New York New York

One random fact about me is when I was 14 (1999) I started to really love an obscure actor – Alan Cumming. Fast forward to 2014 – he announced he would return to the stage in his iconic role in CABARET at Studio 54. I made it my goal to somehow go for my birthday. My boss knew of my quest and surprised me with front row tickets! So that was it – there was nothing stopping me. 14 year old Mija would have never believed that one day she would see her favorite show, with her favorite actor! He was truly AMAZING! Our seats were so close, he was very distracting to be standing next to our table during the show and really quite sexy in this role! We were lucky enough to get pics of Alan and autographs!

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Neil Patrick Harris is starring as Hedwig on Broadway, another show I adore! So I bought the cheapest tickets I could find and dragged my husband to another musical. ALTHOUGH this show was something he would like! He adores NPH and already liked the music to the show. Jody was so sweet. During the performance he would laugh and gasp, stand up to see where Hedwig would go into the audience. After the show my husband was really impressed with NPH and the show in general. So glad I decided to get those tickets last minute. Neil came out for autographs but the line was so packed so no autographs.

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Since this was our first time in NYC, we did the touristy things like Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Chrysler Building and Central Park. One thing I have to really say about NYC is the transportation of the city is AMAZING! You can get anywhere in the city by foot or subway! LOTS of walking, we never pick relaxing vacations! We were kinda jealous, in Texas the state is so large you HAVE to drive everywhere – just in Houston alone it take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to get to work!

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While we were there we stayed at POD 39 Hotel. If you ever need a cheap and trendy place to stay go there! Only $160 a night right in the middle of the city! Every other place in NY was $300 a night and looked like it was furnished by grannies! It is super tiny, like dorm room tiny but for the full pod you do get your own bathroom. If you’re single or with friends they do have bunk bed option with a shared bathroom down the hall like hostels. Those rooms range from $120-$140!

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I will have to make another post – this photo post is getting too large!

Animal Crossing…again

My youngest sister turned 21 this May, as a gift she finally received Animal Crossing! My husband and I got the game at launch last year and even though I loved it he really got bored of the sim like qualities quickly. We soon both moved onto Pokemon XY in October and since then ignored our poor towns and neighbors. Yet since Kat started the game we both picked it back up. I was amazed with my town – only 1 villager moved away, a few weeds but not too many. My town did represent the vast death that was made into memes when the new 3DS Pokemon game came out. Surprisingly my husband started a new way to make bells – perfect apple orchards. His whole town is designed around these amazing gardens, and when it is time to harvest he makes a killing!!!

It was only a matter of time until Kim was yearning for the game as well, so I pitched in and she bought the game! Now the Vera girls have been running around in each others towns, sharing fruit, clothes and hair styles!! We had to coin the phrase “In Animal Crossing….” when we talk to each other. Partly because when my husband starts a conversion with “Oh today I got stung by bees…” and ends it with “oops in Animal Crossing .” It can get confusing!

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My birthday was Monday and logging onto the game was really a sweet surprise! I really fell in love with the game all over again! I now have some cool new villagers as well! Anyone else play the game still?

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Pop Shops Houston

This weekend was amazing, Mind-Speaks (my design group with my sisters) went out and did our very first workshop at Pop Shop Houston. We made over 1,600 cork discs for some stamping fun. If you never checked out Pop Shop Houston, be sure to check out their site over here. They really did put together an amazing craft and design fair! I posted the DYI tutorial over on Mind-Speaks.com


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New craft table

Our home was made in 1992 so our layout is a bit old school, meaning we have a dining room, formal sitting room and family/living room. Lately we have been using our dinning room as an office so finally we thought about it and decided to turn our formal sitting room into a craft/shared office room. It is open and connected to the dinning room so we needed to keep it clean and organized. Right now it is a work in progress but my husband asked what kind of craft table I wanted and said something like a kitchen island table. I am super short but wanted something taller so I can stand and cut and use tall stools on the table. Here is what my husband put together at around 100 bucks! All IKEA and Target!

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Slowly our house is becoming more of a home. It is amazing! I just wish I had more time in the day to create in my new space. Hope you guys have a great holiday weekend!

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