Monday, November 17, 2014

The Thanksgiving Lobster

Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays growing up. It was a fun secular event and I ate lobster. What’s not to like?

My father’s family owned a Jewish Kosher deli in Massachusetts. It was started by my Grandfather and passed down to my Dad and his 2 brothers. On Thanksgiving Day the ‘store’ as we called the restaurant, was busy with take out orders, including turkey dinners. The restaurant would finally close around 4 or 5 PM.

All the Weintraubs would gather at a restaurant (not ours) around 6 PM for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a private room to accommodate the 20+ of us. We ordered off the special holiday menu and only my Grandmother would order turkey dinner.  The rest of us would order lobster, or duck or when the boys were adolescents, rump roast because saying 'rump' to a waitress put them into giggle fits.

After dinner we watched old home movies and laughed over the sight of our young parents. We would shout out the names of older relatives as they passed the screen. We enjoyed the same movies every year.

At the end of the evening my Grandmother would pass out her Chanukah gift to us. It was always a generous check. The next week she would leave for Florida missing Chanukah. It was a perfect ending to a fun holiday celebration giving me a lifetime of great memories that I am very thankful to conjure up this time of year.

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving memory or food you must eat on the Holiday?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Change in Seasons, Same Hot Flashes/Night Sweats

I love fall. The brisk air, the foliage, the anticipation of Holidays….
With the change in weather is the change in wardrobe. Out come coats and sweaters, or do they?

I detected a whine in the voice of my husband the other morning when he said, “Can we turn on some heat please?” Heat? Really is it time to turn the heat on? I noticed he was wearing fleece. When did he stop wearing shorts?

Certainly when the heat is turned on and the rains have started, I need to get out my winter wardrobe. I used to have 2 sets of clothing, one for summer and one for winter. Since menopause, I notice I have one set of clothing with some sandals or a few sweaters.

One set of clothes for all seasons? I could be living in Hawaii! I don’t! Damn you menopause!! 

With the change of the seasons and the heat is turned on and it is cool outside then warms up or it rains and then stops, it is hard for anyone to regulate their body temperature. For the menopausal, the hot flashes and night sweats are just having a hey day and night!

Is it hot in here? I know it isn’t just me! Do you have one all weather wardrobe?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Skin may have a GLOW

This is a sponsored post. I was given L’Oreal Skin Care but the opinions are all mine.

When I was contacted to try out L’Oreal Age Perfect, Glow Renewal skin products I was thrilled. Not only was I on the lookout for some new moisturizer, I was desperate to find something that would feel good and not aggravate my skin.  Formulated for older skin is also a plus!

It has only been a little more than 2 weeks since the trio arrived but already I am in love with the products and here are my reasons:

They have a light smell.
My husband’s eyes aren’t watering from the scent at night and it is not overpowering my fragrance during the day.

The facial oil has an eye drop application.
I love this application and wish more products used this method of distribution. You can easily regulate how much you need without waste or fuss.

The day lotion has a “broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen”. 
My dermatologist and my primary care physician have told me to use a sunscreen everyday.  This day lotion makes it easy to fulfill this need without depending on my makeup containing sunscreen.

The hydra-nutrition cream makes my skin feel good.
The cream is not heavy but not too light. It goes on easily. Together with the oil it makes my skin feel very soft.

Am I glowing? The products are called “Age Perfect Glow Renewal”. I might be. I have dull skin, and I may have noticed a hint of a glow. I do know the products have not aggravated my skin at all. That has happened with other products. I actually got headaches from a moisturizer but certainly not with this L’Oreal trio. In another month I will write a 6-week evaluation and hope then I can confirm a glow!

Based on my use I would recommend these products to anyone looking for a new skin care moisturizing line. Have you tried L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal?

Monday, October 27, 2014

What Does the World Series and Breast Cancer Have in Common?

It’s all about statistics and hope.
As the last week of breast cancer awareness month and the World Series end I thought I would mention some similarities. Shocking to many and even to me that I am using a sports analogy but here it goes!

Not everyone gets breast cancer but we can all support those who do.
Not every baseball player makes it to the World Series but they can become fans.

Breast cancer treatment protocols are based on the best statistical data for a positive outcome
World Series teams use their statistical rankings to make line up and position placements for the best outcome.

The breast cancer patient can follow her doctor’s recommendations precisely and still get a reoccurrence
The best team record doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up in the World Series.

It only takes one cell to go rogue to become cancer.
It only takes one swing of the bat to win the series or loose it.

The tumor markers look bad, the treatments are debilitating but the breast cancer patient still has hope that the next treatment, the next blood work will show improvement.
The baseball team is behind in the series and a star player or pitcher is hurt but still they hold hope the next game they will win.

A new clinical trail, a new drug, a new chemo cocktail is showing a statistical significance in life span for the breast cancer patient. She goes for it
A player is suddenly hot at the bat or at the mound nullifying his seasons' statistics. He is put into play.

We support our teams because they display hope on every swing of the bat and every pitch and caught ball. We support our sisters, mothers, and friends with every treatment and diagnosis for the same hope of another day to play!