How’s this for eye candy? The view from the room Jo-Ann and I had in New York City! We both agreed it would be a perfect room for New Year’s Eve.
Kym always says that flowers are magical and I couldn’t agree more. I mean, I mostly agree with everything Kym says anyway (do you read her blog? she’s so wise and wonderful), but on this one she is right times a million. Today I have 3 flower photos to show you and, with another nod to Kym, it’s all because of her. Well. Her and White Flower Farm.
I took this one on Monday after work:
I took this one on Tuesday after work:
And I took this one on Wednesday after work:
That’s Amaryllis Alfresco or, as I lovingly call her, Ally. Kym, along with some other enablers (I’m looking at YOU, Bonny) convinced me to buy three amaryllis bulbs from White Flower Farm. They were a bit more expensive than the ones at my grocery store but I knew, based on photos I’ve seen, that they would be worth it.
I also knew that I sort of kind of didn’t want them to bloom until after Christmas. There’s a lot going on in my house at Christmas when it comes to . . . stuff. There are twinkle lights and Swedish horses and lots of and lots of greenery. I felt like I wanted my amaryllis to really shine on their own and not be pushed to the side but all that’s Christmas here. So, on Kym’s advice, I left the box of amaryllis in my mudroom.
My thought was to have them bloom around Valentine’s Day. All the glamour and beauty of Christmas is long gone and some pretty blossoms would be super welcome. I think I finally brought them in around mid January.
I may have left them there too long.
I mean, obviously I did because they didn’t bloom by mid February. You know what, though? I’m good with it.
For one thing, I think we all know that amaryllis bloom on their schedule, not ours.
And for another, flowers right now? On the 21st anniversary of my mom’s death? The timing couldn’t be better.
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Happy Wednesday! Happy Hump Day! And, best of all Happy Spring!
In other happy news, my Stopover 2.0 is mostly finished. I just have to close up the underarms, weave in the ends, and block it. The irony of finishing a super warm sweater just in time for spring isn’t lost on me. Also pictured are my current socks, a gorgeous rainbow of stripes from Knitterly Things. I’ve had a bunch of meetings lately so these beauties are chugging right along.
To see what everyone else is reading and knitting be sure and visit Kat today.
I’ve been wondering how to break up my trip to New York City with Jo-Ann into manageable segments for blogging. I’ve decided, after looking at the photos, to divide them into three posts. Today’s is the first and I’m sharing 3 photos of us. Well. Two photos of us and one of me.
Here we are on the set of The View. It was really fun to go to the taping and I’m so glad Jo-Ann entered us into the drawing for tickets. Everything was very organized and there was a cool cafeteria where we got to hang out before entering the studio. Before they start taping there is a comedian who gets the crowd excited and we danced, too, all in the name of enthusiasm. Whoopi was still out sick and I’m sad to have not seen her but I was stoked that the only guest for the entire show was Bernie Sanders. Political junkie that I am it was right in my wheel house. Dale was watching from home while we were live and he saw us in the audience about 10 minutes before the show ended.
Here’s my hair after getting it done at Dry Bar. Honestly, the experience was a little disappointing. It was great to have the shampoo and blow dry, don’t get me wrong, but the styling itself wasn’t that great. I went for the Cosmo but, as you can see, my curls (while pretty) were not the curls I expected from looking at the photos. I will say that the products they use smell amazing and I’m not completely opposed to trying it again but it didn’t blow my socks off the way I expected.
And here we are outside the Richard Rogers Theater before the start of Hamilton. Of course it was amazing and I loved every minute of it. The set, the music, the dancing, the energy of the cast and the audience, being there with Jo-Ann (who had seen it in Boston but declared that New York was better) all combined to make it an unforgettable experience. When Dale and I visited New York City in February 2016 the show had just won all those Tonys and we couldn’t get tickets for less than $800 each. I’d literally been waiting 3 years to see it and I was not disappointed at all.
Next time: the places we went!
How about some weekend snapshots? I’ll warn you now, they are (almost) all food!
Friday Night Snacks. You know the drill. Note the St. Patrick’s Day cocktail napkins. And also the cucumber “subs” which I made by hollowing out cucumbers and filling them with ham, swiss and cream cheese.
On Saturday I went to the Blue & Gold banquet and spoke on behalf of the Board of Selectmen. It did my heart good to see our community come together to support our scouting program.
We went to a couple of breweries in the afternoon with Jo-Ann and Shawn. We drank some beer, ate some pretty great Irish grub, were entertained by Irish step dancers, and then came back to our house for Mexican Train. Oh! And Shawn taught me to play cribbage and I might be a little obsessed at this point.
On Sunday the kids came over for dinner. I roasted a chicken (easier and more well liked around here than corned beef and cabbage) but I did give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day with veggies in the colors of the Irish flag.
And cupcakes from a friend with gorgeous green frosting and sparkles. They were delicious and beautiful!
That’s my weekend in a nutshell. It was good and it went by too fast . . . in other words, it was just like most other weekends around here!