an ode to y’all

Y’all: contraction for ‘you all.’ Plural. “I am proud to be from the South – where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April, front porches are wide and words are long, mac and cheese is a vegetable, and pecan pie is a staple. Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried […]

the yellow skittle

The yellow skittle gets a bad rap. It polls poorly. In fact, in a recent survey, only 9% of respondents said that the yellow skittle was their favorite. I quite like the yellow skittle.  According to Urban Dictionary, yellow skittles are “hot, popular, people who tend to make others feel threatened, but once you get […]

hunger games

When he wispers “You love me, real or not real?” I say, “Real.” “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever.” “Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true, here is the place where I love you.” “Remember, were madly in love, so its ok […]

long island city

Long Island City is the westernmost neighborhood of Queens in New York City. It has the highest concentration of art galleries, studio space, and art institutions of anywhere in the city. Speaking of art, this board is calling to mind a term I read in an art book once: geometric abstraction. I hang my head […]

water for elephants

Water for Elephants the book, or Water for Elephants the movie… book or movie…to book or to movie. That is the question.  Either way, retro railroad cars are completely awesome. Blue Tulip Design has loads of ‘old timey’ stationary and custom designs, perfect for any type of ‘old spice’ wedding. I just bought some thank you […]

monkey see, monkey do

The precursor to the modern zoo was the ‘menagerie’, which dates back to the ancient world. The oldest known zoological collection was uncovered in Egypt and is believed to be from 3500 B.C. The animals included hippos, elephants, baboons, and wildcats. Zoos existed in ancient Greece and Rome, and Henry I of England kept lions, […]

all that is gold

All that is gold does glitter! I am about to nerd out on y’all in a major way… the original phrase, ‘all that is gold does not glitter,’ is the title of a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who […]

prima ballerina

Pierina Legnani (below left) was the first ballerina ever to be titled as Prima ballerina assoluta — with the Prima ballerina Olga Preobrajenskaya (right). They are costumed for the roles of Medora and Gulnare in the scene Le jardin animé from Marius Petipa’s final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. – St. Petersburg, 1899. I knew my husband (then boyfriend) was a keeper […]

shamrocks

1/2 oz vodka 1 oz green crème de menthe 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1 shamrock Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled margarita or collins glass. Garnish with a shamrock. Shamrocks are the national symbol of Ireland, as I’m sure we’re all aware of after one […]

up

Please tell me I’m not the only one who cried like a hungry baby during the first 15 minutes of Up.  The movie goes a little something like this: by tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right […]