Sunday, April 19, 2015

We Need More Target Practice

Hello dear friends.  What a gorgeous weekend we are having!  Unfortunately, tomorrow does not look as good for the Boston Marathon.  Am I ever glad that I am not running this year!  Or for that matter, any year.  

Friday night, I was sitting in the sunroom as usual, glass of wine in hand, reading my book when I heard the Mister come in.  He stood at the doorway and then stepped aside and guess who was standing right behind him!  My #2 in all her glory!!  She came home to surprise me for the weekend.  

What a great way to start the weekend!

My girl making one of her crazy concoctions, with her sous chef, Miss Chili.

We woke up on Saturday morning to a gorgeous day.  We took Chowdah to doggie daycare to rid himself of some needless digging energy.  We took our Chili on her first shopping expedition to one of my favorite places, Derby Street.  

I came out of one of the stores and the Mister waved me over to the bench where he was Chili-sitting.  He told me that a very nice lady came over to him and said she recognized him from my blog.  I ended up meeting beautiful Dianne from Hingham in J Crew.  She even recognized my #2 in there.  She was so sweet and that meeting was like the cherry on my sundae of a weekend!

On Sunday morning, my #2 and I got up bright and early to hit Target for some Lilly Pullitzer loot.  I went to the Kingston location because my guess was that the Hanover store would be packed. The News was reporting that the Target site overnight was a mess.  It was straightened out by the time I went on at 6AM, but most of the stuff was sold out.  I did manage to buy this pair of shoes, though.

We arrived at Target at 7:45AM for the 8:00AM opening.  I guess we weren't the only ones who had Lilly on their minds.

Note to self:  you might want to show up a little more than 15 minutes ahead of time for the next designer collaboration.

This is where I wished I had a megaphone.  I would have yelled "Why aren't you people at Church?"  I figured I could guilt a few people to leave the line.  Or if that didn't work, I could try "Free Jack Rogers sandals at Nordstroms!"

I've never seen so many Lulu leggings in my whole life.  Get out of line, ladies.  If you're willing to pay full price for Lulu, you shouldn't be taking my place in line at Target!

We ran in behind the cast of thousands of Lilly lovers and came upon this.  

And this.

8:01AM and it was stone cold empty.

 It was the saddest sight that I have seen in a very long time. 

And then... out of the corner of my eye I spotted one lonely pair of
flip flops... AND THEY WERE MY SIZE!!!  

The only thing that would have made it even better is if they were my #2's size.  She didn't seem to mind though.

We passed a few of these carts being pushed by skinny, glowing, shopping over achievers fantasizing how great they are going to look this summer in their new Lilly wear.  

Suddenly, I had a light bulb moment.  I told #2 to distract this lady and I would steal her cart.  My #2 wasn't so keen on the idea.  Somebody's got to have a moral compass in the family.

Until next time...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello dear friends.  This week has flown by.  I have spent most of my time at home playing general contractor.  Things are moving along and we have been blessed with beautiful weather.

We had one hiccup, though.  We had wires installed yesterday for some outside lighting.  Apparently, a certain someone who will remain nameless decided to dig up the wires.  He is in the dog house BIG time.  If you need to reach him, he will be on his LEASH at his Mama's side.  For the rest of his life.


My dear friend Mo from Mocadeaux tagged me with some blogging love.

These blogging “awards” are a fun way to get to know a bit more about each other and an opportunity to give a shout out to our friends in the blogging community.
I had a ball answering Mo's questions.


1.  Who would you cast to play you in a movie?

A movie about moi?  
I must say I may have thought about it once or twice.  

My first choice would be...


But in reality it would probably be...


2.  Do you have any quirky or unusual hobbies or collections?

No, I don't, but my Mister would differ.  He would say that my hobby would be inspecting every Homegoods within a 100 mile radius.  

And my collections would be all the "junk" that I buy there, according to the Mister.

3.  What has been your proudest moment blogging?

My proudest moments in blogging occur when I hear from a reader who tells me that they enjoy my blog.

4.  What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

When we were newlyweds, the Mister and I had Sista and my BIL over for dinner.  The Mister, our chef, decided to include blood sausage on the menu.  For those people who don't know what blood sausage is and think that they are actually missing something, this is definition that I found on Wikepedia.

Blood sausage is a generic name for a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled.

Bet you wish you were a guest at that dinner party, huh?

Every time Sista turned her head, I quickly placed my blood sausage on her plate.  Unfortunately, she caught on and would to the same to me.  Pretty soon, we were having blood sausage giggle fits.   The Mister failed to see the humor.

5.  What item that you don't already own would you like to have (money is no object)?

I would like a second home in a WARM climate.  
I'll take this one in Malibu.

I hear it's for sale.

6.  In homage to Coach Daddy's monthly feature, describe yourself in six words.

Sexy, voluptuous, statuesque, regal, humble and hot. 

7.  What is your favorite holiday of the year?

Any holiday that both my girls are home.

8.  What is the most unusual job you ever had?

When I was in high school my father got me a job in a packaging plant that packed Bic Bananas.  That was my father's way of showing me the value of a good education.

I still have nightmares.  
I wake up screaming "red, yellow, blue, orange...."

I also worked with my buddy, Dude, for the Judge of Probate's Office.  We worked in a vault 6 feet under filing wills.  Thousands of them.  Eight hours a day.

It's lucky they had me to keep Dude in line.

Yup, I knew you would be jealous.

9.  You wouldn't you be caught dead, where?

Back in Istanbul.

Note:  I promise to go a whole week without mentioning Istanbul again.

10.  What is the best piece of blogging advice that you have ever received?

Write in your own voice. 

Thanks, Mo, for nominating me and your great questions.


Now, I would like to nominate the following bloggers to answer my questions.  No pressure.  If you don't have time, I will still love you.

The Enchanted Home
Nana Diana Takes A Break
PVE Design
The Relished Roost
From this Side of the Pond 
You May Be Wandering
Fairhope Supply Co.
Simple And Serene Living
A Milkman's Daughter
Stylemindchic Lifestyle
The Buzz Blog

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who nominated you.
2. Add the award logo.
3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
4. Nominate 7 other blogs and let them know via comments.
5. Ask your nominees 10 questions.

Your Questions

1. Where do you write your blog?  Do you have a writing schedule?

2.  When was your last light bulb moment?

3.  What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

4.  If you had to eat one food all day long, what would it be?

5.  What is your biggest phobia?

6.  In your dreams, if you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

7.  What would be one piece of advice that you would give a bride and groom?

8.  Ideal dinner party - name 6  (living) famous guests you would like to have at your table.

9.  What's the best book that you've read in the past year?

10.  Most useful advice that you have received in the past 10 years?

Until next time...