I went antiquing in Anacortes a few weekends ago. I just now uploaded some of the photos of my finds. I actually went there on the lookout for large silver trophy cups. Unfortunately I have yet to find a single appropriate one. They have to be just the right size and shape. And the inscription on the outside must be something interesting. I suppose I will have to resort to searching for them on Ebay as there is a greater number of them to be found there. But despite not finding any trophy cups I did find some other neat items. I found a great little bathroom mirror from 19th century England. A tea cup that says "forget me not". A blue dish with a gold squirrel perched on the side. A vintage swizzle stick from the Tropicana in Las Vegas. And a tin tile that is painted pink (with just the right amount of chipping). I went out a bought a white frame for it. Someday I would love to have a tin ceiling. But this tiny piece will have to do for now.
I took Thursday off from work to spend time with my Mom. We had breakfast at The Mount Bakery. Their crepes are sensational. And they make their mochas with Belgian chocolate. The owner is named "Olivier". How can you not fall in love with a restaurant made up of such elements.
After breakfast we went to pick up a new desk I purchased a few days ago. It's this cute little laptop desk that I can keep downstairs in the livingroom. My actual desk is upstairs in my bedroom. But since I mainly use the laptop downstairs I was on the prowl for something that would function as a desk but didn't take up much space and that could easily be moved out of the way. And I finally found what I was looking for. I even gave in and paid the extra $ to have the store put it together for me.
Next we hit Target. I can't get enough of that store. I bought all kinds of things that I don't really need. I also had to return some shoes. I bought a pair of Issac Mizrahi's shoes a few days ago but they only had an 8 and I had to admit they were a bit too big. So I will be ordering the right size online. But they are these cute tweed flats and they were less than $23!
We then went to Barnes and Noble and browsed their magazine. I bought the new issue of W with Kristen Dunst on the cover. And I had to restrain myself from buying any books. I already have a stack of at least ten books that I've purchased and have yet had the time to read.
Then we did something we've only ever done once before together. We went and got manicures and pedicures.
We ended our day with a movie. We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I really liked elements of it. But I was not thrilled with the Oompa Loompas. Why were they all played by the same person?! I do adore Noah Taylor the actor who played Charlie's father. I've been smitten with him since seeing him over ten years ago in the Australian films "The Year My Voice Broke" and "Flirting". Oh and the bedspread on the grandparents bed at the end of the movie is from Ikea, FYI.
I went to my friend Sara's (a friend from work) bridal shower. The party was held at Abbey Garden Tea Room, in Fairhaven. It was so bloody hot, not the ideal day to have tea. But the party was a lot of fun. I met some of Sara's other friends. And Lucy's (who is another coworker and Sara's best friend) mother paid for everyone's tea. And by tea, I don't mean just the tea. We all had tea sandwiches, quiche or pasty, fruit, and scones with devonshire cream. It was just so sweet of her to pay for everyone. After tea we walked around Fairhaven for a bit then Sara, her daughter, and I headed back to her new apartment. We found solace from the sun in her cool apartment where we drank ice water and watched Pride and Prejudice.
Four weeks ago I woke up with a mildly sore neck. At first the pain was tolerable but as the day progressed it grew worse. I promptly took the next day off from work and tried to deduce what the cause of it could be. At the slightest turn of my neck I felt a horrific pain. As the days progressed the pain lessened but has stayed at constant state of tolerable although frustrating pain. People kept advising me to put heat on it but that although comforting in the moment didn't give any relief once the heat was removed. I figured my sore neck was the result of sitting at a desk for 50-55 hours a week in combination with other stress and poor posture. Finally after three weeks with a sore neck I decided to see a massage therapist.
After looking at my back and neck she was able to conclude that the pain in my neck was the result of a back injury. The injured side of back was my upper right shoulder. She asked me if I was right handed and I told her that I was not. She continued asking me questions about my daily activities trying to deduce what might be the cause of the injury. She said the injury felt like is was a chronic one that was only just recently exacerbated. Finally she asked me if I happened to sleep on my stomach with my right arm tucked under me. And that is exactly my favored sleep position. Of course I had no clue that the way a person sleeps could be so harmful to their body. She told me that I had to attempt to start sleeping on my side in order to improve the state of my injured back and the pain in my neck.
It is so horrifying to still be in my 20's and already experiencing these sorts of issues. So now I have to remember to walk around with my shoulders back, sleep on my side, and do yoga, if I hope to rid myself of the pain in my neck.
But on the plus side I did just purchase this pair of Marc Jacobs wedges and they make me at least 5'7.