Animals don’t send Christmas Cards

I know you’ll think I have it out for all household family pets but I really don’t.  As I mentioned in a blog awhile back on, I think family pets play an integral part in some people’s lives and if those people are diligent and responsible about taking care of them, I am all for it.

I just don’t want one.  And I don’t want yours either:  especially not in the form of a Christmas card or a Christmas letter, written from your seemingly gifted cat or dog.

Christmas cards are for humans.  They are sent to humans, by humans.  I would love to hear about what’s been happening this year with you and your family but I’m pretty sure I can already guess that your family pet slept, ate and shat most of the year.

Some will say, “Our pet is like our child.”  To that I say, take a family picture and include your cat or dog but don’t send me (and I’m sure there will be loads that agree) pictures of just your dog.  Your pet doesn’t mean to anyone, what (s)he means to you so it’s just better to save the money spent on expensive picture cards and send a nice pre-printed card with a holiday sentiment on it.

…unless your pet can actually address, stamp and deliver the card to the post office.  In that case, I’d prefer the video.

Daily Covet: Warm and fuzzy…on the outside

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequined Eyelash Fringe Bouclé Jacket, Nordstrom $175.00

These Chanel-ish bouclé jackets are all the rage again this season but this one has sequins and metallic thread running through it, making it evening-wear ready.

Or match it up with your favorite pair of heather gray, wool, flannel trousers and you have a “ladies who lunch” ensemble; just add champagne!

But in all honesty, I’d prefer to throw it on with my darkest of skinny jeans, my highest of black pumps and give it a pop with a bright satin bag.

At this price, it’s a staple and you’ll be able to wear it on and off for years to come!

It’s Official, we’re breaking up!

Before you get on the phone with my friends and family, asking if they saw it coming… let me clarify, Im breaking up with Borders Books.

It all began at the end of October, when in an attempt to purchase an Ebook through Borders, I almost lost my mind.  You see, the book was unavailable in soft back and I needed it quickly anyway for my last book club book.  I began trying to order and kept getting to the “snowy, white page with a cryptic error message on it.”  (Stop me if you think that you’ve heard these words before…)

Then you might recall (if not and you’d like to, click here), my horrible experience recently trying to redeem my Borders Bucks, again online and then even in the store.  I emailed customer service, they were nice enough to put the Borders Bucks back into my account because I was unable to place my order before they expired.  In the meantime, an email went out from Borders CEO, Mike Edwards basically acknowledging issues and extending no real peace offering.


We are reaching out today to our most valued customers to inform you that we received a huge response to our recent reminder for Borders Rewards members to redeem their $10 in Bonus Bucks. Such a huge response in fact, that the customer experience was impacted. If you were not able to redeem your $10 in Borders Bonus Bucks online, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please look for additional exclusive rewards and incentives throughout the Holiday Season.

Thank you for your patience,

Mike Edwards
CEO, Borders, Inc.”


Today, I actually visited the store, with the coupon in hand and the book I have been trying for weeks to buy only to be told that the fine print states that I cannot use the Borders Bucks until the 1st of December… exactly three days from now.  You would think for all the time and effort I’ve put into trying to give them my money, they would’ve obliged my tenacity.  No dice.

I want to love Borders.  I want to shop at Borders but I have vowed now to leave Borders and will probably end up paying more by patronizing a locally-owned bookseller that knows more about personal and professional customer service…. something I probably should’ve been doing all along.

Daily Covet: Cowl off the dogs!

I have found the sweater for every occasion.  I love this slim fitting sweater with the peplum bottom, scrunchable arms and of course, the deep cowl neck.  I’m thinking tweed mini, tights that pop, some lace up booties and voila, you are day to night ready!

I just can’t decide which color I like better…

Winter Beauty Pullover (Brown), Anthropologie $128

Winter Beauty Pullover (Sky), Anthropologie $128

Daily Covet: Apple of my “i”

iPhone 4G 32G, $299

I am joining the millions of people that either have or would like to have an Apple iPhone.  Last July, I finally upgraded my Blackberry to an HTC Aria smartphone because  I am an AT&T customer (insert look of pity here.)  Within weeks, the face plate was broken and the journey to a new faceplate (read more here) left me with a phone that now has to be on speaker phone to carry on a conversation with the person on the other end of the line.

While I like the HTC features and gadgets and the overall size of my little phone, I would not be so daft as to purchase another one after the issues we’ve been through.  It’s not me HTC, it’s you.

So, while I either wait out the many more months until my next upgrade or bite the bullet and change providers, I will be coveting the new iPhone instead of using some crazy “APP”  to change the oil on my car or teach my children how to do algebra.

Daily Covet: To be thankful for that which I have

I know, I know, I seem like the consummate consumer and I’m not going to say that I don’t “obtain” plenty.  In fact, I purchase much more of what I want, rather than need.

So for today, I am going to instead give thanks for that which I have and leave that which I want, for another day.

Probably tomorrow, if you must know.

I hope that you too, have all that you covet sitting with you around your dining room table.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Daily Covet: Bag Lady

J.J. Winters Zippered Distressed Leather Clutch, $195

I have a lot of bags.  Most of them are oversized and diaper, wipe-y, sippy cup-worthy.  I do not have a lot of “going out” bags, which is why I am constantly eyeing them in stores, online and in my favorite magazine “Lucky!”  I found this most recent bag in the December issue and I’m putting it at the top of my Christmas list.

It’s a little rocker chic but the long chain strap makes it seem a little more refined too.

I’d wear it with dark jeans and a shrunken blazer or with a pencil skirt and fitted sweater.  Heck, I’d even put it on with a little black dress for a special night out.

I guess what I am trying to say is, you really can wear it with everything!