Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Having Fun

As some of you might know or suspect, I like to have fun!
That's why when I heard Rita's Going Wild by John Friday I laughed and declared it my "theme song". My theme song before this had been the foot stomping "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. I will still claim "Pretty Woman" as a theme song but it has to take second place now. I hope you enjoy hearing this song and that it puts a smile on your face!

I had heard once that we all need to have a theme song. What is yours?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Denver Cup Cake Truck!

Cake Crumbs in Denver has caught my attention! I had to search for it on google as I wanted to know all about it! At my writing group yesterday one of the ladies was talking about the cup cake truck! Instantly I was interesting in hearing more. Can you imagine a truck bringing fresh, yummy cupcakes to YOU? I live northwest of Denver so I don't think the cup cake guy will be likely to come this way but I have signed up on facebook and twitter to follow him and to get his daily posts on locations. I sure hope I find him someday!

Mamma Mia Trattoria!

These are pictures from the Sunday Brunch Menu from Mamma Mia Trattoria in Westminster, CO.

Driving around last week we saw the sign above Mamma Mia's announcing they now had Sunday Brunch. We had not patronized the restaurant yet and took the next Sunday morning opportunity, after Mass, to try it out.

Was this ever a pleasant surprise! Brunch entrees are $11.95 including drink choices from mimosas to wine to coffee. They had me at mimosa! You can see my drink in the upper left hand picture. The mimosa's OJ had lots of pulp, just the way I like it! My entree was "Eggs Carbonara". It was 2 eggs over toasted country bread with prosciutto and carbonara sauce, fresh fruit and perfectly prepared potatoes. As you can see the fruit was delicately sliced and perfectly arranged. Rex ordered the "Frittata Aosta". It was an Italian omelet with mushrooms and fontina, served with potatoes and similar freshly prepared fruits. He chose chianti wine to accompany his brunch.

In addition to brunch entrees, the same menu offered tempting lunch entrees. Those dishes ran from $4.95 for the Italian Wedding soup to $12.95 for the "Crepes al Salmone in Salsa Rosa." The crepes stuffed with salmon, topped with pink cream sauce will probably be the beckoning finger leading me back there. Our server also informed us that they are open for evening dinner as well. I think we have a new favorite place to keep checking out!

Baby Central at Grandma & Grandpa's

Abbi's Car....she told me to "hop in"! She used Grandma's car keys to get it started!Welcome to Grandma and Papa's Home!
As I was sitting on my loveseat in my living room, I marvelled at the scene before me. Random toys had already been picked up off the floor. Cracker crumbs had been vacuumed off the carpet but remnants of the granddaughter's visits graced the living room. The highchair wasn't directly visible as it sits off to the right of the camera but directly inside the front door is this gathering of baby essentials. The front most carseat is for Mackayla, one year old, still sitting backwards in the car. Against the wall in the background sits Abbi's car seat, a two year old who can now sit up straighter and faces forward in the car. The two little red Adirondack chairs can be moved around to watch favorite TV shows or made into an imaginary car. A "pull up" toddler "diaper" sits on one of the red chairs, easily grabbed as needed. A folded up stroller rests next to the red chair on the right. It can carry Abbi to the park or Mackayla to visit Great Grandma Louise at the nursing home. Behind the stroller is the little white deacon bench that holds the dolly's bed and blanket. Unseen under the white bench are additional Fisher Price over-sized toys such as a radio and farm. Also out of sight is a stack of Mackayla sized diapers, baby wipes and "baby" cheetos. A clear little bag holds colors, markers and a random orange car sits close by on the coffee table. Removed from reach is the black circle dish holding the three teal candles and array of sea shells that used to decorate the coffee table. This picture is now what welcomes visitors to Grandma and Papa's house. What a transformation this living room has gone through in two short recent years. Describing my home to a gal I work with, she responded "you are the fun Grandma", as I let go of maintaining proper adult decorum to allow the wee people in my life to have a play place at Grandma and Papa's. I wouldn't have it any other way, either! How I love these little girls who always bring their smiles up the sidewalk to our home!

Shoes On a High Wire!

Did you ever throw shoes up in the air, aiming to get them stuck on a line? I am happy to report I never did it but I see it's still in vogue. I found these shoes on the street where my mother-in-law is in a nursing home. It's a lovely, quiet neighborhood and thereby hangs a story. I wonder if it's because it's the end of the summer and kids are restless? The other option is something I once heard when shoes appeared on a line outside of a private school. The story was that hanging shoes shows the location for making drug deals, whether buying or selling. Does anyone else have more info on the history of hanging shoes? It does take some athletic ability to throw this high so maybe it's just boys in competition. Hopefully the new school year athletic shoes have already been bought. I'd hate to think these were still good back-up shoes for a rainy day!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Here I Am" Sign!

Today when I pulled into Arvada Estates to visit Rex's Mother Louise, I noticed the words "Here I Am" on the car door next to me. The first thing I thought of was that I had just come across the winning plaque on some radio station's search contest. (I'm such an optimist!). I then stretched a little more and saw "You found it" Now I was really getting curious as to what I had found!
A final stretch had me laughing! There on the bottom of the sign was "This is Your Car". I wonder if the owner has a problem of trying to get into the wrong car and some creative person -- who can't spell-- made up this magnetic sign? I'll have to keep an eye out to see if I see this car again. If I ever catch the owner getting into it I'll ask them about it and let you know the story!