Thursday, July 31, 2008

This just in....

Thank you, iTunes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.......thank you.



Now I can get my fix.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Save the Stiletto, Kill a Clod Hopper

If you've been here before, you have heard me reference my fantabulous (and fantabulously talented) niece. Thankfully, she has inherited the footwear-fetish gene that runs rampant in our family and, subsequently, we have had many, many a conversation about shoes. Not long ago, we discussed a certain maven of the Food Network that we truly like but has developed a horrible, sometimes frightening shoe affliction.  Today, whilst surfing the endless nether regions of the internet, I stumbled upon.......this.


Now, I realize it's easy for a girl over 5' 10" to criticize someone for making bad choices in footwear in the name of "comfort" or "ease" but, come on people, this simply has to stop. What is it with the gargantuan clod hopper syndrome that seems to be striking the height-challenged sector of the entertainment biz?

And Prince of all people.  Prince.  The self-appointed Sexy Motherf*cker. Wearing clod hoppers.  Well, it's enough to make a girl want to start a Save the Stiletto campaign.  I'm designing the bumper stickers now....

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fall Fun

I saw this ad yesterday and had to rewind at least five times. I hope the show is as entertaining as this promo.

(please excuse the poor quality....it was slim pickins)


Happy Friday, all!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's a mad, mad world

My life, lately, seems to be completely comprised of countdowns. My almostfiveyearold asks me every day "is it my birthday today?" and every day we count the days left on the calendar until she gets to celebrate (really, all she cares about is the cake and the presents...she's got her priorities straight). That doesn't stop her from asking every chance she gets....8 days to go.

I've let go of the trepidation I was feeling about turning 40. Now that I've managed to get my health on the right track, the whole turning-40-thing doesn't seem so ominous anymore. Still, it's another countdown....11 days left in my thirties.

My husband and I will be celebrating 7 years together this year. We met purely by chance (although there are no coinky-dinks, right?) when my dear friend Esteban made sure that I was in Seattle to attend his 40th and then left me to my own devices.  Seven years later and six years of marriage later, here we are.  It hasn't been easy but it has been worth it. (3 days until the 7 year itch, hon!)

And the most exciting and pressing countdown in my life right this very moment is for the premiere of AMC's "Mad Men".  While I don't want to steal her thunder, I must shamelessly brag about her upcoming debut on an amazing series (13 Emmy nominations, thank you very much). I have always known of her star quality but now the rest of the world will witness it as well.

Only 3 days to go.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Short n' Sweet

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Turner Classic Movies. Not only are there some classics (go figure!) but there are many movies that I get the chance to see that I would have never even known about. One of my recent "discoveries" are the short films being shown usually at 2 and 3 a.m.

This one, so far, is my fave....enjoy!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Simple


Sometimes it's just as simple as putting on your favorite earrings to make your day.
 

I've had these for-EVAH and love them to pieces.


My friend of 25+ years, Ann, made them so they are even more dear to me. They always make me happy (some vibe from the stones perhaps?) and I always garner much attention and many compliments on them.

Hope you are having a smooth Saturday!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Work it Out


The bright and shiny new song added to the "Jog 'til I Die" Playlist.



I. Love. Summer.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Le Bangs, Part Deux

Zee bangs zay are getting shorter! Ooooh, la la!

(isn't it curious that once you are over the initial fear of actually cutting bangs, then you become more daring as far as whacking them off goes. I'm sure in six months I'll be moaning "why oh whhhhhyyyyyyyyyyy did I cut my hair?!". I never learn.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

puh-LEEZ.

The new hair cut, the slightly fuller figure. Eva Longoria Parker is citing her Desperate Housewives character needs as the reason for her new look. According to her personal rep, Eva is reflecting a change in her on-screen character Gabrielle — who goes from her usual sex kitten to an over-worked housewife with kids in season five. “She’s making herself look like that as her character has let herself go. Gabrielle has gained weight and cut her hair,” Liza Anderson tells PEOPLE of Longoria Parker’s character. “She’s a worn out mother with two kids.

What. EVER.  I was so deeply offended by this crap that I simply had to post it. I'm sorry, but when exactly did cutting your hair into an adorable bob (which I've been contemplating. Again.) translate into letting yourself go?! If this is "letting yourself go" then sign me up.  Sheesh.

I am disgusted with the media and the constant barrage of b.s. regarding the standards women are supposed to hold themselves to.  Absolutely. Disgusted.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Required Programming

It's ironical that I was just mentioning to my almostfiveyearold that it's not fair that her twoandahalfyearold sister has been denied the joy of watching Sesame Street. When the almostfiveyearold was a mere sixmonthold or so I would plop her in her high chair (yes people, I'm a BAD mother and let my child watch Sesame Street before the ripe old age of 2!!!) with a bowl of her cherished Cheerios and she would drool over Grover and the gang all the while giggling and singing along with the music (at least that's what I thought at the time and, now that I know her better, I'm sure of it).

After seeing this today, I am most assuredly forcing the almostfiveyearold to allow the twoandahalfyearold to watch it as well.....but I sincerely doubt that it will be much of a battle.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pimp in Training


While reading my litany of daily blogs this morning I was inspired by Heather of Dooce. What I find myself really tuning in for each day are her "Dailies". Daily Style is one of my faves and today's didn't disappoint. While I sat drooling over her treasured pink earrings, it dawned on me that I had some pimping of my own to do.

In case you haven't checked out her work yet, get thee to Ann's site. Pronto.
 

I've been fortunate enough to witness Ann's transformation as a jewelry designer and artist over the past few years. Last week, I hit the motherload and actually won a free giveaway. This is MAY-juh (a la Posh), dahling, MAY-JUH as I've never won anything in my life.

I am a big proponent of supporting our local artists but, thankfully, out here in the ether "local" has been redefined.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Staunch Woman


"But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there's anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman... S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling you. They don't weaken, no matter what."

~ Edith Bouvier Beale


I'm honestly not sure how or why I managed to take so long to clue into the Grey Gardens phenom but I'm ohsoglad I did. In case you have managed to miss this amazing documentary (and Broadway musical and various movies and subsequent cult following) please, please, please do not waste another moment. Watch it tout de suite!

I know I am not alone in my newfound love of all things Little Edie (now I have another Edie to love although this Eydie will always be the original as far as I'm concerned) and I only wish I had somehow been able to catch her cabaret act.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Garden Bloom

I have, without question, lived my life in a very full way during these first 40 years. I have lived it selfishly, ambling alone at a sometimes frantic pace, never thinking of my future or where I may end up. For the most part, I have no regrets (okay, well, a few but that's typical, right?). But once this little creature showed up in my life and saved me from myself the way I approached things changed entirely. Whole heartedly. Selflessly.



I may not have a degree or all the trappings of an accomplished life but when I witness this little creature making her way in the world I realize we are in this together.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Fodder


In typical form, Alexa has amused me to no end. Missa, who commented on this post, also delivered quite the bevy of hilarities to jump start my morning. Dave Grohl has always been a favorite of mine (except when he inadvertantly knocked me over at an ATM machine in Seattle....it's okay Dave, accidents happen) and has a sense of humor that I can relate to but I fear he cannot measure up to the cornballness of this fabulous clip.

(I swear it's worth watching all the way through)


Happy Friday and weekend to you all!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cleanse. Schmeanse.


As some of you may know, I attempted the 21 day cleanse.  Not unlike Heather at Dooce, I had no great expectations that it would magically solve all my problems but I did expect it to have an effect on my life that would put me on a new path as far as my health is concerned.  Boy oh boy, did it ever.

I didn't suffer any major headaches or sinus infections but I did have a blood sugar reaction (read: shooting through the roof) to some quinoa that gave me pause to reconsider exactly what the hell I was doing to myself.  By Day Three I realized that I was in that familiar vicious cycle of feeling the pressure to see a challenge through that I didn't particularly believe in. What I learned by Day Three is that I didn't just want to be thin but I wanted to be healthy.  I wanted to be able to eat and not feel sluggish or panicky from high blood sugar or, well, just craptacular in general.  I was tired of being tired.  I was tired of being a cranky mom who didn't have the energy to play with her kids. I was scared of being a fat, unhealthy woman that was aging beyond her years by the second.

When researching Kathy Freston's book, I happened upon a review that pointed me in the direction of another book which I believe has changed my life.  I was curious how a person on the verge of diabetes could cleanse their body without suffering the consequences of a diet high in carbs and sugars.  How could I get healthy without the risk of feeling so awful?  This book answered my questions.  After reading it I sat in awe....could it really be this simple?

I also was extremely hesitant at the prospect of giving up animal products. After all, I didn't have any political stance on eating animals and products from animals.  I love me some semi-mooing cow.  But Dr. Joel Fuhrman presented the facts in such a way that it made me question whether satiating my gastronomical desires was more important than being the healthy woman I longed to be.  The thought of giving up my dairy and animal comforts caused me to panic. How could I do it?

I'll tell you how.  I simply decided to try it.  What did I have to lose?  Only weight.  Only the bad eating habits I'd developed over the past 40 years. Thankfully, I had experienced a bad encounter with a turkey burger (let's just say it involved some sub-par ground turkey and a not-ground-up-enough-tendon. gag.) which became the springboard to my starting to believe it was possible to dip my toe in the waters of vegetarianism.

Vegetarian.  The thought of wearing that moniker made me wince.  It conjures up an image of patchouli and Birkenstocks and unwashed hair.  Of standing up for those poor little cuddly animals who deserve a happy, fulfilling life.  But here's what I hadn't bargained for in my pursuit of losing weight and becoming healthy......it's simple.  Giving up the animal products and focusing on lots and lots of greens and fruits and nuts and beans......well, it's how we were built.  My body started to feel energized.  Fat disappeared from my body like I had never imagined it could.  I could sleep better. I could run and play with my kids.  My skin cleared up.  My mind cleared from the fog of depression and despair.  I felt like the me I had always wanted to be.

I'm not ever going to get up on my soapbox and proudly wave my freak flag of vegetarianism. I'm not sure I can ever commit to that fully but I can continue this life change because there, quite simply, is no turning back.

So, while I wasn't able to complete the challenge of Kathy Freston's 21 day cleanse (having Oprah's personal chef, I've concluded, would have made that a LOT easier) I was able to change my eating habits and my approach to healthy living.  I still have a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine each night and a handful of chocolate chips if my hormones demand it (I am only human, after all) but I feed my body now like I really care about it.  And I do.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Freedom

We had a much different 4th of July this year.  Normally we make the trek up to our cozy and fun-filled family cabin up at the lake but this year, due to classes and papers and gas prices, we stayed home.  We figured it would be a slight disappointment but boy HOWDY were we wrong.

Case in point:

Step One:  Have Daddy throw you down the Slip n' Slide


Step Two:  Make sure said Daddy has impeccable bowling skills
(check out that form!)


Step Three:  As with the pool, close eyes and mouth (or not, it's your choice)


Step Four:  Okay, there is no step four but just keep doin' whatcher doin'


Step Five:  Be sure to have your mother bellydown on the ground to get the killer shots of your Slippity Slidedness



Step Six:  Be sure to apply the brakes when you see the end of the Slip n' Slide



Step Seven:  Repeat. A LOT.

We hope your 4th was spectacularly low-key as well.  We highly recommend getting a Slip n' Slide, too.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Esther Williams, Move OVAH.

I have so much to tell you, dahlink. Really, I do. But, as you can see, we goils have a lot of swimming to do.

Stay Tuned!