I was going to go to Walmart today, but I watched these guys instead. Much better choice.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
As the National Weather Service extends the excessive heat warning one more day (what, just one?), I've decided to take a cue from Sly and the Family Stone, stop complaining and find me some hot fun. (The only negative about this classic video from the 70s - one of my favorites - is that Sly's midriff looks better than mine ever did.)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
|This will be me this fall. (I kept the photo as small as possible. Do not click to enlarge if you're faint of heart.)|
The challenge is two-fold: 1) Schedule the home-treatment (cream applied every day for 3 weeks; unsightly, if not grotesque, skin for four weeks) at a time when I will have as little contact with other humans as possible; and 2) acquire just the right hairdo so, when I do go out, I won't make toddlers scream in terror.
I'm having a terrible time with No. 1, since fall is my favorite time of year and I have weddings and special events at work to negotiate. But, I'm making headway on No. 2:
Unlike the poor fellow in the photo, I can wear forehead fringe to camouflage the epidermal carnage. Heavy bangs are difficult to get right but, today, my fab stylist gave me a softer, less severe version of the Anna Wintour....
Monday, July 25, 2011
I loved this piece from the NYTimes. It confirms what I've believed for years - that anticipating a trip is often just as much as fun as actually taking it - except for the whole being away from home in a fabulous place thing.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Our overnight in Kansas City had such a relaxing beginning. The pool at the Marriott was cool and refreshing, as was our in-room A/C (I was worried it couldn't keep up with the 103-degree heat.) We dined leisurely at one of my favorite KC bistros, got a great night's sleep, then took in Monet's Water Lillies on exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this morning. So beautiful and serene.
Unfortunately, the serenity didn't stick, due to our scheduled stop at Kansas City's new Trader Joe's. Can you say CLUSTER CHUCK!??!!
|Note: Not my photo. Cameras weren't allowed.|
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The babies I bought are Galley Sandals in Brunello Red by Born. I heart them because the heel isn't too high (not quite two inches), the style is timeless, they're comfy as heck, and the crimson color is sex-y-y-y! AND, I got them for $30 off!
Monday, July 18, 2011
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce or more basil-infused simple syrup (made with Splenda)
2 ounces soda water
Garnish with basil sprigs. (Don't forget to spank your basil!)
All in all, a very productive day, and a nice diversion from the reality of the coming week. Thursday is the 51st annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Forecasts says 102. Come one, come all!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I just love it when I find videos like this gem from 1972 posted on Facebook by someone young enough to be my child. Restores my faith in today's youth.
My fabulous consolation prize from the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" people came yesterday. I always love to get packages in the mail, and this one was a whopper. Besides the toast tongs, I was particularly excited about the ceramic bread warming baskets, which also keep things - like fruit - cool in the fridge. The little one will be great to hold lemons and limes on the bar during parties. Thanks, ICBINB peeps!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I got a complimentary review sample of "Baby's Butt age-erasing face primer" from the folks at Addiction NV last week, and have been using it under my make-up ever since. It smells lovely - a refreshing touch of mint - and seems to make your cheeks softer to the touch. But, "age-erasing"? Sorry, I can't go that far. Of course, if you click the link, you'll see the market for this product is younger than the average boomer girl, so "age-erasing" must be a relative thing. Still, I wouldn't put this one in the "anti-aging" category. I do think primer can make a difference - especially under mineral make-up - but let's not make promises we can't keep.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Tervis Tumbler to the top with ice and green tea, made two stops (World Market for 15 minutes; grocery store for 30) leaving the glass in the sweltering car, and - whattya know? - there was still ice when I got home. Love that! (Sometimes, it's the little things.)
Excessive Heat Warning - Extreme heat index making it feel very hot, typically above 110 °F (43 °C) for 3 hours or more during the day for two consecutive days or above 110 °F (43 °C) at any time.
Yep, that's what we're looking at. BoomerGirl's bitchy mood officially begins now. Good times!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Let's exploit this situation and have another random drawing, shall we? Simply leave a comment below stating what your favorite facial feature is and why (don't be shy, brag away) or email your answer to email@example.com and I'll announce the winner on July 15th.
OK, I'll start (because I'm almost never shy, tho' I am ineligible to win): My favorite facial feature is my nose because it's the only thing on my person that hasn't expanded, sagged, dried up or wrinkled over the years. Your turn....
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
...Marguerite who was chosen in a random, blindfolded (I even had my husband spin me, just for grins) drawing to win the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" prize package. Congrats!! Marguerite will be making toast, catching it with toast tongs and sprinkling it with seasonings from clamp-lid jars in no time. (M: All I need from you is your mailing address, which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org.) For the rest of you (please note, I didn't say "losers"), don't dismay. There will be another giveaway announced tomorrow.
So, this woman in Florida leaves a comment under my giveaway post, hoping to win herself some toast tongs. I don't recall seeing her name before on BoomerGirl, so I click through to her profile, then onto her blog, mysteriously titled "Life is Just a Bowl of Chicken." I'm thinking I'll find a recipe site devoted to fowl. But, no! This hilarious woman's hobby is, in her own words: re-creating retirement photos from articles about retirement or senior living on the web. I love everything about it - finding the articles, re-creating the photos, and fitting them into our everyday life. That's Ellen and her husband (who is either equally hilarious and incredibly game or way over-medicated) in the photo above, re-creating the photo below:
These adorable people - who are big fans of the Ramones, by the way - made my day and I'll bet they'll make yours. Go to her site now. You'll never look at those "living it up in our silver years" ads in the same way again.
A new study suggests that physical shows of affection - including cuddling and kissing - are more important to men than they are to women. I'll admit I can be skeptical about studies, at times, but could this possibly be because men see cuddling and kissing as a gateway to sex?
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Click here to watch a great video by Mike Yoder on the Tour of Lawrence event downtown yesterday. Did it inspire me to dust off my bicycle and hit the pavement? Indeed, but after tonight's Iron Chef competition and Lawrence Originals' Party in the Park, and certainly when it's not raining! Those crashes had to have burned.
Penzey's spices for helping me create the yummiest deviled eggs ever. I used their Maharajah curry powder (intense but not too hot) and their Singapore seasoning blend with a bit of mayo for eggs that added zing to last night's picnic of grilled pork tenderloin, cole slaw and fingerling potatoes with fresh rosemary. Fireworks in my mouth!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
my column today, because I couldn't think of anything else. (I've had a lot on my mind lately; unfortunately, none of it's particularly funny.) Then, I found this production shot of Esther Williams on Google Images. I'm going to forward it to my Warriors teacher. This could be our new routine!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I started by throwing two large garlic cloves and 3 cups of firmly packed basil into the food processor, along with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan and 1 cup of olive oil. I processed those for 10 seconds, then added a cup of pine nuts and walnut pieces combined (because I only had a small jar of pine nuts - too expensive!) and processed for an additional ten seconds. That's it. In the past, I've had a tendency to over-grind which makes for a smoother albeit less interesting sauce. The rustic version looks great and has a satisfying crunch and bolder flavor. I can't wait to try it ... on everything!
the 'tour' continues downtown where friends and I will watch the Criterium from the air-conditioned vantage point of my second floor office. With Wimbledon on the telly, it's the perfect spectator sport weekend. 'Hope yours is equally enjoyable!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Here's a new study suggesting that imbibing your favorite Pinot Noir will offset the butt-expanding effects of your desk job. Is it time to kiss my Vodka/Crystal Light cocktails goodbye? The caveat, of course, is that the fat-burning benefits of red wine have only been measured in sedentary rats. (But, doesn't everyone feel like a big fat rat every once in a while? I know I do.) Plus, you'd need to drink a lot of vino to negate your couch potato ways. Still, it's an excuse....