July 26, 2010


Farmer's Market flowers are one of my favorite parts of this hot hot summer. Last year I was obsessed with collecting Mason Jars. I got a few at a flea market, a few more at a yard sale and James bought be approximately 50 of them at a yard sale near his house. I fill them with coins and pens, bobby pins and hair elastics--but my favorite thing to fill them with is flowers.

Cry It Out

Hello? Doubt you remember me. I've been such a slacker but I'm back on track. I swear, that this time, I will get back to posting.

Do you need a good cry? If you do, please rent movie shown below. It is very sad and also totally beautiful.

The reason I even thought of 'Away from Her' was because I stumbled upon this trailer today, for the movie below, and I was reminded of it. This movie looks equally as beautiful (plus I totally love Elizabeth Banks).

Tissues are a must--don't say I didn't warn you.

July 20, 2010

Bumps and Bruises

Two weekends ago I went horseback riding for the first time in a LONG time. While it used to be something I did two or three times a week as a girl, it has been at least five or so years since I've even been on a horse. But, when given the opportunity to ride again I had to jump at the chance because after all, you definitely don't get that kind of offer everyday.

So, I took the train out to Westchester NY and jumped into the saddle! Just the feeling of even being inside a barn again was totally exciting and when Tara, my generous friend who owns this horse, let me take the lead with getting Lily ready I was as giddy as a school girl. It just felt so right being there, with the horses and the riders--it was a pretty nostalgic moment.

However, lets just remember its been quite some time since I've been riding and also: Lily is a thoroughbred race horse. Granted, she is off track now but she was raised a racer and she still has that side to her. Tara warmed her up for a bit and then I hopped on. I had hoped it would all go smoothly and it would all come back to me and while most of my horsemanship did--lets just say a few things gotten lost. I did some great loops around the ring with her but on my fourth or fifth time around Lily tested me out and oohhhh boy have I got the bruises to prove it.

No I didn't fall--I jumped off okay? Its different. Oh and I landed on my feet--so that definitely doesn't count as a fall. AND I got back on because come on people--"back in the saddle" you've heard it.

All in all, it was a fab afternoon and I can't wait to go back but perhaps this time I'll take a lesson or maybe, I don't know, NOT RIDE A WARMBLOODED RACEHORSE WHEN I SHOULD HAVE BEEN RIDING A PONY!

July 14, 2010

Radio Silence

I've been quiet on here lately. Uninspired perhaps? Whatever it may be I need to get out of this funk and back on the blog train.

Things have been busy! Visits from the family, dinner dates, HORSEBACK RIDING (more to come!) and an impending mini college reunion this weekend. Fun stuff but I'm tired already.

(via james1hour)

James took this picture of me on our vacation in Maryland. I was relaxing and reading in the AC and he was snapping pictures--it was a relaxing moment that feels far away.

July 12, 2010


I don't go to the movies enough. I love going--especially in the summer. You can count on the AC being set to high and the snacks to be plentiful. I wish I went more often but lets be honest, its an expensive little date night and also there really haven't been very good movies out lately.

I went through a big movie kick during the Oscars, as you can remember, but have taken some time off since then and basically haven't missed much!

BUT--James and I had a little movie date on Friday night (with the help of an AMC gift card) and I was reminded how wonderful going to the movies can be.

We ended up seeing The Kids Are Alright starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore and it was good. I really enjoyed it (James thought some of the dialogue was pointless) but overall it is entertaining and thought provoking.

Annette Bening's character struck particularly close for me as some of her highlighted character flaws in the movie might just be some of the same exact flaws I have.

You know the type overplannercomeonmakesomeplansandyoubetterdoitrightbecauseithastobedoneexactlyhowiwant it.

RIGHT. No one's perfect! ha!

Check it out:

July 5, 2010

Brooklyn Flea

It was pretty hot as we bopped around the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday but we really enjoyed it. James and I agreed that if we had some cash left over there would have been a lot of things we could have bought but just really didn't need. However, we did need some food. There were so many delicious food vendors it was hard to choose but ultimately we were satisfied with our picks.

James indulged a bit with this shrimp roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound and it looked delicous. He ate it so quickly there was no time to share!

I, on the other hand, went a little bit of a more untraditional route and had some plum glazed fried chicken. So good. I've been frequenting the farmers market obsessively lately catching all these delicous summer fruits at their peak and Eton did a delicious job with the plum glaze.

As a treat, while we browsed the rest of the goods, we shared a Strawberry Cream pop from people's pops which was the perfect way to end our trip.

I ended up buying something else for myself which I'll share once I can snag a pretty snap of it.


4th of July weekend went by too fast, as three day weekends usually do, and here I am on Monday night thinking about a busy work week ahead of me. As enjoyable as holidays are, they make for a busy week after. It feels wrong to be focusing on that, especially after a summery weekend, but alas I have never been going at staying in the moment. Onward!

There was a heat wave here this weekend folks and I think if anything was learned this weekend it was the heat + Kelley = grumpy. While I might have been a bit testy, admittedly, throughout the weekend there was also a lot of good things that got done. Numero uno being that James and I installed my AC which made it bearable to live. He deserves a million dollars and a trip to the moon for putting up with my antics while getting that thing in the window.

There was good food, a trip to the Brooklyn Flea, Central Park adventures and lunch with Becky, my lovely friend. As much as the heat sucks all the positivity right out of me, it feels like summer and summer is fun. Summer is ice cream and trips to the beach--summer is corn on the cob and peaches from the farmer's market. I should apologize to Summer for cursing her name this weekend, she isn't so bad.