New Clarity and Even Tones…What Could be Better?

Estee Lauder is having their fall “bonus gift with purchase” event right now. I pre-ordered the lotion I wanted and then went to the counter on the first official day of the event to retrieve my lotion, the bonus, an extra gift for pre-ordering, and one more gift after that for spending at least $55.

I’m not a big spender and I don’t have many bad shopping habits, but I do have a weakness for cosmetic counters and try to make it to each “bonus gift with purchase” event wherever it occurs–Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique. I’ve been doing this for about ten years and have never made out as well as I did last week at Estee Lauder’s fall event. 

After I returned home, I sat down in my pink chair to read the copy on the light blue box that contained the lotion.  As I read, a particular calm surrounded me and I suddenly felt less anxious than I had before sitting down. What was it about the box in my hand that made me feel this way? 

I’m a lover of words and keep a sharp eye out for strong verbs and adjectives wherever I go, so it didn’t take long for me to realize why I felt more optimistic after reading the box. Here are some of the words I read:

“Revolutionizes…treatment….exclusive…lifting away…reducing…significantly reduced…instantly…brighter…fresher….velvety…lifted away….new clarity…even tone…emerging…restrengthened…reclaims…youthful appearance….”

Who wouldn’t feel lifted away and instantly brighter after reading words like these? I did feel fresher with new clarity. My tone immediately became more even. I felt ready to reclaim my youth and to emerge restrengthened. 

I should have saved $55 on the lotion and just asked for a discarded box to read…for free.

I watched Sarah Palin’s speech from Fairbanks, Alaska last night and was somewhat surprised to find I was still as taken as when I watched her at the RNC a couple of weeks ago. I never expected this to happen. Unlike George, I am not an across-the-board card-carrying Republican. I like to think of myself as an Independent. I don’t even agree with Palin on a couple of key issues.

So, I don’t know if it is the mother connection, the commercial fishing family and Alaska connection, or if it’s just her overall persona.

What’s interesting is how McCain and Biden have been all but been forgotten. It seems to be all about Palin and Obama. I can’t believe the television split screens that show Obama on one side and Palin on the other, as if the race for President was between the two of them!

A couple of things I don’t think are funny are the attacks on her mothering, her daughter, or their babies, born and unborn. Seriously. I had to stop reading some of the blogs about the subject because the attacks on her “family values,” were just too vicious.  

Doesn’t the phrase “family values” mean…valuing your family?

If so, then isn’t Palin’s standing together with her family to love and support her daughter, help her through a difficult situation and ensure that her daughter still has the opportunity to pursue a successful future, in fact, valuing her family?

Words, words…although I’m not a Scrabble player (I prefer Boggle), I love what opportunity for thought, puzzle, and game they provide.



  1. I made the exact same comment the other day about how it seems its going to be a race between Obama and Palin! I keep writing and backspacing everything else I want to say so I guess I end here.

  2. Tish! Thanks for your comment. And you aren’t alone—I’ve backspaced, erased, re-phrased and otherwise edited this post at least 10 times since it even went up. :-)

  3. Hi Jen,

    I love those gift with purchase deals too!

    On Sara Palin – its like they’ve already written off McCain and are viewing Sara as the next president of the U.S. i’ve heard a couple of reporters actually voice the comment that she would be running the country if McCain passes while in office. As VP that is common knowledge but people seem to think this is a great possibility if McCain wins because of his age. I usually vote Democrat but i may go the other way this time because of Sara. I think people like her so much because she is more of your average woman/mom – juggling career, family and those life happenings that occur – pregnant teenage daughter, a special needs baby, etc. I’m all for change but i haven’t heard yet from obama what will change and how it will affect the average citizen. i also can’t identify with him or badin.

  4. Aurora and Jen,

    I have to say I’m concerned about Palin’s seeming lack of knowledge about international affairs. If you haven’t yet seen her interview with Charlie Gibson from last week, go here:

    (I tried to find it on abc’s website, to no avail).

    Also, I posted links to columns written by prominent conservatives questioning her readiness on my blog at Write the Journey, if you’re interested.

    I agree with you, Jen, that the focus on her family issues is misplaced. There is a lot of anger on the left and, unfortunately, a lot of people are saying and writing vitriolic things. But I’d like to point out that just prior to her speech at the RNC, Obama was pressed to comment on the news of her daughter’s pregnancy and said, in no uncertain terms, that families should be completely off limits:

    “Let me be a clear as possible,” he told reporters after speaking briefly at a Labor Day BBQ here. “I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and, you know, how a family deals with issues and you know teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who’s supporting me understands that’s off limits.” (

    I have to say that after he took the high road by saying this, I was appalled at Gov. Palin’s attacks on him during her speech and what I read as downright meanness, especially deriding his background community organizing in impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago. If spending time helping organize low-income tenants of housing projects and helping impoverished youth and families on tough urban streets isn’t something that makes him down to earth (and downright heroic!), I don’t know what is.

    I’m concerned that Palin’s “toughness” really means she’s obstinate and that she divides rather than unites Americans. And, Aurora, you are right that the focus has shifted away from McCain vs. Obama, which I think is exactly what was intended. I encourage you to visit Obama’s website and look under the “Issues” at his plans to help change the country.

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