Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Sundae

Proof that I'm so easy to please. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Beet with Terri!

I met up with Terri at my favourite nearby eatery for a brief gab session and some super delish eats! Everything was utterly divine, especially the blueberry cupcake. Hidden inside was a melty chocolate center that was yummy beyond words. I bought the lil' bee for it's cuteness but it turned out to be a tasty little afternoon treat when I got home. My coconut BLT was fab, as always, and Terri's Quinoa Caesar salad may not photograph well, but she said it was good, so I may give that a whirl when I'm there next week. Oh, and the cashew cheese board was excellent. The cheeses were creamy and packed a wallop's worth of flavour with the berry jam' tartness serving as a perfect compliment to the cheese when smooshed together on the bread. Heart Beet Kitchen can be a tad pricey, but it's local, mostly organic, gluten free, vegan, and they are a small business that's involved with the community so I totes feel that my moolah is being put into a damn good company.

(dig terri's punk rock purple highlights!)

Friday, May 26, 2017

One down...

...thirteen to go. On April 20th I mailed a boatload of postcards from Edinburgh. They were all clearly addressed with international postage. I took them to the post office, checked with an employee who directed me to add an "air mail" sticker to each and then pointed out the slot that the letters would go in. A month goes by and no one had gotten a single one, not even Helen who lives in England and is a mere three hours from Edinburgh. Until a couple days ago I had given up hope...then Michel sent me this:

Whew! Her Majesty's Postal Service has slightly redeemed herself. Stay tuned to see if I get my postcard from Michel from his Madrid vacay!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My 6th Bday

Good old 1982 brought me one of my best birthdays. How cute was I? Freckle faced and blonde with flawless skin and crazy amounts of confidence that would soon disappear. It's kind of strange to look at these photos and realise that the girl at the party is actually me. Seems like someone else.

Dave and me for my breakfast time giftie!

Kari, Carrie, me, Elaine & Jenny

Tweety Bird cake! (with m'Da's belly in the background)

Check out my fab Godmommy rockin' out in a Jackie Stallone headband. Looks like this was the year I scored R2-D2 Underoos!!

It should come as no surprise that I still have this Smurfs All Star Band album.

Here's an utterly gorgeous Nana Irma letting me crash out on her lap. (Check out those Springtime bruises on my shins! Most likely injuries suffered from playing on my bike and the swing out back.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sir Walter Scott

Seen at The National Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland - piece by The Studio of Sir Francis Chantrey - 1820.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wildlife SOS

I'm getting my Animal Planet fix by watching this fabulous show on Netflix. I absolutely love it. The badgers are so freakin' cute I seriously can't stand it.

(photo of Simon Cowell with a badger kidnapped from pinterest)

Monday, May 22, 2017

One Month Ago Today...

Bella and I were at Wicklow Park and Malahide Castle having a freakin' fantastic time!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Friday, May 19, 2017

Ray Charles

This Jim Buhler piece was made entirely by seeds. SEEDS. Seeds, people, seeds. Unbelievable.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Infinite Kaylas

In a perfect world, there would be endless Kaylas, and that world would be more beautiful and positive than anyone could ever imagine.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Got herpes? They've got ya covered.

Not since @therealvladimirputin1950 have I had such an unusual friend request. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hampden Junque

Oh how I love this place. Kay and I discovered this fabulous lil' shop in May of 2015, but since it's a cash-only business I could only afford my Madrid postcard at the time. (Kayla and I had to search under the car seats to pool together enough change to make three bucks.) What I really wanted was the picture of Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a martini in the other, but sadly, it was not to be. Hampden Junque is packed to the rafters with tons of unique and wonderful items, but the best part of the shop is owner Michal Makarovich. While browsing, there was an instrumental piece playing that was clearly from a familiar film, but damn it, I just couldn't place it. I asked what we were listening to and Michal said that it was from a mix a friend of his had made and dropped off that morning. It was a mix entirely featuring songs about James Dean or from his films. (The theme from Rebel Without a Cause was the song that was playing, by the way.) Michal then endeared himself to me when he said, " I love your hair. Who cuts it?" I pointed to myself, since I cut and colour my own hair, and Michal exclaimed, "That's a seventy-five dollar haircut!" We got to gabbing and introductions were made. He asked where we were from and told us about how much he loves Philadelphia and how his former partner, John Glover, performed at a charming theatre near Rittenhouse Square. On our way out, he recommended that we check out the Visionary Arts Museum down by the harbour. Funnily enough it was on my list of things to check out in Baltimore; the one that I left back home on my desk and completely forgot about. So we left Hampden Junque and headed straight to the Museum and had a fabulous time. Looking forward to my next jaunt to the Junque and more chit chat with that fab fella behind the counter.

(photo of the exuberant Michal Makarovich taken by Darren S. Higgins kidnapped from nytimes)

And here are the super fab old tins I bought - I actually have Prince Albert in a can, plus...

A Jimmy Carter pin!!! Clearly this will be displayed next to my McGovern/Shriver button.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Lovely Helen Coldwell suggested trying this sodie-pop when I was in Scotland. In the fizzy drink aisle at Asda (the supermarket five minutes from the flat on Lindsay Road) Bella and I grabbed a couple bottles. When we got home I cracked it open and gave it a swig to wash down some salt and (not nearly enough) vinegar chips. It's a horrible thing to not be able to describe something. Irn-Bru (pronounced Iron Brew) was odd at first. The colour is a bit strong and you'd think it would taste like orange soda or maybe Stewart's Orange 'n Cream, but it doesn't. It's definitely soda and has great fizz, however the flavour is mild and utterly indescribable. I Googled "what does irn bru taste like" and people have said bubble gum while others say citrus, such as orange, lemon, and/or tangerine with yet even more people saying it's like cream soda. Helen's boyfriend says it tastes like pennies. Irn-Bru is good, for sure (not great) and it's definitely sweet, but I still love Root Beer most of all. Given the chance, I would absolutely try Irn-Bru again. It's fizzy fun times in a bottle.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to Me!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday with Kay

Today Kayla and I took a mini road trip to fabulous Charm City!! Our first stop was to hit Atomic Books (of course) where I scored big time!

Then Hampden Junque, where we met shop owner Michal who was an utter gem, but more on him and the shop in a later post. I really wanted the picture above the Kool cigarettes sign, but my walls are already crammed with photos and artwork.

Next we headed over to the Visionary Arts Museum, which was beyond funky and fun. 

Yummy vegan lunch at Land of Kush:

(Our wraps got mixed up and half of mine was a fucking mess and I had no way of repacking it, which was annoying, but at least the one half that remained assembled was delicious, as was the baked mac and cheese. The collard greens were okay.)

And lastly we stopped at Whole Foods for dessert then back on the road home. Meeting and chatting with Michal at Hampden Junque was the highlight for both of us, but nothing could beat the drive there and back when we gabbed nonstop about everything and anything. (With some Bruno Mars and Johnny Mathis playing in the background.)

Here are the best selfies of the day: