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Boobies!!

And what a busty gal I am. Sort of along the Jane Russell line.


So off I went to a semi-local lingerie boutique to have a long overdue fitting.
For those women who have been born busty, having an ample bosom usually sucked when it came to the bra department. You used to be able to only find and wear white, black or beige and nary a sign of lace. So, after marveling at the selections now offered to a full figured post baby body gal, the staff assisted me and I left with two gorgeous bras. One by Elomi in purple with a little see through material and pretty flower design and one by Panache in beige with lace.

My breasts have not been this perky since I began puberty.

And with that, I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Hugs, Kisses and Cheers!
MissFifi

She is Reading

And what is that she is reading? I have picked up a book on a whim. A sort of whim. I was reading a section in the magazine "Real Simple" where the ask people about the books the read and why and someone suggested a series, yes I know, I have mentioned my hatred of those before, called the "Mitford Years". I figure, what the hell and picked up the first book , "At Home in Mitford" from my library.

It is a simple story about small time life tossed with a hearty mix of Christianity. The Episcopalian kind no less as the main character is a one Father Tim. So far, I like it. It is so different from what I would normally read that it is a breath a fresh air. No, the story is not complex or dark or filled with seedy underbellies. There is quirkiness, redemption and simplicity. A rare thing these days in life or books. Quite frankly, when I had started to read it I thought, "I might not get through this." Then I figured, "So what?" There is n…

Lara's Cowl

Howdy! I am still here, just been busy and distracted. Not a bad thing.

I have finally started to knit myself a cowl. My obsession with this particular accessory has no bounds I tell you. The thing is, I decided this during this weekend's big snow storm so I had to use what I had on hand. That meant wool and circular needles that are 24" instead of 32". So far the cowl seems to be coming along nicely and I look forward to when it is completed.  The pattern is from Red Heart and here is what their version looks like.

Lara's Cowl

Just so you know, the cowl nor myself will look like that.

I also came across another fabulous knitting site called LeethalKnits.com. Her work is pretty great and she has a nice amount of patterns for sale and for free.

Over the weekend I made a nice cabbage salad with dijon mustard dressing. Very, very tasty and went well with our salmon loaf.

And yes, it is snowing here again in NJ. White Christmas indeed. Here is a picture of my backyard. Th…

A Regular Day

I was going to rant about how annoying it is that every single company in the world seems to only do coupons and entries for contests via Facebook. Seriously. I get it that is how A LOT of the world operates, but jeez it is silly and alienating to us customers who choose not to use that service.

Good thing that I got sidetracked by a site for a company called Old Factory Soap Company.

I have a strange fetish for elegant soaps. Maybe I think it makes my house feel all fancy. Or maybe it is the scents themselves. Regardless, I hope to one day get my hand on some of their soaps and sniff them all day long.

And now I have the normal housework to do, laundry, dishes, vacuuming and even some last minute knitting. Not as exciting as jetting off to like The Maldives, but hey, who lives better than me? ;-)

I was supposed to take our cat to the vet, but cancelled since she seems to be keeping her food down. I am hoping it was just a little irritation due to her age and that she stays okay becau…

Thor the Movie

For close to two weeks I have tried to watch Thor. Last night I watched the final 45 minutes and when it was done I realized just how much I disliked the film.

If I had paid in the theater I would have asked for my money back. Thankfully, I was at home. It can't be that bad you say. You are probably right, different strokes for different folks. For me, I did not dig it and here please, let me share my unsolicited reasons of why I pretty much gave this one star on Netflix.


The main character himself - Thor. Arrogant little bastard should have been cast out way before the Frost Giant incident. I found no way to care about him. Is it because he is a Norse God? No. He was just meh.The dialogue. By all means watch this with closed captioning and marvel at the boring speeches and the unbelievable use of "Oh." for filler.The Destroyer. Yes it is in the comic. Yes I think some crazy ass metal being created by Odin seems a little off, but hey, I am not Stan Lee and the man is a ge…

Not One of My Better Days

We all have had a day or maybe even two where we want to crawl up into a ball and hibernate for a weekend in bed.

Today would be that kind of day for moi.

Our son had a rough time sleeping last night so the hubby and I are operating at 55% at best.  The child, who had a pretty good morning, but was somewhat testy and emotional, is now napping. Praise the Baby Jesus. Oh and FYI - Toddler emotional upheavals are on par with PMS. Good times. Well, not for my husband.

Our two pets are special needs and geriatric. That means, my insane cat, who is 17 and ill, does nothing but "meow" incessantly for food. Even after she inhaled the spoonful of wet food already eaten. Once she does chow down, she will, at times, proceed to throw it up or shit it out someplace other than the litter box. This then makes our second floor smell like a rotting morgue. After today's vomit moment, I have opened the windows, thank God it is in the high 40's, and I have burned incense. If I knew wha…

Hello Again

What a whirlwind of food and visiting. We went to a friend's house where it was like a mini UN. Guests from Norway, Germany, France, and various parts of the US. A very, very good time was had by all. I am still missing the wonderful brussels sprouts they always prepare for holiday gatherings.

Now it is December and I need to do some decorating and hope to get that done this week. I pulled out a musical snow globe and my son thinks it is the greatest thing ever so he keeps pushing the button to hear it play music. Children really do enjoy the simple things.

As for me, I have been writing in spurts, which is good and bad. There is something bizarre about writing some intense dialogue only to be interrupted by your toddler looking for "bear" or his "car". He is also under the weather which doesn't help. Luckily the contractor is not here today so little man can nap in his crib this afternoon.

Yesterday, while my brother and husband went to Home Depot and Lowe…

Men Having Fun

I adore when people have a great sense of humor.
I love it more when it is a bunch of men, flag footballers to be exact, lip synching to a Britney Spears song.
The cherry on top is that a few of them are hotties.

Work Bitch indeed.


Cheers!
MissFifi

Sewing a Nice Gift and Knitting Humor

Sometimes I like to just bop around the web hoping to come across things that strike my fancy. This Lap Duvet sewing project from Purl Bee counts as one. This is something I may bookmark and do down the road because it seems so easy and would be a nice gift to myself or to someone else.

Hilarious post on Madman Knitting that I got to via Down to Earth. The title alone piques one's curiosity.

I Was Questioned By The Police

God Bless some people.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Sometimes It Is Easy To Judge

At least that seems to be the case with those considered poor. You know them, those lazy good for nothings that take all the SNAP and WIC and go get their nails done or own an iPhone instead of looking for work.
"Welfare stereotypes" that get trotted out every time a bill come up or there is an election.

Yeah, those people.

Those few rotten apples that have helped to tarnish the working poor to no end here in America. And sad to say a lot of folks in varying classes are about a paycheck and half away from joining those ranks. Life has not been cheap for some time, but some people have it way harder than the rest of us. Parts of this country are prohibitively expensive and in some cases, that is also where specific well-paying jobs are. No one wants to go broke trying to live, but it does happen.

An article about poverty in The Atlantic directed me to post on Gawker's Kinja platform titled: Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts.

I do not care what country yo…

Handmade Goodies

It is late. I am tired.

And for some reason I am perusing Houzz, yet again.
This is my version of porn and I am not ashamed.

Well, maybe a little.

So, in an attempt to not get caught drooling over someone's kitchen, I decided to open some tabs. I bounced from one vintage clothing site to another and somehow ended up on a blog called Handmade Jane.
Her most recent posting is about things to make for craft stall sales, but since we are just about into the holiday swing of things, these said items would be great gifts if you are a crafty person and wanted to make one of them.

NEW IDEAS FOR CRAFT STALL MAKES

That is all I have for you. My dog is snoring and I can barely keep my eyes open.
Thank God for spell check.

Cheers!
MissFifi

A Tasty Dinner

Swiss Chard, Onion and Cheese Frittata via Taste Williams-Sonoma

Yes, you have to make this. Light, great combos of flavors. I threw some cumin and kale in mine as well. Our chard has white stems, but damn if mine did not look just like that picture. :)



Cheers!
MissFifi

A Nice Gesture That Could Be Done More Often

Last week I had received a newsletter in the mail from my chiropractor that all week they would be giving patients a free adjustment if they brought in a bag of groceries for the local food pantry. Since I was already booked for Friday I went off to the dollar store, bought cans of beans, vegetables and sweet potatoes as well as a bag of rice, black pepper and a jar of beef bouillon cubes. I was happy to see a nice pile of bags when I got there and added my lot to the bunch.
They were also giving away free frozen turkeys that day but had run out. Since we are vegetarian I would have asked ours to be donated to the food pantry instead.
After a wonderful adjustment by the new female chiropractor who palpates vertebrae like no one I have ever met, I got to thinking about why more businesses do not offer such a deal.

We have all seen the barrage of opinion pieces about the ludicrous hours that stores will be opening on Thanksgiving Day. America's obsession with shopping and seemingly …

What I Am Reading

Picked up three books from the library yesterday. The first one I actually browsed through when I got home was "Knitting Little Luxuries" from Louisa Harding. While the designs are pretty, I have to see if I have any comparable yarns in my stash since I am in no position to spend some bank on high quality yarns.

My other book is something I have wanted to get my hands on for a very long time.
Madeleine Vionnet by Betty Kirke.
I am excited to read all about this cutting edge fashion designer AND there are actual patterns in the book. Now, my sewing skills are not that great, but it would be something to recreate a dress of hers to wear. Dream Miss Fifi, dream!

On a few blogs I have read about the River Cottage series of books. Recently I decided to look them up and saw there was one on vegetables so I had my library get me a copy of River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes.

It rocks.

I cannot WAIT to make the kale and onion pizza or the spicy chickpea and carrot pita …

It Is Your House, Do What You Want

My house is old. Not UK/European/Middle East rest of the world old, but old in how Americans view things. Hell, a house from 2000 is considered old here. Odd, but that is how we roll.

Our 1920's bungalow has come with many a problem that I have talked about before. As of now, the electrical is the biggest issue and anyone who has worked on an old home knows, it gets pricey. As does plumbing and mold issues. To upgrade and bring things up to code is not cheap. Let alone having to fix things that were done in such a way that one wonders how the house never caught fire or blew fuse after fuse.

In many ways, I feel like we are building a home from the ground up. Scary, but necessary thanks to the idiots that wired the home so shoddily. This of course allows us the opportunity to redesign as we see fit.
Now, let me be clear, while I LOVE Houzz, I have no desire to have a bathroom that I can drive my car into. Nor do I want a kitchen that large. I am very happy to keep the footprint of …

Can We Stop Treating Tech Companies Like the Second Coming of Christ?

Ironic considering I am using Blogger which is a Google company.
The reason I have a bee in my bonnet is  recently Fortune magazine featured the 50 most powerful women in business and of course, Sheryl "Facebook" Sandberg was on the cover. You know, because other women who have been doing their jobs for longer and maybe even better are doing it in the non-tech sector and that will not do. American has a sick love affair with Silicon Valley. While I appreciate the innovation, I do not believe it so amazing it could be considered a miracle in biblical terms.

What got me started on such a tear is that my toddler was on You Tube  watching a Sesame Street ABC video when he tapped something in the feed. It was a video of a woman, showing off her latest find of Disney Collectibles  (see: crap)  from Target. They were plastic Angry Birds eggs filled with God knows what.

Seriously??

What the hell?

Clearly the people who aggregate data and set up search words are pretty friggin' l…

Humor Is Best

Things go well here at our casa. The room is progressing, I am sort of getting some writing done. I am knitting like a fiend and hope to have most of the projects done this weekend. Our son continues to make me wish I had a way to bottle his energy and drink it. I have not gotten to the gym lately,  BUT I started doing some cardio and core exercises this am thanks to You Tube. Have to find a way to build up my poor pelvic floor. (Let the Kegel jokes begin.)

In the meantime, I feel like things should be bright and light today. And with that, here are a few funny clips from some favorite films of mine.

The Witches of Eastwick


Death Becomes Her


The Women (1939)  - Witty Lines


The Sure Thing

Pineapple Express

Auntie Mame

Ocean's 11


Cheers!
MissFifi

Spread For The Bread

Sounds like a cheesy porn movie title eh?
I was making a stunning loaf f bread this am when I realized I have no butter and half a tsp of almond butter left.
This will not do.
While I will eat warm bread sans anything, I wanted something to spread on my bread this morning.
I have honey so there must be something else in my pantry that I can combine it with. Lo and behold, I found a wonderful quick recipe for honey and coconut oil on the Hauser Homeopathy blog. I cannot wait to eat all of it.

Creamy Coconut Honey Spread Many people go to bread and honey as a comfort food.  Coconut oil makes this treat more balanced and adds a fat-burning boost. 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey In a small bowl combine the coconut oil and honey.  Place the bowl in the freezer for two to three minutes, remove and mix some more.  Return bowl to freezer for another one to two minutes.  The mixture should be creamy and spread like a thick butter.  Use immediately on fresh whole grain bread for a…

Pandora's Box

When a neighbor heard we were redoing our bedroom we were discussing some issues that had come up early in the process she declared old houses to be like a "Pandora's Box". Her own home is from the 1800's so she can relate.

Man, she was not kidding.

Our contractor has uncovered even more electrical nightmares. Honest to God, it is amazing this house has never burnt down to the ground. **Dear Universe, I am NOT testing anything and would prefer to never experience a house fire. Thank you very much.**
Uncovered wiring, outlets installed incorrectly and a wire from our brand new panel that got accidentally cut in half. (Well that explains why our sons air conditioner stopped working.) This is all but a taste of what our contractor has come into contact with. He already closed off one bad outlet in the living room. Seems prior owners left uncovered and uncapped wires in the wall. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people????

Here is an outlet from our upstairs bath. …

Here's What We Got So Far

Behold the new doorway and yes, there used to be a closet there.


Our new storage area. This picture was taken before the new insulation and flooring and walls were put in. I am going to paint the area an obnoxious color. Like fuchsia  or sunflower yellow. Something fun. Most likely our son will think this is the best fort ever.


And that is how the two man team have been bringing things in and out. No one traipsing through the house. It has been glorious.
So there is the progress report. I will update again on it soon.
Cheers! MissFifi

Room is Coming Along

I am feeling a little giddy. No particular reason. Well, maybe because our bedroom has been demolished and looks like it is going to be quite awesome. The contractor also disabled the fire hazard of wiring throughout the room. Good times. Always nice to find out our house could have gone up in flames any moment. As a whole, our  house has pretty much been pasted together over the decades. Ahhh well. One of the cooler things that happened during demolition was he uncovered a nice crawl space that can be used as storage. It will get insulated and have flooring which will be nice. The doorway of the room is also being relocated to where the old closet was which has opened up the room a great deal. Amazing how poor layouts really doom a space.
As for the color we are still in process o deciding on a blue we want for an accent wall. My brother offered his two cents as far as the trim and other wall colors and now I need to do more searching. I would like to take a ride to Benjamin Moore an…

Still Unpublished

My short story did not get picked for publication.
Bummer.
I sort of expected it as I have never considered myself very good at writing short stories. Even so. When I saw that I was no longer in the running a touch of melancholy ran over me. Then a small panic kicked in that I needed to finish my latest novel ASAP. Then came the thought, "What I never will get published? Maybe I am not supposed to write. Maybe my career or life's work is that of wife and mother." Not that there is anything wrong with that job, but when one is creative, one constantly has an urge to achieve something.

Then I stopped.
I am far from wanting to be Superwoman like Ms. Lean In Sheryl Sandberg, but I can certainly be a mom, wife and writer. Do I care if I get published? Sure, but I also believe luck and timing have a lot to do with it. There are many poorly written books out there that do well. Why? Because they had/have an audience. Same goes for brilliantly done novels. Not every writer hits …

Change Happens (in a rambling sort of way)

Years ago I cared about things like celebrities, sports teams and what the latest fashion trends are.

Not anymore.

Are you thinking I am crabby? Well I am not. I am just expressing my acceptance of myself. In the here and now I have become more of a home design, simple living and food person. I am older so what Taylor Swift is wearing no longer applies to me. As someone who loves music, I no longer seek out the latest and greatest as at some point, Pandora or NPR will deliver that artist to me.  Netflix gives me movies and shows and if I read about any or hear of one, I wait till it appears there or on YouTube. Funny. I am the "older" generation, but I use technology to my advantage. The only place I don't play is in social media. For me that exists only here and on Pinterest. I use Google+, but it is not very interactive and that is fine by me.

Now listen, sure I still like when the Yankees win and will eternally root against the Red Sox and all New England sports teams…

Not here, but there.

I am one of those people who enjoys having the ability to rearrange furniture. Not in every room mind you, but I get bored with the layout and like being able to move a bed here or a chair there. This weekend the living room was scrutinized and got a nice face lift.
We have a very long living room. The prior owners tore down a wall that enclosed a small bedroom and lengthened the living room. It is a little odd and hard to work with,thank God we have no television, but we have found a way. FYI the striped couch you see is being donated to Salvation Army, but for now needs to stay where it is which is fine.


Okay, here are a few fun facts. I have a demented obsession with wing back chairs and I have all intentions of reupholstering these beastly Laura Ashley ones.  My father in law hates our curtains and was happy to tell us so. God love him, but I got them on sale at Lowe's. I would have loved Plantation Shutters, but they were ridiculously expensive and being house poor is not a g…

Ants and Gratin (Not together of course)

For some reason, ants have decided that my draining pads are a great resource for water. I now can no longer leave things out to dry because I will undoubtedly attract these odorous house ants. This frustrates the hell out of me because this means there is a nest close by or in the wall of my home.
Aces.
To the right of my kettle, on the other side of the boxed wall section is where there is cayene pepper, which does NOT work, and where the ants come through. That is also where our toaster oven sits and oddly enough, they ignore it, more eager for the water.

I am not an ant hater, but I do not want them crawling all over everything. I found them in the cabinet about a month back roaming through a box of graham crackers. Nothing like that is even kept in the cabinets now, but I am still contending with them and their water desires. Pain in the asses. Ah well.

Tonight I made a roasted cauliflower gratin from a recipe posted by The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Seriously, what an awesome name. …

Give Me Better Choices

Yesterday I had to run out to pick some stuff up for dinner. My supermarket choices where I live are limited to Shop Rite (2), Kings and Weis. Yes we have the farms, but I needed things like vacuum bags and mayonnaise.
Shop Rite and I have a very serious love hate relationship. They carry some products for our son at very reasonable prices. The flip side is anything organic or vegetarian is double the price of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Those two markets are 45 minutes away and we do make the occasional pilgrimage. They won't come out our way as they do not consider my area a strong demographic. Sure there are big bucks, but they want mega traffic like in the urban areas where they thrive. Idiots. They would thrive here, they are just too far removed from the area to know that. Okay, stopping side rant and getting back to the topic.

Shop Rite.

I head down the condiments aisle and stood there annoyed. The dominant brand was Hellman's. There was one squeeze jar of Kraft …

I Read The News Today Oh Boy...

And I probably shouldn't have.
I try to avoid the news like the plague. No reason to get upset about things I can't help or fix, but a recent story out of Maryville, Missouri regarding rape and a possible cover up is an embarrassment to human kind.
You can read the story here on the St. Louis Dispatch website and get your own rage on.
What kills me, kills me about my country of America is that we get all crazy about sharia law and how Muslims treat their women and children, but God Forbid a revered high school footballer in a podunk town does it. We let the slut shaming begin, rallying around the accused and disregarding the hard evidence. It is mind blowing how so-called devout Christians can be just as small minded as the Islamic Fundamentalists that they claim to have nothing in common with.
The truth is, it is high time the Bible Belt gets it shit together.  I say this because two rape cases that went National occurred in Ohio and Missouri.  These incidents happened in sma…

The Purge

No, not the movie. My closet.

I went through the box of winter clothes and ended up donating quite a bit. This now leaves me with a very streamlined wardrobe. I am choosing to keep out the t-shirts for layering purposes this year.


From the left is my jewelry bag with nothing very fancy in it, tank tops, t-shirts, three quarter sleeve and long sleeve shirts, two fancy shirts, one black turtleneck sweater, a few cardigans, three pairs of pants including jeans, four skirts, pretty scarves and a black dress I keep out in case we have some place special to go like a wedding. On the top shelf are my shoes, God I miss Nordstrom shoe sales. I used to have the best boots ever. The bins you see hold underwear, bras, winter scarves and hats and pajamas. My pajamas consist of only a shirt and sweat shorts or my preggy yoga pants. Very sexy. Out of everything I have, I would like to get some better pajamas. Not Frederick's of Hollywood type stuff.
Though I am sure my hubby would not scoff if I…

Thank You Andre Dubus III

Here is a fun story for you. Quite a few years back we were up at a friends on Cape Cod. It was late, probably around 12:30-1am, and I was reading what is now one of my favorite books, "The House of Sand and Fog". As I reached a pivotal scene, I gasped and jerked my hand and slapped my husband in the arm since I could not scream. He woke up, none too pleased, but I was still riveted and began to babble at him for twenty minutes.
That poor man.
I did see the movie, but like most interpretations, while it was good, the book's impact was far greater and haunts me, still.
Odd thing is, I have never picked up another thing by the author, Andre Dubus III, and I should. I read a recent piece of his in The Atlantic and it had such an effect on me that I read parts of it out loud to my husband. (There was no arm slapping this time.) Seriously, even if you do not write, you should read the article.
The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends

I do most of what he talks a…

Master Bedroom

October 21. Want to know what that date is for? It is when the gates of the construction gods open and my contractor crosses the street and comes to work inside our house. The earth has moved my friends.  While I have never been excited about spending the money to renovate a room that was never to have been redone. (Thank you ceiling leak, mold removal and roof replacement for making that happen.) I am looking forward to figuring out what color it shall be. Currently it is gray. Since walls are being ripped out and replaced, we get to choose a whole new scheme. This is where I admit my issues with neutrals, but I think that might work best in this case. Or at least, neutral and then one wall with a splash of color. That splash is the color I am having the hardest time with.
Let me tell you what we have to work with. A dark wood MALM bed from IKEA and silver lamps with sky blue shades. I also need new curtains since the pair that was in there would not match, so they got moved to anot…

An Ode to My Knitting Teacher

What seems like many moons ago I learned how to knit. I do not remember how or why, but I got a bee  in my bonnet to want to pick up needles and yarn and declare myself free from shopping for clothes. I have not gotten there, but at least I will never have to buy scarves or hats ever again! On an internet quest, I found a woman that was sort of local, contacted her, set up a time and date and me and some gal pals went to her house in South Orange, NJ. We walked into an awesome rambling home with children, pets and a very warm and welcoming teacher with great wit greeted us named Annie Modesitt. Because of Annie, I adore knitting. She was laid back, funny and made us realize there was nothing to stress about. No one was asking us to knit an afghan to cover the Statue of Liberty so relax. She had tea and cookies for us and we all took to this new skill with aplomb.  There were five in our group and she took time with each of us. She asked what we all wanted to make and then got us start…

My New Girl Crush

Her name is Victoria Elizabeth Barnes.
Why?
Because her and her beloved husband are renovating a Victorian home and she has the absolute audacity to be funny about all the painstaking projects they have taken on, along with the Craiglisting she forces her husband to endure.
I am in love.
I freely admit that I torture my own husband with design ideas and my brother too. (Damn you Houzz!!) But this woman?  She takes it to a level that I only wish I could.
Anyone who has ever bought a home that needs TLC, my hand is raised, knows what it is like when you are waiting to find that perfect paint or perfect design, then tossing it all away when you realize you are NOT a Rockefeller. This will always disappoint me because I know deep down I would have made a fabulous society dame. C'est la vie!
I doubly appreciate when anyone buys a period home and works to restore it. There are many blogs out there documenting the seriousness of it all and the efforts which some people put in. I respect t…

Our CSA, Knitting and A Cat

Last night I decided to look into what the CSA we belong to will cost next year. As I opened the form I did a double take. They have upped the price by $50 making the cost of membership over $500!! Well, there goes that. All the food we have gotten has been delicious, seriously the best fruit I have EVER had, but there is a small downside. There were things we received in abundance that just did not work for us. Namely corn, green beans and peaches. I gave some peaches away and pureed others, but the corn and green beans were a touch more difficult. Right now I have six ears of corn sitting on my counter that I am going to turn in to bird food. We are supposed to get four more today, but I will be donating it to the food pantry. After discussion, my husband and I decided it is better for us if we just go to the farms when we need the produce and can buy exactly what we want. When we work it out the CSA has cost about $22 a week for produce. And that does include things in it we would …