Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Pants

A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to Plato's Closet to look for wedge sandals for me.  For those of you who don't know, Plato's Closet is a consignment store but upscale.  Nothing with stains or tears, etc.  They have name brand clothes, shoes and purses for great prices.

I found a pair of wedge sandals for $6.00 and then Joe found a pair of Hollister (that's name brand!) sweat pants.  They were in the mens' section under "small".  He put them next to his body and they looked like they would fit so he bought them for $14.00.

Later when we got home, he tried the sweats on.  And then we laughed and laughed and laughed.

Yeah...........they're WOMENS' sweats, size small, someone had put them in the mens' section and then we noticed the word HOLLISTER going down the leg was sparkly ha ha.

So I have a new pair of sweats!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Day in the Life....

My husband and I love going to Saratoga and spending the day and/or evening. I especially love it because one of my best friends lives about 15 minutes away!

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This past weekend, my husband, mother and I went to Saratoga for the day. We went in a ton of shops and I splurged on a HOT little dress and necklace to match. Can't wait to wear it out!!

My best friend drove down and met us and we sat outside at the Wine Bar which is so lovely! 

 Me with my BFF

We had a couple glasses of wine and watched as a drunk man (sitting nearby, not AT the Wine Bar) threw beer all over, yelled incoherent things, and finally was taken away in an ambulance. Good times. But after that we had great conversation and a lot of laughs.

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my husband Joe and I

After a few drinks, my BFF and I realized we needed to eat!! But not before trying on some lovely Saratoga hats!

My husband and I had, in the past, eaten at a restaurant in Saratoga that we loved and that we thought was called the Circus Cafe. Turns out it was a place attached to the Circus Cafe (maybe same owners?) and not the same thing. We were seated at the Circus Cafe and there were not only tons of people but tons of children as well, which wouldn't have been a problem but we wanted to treat my mother to some place nice and....well, not loud! So the waiter told Joe and I that we actually ate next door previously which was called The Crown. We had lunch there and the food was great and not terribly expensive. Well....we moved next door, were seated and handed menus and GASPED at the prices. Sorry, I'm not spending $34.00 per person on dinner. Apparently the menus change. So much to the embarrassment of the others in my party, we got up and walked out. $34.00 wouldn't have been bad but the menu was small and limited and since my husband and I were treating, we were feeling that was a bit much.

We ended up eating at the Stadium Cafe which had great food and environment.

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Sadly, I had to say good bye to my best friend as she had to go home. But then mom, Joe and I walked around and it was neat seeing all the bars “hopping” at night. Finally we left as we were exhausted. The ride home was uneventful until we almost ran out of gas on the thruway! Thankfully there was a nearby rest area. Phew!!!

All in all it was a great day and I can't wait to go back!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pet Peeves

When people put an “S” on the end of the name of something when there is no “S”!!

Hannaford has no S on the end so it is not Hannafords!
Walmart – no S!

Now the store Aldi does not have an S on the end of the name but I do think it should. However, it doesn't so no one should say it (including myself)!

One day while at Hannaford, I walked past a woman who was talking on her cell phone and I overheard her say “I'm at Hannafords”. Ugh! I wanted to say “No, you are NOT at are at Hannaford!”

Get rid of the S, people!

Not putting your shopping cart back!

My 80 year old grandmother doesn't walk well and uses a cane and SHE puts her shopping cart back. Every. Time.

Is it really that much of a walk, people? Would a little exercise kill you? I see all these advertisements for weight loss pills and shakes and powders and I think “For crying out loud, eat healthier and exercise and you won't need all of that processed crap!”. I think Americans have become lazier over the last several years (not all Americans, I'm not trying to be judgmental). No one wants to put a cart back. No one wants to walk back to return an item in a store that they decided they don't want after all (so they leave it on a random shelf). I could go on. But I won't.

Ahem, the shopping cart issue.

Recently at the grocery store, I watched a man load his groceries in the trunk of his car, leave the cart behind his car and get in the car to leave. Well, the man put the car in reverse instead of drive and the cart that he so rudely left behind his car scraped against the backside of his car until he noticed that he was backing into it. He quickly put the car in drive and took off. Still left the cart but I had a good laugh because no doubt his car was a little scratched.

Leaving your cart in a parking lot is rude. They roll away and take up parking spaces OR they're left in parking spaces. I can safely say [pat on the back] that I have never left a shopping cart out; I always always put it back!

I am sure some of you are thinking “But what about mothers who have small children?” Easy solution for that one. Unload your groceries while child is in cart. Put cart back while child is in cart. Pick up child and walk to your car. You're teaching them better that way.

Put your carts back where they belong. It won't kill you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yes, I am an Addict


 Hi, my name is Melanie and I am addicted to coffee. And proud of it!

I grew up living with my grandparents until I was 15.  There were always a lot of visitors, goodies (gram used to bake every Saturday) guessed it, COFFEE.

I don't recall if I tried coffee when I was a kid but I remember starting to drink it before I was 15 years old because that is the age that I was when we moved out. I've been addicted since.

Grandma always had, and still has, coffee on. Whether perked coffee or from the coffee maker, you can bet you'll find a pot of coffee sitting there when you pop up to visit. This is probably due to all the company my grandmother has always had throughout the years (grandpa had 14 brothers and sisters and most of them had kids and most of them had friends and neighbors).

So to this day, I cannot get enough of coffee! My husband and I have a coffee maker and a Keurig. I drink my coffee black most of the time but when I get coffee out (ie, Dunkin), or sometimes as a treat at home, I'll use {flavored} creamer.

Coffee on the pack porch; coffee in bed or curled on a chair with a book; coffee while watching a movie; coffee anytime!!!!! Flavored (hazelnut and mocha are two faves) or plain but no decaf!! 6am or 8pm, bring on the coffee!!!

What's your addiction?!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good Times

My husband and I took my stepdaughter, Amber, and her boyfriend William to Lake George yesterday. We've made it tradition to take Amber and a friend to Lake George every year for her birthday. We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous, for the most part (it did thunder and rain a few times on and off).

When we first arrived, we decided to go on the boat tour on the Mini Ha Ha. On the way onto the boat, my purse fell off my shoulder! Yep, my strap broke. Out of nowhere. Ironically, I bought that purse in Lake George 8 months earlier at Ocktoberfest. So I had to stuff the strap into the purse and carry it like a clutch. After lunch, I bought a new purse. Michael Kors no less!!

The boat ride was nice, there was a breeze and the lake was beautiful. Joe, Amber and William got sunburned. I put sunscreen on before we left. Who was the smart one?? (though I did burn slightly on the back of my shoulders because I always forget to put sunscreen there).

While on the boat, we took several nice pictures. The picture of Joe and I had to be cropped though, from the top of my chest up, and for good reasons that I will not mention here but use your imagination! Something we didn't realize til we looked at the picture later. Put it this way. Tip of the Day: Make sure your boobs are properly secured in your tank top before taking a picture!!

The public restrooms were annoying. The toilets had automatic flush. That's obnoxious. This was my experience....IN ONE POTTY BREAK. I was pulling toilet paper off of the roll to wipe down the seat when the toilet flushed. Then, I barely pulled my shorts down and the toilet flushed. The WORST part was the third time when I was SITTING on the toilet and it flushed! Crazy part was, when I was all finished I waited for the toilet to flush and it wouldn't, so I had to push the button.

After the four of us ate lunch, we decided to walk through Frankenstein's Wax Museum (side note..not a good idea after just eating). It wasn't really scary except for two times when you're walking through a dark hallway and suddenly lights flash with loud noises going off. I think the scariest part was Amber screaming most of the way. At the end, they have a bridge you have to cross but freaky lights that go around and around so when you're walking across the bridge, it feels like you're starting to spin. I made it halfway through when I had to stop and scream. Amber was behind me and dropped to her knees and screamed her head off. Then I laughed and finally made my way across. Once we got out, we all felt a little queasy.

We did get soaked by pouring rain two times but all in all, the weather was nice and we had a terrific day!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Got Cheese?

I was standing in line at the grocery store and happened to notice the groceries on the other side of the stick dividing a lady's groceries from mine. I spotted a brick of sharp cheddar cheese and thought “Crap! I wanted to grab a brick of cheese to have with wine tonight, but I forgot.”

I actually stood there thinking about how easy it would be to slip that brick of cheese over the divider and onto my side. The lady was busy (slowly) putting groceries up on the conveyor belt. She wouldn't notice! And the cashier certainly wasn't paying attention.

To take the cheese or not take the cheese? That was the question.

Of course I didn't take the cheese. That would have been wrong. Am I right?  It would have been stealing.  I mean it was HER cheese.  So....wrong?  Sigh.  I suppose.

But darn I sure did think about it!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Have You Ever...............................

Knocked down a pile of apples at the grocery store after pulling one from the pile?

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Fallen off of a spinning chair?

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Stubbed your toe and DID NOT curse after?!

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Lost an ice cream cone?

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