May 21, 2018

Everything Is Coming Up Roses | Venus ET Fleur

As you may or may not have realized, my life has been utter chaos for the past year. And unfortunately this state of seemingly constant chaos has taken a total on my creativity, mindset, etc. I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm depressed or anything but I've definitely been "meh" for a while now.

Seeing as Justin knows how I've been feeling and has been dealing with a lot of the same chaos I have, he got me the most beautiful pick me up/thank you present last week. He got me a Large Square box of Eternity™ Roses from the Venus ET Fleur, which I'm still in awe over because they are just so beautiful and elegant looking in their sleek white box.

For those of you unfamiliar with  Eternity™ Roses from Venus ET Fleur here is a description of them from the website:
The Venus Et Fleur Eternity™ Roses are real roses that can last for up to a year when cared for properly. Our roses are cut at their most peak and perfect state. When treated with our proprietary solution and color pigmentation process our roses are transformed into long lasting roses that maintain their freshness and biological structure. The outcome is that our roses magically continue to look, feel, and even smell like real roses - because they are real - with the difference being that they will maintain their integrity and color for up to a year.
I absolutely love having flowers in the apartment and I'm so excited that I'll have them for more than just a few day. That being said, since they are supposed to last a year I figured I'd do updates on the status of them every few months to see if they really do hold up. Obviously I will follow the care instructions to the best of my ability to give them their optimal environment.

Care Information from the Venus ET Fleur website:
  • DO NOT Water the roses!  
  • AVOID direct exposure to sunlight.  
  • Keep the arrangement in a room-temperature environment  
  • If dust collects after a few months, remove it lightly using a duster  
  • DO NOT place anything onto the roses as they can crush and damage the roses  
  • DO NOT remove the roses from the box; they are secure and happy there  
  • The lid is meant to stay on the side or bottom of the box  
  • Be Mindful when carrying the arrangement: it's a very delicate product!
What do you all think of roses that last a year? Do you think their worth the price tag? Do you love having flowers around as much as I do? Lemme know!

May 20, 2018

Lost Dog

For the past two weeks Toni and I had been talking about go on some sort of outdoor adventure with the kids yesterday. Unfortunately the weather here on Long Island has been pretty crappy for the past week, so going on an adventure was not in the cards for us.

Or so we thought...

Since we couldn't go out we figured we'd stay in and try to make a batch of sea glass candy for Bianca's upcoming sweet sixteen. So I went to her house a little after 1:00pm and noticed her in the front door with an unfamiliar dog (Her family has two and her parents have two that they watch sometimes). I walk into the house and the first thing out of Tom's mouth is "No, we did not get another dog..." Then Toni proceeds to tell me that not five minutes before I drove up she noticed this pug walking in the pouring rain, no owner in sight and no collar. So, she said she called out "Hey dog!" and he ran straight into her house.

We proceeded to spend the next thirty minutes figuring out a game plan for finding this super sweet lost dog's owner. Which included Toni posting a picture of him on a local mom's Facebook group, me texting my brother-in-law who used to be a manager at a dog kennel and googling the location of the nearest animal hospital to see if he happened to be chipped.

After doing all that we got in the car in the pouring rain to go to the animal hospital. Just as we pulled up Toni noticed a message on the Facebook post of a screen shot of someone else's Facebook post about their recently missing pug. So she contacted them and when they got back to us fifteen minutes later and we established it was their dog, we drove him home.

The owner was so happy to see Pugsly (Whom I dubbed Sir Pugs-a-Lot in our short time together). He told Toni that the dog likes to dig and dug his way out of the backyard. Which apparently he has done numerous times before. And that because he is such a friendly dog, people have tried to keep him -- A family down the block found him the day they were moving to Pennsylvania tried to take him with them but another neighbor stopped them.

I'm so glad that we got Pugsly back to his family and in a timely fashion because we were worried that we had a new dog on our hands (Thankfully both Day and Phil said that if we couldn't find the owners that they'd take him). And now we know if we see a wander pug who he is and where to bring him.

So that's how adventure found us yesterday...

May 12, 2018

Hanging Out With Day In Brooklyn

Yesterday I drove into Brooklyn (Which those of you that have been with me for a long time know that I absolutely hate doing) to hang out with Day at her new apartment.

We started off our day by walking over to L'imprimerie (This awesome little bakery and cafe that used to be a print shop) for some delicious tartines, iced hibiscus tea and gossip.

After our late breakfast/early lunch we decided to walk over to a local ghetto variety store to pick up various items for the apartment, but not before hitting up a piragua cart we saw on the way (Not gonna lie, I got supper excited when I saw the man and his cart because they don't have piragua on Long Island).

Once we got everything we thought we needed, we hit up a local furniture store that didn't have anything we needed before heading back to the apartment. While back at the apartment we attempted to hang curtains and tension rods that didn't fit (Taking measurements is a moot point when you don't write them down and bring them to the store with you).

After our half ass janky job (Which Day's boyfriend later gave us an A for creativity), we decided to take the subway (But not before having a drink on the roof of her new building with a lovely view of the Manhattan skyline) to City Point Shopping Center to hit up Little Giants Giant Shorties to pick up a few things for my future niece, Target to buy real stuff for the Day's apartment and DeKalb Market Hall because we like good food and day drinking (I highly recommend getting a glass of frosé from Brooklyn Wine Cellar, a cheese board from Belle Cheese and some pierogis to go from Pierogi Boys).

When we were done shopping (Which we did tipsy) we got an Uber to take us back to Day's apartment because there was no way in hell we were going to attempt to get the TV stand and other various items we bought on the subway.

The rest of our evening consisted of me eating pieogis on the couch and watching Day trying to put together the TV stand, while her boyfriend cracked jokes and made up songs about the good job she was doing -- Eventually he started helping her, I'm a jerk and I did not.

It was a really fun day. I'm glad I didn't let my borough driving anxiety keep me from visiting Day at her new apartment. And I can't wait for it to get even nicer out so we can go on some more adventures around Brooklyn.

May 10, 2018

Movie Trailer | The First Purge

The trailer for the newest addition to the Purge movie series, The First Purge (2018) was recently sent to me and because I thoroughly enjoy all of the Purge movies I thought that I'd share it with all of you...

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.  

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.  

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).  The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.  
For those of you interested in the trailer...

Genre: Thriller
Cast: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei
Directed by: Gerard McMurray
Written by: James DeMonaco
Produced by: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Sébastien K. Lemercier
Executive Producers: Steve Molen, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelso

So what do you guys think? Will you be seeing this when it hit theaters July 4th? Lemme know!

May 1, 2018

Months In Review: March & April 2018

♥ Celebrating my 33rd birthday with my family and friends.
♥ Planning trips.
♥ Nick & Michael's 30th birthday celebration.
♥ Wandering around parks with Justin, Toni, Tom and the kids.
♥ Family dinners for various reasons.
♥ Attending my first ever happy hour with Justin and his friends.

♥ Spontaneously taking a trip to Costa Rica for two weeks with Justin.
♥ My sister's baby shower.
♥ Getting to see my cousin Yvette.
♥ Hatching chickens at the library and being a chicken mama for a bit.




Glam Masters (2018 - Present)
Queer Eye (2018 - Present)
Secret Eats With Adam Richman (2016 - Present)
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (2017 - Present)

"I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott

April 30, 2018

May Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for May 2018...
How To Take Part In May Photo-A-Day:
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

April 28, 2018

Mother Of Chickens

For the first time in a long time we talked my Department Head into doing something fun here at the library, hatching chickens (Which we're surprised we got the okay for because of the initial investment in things like training for me, an incubator, automatic egg turner, brooder box, heat lamp, etc. was a few hundred dollars).

So for the past month (Kinda, sorta because I dipped out and went to Costa Rica for almost two weeks, which is a totally different blog post) yours truly has been tending to chicken eggs and now to eight baby chicks that are too cute not to share with all of you...

As cute as they are, I must say that this has been a slightly stressful experience. Mostly during the incubation period (Which lasts twenty-one days) because we had several power outages and some issues with the humidity in the incubator (Like it was to the point that the ladies and I thought that we might not have any hatch). But thankfully everything turned out well and eight out of the ten eggs hatch.

Despite all that and a few other minor hiccups, I look forward to doing it again next year because the patrons and staff absolutely love having them around.

If anyone has any questions about the whole incubation process or whatever lemme know! I had to sit through almost a three hour educational training class in order to ever do this, so I know more than you think I would about chicken reproduction, incubation, etc.

March 31, 2018

April Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for April 2018...
How To Take Part In April Photo-A-Day    
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

March 9, 2018

Celebrating Turning Thirty-Three

Last Sunday was my thirty-third birthday and in honor of turning a year older I spent the day before with some of my favorite people in New York City. Here is a little recap of how I celebrated...

We started off the day (Way too early because the only time I could get a reservation for ten people was 10:00am) with brunch at Maya. Where we took full advantage of their selection of bottomless Mexican food and drinks, which were delicious and I would highly recommend if you a looking for a brunch spot in New York City.

After brunch we headed downtown for a few drinks (I ended up sharing a Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita out of a brown paper bag with Toni on a stoop because I ran away from my friends to find a bathroom) before it was time for us to attempt an escape room. The specific room we did was "The Rec Room" with Escape The Room NYC. And because I don't want to give anything about the room away, all I will say is that we escaped the room with like two minutes and fifty-seven seconds left and we had a great drunken time.

High off of our escape room victory we headed over to Fools Gold for more drinks, snacks and board games.

After a couple of hours of drinking and many loud games of Connect 4 and Jenga, we decided to head over to The Late Late for even more drinks and rounds of Super Mario/Duck Hunt on the Super Nintendo at the bar (That is until I knocked into it and it wouldn't work anymore).

Eventually we decided that we wanted to dance but it was kinda too early, so we headed over to Pianos and endured the DJ they had. We had an okay time there. I would have had a better time if I didn't have a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to make me dance with them to shitty music. But I did get a wonderful Boomerang of Justin, Ryan and Day dancing because of our time there.

Once we had our fill at Pianos, we decided to find some food and ended up at some shitty pizza place where I refused to eat anything at because I wasn't drunk enough to do so. 

When those who wanted to eat that garbage looking pizza had their snacks we got an Uber and headed to Penn Station so we could head back to Long Island.

I can't speak for any of my guests, but I had a great birthday outing (Especially in comparison to my shit show of a birthday last year). And I'm so grateful for my wonderful family and friends who came out to celebrate with me.

March 1, 2018

Month In Review: February 2018

♥ Celebrating mine and Justin's fifteen year dating anniversary.
♥ Visiting Lisa, Andrew and Luna at their house with my sister and Nick.
♥ Spending a random Sunday just bullshitting, eating and drinking with Day, Toni and Liz.
♥ Having a mini Super Bowl party at Toni and Tom's house.
♥ Seeing Alma and Chady even though the circumstances surrounding their visit sucked.
♥ Booking brunch and an escape room for my upcoming birthday.
♥ Hashing out some details for Bianca's sweet sixteen.
♥ Discussing future vacation plans with Justin.



The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (2017)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2017)
The Good Place (2016 - Present)
Ink Master: Angels (2017 - Present)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 - Present)