August 2009 archive

Tackling Alzheimer’s

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Woohoo, I’m in 4th place in fundraising for Blondes vs. Brunettes — the only new person this year in the top 5. Thus far anyway, but I decided to chronicle it now before someone overtakes me in the next few weeks. Our deadline is 19 September (only 18 days to go).
Today an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. In addition, 78 million baby boomers are approaching the age of greatest risk for developing this fatal disease. NOW is the time to act to end this epidemic!

This year, to support those affected by Alzheimer’s, I’m participating in the Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game. My team is going to take on the opposition to help end this devastating disease.

I know most people probably haven’t even read this far. As a society we’re so disillusioned by those who ask for help, that we often forget just how very fortunate we are and just how capable we are of giving back.

The expectation to give back overwhelms us and so we avoid it altogether.

But I challenge everyone to give five dollars. $5 can be a lot of things in your life:
- 2/3 of a combo meal at Wendy’s or Taco Bell
- A beer at happy hour
- 1 month of Vogue
- 1 venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks
- New lipgloss (not the fancy kind)
- Pack of gloss
- Gallon and a half of gas
… and the list goes on and on and on…

So please consider giving up one of these things and donating $5 to help me tackle Alzheimer’s. Your donation can really make a difference. You can go here to do so: http://alz.kintera.org/bvbdc/elauten
Also if you feel so inclined, please ask your friends to help out by donating $5 as well. If $5 is too much, even a $1 would be greatly appreciated.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research, and funds I raise will go directly toward supporting their efforts. I have a widget and everything that you can put on your blog if you’re willing. And while I don’t exactly know how to express my gratitude up front, I assure you I’ll pay it forward and help you out in whatever way I can in the future.

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity – together, we can help end Alzheimer’s!

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There is a season. Turn, turn, turn.

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Fall is upon is here in the wonderful world of the Nation’s capital.

There’s a note up in my apartment elevator telling me that if the outside temp drops below 64F then the air conditioning inside will turn off. Every year this sign serves as an indication that summer’s officially coming to an end. This year it’s coinciding with the end of Congressional recess (that’s over next week), so it’s fitting. It was also a clear indication that the outside temp would be much cooler today than it ha the past few days, and it is.


See this picture shows that aside from an amazing spring full of blooms, this town was made for autumn!

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30Day Wardrobe Challenge: Day 1

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Shopaholics Anonymous Please.

It’s no secret I have a serious addition to shopping. For example: My wardrobe divided into seasons and then each season is divided into 3 different months. A few pieces stay out all season, but for the most part I change my out my clothes every month.

OK, so I live in a 1BR so this may not sound too strange to you, but let’s consider what all I put clothes in:

A tall dresser like this in my bedroom:

A wide dresser with this style, but mine’s an antique, used in the dining room with a set up just like the picture, but full of clothes inside of it:

Another style wide dresser like this, used in my bedroom:

And a final tall dresser in my bedroom, except mine has two more long drawers making it taller:

Then a full double set of doors coat closet (which is 1/3 season coats, 2/3 seasonal dresses

And finally a full 4 door closet full of… well stuff in my bedroom.

It’s sickening. I’ve often complained about the amount I stuff I buy in terms of clothes, but if I find a good deal or really, really want something I just can’t help myself. On top of that my apartment is UBER-tidy, so it’s hard to feel how much I have until I start pulling out the boxes to switch months, or heaven-forbid seasons.

Seasons require a full rotation of boxes, to move the current season to the furthest to reach places. And why I’m talking about all of this right now, because September is a seasonal change month and it’s upon me.

That’s why I was throwing out beautiful Manolo Blahniks last week and lots of other stuff – I’m trying to purge. I mean really, I don’t need over 100 pairs of shoes. Especially since I’m in Rainbows, Tory Burch sandals or Black pumps 99% of the time anyway.

Beyond that, I’m HUGE on volunteerism and charity work – anyone who knows me can attest to that. Thus, I’ve decided to bring that philosophy to my own home. I’m going to get rid of at least a ¼ of my wardrobe over the next 30days and donate it all to my favorite DC charity that I work with – Rachael’s Women’s Center. I can’t think of a more deserving group of women that I’ve come to know and love and they deserve nice clothes as much as the next person. Needless to say, nice clothes in my apartment, overfloweth.

In fact I packed up 43 sundresses just now. See, here’s 2 of the 3 piles of them and I’ve not even packed ALL of them up yet since I still plan on wearing them until the heat fades.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sending all of my Lilly out the door and packing. I just need to learn to streamline. And that life really is about more than what I put on every day.
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*Oh and if you have really mean things to say please keep them to yourself. I’m just trying to be honest here.

What’s In A Name?

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – Shakespeare.

Generally I see eye to eye with Will, but not so much this time. While jumping waves at the beach the other day, my mom and I starting talking baby names. You know for the hypothetical future child I’m going to have once I first meet future boyfriend who will later become future husband… yeah it was one of those crazy talks but it was oh so fun. But it gets better, my dad shows up at the beach after he gets off work and joins in on the conversation.

For me, girl baby names must be feminine, but still strong. As I told my parents, “any little girl can have a name that sounds like a gymnast, but not every woman has a name that sounds like a competent Senator.” Not that my future child is going to be a Senator, but having the ability based on the name is important.

My dad pointed out in the book Freakonomics there’s a whole chapter devoted to how names matter. To wrap up, I guess I have to consider myself quite lucky that I ended up with Elizabeth. My mom now thinks “Summer” and “Sky” sound beautiful… I had no idea she was such a hippy at heart.
–> I have no problems with either name by the way, they’re just so not me.

Here’s to another crazy conversation with the parents. Because this topic is usually just something I keep to myself.

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Working All the Live-Long Day

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Since I’ve apparently done my fair share of confusing, let me clarify one thing: I currently have a great job. I’m employed. Have been since 2 days after I graduated from college. I just happen to want more. I want to do and accomplish more. It’s not about money either. I’ll lose almost 50% of my salary going to the Hill (for most jobs that I’d get over there anyway), but it’s not about the money it me (at least not while I don’t have a family or house payments). Just felt the need to expound here, since I got emails, DMs on Twitter, etc.

Working all the live-long day: 25 August 2009


Today’s outfit features my super sweet skirt deal from Wal-Mart from this past week at home. While I normally hate Wal-Mart (they support NObama and socialized health care), and I never buy clothes from there — I stumbled across this skirt for $3 while my mom was grocery shopping. So yeah, I’m pretty stoked to save so much money and still have a cute skirt.

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