Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vote for Sugar

Grand prize is $10,000 to charity of your choice (hopefully, Second Chance Greyhounds), second place is $5,000 to charity of your choice, and third-fifth place is $1,000 to charity of your choice. You never know . . . Pin It

Monday, February 23, 2009

Today is the Day

This morning when I was getting dressed for work, I decided to try to put my foot into a normal dress pump. Believe it or not, it went in just fine. I was so excited!! A week ago this wasn't the case. It continues to amaze me how the healing changes so much from week to week.

So, yes, I decided to wear my dress pumps to work today instead of those "old lady" shoes I was wearing. The foot is doing fine, thus far, with minimal swelling although I imagine I'll have the ice pack on it tonight.

I definitely won't be running to catch any buses today but that's okay, I'm enjoying looking normal again for a change. It's been a very long two months!! Pin It

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It was a dark and stormy night . . .

And you know it's really bad outside when you see this . . .

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You know all is well with the world when you see this . . . either that or the Melatonin is really working! :)

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American Idol

Well, not exactly but she sure is my idol! And who do I speak of? Why, Martha Stewart, of course! Yes, as a fellow "foodie" she is #1 on my list of fav's . . . the top tamale, if you will! I've followed her career with all the ups and downs for many, many years now.

Yesterday I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet Martha in person (yes, we are on a first name basis). She was in Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium doing a book signing of her Martha Stewart's Cookies recipe book and the Martha Stewart's Cooking School book. The deal was you had to purchase one or the other from the Georgia Aquarium website. The purchase included a ticket to the book signing which was to start at 12:30 p.m. I chose the Martha Stewart's Cookies recipe book and I am glad I did. It is full of fabulous cookie recipes. I can't wait to start trying some of them on my workmates!

Back to the book signing. My friend Michelle and I arrived at the aquarium around noon (yes, we both took off work for this). As I said, the book signing was scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m., however, it really didn't start until closer to 1:15 p.m. or so because Martha was busy doing TV spots, interviews, and greeting contest winners. But she finally did begin the book signing and the line started moving - slowly, very slowly.

While standing in line, we chatted with others around us, chatted about Second Chance Greyhounds, and we also reminisced about the day we drove to Birmingham to watch Southern Living's Cook-Off which was hosted by none other than . . . Tyler Florence. Yes, the hottie chef from Food Network's Food 911 and Tyler's Ultimate. That is where I obtained an autograph from Tyler on my Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen cookbook. Yep, I did, all thanks to Michelle (yes, the same Michelle who was at Martha Stwart's signing with me). You see, the Tyler gig wasn't really a book signing but I took mine anyway because you just never know, you know? Anyway, after the show was over, Tyler was milling about on stage. Michelle got his attention and asked him if he would sign my book. He said sure, he would, so he stepped away to get a Sharpie at which time he came back and signed my book for me. I was thrilled, to say the least. A few years after that I met him again at a real book signing for his other cookbook, Eat this Book, so I have both of mine autographed.

A few years later, my friend Belinda and I were in New York and we went to eat dinner at Mesa Grill. You would never guess who was in there. Yep, Bobby Flay himself, another hottie chef from Food Network who owns the chain of Mesa Grill restaurants. Belinda was able to get him to come over to our table. We chatted a bit, he kissed our hands and then he was off. WOW!! Again, I was thrilled!

Back to Martha - I think we stood in line for about three hours but we finally did make it to the front. By then, my feet felt like bloody stumps but I didn't care. I was about to meet Martha, in the flesh!

It was my turn to approach her table. I was a nervous wreck as you can well imagine. I handed her my book (hoping she wouldn't notice my not so fresh manicure) and said to her, "hi, it is so nice to meet you." At which time she replied, "nice to meet you, too." Then I stupidly said, "I bet your hand is about to fall off" and she replied "we'll see". Afterwards, I laughed at myself and at her response . . . "we'll see". Now, what the heck does that mean? Did she really expect it to fall off? Did it feel as if it were falling off at that time and moment? Who knows. By then she had probably signed 300 or more books so I imagine it was hurting quite a bit!

Anyway, Michelle was next in line. She handed Martha her two books and one of Martha's handlers told her, "there are only a hundred more people" or something to that effect. She looked up at Michelle and said "what they really mean is there are 300 more". Too funny. I imagine she was exhausted by then but she was a good sport about it.

We left there and hobbled down the street (well, I was hobbling with my bum foot I had squeezed into a boot so I would look half-way "normal" for Martha) to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant to grab a very late lunch. We enjoyed our lunch along with cocktails to celebrate "Martha Stewart Day" as I had dubbed it. Michelle and I both commented about how fantastic she looked. Absolutely flawless and so young. I wonder what her secret is! :)

We finally left downtown and headed home. The fun was over and it was back to reality. I think I walked into my house at 5:30 p.m. What a day it was, for sure! But definitely well worth it. As you can imagine, getting Martha's signature and meeting her was quite a thrill for this foodie. Next on my list is Wolfgang Puck and, of course, Emeril and I wouldn't mind meeting Paula Deen and Alton Brown as well. All in good time, I say, all in good time.
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Free . . . Free at Last!!

I went to the foot doctor today for my last visit, at least the last one for four months. They retook the x-rays and all seems to be on target. The bone in the little toe has begun growing over the implanted wire which is what he was waiting on. So, since all is well, he told me I am free of the boot!! Whoo hoo!

My first stop after the doctor visit was to the shoe store. I had to find a shoe my foot would fit in as I still have several months left to deal with the swelling. Of the shoes I have, it only fits in my tennis shoes and my Timberland boots, neither of which are suitable for the workplace and neither of which would compliment my skirts and dresses. So, to the shoe store I went. I did find a nice pair of black leather mules which will get me through this convalescing period. I imagine I will probably get some wear out of them even after that is over. So, I'm set for work tomorrow AND wearing a normal shoe - being a normal person. I cannot wait!

Oh, before I left the doctor's office, his nurse came in to "fit" me with a compression sock. Actually, it's more like Spanx for the foot. It tucks the excess swelling and keeps the foot compressed, more slim and trim, if you will. Yes, just like Spanx. Who knew they made it for the foot as well? What's next, Spanx for the arm, I ask? Anyway, it does make it feel better, that's for sure, so I suppose I'll endure it and wear it as I've been instructed to do.

I've got a few more months before all is back to normal but for now I am just so happy to be able to wear normal shoes! Baby steps, you know? Pin It

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

It Continues . . .

to baffle me why adults can't act like adults. Okay, that's all I'm going to say about that.

On a brighter note, we've (Second Chance Greyhounds) launched our first fundraising campaign - a beautiful pencil drawing of a Greyhound. The prints are 11" x 14" and are numbered and signed by the artist, Kimberly Walker Morris, however we do have a limited supply.

I can't think of a better Valentine's gift! Order yours today!
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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Sunday

Well, it's Super Sunday in many ways. Today is Super Bowl Sunday for one. I have a few friends coming over with their Greyhounds. It should be a full house with six humans and nine Greyhounds. Not to worry, we are always outnumbered. We just learn how to deal!

The other reason it's Super Sunday is that today we launched the website of our new Greyhound Adoption group, Second Chance Greyhounds. We are very excited about starting this program from the ground up. It's quite a bit of work but we are determined to make a go of it. We've made great strides in the three weeks we've been working on this and hope to make many more great strides in the future. Check out our website at http://www.secondchancegreyhounds.org/. Pin It