Archive | December 2011


Happy Friday eve!  I’m now sipping a glass of vino toasting the week gone by which like all of them seems to fly.  Actually, I thought I’d be out to dinner with my son and we ‘d catch up versus him devouring my homemade morsels in 10 minutes so he can go up and watch Family Guy, GOLF CHANNEL (I think I’ve told you he’s an aspiring college bound in fall 2012 professional golfter) or Two and Half Men repeats (and by the way I love how they integrated Ashton Kutchner into the new season—it’s brilliant…and yes, I also think he’s incredibly cute though a few more muscles and chest hair would make him …..oops wine must be hitting me…topic for another day!)

Anyway, I’m thrilled that Luke and I are close, and that he actually enjoys going out to dinner and having a ‘real conversation’.  I’m sure if you’re a parent you get how challenging that is particularly as kids get older, grunt more then speak (unless they need money), and think you’re sooo weird.  Going out to dinner is ‘our time’ and we usually go to a local Italian place called Cenzino’s where we’ve dined at since Luke’s 8.  It’s sorta become my Cheers since the owner Vinnie always greets u with a smiling face and ‘rare mood’ which means he needs another drink…But kidding aside he keeps an eye on all his regulars, aware when they’re going through something.  As was my case when I went through the different stages of my divorce-He was a true friend. 

But tonight my good ole bud Vinnie and I were not to be.  Instead I’m ordering Chinese food for Luke and I… and did I mention his girlfriend…enough said…clearly not gonna be much ‘real conversation’ betwixt us.  But with hormones raging and now both feeling better, I choose to stay close vs enjoying one of Vinnie’s rare moods or picking food up to go.  This way both her parents and I can have a ‘real conversation’ about how I fed their daughter well and how I think she’s terrific -which she is when they pick her up …. Doorbell’s ringing …food’s here and time for another glass of vino!

And you? How’s your Friday eve? Teenage kids? Chilling with a glass of vino? Share please here, tweet me or tweet! Spread the glove!


Let me preface this by saying I have been trying to write this since Tuesday. But, alas as my last post:“Life Interuptus” shared, my son was home ill and mommy TLC was in full gear.  I am happy to report he is back in school YEAH! …oh I mean I am so relieved that he’s feeling fine 🙂 since now this accidental housewife can return to her normal schedule albeit a day or two later…Here we go….

Tra la la la la the holidays as we know far too well are in full gear… Complete with the stress of holiday shopping, getting your home ready for family and friends, and all else betwixt and between.  But unlike most days where I  focus on the must dos I did a wanna do the other day.  Yes, I actually took some of my own sanity saving advice. I decided to smell the chestnuts roasting on the open streets of NYC before they were replaced by souvlaki. I did this following my always fun appearance with my fave TODAY SHOW gals Kathie Lee ‘n Hoda. I threw caution, schedules and my son’s dinner to the wind (and for those of you who may be wondering it was NOT due to him suffering from starvation that he got sick but rather due to his providing TLC to his GF whom was sick first).  

I mean how could I not!  It was a perfect December day—sunny, mild and midtown Manhattan was aglow in holiday cheer.  The time was ripe for me to be there now and enjoy a Mary Tyler Moore kinda moment.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the reference to Ms. Moore please tune into TV LAND and click here for some background on the show For those too engrossed in this blogger’s tale, here’s a sentence or two: The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a 70’s must see sitcom about a young professional single gal, jilted by her live-in medical school boyfriend (radical then) who moves to Minneapolis (I know not exactly my first choice if I were single…forgive me Minnesotans I love your state and it’s beautiful in the warmer months but the winters are brutal for this NE lass as my fingers turn from white to black even in air-conditioned theatres!) But, I digress:  Mary moves there and gets a job working in the newsroom of a fictional TV station-WJM -and the rest my friends has become TV history (and BTW the ever young Betty White was a part of this terrific show and ensemble).  

I refer to it here because as I took in the sites and sounds of NYC, I felt like Mary in the intro to her show where she is experiencing her new city full of smiles, childish enthusiasm and feeling anything is possible as she tosses her beret up in the air …As the show’s theme song says “Love is All Around, No Need to Waste It”.  And, that’s exactly what I did that day complete with that same wide smile but sans beret.  

My inner childhood excitement was in full gear as I stood outside the Cartier building, wrapped  in a gigantic red ribbon (wishing I could go inside and have my prince charming make the holidays truly bright with a shiny diamond babble or two or 3 but then I would have been dreaming and not there live):


Angels and I blowing our horns:

There me blows!

Rat-a-tat-tatting our drums:

Drummin up some holiday cheer!

Viewing Saks Fifth Avenue’s Land of The Bubble Maker window complete with the latest fashion to wear which I saw as a terrific multi-tasking design to look good and dust too LOL! 

Fashion that mulit-tasks-feather dustin dress LOVE THAT!

And, of course the one and only Rockefeller Xmas Tree—pitter-patter pitter patter:


Ahhh ‘tis the season…but alas, like all good things, this accidental housewife was reminded that I was not Mary Tyler Moore when my cell phone rang and my son greeted me with ‘When you gonna be home? I’m hungry and I ate all the leftovers!”  My brief wonderlust was over.  I was thrust back to my regularly scheduled demands of housewifely motherhood programming.  

Hey, please know I am not complaining.  I feel incredibly lucky to have least had this brief time with my fave photographer whom I need to thank now or I will not even get a holiday card from lest a diamond or zirconium babble…u da best D xo! Nope, I  am thrilled I took the time before another year passed and I missed it all again. Holiday shopping, cleaning, prepping etc can wait a few hours-remember the holidays are about celebrating and spending time with family and friends not worrying about dust bunnies. So please take a breath and the time to ‘smell those chestnuts’.  We deserve it!  Love is truly all around and we shouldn’t waste it!

Okay so there’s my holiday sanity saving advice…I’ll get off my pulpit or rather step ladder now….

Love to see your fave pixs of holiday decorations in your home town, if you’re visiting somewhere or hear any fave Mary Tyler Moore moments you’ve seen on TV LAND so please blog back here, tweet me or FB me….

Spread the glove!


Blog n life interuptus 🙂 Was writing a really fun blog when my son came home eyes blurry, head a bit warm and personality receding to his pre-natal position mumbling ‘mommy i dont’ feel good, hug me’ days. So forgive me fellow (or is it feline i always wonder) mommies….my kiddie comes first. And ’til we blog again tomorrow  and for those who missed my pearls of accidental wisdom for getting rid of some of the holiday entertaining pre and post cleanup stress yesterday on TODAY SHOW w/Kathie Lee and Hoda, here’s the clip and some behind the scenes pix courtesy of Sir D xo…Be backatcha post tomorrow’s live taping on BETTER TV and my 6’1 17 year ole baby huey’s hopefully back to his ‘mom leave me alone’ shellfish self 🙂 Go forth now, click, enjoy and ‘spread some glove’!


Scoop, serve n toss!

Tennis balls n Stilleto Marks! Love that!


Morning fellow accidental ones…off to do Today Show and share some mani-friendly tips to get rid of some of the entertaining stress and clean up that will help save u time, money and NRG!  Here’s a glimpse  of yesterday’s rehearsal…I’ll say howdy to Kathie Lee and Hoda for ye and share more later…Let me know watcha think here,  tweet me or FB moi!  ti’ later Spread the glove!

Yup that's correcto Vodka to clean your sink!





Not so long ago but seemingly so far away,  going to get my hair colored was something like going on a mini vacation. I could sit back, be asked if I wanted coffee and served  it, catch up on trashy reading and what Brad Pitt and Anjelina Jolie were up to, and  rip out a Martha recipe with all the good intentions of trying it.  Hey, I was being left alone: no laundry, no dishes, no “mom I’m hungry’- so even as I sat there looking like Frankenstein’s bride the world was filled with my pre-accidental housewifely calm and potential.  I would leave the salon rejuvenated at least ‘til I got home, opened the door and as if my hub’s had a GPS tracking my ETA, he shouted ‘hon, can you get me a roll of toilet paper’! So as I gazed in the mirror to admire my shiny new doo (forgive pun!) en route to get him TP thoughts of whipping up Martha’s recipe evaporated in a flash particularly since it would require 2-3 hours that I clearly didn’t have nor did I now have the desire as my son screamed for a snack.

 That was then this is today. Today I spent the afternoon at my salon and though my hair looks amazing the  hours there were not like the ole days.  Yes, I had water but it was self serve and yes, all the trashy magazines were there but alas I had little time to enjoy them.  You see for some reason my hair no longer wants to be that chest-nutty shade that has been my trademark for years…Nope it’s decided that it prefers to be a horse of a different color.  Why you may wonder? Well it’s called ‘aging’ according to my colorist whom is 23 rrrrr! Seems  as we ‘mature’ and we achieve more ‘stripes’-which is what I call my gray hairs-our trusty manes don’t hold onto color like they use to and they also react to any hormonal crap going. And yes, I was PMS’g and forgive me but I’m gonna drift briefly and share a great quote/observation about this dreaded time of our month courtesy of Roseanne Barr: “Women complain about PMS but I look at it as the only time of the month when I can be myself”-true wisdom to which I’m sure many of us can relate LOL!

 Ok now back to the exciting conclusion of my coiffe tale:

 After numerous consultations betwixt two colorists, three different rounds of low lights, and hundreds of dollars later I am thrilled to report that my chest-nutty hair is back! I am now home and ready to chill with a much deserved glass of wine which I probably should have had while there since it would have made whatever color my hair was perfect.  The not so good news is that clearly going to the salon for color is no longer a mini vacation and I still can’t cook like Martha nor want to… But I’m a half full kinda gal and there is a silver not grey lining …No longer do I walk in the house and have my son screaming for a snack since he can get it himself nor is my hubs calling out for TP as he now lives elsewhere and we remain friends but without benefits!


If you have beauty tales would love as always to hear and have you share here LIVE FROM HYSTERIA LANE, tweet me or FB moi…Happy Saturday and be back with you tomorrow post TODAY SHOW rehearsal w/pix so you can tell me what you think about my color…lying is acceptable!  Spread the glove! 


If you do your own color and ‘accidentally’ splatter some on your floor or sink  try one of these easy ways to clean it up:

1. Dip a tip:  Put some nail polish remover on a Q-tip and dab away!  Use a cotton ball or rag for larger splats

2.Line ‘em:  line your sink and surrounding area w/a garbage bag

3. Be Abrasive:  Good ole ajax, comet or other store-bought abrasive will do the trick.

4. Get Professional Help-No not the psychiatric kind but visit a local salon and ask them for some of the stuff they use to get color off.  BYO empty bottle just in case!


k so it’s now almost 8 est and I AM XHAUSTED! Did have a brief break courtesy of my significant other LU D  🙂 But betwixt TODAY SHOW on Monday, INSTYLE mag interview and all my housewifely chores that  bore majority of us and as tired as this lass is wanted to say hi!  Also wanted to share this AOL post to help as you start wining/whining and entertaining this holdiay season. And, as always PLEASE SHARE  any and all ideas you have for this blog and other stuff i’m working on cause u are the real tipsters!.

Oh yeah, also had my son’s girlfriend here this eve for the first time…never met here before and it’s sorta a strange cool feeling… She is terrific – makes me think of teenage days when i first entered the dating world though my mother would have never let me have a guy over for two reasons 1. he might make footprints on her pristine beige rug in the living room 2. no one in her mind was good  enough for me==DAMN good thing i spent 20K in therapy to get over that!! Another topic for another day when i’m not about to slip into dream world! Anyway, my one and only most adored son is 17 n off to college next year and fortunately he knows where  he’s going  since he’s an amazing golfer and Bucknell University swapped him up pronto…Thank ye gods for he and me we don’t have to wait months n indulge in too many dirty martinis to know he’s all set!  Forgive me if i boast but he’s worked sooooo hard and i am so proud of him and believe he will achieve whatever dream he goes after.. Any of those who have seniors know it’s a stressful year for all and not dealing with the angst of it is a beautiful thing though please note i am still enjoying a dirty martini LOL! Any how my  fellow housewives i’m gonna cut this short, thank u for sharing some ideas for Monday TODAY SHOW w/kathie lee n hoda. Tune in please! Now off to chill.  Keep sharing your amazing ideas here, tweet me at or facebook …Happy weekend!  Spread the glove…zzzzzzzzzzzz