Katie Holmes thinks so. Kate Bosworth thinks so. J Crew knows it's true. And I get it. I mean this gal looks casual, yet put together. Unfortunately, my image of denim shirts the last few years are more of this type. or possibly this type. Of course, this old guy makes denim work in a timeless way. However this is the type denim I use to wear and just... finally, got rid of.
I have been teaching skiing for 10 years at a little hill in northern NJ. For most of those years it was rewarding, fun, it allowed my kids to keep their skiing skills up, and for them to have free snowboarding lessons. A few of them worked there teaching or in the ticket booth.
It was never for the money.
Or for the skiing as it is a very boring place to ski unless you are a true beginner.
What really grabbed me and kept me there was how fullfilling it was to teach someone something I love to do.
I especially loved teaching autistic kids to ski or any special needs students. I also loved the friends I made while working there. During our down time we would hang out and have great conversations until it was time to go out for the next lesson line-up.
However, things have changed.
My kids have outgrown the place and no one is working there this year.
I never seem to be assigned special needs kids.
They took away the break room, so no great times hanging out with other instructors.
They want us out training if we don't have a lesson- SO not interested in that!
They have us in line waiting for lessons way too long. ( it gets VERY cold when you stand in one place without moving!)
So all of a sudden instead of happily going off to work on Saturday and Sunday mornings-
I am dreading it!
This weekend the temps are supposed to hover around 15 degrees.
This is my only sister who now lives in Utah. There use to be three, but now one lives in NJ near me and another ( Frau) lives in Germany.
My parents live in Utah part time. And so she has family near her part of the year. Although she has a busy life with her husband and two children, I know she feels the void since my other two sisters have moved away.
So this February Kevin and I will be visiting. We are really looking forward to skiing, eating and drinking with she and her family. We always have fun with them. They are VERY busy so we don't expect all their time. We have plans to meet with others and clinics that we want to take. My parents will be in Utah too. ( That's who we are staying with!)This is my only sister who now lives in Utah. There use to be three, but now one lives in NJ near me and another ( Frau) lives in Germany.
It will be weird without Frau and her family. We have never visited Utah without skiing and spending time with them.
However, we plan a trip to Germany this Spring and we will be sure to make up for lost time.
I swear I was gone for a minute. My beautiful, tranquil landscape that I use for my desktop on my Mac...
Somehow now has this image.
What inspired him to randomly leave his homework (or what he really should have been doing brushing teeth and getting ready for bed) to come all the way downstairs to my office capture this lovely image, set it as my desktop and leave before I caught him?
Although I feel as though I've earned every line on my face...
It is cool to see a "smoother" version of myself.
The real me. Wrinkles and all.
Is it obvious that it is a rainy, dark Monday and that I am avoiding paying bill, making phone calls, cleaning, getting dressed, ( yes, I AM still in my pajamas!), organizing my storeroom, or returning emails?
Tonight our church had a casino night. I t was a blast. We ate, drank, caught up with old friends and of course- gambled.
We were given $100 in funny money. Boy, I am a risk taker when it isn't real!
Roulette's my game.
At the end of the evening we cashed in our chips for raffle tickets.
The raffle tickets were for the Chinese auction. ( some call it a silent auction, a tricky tray, or just plain old basket raffle!)
So my husband and I had a bunch of tickets and we only had about ten minutes to put them in the raffle buckets in front of each gift basket. There were some great baskets too. Some were filled with wine and restaurant gift certificates, others had candles and home accessories.
The Only basket I wasn't interested in was the "game night" basket. It was huge and filled with about 10 board games, all of which we have... and never play.
Guess which one we won?
I couldn't believe it. I knew my husband had put a ticket in accidentally and we had joked that we trying to get rid of games not bring more in.
I didn't make a ton of money but broke even, learned a lot, had some fun, worked my arse off, was able to be in 75 degree weather for four days ( a nice break from our frigid weather) and meet lots of great people/make new contacts.
As usual, when I don't make pots of money it is actually better for my business.
Why you ask?
Because then I feel compelled to hustle, look for new gigs, make contacts, and ultimately make more $$$,
When I have a great event/ sale I tend to rest on my laurels for awhile. I take it easy.
I think (due to the gazillion Sand Storm commercials on my blog) that many of you know that I am heading out to Palm Desert, California for a Lacrosse tournament to (hopefully) make some bucks. I am very excited and jazzed, but not just because of the opportunity to experience a new event.
So, I'm glad to know that it was a very, very good decision for me...
to NOT go into nursing.
My daughter is a sweetie, she is a hard working, trained college athlete.
But, if I had to beg, nag, cajole or threaten her one more time to drink more water, take her meds, do her PT, ice her knee, eat more, move more (prevents blood clots), and stop watching every trash show on TV and read something worthwhile...
I thought I was going to kill her.
I don't think she knew that. ( she was on narcotics)
I seemed patient, kind, and loving.
But inside I felt like screaming.
I can definitely handle being her nurse for a couple more weeks, but I could NEVER do this full time.
How do nurses do it? In fact, how do ALL caregivers do it?
I have always respected those that care for others.
Now I will worship them.
There must be a special spot in heaven for all caregivers.
I will bring lots of jewelry, Scout bags, preppy boxers and pajama capri's. I am there to add the East coast preppy vibe and help Fish and Soni Of Tribal West Lacrosse create a vendor village that West coast laxers can call their own!
See you there. If you read it here, let me know and receive a free head band :)
All in all, by September I has lost 23 pounds. I stopped taking it and I have kept it off even through the holidays. ( I did take the bee pollen during December though as insurance once a week.)
Two of my sisters have lost close to 20 pounds, many friends and co-workers of ours now take it and have lost as well. So you're wondering,
Where do I get this?
Well, I don't sell it. I make no money from it. In fact I have been nervous to talk about it because it seems too good to be true. I figure there HAS to be something dangerous or bad...
So even though I was willing to risk my health ( never felt better in my life by the way!) I didn't want to be responsible for risking other's unless they forced me to divulge how I lost the weight. Which is what people close to me did, then they lost and they passed on the info. But whenever you meet someone using it we remark that it is just too good to be true.
Well finally someone did the mature responsible thing and actually brought it to a nutritionist and asked her opinion. Here is what she said: Donna, I have good and not so good news on the bee pollen. First the not so good news - the way this probably works is based on increasing the fiber content of your intake along with a couple of ingredients that increase bowel function (senna in particular). the way it works is to add fiber to help create a feeling of fullness - so you eat less - and then help increase elimination. Essentially you take in less and eliminate more creating a negative calorie intake. That is how you can achieve the weight loss with no exercise. The real good news is that I can see no questionable ingredients or anything that would be a cause for concern. The only issue may be increase gas, bloating, and bowel movements during the adjustment phase. The other piece of good news is that it may also help decrease your blood cholesterol level. The aloe, beet, and yam all have good soluble fiber which binds cholesterol. It may be worth trying. So, that made me feel better! I do want to say that not everyone has the same results on this. People that eat for reasons other than hunger or already have a ton of fiber in their diet have not had the same results. Also if you are allergic to bee stings- YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS.
As for where you can get it... All over the place. The Internet being a good source. Let me know if you try it.
As I was putting away the Christmas stuff today I came across some of the Santa pictures from when my kids were little...
What a mean Mom I was!
And still am, cuz I can't help but laugh when I look at these old photos and I see smiling children/siblings sitting on Santa's lap, happy as clams, while their poor little brother or sister is literally spasming, choking and crying in terror.
My girl had her ACL repaired today at The New York Hospital for Special Surgery. We are very lucky to live by some of the best hospitals in the nation, The Hospital of Special Surgery is no exception.
We made sure she had one of the top surgeons in the country as well.
His name is Dr. David Altchek. We met Dr. Altchek years ago when my older son had a shoulder injury, luckily surgery was not needed. Dr. Altchek operates on many famous athletes as well as a blogger or two. ( Mel from May/December)
So we were aware of him but had no idea that he was a knee specialist. We met with a few surgeons and he was the one that the three of us chose unanimously.
Anyway, it was a long day and my girl is now home with an ice machine and pages of instructions regarding pain management, rehab, bathing,... you name it.
She wouldn't let me take any pics in the hospital, but you may see a photo or two in the next few days as we will have plenty of togetherness.
Funny little story- As she came out of anesthesia she was a little out of it and kept remarking, ad nauseum, that the hospital seemed right out of her favorite show, Grey's Anatomy. And then she repeatedly told anyone who went by or spoke to her that they looked like they were right out of Grey's Anatomy.
It got worse.
Then she groggily kept repeating that her legs felt paralyzed like the kid from Friday Night Lights. Which then prompted her to tell anyone who would listen the storyline of that particular episode...
Maybe TV should be limited during her convalescence.
I was nervous when I heard they were discontinuing the toiles,
My preppy crowd luvs them toiles.
But guess what?
I think there is enough pink and green and everything in between to keep my customers happy.
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The 4 boys bag is a big seller for me. Think... high end flea market bag. I believe these new designs will be great for beach, boat and barn- college girls too! As for the Bagette, I already get so much attention at the grocery store whenever I whip out my Bagettes...