The iPhone 5.  The 5 may not be a life-changer for many iPhone users but when you’re upgrading from the iPhone 3G (like me), it’s pretty much heaven.  When I finally decided to buy it, I was pissed about having to wait 3-4 weeks for it to be shipped and my local Apple Store told me they don’t have any in stock.  So if you’re as impatient as I am, here’s a tip: Every night at 10pm, Apple releases phones on the Apple Store to be ordered and picked-up in-store the next day. They go insanely fast online so have your phone ready to be ordered when you get to page where you can choose the store for pick-up before 10pm.  It took me two nights to get this right but when I walked into my Apple Store the next morning to pick up my pretty new phone and there was a line of people asking if it was in-stock (it wasn’t), I was all the happier.

Cheese.  I have no less than 8 different types of cheese in my fridge right now.  It’s scary.  Two of them come from a local dairy farm, Cato Corner Farm, where I visited recently with Annie for a cheese tasting…more to come on this soon.  If you’re always struggling to put together a really nice cheese plate,  A Cup of Jo has some great tips.  Man, I’d kill to live just blocks away from Murray’s in NYC.  My hips, however, would rebel.

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!  I’m a barely-there nailpolish kind of girl and my go-to color for YEARS has been OPI Bubble Bath.  But I was in line at Ulta a few weeks ago and [damn those impulse-buy racks near the register] came across You Don’t Know Jacques!  I’d like to think the name is referring to Jacques Pépin because the color is rich and almost chocolaty.  (The Daily Varnish has a great description here.)  I’m head over heels for it!

Frankenstorm.  Batten down the hatches, people, because we’re in for a major storm this week.  I do realize how easy it is for the media to over-hype storms but this morning they are saying that the effects of Sandy could be worse than Irene and Gloria…and if you’re an East Coaster, you should know to take that seriously.  Major to extreme coastal flooding is expected along the shoreline of Connecticut, winds gusting from 70-80 mph could last as long as 36 hours, and it’s possibly we could be without power for over a week. (Thank goodness for our generator – about which Kyle freaked out this morning when he decided he needed more gas cans.  Good luck trying to find them today, honey.)   This is not a storm to take lightly but we are ready and The Weather Channel has been on nonstop during the day for the past 1 1/2 days.  I’m a little weather-crazy.  And thanks to “Snowtober” last year on the exact same day (tomorrow) where we got nearly 2 feet of snow, our anniversary tomorrow will be spent hunkered down in the midst of a freak storm.

Girlfriends.  What more can I say than I love these girls dearly?  More to come on this as well…

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  • October 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Thank you for the sharing the post about how to put together a cheese plate–love! I hope y’all aren’t hit too hard by Sandy and despite the storm I hope y’all are able to enjoy your anniversary (as much as possible!). Also, I can’t wait to read your recap from your weekend with Annie, Elly, Josie, and Courtney 🙂

  • October 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I’m on the east coast and they have closed schools tomorrow for Hurricane sandy. It’s been very dreary and still here today. We are supposed to get hit tomorrow. Thank goodness I didn’t take any orders for this week.

  • October 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    My fridge too is full of cheese.

    I’m a recent convert to OPI Bubble Bath, I just got it this week.

  • Tracy
    October 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Two things Ü I got the Hubbie an iPhone 5 for his birthday in September. Waited forever so I wish I had known your trick! He is doing his Reserve duty in Oklahoma right now and forgot his charger here at home….not o-n-e store in that town, not even Wal-Mart, has a charger for the iPhone 5 until November 6! Is that crazy or what??

    I absolutely love that color of polish! If you want an incredible online source to order nail polish supplies from then buzz over to http://transdesign.com It’s amazing how inexpensive the prices are and they are very reputable. I get my.5 oz. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat for $4.50!!! It’s crazy cheap, er, I mean inexpensive Ü

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