17 December
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Robynn Nussbaum put her heart, soul and NCR pads into The Shoe Lounge. It was a small, yet elegant, haute couture footwear and accessory store she opened last November at Del Rayo Plaza across from Fairbanks Country Club.

An avid tri-athlete and marathon runner with three young children and four step-children, the 44-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident had a passion for shoes. She dreamed for years of opening an upscale shoe outlet where local women could shop for the latest fashion footwear.

But the nurturing Nussbaum first wanted to raise her children through their early years. She wanted to make sure they had a mother’s guidance before embarking on their journey through school and life.

Nussbaum had a serious stumbling block, as well, on her own journey toward her field of dreams. She suffered a rare, serious, and painful form of cancer that struck quite suddenly and surprisingly.

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2 December

If you are bored and are not able to think of anything to do, you may be thinking that you will end up being bored all day long without anything to occupy your time. Consider going online and looking up various activities that you can do with your family, such as playing with silica sand and doing various projects with it. If it is a rainy day and you had wanted to go to the beach, you can instead pretend with your family and play with sand. Make sculptures and sand castles, and just enjoy yourself with the ones you love. Combining various crafting tools with your imagination can get you pretty far when you want it to. Start your search for activities to do with various items in your home and stop being bored at home. There are plenty of things to do with your family on a rainy day!

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1 December
Roman

Along with NCR books, Lee DeWyze told us a lot about America this week. Remember him? Really. Really. Lee DeWyze was last year’s winner of American Idol. No kidding. Huh. What. When?

Fame is so fleeting. Cyberspace was abuzz this week with the fallout from last year’s American Idol winner either not being invited to participate in the finale or being asked at the last minute and refusing, depending on the source.

DeWhodat was there alright and quite square, according to many sources, including zap2it, reporting Dewyze twitter feeds — how 2011 — saying he “was not asked to be involved in the finale. It wasn’t until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel (Lythgoe, executive producer) had approached me and asked if he could ‘borrow’ me for a second. I didn’t feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty (McCreery)’s moment

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