Breathe Right

August 6, 2010

Why did Hotmail make all of these horrible changes? I’m all for change for the better, but change only to make it worse and it really bums me out. Did they even test it on actual users? Ugh…

The weekend is just about here and I thought I’d remind everyone to breathe. Seriously. It’s amazing what taking a minute or two to just sit, close your eyes and take a deep breath does. I had a crazy stressful week and I did try and take a moment here and there to just focus on my breath. It can calm you down in an instant.

Even better, start each day with a stretch. These things seem silly but I have found that in a few minutes, you can achieve huge results. When you get out of bed, bend at the waist and touch your toes (or go as low as you can — don’t force it). Then slowly, slowly (one vertebrate at a time) start to come up, until you’re at standing position. That one move will get your day started right.

If you do nothing else for yourself all day long, that stretch is a big thank you.

Lots ‘o Singles of the Week

Ken is feeling generous this week with his picks — although I had to tell him the difference between Sheena Easton and Sheila E.:

I like bits and pieces of these singles, so put together, do they make a whole?

I think that if I were to die and go to Brooklyn, this is what I would be listening to:
The Like: Release Me (Click to take a listen.)

Then there’s this – cute girl drummer alert! The years have trod heavily upon Sheila E, so it’s good to see someone new.

And finally, as my dad has told me, you don’t have to be afraid to put your dream in action. He also told me there are 15 branches of our federal government, although I’m pretty sure he’s wrong.

Victorious Theme Song (Click to take a listen.)


What a week! I can’t believe Austin’s last day at this camp is tomorrow. Sure goes fast. I think my favorite thing was his mosaics class — he brought home some incredible artwork. Two of the pieces I want to frame, and one I put in my office and already got some complements. Austin really liked his crepe-making class, along with Top Secret Agent. It really is fun — I wish I could go!

Addison finished up her summer class today with a party. And one of the parents gave out a plastic cell phone filled with makeup. Why would you give that out to 3 year olds?! Addison smeared it all over her face. It has this sickeningly sweet smell, and God knows what’s in it. You know that thing is made in China. The “antenna” was a brush for the makeup. It’s all over now — Ken removed the little trays of blue, pink and white goop. Now she can just use it as a “phone.”

Supposed to be a nice weekend. We’ve got lots of outdoor plans. Have a good one!


Keep It Loose

May 15, 2009

With Addison in the hospital last week I had to cancel pilates, so when I went in this week, let’s just say between the stress and lack of sleep, I really, really needed it. When we were through with the hour, I felt great, and my teacher left me with this: “Keep stretching every day.” So I pass that along to you, as well as my favorite lower back stretch. You can do it in the gym or in the comfort of your very own home!

innerthighstretchSit down as if you’re going to sit Indian-style, but don’t cross your legs. Put the bottoms of your feet together so your legs make a diamond shape. Now lean forward (you can put your hands on the floor in front of you) until you feel a stretch. Hold for 15 seconds. Sit up and repeat. Depending on how close or far from your body that your legs are will determine how far you can go and how much of a stretch you’ll get. Now here’s part 2: sit up straight in the same position, let your knees open and relax close to the ground. From the waist, lean to the right. The key is to keep your left butt cheek glued to the floor so you get a big stretch in the waist, hips and lower back on the left side. Hold for 10 seconds, return to straight and lean to the left, keeping your right side down. I find it’s a great stretch to open up the lower back without risking overstretching or putting pressure on any other body parts. It’s an excellent “good morning!” stretch to get you going.

Oh Yeah, It’s Thursday!!

Did someone say music? Here’s the Single of the Week from Ken:

This week, we’re going to flex some dance hall funk and send a little Major Lazer across NJ Transit’s Morristown line, up into MetroNorth’s New Haven line and even, God forbid, into parts of the Upper East Side. (Note: The omission of Long Island is intentional.) “Hold the Line” features Santigold and Mr. Lexx singing over an incessant surf guitar hook, punctuated by sound effects ranging from dial tones to horses to electronic warbling. If Michael Buble woke up in hell, this is what he would be listening to.


Did you know that Wal Mart accounts for 10 percent of all retail sales in the U.S.? I didn’t until today when they released their earnings (which were flat). It just made me realize how outside of the mainstream I am, since I won’t shop there. I mean, I get it — it’s cheap. But at a certain point I think we need to ask, “At what cost?” and when you won’t give people health benefits even though they work full time and you lock people in at night to clean your stores, something ain’t right. (Before I hear from Wal Mart defenders, I know they have cleaned up their act in the last couple of years but that was only after mucho pressure from state and local governments and I still hear stories about them strong-arming their suppliers, among other things.) So I choose to shop elsewhere. Apparently, most of America doesn’t agree with me!

Here Comes the Weekend

I’m so excited that the weekend is just about here! Ken and I have a date Friday night, I am going to see if MacLaren can refurbish our stroller (if it goes well I will give you all the deets), Austin and I are going to make strawberry muffins and blueberry pancakes and we have a whole bunch of other things planned. I have been on an organization kick so I have a couple more projects I want to tackle (my shoes being one of them — which frankly might take the whole weekend).

Let’s get this party started!

It’s Go To Time

March 24, 2009

Find your go to outfit, stat!

Find your go to outfit, stat!

You’re busy. You work full time, which means all hours, because nobody works from 9 to 5 anymore, especially in this economy. And/or you’ve got kids who, go figure, have needs. And/or you’re in a relationship, and that takes time to tend to and keep it right (or at least civil), and/or you have a living space, which needs to be cleaned and repaired and decorated, and you and all of your potential hangers-on need to eat, so you’ve got to keep the fridge full and whip something up come to mealtime…I could go on. But this isn’t really about that. This is an assignment, because of that.

Carve out an hour for yourself and a mirror. Your mission? Find your go to outfit, from the lipstick down to your shoes. You need to have that outfit down pat no matter what else is going on in your life. Why? Because you’re busy! And the last thing you need to spend time doing in the am is standing in front of your closet, fretting over what blouse would look okay with what skirt. Do that in this hour. Important meeting at work? Find the top, bottoms, jacket, jewelry, makeup, socks/tights and shoes that make up the outfit that gives you the confidence you need. Commit it to memory. Write it down if you need to. And then the next time you have an important meeting at work, go to it. You don’t have to think about it, it’s done. You csn do it with other things too. Brunch with friends? Saturday night dinner with your husband? Interview for a new job? Done, done and done. The added bonus is that it will make you realize what does and doesn’t work for you, which gives you clues on what to look for the next time you’re out shopping. You know, with all of that found time you’ll have…File this under a little pro-activity going a long way.

For the Boys

Guys can save time with this approach as well, but men seem to have an easier time given the more narrow focus of their closets. Of course a great suit always looks nice, but a button down and khakis seems to be the clear favorite. 209410_426_41Our friend Andy was over tonight and he swears by the wrinkle-free button down shirts from LL Bean. (The official name is Wrinkle-Resistant Classic Oxford Cloth Shirt.) Apparently you literally wash it, hang it, put it on and go. Very low maintenance, which I like. And at $29.50, a veritable bargain. I think it’s worth trying out.

And Stretch

My pilates teacher (who’s stuck in Japan right now, but I digress) reminded me about the importance of stretching AFTER you exercise. If you’re on the treadmill or elliptical, you’ve got so much blood flowing downward that, according to her, even just lying with your feet up against the wall for a few minutes will help even out the blood flow to all of your muscles, and make your stretching more beneficial. I have been putting my legs up and then doing my ab crunches and my hamstrings have felt less tight, so maybe it is helping. Just something to keep in mind.

Hope your Monday was good!