Monthly Archives: January 2006

Hometown Six: Beverly, MA

Peter mentioned the other day that our friend Michelle was organizing a year long, blog project called the Hometown Six. Basically, the idea is to introduce her (and her readers) to our hometown via 12 monthly challenges.

The January challenge was to post 6 pictures of signage bearing the name of your hometown. Peter went on a walk around town to capture some local signs.

Beverly has been our ‘hometown’ since 2002. I moved in in the summer and Peter joined me in October when we got married. We’ve been in the area, however, since we started our freshman year at Gordon College…one town over in Wenham. It is a decent sized city; big enough to have some industry, but small enough to sponsor a ton of hometown events like ‘first night’, the ‘Santa parade’ and outdoor movies in the park during the summer.

It is also very convenient for us. Peter’s commute is a 15 minute drive and I either drive 5 minutes to the YMCA or a quick walk to the MBTA commuter train for a 40 minute train ride to Boston.

Here is the gallery with our six Beverly Signs.

Another Beverly Walk

Dianne took Becky shopping for maternity clothes today, so I had a bunch of free time by myself. I spent most of it walking around downtown Beverly and taking some photos. I walked over a much greater distance than normal, so I’ve got photos of some things I haven’t posted before. Some of these photos will be used for Michelle‘s Hometown Six blogging project – a very exciting project which I hope some of our own readers will take part in!

See all of today’s photos here.

Bewitched

Sandwiched between two musicals on our Netflix queue (Newsies and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat) was the recent movie, Bewitched. Last summer when it was in theaters I thought about going to see it, but decided not to go. Wednesday night was the perfect time to curl up on the couch and watch this fluffy, yet enjoyable movie.

Written and directed by Nora Ephron I would have totally expected Meg Ryan in the lead role instead of Nicole Kidman. In fact, I found myself somewhat annoyed that Kidman seemed to be acting like Ryan! Every once and a while I’d catch myself noticing a gesture or vocal inflection that screamed “Kathleen Kelly”.

That’s not to mean that Nicole didn’t do a fine job. I thought that she and Will Farrell were funny and enjoyable. The movie’s plot was no big surprise to me. From the first 5 minutes I knew what was going to happen. It was painfully obvious, but still I wanted to see exactly how the events would unfold.

I really enjoyed some of the support cast as well. Michael Caine was splendid as always, Kristin Chenoweth was hilarious and I was glad to see Heather Burns in (yet another) obscure part. Burns cracks me up every time I see her.

So, that’s my 2 cents. Next on the list, one of my all time favorites…Joseph. Starring none other than Donny Osmond!

2005: A Blog In Review

Our top 10 commenters for 2005:

Interesting statistics:

  • 6/10 of the top commenters have their own blogs
  • 7/10 of the top commenters are female
  • 1/10 of the top commenters are family members

Maybe in 2006 we can get some more guys to comment on the blog. And more family members (thanks Susie!).

Most commented post: Anybody Got $250,000 We Could Borrow? with 18 comments.

Month with the most posts: January with 42 posts.

Lengthiest post: Under the hood at 14,131 characters.

Interesting note: Since January 2005, the number of posts we’ve made per month has shrunk from 40 to 15. But at the same time, the number of comments we’ve received per month has stayed steady, and even increased a bit. So I guess we’re going more for quality than quantity?

Here’s to a bloggy new year!

Happy New Year!

Becky and I would like to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year!

We were in Boston yesterday for First Night. Becky was working at the Otis House, where they were giving free tours to First Night revelers. I was helping out by volunteering in the refreshment room. It was a lot of fun – those folks from Historic New England are a very nice bunch! I really enjoyed getting to meet all of the people that Becky works with, as well as the First Night revelers who stopped in to the refreshment room for some hot cocoa and cookies, and for a chance to sit down and warm up after a long, cold day of walking around.

I also had the chance to take some photos before helping out, and you can see those here!