Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I also saw these scarves on the Lilly website. They are called the Murfee scarf. This is a little more my style. I think these would be cute with my "go to outfit" -- a plain white T and a pair of jeans. I'm a fairly simple dresser and live in jeans and t-shirts pretty much all year round. I'm crazy short and a little overweight. I don't exactly have a love affair with clothes. But I do love me some accessories! I usually have a charm bracelet on one arm, maybe some kind of a statement necklace and, depending on the weather, it's either flip-flops or cowboy boots on my feet. I also like a really great purse. And don't even get me started on shoes! My latest obsession has been rings. Big, bold statement rings. Last spring I bought both a denim skirt and a khaki skirt and got a lot of use out of both of them. Let's face it, between Chris and the girls, I'm at the lax field 4 to 5 days a week beginning late February. I don't have to dress up for anyone and I like to be comfortable when I'm sitting in the bleachers eating my chicken fingers platter from the snack stand.
Every spring I buy a bunch of plain t-shirts at either Gap or Old Navy in several different colors, a couple long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve and a couple short sleeves. I also like to buy vintage looking T-shirts. I'm not exactly sure what you'd call them but they're more like a graphic T or a "rocker" T. Nothing with dorky sayings or slogans. I'm also a big fan of the LBD (little black dress). I've noticed the last couple of weddings and/or social gatherings we've attended, I've had on some variation of the LBD. Whatever. It works!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." -- James Bryce
I. LOVE. TO. READ. I would rather read than eat. I would rather read than sleep. I would rather read than shop (unless it was to shop for more books). I love everything about books. I love spending hours and hours in the book store. I love scouring Ebay for great deals on a hard-to-find book. I love the anticipation of reading a new book. I love the jacket art. I love reading about the author and seeing if their photo matches up to my pre-conceived notion of what they should look like. I love finding an author I like and then reading all of their books. I love anxiously waiting for a book in my favorite series to come out. I love snuggling on the couch with my favorite blankie on my feet reading a good book.
"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house." -- Henry Ward Beecher
I know Amazon's Kindle and the Sony Reader are the hot new things. As an avid book lover, I just can't seem to warm up to them. Here's some info I swiped from Amazon's website regarding the Kindle:
Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback
Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
Paper-Like Display: Reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight
Carry Your Library: Holds up to 1,500 books
Longer Battery Life: Now read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of 4 days
Built-In PDF Reader: Your Kindle can now display PDF documents natively. Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go.
Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable
Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy
Large Selection: Over 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary. Check your country.
Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. U.S. customers will be charged a fee of $1.99 for international downloads.
If I travelled extensively for work, I think I might like a Kindle. Sometimes travelling with a book can be cumbersome and they take up a lot of room in your carry-on. I also have a bad habit of finishing the book while I'm travelling and then need another book. So, I buy something at the airport or the gift shop and now I have TWO books in my luggage. I'm also wondering if people who don't ordinarily read actual books are reading more thanks to the Kindle. As much I love reading, unfortunately, my children and husband do not share my enthusiasm. I'm wondering, if in this iPOD / Nintendo DS / iPhone crazed society, could I get my family to read more if it were on an electronic device rather than a good old-fashioned book?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Pam needs to take a page from some of these ladies and learn how to age gracefully (and still be sexy): Helen Mirren, Sophia Loren, Sandra Bullock, Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry (personally, I think she's made some type of deal with the devil), Maura Tierney, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melina Kanakaredes (daughter #1 and I both agree that we would KILL for hair like that!), Marg Helgenberger, Kyra Sedgewick, Brooke Shields and the entire cast of Desperate Housewifes (with the exception of former castmate Nicollete Sheridan; I think she looks like a hag. What's that unflattering saying? "She looks like she was rode hard and but away wet").
I also found a juicy tidbit about one of my favorite "stars" on Starpulse: Kristin Chenoweth. Luv, luv, luv her! She is perfect and can do no wrong in my book (she put up w/ Kathie Lee yesterday on the last hour of the Today Show). So? She does botox? Who cares? She's 41 years old. Other than 15 or 16-year old Dakota Fanning, I don't think there are many women in Hollywood who are "au natural." For crying out loud, I think more than half of my neighbor's have had some type of work done to enhance themselves (boobs being the most common, extensive dental work, botox/microdermabrasion, laser treatment for spider veins, etc.). As someone who suffers from migraines, I would consider botox as a migraine treatment and if it got rid of those 2 vertical lines beginning to appear in between my eyebrows, BONUS!!
Monday, January 25, 2010
So I finally finished decorating the mantle for Valentine's Day. I had put the banner up the other day and the ribbons and the crystal heart garland. This weekend I added the red votives (again, another Christmas left-over) and also added heavy square crystal votives.
Disclaimer: I should just call this post "Monday Miscellany" because I've got some really random thoughts to put down:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
T had her Belles interview yesterday morning also. She said it went well and she looked so professional and grown up in her black pencil skirt and pumps. Now we have to wait until Friday to find out if she made the cut.
After her interview we went shopping for a Sadie's Hawkins dress. She had originally seen this dress on the ArdenB website so we went to our local store to see if they had it in stock.
T also tried on this dress black dress with feather trim. It fit incredibly but was waaaayyyy too sexy for a high school dance. She looked like a 25 year old going to a club.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This story has been disturbing me on many many levels the last couple of days. I've only caught the tail end of a couple of interviews with this group of parents and I still don't know what to think.
I can't even begin to imagine what these parents are going through. The not knowing must be unbearable. They sent their children to Haiti to do the right thing ... visit orphanages and distribute food and may never know what became of them.
Let's go back a couple of years to Katrina. New Orleans is completely shut down ... no power, total chaos. I will never forget one of the cable news shows interviewing an elderly woman who had been in the Superdome or perhaps some kind of make-shift shelter for a couple of days. She was complaining because she "had been here a couple of days already and no one has offered her a hot meal." Hot meal? Lady, the city is under several feet of water. Where did you expect to get a hot meal from??? This story about this group of parents kind of reminds me of the woman in New Orleans.
I am not an Obama fan nor will I ever be. However, I will be the first to admit that this administration acted swiftly when the earthquake first hit Haiti. One of the things that is bugging me about this group of parents is that they are demanding the US send troops (as many of 500-1,000) to this particular hotel to look for these American students. One distraught mother on the Today show said, "we should be sending bulldozers and heavy machinery to this hotel." Another parent said she is angry that she's not getting information from the government; U.S. officials say they're doing what they can under difficult conditions considering most Americans in Haiti did not register at the US Embassy. There is really no way of knowing exactly how many Americans were in Haiti at the time the quake hit. Another parent made some comments about "This is the United States of America. They perform miracles all across the world ... Where's our miracle?" Unfortunately, this event did not occur on American soil. When you travel out of the country, particularly to a third world country, there are certain risks you have to assume. Haiti's infra-structure, on a good day, was shaky at best.
One of the more outspoken parents, "Len" if think, said these kids went down there on a "journey of hope, that's what it was called, and it's turned into a journey of hell." Again, I will never pretend to understand what these poor parents are going through but I think their anger at the US government is displaced.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
T-bone or Daughter #1 as I fondly refer to her, is an amazing, resilient young lady. She had a rough year (a bad break-up with her boyfriend of 1-year, her first "real" serious boyfriend), she had some friends "issues" . . . found out the hard way who she could trust, who she couldn't and who will ALWAYS have her back. She survived it all but it left her a little gun-shy, a little afraid to put herself out there again and like someone. So, basically, the little f**ker who dumped her messed her up for a bit but I think she's back on track now and better than ever. I think yesterday's photo session brought back some of the confidence T had lost. I caught a glimpse or two of the "old" T-bone (or, as I commonly refer to it as: "pre-breakup T"). I saw that twinkle in her eye again, that confidence in her step. As a parent there's nothing you won't do for your child and I just want my two girls to grow up to be fun, fearless women. T is very unusual for her age . . . she's smart, she's pretty and she really knows what she wants to do with her life. She has very specific opinions and ideas about what she will and will not do. Words cannot possibly express how I incredibly proud I am of her. She truly is a shining star and I know whatever she decides to do in life, she will do with class and grace (with a little bit of sass thrown in for good measure).
A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend. ~Author Unknown
"A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self." ~ Author Unknown
Beloved daughter, we have arrived at the time of life where I cannot give you everything you want and need. We have come to the time where you must learn to walk alone. That is hard for me, but it is right and good. It is the way things should be.
Listen to me now, for there are things I want to tell you as you stand, trembling, on the edge of womanhood.
I know that boys have become fascinating and mysterious to you. They live in a strange world of their own, the world of young men. It is a world of new muscles and deepening voices. It is a world of astonishing energy and physical movement. I know your eyes are drawn to them. I know your heart beats faster when you watch them. And I know you dream of a boy who will love you.
I also know there are girls at school who giggle and fawn over the boys. They lean in close, laughing hysterically at something he said and letting their shoulders bump. They know how to let their hand rest gently on his shoulder or his thigh, just for a moment. Just long enough. No, I do not know where they learned to play this game so well.
Now, my young woman. Now have come the days of your choosing. You are both discovering and deciding what kind of woman you will be. You are deciding what of your life will be hidden and what you will show. Choose carefully, for what shames you now may serve you one day. And what serves you now may one day make you ashamed. Many girls will lose themselves in this time. They may find themselves again someday, but many years will be lost.
Hear me now, daughter, for my place in your life grows smaller every day. And I would give you a blessing while I am able. Come to me, because I know you. I know that you still sleep with your blanket. I saw the Dr. Seuss book laying beside your bed. I know you have one foot in each world. Come to me now and receive my blessing.
You are a strong young woman. Your mind is strong, as are your opinions. Strong and well-formed. You have not traded what is precious for what is fleeting, though life these days would have been easier in some ways if you had.
You are a tender young woman, compassionate and kind. You believe in goodness and work for it. You care about the feelings of others. You are a loyal and faithful friend. You are brave enough to trust others, and others are not afraid to trust you.
Your faith in God is not simple or falsely stated. Your understanding of God is a growing, hurting, questioning, struggling thing. This too is as it should be.
You are a young woman who knows what love is. You have been loved and are loved. You understand love and will settle for nothing less. You will accept no facsimile, reasonable or otherwise. Listen to your heart when it comes to love, because your heart is as soft now as it was when you were young and your heart rested gently in my hands. I guarded that heart as long as I could.
Those are the things I know about you. Here is what I think you should do:
Walk the halls of your school with your head held high. While others may worship at the altars of camouflage, conformity, and compromise, you stand above those shortcuts and soul slayers. Rise up, young woman, and do not be afraid. Rise up and be true to yourself. Let the strength of your presence transcend hair and clothing and music and boys. Let your true colors show in the halls and know that many in high school have scales on their eyes. They only see what they want to see. Many will not see you. There will be times when you walk the halls and feel invisible.
But here is a secret that I know. One boy will see you. He will see you in the middle of the noise and the energy and the hype and the crowds. He will see your strong walk and your eyes. He will listen to the answers you boldly call out in class. He will hear your voice and know your power. He will watch you until he knows you, and then his heart will fall into his stomach, for he will understand that there is only one like you.
Look for him. He is the only one that matters. Do not listen to boys who say they love you. Instead believe in the boy who wants to cherish you. If you hide now, ducking into the crowd like so many others, dressing and looking and acting and praying for safety, you might indeed be safe, but the only boy that matters will miss you. He will miss you because he is looking for a girl like no other. And you will have become just another girl in the crowd.
Your heart now rests in the hands of those who might hurt you. That’s hard for me, but it could not be any other way because you would not leave your heart in my hands. If I must give up your heart, then listen to my words.
Stand up. Stand out. Be smart and strong. It may be some time before you find the one who can appreciate who you are. So be it. Settle for nothing less. Because if your heart must rest in the hands of another man, I want him to be a man strong enough to love a strong woman.
Go into the world, my string of pearls. Go into the world and make me proud.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today we have T's photo shoot. She needs to have some updated professional photos and this time we're going with a local guy (rather than jetting off to Chicago! Although I will admit the photographer we used in Chicago was awesome and we've even seen him focused on an MTV reality show). I've seen some of this local guy's work so hopefully we won't be disappointed. We're going for a very casual, jeans/t-shirt/cowboy boots kind of look today. I know mid-January isn't exactly the prettiest time of the year to take photos but I think the starkness will just add to the overall look.
Enjoyed the Golden Globes last night. I don't really watch the actual awards show but I do like the red carpet. I get aggravated w/ E sometimes because they spend a lot of time actually interviewing. I'd like it a lot more if they just stood there with a camera and took video of celebs as they arrived. Enough with the talky-talky. Here are some highlights and low-lights:
I was not a fan of Kate Hudson's dress. She has not succumbed to the pressure of breast implants and has an extremely small bust. The bodice looks like she was stuffing her dress with tissues.
A lot of celebs also wore short cocktail dresses. Gennifer Goodwin from HBO's Big Love wore a short, bright colored little number. Julia Roberts is just way too casual for the Golden Globes. I love it, don't get me wrong. I would totally wear something like that. Just not to the Golden Globes. Kristen Bell's little white number is cute but I don't like the black clunky heels. Maybe a light, airy silvery sandal???
Here are couple of my least favorites. I think Penelope Cruz is stunningly beautiful but I hated this dress. It feels like we've seen her wear the same thing over and over on the Red Carpet. I actually thought it would have been more appropriate on Sophia Loren (who, BTW, is still one of the most beautiful women on the planet). Sophia Loren, Helen Mirren and Glenn Close totally held their own last night and were beautiful, classy and strong. Unfortunately, I can't find a photo of any of them from last night.
I don't know if Tina Fey was feeling silly and frisky last night or what but this was a little too youthful on her. She's done so much better in the past.
Fergie's gown looks off the rack. It looks cheap. Like a bad prom dress or a bad bridesmaid gown. She's edgy and sexy and should have been rocking a little black leather number. She did have some nice eye candy (her hubby Josh).
Drew Barrymore is so stinking cute but I'm not sure how I feel about this gown. The shoulder accent doesn't bother me as much as the blob on her hip. Someone on the red carpet said those accents were made of spun glass or something. Doesn't sound very comfortable. Almost sounds like fiberglass or insulation.
Again, not sure how I feel about Sandra Bullock's gown. Kind of prom-y?
Emily Blount looks so so beautiful in this pink gown. Not sure who the designer is but she looks so elegant yet fresh and age appropriate. She's another one who had great accessories (her fiance is the cute guy form the Office, John something or other).