Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Dan, Dan, The Optimum Man!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Dan, Dan, The Optimum Man!

When I started this journey, one of my items on my lists of “things I have never done” was to crash a party! Last night, I did not do the crashing, but instead we were the receivers of a party crasher!

We call our book club “Reading Between the Wines” and last night we met at Pam’s house. We were in a deep and exciting conversation about the book “Thirteen Reasons Why”. The topic of the book and Netflix movie is a challenging one. One that has pros and cons, highs and lows, emotions you can connect to and actions you can’t imagine. Every one of us around the living room table was fully engaged in the conversation. We were exploring our various points of view and talking about all the “what if’s” in life that might lead someone to end their life and what statements or actions may save a person from that decision on any given day. It was a great conversation!

When mid-conversation there was a knock on the door, none of us missed a beat. Staying exactly where we all were, a few of us just yelled, “Come on in!”. Imagine our surprise when in came a man! He was not a stripper, as someone suggested. He was not a husband or son or brother to any of us! He, in fact, came in with his cap, lanyard with his ID badge stating his name as “DAN”, and a clipboard! His face was priceless when he realized he was now inside a living room with 11 women completely engaged in a conversation about a book he never heard of! He had inadvertently crashed our party!!

Dan, Dan, the Optimum Man was just there, going door to door, to sell us a new cable package. He had information he wanted to share with us so that we could become new members of the Optimum Family. He explained that there were no great deals for any of us who were already loyal customers.  And it was Liz, a forever kind friend, who did take his little flier and said that she might look into it!

We all had a great laugh and I asked Dan if I could have his picture for my blog! We, as a book club, had never had a stranger walk into our party, then end up staying to give us a little sales pitch! I told him about “my blog of firsts” and that he would forever be a story in our “Reading Between the Wines” journal. At that point, Dan wanted the website address so he could read my blog once I wrote it.

So, Dan, Dan, the Optimum Man, I hope you read this and I want to thank you for joining our party and being such a good sport about it! Perhaps you will tell this story with a smile. I know we will all remember it with one!


Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Beautycounter MASKS for all!

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Beautycounter MASKS for all!

I have never been a girlie girl. I don’t wear make up, I hate to shop, and I have a $15.95 “boy style” haircut from Supercuts! I am actually even too lazy for a 20 minute dye job…so my hair is going white for now! So when my friend, Allyson, asked me to host a Beautycounter Product Party, I knew I had to say YES to another first in my life!

Just for the record, I invited 92 people on a Facebook Event invitation, we almost cancelled it, then Allyson and I decided to just go ahead and do it. Allyson arrived and we decided on the dining room. Her products would share the table with the appetizers and wine glasses.

Allyson unpacked her items as we caught up on the news of our family. Ultimately, about 8 friends showed up for the party. Actually, they may have just been there for the glass of wine they were promised in the invitation!  Allyson began with the lipsticks. I had no interest. She continued with the creams and oils. The creams felt smooth on my skin and the scent of the oils was delicious!

Then came the masks. I had never done a mask! She asked if I wanted to do a Charcoal mask or a PLUMPING mask! No choice really for me….my face is plump enough already!!

Pam and Kelly joined me for the Charcoal Mask and Leslie was brave enough to do the Plumping mask. It wasn’t pretty and it felt strange as the mask began to dry. After I washed it off, boy, did my face feel great! For the rest of the afternoon, I kept touching my face to feel how smooth it was. It was so refreshing!

Over the years, I have had every kind of party at my house…Tupperware, Princess House, Candle Light, and Pampered Chef! But never has my face felt so great after my friends left! I was convinced in that moment that I would be buying the mask as one of my half priced “gift” items that I was going to be able to buy as a hostess!

At the end of the day, I had hosted and attended my first Beautycounter party and experience my first mask. My face felt smooth and Leslie…well, she looked no more “plumped” at all! She actually looked fabulous and rejuvenated!

Who would have guessed that I would have enjoyed the Charcoal Mask as much as I did?

Thank you, Allyson! And…thank you Beautycounter!