Archive | October, 2013

Eternal Flame OR Light my Fire

31 Oct

We have candles in almost every room of the house. Wait, no. We have candles in every room of the house that we use. I love a candle and I’m not gonna waste a candle on a room I never go into. Or heat. (The heating issue is another blog post entirely. I live with Mr. Freeze. Or Scrooge McDuck.)

And SO, instead of having to go downstairs, for example, to get matches to light a candle upstairs, I fashioned some little, tiny glass jars into matchstick holders! I even attached the striker part of the original matchbox to the bottom of the jar. Genius, I know! But now I have to listen to MBM walk around the house muttering,”what’s with AAAAALLLLLL the matches, babe?! Are you some kinda crazy pyro?”

No. No I am not. But I am lazy so now I don’t have to run up and down the stairs whenever I want some romantic lighting.

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Book Rewind: Beautiful Ruins

30 Oct

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Ok, guys, this book is like 3 stories rolled into one… Which I LOVE!

~First story~
Scene: Italia 1962, at Hotel Adequate View
Players: Pasquale (which is Italian for “Passover”. Who knew?!), Dee Moray, Pasquale’s crazy Aunt and his dying mama.
Also: throw in one Richard Burton, who is also in Italy filming “Cleopatra” and simultaneously falling in and out and back in love with one Liz Taylor.

Ok, so this beeeautiful American actress, Dee Moray, shows up in this teeny little place in on the coast of Italy. She was acting in “Cleopatra” but now she thinks she has stomach cancer and this is her final act. (See what I did there, clever, clever.)

~Story 2~
Scene: Hollywood, CA present day
Players: Michael Deane, an aging Hollywood producer and Claire Silver, his assistant who is dreaming of not being a slave to a creeper. And Shane Wheeler, a youngish man looking to pitch his movie idea and change his life.

Michael and Claire end up in a meeting, listening to Shane pour his heart out during his pitch and guess who walks in?! Pasquale!! Yep, the same Pasquale from 1962 Italy.

~Story 3~
Scene: CA 1960’s, UK early 1990’s (I think) and Idaho present day. And Italy too.
Players/Plot: A mix of the characters and how their lives played out. Here we are introduced Dee Moray’s son, Pat
Bender. But who is his father?!? And what do all these characters need from each other? How in the heck are they reunited? Or more importantly, why?

I liked this book a lot so i don’t want to give anything away! It was easy to read and kept me interested. I love, love, love an interconnected plot that bobs and weaves and joins lives and memories together. If that’s your thing, this is a book you should read.

And yes, I took that pic from my PC. I’ll do better next time, promise.

Bad, bad blogger

28 Oct

I have been a bad blogger. I haven’t blogged a single thing for like 11 days or something terrible. Have I been busy? Meh. No busier than normal. Have a been sick? Nope. Have I been on vacation? Heck no. Did i lose my Internet connection? No way. There is no reason I haven’t blogged… Well, there is ONE. L-A-Z-I-N-E-S-S. that’s it. That’s all. And dang! That’s the only thing I’ve been lazy about. I’ve been cooking up a storm. Started to consistently work out again. Went on a few dates with the husband. Well, to quote Elton John, “the bitch is back!”

We were in Ohio-land over that weekend and it was grand. We went to a wedding in lovely Cuyahoga Falls. The marriage we were celebrating was between an old college friend of MBM’s and his veterinarian bride. It was an intimate affair, complete with good food, a great Best Man’s speech and a kick ass DJ. I mean, MBM and I were seriously cutting up the dance floor. It was a blast!
For the second time anywhere…

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The falls.

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We got home last night and begged the heck out. And watched the Walking Dead. And whoa. Carol. Girl. I knew it was you. And I ain’t mad atcha. I just wished it woulda worked.

And after a solid 8 hours of sleep, this Monday bidness is a-ok!

Fall in the VA

17 Oct

I didn’t have to be at work today til 1 so I decided to go to the library and make some returns. The weather was so great, Slim and I decided to take a walk.

Update: it is currently raining. And I am at work. Boo.

But look at how the day started… Glorious, I tell you, simply glorious!

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When the weather is like this and you are near a college campus, you can’t help but feel collegiate. And sing these words to yourself…

There’s a feelin’ in the air
Like a Friday afternoon
Yeah, You can go there if you want
Though it fades too soon

So go on, let it be
If there’s something coming over me
Seems like its always understood
This time of year

– Better than Ezra.

Hiking around a battlefield

15 Oct

We live near quite a few battlefields here in Winchester, VA. And names like Jubal Early are on street signs in honor of Confederate soldiers. This Northerner thinks its funny but then again, she grew up with streets name after the founder of Wendy’s. Yes, that Wendy’s.

Last night we decided to visit one of these battlefields near our house… We all needed a change of scenery for our evening walk. Plus it wasn’t raining and the air was full of adventure so off we went. Red Bud Run did not disappoint! It was beautiful and Slim could explore sans leash. A win-win really.

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They say a change can do you good and this one sure did that for us. We will be back. And soon.

Anatomy of a weekend

14 Oct

It rain aaaalllllll weekend. It’s been raining for DAYS. I feel like I’m back in Ohio. But wait! What’s that?! I do believe the rain has paused and the sun is trying oh so hard to make its way front and center from those big ole grey clouds. So there’s that. And hopefully by Friday, it’ll be blue skies and sunshine! Fingers crossed.

Speaking of Friday, we stayed in. We got a pizza and some flicks from the Red Box and snuggled up with the dog and stayed the heck inside, away from the rain. I told MBM that the only way this date night could be cheaper is if it was ceral and t.v. And it was totally true.

Saturday, we went to a tag sale that the sweet little city of Purcellvile has this weekend, every year. It was, of course, raining but no matter! We put on our rain jackets and boots and headed east. We met up with some friends who live in Purcellvile and decided a little homemade limoncello was in order at 10 am. You know, to get the juices flowing. Or to help us stay warm. Or because we like a little buzz when we shop. But I digress, I was the only one who had never been to this event and I really wasn’t sure about what I was going to find. We randomly went into an antique store and found a dining room table!!! Which was the one thing we were really hoping to find! Aaaand a buffet too! Oh, lucky day! Both pieces are beautiful and we are SO pumped to finally have our house feel like a house. Where adults live and not squatters. It’s pretty cool. We have a dining room!!!

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So to celebrate our victory over the hunt, we had lunch at Market Burger and then crossed the street and had a drink or two at the Catoctin Creek Distillery. I sampled the Colonel Langdon, the Manhattan and the Pumpkin gin fizz… And scored the recipe for all three!

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Then we went home and napped. And moved furniture around.

Sunday, we got up and treated ourselves to breakfast at the Papermill Place. Have you ever had gravy, sausage gravy, on a pancake? Well, you should. I know it sounds ehhh, suspect but trust. It. Is. Game changing. Then we ran some errands. We got curtains. We got rugs. We got speakers. We got straws. For the bar. Duh. And then we went home and napped, watched football and waited for the new furniture to be delivered. And we also walked down to the neighbors for some grub and more football- it was the Skins and the Cowboys, ya’ll! And it was ugly. So ugly I went home early to snug with my Slimmer and watch the Real Housewives of NJ.

And that’s it. Pretty solid. Hope yours was just as swell!

Comfort fooood

11 Oct

Last night I made a chicken potpie. From scratch. I have been making chicken potpies for years but never from scratch. MBM LOVES my potpies so he worked a little later than usual and I took the opportunity to surprise him with a homemade potpie. And man! Was the little extra effort it took worth it?! You bet your butt it was!

Now, don’t get crazy… I did not make the pie crusts from scratch. I’m not a lunatic! Plus, I stink at making pie crusts. But the difference between frozen and fresh veggies, WHOA.

I followed this recipe but I used a rotissere chicken (it’s so good and juicy in a potpie, trust.) and I added some garlic to the liquid mixture and some poultry seasoning to the chicken and veggie mix. Comfort food to the max. Enjoy!

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