Friday, October 19, 2018

the things i do for my job . . .

yup, that's right, i'm standing on stage holding a show poster and a bag of swedish fish candies.

why?  good question.

tomorrow night we have a show called "almost queen" coming to our theatre.  everyone is beyond excited about it because short of going back in time in a time machine, they are the closest thing you can get to seeing the real queen.  

it turns out that "almost queen" is our local weather man's favorite band and he has gone all over following the band to see them play at different venues.  he reached out to me and asked if he could promote the show on this morning's forecast.  ummmm, yes please!

one of the antics that he does on his forecast every morning is have the local audience send in photos of themselves pointing and then he overlays the photos on top of the weather map to match it up with whatever weather system is coming into our area.  he asked me to be his "pointer girl" this morning holding an "almost queen" show poster and anything that was related to fish (because fish was the theme this week for his pointers).  i couldn't find a correlation between queen and fish, so we grabbed a bag of swedish fish candy since we sell that at our theatre's concession stand.  

thus, here is yours truly looking like a nut on television for tons and tons of people to see this morning on all 5 forecast broadcasts!  (and if you know me at all, you know i have all 5 broadcasts recorded on my dvr!)

listen, i don't want anyone to ever question my dedication to my job or what kind of crazy antic i will do in order to promote the theatre or to sell tickets!  i definitely deserve a raise for this, right?! ;-)

here is one of the five broadcasts . . .

have a great weekend (and come see my show!!!)
love, laurie

Thursday, October 18, 2018

happy anniversary, mom and dad!

happy 38th anniversary to my parents today!

love, laurie

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

what a view

ryan carried leko up the steps in a football hold on monday night and i was behind them.  i could not stop laughing at the view of leko's two back feet dangling there under ryan's arm.  surprisingly he was pretty comfortable in that position and liked it there!

these two make me smile
love, laurie

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

wacky wavy

on sunday, ryan and i worked goodwill's annual fashion show at the theatre.  my parents were models in the fashion show (and i can't believe i never got a picture of them)!

when we were setting up, i did snap a picture on my phone of ryan posing with the "wacky wavy" after he got it set up outside.  here is a clip of the fashion show that aired on our local tv station on sunday night.

love, laurie 

Monday, October 15, 2018

a chance to dance!

on saturday afternoon i got the chance to join my mom at her dance class!  it has been 4 months since my dance recital when i last danced, and it has been nearly two years since i last danced with maria.  even though my dancing body was unbelievably out of shape, it was so nice to be able to dance with both my mom and maria again!  it was such a nice unexpected treat that really brightened my weekend up after a very crazy week at work!  i'm glad my mom snapped a picture on her phone of me with maria.

love, laurie

Friday, October 12, 2018

busy, busy, busy

it's been a busy week prepping for an annual fashion show which will be held at the theatre this sunday.  we've transformed our lobby into a pop-up shop filled with the best-of-the-best finds from the local goodwill stores and we've been on a "media tour" to promote the show.

we stopped by our local tv station on tuesday for a live broadcast (you can see the clip here) and then went to a local radio station on wednesday to tape an interview which will aired this morning (you can listen to the interview here)!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, October 11, 2018

hey, thursday

we found this unique flower when we visited ritter's farm stand with our parents two weekends ago.  i'm not sure what type of flower it is, but i think it looks like coral under the ocean.

it's thursday and we're trucking through trying to survive this week.  it's been a nutty one.  i'm convinced the three-day columbus day weekend messed with everyone's heads.

here's to thursday!  i'm super looking forward to seeing my mama this morning for breakfast before work!  what a nice treat!

love, laurie

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

many "sits"

this guy has been loving the cooler fall weather and hasn't missed any opportunities to sit on my lap whenever i've sat down on the couch.  i am certainly not complaining!!!

love, laurie

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

on air

over the last three years, i have had the opportunity to go our our local tv station's "pa live" segment to promote upcoming shows (may 2018 / june 2017 / june 2016).  today i'm going back on the show to promote some of the fall shows at our theatre and the company that owns our theatre.  if you live in the area, be sure to tune in between 4pm and 5pm eastern standard time.  our portion should be on near the end of the hour.  i'll be sure to post a link to the segment once it goes online!

tomorrow morning i'll be continuing my local "media tour" (ha!) and going on the rock 107 radio station to record an interview about the same upcoming shows.  i'm not sure yet when that will air, but i'll be sure to share a link to that too when it's available!

love, laurie

Monday, October 8, 2018

a day off!

very much looking forward to a day off work today for columbus day and hopefully fitting in a few cuddles with this guy!

love, laurie

Friday, October 5, 2018

happy birthday, little blog!

tomorrow my blog turns 7 years old!  it's really hard to believe that it has been 7 years since i started this blog back in 2011 on a whim.  7 years later, i'm still grateful to have my little corner of the internet as a virtual scrapbook to chronicle the highlights of our lives.

happy birthday, little blog!
love, laurie

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previous blogiversaries: year oneyear twoyear threeyear fouryear five, year six

Thursday, October 4, 2018

a sunday trip to ritter's cider mill

on sunday, we made our annual pilgrimage to ritter's cider mill.  our parents joined us as we visited the animals, watched fresh cider being pressed, and picked out a few fall treats.  i always look forward to our tradition of visiting ritter's each fall.

love, laurie

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previous trips to ritter's cider mill: 201220132014201520162016, 2017

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

toes on toes

we sat down the other night to watch dancing with the stars (our favorite show and leko's favorite show too).  leko wasted no time jumping up on our laps to cuddle as soon as we sat down.  he stretched himself out so long that he had his front paws all the way down by my feet.  the next thing i knew he was hanging onto my toes with his little toes.  it was the cutest thing and felt so good because his paws are so darn soft!  what a cutie!

love, laurie

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

saturday in nyc

saturday was one of those super rare occurrences when both of us didn't have work and there were no shows happening.  we made the last-minute decision late on friday night to take a trip into nyc on saturday for a little date together.  we haven't seen each other in so long because our schedules have been crazy and we feel like we haven't had a chance to do anything fun together in a long time, so it was really nice to be able to escape to our favorite city together for a few hours on saturday.

the weather was absolutely perfect, so we decided to skip the subway and walk everywhere all day (we walked over 175 blocks).  we spent the morning down in soho walking around and taking in the city.  while we were in soho, we visited the first-ever united states birkenstock store!  i've been a birkenstock lover for the past 15 years, so it was really exciting to shop in the first u.s. store (the company is based in germany).  i was on the hunt for a certain type of birkenstocks and i found them there, so i was thrilled.  the store didn't officially open until 2 days later on october 1st, so it was fun to be one of the first people in there!  (i'll share more on my new birkies soon!)

we grabbed our favorite eggplant parm sandwiches at parm in soho for lunch before heading back to midtown to catch a matinee of waitress the musical on broadway.  the show was awesome and we had great seats (especially for buying them the night before)!  if you're a fan of waitress the movie, you'll love the broadway show.

after the show, we took a stroll over to sweetgreen on the east side because i have been craving a sweetgreen salad for weeks!  we took our salads to go to eat on the bus on the way home and grabbed a classic black-and-white cookie from junior's in times square too for the ride home.

all-in-all it was a great little getaway and a good reminder that we have to take some time out for ourselves once in awhile!  some pictures from saturday . . .
love, laurie

Monday, October 1, 2018

fall bucket list 2018

happy october!  we are now a week into fall and we've moved into wearing warmer pjs at night and this past week made a large batch of quinoa chili with corn bread for dinner.

we're embracing fall, so i figured i better get around to sharing our fall bucket list for this year.  i'm hoping to do better with our fall bucket list than we did with our summer bucket list this year (this summer was a total nightmare).  luckily, we're already off to a somewhat good start . . .

1. go apple picking at the local apple orchard

2. visit roba family farms

3. decorate the house for fall

4. take a trip to our local apple cider mill

5. pick out a pumpkin and carve it for halloween

6. make apple, pumpkin, and maple desserts

7. use some vacation days to take some time off work

8. take a day trip with ryan to get away

what's on your fall list this year?
love, laurie