Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Very Merry Half-Birthday to Me

Monday was my half-birthday (23.5, thank you), and since I worked on my actual birthday, and because I'm working all day this Saturday, I took the day off! On this special day, I went to the mall-- a place I haven't been in quite some time, to see what I could find.

And I found:
+ A pair of camel-colored, slightly pointy-toed leather pumps for $30!!! I have been looking for a pair of shoes JUST like these for over a year now (perhaps a year...and a half??), and it feels so amazing to have finally found them! They're very comfy Enzo Angiolini's. Oooh, ahhh.
+ A cute, button-up, slightly ruffly blue and white striped shirt from Ann Taylor Loft. (Surprisingly, the splurge of the afternoon.)
+ A half button-up tunic in a gorgeous red with roll-up sleeves that I can't wait to belt and work.
+ Two pairs of earrings with surgical steel posts. Black plastic hoops and gold and blue ornate danglies.

And all of this came to quite a bit under $100. Holla.

Also on Monday, Steve and I saw Batman (again for me), and went out to eat. We attempted to have sushi, but being a Monday night, the restaurant was closed, so we ended up steaking it at the Outback, mates. Yum.


In other news, I thought I broke my left index and middle fingers last night. I was in the living room stretching, watching The Sopranos, when I went to adjust, and SNAP! My fingers bent back to my wrists. It hurt soooo badly, and was the first time in a long, long while that I cried from physical pain. I spent the rest of the night with half a bag of frozen corn on my digits. They're feeling much better today though...but they are a bit weaker than their right-sided counterparts.


Changing subjects once again: work. I got a raise!!! And it's quite substantial (for me). I had to take a different position to get it, but it's one I would have applied for had I not already had my previous job anyway (in other words, it was my second choice when I was asked to choose a new position). So maybe less of my blog posts will be rants about my financial situation. Now wouldn't that be nice?


Well, that will just about do it for now. I'll end this with more things I'm looking forward to:
Tonight: Project Runway, Episode 3. Make it work!
Tomorrow: A Philadelphia Yelp open mic and art show at a historic theater.
Friday: My raise goes into effect!
Saturday: Although I have to work, I'll be at the Doubletree, which might mean COOKIES!!!
Sunday: A day off.
Wednesday: Shhhh! It's a secret...
Thursday: LEAVE FOR NORTH CAROLINA!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Business and Pleasure

I have been busy, busy, busy lately!

There's some change abound in my life, but-- you guessed it-- I'm not at liberty to discuss it in an open forum such as this one right now. Haha, doesn't that make me sound so mysterious and important. Well...I am.

Anyway, tonight I spent time with friends, enjoying girl-talk that has nothing to do with work and everything to do with more interesting subjects. Hopefully Steve will be home soon, since I'm ready to crash, but haven't seen him for more than a few minutes for the past few days (boo hoo).

I work tomorrow morning, and then the rest of the weekend is MINE to do:
-gym
-grocery store
-CVS
-Mary Kay stuff
-oil change?
-RELAX.

Alright, time for that aforementioned crash.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sigh.

Despite having a wonderful and productive weekend, I really don't have much to say at all (except go see Batman!). I just decided to post because I want to and also think I should.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Updizzle

Dear Readers,

A lot has been going down, speficially at work (no, it has nothing do to with the raise I've heard nothing about yet). For those of you that don't know, I soon will be updating you individually on my thoughts and plans. Something to look forward to, I'm sure.

In other news, and in keeping with tradition, some things I'm looking forward to:
+ My last day teaching at the detention center, tomorrow. This is bittersweet because I've really enjoyed going every week, but it will be nice to be out of work at 4:30 on Fridays instead of 7:45.
+ The new Batman movie!!! After leaving the detention center tomorrow, I will be driving into Philly to pick up my friend Sara, and then we're off to the IMAX theater because, if you're gonna do it, you gotta DO IT.
+ A summer, all-you-can-fit-into-a-bag-for-$10 sale at Plato's Closet on Saturday. I usually don't find much there, but most stuff is right around $10 anyway, so I'm willing to take my chances on getting a deal.
+ A Slip'n'Slide party at one of Steve's friend's houses. Apparently it's a tradition.
+ Having nothing on my plate for Sunday.
+ The family reunion in North Carolina in early August!!!

That will be all for now, my dears.

Love,
Nina

Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy Monday!

I thought I'd share a quick example to validate my previous post:

This morning, Steve came home and climbed into bed. Less than a minute later, my alarm clock sounded.

It's going to be a long summer.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Gift Horse

Sometimes I think, 'How would our relationship change if Steve and I didn't live together anymore? Maybe it would be kind of exciting, and seeing each other less often would make it feel like it did when we first started dating.' Things you think about when you've been living with your significant other for a while, I guess.

Well lately, I've been finding out what it's like. Steve and I still live together, but he has a gig nearly every night-- sometimes two gigs a day-- so since I stayed home sick on Tuesday, I have seen Steve a total of about four hours; only 3 of them in one clump.

I knew the summer would be difficult because his schedule's so full and mine is exactly opposite (meaning that I have a daytime/evening schedule and he has a late-night/morning schedule), but I didn't think it would be THIS opposite and that I'd see him for 4 hours...a week!

But I guess it is kind of exciting. We had lunch today and had so much to talk to about, and now it's fun to look forward to seeing each other again (not that I didn't look forward to seeing him before, but it's amplified now). So it's kind of cool.

It's not cool hanging out at home watching baseball with Rob, though. Haha.

Friday, July 11, 2008

GeePerS

I'm in the market for a GPS. I really should have gotten one a long time ago, when I discovered that I'd be driving all over the state of Delaware, a state that somehow does without street signs, but now's the time.

Oprah told me to get this one...
A Garmin Nuvi 250

...and I just might.

I put the funds aside and have decided that of I feel the need to dip into them before my next paycheck, then I can't afford it. Otherwise, it's online checkout for this girl!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

And girl? You better work.

While I still really want the shoes from my last post, I have decided to instead spend my clothing and accessories money on more work-friendly attire (for now).

Our new CEO is one strict mother-shut-yo-mouth when it comes to the dress code. In fact, she's even sent home certain higher-ups for supposedly showing too much cleavage! Now, the busty gals out there know that sometimes it is very difficult not to show a little bit of the jigglies, so I've been stressing out about my work wardrobe (which, to be honest, is pretty much my entire wardrobe since I just wear my pajamas when I'm at home) since a certain "dress code crackdown" email was sent to everyone in the organization.

Amy knows what's up:


So over the lovely, not-so-relaxing-but-very-fun holiday weekend, I was able to purchase a few new items. Since I was in Atlantic City, I hit the J. Crew outlet and came home with a couple tanks for under shirts (mine were really dingy), a nice solid, v-neck shirt, and an adorable, military-inspired swing coat in blue (a great alternative to a jean jacket!). I also visited the Claire's in AC, but their "Sensitive Solutions" options just aren't what they used to be. Then, in Seaside Heights, I headed straight for one of my new favorite boutiques (okay, my only favorite boutique because I don't shop at any others), Lucky Lady, and found a funky brown top that will take some getting used to, but is pretty darn cute. I also bought some bright blue Havaianas there (for under $10-- a first!), but those are clearly not for work. As a result of purchasing the new flip flops, I have retired my hemp Rainbows of two years. RIP, babies.



I'm still on the lookout for crisp button-ups that won't shrink or burst to the point of inappropriateness...if they exist, and anything else that's adorable and affordable. Any thoughts/tips?