Have you ever thought about meeting your blog friends in person? What would it be like? Would you really have anything in common or be able to hold a conversation? Well, today I got the chance to find that out. My day began with Jes coming to my apartment straight from the airport. We had breakfast, chatted & then headed to the city for some shopping. After a very filling lunch with my good friend Mary, we hopped in a cab to Penn Station. There we met Hope. More chatting ensued, as well as more shopping & food. Then we hooked up with four more blog buddies; Giao, Yvonne, Lesley & Kathleen. What a great experience!! We did all get along & have lots to talk about. In some ways we already knew so much about each others lives without truly knowing one another. The gals will be in the city through the weekend & I’ll get to spend more time with them. I think a good time will be had by all. Who knows - maybe I’ll get to meet other blog buddies in the future.
Did you think this post was going to be about Rockstar Inxs? Well, it's not, although I love that show. It's about my cousin Matt, the rocker. His band Silversted, played their first ever NYC gig last night. I didn’t know what to expect, although I know my cuz can sing because I've heard him do Karaoke. Tom & I thought they were great. Their music is really interesting & all of the band members are good musicians. Matt is such a ham that it makes him a natural frontman. So, we can now all add rockstar to his growing resume which already includes graphic artist, web designer & artist. Does talent run in my family or what?
Hi all! I'm just writing a quick note because I do not want you all to feel neglected. I've been pretty crazed of late. We just got back from a wedding in The Cape. Ophelia passed us by so the beautiful bride did not get drenched during her outdoor ceremony. Cape Cod is so lovely. We spent lots of time in Chatham & Harwich - cozy, old New England beach towns. The specialty shops there are a crafters dream & so is the food. Tom & I tried to make the most of our short stay because we realize that it will probably be the last of our chill time until after our wedding. Speaking of which - the Save the Dates have been sent. We designed & made them. They really came out cute. I do want to show you a picture, but I haven't figured out how to do that with WordPress. You need a degree in computer science to do it & I'm not kidding. My cousin, who programs computers for a living, is stumped by this. We don't even have spell check!! I'm really missing Blogger.
I'm trying to make the summer last as long as possible. It's not too difficult considering that it is 80 degrees outside & very humid. This recipe was in Organic Style magazine & it looks & sounds divine! Ingredients 2 cups diced peaches, fresh or frozen, plus additional slices for garnish 2 cups crushed ice 2 - 3 teaspoons superfine sugar (depending on sweetness of peaches) 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, preferably opal basil, plus additional for garnish 1 bottle sparkling white wine or sparkling apple cider, chilled
Place peaches, ice, sugar & basil in blender. Puree until smooth. Pour puree into chilled glasses until half full. Add sparkling wine or cider. Serve with sliced peaches & basil sprig as garnishes. Sit by your pool, on the porch, rooftop, or whatever outdoor space you have - sip & enjoy!!
I try to keep politics out of this blog. Although those who know me personally realize that I'm always up for a debate. So, here's what I'm going to say about the handling of Katrina. When our president or government fails, we all do. Four years ago today was a devastating day for all. The one thing that I was amazed by was the response. It was immediate. By 7pm of that very day, the NYC streets were filled with police officers & armed military. Local restaurants started delivering food to the ground zero workers by the morning of Sept. 12th. Clothing/supply drives began right away not only for the workers, but, for the all the people who lived near the towers who were displaced. I can't even imagined what the people of Louisiana must have gone through. Sitting in the crowded, dark Astrodome in the swealting Southern heat. No food or water for days. No military to help keep a sense of order. The hurricane outside tearing off pieces of the very roof that was protecting them. It's all so shocking. Last night on the news there was a report about how countries from around the world are chipping in to help. Even very poor nations, like Uganda, donated $200,000, all they could spare, to help us, the richest nation in the world. While this is such a kind gesture, it brings to me at least, a sense of shame. I guess today especially, we should all be grateful for all that we have. And remember that when giving & helping those who have lost so much. Peace.