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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Very Busy Celebratory Weekend

First I have to say that today is something of a sad day.  It would have been Tubby's 15th  birthday

We were blessed to get 14 years with him but of course we miss him everyday.  Tubby was my first dog and my husband and I received him as a wedding gift from my Dad, who passed away just over 4 years ago.    Tubby was a very special dog and if it weren't for him I certainly wouldn't be the dog lover I am today.  However, despite the sadness of this day, this is a happy post, which is appropriate because Tubby was a very happy boy.    I also apologize because this is a loooong post.   We had a big weekend this past week and I have lots of stuff to share.  

Friday night we went out for a dinner to celebrate my 38th birthday a day early ( I still can't believe Im 38 where did the time go!)  We went to Top's Diner and Newark which is an amazing retro diner and pretty famous.  It was voted best Diner in New Jersey and New Jersey has more diners then any other state.

I ate this! (texas fries) and a milk shake.  

Saturday morning we went for a walk with the dogs.  This was pretty much the hilight of the day because Ping came along and walked better then she has in months!  Every since her dental she is a like a new dog.

  I decided it was Easter all weekend so I dressed up in a 1940s style dress from Hey Day Vintage and a 1940s hat from Fab Gabs.  The same outfit I wore last Easter Sunday.

I wanted to go thrift shopping so we went to Unique Thrift pretty much the only decent  thrift store near our home. 

 Sadly we didn't find anything that great.  I did get a souvenir state plate and a small pyrex for five bucks.

We got our first bubble teas of Spring too.  I love bubble tea.

When we got home the dogs had fun playing in the yard

While the cats snoopervised my making the hash brown casserole for Easter breakfast.  Spot was particularly interested.

I was very lucky and my fabulous husband gave me the best birthday gifts ever, all Star Trek stuff from my Amazon wish list.  I got two commemorative plates ( and there vintage from the early 1980s)

I was especially excited that the books came with certificates of authenticity.  Those crack me up:

Two books: Fun With Kirk and Spock, which is hilarious, and the Star Trek Visual Dictionary.   

I also got a Captain Kirk wine bottle stopper which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

We had Sushi for dinner and we ate the Lays Wasabi chips I've been saving for a month.  They are so hard to find but delicious:

And it goes without saying we watched Star Trek.  As  if all this wasn't enough I got this brownie and peanut butter ice cream cake from Milk Sugar Love

Proof I have the best husband every.

All that was only Saturday.  On Sunday we gave the dogs and cats their Easter baskets:

They got a ton of treats because one of our favorite Pet shops, Canis Minor, closed and had a going out of business sale (sniff) and a lamb chop toy thats nearly as big as Bob.

Spot was the only cat interested in the Easter basket.

 He also had fun cleaning out the remains of the hash brown casserole after we transfered it to a tupper ware.

Then we got dressed for one of my favorite events of the year the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on 5th Ave., the very same parade made famous in the Fred Astaire and Judy Garland musical.

I wore a light green 1930s dress and a hat from Lady Eve's Millinery, the same outfit I wore to last years Jazz Age Lawn Party.  It's one of my favorite outfits and its hard to find events to wear it too but its perfect for the Easter Parade.

The dogs all had costumes from Pug Possessed.  Weasley had a Fred Astaire style top hat.

Ping had an Easter bonnet.

and Fry and Tuvok had bunny suits 

The parade is super crowded and we new it be too much for Bob who has never been comfortable with strangers.   We did take a cute picture of him in bunny ears before we left.

The parade was really amazing.  If you ever want to know what it is like to be a celebrity at a movie premier dress your dogs in Deb's Pug Possessed outfits and go to the Easter Parade.  Tons of people took their picture and everyone said how cute they where.  The craziness started as soon as we got out of the car.  The Halal cart men, those are street food carts that sell Middle Eastern meat, where greatly amused by the dogs outfits and it escalated from there.

Honestly these pictures really don't give a good idea of how many people where taking their picture, it was insane.  

In particular there where a lot of kids at the parade who loved seeing the dogs in their costumes which was very sweet.

This adorable little boy was giving out flowers and was very excited to give one to Ping.

Weasley in particular really basked in the attention

Tuvok was a tiny bit shy and wanted to be carried the whole time, at one point he even started to fall asleep, which is crazy considering the noise and crowds.   

We saw a few other dogs but not as many as I expected.  There was a 17 year old chihuahua

A very well dressed Shih Tzu

and a French Bulldog puppy

Of course there were tons of amazing hats

One big hilight was me was that this supremely stylish lady, the one of the right, from the blog Idiosynchractic Fashionistas complimented me on my hat.
I have long admired her style so I was very flattered.  

It was such a fun day I can't wait to return next year.  I hope everyone else had a fabulous Easter weekend!


  1. Happy birthday! It sounds like it was a fabulous weekend all around. I'm sorry Tubby couldn't be there to help celebrate and be here to celebrate his own birthday today. It amazes me how coincidentally similiar you losing your Tubby and me loosing my Murkurie are. A year ago and a little over one week today is when she passed and her birthday would have been in a about a week or two (we always celebrated it in April but weren't sure what the exact date it was). It is hard being without them but I am grateful for the time I've had with her as I am sure you are grateful for the time you've had with Tubby. I'm so glad you had a wonderful Easter weekend this year and a wonderful birthday! The Easter parade sounds amazing. I love your outfit for the day! And I love your outfit for the day before too. I also decided to dress Eastery all weekend too! <3 I hope you will be able to make it to Vegas for your 40th bday... perhaps if you need more incentive to make it out there you can plan it around the big Star Trek convention they have out there every year... They usually do it in August but it seems like something you would really love to do!

    1. I do know about that convention and Ive always dreamed of going. I think it be more then my husband could tolerate though he likes the show but doesnt love it like me. I wish I had gone with my dad when he was alive, but I didn't know about it then. Maybe when I turn 40 in two years though I can convince hubby. Luckily there are two conventions in my area this year one in Philly and one in NYC and Im going to one day of both

  2. Happy birthday to your angel Tubby. And happy birthday to you. Those gifts and cakes are fantastic. You have really wonderful husband! Love the dress you wore for the Easter Parade. Looks like it was so much fun, and wow, your babies are celebrities!

  3. Oh that parade was grand thank you for sharing it wif us, your outfits were just gorgeous also. stella rose

  4. That was a HUGE celebratory weekend! Food, dogs, parade, birthdays, Easter.......we think you covered all bases!

  5. What a beautiful outfit you wore to the Easter Parade!! I just loved your hat!

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday!
    Love the pictures of the Easter parade. We have nothing to compete with that in our neck of the woods.
    Remembering Tubby with great fondness.
    Gail (and Bertie).

  7. OMD! What a wonderful birthday/Easter weekend. I just love seeing the dogs in their dress ups but especially Ping - so sweet. And what a great pic of Tubby to remember him by
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. We loved every one of the photos!!! Such a good time,,, and a Easter Parade too!
    Tubby was a very special boy,,,, and will always be remembered. His smile was so beautiful. So happy

  9. Happy Birthday! 38 is still very young. You could be my daughter you are so young or I'm that old ;-) Your hubby must love being married to a Trekky fan, it makes gift giving a breeze!

  10. Wow, that was busy! We did nothing but rest and take it easy on Sunday.

  11. What a jam packed, fantastic weekend! I lapped up every word and could sense the joy of these recent days straight through the screen. I'm really happy that you guys had such a terrific birthday + Easter celebration.

    Here's to an amazing, vintage filled 38th year, my lovely friend!

    ♥ Jessica

  12. I love a good diner! Happy 38th Birthday!

  13. Happy birthday! Your Easter outfits are beautiful, and I so envy you the trip to the diner... If I ever make it to the US, a diner is top of my places to visit.

    The dogs really are little stars, aren't they? And as for the cats not appreciating their Easter basket, I bet if you told them it wasn't for them they'd become interested...

  14. i want to go to a parade like that! really i've never been to a big parade. New York must be such an exciting place to live near.

  15. Wow! What an amazing weekend for all of you. Happy Birthday to both Angel Tubby (we miss you, buddy!) and to you, Katherine. Your Easter outfits are incredible. It's no wonder why you had so much attention at the parade! Glad you had such an ejoyable weekend!


  16. Happy belated birthday to you, you outfits were lovely :)

    I saw a sun hat in the pet superstore this week and so wanted to buy it for Belle, but she'd likely throw it off and eat it as bunnies are wont to do x


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