Those of you that know us well (and particularly our co-workers) know that we love a good sandwich. It’s one of the many things that we got from emum, and we really took this one and ran with it (wish some of the other emum virtues had been so adamantly adopted). We will spare you the details of our love affair with the turkey sandwich (we can’t complain about people talking about their eating habits on facebook and then do the same thing here), but just trust us: we love a sandwich for lunch. That’s why we were delighted to discover this list of 14 best sandwiches in Atlanta (btw, DailyCandy is great again. We just rejoined and love their redesign – much smarter. Even stole the post title). #1 is Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park…which we’ve been dying to try. Plus, the list includes one of our other random favorite finds: Papi’s (a hole in the wall cuban restaurant in Midtown). Bun appetit!
We love a well done commercial. Between our ad agency past and a renewed love from Mad Men, we think we can appreciate the art form in this platform for business (we were so inspired by Dove’s epic “True Colors” commercial that we decided to try to work for the creating agency, Ogilvy & Mather). This P&G spot was recently recognized at the Cannes festival for advertising. And we think you’ve probably learned enough about emum to know that it made us tear up.
Buying Christmas gifts for the men in our lives sort of stresses us out. Buying gifts for the emums and g-loves? No sweat. We just go to Lenox and find things we like and then force ourselves to wrap them and give them away (ode to the days when every time elaney had to go to a birthday party, emum got a gift for the honoree and a matching one for elaney. #thatdidn’tstopuntiliwas10 #firstchild #parentscan’tcallmeentitledwhatdidtheythinkwasgoingtohappen?).
However, dads and brothers are another story. HELP us. We don’t want to do something totally boring like a tie or socks, but every time we try to get creative (last year we did a nice restaurant gift certificate for dad), we see dad toss it into the bottom drawer or just give it back to us within 48 hours (Chops was great, dad!). Pretty much if someone gave us anything from Kate Spade or Tory Burch we’d like it…should we just go to filson.com and get something? Help! What are the best tips for buying gifts for boys??
Maybe it’s that it’s the summer. Maybe it’s that we’ve been listening to Barenaked Ladies lately and nostalgic for high school (yet when are we not nostalgic for high school?). Maybe it’s that it’s almost time for one of our favorite days of the year…new planner purchase day! Or maybe we’ve just been in a good mood. But lately…we’ve missed elaney.
If we were still blogging, we’d be writing about how Ashley Hebert is an embarrassment to all single women (and the phrase “dot, dot, dot” makes us want to gouge our eyeballs out and note that punctuation talk does not sexy talk yield). We’d write about best Chick Lit for summer! We’d write about where we are dining during our summer travels. We’d write about how Pippa Middleton is the biggest bad a of the past decade. (We would not be writing about Casey Anthony). And we would of course be quoting some of our favorite elaney regulars…
Reader Melby: ”I really miss elaney. It’s like when things get hard in my life, I need elaney to guide me.”
Reader g-love (on a distaste for too many ways to communicate): ”I just can’t do it anymore. Now, every time I get on gchat, I just feel dirty.”
elaney: ”We were talking about The xx…” emum: ”The who?” elaney: ”The xx.” emum: ”I don’t know who they are.” elaney: ”Shocker mom, here I thought you were so into Indie Rock. Just listen to the story.” emum: ”Indie rock. Now is that like Kid Rock?”
But we haven’t. But it doesn’t mean we haven’t thought of you. Summer has been great (feel like Melissa Carter leaving The Bert Show), but maybe…maybe one day…elaney will be back…
emum: ”elaney, Betta (egrandmum) and I went to hear a speaker at lunch today. She wrote a book about 5 things to live by, things like ‘Dream Big,’ ‘Believe You Can Do Anything,’ and ‘Shoot for the Stars.’ I just kept thinking, you should be writing that book!!”
elaney: ”Thanks, Mom, but I’m not sure how America would react to my current set of beliefs, ‘Dream in Moderation,’ ‘Appropriately Manage Your Children’s Expectations About Life,’ and ‘Find Joy in the Moment (Even if Most Moments You Want to Bang Your Head Against the Wall).’”
emum: [giggles] “Well, I don’t know about that, but I do want you to know that one day you wake up and you’re 50. That’s just how it happens. And if there is something that you really want to do, you need to do it now.”
elaney: “Mom, can I please just wear my work out clothes to the mall? It will save us so much time.”
emum: ”But what if you meet someone?”
elaney: ”Even if I flew in Rachel Zoe and Jonathan Anton to style me, it’s just not going to happen today at Lenox Mall. Can I please just wear my work out clothes?”
emum: ”Fine. But wear that cute little hat I got you.”
“So then she started talking about all this stuff that I found totally offensive, and I was about to say something. But then I thought to myself, ‘what would emum do?’ And I realized, she would eat her salad, sip her wine, and smile politely. And that’s exactly what I did.” – Reader g-love
elaney: ”You have got to get a new phone.”
emum: ”I know! All my friends were laughing about how I have a Harlem phone.”
elaney: ”Wait, do you mean ghetto?”
elaney: ”I feel like you’re not that sad about the end of elaney.”
emum (smiles mischievously): ”I’m pretty sure there will be something else.”