Thursday, December 25, 2008

Deck your halls and jingle your bells!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Wherever you are, I hope you are having a wonderful day today.

I am visiting with family in New Jersey. We have just finished opening our presents in an exchange of decidely modest proportions compared to years past. That, actually, is a very good trend, which I hope we keep up in future years as the economy improves and wallets fatten -- for we always tended to go WAY overboard, anyway. (I still have past gifts tucked away unused in closets, for gosh sakes!)

As I write this, my mom and sister are readying the turkey for the oven, and we expect brothers, sister-in-law and nieces and nephew for a big feast later this afternoon. I'm excited: Mom's turkey, stuffing and gravy are unsurpassed, and it's wonderful that she is still able to prepare them all. Though we may have cut back on the gift-giving, we do indulge in the tradition that really means the most in the end: time together as a family.

I also hope to sneak out for a walk with my sis, to get some exercise in this bracing, N.J. winter air. Brrrr!!! I'm not a huge fan of the cold, but it's nice to be here for my yearly "fix" of snow ...

We attended Christmas Eve mass last night at the church we used to belong to as a family. It's a lovely, old church, and the service -- though long -- was quite beautiful and moving. It helped get me more into the true spirit of the holiday.

So: Whether or not you celebrate this particular holiday, I wish for you all the things that Christmas symbolizes: peace, hope, charity, and love. Most of all, love.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

For women, the Internet is better than sex ...

Well, OK, maybe that's a slight overstatement, as it's based on a teeny poll conducted by Harris Interactive. 

Said poll, which you can read about in more detail on CNet, found that a not-insignificant percentage of adult women (46 percent -- almost half!)  would rather give up sex than the Internet for two weeks.  The number of men with the same preference was much lower (quel surprise!) at 30 percent.  (In case you're very interested in this topic: Numbers for various age groups also are broken out in the article, with more details provided in a press release from Intel, which sponsored the poll.)

While it may not be earth-shattering info, what this does confirm is the growing importance of the Web in our lives, especially for the younger demographic (Gen Y and beyond).  

Now,  I really doubt that the poll asked the respondents WHAT exactly they would be using the Internet for during those two weeks ... doesn't surfing for porn count as sex?  Just asking .... 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Why does work have to be fattening??

So, I've been working at my new job for a month now.  (Ahhh -- so THAT explains why these posts have had such a dramatic drop in volume!)

I'm enjoying the challenges and duties of the new gig (as a copywriter), and there are numerous benefits to the work environment -- such as a relaxed (read: noncorporate) workplace, close location (5 minutes from my house!), entrepreneurial (aka freewheeling) spirit, etc.

But I'm also noticing that my clothes are starting to get a little tighter each week.  Now that I'm basically sitting for eight hours a day, exercising a little less and eating out a little more, the weight has started creeping on.

Hoo-boy: I'd better watch out, or the weight could pile on before I realize it.  I've been trying to do things like walk down the stairs and around the office several times a day, take a 15-minute brisk walk a couple of times a week, etc. But obviously these actions aren't quite cutting it. What I really have to do is cut down on my calories.

So: Farewell, Dove Dark Chocolate Promises. ... sigh .... I'll miss you ....        

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Great tips for looking younger

OK, so I totally stole these from a great article from Real Simple that I found on Yahoo.  The article, aimed at Baby Boomer women,  lists 19 ways to look younger. Here are my faves (in no particular order):

1.  Drink lots of water (aim for 64 oz. a day). It flushes out your system and keeps everything -- including your skin -- hydrated. Choose plain H2O over sodas and other liquids whenever possible.

2. Wear bright and jewel-tone colors to brighten your skintone (which tends to turn dull and sallow as you age.)  

3. Get rid of those dated jeans (which scream "over the hill") for a flattering, up-to-date style -- but NOT ones aimed at teens or 20-somethings (which scream "trying too hard.")  

4. Don't wear "grannnie" footwear just because it's comfortable. I, too, have a hard time with my feet these days, and I certainly can't wear a lot of the extreme, high-heeled and pointy styles out there, at least not for long.  But there are plenty of shoe makers today who manage to combine fashion AND practicality.  Find them! 

5. Don't wear makeup with glitter in it -- that just settles into lines and wrinkles, magnifying them. Instead, look for products with "luminous" or "shimmer" effects for a subtle, flattering effect.

6. Don't forget the sunscreen!!  

Monday, December 1, 2008

It's fun, and it's free!

I'm not sure there are any studies out there to prove it, but I have a theory that during tough economic times, when most retail stores are struggling to stay alive, sex stores are doing just fine.  After all, condoms are cheap!

To bolster this theory, along comes an article in  BBC News online that says Brits are turning to sex as a way to save money but still have fun and not feel like they are depriving themselves. In a survey of 2,000 adults in Great Britain, sex was their favorite free activity, ahead of window shopping and gossiping. 

Of course, any news story would not be responsible if it did not carry a caveat reminding people to engage in safe sex -- so, consider that warning as part of this blog, as well! 

Have fun, but stay safe! 

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