Fall

Baby, It’s Cold Out There

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As a pregnant Jewish woman, I do not feel bad about not fasting for Yom Kippur.  As a matter of fact, I have never fasted for any holiday (primarily due to my being anemic).  But don’t get me wrong–I’m not going to go out and grab a plate of bacon or pork ribs (I don’t  and have never kept kosher but I feel the need to be somewhat observant of the holidays–at least in my own way).  As I’ve said before, I’ve never believed that the path to salvation lied in what we ate.

The weather is finally starting to get nippy.  Thank goodness I got my raincoat/windbreaker and winter coat during the summer.  It sure feels good to have something I can just put on at a moment’s notice with the change in the weather.

Speaking of the change in weather, do you get cravings for certain things in cold weather?  I certainly do–pumpkin pie (Whole Foods has the BEST), hearty soups (Harris Teeter has a pot roast with veggie soup–perfect with rice), and pastas (Bolognese sauce and sausages, please).  D’s office is having a “chili fest” the week after next.  I have to admit that I’ve never made chili.  But I’m sure I can find a recipe online and tweak it.

So, I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately because of all the tech issues and my feeling bummed about my condition (placenta previa).  I’ve been using eLance, which is wonderful for start-up businesses and individuals who have projects but also strict budgets.  Web designers, IT consultants, ghost writers, editors, etc.  It’s quite the resource, actually (just pay close attention to the reviews of those you hire).  I believe in helping freelancers and mom-and-pops (of course, I’m biased) and think that eLance is a good way to go about it.

In other news, I’m in talks with Nordstrom about doing another beauty/fashion event for next month (featuring La Mer and Christian Dior).  On the one hand, I feel fatigued and out of it (due to the fact that I recently started the third trimester of my pregnancy).  But on the other hand, I miss doing events (especially ones that have to do with makeup :)).  Ah, the smell of the cosmetics in a department store…

Tale of Two Genres

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I love running errands in the morning.  And, now that fall is finally here, I love it even more.  There’s a sense of renewal, nostalgia, anticipation, and reflection in the air.  Fall has always been my favorite season.

We’ve been traveling for the past couple weeks.  We went back to San Francisco to unwind and then to Portland for a wedding.  It was our first time in Portland and, yes, it is a bit like Portlandia.  If I were to describe the city to someone who’s never been there, I’d describe it as a very clean city for the wash-and-go set that has a fantastic public transportation system.  The uniform of choice of many there is cargo shorts or jeans, tanks, and T-shirts (all with no makeup).  In other words, you can roll right out of bed, head out, and you’d blend right in with the crowd.  There’s a Nordstrom (which meets my minimum requirements for a “real” metropolitan area–there are exceptions such as New York City) but no Saks or Neiman’s.  Although Portland isn’t exactly my kind of town, I fell in love with its public transportation system, TRIMET.  It’s a tram or above-ground electric train system.  A hybrid between a city metro bus and subway (but so much cleaner [not a whiff of exhaust fumes] and smoother [didn’t get motion sickness even once]).  Every major city should have a tram system like TRIMET (it is worth every tax payer dollar).

As for the wedding, it was beautiful.  My first Sri Lankan wedding.  It was full of traditional customs, colorful grandeur, and rich culture.  Perhaps I’ll wear a sari for my and D’s renewal of vows in a couple decades :).

In other news, I recently joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Horror Writers Association Are there many (successful) writers out there who write in two (or more) genres?  Many of you know that I have such a blast writing thriller and horror works.  As for the children’s stories, it’s still fun but it’s more to leave a legacy for my son (and, fingers crossed, subsequent children).  The children’s book is still in the works and the scary stories are still on the way.  And, as I head into the third trimester of my pregnancy, I will likely be doing even more writing.  So stay tuned!

Hand Job

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Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with the brand, La Mer.  It’s just an all-around good skincare line.  Yes, it’s a splurge but, for people with sensitive skin, so worth it.  My favorite product, as of late, has been the Hand Treatment.  Since the beginning of my pregnancy, my skin has been a bit dry and the Hand Treatment has done wonders in terms of smoothing and calming my swollen hands and arms.

Lipstick Jungle

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Even though it’s still mid-summer (and despite the fact that I’m pregnant), when it comes to fashion and beauty, I always make an effort to think ahead.  Since I’ve stopped painting my nails (due to the birth-defect-causing chemicals in my favorite brand of nail polish), I’ve started shopping for my fall and winter lipstick.  Right now, I’m wearing gloss.  And everyone (who wears lipstick and glosses regularly) knows that gloss is just not going to cut it during the dead of winter.  My favorite has always been CD’s lipstick collection–specifically, the Extreme Collection.  What I love about CD’s lipsticks is that they glide on and have a very subtle shimmer to them (and also include some of the best colors on the market).