Thursday, May 28, 2009

Don't Care How

Throughout our trip in the French Riviera, we called my cousin Heather "Veruca Salt," because she was constantly demanding things. While I'm not one to demand (I tend to covet silently), I thought I'd share a list of things I want (attainable and un):
Rachel Weisz's dress at Cannes (I was there, too!):

It's perfect. I love the band at the natural waist, the color, and the length. Great for work AND play. Except it probably cost my yearly salary. [Photo from GoFugYourself]

A beautiful, oversized beach towel:Summer is upon us, and the beach is but a quick drive away! I have only one beach towel, and while it's really cute, it's also small and not very absorbent. These (now sold out online) from World Market are ideal. [Photo from RealSimple]

More pants for work:

I rotate only two or three pairs, and none of them make me feel the way I want to feel. Especially if I'm not wearing heels, which is often due to the style of the pants and how much I need to walk/be on my feet that day. Luckily, it's warmer out now, so I'm working the skirts. [Photo from Banana Republic]

A clean, well-decorated house:

This is a biggie. After work yesterday, I unpacked most of my room and set things up how I want them (you should see my walk-in closet!!!). I haven't done the decor/trinket part yet, but will soon. As for the living room, I have no idea where to start. It makes me feel trapped and like I have no control. I know I have to be patient, but throw me a freakin' bone! [Photo from DesignSpongeOnline]

To take classes:
Anything from belly dancing to carpentry-- I just want to get out there and play!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just a little update...

FRANCE WAS AMAZING!!! It was one of those trips where everything went exactly the way I had hoped-- and better. A (very) quick rundown:

Wednesday: Arrive in Nice. Drive to Eze. Lunch (tomatoes and mozzarella). Swim. Go grocery shopping. Make a bread run. Overlook Monaco. Cocktail hour. Dinner (seafood stew). Break napkin ring. Bed.

Thursday: Breakfast (coffee, fruit, bread). Drive to Cannes. Walk around, hope to see famous people (no go). Eat lunch (pizza). Drive to Grasse, world perfume capital. No parking, head out. Arrive in St. Paul De Vence, perhaps my favorite from 1996. Walk around. Shop. Ice cream (hazelnut). Drive back to Eze. Meet Angelo (former neighbor). Cocktail hour. Dinner (chicken and veggies). Drink more. Swim. Drink more. Bed.

Friday: Breakfast (coffee, fruit, chocolate croissant). Head down to Eze Village. Walk around. Shop. Back to the house. Lunch (tomatoes and mozzarella). Drive to Monaco. Walk around. Drive the Grand Prix course. Drive back to Eze. Nap on hammock. Cocktail hour. Dinner (chicken and pasta). Watch TV. Bed.

Saturday: Breakfast (coffee, cereal, chocolate croissant). Drive to Nice. Go to Matisse Museum. Go to Chagall Museum. Drive to Old Town Nice. Eat lunch (mix of Niçoise food). Walk around. Shop. Eat macarons. Walk on the beach (and in the Mediterranean!). Drive back to Eze. Swim. Cocktail hour. Walk to dinner. Dinner (here we go: duck paté, goat cheese salad--best salad I've ever had in my life, leg of lamb, veggies, cheese plate and salad, ice cream, and grappa). Walk back to the house. Bed.
Sunday: Breakfast (omelet). Say goodbye. Drive to Nice. Hop on plane.

photos courtesy of Bobbie. Mine have yet to be uploaded.
So I got back to the states on Sunday night, and on Monday, I moved! What an exhausting day. I'm still sore, and barely unpacked for a variety of reasons, one of them being that my friend Adrienne still hasn't moved out to make room for me. I got my residential parking permit yesterday and took a trip to Target for some new house things. The plan for tonight is to put a serious dent in my unpacking. I just really can't wait to make this place home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tax Update!

There is a refund coming my way!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!


Today is one of those days where I've been feeling ignored. I think it's residual--but a whole lot of it--from the weekend, which is when all this started.

To begin, I awoke on Saturday morning to find Rob sleeping on the couch. He had ESPN on, and in the morning, they just keep looping the news, so I had to sit through that while sipping my coffee and reading my email. He proceeded to sleep there with the TV on all day. During that time, I dropped a bunch of clothes off at Plato's Closet (at about 10:30am). They said that it would take about an hour to go through everything and that they'd give me a call when my stuff was ready to be picked up. I then went on a hike with my friend (it was lovely, thank you). I still hadn't received a call and closing time was approaching, so I called Plato's Closet to make sure I could pick up my stuff the next day. No problem.

On Sunday morning, after discovering Rob had usurped the living room again, I received a phone call from Plato's Closet saying that I better come pick up my clothes because after 48 hours, they donate them. Um, yeah. So I went, and had one of those moments where I kept trying to get around this guy who just WOULDN'T MOVE. Later, I went to the movies with another friend, and had to repeat myself and answer questions for her I had already mentioned the answer to several times. I already teach middle schoolers. Don't make me repeat things more than they do.

Fast-forward to today. On the freeway, people would just slowly, and without using their blinkers, meander over to my lane. This happened at least four times (it happens a lot anyway, but in one trip?!) I arrived at my Monday school, and waited for the security guard to help me after she helped three people who arrived AFTER me. I even spoke up, and she gave me 'tude. I then got to the classroom, and learned that the students were testing and I wouldn't be able to teach them today. Thanks for letting me know! I'll have to finish up my classes on June 1st.

And that's not even going into my tax debacle (yes, it's still going on) on Thursday, which also involved being ignored/not served.

Okay, I just needed to vent. My goodness, I need this vacation!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Packin' like a gangsta

Ohhhhh my goodness: packing is exhausting!!!

It seems like every time I feel like I'm done (before the day-of stuff like my dishes and toiletries), I notice something else I have to pack up. I actually just took a quick jaunt to the grocery store to pick up trash bags for all of my clothes and see if I could track down a milk crate for some fragile stuff. I couldn't, but I did find a box.

Then there's the stuff that I don't really use all that much, but feel like I should keep, like random wires and other computer stuff that I think is probably a good idea to hold onto. I really have no idea though.

So right now, my dining room is lined with boxes that are either ready to go or filling up little by little; my bedroom has packed suitcases: one for France, one for the week after I move (work clothes, mostly), and others with clothes I'm going to have to live without until I can unpack completely; my sunroom has boxes full of art, pillows, and blankets; and my car is full of bags ready to go to Goodwill. I'm waiting to pick up the rejects from the consignment store before I donate. Whew!

I want a pedicure.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Death by Taxes

My tax saga has been ridiculous.

After sending everything to a Tax Payer Advocate, I received a phone call from them saying, "Sorry, we can only help you with federal tax problems." So I found place on the PA Dept. of Revenue site where I can ask a question. I sent a detailed explanation of my problem and also asked how to make a formal complaint against the representative that was supposed to be helping me back in March.

Lo and behold, today I received a phone call from said representative saying that she tried to contact me, she's been so swamped, whine, whine. Eventually she apologized and is now back on the case. Now that she's doing her job, she discovered what the problem was. Unfortunately, I now have to hunt down a form from Delaware, and have been waiting a few hours to receive a fax that I was told would only take a few minutes.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wish List

At this time next week, I will be in lovely Southern France! So I've been thinking about what I want to do...

1. Heather requested a mini road trip to Pisa, so we will certainly do that. I plan to research other neat things along the way. It's too bad there isn't a ferry from Eze to Pisa-- it's a straight shot across the Mediterranean!

2. The Cannes Film Festival begins today and will still be going on while we're there! I looked at the schedule, and they have a lot of screenings and concerts that are open to the public, and some of them are free!

3. A fancy dinner, because, well, why not?

4. RELAX. The house is perfect for doing just that. I just want to sit on the terrace and eat tomatoes and mozzarella, fresh bread, drink coffee, and look out over Eze Village and the Mediterranean Sea. And honestly, if we did that the entire time, I'd be happy.

5. The Eze Botanical Gardens! I found this place about a year ago when I thought an Eze trip might soon be in the cards. Also, it turns out The Edge from U2 got married there.

6 days, 6 hours, and 7 minutes!!! ---scratch that. Now it's 6 days, 5 hours, 37 minutes!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'll miss you, cable

My Etsy business continues to BOOM! I made another sale, and this time it was one of my pricier items! With the upcoming move, I'm going to be able to reevaluate all of my belongings and probably decide to put more stuff up for sale.

I pack a little every day, but have been procrastinating on things like clothes and jewelry. I've considered picking out only a couple rings, earrings, and necklaces to wear until after I move and unpack, but I don't know if I could take it! Not getting to change my accessories based on my outfits and moods? No thanks. But I might fold and do it anyway, because an easy, organized move would definitely be worth it.

Meanwhile, the weather here has been gross, gross, gross lately. So even though I want to be outside doing things, I really don't want to be outside at all. Plus, I've been sick (or suffering from allergies-- I can't really tell which it is), so I've been staying in and watching a lot of TV and movies. I gotta take advantage of cable and premium channels in my final weeks of having them!!!

Some movies I've seen lately, thanks to this weather:
+ If Lucy Fell. Completely predictable, but pretty adorable movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Ben Stiller.
+ Kissing Jessica Stein. I saw this once, years ago, and couldn't remember much about it. It was good!
+ Slumdog Millionaire. This really was a beautiful movie. I don't know if it deserved the Oscar because I didn't see the other nominees, but it was really good.
+ One Night at McCool's. Oh, brother. At least it was entertaining.
+ What Love Is. This movie only got one star, and I think was a direct to DVD release, but I thought it was actually really good. The entire movie is completely dialogue (save for one fantasy scene), and it is extremely fast-paced. Cuba Gooding, Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sean Astin, and Anne Heche were in it.
+ John Tucker Must Die. I have never encountered ANYONE who has seen this and didn't like it.

There must be more...but that's quite a list already. Oh, I've also been catching up on True Blood. Yum.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

my mind on my money

This was a fantastic week for business! I made two sales on etsy, and one on craigslist! Maybe if I can keep this up and put a little more effort into it, I won't need that part-time job!