Summer Goals 2017

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If you’ve been here before, welcome back for our 9th summer of goals together. We always start to get the summer goal itch around the same time each year – it’s somewhere between dusting off the porch furniture and adding hot dog buns to the grocery list. Ah – what a magical time of year! We wrote our goals on the summit of beautiful Azure Mountain in the Northern Adirondacks, our 9th mountain climbed together, and the 1st for Scout, our Bernese Mountain Dog (see “Our Pets” page).

With most of our goals, we learn something new or go somewhere we’ve never been before, and if you’re reading this, there is a pretty good chance, we would like to share the experience with YOU!  So please, take a look at our list and give us a holler if there is a goal you think you would like to achieve with us:

  1. See a Moth StorySLAM
  2. Go to Food Truck Tuesday.
  3. See a movie together at the Silver Lake Drive-In.
  4. Order a menu item we can’t pronounce.
  5. Surprise 10 random people with free ice cream.
  6. Make a dutch door.
  7. Make our family tree.
  8. Learn to make homemade Italian Sausage.
  9. Climb a 9th mountain together.
  10. Complete an unaccomplished summer goal:
  1. Meet someone famous.
  2. Learn a harmonica song.
  3. Have a conversation in Polish.
  4. Walk from Canisius to Attica (worth 0.5).
  5. Bowl a combined 300.
  6. Make dinner for Earlean.
  7. Pick a Buffalo street and clean it.
  8. Pick a peach.
  9. Ride a jet ski.
  10. Dig up a bottle dump.
  11. Host a clam bake.
Summer Goal #9: Climb a 9th mountain together.

Take road trips together.

Lazy summer Sundays are far and few between in this house. So when we found ourselves with nothing on the “to-do” list, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity for a nice drive to Canada to complete summer goal #4: go to an IKEA store. Kelly! thinks the store itself was overwhelmingly cool, but a great source of inspiration. Bob’s favorite part was the cafeteria. Mmmmmm – meatballs. We will definitely make our way back when we hit the lottery and can redo our entire home with super modern furniture and cute cabinet knobs that we didn’t even know we needed before this trip.

We also made a pit stop on this trip to accomplish summer goal #8: climb a mountain together. Mount Nemo is a family-friendly hike . . . even a flip-flop friendly hike. We know this because Kelly! forgot appropriate foot wear and hiked the entire North Loop in flip-flops. Nevertheless, we made it to the lookout and took some time to let the beautiful day really soak in. Life is good on a mountain top.




Likely our favorite goal of the year was accomplished August 11th! We left early that Thursday morning to travel to Chicago and check summer goal #1: see the NPR program “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” off the list.

First – a little history – we started listening to this program a few years ago on our local NPR station, WBFO. The news quiz had us laughing so hard each week that we’re surprised it took us this long to get our butts out there to see it!

Fast forward to this summer –  we purchased our tickets, drove the 8 hours to Chicago, ate some deep dish pizza, and headed to Chase Bank Auditorium! Waiting outside the doors, we were both ridiculously excited. Obviously about seeing our favorite program in action AND because Kelly! surprised Bob with front. row. seats. Eeeeek! So close, we could sit on the stage for these pictures. So close, we could touch Bill Kurtis . . . well, not really, but we were the closest people to him, for sure. The hilarious panelists were Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone, and Alonzo Bodden. The special guest was Katie Couric, who is hosting a new podcast. Naturally, we stayed after and got everyone’s autographs on our program. Another keepsake for the treasure box. We know this all may be be a little (maybe a lot) nerdy, but we had a really good time and we aren’t afraid to say it. In fact, we’d like to encourage everyone to give this program a listen!


To see how we are doing on the complete list visit “Summer 2016.”

11 down and 15 to go!

Last day of summer 9/21/2016.


Hike while you can.

We live in a pretty neat place. Travel five minutes down the road and you’re enjoying an ice cream cone and the sandy beaches of Lake Erie. Drive fifteen minutes up the road and you’re hiking in Chestnut Ridge Park. We take our dog, Scout, here often, but had yet to see the (locally) famous eternal flame. So early Wednesday morning, we set out to accomplished summer goal #3: hike to see the eternal flame.

We were the first ones in the parking lot, but bumped into a few people on the trail who came in from other sides of the park. Scout (and Kelly!) get really excited to see other dogs, so that was an added bonus. The trail was well-marked and well-traveled. We crossed over the creek several times, so proper footwear is important. The actual eternal flame was really impressive. A great spot to sit back and take in nature. 🙂

If you are interested in visiting Chestnut Ridge Park, click the map below for county park information.

To see how were are doing on the complete list visit “Summer 2016.”

Chestnut Ridge_General Map