Went to Arlington's Town Day festivities today, as I had to pass through them to go to the post office--I really like my crazy little Massachusetts liberal town, I really do. Every social, school, political and special interest group in the town had a booth, from the Sons of Italy to the elementary school bake sales to everybody running for Ted Kennedy's empty seat to the people who are campaigning for an off-leash dog park. Meanwhile a by-the-numbers blues bar rock band sang songs about saving the environment, and the library had a book sale, and people sold pottery, jewelry, etc that ran the gamut from blah to really quite nice. I finally stopped by Porch & Wardrobe
, a funky home furnishings/used-consignment clothing shop in Arlington Center and scored an H&M button down shirt for $9. I will definitely make a point of stopping back there regularly. I finally tried on a pair of the famous 7 jeans and I have to say, I was disappointed. They were the right size and fit, but honestly the Old Navy jeans I happened to be wearing were far more flattering to my, er, assets, and cost less new than the 7 jeans did used. Somehow that was very satisfying. But anyway, neat store, and I recommend checking it out. Women's clothing only.
Also went to the Fabric Corner
for the first time since I was probably like 15 and was astonished by the gorgeous cotton prints and upholstry fabrics they have in stock. I will absolutely go there for all my home decorating projects fro now on. Maybe I'll start making my own sleeping bags for the ferrets, too. They also have a very good selection of notions, best I've seen locally outside the Windsor Button Shop, and they are the only local place that I have seen the big 1-inch diameter snaps in both silver and black that are so useful in dance costuming. All in all, a very good resource to know about.
Last night I made a variation on the variation on the Root of All Evil cocktail as posted at the Cocktail Slut blog--I'm experimenting with using St. Germain in any recipe that calls for orange liquors like Gran Marnier, Cointreau or even triple sec, on the theory that it is sweet with a little tangy-ness to it, plus I am not allergic to it as I am to oranges. So far this continues to be a successful experiment, as the drink was quite good and one that I would make again. Hm. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?