11 August, 2010

Another Year Older

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday dear C.........Happy Birthday to Me!

Yup, that's right, it's my birthday! I went home to see the family (my cousin was my personal photographer for the weekend, so I'll have those pictures later) last weekend, and it was amazing!!! We had everyone over for dinner, Mom and Dad made all my favorite foods (Flank Steak, Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing, etc.), and we all just had an amazing time. Mom set a beautiful table, bought and arranged fresh flowers, and it looked so great that I had to take pictures!



And on today, my actual birthday, my friend S sent me flowers, all the way from across the ocean!! And not just any flowers, flowers shaped like a cupcake!! With candle and everything, they're adorable!



Do I have the best friends and family in the world, or what? Love you guys!! :)

03 August, 2010

I'm Harriet Nelson!

Or June Cleaver. Or Margaret Anderson. Pick your favorite 1950s matriarch, and for tonight (and only tonight), I'm her.



When I realized I was baking a quiche while wearing a dress, pearls, heels and an apron, I just had to document it for posterity. After all, though I bake often, it almost never happens when I'm wearing pearls! Come on, you can't honestly tell me that you wouldn't have done exactly the same thing if you found yourself in the same situation!!

23 June, 2010

The Highest Compliment

I've just received what I believe is the highest compliment that any member of the Wetzel family (my college roommate A, her sister Angie, from Shallow Thoughts, and the rest of their fabulous, fun family) can bestow. In a letter she wrote me, Momma Wetzel said "Oh that C, she's just like Disney, she thinks of everything!". I don't think, unless you know them, you can really understand what a high compliment that truly is. These people LOVE their Disney! After a month of non-stop travel, no sleep, and getting sick, that compliment absolutely made my day...heck, my whole week! So thanks Wetzels...you guys are the best!

14 June, 2010

More Airport Weirdness

Seriously folks, if your suitcase is bigger than you (and you're a full grown human) it's really NOT a carry-on. And no matter how long you argue with TSA about it, it's not going to suddenly become one! Also. Don't argue with TSA. That's always a bad idea.

I find it difficult to believe that the man in the Guitar Hero felt pants is a first class passenger.

Is there a reason the seat numbers on the plane go 17, 19, 23, 15, 21, 18, 23?

11 June, 2010

Airport Weirdness

The gate attendant just announced that he needs 2 volunteers "to protect me.". That's it. Punto. Fin. Nada mas.

Protect him from what? The yapping Maltese in the pink carrier waiting to board (Please God don't let it be sitting next to me....)? The throng of people patiently waiting for their seat assignments (Seriously folks, you can pick them out ahead of time online, then you wouldn't have to do this!)?

In other news, the security folks seem to be overly stressed out for a day when I could count the number of people in line with one hand. One guy kept shouting "ALL THE WAY TO THE END! MOVE YOUR BINS ALL THE WAY TO THE END!" when everyone WAS all the way at the end. Clearly it was time for his coffee break.

Oh, and did I mention I'm posting this from my iPad? Joy! Internet on the go...how did I survive before??

10 June, 2010

I suck...

Why do I always wait until the last minute to pack?? I suck at non-work-related packing! Work-related packing, I'm a rockstar. Vacation packing? I suck. Argh!!

09 June, 2010

Open Letter to My Building (Part 3)

For reasons passing understanding, the third floor smells like fish. None of the other floors smell like fish, so I'm not quite sure what's going on down on three, but if you could take care of that soon, that'd be awesome.

Kisses!
C

16 May, 2010

Shockingly Productive Weekend

I had a shockingly productive weekend. I actually organized, which is something I used to love to do, but haven't been able to bring myself to tackle in the last seven months. I cleaned out beneath my bathroom sink, and my dresser. I think the next project will be the linen closet and my walk-in closet. And someday I'll have to sit down and figure out my filing...my formerly well-organized system has now been reduced to stacks of paper in various locations around the house. Oh, and I'm caught up on my TiVo. Which is awesome...is it weird that I feel guilty when my TiVo starts getting full? Yes, I'll answer that one myself, it is weird. I'm feeling guilty for having a life. That's sad on several different levels. Guess I'll have to start getting used to that feeling again. June has me traveling out of town three of four weekends: the West Coast of FL for K&E's wedding, Ohio for my cousin A's High School Graduation (can't BELIEVE she's that old!), and California for a mini-vacation and H&J's wedding. This'll be my first trip to Cali, so I'm very excited! I can't wait to get there! And hopefully, I'll have an iPad to accompany me! I've ordered one, and have no idea how long it will take to get here, but the nice lady at the Apple store seemed to think it would be in time for the big cross-country trip, so everyone keep your fingers crossed for me! I want a new toy!! :)

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, I have no idea why or who, but someone has given me a gift subscription to Condé Nast Traveler. Anyone want to own up? It appeared in my mailbox today, and I was told that it was a gift, and the giver wishes to remain anonymous. Seriously? I can see with flowers, or jewelry, or something else, but Conde Nast Traveler? Really?

09 May, 2010

Ahh, Weekend Update...

It's always nice when pop culture says some of the things I've been thinking while watching the news...



I haven't really watched SNL for a few years now, but had to tune in for the Betty White episode, and was pleasantly surprised by Weekend Update!

02 May, 2010

The Mystery Chair is Back!!

Every once in awhile, a chair appears at the end of my hallway:



It matches the hallway carpet, so the first time it appeared, I thought perhaps it was a new decoration that the building management company had brought in. Except that it was only on my floor. And then I thought one of my neighbors at the end of the hall had put it there. Except they said they hadn't. So then I thought perhaps one of the other neighbors had put it there for someone to take. And then it disappeared, so I didn't think too much more about it.

And then it reappeared again:



So now I'm confused. What's the point?? I don't understand, I mean seriously, it appears, it disappears...and why is it there in the first place? To differentiate our hallway from all the others when you come home plastered? So you can sit down when you can't find your keys? I hate to break it to ya kids, but if you can't find your keys you won't have made it past the front gate to begin with so the chair thing seems like a moot point. Maybe it's for the blind guy who lives in our hall and keeps "accidentally" trying to get into other people's apartments at 3a.m. Maybe someone who lives at the end of the hall got tired of being rudely awoken in the middle of the night and decided to leave something there for him to trip over? Me, I'm just thinking of ways to rig up an electrical current to my door handle. Too bad I broke up with the physics major, back in the day, huh? There's a source of knowledge that could have come in handy. Oh well, I'm resourceful, I'll figure something out! Or perhaps get a chair of my own.

So, the mystery chair is back. No one knows how long it will stay, or what it will be used for while it's here, but it remains an enigma wrapped in inscrutability. And yet another example that Florida people are weird.

27 April, 2010

It's Almost Time....

Somewhere up north, the air has started to warm, the trees have been growing greener by the day, and the days themselves are getting longer. What does all this mean? Well, it means that it's almost time for PENTWATER!!!!! And thanks to my friend Linda at The Happy Woman Store up in Michigan for sharing the below video with me! It makes me very anxious to get up north for some quality cottage time! Who wants to come with me??



And how much do I love that Tim Allen narrates this? If you guessed "a lot" congratulations!

Holy cow, there are more? Fair warning, I'm about to go a little video happy....





Okay, this one's not as pretty, but hello, Tim Allen is talking about the S.S. Badger! My grandfather's 75th birthday was onboard the Badger!





My Michigan backyard has a private beach!

17 April, 2010

I have the best friends ever!!




My college friend Mel is totally awesome, and got me this shirt. YAY!! Thanks Mel! :)

06 April, 2010

Proud to be a Bulldog

I am now, as I've always been and forever will be, so incredibly proud to be a Bulldog....such an amazing run guys, truly incredible. It's been amazing to watch, and we're all so proud of you! It was a history making season!

WELL DONE BUTLER!!

2010 Regular Season Horizon League Champions
2010 Horizon League Tournament Champions
2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball West Regional Champions
2010 NCAA National Championship Runner-Up









28 March, 2010

Final Four!!!


I screamed so loud at the S. Florida Butler Alumni Event that I'm actually a little bit hoarse today! Totally worth it though, to see this amazing Butler team get to the FINAL FOUR!! I'm ridiculously excited, and can't wait for next Saturday! Talk about an amazing homecoming -- Welcome back to Indy guys, great job!!

Now we play Michigan State or Tennessee in the Final Four next Saturday, on home turf in Indianapolis. And you can bet this Butler girl will be watching.

GO BULLDOGS!!!


25 March, 2010

Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!

GO BULLDOGS!!!!

Seriously boys, job well done! You gave me some anxious moments there, but that was an incredible game. Welcome to the Elite Eight gents, you deserve it!

Woo-Hoo!!!!

08 March, 2010

Dear Sweet Mother of God, WHY??

Well, television has finally gone too far. The National Geographic Channel has created a documentary called "Sizing Up Sperm."

But wait, it's not just an entire television program about sperm (which would be odd enough), it's a program that dresses real people up like sperm, and has them reenact the process of fertilizing a woman's egg. Really? We're that hard up* for good entertainment that we're willing to dress people up like sperm?? On national television**?? Open a book people, do you really need to see grown men and women making fools of themselves trying to fertilize an egg? Or if you do, just go watch this episode of Family Guy***. Honestly now, is anyone planning on watching this show? If so, can you please explain to me WHY????





*That was an unfortunate pun.
**Yes, I understand that making people do random shit they would never do in real life is the foundation on which reality television is based.
***No, I do not watch Family Guy. I did however date a guy who watched Family Guy religiously. It's possible one or two bits of Family Guy trivia remain in the back corners of my brain. I'm working hard to replace them with reruns of Friends, Doogie Howser M.D. and The West Wing.

03 March, 2010

Open Letter to my Building (Part II)

Dear Fellow Residents -

If you go down to pick up a package, and upon opening it, discover that the package isn't yours, the appropriate response is to bring it back. The inappropriate response is to just wait for the front desk to call you and then make one of the security officers come upstairs to get it from you. Can you say lazy? You know what's also lazy? Not checking the address label on the package before bringing it upstairs. Also annoying? Opening the package, seeing that it's full of fabulous, awesome, wonderful bath bombs, and USING ONE because you're "curious." Not cool neighbors, NOT COOL.

Thanks,
Your Really Cheezed Off Neighbor


Dear Front Desk People -

I don't mind so much that you gave my package to the wrong person (though in the future, if you could not do that anymore, that'd be super-awesome.), I'm a little more annoyed that when you realized what you'd done, rather than being upfront and telling me: "It looks like we gave your package to someone else by mistake, we'll find out who it was and get your package back as soon as possible." You decided instead to whisper anxiously back and forth between yourselves, while furtively stealing glances at me to see if I was still looking at you. Yes, I'm still looking at you. You know why? Because you haven't acknowledged my existence anytime in the five minutes since you realized that you screwed up. So yes, I'm going to continue to sit here with a serene smile on my face, making you feel uncomfortable. And when you come over and stand in front of me flipping through the book of packages, and STILL don't talk to me? Yes, I'm going to call you out on it. "I assume you gave my package to someone else, given that neither of you has spoken to me in five minutes, and you keep looking anxiously in my direction. Is that fair?" Seriously folks, I'm not going to bite. I really don't care that much about the mix-up. It happens. You're all very nice people, and I'm not going to yell at you or anything. But be upfront with me. Or at the very least, tell me to hang on for a second while you figure out what happened.

Thanks,
A Bemused Tenent

P.S. I may not yell at you, but I'm not above posting a snarky blog entry about it. Kisses!!

01 March, 2010

Open Letter to my Building

Dear Neighbors -

Please stop leaving your drivers licenses in the mail room. I don't know what possessed three of you to leave your DLs down there in the last week, in plain view of the entire world, and I'm reasonably certain that our mailboxes still require keys, not photo ID and biometrics. If you don't start being a little more aware of where you leave your ID, someone much more devious than I is going to take it, and you're going to wind up either A) with a stolen identity, B) called in for questioning in an underage drinking bust, or C) called in for questioning in an illegal immigration case. Whichever way it goes, I imagine it won't be terribly fun (For you. I'll be the one laughing from her balcony.).


Dear Building Courtesy Officer -

I know it's PC to say that you don't see color when you look at people, but I'm reasonably certain that I don't look like: A) a 6'6" African-American man, B) a 4'9" Asian woman, or C) a 350lb Mexican man. When I turn in these drivers licenses, please stop asking me if they're mine. I've officially lost faith in the "ID check" your employees do when allowing people into the building.


All the best,
A Disillusioned Tenant

25 February, 2010

What's Happened to TV Show Theme Songs?

Honestly, I was catching up on my TiVo the other day, and I watched Accidentally on Purpose and I realized that their "theme song" consists of exactly one line: "I can't be anything without you..." and the title screen.

Seriously? What has happened to the TV theme song these days? Remember the classic TV show theme songs? The ones that would get stuck in your head for days at a time?

-- Batman Who didn't get that song stuck in their head after school? Just me? Huh...
-- Laverne and Shirley "We're gonna make our dreams come true!"
-- Green Acres "New York is where I'd rather stay...I get allergic smelling hay!"
-- Charlie's Angels Good theme songs don't even need words!
-- Growing Pains "As long as we've got each other...."
-- Golden Girls "Thank you for being a friend..."
-- Maude Who can't respect an entire song all about a woman named Maude?? And Bea Arthur deserves two entries here.
-- Charles In Charge "New boy in the neighborhood, lives downstairs and it's understood. He's there just to take good care of me...like he's one of the family."
-- He-man and She-Ra I loved these cartoons as a kid! "I have the power!!" "For the honor of Grayskull!"
-- Punky Brewster (Here's a shout-out to my good friend S, who's been asking for a blog update - how 'bout one with your favorite TV show in it?)
-- Happy Days "These days are ooooours...."
-- Beverly Hillbillies "Oil that is...black gold...Texas tea..."
-- Who's the Boss "There's a time for love and a time for livin' so take a chance and face the wind."
-- Gummy Bears "High adventure that's beyond compare!"
-- The Mary Tyler Moore Show "You're gonna make it after all!"
-- Cheers (Have you ever heard the long version? HYSTERICAL!)
-- Mister Ed "A horse is a horse of course of course..."
-- The Brady Bunch Who can forget "Here's a story...of lovely lady..."
-- Gilligan's Island "...for a three hour tour..."
-- Twilight Zone This one creeped me out as a kid.
-- Family Ties I loved Alex P. Keaton, even if he was a Republican...
-- Silver Spoons "Together...we're gonna find our way...."
-- Designing Women (Angie, I couldn't let this entry go by without a shout-out!)
-- Life Goes On Who doesn't love Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da?
-- The Muppet Show "It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights..."
-- The Facts of Life "You take the good you take the bad you take 'em both and there you have the facts of life..."
-- WKRP in Cincinnati "I'm livin' on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati WKRP"

I remember as a kid when even the faintest strains of my favorite TV theme song floating from the TV would bring me dashing into the family room from wherever I was in the house. And yes, the '80s/'90s/early '00s had good theme songs! I mean the TGIF line-up alone....

-- Boy Meets World "It's good to know I have friends who will always stand by me..."
-- Step by Step "Will there ever be...a second time around?"
-- Family Matters "As days go by..."
-- Full House "Whatever happened to predictability?"
-- Dawson's Creek (How many people in my high school were walking around humming that song under their breath?)
-- Saved by the Bell "When my teacher pops a test I know I'm in a mess and my dog ate all my homework last night..."
-- Doogie Howser, M.D Can't let a blog entry about theme songs go by without this one! I had the biggies crush on Doogie when I was a kid!
-- Home Improvement (I love the grunt, my dad can imitate it really well!)

So what's happened? I mean honestly, the sheer number of shows with absolutely no theme song at all makes me sad! And some of the ones that used to have them (Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives) have now gotten rid of them entirely! What's going on? Does the American TV consumer no longer want songs associated with their TV shows? And if so, why? What happened?

Best Recent TV Show Theme songs: (it's a short list)

-- How I Met Your Mother (short, but makes me bop along with it)
-- The Big Bang Theory (Okay, I just love BareNaked Ladies...)
-- Gilmore Girls "Where you lead, I will follow..."
-- Monk "It's a jungle out there"
-- The Simpsons I debated whether this should count or not, because it's been on for 20 years, but I decided that's the very reason it SHOULD! They haven't sold out yet!
-- Psych "I know, you know, that I'm not tellin' the truth..."

Okay, so now that I've finished my entry with the largest number of links EVER, you tell me, what have I forgotten? Do you have a favorite?




***Full credit for most of these links goes to the incredible folks over at Classic TV Theme Songs and Images, who have an amazing collection of songs and images from some of my favorite shows of all time!

15 February, 2010

Last Night I Had A Crazy Dream...

Last night I dreamed that I couldn't open my eyes more than a slit, yet somehow I managed to drive to work, where I discovered that the office had decided that one person would drive to pick up something from Chick-fil-A every day for lunch. They'd carved the weekly schedule into the wall with a pocket knife. I'd moved out of my regular desk and into a new one that was out in the middle of everything, which is how I discovered that everyone in the office had broken up with their significant others, and decided to take up marathon running.

My brain is weird.

13 February, 2010

The Lady Is A Tramp!

It's my humble opinion that the Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald version of this song is the best ever. I've been searching for a version I can own EVERYWHERE, with no luck (not on iTunes, Amazon.com, or in any music store I've ever visited!) but I've finally found one I can watch at my leisure on Google Videos:



Not exactly what I wanted, but I love it so much that I'll take it!!

Who doesn't love The Chairman of the Board and The First Lady of Song??

(The YouTube version is better quality, but the Google version starts earlier, and I love their little interplay at the beginning. Because I'm of the admittedly delusional opinion that other people have the same love of old standards that I do, I've attached both videos to this post. But it's my blog, so it's my prerogative!)

The Spell of the Yukon

I just finished watching the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it made me think of a poem my grandfather made me memorize when I was a little girl: The Spell of the Yukon, by Robert Service.

I wanted the gold, and I sought it,
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy — I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it —
Came out with a fortune last fall, —
Yet somehow life’s not what I thought it,
And somehow the gold isn't all.

No! There’s the land. (Have you seen it?)
It’s the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
To the deep, deathlike valleys below.
Some say God was tired when He made it;
Some say it’s a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but there’s some as would trade it
For no land on earth — and I'm one.

You come to get rich (damned good reason);
You feel like an exile at first;
You hate it like hell for a season,
And then you are worse than the worst.
It grips you like some kinds of sinning;
It twists you from foe to a friend;
It seems it’s been since the beginning;
It seems it will be to the end.

I've stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
That’s plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I've watched the big, husky sun wallow
In crimson and gold, and grow dim,
Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,
And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;
And I've thought that I surely was dreaming,
With the peace o' the world piled on top.

The summer — no sweeter was ever;
The sunshiny woods all athrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
The bighorn asleep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness;
The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness —
O God! how I'm stuck on it all.

The winter! the brightness that blinds you,
The white land locked tight as a drum,
The cold fear that follows and finds you,
The silence that bludgeons you dumb.
The snows that are older than history,
The woods where the weird shadows slant;
The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,
I've bade 'em good-by — but I can't.

There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a land — oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back — and I will.

They're making my money diminish;
I'm sick of the taste of champagne.
Thank God! when I'm skinned to a finish
I'll pike to the Yukon again.
I'll fight — and you bet it’s no sham-fight;
It’s hell! — but I've been there before;
And it’s better than this by a damsite —
So me for the Yukon once more.

There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.


I love the Olympics!! Onward and upward!! :)

28 January, 2010

Happiness 101 Award

My friend M, over at What Today Looks Like, nominated me for the Happiness 101 award! Which probably couldn't have come at a better time, as I needed the smack upside the head to remind myself that despite everything that's happened over the course of the last few months, my life is actually pretty kick-ass (thanks, M!). So here we go: the award is pretty easy ... I need to name 10 things that make me happy (Imagine if it had been 101 things?!?! Now that would have been challenging!).

1. My Friends. Okay, yes, I say this all the time on this blog (if you're getting a broken record vibe, skip to #3), but I really do have the best friends in the world. They've really been here for me when I've needed them lately, and they're all pretty much rockstars.

2. My Family. It's hit home for me that I can tend to take them for granted. Assume they'll always be here. But I'm trying not to do that anymore. And to relish in the happy things. Like the memories of a dog with braces, or the look on the faces of my little cousins when they opened their Christmas presents. Or the image of Dad making chili for the cook-off wearing a madras jacket. Yup, definitely make me happy.

3. TV. I wasn't allowed to watch much as a kid, and that sort of backfired on Mom, because I'm obsessed with it now. I own way more TV shows on DVD than is probably healthy, and tuning into a new episode of one of my favorites is like having old friends stop by for a visit: it makes me smile.

4. My Kindle! Who knew I'd love it as much as I do? And my aching back thanks the Kindle for lightening the load of my carry-on during my many, many travels.

5. Snow. I love winter!! And I miss it here. I'm sure when I move back up North, it'll get real old real quick, but now the thought of snow makes me sigh in longing, and wish it was cold enough to curl up with a cup of hot coca and a book, in front of the fire.

6. Pentwater. Every spring, there comes a day when I walk outside and think to myself: "It smells like Pentwater!" I have no idea what that smell is, but if I could bottle it, I'd be rich! And happy all the time!!

7. Getting mail. Yup, I'm stealing this one from M. My friend S sent me a card in the mail the other day, just because -- how cool is that?? And when my pseudo-little brother was at Basic, writing me letters, it made me grin just to see the envelope in the mailbox every week. There's something magical about getting a piece of mail that isn't a bill, or junk! I wish we wrote more letters today.

8. Gizmos. Apple announced the iPad this week, and I think I'm in love. I'm a nut for all things techie. I love new gadgets and gizmos. I've got a Kindle, more than one TiVo, multiple iPods, and an iMac. And I still have a TI-83 graphing calculator. Beat that for tech geek coolness! And the iPad seems to be the perfect solution for a girl who's been wanting a laptop for the portable internet/typing factors, but who's not willing to lug a big heavy thing around all the time, and isn't willing to give up her much beloved desktop for primary computing. Like the Kindle before it, I imagine this bad boy will rock my world. In approximately 4 months.

9. Shopping. It shouldn't make me happy. In a perfect world, spending money would make me sad, and I would thus be loathe to do it. But it doesn't. Shopping, buying new clothes, gadgets (see #8, above), books, jewelry and furniture makes me deliriously happy. I'm going to have to see if I can give this whole "moderation" thing a try one of these days.

10. Sunsets. Wherever you are in the world, a sunset is a sunset. Each one is different, but no less beautiful. My favorites are in Pentwater, naturally, but I always make it a goal, wherever I am in the world, to see a sunset. Because it always makes me stop and sigh with happiness. Good job God...that's some excellent work, kudos!

So that's my 10! Now I have to pass it on. And since M's already done it, I can't choose her. Hmmm...decisions, decisions....

A, from Daydream Believer (who hasn't updated in forever, but who's top 10 list I would be very interested to see!)
Pam, over at Pam's Perspective (seems like a natural progression from Thankful Thursdays!)
Angie, at Shallow Thoughts (fmrly A Book A Day -- best new blog title EVER!)

16 January, 2010

Why?

So in walking to get my morning pick-me-up, in the form of a Starbucks Mocha, I walked past a beauty salon. Now that the weather down here has warmed up, all the local businesses have thrown open their doors to let the sunshine and warmth in. It's actually kind of lovely, and makes me happy I live in South Florida, where you can do that sort of thing in mid-January. But that's not the point of this story. The point is, this was a nice salon. Not super-swanky (it's in a strip mall after all), but several steps above a Hair Cuttery. It's a little family-owned place, and every time I walk by, the owner's dog is there, and people are laughing and chatting away. But this time, when I walked by, I saw all the stylists standing in a corner and chatting, and the customers all drying their own hair.

Now honestly, I don't consider myself to be a priss, but what kind of salon makes you dry your own hair? And really, why on earth would you pay for that???

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In other news, I've finally gone and done it. I've ordered a new kitchen table. I've needed to do it for YEARS (after all, my kitchen table and chairs are older than I am!), but I haven't done it yet, in part because I remember sanding down and staining this kitchen table and chairs with my mom when I was a kid. I took it with me to college, and then to my first post-college apartment, and now here to Florida. And I hate getting rid of items like that, things with memories tied to them. But the table and chairs a rickety now, and even my parents, who both hate getting rid of sentimental items (gee, wonder where I get that from), agreed that it was time. So since the experts say that January is the time to buy new furniture, I was on the hunt. And I found this:



From Pottery Barn, the Shayne Kitchen Table. It's perfect for a small apartment, as it has leaves that fold down, and extra storage underneath. It was on a pretty nice sale, and I've run my hands over it in the Pottery Barn store plenty of times. I'm soooo excited.

I haven't purchased chairs yet though. Nothing I loved was on a sale good enough to merit an immediate purchase, and since I bought the table with my PB Credit Card, I'll get a rewards certificate that I can put towards the purchase of the chairs at some point in the future. I actually kind of like the http://www.potterybarn.com/products/napa-chair-slipcovers/?pkey=cchairs, in part because I could change up the slipcovers whenever I wanted a change in the room.



But I didn't really like any of the slipcovers they had available, and I'm thinking now that I might wait to see what they have in the spring. Of course, the Napa chairs are on sale right now....hmmm....what to do??

There's also the option of the Isabella Chair (in mahogany, to match the table).



It's cheaper (also on sale), and I like the lines, but I'm not terribly fond of the wicker seats. Though of course I could get the PB Chair cushions, which would be more comfortable, and i could switch up seasonally. I'm just not sure that I LOVE them. Anyone have any thoughts??

10 January, 2010

I'm crying over spilled milk...

...but I think it's okay, since it's milk that spilled in the trunk of my car. And no, it didn't just get all over the carpet/lining of my trunk, it got EVERYWHERE. Including, but not limited to: inside the spare tire wheel-well.

Yes, that's right, there was at least half a gallon of milk in the wheel-well where my spare tire is housed. Now you wouldn't think that'd be such a big deal. After all, it's all metal down there, and so you'd think it would be easier to clean up. You'd think that, but you'd be wrong. The problem comes from the fact that I COULDN'T REMOVE THE SPARE TIRE. There was some weird, giant screw thing holding it in place. Of course it didn't have a head that would fit the giant flat-head screwdriver that comes with my tire iron. Nooooo...no, it had a weird lever/handle thing that was next to impossible to budge. I gave it the old college try though, including hitting it with a hammer (yeah, I'm that girl), and after TWENTY MINUTES, it finally moved. Even then, I still tore up my fingers trying to turn it the rest of the way. Awesome. And also, ouch.

The only good discovery of the evening is that the carpet/lining of my trunk is removable, which means that I was able to cover the thing in resolve, and then bring it up to my apartment, where it will live in the guest bathroom during the day, and outside at night, so that it can actually air out, instead of stinking up my car for the next several days.

This whole process? Yeah, took a grand total of OVER AN HOUR. So I'm feeling okay about the fact that I have the urge to actually cry, over spilled milk. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch the season premier of Chuck, on NBC, while eating tacos. I believe I've earned it.

03 January, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well it's officially 2010! And for the record, I'm fine with "Two Thousand Ten" or "Twenty Ten" or '10. But the people calling it '010, or "Twenty-Dime"... yeah, I'm not okay with that. At all.

On a completely unrelated note, here's C's Tip for Teen Drivers: Don't overreact. It's possible that the person you think is mocking you in the other car, is actually just talking to a friend on speaker phone. If you start flipping the hell out, getting out of your car, and screaming at the other driver for mocking you, it's very possible that all that's going to happen is that the other driver will laugh at you. Oh, and if the other driver happens to be an off-duty cop, it's also possible that you'll wind up with a bright and shiny ticket out of the whole thing. And not the golden kind that will get you a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Oh, and by the way, I'm the girl who'll actually be laughing and mocking you while all this goes down. Have Happy New Year Kiddo!