Category Archives: Living

      Yesterday was ‘interesting’: It almost killed me.     First, I found out that my cholesterol levels are so screwed-up that my blood probably makes concrete look like wine. Lovely. The wine part.   Secondly, my thyroid gland is almost kaput. No wonder I haven’t been able to lose much weight, which […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Girl, that is the definition of a bad day, for sure. Take a deep breath and, well, I think a bit of wine is so in order. Wishing the best for everyone….and you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I feel shell shocked. My whole body aches.ReplyCancel

  • kymberlyfunfit - Isn’t there some way to blame all this on your husband? At least you might be able to get out of having to send a wedding and baby gift. Hope tomorrow goes a LOT better!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Brilliant. I must create a fiction by where he takes all the blame and supplies the cooperation for an extended trip to Europe- by myself!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Oh my lord, your day trumps the coming snow-apocalypse the NE is about to experience. All I can say is congrats on your newest family member…and be kind to your self.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m feeling murderous- like I could whip that storm into submission.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - A shit-storm day, for sure. But what really matters (IMO)? Your health (get that chest pain checked out!), and being there for your friend who’s been diagnosed with lymphoma. Nothing else is (potentially) life-threatening, just aggravating as hell.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I would have used your glorious term Shit Storm but Facebook would have bumped the post. Just another thing that’s pissing me off today! But yes- I’m taking care of the medical issues and in touch with my friend. Thanks for the well wishes Roxanne.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Graham - I certainly have had my share of days like yours BUT the secret is to keep laughing – which you are doing so I applaud you. I trust tomorrow will be better for youReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If I couldn’t find the absurd hilarity in all of this I WOULD be having a heart attack! Thanks for stopping by Carol. Appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Are we living the same life?

    Keep on keeping on and remember to breathe.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ohhhh. Say it ain’t so Nancy. I don’t wish this on you. We’ll both breath- deal?ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Oh vey! That would have nearly killed me too. At least you haven’t lost your sense of humor! I hope tomorrow is a better day.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s the only thing that hasn’t left me.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer McLaimtaig - Totally different list but similar sounding struggles in my life too! Hang in there 🙂 Jen from BMCReplyCancel

  • Bonnie K. Frogma - Oh my goodness. Good luck. Splurge a little on the wine, sounds like you’ve earned something a few steps up from E&J!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Ambrose - I think you win. I can’t compete with that!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Topperman - Wow! I can’t speak to everything but with regards to 1 & 2, I have been struggling with them for the past two years and I can say that you can lose weight and that your cholesterol will go down (and so will the triglycerides) and you will get into that dress!

  • Lois Alter Mark - Some days you just need to get back into bed and start fresh the next day. I hope everything works out in every single area 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Calm down, and take care of yourself! Please follow recommendations on the throid. I’m one of the lucky ones. Kelp works for me, but I found that before the thyroid was almost destroyed. If I don’t take the kelp tablets, I gain two pounds a week. Thrilling. Go light on the wine. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - oh my! If you get the right amount of thyroid replacement medication and wash it down with a nice cabernet, I believe you will find the energy to accomplish the tasks you have to do and the calmness to forget the ones you don’t want to do!ReplyCancel

  • Paul D. Brads - At least there is a silver lining.ReplyCancel

            I am writing this post partially in response to a request from dozens thousands of people who will be attending our son’s wedding here in New Orleans, this March.     The statement usually goes something like this:     “What should we do/see/eat/drink/while we’re there? I know-Ask Cheryl!”   […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - I have printed this! I have not been to New Orleans! It is def on my bucket list. Thanks for the great tips.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If you EVER show up and do not call me I will ….ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. I love NOLA and I don’t drink and still have a blast whenever I am there ! It truly is “Laissez les bon temps roulez”!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Let The Good Times Roll! Thanks Haralee!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - my favorite thing to do in New Orleans is go to Harrah’s casino and gamble!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh shit. I forgot to mention Harrah’s. Try New Year’s Eve there! What a blast!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Oh darlin. I just had to Pin this so that i can refer to it before our next trip. I know I keep threatening but…soon, soon…I can’t wait to come back!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Much to my regret I have not been to your fair city. But I’m saving your post because I know I will get there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And when you come I’ll be there to give you the Platinum tour!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’ve yet to get there, but I will! And I’ll have vampire tours and off-kilter museums on the must-see/do list, thanks to you!

    Fun, fun, fun!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I hope to steer you in the best direction.ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I have never been to New Orleans. (Gasp!) Thanks for the tips. I would love to take a ghost and/or vampire tour. That would be really fun. All my best to the bride and groom and their family members and friends on their big day. What a great venue.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I was just in NOLA last week! If only I’d had your address then I could have popped in! Thanks for a great list for my next trip.
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  • Chloe Jeffreys - You left out meeting you for lunch and a private tour of areas off the beaten track. Truly a highlight of my trip to New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Michelson - This is great! My daughter is at Tulane and I am visiting in the next month or so.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I wish I knew you when we were in NOLA pre Katrina. We had a great time and never had a bad meal and found tons to do. We brought our (then) young son and he learned a thing or two on Bourbon Street!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Sigh, this post makes me sorry we are not related. That way I could be there. Have a wonderful time everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - This so makes me want to go back and spend time in New Orleans! I loved it the one time I was there but I need to follow all your tips now!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - There is no better tour guide than a native. I’ve been to a lot of these places, and they are wonderful. Add in where to eat crayfish please. I forgot where I did that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Crayfish is usually added to dishes in a restaurant. If you want to attend a crayfish boil- that’s more of a family matter done at someones home. We have on every year! You’re invited.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I have never been to New Orleans but it’s on my list of places to go for sure! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos – how exciting! I’ll keep this post handy for when I do go for sure.ReplyCancel

  • - Thank you for the invitation Cheryl! Best of luck to you and your love birds! And wow- what a tour! I will make sure to pay you a visit when I’m in New Orleans:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’d better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - Great ideas. I’m so excited for the week. Thank you. Lots of loveReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I am so in love with New Orleans! It is at the top of my bucket list to visit. Hmmm . . . maybe March 17 would be a good time! 🙂ReplyCancel

      I don’t do many ‘promotions’.   I didn’t have to do this one, but when it ‘walks like a duck’ actually works, I’m inclined to join forces with the likes of Diane Keaton and Andie MacDowell.   Five weeks ago, I was supplied product and asked to use L’Oreal’s new Hydra-Nutrition Age […]

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  • Carol Cassara - I believe Lancome is owned by the same company as L’Oreal ad I swear by their products. Especially Genifique, my go to serum. L’Oreal is more budget friendly. I am in the market for new moisturizer so plan to try this!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I use Genifique serum under all this! We really are sisters from anotha motha!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I need a new moisturizer, so your post came at the perfect time! I do like L’Oreal products. Based on your before and after, I shall give it a try! HaHaReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I got them too and love them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - I LOVE my Age Perfect skin care products. I started using them a year ago and I can’t say enough about them. I can’t believe I ever spent hundreds of dollars on other stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have used the other Age Perfect for years, but resisted this one as it costs more. Do I subcumb now or not? I’ll reconsider when my current jars are empty.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - OMG I am crying laughing at that before and after. I love L’Oreal products, and think these are great!ReplyCancel

  • SusanF - ofeverymoment - I need a new moisturizer and your post had me considering this brand. Then – I saw your before and after pictures and I am convinced! 😉 Thanks for this review!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - You have me ready to run out and get these!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - You’ve convinced me. Where’s my car keys . . .ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - My goodness, such a dramatic before and after I will for sure try this miracle product. But seriously, I will buy it as I am in need of a new hydration system.ReplyCancel

  • Joy Page Manuel - I’ve been on the look out for moisturizers, esp. for night time. Do you think I have to get all three? The eye balm looks so enticing right now 🙂ReplyCancel

    What is it about resolutions that’s so infuriating?   Probably that we believe that making a ‘promise’ to ourselves, and having that ‘promise’ begin on the first day of a new year will somehow s-o-m-e-h-o-w increase our odds at winning the lack of commitment lotto we will all certainly fall prey to.   […]

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  • - And she’s back! Great post Cheryl! I would fortify no 3 by Grand Marnier and the list is complete for me:) Happy New Year to you and your family! xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - This past holiday season was a whopper and we had house guests between the main events, so I’ve been a little lack. Happy New Year to you and yours as well my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Today’s post, like so many of yours? Totally refreshing! I hear you, sister. I hear you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Peace Out baby cakes. I knew you’d ‘get’ it.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I totally concur! How does promising something on Dec 31st increase your chances of succeeding if you haven’t been able to keep your promise any time else?!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Ha! I love your attitude! Like we keep our “serious” resolutions, anyway, right?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So self-delusional. I prefer full-on acceptance of all my failures.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - hahaha! This really is great, Cheryl. Refreshing in the midst of the New Year barrage of resolutions that abound on social media. Throw more parties indeed!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Bucking the trends ( which are usually bs anyways) is my THING Elin. I have a saddle hanging in my closet.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - LOL love each and evey one of them. I think these are my resolutions now too.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Fabulous!
    A terrific idea, and beautifully carried out.
    Tweeting and Sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - You are my hero! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your resolutions! Many of these, I am successfully acomplishing already! Love realistic goals like this.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Realistic goals I can get behind! I especially love the ‘eat what I want to’ resolution. My house for chocolate later . . .?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Ooh, I like your resolutions, my friend. I might actually be able to keep all of those.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL Those non-resolutions should be easy enough to follow. I’m not sure I like the read less. How do I convince you to read Earthbound then? Merlot should help the brain cells though.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - You’ve just made my year so much simplier! Now, can you take care of my closet??
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  • Stephanie - Lol this is awesome. I’m with you with all what you said. I don’t ever make New Years resolutions just because a.) I’ll never commit to it the entire year and b.) like you said any day is the first day of the rest of your life. If I wanna commit to start working out more, I’m not going to wait until January 1st to do so, Imma do it today, right now!

    Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday Linky party!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re so welcome Stephanie! Your LINK party was fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Joyce - Your list is perfect!!! I’m happy to help you keep them!ReplyCancel

    As my good friend Cary Vaughn (Writer at the Reluctant Cat Owners Journal– follow if you don’t. You’re welcome) said,   “It was bound to happen”.   SO, aside from all the instant bad stellar information we get from the interwebs, there is also this little thing called ‘virtual friendships’ (I have so […]

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  • Stacia Friedman - Just in time for my last minute holiday shopping!ReplyCancel

  • sherry - Very cute! I would like him to pick me up please.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Alas, he only DELIVERS by golden coach, unless it’s me, then he does my bidding.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Yeah, I saw that carriage once. I want it. And I do have some abalone. It turns out. Just not that one.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Very pretty…I like the delivery vehicle. That’s a shiny metal!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - How awesome! And how beautiful! Can’t wait to do a little shopping!!ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - um… you are worth it… and by all means worthy…. Not a word on your hardness fetish…ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Just in time for my last-minute holiday shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Goodness, such an honor. You should have been presented with at least one!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Stunning wowzers. I wish someone would have done the same for me 🙂 I especially am on board with the criteria you set!ReplyCancel

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