Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fiji on My Mind

I've been feeling obligated to continue the discussion of, at the risk of over-simplifying, what's appropriate in breast cancer fundraising (or, where the priority should be) while at the same time bursting with good news that I'd rather be sharing. And then, as it turns out, the breast cancer fundraising discussion has gone on anyway in the comments in the below post. So, here's what I've decided--I'll weigh in there later as well, and anyone interested in that discussion--and it is a very interesting and thought provoking discussion--should continue to read and comment in the post below. Right...below this completely, admittedly, frivolous and light post.

Because...for now anyway....I'm going to take a little diversion to share a little good news.

First, I heard from my agent last week that the book proposal is ready to go out on submission!! Woo Hoo!!! I don't have a timeline but I have great faith in my agent and am very, very excited to enter the next phase (for you non-writers...the next phase is where the agent takes the proposal to editors at publication houses and sells the book!).  I have lots of writing ahead of me and I'm looking forward to that too. And some of that writing will be done in....(see below)

Second, we are less than 4 weeks away from our trip to Fiji!! We met yesterday with the folks who own the home we will be staying in (friends of my dad and step-mom's) and over champagne brunch we learned the customs, what to expect, where to go, etc... I'm beyond excited about this! We'll be there for two weeks and there isn't a whole lot to do...other than lounge around on the beach or in the hammock on the balcony or perhaps go snorkeling or kayaking. I think I'll be able to write quite a bit while we're there. (So I'm looking at getting a iPad2 before we leave...anyone with knowledge of the iPad, please leave comments. I want to read, write, check emails from work and personally, and basically not have to bring my laptop.)

Third, I am very, very close to having lost 10 pounds since the start of my healthy eating/ work-out routine. I've lost about 9.2 pounds (depends on which scale and what time of day). And more importantly I feel much, much better. I'm working out with the trainer 2 days a week (20-30 minutes on the treadmill and 50 minutes of strength training) and doing yoga for an hour 1 day a week, plus walking Seamus for  1 1/2 miles on one other day of the week (don't worry about his exercise--- Chris takes him out for much, much longer walks much more regularly. Seamus is the most fit beast in our home.) I've continued to eat much better and in smaller portions. And, yeah, I've continued to struggle with not having my martinis or wine. So, um, they came back this week--wine dinner and, we'll...see champagne brunch up above (although I did do the salad bar and even selected the low-fat Greek yogurt dressing!).

Fourth, I went bathing suit shopping. And note, this is on my list of good things that have happened! I went to Nordstrom, having learned long ago that the more one pays for things the smaller the size of those things. But still....I haven't bought a bathing suit since cancer invaded the premises. And it was only about 4 years ago that I realized it was really inappropriate for me to wear a two piece suit (my stomach was the last to go, but when it went with a vengeance! I used to think people would be too busy staring at my gigantic thighs to notice a little wedge flowing over the suit bottoms, but once the wedge dropped down and snuggled up against the thighs to  introduce itself, I realized reinforcements were necessary.) So this was bound to be traumatic. It did not start well. When I walked into the store I was in the dress section and they had an awful lot of cute spring/ summer dresses. And I, armed with a gift card, thought "well, a sundress isn't a bad idea." But you know what is a bad idea? The freakin' lighting in the dressing rooms!! It's like a green spotlight on each and every cellulite dent!! And nothing, but nothing was cute on this body. Nothing!!  I almost lost the courage to head to the bathing suit section. But, I figured, I was here. My timing is good--the new line of suits should be in, there won't be too many people also shopping, and can't get worse.  I should look.

Long story somewhat less long, I was helped by this stunningly gorgeous, young, African-American girl who made me believe she too struggled with finding a suit to make her look 10 lbs slimmer (okay, I wanted 30 lbs slimmer, but no bathing suit can cover these thighs, so I was trying to be realistic) and she lead me to a Badgley-Mischka steel blue suit they'd just got in that morning. fit!! And I loved it!! Okay, it will fit better five less pounds from now, but I have 4 weeks for that. It fit! It's stunning. It's glamorous and it's MINE!! I was so excited, I bought a second suit and a cover-up. 

Then, I went to the Shop to Stop Breast Cancer (okay, diversion ---benefits the Pink Ribbon Place, is frivolous, fun and exploits the hell out of the pink ribbon while raising funds for....things other than research; I also wore the Save 2nd Base shirt to the event. These are my sins.) At the Shop to Stop, I was able to snag a fantastic Tod's purse and super-cute scarf. Both of which happen to match the swimsuits I bought (not that I'd put the scarf with a swimsuit, but it was enough to get a theme going...).  Then, Saturday, right after Fijian-fest champagne brunch, I went to the Lake Arrowhead Coach outlet where there was...O.M.G. a HUGE sale. Now, I've been trying to break myself of the Coach habit because a) it's not cheap and b) I'm not a 16 year old Asian girl, which does seem to be the target market. BUT...but.... they had stuff at 50% off and then another 30% off and...and....damnit...I really like some of their styles. So, yeah. I now have blue Coach sunglasses, a little wrist-let purse and one heck of a giant spring/summer khaki and white patent-leather tote. All in the name of Fiji! Okay, and France this summer...

Did I mention I went to work today (Sunday) to pay for this? Yeah, because Chris and I also went to the Apple store to check out that iPad2.....

(the darker blue on the bottom right is the Badgley-Mischka...the photo doesn't do it justice, it's quite glam; note also the Tod's purse in the upper, so excited about these...).


  1. Congrats on the fitness gains, and that shopping score - that suit is gorgeous!

    I love my iPad! (One, not Two). It's gotten the most action during chemo, but I have been tossing it in my purse so I can read a book if I go out to eat solo. You can load the Kindle software for free and acquire books that way.

    Enjoy Fiji - sounds like bliss. --Tami
    I think for any hard core writing you would want one of the optional keyboards. The touch screen is ok, but I tend to one finger type on it, which could get tedious for writing a book.

  2. Okay, I saw the "first" and then the "second" and I though, "Gosh, win win!" But there was SO much more.

    All very exciting news! Congrats on the weight loss and finding a bathing suit that you can actually be excited about. AND the book proposal is ready!

    You are on a roll, girlie!

  3. Teresa,
    My you've been busy! Congrats on the book, getting healthier (notice I did not say anything about pounds, that's not what it's about, right?)the successful shopping trips, the Seamus interview and your upcoming trip. Enjoy all of it. By the way, where does Seamus stay when you are gone? Or is he going too??

  4. SUCH good news! Fiji will be amazing. When I got a taste of traveling when I went to Belize in January, I'm just dying to start planning my next place :-) Can't wait to hear about it.

    Not sure what you enjoy doing for workouts/healthy eating, but I have been following the 'Tone It Up' plan at and it's been working great for me! If you sign up for it (for free!) they send you daily e-mail challenges and videos of things to do so it makes it fun and not so lonely!


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