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What I Want...Friday, April 9th

This post is the first in a series for Fridays called "What I Want Fridays."  Like most people, I have a huge, long list about things I want to experience, places I want to go, and items that I want that will enrich my life.  If money were no object (this is SO far from my reality right now) this list would be much shorter because I would no longer have to wish for these things.  But not everything on my "wish list" is expensive.  Sometimes I want to just spend a day relaxing in a park.  Clearly, I could fulfill this wish on the cheap and go to a local park but more often than not, my true wish is to be relaxing in Paris in the Place des Vosges in Le Marais (the best park in Paris).  Ok, so I cannot fly off to Paris right now so instead, I have to learn to appreciate the things I can do.  But I can still dream.  These posts will document what I would like my weekends to be, in a perfect world.  So this is what my perfect weekend is looking like now:


Where I want to { go } :: The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Ok, this hotel is absolutely fantastic.  I've heard of it before but just recently started ogling over the pictures.  The mid-century modern vibe is perfect for Palm Springs and the decor and casual atmosphere is so inviting.  I always feel slightly uncomfortable in hotels, probably because of the hideous floral comforters, but this hotel would make me want to lounge around and relax.  There are branches of the Ace Hotel in Portland, Seattle, and New York (I'll add those to my wish list too) also.  Check out their website for all of the awesome room pictures and the 360 degree video. 

Photo: Ace Hotel 


What I want to { do } :: ride a bicycle with a basket

As long as I'm not pedaling up any wicked, intense hills, I really like bike riding.  It can be kind of peaceful.  Some of my best memories from studying abroad in Italy were the adventures we had while bike riding.  I cannot resist a bike with a basket...you need somewhere to put your stuff.  I have a couple of bikes at home but their tires are in desperate need of some air.  And my bikes don't have baskets.  And my house is surrounded by wicked, intense hills that would kick my butt.  This white bike has to be my favorite, it's beautiful.  Whenever I get some disposable income (eons from now) I would love to have a beauty like this.  

Photo: Fisher Bikes, Simple City 8 model 


What I want to { eat } :: penne + mint + parmesan + peas & mint mojitos

I am craving mint!  Mint mojitos are my favorite cocktail, by far.  They are so refreshing and now that the weather is warming up, it is mojito season (yes, there is a season).  The penne + mint dish was invented by my friend Pat who is a food genius.  I tried the recipe the other night and it is so good.  I don't have any specific quantities but here are some simple directions.  Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil.  Once the onions start to brown, add chopped mint and the peas.  When done, put this on top of your penne pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese.  Yum! 

Photos: Mojito from Buena Vida Comida found via foodgawker

Penne from The Zest found via foodgawker


What I want to { hear } :: Mykonos, Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes

I love the Fleet Foxes.  Their music has an old sound to it which I totally appreciate.  Mykonos is probably my favorite song from Sun Giant.  The only downside to this song is that it makes me want to go to Mykonos, Greece.  Add it to the list!

Photo: Fleet Foxes last.fm page


What I want to { buy } :: Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex Camera

I am so intrigued by this camera.  I love the colors although I'd probably buy the white one.  It is a new take on a classic twin-lens reflex and the best part is it takes 35mm film instead of 120mm.  120mm has to be developed at specific camera stores while 35mm can be developed at Target.  It is not an unreasonable price, being only $120.  I could actually save up and buy this sometime soon...and I plan to.  Check out the website for photo examples.

Photo: Blackbird Fly Camera  


What I want to { watch } :: Mad Men, Season 3

Season 3 just came out on DVD which makes me so happy because I was only able to catch a few episodes when they originally aired.  The costumes, the acting, the photography...everything is just so beautiful and sexy and intriguing.  The best part is that I'll be able to watch all the episodes without having to wait each week. 

Photo: AMC Mad Men


Ok, so a few of my wishes could actually be accomplished this weekend.  Bring on the music, Mad Men, penne, and mojitos!

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