and YIKES RAZORBLADES! :) do u have a closeup of the eyeliner?
I just converted it to a PDF file so I could attach it. This is with no make-up mind you. I didn't have it put on ultra dark. It is one of the best things I've done. I can go out with no make-up in a pinch and still look like I applied eyeliner.
I also had my outter arches of my brows done. My eyebrows aren't really that high. I just arched them and opened my eyes wide so you could see the eyeliner.
Oh what a good idea! I love your pups, Lexie, and it looks like you're quite a cutie!! Bessie, that picture of you with the Coach scarf is gorgeous! You have the best, most expressive eyes!
Husky, love your website and your pups!
Ok, I'm 52 years young, I worked as a Paralegal for 1000 years. I specialized in Criminal and Appellate Law, both state and federal and my attys and I were always involved in some battle against "evil," lol, whether it be on the judicial level or the political level. I officially retired a couple of years ago, but I'm still pretty active in politics. I also will help out the boys (my attys) if they get into a bind on a case.
My husband is an engineer, we don't have kids, but we also raise dogs. He was born in Switzerland, and his family moved back there many years ago after living here in Oregon for quite some time. They came to the states when he was quite young, then left when hubby was a teenager. He came back at age 20, went to college in WI (We live in IA) and the rest is history. He's the only one in his family w/out a Swiss accent.
Anyway, I retired in order to take care of our dog business. We raise AKC shih tzus, chowchows and shelties. We have a website, www.agreatdog.com, and this is going to be our retirement business. We've been raising dogs for nearly 29 years now and while we don't have human kids, we have plenty of ones with furry hides. Hubby used to show, but we don't time for that now, nor do we have the stomach for the politics involved in creating an AKC Champion, but as they say, that's another story. Besides, we have enough ribbons and trophies taking up space.
I love horses, haven't had one for a long time, but I hope to add one to our menagerie of animals (we have pygmy goats, a pygmy donkey and sheep, cats and a couple of rat terriers too) books, movies, traveling, SHOPPING, lol, cooking, entertaining friends and going out w/them, and I have a small eBay business where I sell, what else, purses! I have mostly Coach and Dooney&Bourke because they are easily accessible to me..unfortunately, Kooba has continued to resist Von Maur's efforts to lure them into their stores, so I don't have a local dealer. I rely on you city girls for that. Von Maur is our Nordies here.
I have 2 sisters, one lives a couple hours from me, and one lives in Chicago. We often travel together, we take one trip minimum together, at least once a year. This past Oct., we went to Salem for Halloween, hung out with the witches and then visited Boston for a few days. This year we're thinking Sedona would be nice in the fall/winter. My mother is still with us, my dad passed back in 1999.
Ok, that's it in a nutshell. This is a great thread and its so fun to read about everyone's life. Good job, Lexie!
I'm editing this post to add that I had been writing it and went away for awhile to take the dogs out for a run, and now I see several others have posted! I want to say I just read your posts and there are some really beautiful women who are obviously intelligent and have a lot of soul. *S*
Location: Brooklyn New York City where they paint murals of Biggie
hehe what a great story :) i think its really interesting how many of you women have decided not to have children :) i like it cause i love love kids but i dont KNOW for sure if i want any, i mean thats in the future but i come from an area where children are taking over the world haha everyone over 30 has 1-2 kids and its WEIRD not to have kids so its nice to hear there are ppl who dont have them and are happy! :)
And how nice you all have such love for dogs im so happy to hear that cause there are so many pups who need love!!! :)
grace123- do you find with breeding dogs they are more prone to health issues? are those breeds designer dogs? cause ive heard those are the ones who have more problems, ive always wondered! :)
AND You have a GIANT COACH FAN RIGHT HERE!!! :) PM me your eBay info so i can add you as my favorite seller as i LOVE LOVE LOVE coach but never buy on eBay cause im scared they are all fake hehe so i can add you and know they are all perfect :) THANKS
haha sorry that was a bit off topic back to life stories i love them!!!! :) this is the best ever i hope we get a ton of good stories!
My first name is Lindy, named after the old NYC restaurant known for their fabulous cheesecakes in the window.
I grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio in a small town named Loveland. Isn't that a great name for a town?
I attended Miami University, Oxford and have a BS degree in Marketing. My hubby thinks the BS stands for something else entirely. *s
And yes, I really AM a sales rep as my nickname implies. I am with a large rep group in the gift industry, handling over 40 different lines/vendors. I sell everything from tabletop, jewelry, stationary/cards, giftware, home decor and gourmet foods (like Ghiradelli chocolate). And no, I won't send you any samples. *s I spend my days calling on my clients, helping them find great things for their stores.
My spouse has his MBA from UC, grew up in this area too, and just retired from management in the corporate environment. He is home more now and is actually learning how to operate the dishwasher.
We have two children, a boy and a girl, both away at nearby universities. We also have a cat named Prettygirl and a sweet golden retriever named Maggie.
Coming to the Forum is like sitting around in a coffee house talking to a group of marvelous friends.
Bessie, no our dogs aren't designer dogs. They're all healthy, sturdy critters that are well within the standards created by AKC for each individual breed. To me, the designer dogs are the ones that are inbred over and over in order to create those 'tiny' dogs you see the celebs carrying about. Those little guys can have some health issues. We refuse to do that. We're pretty hardcore about our dogs, our standards are high and if a potential owner doesn't like that, tuff. They don't get a pup from us!
Ladysalesrep, I'm really sad to hear about that no samples stuff.
My name is Echo and I live in the midwest. I am 36 and have been married for 10 years. I have three children ages 7, 4-1/2 and 3.
I have a degree in Journalism from UW-Madison and worked in marketing before becoming a full-time mom.
I LOVE Koobas and Bulgas and am having a hard time deciding what to buy. I have two Bulgas and a gold Kooba, but I'd like an everyday Kooba as well. My budget is limited and I am terribly indecisive on top of it!
And I want to add that I applaud the women who have chosen NOT to have children. I have seen far too many women have children because they felt it was expected or because they were pressured by "friends" or in-laws. But kids are very, very hard work, and the friends and in-laws are not the ones who will be up nights and cleaning vomit off the carpet! Having children is such a personal decision, and I think that people should be 100% happy with their decision to have none, only 1 or more, but they should NEVER have children for the wrong reasons! My sister just turned 40 and has no children (nor plans for any) and wouldn't want it any other way.
I am also not a pet lover. I think they are darling in pictures, but I am deathly allergic to anything with fur, so that makes most pets impossible for me. Fortunately, we live in the country and have an old barn on the property where lots of kitties live (my dh feeds them), and the kids' papa visits often with his yellow lab so the kids can play with the dog in the yard!
This thread turned out much neater than expected. It's so nice getting to meet you all, see pics, and get a glimpe of your lives beyond a Kooba bag. I agree 100% with Lindy. It feels like a Coffee House when I sit at the computer and go to our brand new Kooba forum.
And I love it that so many people share my love for animals. So many Dog people. My 2 boys were bought from a reputable breeder and cost big bucks, and still ended up with luxating patellas and allergies. Later we found out that our "show" quality dogs had the worst comformation of toy poodles anywhere...LOL We cared that we were scammed but we didn't care really because we loved them to death. We would never dream of breeding them. We'll leave that to breeders who know what they are doing.
What a great idea for a thread! You are all amazing women and it is nice to know a little of the behind-the-scenes info. Lexie, thanks for getting this rolling!
Now for me... My name is Steph and I was born in southeastern Wisconsin in the late 70s. I grew up in a very small town, where most of my extended family still lives today. Like a true Wisconsinite, I love the Packers and do a pretty good job of making it to a game at Lambeau every other year. When I turned 18, I packed up and moved to the Twin Cities to attend the U of MN. I received my BS in Architecture in early 2001.
I was married a year and a half ago to my wonderful DH. We met while finishing up our final college credits, though we did not know each other from school. We compliment each other very well, and enjoy our life together. We do not have children at this time, nor do we have any immediate plans to start a family. We are both looking forward to that time in our lives though... and hope that we will be ready for kids in a few years.
I work as a manager for a well-known retailer, and love my job wholeheartedly. I've been with the same company for 9 years and cannot imagine working elsewhere. Hey KoobaLover, I thought you were an architect? Nope, I'm not. As much as I love architecture and design, I realized it was not my true passion in life, so my T-square and I went our separate ways.
I love to travel. I have seen many places in the world that have taken my breath away, though I have only visted a few countries. I love the experience of being enveloped in a foreign culture... where things are so different that you appreciate every sight, sound, person, and gesture. I hope to someday have the means to travel for one month each year. Maybe if I stopped buying bags it would be attainable sooner than I think...
This year I will be celebrating my 30th birthday, and I'm really looking forward to it. I enjoy the fact that I am maturing, and I appreciate the life lessons I learn along the way.
Like the rest of you, I really enjoy coming here to hang out. Lindy, I think you put it best: it's like going out for coffee with friends. You are all so fabulous!
On with some pics... The first one is a photo of me taken by my grandma in the early 80s. It is one of my favorites...
Next up is me outside of the Art Institute in Chicago. What a lovely place to visit! Please promise me that next time you're in Chicago you will go there.
One of my dad's passions is flying. He spends a lot of time in the air, so naturally I have been along for the ride here and there. This picture of me was taken while I was steering the plane for my dad on the way to Michigan. What a thrill!
Lastly, this is the most current picture I have of myself.
Thanks for reading a little about me! I have enjoyed everyone's stories so far and hope to read many more!
Location: Brooklyn New York City where they paint murals of Biggie
koobalover HOW GORGEOUS ARE YOU!!! :)
and thats so wonderful that you are excited for your bday so many ppl get so upset about turning 30 but i think 30 is nothing now a days and its so nice to mature and grow people shouldnt be so scared, i know im not i cant wait as i get older i move closer to a career and an adults life :)
Traveling is amazing, what countries have you visited?
I have been to Israel, England, France, Canada, and Italy (which is my absolute favorite country in the whole entire world!)
^Oh Bessie, you are too kind! YOU'RE the gorgeous one... After all, I'm not the movie star of the Kooba Kingdom!
I am envious of the places you've traveled... I have never been to Europe, and that is one place that is on my list... so many beautiful countries to see! How do you even decide where to go and what to see? There is so much to see. And another thing, do you have any pictures of your travels to Israel? I would love to see them!
While I was in college, I had the amazing experience of living in Oaxaca, Mexico for 4 months. While there, I also traveled around south-eastern Mexico and visited Mexico City. I've been to Guatemala where I visited the ruins at Tikal (where Survivor Guatemala was filmed). Antigua was also an beautiful city to experience. Let's see... I've also been to Okinawa, Japan where I spent 10 days exploring the island with friends. Before hubby and I were married, we spent a couple weeks in Maui too. My favorite place to visit in the US is downtown Chicago.