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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Working in a NEW Pair of Shoes

Last week I wore these shoes to work for the very first time!  It was a struggle.  Very cute and I got them on sale at my local Steinmart.  They are cork and painted to boot with a little sparkle.  I love them and I think they will eventually get broken in but they were hurting after the first hour.  When I got back to my desk and was going to be there for awhile I slipped them off and put on the flip flops.   I love these for summer.  They will go with many things since they are on the neutral side.  Happy summer!  Do you have all your summer shoes lined up?  I have several other pairs I have not pulled out of the closet yet!  So more to come.
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Steadier Shoes

Sometimes life throws us for a loop and we become dependent upon the wrong things.  Things that only make us feel good for the moment.  In those moments of brief bliss we feel great but when we come down reality hits us like a ton of bricks and the world can come crashing down.  At times total control is lost and friends and family will need to step in to help us make the change that we cannot make ourselves.  It is the change that can save our life.  It seems that our lifestyles today make us more prone to making the wrong choices when it comes to dependency upon alcohol or drugs.  Luckily there are places that can provide a place for us to rest, get help and eventually find our way back.  Back to steadier shoes.  Back to better choices and a life without dependency.

If you or a loved one needs healing and recovery, consider Orange County Alcohol Rehab.  It is a private facility staffed with licensed therapists and counselors,  located in California.  It actually bridges the gap between primary care and independent care treatment centers.  In regards to care, the staff there realizes that one mode of treatment will not work for everyone, so they offer several modalities  of treatment to meet the varied needs of the clients in the program.  As you progress in treatment you walk through three different phases that range from stabling and centering to self awareness to re-entry into the community. 

Orange County Alcohol Rehab  offers comprehensive services.  Not only to they offer alcohol and drug treatment but also food addition treatments also.  Interventions, employee assistance programs and even alternative sentencing are offered.  That is great. That will save someone from jail time and get them into immediate treatment.  Coaching and relapse prevention are also offered. I know that coaching and relapse prevention will be a life long thing for those recovering from addition.  They live one day at a time and fight their battle daily.

While  you are at Orange County Alcohol Rehab you will have all your basic needs taken care of so patients are able to focus just on themselves and getting better.  You will be housed in a beautiful home in a private or semiprivate room complete with 24 hour on site managers, gym, laundry facilities and free transportation to AA meetings.  Those are just a few of the services provided.  Consider this facility.  It offers structured, individual, continual care that will allow progression from active drug use to reintegration into mainstream society.  With successful outcomes, steadier shoes will follow.
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring Shoe Assessment

Spring is here and I have been looking in the closet seeing what I have to match the clothes I have. With it being spring I am just about ready to move all the dark clothes to the back side of the closet and move the spring and summer up front.   Well, upon looking at my shoes I now realize that it may be time to go shoe shopping. The shoes I wore all last spring and summer are just about worn out.  The support is gone and some are missing design items .They really are worn.  I think now is time to go shoe shopping.  Serious shoe shopping.  All my shoes....well not all....need replacement.  The vast majority of my shoes are all heels. I still have a lot of those heels which will wear well this spring and summer but I think I am going for diversity. I think I will be buying some lower heels and wedges.  I might even have to break down and buy flats.  I have not had a pair of dress flats in my closet for at least 10 years.   I am excited.  Shoes!  Shopping!  What can be better! I find now that shopping on the weekdays are better.  I can avoid the crowds (which I hate)  and the selection is better because the trucks are unloaded during the week.  First choice on the styles.  My size is a bigger size, so most of the time only one or two pairs will come.  So I need to get there first.  Shopping is on the agenda for this Friday.  I am planning to go after cleaning and doing some laundry.  Gotta get those mundane things done first.  Shoes always does a mind and a body good.  Especially the body. If the shoes do not fit, it will be a terrible day! 
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Monday, February 25, 2013

Whiz, Amber and Baby Makes Three

You know, I have a teen and I try to keep up with what is  happening in her world.  That is a way that we can stay connected.  I know all about the generation gap that my parents and I had. When I was still single and thinking about a family I vowed to try to keep that gap at bay with my own children.  I think I have done that for the majority of the time.  I keep up with the shows the kids are watching on tv, the music, fashions.  I think that any good parent has to in order to keep the bad things that draw young people in away.

For the most part when it comes to music that has been easy.  I am a fan of all sorts of music.  The explicit rap...not so much. Well at Christmas time, my child told me she wanted me to take her to the  coliseum so that she could by concert tickets to see Whiz.  Well, he was one person I had not heard of.  My daughter is apparently a big fan of him and Amber.  Since then I have of course investigated and found out all about him.  She even has a poster of him on her wall.  Well, can we say enough tattoos? 

Well, after hearing that my child followed them both on twitter, I then  had to find out who Amber was.  Well joy to them both.  They just had a new baby! 
Amber Rose has said that she and Wiz Khalifa fell for each other hard and fast, and that's been evident over the past couple of years. The pair officially began dating in 2011, and since then, they've been inseparable. They got engaged last spring, sharing the moment with fans on Twitter, and they welcomed their first child, Sebastian Thomaz, into the world Thursday — but it's been a memorable ride throughout.
Congratulations to Whiz and Amber.  I still only know the surface things but the fact that they are a family unit goes a long way with me.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Friday, July 13, 2012


Scottish shoes is what i will be needing in about a year or so.  I have the opportunity to go there with our choir.  We will be singing at St. Andrews.  In addition we will be touring several other areas as well...London and Ireland.  I cannot wait! It will be my first trip to Europe.  While we will be going to sing, we will have a chance to explore.  My camera will not be leaving my hands!

I have just checked out the BBC series from the library:  The History of Scotland.  It has been amazing so far.  What a brutal time it was in the early history.  It is a great series.  No stone unturned and well done in great detail.  There seems to be a lot of information on the Visit Scotland site as well.  From the videos and pictures it is a beautiful but forlorn looking place.  The wide open spaces are amazing.

It will be a once in a lifetime trip and I am going.  I missed out on the last one when the choir went to Australia and New Zealand.  I am determined not to miss any more trips like this.  My daughter is going to.  It will be her first trip to Europe as well.  I am excited for her to be going.  And for the two of us to go together.  I cannot wait!  Scotland here we come in the early fall of 2013!!!

I know that I will be able to see Nessie when I come..She will show herself to me!

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Now Wearing Matching Outfits

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Now Wearing Matching Outfits
I have never been a Kanye fan.  He has always been just a little too over the top and ghetto for me.  I don;t know...something about him just turns me off.  i do not listen to his music either.  As for Kim Kardashian, well I did not know who she was until a "minute" ago.  It was well after RayJ that I realized who she was.  These two as a couple just do not seem well fitted for each other.

How many men can Kim go through?  Apparently many.  Way too many for me to keep up with.  Maybe I am jaded.  I just cannot get excited about celebrities and their drama.  Celebrity life seems way too trite.  All their money and opportunity does not really help them.  They get caught up in drugs and drama just because they have nothing else to do....too little time and too much fun and excess.  So, Kim and Kanye....who cares if your outfits match? Most of America wonder how they can afford a decent outfit!

Slippery Tax Shoes

Nothing can be as slippery as taxes.  They can be quite a tangled web.  In years past I have done my own and have also had others do them for me.  A few years ago I had considered taking a few tax courses , thinking that if I had the proper knowledge I could do my own and be sure I was doing them the correct way.  I never did follow up on it and make an actual move in that direction but, if you are interested in that, there are courses and classes that will get you prepared to do so.

Under the IRS rules in order to prepare taxes for money you must be qualified and even certified.  FastForward Academy has a course that includes practice exams and questions that will most likely be on the IRS Special Enrollment Exam.  They have a bank of online questions that are taken from past exams to get you ready for the real test.  The questions are current and span several testing seasons.  There is even a money back guarantee. If you do not pass the test on the first time, per request, they will analyze your test results, coach you in the areas you are weakest and provide course materials for the next testing season, at no cost to you.

You cannot get a better class because the results are in the pudding.  There is a 94% pass rate for the majority of people who take this tax class the first time. The course also includes enough information to assist with continuing education hours that are required each year.  Real world examples are used throughout the entire course to give you the focus you need to meet every tax challenge.

If you are inclined to move into the world of taxes, enroll.  The tax season has just recently ended, but you  will have more than enough time to get ready for next year.  FastForward Academy has many happy students.  Be sure to check out some of the testimonials from satisfied students.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Here is a great way to beat the heat!  I could use one of these right now!

Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Dirty pirate popsicles 

2 1/2 cups Coke
1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 cup Kahlua


1.Place all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.
*Slightly flat Coke will produce a popsicle that stays frozen longer. To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A New Purse...Ivanka

I do not need another purse.  I have many and they are all very nice!  Most of them are designer bags as well.  Coach, Dooney and Burke, Brahmin, Louis Vuitton and other really nice designer bags.  I was window shopping this past weekend and saw a few of the Ivanka Trump bags for the very first time!  They were very well done.  She has designed some very cute satchel bags.  If any of mine ever wear out and it looks like they will not...I may consider getting one of hers.  Cute and well made they are!


What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Lost Mayberry Shoes

It has been not so good a week for American Icons.  We lost two in the same week, Nora Ephron and Andy Griffith.  They both did many great things in the time they had on earth.  I was most affected by the death of Andy Griffith.  Why?  I grew up with him.  It was like I was loosing someone I knew.  I grew up watching his show every day after school.  Shows like his were the sitcoms of my youth!  Later I did watch some of the other shows he starred in bu none resonated with my as my as his time in Mayberry.  It was a wholesome show.  Today that seems to be a thing of the past with graphic shows like Jersey Shore being so popular.

Those shows are just trash...plain and simple.  They have none of the family values that were instilled and demonstrated as you watched the happenings in Mayberry.  Andy influenced a great many people.  Just all the posts on FACEBOOK prove it. Most of my classmates had something to say about his passing and what an influence his shows had on their childhood TV watching.  The good thing is that you can still watch his shows.

When I mentioned his name, my child did not know who he was.  I suspect that will be the case for many kids today.  They did not grow up with wholesome shows like that.  They had power rangers and ninja turtles and smurfs and soon after that, the age of computes really kicked in and soon even the tv was left behind for x-boxes and Nintendo 64 games.  TV back then was of a different time never to be seen again.

Sleep tight Andy Griffith.  Rest. You had a positive influence on  a great many people.  When we pass on we only wish that we could say that we had that sort of good impact.  Rest in Peace!

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond