Resolution #1: Calm down with the chocolate. Ever since these babies went half off at the supermarket, I've been eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(Pic from Candy Blog)
They are basically Cadbury Mini Eggs, but with less egg shape and more Christmas. Also, resolution #1 may quickly be broken by Easter.
Speaking of Cadbury--Deep Fried Creme Eggs, anyone? Mmmm.
(Pic from Lovescool)
I think I've mentioned before that I grew up in Northern New York, a land of strip malls, sweatpants and morbid obesity. Anyhow, one of the biggest social events every year was the Orange County Fair, right in the heart of Middletown. Oh the artery-clogging bliss that could be found there! In addition to the general fair menu of fried dough and kabobs, we had fried Twinkies, fried brownies, and fried Hostess cupcakes! Isn't your mouth watering?
Resolution #2: Wear socks more often. Self-explanatory.
Resolution #3: Post some fancy and in no way affordable vintage emerald jewelry. Done and done.
1.61ct Diamond and Emerald Art Deco Ring, $10,700
Late Victorian Bracelet, $15,750
Emerald and Pearl Ballerina Charm, $650
18K Emerald and Yellow Gold Bracelet, $6100
The word Emerald is said to originate from Sanskrit, meaning green. An Austrian created the first accepted synthetic emerald, but the real stuff comes from areas of Europe, Africa, South America, India and the Middle East. It's May's birthstone, and perhaps because of it's geographical origins, the emerald is a very biblical stone, popping up all over the old testament.
The emerald's myths run old and wide:
-In the Catholic Church, green has a special meaning as well, since it has always been considered the most natural and elementary color in liturgy. Some say that an emerald in a shape of a bowl fell off the Satan’s crown. That bowl was later used by Christ at the last supper, and Joseph of Arimathea caught Christ’s blood dripping from the cross in that bowl, founding the order of the Holy Grail.
- Associated with the Greek goddess Venus, the stone was said to protect lovers from unfaithfulness.
- A noted healing gem, emeralds are associated with eyesight, said to help infections and inflammations.
- Good for memory and aids public speakers in eloquence and creativity.
(Info from Jewels for Me and Wikipedia)
The Mogul Emerald is one of the largest and most famous. It's a 217 carat rectangular slab inscribed on one side with Islamic prayer, and ornate flower imagery on the opposite side. An anonymous buyer purchased it for $2.2 million in 2001.
(For more information on the Mogul Emerald, as well as other famed emeralds, go to Jewelry.com)