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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! *

 

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! 🙂

Normally, I like Christmas commercials.  They are cute or funny, and make you all tingly with the Christmas spirit.  But this year, I’m finding the commercials to be super annoying.  After reading Jess’ post about the ridiculous Lexus ads, I got thinking about which ones are getting on my last nerve and are taking me out of the Christmas spirit.

The one that I hate the most features the little girl and her mom, sitting on the stairs.  The little girl tells her mom they are working on their lists for Santa at school.  Then the little girl starts spouting off all of these things she wants, and the mom zones out, obviously panicking about the amount of money she’s going to have to spend.  Then she imagines Big Lots’ little Christmas elves and how they will help her get everything on her daughter’s list.

You may be wondering why this commercial pisses me off so much.  Well, it’s because it is insinuating that Santa doesn’t really exist.  If Santa was real, the mom wouldn’t be freaking out over the cost of presents.  I know Santa is a ruse, but imagine being a young kid who is beginning to doubt the Claus and seeing this commercial.  It basically is telling you that Santa is fake and your parents are the ones buying the presents.  Way to ruin Christmas for the kiddies, Big Lots!

It saddens my heart that all companies care about during Christmas is making money.  They are going crazy, hawking their cheap prices and encouraging people to buy everything in sight.  I know that stores are struggling too in these tough economic times, but when did the meaning of Christmas get so lost and turned into consumer mania?  This is supposed to be a time about giving and caring, helping out others and being with family and friends.  Not buying bratty and spoiled kids every gift they have on their damn Christmas list!

Even though the Big Lots commercial really annoys me, I do love some Christmas ones.  My favorite are the ones for Garmin.  Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and I think it’s so clever how Garmin (or their advertising company) has come up with cooky and funny lyrics.

Last year’s commercial

This year’s commercial – I heart squirrels

I don’t have a GPS, but if I were to get one I might have to head toward the Garmins because the commercials are so funny!

What Christmas commercials are you loving or hating this year?

I’d like to thank everyone who said kind words about my friend’s mom yesterday.  I appreciate the thought!  🙂

Thanksgiving has come and gone with a vengeance.  Tons of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread muffins, squash casserole, giblet gravy (don’t judge me, this stuff is to die for), pumpkin and apple pies, and last but not least tapioca pudding were consumed, along with copious amounts of pinot grigio and beer.

This was a pretty tame year for us, if I do say so myself.  Normally, especially in the years that T’s family used to come down, we’d all gather at our favorite Mexican joint for delicious food and margaritas.  We followed that up with a trip downstairs to my parent’s basement bar where we’d continue to drink tasty beverages along with some shots, while playing darts and karaokeing into the wee hours of the morning.

This year, instead of Mexican, we opted for a new Thai/Japanese/Chinese restaurant.  The food was really good, and we enjoyed ourselves.  After dinner, we did return to the basement bar, but we were more chill.  T’s family didn’t come down this year, but our German neighbors did come hang out with us.  We hung out and chatted.  The guys played darts.  And I think we were all in bed by 1 a.m.

Thanksgiving day was fun – our German neighbors joined us for dinner.  They brought a goose and red cabbage (homemade, by the way).  We all gorged ourselves on the goodness and tried not to slip into turkey comas at the table.  After dinner, I went for a walk with my parents, the Frau and her cute puppy dog.  The cold air was all I needed to drag me back from la-la turkey land.

We all gathered again in the basement to have a few drinks and play a new board game called Sequence.  My family is CRAZY about board games, and it was a lot of fun (even though my team lost every game but the last 2).  The night ended early once again because T and the Frau both had to work on Friday – which if you ask me, is pretty shitty.  It’s a major holiday weekend corporate America!

Since I didn’t have to work on Friday, my mom and I had a Twilight Saga kind of day.  First we watched Twilight because she’d never seen it.  She didn’t love the movie, but wasn’t completely disappointed.  Then I dragged her (she was worried about the screaming teeny boppers we might encounter) to see New Moon.  She liked it better than the first one, and we had an enjoyable mother-daughter geek out.  Haha!

Speaking of the holidays being right around the corner…

T and I are trying to come up with things we want for Christmas this year.  We decided that we want need to add a dual-tap kegerator to our already alcohol-fueled lifestyles.  Plus it will look so cute sitting next to the bar we already have.  Just imagine…all the fresh beer that you want on tap, right at your finger tips, waiting to be poured in all of its frosty and frothy glory.  This will not help any type of dieting we are planning…

And you know you are getting old when you ask your parents to buy you new french patio doors to replace the crappy slider you currently have for Christmas.  And when you consider buying 6 new windows to replace the old drafty ones that cause you to freeze every winter instead of forking tons of money over for random presents.  I’m just saying…

I just want to say thanks to TJ Maxx for helping spread the word about my little blog!  I truly appreciate it!  I am currently featured on the site as a new-found Maxxinista.  It’s pretty cool.  If you want to check it out, here is the link.

And since I talk all about my great finds in this post, I thought I’d share some pictures of me in my cute new dresses

The dress I saved a ton of money on for my friend’s wedding

Who’s says you can’t look cute while you make Thanksgiving dinner!

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.

other dressThis was what the original dress looked like, only it was with different silver shades, not black and tan


black dressI went with the black one


b-day dressAnd 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.**

I am in such a giddy and happy mood this week.  Why, you ask?  Well, my birthday is this weekend, and there are a lot of fun things in the works!  So, without further ado, here are the things that are making me smile today:

1.  My birthday is in 5 days!  I love birthdays, especially when you’re able to get together with all of your friends and celebrate.

2.  I am getting a new computer – we just ordered it today!  After much deliberation between a Mac and a PC, T and I decided that we would go with a PC after all.  Last night we spent a good hour at the Apple store playing around with the different MacBook Pros, getting a feel for them.  While we really liked them, we had a really tough time justifying spending so much money on one laptop.  Instead, we went with Dell, and ordered 2 and a printer for a teensy bit more than the Mac we were considering.  I went with a 15-inch purple Inspiron, while T went with a Yankees version of the same one.  I am so excited to have a working computer again soon!

3.  My best friend ASP is getting married this weekend!  Saturday night all of us will gather to have pre-wedding dinner and drinks.  Then we’ll head to the hotel she is getting married at for her late-night wedding.  I bought a new dress for the wedding last night and was kind of upset that it cost so much, but when I got to the register it was $50 off.  So I was super excited – plus the dress makes me look really skinny!

4.  A couple of our guy friends are going to be in town from NY visiting this weekend, so that will be fun.  We haven’t seen them since May.

5.  Since ASP is getting married during the wee hours of the morning on my actual birthday, I will be celebrating on Friday night.  I wanted to do something different this year, so we are doing a bar crawl in the Virgina Highlands.  I have the places picked out and the length of time we should stay at each place decided on, but I still haven’t come up with funny things that we need to do in each bar.  If you have any bar crawl suggestions, I’m all ears (or eyes).

6.  On Thursday, T and I are planning of going to Woodfire Grill for an early birthday dinner.  For those Top Chef fans out there, that’s Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant.  He’s our favorite chef on the show, and we totally hope he makes it to the end.  His dishes always look so creative and tasty – I can’t wait to go try them for myself!

7.  My family (parents, Little S and JT, and T and I) are all going to see the show Cavalia in the next few weeks.  It’s a show combining equestrian arts, music and acrobatics that was created by a former Cirque du Soleil mastermind.  I keep hearing amazing reviews about it, so I’m very excited that we will be able to check it out while it’s in Atlanta.

So, what’s got you smiling these days?

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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 was reading Adriana’s blog earlier today and she posted about a Scarf Swap that Kate over at Simply Said by Simply Me is organizing.  I thought it would be fun to participate because, honestly who doesn’t love a cute new scarf?

So if you want to join in, head to Kate’s page and post a comment with your e-mail address.  She’ll send you a form to fill out, and you’ll be ready to go!  You have until October 21st to sign up!

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This weekend I’m off to Knoxville, TN to watch my beloved Dawgs battle the TN Vols.  I hope the game is good.  We’ll have a kick-ass tailgate complete with awesomely delicious chicken drumsticks (T and I are the master drumstick grillers), chorizo sausage, homemade baked goods, Bloody Marys and of course beer pong.

I have a cute new outfit to wear – A red dress, black leggings, and cute new black riding boots.  In the South jeans and sweats don’t cut it for football games (don’t ask me why, cause I really don’t know).  It’s supposed to be rainy, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold off for the game.  At least we have a canopy to tailgate under!

My new outfit:

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Happy weekend lovelies! 🙂

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!

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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?

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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!

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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…

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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!


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