Snow Day

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I must admit, my snow day was rather enjoyable. I wasn’t too keen on going back to work today, but knowing it’s Friday helped a lot. I did tackle a fair amount on my to do list, but naturally a few things didn’t get done. Oh well, that’s what lazy Saturdays are for.

Below are a few pictures I took around 7:30am before anyone was really up or out. I’m not a morning person, but I was up waiting to see if there would be a delay for work and I had to let Otis out. I grabbed my camera on a whim and I’m so glad I did. You may laugh, but I felt like I was in Narnia.  It’s was so pretty and peaceful.

What does everyone else do when they have a snow day? I really wanted to read yesterday, but never got around to it. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

A few pictures of the neighborhood

A few pictures of the neighborhood

PicMonkey Collage 2

0 for 3

Go figure, I’m an adult and I get a snow day! No complaints here. While I have a list a mile long of things I need to do, I decided I wanted to write a blog post. So here I am. This past Saturday and Sunday just did not go my way. And as John said, we were 0 for 3.

All week I really, really wanted to go to the J. Crew clearance center.  While I don’t work at J. Crew anymore (I really miss the discount) I still shop there a lot; as in I probably order something once a week. Whoops #sorryJohn. The clearance center is a great place to get a lot of basic items, shoes or cashmere for really cheap. And I love saving money where I can. John graciously said he would take me on Saturday.

So Saturday morning we got up early, dropped Otis at a friend’s since Lynchburg is 2 hours away and we’d be gone a while, then hit the road. Now, this past week we’d had some snow, but nothing terrible. My parents said Richmond had also received some snow and it was hanging around. It didn’t cross my mind to look at Lynchburg.  Everything was fine until we were about 20-30 minutes outside of Lynchburg and it started snowing, hard. I really wanted to go to the clearance center so John drove there only to find the parking lot was covered with 4-5 inches of snow and looked like no one had driven through it for several days. Meaning it was closed. 0-1. I was not happy. We decided that even though it was snowing we’d still have lunch at Macado’s as planned. It started snowing harder so John said we really needed to call in our orders and just take them back to Greensboro. 0-2.We did that and the whole way back I was less than happy to say the least.  When John and I got back to Greensboro we picked up Otis and decided to just order Chinese food and stay in and watch Netflix.  It wasn’t terrible by any means. But both John and I felt like we had wasted a day even though it was only 6pm.

Sunday we didn’t really have any plans other than to clean out townhouse.  At some point we thought Stamey’s would be a great place to have lunch, they have the best Brunswick stew.  Up the road we went only to find for whatever reason Stamey’s was closed!!! 0-3. Uggg we went to La Bamba instead.

I know this is whinny and really none of this was a huge deal outside of an hour of pouting. I think was really was disappointing for me is all of our plans were simple things but the weather kept us down. North Carolina doesn’t see much snow, so whenever there is snow the whole state seems to shut down. To be fair, Lynchburg did have a ton of snow and it was really coming down while we were there. I know I wouldn’t want to be working so I can’t fault the clearance center for thinking of the employee’s safety and being closed. Also, it’s only a 2 hour drive, it’s not like I can’t go there any weekend.  Plus, my snow day today is making up for it all. I’m really enjoying lying around with my fur children, playing around online (see some of my favorite finds below), and at some point I’ll tackle my list of chores and run on the treadmill.

Tomorrow is Friday!

snow day

checked top / white sweater / cashmere hoodies (I’m obsessed with these) / Pinapple Clutch / Gray sweatshirt /  floral dress / black dress /  necklace / travel organizer / pink flats / blue and white flats

Vet killed My Friend Candice’s Dog because a Random Woman Tells Them To

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see the facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203858796214710&set=a.2708784563210.2119164.1364721984&type=1&theater&notif_t=mentions_comment

I don’t know where to begin……but I know I need your help! I help owners of chained dogs in my community understand there are better options then a deplorable life on a chain. For over 3 years I have feed, vetted, educated and given shelter among other many things to improve the quality of life of a chained dog, for over 20 dogs through out the triad. All from out of my own pocket, heart and soul! With the help of a few experienced dog handlers and Myself, with multiple years experience working with and volunteering for, the SPCA, Humane Society, local rescues and as a NC state certified EMT, make this happen! And Today a horrific crime has occurred against me and the life of MY rescue dog Neechy, who was taken from me and killed ! I need you to help me get justice in honor of poor Neechy, a 7 year old 30 pound pocket pittie, who has been abused and chained to fence outside and breeded her entire life until today! Today was her new begin ! Today was her day ! A warm bed! To be loved ! To be safe ! And a woman named Katie Denny Brabham took that from her ! Katie Denny Brabham at 919-244-1565 reached out to me yesterday as a person of contact with Red Dog Farm Rescue and stated that Garland Graham at 336-908-9423 owner of Red Dog Farm agreed to take her into there foster program if I could get her vetted at the Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt at 336-643-2229 where they would board her over night and that Garland Graham at 336-908-9423 would be picking her up that next day!

I Took Neechy to the Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt at 336-643-2229 and have authorization for Garland Graham founder and owner of Red Dog Farm at 336-908-9423 to pick Neechy up from there care! Within 30 minutes to an hour of myself and Beth Huxford dropping Neechy off, Katie Denny Brabham at 919-244-1565, went to the Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt 336-643-2229 and stole Neechy! Then she was taken back to the Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt at 336-643-2229 by Katie Denny Brabham and told the vet at The Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt to euthanize/kill Neechy! This all happened with an hour from me dropping her off in the safe care of the Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt at 336-643-2229!
I never gave permission for Neechys release to Katie Denny Brabham at 919-244-1565 I never gave permission to the Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt to euthanize Neechy! There was no reason for this to happen and all parties involved had my phone number email and Facebook contact ! All could have been avoided with one phone call to me Candice Paulie Neechys owner!

Friends, animal lovers and rescuers, this can happen to you! Will you help me stand up for Neechy? That her life did not end in vein ! That she deserved a warm bed, love and food after 7 years of abuse, that Katie Denny Brabham, Garland Graham and the Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt denied her of ! I am begging you to call Katie Denny Brabham at 919-244-1565, Garland Graham at 336-908-9423 and the Animal Hospital of lake Brandt at 336-643-2229 for answers !!!! And for Neechys body or Ashes! I am being denied answers and begging for your help ! Please share and call them ! I will be contacting Fox News and filling a civil Law suit against all persons involved for stealing and murdering Neechy ! My heart is broken and I am devastated!

Please share this story. This is unacceptable and grave injustice. I don’t see how a vet can kill a dog because a woman who is not the owner tells them to. Particularly when the vet knows the woman is not the owner

We Were Liars

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (get it HERE)

I’m terrible. I read this book a few months ago and am only just now getting around to writing a review. Thank goodness for snow days. I do want to start by saying I loved this book. So much so that I picked up another one of E. Lockhart’s books, The Boyfriend List, while at Edward McKay’s two weeks ago. I have high hopes. Currently I’m reading Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson, but Lockhart’s book is next on my list of books to read. I’ll try and keep my review “brief”, however if you’ve read any of my other reviews you know that might not happen.

We Were Liars follows the Sinclair family. The Sinclairs are rich, athletic (they play all the right sports), beautiful, they have servants, money, stiff upper lips, vote Democrat (so you know they are old money), they go to the right schools, play an excellent game of tennis, and spend their summers on a private island…basically they are a living Ralph Lauren ad. In the Sinclair family “No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure” or so we are told. But don’t forget, they are liars.

So let me set this up a bit, who are the liars? Supposedly the liars are three teenage cousins, Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence (the narrator). They also have 3 younger cousins who pop in and out of the story. The three are cousins through their mothers who are sisters, all of whom have failed marriages (but they aren’t failures, remember). The liars spend their summers on their Grandfather’s private island off the cost of New England. One summer Johnny brings his friend Gat to the island (and every summer after that), for Cadence its love at first sight, for Gat it’s a life lesson on social classes.  Gat is not only Johnny’s friend, his uncle is also dating Johnny’s mother.  Grandfather Sinclair will not acknowledge the romantic relationship, two different races means it’s not WASP relationship he will ever support.

As the book progresses through the summers we suffer the death of Grandma Sinclair and begin to see the three sisters bicker over everything from tablecloths, to jewelry, trust funds, even each other’s summer houses. Grandfather Sinclair doesn’t help much. In fact he taunts the sisters with his money, creates arguments between the sisters and threatens to give all the money to Yale. The sisters threaten to cut off the liars when they will not write letters or tell Grandfather they admire or have always loved certain items (to ensure the sisters get whatever items they want). Grandfather Sinclair uses trust funds to attempt to get the liars to do his bidding (for example he tells Johnny if he doesn’t tell his mother to break off her relationship with Gat’s uncle he will give away his college fund. Johnny tells him to go ahead he can work through college).  The strain of rivalry, silence and greed begins to take over and rule the family.

As the years pass trouble on the island and within the family intensifies. Money is tight for the sisters, who do not go out and get jobs. I don’t believe any have ever worked, ever. Casual drinkers become drunks and greed and jealousy become all-consuming for the sisters.  And then summer 15 happens.

Summer 15 is when Cadence suffers a terrible accident which leaves her with amnesia and debilitating migraines. What happened to Cadence? Well, it’s a twist in the book you may or may not see coming, but it’s a great twist.  BUT I will tell you it’s another 2 years before Cadence returns to the island.  And when Cadence does return, it’s with a determination to find out what happened to her on the night of her accident. All Cadence can remember/knows is she is found on the far beach freezing, smelling of gasoline, and with a head injury.  At this point in the book the narrative jumps back and forth in time, yet Lockhart’s narrative remains idiomatic.  I’m not going to talk any more on the plot because I’m scared I will give something important away. But it is sooo good.

I really did enjoy this book and plan on rereading it this summer. I appreciate Lockart’s pithy observations and characterizations of WASP families, it’s as if she took An Official Preppy Handbook and turned it into a YAL book about a specific family. The Ivy League school, money, Martha’s Vineyard, Izod and Lily Pulitzer clad group is all there and spot on in both truth and a satirical manner. Moreover, there is an overtone of King Lear throughout the novel. The three useless daughters who all drink too much, contribute nothing, and fight each other for the largest portion of the family fortune all while completely ignoring their children.  In the meantime the next generation, the liars, are rebelling in their way against the “Sinclair rules” and falling in love with the wrong types, i.e. not WASPs, fomenting revolutions against their mothers, and refusing to participate in the game of who gets the most of granddad’s money.

My only complaint about We Were Liars is I feel there is never any real closure with Cadence and perhaps it is because there cannot be. Once she finds out about the night of her accident there is an extraordinary amount of guilt she must live with and will most likely never recover from. And one has to wonder if she achieved the liars goal, the sisters seem better after Cadence’s accident, less focused on money, but we never discover anything deep about the family. I think it’s because there is nothing there to any of the others.  It’s as if no one else in the family has any genuine characterization, or is this arguably because they are designed to be flat characters, what you see if what you get.

Ok, I’m going to stop now because I could probably write 8 random pages on this book. If anyone has read We Were Liars and wants to discuss it, I’d love to!

Valentine’s Day + Lent

Did everyone have a great Valentine’s Day? I hope so.  I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day person. I feel you are either totally into or don’t really care and I’m the latter.  John isn’t really a Valentine’s Day person either, he’s of the “I don’t need to be told or have one day where I treat my wife special” mind, but that being said we still celebrated. John got me this top I’ve been wanting from Anthropologie and I got John a $30 gift card to his favorite record store in Richmond, his favorite candy and a bag of salt and vinegar chips. We had lunch at John’s favorite place, La Bamba and decided that on Sunday (in hopes most would have celebrated early on Friday or Saturday and it wouldn’t be as busy) we’d have dinner at Graffiti. Sunday we slept in, went to the outlets, and cleaned our place. By the time dinner rolled around neither of us felt like leaving the house. Oops. Personally, I felt it was too cold to go anywhere. So now we are going to have our Valentine’s Day dinner next weekend. At least we succeeded in avoiding the crowds.

Today is Fat Tuesday, and for those of you who do not know, Lent starts tomorrow. I’m still not sure what I am giving up for Lent yet. I thought about giving up shopping, but then I realized I want to give up something I can actually follow through with.  And after I thought of giving up shopping I saw this dress, this necklace and this bag at J. Crew and knew it would never work. How about the rest of you, what are you giving up for Lent? I’d love some ideas.

Pink + Dinner at Grey’s Tavern

Is anyone else having crazy weather? We’ve had a few days of warm sunshine in the mid 60s and then the next two days back down to freezing with sleet and rain. Now I am in no way a “spring” person, my allergies are too terrible to allow me to love spring, but I am ready for some warmer temperatures.  Bloggers aren’t helping too much either with all the Valentine’s Day and warmer weather outfit posts. Retail stores pre-spring lines are in and pastels are everywhere. For some reason I find myself being drawn to pink clothes. This is weird because pink hasn’t been my favorite color since I was in elementary school. It is also not a color I wear too often. Supposedly blonds look good in pink, but I have a hard time finding the right shade of pink that doesn’t look weird with my skin tone. Instead I stick with blues, mostly navy. So for whatever its worth, I am obsessed with these two dresses (Roxy and Cynthia Steffe) and this cozy looking BCBG sweater.
In what is perhaps more interesting news, John and I went to dinner this past weekend with our friends Alli and Will. The original place we wanted to eat had a 30-45 minute wait, which was weird because it was 6:30 on a Saturday and that place usually is packed closer to 8 on a Saturday evening.  So instead we went across the street to Grey’s Tavern.  I’m so glad we ate there. The food was delicious. We started with two appetizers, nachos and bacon cheese fries. I really didn’t think the food could be better or that I could eat another bite, but then dinner came out. I had burger sliders topped with tomato, cheese, mayo, mustard, pickles, bacon, and a fried egg! I wasn’t too sure about the whole fried egg thing on top, but ultimately it was the best decision.  Many years ago, when I was an undergrad, I went to France and discovered that in small towns pizza comes topped with a fried egg. Not as good as burgers topped with a fried egg, but it’s not terrible either.  The only complaint I have about Grey’s is the waitress. She acted as if everyone there was at her house uninvited and it was a HUGE inconvenience to serve any of her tables.  #workinghardforthemoney
If you are ever in Greensboro, NC I highly recommend checking out Grey’s Tavern. Their menu is pretty diverse so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. And Happy Hump Day! We are half way there!!