Its Thursday & I'm here to ramble.....a couple of recent NSVs have stuck with me & so I think I'll write them down.
First happened last week on my biz trip to Cali. I'm there for meetings during the day but try to build the network if I have time and/or energy in the evenings. Last week I reached out to one of my mentors to see if she was in town & wanted to meet for drinks. This lady is about 10 yrs older than I am, she is an EVP at a start-up but has been in the IT business for a long time. We've worked together off & on for the last 5 years or so and managed to build a professional relationship and something a little deeper in that time. Her situation is somewhat similar - she's ambitious, she's successful, she's a mom, her husband takes care of the kids. She knows what its like to be the only woman in a room full of pricks. She knows everybody in Silicon Valley & if I ever decided to move on from my current company she would know who's hiring & who to stay away from. All in all, a good person to stay connected with plus I wanted to get some career advice with the recent increase in job responsibilities. I haven't seen her since I've been banded & she was very complimentary when we first met up. Later in the evening, she was totally staring at me. It was actually getting a little odd! She interrupted my story and said she couldn't get over how good I looked. She said everything just popped - eyes, cheekbones, the whole bit. She couldn't get over how different I looked. Reality is I am not a pretty girl. I am not photogenic - rather, I'd say I'm well-groomed. I never got the line "you have such a pretty face if only you'd lose weight" nope, never heard that one. So, my friends comments were really nice to hear. I've gotten tons of compliments on the weight loss but this was definitely something new!
The other NSV happened on Sunday. We have a wedding here in Denver to go to this coming weekend & the hubs needed new clothes. He's always exercised a lot but now that we're eating so much healthier he's lost about 20lbs and gone from a 36 to 34. Gotta celebrate his successes, too! Since he's a stay at home dad, he doesn't have a closet full of boring buttondowns & drab khakis for the office. He has a stack of Old Navy cargo shorts (& cargo pants for winter), random tshirts and flip flops plus a few nice outfits for the occasional night out. Truth is, he does like to dress up & look smart. He has is vanity, too. :). So off to Nordie's we go to get him something fab. Ended up with a great blue/green/gray plaid jacket that is cut really slim plus a nice blue & white paisley shirt. For a pop of color, I insisted on an orange pocket square. Then had to get him some gorgeous new shoes. I love that man but he is a shoe whore!!! All in all, he looks damn good. :) Well, after seeing how fabulous & sartorially splendid he turned out I knew we had to run up to the Ladies department for me. Here's the NSV part...we were walking through the designer section and I spied a delicious camel coat in St John. St John is definitely not my style - too much big hair, ladies who lunch and aging Dallas debs for my taste - but I decided to try it on for shits & giggles. When I was huge, I totally avoided high-end designer because they are cut so slim. I grabbed the size 10 coat expecting to be tight across the arms & boobs as usual. Nope!!! it was huge!!!!! there was only one other coat in a size 6. My hubs said no way would it fit. It fit - and it was still very roomy. I could actually see my husband process it. I could just see the gears turning in his brain. I think I might have seen "damn girl" flash across his forehead. hahaha.
Finally, my daughter started 4th grade today. I can't believe it. Really. seriously. I.can't.believe.it. So not typical for me but I am posting some personal pics. Here she is rolling out to meet the bus this morning. The other pic I found in my phone & think its really sweet.