Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Joy Diet - Treats

The Next Chapter: The Joy Diet

The Joy Diet
Martha Beck

Every day, Give Yourself at Least Three Really Good Treats: One for Every Risk You Take and Two Just Because You’re You. No Exceptions, No Excuses.

I have to confess that this past month has really been a month of treats for me… Eighteen out of the 31 days in October we had guests staying with us. First was my sister… we had a great time. Similar to Jamie’s sister liking pedicures… my sister loves massages. I enjoy them, but I really have to try to schedule them. My husband always wants me to get them so when my sister was here he treated us to massages and facials… He said he knew I would go if my sister was here! We had a great relaxing day and then had lunch and dessert finishing just in time to pick up the kids. While my sister was visiting we also had lunch (and dessert) in Laguna Beach, we worked in my studio making fused glass ornaments and jewelry. The girls went to Crystal Cove beach and hung out (this is the beach where the movie Beaches was filmed).

Crystal Cove Beach

Beaches Cottage

Porch where Bette sat...

The boys met us for dinner at the Beachcomber… we sat outside and watched the sunset. The restaurant even provides blankets to keep you warm while you eat.

We went to Disneyland and closed the park at 1am. We walked Balboa Island (one of my favorite places and I always find myself smiling as I drive over the bridge). We rented a Duffy boat and cruised around the Bay and got close to the pelicans and seals.

We introduce her to Wii and Wii Fit and it is now on her Christmas list. It was a great visit and every time she comes I am so thankful that I am now healthy and we can really enjoy our time together. She stayed with us twice while I was sick and although it was so nice to be together then, these past few times have been a whole lot more fun!!

We had a one week break and then my in-laws arrived. We relaxed around the house, went swimming and used the hot tub.
My hubby and I attended a fundraising Halloween party and ended up winning with 3 others for Best Group… the Mod Squad and the 70’s! My in-laws and the kids went out to dinner that night without us!

There is "Tony" and me on the right!!

The girls went to a Giada Delaurentiis cookbook signing and then went to lunch. Giada is just as pretty as on TV and she was so sweet. There were over 500 people waiting in line and she tried to say something personable to everyone. If you ever have a chance to meet her DO IT because she is a doll. My Father –in –law stayed home that day and made his special veal and sauce dish. The next day my Mother- in- law made her homemade soup… yum! We went out dancing with them one night… I love to watch their generation dance… It was a great visit for all of us.

I was planning on writing this on Friday and I was thinking about how Martha Beck loves art stores. I love art stores and stationery/office supply stores too. As I was ready to start my blog I received a text from a friend that a local art store was going out of business in 2 days. I called to ask if they were selling the fixtures and the answer was “yes”. I headed right over to look at plan files for my studio. I had my eye on Craig’s List and I lost out a on a few. I found some files and went back on Saturday to pick them up. I had to clean a ton of tape off of them and I may have to paint them black but I can now organize all of my collage papers and beads. I was giddy… this is truly a treat…plan files and at a great price!

I, like Jamie thought it was funny how this treat week was also the week of Halloween… we only had 3 sets of trick or treaters so I now have plenty of treats for many days to come… I have already had my refrigerated Reese cup today!

I think I have already practiced for the feasting that will be coming up soon and the only down side is that I have gained about 5 extra pounds with all of the eating out and desserts!

An update on my risk from last week… I heard back from the store/gallery and although she likes my work, she is full and too busy with the Holidays coming up but she wants to see my work in person in the New Year!! So thanks Sharron and the Joy Diet for pushing me to just DO IT!!

Here is an older painting of the flowers inspired by my walks on Balboa Island….

See you Friday...I have to go and play....

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