Friday, March 8, 2013
Last Friday evening, by the time I left Neiman Marcus, I had major right foot pain. I thought it was a neuroma acting up. Over the course of this week, a big bruise appeared on the top of my foot, and the pain level increased every day. I needed to find out whether I had fractured a metatarsal. I kind of remember dropping something on my foot. Unfortunately, there is usually no way to find out if a bone is fractured without seeking medical assistance.
Of course, I couldn't get an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon. That office offered me an appointment at 3:10 with a PA, and not even the PA for my own doctor. I turned that down and headed over to the hospital emergency department. They have an Express Care section, and I was in and out in an hour. My x-ray showed no fracture. From experience, I know that means one of two things: 1) I could have a stress fracture (they don't show up on x-rays), in which case it will take about three months to feel better; or 2) it's a compression injury, and time and elevation will help.
Either way, my foot hurts! That's a great excuse to say home, rest (Charlie will love it), and keep my foot elevated. While I do, I can read blogs and surf the Web. Plus, I'll watch my new favorite show, DCI Banks, on PBS. It's a crime drama - one that's so visceral, I have calm down after each episode. I watch on WETA UK on Saturday evenings.
We have had crazy weather. Wednesday, it snowed. It actually snowed a lot - fast and furious, big, heavy, wet flakes - for hours. Fortunately, we weren't buried by the predicted 4-8 inches because the ground was warm. Most of it melted as it landed in sunny areas. I took the crocus photo above before the snow, and yesterday, as the sun returned, my little flowers were as perky as they had been on Tuesday. These little February bloomers are a huge lift for my drab winter garden. Many of my hellebores are blooming too. It may be chilly out, but the bright sunshine and early flowers reassure me that spring is about to make its debut.
Did you know that Amazon has declared 2013 as its year of beauty? According to WWD, Amazon is expanding its beauty category. Through its Amazon Marketplace program that enables third-party retailers to sell on the site, super-luxe brands from Tom Ford to Chanel, Lancôme to La Mer and many more, are all available on Amazon - sometimes at a discount and virtually never sourced directly from the brands themselves. The online channel is outpacing other channels in sales and sales growth, and Amazon wants a piece of the beauty action. Would you buy beauty products from Amazon? I would. I don't see a difference between buying blind from Sephora and buying blind from Amazon. I'm pleased to see the company's new focus. I'll have more places to shop (like I need them).
It's time for the Friday Forum. I love this part of our week. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway contest for the Sephora Favorites In the Glow set. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday March 9, at midnight. Whoever wins this set will be blushed, bronzed, and glowing for a year.
Update: Is it too late to wish everyone a Happy International Women's Day?
Photo by Best Things in Beauty