A Year in Photos: 2011

Posted on December 31, 2011 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Wow, so much has happened this past year! I'm sad to see it go, but at the same time I'm looking forward to bigger and better things in 2012. Here is my year in photos.

As usual, there were plenty of kitten make-out sessions.

I drank a Southern Gentleman.

We stayed in our dream apartment in NYC.

And saw Wicked!

We tracked a bike-painter through the streets of Toronto.

Got a dishwasher. (Kitten not included)

Saw some Pollocks.

I quit my shitty (but well paid) job in Insurance for a fun (but much less well paid) job at a theatre.

We saw Private Lives minus Paul Gross.

Went on a Bachelorette party boat cruise.

And saw two dear friends get married!

I ate cheesecake stuffed french toast. Yes, that's french toast with cheesecake inside.

All in all, it was a pretty great year. Of course there were some tears, but they were outnumbered by smiles. I wonder what 2012 will bring. My New Year's resolution is to blog more and take more photos...and Barney's is to lose a few pounds!

The Southern Gentleman

Posted on July 2, 2011 and tagged Personal with comments

I had the most delicious and beautiful cocktail of my life the other night at a little place called Grace down the street. The food was amazing too, but this cocktail was so charming I can't stop thinking about it!

It's called The Southern Gentleman and while I don't think this is the official recipe, this is what I imagine it's made of:

  • muddled strawberries
  • muddled raspberries
  • club soda
  • magic!?!
  • bourbon
  • nectarine for garnish

It was served in a simple old fashioned lowball glass, resting in a pretty vintage dish. Behold!

Here's how you can get this look at home.

  1. Vintage Dish from Etsy
  2. Old Fashioned Tumbler from Bed Bath & Beyond

NYC 2011!

Posted on June 25, 2011 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

I have many excuses for not blogging very much lately, but you don't want to hear that... you want to see my vacation pictures!! Right? Of course you do! Who doesn't love to see strangers' vacation photos?

A few weeks ago my husband and I took a quick 5 day trip to New York. We both have trouble with the concept of a "relaxing" vacation where you just lay on the beach or BBQ at the cottage. I mean, what else do you do? Is there wifi? We have issues clearly, so we both prefer a city vacation. We stayed with a colleague of my hubby's and his wife in their crazy beautiful apartment in NoHo. He had a couple meetings, I did a lot of shopping and we both did a ton of eating! It was a complete success!

We flew Porter Airlines for the first time too! It was great because the airport is literally a 10 minute drive form our apartment which made the whole process a breeze. And can I tell you, the nicest people work at Porter! You actually feel like a human being moving through the airport instead of part of a herd of cattle. Not to mention their adorable raccoon mascot!

Loving the bold artwork in this cafe. I would have bought this painting in heart beat if it hadn't been way too huge to fit in our luggage...and way out of my price range. Maybe I'll try to make something like it myself. Simple image, bold colors, lots of gloss. Probably sounds easier than it is. Might make a fun weekend project though! We had a great lunch at ilili and admired the cool design. Lots of mirrors!

I couldn't leave New York without seeing another Broadway show! This time it was Wicked. Did I mention I'm crazy for musicals? I had actually already seen Wicked when it came to Toronto last year but it was so awesome it called for another viewing. And I thought my husband might like it too. He's not normally into that sort of thing, but he actually really enjoyed Wicked! If you have any interest in The Wizard of Oz, then you'll appreciate the story. Oh and did I mention it's funny? SO funny! The photo on the left is when we first got to the theatre and I apparently turned into a ghost. I wish I was photogenic. I swear I'm not half mist in person!

Caturday: Best Friends

Posted on April 23, 2011 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

I need to remind myself that my cats actually do get along because I spent all day Thursday breaking up cat fights! All. Day. Barney went to the vet because he has a sore on his lip and when he came back Marshall would not stop hissing and growling at him! Apparently it's some scent thing. This led to a couple massive cat fights with hissing, screaming, fur flying, the whole nine yards! Yes, Marshall screams when he's upset. So here is a picture of my boys acting like the (almost) perfect little angels they are.

Best Friends

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