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And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun ‘Til…

Lately my husband David and I have just been co-existing. We’re walking around the house like co-workers. Like roommates. Like people who have too much to do. We both woke up at 4:30 a.m. recently and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Truth be told, it was more me nudging him and prodding, “Are you awake?…

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5.14 ~ What a Soul Weighs In Pounds

I’m not a cat person. I never had a cat, never wanted a cat, and never loved a cat. Until Minnie. And I never had to put a cat down. Until Minnie. Minnie was born outside David’s office about twelve years ago. Like me, David wasn’t a cat person, but Minnie charmed her way through the…

How to Have a Fun, Sexy, Spiritual Valentine’s Day

What’s your idea of a fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day? Mine looks something like this: Ok, that’s not really my idea of a fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day. Well, yes it is. But, I’m happily married so, my fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day will not include Adam Levine. If I’m lucky, however, it will include…

You Glow Girl ~ Getting a Turkish Bath

Istanbul has been on my wanderlust list for a while. The markets, the spices, and the panoply of colors have danced in my head so much, it’s as if I’ve already been there. My friend, Melanee, returned recently from Istanbul. Over lunch, I made her tell me every last detail of her spirited adventure. While…

Be Kind ~ Silencing the Voice Inside Your Head

Don’t you love it when you need something, and the Universe just hands it to you? That happened to me yesterday. I didn’t feel like it, but I got out of bed at 7:30 on a Saturday and drove my tired ass to hot flow yoga. I’ve been having a love affair with yoga on…

Who Gets Well & Stays Well ~ Supercharging Your Immune System

About a year ago, I felt like hell, and I mean, hell. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t lose weight. I was tired all the time. All of this was confusing and a complete 180 from where I had been my whole life. I used to be energetic and fun loving. I’d go, go, go until…

Seeking Style & Snow ~ Part Deux ~ Lake Placid

So…picking up where we left off, David and I had just spent three amazing days in NYC, celebrating the Christmas holiday and my birthday. On the 27th, we woke up way too early (considering I celebrated my birthday the night before), and hit the road. You’ll probably remember from the last post that the whole…

Seeking Style & Snow ~ My New York State of Mind

I’m pretty much always seeking style. And by the first of December every year, I am also desperately seeking snow. Having grown up in the Midwest, it just never feels like the holiday season unless there’s snow – powdery, crunchy, stick to your eyelashes snow. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the snow, so…

Laughter Yoga ~ He Who Laughs, Lasts

“I know how to keep my man happy, and keep him, period: meatloaf and blowjobs.” ~ Ayako M. as quoted in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Chef. Oh, I’m probably still laughing as you read this. Nothing like the juxtaposition of meatloaf and blowjobs to give you the giggles. After this good laugh, I’m feeling…

Fraxel ~ Saving Face & Erasing Sun Damage

I’d like to tell you that I was never a sun worshipper. That I never, ever laid out in the sun. That I always wore sunscreen. That I sought shelter from the wicked, wrinkle causing sun under a big ol’ beach umbrella. But, that’s not the way it was. This, my fellow Karousers is how…

The Year in Review ~ What a Ride!

2012 was good to me. But how good was I to it? How did I say thanks to the Higher Up for the 365 days I was given to breathe in and out? We’re not supposed to sit quietly and wait for the world’s gifts. If you woke up today, that’s  your gift. The rest…

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