Pumpkins designed by Warby Parker, a very cool glasses company, with a feel-good business model, you buy a pair ($95 including prescription lenses) and they donate a pair, as part of their Do Good scheme. If you like Ben’s glasses, you can find them here!
TRAVEL MONDAY… To celebrate my 34th birthday in 2011, Ben and I spent a fun three days in the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen is a magical city, you can see where Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid statue is a top tourist attraction) found his inspiration. We spent the weekend wandering through the city and enjoying the clean, fresh, cold air. I was not the most relaxed during the weekend because I was preparing for my interview at the University. It took place just a few days after our return. Danish citizens pay 46% tax and this according to National Geographic leaves them worry free (no fees for education, a solid retirement, environmentally progressive and crime free society) making Copenhagen the happiest city in Europe! And a possible destination for Ben and I after Edinburgh (most likely a dream)!
Every holiday, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Columbus Day, Arbor Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day and Birthday’s my Mom sends a card*. They always arrive a week early. They are always full of love. She favors Papyrus and chooses whimsical, interactive greeting cards, lights, songs and beads. This Halloween, finger puppets! How cute is the owl?
*We do not actually receive cards for Columbus and Arbor Day, my brothers and I are a bit let down by this,
This makes me smile. Ernst Tanner, Chief Executive Officer of Lindt & Sprüngl looks like he is having a blast.
Here is a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot as well as how Lindt makes its famous chocolate rabbits, these were our go-to Easter candies and decorated our table through brunches past. Who wouldn’t want a giant chocolate teddy bear?
Enjoy your weekend!
8 YEARS…This weekend marks 8 years since Ben and I met. Our first meal together, fondue and wine from baby bottles at the Le Biberon, a restaurant that has not endured like our love. This was followed by dancing at the Loco Mosquito. Thanks to our friends Katya, Jenny, Clare and Jo who were with us that night. My first thought at the end of the evening as I asked Ben for his email address, he is going to be a great friend, he is and everything else in between. We even have pictures from the momentous occasion that changed our lives forever.
TRULY OUTRAGEOUS… My brother Charlie is at it again. His star seems to be on the rise with this new preview for a live action movie about Jem and the Holograms. He has been cast as Rio, Jem’s handsome boyfriend. You can see the startling resemblance between Charlie and Rio, I think real Charlie has that shirt.
This weekend will mark the 6th instance since Ben and I have been married that I will have the apartment to myself for longer than just a few hours. I do love me some Buffy-time. I am still so crazy about Ben that I miss him and his fun company as soon as he is gone. I was listening to an NPR broadcast saying people need an average of six hours of interaction a day to maintain their happiness so with Ben gone, I fear my well-being could be in jeopardy (we are still auditioning friends).
The bigger question is what should I do while he is away?
For those of you wondering where is Ben headed, here’s the scoop. He will be taking the train to Peterborough and then cycling to Cambridge (40 miles) to stay with his friend James. Their plan for the weekend is to make music. It was an interest they shared when they were in art college. I am sure the kazoo will feature heavily in the selections (when we started dating Ben fooled me into thinking he had been the lead in a kazoo band, the most worrying, I believed him and it was not a deal breaker). On Monday, Ben will head back to Peterborough to help celebrate his dad’s birthday and will be back with me Tuesday.
We took a leisurely cycle to Portobello a little beach village (now just a suburb of Edinburgh). It is only about three miles, but we had not visited yet. We sat on the antique-green benches, people watched and enjoyed to fresh sea air.
MAC N’ CHEESE… Some recommend starving a cold others say to feed it. Ben and I went with the latter, making some really tasty macaroni and cheese. I used the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. If she is good enough for Liz Lemon, she is good enough for me. I did change it up a bit and used Scottish Mature Cheddar and English Stilton as our cheese picks. This recipe makes a very large American-sized quantity, and is very saucy, which according to Ben is a good thing. Enjoy.
We followed it up with this cake, without the frosting… much healthier
TRAVEL MONDAY… In April 2009 to celebrate our second wedding anniversary we rented a penniche (canal boat) and spent a week touring at 5-8 miles per hour the Canal du Midi. The canal, located in south western France connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. We started in a charming village called the Somail. Our boat was so cute and was well equipped, everything we needed for our week. It was a great test to see if our marriage was still on track, we had to navigate locks and we soon realized we needed cooperation and communication, two of our marriage weak points (at least in year two, we are so good at both now). We had such a relaxing week, pulling over where we wanted along the canal, cycling into the towns and enjoying the scenery and life at ‘sea’.