I’m Back and I’m Stylish!

I was vacationing in California for ten days, escaping the frigid cold back home.  However, since cold follows me like a puppy, temperatures were far below normal in Palm Desert and Anaheim, where I was.  Almost everyone I et commented on the absurdly cold weather, but since it was still comparable to an average ten days of summer in Calgary, I certainly wasn’t complaining.  In Disneyland, there was a wide variety of clothing styles: obviously native Californians wearing down jackets and toques, and people who had travelled to California, dammit, so they were going to dress as planned, in shorts and sleeveless shirts.  As for me, I wore my normal three or four layers and it was quite pleasant.

We were visiting my parents in Palm Desert, which is a haven for retired and semi-retired snowbirds and their visiting grandchildren.  The population is so aged that it affects the local economy: there seems to be a high concentration of medical centres and places to plan your own funeral, conveniently enough.  “Smart Cremation – It Just Makes $ense!” a billboard called to me, adding, “Ask About Our FREE Veteran’s Kit!” 

For some reason that seemed highly disconcerting to me.

The Palm Springs area is also home to some fantastic outlet shopping and so my husband and I ditched the kids for half a day andd took advantage of President’s Day sales.  I ended up with wildly cut-price Uggs and Sevens, thus cementing my cougar-licious status.

And so I’m feeling very stylish, which makes me even more happy to receive a Stylish Blogger’s award from Laila and Heather over at Significantly SimpleThanks girls!  The rules of receiving the award are a) to link back to the person who gave it to you, b) tell 7 things about yourself, and c) pass it along.  So here are seven things about me: I like wine, I practice ashtanga yoga, I like to garden, I love NYPD Blue and think that David Caruso was strangely hot in the first season, I have an addiction to black sweaters, I hate the trend towards 3D movies, and I really like music from the 70s.  As for passing it along, I give this award to my three bloggy besties: Bibliomama, Wrath of Mom, and Happy Geek – these girls are like my sisters, and they make me laugh all the time, even when they complain about my black sweater addiction.  I pass it along to my Canadian Mom girls: Kat’s Confessions, City Mom, Whispered Inspirations, Make Mommy Go Something Something, Pampered Patty.  I pass it along to my bloggy friends who have not blogged in a while (but they should!  they should.) Frog and Toad Are Still Friends and Literary Cacophony.  I pass it along to No Whey Mama, who took a break from blogging – I guess having four children takes precedence over blogging – but she’s back in the game and I’m so, so happy.  Finally, I pass it along to the awesome Mothering Mayhem, Lisa at This, That, and the Other Thing, and also to Marilyn at A Lot of Loves, since she’s so fun and gave me lots of hints about enjoying Disneyland, which she loves. 

Speaking of which, I am bursting with posts about that and the rest of my vacation, but I’m truly exhausted from travelling all day.  In fact, I’m not even sure how I managed to write this post!  But I missed you all and I’m dying to catch up. xoxo


  1. I’m so glad you’re hommmmme! Even if I’m totally jealous you got to go to DisneyLand.

    We went to Disneyland for Christmas the year I was 5, we were sweating & the locals were in down jackets. Crazy people! Do you think they know how spoiled they are?

    What an odd juxtaposition the billboards from Palm Springs make with the ones in LA. In LA, I saw more FAST LIPOSUCTION! billboards than I thought could be possible. (Often right next to McDonald’s sigs, hmmm)

    Glad you’re home! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  2. THANK you — it’s been a supremely crappy few weeks health-wise, and I appreciate the boost, although stylish is pretty much the last thing I usually get called. And I’ve never said a word about your black sweater addiction — although the fact that most of them probably wouldn’t fit my right thigh might make me cranky on occasion. And I totally agree about the 3D thing.

    Welcome home!

  3. No…please in the name of all boots that look like they are the inserts for roller blades…you got UGGs. Nooooo! Kidding. I think I’d buy a pair if the price was right.
    Thanks for the bling my dear 😉

  4. Welcome home! And thanks! “Back in the game,” baby!

  5. Thank you so much, Nicole. Glad to hear you had a great trip. Sorry to hear about the weather


  6. Thanks for passing along the award!

    Your vacation sounds wonderful, though three days at Disney is enough to drive any parent insane.

  7. Man I suck. Sorry for being so late to comment on this post! Thanks for passing the award onto me. You rock.

  8. Fear not Marilyn — I am EVEN later than you. Thanks for the award, Nicole, sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. And the only reason we bug you about your black sweater obsession is b/c we love you. Also: b/c we are kinda bitchy. Well. Me anyways.


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