My Fema (grandmother) who taught me to take pleasure in the little things, the important things in life and who my most cherished childhood memories are with. She will forever remain in my heart and in my thoughts.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ending 2011

Ending a year for some is a momentous occasion, an acknowledgement of the past year failures or successes.  For me, the year was good and I look forward to the next one as being even better.  So this is how I have spent my Holiday and New Year.


and baking


and eating

Christmas time at Pershing Square


 Catching up on reading


Great holiday decorations in Naples in Long beach, CA.  A wonderful walk down the canal that it littered with wonderfully decorated houses.

Awwsome water show.  "World of Color" at California Adventure.

 Disneyland is beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Happy Holidays

...and happy 2012!!!
w/luv E-

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Reason I have been too buzy (lazy) to post.

Excuse Reason 

Visit to the Nation's Capitol (pretty good reason, if I ever heard one).

Is it wrong that I was jumping up and down yelling yippee, waiting for the subway?

The view from my room, if you twist to the left...looking backwards...on a clear day.
I just love Georgetown.  Everyone in business attire, shinny shoes and the air of contempt around them.
Potomac River from Key Bridge.  A lot of people have an evening jog across it.  I only crossed it on my way to get champagne, yummy G-Town food or...
oh, so yummy cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, or...

to get some of the best coffee (sorry was only one time...I swear) or...

a nice walk through Francis Scott Key Park (not pictured is the homeless man who proceeded to walk to a bench, pull down his pants and sit down.  You are welcome!), or...


Thursday, September 22, 2011

...and on the eigth day, he created websites.

A list of some web based faves.

Ok, so a few merchandise websites that I lub, lub, lub.  In no particular order we have:

1. - Give them your size and fave brands and they send you e-mails when those things go on sale.  Brilliant, yes?

2. - You can use this for registries (how did I not know about this site when I got married), showers or to make a wish list of things you want to stalk.  When the price falls below a certain amount, they e-mail you.  Woohoo!

3. - Way to much going on here and it is all wonderful, ideas on syle, tips, good deals, anything you need to know about the how, when, where and whys of fashion all in one conveniently wrapped site.

4. - Fashion jewelry for cheap, cheap, cheap.  Did I mention CHEAP???

5. - Codes and coupons and notices of sales, list of blogs about saving and deals, a myriad of savings gizmos to help you pay less for the things you want.

And now the most fab blogs eva, eva-eva, eva!

1. - A brilliant travel blog.

2. - Great information, tips, ideas and news about Israel and about being a Jew.

3. - At first the name caught my attention but her site is just lovely.  She blogs about all things she finds just lovely.

4. - a wonderful peak into her life, she blogs about baking, heels, family and all things she loves.

5. - An expat from Georgia, living with her British husband in England.  Envy her much?  Yes, yes I do.

6. - Ok, been following her for years.  One of the few writers that make me laugh out loud so much that I cry.  She is hilarious.  There is a list of the books she has written located on her site.  I devour everything she writes as soon as it hits the shelves or internet.  Beware; she is unapologetically Conservative and snarky.  I simply adore her.

7. - A blogger in England who blogs of her daily happenings here there and everywhere.

8. - Another brilliant writer.  I stalk her books as well.

The following is a list of blogs concerning an interest of mine.  The welfare of Saudi Arabia and the women who live there.  If you have no interest in the Kingdom, you can stop here.

1. - A Scandinavian woman living life in Saudi Arabia.

2. - An American Expat living with her family in Saudi Arabia.

3. - Blogging about Saudi happenings.

4. - A Saudi woman's take on Saudi and women's issues.

5. - Written by Ahmed Al Omran, blogging on Political and Social Issues.  The only male on my list of blogs.  I mention him by name because he deserve that respect for his commitment to what is right, not simply what is law.

w/luv E-

Monday, September 19, 2011

One of my many faves

One of my most favourite* pastimes is the weekly Farmers Market.  There are a ton of them, so it is very important to search for the best.  Though I am a sucker for any Farmers Market, there are some I stock regularly in the Orange County area.  These are my wonderful findings from a few weekends ago.

perfect yumminess

bag o'goodies

Look at the Rosemary, basil and mint...have you seen finer?  No, no you have not!

The squash, onions, beats, green beans and kale; all perfect accompaniments to any protien.
* Yes I know.  That is all.

w/luv E-

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

No Kids = Lazy

Having young kids, from time to time, you tend to wish for a “grownups” only day.  You know the kind of day, yes; sleep in late, eat at some trendy gown up place that doesn’t have a kids menu, spend quality grown up time with your spouse, maybe hit a club and make a night of it.  So with this all in mind, let me awe you with our wild and crazy adult weekend.

First was our afternoon out at a pub

Not pictured here: sausage roll and chips...ok, maybe it was kid friendly, we have to ease into this crazy adult only stuff (strike 1).

Then a little of this at the Long Beach Convention Center

Yeah, I don't care.

...because for the 405, you need this

apparently rush hour traffic demands....a the trunk, really??  Which I'm sure the kids would have loved to see (strike 2).

...but dinner, now dinner will be all posh and grown up-y!  Dinner home once we tore ourselves from the TV - shameful (Strike 3).

Then there was the idea to go find a little cute cafe for dessert which was followed by several minutes of:

her - "we can go if you want to"
me - "well, do you wat to" 
her - "only if you want to"
me - "ok, well I'm changing into my pajamas (this was before 9pm, I know...I know) if we aren't going" 
her - "well, I'm getting my socks on"
me - "ok lets go...I supose"
her - "ok...if you want to"

(is there such a thing as strike 4?)


 So we decided on:
Nice eatery at the Shoreline Village in Long Beach (now we're talking)

great nautical ambiance (that's more like it)

A rather nice view

Blah dessert and an annoying 10 top at the table next to us, at least the baby behind us was cute, so there's that.

w/luv E-