10 more things

Because sometimes I love 10 little moments to be selfish and think about sh*t I like.   Found via bakinginmybathingsuit.

1) Favorite Color: Gotta love the green!

2) Favorite Animal: I’ve also had a soft spot for penguins, I blame a trip to the Boston Aquarium (that’s what I call it) when I was 5.

3) Favorite Number: I don’t have a favorite number, I’m just not crazy about 13, trying to dial that down a bit.

4) Favorite (non-adult) drink:  Metromint water (try the lemon) or Diet Dr. Pepper

5) Facebook or Twitter? Twitter.   Short.  Sweet.   Not too many pictures of uteruses, I’m down.

6) Passion:  Other than that whole manfriend or mother thing I suppose spotting celebs before they were famous in Sex and the City.   I should really keep a journal on this.

7) Giving or receiving presents?  I love giving gifts that people love and receiving compliments, wrong but true.

8) Favorite Pattern:  Is paisley back in yet?  I love a unique plaid.

9) Favorite Day: Saturdays or Sundays, not too much work and lots of family time, and Mad Men

10) Favorite Flower:  the kind that come in a large bouquet that make other people jealous.  Like this one, manfriend.  Or this one.   (I also like lilacs.)


tulips & toes

Saturday was absolutely beautiful in upstate New York.   70’s, sun shining, a light breeze, we’ve had snow in late April before so I do not take this weather for granted.   I had read an article in the Times Union that because of our fab weather, the tulips for Tulip Festival may actually be dead by May and that peak viewing time was now.  Boom, there was our reason to head to Washington Park, it did not disappoint.

I found the perfect lounging spot while kiddo played

The tulips were breathtaking.

And I got to reflect about the Moses statue.  Kiddo saw the water and immediately asked if he could jump in, I responded with a NO, but that was a bit hypocritical…

Growing up in Albany I spent a lot of time in the park.  Even pre-high school.   My brother and I went to a ton of different after care and summer camp programs over the years and they would walk us all over Albany.   That’s right, walk…we only got to take a bus if it was raining and that was a maybe.   Anyway, I remember when I went to one camp downtown, we would spend every day in the park.  We always migrated towards the Moses statue and we would always jump in the water, I don’t remember checking to see if a dog was peeing in it first, I doubt that would have deterred us.    We would then climb to the top, try to find ways inside the monument, hang off it.  Not only were we disrespectful, it was just plain unsafe, but a ridiculous amount of fun.   Won’t share those stories with kiddo just yet.

cakes and flowers

Manfriend’s birthday was over the weekend.   He requested a chocolate raspberry cake.  At first I thought that would be insanely involved and difficult, but really it was chocolate cake + chocolate frosting + raspberry extract in some of the cake and some of the frosting + fresh raspberries =

Chocolate Raspberry Awesomness.    Yea this wasn’t vegan either.  I had a giant vegan fail this weekend.  Epic.

So that love holiday is all up in our faces tomorrow.   Funny thing, manfriend’s birthday kinda sorta coincides with our
anniversary-ish so we’re 12 years deep into this romance.  We still celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Kind of.  The first few years he was johnny on the spot with the most beautiful flowers, roses that would bring a tear to your eye.   Then something interesting started happening.   I started getting flowers on the 13th.   At first I chalked it up to a busy guy who couldn’t get his dates straight.   Nope.  When I asked him about the early floral delivery he was dead-honest:


“It’s cheaper the day before, even cheaper on the 15th”

Romance isn’t dead, it’s just a little early (or late.)