Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Monthly Archive:: October 2014

Hannah Sheflyand

I hope everyone has a fun Halloween whether they stay home or go out! I am usually more of a stay-home-and-watch-the-cute-outfits-through-my-window kind of participant for Halloween but it is also the birthday to someone special in my life so I am off to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Papa! Cant wait to spend the evening and many more with you.





Have a great weekend!

Hannah Sheflyand

After growing out of the trick or treating stage of Halloween I have really not been a fan of the day. Halloween parties come and go and I just never felt that it was worth it to spend money on a costume that I will only wear once. Now animal costumes have become a big thing and I have really enjoyed seeing what others have made for their animals, especially for their dogs.

Some of my favorites are below, especially the Great Dane ones:








I think it would be cute to dress Charlie up, however she is a bit of freak when it comes to seeing anything strange on people or dogs, so she will probably stay home for the evening. I cant wait to see what other clever ideas come up this Halloween?

Are you dressing your animals, kids or yourself up this Halloween?

Hannah Sheflyand

Any one who has traveled to any other time zone knows the feeling of the body dealing with jet lag. For me, once I am in a new place or back home, the hardest part is falling asleep and then staying asleep. I know part of it is just the time change but mostly if I am traveling I think my body is in a state of excitement and shock.

I have come to learn that a few things really help me out and I wanted to share and see if you have any other suggestions for our next trips.

1. Water, water and more water!- When my body is in a state of fluctuation I don’t know if I am sleepy, hungry or thirsty. I make sure that even if all the other needs are not met every half hour to hour I have a big cup of water so by the end of the day I have consumed 2 liters of water. I found following a schedule like this at least keeps my body in the right state of health. A great way to keep on track with this is to have a marked water bottle like the picture below.


2. Taking naps- I find that compensating my tiredness with boosts of caffeine does not work as well as taking a nap. Especially if I take a red eye flight, I make sure to give myself time for a nap in the middle of the next day. There are 2 types of naps that will help you feel invigorated after. If I do not have much time I set my alarm for 30 min and try to fall asleep, this means I give myself somewhere between a 20-25 min nap. Any longer than that and your body falls into deep sleep and if woken up suddenly from that, you can often feel even worse then before the nap. With a 25 minute nap I often feel invigorated enough to get me through another half day but not to the point where I cant fall asleep at night. If I am super super exhausted because I did not get any sleep the night before I will try to take a nap around 11am and set my alarm to go off in about 1 hour 45min which give me about a 90 minute nap. This amount of time lets your body go through one REM sleep cycle, I always feel amazing after that. Most importantly I have found that taking a nap any time after 2pm is just a big no no because there is no chance of falling asleep later that night at a normal time. Read more…

Hannah Sheflyand

I am back from Italy! It was great trip but I am very jet lagged and I hope you dont mind I keep this post short. I promise to write a lot about my traveling adventures once I am back to my regular self.

I find it amazing that even though this originally is from back in the 50’s it is still so popular in Italy. I picked this song, because on our trip, almost any time and any where we stopped and music was playing this song came on. We heard this song so much I was slowly getting sick of it, but then of course, it kept getting stuck in my head. Now that we are back, I am already nostalgic for our trip and needed to play it at least 3 times already today.

We heard a lot of great live music, which usually I am not a big fan of, but I am slowly changing my mind, and now I am on a search for good vinyls of live jazz. Any recommendations? Are you a fan of live or foreign music?

I feel it is a genre I really need to open myself up to more.

Hannah Sheflyand

I am on my way to a 2 week vacation to Italy with my mom! We are heading to Rome first and then traveling down to the Amalfi coast. This trip has been long in the process of planning which makes me super excited to finally go.

I was born in Rome and left when I was too little to remember. My family lived in a little beach town right outside of Rome so we will definitely be making a sideline and spending a day visiting the town since its been almost 25 years since we have been there.

I am sorry for not being able to post anything new the last few days but I hope you can understand the craziness that ensues before this kind of long trip. I will do my best to post some updates and photos during the trip but if not I hope you can enjoy some of my past posts until I return!

Hannah Sheflyand

I am very super excited to have the cool weather and the beautiful fall atmosphere with the colorful leaves falling all around. We are spending the weekend relaxing, me packing for my trip, and hopefully baking up some more fall desserts. I am also hoping to finish this book before I leave to Italy.

These are some of the pumpkin inspired dessert recipes I am considering playing around with this weekend:

Pumpkin Brownies


Pumpkin Milkshakes

Pumpkin Pie Cookies


My Pumpkin Bars

What about your plans for the weekend? Any fall baking in the mix?

Hannah Sheflyand

As I am frantically trying to finish planning for my trip to Italy next week, I took a break over the weekend and went to Boston with Brian. Both Brian and I have visited before, but separately, and it was a long long time ago, so we thought it might be a fun weekend away. It was an easy 4 hour drive each way and the weather cooperated perfectly for us. We had a fun time just walking around and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Here are some little tidbits if you decide to take a trip.


We stayed at the Hotel Marlowe Kimptom, which is actually in Cambridge. This hotel is just 5 minutes away from downtown Boston but is on the other side of the river so you have a beautiful view of the water, Bunker Hill Bridge and downtown Boston. The staff here is super friendly, and even though we didn’t bring Charlie with us this time, they do allow dogs free of charge.


Everyone recommended we eat fresh seafood while up in Boston. We were so happy to find Alive and Kicking Lobsters on a bike ride in Cambridge. This is a great little shack sandwiched by big buildings, we practically missed it first time around. They sell fresh uncooked seafood, and also soda, delicious soups and the best lobster sandwiches. No lobster roll could compare! Try it!


I usually am a huge planner for any trips, however this one got the worst of me, I planned absolutely nothing. Because of that our dinner did not go as planned. I was very excited to try Row34 which is supposed to be an amazing raw bar, but we didn’t make reservations and the wait was almost 2 hours. If you make it there, let me know how it is.

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Hannah Sheflyand

Have you heard of George Lois before? The show Mad Men is supposedly based off the character of George Lois (though George Lois does not like to be compared to the show). While in business he completely changed the marketing and cultural world with his very unique creative thinking and produced beautiful ad work for decades. His book, Damn Good Advice  (for people with talent!), has been on my list to read for quiet some time and I happy to have finally gotten to it.

What an enjoyable read. Every caption of advice has its own little story from his life experience that helps explain why he added it to the list. I would love to share a few:

  1. All the tools in the world are meaningless without an essential idea.
  2. Always go for the big idea!
  3. “Im sorry I could not have written a shorter letter, but I didnt have the time”-Abraham Lincoln, Think long. Write short.
  4. If you think people are dumb, youll spend a lifetime doing dumb work.
  5. Maybe the best way to define your future is to reinvent it.
  6. If you act ike one of those lecheroud TV Mad Men in your office, you’ll wind up getting screwed.
  7. The only thing that gets better when it gets bigger is a penis.
  8. Dont sleep your life away.
  9. Dont get mad, get even.

The last quote was definitely my favorite but it was hard to choose because the whole book was filled with amazing stories and advice. Have you read his book before? What do you think?

P.S.- Need some reading ideas?

And here are a few examples of George Lois’ past work:






Hannah Sheflyand

We are a big fan of Johnny Cash and spend a lot of our downtime listening to our growing collection of his vinyls. This weekend we added American V: A Hundred Highways, a record that was recorded but then released almost 3 years after his death. The album is filled with many somber songs including this cover song by Nine Inch Nails. The song is filled with regret and sadness and makes me tear up every time I hear it and every time I see this video, yet I really really love it.

Are you a Johnny Cash fan? What do you think of this song?

Hannah Sheflyand

This weekend is already not going as planned. I woke up today even more sick then yesterday, and even though I would love to just spend the whole weekend in bed with hot tea with honey, we are off to Boston for the weekend! I am usually the type of person who plans everything, almost hour by hour, for trips weeks ahead of time, but somehow time has gotten the best of me so I will rush and plan everything as best as I can all tonight.

On a very happy note, our foster dog Moose is getting adopted today! He has been fun to have around but we are all excited he now has a permanent home. Below are some pictures of him from the last few weeks, isnt he adorable:







We will miss you big guy!

I hope the rainy weather for tomorrow will disappear early in the day and we can go bike riding all around town, what about you? What are your plans for the weekend?