Saturday, January 30, 2010

Vicious & Virtuous

On April 17th, 2010 20 bakers will go head to head at Vicious & Virtuous Hoboken, NJ's 1st annual bake off fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.

We will have a panel of super cool judges who will decide winners in a few different categories and then a "best in show" winner that will be picked by our guests.

Tickets to the event will be $20 each with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks.

Your ticket gets you a plate and a fork and you get to wander around and taste all the yummy goodness our bakers have brought with them.

The ticket will also automatically enter you into our raffle and at the end of the day we will draw numbers for prizes.


Do you think you're the best baker in all the land? Do you make the meanest cupcakes in the tri state area? Does your family rave about your cookies? Pals lust for your brownies? Co workers drool over your crumble?

Now is the time to put your baked goods where your mouth is!
On Saturday April 17th Cupcake Hussy will be sponsoring a bake off beat down to benefit our walk team Team Brian The Lion and Autism Speaks.

Pit your best effort against those of your peers. (Peers?! More like underlings!)
The winner will walk away with the satisfaction of having romped all over his or her competition,a tummy full of yummy baked goods & the warm fuzzies knowing they helped a really good cause.

We will also have a creative cupcakes area just for kids where they get to decorate their own cupcakes as well as a cupcake eating contest!!!

Our website will be up and running soon and you can enter the bake off there as well as get more information.

To make a donation to Autism Speaks through our walk team "Team Brian The Lion" or for more information on Autism Speaks or Autism Spectrum Disorders please go here:

For more information please contact Diana at:

The Tyra Banks Show

So a super long time ago (like about 5 years maybe more) I signed up on a website called

I guess I've always felt my life is a bit of a sitcom (or a circus) and that I should be on TV. I think I'd make stellar TV.

There was a posting recently for plus sized something or other and I threw my hat into the ring.
Why not I thought. I think more plus sized gals look like me than what you see on the TV or in print.
I'm confident in who I am and how I look and maybe I could help some other gals feel good about who they are.

Apparently these shows go through more changes than a kid in it's first year because what I signed up for has turned around and changed completely and now I'm going to be a part of the audience asking the panel a question about fat gal etiquette. (You are just going to have to watch to see. Once I have details on when it airs I'll let you know)

So far it's been a super fun process.

I've been told however that I can't wear anything with big bold prints, no all black tops, no all white tops. This eliminates almost my ENTIRE wardrobe.
I think I have one top I can wear that will work but I have to get a belt...Oy...

506 S Main St Lexington, VA 24450

I can't believe I did this...I'm usually so good about keeping my blogs in order and not cross pollinating. This entry was SUPPOSED to go on my blog "From City to Suburbia "
I have a long standing desire to take a church and converting it to a residence so when I run across one I ALWAYS blog about it...If you are a real estate junkie or admire or appreciate older unique one of a kind homes check out my other blog.

506 S Main St Lexington, VA 24450
6 Bed, 2 Bath | 9,998 Sq Ft on 0.39 Acres (16,988 Sq Ft Lot) |
MLS #123493

Property Information for 506 S Main St
Listing Saved
Message from RICK ALFORD, Broker, GRI, ALC, THE RICK ALFORD TEAM Unique property! The Owners are willing to participate in reasonable rezoning requests or removal of sanctuary building to create more open space with a ratified contract. CALL/TEXT : Rick Alford (540)460-3372 or Natalie (540)570-2000.
Built in 1892 and known as "The Ivy Tower", this property was once a prominent residence on Main Street. Old house lovers will enjoy the original woodwork, high ceilings, large windows and spacious rooms that could be brought back to itheir former splendor. House and sancuary addition are now home to a local church. Check out the Featured Tour for floor plans and additional photos.
Property Features

Single Family Property
* Status: Active
* Area: Lexington
* Community Name: Ivy Tower
* Year Built: 1891
* 6 total bedroom(s)
* 2 total bath(s)
* 3 total half bath(s)
* 19 total rooms

* Approximately 9998 sq. ft.
* Style: Historical
* Heating features: Electric Water Heater, Gas, Hot Water Baseboard, Zoned Heat
* Central air conditioning
* Cooling features: Window Unit(s)
* Exterior construction: Concrete Block, Solid Brick, Block, Brick, Solid Brick, Wood
* Roofing: Metal, Shingle, Slate
* Approximate lot is 129.5x162.7x140.3x122.1
* Lot features: Inside Lot

* Approximately 0.39 acre(s)
* Lot size is less than 1/2 acre
* Topography: Level
* Zoning: Residential
* Utilities present: Public Sewer, Public Water, Cable, Electric, Gas, High Speed Internet, Public Sewer, Public Water, Undrground Utilities
* Parcel Access: City Street
* Elementary School: Waddell
* Middle School: Central Middle
* High School: Rockbridge Co

Interior Features
Range, Finished Basement, Heated Basement, Interior Access to Basement, Cable Available, Storm Windows-Partia, Carpet, Vinyl Floor, Wood Floor, Book Shelves, Storage
Exterior Features
Covered Porch, Porch, Screened Porch, Curb & Gutter, Porch-Front, Porch-Open, Porch-Rear, Porch-Screened, Porch-Side, Smoke Detector
Listing Information
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Added on Nov 2, 2009 (89 days ago)
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This listing is brokered by
REMAX Town & Country
Office: (540)463-7629

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Sesame Street

A few that I adored from Sesame Street.
This one I loved because D is the first letter of my name!

I loved the folky song that went with this one and of course it had cows and a dog so really what wasn't to like?

As a child I remember being SUPER skeptical of this video. Who had room in NYC for a Llama?! What dentist would see a Llama as a patent?

Vicious and Virtuous

So Lion has PDD-NOS. We've established that. If you read this blog at all, you know that fund raising for Autism Speaks is one of the things I absolutely love to do.
I have super generous pals and last year they helped me raise almost $1,500 for Autism Speaks and our walk team Team Brian The Lion.

In October I was a part of a really groovy fundraising bake off for NY Cares called Fierce and Sweet.
I loved it so much that before the day was out, I'd decided I was going to do something just like it for Autism Speaks.

Last week I got down to it and started begging for favors and sending out mass emails to friends and strangers, Hoboken business owners, restaurants, bars, clothing stores as well as NYC food trucks and food-centric blogs.

My letter asked for donations of space, sponsors and judges (different letters) and the response has been amazing.

Willie McBride's here in Hoboken, NJ is donating the space to us at no charge, one of my good pals is creating the website at no charge and another super talented friend has designed our logo.

I've got two judges on board. The owner of The Cupcake Stop cupcake truck and the writer and owner of Dessert Buzz blog.

I've cast a super wide net asking for support and donations and I'm confident that people will step up.

It's going to be here in Hoboken on April 17th and we will have 20 bakers go head to head with their best baked goods (the contest is open to all). Tickets to the event will be $20 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.

Ticket holders will get a plate and a fork and will be able to wander the room tasting all of our bakers goodies.

I'll share more details as they come and as soon as the website is finished I'll put it up here...

The Electric Company

As a kid I LOVED the show "The Electric Company" I loved the cast and the songs and the whole kit and caboodle.
I went hunting for videos on youtube to share with the kids and ran across this one which I remember watching and loving.
I sat here and watched it with the boys and was slightly creeped out.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My daddy

My dad just left here after his second visit to our apartment to help us hang a blind that fell down.

I love my husband by he's not handy. I'm handy when it comes to some things. A lot of things actually and if you give me something with instructions and the proper tools look out because I'll have it fixed or put together in no time flat.

This blind was beyond my scope and PT wasn't even going to attempt it.

My go to guy is my father. Always has been. He's the most handy man I know. Our house in the Berkshires was a total fixer upper and my dad gutted the whole thing himself and redid the whole house on his own with no help. Ran the gas, the electric, added a whole new room the whole kit and kaboodle.

As a little girl I remember being at the house in the Berkshires and having him wake me up super early to go to Carr Hardware or to the Sears to get supplies. I LOVED those trips and loved being my dad's helper. Handing him tools, watching as he created something out of nothing or how he fixed things that were broken.

My dad and I have always been pals. He's always there for me and never fails me.
He's an amazing guy and I love him to pieces.

That was 30 years ago though and my dad isn't a spring chicken anymore. He's in his 70's and has a bad knee and his heart isn't so good and he just had lapband surgery.

Today watching him climb onto the ladder to fix the blind I was overcome by sadness. There was a time when my dad was invincible. Nothing he couldn't do, nothing he didn't know. He's slowing down some but still is the same amazing can do guy he always has been.

I know he won't read this but thanks Daddy. Thanks for all that you have done, all that you have put up with and all that you continue to do for me and my family. We wouldn't be where we are today without you.

I love you.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Swimming Lessons

Today my little guys had their first swimming lesson.
It was...interesting.
I assumed that we the parents needed to be in the pool with the kids so my mother and I had our suits on.
Not so.
Parents stay clothed. I almost ran back to the locker room to change back into clothing.
PJ almost drowned twice, Lion once. (Nope. I'm not exaggerating. Not even a tiny bit.) and I had to sit on my hands and chew on my tongue to keep from getting into it with one of the other parents who bellowed at Lion. I didn't see what happened but all of a sudden she's hollering "HEY HEY! DON'T PUSH HIM IN THE POOL" Loud. Really loud. Lion appeared deaf and ignored the crazy lady.
As I said, I chewed on my tongue. If she does it again it's on.
Other than that I think the day went rather well...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I want to ride my bicycle...

For a while now I've wanted a bicycle. Truth be told I really really wanted this bike:

That's right. I'm a 36 (almost 37) year old mother of two little boys who had her heart set on a Hello Kitty bicycle. Shaddup!
I couldn't justify the almost $400 price tag though. I tried. Believe me.

I made a comment on Facebook about wanting a bike but the price blah blah blah...
one of my friends pointed me towards a place called Beach Bikes.

I went and ordered my bike the same day! She's arrived in a ton of boxes and I have to get her to the bike shop to be put together.

I also have to wait for the warmer weather. It's too cold right now to ride.

I'm going to store her at my mom's place because they have a bike room in the basement.

So now PJ has a bike and I have a bike. For Lion's birthday we are going to get him a bike and then we can all ride together!

I really wanted a bike to help supplement my exercise routine and to get me out of the house so I'm not eating and snacking all the time.

This is what my gal will look like when she's put together!

Monday, January 4, 2010


So here's the deal. You won't even attempt to help me or even try to help me I'll do the same for you with your dream project.