One test down, many to go

I took my first IT certification test Friday – the A+ Essentials test – and passed.  So now all I have to do is schedule the second test, and pass it, to get my A+ certification.  Then I can start on the Network+ and Security+ tests and then move on towards the MCSA and MCSE certifications.

Also, I was selected to be a Student Ambassador at the school.  So that’s a good thing.


Geoff loves (to) fish

Yesterday I was able to make arrangements to go pick up 150 silver chargers like these for an absolute steal in Cranston, Rhode Island.  I had been thinking about getting them for the wedding, but the prices and shipping on the internet was making them prohibitively expensive.  (The link above is the least expensive vendor available.)  Anyway, on our way down to meet up with the seller we stopped by the R.I. Antiques Mall in Pawtucket and came away with a couple of books (shocking, I know) and a pair of super heavy, honest-to-God, bronze bookends that were marked down 50%.

After handling a monsoon and a wrong turn thanks to our GPS, we made it to Cranston and then headed back.  That’s when Geoff decided that he wanted to head to the BassPro shop in Foxboro, MA.  You see, this is his favorite store, maybe ever.  He walks in the door and turns into a little kid.  When he told me they had a big aquarium, I was sold.  We didn’t have anywhere to be.

Then, Bon Jovi struck.

You see, the BassPro shop is quite literally in a shopping complex right across the street from the football stadium where the Patriots play.  I have been to a Pats game, I know how insane traffic gets when a thousand million people are trying to get into Foxborough all via Rt. 1 at the same time.  It’s a special kind of traffic jam.  In the off season, the stadium gets used for rock/country/insane/stupid concerts and events just about every weekend.

Naturally, we had forgotten this.  So, we got into traffic and stopped moving.  I called a friend, one of my bridesmaids, and asked her to hop online and see what was going on.  She looked it up and said, “Bon Jovi” and Geoff and I both groaned inwardly.  When she said that Kid Rock was opening for him, there was some audible swearing.  So we hopped out of line for our exit, zipped past the traffic, and decided to head home.  Except that’s not how it worked out.

At the next exit we were both hungry and Geoff had to pee, naturally, so we wound up in the parking lot of American Joe’s Bar and Grill.  I can’t tell you how amusing our dining experience was.  The hostess was either psychic or sized us up immediately.  I walked in and must have looked a little stricken.  The place was PACKED to the rafters with families with young kids.  She went to look for a table and came back and lead us to a back corner with 2 booths and said, “You can pick either one, I know there are a lot of kids here tonight and I figured you might want a break from the noise.”  She was right on, we had a great waitress and the quietest seat in the house.

Anyway, we plotted during dinner and decided that once we were done we’d take another shot at getting to BassPro.  (This was after I bet Geoff $20 that yes, they really would be open till at least 9:00pm on a weekend night.  I won the bet.)  We figured by that time the BonJovi peeps would be more or less in the stadium and we should be able to tell our GPS unit to take us there via back roads.  We enjoyed our dinner and then headed out.  And our plan worked.  We made it in under a half an hour, got parking in the Retail Only parking lot, and after I spent time staring at the fishies and turtles, actually picked up the stuff Geoff needed.  Also, I took some pictures.

Geoff with the fishies at BassPro
See how happy he is?

And then, because I’m just like this, I got another picture with the fishies.

Geoff kisses the fishes
Geoff kisses the fishes

I do find it slightly ironic that a store dedicated to the catching, killing, and eating of game fish has a huge, beautiful, and incredibly well maintained aquarium of them.  But, it still made me happy to see them swimming around and in such good condition.  They are the luckiest game fish on earth.



A few weekends ago we took Thumbelina and Rerun to the Dachshund playgroup in Brookline.  Here are some photos of them running around and making friends.  Enjoy!

Princess scents the air
Thumbelina at the dogpark

Doing tricks at the dog park
Sitting pretty at the dog park

Rerun relaxes in the grass
Rerun relaxes in the grass

And, for all you cat lovers, Smoky at his most, um, relaxed.

Smoky letting it all hang out
Smoky letting it all hang out

We’ve got more pictures of the little beasts kids than we know what to do with, so I’m sure there will be more photos up soon.


The Big 4-OH

Yes, it’s true, Geoff  is turning 40 this year, and so we are going be throwing a big party here at Casa Dachshund to mock him incessantly celebrate.  This will be a clam boil, so come and enjoy all the seafood awesomeness.  And yes, there will be food for all those vegetarians and vegans too, so don’t be afraid.  Also, there will be lots of beer.  So if you are planning to come, let us know by responding below.