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January 18, 2009

Join me on Facebook!

There are so many ways to communicate on the internet aren't there? I am reworking my website, but in the meantime..the easiest way to see what I am doing and pictures are on Facebook. I also love www.chictini.com. I will have my own page there shortly where you can vote on my clothes! Let me know what you think. Jill

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January 15, 2009

Ok..ok…I will tell my passport story…

Thank you for reading my blog. I am really enjoying the interaction with everyone. Though Bobby is not so thrilled I spend 5 hours a night on the laptop in bed. I remember when I used to spend the evenings in my office at my desk. Now my desk is in my bed. Isn't everyone's? Ok..here is the story. A few summers ago a friend of mine invited Ally and I to spend a week in the South of France. A mother daughter trip. We were scheduled on a 7PM flight out of JFK. As I was finishing packing at home, Bobby calls and casually says..." I checked your passports this morning before I left and I think Ally's passport expired". I said " WHAT??" And ran to the desk and sure enough..Ally's expired. I am not a moron. It was only 5 years old. ( She was 10?). I thought passports expire after 10 years. Yes..true for ADULTS...not KIDS! It makes sense...their faces change so much that they expire in 5 years. PANIC. I had peace of mind to grab my wallet, money, ID, Letter from Ally's Dad, MY PASSPORT and of course Allyson and ran out of the house. First stop..passport office on Canal. No luck. I had no appointment and they could care less that I had a flight that night. Then I ran to get a photo of Ally in case I got lucky. While on the phone crying to Bobby ..he told me to change flight to the next day or 2 was $3000. That was not happening. Ally was crying too. I gave up. I went to the 34th street Post Office to wait in line and apply by mail since there was NO WAY were going anywhere. Remember I got the photo taken?? It was now 3PM and the flight at 7PM. ( oh..it was Friday too in the summer..TRAFFIC!) Bobby called. THE HERO. He tells me not to ask questions but get back to the passport office asap and call DANNY ( names have been changed to protect the guilty). and he will meet me in the lobby. I called Eyola to finish packing..sent my driver to my apt to pick up my luggage and bring it in traffic downtown to passport office. I was escorted upstairs this time. Filled out paperwork . Now it is 4:15PM. Flight 7PM. He told me One Hour. At 5:15 I had it HOT in my hands. Literally off the printer. I ran out..met my driver downstairs..picked up Bobby on Houston and Allen ( down the block from Zarin Fabrics) and straight over the bridge to JFK. We get out and there are hundreds of people. It is 6:15PM. Take off in one hour. Someone recognizes him ( I think he thought he was someone else) and escorts us to the front of the line. ( This is before they closed international flights 90 minutes before). We RUN RUN RUN..we get in our seats by 6:10. No kidding. We started to cry. BOBBY MY HERO. We still have Danny's number..but it will cost you! Love, jill

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January 10, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year's Holiday and if you stayed home..even better. Just snuggle up to your loved ones..especially your pets. If you don't have one...please adopt! If you need help finding a good shelter...ASK JILL. Ok..so what did we do? After we visited my parents in Boca..Bobby and Jonathan flew from NYC to Boca to pick Ally and me up and fly to Aruba. We had an easy flight ( thanks to my honey) but he looked pale. I don't know what it was,,but he didn't look right. Ally had a friend fly down on Continental so we met her at the terminal around the same time to pick her up. Bethenny was supposed to be on the same flight but didn't realize she needed a passport for Aruba. I am not surprised and I feel bad I didn't remind her. LESSON ...you need a passport now everywhere ..including Canada and Bahamas since last Jan. EVERY CITIZEN needs passport or in case of emergency or better...a hot offer from a cute guy to take you away at the last minute. Go to http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. You need to buy a passport photo first. Everything else is easy. I have a great story to tell about how Bobby got me mine in 3 hours...if you want to hear it..email me! Anyway...I am rambling again. Bethenny arrives the next day. We checked into the Marriot and had the most beautiful Oceanfront suite in the hotel. The views are spectacular. We love New Year's in Aruba because the weather is always perfect, we have a group of friends who go every year, there is a casino and great food. What more could you ask for? Bethenny came down the next day and the rest of our family came too. We ate dinner together everynight and all I did all day long is look for people. My people. We were 35 including the kids. That was the most exhausting part. The other fustration were the few discusting women from New York ( area) that would hog all the beachfront lounge chairs. I wish I knew her name, but this one woman would come down at 7AM and reserve 15 chairs for her family. I would come to the beach around 1PM and had the nerve to ask to use a chair until her family would show up. She said no. I told her she was sitting in the sun too long. ( she was so tan..it made George Hamilton look pale!) and she was too fat to wear a bikini which we all had to look at. Not a pretty sight. I could have made trouble for her and ask the beach patrol man to mark her seats like in a parking lot and wait the 2 hours and take back the chairs but I didn't care that much. We found another area to sit. We laughed at her sitting all alone ALL day. No one came. No one. All day for 3 days in a row..she held 15 chairs empty. I believe in Karma...and she will get hers too. New Years Eve..Bethenny and I sat at blackjack and won over $4000 each. It was crazy. I couldn't lose. Remember last year when I won the guy $25k? Well I saw him again. He sort of apologized. What was crazy was he read my blog and was upset I said he was from NJ. He wants me to correct the record that he is from Westchester, near Chappaqua. Well..again he was alone with his nice friend. He was supposed to bring over his wife to gamble but he was alone again. I would kill Bobby if he went over to another hotel to gamble without me. Maybe she just hates gambling...I respect that. He let me play a little for him and we made a "date: to meet on New Years Eve at 12:15. he didn't show. Too bad..I was on a winning streak and won $1500 on a $5.00 machine in the same room as last year. If I had his bankroll again..who knows. Well..there is always next year right? Let's hope New Year's Eve luck is the start of a lucky year.

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December 26, 2008

Christmas in Florida

Happy Holiday everyone! Since I last wrote, my webmaster created a new Blog design. I was getting so much spam before I had to change it. I need feedback so PLEASE email me any ideas for my site you might have to improve it? I am new to this so I need all the help I can get! Also..go to facebook and you will see lots of pictures from the last few months. This takes up so much time doesn't it? The most common question people ask me is did I watch the Atlanta show and if I did..what did I think. I loved it. In fact..I was watching the Bonnie Hunt show this morning and she did a skit as Lisa and a guest played Nene. I was laughing out loud! Also..go to bravotv.com and look at Bethenny Frankel's website. You will die! She is beyond funny and I agree with almost everything she says. Right now I am in Boca with Ally visiting my family. Bobby is coming here with his son, Jonathan, today. We leave for Aruba soon and Bethenny is coming with us! As you probably know already..we are like sisters..including the fights! ( of course she is the older one..just kidding). She was on the TODAY show today and I could not be more proud of her and how hard she works. If you missed any episodes..TIVO the series on January 3rd! BRAVO is running an all day marathon and in between, we did commercials for the new movie BRIDE WARS, starring Anne Hathanway and Kate Hudson. I haven't seen it yet..but being it takes place at the PLAZA..I want to. I hear BRAVO will be announcing our scheduled premiere date soon ..so stay tuned and check back. I will be posting the press release when it comes out.

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November 12, 2008

November Update

Up until I have been blogging at hamptons.com. I am on hiatus until next year so I will pick it back up right here! We finished filming Season 2 and am finally trying to recover. Unfortunately my Dad is sick and needs surgery tomorrow. I will be with my mom, sister and family in Connecticut during his recover. The Dr.'s say he will be fine but surgery is still surgery. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and so is my birthday! I can't even summon the numbers in my age anymore. I still feel 13! The entire Zarin side of my family is going on a cruise from Florida. We are 35 people and we are all very excited! After the cruise we have 6 trips planned thru March. A wedding in Florida, holidays in Florida then Caribbean, Sundance Film Festival, and Vegas and CA in February. At the same time Ally and I are trying to organize trips to colleges during Feb break and Spring break for 2 weeks. I actually and looking forward to being with Ally the most. Ally and I are in a great place right now and she is blossoming before my eyes. She just turned 16. We bought her an amazing professional camera as she is leading toward fine arts and photography as a specialty. She has been trying to drag me to every museum and gallery in NYC. I have such a sense o pride watching her excitement of seeing the world through art. Bobby is my rock and soul mate..what else can I say. He lets me be me. I recently met NeNe from Atlanta. I just adore her. We are so different on the outside ( I tortured her about wearing a bra) but are we different on the inside. Sure..we grew up worlds apart..but the love for our child(ren) and husbands AND friends is obvious and infectious. I am looking forward to seeing her again. As for the other "ladies" on my show...you will have to wait and "see what happens". Though if you visit me on facebook...I have some new pictures there. I also started twitter.com. I am not very good at keeping it up to date yet..but if enough people want to follow me..let me know and I will do a better job. Last...I have discovered a new website I LOVE called www.chictini.com. I will be uploading more items there to get your opinion on my clothes but for now I uploaded some TEAM JILL shirts. The Chicsters seem to love them. That's all for now...Love, Jill

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September 05, 2008

Oh What A Night!

I normally don't blog at the end of the night but this is an exception. I had one of the best nights tonight with my family. Where do I start? Our driver from 7 years ago came back into our lives. His name is Wayne. He is a bodyguard/driver and his partner Steve is an ex military Special Operations. They both picked up Ally and I in our Black SUV and drove us to the premiere of HBO's ENTOURAGE. ( Ally was dying to go!) We picked up our tickets at WILL CALL ( fancy Black with holgrams and green plastic bands for afterparty) and walked the red carpet with Jeromy Piven, Jamie Lee Siglier, Bethenny Frankel ( yes..my friend and co star) and lots of other celebs. We were interviewed and photographed for 30 minutes. After sitting Allyson Shapiro with Bethenny Frankel and Lori Levine..I left with Steve following me, to find Bobby. I met up with Wayne and Bobby at the Valentino party. Another long red carpet in front of us..we talked to lots of press including Jeff Slonim ( who I love!) and walked right into Valentino! Tan, trim and elegant...we talked for few minutes. I ran into Simon and Alex McCord Van Kempen. Joking that is was great to see them ( in clothes!) I thought they both looked fresh and rested.Alex wore Roberto Cavalli( surprised?) from guess where? St Barts! She wore a stunning black gown. then I ran into Ramona and Mario. I had a chance to sit with Liv Tyler ( pretty in pink) who then sat with Allen Cummings. When Valentino sat in the VIP area...Wayne was able to get us past the security surrounding him. Then I ran into Rachel Zoe ( yes..of the new Bravo show titled Rachel Zoe!) who invited us to her premiere party tomorrow night. Good for her! The last celeb sighting was Vivica A. Fox. She remembered me when I reminded her we sat together at last season's fashion show for Kimora Lee Simmons at Roseland. I was introduced to her by a mutual friend Lisa Raye McCoy, the first lady of Turks and Caicos. She told me she would be on Conan tonight ( which I am watching as I type this) and Kelly and Regis tomorrow morning. Vivica A Fox is promoting her new reality show. Someone told me there would be a Gossip Girl party on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel. Originally I was going home..but now I had a parental obligation to tell Allyson about this party. Of course she wanted to go..so we picked up out gift bag from Samsung ( they were the sponsors of the Valentino event) and hopped into the Escalade to pick up Ally on the way to the Empire. We had an extra car and driver following us in case we needed more seats sp we sent him to pick up Bethenny ( who had already left the Ziegfeld premiere) and bring her to the Entourage after party at mansion. We went to the Empire and met Tinsley Mortimer ( I took a picture of Ally and Tinsley) and had a few more pictures taken. We stayed 30 minutes and then jumped into the Escalade again to head off to Mansion. Wayne paved the way for us to enter and there must have been 500 people there? We headed upstairs to find Bethenny and ran in to Leighton Meister. I intoduced myself and found out she is a fan of our show and in fact watched a 7 hour marathon. Of course I took more pictures and talked about a walk on roll on Gossip GIrl. She was so nice and invited Ally to the set. We saw lots of cast members from the Soprano's including Jamie Lee Stiegler and some minor but memorable actors from the show. Then..Wayne did it again! Ally wanted to meet Jermony Piven but couldn't get near him. Of course..Wayne drives for him too! So Wayne was able to ask him to take a picture with Ally and then we ran into a few other actors from Entourage. Bethenny..meanwhile..was having a great night too. And then..since nothing good happens after midnight...we came home. Tomorrow is another day.....

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August 26, 2008

We found something!

CHOCOLATE..yes chocolate. Go to www.jillzarinchocolate.com for information. Ally says it works...Bobby loves the cookie for breakfast..and I feel great ( and like the fact that I can eat 3-5 pieces a day with permission and not get fat!). Yes..this is multilevel marketing...BUT..if it works...who cares? Ally tried Mon Avie and said it tasted aweful that she never got the full effect. One glass of the chocolate drink it the same at 2 1/2 glasses of Mon Avie is what they told us. So....we would rather drink chocolate no? If you want some samples...email me ! Jill and Ally

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August 14, 2008

Cruise to the Med!

Bobby and I are traveling on the Seaborne Ship to Greece this week. We just left Delphi and are on our way to Mikonos. We are members of Exclusive Resorts and this is one of the Once in a Lifetime Trips they offer. We have met many new people on the trip and are having a wonderful time. the weather is perfect. The sun is HOT but the air comfortable when in the shade. We went to see the ruins today in Delphi where Apollo lived and many of the mythology stories started. Tomorrow we see Santorini, then Friday Mikonos and we arrive in Athens on Saturday. Ally is home from Paris and I can't wait to see her.

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July 25, 2008

July Weekend Update!

Friday night we went to a friends birthday dinner followed by a "drive by" at Pink Elephant. We met lots of cute girls for Bobby's son and his friends, danced, and then departed. Saturday, Bobby and I went to opening day of Polo in Bridgehampton and I took Sarah Erhrlich with me to hand out invitations for our 2nd Annual Help for Orphans Benefit this Friday, July 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Nova's Ark. (To buy tickets go to hamptonsbenefit.com. Prices are $150 in advance and $200 at the door). There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful Art Auction and Silent Auction. We are raising money to build a vocational school in Kenya for a village that Sarah has been helping for two years. Last year we raised enough money to build a 10-room schoolhouse that will break ground this August.
Saturday night, Bobby and I went to Russell Simmons’ charity event, Art for Life. The decor was outstanding with people dressed as trees and plants and the dress code was purple. Thank goodness I had something in my closet. I try to respect dress codes when people go to the effort to design the decor around it. The highlight for me was sitting in the Maybach that was on display. I love that car!! So, who was there? We met Governor Paterson (New York's new Governor!) and I was so impressed. He was funny, warm, and approachable, not your typical politician with the standard one-liners and classic lines you would expect. He shared stories with us and would have told more but they pulled him away to sit down for the start of the program. I met Gayle King, saw P. Diddy and his mom who is always charming, Al Roker, and Aretha Franklin (we waited until the program ended hoping she would surprise the audience and sing but no such luck). My friend Marilyn Crawford was there too so we had a chance to catch up.

Though we had a few offers for more parties on the beach Sunday, we chose to BBQ at home with the family and do the midnight run back to the city.

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July 08, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

Every year, Bobby and I open our home to our family and friends ( and sometimes party crashers!) on July 4th. Last year was a total wash out. It didn't just pour, it was like a hurricane with wind! This year was close. It was overcast all day. We were setting it up outside, knowing we might have to move it inside on a moments notice. We got lucky. It didn't rain and only drissled for a few minutes around 10PM. To be safe, we served desert inside by the door so people could eat and run with a goody bag from Zarin Fabrics. I was able to get some great things for the bag including Vava Water, Blue Star Jets and gift card,my smartpac( amazing travel kit for one week), Oloff Beauty skin care and Barex hair care products. In addition to the delicious food from Creative Cuisine of New Hyde Park, we had an amazing DJ with 50 foot screen showing pictures of people entering the party. The best part was that both of our families were together and thats what counts the most.

Earlier in the week my dearest friend also named Jill, came to visit with her 2 children. This was there first visit to our house and I was so happy they came. Bethenny was also a houseguest this week so we were one big happy family! I love to entertain and we were definitely maxed out with 20 people sleeping here last week. Saturday night I met up with some of the housewives at the Social Life party. We only stayed an hour ( it was very crowded and the police broke up the party) adn picked Ally up and came home.
Yesterday was a very tearful day for me. I dropped Ally of at JFK to leave for Europe for the summer. She will be studying there and know she will have an experience of a lifetime but I feel a sense of loss. I know she needs to grow up and leave the nest, but will i ever be ready for that?

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July 01, 2008

Summer Update from the Hamptons

Finally the summer is here! Do you feel it in the air? The warmth and humidity. Personally I love it! I am always freezing and Bobby always warm so he is not happy! However..the stores and restaurants pump up the AC so much that I always carry a sweater with me. Crazy?
So have you been waiting to hear who my special guests were? Governor Charlie Crist and my close girlfriend Carole Rome with her family. Many know already that we are friends and the Governor was in town to speak at an event in Bridgehampton last weekend. Charlie has some minor knee surgury and was such a sport on his crutches. But he was not alone. I tripped over a phone cord in the den and might have broken my toe. I have not worn heels since then and can only wear flats or sneakers. I am not a happy camper to say the least. So the two of us were quite a pair limping around. We gave them thier privacy and hope they will visit again soon. Saturday afternoon Bobby and I with my stepson, wife and baby went to the Landrover Event in Watermill. Wow did they pull out all the stops. A beutiful house with food and beverages greated you. We all registered and drove a Landrover through a custom built off road course not for the faint of heart. It was quite scary letting go of the break and gas pedal and stearing down a 45 degree angle road. But we all survived and were very impressed. When we left we were presented with a photo album with our picture already in it. Now that was class. On Sunday we were invited on our friends boat and spent the day with friends off Gardner's Island. The perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
This past weekend Bethenny and Brad stayed with us and we went to the Denim and Diamonds Event for The National Cancer Society hosted by my favorite MC Gina Glickman honoring our favorite Countess....Countess Luann DeLesseps. Bobby and I met Kesley and Camille Grammer and they were so down to earth. Sunday morning I shlepped to Laguardia to pick up my parents. On the way back to the house we stopped at my cousin Dr. Dave's ( Dr. David Zaret) house to look at my toe. He is the best orthopedic ankle foot specialist that I know if ( he really is even if he is my cousin) and without an xray..thinks it might be broken but there is nothing to do but wait for it to heel ( no pun intended). I am so excited my parents are here and this time they are staying for a while. Allyson is still here and we have been spending quality time together ( in between the madness) and of course Ginger loves the backyard.

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May 07, 2008

JIll

Anyone who knows me - lifetime friends or new acquaintances - will tell you that I'm very passionate about raising awareness, and funds, for special causes. We all have a cause that is near and dear to our heart. Mine is my family, and their health. My daughter Ally was diagnosed at age 13 with a form of arthritis called Spondyloarthropathy. It has changed the way she - and I - go about living life. She is my inspiration and has dealt with this condition by being positive and outspoken. And I have, in turn, taken every opportunity to raise awareness about arthritis affecting people of all ages, races and walks of life. Most if not all of us know someone with arthritis. It's a debilitating group of diseases (numbering over 250 kinds!), affecting approximately 70,000,000 Americans, that prevents people from living an active life. With more awareness, research funding and a bit of luck, we will all be better off despite this disease. The internet is chock full of resources for people with arthritis, but be careful about who you trust and what you hear out there. Nothing is a substitute for your own physician and his or her advice. However, knowing more means a better conversation, so that feeling of "hopeless" and/or "lost" can be replaced by "empowered" and "comfortable". Great starting places for more information: 1. CreakyJoints is an organization started by a friend of mine when he was 18, Seth Ginsberg, who also has Spondyloarthropathy. This free online community provides useful information, tips for living, clinical trial updates, message boards as well as fun sections like an advice columnist. An e-mail newsletter goes out every other week with fun and useful information and updates. All forms of arthritis are discussed. 2. Arthritis Foundation is an arthritis advocacy group with local chapters that organize fundraisers like walkathons and golf outings. They're also a good resource for local physician referrals. 3. AARDA is the only national organization dedicated to eradicating, educating and supporting people with autoimmune diseases (a major cause of some forms of arthritis). 4. Spondylitis Association is the first - and largest - organization dedicated to supporting people suffering from anklyosing spondylitis and related diseases. 5. National Institute of Health is a Federal resource for clinical information, updates and clinical trial information. 6. Arthritis Research Center is an example of an academic institution with good resources for arthritis research and education. If you live near a major medical institution, contact the community education department to determine where and when arthritis research and education groups meet.

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February 21, 2008

Dominican Republic

I had a few this trip. I could not find my phone in the car late in the night...looking and looking...then the phone rings! and it is on the floor! If it did not ring..I would not have even looked where it was! It was late and my phone was not on the entire week until late that day. Not a huge one..but still..

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January 13, 2008

It’s been a while…

THOUGH I HAVEN’T WRITTEN IN A WHILE..MY MIRACLES CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME...

SO..TO GIVE A FEW RECENT ONES..

LAST NIGHT..WE HAD DINNER WITH DAVID, JILL, BRAD, BOBBY , BETHENNY AND HER NEW ASSISTANT MOLLY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS AND I CASUALLY ASK HER WHERE SHE LIVES. SHE TELLS ME ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. I ASKED STREET THEN ADDRESS..GUESS WHAT? SHE IS A TENANT IN ONE OF BOBBY’S BUILDINGS....CRAZY RIGHT??

NEW YEARS EVE...I WON $25,000 FOR SOMEONE FROM NJ. HE OFFERED ME HALF BUT I DECLINED WHEN I FOUND OUT HE HAD A 25K MARKER AT THE HOTEL( I HIT A SLOT MACHINE..A $5.00 SLOT!). I TOLD HIM TO BUY HIS WIFE SOMETHING AMAZING. HE DID GIVE ME 1400. THEN..I RAN INTO HIM ON THE PLANE GOING BACK TO NY. HE PRACTICALLY IGNORED ME. I FELT SO WIERD. HERE, I THOUGHT I SAVED HIS LIFE AND PROBABLY MARRIAGE AND HE DISSED ME. WELL..I WAS IN FIRST CLASS AND HE WAS IN COACH. HA! SO..SHOULD I HAVE TAKEN 1/2 THE MONEY?

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September 18, 2007

A Sunday Afternoon

I haven’t had a crazy miracle lately until yesterday. bobby and I were walking outside our apartment and he commented how many people were talking on their cell phones. Then he pointed out a lonely old fashioned street telephone. 2 hours later..we were walking passed the SAME phone and it was on the ground as if pushed over. there were orange cones all around it. Is that crazy or what!!!!

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December 05, 2006

Picture of SKY from Yosemite National Park

Here is another one...Bobby and I went to Nellos for a launch party for a charity we work with. Recently, I have been eyeing a watch, Degrisonio, that I want for our anniversary. They have one store in the US on Madison and 69th. I figured we could see if the store is open “since we are there anyway?” so we drive up Madison. ALL the stores are closed. As we are about to turn home, we notice the lights on with a red carpet and people! THEY WERE OPEN FOR ME! But the miracle does NOT stop here! We run into Donna and talk for a while. As we are saying goodbye she says ” see you tomorrow” I say tomorrow? your luncheon is Wednesday! She says” Jill, it is Dec 5th!

So....first of all, we should not have been there since we were not invited( we crashed to see the watch..which by the way..Bobby loved), but we ran into Donna..who casually said see you tomorrow. I would have shown up at Le Cirque Wednesday all dressed up with NO ONE THERE. Is this a miracle? PLEASE comment?

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November 19, 2006

My Blog of Miracles

Today, I ran into a friend of mine at Citerella, a local gourmet food shop. After catching up...I remembered I had grabbed a red candle from our store before I left and threw it in my bag. For some reason, I decided to give it to Mitchell as a small gift. He told me he had just came back from Ricky’s and could not find a red candle to use for dinner tonight. Was that a miracle? Please let me know if you had a miracle happen to you today!

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