Sunday, July 29, 2012

Social Sunday

I've never participated in Social Sunday before and I thought I'd give it a try.  How fun! 

Sunday Social

This Weeks Questions:

1. What is your dream job? I really enjoy being in the hospitality industry.  I'm pretty happy right now.  I work in a beautiful resort, I meet fascinating people.  However, I think my dream job would be to write a book or be a history professor. 

2. If you had just won the lottery and didn't need to work for money, what would you do with your time? Travel, travel, travel!  Not just internationally, there's plenty of stuff in the good ole US that I'd like to see / do. 

3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina.  

4. What piece career advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field? Get your education; no one can ever take that away from you.  

5. Biggest Pet Peeves either in life or in blogging or at work: I hate when people walk into a store or an office or whatever and just stop.  Right in the middle of the door way.  

6. Biggest Fears: Snakes, crowds and something happen to one of my girls (not necessarily in that order). 

Next Weeks Questions are all about Fall...
1. What is your favorite Fall activity?
2. Do you follow a football team? if so which one and why?
3. What is something fun about Fall in your area?
4. Fav Fall outfit staples?
5. Thing you are looking forward to most about this coming Fall season?
6. Favorite Fall holiday? Traditions?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

That's My Man !!!

The Champion All-American Showcase provides the opportunity for players from all over the country the chance to shine. Players from 31 states participated in this year's games.

2012 Team Freedom

Champ's Support Team:  His Brothers -- Tony from Miami and Joe from West Palm Beach. 

The Cheerleaders:  Paige, T, KJ & Britt

KJ with Steven Berger, Charlotte Hounds / MLL All-Star Games MVP

Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's OK Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

It's OK to use the "schedule" feature on Blogger.  At first I was totally against it because I thought it was cheating but now I love it!
It's OK that I strayed and was unfaithful.  To my favorite nail polish color (OPI's Cajun Shrimp).  This week's pedicure color:  Essie's A Splash of Grenadine.  Kind of violet, pinky, purple-y, deep lilac.  I don't know how I feel about it.  It's kind of Easter-y, Springy, not really Summery.  Totally out of the box for me. 

It's OK that I barely watch the news or read a paper anymore.  Too depressing. 

It's OK to sometimes want to eat lunch by myself.  I love my co-workers but sometimes I just need time to think and to breathe and to be outside soaking up some sun!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates . . .

. . . you never know what you're gonna get.  Especially when KJ's been messing around with your camera.  She has her own brand new camera purposely bought for Disney but she somehow still manages to leave a few surprises on my memory stick: 

Obviously she's quite excited about Disney and has been reading up on her Disney facts.  Did you know that 6 of the 7 Dwarfs have a parking lot named after them in the Magic Kingdom?  Doc is the only one who does not.  Disney folks were afraid park visitors would get Parking "Doc" confused with Boat "Dock."  And this is what I've come home to a couple of times this week:  

I like to call this one "Rasta Trix Goes Disney"  -- looks like a bunch of nasty dreds on her head. 

She looks positively thrilled, doesn't she???

And here we have T's dorm stuff taking over the guest room.  She worked all day yesterday so we met for dinner and then a quick Wal-mart run for some health & beauty stuff and other miscellaneous stupidness:  

Quilt from Urban Outfitters:  check
Carpe Diem Shams from Urban:  check
(2) Sets of Sheets:  check
Mattress protector and Mattress topper:  check, check 
(3) Sets of Towels;  Check
Bike and Bike Lock:  Check
Laptop:  TBD (she knows what she needs for Journalism; it's just a matter of finding the time to go to the Apple store and get it)
Laptop Lock:  Check
Extension Cords and Surge Protectors:  check, check
Shower Caddy, Bedside Caddy, First Aid Kit:  check, check and check
Desk Lamp, School Supplies, Fan:  check, check and check
New Underwear and Socks:  check, check
Hamper, Laundry Bag, Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, Stain Stick:  check, check, check, check and check!
Hangers, Iron, Ironing Blanket:  check, check and check
Fridge, Microwave and Hot Pot:  check, check and check
New Backpack:  check

These are a couple of crafts T made for her room:  A smaller version of the chicken wire jewelry holder she made for her bedroom room here at home, mason jars spray painted with chalkboard paint for pens, pencils, make-up brushes (I think she's got some burlap or twine or something to still go on the jars).  I have no idea what she plans to do with that bottle she painted blue.  Maybe just for decoration?  A pop of color??

Each dorm is different and the newer ones they've built this summer @ Ole Miss are gorgeous!  We've been hearing horror stories from friends and seen some photos on instagram of dad's trying to build shelving units or bookcases (how are you going to get that in your car?  Wouldn't you rather assemble when you get there?).  T lucked out because her dorm is older and the entire one wall is full of built-ins (times 2) . . . a hanging closet, a desk, a set of built in drawers and storage all across the top.  She doesn't need to bring bookcases, storage or anything like that.  While the newer dorms already had them, we did have to buy the fridge and micro and her roomie is bring the TV and her mom offered to buy a rug for their room.  I've chatted with both Bess and her mom and we are so looking forward to meeting!  I think the girls are going to be a GREAT match and have an AWESOME year!!  Whoop!  Whoop!

Friday, July 20, 2012


My poor baby.  She's having a rough week.  Her gang is breaking up / breaking off / growing up / growing apart.  Everyone is starting to head off to college / or the military so they all got together Thursday night for one last time.  Her friend K has to leave early for soccer.  She absolutely adores him and we are going to miss him hanging around the house.  He likes to make eggs in my kitchen for some reason.  Makes me feel good that her friends are comfortable in our home.  J usually walks in our garage and yells, "Miss Val!  I'm here!" and watches TV in the men den.  So, K is the first to go and it really, really upset her.  And as we all know, T doesn't "do" upset.  So if she has a breakdown, it's huge.
And then on top of everything else, she went to visit an former boyfriend Friday night who was in a horrifying car accident a couple of weeks ago.  They dated for a little bit but decided they would be much, much better off as friends and they still have a wonderful relationship. He has a girlfriend now who's a little immature, a little petty and absolutely hates the fact that he is still friends with T.  As a matter of fact, T woke up on her b-day morning and said, "That's weird.  He's usually the first one to wish me a happy b-day.  He always texts me at 12:01 so he could be the first."  She actually thought the girlfriend was busting his balls and wouldn't let him text T (the girlfriend made him "unfriend" all of us on FB, etc.).  Little did we know, he was fighting for his life in critical condition. 
Miraculously, he's home now so T stopped by the house to visit.  Miss Gayle luvs, luvs, luvs some T-bone and T still has a wonderful friendship with the sister, Ash.  The girlfriend is out of town so Miss Gayle called T and suggested it would be a good time to visit.  He was the passenger in the backseat, the driver lost control and hit the median.  The car flipped several times and he was pinned in the car.  Jaws of life had to be used to get him out of the car and he was airlifted to UAB.  Swelling on the brain, broken ribs, broken wrist.  You name it, he broke it.  T got home last night from their house and was absolutely hysterical.  She said she didn't want to cry in front of him but bawled the entire drive home.  It just brought back a lot of bad memories for T.  She had lost a good dance friend in a terrible accident and all these emotions just came flooding back. 

We had such a wonderful talk last night about how people change, relationships change, priorities change.  She's upset because the dynamic of their group will change.  It's all part of growing up.  I told T that the friends she thought would be there for her won't and it will disappoint the hell out of her.  And the person she also thought of as a so-so friend will step up when it matters and it will surprise the hell out of her.  I also told her that once a lot of these kids get out of their high school cliques and their comfort zones, they will be totally different.

Friends since Kindergarten

The ZachPack

These 2 knuckleheads have been friends for ever.  He raids my fridge often. 

Close One !!

I've been a little paranoid since T turned 18 that she was going to surprise us all and come home with a tattoo one night.  I know she wanted to get something small and something meaningful.  A classy tattoo (is that one of those oxymorons??  Like jumbo shrimp??)  I know she wouldn't come home w/ "Mom" or barbed wire around her bicep.  We chatted about it the other day and she said, "everyone has a tattoo these days, they're not even cool anymore."  Whew.  (not that there's anything wrong w/ tattoos; I just don't want her rushing out and getting one and regretting it later). 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Falling Skies

I like Star Wars but not Star Trek.  I liked Lost but always felt like I never knew what the hell was going on.  I have no idea who Dr. Who is.  So my family is totally baffled by the fact that I luv, luv, luv Falling Skies on TNT (Sundays @ 8 PM, Central Time).

I am a history geek through and through and I think that is one of the reasons why I like the show.  The main character, Tom Mason, a former history professor, is trying to hold what's left of his family together after an alien invasion.  The show, now in Season 2, started off in Boston and the survivors refer to themselves as the 2nd Mass.  In the first season, there were a lot of historical military references.  Second season, not so much.  However, if you look closely during certain scenes, there are political slogans, cartoons or grafitti in the background.  This season the survivors were visited by a rogue pilot (named Churchill) who encouraged them to make the journey to Charleston where a larger group of survivors are trying to rebuild the country. 
“It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.”
Patriotism is a major theme of the show.  The rag-tag Resistance started off hunkered down at JFK High School and the mural on the school depicts Lincoln and great moments in American history.  The use of the bulletin board in the school lobby to showcase missing children reminds you of lower Manhattan following the days of 9/11.
Religion is a subconcious topic of the show as well.  Lourdes is assistant to the 2nd Mass's resident doctor (who's really a pediatrician and is sometimes in waaaay over her head) and we've seen Lourdes lead the survivors in prayer.  There is also a character named "Pope."  I like Pope but most viewers don't. 
I've always been a fan of Noah Wylie from his ER days.  Noah Wylie works because he's just a regular guy.  He lost his wife in the invasion and is trying to keep his 3 sons alive (the oldest played lacrosse!).  He's not a jacked-up ex-Marine out for alien blood.  He was handed a gun and will use it to keep his family and the rest of the 2nd Mass safe. I also like Will Patton (Remember the Titans, Armeggedon).  He's great as the gruff, battle-hardened leader of the 2nd Mass.  The actor who plays Ben, Tom's middle son who has some alien issues himself, reminds me of a younger Leonardo DiCaprio.  The aliens are insanely creepy and there have been some genuinely super scary moments. Oh!  and they just got picked up for Season 3.  Whoop!  Whoop!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ralph Macchio

Monday morning I had an endoscopy and a bioposy.  While I was waiting for my procedure, T and I were watching Hoda and Kathie Lee.  Ralph Macchio was a guest talking about his new project, "American Gypsies" on National Geographic.

#1.  I hate KLG.  She never lets the guests talk and it's always about her, Frank, Cody and the girl (Cassidy?).  BTW, Frank will be 82 next month.  And yes, Cody is a nice looking kid. 

#2.  I love Hoda.  I would drink on the air too if I had to work with KLG. 

#3.  We also watched a little of Live with Kelly.  Don't care for her either.  She talks too much. 

#4.  I told T that Ralph Macchio is older than me and Cosmo.  That is, after I explained who he was. 
She could not believe it.  She kept saying, "There is NO way that guy is that old." 

So naturally I googled him.  Karate Kid came out in 1984 and My Cousin Vinny came out in 1992.  And I totally forgot he was in The Outsiders!  This is very painful to admit but I vaguely remember having a poster of him in my room.  OK.  It wasn't really a poster, it was more like a page ripped from a magazine.  Maybe like 8 1/2 x 11??? 

Monday, July 16, 2012


What Would We Do Without Pinterest? 

My "Weird Mason Jar Obsession" has been well documented on this blog as well as other social media.  I can't remember a time when I didn't collect glass jars.  Maybe it started when I was a little girl and Welch's jelly used to come in souvenir glasses.  Maybe when I had the ENTIRE set of Holly Hobby glasses or Muppet Movie glasses from either BK or McD's???
Anyone else remember these beauts???

I don't just save just mason jars.  If it's got a cool or unique shape, I'll clean it up and hold on to it.  One of my favorite shrimp cocktail sauces comes in a neat glass bottle . . . looks great as a bud vase on my kitchen windowsill in multiples.  When we were first married I had a couple of jars in the bathroom to hold q-tips, cotton balls, etc.  KJ's favorite alfredo sauce jar, wide-mouth salsa jars, little baby food jars all look good with tea lights or votives in them.  I like to use them in groups and different sizes to add a little variety.  When we're having a party at the house, I always line my front steps with jar candles.  It looks AMAZING and I always get lots of compliments.  I line the drive-way with them at Halloween for the trick-or-treaters.  Wrapped in seasonal ribbon or twine or rafia, they look great in groups on the mantel.  I've used the smaller baby food ones as hanging votives in the backyard (twist some wire around them, twist some more wire into hoops and hang them from the trees).  I scatter them throughout the backyard whenever T has had an "after" party -- I set them on flat rocks in the garden, on tree stumps, nestled in the flowers.  If one breaks, I don't care.  Didn't really cost me anything.  I have so many freakin' jars a friend borrowed a bunch for both of her sons' recent engagement and wedding celebrations.  I told her to keep what she wanted, I didn't really need them back.  Everything looks better with candlelight! 

So the other day I'm on Pinterest and someone pinned some home organization tips.  Ok.  I'll bite.  She mentioned storing cupcake liners in mason jars.  Holy Mother of God!  Why didn't I think of this???!!!  I had been keeping my holiday cupcake liners in a large ziplock baggie but they always got smashed, wrinkled, flattened, etc.  So I went down to the Mason Jar Mecca of the World (aka my garage) and found these salsa jars.  They work perfectly because they are wider at the top!  I kid you not.  Cosmo walked in the door, saw this on the counter and said, "Holy cow!  That's amazing."  Cosmo, meet Pinterest. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Had a fun but extremely exhausting day w/ Daughter #2 today.  I was just planning to have a little "me" ("little me"??) time running some errands and then she asked if she could tag along. 

We ran down to Hobby Lobby which was a total bust because I always forget it's closed on Sundays.  Good for them but major inconvenience for me!  My dad was in retail for 40+ years and as kids, my bother and I HATED when our dad had to work Sundays or holidays.  I really do think it's great when a company closes it's doors to allow associates to be with their families (a la Chick Fil A).  When I was growing up, certain NJ counties had blue laws -- no retail stores open on Sunday.  So, if you were dying to go Paramus you had to get your act together and leave the house crazy early on Saturday (also, no tax on necessities in NJ:  clothing, medication, etc.).  PLUS you don't have to pump your own gas and touch those nasty gas pumps!!!  But I digress. 

We re-grouped and headed over to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up some stuff for T.  Got everything on our list (and then some)  and set our sights for Michael's.  Bought a nice frame for T's cap & gown photo and some miscellaneous other stuff.  But forgot the spray adhesive and mod podge. 

And then, God help me, we went back to school jean shopping.  I could go into graphic detail about all the other things I'd rather do than go school shopping with KJ.  I would rather walk on glass, I would rather eat glass, I would rather watch an episode of Glee than go clothes shopping with KJ.  Get the picture?  One of us always ends up crying.  However, today was a very successful day!  She walked out of the store with THREE pairs of jeans!  Whoop!  Whoop!  I know it's very early to start thinking about back to school clothes but we totally lose a week this year w/ Disney at the end of the month and she'll have vball practice before school starts and I refuse to hit the mall on tax-free day. 

After clothes shopping we headed over to DSW.  I have a bridal shower/bachelorette party next weekend and my dress is very, very plain black and I want to dress it up with silver strappy sandals.  I have silvery greyish pumps that I wore to my cousin's wedding but they will look all wrong with this dress.  This LBD really needed some sexy strappy heels.  I also had a $10 DSW coupon.  Score!

Then we hit Ulta.  T's "little sis" from last year's DYW pageant is participating this year and I wanted to put together an encouragement gift bag for her.  We focused on things she may need in the dressing room in between segments . . . clear lip gloss, aspirin, q-tips for make-up touch-ups, blotting papers, pony tail holders for blonde hair, and one of those pretty acrylic cups with a lid and a straw to hydrate!  Oh and I bought her a small mirror which I bedazzled the heck out of when I got home! 

Then, things got a little weird.  KJ & I walked over to the Christmas Tree Shop.  I had only been in there once before.  Somehow I walked out of the Christmas Tree Shop with hairspray and body wash and happy birthday paper plates to take to the office.  Not a freakin' Christmas tree in sight.  That is the weirdest store on the planet!!!

On the way home, we stopped in on some friends that we hadn't seen since the end of lax season and played catch-up.  They've got some good, fun, exciting stuff about to happen and we are all SO excited for them!  They are a good husband and wife team, they have great kids and after talking to them and seeing the fruits of their labor, I really do believe that when a door closes . . .

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stupendous Saturday!!!

Great start to a great Saturday!  Cosmo let me sleep in AND he made everyone bacon and eggs.  Gah, there is nothing like waking up to the smell of bacon!!  mmmmm! 

He and KJ are off on one of their weekly Father/Daughter Dates.  Today they took Trixie to the new dog park in Alabaster  and they may try to hit that new Steel City Pops in Homewood  T is at work so I have the whole house to myself!  When I have the house to myself it's kind of a cross between Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear a la Risky Business with a little Macauly Culkin thrown in for good measure.

Miles:  I don't believe this! I've got a trig midterm tomorrow, and I'm being chased by Guido the killer pimp.

I've really enjoyed the rain we've had this week but love it when we have sunny Saturday's (honestly, I don't care what it does during the week, just be nice for my weekends).  I'm thinking me and my Nook need to hightail it to the pool.  Barnes and Noble folks listen up:  if you created some type of waterproof box (similar to what's available for cameras, iPods, etc.), I could be working on my mind AND my tan at the same time!!!   Aaahh...gently floating away in my tube while reading my favorite book.....

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Tom-Foolery

Kind of like Sunday Silliness or 10 on TuesdayIt's OK Thursday or Wordless Wednesday, I like to think of Friday as having a bit of Tom Foolery.
That Friday Blog Hop

Hop on over to participate and get in on the fun!  I'm not sure how it works but I'm going to give it a whirl and maybe meet some fun new bloggers.

Speaking of fun, new bloggers, check out  to meet my new friend, Melisa.  She's from Jersey!  Whoop!  Whoop!  We've been partnered up for a book swap.  What kind of books do you think she'll like??

So sweet, but beautiful and always quirky Melissa handed out some blogging awards today!  Whoop!  Whoop! 

Of course there are rules. Why wouldn't there be right?


1. Link back to whoever nominated you.

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers.

11 Random facts about me:

1. I have never played a game of golf.  Mini golf, yes.  Real golf, no. 

2. I have never worn false eyelashes.  

3. I have never had a Bloody Mary. 

4. I have snow skied, never water skied. 
5. I have never been to Texas, Utah or Nebraka. 

6. I can only eat yogurt, pudding or jello off a plastic spoon. 
7. I like most of my veggies raw:  carrotts, cauliflower, brocoli, celery, tomatoes. 

8. And when I do eat cooked vegetables, they are barely steamed so they are still nice and crisp:  aparagus, green beans. 

9.  I loved my grandmother's Shoo-Fly-Pie. 

10. I love the original Goldfish crackers. 

11. I have only tried Oatmeal once.  I have issues with textures. 
Apparently these are the "rules" for the Liebster Award

1. Let everyone know when you nominate them.

2. Make up 11 questions for them to answer.

3. Answer the questions that have been given to you.

These are the Questions from Melisssa I'm supposed to answer:
1. Why did you start up a blog?
A friend introduced me to blogging.  I thought it was SO fun and I loved all the little gadgets (i.e., little blinky things, playlists, photo slide shows, etc.).  My blog has grown into so much more and I love to look back at old posts!

2. Do you catch up with blogs in the morning or at night?
I catch up with my blogs at night. 

3. What are you afraid of?
Something happening to one of my girls. 

4. Worst date you've been on?
I really don't think I've ever been on a bad date.  I met my husband at 15 and we've been married 20 years.  The only thing I can think of is the time we went out for drinks with friends and they fought the entire time.  They divorced shortly afterward. 

5. Favorite movie of all time.
Forest Gump

6. Summer or Winter Olympics?
Oh tough one!!!  Love skiing, ice skating, hockey of the Winter Games but I also enjoy gymnastics and swimming of the Summer. 
7. Pancakes or Waffles?
Waffles, definately Waffles. 
8. Best restaurant you've been to?
Very, very hard for me to answer.  I've had the luxury of eating in some of the best restaurants in the world but still think some the best food is found at little whole in the wall places with lots of atmosphere and character.
9. Do you eat ice cream? If so, what's your favorite flavor?
I don't eat bowels of icre cream but do enjoy ice cream novelties (i.e., Nutty Buddy, those 90 calorie Snickers or Twix ice cream bars, Blue Bell mini ice cream sandwiches. 

10. Are you married or single?
11. Do you want children some day? If you have children, how many do you have?
Two daughters. 

And now here are my question for my Liebster Award Receipients:  
1. If you could live in any decade which would it be:  Roaring 20's, The 30's, The 40's, The 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's? 
2. Where do you get your news:  TV, print, social media?
3. What was the most favorite Halloween costume you wore as a kid?
4. Worst Christmas present ever received? (Like, outright given; not something you ended up with from the office Dirty Santa game). 
5. Favorite Disney Princess?  Why? 

6. New Kids on the Block or Backstreet Boys?
7.  Team Jennifer or Team Angelina?
8.  Do you own a pair of "Norts" (Nike Shorts)? 
9.  Roller Coaster or Log Flume?
10.  Favorite Awards Show:  Grammy's, Oscars, Tony's, Espy's, People's Choice, MTV Video Awards, Teen Choice Awards????
Tag!  You're It!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's OK Thursday

It's OK Thursday
Its Ok Thursdays be totally loving this rain!  We need it SO bad! not really know who or what Viggle is
...that I signed up for Birchbox again. 

...that I still don't care who Emily ends up with. really dislike the owner from Dance Mom's

Team Katie

This is insane.  Reminds me of that Julia Roberts movie where she fakes her own death to get away from her husband.  This is a lot of planning.  Very calculated.   All I'm saying is, she had to have been pretty desperate to get away from him and Scientology.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What's in Your Handbag ???

Linking up w/ Lindsey over at for a fun look at What's in Your Handbag???

I change my bag regularly depending on my OOTD but this is a pretty good idea of what I carry around on a daily basis. 

My girls are older and capable of carrying their own stuff around but will occasionally ask me to hold their phones if we are at the mall or something like that. KJ uses a purse every once in while, T uses the tinest bag she can get away with.  Cosmo is the absolute worst.  I have threatened to buy him a "man bag" or a "murse."  He HATES carrying a wallet (makes his butt look big) and I usually end up carrying his sunglasses, his car keys, his wallet, his cell phone and whatever else he's got in his pockets. 

So even though I haven't needed a diaper bag in 10+ years, I still like to carry a travel package of baby wipes with me.  I like to wipe my hands before/after I pump gas, use a shopping cart, etc.  I also carry a travel package of Clorox wipes for these same purposes.  And of course, I carry the obligatory bottle of hand sanitizer.  Yes, I know.  I'm a germaphobe.

And of course, after I have completely disinfected my hand, I use my trusty L'Occitane! 

I don't carry a make-up bag within my handbag but I do love these little Stila kits for quick touch-ups.  I also can't live without my Clinique "Almost Powder" make-up to get rid of the shiny's. 

My wallet is a Coach wallet that Cosmo bought me for Mother's Day a couple of years ago.   I've got the matching bag but haven't worn it in a while.  

Even though it doesn't match my wallet or my bag, I love to put my Blackberry in one of the two Lilly Pulitzer phone cases I have.  They are so much fun and just make me happy!  They protect my phone and also make it easier to find at the bottom of my handbag. 

Depending on the size of the bag, I usually throw in my Agenda.  I never leave home without it so if it doesn't fit in my bag, it's in the front seat of my car if I'm running errands or I just carry it into work with me. 

I carry a small package of tissues, some Advil and one of those cloths to clean a screen (phone, Nook, laptop).  A flash stick, a couple of pens and a Sharpie in case I need to sign autographs (hahaha!).  I also have a nail file and some bandaids.  I had a cute little pink swiss army knife that my dad gave me but airport security confiscated it the last time I travelled.  I also had a nifty travel corkscrew that was confiscated that same trip (because nothing says Terrorist like a pink swiss army knife and a corkscrew).  I bought another corkscrew but keep it in the car.  Seriously.  You never know when you're going to need a corkscrew! 

And, hidden in one of the pockets of my current handbag but always dear to my heart, I keep the little card from some flowers Cosmo recently sent to me at work. 

I carry a comb, a hair band, and that is a bottle of Essie's "All Tied Up" from my most recent pedi.  And here's the really embarrassing part. I carry a lot of lip products.   A lot.  Two tubes of MAC Lipglass (Viva Glam Vi and Cultured), Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment, a tube of Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Scoop, the silver tube is Clinique Repairware Intense Lip Treatment.  And rounding out the lip products are Blistex Deep Renewal, Chapstick Moisturizer in Vanilla Mint, Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm in Mango Butter and Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Cocoa (my family absolutely HATES when I wear the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer; I don't know if it's the shade, the texture or what but they always say I look like Death when I wear it.  I should probably just remove it, shouldn't I?). 

I also usually have mints or gum in my bag but shared the last of my gum with a co-worker yesterday while we were in meetings.  Sometimes I have a sunglass case in my bag for when I wear my contacts or sometimes the sunglass clip that goes onto my prescription glasses.  Just depends. 

If I'm waiting for KJ to finish up volleyball practice or I have time in between games at a lax or vball tournament, I'll throw my Nook in my bag but definitely don't carry it around with me on a general basis. 

Oh!  And my keys of course! 

That's pretty much it.  Pretty boring, nothing exciting.  So, what's in YOUR handbag???

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"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." -- Sylvia Plath

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

If people are truly, madly, deeply in love with each other, they will find a way.~Gilda Radner

“Never judge a day by its weather. Sunshine is uplifting; rain, nourishing; wind, exhilarating; snow, cleansing; hail, stimulating. Any weather is better than none.” -- Author Unknown

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." -- Sophia Loren

"I know I'm vulgar, but would you have me any other way?" -- Elizabeth Taylor

"After thirty, a body has a mind of its own." -- Bette Midler

"Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes." -- Bette Midler

“I know I can be diva-ish sometimes, but I have to be in control. The nature of my life, the nature of what I do, is divadom, it really is." -- Mariah Carey

"I want minimum information given with maximum politeness." -- Jackie Kennedy Onassis

"I've been called a diva, queen diva, diva supreme, and I love it. However, that's really for others to decide, not me." -- Aretha Franklin

"No one loves a party more than I. I am a people person." -- Aretha Franklin

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." -- Jackie Kennedy Onassis
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