The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-12-04

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Filofax, the little black dress of office supplies

I use a Filofax because it's practical.  


That's a lie.  I could if it was  maybe the law make do with a dollar-store notebook but those cheesy things don't make me wanna sing.  They also aren't made to last for decades like Filos.  This Personal Portland here...

...Is older then my kid by a decade.

 At least.

 Filofaxes are the little black dress of office supplies; right in any situation. Using it at home is as comfy as stepping into my fuzzy slippers but I can pull it out at a meeting, a doctor's office ...  anywhere.  Opening a Filofax always feels appropriate and right.

And yeah,  people at meetings look at me and say, "What a Dinosaur! I haven't seen anything like that since  Clan of the Cave Bear!"  I just smile, slip my pen from it's loop and start writing.

The whole process is easy, simple; simultaneously mindless and mindful .  Unlike onscreen keyboard-data entry which is far from meditative (although quite fun to watch and giggle at from afar.)

I get the techy appeal of tech. I sleep with an iPhone; no kidding.  Podcasts put me to sleep every night but even an iPhone has limits.

  What's that saying...  If it's not an iPhone it's not an iPhone...  Implying if you want an iPhone don't get another brand of smart phone cause you'll be sorry!

I feel that way about my Filofax(es).  If it's not a Filofax, it's not a Filofax.

Sure you can write in a dollar-store notebook but the paper won't take anything but standard ink if that and there won't be leather pen loops for your E-Cigs...

Sure you can decorate a dollar-store notebook but Filo's are perfect out of the box.


Although perfection doesn't keep me from tarting up the inside.

There's something permanent about Filofaxes. With the exception of some ring changes (and the puzzling addition of the Flex) they don't change all that much.

If you buy one you won't have to upgrade to the new Filofax 4S in six months or be made fun of by other Filophiles on the playground ( Philofaxy ) because your really, really old Filo will be coveted by other people who carry them.  And they will likely offer you more money for that dinosaur.then you paid. 

Can't say that about an iPhone.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Nutrisystem, I owe you a party!

I went to a Holiday Party last night which was a gargantuan deal.  I haven't gone to a party in wow,  five  years maybe and here's some of the reasons:

1.   I'm fat.
2.   None of my party clothes fit and I'm NOT buying a  tent covered in sequins.
3.   I can't stay awake past 7:00 pm
4.   I've not seen most people I know in so long everyone will think I look old.
5.   Leaving the house makes me nervous.
6.   I'm really bad at remembering names and faces, chances are if I go I won't know anyone anyway.
7.   Small talk gives me a rash.
8.   I hate public bathrooms.
9.   I don't want anyone to see me this fat and...
10. I REALLY don't want anyone to see me this fat.

This year I've been doing  Nutrisystem so I feel better about myself, my WHOLE self, not just my physical self.  Going to the party was kind of scary but exiting but fun ---  Like clearing a hurdle you thought was too high only to find it YOU CAN DO IT!

Before I went I checked the Nutrisystem website; sometimes I find little things that stick with me and yep,   I found Holiday Meal tips that are good for everyone, not just for dieting people with Party Anxiety Disorder.

Here it written out:

DO: Remember why you're there. Focus on spending time with friends and family. Volunteer to help out, either with table setting or clean-up.

DON'T make food the main focus on the holiday. It can be part of the celebration without being the centerpiece.

So this year when you're invited somewhere, maybe go?  You might just have a great time and your life won't wait for the exact right number to pop up on the scale.

If you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689

*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging.  Thanks Nutrisystem! I think I owe you a party!*

Before I left I webcammed a picture of my heavily made-up bejeweled self.  I thought I looked pretty good considering I'm ya know...old.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nail Polish of the Day, Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color Care in Fog

What a wonderful, flukey purchase Fog was.  Here it is against a backdrop of Ventura because I can't take enough pictures of that dog.


Fog is a white with a cast to it.  I don't have another color like this and didn't go lookin' for it.   I bought it because the polish is supposed to be ridge-filling with a soft breathable porcelain smooth finish.  

That sounds just so --- Nice. 

 And straight up, I wish I could find a thigh cream with that description, my thighs haven't been within a hundred feet of   porcelain smooth  in years.

Niceness and thighs aside, I walked around Rite-Aid for quite the while holding a couple o' few bottles trying to decide; not that they aren't pretty (Easter egg) colors but it's December, did I want Easter? 

I purchased one bottle of Fog to use as a base coat because despite it's claims (hide ridges and imperfections, and  promotes healthier-looking nails  that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail), ridge filling was the one that appealed to me. 

 I have major ridges.  Want to see a close-up of the surface of my thumb?

Okay, I lied. That's the Grand Canyon (shot by Jon Sullivan).  

On to the polish.

Its a bit confusing and not a color I gravitate too but  know what? 

Loves it!

This picture's better; you can see that the color has a very subtle opaly glow.  You cant see it (at all) in the bottle and just FYI the more coats of polish you wear the less of that aspect I see.   It seems like it will be  an opaque cream but it's got more depth to it.   I liked it so much I didn't cover it with anything else; just added another coat.  

I only got Fog but have looked at reviews, this isn't the only color with a subtle glowy thing going on.  For me that makes the polish more then I expected but  people who expected an opaque cream were less charmed.    

The polish went on like a dream, like buttah I tell you.  I like Sally Hansen's wide brushes but if you don't you won't like this one either.  The polish does have a smooth soft look, almost silky.   Two coats covered all major ridges, three took care of the one I call Mount Kilimanjaro.

 I wish there was more then the pastel options which I dunno...  Aren't really hitting a Ho-Ho-Holiday chord for me plus, they aren't great for my skin tone.  

I'm at a loss as to why exactly and certainly can't explain it but I heart this stuff and will definitely repurchase more of this formula.

Score:  ♥ ♥ ♥  out of five hearts

As an aside about the line:

It's puzzling for a line of nail polish to come out in December in these colors and there is no information about it on Sally Hansen. 

One day there it was in a pastel *poof* from the Nail Fairy. Period.  

I finally found something this morning:

Drugstore News in an article titled:  Sally Hansen unveils spring 2012 nail color innovations says -Want nearly naked nails? Enter Smooth and Perfect Color + Care, a collection of nude nail polishes that deliver creamy color and a porcelain-smooth coverage in one polish. The formula is designed to hide ridges and imperfections, and promotes healthier-looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. The new Smooth and Perfect Color + Care collection comes in eight barely-there shades priced at $5.99 each.

Okay, that explains the Easter eggean colors and the claims.  I still find  myself verklempt over the oxygen thing; a bit of a wing-nut in my opinion.  Especially since if it allows up to 20% more O2 to get in wouldn't the point be to promote healthier nails, not healthier LOOKING nails?

Oh! Wait one more thing because this isn't War and Peace yet, I think the description hints at these not being opaque, using words like barely-there, naked, nude...  And saying they are "creamy colors", not creams.  In some of the reviews I've read people felt they weren't opaque and weren't creams, so yeah.  Sally says that too.

*The cost was $5.99 and I bought this myself.   Sesche Vite was used over top.*


Greyhound legs, steel rods and Natural Balance

Last week I posted here about Ventura's ongoing leg issue (and my Natural Balance Dog Food Giveaway).  For anyone who doesn't know, Ventura is my four year old ex-racing greyhound.  Near as I can piece together  he ran 63 races and won, placed or showed in over half of them.

Considering a lot of greyhounds are adopted  at around two years when they aren't fast enough on the track; that's pretty amazing.  The dogs start out at Grade D and move up to Grade A if they can --  If not they are released to rescue or worse.

Ventura started racing in 2008, made his way to Grade A in 2009 and stayed there.

Ventura's a big boy, about 74  pounds; and fast.  Even with his leg problems he's very fast.  His size and speed probably have to do with his daddy, Kiowa Sweet Trey (80 pounds) who died in 2009. Not only did Ventura's daddy win a lot (a lot) of races, his babies have too.

In a February of 2011 race Ventura came in near last and 4 days later didn't race due to a 'vet scratch'.  Trying to piece it all together is difficult but it looks like he might have broken his leg on February 4, 2011.  He has no further stats  after February 8, 2011.

I found a picture from the Birmingham News September 2010 that I think is Ventura..

The collar reads part of his racing name and the brindle pattern looks the same.

Although he's looking way less frantic these days.

Man, I love that sweet face.

I think Ventura broke his leg on February 4, 2011.  I also think he wasn't treated until he was released to rescue in May.  By then his leg had atrophied and his foot/toes had contracted.  Not all greyhound rescues take ill or injured dogs because of the cost.  I saw the bill; Ventura's medical care was about $3000 -- Yes, that's three thousand. They put in 4 steel rods.  One had to come out very soon after I adopted him.

 Last week he stopped walking on that leg again, the vet looked at it and could feel a pin poking around. He wrapped it  to try and  stabilize the pins. Yesterday morning I had to take off the cast because it'd gotten wet and  (It's gross)  this is what I found.  Where the bump was; there was now a hole in his leg.  I could see muscle, the pin and bone.

So yesterday he had another surgery, two rods gone; two in there still.   Yesterday's rod was about  half the size of the last one.

But still scary, impressive.  

Ventura is feeling much better now that it's gone and that hole is sutured up.

I think he's actually smiling.  


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mr. Malden gets a sex change

Switching from Miss Finch to Mr. Malden has been great from a space perspective; that extra 5 millimeters in the rings gives me scads more room for the insane miscellany I desperately feel the need to carry with me from room to room.    

Granted a Filofax (let alone two Filofaxi) is probably better suited to someone who  actually leaves her house but it's one of those strange  things about me; I just love these  ringed wonders and carrying it from room to room makes exquisite sense.

 Holding my Filofax, I dunno.... I feel complete and writing in one makes me feel like life isn't a bunch of loose threads waiting to wrap around my ankles and knock me to the floor.

Plus owning a Filofax makes me feel like an adult although -- I admit -- owning several makes me feel  like some sort of weird stationery groupie and oddly stalkerish.   I take solace in reading Filofax blogs and knowing I'm far from alone in this (If you don't believe me check out Philofaxy)

The only issue I have with Mr. Malden is his level of testosterone.  Look how uncomfortable he looks placed on my pink chenille bedspread.

malden a5 edge

It's partly his color, dignified gray.  

to do list malden a5

And partly that I add all kinds of girly frillage inside; pink highlighters, washi tape, pseudo fru fru handwriting ...   Since that isn't stopping, I decided to girly up Mr. Malden.

sticker goodness

I have a lot of stickers.  Not nearly enough because stickers... (purses, nail polish, and lip gloss...) you can never have enough of. 

Mr. Malden cried manly tears when I came at him with the stickers.

malden a5 side view tabs

But I did it anyway.

Malden A5 information tab

I'm starting slow...

malden a5 to do list tab

I didn't use Hello Kitty on him...


The Nutrisystem Gratitude Project, join me?

Yesterday, I was thinking about all positive ways my life has changed since I started Nutrisystem and I thought I'd make a gratitude list.    According to Happy Life U:   

"Research shows that making a gratitude list everyday for just 7 days increases happiness for more than a month. Developing gratitude is one simple key to happiness that anyone can access at anytime."

Now that I have two Filofaxes there's no excuse not to make a gratitude list a day for seven days.   My plan is to make seven lists, seven different subjects, seven items a piece.

I'm calling it my Nutrisystem Gratitude Project because that's what started it all but  join me about any subjects near and dear to you.  You could commit to blog (or write) a gratitude list of your own for seven days, seven subject, seven items.   

Here we go!

1.  Even though I have many non-scale accomplishments, the scale's downward movement is something I'm grateful for!  

Yes, two more pounds!

2.   This morning I put on a denim vest and buttoned the middle button.  For months I've just been buttoning the top one or leaving it open.  As I write this the middle is buttoned... And I feel svelte like no bodies business because of that button. 

3.   I'm grateful my for a shift in attitude.  Recently I had an opportunity to go to a Holiday Party, which I guess I do every year....  but this is the first time I've said, Yes!  

In Week 9 of the Mindset Makeover I learned:  Part of a realistic, long-term approach to losing weight is realizing that your eating won't be the same every day. This is especially true at special events and holidays."

But you know, the point of that might even be that Nutrisystem thinks it's good to go to a party!  They don't say avoid life until you're at some magical weight...  They say learn to live your life.  

They even say I'll have a good time:   "Social situations are manageable—and enjoyable—if you go into them with a plan."  (And if Nutrisystem say's I'll enjoy myself, I believe it.)

4.  I' m grateful for my stash of food, ready for me when it's meal time.  I love that a months worth of food is always here.  It would be more of an effort to go off my plan then to stay on it...  And I'm very grateful for how easy it is.

5.  I'm grateful for my  Nutrisystem Low GI Cookbook because well, Yum...  Plus you know I love cookbooks plus it gives me a chance to play with my food!

6.  I'm grateful for all the support available on the site, on Facebook and Twitter.  It's the easiest plan ever but I have a teen with teen friends and when there is a house full of them and accompanying Nachos it helps to be able to boost my resolve.  I get weak in the knees over cheese sauce.

7.  I have a physical coming up and I'm so grateful that when my doctor asks me if I'm doing something about my weight I can grab her by the shoulders and yell, YES!

And if she doesn't call security at that point I'll tell her about Nutrisystem, how much I've already lost and that I eat oatmeal almost every morning...  Doctor's like to hear you eat oatmeal!

 I hope everyone will join me, if not on Nutrisystem (although check them out they have some specials new things coming up!), at least with a gratitude list.  Gratitude is something we can never have enough of!

If you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689

*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging and who has my eternal gratitude!*


Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Filofax has a Muffin Top

With my recent  abundance of spectacular  Filofax Karma I had to pick  one to use because for a few days it felt like the Universe was raining Filo's (... And what a wonderful world THAT would be!)  

 I know some people can use multiple binders but my life's not that interesting --- So  trying to use two A5's would be like trying to live in two houses at once. 

I set up the Imperial Purple Finchley because, flat out, it got here first and patience isn't my thing. 

A week in, my Finchley looks like she's been binging on too many high caloric inserts. 

finchley a5 full to busting

Note to self:  If a Filofax could have a Muffin top this is what it would look like.

filofax finchley a5

But why?  

filofax a5 card holder

I went through Miss Finch to see what I fed her and noticed I have a lot of business cards; some because I  love the art, some that would be better served kept in my house ( But where?)  And some because they are appointment cards I haven't noted in the dated section.  

You know....It's entirely possible that  six business card holders, stuffed to busting,  might  be excessive.  

filofax a5 zip pocket fun

I also have three zip pockets with a variety of things that make me happy rather then things I 'need'.  This one has mainly stamps; stamps to  use (that is if I can ever bring myself to use the Eames Chair stamps) and stamps that came on envelopes but have such major coolatude I want to keep looking at them.  

Plus, do I really need the year- old Broadway tickets in there?  

I vote yes.

meeting tab

I use post cards as interim dividers; something that sub-divides main sections.  This Cape May postcard is in the back of another section and behind it are phone numbers specific to this section.  A main contact section doesn't work for me; this does but it does add bulk.

greyhound post card

And I noticed I throw in post cards for no rational reason, like this Greyhound Craft Show  card I went to recently, just cause I like Greyhounds.  And craft shows...  And post cards.

I'm clearly out of control and my poor Miss Finch is paying the price.

Filofax finchley A5 first page with menu art

And the front cover, whoa.  She's got some serious cleavage spilling out...

This morning I remembered something; Steve from Philofaxy reminded me to check the Malden ring size when I got it because he'd had an issue ....

 And then it occurred to me;  the Malden A5 might have bigger rings and I looked it up.  Yes, seems Miss Finchley's rings are delicate flowers at 25 mm but Mr. Malden's rings are a whopping, manly 30 mm...


malden a5 edge

My excessive ridiculousness   fit's in Mr. Malden.

I need to reevaluate my Filofax needs, wants and desires.  Decide what is critical to keep and see if there is something best kept somewhere else.

But for now, Mr. Malden, has plenty of room for all my  Filofaxean nuttiness and being the strong silent type he says nothing  beyond a crisp, satisfyingly snap at the end of each  session.



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