Certainly, it’s nice to be home in my own bed and getting back to work, and the reunion with Athena was sweeter than sweet. And I guess I was happy to see the kittens, but not as happy as they were to see me and sleep on top of me and steal my desk chair. Today, with no chance of sun and missing Scarlet while she was at school and then at Grandma’s house, it hit me. It’s a huge deal to go through the planning of a wedding, even if you’re not the one getting married. It’s a huge deal to be a Matron-of-Honor and to see your far away loved ones and to dance all night and to be all together, and now? It’s just silence. Me editing photos, with a gassy cat on my lap. Des at daycare, Scarlet at school, Cassidy at his office. Just here.
I decided that since I diagnosed myself, I could prescribe the antidote for these blues. Old School Blogging! And not only that, Old School Blogging: A Few of My Favorite Things. Who doesn’t want to talk/think about their favorite things??
Favorite sit down restaurant:
Well part of me really wants to say “Mama’s” in San Francisco. My mom went there in her 20’s and remembers seeing parrots flying around the park outside of it. Since she couldn’t be sure this wasn’t drug-related (love you, Mom!) we were able to fact-check years later that it was, in fact, a true thing. And not just drug related! You can find out some info about the restaurant HERE and some info about the birds HERE. If it’s a weekend, you will have to wait to eat, but it will be a breakfast you will dream about for years to come. Decades, actually. And that’s not even drug related.
I also want to give the nod to a restaurant in Westhampton that is just two minutes from my house. It’s called Outlook Farm and it’s a farm, apple orchard, deli, butcher, bakery, restaurant, grill, ice cream store, market, and many other things at once. Despite a brief stint during Des’ pregnancy in which I couldn’t go in there for fear of barfing, it’s the most amazing place. You can get hayrides on Sundays in the fall, and candy, prizes and activities year-round. We used to be able to take Athena there for a sit down breakfast, although someone complained about dogs and we haven’t done that in awhile. They built up their new barn in the last year or so, and it still has that new wood smell. You can go there for pretty much anything you might need, and things you things you might not need too. Outlooks is good for the soul. I can’t even say enough about it.
Well. I have an answer to this one, and I’ve mentioned it here before! You can get them from Greggory’s Pastry Shop in Hadley, MA. Their chocolate chip cookies are already out of hand, but they take two of them, sandwich them together with chocolate buttercream, and dip them in a chocolate glaze. With sprinkles. They will also do the same thing with vanilla buttercream and a white chocolate glaze. With sprinkles. If you want your life changed, come on down! Or up.
Favorite bath product scent:
Hmmm.. I’m mostly always about vanilla. I like to smell edible, I guess?
Favorite TV shows:
Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who, Revenge, New Girl, Modern Family, Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville, Parenthood, probably some others too.. I like Sofia the First! Just kidding. Seeing if you’re listening.
I always think I know the answer to this, but I’m not sure if I do. I think I’m confusing it with favorite bird. (how??) I really love sunflowers. They’re so expressive and alive. And when it turns cold out, they look about as good as I feel. Not good.
Favorite bad-for-me snack:
Just one? I’ll have to say that the cookies described above would be up there, but they’re so good for the soul, that are they really bad for me? My favorite snack is popcorn with butter, but I don’t think that’s bad for me. Umm.. ice cream?
I have subscriptions to many magazines that were all gifts, but I don’t have a subscription to my actual favorite magazine – Yankee Magazine. It’s everything New England and the photos, ideas, and MOOSE are incredible.
I don’t know if it’s a hobby if I say blogging and photography, since those are more lifestyle/career type stuff. Well, reading is a hobby. Animals. Road trips. Playing computer games but not admitting that I play computer games..
Good old Christmas. It’s just special. And larger than life. And that’s what I like. I really love Easter too, but partly because it means spring. And Valentine’s Day is pretty. Halloween and Thanksgiving are good for the soul. It’s all good!
Favorite girls’ night out activity:
I’ve been doing this more and more lately, and my favorites include cookies, trivia nights at bars, or playing Cards Against Humanity at someone’s house. That game is so vulgar and wicked, that you just laugh and laugh for hours.
Favorite date night:
Historically, it’s included finding moose until it’s dark out, and then finding great dinner and even greater dessert.