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Well, well.  I am a blogging super slacker.  I can’t believe I haven’t posted since March!  Things just have been so hectic this year, and time has gotten away from me.

As summer makes its punch you in the face with extreme heat entrance, it made me think of some things that I am really loving.  So I thought I’d come back from my hiatus and share it with you.

1.  Our sweet new ride

T has been dying to get a new car, especially since his A/C bit the dust last summer.  He didn’t want to go through another GA summer with open windows as the only way to “cool” down the car.  He wanted to get a really sporty car; I wanted something more practical.  In the end, after much hemming and hawing and a test drive, we opted for the sporty car – an Infinit G37S.  And guys, I love it!  Is it practical – no.  Is it a lot of fun to drive – yes.  Do I feel like a badass zooming past people on the highway (in the left lane) – yes.  Will I enjoy driving it for the rest of the week while T is at roasting alive at Bonnaroo – hell yes!

The shiny new car - Vrooom!

2.  Fun Nail Polish

The other week I was checking out a blog and stumbled across a post about Sally Hansen’s new Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strips.  I am not the best at painting my nails myself, so I thought these would be perfect for me.  I picked up the sparkly Blue Ice strips and gave them a whirl.  They are so easy to put on and don’t make a huge mess!  They lasted about a week, but that included time in the pool and cleaning house (which I’m sure isn’t helpful for staying power).  Plus, if I’d had some topcoat to apply on top after I stuck them on, I think they would have held up even longer.  My only complaint is that they are about $10 a box and only come with 16 strips.  This means that even if you have some leftovers, you can’t get a second use out of them.  Boo!

Another cool Sally Hansen product I’m loving is the new Crackle Overcoat.  It comes in eight fun shades and is super easy to apply.  You just pick out your base color, then top it with a crackle, and voila – awesome nails in an instant.  I chose black as a base topped with Fracture Foil (a silver coat), and I am in love!  It looks so cool, and each nail is slightly different.  I am so hooked.  I am planning on stopping by the store to pick up some more crackles in red, blue and maybe purple!

Fun nails

3.  Frozen Yogurt

For some reason 2011 has been the year of craving ice cream for me.  I’m not sure why, but I can’t seem to get enough of it.  But alas, ice cream isn’t the best for trying to be skinny.  Luckily for me, there is a Yoforia right by my office, so I can hit that up when I have a frosty craving.  Since it’s 90-million degrees in Atlanta today (and will be that way for the rest of the week), I decided that I should much on some fro-yo.  I like going there because you can sample all the flavors then pick your faves.  Today I went with a tasty combo of taro, cookies & cream, and peanut butter.  I topped these three with some dark and white chocolate chips.  Let me tell you, it was heaven!  All of the flavors are good, but taro is my favorite.  I’m not sure what it is about it, but I love it!

4.  Pool Time

I love water – pools, oceans (with no jellyfish), lakes, rivers, you name it.  Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign.  Maybe it’s because it’s so cool and refreshing.  Who knows… Anyway, this means that summer is one of my favorite seasons because I can spend my weekends lounging at the pool, working on my tan, and being in the water.  We have three pools in my neighborhood – two smaller ones intended for adults and one Olympic-sized one intended for families.  Maybe instead of just lounging around this summer, I can actually take my butt down to the big pool and swim some laps so I don’t look like a heifer at my sister’s wedding in September!

Is there anything that you are really loving at the moment?

*And if you are looking for a new blog read, Little S has started a blog.  Go check her out if you have a chance! *

 

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I have been feeling stumped for inspiration lately, so I decided to steal borrow Adriana’s blog idea using 30 days to tell you more about me, aka the 30-Day Blog Challenge.  Chances are, it won’t be consecutive, but I’m hoping it will get me back into the swing of writing on a more consecutive basis.

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of our favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.

Ok, so here we go!  Stayed tune for post 1.

I guess I’m not doing so great with posting regularly in 2011.  Life and work have been a little hectic, and now I’ve come down with a case of sinusitis from hell.  All last week I felt it coming on, but was able to keep it at bay…until Friday.  I woke up that morning with a runny nose and ended up spending most of the day sniffling and sneezing.  Figures that I would get sick right at the start of the weekend, especially because we were supposed to go see Girl Talk with our friends.  I tried my best to rally through, but in the end the pounding bass was too much for my sinus headache, so I had to head out a little early.  The concert was cool, I just wish I’d felt better.

By Saturday, I was a hot snotty mess.  I was so congested that my head was pounding, my eyes looked puffy, and even my teeth hurt.  That meant that I spent the remainder of the weekend (and Monday and today) glued to the couch, popping pills and blowing my nose like it was my new hobby.  On Friday night, T and our friend Hippie watched this crazy documentary about the White family from West Virginia on Netflix.  T was so obsessed with it, that we reinstated our Netflix account just so we could watch it.  And thus began my sickly movie marathon.

We began with The Wild and Wonderful Whites.  This is the true story of the infamous White family of West Virginia.  They are known for living on the other side of the law and are often doing drugs, stealing, murdering, and dancing (yes, dancing).  It’s an interesting look into small town life in West Virginia that revolves around the coal mining industry.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.  It’s so far out there at times, you won’t be able to lift your chin off of your chest, trust me.   Plus the names of the family members alone will have you cracking up.

Next we watched Shutter Island. This is the story of an up-and-coming US Marshall sent to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient who is also a murderer.  I don’t know about you, but I love a good suspenseful thriller.  This movie had it all.  Definitely a great movie to watch when you feel like being inquisitive. I am really starting to like Leonardo DiCaprio in these darker films.  I think it helps make him seem less pretty and rougher around the edges.

Later on Sunday night, we watched Inglourious Basterds, the story of a rag-tag bunch of Jewish-American soldiers who are single-handedly trying to wipe out the Nazis and Hitler.  I was a little leery about watching this movie at first because I was worried that it would be all blood, guts and war.  That was a heavy part of the film, but at the same time it was a clever and funny tale of revenge.  Plus a lot of the film was in French and German, giving me a chance to practice my languages.  It’s gritty and I had to turn my head away at times, but really was quite a good film. I would recommend it, but you may want to watch it with a guy, so you can hide your face on his shoulder during the gross parts.

On Monday, while I was home from work, I watched Alice in Wonderland.  It’s the story of a young adult Alice returning to the world of her dreams where she has to help end the Queen of Hearts’ reign of terror.  It was definitely bright, colorful and fun, while at the same time slightly dark and twisted.  It’s more of a grown up version of the story but still contained a lot of the elements you may remember from other versions you saw as a child.  Johnny Depp made a wonderful Mad Hatter, but I did have difficulty understanding him from time to time.  It could have been his accent or the fact that my ears were clogged.  Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!

I also watched An Education on Monday.  I’d heard great things about it, so when I saw it was available instantly, I thought why not.  This film tells the story of a teenage London girl in the 1960s who is smart, beautiful and talented but is bored of her middle class life.  Her father is pushing her hard so she will get accepted into Oxford so she can have a better life than he did.  Everything changes when she meets David, who is twice her age and charming, and wants to show Jenny there is more to life than studying.  Their friendship eventually evolves into much more, potentially changing the path that Jenny has planned to follow for years.  This movie was much different than I expected it to be, but it really sucked me in.  Being from Europe, I always love movies that highlight the culture and countries there.  It’s also a coming-of-age love story that we can all relate to in ways.  This is a good rainy day watch.

Since I was still out sick today, I watched The Runaways, which is the story of the first all female rock group of the 1970s featuring Joan Jett and Cherie Curie.  It’s a nitty, gritty look into how a group of talented teens embark on the journey of their lives while trying to make it big in the industry, all while surviving the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle around them.  Let me just say, I loved the crazy clothes and make up, and of course the hard-rocking music.  It was an interesting look into what these girls had to go through to “make it,” especially since they weren’t even 20 and were basically traveling around unsupervised.  It was definitely one of the better Kirsten Stewart films I’ve seen – she looses her deer-in-the-headlights look and really embraces the bad ass role of Joan Jett.  This is definitely a great watch when you want to channel your inner punk rocker.

Lastly, I watched Up.  I can’t believe I waited so long to watch this movie – I loved it!  But I do have to say that I was crying like a baby throughout.  When I wasn’t sobbing (no fun when you are sick), I was laughing like crazy, so that was a plus.  It’s funny that it’s a children’s movie because the themes are definitely so adult – love, following your dreams.  If you haven’t watched it yet, go out there and do it now!  I guarantee that you will love it!

So, that’s all for my movie-watching for now.  I may try to get one more in tonight, but that will depend on how long it takes us to straighten up the house.  We haven’t really done much since I’ve been sick for the last 5 days…

**Oh, and to let you know, my sister, Little S has started blogging.  I’m excited that my blogging ways (even though they have been a bit slack) have rubbed off on her.  She is still in the beginning stages and doesn’t have many posts up yet, but I thought you lovelies could help welcome her to the blogosphere.**

 

I know that I was quite the slacker with blogging during 2010.  I’m not sure what was up with me, but I just wasn’t being inspired to write as much as I had in the past.  This year, I really want to be better about blogging on a more regular basis, i.e. at least once a week if not more.  I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy scrolling back through old posts to see what happened and reminiscing about the good times.

So, without further ado, here is my 2010 in review!

What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

I went whitewater rafting, took an aerial acrobatics class, went on a Snuggie pub crawl, spent a romantic weekend in a B&B with T, and  saw a number of comedy shows (Chelsea Handler, Heather McDonald, Conan O’Brien, and Daniel Tosh.

On less positive notes, I got my first speeding ticket and got mauled by multiple jelly fish on our beach vacation, which resulted in me having to get a tetanus and steroid shot.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?

No, I am horrible at resolutions.  I always choose the same things – stop smoking, workout more, save more money.  This year, I will behave, be healthier, and build up my bank account.   I already haven’t smoke since the early hours of Jan. 2. I think that’s a good start.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

None of my immediate friends did, but plenty of  acquaintances did.  Everywhere I looked, it seemed like someone was having a baby or announcing a pregnancy. 

Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no.

What countries did you visit?.

Sadly, none.  We didn’t get out of the U.S of A this year.  I’m hoping in 2011 we’ll expand our travels a little more.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

More money in our savings account, a bigger house, maybe a cute new car.

What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 22 – the date Little S and JT got engaged. 

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I obtained some great publicity clips for my clients, including lots of TV spots.  I didn’t break anything playing softball.

What was your biggest failure?

Being lazy and not sticking to a workout routine.  Not getting a raise at work (not my fault, but still…) 

Did you suffer any illness or injury?

No major illnesses or injuries, but I did cut my finger pretty badly before my birthday.

What was the best thing you bought?

I can’t say I made any out of the ordinary, super special purchases in 2010.  We bought a Wii.  Our beach vacation was nice, despite all the pitfalls.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

No one in particular, but the people who go above and beyond to help and care for others, without expecting anything from anyone else.  Those people should be celebrated more.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Trashy celebrities that get money for doing nothing and being pure trash (Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan).  Shady politicians who don’t care for the greater good of the people (Sarah Palin).

Where did most of your money go?

T’s Lasik surgery, car repairs (there were a lot of them this year), taxes, going out with friends for drinks or dinner.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Going whitewater rafting, Little S and JT getting engaged, the Christmas weekend blizzard in NY, our New Year’s Eve cabin weekend.

What song will always remind you of 2010?

Thievery Corporation – Shadows Of Ourselves Lyrics.  T and I saw them in concert and they were amazing.  Plus this song offers good advice.

Je n’ai pas le temps de perdre la tête
Pour nous sauver de nous-même

(I don’t have time to lose my head to save us from ourselves.)

Compared to this time last year, are you:

(a) happier or sadder– the same

(b) thinner or fatter – the same, maybe a little fatter

(c) richer or poorer? – about the same

What do you wish you’d done more of?

I tried new activities this year, but I wish I’d gone to more festivals and branched out to try new restaurants.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Veg around on my days off, sleep super late, stay up all night (even though it’s fun while it’s happening).

How did you spend Christmas?

We had Christmas with my family on Dec. 18-19.  We ate duck and cornish game hens, drank lots of wine, and opened a ton of presents.

On actual Christmas, we were in NY with T’s family.  We opened presents and had dinner with his family,  grammy, uncle and uncle’s girlfriend.  Then we went to his aunt’s annual Christmas night party for drinks and laughs with the family.  Then we got snowed in the next day, resulting in lots of vegging in front of the TV, Wii playing, eating and drinking.

Did you fall in love in 2010?

No, I’m already in love.

What was your favorite TV program?

The same olds – Law & Order SVU, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Outsourced, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Intervention, No Reservations….

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I’m a pretty easy going person, so I haven’t hated anyone in a while.

What was the best book you read?

I really liked the Time Traveler’s Wife.  I blew through it and was hooked from the first few pages.  A Reliable Wife was also really good.  I enjoyed The Help, but it had a slow start.  Chelsea Handler’s books are great easy reads and always had me cracking up.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Seeing Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack and Chromeo live were amazing and made me love their music even more.

My end of 2010 addictions were:

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE – Dog Days Are Over

MUMFORD & SONS – Little Lion Man

MUSE – Undisclosed Desires

SHAWN MULLINS – LIGHT YOU UP

BROKEN BELLS – The High Road

RAY LAMONTAGNE – Beg Steal or Borrow

SARA BAREILLES – King of Anything

I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of at the moment.

What did you want and get?

I received some amazing gifts this year: Awesome rain boots, pretty cognac colored boots, shoe rack, new winter white pea coat, Donkey Kong Country Revisited for Wii, a cute octopus necklace, a Chi straightener, fuzzy sheep fur and suede boots, cute scarves, a trip to Asheville, and tickets to Cirque du Soleil.

What did you want and not get?

I kept asking for this cute owl ring for my birthday and Christmas, but it was impossible to find.  Sadness.  I also wanted a seltzer maker, but didn’t get that either.

I also wanted to sell our condo and buy a house, but that wasn’t successful.  That’s what 2011 is for!

A raise.

What was your favorite film of this year?

I really liked Black Swan a lot.  It was so twisted and eerie, but so well-made.  I totally recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

I’m blanking on other movies I really liked at the moment.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 28 on my last birthday, and of course turned it into quite the extravaganza.  I did one night with family and close friends where we went out to a nice dinner, T and I spent a weekend in Asheville, I did a group birthday outing with November birthday friends, and we went to see Ovo with the family.  It was a great and memorable birthday! 

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Getting a raise or if that isn’t an option, additional weeks of vacation.  I work hard at what I do and have had a successful publicity year for all four of my clients.  It would be nice to receive some type of reward for my efforts.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Warm weather – sundress, skirts, tanks, jeans, and flops or sandles

Cold weather – sweaters, jeans, jeggings, leggings, tall boots, flannel, and scarves

What kept you sane?

My family, friends, cats, booze, vegging on the couch

What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

My 2010 crush was definitely Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood. (Hello hot stuff!)

What political issue stirred you the most?

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  We are a country that pledges equality and freedom for all, but often times we don’t follow through.  It’s good to see people trying to change the narrow mindedness that has plagued so many people for so long.

Who did you miss?

My friends who don’t live in Georgia and I rarely see.  T’s family because they are awesome.

Who was the best new person you met?

Hmm, I can’t think of anyone at the moment.  I pretty much like everyone, as long as they aren’t assholes.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

Don’t let stupid people or stupid things ruffle your feathers.  If you are strong and confident, you can overcome any drama that comes your way.  Don’t let the Man hold you down.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Who cares if you disagree?/You are not me/Who made you king of anything?/So you dare tell me who to be?/Who died and made you king of anything?  – Sara Bareilles,  King Of Anything

Hello bloggy woggy, sorry I’ve neglected you.

Can you believe the holiday season is practically upon us?  I don’t know about you, but it drives me insane when I see Christmas decorations out before Halloween.  The retail industry has taken some of the magic out of the holiday by making it all about gift buying.  Before you know it, Christmas trees will start popping up in July.  Anyways…

Here are some random thoughts and ramblings.

Halloween has come and gone.  JD and I threw another successful Spooktacular.  I can’t believe this was our fourth one!  T and I went with a 20s theme for our costumes and dressed as a flapper and a gangster.  I’m not going to lie, but I thought we looked really cute!

My 28th birthday is on Monday, and I will officially be in the back end of my late 20s.  It’s crazy to think about.  I was flipping through a photo album last night and stumbled across some old photos of Little S and me, and we were so young.  Then I found ones of T and me, and we were such babies.  It’s funny to see how much or little you’ve changed over the years.

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In honor of my birthday, T and I are making a weekend trip to Asheville.  I am really excited.  We will see leaves, stay in a cute B&B, go out to a nice dinner, and just have an all around amazing time.  I. Can’t. Wait.

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Since I will be out of town on my actual birthday, I’m getting together with some family and friends on Friday night for a birthday dinner.  We are going to Abattoir, and I can’t wait to check out the menu.  I’ve heard a lot of really great things about the restaurant, and T and I have been meaning to go for quite some time now.  I’m glad we’ll finally get to experience it with friends and family.

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I swear I’m not a total birthday whore, but we are also going to see Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo next Tuesday.  Every review I’ve read about it says that the show is amazing.  I love that Cirque always happens to make a stop in Atlanta right around my birthday.  It’s so convenient.

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After three years of growing out my hair, I finally decided to cut it shorter again.  I like the convenience of having long hair and being able to pull it up easily, but I like the way short, layered hair looks on me.  My hair is just too fine and thin for it to look stunning long.

2-year anniversary dinner - hair at its longest

New shorter hair

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And finally…you all know how much I like to cook.  Well, the other night I was chopping up some parsley for the spaghetti we were making and thinking to myself, I have pretty awesome knife skills, when the worst possible thing happened.  I sliced into my finger, pretty badly.  I cut into the side of my finger, then sliced through the nail.  Yeah, I know.  It was not pretty.  My poor left hand and arm keeps bearing the brunt of my knife-related injuries.  The worst part of it all, I had just honed the blade, so it was extra sharp.  My poor little finger.  So much for getting a birthday manicure this weekend…

I almost cut half of the nail right off =(

I sort of hate to admit it, but new favorite TV show is Style Network’s Jerseylicious.  If you are not watching this amazing salute to Jersey’s “more is always better style”, you are missing out!  FYI – I know not all of you Jersey folks dress or act that way, and these shows are not a representation of how a majority of you act, but it doesn’t make shows about the “Jersey” way of life any less funnier or addicting!

In case you aren’t in the know…

Jerseylicious profiles the Gatsby Salon in central NJ and its quirky cast of stylists.  The salon has just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation to make it a chic and classy establishment.  This means the salon’s owners are bringing in an assortment of new talent to help bring in new clientele who want to spend some money.

My favorite character on the show is Olivia.  She is the slightly over-tanned and overly made up aspiring make up artist, but she really is a genuinely nice person who is trying to do the right thing and avoid the drama.

If she would lay off the bronzer and tanning some, I think she would be a really pretty girl.

Her arch-nemesis and co-worker Tracy is always starting drama and being a pain in the ass.  Her sole goal in life is to make Olivia’s life miserable.  She is one of those people you love to hate because she thinks she is gorgeous and amazing.  Not only is she not that attractive, her personality makes her look hideous to me.

Seriously, how big does your hair need to be?

Gigi is the sweet girl next door who has a big heart and loves her boyfriend, who treats her like a jerk from time to time.  She wants to be married and start her happily ever after as soon as possible.

She is glam without being completely overboard.

Alexa thinks she is God’s gift to Earth and make up.  She does a good job, but her “I’m the best at everything I do” attitude really gets under my skin.  It’s her way or the highway, and if she doesn’t agree with someone, she will sure as hell let them know.  She has seemed to mellow out a little as the show’s progressed, so maybe that’s a good sign.

She will beat your ass if you don’t think she is the make up goddess!

If you loved Jersey Shore, you will love this show.  It’s got a ton of drama and a cast with attitudes and styles that are larger than life.

This past Sunday’s episode was amazing!  Tracy and Olivia were taken to NYC to receive a make-under.  They were stripped of their big hair, bronzer, and crazy long fake nails, and I thought they looked really good.  Of course they didn’t quite feel the same way.  Their reactions to their new looks was to die for, totally making it a must-see!

What’s your current guilty pleasure TV show?

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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…**

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I haven’t felt much like writing.  I think it’s this wacky weather…one day it’s nice and nearly 70 degrees out, the next it might be snowing. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, meaning that the commute home is going to be a slushy, nasty, cluster fuck.

I’ve been glued to the TV, watching the Olympics like it’s my job.  I’m sort of bummed that it’s over now.

Speaking of snow, the nastiness that hit New York last week kept my friend Jewels from being able to visit – her flight was canceled and she couldn’t get on any other flights later in the weekend.

Oh spring time, where are you?

Stolen from Adriana

If I Were…

If I were a month, I’d be April.
If I were a day, I’d be Saturday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be night.
If I were a planet ,I’d be Venus.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a dolphin.

If I were a direction, I’d be south.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a bed.
If I were a liquid, I’d be water.
If I were a gem stone, I’d be a sapphire.
If I were a tree, I’d be a magnolia.

If I were a tool, I’d be a hammer.
If I were a flower, I’d be a dahlia.
If I were an element of weather, I’d be snow flakes.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a clarinet.
If I were a color, I’d be cerulean blue.

If I were an emotion, I’d be happiness.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a star fruit.
If I were a sound, I’d be laughter.
If I were an element, I’d be silver.
If I were a car, I’d be a BMW.

If I were a food, I’d be chocolate.
If I were a place, I’d be a tropical island.
If I were a material, I’d be fleece.
If I were a taste, I’d be savory.
If I were a scent, I’d be citrus.

If I were a body part, I’d be eyes.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a smile.
If I were a song, I’d be swing.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be cute boots.

I promise I’ll be better about blogging! 🙂

Today on my way home I was chatting with my friend Jewels when all of a sudden I came across horrible traffic.  I was slightly confused because traffic only gets that backed up when there is bad weather or there’s a Braves game.  Since I was catching up with Jewels, I wasn’t too horribly irritated by rolling along at a speedy 5 miles an hour.

When I hung up the phone, I got a text from JD saying that a zebra had escaped from the circus that’s set up in Atlanta and had run through downtown and was on the highway.  In order to keep the little guy from getting injured, police closed down the highway until its trainer could catch it and move it to safety.  Eventually it was carefully surrounded by motorcycles and the trainer caught him and loaded him onto the truck to take him back to the circus compound.

Can you imagine sitting at a traffic light and seeing a zebra galloping down the sidewalk?  So bizarre.  I’m just glad he wasn’t injured and made it safely “home” – not that a circus compound in the city is a good home for any animal…

The funny thing is, this isn’t the first zebra hanging out on the highway incident in Atlanta.  What?!?, you say.  Well, in 2008, about 20 miles south of Atlanta, a baby zebra apparently fell out of a truck and was hit by another car (so sad).  He eventually made it to the shoulder of the road, where he was spotted by commuters, munching on grass.  He was taken to a recovery center and went through surgery and now lives there happily ever after.

Somebody needs to take these poor guys back to Africa and keep them off the Atlanta highways.

So, anything crazy going on in your neck of the woods today? 🙂

Here is the link to the video if you want to check it out.

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?

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