Greetings from Lake Arrowhead where I have a little of this that and the other thing for you today.

The Empty Nest Syndrome Again

After nearly a month at home for winter break from college, my youngest son is back at school in Colorado and I find myself facing the empty nest syndrome again.



Austin’s New Home

With over 30 years of kids under my roof, it became clear to me that it’s likely Austin will never come home again, at least for an extended period of time. He wants to stay in Boulder to do an internship over the summer and has plans for a Utah ski trip over Spring Break. So Brad and I need to start navigating our way through life sans kids. It is a transition. In the process I’m also trying to better understand my son’s generation, which is so far removed from my Baby Boomer generation in their way of living and the values they possess. It’s not a bad thing, in fact in many ways the Millennials could teach us all a thing or two. Recently a girlfriend sent me a link to an interesting infographic on Millennials. Her twenty something daughter sent it to her. It’s interesting stuff, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Millennials Coming of Age |

Cooking For 2

Part of dealing with an empty nest is learning to cook for 2. My red meat-loving-husband enjoys a steak now and again and while I’m tempted to throw one on the barbie as an easy way to make a meal for 2, it’s not the healthiest choice. Next time he asks me for a steak I think I’ll give him this virtual one.

The Long & Short Of It

On a completely different note, have you ever wondered if you’d look good in bangs? I know I have, but I don’t have the nerve to take the drastic step of cutting my hair on the off chance bangs might look good on me. Well, now you don’t have to resort to taking up the shears with blind ambition. That’s because The Coveteur has asked hair stylists Alexa Chung & George Northwood to dish on how to choose the right bangs for you, giving the do’s and the don’ts for the perfect bang to fit every face. Check it out here.

Do's & Don'ts for the Perfect Bang |

The Long & Short Of It Again

Have you ever wondered how you’d look in short hair? I’ve read that women of a certain age should not have long hair. But I’m not ready to cut my below-the-shoulder locks just yet, and an article I read recently in Self magazine confirmed that I probably shouldn’t.  They say that if your chin measures greater than 2.25 inches below your earlobe then short hair is the way to go. Any less than 2.25 inches, keep growing those golden locks girlfriend. I measured in at 2″. What’s your measurement and what do you think about longer hair on mature women?

Would You Look Good In Short Hair? Take this test |

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Carpool Karaoke With Adele

And, in closing, if you haven’t yet gotten enough of This That and the Other Thing, I’ve got something really good awaiting you.

Do you suffer from the occasional bout of insomnia like I do? It seems to be commonplace among us Baby Boomers. Well, I suggest you fill those hours of sleepless nights with a big dose of The Late Late Show with James Corden. An English actor, writer, producer, and most importantly, a very talented comedian, he took over The Late Late Show last March from Craig Ferguson, another one of my faves. And it so happens that James Corden is also a pretty good singer, good enough to keep up with Adele as they sing their hearts out in a Carpool Karaoke. Watch it, you’ll be glad you did!

So there you have it: THIS THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Have a great weekend!

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