Archive for December, 2014

2014 25 Days of Thanks- Day 5

December 5, 2014

Snyder’s of Hanover Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces

If you’re looking for a snack that is small and uber flavorful, give these things a shot.

I can only eat a handful of the little pieces before my mouth gives me the “Yep, flavor overload.  You’re done” signal.

I’ve been working on a bag for a couple months now.  Really what I should do is buy no other snacks than those things and the weight would probably just fall off.

Thanks to J and A for opening the snack doors to these little bundles of overwhelming flavor!

And thanks for reading…




2014 25 Days of Thanks- Day 4

December 5, 2014

Refrigerator Magnets

I’ve written before about the canvas that is the front of the refrigerator.

In coming into adulthood and having the opportunity to travel, I wanted to start a theme of something to “collect” that would memorialize the different places I’ve been to.

I’ve been wracking my brain for the past few minutes to remember exactly how it got started but I, admittedly, have turned into a travel collector of refrigerator magnets.

That last sentence makes me sound like I’m moving magnets aside just to get to the door.  I think there’s 8 total up there.  This doesn’t happen at every little place I go.

But, every now and again, when walking through a gift shop, I’ll start checking out the magnets to see what could be added to the collection.

Please know that it’s got to be something cool.  We’re not talking just a “New York!” magnet in the shape of the state.  Nope…

For example, I’ve got a bottle opener magnet from Wisconsin.  I just picked up a psychedelic graphic of a cow from the Ben and Jerry’s Production Plant.  I have a random Icelandic Rock Magnet that in no way, shape, or form looks like a fossilized piece of poop.  There’s a magnet of a section of the London Underground map.

It’s got to be a cool, funky, eccentric magnet to be worthy to be added to the fridge.

Thanks for reading…

2014 25 Days of Thanks- Day 3

December 4, 2014


KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid

I am thankful tonight for Instagram for sticking to it’s main mission of sharing pics and short (short!) videos easily and smoothly.  Sure there are a few ads thrown in but they’ve got to make a buck somehow.

I feel like I’ve lost control over my Facebook news feed so it’s nice to have something I can go to easily to view or share some of the cool things that people are seeing around the world.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram-

Thanks for reading…


2014 25 Days of Thanks- Day 2

December 3, 2014

The Kitchen Table


From game nights to tough talks… from homework help to silent reflections… from late night story sharing to elbow supporting exhaustion… It’s amazing to think what a kitchen table has been through.

Now, when I say kitchen table, I’m talking about whatever multi use flat surface your family has gathered around in good and bad moments.  It could be a coffee table or a kitchen bar, whatever, my point is that there is some flat surface in your house that has held up more than dinner plates throughout your lives.

For me, it’s the table pictured above.  This thing has supported everything from birthdays (with the person always seated by the window) to high school finals prep.  Most recently, it witnessed a fairly regular tradition for Jeff Spain theater performances.

I can remember the night before many performances, sitting around this table with my Dad and/or my Mom with the script in their hands watching me fumble with my lines as I paced around the kitchen.  Even at 35, I took advantage of the good luck before a recent performance, handing off the script to my Dad, giving him a little background, and allowing his stage history to do the rest.  And even at 35, he always gives the same advice which, even at 35, I honestly fail to implement until that point.  “Jeffrey, you have to remember to slow down and speak succinctly.”  Even at 35, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope that there’s a spot in your house that’s been as literally and figuratively supportive as a table.  Maybe give it a little tap when you pass by it next time and say “Thanks”.

Thanks for reading…

2014 25 Days of Thanks- Day 1

December 2, 2014

Sharing The Joy of Wegmans


Friends are in from out of town and I did my best to show them a Northeast good time. I took them to a few hot spots including downtown Troy and Albany, the Ben and Jerry’s plant in Vermont, and since they had already toured NYC, we checked out Boston for the day.

Late in the day I realized there was an opportunity to share in a cultural phenomenon… A center of northeastern excellence… A modern marvel of culinary preparedness and assistance.

I realized I could take them to Wegmans.

And so today, I have exposed four more people on this great planet of ours to the Joy of Wegmans.

Thanks for reading and thanks to the Holtmeyer family for a great weekend…