It’s Sunday and I ate too much last night. Add to that and the fact that the summer heat is still lingering like a drunken guest who’s stayed too late at the party and you can guess how the weekend was shaping up.
Bonaparte is hurt. It happened while playing Tennis. He must’ve torn a tendon and will be visiting the doctor next week. In the meantime, he is having a tough time walking.
Tennis was Bonaparte’s Waterloo this time around! The worst thing about this is that I have to take the dog out.
However, his stubborn nature has not been wounded.
And our dishwasher is on the fritz. And this just about kills me because it’s a KitchenAid and supposed to be one of the best dishwashers around. Our home is 8 years old. Dishwashers are supposed to last at least 10 years. Let me tell you something. I lived New Jersey for ten years. When we moved there from Manhattan, the home was a new build—and all the appliances were spanking new.
This. It better die soon so I can have a new one for the Holiday Season–or we’ll be eating on paper plates and using plastic utensils!
The builder-grade GE dishwasher that came with the house never gave me an issue for the ten years I lived in that house. With a household of 5 people, that meant a daily wash cycle. I rest my case.
We do maybe two or three loads a week and this dishwasher is acting up. My fear is that it’ll break on Christmas Eve—so we need to start looking now!
We took a drive to our nearest Home Depot. Now understand; my loving French husband woke up in pain. Me, being the hypochondriac that I am, offered begged him to let me drive him to the ER. After all, for once, it wasn’t me who had been hurt!
He declined. I offered to drive to Home Depot. He also declined my very generous offer.
Did I ever mention to you that I am a fast walker? I walk very fast. It stems from all those years of living in NYC and having to shove my way through crowds. I’m also a very aggressive walker. If you enter my private walking space, I shove.
I would say that when I’m walking I’m a cross between this guy and…
a cross between the way Ringo is strutting. But faster!
So, we’re in the parking lot and Bonaparte grabs my hand for dear life. It wasn’t because of Bonaparte’s love for me. It wasn’t because he was going to fall and feared he wouldn’t be able to get up. It was because he was pulling the reins in on me. I needed to slow down. He started speaking in French so I knew he was serious. I think he mumbled something to the effect of
“Tu et fou” “Regardez—marche doucement”! “You are crazy” “Walk Slowly”!!!
It also didn’t help that I started laughing at him while pointing to one of those huge garden carts and asked him if he wanted to sit on it so I could wheel him around.
Hey. I OFFERED to wheel Bonaparte around in one of these! BTW, I did not take this photo. Credit goes to I Finished My Basement!
Upon entering the store things got worse. I saw a motorized cart and explained, while still laughing, that it would be fun if he sat on this model cart and took it at a fast speed while I ran after him.
Look! Bonaparte could have made believe he was racing in the Grand Prix in Monaco! He coulda been a contenda!!!!
He did not laugh. Especially when I started to sing the Hoveround song!
I was obsessed with the Hoveround song since the first time I saw the commercial. On another note, Michael LeLand, the Hoveround singer has sadly passed away. RIP Mr. LeLand. You have made me smile for many years.
We made our way to the dishwashers and there wasn’t much of a selection. I think the complete lineup was 10 various kinds. Ranging in price from $300 up to $900.
I liked this dishwasher but we may be able to get a better price somewhere else..
Nice interior too!
The thing is—I knew Bonaparte was hurting when I suggested we continue our search elsewhere and he said he would rather just pick up the groceries we needed for our dinner and go back home.
And so, our search came to a halt. That’s ok though because I don’t like that he’s hurt. He’s resting now and I have the bread baking in the oven. I’ve sautéed the tomatoes and garlic in white wine and set them aside until later. The chicken breasts were pounded ever-so-thinly for even cooking and our dinner was a nice one on the deck.
This is the good thing about our lingering summer—we are still enjoying our meals al fresco!
It’s crazy! Tonight we’ll be returning to the deck for dinner. It’s 91 degrees today!!
One of our go-to dishes. Chicken breasts with Roma tomatoes and olives. I dredge the chicken in a thin coating of rice flour and it seals the moisture in. Try it! You’ll like it!
Remember the two palettes I bought Friday at Ulta? The Lorac palettes for $12 each?
Ridiculously low priced Lorac palettes. But did they work for me?
Yesterday as I got ready, I decided to use the Venice Beach palette. It’s glittery and sparkly but not in an over-the-top way. I’m sure a talented makeup artist can make it over-the-top because the colors are very pigmented. And that’s a good thing!
The shadows are also nicely milled. There is no fallout and the lift is good as well. More product on the brush means more product on the eyes!
Here’s what I did.
I brushed Boho Beauty over my lid and up to my brow bone. The lift on the brush was fantastic and virtually no fallout!
I applied Chill Vibes to my upper lid and swept Freckles in the crease. Then applied a bit of avaitors to line the bottom lid.
The result was extremely pretty.
The eyes have it! A nice glow around the eyes. These are NOT matte but they are very shimmery and I do believe they work very well on mature eyes!
Today I used the Malibu palette and love the way the colors look.
I started off with Afternoon Rose on the lid to brow bone-see the product on the brush? Booyah! Then I applied Cliffside view on my upper lid and finished with Route 1 in the crease. I also lined my bottom lids with a light touch of Route 1 and I blended with the $2.99 Eco tools blending brush–a most excellent buy!
It’s funny because at first, I thought the Malibu palette was more on the warm toned side and the Venice Beach was cooler. But now that I see both eyes completed, it’s the opposite!
Venice Beach Palette on top. Malibu Palette on the bottom. I think I like Malibu better but then again….. Either way, BOTH of these palettes are well-worth the $12 each!
Even though I don’t consider myself much of a nature girl, I prefer city life to suburban. The greatest thing about living in the city was being able to walk everywhere. And the walking never became boring. I lived to walk.
Malibu eyes, Kimmie wig by Freetress, and a summer outfit at September’s end makes a great “hiking” ensemble–even if the hike is at the mall!
And so, today, I decided to go on a nature hike. Through King of Prussia Mall. It was a very intense workout. I walked fast and furious. I made a pit stop at Macy’s because a considerable number of this chain has closed stores and I wonder how long the one at KOP mall will be around. In walking around, I realized why the stores have been closing. There’s nothing “Wow” at the store. However, while passing through the cosmetics area, I paused at the Origins counter. I had a cosmetics flashback. Some years ago, back in the early to mid-nineties, I was a fan of this organic brand. Wouldn’t you know? I found a creamy, peachy eyeshadow. It’s pretty with a touch of shimmer. I’ll be trying it out tomorrow and I’ll let you know how it looks.
Can you believe it? Who remembers Origin cosmetics? Do you still use this brand? I’m glad to have revisited!
I’m going to watch TV now. It’s Sunday afternoon and I do believe this princess needs to recline on the sofa and veg out—vegging out is organic!!
All this peachy talk is reminding me of the Allman Brothers “Eat A Peach” album. Remember that one? “I Ain’t Wasting Time No More”. I’m really not!