Thursday, October 16, 2014


Yeah, I've been slacking so much from this blog....I am making an attempt to remedy that.

Friday, September 05, 2014


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Don't Quit...

Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday. Again, success is tied to long-term determination. Successful people keep moving and trying. They make mistakes, but they do not quit.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Destined to be....

You are only destined to become one person-the person you decide to be.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

18 years......

18 years ago my friends at work convinced me to go watch a softball game and meet this guy......we have not been apart since! Happy "Day I met you" Day!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

During Basketball season we had a little rivalry with our friend Barb. Our boys are on different teams but we often played in gyms near each other. So we just started punking each other's car when we could and it helped pass the usually boring season and made it fun. Well, basketball has been over for awhile and we forgot about it. Now we play on different baseball fields and she passed ours last night and saw our car and she got busy! Well played, Barb! But watch your back!!!! :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't regret...

I read this article and it really hit home for me....
                      Read's good....Ten choices you will regret.

Monday, May 19, 2014


The worst day of my life has happened.....RIP my Jackie...I will love you always..........

Friday, May 16, 2014

60 Quotes that will change your life....

Some of these are very thought provoking.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life lesson of the day.....

Contrary to what others may say, you do not need to rise to the top, or be the cream of the crop, before you can feel great about yourself. For you are not a failure because you’re not perfect, got rejected or laid off, struggle to make ends meet, or have a family with issues. You are great because, despite your circumstances, you keep loving, you keep getting back up after every fall, and, above all, the little steps you keep taking, you take with grace. - via:
Practical Tips for Productive Living

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Give up....

I give up way to easily. I tried to do the photo a day for a month and it just didn't work. I find that I forget to do it or I can't be bothered...The bright side is that I did do it once a long time ago and I did get a little satisfaction from doing it but again...what does it prove? I know...I give up to easy....

Oh and it is April 16th. And we got more snow overnight....I give up.....

Friday, April 04, 2014

Photo A Day

Day 2: In your hand....going thru old pictures...

Friday, March 28, 2014


"The Future is full of possibility, whether you make one tiny change- or a whole invigorating, thrilling, inspiring bunch of them." ~Oprah

Monday, March 10, 2014

                                                        I needed a chuckle today!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nice write up about Zak...

Wesleyan Wrestlers Frank Crippen, Zach Larabee, and D.J. Lemieux bring home Gold and Silver from NEWA Future’s Tournament

The Wesleyan Wrestlers who are not in the starting lineup this year, but will be next year, traveled to Roger Williams University on Sunday to compete in the NEWA Future’s Tournament. Frank Crippen and D.J. Lemieux dominated the 133 pound weight class to finish 1st and 2nd respectively while Zach Larabee put in a spectacular performance en route to a 2nd place finish at 149 pounds. 

Zach Larabee’s stellar day began with two quick falls over opponent’s who could not handle Larabee’s funkiness. In his first match, Larabee opened the match by letting his opponent take him down and put a leg in. Although this is a bad position for most wrestlers to be in, Larabee found this position to his liking. Larabee sat to his hip and back bridged against his opponent’s chest so hard that his opponent went to his own back with Larabee’s head and arched body pressuring down on top of his opponent’s chest. Larabee looked for the defensive pin from this position, but settled for a reversal and nearfall to end the 1st period. However, his opponent did not learn his lesson and in the 2nd period, Larabee was able to get the defensive pin off of the same sequence of events. In his second match, Larabee adjusted his tactics slightly by letting his opponent put in two legs instead of just one leg after giving up the takedown. For most wrestlers, this is a very bad position to be in, but for Larabee it is a very good one because it allowed Larabee to again arch his back into his opponent’s chest and get the defensive pin. With his pin, Larabee advanced to the semifinals where he employed more standard tactics to get the win. With the match scoreless in the 2nd period, Larabee rode tough on top and built up riding time before allowing his opponent to escape. When his opponent, who had been warned for stalling earlier in the match, called for injury time at the start of the 3rd period, Larabee was awarded a point to tie the match 1-1. Larabee escaped in the middle of the 3rd period to take the lead 2-1 and held on for the victory. In the finals, Larabee most likely had a defensive pin, but none was called, and Larabee lost the match to finish in 2nd place. 

At 133 pounds, Frank Crippen started the day off with a great 9-4 win over a formidable opponent. After giving up an early takedown, Crippen threw off the cobwebs and got an early escape. On his feet, Crippen seized his opponent’s arm and fired off a near-arm far leg attack to get a takedown of his own. Crippen extended his lead with an escape in the 2nd period and another near-arm far leg takedown at the beginning of the 3rd period. After letting his opponent escape, Crippen aggressively pursued his opponent in search for another takedown. His opponent shied away, unable to handle the pressure, and Crippen capitalized on his opponent’s weakness with another near-arm far leg attack. Upon reaching the far leg, a scramble ensued, but the crafty Crippen was able to come out on top and get the takedown to win 9-4. In the semifinals, Crippen controlled his opponent for a 2-0 win off of an escape and a riding time point. With that win, Crippen advanced to the finals where he defeated teammate D.J. Lemieux.

D.J. Lemieux’s day started off with a semifinals win over an opponent who could not handle Lemieux’s funkiness. Lemieux’s opponent, who had lost by technical fall to Lemieux earlier in the year, was pumped for the match and earned a quick takedown off the whistle. However, Lemieux, who was also pumped-up for the match, was unfazed and as soon as he found himself on bottom, sat out and reversed his opponent to go on top. Lemieux wrestled tough on top, throwing in legs as he pleased, and rode his opponent out for the remainder of the 1st period. After giving up 2 takedowns in the 2nd period, Lemieux found himself in a 9-6 hole heading into the 3rd period. On his feet at the start of the 3rd period, Lemieux anticipated a shot from his opponent and when it occurred, Lemieux somehow funked out of it to get the takedown and subsequently scored off a crucifix to take the lead 10-9. His opponent answered back with a reversal at the end of the 3rd period to take the lead 11-10, but Lemieux had over a minute of riding time at the end of regulation and the match went into overtime. At the beginning of overtime, Lemieux, like a shark smelling blood, sensed his opponent’s fatigue and snapped him into a front headlock to get a takedown and the 13-11 win. With the win, Lemieux advanced to the finals where he faced teammate Frank Crippen.

At the end of the day, Zach Larabee, leader of Wesleyan Wrestling’s NEWA Future’s Squad, commented both about his own performance as well as that of teammates Frank Crippen and D.J. Lemieux: “I felt I could have wrestled better. I wasn’t necessarily hitting my best shots on my feet, but I did well on bottom. I am content with the way the weekend went though. D.J. Lemieux and Frank Crippen did a great job representing us at the lightweights and made sure that it was a cardinal bringing home the gold [at 133 pounds].”

Asked about his uncanny ability to get defensive pins, Larabee replied, “Even though I’ve had success with it, it always feels pretty crazy to get a defensive pin and it’s definitely a surprise every time. It’s usually just a maneuver to get a reversal, but it feels good to know that it is something I can use it to stick a guy even when he thinks he is in control on top.”

Wesleyan Wrestling’s starting lineup will seek to win the NCAA Northeast Regionals this Saturday and Sunday here at Wesleyan University. Two years ago, Wesleyan Wrestling hosted the NEWA Conference Championships at home and brought home a conference title. Wesleyan Wrestling looks to repeat that success this weekend. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Futures Tournament at Roger Williams University

Zak took 2nd place this weekend at the Futures tournament! He had a great day of wrestling! We are so proud of him!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RIP Shirley Temple

                                                   April 23,1928- Feb. 10, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Golden Globes 2014

And the winner is ...


Best Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips

Best Musical/Comedy
American Hustle
Inside Lleweyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actress in a Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer's Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer's Club

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

Best Original Song
"Atlas," The Hunger Games, Catching Fire
"Let It Go," Frozen
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis
"Sweeter Than Fiction," One Chance

Best Score
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave


Best TV Comedy or Musical
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best TV Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Taking that step...

"The new year is a time to boldly take the steps toward your best future." ~ Oprah