July 23, 2014

Trying To Give A Dog A Bone...

Oh wow, so "Julia" did this fossil program yesterday and she apparently bought cheap dog bones for the children to use to make imprints into whatever dough was made. And since last night she has been trying to give the extras away. First she asked "Emily" who cooks dinner for herself and her dogs and then she asked me if Nella would like them. To which I stopped myself from telling her that Nella eats better than most humans, and definitely better than her.

So just now she walked up to the teen reading club volunteers and asked if any of them had a dog. Then proceeded to tell them that she has these cheap dog bones she is trying to get rid of. And she forced the box on one of the teens.

What is wrong with this lady?! Just throw the damn cheap dog bones away. God knows she bought them in a dollar store and they were probably made in some random country that allows weird chemicals and metals to be put into their products.

I just don't understand...

Little Free Libraries...

For the past seven or so months I've been working on getting the library, in conjunction with the city we are in, to install Little Free Libraries on the local boardwalk as outreach and I'm excited to announce that it's finally happened.

After months of annoying my Director, me threatening to annoy our City Counsel and subsequently my Director annoying the City Counsel and the Library Board of Trustees, we have four library sponsored Little Free Libraries on the boardwalk.
I'm so excited to have my pet project come to fruition and hear all of the positive responses that the community has had to them in the few days they have been operational.

I'll keep you all up-to-date on how they are doing and if we end up get more.

Stuck In My Head: Black Widow...

Since I first heard Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's song "Black Widow" it's been stuck in my head.

Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora) by Iggy Azalea on Grooveshark

I'm not going to lie, I kinda love Iggy Azalea. How do you guys feel about Iggy?

July 22, 2014

Annual Rafting Trip Recap...

As mentioned in my last post, I went Upstate for a long weekend for Phil's annual rafting trip and here is my brief recap of my trip...

Wednesday evening after we all got out of work Erin, Justin and I packed ourselves and our crap into Erin's tiny car and we started our five hour trip Upstate. This year Phil asked us to meet him in White Plains by his job so that we could caravan up to his grandparent's property, and since it's his trip we did.

We took a minor detour and stopped at Wal-Mart for a variety of crap that Phil thought we would need and then we were off. Phil stole Justin from us so that there would be two people in each car and we made our annual trek.

We made it up to camp around 11:30pm. We cleaned up a bit (Camp can be GROSS). Justin built the tent, as well as a fire and then the four of us hung out around the fire until 2:00am.
As we have every year prior, we used our free time Thursday to go to Cracker Barrel in Binghamton, NY for breakfast and then we hit up Iroquois Antiques & Collectibles in Bainbridge, NY to see what goodies we could find. I didn't get as much as I have in previous years but I still got some sweet stuff. I ended up with an awesome hand painted ten piece matryoshka (Russian nesting doll), brooches for my bouquet, matchbooks, etc.

Once we were done at Iroquois Antiques & Collectibles we hit up a another antique store that Erin's coworker told her about, but it wasn't nearly as amazing as Iroquois. And after almost dying from all the dust in the second antique shop we decided to head back to camp and hang out before some of the other arrived -- Which wasn't until almost midnight. 

Like the night before it was kinda cold so we built a fire early and kept that sucker going until 3am.
Friday morning we woke up relatively early and got ready so we could head up to Cooperstown, NY to go to Brewery Ommegang for lunch, a brewery tour and beer tasting.
After we had our fill of Ommegang, we headed into Cooperstown just to walk around and kill time.
When we finished walking around (Cooperstown isn't that big), we headed back down to camp to wait for the rest of our friends who were arriving in the early evening.

While we were just hanging out Phil's dad decided that we should have paddle boat races, so he formed teams and there were paddle boat wars.
Eventually our other friends showed up and we ate, drank and sat around the fire until we were all tired.

Saturday was rafting day, so we all got up around 9:30am and gathered our rafts, beer, food, cameras, etc. and set off on our boozy day of floating down the river.
After hours of river tomfoolery we eventually made it to our end point. Thankful unlike last year we were able to make it up the river bank without almost drowning in river water and mud -- It was really bad last year.

We ran our rafts across Country Road 8 and the boys cleaned and packed them up as Erin and I snuck into Phil's grandparent's house to take showers -- They let us girls take showers in their house instead of making us use the showers down at the dam which has bugs and gross stuff.
When everything was packed we hopped into our cars, the boys headed to the dam to shower and Erin and I just hung out around camp -- Actually I wasn't really hanging out because I was suckered into making homemade mac and cheese for everyone.

After everyone was back at camp we just relaxed, had dinner, hung out by the fire and eventually went to bed.
Sunday morning we all woke up, packed our stuff up and headed back to Long Island. 

I can't believe how great of a trip it was. We all had an amazing time and no one fought with anyone this year -- We think it's because we're all getting old, at twenty-eight and twenty-nine we are too old for stupid stuff. I cannot wait until our next trip.

July 16, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy...

Monday evening I was invited to the press screening for The Purge: Anarchy (2014) which comes out Friday July 18th and I didn't get to go because I missed my train due to an annoying library patron -- Which I'm super bummed about because I enjoyed the first film and wanted to check this one out.

Even though I didn't get to see the film I thought that I'd share all of the info bits that I'd share if I was going to write a review of the film, because I can...
 The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge.  The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy.      

Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce The Purge: Anarchy are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside S├ębastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th). 

Genre: Thriller/Horror/Suspense 
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Michael K. Williams 
Written & Directed by: James DeMonaco 
Produced by: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, S├ębastien Kurt Lemercier 
Executive Producers: Jeanette Volturno-Brill, Luc Etienne
Release Date: July 18th, 2014

Since I couldn't go myself, maybe if one of you is interested in the film you can go and tell me how you liked it. If you are interested in the film Fandango is running a promotion where they are selling advance tickets for $2.00 off if you use the code PURGE2 at checkout.

NOTE: This was sponsored but not since I didn't actually get to see the film.

July 13, 2014

Engagement Photos...

Two weeks ago Justin and I had a little engagement photo shoot using holi powder (The paint powder they use for The Color Run) shot by "Favorite Page #1" and Erin. Since I obviously can't show you the pictures with both Justin and I (I'm really bummed about this because some of them were awesome) here are some of me and/or mine and Justin's hands.
I love the way my pictures came out with the exception of the fact that we didn't get big clouds of holi powder. I think it was too humid out and the powder kinda clumped up. If I was to ever use holi powder again (Which I would like to) I'd blend it before using it.

July 12, 2014

Snippets From My Week...

Here is a little glimpse of the past week of my life via my Instagram...

July 11, 2014

Stars & Stripes Festival At Belmont Park...

Last Saturday I was urged to take a break from all of the funeral stuff (It was Sabbath so, it's not like there was anything to be done at that point -- My aunt was Jewish) and attend the Stars and Stripes Festival at Belmont Park which I had been invited to over a month ago by Dan and Victoria from America's Best Racing. And can I tell you, it was a much needed fun event.

Seeing as we (Justin joined me for the festival even though he gave me crap for attending their Bourbon & Bluegrass watch party for the Bluegrass Stakes back in April -- The post about that is here) were guest of America's Best Racing we had free admission, they had a tent with food and drinks for us, their were food trucks at this particular event so they bought us lunch, they had a box for us to watch the races from, we had access to the paddock so we could get near the horses and jockeys, etc. I was an amazingly organized and beautiful event.

I'm not going to lie, before meeting Dan and Victoria and attending their events I had never given much thought to horse races. But since they've introduced me to their world I kind of enjoy it. I mean, it's a fun relatively cheap (The admission fee at Belmont Park is only $5.00, but if you're going to gamble you could spend a bit more) way to spend a day out with or without the family -- Their were a lot of families with little kids there.

But honestly, I was really pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed myself and I'd totally recommend spending a day at the race track if you're bored and looking for something to do.
Thank you again Dan and Victoria for a wonderful afternoon!