Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A 3 pointer for Jordan Chatman!

BC basketball game

I love college basketball.  And there is a returned missionary in my Stake playing for Boston College.  He's in the Chinese Branch and he had a lot of fans there tonight.  #BCbasketball #25 #jordanchatman #playingwakeforest

Two little creme brulees...

...isn't really enough.  #workparty


Monday, January 30, 2017

Bahamian tropical salad

I substituted the conch with shrimp.  I wish I was back in the Bahamas.  Right #carolynsipherd?!?  Ingredients: shrimp, mango, apple, green pepper, onion, pineapple, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice and salt.  Gah, it's good.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Full table

I love having friends over.  #andilovemymismatchedchairs #sundaydinner


I'm not leaving New Hampshire without a photo of a barn.  #isthiscornhandshucked

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crazy for coin purses

Salon selfie

@ladylew95 #youarethewindbeneathmyhairdo

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EP has a will!

This just happened!  I've had this on my list of things to do for over a decade.  And it's done.  Finally!!!  I have a will and power of attorney and a living will and health care proxy.  Now, who wants my Pyrex?  Corolla?  Fabric?  Typewriters? Gold chair?  Thank you @jennywhitcomb - #youarethewindbeneathmywill #sorryihavenokidsupforgrabs

Cool (little) school


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lunch with a friend

My friend is running late and I'm protecting this seat like Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail". 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Most dramatic FHE ever

He's no catch in my opinion but that doesn't stop me from watching.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My friend Mary

Last night I read this quote in a General Conference talk by Bishop Dean Davies in preparation for the Relief Society lesson today: "When we worship in spirit, we invite light and truth into our souls which strengthens our faith."  This morning I went to hear my friend @marydstaples give a talk in her ward.  It was a beautiful, inspiring talk and I loved worshipping with Mary.  #marystaplesinspires #marystapleslightstheworld #bostonfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New baby in the ward

I helped Elyna's mom unpack some boxes today.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #makenewfriends

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I love hanging out in Harvard Square

A bunch of friends went to Tatte for treats in Harvard Square (obvs) after the book talk.  #tatte #hangingoutinharvardsquare

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I'm going to sew something every Wednesday night now that I don't have a YW activity to attend.  This is about 1/10 of a quilt using Nan's jeans and fabric from my stash that I just whipped up.  #sewingeverywednesday #thisishappening #ilovetosew #week2 #crappylighting

Laurel Ulrich at Harvard Book Store

Tonight I heard Laurel speak about her new book A House Full of Females.  It was fantastic.  SHE is fantastic.  #pulitzerprizewinner #cambridgestakers #shesignedabookforme

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Crazy for cameras

I might have bought the one on the right.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tess heading home to The City

Imperial Buffet

My friends and I had lunch at this all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant (with a 2 hour time limit).  It was good!  This guy across from us was having a few plates of oysters (#allyoucaneataphrodisiacs).  My friend Jenny went over and sat by him.  She's gold.  They shared a 15 minute conversation.  He's 95, from Brooklyn, is a retired architecture professor and his wife has dementia and lives in a care facility.  And he loves oysters!  Why didn't I talk to him?  @jennywhitcomb lights the world.  #makenewfriends

Antiquing with Tess...

...at OMG in Sterling, MA

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Moore dinner!

We do this every 4 years. 

Welcome Wagon take 2

It took me a few hours to figure out why the last batch of cookies were so flat...I used 2 sticks of butter instead of 1.  And I went to the wrong house.  So...welcome wagon take 2.  I'm going to find you @marisa.rascon and I think you are going to like these cookies!  #morebutterisnotalwaysbetter #ilovetobake #andbake #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Welcome Wagon

I fancy myself as the unofficial/official Arlington Ward "welcome wagon" and try to visit the new people who move in or have them over for a meal.  And I give them a photo of the Boston Temple that I took since there's no church bookstore here where you can get one.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Hidden Figures

This movie is fantastic.  Everyone should see it.  #hiddenfigures #my4thmoviein3days

The best treat in all the land

These small chocolate eclairs are from Lyndells Bakery in Somerville.  #lifechanging

Friday, January 13, 2017



Look Post Office, you better up your game.  I had to hit up three of you to get 400 post card stamps.  #LexingtonMA

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Self control in Target


My cards!

My Christmas holiday January cards arrived today!  Let the hand cramping commence.  #ilovemygoldchair #holidaycards

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday nights

No more YW activities to attend so my plan is to sew something every Wednesday night.  #ilovetosew

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I know I've said it before but I really love having a dumpster.  #condoperk

Monday, January 09, 2017

My new BFF


Sunday, January 08, 2017


I got released from Young Women today (after 2+ years as a counselor).  I'm a free agent.  #arlingtonwardyoungwomenareawesome #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 07, 2017

This chair

Today is Nan's birthday.  She loved a good outing so in her memory I drove to Swanzey, NH to check out a new antique shop -- Fairgrounds Antiques (recommended by my good friend Morgan Moore) and trying to beat the snow storm.  I gasped when I turned the corner and saw this chair!!  It was marked down to $99 from $250 and they accepted my offer of $75 (good suggestion @aimbrow)!  This is going to look awesome in my living room and it's just what I've been looking for.  #inmemoryofnan #nofilter #thatsthecolor

Nan's birthday

Today is my mom's birthday.  I don't know if this was her birthday cake or one she made for one of us.  Maybe it was her 40th.  #imissnaneveryday

Friday, January 06, 2017

Some snow

I took this bus this morning.  Which basically means one more method of transportation that can take forever.  But on a happy note I ordered my Christmas cards today.  Or holiday cards.  Or January cards.  #winter2017

Thursday, January 05, 2017


I have a thing for New Fiction.  Obvs.  And I always read People Magazine's book reviews.  #belmontlibrary #readmore #subwayreading #almostdonewithcharlottesweb

Jason Bourne poster

This poster is like Trump huge.  How long will it stay up?  [It lasted about 15 minutes...]  Thanks @elisabethdbeutler for the gift! #epcondo2017 #jasonbourne #thereisaspringsteenposterbehindit

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

YW activity

For YW tonight we did some activity scheduling and some yoga.  #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #iwaswearingadresssonorealyogaforme

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Books read in 2016

I read or listened to 29 books last year -- I mean 30 counting The Book of Mormon -- and I hope to read more than that this year.  I started Charlotte's Web this morning on the subway.  It's a classic and one of my favorite books about friendship.  #happyreadingin2017 

My 2016 book list: 
The Boston Girl, It Was Me All Along, The Sound of Gravel, When Breath Becomes Air, What Was Mine, Inside the O’Briens, Bettyville, How to Be Alone, The Primates of Park Avenue, Betty White: If You Ask Me, Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business, Mindless Eating, My Life in France, I Am Malala, Unforgettable, The Wright Brothers, The Nest, Eligible, Keep Me Posted, What Alice Forgot, Eight Hundred Grapes, Big Magic, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, In This Together, You’ll Grow Out of It, Wildflower, Me Before You, The Dinner, The Magnolia Story.

Favorite books from 2016

The bottom 4 were my very favorite.