Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What if your husband told you a well known plastic surgeon would be performing the procedure. Would you do it then?
Oh, and did I mention the treatment is just as awesome for sun damaged skin showing signs of aging at 38 as it is for 60 year old women who have not only been sunbathing for the past 50 years but also smoking for the last 40? Would you do it then?
Monday, April 28, 2008
How about if I told you the laser treatment is relatively painless and would be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon? Would you do it then?
What if I told you it would make you look 10 years younger - even if you are only 38 years old? Would you do it then?
I'm just curious.
I started running again.
We started renovating our master bath.
I got my May 3rd wedding dress hemmed.
I got spring summer clothing out and put winter clothing away.
I did 6 loads of laundry.
I watched "The Queen" with Mr.
Bug had his first official sleep over.
I dug some of the winter clothing out again due to a sudden drop in temp.
Mr. and I stood in Home Depot arguing about what toilet to buy for our new bathroom.
I gave Holly (our dog) a bath.
I forgot about bug's soccer practice.
I ate 3 ho-ho's.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
So here goes...
Top 5 movies:
Sleepless in Seattle
Walk the Line
You've Got Mail
I'm sure there are others but sometimes I can't remember until I see the name of the movie and then I'm like, "Oh yeah - that one too!"
Friday, April 25, 2008
5 Things I Can't Live Without Under $10:
1. Old Navy Cotton thong panties (they come in a pack of 3 and I think they are actually $12 but technically one pair is less than $10 - yes?)
2. Crest Whitening toothpaste in fresh mint
3. clear nail polish
4. Oral-B CrossAction Power toothbrush
5. Peligrino (bubble) water
5 Favorite Movies:
1. Pretty Woman
2. About A Boy
3. Sweet Home Alabama
4. A Christmas Story
5. Bull Durham
5 Favorite Girl Baby Names That I Love But did not Use:
5 Favorite Boy Baby Names That I Love But did not Use:
5. Blaine (I grew up in the 80's - Pretty in Pink!)
5 Songs You Could Listen to Over and Over:
1. Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
2. Belief - John Mayer
3. You want to Make a Memory - Bon Jovi (yes, I am serious)
4. How to Save a Life - The Fray
5. Forever in My Arms - Ray LaMontagne
5 Things That Stay In My Purse At All Times:
3. makeup (lip gloss and powder - I hate to be shiny)
5 Obsessions I Have Right Now:
1. my new iPhone
2. Top Chef
3. not cooking - at all
4. Double Bubble gum balls (ow my jaw...)
5. where to get my dress hemmed for the wedding in NYC
5 Places I'd Love to Go:
3. Martha's Vineyard
Is woken even a word...?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I write a blog for my job. This week in honor of Earth Day I have been writing about activities that my company or our employees have participated in to honor of Earth Day. The first post I wrote was about a co-worker who planted 31 trees on her property in Louisiana. Yesterday's post was about a PB&J campaign we promoted on college campuses across the country. (We are a world wide food service and facilities management company.)
Basically this campaign promoted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch instead of a hamburger. According to the actual PB&J Campaign, substituting one PB&J for one hamburger can reduce water consumption by 133 gallons and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 pounds. And, animal products require six to 17 times as much land as soy to produce the same amount of protein.
Sounds like fun, right?
We were not out to change the world - or convert people to become vegetarians - it was for fun - for awareness. It's just one small "act" that may or may not have an impact. At the very least these "acts" show that we (the company) are making an effort to raise awareness.
Well... I have this friend. The husband of a friend who is what I would describe as a paranoid skeptic and not afraid to say what's on his mind even if half of the stuff is way over the top conservative. I don't know how else to describe him - he's really and truly a nice guy and I absolutely adore his wife. So do you think he would be offended if I told him to just shut up? What about if I said, "Shut up, please?"
Why would I ask him to shut up? Well... after reading each post he was quick to his computer to research the opposing sides of the efforts and then email me these findings. So for example on Tuesday in response to my coworker planting 31 trees on her property for Earth Day with her family he emailed me and this is what he had to say...
"Enjoyed your Earth Day report. Trees aren't always good for the environment. Further, "'Tree huggers' claims of mass de-forestation are completely unfounded based on the numbers. In the early part of the twentieth century, people cut down twice as many trees as they planted; now the United States grows 36 percent more trees than it harvests. Some researchers believe tree numbers are larger today than when Columbus arrived in 1492!"
Not trying to be critical -- just thought you'd appreciate a little extra insight on the wonders of Earth Day and environmental issues that you rarely hear about."
There was more to his email but I won't bore you (anymore than I already am). I emailed him back and resisted the urge to tell him to "shut (the hell) up" and tell him to just enjoy the post for what it was meant to be - entertainment. The purpose of the post was not to make a political statement it was meant to just be a nice story about a nice person who happens to work for the same company that I work for. The purpose of the blog itself is to show our company is more than just a foodservice and facilities management company and that our employees are able to have fun and are free to be creative on the job.
I didn't of course - he's a friend and even though he didn't hesitate to spout off unnecessarily to me, I tend to avoid conflict and move on down my merry little way.
So what did I have in my in box this morning?? Yes, another, "I don't mean to be critical" email from "Mr. Know It All And Have To Be An Ass About Because I Am A Man And Men Get Away With This Crap." It's true don't you think? That men think they can get away with saying things that women who dare to do the same are labeled stupid or bitchy or worse - labeled, by the way, by these types of men!
So anyway.... in response to my simple, fun little post about how we encouraged students on college campuses to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a hamburger. HE had this to say...
Whenever I see an article like the one you described, I usually try to do some background work and research the source(s) before taking their word for it. The website you noted contains links to a few animal "rights" organizations, who in my experience as an enterprise journalist, are anti-meat and pro-vegetarian, because they equate meat with animal cruelty. It's a crusade for them, and they're really good at producing cool PR campaigns with the stealth goal of transforming carnivores into herbivores by showing them alarming statistics, awful pictures and various other scare tactics. PETA is probably the most successful organization using these tactics. Of course, they'll throw in a few medical reports by like-minded doctors, just like a trial attorney has "experts" who will attest to their client's innocence by manipulating data, medical reports, etc.
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), one of the groups listed on the PB&J page, has notoriously and aggressively lobbied for federal and state laws that restrict or eliminate hunting, fishing, the ownership of pure breed pets and certain livestock, circuses, rodeos, medical research on animals and other activities.
It doesn't surprise me that HSUS and other animal "rights" groups want people to eat PB&J instead of hamburgers or any meat product sandwich. It starts with, "Just try doing this one day a week." Then, they say, "Well, if you could do it without any problem one day a week, try doing it more frequently," until people ultimately are convinced they no longer need meat in their diet to survive.
Again, I'm not trying to be critical of your blog or efforts.
My reply this time was not as nice and yet still nice. Is he for real? Does he really have this much time on his hand to go out of his way to be combative and disagreeable to a friend? What is he trying to prove? Who asked him anyway??
So there you have it... hence the title of this post. Just shut up... please! And go pick on someone else - someone who doesn't have to smile and be nice to you the next time we have dinner together. Please!"
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
j crew addiction
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shop j crew
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It's rare that anything odd will come up... do I really talk about J.Crew THAT much? (don't answer that) Am I really that boring? (don't answer that) I think I need to add a little spice to my blog so I can laugh out loud more often at the key word activity for my blog.
Today was the rare occasion and these are the key words that made me laugh today:
Mrs quickly boobs
sweater friend boobs
how to dry out arm pits
and those that are not as funny but I'll take them because they aren't all about J.Crew ...
snl soccer mom jeans
recently started snoring
how many calories in a caramel machiatto
working for homegoods
college boy blogspot
how many calories in a vent hot chocolate with whip
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
No "love," no "hugs and kisses," no "warm wishes."
Just "Regards" and his first name.
For those out there who might be tempted to call me a spoiled brat... it's not that I don't appreciate the card. I do! He's great about sending cards to everyone on time and he never forgets anyone's birthday - ever.
But... where's the love?
Here is what I wore Saturday night to dinner (Michael Kors black wrap dress)
But basically it looked like I was wearing the same dress and jean jacket. I am such a creature of habit sometimes it scares me.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
So my birthday was great - a perfect day. I wish it could last for longer than one day. Today we are going to lunch with my parents. My sister and her family will be there too. She will be 40 on Tuesday!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So last night instead of going to swim team (the kids needed a break - plus baby girl had a long day which is a long story) so I took the kids to the Verizon store. I have a work phone and my position doesn't allow for a Blackberry - no big deal, I thought. I'll just pay for the Blackberry myself. I got a killer deal on a cute little BB Pearl. And when I say killer deal I mean killer deal. It was like $60 - and these babies are normally $300.
I was so excited to get the thing home and get it all set up - and I did somehow in between feeding the kids, getting them ready for bed, and other stuff. And once it was all set up I decided it wasn't much more than a phone. Just a phone that can get my personal emails and hobble it's way onto the web if I needed it. If I could get my work emails on it might have been worth it at the low low price of $60... plus $50 a month for extra service. But I have a phone that work pays for so the value was lacking. I went to bed very troubled over this.
So fast forward to this morning.
My mom called to make sure I made reservations for my birthday lunch... figure that one out if you'd like. I made reservations for my birthday lunch that she (they, my parents) are taking me to. She told me where and when but she couldn't call. Not sure why but whatever - doesn't really bother me just struck me as odd.
So ANYWAY... I was on the phone with my mother briefly explaining the phone, Blackberry, iPhone dilemma and she said... why don't you go get the iPhone if it's what you want and it can be your birthday present from me. I was like, really??? REALLY? Are you serious mom? And she was like... sure, it's really what you want!
So I did just that in less than 45 minutes. I zipped over to the store instead eating lunch bought the thing and now I have myself a pretty little iPhone so I can stay connected when I travel because I travel so much, right? :)
It still doesn't get work email but that's not the point. I don't need it for work because I seriously don't leave my office all day long and I rarely travel for work. But this iPhone is NOT just a phone. It's a little computer! It's seriously a tiny little computer and I can't wait to get it all set up with my preferences and contacts tonight so I can't start playing!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
You Are Most Like Charlotte!
I saw this over at The Chic Chauffeur tonight and I always knew I was most like Charlotte!
You are the ultimate romantic idealist
You've been hurt before, but that hasn't caused you to give up on love.
If anything, your resolve to fall in love is stronger than ever.
And it's this feminine optimism that men find most appealing about you.
Romantic prediction: That guy you are seeing (or crushing on)?
Could be very serious - if you play your cards right! (it's a good thing I am married to him!)
How about you would you be pissed? Yeah? Me freakin' too.
We spent the day tasting the wine and talking about what we liked and didn't about it not gulping it and trying to further our buzz along. We took quick naps before our dinner reservations at 9 and enjoyed a fabulous meal at a fabulous place where 10 years ago we probably would have thought to be stuffy.
We tried channel our inner 25 year olds after dinner with a little karaoke. And when our choices of songs included The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, and Frankie Valli (Oh, what a night!), we realized we had to shake it up a little... with a little,"Baby got Back" and "Before he Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. One of the ladies was a fabulous singer who knew the words to every song played and we kept telling her she needed to go on American Idol but then we realized she's too "old" at 40!
At any given moment one of us would either be talking to our families or texting them on our fancy cell phones, a BlackBerry, BlackBerry pearl, or iPhone. EXCEPT ME! I have a nice cell phone but I don't have the texting "turned on" and I can't check emails from it. So now... if you haven't guess already... I want an iPhone... or a blackberry... but the questions is which one suits me best.
And here is my question - what do you have? Which is best the BlackBerry or the iPhone?
Thursday, April 10, 2008
warning video is rated R-ish...
And my dog is named after this lady in this movie...
I am wondering what kinds of things inspire you? How did you come up with your blog name? or your dog's name?
Buy a train ticket to NYC for tomorrow evening!
I am going for a girl's weekend - just me, my 2 BFFs, and 9 other girls only one of whom I know. My BFF, Cheri, is getting married in May (remember the dress decisions) and this is her girl's weekend combined lingerie shower. Last weekend was her traditional shower which was a surprise luncheon and this weekend is not a surprise - well the lingerie shower part is a surprise but not the weekend itself. Fun times!
Here is our itinerary:
Friday, April 11, 2008
Dinner at Chat Noir
22 East 66th Street between 5th and Madison
7 o’clock pm
Saturday, April 12, 2008
A Day of Wine in North Fork
Depart city by way of a limo
235 West End Avenue, 16E
9 o’clock am
Wine Tour and Lunch
11 o’clock am
Lingerie Bridal Shower
5 o’clock pm
6 o’clock pm
(Overnight stay at Harbor Knoll Bed & Breakfast)
Sunday, April 13th
Champagne breakfast at Harbor Knoll
(Train or Jitney back to the city)
And for me train home to my family.
Lots of packing and outfits to pick out... better get on that now that my day is about over. Work day that is... now I get to cook, clean, do laundry, do homework, baths, lacrosse practice, and pack... not necessarily in that order.
oy! I need a wife.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One question - why? Why would you try to crap on our fun? Please stop. That behavior is unacceptable and not welcome around these parts.
If anyone sees a comment like this with a link embedded -- please do not click on it. I had to delete one of these this morning and 2 or 3 in the past few weeks. I really don't want to have to turn on the word encryption or the comment moderator but I also don't want to be the cause of bugging someone's computer.
So damn spammers - please stop!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
I’m serious. I am exhausted from the weekend. It started off with a migraine on Friday and ended with a headache on Sunday. Thankfully, I didn’t wake up with one this morning although I AM really, really tired.
I hosted a surprise bridal luncheon for my friend who is getting married in NYC in May. She and my other BFF came into town Friday night. We were up later talking and drinking wine Friday night and then we were going to shop on Saturday. That was how we got my friend to the restaurant and the surprise was a success.
Yesterday was our annual Marlborough Hunt Races “party.” It’s not really a party it’s more of a tailgate. But I guess a tailgate is a party - right? I didn’t take any pictures to share her because it was raining most of the day. It was a wet day but lots of fun!
And now the week begins… with a MEME!
Curly Girl Kerry tagged me with this fun meme on Friday so here goes!
What I was doing 10 years ago - 1998
1 – buying my first home
2 – getting ready to live in sin with my (now) husband
3 – starting a new job
4 - shopping
5 – turning 28
Five things on my to-do list today
1 – work
2 – laundry
3 – clean bug’s room
4 – fill out summer camp forms
5 – take the kids to swim team practice
Snacks I enjoy
1 – chips (it’s a love hate relationship)
2 – cereal
3 – celery (something about the crisp crunch)
4 – Baskin' Robbins Mint Choc. Chip ice cream (if I dare bring it into the house!)
5 – fruit snacks (if I am desperate)
Things I would do if I were a billionaire
1 – travel
2 – buy a second (and third) home (one on the beach and one in the mountains)
3 – fund the kid’s college
4 - shop
5 - invest
Five of my bad habits
1 – procrastination
2 – spend too much money
3 – return library books late (me too Kerry!)
4 – yell too much
5 – I stay up too late and don’t get enough sleep
Five places I have lived
1 - MD
2 - FL
3 - NC
4 - MD
5 - MD
Five jobs I've had
1 – waitress (I sucked)
2 – make-up artist for Clinique
3 – graphic artist
4 – membership director
5 – marketing communications specialist
I am going to tag YOU – if you are reading this and want to do it!
Friday, April 4, 2008
What Kerry Means
What's in a name with comments from the name (me) in italics for added fun! :)
I saw this over at Pretty in Pink and Green.
You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life. (I'll buy this one...)
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip. (I'll buy this too... I don't like gossiping and people don't like gossiping with me because I will also feel bad in the end and try to point out the good in people)
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them. (yeah - true - people sometimes think I am snobby and aloof but it's that I am too deep - ha out loud at that one! It's because I am shy!)
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone. (yeah - I don't like rocking the boat)
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together. (SEE!? I don't like rocking the boat!)
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together. (True! Flaky is shopping way too much pulling it together is catching the projectile vomit from my children whe they are sick)
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something. (Ha - ha out loud at this one! Not me - not even when I am drunk!)
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense. (not me I am a mellow yellow kind of gal)
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun. (get in trouble at the mall - and thats fun but other than that not me. I was voted most lady like of my senior class in high school - there was no trouble here!)
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in. (yeah... I don't like being told no or you're doing it wrong or do it MY way)
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising. (maybe...)
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care. (not settling down? I am married with 2 kids a dog and a step daughter who lives in CA... not to mention a mortgage 2 cars a boat and shopping addiction... I think I am as settled down as they come!)
And... do you agree with what they say about you??
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Here they are in no particular order:
1. LOST - OK this ONE is in order because it is my favorite of all time. I love this show and can't get enough. The suspense kills me each week but I live for it! I want to know, damn it. I want to know the answers to all of my questions. Like - is Jack as f'ed up as he seems now that he's off the island and does he really want to go back so bad that he can't get his life in order? Is Charlie alive or in some sort of in between ghost like stage? What happens to Claire? Where the hell is Walt? What does that little guy look like now? And Sawyer - what the hell man? Don't you love Kate enough to go with her off the island? And Kate... why do YOU want off so bad? What if they had sent you to jail and you didn't get off? Desmond do you and Penny get back together? I could go on and on and on. If you didn't watch Lost from the very beginning you can't go back. You'll never love it as much as we do.
2. Top Chef - Can I just say I want to be a judge. The foods they get to taste must be amazing. And to be able to cook like these chefs... I can't even imagine. They are amazing. I like Rich. He's my favorite so far. I also like Stephanie. I can't stand Spike and the creepy red head, Andrew. They both weird me out and seem like they would be terrible friends because they are so cocky. I hate cocky.
3. American Idol - I can't help it. I like this show. Who do I want to win? Michael Johns, David Cook or little David - who wasn't looking so little (as in young) tonight... in another 10 years he's going to be HOT. Michael Johns is married - did you know? major bummer there and a real damper on the fantasy I was having about him.
4. Real Housewives... oh lord. Are these women for real? Jill lets her little rat dog lick her nose - ew. just ew. I will say, this her daughter is beautiful but didn't I also see her on MTV's Sweet Sixteen? Bethany is on the verge of a breakdown. She is neurotic! Ramona - can't stand her. She thinks she's too hot (or hotter than snot as Mr. would say) and that makes her not. Alex and her husband are so attached at the hip it makes me want to puke. Need I say more? No, I don't but I will - eat a sandwich girl! You need to gain about 15 pounds! So why do I like this show so much when I despise all of the characters so much? I don't know. I can't explain it. I do like Luann and her housekeeper, Rosie.
5. House Hunters on HGTV - love this show! It is the one show that I DVR these days for me to enjoy when there is nothing else on. I like to guess which house the couple is going to pick and I love when they pick the same house that I pick. Speaking of HGTV - who watched the Dream House giveaway show and what was up with the winner? You would have thought she was just given a shack in the mountains and not a million dollar home in Florida. She looked miserable and her husband looked scared for her. Bad choice HGTV - you should have picked me! I would have jumped around like a complete fool making such a scene you would have had footage for years to come! You can make it up to me by letting me win the Green House giveaway - k?
Those are my 5 shows right now. That's it. Well... there are others that I like to watch like 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning, Dateline, Biography, Entertainment Tonight, Clean House, Dog Whisperer, etc. but if I miss these I don't much care. What about you? What am I missing? What have I forgotten and who the hell knows when Gery's is coming back on?
Sean, if you are still out there, it looks like you have a dude to keep you company!
Speaking of our boy Sean - do you all miss him as much as I do?
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
They have been charging me $19.99 a month for the last several months and every time I emailed or called them to tell them to cancel my membership they ignored my emails or I couldn't get through to any customer services person. Seriously they offer NO WAY to reach a person when you call them.
Finally the other day I had enough. I emailed one more time begging them... threatening them... to respond to my cancellation requests. And finally they did with a snotty email I might add.
I am not saying it was ALL their fault that there was trouble cancelling the order - I did forget the email that I used to sign up in the first place but, you would think that if I gave them my name and contact information they would at least TRY to resolve the issue the second if not the first and certainly the 5th time I tried to contact them - right? No. It took the threat of me reporting them to the Better Business Bureau (like I even know how to do that) before they bothered to get back to me.
Seriously - who would even want to use eMusic.com when iTunes is so easy and so much better and FREE anyway!? You suck eMusic.com!