Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Reeves performed her own originals, as well as old favorites like "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," a song popularized by Frank Sinatra, and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" by The Temptations. Her improvisational skills are unmatched by anyone I've ever seen. She effortlessly inserted lyrics into her songs about being in Decatur and her delicious dinner at Curry's restaurant.
Reeves is a four-time Grammy winner, one of which she won in 2006 for best movie soundtrack for the film "Good Night and Good Luck," directed by George Clooney. She also performed in the film and last night told the audience a little about this experience...especially the part about working on set with Clooney.
Hopefully she'll be back soon and if she is Carl and I both recommend you see her perform.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Starting from the beginning...my back may have been giving me a little trouble and I might have previously been diagnosed with a slight case of scoliosis. Surely she's not implying I toss out my favorite Claudia Ciuti two-tone, patent leather booties. No, she wants me to "mix it up" and create a "two inches or less" category to my shoe closet. What a smart doctor. A prescription to buy new shoes. This is the most ingenious thing I've ever strutted across.
Anne Klein Thong Wedge Sandal
Chloe Two Strap Sandal
Pedro Garcia Python Flat
Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flat
Valentino Thong Sandal
Yves Saint Laurent St. Tropez Gladiator Thong Sandal
Manolo Blahnik Feather Trim d'Orsay
Marc Jacobs Patent Pump
Friday, February 22, 2008
God was probably not very proud of me yesterday.
As I killed time perusing the aisles at Lowe's I stumbled across a great looking, reasonably priced, jute rug. Now several rooms in our home are in need of a rug, we're just waiting to come across the perfect one for each space...that and a windfall of money. Well, one of the aforementioned rooms that desperately needs a floor covering is Carl's "man room" or his "ESPN Room" as he named it. Just like the name suggests, the room is very casual, very sporty, very leather theater seating and flat panel-esque. This sturdy jute rug would fit in perfectly and it wasn't of a quality where I'd mind if the puppies wollered on it.
I dialed friend and interior designer Marianna to get her opinion. Shoot, she didn't have her phone with her. What should I do? I gave up shopping for Lent. Why the heck was I looking at rugs? What was I even doing at Lowe's? What am I, some sort of retail masochist?
The next thing I knew the rug was in my trunk and I was en route to our house. It all happened very quickly. The time period between Lowe's aisle 13 and my front door is all very hazy. I totally believe I was in a full on blackout.
Once inside my home I started getting a major case of the guilts. First, I wasn't even supposed to be shopping. Second, the rug was for Carl's room, shouldn't he at least get to see and vote on it before it's spread out on the ESPN room's floor? I mean he did agree to me redecorating every other room in the house to my liking and his only request was that he got one room - and here I am taking over his only room. How inconsiderate am I?
Two hours later the rug was back on the shelf at Lowe's. I bet Carl would be proud of me...if he even knew about it. The fact that the rug was way too small for the room made it a little easier to return.
Now I'm really not sure how this happened, but somehow during my return trip to the hardware Mecca, enough wood blinds for our master and guest bedrooms ended up in my trunk.
Thursday night Carl's basketball team, Central United Methodist, challenged First United Methodist and won! The teams squared off twice previously and First beat us both times. Well, Central was ready last night and we were victorious! Carl played great, racking up the points and playing fiercely on defense. I must say it was one of the most intense church-league games I've witnessed, as Carl almost lost an eye and members of both teams were badly scratched and bruised. Hopefully there will be no hard feelings...I mean it is church league! We did, however, learn that technical fouls cost $10 each.
Reminder: tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. is the Dianne Reeves concert at the Princess Theatre. Following the performance you'll have the opportunity to meet the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist at an artist reception held in the Sexton Lobby of the theatre. If you haven't already purchased tickets be sure to snap them up now. You can purchase them online or by calling the box office at 256.340.1778. We hope to see you there.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
And what to my wondering eyes did appear? A UPS box filled with Bug Catcherz gear!
The awesome Karen Carter, executive vice president of Bug Catcherz, had sent me a care package straight from the company's hive. It was filled with "No See 'Ems," revolutionary blouse front closures, "No See 'Ems Too," hold-in-place adhesive strips, and "BUTTerflies," hold-in-place adhesive dots. The package even contained a tiny, plastic bug just for fun!
Thanks Karen, I can't wait to try out all these great products.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Lent arrived last week with Ash Wednesday. I always try to give up something and this year it was shopping AND wine...two of my favorite things. This proves extra hard because our spring collections are pouring in to Carriage House daily and they are to die for! Normally when I can't shop I drown my sorrows in a glass of wine...and guess what, I can't do that either. Plus, our Frank Family chardonnay is getting low and I can't shop so I can't replenish the supply. I'm in a religious and moral cul-de-sac. What's a girl to do? Suck it up I suppose. So the count down begins until I can shop and drink wine again...I guess the shopping will be online so I can do both at the same time. Let me know if any of you sacrificed something for Lent. I'm totally interested in starting a support group!
P.S. just because I can't purchase the next hot-to-trot thing doesn't mean I won't be searching for it...so stay tuned.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
And for those of you who aren't familiar with the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Below is a photo of the beautiful and historic building. Now you'll know what I'm writing about! :)
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Basically, the most precious puppies you'll ever see tackle each other on a miniature football field. It's way more entertaining than any old Super Bowl. And if they have an accident on the field they call a "Time Oust" and the ref. comes out, cleans up the mess and sprays Oust air freshener. It's really too cute. One pup is even named Mrs. Roper...really! Forget Tom Pettey, this show's half-time performers are the Kitty Cuties. And you can even vote for Most Valuable Puppy. Tucker was Maxwell's choice, Dixie was Buffett's. Here are a few shots of our MVPs post-game.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Guerlain Terracotta Spray
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Jan Barboglio Home Accents