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!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Monday, August 14, 2017

Gwen Guthrie Bringin' Us Together

These past couple years Bishop and I seem to be drifting apart a bit. I feel like he's not putting any effort into our friendship and that if we were dating, I'd have broken up with him ages ago. But I love the big lug and so I see him when I want to, rather than feeling I have to go over every Sunday. I have sort of accepted that this is the way it is now. I can either take the time he's willing to dole out to me or walk away. There's over a decades worth of history with us, with some very sweet moments of real compassion and love, herds and herds of laughs and a strong connection that I really miss. I'm not quite ready to release all that for good. Then tonight I get a text like this one and I feel like melted velvet all over.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Livin' La Vida Loca

Marina and I were out and about buying e.l.f. facial exfoliating brushes. Exciting, no? We old broads know how to par-tay and turn the shit OUT!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Death Comes to Pemberley

I haven't read Pride and Prejudice (shameful, I know, I plan to! Really I do!) nor have I checked out the fab follow-up-concept novel, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. However, I have seen the BBC version of P&P and loved it like a newborn kitten's meow. The characters were so perfectly played by each actor and yet, when first watching Pemberley a couple years ago I found that I never once compared the actor's to those that had previously enveloped the role for the BBC. They were all so flawless and captivating and it's such a fun, fun series to watch again and again.

(Last photo kidnapped from frockflicks - I love this shot. It just makes me smile.)

Friday, August 11, 2017

We Heart Greg

One of the few real and comfortable conversations that I had with my older brother, Dave, was a handful of months ago and it was about Greg Louganis. Dave is an incredible guy, but we don't seem to have an ease when we are together. I guess I still feel like a loser and that I have to not be too silly or weird or talk about odd topics and scare him away.

Our convo that day began at his house, with Dave mentioning seeing a great documentary on Greg and how he developed a newfound respect for him. I talked about how Michael Fassbender had imitated Greg's calm and focused walk to the end of a diving board and used it for his character in Prometheus. It was not any kind of mind blowing conversation that changed our lives forever, but it was the first and only time I ever felt equal to Dave; that I felt he was genuinely interested in what I was saying. It is without question one of my fondest memories.

Today on IG, I saw this post from @the_aids_memorial page that I follow and shared it with Dave, since I now think of my brother when I see Greg Louganis and therefore feel all sorts of gleeful happiness.

(It reads: #OnThisDay Aug 11, 1987, @greglouganis presented #RyanWhite the gold medal he won in the three-meter springboard at the #PanAmericaGames.)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spirit Listography

Listography book series by Lisa Nola.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dolomites, Italian Alps

Absolutely incredible. This looks like something out of a fairytale. No lie.

(stunning photograph by İlhan Eroğlu - @ihan1077 - kidnapped from @living_europe's IG account)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hittin' the Beet Again

This afternoon I met Wayne at Heart Beet for lunch and wound up staying til after the place closed down. That's some excellent conversing when three hours go by and you are totally oblivious that youse are the only ones there and that they closed ten minutes ago. No one brings the laughs quite like Wayne and we had, as always, a blast.

Summer equals sunflowers!

Mmmm.....Coconut Cupcake....not as good as the Key Lime ones, but they still hit the proverbial spot.

Today's soup was Coconut Lentil with Cilantro. Oh holy Jesus. It was simply heavenly. 

And because I'm a pig, I also got my fave, the Coconut BLT. It is always satisfying. I nearly OD'd on coconut today, which is completely fine by me.

Look! They even offer a cute lil' alley way with outdoor seating in warm weather.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Afternoon Drive

Today was a Ferris Bueller kind of day. Remember that scene in the beginning where Ferris opens the blinds and it's all blue skies and sunny sunshine with a few puffy white clouds? Yeah, well, that's how South Jersey looked today. It was 80 degrees and breezy, Roark's windows were down and Kate Bush was blasting as I made my way through Haddonfield and Cwood to the library. I borrowed two (I would soon learn) fabulous books and the third season of Grantchester (a show whose first season was good but has kinda disappointed me since.), which I plan to binge watch Sunday evening. This afternoon's drive proved that small pleasures are what can make life really, really good. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bookmarker Collection

I love me for saving all of my old bookmarkers from grade school. I do however think I need to invest in a decent digital camera (I already have far too many manual and 35mm ones) and maybe find a way to make these posts look better. Regardless of the craptastic lighting and the lame layout, these bookmarkers are totes adorbs.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

More Happy Recipients

I love waking up to text messages from my favourite far-away pals. Especially when they are texting me to say that they got the postcards I sent!