Chels’ Favorite Things #18

First, let’s discuss something that’s NOT my favorite thing.

Waking up on a beautiful Friday morning, all happy that the weekend has arrived, eating breakfast while watching the Royal Wedding (CUTEST COUPLE EVER?!), then walking out to my car to see this:


and this:


Ouch. Evidently, my car was side-swiped in the middle of the night. Out of an entire row of cars, leave it to me that mine’s the one that gets hit! And the lovely person who did it, of course, didn’t leave a note so now I’m stuck with paying my deductible. Bleh. I ended up being late for work because I was spending hours on the phone with Liberty Mutual so they could write up my claim and assign it to a repair shop. Thankfully, Liberty Mutual has been nothing but wonderful ever since I’ve been a customer, for over 10 years now, and they made the process a whole heck-of-a-lot easier, less stressful, and got me in a rental car for the week. After talking to my parents they reassured me it could have been a whole lot worse or I could have been IN the car when it happened, which I obviously already knew, but I guess it’s just more comforting when your parents tell you these things 🙂

Needless to say, I’m in the mood to do a favorite things post because instead of dwelling on what I can’t fix, at least I can look forward to things that I enjoy. And there’s a whole lotta good coming up in May 🙂

Bacon and Beer Festival 2011

This year’s festival was held this past Saturday at Royale, which after being there for over an hour I realized it was the former Roxy. Duh. I always look forward to anything that Aaron Cohen, the man behind @eatboston, organizes because it’s bound to be phenomenal. He just has a knack for getting the right people and the right food in the same room. While I enjoyed the location of last year’s event better (semi-outdoors, brighter, felt more spacious, etc. etc.), the food at this year’s BBF did not disappoint.

It was sort of dark inside, since it’s a lounge/nightclub, so I didn’t snap too many photos but the place was packed with bacon and beer lovers. Myself included.



Kate navigated the crowds (and bacon) with me 🙂




The brown butter cupcakes with bacon frosting from Market were one of my favorite sweet treats. If there wasn’t a line forming, I would have gone back for seconds (and thirds) 🙂






Bob’s Your Uncle: Mousepad Notepad


As a graphic designer, I’m big into paper-related products. There’s nothing that compares to a pen and paper and I feel like that’s the only way I can truly stay organized. As much as I love my Google calendar, iPhone, computers, and other gadgets, I feel like I actually get more done in a day when I can literally cross things off of my to-do list. I got this 8-days a week calendar from Black Ink a while ago and just started using it. It’s so simply designed and clean that I couldn’t help myself, plus, it’s a mousepad so it’s always within reach! All of Bobs Your Uncle products are all so graphic yet practical that I kind of want one of everything!

Trader Joe’s Multigrain Cereal


During high school I think I ate my weight in Cheerios Multigrain cereal. I actually kind of forgot they even existed until I went into Trader Joe’s last week and saw a tower of their own version. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL for store-brand products (I’m looking at you Target and CVS!) because generally speaking, it’s the same thing as the brand-name just significantly less expensive. But when it comes to store-brand food I’m a bit hesitant at times. In an effort to save money, I once bought grocery store brand orange juice instead of Tropicana and it was not a good experience. At all. I was traumatized. I tweeted about it and everyone agreed with me so I know I’m not crazy because Twitter doesn’t lie 😉 Nothing beats the Trop even if it is $8/gallon. But I was so pleasantly surprised by TJ’s Multigrain cereal that consists of corn, whole grain barley, oats, wheat and rice. Add a sliced banana in and you’re good until lunch time! FAVORITE.

Writing about a few of my favorite things actually got my mind of my car situation for a bit. Funny how that works. Positive thinking, positive thinking... just keep repeating.

Other things I’m looking forward to this month:

• Spending time with Kate and Sues tomorrow and then again on Thursday for Kate’s birthday 🙂

• Spending quality time with JQ and her adorable new baby (for the first time!!) on Saturday along with Becca and Sues.

• Seeing my burger creation on the menu at the Bristol Lounge next week.

• Our friend Erin’s bachelorette party.

• BlogHer Food in ATL! It’s my first time visiting Atlanta and I’m beyond excited to explore a new city!

• A weekend in Ithaca, NY for my little brother’s graduation from Cornell. How and why is this happening? It feels like it was just yesterday he was eating Cheerios while lounging in his stroller. Also, pretty sure he’s going to kill me for this entire bullet point. Oh wells.

What are you loving this week?


14 Responses to "Chels’ Favorite Things #18"

  1. Erica says:

    bahhhh- so sorry to hear about your car 🙁 I can’t believe people can do stuff like that and not leave a note- ridiculous. I will have to try that TJs cereals- they have the best products. Lots of fun stuff coming up for you! I am loving flip flops, spring/summer berries coming in, and sleeping (which is becoming harder to do!)

  2. Simply Life says:

    oh no! so sorry that happened and yes it’s true, it definitely could have been worse, but it’s still not fun to deal with.

  3. Katie says:

    lots of fun stuff coming up!! and i can’t believe your brother is graduating from college – i definitely remember him in his stroller 🙂

  4. Sarah says:

    Can I have your life please…well except for the scraped up car! 😉

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m loving that this week ends with Bret’s birthday weekend!

  6. car trouble is so aggravating! good for you for being able to move on.
    i am looking forward to being outside in the nice weather and handing in my last college assignments!

  7. Lacey Bean says:

    That? Sucks. My husband’s car was broken into (on the day I was driving it, of course) and there was a random note, but nothing could be done.

    But glad you have such awesome things to look forward to!

  8. Daisy says:

    My burger is tonight! so pumped!!

    so sorry about your car. BAD karma coming at whoever hit it and didn’t leave a note. good karma for you just because this shitty thing had to happen!

    I’ve been to HOTlanta. its a good time. have fun!!

  9. Kelly says:

    Oh I am SO sorry. That is awful. I think I would have cried, but I am at least glad for you it is sorted out. Thankfully it’s at least good you had the bacon festival to cheer you up!

  10. Rebecca P. says:

    Ugh. I’m having a horrible car day too! Just walked home from Tires Plus. Had it towed 19 miles to there because my little Aveo decided to randomly overheat on the highway. Went on your website to make me feel better and voila! you had car problems too! We can both sulk and eat ice cream to make ourselves feel better. Hope everything goes smoothly in fixing your car. Love this blog – keep up the great work girls.

  11. sorry about your car 🙁 bummer.

    ps i totally say the same kind of things about my sister…she’s not a fan either 🙂

  12. That sucks about your car but at least there’s a lot of other things you can smile about! I’m bummed I missed the Bacon and Beer Fest!

  13. What a bummer about your car!! But bacon and beer would cheer me up!

  14. Maris says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your car. People can be so inconsiderate.
    Your pictures are great tho and those cupcakes are calling out to me!

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