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This past year, I feel like I have been punked.  Out of the blue, seriously out of nowhere, I developed allergies.  The type of allergies that you hear about, itchy, watery eyes and more.  It is so annoying and I have been in a state of denial about it since I found out.

My brother has had allergies his whole life.  That was the reason (supposedly) why we could never get a cat when we were growing up.  He walks in a house, and can tell if there is a cat there in an instant.  My allergies were limited to red ant bites and bee stings, both sending me to the emergency room a few times, not fun but not life altering.  I remember begging my parents to go to sleep away camp and I was told in order to do that, I would have to endure some painful allergy shots before I went so that plan went up in smoke.

One of my friends on Facebook posted the other day asking if anyone else was dying from allergies this past week and asked for some remedy suggestions besides traditional allergy medicine.  The responses were plentiful, so clearly I am not alone.  Someone suggested using a Neti Pot.
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Remember when Oprah had someone on her show that talked about the Neti Pot?  I raced out to get one like everyone else and experimented with it, making a mess and only really being successful every other time.  If you don’t do it correctly, it can cause a mess.  You also have to use bottled water since this liquid is going directly in your sinuses and if it is not clean, you can get super sick.

Anyway, any other suggestions would be welcome.  Allergy sufferers, I did not want to join your club!

Xoxo, kp

Reading List

My reading habits are so inconsistent.  I will find a good book and won’t be able to put it down, then read another and the next thing you know, I have read 10 books in a row.  Then, I take a break and it takes a good book to get me back in the game.  Here are three that have been in my Amazon queue…

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

“The next great New York novel.” -Town and Country

“This winter’s cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever.” -Marie Claire

“Pitoniak’s precise and incisive powers of observation gives us a book with startling grace notes.”

One of NYLON and REFINERY29’s most anticipated books of 2017

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino

A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this “sparklingly funny novel about love, power, money and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what matters most: one another” (People).

One the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying. For the first time in years, they convene at their childhood home in upstate New York, where the storm has downed power lines, flooded houses and destroyed the family’s antique store.

The Westfalls are no strangers to dysfunction.  But never have their lives felt so out of control.  Armie is living in their parents’ basement.  In Manhattan, Josef, a sex-addicted techie, is struggling to repair his broken relationship with his daughters.  Their sister, Charlie, who works in Hollywood as a publicist for a wayward young actress, just learned that her son has been expelled from preschool.  Amid the storm, they must come together to plan their father’s memorial service, only to learn that his dying wish-they must sell his priceless Magritte painting.  As their failures are laid bare, they discover the hope often lurks in the darkest of places.  And so, too, can hilarity.

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Everyone has secrets…

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be.  But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt; another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding.  Why did Will lie about where he was going?  And what else has he lied about?  As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shocks her to her very core.

I am reading the Marriage Lie right now and cannot put it down!

Happy reading,
Xoxo, kp