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February 15, 2010

February 15th, 2010

Massachusetts I was inspired to paint today. This is the first of my Dream paintings since my 365 day project. I spoke to my friend Jason today, and his conversation was inspiring. In addition I spoke to the organizer of The Santi School, asking i... 

January 1, 2010

January 3rd, 2010

OK, I had to do one more for the new year. However, I don't think I will ever paint one of these again? OK if the price is right, We'll see : )  

December 31, 2009 TWO

January 3rd, 2010

This is a second painting I did before we left for the night I painted for Gina and my daughter! Happy New Year's guys! Love Ya! 

December 31, 2009

January 1st, 2010

Baltimore, MD. New Year's Eve # 3 Today we woke up and had to have some car work cleaned up from the Monro Muffler fiasco in Massachusetts; we drove across the Bay Bridge to Kent Island. Gina was singing at the Yacht Club there, so New Yearís w... 

December 30, 2009

December 30th, 2009

Baltimore, MD. I slept well last night; it was good to be back in Baltimore. We slept in a bit later than we hoped but we had a lot to catch up on so we hit the ground running today. We had a lot of errands and a lot more tomorrow. I had another i... 

December 29, 2009

December 30th, 2009

Baltimore, MD. Today I woke up screaming from some sort of nightmare. The type of ďrealĒ nightmare that I havenít had for a very long time. It is very disconcerting as it usually is some sort of premonition. Weíll see how I sleep tonight. This aft... 

December 28, 2009

December 28th, 2009

New Jersey Today I woke up around 5:30am to get working on stuff due with our agency in Iceland. I finished up around 6:00pm, what a day off. Actually it was another relatively quiet day (other than work) as the house was empty and it was just me ... 

December 27, 2009

December 27th, 2009

New Jersey Today we slept in late and hung out and ran some errands with Ginaís cousin April. It was a beautiful day today. There is still snow on the ground but it was sunny and relatively warm without a cloud in the sky. We were going to leave t... 

December 26, 2009

December 26th, 2009

New Jersey Today we had a low key day and hung out with Ginaís cool cousin April. We ran a few after Christmas errands, talked to a few friends and now we are heading to Ginaís sister Taraís house for another Christmastime get-together. Today i... 

December 25, 2009

December 25th, 2009

New Jersey Ė Christmas Day Today is Christmas Day and we went to Ginaís Momís house to be her family, she is an awesome cook and always cooks enough for a weeks worth of dinners, luckily we got to take a bunch home and will be back to get some mor... 

December 24, 2009

December 24th, 2009

So for those that celebrate, today is Christmas Eve. We woke up early with plans to get an early start but when we finally did hit the road our check engine light came on. Without talking badly about anyone specific, the place we got our tires, batte... 

December 23, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Today was a sad day, all around. We were supposed to leave for New Jersey but stayed to take care of our friend Corina and help with her cat. She was really sad as one can imagine and we ended up at this really nice pet cemetery where she said her go... 

December 22, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Today was our friend Corinaís birthday, after work Gina and I went over her house for a bit and then we went out for some pizza and had a really nice evening. She had mentioned her cat wasnít feeling well, we could see it ourselves and she had seen t... 

December 21, 2009

December 21st, 2009

Today was back to work, the roads werenít as bad as I would have expected but I call-pooled with a co-worker that had to work until 7:00pm tonight so it was another long day at work. Gina also finally got on a flight tonight and made it back to Bosto... 

December 20, 2009

December 20th, 2009

Last night I went to bed so early that I woke up at 11:00 PM Ė last night and couldnít get back to sleep. When I woke up I saw the killer snow storm that had already begun and was coming down quite heavy. I know Iíve said it before but today was the ... 

December 19, 2009

December 19th, 2009

Today I woke up early and worked on the collection a bit there is still a lot to organize and finish up before itís presentable. Gina got snowed in, in Baltimore. They shut down the airports and even the shopping malls, the weekend before Christmas. ... 

December 18, 2009

December 18th, 2009

When I was in the 7th or 8th grade I used to carpool with two other families. One was with a kid named Curtis. He never said more than a few words, ever, and you could tell he was a sad and lonely kid, even as a kid. Through a stream of discussion at... 

December 17, 2009

December 17th, 2009

Today all the big guys came from Iceland to the office for meetings. We went over the year behind us and the year ahead and had a Q&A session with the whole staff. I have been with the company almost 10 years now and I have loved working there since ... 

December 16, 2009

December 16th, 2009

It was another long day at work with more meetings and I ended up staying until 7:30pm again. All the big guys are coming tomorrow. I bought clippers and had to trim my beard that now looks like a mess to me. I also bought my daughter a copy of the n... 

December 15, 2009

December 15th, 2009

The traffic today was unreal, it actually took us an hour and a half to get to work. When we arrived (late) it was a day full of meetings that unfortunately took time from the large amounts of work that needed to be done. So, I ended up staying until... 

December 14, 2009

December 14th, 2009

Today half of the office had meetings and the other half of us realized how much we need that half to complete many daily tasks, although the day was mostly quiet. Weíve been discussing a big campaign for tomorrow. I have meetings all day tomorrow an... 

December 13, 2009

December 13th, 2009

Today was not quite as productive as we hoped but we did get a few things done. Still have a lot to catch up on before the holidays, which are rapidly approaching. My daughter called me and we discussed Christmas and Christmas presents and I have som... 

December 12, 2009

December 12th, 2009

Today was a very lazy day, although it was nice. Things have been so hectic and the holidays are coming so soon I almost keep forgetting. Itís funny, Christmas music started so early in the stores and on the radio and yet it hasnít felt very Christma... 

December 11, 2009

December 12th, 2009

It was busy most of the morning at work, but by the late afternoon we had everyone get together for some eggnog, various Christmas cakes, etc and then we all actually sang Christmas carols together, it was really nice. After work, a few of us went to... 

December 10, 2009

December 10th, 2009

The weather was a little more mild today but more snow storms are on the horizon. I talked to my daughter last night and she was feeling a bit sick I was happy to hear from her though. In the news today, President Obama was in Oslo to receive his ... 

December 9, 2009

December 9th, 2009

So, anything I said about snow can be disregarded. This morning it was snowing, a lot, a real New England snow storm, beautiful and not fun to drive in. Made it into work on time and we did some more brainstorming. Itís funny though there have been s... 

December 8, 2009

December 8th, 2009

Today was a cool day at work, we did some brainstorming, which I always love. We have a pretty cool group there and we came up with a few great ideas. Iíve been growing a beard for the first and probably last time in my life but itís pretty noticeabl... 

December 7, 2009

December 7th, 2009

Today Gina left for New Jersey to go to her sisterís graduation from the Police Academy. We now have one more police officer in the family. Ginaís sister is a hard working dedicated person that can accomplish any thing she sets out to do. We are very... 

December 6, 2009

December 6th, 2009

This morning I woke up about 5:00am again went back to bed and didnít wake up until about 10:30am. We had a quiet day around the house and saw the snow all around us, keeping us in until later in the day. We watched some cool music programs on TV, in... 

December 5, 2009

December 5th, 2009

This morning I woke up about 5:00am, not sure why but after I got up I went back to bed and quickly fell asleep. I didnít wake up again until about 10:30am. It was great to sleep in. When we got up, it was a bit overcast but it was snowing in Baltimo... 

December 4, 2009

December 5th, 2009

Tonight we had dinner at our favorite little Italian restaurant across the street. We brought a bottle of wine from a case that was sent to me a few years back from a production company in California I had worked with as a thank you. I am not a big r... 

December 3, 2009

December 3rd, 2009

This morning I woke up having had some really strange dream that I canít even remember and hearing what sounded like a car race by our house. It turns out it was wind and rain that would come and go in waves. It was very strange to see it calm one mi... 

December 2, 2009

December 3rd, 2009

Tonight after work we went over our friend Corinaís new place as it was finally ready to have company. The place looked great, she still a few things to finish up but itís very cute and full of my paintings which of course is very nice to me. In... 

December 1, 2009

December 1st, 2009

Today was another full day at work. It is still had to believe itís December and the year will be over in 30 days. 2010 has always sounded so space age and futuristic to me. Todayís painting is part of a trio I am hoping that all three are kept toget... 

November 30, 2009

December 1st, 2009

So this is it, the last painting for the month of November and only 1 month to complete the project. Back to work today, the weeks are going by so quickly, It will be 2010 before I realize it. Today is what they are calling Cyber Monday, the day for ... 

November 29, 2009

November 30th, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts After The Crash So three years ago today, Gina and I made it back home to Baltimore around 4:00AM after our car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. It was a long night and when we went to bed, it was then when I started t... 

November 28, 2009

November 29th, 2009

It was three years ago today that Gina and I arrived at JFK airport in New York from Istanbul after an unbelievable honeymoon and the trip of our lifetime. We met Ginaīs parents for dinner, shared some stories and photographs and began our drive home... 

November 27, 2009

November 27th, 2009

Parsippany, NJ Before The Crash It was three years ago today Gina and I were in Istanbul, Turkey, wrapping up our honeymoon and one of the most amazing trips of my life. The following day is when I had the accident on the New Jersey Turnpike th... 

November 26, 2009

November 26th, 2009

Today is Thanksgiving! We left Massachusetts and took the drive to New Jersey. Met the family and had a really nice dinner (as usual). A little bit late, but not unexpected. I painted this one before we left so the painting is still home and I will u... 

November 25, 2009

November 26th, 2009

Today was a less frustrating day, although not less busy. The alignment for my car I was supposed to get yesterday was non existent, actually they admitted at the shop that they didnít even do it, so I had to spend a couple hours after work letting t... 

November 24, 2009

November 24th, 2009

Today I was frustrated, a lot of the day. The more I thought about things the more frustrated I got. I also got my tire and new car battery taken care of tonight as well, also very frustrating. Iíve been a little sick in my stomach. Time has been goi... 

November 23, 2009

November 23rd, 2009

Today we woke up and as we started to head to work the car wouldnít start. I has a similar problem a week or so ago so I checked the battery. When I did, there was so much corrosion on the battery I am surprised it ever started. AAA cam and gave me a... 

November 22, 2009

November 22nd, 2009

I had a fun and late night last night even got to see Melissa before she left for London. Had to wake up reltively early and we all headed to the Blue Lagoon before going to the airport. The plane was packed. Made it back to Boston and drove back to ... 

November 21, 2009

November 22nd, 2009

Reykjavik, Iceland Today was anther awesome day. We went to a place called Solheimur, originally founded in 1930 for disabled kids but now a wonderful self sufficient community for everyone. This place is really special to me. We are now back in t... 

November 20, 2009

November 22nd, 2009

Hekla, Iceland Today we arrived in Iceland and drove 2 hours to a glacier to go hike up to the top. Luckily I slept on the plane. The glacier we saw had shrunk quite a bit since I saw it last a few years ago. The weather has been been nice and itī... 

November 19, 2009

November 19th, 2009

Today was the first day I woke up with heavy frost on the ground and was quite happy to have my new jacket. The funny thing is, by the end of the day it was really quite warm and I ended up carrying the jacket wishing I didnít have it. I painted this... 

November 18, 2009

November 18th, 2009

Work was a little more low-key today as most people are out of the office and others are getting ready to leave tomorrow, including me. The whole office is heading to Iceland for a group trip. It should be a lot of fun. A lot of the new people have ... 

November 17, 2009

November 18th, 2009

Today was another busy day at work with deadlines of yesterday. The presentation is hopefully coming together now although I was just thrown into the mix in the past few days. In the news today, the New York Police Department executed search warra... 

November 16, 2009

November 16th, 2009

Today a few of the staff left for Iceland and our General Manager already left on Sunday. We had a bunch of work to do on a presentation for Wednesday. We all worked late tonight but Gina had a pot raost cooking all day and we had Corina over for din... 

November 15, 2009

November 15th, 2009

Today was another low key day, we did get out and run some errands and it was actually pretty nice outside, a lot warmer than we would have expected. Today in the news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to retaliate if Palestinia... 

November 14, 2009

November 14th, 2009

Today was a lazy day around the house, we havenít had one of those in a while and next few weekends will be far from relaxing. The weather today was so rainy and dreary as soon as I looked outside I could tell we wouldnít be very inspired to make me ... 

November 13, 2009

November 13th, 2009

Last night we had some great pizza in little Italy and Italian pastries from an Italian bakery. Melissa got to talk with my daughter who was so excited to speak with her, they havenít talked since London. This morning we all woke up a little early an... 

November 12, 2009

November 13th, 2009

Well it turns out my work computer really did just totally die. I have never had that happen and I am not sure what I need to do now but luckily there will be people in town from Iceland on Monday to hopefully fix it. Tonight our friend Melissa is co... 

November 11, 2009

November 12th, 2009

The drive to work today better than usual, traffic is usually a mess but since today was Veteranís Day a lot of people had off work. Unfortunately, we did not. However, it was our Anniversary so after work we drove into the city to a great restaurant... 

November 10, 2009

November 10th, 2009

I left this morning and carpooled with Corina, unfortunately I also took the car keys so Gina had no way to drive to work this morning. Luckily we live near the train but it wasnít an easy or expected commute. I must say she was much more forgiving a... 

November 9, 2009

November 9th, 2009

As I was getting up this morning I got a phone call from my Mother-in-law, asking if I was sick. I found that strange but then she explained that apparently a large percentage of Saturdayís guests have food poisoning. We were lucky enough to escape i... 

November 8, 2009

November 8th, 2009

So last night was fun, we saw a bunch of the family that we havenít seen in a while. Everyone from the New York and New Jersey crowd still says they see me in my Little Mermaid commercial, itís kind of funny. This afternoon we saw Tara and Danís new ... 

November 7, 2009

November 8th, 2009

Today I drove from Massachusetts to New Jersey and Gina took the train from Baltimore. I drove through RI, CT, NY and NJ and made really good time. We arrived at about the same time. We met at her sister Taraís engagement party in Newark at a really ... 

November 6, 2009

November 7th, 2009

So Gina is back in Baltimore and I went to work today. Itís hard to believe that we turned the clocks back this weekend although that may explain why the days seem so much longer? In the news today, the jobless rate topped over 10.2 percent, the h... 

November 5, 2009

November 5th, 2009

Gina left for Baltimore today after work. Iíll meet up with her later this week for another hectic weekend. Itís been getting colder and darker these days, although it is far from the crazy New England winters we have been anticipating. In the new... 

November 4, 2009

November 4th, 2009

Today Corina and I carpooled to work, it was another busy day and we were working on spreading the word that Iceland was recently recognized as a top 10 value destination for 2010 by Lonely Planet Travel Guide. In the news today, Claude Levi-Strau... 

November 3, 2009

November 3rd, 2009

Today was a busy and creative day at work. Corina started her first day at the office today, luckily the traffic was pretty minimal today and we are going to car pool tomorrow since we live only a few blocks a way from each other. Itís a cool night t... 

November 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

A late night at work today as now 3 people are out sick one being confirmed with the ďswine fluĒ the others I am unsure what they have but it meant we were needed to fill in some empty spaces today. Also, I finally got a long overdue haircut and talk... 

November 1, 2009

November 1st, 2009

Today is the first day of November. Corina left early this morning to bring her friend who drove up here with her to the airport. Gina and I drove to a town called Natick to see my friend Neil who came up to see his brother with his mom and her boyf... 

October 31, 2009

October 31st, 2009

So last night ended up being a lot later than expected but we had a lot of fun. We played music and sang all night, something I rarely do with friends. Brianís girlfriend Peggy can really sing and plays the guitar and piano too, I loved hearing her r... 

October 30, 2009

October 31st, 2009

Today after work our friend Corina and her friend Jim arrived from Baltimore. Tomorrow she moves in her new house right down the street, so theyíre spending the night with us. Later, our friend Brian and his girlfriend Peggy came over and we went acr... 

October 29, 2009

October 29th, 2009

Today was a pretty mellow day, got a lot done at work, had a meeting, drove home and walked to our local pub for some really good French onion soup and a Guiness. In the news today, the battle over health care reform reached another milestone as t... 

October 28, 2009

October 28th, 2009

It was a rainy cold day today. When we left work it looked like a creepy Halloween scene. Gina made some sort of chicken dish tonight with cumin, coriander, cloves, ginger, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon and coconut milk over rice, quite spicy and real... 

October 27, 2009

October 27th, 2009

After work I went to the store to finally get some canvas, luckily it was on sale so back to a 12x12 today. This is the 300th painting of the collection. It was a dark and rainy evening, Iím sure more are to follow soon. Today in the news, the Mic... 

October 26, 2009

October 26th, 2009

The weekend is over and back to work today. It was a pretty steady day, I still feel like the weekend wasnít so relaxing and havenít had a chance to get the new art supplies I desperately need, so Iím still using the 6x6 paper canvas for todayís pain... 

October 25, 2009

October 25th, 2009

Today was a beautiful day! It is hard to believe we had snow last weekend when I got home. It was sunny and warm and the Halloween Parade marched down Main Street. It was a perfect day for a parade. Iím not really a parade kind of guy, but it was cut... 

October 24, 2009

October 24th, 2009

Today we woke up early and met some friends in Salem. It was a rainy, dreary day and the drive ended up longer than it should have been but it was a cute town, like most around here. We saw the house with the seven gables and learned about its intere... 

October 23, 2009

October 23rd, 2009

Today was really quiet at work, most of the office was out and it was kind of still. I caught up on a bunch of things. Tonight, Gina made a shepherdís pie, it was outstanding. I never knew I could enjoy one so much! She said the secret was using a ru... 

October 22, 2009

October 22nd, 2009

Had to work late tonight to cover our co-worker who is out with the swine flu (H1N1) Iím really looking forward to the weekend. But apparently we are having company. Actually it appears as if something is happening every weekend through November. Not... 

October 21, 2009

October 21st, 2009

Work has been busy, everyone is feeling a bit sick and worn out, Iíve been fighting it but have to work late tomorrow night. Found out weíre heading back to Iceland in a few weeks for an office trip. Today in the news, with no automaking or govern... 

October 20, 2009

October 20th, 2009

So a few of my coworkers were out sick today and I am starting to feel like I am not too far behind. The weather here was so cold when I got home from Iceland and after all the traveling, it can really wear you out. Iím still hanging on though, back ... 

October 19, 2009

October 19th, 2009

Back to work today, Itís funny the weather change her was colder than Iceland and Iím feeling a bit under the weather tonight. Just found out that one of my new c-workers has the swine flu H1N1. I think thatís the first person so close to us to get i... 

October 18, 2009

October 19th, 2009

Last night was great! FM Belfast was definitely an awesome group to see plus we saw Ghostigital, Einar Orn from the Sugarcubesí band, he is amazing and really fun live. His son is also in the band and last time I saw them he was a little kid, now he ... 

October 17, 2009

October 17th, 2009

Last night was a longer night than expected but a lot of fun Micachu and the Shapes were really cool, kind of like a modern Sonic Youth wifí a cockney accent. Slept in really late today it was almost time for dinner by the time I got up, but Iím goin... 

October 16, 2009

October 17th, 2009

Had a fun night last night, not too late of an evening but caught some cool new bands. Woke up and we took a Golden Circle Tour in a Superjeep with a couple journalists, my co-worker, Brian and our friend and tour guide, Kristjan. We ended up at my f... 

October 15, 2009

October 15th, 2009

Made it to Iceland early this morning, took a nap and then had some meetings. Later we went downtown to catch a few of the shows. It has been such a long day that it feels like we have been here for days but tomorrow is another long day. In the ne... 

October 14, 2009

October 14th, 2009

Finished up a million things at work today and heading to the airport for my flight to Reykjavik, Iceland tonight. Iím going with my boss and co-worker Brian and we will be there for The Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Itís a lot of work and a lot o... 

October 13, 2009

October 13th, 2009

Today there was a lot going on at work and I ended up working quite a bit when I got home as well. The extra day off seems to make the week go so quickly and tomorrow Iím on my way to Iceland. Our friend Corina is here tonight and it seems like she m... 

October 12, 2009

October 12th, 2009

Back in Boston. Last night was a long night but we were definitely glad to get home and wake up in our own bed this morning. Today is Columbus Day (On this day in 1492 his expedition made landfall in The Bahamas) and we had the day off. We had a b... 

October 11, 2009

October 12th, 2009

Baltimore, Md. Today Gina went to visit Kerstin and I went to record some music. We didnít get as much done as we would have hoped but we did appropriately record an old favorite song of mine called ďEnough TimeĒ and a rough track of a song I wrot... 

October 10, 2009

October 12th, 2009

Baltimore, Md. Today was another day of errands. I did get a lot done which was good. I went to visit Kerstin again as this may be the last time I get to see her. She was still smoking but still looked good and seemed upbeat. That is the way I wil... 

October 9, 2009

October 11th, 2009

Baltimore, Md. Today was our first full day back in Baltimore and we had a bunch of errands to run. Bank, framer, haircuts, etc... It was hot as heck! I donít think itís just because we are now getting used to the New England weather, either, whic... 

October 8, 2009

October 9th, 2009

Baltimore, Md. Today we were a little behind schedule as we met with Corinaís real estate agent. She actually wanted to show our place as an example of what she is looking for. That made us feel even more appreciative of our already loved new home... 

October 7, 2009

October 7th, 2009

Today all the managers were getting ready for big meetings in Iceland tomorrow and after most of the day behind closed doors left on their flights tonight. We still have a lot going on as well and a trip to Iceland soon too. The I.R.S was also at the... 

October 6, 2009

October 6th, 2009

Today our old co-worker and friend Corina (Flowers for Corina) has decided that she may make the move to Boston now that we lost Leah and have an open slot at the office. She was here early in the morning to start her apartment shopping and see if sh... 

October 5, 2009

October 5th, 2009

Today was another Monday. The weekend is all a blur now. We found out one of our friends that was planning to visit us in a couple weeks is on her way here tomorrow morning, lots going on there, weíll have to hear about everything about it. In the... 

October 4, 2009

October 4th, 2009

Today was another relatively lazy day, although we did get out and get some weekend errands done. When we got home from the grocery store we could smell the fire pits all around. Itís funny, I love the smell of fire places but the smell of all the fi... 

October 3, 2009

October 3rd, 2009

Today we slept in late and woke up to a rainy day. We watched a bunch of music documentaries on TV, ordered a pizza and chilled out a bit. I think we needed, it was nice, either way. In the news today, Typhoon Parma passed across the northern tip... 

October 2, 2009

October 3rd, 2009

Today my sister-in-law and her fiancťe came to our place as they have a friend getting married in Boston tomorrow. Our friends from work Brian and Leah (whoí last day of work was today) also came to hang out with us. It was a pretty cool night. Befor... 

October 1, 2009

October 1st, 2009

Today we woke up, the first of October, and it was cold, noticeably cold. Luckily I like cold weather but I have a feeling once it progresses pass this temperature it may be more than I like. We have been warned about New England winters, so weíll se... 

September 30, 2009

September 30th, 2009

So the whole recycling thing is really big stuff here, we have been keeping up with it and actually took advantage of ďdeposit returnsĒ for glass, cans and plastic. I think we got $1.35 back, but it was kind of cool and the first time I have ever got... 

September 29, 2009

September 29th, 2009

Today I got a call from one of our favorite accounts based in Boston, inviting Gina and I to go eat lunch or dinner with them, since we are now neighbors. We both really love them and are looking forward to it, we just need to find some free time now... 

September 28, 2009

September 28th, 2009

Today was pretty mellow, still a lot going on but I am feeling more caught up, OK not completely caught up but getting there! In the news today, in the Philippines a month's worth of rain fell in six hours, leaving at least 140 people dead and up... 

September 27, 2009

September 27th, 2009

So, on Friday one of our advertising outlets gave me two tickets to The Patriots football game today. Yes, itís true I am not a big football fan, but they were free and we thought it might be a good place to hang out and network. Plus, sports seem to... 

September 26, 2009

September 26th, 2009

Today was the ďWhat the FluffĒ festival in Somerville. We went there and heard a few bands and saw the sights. I did not have a Fluff n Ďnutter sandwich, actually it kind of sounds disgusting to me. For those that donít know (as was my case) Fluff is... 

September 25, 2009

September 26th, 2009

Itís hard to believe itís the weekend. Time has been flying by and I just feel like Iím going to wake up one day soon and the year is going to be over. Iím so tired tonight I actually canít wait to go to sleep In the news today, the Denver residen... 

September 24, 2009

September 26th, 2009

Today, I actually caught up on a lot at work. One of my co-workers returned from Copenhagen and my boss will be back tomorrow so we should be able to be back on course by tomorrow, just in time for the weekend. We walked across the street tonight and... 

September 23, 2009

September 23rd, 2009

Today I was able to catch up a bit more at work getting ready for the next big event in a few weeks. The pear tart was a hit it was gone in a 10 minutes. We walked down the street to our local market and got some fresh made Italian sausage and had an... 

September 22, 2009

September 22nd, 2009

Today was a pretty mellow day at work, still catching up from the past week but at least I have had some time to do it. We brought the rest of the pear pie into work and it seemed to be a hit and we finished our pear dumplings tonight after dinner, t... 

September 21, 2009

September 21st, 2009

Our pear desserts were amazing. Last night we had some of the pie and tonight we had the pear dumplings. They were delicious! Today was back to work, the weekends go so fast. Tonight U2 was playing again and the traffic was crazy coming home. My daug... 

September 20, 2009

September 20th, 2009

Today was another beautiful day! We slept in a bit which was also nice. Our little town was having an art show in the park; I cannot stop likening this place to Mayberry. But there is a nice feeling to it. The band U2 is in town and playing tonight a... 

September 19, 2009

September 20th, 2009

Today was beautiful! It was the kind of fall day that could have easily been a perfect spring day. It was y favorite kind of weather, so nice out and we are seeing the next wave of blooms replacing those that are fading. The flowers blooming now are ... 

September 18, 2009

September 18th, 2009

So it was back to work without the deadlines of our big event looming overhead. It was amazing how everyone seemed so tired, including me. Everyone had been working so hard to get everything in place that after the climax I think we all just pooped o... 

September 17, 2009

September 17th, 2009

So today was our big ribbon cutting ceremony at the office, This is what have all been working so hard on for so long, in addition to our other daily tasks. The Mayor and Governorís office was there as well as our CEO and other dignitaries from Massa... 

September 16, 2009

September 17th, 2009

After work, we all went and had a nice seafood dinner at Legal Seafood, thanks to the boss. Everyone is flying in tonight and will be at the office tomorrow for the big event, including the governorís office and the local Mayorís office, it should be... 

September 15, 2009

September 16th, 2009

Work was good, still much preparation for the event on Thursday. My coworker, Brian came over and we all rehearsed our performance, it should be pretty cool. Gina made a nice dinner and we hung out a bit. My daughter called me and told me she got a n... 

September 14, 2009

September 14th, 2009

Back to work today, we are all mostly getting ready for our event on Thursday. I was actually asked to perform and I guess I have been convinced to. My co-worker chose a perfect song and will play second guitar. In the news today, actor Patrick Sw... 

September 13, 2009

September 13th, 2009

Boston, MA. Today is almost a blur, Itís hard to believe this weekend was for real. Last night we didnít get to sleep until after midnight and woke up this morning at 4:00am drove to Baltimore airport caught our 6:30am flight, arrived in Boston, h... 

September 12, 2009

September 13th, 2009

Baltimore, MD. Today we woke up at 4:30 in the morning, got dressed, drove to Providence, RI, and got on our 6:30am flight to Baltimore. What a convenient airport and actually closer for us than Boston. Itís hard to believe we were able to get so ... 

September 11, 2009

September 11th, 2009

Today my friends that are vacationing in Cape Cod from Baltimore stopped by the office for lunch and then met us after work for dinner at our new place. They brought their daughter who I havenít seen in awhile and she was so cute and talking and ... 

September 10, 2009

September 10th, 2009

So I was catching up a bit at work today and then my email went down. Although I did leave feeling as if I keep moving tomorrow I should have a comfortable weekend. My in-laws are in China in process of adopting a baby. They have been sending daily u... 

September 9, 2009

September 9th, 2009

Today was another long day. It is also the 9th day of the 9th month of 2009 for those into numerology or other such practices, 999 might be more than just a date. Whether you are intrigued by 999 or not today was the day the legendary British rock ba... 

September 8, 2009

September 9th, 2009

Back to work today. I do feel like Iím catching up a bit even though things have been really hectic and there are a bunch of big projects and events going on. The first is in Seattle on Thursday, which I will now not have to attend so that I can prep... 

September 7, 2009

September 9th, 2009

Today is Labor Day, so we had the day off. It was good to have the extra day, but we had so much going on this weekend, we actually just spent the day doing very little, we did do a little bit of gardening (very little) and I wrote a pretty decent fo... 

September 6, 2009

September 9th, 2009

Today Gina, April and I made breakfast with stuff from the yard mostly the tomatoes and chives, with some eggs on an English muffin. After breakfast we took a walk around the neighborhood, wow! There are some really charming paces around here. We sto... 

September 5, 2009

September 5th, 2009

Today Gina, April and I went to Plymouth. We should have realized there was a bit more beach traffic then we expected getting there but it was a nice drive and we saw a lot of pretty, old neighborhoods. We also got to see Plymouth Rock, which is in f... 

September 4, 2009

September 4th, 2009

Today was Ginaís birthday and her cousin April came up from New Jersey, they hung out in the garden most of the day as they both love gardening. Our friend and co-worker Brad came by after work and we went to the Italian restaurant across the street ... 

September 3, 2009

September 3rd, 2009

Things are finally catching up a bit a work but there is a lot to do over the next few weeks, at least I will not be heading to Seattle next week. It will give me some more time to get things ready for our event on the 17th. I have come home so tired... 

September 2, 2009

September 2nd, 2009

Today I went to Rhode Island to see another account with my boss and coworker. Things have still been really busy at work with a bunch of projects happening all at once and deadlines a day ago. Plus, Iíve been working in multiple departments as have ... 

September 1, 2009

September 1st, 2009

Today we went into town to visit an account, actually, one of my favorites two great guys that apparently follow along with my blogs, thanks guys! After work we met one of our co-workers down town for dinner, partly for Ginaís birthday. We had dinner... 

August 31, 2009

August 31st, 2009

Today we woke up around 4:00am caught our flight to Boston, took the silver line to the red line and went right to work, with a bunch of bags in tow. Worked through the day, which went relatively quickly and came home pooped. Itís good to be home. Th... 

August 30, 2009

August 31st, 2009

Today was our last day in Baltimore, before heading home to Boston tomorrow morning. We spent most of the day packing up a lot of leftovers and running a million errands while in town. There still seems to be quite a bit to take care of here but luck... 

August 29, 2009

August 30th, 2009

Baltimore, MD. Itís funny, flying ďhomeĒ last night we were talking about how it was like going to the doctor to get a shot and you spend more time thinking about it, before itís happened. We realized for what felt like the first time, that we rea... 

August 28, 2009

August 29th, 2009

So after work today we took the ďTĒ to the airport and flew home to Baltimore, I think we will always consider Baltimore home, no matter where we may end up. We ended up waiting in the airport for over 3 hours because of weather in BWI and dignitarie... 

August 27, 2009

August 27th, 2009

When I conceived the concept for this project nearly a year ago, one of the first people to grab a date was my mother-in-lawís good friend Eljean. She quickly contacted me and asked that I reserve today for her son Andrẽ. The funny thing is I h... 

August 26, 1009

August 26th, 2009

Work is catching up but still pretty active. A lot on the plate right now and weíre heading back to Baltimore this weekend so that should be nice, although there is still quite a bit to do when we get there. In the news today, Massachusetts senato... 

August 25, 2009

August 25th, 2009

Today the IT department was finishing up the computers and phone set up an are leaving tomorrow. We had so many things due with deadlines of last week that I didnít think we would ever get things done, however, we did and I really think that after to... 

August 24, 2009

August 24th, 2009

It us hard to believe a week has gone by so quickly. Time really does go by so fast (part of the inspiration for this project). Work was crazy after the weekend again but luckily I did catch up a little bit and hope to be where I need to be tomorrow.... 

August 23, 2009

August 24th, 2009

Yesterday and today we were cleaning up and getting little odds and ends we needed to make the house just like home. It really has become home so quickly. We went to church today, it was nice. I saw a boy in a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy (or simil... 

August 22, 2009

August 24th, 2009

Today was the first day we got to sleep in late but we still found ourselves waking up at 7:30am. We had a bunch of errands to run as today was our first real day off since we got here. Unfortunately we didnít get everything we needed to do taken car... 

August 21, 2009

August 24th, 2009

Today was another busy day at work and the day when all of the boxes arrived from the other office. THere was a very official feeling to the new office as it is now just " the office". The phones and computers were all being hooked up so things shoul... 

August 20, 2009

August 21st, 2009

Today was another busy day at work and the last day our office was open in Baltimore. I had a few sad goodbyes and a lot of transition as far as computer, Internet and phones (which should be ready tomorrow) at the new office. I think with the other ... 

August 19, 2009

August 21st, 2009

Today was another long and busy day at work, although the office was quiet. Most of the staff was at the Baltimore location and will be heading back tonight and tomorrow. Gina and I walked around our garden and discovered a bunch of things we hadnít ... 

August 18, 2009

August 19th, 2009

Today was another long day at work, a bunch of the managers are going to Baltimore tonight to finalize the closing of the office on Thursday. We are still loving our place and so comfortable here. It really is like we have always lived here and it se... 

August 17, 2009

August 18th, 2009

Today was the first day at our new office in Boston. It is still at a very transitional stage but everything should be up and running full speed on Monday. I was so busy I almost didnít have time to realize that I wasnít sitting where I have been for... 

August 16, 2009

August 18th, 2009

Today was great! A bit later start than we hoped and later evening than we expected but the new place is perfect, at least so far. We even have an existing art studio downstairs as the owner was an art teacher. Everything fit the way we planned and c... 

August 15, 2009

August 18th, 2009

It turns out my wallet fell out of my pocket at local restaurant, thank goodness the friendly, helpful, and honest staff had it waiting for me early this morning, or I would have had big problems. We finally got the tuck packed up late; a bunch of fr... 

August 14, 2009

August 18th, 2009

Today was the final packing day before our big drive tomorrow! Most of our stuff is ready to go but we have a few more things to finalize early in the morning and then we have to hit the road. We are really excited now. There is still so much to do b... 

August 13, 2009

August 13th, 2009

Today was our big packing and loading up the truck day at home. We saw a bunch of friends that came by in convenient intervals to say goodbye and help us. It is like dejavu, I have seen this place before but it has been many years ago. You never know... 

August 12, 2009

August 13th, 2009

Today was another crazy busy day at work and hard to believe my last day the office. We are packing and moving the rest of our stuff tomorrow and Friday and should be in Boston ready for action by Saturday night! Itís so quiet here now I barely had a... 

August 11, 2009

August 12th, 2009

Today was so busy at work. We are starting to phase out the old people and the remaining people are absorbing the additional responsibilities, I am one of those people. Luckily I still love my job and the additional jobs as well. Plus we are really l... 

August 10, 2009

August 10th, 2009

So, back to work today! Everything is down and in place now for the big move which is just a few days away. We are excited and anxious; happy and sad; unsure and determined, we are reflecting on so many things but we are definitely looking forward to... 

August 9, 2009

August 10th, 2009

Today was a big packing day. Man, we have quite a task ahead of us. The good news is we made some headway, the bad news is we only have 6 more days and there is a long way to go. We at least got the Dining room and living room together. My friend Nei... 

August 8, 2009

August 8th, 2009

Today we got the lease for our new place and started the massive job of packing up everything for the move Boston. Wow, this will be a larger task than we expected. We made one small step for man and an even smaller step for mankind but we have along... 

August 7, 2009

August 7th, 2009

So most of the big guys are in Boston today settling in for the first wave on Monday. A few others are leaving this weekend to move up there as well. I think our place is just about complete? Still waiting, but all should be done by tomorrow. In t... 

August 6, 2009

August 6th, 2009

We were back at work today. A few of the people from the office left for Boston today and others start on Monday. Iíll start next week. Weíre starting to see the sadness again as we are winding down here. Weíre still waiting to confirm our place, hop... 

August 5, 2009

August 6th, 2009

So we woke up at 4:00am this morning to catch our flight to Boston and made it back home around 10:00 tonight. Todayís search was the most productive so far, I wish we would have had this line up a lot earlier. We really liked everything we saw but L... 

August 4, 2009

August 4th, 2009

We had more meetings today about the strategy for the new office, which is coming soon, and a new list of responsibilities heading our way. I also found out that I may be needed in Seattle next week. It would be great to see my daughter again before ... 

August 3, 2009

August 3rd, 2009

I had meetings at work about what the new set up will be in Boston and weíre having more detailed meetings tomorrow. It is all looking more real now. Wednesday we need to finalize our housing arrangement, that is coming more in focus as well and I th... 

August 2, 2009

August 2nd, 2009

Today was a late morning, I hear the Paul McCartney show was great, as I would have expected. With the thought that this may be our last weekend in Baltimore as residents, we went and had pizza at Joe Squared, downtown and dessert at Vaccaroís, the b... 

August 1, 2009

August 2nd, 2009

So today we did some more shots of the paintings for the film and Kent got to see his birthday painting from yesterday. Later we drove to DC and went to see Tori Amos, I must say I am not that big of a fan, no offense, but Gina was already going and ... 

July 31, 2009

August 1st, 2009

Today was another busy day at work, boxes arrived at the office to pack up our stuff to ship to Boston. Next week is really the last week in the office and although we feel a bit closer to having our place worked out in Boston, we still do not have a... 

July 30, 2009

August 1st, 2009

Well my flight from Seattle was a bit late leaving so I spent about 7 hours in the airport and arrived back home around 8:30am, just in time to shower and head to work. Surprisingly I am not as exhausted as I feel I should be, actually Iím quite awak... 

July 29, 2009

July 29th, 2009

London, England We woke up early today to the sound of all the strange birds around here that sound like puppies or crying babies. Iím not sure what they are but howl all night. We have to pack and get going early today and I will not be able to p... 

July 28, 2009

July 28th, 2009

London, England Well this was it, our final day here. Went to Harrods, did a few more sight seeing stops, had another crepe or two. We saw a man in a bathing suit scooping out money into a partners backpack at the fountain in front of Buckingham P... 

July 27, 2009

July 27th, 2009

London, England So today we woke up a bit late and got some crepes at the crepe stand down the street. Every since Gina and I first went to Paris together we have always had a dream of opening a crepe stand, my daughter is quickly realizing how am... 

July 26, 2009

July 27th, 2009

London, England We left the cottage in Sandgerthi, Iceland early this morning for a 7:00AM flight to London, met up with our friend Melisa and did the touristy things most of the day and had a really great time. Went down the Thames, saw Big Ben a... 

July 25, 2009

July 27th, 2009

Sandgerthi, Iceland We woke up a little later than we should have this morning, but it was nice to sleep in a bit. We went shopping in Reykjavik and I got my daughter a very cool, traditional Icelandic sweater for her birthday. We drove towards Ke... 

July 24, 2009

July 24th, 2009

We made the early morning drive from Budir to Reykjavik today, about 2 Ĺ hours. We then went horseback riding through lava fields and mountains, met a nice family from Denmark and a guy from Boston Ė he was no Troy but he likes Boston! We then had an... 

July 23, 2009

July 23rd, 2009

My daughter and I made it to Iceland and itís been a long day! Weíve been on the go for at about 24 hours with little or no sleep. Itís so great to finally see her here and she has been impressed as most by her first sight of this unexplainable count... 

July 22, 2009

July 22nd, 2009

We woke up early today and I painted this one before we left. We are driving to New York today to see some of Ginaís family and then heading to JFK for our flight to Iceland. We are looking forward to the trip although it will be a long day. I still ... 

July 21, 2009

July 21st, 2009

Today I worked from home from about 8:00am until 7:30pm and Iím still catching up. Keeping in mind Iím still on vacation. There is just so much going on right now, I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. I did get to have lunch with my daughter and w... 

July 20, 2009

July 20th, 2009

So today we woke up very early and drove down to Washington, D.C. with my daughter and my mom to get her passport for our trip to Iceland and London. We are so excited for the trip! We made it to the passport office around 8:00am and had had our pass... 

July 19, 2009

July 19th, 2009

Today is the bi-centennial painting of the collection. We had a late morning and ran a few errands but we all had fun. Later we had dinner at an Italian restaurant that we like. Weíve been having movie nights every night, something I usually doní... 

July 18, 2009

July 18th, 2009

Today we woke up a bit earlier than we have been and I painted this in the morning again. Gina is off today and we were going to go to Ocean City. However, since there is so many other things going on and we will hopefully be heading to London soon, ... 

July 17, 2009

July 18th, 2009

Once again I got so wrapped up with work this morning, itís hard to believe I am actually off this week. I got our tickets for our trip today and need to get my daughterís passport renewed on Monday. I was also asked to hang my art at the Metropolita... 

July 16, 2009

July 17th, 2009

Today was a lot of fun I took my daughter and her cousin to Hershey Park and a little bit of outlet shopping on the way. We rode the ride and had a really great time! We also enjoyed the water park, and I couldnít help but think about community water... 

July 15, 2009

July 15th, 2009

Today we woke up exhausted. I had so much work that I spent most of the morning, until about noon, just trying to catch up, even though it was a day off. We are still waiting to find out if the Boston apartment situation will come together but tomorr... 

July 14, 2009

July 15th, 2009

It was an early morning and long day in Boston with Gina and my daughter. Unfortunately, it was not as fruitful as we would have hoped in fact it was quite discouraging. However, there are still many pieces that I know will fall into place. We saw a ... 

July 13, 2009

July 13th, 2009

Today I had to go into work for a meeting and finish up a bunch of things before we head to Boston tomorrow, then Iím on vacation through the end of the month. We still have a lot to do for the next big Seattle event so Iíll still have a bunch of thi... 

July 12, 2009

July 12th, 2009

We made it to the baseball game last night. The Orioles were playing The Toronto Blue Jays and The Orioles won in the 13 inning 4 to 3, with a homerun hit that landed in the section right next to us. Our cousin ended up spending the night and we went... 

July 11, 2009

July 12th, 2009

Today was a nice day, my daughter is still on West Coast time so sheís been getting up late and going to bed late but we did get a few errands taken care of today. We are also going to try and get to the baseball game again. Weíre picking up my cousi... 

July 10, 2009

July 11th, 2009

Last night my daughter made it in to town and she looked great! I couldn't beleive how much she's grown, today was our first full day of the summer. I worked from home, then we went into the office around lunch time, said hello to every one and finis... 

July 9, 2009

July 10th, 2009

Well, today is the day! My daughter is on a plane to see me now! Itís a long flight but itís a longer wait! I canít wait! Honestly itís the biggest news of the summer for me! In the news today, new bonus payments are scheduled at AIG, rescued by a... 

July 8, 2009

July 9th, 2009

So work was pretty busy today, I didnít even get a lunch. Iím still searching for a Boston apartment as well. I heard from my daughter today am so excited to see her! I canít believe she is coming tomorrow! I had to get a new camera as there will be ... 

July 7, 2009

July 9th, 2009

So everyone was talking at work about the Boston move, Should they? Shouldnít they, can they make it work? I must say after visiting, I am still wondering this myself. I was hoping to have more answers, but I think I now have more questions? I spoke ... 

July 6, 2009

July 9th, 2009

Today was an early morning and a long day! I caught the first flight to Boston did some apartment searching and then the late night flight back home. Found a few nice places but I also found out that Boston is one of the most expensive cities in Amer... 

July 5, 2009

July 9th, 2009

Yesterday was a lot of fun. Annapolis is nice. Itís funny, being the astrological sign of Cancer, I guess I really do love being on the water and it seems like we have been on the water a lot lately. My daughter was also on the water in Port Angeles,... 

July 4, 2009

July 5th, 2009

So today is the 4th of July, The day The US declared independence from the British. They recently found on of only 25 copies of the document in British archive. I guess itís appropriate that there are now 3 copies there, I think they got the message ... 

July 3, 2009

July 3rd, 2009

I had work today, even though many places had off for the 4th of July (which is tomorrow). A lot of Ginaís family is in town this weekend and we are going back to Annapolis tomorrow for the Fireworks! Today in the news, Alaska Governor, Sarah Pali... 

July 2, 2009

July 2nd, 2009

It was a long day at work and I spent most of the evening there. I am also getting ready to apartment search in Boston on Monday. Things are definitely going to change from what we are used to but we still hope it will all work out either way. I thin... 

July 1, 2009

July 1st, 2009

So today I went to the dentist, which was long overdue. Making an appointment there was like pulling teeth and the staff was so unorganized, I even got a reminder call for Mr. Keybinder? That was comforting. As it stood I got some x-rays and need to ... 

June 30, 2009

June 30th, 2009

Wow, it seems like the Boston search is coming together. I donít want to get to excited yet but it looks like there may have been a perfect scenario that has come our way, it would even be walking distance to work. Iím planning to head up there on Mo... 

June 29, 2009

June 29th, 2009

Well today is my birthday! Itís funny, the older I get the less I seem to care about the day as being a big deal, especially with all of the uncertainty facing me in the months ahead. However, I have made arrangements for my daughter to come see me s... 

June 28, 2009

June 28th, 2009

Today we spent most of the day working on the documentary for this project. We started early in the morning and did some filming, interviews around the lake where I work, and got some high resolution images of the paintings up to this date. Today... 

June 27, 2009

June 27th, 2009

I saw my friend Neil today and we hung out all day. Most of our discussions were centered around the move to Boston. In the news today, there is still talk over the loss of Michael Jackson as people reflect on his music, his life and his death; Pr... 

June 26, 2009

June 26th, 2009

So today I guess I made my commitment to move to Boston. There are still so many unanswered questions/details to work out but the picture is getting clearer now or at least heading in a specified direction and it looks like itís north! In the news... 

June 25, 2009

June 25th, 2009

I saw a bumper sticker today that read, Zebra Poachers Should Be Put in Stripes. Interesting. Although I would agree, I never really thought that much about a specific Zebra Poaching problem, here in the US? It makes one realize how global issues in ... 

June 24, 2009

June 24th, 2009

So we are searching for places to live in Boston now. Some decisions have been made by us but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Still havenít found our Troy but we have a least found a path that may lead us there? In the news today, S... 

June 23, 2009

June 23rd, 2009

I wrote another pretty cool song tonight, or at least most of it. I think with everything going on and my starting to do some music again I was inspired! The working title is I Donít Do That Anymore. Today in the news, legendary side-kick for talk... 

June 22, 2009

June 22nd, 2009

Today it was back to work, although there is still a lot of uncertainty in the air and even more saddening is the certainty that many of my co-workers, many who have been with the company in excess of 25-35 years will not be able to make the move. I ... 

June 21, 2009

June 21st, 2009

Today is Fatherís Day! I must say that being a father is one of the greatest rewards in my life. My daughter called me today to wish me a happy day! I was a bachelor all day and it was beautiful outside, I got a lot of errands done today so I guess i... 

June 20, 2009

June 20th, 2009

So last night I went to see Ginaís band and it turns out they were only playing until 11:00PM, I arrived around 5 minutes after that. I also realized again how incredibly small the world is, our six degrees of separation made a full circle. So the ni... 

June 19, 2009

June 19th, 2009

So weíve been checking out places to live in and around the Boston area as well as setting some direction for whatever may be. Iím also scheduling to set up some visits in the Boston area next week and hope to get a clearer picture of what options ar... 

June 18, 2009

June 18th, 2009

Today we had a lot of meetings at work, mostly unrelated to the move/layoffs and they went pretty well. We also had the ďofficialĒ retirement cake for our co-worker Jona (after 38 years with the company). She will be traveling around the world for a ... 

June 17, 2009

June 17th, 2009

Today more discussions at work about all of the decisions everyone has to make, including me. We either need to move to Boston or basically lose our jobs, not an easy decision for any of us. Although, sadly, many have already said they are unable to ... 

June 16, 2009

June 16th, 2009

So today we learned that we are moving our offices to Boston. Not too much of a shock but there is a lot to think about and evaluate. Things are definitely set on a new, unexpected course, but ultimately things do happen for a reason and work out for... 

June 15, 2009

June 15th, 2009

Today was a busy day at work and in the news; the Iranian election has still been feeling the fallout with hundreds of thousands of people jamming the streets of Tehran in support of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi where ... 

June 14, 2009

June 14th, 2009

Today was another low key day. We went to church in the morning and then to our friendís place, who was having what is known as a squaw swap. This is something I had never heard of before but basically, everyone brings their unwanted clothes and thro... 

June 13, 2009

June 13th, 2009

Today we had a late morning which was nice to sleep in a bit I painted this one in the morning and then we drove to Pennsylvania to be with family for a big crab feast! A Maryland tradition, funny it was in Pennsylvania, but it was really nice. It wa... 

June 12, 2009

June 12th, 2009

Well, today was the first day of ďdigitalĒ television, meaning that all prior analog receivers will no longer get TV reception, there must be some sort of meaning behind this as most people have cable/satellite anyway. Also today in the news, mil... 

June 11, 2009

June 11th, 2009

I didnít sleep well last night and neither did Gina, she has been sick. I think it may be allergy related but we have both been feeling like we canít breathe at night and now sheís lost her voice. The doctor gave her some antibiotics so hopefully she... 

June 10, 2009

June 10th, 2009

Today was a nice cool morning, wet surroundings, but sunny. Tonight we went to a baseball game with our friend Armin, for his birthday. I am not really into the whole ďsports sceneĒ but The Baltimore Orioles were playing the Seattle Mariners, two ver... 

June 9, 2009

June 9th, 2009

So the pain is back in my eye, strange? Coincidentally, I was talking with a friend about my shoulder which I have totally been ignoring and hasnít really been bothering me much at all, but it still needs to be followed up with. Unfortunately, it is ... 

June 8, 2009

June 8th, 2009

So the pain in my eye has gone, thatís good and I think whatever sore throat I had was perhaps allergy related and has also faded. It is way to hot for my liking and the bugs are starting to become more noticeable. On a positive note so are the light... 

June 7, 2009

June 7th, 2009

The past few days Iíve had this feeling like I was poked in my left eye and a sore through just on my left side? Gina was already sick so I am hoping Iím not getting some sort of left side flu? I had an art reception today at Woodhall, I mostly ha... 

June 6. 2009

June 6th, 2009

D-Day So last night, Gina and I went to get some pizza and as we were finishing up, we saw two people run from the restaurant and shortly after the place was surrounded by police. No one in the restaurant, including us, realized that just minutes ... 

June 5, 2009

June 5th, 2009

Today, being the first Friday in June makes it National Doughnut Day! National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI and is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. Today in the news, President Obama ma... 

June 4, 2009

June 4th, 2009

Itís been another rainy day, and another busy day at work, but at least things have cooled down a bit! In the news today, 72 year old, American, Kung-FU actor David Carradine was found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangko... 

June 3, 2009

June 3rd, 2009

The days are getting longer and hotter and work has been busy. Tonight the skies opened up and it rained a heavy, warm rain, with lots of thunder. Luckily this usually cools things down a bit. I can feel it cooling down now. In the news today, a s... 

June 2, 2009

June 2nd, 2009

We had a long meeting at work today and got to see our Canadian counterpart who is in town for 2 days. Itís kind of hot tonight and Iím not a fan of the heat at all. I heard from my friend Tim and coincidentally found out that his band The Charla... 

June 1, 2009

June 1st, 2009

Iím still digging the new song and excited about doing some more. I revised the lyrics a bit today and although I always love the abstract, I think they are more meaningful now. My music has taken a back seat for too long now. It was good to feel som... 

May 31, 2009

May 31st, 2009

Yesterday was fun, after the graduation party we went to our friendís restaurant and hung out a bit, we got home later than expected but it was nice. This morning Gina went to help my Aunt Toni at a festival downtown. I dropped her off so we were ... 

May 30, 2009

May 30th, 2009

Last night was nice, the play was well done and I forget how many memorable songs there are in the show. We had a late night dinner at Joe Squared, a hip and artsy pizza place downtown, with cool live music. We love it there! Today my cousin is havin... 

May 29, 2009

May 29th, 2009

Wow! It was stormy today, a lot of thunder and a lot of rain. I got a lot of errands taken care of during my lunch and got out of work on time. Gina won tickets to see the local production of Annie tonight at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. It i... 

May 28, 2009

May 28th, 2009

Today was clean-up day from the big move at work. I also hung a bunch of pictures to make the place look welcoming again. It really has come together nicely. In the news today, South Korean and U.S. forces have been placed on ďDefcon 4Ē the second... 

May 27, 2009

May 27th, 2009

Today was the date my Grandfather died, 25 years ago. Itís hard to image that it has been so long. So many memories are still so vivid, although more I am afraid, have been forgotten. Either way he is never forgotten. For all of the Europeans, it ... 

May 26, 2009

May 26th, 2009

We went back to work today, it was almost like the extra time off never happened, but we did get a few things done. It was a pretty easy going day and I got home at a decent hour again. The rain has cooled the temperature down a lot and I love that. ... 

May 25, 2009

May 25th, 2009

Baltimore - Memorial Day Today is Memorial Day (observed) so we have the day off from work. There is always so much to do, itís always good to have an extra day off. Today at 3:00PM all Americans are supposed to show a moment of silence for Americ... 

May 24, 2009

May 24th, 2009

Last night was fun, as expected. My old bass player and his wife came to see Gina sing as well, it was great to talk about the past and catch up with what has been going on since we last saw each other, which seems like forever, and hang out for a wh... 

May 23, 2009

May 23rd, 2009

I woke up earlier than I hoped but went back to bed and had a relatively lazy morning. I did paint todayís painting early though as I am expecting a late night. Gina is filling in for a local band and I am going to see them tonight. It should be a fu... 

May 22, 2009

May 22nd, 2009

I had a pretty easygoing day today and got out of work at a reasonable hour. This weekend is a holiday weekend so Iím hoping to catch up a bit with the extra day off on Monday! Today in the news, President Obama signed a bill creating new rules fo... 

May 21, 2009

May 21st, 2009

I finished up the rest of the big move today, at least my part. It was another beautiful day outside; the weather has been perfect for me lately. I love this time of year. I was told that it is reflecting in the paintings as well. Today in the new... 

May 20, 2009

May 20th, 2009

Today was a big moving day at work, we are consolidating our work space at the office and moving everyone to one side of the building. Much more efficient and I got a nice new spot. Tonight was the finale of the TV show American Idol, not really a... 

May 19, 2009

May 19th, 2009

It was back to the regular routine again today. I got caught up on most of my work which is always a good thing and got home at a reasonable hour. Today in the news, scientists claim a 47-million-year-old fossil of an ancient primate is a possible... 

May 18, 2009

May 18th, 2009

Well after all my back and forth with the flights, I made it on to the late night flight heading to Atlanta, although flying standby, I didnít make my first connection home so I had to spend an extra hour in Atlanta. I also had the first mention of m... 

May 17, 2009

May 17th, 2009

Seattle Day 5 Woke up early this morning and painted todayís painting first thing. I was supposed to be on an early flight so I brought my daughter back home, we had a great weekend. Unfortunately, I didnít get on my flight and had to check back i... 

May 16, 2009

May 17th, 2009

Seattle Day 4 My Daughter and I had a great day together. We went and had some breakfast in the morning and then took a drive to her horse, afterwards we went and got her some cool new clothes and then watched a movie together! Itís always so grea... 

May 15, 2009

May 15th, 2009

Seattle Day 3 Today I woke up early but didnít get out of bed until later in the morning. For some reason there were all of these psycho-thriller type, horror movies on TV all morning? Things you would expect to see on Halloween night? Iím not rea... 

May 14, 2009

May 15th, 2009

Had a great night last night and a very receptive crowd, The event was at the EMP museum, a very cool Rock and Roll museum, right up my alley. The guitar room is a must for any guitar player! Icelandic musician Mugison performed or the evening and af... 

May 13, 2009

May 13th, 2009

Another early morning, caught my flight to Seattle and in my hotel now. A bit overcast but at least itís dry! Luckily I slept a lot of the flight. We have our big event tonight, Iím looking forward to it, if I can stay awake. On the flight over, I... 

May 12, 2009

May 12th, 2009

I finished up what I needed to do to get ready for the trip tomorrow! Iím looking forward to the event tomorrow night and then a few days off in Seattle to spend with my daughter! Today in the news, Paul House, a death row inmate in Tennessee that... 

May 11, 2009

May 11th, 2009

Wow! Another really late night at work, I was going to leave for Seattle tomorrow, but now I am going to leave on Wednesday, it will give me a little extra time to take care of what I need to as well. Itís nice that the daylight is lasting longer now... 

May 10, 2009

May 10th, 2009

Today is Motherís Day and itís another sunny, beautiful day in Baltimore. My daughter called me and she is at a horse show. Gina went to New Jersey to be with her mom and sisters. I had brunch with my mom and Aunt Toni at one of my downtown favorites... 

May 9, 2009

May 9th, 2009

Today was a beautiful day, sunny, clear, and a nice strong breeze, or should I say wind. It was like we were in Aruba. It rained a little bit later in the evening but even that was like a Hawiian rain. I guess overall it was like a tropical day, with... 

May 8, 2009

May 8th, 2009

It was not as late of a night as has been most of the week, although later than expected. I still have a lot to do to get ready for Wednesday and this weekend will include a lot of errands I havenít had time for any other day, including dry cleaning,... 

May 7, 2009

May 7th, 2009

After a very long period of rain, which apparently I have been too busy to notice; today was finally a beautiful, sunny day! It was another long day at work, although also productive. My friend Neil came to see me for lunch, I havenít seen him in a w... 

May 6, 2009

May 6th, 2009

Today was another rainy day, busy night at work and quiet night at home, I painted this one as soon as I got home. Today in the news, The White House announced that a report and a photo from the controversial low-altitude New York flyover by a 747... 

May 5, 2009

May 5th, 2009

It was a really long night at work again, I didnít get out until around 7:30. Weíre still getting ready for all of the Seattle excitement, which really has been exciting, but also a lot of work! Today in the news, comedian and actor Dom DeLuise di... 

May 4, 2009

May 4th, 2009

Today was a long and busy day at work, after a long and busy weekend, although I enjoyed both. Everyone at work is full speed ahead for the Seattle event happening next week. In the news, Wall Street rose with a better-than-expected housing market... 

May 3, 2009

May 3rd, 2009

Last night was fun, I havenít been out to see a comedian in a while and I miss it. For those with kids, take them to see Brian Regan, he is a really funny, clean comedian for the whole family. Todayís painting is a larger ďcommissionĒ sized piece.... 

May 2, 2009

May 2nd, 2009

Today our friend Corina came over and we all went to a local winery for a barrel tasting of last yearís vintage that will be released in June. Most of what we had was really good and seems like it will be a good year for their wines. Tonight we ar... 

May 1, 2009

May 1st, 2009

Today is the first day of May! My co-workers in Europe had the day off for ďMay DayĒ one of the many erroneous holidays people get in Europe; some even get Monday off! Sure why not? But it is definitely getting to be a pretty spring, my favorite time... 

April 30, 2009

April 30th, 2009

Well today I am 1/3 of the way through this project! Itís hard to believe, but I knew that I would realize even more how quickly time goes by as I create the physical manifestation of time in these paintings! Work was busy, but I think I have caug... 

April 29, 2009

April 30th, 2009

Today was a really busy day at work getting ready for our official Seattle Launch and another trip back there in a few weeks. It was a late night but we got everything we needed done. I was happy and relieved to see my two paintings April 26th and 27... 

April 28, 2009

April 30th, 2009

So I am back home today and back to work as usual. It is always so strange when you have been away (especially for a long time) and get back to the old routine like everything that happened was a dream. It is also a reflective time for me. I love to ... 

April27, 2009

April 28th, 2009

Seattle, WA. Today I got up early to paint and get ready to head out. I am not sure if I will be home before mid-night. I checked my email for work and soon Iíll drive my daughter back home, her mom said she would take her to school a little later... 

April 26, 2009

April 27th, 2009

Seattle, WA. Today is my last day here, so my daughter and I are probably going to hang out in the city as tourists. Seattle always seem so welcoming to me. Itís another beautiful day here so we can enjoy some outdoor activities. We have a few err... 

April 25, 2009

April 26th, 2009

Seattle, WA. Today was another beautiful day! My daughter and I had a really nice morning and a nice breakfast. We took a drive and then a ferry boat to Whidbey Island, where she had a riding lesson. She had a great lesson and I got to see her jum... 

April 24, 2009

April 24th, 2009

Seattle, WA. So today I took a vacation day, although I had so much work to do it was like I wasnít off anyway. I picked up my daughter and we are watching a movie tonight. We bought some canvas and paints and she is painting this weekend as well.... 

April 23, 2009

April 23rd, 2009

Seattle, WA. So yesterday I got so wrapped up with Earthday I forgot to mention it was my Auntís Birthday. Happy Birthday Aunt Toni! It did rain on and off, so my nearly perfect record of rainless days in Seattle was broken. I had a productive... 

April 22, 2009

April 22nd, 2009

Seattle, WA. Today is Earthday, the day we recognize the importance of the planet and bring ideas on how to preserve it and fight pollution to the forefront of our thoughts. Itís raining in Seattle today (the first rainy day since Iíve been here) ... 

April 21, 2009

April 21st, 2009

Seattle, WA. Yesterday was the most beautiful day since Iíve been here! It really is nice here! My first account was an hour and a half away and I fell a little behind schedule for the week. However, the visits I made today were very productive an... 

April 20, 2009

April 20th, 2009

Seattle, WA. Itís another early (and beautiful) morning. We had a really nice drive back home and although the weekend was not as expected I enjoyed the time with my daughter and hope all works out for everyone. When I got back to my hotel, one of... 

April 19, 2009

April 19th, 2009

Kennewick, WA Ė Day 2. I woke up early today to paint this one. Itís another beautiful sunny morning! There is a lot of uncertainty around what is happening today, but I am happy to be here and even happier that it is with my daughter. It sounds l... 

April 18, 2009

April 18th, 2009

Kennewick, WA. So today we took the trek from Seattle towards Kennewick (Southeastern Washington). It was so clear and beautiful and the mountains were amazing! I felt like I was in Switzerland again. The green and snowy peaks, were awesome! There... 

April 17, 2009

April 17th, 2009

Seattle - Day 4 Today was great! I got an early start and was all over Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood, it was another beautiful sunny day here! There was only a little bit of rain for like 5 minutes. After all of my work, I got to pick up my daught... 

April 16, 2009

April 16th, 2009

Seattle - Day 3 So Yesterday was great! Another beautiful day in Seattle, saw all of my accounts, a little behind schedule but all went very well. I got to see my daughter play her last soccer game of the season, it was quite exciting, especially ... 

April 15, 2009

April 15th, 2009

Seattle-Day 2. Today is what is considered ďTax Day,Ē or in other words, the last day for people to file their taxes. In revolt of the current tax situation here in the United States, organizerís are staging ďTea PartiesĒ across the country expect... 

April 14, 2009

April 14th, 2009

Seattle - Day 1 So, I woke up this morning at 4:00am to catch my flight from Washington, DC. to Seattle Washington. I had a nice flight and a nice breakfast on the plane. Fresh fruit and a croissant with some sort of egg and spinach pastry puff, i... 

April 13, 2009

April 13th, 2009

OK, So, I spent most of the day catching up from no computers on Thursday and being off on Friday. Iím now getting ready to head to Seattle, and looking forward to the trip. I just found out tonight that a co-workerís mother has fallen very ill an... 

April 12, 2009

April 12th, 2009

For those that celebrate, today is Easter. We have to go to at least two different houses today but weíll get to see some friends and family we havenít seen in a while, thatís always nice. In the news today, a polar bear attacked a woman at the... 

April 11, 2009

April 11th, 2009

We got everything done we needed to do yesterday and felt very accomplished. We slept in late today and are a bit behind schedule for what we need to do today, but Iím hoping we can make up the time before the day is through. Iím painting todayís... 

April 10, 2009

April 10th, 2009

We saw Robyn Hitchcock last night, he was great as always. He actually performed a lot of my favorite songs. It turns out the guitar player with his band now is Peter Buck, from R.E.M, another legendary rock band. A nice guy too. I found out from Rob... 

April 9, 2009

April 9th, 2009

Today all of our computers went down at work, it really makes you realize how a lot of the work we do today and especially our communication depends on computers. Kind of a scary thought actually, if you consider that yesterday it was announced that ... 

April 8, 2009

April 8th, 2009

Today was a busy day at work! We all have a lot of preparation for the big trip to Seattle and excitement is in the air. I painted tonightís painting as soon as I got home and then had dinner with Gina, who has been home sick for the past few days... 

April 7, 2009

April 7th, 2009

If you like baseball, yesterday was opening day for The Baltimore Orioles, they played The New York Yankees, thatís big business on the East Coast. The Orioles won 10 to 5. Todayís painting is for my old friend, musician, and recording engineer Jo... 

April 6, 2009

April 6th, 2009

Today was another beautiful spring day with most of the cherry trees in nearly full bloom. We missed The Cherry Blossom Festival in DC this weekend but it looked just as pretty down my street today. In the news, an earthquake measuring nearly 6.0 ... 

April 5, 2009

April 5th, 2009

Today was a beautiful and distracting day. We went to church for Palm Sunday and then hung out with a friend downtown. We had brunch at our favorite place for brunch in Canton. We ran a few more weekend errands including dropping off some clothes ... 

April 4, 2009

April 4th, 2009

So today our big plans to wake up early and head to New York to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite on stage didnít happen. We actually woke up kind of late and had a million errands to run, so we took the practical route. As disappointing as ... 

April 3, 2009

April 3rd, 2009

They say April showers bring May flowers. This morning was so rainy, I believe it! By the end of the day the sun came out and it was actually pretty nice, I was expecting flowers. I just found out tonight that this morning it was announced that Pa... 

April 2, 2009

April 2nd, 2009

I had an Icelandic hotdog for dinner tonight, actually two and some beans. If youíve never had an Icelandic hotdog before, believe the hype. One of their secrets, unlike other hotdogs with uncertain ingredients, they are made of lamb and they are del... 

April 1, 2009

April 1st, 2009

For those that care, today is April Fools Day, a day of practical jokes. I've never been much into those sorts of things but Happy April Fools Day anyway. I had a lot of writing for work and sent a bunch of information regarding all of the excitem... 

March 31, 2009

March 31st, 2009

Today is the third month complete! One quarter of the way through the project! I am very excited. Work was busy as heck and all the big guys are in Seattle right now. Had another late night and hope to get to bed early tonight. I met this Mormon g... 

March 30, 2009

March 30th, 2009

Today is my friend Jasonís birthday and this painting is for him. This one is a larger departure from the typical paintings of the collection but Jason is no typical guy. Looking back in my life I am so lucky and grateful for all of the amazing fr... 

March 29, 2009

March 29th, 2009

So last night we had a great dinner at this Louisiana style restaurant in Baltimore called Night of the Cookers. I had Jambalaya, one of my favorites! Great food, nice atmosphere and friendly service! Thereís one in New York too, I say check it out! ... 

March 28, 2009

March 28th, 2009

Ginaís band played last night but I stayed home and went to bed early. Her sister came down from New Jersey to see the band and left early this morning. We had a late start today but I think it was good for all us to get some rest. In the news, NA... 

March 27, 2009

March 27th, 2009

I have been sick basically all week now but denying it, much like I have been ignoring my arm, as things have been so busy. However, I am glad itís the weekend and hope to shake this thing. I am not really good about going to doctors, not like I disl... 

March 26, 2009

March 26th, 2009

Today was a another pretty busy day at work. Thereís a lot going on from the recent announcements and lots of positive energy in the air, every company needs some of that these days. And everybody needs positive energy in their lives everyday! Iím st... 

March 25, 2009

March 25th, 2009

Today was a BIG and exciting day with lots of BIG and exciting news and if you want the whole story you should buy this BIG and exciting painting and it will be written on the back! Todayís painting is the largest of the project so far (30Ēx30Ē). ... 

March 24, 2009

March 24th, 2009

So I woke up this morning really sick, with a bad sore throat, and feeling just generally not so good, however, I made it into work! There is still a lot going on and exciting news tomorrow. It was another long and busy day but tomorrow will probably... 

March 23, 2009

March 23rd, 2009

When we woke up this morning I was not feeling too well and we didnít have electricity, luckily it came back on right when I was leaving. It was a crazy long day at work, I didnít get out until almost 8:00pm. There are lots of exciting things going o... 

March 22, 2009

March 22nd, 2009

Today was beautiful! The perfect spring day! Sunny, clear sky, cool breeze! Perfect! We filmed another installment of the documentary today. I am feeling a little sick and have a bit of sore throat but I guess over all it went well. I got a hair cut ... 

March 21, 2009

March 21st, 2009

Today Gina and I had a few errands to run and as we were driving, I told her that one of my old teachers that I admired very much lived on the road we driving. Just as I said that, he walked out! He still lived there and I saw him for the first time ... 

March 20, 2009

March 20th, 2009

First Day of Spring Today is the first day of Spring, my favorite time of year. It showed from my window as well. The trees are growing, the sun is shining, the grass, along with various blooming things are getting more noticeable and birds are fl... 

March 19, 2009

March 19th, 2009

Work was good today, quiet but productive. After work I went to get some more needed canvases and ended up driving through one of my old neighborhoods. Itís amazing how much it has changed. Itís funny how your mind sees things the way they were vs. t... 

March 18, 2009

March 18th, 2009

Today was back to business as usual. Gina got home last night and went back to work as well. I realized tonight that I need to get more canvases for the rest of March and April. Itís amazing how many are done so far. In the news today, an Austrian... 

March 17, 2009

March 17th, 2009

Back at the office today, with lots of catching-up, following-up, and finishing-up! I guess overall it was an ďupĒ day! Speaking of up, the stock markets surged today, with major stocks ending higher for five out of past six sessions as investors... 

March 16, 2009

March 16th, 2009

I woke up early this morning and met my co-worker for our day in Boston. It was a long but productive day and I am happy home now. When I got home from Boston I had to take the Airport Shuttle with 10 other people, hopefully the last time I have to d... 

March 15, 2009

March 15th, 2009

Boston, MA. Had a later night than I was hoping last night, but we all had a good time. It is always good to see old friends and co-workers and make some new ones. We had a really pretty late night snow storm that looked like a Christmas card. ... 

March 14, 2009

March 14th, 2009

Yesterday I met with some of the people who organize for the city about my art, still hoping to have some involvement with Reykjavik around this project, weíll see what happens. Last night my wife and I, along with her sister and a few of our Ice... 

March 13, 2009

March 13th, 2009

Reykjavik, Iceland So today is Friday the 13th if that means anything to anyone? I made it to Iceland and checked into my hotel room. My wife, her sister, and her mom met me here from New York. They are going sight seeing today. Itís a little o... 

March 12, 2009

March 12th, 2009

I woke up early this morning and caught my flight to Baltimore. I am painting this one from home, quickly. I am leaving on a flight to Boston in a few hours and then to Reykjavik later tonight. Iíll be in Iceland for the next 3 days so the next paint... 

March 11, 2009

March 11th, 2009

I made it down south to North Carolina today. Itís amazing how much hotter it is than at home. I definitely donít need a jacket here now. While we were landing the pilot actually said ďGod BlessĒ you! Whatever your beliefs may be, in the politically ... 

March 10,2009

March 10th, 2009

I found out late in the day that one of my co-workers has fallen ill to some sort of stomach sickness, serious enough to hospitalize her and I have been asked to fill-in for tomorrow at an event in North Carolina. So in addition to the excessive trav... 

March 9, 2009

March 9th, 2009

The weather has been warming and the days have been really nice, even warm! Itís starting to be spring, my favorite time of year! Today was another long and busy day at work and it was nice to get home while itís still light outside. Today is the ... 

March 8, 2009

March 8th, 2009

Last night was great as expected. Although I fell asleep early (as expected) I always love seeing everybody and catching up on everything. Itís always a lot of great food and fun and no broken wine glasses last night, although there were a few close ... 

March 7, 2009

March 7th, 2009

So last night was really nice! We had a great dinner at one of the many amazing Italian restaurants in New Jersey! It seems to be a birthday weekend here as today is Ginaís cousin Aprilís birthday and we are having a big celebration tonight! This ... 

March 6, 2009

March 6th, 2009

Todayís painting is being painted early in the day because we are heading to New Jersey for my Mother-in-lawís surprise birthday later this evening. I hate driving on the New Jersey Turnpike and have had my share of mishaps there, including the infam... 

March 5, 2009

March 5th, 2009

Today I did a lot of writing for work and was pleased with the outcome, it was kind of a creative day, so weíll see if that is reflected in this painting? In the news today, it seemed to be the day of ďwithdrawĒ for the Obama administration. CNNís... 

March 4, 2009

March 4th, 2009

The Irish rock band U2 released their new album ďNo Line on the HorizonĒ and are performing as talk show host David Letterman's musical guest each night from March 2 to 6. Earlier today they joined Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and had W53... 

March 3, 2009

March 3rd, 2009

Tonight I saw the bright, crazy, star thing in the sky again and was talking with my neighbor. It turns out itís Venus! So I guess I look like and astronomic idiot? However, it was another beautiful clear night (although very cold) and where Venus is... 

March 2, 2009

March 2nd, 2009

Well, the big snow storm hit last night and I mean BIG! We woke up like we were in the middle of Antarctica. The snow and the wind was crazy! I called work early and ended up working from home today. Apparently others were able to make it in to work ... 

March 1, 2009

March 1st, 2009

Last night was a lot of fun, we saw an ďimprovĒ troop; I donít think I have ever seen one before, but I hope we get to see one again. Afterwards, we went out and saw some very eclectic and experimental bands. This morning I woke up to a beautiful ... 

February 28, 2009

February 28th, 2009

Well it was another low key Saturday for me and Gina. I didnít get too much done however; todayís painting completes my second month of the project! This one is for Rick & Jay, I think it is for a gift? Thanks for all of your support guys! Only 10 mo... 

February 27, 2009

February 27th, 2009

So, there was no crazy bright star or cute calico cat tonight, however, it was another warm enough evening to sit on my porch and reflect awhile, something I love doing. I have always been so thankful and grateful for everything in my life; I love to... 

February 26, 2009

February 26th, 2009

Tonight I saw a star, or planet (or spaceship) from my porch that was so bright and mesmerizing I could not look away. Iím not sure what is was but I still feel like if I were to follow it I would find the baby Jesus at the end. While outside look... 

February 25, 2009

February 25th, 2009

Today was pretty much back to business as usual. I have almost forgotten about all of the traveling! President Barack Obama had his big speech to congress last night. As predicted it was pretty much a campaign speech. I am not a fan of big govern... 

February 24, 2009

February 24th, 2009

Today I got mostly caught up on everything and was back to the daily routine at work. My neck has been hurting again and now my arm just hurts at night. Iím still waiting to get the time to finally go the doctor I have been dreading and get some more... 

February 23, 2009

February 23rd, 2009

Today I went back to work and had a lot of catching up to do! The day went faster than I expected but I did get a lot done! It was cold here but not quite as cold as Minneapolis. I did some work on finishing up a flower painting that has been in prog... 

February 22, 2009

February 22nd, 2009

I had another quiet day today with my wife and some friends. Dave, the producer of the documentary for this project came over to film this monthís progress! We got another 20 minutes or so of footage. Itís up to the director what he will or wonít use... 

February 21, 2009

February 21st, 2009

Iím so happy to be home and I should be home for a while now, at least for a couple of weeks! I spoke to my daughter and her friend last night (and again this morning and this afternoon), they were excited to hear I got their Minneapolis souvenirs! ... 

February 20, 2009

February 21st, 2009

I just landed and got back home! Just in time to finish today's painting today! 11:45PM!! The weather in Minneapolis was pretty bad; I didn't think I was going to get home at all! I got my daughters sweatshirt and a gift for her friend from Minnesota... 

February 19, 2009

February 19th, 2009

Minneapolis Day 3 Today I finished up most of my work in the friendly state of Minnesota! I have a few more things to wrap up tomorrow and then should be heading home. People are great here but I caní wait to get back home, dunt ya knooo! My daugh... 

February 18, 2009

February 18th, 2009

So today I was out and about in Minneapolis and the suburban parts of Minneapolis where the names of towns are written across the water tanks, like Edina! It was cold but clear with lots of snow on the ground, really pretty! People are definitely a f... 

February 17, 2009

February 17th, 2009

Minneapolis, MN, Day 1 So I made it into Minneapolis and checked in to my hotel. I met the rest of my co-workers and had dinner. My daughter called me tonight and was riding a horse, she wants a Minnesota sweatshirt. Itís snowing like crazy right ... 

February 16, 2009

February 16th, 2009

Ginaís sister went home today and we had mostly a quiet day off. Iíve been getting everything ready and packed again for my morning flight tomorrow to Minneapolis. I also got a few of the smaller 6x6 canvases prepped for the trip! Today in the new... 

February 15, 2009

February 15th, 2009

February 15, 2009 So last night ended up being OK, we didnít hang around the Country Cub too long. We stayed for a few songs; went out for a while, came back and left. The band sounded really good and everyone enjoyed the music. I am always so pro... 

February 14, 2009

February 14th, 2009

February 14, 2009 Today is Valentines Day! Last night ended up being a bit later of a night than I expected but we all had a good time! Since my wifeís band is performing tonight we made it our Valentineís night out. Iím going to be sitting in ... 

February 13, 2009

February 13th, 2009

Back home now! I spent most of the day finishing up my work in the Bronx. Surprisingly, the Bronx wasnít as bad as I expected at least in the parts of town I had to be in. I drove by The Bronx Zoo, more ethnic neighborhoods (Albanian, Dutch) and unbe... 

February 12, 2009

February 12th, 2009

New York, Day 2 So I spent most of the day in Brooklyn. Even got to see Coney Island! It was so windy, it was like last New Yearís Eve! Itís amazing how ethnic the ethnic neighborhoods really are around here. Forget Chinatown, Iím talking all Russ... 

February 11, 2009

February 11th, 2009

New York Day 1 Flew into New York today after work, flying over the Hudson River was weird. Checked into my hotel room and went to Ginaís Restaurant where the U.S. vs. Mexico soccer game was the highlight of the evening for the predominantly Mexic... 

February 10, 2009

February 10th, 2009

Today I thought I was supposed to head to New York but with all of this traveling I guess I got confused. Itís actually tomorrow that I need to leave. I spent most of the day working from home. GM announced 10,000 more job cuts worldwide; 3,400 in... 

February 9, 2009

February 9th, 2009

Today is the birthday of my grandfather! I called him Vatti, because that is what my father called him while I was growing up! He was the kindest, most loving, charming and talented man I have ever met and I am proud and honored to have known him and... 

February 8, 2009

February 8th, 2009

Today was my last day of my Iceland trip. I just landed back in Boston and checked into my hotel. Iím pooped! Unfortunately, I have to be up at 4:30AM to catch my flight back home from Boston tomorrow! Iceland was great (as always)! I had a late n... 

February 7, 2009

February 7th, 2009

Todayís painting is for my co-worker and friend, Winsome. I went out on the town last night with some friends and co-workers and had a great time Luckily I was able to sleep in today for the first time of the trip. Itís a good thing I donít think I c... 

February 6, 2009

February 6th, 2009

Day 2, Reykjavik, Iceland Today was all work and busy as heck but all went well and I am looking forward to our reception tonight. Not sure why now, but my arm has been acting up again. It was doing relatively well for a while there! In the new... 

February 5, 2009

February 5th, 2009

Day 1, Reykjavik, Iceland Finally made it to Reykjavik and just checked into my hotel room. Itís still dark outside, but itís clear! Should be a nice day. Today is my co-worker and friend Kerstinís birthday! She has been effectively fighting ca... 

February 4, 2008

February 4th, 2009

OK, I went to work yesterday, and then to the airport. When I got there my flight to Boston was cancelled due to weather. So I missed my flight to Reykjavik. So today, I have another early morning to paint this and get ready to leave. Iím heading to ... 

February 3, 2009

February 3rd, 2009

Today I have to leave for Iceland so I had to paint this one early in the morning. It snowed and there is snow and ice everywhere out my front door, but it looks really pretty. Itís funny because Iceland is usually not as snowy and icy as its name su... 

February 2, 2009

February 2nd, 2009

Today Arnar Marís son was born! Congratulations! He had been reserving his due date but this one is for Larry and Angelaís first anniversary! Happy Anniversary guys! And many more! I had a lot of work to do today to get ready for my trip to Icelan... 

February 1, 2009

February 1st, 2009

Last night we had a great time. We went to see a movie, had dinner and then to see my friendís band that was in town. My daughter called me at the end of the movie so I even got to talk with her. Overall, a really nice night. Today is the 43rd Sup... 

January 31, 2009

January 31st, 2009

OK so here it is! One month is complete! Amazing! There are many things I hope to achieve with this project but one is to prove the belief that setting a goal is actually more difficult than achieving one!! I know there is so much that has happen... 

January 30, 2009

January 30th, 2009

My doctorís appointment was cancelled today so I went into work and ended up spending most of the night there. Now I am about to start on a whirlwind of travel again. I am hoping to reschedule my appointment during any break I have when Iím back in ... 

January 29, 2009

January 29th, 2009

So Iím back home! What a long day! And I just found out the next few weeks are full of more traveling. So, I got a text message from my daughter that her Ipod that went through the washing machine is back to normal now! She was worried because the... 

January 28, 2009

January 28th, 2009

Boston, Day 3! Well it happened. The crazy snow storm came and snowed me in to my hotel room all day. It was actually OK, as I have so much work to catch up on. I just hope I can make up the loss tomorrow so I can get home! Today is Jackson Pol... 

January 27, 2009

January 27th, 2009

Boston, Day 2! OK for those wondering they really do ďPack the Ka in the YadĒ around here! I have always loved accents and am lucky to work with and around many people from all over the world. I love different cultures and languages without any of... 

January 26, 2009

January 26th, 2009

OK, So Iím in Boston now! Painting while on travel will be the true test for this project, but for those watching, all is here and ready to go! I have to say Boston is a cool and modern city with remnants of a small European town and a lot of hip... 

January 25, 2009

January 25th, 2009

So Today, I am getting ready to go to Boston! Right after painting this, Iíll be heading to the airport. Iíll be bringing my canvases and paints as well as my video camera to keep up with the video blogs and I hope this will be easy. Iceland's Mi... 

January 24, 2009

January 25th, 2009

Today I had a bunch of errands to get ready for my trip tomorrow. This also included preparing the remainder of this monthís canvases. Only one week left until the first month is done! The salmonella scare that happened earlier this month has beco... 

January 23, 2009

January 23rd, 2009

OK so the doctor didnít say I couldnít go on my planned trip so at this point Iím going. Today was another crazy day at work, I didnít think I would ever get to leave. There was so much to do plus I needed to get ready for the traveling I have to do ... 

January 22, 2009

January 22nd, 2009

Today the reports from my MRI's were sent to my doctor. I have been so worried about this pain and knew that something was very wrong. My fears are just now slightly being realized. Although I wonít go into details today, the results were not good an... 

January 21, 2009

January 21st, 2009

Today would have been my fatherís 78th Birthday! He was a great man who taught me a lot, both through his words and accomplishments. Unfortunately, he spent the later part of his life in a loveless, lifeless and abusive marriage that ultimately ended... 

January 20, 2009

January 21st, 2009

OK! So, today was the day the whole world seemed to be waiting for, the Inauguration and accompanying celebrations of our 44th President, Barack Obama! There were millions of people on the mall in Washington DC and millions more around the country an... 

January 19, 2009

January 20th, 2009

Back to work today! There is always a lot to catch upon after the weekend getting ready for Boston! Today is also Martin Luther King's Birthday appropriately, the day before the inauguration of the first black president. After work we were invite... 

January 18, 2009

January 18th, 2009

Today was another needed low key day, I slept late and tried to stay warm! I have a lot of traveling starting next weekend so I have been enjoying the down time! There hasnít been much on the news or maybe I just havenít been paying too much atten... 

January 17, 2009

January 17th, 2009

Today was the day of the Obama Express, the train ride from Philadelphia to Washington DC. If anything else was going on in the world you would be hard pressed to hear about it, especially on the Baltimore level since he just stopped in Baltimore and... 

January 16, 2009

January 16th, 2009

Well, I finally got my MRI appointment. It will be Monday morning. Hopefully it will be quick and easy and with a simple answer to what has been going on with me?? Although I must admit for some reason I am a bit concerned. In what appears to be a... 

January 15, 2009

January 15th, 2009

My neck/shoulder/arm has now been hurting even during the days! The ďpainĒ medicine has pretty much become ineffective on the pain, and since I only take it at night I just wake up in the middle of the night grogy and in pain! I at least now have my ... 

January 14, 2009

January 14th, 2009

Ray Lahood, the transportation secretary nominee has now been accused of accepting earmarks or giving money as favors to those that supported his objectives. So it has been confirmed that Tim Geitner neglected to pay $34,000 in taxes! Thatís more... 

January 13, 2009

January 13th, 2009

OK, I swore I wouldnít get political during this project but I think I picked the wrong year to try and do that! I will however try to remain as unbiased as possible and just present the facts, when I am able! However, the talk is all over the place ... 

January 12, 2009

January 12th, 2009

Back to work today! Doing a million things again as usual and more is on the pile! The arm is still hurting a bit even with the medicine but I didnít have a free minute to make my MRI appointment, so hopefully tomorrow! Lotís of Obama stuff in the... 

January 11, 2009

January 11th, 2009

I had a discussion with my cousin yesterday, coincidentally enough, about the importance or significance of dates and numbers. For some reason he mentioned his future college is very into the #13 and he has now followed suit, even scheduling meetings... 

January 10, 2009

January 10th, 2009

So today I finally went to the hospital! Not my favorite thing to do by far but everyone was really great and I think the whole thing took about an hour! Amazing and quick! The funny thing is that when they were checking me in they apparently too... 

January 9, 2009

January 10th, 2009

So itís Friday night! For some reason it seems like the weekend should be easier? I just finished writing my first ďbulkĒ email update on the project! Thanks to everyone that has been enquiring! In Maryland, our mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted o... 

January 8, 2009

January 8th, 2009

I had a late night at work today. Still crazy busy doing a million things, but I still love what I do and the people I work with. My shoulder is still hurting like crazy, I think at this point I am just going to stop writing about it until I get ... 

January 7, 2009

January 8th, 2009

Today is the first of many milestones for this project, the first week is now complete!! It is really exciting to see the whole week in front of me. I can't wait to see the month, six months and the year! There are so many aspects of this pro... 

January 6, 2009

January 6th, 2009

Still in a bit of pain today and hoping that I get some relief soon! I saw a show on Broadway over the holidays and they were interviewing people after the show for commercials, they called me today and said they want to use my interview, that wa... 

January 5, 2009

January 5th, 2009

Back to work today! Now the real challenge begins. Hope to keep the momentum going! This is number 5, so, 360 to go! I think yesterday's is still my favorite so far! I was in a little less pain today; perhaps the new antibiotics are working? Although... 

January 4, 2009

January 4th, 2009

I didnít sleep at all last night and I can't even describe the pain I have been in. It's kind of like the electric feeling you get when you hit your "funny bone" only it doesnít go away! I am so tired tonight it was actually difficult to paint this p... 

January 3, 2009

January 4th, 2009

My shoulder has been unbearable and I was given my second batch of antibiotics today! As if I was not reminded enough of my mortality, I have now had weeks of pain and sleepless nights. It is unfortunate all this is going on during this project; it m... 

January 2, 2009

January 4th, 2009

My daughter called me right before completing this painting, I'm always so happy to hear from her! She was part of the inspiration for this project and I love her so much! Today my shoulder has been hurting me like crazy since my tick bite a few ... 

January 1, 2009

January 4th, 2009

OK, So here we are!! Day one down, 364 to go. I painted the first of my 365 paintings (January 1, 2009) today was for Rick & Jay, two really great people who have been good friends and supportive of my art. I was interviewed for the documentary we ar... 

A 365 Day Retrospective

January 3rd, 2009

Beginning January 1, 2009 one "dream" painting will be created every day for 365 consecutive days. Each painting will be an original and unique variation of my initial "dream" and contain the same theme and colors. On the reverse of each painting a d... 

I Had A Dream

January 3rd, 2009

While traveling home from my honeymoon, my wife and I were in a near fatal car accident, totaling our car but lucky to walk away uninjured. That night I began dreaming of a painting hanging over our bed. It was half green, half blue, with a black st...