Sunday, July 31, 2011

They believed they could...so they did

I have such cool friends!  They were all out this weekend running, biking, swimming and SUP'n.  Congratulations to each one of you on all of your hard work and accomplishments!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Instructions for life...



I stumbled upon these 'Instructions for Life,' from the Dalai Lama.  They seem wise and inspiring and I enjoyed reading them so thought I'd pass them for all of you to read.   

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Take risks:  if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. Author Unknown
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. You need to pause between the words "lose" and "don't"...this simple lesson can go a long way.
3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions. Aretha sings about respect...song now floating through head...what you want...baby, I got it...
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Often hard to realize at the time...
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. I believe in getting into hot water...it keeps you clean
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Very apropro for me right now...
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. I've said it before...better to eat crow while it's still warm
8. Spend some time alone every day. A few hours of solitude is good for the soul
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. Change seems inevitable and should be embraced but the values part seems a little slippery...
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. So true...choose your words wisely
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time. Waaaay older...40 still feels young!
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Home.Sweet.Home
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past. This goes back to #6...life is starting to feel shorter and shorter...talk it out and move on
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. Learn something new everyday...love it when someone teaches me something
15. Be gentle with the earth. Reduse, Reuse, Recycle
16. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before. Love this one and plan to implement asap - in fact, starting this weekend!
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. Suddenly, I've forgotten about Aretha and remembered that Cheap Trick song...I want you to want me...I need you to need me...I'd love you to love me...I'm beggin' you to beg me...
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Success to me, means you tried at something whether you fail or not...just try
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. Ah...reckless abandon...just don't let someone be reckless with your heart and don't be reckless with someone else's...

What are some of your instructions for life?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

One of those dayz...

Remember when I said, "Eat dessert first?"  Let me modify that...eat dessert for dinner.  Just what I did last night, coupled with reruns of Sex and the City.   

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chasing butterfliez

Bucket list, life list, glorified to do list or a killer list of simply must do’s before you kick it…whatever you want to call it…it’s a list of all the things you want to do, places you want to go, people you want to meet, all the dreams you want to fulfill and hopes you have… just stuff you want to chase after and accomplish before your time endz. 

I’m a list maker and about a month ago I was driving to West Virginia to celebrate Katie’s 40th birthday...with seven hours to kill in the car we wondered what to do?  Cindy, Katie and I decided to create our ‘bucket lists.’   The idea here is you just have to write down everything that comes to mind…freestyle it…just start writing and the ideas will come and don’t worry about how you’ll accomplish any of it because if you really want to…you will!

At first we all just sat there and looked at each other waiting for someone to throw something out….hmmm…idk, what do you wanna do?  Idk, what do YOU wanna do?  The list wasn’t long (until now)…and we were constantly modifying it, changing it, or commenting on someone’s idea like….,”Really?  You wanna do that?” (ie: note Katie’s comment on, ‘read all the classics.’) Anyway, for the past few weeks, I’ve been jotting down stuff and adding to the list and this is what I came up with….in no particular order… and somewhat ‘off the cuff’…

Climb Kilamanjaro (Vee and I wanted to do this for our 40th…we will shoot for 45th)
Safari (MUST buy amazing camera before I do this)
Humanitarian trip for a month
Bungee jump in Australia
Read all the classics…okay Katie, you’re right, ‘some’ is more like it
Swim with the dolphins
Buy a house on the lake and have Vee and Stacia decorate it
Buy a Prius…a white one
But an Airstream
Take weekends to visit friends as often as possible and do this in new Airstream
Start a blog – OH  MY GOSH…check!
Create a website for blog…in process
Bike highway 1
Raft the Grand Canyon
Take a hot air balloon ride
Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
Make a coooool million
Take that cool million and go see the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
Learn another language
Attend a music festival in another country
Attend an Olympics
Go dog sledding
Hmmm…I’ve finally decided I’d like to eventually get engaged and get married…possibly on a vineyard or exotic beach with a handful of close friends/family
Have (a) child(ren)
Take dance lessons
Be on Dancing with the…non-famous
Be on Survivor or The Amazing Race
Take up astronomy
Learn astrology
Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world, off the coast of Chile
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Go to the Sky Lantern festival in Thailand with my prince charming (yes, I saw this on the Bachelorette—thought it looked so romantic...and yes, I can be cheesy)
Attend the Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janerio
Take Vee to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Go to the Pike Place Market in Seattle
Go to Mount Rushmore
Hmmm….in lieu of getting so specific…I should just say, visit all 50 of the United States and all 7 continents
Live in a foreign country
Get back into photography and write for a travel magazine (inspired by Lucy, who just got a gig with Wanderlust, a UK magazine-so proud of you!)
Make beer
Make chap stick
Make cheese
Take a gourmet cooking class and then have an outdoor feast with friends
Start making jewelry again
Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for best picture

There you have it…my 'working' list or list in progress…that's me…’Chasing butterfliez’…essentially, me chasing my killer list of stuff I wanna do, most likely, with my butterfly, Vee.

What are you chasing?


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You + Me = For Like Ever

Who didn't love flipping through Domino Magazine?  Dreaming about all the ways to change up your space?  Well, probably not lately since the magazine has folded.  I have no idea how it happened.  Who didn’t love that magazine?  Personally, I coveted every issue in a stack in my bedroom.  Then I moved…and had to toss them.  Grrr…what a complete and total bummer.   I could get lost in the pages of realistic and achievable home design.


I’ll never forget this issue and seeing the poster displayed – For Like Ever.  I loved it and had to have it.  As you know, I’ve recently moved again and have a lot of wall space.  I typically fill it with art from friends and family.  But, I’m waiting for my nephew (artist Anthony D. Schutz find him on my FB) to locate a few more charcoal sketches I love of his. So, in the meantime, and empty wall space later, I found the sister print to For Like Ever!  I’m so excited.  You + Me. 


Btw, not my dogs. You can find them if you visit www.vllg.com.  I also discovered For Like Ever comes in white.  Had that been an option when I bought mine, I’d have most likely gone with that…it doesn’t scream GIRL like the hot pink one does!  Right now, I have the poster in my very girlie kitchen.  Although I like it, I’m trying to get rid of the pink, floral, way-to-girlie motif that somehow happened. 
I think they would look nice side-by-side in the bedroom.  I'm always keeping an eye out for different art, cool pieces and vintage/antique finds to add to my place.  In the meantime, I'll add this to my most wanted list. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Words of advice...take it or leave it.

Noun. Ad-vice - an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.


Many people like to offer up their advice or words of wisdom…sometimes, without an invitation. Thankfully, you get to decide if it’s something worth listening to and you get to decide whether to take it or leave it. 

I was offered some advice this weekend…unsolicited…and I took it.  I started thinking about advice and wisdom and how what people have shared had impacted me.  Then I thought, maybe I’ll write about advice I’ve been given or learned along the way and although it has no real merit other than my humble life experiences, maybe you can take something from it?

At first it seemed like a short list but then as I started to jot down notes they started popping into my head.   

It’s all about the little things
Mind your *own* business
Listen to your gut instinct
Learn after a mistake
Travel as much as you can and experience other cultures
Never settle for less than what truly makes you happy
Volunteer
Be as you are – embrace your fool!
No matter how tired you are brush your teeth and wash your face – thanks mom
Floss
Learn all you can – thanks dad
It doesn’t matter if you fail as long as you tried your best
Save more than you spend – again, thanks dad
Eat desert first - oh my suger tooth!
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts and don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours
Keep old love letters
Don’t ever feel like you are less than perfect – thanks P!nk
Take time to get to know your parents…you never know when they won’t be around
Smile
Exercise
Pursue your dreams
Make time for others
Ask questions
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should - thanks Heatherlee
Support your family and friend

Take them with a grain of salt...I hope you will share some of your own in the comment section.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dawg dayz of summer...

How much do you love this picture?  Meet Major Richley.  He is my friend Myra's dog and she took this picture which she graciously let me use!  This picture is the epitome of summer and the dog days we have been having here in Indiana.

I wondered where that phrase came from so I thought I'd share in case you wondered too...

According to Wikipedia, in Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24 (or, alternatively July 23-August 23). In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this period is still said to be the time of the Dog Days.

The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January.
 
In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

When speaking of "Dawg dayz" there seems to be a connotation of lying or "dogging" around, or being "dog tired" on these hot and very humid days.  And that is exactly what I am doing today.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yes - We WOOD

One Watch  – One Tree – One Planet
 mens-watch
WeWOOD, the company behind these incredible wood watches, has partnered up with American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S., to plant a tree for every watch it sells. Unfortunately, these natural watches are currently sold out. That’s a good and bad thing, right? But, if you place an order now you’ll receive 10% off your backorder. Buy a watch, plant a tree…buy some glasses and you provide glasses…buy a FEED bag you help provide a meal or two or three…seriously, why aren’t we all participating in this?  Consider yourself in-the-know! 

FEED, Warby Parker, TOMS (which I have yet to blog about but keep an eye out…it’s coming) and now WeWOOD.  How KEWL are these natural watches?  Again…another great gift idea.  Another easy and simple way to give back. 

These watches are completely absent of artificial and toxic materials, the WEWOOD Timepiece is as natural as your wrist. It respects your skin as you respect nature by choosing it.
Established in 1875, American Forests is the nation’s oldest nonprofit conservation organization, and is recognized as a world leader in environmental restoration because of their dedicated tree-planting efforts.
This year, American Forests’ Global ReLeaf Campaign will plant 4.8 million trees in 43 projects in 14 states and 10 countries to help restore forests important for wildlife, clean water, and carbon sequestration. W O W!
There are two types of Global ReLeaf projects:
1) In urban areas, trees are planted through the Global ReLeaf Fund. The program also encourages individuals to plant trees around their homes and businesses or join community groups to plant trees that shade, cool, and beautify their neighborhoods.
2) Most of our trees are planted in ecosystem restoration projects called Global ReLeaf Forests. Many of these areas have been damaged by natural or human causes. These trees help clean the air and water, filter polluted runoff, slow global warming and erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife. (All of these facts came straight off the website – please visit.  www.we-wood.us for more information)
I loved this….WEWOOD lets us rediscover nature in its beauty, its simplicity and inspired design. It reminds us of a tree’s powerful way of life; rooted, yet reaching.
Rooted, yet reaching…how profound…
I’ve never let myself get too rooted…but I strive to keep reaching…
Btw, I’ve put the WeWOOD DATE ARMY on my most wanted list.  Which are you going to choose?
 wewood DATE army

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Embracing ‘my fool’

If you haven’t noticed, I love quotes, poems, books, etc.  In the back of my day planner (yes, I still have one of those – there is something about writing stuff down I still like) I have ‘favorite quotes and sayings.’  I was looking at my calendar because I was thinking a friend’s birthday was coming up and sure enough it’s today! (Note to self: call Kirk)

Anyway, I flipped to the back of my planner and was reading through the pages and came upon this one I had forgotten about.  It’s one of my favorites and I thought I’d share it with all of you.

"I must learn to love the fool in me--the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool." -- Theodore I. Rubin, MD

I like it because sometimes I think this can be a real challenge for people…loving your silliness…goofiness…weirdness…being yourself? Do you know what I mean?  I say embrace it.  I love goofy, silly, weird people.  
  
I kept thinking about poetry in general and it reminded me of Vee’s wedding.  My niece, Ashley, read a poem in her ceremony.  I wish I could remember which one it was.  But, Ashley, Noah (an old boyfriend but still a friend) and I were laying around our apartment in Sausalito, CA.  Ash was reciting her lines.  Noah says whoa, whoa, whoa, there is an art to reading poetry. (‘tis true) How you pause…it changes the way it reads.  He stood up and read out load his interpretation and put in all the pauses and we just sat there…engrossed and enchanted at how completely different and how all of a sudden…amazing the poem sounded.  You have to try it.  Slow down…pause at the breaks…find your inner drama and say the words out loud.  Start with the one I included above. 

The older I get, the more I am getting to enjoy the fool in me.
Vee, Me and Ashley - at times...we look like triplets!

Noah, the poet and my sweet little Bella Fox

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Simple Life....

I have always tried to lead a simple life…nothing too fancy, not too complicated, no hairy situations, drama-free, laid-back and care-free.  It doesn’t always go that way.  And when it does start to get complicated, hairy or filed with drama…I walk away…wait, I run away and literally become quiet and shut down…or, in some cases, I move. 
Last night I was going through a pile of papers and I came across this quote: Three Simple Rules in Life.

I liked what it had to say and strive to live it.  Then I got to thinking...what are MY Simple Rules in Life?  I couldn’t keep it to three…they just kept coming. 
1.      Learn everything you can.  This is really my dad’s rule…but now it’s mine and I hope you will make it yours.  Remember, knowledge is power!
2.      Don’t take life too seriously…don’t forget, none of us get out alive. 
3.      Your body is your temple.  Do not stuff toxins and garbage in your mouth at every meal.  Take care of yourself.  You know what is good for you and what isn’t.  Everything in moderation…a little strawberry rhubarb pie every now and then never hurt ‘nobody.
4.      Be yourself.  Not everyone is going to be a genius, a millionaire, a supermodel, an athlete.  I say, just be a good person and we all know what that means.
5.      Volunteer.  Give back.  Do not miss an opportunity to help someone else.
6.      Be happy.  Smile.  Live well. 
7.      Treat your family and friends better than you treat yourself. 
8.      Work is necessary, but don’t make it your life.  Take time for yourself, your family and your friends.
9.      If you make a mistake…say something hurtful…or I don’t know…just act in an inappropriate way…apologize and move on…it’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.
10.   Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
11.  Save more than you spend.
12.  Call your parents every chance you get and tell them you love them and appreciate them and what they gave up for you and have done to help shape you.  One day you won’t be able to and it sucks worse than you ever thought it might.
13.  Form simple, easy sentences like, “How about lunch!” Remember this from yesterday?  Ask people to do things.  Get off the couch and be with others. It’s good for you.
14.  Love with your whole being.  Everyone has been hurt.  Heartache, aside from a toothache, can be the most painful, in my opinion.  But, if you don’t give someone all you have…what’s the point? 
15.  On that note, if someone tells you…”You are too good for me!”  Believe them…move on…and be with someone who deserves your awesomeness.
16.  Be open-minded.  PLEASE.  Listen to what people have to say and understand why they feel that way.  You don’t have to choose there direction but you never know when it will make sense.
17.  Do not judge others.  We are all fighting a tough battle…you really have no idea what theirs might be.
18.  If your job is like going to your execution every day, quit.  This is another one of my dad’s rules.  I love it and have used it.  You spend the best hours of the day at work…enjoy it. 
19.  Follow your dreams.  First figure out what they are…then go for it.
20.  Support your family and friends dreams.  Don’t make fun of or say something is impossible.  Nothing is impossible if you try. 
I’ll stop there…for now.  Maybe I’ll share the others another time? 
What are some of your simple rules?  I’m curious…

Monday, July 18, 2011

My weekend - in a nutshell...

I have always liked this quote by Winnie the Pooh, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” 
Here were the short, easy words I heard this weekend.  What about cocktails and a show at The Lerner?  What about a day antiquing?  What about stopping by your friend’s store, Sojourn?  Do you want to grab coffee before we head out to Dad’s?  Do you want to come over for dinner?
Here is a re-cap of my family and friend filled weekend!
My dear friends, Nancy and John Banks invited me to a performance of The Music Man at the recently renovated Lerner Theatre.  A great musical about a con-man from Gary, IN who ends up in River City, Iowa, claiming to want to start a band.  I won’t spoil the ending…support local arts and go see this.  Liz from B on the River did an amazing job catering the event!  I saw so many old friends from growing up at the reception, it totally enhanced the evening!  Thank you Nancy and John, I had a great time.  Btw, Nanners...I'm celebrating YOU all day today in honor of your birthday! 
Saturday, Amy and I took a tour of South West Michigan.  Who knew this corner of the state offered so much to do and see?  Aside from the sandy dunes I used to frequent growing up, there were tons of antique shops along the bluff and country by-roads to keep us ‘bin digging’ all day!  We also went to Stacia’s amazing store, Sojourn and walked away with some awesome new things!  (Aim, I’m thinking we need to go back next weekend and scoop up all the stuff we wanted but hesitated on before someone else gets them!)  Stacia recommended some cool shops and a delicious lunch spot to break up the day.  Best.day.ever! 
Sunday was family day and spent the majority of it working in the yard out at my dad’s place.  Dinner with my niece, nephew, brother-in-law and sister capped it off. 
Have a great week and use some short,easy, simple words and go do something fun with someone!

Me and my sister Lucinda at the performance!

I bought this mother-of-pearl dove necklace at an antique mall we went to...wearing it today!

I also found this lizard clutch :o I can't wait to use it!

Vee loves rosary beads and I found this for her.  It's no suprise...I sent her the picture last night!  KEWL club on the way!

I loved this vintage picnic basket and put it on my most wanted list.  At the time, I couldn't think of the last time I had gone on a picnic.  But, the rest of the day I kept thinking about the concerts in the park I went to all last summer and what a great excuse to get some friends together and use the new basket.  Guess we need to go back next weekend Amy!!

I also added to my most wanted list this awesome FORD truck!  I love the color and can picture all my besties piled into the flat bed in back when we head out for that picnic.  A little out of my budget at $14,000 but a girl can dream a little dream...
Here I am working in the yard.  I am so glad this vintage looking wheel barrel didn't sell at the estate sale!  I decided I'll keep it for when I buy my bungalow on the lake. I'll need it to cart all the flowers I buy to plant!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My thoughts exactly…

I was driving into work this morning thinking about what I might blog today.  I usually prepare it all the night before but that didn’t happen.  Vee sent me a text last night about an article she saw in Elle D├ęcor.  The featured designer had the entire page to write about, ‘Things he could not live without.”  Vee suggested I put this on my list for blog ideas. (I love that she was thinking about things I could post…please feel free to send me ideas…writers block does happen.)  I thought it was a great idea.  As I pondered…what couldn’t I live without? It occurred to me I could just write about random, scattered thoughts I have…which is the direction I’ll take today while I think more on what I can’t live without.

TGIF

I can’t wait to talk to Emilia who had her second baby girl last night…wonder what she and Jason will name her?

When can I get to Oklahoma to meet that precious angel and see my friend?

I thought about my friend Megan who had her first baby boy last week and I hope she is loving the discovery of this new journey! Please send more pics Meg!

When can I get to San Francisco to meet little Danny? 

I miss San Francisco

Wonder if it’s too early to text Vee

Wish she could be here to spend the weekend with me…I miss her

I would love to relax on the beach all day…

Excited to go shopping with Amy tomorrow – Sojourn here we come

Need to get gifts for KEWL club…I’m so behind

Must mail Vee that package that has been sitting by the front door for over a week

Do my jammies look enough like an outfit I could get away with at work…doubtful

Open mindedness…wish some people would work on this

Call mom later and tell her that I love her

I should buy that ticket for Labor Day weekend before the price goes up

I’ve got to call the dentist – ugh

I can’t believe I almost ate a whole bag of Munchos yesterday…gross

Think I’ll buy some flowers to spruce up my place

My coffee went too fast

My lips feel chapped

Wonder if it would bother my co-workers if I played Pandora while I worked

I need a manicure/pedicure…maybe this weekend

This is my dear friend Megan.  She just had a baby boy and I can't wait to get to San Francisco to meet him!
Dreaming of my San Francisco dayz...

Where I'd rather be today...and all weekend for that matter
 Missing you Vanes...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

I’m not entirely sure why summertime brings out the readers.  Maybe it’s the longer days…the lazy afternoons…weekend beach time…or finding yourself on an airplane headed for vacation with a few extra hours to kill?

I’m not a part-time reader.  For those who know me, know I love to read and prefer it to watching television.  Let’s face it; there is nothing but garbage on tv anyway.  I love to get lost in a book and realize three hours later it’s midnight and I had completely shut out the rest of the world for awhile.

I recently treated myself to the Nook.  While I like it, I don’t mind the stack of book’s I have piled on my nightstand I have yet to get to.  Currently, however, I have three to four books going and a couple backed up in my Nook.  Eventually, I’ll get through them all.

That old English Idiom we all know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” really applies to so many things, not just a book.  However, I’m guilty.  I’ve reached for plenty of books with creative covers and bought it just for that reason.  They make better displays after you’ve read them or while it’s ‘in waiting.’  I love to stack books and magazines in places to create some flare or create a makeshift nightstand or coffee table.   I have always liked going into someone’s home, seeing a bookshelf and finding out what they have read…or have in the queue to read.  Maybe some classics, a few from the NY Times best seller list, maybe a few trashy novels peppered about.  

The Nook, has a lot of pros, but one thing I found that sort of bugs me is that I have no idea what someone else is reading!  I am always looking for a new book and I’ve often seen people reading and I’ll jot down the title and go see what the book is about and put it on my list if I find it interesting…but, now what?  Hey, how do you like your Nook?  Whatcha reading?  Ugh.  Doesn’t work.

Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that  you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  It also sounds like something my dad would say.  Read everything…know your rights…knowledge is power…keep learning…no one can take that away from you.  And he is right, read, learn, study and grow and you will become.  With that, here is a peek at my magazines and books I’m currently either reading or about to dive into.  What have you rounded up for your summer reading list?  I hope you will make some time to get lost in a good book.  Leave your recommendations in the comment section…I’d love to hear what you have enjoyed or what might currently be on your list…maybe I’ll add it to mine?


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Four Eyes

I wear glasses.  Well, I wear contact lenses for the most part, although, I do love how glasses can be a major part of a personal image or self expression.  For example; Groucho Marx, Buddy Holly, Elton John, to name a few.  I’ve thought a lot about LASIK and anticipate I will eventually get over my fear and do this. I have considered it like almost everyone else, probably because of all the unpopular aspects of wearing glasses. I participate in sports and growing up I was a swimmer.  You can’t wear glasses and be on the swim team and plan to have an effective flip turn…you just can’t.  Thankfully, I have contacts, but you know where I am going with that.   Certain jobs…the restaurant industry comes to mind…the line cook…ew, greasy lenses or the dish washer and opening up the hot dishwasher to find the rapid temperature change completely fogging up the lenses; temporary eyesight impairment.  Taking a walk in the rain in glasses… problematic and then not to mention the everyday wear and tear…scraped up, stepped on, temporarily taped until you can figure out when to make an appointment.  Having just exhaled all that information, LASIK has been added to the bucket list. 

I spoke in an earlier blog about The FEED Project.  A company who charitably offers a product and in return provides a meal in exchange for your purchase.  By the way, have you gotten your FEED bag yet?  I have discovered a similar concept model for eyewear.  Introducing, Warby Parker.  www.warbyparker.com

If you wear glasses, you simply must get your next pair from WP; A New Concept in Eyewear.  You buy a pair, they give a pair!  LOVE IT!  Not only that, WP partnered with VisionSpring.  The model creates jobs for women and the economic incentive for them to continuously provide glasses as their customers lose or break their glasses and their prescriptions change. Equally important, it provides community members the dignity to choose whether or not they want glasses and thereby avoids the culture of dependence that often accompanies foreign aid. Over five years, Neil Blumenthal expanded VisionSpring's programs to 10 countries and developed the first line of reading glasses for people living on less than $4 per day. (I took all of that information off their website)

How amazing?  Seriously, living on less than $4 per day?  Maybe we should try that?

I love their mission statement.  WP was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.
I also love a good deal, so naturally, I ordered a pair to try them out.  First of all, I was able to choose five (5) styles I liked and they sent them to me to try on. FUN!  I picked a frame, returned the temporaries and sent them my prescription.  Not even five (5) days later, I had my new glasses.  They are just as well made as the Gucci and Prada ones I paid a mint for. 
I went with the frames called, The Huxley.  Chunky, black...a little bit Buddy Holly. 
Until LASIK...try rockin some Warby Parker's!