June 30, 2009

A marathon of sorts

Sensing a lack of social plans for this past weekend, I convinced myself that it was the perfect opportunity to partake in a movie filled weekend. I’ve always enjoyed movies, in fact the 1 year stint I had at blockbuster in college may have been the best 12 months of my life, although my junior year social life may disagree with that statement.

Before I go too in depth about my movie marathon, you may need some background information to understand my selections. My interests have always been a little random and I suspect you don’t find too many shopaholic/history enthusiasts, but that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. In fact, I only know one other girl who’s equally as interested in assembling the perfect outfit as the details of the Treaty of Versailles. Not only can we talk (at length) about our favorite President(s) but we also typically look good while doing so.

So now that I’ve put it out there for the world that I’m a dork, you might understand why I went on a WWII binge this weekend. Well you may not understand it, but you’ve got the background.

So on Friday night I ventured into my local blockbuster and picked up Parts 1-4 of the Band of Brothers and by Saturday morning I was back picking up the remaining 6. I’m like this, I find something I like and I get moderately (you can use that loosely) obsessed. So again with no social plans I made a date with my Madre for dinner which of course led to me rambling about the series, the accomplishments 101st Airborne Division and how absolutely amazing it is that this story is based on a real company and real events. Have I mentioned obsessive tendencies run in the family?

This brings me to Sunday when I unknowingly stumbled about Saving Private Ryan on TV (who was also, coincidently, a member of the 101st, although fictitiously). Clearly the TV gods were speaking directly to me and helping to perpetuate my new infatuation. Thank you TNT, thank you.

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June 26, 2009

For the love of god where is my ac?

Living on the border of the South/Midwest you’re bound to experience some ‘interesting’ weather. Depending on the season there are occasional blizzards, tornados if we’re lucky and ungodly amounts of humidity in the summer. And to top it all off we have our fair share of thunderstorms. It was the later that struck last night. Now I can handle a good storm with the best of them, but when said storm disrupts my slumber and lightening strikes so close that I can see the smoke from the nearby trees I’ve had enough.

So when my alarm went off at 6am I was already in a bad mood, but then I realized that the storm did more than just disrupt my sleep, it also caused a power outage. I was furious. Not only did this disturb my morning routine (which is a subject that merits its own entry), it ruined the perfectly chilled temperature of my cozy apartment.

So after huffing and puffing for roughly ten minutes I lit the single candle I own and pulled my full length mirror next to my sole source of light, my miniscule bedroom window. After 30 minutes or so the humidity crept in and I opted to finish getting ready in the comfort of my air conditioned car. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that it's Friday.

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June 25, 2009

A Potential Steal

I made it roughly 24 hours from my previous post before I succumbed to retail purchasing. But before you inevitably roll your eyes, let me take a few lines to justify my newest purchase.

One of my recent obsessions is the new season of The Bachelorette. Typically, the bachelor/bachelorette series isn’t my kinda TV. I’d much rather spend my time discussing the latest theories about LOST and reading my favorite blog by Doc Jensen… but that’s neither here nor there.

But back to my point before I veer into a LOST tangent. The obsession I have with The Bachelorette stems from my love of almost everything Jillian Harris wears. Recently, I caught a glimpse of her on Regis & Kelly wearing a super cute dress from Anthropologie and it just so happened my trendy roommate had purchased the same dress earlier that week.

So per usual I was perusing my favorite retail sites when I saw the same dress in another option.

But since I’ve been trying to better (I will not say good) about my spending habits I refrained from making an unnecessary 100 and something dollar purchase. Then today I came across this and priced at $34 (well within my spending range) I couldn’t resist.

If you too love what Jillian Harris wears I'd suggested you check out this site. It's how I found this gem.

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June 24, 2009

A new but not so nice acquaintance…

After moving back home I lived with my parents for about a year. Granted the locale (ie suburbia neighborhood with the distance of say a $25 cab ride to my favorite bars) wasn’t ideal for socializing, but it was however rent free. And so during my 12 month experiment with Jim & Brenda, my love for shopping turned into a full blown addiction. I blame it partly on living out of a suitcase for 2 years, and thus, wearing the same tired outfits over and over (and over) again. But it can mostly be attributed to a problem I’ve had since adolescence. Since I can remember any extra money I have is almost immediately spent. Now I’m not completely frivolous as I’ve never acquired any serious debt and I’ve always paid what expenses I do have on time. But to be fair, I did not and still do not, have a knack for saving.

And this brings me to my current living situation. My extra spending money now disappears around the 1st of the month and is a thing most people call ‘rent’. Rent and I are not on the best of terms. He has substantially and irrevocably put a whole in my pocket. And his image pops into my head any time I find my way to say, Jcrew.com. He is not friendly and I do not like him. But alas I now have a much cooler roommate and am only a $12 cab ride to my favorite watering holes.

And so instead of swiping my card, I am posting a few things that I have fallen in the love with over the past couple of days. Enjoy.

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June 23, 2009

Apartment Essentials

Now that I'm somewhat settled into my new abode, I've been debating on what may, or may not, be “apartment essentials”. Below is a list of things I've been contemplating over the past week or so.

1. Ironing Board/Iron
Reasoning: I'd rather spend what little extra money I have on alcohol, shopping and socializing (not in that particular order) than on dry cleaning.
Pros: Saving money and looking slightly more put together while in the office.
Cons: I hate ironing.

2. Netflix
Reasoning: Now that the ‘rents are no longer roommates I don’t have unlimited access to their Blockbuster/Netflix account. While I made it through the first month without rentals just fine (re falling in love all over again with Entourage…VICTORY!), I have now rented 2 movies from On Demand in the past week. While I loved The Reader and enjoyed RPrattz, 4 hours cost me approximately 2-3 drinks on average weekend night (see #1 for my general priorities).
Pros: I love movies and for $13.99 I could get 2 rentals at a time + unlimited movies from my mac and never have to stray further than my mailbox. Sounds like a steal.
Cons: Knowing my obsessive nature, I’d may opt to watch movies all weekend instead of socializing like a normal 25 year old (again see #1 for my general priorities).

3. A Kitten
Reasoning: Cause they’re just so darn cute!
Pros: See above.
Cons: More than likely a cat may cost as much or more than dry cleaning. I would, of course, have to get approval from the roommate and in the long run, it might just turn out to be the devil (hello have you ever met Charlie the cat? He is quite possibly the devil, but he is darn cute!).

I have a tendency to make impulse decisions when I want something, so I’m going to wait a week and get back to you.

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June 19, 2009

Back from hiatus

So my attempt at blogging hasn't faired too well. Please see my reservations from entry #1 as the source of my absence.

Today was an abnormal Friday in that my boss is out of the office for the 4th day in a row (who's counting) and my projects have windled down to zero. Therefore leaving me with time to search the internet for new and exciting things to entertain me. Today this is what I've found.

Trip It
Advice from a Personal Assistant

And my personal favorite...20-Nothings


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