This past weekend I ran the Hamptons Half. Since I didn't get into the New York Marathon, I thought I should at least do something instead of nothing. Okay...so I'm going to do some bragging--I got 8th place in my age division and 30th in women's. Not too bad. But I didn't beat my goal of 1:35, perhaps I might need to run another. My favorite part of the weekend was that I got to hang out with all my running friends and we made it a girls weekend in an awesome, very minimalist, modern Hamptons house. I need to do girls' weekends more often.
All the running girls lounging by the pool minus Melinda.
White on White
Spiderman on chalkpainted sliding doors
Glass shower perfectly positioned right by the ceiling to floor, wall-to-wall window. Hello neighbors!
My little angel is five. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown. And now that she's in grade school I have really taken notice how much she has grown up. So, we had to spice up the cupcakes this year with a little tie-dye magic. I remember seeing this on HWTM and around the blogsphere and have wanted to do it for some time. They came out awesome! And I must say--she was the coolest birthday girl in school that day.
update: I didn't follow the exact tutorial with the soda and gel food coloring. I just separated my cake batter in six different bowls and used the lots of liquid food coloring. I thought the colors might spread but they didn't.
From a girl's weekend in the Hamptons. It was much needed weekend. Very fun, relaxing and beautiful. Oh, and I ran a race while I was there. I'm waiting to get some pictures but here are a few of the area.
Part of the agenda for this past weekend was head to the orchards and pick apples and get the last crop of pears. It was a lovely day and a lot of people were out picking, but the orchards are very spread out that there were plenty of fruit to go around. The corn and sunflower mazes were out and pumpkins too. Fall is in the air. Now I'm just wondering what I'm going to do with all these pears. Pearsauce? Pear pie? Pear muffin? Can I freeze them? Not sure.
I got to do a candy dessert bar for a baby shower this past weekend. The intimate gathering of friends was in the evening time. I had a few guests bring dessert dishes, so all I had to do was the candy. It was really fun getting it all together. I purchased all the candy from Sweet Factory, except the taffy came from Cape Cod. I borrowed my friend's fancy glass jars, and they were all purchased from Home Goods. The fun little scalloped treat bags came from Michaels. Really easy to put together. And to mellow out all the sugar, tea was provided. Each guest had their own tea cup and saucer.
I'm a jewelry designer but I'm not a fine jeweler. Although I get inspired by Cathy Waterman, and I am awestrucked by her Love of My Life line of wedding bands. So beautiful. It looks like gold is back for wedding bands or mixed metals.
I have tons of new pieces that I need to get up on my site and prepping for upcoming promotion. So stay tuned.
If I had the time and the resources and a list of yummy recipes, I would eat more raw foods. My parents do it and my sister. They are always growing sprouts in their kitchen windowsill then making some kind of crackers out of it. What I do like to see are raw products becoming available at my local natural-food market. Makes it easier on me. I'm really liking the sprouted crackers and granola from Two Moms in the Raw. The packaging is pretty cool too.
I had a good birthday. I enjoyed seeing the concert last week, indulging at The Melting Pot over the weekend and getting an iPhone. I love the pictures Stella and Lucas made me and birthday wishes from friends and family. The simpliest things are the best. But I must say while I still feel young, I do see little bits of aging. I'm not complaining, just noticing.
I cut his summer shaggy hair the night before and picked out his outfit. I talked to him face to face about wearing his new sneakers. In preschool you can't go outside and play without wearing sneakers. He refused--flipflops was his choice even though there was a fall crisp in the air. Okay I thought. I'll let his teacher deal with that issue as I packed his sneakers in his backpack. He marched right into his class, scanned the room and then he nods and tells me that Stella use to go there. He then races over to the toy section and pulls out all trucks and cars. His vroom-vrooms caught the attention of all the other little boys in his class and they joined in his fun. And that was the perfect time for me to slip out.
We ended our summer fun with a quick trip back to Cape Cod for the labor day weekend. Weather was beautiful--a little nippy so a sweater was needed. But beautiful. This time I noticed the large windmills around the cape. And more cut-flower stands on the roadside. We headed to Chatham beach one day and what do you know...jaws was in town. Yup. Swimming was prohibited because they spotted great white sharks earlier that morning feeding off the seals. Yikes! Not just any sharks, but great white sharks. I didn't know they traveled so far north. But that didn't stop us from enjoying the beach and the tidal pools and all the camera men trying to get a glimpse of jaws. And the one I really had to watch was baby--no fear in him. He would just crawl right into the ocean.
We escaped and saw The Killers in concert last night at Jones Beach. Wow! That was an awesome show. I've wanted to see them in concert for a while now. Since they are Vegas-ites, everytime I had a chance to see them while visiting something would happened. One time I even had free tickets to a sold-out show and couldn't find a sitter. But now I got my chance, and I was not disappointed. It was rockin'. They sure know how to get the crowd moving. I need to go and see more concerts. I forgot how fun they are. Taken with the iPhone
She's a kindergartener. Look at that huge grin on her face. She was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I think at one point I told her to take a deep breath to calm down. Hopefully her excitement has rubbed off on some of the other children who aren't finding the whole kindergarten thing grand. And I was so worried that when I picked her up she would be a complete mess--exhausted and tired. After all, she's in full-day kindergarten. Nope. She's been chatting up a storm telling me everything that has happened. We'll see how long it lasts.