Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Baby in the Family

There's a new addition to the family...Baby the Westie! Mom adopted her after her owners abandoned her, and she is a sweetheart! She is an absolute clone of Turner, except smaller. Her life from here on out is going to be so much better!

I (heart) New York

Times Square 

Wooden Escalator at Macy's

I took a quick trip to NYC for work a couple weekends ago. It's really hard to visit so quickly, but I still had a great time! I didn't get to take many pics, but I still LOVE New York!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Been Rompin' Around

It's been forever since I posted, but I promise to catch up! I wanted to show off my new romper that I wore to the Dave Matthews Band concert last weekend in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Although it's nothing fancy, I must admit, it was quite comfortable! I got this one at Target for $20. On a side note, in the photo I'm wearing a Suubi necklace. Ugandan women make the beads out of recycled paper and string them. They're sold to give the women economic sustainability. Not to mention, they're beautiful! Find out more information here.

Thank You for Serving W. Va.

 Sen. Robert C. Byrd (1917 - 2010)
Photo found here

I want to take a moment to remember Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who served the people of the State of West Virginia for over 50 years. Whether you agree with his politics or not, one must admire his dedication and perseverance. Here is an article about his life and service.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Want a Romper...



I really want a romper, they're so cute! I'm not sure if I can pull the romper look off or not, but I'm going to start looking for one!

Monday, June 14, 2010

4 Cheese Ravioli & Amazing Marinara...


City Hall in Philadelphia, PA

City Hall at Night


Four Cheese Ravioli and Amazing Marinara paired with Peroni (lower right)

I promise I'll shut up about Philadelphia after this post. I was captivated by architecture in Philly; the buildings are not only historical, but beautiful, and I can't imagine the stories that lie behind their walls.  All these photos take place on the Avenue of the Arts. We had dinner at a small Italian Bistro, and, to quote myself at the table, "I would have drank the marinara with a straw." It was delicious! 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Puttin' on the Ritz!






On our last night in Philadelphia, we stopped in the Ritz-Carlton for some pre-dinner beverages. What a beautiful place! The bar/bistro was 10 Arts by Eric Ripert! Thanks to a deep obsession with Top Chef, I was super excited about this! My photos do NOT do this place justice. Nearly every surface was made of marble, but I LOVED the glass bead curtain. I would really like to have one for my creative space. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

R.I.P. Cheez Balls

Photo found here

A couple of weeks ago I was at the pool. I noticed a group of kids hungrily digging their paws into a large plastic container of filled with little orange balls. Suddenly it hit me, when I was a kid I LOVED Planters Cheez Balls in the blue can. While I tend to avoid chips, I decided that treating myself with some Planters Cheez Balls would be a fantastic idea! Then the news came. They're discontinued. WHY? No more Planters Cheez Bally goodness on my tongue! Impostors are unacceptable and not NEARLY as good. On the positive side, I found out that there is a small movement going on to revive the Planters Cheez Ball. You can sign a petition (that has almost 14,000 signatures) or you can become a fan of a Facebook page dedicated to the return of Planters Cheez Balls. I am now on a mission. I will search high and low, visit every dollar store, throw tantrums if I must... I will find a can of Planters Original Cheez Balls!

Summer Nights...

These were my purchases last night at Food Lion. The plant is called an "Australian Black Bean," or Castanospermum, if you're scientific. I thought it would be perfect for my new creative space. I'm planning on posting pics when the space is complete. I'm in the "add some color" stage, and am currently planning on buying a lamp shade, possibly a rug, and creating a photo wall. Can't wait for the weekend!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Scrambled Eggs & Toast...







I visited the Reading Terminal Market four times during my trip to Philadelphia, and every time I walked through the door, I fell in love all over again. Housed in the former Reading Railroad Terminal (yes the one from Monopoly), the Market boasts the expected - produce, flowers, and meats - and the unexpected -  delicious Pennsylvania Dutch diners, coffee and bakery counters, rows of spices, candies galore. My favorite spot was The Dutch Eating Place. Their food was amazingly simple and without a doubt, the best home cooking I've had away from home. Three of my four mornings in Philly included scrambled eggs, wheat toast with real butter, and steaming coffee. Finally, during an afternoon visit, I was able to order the homemade mashed potatoes. They came covered in a melting mass of butter that resembled hot lava running down the sides of a volcano. No, they were NOT better than my Grandmother's, but they were delicious! In the last photo, I wonder if the young girl in the photo is also the one in the background. Probably not, but that would be cool. 

But you don't have to take my word on it...


I realize that I'm a bit behind with these books, but I have to say, She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb;1998) and The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold; 2002) are two of the best books I've read in a long time. Both are very emotional and have a unique style of writing. The characters in these novels are deep, complex, and open layer after layer as their stories are told. These stories intrigued me so deeply that I couldn't stop reading once I started. I don't want to give a detailed review of these, just want to suggest them in case you're looking for something new to read.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The "Sexy Green Truck"




The lines of lunch trucks along the sidewalks on Temple University's campus made my stomach grumble the second I saw them. Some served pizza slices and french fries; others displayed rows of chewing gum, sodas, and juices; of COURSE there are Philly Steak Sandwiches; but my favorite by far was the "Sexy Green Truck." The Hummus Pita, a Tofu-topped salad with delicious vinaigrette, and unsweetened iced green tea topped my list of choices. It's an absolutely brilliant idea for college campuses! By the way, that picture of the bird is literally a scare crow; when I took this pic I thought it was real. Then I realized it's shaped out of thick metal and attached to a pipe on the window... 

Back in the Groove...

Murphy camping 2009

Geez, has it really been a week since my last post? I learned a lesson about blogging this week: it's really difficult to keep up when you're out of town. However, this is an issue I hope to resolve next time I'm gone. I've been in Philadelphia for work and I did manage to take some photos, which I'll post this evening. I definitely fell in love with Philly. It's so charming and old world! In addition, it's about 2 hours from D.C. and a little over an hour from NYC. I think it would be awesome to live so close to so many significant cities! Just wanted you to know that I'm getting back in the groove of things so I'm hoping for regular posts this week :)