22 May 2010

Jet-Setting, But What Luggage?

The one luggage set I own is a pretty big Samsonite 2-piece set in olive green. For 8 days in Italy, especially when you are lugging a suitcase over teeny-tiny streets with cobblestones and through airports and train stations, big suitcases is not the best idea. And I need a weekend/overnight luggage bag/suitcase anyway. Lugging my LeSportSac duffel through the streets of Manhattan after MS&W was not my idea of fun.

I'm window-shopping through Target and this caught my eye:
A vintage-style luggage set! This totally looks like the hella overpriced one from J.Crew, except in red. It's good for carry-on size but I'm trying to find a picture of it open.

What do you think? Should I eschew the regular black suitcase and go for something like this for the honeymoon? All I need are big Jackie-O sunglasses, since I've got the capris, white tunic top and espadrille flats down pat.

Unless I can get the carry-on of the Kate Spade Lisbon luggage set for under $100...it's a dream but if anyone hears anything, let me know!

21 May 2010

Cross Another off the List

Item #9: See a ballet besides The Nutcracker.
I did ballet as a kid and LOVED the Nutcracker, but to this day it's the only production I've seen at Lincoln Center. My mom got tickets to Don Quixote from the principal at her school so we are going for free!

My sister will be there too but on the other side of the seat so to speak - she is an usher at the Metropolitan Opera House. She started her senior year of college and is doing it now while she starts up grad school. Last week, she got The Aussie and I tickets to see The Flying Dutchman opera. Fell asleep a bit during the first act - German opera isn't really my cup of tea, but hey no one turns down free orchestra tickets. Especially when it's at the Metropolitan Opera House.

In other news, The Aussie is showing an interesting change of behavior lately. Normally he whines and cries abut Whole Foods being expensive; he went there not one but two days in a row. Normally he gets his recipes for dinner from allrecipes.com, now he goes to Real Simple (I got a magazine subscription).

Can't help but say it kinda makes me smile and say, "I TOLD you so."

16 May 2010

Summer Days Are Here Again

Last night, The Aussie and I went out for our first sidewalk dining experience of the spring/summer at Bareburger. I love this place. The bonus is that we live only two blocks away. We both had some of the gluten-free, vegan, organic hard cider which was very good.
You know when summer is just around the corner in NYC when all the sidewalk seats are full to bursting.

Bora Bora

So we are watching "Couples Retreat" - The Aussie did not beleive that the water could be that blue so I put "Where did they film 'Couples Retreat'?" into Google.

Wow. I want to go here on my ten-year wedding anniversary.

13 May 2010

26 Before 26 Update

Since one thing has already been crossed off my 26 Before 26 list, I thought I'd update you all on what I've been up to lately:

Item #22: Going to a Museum Exhibition (Completed April 2, 2010)

Before it closed, I went to the Tim Burton exhibition at the MoMA during the Target Free Fridays:
I went with one of my friends from my knitting group, L, and her son who is the most amazing 11-year-old I have ever met. He gave me a big hug before we left our separate ways to the different subway stations. The exhibition was pretty cool (I never knew he was a part of "Beetlejuice"!) but a bit creepy.

I still want to take the chance to see more museum exhibitions. Up next on the museum docket: Item #1 on the list, which is going to the Guggenheim. It's right bloody expensive but Little Sister, who volunteers with a group at the Met Museum gets in free anywhere with her Met ID. Free tickets to the Guggenheim!

Item #7: Go to one of the wool/yarn festivals (May 1 &2, 2010).

This is the one thing I have been dying to do ever since I became a knitter and 3 years later, I finally went! I went with my knitting group who is scattered mostly all over the country and we congregated in Maryland for a rolickin' good time.

I went pretty crazy over the sight of the sheep while everyone laughed at me (I've never seen sheep this close before), and alpacas but unfortunately, there were no angora bunnies to be had. I'm holding a gigantic cup of lemonade, my parasol and have my sleeves rolled up into my bra straps because it was ridiculously sunny and hot.
This is a picture of my haul (the cost of which, while QUITE modest compared to most people - the girls in my group said I was pretty thrifty; I budgeted and I went in with specific patterns to get yarn for, complete with price comparisons on my iTouch - has been the subject of quite a kerfluffle within my family, particularly The Aussie. He nearly had a heart attack when he saw one of the price tags by accident and heard the total amount. He will get over it).
There is another festival up in Rhinebeck, NY (by Poughkeepsie) but I think it's best that I stay home for that one. The next day, we went and saw Edgar Allen Poe's grave, as we were in Baltimore for the weekend.

We all plan to meet up again next year, which is going to be just as exciting since there were alot of things I missed (like awesome yarn at 50% off) and people who couldn't make it this year will be there next year.

On a sad note however, I did something that no one ever really likes doing: attend a funeral. My dad's best friend of 35 years passed away last week, and I attended my first Greek funeral. Very sad and very emotional.

05 May 2010

Highly Upsetting.

So bad, my sister is canceling her trip for this summer. I can only imagine what it's like to be there now.