Wine, dresses, and marathons

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, or just know me as a person, you should know I. love. wine.  I love learning about it, drinking it, selling it, making things with wine products, you name it.  I don’t make it yet, maybe someone out there can help me get started with that.  I don’t own a wine rack however, because I don’t like the run of the mill ones I usually find, including at Goodwill.  That is until a couple weeks ago in Harrisburg, PA.  I tagged along when my sister went to run a marathon there.  Oh yeah, and she totally won it:)  Go Katie (you can see her at, she’s got a few things to say about running.  If you could run 26.2 miles as fast as she could, you would too!).

Luckily, my mom and my niece have the same obsession love  for Goodwill as I, and so Alexandra the three of us didn’t have trouble convincing my sister to stop there the night before she was going to run 26.2 miles (you can’t forget about that .2 I have heard) to see what treasures we could find.  Luckily its her 6th one, so she has become a little bit more lax in her night before preparations.  Andin reality we probably have to give the most credit to her 6 year old daughter’s pleading to stop.  We just can’t get away with the threat of throwing a tantrum quite like she can:)

I was not disappointed.

The wine rack to end all wine racks for $3.99.  Not only is it not plain with the pretty pink beading down each side, it stands one bottle on top of the other.  So many wine racks I see just spread them out, which doesn’t really save you any space.  Lastly, it naturally points the bottle down so that the cork stays moist with wine and doesn’t dry out and break.  Nobody likes cork in their wine.  That I know of.  I’m sure there’s someone out there that enjoys that sort of thing.

It is now proudly holding its first bottle of wine (under my owndership at least).  This wine was what I chose for my Thanksgiving day drinking.  A bottle of Pinot Noir.  A $35 bottle the salesperson told me that they were selling for $15.99.  “How so?” I asked.  “We buy the grapes from the expensive wine place and then make the wine ourselves and sell it under a different name for cheap.”  “Oh”.  I’ll bite.  Or drink I should say.  And I did.

I have to admit, I have so many finds it would take me quite a bit of time to include them all, and I am very excited about all of them.  But here a just a couple more that were easiest to photograph to share with you:)

Forever 21 bohemian Black and White printed top.  Loosefitting style.  Half off for $2.00.

Xhilaration dress, $5.99.  I have worn this once to work at school.  I paired it with some brown tights, and brown knee high boots, that I also got at Goodwill the same day I got this dress, that were originally from Target, for $15, and a tan sweater cardigan.  The Math specialist teacher absolutley loved my outfit and she is now telling everyone about Goodwill :o)  Gotta love being a walking witness!

And speaking of easy to photograph, this picture was already on my camera, so how could I not include it??  It also happens to be taken on the way to Harrisburg where I found the amazing wine rack.  Oh how I love when things come full cirlce:)  I’ll apologize ahead of time about the quality.

You’re probably trying to figure out what is from, not our faces:)  Clearly this picture isn’t meant to showcase the item, but it’s the lovely green down vest I am wearing!  I purchased this Gap down vest for $9.99 a couple weeks earlier, and it has served me well in my recent move to cooler temperatures and more family in CT.  The little lady is my Goodwill loving niece Alexandra.  She got a good math study tool at Goodwill that weekend.  She wasn’t a huge fan until I showed her how to use it and then it provided a good distraction on the 5 hour trip home.

I’ll end with some pretty pictures of Harrisburg….a beautiful, quaint city…

My sister there with the pink socks.  Coincidence that she happens to be covering over every number on her bib except the number one?  Maybe.

Obsessed with this bridge.  I happened to be volunteering directing the runners right in front of this bridge, so I got a few goood pictures of it.

Happy thrifting/Goodwilling!  Please share your finds and stories with me!  I’d love to hear them.  And I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving full of love and warmth:)


Holiday Fun

Yes, I am aware that it is January, and the holidays are close to being long gone, but being that I work at a nice restaurant, December was our BUSY (to say the least) month where a lot of people have their holiday parties and get togethers.  So Pornkin (what we call our holiday party- its a combination of Pumpkin and corn…didja get that??? Ingenious if you ask me…) fell by the way side, and we thought January 28 sounded MUCH better.  It basically consists of everyone brining a different dish, and we eat and get prizes and go home full. 

I brought my award winning* Chess Cake:


1 stick butter, melted

1 egg

1 box yellow cake mix

Mix these three ingredients togther with an electric mixer, until combined, and spread in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.


3 eggs

1 bag (8 oz) confectioners sugar

8 oz cream cheese, softened (leave out for 1-2 hours room temp)

Blend these three items together until smooth, and pour over the crust. 

Bake at a lovely 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until sides are just beginning to turn brown and pull away from the edge. 

And enjoy a slice of heaven in your mouth!!  I have yet to meet anyone that eats this and does not like it.

Anyway, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I wore fall colors- burnt orange and yellow:


The necklace is courtesy of Goodwill, $2.99.

My coworker and friend, the lovely Danielle. 

This is the only pic I snapped.  But it is appropriate becuase people mix us up all the time.  We’re both blonde and have awesome personalities, so I get it:)  Even the guy I’m dating, who also works with us (I guess I never got the memo to not mix business with pleasure) mixes us up sometimes, and will start conversations with her before realizing its not me…

Well this girl needs to sleep, I ran 5.2 miles today and 3.7 yesterday, and I’d like to rest.  I’m still talking myself into the full marathon instead of the half in April.

“Halves are for lamos!!!!”

Nope…I’ll have to try harder than that.

Maybe the endorphins will talk me into it, they are quite friendly you know:)


Did you have any cool Christmas work parties?  Did you wear any Goodwill items to any important events?

What is your favorite dessert to make?