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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No Time for Relationships: the Metal Version

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Ugh, my life is in a whirl.  Not really any time to write about my Relationships today.

Work stuff to do (I’m a content manager for a calendar-type website, so I spend a lot of time researching, qualifying, inputting data)…  Then I have to drive an hour, pick up my younger son, and drive him another 45min to a first-meet with a possible Metal-Band co-member.  When that’s done, Mom’s Taxi will drive back home.  *whew*

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My younger son is an outstanding Metal drummer — he’s got mad natural skillz, and learning more all the time.  When we bought the RockBand game set some 5 years ago, we had no idea we’d be releasing this innate talent.  He started playing the included fake “guitar,” which is not at all analogous to real guitar-playing, and tired of that pretty quickly.  But the drumming, ahhh...

In short order, his natural skillset drove him through the basics, through performing every included piece at the fastest, most aggressive settings.  We scavenged for every version of the game to feed his talent.  He practiced nonstop (we had to establish that drumming at 10-11pm, which is a totally normal Teen-Kid Time, does not work for the employed, old-ass, needing-to-sleep adults of the household…)  And the next year, we bought a modest but fully legit drum kit.  It’s been uphill from there.

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umm, not so much, really — but oh boy, my son does.  And he’s GOOD at it!  This kid can drum like madness.  We were talking about trying to get him connected with other metal-heads to give him a chance to jam, maybe do some gigs, to work on and hone his craft.  I found the guy he’s meeting with today via Craigslist — another young man of about my son’s age, who’s a guitarist.  This kid’s got A Plan.  He wants to rehearse and record this summer. Me, I’m 400% behind that!

So, no time for Relationships today — other than my relationship with my talented Metal-Drummer son, who I’m now gonna go drive all over creation for, in order to support him and give him opportunities.

Rock on, yall!

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Found Outside: Fiddlehead Ferns, Wild Onions, and Apple-Bacon Galette

I can see I’m going to have to become one of those people who photographs my food!  That really would be the best accompaniment to this weekly page, and give me points of reference to recount whatever awsm Nomz I’ve had.

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However, for this week, we’re just gonna hafta wing it.  New Blogger Blues, bear with me.  My inspirations this week came mostly from Nature and The Great Outdoors, as a jaunt to a natural area and a bit of leftover fruit found their way into my menu’s.

All of these recipes are KETO (ketogenic diet) – friendly!

Natural Noms by The Susquehanna Lock: Finding Fiddleheads:

Last Saturday, the Guy and I spent a glorious Spring day on a drive thru PA Dutch country (horse-drawn carts!) to the Susquehanna River Dam and Lock by Rt372.  We explored along the water’s edge upriver of the Dam and then wandered up into the woods beside a creek to some waterfalls.

Along that path, I spied Continue reading

Relationships Tu-5/6/14

Tuesday’s awsm topic of Relationships is at once the easiest and the most difficult subject to write about, for me.  Mostly, because I have had a life full of interesting relationships, many of them in the Chinese Curse context: “May You Live An Interesting Life.”

I am, as they say, a femme d’un certain age, which is to say that I expect you will think me younger than I am, and that I insist upon enjoying the advantages of being a woman in my prime.  And then, some, if I can get it.

“It’s complicated” is ubiquitous because it’s true.  My ex-marriage and subsequent Continue reading

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!

 

 

 

What’s It All About, awsmGirl?

Just a regular person, with a lil extra awsm!

A range of (sometimes weird) interests spanning…

  • relationships, some ‘Nilla, some …not
  • being a parent
  • being a girly-girl
  • fun with fashion
  • kitchen escapades
  • popular culture
  • events and other fun times
  • and how i bring, and find, a lil bit of awsm in my world!