I know I’m late to the party but who cares!?!

Let me explain.

About a week or so ago, Mr. Sweet & I finally broke down and bought an iPad. For the longest time I have wanted one. It’s a big purchase and one that we weren’t sure we wanted to venture into. Mr. Sweet & I are very conservative when it comes to buying. Anything above $100 is considered a large purchase and goes into the “we must discuss” pile. We research, save and then after agreeing finally buy.

The feeling of discovery and addictive rush of having everything at my finger tips is incredible. I am immersed. There are apps for just about every category, magazines that once piled up on my desk I now have at a touch of a finger, I can play a game of Scrabble with friends who live states away, and a presentation for work is all the more interesting.

I am only in the infancy of discovering the awesomeness of having an iPad. I have downloaded the usual apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterst. Streaming is unbelievable with the Netflix and Optimum apps. Our Netflix Instant Queue has doubled because of it. Battlestar Galactica, Arrested Development, Torchwood, Downton Abbey and many others have now been added. I’m ashamed to say I have watched a day straight of Battlestar Galactica while Mr. Sweet ecstatically played his Borderlands. Side by side we are able to do things that we once had to schedule because of our one TV rule.

Who cares if I am late to the party..I’m finally here right?

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Not “of age” yet?

I borrowed “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron from my local library. I knew Nora’s name from movies such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” – movies I have watched many, many, many times. I love her movies, so I thought I would see some the same humor and wit in this book – but I didn’t.

This book contains short vignettes about Nora’s thoughts on various topics, from exercise or lack thereof; renting vs. buying in New York; the curse of designer handbags; and parenthood. Most of the book is dedicated to growing older gracefully. She makes interesting observations but nothing particularly funny or fresh.

I had a somewhat difficult time getting into it initially. I felt the humor was a bit forced and didn’t seem completely natural. There were sections where I smiled, but there were no laugh-out-loud moments.

I feel I might not be “of age” yet to read this book. Being in my mid-thirties, I have yet to experience some of the topics she discussed. I believe that if pick this book up 5 to 10 years from now I might feel differently.

“You need to read this.” Sure thing Bossypants!

I’m not the biggest fan of Tina Fey BUT I am in no way saying that I don’t like her. I just don’t know her very well. I have never seen an episode of 30 Rock, never watched her on Weekend Update, and I vaguely remember the Sarah Palin “thing”. The closest I have come to Tina Fey is Mean Girls.

Then why did I read this book you ask? Well, it has come HIGHLY recommended by multiple people. I also have a coworker that insisted I read the book. She brought it in one day, laid it upon my desk and said “You need to read this”. That was two months ago. After multiple inquires if I had read it, I finally bit the bullet and opened the book.

I enjoyed Bossypants, although it surprised me because 1) its not really an autobiography, which is what I was expecting, and 2) it’s genuinely entertaining throughout with laugh out loud moments. Bossypants is a fun read which provides insight into what it’s like to be a comedian, a comedy writer, and a woman in the entertainment industry.

I really don’t think you have to be a hardcore Tina Fey fan to enjoy this book. Most people can relate to her experiences in one way or the other. All in all, it was a fun reading about her life and weird/scary/fun adventures.

FYI: I find the cover super creepy!

There’s something about Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. Nearly 200 years later, the novel’s romantic lead, Mr. Darcy, still has an effect on women. Be it the novel or the movies..there’s something about Darcy.

I am an avid reader of historical romances and an avid viewer of period piece movies. I’ve seen just about every version made of this Jane Austen classic, and found each one to be enjoyable in its own unique way. Of all of the adaptations my absolute favorite has to be the 2005 version with Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen. Yes, there were some things about this movie that were historically inaccurate or not faithful to the book, but I am completely in love with it. I adore Matthew Macfadyen’s portrayal of Darcy. Many would gasp with the thought of me going against the crowd favorite – Colin Firth. For years I loved him as Darcy, but there is something about the way Matthew plays the character – moodier, shyer, subtler, and more tormented than his predecessor.

So who played the strong-headed Mr. Darcy best? Well, it depends on the woman answering the question. Either way, Mr. Darcy is always in our hearts and sometimes, as seen here, on our clothing.

I found Brookish’s Etsy Shop randomly and fell in love with their products immediately. I hope to order the Mr. Darcy Proposal Tote Bag and the Captain Wentworth Scarf with a lovely piece taken from Captain Wentworth’s passionate letter to Anne Elliot (from Persuasion). They are lovely reminders of an author I hold dear.

Please note: This isn’t a paid advertisement. I just love their stuff! Click on the pictures to go directly to the etsy shop.

Hanging with Mindy.

Mr. Sweet knows how much I like the show “The Mindy Project”. So I wasn’t surprised when one of my Christmas presents was Mindy Kaling’s audio book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns”.

The reason he picked the audio book was that I haven’t had time to sit down and read lately. I must have vocalized this one too many times and he proceeded to come up with the ingenious thought of having someone else read for me while I drive to and from work. I loved it!

Mindy and I sat in my car like we were good friends just chatted. Yes, I did talk back to her. Don’t judge me! Anyway, smart and funny, she writes with an honest voice. The book is packed with personal stories, lists, and general musings that flow together. By the end of the book you will feel like you know her and would like to invite her to brunch. It is just that entertaining. My only complaint is that it went by so fast and left me wanting more.

I enjoyed every minute spending time with Mindy..I mean listening. I hope that she continues to write in the future.

Reds, whites, sparklers or rosés?

Mr. Sweet and I enjoy bringing wine when we visit friends, but I am always overwhelmed and intimidated when I stop into my local liquor store and see rows of bottles. I never know what to buy – reds, whites, sparklers or rosés? I read labels and ask for help from the sommelier. Mr. Sweet, on the other hand, finds the funniest label and hopes for the best.

A couple of months ago I came across a blog called Brunellos Have More Fun. Whitney has helped tremendously with picking out wines for the right occasions and making me feel more comfortable in the store. She also has a wonderful Webcast called “The Crush”. Do check her out if you are interested in learning more about what you have or should be drinking.

Also, should you not want to delve into the details of wines and where they come from The New York Times has a great article on 20 Memorable Bottles for $20.

Wallpaper without the fuss.

As a renter this is a dream come true.

The Wall Sticker Company is based out of Australia.  They ship worldwide and have been in business since 2006. The company create removable fabric wallpaper that goes up in minutes, doesn’t require and glue or water, and can be removed and even relocated!

 Le Sigh. If only my husband would agree to this one.

 Adorable for the kitchen.


Lovely.

Etsy Love: Christmas Red

It seems that this holiday season is flying by. I haven’t done one stitch of Christmas shopping and I am usually done by now. So to start off the season this Sunday’s Etsy Love is Christmas Red. I am especially in love the Sweetheart Apron. It is a perfectly pretty apron for when we have guests over. I might not want to even take it off after the cooking is done!

1. Mrs. Claus Wreath
2. Sweetheart Hostess Apron
3. Red T-shirt Scarf Necklace
4. White Gift Tags NO Peaking
5. Red Drop Necklace
6. Coffee Cozy and Tea Wallet Gift Set