Happy {Celebrity} Halloween!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Halloween. {Need the proof? See for yourself here.} However, there is a whole lot going on in my little world right now and I got lazy and just threw on last year's bumblebee costume. I'm not proud, BUT I do have the cutest little furry bumblebee as my Halloween partner this year. (More on that later in the week.)

You know who never gets lazy on October 31st? Celebrities. You gotta love it. Just look at Jessica Simpson admitting she's "going to be a mummy" and finally flaunting that baby bump we all knew was there.

And you have to love the creativity The Today Show puts into their costumes every year. Boyfriend and I checked that one out this morning.

Glee's Matthew Morrison as Richard Simmons. Love it.

The Carey/Cannon clan.

The incomparable Gwen Stefani.

Nick Lachey and Kelly Ripa couldn't have had better timing with their costumes.

Speaking of the Kardashians, here's the only one that doesn't make me want to pull my hair out and her cute little man.

Heidi Klum always kills it on Halloween.

And, finally, my favorite celebrity costume of the year. Nicole Richie as Jennifer Lopez. Spot. On.

One more time. Happy Halloween!

Dear Lindsay Lohan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dear Lindsay,

I know you've had a busy day, but you know what? I've had a busy day, too. You see, I have this thing called a job. I know it's been a while and you may no longer remember what that word means, but you used to have one of these, too.

Here's the thing, Linds. Everybody loves a comeback. Look at Britney. She consisted on a diet of nothing but Cheetos and crazy for years and somehow managed to pull it up a notch. Girlfriend even shaved her head and still shimmied her way back into our good graces. Look at you, you still have all your hair and that's gotta count for something (although the state of your teeth suggest a problem that can probably only be solved by Dr. Drew).

Here's the other thing, freckles. Even though we love a comeback, I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say we're sick of your shit. The denial. The endless excuses. The entitlement that is nothing short of egregious. Get your act together, take some accountability and fight for the life most of us can only dream of.

Oh, and good luck.

Best, Kathleen

You Get a Second Chance.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Year I Spent Limping,
in a Wheelchair and on Crutches.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A few days ago, on October 1st, it hit me that it had been one year since my knee surgery. You see, several months prior to that, I re-injured what I did not realize at the time was a fractured kneecap. A fractured kneecap I walked on for two years that later resulted in the need for knee surgery and two subsequent ankle surgeries.

This post is not about rehashing all of that, however. There are things I learned in the last 12-16 months that I don't care to go into here. (Although I will say that a second or even third opinion should always be considered before putting your body through the trauma of surgery and the long process of recovery.) What is this post about? I'm glad you asked. This is about gratitude.

It's been four months since my last surgery and at least a good month and half since I've limped on a regular basis. Most of the time, nobody knows anything happened and - honestly - I wasn't sure that would ever be the case again. Forgive me if this sounds overly dramatic, but I have recently begun to feel like I've been given my life back. For far too long, I couldn't do the things I wanted because I either physically couldn't or because it was simply too painful. I truly felt like my (relatively) young self had been replaced by an elderly, crotchety old woman. Let me tell you, it was pretty attractive.

And now? Now I'm back and I have a new found sense of gratitude for my resilient, capable body. It's been a long year, but I'm a better person for having gone though it and am so damn happy it's over. And I learned some valuable lessons while on crutches. For example, even though you can't admit it, sometimes it's nice to be pushed around in a wheelchair by your friends. Also, and this one really surprised me, you get a lot of attention from the opposite sex when you're crippled. So, to my single friends, I want to suggest renting a wheelchair sometime. Seriously. Kind of. Last, but not least, I learned to appreciate movement. In fact, I think I'll go for a walk now. Why? Because I can, folks, and that's a beautiful thing.