Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blog Sale - Gucci, Fendi, Lilly Pulitzer

It is that time of year again. Time to clean out my closet and (attempt to) organize my life. If you have any questions about any of the items, please don't hesitate to ask!

Gucci Tan Over the Shoulder Bag is leather with suede-like lining. Three compartments plus a zippered pocket on the inside. 
10"W x 7"H x 4"D
Gold hardware. Well loved, but in great condition. $75

Gucci Tan Zip Top Bag is leather with leather lining. One compartment plus zipper pocket inside, envelope pocket on the outside front.
11"W x 6"H x 2 1/2"W
Gold Gucci zipper pull on top. $50

Black Canvas Fendi Over the Shoulder bag. Leather lining.  Coated canvas has a sheen and is in wonderful condition. Magnetic front closure. One inside compartment with zippered pocket. Slot pocket on back of bag. Gold hardware on inside.
9"W x 7"H x 3"D
Comes with dust bag. $100

Gucci Round Dark Green Leather Over the Shoulder Canteen Bag with leather lining. One compartment plus zippered pocket inside. Gold Gucci zipper pulls inside and out. 
7 1/2" Diameter x 3" wide
 Great condition. $150

Navy and Cream Gucci Over the Shoulder Bag. Leather lining. Three compartments plus zippered inside pocket. Magnetic closure on front. 
10"W x 7"H x 4" D
Gold hardware. $100

Black Canvas Gucci Shoulder Bag. 9" drop from shoulder to top of bag. One compartment plus inside pocket (not zippered). 
10"W x 5"H x 3"D
Gold hardware $40

The only item that isn't a handbag: Lilly Pulitzer Tunic. Size L.
Great condition. $30 

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If you are interested in any of the above items, send an email to myfwbs(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Odd People

I have always been an outgoing person. I love meeting friends for drinks and bar food and have endless conversations. I don't hesitate to ask new people at work or other places to join my friends and me for a beer.

Most times, the people I invite accept my invitation and we always have the best time.

Sometimes, however, I am thrown for a loop. "Thanks, but I never go out. I can drink at home".

I have never quite understood people that turn down a great time out in favor of sitting at home with their drink of choice. Those people were "odd" to me. Why would ANYONE want to stay home??? I was baffled.

Lately, as I am sure you have noticed from my posts, I haven't been going to my usual watering holes with friends. Yes, sometimes I still go out for a quick dinner and a couple of drinks, but I used to meet friends for drinks after work almost daily. I haven't done this in quite some time. Instead, I have been staying in.

I haven't been alone. I always have between one and four people at home with me, so don't think I have hermited myself. I have been enjoying quiet evenings with DVDs and company.

On Friday after work, Stump asked me if I wanted to for my birthday weekend. "I don't know", I answered, "there is really nothing to do around here but go to bars. I can drink at home".


I think I am becoming one of those "odd" people.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Myrtle Beach for New Year's Weekend!

I first want to apologize for being away for so long. I honestly had no intention of taking a blog break, but work has been hectic. A new assignment has forced me to stare at an Excel spreadsheet all day long, and frankly the last thing that I have wanted to do in my spare time is sit in front of a computer.

But, here I am, and here are some of the photos that I took during New Year's weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC.

We arrived fairly late at the beach, around 8ish I believe. We stopped in for a bite at one of our favorite places in Surfside, Sundown Restaurant and Sports Pub. 

(Stump, a bit tired from the trip, wears his "quit blowing shit up" tee shirt)

(I had the grilled chicken sandwich with fries... and a beer (or three)

(We stopped in Suck Bang Blow in Murrell's Inlet for a few)

(The empty picnic tables outside of the bar are usually full during the summer months)

(Someone had lit a fire in the cast iron fireplace just outside the door)

I woke up the next day to gorgeous spring-like weather. It was 78 degrees, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky. I hadn't packed shorts, but was wishing that I had. It was that hot.

(The view from our room on New Year's Eve day)

We set out to Broadway at the Beach for a bit of shopping and to see the decorations. The Christmas tree behind Ripley's Aquarium was unbelievable. 

(Huge Christmas tree behind Ripley's Aquarium)

(View from across the lake at Broadway)

We made our "mandatory" stop at Fat Tuesday's for a few daiquiris. The Mardi Gras Mash was delish. I sprang the extra buck for an extra shot of rum :)

(Me in front of the tree on the front side of Ripley's Aquarium)

Of course, Myrtle Beach isn't complete without the all you can eat seafood buffet at Benjamin's. We stopped there for the last meal of 2011. It was amazing. 

We returned to the room after dinner to get ready for New Year's Eve celebration. I took this picture with my iphone of the last sunset of 2011. This picture has not been touched. I couldn't believe how it turned out.

Stump and I toasted in the New Year at a hole-in-the-wall bar. There were maybe 10 patrons in the place. That was just what I was looking for... Something simple and quiet.

Happy Belated New Year to all My Friends With Benefits!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Vacation - Part 3

I had hosted Christmas Eve dinner, and now it was mom's turn to have dinner at her house for Christmas Day. Stump and I loaded up gifts for my aunt and uncle and headed into town.

We pulled up next to the curb in front of her house. I was gathering the gifts to take inside when Stump laughed, "LOOK"! He gestured toward the outside of mom's house.

I looked out of the driver's side window toward her front yard which was filled with Christmas decorations, including animatronic deer.

I could barely contain myself when I recognized the half naked man riding one of the deer!

(Inflatable Husband is a bit of a party animal, no?)

"And you were worried about mom getting offended?" I laughed to Stump. "She has the thing in her front yard where neighbor and stranger alike can see it! I told you she has a great sense of humor!"

When we got inside, we were still laughing at the welcoming committee on the front lawn. Mom proudly said, "You should have seen the man that was walking down the street a few minutes ago. He couldn't stop staring". She was cracking herself up at this point.

We had a wonderful, yet non-traditional dinner consisting of a whole ribeye cooked in the rotisserie, baked potatoes, salad, and several homemade desserts. 

(I can almost taste this even now)

Inflatable Husband didn't get to enjoy the meal with us... If I didn't know any better, I would swear that Dad had made him stay outside. He didn't seem to mind.

Next time on the blog: Myrtle Beach for New Year's Weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Vacation - Part 2

When I left you guys last, my family and a few friends were having dinner on Christmas Eve. It had come time to open the presents. I posted a couple of weeks ago about a can of strawberries that kept getting passed between my mother and my husband. If you haven't read that post, please do so HERE.

My mom and my husband have become rather creative on how they camouflage that can over the years. This year my husband had the can.

"Do you think she will get offended?" Stump asked me last month when he told me what he had planned. "I'm not sure if I should do it or not... but it would be SO funny", he continued.

I assured him that mom had a great sense of humor (which he should have known after 18 years of marriage).

We headed off to Spencer's at the mall and Stump's plan would unfold on Christmas Eve. Behold the packaging which held my mother's can of strawberries:

(Inflatable Husband)

Mom wasted no time at all opening the package and tossed the can of strawberries to the side after a brief look at the dates on the can. There was more important business at hand.

 (Mom blowing her new husband while sitting next to her "old" one)

(Doesn't she look content?)

(Mom was only away for a minute before Sage tried to steal him away)

All of our guests got a good laugh and embraced the opportunity to make naughty comments. Mom did, in fact, take her new "boy toy" home with her. Sage had to watch as he slipped away into the night with my mother. Stump, rather proud of himself, was happy that mom liked her gift. 

Tune in next time for Christmas Vacation - Part 3

Yes, it can get even better!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Vacation - Part 1

I have been on vacation since December 23 and have been "guilty" of scheduling posts throughout my absence. I haven't posted any real time photos for almost two weeks now, so I thought I would share some of my activities.

December 23 began with cleaning the house and preparing for guests on Christmas Eve for dinner. It also involved cooking the ham (which I totally over-cooked). Just remember when you bake a spiral ham, you should use an actual timer rather than using the number of alcoholic beverages consumed as a time line.

On Christmas Eve, Stump got to work. This is Stump's one and only job on Christmas Eve. He is to man the turkey fryer. You can see that he takes his job seriously. He refuses to move from his post for even a beer (those are yelled for from the yard into the house).

I love his Scrooge hat! It is black with white trim and reads "Bah, Humbug".

Meanwhile, in between running out bottled beer to my husband, my job inside is to prepare the remainder of the meal. We would be having several guests and I have to make sure there is enough food for seconds, thirds, and even fourths... with plenty of leftovers for everyone to take home.

On the Guest List:
 Dad, Mom, Sister Adrienne, and nephew Layne

 Stump's Sister and brother in law, Bonnie and Jay
 Bonnie and Jay's sons Jacob and Matt (do young folks ever put down their phones?)
 Layne with one and a half of Melody's three children.
 The third of Melody's three... I could never get a clear shot of him.
 Bestie, Sage
 Friend, Armondo
 Friend, Steve
 Friend, Melody (who belongs to the three above children)
 Stump and my sister, Adrienne
Son Brandon and his girlfriend Susannah

I set dinner up buffet-style. We have too many guests to seat everyone around a proper table. 

This warmer is indispensable! No better way to keep stuffing, potatoes, and Madd Hatter Wieners nice and hot!

After dinner we exchange gifts. Mom received something very risque... but that will be on Christmas Vacation Part 2.

Y'all stay tuned!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I want to wish all of my family, friends, and readers the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous New Year ever.