Monday, June 10, 2013

Birthdays, Basil, and Beach Chairs!

Wow, how's that for a post title (random to the B-degree!). I love alliteration, hence my blog title, so I figured with a little creativity, I could make these random happenings fit together somehow.  

Let's start with the birthday: a special Cockapoo turned 4 this week! Four years old...I cannot even believe it.  It seems like only yesterday she was this tiny: 

Crawling on top of M's family's dog, Tucker (aka, the most patient Golden Retriever in the world!)
We got her a few new toys for her birthday, and a giant cupcake cookie from Chatham Beach Dog on the Cape.  If you're ever up there, and you have pups, you have to hit up this store.  It's super cute, and has unique leashes, toys, and treats.

That Tiffany's looking box was a stuffed pillow and labeled, "Sniffany's"...haha! She loves it and has been carrying it around with her all week.

Oh, and that cookie didn't stand a chance.  She scarfed it down in minutes.

Now, onto the 2nd "B" in this post's title...basil.  My grandfather is a wonderful gardener, and harvests herbs, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, squash, and more all spring and summer.  He even started gardens in my aunt's yard and my sister's.  Since we live in an apartment, he can't dig us one...yet!  So the other day, he put together a mixed herb pot started by plants from his own garden.

I have the worst black thumb, but I'm determined to make this work. There's basil, rosemary, mint, and parsley in our pot.  Adding fresh herbs to dishes is my favorite, and I love the idea that this is a piece of my grandfather's garden on my front stoop.  So far, so good! 

Lastly, on to those beach chairs.  Being a teacher, I take great joy in the summer (as most people do).  I spend many days on the beach, if even for an hour or so.  I live about 7 minutes away, and it's free (with our resident's beach sticker), relaxing, and when I got with friends it's a perfect way to reconnect. I've been using the same beach chair since 2004.  It was from CVS, and is actually still in pretty good shape.  Since last summer, though, I've been eyeing an upgrade:

The Ostrich 3 in 1 beach chair, from  It has the potential to lean all the way back, pop up a foot rest, allow you to lay on your stomach, and even put your face through the "massage chair like" hole to read underneath the chair back, like so
I ordered it from after some research, and realized they had the best price, free shipping (I ordered 2 so M wouldn't be jealous of mine!), and came with a free towel per chair.  I tested it out at the beach yesterday, and it was comfortable and relatively simple to move around to its various positions.  My only concerns thus far is that they are a bit large to carry and fit in our car, and the cup holder is laughably small.  This is not a big deal to me, as I don't usually use cup holders on beach chairs, and prefer to keep my drink in my bag or cooler.  It had some reviews about structure and durability, so time will tell.  

Any random thoughts from your week? Extra points if it starts with a "B"!

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