Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hair update.....

By the way, I'm still loving the new hair! I played with it a little yesterday and washed it today. It even looks pretty good when I let it drip dry! That's awesome! I'm sooooooo glad I cut it!

Iron Chef, anyone????

So, we're sitting there at the dinner table tonight. HandsomeBoy was eating my homemade chicken salad and he was telling me that he didn't like chicken salad the last time he had it, but he liked it tonight. I explained to him how different people have different recipes for it. As an example, I told him how when RockStar makes it, he purees it until it is very smooth, plus he uses hard-boiled eggs in it. I make mine slightly chunkier and use lots of finely diced veggies. I mentioned that other people make it very chunky and may put in grapes, raisins or walnuts.

HandsomeBoy thought about it and then said the following:

"You and Daddy should have a contest. Daddy makes chicken salad and you make chicken salad. I'll taste both and tell you whose is best."

That was cute. Then he added this:

"And the winner gets to sleep with me -- ALL NIGHT! Isn't that great?"

I just hope he doesn't try to run a contest like this in his high school home ec class!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wow - I've got perky hair!!!!!

Okay, to start with, I've been working on this big post about my goals for 2008. Instead of waiting until I finished the post, I decided to start jumping right into achieving some of my goals. First up --- new hairstyle!!!

I've been wearing the same long, blunt cut back, blunt cut bangs for awhile now. It was, as Randy Jackson would say, "aw'ight". Meaning -- it was presentable, but not much better than that. Plus, I was really really REALLY overdue for at least a trim. Look and see if you don't agree......... .

Plus, just for added effect, you get to see me in my standard daily "uniform" -- mom jeans, a dark solid tneck, a fleece zip-up and Lands End slide in mocs. Yep, that's me -- what a fashion plate, huh???? I've been needing a change for awhile now, but never had the guts to actually do it. As part of my New Year New Me plan, I went to a new stylist today, explained it ALL to her and let her do her thing.
She listened to me and then told me exactly what she thought I needed and what she would do. I took the plunge and told her to go ahead. The first few minutes were the worst -- my hair was falling to the salon floor in long thick piles. I just kept talking and thinking about how much I WANT to change my hair, my life, my future, my thinking. I'm sure she was sick of me talking, but I really needed to do that to stay calm. She kept taking off more and more and more hair. Just when I thought she was finished, she'd find another section that needed to be addressed.
It was hard, I'll admit it, but........ I LOVE THE RESULTS!!!!! I LOVE MY HAIR!!!!! Can you believe it? I don't know if I've said those words in over a decade! It's far and away the best haircut I've EVER gotten! I'm so excited about it. What do you think????

Okay, those of you who are looking closely and paying attention will also notice that, just like all the before & after shots you see on latenight infomercials, I've also changed into cooler clothes and put on some makeup! Sorry the photo quality isn't better, but I did the best I could.
One more step closer to achieving all my 2008 goals!
Oh, you want to know what the rest of them are? Silly me. Well, you'll have to wait a few more days probably for the list. BUT, I promise to blog them because then they'll be real and I'll be accountable to them!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Five on Friday!

1. Do you make New Year's resolutions or personal goals?

Yes, I have to admit that I do. Of course, I make resolutions and goals at other times of the year, too, especially around the change of seasons and holidays such as Rosh Hashana (my other New Years).

2. Have you ever kept a New Year's resolution? Achieved a personal goal?

Not completely, but I've made progress toward them. My 2002/03 goal was to have a family -- done (in 2004). A 2004 goal was to lose weight (lost a lot in 2004, but have put a little back on -- still not back to where I was, though!). Another 2002 goal was to "get organized". This is actually a perpetual goal of mine, but in 2002, I found FlyLady and started to creep ever closer to my goal. I'm still not where I'd like to be, but I'm SOOOOOOOOO much closer than I was!

3. What things are you always resolving to do but never actually do?

Get organized, lose weight, get back in touch with old friends, stay in better touch with current friends, exercise more, talk less, waste less time, be more patient.

4. Why do you think most people fail to uphold their New Year's resolutions?

Change is hard. You have to really want it and want it for a long time. It's just too easy to fall back into bad habits!

5. Share the thing you most want to do this year and describe five steps you will take to make it happen.

Hmmmm..... what I want most? What I want most this year is to reach a decision with my husband to pursue adoption of a daughter. How do I get there?
Beg, beg, beg, beg, and sexual favors!!!! Just kidding (sort of). Here's my vague plan:
1). Research the current state of international adoption. 2). Research the current situation with hosting programs. 3). Research the current situation with foster/adopt programs. 4). Compare the programs with our budget, desired timeline, family needs and comfort zone and make a decision. 5). Start the chosen process. Of course, that makes it sound easy. We all know it's not that easy. Especially since RockStar is pretty comfy being the dad of only two kids. But, I really want a girl. There are many reasons I want a girl, and ironically, none of them are traditional "girly" reasons (princesses, pink, dressup, Barbies, etc....).

Will it happen (i.e. begin) in 2008? You'll have to keep checking back to find out!

Friday Feast!

When was the last time you received a surprise in the mail, and what was it?

Hmmmmm...... it was probably the pinball machine I won last summer. Well, actually, I won the game last winter, but they didn't ship it until the summer. Of course, I didn't even know I'd won until I got notice of a package that was going to be delivered that I had to be home to sign for. The pinball machine is currently living in my living room, which is NOT where I'd like to have a pinball machine, but it's the only place it'll fit! I seriously need to reorganize my house!

If you could have a summer and/or winter home, where would you want it to be?

I'd love to have a winter home on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica! We were there in February of 2000 and absolutely fell in love with the area! So nice, pretty and peaceful!

Pick one: pineapple, orange, banana, apple, cherry.

Cherry. Definitely.

Main CourseDescribe the nicest piece of clothing that you own.

Uhhhhh...... uhhhhhh..... I have no idea. My wedding dress? A gown I wore to a friend's wedding? I have a few very nice suits from my former life as an attorney, but they're out of style now and don't fit me so well anymore.

If you could forget one whole day from your life, which day would you choose to wipe from your memory?

Since I can't think of anything, I have a feeling I've ALREADY forgotten it!