Happy New Year! We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Both kids made it to midnight, but just barely – and they were asleep about 30 seconds into the new year. It’s officially back to regular life around here as of tomorrow – Annabel is back to school, I’m back to deadlines, and Mike is back in the office. I know it’s going to be nice to have our routines again, although I’m not really excited to wake up to an alarm, or pack lunches! But Annabel can’t wait to see her friends at school, so I know it will be cute to see them greeting each other at drop off tomorrow.

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An Unforgettable Singer

~You long-time readers might remember that, not long after I started working for Verve Music Group, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Natalie Cole as she did press for a new album. At 23-years-old, my job during the press days was to chauffeur around the New York label people, and buy whatever treats Natalie wanted. I didn’t expect to actually interact with her at all, but she introduced herself to me, asked me questions, joked around, and gave me a hug at the end of each day. I remember being blown away by how kind she was, and how she made me feel important and noticed. I knew that being good with people was part of why she was so successful, but it didn’t matter – I left our three days together with a ton of confidence that I carried with me throughout the years I worked for that company. I was terribly saddened to hear about her passing on New Year’s Eve. She will be missed by so many.

New Year’s Savings

~Today’s the last day of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale! Grabbing some shoes for Annie, whose feet have grown THREE-AND-A-HALF SIZES since summer.
~The Container Store is having a 30% – 40% off sale…I dream of being more organized this year.
~If you have Amazon Prime, they are having a 15% off athletic shoe sale (and if you don’t have Prime, you should sign up for the 30-Day free trial to get the deal, plus you can stream a ton of movies and TV shows).

Happy Sunday, everyone!