Look at what my husband found, in the far reaches of a cabinet while searching to see if we had any more cans of coffee. The cabinet goes so far back that it ends up behind our dishwasher. That’s my excuse anyway.
He didn’t find any coffee. Not that either one of us could think about drinking, or eating, anything after seeing this.
I found it particularly interesting that the forgotten potatoes look healthier than my spider plant.
The other day someone left me this comment, most likely after seeing this picture of me…
“Hey- I have never spoken with you or heard your voice, but I was watching Jerry McGuire and when Bonnie Hunt was on screen she seemed “familiar”- who does she remind me of? I thought- YOU. From the few small profile pics and your funny stories, I have created you to be like her in my head- please tell me you speak with a Chicago dialect!”
Not Chicago, but I am from the Midwest. Does that count? But, I have heard the Bonnie Hunt thing before. Except she’s cuter, funnier, and smarter.
When I was in junior high school I had short, permed hair. At the time, there was a little known actress named Meg Ryan starring on “As the World Turns” and lots of people told me I looked like her. Now, however, she resembles Michael Jackson and I would not take that as a compliment.
In high school, when my hair grew long and straight, I was often compared to Marcia “Oh, my nose!” Brady.
And, in my 20′s when “Mad About You” was on television, there were some folks who said I resembled Helen Hunt. Personally, I think it’s just because we both have gigantic foreheads.
As for celebrity look-a-likes, if you took that gigantic forehead, and threw in John Mayer’s crooked smile…
…and the hairy monsters that are Brooke Shields’ eyebrows…
…and Paris Hilton’s wonky eye…
…and Jamie Farr’s nose…
…then you would have an accurate comparison to me. Tell me boys and girls, who do you resemble?
There are some things that can ruin a day. My children arguing constantly, Catholic guilt, and plucking hairs out of my chin…just to name a few.
But, some things make me smile. With the holidays approaching, I thought I would share some of my favorite things. It’s like Oprah, only I’m white…and poor. Male readers, either stop here or proceed for gift ideas, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
1. Wooden teethers and toys from Little Alouette. They are made by hand, by my friend Amy and her husband Joe. No paint, no chemicals…just good ole’ Ohio maple, sanded, and finished with certified organic seed oil. In this day in age, who wants to let their baby chew on anything unnatural? Um…and they’re so cute that I thought about getting one for myself. Really. Here’s my favorite teether. Tell me you wouldn’t want to chew on it!
2. Aveda Hand Relief
. I could not get through a winter without it. My husband “surprises” me with some each Christmas. I’m a germophobe and work with second graders, so I wash my hands a lot. If you put this on each night before bed, you’ll never
have dry or chapped hands. It works better than any other lotion I’ve tried, and I’ve tried lots.
3. The OPI La Collection de France
. I feel classy just saying it.
My favorite color is You Don’t Know Jacques!…mostly because it’s fun to ask for at the salon. You can act mean and French, and still get your nails painted.
4. Relax Riesling
. One word. Yum.
5. To go with my glass of wine, I need a good book. I recently received a free copy of O’s Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, The Oprah Magazine: Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration. It may have the longest title EVER, but it is filled with informative and inspirational articles. And I mean filled. There are over 300 pages of goodness.
6. Mammoth Crocs
. Say what you want about what these shoes look like, but I wouldn’t own three pairs if there wasn’t something to them. The Mammoth’s are lined with soft, faux fur to keep your feet warm and they can be kicked off easily when wet, which is a great way to keep kids from dragging slush all around the house. Bonus! Plus, you can throw the shoe and
the liner in the washer. Double bonus!
7. My hand-painted butterflies. Most people probably put these in their garden or patio, but I have two of them hanging in my living room. When the gray skies and cold weather get to be too much, I like having them to remind me spring isn’t too far away. I couldn’t find the ones I have, but you can find some other styles here
Note: Jewish readers please skip to number nine.
8. My pretty, little Milagros Cross. Milagros, which means miracles in Spanish, are used in Mexico and Latin America as symbols of honor, guidance and protection. My sister bought me one like this from a lovely store
in northern Ohio, but for those of you who can’t make it to Cleveland, there are plenty of sites
on-line that sell Mexican folk art. Muy bonita!
9. Matzoh brie. Looks bad, but tastes good. Just sayin’.
10. My Dyson
. Okay, okay. I don’t have one, but a girl can dream, can’t she?