>House Hunting…

>Hubby and I found a FSBO (for sale by owner) in the neighborhood that we love. We went last night to check it out. We walk in and realize that it has a pool. A beautiful backyard – the house is on 2 lots and actually has a 2 car garage. This is an older neighborhood and premiums like big yards and garages are a rarity. Actually has a walk in closet in the master. Kitchen has been redone – very tastefully, with granite and pretty cabinets. A lovely screened in porch.

So you ask, what’s the problem? Well, even though currently we are a family of 2, we really anticipate children and Hubby is in outside sales, so an office for him would be nice. The house has 3 bedrooms, one very small and no other true dedicated office space. We’ve always said that we need 4 bedrooms, period. We really like the home – it’s comfortable, has large rooms (with the exception of the one bedroom), hardwood floors,etc. Just not sure if it’s the house for us, but we almost hate to walk away because we like it so much. Sigh. So, any deal breakers for you when house hunting?

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>Preppy Heaven

>Yes, I made Hubby stop and my favorite store in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach – Redix. From the front, it looks pretty awful – signs about bait & 20% off beach chairs, the storefront is unassuming. But, inside, past all of the Wrightsville Beach chatzkies, you will enter Preppy Heaven. (insert madras wearing angels singing). From the get go, you will find Rainbow and Eliza B. flipflops, Leather Man belts and dog collars, Vineyard Vines everything, Lacoste polos galore, Cape Madras, Tommy Bahama and the list goes on and on. Zeus is the recipient of a new American Flag Leather Man collar and I came away with a pink VV polo shirt. I found cute VV belts, but not in my size. I’ll have to get online later tonight!

The weekend was fun – lots of work on Saturday, but we made up for that the rest of the weekend by eating lots of good food & drink – J. Michael’s cheese steak sandwiches, steamed peel n’ eat shrimp, cold beers and G&T’s!

It was a fun trip, but as always, good to be home.

>Boot Camp

>Since my lazy ass has been such a slacker since the half marathon, I think I need to try something new, or at least something I know that works. Work has been so busy, I’ve found myself tired in the evenings that I would just rather sit on the sofa, eating multi-grain tostitos and convincing myself that they really are healthy, than go run or do something good for myself! Also, Hubby is training for a sprint triathlon, so I even feel like a bigger slacker as I politely sit on my arse! I’m really proud of him – he’s been training, taking swim lessons to tweak his swimming abilities and has new swim/bike/run shorts that are kind of funny, but kind of cute!

Anyway, a new boot camp is starting on June 4 for 8 weeks. It’s 3 days a week from 5:15-6:30AM and I think as much as I will hate the wake up call, it’s really what I need to do to get back in the proverbial saddle. Hubby & I have also always done the boot camp classes together so this will be my first one solo… somewhat intimidating to me for some reason. OK, enough whining, but I could mention the fact that literally, I think I’ve only worked out once since April 28. Sad, very, very sad!!

>Barkin’ & Baseball

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Tonight, we attended “Bark in the Park”, an event sponsored by our favorite hometown minor league team and Novartis Animal Health. Attendees can bring their dogs to enjoy a little baseball, all while supporting animal rescue & adoption. Zeus and Zoe had a great time and caught up with their doggie friends Gracie and Keegan, along with countless others who were available for wags and sniffs.
Keegan is the newest member to our circle of doggie friends, the newly adopted Golden Retriever pup of friends Danielle & John.

Zeus and Hubby enjoyed watching a little of the action.

A fun evening was had by all & for a great cause.

>Swirl, Tap, Buff update

>While I was in Charlotte last weekend, I paid a visit to the Bare Minerals store and came out the proud owner of a Light/Barely Light starter kit. I could barely wait to get home and try it out.

I unpacked my new goodies to admire & also the DVD, so I would hopefully know what the hell I was doing. I noticed that I didn’t seem to have the 2 shades of foundation, but I had 2 warmth shades instead. Since I didn’t want to look like I was sunburned, I called the store & I had to send back the whole kit, so they can exchange it for a correct one. Hopefully, I’ll be back to swirlin’, tappin’ and buffin’ in no time.

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>The tail will tell

>I heard about this study yesterday and found the article on the NY Times. Apparently, the way a dog wags their tail suggests how they feel. Tail wagging to the right means “I’m happy, I’m comfortable” whereas tail wagging primarily to the left means “I’m not sure, I want to retreat”. My question is, our dogs really do seem to wag their tails in a circle. What’s up with that? Click here to read the article.

>What I did today

>It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, so here goes….

  1. Received a call at 7:30 AM, which scares the crap out of me. It was my dentist, wanting to see if I wanted a 4 PM cancellation. Yep, I’ll take it.
  2. Worked with my assistant to meet with our staff of employees who will be working this Saturday at our 3rd out of 5 events.
  3. Went with our editor and assistant (ok, I really hate using this word, but she’s on contract & I guess that is her title) to a fabulous store that specializes in eyeglasses and art to help our editor find new glasses & story ideas. How fabulous is that?
  4. Drooled over Oliver Peoples sunglasses that were in the store, that I will have to go back and purchase. I think the name was Blithe and they were oh, so very Audrey Hepburn.
  5. Had lunch at a great thai place with my co-workers.
  6. Finally made it back to the office to several e-mails, numerous voicemails and various “fires”. Put out fires, returned phone calls and answered emails.
  7. Left for dental appointment.
  8. Picked, polished & flossed, went back to work and confirmed a slew of rentals for this weekend.
  9. Went to have my hair highlighted at my favorite salon. It’s the perfect mix of upscale, but not snobby or stuffy.
  10. Found out that my sweet hubby had paid for my hair extravaganza in advance. Awwww. Very sweet.
  11. Came home to find a Gumby in our mail. Apparently, hubby has to take his photos for the next week as part of a “stretch” contest he is in at work. All I know is, Gumby is mine after this photo shoot.

>It’s a beautiful place…

>Sephora, that is. We don’t have one in our city, so I typically shop online. I happened to be in Durham today, where one just opened. Oh, it is just the most glorious place for makeup, shampoo, skin serums and potions. I didn’t buy a lot today, but I did manage to pick up:

Stila lip glaze in berry

Philosophy Amazing Grace concentrated perfume oil

Sephora professional flat eyeliner brush

One thing I looked at, but wasn’t ready to purchase is the Bare Escentuals foundation kit. It comes with the brushes and the powders. Has anyone used it? When I’ve seen it advertised, I always think that it looks amazing. I’m not a huge make up wearer, so I’m still a bit of a skeptic. Would love to hear more about it if there are any users out there!

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