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Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Friday, Love

{ Friends celebrating at Alan and Angela's wedding shower }

I didn't post an It's Friday, Love edition last week so today's installment includes pictures from the past two weeks. How are things going? Well, some things have gone my way and some haven't. The best laid and well intentioned plans imploded, but some happy accidents equaled great times. It's been a busy couple weeks actually and October is pretty packed too, so this weekend I am actually glad I find myself with no set plans. I guess I'll see where the wind takes me. 

Happily, today feels a lot more like fall. There's a nice breeze and I'm looking forward to sitting on my porch and watching the world go by. Fall decorations are coming out this weekend and the firewood and cinnamon candles have already been lit. I'd love to have a fire in the backyard but we'll see. I'm already feeling a bit more home centric and taking a blanket inventory. The right blanket on a chilly fall evening is key or I get cranky:). I hope everyone has a great weekend!

{ My nephew Jack, who will be 4 in October, had a successful first sleepover at my place! }

{ Grabbed a beer at Pearl with friends }

{ Alan and Angela, the tallest most attractive people I know (thanks guys), are getting married in a couple weeks }

{ Breakfast with Jack at WPA Bakery }

{ Honored to present an award to Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) for my day job }

{ Church Hill Music Co. broke out the microphones this week for practice- it was tons of fun! }

{ I have to make some decisions, which isn't always easy. Coffee and wine help. }

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Menu

Ever since I bought my house I thought there should be a chalkboard menu somewhere in the kitchen. I had grand dreams of writing the menu out for whatever I was cooking and even calling it the 1812 Cafe in honor of the year the house was built. Well......those dreams went by the wayside as I focused on larger concerns like getting a couch. Fast forward four and a half years and I still wanted that darn chalkboard! I looked high and low and couldn't find one I liked in the right size so I said what the heck and decided to make one myself. I found a frame I liked at Michael's and chalkboard paint completed the illusion. Here's how I did it. I hope you'll try it out yourself!

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Proper Slice of Pie

It was the weekend that shouldn't have been. But like all happy accidents, it made for the best of times.....

My mother had surgery last Tuesday so I took a couple days off of work to take care of her and then I was scheduled to fly out Thursday to speak at an event for my day job in Portland, OR. My sister and I decided to tag team and she would travel up from Atlanta with her family to take the weekend shift. Unfortunately that meant we wouldn't see each other at all. Fate intervened and my trip got cancelled so I was able to spend some unexpected time with her and the fabulous Baker Babies (Jack and Liv).

They love coming up to Church Hill to visit me and we decided to stop by Proper Pie Co. as they'd never been. I always love introducing people to restaurants on The Hill because their general reaction is why don't we have things like this where I live? Yea, we're pretty spoiled:). They loved Proper Pie so I think a visit there will become a staple of all future trips. The weekend turned out great and Jack, who will be 4 in October, even had his first successful sleepover at Aunt Kel's house! I hope you enjoy the pictures. Here's to a great week everyone!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Fall Market

Before we know it it will be cold outside and leaving the warmth of our couches will seem like a herculean task. That's why fall weekends are great for soaking up the last bits of fresh food and sunshine before our forced hibernation. I hope you enjoy these pics of a recent walk through the farmers market. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

I Want To Be Peter!

Is it wrong to still be mad about something that happened in kindergarten? Let's hope not. I will say that it's slightly eerie how well I remember this little snippet of my life. I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday morning but I can tell you exactly what shoes I had on the day this happened.

So anyway...... that's me in my first theatrical performance, a rousing rendition of Peter Rabbit (I'm the middle bunny standing up behind the table). Our kindergarten class was mounting a spectacular new version of the timeless classic and I was so excited I couldn't stand it. I get to be on stage? In front of everyone? And they'll clap when I'm done? Sign me up! I loved it. Audition day came before I knew it and I was certain mine was going to kill. What part did I want? Well Peter of course. He was the lead, had the most lines and hell the play was named after him.

At the start of auditions my teacher explained we would begin with Peter and asked for anyone who would like to audition to raise their hands. Mine immediately went up, as did two other boys. David was ok but kind of weird....the audience would never connect with him. Josh was a great kickball player but an actor he was not. I had this in the bag. Then my teacher said something I will never forget....Kelly you can't play Peter he's a boy. Huh? Why not? It's called acting!?

For the next 15 minutes I engaged my teacher in a debate that I was sure would change her mind. What about movies where the same actor ages 50 years? That's like saying I can't play Anne Frank because I'm not Jewish! David and Josh can't act! That chair emotes better than they do! It didn't change her mind and I was relegated to playing Peter's sister. Three lines and a song about how much fun life on the farm is and the play was over. Well that officially sucked!

I hadn't thought about it in years but then the other day I was having a facebook chat with a friend who mentioned he had adapted Hamlet and hadn't given up hope of it being staged one day. Without thinking I immediately said I would love to play Hamlet (a bucket-list dream of mine) and the Peter Rabbit incident came rushing back. There are some wonderful characters in Hamlet, even a great female one, but Hamlet is the most interesting and meaty part in my estimation (much like Peter:)) so why wouldn't I want to play him? Seems my thinking hasn't changed much.

Back to kindergarten....I do think my teacher should have had more of an open mind and given me a chance to at least audition. If I was the best one then I should have gotten the part despite the fact that I was a girl. But that's water under the bridge and slashing her tires the next day was adequate revenge. That's a joke by the way. I only slashed one of them. I did get a chance a few years later to break the gender barrier and play Pinocchio in Pinocchio Don't Smoke That Cigarette. That stunning piece of theatrical genius, which Sondheim himself would have been proud of, was aimed at keeping us elementary school kids off drugs. My performance was simply riveting...riveting I tell you!

Moral of the story is keep plugging away and one day you'll find someone who does recognize what you can do, despite any obvious roadblocks, and hopefully you'll get the chance to do it. Maybe one day I'll even get the chance to hold Yorick in my hands and extol that most famous of monologues.....

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (Hamlet, V.i.)"

My line in Peter Rabbit was.....

"Watch out Peter or you'll fall!" I'm still mad!!!!!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Friday, Love

Lots of travel this week for my day job but had a great time in Philly and DC. Hope you enjoy the pics. Crossing my fingers and hoping for a very fun weekend! See ya Monday.