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Friday
Mar022012

A Night Out on Broadway: Death of a Salesman 2012

I'm not a big theater goer and have only seen a handful of shows, but when an opportunity makes me branch out I'm all for it. Living in NY we are lucky to have some of the best shows right at our finger tips. Last night we were given tickets to check out Death of a Salesman and it was such a fantastic show! This revival of Arthur Miller's 1949 play is directed by Mike Nichols and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Linda Edmond as Linda Loman, and Andrew Garfield as Biff Loman. The cast was fantastic! So emotionally charged!

I believe I read this play back in high school but don't recall much of the storyline. This might sound weird, but I enjoy reading books and watching movies that are more on the somber side, I enjoy a good emotional rollercoaster. This show was definitely a ride with many highs and low lows. Despite it's 70+ age, this story is one that I believe many people today can identify with. We are all struggling to achieve the American dream in a time where nothing is a sure thing anymore.

 

The show is being performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (W 47th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave). This classic theater was built in 1928 by Lee and J.J. Shubert for it's namesake actress Ethel Barrymore. The stage has been graced by legends such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Marlon Brando. As we waited for the show to start, I tried to imagine what it might have been like to be there in the 1930's and 40's. How much where the tickets? What would people be wearing? What celebrities could be seen in the audience?  A game I love playing in New York City, so much history all around!

If given the opportunity, I recommend you check out this play. It's limited time engagement with showtimes only scheduled through the beginning of June. Click here to learn more! Are you a Broadway fan? I'd love to hear what your favorite shows and New York theaters are!

Friday
Feb172012

Do Twins Run In The Family? 

Fraternal Twins Cottrell and Estill (Steve's grandfather) Twins are so unique and special. Back in the fall of 2011 when Steve and I found out I was pregnant, never EVER did it cross my mind that it could be twins. Welllllll at our first ultrasound at 6 weeks we had the surprise of a lifetime- 2 babies! It's twins! Shocked, excited, overwhelmed- it was a scenario we never expected!

As soon as we started telling friends and family, the first or second question would always be, do twins run in your family?? A perfect question for a gal who has extensively researched her family tree! No twins in my tree at all, not one set that I've found. However on Steve's side, his paternal grandfather was a twin, his paternal great great grandmother was a twin, and his aunt has 2 sets of twin grandchildren. But after some twins research, I've learned that this common understanding we have of twins being associated with family genetics is more of a myth than a fact and is dependant on the type of twins, fraternal or identical.

Fraternal twins occur when 2 eggs are released from the ovaries and are fertilized by 2 separate sperm. When multiple eggs are commonly released during a woman's cycle it's called hyper-ovulation. Hyper-ovulation can be passed down a maternal line, which means fraternal twins found in a woman's maternal line can indicate this trait and the higher possibility of her having fraternal twins. As much as a guy would looove to take credit for the twinning- it's all about the woman's side! Identical twins or "spontaneous" twins are exactly that, a spontaneous random splitting of a fertilized egg creating 2 identical babies. From what I've read, they don't know what causes spontaneous twins and there is no family or genetic relation.

I'm now 15 weeks pregnant and we know we are having identical twin girls. I'm over the moon excited and happy.

If you have any interest in reading more about twins, here is a really good article from the Jan 2012 issue of National Geographic, A Thing or Two About Twins. It discusses the similarities and differences found in identical twins as they try to identify the role of DNA vs environment in these developments. Very interesting! I can't wait to start this life journey with my girls!

Tuesday
Feb072012

A Giant Family Tree: The Mara and Rooney Families

Congratulations to the NY Giants for their big superbowl win this past Sunday! I'm not a huge sports fan, but you gotta love it when your hometown team wins the championship. One thing that intrigued me was the family aspect of the Giants team. I found this famliy tree from the NY Daily News and it breaks down how the team has been passed down the Mara family tree from the original owner, Tim Mara. So interesting that the original owner's grandson, Chris Mara, and Art Rooney's granddaughter, Kathleen Rooney, married! Art Rooney had great respect for Tim Mara, even naming his son Tim after him. Take a peek at their tree to see the connections.

Monday
Jan302012

DIY Bridesmaid and Bride Shirts

A great DIY project for bridesmaids! It's quick, easy, and WAY cheaper than ordering from online stores.

I found the custom monogram template from weddingchicks.com- an DIYers dream website with printable templates and beautiful wedding inspiration.

Items needed:

  • Avery Light T Shirt Transfers- 1 sheet per shirt, pack of 6 sheets were $12.
  • White T Shirt or Tank Top- I got my shirts at Old Navy for $6 each.
  • Iron with NO water and steam set to OFF
  • Pillow Case to protect ironing surface

Let's get started!

Customize your monogram and bride images. I used deep ocean and the date line for "Bridesmaid". When the image opens, right click and save the file to your desktop.

Flip the image horizontally before printing. The words should look backwards when you print them so when you place them face down on the shirt it will be correct. Print a test on regular paper to make sure the image prints correctly. -------->

Put the Avery transfer in your printer (make sure it's facing the right way) and print your image.

Cut out the image.

Heat up the iron and lay your pillow case on a hard surface (not an ironing board). When the iron is nice and hot iron all the wrinkles out of the pillow case.

Use a lint roller to remove any fuzz or threads from the front of your shirt. Iron the shirt and make it all nice and smooth, then lay your cut out image face down on your shirt.

You're ready to start the transfer magic! With even and consistent pressure, press the iron onto the back of the avery transfer and shirt for 3 minutes.

Allow the shirt to cool down for 5 minutes.

Peel off the back of the transfer and viola! You have a beautiful custom shirt!