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Driving along Pine Street this weekend, my husband and I gasped at what we thought was a for-sale sign in front of the famous Mork and Mindy house at 1619 Pine. We instantly began fantasizing about what it would be like to live there — and wondering what it would cost to buy a piece of pop culture history. Alas, we’ve since learned that the sign in front of the house is merely a general contractor sign. Perhaps the current owners are having a landing pad installed on the roof in preparation for Mork’s return from Ork?

Mork and Mindy house

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New to Me: Lilli

From the owners of Violette — you know, that cute-as-pie clothing shop next to Bliss on Pearl and 17th — comes a new boutique called Lilli, located just across the street. I stopped by the other day to check it out, and despite the alarmingly unnecessary comma in their sign (see below) and the matronly clothes in the front window (the shop is clearly aiming to balance out Violette’s younger demographic), I was pleasantly surprised and tempted by plenty of stylish garments inside. Among them: a cream bohemian blouse that would great with skinny jeans and cognac boots and a lot of comfy (yet adorably cut) jersey tops, cardigans and dresses.

Lilli

Lilli on Pearl - Love Boulder Blog

Firefly Handmade Holiday Craft Show

You won’t see any “Bless This Home” wooden plaques or teddy-bear adorned quilts at this particular craft market. Boulder’s crafters have really upped the hip factor on handmade goods, and the dozens of vendors at today’s Firefly Handmade Holiday Market (happening all weekend in the Boulder Co-Op space at Pearl and 19th) is proof.

The creativity and quality at this show was staggering. The only problem? These savvy crafters know they’ve got a good thing going, and consequently, the prices reflect it. But if you’re looking for truly unique, one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts — and you’re willing to drop a little more for quality — make sure you stop by tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.

So, yeah. It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve still been out enjoying Boulder as much as ever, but a busy work schedule has kept me from telling you all about it for the past few months.

I’m also eight months pregnant, and late nights in front of the laptop just don’t happen much anymore.

I’m hoping that my approaching new-parent status will inspire me to write more about my adventures in Boulder from new perspectives. In fact, I thought I’d start right now.

During this long, hot summer, during which I’ve swelled to the size of a hippopotamus, I have discovered new, pregnant-friendly places in Boulder (I now know all the best restrooms on Pearl Street, for instance).

I wanted to tell you about one special place, in particular, that tops my list: A Mellow Mood spa. Billing itself as a “family spa,” A Mellow Mood specializes in prenatal and postnatal spa treatments by miracle worker Heather Lynn. She’s one of those people who you’re around for one minute before you’re smiling and realizing her infectiousness has transformed your mood. Not only is she just a sweet gal, but her knowledge of the pregnant body and how to position it just right for a joint-relieving, muscle-reviving massage (LOTS of squishy pillows are involved) is also unmatched. She’ll even give baby an in-utero massage, if you choose.

What makes A Mellow Mood a “family” spa? On-the-spot childcare is available for parents who need some pampering but can’t find a babysitter. There are plenty of other special touches, too, including freshly baked cookies to top off your already delicious spa treatment.

A Mellow MoodIn these last days of my pregnancy, I’m hoping to make it back to Heather Lynn for a final pampering session before, well, everything changes. I’m also hoping to make a few more blog posts, but if the little one has other plans, then I’ll see you sometime…on the other side.

You know how I love me a bargain, and the GoLite warehouse sales are aisles, racks and boxes overflowing with bargains. Last time I went, the deals were incredible. I’m hoping for a repeat performance on April 23-25.

GoLite Warehouse Sale April 2010Reminder: For the best deals, you need to get there first thing on opening day, Friday, April 23. See ya there!

Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Oh glorious spring! You’re finally here!

Saturday was the first day of the Boulder Farmers’ Market, a sure signal that spring has arrived and summer is just around the bend.

There were just a few people there to check it out.

Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Aside from a wee bit of wind, it was a lovely, sunny spring day. Vendors had lots of young seedlings, lettuce and other early crops for sale.

Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Abbondanza farms had a particularly large bounty, including a precious selection of eggs in unusual colors — aqua, powder blue, amber, brown and apricot. (Unusual, that is, to those of us who didn’t grow up around hens.)

They were steeply priced at $7 a dozen, but I’ve been searching for a small, local source for eggs (If you’ve read anything about the poultry industry, you know that “cage-free, vegetarian fed” doesn’t mean a whole lot when you’re talking about grocery store eggs), so I sprung for a half dozen to try them out. What the heck; it was the day before Easter!

Boulder Farmers' Market

Photo by Eric Gray.

Boulder Farmers' Market

Photo by Eric Gray.

The next day, I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of the prized eggs before we fried them up for breakfast.

Boulder Farmers' Market eggs, Boulder, COBoulder Farmers' Market eggs, Boulder, COThey were delicious and had bright orange yolks, just as promised by the Abbondanza fellow at the market.

I’m so looking forward to a long season of discovering more treasures at the farmers’ market!

Cello by stevendepolo on Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by stevendepolo, Flickr Creative Commons

Sadly, it has been many moons since Eric and I were good, supportive friends and made it to a Boulder Chamber Orchestra to hear our dear friend and cellist Rebecca Holley play. But we finally made it to a performance on Friday night at the First Congressional Church of Boulder.

The evening’s theme was Sounds of the Countryside, and although the pieces seemed obscure (at least to a classical music ignoramus such as myself), they were the most approachable and enjoyable I’ve heard the BCO play.

The first was made up of selections from Ten Armenian Songs and Dances by an Armenian composer named Komitas Vardapet. Upon introducing the pieces, Bahman Saless, the musical director and conductor, noted that the songs were intended to include some folk drumming, but as they couldn’t find anyone, they’d have to do without. A fellow in the audience stood and said “Excuse me, but I’m actually a drummer. I could stand in if you wish.” In faux surprise, Bahaman agreed that, why yes, that would be wonderful. The audience had a good chuckle and the drummer joined the orchestra on stage with his hand-held drum.

For the second piece, a clarinet concerto by Gerald Finzi, the featured soloist of the evening, clarinetist Jerome Fleg, made his appearance and impressed the audience with the sweet, floating sounds of his instrument. I was transported to a scene from a Disney movie, with little bluebirds and butterflies flitting around.

The final selection was An English Suite by Hubert Parry, a delightful, head-bopping composition that really did capture the essence of the English countryside.

With each piece, Bahman gave his take on why the music is historically significant and called out a few unique features to listen for during the performance. For example, he explained why he so admires Parry’s talent for symphonic composition and his ability to extend the melody through several bars before bringing it “back home.”

As I was looking around the crowd, which consisted largely of elderly folk and families of the musicians, I got to thinking that more people really should know about this experience. It’s not as stodgy and boring as you might think. Bhaman makes a concerted effort to bring some fun and learning into the equation — and he suceeds. And at the very least, you’ll find yourself in the sanctuary of a small church or theater, turning off your iPhone or Blackberry and getting carried away by the music — even if it is to drift off with your own thoughts.

Their next performance is The Lyricists, featuring violinist Lindsay Deutsch on April 2–3.