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So Wicked

Wicked

What are you doing this weekend, my dears?

Ryan and I saw Wicked last night as one of our last Madison excursions. It was beyond good, particularly because the woman who played Elphaba had an amazing voice. Do you like Broadway shows? We have so much to do for the move and work and life that before the show I was willing to cancel our date and pack. Or sleep.

But Ryan insisted we go – even though the poor guy is just as stressed – and I’m glad we did. I was bouncing off the walls when we returned. Sometimes we forget how essential a bit of fun is for energy.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

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When tragedies occur, when things are too big to bear, I shut myself off and then down.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale on the way to California last weekend and finished it on the way back. Originally, it was my friend Ellen’s book club selection. I never made it to book club, but am glad I read it anyway.

The book is the memoir of a young woman set sometime in the future when the United States no longer exists, and the Republic of Gilead has taken over and “far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government.” In other words, a feminist’s nightmare.

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Bye, Bye Condo

What I think I’ll miss most about Madison is my condo. It’s 651 square feet of mine and I loved pulling it together over the past two years. Not to mention Ryan and I have many of our beginnings here (our first kiss! our first home!).

Front of condo building

Our condo is one of the smallest in the Capitol West building (and also the cheapest – hooray!). Prior to my condo, I lived in an apartment that was about 500 square feet so the extra space was luxurious. I didn’t want something much bigger for one, because of the obvious pricing reasons, and two it’s much harder to clean, and finally, environmental concerns make it important for me to live in a small footprint. 

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Mighty Summit

Here are some photos of my time spent at the Mighty Summit.  Since some of the top lifestyle bloggers and women in media were in attendance, it was important to me that Alice.com do something unique as part of our sponsorship.

The women at the Mighty Summit had all put together life lists of the things they want to do before they go. Having read many of the lists and been inspired and entertained, we decided it would be great to do something that paid homage to their goals and their wit.

I worked with our Creative Director to create the limited edition prints you see below.

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Take a Walk Through the Woods

I had such a good time in California’s wine country this weekend for Alice.com’s sponsorship of Mighty Summit (Summit photos coming soon). I haven’t traveled alone in some time and was quite nervous. But I found that once I got off the roller coaster that is California’s highway 101, I gained some confidence in doing it all by myself.

It was so restfully quiet during the weekend as well… particularly along the Russian river and in the Armstrong Redwood State Reserve where my footsteps sounded like fireworks on the forest floor.

Won’t you take a walk through the redwoods with me?

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Arm Wrestle a Bouncer in DC? Check.

What are you doing this weekend, dear readers?

Last weekend, Ryan and I went to DC (more on that later), and I arm wrestled this bouncer. Seriously, the guy was huge. I am happy I won.

This weekend, I’m going to California’s wine country, since Alice is one of the sponsors of Mighty Summit. I get to meet some of the most amazing bloggers from sites like Dooce and Chookooloonks and Knotty Yarn and the Spohrs are Multiplying. Whee! I’m so excited.

It’s fitting to talk about arm wrestling bouncers because the bloggers have all put together life lists of what they want to do before they go, and they include all the normal things, but also things like “Have a giant food fight,” and “Wear a sequin bikini to Carnival in Trinidad.”

I think I’ll fit right in…

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My Sister’s Keeper

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When a book is really good, you don’t want to give it back. You want to hold onto it’s characters and the story like it is your own life. That is the way, unlike Almost Moon, that I felt about My Sister’s Keeper. Another borrowed novel from my best friend Belle, I was going to hold onto it and sneak it away into my collection, but alas, she came over last night and I went ahead and returned it to her. Darn morals and values.

Anywho, give My Sister’s Keeper a read if you want a novel that reads like a big comfortable couch with clean lines next to your favorite girlfriend. 

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Heirloom

Heirloom

Heirloom

Tomatoes are by far one of my favorite foods, and lately cherry or grape tomatoes, which I cut up and put into all sorts of everything.

Try one of our favorite dishes for these little guys. While your favorite pasta is cooking (linguine is good and I like DaVinci’s Flowers a lot), fry up some grape or cherry tomatoes, then add your cooked pasta, a jar of pesto, handfuls off fresh spinach and top it off with cheese. When Ryan and I cook it together, chicken is also thrown in, but I’m partial to the dish without any meat myself.

Served with a sprinkling of salt and ground pepper is also recommended.

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Taste of Madison

I refuse to accept that it is Fall in Madison, because that means Winter is on it’s way. But yesterday Fall was trying real hard and it was a beautiful crisp and cold day for the Taste of Madison. I was a bit under the weather, but after being a hermit all day, I had to get out. Particularly because I spent most of the day watching all the people out our window migrate en masse to the Capitol Square. Ryan and I were planning not to eat anything – just go for a little walk – but oh the smells…

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There was a lot of these sights and aromas floating directly to your nose and stomach.

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Zuchinni & Almond Pasta Salad

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What are you doing for the labor day weekend? Ryan and I are going to have a staycation for once since we’ve been doing so much traveling and have more to come this month. I’m really looking forward to kicking back and cozying up with a good book. If you’ll be running around, here’s a good pasta salad to take with you.

Zuchinni & Almond Pasta Salad
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 zucchinis, halved lenthwise and very thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon, garlic and oregano feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 box whole wheat pasta
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of basil, thinly slivered
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation Instructions

Toss zucchini slices with one teaspoon salt in a large colander set over a bowl or in sink.

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Visit Paddy’s at Misqaumicut Beach

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Before celebrating Barbara’s birthday, we all came to the Misquamicut Beach on Rhode Island to relax. So if you ever find yourself there, you absolutely must go to Paddy’s. Besides having some of best lobster risotto ever, they also serve drinks in these delightful glasses… that you get to keep! I can’t wait to use Mr. Monkey again.

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Celebrating a 60th Birthday!

It was Ryan’s mom’s 60th birthday last week (hi, Barbara!) and we went to Connecticut to celebrate. His father Jack threw a huge party in Barbara’s honor, but I managed to sneak in these photos in the calm before all the guests arrived of just the Healy family and some neighbor kids.

Party preparations:

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The birthday girl and my fellow virgo:

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Big Jack:

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Stocking the bar:

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Ryan’s Aunt Alicia:

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Ryan’s Brother Dan:

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Delicious ceviche:

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Flowers out and about:

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Ryan and his dad:

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Grandma Bee:

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The Babenco women:

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John, the neighbor boy:

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Everyone ready?

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My favorite of Ryan:

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