Autumn Get-Away!

Hooray! I have just booked a much-needed, well-deserved weekend get-away for D. and myself. Columbus Day weekend we’ll be spending two crisp, autumn days and one romantic night at The Thayer Hotel at West Point, just the two of us! Of course, I love my children but let’s face it — we all need date nights now and again. It should be prime foliage weekend, too. I cannot wait!

Needless to say, I have already been drooling over the menu. The roast duck with coconut rum sauce sounds especially delicious, but I’m sure the menu changes seasonally. Their wine list is also really nice. I love when restaurants serve local wines (and beers as well). I think I’ve tasted the Millbrook Cabernet Franc, but I’m curious about the Brotherhood Pinot Noir. For those who don’t know, New York has some excellent wineries, and Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, established in 1839. New York is the third-largest producer of grapes in the nation, and fourth when it comes to number of wineries. But I digress…

Hooray for vacation!

Sticky Business

OK, after reading Lisanne‘s post on her old sticker collection, I could not resist doing the same! (Yes, mom, I still have these!). I was a sticker maniac as a kid. There was this great store at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA. It was called “Gee Wiz!” and it had a huge wall of stickers on a roll — Mrs. Grossman, Lisa Frank,Sanrio, etc. I’d go in there and buy all kinds of unique stickers. I also remember sitting outside the back door of my elementary school at recess trading stickers with my friends in between playing “Red Light, Green Light” and “Mother May I.” I only had three albums, but a huge drawer full of sticker sheets. It was always hard to pull the stickers off the pages to trade with friends. But I’m so glad I save them!

It was a real blast from the past looking through some of these pages! Check out the opening page from my very first album. I love that I have examples of my handwriting from when I was a kid. I’m guessing I was 8 or 9 when I wrote this. (And yes, I did keep count of all my stickers. Crazy, huh?

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