Monday, December 12, 2016

Shower Curtain Logic

A couple years ago I picked out a shower curtain, mostly because the colors matched with the towels well...

Ends up it has become quite the source of inspiration with it's uplifting quotations.

I have been getting a kick out of posting them on Facebook:

"Breathe, Relax and Center Yourself"

"Create the Future with Positive Thoughts"...

and then I was sitting on the toilet the other day and noticed a *GASP* grammatically incorrect quote: "Inspire Other to Do Their Best and to Follow Their Heart."

Nevertheless, love this shower curtain and I may need to try to find it again once it wears out...

It has provided me with plenty of food for thought!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Company Party Banter

Tonight was the yearly holiday party at my husband's work. It was at a swanky seafood place. Good eats for sure...even though I don't eat seafood. Plenty of other goodies...

While we were mingling a co-worker came over and remembered me from last year. She asked me what I had been doing as I "looked much younger than last year."

Clearly one of those unintentional backhanded compliments lol. Got me to thinking what was I wearing last year so I don't wear it again. She thought maybe it was my hair. But my hair isn't all that different. Maybe a couple inches longer. Or was it my makeup??

I will be pondering this a while. Isn't it amazing how such a simple line of dialog incite paranoia -- or maybe it is just me....

Hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly and that your company party banter will be lighter :D

Sunday, November 20, 2016

NOVICA Giveaway!

The holidays will soon be upon us. *gifting panic sets in* Just in time, I have the pleasure of partnering with NOVICA for a giveaway!

The skilled artisans at NOVICA have crafted many items that would be perfect for the guy or gal on your list.

If you are scratching your head pondering unique gift ideas for family and friends, NOVICA has nicely categorized gifts by "For Her" "For Him" as well as "By Interest" and "By Personality" Among my favorites are:

A lovely Angel Wing Necklace:


These fashionable Fingerless Gloves:


Novica has provided me with a $35 Gift Code for one of my readers!

To enter:

(1) comment what item strikes your fancy from the NOVICA website
(2) Tweet the following (5 times per day permitted - leave a separate comment with a link to each tweet)

Enter to win a $35 giftcard from Novica on Carma Sez's blog: http://carmasez.blogspot.com/2016/11/novica-giveaway.html #giftcard #giveaway #NOVICA

Giveaway Ends: December 10th at 8:00 pm EST.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with a Gift Code for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Outcast - Finally Heats Up!

It is sad that Outcast is on Cinemax, which many folks do not subscribe to.

Last week's episode - Episode 9 was a shocker!!! Made sense now why all the "slow build." Catch it if you can...

I was in the background in Episode 7. Three long nights went into these scenes.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Senior Citizen Skater

I smell another documentary idea...

With a big "milestone" birthday next year, thinking of setting a goal for myself of learning to skate competition inline skates with the possibility of one day competing at the women's "masters" level, i.e. the senior citizen level...Seeing the guys skate at these incredible speeds has me inspired. And I have always had a fiercely competitive side that I have yet to tap into. Assuming the knees hold out, I could be the "inline skating grandma" in a few years!!! Probably completely ludicrous but I am mulling it over...

Need to go from this...to SPEED!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Outcast!

If you are not put off by demons and possession, you may want to check out Robert Kirkman's newest show "Outcast." I had the privilege of working on the show several times and appeared in Friday night's episode. The show airs on Cinemax Friday nights at 10:00 ...

Here I am in the church scene:



Sunday, May 22, 2016

No Promposals for Me! Thanks for the Reminder, Sirius XM

It appears that Sirius XM has automatically added "Prom Radio" to my settings. Are they trying to mock me?? Do they not know that I was not asked to my proms. That's right. Neither prom!!!
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Senior year I can see, as that was the year I pulled a Britney and buzzed off my hair. But Junior year too...and I don't think I looked that bad that year; can't recall.

Anyway, it's aiiiiiight. I'll just drive around and relive those bad memories. I was likely at home watching Silver Spoons or some such while the 300 other students were having a blast at prom >:-(

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Roller Skating Fail!

Not sure if I mentioned my recent fall at the rink but it was a hoot! Andy captured it on video. My wrist too the brunt of the fall and is still bruised but healing :)

Before I busted my butt lol

A photo posted by CarmaSez (@carmasez) on

here's the video: Just received the new set of wheels I ordered. Stating on 25 year old wheels on a very slick floor was not conducive to good skating... and then one of me not falling...We still like to jam skate like it is 1984

Monday, April 4, 2016

Surprise! The Sun is Good for You!

Here is a photo of me on my honeymoon back in 1993.



The picture is something that has rarely been seen since then - carma with a tan!!

We have been told for years that the sun is BAD. But last week a study came out indicating avoidance of the sun is as dangerous as smoking!!!!! o.O

https://www.wddty.com/news/2016/03/sunbathers-live-longer-and-avoiding-the-sun-could-be-as-dangerous-as-smoking.html

I don't want to get wrinkled but maybe I will go a little easier on the sunscreen going forward. What about you? Does this study change your mind on sunbathing?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mother's Day with World Vision

This Mother's Day, World Vision is encouraging parents to teach children to be global citizens. If you have young children, here are some tips from for bringing this concept home:

-          Turn story time into a teachable moment: Learning about other countries and cultures can happen during daily activities. Choose children’s books that accurately portray other cultures or focus on historical events for afternoon or bedtime reading. After finishing the book, parents can talk to children about what they learned and how the lives of the characters in the book differ from their own.

-          Make the facts digestible for young minds: Young children may have a difficult time comprehending abstract statistics about inequality around the world. Create a math activity at home to make this information more relatable. Use beads or buttons to count out how many children are in the child’s class, and then remove items based on global averages for clean water access or hunger statistics. According to World Vision’s 2015 Food Assistance Report, 1 in 6 children – more than 1.4 million kids - are dangerously underweight because they lack access to adequate food and nutritional assistance. For a classroom of 24, remove 4 beads to represent these children.

-          Experiment at home: Ask children to put themselves in another person’s shoes by conducting experiments at home. For example, create a family menu budgeting $1.25 a day per family member. Give children $1.25 during the next grocery store trip - the amount of money that 1.3 billion people worldwide live on each day, according to World Vision - and let them shop and price compare themselves. Afterwards, talk about the types of foods they couldn’t purchase and what kinds of foods the menu is limited to: Were you able to purchase fresh fruits or vegetables? Is the meal limited to rice or pasta? What kind of protein could you afford to buy?

-          Sponsor a child: Get children involved directly in providing a “hand up” to communities in need around the world by sponsoring a child as a family through World Vision. Involve children in the process of choosing a boy or girl to sponsor; ask them to write cards and draw pictures for the sponsored child, and talk to them regularly about how the sponsorship donation is helping provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, clean water, bed nets, job training for parents, and much more – including the freedom to simply be a child.

Find out more at the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter at @WorldVisionUSA.

Full disclosure: I received an item from the catalog for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was provided. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Carma Cooks!

I have been trying to work more veggies into my diet. I came across this recipe on the interwebs and it was quite good and very filling...Here is a photo of how the dish turned out. Healthy and colorful!




Broccoli Apple Salad. Recipe Credit: therecipecritic.com

Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped (I used gala apples)
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Creamy dressing ingredients:
  • ½ cup lite mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans, and dried cranberries.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Unexciting Update

Thank you to my awesome bloggy friend Charlotte for prompting me to make an update!!

I have been inundated with activities with my son home for Spring Break week. He is like  having 2 children I always say, although I know moms of two children will probably dispute that ;)

Needed to help him this week with buying a car and having said car shipped out to Utah. Still waiting to hear back from the car shipper to get a pick up date. Hoping all goes well.

On Tuesday I will be working at the polls in NC. Lots of contentious races going on locally due to the proposed Toll road on I-77. I have rarely seen people so fired up, which is a good thing. Get out there and vote!!! There may also be some local issues in your area where you vote will make a difference. It isn't all about the Presidential primary. (unattractive photo of me and my son after we early voted)



Speaking of Presidential primaries, Season 4 of House of Cards came out last week and oh boy, it has not disappointed so far. It is worth getting Netflix for that show alone, plus my other much less complex series obsession: Longmire! If you haven't heard of it, Longmire is a modern day Western, but don't let that discourage you. It is oh so good and I'm finding it is a good way to escape stress. The episodes aren't heavy...and Deputy Branch Connelly is super-hot and attended college at Duke University in NC!


What is your latest Netflix obsession?



Friday, February 12, 2016

Ingredients for a Basic Lifesaving Birthday!

Well, yesterday was my birthday!! It was also the only opportunity I had to renew my provider CPR Basic Life Saving for Providers certification. Great bunch of ladies. And the instructor made cupcakes especially for my birthday. Super-sweet...
Scored 100% on the exam.

Hoping I never need to use it, but good to be prepared...

Trying to think what else has been going on lately. Some filming. Freebie stuff. Need to post pics.

Lots of walking.

Applied for a job as a health coach where the only requirement was a HS diploma or equivalent. The hospital didn't even look at my application >:-(  despite having medical related diploma and "Health Coach Certification"

Can't recall much else...

Friday, January 22, 2016

We Have Snow!

Mostly ice. But some snow mixed in...

Checking out the snow #pumpkinthecat #snow2016 #catsofinstagram

A photo posted by CarmaSez (@carmasez) on


Pumpkin is psyched!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guess Who Stopped By the MAC Makeup Counter?

Every few months I meet up with a high school friend who also moved from NJ down south - about 45 minutes from where I live. We meet at the mall and always gravitate to the makeup counters and of course, Sephora.

I was in search of the perfect foundation. It is a perpetual quest, really. I had sampled the Makeup Forever HD Foundation, but then I took a gander at Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick. The color looked almost identical and the finish was a bit creamier which I liked. I ended up ordering it online 15% savings and free shipping/returns on foundations and concealers! plus a couple free samples tossed in.

Over at the MAC area, I tried on some vibrant red lipstick and liner as you can see. It looked a LOT brighter in person. Definitely not for every day.

MB wasn't too excited about it. As a matter of fact, the lipstick was so obvious that when he didn't mention it, I brought it up and he said, "yeah, I noticed." Not a glowing recommendation. Then he said the makeup makeup made me look "mean" - so I guess I will stick with some new foundation for now and use the rest of my current makeup for the rest of my face...

*BTW the head warmer is faux fur!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Strengths

A friend encouraged me to sign up for Gary Vaynerchuk's Udemy course. He is an energizing speaker - and also a native New Jerseyian, so I can appreciate his no-nonsense approach.

As part of the course, Building a Personal Brand, he encourages participants to "go all in" on their strengths.

So, I quizzed my Facebook friends and I was humbled by their responses. I am going to keep this here in case I am having a bad day and need a pick me up :)

-Drywit you're loaded with it! Such a gift

 -You're very affable

-You have a constant inner shine:)

-Flexibility and patience (skills needed as a background artist!)

- I think you are a good listener

- Drawing

- Easy to talk to.

-Charm

-Confident but approachable from the start, then amazingly down-to-earth with visible inner strength.

-Eagerness to learn new things, take on challenges and follow thru

-Kindness to us seniors. All ways answers my replies and gives us praise.

-I agree with Kimberly, I love your quick, dry wit! Also you seem very accepting of others. Oh, and let's not forget your amazing knowledge of all things pop culture!

-Your ability to be a realist but also remain an optimist; many people become jaded but you found balance.

 -Gosh, there are so many! You're definitely a great listener, you have good observation skills, you're conscientious, prepared and punctual. And I agree with Kimberly that you have a fun witty sense of humor. Oh, and you have Pumpkin!


 -Kind, gentle, gracious, simpatico and a good sense of humour

-incredibly down to Earth being such a superstar! Don't know you too well beyond Facebook, so I would say I agree with what others have said smart, sensible, great sense of humor.


-Clever, witty & a good listener!!!

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If you are like me, and stuck in a rut not knowing in which direction to head (this has been a recurring theme on this blog lol), I encourage you to do this exercise. It is a good way to start the New Year...After seeing these comments, I am encouraged to continue to pursue the Health Coaching position I applied for earlier in the week!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Most Excruciating 30 Minutes of My Life

This morning.

'nuff said....

I had no business doing this DVD...thought I was fit...

I was wrong.

Friday, January 15, 2016

This n' That and Belated Happy New Year!

Carma here. Dusting off the blog again.

Had a fun holiday break. VC was home for 3.5 weeks. He seemed genuinely happy to be home which of course made mom happy ...

He had a relaxing time. Sleeping until 1:00 most days (frusrating!)  but it was much needed after he burned himself out last semester. After his trip to the ER in Idaho on the way home from Thanksgiving, I thought the worst was over, then he had that allergic reaction to one of the medications they gave him, so he headed to Urgent Care a few days after he returned to Utah. Then the week of finals, he was sick to his stomach the morning of 3 of his most major classes. Vomiting to the point he didn't think he would make it to class. He eventually stopped in time but the weeks of illness did wonders for his GPA :/

Anyhoo, it was good to have him back and healthy.

He performed for the epic New Year's Eve celebration in Charlotte and made it on several of the evening newscasts.

Here a professional photographer takes his photo:

We also took a day trip to Greenville, SC. If you are ever in the area, check out the Greenville County Art Museum. They currently have an exhibit by Andrew Wyeth. Pieces by many well known artists are exhibited there.

Took this photo of Austin and what I thought was a cute cuddly bunny painting. Then I saw the headlights headed for said bunny :/




Downtown Greenville is a bustling artsy downtown, worthy of a visit for sure!

So all was going well until it was time for Austin to fly home on January 5th.

Here is a photo before the storm:

Shortly after this photo was taken, he was pulled aside for a "more indepth look" - at which time they swabbed his bag and found traces of fertilizer, which resulted in him being detained by security for over 45 minutes. Long story short, I was practically hyperventilating wondering what the heck they were doing searching him/his luggage for that length of time....and....he ended up missing his flight >:(

Next time we get to the airport three hours in advance. Not going through that stressful of an experience again. Chances are he will be "randomly" searched again. With juggling props in his bag he always seems to get pulled aside. It was likely a juggling gig over the summer where he rolled his props across a lawn while performing that the fertilizer traces got on his bag. Anyway, will be very paranoid going forward when it comes to the airport. I am going to look into getting him approved for TSA-Pre....

Hope your new year is off to a good start!!!
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