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Well, I can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by. It feels like just yesterday we were in the throes of winter, wishing for warmer days. Now we’ve had weeks of 90+ temperatures and the end of summer is creeping around the corner. The older I get, the quicker time seems to fly by.
I know I’ve been a little MIA this summer, but sometimes it’s hard to focus on writing when I’d rather be outside soaking up the sun! You know how it is…
Speaking of soaking up the sun, T and I just returned from a week at the beach with his family. We were in Hilton Head, and had an amazing time. Unfortunately the vacation wasn’t as relaxing as I wanted it to be due to Murphy and his stupid laws throwing some major kinks into the trip.
We arrived on Saturday afternoon, and spent that day lounging around our private pool, having cocktails with the family. Since it was already a bit late in the day, we opted to wait until the next day to hit the beach.
Sunday morning we were greeted by rain showers, which pushed our beach time into the early afternoon since no one wanted to sit in the sand in a torrential downpour. Once the sun broke through the clouds, we hauled ourselves to the beach and into the water. I was happy as a clam, until about 1.5 minutes in the sea when I was viciously attacked by a jellyfish. I shit you not when I say attacked. It wasn’t just a mere sting, it was a full on assault. My poor leg welted up instantly and was shaking so badly from the pain. I had to limp out of the water.
Once I dragged myself onto the shore, we all assessed the damage. My leg was a hot mess. I had tentacle marks up and down my right leg and they were so red, and stung like someone had lit my leg on fire. Poor T ran up to the house to get a bottle of vinegar to use to neutralize the poison. While I waited patiently for his return, his dad was helping me rub sand all over my leg to remove any of the tentacles that were still attached to my leg.
When T finally returned, we doused my leg in vinegar, but unfortunately it really didn’t do much. His brother had done some research and found out that putting a baking soda paste on the stings would help, so we headed to the store to buy some. While we were there, people kept telling me it was the worst sting they had ever seen (wonderful!). I also picked up a bottle of jellyfish sting neutralizer, just in case.
After about two hours of serious pain, the swelling went down and things started to subside. A few Bacardi and Diet Cokes with T’s mom helped me forget about the pain and enabled me to enjoy the rest of my night.
For the next few days, I was pretty leery to get back into the water. I hovered on the shoreline like a wounded puppy and never went higher than knee-deep water. T told me I was being ridiculous, and that there was no way in hell that I’d get stung again. Eventually, I let my guard down a bit because I knew he was right.
That Wednesday, T’s mom and I bought some inner tubes so we could spend the day floating in the ocean. I figured this would be a safe and viable option for me because most of my body would be out of the water, and away from the evil jellyfish. I floated around most of the afternoon, without constantly staring in the water, searching for jelly globs.
At one point I drifted downstream from everyone else, and tried to paddle my way back. With the pull of the current, it was taking way more effort than necessary to get back over to them, so I decided I’d hop off the float and just walk over. As soon as my legs hit the water, I felt another God-awful stinging sensation in both of my legs. Yup, I’d gotten jellyfished a second time.
By this point, I was over it. No one else was getting attacked, why only me? I stormed out of the water, cussing like a sailor (sorry families with small children) and sprayed myself with the jellyfish sting spray (glad I picked that up) . I decided that was going to be the end to my beach day, so I went back to the house.
Luckily, the second round of stings wasn’t as bad is the first. That time it felt more like razor burn, and it didn’t swell up. For the next few days I had some additional faint red lines to match my very red welts. Then I woke up on Friday morning…
Both of my legs were super red, welty, and itched like hell. All my faint lines had swollen up and would not stop itching. I decided that it was time to go see a doctor since the majority of my legs were covered in stings. T and I spent our last full day of vacation hunting down a doctor’s office (luckily it was an overcast day). I ended up getting some kind of steroid shot for the itching and swelling, as well as a tetanus shot. The doctor also gave me oral steroids to help with the healing process (which make me eat like a heifer). It’s been three days since I was at the doctor, and I still itch like crazy, but I think they are getting better – slowly but surely.
To top off the “whatever can go wrong will go wrong vacation,” my car ended up dying on Friday. T and I found this out as we tried to take my car to the doctor’s office. We thought it was a dead battery since I hadn’t driven it all week, but unfortunately that was not the case. The fuel pump had to be replaced, which meant we had to have my car towed to a shop so we could leave for home the next day. The damn thing cost a small fortune, but my car was fixed and we made it home safe and sound.
And since we haven’t spent enough money on random catastrophe’s on this trip, T ended up knocking my month-old cell phone off the counter onto the tile floor, resulting in a shattered screen. 😦 Luckily I have insurance, so I was able to get it replaced (but I still had to pay $130 for a new one…damn deductible).
Even though a million and one things went wrong during out trip, we still had an amazing time. We stayed in the cutest house, complete with a screened-in pool. We cooked delicious food, and spent a majority of the time sipping cocktails, gorging on yummy food, and floating in the pool and ocean. It was so much fun to have a whole week off of work to relax and hang with T’s family because they are a cool bunch of people.
Sorry for the marathon post! Hope you’ve all had an amazing summer so far!
So, have you ever had vacation filled with disasters?
I really don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I have been such a blogging slacker. I don’t know why – well, actually I do. I’ve been super swamped with work because I picked up a new client at the beginning of the month, meaning that I know work on 4 accounts. This means I am crazy busy all of the time (I used to blog during my lunch break) and when I’m not swamped, I need some mental downtime. There is only so much creativity that can flow from a girl at one time.
I don’t really have anything super amazing to talk about, but I did want to share some thoughts about recent events.
1. St Patty’s Day – This year, it was kind of a wash. In the past, we’ve gone out to the big celebrations whether they’ve happened the weekend before or on the actual day. This year, not so much. The Saturday before St. Pat’s, we met up with a bunch of friends at a little Irish bar named Stout. T and the guys all headed over around 5 p.m. in the afternoon, but I opted to wait. I was tired and was enjoying my book, plus I didn’t feel like imbibing at such an early hour. By the time that I got there around 9 p.m., the boys were all a little tipsy. By 11, T was ready to head home, which was fine by me.
We had planned to take off on actual St. Patty’s and go to Fado’s big street festival, but T and I were both super busy, so we decided it may be smarter for us to work that day. Of course it was cold and dreary that day, so when we went out to celebrate after work it was soggy and gross outside. Of course Stout was packed to the brim, so we ended up across the street at a British pub that served no food instead. I was pretty bummed because I was seriously craving an Irish breakfast. We ended up ordering Dominos and had it delivered to the bar. That was clutch because we were all starving. It was a fun night, but not quite up to the caliber of past years. Hopefully your St. Patty’s was a little more exciting.
2. Car drama – Right before New Year’s Eve, I was told that the front and rear brakes on my car were in need of being replaced. This news sort of blew my mind because I’d just had them replaced in November 2008, so I decided to hold off on the repairs at that point in time because the repair shop told me I’d be OK for a few more months. Plus I’d just spent a pretty penny on some other repairs. Let me tell you, I’m so glad I waited.
My good friend ASP’s husband is a mechanic, so he told me to bring my car by this past weekend and he’d fix the brakes for me. He was a sweetheart and fixed up my little car for a really reasonable price and then told me some disturbing news. Apparently the place I’d taken my car to in 2008 (Goodyear, cough cough) had installed my front brake pads the wrong way!! WTF?!?!
I’d been driving around on pads that were incorrectly installed for more than a year. No wonder they barely lasted a year before needing to be replaced. Don’t even get me started on the safety issues this could have caused me. And then I found out that the rear brakes were fine and didn’t need replacement like the GY mechanics had told me. I’ve been a loyal customer with them for years, but now I’m starting to question going to them again. Apparently their mechanics don’t know as much about repairing cars as they should. I think I’m sticking to my buddy from now on, even though going to him is not nearly as convenient.
3. The Weather – I am so sick of the crappy-assed weather that has been taking over Georgia in 2010. We’ve only had a couple of warm days so far, and I am beyond ready for spring. This Friday and Saturday we were blessed with sunny and beautiful 70-degree days, only to have the rug snatched out from under us on Sunday.
On the first day of spring, we were greeted by gray clouds, wind and rain. It was only about 60 degrees. I did end up seeing a super cool rainbow once the rain let up for a bit, but that was not enough to make up for the crappy first day of spring. Yesterday, it was in the 50s and it snow flurried in the morning. In Atlanta. WTF?!?! And people say global warming doesn’t exist…
I am so ready for warm and sunny days and patio weather. April, please do a better than March with its BS weather.
4. Upcoming Fun – This Sunday, JD, CGN, CMc and I are all going to see Chelsea Handler at The Fox. CGN and CMc are huge Chelsea fans, and JD and I watch the show from time to time. I love her super sarcastic and blunt personality, and I can’t wait to see how it translates into her stand up. I expect to be laughing so hard that my sides ache and tears will be running down my cheeks.
On April 1st, T and I are going with a group of our friends to see Third Eye Blind. I was a huge fan in high school, and their first few CDs made up a large part of the soundtrack when T and I first started dating 10.5 years ago (awww). I am pretty excited to see them, and I am hoping that they play a lot of their older songs. I know they have a new album coming out, and I glad to hear that they are still out there making music.
Anything interesting been happening in your life lately?
**Keep your eyes peeled – in April, this little blog will be hosting its very first giveaway! Details to come…**
The end of January was obviously a little on the busy side for me seeing as I had no time to write during the last 11 days. I seriously wonder how the days can just fly by so fast sometimes, especially the weekends.
This is going to be short and sweet…
- Having a kegerator is amazing. We started off with Pilsner Urquell and Sweetwater 420 (a local Atlanta brew). Well, the Pilsner only lasted us a week (stop giving me your judgy mcjudgerson eyes). We had people over the first 2 weekends we had it, meaning that the beer went faster than we anticipated. This weekend we picked up a Hoegarden. After the 420 runs out, we will aim to have one regular and one light beer on tap. Gotta watch those calories somehow! My favorite thing about the kegerator is that it has drastically reduced our garbage flow. Any time people came over in the past, there were tons of bottles and cans that had to be gotten rid of. Now we only have to plop the dirty glasses in the dishwasher. So quick, easy and environmentally friendly!
- We took our condo off the market this weekend. We decided that it would be better to just wait to see if the seller’s market picked up at all instead of losing a ton of money by trying to sell it right this instant. Plus we haven’t really found any houses in our price range that we really love – they are either really old and still expensive or new and in up and coming (read – higher crime) areas. With robberies on the up and up, I just want to try to avoid these higher crime places for a few more years until they stabilize more. So the new plan is to maybe fix some things up around the place and give it another year before we put it back on the market. We also talked about putting one of my paychecks into savings each month to help us grow our future down payment amount.
- Since we are staying in the condo a little while longer, we decided to get some new bedroom furniture. Yesterday we went to Ikea and ended up with a new bed frame and 2 dressers that match the night tables we already have. Everything we bought is brown/black, so it looks great with our bedspread and all the things we have hanging on the walls. Pictures to come shortly.
- I am sucking it up at Project 365. I was doing so well with taking my photo everyday, and then the weather got gross and I got busy and the camera stayed tucked inside my purse. Lame, I know. This week I will work on getting back on track with the whole project because I really was enjoying my daily photograph.
So, how did the end of January turn out for you? Anything new and exciting happening in your lives?
Ok, ok – I know the title of this post is a wee bit dramatic. But after sitting at work for the first time in 2010, I was just smacked with the reality that I don’t have an official day off again until Memorial Day – which is on May 31st. Kill me now. After having the last glorious 11 days work free, this is hard news to swallow.
T found out at the end of December that he gets off for MLK Day and Presidents Day since he has ties to the financial industry. You know what sucks? I don’t have those days off, and it’s so not fair! Waaah. I definitely see some sick days coming up during the next 5 months to make up for the lack of official holidays… 🙂
Yesterday, T and I finally dug ourselves free from the T and Bing-shaped molds we’d made in the couch got motivated and got off of our lazy butts to run errands. We went to Best Buy to return a copy of The Hangover that we received for Christmas (I’d also bought him the movie, and we realized that it was downloaded on our PlayStation – is there any way to get it off of there and onto a disk?). We were only supposed to go there to exchange the movie and get T and new wireless mouse. While we were there, we both blurted out that we wanted a Wii – we are random, I know.
Then we spent the next 30 minutes or so debating whether or not we should get one. I keep reading about everyone in blog-land who has a Wii fit, which is a big reason I want one. I also like to play Mario. Best Buy was looking a little sold out, so we opted for Target instead. There we purchased a Wii and the new Super Mario game – yay! Of course we couldn’t find an additional remote anywhere – we seriously went to like 4 stores trying to find one more damn remote. Luckily, I found one today while I was running errands. Even though it’s black and doesn’t match the rest of the Wii gear, but I really don’t care. What can I say, we are total impulse shoppers! Cha-ching!
By the time we got home last night, it was after 8 and we still had to eat dinner. We decided to watch one of our new movie purchases (we ended up getting 2 instead of 1 to replace The Hangover) while we ate. Based on the movie’s length, we opted for Paranormal Activity over Inglourious Bastards.
Paranormal Activity was pretty damn freaky. I was twitching a decent amount while watching it at home. I’m sure seeing it in the theater would have resulted in me screaming out loud and maybe spastically grabbing onto T’s arm. At home, I was a little more controlled – I was under a nice fuzzy blanket and Fado was curled up in my lap. It kind of removes some of the creepy factor. But I really love movies that have a huge suspense factor, which this did. They are so much more scary than all of those gross and gory, blood and guts everywhere films.
After the movie, we were going to play Wii but we only had one remote, which would not have been as much fun. Instead, we decided to watch The Exorcism of Emily Rose to keep up with our horror movie theme of the evening. This movie is so eerie, and I just love it. After seeing it for the first time years ago, I would slightly freak out any time I woke up at 3 a.m. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it – actually if you like scary movies, you should watch both of them.
So, here is where you lovelies come in…
If you have a Wii Fit, do you love it? Do you recommend it? I need all the help I can get back into working out – I’m so lazy! Are there any other awesome games you recommend? We are totally getting Mario Kart later this week!
Thanks for the help! 🙂
A couple of days ago, I posted about all of the things that had me smiling this week. One of those things was the cute dress I bought for my friend’s wedding. I was super excited because I got the $180 dress for $130. I thought to myself – what a steal!
Fast forward to last night…I went shopping with JD to help her pick out a dress for the same wedding. We decided to start at TJ Maxx. Growing up, I was never a fan of the store. The store near my childhood house never had anything in my size nor anything I liked. Now that I live in Atlanta, things are much different. The discount stores have an awesome selection of designer clothes in a variety of sizes. Can you say “Jackpot?”
So imagine my complete and utter shock when I saw my dress, in a slightly different color, for $90 less than I’d bought it a few days before! I found it in my size, and in a slightly different design in black. I tried it on, it looked great, so I bought it. The super expensive one is going back to the store tonight!
Since I was saving money, I looked around to see if I could find a cute new dress to wear out for my birthday celebration this weekend. I did, and it was fairly inexpensive as well. I guess I have learned my lesson the hard way – I will not avoid the discount stores any longer. They will be my first stop from now on. And if I don’t find what I’m looking for, then I’ll hit the department stores.
So, are you a bargain shopper that can scour the racks for a deal? Or do you need more practice, like me?
And in case you are curious, here are some pictures of my new dresses.
This was what the original dress looked like, only it was with different silver shades, not black and tan
I went with the black one
And this is the dress I bought to wear out tomorrow night for the bar crawl
**UPDATE: Here are some photos of me in my new dresses.**
Our weekend trip to Tennessee was fun, except for the fact that the Dawgs got stomped. We are doing awful this year!
The cute “red” dress I ordered to wear to the game ended up being more orangey than red, so that meant I couldn’t wear it on Saturday since UT’s color is orange. Oh well, I wore it Sunday and it was still cute!
This weekend we are going on a work retreat to our mountain client. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but it is going to be freezing up there. The highs are in the upper 40’s and the lows in the 30’s…brrr. Hello fall!
I went to Old Navy after work the other day and stocked up on the cutest fall sweaters and dresses. I spent a lot more money than I intended. Check out the dresses!
I also bought these really cute textured tights, but they snagged up after wearing them once. I’m going to have to return them because it’s not cool that $10 tights unravel after the first wear.
JD and I are hosting our annual Spooktacular Halloween party on Halloween this year. I can’t wait!
T and I are going to be Bill and Sookie from True Blood. I am making my costume, I hope it turns out cute! Do you have your Halloween costume picked out?
Next week, Little S and I are starting Women’s Health’s Belly Off Club workout. I have been a lazy slob this year, and I really need to lose some weight. I know this is going to be good for me but I’m sure it’s going to kick my butt. Especially rule #5 – No Alcohol for a month! Eek!
People around me have been sick for weeks. I have managed to avoid getting anything for a while, except now I think I may be coming down with a cold. I’m coughing like crazy (which at first I thought was due to inhaling couscous last night, but I don’t think that’s the case) and my head hurts. FML
So, what’s been making you smile or frown lately?
I am so excited about the Germany trip. This time next week, we will be a few hours short of take off. Yippee!
I keep using the trip as an excuse to buy new things. I bought a new waterproof jacket and a bunch of cute fallish tops from Old Navy last week. Then I decided that I needed to get some books so I could read on the plane or the trains. So I ordered Shanghai Girls (hmm, it appears that I ordered the large print edition) and Second Glance: A Novel. I can’t wait to crack into them. Heck, maybe I’ll start one before we leave.
Last night I met up with Little S and her boyfriend, JT, to do some pre-trip shopping. I decided that I wanted to get one more pair of jeans. I have some skinny jeans that I’m going to bring and another pair are slightly wider in the leg, but they may not look as good with tennis shoes or heels. Since I keep hearing everyone on the Net rave about the new Gap jeans, I decided to give them a try. People, they are awesome. I’m 5’10 with a 34-inch inseam. Do you know how hard it is for me to find long jeans? I decided to get the Curvy in a medium wash, and they’ll still be long – even in heels! I also bought the cutest pair of black flats to bring with me too! I know I shouldn’t be shopping before our trip, but it’s hard not to!
So, originally I was not planning on jumping on a new vampire bandwagon, but I think I lied to myself. I am totally going to start watching The Vampire Diaries when it premiers tonight – my TiVo’s season pass is already set! I’m intrigued and definitely want to check it out. I hope it’s good – especially with True Blood ending this Sunday. A girl’s gotta get her vampire show fix somewhere. 🙂 Anyone else going to be watching it too?
Speaking of The Vampire Diaries, I am obsessed with the song that’s played in some of the previews. It’s by Metric and it’s called “Help, I’m Alive.” I heard it a few weeks ago on the radio and thought it was really catchy. Now that it’s in the show previews, I’m hearing it a lot more which makes me happy. Scroll down to the song to see the video.
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Now you can love it as much as I do!
I have never really like Pearl Jam, but I have to say I really dig their new song “The Fixer.” It’s so catchy and sticks in your head all day. If you don’t know it, go to the PJ site and click play on the tape deck!
My laptop bit the dust the other week when T’s family was in town visiting, so we’ve been computer-less at home for about a month. The other night I decided to test my computer savviness, and holy hell – I fixed that MoFo. I ended up having to completely reload windows, which means I probably lost some stuff. Luckily I had an external hard drive that I did back stuff up on, on occasion, so I hope most of it is saved. It took me some time (because I didn’t have the disks with all the drivers that needed to be installed, which meant I had to find them online) but now it works like it’s brand new. Now if only the battery could still hold a charge…
I vote we have mandatory 4-day work weeks instead of 5. I feel so much more productive when I get an extra day off!
I’m sure some of you have heard me bitch about our crappy mattress on and off throughout my blogging career. I’ve constantly talked about going to buy a new one, but for some reason we never did. Well, that all changed yesterday evening. After work, T and I met at Mattress Firm because I saw they were having a sweet sale on mattresses.
I arrived at the store before T, so I began making my way around with the employee, flopping onto the various mattress types and rolling around like a fish out of water. Firm, plush, pillow top, foam. Who knew there were so many types of mattresses? And when did they get so fancy-pants?
My last mattress is just shy of 10 years old, and it’s bare-bones. My parents bought it for me after we moved to Poughkeepsie from the hometown mattress chain with the most annoying commercials ever. But it got us into the store. That mattress is justly slightly older than mine and T’s relationship.
So back to last night…we decided to shoot for a plush mattress. The soft ones were just too squishy and the firms were a little too hard for my taste. I found my favorite one pretty quick. T took a little longer to make up his mind. Part of me thinks it was because the mattresses were pretty expensive and he didn’t want to spend that much money.
I know it’s a lot of money, but if you spread it out over 10 or more years, it’s really not such a big sum. He was hemming and hawing over the price, saying we should shop around first. But I just wasn’t feeling it. It took us this long to start looking, I knew we’d never really comparison shop any time in the near future. Plus the store has a low price guarantee that if we see it cheaper somewhere else or they put it on sale, they will pay us the difference back 110%. That’s a totally sweet deal in my book.
We finally decided to go ahead and order it, and it’s being delivered tonight. You have no idea how excited I am about this! 🙂 We spent a little more than even I had intended, but I know that a good mattress isn’t cheap. So it’s completely worth it for me. We went with a Stearns & Foster plush top. It’s seriously the fanciest mattress I’ve ever laid my head (and body) on.
And just because I am dorking out over it, here is a picture of it in all its comfy gloriousness. (I wasn’t that obsessed with it, but I snapped a photo and put a funny caption on it to entice T to buy it. And it worked!)
Look how pretty it is! And it’s so amazing to lay on…
**Thanks everyone for all of your great comments about the puppy. T and I decided to hold off until we get back from Germany before we revisit the puppy purchase. Also thanks for your great comments about books you love. You guys rock my socks off!**
So, as you all may know, we have our condo on the market. This Sunday I received a call saying that a buyer was interested in putting down a contract. T and I were a little giddy and a little sad. We really do love our current place, but we just want something a little bit bigger.
We heard from our agent yesterday that the interested party decided she wanted to buy somewhere else because our Home Owners Association fees are very expensive. I can’t lie – they’re pretty steep. $371 a month if you are curious. I’ll wait till you pick your jaw off the desk. Ok? I know it’s pretty insane, but we do live on a golf course, have 3 pools, about 900 units in the neighborhood, plus the HOA fees cover trash pick up, water, landscaping and exterior maintenance. We also have a guard booth where people check in when they visit. I’m pretty sure the association fees help pay their salaries. Honestly, I could do without the gate folks. I’d be happy with a key card, but the neighborhood doesn’t want to do that. So, for now there are no contracts. Our agent is going to talk to the buyers agent and see if they can figure something out.
In the mean time, this kind of came up and bit me and T in the ass. We’ve looked at properties online, but we haven’t checked out anything in person. We realized that this all could happen pretty fast, so we decided we better get off our butts and start checking places out.
So that’s what we’re doing tonight. We’re looking in an area right by my work, seriously like 5 minutes away. The area is alright. I don’t love it as much as other places, but I am seriously tempted by the fact that I’d be so close to work. I could go home on my lunch breaks. If we get a dog, I could go home and walk it during the day. So, there are some positives. Plus it’s fairly close to T’s office too.
Now I’m off to go check out some places. Wish us luck!
So, we have FINALLY finished all of the daunting repairs to the condo. While we were in NY, my dad was nice enough to come up a few times to do some work. I am really so lucky and grateful that he enjoys doing work like this. Even though he seems exhausted when we are finished, I can tell he secretly loves it. Why? I’m not sure. But I love him for always going that extra mile to fix something that is broken!
Both of our upstairs bathrooms have been painted and have new shiny silver towel bars and toilet paper holders hanging up. The hole in the laundry room ceiling has been patched and repainted, along with the walls. My dad hung up new shelves that are much nicer than the old ones that were in there. Now we just need to do one more final clean…
Today I spoke with our realtor, and she is beginning the paperwork to get our house listed. We’ve picked a price, and it should be on the market by the end of the week. I really can’t believe this is actually happening!
I also just received some information back from the loan officer about qualifying for a mortgage, and everything looks good! Yippee!
Oh, and on the work-related front…
T got a new job! He’ll start in a couple of weeks, and he received a decent pay raise. So even if I’ll be stuck with my shitty salary forever, at least he’s moving on up!