Friday, April 29, 2011

weekend update

Justin and I have called Tuscaloosa home for five years now.
We have tons of memories there... it's where we got engaged.
Where we bought our first home.
Celebrated our first Christmas.
As I am sure you know by now, Tuscaloosa & other surrounding cities were decimated by a tornado this past Wednesday.

Justin and I were actually in Tuscaloosa (more on that later) missing the storm by 30 precious minutes.
Our house is still standing.
Many others, including some of our friends, were not as fortunate.
Our hearts are heavy as we see the images of our home city in such a state of destruction and sadness.
Please say a prayer for peace & restoration for all those affected.
We are greatful we were spared, but grieve for those who have lost much.
The happy weekending post below was pre-posted before the storm hit.
I thought about deleting it... kinda seemed frivolous given the current state of things.
However, I decided to leave it as a reminder to look for happiness wherever it may be found...
A hug from a neighbor.
A visit from our president.
The kindness of a stranger.

Sorrow makes us all children again- destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hi friends!
Hope you have an especially beautiful and colorful weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's important, people

I bet grandpa was never so thankful to see a comma in all his life.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

birthday wish

Today is the birthday of a very special someone in my life...
She keeps us laughing constantly.
She makes pie crust from scratch.
She watches Dancing with the Stars and keeps her own score sheet.

She is loved beyond words.
Happy Birthday to you, Nana!

Monday, April 25, 2011


I'm pretty sure making meatloaf cupcakes would land me on the fast track to Best Wife Ever.

I may never look at a cupcake the same way again.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter in the City

Because Easter is about more than pretty shoes & a new dress...

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen could ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the oceans fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
 Though stretched from sky to sky.

O, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song.

Frederick M. Lehman, 1917

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Easter shoes from Tarjay.

I assume New Yorkers don't dress for Easter Sunday with as much fervor as you'll find in the South.
This is my first Easter away from home.
Whether I was in college or 4 hours away from home and married, Easter Sunday called me home.
It feels strange that my attire this year includes jeans, albeit dressy ones.
Don't get me wrong, I think I was six the last time I wore a hat and gloves to church, but still.
Easter means Spring and seersucker and summer white.
And new shoes.
I couldn't let the tradition die.
Thank you, Target, for helping this Southern girl find a little piece
 of all that's good & right in this world... wedges.
Because it's Easter, afterall.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

good news

This made me laugh...

No worries, ladies, there's still time.

In other news, Justin is off work today and we have something major planned...

That's right, folks. A trip to Target.
All is now right with the world... there is a Target in Manhattan.
Well, technically, it's in Harlem, but I'll take it.
Any opportunity to pay less than $90 for Diet Coke + toilet paper is fine by me.

This is the view from our friendly neighborhood Target, in case you were wondering.

You can't say you didn't hear some good news today...
Harry is still single and the Rigolosos are going to Target.

Riveting news, no doubt.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

hey pretty

Do you ever feel that way? I know I do. From making my bed to designing my blog to the outfit I'm gonna wear to the package I'm wrapping. It's fine to want to make things look nice, but it's when the scale is tipped to being consumed by this notion that I need to and must back off.

I think the construction on the blog is done... I think. For now, it looks nice and I rather like it.

What about you? What things do you like to make look nice? Do tell.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


please be patient.
your friends Molly + Justin are experiencing some blog construction.
check back later for something more beautiful than this...
i hope.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

right now at this very moment

It's raining.

One of those good, stout rains that make alot of noise.

Tink, tink, tink, thud. Tink, tink, tink, thud.

I love good rain storms like that.

Perfect for reading.

And also for writing.

I just wrote something.

An email to my husband who is at work.

The email read:

I wrote something.
A short story, maybe.
I don't really know what to call it.
All I know is you promised God and man that you'd always love me which means I can be my most vulnerable self with you.
So here it is... the first thing I've ever written, I guess.
I'd love to know your thoughts.
Mostly, I want you to know that I love you.
Oh... and I am thankful about that promise you made.
That we made.
ps... could you bring home some diet coke?

So it's official. I attached what I'd just written to my man.

I wrote something, I thought to myself.

In the wake of doing so, I am left with a weight of varying emotion:

Surely this isn't the first thing I've ever written? I have a degree in print journalism for-cryin-out-loud which required many a writing class, creative writing even.

I blog.

I write letters.

I journal.

But this thing I wrote? It's something altogether different.

I like what I wrote... I think.

Is that true? Do I like what I wrote?

I feel empowered.


I also feel extremely vulnerable.

But I kinda want to write more.

I do. I know I do.

I've had this line rolling around in my head for months, literally months now.

For a while I thought I'd read it somewhere else.

I called my cousin who happens to be a very talented writer.

"Did some of your writing start with this line ___________?" I asked her.

"No," she replied. "It must be a Molly original."

Empowered and vulnerable, I tell you.

I don't know that I am ready to share my newly written work in this space... I'm still trying to figure out who my audience is on this blog anyway.

But what I do know is this:

I wrote something.

And it felt good.

And scary.

And I'll probably do it again.

The rain has slowed.

Now it's more of a tink... tink...

But that's okay, too.

Because right now at this very moment I am going to make a statement and if it were a'storming you might not be able to hear me:

My name is Molly and I wrote something.

Does that make me a writer? Maybe in some circles.

Maybe. Just maybe.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

lesson(s) learned

This week in New York City marks the first opportunity to wear shorts this season.
I love the look of a long sleeve tee and shorts... anyone with me? I know Katie is...

Brooklyn was on the hit list today, giving us some pretty stellar shots of Manhattan.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria was our intended destination.
Justin was impressed that my Brooklyn Pilsner was brewed in Brooklyn... it's the little things, folks.

We received rave reviews of this particular ice cream joint.
Today was a day to go all out... pizza and ice cream... we're celebrating Spring, afterall.
It's a quaint little spot down by the East River with that above shot of Manhattan as the backdrop.
So perfect, right?

It was closed.
Open every other day except the day we visited.

Two lessons were learned today.
Check store hours before you get your heart set on ice cream.
Lotioned legs and skinny jeans and warm weather do.not.mix. Ever.
Let no one tell you differently.

The End.

Monday, April 11, 2011

a celebration of sorts

she's the one on the left sporting the fashionable crocs

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another,
 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'
CS Lewis

Meet Lindsay.
Lindsay and I go way back. As in college.
As in should she decide to ever give up the dirt on me, I would be in trouble.
She's the kind of friend that everybody should have.
Encouraging. True. Crazy fun. Spirited.
All that, and she's pretty, too.
And talented to boot.
She's an artist. A photographer. A teacher.

Today is her birthday and I'm states away.
It's no fun being away from your friends on Their Big Day, by the way.
So I thought I'd celebrate Linds with a lil tribute over the interwebs.

Happy Birthday, Linds.
I love you.

Friday, April 8, 2011

the glory of true love

The man behind the woman of the blog
he's a thinker & a joker

the resident ironer of our family
fun fact: he was once the resident ironer of his fraternity... for the right price

and he's famous to me.

Oh, the glory of true love
Is a wild and precious thing
It don't grow on old magnolias
Or only blossom in the spring
No, the glory of true love
Is it will last your whole life through
Never will go out of fashion
Always will look good on you
You can climb the highest mountain
Touch the moon and stars above
But Old Faithful's just a fountain
Compared to the glory of true love
J Prine

Monday, April 4, 2011

27 plus 1

Hello Friends!
I have celebrated a birthday since we last spoke... on Saturday to be exact.
This is apparently what 28 looks like.

We grabbed a sammy at my fav NYC deli, Lennys.
Fresh bread, fresh meat & a grand assortment of cheese.
Side note: making my man laugh is one of the best feelings ever.

Up next: Glaser's Bake Shop.
This is the gem my sister-in-law & I found a couple weeks back.

It's so difficult to choose your treat of choice because everything looks divine.
From mini pies adorned with meringue perfection to braided bread to rich eclairs... heavens.

I love this next part... once you've been through the tedious process of making your selection,
the ladies wrap your delicacies in little boxes tied with none other than Baker's Twine
hanging from this contraption in the ceiling.
Once I have a dedicated craft space back in my life,
you can bet one of these guys is a going up.

The end result: adorable little boxes housing the most delicous of treats.
My personal favs are the lace cookies on the far right & the butter lemon drops in the center.

The Ladies.
They began working at Glaser's in high school & returned to their roots after college.
Love them. They gave us a free treat to prove  native New Yorkers can be friendly.
We gladly accepted.

We very appropriately celebrated with dinner at a restaurant
 in our neighborhood called Southern Hospitality.
Here's a few facts:
1. Being true Southerners we were skeptical of the authenticity, but it's a winner. 
2. It's owned by J. Timberlake.
3. We will be back.

J treated me to some new duds for the occassion.
I felt very much like a flapper with my new flouncy shirt & hair adornment.
I've always thought flappers were especially beautiful.

The actual celebration took place at a comedy club.
I cannot remember a time we laughed so hard.

My special day brought packages all the way from Alabama.
One included a build-your-own birthday cake and build we did.
Such a cute idea, Mama!

Beautifully wrapped gifts with pink satin ribbon made me feel extra special and girly.

Gifts from anthro appeared from my man... some of the cutest measuring spoons you ever did see.
Maybe being excited about measuring spoons comes with my mature age?

Hydrangeas. My favorite flower. Well played, J.

To J, my family and my friends:
thank you for making my day so special.
Truly, my life is made richer because of each of you.

I think the year of 27+1 is gonna be a good one, indeed.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Adventure

Since moving from our home state of Alabama, Justin and I have lived in California, Texas and New York. We are grateful to be living this grand adventure. Here's our thoughts on each of the places we've lived.

Alameda, California

Alameda is an island town. Does it get any better than that? Yes, actually...
Not only do you have amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, you can walk the very streets of San Francisco for yourself... it's only a short subway ride away.

California Love
Tucker's Ice Cream, Downtown Alameda

Ferry Building, San Francisco // Amazing shops, cafes, farmer's market

Sausalito, CA // Beautiful waterfront city just across the Golden Gate Bridge

Napa Valley // Need I say more?

other favs:
Cable Car Ride // Lombard Street // Ghirardelli Square // The Painted Ladies // See's Candy//
Coit Tower // Golden Gate // Alameda Theatre // Burma Superstar

Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a city filled with numerous places to eat and shop. Only, you'll need your car to do so. Coming from California where we relied solely on public transportation, this was quite a transition. Dallas brought the closeness of family & a dear high school friend. Justin also loved his work environment in Dallas which was a major bonus.

Texas Love
Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth // Texas State Fair // Dallas Arboretum

Weekend trip to Austin
Cupcakes from an Airstream // Unique Shops // Unbeatable college friends

other favs:
Picnics at the park // Gaylord ICE! exhibit // Fort Worth // Central Market grocery

New York, New York

Living in New York City is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. Sometimes I think, I really do live here. Of course, there's the typical albeit wonderful things: broadway shows, high-end shopping, renown restuarants. But the things I love most? The things that are off-the-beaten path. The things you learn from actually living here... like how to buy groceries for the week and that the best muffins come from the butcher shop and that the best bookstores are the ones you stumble upon. This city has made an imprint on my heart like none other... surprise, surprise.

New York Love
The Campbell Apartment // snow outside our window // Strand Books

Ottomanelli muffins // Grand Central Station // Glaser's Bake Shop + Antique store

other favs:
Sunshine Theatre // Bryant Park movie + picnic // Rockwood Music Hall
The High Line // Grimaldi's Pizza // Bleeker Street
John's Pizzeria // Outdoor dining // Oren's coffee
Comic Strip  // Central Park  // Upright Citizens Brigade

The great adventure continues...