september 17, 2018

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“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” ~ Jillian Michaels

 

photo booth

 

Ya’ll first met Leeza Gordon way back in January of 2017. She was in town this past weekend and I couldn’t let that happen without a visit, even if it was a quick one. As you can see, we made the most of our time together. Leeza can make me snort unlike anybody I know. After we did our impromptu photo booth, seen above, I snorted so hard I’m pretty sure I swallowed my tonsils. I haven’t belly laughed like that in years. But it isn’t just Leeza’s funny bone that makes her awesome. She also does massage, accutonics, and cupping. Let me tell you, I’d never had cupping before, but I will happily endorse it’s miraculous properties. I’d woken with my usual Saturday headache, and spent all day with it. Nothing could make it stop. Then Leeza said, “Let me try something.” She put three cups that looked like breast pumps on my back, sucked my hide up into them with some sucking gun thing, and instantly my headache was gone. I’ve never experienced relief like that, and I’ve felt great ever since. As if Leeza wasn’t already my shero, she has my undying love forever more. Ya’ll go find someone that does cupping. It’ll cure what ails you (mostly).

september 12, 2018

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“Start doing something good. It could be just cleaning out your old closet, or calling your Mom and give her a pep talk. Just anything you can do that is outside of yourself. It will make you feel a bit better.” ~ Yoko Ono

 

get a leg up (Hipstagram)

 

Stacy’s helping Big Boy get a leg up after Frisch’s on Harrodsburg Road got a major facelift. Tonight was their grand re-opening, so naturally, we stopped in to help celebrate because we love our local Frisch’s, and who doesn’t love Big Boy, the mascot or the sandwich? I like what they’ve done with the place and they’ve got a mostly new wait-staff as well. We had great food, great conversation, and a great celebration of a restaurant Mamaw would have eaten at. Today was her birthday. Celebrate your people with more of your people and a Big Boy.

august 6, 2018

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“Hate is heavy. Let it go.” ~ Unknown

 

my best, large side

 

Ann Bassoni may be the queen of practical jokes. Yesterday, we’re driving home from the Distillery District when she says, “Hey, Catherine and Susan live right here. Let’s stop.” Naturally, we all say okay. Then Annie says, “Okay, listen. We knock on the door and ask if they have any fresh baked goods. If they say no, we just leave. Don’t say anything. Just get back in the car.” Naturally, we all say okay. We go to the door and knock. A totally disheveled Susan answers. It was obvious that she’d been trying to enjoy a Sunday afternoon nap. “Do you have any fresh baked goods?” Annie asks with a straight face. Bleary-eyed Susan replies, “Uh… no,” and the four of us immediately turn around and head back to the car…except Stacy. She took maybe four steps before I heard, from behind me because, you know, I’m headed to the car with Crystal and Annie, “Wait, are we really gonna leave her?” Well, yea, we were. That was the point. Stacy’s reaction was as funny as Susan’s. So we go inside for a few minutes, and before we left, we tried a self timer picture since none of us had had showers and four of us had been in the scorching heat for hours. Yes, we were all looking our very best. Perfect time for a photo. My friends love me, but they do occasionally give me no small amount of grief over the photos I choose to post of them. Of all the pictures I could post from our drive-by visit yesterday, I chose this one because I owe my friends a little something in return for not killing me over their photos. I think it’s my best side.  <snort>

august 5, 2018

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“As always, the message is the same: make today count.” ~ Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

 

why, yes, they do have coconut ice cream

 

I spent 90% of Saturday working, either on work work or chores around the house. This morning, after coffee, I clipped Wally (a really good job I might add) and resigned myself to another day of work. Then I got a text from Annie Bassoni. She had a plan that included ice cream. She picked me up, we drove to Stacy’s and picked her up, then drove to Crystal’s and picked her up. Off we went to Crank and Boom in the Distillery District. It’s a favorite for three of us, and Stacy had never been. Now, she has!

 

this is my ice cream

 

why are you eyeing my ice cream?

 

hilarity

 

Our day ended up being far longer than just an ice cream social. We enjoyed our ice cream, as you can see, but we laughed and perambulated about the district until we wandered in to Goodfella’s Pizza where we were treated once again to deliciousness and laughter and conversation like balm for the soul. We even had a hysterically funny sidetrack to Catherine and Susan’s on the way home (a post for another day). When I did finally get home I thanked God and the Universe for this day and these women who made me stop working and laugh. They are keepers. 

 

sunday sundae

july 9, 2018

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“Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.” 
~ Harmon Killebrew

 

Three Amigas

 

Because we had fun at Graeter’s Ice Cream, we also had fun with selfies afterward. That’s all I’ve got at the end of a super busy Monday. It’s summer, eat ice cream. And lots of it. That’s my advice!

july 7, 2018

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“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors,
but today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

 

friends

 

It was an utterly gorgeous day in The Bluegrass. We scooped up Michelle and took her to Wallace Station for a cheeseburger. The ride through horse country with the windows rolled down was like a drive through heaven. Fresh cut grass wafting through the air as weanlings frolicked about. As usual, Wallace Station didn’t disappoint, and Stacy brought home a box load of their delicious baked goods. I enjoy Michelle’s visits so much. They’re too short, but I’m glad we get ’em. She’s a nut and I love her. 

 

makin’ faces

july 6, 2018

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

rock

 

Michelle Shute flew up from Florida, then she, Stacy, and I drove to Cinci to meet one of Stacy’s old high school friends, Beverly Hodge. We then proceeded to the Taft Theater where we rocked our socks off to the Pretenders. (Crystal Heis and Mr. Boyfriend were in the balcony. We waved at each other.) Chrissie Hynde was adamant about no pictures, so an empty stage was all I got, and a selfie of us after the show. As much as I like Chrissie, I fell in love with her guitarist James Walbourne. In fact, his band, with wife Kami Thompson (whose parents just happen to be Richard and Linda Thompson) opened the night. They were totally captivating. They’re called The Rails. Tonight, they played as a duo, and that was perfectly okay because they were transcendent. Chrissie was extremely complimentary of them as well. In fact, I’ve never seen her smile as much as she smiled tonight. I saw the Pretenders at Memorial Coliseum on UK’s campus way back in ’86 when Get Close came out. Iggy Pop opened. It was a good show. Tonight was a good show, too, but this guy James Walbourne – he blew me away. Imagine if Lindsey Buckingham, Jeff Healy, and Richard Thompson had a baby. That’s what he plays like. Plus, he has a great voice. And did I mention that Beverly Hodge is a keeper? She was an absolute delight and I hope we see her again soon. This was a beautiful day, start to finish. Remember that name: James Walbourne. 

 

and roll

july 1, 2018

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“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it’s nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

familiar

 

My colleague Laura Whayne retired last week. At her reception, I asked what she’d be doing in her retirement. She said she’d travel some, and perhaps she’d even go to Asheville. Naturally, I told her I’d just come from there and I began to sing it’s praises. The downtown is vibrant with unique shops, restaurants, and art. Yes, there’s the Biltmore, but downtown really has a lot to offer anyone with all sorts of tastes. If all anyone went for was the food, they’d not leave disappointed.

 

days of yore

 

One of our favorite places is the old Woolworth’s store. Very smartly, Asheville did not tear it down, but instead transformed it into an art mall. There are two floors of artist booths offering gorgeous paintings, mixed media, photography, woodwork, and a host of other works. Perhaps coolest of all, however, is the soda fountain. Not only did they not take it out, it’s still a functioning soda fountain. I was trying to diet so I avoided a malt, but the next time, I won’t. I might even order two. 

 

cheers

 

Just a block from Woolworth’s is a great restaurant called Tupelo Honey. They don’t make anything awful – exquisite shrimp and grits – and as you can see, they make a Stacy-approved Arnold Palmer. I told Laura about both Tupelo Honey and Woolworth’s, and I told her about much more of Asheville’s coolness. I hope she goes and I hope she enjoys it as much as Stacy and I do.

june 29, 2018

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“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves”. ~ William Arthur Ward

 

perspective

 

Over the last few months, Stacy has returned to things she loves like playing guitar and photography. It’s really important to do things you love. They don’t have to be big endeavors or expensive hobbies. Perhaps you love reading or gardening or long walks. These activities can feed parts of your soul that nothing else can nourish. Never forget to feed your soul.  

june 9, 2018

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“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won’t have a title until much later.” ~ Unknown

 

we love corn

 

You might recall that I had to cancel my Derby party this year, but I promised we’d get together in the summer. Stacy suggested we gather for the Belmont Stakes, which ran today. That turned out to be a brilliant idea as Justify won the Triple Crown. He ran a flawless, stunning race and we erupted in screams of joy as he crossed the finish line. We then retreated to the backyard where our salt water soaked grilled corn (John’s recipe) had cooled to perfection. We also took a few moments for the funny group pic. The only problem today was being reminded that I only see John once a year, and that’s just not enough. I adore him. I love all these people so much. Every time we’re together we laugh and talk and eat very well. What more could I want? They fill me with joy.

 

we really, really love corn
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