CIRCUITS OF FEVER

NYC — Spring 2017: Delmonico's

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Once my friend and I had finalized our trip to NYC earlier this month, I texted my brother to meet up for a dinner. He was deciding on which restaurant to take us to when he asked if he had ever taken me to Delmonico's. I'd heard of Delmonico's a long time ago, mostly because it's a New York institution, but partially because when my brother first moved to NYC, he had said that it was there that he had the most epic steak of his life. Of course, he's had many epic steaks since, but Delmonico's will always hold a special place in his heart. Strangely enough, he'd never taken me there, despite this. We'd always get distracted by newer restaurants, or eateries that were closer to where we were staying. My brother said it was ridiculous that he had never taken me to Delmonico's after visiting him there for a decade, so it was decided.

Heirloom tomato salad and Billy's house-cured bacon

Delmonico steak with foie gras butter

If you've never heard of it, Delmonico's was first opened in the late 1820s in what is now New York's Financial District. In the 1830s, Delmonico's moved to the location where it still currently stands; with three stories, private dining rooms, and pillars imported from the ruins of Pompeii, it became America's first fine dining restaurant. It quickly gained a reputation as one of the nation's top fine dining establishments — they threw balls, hosted cotillions, and held dinners for the likes of Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde. It is the birthplace of the widely imitated Delmonico steakEggs BenedictLobster NewbergBaked Alaska, and wedge salad; is credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte; and is the first restaurant to employ a separate wine list. So, basically, you're not just there to eat. You're there to experience fine dining history.

We started with the heirloom tomato salad, tossed with pickled red onion, feta, cucumber, and aged lemon vinegar — refreshing and tasty, with a most satisfying crunch. The sweetness of the tomatoes and cucumber meld brilliantly with the bite of red onion and the tanginess of feta. It's a salad that you can eat everyday and never get sick of. Of course, we had to contrast that with the house-cured bacon; thick, decadent slabs of maple-brushed pork belly. Smoky, sweet, fatty, and almost shamefully delicious. But on to the main show: the signature Delmonico steak. It is a boneless ribeye that is cooked to perfection: ultra-tender, super-juicy, and incredibly flavourful. And how do you make a $51 steak even more indulgent? Add some foie gras butter. I'm not usually a fan of foie gras, but in butter form on top of a perfectly cooked, exquisite cut of steak? It's like divine intervention. With sides of creamed spinach (which I still can't find anywhere in Toronto), whipped potatoes with roasted garlic, and button mushrooms with crispy shrimp, there was just no room for dessert. A bit of regret there, since you know, they invented Baked Alaska and all. But I will know better next time. Sometimes I forget just how insane the American portion size is. (In fact, none of us could even finish our steaks. My brother brought home so many leftovers, he had enough for another meal for him and his fiancée. Which they thoroughly enjoyed.) 

Service was impeccable, of course; our server was incredibly nice, informative, attentive, and had a sense of humour. Despite its elite reputation and historical prominence, it wasn't stuffy or pretentious or overly formal, and all of us really had a really enjoyable time. If you want a true, classic New York fine dining experience, Delmonico's is a must-visit. 


Delmonico's
56 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
(212) 509-1144

NYC — Spring 2017: Crave Fishbar

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Hello! Hope all my fellow Canadians are enjoying their Victoria Day weekend! I'm back from my annual New York trip, and as per tradition, I will be posting about all the food adventures I had. (I did not bring my camera with me on this trip because I felt like it would be too much to carry around with me, so all the photos in these upcoming food posts were taken with my iPhone 7 Plus.) When my friend Ronsee and I finally arrived at Newark at 10:30 on Thursday morning, took a cab into Manhattan, and checked into our hotel, the city was in the middle of a heatwave (it reached about 34°C by noon) and we wanted nothing more than to take a long nap in an air conditioned room. But hunger persevered, so I looked up recommended restaurants in Midtown East (where we were staying) and settled on Crave Fishbar.

Rice dusted Point Judith calamari

Red crab tostada

Fried fish sandwich

We opted for the lunch prix fixe, which consists of an appetizer and a sandwich for $25. We decided to share our appetizers, so we chose the calamari and the red crab tostada. The calamari, lightly battered and crispy, is tossed in a zesty Thai miso sauce, with mung bean sprouts adding a nice crunch and Aleppo chile giving it some heat — one of the most fresh, unique variations of calamari I've had. The tostada consisted of fresh chunks of red crab meat, smashed avocado, chopped romaine, fresno chile, and micro cilantro atop a crispy mini tortilla shell that made for an incredibly tasty and addictive starter. I probably could've eaten another eight of those. As for my main, I decided on the fried fish sandwich, which is made with tempura-battered local spiny dogfish, creamy tartar sauce, crunchy pickles, and shredded lettuce on a potato roll. The fish was perfectly cooked, tender and flaky, with a gorgeous crispy golden shell — this would be excellent on its own with some fries/chips as well. I don't think I've had spiny dogfish before, but it's delightful despite its hideous name. The potato roll was also a good choice to use for the bun, since it has an airier, fluffier texture that keeps the sandwich from being too heavy but is sturdy enough to support all the ingredients in between. What made this the perfect fried fish sandwich, though, was the addition of pickle slices. It adds a tangy-sweet flavour and an amazing crunch that works well with the texture of the fish and the bun. Just one of the most harmonious fish sandwiches I've ever had.

The space can feel cramped because it is consistently busy, but it does feel cozy and has a cute open patio. Our server was really lovely and pleasant, and though it took her some time to come back to our table to take our orders and get our drink refills because it was so busy, she did check in on us regularly to make sure everything was good. Crave Fishbar is actually one of the most popular raw bars in Midtown East, so I'd be inclined to come back just to try the oysters (they have a $1 oyster happy hour!)... but maybe not during a heatwave. 


Crave Fishbar
945 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(646) 895-9585

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 476

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This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Have you ever practiced your smile in the mirror? No? I mean, I don't think I would consider it practicing. I've smiled at myself in the mirror to check my teeth for food...

  2. What was the last song you heard? Paramore's "Caught in the Middle." It's got a really fun early '90s No Doubt ska vibe to it.


  3. Shorts, a skirt, or long pants? I mean, if I had to pick, I guess pants. But I choose leggings over all else.

  4. How well do you deal with change? Pretty well. I think because my line of work has so many changes in it, I adapt really fast to new situations. I don't necessarily like change, but I deal with it well.

  5. When was the last time you cleaned your lash curler? I wipe it off everyday before I use it, but I'll clean it with rubbing alcohol maybe once a week. I think because I've been a makeup artist for so long, I'm a stickler for cosmetic hygiene.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

For those who don't know who Jeffree Star is, he's an "American singer-songwriter, makeup artist, fashion designer and model from Orange County, California. He started his music career on MySpace with over 25 million plays on his self-released music," and is known for his "his transgressive, gender-bending appearance and persona." He is now most famous for his online presence, both on YouTube and Instagram (with 4.3 million and 4.7 million subscribers, respectively), and his successful indie cosmetics line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last year thanks to social media. He started out with his Velour Liquid Lipstick and Velour Lip Scrub ranges in 2014 (making his one of the first brands to re-popularize liquid lipsticks), but has now expanded into eyeshadows, highlighters, and bullet lipsticks. 


A couple months ago, Jeffree Star Cosmetics released their second eyeshadow palette called Androgyny, which Jeffree has said is inspired by "being fearless and yourself... [This is about] owning your own self and showing your self-worth... androgyny is a good example of being you, being completely fearless and really not letting anyone tell you what to do. It’s very masculine and feminine at the same time." It is described as their "version of a 'neutral' palette. Endless possibilities to create and explore. Experience [their] 2 finishes: super mattes and metallic. 10 jaw-dropping shades. Extreme pigment." It is housed in a huge rectangular hot pink faux-leather palette with an interior mirror and magnetic closure; the lid features the Jeffree Star Cosmetics logo and "Androgyny" written in block letters with a Baroque frame design. The eyeshadows are embossed with Jeffree Star's star logo. Each Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette contains a total of 25.2 grams of product, and retails for $45 USD. It is available online at Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Beautylish, and Beauty Bay.

Frosting, Safe Word, Charm, Déjà Vu, and Dominatrix

Frosting is a light yellow champagne gold in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than MAC Goldmine, darker and more yellow than MAC Ricepaper, lighter and more yellow than Anastasia Beverly Hills Amber, and more yellow than Anastasia Beverly Hills Primavera (Modern Renaissance).
Safe Word is a medium cool ash brown in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is slightly darker and warmer than MAC Omega, cooler than MAC Wedge, lighter and cooler than Anastasia Beverly Hills Warm Taupe (Modern Renaissance), and warmer and more brown than Too Faced Pecan Praline (Chocolate Bon Bons).
Charm is a medium warm brightened marigold orange in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is brighter and more orange than MAC Up at Dawn, lighter and more yellow than MAC Suspiciously Sweet, lighter and more yellow than Violet Voss Transition (Holy Grail), and brighter and more matte than Violet Voss Baby Bird (Laura Lee).
Déjà Vu is a medium-dark warm copper brown in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more orange than MAC Antiqued, darker and more brown than MAC Coppering, similar to Makeup Geek Roulette, and darker than Violet Voss How U Doin (Holy Grail).
Dominatrix is a dark warm chocolate brown in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler than MAC Embark, warmer than MAC Brun, cooler than Violet Voss Teddy Bear (Holy Grail), and warmer than Anastasia Beverly Hills Cyprus Umber (Modern Renaissance).

Androgyny, Fetish, Military, Poison, and Swallow

Androgyny is a medium-dark cool mauve plum in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly powdery, but can be layered and blended out easily. It is more mauve than MAC Blackberry, darker and more plum than MAC Quarry, more brown and more matte than Makeup Geek Anarchy, and brighter and more plum than Makeup Geek Vintage.
Fetish is a medium-dark warm burgundy red with a cranberry shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and cooler than Jeffree Star Confession, brighter and more frosted than MAC I'm Into It, darker and cooler than MAC Ruddy, and darker and more frosted than Violet Voss Wine N Dine (Holy Grail).
Military is a medium dirty olive green in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more matte than MAC Sumptuous Olive, lighter and more yellow than Makeup Geek Poison Ivy, brighter and more yellow than Makeup Geek High Tea, and lighter and more yellow than Makeup Geek Dirty Martini.
Poison is a medium-deep cool muted teal blue in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily.  It is more green than Jeffree Star Swallow, brighter than MAC Plumage, more green than Makeup Geek Peacock, and more blue than Makeup Geek Time Travel.
Swallow is a medium-deep cool peacock blue in a matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly powdery, but can be layered and blended out easily. It is more blue than Jeffree Star Poison, brighter and more blue than MAC Plumage, more teal than Makeup Geek Boo Berry, and similar to Makeup Geek Peacock.

The first thing you'll notice about Jeffree Star's eyeshadow palettes is the size: It is huge. Each pan of eyeshadow has a whopping 2.52 grams of product, which means it is nearly double the average eyeshadow size (about 1.3 to 1.5 grams). The second thing you'll notice is that the placement of colours in Androgyny are far more cohesive than in Beauty Killer; they make sense and they flow more naturally together. The first row has what Jeffree Star calls "neutrals"; they're a little more vivid than your typical everyday neutrals, but still widely flattering and wearable. The second row includes pops of sultry colours that aren't too bright but add more flair and fun to eye looks than plain neutrals. Again, all widely flattering on all complexions, which is one thing I really appreciate about Jeffree Star's shade selection — he always includes colours that will look good on every skintone. The third thing you'll notice is the outstanding textures of these shadows. Every single shade is incredibly pigmented, smooth, and blendable. What you see in the pan is what you get in execution. There are a myriad of really gorgeous looks that you can create from this, from everyday neutral to warm sunset looks to a peacock blue smoky eye. You can even create subtle, office-appropriate looks with it. Unlike Beauty Killer, Androgyny is great for someone who is used to neutrals but wants to add some colour to their looks. It has a good mix of warm and cool tones that will help anyone get out of their neutral comfort zone without getting too intimidated.

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last week, Becca released a limited edition highlighter palette in collaboration with model, actress, cookbook author, and TV show host, Chrissy Teigen. The Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette is described as " a gorgeous face palette full of warm, lush, sultry shades of highlighter, blush, and bronzer — all hand-picked by Chrissy herself. Each shade in this limited-edition palette features Becca's iconic, one-of-a-kind formula that blends pigments with liquids to impart an unparalleled, creamy feel that applies like seamless silk and never cakes." It is packaged in a rectangular rose gold compact with a peach and yellow marbled lid featuring Becca's logo and Chrissy's signature in rose gold, with a mirror spanning the entire inside of the lid. Each Glow Face Palette contains a total of 15 grams of product (5.1 g per highlighter, and 2.4 g per blush/bronzer), and retails for $54 CAD. It is available online and in store at Sephora and online at Becca.

Clockwise from top left: Rose Gold, Hibiscus Bloom, Beach Nectar, and Malibu Soleil

Rose Gold, Beach Nectar, Hibiscus Bloom, and Malibu Soleil

Rose Gold is a medium warm peachy bronze with rose and copper shimmer in a metallic pearlized finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more gold than Becca Opal, darker and more bronze than Becca Prosecco Pop, darker and more gold than MAC Soft and Gentle, more rose than MAC Global Glow, more bronzed than MAC Beaming Blush, more bronze than Jeffree Star King Tut, and darker than Anastasia Beverly Hills 143 (Nicole Guerriero).
Beach Nectar is a light-medium warm gilded peach with champagne shimmer in a metallic pearlized finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more gold than Becca Rose Gold, darker and more peach than Becca Prosecco Pop, darker and more peach than MAC Soft and Gentle, more peach than MAC Beaming Blush, darker and more peach than Jeffree Star Peach Goddess, darker than Anastasia Beverly Hills Glo Getter (Nicole Guerriero).
Hibiscus Bloom is a medium-dark warm brightened coral pink with golden pearl in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly more pink than Becca Snapdragon, darker and more coral than Becca Flowerchild, more pink than MAC Fleeting Romance, more coral than MAC Fleur Power, darker and more pink than Benefit GALifornia, darker than Hourglass Diffused Heat, and more coral than Too Faced How Deep is Your Love?.
Malibu Soleil is a medium-dark warm golden brown in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and less shimmery than Becca Ipanema Sun, darker and less shimmery than MAC Refined Golden, more golden than MAC Matte Bronze, more golden and less shimmery than MAC Bronze, darker than Urban Decay Bronzed, slightly warmer than Benefit Hoola, and darker and less shimmery than NARS Laguna.

I was a little surprised at this collaboration at first because despite being a gorgeous model and having to wear makeup all the time, I don't think Chrissy Teigen has ever really been known for her involvement with makeup brands, nor has she ever really gone out of her way to show interest in making her mark in the makeup industry (I've followed her through her blog and on Twitter for a long time, and she's always been known for her love of food and travel, her relationship with John Legend, her work as a model and a co-host on Lip Sync Battle, and her totally uncensored and unapologetic sense of humour). But I suppose being a model for so long brings about a lot of knowledge on makeup — and with that, what looks good on different skintones and what she personally likes to see on herself — and who can perfect a summer glow more than a two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model? Chrissy Teigen has curated one stunning face palette, with the same gorgeous smooth, buttery textures and phenomenal pigmentation that Becca is known for. Whereas the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette was designed for fair to medium-dark skintones, the shades here are definitely geared more towards the medium to dark complexions. (Of course, those with fairer skintones can wear this palette, but the highlighters will definitely look more like blush toppers than true highlighters, and I would suggest using a light hand with the blush and bronzer to keep them from looking garish or muddy.) Either way, this palette gives the most beautiful sun-kissed glow that also makes skin look smoother and gently sculpted. Dare I say that this is the perfect summer face palette?

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 475

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Monday, May 15, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What's on your nails? ILNP's Glory on top of A-England's Beauty Never Fails on my fingers, and Chanel's Nouvelle Vague (my bottle is seven years old and I should really toss it, but it still goes on perfectly) on my toes. So, yeah, my hands are all magical and mysterious in an autumnal forest, but my toes are at a summer party.


  2. A recent beauty-related find worth mentioning? The Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette. It gives cheeks the most soft, glowy, sun-kissed look. Such a must-have for summer.

  3. A recent non-beauty-related find worth mentioning? Two things, actually.

    The first is Paramore's After Laughter, which I've been raving about (and listening to on repeat) since last Friday. It has '80s new wave, synth-pop vibes with a hint of ska and calypso, tempered with just the right amount of angst and acoustic guitar. Slick, crisp, and vibrant; it's a beautifully well-rounded record with a song for every mood.


    The second is Clearly Canadian! If you grew up in the '90s, you'll be really familiar with this drink (it was featured on shows from Seinfeld to Gilmore Girls to Sex and the City). It was carried everywhere, and this drink was a staple of my childhood into my early teen years. Then it got discontinued, and I never saw it again. If you don't know what it is, it's a naturally-flavoured sparkling water. That doesn't seem very new or exciting now, but back then, it was pretty much the only brand of flavoured sparkling water on the market and it became well-known as the healthy alternative to pop. (I just preferred the taste of their flavours over pop.) In 2015, Clearly Canadian put up a fundraising campaign to put the drink back in production, so I put in an order of two cases — in my favourite flavours, Mountain Blackberry and Orchard Peach — in hopes that they'd meet their pre-order target. They made their target within a few months with the help of Rhett and Link of Good Mythical Morning, and announced that they were officially going into production and were going to ship out by 2016. But after many delays (e.g. their bottle manufacturing plant closing down), I didn't know when or if I was ever going to receive them. But last week, over two years from putting in my order, I finally received my two cases of Clearly Canadian at my doorstep. (The Canada Post lady nearly broke her back carrying them.) I don't know if it's because it's been so long since I've had one, but I swear they taste better than I remember. I just hope they can maintain their production and bring it back into all stores.


  4. What was the last beauty or skin care product you got at a drugstore (or at Target or Walmart)? I just bought a new can of L'Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray and a bottle of Maui Moisture Bamboo Fibers Shampoo today.

  5. Write a nice note to yourself about this week. Denise, you've worked ridiculously hard this past year, but especially so this past month. Managing a brand new team of artists and working 50+ hours a week is not easy and there are some growing pains right now, but the payoff will be worth it. Enjoy your vacation this week and eat all the delicious things in NYC this weekend. You deserve it.

Sunday Video Love: Fake Happy

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

I have been listening to After Laughter on repeat since it was released on Friday at midnight and now that it's on its ninth or tenth rotation, I can definitely pinpoint my favourites, with "Fake Happy" leading the pack. It's just the song that immediately stood out to me: it starts off slow and melancholic, like a mournful requiem (at first, I thought it was a totally separate song, like the little intermissions from their self-titled record when it's just Hayley singing along to a ukulele), but then sharp keyboard notes lead to a vibrant '80s-inspired, HAIM-esque groove, and then they bust into the chorus with a powerful punch of vocals over bouncy, anthemic riffs — it's quintessentially Paramore. The album as a whole is incredibly different from any of their other efforts; it's definitely a pop record, but it's also the most sonically experimental and the most involved. It's still Paramore at the core, but they've pushed themselves to enter new territory while still keeping true to themselves. It's crisp and bright and ambitious, with a sharp contrast between its dark, moody lyrics and its uplifting synth-pop, nu wave beats. You can tell they've stopped caring so much what other people think and say — they're doing what they want to do and saying what they need to say, while having faith in their fans to have faith in them. After Laughter is Paramore at their most real: it's heartbreaking, bitter, and cathartic, but most importantly, hopeful.

Saturday Nine: Mama Can't Buy You Love (1979)

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. This week's artist, Elton John, was made an Office of Arts and Letters — one of France's highest honours for people who have contributed significantly to the arts. What's the most recent compliment you received? My resident trainer came in today and before he left for the day, he told me, "You're a highly intelligent person and a lot smarter than the average person that works for this company. You'll have to be patient when coaching your team because not everyone grasps concepts as fast as you." I don't think he meant it as a compliment, necessarily; he was just voicing his observations and giving me feedback because I'm now the manager of a brand new team and he knows we're having some growing pains right now. It was kind of backhanded, in a way, but I think that makes a compliment more real.

  2. In 2013, Elton had to cancel an international concert tour because he had an appendectomy. Do you still have your appendix? Yep.

  3. In 1979, Elton John was the first Western rock star to tour the Soviet Union. Would you like to visit Russia? It's never been a top destination for me, but if someone paid for me to go, I'd love to see Moscow one day.

  4. Elton and his mother hadn't spoken in years but he reached out to her and healed their beach in honour of her 90th birthday in 2015. Who is the oldest person you know? My maternal grandma. I think she's 85 or 86 now. My maternal grandpa was the oldest person I knew; he was 94 when he passed a few years ago.

  5. Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming? Haha, don't be ridiculous, I don't garden. I don't like nature or bugs and I don't have the time, anyway. However, living in a condo townhouse means that yard maintenance is taken care of, so my lawn is actually green and evenly mowed. And they've planted some Stargazer lily bulbs in the soil so they'll be in full bloom in a couple months or so.

  6. Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought? I haven't personally bought a card for anyone in a long time, because the most recent cards I've signed are from a group of us, and someone else bought the card. So I think the last card I bought someone was for my friend Chelsea's birthday last June.

  7. Sam's mother is very careful when she unwraps presents because she likes to save money by to reusing wrapping paper and gift bags. Tell us one way that you economize. I buy essentials (e.g. things I use all the time) in bulk when they're on sale, like tampons and pads, cotton swabs, paper towel, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc.

  8. Mother Winters used to scold Crazy Sam for leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as a grown up, she still leaves dirty dishes in the sink. How about you? Is your sink or dishwasher empty? I do leave dishes in the sink during the day, but I make sure to rinse and load everything in the dishwasher right after dinner.

  9. RANDOM QUESTION: What size mattress do you sleep on — twin, full, queen or king? Queen.