Monday, August 20, 2018

TWTW - the one where the crowd thinned

I love when work days start with a sunrise over Dog Beach. Bruce is not the only dog who goes to Dog Beach because he's the favorite. He's the only dog who goes to Dog Beach because a) he can be trusted off-leash b) he was socialized from jump with strange dogs and doesn't go after them c) he likes to run and play. Gus and Mae still go to our beach off-season but they don't really like other dogs and are too set in their ways for Dog Beach.
Work work work work work and lunch errands. Blue Lotus for soap, L.E.H. Soap to pick up a gift for guests checking in Saturday, and the used paperback book store to trade books. Fun fact: The Shell Seekers was one of Gamma's favorite books. 
Friday night I worked late, started a new paperback, painted my nails (OPI Gelato on My Mind) and toes (OPI Purple Palazzo Pants), did a face thing. and had dinner in from Bennie's Bread
I also pimped my ride (remember that show?), a hand me down bike from Carol. I gave my original yellow bike away and hope this one rusts less. I am going to clear coat Rustoleum it Labor Day week. 
Saturday I said goodbye to my favorite family, but no worries they're coming back next year. They wash my towels and leave me gifts and I love them. I also attempted to clean the ceiling water marks from the toilet overflow situation last week that came down through the floor. I was not super successful but it's hard to do it right in a four hour period with one zillion percent humidity. Nothing dries. Incoming guests were returning also and they didn't care at all, they were just so happy to be back. I love this family too. Thank God for great people. Meanwhile, knowing my ceiling doesn't look great and needing to inspect it more to see if it can just be painted or needs to be removed and repaired eats at me and I fretted via text to MFD but it is what it is and it'll get dealt with after weekly rentals are over next Saturday. Of course this is the year I have all September weekends being rented or used, my husband is an absentee shore owner due to running for office, and my Dad is laid up with a regenerating new fake knee. Bruce was insane and overtired and peed on the bed and I said fuck it and took off to the beach to chill the fuck out, jump in the ocean, eat ice cream, and cry a little. I came back, showered, ordered dinner from Randazzo's, and fell asleep on the couch with the dogs. 
The population is way down in town starting this week - see all the empty space on the beach around me on a sunny late Saturday afternoon - and that is always nice. I was up in the middle of the night twice to walk the dogs, lord give me strength. So I way eased into Sunday with coffee. Then I spent over 1.5 hours weeding the street weeds, including the big mama ones in front of my neighbor's house who I haven't seen in two years and were awful and gross. I went to Rite Aid and the library, made shower spray and foaming hand soap, cleaned out the cabinets (since it's so humid and sea-levely here the smell of mold and mildew is a constant fight), and hung out reading with los perros sleeping. 
I took a late afternoon walk on the beach. I go to the beach every day I'm here, whether it's nice or not. It's essential to my well being even if I just go stand in the water for five minutes. 
I left around 8:35 and was home doing laundry a few minutes before 10.

Weekly food prep - breakfast is scrambled eggs. I need to figure out lunches (I think tuna) and dinners (maybe Mexican stuffed shells from the freezer).

Local friends, MFD is having a fundraiser tonight, Monday, August 20, 6-8 pm at Fare Restaurant with State Rep Donna Bullock and our BFF and 29th Ward Committee Person and proprietor of Angela Vendetti Consulting, click through to purchase a $35 ticket to attend. Wednesday night is Movie Night at The Newtown Theatre on Wednesday, August 22, from 7-10 pm where our pugs will be taking photos as a goof on the movie The Campaign (suggested donation $10).

And you? Tell me about your weekend that was. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Most Common Reasons for Nose Job Surgery

I hope your weekend is winding down in a relaxing way. You guessed correctly that while I don't love my nose, I did not write this post (here's what I did with the money from it). I personally don't see myself getting surgery unless it was a medical necessity, but I've learned in my life to never say never.  I don't live in your skin, and you don't live in mine. We're free to be you and me, and to get the nose job or whatever if we need or want to. Peace. 

We all have something that we feel as imperfect about our bodies. In most case, people wish they could adjust something about their faces, for instance, a double chin that makes our faces look sulky, unwanted wrinkles, or even droopy eyelids. If you have problems with the nose, then you are like many people out there. A nose job is one of the most requested corrective surgical procedures. You will learn later that people pursue this surgical procedure for varying reasons.

Rhinoplasty also referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure to adjust the shape of the nose or improve its function by changing the cartilage. Nose job surgery can be done for medical reasons such as correcting disfigurement caused by a birth defect or trauma, or as a treatment for breathing problems. Many people also do it for cosmetic reasons.

While there is no standard way of describing a perfect nose, a nose job surgery can put emphasis on your unique facial features that enhance your natural beauty. A doctor will assess the structure of your nose together with other facial features and discuss with you the various techniques are used to get the desired results. Rhinoplasty adjustments that the doctor can make on your nose include.

        Adjusting the angle
        Changing the size
        Straightening the bridge
        Widening or narrowing the nostrils
        Reshaping the tip

Here are the 4 most common reasons for nose job surgery:

Repairing Broken Nose

Broken noses are fairly common than you can imagine. People with a displaced or broken nose can have it rectified through nose job surgery. The procedure should be done shortly after the damage because dislocated bones can settle into place. Rhinoplasty is appropriate to correct both the cosmetic abnormality and the functional aspects. Potential causes of injuries could be from a fall, car accident, or a sports injury.

Medical Reasons

Whilst many people may perceive nose job surgery as a cosmetic treatment, many patients pursue Rhinoplasty for medical purposes. Nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum can block one nostril thus, making breathing difficult. In most cases, people are born with this condition and may not have an idea until when the condition is severe.

Apart from the difficulty in breathing, a deviated septum can also cause allergies, obstructive apnea, severe sinus headache, and other sinus problems.

To eliminate the tissues causing blockage, a surgeon may carry out rhinoplasty. The process can also rectify cosmetic abnormality. Once the problem has been corrected, a patient will experience better breathing which will lead to a better quality of life.

Cosmetic Reasons

Sometimes we may notice shortcomings in our noses. They may appear asymmetrical while in other cases we may feel they are too small, big or too pointed. All this can be corrected through rhinoplasty.

When it comes to cosmetic corrections, rhinoplasty can be tailored to suit individual needs. Many patients approach surgeons for a nose job with a goal of improving their facial appearance.

Confidence and self-esteem are closely related to how we feel about our appearances. This could be attributed to the fact that beauty is often determined by our faces and body and the fact that society worship vitality and youth.

A subtle change to your nose shape can make a tremendous difference in your facial appearance. A plastic surgeon will not only improve the symmetry aspect of your nose but will also ensure that it looks harmonious with other facial features. The impact of your new appearance on your professional and social relations is priceless.
Here are some common nose features that may make you choose rhinoplasty.

A short nose

A nose that doesn’t project out enough can make your face appear flat, and this has an effect on your overall facial profile. Rhinoplasty can help to correct nasal bridge for a more appealing projection.


Overprojection has the opposite effects of short nose. Projecting too far from the face makes your nose appear larger and unbalanced with the rest of the face. To improve the projection, rhinoplasty shaves down the extra part. This may also involve shortening the tip of the nose. This procedure is carried out by removing cartilage on the tip.

Lumps and Bumps

Prominent lumps and bumps either on the bridge or on your nose can distort the balance of the nose. Nose job surgery is the ideal solution to restore the symmetry and improve the overall nasal profile.

Other potential problems that may require a nose job include the following.

        Wide tip or bulbous - Irregular lower cartilaginous tip profile
        Droopy tip - The nose tip hangs down when smiling
        Wide dorsum - Broad nasal bridge
        Deviated tip - Rotating nasal tip, a situation often associated with a deviated septum
        Wide Nostril - Overly extensive nasal width

Rectifying Previous Surgery

Sometimes you may not be dissatisfied with the result of a nose job surgery. Fortunately, you can seek for re-correction to a more pleasing outcome. At New York Center for Facial, Plastic, and Laser Surgery, we understand the struggle of tolerating a face you don’t like. We will review the previous results and discuss with you necessary improvements to give a more desirable facial profile.

The nose you were born with, or the one that got deformed along the way doesn't have to be the one you will live with. If you are interested in nose reshaping or rhinoplasty in New York  or would like to talk to a specialist before making a decision, please reach out to The New York Center for Facial, Plastic, and Laser Surgery on (212) 570-2500. Dr. Andrew Jacono and team will help you improve your nasal profile. Dr. Jacono is a dual board certified Plastic and reconstructive surgeon with global authority in the field of facial surgery. He is often consulted by media and colleagues to offer expert opinion on matters facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Thursday Thoughts - this week is still happening

1. Ladies, I need to recommend these Lou & Grey pants from LOFT to you for bumming around in this summer. Relax, enjoy.

2. Thanks so much for the love on my Tuesday post about not waiting in this life. In times of loss, writing is cathartic for me. It helps me work through things. If it helped you too, I'm glad.

3. The online Stella & Dot party I'm hosting is still happening. Click here to shop, 40% of the proceeds go to Paw Works, a no-kill animal rescue in Los Angeles. Do it for the doggies. Some of my favorite Stella & Dot stuff is actually not jewelry - I love their Getaway bag for weekend trips (mine was a gift from Lori a few years back), and this little elephant bag to carry my weekend stuff back & forth to the shore.
4. Speaking of the shore, this is the second weekend in a row I was supposed to be there but am not able to be. I'm learning how to work out needs of incoming renters without physically being there, which is important in a pinch. I need to get down there at some point, maybe a quick down and back Saturday night. Debbie and I are heading down next weekend for sure. I need to zone out and the shore is a good place to do that especially when I can't get into the main house to do any work in there. LOL

5. I scored Bruce tickets for September 7. 

6. I have heard the word shart at least 10 times this week. From different sources. I could include many shart week memes right here but I'll spare you even though like farts, sharts are always funny. You're welcome.

7. My skin has reverted to super dry winter skin and I've had to pull my vitamin D body butter back out. Where are you, spring?

8. My house is a wreck but I got to sit outside in a rocking chair with my wonderful niece for a while last night and watch her watch the world. It was better than cleaning by a mile.

9. It's carnie week on my street. If you get home late you get to park far from your house and retrieve your car in the dark of night in your pajamas, dodging the late carnival leavers (stop looking at me Swan), scurrying through your neighborhood like a sewer rat, and hoping the Glamour Don'ts crew is not on patrol.

10. E-card of the week:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - On the big screen they showed us the sun but not as bright in life as the real one

1. Yesterday was Bruce Springsteen's first birthday. Bruce is still coming into his own. I don't have his voice yet. When I do, he'll write a blog post like Gus, Geege, and Mae.
2. I am a broken record this year. I'm sick of my own juggling story and I have been dropping balls. I can't do it all and I know that but this year has tested my ability to accept that. I am the embodiment of the Dancing in the Dark lyric man I'm just tired and bored with myself right now. Tired of my own shit. I feel it pulling around the skin of my eyes.

3. I am renting the shore house some weekends in October if you know anyone who might be interested. My favorite returning guests are in the house this week and they had a toilet overflow issue and didn't even want me to bring a cleaning crew in. Bless them. I can't believe we're almost through our third rental season. Thank the Lord I have mellowed more every year.

4. MFD's campaign (Mike Doyle for PA Representative, 170th District formally) had a fundraiser Monday night at South Philly Barbacoa. Hosts Chef Cristina and Ben were amazing as was progressive activist Judy Wicks and everyone I met. Thank you thank you thank you. Upcoming fundraisers, I hope to see some of you locals at one of these! Click through to purchase tickets: Monday, August 20, 6-8 pm at Fare Restaurant with State Rep Donna Bullock and our BFF and 29th Ward Committee Person and proprietor of Angela Vendetti Consulting (tickets start at $35 and donations of up to one zillion dollars are very welcome); and Movie Night at The Newtown Theatre on Wednesday, August 22, from 7-10 pm where our pugs will be taking photos as a goof on the movie The Campaign (suggested donation $10, donations of up to one zillion dollars are very welcome).
Also...wonderful. Huge. And so fucking weird to see this about your husband. So much of this process feels like an out of body experience. 

5. I had some stuff picked up from Vietnam Vets yesterday. Purge it like a polaroid picture. That's not how the song goes? Anyway, three bags gone. Only one million more to go! I still can't get over this organization that comes and picks your stuff up right from your driveway.

6. WikiBuy, who uses it? I've just started exploring this week. I'm on the hunt for a well-priced, comfortable sectional to replace the one at the shore. It is so humid there the sleeper mechanisms have started to drip rust on the floor. It has to go. I of course cannot find one that I like that's not a million dollars and I am not spending a lot on any shore furniture because it doesn't last super long. Do you have any leads or sectionals you love? Aside from the sectional hunt, I like WikiBuy because it hunts for good prices and lets you know if there are coupons. I signed up and used it to find a deal on a dog car seat cover on Amazon and it gave me 95 cents credit for doing absolutely nothing aside from clicking through it, so that was awesome.

7.  I made 4978 vats of veggie meat sauce last night to freeze and give away. Picture it: Sicily, 1923: 12 cans need to be opened and your freaking can opener breaks. I wrestled those bitches open with will, rage, and curses and went on with the show. And am lacking enough vessels to put this in to hand out to fam so I need to go to Rite Aid at lunch.

8. Every day lower into the swamp with this administration, your president calling a black woman a dog via twitter this week is very fucking unpresidential. But good news too from VT, WI, MN, CT primaries. Keep pushing. Keep holding your current representatives accountable. Keep finding local candidates to support and work to get them elected in November. Keep speaking up. Do not be stunned into silence.

9. Reminder:

10. E-card of the week: Hoping to be lazy AF most of this weekend. I'm working from the shore tomorrow so I'll cut out my usual Friday night traffic battle/late arrival.

Tell me how your week has been. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can laser treatments control breakouts?

Wednesday, hey ohhh! I had terrible acne as a teen, both on my face and my chest. I did the accutane and the dermatologist and all that jazz. I still have some as an adult, so this was interesting to me. I hope it's interesting to you too.  As regular readers know, from time to time I will give space for things I do not write about from a personal point of view. This is one. 
Acne is a challenging skin condition, one that causes physical discomfort and embarrassment. Even when the skin condition is treated effectively, it can leave unsightly scars and pits behind. The good news is that today, there are a variety of acne treatment options available.

Laser Treatments To Control Acne Breakouts

While laser treatments are often used to heal any discoloration and scars that acne has left behind, lasers can also be used to treat active breakouts. Laser acne treatments can be done on the face, back, neck and chest. Acne develops when bacteria builds up within and on the skin. This type of bacteria features a substance known as porphyrin. When the light from a laser comes into contact with porphyrin, it destroys the bacteria, decreasing or eliminating breakouts and pimples. Along with getting rid of surface pimples, lasers can also treat the noninflammatory kind in addition to severe cysts, lesions and nodules.

What Should You Expect from a Laser Treatment for Acne?

We know that for many people, lasers are intimidating, but keep in mind that today’s dermatology laser is usually a basic, hand-held device that your dermatologist or plastic surgeon just holds close to your skin. To see if a laser acne treatment will diminish or get rid of your skin affliction, consult with a cosmetic professional. If he or she suggests a course of treatment, prepare for it by asking whether you should continue to take any regular prescriptions or keep applying topical medication. You should cancel any chemical peel or waxing appointments that you may have.

During a laser acne treatment, you’ll likely feel a little bit of warmth on your skin, but the light from the laser is unlikely to cause you pain or discomfort. After the procedure, you may experience inflammation, which can be slightly uncomfortable, as well as skin peeling. Stay out of the sun for at least 48 hours and apply the topical treatment that your plastic surgeon prescribes. Following these steps provides the best possible results.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

While the number of laser acne treatments recommended will be based on the type and scale of your outbreak, most cosmetic treatment professionals advise starting out with six treatments followed by touch-up treatments every two or three months. This type of plan generally helps people maintain a glowing complexion, one with little to no acne.

What You Should Know About the Results

When it comes to laser treatments for acne, it’s important to know that the results will vary from person to person. Currently, cosmetic experts are unable to predict just how well a laser will work to clear up an individual’s skin, but most studies show that lasers are able to help those who suffer from acne outbreaks.

Laser treatment for acne also takes time. Studies show that often, people see the best results following the last laser treatment. According to one study, those who received photodynamic therapy had 50 percent less spots by the end of a 4-week treatment period. Once they reached the 12-week mark, they had 72 percent fewer spots.

What are the Benefits of Laser Treatments for Acne?

The benefits of laser treatments for acne vary from offering a convenient treatment method to decreasing the production of oil in the skin. Acne laser treatments are particularly convenient because the procedure itself usually takes just 15 minutes. Lasers penetrate the skin to kill the bacteria that causes breakouts. The sebaceous gland generates an oil that protects hair and skin. However, in some people, this gland can be overactive, and when it is, it causes acne. Laser acne treatments often damage this gland, decreasing breakouts.

If you have acne scars, laser treatments can diminish the appearance of these scars. The treatment can also improve the smoothness and texture of your skin. Lasers decrease irregularities and inflammation in skin tone, and when you have a laser treatment, little to no recovery time is required. This type of treatment is extremely safe. Lasers used for acne treatment are designed to control the breakout of acne without damaging the skin.

Are You a Candidate for Laser Acne Treatments?

You are a candidate for laser acne treatments if you suffer from acne. This type of treatment is considered a new weapon in the fight against a common skin affliction. If your dermatologist has prescribed photosensitive drugs like Accutane to prevent acne from forming, then you may have to wait six months or so to have a laser acne treatment. Photosensitive drugs make your skin especially sensitive to light. Your cosmetic treatment provider will determine the safest time to start a laser acne treatment.

How Much Do Laser Treatments Cost?

The cost of laser acne treatment varies based on the type of lasers needed and the extensiveness of a treatment plan. You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 a treatment to $400. Most people require from 4 to 8 treatments to see clear skin. While most people’s insurance plans won’t cover laser treatment, payment plans may be available through the clinic, making the treatment more affordable.

Laser Treatments for Acne Look Promising

While more studies are needed, previous ones show that the future of using lasers to treat acne is promising since even people with severe cyst-type acne are seeing clear skin after laser treatments. Cyst acne is a tough one to treat. Currently, different types of lasers are need to treated different kinds of acne. So, a laser treatment for cyst acne is unlikely to work if blackheads are developing on your skin or traditional pimples. Because of this, it’s important to see a cosmetic specialist to determine the best course and type of laser acne treatment.

Offering Expertise

Highly respected and dedicated to excellence, Dr. Philip Schoenfeld is an acne laser treatment expert in Washington, DC. He is double certified in reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Dr. Schoenfeld earned his undergraduate degree from Hobart College, and he received his medical training from the New York Medical College. Several local and national publications have named him a “Top Doctor” while his honesty and dedication have resulted in patients flying from around the world for a consult. Visit his RENU practice at for more information.
I've done laser hair removal, but no laser treatments to treat leftover acne scars etc or active breakouts. You?

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