Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Iceland or Bust

Sitting at Logan, impatiently waiting to fly off to the land of fire and ice. Tim manned up and brought me in, such a good guy he is. He dropped me off at 6:15 and I was checked in and through security by 6:35. My flight doesn't board until 7:55 for a 8:35 departure. Needless to say, I'm gonna drain my iPhone battery before I get on the damn plane. I have mags to read, but just like at home, I'm kind I'd over reading right now. I literally have a stack of about 10 magazines on my floor begging to be held. I won't end up reading on the plane either because, even though I should try to sleep so I get myself on the right schedule, I can't wait to see the movie options! For some reason I think I'm getting "free movies", which couldn't be further from the truth, I'd I watch 4 roundtrip, that's about $165 a movie. So, certainly not complementary. I will having a nontraditional holiday this year, which I'm pretty happy about. I can't wait for the amazing things we will see and do! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dear Dad


It's been 15 years and one day since you passed away. I wish I had the chance to say goodbye.

I Love You.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011


That was one of the favorite sayings of the wonderful Jo-Jo, my friend Eryn's grandmother. She died last week at the age of 87. Her wake and funeral and the amount of people who attended were a testament to what a great woman she was: large, loud and in good spirits. So many people, so many different families and ages, just loved her. In every setting, she was the many attraction.
She raised a great, extremely close family; kids, grandkids and 3 great grandchildren.  She made everyone feel welcome, family, friends, friends of family, or family of friends. She talked openly about taboo topics like religion and politics, and even if you didn't agree with her, you were disarmed by her charm and wit.

When E called and told me Jo Jo had died, it was sad, but we talked about what a great life she had led and that with how much pain she was in towards the end, that it was better this way. When I told my mom that despite the unfortunate circumstances, it would be nice to get all my high school girls together again, she said that one of things about getting older is that you only get to bring everyone together at weddings or funerals. It was depressing to hear that, but it's true. It's a shame that life takes over and you don't get to see the people who are most important to you until something big happens.

As sad as the last couple of days were, all I heard were these incredibly funny stories. I hope one day, my friends and family will have such great things to say about me. Jo-Jo is certainly a woman whose life brought joy to others, whether it be through dinners, stories and just the pleasure of her company.

She loved a good drink, a good laugh, and good friends. Right-Oh.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Raise Your Hand if You're Surprised

Who said they wouldn't last? Umm, everyone. And everyone was right. Kourtney and Kim Take New York is gonna be REALLY uncomfortable. I can't wait.

How much do you think I can get for a divorce special?

where you going, Kris?

In other shocking news: Jessica 6 months pregnant Simpson finally admitted to being knocked up. In a one of those cheesy ways girls like to announce they're preggo, expect with professional hair and makeup.

"I'm gonna be a mummy". Real original, Jess.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Five for Friday

To me there is nothing better than a cute guy with a killer sense of humor. I've noticed that NBC is pumping them out like they have some kind of hot, funny guy factory. Say hello to my Mount Rushmore of adorableness:

Jason Sudeikis

Will Arnett

Joel McHale

Seth Meyers

 Other things that caught my eye this week:  
  • Kendall Jenner will have a Sweet 16 special on E! Hey, if you don't try to make money off your child's rite of passage then what kind of mother are you?
Either you want it short or you want it long. You can't have it both ways.
  • Mullets are funny in a "ha ha" kind of way. Mullet dresses are funny in a "your dress is freaking stupid" kind of way.

  • If I see one more Facebook status that reads like this: "I herd the wether is prolly to cold for us to go to there party" or some other version of stupidity, I might have to tear my own eyes out.

  • Don't even get me started on Halloween. As I've been saying for years: it's just an excuse for girls to dress like sluts and guys to wear makeup without having their sexuality questioned. Call me when a real holiday comes around, one where I get a free meal or tons of booze.

  • Congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals for their WS win! If my team isn't in it, National League all the way!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hollywood Hotspot

What's better than a hot man? A hot man and his adorable baby

Star Tracks: Star Tracks: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | Jessica Simpson
Ahh, the jig is up, Jess
  • Twice, in the past 2 weeks, different shows have aired episodes out of order. WTH! It's a little jarring to have a new character pop up in middle of a scene, and then the following week, have that character properly introduced. Do they think that goes unnoticed? Because it doesn't.
  • Going to see Ides of March tomorrow with Pammy Sue. Wonder if Ryan and George will have any shirtless scenes?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

4 weeks from today.....

I'll be snapping shots of the famous Geysir....

and waterfalls.
I'll be on the lookout for puffins...

Aurora Borealis,

and gnomes (that's the rumor). 

I'll be lounging in the Blue Lagoon
hoping to avoid this, and certainly
women like this.

On the night before Thanksgiving, I will be taking an overnighter to Iceland!! I'm so excited! Why Iceland? Funny story, after seeing Ali from the Bachelorette leave that tool, Kasey (who got the rose tattoo for her) on top of a glacier, Marth and I thought it looked like a fun place to visit. I think Marth is mostly excited about getting herself an Icelandic sweater.

Once I land, I'll meet up with Marth and Jessie (they're flying from NY). So, minus Sarah, it'll be the crazies from New Orleans taking over Reykjavik for the holiday weekend! Seeing as though our trip to NOLA was pretty much the female version of The Hangover, I'm cautiously anticipating the happenings that will occur.

Jessie, Sarah, Me and MZ, about an hour before Sarah's wallet &
phone were stolen and 48 hours before we were visited
 by the drunken ghost of "Julie" from our Haunted New Orleans tour
We will only be there Thursday-Sunday, so we need to hit the ground running. The flight is only 5 hours, so it's a quick trip to the old Artic Circle. Knowing Marth, who I strongly believe was put on this earth to plan, we will not be wasting one moment. I came thisclose to cutting my own feet off after a day of non-stop sightseeing while in Paris with that maniac. On the docket will be a trip to the Blue Lagoon (the geothermal spa), a glacier walk (straight Bachelorette style), geysirs and waterfalls, and of course the well documented Reykjavik night life!

Icelanic winter weather is similar to NE winter weather: cold. The summer isn't super warm though, with an average temp of 57 during Jun-Aug. In the summer months, it's pretty much always light out; in June there are about 20-22 hours of daylight. In the winter, it's the opposite; in Dec there are only about 4 hours of daylight. So while we're there, we're looking at about 6 hours of light. Marth is gonna be bonkers on the itinerary with that limitation.

If it were up to me, I would spend my life traveling. So in order to see the world, a girl's gotta start somewhere. I'm already thinking about my next adventure. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Told You I'd Forget

One week in, and I already dropped the ball. While falling asleep last night (Sat), I realized I didn't do a Five for Friday post. So, today I'll do a Five for Sunday. Or maybe a Six for Sunday? I'll see how it goes.

Here is what caught my attention this week:

5. What is it with people who pronounce words with a hard "g"? Is it a cultural thing or does it depend on what part of the country you're from? Either way, it's "long", not "lonG", ugh.

4. My lovely friend Billie Anne got my gift certificate for a mani-pedi to thank me for occasionally watching her adorable son Will. Which was completely unnecessary. I switched from my usual pedicure color of Cajun Shrimp to I Mainely Eat Lobster. As you can see, I'm really shaking things up with the change.
Cajun Shrimp

I Mainely Eat Lobster

3. Speaking of nails, I NEVER match my mani color to my pedi color. EVER. In the summer it's neutral hand/bright foot; winter it's a dark hand/neutral foot. I can't be the only one that does this...right?

Currently manicuring in: Sand In My Suit

2. What the hell is going with Christina Aguilera?!?!! Like I always say, I'm no Kate Moss, but for the love of all things holy, get your shit together X-Tina! Lay off the hairspray and teasing, stop with the Dee Synder makeup (if you don't know who that is, look it up, it's uncanny) and if nothing else, PUT SOME GODDAMN PANTS ON! Does she not have a manager, or a friend or a mirror?          

Visual Definition of a HOT MESS

1. To me, there is really nothing cuter than a kid with a British accent. A man with one sounds pretty damn good also, but for right now I'm talking about kids. Please tell me you have seen these adorable videos:

Bonus: I didn't really want this to get out, but I watched the KarKASHian wedding special. I'm very disappointed in myself. I'm better than that. But I did learn one thing. And only one thing: I thought Kris (the hubster, not the pimp mom) was too good for Kim, but no Kris isn't good enough for Princess Kim. Now Kim is a spoiled rotten diva who won't shit unless she gets paid for it, but she's still a nice, polite, well mannered girl. Kris is a douche. Khloe is pretty much me in a more expensive outfit and extensions, so if she ain't cool with him, I'm not cool with him.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Grocery Shopping = Mental Breakdown

So I've decided that if I were to ever lose my shit, it would be at the grocery store. I can not remember the last time I went and didn't want to punch myself, or someone else. I took mental notes on how to make my shopping more enjoyable.

1) if you're not of use: stay home! What does standing by the cart do? Besides making the aisle smaller with your big ass. The GS is not like going for coffee, or even to the mall. Leave your friends/sig other where they belong: anywhere I'm not.

2) the GS is not your kitchen, you don't get to just meander about, bouncing between the fridge and a drawer and a cabinet. If you decided to go down an aisle and then change your mind, too damn bad, keep it moving.

3) Speaker phone is NEVER ok. I would ixnay the phone altogether, but I'm guilty of that jackass move myself, so I'll skip that. But what a-bag thinks it's cool for us to hear your entire convo. It's bad enough we have to hear your voice.

Poor little rich girl

So with E! currently suffocating me with all the Kardashian wedding shit, it got me to thinking...What the hell is it with rich people having gift registries? You own a Birkin bag in every imaginable color, and yet you have the nerve to ask me (ok not me, other rich people) to buy your ass things you can afford yourself, never mind a $1000 candy dish?!! Ya wench.

Just a sampling of the ridiculousness:

Yes, because hot water just tastes better from a $1600 teapot.

Baccarat's $380 jam jar? Who the hell has jam out?

Lalique's $735 "Wisdom" set. That's rich.

All this for a relationship that has the possible shelf life of a goldfish.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The best birthdays are the ones where I get something

I was a nanny for what seems like forever, but it was probably more like 9-10years. I worked with many different families, some were crazy, some were really nice. My best and longest family was the one with Megan, who I looked after for almost 6 years. I started with her when she was as chubby 18 month old, and on Tuesday she turned 8! 8! Yesterday she had a pirate themed birthday party with a bunch of other elementary rugrats. To say I am still exhausted 24 hours later is quite an understatement.

But the best part of the day? When my mom showed up with a gift for me: a freaking Burberry trench coat! Of course, seeing as we're in the middle of a fall heat wave, I have to sit on this bad larry til the next downpour. But that does not extinguish my excitement one freaking bit!

Thanks Pammy!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Megan!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Five for Friday

A little something I'm working on. Gonna try a Five for Friday post. I'm not very good at keeping up with things, so we'll see how long this lasts. What is filling my thoughts on this Friday?

5. New skin care remedies: I'm always trying to find ways to combat breakouts. Mostly because when I have them, I can't leave them alone, which leads to scarring. So I was beyond happy when the counter lady suckered me into buying Clinique's Even Better dark spot corrector. It has worked on old spots, but the price was a little high for Miss Unemployed (approx $45 for 1oz).  But then to find Garnier's Skin Renew dsc at Targ at $12 for 1.7oz?! Gosh, I love a deal, especially if it works...TBC

4. Crazy NE weather: yesterday, I was thisclose to turning the heat on for the first time since March. Sat and Sun are supposed to be record breaking. Hello 80s! Global warming anyone?

3. American Horror Story: I was so excited for this premiere. After seeing it, I'm now scared to watch the 2nd episode, or have a husband, or buy a house, or move. I'm just plain terrified.

2. The Ides of March: I could pretend I'm torn between being under the Clooney/Gosling spell or really being interested in a political thriller. Please, even half of their faces are hot, I'm in it for the eye candy!

1. My Rebes is a grownup! Congrats to Beck and her growing family on the purchase of their beautiful Virginian home! After weeks of "maybes", "almosts" and "not quite yets", they official closed today and got the keys to their first house. Now that I have my own room, gotta book a flight!

Bonus for the inaugural FFF:

Suri's Burn Book:  I came across this amazing site over the summer, but then lost track of it. Luckily for me, and now you, the lovely Jessica B reminded me of just how hilarious it is. You're welcome.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'm ready to be scared, and to take advantage of my friend's good fortune

Finally! Glee bought their B game last night. I wouldn't say "A" because it still didn't have the amazing Top 40 selections of Season 2. Although Coldplay's Fix You was the certainly incredible! WTF is up with the next 3 weeks being reruns, though? Because my Sox are out, the MLB Playoffs are a ridiculous reason to stop the momentum Season 3 is starting to gain. One step forward and 6 steps back, Fox. Not cool.

American Horror Story starts tonight! Oh how I've missed you, Dylan McDermott. I'm very excited, but I think it might be a nervous excitement. Especially after seeing this preview:

In non-terrifying news, Martha pretty much made my day yesterday. She travels for business, and I was lucky enough to tag along during one of her England trips. As much as I loved London and Paris, I was hoping to reap some of the bennies of a traveling friend stateside. Unfortunately (for me), her territories are D.C., Virginia Beach, Upstate NY and other been-there's or undesirables.
MZ and I in Paris
Yesterday I got the news I have been waiting for: Marth got herself a new territory, and it's in Nashville!!! Nash is currently #1 on my US where-to-next list. Now, if she could just weasel herself Northern California, I'd really be in biz.

Now this is where unemployment comes in handy, it doesn't matter when she goes. It could be M-W and it wouldn't matter, mama's sched is wiiiide open! I'm hoping to be line dancing my way into some cowboy's heart by end of year!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Makeup Whore

I love buying makeup. I do not love putting it on. I have this fantasy of waking up and leaving the house looking fresh off a photo shoot. Not gonna happen, unless I stood in front of the mirror for 2 hours, which I'm not willing to do. I am not the kind of girl that can really get away with just some gloss and mascara. Yet, that doesn't stop from leaving the house just like that, a lot. Buying new eyeshadow is usually my weakness. My inability to deviate from the brown/sand/gold family is weakness numero dos. In the past week, my makeup stock has grown exponentially.

Like I previously said, a couple weeks ago, I had my face done by a fabulous Urban Decay makeup artist. She did this amazing cat eye and bright lips combo, neither of which I had ever done before, nor purchased when she was done. I did however, buy the cream to powder foundation and this awesome cheek tint. I also got a gold (shocker!) sparkly eyelid primer that I haven't opened yet. Mostly because it was more of an "I feel bad, she did such a great job, I should really buy it even though I will never use it" kind of thing. Overall, I spent about $85.
Urban Decay foundation, tint, primer
The foundation was like magic, covering up all the imperfections without feeling heavy. The case is the size of luggage so I thought I was getting a super deal.
foundation case
Then I open the damn thing and it has about a drop of foundation. Not very impressed. That's some false advertisement if ever there was.
the totality of the foundation is in that bitty middle section
Then this week, when doing my returns at Target, I obs couldn't get out without buying something new. I found this makeup line E.L.F (eyes, lips, face) that I don't recall seeing in my previous 1 million trips to Targ. Anyhow, I got all of this:
tweezers, eyeliner and sharpener, eyeshadow and case, primer, lashes and brush
For $10!!!!

So all together, I paid about $100 for all that makeup. Not bad, and it'll be even less when I return the gold tranny primer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I gotta say it was a good day

Does this man not freak you out? I watched his new show the other night before bed, and I had some creepy dreams. The face with the voice does serious damage, FYI.
Creepster host of Sweet Genius on the Food Network
Even with the bad sleep, I had a pretty good Tuesday. I made some returns at Target. While there I also got a Starbucks to bring around while I shopped. I decided on the Pumpkin Spice Frappucino. Good choice. When the guy handed me my drink he said "you're all set", I was confused because I could have sworn I had not paid him. Then he told my the register was down, so I got that pup for free!! Dammit, I knew I should have gotten the Venti!

After Targ, I got my nails done and then made an expensive trip to the grocery store. It had been about a week since I saw my g'parents, so I swung by there too. My sweet, fragile "Bump", gave me $10 as I was leaving, and then Nan walked me to the door and hand me a C-note. I love that woman. But shhh, don't tell my g'father.
I <3 my grandparents!
 Last night, we also had our Glee night again. This time Gwen made apple crisp (w/ pumpkin ice cream) and pumpkin beer! So amazing! Wish I could say the same thing about the GD episode though. Another let down. I've decided I'm giving it 2 more episodes to give me 4 Top 40/current songs that I actually know and like. If not, I'm done with Ryan Murphy and his damn glee club. The preview for next week's show seems to have Coldplay's Fix You. Amazing song! That's 1 down, 3 to go.
Homemade apple crisp with pumpkin ice cream....yum!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Glee premiere was anything but Gleeful

On Tuesday I was so excited for the Glee premiere that I wanted to make celebratory cupcakes. I found this adorable recipe online. This was their final product:

Mine didn't come out exactly like above, but I don't think I did too bad, presentation wise:
View photo.JPG in slide show
Also in the pic are the Slushies Gwen made...with cherry vodka...better than at McKinley High, I'm sure!

After watching however, I wasn't so excited. The song choices were a major snooze, and I'm annoyed that both Sam and Zizes both got super quick and dumb absense explanations.

Today, I came across this little YouTube ditty, and realized that these 4 min were more entertaining than the 45+ min of the actual show. Sesame Street is still bringing it...

The Letter G

Monday, September 19, 2011

Emmy Awards 2011 Winners and Losers

Red was the color of the carpet and apparently of the night as well.
RED GOWNS photo | Adrianne Palicki, Angela Kinsey, Kate Winslet, Lea Michele

I'm loving the dress on Lea Michele (Far Left, in Marchesa) and Kate Winslet (L, in Elie Saab)

Soft, pretty lilac was also a popular color:

DRAPED LILAC GOWNS photo | Wicked, Julia Stiles, Rashida Jones

My Best Dressed:
Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton in Zac Posen

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan

My Worst Dressed (Even though I could have added another 10 woman, I'll keep it even at 4 each):

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum in Christian Siriano

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn in Carolina Herrera

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski in J. Mendel

Emmys 2011: What All the Stars Wore!: Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler in Peter Som
God, I love award shows!