Monday, May 28, 2012

My New On-Line Favorite Store

Drugstore.com......

Yes, I know its been around forever... Sometimes I am late to the party but I do get there.

Just ordered my hard to get shampoo, and calcium pills. I will be ordering anything else we need in the future. No I don't do prescriptions by mail. Yes, I know it does come out cheaper if I did, but I prefer to have a little more handle on that part of my life. Plus I think its important to have a working relationship with the pharmacist who is responsible for your life or death medications.

OK yes, OTC medications can also be life or death but really its not close to the same things as heart, blood pressure, anti-anxiety, seizure and attention medications. And no amount of discussion will convince me otherwise. Don't even try.

Now the only draw back to this idea is that you must be on top of all the products you need because of the mailing-time-lag. So no its not a good plan for those who have severe executive functioning skills to rely only on drugstore.com. However, you could create a system for yourself to make sure that my new found  favorite website works out:
(1) When you get down to the next to last bag, box or pill sheet, order these items on line, or
(2) Keep a running list of the products you need and sit down one day a week and order everything.

Oh and they have drugstore bucks or savings discounts, aka "coupons," you can earn as long as you work through an account. I do like coupons, yes I do.No, not like those people on Extreme Couponing, but I do like when I don't have to pay full price for something I would have bought anyway.

In the meantime, I am really happy that I figured out another way that I don't have to actually go into a store to get what I need...yes the delivery charge adds to the cost of my healthcare but really the uptick is so minimal that it is worth it at this point...





Qi en Pace,



Elise

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Eyeglass Shopping Shocker

When you think of reading glasses, progressives or any form of spectacle, you usually think of Lens Crafters or the eye glass counter at your local box store. Well I discovered an entirely new world of accessories... 

Oliver Peoples.....














The sunglasses...










Then there are the glasses created by Morgenthal Frederics...

Sunglasses....


Opticals......





You have to call to find out the cost of the frames, but you can rest assured that Oliver Peoples seems quite economical as compared to the Morgenthal glasses (oh and the cost is without the lenses you need to see too). Suffice it to say that a pair of Oliver Peoples glasses while expensive is honestly only slightly more expensive then many frames found at Lens Crafters...its truly the the cost of progressive lenses that are ridiculous. OK, yes the frames can be costly too, but really the price triples when you add in the lenses.

Meanwhile the Morgenthal glasses could add up to a semester in  college for just the frames. Seriously....I had never seen anything like it..who needs $1800 frames. I know people can do whatever they want with their money, but seriously, why would you need a pair of frames made from buffalo horns? I know it sounds rather uncapitalistic to say that but really people..really...

There are just somethings that do strike me as amazing....


Qi en Pace,



Elise



Friday, May 25, 2012

Watch Red Tails this Memorial Day

Yes another telling of the story of the Tuskeegee Airmen.  I did not see it in theaters but watched it on pay-per-view yesterday. It is well worth the two hours, believe me. It is important to remember, while there are those who refuse to fight for this nation today, how hard some fought to be able to defend their families, their homes and their country in time of war.



A part of me wanted to jump into a time machine in order to go back to that air base and tell these men, keep up the fight, the world will one day change. I wanted to let them know that there would be an African-American President of the United States and that their battle at home and abroad was worth every moment. And no I do not think all of our society's issues are now over by any means, but what our introspection shows is that we are capable of moving forward and becoming that shinning light upon the hill.


On Memorial Day remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion.




Qi en Pace,


Elise

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Heatwave, Menopause and My Love for a Handheld Fan

No its not summer, but its the spring of the menopause, hot flashes, and night sweats....








I do wake up dreaming about water.....






And yes, there has been weight gain over the last decade that the doctor attributes to the hormonal changes in my body, not an endocrine issue . I kept thinking I had hashimotos disease (that's where your thyroid makes your metabolism unnaturally slow and you can't burn calories like a normal person) but no, not meant for me. Weight gain, body temp fluctuations, hair loss, anxiety, sleeplessness..nope not thyroid disease she said, menopause. Half the women my age, come see the doc thinking its a thyroid issue and it turns out to be menopause. She said it could have been going on now for ten years, which is when I began feeling miserable. Last five years have been the worst. (My gynecologist (female of course) has not been any help either. Her response over the years was that it will get worse before it gets better....Gosh, Golly, Gee thanks.)

Crap, thought I could take a little pill and be done with the issue. Now I really have to diet..so not happy with that reality. Really don't think that I eat all that much honestly. But the doc said to completely cut out carbs. That's how she lives. She's also a little too thin for my taste for such a young woman. But I can modify what she said too...

I know, she sounds like that cuckoo nutritionist I went to last year. The one who put me on a 1000 calorie a day diet and told me that some protein, veggies, a piece of bread and a serving of oatmeal during the day was alot of food...

I figure if I cut out what ever fat is in my diet (to some extent you do need a little fat in your daily routine) and cut back on bread, pastas (which I don't really eat) and rice (which I don't really eat) and potatoes (which I don't really eat) then I might get some where. My snacks should be fruit and water. No more low fat cheese even or nuts, definitely not nuts. And yes, back on my New Year's resolution to stop drinking wine during the week. I backslid because I didn't see any results in my body. But we will see what happens with everything combined....

Oh yeah I did change up my exercise routine. Added speed to my treadclimber, added more weights and different kinds of situps too. Doc said I should do yoga, but I hate yoga. She said it would help with anxiety and my core. Don't know what the situps are for if not for my core... I mentioned Pilates and she said that it was close to the same thing as yoga as far as the core is concerned. Not Pilates fan anymore either.  Personally I will stick to what I am doing and try to cut back on certain types of food. Doc said to keep a food diary to see what I really eat during the day....

Honestly I think all doctors treat you like you sit down at night and eat an entire chocolate cake by yourself and then lie about it.....

Anyway, menopause sucks. Just saying. Not certain why we have to go through this to get rid of that damn period. So not fair. After 35 or more years of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) you would think that Mother Nature would cut me a break, but OH NO she's just being a complete bitch about this one. Yes I could ask for hormone replacement therapy or biogentic hormones, but really, why put more garbage into your system for something that is really natural and not life threatening? HRT has even been linked to an increase in cancer...so no, no thank-you.

Just remember to take calcium and carry a handheld fan with you at all times....

Anyway the up side is that eventually this too shall pass and the doc said my body will calm down and even itself out. How nice. Maybe in another two to three years I can comfortably wear pants with a waist again....until then sweats, light cotton and terry cloth are my friends...

Oh yeah the boobs have decided to have a life of their own too, just like when I was pregnant..What's up with that I want to know...Boobs are hormones a-glory. Its like they are having a teenage temper tantrum. I woke up one day and they decided to double in size..not kidding....(yes had a mammogram and there is nothing wrong.) They just decided that it would be fun to make sure none of my bras or tops fit anymore. This was not even gradual. It was poof one day the boob fairy showed up and never left. No I do not like it. Yes maybe if I lose some weight they will go back down too....but at my age that doesn't seem possible without an operation and NO I will not entertain vanity surgery.

Gotta do something about that comforter at night though...I go to bed freezing so I need the comforter, but wake up throughout the night bathed in sweat...I do wear light cotton pajamas to bed too.  OY.....


Qi en Pace,


Elise

Thursday, May 17, 2012

RIP Queen of Disco

Donna Summer, the anointed Queen of Disco, just passed away from cancer at the age of 63. I, like many of my generation, came of age to disco music. After the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War disco music was and is all about fun.

Of course the pundits at the time called us selfish because we wanted to just enjoy life. We didn't march, protest or cause trouble. No sit-ins. No attacking the police. No assaulting the troops. We honestly went to college to get {{{gasp}}} an education, pledge fraternities or sororities, maybe even go to a football game or two and cheer on our school team......As my parents remarked one day...."its nice to actually see kids acting like kids again".....that was the disco era...people allowed themselves to be happy.

It all began with the movie, Thank God It's Friday.....










Requiscate en Pace Donna. Your voice brought us alot of joy.


Qi en Pace,


Elise

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Carousel Clutch

This miniaudiere by Judith Leiber is the thing  of ostentatious dreams. These clutches are handmade with all crystals, no not gems. It is also not a huge bag, only 6 x 5 x 5. That is really little. They are meant to hold only a lipstick, an ID, a credit card and a few dollar bills. That is all. The idea is that they just fit in the palm of your hand.


Carousel Clutch


Here is a pinboard of her creations.

These clutches are the go-to accessories for black-tie events. These little bags are status symbols among a certain sector of society. (Yes that pesky 1%) A friend of mine told me that at a black-tie event she attended all the women put their Judith Leiber bags around table's center piece. It's called  bourgeois-one-upmanship. Yeah, so wish I could join in the fun....

Realistically, however, we do have a powerful need to eat, so my Judith Leiber is going to have to wait awhile.....


Qi en Pace,



Elise


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Birds of Paradise and Miami Vice

Honestly I am not a fan of straw bags, but this one from Kate Spade caught my eye. It's called the Birds of Paradise Tote. It reminded me of the times I spent on Miami Beach with my grandparents when I was a child. The kind of Miami that was once the Jewish grandparent home away from home ...

Kate Spade




However, the bird on the tote looked more like a cockatoo to me.


 and the Fontainbleu was the go-to hotel for the rich and famous.





You know, before Miami became synonymous with Eurotrash, cocaine and anorexic models. Way before Miami Vice...no, not the crummy movie, but that very fun 1980s TV show that started the Miami craze.





Very young Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas


It also started the scruffy beard,  t-shirt with blazer and sockless loafer fashion statement too...not a bad look for the times. That is  if you could pull it off without looking creepy. I still prefer the pulled together look of a suit and tie myself.


Qi en Pace,

Happy Mother's Day,



Elise

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fashion at The Met Ball

The Met Ball is called the Oscars of the east coast because of the fashion. Honestly it is nothing like the Oscars. There you have fashion, and art (film) rolled into one. Here you just have the art of fashion. Very different.

Fashion, by its nature, does not need to be joined with any other art form to bring out its stars. The confluence of fabric, color, and cut molds a simple piece of cloth into a treasure. It's knowing how to embody the indiviudal within these works of art that makes a simple seamstress a couturier.

Fashion is an expression of who we are as individuals. It is so much more than film, for it is personal to each person. Unlike  film, where the majority of us are bystanders in someone else's creation, with  fashion we can create out own environment, world and reality. We are the masters of our own fashion. Fashion is our personal statement and our personal statement alone.

But of course... Sofia Vergara does take best dressed at the Met Ball in a Marchesa gown....




For a terrific slide show of all the dressed-up celebutants go HERE to Harper's Bazaar.



Qi en Pace,



Elise



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Some Caliente in the Morning



Not what you expected from the post title?... I had to get myself going this morning and this is her new song. It gives you that get up and go adrenalin push. Don't understand one word of Spanish (my bad) but I am a fan of her music.


Qi en Pace,


Elise

Monday, May 7, 2012

Shakshuka for Breakfast

A delicious tomato, red pepper, spicy, poached egg dish. Eating shakshuka for breakfast is not a revelation by the way. Shakshuka is a breakfast dish not a dinner meal. For some reason this tends to surprise most westerners.  HERE is the recipe from The Shiksa in the Kitchen.

Another recipe here


I ate shakshuka for the first time decades ago when I studied in Israel. I also found out about foods like humus, falafel, bourekas and tabouleh. That is why I also outgrew all my clothes and nothing fit me by the time I returned home. No I did not grow upwards, I grew outwards.

falafel

bourekas
tabouleh


Meanwhile, I had attempted to make falafel shortly after my return to the states oh so many decades ago, and ended up catching my parent's kitchen on fire. I kid you not. I was about to deepfry the falafel balls and the fryer caught fire. Instead of putting it out with salt or flour (who knew) I picked up the fry pot, put it under the sink faucet and attempted to put out the oil fire with water.  Ironically, my parents apparently had just had the kitchen redone while I was studying in Israel. Luckily the insurance paid for everything this time go round.

So from that fire-laden-moment until this morning, whenever I wanted something that smacked of Mediterranean cooking I bought it premade. The most I would have to do is zap it in the microwave. Bravely this morning was a step forward in my world. Granted shakshuka does not involve deepfrying and I have progressed in my culinary skills from that of an inexperienced teenager, but still I had the fire extinguisher handy nonetheless.

Just so you don't get confused, apparently there is a musical group called Shakshuka too. They are a blend of Israeli, and Sephardic music with that hint of jazz thrown in. Apparently jazz  is incredibly popular in Israel, who knew? Go HERE.




Meanwhile, I thoroughly enjoyed my shakshuka even though I overcooked the poached eggs. In my humble opinion it wasn't bad for a first time either. And hey the kitchen is still in one piece too. So I think I won this round.

Next time is the big event though, where I try to feed it to the entire family. Wish me luck.


Qi en Pace,



Elise


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo

From the History Channel...


Cinco de Mayo or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

Go HERE for videos and more information.




I am planning a Cinco de Mayo dinner tonight. No we are not of Mexican heritage. But we are not Irish and on St. Patrick's Day I serve corned beef and cabbage. If everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day, I think everyone should be allowed to be Mexican on Cinco de Mayo.

From Food Network Cinco de Mayo specialties. HERE

Fish Tacos


I am thinking  different kinds of tacos, guacamole, salsa and maybe some nachos. And of course what would Cinco de Mayo be without the requisite margarita? Oh and not one of those frozen concoctions, but the real thing...



Ingredients

  • 2 shots of tequila
  • 1 shot Cointreau
  • 1 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and lime wedge, to serve


I use Triple sec instead of Cointreau (its just a cheaper version of an orange liqueur)....Also play with the ingredients a little bit. I stick with the rule 1/3, 1/3, and 1/3.  I also don't add the salt rim.....Seriously who needs the bloat the next day on top of a  hangover?





Happy party!!!!


Qi en Pace,




Elise