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Holiday Shopping

One of my favorite things about the holiday shopping season is the sales; I guess that makes me a bad person because I feel I'm supposed to be filled with the warmth of giving to other. I'm a gift giver to others too but I love a good self gift. Here are some of my favorites:

Black Friday DVD sales. Last year I was dumb enough to forget that Wal-Mart is open 24 hours and they put the non big ticket items out before midnight. This year I plan on being there 10pm Thanksgiving night to stock up on $3, $5 and $7 (last year's prices, could be better this year) DVDs and then get in line so I can check out right at midnight when the prices go into effect in the computer.
Black Friday at Vera Bradley. With $100 purchase you can get a purse in a current patten (Suzanni for 2011) valued in the $40 to $50 range. I have one of these purses and love it - and it is the same quality as other VB purses. Today they released their seasonal gifts available. VB also has great after Xmas sales …

Tigers Around Town

Earlier this year, the University of Memphis unveiled the Tigers Around Town Project. In honor of the University's centennial celebration 100 tigers were decorated and sponsored. For now, all 100 tigers are on campus and in 2012 they will move to their permanent location. For many tigers, this will remain on campus but for others they will be moved into the Memphis community.

I love this project because it's a fun art exhibit and a nice way to commemorate the University's history.  I hope many of you will get a chance to visit the tigers as well while they are still in one place where they are easy to see.

Here are some Tigers I find extra special:

Young Alumni Committee
Highland Hundred

Future Alumni

Fogelman College of Business

Signature Tiger

I think the signature tiger is actually sponsored by a bank around town. I love it because members of the alumni association were given the opportunity to sign the tiger and our signatures make up the stripes. I'm excited to g…

Thanksgiving Meal Plan of Attack

I work on the newsletter for my department at work. It's lots of fun but I never know if people like the stuff I write. So I'm testing an article out on y'all. This has a dual purpose becuase I'm already trying to get my plan of attack ready for the holidays. I'm super disappointed in the difference 8 years makes in the ability to find success on the south beach diet so I'm evaluating my other options - weight watches as the leading plan right now. Point being, the article below is my potential thanksgiving food article. Obviously, plan 1 is not for me . . . but the other are under consideration. How are you going to avoid the holiday weight gain this year?



Avoiding packing on the holiday pounds this season can simply be a matter of awareness. Here are the real life servings and calories for some of your favorite thanksgiving foods:


Food Serving Size Calories

turkey 6 oz 450
ham 3 oz 150
mashed potatoes 3/4 cup 171
dinner rolls 1 84
sweet potato casserole 1/2 …

Ode to the Agenda

I love my iphone, even with its broken screen and short battery life. But I must admit that my enthusiasm for the iphone is dampened by my sadness over the loss of my former staple – the agenda.

In case you can’t tell, I love, love, LOVE planning things. I’m also in a lot of organizations – which means lots of meetings and organizational events. For years, my planner was always with me, telling me where I had to be and why I had to be there. I didn’t just love my planner because it kept all my information – I loved the actual book. I’ve had a perwinkle leather binder type, a lilly Pulitzer notebook, a pink Coach leather binder, and my all time favorite a bound momAgenda (no, I don’t have kids, but they are pretty!). It’s been two years since I have carried a physical agenda with me and I miss it so much. I miss the way the soft leather felt in my hands, the cute event stickers in the Lilly agenda, the embossed personalization on the pearlescent momAgenda, the way it felt to turn the …