Ten Things I Know on This Birthday

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Ten Things I know for sure on this Birthday

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1. I know there aren’t too many things that give me more pleasure than having the luxury and time to arrange flowers from my own garden.

Mother Nature is The best therapist.

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2. I know I’d love to keep a gardening diary but probably never will.

Instead, I’ll diarize (I say it’a word and it’s MY birthdayvicariously through Monty Don’s beautiful books, the newest of which I’m eagerly awaiting delivery of;

“Gardening at Longmeadow”

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From “Gardening at Longmeadow” by Monty Don.

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3. As my birthday coincides with my newly official “Empty Nester” status, I know the future is ripe with new opportunities.

Not quite sure what they are yet, but I’m certain they’ll be presenting themselves in short order.

Or, perhaps I must go in search of them…

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4. I know my passport(s) are buffed and ready at a moment’s notice.

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mountain climbing, Sri Lanka

My fellow climbers at the summit of Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka.

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Travel is, without a doubt, one of the greatest pleasures in my life.

except for the packing.

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5. Speaking of multiple passports, this will be the FIRST time in my life and the first time our entire family will all be casting a vote for the Presidency of the United States.

And I know my vote COUNTS. :)

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6. I know that getting up early and running the other morning felt great.

Well, not the actual running part. but making the effort to do something so out of character felt wonderful.

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7. I know that I was truly inspired by the incredible athletes and their stories this summer and I hope to hold on to that inspiration until the next Olympics.

Or, at least until hockey season.

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8. I know that all my laugh lines are well earned but considering how funny my friends and family are I could actually look a lot worse.

Besides, I’d rather laugh than be totally smooth.

I’d like smooth hair though for my birthday.

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9. I know that after telling myself I was too old for leather leggings last year I now have a new pair hanging in my closet.

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Apparently I got younger over the summer :)

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10. I know that I’d like to try writing a book and if I put that thought out into the Universe it might actually come to fruition.

  I might just need the pressure of saying it to DO it.

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11. I know that every few years my husband will happily re-watch “Withnail & I ” with me and we’ll laugh our asses off and I love that about him.

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favourite film

“Withnail & I”

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12.I know I have to stop and smell those roses.

THAT, I really do know.

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13. And I still know that math is not my strong suit.

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14. I feel a bit like a kid with a brand new binder and a shiny case of sharpened pencils on the first day of school-

I want to shoot for straight “A’s” this semester!

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Lastly, for those of you that missed this on my Slim FB page;

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Is this me, you, US or what?!

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The New Year, Being 2012!!

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Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!!

Pretend the clock says midnight please

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The ‘Best Laid Plans o’ Mice an Men’ finds me at home on New Year’s Eve with a sick husband and the Tragedy of a Totally Wasted Good Blow-dry.

   No party for Mr. & Mrs. Slim Paley.

And so, my dear friends, we meet again on the precipice of another New Year together.

Yay!!

I raise my glass to you

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We’re getting along super well, aren’t we? Who knew?! OK, one or two readers cranky over the Angel thing, but what’s Christmas without a little dust-up?!

Truly, I’ve ‘met’ so many lovely people through Slim Paley (ps. wouldn’t you think after two years of writing this, spell check would stop suggesting “Palsy” as an alternative for Paley?? but, there I go, digressing already)

  I know I’ve said it before but I’ll repeat myself;

 I simply couldn’t have done it without you

 I mean one could, hypothetically, be the blog that falls in the woods…

But somehow that singular act suits the noble tree much more than me.

I like  company :)

Part of the pleasure of friendship comes from sharing the highs and lows of challenges, successes, failures and general “life lessons” we encounter on “The Journey” (definitely one of the most over-used words of 2011, right?)

Yes, we walk our own path, but celebrating and occasionally commiserating together helps to remind us that we converge more often than not.

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 I realize that’s a ‘Very Special Oprah’ moment for me, but it’s true.

So I’m going to be completely forthright and admit that I totally sucked at keeping up my resolutions in 2011.

omg-HOPEless! but who cares, if I don’t?

 Tomorrow is another year…

So here’s to that,

with some new and some re-cycled resolutions, in utterly random order because let’s get real; why would I want to start the New Year off organized? That would be way too much pressure.

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New Resolutions

1. Don’t put pressure on myself.

2. Wear sunscreen religiously.

3. Do at least 1 creative thing EVERY DAY and keep a list so I’m accountable.

Possible Creative Activities; paint, work on Younger Son’s scrapbooks ( he graduates high school this June and it’s his present), take photos, print my photos (there’s a concept!), garden, write, cook, invent new drink recipes.

4. Learn 1 new thing EVERY DAY. Again, keep list in an effort to stay accountable.

5. Take a little time out at least a few times a week to actually enjoy all the beautiful coffee table books I’ve acquired over the years and then donate all books that no longer speak to the place I’m at now.

8. This is also going to be my year for purging not just books, but all my drawers, cupboards & closets. After 19 years in this beautiful house, it’s time for a  little residential lipo as it were.

9. Watch more movies. Dare I say for me they’re a bit like sex-takes some effort but then you think, actually, this is kind of fun. (my kids don’t read the blog)

10. Use my Clarsonic at least 2 or 3 times a week. I warned you the list was random.

11. Start running. Nah, just kidding. I did consider it though after watching “Mission Impossible 4″ the other night. Tom Cruise likes to run doesn’t he? and he does that locomotive thing with his arms crazy fast.  I thought; hmmm, some upper arm work there-could be a good thing. But then my sister told me running is super bad for your joints so, phew…dodged a bullet there.

12. I WILL practice yoga more often.

I had a few more resolutions… In fact, I thought of so many good ones as I was trying to go to sleep last night, but poof! they’re gone. That does remind me that #13 is to get more sleep. I’m getting custom fitted ear plugs and staying off screens at least an hour before bedtime starting tomorrow. I went on a site for the earplugs and somehow managed to find cute pants. I’m telling you, I have a special talent.

14. Drink Green tea, but not at night.

15. Look for some changes on Slim Paley in 2012 too, although I guess that’s not really a resolution but it does get me up to 15, which is a good place to stop for now.

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I wish you multiple blessings in the New Year-good health, happiness,  a grand adventure or two, laughter and the love of good friends and family.

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2012- Bring IT!

xoxo

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Oh wait! I almost forgot… remember my Toasted Marshmallow Martini from last week?

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Be Careful!!

Check this out; Click here

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On The Seventh Day…

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One week has almost passed already!

How’s it going at your place??

I’m cool as a cucumber.

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In fact….

This is Vera Ellen in White Christmas, but it might as well be me :)

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Did anyone join me in the “Leaning Tower of Commercialism, Commerce & Wasted Paper Contest” I mentioned in my Can We Talk? post?

This is no cheating, no Restoration Hardware catalogues-I’d say my stack is close to 14″.

My husband swears it’s closer to 18″.

We’ll leave that, at that.

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Here’s my naked tree.  11 1/2 ft.  Again, no need to share how high my husband thinks it is.

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Have to go back to dressing it now.

Until tomorrow…

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Love this photo my sister sent me today!

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I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm

I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm…

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Party Panic!

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Tis The Season for parties which is great fun, for sure

But sometimes, at least for many of us, it also leads to last minute E.A.A.

(Evening Attire Anxiety)

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How will you deal?

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Will you remain calm…

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Or will you be ready to put  a bowl on your head?

Quite frankly if it looked this chic, I’d consider it.

and may I add, I adore evening gloves and hats and wish I wore them more (as in ever)

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Will you make a little more effort with your maquillage

perhaps some pearlescent shadow for the party ?

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Or simply make a statement with your eyewear

(and blue lipstick- I swear there’s a photo of me somewhere in the house with blue lipstick, circa 80′s)

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Mark Shaw 

Will you take the classic & elegant path?

(photo of Lee Radziwill via Habitually Chic)

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Or…

Not so much…

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Personally,  I think these stunning Indian diamonds from The Gem Palace   would help calm me down

a lot

and this bag would finish off the look perfectly

( via Couture Lab)

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I’ll leave you with a little glimpse into my Party Season routine-

It goes a little something like this;


1.  Oh! What a lovely invitation-should be great fun, I’m going to RSVP yes!

2. Hmmm-wonder what I’ll wear…not to worry, I’ll think of something.

3. OK…still haven’t thought of anything yet, but not desperate.

4.What did I wear last year? Most of the same people are going to be there I’m sure…

5. Why can I never remember to get a grown up manicure?

6. What the hell did I wear last year??

7. Officially desperate.

8. Please don’t tell me that is my husband actually beeping the horn…

9. OK, just for that, I’m smelling up the car with nail polish fumes

10) Silence.

11. “Aren’t you going to say I look nice??”

…and off we go…

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Anything sound at all familiar??!

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Day 3 Darlings- Better go get ready!

Bea Valdes necklace via Couture Lab

Christmas ornaments via One King’s Lane (sale ends 12/6)

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