Monthly Archives: April 2012

Book Club: MWF Seeking BFF

One of the aspects about moving to an entirely new city is that you have to make entirely new friends. God knows that I’m all too familiar with this process but it’s something that we often take for granted.

When I was recently invited to join a local book club, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only because of the new friend prospects or the fact that I’m a huge bookworm, but also because the book for this month was MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche.

Rachel moved from New York City to Chicago for her husband and found herself a little lost without her best friends. Having just experienced a similar situation this year, I felt like this book club was meant to be (Relax, I do have friends here. Finally. I promise). Rachel even skyped in for our book club meeting and she is just as sweet and funny as you’d imagine (thanks, Rachel!).

The book is cute, funny, and at times awkward but 100% relatable. Let’s face it, we’ve all been forced out of our comfort zones and pushed ourselves to make new friends at one point or another. Rachel’s book is a great reminder that we’re not alone; nor should we ever take any of our friends – near or far – for granted.

About the book (from http://mwfseekingbff.com/):

When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington DC. Yet in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl-talk over brunch or a reality TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: she’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (who she meets everywhere from improv class to friend-rental websites) with the latest in social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. She asks why women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF. And she uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life, you’ve gotta have friends.

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At the gas pump in Shreveport

The spring time always flies by in a blur of weddings, graduations, and other social functions that it leaves little time for tending to other essential duties such as blogging.

I’ve been a poor reporter in recent weeks of happenings about town (we missed the Barksdale Airforce Air Show and a weeklong festival called Holiday in Dixie!) but there is one newsworthy item to share and that is the local price of gasoline.

When the morning news reports daily on the grim details of the ever-rising cost of oil, I am feeling very fortunate that Shreveport’s gas prices have hovered around $3.60 most of the time we’ve been here. While this is by no means any sort of bargain, it is significantly less expensive than when I was living in Washington, D.C.

I feel grateful to be able to fill my tank for less than $50 each week.

Do I sound old when I mention that I remember when I first got my license and gas was $1.24 per gallon?

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I hate living in Tornado Alley

My childhood fear of thunderstorms has fully re-emerged thanks to springtime in Shreveport. This is the current homepage of Weather.com:

Keeping fingers crossed we don’t get swept away Wizard of Oz style.

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3 things that I didn’t think were possible

Happy Friday the 13th!

It has been one of those bizarre weeks where it feels like everyone has lost their mind. Or maybe that’s just me.

So in light of today’s date, it’s only fitting that I post about the weird things that have happened recently:

1. My dog has turned into a cat.

Lying in the windowsill is a new development. I know that this isn't comfortable... or normal.

 

2. “Yeah, I got two pet gators. One’s named Billy. The other’s named Bob. I also got a armadillo, too. I got ’em all in my backyard,” — overheard at the grocery store. I wish I was making this up.

 

3. I have accidentally said “ya’ll” twice this week. It is so unthinkable and so disturbing that I felt the need to share, but be let it be known that we will never talk about this again and we’ll pretend it never happened. Jersey Girls do not say “ya’ll.”

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Happy Belated Easter

I know this is several days overdue, but I had to share pictures of Gidget opening up her Easter basket from “Nanny” (a.k.a. my Mom).

Hmm.. what's in here? (Notice the high speed tail-wagging).

Gidget's first victim... one of several toys destroyed and ingested in a frenzy of excitement.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter 🙂

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Cork Wine Festival

This past weekend was the 7th Annual Cork Wine Festival. It is part of a series of events put on throughout the year associated with the Red River Revel (we went to that, too. click here).

Cork is a ticketed event that quickly sells out. It is a 3-hour fete dedicated entirely to wine tasting and food sampling from the area’s finest restaurants. In other words, it is my kind of afternoon.

The boys with their shades on, purveying the fine wines.

The ladies, looking chic while I try not to look too sweaty in the Louisiana heat.

Our 2012 Cork signature wine glasses are neatly placed in our cabinet and we’ve already marked our calendars for next year!

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Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C.

The last 48 hours have included tornado warnings, power outages, and a spider so large that Rich had to kill it with a snow shovel (the sole of his shoe was inadequate and it was akin to witnessing a squirrel being slaughtered). So with all things considered, you can imagine how much I LOVED every minute of my brief visit to Washington, D.C. last week where spiders are the size of pinheads and the only “natural disasters” are those involving controversial politics.

My brother was gracious enough to host me and I was able to visit with fabulous friends while I was in town. I also went on an accidental tour-de-food and indulged in every delicious bite I could sink my teeth into, and of course, there was an afternoon of serious endurance-based shopping.

It was so fantastic.

I skipped most of the tourist stops and just savored every moment of city life, stopping by my favorite shops, eateries, and haunts. Here are a few photos to recap the 4 joyous days in my favorite city:

First stop: the 7am On-the-Go Class at Tranquil Space Yoga. I am obsessed. I went twice while I was in town.

The Chic P salad at Sweet Green for lunch. I died. I have missed this so much. It has falafel. Need I say anymore?

Nothing offsets the health benefits of a salad like a Chocolate 2 Cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake for dessert.

I died. Death by chocolate actually happened.

Mani/pedi at Vicky's in Georgetown. My favorite nail salon ever - they use hot stones to massage your feet.

Cherry Blossoms!

The one "tourist-y" thing we did because a trip to D.C. is incomplete without a visit to the Smithsonian. We saw the Annie Leibovitz "Pilgrimage" exhibition and "The Art of Video Games" exhibition.

View of the Washington Monument from the W Hotel P.O.V. rooftop bar.

W Hotel rooftop. Low humidity meant frizz-free hair for the first time in months.

I brought a dress to the best tailor in the world (Luis Tailor) who happens to be in Alexandria, VA. I must admit though... I had a hidden agenda of stopping into Alexandria Cupcake, which happens to be next door.

The Dupont metro escalator. Running to the top without stopping to catch your breath/pass-out is a true badge of physical fitness.

Sunset on a side street. SIGH. I miss this city so much.

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