Thursday, December 29, 2011


Maybe I am wearing a party dress and high heels listening to a compilation album called "Dance Like No One's Watching."

Maybe I am doing this while cleaning my apartment.


Song list:
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
New Attitude - Patti LaBelle
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
Baby Love - The Supremes
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye
I Love The Night Life - Alicia Bridges
Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Night & The Pips
Last Dance - Donna Summer

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I think I've been asleep most of my life

I want to watch Elizabethtown with you.

Trust me, everybody is less mysterious than they think they are.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brought to you by the letter MmmMMmmmmmm....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bitches Be Cray

Has someone ever told you "that was a good one" about something you do with them quite frequently and then in the back of your head you start to think "what? did the rest of them suck? why didn't you say something? did you think I couldn't take a little constructive criticism??? blah blah blah"

And then you have that split second where you are about to say some of these thoughts out loud and you realize that you are sort of like those terrible cartoons about how men and women don't understand each other and women are so crazy and complicated etc etc... and you just shut up and remember that probably a closer meaning is, "that was particularly good in the long string of good ones we've had."

Monday, December 19, 2011

Moar Holiday Decor

Here are the two things I actually spent some cash money on. 

"Dining Room" table display:
Runner - $16.99 at Target. It is snowflakes with embroidery. I just adore it and it is the biggest ticket item I got for decorating. I think it is elegant and neutral enough that I'll get a lot of use out of it with different themes. 
Tree candles - Free from my mom - they lived in a box in her garage for probably 10 years. They are in just plain ol' Ikea candle holders which you can get for only 49 cents (and they flip over to hold tea lights). 
Votive display with nature-y things - $9.99 at Big Lots. I think this was a really great deal! I got three votive holders (which are plain enough that they can be for not the holidays), a display plate (again, neutral and not holiday specific) and then some little glittered pine cones, silver globe ornaments and snow frocked pine floral picks. If I had tried to recreate this all on my own with individual items, I am sure I'd have to spend a lot more than ten bucks. 
Overall, this was the most expensive thing and I had originally planned to only have this one display for the holidays... but, well, raiding my momma's Christmas bins in her garage gave me a lot of free things to work with so I went a little wild. 

BLURRY!! Sorry

Window display:
Candles - I was gifted these candlesticks and got the red candles on the cheap (maybe a $1 each?) at Michael's Craft Store. I ended up having to shave the bottoms of the candles because I bought the wrong diameter but it all worked out.  
Garland and sparkle and lights - I took some plain fake pine tree garland (Mom's, but this is cheap during and especially after the holidays - get that shit on sale, dudes) and embellished it with a bunch of cheap/free things which ended up looking really nice. I bought the red, white and silver lights for around $6 at Target (I will defs be using them again because they are really pretty). Then I took a collection of glittered pine cones & sticks and placed those throughout. I got a long strand of silver beads for $1 and also put that with the garland. 
I went a little over budget on this display, I really only wanted to buy the candles (since I had the glittered nature-y things already for free and have other xmas lights) but I really couldn't resist buying the special lights - they really made the whole thing special and I don't regret it as I've gotten a lot of enjoyment out of this display. Just goes to show how easy it is to a. overspend at Target and b. overspend in general on holiday decorations. 



Friday, December 16, 2011

Get Your Holiday Decor On

I decorated my apartment for Christmas this year and I tried to be as cheap as possible. I bought only a couple things and I am going to try and document some of them in a few posts (but as with most of my blogging plans, I'll get lazy and forget slash need to be cryptic and share half emotions and animal pictures with the ether).

My philosophy for holiday decorating is: reuse things you already have and steal from your mom.

My overall color scheme for this year is red & silver. I tried to incorporate silver bells and some glittered natural elements, as well, as a running theme.

This is the centerpiece for my coffee table (instagramed, of course):

Glass bowl: 50% off at thrift store - $4, will become either a centerpiece, fruit bowl or something post holidays.
Silver strands: Tinsel (saw this for $1 at rite aid) but I took this from my mom who probably bought it at a post-christmas sale for like a nickel.
Ornaments: Already had these from several years ago. I bought a set of red & gold ones that have a whole bunch of different shapes (globes, hearts, stars, etc); some smooth others textured and they are also an assortment of matte and shiny finishes. Probably one of the best xmas decoration buys I've ever made because I can pick out just one shape, color, style etc and build a whole theme on it. For this, I just picked out matte and shiny red globes.

This is an example of how I modified all the candles around my apartment to be holiday themed (instagramed, again).

Usually this candle has shells around its base, but I decided to take those glass rock thingers you put in flowers and crap like that and add tiny jingle bells to the mix. Again, this was made possible by the generous donations of my mom's old christmas stuff, but I think this same thing can be accomplished relatively inexpensively. This would work especially well if you already have decorative displays with these pebble things - just add jingle and BAM! HOLIDAZE! I did this for just about all of the candles in my apartment - I thought it added some nice continuity across the rooms. 


Dream Big With Me, Honey

"Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." ~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You Don't Want What I Want

Really, what I want is some stability, a garage and a family (yes, babies).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh, Mom...

Mom: It all started to go downhill when you started to watch that cartoon. The one with the girl in the boots.
Me: Daria?
Mom: Yes, she was dark and didn't like things.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Aren't All Diamonds Organic?

Christmas Wish List:

  1. Give to Heifer International on my behalf 
  2. BOOKS
  3. Curling iron that will not break when I accidentally drop it a short distance one time because I accidentally touched the hot part and burned the shit out of my finger. 
  4. Gym clothes. Especially sports bras that do not suck.
  5. Diamonds (organic)
  6. A trip to see the Survivor Tree
  7. Hair ties
  8. A black purse that is exactly like my brown purse
  9. New stereo (organic)
  10. Scrabble pillows. Spell some really cool word that I can have in my apartment and my mom won't be scandalized.
  11. Binders (decorative, not plain please please) and Sheet Protectors (go green)
  12. Romantic dinner. Just you and me and everyone that reads this blog. 
  13. [Edited] - Recommendation for a good jewelry repair place in the Ocean Beach or surrounding area.

I am only a little bit serious. 

1 & 5!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This Happened to Me Once, Too

I am reading this book of advice from comedians.

Here are some things that made me laugh while at the gym and then the weirdo next to me that was wearing a fanny pack across his chest looked at me strange. WHATEVER terry bradshaw looking, only "working out" to watch the tvs stranger!

People think sperm is just a great source of protein, and it is, but it's also loaded with carbs. The twist? They're the good kind of carbs. The baby-making kind.
Your Lady Flower is a gift to be shared with anyone who asks. Or shouts at you. Especially if they keep shouting at you. That's really macho.
A transvestite is someone you fuck. A transsexual is someone you marry.
What kind of bear was it? Grizzly? Polar? Teddy? Chicago? 


I kinda feel like this:


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Worms, Book Variety

I finished reading a couple books this weekend and now am just waiting for my local branch of library to be open so I can pick up the next two I have on hold. I'll have to wait until after 12:30pm on Tuesday to get 'em.

If you have a chance, I recommend reading I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. It is a collection of essays and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Some of them were too New York for my California self, but the underlying sentiment relatable. And others still were too "successful person" and "had a job straight out of college" for my "been laid off before and having a job is the new raise" self, but nonetheless enjoyable anecdotes. The essays are easily digested (especially when at the gym or laundromat) & often quite funny.

Here is one of my favorite tidbits from one of the essays:
People are less quick to applaud you as you grow older. Life starts out with everyone clapping when you take a poo and goes downhill from there. If you stop and think about it, it's a miracle that we get out of bed everyday and brush our teeth and remember to buy toothpaste. We all deserve to be congratulated but sadly that would mean there's no one left to do the congratulating.

And finally here is a cat that understands me: