just reply.

December 30, 2010

So I wrote this letter.  It was to this singer/songwriter B+I really, really enjoy.  The letter was a request for him to come and play our wedding song.  I’m not asking for all his time, just five minutes really.  It may seem like a lot of work for so little time, but doesn’t knowing the fact you will affect two of your fans lives (and subsequently more due to guests and/or us re-telling the story over and over and over) make it worth it?

I know people are busy.  I know there’s one million and two things to do.  But at least reply back with an answer.  “Thank you so much for your request, but we can’t possibly fit that in at the moment.”

I’ve learned something from this exercise.  At the very least, use an auto-reply when you know you won’t be able to respond in a timely manner.  It’s only right to get back to people with any requests they make. It doesn’t have to be a book, just an acknowledgement.

B has told me before that he and a lot of other people he knows sometimes don’t even respond to emails…ever.  Why not?!  Is it that hard people?  If one takes the time to write you, the least we can do is reply.  In a world of over stimulation, if we can’t slow down for five minutes and respond to the people who want to hear from us, what good is communication at all?

inspiration.

October 28, 2010

B + I (although it’s mostly me, I’m not gonna lie) are planning a wedding!  yay!  I am finding TONs of fantastic inspriation out there and just can’t keep it all to myself.

1. Design Sponge.  I can’t begin to tell you all the ideas I’ve dreamed up from this site.  Most I can’t afford, but I keep being inspired a high, high priority, and if you do too, you really should be following this blog.

I found out about Sid Dickens via this blog.  And I’m 99% sure I’m going to register for some of his inspired artwork.

2.  The best save-the-date ever can be viewed here.  (Thanks for sharing Melanie.) 

3.  I’ve highlighted these before, but I love looking through all the boards on Snippet & Ink.  Like Board #506: Quoth the Raven.  It reminds me of the play that swept through Boston just a bit ago, Sleep No More.  Did you see it?  Odd and awesome.  Look for it; you really should experience it.

4.  And lastly, I leave you with this.  WHITE:

It’s pure, simple, and right. (Kind of what a wedding should be like.)  I would LOVE a room like this.  But I can’t have one right now.  And so I’m going to save this for the second floor in the future, to-be-named B&B.

Cheers.

number 2.

October 20, 2010

Drum roll please.  No really, I guess that’s not necessary.
But a quick recap may be.

I am sussing out future locations for the nameless B&B.
(Perhaps we should have a naming brainstorm session?)  I am trying to narrow it down to 5 potential locations.  You can read about number 1 here.

And number 2? Saratoga Springs, New York.

I know it’s known for this:

But it’s also know for this:

Compliments of Sorelle Gallery.

And where there’s an art school there are artists looking for studio space!  And there are usually a good mix of people politically, economically, socially.  AND there’s usually good food!  (…a must in our book.)

B + I like the idea of upstate New York.  We think it’s beautiful.  And so while we’re not completely sold, we will continue investigating the area.  We stayed here once for a friend’s wedding.  It definitely intrigued us enough to want to learn more.

Any advice is welcome.

something to write about.

October 8, 2010

Thank you for reaching out and letting me know you were missing the blog.  How fun it was to hear from some of you.  I have no intentions of stopping.  Rather I aspire to be a better blogger.  So stay tuned.

As for a thought.  Have you heard of a project called Brooklyn Grange?  This initiative is all about growing vegetables on rooftops throughout NYC.  Genius.  They sell the produce to local restaurants.  Make sure to check it out, as they appear to have very cool events from time to time.  I learned about this on Design Sponge.  I love finding things like this when least expected.  I love learning about things like this through conversations with friends and strangers.  These types of stories and connections inspire me to stay creative, to innovate, to feed passions in my life.

It’s another thing I look forward to experiencing day after day when I am meeting people from all over the world (hopefully) at our b+b.  By the way, I think I have location #2 scoped out.  (#1 was Newark, NJ for those who may not know or remember.)  I’ll write about #2 soon.

I hope you are pleasantly surprised this weekend.

inspired.

August 29, 2010

One thing I look forward to as an inn keeper: being inspired. I know many people come to rest and relax and most often will not converse with me to the extent of inspiration. BUT, it will happen from time to time. And I look forward to it.

Tonight, I am inspired by my friend Tanja. She is on a journey of renewal and redemption. She is seeking beauty in the least likely of places. And is incredibly passionate about encouraging women who are, to put it nicely, affected by the world of human trafficking. Go Tanja. You can read about her experience here.

i can’t make coffee.

August 12, 2010

I don’t know how I am supposed to run a bed and breakfast when I can not seem to make a good pot of coffee. I have many roommates who can attest to this fact. It’s true. I’m very sorry to say. I think I’m getting better, but to no avail. And there’s no consistency to my bad coffee. It’s too weak and then too strong. And sometimes just right. But I can’t replicate the “just right” feat. And yes, it is a feat. I’ve tried a coffee press, a little stovetop pot and the “American” way. It doesn’t matter.

My conclusion: go out for coffee! Or have someone else make it. We’ll see how that fares for the bed & breakfast.

I welcome your tips. But then again, I’m not sure that would help either.

Photo by Blair Morad.

fancy feast.

July 28, 2010

Some of my favorite times in life are spent around a table.  Around my aunt’s kitchen table in lower, slower Delaware.  Around my parent’s table after dinner trying to convince my family it’s okay to sit there ten more minutes.  Around my table on Tuesday nights with four incredible friends and (what seemed like) endless bottles of wine. 

Yes, most of these times involve food in some format.  But is it really the food that keeps me there?

I’m wondering what the difference between a nice sit down meal versus a fun, still nice but less fancy dinner would mean for the upcoming wedding. 

I think it boils down to creating an environment that’s cozy and inviting.  Pull up a chair, and stay awhile.  This is one of the main reasons I want to own a B&B as well.  I want to be in environments that provide ample opportunity for reflection, for laughter and living.  You don’t need fancy food to do that!


Photo by Blair Morad.


All smiles. (No we didn’t eat what’s pictured above. But it was just as good!)


Liquid food is good too.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having a meal or ten at this table.

Photo from 100 Layer Cake.