I met my good friend for dinner at the Aviary last night. Very rarely do I have dessert at restaurants because the dinner portions are so large and I never have any room! But last night we decided to splurge. The dessert menu was pretty basic but on their list was “warm cookies and milk.” I was intrigued thinking I would get some small cookies….WELL…here came the waitress with a cutting board full of LARGE cookies! Oh HEAVEN!!!

Curious Cabinets & Vinyl

“What Cheer”

We found ourselves on Thayer Street in Providence last week. I suggested we visit the record store “What Cheer” above the Chipotle restaurant. We went there once very quickly to kill some time while we were in the city. This time we stopped to look around and let me tell you, we had a blast! I found the Sound of Music soundtrack which was pretty pricey online. While Kevin browsed, I looked around. They have all these wonderful cabinets with drawers, which remind me very much of library card catalogs. Each was filled with different fun items. It wasn’t until we left that I noticed even more items stowed away underneath the records!

The records were all covered in plastic sleeves and in good shape. But we noticed this massive stack of 45s. They were mostly singles and many songs we never heard of, but still a very cool way to decorate with merchandise!

Some drawers:


Piano Rolls!!



Cancer..Chemo..Bald Women & Me….

Please, Don’t Ask Me…

I’ve had Alopecia for over twenty years now. And let me tell you, its been quite a journey. While it is the easiest of the auto immune diseases out there, one can’t dismiss the emotional distress that comes along with it. For quite some time I wore a wig. It was awful, to put it lightly. Over ten years ago I decided to ditch the wig. I realized it would be a battle because everyone has their own ideas of what a woman should look like. At one point in my career a customer asked me “do you stand up or sit down when you take a piss?” Some thought I was a lesbian. Others thought I was in a cult. I didn’t realize how many stereotypes existed for bald women!!

For a long time I had to keep explaining to people what Alopecia was because they thought I might have cancer. I cannot tell you the amount of people have stopped me on the street, interrupt my dinner at a restaurant or ask me at work about cancer. It is so difficult to sit and listen to a woman tell you about her battle (and triumph) over it and knowing you have to tell her you don’t have cancer. The reaction is the same, utter mortification or sincerest apologies.

Years ago I bit my tongue and tried to stay polite, and not interrupt these people from telling me their stories because I know they were doing it out of the goodness of their heart OR they really felt the need to express their feelings about cancer. And I am still very polite to people like this. But over the years I’ve thought about it and wondered how I would feel if I did have cancer, and had to listen to these people. Maybe I would be out to dinner trying NOT to think about cancer and then they would come by and remind me about it.

It is amazing to me how many people are so unafraid to approach a complete stranger and talk to them about such personal things. I could never do it! It’s one thing if you like my glasses, but its another to make an assumption about my health, based on my looks and then approach with questions or a statement.

‘Tis a crazy world!