Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Painfully, slowly. Suburbanly.
Or I'll just start wearing ill-fitting khakis with equally ill-fitting polo shirts and clunky old shoes.
And it scares the bejesus out of me. For realz.
Moving soon is a necessity. Like breathing. And sushi. And non-clunky shoes.
And we definitely need to move west. Even if it's just a little bit. Like Pittsburgh. Or a little further. Like Denver. Those seem to be the two cities up for bidding right now. Of course, if a job in San Diego or San Francisco lands in my lap, I'll happily skippity-skip right past the 'Burgh and the Mile High City and head straight for the Pacific (okay, I'll stop just short of the Pacific like, say, downtown San Diego or La Jolla).
But until we bust out of the wasteland, I needed to buy something to keep me from turning into a frumpster. (Didn't someone suggest I buy a pair of shoes for every month I'm stuck here? Well, I'm listening.)
Well, peeps, here it is- my first fall 2009 purchase:
Aerosoles Egg Roll bootie
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Here's my Ghost Whisperer-inspired Polyvore set.
And yes, my hair is a darker shade of red. I'm still working on finding the perfect red for me- I think it's somewhere in between the last, lighter shade and this shade.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I need this adorable Kensie dress in my life. Such pretty fall colors. I think I shall add it to Polyvore and create a set around it.
Did I mention the rosettes? Rosettes! Oh, and ruffles! Love!
PS- It's from one of my new favorite online boutiques, Urban Minx.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Because the staff at the Trump Plaza seems to be confused about proper customer service. It took us three hours to check in and it wasn't because there was a line.
Annette, Katrina and I were extremely happy when we arrived for our girls' weekend in Atlantic City well within the proper check-in time after making excellent time driving to the beach. Unfortunately, the time we saved avoiding traffic was siphoned away during our check-in process.
According to the first person at the check-in desk who helped us, there was some sort of mis-communication between Orbitz and the hotel because when we arrived, the hotel did not have a record of my reservation, despite the fact that I booked it a week and a half prior to our arrival. I pulled up the Orbitz e-mail confirmation on my iPhone and it still wasn't good enough. So, I called Orbitz and after 20 minutes on hold listening to Canon in D, I finally got through to “Ethan” in India and asked him to re-fax my reservation. He did and so I thought our ordeal was nearly over.
The re-faxed confirmation with the original date also wasn't good enough for the hotel reservation supervisor. She refused to confirm our reservation and had the (now second) person who was helping us tell us the hotel was fully booked. But since people were coming in off the street and booking rooms and others were upgrading to better ones, I was reasonably sure that the reservation supervisor was full of poo. So there we stood, just wanting the room we had already paid for. (And in the meantime, the first person who had helped us returned from her hour-long break, which she went on while I was on hold with Orbitz, and couldn't believe we were still there. Yeah.)
Finally, after two hours of battling with Orbitz and the front desk staff, and the front desk staff trying to move us to the Trump Marina, the front desk supervisor finally came out to help us. He had us fax our confirmation (again- which meant more time on the phone with Orbitz) directly to him to bypass the reservation supervisor. Shockingly, he managed to get us a room in the "fully booked" hotel (now three hours after we began the check-in process). So, obviously there were rooms available, but apparently, if there is mis-communication between Orbitz and Trump Plaza, it is the customer's fault and they are fully punished for it in the form of terrible customer service and wasted time.
Our stay didn’t improve much after check-in since this customer service confusion thing extended well beyond the shiny, marble top check-in desk.
Moral of the story- don’t stay at any Trump facility ever.
Sorry, Donald, you’re fired.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Madison, Dolce Vita shoes
PS- I know I've been MIA on the blogfront recently and I have a backlog of OOTDs to post, but I've been having issues. D has cold feet about California and the move is getting pushed back until after the holidays. Also something I'm not too pleased about. But better later than never, right?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So who are your favorite dancers from this season? It's okay to admit you like the show. I just did. It'll be our little secret.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
You can visit my Chictopia here.
And here's a preview- today's OOTD (Outfit Of The Day):
Monday, July 6, 2009
Can't wait for them to arrive. The dress will be perfect for Sunday brunch with the girls.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Afternoon: Realize a work project I thought was nearly complete and only required a few simple steps to finish is neither nearly complete nor simple nor anywhere in the ballpark of either of those things. FAIL.
Evening: Get a fucking $150 speeding ticket driving home from work in the suburban wasteland where the speed limit is too low and the cops aren't busy enough. FAIL.
I think I'll crack open a bottle of one of my favorite wines, Rosa Regale.
Which, incidentally, is nowhere to be found in the suburban wasteland. I picked it up on a recent trip to Baltimore.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Unfortunately for me, D took swapped the small HD television we got for the workout room for the piece of crap box with a tube we had in the bedroom. So now, I have to rewatch LOST on this:
Either that, or I have to drag the elliptical into to the living room to watch it on the big screen HD. And I'm just not feeling that ambitious.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Did you know there's an unofficial LOST rewatch? Yep, it's run through DocArzt and Lostpedia and you can get the official schedule here. The long hiatus between season 5 and the final season is the perfect time to rewatch and discover new LOST "a-ha!" moments (or to fill in certain other members of the household so they stop asking 5 seasons worth of questions during a single episode, whichever).
So, be a geek, watch the episodes according to the schedule, follow the DocArzt blog and stop in at the Lostpedia forums.
Just an FYI- you need the DVDs to do this. It's not running on television.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I know we just got screwed with the paycut and everything, but you can get sunglasses for super cheap at Target. Or The Dollar Store. And if you forgot your sunglasses in your car, you'd probably get there a whole lot faster if you just squinted and didn't completely block your vision.
Cheers and sunshine,
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1) People who, within a few minutes of meeting me, announce to me how great they are. If you really are that great, you'll shut your yapper and realize that I'm smart enough to figure it out. Otherwise, you just knocked yourself down about 1000 points in the greatness scale.
2) Parking lots. The bane of suburban existence. Idiots congregate here and plot their plans to destroy the world- one bad park job at a time.
3) Humidity. Mostly because it reminds me that I do not live in California. Yet.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I'm totally annoyed with this new 90210 reality, but I can live with it. Maybe.
But today, I came across a travesty that can only fall under the category of sacrilege. Looks like Footloose will be getting a remake of its own with Gossip Girl's, Chace Crawford playing the role of Ren McCormack. Almost Paradise? Far from it. No one messes with Kevin Bacon. I am boycotting. Or maybe I'll go dancing and take all my footloose friends with me and stage a protest in the theater lobby.
Everybody cut, everybody cut- this remake. The original is perfect.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I really need to have my digital SLR ready at all times to better capture such moments of cuteness.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Don't know what that is? It's scrapple. I'm not sure it even exists outside this sad, little area (let's hope it doesn't- it's better that way).
But, apparently, his brother had it for breakfast and D felt the need to take a picture (probably for the sole purpose of e-mailing it to me and grossing me out).
Normal meat (like chicken and turkey) grosses me out, so this is just nastiness multiplied. Especially since I eat a mostly pescatarian diet- I love sushi too much to give up fish- and I haven't had pork in about 15 years (10th grade biology did me in). There's a reason that "scrap" is the root of the word scrapple. Ew.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
What Flower Are You?
D: Remember when you were a kid and you wrote your name on the eggs with white crayon before you colored them so you knew which ones where yours?
Me (slightly confused): What? I didn't need any crayons. I'm an only child. All the eggs belonged to me.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I decided to try it:
1. I want to be the owner/founder/CEO of a business that synthesizes my passion for social causes (arts, environment and animals, specifically) with my love of fashion and my desire to support and promote indie artisans/designers/artists/musicians (particularly on the local level). And I want to incorporate cutting edge new media technology into the customer experience. Tall order, I know. That's what grad school is for.
2. I want to live in San Diego.
3. I want to finish my MFA summa cum laude.
4. I want a puggle (Thing 1 and Thing 2 need a Thing 3).
5. I want a potted, organic veggie garden (and some chickens).
6. I want new shoes.
7. I want the weekend. Now.
I really enjoy our lunch time rendezvous, but I'm starting to feel like you're taking advantage of my generosity. See, whenever I come to visit, you're conveniently out of baskets, which forces me to use a cart. So, instead of just getting toothpaste, paper towels and a frozen lunch, I end up with a cart full of things I don't need like dog beds, candles, dishes and t-shirts. And then I usually forget the toothpaste and paper towels, which means another visit the next day and the vicious cycle just keeps going.
I'd like to think you're not using me for my money because I've always thought you were much cooler than that, but if you don't start keeping more baskets on hand, I may have to reconsider this relationship because it's really starting to wear on my bank account.
Sunshine and puppy dogs,
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
But, since just a few weeks down the line, they'll be no place to hide, I decided to get the nasty Lean Cuisine version.
It's significantly smaller, much less creamy and sort of mysteriously grainy. But close enough, I guess, if I don't want to be mistaken for Shamu on the beach this summer.
But then, it reminded me of this unfortunate (but not blogged about until now) incident at the department holiday potluck this past Christmas.
I think I was more upset about the ruined homemade mac 'n cheese than about the broken crockpot.
I forgot about this road trip fun until today when I was perusing Craigslist and came across a listing for something in Santa Ana (Saaah-nata Ah-na).
I blame Jeff Dunham.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Getting LOST 05x11 "Whatever Happened, Happened" (post alternately titled - LOST theories that can finally get lost)
Like Hurley, many fans based their knowledge of time travel on Back to the Future. But clearly, the LOST writers are not following those rules. They've made their own and for anyone paying attention to Faraday's emphatic "whatever happened, happened" speeches, one would realize this is the rule the writers are following. They've pulled twists on us in the past, but that would just be ridiculous for them to preach Faraday's mantra as the core time travel rule and then rip it out from under us.
So, we can finally forget everything Back to the Future taught us about time travel. There is no flying Delorean, no flux capacitor and no white-haired, wild-eyed scientist (OK, Faraday is a little wild-eyed, but his hair is definitely not white). There is one reality, one timeline and whatever happened, happened. What we're seeing now in 1977 is the way it always happened. We just didn't know it during seasons 1 through 4 and for the Losties personal timelines, 1977 is the future even though it's taking place in the past in the overall timeline.
As for the curious case of Desmond David Hume that so many fans used to back their alternate reality/split timeline theories? Rewatch The Constant. It explicitly tells us that Desmond is different. His consciousness can travel through time, at any time. Meaning, he can wake up from sleeping (er...consciousness time traveling) with a brand new memory that just happened to him at that moment even if the year his consciousness traveled to happened to be three years in the past. Rules do not apply to him. Anything that happens to him cannot be used an example to support any kind of time-looping, alternate reality theory.
On a non-time traveling note, what happened to Jack? Why is he such a sniveling, miserable shell of his former self? And how ironic that his refusal to save young Ben actually caused old Ben to become the maniacal, calculating lunatic we know and hate in 2004. Of course, Sayid helped a little by shooting young Ben. But between the two of them, they created the very thing they were trying to prevent. You can't change the future or the past. Whatever happened, happened.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority.Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. You break a lot of hearts.
At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.
How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
No iPhone or iPod (really???)? Just catch the streaming audio from the WMMR website. Your coworkers might look at you a little funny as you guffaw to yourself (how funny are spreadsheets, really?), but at least your Office Space morning will be a little more amusing.
It's a small thing, but it really helps drown out my obnoxious coworker in the cubicle next door.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This idea sprouted from an article I read in one of my favorite magazines, Sunset, a magazine about life in the west. It's all very fashionably outdoorsy and stylishly crunchy. I get the northern California edition by default, which is almost perfect since it's close enough to southern California. To me, having chickens and growing a garden (these days, who wouldn't want to know exactly where their food comes from) is all part of the sustainable, handmade indie artisan lifestyle.
So, I want some chickens and I've already named them. Ready for this? My future feathered egg-layers are Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. In case you don't recognize those names, just run a google search for The Golden Girls. And SuperD is wrong. I would take care of the chickens (and keep Thing 1 and Thing 2 from eating them, although we may need some assistance from Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan on that one).
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So, here's what I'm thinking:
1. How did Hurley know to be on the flight?
Charlie, of course! It's not much a stretch since a) Hurley has seen dead Charlie before and b) Hurley has a guitar case. My guess is that it's Charlie's guitar case. Whether or not it contains a guitar or a stash of munchies remains to be seen.
2. Jin in the Dharma suit.
I'm pretty sure the I7-minus-Charlotte (now the I6) infiltrated the Dharma initiative. They are clearly in Dharma's timeframe since Jin's cruising around in a very new Dharma van. Daniel most likely advised them to infiltrate Dharma so a) Dharma doesn't think they're others and hurt/maim/kill them and b) Daniel wants to know what's in the Swan.
We'll probably see the full scene with Daniel in the Swan from season 5/episode 1, as well as Daniel telling young Charlotte never to come back to the island.
3. So, what about Sayid getting arrested and who is that woman with him?
I think the "officer" with Sayid is working for Ben/Mrs. Hawking to get Sayid back to the island. I think she's an Other and has been on the island before. And I think we'll see more of her.
4. Where's Aaron?
Someone probably came to Kate and told her she shouldn't take Aaron back to the island. Technically, Aaron wasn't born yet, so he wasn't (technically) on flight 815. He may be one of the O6, but that doesn't mean he belongs on the flight to Gaum.
My first thought was that Ben had someone working for him to convince Kate not to bring Aaron back, but someone else mentioned the possibility of Claire having something to do with it. This sounds reasonable to me- Kate has seen Claire before in a dream and Claire was very adamant with Kate that she never bring Aaron back to the island.
I'm still waiting for the O6 is shooting at the I6 theory to get debunked. Yes, they arrived on Ajira airlines (we pretty much knew that's how it would go down based on that water bottle in the canoe), but there is no good reason for them to be randomly shooting. It's most likely either someone from Dharma or the Others.
So, there. Now I'm ready for tonight's episode- "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham." Interesting to note that John Locke's alias is also the name of a philosopher/social reformer.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Last night's episode fully debunked the theory that Danielle and her team will start time jumping with the I6 (and also that the French team left for their expedition in a year other than 1988). Danielle specifically told Jin the year was 1988, just like we knew from the original story she told the Losties. We also finally found out how poor Montand lost his arm and what exactly (sort of) the "sickness" was (or at least what caused it). And whoosh...off to another time flash sans Danielle and her team jumping around with us.
Thank you, writers/producers, for debunking this hugely annoying and completely nonsensical (even for LOST) theory.
Monday, February 9, 2009
...there'll be no place to hide.
I can't take credit for that fun little phrase. But it's brilliant. It's actually from a Weight Watchers (I think??) commercial from the 80s. It's one of my favorite commercials ever. Picture a horizontally scrolling clothesline, first with a sweater, then jeans, then capris, then a t-shirt, then shorts, then a tank top, then a barely there string bikini while happy female voice says the ominous phrase from the opening of this post. Scare tactic? Sure. Impactful? Definitely. I'm not sure if the fact that I remember a weight-loss commercial from the 80s (when I was no older than 10) is horrifying or if it was dramatic foreshadowing for my current occupation in advertising.
It doesn't really matter, though. What matters is that the commercial is right. I have exactly 4 weeks and 1 day to get my butt ready for the last items on the clothesline or I'll be heading to California and wishing I had a place to hide. So, I bought myself Denise Austin's Daily Dozen. I can handle 12 minutes a day. Baby steps. I'm allergic to exercise.
But a funny thing happened. I've been doing this video for about a week and a half. And I like it! I feel better, have more energy and lost a few pounds (with um...several more to go). I actually feel like exercising longer (LONGER!) than 12 minutes. Good thing SuperD went and bought us a new elliptical this past weekend.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Here are a few of my not-so-favorites from the LOST message boards I haunt:
1) Penny and Desmond's son, Charlie, is The Charlie (as in Charlie Pace, as in deader-than-dead-drowned-in-the-Hydra Charlie).
Come on, people. Let's stop reading so much into this. I realize this is LOST and they like to mess with our heads but sometimes a spade is just a spade. Or in this case, a baby. They named their baby Charlie to honor Charlie Pace's memory. Let's not even get into how this is (in any timeline) impossible since Charlie Pace was born in the 70s (80s at the latest).
Status: Debunked (thank heavens).
In last week's enhanced Jughead episode, the caption at the bottom of the screen stated they named their child Charlie to honor Charlie. So let's stop with the Widmore/Charlie/Charlie Pace is the baby theories, okay?
2) The people shooting at the left-behind Losties during the longboat scene were the O6 (in the future).
Just no. Why? Why? Why would the O6 come back to save the Losties and then start shooting at the first people they see? Doesn't seem very O6 like to me. I'll agree that the scene could be taking place in future, given the abandoned beach camp, but still "just no" to the O6 as the shooters. I'm betting it's the Others or some of Widmore's cronies.
Status: Not debunked. Yet. But very unlikely.
3) Danielle and her team will now start time jumping with the I6 (left-behind Losties).
I realize we're all excited to see Rousseau and Robert and how Montand lost his arm, but why would they start jumping around any more than any other people we've seen in different time jumps? My guess is we'll get one Rousseau-centric island episode so we can finally see her real backstory (cause you know, 2004 Rousseau was a little loopy and less than reliable). Then we'll have a flash and the I6-plus-Jin will be whisked on to their next time jumping adventure.
Status: Awaiting debunking.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
2. My hair has been black, platinum blonde, red, several shades of brown and construction cone orange with purple streaks.
3. When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian.
4. Sometimes I still don't think I know what I want to be when I grow up.
5. My favorite color is purple, but I don't own very many purple things.
6. I've never been a bridesmaid.
I'm tagging Rana at Q-tips and Mammoths and Tina at Daily Pointers. My tagger was The Beach Cottage.
The guidelines: Link to your tagger, share 6 random things about yourself, tag a few others (be sure to tell them).
And of course, post the rules.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You are Strength
Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.
This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.
What Tarot Card are You?
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