Oscar Party 2014

The Academy Awards are coming up, so you know what that means: getting together with your best friend to watch the big event, of course! It's time to start the party planning for a night you'll always remember by cooking, drinking, eating, voting, and dressing like the celebrities you love to watch. Get dressed up If the celebs are getting dressed up for the big night, there's no reason why the two of you shouldn't either. Maybe you don't have thousands to spend on an outfit, but chances are you already have something fabulous in your closet you can sport, so slip it on and get fancy! Fill out a ballot You and your best friend can chip in and buy a prize, then each of you can fill out a ballot. Whomever comes out the winner gets to keep the goody. Drink champagne Guests at the Academy Awards are going to be drinking their fair share of champagne, so you should as well. There's plenty of incredible champagnes that cost under $50 for those of us who are on a budget. […]
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Sangria Hoppin’

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us yet again.  If you’re anything like me, you’re probably rushing around trying to deck the halls, bake scrumptious cookies and buy thoughtful one-of-a-kind gifts.  The problematic part is that the traditional hustle and bustle of the holiday season often gets in the way of finding enough hours in the month to spend time with your best friend. So this year, my best pal and I have decided to forgo our usual gift giving routine and instead spend some quality time with one another celebrating…wait for it…National Sangria Day.  Yes, believe it or not, there is a National Sangria Day.  On December 20th, which happens to fall on a Friday this year, my best friend and I have planned our 1st Annual Sangria Hop.  To be perfectly honest, our plan is relatively simple.  We’re going to get dolled up and hit, or more accurately hop to, a number of restaurants and bars in one of the trendiest areas of town.  While there, we’ll […]
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Times Have Changed, Haven’t They?

My best friend and I generally take advantage of nearly any holiday we can, from Arbor Day to Ice Cream Day.  In the past, we’ve always used these occasions as the perfect excuse to get together and celebrate in some way.  Not since our middle school days (and I’m not telling you how long ago THAT was), have we participated in a Sadie Hawkins Day event.  This year, however, we’re changing that. Just in case you’re not familiar with it, Sadie Hawkins Day is one of those time-honored, albeit unusual holidays where the girl is literally supposed to ask out the boy, whether on a date or to a dance or to some other fun activity.  Interestingly enough, this holiday became popular way back in the 1930’s after Al Capp did something similar in his ‘Lil Abner’ cartoon series. Now, fast forward some 80 years to present day.  I would have assumed, wrongly, of course, that Sadie Hawkins Day was almost obsolete.  That is, until I read an interesting article in Psychology […]
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Who Needs the Red Carpet, Anyway?

Aaaah!  The Emmy Awards! If you’re anything like my best friend and I, you love to sit on your sofa with a fun cocktail in hand, watching the Emmy Awards, dreaming of the glimmering gown you’d wear, the handsome date you’d have on your arm and the highly-lauded acceptance speech you’d make when you no doubt won that coveted award. Ooops! Flash back to reality!  My best friend and I don’t often have the chance to watch the Emmy Awards together and we certainly NEVER have the opportunity to attend red carpet events.  We don’t get dressed to the nines and go out to sensational soirees with handsome hunks and superstar celebrities.  And we’re perfectly okay with that. Instead, we have our very own tradition involving a beauty salon, shopping and food.  Once every few months, we plan a girls’ day – just for us!  We’ve had a running battle every visit for years, with my best friend encouraging me to color my hair red and me trying to get her to cut her hair […]
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Master of Hispanic Art: Diego Rivera

Like most students in the U.S., foreign language was compulsory during my education.  Since many of my teachers thought this skill was unnecessary, I too saw my Spanish instruction as a chore.  As a gringa from Nebraska, I never imagined how or why I would need to learn Spanish.  Even my best friend whose family was from Mexico didn’t speak the language.  It wasn’t until high school that I found a teacher who wanted to convey more than just the language; she also wanted to share her Hispanic culture with her students. In the second week of the semester in 1999, my Spanish teacher assigned a project that would forever change my perception and understanding of Hispanic culture.  In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, we were to attend a cultural event or participate in a cultural activity.  My first reaction, like everyone else, was exasperation at the idea of more homework.  I turned to my best friend for help since she was heavily involved with the Spanish community. […]
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Coffee Ice Cream Dinner Party

I love ice cream.  Coffee Ice cream with hot fudge is the best - a lovely combination of buzz and sugar.  My friends are ice cream cool like me.  They like Pistachio, Jamoca, Pralines ‘n Cream and Rocky Road.  We often break bread together and of course end the meal with a scoop or two of our favorite or even a new flavor.  We are not, however, adventurous enough to try some of the flavors served by Ripley’s Believe it or Not on National Ice Cream Day.  At that event, Vera Chinese of the New York Daily News tried pizza, mustard and corn, and lox and mustard ice creams.  She reported that she and other brave tasters were not able to finish a cone of any flavor.  What a surprise. Back to Earth.  Back to my dinner parties. As I think about my dinner parties, I realize that I never invite vanilla or berry ice cream lovers or rainbow sorbet lovers for that matter.  My guess is that they would be hum-drum conversationalists.   Baskin Robins agrees.  They approached […]
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A Soaring Friendship

A few weeks ago, I found out about National Friendship Day.   Huh?  I didn’t realize there was a special DAY for your BFF.  I guess I never really thought I NEEDED a special day to celebrate with my best gal pal.  Heck, we celebrate all year long anyway!  But, now that I know about it (because I GOOGLED it, of course) – I can’t NOT celebrate it.  This year, I’ve decided to plan a memorable girls’ day and bestow the gift of balloons and blue skies to my best friend. On August 4th, I’ve planned the ultimate surprise for my fabulous friend – one I know she’ll go gaga over!  But, before I talk about the surprise, let me tell you a little about my best friend.  She’s a gentle and kindhearted soul who listens intently and responds honestly.  She tells me what I need to hear whether I like it or not.  We’ve laughed and cried and shared everything imaginable over the years.  We are, indeed, two peas in the proverbial pod. One of her lifelong dreams […]
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BFF after 40

Even before there was text-speak, there was the term “BFF.” Its universal acceptance is so widespread that it even has a place in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The term BFF brings to mind my days back in high school, when I would have made liberal use of the term – followed by a huge heart or explanation point, of course. Clearly it is a symbol for the young, the same as neon butterfly tattoos and mustache accessories. But even when I communicate through cutting edge platforms such as texts, Facebook posts or Twitter, and especially when connecting through email, phone or in person, I can’t bring myself to refer to my friends as my BFFs. Because when I think of my friends, particularly my best friends, the term doesn’t do our relationship justice. It feels vapid and overused. My circle of friends are part of a select group of people in my life. There is depth to our relationship. When I am with them face-to-face, we take the time to share our lives. Our time together […]
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