Well, another awesome year at UW, and another crazy fun filled party. This year we had it our house, with Cody taking control of the food and me taking the helm on the cocktails. Of course there was the first annual Urban Waxx trivia contest for cash and prizes, a rousing game of Apples to Apples, and all of that was followed by a dance contest and a few rounds of karaoke. Wow. But don’t worry, everyone was picked up and dropped off by cabs…maybe that’s what led to the dance contest.
Well, another Christmas has passed. What a strange few weeks this has been in Portland! The snow brought the holiday retail season to a grinding halt: most Portland businesses had to close for at least a few days. This was the worst storm in 40 years! Everywhere you look there are cars stuck in a foot of slush, people walking, the buses and Max are completely full!
Ever the optimist (wink) I have seen so many great things about the people I know during the past few weeks. For example, I was so sick with the stomach flu the week before last. I thought I was going to die! In fact, I missed work for the entire week, which I don’t think I have ever done before. Anyway, did my clients complain? NO! When the girls here had to go get change or run to the store for supplies did they gripe? Absolutely not. They were like little angels. When we had to cancel our staff Christmas party because I was feeling so puny, no one even batted an eye. They were so great!
Then, with the snow, again, everyone just jumped right in to help. One morning Beth drove to pick me up (yes, that was me you saw waiting in a snow bank on Lombard), and right at this very moment I have Mindy’s car outside because she drove over last night, on Christmas, and she is feeling so sick herself, to let me borrow it to get to work in the morning. In fact, I have been using her car for most of the week. And, both days that we closed, and it was a veritable blizzard outside, Kimberley or Megan walked 10 blocks to open the shop, call clients, and return messages. That’s dedication!
Well, I guess what this has shown me, again, is that I am blessed to have an amazing team. They do what they say they are going to do, they come early, they stay late, and they always do their best. It’s a great feeling. And even in the slushiest, snowiest, yuckiest weather, they come in and we have a laugh.
There’s no bah humbug here! Only Holiday Cheer. Merry Christmas!
Well, it’s official: I was lied to when I moved to Portland. Everyone that I talked to told me it NEVER snows in Portland, and if it does just for one day, and only a little bit. Well, I am sitting here for the 4th day of being snowed in. It snowed a foot yesterday! A foot! And the worst part is that I had to close UW for 2 days in a row! That kills me. I can’t even tell you how that kills me.
Well, she’s here! Another little Urban Waxx bundle of joy for us to ooh and ahh over! Farris Nicole was born on Dec 15 after only a few hours of labor…and if any of you know Heather, this won’t be a surprise…and she is absolutely perfect! As you can see from the pics Mom looks beautiful and Farris is a little angel! She’s smiling because she already knows what amazing parents Tyler and Heather will be! xo
Yesterday I was in my local Safeway standing on line at the Starbucks. There was, of course, Christmas music being piped in. As I do all season long, I was singing along to Stella, who was looking at me with mild amusement. The man in front of me turned around and looked at us. I felt a little sheepish, and clammed up immediately. “Oh, no.” he said. “It’s nice.” I laughed a little, and told him I wasn’t sure how nice Stella thought that it was. I’m sure there will come a day when I sing to Stella and she rolls her eyes at me. “No, you just reminded me so much of my Mom right then,” he continued. He turned away after he said that, and I could tell that he was a little emotional. It made me feel…well, so sad for him. I wanted to give him a hug, ask him about his Mom, buy him a coffee. Instead, I patted his arm and told him he was sweet and to have a wonderful day.
In the spring, as I have blogged about previously, I was trying my hat at teaching Brazilian waxing. Well, I did a few classes at Urban Waxx, and they were pretty great! But, then the summer came and it got really busy, and then life got in the way and the classes got put on a shelf for a while. But, I did become connected with the lovely and talented Beatrice Van, who is the Esthetics instructor at the Portland Aveda Institute. We struck up a friendship and I have spoken to the classes at Aveda three times now. I love meeting with the girls!
We are thrilled to be running a fabulous promotion with our friends at Grace Hair Salon, located in the Pearl District. I was contacted by the owner, Thad Grace, some time ago about the idea, and we think it is a pretty cool concept.
Oh what fun it is to plan a surprise baby shower. Especially when it is for someone as sweet and totally deserving as out little Heather. We told her months ago that we were having a meeting, but really, we were planning a shower to welcome her little Farris into the world! It was wonderful. See, here she is on the left in tears after opening the big gift: the high chair that she wanted. Well, as Brooke said, it’s always the big ticket items that will get them every time!
I am a HUGE Thanksgiving fan. In fact, it is probably my most favorite holiday. What other day of the year are you encouraged to eat yourself silly with friends and family and then nap on the couch? It’s so me!
Mmmm. As I have stated before, I love the holidays. And I love the deliciously warm, inviting holiday scents of our Pacifica line of candles, lotions and perfumes. They have the most wonderful holiday gift sets, too, like the Avalon Juniper (my personal fave) set pictures, or delicious Tuscan Blood Orange. The sets come with a soy candle, body butter, a solid perfume, and a little book of matches! The cutest for hostess gifts, teachers, babysitters, stocking stuffers…I could go on and on! And they retail for $13.95! How could you beat that?