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Things That Need Mentioning but Aren’t Quite a Post

My friend Jennifer is one of the finalists for Mamvation. In case you’re unaware, Leah Sedgie takes a Mom for a seven week lifestyle makeover. Mamavation picks one mom who needs to lose weight and gives them nutrition counseling, exercise counseling, medical advice and accountability.

Jenny sent me an email that included: “I’m done being fat and I’m doing something about it. I want the nutritionist AND the social media microscope to make sure I don’t fuck this up.” She continued with, “All people have to do is go to and click @jennydecki under the earth footwear ad once a day between now and July 12th.”

Weight loss is extraordinarily difficult (I just spent two horrible weeks on Freshology), and I’m proud of Jenny for being willing to do this publicly, but I’m mostly delighted for her, and her new life affirming attitude towards food and exercise. I’ll be voting for her each day, and I hope you will too.

I haven’t really talked about Ford, and my trip to their headquarters in Dearborn. Ford has some incredible safety innovations that they’re just announcing, and they really do appear to be geared toward young families like my own. I’m unclear on a few things, so I want to get all my information straight and share it with you shortly.

I can tell you one thing, blogger trips are strange. I was surrounded by perfectly lovely women, but I was alternately longing for more time alone, or that my family would have been with me. Scott took us on a fabulous tour of the The Rouge, and I have to tell you it was amazing. From a historical perspective it is a treasure. After you’re standing there for a few minutes you have the facepalm moment of The Rouge, yes, we touched on this in high school, and then studied it like crazy in Econ 101. Supply Chain – d’oh!

I have cars to tell you about. I recently drove the Acura TL, and my husband and I both agree that if we were better people we would own that car instead of the Jaguar. I’ve also GOT to tell you about the Cadillac CTS-V, and how I have no reason to know but I suspect it might possibly get up to 135mph very very quickly when you’re getting on the 101 freeway late at night.  This week I’m driving the Lexus LX 570, which we would also be driving… only we’d be rich with a bigger family. These cars are all absolutely spectacular for very different reasons.

Also, our summer vacation plans have changed. Mr. G. had some unexpected things surrounding work, so we won’t be taking the most fabulous family vacation ever. I am very sad to say that this year my family will not be glamping with the kind folks from Ocean Futures Society at Catalina Island Camps.

There isn’t much good news for me, as it relates to Catalina, but there is good news for you. For the past few years my favorite family vacation of all time (yes, better than skiing) has been five days in Catalina every August. I’ve written about it before, but I’ve been deliberately vague. Why? Well, as happy as I am to review cars and technology, I’m not looking to show up at my favorite vacation in the world and talk about blogging.

Everyone knows that what sucks for the blogger is typically wonderful for the reader. If you’re looking for an amazing vacation check out Family Camp at Catalina Island Camps. The Horners run the camp all summer long, and they are amazing hosts. Jean Michel, Murph, and Holly bring passion and academia to camp. Travis makes everyone fall in love first with his food, then with the garden and it’s magnificent compost.

The camp is as active or as relaxed as you’d like it to be. My family prefers a very active vacation, but plenty of folks show up with a stack of books, and loosely supervise kids at play. The snorkeling is world class, and do NOT miss the night dives. They are amazing. As of this writing there are still cabins available, and since you can fit 12 in a cabin, it can be a very affordable trip if you have a family you love to travel with. I will be insanely jealous, but nevertheless delighted for you, should you take this wonderful trip.