Monday, March 31, 2008
Needed? OK wanted.
There was - of course! I have a few events surrounding my friend's wedding that I had in mind while I was looking.
This sweater will look so awesome with this pink flower pin that I found in Crewcuts for girls and will look great with these Navy capri pants and my navy blue Me Too flats.
I need a navy blue clutch... any ideas?
Well?? Did you watch Tudors on Showtime? Did you love it? Ever since I read, "The Other Boleyn Girl" I can't get enough of the saga! I am reading, "The Boleyn Inheritance" now and I have, "The Queen's Fool" in my que.
Warning - this trailer is a rated R(ish)...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Anyway, (gosh I get distracted easily) yesterday I got my hair cut for the first time in nearly 6 months.
How does it look you ask? Can you say Joan Jett? Not Joan Jett from the late 80's early 90's Joan Jett with all the big crazy hair - the Joan Jett from the early 80's with what some might call a female version of the mullet. That's what I think my hair looks like now.
Boo-hoo. Too bad so sad for me.
I'm not crazy about it but, what the heck, it's hair and it'll grow out eventually. Until then you, can just call me Joan!
Now... if I could only figure out how to get her rockin' body to go with my new do...!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I have a confession.
I am so sorry to have to tell you this in a blog post but I am not sure how to break the news to you. I've given you several hints - little comments here and there. This week if you had bothered to sit with me on Tuesday night I would have been able to get up the nerve to tell you to your face. But you wanted to watch golf upstairs and so I wasn't able to confess to you my secret. And then you left for a business trip the next morning and my chances to confess were lost until Friday. I can't keep it in any longer - I can't wait another day - I must confess.
I am in love with another man. There I said it.
I am sorry to hurt you like this.
I am in love with Michael Johns.
Come on now, you have to admit he is hot and after his performance Tuesday night I can't deny it any more. He can sing, he's hot, and he has a cute Australian accent. I love him. Can you forgive me? I promise to get over him soon. In fact, I will probably be over him in a few weeks when he is cut from American Idol because we all know little David or big David will win this season. And then he will be gone from our lives and we can get back to normal.
If you need an imaginary lover of your own during this time, I will understand. But, she must be shorter, fatter, and preferably unattractive and poorly dressed - because we both know there is a double standard in our house. Right? Just so we are clear here.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Me: Yeah, bud?
Bug: I just realized my armpits are dry.
Me: Your armpits?
Me: Let me see...
Bug: (lifts both of his arms....)
Me: Do they hurt?
Bug: No, I just realized they are dry.
Me: Do you want a little bit of lotion?
Me: Lift your arms.
Bug: (lifts one arm...)
Me: Lift both...
Bug: (lifts the other...)
Bug: OH! (giggles and lifts both of his arms again and I put on the lotion)
Bug: Uh-huh. I just realized they aren't dry anymore.
Me: Oh good.
Bug: I love you momma.
Me: Love you too bug.
Now I ask you - have you ever in your life heard of dry arm pits? I wonder where he got this? It struck me as such an odd conversation - I've been giggling about it all day!
I'm off to hop in the shower and wash my stinky self! I have been sitting around (working) in sweaty work out clothes all day and I stink!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Oh... wait... that would mean I won't be able to go to NYC for my friend's wedding in May or to Martha's Vineyard this summer. OK... so maybe I'll just say for the record I am just really, really, really happy to be home from our weekend trip to visit Mr.'s family. Do I need to elaborate? No? Good.
The Easter Bunny did not disappoint us. He somehow found us in Ohio - man, that bunny is a smart one. He gave the kids a big water bottle filled with gum balls even though he knows we don't (often) allow the kids to chew gum. When the kids saw these water bottles filled with gum balls and my displeasure they were worried that I would take it away. With a big sigh, I voiced my unhappiness and said that I guess it would be OK since EB brought it. :) Mr. pulled me aside to ask me if I knew they were gum balls... duh. I looked at him like he was the child that he sometimes is and said of course but I was trying to make it seem like the EB was not really ME - especially since the cousins do not believe in the Easter Bunny anymore! Then I saw the light bulb go off in his eyes and he smiled (like a child) and said something about me being a sly one. Sometimes I wonder...
My sister in law's 3 youngest (she has triplet boys) do not believe in the Easter Bunny... they are 6! So sad don't you think? I hope mine believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa forever! OK, maybe not forever but at least for several more years.
So anyway - we are home and getting ready for our week to begin. Back to school for the kids - back to work for me.
Did you have a nice Easter?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My mom called Sunday morning to let me know my dad was admitted to the hospital Saturday night. He had been to the doctor and his heart was being monitored by a remote devise. He was given the monitor at his appointment on Friday and not 2 days later he finds himself in the hospital as a result of a Ventricular Taclycardia "episode." It lasted 18 seconds, which is abnormal and could have indicated a lethal outcome. He's been in the hospital since Saturday night. He has had every imaginable test on his heart in the last 4 days and they have found nothing - in fact they have only found minor heart disease which for a man in his mid 60's that is about normal if not better than normal. So he's home and back on the remote monitor and with medication he will be fine.
This was the first call I have gotten regarding my parent's health and it's scary. I forget that I am getting older and so are they! I also realized my parents (mostly my mother) still view me as a child and the youngest child at that. Does this ever change? My sister (who is 2 years older) was their "go to" person. She was the one they called to explain what was going on each day so she could then call me. I have to say it hurts my feelings.
Will they ever see me as anything other than the baby in the family? I am nearly 38, married with 2 kids, a house, master's degree, a good career, and more - but in their eyes I am still just their youngest daughter. Do they think I can't handle it? Do they see me as weak? Or are they just trying to be protective? I'd love to ask them this... but I know it would surprise them and probably even hurt their feelings so I won't.
Every time I spend time with them and leave with these thoughts I find myself feeling young and imature... tonight I even got a little nervous going in to the store to buy a bottle of wine. I half expected to get carded! Silly, I know.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Of course, Mr. felt the need to start rummaging through the bags and questioning me on why this or that was in there - he stomped into our bedroom after taking the bags out and wanted to know, how could I throw away a perfectly good pair of Lucky jeans?! Never mind they are about 5 years old and never fit properly anyway. I guess I should keep them in my closet because they "look like new," right? Wrong. They do not fit - I do not wear them... they are just making my already messy closet messier!
He can't resist. He does that everytime he sees a bag of Goodwill or Purple Heart things and sometimes will even take things out and pile them somewhere for me to find later. It reminds me of one of those old sitcom episodes - wasn't it a Leave it Beaver episode or Archie Bunker where the wife took an old plaid sport coat to charity and the husband moped around the house for the entire episode and then went to the charity store and bought it back? Ridiculous I tell you! I think if it were up to him I would never throw anything out because if it were up to him I would never get anything new.
MEN! Ya gotta love 'em. Right?
Monday, March 17, 2008
I know the answer... but do I feel like hauling my ass down to the basement to haul a few bags of old clothing and toys up the stairs? hell to the no! Do I really think I will get my ass out of bed an hour early to do it? double hell to the no. So what is my option? Do it tonight. I hope who ever ends up with 3 bags of my old clothes appreciates them!
That was wrong of me to say wasn't it? Not very charitable was it? OK... sorry. I am making my way down in one minute with a happy smiling face because it's not about me - it's about people who are in need.
Talked myself right out of that bad attitude...!
Friday, March 14, 2008
None the less I had a great day at work. These people? Not so much. Bad, bad, bad day... watch and have a great weekend!
And while I am at it... do you remeber these pants? I ended up sending them back because they were way too long? Well they are on sale and they have my size so I think am going to try them again. I think my new navy blue flower will look lovely with them - don't you?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I was in my robe with my hair still wet (the beauty of working from home) when I heard someone knocking on my door this morning at 9:30. "Who in the world...," I thought to myself. With a quick peak out the side window, I yelled to Mr. that he had to get the door because the FedEx was here. Mr. opened the door saw that the package was for me and made his usual man-like comment, "Momma's been shopping again. What is it this time?" He checked the sender's address and laughed. The package was from J.Crew and we knew it was my beloved flower belt. Mind you it was nearly 5 o'clock last night when I was emailing with the Senior VP at J.Crew and less than 24 hours later I am admiring my gift up close and personal. Now that is customer service at it's best.
Thank you again J.Crew!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Wait until you read what was waiting for me in my in box...
The kids had swim team tonight so I packed up my bag with my computer and Internet air card so I could finish writing content for a web site I am working on while at the pool. And, as I was struggling with copy as a result of a mild case of writer's block, I decided to check my email. By the way, if you don't have an Internet air card you really should get one. You can literally work from anywhere - the pool, the mall, the gym, the airport... anywhere.
So back to my story. I decided to check my email. I scrolled through the few new emails I had to see if there was anything interesting. And then I spotted something that made me sit up a little. The subject line was,"We have a belt for you!" Can you imagine my surprise when I opened the email and read that it was from a Senior VP at J. Crew? Surprise is not even the appropriate word here. I was floored. I was, as the British might say, "gobsmacked!"
Here is what the email said...
Your blog has been the talk of our office...I wanted to personally get back to you and let you know that we tracked down a navy flower belt for you (coincidentally I am wearing the same one today!).I would like to send it to you with our compliments. Please let me know your address and we will get it out today.
All the best,
Senior Vice President
My response? I could barely think straight - and obviously an intelligent, well-written response did not enter my mind so I went with my emotion...
Dear Name Withheld,
You are joking - right?? Please tell me this is not a joke...
I am so thrilled I can't even begin to express how happy I am right now - first that you found the belt and second that you are sending it to me. I can't thank you enough and can't wait to gush about J.Crew on my little blog.
My address is:
Thank you so much - I am still in shock!
Her response less than 5 minutes later?
No joke! We will send it to you now...enjoy!
As if I didn't love J.Crew enough already? Well, now I am over the top for them.
In all seriousness... as a consumer I sometimes wonder if big companies really care about their customers. Oh, they all say they do but too often their customer service representatives behave differently. I don't want to pick on the customer services professionals because ultimately it is the responsibility of the senior leadership at a company to have standards of customer care and to ensure their standards are being upheld. I've never wondered if J. Crew cares about us. In the 10+ years that I have been buying from them, I have rarely been disappointed.
This senior leader at J. Crew went above and beyond to email me personally as a result of a blog entry that was written tongue-in-cheek. Was I really upset about the back ordered flower? Yes! Was I really going to "break up" with J. Crew? No! I love them way too much and the good has consistently outweighed any bad that I have or ever will encounter. They really do care about their customers. Cheers to J.Crew and cheers to the Senior VP of Marketing!
J. Crew... I love you (wo)man!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Do you love this one?! as much as I do that is...
It was great to finally meet you Amy!
Monday, March 10, 2008
I saw this over at dooce.com and seriously - is someone trying to sabotage my pre-spring diet?
I have managed to avoid the little girls because I know I can't say no and I know I can't eat just one (box that is) of Tagalongs but seriously if this crosses my path I will not be able to deny myself.
This is someones idea of a sick joke - right?
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Here are my final selections... finally!
These shoes by the way are the most comfortabe high heel I have ever put on my feet!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Today I did get up and shower first thing because I have lots to do this evening. I THINK we are going to Ohio to visit my mother in law who had surgery last week. Our travel plans shifted from last week to this weekend and now we are considering postponing again until Easter weekend because apparently it is snowing and and icy from here to Ohio - and travelling in that weather is not smart - right? If we go Easter weekend we can actually spend Easter with his family and that would be a nice thing since we NEVER go to Ohio for holidays - we always spend holidays with my parents who also live in MD.
At any rate... here is the outfit du jour. Nothing exciting - but it sure is comfortable! I'll be wearing my black Tori Burch ballet flats later to run errands but for now I am all about the fuzzy slippers!