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Bliss in Antigua

Posted in Boat Stuff, Fun Stuff, vacation with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2015 by Nutsy Fagan

We’re back and we had a wonderful time.  The resort was magnificent in every way.  It was beautiful, our apartment was gorgeous and had a spectacular view from every room, the sailing was great and service was top notch.  I just loved it! we have some good GoPro videos coming – need to go through them.  In the meantime, here are some photos.  All the photos are on Flickr and can be accessed from my FB page.

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And it snowed again! A lot!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Yummy Stuff with tags , , , , on January 27, 2011 by Nutsy Fagan

After yesterday morning’s snow we had a bit of a break.  Then it started sleeting and raining.  I had a BYC scheduling meeting last night.  I brought the kids with me since Larry was working late.  Gracie fell down the front stoop on all the ice.  Poor thing.  She’s got a big welt across her back.  Everything was covered in a sheet of ice.  Larry got home around 10pm and it hadn’t started snowing yet.  We got a phone call at 10:30pm that school would have a two hour delayed start!  Love that.  Kids get to sleep and then I still get time alone once they’ve gone.  at 5:00am we got a call that school would be closed!  Yay!  We woke up to 15 more inches of snow!  There is just a ton of it.  Compare today’s shots to the photo I posted yesterday and you’ll get a good idea of how much more snow there is now.  Holy smokes!

That’s a 4 foot fence.

A LOT of snow!!!

And Gracie and The Finnster.

The Chicken Curry Casserole I made yesterday was delish!  I have enough to freeze for another supper, which is a home run.  I’m making pulled pork today.  I made the Neely’s Barbecue Sauce yesterday.  That will serve as the sauce for the pork.  I learned an important pulled pork lesson this summer – make the pork first (rub it with spices, cook in crock pot with soda – ginger ale or root beer).  Then, DRAIN all liquid.  Pull the pork and THEN add the sauce.  What a difference. The rub:

Dry Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt

Cook in crock pot for 6-8 hours on low with 12 oz. of root beer.  Drain completely, pull the pork and then add barbecue sauce.  I like Sweet Baby Ray’s from a bottle and today I’ll be adding homemade Neely’s Barbecue Sauce. Should be Yo-may!!!!!

Kids are happy to play and just be home.  I’m going to do the laundry and some cleaning before heading outside to finish shoveling and have some fun.  Oh, and we didn’t see Idol last night so I’ll be watching that on the DVR while folding laundry.  Poor Larry is on his way to North Carolina…..actually he is probably still in the limo.  It came at 8:30 and his flight is at 11:50….so we’ll see.  Sucks.  He won’t get home until 10:00-11:00 and then he’s got to go right back to work tomorrow.  Not fun.  Then, to top it off, I’m pretty sure Frostbiting will be cancelled again this weekend.  I think the Bay, BYC basin and canals are pretty frozen.  I’m happy to have him home, but he’ll miss being out there.  I’m pretty sure The Boys will find something that “needs to be done down at the JYC”…..something that involves beer.  The JYC is a small structure that used to serve as the main Clubhouse back in the early days.  It’s a pleasant little place and if the sun is shining, it gets nice and warm on a winters day.  Now it is the Junior Yacht Club and it serves as our Sailing Center.  Anyhoo, time to put up the pork.  Have a nice day.  Enjoy the snow if you got it!!!

Spiderman – Turn Off The Dark, or just turn it off, please!!!!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Sometimes Life is Annoying with tags , , , , on January 23, 2011 by Nutsy Fagan

Oh, my.  Where do I begin?  Let’s start with lunch!  It was AWESOME!!  We were guests at the Brooklyn Diner and it was fabulous.  We began with smoked salmon and fresh, ripe fruit to begin.  Accompanying this was Champagne and Bloody Mary’s and it just kept getting better.  I had a lobster roll and fries.  Not my lobster salad (the winner of all time) but still delish.  Gracie had pancakes and bacon, Laurence had mac and cheese and Larry had their cheeseburger with super skinny onion rings.  All really, really good.  To take gluttony to the max, we had mini hot fudge sundaes for dessert.  Oh.  My.  God.  We all kind of felt sick after this.  It’s 7:15 now and no one has asked for dinner.  We ate at noon.  ‘Nuff said?  I am going to force myself to have a little something later because tomorrow is my prep day for the colonoscopy on Monday.  But I digress.

Spiderman?  In two words:  HOT MESS.  Oh, how I hated this show!  I will say that the sets were fantastic.  Very imaginative, creative and technically amazing.  The flying was also incredible.  Really like nothing we’ve ever seen.  The actors were over our heads, flying up to the mezzanine and landing there, landing in the aisles…..really breathtaking.  But that still leaves the actual play, right?  Hmmmm.  The story was….well….I’d like to tell you what it was about.  I don’t think I can because I don’t know what it was really about.  I’m not sure that Julie Taymor really knows.  Does she have ADD?  Or a drug problem? She made Across the Universe (which I also hated).   The show begins with an awful, mean song about “bullying by numbers”.  It’s upsetting and there is NO resolution here.  This is followed by Peter Parker and his love interest, Mary Jane, going home to their respective houses where each is miserable.  Peter is not understood by his aunt and uncle and Mary Jane is abused by her alcoholic father.  Nice.  Grace and Laurence – do you like this????  OMG.  There are 4 or 5 different points to the story and none of them ever really connect to each other.  The dialogue was mostly annoying.  In serious moments it was stilted and unnatural.  The acting?  What acting?  Was the cast drawn from high school students?  She tried to create a rhythm in the dialogue and it never worked.  The music?  Oh my good God, please don’t ever let Bono and the Edge write music for a broadway show ever again, mkay?  Please?  Not only was the music horrible for a broadway show, it was just horrible.  It screamed U2, but not in a good way.  U2 is one of my favorite bands of all time and this left me cold, rolling my eyes and spending 90% of Act I with my fingers in my ears because the music was so bad and so very, very loud.  It made me think that Bono and Edge are getting really lazy and/or so self involved they don’t know when they’re writing good music anymore.  The lyrics were equally annoying as in simple and not good besides being hard to hear/understand.   Our host was USA Weekend newspaper.  The gal who invited Larry sat next to us with her husband and two kids.  Her husband and son left at intermission and went to Dave & Buster’s because her son couldn’t take the volume….. okay?  As soon as Act I ended, my daughter looked at me and said, “Mommy, this is SO depressing!!!”.  Can’t say I blame her.  The up side is that we got a fantastic freebie in NYC for the day.  Great brunch, lots of laughs and we saw a Broadway show.  I’m glad we saw it.  It’s like 15 degrees out and we would have just sat home anyway.  I’m SUPER happy I didn’t pay for it…. our seats went for $100 each.  The biggest surprise of the day, however, came at the end of the show when the majority of folks in the orchestra seats gave a standing ovation……?  Really?  My last thought:  $65 MILLION dollars on this? Really?

This is what happens when your 11 year old films your event.

Posted in Fun Stuff, Stuff about me. with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by Nutsy Fagan

We had an amazing Christmas!!!!  I don’t have the words to tell you how beautiful it was.  My sister’s counts are low, we have Finn, Jess has Lexie and to top it all off, Kristin (my niece – Jeanie’s daughter) got engaged Christmas morning.  Her boyfriend took a 1am train from Boston and woke her up Christmas morning on one knee and proposed.  Wonderful.

I had everyone to my house and it was just great.  We had appetizers by the fire, a delicious meal, we hung out, the puppies played (sort of…more like a street fight!) and then we went outside and sent 9 Wish Lanterns into the sky.  I surprised my family with these.  I bought one for each family to send up.  Our neighbors bought 5 too.  Our plan was for 5:15pm.  Our neighbor, Carl, called and asked if we had read the instructions which stated we were supposed to let the Coast Guard know……um.  Nope, didn’t read that part.  Being the catholic school girl that I am, I had to call the Fire Island Station.  I got a woman first.  We chatted and then she asked me how high they went.  I said a mile and was immediately put on hold and then was transferred.  Being put on hold and transferred is never a good sign.  Especially when you are directly in the international flight pattern line to JFK.  We were a tad anxious.  When I finally got put through, the gentleman was just lovely.  He told us it was a go, to have a Merry Christmas and thanked me for giving them the heads up.  Whew!!!  We went outside at 5:30 and sent our Christmas wishes into the air.

I have some photos too….but Miss Gracie’s video is pretty funny.  The camera turns in which ever direction her head does.  The lanterns are fantastic – you’ll be able to at least get the idea from her video.  Try not to throw up.