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Saturday, June 27, 2009

"It was the best of times....

It was the worst of times..." as written by the immortal Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities.
Yes indeed, what a week. First up, the best of times.
In this gloomy real estate economy we found that we could either help the Fashionista rent a studio apartment for $700+ a month or we could buy a 2 bedroom condo for a bit less and rent out the second room to help with the mortgage. After a exhausting search and nerve racking bidding war battle we can now proudly say we are about to become slumlords. Yes, that will make Rudi a slumdog. :) The property was a foreclosure and it's transformation to our version of The Plaza will provide great design material for this blog. There is indeed great work to be done and it is a good thing I always keep my rose colored glasses and inner Eloise on hand.

Secondly we found out the Fashionista had earned a highly coveted position as a display intern at a store that is famous for their ingenious and highly creative displays. She is working on the fall installation. I will let you guess which store, here is a small hint.

This of course was followed by the worst of times. I heard about Ed McMahon first. As I am from a generation where 11pm was WAY past my bedtime it didn't effect me like it did others. But then there was Farrah. The Farrah of Charlie's Angels. A show which we were not supposed to watch as it was deemed "too sexy" by my mother. Her passing brought back a funny memory of my brothers hiding a certain poster along the back wall of their closet and making sure they shut the closet doors when they left the room. You know the one....

But Michael. That is a whole other story. Off The Wall was the first cassette I ever owned.
I had loved him in the Jackson 5...ABC...I'll Be There...Rockin' Robin... I was in the 6th grade when the world learned that Michael Jackson didn't really need his brothers as a backup, he could stand on his own two amazing feet.

Then came Thriller. Was anyone else 14 and mesmerized when he premiered the Moonwalk on Motown 25? I can remember sitting next to my bff T, looking at each other, jaws gaping open with disbelief soon followed by "What did he just do?"

What about the world premiere of the video Thriller? You know, back when they actually played music videos on MTV. My friends and I had never seen anything like it. We practiced the dance moves over and over in our stocking feet at many a pajama party. I myself practically wore out both my mother and the album section of "Beat it" by playing it over and over. Let's have a show of hands of who had a black, white or red jacket. I often borrowed my friends red vinyl version. We couldn't afford leather.

Like Princess Diana, Michael was one of the first celebrities to be hounded by the stalkarazzi. He revolutionized not only song, but dance and fashion as well.
The fashionista and I were waiting for the day tickets went on sale for what was to be his comeback.
Sadly, when combining his immense talent with
his wealth and fame he was a target for many who wanted to make a easy dollar. Sure, he didn't make the best decisions sometimes. Of course I imagine that all of us would have some sort of dirty laundry to show if we were followed 24/7. In the end, as it is with all of us, it is between him and God.

Soon after I got the call that no mother wants to get...

The Fashionista is thankfully fine as is the other driver, but my nerves are totally shot.
I am not sure if the whole real estate bidding war coupled with Mr. Decor's absence and the accident was too much for me but later that night my head was spinning. Literally. I couldn't walk in a straight line and this resulted in severe nausea, among other unpleasant things. I finally had the fashionista take me to the ER after a really rough night and was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo ~ an inner ear condition.

That said, I am on bed rest. Of course I want to do it in style, so I have dug out my sparkly socks and loafers to wear while I am loafing it.

I'll see you in about a week my friends.


Mildred said...

It seems many are struggling this week Laura. I hope you feel better soon. I'm thankful everyone is safe and I do look forward to seeing the Fashionista's condo decorated. I now have a mental picture of Rudi with a cigar and a hat as a "slum" dog!!!! Take care dear friend.

Coastal Sisters said...

I am so glad the Fashionista was ok. I am sorry to hear you were not feeling well and I hope you get better very quickly....

Sending good thoughts your way,

ceekay said...

Feel better....and then don't work too hard!

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Oh my goodness! My mother has a problem with it, and I have seen how horrible it makes her feel. :(

I hope you improve soon!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Oh, sorry this has been such a hard week for you! I hope you will get the break and rest you need to feel like yourself again. I agree we have lost a lot of great people this week. They all will be greatly missed and remembered.

I too have had some inner ear problems with vertigo and dizziness, so I really feel for you. Mine seems to come with stress, so hopefully it will pass for you soon. I have to ask, are you Military? Maybe I didn't read that somewhere. I saw on your daughters car a sticker on the window for getting on base. Just curious. I think you know that my husband is in the Air Force, just thought we might have that in common too. :)

Did a cute cupcake pincushion ever arrive to your door? I hope so. We were on vacation for the last two weeks and sent it off in Las Vegas.

Have a better week and know my thoughts and prayers are with you my friend!

Hugs to you,

ScrappinAway said...

Oh my goodness, what time you have had! That picture would be from Anthropology (sp) would it? I was a huge MJ fan as a kid; I had a MJ birthday party where we played pin the glove on Michael Jackson and I also attended the Victory Tour concert in 1983 and had his posters plastered on my wall. My only hope is that the King of Pop knew the King of Kings!

Nancy said...

A lot has happened in your life this week. I'm so glad your daughter is ok! I know how that can rattle a parent. Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


~Kristen~ said...

I, too, was a child in the 70's and a teen in the 80's and both of these deaths just really hit hard. So very sad. The world lost two extraordinary people.

Thank God the Fashionista is OK!!! And I am going to guess that her internship is with Anthropologie?!? How very cool if it is!!!

Kelly of Royal Pink Vintage said...

Take care, Laura. I'm recuperating from a fibromyalgia flare, so I here ya on needing to take a break.
Also I'm 40, so I have all the same memories as you of Farrah and Michael.


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I hope you will feel better soon. I will certainly be praying for you! I'm so sorry that you have had a hard week. When our daughter went off to college, she didn't want to live in a dorm and it was cheaper to buy a condo than it was to rent an apartment. You will enjoy helping your daughter fix her place up, plus, it will be a nice investment. Sorry about the wreck. If it is any consolation, my daughter had a wreck 2 weeks ago. Her car was so old that it was totaled. She has picked out a car and will buy it on Monday. I too, was saddened by the 3 deaths this week. Especially Michael. He was so talented!! I always wished I could moonwalk like that, but I never could master it. LOL! Rest and get better soon. Love & blessings from NC!

Really Rainey said...

Oh Laura! My goodness what a week! Take care and if you need anything just email me! I can bring you chicken soup!

Take Care

kate said...

what a time you have had!!! Hope all is on the mend... and cant what to see your daughters new place....
please do before and afters

Paula said...

Boy, you really have had a rough week. I hope that you will soon be feeling better. That crash must have scared you to death. I look forward to seeing what you and the fashionista do with her new place.

Wanda said...

Slum are too funny. Just be very careful when picking another brother is going through that again and thankfully we have a property manager to help us for our home in TX. Why does it not surprise me that your offspring got a job at Anthropologie. :) I hope you feel better...I had that once in GE and it wasn't fun. Take care.

Joyce said...

What a week you have had! Someone's telling you that you need to slow down and relax, so heed the warning and you'll soon be rejuvinated so you can do it all over again!

Good news and bad news, but this was a good post. I'm really sorry about the accident. Thankfully no one was hurt. Hopefully you will feel better soon!!

Tea Time With Melody said...

I too got the "call no mother wants" when Jackie was in her first year of college. An airport shuttle van came off the freeway in the rain and totalled her car. All were fine but what totally ticked me off was she needed a car so her father who was a car salesman at the time went shopping with her the next day and bought her a Mustang! Stick shift! She had never driven a stick. Can you just see me yelling at him over the phone! Well, she still has that car 5 years later and she mastered how to drive it before the day was done.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

It has been quite a week, hasn't it? Sorry to hear that you have vertigo, that doesn't sound fun at all. Congrats on becoming a slum lord, l.o.l.

LiLi M. said...

Yes what a week indeed. Luckily nobody of your family got hurt and I think too that your daughter is going to work for Anthropology. I was there in New York and I loved it. The displays on the outside but the inside of the store as well.
It feels unreal to loose Farrah as well as Michael Jackson. It feels a bit like my youth has definitely ended now. Take care!

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Laura, what a week.
Sorry to hear about the accident and I hope that you manage to get some rest so you can feel better.

Congratulations on the new place for your daughter.

Sad news about all those that passed away. I used to do aerobics to some of Michael Jacksons songs.

take care and get lots of rest.

Jen said...

Dear Laura,
Get better soon! no wonder your head was spinning. Sounds like everything from the past to the future and danger to the fashionista was way too much for one talented being to handle (and no wonder) Thinking of you. Congrats on buying a fixer upper and the fabulous award of the fashionista.

Lady Dorothy said...

Praying for a speedy recovery!

Can't wait to see what you do with the condo!

Roeshel said...

First - feel better soon! :)

I can't wait to see the progress on the condo. I know it's going to be fabulous!

I had the same type of reactions to the celebrity deaths this week as you did too. I'm really sad about Michael Jackson too and enjoyed reading your experiences.

Then to find out about Billy Mays today. I know he had an obnoxious sales technique but I was intrigued (probably because he's from the Pittsburgh area originally) and I admired his success. I'm also an easy target for infomercials. lol

I hope you're feeling better soon. :)

Liz said...

I hope this is the temporary type of Vertigo... not the kind that comes and goes... That would stink!

It sounds like a really rough week! Kinda like a roller coaster.

Congrats to the Fashionista on her internship! And for not getting hurt!

Feel better soon!

Linda said...

I'm sorry for the rough week. Glad that your daughter is okay and that you located a place for her - I imagine it will look lovely.

I did watch Charlies Angels - it was a favorite of mine back then and so I initially felt a tinge sad about Farrah, though I don't really feel a connection to celebrities so for some reason, it didn't upset me very much. I did like MJ back when - I think I had the Thriller album - but he just got too odd for me in recent years.

Life is indeed like this - uncertain - and it reminds us all to cherish each and every day, even the bad ones.

Hope you have a much better week.
Blessings always,

Katherine said...

I relate with what you are saying...I am 37 and feel strangely like part of my childhood died with Michael Jackson...

caren said...

Laura ~ Hope this finds you feeling much better. I have had vertigo and it is NO fun. I thought I had a stroke. It was a tough week.... you did make me laugh with your shoes and sparkly socks. I am so glad you had a picture of Eloise...I blogged about her for Pink Saturday - come visit.

Joy said...

Congratulations on your Fashionista's new job!