Thursday, 31 May 2012

We'll Miss You, Hopsy

Hopsy, over at Monograms and Manicures is closing up shop.  I hope it is just temporary.  She will be greatly missed in the blogging world.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

I hope everyone had a good long Memorial Day weekend.  I took a personal day on Friday and an occasional absence day today. 

Friday, my mother and I drove to Sevierville/Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area to do some shopping.  I could not believe our luck.  First of all, NO TRAFFIC!  For those of you familiar with the area, you know that is a rarity.  If you are not familiar with the area, you would not believe the traffic.  It is a bumper to bumper crawl for about 15 miles.  It is unreal.  First stop was the Pendleton outlet.  I got a parking place right in the front door. I hit the jackpot.  I got a charcoal gray suit, a camel skirt, a black and white glen plaid skirt and a red blazer.  On my way out of the store, I noticed a cute 3/4 sleeve light green cardigan.  I went back and bought it.  Then I went to the Brooks Brothers outlet.  I bought a white and blue on white striped blouse and a black dress.  At Cosmetic Company, I got some Clinique eyeshadow.  I got the Ivory Bisque/Bronze Satin shadow duos.  I went to J. Crew to see what I could find.  Again, front door parking place.  I ended up with a white tee, a turquoise Jackie cardigan and turquoise earrings.  Then we cruised over to the Jockey outlet for my mother to buy some pajamas.  Again, front door parking place.  Our last stop was the Apple Barn to get a slice of apple pie for lunch, some fried pies for Saturday and some apple butter for the pantry.  Usually we have to park forever away, but we scored a parking place right up front.  Lucky for my mother we had good parking.  Her knees were giving her fits.

If you haven't guessed already, there is a reason for my pursuit of new work clothes, but I don't feel comfortable disclosing it at the moment. 

Today, my mother had knee replacement surgery.  She and her very close friend both scheduled their surgery for today.  Both did great.  Their rooms are two doors down from each other.  They will go to a rehab facility on Friday for three weeks.  They are going to be roommates.  I think it works out great.  My mother's friend has a tendency to brag and make things a little worse than what they are, but my mother is used to it and just tunes her out.  I'm sure that my mother has little quirts that her friend overlooks.  Both have been good friends to each other ever since they were both widowed six years ago. 

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday.

Monday, 28 May 2012


Today we need to take time to remember those who made the sacrifice so that we can have freedom.  I am proud to be the daughter and granddaughter of veterans.  I am also proud of my cousin, Gene, who gave his life on Thanksgiving day of 1966.  He was fighting for our freedom.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Happy Sunday!  I hope that y'all are having a great weekend.

Yesterday, BFF MAB and I went to Atlanta to find me some new work clothes.  I had great luck at Pendleton.  I bought a black skirt and black blazer.  While there, I also ordered a gray skirt and a navy skirt.  I think I am going to order a red cardigan and a yellow cardigan from Lands' End school uniform section.  I'm also going to order a white blouse with a peter pan collar.  I love blouses with peter pan collars.

After Pendleton, we drove to Lenox Square where I stocked up on my usual Kiehl's products.  We strolled around the mall and popped into some of our favorite stores: David Yurman, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Sephora and Neimann Marcus.  BFF MAB gave me orders that we were not to go into Prada.  She is itching for a new Prada handbag, but is needing to resist for a few months.  After I get settled into a new job, I'm going back to purchase a new pocketbook and a couple of the small David Yurman bracelets.  I think I may get the Tory Burch Robinson messenger bag. What do you think?  I may change my mind ten times before I get back to Atlanta. 

I think our trip was very beneficial.  I can't wait to go back when I'm able to buy my rewards.

Today, I need to make soup for meals this week.  I'm not sure what days and evenings we will be eating dinner and/or lunch with others as a way to say good-bye.  In case you don't remember, our last day is June 1.  Everyone in our department will be going their separate ways.  If things work out, it looks like Queenie and I will be working in the same place, but different floors and departments.  More about that in a couple of weeks.

I hope everyone enjoys their day.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Hotmail problems

I'm having problems with hotmail. Has anybody else had problems? I'm not able to sign in.  I get an error message that says:The Windows Live Network is unavailable from this site for one of the following reasons:

This site may be experiencing a problem

The site may not be a member of the Windows Live Network

You can:

You can sign in or sign up at other sites on the Windows Live Network, or try again later at this site.

There is no support contact number for hotmail and no answer to the problem on their help page.  Has anyone else had this problem?  Is so, how did you correct it?

I use my hotmail a lot, especially with my job hunt.

Thanks for any advice.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

FYI - I'm not going to mention my job search for a few weeks.  Queenie and I are having some luck landing interviews and I don't want to jinx us by talking about it.  I'll let everyone know when we have the end results.

WHEN I do get a new job, I'm going to have to buy some work clothes.  I think I may go to Atlanta and spend some time at the Pendleton store.  I also want to get a couple of cardigans from Lands End school uniform department.  Better colors.  There is also a couple of blouses that I want to get from Lands End. But, I need to have a job first before I think about it.  I may at least buy a new suit so that I can have it for interviews.  I'm getting tired of wearing my navy Austin Reed suit. 

Tonight, I need to go shopping to get my mother a Mother's Day gift.  She's already told me what she wants, I just need to go get it.  I also need to buy a gift for my new niece.  I think I am going to a shower for her on Saturday.  If I'm not invited, she at least will have a new gift.  I want to buy her a necklace, but I think I may wait and get it for a christening present.

I hope that everyone has a great Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

First of all, I posted last week that I was going to see Fiddler on the Roof on Sunday.  I did and it was super fantastic.  This was a production by the local community college along with people who live in the vicinity.  The man who play Tevye was fabulous.  The choreography, vocals and acting was all first rate.  They had bottle dancers (my favorite part) and a flying spirit during the dream part.  It took many people to work the wires, but it was perfect.

I had another job interview this week.  It went pretty good.  The interviewer told me if this job didn't work out for me, she had another one that she wanted me to talk to me about at a later time.  My former boss called and put in a good word for me.

For the past year, I have been treasurer of a ladies' civic organization.  Tonight, I turned it over to the new treasurer.  I plan to lay low this next year.  I hope everyone understands.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday.