Thursday, April 29, 2010

"World's Best"

So, you know in the movie "Elf," there's a part where Buddy has just arrived in NYC and is discovering all sorts of things about it, and comes across "the world's best cup of coffee." He goes inside and says something like, "Congratulations, guys, you did it." And totally believes that it really is the world's best cup 0f coffee. And we have no idea if it is or not until he brings Jovie later and she says that it's a crappy cup of coffee.

So, yesterday, we went to NYC to take Amy, Evan's sister, around to some sites. Evan looked up some famous restaurants and decided on the Carnegie Deli, because it was famous and had great reviews. However, as were approaching it and I saw the sign "WORLD'S BEST" above it (in the picture below--far right, middle of the picture), I was instantly reminded of "the world's best cup of coffee" in Elf. But I decided, for many, many reasons, to just keep my mouth shut. Oh, how I wish I hadn't. How they can claim to be "world's best" is beyond me. I really don't want to go into the details of how horrible the experience was, or how awful and overpriced the food was, but I will never trust any sign again that claims to be best at anything, especially "world's best." And please, spare me any arguments you have about this place or about how much a cheapskate I am or how my experience must have been unique or whatever. I'm not going to tell you to never try it--all I'm saying is beware of boastful advertising. All I know is that I'll take Subway's $5 footlongs over anything at Carnegie Deli any day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Day to Celebrate

Happy 5th, Spencer! Happy Anniversary, Evan!

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Style

My friend, Kristen, just posted this on her blog, and I decided to try it for fun. It's a quiz at Sproost.com that defines your decorating style. I like it because it uses pictures instead of descriptions to help you decide what you like. Here's my results:

57% Contemporary
29% Cottage Chic
14% Nantucket Style

"Contemporary"

"So fresh and so clean! Antiques? No thanks! Vintage collections and clutter of any type? Not for you! You like your space new and sleek. Each piece is chosen carefully as if it was a piece of art, and your love of minimalism is expressed throughout each room. Furniture has clean lines and geometric shapes are preferred. You're not afraid of color; in fact bold color options only highlight the minimal items you choose for your home. But, the key is clean! To master the minimalist interior you not only have to be selective in the few furniture items you bring into the space, but you must also find a way to hide all of the real life items as well. "
What do you think? Aside from the "clean" aspect of it, does this sound like me? What's your style?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally

Out with the gold:

In with the new (vertical carbonized engineered bamboo):

Which do you think looks better?

Hopefully we'll be done sometime in the next few months....

Easter

We did Easter solo this year. And loved it. It was relaxing; no pressure, no stress. We did an egg hunt Saturday, and baskets and egg coloring Sunday. I "cooked" my first ham ever (who knew that they were so easy--why has no one told me that it's just a matter of reheating it?!). It was great. Here are some pictures:This was the first time we've dyed eggs, too. I was paranoid about staining our stone floors in the kitchen, so we did it outside on the back porch. And a friend told me a great trick with little kids--put the egg in the middle of a whisk.

Are there any other Easter secrets that I don't know about? Any good leftover ham recipes?!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Oh, the Irony

I had strep throat last week. I was plagued with it many times as a child, but have never had it as an adult. I have large tonsils to begin with, so when I get strep and they swell up, swallowing becomes a HUGE effort. So I found it almost ridiculously ironic that the medicine that was prescribed to me was bigger than any I had ever taken before. I didn't think I'd be able to swallow it. Take a look--it's the white one. Needless to say, I did get it down, and am all better. Thank goodness for antibiotics.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Potty Training

It isn't going very well.