Happy New Year! Hope you, my loyal blog reader, had a lovely holiday. I always like calling mini-vacations “holiday” because it makes me feel British. Kinda like when I call my purse a “satchel.” Anyway, Christmas and New Years this year were awesome. I spent most of xmas week back in Chicago, visiting with family. I also got a chance to hang out with Cindy and Bobby McNamara (pictured at left) Shannon’s mom and brother. Spending time with them is always a bittersweet reminder of why I have chosen this life path…because of the loss of their angel. Being in their presence reminds me how far we have come, but how much more there is to do to empower women.
Also during my visit, I had the chance to meet up with old friends from high school. An extra special reunion was had with my friend Nadia Geller, who you may know from TLC’s While You Were Out or Trading Spaces. She was just on my radio show last week, and watch out…because she’s a shooting star. I enjoyed my time with her before she gets too famous to be seen with me.
Upon returning to Colorado, the holiday sickness finally found me. Every year I get nastily ill once my body realizes I don’t have to be speaking or traveling. It’s almost like it saves up germs for when I don’t have to be anywhere, which is actually quite respectful of my busy schedule. Thanks a lot, you kooky body! So I camped out for a few days on the couch catching up on some reading. I was recovered by New Year’s Eve, which was a total blast. Myself, hubby Peter and good friend Amy Butler (pictured at left, along with my 10 chins) did the low-key thing, since I’ve never been a big fan of crowded bars and overpriced shindigs. It just so happens that we moved to a pretty wild suburban neighborhood. Seriously, these people have kids and jobs and hectic lives…but man do they PAR-TAY! So we kept it local and rocked in the new year suburbanite style.
Today, I find myself on the couch once more…but for very different reasons. Champagne is my nemesis. So I coped with my hangover by whipping out some serious Martha Stewart moves and made dounts from scratch by frying them in oil and rolling them in cinnamon and sugar. Totally in line with my “eating healthy” resolution. NOT. But who cares? As you can see pictured, they were a huge hit. Game on for 2008!