Archive | December, 2010

Dear John, thank you for visiting we hope you come back

22 Dec

My sister’s boyfriend of six months is coming to SC for the first time to meet the entire family and live with 9 of us for 7 days.  I’m not sure if he is a good sport or deranged.  I’m hoping for the former.

My brother and sister-in-law have six children (1 month old to 12 years) and live about twenty minutes from my parents’ house, but when we are in town, they always make an effort to be around most of the time – so there will be 18 people in a 2500 square foot house for five days.

Maybe it is my sister who is deranged, inviting him into such a situation!

My husband will take him under his wing and show him the ropes.  His advice will be, “Volunteer to go to the store whenever the need arises, lay low, smile and drink some good wine and/ or beer.  And be careful not to eat too many cookies.”

I think my husband is the most excited about John’s visit.  He will milk the situation as much as possible.  I can hear it now, “I’ll take John to see the cute downtown.  I want to show John the wine store. And so on…”  Honey I hate to tell you, but that is what a girlfriend is for.

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My decolletage is costing me a fortune

18 Dec

Is it ever ok to buy $150 worth of product to get a free gift?
As I recently entered a new decade I have become even more obsessed with the health of my largest organ. I have used Erno Laszlo’s @ernolaszlo black mud soap for a very long time; however I just began the full on treatment routine.  Thanks to a good friend who has skin like milk, I now have a consultant at Neiman Marcus named Marsha.  I am buying things I swore I would never buy. I am spending money like it doesn’t matter. I don’t even ask the price. What is wrong with me?

I blame it on working in advertising. Not because I’m bombarded with messages of beauty or because I’m surrounded by twenty and thirty somethings. It comes from sitting in brainstorming sessions where we talk about skin. Recently it was about the décolletage. I hate to admit it but before that didn’t know I had one. It is the part of your chest where your throat ends.

So the concern over the décolletage (where I can’t see anything wrong) leads to compulsion over other choice parts where the flaws are visible.  I now have a multi-step process regiment in the morning and evening.

I need to milk my youth and pliable skin while I can. If I make the right choices now, I may buy a few less lines and wrinkles. And that is important for someone like me who had children later in life.

Working Mom Guilt reduced with a blender

14 Dec

When my husband came home from Costco with Vitamix 5200, it sat in the middle of our kitchen in the box for three days. He was having buyers remorse and was nervous about the money spent on a blender. He loves a good sales presentation and got sold. I was skeptical and not supportive, but I finally said just take it out and let’s see what it can do.

We used it to make ice cream (it spins so fast it creates extreme cold or heat depending on the item in the machine), soups and smoothies. We used it a lot during the summer but use trailed off as the novelty wore off.

The Vitamix and Annabel Karmel’s 100 Baby Purees has helped relieve some of the guilt attributed to working outside the home and not seeing my children for long periods of time.

The Vitamix is an amazing machine and makes it super easy to make the purees. Maddie and Sammy eat homemade food. I make most of it and our nanny does the rest. The babies eat everything from beef to lentils, from broccoli to tofu, from berries to sweet potatoes.   While I’m at work, I know they are heating healthy food without preservatives and very little salt or sugar.

I never considered doing this for our first child. The work involved seemed overwhelming
But now that I am in this I am finding it quite fun coming up with a new concoction. I have only had to throw out one batch. Barley and berries don’t mix that well.

I am going to milk it as long as I can, mixing up purees is much easier than figuring out what finger foods won’t choke them.

Mommy, does Santa Clause bring the Hanukkah presents?

3 Dec

My four year old daughter asked me this as she was doing the three day countdown to Hanukkah.  I’m Catholic and she is Jewish, as is my husband.  We made this decision a long time ago and so far it has been very easy. But when I got this question I couldn’t give her my parents response which always was, “don’t talk about presents Christmas is about baby Jesus’ birthday – not gifts!”  I still cringe  when I hear people getting excited purely because of presents.

I’m happy to report after the second night of Hanukkah she knows the gifts come from family and friends and that she will celebrate with mommy on Christmas.  However, I took the advice of many Jewish friends and family who said Hanukkah shouldn’t be that big of a deal and you shouldn’t go crazy with the gifts – do little things.  So far she is not impressed with her gifts of a book light (she “reads” in bed every night in the dark) and two Dr. Seuss Books.  “Mommy do you have any princess gifts?’

So for now it is about the presents and the lighting of the candles. Luckily I’ll have time to figure this out before her brother and sister can understand anything.  We’ll milk the time we have.