Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Craigslist Finds!

After the great success of my first Craigslist post, I found some more items you all might be interested in.  Go forth, bargain and buy, refurbish and enjoy!  Now I just need to find out who Craig is!

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3135407857.html  This is a cute little table, I like it round.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3165661274.html  Paint this bright white or gray and line the back of the shelves with fabric.  $150 is a great deal.
http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3165401481.html  Really cute, great for extra storage and can't beat under $100!
http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3122164598.html  In case you need one to drop on a cartoon's head.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atd/3114244753.html  Love this rug, the worn spots give it so much character.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3164939203.html  These are amazing!

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3164859233.html  Cute little thing.  Paint and new knobs and you have a lovely night stand.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3152736036.html  Our old buddy Hughey has some good looking crocks.  I like the one with the crown on it.  What does that mean?  Would use as a planter.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3142061077.html  This has a cool look to it.  Would use it as a TV console.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3163975897.html  Love these.  So fancy:)

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/msg/3057996920.html  Last but not least.  Who wants to teach me to play it?

Fun fact of the day:  Lake Titicaca is the body of water at the highest elevation in South America.  And, it's really funny to say:)





Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Unisex? I Think Not!

Cheap Monday calls these the "Tight Unisex Jean".  Please no.  The word "unisex" should never be used to describe pants.  Gross.

Check them out on piperlime :  http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=49526&vid=1&pid=397546012

Fun fact of the day:  Herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world.  Yuck.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday Funday

On Saturday my BFF Kelly and I headed to Cape Girardeau to meet our friend Lucy's new baby.  It's a little over a 2-hour drive, but it was well worth it.  He did not disappoint.  He is perfect in every way! 

Ladies and Gentleman, I proudly introduce to you, Mr. Frank Fitz Warmke! Welcome to the world little man, you are so loved <3.  And, you have the coolest mama in town.


I almost never turn down a trip to visit Lucy because I love her and value her friendship of course, but I also get to go to Taco Johns.  If you are unfamiliar with TJ, you are missing out.  If you love a good taco like I do, you should find a location near you.  The only problem is, they aren't really a southern chain.  The closest one to Memphis is in Sikeston, MO, almost 2 hours away.  The closest to Nashville/Clarksville is in Murray, KY.  To me, a taco connoisseur of sorts, it's worth the drive.  If you ever find yourself in the drive through line at Taco Johns, might I reccomend the crunchy tacos (don't forget the hot or mild sauce) the potato oles, a side of nachos, and a Mt. Dew.  I may or may not have eaten there twice on Sunday.

 Look at that face!  I am so happy at Taco Johns!

Feast!  I love the yellow liquid cheese:)

Fun fact of the day:  The state animal of Missouri is the mule.  Great choice!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Target and Neiman's Team Up for Holiday 2012

DVF, Tracy Reese, Alice & Olivia, Marchesa, MJ! I have peed my pants (figuratively) more than once over this. I vow to not spend another frivolous dime until this collection hits stores.  We'll see how long that lasts:(

Watch the promo video here:   http://youtu.be/HgZtNkzfvig

Now to round up the girls and put together a multi-state approach to scoring what we need.  We don't want another Missoni situation on our hands.


Fun fact of the day:  On March 1, 1869, Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution opened in Salt Lake City as a new community store that became the first incorporated department store in America in 1870.

Friday, July 20, 2012

CL Finds Update

I am in negoiation talks with the lady who is selling this table.  Don't even think about it.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3103119228.html

Today's CL Finds

Sometimes I randomly peruse Craig's List for awesome deals on vintage finds and I also I help others find items they are looking for.  I've commissioned some pretty good deals in the past, and I think it is fun, so it's a win - win for sure.  Today I decided to concentrate on kitchen and dining, and here are today's finds:

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3137504360.html  Cover the chair cushions and use them with a different table, or keep the table, the 70's are back!

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3103119228.html  I love this table.  Simple, solid and would be easily changed up with painted or upholstered chairs.  I love casters.

http://memphis.craigslist.org/atq/3085229697.html  Okay the chairs are awful but the table is sweet!  Just the right combo of traditional and contemporary, you could do just about anything with this.  I love huge round dining tables with arm-chairs.

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/atq/3119797683.html  Not my style but this is an amazing deal.

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/atq/3107645632.html  The green hutch thing is wonderful.  I need it.

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/atq/3118863552.html  Precious.  Paint immediately,  grey with white linen cushions would be nice.

http://jonesboro.craigslist.org/atq/3096962136.html  Love the dinette set and the china cabinet.  I'm pretty sure it's maple, not oak.  I like the Danish Modern-esc look of it.

All of these pieces could use a little work, but they are totally worth it.  A little paint and upholstery work and you've got a one-of-a-kind piece at a ridiculously low price.  If you are on the lookout for something in particular, let me know.  You never know what I might be able to find for you.

Fun fact of the day: The US customs office considers antique as anything 100 years old or older.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Bestie!

Today is the birthday of one of my very best friends!  Happy birthday Kaitlin!  Unfortunately she is traveling for work or I would take her to lunch at the location of her choice.  We celebrated on Monday night with a surprise dinner and drinks with friends that was great fun.  It was her husband's idea, but hey, I helped.


Kaitlin and I met four years ago this summer as we both started working at ALSAC at the same time. We are both from small towns that are relatively close to each other, and grew up dancing and being cheerleaders, shopping with our moms, learning things from country old ladies, and generally overachieving.  We are eerily similar creatures and often show up in matching outfits when we don't plan to.  We have basically the same opinions on everything, so she is my go to gal when I need reassurance that I am doing the right thing.  She always agrees with me:)  She is so smart!

These days we enjoy going to the gym (actually we mostly talk about going to the gym), doing home improvement projects, finding fun things to do in Memphis, baking, crafting, shopping for vegetables, growing flowers, reading each others books and wearing each others clothes.

Kaitlin likes to call me Nana, as I am a few months (like 60) older than her.  But I am okay with it, I like being her Nana.

So happy birthday to my dear sweet Kaitlin!  I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with my friend and still planning amazing theme parties when we really are Nanas.


Fun fact of the day:  America's most common birthday is October 5.  Happy New Years everybody!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Things That Bug Me

I've starting making a list of things that really bug me.  Here are a few:
  1. Using the word "party" as a verb.  For example, when you ask someone what they are doing this weekend and they say "I guess we'll just party at the house".  What does that mean?  You are not AC Slater and it is not 1991. 
  2. Extremely elaborate entrances for very average homes.  You know what I am talking about, the stacked stone walls topped with concrete lions and secured with an iron electronic gate and a surveillance camera.  You aren't fooling anyone, you still live in a 3-bedroom ranch.
  3. Monogrammed babies.  Now don't get me wrong, I love a monogram as much as the next southern gal, but when a baby has it's initials scrawled on it's shirt, hat, shoes/socks, diaper cover, and pacifier it's a little much. 
  4. When people feel the need to talk to you on an elevator just because you are there.  If you don't know each other and there isn't really an obvious topic, it really is okay to just be quiet.  Quiet is not wrong or rude, quiet is A-OK.  The other day after a long silence my fellow elevator rider looked at me and said "my hands are really dry, I need some lotion".  Why?
Fun fact of the day:  Delaware has more Ph.D.s, as a percentage of the population than any other state.  Go Delaware! You bunch of smartys:)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Eat More Free Chicken!

Yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a!  This fine annual holiday is all about fun and a free dinner.  All you have to do is dress up as a cow and you get a free meal.  Yes, for real!  Chick-fil-a even has a starter kit on theie website to make it easy for you.  My fun friend Kristen and I headed to our favorite neighborhood location for dinner last night to take advantage of this awesome deal.  There was a whole herd of cow people there getting their free chicken on.  After dinner we enjoyed a moooooooooooovie:)


Fun fact of the day:  A cow has 207 bones in its body, a human has 206.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun Friday Treat

Just because it's Friday and because I love this guy so much, here is an extra special interview with the retired Little Caesars air guitar sign guy who used to stand at Park and Mt. Moriah courtesy of http://ilovememphisblog.com/.

http://ilovememphisblog.com/2012/07/where-is-he-now-the-original-little-caesars-air-guitar-guy/

Fascinator Fascination

Okay so I know I am soooooo spring 2011 with this one, but I could not help myself.  While in Vegas I discovered a hat shop with an incredible assortment of fascinators.  Of course, I needed one!  I have already been invited to the next royal wedding so I need to be prepared.  And by royal I mean my friend Jackie, who is a princess to me:)  Here are some of the contenders:


I really liked the pink one on the bottom right, but decided it was too much like a little girls headband from Matilda Jane.  My dad said the one on the bottom left was a good way to get yourself shot in the head, so that one was out.  I determined that I probably would never actually wear the top two, so I decided on this subtle beauty:


It is really neutral so I can wear it with anything and it is reversable so I can wear the netting in the back if I put my hair up.  This is a great little piece that I see myself enjoying for a long time:)

Fun fact of the day:  Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the scientific name for fear of Friday the 13th, and about 7% of people suffer from this condition.  Fittingly, director of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th.  And, so was I, waaahahaaaa:)





Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day Trip - Cordova

I was sick this week and had to venture into Cordova to see the doctor.  I do not generally enjoy anything past White Station but I think I will be visiting it a little more once the Homegoods store opens.  It won't be long now!


I also made myself some chicken soup.  This is my go to recipe.  It is easy, delicious, and the perfect twist on the traditional chicken noodle.  http://www.cuisinerecipes.com/2011/01/27/chicken-tortellini-soup/2/  I use a rotissere chicken which cuts down total prep and cook time on this to less than 30 minutes.  Add an ice cold mountain dew and you will be feeling better in no time!


Fun fact of the day:  Founded by Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, St. Augustine, FL is the oldest city in the United States.  For the sake of elementary school social studies teachers everywhere, I hope that you already knew this one.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Little Free Library - Harbor Town Edition

The Little Free Library is an adorable concept that is starting to catch on, we even have on here in Memphis!  Basically homeowners or businesses build a lovely little library in a safe place that is accessible to the public.  The idea is that you can bring a book you have already read, and take a new book to enjoy.  It's free and wonderful!  Here is a photo of the Harbor Town library, isn't it the cutest thing?


The mission of the Little Free Library is:
 
To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations
To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world - more than Andrew Carnegie!

To learn more about LFL and find one near you, visit http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

Just for fun, here is a photo of my bestie Kaitlin and her pony, I mean puppy, Pepper Mint Priestley with the Harbor Town LFL:



Fun fact of the day:  Giant George, a great dane, is the world's tallest living dog and the tallest dog ever.  He stands 43 inches talls and weighs over 245 pounds.  His bed is a queen size mattress and he has to bend over to drink from the kitchen facuet.  I think I spotted him one day on Walnut Grove.


 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Remember Rain?

Today I went to a friend's wedding shower, got my car washed, and made a stop at the book store. Then this happened:


That my friends is rain.  It rains every time I get my car washed.  You're welcome East Memphis, I do what i can.

Friday, July 6, 2012

It Really is Grand

On my recent trip to Las Vegas, I decided it was now or never for a trip to the Grand Canyon.  I have always wanted to see it so I convinced my parents to meet me in Vegas after my work conference was over and drive to Arizona to see it.  I am so glad i did because it was amazing, definitely worth the 3 hour drive and $80 admission into the Indian Reservation to see it.  It is unbelievably deep and goes on for as far as you can see in either direction, 277 miles to be exact.  Here are some pictures of us celebrating Independence Day at one of the seven wonders of the world!

Here we are at Eagle Point.  The rock formation to the right is supposed to look like an eagle.  Hmmmmm.

 I was surprised by the fact that there were no guard rails, ropes or anything else to keep you away from the edge of the canyon.  You can just walk right up to the edge.


 Mom is really clumsy, but luckily dad was there to save the day.

 This is Guano Point.  Yes guano, as in bat poop.  Nitrate rich guano was mined here in the 50's.  It's used to make fertilizer and mascara.  Check the ingredient list on your favorite brand, it's there.

 View of the Colorado River from Guano Point.

There is a 15 mile stretch of dirt road leading to the GC that is "open range", meaning that these guys are just roaming around as they wish.  They were about the same size as our rental car.

This is the Joshua Forest that you pass through to get to the GC.  Joshua trees are part of the yucca family and can live to be 1,000 years old. 


Up next on my tour of natural wonders will hopefully be the Redwood Forest.  Who's coming with me?

Fun fact of the day:  Presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe all died on the 4th of July.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Loathing Las Vegas

I have spent the last week in Las Vegas for both business and pleasure.  I was originally going for a conference for work but was able to squeeze in a friend's 30th birthday celebration as well as have my parents join me for a trip to the Grand Canyon (more on that later).  This was my third trip to Vegas and having been disappointed in the past, I was hoping that this trip would help me figure out what all the fuss is about. 

Don't get me wrong, there are some really lovely things about Vegas, like the fact that for $100 a night you get an awesome hotel room with a separate living room and marble bath.  You can also buy absolutely anything you want there, the retail scene is incredible.  You never know who you might run into, I met Anthony Davis and chatted it up with him about his upcoming rookie NBA season.  I didn't mention my distaste for Coach Cal.  The food is amazing too, and the choices are limitless.  And, for the most part, the casinos/resorts really are beautiful.

But, there is always a line and procedure for everything.  You want to go to a club?  First during the day you have to meet up with one of their promoters, give them your number so that they can text you directions, then that night you go to the "podium" in the lobby and show them the text, and they give you a voucher.  You take the voucher to the entrance of the club so they can check you in, then you wait for someone to escort you up to the club.  Geeez.  It's like  being on a Carnival Cruise on land.  Everything is super expensive, the champagne may be free but the water is $9.  If your feet hurt from walking and you want to take a cab 1.5 miles to another hotel, it costs $25 because the traffic is so horrible.  It's 112 degrees outside and 54 degrees inside.  I think I had hypothermia a couple of times.  The streets are scary, but the worst part is the creeps that hand out cards with pictures of naked girls that simply have a phone number and price printed on them.  But, if you like people watching this just might be your place.  I got an eyeful of things I never wanted to see in my life.  I wonder if these people really act and dress like this in their normal life or if they feel like they get a pass because they are in Vegas?  Here is the best example of the fine clientele in Vegas:

This was at the Cosmopolitan Marquee Day Club pool, I am dead serious.


I think the very worst part was on the night of July 4 around 9:00 everyone crowded onto the strip expecting an awesome fireworks show.  I mean why wouldn't we, it's Vegas right?  We waited and waited and finally security guards came out and told us to move along, there would be no fireworks on that night.  What?  No fireworks on Independence Day?  Seriously?  We were told that they were going to wait until Saturday when more people would be there.  How un-American is that?  Big fat fail Vegas.

So, to sum it all up, this trip did nothing to improve my opinion of Sin City.  In fact, I think it might have made it worse.  I think some people are just Vegas people and others are not.  I am not, and I'm okay with that.

Fun fact of the day:  The Stratosphere Hotel and Tower, at more than 1,100 feet, is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the fifth tallest building in the United States.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sorry for the blogging hiatus. I'm currently exploring the desert. I will have lots to share when I get back to Tennessee.