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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rockin' Spring.......

A night with Bruce is just what I need to get my ROCK AND ROLL on.......



The POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL 
ONCE MORE!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thirty-two years and counting.......

This is the girl on April 17, 1982.......
This is the girl on April 11, 2014......
Yes, it's my wedding anniversary.
Yes, there's a plan.
There's always a plan.
Just like the plan that we started with in 1982.......it's flexible.
We live.
We love.
We learn.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I came up with some theories......



Yes, I know I said that I would be talking about my Spring shopping finds.
But, really, this does have to do with shopping. 
Sort of.
I mean...there was a credit card and a shopping bag involved.
So, yeah....this is about shopping.  
Here we go......
I needed a new pair of light weight dressy black pants. 
Hard to believe, I know.
But, it's true.
Well, not all together true.
Let's just go with--- I needed a new pair of light weight dressy black pants.   
When my husband told me 72 hours before a very important  business dinner where my attendance was requested ("it would be good if you showed up...." were his exact words....) and those 72 hours prior to the dinner were jam packed with work stuff and home stuff and just stuff....., I went into a complete fashion melt down.  Not only did I have to go to the dinner event straight from the office....I had to dress appropriately for what I was doing at the office and I had to make sure nothing would be too wrinkled as it would be a two hour trip to get to this dinner.
My Spring wardrobe had not been completely unpacked from it's winter home.
There were shoe issues to think about.
And, I did not have a decent block of time to even get anything figured out....let alone shop appropriately if I had to.
Yeah....that's not the way I like to roll.
Let's just say that I like to work with these things....I like to get an idea in my head about how I want to present myself based on the event and the people who would be there, the season, the weather..........yadda, yadda, yadda
And, I like to play around with some looks in my head and tweak that look as I consider and reconsider.  
I need at least a week to build towards the look I am going for.
Sure, I can (and have!) done this in a shorter amount of time but that just robs me of the fun and the feeling of confidence that I have selected the perfect outfit.... 
It just doesn't feel right.
But, of course, I have what it takes to pull it off.....
I knew I had this great embroidered, black ribbon trimmed linen jacket that would fit the bill....one of those wardrobe pieces that can go from office to country club.  
What I didn't know was if I had a pair of light weight, dressy black pants that would not be too wrinkled from being stored for the winter.
And, I didn't have the time to #1--look for them and #2--possibly iron them (and who wants to iron?).  So, I decided that I would steal a little time away and stop at Marshall's to pick up a pair of dressy, light weight black pants.  I did not have time to shop at my favorite haunts....
And maybe I'd pick up some shoes.
Although I have been feeling like I put on some winter weight around my midsection, I have also been having some band restriction issues.....so my eating has decreased significantly over the past month.  Except for some clandestine  ice cream and candy eating....
Anyway, I didn't consider for a moment that my typical size in dress pants would be a little too snug.
So, I popped 2 pair that I liked into my cart and ran off to the dressing room to decide which ones I liked better.   I should mention that I have never bought anything with these particular brand names (I only mention this so that I am not too hysterical). 
I will spare you the details of my dressing room meltdown upon having a zipper issue and my near-breakdown at the register when I was forced into purchasing the next size up......
And, I won't even dare tell you about my frantic escape to the car to weep in private.....
No.
No.
No.
Thankfully, I am one of those people who gets over the emotion rather quickly and then I set about rationalizing and figuring things out until I have it settled in my head as to what is going on and how I will go forward.
And, once I figure it out....it's gospel to me and I proceed accordingly.
I have decided 2 things....these are my theories:
-My band is tight because I have gained some weight--thus increasing the size of my stomach....making the band tight.   So, I have to set out to fix that.  I'm thinking that a 2-3 day liquid diet might do the trick.  I'm planning on doing that early next week.  It won't work with my life until then....
-And.....clothes that are off-sized or irregulars find their way to Marshall's and other off-price stores.  So, really......the sizes there can't be trusted. 

I feel so much better....don't you?




 

 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Captain America made me go shopping......


I COMMAND YOU TO SHOP!!!

 We were talking about shopping....weren't we?
So sorry for the little break in our conversation. 
Sometimes weekends get in the way
Now, where were we?

Oh, yeah.......I was lamenting that I thought that I needed a major Spring wardrobe shopping trip. 
Like I told you when we last spoke,I do not need a blessed thing.
But, sadly, that doesn't stop me when I find myself smack dab in the middle of a 3.5 hour block of free time.
In a big shopping area.  
It was all Captain America.....yes Captain America.  
You know that Super Hero whose new movie debuted this past weekend?
Even though I know nothing about Captain America or his movie......  I can confidently say that the reason for my shopping trip rests squarely on his Super Hero shoulders.  
Let me explain why Captain America has anything at all to do with my overflowing shopping bags. 
Here we go......
You see, my 15 year old nephew is a big movie buff. 
And, he loves all these Super Hero movies. 
And, he always wants to make sure he sees these new movies the minute they hit the big screen.
But, the poor kid isn't old enough to drive.
So, he couldn't drive out to the megaplex movie theater where they were showing it in super 3 D--or something like that ----to meet up with his Uncle Carmen (who also loves Super Hero movies). 
Being that it was a Saturday afternoon, I had to figure out my Dad Duties so that I could make sure to get my dear nephew out to the theater in enough time so that he could get the tickets before they sold out.  The only hitch was that I also had to drive him home....which meant that I had about 3.5 hours to hang out.....
Stop back next time and I'll tell you all about those 3.5 hours.........
(sorry, I am running a tad bit late this morning!!!).



Friday, April 4, 2014

Who has time for therapy......

when you have to update your wardrobe for Spring?


It's that time of the year again when...
  • I am positive that my Spring clothes from last year won't fit me!
  • I can't find a thing to wear!
  • and.....I need a major shopping trip! 

Clearly, I am completely out of touch with reality.


 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Doggie Daycare: April 1 REPORT......

In the whirlwind of life here in Judiland---with buying a new car for our fashionista, dealing with a random snow storm, hosting a Sunday dinner,  having some bumps and bruises with some software issues at the office, wrangling with budgets at the office and working out the details of getting Fleetwood Mac tickets for October.....I may have forgot to mention that our Grandog...the sweet and darling Bandit....has been in our care since Friday night. 
Everything has been going very well....except for the dog sitting part.  We have been spoiling him rotten and then some.  Perhaps that wasn't a good idea!!!!  Maybe I should have got the message that he was determined to do as he pleases when he decided to poop at Petsmart.  Right in the fish aisle!
We only took him to Petsmart to get him some new toys, treats and outfits....ya know, a little shopping spree with the Grandfolks....

My now-spoiled little Grandog is not only sweet and darling....we have come to find that he is also a master manipulator and a super genius.  Naturally, I would expect my son the doctor's dog to be a genius.  But, when you have a very Grandparent-spoiled dog and couple it with the genius part and the master manipulating part, what you end up with is a dog that has no intention of letting anyone get their way...except HIM!   
Are we at fault?  Have we undone all of the good training that my son the doctor has done for over a year?  Perhaps we are not yet ready for two-legged Grandchildren......

This little guy has done everything in his power to stop me 
from getting out the door and going to work.  
This sweet little fella has barked and hissed and growled and snapped each morning as I put my coat on.  He refuses to go into his crate.  He hides behind the chair. Not even this favorite cheese that 
I buy only for him has helped.
Yes, this little guy......
Don't go Grandma Judi! 

Interestingly, even though he has been the one causing all the chaos, I have become the one to blame.  Apparently, I am not in charge.   And, I don't have a commanding personality.  And, I'm a pushover. 

Or, maybe he thinks I shouldn't work.....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Going out like a chicken......


You know that saying.....March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.  Or, is it visa versa?
Well, whatever.
I'm taking out March with a chicken.....
As in--that's what is on the menu here in Judiland on this last Sunday of March.
And, this chicken recipe is so lovely that I just knew I had to tell you about it.
It's been taste tested many times--by friends and family alike.  And, its always met with wild applause and smacking lips.  Like I said....it's lovely.  
My original plan was to cook this recipe as the sun was streaming through the windows as I watched soft breezes ripple through the trees in my yard.  
When I was putting today's dinner together in my head, I saw it as a  Celebrate Spring meal.
As the plan was coming together and I was envisioning a beautiful Spring Sunday with my pretty Spring table cloth a top the table with vases of tulips as the centerpieces, it was so easy to decide on that chicken recipe.  It's just such a  Spring Chicken.  As the scene progressed in my mind, I decided that the chicken's fresh and lively flavors demanded accompaniments that were just as Spring inspired.   
With that thought in mind, I took to my menu diary and came up with the perfect plan---I'd make a salad with a wonderful vinaigrette that I've made many times,   an absolutely delish Spring Peas with Dates and Walnuts recipe and this Goat Cheese risotto that I find absolutely heavenly.   To end the meal on a sweet Spring note, I decided on picking up some pistachio gelato.  With a bottle of one of my favorite white wines---a fresh and frisky Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc--I just knew this was going to be the perfect Spring meal.  
So, imagine my surprise when I was awaken this morning by a blustery burst of wind and snow pouncing on my window pane.  As I fumbled and bumbled out into the hallway, I was stricken by this cruel twist of fate.  This was no way to venture out on what I had imagined as a Spring trip to the market--wearing my cropped boy friend jeans, a quarter-length sleeved tee with a light knit poncho, a sweet straw fedora and a pair of jaunty Bernie Mev's with no socks.  How could I buy tulips on a day that was so winter-like?
As I sipped my new favorite morning tea, I gazed out into the cold, dark, windy, snowy landscape and  found comfort in the fact that I bought Toni a fun, girly ice scraper yesterday for the new car she just got this weekend.  I smiled at the memory of me slipping it into the trunk as a joke....with a little note telling her that it would come in handy next winter.
As I pulled out the Spring dishes I had planned on using, I was woeful---wondering if I should just wait until another Sunday to do the Spring dinner thing.  For a fleeting moment, I thought to myself--maybe I should just make chili or something very winter-like. 
No. Judi. 
No. No. No.
It's a Spring Sunday.
And, I'm making chicken. 

But I'm putting on boots and my winter coat.