One Good Deed

So when I was in New York for Fashion Week, as you can all remember, I won tickets to see the Nanette Lepore show. I won two tickets and well, there is only one of me. My good friend who lives in NY couldn’t get out of a meeting in order to come with me so I took to Twitter. I put it out there that anyone who was in the area and wanted to come, hey just let me know. Nanette Lepore replied to my tweet and one of her followers tweeted me that she wanted the ticket desperately. We arranged a meeting place and time and so we both got to see the show. It was a win-win. The ticket didn’t go to waste and a huge NL fan got to see her show. Alex (my show partner, follow her on twitter if you’d like @boguskyswife) asked me for my address because she wanted to send me a little something). I thought, that’s lovely, I heart Thank You notes especially because it means you were thoughtful enough to spend the time to write it out.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I open a thank you note from Alex and I have got what? A Coach gift card. I couldn’t believe my eyes! The man was like “Can’t we translate that into something that can benefit the both of us?” to which I replied with simply a scowl. OMG, I of course took to Twitter to thank Alex and it turns out she was as over the moon as I was to see the show, so much so I get to pick out something from Coach. I really think she shouldn’t have but I am certainly very happy that she did… so do you want to know what I bought?

MADISON LEATHER CROSSBODY


OP ART PAVE DISC NECKLACE

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One Good Deed

A Jar Full of Awesome

So manfriend and I went to Brattleboro, VT a couple of weekends ago and let me tell you what an enjoyable thrift/ consignment shopping experience this was. I will be doing a separate post on all the neat stuff that I saw buuuuuuuuut my shining acheivement? Was the jar full of awesome. I got it for $10.00 at a vintagey/consignment type place in Brattleboro called Twice Upon a Time and it was amaaaaazing (like I said, separate post). So anyway, Jar de Awesome.

This may look silly because what stands out are the little toys and the Santa Cookie Cutter (which was going NO WHERE NEAR MY COOKIES) but once I dumped it out and explored, this was like the goldmine of costume jewelry (some in great condition, others in need of love). As if the jar itself weren’t cool enough on it’s own, there were some cool little trinkets that I was happy to have found.
I am super excited to see what will come of all this “junk” but I have a feeling it will be something COOL! We shall see…
A Jar Full of Awesome

Exploring Boston via Ducktour, Check!

Sooooo one of the many things I want to do before we leave New England was a ducktour through Boston and is of course the best land/sea tour in the area (don’t be fooled by the super duck tours)… The man’s friends coming from Maryland and a super awesome Buywithme coupon and we were booked on a Sunday afternoon Ducktour…

It was rainy (hence the lack of pictures) but we had an awesome time.

The ride consisted of a ride through Boston historic landmarks and a guided tour of sorts (our guide was a bit of a joker so I am unsure if some of what he said was true or not…

*The only thing we didn’t enjoy about this? Were the Kardashian’s sitting in the front row… you’d think we were interrupting their Ducktour…

We considered this a great double date and I scratched one more off my list of things to do before leaving New England! Hollaaaaaa!

List Update:
1. Climb Mt. Monadnok
2. Holiday trip to Yankee Candle
3. Portland, ME weekend
4. Touring Newport RI
5. Great Barrington Farmer’s Market
6. King Richard’s Fair
7. Topsfield Fair
8. New England Sports Games
9.Vermont Foliage
10. Chipmunks Adventure Stylie Hot Air Ballon Ride
11. Duck Tour

Exploring Boston via Ducktour, Check!

Large Bills, Please

Today I woke up and manfriend was like “do you want me to make you coffee or give you money for coffee?” to which I promptly replied, silly like, that I would take his money any day. Well, I rushed to get ready (as per my usual on most days) fully expecting to have a pot of coffee made…to my surprise when I came downstairs getting ready to leave, manfriend handed me a $20 bill (for coffee!!) and a foreign looking coin. He said happily, “It’s a dollar coin!” Now, I had never seen a dollar coin (I know, weird) so I was like, “What am I supposed to use this for?” to which he replied, ” A soda!”. I gave him a kiss and was on my way. Odd little exchange, I know, but we are a little odd.

As I sat here at work, hours later, I caught myself daydreaming about the guy I have been with for just about 2 years. DAYDREAMING! We have been out of the giddy, new relationship period for a loooooooong time but here I am thinking about giving him a hug as soon as I get home. Now before you go thinking that I am the type of girl who needs coffee money to make me happy, that is by NO means the reason that I am daydreaming about him. He just does little things for me, without a complaint (well sometimes with a complaint).

For instance? Today, he is working from home to brave the post office to mail our family gifts, something I had absolutely NO desire to do. For that I am grateful. This is one of the MANY reasons I love him and should show him I appreciate him more. I might just use some of that twenty and get him a hot chocolate on my way home and treat him to some Celine Dion holiday tunes! 😉

(here is one for you to enjoy! Happy Friday and Happy Holidays!)

Large Bills, Please

Growing My Family

This past Thanksgiving, Manfriend and I packed up our carry ons and headed to the airport. This was to be my first trip to Colorado. I was also meeting manfriend’s Grandpa for the first time and spending a lot of one on one time with his mom, aunt, sharing a hotel room with his sister and so on and so forth… eeeeek… but you know what? Any fears I had about it being akward or something along those lines… was just plain ridiculous. I needed to look at this sort of thing like this… I am growing my family. Family is awesome (most of the time) and we should cherish those we have had and cherish those we are with and call the ones we are far from and write letters and send texts and think nice thoughts and spend all the time we can with those we love. This was no different. So what we were just lounging about and watching tv, we were spending quality time together. There may or may not have been some napping involved as well. Napping is considered quality time as long as you are all doing it at the same time 😉


Some highlights?


The uncomfortable “couple” photo where we pretend to like eachother



The “let’s act crazy for the camera” photo

Photo op with the dog photo


Pretend I am a professional photographer photos




Growing My Family

NYC Jaunt!

This past weekend, manfriend and I hopped on the Amtrak from Providence and jaunted down to NYC for the weekend. One of my besties Nathalie and her man, Dave, moved to Brooklyn this past summer and we hadn’t seen them in MONTHS! Gah! Nat and I share a mutual love of Kate Nash (as she is amazing, check her out) and Kate just happened to be playing in NYC (perfect!) sooooooo what better excuse to head down, right?

Manfriend had never really experienced NY so Nat and Dave offered to explore the city with us and it was just plain fun. Obvi, Manfriend and I are tiiiiiiiiiired but that being said, we had an awesome time; so it was totally worth it.

Highlights, you ask?

Kate Nash at Terminal 5… please do yourself a favor and look her up!



Manfriend and I in Times Square




Nat and I in our hand crotcheted hats from Nepal!




Big Bird Sighting in Central Park!



This is that bull on Wall Street… there were too many people taking pictures in front.

So obvi, we plan to head back to visit them in the near future and take in a show. Now that we know how easy it was to get in and out by train (we highly recommend the ease of travel), we will be making it a habit to get out more. Gah, I miss Nathalie so much already!

NYC Jaunt!

Caught in a Hat



Manfriend caught me in an awkward state but yet both mittens and hat are prominently displayed here





Manfriend and I went to NYC this weekend to visit my friend Nathalie and her manfriend(full on exploration post to come) but I could not wait to share the one and only thing that I spent money on (besides food, drink and transportation): This hat and matching fingerless mittens, hand crocheted in Nepal and hand warming my heart. Can you believe how unbelievably adorable I look in this matching handmade set? I know… don’t be jealous. To boot? All of Nirvanna Designs products are supporting local women in Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand. Gotta love it.

Caught in a Hat

Really, Really Looking Forward to This…

I am totally participating in The Artist’s House’s ” A Crafty Holiday Blog Hop” starting in November. As of right now, my date to blog is November 11th, 2010. I will be highlighting some of my favorite handmade items for this Holiday season as well as some tips and tricks in buy handmade for your loved ones. Please get excited because I sure am. You have been forwarned… November 11th, I will be bugging you to read my blog… who am I kidding, I do that anyways!

http://www.nataliedee.com
Really, Really Looking Forward to This…

Exploring the Fingah Lakes

This past weekend, manfriend and I took a wine getaway with his best friend and his wifey… we ventured off to the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. This was along the same lines as the trip with my family to the outer banks of NC. We just wanted to see things that we don’t normally see…. and of course, taste wines that we don’t normally taste. (wink wink) We came home with 27 bottles of wine (not all for us and of course, some to share with others) and could have come home with more but we practiced a little restraint. (Yeeeeeeah, right)



View of Keuka Lake from Bully Hill Vineyards

 It truly was a getaway and being that I carry that camera with me everywhere, I took pictures of anything and everything that I wanted to remember. The beautiful sites, the awesome vineyards, the people and the random doll that had been tied to a tree for what looked like years. I kid you not, see below.

We could not decide if this poor child was wearing a Patriots or a Giants jersey (we thought more likely the latter) but one thing we did know is that this doll could have never been really lovable with that expression stuck on its face.

Thankfully Jessica (manfriend’s best friend’s wifey) was all about the photo shoots as well so I did not feel like such a nag when I asked manfriend to man the camera for what seemed like a million pictures (it only ended up being about 150 but who is counting anyways?)

Oh yes, we frolicked in the vines

I stealthily caught the woman below at one of the vineyards we went to. Her entire group had draped themselves in fake grapes, wine corks, vines, leaves, twigs, berries… you name it, they were wearing it. While I thought they were fun loving, they were also a VERY large group and made me a little claustrophobic… good thing there was wine there.

Just looking I can see leaves, a cork, what looks to be a gourd and a fake hair braid running along the backside of her hat. Gotta love the creativity!

 It was a fantastic trip with good friends, good wine, good food and good fun. We are talking about hitting up another lake next year, perhaps the one with the cheese trail? Mmmmmm Cheese, a girl can dream!

We look all romantical but I think I was giving him a hard time here…
Exploring the Fingah Lakes

Tis the Season…


… for baking and yummy smells of Fall. Manfriend benefited from a spontaneous urge to be “Autumny”… I baked a Trader Joe’s Pumpkin bread, we enjoyed Topsfield fair Kettle corn, he warmed up some apple cider and to top the gluttony off, apple cinnamon donuts were dipped in said hot cider. Gluttons for Fall, that’s what we are… but mmmm did it taste good.

My next project will surely be our family’s Pumpkin Crumb Cake, the recipe which I am sure came from a magazine or something yeeeeeears ago but we love it just the same. It’s pretty easy and oh so yummy. I copied and pasted (see below) exactly how my mother sends this recipe around. Try it if you dare… to be delicious!
Pumpkin Crumb Cake

1 box of yellow cake mix (can be extra moist)
1 can of pumpkin
Butter
Brown sugar
Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Bisquick or jiffy mix

Heat oven to 400 degrees.


Follow the directions on the yellow cake mix. Add the can of pumpkin and beat together. Add ¼ cup of jiffy mix and beat til creamy.


Put the mixture in your pan of choice.

Crumb topping:


1 softened stick of butter
1cup of brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cups of bisquick


Mix all these ingredients together with a whisk or your fingers (clean fingers, remember hand hygiene). Spread over your cake mix and bake.


Make sure the cake is finished cooking in the middle because it bubbles up and can fool you.


Enjoy!

Tis the Season…