June 22, 2010

Like, Ha Ha Funny?

You know what I love?

Funny people. And funny blogs. And funny people who write funny blogs.

It's true, I do enjoy the mom blogs that are less funny and more sentimental, and also the fashion blogs that require few words but a good camera. But nothing moves my morning (or hell, day) along like a good laugh.

Last night my friend Jess Mann and I were sitting in the train station bar (who knew these existed?) drinking some wine while we waited for her train and discussing what blogs we read. Surprisingly, we didn't have any overlapping blogs. Considering that we have the same sense of humor and appreciation for humorous writing, this was definitely something we needed to fix. When we made it homes to our respective residents, we exchanged emails with long lists of those bloggers we thought were worth passing on. (Editor's note: just because your blog may not be listed below, it doesn't mean you were not passed on.)

I sent her the likes of The Bloggess, Jen Lancaster, and Kelly Oxford. She sent back Barefoot Foodie, who may just be one of the funniest women I've ever read. However, what I noticed about the four of these blogs is that all four are women (surprise, surprise) but that they also have similar senses of humor and almost identical voices (esp The Bloggess and Barefoot Foodie). It explained a whole lot about why Jess and I get along.

I have spent the better part of my free time today (I take little breaks every hour to break up the monotony) catching up on Barefoot Foodie, and I am absolutely loving it.

I also enjoy statements taken out of context, like this one that I just send my co-worker Holly:

are you doing better with Jose Saramago now that he died?

or this one:

BfF: the last thing I want for Christmas is a geyser shooting out of my vagina.

I don't know why, but it's the littlest things that make me the happiest.

June 16, 2010

Home (Depot) Is Where The Heart Is.

As I mentioned previously, I have recently purchased my very first home.

The day we closed (May 21 to be exact), boyfriend and I went to Home Depot.

Have you ever been to Home Depot?

I mean, I've always known it as a place where you could by various housewares and wood and siding and all sorts of things like that.

But let me tell you - it is a completely different experience going there as a home owner, let alone a first time home owner. I ended up going to home depot once that first day, two times the next day, and about a half-dozen in the last week and a half.

There are so many shiny things to look at my boyfriend had to drag me through the store to get the things we knew we needed.

Don't even get me started on the PAINT.

I mean, I own a small townhouse - 2br, 2.5ba - less than 1700 sq. feet and within two weeks I've probably spent close to $1000 at Home Depot - nearly $250 on paint alone.

We've changed all of the locks, replaced the handle on the sliding glass door, repaired some of the bifold closet doors, checked out a Rug Doctor (Il Professore), started taking apart one of our cabinets to fit our (shiny new) microwave, hung blinds and some curtains, and just last Friday got new carpets installed upstairs. We also have a new couch (yay grown-up furniture) and bookshelf/tv stand (yay Ikea!)

The carpets were needed - the previous owners had two dogs and they had done a number (1 and 2) on them - the smell was awful.

I wish I could say that we've got the house the way we want it and that it's ready for us to move in....alas, we recently discovered that the house is in dire need of some HVAC service (the upstairs is quite warm, even when the air is on full blast), we'll need to eventually repair the siding and the gutters, and one day when we're flush, all of the upstairs windows will have to go.

The house is definately more of a "fixer-upper" than what I thought I was getting, but at least for that, there's always Home Depot!

 My paint scheme for the house - just five colors used in different combinations.

June 1, 2010

It's a thrifter, a thrifter!

So, it's been a long while since I've actually posted here, and for that, I am sorry. I've been extremely busy with graduating, catching up on sleep, focusing on my job, and allowing myself to go home after work and just chill. It's actually been a really nice couple of weeks, but I am ready to start being a responsible blogger again.

Recently, in an attempt to curb my spending, I decided to cut down on my non-essential purchases, like clothing, dinners on the town, and other such things. However, Memorial Day weekend I went down to CT to visit my bestest friend Becky Neal, and allowed myself to splurge on some thrifting. And by splurge I mean around $60 total. Now that, my friends, is a deal.

I've been thrifting a lot recently, and the three dresses below are my current favorite purchases:


1980s (belt added)

New, bought as overstock (100% silk!)

I got the first two off Etsy, and the third from a local chain called Second Time Around. I have yet to decide which one I love more, although I really think that might prove impossible.

So, on Memorial Day weekend, I picked up the rest of the stuff shown . The purse (vintage Coach!) was a gift from Becky, as were the dark red wedges. I got the rest of my purchases for under $60. If I wasn't having such issues with Blogger, I would post all the pictures. All in all, it was an amazing weekend for thirfting, and I can't wait to do it again soon!