I Am Back. And Heavier!

Hi everyone!  It’s week 13 and I’m back from Paris.

I’ve gained a pound. 148-8-a-pound-gained

I honestly thought I would have gained more considering all the food and drink that went into my body….

I literally ate a ton of food.  I drank so much red wine that I was afraid if I was in an accident, I would have bled Medoc or Bordeaux.

And presently I am working on TRYING TO FIX AN ISSUE WITH MY IPHONE!!  For some reason I can’t upload pictures and I”m pissed off.  I’ve got lots to write about and had a blast.

So as soon as I figure this #$)#$)*# ing stuff out. I’ll be writing posts about the trip.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!

 

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Pragmatic Packing For a Short Trip To Paris and Getting My Flâneuse On!

We leave tomorrow for Paris. It’s definitely not an extended stay. We fly home on Wednesday. Basically, this is three full days and three full nights.

This isn’t a trip for visiting the museums or the many sights. It isn’t a foodie trip either. And it isn’t a somber one like our last short trip to Paris for Danièle’s funeral.

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Memories on the wall of Daniele’s office at Zazi Films. I miss her so much!

Remember our trip of last summer? Remember how Air France went on strike just as we were about to leave and we had to make other flight arrangements?

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Thank you Air France for giving us a credit that cost us more money!

Well, we ended up with a “credit” from Air France.  However, we had to use our “credit” from Air France before December 28 or we would lose it.  We were unable to use the “credit” (and I use that term loosely—hence the quotes) for next summer.  And with this “credit” comes a booking charge of $300 per person. Ultimately this “credit” is costing us six hundred bucks just to fly!

The good thing is that we were able to make our visit coincide with the Avant-premiere of Bonaparte’s cousin’s film “Demain tout Commence”.  The film stars the wonderful Omar Sy, remember him as the assistant from the film “The Intouchables”? Bonaparte’s cousin, Hugo Gelin directed the film and we are excited to see him and the film!

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I’m secretly hoping that Omar Sy is at the Avant-premiere and I get to take a selfie with him. I’m sure Bonaparte is secretly hoping I don’t embarrass him in front of his family!

I’m excited that we’ll be returning to the Hotel Prince de Conti. The location is perfect—in the 6th arrondissement.  And the hotel is a charming as all get out!

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Bonaparte also has to tend to a bit of family business and I need to take care of some business of my own.  I need to hit CityPharma for all things skincare.

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Best prices on all things skincare–and you never know what else you will find!

I need to visit the Christmas Markets on the Champs-Élysées for some Christmas shopping and I need to get to Fnac to buy some music. I need more Michel Polnareff and Christmas music.

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I can’t wait to get to the Christmas markets!! Bonaparte is hoping my friend The Olive Man isn’t one of the vendors!

And I also want to visit Danièle. I plan on sharing a little bit of Porto at her grave. Just like we did when she was alive.  I also want to bring her some white roses because we always got them for her!

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I’m sure all these flowers have been cleared to make way for the ones Bonaparte and I will bring to her.  And Daniele and I will have a little toast of  Porto. Let’s hope I don’t get arrested for sitting on her grave and drinking with her!

It’ll also be fun to just hone in on my skills as a flâneuse—a wanderer.  Paris is the greatest city to just walk around and do nothing.  You never know what discoveries will await.  That’s basically it!

And speaking of basic.  I’ve packed my wardrobe for three days neatly into my Longchamp carry-on.  These winter clothes are much heavier than summer ones—and in the summer I can pack a lot more. But here’s how I did it.

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Thankfully my Longchamp leather bag is a bit on the large size. I can carry the overflow! Thankfully Bonaparte is traveling with a large suitcase so I can load my goodies into it!

First, I tried on a couple of looks to decide which I liked…

possibility-number-1-blue-sweater-stripped-shirt-did-not-go-with-thisI nixed this look because the sweater was too bulky with the blazer. It’s a good look for running out and about at home though!

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Look number two.  This is a packer!  I love the light weight of the striped sweater. The light chambray shirt is a great base for layering and both fit really nicely with my schoolboy blazer. Over-the-knee boots and AG jeans complete the look.   Too bad I have no hair in the back or I could have gone natural in my bio hair…I feel very…

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..very

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Fanny Ardant today with my hair curly!  She’s one of my favorite actors! Maybe I’ll run into her and she will ask me to be her American sister!

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Another casual look that lends itself well to layering. A black sweater under a camel blazer, scarf, same boots and jeans for day…

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And for the movie premiere, a change of jeans to more dressier ones, red heels, same blazer, same sweater and a different scarf.

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For traveling, I’m going with black pixie pants from J. Crew, a black turtleneck, a blanket scarf and a trench coat…..

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I decided that I’ll wear loafers instead of ballet flats. These are better a better choice for running around the airport. The blanket scarf will be a multi-tasker. Bonaparte always takes my blanket that the airline supplies because he gets very cold. I’ll just use the scarf as a throw. 

I’m really want to keep things simple.  A trench is a better choice for me because I can layer with the sweater and blazer. If it ends up being warmer, I can either wear just the trench or just a blazer. At least I have a choice!

And here is what ultimately went into the carry on:

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My essentials (other than makeup).  Magnifying mirror so when I apply lipstick, I won’t look like Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, an umbrella because you just never know when it’ll rain in Paris. A satin pillowcase to protect what little hair I have left, and my favorite tote. This Wythe Hotel tote goes wherever I travel.  Paris isn’t like the USA in that you get bags at the grocery store. I can fit wine bottles, cheese, tons of stuff into this tote. I love it!!

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Two pair of jeans. My AG jeans for day and for evenings skinny legging jeans from Loft.

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Two sweaters. On the left is the J. Crew Factory version of the Tippi Sweater. I actually like it better than the J. Crew version because the length is a bit longer. On the right is the J. Crew Holly Sweater. It is so soft and cozy.  Had I wanted to wear this on it’s own without a shirt underneath, I would have sized down.  

two-shirts-i-see-chippys-favoriteTwo shirts. I know which one Chippy likes! The only reason I am bringing two is that I’m a total slob and I know something is going to spill. I need backup!

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Two blazers. I kept to solids because the choice was just more basic.

I followed on-line directions on folding a blazer for travel.  The instructions are from Black Label and are step-by-step photographs. It took me almost an hour to figure it out.  I ended up putting the blazers into plastic garbage bags after folding for added protection.

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Boots can be a daunting item to pack, but these suede boots from Charles David are a dream. They are so pliable–like suede socks and were easy to stuff into the luggage. I have my heels for evening and thankfully I’ll be able to hold onto Bonaparte and not fall in the middle of the street!

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If my head is warm, the rest of me is comfy!

I also packed a knit cap, gloves, one bra and three pair of panties.  My cosmetics and toiletries are the last items to get packed. OH..and I packed hair too!!!!! I need my topper!

That’s it. A basic pragmatic way to pack for a short stay in the City of Lights.  Nobody needs to be a fashion plate when visiting Paris. There’s too much to see as you wander around–and wander around you will!  But it is a good thing to look presentable and jeans are a perfect choice!  No skirts this time around because I was too lazy to get spray tanned and I refuse to walk around with my fish-belly, white/blue legs on display!

Today’s music is another  import from Canada–Garou!  He’s great! Anyway, this is from Julien Clerc’s  Le Grand Show from 2014. If this doesn’t put you in the mood for Christmas–nothing will!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO!

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A Crazy Week And a Bit of A Weight Loss Before Thanksgiving!

This has been one crazy week.  Work is busy—the days continue to fly by.  And our plans for Thanksgiving have been altered slightly.   Instead of traveling out to Long Island, Bonaparte and I made the decision to stay home and enjoy a quiet dinner in preparation of our trip  to Paris on Saturday.

Yeah. I have a couple of items like my hair and jeans in my carry on.  But I need to focus on three days’ worth of clothing. It’s more of a challenge to pack less than to pack more!

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The extent of my packing.  I need to focus. I need to pack more than heels, deodorant and hair!

We were very lucky to have Jake visit us last weekend.

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He cut his hair. And mommy loves the Hipster Jesus look but I think the clean cut look fits Jake just fine! It was great to have him home one-on-one!

His schedule with work in NYC keeps him busy so it was nice to let him eat well and enjoy Texas football and relax!

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Unfortunately, the wrong team had more touchdowns.  Texas lost–against Kansas no less!!!

The weight loss continues, but now the loss is really slowing down.  My body is getting to a comfortable weight.  From seven to ten more pounds and the job of maintaining the lower weight may prove to be difficult. But—I’ll be like Scarlett O’Hara and worry about it tomorrow. Or maybe when I reach that goal!

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I kind of reached my goal for Thanksgiving. So I’m hoping that by Christmas I’m at least two or three pounds down more. As long as the scale doesn’t go up I’m happy!

This is the first Thanksgiving where I haven’t baked anything. At all.  And I’m really not upset about it.  Sometimes it is just good to have a break.

And that break will be good because when we return from Paris, I’ll be going through recipes for cookies to have on hand for Christmas.  Have you ever heard of Chatelaine Magazine?  It’s a Canadian publication but their site offers the best holiday cookies of all time!  (you HAVE to click for the recipes. They are EPIC!! I made many last year and plan on doing a binge biscotti bake next weekend!

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I wish Canada would offer subscriptions to us in the States. I swear I would move to Canada just to subscribe!!!!

But now I want to give you a couple of reviews.  It started with my search for a plain black leather belt.  I went to Nordstrom Rack thinking I could find a simple black belt.  No such luck. The store opened less than three weeks ago and not one woman’s belt could be found. Even the sales staff was perplexed.

And since Ulta  was next door, I decided to take a walk over there to ease my frustration.  I spotted mascara by Tarte cosmetics. I’m a big fan of Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara; and so I thought this “Best in Faux” fiber mascara might be worth a shot.

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This is FALSE advertising by Tarte. The purple mascara tube is more like a trial size IRL…see for yourself!

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Honestly, I’ve had sample sized mascaras that were bigger.  I’m still annoyed about this one!  

What really pissed me off were the ads. The mascara and fiber tubes are photographed the same size. They aren’t IRL. The mascara tube is small and stingy. Shame on you Tarte for doing this.

The lashes looked fine after applying but the fact that the mascara tube was so small is such a future no-buy for me. You NEED the mascara/gel to apply before and after applying the fibers. Therefore you need more of the mascara/gel and less of the fibers! Not worth the twenty bucks.

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Tarte’s “Best in Faux” did give some thickening to my lashes but did not extend the length. The Bella Rose does a better job for less money!

I’ll stick to my Bella Rose fiber mascara that I purchased on Amazon. $14.95 plus shipping. I try to purchase this with other items to get the free shipping. But even with the price of shipping it is worth it. As we age our lashes aren’t what they used to be and that’s one reason I’m a fan of the fiber mascara. The Bella Rose is the best I’ve tried.

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The Bella Rose 3-D Fiber Mascara has a larger mascara/gel tube–they got it right. I’m on my second order of this–and will soon be ordering a third. I use it every day! Every day!

My gift of the week was a lip liner from the sales associate at Ulta. She was so nice to give this to me!  I’m not one for lip liners but I thought I would give it a try.  I love it!  The spice color is a neutral that works! I think I’ll be lining my lips a bit more in the future!

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I think my only challenge with the Laura Geller lip liner will be finding the right sharpener. I’ve zero luck with sharpeners for my pencils!!

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I know. I KNOW. The photo is a bit distorted but I am diggin’ this lip pencil. It kept the rest of my lip color in place without bleeding!

It was a short week. And so, I give you a bit of the offerings that I wore this week on my weight loss journey.

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OK. I know it was a short week, but I wore this outfit last Friday for Jeans Friday at the office. The blazer. THE BLAZER!!!!  J. Crew Factory has their own version of my beloved Schoolboy blazer. IN PLAID!! I love this so much that I can’t stand it! The construction is excellent!  The weight is just perfect and I want to marry it! Yes. I want to marry this jacket but the republicans probably have laws against grown women marrying schoolboy blazers!  This will be worn a lot during the Christmas Season!

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Saturday I wore this to run errands before Jake arrived. Let me tell you this–the scarf came off quickly because it hit an all time high of 76 degrees here in the Philly ‘Burbs!

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No. I didn’t wear this but Sunday after Jake left us, we went to the mall. And as soon as I saw that American Girl opened a store, I HAD to get my nostalgia on and visit. It brought back memories of Oona and her American Girl Dolls. I still have them packed away!  Oh–and Oona thought it was very disturbing that I did this! I don’t!

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Monday’s look was “Blassic”. Black and classic!  I wore Old Navy Pixie Pants, a sweater set from J. Crew and J. Crew Gemma flats.  Oh..my fake hair is a bit crooked!

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Tuesday’s OOTD is one of my favorites. The blazer is from a few years back –Banana Republic.  I never wore it much but shopping in my closet and the desire to wear a bright top brought it out of hibernation. I love the way everything blends in. Trust me, I’m not overly big on brights but I loved the way this worked. I also loved that my hair wasn’t crooked too!

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I also love the brown suede patches on the blazer’s sleeve because the color matches my Longchamp leather bag!

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I was too busy putting my fake hair into a messy updo yesterday and forgot to photograph what I wore. I stuck to a simply textured turtleneck and black pixie pants.  Very basic!

Wait. There’s more randomness..

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Jake wanted steak for dinner–ok? So I made a bearnaise sauce.  I decided to go with champagne vinegar and purchased THIS at Wegmans. Fifteen minutes of TRYING IN VAIN to open the bottle and two cuts on my fingers later, I had Bonaparte return it and get my money back. I was livid!  Maitre Jacques should be ashamed of himself!  I used red wine vinegar instead.

home-made-cranberry-sauce I made cranberry sauce. It’s so easy. A bag of cranberries into boiling water. Let boil until the berries pop–about ten minutes. Add a cup of sugar and let it get thick. Take it off the burner and chill in the fridge. 

And I made the cranberry sauce because I cooked a small turkey breast. And I made a bit of stuffing because…….

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Since we would not be together for Thanksgiving, I wanted to send Jake home with a Thanksgiving Sandwich! I sliced a baguette, spread mayo on one side, and cranberry sauce on the other.  I made the stuffing in a loaf pan so that I could slice it thinly to put on the sandwich. I layered stuffing and turkey and more cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving on a baguette!!

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Oh–and I almost forgot. Saturday’s dessert was the frozen nougatine I made with a salted caramel sauce that I also made. Turned out great–which is why I probably only lost a half pound this week!

Onward and upward. I have to start packing and getting our dinner ready!!

I did a lot this week.  Man! I feel like a very busy woman.

Shania. Shania. Did you hear that?  Here she is…

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Sometimes I’m an Absolute Ingrate. But I Have Lots to Be Thankful For!

It’s true. Sometimes I take things for granted and never truly express my thanks.

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Yes way!  I should express my thanks rather than keep silent about it!

Bonaparte tells me that I’m more French than he is because of my never-ending talent for complaining about everything. And I guess he’s right—but I am a very thankful person. I just don’t express it constantly.finally-a-bitmoji-that-is-angry-and-cross-eyed

Why do people take so long to move their cars when the light turns green? Why do people talk on their cell phones on the grocery store line? I don’t want to hear their private conversations.  How come people spend five freakin’ minutes to LEAVE a parking spot?  Why do I complain?

And today, on this day of Thanksgiving I am thankful for

Good health!

I am thankful that…

My three children will not be spending Thanksgiving alone.  Both boys will be working at 30 Rock—and afterward they are having Thanksgiving dinner with each other at a restaurant. I am so thankful that my sons love each other and truly enjoy spending time with each other. I feel I did such a great job instilling the fact that the kids will always have each other.

My daughter will be spending Thanksgiving with friends in her new city.

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My three little kiddles! My purpose in life.  My gems!  I am thankful for them–every day, every minute, every second!And they will all be home for Christmas.

I have a job!

After almost two years of unemployment and emotional distress over worrying that I would never again be employed, I found a position at a stable and enjoyable business.

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Need a lease on a truck or equipment?  Give us a call and our great sales team will take good care of you! I’ve never been so thankful or happy to be handing this out!!

I have the willpower to take control of my body in the form of losing weight.

 

For the creation of toppers and wigs and hair extensions to disguise my self-inflicted hair loss

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My newest addition from Uni-wigs. Well worth the money. I’m thankful!

That I have the privilege to vote—and that I voted for a woman. I am thankful that my vote counted to give her the popular win over the most vile human who is now other people’s president elect because #heisnotmypresident.

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I am thankful that I was able to, as a woman, voice my opinion and vote for a woman for president #imstillwithher

I have freedom of speech. I prove it all the time with my written words.

I am once again, a home owner.  I had my home taken away from me during my divorce.  I am so thankful and grateful for Chateau Bonaparte!!

I am able to travel.  Trust me—each time I fly to France, I arrive bruised because of the constant pinching I do to myself!!  I never take my travels for granted.

For Main Line Animal Rescue because they allowed us to adopt Chippy—or is it the other way around?

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Chippy has zero respect for me. THIS is the look I receive when I tell him to get off my white sofa. I am thankful for him.

I am thankful for my children.  They are my gems, my jewels and my purpose in life.

I have a wonderful man who believes in me and is my rock. I am thankful for Bonaparte!

For Bazooka Bubblegum. It sates my cravings for food and it makes the best bubbles ever!

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And sometimes I’ll stuff three pieces into my big mouth just to get jumbo bubbles!

I am also incredibly thankful that I have my circle of friends who read and enjoy this blog—it’s a smallish circle—and we all get along very well. We agree. We disagree. We laugh with each other and we cry with each other. We feel each other and we relate to each other. And I thank you so very much!

Bonaparte and I will have a quiet dinner together. Neither of us likes turkey, so it’s already planned to have a small roast chicken.  And rather than spend the day cooking, I need to do my roots. So I’ll be working on making my hair look nice.

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The table is set for two. Lemon Roast Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and home made Cranberry Sauce. ….and…

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Yes! Wine time–not WHINE time! Today I’m grateful and thankful!

The house is pretty-much decorated for Christmas with the exception of the Poinsettias, the wreaths and the tree. All of which will be gotten when we arrive back to the States.

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I started the bannisters. The lights are now on and so’s the ribbon!

Hey. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!!! Enjoy your families and friends and football and the great meals that you will be gathered for!

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XOXOXOXOXO!

Here’s a beautiful song by The Kinks. “Days”..because the song thanks! Ray Davies looks so hot in this video!!

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Week Twelve! Just WHERE Does The Time Go?

I can’t believe it’s been 12 weeks of a weight loss journey. I’m down another pound.  Truth be told, my personal goal for the week before Thanksgiving was 147 but I’ll take the 148!  I’m hoping to be 145 by Christmas.  As long as I don’t gain weight over the holidays I’ll be fine!

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148.2–I’ll take it.  It will be hard transitioning into the holiday food mode but after last night’s baking experience, I’ll be good!

Remember when I was groaning and moaning about being unemployed and not being able to find a job? Remember how I had so much time on my hands?

Well.  These days I’m actually wondering just where the time goes!  Thanksgiving is next week.  Next week!  Bonaparte and I were invited to my sister’s house out on Long Island.  Oona is spending Thanksgiving with friends in Cincinnati because it’s more important to be home for Christmas.  Jake has to work at the evening news and Roman is working for NBC at the parade.

And because we leave for Paris two days after Thanksgiving, we decided to stay home and have a quiet Thanksgiving—just the three of us. Bonaparte, Chippy and me.  It’ll give me time to get packing and just get the house ready for the holidays.

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This Thanksgiving I’ll most likely fall asleep while watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel!

It’s weird because I actually enjoy being in a mad rush.  Jake is coming over this weekend so I’ll be doing lots of cooking. And I started last night.  I made brownies—for Jake and for the girls at work. Have you ever had Barefoot Contessa’s “Outrageous Brownies”?  They are, hands down, the best brownies on earth!!!

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An entire sheet pan of these dense brownies. I didn’t add nuts though. The girls at work were very happy! 

I also made one of Jake’s favorite desserts.  The Barefoot Contessa Frozen Nougatine!  It’s always a hit and the most requested dessert and there’s no baking!

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The Nougatine isn’t much to look at now, but when sliced and presented with a side of either salted caramel or chocolate sauce–it’s a beauty! And this is the easiest dessert to make!  All the ingredients are folded in (top left photo) then placed in a loaf pan, topped with home made pistachio brittle, covered and frozen. Easy Peasey!

While preparing the brownies, I was a bit naughty. I started to help myself to brownie batter. Not a lot of it, but a good amount.  And you know what?  I felt like crap all day.  Being without sweets has really had a positive effect on my body because I’m so used to not having all that sugar; and when I did, it just made me feel sluggish and “ugh”.

It’s true all that dense, uncooked chocolate and also the pistachio brittle AND licking the nougatine did have a brutal effect on me.  I felt sluggish and sleepy all day!

But out of the bad naughtiness came a very good ephiphany!  I’ll be able to carry out all the holiday baking without pigging out. So it was actually a good thing that I helped myself to the decadence of the best brownies in the world!

How was your week?  Did you stick to your healthy or different habits?  Anything to share?

I’m keeping it somewhat short tonight because I have a turkey breast in the oven. I also have stuffing in the oven and will be making cranberry sauce too.  Why?  Because when Jake is here he’ll be watching  Longhorn Football on Saturday afternoon and I’ll make one of those Turkey-Stuffing-Cranberry sauce sandwiches. Personally, I like those sandwiches better than the entire Thanksgiving dinner!

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Hook ’em Horns!  I’ll be feeding my son while he watches his alma mater’s football team!

The clothing continues to fit better, but I gotta get new bras. I think the girls went down a size. Here’s a bit of what I wore this week!

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Last Friday’s “jeans day” outfit. I call this my bipartisan look because I wore Ivanka Trump shoes. ( I know–I should’t be wearing them but I’m trying to be bipartisian in my own special way!)

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I wore this on  Tuesday. I know I forgot what I wore Monday because I forgot to take pics. This skirt is quite a few years old. It’s a ruched knit skirt from Banana Republic. I couldn’t wear it last year because I got so heavy that the knit stretched out and actually made the skirt shorter. I’m wearing a black turtleneck with a scarf, gray tights and over-the-knee boots. First and last time wearing gray tights. I don’t like them. I should have worn black to give a better flow to the outfit. Hey–you learn through your mistakes! Right??

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Here’s what I wore yesterday. Basic Navy and White cotton turtleneck from J. Crew and to ensure that turkey neck was hidden I wore the polka dotted scarf. I love the combo. I also wore navy pants from J. Crew and gold Tory Burch Reva flats from the year of the flood.  Any way, it’s a pretty basic outfit. BUT. I decided to……

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Add this bright red-orange schoolboy blazer from J. Crew. HOLY SCHNICKIES!! You would not believe the amount of compliments I ended up getting on this outfit.  A random woman stopped me in the parking lot at work to tell me she loved what I was wearing. And all the girls at work complimented me too!  It is amazing what a bright colored item of clothing can do to transform an outfit!

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HOLD ON! NOW I remember what I wore on Monday!  I wore this shirt with black pixie pants and black ballet flats. I had my mammogram and this shirt was mammogram friendly!  Hey. I dress for the occasion!

ootd-toady Are you familiar with Zulily? I ordered this tunic from their site. At $29.99 I thought it was a pretty shirt. Let me tell you something. It’s even better than photographed. The green and blue are very vibrant. The shirt drapes beautifully and the neck is high enough to cover the turkey neck.  I’m very happy with this purchase. Let’s see how it wears over time!

And that’s it for tonight!  I’ve got to keep an eye on that Turkey breast and make some cranberry sauce!  I wanna hear how your week went!

Oh..and because of time, here’s the ever-beautiful Judy Collins with “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”!

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Turtlenecks for Turkey Necks-Join My New Cause!!

The idea actually came to me yesterday.  Like Marianne leading the French into the Revolution, I shall lead my mature ladies into the new cause for fashion.  Disguising the turkey neck!  Read on for my epiphany!

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Marianne may have led the French Revolution, but I would be arrested if I showed up for my annual Mammogram dressed like that. Should Eugene Delacroix had given her a turtleneck perhaps?

Yesterday I had my annual Mammogram.   And in my efforts to make life easier, I had to figure out what to wear. YES. You need to dress appropriately when your breasts will be displayed on a glass plate in front of you and then turned on their sides.  Due to the fact I had half a head of fake hair on my head, I couldn’t wear any kind of knit shirt that I would pull over me because it would most likely move my fake hair from either one side to the other or displace the front of my glorious fake locks to the back.

I also couldn’t wear a knit because you can’t use deodorant when getting a mammogram. The residue could cloud the x rays. That meant I couldn’t wear a sweater. Have you ever forgotten to use deodorant or used a very weak one while wearing wool or a wool blend?  Trust me it takes forever to get rid of the stink!

 

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This is the shirt I wore to get my mammo.  The fake hair would have been all over the place had I worn a shirt that I would have to pull over my head!

Instead, I wore a plaid button down shirt from J. Crew Factory. The shirt is a cotton blend and breathes.  Just to be safe, I stuck a roll-on deodorant in my purse. But the point is I wore a shirt that wouldn’t mess my fake hair. Actually the fake hair was real human yaki hair

Which by the way, the technician, as she was placing my breasts on the plate and as I was holding my other breast away from the machine, mentioned that she loved my thick hair. Quite honestly, the pose I was standing in made me feel like a Playboy Playmate—bare breasted, my head turned up, one hand on my hip and my knee bent!

When I told her it was mostly fake she came in for a closer look and was quite impressed.  But here’s the good part. I told her that I pull my hair out and have done so for many years and that’s why a good part of my hair is gone and not coming back.  Then the technician told me that she had a niece who suffers from the same condition.  I gave her the website information for Uniwigs Toppers. My good deed for the day!

I’m veering off topic.

I had to run around all day with a shirt that displayed my….gasp—Turkey Neck!!! Now I don’t know about you but the absolute worse part about my aging looks is my neck.   I should have listened to my mother and used Ponds cold cream on my neck every night the way she did. I swear when my mother was into her early seventies she had the neck of a thirty year old.

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Truth be told. This turkey has a better looking neck than I do!

Because of this issue, I don’t look downwards in public anymore. I keep my head high. So high that people at work have asked me if there is something wrong with the office ceiling.  I just tell them I’m trying to make my neck look better!

Sometimes life is just so hard!  Medical coverage should take care of Botox injections in the neck!!

But there are other ways to disguise this physical challenge. During the summer I often wear a very lightweight scarf to cover the neck of Butterball.   But with the onset of the cold weather that is now upon us, the greatest option is……..the Turtleneck!!

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I’m beginning to wonder just WHY those high-necked shirts are named after turtles anyway. This turtle has turkey neck!

And you need that perfect turtle!  I’m talking about the turtleneck sweater that stays put—ok?

Do you find that these high-necked sweaters and knit shirts lack in their efforts to stay up?

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Like Bazooka Bubblegum’s friend of Bazooka Joe, I could wear my turtleneck as high as he does!  Hmmmmmm..a new fashion icon perhaps?

Do you find that they just may have looked better on us when we were younger because we didn’t much care if the neck fell down a bit?  Do you find that these days turtlenecks also emphasize the jowl action we have received from Mother Nature?  Yeah. I have that too. But I have my beauty and fashion priorities.  Jowls trump (oh how I now hate that word with a passion) turkey neck. In other words. I can stand the jowls but the turkey neck is a no-no for me.

 

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Yeah. My jowls are starting to look a bit like Droopy Dog’s. However-I’ll deal with the jowls more than the wrinkly neck!

And because of this I’ve been on a seemingly never-ending search for the perfect turtleneck that would stay put and not stretch out on me.  I did find one and you will see that at the end of the post.

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They say that smoking causes wrinkles but I’ll bet ol’ Dino had a very muscular neck under that turtleneck!

But come with me on my Turtleneck tour—I’ll show you what to watch out for. OK?

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An assortment of some of my turtlenecks.  My navy turtleneck sweater is in the dry cleaners!

I picked up this striped turtleneck at J. Crew. I’m a sucker for stripes but the neck is too wide. I’ll have to either keep my neck stretched like the photo on the left or….

Tie a lightweight scarf around the neck to make it more turkey neck friendly. Hey! I LIKE this polka dotted scarf with this shirt!

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The neck is too wide to really stay up on its own!

This is one of the tissue turtlenecks from J. Crew. It’s a no-go. I wear this shirt with pajama bottoms during the winter!

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Another wide turtleneck. The thickness of the knit helps to keep the sweater up, but I like to secure it with a heavier scarf in the colder winter weather!

See what I mean, the neck can fall down, thereby displaying the top tier of turkeyneck.  A warm, cozy and fuzzy scarf helps to keep the neck up.  Better yet, rolled up a bit more and it’ll stay that way. This is exhausting!

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We are getting closer to that elusive perfect turtle!  This is another knit turtleneck from J. Crew. It isn’t as light as the tissue turtle and the neck appears to be a bit wide but…

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The neck pretty much stays put…

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I’m happy with this…….

And THE perfect turtleneck for turkey neck is……

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The J. Crew TIPPI Turtleneck!

Great day in the morning!  I have a lot of love for the regular Tippi sweater but when I saw THIS, I had to try it and it IS turtleneck for turkey neck perfection!

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It stays put. I threw my hair up so you could see how nice and tight the neck is…

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Look! No Turkey neck!

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So I got some jowl action but who cares!  The neck wrinkles don’t show!!

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Add to that, the length of the sweater is just right!!!!

So what say you? Are you with me in this movement to disguise the Turkey neck? Tell me about your favorite ways to disguise turkey neck. It’s a very appropriate question for this time of year!!

How could I NOT have a song by Dean Martin tonight?  “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head?” He was so cool–and he wore turtlenecks so well!

 

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The Dining Room Table And a Quail of a Great Dinner!

When Bonaparte and I moved into our new home two years ago, we purchased a new dining room table.  The one he had at his old place was old but not in a “good” old way. It was almost falling apart.  As for me, getting rid of my old dining room table when I lost my home was a memory I don’t want to dwell upon.  And when I moved into my small apartment, I didn’t even have a dining room table.  I had one of those folding card tables.

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Bonaparte may not be crazy about this table but I love it.  We insert the two leafs into it when the kids are over and it becomes much larger.  I love the mismatched chairs.  I am a fan of this table. We have great moments here.

Before I lost my home, the dining room table was used mostly for school projects and to house my sewing machine.   The majority of our meals was eaten at the large island in the kitchen or was eaten at the baseball fields or in the car on the way to sports practices, games or to dance classes.   The meals we ate in the dining room were limited to holidays.

Growing up, my dad worked various shifts in his job as a New York City Police officer.  During the shifts when he was not home for dinner, we ate at the kitchen table.  When he was home during dinner hours we ate at the dining room table. And we ate as a family.   My father was incredibly strict about this rule.  He did not want us eating dinner at our friends’ homes when he was home. The TV had to be shut off and we were not allowed to bring any reading material to the table. He said it was rude and disrespectful. And so we engaged in conversation.

Our conversations usually ended up with one of the kids crying, or someone else yelling and screaming and one of my parents getting angry at one or more kids. Usually it was over spilled milk.  And the decibel of noise reached very high peaks.  But the thing is, we sat around the table, we ate as a family, and we were not allowed to leave that table until we either asked permission to leave or my dad said we could leave.

The dining room table that Bonaparte and I have is one that I love. Bonaparte—not so much.  He doesn’t like the fact that the table isn’t rustic enough.  While I agree, we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted at the time and the table we do have fits our needs.

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I love the distressed edges because perfection is overrated. I love a lived-in look to everything!touches-on-the-naked-tableAnd when it is just us, we still continue to enjoy our “empty nester” meals at this table!

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I love the contrast of the casualness against a more formal rug. Plus, if food spills, it blends in with the rug’s pattern!

It is large enough so that when the family is together, there is plenty of room for all to sit around the table while dining and engage in dining and conversation together. Sometimes the conversation becomes heated. Sometimes it is funny—but we always have something to talk about.

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Not only does the table become larger with the inserts, but I love to dress this table up for guests and the holidays!

And when the family is together, Bonaparte will sit at one end of this long table and me on the opposite end of him. But when it is just the two of us, he will sit at that same place and I’ll sit to the side of him but closer.  During the summer months, we usually eat outdoors at the table on our deck. During the cooler weather and during the winter we sit at our dining room table. And we eat every meal together.  Our dinner time is the time to catch up on our days and discuss the events of the day—ours and the world’s.

 

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The dining room table is also one of Chippy’s favorite spots too!

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Oh no you don’t Chippy!

Our Saturday evening meals are always a bit more extravagant. Bonaparte likes his meals French style.  Beginning with an aperitif and an amuse bouche in the living room. Then we head to the dining room table for a starter or entrée.  And then, I’ll bring out the main plate!  Before my weight loss journey I would always make dessert but now I’ve stopped unless Bonaparte requests one of his favorites—like Crème Caramel.

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Whether outdoors or indoors or in France or at home, our weekend meals always start with an aperitif. Kir Royals anyone? Tchin-tchin!

And in my quest to think like Ina Garten and how she loves cooking for her husband, Jeffrey, I truly enjoy creating these lovely Saturday evening dinners. I love cooking for Bonaparte!

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I like to take much of my inspiration from my Ina!  I can’t wait to start some great meals from her new book.  Maybe I can write a cookbook too “Cooking for Bonaparte!”

Last night I made Bonaparte’s absolute favorite meal.  Pan Seared Quail, Sautéed Potato Cubes and a Cherry/Black Currant Cream Sauce.  Oh. I also made Brussels Sprouts for me because presently, potatoes are not a part of my food list.

How did I come up with this recipe?  Well, some years back I was watching Jamie Oliver on TV and he cooked quail. I became intrigued by these little game birds and so I searched for them.

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Jamie Oliver is another one of my inspirations.  If you’ve never watched any of his holiday specials—by all means try to catch one. He’s GREAT!!!

I ended purchasing the quail at our local farmer’s market in Wayne. At the Rittenhouse Farm’s counter.  The quail purchased was frozen and from Cavendish Game Birds in Vermont. I’ve been buying these birds for a few years now.

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They come frozen and tightly packaged. I’ve never, EVER had a bad bird from this company!

Anyway, I didn’t want to roast the quail. I thought if I pan seared them and cooked them on the stove; they would lend themselves better to a sauce.  And since these birds are game, I thought a sauce with certain sweetness to it would be a good choice.

Bonaparte loves his frites, but since I’m not big on potatoes fried at home or the packaged French fries, I thought a bit more.  There is a restaurant that we frequent when we are in Paris. The restaurant is Chez Paul on Place Dauphine.  They serve these little cubed potatoes that are cooked so crisp on the outside and are creamy and soft on the inside.  I had to try a few times to get these potatoes just right and now they are a staple.

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Thank goodness The Fork took this photo! I’m always too busy enjoying meals here to take photos.  We’ll be back here later this month and the potatoes here are incredible!!

And so—I would like to share with you my Pan-Seared Quail. Cherry/Black Currant Sauce and Cubed Potatoes!

You will need:

For the sauce:  Dried Cherries (I found the ones at Trader Joe’s are both economically priced and very flavorful), Black Currant jelly (or Red Currant Jelly if you can’t find the black). Chicken Broth. Heavy Cream. Butter. Shallot. Rosemary. Salt and pepper.

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and speaking of Rosemary.  Every year I buy a Rosemary plant before the holidays. This is the 2016 model I purchased yesterday. I can snip, snip, snip rosemary all winter and the sunroom smells so nice from the aroma! Worth the $14.99!

For the potatoes.

Butter potatoes.  Butter. Olive oil.  Paprika. Salt and pepper to taste.

I get the butter potatoes at Wegmans. On the right a better look. The skin is thin and somewhat waxy. These really lend themselves well to sauteeing!

Quail. Semi-boneless.  From the pack of 6 quail, I had two. Bonaparte had four.  I would say though from two to three per person.

First.  The night before cooking, defrost the quail in the fridge.  The day of cooking, take the quail out of the package, pat dry, place on a plate, cover with cling and put the birds back in the fridge until ready to cook.

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Patted dry and ready for some cling and back to the fridge!

Second:   I do this early in the day. Take the dried cherries and put them in a small bowl. Pour a cup of cognac over them and allow them to soak. Then peel the butter potatoes. (I like these potatoes because they aren’t mealy). After peeling them, cut the ends so that the potato looks more rectangular.  Then proceed to cut into cubes.  Place the cubes in a pot of cold water.  When all the potatoes are peeled and cubed, empty the potatoes into a colander and drain.  Fill the pot with cold water again, add the drained potatoes and drain again. This helps to get the starch off.

Now. Boil the cubed potatoes for about 6 minutes. Drain, pat dry and put into a bowl. Refrigerate the potatoes until ready to sauté them.

Third:  Start the sauce.  Peel and mince two shallots.  Into a medium sauce pan, place two tablespoons of butter and the peeled and minced shallots.  Cook the shallots until transparent.  Then add 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Cook until reduced by half. Next add the dried cherries that were soaking in the cognac and add the cognac they were soaking in.  Bring to a boil—the cognac will lose the alcohol.  Add a cup of cream while the cognac/broth are boiling and whisk constantly. When the sauce looks like it’ll boil over, turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting.  Keep stirring and add more cognac.  Add two large heaping tablespoons of the current jelly and keep whisking. Bring back to a boil and when it comes back up to that dangerous level of boiling over, take it off the heat.  Keep stirring.    Put the sauce aside.

NOW—all of those steps can be done early in the day so you aren’t rushing around later on.  I’m a big believer in preparing in advance!

Fourth:  Get two large pans, into both pans place two tablespoons of butter and a little bit of olive oil.  Let the pans get hot with the butter/oil.  Into one pan place the potatoes and into the other the quails.  Sprinkle a bit of paprika over the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Keep an eye on them because you will want to shake the pan every now and then.

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Look behind the potatoes. THAT’S what the sauce will look like.  I should have taken more sauce pics but I didn’t. I’m sorry!

Into the other pan place the quails, skin side up.  Sear for about five minutes then turn over. The quails are done when the leg bone is more visible and the leg meat kind of “rides” up.

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The quails will all fit into a large pan–they don’t take all the long to cook either!

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Almost done.  Look at the bird to the far right in the back. See how the bone of the leg is more visible? That’s a sign the bird is cooked!

Set aside.  The potatoes should be done by now.  Set them aside because now you are going to take one tablespoon of chilled butter and but it into the sauce.  Heat up the sauce on a low/medium heat and allow the butter to melt—it’ll give a silky finish.

TIP:  This is the time of year that I start to do a lot of baking and I make lots of sauces.  Chilled butter is crucial to pie crusts and some sauces. I take a couple of sticks of butter, cut them into tablespoon portions and put the portions into freezer bags. This way when I need the chilled butter, it is pre-measured and chilled.

Plate and enjoy!

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Plated!  This is my portion. I had the quail with Brussels Sprouts and even though I’m on a weight loss journey, I was still able to enjoy the delicious sauce. Priorities!

We lost a great musical poet this week. Leonard Cohen.

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Not only a great talent but I also thought Cohen was very attractive–even when I was younger!

He was a favorite of mine ever since I was young and heard the song “Suzanne” for the first time. But—his Hallelujah is probably the most beautiful song ever written. It is simplistic, haunting, touching and moving at the same time. It is an amazing piece of poetry. Cohen will be missed:

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Week Election. I Mean Eleven. You Won’t Believe What I Stress Ate!!

Well, it’s been some helluva week.  I’m still sad. I’m not in shock—that’s worn off, but I’m saddened that my girl Hillary won the popular vote and Trump ended up President.  Let me not dwell!

But on another note, I envisioned the meeting of the Class Act Michelle Obama and the Crass Act Melania Trump.   The conversation may have gone something like this..

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I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during THIS meeting!!

Michelle:  “Melania, would you like to see your closet?  It’s pretty well constructed and very roomy for all the clothing you will be wearing during your time as First Lady.”

Melania: “Mee-shell”. “Vat I need clah-sit for?” “You know who I am?” “I nekkid model” “I nekkid ack-tress in porn vid-eow!” “I veer no-sink—you silly girl you!”  “I veer za fish net outfit that Donalt like”  “But you nice—I need empty corner in clah-sit for box I came in ven Donalt mail-order me” ” I don’t need for clow-tink” ” I keep box in clah-sit if Donalt vant to sent me back to Slovenia where I vill be star!”

Michelle:  (Looking at Melania in wonder).  “I’ll take you downstairs to see where the good China is kept”  “You will need the various sets of China for the dinners you will be serving.”

Melania: (Looking at Michelle as though she’s crazy) “Oh Michelle—you silly girl” “Donalt say no such sink as good China” “He say China only good for cheep product and take out foot” “I no eat dough becaws Donalt don’t like me fat” “He vant me sexy to run in Vhite House nekkit”. “He say as First Led-ee dat I be 11-not 10!”

And that pretty much sums up how I think our First, Slut, Tramp, not much of a, Lady will be.  All those fundie men will be naming their hands after her—if you know what I mean!

I’m down another pound—but it’s a strange pound indeed. It fluctuates. Depending  on what I’m eating I could stay at 150 or go down as low as 148. The thing I have to focus on now is maintaining a steady weight while losing those last ten pounds!

One day a two ounce difference. The pic on the right was taken before I had a pedi!

I’m also getting to the point where I really don’t miss the desserts. I’m not baking and it’ll be a challenge as the holidays draw near.  But, I did manage to have dessert this weekend. The second dessert in 11 weeks.  I cut it in half so that I could enjoy one half on Saturday and another on Sunday.

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Bonaparte’s dessert is the healthier one with the raspberries. I went for the chocolate but cut it in half to enjoy it twice!

And in keeping to a relatively healthy menu, I made a chicken tajine last Saturday night.  The Moroccan stew is so flavorful and aromatic and very comforting on these cooler nights.  My strategy—serving my food on a smaller dish.   The optical illusion makes me think I’m eating more!

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All these great flavors and aromatics marinating made for a great meal!

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And placing a serving on a smaller plate works wonders for the mind!

Saturday also brought a pleasant surprise of jeans in a smaller size.  THIS is inspiration for the loss!

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My smaller sized jeans. I am loving these so much!!!

I’ll tell you, last night I was just so damned depressed, stressed and upset that I didn’t even want the beautiful salad Bonaparte prepared for me. And I felt awful about it too—but not awful enough that I told him all I wanted was pasta to make me feel better after the result of the election!  He “got” me!  I had the salad this evening and last night I stress ate on…

A Weight Watcher meal!!  Yeah. WW Pasta, Ricotta and Spinach. Worth every one of those 9 Points!  I am actually amazed that I went from shoving any sort of bread, pastry, and baked good into my mouth to calm the nerves to a Weight Watcher Meal. Hell has frozen over ladies!

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I never thought THIS would take the place of chocolate syrup poured over ice cream and topped with chocolate chips and whipped cream–and salted walnuts!  But it did!!

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I know. It looks AWFUL–but it tasted so divine!!

Ok.  Let’s get on to what I wore this week—and let me tell you, I’m starting to love dressing again.  Come with me to my clah-sit and vee pic out the clow-tink! Just like Melania vill do if she vear da clows!

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This was last Friday’s jeans day outfit. Very comfy. The jeans are old 1969 ones fro GAP. If you notice, I still have wide hips and that’s fine. I don’t want to lose any more than ten more pounds!

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Monday was nice and crisp and I wore my new SportKilt in a smaller size. This is a medium and fits beautifully. I paired the skirt with thigh-high boots, tights and a textured cotton turtleneck sweater from J. Crew that was purchased a couple of years ago!

This is my “Election Day” outfit. See those corduroy jeans?  I got ’em at Gap about four years ago for ten bucks and they never fit me–until now. I dug my way through the garage to get these out of a plastic bin. I love them. They have a hint of stretch and I wore them with a very ladylike shell and cardigan set–from J. Crew!  

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And yes. I DID wear shoes to stand on the line to vote! But, I just can’t stand socks!

ootd-wednesday-somber-studyUh oh! This is what I wore for the day after. It was a sad day after the election for me so I went with a somber look.  Old black boots. And old pair of J. Crew Pixie Pants and a shirt that is at least 6 years old.   One of the few pics of me not smiling. I do not like that look. I much prefer to smile!

week-eleven-029Ok. Today I’m happier!  Why? Because the blue pants that I can’t even remember HOW many years ago I purchased can FINALLY be zipped all the way up. I had been wearing them with tunic tops to hide the two inches that couldn’t zip. I wore them as regular pants today!  It was also a happy day to wear a button down shirt under a sweater for the first time in a long time. The shirt is also an incredibly old one that I couldn’t button for a long time and now I can. My Little French Hen is very happy too!

As an aside, I ran out of the awful L’Oreal eyeliner I was using and rummaged through makeup I had but never used. Pays to be a hoarder sometimes. Anyway, I came across this Lights, Camera, Lashes eyeliner by Tarte. It’s GREAT!!  And the thinner pen makes a nice line as you can see on my crossed eye!  Thought I would give this liner a shout-out because a decent liner is difficult to find sometimes!

That’s about it for today! The weight is still coming off but at a slower pace. What motivates me is that clothing is fitting me again.  I’m also not looking to food for solace (the election being the exception)!!

All this weight talk for weeks has me thinking about one of my favorite songs by The Band. The Weight!!  Enjoy!! Robbie Robertson is total eye candy!

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Healing From The Election

I want to make one thing clear before I go any further with today’s post.  We have a great group of friends in this little blog community of “Atypical60”.  We all don’t agree on everything either. And even though we don’t, we always manage to make our little group respectful and kind.  I know that not everyone here voted for Hillary. Some have voted for Donald Trump. And that is your right as an American and I am proud and happy that you did your civic duty and voted. I do not harbor any ill feelings nor do I harbor any ill will. I am just incredibly saddened that my candidate did not win the election.

But I’m hurting right now.  And I need to get this weight of hurt off my shoulders. I’m keeping the language clean (well, mostly) and I’m attempting to be as pragmatic as possible.  So whether you agree or disagree, know that I am always happy to hear what you have to say and I respect you.

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I have been hurting all day..and I’m sure I’ll be hurting for a while and will get over it–but for now. I hurt and that’s ok.

This morning I woke up a different person.  Any trace of hope that I had for the progression of this great and beautiful United States of America was erased from my spirit and mind.

I had high hopes that we would wake up to history making progress as we welcomed our first female President of these United States.

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Yes Hillary. I am still with you. You are far more “Presidential”!

Instead, America elected a man who claimed that our beautiful and grand America was not great. And he promised to make our already great country great again.

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Only a con man would make the people of these United States think she is not great.  “Liberty Enlightening The World”–I am crying with you.

He said that he would build a wall to keep Mexicans out of our country.  He also said that he would grab a woman by “the pussy.”  He cheated small businessmen out of money when he refused to pay them. There are many things this vile man did and even worse things that he said. Yet the people of this great country felt that Hillary Clinton was evil because of some emails that had no validity at all. Emails are bad. Donald Trump’s treatment of women is good. I can’t even.

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People accepted Trump’s treatment of women as acceptable yet crucified emails. I can’t. I can’t even.

So here’s what I’ve been wondering about in between my episodes of crying all day.

Why is it that all the “Christians” who voted for Trump, voted for a man who cheated on two wives, and then married a woman who was in a porno video and posed nude? And these same people ostracized Hillary for standing by her man during his dalliance.

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The new First Lay-dee on the far right…

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A more “modest” photo of the woman who will turn the White House into the White Trash House67eb4d76ad997a518d1ebb0f2fa00417To think that women dressed like this who pray and succumb to their men like good little slaves voted for Trump. Trump would call these women unattractive. Or perhaps he would call them pigs just as he has other women.  And these same people approve of Melania naked but disapprove of Michelle Obama baring her arms!

Many people who voted for Trump are “pro-life”. They feel that abortion should be outlawed because it is a sin. (Their Jesus said so. MY Hipster Jesus is all forgiving and welcomes the sinners.) What say you when that little girl down the street—the one who is so nice and kind and babysits for the entire neighborhood, gets pregnant at 16 the first time she had sex because her boyfriend bullied her into it? What happens when she is so scared of her
Christian parents disowning her or beating her to a pulp? She won’t be able to find a doctor because Roe v. Wade will have been overturned. She will find a coat hanger—and TWO lives will be lost.  Is that better?

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My hipster Jesus welcomes the sinners because he knows we are real . Hipster Jesus forgives and doesn’t care about the ones who judge.

I also wonder about these same right-to-lifers who are also in favor of the death penalty—because we all know that the majority of them are.

But more important is that not everyone is a Christian. Not everyone has the same beliefs.  There are Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Agnostics and Atheists –even Wiccans who make up this America. It is so arrogant to believe that only Christians can rule our country.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not pro-abortion.  It is just that nobody, NOBODY has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. Not now. Not ever. Never!

And these self-righteous people who make up the conservative and republican ilk who continue on the quest for the right to life are the same people who condemn the homeless. God forbid if their taxes were raised to build better shelters. We would have to hear them complaining about the entitled poor people again.  Would YOU want to trade places with them? No. I didn’t think so—but you continue to condemn them.

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Ewwww.  Who wants to allow POOR people to get jobs–but yet, do you want them to continue to live in squalor?  Trump supporters want them to live in squalor!

These are the very people who complain that the homeless and less fortunate should go out and get jobs.  This is a slippery slope because if a president created jobs for these people, an uproar of the white entitled would ensue.  But—your new President may be creating more jobs for the citizens of China, as he already has.  Or perhaps he’ll find jobs for the people who live under his buddy Putin’s rule! Just a little snack food for thought!

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My guess is that more people will end up using shopping carts as mobile homes if your President Trump has his way. Better get ready for the homes on wheels!

This is also a man who put the thought into people’s heads that Obama and the Democrats ruined healthcare. No. Obama did NOT ruin healthcare. The Republicans like Mitch McConnell and the rest of his crew made sure to stymie any notion of great healthcare that Obama had.  That is because McConnell and all those Republicans are sleeping with the health insurance companies.  It is also because McConnell along with McCain said that they would put a stop to anything Obama wanted to pass. They simply hated Obama because he is black.

And Trump’s supporters never realized that we have a Republican congress that has already screwed the people of this country over in the past and now they will do it in a bigger and better way.

And this is also a man who claimed that he would date his daughter.  I guess Trump likes to keep everything in the family.  And people voted for a man who admitted to potential incest!

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Oh I KNOW these incestuous men who claim to “love” their daughters through Purity Balls definitely voted for Donald Trump!

Trump made fun of the mentally and physically disabled. Did you know that I had a sister, Beth Ann, who was born both mentally and physically disabled? She died. And if she had lived to be an adult, she was targeted by Trump.  I don’t know what is sadder. The fact that Trump publically ridiculed the disabled or that my very own siblings, all four of them and their spouses, voted for this same man who ridiculed the sister they never got to know. I will never, ever forget that.

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Take a good look at this visual of your new President. THIS is what he thinks of the disabled. And to think my siblings–with a sister who was severely disabled support and voted for this human venom.

I equate Donald Trump’s actions with that of my ex-husband. He was an alcoholic. He bullied me a couple of times physically, but for the most part, he bullied me emotionally.  I still have issues and deep emotional scars.  I’m not ready to open up about that yet.

Donald Trump is every bullying man—he is the dry-drunk of politicians. He will wreak havoc on people’s emotions.  And people will continue to worship him.

I will not worship him. I will not respect him. I will not admire him.  I will not respect his wife as she is no first lady.  Donald Trump is not my President.

But—in my attempts to be bipartisan, I will continue to wear my killer Ivanka Trump heels—it’s the least I can do as an American citizen.

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The Ivanka Trump heels were grandfathered into my use. I have a shoe clause.  Nobody can say I’m not being bipartisan! 

My heart goes out to all my gay friends—and those in the gay community I don’t know. You matter to me.  My heart goes out to the transgender community and goes out to those I know and don’t know who are of all races and creeds. I am ashamed because our society that should have been progressing is now regressing. You matter to me.

To all my friends in other countries.  Remember. Not all of us voted for this vile excuse of a man.  There are a great many of us who are compassionate, empathetic, and kind-hearted toward our less fortunate.

There isn’t much more that I can say except we need to heal and we need to move forward. Those of us who care need to support each other.  We truly need love and kindness right now—because we will not be receiving it from our new President nor will we receive it from the conservative congress.

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For a perfect example of love and kindness look no further than Joshua Coombes. He travels around Britain with scissor in hand to give the homeless a hair makeover and confidence. THIS is a real man!

For me, I’m happy I have the friends who continue to read my blog—whether they agree with me or not, they matter to me.  I have my three children. I have Bonaparte. It’s all good.

And I’m still with her.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on “Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas” in Washington.

I’m still with ya Hillary!

…and her…

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And you Elizabeth Warren–you are better than any man in Congress!!

And her….

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12:  First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students about higher education during an event at the Bell Multicultural High School, November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady told students to commit to their education so that they can create a better future for themselves and their country.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 12: First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students about higher education during an event at the Bell Multicultural High School, November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady told students to commit to their education so that they can create a better future for themselves and their country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

And Michelle–can I interest you in running for President of the USA in 2020? I have a plan….

Here’s a song I’ve been thinking about all day. R.E.M. “The End of the World”. But now that I’ve thought about it–it ISN’T the end of the world.  But it is very relatable!

Thanks for letting me vent! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

 

 

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Do The Duty. Do The Deed. VOTE!!

Tomorrow will be a game-changer in these United States of America.

I am voting based on the person whom I feel is the most pragmatic choice. The one who has already lived in The White House for eight years. The one who has worked in politics and the one who is level headed. She  is my choice and it is my right as an American to vote for her.

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I’ll be hitting the poll at seven in the morning tomorrow!

And that is what is so wonderful about our country. We have the choice. It is our decision and we will help to change the way our nation moves for the next four years.

We are also lucky as a people because we have the privilege of voting.  And it is a privilege and our civic duty.

But there’s another reason that I love to vote. It validates my personal right to complain.  If Trump is elected and screws up, I can gladly complain and say “told you so” to all my friends who supported him.

If Hillary is elected and screws up, I can still complain because I voted.

But if you don’t vote–you have NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN BECAUSE YOU FAILED TO VOTE!

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What’s that you say? You didn’t vote but you are complaining?  Honey–talk to the hand!

And as this dirty campaign winds down, we will soon find out who will be leading our country–whether we are pleased or not. But if we voted, we will find comfort in knowing that we tried!

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Many of us won’t be pleased with the results–but if you voted, you did your part in trying to change!

And we will still be friends and life will go on. So please vote. Please do your part in making a change. No matter who you vote for, just vote!

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I’ll be going to sleep soon so that I am well-rested to wake up early tomorrow!

Here’s an oldie but goodie that’s a great one for election day eve!! POLITICIAN by Cream!

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