Sunday, January 23, 2011

On Leaving Facebook

Why does my decision to simplify my life and leave Facebook (sort of) make me feel like I am dying.

Scanning my list of "friends" I selected a few to send notes of "Please don't forget me...", dumping all my contact information into the note, hoping to remain friends without our beloved Facebook connection! Some dear friends, lost once and found again through Facebook, I don't want to lose again and so the idea of severing our Facebook relationship is troubling.

But, really, does merely being listed in my friend registry on Facebook mean we are friends, in the real sense of the word? In some ways we fool ourselves into thinking we are being friends, connected by status updates. Sure, it's nice to have found our long-lost friends, but what do we do with them once we find them; store them neatly in our friend list, and then what?

I have thought about making the break for a long time, but the idea of losing that thread of contact has kept me logging on - even though many of the people I am most worried about losing track of seldom even update their Facebook profiles, much less communicate with me!

I'm ready to start living once again in the real world. I will still have my Facebook account, so if you just can't communicate with me any other way, please send me a friend request and explain your plight - just be sure to include your email address too!

It is almost like I'm dying, and I guess in the magical realm of cyberdom I am. But, I'm counting on a life after death, we'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Help Wanted ~ Seriously, people!

I am a 52 year old, happily married female (and mother of six awesome young adult children) looking for help in the following areas:

1. Fashion - I am looking to re-define my fashion style now that I am getting more seasoned and mature! Can someone help me learn how to use modern trends in subtle ways to keep me up-to-date? I don't want to be left behind, but I also do NOT want to look trendy/trashy (which is what frequently happens when a woman my age tries to adopt modern trends!) I want to look classy, not trashy or frumpy! I need help with color, styles and accessories (jewelry, shoes, etc).

2. Interior Decorating - I want to find relatively simple techniques to add flair to my surroundings. I can't do any major remodeling, but I want to learn about details I can add to a room to make it "pop"! I want to learn about color, design, patterns, texture, furniture, art and clever accessories I can use to update my home.

I have learned about all of this in the past, but I feel like I am in serious need of an update!
If you know of any blogs or websites that can help me in these areas, please leave me a message with the url.

Thank you!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Something Yummy Looking

I have a day off, thanks to MLK day. I studied the life of MLK once, and while I really don't respect the choices he made in his personal life, he did do a lot for human rights - plus, he provided me with a day off of work! Thank you MLK.

Today, in honor of MLK I am celebrating the human spirit and exploring blogs! My kids would say I'm stalking, but I figure if these people didn't want others to read their blogs they 1) would not write them or 2) they would make them private. Anyway.. I am constantly amazed at how creative and gifted so many people are and I'm happy they share their talents with others like me.
One blog I stumbled upon this morning is
Bubsies Boutique. It features "handmade gifts for your little one" which I don't have, but the reason I'm sharing the blog is for this delicious sounding recipe she recently posted.

Maybe it's because I'm hungry, but this looks Yummy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time with My Man!

Yesterday I spent the day with my best friend.

Dave and I spent the night of our anniversary at the same hotel we stayed in 28 years ago.

We had dinner in the same restaurant (sans the wedge salad we had that first night as Mr. & Mrs.)

It was fun to reflect on the past 28 years and the many blessings we have received. Our six children are at the top of the list. In fact, most of our favorite memories included them.

We had breakfast the next morning at Lamb's Grill Cafe. They serve a great breakfast. I had a vegetable omelet and hash browns. If you're ever looking for a satisfying breakfast, try Lamb's Cafe on Main St., Salt Lake City.

We headed up to Park City after breakfast. It was great to get out of the depressing inversion that has settled into the Salt Lake Valley. I was glad the weather was relatively mild - I only needed a polar fleece parka as we wandered through the outlet mall in Park City.

After our day in Park City we headed back home. We decided to stop by our favorite Indian restaurant for an early dinner. The restaurant wasn't opened yet, so I popped into the women's clothing store next door to see what I could find.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a dress for the upcoming wedding of Justin & Cait!! This is a major breakthrough - I have been searching for a dress for weeks. I actually bought two of the same dress. It's a two-piece ensemble (skirt & jacket). They only had it in Petite sizes. The one size fits on top, the other size fits on bottom! Both dresses were on sale and together totaled less than anything else I have found (less than $100). One dress also cost less than a tailor would charge me to alter the larger piece. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but it's very logical in my mind! I have an acceptable dress to wear to my son's wedding, and that's all that matters!

We then enjoyed a bowl of nice warm soup and some chicken curry at the Indian restaurant next door.

We ended the evening at home, comfortable in our own bed, watching An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant.

It was a wonderful time with me and my man of 28 years. I feel so blessed.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Me & My Man!

28 years ago tomorrow (January 14, 1983) I was sealed for time and all eternity (married) to my best friend in the Salt Lake Temple. It was a beautiful day, that first day of Mr. & Mrs. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and it wasn't even that cold!

Where has the time gone? Looking back we can see so far. Looking ahead we can see forever! I love you, Dave. Thanks for loving me all these years.

Forever will be so much better having you by my side.