Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big Apple

Today I donned my warmest hat and gloves and my down coat and went to New York.  Lunch at Laduree and some shopping and window shopping was fun.  I met an old friend for lunch and headed downtown to check out Utility Canvas and uptown to French Sole New York.  

I took the train which is not my norm but it was fine. I do prefer driving. I am not in love with 34th Street (I am becoming my Mother).

How was your day?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Legalities

One of the things that has been weighing heavily since Mom died was getting my affairs in order.  No one likes to think about their mortality but it is a necessity.  Yesterday I signed my will, living will and powers of attorney. 

When I left my lawyer's office I headed straight for the Palm and had a drink. I am relieved that's over with.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Planning

It's been a rough few weeks. As I have mentioned in previous posts I have been sad.  I look back to a year ago and it's hard. The weather has not helped either. I had loads of time over the weekend to analyze my mood. I realized that I was so busy moving that it took my mind away from my troubles. Now my mind is free to think which is not good.

I also came to the conclusion that I needed to plan a little get away (more on that later) and make some other plans. I need to be busier so I am settlng that plan into motion.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Making a House a Home

For many years I lived with my Mother and we lived in her house. She and I got along really well (especially in the later years). We were fortunate that we liked the same food, same d├ęcor, same television shows, etch. There were some things that we did not agree on .  One of the things that I love and Mom detested were hand painted wine glasses. I think that they are fun and are a conversation piece.  So since I have been living on my own I have added quite a few hand painted glasses.  I get most of them at TJ Max and Tuesday Morning.  Both stores have a great selection and the price is right.

I am trying to make my apartment mine and not a shrine to Mom.  I do treasure her things and enjoy displaying them in. a different way than they were displayed previously.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Trying to Smile

The past few days have been tough. Not only has the weather been 0 degrees which is unusual here but I keep thinking about this time last year.  Would I have done things differently if I knew that Mom has only eight more weeks to live?  No I wouldn't have. We had a wonderful February and March (including ten days in sunny Florida) .  I am missing her a lot now but I think that the weather and darkness are not helping the situation.  I am trying to work several times a week and am looking into new activities to try.

I am trying to smile and am determined to wine the battle.  Hope you are staying safe and warm.  It is brutal here.  I feel like I am back at Skidmore. I loved my time in the Adirondacks but I was younger and didn't have to be at work.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obsessed

Don't you just adore the Mark and Graham Elisabetta tote. It comes in the best colors and at $398 is not a bad price for a luxury bag.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spa

This winter weather has me geared up to get out of the cold. As spoiled as this sounds it's the first winter in many years that I have not escaped.

However with schedules and future commitments I cannot get away for a long period.  I was thinking of a quick spa getaway.  Has anyone gone to a spa by themselves?  Any recommendations?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Change

This year has been one of drastic change for me. Mom will be gone ten months next week.  Now my life is my own and I have made some changes. The biggest change in my life has been moving. I am happy that I made that change . I am close to work and only a half hour or so (in no traffic) from where I used to live.

With all of that said now I realize that I may need to make some more changes.  I have discussed many personal things on this blog but have not discussed dating. I have not been on a date in many many years.  Now I realize that it might be fun to have a companion.  It is a daunting and pleasant thought all at the same time.  Many people have asked me if I would like to meet someone and up until now I have not been ready.  We shall see what happens.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tory Burch Discovery

I had some free time on Sunday and was getting cabin fever so I headed to Wayne PA for some coffee and window shopping.  I discovered these amazing Tory Burch Billy Slipper. They come in quite a few colors and are quilted.  They look very comfy and I am told that the Tory Burch stores have them on sale. Grab a pair to wear for the rest of this miserable winter. They will brighten your day.

The Tundra

It's not a great selfie but you get the idea. It's frigid here. It is 0 degrees this am. I feel like I am back at Skidmore--IE earmuffs, boots, extra socks and long underwear.  How I would have loved Uggs and fleece back in the 70's.  I do feel for the people of Boston.

I hope it's warm where you are!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

TJ Maxx

As I said in a previous post  Mom adored  chocolate so Valentine's Day was a hard day for me.I made it through with the help of  good friends.  We went to the Iron Hill Brewery in Newark Delaware to meet old neighbors. Our meeting place was  TJ Maxx which has a fabulous designer or Runway department. I did not buy anything but chuckled as they had an amazing selection of Mom's favorite shoe Tods..  She would have really enjoyed the selection. If you love Tod's as much as she did head on over.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

This holiday makes me very sad. No one liked Valentine's Day more than my Mother. She was a chocoholic and I got great pleasure in buying her chocolates every year.  It seems very immature but even at 56 years old it seems odd not to have her at Valentine's Day.  I tried to make a big deal out of all holidays.  I always tried to do the little things to make her happy (especially in my adult years).  I hope that everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day.

Favorite Heart

Hands down my favorite heart necklace is the Elsa Perretti from Tiffany. What's yours?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hair

Since moving I have had terrible static issues with my hair.  Last night I got a fresh haircut and some Myers Organic Dryer Sheets and voila the static is gone.  It's the little things!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ASn Open Letter to Brian Williams and NBC New

I just came home from work and found out that NBC has suspended Brian Williams for six months.  While I understand the disappointment that NBC management has with Brian I do feel that this matter is great than Brian Williams and NBC News.  We all want to succeed,  As Americans we are trained to wants more, be better, be thinner, be smarter and compete harder.  I do not condone lying but I do understand what brought Brian Williams to the situation that he found himself in.


Brian Williams is a seasoned professional who knows better. However our culture encourages this behavior. The news is a far cry from the days of Walter Cronkite and Huntley Brinkley. The evening news is more of an entertainment show not hard news. I can see where Brian Williams fell into a trap that so many of us fall into in the corporate world. We all want to be thinner, smarter, better at our jobs, have the scoop first etch.  I hope that Brian comes back in six months. I will be watching him will you?

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