Love

It’s a few days before Valentine’s Day and love is in the air.  For some reason, I am not dreading VD the way I used to.  In fact, I’m excited that there is so much love and ooey-gooey stuff in the stores.  Perhaps it is because I’m feeling good these days.

Tomorrow night I’m giving a big speech at a gala and while I’m excited, I’m also nervous. I had all the finishing touches love braceleton my outfit, but couldn’t decide what bracelet to wear.  So I stopped at the fabulous T.J. Maxx on my way home from work to check out their merchandise.

I wandered to the jewelry case and THE bracelet spoke to me.  It said “love me, buy me, take me home.”  And I did.  It looks a lot shinier and fun in person than in the photo, but you get the gist.

The woman behind the jewelry counter took the bracelet to the register so I could pay for it when I was done shopping.  I headed to the register and said, “There is a bracelet waiting for me.”

The cashier opened the box and said, “Are you buying this for yourself?  It’s so fun!”

I responded, “Yes.  If you don’t first love yourself, then no one else will love you.  Or something cliche like that.”

She laughed and told me to enjoy my purchase.

I can’t wait to wear it!

 

Salad

Have you guys ever been to Sweetgreen?  It’s one of those fancy salad places where you can get a delish salad made with seasonal, local ingredients.  I stopped there on my way home from work and got their seasonal fall/winter salad, made with goat cheese, apples, chicken, almonds, rice, lettuce, and sweet potatoes.  Can we say YUMMY?  It was so good that I’m sad it is over.

See that picture? That’s the salad – it’s called the harvest bowl.  Run, don’t walk, to this salad.  I want to kiss this salad it was so good.

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Howard Stern

howardHey now. I first started listening to Howard Stern as a kid when my mom would drive my brother and I to school.  I listened to him off and on growing up, and became an everyday listened when I moved to Boston in 2003.  In 2006 he moved to SiriusXM satellite radio and something changed.  It became more candid as he wasn’t restricted anymore by the FCC.

There is just something about listening to the show that relaxes me.  I get home from a long day at work and have little interest in watching something on TV. Instead, I listen to Howard while I play a game, write a blog post, or just close my eyes.

Thank you, Howard, for many years of entertainment.  And a Bababooey to you all.

Pillow

images.jpegEver splurged on something that ended up changing your life?  Me too.

A while back I was wandering around the mall and ended up being suckered into purchasing a ridiculously expensive pillow from the Tempur-Pedic store.  This full-priced luxurious specimen of a pillow was so fancy that it came in a zippered plastic case with a handle.   I didn’t walk out of the mall that day.  Rather, I glided, giddy at the potential of my solid night’s sleep.

You see, before I bought this fancy pillow, I was buying pillows on clearance at Target and Marshalls, disappointed with them a few weeks after purchasing them.  My night’s sleep was not transformed like the advertisements promised.

Those inferior pillows had nothing on the Tempur-Pedic.

It was worth every penny. Seriously.  Now I admit that you’re supposed to change your pillow more often, but I basically held onto that Tempur-Pedic until every last bit of puffy joy was slept out of it.

Now it’s practically a pancake pillow and my neck is starting to get sore from using it.

What was I going to do?  I couldn’t go back to Target.  I just couldn’t.

I walked by the mall recently and peaked my head into the Tempur-Pedic store, but I didn’t dare let myself go in.

“No!” I told myself.  “Too expensive!”

And then I got home and began to google.  And low-and-behold, my pillow was discontinued and now available as a closeout on Groupon Goods.

5 minutes ago, I pressed click and purchased a brand new, 50% cheaper Tempur-Pedic.

Already counting down the days until it arrives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laughter

cartoon6315Just got home from dinner with friends, followed by a comedy show at Laugh Boston.  We saw comedian Josh Wolf, who used to be on Chelsea Lately.  He was really funny!  The 5 of us laughed so hard it hurt.  I know it is cliche, but laughter really is medicine.  It can make a cold night in Boston feel not so cold.  It makes you forget the bad stuff for a while. One of my friends and I have already decided to book another show there in March.  I love it!

Dress Shopping

Just got home from Nordstrom.  I’m speaking at a gala next week, and running one for work in a few months, so I needed something ideally to wear to both.  I spent a lot of time in advance doing some browsing online for ideas.  I looked at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Lane Bryant to name a few.  I’m what the fashion industry calls “plus sized” so finding cute dresses to try on that don’t look too frumpy or boxy can be challenging.  At the same time, I don’t want something that’s designed for a teenager to wear to prom.

I stopped at Lord & Taylor and tried on about 5 dresses.  They all looked dreadful on me and I felt like a blob.  Instead of getting discouraged, I walked over to Nordstrom where I knew I’d get help from the sales associate.

I grabbed a stack of dresses and headed for the nicest dressing room I’ve ever seen. Seriously – it had a purple velvet couch.  Anyhow, I digress.  The first 6 or so dresses were pretty but not flattering.  Then I tried on this one:

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It was very flattering.  The eye is drawn right to the waist, which is a nice focal point.

It’s made by Adrianna Papell, one of my favorite dress designers.  And the tag said $91, but it rang up $56 on sale!  Can’t beat that.

I walked out of the store feeling very satisfied.  I found a great flattering dress at a great price.  I am sure I have some cute shoes in my closet, and can’t wait to raid my own jewelry box.

I’m grateful that I didn’t give up.