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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Unpacking and Repacking

Hola everyone.  I have been a terrible blogger and am trying to make amends.  Here is a little update of what I have been up to:

Two weeks ago The American and I, along with our husbands, saw Z.a.c.h. B.r.a.f.f. in All-New-People.  I LOVE ZB from his days on TV and was thrilled to get to see him live.  If anyone is passing through London in the next few weeks, see this show! 

Earlier that Friday Kenny called to see if I wanted to golf at his club over the weekend.  I immediately said yes and then froze.  After doing a quick mental inventory of my closet- 3 jeans, 3 dresses, 12 cashmere sweaters, and gym clothes, I realized I had a problem.  I had neither the mandatory collared shirt nor the khaki pants, and this caused immediate anxiety.  The sizing in the UK, like the rest of Europe, does not cater to heavier members of society.  The GAP only goes up to a US 14, whereas the US stores carry up to 18 or 20.  Scary stuff.  I told Kenny that I would go shopping, and off I went.  I had trouble finding much in a 14 and asked one of the managers to help me.  We found a few pieces to try on, and they were all--  --  -- BIG.  Actually, the cropped/skinny cut size 14 was tight in my freakishly muscular calves, but other than that I swam in the 14s.  I had grabbed one pair of khakis in a 12; they fit like a glove.  I suppose vanity sizing is catching on.  Nora is no size 12.   

We did golf on Sunday, and I looked the part until I tried to hit the ball.  I don't have pictures of me on the course, but here is Kenny's club:

The following day I flew to New Jersey for the week.  Between seeing my mom and dad, catching up with friends and handling some personal matters, I felt like the Tasmanian Devil spinning from one event to the next.

Before going home, I ordered an obscene amount of clothing.  I never know what size I am and wind up ordering EVERYTHING in at least 2 sizes.  My mom's living room looked like a UPS shipping facility.  Here is the damage after I had tried on and sorted everything!

 This picture does not adequately capture the number of boxes
piled up, but it was the best I could do!

I  kept a few dresses (depending on your definition of a few), some jeans and two bathing suits.  I also bough new gym clothes because everything was getting baggy on me.  The jeans were all size 12- the dresses 14.  All hail vanity sizing!

I met a friend of mine for lunch on Saturday, and I just had to share the view with everyone in blogland...

Now I am back in London and am doing a quick unpack, along with some laundry and dry cleaning, before flying to the Maldives via Dubai on Thursday evening.  I am very much looking forward to some fun in the sun but will try to get a bit more blogging in before my departure!  


Reggie said...

I can't golf either, but it is so peaceful being out on the greens. Have fun on your next trip.

Lap Band Gal said...

Size 12!! :) Woot woot!

october 11 said...

The golf course looks amazing! And yay for shopping! Thanks for the hint with the cashews-I'm going to try that!

vickyd said...

Congrats on the size 12!! You've been so busy...I'm exhausted just reading about it!!

speck said...

I love reading about your travels! But I'm envious! lol

Sarah said...

Check you out, size 12 lady! :oD

Have a lovely time in the maldives.

Beth Ann said...

If everything you are wearing is a size 12, I don't think it can qualify as vanity sizing anymore. :) Face it, you are a 12. The club is GORGEOUS!

Vanessa said...

Nora! Great NSV! Every year I promise Mo that I'll play golf with him at his club and see if I actually like it. This is always code for me getting a new outfit. Every year I try for 9 holes - give up and head for the bar! Congrats on the new clothes and have a great trip!

Andrea said...

Yay for wearing size 12's!!! That club is beautiful!

Ronnie said...

Why are you determined to discount the 12's? You're there, deal with it! ;)