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Our 1st Family Red Sox Game

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They are the cutest aren’t they!? They will be 7 yr and 9 yr old next month. I can’t believe it either!!

Hey Everyone!
I have a small window of time right now to share our first family game at Fenway Park last night. Our two daughters very first Red Sox game!

(my husband is the king of photo bombing.. I am not impressed either!)

What a fun experience to see the Red Sox, Fenway Park and Yawkey Way through two little girls’ eyes. The sights, the sounds, the fans, the snacks, the ice cream, the yelling, the action on the field and all the laughter with strangers at your seats. They had an absolute blast and we were truly impressed with how well they did! ¬†They cheered on our favorite players, and tried to keep track of the game’s stats.

We stayed till the 8th inning, where we were leading 3-0, but by the time we got home the Sox had lost by two runs. ¬†What a game! The girls thought it was all so magical, meeting all of Daddy’s Yawkey Way/Fenway Park friends (he works for Fenway during home games), and they can’t wait to go back again to cheer on their favorite home team!

All in all, a fantastic night with my family and I also look forward to going back to see one of my favorite landmarks in Boston!  I love Boston!

 

Oh, one more thing! ¬†I was about my oldest daughters’ age when I first went to Fenway with my family..it was the Sox vs the Orioles.. and about 20 yrs later come to find out that my husband was AT THAT SAME VERY GAME FOR HIS FIRST!! How about that for coincidence!?

Ok, well I gotta get a move on for tonight we have a wedding! Yay I love weddings!!

xoxoxox

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Arcade Fire- August 19, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Hope this is finding you all doing well! Hopefully the sun will come back out soon so we can enjoy what is left of this Thursday in style!

Last I wrote, in my challenge post, I mentioned that we were going to the Arcade Fire show on Tuesday..and we had a blast.  A B-LAAAST!

The atmosphere at the¬†show was a lot of fun, and it is most¬†likely¬†due to the band requesting¬†their fans to wear formal attire or costumes..so, we happily obliged and glad we did! ¬†There were so many clever outfits and some way out there costumes, but for the most part people were dressed up and there to have a great time. My husband is the best, he wore a tuxedo shirt and bow tie, and I wore a black strapless dress, then I dusted my face in reflective silver powder and wore this partial mask I made that had glimmery feathers. I think it looked good¬†in person.. and everywhere I turned someone had to tell me they loved it. ¬†One girl physically stopped me in the lot to tell me how much she loved it…so it must’ve been pretty good!

The show started off with the ‘reflektors’, those creepy oversized bobbleheads, out on stage alongside the band..it premised the insanity that was to follow. They kicked it off with ‘normal person’, which was so amazingly done; they just ran with music and never stopped. ¬†They played so many songs, and Win Butler sweetly, and childishly, called out his wife that it was her birthday ..and it was¬†just all¬†non-stop fun from there.

During ‘Reflektor’ they had someone out in the audience with a mirrored suit on dancing as the lights shined upon them.. it was so pretty and creepy at the same time.

Some of the show’s highlights:

– R√©gine was in the middle of the audience with a person donning a skeleton costume as she sang “it’s never over” (it was so beautiful!)

–¬†They played ‘the sprawl II’, my fav song of theirs off The Suburbs.

– They spectacularly intro’d ‘afterlife’ with ‘my body is a cage’.

РDuring the encore they covered The Pixies!  It was so special and the crowd went NUTS!

– The best song off Reflektor, ‘Here comes the nighttime’, the song ended on an explosion of confetti that completely coated their party goers. ¬†It was so much fuN!

I, for one, love love love this band.. I am a huge fan. They didn’t disappoint with their setlist mix up of their array of music. ¬†AND. ¬†I was so happy to finally be at a show next to people who¬†were as hopped up to be there as I was. Nothing worse than sitting in a row of people sitting there like losers. ¬†Our few together in the row had so much fun geeking out as complete strangers.. and thank you to the guy, on my right with his gf,¬†for grabbing my phone just to take a photo of me and my husband. ¬†lol I don’t know why or how that came up, but it did.

I will DEFINITELY be seeing this band again. They didn’t disappoint for a moment!!

 

 

I took the CRAPPIEST photos, but that’s cause my iphone was drunk. ¬†But this is what I got!

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10 Day You Challenge- 2 Songs

Challenge #9 of the 10 Day You Challenge

 

My 2 Songs…

I am a music junky!, so, to just pick two is…gah, so tough! I love so many songs and can pick a half dozen to represent this, but which TWO!!??

This is truly a challenge, guys~!

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OK. I think I have a list!

 

1. At Last Sung by Etta James

At Last is our wedding song, and¬†with¬†our 13th* wedding anniversary coming up in a couple of weeks, it just is¬†the¬†right fit in my top two. ¬†This song makes me smile anytime I hear it, bringing me right back to our first dance as husband and wife. He in his sweet black tux, holding me close, and I in my white dress smiling, tearing up singing in his ear. ¬†It must’ve sounded horrible. haha ūüôā

We had so much fun that night.

“You smiled, you smiled.¬†Oh …and then the spell was cast”– the lyrics why we chose it. ¬†We first met, we smiled and were enchanted. Literally from the second we looked at each other.

*Actually,¬†today is our 18th year date-iversary! ¬†YAH!!!11 ¬†We were such babies then! And tonight we will be celebrating in true us fashion…Arcade Fire show! Which I will try to post all about Thursday, cause tomorrow is also my love’s birthday!! ¬†ūüôā ¬† ¬†This is my killer time of year with family events!

 

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2. Pictures of You Р Sung by The Cure

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.‚ÄĚ‚Äē Andy Warhol¬†

Pictures of You¬†is one of those perfect songs isn’t it? If you are heartbroken it totally is, or a goth chick/guy too…hah. ¬†But I am no goth girl and my heart’s condition is definitely not the reason I picked this song for this.¬†I just really have always liked this song, and when I brought¬†it to my husband, that I was choosing this song in my top two, he said it made total sense.

I love photos, you see. I love looking back at life and time as it was when the camera snapped the photo. Even if it pains me to see the change sometimes. ¬† There’s something somber in that idea, I know, maybe I am slightly goth..no no I am totez not. ¬†I just like re-living the past and this song happens to always place me there.

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What are your two songs?!?!

 

 

Oh NO! One more challenge to go! ūüė¶

 

Till next Tuesday, guys!

 

xooxoxoxx

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10 Day You Challenge- 3 Films

Challenge #8 of the 10 Day You Challenge

 

My 3 Films…

I am chosing three movies that I love to watch, cry over and feel best represent me.

 

1.  Amelie

I was touched by this whimsical¬†movie right from the first seconds.¬†My husband took me to¬†the theaters at Kendall Sq to watch a foreign film he thought I’d like.¬†This¬†was the first movie we went to after returning from our honeymoon in 2001!¬† And, boy, did I love this movie!

Amelie, the character, is so¬†loveable and complicated (like most women at that age are), and Audrey Toutou who plays her is genius and beautiful¬†(she is a great actress, but this was my first movie of hers).¬†¬†¬†Amelie’s journey through her life is neurotically¬†quirky with regards to her upbringing and her relationship with her father, and the relationships she has with her coworkers and apartment neighbors is crazy and, in turn,¬†hilarious.¬†She is bold, shy and crazy, all¬†wrapped in a cute French girl with a super¬†cute hairstyle!

Also, she turns out to be very relatable.

My favorite part is how the story is strung together. How she turns all that is around her into finding true happiness, the type she deserves and the type that is unique.  The scavenger hunt of photos turns into meeting the love of her life which is so well written and perfect; I just love how this story is told.

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I have a thing for romantic comedies, so you all are in the know.  Ahem, Harry Met Sally, still awesome after all this time!

Any movie I can laugh, cry and think about is perfect for me!

Also, I have a thing for foreign films.  I love them!!!

 

…and I might have to watch this tonight after thinking about it!¬†

 

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey was so amazing in the Truman Show (fantastic movie!), which was a true shock to those of us who knew him as a slapstick comedian from TV and other movies.¬† So when this movie came out I was ripping at the seams to go see it. His brilliance portraying¬†his character, Joel, as the¬†so believable ¬†heartbroken man over the break up of his girlfriend Clementine, who is played by Kate Winslet¬†perfectly done. She¬†is just brash and struck with contempt over a relationship that didn’t work out too well.¬† This couple is in the midst of a breakup and find that they would rather erase their memories of one another than deal with the pain of the breakup.¬† But what they come to realize is that they really never wanted to break up in the first place, cause they never gave it that true shot.¬† They were being selfish in the moment, and well, you know how relationships go.

It is a sad story when you see the core of their story. It leaves you feeling strangely empty yet rooting for this couple to make it.   This story was filmed in an interesting way too, with regards to the point of view. The current story is playing at the center of these sort of rash array of dreamy complicated memory snippets as they are being erased from their psyche.  The movie is just fantastically a mind fuck.

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3. Edward Scissor Hands

Ok, let me preempt this with I love Tim Burton films.  I am a huge fan of his*. I relate to his pov a lot.

My God the first time I watched Edward Scissorhands I left with mouth-gaping awe.¬†I loved Edward.¬† I loved his innocence. I loved how¬†the story was¬†quirky yet beautiful with that strangely conventional imagery attached; it couldn’t of been portrayed better to make you feel whimsy in a dark place.¬† When the amazing actress, Dianne Wiest, appears¬†at the gothic mansion where she ends up finding Edward is so staggeringly beautiful.¬† We see this giant abandoned structure amidst the most manicured yard ever seen.

The isolation portrayed in Edward is so spot on, actually in most of the characters really.  Edward may be, though, the most innocent character in a movie that I can think of. How he interacts with the sheer curiosity of the neighborhood/community, where Edward ends up, shows how innocent he is.  They push the notion that he is a novelty with their actions, because how they end up betraying him shows how he was actually an oddity in their eyes.     How quickly people can turn on a dime, right?  But Edward ends up very lucky to have fallen in love with a girl who helped save his life at the end, leaving him back at the gothic mansion where we found him. Safe.

The whole story is put together in a magical way.

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*Tim Burton’s art freaks me out, though, as I went to his MOMa exhibit a handful of years ago in NYC and was petrified to look at a lot of it. But to see his progression as a teen to an adult, incorporating his life experience out of¬†living in Burbank CA¬†in all the art forms, was pretty stellar. He truly is brilliant.

 

 

This was super hard because I love movies sooooo much!

 

Only two more left! ūüė¶

Until next Tuesday!

xoxox

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10 Day You Challenge- 4 Books

Challenge #7 of the 10 Day You Challenge

 

My 4 Books…

I¬†am listing four COOKBOOKS I looove flipping through on the regular…

 

 1.  Baking with Julia 

If you do not have a Julia Child book of any type in your collection..shame on you!  She really was the queen!  This has to be the best all-comprehensive book on baking.

Baking with Julia: Sift, Knead, Flute, Flour and Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best...

 

2. Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Ina Garten¬†is the dreamiest¬†cook isn’t she?¬† She has zero issue with stuffing a hamburger with a pound of butter, then topping it with cheese, and eats with unyielding abandon with her little husband.¬† I own almost all of her books, but this one is my favorite!

Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family

 

3. Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen

My dream man right there..he is not only an Adonis with a cool name, ladies, but, he can COOK!!  And by God what a cook he is!  I love this book because he cooks like we do at home, real.

Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen

 

 

 

4. Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook

Martha’s books are a must if you like entertaining, really, but this one reads like an encyclopedia of hors d’oeuvres knowledge!¬† It’s huge and you can spend a lot of time leafing through it for ideas.

Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook

 

This was actually real tough cause I like so many of the cookbooks I own; especially the holiday ones!  Southern Living makes some of the best holiday related cook/decorating books and I love Mexican food ones, too!!

 

 

What are your favorite books? or cookbooks!??!

 

 

Till next Tuesday!

 

xoxox