And we are checking in here....amazing! Stone House 1854, in Little Compton, RI. It's all I can do to get through these next 3 days of work....pinch me please!
I already picked what I am having for dinner at the "pub"....1854 (I chose for KP too) Swiss Fondue To Share - Grissini, Gherkins, Olives & Crusty Bread $8
Old Stone Orchard Seasonal Greens, Tiny Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs & Citrus Vinaigrette $6
Maine Halibut Fish & Chips, Hand Cut Fries, Creole Remoulade & Grilled Lemon $16
Run Dog Run Farms Chicken Pot Pie - Beanhouse Farms Vegetables, Vermouth, Simple Greens $13
Platter Of Hand Crafted Fudge For The Table $7 Birch Beer Float, Vanilla Gelato, Little Cookies $6
They have bikes for you to use, it is close to some historic mansions, and basically I am thinking of moving to Rhode Island before I have even been there! There are also signature cocktails in the afternoon, a.m. yoga, and I am thinking the breakfast is going to be a little more than "continental"
So, I am in desperate need of new glasses. Seriously. I am wearing ancient frames - hand-me-downs that I broke recently. They now sit totally wonky on my face. On most days, I wear contacts, so finding replacement frames has been really low on the priority scale.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of cool frames around the blog-o-sphere. Maybe it is because it is back to school time and everyone is feeling very collegiate? Whatever the reason, I have been seeing some great frames out there that are super cool & super inexpensive - two of my most favorite things. One problem with all of this is that I can't just pop into an online store to try on a pair of frames...or can I?
I just came across this cool site by Warby Parker. This site has an amazing feature where you can upload a photo and virtually "try on" any of their frames. Below is my current pick. Think I should "try on" anything else?
My frames of choice at the moment - Huxley in the Crystal Tortoise. I am sort of digging their hipster vibe.
Me. In the frames. Looking surly. It felt weird to smile for a web cam.
It is my favorite season in Tucson - monsoons. This week has been wonderful! It all started with a dance in the rain on Saturday night with two of my favorite girls. On Monday I watched a hail storm with crazy sideways rain from the porch of my office building - it was amazing! On Tuesday I walked to the market in my rain boots.
Today is the first day of school here in Telluride. Guess that means I am done with science camps & am back into science classes. Wow - where did the summer go? In honor of the first day of school, here are some pencils I wish I had when I was a student. Sigh - I miss new school supplies.
As a child of the 1970's (and with hippie parents) we were big fans of Free to Be you and Me. The songs take me back and I love the blatant "girls can do anything" message. So, have you seen the new Target commercial with the Free to Be song? It's cute, but I still don't think any commercial can do the original Free to Be any justice.
I feel as though we have barely had any summer, but I can't deny the fact that it is getting cooler here day by day. So, I am just going to succumb - fall is just around the corner. And, to celebrate this change in seasons - a couple of items that I can't get out of my head.
Of course, Target does it again. While nothing might top the Orla Kiely Target offerings in my mind, I did love the recent Liberty of London collection. And now...after two successful collaborations with John Derian in 2008, Target has announced that it will debut another exclusive collection of home décor and accessories designed by the decoupage artist this Fall. The line will be available Sept. 5th in stores and online. I am looking forward to checking out the John Derian collection in person soon & hope to be "wowed." Here are a few of my pre-selections - check out other offerings here.
Alright, another TV obsession to share. I swear, I don't watch that much TV in general, but lately I have been finding some great shows. If you guys aren't watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys, you need to start now. Seriously, I not only love these guys but I am also extremely jealous of their fabulous life. Check them out immediately. Oh - and make sure to visit their online store too which features all of the amazing products created from their farm.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are not your average couple. They have transplanted themselves from New York City to Beekman Farm in upstate New York, where they are raising 80 goats, two pigs, a dozen chickens and a narcissistic llama -- and learning that the "simple life" isn't so simple.
This weekend I had the opportunity to finally get out there & go mushroom hunting. It was simply amazing. Some girlfriends & I went up around this place (remember?) with a specific mission to find chanterelle mushrooms. Boy, did we hit the motherload.
Beyond the actual hunting though, taking a minute to pay attention to the ground was the best part of my day. Usually on hikes I am so focused on "getting there" - to the top, to the campsite, to whatever the goal might be - that I don't take the time to stare at the ground below. I have never studied the variety of mushrooms like I did on Saturday...where they grow, how they grow, that some have pores rather than gills. It was fascinating.
I wish we had taken more photos of the dinner we made from our find (it was delicious), but I think we were too excited about eating to take any photos.
Heading up & up.
Wild strawberries discovered along the way.
The dogs were as excited as I was about our finds. Yum!
I am still sifting through all our photos from the trip. It is interesting to see what we took pictures of and I am loving the simple shots of walking around. Here are few from Uzès, France. I love the windows... the laundry...the blue skies. Sigh...
My new favorite TV show - American Pickers. Mondays on the History Channel. I am obsessed with Mike & Frank. I wish I could tag along with them as they go "junking" across America. If you aren't watching - start now. Uh-may-zing.
Plot Outline: This isn't your grandmother's antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner's land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten treasures to their former glory, transforming one person's trash into another's treasure.