Patio Dining

Patio Dining

Now that we are vaccinated, we have occasionally had meals on restaurant patios this summer. One day a few months ago, we drove by a nice-looking restaurant patio at a new hotel in the neighborhood, so I suggested we try it. It was a large patio with plenty of room between tables, and the chefs […]

New Blanket

New Blanket

I’ve heard about weighted blankets for a while now and have occasionally wondered if they are worth the hype. If I bought one, would it help me sleep better? Does it really feel like a hug? Well, I bought one on a whim the other day. I got a “cooling” blanket, since it’s still summer […]

Italian Cocktail and Tunes

Italian Cocktail and Tunes

I’m noticing that my birthday list is taking on a drinks theme as of late… Well, my journey to drinking an Italian cocktail began at a record store in my hometown. Allen and I stopped into the House of Guitars when we visited Rochester a couple of months ago. The place is iconic and chaotic—at […]

A Superfood Made of Nuts…er, Fruit?

A Superfood Made of Nuts…er, Fruit?

Have you heard of Maya nuts? I hadn’t until I read an article on the Blue Zones blog. Maya nuts are not a type of nut—they are a type of fruit—and are found in Costa Rica. I read that they contain lots of nutrients and are caffeine-free but give some people energy. Sounded good to […]

Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

As you can imagine, it’s difficult to complete a birthday list during a pandemic. Only so many places to go and things to do. So I’ve been relying on the simpler pleasures, like new parks, new foods, new drinks… Now I’ve had tequila before. I’m not a cocktail aficionado, but I’ve had my fair share […]