Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I did however find these adorable wooden hangers painted pink and green. I always need more hangers (Why is that? I mean, no matter how many clothing items I get rid of, I still need more hangers.) and love that I scored a dozen cutie hangers for $10 in the clearance section. Fun. Or is it maybe a little sad that I find hangers so exciting? Whatev...I was happy.
So I go to buy my snazzy new closet staples and also return (Remember that I return A LOT. I usually don't try clothes on in stores because it makes me cranky and thus I am a return-a-holic.) a few items I brought home a few weeks ago. The Marshalls lady does the return and then the sale. I request that she just re-use the plastic bag that I brought in for my returns. I asked twice actually and used the word "please" and was very chipper and polite. But she still put the hangers in a new bag and wadded up the old bag to throw away. I thought that perhaps she misheard me and thought I asked that she throw the old bag away (although I speak very clearly but maybe...). So I re-asked her to please re-use the old bag. She then said, but the old bag has a little hole in it (and looked at me as if I were insane for now asking three times for this outrageous request). I said, but the hangers are going to just put a hole in the new bag too so I might as well refrain from wasting another plastic bag just to tote this home in my car. She still put it in the new bag. So I reached over the counter and pulled the hangers carefully out of the new bag and she looked horrified. But lady, I am just trying to do my part here. I was going from the store to my car and then home. I probably could have just carried the damn hangers myself sans a bag. But I already had the old bag right there. The hole was small and the hangers are big. They weren't going to fall out. I bet she is gossiping about me and my bag-re-use right now as I type this. But come on, everyone knows that it's hip to be green these days lady!
Oh I also bought this (much needed!) new pink iron last weekend. I love it. Except I might return it. I will give it one more chance tonight but it seems to randomly leak water. Which is very annoying. But it's cute nonetheless.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Bonanno's is having their annual Sunfest Sale later this week. From May 01-04 all Bonanno's will be $20 off! And the best part is that you can pre-order before the sale starts to have your order go in the first day of the sale! Go to their website or call #866-313-3338.
Sweet Abby is hosting an apron swap again. The first swap was so awesome and I can't wait to participate with this next swappy fun. Visit her blog for the details and to sign up if interested. I thought I was the only person to love aprons but it turns out there are a LOT of very crafty bloggers who also love aprons. Yeah for finding kindred spirits!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
From PPC to Kacey:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
But since yesterday was Earth Day, I thought I would do a little earth-friendly give-away. Nothing major, just a few little "green" goodies to help make our planet better. So congrats to RussellandHillaryJordan and Preppy Pugs! Email me your name and address and I will get your little green goodies off to you shortly.
Congrats girlies!! Yeah for presents!
Monday, April 21, 2008
TJ Max had zero Lilly. But they did have this cutie patootie set of bowls. The tag says they are "prep" bowls. I know they mean prepare but I like to pretend that they mean Preppy Pink Crocodile! Aren't they so fun with the green and fuchsia pink flamingo outside and lighter pink inside?! I love them!! Did I need them? Well, define need... They obviously came home with me anyway!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
So last week while grocery shopping, I somehow managed to roll over my foot, specifically my baby piggy toe, with the shopping buggy. I don't know how but I did. And it hurts. I think I sprained or broke it. Then yesterday, just after I finished telling someone about my brainiac grocery store move, I stubbed the exact same piggy toe on the corner of my desk. It was the sort of pain you feel in your stomach. OUCH! So forget what I just said above. Maybe I am dumb!
Don't forget to comment on my Friday post to play the Pay-It-Foreword game! Big fun!!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I was right! A sweet note and personalized stationary. My name was even spelled correctly. Something that means the world to me as it is rare. No one ever spells my name correctly. They always always reverse the second and third letters to spell the much more common name with an entirely different pronunciation. But she didn't. It is the loveliest stationary too!!
Pink Peeps! My favorite! Does anyone else love them both fresh and stale? I open the package to eat a fresh peep and purposefully leave it open to get the other little peepy buddies stale. That's odd, right? I just love stale marshmallows. They taste better.
And a million other super duper fun goodies from argyle socks to lippy to muffin mix (remind me one day to tell y'all the store related to this muffin mix from my college days with bestie!) to flip flops to a pad of paper, English tea, and more!
Chloe, you are a doll!! Thank you soooo much for everything!! What a delightfully happy box-o-goodness!
So now it's my turn to pass on the good mail. I'm excited too- already have some fun ideas. Just leave me a comment by Tuesday April 22. I'll draw two names randomly. The catch though is that you too have to be willing to then pay it forword and share the care package love with two more bloggers. The package can be large or small- it just needs to be from you and for no good reason other than to put a smile on someones face. Comment away.... I'll let you know next week who gets to be the next two lucky duckies.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I go to Panache on Western Ave. # 869-9299. I go to Melissa and love her but my cousin goes to another gal and loves her just as much.
I have also been to Jean Paul in Stuyvesant Plaza and had the worst experience. The hair result was OK but the service was horrible. From start to finish and every single person I spoke with was just unpleasant. Two were flat out and purposefully rude. It was a very strange day at the salon. And it took FOUR hours. For a normal cut and highlight. And my hair is very very short.
So call Melissa. She's very sweet and very reasonably priced!!
Oh, I also had my hair cut and highlighted today. I used to be so blonde but the older I get the darker I turn. But that's why they make chemicals. So that I can pretend I am really this blonde. It's all about the illusion!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
So after our rather draining visit to the vet, (Nothing wrong- just due for all of her shots at one time. And then the little matter of full glands to top off an already stressful visit.), I decided that I needed a treat from Mickey D's. But instead of my expected Diet Coke, I tried something I have never before seen offered at McDonald's. Sweet Tea! I LOVE sweet tea! And Mickey D's will give you a big 'ole cup for $1. It was really tasty too. OK, maybe it is gross to true southerners. But this little Yankee has been away from the south for so long that my standards are much lower. I was tickled pink with glee. Just what I needed after an icky visit to the vet. Now if only I could find a good plate of fried green 'maters and a Chick-fil-A...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This is how I spend my evenings. That's sort of sad, right? Whatever. I love silly TV.
1. I don't like cake or cupcakes but I love blogs about them, food TV shows about them, books about them and anything else about them. I just won't eat them. When I get married I do not want a wedding cake because I figure that is my one and only day to have it all just the way I want it.
2. I do however have a HUGE sweet tooth. I love all the sticky, gooey, dentist-un-friendly crap like jelly beans, Swedish Fish, Hot Tamales and sour gummies.
3. The first thing I do in the morning is make my bed. And if I don't do it right away, I do it the minute I hop out of the shower. An unmade bed drives me batty.
4. I wear glasses. Always. I have never even attempted to use contact lenses. Because the very idea of touching my eyeball makes me queasy. Ew. I can't even watch you put your contacts in. I am such a baby sometimes.
5. I love to shop but I hate trying on clothes. If I don't bring it in the dressing room the first time, it's not getting tried on. And my try-clothes-on limit is very low. So I often just buy the clothes and bring them home to try on leisurely. Therefore I am a HUGE returner. I return maybe 80% of the clothes I purchase only because I don't like trying them on in store dressing rooms. Stores probably cringe when they see me walk in because they know I will be back to return much of what I buy.
Monday, April 14, 2008
But on Sunday morning when I heard about this story, I just though "oh how strange" and went about my day. Didn't really give it a second thought until Sunday evening about 9:30PM or so when the lights started to flicker. And then the computer. And then everything that was plugged into an outlet. I went to the front bay window to see that the street was crazy full of commotion. Half a dozen fire trucks on my block alone. It's not a very long city block mind you. And at least that many police cars. The street was blocked off and all sorts of emergency personnel were running around.
So it turns out earlier that night in another part of the city there was a fire related to this gas issue. And then in a little health food market that is half way up my block, the gas issue caused one of the (I think refrigerator) motors to have a little explosion or something. No major fire but it was a big issue because the fire department discovered that smoke was coming up from the ground under all of our homes (and businesses- there are both on my street). The fire peeps were in and out of all the buildings next to the food store to check them. They told everyone else to just turn everything off and unplug computers. Since it was dark and cold (they also had us open front windows to let CO2 escape), I went to bed. Only to get woken up from the fire department banging on the door because they now thought my house might have too high levels of CO2 to allow me to stay there last night. It was now around 12:30AM. They went all through the house from the basement to the attic and made sure we were safe. Puppy was a wreck with strangers in strange outfits in and out of her house. But after several check-ups we were fine. The power eventually totally went out too which was not fun because I was wide awake. My window was open and it was loud outside with so much commotion. Somewhere during all of this there was another fire a block behind me. The smell was crazy strong. I finally closed my bedroom window and turned the heat back on this morning because even though it is spring, I was very cold!
So now it is sunny and beautiful outside. Grid (power company) trucks are still all over the place but at least the power is back on. I mean, what would I do without blog access for a full day?! The horror!!
Everyone survived though. The entire neighborhood is likely grouchy today because of our lack of sleep but at least we are all alive to tell the bizarre story. Such a serious problem could have been much more destructive. In the end I feel very blessed that my city has so many capable emergency personnel to take care of me!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
As far as my gift to the baby for her baptism, I loved all of your wonderful suggestions. Thank you! But in the end, I just didn't feel at all comfortable gifting a bible or rosary. I knew they would be given many bibles and as I am not Catholic, just felt a little phony purchasing a rosary. I felt that was better left for one of the many many Catholic family members to gift. I immediately fell in love with Bestie's idea of the shoes for her "walk with God." That just felt so much more like me. It was my comfort zone and is the typical unexpected and full of color gift that I am known for giving. But like so many things in my life, these shoes come with a crazy shopping story!
So a week or two ago I set out to find a fun pair of baby shoes. To no avail. Macy's didn't have a single pair. Not one! Sears had like one pair but they were nothing special. We don't have a Bloomies or Nordstrom up here. Sad, I know! When I was in Macy's, there was a woman shopping near me holding several baby girl outfits. I asked her if she had any nice baby boutique ideas for me. She could only think of one but it turned out to be totally perfect. So thank you to the nice woman shopping in Macy's shoeless baby section for turning me on to Lollipops (website does not at all reflect how cute and fun the store is in person).
I walked in and immediately knew I loved this cute shop. It was full- like stuffed way too full actually- of the most adorable children's clothing and gifts. Totally my style. It was very nicely done though so the too-full-ness wasn't overwhelming. What was overwhelming was the mass of people in the store when I walked in. The shop is tiny but there were a good 6 or more people in there shopping and talking loudly. A cute sales girl spotted me and must have sensed that I was shocked to see so many people in there at one time. I asked to see shoes for girls under 1 year and she took me to the right spot. I immediately found the perfect pair - the first pair I picked up. I continued looking as (a woman I thought was) another saleswoman came over and was playing the stalking game with me. Just literally hovered over me no matter how many times I stepped back or sideways. Kept commenting about the two pairs of shoes I had in my hand (I found a second pair I loved and was trying to decide between them) regarding their size and stuff. I tried to just tune her out- I do not respond well to pushy sales people. Like I would have walked out but I wanted to buy a pair of shoes that day and I didn't really have any other baby boutique options that I could think of at the time.
Anyway, I meandered about the store because I love cute baby stuff. About 15 or 20 minutes after I walked in, the store emptied. All of the loud customers left together. Including my stalker pushy sales lady. Turns out she was not at all a sales person. She and her entire family had been in the store for at least a half hour before I walked in and were debating over all sorts of outfits and shoes. But as soon as I picked up my chosen pair of shoes, they decided that was the exact pair that they too wanted. And of course they were the only pair in the shop. Here I had been thinking that a pushy sales person was hovering over me but in reality it was a crazy lady who was trying to talk me out of buying them. I was of course oblivious to all of this- it was not clear until after they left and the cutie sales girl explained this to me. The lady and her family were so ticked that I took the shoes that they walked out without purchasing anything. I felt bad and apologize to the sales girl and she was all "oh don't be silly- they have been in here pulling the store apart for an hour and didn't want the shoes until you picked them up." Who knew a tiny pair of pink shoes could be surrounded with so much drama?!
But here they are... Not sure they were worth so much chaos but I do love them.
I made a bib, burpee and pair of socks to also include in the gift. And the card. Well if you are in the card making market, take note. I stood in three card stores reading every single baptism card and didn't buy any of them. They were all just waaaay too over the top gushy or religious or just ugly or I don't know. I strongly disliked all of them. And I know this was a religious event but I really prefer blank cards. Almost never buy cards with writing on the inside. I just really like to write my own note. I would much prefer to write my own quote or bible verse or message rather than one chosen by the random card maker. So instead, I decided that Glenda the Good Witch would do just fine. What little girl doesn't want that dress?!
It turned out to be the most amazing day- sunny and warm. I think it peaked at 71! I wish every day was a duplicate of Saturday! I wore flip flops for the first time in forever on my afternoon puppy walk- a very exciting moment!! We are back to cold and wet today- yesterday was such a teaser!
Friday, April 11, 2008
After a dreaded bubble bath.
Sleeping sweetly on the sofa and rearranged pillows when she thought no one was home and watching her.
Happy Birthday, Sadie Kate!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I was sleeping soundly and dreaming (as I have done for the last few years now. Very odd because I used to dream maybe twice a year and now I do it all night.) the night away when I smelled something. The smell was terrible enough to wake me up out of a deep sleep. Terrible enough to bolt me straight out of bed, run to flip on the light and search for what I knew was there somewhere. Poor puppy got sick last night. And OMG did it ever make me gag! Horrible! I couldn't be mad because I knew she did not do it on purpose. And I am sure she cried in an attempt to wake me up but I almost never hear her petite little cries when I am sound asleep. But on top of it all, I am out of carpet cleaner. I have been out of like 9 mos and never remember to buy it again because she has not had an accident like this in at least that long. So while it was still dark outside and everyone else in the country was sleeping sweetly, I was scrubbing my floor with a random mix of cleaning products just hoping all along that my entire house did not smell of this sick puppy mess in the morning (the real morning- when the sun is actually up).
I think I cleaned it up but I will definitely run out for carpet cleaner today, just in case!! That is seriously one of the worst kinds of morning wake up calls! Ewww!!
Just a reminder of how cute and sweet the fuzzy girl is 99.9% of the time!!
Monday, April 7, 2008
I am drinking a big fountain Diet Coke. It's only Monday. Not a good sign for the rest of my week.
So I promise to blog my cute story and post pics tomorrow but tonight I need to just rest my brain. Because it actually hurts. Hmph!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
1. You link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5. Let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs.
I tag the following if they feel like playing along. And anyone else for that matter!
Crazy Girl Blonde
Nautical by Nature
Parenting in Heels
Six Unimportant Things About Moi!
1) I say sneakers or sneakys. Not tennis shoes or kicks or athletic shoes or running shoes. Unless you are actually running or playing tennis. Which I don't, because I am not athletic. So I wear sneakers.
2) I was born one month and ten days late. My mother was induced twice and I still had to be born via C-section. My family swears by this story - so don't try to insist the date was wrong. I was apparently cozy.
3) To this day, one of my most favorite indulgences in snuggling under my duvet. The love of cozy never left me.
4) I like the teeny boper show Kyle XY. I have no face-saving explanation other than I watched it one day randomly and got hooked.
5) I only decided about a year or so ago that I wanted to be a mother. I spent the first 28.5 years of my life 100% sure that I never wanted to be a mother. People say rude things to you when you make such a statement regarding plans to remain childless. I have only told a few besties and y'all that I changed my mind. You know....just in case I change it back. But I doubt I will. I am getting myself fairly well education on adoption. I'm getting old.
6) I would love to lose 20 lbs. But so far I am doing nothing about it. My big hopes of a "wish and a prayer" are proving less than successful. I read somewhere that I will need to move fast enough to sweat to achieve my goal. And so, 20 lbs overweight I remain.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I bought these cuties at Marshalls last week from the super sale wall. $20. They are suede so not really in season but I love them anyway. Such a steal!
I walked past New York & Company (a store I have not been into in many years) and they had all this cute pink and green spring stuff in their display. Totally called to me. Some was not as cute up close but I fell in love with these shorts. They are green seersucker and less than $30. The fake but pretty earrings were on sale for $2.99. I will definitely try to remember to check out this oldie but goodie store again. They were just then putting out the pink and green stuff (boxes all over the place) and I have a feeling I might need another little preppy something before long.
I had a Gap gift card to use and found lots of cute gems there today. This fun grey jersey top, gold flops and this navy t-shirt-ish dress. Can you see the cute sleeves that roll up and snap? And the adorable belt. Super fun and very comfie. It and the top were on sale. Love.
I stuck my head into Payless because I have been having a good streak there lately and it was another winning day. The maroon flats are totally out of season at the moment but they were....wait for it, wait for it....$5! And the fun red ballet flats were on sale for $10. BUT WAIT...karma was totally on my side today. The woman in front of me turned around as she was leaving and handed me a 10% off coupon. So the bill came to less than $15. I actually do this ALL THE TIME when I know I won't get to use a coupon (mostly in fabric stores) but no one ever returns the favor. It was such a small gesture but I was totally excited.
So there you have it. I did not get the one item I ran in for but I think I was pretty successful otherwise. It is supposed to snow here tonight though. So no telling when I might get to wear any of my fun finds. Oh well...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I am attending my first baptism in less than two weeks. Well, let me clarify. I have watched hundreds of baptisms take place in church over my lifetime. Cute baby dressed up in fancier clothes than any baby should have to be dressed in, a few family member or friends holding the baby and a dad or uncle taking pictures. But this is the first time that I have been formally invited to a baptism. It's not protestant either so I am a little excited to see what it entails. I am used to the minister holding the baby for a few minutes and dripping a few small drops of holy water on the baby's head while holding the baby over the baptismal font. I assume a Catholic baptism will be similar. Only longer. More ritual stuff. At bestie's church they dunk you in a pool of water. I cannot imagine going to church knowing you will have to blow dry your hair before you leave the building. That sort of freaks me out a little. I mean no offense by that- it is just not something I have ever seen before. Oh and this particular cousin has a huge family on his mother's side (we are related via our dads) and was struggling to only invite 80 people (as that is the max that can fit at the restaurant for the brunch following the ceremony at church). Only!
Anyway, to end this ramble, the point of my email is to ask for suggestions. I have no idea what to get as a gift. My dad thinks I am nuts and that I should just consider this a check-appropriate moment. And I guess a check is always appropriate. But it sure isn't at all fun. Or special. So considering I have less than two weeks to seek out this present, do you have any favorites that you like to give for such an event. It doesn't have to be religious at all- just special. Actually, in my opinion (and this is my blog after all!), religious items fall into the same category as underwear and bed pillows. They are personal and best left to the individual to buy as they see fit. But I do need a gift so any and all suggestions are welcome!
*Update: Bestie gave me the best idea and I used it here and here and many times since then!