September 2005

2005-09-29 07:41:47

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As you know, we here at patandfran.com pretty much always try to do whatever it is Britney and Kevin are doing. Since our video diary show on UPN, "Turbulent," was a no-go, we decided to go a different route. That’s right, folks, Fran is 13 weeks pregnant! (Well, 13 weeks and 2 days to be exact.) On approximately April 5th, we’re expecting a bouncing baby Spears-Federline – err, I mean, Reed.

What didn’t make the news was that Fran also received a weight loss care package from Christina Aguilera for after the baby is born. Isn’t that sweet?

In all seriousness, we are super excited to be pregnant and we’re really looking forward to becoming parents and good, upstanding citizens. Also, Fran is feeling good and is enjoying her last week of the first trimester!

Can you believe we’re all grown up??

-Pat and Fran

2005-09-27 19:46:34

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Just like your deadbeat dad that pops in right when the hurt is starting to go away, I’m back. Every time I take one of these sabbaticals, I feel like I need to come up with some explanation of my whereabouts, but as usual, I don’t have one. Since I have some time to kill before Gilmore Girls starts, I thought I’d write a little update.

Culpeper

This past weekend, Fran and I flew to DC so we could visit Andy and Jamie. They live in Culpeper, VA. We always have such a great time with them and this trip was no exception. We did a bit of sightseeing there; it’s a fairly rural area, and I was quite surprised at the number of art galleries and cool shops. I was even more surprised by the number of shops that we walked into that were completely unattended. Fran and I are planning to go back soon with a U-Haul to teach them a little lesson about the honor system. I know Cima’s in; anyone else?

    Other highlights of the weekend:
  • We finally got a chance to meet Andy and Jamie’s toddler, Nathan.
  • We were also able to see our longtime friends TC and Heather.
  • We saw a trailer park in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.
  • We caught up on some good old-fashioned mindless cable à la The Real World and The Soup.

-Pat

Good news!

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It’s good news for me, at least. I recently interviewed for an internal editing position at the company I work for, and I got it! Instead of a stinky Quality Assurance Specialist, I’ll be a suede-elbowed-blazer-wearing, pipe-smoking, Chicago-Manual-of-Style-quoting Content Editor. Ring a ding dong!!

The position originally opened up about six weeks ago, and it piqued my interest, but I wasn’t sure if I should go for it. But then, some people from that team set up a meeting with me at Starbucks to discuss the position. Apparently, they thought they needed to recruit me! Little did they know I had been drooling over the position for years. I knew I had the support of them, but unfortunately, they weren’t the ones doing the hiring. The good news was I worked with the hiring manager in the past, and we had a very good relationship. I was up against some very tough competition though, so I was a little concerned. The powers that be dragged their feet for about three weeks (due to unrelated issues), but they finally made a decision, and I got it!

Now that I’m an editor, you can expect the grammar on pnf.com to improve. The bad news is I’ll be much more worried about George Ford and other editor types getting out their mental red pens as they read my posts. Oh well, I guess it comes with the territory. I know that I’m going to be surrounded by some amazing people, and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from them. But hey, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art (is that even possible??), so the current grammar ain’t too bad considering.

-Fran

This Just In:

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George Ford is back!

In other news, this kid is a dork.

-Fran

2005-09-20 09:00:19

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This past weekend was fantastic! Friday, around 7, Phil and Becky arrived at our house. I cooked dinner and we just hung out and watched TV. How could we not watch the Honeymoon from Hell special on Dateline? Phil, Becky, and I all decided to get to bed early since we were going to have to get up at the crack of dawn.

Saturday morning, at 6:30 AM, my alarm went off. At first, I thought, “Oh, I just forgot to turn it off, but it’s Saturday, so back to Sleepytown USA for me!” And then I realized I actually had to get up, and I said “Oh shit.” Nice mouth, Frances. Phil had already been up for an hour and was trying to eat some breakfast. Just before 7, Phil, Becky, and I headed out to Frontier Field to get Phil situated for the start of the marathon. By 8, Becky and I were leaving Frontier Field and heading to Starry Nights for some coffee and bagels. We got home around 9, and then we decided to go to the market with Pat. We got some more food, walked around for a bit, and we bought a couple things. At 9:45, we decided we better start thinking about heading out. We were supposed to meet up with Phil at the 20 mile marker by 10:45. We figured that would be no problem at all. On the contrary, it was a HUGE problem. Several roads were blocked off for the race (many more roads than they said would be), and the city of Rochester, or the marathon organizers, or whoever did a horrible job communicating what roads would be closed and what alternate routes people should take. We spent a significant amount of time trying to think of alternate routes to getting where we needed to be, only to find out those roads were closed. It was like a damn maze. We realized we were never going to make it to the 20 mile marker in time, so we went right to the 22 mile marker. In a few minutes, we saw my brother coming towards us. He looked good, all things considered, and he was making excellent time. After he ran past us, we hightailed it back to the car and headed right for the finish line.

By the time we got there and parked, Phil took just about 15 more minutes to arrive at Frontier Field. He not only broke his best time, but he reached his goal of finishing the marathon in less than four hours! His exact time was 3:54:09! We were so proud of him!

After the race, we went home so Phil could shower and regroup. Pat, Becky, and I were all hungry from watching people run their asses off, so we decided to get a pizza. Poor Phil had to take an early flight out to Texas the following day, so they left that afternoon.

That evening, we met up with Chris and Amy, and we went out to a new Mexican restaurant in Spencerport, Cilango.
There had recently been a review of the restaurant in the D&C, and apparently, we weren’t the only ones to read it, because that place was packed. The hostess told us it would probably be a 30-45 minute wait, which I would usually never go for, but we were all the way out in Spencerport, so we figured we should probably stick around. The good news was there was a bar in the same plaza, so we went there to bide our time. The bar had an unfortunate name and slogan, which seem worth mentioning: Tooty’s – “The Name Says It All.” Err, yeah. Our wait turned into an hour and a half, but I suppose it was worth it, because the food was excellent. The service was also very good, especially considering the night they were having. In conclusion, go to Chilango, but go on a week night.

Sunday, Pat and I worked in the yard a bit so our neighbors would stop giving us dirty looks, and then we went to our neighborhood’s annual festival, ARTWalk Alive!

The festival included some interesting vendors, as well as dance, spoken word, and musical acts. We also got to see a $1.6 million dollar check presented to further improve our neighborhood. Cha-ching! There goes our resale value!! The grand finale consisted of choreographed dancers and street sweepers. It was totally bizarre but very cool.

-Fran

2005-09-16 18:06:18

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So, I realize this seems really trivial after what happened recently with Hurricane Katrina, but still, we had some pretty crazy flooding in Rochester today. Check out these pictures taken less than two miles from where we live.

Whoa, doggie!

And here's an article about it. In case you don't bother to read the article, I must share my favorite part. One Rochester man was quoted as saying, "I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying right here until George Bush says it’s safe to go." Hehe.

So far, our basement has some water, but nothing like the last time it flooded, so we lucked out.

2005-09-16 12:59:54

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Hey all! TGIF, indeed.

We have a fun weekend planned. My brother and his new bride are coming into town for the Rochester Marathon. Phil just decided to race in it this past Monday. This will be his third marathon. Yup, he’s nuts.

Phil and Becky are getting in tonight. I’m going to make a very carb- and protein-packed meal, and then I’m not quite sure what we’re doing. When I told Pat they were coming out for the marathon, he said, “How is Phil going to drink beers with me if he’s busy running a marathon?” Here’s a link to the marathon info in case you’re interested in coming out to spectate. We’ve got a handful of friends running too, so it should be fun to watch.

In other news, I love all things about Rochester. I could go on and on, but don’t take my word for it; read this article from USA Today!

Pat and I were also excited that Bob Duffy won the Democratic Primary this past Tuesday. We were really rooting for him. I was so excited about it, I had a hard time sleeping that night. Seriously, I haven’t been this excited about anything having to do with politics since high school. I’ve only met Bob once, but he seems super cool. I saw him again in Wegmans last night and I was feeling very shy, but I did go up to him and congratulate him, and then turn super red.

I have two bits of good news to pass along shortly, but it’s not quite time yet, so just keep checking back.

-Fran

2005-09-12 13:45:24

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Hmm, I’ve really got nothing to talk about at the moment, but I have a little break and it seems like we’re due for an update. So, we had a lovely weekend. Friday night, we went over to Rebecca and Bryan’s. We had some pizza, caught up on our lives, including their wedding plans, and reminisced about the good old days.

Saturday, we did some errands during the day, and then that night, we went to MacGregor’s with Brette and Nate to watch the Ohio State vs. University of Texas game. *Gasp* I know – we watched football…well, only sort of. Brette and Nate were there to watch football, and Pat and I were there to eat bar food and socialize. Oddly enough, Pat and I left with three minutes left in the game, and we still don’t know who won. If you can be first to tell me who won in the comments section, you’ll get a nice pat on the brain.

Football: All that and a bag of poop

Sunday, we just did some normal Sunday stuff. I baked banana bread, we did some stuff around the house, we took a nice, long walk, and I cooked a pretty awesome dinner (homemade mac and cheese, homemade applesauce, sweet potatoes, and ham – holy Betty Crocker).

So, I noticed that the last few posts have been a little dry. My apologies for that. I promise to come up with something good in the next couple weeks (I'm thinking a long movie review of Just Like Heaven)…you just hold your horses. Hey, at least we’re not MIA like some of our friends. (Here’s where I out the Things and George F.)

S-U-C-C-E-S-S that's the way you spell success!

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So, Pat is on a new softball team for the fall season and, unlike the last team, this is some awesome, über team. They've got probably the best pitcher in the league now, and some other really good talent on the team (even a Rochester Rhino). Plus, now they've got Josh Silbermann, coach extraordinaire, behind them.

They lost their first game, but only by one point! And that was against the team that came in first in the summer league, so that's pretty cool. Last night, they won game #2.

As you may know (or rather you should know), I was going to all the games way back in the day when they sucked. I'm sure now that they're big time, they'll have all kinds of fans now, but I get to stake claim as "#1 fan." Mmm, steak.

Oh God, it just dawned on me that I'm going to be a ridiculous soccer mom some day (not to be confused with the bounty of un-ridiculous soccer moms). I'll probably drive a minivan too. Gah!

-Fran

2005-09-06 14:08:27

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Unlike Cima, Pat and I actually left the confines or our home this past weekend. Friday night is a blur. I have no idea what we did. Saturday morning, we got up a little early and headed out to Syracuse. My entire family was in town from Ohio for my brother’s wedding reception. Pat and I met up with them at Skaneateles Country Club for some lunch, and then we headed to my parent’s house for a bit. We sat around the table looking through a bunch of old photos that my grandma had brought with her, like some kind of cheesy Norman Rockwell painting. (I look like a good kid because I never mind looking at endless stacks of pictures, thus my years in the photo industry.)

Is it me, or does anyone else find this Norman Rockwell painting tremendously disturbing?

That afternoon, we headed over to Phil and Becky’s so we could get ready for the reception. We headed over to the Glenn Loch Inn a little early to get things set up. The DJs were fairly horrible, but we didn’t let it get us down. We had some BBQ food, danced, hung out on the deck, danced some more, and took lots of good photos with the Polaroid camera they had out. After the reception, we headed back to P & B’s for a little afterhours, which consisted of me eating a lot of junk food and going to bed early. (I realized as the night went on that I was coming down with a doozy of a cold.)

We had been planning on going out to Pat’s parent’s camp from Sunday through Monday, but with gas prices and our colds (Pat had a cold too), we opted out of going. Plan B was a good one at least. We went home early and then headed over to our friend Josh’s for a BBQ. He and his brothers threw a great get-together at their parent’s swank house in Honeoye Falls. We hung out there for a few hours and then headed home. That afternoon, we both took a three-hour nap. No joke. That night, we watched The Green Mile. I had no interest in seeing it, but I actually liked it quite a bit. I always want to hate Tom Hanks, because I imagine him being the biggest pompous ass ever (in real life), but I do enjoy his acting.

Okay, I only had MS Paint handy when I made this:

We spent our Monday running errands like two upstanding citizens, helping the economy by spending lots of money on stuff like a dehumidifier, a hand vac, and stuff to seal our basement. The highlight, by far, was Chris and Amy came over Monday night, and we got pizza and wings, and watched hurricane coverage until our eyes bled and then some Chappelle show.

Now it’s Tuesday, but it feels like Monday. God bless.

-Fran