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Bracing myself for possibly the most difficult six months ahead. . .

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A Woman Should Have
by Pamela Redmond Satran

A woman should have…one old boyfriend she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her of how far she’s come…

A woman should have…enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A woman should have…something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A woman should have…a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A woman should have…a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A woman should have…a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A woman should have…one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A woman should have…a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A woman should have…eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A woman should have…a feeling of control over her destiny…

Every woman should know…how to fall in love without losing herself…

Every woman should know…how to quit her job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship….

Every woman should know…when to try harder… and when to walk away…

Every woman should know…that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents…

Every woman should know…that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…

Every woman should know…what she would and wouldn’t do for money or love…

Every woman should know…how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

Every woman should know…whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

Every woman should know…where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods…when her soul needs soothing…

Every woman should know…what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month…and a year…

Sometimes, half the battle is just showing up.

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Sometimes just saying yes and showing up is what it’s all about.

I have reached the fun, “CHECK PLEASE!” point of pregnancy.  I’m ready to be done.  I have a tiny reprieve from nausea which has been replaced by what I’m gently referring to as “pregnancy narcolepsy.”  I feel asleep the other day for three hours with my laptop firmly in my lap, and hadn’t planned on a nap.

I’m working on trying to say YES to as much as possible, which, yesterday included a fun formal/ball gown give away event in down town Jacksonville, NC at the USO.   I think I get extra points for sporting yoga pants, flip flops and a t-shirt in a room full of beauty queens and sequins!  Talk about a technique to light a fire!  Everyone keeps joking about lack of sleep once Baby G arrives, but I’m ready for less bathroom breaks at three am, no upset tummy or splitting headaches not to mention, it’s easy to be happy about waking up in the middle of the night when there’s a cute fella involved! 😉

http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/hundreds-swarm-designer-dress-giveaway-1.210582?tc=cr  a link to the Jacksonville Daily News article

I hope this event makes its way through the bases again next year. It was a blast to see so many ladies finding a FREE dress of their dreams!  Stay posted and if/when I hear more, I’ll certainly update the post so folks know all the details!

Hope you have a great ball/formal season!  I’ll be doing lunges and squats forever not to mention MANY miles with the stroller and wee man!

PCSing? Short sale info from HQMC

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From HQMC:

a) The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that military homeowners with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans who receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders will be eligible to sell their homes in a short sale, even if they are current on their mortgage. Previously, many military families’ only options were to maintain financial obligations on two residences, or to default on their mortgage. Under the new policy, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment from service members with PCS orders for any property purchased on or before June 30, 2012.  PCS orders often require quick moves and can create hardship for military homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages and therefore cannot sell their home without taking a loss. Military families were faced with tough situations such as living in separate homes or the risk of losing the service member’s security clearance.

Service members can check the Fannie Mae www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup and the Freddie Macwww.freddiemac.com/avoidforeclosure/military_assistance.html
websites to see if their loans are held by them or they can call hotlines for military homeowners at 1-877-MIL-4566 or 1-800-FREDDIE.

USMC Ball Gowns, Cake info and more!

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Some great links:

http://www.usmcbirthdayball.com/

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/98519/commandant-marine-corps-deliver-235th-birthday-message (last year’s birthday message)

http://www.marines.mil/usmc/Documents/Cake_Cutting_Script.pdf  (Cake Cutting Script)

http://www.marines.mil/usmc/Documents/MARINECORPSBIRTHDAYBALLCEREMONY.pdf (Ceremony Format)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps_birthday_ball (Wiki Birthday info)

http://www.usmcpress.com/heritage/marine_corps_birthday.htm (Even more history)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43oDIkgCVOc (video of cake ceremony)

OPERATION HAPPY BOMB

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HI guys,

A favor to ask for a dear childhood friend of mine.  Maria has been ill
since the summer after our graduation and has yet to recover.  Treatment has
included a four organ transplant and this year, she is up for yet another
transplant.  Once a bright, college-bound athlete and the picture of health
and by far our friend with the sunniest personality, she’s been a prisoner
to basically, a mystery illness.

She has made it to the finals for an HGTV makeover/renovation of her home,
which would be her sanctuary for recovery after her surgery.

Voting is easy, you don’t have to log in, simply visit the link on my
facebook or :
http://my.hgtv.com/hgtvd/Multipurpose-Room/Historic-Loft-Renovation-Seeking-Dream-Makeover/detail.esi?oid=25137274&cObjId=25137285
and vote for her.  I’d really appreciate it and she’s so independent, this
is as close as she has come to asking for help in over ten years.

Help me make her life a tiny bit easier, help her win her “happy bomb.”. .
.and I wouldn’t be bummed if you forwarded this to any of your HGTV junkie
friends.  🙂

Please and thank you in advance, every vote helps.

~McKenzie

**** UPDATE-I have had folks ask HOW to vote.  Towards the top right there is a series of stars, when you pass your mouse over them, they turn red. . .click the far right star next to her “score” and it votes for you.  I believe you can only vote once but we are looking into the HGTV rules.  So, in case you can only vote once, spreading the word really helps since every vote for Maris is so precious.  Thanks for all your help!

You have, you have asked me. . .

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Sorry, been a little awol lately, blame it on lots of work (which is a very good thing), getting that tv project off and running (which, maybe a few months down the road, right now, it’s one giant pile of “to-do”) and a kind of late breaking, too-good an offer to turn down that has me hunkered down turning my brain to pudding nightly which, hopefully will result in a handy dandy, dare I say almost amazing announcement in the near future, so keep posted.  In the meantime, share some fairy dust with me, massive piles of reading and to-do lists galore.

Howaboutwe.com is a handy dandy website with a great personality and I dug it until I got a scalding email from a friend today. . .calling me out as both a victim and a perpetrator.  Noted.  The link is being cranky but visit the site to read “The Five Signs You’re a Filler Girlfriend” . . .  (wish the good old ellipses had dramatic music here).  It’s a disease, apparently, and I have it.  I have filler boyfriends too which further complicates things.  Yes, I have been to countless Marine Corps Balls (I have a brigade of spare gowns, matching shoes, purses and wraps and my Ball Gown article on here, most hits of any of my blog posts), weddings. . .and even a holiday dinner with a guy friend who’s main squeeze at the time was too atrocious to meet the parents so I was drug in as a stand-in.

I have standing lunch, dinner, golf dates, movie nights, range afternoons (ok, admittedly, you do have way more fun toys) with fellas I guess I’d describe (and ditto in return) as a friend.  I’d say I was feeling used if I didn’t do it in return.  Work functions, occasional holiday party stand-ins, moving sofas, hanging curtains. . .you fellas are the greatest.  I love that you know how I like my steak, send food back that I am allergic to, remember my birthday, ask about my family. . .however. . .thinking it’s time that I throw myself to the wolves instead of using you or letting you use me as a security blanket.

I have a wedding in the near future.  As a guest.  You can exhale now.  I know my pals want me to be there to share their special day, but also know that for a golf resort wedding, I am being brought in as “fun single friend.”  Which means I’m not bringing another date who will attend to me all night, pose for silly pictures, humor me with a dance or two, pull out chairs, open doors and refill wine with out being asked.  Wouldn’t it be nice to share a fun, lavish weekend with a pal, yup, however, that doesn’t get you near a groomsman. . .or anyone else for that matter.

Apparently, the best part of being single is occasionally showing folks that you are, indeed, single.  So I’ll work on that.  Right after dinner tonight.

In the meantime, enjoy a treasure I found.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EOSDOA0tCs&feature=player_embedded#at=65   Yes, this is at the close of a blog post with a magic wand at the intro, please don’t color yourself surprised.

Hip2save.com

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A local Marine wife has created a fantastic website and has a legion of followers.  www.Hip2Save.com

(In the spotlight of the local paper today, check out the link here http://www.jdnews.com/news/collin-92062-tlc-morgan.html . )

She’s bubbly, approachable, fun, can make it all make sense. . .and, possibly even more importantly, cool.  My mother has been a coupon nut for years.  There have  literally been calls from Walgreens to squeal about free mascara or a shopping bag of shampoo and conditioner that only set her back three dollars.  For her, it’s the thrill of the hunt and what Collin calls “coupon stacking.”

Depending on which study your favorite trusty search engine pulls up for you, the average “couponer” can save an average of twenty-five dollars a week, about a hundred a month. . .which, at year’s end of course adds up!  I think some of Collin’s tactics will have you even more back in black.  Give it a whirl, the worst you can do is save money in the process!  And yes, that’s an AC/DC reference in a coupon article, see, told you it’s getting cooler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h44LIiaZhHE