Bikini Week Attempts World Record
San Diego is the place to be the next few weeks as the 2nd annual Bikini Week Event hits the beach.
On June 13, Bikini Week will kick off with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bikini parade ever. Hoping to outdo the current champions, Johannesburg, South Africa, who paraded 287 bikini glad girls in November of 2009, San Diego will attempt to go over the 300 mark.
Bikini Week is a sexy fashion industry event that celebrates the art and lifestyle of swimwear. It features a platform of talent that includes fashion designers, photographers, stylists and models.
In the next few weeks there will be runway shows, poolside parties at the hippest San Diego hotels including the Hard Rock Hotel and online contests. The kick off party will be held at Fluxx Nightclub and the creators and sponsors promise that it will be the hottest party of the summer.
In this their second year, Bikini Week represents innovation, creativity and opportunity for those hungry for the spotlight. Plus it's your chance to strut your stuff or just have fun and enjoy summer in beautiful San Diego.
For more information about Bikini Week or to buy tickets to the events, visit www.BikiniWeekSD.com. - SEW
Is Being Thinner Better? - Andrea Week 32
This is my 32nd week on the WW program and I lost 2.6 pounds for a total of 41.6 pounds.
This puts me a little past the halfway point of my weight loss journey. I'm so relieved to have lost the 6.2 pounds I gained in April. I didn't think it would take this long, but it did.
This week I've been thinking about how people treat me when we interact lately. Specifically, I've been wondering if they are nicer to me because I've lost weight. I wonder whether I'm giving out a different "vibe or it's the weight loss.
At work, I have noticed that my visitor chair is occupied a lot these days (much more than it was 41.6 pounds ago) with people stopping just to chat. Are people more drawn to me because I'm emitting a cheerful optimism or is it because I'm thinner and thinner is better?
Maybe it's just a coincidence and I am imagining the whole thing.
I have also noticed better treatment from the attendants in the lot where I park. They close my door for me when I get into my car. What gives? Is that a new company policy or are they nicer because I'm thinner?
Another phenomenon I've witnessed is people being very complimentary of my hair. I'm not trying to be boastful, but sometimes the compliments border on embarrassing. I guess it could be that my hair is looking really great these days, but let's face it, there is nothing miraculous about my hairstyle (see pic). It's longer than I usually wear it, but I still see the same stylist and color it at home.
My theory is that people want to compliment me on my weight loss, but because that is fraught with awkwardness, they compliment my hair instead. It's safer.
It will be interesting to see when I have my annual performance appraisal at work if my "thinner = better" theory plays out. I don't feel like I have really made any major improvements in my work, but if my review is far more positive than in past years I will consider my theory to be proven.
What do you think?
Does thinner = better?
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Tour the O'Neill Tao House in Danville
The only American playwright to ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature, O’Neill also received four Pulitzer Prizes for his work. Tao became his muse, where he often locked himself away for days, creating his legendary and timeless masterpieces. The couple spent time by the pool and with family dog, Blemie, and the author enjoyed walking the hills and the isolation and peace the home brought him.
Carlotta was in charge of decorating the house. Built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style, the residence featured blue ceilings, red doors and black tile floors. Having sensitivity to bright lights, Carlotta kept the drapes drawn, which gave the house a mysterious and shadowy aura. Although they entertained family and friends often, most visitors found the house gloomy and foreboding. It was, in fact, the perfect haven for a playwright to create the unforgettable characters and emotional situations he brought to life on the stage.
The O’Neill’s lived in Tao until 1944, when his worsening depression and alcohol abuse forced them to return back east.
Due to severe hand tremors brought on by his alcoholism and his continuing struggle with depression, O’Neill never completed another play after leaving his beloved Danville home. He died in a hotel room in Boston at age 65 in 1950.
In 1974, due to the efforts of Senator Alan Cranston and others, The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, was formed. The property was in danger of being torn down by a builder and with the help of many, the ranch became the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in 1976, and the home has been restored to its original state. It’s now run by the National Park Service, whose mission is to perpetuate the writer’s vision, to provide programs for future artists and to keep alive the contribution to theater in America that O’Neill made.
Tours are available through the National Park. In May, the park service announced No Reservations Saturdays, which includes tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reservations are required for tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tour takes a little more than 2 hours and is free.
Andrea Gearing Up for Vacation
I had a great past week and lost 3 pounds.
In 31 weeks I am at a grand total of 39 pounds lost. There is one stubborn pound left from my "vacation" from Weight Watchers.
It’s ironic that I will probably lose the last of those 6.2 pounds I gained right as I’m preparing for my next holiday.
No, it’s not that I take a lot of vacations, but the one I took in April left a legacy of weight that has stuck around for almost two months. Luckily it happened so recently that I will remember the affect it had this time around.
I will count points, track what I’m eating and try to remember that just because I’m not at work; it doesn’t mean I can eat whatever I want.
Fortunately, this little holiday will be spent camping in the mountains and with that, there will be a lot more physical activity and no dining out. I know not to skip any more WW meetings than is necessary (no meetings in the mountains). Last time it was three weeks before I went back to WW and I had gained more weight than I had on the few days I was away.
I have one more column before I leave on this camping trip.
See you next week. - AV