Friday, October 31, 2008

Mmm, butter...flies.

As much as I dislike butterfly things like fabric with butterfly print, butterfly jewelry, and art with butterflies, I really do like butterflies on their own. They're gorgeous, and I feel like nothing else really does them justice.

Except this:

I wish it was my Halloween costume. No, I wish it was my work uniform.

Photo via A Dress A Day.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Photomania

Turns out people besides Bobbie read my blog! Thank you!

As promised, here are some pictures of my fabulous flea market finds along with some shots from Key West:











Wild rooster



The Southernmost House in the Continental US


On a break from our bike ride





We found some ruins or something, and a bunch of rams!


GIANT American Gothic!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Walking Target Ad

Yes, I fell off the face of the planet. But I'm back! Not like I was getting any comments anyway...

After leaving a longish comment on Bobbie's blog about two items I purchased at Target yesterday, I thought I'd share with everyone else...which is, presumably, Bobbie again.

Anyway, I bought these boots:


But I haven't removed the tags yet for this reason: While the fit is perfect, there is absolutely NO ROOM for pants to be tucked inside the (heh) shaft. So I've been flirting with these (on eBay):

They flare! For the exact purpose of tucking pants into them! Nothing wrong with having two pairs of low/flat boots though...(well, three, counting the brown ones I already own and happen to be wearing right now)

Anyway, I had been wandering the aisles of Target, picking out sooo many different things to try on, like corduroy skirts and this adorable shawl collar pullover...

...but then I got a phone call from my good friend Cliff. Since we hadn't talked in so long and there was a lot to share (like his engagement!), I never made it into the dressing room. I ended up putting everything back on their respective racks and heading to the checkout line, when I spotted this cardigan:

I grabbed it and bought it, but now I'm having second thoughts. I mean look at it on the model-- not super flattering, is it? And is argyle a little too trendy right now? I mean, it's EVERYWHERE!!! I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to go back to Target and exchange the cardigan for other cool-weather options that might have more staying power (like the pullover, but it might be too casual for me now, if you can believe it). Bobbie, help me!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Say Yes to Key West!

Yes, to fill my honeys in, I am going to Key West this weekend. I'm leaving on Friday afternoon and returning Monday evening. Steve's band is playing at a club there every night all week (starting yesterday), and I'm joining them for the weekend. They have a condo and I paid for my flight mostly in my American Express Rewards Points (highly recommended), so my only expenses will be food, drinks, and souvenirs. (If I get any, and I may, because it's Fantasy Week down there, so there may be something I just have to have. Like what? I have no clue.) Pretty sweet, huh?

While that's awesome, can I just air a grievance for a second? Okay, so my computer is getting old, and it's going to have its problems and I understand that. But why is it that it was behaving so wonderfully (fast, quiet, didn't overheat) while Rob was off doing whatever it is he does when he pretends he doesn't live here, and it started making a continuous clicking noise since he's been back and has used it once (well, throughout a night)? This morning I shut it down, unplugged it, and took it up to my room, because all signs point to abuse on Rob's part. It was doing fine for about 30 minutes after restarting and doing my thing on it until it started making the clicking noise again. For the second time ever (that I know of). What did you do, Rob, WHAT DID YOU DO???

So, on a more positive note, let's do a TILFT...of seven:
1. FINALLY starting at my fourth and final school tomorrow.
2. A much-needed haircut, probably tomorrow evening.
3. The Project Runway Finale tomorrow night. I'm having some fans over to yell at the TV like it's a football game.
4. KEY WEST!
5. November 4th: ELECTION DAY. Good lord, can we all just vote already???
6. November 7th: The last wedding of the year (that I know of). Ooh, I still need to get a present for them.
7. November 14th-16th: BOSTON!!!

So now I'm off to the gym (gotta maintain the closest thing to a beach body I have). I've been very disciplined lately, and I can't start slacking now.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fantastic Flea Market Finds

The much-anticipated annual flea market was, in fact, yesterday, and my visit was quite victorious! See my finds below-- pictures to come.

Clothing: A vintage wool cardigan in green ($4).

Jewelry: Gold chain necklace with white enamel circles ($2); bronze(y) necklace with giant pseudo-jewels ($5); heavy, blue, beaded necklace that reminds me of Bomma ($5); black multi-strand stretchy bracelet ($2).

Housewares: Large blue and small gold carnival glass dishes (both for $10); COMPLETE SET of deep purple dishes ($15 for 8 cups, saucers, small plates, and large plates-- I just realized that bowls weren't included, which is okay because I'll put my energy into finding awesome mismatched ones that potentially have a theme).

The flea market was a great addition to a wonderful weekend that included work, long walks in the city, OutFest (like PRIDE), some delicious meals out, and juicy episodes of Lost.

This week: work, Project Runway finale, and a trip to Key West. That's right.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Innermost Thoughts

Bobbie tagged me to fill out this survey and publish it on my blog. And because I love blog interaction and Bobbie (even more), I am here to deliver. Enjoy!

1. How many songs are on your iPod?
However many is the maximum. It died months ago when I left it in my car on two of the hottest days of the year. But before it died, I remember not being able to load any more songs on it because it was full.

2. What music would you want played at your funeral?
Jeff Buckley is the first artist that came to mind. Maybe because I think his music is so touching...and yes, sexy.

3. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?
Travel + Leisure (thanks to American Express), and the Human Rights Campaign magazine. I also get the following catalogs: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and J. Peterman.

4. What is your favorite scent?
Fires...like standing outside and being able to smell that someone has a fire in their fireplace.

5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
Pay back student loans, pay off my vehicle, and rent another several houses. I would buy, but I'd like to maximize the places I could live.

6. What is your theme song?
California girls? Because see, I'm both a hip east coast girl (dig those styles I wear), but don't you wish they all could be like me?

7. Do you trust easily?
Yes. I give people the benefit of the doubt until they make me feel I shouldn't.

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
Think before I act. What can I say, I'm a planner.


9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Agreeing with Bobbie and Sandi, the state of our nation, and taking it a step further, the state of our planet as a whole, including conflict and environment. In a more superficial sense, the same things I'm constantly complaining about: money, my social situation, and doing nearly everything around the house.


10. Do you have a good body-image?
I don't hate it!

11. What is the last book you read?
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Right now I'm reading Bret Easton Ellis' Glamourama. Now that's a trip.


12. How do you spend your social networking (Facebook, etc.) time?
Facebook and Myspace only to read messages others have sent me. I'm usually on Yelp, Goodreads, or reading blogs.


13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately?
CROSSWORDS! I'm an old lady.


14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Who has the time to write-- or read, for that matter-- about the wonders of my Hob Bobblin? A few though: intelligent, kind, warm, silly (PLAY with me!), inspiring, and loving.


15. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
I've fortunately already forgotten it. It was a disco song though...we were singing it in our cubes at work.

16.What's your favorite item of clothing?
Perhaps my green and orange silk pajama bottoms. Comfort at its fanciest.

17. Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy?
Sure, but they get soggy so quickly. I like the Rice Krispy-like pieces in my granola.

18. What would you do if you saw $100 lying on the ground?
Look around suspiciously, then pick it up quickly and stuff it in my pocket. Then, I would probably end up spending it on a few things I think should have gone on sale a long time ago, but apparently never will. Or a fancy dinner.

19. What items could you not go without during the day?
A bra for sure, a ring on my left middle finger and my right ring finger, my pajamas at some point, and two rounds of tooth-brushing.

20. What should you be doing right now?
Signing out at heading to my friend Sara's for dinner and a (free) movie. Bye!

I'm going to select Mom and Diana to do this next. Mom, just send me your answers in an email if you're up for it, Ms. NoBlog.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Debbie Downer

Oops. That flea market I listed as #1 in TILFT is actually on Sunday the 12th...not yesterday. My bad.

Instead, I went to Filene's Basement to return a sweater dress that I bought in a size too big for me but had to have because it was soooo cute. Well, things aren't so cute when they're too big. I don't need Stacey and Clinton to know that. I put the money I got back towards a bottle of Clinique Happy. I've always loved the scent and had sampled it from time to time, but never invested in a large amount. So now that I've run out of Ralph (which I admittedly feel a little guilty for leaving), I thought I'd give it a try.

The weather here has been so crisp and wonderful lately. It still gets warm enough for a t-shirt in the afternoons, but the mornings are jacket-worthy, and the evenings are throw-worthy. But because the weather is so nice, I feel extra bored and extra lame if I'm not doing anything. For example, Saturday night: I didn't have any plans, so I lied on my bed staring at the ceiling. Really. It seemed as though all of my friends were either out of town or I had seen them too recently to give them a call to hang out. My roomies had usurped both TV and internet access, and I wasn't really feeling my book. So instead of making something to do at 8:30pm on a Saturday night by myself, I stared at my ceiling. And I felt extra bad about it because it was my favorite kind of night, weather wise.

It's strange-- maybe I have a weird version of Seasonal Affective Disorder(appropriately, SAD), but instead of becoming depressed because the weather is turning colder, I get depressed because I'm not doing the joyous things I've married to colder weather like taking a walk and window shopping with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand, going apple picking or perfect pumpkin scavenging, taking drives to places I think might be pretty and getting lost, and generally enjoying time outside more because it's neither too hot nor too cold now.

Here's to hoping it will pass before the season does.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

TILFT

It seems as though I've taken to posting once a week. I do not like this. I want to tell the world (ahem, Bobbie) about what I've been up to, what I've been thinking, but I just can't seem to get myself to do it other than on my now-free Saturday mornings over a cup of coffee. I want to post regularly on a theme. The blogs I make sure to read every day all have some sort of theme, some sort of purpose. But then again, I like to say what's on my mind, and sometimes, my thoughts just don't fit in with a theme.

So, since I used to do this with some regularity, I'm going to bring back a certain list of mine: Things I'm Looking Forward To (also known as TILFT-- it's too bad it doesn't naturally become T-LIFT; that'd be pretty awesome, given the uses of the word lift. But TIFLT has a nice ring to it too, I guess). Anyway, getting to it (in chronological order)...

1. Tomorrow is the annual flea market sponsored by a tiny local newspaper. Last year I found some of my favorite household goods, and I'm hoping for a repeat this year. I'll be sure to post pictures of any amazing finds.

2. On Tuesday, another school gets added to my roster. I'll be teaching four classes there, and I get to go home when school's out, instead of back to the office, which makes for a kind of early dismissal for me (and built-in gym time).

3. Steve's birthday on the 14th! I haven't gotten him his present yet because he hasn't given me the specifics yet. Whatever man, I'll wait.

4. I start teaching five classes at my fourth and final school next Wednesday. Then I'll have a full, busy schedule!

5. Steve's band is playing for a week in Key West, and I'm going to join them for a long weekend! I've never been to any part of Florida (except for the Miami airport), and I'm excited to get my start in the Keys. And we'll be there during Fantasy Fest, so I'm prepared for a wild weekend!

I'm going to leave it at 5 for now, but know that I have a lot of items on deck for the next publication of TILFT.

Until next time! (Which hopefully is in less than a week.)