Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dumb and Dumber No More

The cutest five year old in existence finally scored a decent haircut. Xavier took Jax to a new gal at the salon and said "no bangs" to which the stylist replied, "Right, no Dumb and Dumber, got it." It's so much better. Those bangs were less than stellar.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Classic in Phxville!

I seriously love seeing some of my favourite films on the big screen. I also love introducing the kids in my life to classic movies like William Wyler's How To Steal A Million. Kay and I had a marvelous time being the only ones in the balcony, sharing a big ole bag of popcorn and enjoying all the mad-cap silliness that this fab film offers.

One of these years I will attend Phoenixville's Blobfest!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Heart Beet with Sis

Today I got a chance to have lunch with my sister-in-law. I've converted yet another person to the delightfulness that is Heart Beet Kitchen! 

We started off by splitting an Earl Grey Cupcake with Orange flavoured icing. The cake part was a bit gooey, but the frosting was divine!

Next up was the bruschetta with strawberries, cherries, mint, basil and balsalmic dressing drizzled over top. So light and refreshing.

Sis got Peanut Free Pad Thai Noodles which she devoured and adored.

I actually tried something new today - the Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich. It was mega spicy (I'm a wimp in the spice department, so I'm sure most people would find this to be mega-mild) but chock full of flavours and really hit the spot.

Just so you know, these lil' chocolate fudgey cake bars were absolutely scrumptious.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sweetness Overload!

This text from Kayla last night definitely made up for the crappy one I'd received earlier in the day from my godson. I asked MJ when he was free to hang out and he said April. April. When I assumed he was kidding he said he wasn't and that April was better for him because that's when school slows down. I'd like to point out that it is in fact still Summer right now and he is not currently in school. Clearly his response was code for "I have zero interest in seeing you." Like, seriously? You can't spare two hours on a Saturday or Sunday within the next eight months to have me pick your ass up and buy you lunch while providing stirring and enlightening conversation? Ugh, I was so annoyed and hurt. Anyway, Kayla, who I'd like to point out is an A student who takes her academic life extremely seriously, does make time for me and is actually looking forward to hanging out on Sunday. She texted me out of the blue and for no reason. That's the best isn't it? When someone just sends you a message to say hi with no questions or favours; just wanting to say hello. I love it. And I love Kay. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fun Time Photo Shoot

Th other night Kimmy and I met up for a late dinner at a pub halfway between our homes. It was only the second time we'd hung out in person and the first as just us. The conversation was easy and covered such topics as juicing, veganism, music from our past (like Debbie Gibson, Depeche Mode, The Cure, and so on), fathers and the roles they have in our lives, nieces and nephews, work, coworkers, Debbie Harry, how happy we both are for Jennifer Aniston and Justin Threoux as well as Amal and George Clooney and how truly odd it is to care so much about people we have never met, old Zenith and Magnavox TVs where the kids were the remote control/clicker/wand because we had to get up, go across the room and change the channel for our parents, the old Plastic Fantastic shop, the awesomeness that is records and record players, movies, mutual friends, Nana Irma and her fantastic style, "kids these days", and friendships that we had once that were so strong but seem to fade away over the years. We stayed til just before closing and honestly, the four hours we shared went by in the blink of an eye. We goofed off and took some photos then walked to our cars and each indulged in a Nat Sherman Fantasia cigarette, in pink, of course. It was one of the best nights I've had in a very long time and we parted ways with hugs and more hugs and lots of "I love you"s. I cannot wait for next time because we didn't even get a chance to discuss travel!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What To Do

With all the scariness and nonsense going on lately, one can often feel powerless. It can seem that the only thing one can do to make a difference is to take to the streets and join a protest. This is not true. There are plenty of options and I am so thankful to my beloved Maria Bamford for sending out this email. It was the perfect thing to motivate me to write a post in regards to Charlottesville, the current state of this Country, and the fact that we still have to remind people that Black Lives Matter.

Please visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and put their Ten Ways to Fight Hate into action in your life. They are as follows and are a great jumping off point to finding new ways to help.

Join Forces
Support the Victims
Speak Up
Educate Yourself
Create an Alternative
Pressure Leaders
Stay Engaged
Teach Acceptance
Dig Deeper

Do all of the above or even just one and do it with a core of non-violence and peace. It's not easy and often is damn near impossible to act calmly and peacefully when something like hatred and bigotry in others can fill you with such blinding rage. Push past that and act in kindness. Nothing is more fulfilling or beautiful than living a life of kindness. Pass that ish on! Focus on the good that exists and persevere through all this madness and horror and do all you can to better the space you occupy in this universe and make it a space of goodness for everyone. Especially the haters. They are the most damaged ones of all. Ugh, I know that came off as so Pollyanna or Dalai Lama, but I really and truly hope hope hope that things will get better. Love love!!