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Thursday, June 23, 2011

I like wearing high heels. However...

Okay ladies…you may have noticed that I mention high heels in my blog posts from time to time. So I just must share this online article with you about the latest big-city trend…biking in heels.

You got it…dressed to the nines, including high heels, on a bike in crazy traffic urban areas. And when I say bike, I’m not talkin’ motorcycle. These ladies are cruising around on bicycles…the kind you pedal. With your feet. Wearing heels.

We get a lot of bikers in our neck of the woods, I’ll keep you posted if this latest fashion trend makes it all the way to Mountain Green.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cuticles


No one has asked me for beauty tips lately (go figure?!?!) so I thought I’d just share something any way as a gift to this blog's readers (all eight of you).

Go get yourself some Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (BBLBCC).

I have horrible cuticles. Painfully cracked and bleeding cuticles. My poor little fingers are not helped by the fact that I live in the second-driest state in the nation. My cuticles are unaware that all of northern Utah is under a severe flood watch.

Google “cracked cuticles” and you’ll be presented with options for all sorts of remedies. Everything beginning with Vaseline and rubber gloves (no thanks) to exotic lotions and potions from around the world (too expensive).

I love Burt’s Bees lip balm, so when a site recommended the cuticle cream, I was on the hunt (found it at Ulta and Wal-Mart). I purchased cotton white gloves to wear at night with the cuticle cream along with the Burt's Bees hand cream and body butter.

I'm not messing around...we're talking about curing cracking cuticles!

My husband doesn’t allow me to even wear socks to bed, so you can imagine his reaction to me wearing gloves. I suppose he was tired my whining about the pain, so he granted me permission to wear the gloves. (Seriously…this is a big issue on our marriage. I can wear flannel PJs from my neck down to my wrists and ankles, but my feet must be naked.)

After a week of cuticle TLC, I purchased two more BBLBCCs. I have BBLBCC everywhere I go…one for home, one for the office, and one for my purse. (
Add it to the list!)

I.Love.My.Cuticles!

Obviously…who else would blog about her cuticles unless she was being paid by Burt’s Bees? (Which I’m not. However, if Burt’s Bees wants to send me some more BBLBCC, I’ll gladly accept it.)

So there’s the beauty tip you didn’t ask for…from your friendly non-beauty-expert blogger.

Give BBLBCC a try. Your cuticles will thank me.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Women at Work

There are a couple of stories in the media today that I found interesting about women in the workforce.

One of the articles is about the low percentage of women and minorities serving on boards in corporate America. In the nation's largest publicly traded companies, women make up on 18 percent of director positions and only 8.4 percent of highest-paid positions.

I find it ironic that companies such as Urban Outfitters, who specifically target females, have boards made up of all white males. There are other companies such as Principal Financial Group that realize the value of gender diversity throughout the organization. They subscribe to the theory that good gender balance is a competitive advantage for the company.

More details are in the article found
here.

The other article is about my favorite topic of work-life balance. It specifically addresses how work-life balance is important for healthy marriage relationships. What I found most interesting is that once children are added to the marriage, there is often a shift in the work-life balance dynamic for both the husband and wife.

You can read the full article here.

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Office Reputation

Word-for-word conversation held in my office today...

Co-Worker from Training Dept, and fellow working mom, pokes her head in my office door and said: "Hey Diana, can I ask you a question?"

Me (Marketing Dept): "Sure, what's up?"

Co-Worker: "Does Coke Zero have sugar in it?"

Me: "Nope. No sugar, just like Diet Coke...only it tastes better."

Co-Worker: "Good. I figured if anyone would know around here, it would be you. And you're right, it does taste better. Thanks."

Me: "No problem. Any time."

And that's why I refer to the marketing department as the nerve center of the organization. All of the truly important conversations impacting the good of the business (and for human race in general) take place in that office.

If only walls could talk...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Water For Elephants

There are some pretty unsavory characters and happenings that went along with train-traveling circuses during the Great Depression. My imagination ran wild reading all about them in the historical novel Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

From one week to the next the main character, Jacob Jankowski, goes from getting an Ivy League education in veterinary medicine to mucking-out train cars carrying exotic animals. The less-than-reputable circus is a rag-tag group of performers, freaks and laborers who are on-the-take from patrons of the show as well as eachother. Jacob manages to form a few alliances along the way but risks everything when he falls in-love with the wrong girl (or right girl, depending on how you look at it).

This book is a great example of why I love historical fiction. The author provided incredible insight into the desperation people felt during the Great Depression as well as life on the road (or the tracks, as it were) of a traveling circus.

I was hook, line and sinker for this book from the get-go. I found the plot's twists and turns thrilling...especially the ending.

WOW...what an ending! LOVED. IT!!! (I stayed up way past my bedtime because I could not go to sleep until I finished the book...and then all I could do was lay awake and think about the I-didn't-see-that-coming ending.)

The setting also provided for a handful of sad moments, as well as a few crude scenes and some foul language that I found distasteful. I'm a PG-13 kinda gal...what can I say?

Now I'd like to go see the movie which is currently in theaters, but I have even less time to watch shows than I do to read books. Let me know if you've seen the movie...and your thoughts compared to the novel.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

If The Shoe Fits...

It’s the semi-annual closet clean-out event at the Windley house. My girls are growing like weeds and they just can’t squeeze into last summer’s shorts and sandals. Clothes and shoes that are salvageable from my 9 year-old (Lauren) go into a plastic tote in the basement to await their resurrection in three years for my younger daughter. If clothes and shoes have survived the beatings from my 5 year-old (Jenna), we give them to an extended family member .

The other day I sent the girls to their closet to begin the process while I prepared lunch. My specific instructions to Jenna:

“Go to your room, try on all your shoes and put the ones that don’t fit you in a pile so we can take them Sarah’s granddaughter.”

Five minutes later, she walks into the kitchen BAWLING. She was sobbing so hard she couldn’t even catch her breath.

Me, to Lauren: “What’s wrong with Jenna?”

Lauren: “She’s upset because she has to give away her shoes.”

Me, turning to Jenna: “You’re sad about your shoes honey?”

Jenna: [Hysterical bawling followed by a head nod “yes”]

Me: “You only have to give away the shoes that don’t fit you anymore.”

Jenna: [More hysterics]

Me, hugging my distraught child: “I understand honey. I love my shoes too. But if they are too tight on your feet let’s give them to a little girl who can wear them.”

Jenna: [Heart-breaking sobs continue]

Me: “Will you feel better if I buy you some cute new shoes?”

Jenna: [Wiping away tears, head nod “yes”]

Lauren, realizing the opportunity presented in this dramatic situation: “Does that mean I get new shoes too? You always say there’s no such thing as too many shoes.”

Me: “Yes and Yes, I do.”

Like mother, like daughters. New shoes help us feel better.

And as the saying goes, “If the shoe fits, buy it in every color.”