Happy Memorial Day


Alicia and I want to thank all those in our United States Military who are serving,  have served, or have given the ultimate sacrifice for us.  Our soldiers risk their lives everyday to keep us safe and free and we are so very proud of them.  Words just cannot express…

~Chrissy & Alicia

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A Girl Trip Bucket List

Alicia & Chrissy, KC Girl Trip 2012Alicia and I recently went on a Girl Trip to Kansas City, MO for a weekend.  We shopped, ate amazing food and pretty much chill-axed the whole time.  It was the first trip we’ve been on together since the late nineties.  (Geesh, time flies by way too quickly!)  Now that we live within a days drive of each other I imagine we will be able to go on more of these weekend getaway’s in the future.  KC is a great city filled with all sorts of fabulous things to do and see, and it’s also just so happens to be a great halfway point for us to meet up at.  While KC will more then likely be the location of most of our Girl Trips to come, we have developed our own special kind of bucket list with the Girl Trips we dream about taking one day.  These are the places we would love to see together because in some way, shape or form, they symbolize our friendship and growing up together.

Trip 1 – A Literary Excursion to Prince Edward Island.  Why Prince Edward Island?  Well it just so happens to be the home of a beloved literary character, Anne Shirley, from the series of books, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Alicia wrote about her love of all things Anne a few months ago which you can read here.  When we were young girls we both devoured these books and watched the tv series over and over again, so this would be such an amazing trip to experience together.  Alicia is the one who stumbled on the Anne Vacation Itinerary on the Prince Edward Island tourism website.  There is so much you can see and do that are all related to Anne of Green Gables.  You can visit many of the settings from the books, like Green Gables, Avonlea Village, the Haunted Wood and the Lake of Shining Waters.  Doesn’t that sound simply wonderful?

Trip 2 – A Culinary Excursion to Hingham, MA.  So, what about Hingham, located near Boston, MA would make us want to fly all the way there to grab some grub?  A restaurant called, Wahlburgers.  Wahlburgers is owned by Mark and Donnie Wahlburg.  Do those names ring a bell?  I urge you to read a former blog post I did here, about a concert Alicia and I went to when we were teenagers, Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch.  While we both really liked Mark Wahlberg, we were truly fanatical about a group called New Kids on the Block.  For quite some time in our teen years, we both ate, slept and breathed NKOTB.  Our favorite NKOTB member was Joey McIntyre but Donnie Wahlberg came in a close second!  Of course, if we ever do manage to take this trip we would find a few other things to do and see while in the Boston area, but eating at Wahlburgers is our #1 priority!

Trip 3 – A Theatrical Excursion to NYC.  Another shared love that stems from our childhood is a movie called Newsies.  It is a musical based on a group of newspaper boys who strike against the big newspaper companies of the day in New York City during 1899.  I will admit to the fact that a movie full of really cute boys may have had some influence on just how much we loved this movie, but it is also a really great story with loads of fun, catchy, toe-tapping tunes!  To this day we both still enjoy watching Newsies, and whenever one or the other of us catches it playing on tv we’ll send out a text, “Newsies is on!”  It wasn’t too long ago when I happened to stumble on a short video for the Broadway Musical, Newsies.  I quickly posted it to Alicia’s Facebook wall and another dream Girl Trip was added to our list! (I am really hoping Newsies will eventually go on tour and come to a city a bit closer to us, like KC, because that would make this trip that much more easier to cross off our bucket list!)

We have three Girl Trips on our bucket list so far.  Hopefully, one of these days when time and money prevail, we’ll manage to actually take one of them! We would love to hear all about the great Girl Trips you dream about taking with your BFF’s, too.

~Chrissy

Help…I can’t function properly without my cell phone!

At work, while I was reaching into my purse to feel that my cell phone was all safe and secure in its appropriate place for what had to be the bazillionth time that day, I had an epiphany.  My cell phone has become my wooby, or for all of you who didn’t grow up in the 80’s and have not had the pleasure of seeing the movie Mr. Mom, a wooby is a security blanket.

Here are my top three reasons why I believe this to be the case:

1.  I take my cell phone with me wherever I go.  My phone sleeps next to me on my bedside table and is the first thing I grab in the morning when I wake up.  From the moment I wake up, my phone is never very far from my sight.  Yes, this does mean it will even come with me to the restroom.  Now, don’t gasp and act all shocked because I know you all do it! 🙂  Speaking of restrooms and cell phones, this leads me to my next point….

2.  I will go to any length to save my cell phone from harm.  I am not sure if I should admit to this but it does validate the sheer lengths I will go for my cell phone, so here goes, and please do not judge me too harshly.  My last cell phone accidentally fell into the toilet bowl while I was at work.  I was trying to put it in my back pocket when I was standing in the stall and I missed.  When I heard the kerplunk of it hitting the toilet water I did not even hesitate to reach in and pull it out to safety.  Thankfully, the toilet had clean water in it when this happened, however I can honestly say if it hadn’t I still would not have hesitated.  I’ll have you know, my fast reflexes did save it from an untimely and devestating death.  I guess covering it in a bowl of rice overnight really does work miracles!  Unfortunately, it wasn’t 100% the same phone after the near drowning.  There were a couple minor glitches but I managed to deal with it until I once again was able to upgrade my phone, and in case you were wondering, I did wipe that sucker with hospital grade antibacterial wipes for weeks and weeks after the incident!  I saved my cell phone from a toilet but I sure as heck don’t want any nasty toilet germies getting me sick either!!!  Growdy to the max!!!

3.  I go into full-fleged panic mode if my cell phone turns up to be missing in action or God forbid I leave the home without it.  My heart starts to race, my hands begin to shake, I break out in a cold sweat and I cannot think of anything else but being reunited with my phone.  I recently found an app that will allow me to enable my gps on my phone if it is ever lost or stolen from me.  YIPPEE!!!  I feel so much more secure having this great tool at my disposal!  Unfortunately this app doesn’t help me if I just happen to forget my phone when I leave my house.  Most of the time I notice its missing pretty quickly and can swing back home to get it.  But, if I make it all the way to my destination before realizing it’s gone, I am pretty much S.O.L.   There are no apps available to “beam” my phone over to me, so when this happens, I am not a happy camper.  It is all I can do to stop wringing my hands which are just itching to reach out for my cell phone and check my texts/facebook/twitter/email/entire freaking life!!!!  The only cure for my highly stressed out state comes when I once again am holding my cell phone in my hands.  Ahhh, it is such a relief!

You have to watch this cute & funny little clip of the heart to heart talk Mr. Mom had with his son about moving on from his wooby.

Unlike the son, who took his father’s advice and very maturely handed over his wooby to see if he could live without it for a few days then ultimately tossed it into a fireplace, I am not planning to de-attach myself from my cell phone.  I have not a shred of willpower where this little piece of technology is concerned and I am ok with it.  I’ll continue upgrading to newer and better models every couple of years, checking Facebook while standing in line at the grocery store and snapping countless pictures of my dogs sleeping because they look so darn cute!

I PUFFY HEART my cell phone!!!

~Chrissy