Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blogging Break

I'm off to enjoy life.  And while I love sharing.  Right now I want to be a little selfish.  I will be back in no time to give some updates but excuse me while I live.  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring 2015 Travel




You like?   Well this is what has gotten me road tested in 2015.  Since you have my February Faves and Raves, you get the idea - travel has been a big deal for me.  I have been following the follow Bloggers on their Travel Style
Lots of girl travel crushing there for everyone.  For me - I looked at my travel plans and asked myself the following questions:

  1. Where am I going?
  2. What is the weather?
  3. How long will I be gone?
  4. What is my purpose in going? Trust me, that determines a great deal in how I plan my travel wardrobe.  
  5. What's in my basic bag?  That answer is quite easy (see below)

In February, I was in Denver.  In March, I was in Salt Lake City.  And in April, I was in Billings.  Love spending time in airports (actually I really don't).  To combat my fear of germs (its those small creepy things that give me the heaves),  I use the following:
  • Washable Airplane Seat Covers
  • Airborne 
  • Antibacterial Solution
To combat my excessive cold, I wrap myself in a cape from Cuyana.  There a lots of strategies in order to make life comfortable, I use The Everygirl's Guide (see link above).

If you see things you like, try their sample boxes or try Quarterly with different curators.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Accommodations in Love

Travelling to InfinityTravelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It is always interesting to read about a famous scientist, historian, what have you through the eyes of their children or spouses. They have a different perspective because they witness and lived through the struggle as well.

Jane Hawking is no different although some of the choices she made were completely different than most people, she still lived through raising three children and maintaining the critical care of her husband, Dr. Stephen Hawking, through 25 years. She witnessed provisions for Britons with disabilities, the cool detachment of her in laws (the one group of people who shouldn't be detached), and her growing emotional attachment to a man who wasn't her husband.

In the end, the destruction of her marriage was devastating because she lost a lot of privacy as her husband's acclaim rose, he holds Isaac Newton's Chair, she was able to rebuild herself and support her children.

I was really struck by Jane's ability to just act - whether she discovered her son's learning disability or her children's reluctance in living in their father's shadow.  Jane did what needed to be done.  As a mother and wife, to me that's important.  The ability to roll knowing that there are several obstacles and punches ahead and aimed at you.  Sometimes, the punch is not the shocking part but who is throwing them.  Either you throw them back or you keep moving.

This book is a great book as it formulated as a series of vignettes about Jane's life with Stephen.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Five Year Postponement...

Fight Night!!!!

Boxing isn't as big as it was in the 1980's and 1990's because we have none of the following:

Sugar Ray
Evander Holyfield
Lennox Lewis
Mike Tyson (eh...)

Just ugh right now.

Boxing is also consistently big pushed further and further back by the likes of UFC and Wrestling.

Why?

Simply put, boxing is an expensive sport.  At $70 per PPV that adds up fast.  Bars around DC don't really carry boxing matches because UFC happen more frequently.  The customer base has eroded for boxing or maybe just aging out.  Younger men now seem to be drawn toward UFC plus that sports appears to be more accessible for more people and more "American Dream" - ish if you will.





That's nice.

Anyhoo...

This weekend, AA will be watching the Pacquaio - Mayweather duke it it out in a fight that was so way overdue that I am so over it now.


The price however is so ridiculous - $100.

When I found out,  I just...I can't.

Whatever.

Now I get why many have so many issues with boxing.  Why so much?   To guarantee the $250 million (minimum) purse of which Floyd gets 60% or $150 while Pacquiao gets $100 million.

Guaranteed for walking in the door.

Not a bad day huh?

I have written about this weekend's participants before.  Trust and believe that there is a special place in hell for scum like FM.  He's hard to interview because you try (try Katie...I mean did you try?) to ask hard questions and you get lies:





Or you get the flirty filth.  Take your pick.


He talks about himself in the third person.  You know who does that?  Megalomaniacs.  Just saying.

Again.  I can't.

Hopefully this is the LAST time I have to deal with this foolishness.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Draft Day



Apparently its a national holiday for some Americans including my spouse.  For those of you who have no idea, its a 72 hour (really 36) televised sports special where millions what 256 men become millionaires.

Why?

Because millions would rather watch this than Scandal...so not kidding.


In Coach Land, one tv is on the draft starting at 6:30 pm (because we really want that full experience).  The menu?  Why bother cooking when no one is really interested so I pull this together every year:

Pizza
Beer
Wine (because its Scandal Thursday)...HELLO!!!

My draft predictions?  That out of 256 men, 10.  10  will stand out.  And yes, I have considered Jameis "I'm here to throw footballs y'all" as a eh....standout.

Whatever makes a quarter of the residents here happy.


Friday, April 24, 2015

This is Ground

Around November 2014, I discovered a new leather crush...I know.


This is Ground

So much so that I stalked them on Instagram:

It is like a brand for hipsters with extreme beards and I love it.  Again, don't ask - men with beards in my personal life, I avoid like the plague but I'm okay with beardsters from afar.

I took the plunge and I got sample box and it came with the following:




Oh yeah.   I have a great respect for the brand and love the products.  Hint hint for the techsters in your life (bearded or not) - look TIG up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

March Faves and Raves

March 2015 Faves and Raves


Where has my mind been?  It's April 15 and no post on my favorites?  Yeah, sorry about that.  Taxes, work, birthdays, church...you know...life happens.

Let me leave you with the following for April:

1)  Kindle - with my love of books, this is probably the best way to have 2 of the 3 ways I read books - digital and audio.

2)  Cuyana Travel Set - I love the larger one for my glasses, scarf, and other items I use inflight/in transit.  While the smaller pouch is used for my purse with a charger, stylus, pen, and other mobile momma needs.

3)  My Land's End Flouncy Dress is amazing!!!  It was my Easter outfit this year.

Easter Mass 2015



Lands End black skater skirt / J Crew flannel blazer / Call it SPRING pumps / Henri Bendel pearl stud earrings / Green necklace

I had to be mobile because I was the heavy lifter on the Brunch and other logistics...fun.

4)Yoobi - its bright and colorful and I can get it in Target.

5)Books I'm Reading: b Americanah, The Charlemagne Pursuit, and Three Daughters

6)  Watch - its a conversation piece. (its the best Peggy Olsen gif I could find today)



7)  Shoes...let's talk.  Its the last thing think about but most critical for my comfort.  I am feeling chucks and quilted slips ons.

Alright.  I have given you all plenty to investigate.  Enjoy the rest of your April!