Tuesday, March 31, 2009

spring is coming to morgantown

photos by moi - taken in front of one waterfront place

Friday, March 27, 2009

a visit to the morgantown beauty college

i have been going to the morgantown beauty college for several years now. you really can't beat their prices. i know what you are thinking but it isn't that bad. besides, they have to learn somewhere right?! i have never had a bad experience or a bad haircut there before. usually when i find someone that is competent i usually stick with them until they graduate. that is exactly what i have found in siara. she is wonderful. she's not the typical prissy girl that works there and i love that about her. she is down to earth and knows what she is doing. she will graduate in september so you have a chance to go see her for yourself. i highly recommend her!!

here is a sampling of her work:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

lavender cafe

last night ryan, our friend rob and i all went to lavender cafe for dinner. lavender cafe opened in 2008 and i am so happy that it did. it is the only taiwanese restaurant in morgantown and a welcome change!

they have the best bubble tea there. all 3 of us decided to go for hot tea instead of cold. i do like iced tea but i prefer mine hot. rob ordered apple green tea, ryan ordered lychee black tea and i ordered coconut (green) milk tea. i want to try different kinds of tea but every time i go i end up getting the same thing.

here are our tea cups, you can definitely tell which is which.

while the boys ordered pad thai noodles (shrimp for rob and beef for ryan), i ordered taiwanese rice noodles with vegetables. everything was fantastic!!

this is my dinner. the portions are huge to say the least!!

the staff are extremely friendly, the food comes out very quick and the quality of the food is excellent. if you haven't tried lavender cafe before, i highly recommend it! it's one of my favorite places to eat in morgantown.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

nose piercings at thinkin' ink

my co-worker (become good friend) kristi and i went saturday the 14th and had our nose pierced. this is something i have thought about doing for years now. kristi had wanted hers done too. so after a good mexican dinner and a couple of pitchers of margaritas we decided, you know what, let's do it!!

we went to thinkin' ink tattoo studio and brandon (their piercer) took very good care of us. all of us, including brandon, kept referring to our nose piercings as "super cute." we had a good experience and they were very friendly and helpful. i can't speak for their tattooing capabilities (although kristi highly recommends patty for any tattooing that you may need done) but their piercing services are great!

that's kristi's son, mason, in the background. looks like he's getting ready to hit me on the back of the head :)

my affair with new york

ryan and i had a fantastic time in my favorite city, new york city. it was a short weekend. it always seems that time flies when you are having fun. and fun, we did have! i wanted to share a few of my photos with you.

please visit my other blog gussying up the tuttle to see additional pics.

feel free to comment, i love reading your thoughts!
photos by little ol' me

Monday, March 23, 2009

my first ever acupuncture experience

last october for my 30th birthday (sigh) i decided to tell people what i wanted for my birthday instead of letting them guess. my lovely boyfriend's father got a hint that i wanted to go to an acupuncturist. i was so thrilled to hear that he got me a gift certificate. i was so excited that we had one in morgantown. so, last thursday i went to my appointment to get acupuncture for the very first time.

once i got off work, i headed over to roman's acupuncture and herbal clinic. i was warmly greeted and promptly taken back to my room. there i was given a bunch of forms to fill out. these forms covered everything from my medical history to how many times i urinate in a day and what color it is...let's just say, it was very thorough.

stacy roman was very friendly and super knowledgeable (pencil thin and totally adorable i might add. her photo is on their website if you want to see for yourself). i love how open-minded she is about eastern medicine. i have always been a huge fan of other alternatives than our western minded pill popping society.

after stacy looked through my forms and asked a couple of questions, she took my pulse and asked to see my tongue. of course, i stuck it out at her but i (always being curious) asked why. she told me that doctors in china see about 150 patients a day all they have time to do is look at a person's tongue and take their pulse. more info regarding the tongue diagnosis can be found here.

the main focus of my acupuncture treatment was for weight loss. i am disappointed in the condition of my body is in. part of it is to blame on my thyroid and the other part is, well, me. the fact that i'm a total foodie doesn't help matters much. especially the sweet tooth factor.

i lay on the table and stacy proceeded to put in approximately 15 needles. some i didn't feel at all and others felt like a tiny prick. no big deal. (and this is coming from the girl who usually passes out after having her blood taken, mind you!). after the needles were in, stacy turned off the light, put an infrared light on my exposed belly and left the room for about 20 mins. while in the room i practiced some pranayama and mediation. when stacy came back she asked how i was doing. i was feeling fine, very calm and relaxed. it was a wonderful experience.

i then went to the front desk to check out. thankfully i didn't have to pay since my gift certificate covered it (thanks again tim!). while i was out there i was talking to the receptionist, cynthia and it's as if we instantly connected. it was like catching up with an old friend that i haven't seen in a while. she was such a sweet-heart! cynthia said she had been working for stacy about two months and has already noticed major changes in herself as well as the other clients.

for the best possible outcome i should come in at least once a week. unfortunately due to all things recession, my handbag doesn't go that deep. i plan on going at least once every two weeks and will certainly keep you posted.

for anyone who's ever thrown around the idea of checking out acupuncture or any of the long list of services or products at roman's, i highly recommend it!!

p.s. check back soon for details and pics of my ny trip.

photos by little ol' me

Thursday, March 19, 2009

goodbye morgantown, hello new york

yes, it's true, i am leaving the metropolis of morgantown (ha) to go to new york. oh how i HEART ny! i don't know how you'll ever be able to go on without me morgantown, but you must try to find a way. i will be back soon, i promise. i will return with stories of another city soon enough.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

sheridan elise

congrats to my friends katie and eric. they found out today they are having a baby girl!!! they are naming her sheridan elise. looks like a cutie to me. of course i'll have pics post-womb... eventually.

where's the beef....literally

since my boyfriend needed to use the car today he dropped me off at work. i didn't bring any lunch with me today so my co-worker offered to pick me up something while she was out. last night my boyfriend and i were talking about the reubens at maxwells being absolutely delicious which got me wanting one. i asked if she could get me a reuben sandwich from arby's since it was close by. when she brought back lunch, i opened my sandwich wrapper, to discover that my ruben was made with....turkey. everything else was correct about the sandwich minus the corned beef.

at that point there was nothing i could do about it besides give it a try. a turkey reuben is OK but i would have much rather had the original. come on arby's, pay attention. surely it can't be that hard. next time, i'm not thinking arby's!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

spring break

this week is a prelude of what's to come for summer. the kiddies at wvu have fled town. some back to their parents and some in search of warmer climates. wherever they have gone, it sure feels nice to drive around with out all of the congestion of the kids. my favorite time in morgantown is summer. i feel as though we get to take back over our town. so, if you are still around, enjoy it while you can!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome to My Morgantown Musings

thanks for stopping in. i am starting this blog about my daily adventures in morgantown. i'll post about things i find interesting, amusing, or any combination of these. i hope you enjoy. comments are ALWAYS welcome.