Fear and Loathing in New York

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Charlotte and I flew up to NYC to celebrate our son Cole's birthday. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Bob, how could you leave Dallas during its time of need? We saw on CNN how Ebola is turning Dallas into the LAST DAYS OF POMPEII and all that shit. Where's your civic pride?" 

You know what I said internets?

I said, "My civic pride is in ROW 12 SEATS D and C on AA Flight #1140 to LaGuardia, that's where." 

Then I told 'em to calm the Eff down. Dallas is going to be OK. I mean, we've got the former Ad Executive on the Taco Bell account as our mayor for Pete's sake. You think anything gets past THAT GUY?

Yo Quiero Taco Bell!

We got this.

Everybody's got something to hide except these two

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We weren't going let a little pandemic fear and loathing mess up our trip. We were bearing a gift from someone who knows what FEAR and LOATHING are all about. I'm talking about Hunter S. Thompson's favorite artist: Ralph Steadman. 

Didn't see that one coming did you!

Lemme 'splain. 

 Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?

When Cole landed the Copy Chief job at a Big City Magazine, the first issue he edited featured an illustrated cover by Ralph Steadman. The illustration was (is) cool and I thought it'd be even cooler if we could get Mr. Steadman to autograph it for Cole. 

Cue the CSI music **KA Chung**. 

I found Mr. Steadman's address ...packaged up the cover...included a letter and entrusted the large manila envelope to the U.S. Postal Service. Then I promptly forgot about it (one of the great things about middle age). 

SPOILER ALERT he graciously replied with a personalized autographed cover. He even paid the return postage (that's a MY BAD...I included U.S. return postage and Mr. Steadman as it turns out lives in the UK). But hey, that's WHAT A GREAT GUY HE IS. Man's got class, what can I say?

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We gave Cole the framed autographed cover for his birthday. He was, in a word, surprised.

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"What...how...?" he asked.

I turned to Charlotte and smiled like I was channeling the Mayor of Dallas. And you know what I said Internets? 

"I got this."

Want to know more about Ralph Steadman? Take a look here...

While in NYC we caught the Jeff Koons exhibit at The Whitney Museum. Yes, it was weird, in a wonderfully weird way...

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Guest Room: No-Fuss, Make-Ahead Chocolate Tiramisu

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In the Mirror: Breathe Right Sleep In

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I joined the Breathe Right Sleep In movement to try and catch up on my beauty sleep. Talk about a challenge!

Breathe Right Logo.jpgUnlike Bob who's out as soon as he turns over, I have issues. I prop up on two pillows because I fear nighttime allergies and, worse, snoring! I have trouble falling sleep. And when I finally get there, it doesn't last. I'm constantly waking up, worrying, praying and fighting to doze back off till the alarm rings. I know I'm just your typical post-menopausal woman but that doesn't make things any easier.

So when Bob and I visited Alabama last week, I tried getting an extra hour of sleep at night, using a free sample of Breathe Right nasal strips that we received for review to help me rest better.

WhBreatheRightProduct1.jpgat the Experts Say

How well we rest can have a huge impact on our ability to concentrate and handle our daily to-dos. Juggling home and work responsibilities can be a struggle when your sleep is spoiled by nighttime congestion.

That's why millions of people around the world use Breathe Right nasal strips to help them sleep better. Breathe Right strips open nasal passages so you can breathe through your nose.

What I Tested

I tried Breathe Right's new lavender-scented nasal strips.dddddd dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

What I like

Although they resemble Band-Aids, Breathe Right nasal strips are simple to put on, can be repositioned easily if needed and have just enough adhesive to stay put through the night. You don't have to fear pain from pulling them off in the a.m.

Since they're drug free, these nose lifters offer a natural way to fight nighttime allergies. That's especially great news if you're anything like me or my sister Pam. Besides preferring two pillows, I worry about getting addicted to nose drops or antihistamines; she has a phobia about swallowing any type of pill.

The new, lavender scent, which you activate by scratching the nasal strip's surface, is relaxing. One little strip is all you need for clearer nose breathing. And when you breathe better, you sleep better, feel better and might even look better. Bonus!

BreatheRightProduct2.jpgHow You Can Get Involved

Breathe Right is inviting everyone to make a healthy commitment to disconnect for an extra hour of sleep beginning Nov. 1 - 2 as part of the Breathe Right Sleep In movement.

This #DaylightSavings, I pledge with Breathe Right to get epic sleep every night. Join me for the #BreatheRightSleepIn.

Go to BreatheRight.com/offers to register for your own free sample of Breathe Right Lavender. For more information, check out the Breath Right Sleep In video.

This post is sponsored by by Breathe Right.


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Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Bob and I often crave chicken enchiladas. One of our all-time favorites, this lasagna-like dish offers that creamy chicken, cheese and corn tortilla taste we adore without a lot of work.

Perfect for weeknights, this Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole can be on the table in under an hour start to finish if you use precooked chicken.

Ready to eat-600.jpgI usually use grilled chicken breast that Bob has made ahead. (Don't you just love a man who cooks?!) But you can opt for boiled or deli white meat.

Once you've shredded (our choice) or chopped the chicken, you can forget slicing and dicing. The oh, so flavorful sauce includes cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, more green chiles, four spices and Tabasco for an extra kick. Talk about easy! Making it is as simple as opening cans and adding spices.

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