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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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We're recovering this morning from last night's table full of friends. It was our first official dinner party in over a year, due to our quiet summer and then backyard renovations. I was a little out of practice. My outfit was random. The table linens didn't match. (And not in a cute, eclectic way, just in a oops-stick-something-here way.) Minutes before guests were to arrive, a glass bubble bowl centerpiece filled with flowers exploded, flooding the table and place settings. So guests ended up having to sit on towels. It was all imperfect to say the least. It was also... Continue reading
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I don’t, but this article caught my attention because possibly I need to? I wax my eyebrows and above my lip, and some of my friends wax their whole face, but that seems so irritating to me. My skin is a little sensitive.
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Oh, Ann. I’m so, so sorry. What a painful story on all levels. I’m so glad you’re living in your “and then what happened.
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YES to this! I had to let go of “fixing” things, too. And this after my “fixing” often made things worse, at least emotionally. I so hear you on this.
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Oh, my breath caught with your last few sentences. This all sounds incredibly hard. Some it is familiar to me because I’ve watched it happen: addiction, complications when one family member is doing notable “better” than another. It sounds like you’re balancing it all as best as humanly possible, but these are tenuous lines to walk. Peace to you and your family.
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I’m so sorry you (and your family) are walking through this loss and everything that comes with it.
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WOW! What a powerful story. I am SO GRATEFUL for you sharing it here, especially since it’s not something you talk much about. That sounds like a very, very difficult time and circumstance. I don’t even know what to say about your ex-husband’s family of origin. Sometimes I think these types of dysfunction are generational (from a time when divorce was more taboo) and other times I think we all just get tangled up in our heads about things and make bad decisions, sometimes for years on end. This was hard to read but such a strong AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED. Thank you, thank you for sharing.
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Growth happened… sometimes that’s hard to swallow, I know.
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First we asked Who Is It That Broke You? and then Who Is It You Broke? The kids and I did absolutely nothing for Mother’s Day weekend this year. The Gorilla was out of town for work, and the three of us did not leave the house one time. We switched back and forth between pajamas and swimsuits. We didn’t brush our hair. I read a whole book and we ordered pizza and took two long naps and ate leftovers twice and the kids painted dozens of sheets of paper with cheap watercolors. It was unexpectedly the most blissful weekend... Continue reading
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It's that time again! My latest episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast with Megan Tietz is live. (Click here if you're new to this blog or to podcast listening.) We're such newbies still, but this is my favorite episode together yet. Megan and I are really different, and it shows. This time we discuss my obsession with true crime, the organizing method that has changed her world, and some pros and cons about sharing your life online with a bunch of strangers. I'd love it if you'd give it a listen. All the show notes are here. If you want... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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It's that time of year again! The Nordstrom half-yearly sale is on the best department store events of the year. I always find great goodies both in-store and online. These items and sizes go QUICKLY, so don't waste time if you want something. Nordstrom is one of my favorite department stores, mainly because it has lots of variety and many price points. If I need to pick out something quickly, Nordstrom usually has options. Some of the sale items you either need to think fast (like this cute swimsuit) or think ahead to next year (Uggs), but there are still... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin is our fifth pick in the Read Great Books literature challenge. RSVP here to be a part of the discussion on this short novel on June 9. The Dover Thrift edition is just $3, and this kindle version is free. The controversial novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin was published in 1899, to scandalous reception. Set in New Orleans, The Awakening is considered one of the first novels to deal frankly with the honest inner life of women, including their sexual desire. Upon publication, Chopin's hometown newspaper in St. Louis called the novel "poison" and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at hollywood housewife
This a follow up post. First we asked Who Is It That Broke You? When she showed up on my doorstep, Jo* was sort of sad, but mostly indignant. It had been a rough year for her in a lot of ways, a change in position at work hadn’t gone as planned. Her husband was pulling away, hinting that he might leave the marriage. And now, a final indignity, three of Jo’s friends had called for a “conference” at a local coffee shop and ambushed her about some behavior. They had a written list of her transgressions in their friendship... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I made the drive from Hollywood to the luxury mall in Orange County on a sunny weekday morning. My childhood friend Lee* was visiting California from her home in Texas, tagging along with her husband for a work conference. I had seen Lee a few months before, when we’d met up with some friends in our hometown, and then again not long before that during the holidays. Lee and I attended the same high school and the same college. We’d gone to the same kind of churches and dated the same kind of guys. Our histories wound around each others,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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A few years ago, my husband asked what I wanted for Mother's Day and my response? A night alone in a hotel room. At the time, we were in the throes of sleep deprivation and the most heavenly gift I could imagine involved a cool room, a warm bed, and zero excuse to leave either. We've continued that tradition several times, but I'll be collecting on this one in a few weeks. This weekend the forecast for Los Angeles is rainy, and our big plans require staying in our pajamas. Sensing a theme here? Happy Mother's Day weekend to you!... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at hollywood housewife
This made my morning. Thank you for those encouraging words.
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You're so sweet, Courtney. Thank you.
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I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain this weekend must bring. Thank you for the reminder to appreciate every ounce of time we have.
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This post is sponsored by Hallmark. This weekend is Mother's Day. Even though I've been a mom for a few years now, I'm still not always used to that title pertaining to me. When Mother's Day rolls around each spring, I always think of the maternal influences in my life. I've been lucky to have been so surrounded by strong women. My mom, my sister, Pru, friend's moms, women in my church. As I got older, I watched with awe as my friends became mothers, then mothers again. When I got married, I inherited a new set of strong women... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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A year or so ago, a mutual friend told me that Jillian Lauren and I should be friends. We lived in almost the same neighborhood, she was a writer of books and one day I wanted to be a writer of books. Upon the person recommending Jillian to me, I downloaded and devoured her first memoir, Some Girls. Some Girls is about Jillian Lauren's time in a harem. I could not imagine more jaw-dropping subject matter, and it is a memoir I recommend all the time. Through a few introductions and social events, Jillian and I have become friends. And... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Oh, how I wish I was just starting on the Harry Potter journey…it is magical. Pun intended. Soak it up!
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Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky is our 4th book in the Read Great Books literature challenge. RSVP here to be a part of the discussion of this short novella on Monday, May 18. Notes from the Underground was written by Russian Fyodor Dostoevsky (also spelled Dostoyevsky, if you're searching, both are correct) and published in 1864, and is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. (The fathers of existentialism - the belief that philosophy stars with the human individual, characterized by the disorientation of living in an absurd world - are considered to be Kierkegaard, Nietzsche,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Speaking about the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight this weekend: Me: I don't get it. Why do people like to watch other people fight? The Gorilla: What are you talking about? Me: They just beat up on each other. Why is that fun to watch? The Gorilla: It's the best. Me: Well I don't get it. The Gorilla: What's your favorite show? Me: Veep. The Gorilla: That is not your favorite show. Your favorite show is Real Housewives of Whatever and what do they do on that show? Fight. Me: Well. * My latest episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast went up last... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I havne’t read any of his, but thank you for the suggestion!
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I’ve heard a lot about that Amanda Palmer book. My non-fiction stack is just SO high right now…. I’ve only read Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos, but I really liked it! Have been meaning to pick up another one.
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