dug out from under our own Winter Wonderland, we took the dogs, dressed them (much to Rerun’s distress) and put them in the AWESOME red wagon my mom got us for my birthday last year.  It was intended as a Brimfield accessory, but it has all terrain wheels, so we figured we might as well try it out in the snow.

Behold, photos!  Of annoyed Chilly Dogs!  And snowed in trucks!

View from the front door, BEFORE shoveling.
Do you see stairs? I don't.
A view looking down our street.
The quietest you will ever see our street.
The truck, still snow covered.
No, we haven't actually dug it out yet.
See the hidden kitty?
This is what happens when you don't have storm windows.
Our Little Red All Terrain Wagon
Geoff and the Little Red Wagon of Awesomeness
Impatient Chilly Dogs.
Waiting for Daddy while he's in the store.
Spoiled, who's spoiled?
We may be freezing, but we're riding in style.

And, a picture from the dog park that we took on our way home.

A snowperson presides over the park.
Braver dogs than ours play in the background.

We’re back inside now nice and safe and warm.  The dogs are not traumatized from their wagon ride, and dinner is cooking in the oven.  We hope that wherever you are that you’re nice and safe and warm.


What a week!

Geoff here – quite a bit has happened this past week, and next week also promises to be interesting.  I have a job interview Monday for an IT Security Analyst position at a prominent university here in the Boston area.  I already had a phone interview with them and it went rather well, so I am hopeful about getting this job.  We’ll see.

In other news, I am almost finished with my internship for the Cambridge Police Department, and I am wrapping up my projects that I was doing there.  Just yesterday I finally took and passed the CompTIA Network+ exam, which is fantastic in itself but it is even better now since it means that my certification will be for life, and I will not have to take that test again ever.

Also, Kelly and I were both very happy to see that DADT was repealed and that our often misguided junior Senator, Scott Brown, actually voted to repeal it.  Thank goodness for common sense finally winning the day.

I apologize for not sending out cards or gifts for the kids this year, but until we are both employed again we have had to tighten the belt a bit.  We will make up for it, believe me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy new year, in case I have not posted again by then.

– Geoff

Officer Geoff


Geoff as your friendly neighborhood police officer
Friendly Officer Geoff


This past week the Cambridge Police Department sat down for our formal photographs, thanks to SGT Lashley (who normally does crime scene photography).   So I got my picture made as well, and since SGT Lashley was making me laugh with his running commentary my photos came out with me grinning from ear to ear.

Holiday photos coming soon!


So, my laptop blew up

It’s been a month since either of us has posted here.  This has largely been due to the fact that 1) my laptop caught fire, 2) Geoff has been ridiculously busy at his internship, and 3) I’ve been applying to jobs like a crazy person.

Regarding the laptop, Geoff has taken it to his internship and his coworkers, who have all the fun tools, have managed to take it apart and, upon discovering SCORCH MARKS, figured out which piece went to the big computer dump in the sky and are going to fix it once the new piece arrives in the mail.

I have been having interviews fairly regularly.  This is good.  The problem is that 1) I’m always the other guy, the one they don’t hire, or 2) I get there and have a great interview and then find out that they’re paying peanuts with a side of pistachios.

Geoff has an interview tomorrow at a big local university.  I had an interview at the same university last week.  We’re both applying for more jobs than we can keep track of hoping that something good will take.  If you know of someone who’s hiring and who might want one of our charming selves on staff, send it our way.

Finally, my brother sent me this today.  He’s awesome.