An Un-awsm Lost Week

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Yah, it’s like that. 

Between last Friday and today-Friday, I lost the week.  Too much to do, overwhelmed, and so my awsm writings came Unawsm-ly last.  Or to put a point on it, not at all.

Let’s see if I can nutshell my week…

As regards awsm clothes

I found a cute lil cotton-knit hi-lo dress by Mix&Co, in a geometric design of blue and teal, at Family Dollar store, for $12.50.  That’s been in heavy rotation this week, with a pair of sparkly flipflops from the local Dollar Tree.

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sorry, my pix all seem washed-out… That turquoise-blue bra (its matching panties are still in the dryer, I think, lol) is also a Family Dollar find

And about those Dollar Tree flip-flops?  I got’em all.

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I love the lil bit of sparkle, and since I have scads of them (not to mention the plain ones I already have, and other footwear), it’s not like I’ll be wearing any one pair enough to wear them out quickly.  And for $6, that’s a helluva a summer footwear bonanza!

My sister took me to her local thrifty, 2nd Avenue, and for under $25, I got a pile of things:

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A coupla sweet gauze tunics — the blue-and-green is from Old Navy, and the moss-green/tie-dye with the gem detailing is from Ashley Stewart — great with a chemise and capri’s, or over a swimsuit

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A peacock-teal chemise with gold trim for just a lil summer glam, and a ruffle-necked brown knit sundress by Bass.  These plain-tan flip-flops will get some stick-on gems from Michaels Crafts, to spiff them up, and that’s just some gold nailpolish from 5below.

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This Lands End sundress is fantastic!  A beautiful, flattering fit and so comfy!  The color’s a dark steel-blue/navy, with cream flowers.  The length is just above the knee, just right, and the criss-cross V neck adjusts from demure at its most closed to pretty sassy when arranged a bit lower.  Versatility, I like it!

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Lastly, this darling silver party-dress, with sequin detailing and spaghetti straps, still had its $56 Kohl’s tag attached!  Who knows when a girl will need a lil something special?

In addition, I got 2 cotton short-sleeved shirts, to pull over when my shoulders get chilled — one each in black and white.  The white has some nice tuxedo pintucks in the front.  If I can get some decent pix, I’ll share later.

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awsm Nomz this week?  Umm, not so much.

I was everywhere this week — at Mom’s on Monday, in Philly on Tuesday, back out to the burbs to hang-out with friends on Wednesday, back to Philly again on Thursday, and today I am work-work-working on about a dozen projects, so I can RELAX for the Memorial Day weekend!

Highlights:  Steak Tartare — or more accurately “Cannibal Bites”!

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I am a very big fan of raw meats

Mine did not look nearly this posh, and when I make a proper batch of Steak Tartare, I will post a picture.  My mom used to call it “Cannibal Bites” when I was a kid — we’d get a very good grade hamburger, and mix in milk, steak sauce, chopped onion, spices…  That and a lil rye-toast, and I’m good to go.  Ate this on Thursday around 11:30am, and did not need to eat again til today (Friday).  Rich, filling and delicious.

It was a burger-licious week, since on Sunday, My Guy and I also enjoyed “plain-old” burgers, topped with cheese and bacon bits, and served with a unique salad — mustard-greens gathered by Himself in a(n UN-pesticided) field near his workplace were the basis, and we added spinach, some cut-up cherry tomatoes, a lil shredded cheese and tossed it with Italian dressing.

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We frequently just share our plate, cuz it’s cozy!

There weren’t any awsm Events this week to speak of, and all is quiet on the Relationships front…  so that brings us to today, and a little Random awsm-ness…

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Phoenixville PA’s annual Dogwood Festival is walking distance from My Guy’s place, so we took a leisurely stroll to take in the sights…  Beautiful turn of the century (1900’s, that is) architecture throughout the town, a fun little carnival acrawl with families and teenagers, and a stroll down to Bridge street for some delightful Black Cherry Hard Cider at Bistro on Bridge, made for a mellow evening — and that’s pretty awsm!

Let’s hope I don’t lose any more time, going forward!

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An awsm Event at Rim Cafe: “Make It Happen!”

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This week, we joined Rene at Rim Cafe in south Philly (caddy-corner from the (in)famous Pat’s and Geno’s Philly cheesesteak stands), for the awsm Event celebrating his 20th anniversary, with everything but the amazing hot chocolate concoctions for which he’s famous.

There were musicians — with Rene on drums occasionally — fire-breathers and champagne bottles opened with sabres, a HUGE goblet of sangria, chocolate naughty-bits and flaming marshmallow toastings.  Suited guys mingled with hipsters, sexy singles with a Zach Galafinakis-lookin’ dad with his baby in a belly-pack, bougie folk like my guy and I along with city people.  Now, THIS was a party!

But I’m still jonesing for a gourmet hot-chocolate as only Rene makes’em…

Here come the photo’s!

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The scene at Rim Cafe

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A ~very~ large sangria!

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Not a trick of perspective

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Rene’s motto: “Make It Happen!”

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Rene on the drums  

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A study in Blue

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Vive la France!

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Rocky watches over us… 

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Toasting marshmallows en brochette

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Mmm, so sweet

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Sabre champagne un-corking

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Center City style

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Coupla zoot Suits

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An array of delights!

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Sweets n Nuts

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Rene’s custom-blended chocolate blocks

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Those “chocolate Zigonette” look… seductively delicious

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Oh yum, a chocolate penis to finish the night!

Tonight We Dine at FOGO!

A highlight event of this week happens tonight — That Guy I Hang Out With and I are going down into Philly for dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.  I haven’t eaten anything since a slice of toast with marmalade, around 8:30am, and I’m sipping on freshly-made Raspberry Lemonade Iced tea, to make sure that I am HUNGRY come dinnertime at 7:30pm.

Himself is a BIG fan of Fogo, and this is only the second time I’ve gone.  The last time we went, led to us going this time, via receiving a very nice perk when dining there for Valentine’s Day!

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As we finished our (yes, of COURSE amazing) dinner, our server gave us a red Gift Card, for a complimentary meal for Valentine’s guests!  That is one of the best incentives I’ve ever seen: not only did we have a GREAT meal, but we received this great freebie to boot — of COURSE we were going to return!

Between one thing and another, it’s been til now for us to be able to get into Town and use it, but we are excited!

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Tonight we dine at FOGO! …………This is MADNESS! ……………. I can’t believe it’s not MADNESS! Texting, Leonidas-style

 

I’ll follow-up later, post-dinner!  For now, off we go!

 

 

Back in the Day: The Pit, The Pot, and the Party Girl

As long as I can remember, I have been the Party Girl, organizing social events to entertain myself and my friends.  In high school (class of ’78), I hosted parties at “the Pit,” the totally un-intuitive name for the attic of my home.  The Pit was the place where… Continue reading

awsm Events

Not really any awsm Events on my horizon right now, but I do love a party, so as I get opportunities and/or come up with fun ideas, I’ll be sharing them here!

What makes an event awsm for me, is taking the time to work the details: I am mad about a Theme, and once I’ve got that, I can devise a Menu that makes the most of my inspiration (with matching cocktails for the tipplers, natch), Decorations that are fun and festive, and set-about bringing it all together in a way that minimizes the budget and maximizes fun.

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The hostess with the mostes’!

I’ve done parties with themes like…

  • an annual Wassail holiday open house
  • Renaissance Feast
  • Highland Fling
  • BarCode party
  • Mardi Gras, St.Patty’s and Cinco de Mayo

…some for kids as birthday parties, and some for adults as dinner-parties or house-parties.  Its a blast when it all comes together and everyone’s having a great time!