>Home, Hearth and Holidays Oh My!


For the record, I have not been intentionally negligent from my blogging duties. As many of you have pointed out over the years when I’ve admitted to my writer/topic blocks, blogging is something you should do when you want to and have something to say, not just because you feel obligated to post. I do like to have at least periodic tidbits and not be too silent for too long but, as the social calendar has picked up, I have not had as much time to sit and ponder or fill you in on a daily basis as I would like to.

So what have you missed (other than me *snicker*)?

Saturday evening we hopped in the car and traveled to Fishkill, NY to a little hotel that was listed as “Fishkill Inn” on line, when we reserved a room, but was actually now a “Days Inn” due to an incredibly recent acquisition. It was cute, comfy, quaint and clean and in a very convenient location for any shopping, dinner or drink needs so we felt very lucky to have found it. The reason for the overnight stay was that we were attending a gay/gay-friendly Game Night at a friend’s home in Carmel, NY and decided a 2 hour ride home after a night of games and cocktails might not be too fun. Fishkill seemed to have the closest accommodation to their home, about 25 minutes away. It was our first time at their game night. They have been hosting them for some time and do it every month. It is very well organized (the nights are scheduled a year at a time) and we had been trying to get to one for several months. Due to illness and other schedule conflicts, we didn’t make one until now. We had a wonderful time, met a bunch of new people and hope to go back for another one in the near future, assuming we are invited back. I may even steal their idea and start hosting monthly game nights at Chez Breen.

Sunday night we joined our new team, The Blowouts, for the second time to gay bowl and had as much fun as last week, although our night was tainted a tad by the fact that one of our members couldn’t be there (and not at all by the fact that we remain the lowest ranked team in the roster.) Still, it was a hoot and a half and I am so glad we have rejoined the world of gay bowling and lucked into a wonderful new team to play with.

Other big news:

Our fireplace works again. Woohoo! Let the early morning fireside coffee and late night fireside photo sessions begin anew.

As of today, Jeffrey and I have been living at Chez Breen for 2 years and 3 days, breaking our prior record of 2 years to the day and making this the longest we have ever lived in one place together in the almost 13 years we’ve been together. As I noted on Facebook this morning when I posted this same information:

Some of you probably think it’s weird that I would post and be proud of such a thing as this, but Jeffrey and I use to move every year, sometimes more than once a year, due to almost unbelievably bad “tenant karma” and have spent many a weekend and more money than I care to admit moving, sometimes during rain and snow or heat waves and holidays and it has always been a miserable experience. That we’re going on our 3rd year avoiding another move and have actually found a place we love and are happy in is nothing short of astounding to us. And our walls and rooms echo with more laughter and love and memories of great times with friends than I have ever known. I don’t know how long we are destined to dwell within those walls, but I find it hard to believe there will ever be a place that will have such fond memories for us.

It really is a big deal to us and we are excited to be staying on for at least another 12 months, if not longer.

Finally, after much deliberation and a little pressure from some well meaning friends, we have decided to host our 2nd Annual Holiday Party at Chez Breen. We weren’t sure we wanted to devote the time, energy and cost to hosting another big party after a summer of hosting a dozen or so poolside cookouts and 3 big parties, but we had such a great time last year and several friends asked if we were going to have another one this year so I/we caved. There are many new faces added to our cast of characters (aka our friends) from last year so we’d like to do it again to be able to include them and this is one way we can show our appreciation and love for all of our friends, old and new, who have enriched our lives and filled our home with amazing memories, laughter and love. It is always hard to have a holiday party with so much going on in the month of December, so we’re hoping the majority of our friends can make it. We’ve already gotten a few declines due to schedule conflicts, which bums me out, but it was to be expected that not every single person could make it. (That means we have some slots open on our guest list…let the bidding and bribery begin.)

And that, my faithful followers, is all the news that’s fit to print…for now.

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7 Responses to >Home, Hearth and Holidays Oh My!

  1. mikeyd54321 says:

    >Glad you had fun at our game night. You and Jeffery are always welcome to come back. As you have seen its a great group and and lots of fun. Umm Geoff and I didnt get our invitation….;-)

  2. RG says:

    >I would join you at a Summer Bash at Chez Breen anytime. Your pool-house will never be the same. 😉

  3. Raybeard says:

    >I'm with Spo here. A day without a blog from you to read is a day less than what it would otherwise have been. (Hope that makes sense, but you know what I mean.)

  4. Ur-spo says:

    >I go away from blogging for a few days from time to time; and I am anxious always to check in/get back and find out what'sup. Yours is still one of the first ones I want to visit !

  5. anne marie says:

    >fuck…I sure wish you lived closer to philly!ah, but I can dream of next year and hope that we will finally connect and raise our cosmos high!

  6. Breenlantern says:

    >Cubby: I am very seriously interested in doing this and am giving a lot of thought to when.

  7. Cubby says:

    >Maybe if you start planning first thing in January, you can have a Blogger Summit at Chez Breen next summer. I know Greg and I would definitely come.

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