Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bon Voyage, JC!

Revered HRMC, Jason Comeau informed us today that he will not be a Panther for much longer! He is moving to Scottsdale, Arizona on April 10 to pursue a career at General Dynamics!! Did you know that Jay has a middle brother? I didn’t either, but he is driving cross country with him and they plan to make it there in 2 days. Don't worry, Jay will not be driving in New York. Extend your well-wishes and tell Jay you’ll miss him. Peace and love, JC.

The Skev Report - Skevie Poo made an appearance today, as well, with a Gingerbread Construction Company menu and promotional material from Foxwoods, in hand. Not only does he have free tickets to the Titanic Exhibit, but he also has tickets to high stakes BINGO! He’s looking for someone to go with, but he will not be available until his parentals go on vacation. Skev is still sick, I think he's even sicker than earlier this week. Despite his cloudy head, he was full of insights, remarking that crack can be good for some people (Flavor Flav), comparing himself to Tracy Morgan, telling us of his fear of the zoo after being sneezed on by a camel, and identifying The Moose for me. Hey Alex, I didn’t know that was your nickname!

We also found out today that Jay likes Kelly Clarkson’s curves.

The barn basement is so clean, you would not believe it. It was cleaned up for spring construction as an Eagle Scout project. Bruce took some pictures since, well, we may not see it so tidy again in the near future! I can just see the lip sync props piling up…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cold, Food, Josh, Skev

Lots of cooking chatter in the office today! Last night Jean made seasoned chicken in the crock pot. To recreate it, mix together garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning then rub it on the inside and outside of a chicken. Add ½ cup of water then the chicken to the crock pot and turn it on. Jean served corn, stuffing, cauliflower and cranberries with it. Squash was on the menu, but got left behind at Market Basket. Tonight Jean will make Emeril’s broccoli cheddar soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum! Gail made delicious tasting and looking Italian cookies. She added lemon to the frosting, and is considering orange next time. She is also anxiously awaiting the arrival of exotic sea salts from the Himalayas, Hawaii and QVC.

I’m freezing because the IT guy told me I can't plug my space heater into the power strip. I must find a wall outlet or I could melt the power strip and subsequently, the entire office. Scary, but melting plastic is kind of awesome.

Jean can’t get a stinky and stubborn amaryllis to die.

Josh and Skev worked and visited today! Josh says to create a Dunkin' Donut and win $12,000. We like Josh’s French Toast donut and Molly’s PB & chocolate donut.

The Skev Report - Skev is sick and taking Mucinex to get better. He felt badly for blowing us off at camp registration, so he offered to buy muffins from the Gingerbread Construction Factory. I’ll take a gingerbread muffin, please! He dissed us, but was just being a good brother, saving his sister from a dormitory scuffle and then kicking her butt at bumper bowling.

He confirmed that he left Foxwoods in the wee hours of the morning last week, $180 up! His Dream Card reports that he’s up $350 for the year and has two free tickets to the Titanic Exhibit. Any takers?

He and Andy (former Rec. and fellow U.S. Taekwondo employee), were a hit at Master Kim’s son’s birthday party, performing lots of karaoke (Free Bird!) and Korean rap. Can you say, “life of the party”? Yes, you can, but poor Skev cannot say what he wants. He has sworn off his catch phrase, “let’s put it this way”. Too bad, because it was starting to catch on around here.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine

It was summer in the middle of a snowy Lynch Park, as camp registration began! We processed about 100 applications and ate munchkins. Bruce manned the phones and held two meetings at the same time this morning, and that, as Gail would say, “is why he makes the big bucks!” We remembered camp registration days of old, when we would huddle in the cold, first floor of the office along with dozens of eager parents, hoping NOT to be shut out of a session. We remembered the time when we had to come in on a Saturday, the time someone accused us of giving her baby pneumonia, and so much more. Let’s just say we were happy to have a quiet, quick registration this morning!!

Despite our texts, Skev was a no show at camp registration, even though he said he would help out. We were blown off, dumped! Too bad because we really wanted to hear about Foxwoods and we thought he might show up with muffins.

Jean came to work yesterday with a chic teal and black outfit picked out by her teenaged daughter, Nicole! Teal sweater, black leggings, tall black boots, awesome. Tim Gunn would have approved.

Josh reported that on Wednesday he saw a fellow city employee chasing a wild turkey through the Cove with what appeared to be a net. Maybe he was hungry?

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Thursday, February 11, 2010


A summary of the past two weeks in the office...

Bruce and I were elected to the Mass Rec & Park Association (MRPA) Executive Board! Bruce will serve as Vice President and I will be Professional Development Chair. Beverly didn’t stack the awards in our favor, members voted and we earned it all on our own! Gail made a crazy cake to celebrate!

Gail suggested to Jean that she make the Greek lasagne in the latest edition of Women’s World. Last week Jean made a delicious dish with beef, broccoli, peas and soy sauce that her family loved.

Jay Comeau visited last week, looking very intimidating and warm on his way to his security guard job. He was amazed with our new shredder, Bruce’s relatively clean office and the progress that is being made on the Carriage House. He confirmed that he will not be returning as HRMC, but he offered his shrewd decision making skills to help us find his replacement. We already have a few ideas…

Got a postcard from our favorite Mzungu. We were shocked to find out that Heather was homeless for a few days, but excited to know that her training at Adventure Camp overnights has helped her cook without an oven! Can’t wait to see her again after the World Cup in June. Send her a postcard at P.O. Box 1646, Arusha, Tanzania.

The staff agrees that texting can be rude. Pick up the phone!

We are considering putting pics of Bruce as the wallpaper on all of our computers.

We received an awesome letter from a park and camp parent who remarked that the best thing about our “innovative and fun” programs is that they “have been lead and staffed by thoughtful, energetic and creative people who have served as great role models… camp counselors and park instructors…have the most impact, showing leadership, responsibility and dedication for all participants to emulate.” WOW. Bravo to all summer staff!!

That reminds me, thanks to Tim McAuliffe, Will McAuliffe, Skev and Joclyn Belanger for working at camp fairs last weekend. Camp registration is tomorrow and applications have been streaming in. You have something to do with that.

The Skev Report - Skev visited a few times over the past two weeks and, as he is so fond of saying, “let’s put it this way”, it was awesome. He serenaded us with karaoke tunes of our choosing and told us tales of New Hampshire, cougars and designated driving. We are looking forward to hearing more about Skev’s trip to Foxwoods and whether he left up or down and how much? What do you think?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Gambler

UPDATE: Skev is up $225 at Foxwoods and is enjoying his "complimentary" room.

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We've Been Busy

Sorry for the lack of posts! So much fun stuff to report, very little time to condense it. You'll see something new and awesome about Skev, recipes, programs and the Rec life today or tomorrow. Keep following and please pass it on to your friends!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The First of Many Recipes

Tim and Josh were here at sunrise again on Monday. Thank you!

Bruce has been helping the Melansons move into to a new apartment. It was going well until Bruce lightly tapped an innocent bystander’s truck. Whoops! All the heavy lifting aggravated Bruce's old football injuries, forcing him to take a little R&R and a muscle relaxer.

Jean made chicken taco stew this weekend! Her version included rice and tortilla chips. The Belangers also ate a surprisingly good dish of chicken divan, given to Jean as payment for helping a neighbor with her trash. Reminds me of the Wedding Singer, who got paid for singing lessons in meatballs! Jean also provided snacks to hungry friends of Joclyn, including chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, chips and salsa and bagel bites. Whadda Mom!

Gail recommends the frozen manicotti from Costco and Bruce recommends Essex Seafood.

Bruce had a meeting with the mayor yesterday, who instructed everyone to submit level-funded budgets.

Skev paid a visit this morning, regaling us with stories of good times at Molly Forman's place this weekend including catching a televised tennis match at 3:30am. Wild!

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