Thursday, March 22, 2012

I Love OPI

Mandy and I have loved using OPI nail color for years. The names they attach to their colors are so clever. Mandy sent me this OPI advertisement of their recently released color line called the HOLLAND COLLECTION:

You can't make out the clever names listed in this picture, so I'll share:
  • Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?
  • Petal Faster Suzi
  • Kiss Me on My Tulips
  • Red Lights Ahead Where?
  • A Roll in The Hague
  • Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
  • I have a Herring Problem
  • Thanks a WindMillion
  • I Don't Give a Rotterdam!
  • Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?
  • Vampsterdam
  • Wooden Shoe Like to Know?

These names are so much fun to this Dutch person!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Income Taxes Update

When I'm reminded about this

I usually feel like this

But I went from this

To this in only one night

Now, I'll do a little of this

Turn everything over to my tax guy and hope to get this

Instead of this

Wish me luck!!

Monday, March 19, 2012


In less than a month, taxes are due. This is what my table looks like for days. I hate this part of the year.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My New Favorite Food

Dinner at Cheesecake Factory,
What more can a woman want?

After Stacey spent the day shopping with Faye in Berkeley, she and I hooked up for a fun evening. We both had a facial, I added a massage, and then we went for a bite to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. A few months ago, my mom and I ate there and I asked the server what the most-ordered dinner was on his shift. He said Chicken Bellagio. I read the description and I thought it sounded like a little too much:

Crispy Coated Chicken Breast over Basil Pasta and Parmesan Cream Sauce Topped with Prosciutto and Arugula Salad

He asked me to trust him and to try it. I did and it immediately became my new favorite food.

I had it again tonight and was not disappointed. I practically licked my plate!

I found the recipe on a morning program's website and for a nano second thought about making it. However, I'm not going to do that because I don't want to compete with the real thing at the "Factory." If you are braver than I, try it:

Thanks for a fantastic evening, Stacey!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I Love, Love, Love

I don't know how I missed adding to my Favorite Things List on February 9. It is, clearly, one of my favorite things. I mean, what's not to love? You can order a bazillion items from And, if your order totals at least $25, it ships free and arrives in about a week. And, if that's not enough, the vast majority of their items are less expensive than in stores or other online sites.
I discovered in 2005 when a lot of boxes arrived around Christmas time from Mark and Mandy in Seattle.
In 2006, I thought I should check out and ordered 7 items.
The following year, I ordered 10 items.
In 2008, 16 items.
In 2009, my co-worker said that because Mandy lives in Seattle and I have to send a lot of stuff up there, I should look into getting a Prime account with Amazon. With Prime, every order ships free and arrives in TWO days. And, if you need it overnight, you pay only $3.99 even if it weighs a bazillion pounds. It has changed my ordering and shipping life!
So, in 2009, I set up Amazon Prime and ordered 29 items, all with free shipping.
But, I really got on the ball in 2010, with 50 orders.
In 2011, it jumped to 80.
You can see that I'm addicted to shopping Amazon. I even buy my Perfectly Slimming Levi's from I save money on gas, I get to shop in my fleece, I save money on products, and I save money on shipping. See, what's not to love?

Amazon, I love you!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Size WHAT??? I wish!!!

When I shop for clothing at TJ Maxx, I love how the racks are nicely arranged by size and that the hangers have a funky little plastic bead-looking device, color-coded, with the size on it, making it easy to locate an entire row of what will probably fit. For example, hangers for size large have a green plastic bead with an L on it; hangers for size medium have a yellow plastic bead with an M on it, etc. So cool. So, when I found a cute blue sweater, I wanted a large size because I would be wearing it over something else. I chose the green bead-colored hanger and headed to the dressing room. It was a perfect fit, so I bought it.

Three days later, I wanted to wear the sweater and pulled it out of the closet, ripped the tags off and started to pull it over my head when, to my horror, I looked at the tag I had just thrown on my bed. It said XSMALL, which stands for EXTRA small. EXTRA small?????? EXTRA SMALL??????????? How did that happen? I KNOW that the bead was green and said L for large. That sweater, now in my hands with the tags torn off, would never fit!! I was so dismayed, thinking I was going to have to try to re-attach the ripped-off tags and go back to the store to return it. Three days ago, there was only one other sweater on the rack and it was a size small, so I was really disappointed.

For some reason, I followed through and pulled the sweater over my head and, to my great surprise, it fit. This was a second shock to my system in under five minutes. I looked back at the tag and it still said XSMALL. The only thing I could think of was that the wrong tags were attached to the sweater, some smart associate figured it out, and hung it on the right bead-color hanger. Whatever happened, I didn't care...I was a happy woman!

P.S. I didn't pay that price!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stacey's in Town

Two weeks in a row spending time with best buds is the BEST. On Sunday, Stacey, Bonnie, Jim, and the 47 Leals joined us for crab dinner. We ate, we talked, we laughed, we caught up, and we learned a little about Chicago. So fun!

Too bad I forgot to take a picture of the pretty table before we all dug in!