Suzanne's Second Estate

A web log of my thoughts, activities, life....

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Bekah

In the "I love my family" category, I present to you some pictures my sister Bekah posted of her and Dad on "Wacky, Tacky Rehearsal Night" (these are the Irish Cobras). Bekah and my dad are currently rehearsing Grays Harbor College's Production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Bekah's playing the part of Millie, and I get to see the show next weekend. So excited!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lacey and Kaleb on the Today Show

SHiP and the RiP Win National Contest!

Congratulations to Stick Horses in Pants own Lacey Maynard and the RiP's Kaleb Kohart for winning the Netflix Greatest Kiss Contest by performing a spoof on the "Gone With the Wind" kiss at Grand Central Station in New York City.

Our local paper covered the story, as did the New York Daily News. Check out the video!

Congratulations Lacey and Kaleb!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Welcome, Gracie!

My first niece, Grace Marie, was born on Feb. 5, 2009, at 4:15 p.m. She was 19 inches and 6 lbs., 9 oz.

Already a Daddy's Girl.

Photos by Sarah Romanov

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lip Gloss and Jesus

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post here about my new involvement with selling Arbonne and what is was teaching me about evangelism. As I talked with people, the ideas seemed to resonate, so I went ahead and wrote a full-length article for Here's an excerpt:

I couldn't believe what I'd just agreed to. I don't know if was a side-effect of the peppermint mocha I was drinking or the giddiness of spending a day with my sisters or a combination of both. But in a moment of solidarity, I had agreed to join my sisters in a business venture: selling our favorite skin care and beauty products.

I was home for Thanksgiving break when we began discussing our dreams and goals for the future. And before I knew it, we were making a plan to make a splash in the beauty biz.

A few days later, I sat in front of my computer, composing an e-mail to inform my friends of my newfound passion for cosmetics. I willed away the images of ladies driving pink cars (even though that wasn't the company I was representing), as I wrote and rewrote my "happy" news.

Honestly, I felt like I was writing a confession:

Dear (former) friends. I am writing to inform you that I have joined a network marketing company. I realize that this decision may cause you to terminate our friendship. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Of course, that's not what I wrote. But it was with trepidation that I sent out the announcement. I felt awkward. After all, sales, network marketing and the beauty product industry had up until this point been foreign territory for me. As much as I loved the products I was representing, I had my own negative stereotypes of this kind of company and I felt certain many of my friends felt the same way.

Read the rest.