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TAKE A BREAK FROM LIFE & BE A KID AGAIN BY PLAYING FREE GAMES!

TAKE A BREAK FROM LIFE & BE A KID AGAIN BY PLAYING FREE GAMES!

Free game website

The last few months have been so stressful, between home projects, chores, and moving our girls to college… it’s been exhausting.  It seems like our to-do list never ends, and at some point it really starts to get to you.  I’ve definitely taken notice how scheduled life seems to be lately, and for this reason I’ve been on a mission to practice good self care and relax.  Unfortunately it’s not always that easy to relax.  I really enjoy relaxing on the deck with a nice drink or reading a magazine but before long my mind wanders away to my to do list.  It’s such a struggle!

I’ve already taken up a new Pilates fitness routine which has done wonders to help me de-stress, but I’m always looking other ways to have fun and relax.  Pilates is great but it’s also hard!  Sometimes I just want to veg out, ya know?  While looking for new ways to relax at home I found an amazing website that offers free video games.  Plays.org is a no strings attached game website, just fun free games!  Honestly I can’t remember the last time I played a video game, so I indulged.  I poked around playing a few different ones trying to get my over 40 gaming groove back… and I’ve got to say it’s fun to feel like a carefree kid having video game fun again!

Free games at Plays.org

Free games at Plays.org

I love how playing these fun games keeps me really engaged, my mind doesn’t get a chance to wander, and I truly get to unwind!  Plays.org has so many games to choose from it’s so fun, and honestly addicting.  I’m not the best with all the games… I never scored well as a kid on Super Mario Brothers or saved the princess so not all games work for me.  Luckily there are lots of different games to choose from.  I love the simulation category, it’s perfect for me.  Tap Supermarket is such a fun simulation game where you earn money and build your supermarket.  The goal is to grow your store, keep your customers happy, eliminate long lines, and make money!  As you continue to play the store gets really hectic and the goal is to keep up with demand… it’s really fun!

Open Restaurant is another fun game too, although you have a time limit with daily quotas so it’s a little more faster pace.  Brian is obsessed with the Flight Sim game, where you land helicopters and airplanes like an air traffic controller.  Unfortunately he’s stuck on level 9 and probably not too happy I’m telling the world!

Free games at Plays.org

Whether your trying to de-stress or fight boredom I really want to spread the word on how awesome Plays.org is!  They have so many different games to choose from, including classic arcade games and educational kids games too.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an active gamer or not, either way the free games will be so fun and enjoyable you’ll feel like a kid again.  Do me a favor ok?  Go have some fun at Plays.org and tell me what your favorite game is.

HOW 2020 CHANGED THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

HOW 2020 CHANGED THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

Colorado housing market

2020 was definitely an unforgettable year that impacted the lives of many people.  Due to the effects Covid-19 not only was our health affected but also our jobs and the real estate market market too.  Real estate naturally fluctuates from year to year, but 2020 has changed the housing market in a significant way causing struggles well into 2021 and beyond.

Although we live in Colorado my husband Brian has a real estate centered business in Texas.  He himself has witnessed an imbalance of people needing to buy versus people wanting to sell, which what is most commonly referred to as a seller’s market.  A seller’s market dramatically causes real estate prices to increase leaving those looking for a new home only to struggle.  Another example of this scenario unfortunately is my sister in Arizona.  Due to the extreme demand in real estate her rental home was recently listed for sale on the market, and it instantly sold.  Hearing these stories from around the country made me want to look around at my local real estate market to see if we were experiencing the same effects.

Fascinated by the inflating real estate prices, I decided to look up the real estate data in my own county of Larimer County, Colorado.  Much to my surprise I saw a that our county had experienced a 14% increase in real estate prices since 2020.  This piqued my interest so I decided to do a little bit more research the data about larger cities in my state.  As I searched I noticed that real estate values in larger cities actually lost value while that in the smaller more rural cities gained value.  I believe this is due to Covid and the job market.  Many Americans nationwide found themselves unemployed and searching for jobs.  Some areas were better able to provide employment than others, which made them attractive to job seekers, as opposed to other areas that had a harder time.  This caused a migration of workers to these new job centers which created a spike in demand for houses, unfortunately increasing the price of real estate in that area.  To quote Coloradoan, shopping for real estate in my county is like the Hunger Games of real estate.  While sellers are gaining from this situation the buyers are clearly suffering, and many are turning to rentals.

You may have heard of various rental websites over the years, but there is a new kid on the block in Zumper.com.  Zumper has rental data for markets all across the country and should be your first source when researching rentals where you live.  Whether you’re single, a couple, or a family struggling in today’s real estate market, Zumper can help.  Naturally a sensible solution is finding a quality rental home or apartment until you can decide if purchasing a property is best for you.  Some people find that renting is best for their long-term solution, while others can use it for a short-term fix.  The bottom line is that “home is where the heart is”, and if you are finding yourself in need of a new home Zumper is ready to help you.

8 TIPS FOR SURVIVING MOVING DAY

8 TIPS FOR SURVIVING MOVING DAY

Moving is stressful, yet it’s one of life’s unavoidable events.  Our family has moved so many times over the years, and as the big day approaches so does the stress and anxiety!  Here we are again preparing for another moving day, although this big day is a little bit different.  

It’s our daughters who are moving this time, several states away for college, only adding more to my stress and anxiety.  With each major family move I’ve been able to pick up tips here and there that can be a major help toward surviving a move!  So I thought I’d share my 8 helpful tips below.

ELIMINATE ALL CLUTTER

I’ve moved a lot in my years and one of my biggest regrets is moving things that I don’t need or want.  I recommend going through your items and creating groups that no longer serve you.  Consider donating items, having a yard sale, or listing things at online sale sites.  Not only will this help cut down on the amount of expense and work, you might make some extra cash and you’ll be helping others in the process.

MAKE LISTS

When it comes to moving there is a lot that needs to get done!  Never underestimate the power of lists!  When I’m stressed my mind can easily become overwhelmed and race with everything I need to do.  Having a visual to-do list will calm your mind and let you efficiently get things done, plus it’s so satisfying each time to cross off a finished task!  Consider creating several task-oriented lists if your workload is large and you’re feeling overwhelmed.

PACK UP ALL NON ESSENTIALS FIRST

Naturally it’s easy for our eyes to become overwhelmed with the amount of items that need to be packed up and moved.  One helpful way to overcome this is to slowly pack up non-essentials.  If you haven’t used it in the last month then chances are it’s a not an essential item.  This is a great way to get a jump on boxing stuff up early on while still creating a calm atmosphere. 

CLEAN & MOVE YOUR HOME IN PHASES

Packing and cleaning our home in phases has been extremely helpful in our many moves.  I like to start with low areas in our home such as a spare bedroom, office, or dining room and then seal them off.  I do this by organizing, decluttering, boxing items up, and then cleaning.  Once a room is complete I lock the door or seal it off with tape and then I focus on my next space. 

FOCUS ON THE EXCITEMENT

Moving is exhausting, plain and simple.  Instead of focusing on any negative emotions focus on your future!  You may be excited about your new home, a job, or a great new city to explore.  By focusing on your positive future you’ll be happier, more energetic, and ready to get the work done! 

PRACTICE GOOD SELF CARE THE WEEK BEFORE MOVING

I can’t stress enough the importance of good self care before moving, you need to be kind to yourself leading up to your big move.  Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious food.  Exercise or take a yoga class or an extra long bath.  This will help you to stay feeling your best and ready for the big day.   

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Taking care of your body and keeping it healthy is crucial during any move.  Make sure you’re wearing proper attire and good shoes to support your feet.  Use proper lifting techniques and take breaks to rest as needed.  Taking breaks to rest can be hard when you don’t have much furniture left in your home.  It’s a great idea to have a few folding chairs around when you need to relax.

CALL IN PROFESSIONALS WHEN YOU’RE BURNT OUT

It’s only natural to become overwhelmed during a move and moving professionals can take over the heavy part for you.  If you live in the Northern Colorado area, Taylor Moving and Storage, LLC, is a full service moving and storage company that has been serving the Boulder community since 1997.  Their simple all-inclusive hourly rates can provide peace of mind with no hidden fees.  Not only can they provide the moving services you need, they also provide shipping containers and self storage.  This honest and reliable moving company is readily available to help you with all your needs.  I’d say that this professional Boulder, Colorado, moving company takes the stress out of moving!

Moving is stressful, plain and simple, but with these tips it’s quite manageable!  You’re exciting new location awaits!  If you have any helpful moving tips to share please comment below!  Happy moving day friends, you’ve got this!

CABIN UPDATES & CHAOS

CABIN UPDATES & CHAOS

Happy August everyone!  I should have updated the blog weeks ago, but with all the dust and dirt July just slipped by… it’s been pure chaos here.  Things haven’t been going smoothly in terms of our cabin remodel… everything has taken 10 times longer than we thought it would, and we’ve ugh… had some issues with our workers.  I’m pretty sure we’ve survived the worst and things are starting to turn around because honestly I can’t take anymore stress.  For me to be happy, sane, and function properly I need things to be clean, organized, and pretty, and I’ve had the exact opposite.  We’ve had workers in our home nearly every day for almost 5 weeks, and that includes some weekends too.  It’s really taken a toll on me, there is literally nowhere to go for privacy, and every night I, or I should say we, collapse into bed from exhaustion.  I do have some updates to share though.

Colorado Cabin Estes Park

First of all, we sanded and repainted the metal deck railing.  We chose Benjamin Moore Appalachian Brown, this color is going to be used on all our exterior trim and garage, and indoor on our spiral stairs and railing.  I love the way that it looks, I took this photo recently after a rain storm.  Now we just need to add the deck wood floor, but were waiting on our new glass and sliding doors first.

One thing that has been incredibly frustrating is the amount of junk and trash around our property, then add in all our construction demo and we’ve had an absurd amount of trash.  We had a HUGE commercial grade dumpster delivered and it’s been emptied 2 times and it’s ready for another.  Wasn’t it nice for the original owners to leave us a broken microwave in the garage from 1987?? #kindness

Colorado cabin remodel update

We decided to remodel the downstairs bathroom first, we’ve nicknamed it the bathroom from Hell.  This is where literally everything has gone wrong.  We had some workers redo the plumbing, HVAC, and move a gas line (the ceiling was too low because of the gas line).  After nearly 3 weeks and still no progress we told them not to come back.  They did almost everything wrong!  We had plumbing parts put in upside down, and our favorite was the bathtub faucet at chest height.  This is a bathtub shower combo mind you, and they knew that.  Yet they still argued with us they were right.  Can you imagine taking a relaxing bath while water falls 4 feet down into the tub, and then having to stand up to turn the bath water off??  I mean come on!  After paying a lot of money to those guys and getting very, very upset, our wonderful general contractor had Brian2 come fix it.  Brian2 has been a true gift!  He’s so nice and full of knowledge, he’s been teaching Brian1 (my hubby) lots of helpful skills!  By the way it’s taken Brian2 10 days to fix all the wonky plumbing Dumb and Dumber did.

Colorado cabin remodel update

The stairs have been a nightmare to deal with, both sets.  The spiral stairs had old dirty carpet glued down, the glue was so thick that it took me FOREVER to strip it off.  Then we had to get a grinder and smooth off the chunky welding spots, it was bad.  From there it’s been a blur of more sanding and patching of the rough uneven metal.

stripping carpet off metal stairs

Our main entry stairs are metal and concrete and go straight down…  y’all we fall up and down stairs all the time!  These are a huge injury waiting to happen so I’ve decided a nice carpet is the way to go.  The floor company argued it couldn’t be done but Brian determined never to give up found a solution that lets the stairs be carpeted and still up to code.  The stair company finally agreed it would work but we would need to prep the stairs ourselves and chisel out the concrete.

stair demo

Luckily Brian2 let me borrow his amazing chisel tool thingy.  I took out all my frustrations and chiseled up all the concrete myself!  Brian1 just finished building the wooden stairs and as soon as the construction calms down I’ll be having carpet installed soon… and I have an awesome wooden branch handrail I can’t wait to install!

stair demo

My original plan was to have a red front door, with our house painted a richer shade of brown.  I quickly realized that was a bad idea, after testing a few shades of red I just accepted it wouldn’t work.  It clashed horribly with the stone and just felt wrong.  My backup choice was teal, we decided on Home Decorators Sophisticated Teal, the blue color on the left… now if only my new craftsman door would arrive!

teal front door

As for the living room, we’ve enclosed the closet, that is now in the master bedroom, and brought it up to the ceiling.  What a difference it makes!

Colorado cabin remodel update

The gas fireplace is installed and waiting inspection so it can be completed.  I’m a bit frustrated our ceiling is still not installed… it’s been in the garage for over a month now!  It had to acclimate, be stained, and now we’re just waiting on everyone’s schedules to clear up.

Colorado cabin remodel update

Our master bedroom is coming along nicely.  This photo was taken right before Brian2 fixed all the wonky bad wall texture, and Brian1 has built my new closet.  We’re planning everything to be super space efficient… I refuse to give up my king sized mattress, so it’s definitely tight.  I’m just waiting on baseboards and my doors to be stained, it should be up on the blog within a few weeks.

tiny master bedroom planning

We did have some drama with these pine doors.  This is after staining with a natural colored stain, NOT OKAY!  What is with those zebra stripes??  We returned all of our doors and bought knotty alder.

ugly pine doors

We removed the large cabinet along the wall in the dining area.  My plan was always to take out this window, we have plenty of windows and it’s not needed.  Because of our open floor plan I won’t have a chandelier over my table… which is so weird for me but it will be so much easier taking tablescape photos without a chandelier knocking us in the head.

Colorado cabin remodel update

We bought a larger deeper table and I have plans to add banquette seating and possibly sconce lighting for ambiance.  When we do our kitchen remodel the cabinets will need to be moved left slightly to accomodate a dishwasher so I’ve got to design this space knowing in a year or so the pantry and cabinets will move down a foot or two.

Off topic but I’ve mentioned our house is framed all in steel, isn’t it weird how you can see the beams coming through the walls and ceiling?

Colorado cabin remodel update

Out of sheer frustration I added cabinet knobs and pulls.  Seriously it was hurting our hands to open them and they open in weird unexpected directions.  It made such a difference!   Those tacky lights are next to go.

It’s so funny Haley and I were cooking in the kitchen, it’s tight but doable.  She’s like me and loves to cook.  I asked “So what are your thoughts on the kitchen.”  She said “it’s ok, it works, but I wouldn’t plan on cooking Thanksgiving dinner in it.”  That evening my sister texted asking about cooking Thanksgiving together at the cabin.  We laughed so hard… I mean maybe it’s possible I don’t know.  It was just a funny coincidence.   I will say I HATE cooking on this electric stove top, and it’s a nightmare to keep clean.  I can’t wait until I get a gas stove top again!!

Colorado cabin remodel update

Those are my updates for now.  We’ve been through the worst so fingers crossed things should start moving along quicker.  Hopefully I’ll regain my sanity and keep the blog regularly updated again.  After our bedroom is done our next focus is to finish the downstairs bathroom, Ashley’s room, then the living room and deck.  Plus I’ve got to try to get the cabin exterior painted in the next month of two before cold weather really hits.  You might could say I’m a bit overwhelmed.  Click here to see more of our cabin before photos.

Taking a break from cabin drama, Haley and I came up with an interesting twist on a new strawberry shortcake themed dessert, so expect that to be on the blog next!  Take care!

THE EMOTIONS OF HAVING A 9/11 BIRTHDAY

THE EMOTIONS OF HAVING A 9/11 BIRTHDAY

Happiness, sadness, anger, and guilt are the 4 words I would use to describe my birthday, let me repeat that last word again though, GUILT.  When it comes to having a 9/11 birthday I have a lot of guilt, and it weighs on me like a ton of bricks.

September is generally a very happy month for me, I love life and I’m blessed to be alive and well, but I have not been okay this last week. So here I am 17 years later, still emotional, still feeling guilty, still peeling back the layers of emotion and trying to process them.  Last year hit me hard, this year has been even worse.  It has been 17 years and I DO NOT HAVE CLOSURE.

Growing up I always loved my birthday, it was the one day that was mine, it was just about celebrating me and my birth, it was that one special day all to myself.  I could be loved, spoiled, and happy.  Then on my 24th birthday it was taken away and suddenly it was a bad terrible day.  Every year I have pushed my emotions to the side for many reasons.

The last few days I’ve been depressed, I haven’t gone a single day without crying.  9/11 is never going to go away, people suffered and died… I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it completely, but I do need to find some way to heal.  I’ve been struggling so hard this week, Brian is trying to help me with my emotions.  He says I need to write this as part of the healing process, I actually don’t want to write this because it hurts too much, but I’m willing to do anything to heal my heart.  I’ve actually written this post a few times, I’ve even put it in the trash.  Today I’ve pulled it out of the trash, determined to write this, my eyes are full with tears, I’m struggling to breath… but I’m going to get through this.

Let’s first address why in 17 years I haven’t dealt with my feelings… my daughter Haley.  So you don’t get confused I’ll give you the speed version…  I had my first, a son, Corey when I was 17 years old, and married Brian a month before I turned 22.  Haley is my middle child and I had plans for a 3rd child in the future, but Ashley was a happy early surprise.  I’ve been blessed with 2 surprise babies, but I struggled for well over a year to get pregnant with Haley.  I prayed for her a lot,  I would close my eyes and I could almost see her face, she was a happy little girl with curly hair and blue eyes like mine, and then it happened.  I became pregnant and I was ecstatic later to find out she was a girl.

Haley was due October 4th, but late in the evening on September 10th my back started hurting, and then sure enough a bit after midnight contractions started and we went to the hospital.  The doctor said I was far enough into my pregnancy that he wouldn’t stop labor, and my son was born around 36 weeks too and he was just fine.  I still remember the nurse putting the hospital ID bracelet around my wrist and verifying my information, “Laura Salter” she said, “9/11…. well Happy Birthday.. and a baby on your birthday too!”  I was so excited, it was my day, and I was having my baby girl, and it would be her day too, we would share it forever.

Then it happened.  I was in the final stages of labor and everything was a blur.  I knew something bad had happened.  Family was distracted, doctors and nurses were distracted, I was in pain, I was confused, what was happening.  The news was on while I was in labor, finally in the last few minutes the doctor said let’s turn this off.  At nearly the exact minute flight 93 crashed into the ground Haley was born.   Suddenly I didn’t care about what was happening on TV.  The day was just about me and my daughter.

I had walked into the hospital at 23 years old and left at 24 with a newborn baby and a national tragedy on my birthday.   Suddenly my special day and my baby’s was full of suffering and death.  It was an evil day, I read articles, I watched the news… but I had to shut it out, it was too hard to process.  I wanted to take my 2 kids, run away from it all and hide.

Of course over the years I was haunted by it, but my way of dealing with it was pushing it aside and not think too much about it.  It was just too sad.  The anniversary of 9/11 was everywhere, but it was Haley’s first birthday.  Having her was a wonderful distraction, on Haley’s 2nd birthday I was pregnant with Ashley.   I focused on my kids and life, when I did think about 9/11 I tried to instantly change the subject in my mind.  Not that I didn’t care, it was simply unbearable to think about.

I have never written something so painful as this post.  It is still raw, and it hurts me that this happened, it is a burden I carry.  I feel guilty for wanting to have my day back, I feel guilty for wishing my daughter had a normal birthday.  It’s not my fault, but I feel embarrassed and ashamed of my birthday.

I want to celebrate, am I allowed?  Yes, I am but then the guilt kicks in.  Am I judged when I celebrate on such a terrible day?  I still cringe when I hand over my drivers license and people see my date of birth, I’m embarrassed for anyone to tell the restaurant staff it’s my birthday.

I am ANGRY when my daughter is forced to watch videos of the World Trade Center burning and crashing down on her birthday at school.  I am SADDENED when every year a friend of hers sobs at school because her Dad died in the 9/11 attack.  I am physically SICK when I realize all who died and even sicker when I realize the people who knew death was about to come.

I must move on, heal and find closure, but it’s incredibly hard.  I will never forget for a second how cruel humans can be towards each other and I will never forget those who died, but I must give myself permission to feel happy on this day.  If Haley and I can’t enjoy our birthday and the simple gift of being alive then the terrorists have even more power.

As part of my healing and moving forward we’ve decided to volunteer or do random acts of kindness on 9/11 to honor those who died & the hero’s who tried to save.  Not just me, but my daughter and I need to find a way to honor those each year so we can celebrate without the burden.  This year we are bringing cupcakes to the firemen at the local fire station.  We can all do something wonderful today in honor of the victims, big or small and I encourage you to do so too.

Today I will put on my favorite outfit, smile, eat cake, and open presents.  I will allow myself and my daughter to be happy, but behind those smiles we know and we haven’t forgotten.

If there is one thing we can learn from 9/11 it’s to have love and tolerance for everyone.  Who cares about religion, politics, race, or sexual orientation.  We all share this planet together and that should be enough to bond us and overlook our differences.  The world would be so boring if we were all the same.

The first time I visited the National September 11th Memorial in New York it was under construction, but a couple of years ago we did visit over Christmas and we took the girls.   Haley was there and it was a lot to take in, it’s a hard day for all people not just Americans, and it’s a hard birthday.

Perhaps I feel even more vulnerable having just returned from New York last week, I thought about it then, but I couldn’t go to the memorial.  I wish I could have, but it was hurting me too much, with my emotions coming to term I would of been a hysterical mess.  I asked my sister who was also in New York to take the above photos of the memorial.  It really is beautiful.

I believe God gave me my daughter early to help ease my pain.  Trying to cope while pregnant, without her on my birthday would have been unbearable.  She was my comfort.

My baby girl Haley spent the first 14 months of her life pretty much bald, but when her hair did grow it was curly, just like I envisioned.

Happy 17th Birthday Haley, you were my best birthday gift ever.  I’m so proud of all your accomplishments and I know how hard you have worked to achieve your goals.  You are such a strong women and I know you’ll continue to do great things.  XOXO

This blog post was just written from my perspective, but I know a tremendous amount of people have suffered and been affected.  Many people died but focusing on all the beautiful souls that were born that day, like my daughter gives me some comfort.

Let’s spread love and make the world a better place.

MEETING THE QUEEN

MEETING THE QUEEN

This blog post is dedicated to my new BFF….Sarah Jessica Parker.  Maybe you’ve heard of her?  The almighty Queen, and I mean the Kweeeeeen of everything that is good: fashion, shoes, sparkly things, glamorous things, NYC, movies, TV, and her hair is always perfect whether it’s curly, wavy, or straight.

Now here’s a little secret:  It’s not my first time meeting the Queen.  That’s right.  I met her the first time a few years ago at an event at the Nordstrom in Dallas.  I found out last minute by browsing the Nordstrom event page, and it was a crazy experience that I am forever grateful for.  The Nordstrom meet and greet with the Queen happened so fast, though.  It was more of a 45 second “Hello” followed by an autograph.  No posed photo ops allowed due to the long line.  I was completely starstruck when I met her and sounded incredibly stupid.

Skip to 2, maybe 3 years later to my most recent trip to New York.  I was shopping at the Mothership of all things good and fabulous, the Bloomingdales at 59th and Lexington.  The most perfect place in the world.  Something like 8 floors of happiness, lots of nooks and crannies to explore, with restaurants and just about every designer boutique you can think of from Chloe to Louis Vuitton.  It all started with my fro-yo post.  Yep, if you follow me on Instagram the frozen yogurt sealed my fate.  You see I uploaded my dreamy fro-yo pic and then afterwards forgot all about it and went back off to shop.  But not Mr. Hubbs, AKA Brian.  He was bored so he opened my instagram and he instantly saw a post from Queen SJP.

 

Brian: Hey…this says Sarah Jessica Parker will be here tomorrow at Bloomingdales assisting with customers and helping them find shoes.

Me:  WHAT?  WHAT??  WHAT???

 

So we frantically ran….Um…I mean we walked up very cool calm and collected to the shoe department to get details.  Surprisingly the shoe department was pretty calm.  I don’t think a many people knew just yet.  I found that the details were SJP would be assisting with shoes sales with a line to meet her at 11 am.  I was on board, but then Mr. shoe salesman said:  Or if you pre-buy a pair of her shoes you can go to a private breakfast with her before she starts assisting the shoe department.  Um…What???  You’re saying I get to buy something and meet my idol?  Now, that’s a what I call a win-win.  Oh, and you’ll feed me too?  Score.  Oh, and the salesman told me I could bring Brian!  Some of our conversation sounded like this:

 

Brian:  I going to say “hello Mrs. Jessica-Parker-Broderick” when I meet her.  It’s important to be weird so you’ll stand out and they’ll remember you. 

Me:  Are you really going to say that?  Just don’t say anything about Ferris Bueller. 

Brian:  I think you should invite her and her husband to dinner tonight.

Me:  No!  I couldn’t.

Brian:  Why not?  Just ask her.

Me:  Because I’m 99 percent she’ll say no and I’m not good with rejection.  Plus, it will make her feel awkward thinking of an excuse and I love her too much to put her through that. 

 

So after trying on several SJP shoes I settle on these cuties.  They are perfect for me.These are the called the Tartt.  I’ll never forget the name ever again because I’m traumatized.  While the Queen was being interviewed she was discussing the inspiration from the shoes she designed in her current collection.  It was during this she called out to me, “those you’re wearing are called the Tartt, right?” and I reply “Oh I’m not sure of the name, I just love them though”.  I sounded calm but in my head I was freaking out.  Sarah Jessica Parker asks you a question and you don’t know it?  STUPID STUPID STUPID!  How can you not know the name of the shoes you’re wearing in front of the Queen?  I am traumatized forever.  I will be 90 years old in a nursing home with no idea who I am but I will be screaming “the shoes are called Tartt!”

Just like I remember, the Queen is tiny.  She is charming.  She is fashionable.  She is adorable.  I want to stick her in my pocket.  She shook hands with everyone in the room.  She then started to eat a pastry.  What?  Was that real?  She’s so tiny how can she eat carbs?  She’s even more lucky that I thought, or maybe she attended an emergency spin class after Bloomingdales.

We were treated to a wonderful breakfast while Miss SJP talked and answered questions.  She was perfectly styled in black and looked just as fabulous as you’d expect her too.  A fun tidbit I learned was about the signature ribbon on her shoes.  The Queen told us the story of she and her sister growing up and how they would always wear ribbons in their hair.  They had every color and they would always iron them perfectly.  Cut to a fabulous grown up SJP designing her shoe line and she noticed the seam in the back.  The seam really stood out to her as looking plain and she had the idea of using a small strip of ribbon which reminded of her childhood days.After breakfast and the interview we lined up where we got to actually sit down and chat with the Queen of all that is good and fashionable.  This time I wasn’t ushered in and out.  This time I wasn’t near as nervous because I remembered how nice she was.

I told myself to play it cool and not tell her I’ve loved her ever since I saw her dance in her nerdy school uniform in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.  So, finally it’s my turn, and naturally after saying hello I started talking about my best subject.  Purses!

Seriously I love a good shoe, but I obsesses and fantasize about purses even more.  I asked her if she was thinking about adding any more purses to her line.  She responded yes and there is a clutch that matches my shoes!

We continued to chit chat cause ya know we’re BFF’s and everything, then I took off my shoe where she wrote her initials and a little heart on the sole.  She signed my box and I put my shoes back on.

Brian stood off to the side watching and hoping I’m asking her and Ferris Bueller to dinner.  Not happening.

After that the Queen of kindness and goodness lets me take more photos with her.   Every time she touches me I hope I’m soaking up her fashion super powers.

Then, I asked if we can take a photo with Brian, and because she is so freakin sweet she said yes.  She is just the kindest person I’ve ever met.  I can’t imagine another celebrity being as humble, gracious, and kind as she is.

I spent the rest of the day admiring my shoes and taking pictures of them.  A lady stopped me on the street to compliment my shoes.  Thank you, I reply.  My best friend designed them.