Monthly Archives: December 2010

my wish to you


“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


since it was 10 degrees when i got up this morning and it looks like it’s heading down to the single digits tonight and i have promised not to complain about the weather this winter, i have nothing to say.  here is a nice picture for you look at instead.


i have much higher expectations for 2011.

“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
– Oscar Wilde

new years eve plans yet?

Instead of sipping watered-down drinks at a crowded open bar,
ring in the new year by going on this ever-popular four-mile run.
DJs and a dance party await you at the finish line.
Registration is $50 in advance, and it’s free to watch;
visit for more info.


ok, sign me up . . . not!   i want to go just to see if anyone actually signed up for this.   it’s 24 degrees out right now and chances are it will still be a bit chilly in 4 more days  –  i’m just saying . . .  i would rather eat glass.


“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

mommy marge

we called my mom’s mother ‘mommy marge’.  she was way to hip to call grandma.  she had it going on til the very end – taking yoga classes, meeting her friends at the beach everyday in the summer and travelling.  she lived in ct.  we would visit her several times a year when she lived at 33 spruce street – the house where my mom grew up, and once in a while she would come to nj and stay with us for a couple of days. by the time i got to college she had moved into a little house in fairfield, just 2 blocks down from the beach.  all of my friends knew mommy marge and they all loved her. my college friends & i would invade her orderly little home for weekend get-aways at the beach. she loved the company and had no problem letting us come & go as we pleased. she never cared how many people i brought to crash at her house and she seemed to love them all. she had a special affection for debbie who was my college roommate. i remember once returning to my apartment in hartford to find debbie on the phone with my grandmother. . . just chatting.  my friends and i knew all of her friends at the beach; maude & barbara especially. after the beach we would hang out with her in the living room and take turns showering for a night out.  she loved it when we took her out to dinner with us. as she got ready for bed, we would head out to the sea grape or some other college type bar. there was no curfew and she always looked forward to the stories of our escapades the next morning.  i miss those days and i miss mommy marge.


here she is in the 1960’s with my uncle and grandfather.  i loved that dress. she bought it for my uncle’s wedding and it hangs in my closet today.  here i am 30+ years later wearing the dress.


mommy marge was born on december 27th.  the year is still a mystery.

happy birthday, mommy marge!


“Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they don’t like him.”
– Marlene Dietrich
(also born on december 27th – 1901)

the day after christmas

i saw it in the post so i knew it was true . . .  a blizzard.  the city is supposed to get 16 inches and i’ll be stuck out in jersey! missing one of my very favorite things – snow in the city on a sunday.  sunday is the best for snow because it stays whiter longer and it soooo quiet when it snows in the city.

i think jersey has about 5 or 6 inches already & it’s supposed to snow through the night and into tomorrow -but it’s not as bad as it could be . . . i have ivan with me and a brand new exceptionally cool  armadillo that my brother  & sister-in-law  gave me for christmas.  here he is:


thomas’ kids scored high in the most excellent gift department too.  here is my new favorite necklace of all time:


yes, christmas was insanely good in the present department and my new ipad was an awesome gift from my parents.  and, the sound of music which is the #1 best movie of all time is on television, making the whole trapped in nj thing as good as it could be.



“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

merry christmas eve

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”


“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
— Dr. Seuss

gotta love the post!

whether you admit it or not – you just have to love the ny post!

today’s headline story:

“If she weren’t a mannequin, this blow-up sex doll might also have filed a complaint against the allegedly pervy doctor who owns her.”

SICK: Dr. Edward Kleiner, who once brought a sex doll to an office bash (above), is being slapped by Shivon Super, Samantha Romanger and Lauren Schlanger.



“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Suess

ask the laughing buddha!

i love this!  ask the laughing buddha any question – i just did and got a really great answer to my question.  check it out at .

very cool.


“No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes.”
Henry Miller

things that should be illegal

1. boss calling at 6:57 in the morning
– especially a friday morning
– extra especially a friday morning you have taken as a vacation day
2. being awakened at 6:57 on a vacation friday when it is 12 degrees outside.
3. getting sick the day before your first day off  since may – coughing up that green stuff & rushing to the doctor in hopes of salvaging your first day off since may by wishing as hard as possible that the prescribed antibiotic will kick in before your vacation day – only to be told that “these infections generally go away in a couple of days – if you’re still sick on monday, come back but i don’t want to prescribe an antibiotic now, just rest and take nyquill at night, dayquill in the day and flush your sinuses with saline 3x a day”
“Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment”
Henry David Thoreau

the cookie thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”
With each cookie she took he took one too
And when only one was left she wondered what he’d do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half as he ate the other
She snatched it from him and thought “Oh brother
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude”
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
Then sought her book which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
“If mine are here” she moaned with despair
“Then the others were his and he tried to share”
“Too late to apologize she realized with grief”
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief

Valerie Cox

secret society of happy people

Purpose: The Secret Society of Happy People encourages the expression of happiness and discourages parade-raining. Parade-rainers are those people who don’t want to hear your happy news.

Mission: To help people recognize more happiness and encourage them to talk about it.
Side-effect: Since happiness is contagious if more people are recognizing and talking about it then more people be happy. And ultimately, our world needs more happy people.

Motto: If you’re happy and you know it … tell somebody! If someone else is happy and they know it … listen!

it’s free to join:


happy duck

“Offer service and receive love. This is the recipe for experiencing Divinity. Our love should not be confined to our kith and kin. It must extend beyond the family to society as a whole, then to the nation at large and finally embrace the whole world.”
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba

lauren lauren!



Six years after they first met  . . . David Lauren and Lauren Bush were engaged Friday night in the museum . . . .  And if Lauren takes David’s name she could have the most iconic name in the city, Lauren Lauren.
NY Post Dec. 12, 2010


imagine how much fun it would be if your name was lauren lauren?  i love that name!  it’s almost better than ‘cher’.    yes, i would definitely do it.


“If we let go of things, our life is going . And the reality is that we are actually more afraid of change than we are of death.”
– Carolyn Myss

to change



“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
– Galileo Galilei

hi, my name is laurie and i am an addict

really.  a chai latte addict.  this is awful and i can’t seem to stop.  i will go to any lenghts to get chai latte.  apparently this product has been discontinued and i can no longer find it in any of the usual retail stores.  i have paid ridiculous amounts of money to purchase it online and i fear it will eventually be gone from the internet as well.

it started with one at night.  i’m now drinking  two.  3 on occasion.  to add to the decadence, i froth some vanilla soy milk add the chai latte and top it off with palm sugar.   here it is: (warning; do not try this at home)


sometimes i get a bit carried away on the frothing.


“Who will save your soul if you won’t save you own?”

hooray!! new phone books are here!

maybe 12 people in america still use phone books – you know, the gigantic bulky ones that take up a whole kitchen cabinet . . . ok, 12 may be a low estimate, but it’s pretty amazing that the yellowpages are still in business in my opinion.  if  i worked for the yellowpages i’d definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for a back up career.  (isn’t ‘eyes peeled’ a funny saying? every time i say that,  i wonder where it came from).   🙂    the new phone books were delivered about 4 months ago.


apparently my neighbor hasn’t noticed.


“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
– Emily Post


honoring my commitment not to complain about the cold this year, i will find 10 good reasons to be grateful that it is 18 degrees outside.

1. ivan gets to wear his blue coat in which he looks especially handsome. 


2. hats, scarves, gloves, boots, sunglasses & long johns make everyone look 3 sizes bigger and unrecognizable therefore there is no worry that anyone will stop to chat –  limiting the concern over actually freezing to death.

3.  i am grateful to not live in fairbanks, alaska where it is currently minus 26 degrees –  although that has less to do with the weather than the danger of running into sarah palin.  i would rather live on the psych ward in bellevue.

4.  i am very grateful to work from home and not have to endure the butt freeze so many people have at this moment warming up their cars – or the meltdown you get going down into the subway as the temp rises and you’re wearing everything wearable that you own.

5. i am grateful to know it probably won’t get any colder.

6. i am grateful for the heat & hot water and imagine there are entire buildings full of people who are right now cursing out their super because the boiler is broken.

7. i am grateful i am not a super.

8. i am grateful that i found these awesome boots online last night and hopeful that they will ship today and arrive before the temp drops 1 more degree.


9.  i am grateful for ‘amazon prime’ so that i can have everything i want delivered in 2 days without freezing to death.

10. i am grateful i am not a ups delivery person, garbage man, traffic cop, construction worker, dog walker or a street vendor  (regardless of the outside temperature).

i did it.  now that’s the power of positive thinking.  it’s going to be a good day.



“Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

11 years today!

it was 11 years ago today that ivan said goodbye to his friends at the humane society on 59th st. and headed 4 blocks south  for his new home at 340 e. 55th street.  he was wearing a little yellow rain coat that the staff gave to him as a farewell gift.  i remember our walk down second avenue like it was yesterday. while holding his leash in my right hand, bursting full of puppiness, ivan sped down the avenue while i tried to keep up, schlepping his crate stuffed full of his belongings in my left hand.  the entire way home i kept thinking  “wow, you’re mine.  you’re going to live with me.  i have a dog.  you’re mine.”

funny how i thought he belonged to me.  it didn’t take long for me to realize that he didn’t belong to me at all, but i belonged to him. he stole my heart and now owns it completely.

ivan, december 8th 1999

he was the cutest thing i ever saw.

ivan’s first day at home

and he still is!  happy birthday, my love!


ivan, december 2010


“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
Helen Keller

honey, where should we put the mailbox?


“What is right for one soul may not be right for another. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others.”
Eileen Caddy

color your world


“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
Wayne Dyer

quote of the week


“i tried to call you from the car but i got the on-star lady.”
– my dad



“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
– Morrie Schwartz