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Monday, June 30, 2014

It's A Good Day When I Make A New Friend!

Hello good friends.  I had the most delightful lunch today with my blogger friend, Mo, of Mocadeaux. I discovered Mo's blog awhile ago and have enjoyed every minute of her posts about wine, scrumptious recipes, and her life in California and Chicagoland.

We discovered a lot about each other during our lunch.  We graduated from college the same year, won't tell you what year, though.  Who cares that she went to the almighty University of Notre Dame and I went to a small, Catholic girls college that closed due to lack of interest?  As long as there are no SAT's involved... Mo and I can still be friends.  

Mo's school

My school

Another crazy thing... Mo knows one of my best buddies, Jelly Bean!  OK... I know what you're thinking...

Mo's children live in the Boston area and she promised to call me for lunch when she is back in September.  Hopefully, our favorite reader, Denise, will join us next time!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I blog. 
It's always a great day when I make a new friend!  

Here's to new friends!

Be careful who you honk at!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Know Any Drama Queens?

My friend, Cindy, posted this on Facebook.  This is too funny for words.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Let's stop spreading the drama, y'all!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy anniversary, Mister!

Happy 24th Anniversary, Mister!  In the spirit of "grand gestures" I have made an appointment at our local tattoo parlor for you to have our vows written on the body part of your choice.  This way, the world will see your undying devotion to your supermodel trophy wife.

I, also, want the world to see my devotion to you.  Since I am allergic to tattoo ink, I have taken the liberty of ordering this little trinket of your love.  Don't worry, it is being sized as we speak.  All you have to do is pick it up after 5 tomorrow.

You're welcome.




Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dude's Visit In Her Own Words

Hello dear friends.  Fasten your seatbelts.  My buddy, Dude decided that she would write a post chronicling her visit last week.  If you missed the true story my post, you can find it here 


I had such a great  visit with Katie!! I was so excited to see the beautiful and transformed new abode....and to meet the wild and crazy new offspring, aka Chowdah! He's adorable ...but, I gotta say I was about to call 911 the few times I was alone with him...I think he thought I was imported to be his play date! I repeatedly had to tell him  "no bite, Chowdah" to which he responded with some serious barking!  Oh, he also stole my makeup bag and tried to head to Boston with it. See Exhibit A at end of post.

 When it came to the outside of this beautiful property, Chowdah seems to have found comfort on every flower bed on the property , especially the hosta ...... 

 Hoda and Seek 
with Chowdah 

 After trampling all of the hosta, he found a resting spot.

But, don't get me wrong he IS adorable . I'm a little concerned because Katie's not used to male offspring,  so I can see that he's definitely giving her a run for her downtime in that house when Chow is awake!!

 Happily,I  can report that I left The Massachusetts "Maison" with a few priceless pics........

 Katie's evening attire...a dress with pearls and .....sneakers and peds?!?! I know that sneakers have made a fashion comeback, but like this?!? Did she forget that she had company?!? Or does she think she's setting a new trend?!? 

I managed to shoot this video that captures "Life With Chowdah."

Exhibit A

Thank you, Dude, for "your account" of your visit.  I asked Chowdah for his reaction.  He said,"No comment."

As far as I am concerned... All I can say is for being in the fashion forecasting industry, you are waaay behind the times. "Snogs" (my footwear- half sneak/half clog) and pearls are the cutting edge.  It will be all over the runway next year.

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A New Friend

People often ask me why I blog.  When I first began, I did it for two reasons.  The first one being that I needed to do something with my time and fill in the void left by my two girls leaving me for college.  The second reason was that I love to write.    I ended up enjoying it so much more than I had ever dreamed.

I never expected the added bonus.  I have met so many wonderful people through the world of blogging.  Most of them I have yet to meet in person.  But the ones that I have had the pleasure of meeting like Megan and Allison, Denise, and most recently, Mary have added so much light to my life. 

Mary wrote me the sweetest note and told me that she lived about an hour away from me.  After I read her note, I knew I had to meet her in person. 
We have so much in common!  She is a preppy empty nester and loves to read and walk.  She doesn't walk like me - 10 minutes and then I have to take a rest 'til the end of the day.  Oh no - she walks for TWO HOURS!  They would have to call the EMT's if I walked that long.  Speaking of which... Mary works part time as an ICU nurse at one of the best hospitals in Boston.  I've had my share of dealing with nurses in the past few years. I strongly believe that nurses are the unsung heroes of the medical profession.  I truly respect them for their hard work and compassionate hearts.

Another coincidence - Mary's sis-in-law, Sandy lives in my old home town of McKinney, Texas and knows some of the same people I do.  Love small world stories!  

Anywho... back to Mary.  She gave me a great tip.  I usually listen to music when I walk.  She said she listens to podcasts from NPR and the time goes by so much faster.  I tried it yesterday and she is right on the money. Good bye Donna Summer and KC and the Sunshine Band -- hello NPR!

 We also chatted it up about what we liked to read and she told me about a new book that just came out.  It got great reviews on Amazon.  Has anyone read this?


So after my delightful lunch my new bff, Mary, I stopped by Barnes and Noble to pick up my new book.  As I walked to the car, I noticed these beautiful pots at Derby Street Shops and couldn't help myself from taking a few pictures. 

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Day with Dude

For anyone who has not read my blog for very long, let me introduce one of my oldest and dearest buddies, Dude.  She is not only a great friend, but also a contributor to this blog.  She is my living-on-the-edge fashion correspondent as well as my never-say-die paparazzi on the beat.  You can learn more about her here, here, here, and here.

Last time I visited with Dude in person was five years ago when we enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC.  Our good friend, Mary H. joined us and we shared lots of laughs and old stories.

Last week, Dude came to spend the night in our new home.  We used to call it a sleep over.  We met for lunch first at one of my favorite restaurants called The Rustic Kitchen.  It was a positively gorgeous day so we ate lunch al fresco.

Who knew that we sported the same sunglasses?  And we do the same "chin thing" in pictures... hmmm, I wonder why..

After lunch we decided to burn some calories and do some retail therapy.  Don't make fun of Dude's short, chubby legs.  She's very sensitive about shortcoming.

I asked the sales lady for the highest pair of heels in the shop so Dude can experience what it feels like to be a tall, supermodel like me.

Some lady photo bombed our selfie!!

Dude getting a makeover!  

I told the make up artist to give Dude very dramatic smoky eyes.  Unfortunately, the idea was vetoed by Dude.

Dude brought me a beautiful hostess gift of two gorgeous coffee table books by Mar Jennings, a darling votive, and an ice scraper.  Hope I won't be using the scraper for a very long time!

Before we knew it, it was 5:00 somewhere!  

We read our high school magazine from top to bottom.  We love reading about people who are much more successful than us! 

Why is everyone so darn accomplished and skinny?

Chowdah giving his Auntie Dude a little lovin.' 

Dude has avoided joining Facebook forever.  I got her signed up and I think she kind of likes it!  Dude has 12 friends already!

The Mister bragging about his Mrs. again!

I had a great time with my ol' buddy.  
My Dad used to say if you had enough good friends to fill one hand, you were very fortunate in life.  Dude definitely is on that hand.  Won't tell you which finger, tho!

2 supermodel trophy wives livin' the dream.

Dude and Moi
Convent of the Sacred Heart

Hope you reach out to an old friend today!

J. Crew

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