In the past year I may have experienced every positive human emotion. Gratitude, when I realized my neighbors watched for Lesli and me, by shoveling after the snow. Awestruck surprise, when Daisy invited me and two other ladies into her personal kitchen for an unforgettable cooking lesson. Pride, when I received the dean’s award. Joy, when Arthur asked me to marry him.
It would seem my heart has overflowed with all good emotions. Honestly, last year when I was watching the confetti drop on Times Square I never expected any of this. As 2011 comes to a close, this photo (snapped when I stepped away from the table during a dinner outing with Daisy) seems most appropriate.
Cherish Live Dream Lesson 2011
Cherish Yesterday – Live Today – Dream Tomorrow
As I think of 2012 I will be completing my degree and taking a walk to the altar. I look forward to more good things as the year starts in a few hours. I look forward to becoming a wife, and making a start as a family. What do you have happening in 2012?
When Lesli and I were in West New York for Ranchito Victoria, we walked a lot. A whole lot. First, to get to the restaurant, then after the meal hoping to work it off. We were browsing on Bergenline Avenue, and held each other back from running in to a few different stores. Mostly our browsing was an exercise in wishful thinking.
Unexpectedly I spotted this shiny sparkly bit of jewelry in a display – right over the www. After years of never seeing my name on any keychain or bracelet, it was definitely a happy surprise. Ta-da! My Wordless Wednesday photo.
Surprise Jewelry - Wordless Wednesday
Have you ever had an unexpected moment like this?
Earlier this week, as I was strolling along and minding my business, I spotted this very girly car. It completely caught me by surprise. When I stepped back to take the photo, the owner walked past and asked “do you like my car?” I tried, really tried, to get the owner to pose with this unique creation, but the response was “oh no, I look a mess right now.” What do you think? Is it cute? Does it inspire you? I know it’s definitely a Wordless Wednesday photo!
Pretty Girly Surprise
Yesterday (Tuesday) morning, I left home in New Jersey for a television show, to be broadcast live from New York. I thought everything was all under control, until my bus was delayed by construction on the highway. I made it to the studio, met up with Annie of mamaskeeper and tried to stay calm as the staff let people into the studio. After all, the line was moving. The line moved, until the moment that we were next. Then we were told that they were at capacity.
Just as I was about to take Annie out for an apology drink, a lady in pink appeared. Rhonda used to be a member of the staff for the show that had filled up. She offered us tickets with immediate entry to the Nate Berkus Show. You know, the very nice decorator who tried managing three kids and a minivan on Oprah. The guy who went all out for a 70s retro episode on design disasters (check out the sideburns). Annie and I were thrilled at the chance to actually watch a show taping. We followed Rhonda for a couple of blocks to Nate’s studio, where I convinced her to pose for a quick photo.
Annie and I went into the building, and spent some time in the audience waiting room. When we finally got into the recording studio, we watched Nate and the staff record an episode full of room makeovers. I won’t give away too much, except that there were two daughters who had Nate surprise their mom with a little something extra, besides the room makeover.
I can tell you Dena Blizzard is really one funny mother. She kept us entertained and energized. She had the audience competing against each other – no tug-of-war, because somebody might have stepped on their pants. Before recording the last segment of the day, Dena called for a count on how many audience members had grabbed bananas for a snack later. That’s how I got my sticker. After the recording was done, Dena even posed for a photo with me.
On the way home, the construction crew was still going and I may have spotted some unusual things that can be future “WW – Wordless Wednesday” items – definitely more surprises to come.
PS: In case you’re wondering, Nate was a perfect gentleman. He thanked the audience for spending such a beautiful day, locked indoors with him. I subscribed to the show’s newsletter, so I can be on alert for “our” episode – sometime before Memorial Day. You might want to set your DVR for the next few weeks