Breakfast Spread on the Fly…

What. A. Week… Actually, hectic can’t describe my last 2 weeks with school starting for the kiddos AND myself! Early mornings, hustle for more school supplies that you somehow missed, orientations here and there…. my head has been on a spin cycle – hence, the absence of entries on here. :-/

No matter, I’m a trooper, and I tend to adjust to surprises and rigor pretty well. So when dear Hubby informs me on Sunday night (while I’m getting the kiddos ready for the week, mind you) that he’s having a friend over at 8 am for a meeting, and could I pull a little something together, my first thought was to throw my shoe at him…. but the second was, I got this! (Of course I did away with that first thought! lol)

Get Your Plan Together

Do you have any quick meal go-to’s? I find that when entertaining, having a couple of perfected recipes are the best! If I’m having a few guests over, a frittata would be the business, but since it’s just Hubby and his comrade, I decided on a quick bagel spread with fruit and juice. ¬†This was easy enough, but it’s not about just slapping some bagels and cheese together… you gotta make it special! I’ve incorporated some veggies, two kinds of cream cheese, and a some lox to be fancy with it, but you can use whatever you like… the choices are endless! Just make sure the ingredients used are good quality.

  • Prep the night before – I sliced red onions, cucumbers and beefsteak tomatoes and stored them in tupperware. I made an avocado and garlic cream cheese, (1/2 avocado, 1 small clove of minced garlic, a good squeeze of lemon juice) and transferred it and the plain cream cheese into smaller containers.

  • The day of, slice and toast the bagels – use a spray butter like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” to flavor – I used whole wheat bagels and everything bagels

  • Arrange everything on the table where your guests can help themselves – I’ve added a melon platter, capers, orange juice, and coffee brewed in a french press -the only way to brew coffee, in my opinion! Note that everything is transferred to small, attractive containers for appearances… which is half the battle of entertaining!

Simple, yet effective… and you hardly break a sweat! ūüôā

L& of Lingo… a mini rant

Call me a grammar-nazi… Proclaim me a visceral word snob… but whatever you do, please write it out in reasonably cohesive sentence structures. ¬†With words completely spelled out. Go crazy and add some punctuation. Am I asking too much? I should explain….

We, my friends, are living in an age of an interesting, yet potentially dangerous mixture for written language РSocial Networking + mobile data + the lack of patience in instant gratification for the average teen = Text Lingo. Not sure what I mean? Let me demonstrate:

Ordinary structure:

The Translator! Use it to create or understand text messages and check your spelling, Just type or paste in here the message that you want to translate , Pick the type of translation  and then click go! Just hover your over or click the highlighted words to see the definitions of the words.

Translated structure into Lingo:

d transl8R ! uz it 2 cre8 or undrst& txt msgs nck yr sp, jst typ or paste n hre d msg dat u wn2transl8 , pik d genre transl8N n thN cliK go!jst hovR yr ovr or cliK d hi-lited wrds 2C ddefs of d wrds.

Did you get all that? I’m typing it, and I still have trouble with interpretation! lol This is an actual example from an app called¬†Lingo to Word. ¬†Yes, we actually need an app for text interpretation.

It’s funny right now, but how many times do you scroll through the news feed to see phonically-written hieroglyphics spewing out long messages to the masses? It’s rather painful to read… unless it’s really entertaining.

I’m addressing this because the old saying “Practice makes perfect” really does apply. If you are continually practicing shortcuts ¬†and lingo in written word, how prepared will you be to articulate professional correspondence when it counts? After continuously texting alpha-numeric symbols and abbreviated words on a constant basis, will we really remember the art of the written word?

The most apparent group affected are high school students, as they’ve spent their most impressionable stage in the prime of texting/social networking age. ¬†With constant cuts in public education across the country, there is a lack of emphasis in writing and ¬†reading comprehension. Students spend more time texting lingo then on formal studies of english and grammar, which shows in test scores, and in the substantial misuse of¬†your¬†–¬†you’re, or¬†there,¬†their, and¬†they’re. It’s frightening!

Seriously, there has to be a balance. Texting and Social Media are here to stay, but can easily coexist with full sentences and proper grammatical structure. Take a little more time to spell out “you”… splurge on that extra 2 seconds to type “the” as opposed to “d”… which often makes one look less than smart. And if you are abbreviating because you’re multi-tasking, then perhaps one of the two activities could actually wait, right? I’m not suggesting to write books or grammar masterpieces… Just write cohesive sentences… utilize that wonderful concept known as¬†spellcheck.¬†¬†Show the world that we are indeed still advancing, not regressing in our abilities to communicate!

Do it for yourself… *dramatic pause*…Do it for the children!

Transitioning into Fall

             

August – Hot, balmy days; humidity on high on the east coast, triple digits on the west coast. Summer has seemingly drained you of your fashion-wit, being too hot to wear anything beyond the shortest shorts, (within reason for some of us) skimpiest tank-top, and sandals of all heights, tall to small. ¬†Yes, August bakes one to the core, but the good thing is, it’s the last hurrah-month before September slides right in, featuring back-to-school, milder days, and cooler, layer-worthy nights.

So how does one transition from hot, balmy to cool, breezy? Three simple elements will do the trick:

  1. The Blazer: This accessory will take you through three out of four seasons! You can dress up just about any casual look with a well-fitting blazer. (Emphasis on well-fitting) There are lots of fun colors to choose from to add a little “pop” to your look, and can take you from day to night, or vice-versa. Do it!
  2. Hosiery: Get your tights-game up, Ladies! Opaque, sheer, fishnet… whatever you come up with, adorn those legs! You can be playful or fierce with all the textures and colors to choose from… Just a suggestion: The shorter the skirt or dress, opaque’s the best.
  3. Scarves: They are your friend! They’re light-weight, with whimsical designs (my fav scarf is yellow with birds all over) that fold up itty-bitty into a cute clutch, or tie it onto your hand-bag’s strap in a careless sort of way. Come nightfall, and it’s a little breezier than expected, BAM! Out comes the jazzy scarf to drape casually around your neck – keeps you toasty with instant cool.

So there you have it… three easy acquisitions that will carry you easily from summer to fall.

Happy shopping, all!

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