Thursday, November 1, 2007

Dressing for a soiree

My uncle's wedding is Saturday and I decided to order a skirt called the "Soiree Skirt" from J.Jill to wear. But I couldn't decide on the color based just on the catalog or Web site.

I'm the kind of girl who wants options.

So I ordered both colors.

The dark grayish-brown is called "shale" and the other burgundyish one is called "chambord."

My dilemma now that see them in real life is that I like them both.

The shale is totally a me color. I do favor neutrals and that is just a nice happy medium between gray and brown.

But the chambord seems a bit more festive. And it's by no means a bright color. It's just not a color I normally choose. But it is a good color for my fair skin and brown hair.

But I can't really justify keeping both. I mean, I just don't go to that many parties where such a skirt is appropriate.

I plan to wear the skirt with a fitted black sweater and black strappy sandals.

So, any one have an opinion on the color choice of the skirt?

I'm open to suggestions.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Do the first seven words of this sentence send you into a frenzy?

I saw this in a business story yesterday:

NEW YORK (AP) — With Christmas only about eight weeks away, shoppers are feeling more forlorn about the economy than they have since hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered the Gulf Coast two years ago.

I know some people who have been preparing and shopping for months. I know some people who will wait until the last week to even begin thinking about Christmas.

Of course, since it is Halloween and the candy displays and jack o' lanterns will be replaced with wreaths and twinkle lights before the last little goblin is tucked in for the night... well, it's hard to not think about Christmas. Or, to be more PC, the winter, gift-giving holidays.

It became a lot easier for me a few years ago when mom, sis and I decided that we would not give each other gifts. Instead we would take the money we would have spent buying each other another sweater or purse or gift certificates for the movies and instead do something charitable.

My choice has always been an adopt-a-family program sponsored by the Volunteer Center of the South Bay in Torrance.

I call them up and tell them I want to sponsor a family and they ask me how many people. One year it was a single father of two little boys. Another year it was a single mother with a boy and a girl.

Then they send me a wish list and I get to go shopping. And let me tell you, that is a great shopping trip. It is so much fun to ponder a gift for a child you will never know. Really.

It makes you realize that giving can be so much better than any gift you can receive.

The first couple years, when I was married, we went all out on these kids we sponsored. There were bikes and helmets for each kid, plus gift certificates of $100 each for Old Navy. Hey, say what you will, for a kid Old Navy has great clothes at decent prices. We also sent along a $100 gift certificate for a local grocery chain.

Last year I decided to see if my whole family wanted to get in on the action with me. Since I was single, spending $400-$500 was a bit excessive.

So I got my my, sister and aunt in on it. Then an uncle threw in some money for the cause and my manfriend ponied up, too to buy rechargeable batteries and chargers.

Since there were so many of us involved, we decided to do two families. Each was a single mother. One had a teenage daughter and one had a baby girl.

My mom, sis, aunt and I did all the shopping.

And even without the amount of money I was able to spend when I was with the ex-husband, we still managed to buy toys and pajamas and books for the kids. We bought a CD player for the teenager. There were new clothes for the moms and the requested bibles and rosaries.

Then we all got together with our tape and paper and scissors and had a wrapping party. By the time it was over there was a giant pile for each kid and a pretty good pile for each mom.

I delivered the stuff to the group home where these families were staying.

I never met them, but I walked out of there with a huge smile on my face.

And on Christmas Day, as I watched my younger cousins tear open gifts from under the Christmas tree, I knew that on the other side of town there were a couple moer kids laughing and smiling as wrapping paper flew around them.

George is linked!

Yep. Someone linked to George off his YouTube video

FatCatBlog picked him up.

Sweet. The big fatty also has 373 views so far.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just something to think about

You can either hold yourself up to the
unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them
and concentrate on being happy
with yourself as you are.
J. Jacques
Questionable Content web comic
Who knew a Web comic could be so insightful?