Read 5 Classic Books: #1 Pride and Prejudice

I honestly think i haven’t read this. I know i have enjoyed the heck out of the movie, but never read the book. So here goes. The first of my 5 brain enhancing books.

it was a good read, although a little hard to follow at times because of the way she writes.  and they call all of the 5 girls Miss Bennett so that gets confusing.  Overall i would have to say i liked the movie better (the Kiera Knightley one).  And the whole time i was reading i was picturing the movie.  Which makes me want to watch the movie again, but i think i lent it to my lawn guy when he had to read it for school.  I should remember to ask him about that.

so do i feel better educated now?  i suppose so.  I def have a better feel for how Jane Austen writes, and if i am ever in a social situation where everyone is getting all Austenland i will be able to play along.  Which will most likely never happen, but i am now better prepared.

I feel like my next book should be a history book so i learn something useful.

i did just read The Help, which while not necessarily a true story, is certainly close enough to qualify as historical.


The Art of War

To Kill a Mockingbird

Call of the Wild

Wuthering Heights

Swiss Family Robinson

awesome link:

Most Beautiful Living Spaces

Movie Reviews:

Despicable Me 2: HILARIOUS.  of course.

We are the Millers:  also fairly hilarious!  would def go see, it was super entertaining.  i really heart Jason Sudeikis.


NOLA, Part 2


After Pat O’Brians we were bopping along Bourbon street and ran into a Bachelor party that invited us up to their balcony to throw beads! of course we went because hello, Beads? check! Balcony, check! Bourbon street? check!  i mean it was basically the title of our trip.

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Couple of takeaways here:
1. Don’t do this unless you are a party of 9 girls, woe to the guy that tries anything suspicious when you are rolling 9 strong.
2. This poor bachelor party was all excited for an influx of girls until they realized they were 80% married with kids. Too bad boys, hand over the beads!
3. As it turns out, boys on the street will also flash their chests. Less impressive than girls i am sure, but far more hilarious.  Especially the ones that eased into it, “ooo check out my abs, ooo check out my ribs, and here’s my manly chest, want some more, check the collarbone…!” Sure dude, heres some beads.


another handy tip:  if you get bored throwing beads, try your hand at lasso-ing.  the objective: to try and toss beads so they land around someones (unsuspecting) neck.  harder than it seems!  one of the bachelors offered us $1,000 if we could do it.  This was of course AFTER Paola had already done it once.  Also i’m pretty sure they were exaggerating the $1,000.  I got bored of failing at lasso-ing and resorted to trying to drop them in the beers of the unsuspecting loiter’ers below.  It had a much higher success rate.  A free night of Beer, Balconys, Beads and the best people watching anywhere?  Thanks Ohio Bachelors! Even if you are from…Ohio.


This is what the balcony looked like during the day…..sketcheroo.  But they did have some pretty impressive karaoke!  And that, my friends, is the end of night 2.


Day 3!

Once again, up faaaaar too early.  But we just didn’t want to waste a second! and again i blame my sister.  We hit up Magnolia Grill for brunch in the French Quarter and it was delicious and just what we needed 🙂


then we just strolled around the French Quarter for a while, hitting up various stores and the French market until we broke for Beignets.



Cafe du Monde!


After that it was over to Jackson Square for some shopping

Hello Andrew Jackson!

Hello Andrew Jackson!

Sisters on the Great Sister Trip

Sisters on the Great Sister Trip

After all that we clearly needed a drink, so we headed over to Napoleans, a bar that looks a little divey on the outside, and on the inside, until you walk through the back door into a beautiful courtyard.  Bring on the Pimms cup!

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Then it was back to Bourbon to seek out another fun bar


note* Bourbon street smells terrible during the night, and only slightly less so during the day.  And this is in the off season!  i think i would pass out during Mardi Gras. We walked all the way to the end of Bourbon to hit up Lafittes, a Blacksmith Shop Bar


No electricity and all wooden tables and stools, very cool! literally haha.


after that a few girls shopped and a few of us pedicabbed it back to the hotel to start the shower cycle (9 girls, 3 showers…organization is key)

Hurricanes in hand!

Hurricanes in hand!

The three of us hatched a foolproof plan to have a pedicab race to dinner later and recruit our driver to get all his slow friends so we win.  But then we were late so we took a cab.  Le sigh.  again, 9 girls: 3 showers.

i think it was somewhere around here (or perhaps it was the 2nd night) that Dana and i taught the girls the use of “BUNNY!” which is apparently a Sherwoodism. Instead of constantly saying “quick like a bunny” when crossing crosswalks we find it’s more effective to just yell BUNNY!  It was developed to encourage my mom who thinks 6 seconds is plenty of time to cross a four lane road, in DC, at a stroll.

Dinner was at Sainte Marie and was delicious.  and then it was back to the hotel for a costume change into our superhero alter egos:


Guess which purse is not a purse, but a box o’ wine DISGUISED as a purse?

At this point in the trip we had to be the tiredest, most draggin superheros ever.  My eyes were soooooo red from no sleep.  i looked like i had been smoking pot all day.  luckily my alter ego mask covered that.  so we went out, had some shenannigans, listened to some jazz and thats all i can reveal so as to not compromise the integrity of our alter egos.

sleep for 2 hours (literally TWO) and Peter was waiting downstairs to take us to the airport.  Most adorable taxi driver ever, we lined him up earlier when he drove us home 3 hours ago and when he got back he texted us “i’m here” “where i picked you up last night” “i’ll be here”.  Oh Peter, such an adorable, pastel plaid wearing, 20 something, Romanian.  Keep in touch.

Smell ya later NOLA!

Smell ya later NOLA!

3 airports, some amazing Italian lunch, and one minor car accident (not our fault) later, four of us arrived back in t-town.  3rd Annual Great Sister Trip in the works already 🙂

Beads, Bourbon and Beignets!

NOLA, Part 1 AKA the 2nd Annual Great Sister Trip! 070 Day 1: 9 girls arrive in Nola from from 4 different states. The day is started off by convening in our luxurious Marriott suite (note-always include a girl who works at a hotel or airline, we had hotel- check!) enjoying snacks and champagne (drank out of plastic cups through twizzlers straws of course….) once most of us had arrived we took our drinks into the streets (no open container laws! a source of glee all weekend long) and headed to the Carousel bar. A bar that revolves around the center bartenders! Super slow, but still super fun, and we had our ridic expensive drinks bought for us by an elderly gentleman in head to toe seersucker.  a little bit like Colonel Sanders…. Next stop: Riverwalk! To see the river…and riverboats…. and that was about it. 032 IMG956757 On our way to Riverwalk we stumbled upon (or perhaps feverishly stalked) a movie set!  American Heist– starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Akon, and Jordana Brewster.  We saw none of them, but did get hit on by a grip…. After that we walked around the french quarter a little and bopped in some stores, then headed back to the hotel to pick up our last arrival.  Then it was time for a late night dinner (which is surprisingly hard to do in NOLA: bars stay open, resturants do not….) and bedtime!  We did manage to get a good christmas card pic:


Day 2: An early morning morning wake up call (thanks to the freakishly early risers in my room…mainly my sister) led to magazine reading by the pool, then we all headed to brunch at the Ruby Slipper. 038 While it wasn’t quite the Green Eggs Cafe in Philly (let’s be honest, nothing will probably ever beat that brunch besides Channing Tatum or Ryan Reynolds bringing me breakfast in bed…) it was delicious with fun drinks.  After stuffing ourselves we decided to ride…it off on the hop-on hop-off bus tour thru the French Quarter, Downtown and the Garden District. IMG951553 We hopped off for a while on Magazine street to get in some essential, vacation, retail therapy!  We stopped at Sucre for gelato and chocolates to cap off our afternoon then sprinted home to see how fast 9 girls could get ready for dinner. Which turns out to be amazingly fast. 041 On our way to dinner:


Dolls in doorways

Dinner that night was at Muriels…a fancy, haunted, restaurant that sets a table with wine and food each night for it’s resident ghost, the late owner.  I had my favorite drink of the trip here, a sage julep made with gin.  It was ridic and needs to be re-created at home ASAP. IMG951582 After dinner we headed upstairs to their balcony overlooking Jackson Square for a little while, then explored the super creepy upstairs red rooms, that are like a museum/boudoir/haunted house.  Where we of course had some weirdo photo shoots.



Also Paola opened the “fake” sarcophagus and i’m pretty sure cursed us all.  (minor car accident on the way home and i get a bat in my house? coincidence? i think not.)  If you go to NOLA, eat at Muriels and make sure to explore the upstairs 🙂 Just don’t open the sarcophagus. 1004902_10201464357828295_1921065836_n After dinner we headed to Jackson Square so i could get my tarot cards read.  Nothing earth shattering, but Thanksgiving time is supposedly going to be a lively time for me…! Looked up the cards btw…not traditional tarot cards, some kind of Angel Oracle cards.  Which confuses me because i feel like religion and fortune telling shouldn’t really mix…. but it is NOLA. 046 Next stop: Pat o’Brians for Hurricanes and Dueling Pianos! Pretty sure this was my favorite part of the whole trip.  it was also where the infamous spoons made their debute!  We sat outside for a while and drank our drinks and engaged in spoon shenanigans.


The glowing is the spoons….


Then headed inside to listen to the dueling pianos (although really, they were more taking turns pianos) at a front row table, and loved it.  Lots of singing along, cheering, and spoon stealing. Doorman TeeJay even got in on the action and made Paola scream like she got knifed when he stole her spoon. and gave it to me, muah haha!

we look like great singers don't we?

we look like great singers don’t we?

great table, we were so close!

great table, we were so close!

this seems like the end of day 2…..but it’s not! To be continued…..Bourbon Street, Bachelor parties, and Bead throwing!