Posts tagged "Birthday"


May 17th, 2013

Long, tiring day… and tomorrow is… just… uhmmmm….

So, a few years ago, a very serious series of events happened between a colleague and me.   I thought lunch would be lunch and lunch turned into a very horrible afternoon.  In the end, I lost a bit of reputation, however wrongly, and said person spread a lie that it was me that was after him, which was ridiculous.  

This past week, the person I saw that afternoon, the person behind the mask, committed his final curtain call as far as his employer was concerned.   Since his employer is one of my clients, I’ve spent the day rushing around, getting locks changed and doing everything I can to prevent an electronic retaliatory action he may decide to make over the weekend, once he finally has access to a computer.  I have to say, Constant Contact was sympathetic and quick to respond to our issue.  

The problem was that this particular person was incredibly controlling and kept a lot of passwords that he should not have had secret, and that also included the password recovery questions.  Everything has been changed over to the President of the organization.  So, in the end, even if this day was a total chaotic mess and the President had to make a difficult decision she did not want to make, the good that comes out of it is that she is, finally, in control of all of the correspondence, especially electronic that may leave the office.  

…And considering how the former colleague has been behaving especially this past few months or so, I’m glad to finally come out ahead with my reputation repaired from that horrible afternoon, and in fact, that horrible afternoon and the President of the organization’s handling of it, helped put her in a better spot after the events of this week.  

… 

Now, I have to prepare to go to my parent’s country home tomorrow, with Lexi in tow.  I was looking forward to it until my Mom turned into critical Mom on Mother’s Day.  However, evil sister who has been guilting me and saying that she’s “been taking care of Mom for Dad” these past weekends (every other weekend), when informed by our Dad that I would be going up there on Saturday, told him that she would be driving up tonight.  So, completely afraid of the ambush that awaits, because she will try to start a fight and it WILL be in front of my Mom and it will be done in such a way as to attempt to make me look as bad as possible and on top of all of that?   My Mom will make me apologize no matter how the fight comes out, at least she has in the past, because she tells me that I have the better heart so I should use it.  

However, I’m encouraged by the fact that when I called to officially wish my Mom happy birthday this evening (I waited because I wanted to talk to my Dad about my sister’s announcement to him and get his opinion) that she warned me that my sister would be there… To which I told her I had the plans scheduled before my sister did.  

…and if my sister uses the whole, “well, I’ve been taking care of Mom” guilt trip BS on me again, I’m going to say, but Donya?  You didn’t have to come up here this weekend, and you knew full well that you didn’t.  

Also?  My Dad told me which plant my Mom wants.  Score!!  Gonna be the favourite daughter with the better present. (Yes, I’m doing the cabbage patch… please don’t judge me.)  Juvenile, I know, but since my sister’s whole big thing is to try and make herself look like the better daughter by pulling this crap, and my Dad can see it and doesn’t like how she’s been treating a fair few people, I’m getting helpful inside information.

So tired already.  Good thing, though, Lexi should be extremely exhausted on our way home tomorrow.  

tpmmedia:


Michelle Obama Sports A New Haircut
First Lady Michelle Obama sported a new haircut on Thursday, her 49th birthday, while meeting with one of eight Citizen Co-Chairs for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.


I agree with Hillary Clinton’s opinion that when her interviewer asked her what designer she was wearing, she said, “you would never ask a man that…”   She’s right.   
When Hillary chopped her hair off as FLOTUS, I hated it.  Now that style and look has grown on me, but I think I still prefer her with long hair - and I applaud the fact that she doesn’t cart a stylist along in her personal entourage, though she could afford it and would get far less criticism.  
And, normally, when a woman of note that is also a powerful woman whose major role is largely centered around philanthropic efforts has a bad haircut or wears an off dress, I just, you know, let it go.  Their good deeds always outweigh what is a temporary look, and a lot of times, my critical eye isn’t as sharp as others. 
What’s most unfortunate is that a millions of people will weigh in on the bangs and this will become an issue that distracts from the world at large… In the end, Michelle Obama getting a new haircut is not a newsworthy enough event for TPM to post about it, or, rather it should not be.  
It is true that the First Lady’s role is somewhat of a trendsetter.  This has been the case for Michelle Obama, almost more so than any other First Lady, possibly second only to  Jackie.  
But, at the end of the day, Michelle is a wonderful First Lady who represents the United States superbly and beautifully, both in the aesthetic and in intellect.   So, a haircut, shouldn’t be “news”, right?  
I mean - shouldn’t we be transitioning to a world that recognizes Michelle’s legal prowess over her ability to choose great designers for outfits for the Inauguration and State Dinners?  Or, if not over that ability, then with the same awe or veracity?  
That’s the struggle, isn’t it?  Because, in all honesty most of the people in the world that will weigh in on the “bangs” will be women.  
Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy.  
(ETA, because I know I’m going to be called a “hypocrite” for the fact that I commented on dresses worn at the Golden Globes.  First off, a good majority of what I highlighted from that evening (and in general) are things that I like or love.  I don’t tend to trash people just for how they look, but applaud style and good taste when I see it.  Even when I do make a mostly negative comment, I do always try to leave a positive statement or two along with it.  However, people who make their living, based largely on how they look, should realize that when they do look off or inappropriate, they are likely going to hear about it.  Though a trendsetter, Mrs. Obama doesn’t seek that spotlight, except in duty to her husband’s role as either a candidate or an elected official.  It’s true, she has a duty to look presentable and beautiful, and as she has never failed to do either, I think criticisms of her are usually rendered because of racial tensions in this country *shock*.   The fact remains that the First Lady is generally a woman of great character and intelligence that can also be the President’s most influential advisor.  In that capacity, shouldn’t we address more her brains than beauty, or at least place them in the same league?)
January 17th, 2013

tpmmedia:

Michelle Obama Sports A New Haircut

First Lady Michelle Obama sported a new haircut on Thursday, her 49th birthday, while meeting with one of eight Citizen Co-Chairs for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

I agree with Hillary Clinton’s opinion that when her interviewer asked her what designer she was wearing, she said, “you would never ask a man that…”   She’s right.   

When Hillary chopped her hair off as FLOTUS, I hated it.  Now that style and look has grown on me, but I think I still prefer her with long hair - and I applaud the fact that she doesn’t cart a stylist along in her personal entourage, though she could afford it and would get far less criticism.  

And, normally, when a woman of note that is also a powerful woman whose major role is largely centered around philanthropic efforts has a bad haircut or wears an off dress, I just, you know, let it go.  Their good deeds always outweigh what is a temporary look, and a lot of times, my critical eye isn’t as sharp as others. 

What’s most unfortunate is that a millions of people will weigh in on the bangs and this will become an issue that distracts from the world at large… In the end, Michelle Obama getting a new haircut is not a newsworthy enough event for TPM to post about it, or, rather it should not be.  

It is true that the First Lady’s role is somewhat of a trendsetter.  This has been the case for Michelle Obama, almost more so than any other First Lady, possibly second only to  Jackie.  

But, at the end of the day, Michelle is a wonderful First Lady who represents the United States superbly and beautifully, both in the aesthetic and in intellect.   So, a haircut, shouldn’t be “news”, right?  

I mean - shouldn’t we be transitioning to a world that recognizes Michelle’s legal prowess over her ability to choose great designers for outfits for the Inauguration and State Dinners?  Or, if not over that ability, then with the same awe or veracity?  

That’s the struggle, isn’t it?  Because, in all honesty most of the people in the world that will weigh in on the “bangs” will be women.  

Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy.  

(ETA, because I know I’m going to be called a “hypocrite” for the fact that I commented on dresses worn at the Golden Globes.  First off, a good majority of what I highlighted from that evening (and in general) are things that I like or love.  I don’t tend to trash people just for how they look, but applaud style and good taste when I see it.  Even when I do make a mostly negative comment, I do always try to leave a positive statement or two along with it.  However, people who make their living, based largely on how they look, should realize that when they do look off or inappropriate, they are likely going to hear about it.  Though a trendsetter, Mrs. Obama doesn’t seek that spotlight, except in duty to her husband’s role as either a candidate or an elected official.  It’s true, she has a duty to look presentable and beautiful, and as she has never failed to do either, I think criticisms of her are usually rendered because of racial tensions in this country *shock*.   The fact remains that the First Lady is generally a woman of great character and intelligence that can also be the President’s most influential advisor.  In that capacity, shouldn’t we address more her brains than beauty, or at least place them in the same league?)

ourpresidents:

First Lady Pink
Did your grandmother’s house have a pink bathroom?  You might be able to blame Mamie Eisenhower, who made the color extremely popular when she became First Lady in 1953.
During the next 8 years, Mamie would be listed among the “10 best-dressed women.”  Her favorite color was pink and she wore it often.  She also decorated her home in pink.  The color of this gown, which she wore to President Eisenhower’s Inaugural Ball, was officially called “First Lady Pink.”
Mamie’s many years as an Army wife affected her feelings toward fashion.  Although she always looked put together in her dresses, hats, and gloves, she was very mindful of her budget and did not worry about looking trendy.  “Knowing what to look for and how to tell a lasting fashion from a temporary fad has always helped me to shop intelligently,” she wrote to editors at the 1954 Fashion Press Week.
Mamie Geneva Doud was born on this day, November 14, 1896.
More - timeline of Mamie’s life from the Eisenhower Library

I’m sorry… but, whenever I see Mamie Eisenhower, I think of the fact that she made Jackie Kennedy walk the entire tour of the White House, shortly after she nearly hemorrhaged while giving birth to a nearly premature John, Jr.  A wheelchair was specifically requested, but Mamie didn’t want to have staff “interfere” with Jackie’s visit and didn’t want to be seen pushing the future First Lady, as if she was a servant… Yeah… better to wear out a young mother who had just given birth and was still recovering from a very painful delivery…  
November 14th, 2012

ourpresidents:

First Lady Pink

Did your grandmother’s house have a pink bathroom?  You might be able to blame Mamie Eisenhower, who made the color extremely popular when she became First Lady in 1953.

During the next 8 years, Mamie would be listed among the “10 best-dressed women.”  Her favorite color was pink and she wore it often.  She also decorated her home in pink.  The color of this gown, which she wore to President Eisenhower’s Inaugural Ball, was officially called “First Lady Pink.”

Mamie’s many years as an Army wife affected her feelings toward fashion.  Although she always looked put together in her dresses, hats, and gloves, she was very mindful of her budget and did not worry about looking trendy.  “Knowing what to look for and how to tell a lasting fashion from a temporary fad has always helped me to shop intelligently,” she wrote to editors at the 1954 Fashion Press Week.

Mamie Geneva Doud was born on this day, November 14, 1896.

More - timeline of Mamie’s life from the Eisenhower Library

I’m sorry… but, whenever I see Mamie Eisenhower, I think of the fact that she made Jackie Kennedy walk the entire tour of the White House, shortly after she nearly hemorrhaged while giving birth to a nearly premature John, Jr.  A wheelchair was specifically requested, but Mamie didn’t want to have staff “interfere” with Jackie’s visit and didn’t want to be seen pushing the future First Lady, as if she was a servant… Yeah… better to wear out a young mother who had just given birth and was still recovering from a very painful delivery…  

August 16th, 2012

"…and a time to heal…"

I’ve been going down to Galveston to watch the sunrise on my birthday, on and off, for the past six years.  (Mostly on, by the way.)   I always intend to really write about it, but when I get down there, I’m always in awe of watching the smallest sliver of a hint of red start getting redder and then orange, and then yellow, as the Earth’s rotation turns, and so, even with the best of intentions and notebooks at hand, in previous years I haven’t ever been able to get my thoughts down on paper about the event or the previous year.

This year, however, the sun was being a persnickety bitch.  I didn’t see her until she was a fully formed orb, already yellow, and slowly peeking out from a cloud - not the horizon line. It was, as if she was in collusion with the universe, in telling me, “wait ‘til you see what I have in store for you this year…”  

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April 11th, 2012

shortformblog:

Tumblr is working with Spotify on a new audio embed feature Spotify calls “Play.” This is what Lala used to do before Apple bought it out and closed the service. But unlike Lala, this is an HTML5 iFrame embed, meaning it will work on iPads, conceivably. Finally, a company is doing this again. Here’s our favorite pop song that gets really creepy if you think about the lyrics too much, The Sugarcubes’ “Birthday.”

OOooooooh!!! I am SO excited by this news! 

August 16th, 2011

5 years ago, on the weekend after my birthday, so not technically my birthday, I did this: went to the beach, took photos… and watched the sun rise. 

That simple act spawned an amazing year and amazing actions in my life.   It also helped me face my fear of getting older and my feelings of being divorced at such a young age.  

I decided to go see the sun rise again this morning… but those photos are private.  I may let a few people peek here and there, but, they’ll probably stay that way.   And now, it’s off to round two of what makes a birthday great….