Attention reality stars: Please don’t record music!

First and foremost – it was one of my favorite person’s birthday on Saturday, so…  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUGE!!! I’m so sorry I couldn’t be in attendance at the festivities this weekend, but I hope you had a great time! Love you xox.  

X, Me, Nuge party hardying in college

 Also, while up in Vermont, we saw these REALLY cool dog statues carved out of wood. They were on display at my parents hotel and then we saw them in a little shop in Burlington. They’re awesome (but reeeally expensive!) My mom wanted to get one of our family dog Lola (Yorkie) but once she saw the price tag she figured just having the actual dog is enough! No need for a big statue even though they are great :)  

Mom & the cute pup

So cool!

Speaking of dogs, the Temple’s neighbor/Family BFF, Jean got a dog this weekend and we got to meet her yesterday! She is BEAUTIFUL! Her name is Dugan Mae and she is an Australian Shepard. She is just a little pup and it was so fun to watch her run and hop around (it was even fun to watch her snooze.) She is a gem :) Here are a few pictures that Mrs. Temple took –  

Picture of Dugan Mae by Nancy Temple*

Picture of Dugan Mae by Nancy Temple*

Next on the agenda… If you’re looking for a GREAT book to read, you need to RUN to the store and buy The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I LOVED it so much – one of the best books I have ever read. It’s also a soon to be major motion picture from Dreamworks! 

Here is the synopsis from Kathryn Stockett’s website – 

 Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. 

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. 

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. 

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. 

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. 

Copyright © 2010 Kathryn Stockett


I have such a love/hate relationship with finishing a great book. I obviously love finishing it because you complete the story, you finally figure out the ending, and then you get to imagine what you think the characters go on to accomplish in their lives. I hate the ending because I feel like I’m breaking up with someone, or that I’m moving away from one of my best friends. You don’t get to spend time with the characters anymore, you’re forced to go your separate ways. I will miss Miss. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny dearly and now I can’t wait to see them on the big screen (although the movie is usually never as good as the book!) Anyway, I’m thinking Oprah might be in this one – I could definitely see her as Aibileen. Maybe Mo’nique as Minny… Not sure about Miss. Skeeter, I think I could play her? I’m tall, gangly and awkward! :) 

Tips From Boston Tweet – 

Half Priced Appetizers: Mission Bar in Brigham Circle (2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday) 

Red Sky Faneuil Hall (4pm-6pm daily) 

Sevens in Beacon Hill (4pm-6pm Sunday-Friday) – Check them out! 

Salon 26 in the North End –
This Friday is the grand re-opening! They’re going *FREE* blow outs from 10pm- 6pm !
And lastly, I’ll leave you with this –
Countess LuAnn (from Real Housewives of New York) has debuted her new single – (Via @VultureBlog)
It’s frighteningly terrible! Your ears might hurt after listening. Just an FYI to all – if you’re ever on a reality TV show, that doesn’t mean you should also record a single. It should mean that you are NEVER to record a single. What is this world coming to?!

How goes the battle?

Lady and I are ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Are you?

There are a ton of things going on tomorrow in and around Boston. If you are able to rage on a Wednesday evening, more power to you. Here are a few fun places you might want to check out:

1. The (Mc) Pour House – They’re serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $7.95. There’s no cover, but there is Irish music. 907 Boylston Street, (617) 236-1767

2. The Black Rose (one of my personal favorites) – Opens at 6am (jeekers, that’s intense!) serving up a free traditional Irish breakfast for the first 100 people. Beer served at 8am, Black 47 (Irish rock band) at 9:30am and traditional Irish music at 12pm. 16 State Street, Faneuil Hall, (617) 742-2286

3. Tommy Doyle’s – Opens at 8am with some bangers and mash. They’ll have lots o’ Guinness and lots o’ bagpipes (every half hour.) 96 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, (617) 864-0655

4. The Green Briar – Opens at 9am serving corned beef sandwiches with Guinness mustard (interesting?) 304 Washington Street, Brighton, (617) 789-4100

5. Lir – Opens at 10am with all the right ingredients – corned beef and cabbage, car bombs (at 10am? I’m not too sure that’s in anyone’s best interest…) and Irish music of course. 903 Boylston Street, (617) 778-0089

6. Clery’sC – Opens at 11am with Guinness Beef Stew and Black Russians with Guinness floaters (quite a combo.) 113 Dartmouth Street, (617) 262-9874

7. The Burren – Authentic Irish feel, opens at 6am (like I said, authentic Irish feel) with a full Irish breakfast. Traditional Irish music starting at 12pm continuing throughout the rest of the day. 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville (617) 776-6896

Tomorrow we’re going to the Celtics game again; hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with them this time! I’m also hoping we’ll see some Irish step dancers! When I was a dancer, this time of the year used to be so busy! (back in my youth)

In other non-St. Patrick’s Day related news… My Dad shaved his mustache off. My Mom texted me a picture of it. His upper lip has been in hiding for years, and it has now been set free!

Also, I have a quick bone to pick. Yesterday I was passing by the elevators at work, there was an older man who works on my floor waiting there to head home for the day. I passed by, ready to say hi and he said ‘How goes the battle?’ ‘How goes the what-who-excuse me?’ was probably close to my response. And I’m sure I was bright red due to my lack of understanding.

Today, a very nice foreign man at work passed me by in the hall saying, ‘How goes it?’ in his thick accent (I actually still haven’t figured out where he is from – maybe I’ll just ask…) I was confused so I just smiled (this happens often, no big deal. I was still red though – that goes without saying.)

Listen, I appreciate the hello, I really do. I’m all about being friendly. But I’m tired and Mondays/Tuesdays are long days, I can hardly understand basic English nevermind whatever the hell you’re saying right now. I’m sorry, but what happened to just a simple ‘How are you today?,’ it would make things a lot easier if we could stick with this.

But, you know what? Beggars can’t be choosers and I rather these guys be friendly by saying hello in their own way rather than be rude and totally ignore me in passing. I might have been a bit embarrassed but at least I got a chuckle out of it, and you know what – with my confused expression – they probably did too!