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I have a confession. I literally can not stop buying handbags. All shapes, sizes, colors, strap lengths, doesn’t matter. I can’t control myself. That said, recently when I was in NY, I bought this orange medium-sized bag. To me, this size is ideal. It’s not too huge that I can’t find anything in it, but it’s also big enough I can fit my iPad in back and forth from work.

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I love the color of it too. Looking forward to tying on a spring-colored scarf to change the look a bit. The color will also work great in the fall.

Been doing a little (online) window shopping…always on the hunt for my next victim (purchase). A few favs I picked out.

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Michael Kors Jet Set Multifunction Saffiano Tote, $298 at Michael Kors

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Marc Fisher Pop Star Tote, on sale $72.99 at Macy’s

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 Ralph Lauren Cap d’Ail Regatta Tote, on sale $147.99 at Macy’s

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Printed canvas tote, $39.95 at Gap

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Zip-Off Pouch Tote, $74.90 at The Limited

What’s your go-to handbag? What’s your must-have tote for the spring?

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Girls Weekend – Momma/Daughter Edition

Just wrapped up an amazing weekend with one of my all-time favorite people to go on adventures with – my momma. She came in from Ohio for a few days so we could explore the East Coast! We spend a few days in NYC, Boston and CT. Had a blast. Stories and photos coming soon…but in the meantime…

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Love this lady! NYC’s Theatre District before Jersey Boys!

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‘Ring’-ing In Spring

Hello from a very wet and rainy Connecticut! Hoping the storms pass soon – my mom is coming to town tomorrow – spending a few days in New York to kick off the mother/daughter weekend! Planning on shopping, eating and seeing Jersey Boys! Can’t wait.

Since when has Old Navy had an extensive inexpensive jewelry collection? The one near my apartment in Hartford has a huge section! Fun pieces, even better prices. Anyways, when I was at Old Navy the other day picking up my spring staples: cardigans and tank tops, I grabbed this fun ring for $8. Boom. I love big, fun, right-hand rings – here are a few spring favs I found online.

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Old Navy, $8

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Epoxy Stackable Ring, $7.99 at Target

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Tahari Pink Stone Openwork Stretch Ring, $50 at Macy’s

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Faceted Dome Ring, $19.90 at The Limited

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Maroon Cocktail Ring, $34.37 on Etsy

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Michael Kors Pink Buckle Ring, $75 at Macy’s

Have a great week – and have fun ringing in spring!

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! I took complete advantage of the warmer weather on the East Coast this weekend with some shopping and a trip to Boston for the afternoon.

It’s a short work week for me. My mom is coming to visit later in the week. We’re planning on spending a few days in NYC, CT and Boston. Should be a blast!

And now for the three things I’m loving this week…and by the way, Go Blue! I’m cheering on my beloved Michigan Wolverines tonight against Louisville in the NCAA Men’s National Championship game!

Authentic Original Sperry’s

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Everyone should own a pair(s) of Sperry’s. I own a few pairs – but recently invested in the Authentic Originals. Cute, comfortable and will go with everything! $85 on Sperry’s website. (Slightly pricey, but completely worth it – trust me!)

Homage (t-shirts)

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If you are lucky enough to live in Columbus, Ohio, you’re probably already familiar with the premier t-shirt, clothing and accessories line, Homage. These guys seriously have it all. Check them out. I love every Homage shirt I own – and between my husband and I, we own quite a few. Newest addition to my collection, the Big East Conference shirt. (Yes, I know Big East is going away – that’s a lot of the reason I wanted it). Check out their shirts, you won’t be disappointed. Trust me.

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This is why I love sports. It’s things like this that make me love going to work every day. Quick word of advice. Grab a tissue. You’re going to need it. This is awesome.

An Afternoon in Beantown (Boston, Mass)

So it’s no secret I love a good adventure – and it’s no secret I love Boston. So with “Beantown” a little over an hour away from where I live in CT, my friend and I decided to take a trip to Boston.

The weather was perfect – sunny but with a crisp breeze. After arriving to the city, first stop: Cheers for lunch and of course, beers.

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You know, Cheers, “where everybody knows your name.”

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The original Boston pub inspired the setting of the hit tv show “Cheers.”

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We lunched on the Fenway Special – chili dogs and Sam Adams Boston Brick Red beers (it only seemed appropriate). By the way, Sam Adams is based in Mass – need to do that tour one day for sure!

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Next stop, a walk around the city’s urban park – Boston’s Public Gardens – including a quick stop at the bench from Good Will Hunting:

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One thing I love about Boston more than anything is the beautiful architecture.

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Boston Public Library: Founded in 1848, the BPL was the first large free municipal library in the United States.

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Love the stone and iron detail of the library’s main entrance.

A stroll through Newbury Street with plenty of window shopping!

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And a Georgetown Cupcake. Yum!

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My friend was in heaven – she loves DC, so to her, this was a little (delicious) piece of home.

And we topped off the day with a ride around the town on this bike cart thing. So hilarious – but so worth it!

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This dude was our “driver/tour guide.”

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Also, here’s a fun fact, the building in the photo above with the American Flag is the Old State House…The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. Pretty cool!

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Also, speaking of history, if you’re in Boston, be sure to checkout the Freedom Trail – totally worth it! My friend and I did a handful of the stops, including Paul Revere home and the Old North Church (think “one if by land, two if  by sea”). Also reminds me of this hilarious SportsCenter spot.

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Loved the beautiful interior of the Old North Church as well. The pews were very different – they were esentally little cubbies where families would huddle together to stay warm. Very cool.

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Overall a great day in one of my favorite New England cities!

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Looking forward to more adventures and trips to Boston!

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Tuesday! Temps are (slowly) starting to rise across New England – and by rise I mean mid 40s. (Hey, compared to the winter we’ve had, I’ll take it!) Had an eventful and good weekend – spent some time with friends, did a little exploring of CT and of course no weekend is complete without a trip to Target, Macy’s, Marshall’s and/or T.J. Maxx, I also finally got around to watching Les Mis. LOVED it! I’m a huge sucker for musical, so it was right in my wheelhouse. Tomorrow I’m headed home (Ohio) for a few days to visit my husband and sweet little puppies Ziggy and Pepper. Can’t wait!

Today I spent the day in NYC for an event. Very pretty and sunny day in Manhattan! And I loved this little touch of spring I found…

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And for this week’s Three Things:

Putnam, CT

I’ve been pretty adventurous the last several weeks – visiting little towns throughout Connecticut. But Saturday I woke up and knew I wanted to explore somewhere, but didn’t have any plans or ideas where. So I literally Googled “cute towns in Connecticut.” A site pulled up a handful, one of which was Putnam. So, I plugged it into my GPS and I was on my way to the Northeast corner of the state – about a 45 minute drive from downtown Hartford.

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And so the website was right, it was totally a “cute town in Connecticut.” I loved the stream that ran right through town!

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Typical small town shops, restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores and great consignment shops (although I left the town empty-handed!) I didn’t see anything I had to have – but had a lot of fun walking around!

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On my way back home, I stopped by UCONN’s campus. Such a great college-town feel; for my Ohio friends, it reminded me a lot of OU. Midsize college in a rural setting. Overall a fun and successful adventure! Who knows where Google or my GPS will take me next!

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Love these little guys at Macy’s. Obviously I had to have them. They have three versions – different colors. Loved the pale green and white ones. Longing for warmer days so I can wear them!

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I’m not going to go on and on here…just watch this. And grab a tissue. Just trust me.

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It. Is. FINALLY. Friday! It’s been another busy week. One of my good friends drove through CT today – it was so good to see him (a little piece of Columbus right here in CT!) He was able to stop by and do the ESPN Tour too.

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Bart and I on the set of Mike & Mike.

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Me on the set of one of my fav shows on ESPN – First Take. Bring it Skip & Stephen A.!

As always, another fun, never dull moment at work!

And now let’s talk fashion! One of my favorite colors at the moment is mint. It’s so beautiful and perfect for spring. I was recently perusing TheLimited.com and noticed they had an entire section dedicated to their mint-colored clothing. I was in girl heaven! A few of my fav mint pieces from The Limited and other great shops!

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Draped Jersey Dress, on sale $39.95 at The Limited

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Button Back Peplum Top, $39.95 at The Limited

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678 Colorful Skinny Jeans, $74.95 at TheLimited.com

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Motel Midi Dress, on sale for $54.26 at asos.com

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ASOS Curve Skater Dress With Twist Neck, on sale for $26.28 at asos.com

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Sugar Spun Fun Flat, $108.99 at Mod Cloth

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Strappy Wedge, on sale for $53.94 at TheLimited.com

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Kate Spade ‘Catherine Street – Louise’ shoulder bag, $458 at Nordstrom

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Coach ‘Legacy – Mini’ Leather Shoulder Bag, $198 at Nordstrom

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Women’s Round Bracelet Watch, $14.99 at Target

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Tory Burch Clemens Earrings, $88 at Nordstrom

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Pastel Flower Stud Earrings, on sale for $10.14 at The Limited

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Mint Candy Apple, Essie

What’s your spring go-to color?

Anchors Away!

Maybe it’s because I just bought a new pair of pants, maybe it’s because I was wishing I was on a boat somewhere, or maybe it’s just because I’m so tired of this snow and cold weather on the East Coast that I’m completely dedicating this post to a nautical theme.

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Boston, Mass – Summer 2012

Connecticut is currently in the process of receiving a late season winter storm: ice and 4-8 inches of snow. Enough already!

I’ve always been a fan of the nautical trend, but I feel like my love for the style exponentially grew after moving to New England where nautical prep is the name of the game. Count me in!

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Boston, Mass – Summer 2012

I loved these bright blue crop pants – complete with tiny green anchors. I bought a lime green button up to match. Again, is it warm out yet? Can’t wait to rock this ensemble – popped collar and all!

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A few other nautical favs:

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Dizzy Anchors Dress, $168 at J. Crew

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Katama Espadrille, $60 from Sperry

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Chambray Shirts, $19.50 at Old Navy

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Anchor Sweater, $125 at Vineyard Vines

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Anchor Tunic, $125 at Vineyard Vines

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Cap Sleeve Dress, $24.99 at Target

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Navy Infinity Scarf, $16 on Etsy

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Nautical Scarf, $14 on Etsy

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Nautical Bracelet Set, $39 on Etsy

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Sea Queen Earrings, $6 on Etsy

Etsy has a ton of great “anchor” jewelry! Also, if you’re in NYC, check out Canal Street. That’s where I’ve gotten a lot of mine – fun little pieces and super inexpensive.

Anchors Away!

From Downtown to Small Town, CT

It’s been another amazingly busy (but good) week! Late nights at work, out with friends, Boston, NYC and everything in between!

Last Saturday I had a well-rounded Connecticut experience. Started Saturday morning with the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade that runs through downtown Hartford. I actually forgot it was happening, and I was awaken Saturday AM to bagpipes and drums outside my window! The parade (which lasted several hours) was so fun!

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After my adventure downtown, I hit the road to do some small-town touring…first stop, Litchfield, CT.

Litchfield, about 40 minutes from downtown Hartford , is an affluent town established in the 1700s. It’s beautiful – a traditional New England town. I stopped by some cute little boutiques and antique shops while I was in town.

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The shops we’re amazing – very unique items – and clearly tailoring to the demographic of those living in Litchfield.

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Super high-end items at this beautiful boutique (layering tee $135, pair of jeans $385, cashmere sweater/jacket $2,000, etc…) Exquisite stuff, but certainly out of my price range!

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Any cooking enthusiasts’ dream shop! Fab accessories for the kitchen and home here!

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Loved this “for the home boutique.” Their stunning displays looked like they were right out of Elle Decor!

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Again super high-end…a throw for $550, candles for $100…you get the idea. While I didn’t purchase anything there, I certainly got a lot of great ideas!

Next stop, was Bantam, CT. Another super cute, super small town. While in Bantam I checked out the gorgeous Bantam Lake (which was slightly frozen over, but still really pretty!)

While in Bantam I visited an amazing European-inspired art consignment shop. Grabbed this beautiful silk scarf while I was there.

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Beautiful artwork, antiques and treasures! I could have spent all day checking out the 1700s farmhouse turned shop.

Also while in Bantam, this AMAZING shop called The Housatonic Trading Company caught my eye while I was driving down the road. I’m so glad I stopped to check it out.

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Really cool place. Artwork, antiques, unique items for the home, etc at really reasonable prices considering the uniqueness of things in there.

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The owner was incredibly friendly as well.

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There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be back to The Housatonic Trading Co. several times! If you’re ever in Litchfield County, CT, I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed!

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I bought these fun iron crowns hooks. They match a lot of the rustic items I have in my apartment. Excited to get them hung up!

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My next (and final stop for the day) was the adorable town of Kent, CT (which is essentially on the CT/NY state line).

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Kent, a beautiful town oozing with New England charm sits deep in a valley surrounded by miles and miles of forests (it’s well-known for having great hiking).

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But since, I don’t hike (or am a fan of any outdoorsy type activities…camping, etc…) I stuck to what I know best….checking out the little shops!

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Don’t be fooled by the snow on the ground, the temps hit the 50s! A great day in Kent!

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Finished my afternoon in Kent with a well-deserved cup of coffee and two truffles – key lime coconut and hazelnut dark chocolate. Yum!

After my small-town adventure, I headed back downtown. What a great adventure!

Buy Now, Save Now, Wear Later

Ok, so don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than shopping for the upcoming season – so in other words, right now I’m completely in spring-shopping mode (it might have to do with the fact that it’s currently snowing in CT and I’m so longing for warmer days). Below picture was me this morning headed into work.

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When everything is gloomy and gray, the bright spring colors that line store walls are just what the doctor ordered for any reasonable shopper. But wait, hold that thought. Did you know that sometimes the best times to buy are during end-of-season sales? I know – the last thing you want to buy is another sweater or jacket – but quiet honestly, stores price clothes so low sometimes just to move them out.

I’m a huge fan of end-of-season shopping. Last winter around this time I bought a jacket from The Limited – originally $150, end-of-season after coupons and everything else, I got it for (get this) $17. I’m not kidding. I rock it all the time now!

So you know what? Buy that tweed skirt for $20, grab that sweater for $10, heck, buy those riding boots for $50 – trust me, next year you’ll be glad you did!

A few (amazing) end-of-season deals here:

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Gap: Colorblock Stripe Sweater, originally $49.95, marked down to $21.99

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White House Black Market: Colorblock Suede Heel, originally $120, marked down to $29.99

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Macy’s: Long-Sleeve Polka Dot Sweater, originally $79, marked down to $10.99 

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The Limited: Ombre Draped Cardigan, originally $69.90, marked down to $14.99

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Banana Republic: Faux-fur trim ombre coat, originally $298, marked down to $149.99

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The Limited: Draped Metallic Jacket, originally $138, marked down to $39.99

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DSW: JS by Jessica Torta Boot, originally $189, marked down to $54.94

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Piperlime: Frost Booties, originally $235, marked down to $124.99

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DSW: Chinese Laundry Sweetheart Boot, originally $79, marked down to $34.94

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Macy’s: Long-Sleeve Striped Draped Cardigan, originally $69.50, marked down to $24.99

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Nordstrom: Studded Wool Cloche, originally $68, marked down to $33.98

Big plans this weekend? I spent the evening at H&R Block having my taxes done. (Rockin Friday night). If the weather holds out tomorrow, I’m headed to Providence, RI for the day!

I leave you with this – completely unrelated to anything we’re talking about here, but so good and one of my favorite things on the Internet as of late. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.