Tidy Victory - At story time this week, I was chasing the baby through the reference section when I happened to notice a rack of TV show DVD collections. There it was, like a unicorn out of the mist, seasons 1-3 of Big Love from HBO. They really knew how to create an amazing series - all of my favorites were on HBO. First it was Sex and the City, then the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and lastly Big Love. Every plot and storyline was so intriguing and unique. When I was in college, we all chipped in to purchase HBO so we could keep up. Now I'm binge watching Big Love.
With my one summer job at Chautauqua Orchestra Camp approaching quickly, I am all over the place getting things ready and crossing items off of my list. But that doesn't mean I can't find time for little things that make me happy. Here's a mish mash list of smile-makers!
<One> The Punch Brothers - I recently heard this band open up for Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Chautauqua and was completely BLOWN AWAY. A fun, current bluegrass sound with some serious edge. Open up your mind and your ears and listen to them. In all likelihood you won't be sorry. If you are lucky enough to see them live, their musicianship is outstanding - they are all true masters on their instruments. When they play together it's absolute magic (not to be cheesy, but it really is).
<Two> Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy - One of my best friends gave this to me as a birthday gift - she knows how I love thick hand creams throughout the year, NOT just winter. Girl knows what I like - it really helps my hands from drying out when I'm doing dishes 50 times a day.
<Three> Lemon No-Bake Icebox Cake - We had that same dear friend over for a birthday brunch this past weekend with her two boys and husband - my menu consisted of my breakfast bake, the Pioneer Woman's breakfast potatoes, champagne oranges and a Lemon No-Bake Icebox Cake. She loves anything lemon and I knew a cold dessert would be tasty on a warm summer morning. We loved it - here's the recipe.
<Four> Wooden Spoon Across the Pot - I have heard that if you put a wooden spoon across a boiling pot it keeps the water from overflowing. Whenever I boil potatoes, I can only assume my cupeth will runeth over. I had to make a potato salad for a picnic last week and tried this old wives' tale, and it worked!
<Five> Stitch Fix - I have had a few friends try this and had mixed results, makes me really curious. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription where you pay $20 for a month, fill out a survey about your style, and you receive a box with a few clothing items based on your survey. The clothing items/accessories are supposedly picked by a personal stylist to fit you like a glove. You then have three days to either A) return the clothes with the prepaid return tag if you do not like them B) purchase the items at the price listed. Price points are typically range from $50 - $100 depending on the items, so this is clearly no Old Navy clearance rack. Might be fun to try the subscription for a month. Something different and new, especially when you have as limited clothing options as you do where I live.
Do you have a Stitch Fix subscription, and do you like it? Please tell me about it!
In the meantime, have a great weekend with the ones that you love!
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