[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Let’s start with the bad. And end with the sparkly.
After days spent looped out on cold medicine (due to illness, not recreational use… obvi), I am finally feeling back to (mostly) normal. The fact that my monster cold came to town during two of the busiest weeks of my professional life was unhelpful, to say the least. I find that getting all dolled up, giving speeches
, kicking ass and taking names, and fundraising are most effectively done without a man voice (unless you’re a man), without a fever, and without an endlessly running rose. With all that behind me, I free to spend an entire Friday evening doing nothing except talking to my dog in made up accents, listening to Duffy and reading magazines. Oh, and eating.
Despite being under the weather and working 12 hour days, I’ve managed to fit in a few good things this week. My Monday night soccer team is blazing a path to glory (or whatever), heading into next week’s championship round. During this week’s game, I didn’t score a single goal (which is better than scoring one goal on your own net… which has happened before… twice), but I was a veritable fortress on defense. At the risk of being a sexist piglet, I can’t help but squeal with delight when I shut down burly, athletic men as they dribble towards the net with the ball. Especially when they look surprised. Even more so when they look angry.
After getting a bit too caught up in the competitive spirit last season, my goal for this season (besides getting goals) was to not swear on the field. Or succumb to some sort of rage blackout like I did that time someone slide-tackled Nick and nearly ripped off his leg. So far, so good. With two games to go, I have been all manners and grace this season. (While I apologize for sounding like a complete egomaniac at the moment, rest assured that my ego was placed firmly in check earlier this week, as I bounded out of the yoga studio all high on my back bending abilities and promptly fell down a flight of stairs. Truly, it has been that kind of a week.)
My Thursday night soccer team has also been a source of goodness. I arrived late to last night’s game, having come directly from my work event, changed from a cocktail dress into my sweet uniform in the car and flew onto the field with a full face of makeup. Nothing says, “I’m here to play” quite like a winged eye, Nars’ pinkest shade of blush, and some subtly simmering lids. While I probably should have gone to bed instead, burning off a bit of stress and laughing with my teammates was the perfect way to wind down a crazy day. I am really thankful for the opportunity to play with such a fun, supportive, goofy group.
When I finally made it home, my brain would not turn off. I have it on good authority that turning the TV on does not help you wind down. I can’t help but ignore the research when my DVR has one of my favorite shows of all time ready and waiting, though.
I can barely make it through the first minute of an episode of An Idiot Abroad without dissolving into a fit of laughter. I used to listen to The Ricky Gervais Show podcast in the car but got to the point these same laughing fits became an impairment to my driving. While watching television in the wee hours of the morning is decidedly bad for you, laughter is most certainly good.
Now all that’s left to do is sparkle.
The lovely people at Sparkly Soul recently sent me two of their truly sparkly headbands, and they’ve got a pair tucked away for you, too. I recently got a shorter and sweeter hairdo (so short and sweet that it barely fits into a ponystub, let alone a ponytail), complete with un-requested side swept bangs. The haircut is a story for another day, but needless to say, these headbands could not have arrived at a better time.
Not only do Sparkly Soul headbands look adorable, they don’t budge. Not during yoga inversions, not during flying leaps across the soccer field, not during runs, not turn the most rough and tumble boxing workout and (as I learned last weekend) not during naps or entire days spent in bed. The soft velvet lining means no headaches, no snarls, and no hair dents. If you’ve never experienced a hair dent, don’t ask questions. Just consider yourself one of the few and fortunate. Given my choice of colors, I opted for silver (to match my engagement ring… just kidding… kind of) and red for an upcoming Valentine’s Day race. I am tempted to order the rest of the rainbow. They’re that good. Let the record reflect that I have no cold medicine to blame for my enthusiasm, just a really great product.
Would you like a Sparkly Soul headband or two for yourself? The generous people at Sparkly Soul is offering one of their wide headbands and one of their thin headbands (in colors of your choosing) to one lucky reader.
Headband Head on over to sparklysoul.com to check out their offerings and leave a comment below with your favorite color(s). I will announce a winner at the end of the day on Wednesday, February 1st. Yes, it’s February next week.
- For an extra entry, feel free to tweet: “I want to win a @SPARKLYSOULINC non-slip headband from @ElizabethEv! Enter to win here: http://wp.me/pySBS-1oE”
If you’d like to learn more about Sparkly Soul, I recommend connecting with them on Twitter or Facebook. They also have some pretty great Pinterest boards. Disclaimer: I received two Sparkly Soul headbands free of charge, but was not compensated for my glowing review, nor for hosting this giveaway. My opinions are all my own. Preach it.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Getting excited for Be Healthy Boston :)
- Drinking lots of tea
- Visting with my parents! Woooo!
Pick a color. Any color. Where do you plan to sparkle this weekend?