Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Glasses for Rex

I know, I know, I haven't had time to write much for the past few weeks. It's all I can do to keep up with work and family, never mind my fitness plans for the New Year or blogging every day. I want to thank all of my loyal readers for your patience... I'm hoping to be able to write more often after we settle in to a new routine of waking everyone up early, getting the girls to their before-care program at Mendham Township Elementary School, and dashing across the Bernardsville mountain to the train station and off to NYC. Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy's Best Of... sites, I've been posting about the big changes our family has been going through since Rex and I decided to join forces with another investment banking firm. While we had a great deal more flexibility running our own three-person mergers and acquisitions firm, we have been learning about some of the unexpected benefits of being part of a larger company. On our first day with the new firm, the human resources manager took us through the benefits plans: medical, dental, and vision. According to a recent article in The New York Times, only 17 percent of employers now provide a vision plan, so we are lucky to have one that covers annual eye exams and a new pair of eyeglasses for Rex. So far, London, Maddie and I don't need glasses, but if we did, each of us would be eligible for a new pair every year under the company vision plan, too. The same article in the Times mentions Zenni Optical as a low cost online provider of a wide selection of frames starting at only $8. I found the tortoise shell frames in the photo for Rex for only $19 for the lens and frames. Click on the photo if you'd like to order a backup pair of frames without breaking the bank.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Music Monday: What Is Love? by Howard Jones

Today's Music Monday pick for Roxiticus Best Blogs is from Howard Jones. It's called "What Is Love?" and came out twenty-five years ago, just before I graduated from high school in 1984. I used the following line from the song in my graduation speech:

"And maybe love is letting people be just what they want to be
The door always must be left unlocked."

When this song came on my XM Satellite Radio (Channel 8 for the Eighties) on Wednesday morning as Rex and I were driving in to our office in New York City, I sang along and then shouted out that I'm stuck in the 80's. I knew that I wanted it as one of my Music Monday picks, but I had hoped to find the rest of my graduation speech to post along with it. I know I quoted Howard Jones and Bruce Springsteen, and had an upbeat message for my friends, but did not commit any of it to long-term memory. Unfortunately, 1984 was well before digitization, but somewhere in my basement or my mother's basement, I'm sure I'll find the original typewritten copy... if I stick to my February New Year's resolution to spend an hour a week going through the treasures in my basement, maybe I'll find it in time for my 25th high school reunion this summer and I'll share it with all of you then. In the meantime, enjoy the video... it brings back a lot of memories for me. The 80s were the era of MTV, but my family didn't have cable, so I hadn't seen this video until today.

"I love you whether or not you love me
I love you even if you think that I don't
Sometimes I find you doubt my love for you, but I don't mind
Why should I mind, why should I mind?

What is love anyway, does anybody love anybody anyway?
What is love anyway, does anybody love anybody anyway?

Can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear
Never worry never be sad
The answer is they cannot love this much nobody can
This is why I don't mind you doubting

And maybe love is letting people be just what they want to be
The door always must be left unlocked
To love when circumstance may lead someone away from you
And not to spend the time just doubting

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