Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Update on Ilya Peckerman Foundation for Wegeners Disease & How to Carpe Diem with Julia Child: BAGTRENDS

Dear Bagistas,

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me or reached out to me via Facebook to send their good wishes. Michelle and I have started a cause on Facebook to promote the Ilya Peckerman Foundation for Wegeners Disease. Please visit the page, which will soon be updated on how you can help and where exactly your dollars will be going.

Over the past few weeks, I've struggled to get out of bed, focus on work and function. I'm not the only one who has ever lost - I'm sadly not even the only one to have lost someone to Wegeners. That, of course, doesn't make me feel any better. There have been a few key things that have kept me peaceful and even brought a smile to my face:
1. my two musketeers - mom and sister - we do a good job of balancing each other out. When we sense one is down, the others go into overdrive of talking, distracting or just plain goofing around.
2. my husband - words can't even express the calming, patient force he has been. And I do so love his reminders about getting my hair done, going out of the house to work from a cafe, and shopping. The latter part has brought several key items into my life: Joie over-the-knee flat black boots ($200 on sale at Saks.com), a black Herve Leger dress (also on sale $600 at Saks.com ) and a magenta beaded Milly cardigan (yup, on sale $110 at Saks.com). Not bad for a gal that has had a serious case of shopping anxiety for nearly a year!
3. watching Julie&Julia - oh what a charming, well editing, magically crafted movie based on a delightful book (of which I only read 50%). I watched it Saturday with my mother-in-law and once again on Sunday with my mom. Then I bought Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1. Today, if the force is with me I'll make Filets de Poisson Bercy aux Champignons (a fancy way to say fish filets pouched in white wine with mushrooms). I may even cook in pearls and by 50s-inspired dress from Unique-vintage.com.

Before I go, I'll add how I plan to carpe diem today - remember my last post!! I'll carpe diem by working only until 5pm and devoting time to cooking - what I'm certain will become - world famous Filets de Poisson Bercy aux Champignons fait par Pamela Pekerman. How will you Carpe Diem today? Make it your mission to ask yourself that every single morning!

Have a bag-a-licious day!
Pamela Pekerman
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