Monthly Archives: March 2018

Showtime: My Adventures as Mattie the Maid


Two weeks ago, I played Mattie (short for “Matilda”), a member of the housekeeping staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The play was Neil Simon’s California Suite. My director, Lisa Woodward, added two characters to the script. My fellow maid Bets (Bettina), played wonderfully by Susan Johns, and I were the comedic relief between scenes. We had a blast, and by many kind reports, we did a fine job.

In the video above, I come into the suite to clean the room. I discover a gorgeous gown left on the bed. A British movie star has tossed it there after losing the Oscar. Mattie is star struck, so she can’t resist trying it on. Putting on a evening gown in front of an audience was not anything I’d ever imagined I’d do. Sometimes, life tosses us happy challenges!

In other scenes, I danced the macarena, encountered an adorable hooker slinking into the suite, admonished Bets for sneaking a cigarette,  and drank too much gin and then danced with my mop.  Bill the Bellhop tried to wake us up, but alas, he was unsuccessful. (Here we are posing backstage with the bellhop, played brilliantly by Joe Siler.)

Below are some more shots from the show. Thanks to Susan B. for the video and some of the photos. Other photos were taken by Cliff, who reported having trouble getting clear shots since we weren’t still on stage very long.

I loved the curtain call best of all, when Bets and I came onto the stage for a final time as the song California Girls played. We dusted off our fellow actors and then took a bow.

Thanks to the director and techs and cast of California Suite. I hated turning in my maid’s costume; I loved it so much.

And now it’s back to just cleaning my own house, which isn’t nearly as much fun.

Always Discreet Boutique: A Giveaway!




A post and a giveaway offer from the makers of Always Discreet Boutique, a new line of disposable bladder leak underwear. Talk about an adorable design! 

Most women today want to continue to feel sexy especially as they age. As we all know, fifty is the new 30 and women out there have a strong desire to feel modern and feminine. They are focused on being healthy, while maintaining their beauty and confidence. However, there are some issues that women face that aren’t always talked about, including dreaded bladder leaks and how to deal with them!

Seventy-seven percent of women say wearing their current bladder leak underwear makes them feel older than they would like to feel. They also told say that bulky bladder leak products can erode their confidence and femininity, with two in three women who’ve tried bladder leak underwear saying they avoid wearing them all together, even when they know they need them. Today, all that is about to change. Always Discreet has introduced Boutique, a new line of beautiful bladder leak underwear that offers fashionable – and maximum – protection.

  • Always Discreet Boutique is bladder leak underwear that looks flirty and fashionable, with stylish attention paid to every detail, including its beautiful and sleek packaging.
  • Made with silky-soft fabric and curve-hugging contours that come in a rosé color with delicate lace prints, the design is inspired by fashion industry and pantone trends, with a flowery pattern that goes from the front to the back on one side.
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  • Always Discreet Boutique offers:
    • Incredible-performing protection
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    • Absorbent Gel Material (AGM) that helps lock the fluid deep within the core and away from the body

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I did not receive monetary compensation for this post and am grateful for the giveaway offer from Always Discreet Boutique.

Coming Back Strong: Wellness after Surgical Menopause



This post is from Lori Ann King, best-selling author of Come Back Strong: Balanced Wellness after Surgical Menopause.

I went into surgery, hoping and trusting for the best-case scenario: the simple removal of an ovary, cyst, and fallopian tube. I was excited to erase the pain that was burdening me. I didn’t expect anything else to happen.

I awoke to learn that the worst-case scenario had happened: I had received a full hysterectomy as well as a double oophorectomy. Uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes—everything had been removed due to the severity of endometriosis that had been found.

I expected to be pain free when I woke. It didn’t work that way. I was in severe pain. I was tired. I was afraid. I couldn’t pee or poop. My body felt and looked swollen and bloated. This was uncharted territory, and I had no idea how to fix it.

I suddenly experienced all the symptoms that many women report in natural menopause including weight gain, slow metabolism, low energy, fatigue, insomnia, lack of focus, and a roller coaster of emotions that leave us feeling overwhelmed, highly stressed, and out of balance.

In addition, hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness affected my health, relationships, and even my passion and sense of purpose. The more symptoms I had, the more hopeless and powerless I felt.

The worst part was that these symptoms hit me all at once. And, in spite of following a strict diet and exercise plan, I gained 26 pounds in 26 months.

In the weeks while I was at home recovering, I found myself explaining and clarifying and justifying to family and friends. Conversations would go something like this:

Friend: “What’s new? I haven’t seen you in a while.”

Me: “I had a hysterectomy.”

Friend: “Oh. Wow. What else is new?”

Me: “No. I had a full hysterectomy.”

Friend: “Okay. And?”

Me: “I had a full hysterectomy. They took everything. Nothing’s left of my womanly parts except my va-jay-jay.”

Friend: “Oh. Okay. So that’s simple these days, right? An in-and-out procedure? Laparoscopic? Barely a scar? When will you be back to work? Wait, why are you crying?”

This experience had turned my world upside down, and it would feel as if my friend was saying “So what? What’s the big deal?”

The big deal was that I was struggling physically and emotionally, and I didn’t know how to help myself feel better again.

As my doctor worked with me to find the right dosage of bioidentical hormones, I learned that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not an exact science. In fact, it seemed a bit like a guessing game as we attempted to balance my hormones and emotions and help me feel good again. The hardest part, perhaps, was that it simply took time to get it right.

I discovered that wellness is more than a state of health where you are free of illness. It is a state of well-being that is the result of deliberate effort.

In the months that followed, I found solutions for my symptoms through complementary medicine and lifestyle changes. I worked on improving my thought life and my emotions turned toward the positive. Overall, through the journey of surgical menopause, I found hope in my ability to come back strong.

For more information or to purchase Come Back Strong, visit

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Giveaway: Lori is offering a copy of Come Back Strong to one Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by April 1. Thanks!

Lori Ann King is a best-selling author, speaker, blogger, certified sports nutritionist, and wellness coach with over eight years of experience in health and wellness.
Lori is also a cyclist and body builder, and was a runner for over twenty-five years, competing in races ranging in length from two to 26.2 miles.  She has an undergraduate degree in Recreation from Western State College of Colorado and an advanced certificate in Information Management from Syracuse University. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband, Jim.