Having always been an avid television watcher, being home for the last year has given me so much time to watch so much tv. I love working with my iPad next to me playing a show or a movie. In the last year, this is what I have watched-many I have seen many, many times before but I enjoy re-watching since I can listen and still be entertained without my eyes being glued to the screen. This is what I usually do when I have a bunch of jewelry to make. The show 24 used to be the best-24 hours of entertainment and Jack Bauer to keep me company.
Homeland Seasons 1-7 on Showtime
Cheer on Netflix
Brothers and Sisters Seasons 1-5 on Hulu
Alias Seasons 1-5 on Prime Video
Athlete A on Netflix
Downton Abbey Seasons 1-6 + the Movie on Peacock
Billions on Showtime
Friends Seasons 1-10 on HBOMax
Lenox Hill on Netflix
Belgravia on Epix
Succession on HBOMax
Dirty John: Betty Broderick on USA Network
The Betty Broderick Story (Original) on Netflix
Outcry on Showtime
Yellowstone Seasons 1-3 on Peacock
Law and Order Seasons 14 – 20 on Peacock
Very Cavalleri Seasons 1-2 Peacock
The Vow on HBO
Ratched on Netflix
This is Paris on YouTube
The Crown Season 4 Netflix
The Undoing Episodes 1-6 on HBO Max
Designing Women Seasons 1-7 on Hulu
The Flight Attendant on HBO Max
Bridgerton on Netflix
Framing Britney Spears on Hulu
Firefly Lane on Netflix
Kid 90 On Hulu
Sex and the City Seasons 1-6 +Two Movies on HBO Max
and finishing up with my current show Poldark
Any suggestions not on here? I would love to hear!
Trying to update this blog with current affairs as it doubles as a life diary-perfect for researching past events. The complete honest truth is that I moved this blog from Blogger over to WordPress and I don’t find it as easy as promised and it makes it easy for me to think hard about a possible post and then not get online to type it out.
Anyway, the biggest thing that has happened to me besides Covid-19 Quarantine is that I finally got a puppy. As soon as we realized we were going to home for a while, I reached out to a bunch of Westie breeders, my heart was set on that dog. I got myself on 5 waiting lists and unfortunately, everyone on earth was getting puppies so they were not easy to acquire. My good friend Jenny got a Maltipoo early on in Quarantine and I was in LOVE with him. My search switched to Maltipoos but they ended up being super expensive. I looked up Westiepoos and bingo, a breeder in Pennsylvania popped up and a slew of puppies were listed on their site. Only two girls, so the choices were limited. I picked one named Hannah.
I called right away and the breeder was Amish and didn’t have a camera phone. I asked for another picture and two days later, I got this one…Hannah with one of his children.
After asking a bunch of questions, we sealed the deal and he was able to get her an airline reservation the Tuesday before Thanksgiving-so fast! He used a pet transport lady so she got picked up on Monday and spent the night at her house with a bunch of other puppies..can you imagine having a bunch of different puppies on their first night away from their Mothers? She texted me this picture and told me they were all in love with her, I was getting so excited.
The transport lady texted me early Tuesday morning to let me know she was dropped and doing great. She had a long day of traveling with a stop in Charlotte. I couldn’t think about it and when I did panic and call the lady, she assured me she ships out hundreds of puppies each month and has never had a problem. Her plane arrived around 6:45 and I went to the airport baggage claim to the special desk and waited. Elizabeth came with me and then they motioned us over and her huge crate came sliding down!
After I signed the paperwork, we took the huge crate and walked straight out to my car. We got her out and tried to let her go to the bathroom but she was just sniffing everything so we got in the car. What a long drive home, I was dying to get her back to my place so I could check her out. Ebby held her in her lap in the back seat.
Once we got home, she was running around and checking out her new home. I couldn’t believe she was finally here with me and I was finally a Dog Mom. I named her Mimi and off we go!
Never in my life would I believe that scrunchies would be back in style, but they are indeed everywhere! I recently rewatched all the seasons of Sex and City and there is one episode where Carrie is dating Berger and he wrote about a stylish New Yorker wearing a scrunchie and after reading his book, she listed this as a complete offense to fashion. Then they ran into a woman wearing one, only to find out she was visiting from the Midwest. Only a tourist would be caught dead wearing this out of date accessory.
Fast forward and they are definitely back, whether you want them or not. Here is a roundup of some cute ones…
Back in high school, I used to make these myself (with a little bit of help from my Mom). A quick trip to Laura Ashley to buy fabric by the yard, cut the strips and she would sew them up with elastic. My go-to hair ties these days are Grab-n-Go ponies from France Luxe. They hold my hair all day long and are not damaging. You may see me in a scrunchie around town, but only for a fashion moment lol.
So many thoughts swirling in my head. I just finished, as most people I know did, the Oprah interview with Harry & Meghan. The hype leading up to this was monstrous but it was amazing. When Prince Phillip went into the hospital, I thought it might get derailed, but there was no derailing this dream interview that so many people were waiting for.
First, I miss Oprah so much and her show. I love her interviews and her folksy way of getting the story out of people. I expected Meghan to be more reserved and hesitant but she started spilling the tea from the beginning. There were some serious bombshells:
1- Harry and Meghan actually got married 3 days before in a small ceremony-how on earth did they keep that secret?
2- Kate actually made Meghan cry over the flower girl dresses and the story got replayed the exact opposite and everyone ate it up. She mentions this was the first turning point for her-a glimpse into her future.
3- Meghan experienced some serious mental strain during her pregnancy and wanted to go for help and was told NO. So she suffered without it. This is crazy but all roads lead to protecting THE FIRM.
4-The decision to not have a title for baby Archie was not theirs-this was always reported to be their choice. It was also decided that he would not be entitled to security.
5-There were discussions about what color their baby’s skin might be-obviously this information stings to hear but when pressed, Harry did not want to discuss it.
6- Harry was cut off from his family’s money Q1 of 2020. They mention that those Netflix and Spotify deals were made to secure funding for their security and lifestyle. He mentions that he still has money from his Mother. It has always been presented that this was always the plan-making them out to be money hungry.
7-They revealed that they are having a baby girl this summer. This made me so happy. I cannot believe they shared this news.
There is so much more, I am sure I will think of 10 more things when I hit publish but I wanted to get this written down while fresh in my mind. I have always said the two of them got together and were so alike and thought it would be amazing to accomplish all the things they planned together. It started off so great (outside looking in) and I truly believe after watching The Queen where the Prime Minister tells Queen Elizabeth that a poll suggested a large percentage of people were in favor of abolishing the monarchy-something that could happen- that it would be in everyone’s best interest to continue promoting this amazing love story. When the Fab Four hit the road promoting their new foundation, you couldn’t dream of better PR, the two Princes with their pretty wives taking the next generation of the monarchy to a new level. People LOVED the four of them together. I have always been amazed that the Powers that Be didn’t send the memo to keep that up no matter what. Instead, it all fell apart and their struggles were so public. Harry intimated in the interview that he and Charles were estranged and he and William had some “space”. This is not good and I hope at some point, they will make amends. I am hopeful that Harry will go to the UK in July for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday. Let’s hope Prince Philip is around for that as well. Hopefully, they will be able to reconnect. When it was announced a while ago that he would go alone, the press pounced on Meghan making it out to be super negative on her part for not going-now we know she will either be super pregnant or home with a tiny newborn-a perfect example of how everything has a negative spin for her.
My phone is blowing up with Instagram messages, I am dying to go read them!
Aaahhh…this makes me sad. The writing was on the wall about this but Harry + Meghan officially communicated to the Queen they were not coming back to Royal life and so she had to take back their honorary titles and patronages. So many thoughts…first – they announced recently that Harry would be traveling to the UK this summer for a handful of events (ok, is he going with Meghan and Archie or alone), then they announce he is going alone because the two of them together create such interest and they wanted to keep the focus on the Queen’s birthday and other festivities. I thought this was wierd because if nothing else, don’t they want Archie to be able to remember his Great-Grandparents? They haven’t seen him in over a year. Now with Meghan’s pregnancy news, this makes more sense, she might be crazy pregnant or just have a new baby. Then, wouldn’t it be wierd for Harry to leave her and go across the pond?
I do not understand the hate that comes their way. They seem to be doing their thing quietly in California, raising their baby and giving back. They seem very happy. Hopefully as time goes on, things will simmer down. Until the Queen dies and Charles becomes King…then things will change dramatically. Some things will be out of their control when Harry is the son of the Monarch. As much as I do not want the Queen to die, it will be a very interesting time to witness.
I have know it was coming for a long time but Friday was my 50th birthday. Yikes! I had a big trip planned with all my girlfriends but we had to postpone until the Fall. To commemorate the occasion, I had one of my favorite artists Paige Spearin do a birthday painting for me. She even added little Mimi (my new puppy) with her one ear up.
These days, I am all about finding a good mask. Since we are most likely wearing these masks for a long time, its good to have a nice assortment. Here are some of my favorites…
Even when they loosen up the laws regarding masks, I will still be wearing mine in public until Covid is not an issue. I am still so worried about getting sick with Covid. I will say even wearing one at the grocery story is hard. The minute I get back in my car, I rip it off so quickly. So, the key is having a comfortable one that protects you but lets you still breathe.
Over a year ago, I started hearing friends of mine talking about their kids being on Tik Tok and honestly, I had very little interest. Tik Tok used to be Musical.ly which was videos of people lip synching and that is not something I would probably do. Fast forward to the Quarantine and I decided to check it out and the next thing you know, it is the last thing I look at before I go to bed and one of the first things I check in the morning when I wake up. Hilarious.
The truth is, there is a ton of cool stuff on there. Besides a ton of people dancing around-which is very entertaining, Tik Tok uses a massive algorithm that tailors your feed to the kind of material you enjoy based on likes and follows. So, my Tik Tok won’t look anything like your Tik Tok. Mine is filled with lots of cooking videos, cheerleading, famous people, people talking about Real Housewives, and lately, people who sell on Etsy/Amazon. Its fascinating.
One night listening to someone talk about how they make a ton of money selling items on Etsy, they said something that kind of woke me up. They said it was important to be on Etsy because there are millions of people already shopping on Etsy and you have a built in audience. I know this concept sounds simple, but after you put the amount of time I have in building your own website, you don’t want to dilute your audience with another site. But, I decided to resurrect my Etsy shop and loaded it up with sets of plastic cups and have sold a ton this summer! Clients I would not have reached have ordered tons of Summer Water and Eat Beach Sleep Repeat cups and I am thrilled. I just started adding my floating crystal necklaces so soon, this shop will be filled with tons of my non-personalized items. So fun!
So, basically Tik Tok has saved me during the Quarantine, providing crazy amounts of entertainment. If you have not ventured into it, just download it and check it out…if you hate it, you can delete but I swear you will find something awesome on this app!
Every summer one of the things I look forward to is the release of Elin Hildebrand’s new book. This year it was 28 Summers and it was so fun. Most of her books hook you in right in the beginning and by the end you feel like you are leaving your friends behind. This was exactly like this-the main character was so likeable and they way Elin describes all the characters help you imagine what they look like and possibly who might play them in a movie.
There is a possible movie based on this book and Elin announced that news recently and opened it up for suggestions on who should play who. Some of the answers were hilarious but I would definitely love to see this story on the big screen.
Looking for a good beach read this summer, this one is a winner.
I have written about 20 blog posts in my head during this Quarantine and just didn’t have it in me to type them out. I am using this rainy Saturday to update my website and add some things and when googling a picture of some cups, came across a funny blog post from 2010 and then went down my own rabbit hole of Summer in Newport. It’s funny to think I used to write about my comings and goings with such detail-it makes for a good permanent diary where you can easily look up things from your past.
Since my day job is with a large cruise line, we have been working from home and out of service since March like many others. After the CDC put a hold on cruising and our normally bustling business has been literally docked, I am extremely lucky to still have my job. These slower times have been great to regroup and catch up on all the things you never seem to have time to do.
For my business, I have been getting orders here and there, but I am using this time to clean up my website, continue to promote products on social media and making lot of jewelry. I even brought back my old floating crystal necklaces. I used to make these every day and sold them to everyone. These days, I have a bunch of new clients who have never seen them, so I am bringing them back. The price of Swarovski crystals has skyrocketed since I made these before, so the price has changed to $26. These are a favorite.
I have been watching a ton of television-lots of Netflix and Hulu and re-watching/binge watching Real Housewives series. I miss movie theaters and seeing new movies in the big comfy chairs. Also on my list is eating out-we had a small window to do this last month but since people weren’t being careful and wearing masks, we are back to square one and I am so fearful of where we will be one month from now-all those restaurant owners and servers, it is heartbreaking, not to mention boutiques and all small business owners.
The one highlight of this crazy quarantine is that I have realized that might never have this opportunity to be home for so long again and have put myself on 4 different waiting lists for a puppy. Unfortunately, a ton of people have had this same idea so a lot of the breeders of the type of puppy I want have a ton of people wanting puppies as well. Fingers crossed that this works out for me. This is the type of puppy I want….
So now I am on hold waiting for an email to come through with good news. I have a name picked out and everything-so excited.