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Bands with husband

This week we were very happy to get to see some of our favorite bands from back in the day. In general, I am not a big fan of going to Boston (especially if it involves driving) for bands, but in this case, there were no Maine or New Hampshire options (at that time) so it was Boston or nothing.

For the first show, my sister- and brother-in-law helped make it less painful by offering to drive, and my mother-in-law let us stay over at her house (MUCH CLOSER TO BOSTON) so we didn’t have a two-hour ride home to Maine in the wee hours. For the second show, we took the Downeaster ($70 or so round trip with the meager-but-appreciated AAA Discount) that took us practically door to door. NOTE: One thing about the train…the phrase, “Hell is other people” kept coming to mind on the way down. ‘Nuf said.

With these deal-breakers taken care of, we were off.


The first show was at the Blue Hills Pavilion. The line up was Jason Bonham, Cheap Trick (my husband’s favorite band) and Foreigner (their 40th Anniversary Tour).

The second show was at the TD Boston Garden. The line up was Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band fame) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (coincidentally, also their 40th Anniversary Tour).

We decided to rate the bands in order of how much we liked their shows.


  1. Cheap Trick (She: No surprise there! It’s been his favorite band since he was, like, sixteen  years old!) 
  2. Foreigner (Surprise! I didn’t think that was going to be number 2.)
  3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Tom Petty was a little uneven. Sometimes you just gotta give the people what they want–like Foreigner did.)
  4. Peter Wolf (I would have liked to have heard more from him.)
  5. Jason Bonham (He was really good!) 


  1. Foreigner (As I was listening, I realized that I knew the words to every single one of the songs! Okay, except for one. Also, so many of them correlated to important people and events from my past that it was like watching an episode of “This is Your Life“.)
  2. Cheap Trick (I have come to love Cheap Trick, a band I loathed in my teens. I didn’t know as many of the songs they chose to sing this time, which was a little disappointing, but they were still great) 
  3. Peter Wolf (I saw J. Geils Band many times in my younger years, and one of the things I loved best was watching Peter Wolf dance. He’s as great as he ever was! And he sang several of my favorite songs.)
  4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Okay,I am sorry to say that TP came in 4th out of 5! What a letdown. He did sing a couple of my favorites, but many of his choices were obscure, and I could have done without the extended instrumentals and the dragged out introduction of the band members. Tom, maybe you would have had time to play “Here Comes My Girl” if you spent a little less time on those other things…Just sayin’. Reference: “Give the people what they want” said by he, above.)
  5. Jason Bonham (Wasn’t as bad as I expected. I didn’t want to leave or anything.)

That’s it! How would YOU rank these five bands? Comment below!




This podcast by Jodi Flynn (Women Taking the Lead) with Joe DeSena caught my eye because 1. I love Jodi’s Podcasts and 2. My nieces and nephew just completed a Spartan Race (not the first for some of them).

My beautiful niece Megan, rocking her Spartan Race medal!

Much of the conversation really resonated with me! I was shocked, because whenever I hear about the Spartan Races, I move right along. I mean, it’s nice for some people…people who like to get all sweaty and dirty and gross. Not bookish, ‘indoorsy’ type people like me.


I could completely relate to Joe’s talking about the topics of ‘concrete, (something else I can’t remember), and ravioli’ (#itsallabouthefood) in the Italian neighborhood where he grew up. That pulled me in, but when he talked about one of the strategies for success is telling everyone you know what you are going to do (“commit publicly”), that was it! I use that strategy all the time! Like, when I lost weight with Weight Watchers (Hey, everyone! I’m counting points today!) and when I write a novel every year for NaNoWriMo (Hey, everyone! I am writing 50,000 words this month!).

Now here I am, thinking about me and Spartan Races in the same thought.

Which brings to mind another thought that I have used for years to keep myself from having to be athletic: How can I do a Spartan Race? I wear glasses! They might fall off and then what would I do?!

NOTE: I have never pretended to be the ‘outdoor type’. 😀

Dance this mess around

My husband and I went to see The B52’s last night. As far as date nights go, this was a great one. We stopped to eat on the way to the show at Margarita’s. I got a Blood Orange Margarita, and it was AWESOME. Note: There is no photo of the margarita because, sadly, I forgot my phone in the car and I my husband thought I couldn’t go the duration of the meal without it, so of course I had to prove him wrong. 🙂

Anyway, The show was great.

Except for the opening band, which was meh, therefore they shall remain nameless.

The show start time was 8:00pm, but The B52’s didn’t come out until 9:15pm. By then, it was pretty hot in there. Fred (one of the lead singers, for the uninitiated) made note of this, and then disappeared for a few songs. We thought we’d lost him, but the ceiling fans came on and thankfully, Fred came back out.

The played most of my favorite songs, including “Roam“, and “Deadbeat Club“, which is my current favorite.

They did an encore of three songs: “Planet Claire“, some song I never heard of with a telephone number in it, and (finally! finally!) “Rock Lobster“.

When they played “Dance This Mess Around“, and I was, you know, doing that, I had a moment when I realized that I was doing this same exact thing about 35 years ago. I was singing at the top of my lungs, dancing, and throwing my hands in the air like I just didn’t care (nod to Cameo‘s song), at some club in Boston that I can’t recall the name of.  It was a glimpse of how it is to live in Einstein Time, and it frikkin’ rocked.

I had so much fun (as I talked about my Metaphysical Monday video this week)! The best part? The B52’s were having so much fun too! We’ve all heard of bands that are not in love with the idea of playing the same songs over and over, the “fan favorites”, at their concerts, but this band didn’t get that memo.

If you ever have the chance to see them live, GO!

This is the best photo my iPhone could get of them, and it’s awful, but it’s all I have, so I’m posting it here at the end.

My birthday


I hope you all had fun with me this week. In addition to the week of cakes, my daughter gifted me with a cake today, bringing my total to eight for the week, and this is the one with which we celebrated with singing and candles.

Here is today’s cake from Wells IGA: Caramel Sea Salt Cake!

Here is a slideshow of all seven cakes in the BirthdayCakeWalk2017.

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For my actual birthday today, I did more than just eat cake, if you can believe it! I ate whatever I wanted. A chocolate bread from Boulangerie in Kennebunk for breakfast. Sausage Flatbread with a salad from Pizza Napoli in Ogunquit for lunch. So far, that’s all. Oh, and the Salted Caramel Cake from my daughter!

And I tried to include things I love (besides food!) in my day. Connecting with my family and friends! Lilacs! The ocean! Reading! Writing! And of course, a visit to a bookstore!!

Now, for the point: It is my birthday wish that all of YOU have a day like this, too. Why wait for your birthday to be kind to  yourself? Do it now. Today.

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Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 4

Wow, Day 4 already! It is going by TOO FAST. Today’s cake is from Spiller Farm in Wells, and it’s a Boston Cream Pie.

Boston Cream Pie

I grew up eating these cakes, or pies, as they are officially called. I know not why. There is no pie crust. There is no (traditional) pie filling. What there is is a yellow spongy cake, pastry cream, and chocolate frosting. That adds up to a cake in my book.

In the taste department, it was just okay. The cake was sort of wet, for some reason, and not in a good way. I am giving this cake a fail. It doesn’t live up to the Boston Cream Pies of yore. I wouldn’t buy it again.

Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 3

Today, I got a smaller cake, just enough for me.


Was thinking of strawberries, and thinking of healthy eating, and how to blend this with cake.

And look what I found!

Strawberry Square, Hannaford

It tasted as good as it looks. This cake little cake ROCKS! And good news: it comes in a bigger size. This cake is also a PASS! Ranking the cakes for taste so far:

  1. Strawberry Square (Day 3 from Hannaford)
  2. Chambord Cake (Day 1 from Market Basket)
  3. Carrot Cake (Day 2 from Wells IGA)


Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 2

Day 2, people!!

Today’s cake is brought to you courtesy of my daughter, who gifted it to me, by way of the Wells IGA. She asked me what I wanted and I told her to surprise me, but to get something she liked, too.

Here it is: Carrot Cake

Grade: Pass. Not as good as the chocolate one I had on Day 1, but still good. I would get it again. It could be that I just have an inherent bias toward chocolate anything, so I have to allow for that.

This one has cream cheese frosting, as expected, which was pretty good.

Mini-Carrot Cake from Wells IGA

Looking forward to Day 3!~ 🙂