Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Four Favorite Things I Love Right Now -- Part 25

It has been some time since I wrote a Four Faves post -- see the most recent one here: -- but the people who read this blog before (literally 3 of you), have asked me to do this again.  Your wish is my command, loyal readers!

Four Faves, reboot style:

1.  I've probably admitted my addiction before, but Garrett's Cheese Popcorn is my kryptonite.  I'm drawn to it like a bee to a flower, like a fly to honey, like e coli to raw room temperature shrimp.  I get their emails and usually, I delete without reading because it's dangerous, but about two weeks ago they had a special on for National Cheese Day and I couldn't resist.  I ordered one can of cheese and one can of Garrett's mix (caramel and cheese mixed) and, well, you can see what happened within a week.  The cheese is long gone and the mix is hidden in my closet to leave the premises soon.  A pox on you, Garrett's!

2.  I watch a lot of reality TV and am an expert in all things Bravo.  Note photo of me with the Bravo guru Andy Cohen and my niece at this year's Chick Lit Luncheon benefitting Community Partners of Dallas.  Such a nice guy!

But my current addiction is 90 Day Fiance on TLC.  I have a friend who also watches and some nights we are keeping the texts ON FIRE as we comment back and forth.  And the franchise doesn't stop there -- They now have a show called Pillow Talk where former and current cast members lie in bed and comment on the evening's episode.  It is hilarious.  Well worth several hours of your time a week -- and yes, you read me right, SEVERAL HOURS...

3.  I ordered this Jin Soon Nail Polish on Amazon after seeing a recommendation somewhere.  I do my own fingernails and am always trying to find one that stays on better.  Light colored nail polish is my favorite (because I can't see the chips and imperfections as much), so I ordered away and hoped the polish would look good.  It does and the best part is it dries SUPER quickly.  I do the bottom coat, 2 coats of color, and a top coat, and I'm not kidding, it seems to be pretty dry in about 10 minutes.  My old polish (Chanel, Essie or OPI) would crease even after hours of drying.  This stuff is a winner!

4.  Traders Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend is the BOMB.  I was late to the game, but my friend Cynthia told me about using it on avocado toast and it is a revelation.  I've tried it on baked potatoes, mac and cheese -- it would be good on anything.  Don't walk, run to the store and make yourself avocado toast and put an over easy egg atop it tomorrow.  Sprinkle away.  YUM.

What are your faves?

P.S.  I do not know why I cannot get these photos to right themselves.  Enjoy the neck stretch...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Who Replaced The Toilet Paper?

The title of this post isn't quite right, because what I really want to say is:

Why am I the ONLY one who ever replaces the toilet paper?

In fact, "say" isn't the right word, because I really want to shout it!

Like most of us, we are totally used to changing the rolls at home and even for those of us who live with others, you probably have a system of how the rolls get changed -- even if you have to shout at your family to do it -- or you may have just resigned yourself to doing it over and over again.

But (ha!) at work, I'm at a loss.  I feel like I'm the TP Queen.  Seems like almost every time I enter a stall, I need to replace the roll(s) -- and you better look first, people, or beware!  We do not have extra rolls in the stalls...

Part of the problem is the brand-spankin' (ha!)-newness of our building at Community Partners of Dallas.  We have new, modern fixtures, and there is NO STORAGE in the bathrooms; plus, the TP holders are kind of a pain.  There is a key to open them and it's difficult to figure out how to do it.

NOTE:  I did put my foot down when we decided upon the toilets -- I want to flush the commode my self -- no automatic flushers here, as well as at the sinks.  I absolutely hate the automatic ones.  How many times at the NorthPark AMC Movie Theater have you had to shuffle to the next sink to finish washing your hands after waving frantically to no avail?  And don't get me started on the yucky toilets that don't flush or flush while you are using them!  Horrors!

But (ha!), then again, if it's not my job to change the rolls, whose is it?  No one at CPD has it in their job description and while we do have a janitor service 3 times a week (God bless them), someone has to do it.  It can be me.

P.S.  I do know that I am not the only employee who does this, in fact, I bet all of us do it.  I'm lucky to work with a bunch of great people who know it takes a village to paper the pots!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Forgetting Is Yeezy

I forgot to blog today, so am trying to keep my commitment by writing now. Even with fun of the holiday on Monday and our annual Community Partners of Dallas’ Staff Bonding Day Tuesday, it's been a tough week. I’m so grateful to have a fantastic group of women to work with each day and I would put my team up against any group in town.

Come back and visit me next week and I promise something pithy and funny — I have some stuff I’m working on and you are going to enjoy it, damn it!

Ps. Did anyone see the preview of David Letterman getting dressed by Kanye on The Today Show this morning?  Dave looked amazing and I think everyone was surprised (including Kanye)!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Well, hello again.

Hello, it's me.  I've thought about us for a long long time.

Shout out to Todd Rundgren

I gave up blogging a few years ago.  I liked it -- in fact at times I loved it -- but I do miss the practice.  It made me feel smart.  And if you know me very well at all you know I like to feel smart more than anything.  I'd rather be smart than pretty any day!  Hasn't that worked out well for me?

Truly, the reason I quit it was that we raised the funds and built a new facility for Community Partners of Dallas in Dallas' Caring Corridor.  As the President and CEO, I was involved in every donor ask and every decision made on the building from carpet to ceiling.  We moved to the new building in January and it is wonderful.  I'll write later about those choices and how they were made, but know that this place is going to be a revolution in how children are cared for by CPS.  

And abused and neglected children need all the revolutions they can get!

The garden (a British floral designer I heard recently asked why we call our yards "yards" instead of gardens, so I'm embracing it now) has had work done, but you can get an idea here.