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Drive down Route 3A just past the rotary in Scituate and you’ll notice the parking lot at PJ’s Country House packed with Pontiac Bonnevilles, Buick Regals, Chrystler Lebarons (Okay, okay I am stereotyping. I’ll stop. There are always lots of different cars in the lot). The point is the parking lot there is always packed. And if you ask anyone under the age of 35 years old if they have ever been to PJ’s Country House, they probably say – “Yes, once with my grandparents… we sat in the back.”

Well, these grandparents are wise old souls, who know a good restaurant when they see one. My sisters and I had a spontaneous girls night on Saturday. Just so happened everyone was free so we started texting about meeting up somewhere in Scituate for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, we like the restaurants down the harbor. But, sometimes you get stuck in a rut with the same rotation of Barker, Oro, Riva, Mill, Barker, Oro, Riva, Mill (maybe a TK’s if you feel like sitting on the deck and having a buffalo chicken sandwich on wonderbread).

Making a plan with my three sisters is usually a big deal. It takes lots of texting & lots of sarcasm.
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As Sarah said in the text, my sisters were sitting in the back in 1954. To get there I had to wind my way through some formal dining rooms, with all sorts of little nooks & wing back chairs giving the place a homey feel, albeit a grandparents home. My sisters were cozied up in the corner of the back pub/bar area. Kate and Sarah were sitting together on a vintage tufted leather love seat. Sarah described the rustic nautical decor as something you’d see in Spongebob’s house or “the place where he works” which I politely informed her was the Krusty Krab. It was way more cool than the Krusty Krab. I’ll tell you that. It has a really cool vintage feel. And would be a great place for warm drink in the winter. With the dark wood, the leather, people drinking stuff on the rocks, the piano in the background… I kept one eye on the door thinking Ron Burgandy was going to walk in at any minute.

They set out a table with cheese and crackers in the corner where you can help yourself, wedding reception style. There is usually someone playing the piano on weekend nights. But, they do bring in acoustic acts from time to time. I know Matt Chase, Sam Chase & Ward Hayden have all played there in the past few months. They also serve the most AMAZING popovers before your meal. I would go for the popovers alone. But, on this particular night they had run out of them early. Sads.

We decided to start with an appetizer called “Foresta Magia.” It sounded way too fancy to me… but I trusted my sisters & went with it. It was bowl of warm wild & domestic mushrooms sauteed in shallots, sherry, herbs that you spooned over grilled french bread. It was so salty & savory. I loved it. I can’t wait to go back and have it again.

For our meals, Julie got the Haddock special and said it was really fresh. Kate got PJ’s specialty salad with a ginger dressing. Sarah, who is usually the most difficult to please and often orders the forgotten about items on the menu, went with broiled scallops & baked potato. And me, I had the burger (kind of a lame choice, but I didn’t know it was going to turn into a food review). For the first time that I can remember EVERYONE at the table was happy with their meal. This is no small feat. We are picky. I’m not joking when I say usually one person at the table is complaining about something, ha. We made a unanimous decision right then and there that we were going to spread the word about how awesome PJ’s really is. And the next generation should flock to this retro cool hangout. And all the grandparents are going to pissed at us that the place will be even more busy than it already is.

So, if you are looking for a place to eat in Scituate, and you want to try something out of the harbor rotation… visit PJ’s Country House. We’ll be at the back bar with Ron Burgandy having a delicious meal.

To learn more about PJ’s (did you know it was originally an ice cream stand on the only road from Boston to Cape Cod!) and check out their menu visit: or like them on Facebook by searching PJ’s Country House Restaurant & Pub. And exciting news there is a 10% off coupon on their website for all you extreme couponers!

The job market is getting more and more competitive. The only way to get your foot in the door (besides mailing a shoe to your potential employer) is to have a resume that stands out. People often get overwhelmed by the thought of creating a resume. They turn to microsoft word for a resume template to guide them through the process and end up with a boring piece of paper that doesn’t exactly exhibit their strengths or personality. Here are a few tips and examples to creating a resume that will get you an interview… the rest is up to you!

Tip #1 – Be Brief
No one wants to read a novel. Condense your resume down to one page. No exceptions. If you really need to free up space move your references to a separate page. I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to keep it short and sweet. Employers know what they are looking for, but if you have a resume that catches their eye it doesn’t matter how much detail is on the page. They will call you for an interview and YOU can expand on every single little detail of your work experience when they ask you about it in person. If they have every piece of information they need from looking at your resume, then what would you have to talk about at the interview? A short resume actually works in your favor and a gives you stuff to talk about about… that way you will avoid awkward silence at an interview!

Tip #2 – Don’t be scared to share something unique about yourself somewhere in the resume. I ride a unicycle & take woodcarving lessons. Interview committee’s love to reference these little tid bits in order to really get to know a candidate. Nobody wants to hire a robot. Show your human side. When helping a friend with a resume a little while back, she told me she always puts “quahogging” on her resume NO MATTER WHAT. She might have her MBA and tons of amazing experience in the nonprofic sector, but it never fails that the interview committee has a few questions about quahogging. In case you are wondering, a quahog is similar to a clam… and she digs for them off the beaches of the cape and then makes delicious stuffed quahogs with her catch!

Tip #3 – Use Color > Use Graphics > Use anything that makes your resume different! You are marketing yourself. What do businesses do to market themselves? They create a logo and pick some identifying colors. Why not use that strategy when marketing yourself? Think of your name as a headline or logo. Make it bold, so they say… hmmm, Who is this Jessica Maguire? What’s her deal?

Tip #4 – EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. I’m the first to admit that I don’t have the keenest eye for errors and tend to focus more on style, layout & aesthetics and miss grammatical stuff as a result (which is horrible to admit, since I’m an English teacher). Have someone else look at your resume to proof it. A new set of eyes is more likely to pick up an error, since we have a tendency to “fill in the blanks” since we know what we are trying to say.

Tip #5 – Consistency. Be consistent with your fonts. Your header should be a bold font, whereas the body should be a simple easy to read font. Make sure you stick to those two fonts throughout your entire resume. And be consistent with your cover letter and reference page too! If you design a cool header with your name & contact info, use that same header and body font for your cover letter and references.

Below are a few examples I was playing around with. The body of the resume remains mostly the same, but I tried some different headers and colors to draw the readers attention.

Pink & Green Dots

Pink & Green Dots





Blue Patterns

Chevron Anchor

Don't Forget Orange


Good Ships Stripes

Kassie & Chick

Nikki & Nick

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I’m watching re-runs of Snooki & Jwow on MTV (don’t ask me why). There is all sorts of drama going on, but I can’t focus on the major plot line of Snooki & Jionni’s relationship problems because I’m too busy wondering why they are living in Jionni’s parents basement? Snooki made $150,000 per episode for the final season of Jersey Shore totaling 2 million dollars for the season. She is definitely making bank on this new spinoff. Why are they filming this in a poorly lit basement apartment? I need to go google this.

Don’t they look like little people on this couch?

Inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, you could be a member of Troop Beverly Hills. All you need is lots of Khaki, a green scarf & beret, fanny pack with a water bottle, a back pack… March through the streets of your hometown singing “gather round you friends of mine… We are wilderness girls and it’s cookie time!” And you are guaranteed to get a few chuckles from other 30 something mothers.

Plagued with conjunctivitis for Halloween? Turn it into a costume! You could be a viewer of the 2013 VMA music awards. Miley’s performance was so dirty & disgusting it could cause eye infections. Maybe walk around staring at an iPad continuously playing Miley’s performance only to look up at each door step to say “trick or treat.” It’s guaranteed to gross some people out.

Going to a couples costume party? Why not be Amber & Gary! It’s everyone’s favorite couple from teen mom. Grab a flat brim authentic baseball hat, pencil in a sculpted beard, stuff a pillow under a too small t-shirt and let those jeans sag low for the perfect Gary Shirley costume. Liberally apply some eye make up, don’t shower for a few days, and throw on a striped prisoners uniform for the Amber Portwood look. If you really want to play the part of Amber, every few minutes just close your eyes, rub your temples and yell “Geeaarry! Geary! Just stop!”



Okay you probably have a lot of these things around the house… A hand knit hat, apron, vintage dress, chevron stationary, a keep calm & carry on coffee mug, retro reading glasses, boots, a satchel containing mason jars, handmade jewelry, baby tutus, home made crayons using bees wax, a hand stitch monster doll using recycled fabrics…. You know, stuff like that. And when people ask what you are. Just respond “I am Etsy.”


Everybody dresses up like celebrities for Halloween… But no one ever dresses like the paparazzi! Throw on a backwards hat, vest, sneakers and carry a camera with a bright flash. Snap away & shout things like “This way! Please just one photo?! Turn to me! Please!”


Recycle those super long CVS receipts by wrapping yourself up into a mummy! Buy a pack of gum & deodorant and you’ll probably get a receipt long enough to cover your whole body.


Looks like Dr. Oz took one from Ed Harding’s play book… He’s rocking a quarter zip fleece UNDER a v-neck sweater on today’s episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Pretty sure Dr. Oz is already a millionaire, but that’s besides the point. The wardrobe department didn’t try to talk him out of this outfit? I definitely would have told him that the zipper on the fleece would cause trouble with the clip on mic and urge him to put on a collared shirt under that sweater. But, I don’t work on set on WWTBAM…


Everyday for the past seven years (not exaggerating) I drove into work at Scituate High via the side entrance by the fire station.

And everyday for the past seven years there has been a seafood delivery truck backed in and parked on the grass across from the school buses. Now, I don’t know why the truck has been allowed to park there everyday for the past seven years. I’m assuming the person who owns it doesn’t want to park it in their own driveway so they leave it there each night after work. And because it is a seafood truck, it probably smells. But even weirder is there has been ginormous stuffed Stewie doll seat belted into the passenger seat for the PAST SEVEN YEARS.

Let’s really think about this. I could understand if the driver of this truck won it at a carnival in the peak of The Family Guy’s popularity… That it would be sorta cool/funny to put it in the passenger seat on the ride home from the Marshfield Fair and maybe keep it there for a few days to see what kind of looks you get from other cars on the road. Maybe even get a toot of the horn from an amused teenager at the sight of your cool Stewie doll. But, seven years! Hasn’t the occasion arose that you needed to place something like a box or a bag on the passenger seat and you needed to move the doll? Or you’ve needed to give someone a ride and there is no where else to sit, but in Stewie’s seat. I’m honestly shocked someone could keep it there that long, not to mention they probably have to crane their neck to see around Stewie’s giant head. I thought for a long time that maybe the truck was abandoned… But today as I was driving Nolan to preschool at 9:00 am what do I see passing me by on First Parish Road?! The seafood delivery truck with Stewie riding shotgun. All these years, I’ve drove by it at 6:45 am… And today I got to see the driver! It was wicked exciting for me to say the least.

I totally would have jumped on board with this wedding trend. Forget Mason Jars & Smile Booths… The hot new thing to do is throw cats instead of bouquets! I don’t own a cat, so I’d probably have to rent one from a shelter for the day. OMG, there’s another business idea to add to my list: Cat Rentals. I’m realizing I have had two cat posts this week… And I don’t particularly like cats.



To see many more pictures of brides throwing cats visit

ps- not to ruin it or anything, but the cats are photoshopped in… so don’t go running to the humane society or anything, okay?

CeeLo Green uses a service cat on The Voice… Because his arms are too short to reach the button.