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A Girl Always Needs Her Dad

I might be in my thirties, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in three decades, it’s that I’ll always need my Dad.

He’s also taught me some pretty great lessons over the years.

In honor of my old man’s birthday (November 1st for those of you who know him and want to wish him well) I’ve put together the top 15 lessons I learned from the best Dad a girl could ask for.

me and dad at the game

At Fenway with the best Dad a girl could ask for

1.) Take care of your car. I’m pretty bad at it, but I know I should check my oil, tire pressure, and miscellaneous fluids on a regular basis. It also couldn’t hurt to give the old girl a vacuum every once in awhile either.

2.) Family first. Friends come and go but your family is forever. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you right back.

Family :)

Our family 🙂

3.) A deep and unwavering love for ALL things musical. Of course he taught me to appreciate the classics but the man has the MOST eclectic taste in music. Pretty ironic considering he can’t hear for shit! Just kidding Dad 🙂

4.) Gratitude and appreciation. Every night at dinner, without fail, Dad proclaims to Mom, “This is the best thing I’ve had to eat all day!” It doesn’t matter if it’s fish sticks or filet mignon, he appreciates the hot meal she takes the time to make for him. Thank yous go much farther than you’d ever think.

5.) Hard work pays off. The man worked a rotating schedule and almost never had a weekend off for 20 years, but he retired at 50. I call that WINNING.

Retiring at the ripe old age of 50!

Retiring at the ripe old age of 50!

6.) Celebrate your victories. No matter how small you think a win is, take a moment and appreciate a job well done.

7.) A place for everything, and everything in it’s place. As kids, if we didn’t put our stuff away, it was likely to get thrown out. On the plus side, if you always put your shit away, you always know where it is.

8.) Paddling a boat around a lake brings a unique sense of accomplishment and peace of mind. It’s pretty hard to be anything but happy surrounded by calm waters and wilderness.

canoe with dad maybe fave

Paddling around Emerald Lake 🙂

9.) Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Take pride in your work or no one else will.

10.) Be kind. It can mean the world and it costs you nothing. I’ve never seen my old man be rude to anyone. That includes people I’m pretty sure he can’t stand. Exclusion is for assholes. Being nice to people you don’t like doesn’t mean you’re fake, it means you’re mature enough to tolerate your dislike towards them.

11.) Bitching and moaning is a waste of time. If you can fix something, FIX IT! If not get over it already.

12.) Make some “me” time. Whatever it is you enjoy doing, make time for it. A hobby is a great way to blow off steam and challenge yourself.

The man's a 6 handicap. That doesn't happen by accident!

The man’s a 6 handicap. That doesn’t happen by accident!

13.) Find the funny. Trips home from the Cape usually included a stop at Friendly’s before the bridge. One time, as Dad went to put ketchup on his fries, when he shook the bottle, he (and the whole restaurant) discovered the cap wasn’t fully on. Ketchup sprayed EVERYWHERE! The first person to laugh was my old man. That always stuck with me, because really, if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?

14.) The value of a dollar. As kids we got paid to rake the acorns in our yard. Let me tell you with four oak trees back there, that’s a shit ton of acorns. All I had to do was look at the calluses on my palms to realize money was something you earned.

15.) Enjoy life. No one gets out alive so you might as well have some fun while you’re here.

That's the smile of a man who lives life to the fullest!

That’s the smile of a man who lives life to the fullest!

Happy Birthday Dad!! ILY

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

be honest

Round the World:

The 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world.

Climbing the Ladder:

Never forget another name again.

The most epic resignation letter ever.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Homemade caramel sauce – in your slow cooker! What the what?!?

Out and About:

For all you peeps who aren’t going phishing this weekend:

Friday Fun:

Frank Manzi will be playing Bentley’s Bistro in East Longmeadow 8pm to midnight. For those of you who don’t know Frank, be prepared for some amazing tunes. Bentley’s is the old Fusion restaurant.

For you kiddos out in the boondocks, John Cantalini will be tearing it up solo at Teresa’s in Ware starting at 7:30pm. Go for the food, stay for the music.

Looking to get your country on?? Truck Stop Troubadours will be rocking their Hillbilly Revival at Salvatore’s in Springfield.

Saturday Shenanigans:

The Kings will be rocking The Southwick Inn. Strap on your dancing shoes and boogie on down. Show starts at 10pm.

The Shamrock is kicking off Halloween a little early with DJ Supercold. Costume contest, drink specials, and your favorite old school tracks.

Giggles and Such:

45 singalongs to get you through your Friday.

it's a joke

mass

your mom

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

a day

Dollars + Sense:

No one lives forever. Estate planning tips for peeps under 40.

How to buy health insurance online.

Luscious Locks:

Never have a bad hair day again.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Make Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana at home.

Round the World:

Seeing the northern lights is definitely on my bucket list. Check out 3 places in America to watch them. They’re actually not that far away!

Climbing the Ladder:

Found your dream job but not sure you’re qualified? How to figure out if you should go for it.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane is back at the Yardehouse Tavern in Enfield. Grab your best flannel and strap on those dancing shoes. The gun show starts at 9pm.

The fabulous Ms. Katelyn Richards will be rawking the South Hadley Yardehouse. Always a good time when this lady’s on stage!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Haven’t made it down to the Big E yet?? What better reason to stop by than The Kings Duo at Storrowtown Tavern! Music goes from 12pm – 4pm.

Bad Rooster will be tearin’ it up down in Hartford, CT at Black Eyed Sally’s. Show starts at 9pm. Call ahead and reserve a table. Have a little dinner with your show!

Looking for dinner and a show a little closer to home?? John Cantalini and his amazing guitar will be at the 350 Grille in Springfield, MA. Music starts at 8pm.

Giggles and Such:

crown

not your father

adulthood

Have a great weekend!

P. S. Adventures will be going on hiatus for a much needed break. We will return to your regularly scheduled programming October 16th.

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

fall 2

Looking for Love:

Relationship tools from unlikely places.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Sausage and tortellini soup on a chilly Fall night?? Yes please!

How Does Your Garden Grow:

16 foods that will re-grow from kitchen scraps.

Dollars + Sense:

All the financial advice you’ll ever need on a 4×6 index card.

Home Sweet Home:

Did you know gray walls put a damper on sexy time?? Find out what colors to paint your home for a harmonious living space.

Round the World:

What are you waiting for??

Inspirational:

It’s okay if you cry. I did. This commercial is better than most of the movies out today.

Out and About:

In case you find yourself stuck in the middle of an awkward silence this weekend…

Friday Fun:

The fabulous Katelyn Richards will be celebrating her birthday at Club Meadows tonight in East Longmeadow. The line-up includes the lovely lady herself, Cold Shot, and many more.

The Marks Brothers will be playing all your favorites at Hoops n Hops in Simsbury, CT.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Your favorite wandering minstrels are wandering down to Rhode Island! Primate Fiasco will be rocking the roof off The Spot Underground in Providence. Also on the bill, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Get down to the Ocean State for some super funky dance jams you don’t want to miss!!

Got those dancing shoes on but can’t hitch a ride to RI?? Get down to Sam the Clam’s in Plantsville for Bad Rooster!!

For all you Deadheads, The Dead Show will be at The Austrian Donau Club in New Britain, CT. $8, doors open at 9pm.

Sunday Funday:

As if you needed another reason to go to The Big E, The Kings will be at Storrowton Tavern Sunday afternoon. Show starts at 5pm. Go early and gorge, then dance off those calories!

Giggles and Such:

What your music taste says about you on a date.

Check out this epic list of totally awesome singalongs to rock your Friday.

cheese

mini van

candy crushHave a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

luck

Dollars + Sense:

Get into a little feeder-bender? 6 ways to reduce your car insurance rates after an accident.

Looking for some financial freedom?? Try making these counter-cultural decisions.

Body Lovin’:

The science of napping.

Got a serious case of CRS? 7 tricks to help you remember anything.

Climbing the Ladder:

On the job hunt?? 8 ways to make a great first impression when you land that interview.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

For all you Phans out there impatiently waiting for Fall Tour, check out 7 Below at The Main Pub in Manchester, CT. Show starts at 9pm. $7 at the door.

Looking for an evening of good eats and good tunes?? Check out John Cantalini at La Cucina in Hampden, MA. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA kicks off Friday night with sets by Turkuaz, Ryan Montbleau (featuring special guest Primate Fiasco), Rusted Root and many more! Festival runs Friday thru Sunday. Tickets are $120 at the gate.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Bangfield will be rocking their own brand of hip hop/rock/funk/reggae at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton.

Sunday Funday:

Feeling nostalgic for Jerry?? Then head down to Sonny’s Place in Somer, CT for the Lobsterz from Mars. Free outdoor show from 1pm – 5pm.

Giggles and Such:

china

have a sec

clean

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

hemingway

Climbing the Ladder:

You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. How to tell is it’s time to move on.

Get Cultured:

11 untranslatable words from other countries. My favorite is waldeinsamkeit. Now if I could only figure out how to pronounce it!

Body Lovin’:

Spine and neck pain got you down? Try these 8 yoga poses to cure your cervical issues.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Your new favorite tuna sandwich.

Looking for Love:

Hot date with a new boo?? Here are 50 questions to ask to see if they’re the one for you.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

It’s a beautiful night to watch a movie under the stars! Big is playing in Colt Park in Hartford. Show starts at 7pm.

Darik and The Funbags will be rocking out upstairs at Max Cap in Chicopee. $10 cover. 10pm start LA Looks will be kicking the party off at 9pm downstairs.

For all you deadheads The Dead Show is at Theodore’s tonight. Never a cover and the best bbq in town!

The Apple Jam starts tonight in Bondsville, MA. If you love good music and like your festivals to be on the smaller more intimate level this one’s for you! Only $40 at the gate.

Saturday Shenanigans:

The Marks Brothers will be at The Austrian Donau Club in New Britain.

The Alchemystics are teaming up with Satellite Rockers to blow the doors off Tammany Hall in Worcester. $10 at the door. Doors open at 9pm. Music starts at 10pm.

The Apple Jam continues Saturday with a killer line-up – The Kings, Mutherload, and South Catherine Street Jug Band will all be rocking out along with many more. When’s the last time you paid only $40 for a festie??

Giggles and Such:

feelings

in my grill

fucktard

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of…)

Quote of the Day:

optimist

Love + Sex:

Breaking up is hard to do.

Climbing the Ladder:

Not all “mistakes” are created equal.

Creative juices running low? Here are 4 articles and 6 TED talks to get your creativity flowing.

Body Lovin’:

Did you know baking soda can do almost anything??

For all you new mommas – the ultimate guide to organic formula.

Following Your Dreams:

Scratch that itch.

Out and About:

Thirsty Thursday:

Roomful of Blues will be rocking Stearns Square for Bike Night this week. Come soak up the end of summer. Music starts at 8pm.

If you love The Dead the Space Ballroom in Hampden, CT is the place to be. $12 at the door. Show starts at 9pm.

Friday Fun:

For my CT homies:

The Muppet Movie will be playing in Elizabeth Park in Hartford at 7pm.

Lucid will be at Stella Blues in New Haven. If you haven’t seen these guys yet you’re in for a treat! Lucid serves up a blend of funky, jazzy, reggae rock guaranteed to get you on your feet!

For my Western Mass peeps:

The John Cantalini Band will be rocking The Sky Box in Southwick.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Got the blues?? Rich Badowski Blues Band will be at The Waterfront in Holyoke.

Looking to get saved Saturday night? Reverend Dan and The Dirty Catechism CD Release Party is at The Elevens in Northampton, MA. Baptism starts at 8pm.

Feeling nostalgic for flannel and JNCO jeans?? Head out to the Southwick Inn to see your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane.

Giggles and Such:

Drink to excess in Texas.

can't live without love

stupid

wine

Have a great week(end)!

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