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Another Simple Woman’s Daybook

September 28, 2010 - 7:00 am 2 Comments

Still from here.

Outside my window… I can hear the neighbors and I moving around this building.  Someone was heaving a laundry cart up the stairs from the basement, and those dogs of mine were feeling mighty territorial!
I am thinking… that the workplace is feeling surprisingly lonely and uncertain right about now.
I am thankful for… people I love, who love me as well.
From the kitchen… I am back on my diet, fairly strictly, which involves a lot of frozen dinners.  They are cheap and easy, if not the most well rounded of meals.
I am wearing… a pair of purple plaid UW shorts and my Spring Sprint t shirt from the 7th grade.  It was designed by a friend of mine at the time, Kevin P.
I am creating… a very busy month for myself come October!  Two mini vacations, and a day of hooky to brew pumpkin beer with my Pops.
I am going… to spend my evening reading my library book.  I have such a huge TBR pile!
I am reading…  The Accidental Billionaires: the founding of Facebook, a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal by Ben Mezrich
I am hoping… that by the end of October I will be able to stop using the buffer in my bank account, and am able to just let that money sit for a rainy day.
I am hearing… So Tonight That I Might See by Mazzy Star.
Around the house… things are kind of cluttered, which I hate.  I don’t like that stage between messy and clean, where things just feel off.
One of my favorite things… is putting my schedule into an actual paper planner.  I just bought one this weekend, and I am loving writing everything down, and then highlighting the different categories for easy visual aid.  LOVE!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Senior Fair on Thursday for work, and then maybe some sewing with a friend/coworker this weekend.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

So my birthday is coming up.

September 25, 2010 - 12:40 am 2 Comments

I just realized the other day that I have a birthday coming up!  In two weeks, I think, I turn 28 years old.  I have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, getting older is scary, and sometimes I feel like I am nowhere near where I thought I would be at 28 when I was younger.  Of course, when I was younger I also wanted to get married and have babies right out of college (21, if I hadn’t changed my major so many times!), and I can not imagine possible parenting a 6 year old.  In all, I’m pretty pleased with where I am at 28.  Or will be, rather, in two weeks.

I know that I will not be getting this for my birthday, because hi.  It’s expensive.  But if I could pick my dream gift?  It would be this purse:

It only costs $398!  That’s all!  I wouldn’t say no to the matching wallet, either.

I also would like these Gap trousers:

They would be wonderful for work!

So I’m really excited because the weekend after my birthday Angela and I are flying down to San Francisco for an extended weekend!  I can not wait to see my family again, and I’m also trying to squeeze in visits with old friends during the same time.  I can’t remember the last time I spent extended time in the city.  Actually, I did spend a very short weekend there during the summer of 2008, but the last time I really got to spend time with the fam was for yet another long weekend back in 2007.

Oh, how I love this city!

Never Let Me Go

September 22, 2010 - 9:33 pm No Comments

I just finished reading the book Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  This book is so phenomenally written, so beautiful, I can barely express it in words.  I have been sitting here, trying to write a decent summary and review, but I simply can’t.  I can not do it justice.  Instead, I will link to other, better written reviews.

New York Times – ‘Never Let Me Go’: When They Were Orphans *Spoilers*
The Guardian *Spoilers*
The Washington Post – Never Let Me Go

Here is my favorite quote, from the review by the Guardian:
“This extraordinary and, in the end, rather frighteningly clever novel isn’t about (…), at all. It’s about why we don’t explode, why we don’t just wake up one day and go sobbing and crying down the street, kicking everything to pieces out of the raw, infuriating, completely personal sense of our lives never having been what they could have been.”

And finally, a trailer for the movie, which I can not wait to see!

The Simple Woman’s Day Book

September 21, 2010 - 8:01 pm 1 Comment

From here.

Outside my window… the neighborhood is dark and quiet.
I am thinking… that I had a surprisingly tiring day!
I am thankful for… coworkers who I would also consider friends.
From the learning rooms… I’m learning to treat all people with the utmost respect and grace, even if secretly I can’t stand them.
From the kitchen… I am eating too darn much!  I need to get my attitude in gear, starting on Thursday when I get paid and go grocery shopping.
I am wearing… plaid flannel pajama bottoms and a gray cami.
I am creating… excuses for laziness, when what I need to be creating is a proactive plan to streamline my life, and make it more productive.
I am going… to start a half an hour of meditation and calm in my office with my assistant, every day, from 8:30 to 9.
I am reading… Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  I am halfway through it, and absolutely loving it!  I can not wait to see the movie.
I am hoping… to take a trip to San Francisco next month.
I am hearing… someone watching a movie over the phone.
Around the house… I have this urge to nest for fall, combined with a supreme sense of laziness.  It’s very counterproductive.
One of my favorite things… is sleeping.  Oh, how I love to sleep.  I’m thinking about going and doing that right now.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Not much.  Working and sleeping.  That’s about it.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

The “Fair Burger” I had for lunch today on our work field trip to the Puyallup Fair.

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September 19, 2010 - 7:34 pm No Comments

Go Seahawks.  Even if we did lose today.  Lame.

September 19, 2010 - 5:39 pm No Comments

So I had an interesting weekend.  It’s been eventful, and lazy, both at the same time.  I came home from work on Friday, cleaned the house and did three loads of laundry.  I can’t remember eating dinner, but I know I must have.  I watched the movie Couples Retreat, and then took a shower and got ready for bed.  Literally the minute I got out of the shower I got a text.  It was from Phedre, wanting to know if I wanted to meet her at Doyle’s for a beer.

I put on my makeup, got all dressed up and styled my hair.  It was raining out, so I grabbed a coat and an umbrella.  And, since I figured I was bound to get wet walking the couple of blocks to the bar, and I was wearing cropped jeans anyway, I grabbed a pair of flip flops.  The place was packed when I got there.  I guess it was their halfway to St. Patrick’s Day thing, and there was a band playing, Ockham’s Razor.  Phedre and I grabbed drinks, and stood the only place with room, which happened to be in front of the stage.  There were these two girls there, just jumping up and down, all over, dancing like crazy.  There were these three guys as well, a tall black guy named “the Moose”, a shorter guy with long hair and a plaid flannel, and this guy with greased back hair, wearing a kilt, Dr. Marten boots and a white tie.  Somehow we got pulled into their group, and even after Phe left I found myself dancing and jumping around.  I danced with the Moose, and my friend in the kilt.  I danced with those two girls.  It was awesome.  Walking home after, by myself, was kind of a let down.  And I’ve been in a weird mood ever since.

Saturday I got my hair cut.  Before I looked like this:

And after I looked like this:

Much cuter, I think, without really losing any of the actual length, just cleaning up the bottom.  I guess I’ll have to do this pretty regularly until it gets long enough.  I don’t know.  I think it was worth it.  It had gotten to the point where I was sick of looking in the mirror.

Last night my mom, Joe and I went to see Easy A.  It was very cute, very funny.

Today I am at home.  I have baked cookies for a potluck tomorrow.  I’ve done some cleaning.  I’ve finally changed the sheets on the bed.  I’m watching Dear John, which is better than I expected, although they sure took some liberties when the adapted the book.  I have a date to watch Boardwalk Empire in half an hour.

I still feel weird, though.

Question Time.

September 19, 2010 - 2:07 pm No Comments

I saw this little ditty on Sunshine Cupcakes, and thought it looked like fun.  And lately I know I’ve been blogging in awkward spurts, and should probably save this for some day later this week when I can’t think of anything to say.  But I don’t want to.  So here’s this, and expect at least another post or two today as well.  I can’t help it.  I don’t enjoy waiting.  So here goes:

1. What kind of hair(color/cut) have you always wanted but never had the nerve to do it?
I don’t think there really is one.  Since hitting middle school, and actually caring about how my hair looks, I’ve pretty much done it all.  As far as lengths, I have had bangs, no bangs, bobs, hair to my elbows, wavy, straight, lots of layers, no layers.  I’ve had $60 haircuts at salons, and had my hair cut for free in Adina’s studio apartment, leaning over the toilet for easy cleanup.  There isn’t a color I’m afraid to try.  I’ve been every shade of brunette in the world, varying shades of red, and even blond.  I had pink streaks when I was at Central, and dyed the whole mess purple while at UW.  I would say the do I was most apprehensive about is the pixieish cut I’m sporting right now, and I am loving that!  My thought when it comes to my hair is that there’s nothing I can do to it that won’t grow back, so why worry about it?

Unfortunately, I don’t have any older pictures than these! Sucks that I burn through computers so fast. External hard drive, what?

2. If you haven’t been, where would you go on your honeymoon?
I’m not sure I’ll ever go on a honeymoon, but as for a honeymoon like vacation?  I think I would either really enjoy traveling to Iceland or Ireland.  Or Denmark.  Or Alaska.  I seem to like these cold weather, dark, drizzly kind of vacation destinations.  I don’t know.  I like sweaters?  And boots.

3. What is your dream car?
I don’t really have a traditional dream car.  I don’t like flashy, fast, expensive whatevers.  If I could have afforded any car in the world when I was shopping, though, I really would have loved a Subaru Outback.  I really wanted something new, though, because I’d never had a new car, so the Rio5 won out.  It was affordable, with only 37 miles on it!  In love.

4. If you would move anywhere in the world where would you go?
I actually really love where I live, and am not sure I want to move anywhere else.  I love Tacoma, I love living in Tacoma, but if I had to move to another city, I would pick San Francisco.  I do miss California sometimes, and truly think I was born in the most spectacular, vibrant city in the world.  I always wanted to move back when I was younger, but as a semi-practical adult, I just can’t stomach paying what I would have to to live in California.  Too expensive!  I would also really love to live in Port Townsend, WA.  I love it so much there!
5. What famous lady would you love to be or be bff with?
I don’t want to be anybody else, and I can honestly say I’ve never really thought about being “bffs” with a celebrity.  I have no idea who I would choose.

6. What colors did you do or do you want to do for your wedding?
No idea.  Something bright, I guess.  I don’t especially care?

7. What trashy reality show are you embarrassingly addicted to?
Real Housewives of New Jersey, and sometimes Jersey Shore.  I’m also kind of digging Real Housewives of DC, but I don’t watch it frequently.

8. Do you remember your first kiss? How old were you and how awkward was it?
I was seventeen years old.  I had a crush on Donovan for almost a year before we went on our first date, and we’d hung out every day for a full week since our first date (dinner at the Harvester).  A couple days into our week of hanging out I mentioned that I didn’t eat red meat, ever, and he asked if I kissed boys who ate red meat.  I said I’d actually never been kissed.  A couple days later we were hanging out, and he asked me what I was doing for the next couple of months.  I said, “I don’t know,” and he asked me if I would be his girlfriend.  Later, in the McDonald’s parking lot, as I was getting ready to drive home, he gave me a really quick kiss, and I just stood there kind of surprised.  We left for our respective homes.  He called the next day and apologized, because he thought that he scared me and ruined my first kiss.  It was very cute, and that kind of only made it cuter.

9. What is your guilty pleasure?
Lately?  Watching Gossip Girl.  Love it.  And Diet Coke.  Love it more.

10. What is your favorite chick flick?
The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s also my favorite book.

11. What is your favorite beverage?
Diet Coke or water.

12. What is your theme song?
I don’t have one.  I like lots of songs, and I don’t think that there’s one that is particularly me.

13. Who is your style icon?
This girl right here.  I love this show.

14. When was the last time you cried and why?
I was crying on the phone yesterday morning, because I was having a very emotional and vulnerable conversation with a friend.

15. What playlist/cd is on your CD player/iPod right now?
I am obsessed with Jenny and Johnny’s I’m Having Fun Now at the moment, and listen to it in the car everywhere I go!
16. What is your favorite dessert?
Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses!  Love!

Things I am in love with.

September 16, 2010 - 9:49 pm 1 Comment

I am falling in love with the television show Gossip Girl. This show is seriously rad.  When it first came out in like, what, 2008?  I was sooo not interested.  You guys.  I am in college.  At the University of Washington.  I am going to be a social worker.  But dude.  That girl was ridiculous, because hello.  I love this show.  I’m watching the first season on Netflix.  I am in love with everything.  The clothes, the pretty people, the pretty names…. Serena Van Der Woodsen?  Blaire Waldorf?  Nathaniel Archibald?  It’s amazing!  Addicted, officially.  Hopefully it doesn’t get all suck as the seasons progress, as is the way with these things.  Because love.

Anybody hear about pumpkin spice flavored Hershey’s Kisses? Dude.  I drove all over the world yesterday, trying to find these.  Finally found them at Target.  I had a tough time with them, initially, because they look like a Hershey’s Kiss, but taste nothing like them.  But once you wrap your head around that, dude.  Epic.  I know, there are a lot of dude’s here, but DUDE.

Fall. It’s raining out.  I’m sitting on the couch, watching Gossip Girl, eating pumpkin spice Kisses, and the patio door is open.  It’s raining outside, and the lights are off inside, and Klondike is just sitting there, looking out over the neighborhood, watching it happen.  And I am in love.

A day late, because I’m tired.

September 15, 2010 - 8:07 pm 1 Comment

Outside my window… the patio needs cleaning!
I am thinking… that I have a bitty headache, and my stomach is infected, and I’m feeling kinda down.
I am thankful for… good coworkers, good friends and family, good beer and Season One of Gossip Girls on the couch.  Love.
From the kitchen… I’ve been cooking a lot lately.  Pepper soup, Guinness beef pie….  I am ready for fall!
I am wearing… plaid flannel pj pants and a BRIGHT BLUE hoodie.
I am creating… my Christmas list for family.  So far I only have my dad’s gift chosen.  Argh.
I am going… to try to sleep early.  Seriously.
I am reading… Spaceman Blues: a love story by Brian Francis Slattery
I am hoping… that the infection goes away without a trip to urgent care.
I am hearing… the dogs, begging for a walk!
Around the house… it smells like pumpkin spice.
One of my favorite things… are the new pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses!
A few plans for the rest of the week: lay low this weekend, for sure.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…  No picture this week.  I am too tired.

Week End.

September 12, 2010 - 6:38 pm No Comments

So today started out incredibly non-productive, but has gotten a lot better. I woke up at around 10:30 I think, and watched some TV. My mom and I discussed the possibility of doing something here in town today, after she had lunch with Other Brother. I settled down to do some reading, but ended up falling asleep for a couple of hours instead. Woke up with a migraine, called my mom, and she’d decided to stay home and do some cleaning and baking instead.

What I did get done today:

Read more of my book, Eating Animals. I’m about halfway through it, at this point, and am enjoying it.  It’s written really well, very engaging.  Brings up some good points, without being too preachy.

Finished the September issue of Vogue. Finished that one last night, actually.  Took me about three weeks, start to finish, to get through it all.  A lot of this is because it’s just so darn big that it wasn’t convenient to read on the go.  I love Vogue, and it is my favorite guilty pleasure, but the September issue is just too big.  Especially since it may include more articles and photo spreads (yay), but it also includes way more ads.  And some of them just didn’t fit right.  Like, I don’t buy Vogue to see Payless Shoes and Walgreens ads.  Ridiculous.

Went to Target. I got the thank you cards that I needed for work, and also some other work stuff.  I got highlighters and a tiny planner for my purse, post its, “cards” for one of my clients, and a present for my assistant, Sam.  They didn’t have the notebook I needed for my sewing project, though, and I really didn’t feel like sewing today anyway.

Now I’m at home,  watching the True Blood finale.  I have such a love/hate relationship with this show.  Then I need to get my house cleaned, walk the dogs, and be all ready for work tomorrow, before Mad Men starts.  I have a lot of hopes for this coming week.

What else good happened today?

Seahawks scored a win against the 49ers in their first game of the season!  And, added blessing, Brother got to watch the game from where he is in Afghanistan.  He was afraid he wouldn’t be able to, but blam!  Way to not let us down, AFN!