Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Love Story

Reader Cameron sent me this link and I wanted to share it with y'all.

Hi, Came across your blog and thought you might enjoy this Link to a story dealing with a couple fighting in the war, but being able to come back to the states so that one can propose to the other... Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas in the City

I'm sorry I have not been posting much. Things have been really busy, I'm sure it is that way with all of you. It is hard sometimes to stop in the middle of the holiday rush and remember why we are celebrating. I'm been trying extra hard this week to remember "the reason for the season." I heard a guy say the other day, "I'm too blessed to be stressed." That is so true! My husband and I have used that as our motto the past few weeks when things get crazy.

Another reason for not posting is that I've been not feeling well. The doctors are still trying to figure out exactly what is wrong with me, but it has been pretty scary as they have done some major tests on me. We narrowed down some of the things they thought it might be, but still no solution and I'm still feeling bad. I get more test results back today, so please keep me in your prayers. I think we are on the right track! =)

Anyways...We have really enjoyed the holiday season in the city. It is so pretty all decorated up! We went ice skating in Central Park a few weekends ago and had a blast! We saw the tree in Rockefeller!! We've been surviving the cold weather and enjoying the occasional snow. Daisy saw her first snow a few weeks ago and did well! I have pictures I'll share soon. I have sent out all of our Christmas cards. So far everyone has loved them as much as I do! I have also received some precious cards. I have quite a few babies on my bulletin board and this time next year I will have at least 7 more! That's right...SEVEN of my friends are pregnant and a few others are trying. First, it was the weddings and now we are on to the babies. Very exciting! I better start stocking up on baby gifts.

My husband and I are going home on Friday evening after work. Yeah!! First, we are going to his parent's city (where I used to live as well), then we'll drive 4 hours south to where my parents live on Christmas Eve. I have the ENTIRE week off work next week so I'm very excited. I can't wait to be with our family and friends. I've missed them so much! We are very lucky that we'll be able to spend this time with them. My husband will have to leave on the 26th, but I'll stay until the 29th (we are going down to our beach house). Poor Daisy is going to be stuck in the city at her usual place. I'll miss her a lot during Christmas! (Is that pathetic...oh well!)

I'll try to post when I have chance, but I will probably be sporadic until after the New Year. I hope everyone enjoys the season and remember..."You are too blessed to be stressed!"

To tide you over until next time...below are some pictures of Christmas in the city for you to enjoy.

The tree...sideways!!

Ice skating in Central Park

Decorations on the street.

City Christmas Stand

Little trees with snow!

More trees! Snow in Central Park

Ice Skating in the city!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Merry Christmas from Daisy!

Here is my Christmas card from last year...thought I would share!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Ultimate Preppy Christmas List

The Ultimate Preppy Christmas List was compiled with the help of my readers suggestions. I had originally planned to make this list very pretty and put pictures...but as y'all know this time of year gets very busy and the best I can offer you is links. I hope you enjoy all of these great preppy finds. Many of them are still available...but act quickly if you want to get something personalized! I hope you enjoy!!

Monogrammed Door Mat from The Palm Gifts

Personalized Throw Pillow from Ballard Designs

For Your Preppy Puppy

Personalized Cosmetic Bag for $19.00 from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts

Three Designing Women Stamper from The Paper Cafe

Turq Becca Earrings

Hand Painted Christmas Tree Ornament for $30.00 from Lovely Stitches

Preppy Monogram Decal Stickers

Monogrammed Salad Set from The Palm Gifts

Whitney English Clipboard with Personalized Notepaper from The Paper Cafe

Crab Key Fob for $22.00 from The Pink Monogram

Personalized Wall Art by The Paper Menu from The Paper Cafe

Preppy Pens from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts for $9.00

Cocktails for the Beach for $15.00 from The Pink Monogram

Turq Penelope Earrings for $65.00

Monogrammed Acrylic Salt and Pepper Shakers from The Pink Monogram for $38.00.

Lucky Stripes Kitchen Ensemble from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Vineyard Vines Ties

Monogrammed Acrylic Cotton Ball and Q-tip Holder from The Pink Monogram for $36.00

Monogrammed Magnets from The Palm Gifts

Monogrammed Pet Bowl from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts for $26.00

Monogrammed Acrylic Pencil Holder from The Pink Monogram for $18.00

Old Navy Polka Dot Socks for $6.50

Monogrammed Photo Album from Lovely Stitches for $20.00

Turq Diana Earrings for $98.00

Monogrammed Acrylic Cookbook Stand from The Pink Monogram for $42.00

Monogrammed Notecards from The Palm Gifts

Personalized Apron for $20.00 from Lovely Stitches

Monogrammed Polka Dot Umbrella from The Pink Monogram for $28.00

Monogrammed Linen Pillow

Preppy Personalized Stockings from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts for $16.00

Monogrammed Checkbook Cover from Lovely Stitches for $12.00

Vineyard Vines Belts

Engraved Business Card Holder for $18.00 from Invite Cottage

Monogrammed Contact Cards by The Paper Menu from The Paper Cafe

Monogrammed Paper Cube from The Palm Gifts

Engraved Paper Weight for for $28.00

Vineyard Vines Totes

Engraved Cuff Links for $38.00

For $18.00-Monogrammed Croakies from Invite Cottage

Turq Alex Necklace

Monogrammed Bottle Opener Key Chain for $15.00 from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts

JCrew Ballet Slippers for $49.50

Wool Trim Ear Muffs from Jcrew for $39.50

Seda France Toile Lycee Candle from Paper Buzz for $32.00

A Year of Seeds from The Red Envelope for $70.00$$%2Foccasion%2Fbirthday%2Fflowers+%2B+gourmet@@30$$-12681@@35$$12681&catOid=-12681&oid=23039808&nc2=1

Houndstooth Old Navy Thow for $5.00!!

Embosser from The Paper Cafe

Monogrammed Nail File for $16.00 from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts

Personalized Gingerbread House from Williams Sonoma

Sterling Silver Cuff Link Knots for $58.00$$%2Frecipient%2Ffor+him%2Fcuff+links+%2B+jewelry@@30$$-12580@@35$$12580&catOid=-12580&oid=25322104&nc2=1

Hidden Message Coller Stays from The Red Envelope for $35.00$$%2Foccasion%2Fbest+of+holiday@@30$$-12810@@35$$12810&catOid=-12810&oid=23163312&nc2=1

Comfort and Joy Candle from Give Simple for $18.00

The Newlyweds Book of Firsts from Give Simple for $9.95

Turq Courtney Necklace

Dot Memo Set from The Paper Cafe

Personalized Christmas Ornaments for $24.00

Vineyard Vines Cable Sweater

Personalzed Hicks Paper Notecards from The Paper Menu

Bow Pads for $25.00

Polka Dot Cup Sleeve for $12.00

Ribbon Notepads for $16.00

Notepad Set for $22.00 from Alphabet Soup

Personalized Placemat Set of 4 for $60.00 from Alphabet Soup

Personalized Post It Holder for $20.00 from Mulberry Moon

Monogrammed Party Tub for $29.00

Personalized Plaid Mat

Candy Cane Amaryllis

Monogrammed Carafe

Preppy Painted Frame for $40.00

Notecards from The Paper Cafe

Inital Cutting Board for $34.00

Mirror Picture Frame for $14.95

Inspire Candle for $34.00

Engraved Candle $30.00

Monogrammed Soap for $11.00

monogrammed gift enclosure cards from The Paper Cafe

Monogrammed Linen Bathroom Accesssories from Ballard Designs

Gift Stickers from The Paper Cafe

Monogrammed Planter from Ballard Designs

Prep by Month Calendar from The Paper Cafe for $15.00

Animal print driving mocs from Steve Madden

Cupcake ornament-It's Pink & Green too!

Personalized tervis tumblers

Pewter cuff bracelet. The look of silver, without the polishing.

Polka dot party coasters to use all year round.

LL Bean Wool Pea Coat in the fun coral color. Or go with the classics of navy & camel.

J.Crew Double Cloth Sybil Coat

Leather Bound Calendar,prod90327261,prod90859261#

J.Crew Tartan Ballet Flats

Vineyard Vines Wristlet

The Palm Gifts Monogrammed Umbrella

Ralph Lauren Style Book

L.L. Bean Blueberry Breakfast Gift Set

Pottery Barn Monogrammed Soaps

Kate Spade Makeup Case

Kate Spade Bow Clutch

Kate Spade Rain Shoe

Pink Sponge Gloves

High Heel Server

Pink and Green Pad

Damask Luggage Tags

J Crew "Wool jersey shift dress."

Tocca Candles

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3 in 1

Crane Calling Cards in Ivory

Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Trio

Nars Multiple Orgasam Set

Philosphy Candy Cane 3 in 1

Mercury Candlesticks for $38.00

Silver Placecard Holders for $30.00

Ribbon Plates for $150.00

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pictures from K&J's Wedding

Here are a few pics from K&J's fabulous wedding weekend. I'm still recovering...sorry for the lack of posts. Hope you enjoy these. I'll post more later!

Fabulous hair

K's wedding dress

K's bouquet
Mother's Bouquet
First dance as Mr. and Mrs.

Wreath at the Hilton

Dress detail

Fabulous hair with beautiful dress

So sweet!
Porch where they served mimosas and the best bloody marys ever for Friday's Hunter's brunch.

A view from the front porch of the levy.

The old plantation house where Friday's brunch was held.

Saturday's brunch was a cochon de lait (pig roast)!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Heading South

Hi friends! Just wanted to check in and let you know that I have my first big event at work tonight so I'm crazy busy! I also leave tomorrow after work for K's wedding in LA. I can't wait! I promise to take lots of pictures. I'll talk to y'all next week.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Preppy Christmas Tree Skirt

I went on a quest to find the perfect affordable Preppy Christmas Tree Skirt. Hmmm. I found a few good options here, but my final conclusion is that I'm going into the Preppy Christmas Tree Skirt business. Where oh where is a pink and green polka dot skirt when you need one? (Not that my husband would approve, in fact the ONLY one he approved of was Macy's Holiday Lane Striped Tree Skirt. Which is pretty cute, but I probably shouldn't have asked. Ha, Ha!) Which ones do y'all like? Have any others that I missed?

PS. See below for winner of The Paper Cafe and Whitney English's personalized notepad giveaway...VirginiaBelle! Please email me at asap to claim your prize VBelle!!

Rich Green Tree Skirt from Christmas Decorations and Gift Store for $96.76
Krinkles Department 56 Tree Skirt from Imaginary Kingdom for $249.00Traditional Personalized Tree Skirt from Oriental Trading for $19.99

Sunday, December 2, 2007

We Have a Winner!

We have a winner...Miss VirginiaBelle! Your name was picked out of the hat by Mollie from The Paper Cafe. Please email me at with all of your information so I can pass it along to Mollie. Congrats! Thank you to everyone else for the great response.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Make Your List Giveaway!

"He's making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice...Santa Claus is coming to town!!"

Surprise Giveaway! It's Friday and December starts tomorrow! Can you believe it? A chill is in the air today in NYC and we are expecting our first snow on Sunday! Have you made your Preppy Christmas list yet? Also, don't forget to send me links to your favorite things to include in The Ultimate Preppy Christmas List (I'll be posting the list soon).

In honor of "making your list and checking it twice", my friends at Whitney English and The Paper Cafe have generously offered to give away two Whitney English clipboards with personalized note sheets to one lucky reader!

To enter, click over to The Paper Cafe website, tell us which two note sheet patterns you would choose for your clipboard, and enter your comment back here. (There are FOUR pages of fabulous choices so good luck narrowing down your pick!)

Our contest will end Sunday at 12:00pm EST and our WINNER will be chosen & announced on Monday, December 3rd.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Happy Meme Day!

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items.
You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?
1. Produce: Strawberries
2. Bakery: French Bread
3. Meat: Filet
4. Frozen: Sister Schubert's Pigs in Blanket
5. Dairy: Brie

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
1. My Paige Jeans
2. JCrew Cable Sweater
3. Ballet Flats

If I was to listen in on your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. Yes, Ma'am
2. Yikes
3. Excuse Me?
4. Yes, please
5. Is it 5pm yet?

So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
1. Consume 1 diet coke
2. Get on the Internet
3. Hug and kiss my husband

We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
1. Nap
2. Lay in bed and read People and other magazines
3. Take Daisy for a walk
4. Take a Bubble Bath!!
5. Play on the Internet while watching TV

We are going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit.
What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
1. Gorillas
2. Sea Lions
3. Polar Bears

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
1. Oprah
2. American Idol
3. Martha
4. Saturday Night Live

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
1. Chocolate and Peanut Butter
2. Mint Chocolate Chip
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?
1. Kate Spade Wallet
2. Chanel and Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss
3. Kate Spade Sunglasses
4. My planner
5. Flora Bama Membership Card

You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
1. Pediatrician
2. Broadway Actress
3. Today Show Host
4. Preppy Store Owner

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
1. It's not the end of the world to get a C
2. Losing certain friends will be REALLY good for you!
3. Relax a little bit more
4. Be nicer to everyone

A-Z Meme

A-Z Meme (sorry about the strange spacing...not sure why I can't make it work today)

A-Available or single? Married for 5 months (tomorrow)

B-Best friend? My husband
C-Cake or pie? Cake...especially cupcakes
D-Drink of choice? 1)Diet Coke 2) Good red wine 3) Margaritas 4) Fruit Punch Crystal Light

E-Essential item I use everyday? My LL Bean Tote Bag
F-Favorite colors? Pink and green
G-Gummy bears or gummy worms? Bears, Please especially Black Forest
H-Hometown? I was born in Atlanta, GA and then lived in a small town in Alabama

I-Indulgence? Mani/pedi's, shoes, and clothes
J-January or February? February. It has Valentine's Day and Mardis Gras

K-Kids and names? I don't have kids...yet. The closest I have to a kid is my golden retriever Daisy.

L-Life is not complete husband family, and friends
M-Marriage date? June 30, 2007

N-Number of siblings? 1 brother and 1 sister (both younger)
O-Oranges or apples? Apples (I have acid reflux and I can't eat oranges)
P-Phobias or fears? Getting stuck in an elevator...I didn't use to be so scared of this but now that I ride them daily and I see them get stuck daily...I get especially nervous in the really old ones
Q-Favorite quote? "It's the friends that you can call at 3AM that really matter." and "Wherever you go, there you are." and "Life is not about the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away."
R-Reason to smile? I leave for Louisiana in one week for K's wedding weekend!

S-Season? Summer
T-Tag? Anyone who wants to do it!
U- Unknown fact about me? Since you haven't really seen too many pics of me...I have curly brown hair and brown eyes!

V-Vegetable you don't like? Pickles

W-Worst habit? I don't make my bed daily (I know gasp...) I always make it when company is coming and when I have enough time, but most days it doesn't get fully made. I also twist my curls when I'm bored.

Y-Your favorite food? Mexican...especially cheese dip
Z-Zodiac ? Leo the Lion

The Name Game

I stole this from Sue:

The Name Game:

10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father's middle name) Thompson George
9. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, fathers dad) John George
8. STARWARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, 2 letters of your first)Undme
7. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, fav animal)Pink Gorilla
6. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Jane Atlanta
5. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning) The Green Margarita
4. FLY GIRL/GUY NAME: (1st 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters ofyour last name)Meod
3. GANGSTA NAME: ( fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)Peanut Butter & Chocolate White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
2. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pets name, current street name)Daisy East Number Street
1. STRIPPER NAME: ( name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy)Chanel Reese Butter Cup

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thanksgiving Recap

Sorry I've been MIA this week. It has been a little bit more busy at work as my 1st event is next Wednesday. Anyways...

My family and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and I hope that all of you did as well. My parents, brother and sister arrived on Wednesday. They were pretty tired, so we just had a few drinks and they went to bed early. My husband and I met his aunt and uncle (who were also in town) and cousins here for dinner. This was my second visit (in a week) and I highly recommend it!

Thursday morning we woke up bright and early to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was so amazing to see the balloons in person. They are enormous! While we could not see street level very well, we had a great view of the balloons. Everyone needs to see the parade in person at least once, it is so worth it! Our Thanksgiving meal was fabulous. All of my dishes turned out great and my husband's mashed potatoes were a hit with my family. Our apartment isn't very big, but we managed quite well. Y'all would have been proud of all my new monogrammed linens set out on TV trays! I think I had a very successful first Thanksgiving as a hostess, but I have a new appreciation for all the years that my Mom has done it by herself. I was exhausted!

Friday, was VERY chilly so we really just hung around and talked and went on a few short excursions. That evening, we went to dinner at The 21 Club. It was pretty good. I had been told it is more about the atmosphere then the food, but we wanted to see for ourselves. The food was average, but the place is very unique. After dinner, our tickets to Curtains were canceled due to the stagehand strike (by the way, they are STILL striking). We were very lucky to get tickets to The Putnam County Spelling Bee, one of the only plays that is still showing on Broadway and it was HILARIOUS! It reminded me of a great Saturday Night Live skit.

On Saturday, we took a stroll with Daisy in Central Park. The leaves were stunning and the weather was crisp and clear. My Mom and sister and I went to Saks and I bought my dress. They both loved it and I'll be wearing it next weekend to one of my best friend's weddings in Louisiana. My husband and I were so impressed with our dinner a few weeks ago at Wolfgang's that we convinced my Dad we needed to go there for dinner. It was so tasty and we all drank way too much and then walked to The Mercury Bar to watch the Alabama vs Auburn game. No comment on the rest of the evening.

My family left Sunday morning and it was sad to see them go. I'll post pictures soon. I'm still waiting to find out if my husband will get any time off for Christmas so that we can travel back home to the South. We should know something soon. He is in the last part of his training before his permanent placement. For this new part he has to be AT work at 7:30am. The past few mornings have been a little too early for me. Especailly this morning...because...

I had a cry fest last night. One of my new friends and her husband (who works with my husband) are moving to Atlanta. Her husband is being transferred and they are leaving in March. I am so sad because a) I would like to move back to the South sooner rather than later and I'm really jealous and b) I really like my new friend and I'm really sad she is leaving me and c) PMS.

I'm counting down the days until my friend K's wedding. Most of our KD pledge class will be at the wedding and I am looking forward to seeing my girls. I miss them so much. I will also get to see my friend A, who is 15 weeks pregnant. I need to remember to bring her a little something. I'm so excited to finally see her! I leave next Thursday evening for Louisiana and I CAN'T wait to get out of the city. It's getting really cold here and it will be nice to be in the South.

Do y'all think I need this or this? I have a $50.00 gift certificate from our wedding and I've been saving it to get something for our apt for Christmas. Would love to hear your opinions.

Ok, back to work!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Invite Cottage EParty

Hi friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm hosting an eparty this week with this week. Just enter code MRU and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping with some of their cute gifts! You get free shipping on all orders over $100. They carry monogrammed gifts, invitations, stationary, and much more. Feel free to pass this invitation on to any of your coworkers or friends.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Monogrammed Tervis Tumblers

Acrylic Salt and Pepper Shakers

Gift Stickers

Personalized Note Pad

Monogrammed Fleece Gloves

Monogrammed Cosmetic Case

Enclosure Cards

Acrylic Cheese and Cracker Tray

Monogrammed Sippy Cups

Engraved Pacifier Clip

Monogrammed Baby Bibs

Monogrammed Visor

Monogrammed Umbrella

Holiday Bottle Gift Tags

Personalized Plate

Monogrammed Candle

Monogrammed Soap

Personalized Coasters

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm Thankful

I'm Thankful for:

God and all the gifts he has bestowed on my family and me.

My family...
*My loving husband who is so patient with me and continues to make my heart flutter every time that I see him.
*My wonderful brother. He is so smart and I know he will go so far in life. We are so much alike and I wish that he would move from Atlanta to New York so that I could see him more.
*My amazing sister. She's one of my best friends and she can always make me smile. I am so proud of how far she has come and the obstacles she has jumped to get where she is today. She is so young and she will do amazing things. I can't wait to see where life takes her.
*My Mom. Oh my Mom. We almost killed each other a few times during wedding planning, but overall it just made is better friends. She is an amazing strong woman and I'm so lucky to have her. She has been so wonderful listening to me during my homesick times. She always tells me to snap out of it when I'm in one of my moods. She knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I miss her so much and I can't wait to see her this weekend!
*My Daddy. He is my hero (yeah, I'm one of those girls). He always has advice for me and he is my rock. I love our talks and I miss our boat rides. He HATES crowds, but he was the 1st one to say he would come to NYC for Thanksgiving. He's the best. He really is.
*My new family. They have been so wonderful to me already and I'm so glad to have them in my life now. I continue to enjoy learning more about each of them.
*My dog Daisy. She greets me with wide eyes and a wagging tail everyday when I come home from work. When I cry she puts her head in my lap, when I'm lonely she jumps up on my bed uninvited and rests at my feet, when I'm happy she plays with me and when I'm content...she's just there.
*My other dogs Lily and Scarlet and our cat Sam...they are all my parent's animals but I love them too and I still get lots of attention every time I walk in the front door.
*The happy memories of the family members I've Nana, both grandfathers and especially my aunt, who died 8 years ago this week. She was like a second mother to me and I miss her very much.
*And readers! I started this blog almost a year ago and it has served as an outlet for me during my wedding planning and my big move. I am thankful that so many of you have been there for every up and down along the way. I love to write and even though I have misspellings and bad grammar, I love that you continue to come back. I love your comments and emails. I truly feel like I have a new group of friends!

And the little things that help make my life enjoyable...
*Kisses from my husband when he gets home
*Bubble baths (especially Philosophy's Cinnamon Buns)
*Hugs from friends
*Pretty invitations and the fun that comes with them
*Warm towels from the dryer
*My Junior League provisional class
*Weekend trips
*Full moons
*Fresh flowers from my husband (you should have seen the ones he brought me last night!!)
*Cheese dip (even though I can't get it in NYC)
*Sleeping babies
*Lip Gloss (especially Bobbi Brown)
*Giving and receiving surprise cards in the mail for no particular reason
*Red wine and margaritas (especially margaritas here)
*An unexpected call from a friend
*My favorite songs playing on the radio
*Birthday parties!
*A great sale
*Mani/Pedi, especially the cheap ones in NYC
*All the great shows right now on ABC
*My black puffy coat, I don't think I could make it through the NYC winter without it
*My wedding pictures, they help me remember one of the best days of my life.
*Smiles from strangers
*Christmas Cards
*Smitty and Lawrence...the guys that take my trash out every morning and afternoon at work
*The way you feel right after you get your hair cut
*Dirty Martinis
*All of my friends that are pregnant (4 of them!!)
*Carnegie Deli Cheesecake with strawberries on top
*Fresh on earth would I carry all those groceries down the street
*Bobbi Brown gives me just what I need to feel good about myself!
*Filling up a brand new calendar with bdays and events
*Stationary (especially Whitney English and The Paper Cafe who have been so sweet to me)
*Holidays...I love them all!
*Boat rides with my Dad
*Saturday mornings
*People Magazine
*My morning Jamaican shuttle driver, Eirle
*Calm mornings
*Balloons!! (That was one of my first words...kinda...I called them loons!!)
*My great aunt's pearls
*NYC Pizza
*A good book and the time to read it
*Diet Coke
*Good hair days
*Alabama Football (most of the time)
*Encouragement from someone I love
*My beautiful wedding ring and wedding band. Every time the light makes it sparkle I remember my husband's love for me and our special day.
*Christmas decorations
*Online shopping
*My sweet doormen
*My parent's beach house. It is my special place. I think my blood pressure goes down the minute I arrive. While it is still new, I already have so many wonderful memories there.


PS. I'm off for the rest of the week to enjoy my family! They arrive at 3pm today!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Don't Forget...The Ultimate Preppy Christmas List

So...what do you want for Christmas? I'm going to attempt to put together the ultimate Preppy Christmas List. Please email me at a link to one or more preppy items that are on your Christmas list or you can just leave a comment and I'll post them all in the ultimate Preppy Christmas List! How much fun! Stores, don't be afraid to self promote! Show us what you've got! Bonus points if you want to offer MMM readers a discount.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do!

One of my very best friends in the world just broke up with her boyfriend. They were very serious and she was pretty sure he was "the one." I'm not going to get into the whole story for her own privacy, but I want your help today in cheering her up. Please write a comment with your best breakup advice so I can pass along lots of love and good cheer to her today! Thanks for helping out!

More Thanksgiving Recipes

I made these recipes yesterday:

Cranberry and Pear Relish

From "Big Sky Cooking" by Ellen Wright and Meredith BrokawWith its cinnamon and allspice flavorings, this cranberry relish is a fine complement to the gentle pear and an excellent condiment to serve with chops, chicken, or roasts — even with scrambled eggs. And the color is a gorgeous deep burgundy that dresses up any table.

Makes 5 to 6 cups

1 (16-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, or 1 (15-ounce) can whole cranberries
1 cup water
11/2 cups sugar (1/2 cup if using canned cranberries)
3 to 4 unripe pears (Bartlett, Anjou, or Comice), peeled and diced
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Rinse and pick over the fresh cranberries, discarding stems and imperfect berries.
In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Add the pears and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the berries start to pop, about 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice, cinnamon, and allspice. Transfer to a bowl and let cool; cover and refrigerate overnight to thicken.

And this one...
From "Camille Glenn's Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookbook" by Camille GlennOne of the glories of the fall and winter seasons in the Deep South, especially during the Christmas holiday, is pumpkin pie. When the snow covers the ground and the cold air chills our bones, what could taste better or make us feel happier than to share with friends and loved ones our favorite pies? Dress up the pie with a touch of whipped cream, if you like, but don't even forget the coffee.
Serves 8
2 cups best-quality canned puréed pumpkin
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract10-inch pie shell
2 tablespoons unsalted butterWhipped cream, for topping

1.Preheat the oven to 400° F.
2.Measure the pumpkin into a roomy bowl. Add the cream and eggs and beat thoroughly with a whisk.
3.In a small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and spices. Toss them together well. Beat into the pumpkin mixture. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
4.Spoon the filling into the partially baked and cooled pie shell. (See note.) Dot with the butter.
5.Place the pie on the lowest rack of the preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350° F and continue to bake the pie until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean and the crust is light golden brown, about 45 minutes.
6.Allow the pie to cool slightly before serving. Pass the whipped cream separately.
Note: A partially baked crust makes for a crisper final crust than when a raw crust is used

Friday, November 16, 2007

What's for Dinner?

Let's share Thanksgiving menus! I'm guessing we all have turkey, but post a few of your other favorites or unique items on your Thanksgiving menu so we can all compare notes.

I'll start...we have:

Smoked Turkey from Mosley's (you can get an Alabama smoked Turkey here, one of my other favorites)
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Dressing (two kinds Oyster Dressing and Regular)
Cranberries (canned for my sister and homemade from a neighbor..although this year I'm going to try to make my about a recipe to try)
West Indies Salad
Bing Cherry Jello Salad kinda like this but we just use the jello and cherries
Green Bean Casserole
Sometimes Sweet Potato Casserole or Squash Casserole
Hawaiian Rolls

Hope's Pumpkin Cheesecake...this year we're going to get a cheesecake from my favorite NYC spot for cheesecake...Carnegie Deli
Pumpkin Pie
B&B Pecan Pie

This year my family is coming to NYC on Wednesday! My Mom is bringing most of our Thanksgiving with her (including the Mosley's smoked turkey, west indies and B&B Pecan Pie). I'll get to have everyone at my apartment and we'll make the rest there! I am so excited! They will be here on Wednesday and we plan to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. We have dinner here and tickets to see Curtains (if the stage hands quit their strike) and we'll fill our time exploring the city. I have Friday off from work and they will be here until Sunday! I'm so excited!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Long Post in Celebration of my 300th Post!

Hello ladies! (And gents...are there any gentleman out there???) Just thought I would give you a quick update on life in the big city. I have not been as homesick this week, so that is a good thing! My husband (I still love saying that) and I had a really good weekend last weekend. As usual the highlights involve food. =) On Friday night we went here with some new friend (they are also from the South and the guy works with my husband) for a WONDERFUL dinner! The wait was a little long, but the steak was one of the best I've ever had. It was such a nice treat! On Saturday we were really craving some Southern BBQ to go with our football game (no comment) so we went here for the 2nd half of the Bama game. It's not quite as good as at home, but it is pretty close and I love all their BBQ sauces. On Sunday we met one of our other couple friends for Brunch here. It was great!

This week has been pretty uneventful. I got a few online orders...from Jcrew-I got the Italian flannel Emma dress, the black abby jacket and the Emily silk chiffon dress. I am keeping Emma and Abby, but Emily is AWFUL! It is NOT flattering. I'm really thinking about ordering the Lyndsey dress in holiday red or the Lilly Sienna dress for the rehearsal dinner. Which one do you think I would use more? PLEASE help! I just love both of them! Out of all my choices I shared before, I went to go get the Eliza J black dress and it is back ordered until Feb 15th! Did y'all all order it? Ha, Ha! OK, so forget that and on to other options...

Last night I ventured to Saks to search out some of the dresses I had seen online. I was mesmerized by the winter wonderland they have created on the ground floor. Wow! I finally made it to the dress floor and I was in heaven. I found a bunch of the dresses I had listed before a few posts ago. I tried on this one...hello potato sack! I tried on my BCBG silver lace dress. It is really pretty, but I'm not 100% sold because it is a little pricey and their are pleats right below the sash that I'm just not sure flatter my hips. It's not horrible, but not the best ever either...but the dress is so pretty in person! Also, there is another BCBG lace dress that is black and white that is not on their website and I think it might be a little more flattering. I am going to head back there on Saturday when I have a little bit more time to think. I only had twenty minutes before closing time and I was distracted by these shoes that they had set out for me to try on with my dresses. Hello lovelies! I did manage to pick up a really cute BCBG navy wrap dress for $63.00! This one is also on sale for the same price and I might have to go back and get it too! Saks still has a tone on sale right now both at the store and online. I also found this one and thought it was pretty cute. Hmm. What do y'all think? The wedding is only a few weeks away and I've got to find something soon! Suggestions appreciated.

After my shopping spree, I went over to a friend's house for her Project Runway premier party. We had a blast! She bought a case of champagne that we enjoyed while munching on a great variety of dips and cheeses. This is one of my old friends from college that lives up here and this was the first time I got to meet all her NYC friends. They were all very nice (and mostly from the South) and I really enjoyed myself. It was a nice change to have a girls night out. My husband left on a business trip to Houston last night, so I'm on my own until Friday night. I slept horribly last night! It amazes me how much I'm just used to having him there. I miss him so much and it has only been 24 hours that I haven't seen him. Pathetic, I know.

In other news, ladies we have to help out out Wendy. She writes,

"Okay, I am in a crisis!!! My husband and I always take our vacation in the fall/winter because of his business. Works for me because I have a 50% chance that I don’t have to worry about swimsuits. Fat chance (no pun intended) this year!!! Where can a 30-something preppy find a bathing suit? JCrew bikinis are too skimpy for me and I am iffy on Lilly Pulitzer’s resort bathing suits. If you have time, I appreciate any input."

Please post any ideas you have for her!

On to another subject. What do you want for Christmas? I'm going to attempt to put together the Ultimate Preppy Christmas List. Please email me at a link to one or more preppy items that are on your Christmas list and I'll post them all in the Ultimate Preppy Christmas List! How much fun!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day today!

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