Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thank you All!

I just want to thank everyone who wished us well and prayed for my husband and I while he was going through the (very long) process of interviewing and trying to get a new job as a field service tech for the very big (I'm not sure if I can use their name???) endoscopy company. We found out last weekend that he got the job!!! It is a HUGE blessing for us financially and will do great things for his future career-wise as well.

He's going to miss the hospital very much but they've asked him to stay on in his department per-Diem so he'll still see all his friends there and also keep in touch with all of his contacts. He'll also be keeping his p/t job with the private practice for as long as possible - it's just a great place where he enjoys working and as long as he can afford the time to stay there he will.

He'll be out of town for training all next week and I don't know what to do with myself! On one hand he works so much that I'm already used to not seeing him a couple of nights a week and I never see him in the mornings but I don't know if just the idea that I won't see him or not will get to me. I guess time will tell on this one but I figure by the time it starts to bug me it will be just a couple of days before he comes home! I think he also has to do some shadow-training once he's home and it will probably take us about a month for us to acclimate to his new schedule. But even with the few adjustments and things we'll have to make, this is a huge huge huge blessing and we are so very grateful for it! I'm so excited for him too because as much as he loves his work at the hospital I also know he'll love this job even more! He gets a company truck and will be on the road in northern NJ visiting hospitals and OR's everyday and troubleshooting equipment problems - right up his alley!

I apologize for this post being so very random but I'm just so excited. Again, thanks to all who thought good things for us through this!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Takin' Care of Business

My second shop is officially open for business! TCBsupplies will be selling a range of packaging and paper supplies. I have a few items currently listed and there will be several more to come today! I'm not thrilled with the photos that are up at the moment but there's almost no sun at all here today so I'll retake them and update the listings when I can get better shots. You can find the shop here:

The shop's fun new banner is from and I've also ordered new business cards & some promo supplies.

And for those of you who are wondering (or who recognized the initials already) TCB was Elvis' signature phrase that he had printed on everything from jewelry to stands for "Taking Care of Business". So yes, the shop name is a hidden little Elvis homage. Why not?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Best of the Best: Part 1

The more time I spend exploring all of the creative works on Etsy, the more I tend to feel like I have no right whatsoever to even be there. Some of the artists and artisans there so far surpass any abilities I have or will ever have to such an extreme, it's near frightening. I have, however, compiled a list of some of who I think are the best of the best, the most creative, the most talented or for whatever other reason, just my favorites. I've decided to feature these artists a few at a time here so that you all can see just how incredible these people are.

The first etsy shop I'd like to show you is a little place called Perdoozy. The Perdoozy shop's owner, Portia, is not only insanely talented and awesome to work with, but the creator of my most favorite possession that has been purchased from Etsy. She made me this:

Yes, those are pictures of Elvis rockin out all over it. How awesome is that? Jealous that it's mine? I know you are. But her aprons are all super cute with that retro pinup flair and I can't wait to add another to my collection. You can find her shop here:

I cannot emphasize enough the quality of this item and how great Portia is to buy from! You would have a hard time finding a nicer seller or a cooler apron!

The second shop I want to show off is actually one I found not too long ago. The shop is called MagicHands and this shop quickly became one of my top favorites. They make and sell some of the most amazing soaps and body products I have ever tried- and as a self-professed bath junkie, I've tried just about everything. Her soaps do incredible things for your skin and the scents make you want to wash your own mouth out with soap!

But the soaps are just the beginning - Have you not been able to find the right body butter because they're all too heavy, too light, too greasy, too powder-y feeling or a million other things that just aren't quite right? Well, search no more - the perfect butter exists and Jackie at MagicHands will sell it to you AND make the transaction a truly pleasurable experience. Go visit MagicHands here: and you'll find out what I mean.

In other news, there are some new goodies listed in my shop and I'm thinking of opening a supply shop...actually I've decided to open one but I CANNOT think of a name. I'll be selling plain tags, poly and cello bags, and some die cuts and paper piecing. Any ideas for a shop name? I'd gladly hear any and all suggestions at this point.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I think I was born too late

Ever think you just don't fit in your own generation? That you would've been better off, possibly happier being born some other time? I think I was meant to have been born sometime in the 40s....this would've gotten me more exposure to all of my very favorite things- Elvis, retro (well they weren't retro then) kitchens, the incredibly simple but so very cool 50's clothes, the CARS, more conservative family attitudes (I want to be home, in my kitchen- not this office!), and basically just the 50's and 60's in general. I just fit better there.

Luckily for me while I was not born until 1982, I was born in New Jersey. And just forty minutes away from my house is one of my very favorite throwbacks to that time period- the Warwick Drive-In Movie Theater. Now based on my own little research, this is something that many people my age have NEVER experienced and I really think it's a must-do for everybody. On top of being wonderfully nostalgic, generally lots of fun, and a great activity for any age group, it's also significantly less expensive than your average multiplex! We go to this theater- Check them out and if you're anywhere in the area, you NEED to go and support this awesome business:

They have three screens that show 2 movies each per night and an awesome concession stand. You are welcome to bring in your own food (people bring all sorts of stuff) but we try to buy from them as that's really where they make their money. They charge $8/person and if you stay at the same screen, you get to see two movies for that price! The concession stand is also very reasonable.

We went up to see Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and decided to take in the double feature and saw Speed Racer First. To be totally honest, I didn't expect much at all. I'd never seen the cartoon and the reviews aren't good - let me tell you, they are WRONG. That movie was amazing. Even without the incredibly played storyline and cast of characters, just the color, the detail, and the effects in this movie make it more than worth going to see. I highly recommend it...and I'm hoping for a sequel. I won't give it away in case you haven't seen it but they leave one thing kind of open at the end and I really hope they produce a second one to resolve it. Harold and Kumar was hilarious as expected and if you liked the first one, you'll enjoy this one too.
This was the view out the back of my trailblazer at the screen...could you as for more beautiful background scenery?

A shot of some of the old speaker poles in the rows next to us before it got crowded...they don't use these anymore but they still have them on the far left screen's field. They now use a system where each screen has a designated AM radio station that you tune into in your car and listen to. Better sound I'm sure but lacking in the nostalgia department.

And in thinking back to our two recent stops in Nashville, I've rehashed my interest in country music...I've always liked it (you can blame my mom- it's totally her influence) but driving through Nashville, everywhere you go and almost every station you flip to is country. I've been listening to it on Sirius in my truck and on XM online since I got back and I came across this song by Trace Adkins that I think has something to say to a lot of people, especially in my generation. I'm always looking so hard into the future, planning the next step that I never really get a feel for 'now'. I've been married for three years and I can honestly say that I've spent the majority of that time planning out our future and not at all enjoying this time in our marriage...this is something that's definitely going up on my list of stuff to work on. So anyway, here's the song...

You're Gonna Miss This

She was starin out the window of their SUV

Complainin sayin I can't wait to turn 18

She said I'll make my own money And I'll make my own rules

Momma put the car in park out there in front of the school

And she kissed her head, and said 'I was just like you'

You're gonna' miss this You're gonna' want this back

You're gonna' wish these days Hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times

So take a good look around

You may not know it now But you're gonna' miss this

Before she knows it she's a brand new bride

In her one bedroom apartment And her daddy stops by

He tells her it's a nice place She says,

'It'll do for now' Starts talkin' about babies, and buyin a house

Daddy shakes his head And says baby just slow down

Cuz' you're gonna' miss this You're gonna' want this back

You're gonna' wish these days Hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times So take a good look around

You may not know it now But you're gonna' miss this

Five years later there's a plumber Workin' on the water heater

Dog's barkin', phone's ringin' One kid's cryin' one kid's screamin'

And she keeps apologizin' But he says they don't bother me

I've got two babies of my own One's thirty- six, one's twenty- three

Huh, it's hard to believe

But you're gonna' miss this You're gonna' want this back

You're gonna' wish these days Hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times So take a good look around

You may not know it now But you're gonna' miss this

You're gonna' miss this Yeaahhhh... you're gonna' miss this...

I'll leave off on that note for today....lots of new stuff in the shop this week and more to come this sure and take a look!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Back from more ways than one

So I know I've been completely ignoring my blog for oh...6 months now. I don't think I really 'got' the whole blog thing but now that I'm reading other peoples' so frequently, I'd like to pick back up on mine.

My husband and I just got back from our annual trip to Memphis, TN. We love it there and hope to someday move either there or Nashville. We drove down (yup, 17 hours from New Jersey) and toured a bit of Nashville along the way. In lieu of the 'normal' tourist routine, we chose the slightly cheesier route, visiting the Duke's of Hazzard Museum and the Country Music Wax Museum.....

(these photos are to stand as proof that I could NOT have made up the Duke's of Hazzard's free by the way)

After that we continued down Rt. 40 into Memphis...we toured the zoo, hung out on Beale Street, and took a couple of carriage rides around the downtown areas. We also had tickets for and made a few brief appearances at the Beale Street Music Festival - a truly awesome event that's consistently just a little too crowded and muddy for us. Some of the highlights we did manage to see however were Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, and the Black Crowes.

Sunday's activity was by far my favorite though, visiting Graceland for the second time. If you know me, you know I adore Elvis and all things a near frightening degree. If you don't know me,'ll figure it out soon enough. We spent the better part of the day touring around and spending far too much money on Elvis related paraphernalia. If you're interested, here are some of the shots from that day...

If you want to see more, just leave me a comment with an e-mail address and I'll let you know as soon as I get them all uploaded to Flickr.

And on the way home we had lunch at an unplanned and beautiful little surprise of a stop. We swung by the Loveless Cafe after reading about it in a tourism brochure. When I tell you the BEST fried chicken & biscuits I've ever had (coming from a family of great cooks) I mean it. You can buy all of thier signature stuff here (save for the biscuits) and I highly recommend it- We'll definitely be shopping there once the stash we brought home with us runs out.

So we've been back about a week and are getting back into the swing of work and regular home life....but are not happy about it.

Check back tomorrow for updates on Speedracer, nostalgia, and country music :)