Stationery Round Up


I’m in a season of life that has me writing at least one thank you note per day.  It’s a great place to be.  As such, I’m fresh out of my old stationery, and I’m almost fresh out of the new stationery I just ordered.  Which means I’ve sent over 100 thank you notes in under 3 months.  Which is totally awesome.  (Which reminds me of this, which was, also, awesome.)

And leaves me searching for my next batch of note cards.  Which would you choose?

Portrait Illustrated Flat Notes & Calling Cards

For something non-traditional, Rifle Paper Company’s personalized portrait stationery

Debossed Panel Informal Notes - Square

For a bargain, American Stationery’s debossed panel notes (I also love these as a more informal option)

For a trendy, gold look, Linda and Harriet for Paperless Post’s With Hugs and Kisses cards

For the preppiest stationery in town, Boatman Geller’s anything

For the most classic, Crane & Co’s ecru note cards

(Side note–I heard about this book on The Awesome Etiquette Podcast and I’m intrigued. I wasn’t super into it just by looking on Amazon, but the reviews seem higher than usual.)


Random List Week – Friday

A million years ago, when I was in college, I caught on to AFI’s 100 series.  They were turning 100, and they would run these specials in the summer.  100 greatest movies, 100 greatest movie songs, 100 greatest love stories (I’ll never let go).  Because I can’t see a list without wanting to cross things off it, I, of course, signed myself up to watch them all.  Then I dislocated my knee, and man, did I have some time on my hands to knock a bunch off the list.  But, as so often happens, the calendar slowly filled with other things like internships, and eventually, employment, and I don’t remember the last time I turned to this list as a way to pass a couple of hours.   Posting it here, dear readers, so you can see how much a film expert you are, and so I can maybe get some inspiration in case we get blasted with more snow and I have extra time on my hands.


  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Casablanca
  3. The Godfather
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Graduate
  8. On the Waterfront
  9. Schindler’s List
  10. Singin’ in the Rain
  11. It’s a Wonderful Life
  12. Sunset Boulevard
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  14. Some Like it Hot
  15. Star Wars
  16. All About Eve
  17. The African Queen
  18. Psycho
  19. Chinatown
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  21. The Grapes of Wrath
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  23. The Maltese Falcon
  24. Raging Bull
  25. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  26. Dr. Strangelove
  27. Bonnie & Clyde
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  31. Annie Hall
  32. The Godfather, Part II
  33. High Noon
  34. To Kill A Mockingbird
  35. It Happened One Night
  36. Midnight Cowboy
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives
  38. Double Indemnity
  39. Doctor Zhivago
  40. North by Northwest
  41. West Side Story
  42. Rear Window
  43. King Kong
  44. Birth of a Nation
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire
  46. A Clockwork Orange
  47. Taxi Driver
  48. Jaws
  49. Snow White and Seven Dwarves
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  51. The Philadelphia Story
  52. From Here to Eternity
  53. Amadeus
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front
  55. The Sound of Music
  56. M*A*S*H
  57. The Third Man
  58. Fantasia
  59. Rebel without a Cause
  60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  61. Vertigo
  62. Tootsie
  63. Stagecoach
  64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  65. The Silence of the Lambs
  66. Network
  67. The Manchurian Candidate
  68. An American in Paris
  69. Shane
  70. The French Connection
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Ben-Hur
  73. Wuthering Heights
  74. The Gold Rush
  75. Dances with Wolves
  76. City Lights
  77. American Graffiti
  78. Rocky
  79. The Deer Hunter
  80. The Wild Bunch
  81. Modern Times
  82. Giant
  83. Platoon
  84. Fargo
  85. Duck Soup
  86. Mutiny on the Bounty
  87. Frankenstein
  88. Easy Rider
  89. Patton
  90. The Jazz Singer
  91. My Fair Lady
  92. A Place in the Sun
  93. The Apartment
  94. Goodfellas
  95. Pulp Fiction
  96. The Searchers
  97. Bringing up Baby
  98. Unforgiven
  99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

(They updated the list 10 years later, but this is the original I was working with at the time)

Random List Week – Wednesday

I loved sharing some of my recent pins with you all on Friday, so I’m back, this time with 4 recipes.  Usually when I post pins to the blog, I’m more likely to actually make them, so here’s hoping, dear readers.  (None of these are healthy in the slightest, but by now you all know what goes into a green smoothie.)

The Kitchn’s Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese (I’m intrigued)

chocolate peanut butter fudge pop tarts.

Half Baked Harvest’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop Tarts

Salted Caramel Apple Fritter Bread 01

Culinary Concoctions by Peabody’s Salted Caramel Apple Fritter Bread

croque monsieur crostini I

How Sweet Eats’ Croque Monsiuer Crostini



Random List Week – Tuesday

I go through reading phases, where I’m super into chick lit, YA, or non-fiction.  But the one genre I can’t go too long without reading is memoir.  There’s something about getting a glimpse into someone else’s story that captivates me.  I just downloaded The Other Wes Moore, about two kids, both named Wes Moore, born just a few blocks away from each other in Baltimore, whose lives ended up taking dramatically different paths. I think it’s going to be fascinating.

Today’s random list includes some of my favorite memoirs, in no particular order.

Relish, by Lucy Knisley (source)

Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

Delancey, by Molly Wizenberg

Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler

I’ll Drink to That, by Betty Halbreich

Popular, by Maya van Wagenen

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

The Sweet Life in Paris, by David Lebovitz

My Life in France, by Julia Child (host to one of my all-time favorite lines:  Zut!  We had muffed it!)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

I’m a Stranger Here Myself, by Bill Bryson



Random List Week – Monday

The best thing about having your own blog (which is not sponsored by fancy companies, or paid for by ad networks) is that you get to do what YOU want with it.  And I told you the other day, what I want is not to tell you so much about what we’re eating (which is largely because you’ve seen it here in the past6.5 years.  6.5 years!).  And what I do want is to make random lists for you, because I sat around during a lot of snowy weather, and gathered a lot of information that I’d like to compartmentalize for you.  So welcome to Monday of Random List Week, dear readers.  You’re in for a treat, obviously.

We’re starting with a bang.  I don’t know if you know this, dear readers.  I am a huge musical theater nerd.  Like, the nerdiest.

It all started when my family saw Damn Yankees when I was about 8.  I was hooked, and fell instantly in love with Broadway.  My city-dwelling aunt was kind and generous enough to fuel my love by taking me to a couple of shows each year, and as I got old enough to take the train on my own, I’ve found other ways to get to Broadway as well (looking at you, Queen Cupcake).  Favorite moments include seeing Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun, bawling my eyes out next to an Irish lady during the final scene of Once, watching Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes actually love each other during Promises, Promises, running up on stage with Jessie, the woman sitting in front of me, to sing at the end of Hair, and almost peeing my pants from laughing so hard during Avenue Q.  (Seriously, if you’re not easily offended, this is the show for you.  Skip Book of Mormon, and go straight to this one.)

On one of my snow day mornings last week, I spent way too much time watching YouTube videos of some of my favorite Broadway performances.  Have you seen any, dear readers?

This is Andrew Rannells, who I swear, Wooden Nickels thinks she discovered when he was in Jersey Boys (are you looking up your photo together, so you can remind us that you’re best friends, WN?).  He is obviously immensely talented, but this performance is like nothing I’ve ever seen.  It’s on another level.  And there’s a moment in the song, right around the 2 minute mark, where he knows it, too.

The most recent show I’ve seen is Beautiful, which is about the life of Carole King, and I just can’t even.  I love pretty much everything she’s ever sung, and this one is just a feel good show.  Jessie Mueller originated  If you’ve seen shows over school winter/spring break times then you know the cast comes out after the final curtain to raise money for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS.  Only at this particular performance, Carole herself came on stage and surprised the cast.  When she and Jessie hug, I sob.  And when she asks Jessie to sing with her, I melt into a puddle of Broadway-loving emotion and can’t handle life for at least the next ten minutes.

I mean, while we’re crying, we might as well get it all out of our systems, no?*  Here’s the thing with Wicked.  I don’t love it.  I don’t even really like it.  Eek.  I’m sorry.  Maybe it’s that The Wizard of Oz is pretty much my favorite movie, and maybe it’s that I couldn’t get through the book, or maybe I’m just odd, but I don’t like it.  And I really don’t like this song.  But I will not deny that Kristin and Idina can belt it like no other.  What I love about this (is not the quality, because it’s clearly someone’s illegal recording from up in the balcony) is that while K&I were rumored to have a bit of a rivalry thing going on during their tenure at the show, it’s clear there’s some love and respect on this, Kristin’s last show.  I cry when they do, because I cry at everything.

For the love of what’s good, we need some relief.  So.  The Circle of Life, from The Lion King, being sung on the subway.  Much like Cameron, from Modern Family, my life goal is to be somewhere a flash mob magically appears.  While not technically a flash mob, this is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT!  First of all, this Rafiki girl can sing like it’s no one’s business.  And second of all, those passengers should have known they were in for something amazing.  I have been on the New York Subway a zillion times and the crowd, on the whole, is never, ever that attractive.  My fave in this one are the little girls who sit on the side of the car.

This song.  Forever and always.  I love that it’s different enough from the movie version, but still has that crazy, intensely emotional, while still completely simple and beautiful feel, you know?

*ps, one time, I drafted a blog post in which I listed out a bunch of YouTube videos that make me cry uncontrollably.  And then I realized I am crazy, and no one else needs to know about my neuroses.


The Evolution of Pinterest

Much like it always does, social media is evolving, and my Pinterest feed doesn’t have the same look and feel that it used to.  I’m not sure how to weed through all the boards I follow to get it back to its old self, so instead, I put some of my more recent pins together right here.  They have a spring-y vibe to me.  Here’s hoping this snow keeps melting and we get there sooner, rather than later.  Cheers, dear readers.


watermelon, coconut water, and lime.:

pink lady cupcakes.:


built-ins.  (back office wall?):

old dressers.:

no churn mascarpone soft serve.:

yeah it is.:

makers gonna make.:


Listing: The Road Trip

sandwich, mass.

We’re back.  Once work wrapped up for me in the middle of June, my husband and I put the car in drive and set off on a whirlwind tour of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The best way I think through just about anything is by making lists.  When my husband and I are out, I’m always asking him, “What’s your favorite thing we did today/this week/since we’ve been together?”  It drives him crazy sometimes, but I’m a linear thinker, through and through.  Our absolute most favorite moments of the trip were the times we spent with our friends–visiting family friends we don’t get to see enough, and meeting up with some of our DC crew who were up north at the time.  Other than that, see below.  It was a whirlwind tour and we loved pretty much every minute of it.

towns we visited.

  1. Nantucket, MA
  2. Kennebunkport, ME
  3. Woodstock, VT
  4. Hanover, NH
  5. Burlington, VT

things we saw.

  1. Harwich Mariners game, Harwich, MA
  2. All of Nantucket from the top of the steeple at First Congregational Church, Nantucket, MA
  3. Covered bridges in Woodstock and Quechee, VT
  4. George and Barbara Bush (et. al.) out to dinner in Kennebunkport, ME
  5. The boardwalk, Sandwich, MA

souvenirs we bought.

  1. Tacky postcards*
  2. Christmas ornaments
  3. Water bottles (not really souvenirs, but man are they worth their exorbitant cost on a hot day)
  4. Spirit Jerseys
  5. New flip flops after I wore down two pairs I brought

meals we ate.

  1. Dinner at Comida, Camden, ME
  2. Dinner at Pizza Barbone, Hyannis, MA
  3. Breakfast at Captain Fairfield Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
  4. Dinner at Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT
  5. Lunch at Smoke House, Newport, RI

beers we drank.

(as ranked by my husband)

  1. Newport Storm Amber Ale at Smoke House, Newport, RI
  2. Lost Nation Rustic Ale at Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT
  3. Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale Ale at our friends’ house on Nantucket, MA
  4. Mt. Washington Amber Ale at Bretton Woods, Mt. Washington, NH
  5. Funky Bow Saison at Abbondante in Kennebunkport, ME

things i packed.

  1. Long sleeved t-shirts and dresses
  2. Postcard stamps
  3. 1 small suitcase and bag; 1 large suitcase and tote
  4. Cash**
  5. Only one pair of earrings and one necklace

ice cream stops.

  1. Morano Gelato, Hanover, NH (better than Italy; best I’ve ever had)
  2. Th’ Ice Cream Barn, Middle of Nowhere, ME (Actually, Belfast, ME)
  3. Maple Creamee Stand, Burlington VT (you can find them everywhere)
  4. Toasted Coconut ice cream (Giffords) at a random little shop, Woods Hole, MA
  5. Cold Fusion Gelato, Newport, RI

sandwiches we ate.

  1. The other turkey sandwich at Provisions, Nantucket, MA
  2. BLT at Black Dog, Vineyard Haven, MA
  3. The Duke at Joe Beez, Kingston, NY
  4. Chicken Panini at The Village Butcher, Woodstock, VT
  5. Barbecue Chicken Wrap (though my husband would argue it’s the brisket sandwich) at Smoke House, Newport, RI

stations we loved.

(all on Sirius)

  1. 90s on 9
  2. On Broadway
  3. Lithium
  4. Classic Rewind
  5. Coffee House

hotels where we stayed.

  1. Our friends’ house in St. Alban’s, VT
  2. Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT
  3. Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME
  4. Bretton Woods Resort, Mt. Washington, NH
  5. Captain Fairfield Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

books i read.

  1. Maine – by J. Courtney Sullivan
  2. Nantucket Blue – by Leila Howland
  3. Gilead – by Marilynne Robinson (though I’m not finished yet)
  4. A Tangle of Knots – by Lisa Graff
  5. Love, Aubrey – by Suzanne LaFleur

The notes:

*Wooden Nickels’ aunt had a little tradition in which she would seek out the tackiest postcard she could find while on vacation, and send it to her friends.  Wooden Nickels, her aunt, and I shared in this merriment for years, and though the aunt is no longer with us, we’ve passed this tradition on to a couple friends of our own.  It is SO FUN not to look for a charming photo of whatever cute town through which you are passing, but instead look for the worst a souvenir shop has to offer.  Buy postcard stamps before you leave, throw them in your wallet, and you’ll be sure to get them all in the mail, too.

**Driving through New England took us to a lot of small towns and independent retailers.  I loved this and realized it’s a big piece of my hometown that I miss living here in DC.  A lot of these places however, don’t take credit cards.  Cash is a must.

Listing: Cookbooks

5 Cookbooks

I’m playing around with Photoshop Elements this week, dear readers.  I do not love the way this little collage works, but I decided to call it done in the name of it can only go up from here, no?  These are seven cookbooks I wish I owned.  And now that I’ve completed 1 month of a 3 month shopping hiatus, creating a little space for them here will have to fill any void I feel on my bookshelves.

Clockwise from top left:

Forever Summer//Canal House Cooking Vol. No. 8//Dinner: The Playbook//Very Fond of Food//The Lemonade Cookbook//Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home//Aida Mollencamp’s Keys to the Kitchen