Second Anniversary

Two years ago today Maura and I got married! We spent the weekend in Lawrence at the Eldridge Hotel.

The hotel has an interesting history, as does Lawrence. The existing hotel is actually the third iteration. The first – The Free State Hotel – was burned down by the pro-slavery sheriff Sam Jones, the second by Quantrill and his raiders.

The hotel was beautifully renovated and reopened in May 2005. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Everything looked as historically accurate as possible. The staff was very courteous, if a little impersonal. Room service was prompt and tasty! We had a great weekend checking out the town. We go to Lawrence pretty frequently, since most of Maura’s family lives there, but we spent more time downtown than we normally get a chance to. We found all sorts of treats!

Here’s the view from our Mass. Street window:

Mass Street from our window

Dinner at Ten was excellent. The winner, in my opinion, were the truffle and parmesan fries I had with my garlic rubbed ribeye, which was also superb. I know, fries, right? But wow, my mouth is watering just thinking about them! Maura had the corn & crab encrusted sea bass and it was incredible as well. Check out the menu. They also have a great bar and wine selection.

It was a great weekend spent with my wonderful wife

Here’s to many more years together, Maura. I love you

Smile for the camera!

My wife got me a cat for my birthday! We adopted her from Second Chance Pet Adoption. They get animals from shelters and put them in foster homes until they are adopted. Her number was up the day they got her from the city shelter. I’m glad they rescued her, she is the sweetest cat!

We don’t have a name for her yet, but we’re considering Slinky. Her tail looks like it was broken in two different places; it no longer sits straight – it has two ninety degree bends in it. She’s sleeping now – she’s had kind of a rough day. We picked her up on the ways to my mom’s for dinner so she’s been all over town today!


Thirty-seven years ago today, at about 1:00PM, the most significant event of my life took place. It would form the basis of all other events in my life. Every single person I have met has been affected in some manner. Everything I have ever done – none of it could have happened if not for this event. Yes, thirty-seven years ago today, I was born into this world. I have to say, life’s been pretty good so far. Particularly the last several years, thanks to my amazing wife, Maura. She got me this awesome new (old) tin toy Beetle to add to my growing collection!

My new Red VW Beetle

As is happens, tomorrow the second most significant event in my life happened. I didn’t know it at the time, but this event would change my life in more ways than any other event, besides the one I mentioned above. Yes, thirty-seven years ago tomorrow, my awesome, beautiful, talented, smart, kind, generous, playful, silly, colorful wife, Maura Cluthe, was born into this world. Thank you, Maura, for making life so wonderful.