Archive for January, 2010

January Goals recap:

January 31, 2010 - 9:32 am 1 Comment

Here are my goals for 2010. The ones in bold are ones I’ve begun working on:

1. Paint pottery in Olympia for my apartment.
2. Get eyes checked and get NEW GLASSES!
3. Reorganize storage in my apartment for maximum efficiency. I’ve begun this. I wouldn’t say it’s at maximum efficiency yet, but I suppose it will be a work in progress. At least after this weekend I won’t have Christmas boxes lying around the hallway!
4. Reconnect with local old friends. Dinner with Jess was wonderful. Can’t wait to do it again, and also make plans with other oldies.
5. Dallas in February! For the rest of the year this goal will be staring me down. Can’t afford Dallas, so it will have to wait.
6. Take more weekend mini trips. So far this month I’ve taken a day trip to Leavenworth, and an overnight to Victoria, B.C. Can’t wait to plan more (camping this summer!)
7. Lose 24 more pounds. New target: Lose 16 more lbs. Excellent.
8. Take yoga or toning class for Hawaii.
9. Buy a cute bikini!
10. Hawaii 2010!!
11. Begin plans for Iceland 2011.
12. Sew at least one apron and some curtains for my room.
13. Learn to crochet.
14. Be more “Mad Men”. The vintage inspired work clothes from Victoria and Seattle certainly help maintain my Mad Men mindset. As does a well designed living space.
15. Go camping.
16. Get a new passport.
17. Find a sofa that fits my style.
18. Frame Weezer’s print.
19. Find a classy, inexpensive headboard.
20. Buy one piece of original art.
21. Start searching for new cars!!!
22. Scrapbook journal monthly, at least. Eek! I have to do this today! I’ve been regular journaling more. Does that count?
23. Take more pictures. Not as into the habit as I used to be, but I had a couple snapshots from Canada, and a little bit more from Leavenworth.
24. Become a regular at my neighborhood businesses. Not necessarily a regular, but I’ve done more shopping at the Stadium Thriftway, prescriptions from Rankos, scones and tea from Corina with Angela, and of course my regular walks to Angelo Mendi for haircuts.
25. Pay off one student loan.
26. Shop vintage more. I might not have bought actual vintage, but I have bought from more boutiques and small businesses. I can’t think of any purchases made at Target or a similar store this whole month. That’s a record for me!
27. Sign up for Happy Mail.

In all, I think it’s a pretty good start, don’t you? On today’s agenda? Scrapbooking at mom’s house with her and grandma, and then something with Geoff tonight. Tomorrow is February! How exciting!

Today, when I woke up:

January 26, 2010 - 1:45 am No Comments

It was a little bit later than I would have preferred. It was about 1030, and I was feeling lazy until I saw this text message from Angela: “you+me+today=being rad. You down?” Of course I was! So I called her quick and we made plans for her to head out to my place, so we could plan what to do, since it was *gasp* sunny out!

I wore my raddest of outfits (lol, holey jeans and my Victoria tshirt). I didn’t take a picture, though, because I haven’t washed my hair since Friday. Skanky. We decided to head up to Seattle to go to Honeyhole for sandwiches.

Angela and I have a history of assuming good weather will follow us wherever we go, and being disappointed. Today was no exception. It was gray and drizzly in Seattle, but lunch was good, and Chris stopped by on his way home from class. Yay….

It’s been a nice slow day, just how I like to end my weekends. And I’m partially bummed to have to go to work tomorrow, but you know, those three day weekends make up for it. They really do.

Canadian blogging, eh?

January 25, 2010 - 2:14 am 1 Comment

This weekend found my mom and I traveling to Victoria, B.C. for a night. For Christmas this year, since I knew our passports were due to expire (although, who am I kidding, I’m going to renew it) I purchased a night at a hotel in downtown Victoria, and we took the ferry over early yesterday morning. I love Canada, and have spent some time in Vancouver, but most of my vacations have taken place in Victoria, and parts further up Vancouver Island. One of my favorite travel destinations is a tiny town called Qualicum. However, as our passports expire Wednesday, and tomorrow the Coho Blackball ferry is being drydocked for the month of February, and of course we both work, we just spent the day downtown going places we could get to by foot.

I really enjoy the ferry ride over. I really am a fan of any mode of transportation that does not involve me driving in any way, shape or form, and I prefer modes that allow me easy access to all of my belongings, so as far as I am concerned ferries and trains are where it’s at! Our ferry left at 0820 yesterday, so that really left us with an entire full day of shopping and eating. I will honestly state that I didn’t even attempt to count up my points for Weight Watchers yesterday, although I am positive I didn’t do too much damage, as my mom and I split all of our food.

We did so much shopping, which I always feel so guilty about. I withdrew $100 from the ATM in Port Angeles, and I pretty much spent that entire budget. We (of course) hit every cheesy tourist shop we came across, because my mom was attempting to find a 3x tshirt for my cousin Geoff. I’m pretty sure that was ultimately a failed goal, but at one of those shops I found positively the cutest “tourist” t shirt I had seen in awhile, and I spent probably more than I should have on it, but I love it. I’m not a huge fan of “cheesy” tourist shirts that I know I’ll never really wear again. My thought is basically “What’s the point?” But this one is very cute, and I definitely see myself wearing it often in the future.

After that first tshirt shop we found ourselves at a candy shop. We were waiting for the restaurants to open for lunch, and decided to kill time by going through their bulk candy. I purchased quite a few that I felt were pretty unique, probably kind of gross, and certainly not something that you would typically find in the States. Pictured here are: Barley Sugar hard candy, Berry Spogs, Milk Bottles, Jellie Babies, Flower Somethings (can’t remember), Rhubarb Custard hard candy, and some fruity flavored candies that remind me of Mambas in texture and flavor (although I’ve never had a black currant Mamba. Yum!). Not pictured are the Pineapple Cubes that we ate yesterday in our hotel room. They were good, but would have been better if they were more gummy, less… hard. The verdict so far, on the ones we’ve eaten? Jellie Babies = yum, the Mamba looking ones are awesome, the pinapple cubes were decent, and the flower ones? Taste like my Onnie’s bathroom smells. Blech.

For lunch we went to The Sticky Wicket, which we have been going to for lunch on every trip to Victoria since I first came with my parents and brothers in 2000. My mom and I split the Sticky Wicket Burger and fries, and it was oh so good. That’s the best part about going places with my mom. If I’m splitting her meal I can splurge more than I could if I were eating on my own, because I have NO will power, and can not stop at half a burger. :P

There were so many sales going on this weekend, more than I’ve seen on other visits, and we stopped in at the Gap, which I realize is kind of ridiculous, because hey, we have a Gap probably 15 minutes from my house, if you include time to find parking at the Tacoma Mall. But we found some amazing clothes at amazing clearance prices, and I left with new pants for work that should last me for awhile, a striped mini skirt, and a really cute striped blouse that is going to be great for work, especially once it gets warmer out. Oh Spring, how I miss you. I have such bad Spring Fever this year! And yesterday it was so warm and sunny, which did not help at all. :P My mom and I ventured into some more shops, including Roger’s chocolate so she could buy the boys some Victoria Cremes, Roots so she could buy herself a new hoodie (major splurge), and a store that was new to us, Melanie Lyne, where she surprised me with a fantastically Mad Men pencil skirt for work. While in one of the touristy tshirt shops I also found a little Anne of Green Gables doll, which I bought for my Onnie, whose birthday is coming up. It’s kind of a sentimental, cheesy present, as she and I used to watch Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea every time I stayed with her. Oh how I love those movies. In some of the sweet shops we found some interesting looking snacks, such as chocolate covered cheesecakes on sticks, and uniquely flavored sorbettos and gelattos. I didn’t try any of the above, because as a rule I don’t eat that much sugar. I don’t process it well. But I did take some cell phone pictures!

Finally, in the afternoon, I was worn out. We walked back to our hotel and relaxed for a bit. It was nice to go somewhere with just my mom, because there was no fighting about who had to share a bed with who. (I always get a bed by myself because I don’t wear pants to bed, but still, it was nice to not have to feel guilty about it this time!) Naptime was divine.

For dinner we walked to this restaurant called Il Terrazzo for an extravagant dinner. This is another place that we come to often, and it definitely has the market cornered when it comes to ambiance. I remember that when we would come with my whole family, when my parents were still together, we would spend tons of money on a dinner at Il Terrazzo, but it was actually quite affordable for two. We ordered a salad to split with portobello mushrooms crusted in feta and cooked, on a bed of spinach, with pine nuts, prosciutto and parmesan cheese, in a balsamic vinaigrette, and we split a margherita pizza as well. That, combined with their foccacia bread and two olive tapenade, made for a divinely filling dinner, and I was pretty sure I was going to explode when we were done. So good. I will dream about that meal.

You have to walk through this cobble stoned alley to get to the restaurant entrance, and when we left we chose to go left at the entrance, which would be a shortcut, but took us through the longer portion of the alley. There were two homeless men up ahead in a doorway, and one of them began to approach us, which had me thinking “oh crap”, but then, from a distance, he informed us that he was selling his body for the night, and were we interested. We got a little nervous/uncomfortable, and of course shook our heads no. He laughed at us and said, “That’s okay. You probably couldn’t afford me.” And then we all started laughing, and it was awesome. Walking through downtown in the evening is always fun, even in the end of January, when the tourist season is basically over until Spring comes (Oh, Spring! Hurry up! I miss you, and my feet are cold and I want to wear my new jeans without people calling me crazy!) We passed an Irish pub/restaurant, where a gentleman stood outside the door in a kilt. He was pretty young. I would argue late-early to mid 20′s. While I’m walking by, I see him stick his hand underneath the pouch at his waist, grab himself, and adjust. He and I made eye contact while he did this, and then I saw my mom turn to look at me in shock, and she and I both burst out laughing. He didn’t even have the decency to be embarrassed!

I took a bath at the hotel, because I of course stopped in at Lush, which I have been a huge fan of since my first visit to the one on Carnaby Street in London in 2000. I bought a Magic Mushroom bubble bar, a Butterball bath bomb and a Sleep Time bath melt. Yum. Looking forward to another soak tonight at home!

The sleep time would have been much better, had it not been for the drunken young guys who were next door to us, and kept running out into the hall, yelling at each other and slamming doors. Several phone calls to the front desk in the middle of the night did not seem to make a difference, and is one of a couple of minor complaints I have with our hotel. I don’t know that I will stay at that particular one again, even if the view was nice.

I did, however, scope out a couple of alternatives nearby.

It’s a pretty choppy ride on the ferry home, which I always kind of enjoy. Makes for a more exciting trip! On these really big boats you don’t always feel the movement of the water, and it’s kind of easy to forget you’re on a boat. This way is more exciting. :P I’m excited to get home and spend the next day and a half in my little apartment, vegging out and playing with the new sewing machine Richard bought me for Christmas. It’s been sitting on my counter for two weeks, and I haven’t had anytime to play with it yet.

Aren’t three day weekends wonderful? I have the best of both worlds, a mini vacation, and a stay at home weekend all rolled into one! Most awesome.

do you ever feel like all you do is complain? i do.

January 21, 2010 - 4:49 am 2 Comments

I feel like lately all I do is work nonstop, and I really wish that I had more time to nurture myself. I feel like my house is a mess, my dogs are a mess, life is not as neat or organized as I want. And by life, I guess I really just mean my environment. Because you know, my interpersonal relationships, finances, etc, are actually just fine.

My goal this year is to… encourage sensory extravagance in my own life. I want to save my money for pretty things that look, smell, taste good, and make my existence more… something.

Bah, I don’t know. I’m not describing myself well. Just… less wasting money. Less useless crap from big box stores that will fall apart, is poorly made, or looks like something everybody else has.

*****

Enough complaining.

*****

I adjusted my work schedule, and I’m excited to try it out. My new schedule involves working four ten hour days a week, and enjoying a three day weekend every weekend. Exciting stuff. I really think it’s going to help improve my mood, which will improve my job performance, and it’s also going to be nice to spend one less day commuting, and also less money on gas.

Yay….

*****

Now I have to brush my doggies and watch Criminal Minds. Yay.

a whole lot of lame.

January 15, 2010 - 4:34 am 1 Comment

My dogs are being so weird today. They’re attitudes match their haircuts.

To explain: my long haired dogs have been kind of grungy lately, and I have not been very good about brushing them. Their fur had gotten so matted that we pretty much resigned ourselves to shaving them down. However, some parts had to be shaved down almost to the skin. And the dogs were not having it. And I was not paying to have someone shave my dogs bald. So we did it ourselves, my mom and I. And man? They are looking haggard. They look like they have some kind of awful mange. So I’m brushing them out, the parts that have fur, and when it gets long enough I’m taking them in for real life haircuts.

But they look like assholes. And they’re acting like it too.

I just remembered I left a candle in the other room behind a closed door. Hi. This is me, trying to burn my house down.

Aw, crap. I sat down here, all motivated to write. Then I got up to blow out the candle and I became lazy again. Ah well.

January 11, 2010 - 4:57 am 2 Comments

Today we spent the day at my Grandma’s house going through boxes of photos, looking for photos of my aunt. We didn’t get to any actual scrap booking, but we found a huge assortment of photos from 1960 to this last October. We also found old report cards, cards, and pictures from when my Grandma was younger. How hot is this picture? It was the picture she sent to the local paper for her wedding announcement:

So pretty.

Then I went to my mom’s house and we shaved the dogs. Having a long haired dog is a lot of work, and having two of them can be very overwhelming. I haven’t been as good about brushing them out as I should, and the poor dogs were covered in mattes. Especially Klondike. We shaved them down at my mom’s house, and they are going to look like awful for the next couple of weeks as they grow it out, and then I brush them, and then shave them down again. Unfortunately they don’t like haircuts, and at the moment they look like they’ve been attacked by a weed whacker:

I actually love Jude with shorter hair, and once the mattes are all gone I’m probably going to take them in to the women’s prison to get them professionally groomed.

Finally: I found this at my Grandma’s house. Isn’t it silly?

And my favorite candy, found at Michael’s. I need to go buy more!

Now I’m in my jammies watching the last two episodes of Sex and the City and wishing that my teeth didn’t hurt so bad. I have a feeling a visit to the dentist to check my filling is in my future.

I wish the weekend weren’t over. I could use at least another day off!

Checking in –

January 10, 2010 - 6:34 am 1 Comment

So, after an incredibly late start today (out of bed at 2:30ish pm), I was incredibly productive!

From my to do list for the weekend:
Change light bulb in entry
Empty all trash cans
Put away Christmas stuff and organize closet
Finish first Sookie Stackhouse book
Finish December Vogue
Watch movies and tv shows on DVD
Be lazy in my pajamas
Hang mirror in entry

I woke up this morning (ahem, afternoon) with absolutely no motivation at all to do a single thing. I sat in my chair in my jammies eating lunch and watching Sex & the City Season 6 Part 1 and tried not to go back to bed. I thought about how lazy I was, and how I remembered being so motivated on weekends when I first moved in. Then I remembered I moved in the spring, and it’s freezing out, and then I didn’t feel so bad.

Just as I was getting ready to go back to bed for a much needed nap my mom called. She wanted me to meet her and my grandma at the McDonald’s around the corner for iced tea. I pulled some clothes on and figured I’d walk, which was refreshing. I felt much better.

My mom showed up with a new quilt for my bed. It is the palest of pinks, and I love it.

We went to Michael’s to buy some scrapbooking stuff for a project. Tomorrow we are all meeting to help my grandma make a scrapbook of all the pictures she has of my aunt. It is exciting.

We had dinner at the Funky Iguana, which was interesting, and then I came home and cleaned and did laundry. Awesome. The place looks good, and all vestiges of Christmas are gone, with the exception of my tree, which is in it’s box in the hallway, waiting to go to my mom’s storage shed tomorrow.

Up for tomorrow:
Shave the dogs
Buy a scrapbook album from Michael’s
Watch lots of movies and Mad Men!

Some random thoughts.

January 7, 2010 - 6:24 am 1 Comment

So Weezer and my brother both flew to their respective homes yesterday, and life has gone back to being dreary and dull. My house is filthy, and I have no energy to clean it while I’m working, so it will have to wait until Friday evening. I hate that, because I have a hard time relaxing in a mess. On Friday I want to do a deep clean from top to bottom, putting away all the Christmas stuff, cleaning out the fridge, and the bathroom needs some serious scouring. It’s been awhile since I shared a toilet with a boy. Ew.

I’m also looking forward to doing some movie watching, as I have tons of Christmas DVDs that haven’t even been opened yet, and hopefully some sewing, if my new machine ever gets here. I’ve just got tons of things to do, and I’m too overwhelmed to do it when I know I have work coming up. My cold from two weeks ago appears to be back, and I’m trying not to overextend myself, because I can not handle the prospect of another two week sick period. Yikes.

My apartment manager is no more, which is frustrating. Not only was she my second manager since moving in here in April, but there is so much stuff that she was supposed to have fixed that she never got to, so now I have to wait to find out who the new manager is, and then wait for them to get the maintenance man out here (which usually takes weeks), and the whole prospect is so overwhelming that I want to give up before I even get started.

I think my next door neighbor is a self important douche.

I’m seriously wearing the world’s largest flannel nightgown, and it has vintage Santa’s on it. Rad.

I have lost a total of 46.6 lbs, and am roughly 21 lbs away from my target Hawaii weight. Now, if this cold would go away I might start exercising!

What I want to do this weekend:
Change light bulb in entry
Empty all trash cans
Put away Christmas stuff and organize closet
Finish first Sookie Stackhouse book
Finish December Vogue
Watch movies and tv shows on DVD
Be lazy in my pajamas
Hang mirror in entry

That’s the plan, stan.

Goals for 2010 and playing catch up.

January 3, 2010 - 6:38 am No Comments

Inspired by all the other ladies I read, I spent this evening working on my list of goals for 2010. I appear to have lost my digital camera, so I’ll have to post a picture later, but here they are in their entirety:

1. Paint pottery in Olympia for my apartment.
2. Get eyes checked and get NEW GLASSES!
3. Reorganize storage in my apartment for maximum efficiency.
4. Reconnect with local old friends.
5. Dallas in February!
6. Take more weekend mini trips.
7. Lose 24 more pounds.
8. Take yoga or toning class for Hawaii.
9. Buy a cute bikini!
10. Hawaii 2010!!
11. Begin plans for Iceland 2011.
12. Sew at least one apron and some curtains for my room.
13. Learn to crochet.
14. Be more “Mad Men”.
15. Go camping.
16. Get a new passport.
17. Find a sofa that fits my style.
18. Frame Weezer’s print.
19. Find a classy, inexpensive headboard.
20. Buy one piece of original art.
21. Start searching for new cars!!!
22. Scrapbook journal monthly, at least.
23. Take more pictures.
24. Become a regular at my neighborhood businesses.
25. Pay off one student loan.
26. Shop vintage more.
27. Sign up for Happy Mail.

That’s it for now.

I’m watching Marie Antoinette. I love this movie. I love pretty things. Weezer is working on making a thing for his Brownie so that he can do TTV while he is here. The room we are in is a mess. I hate that.

I finished The Luxe, and the second book in the series, Rumors. They were both very good, for YA fiction, and I am looking forward to buying the next book, Envy, but first I’m reading the Sookie Stackhouse books, which I got for Christmas.

Richard and I went shopping on New Year’s Eve at Target, because I had some gift cards. I bought a bowl for my counter, a candle that smells like Red Currant Plumeria, and Sex and the City Season 6, parts 1 and 2. Then on New Year’s I bought new underwear from Vickie’s, because none of mine fit anymore. And today? I went to Macy’s to have them remove a metal thingy from my new bra, and happened to see a pair of Sofft heels for $45, regularly $90. It’s been a successful sale weekend.

I don’t know what is wrong with me, but I appear to be having an increase in migraines over the last couple of weeks, ever since my cold. I want to pull my brain out of my ears. I think it has to do with first being sick, and then getting four fillings in one week. But the migraines are making me nauseous, and I just want to get outside and get some fresh air. I know that winter is just beginning, but I am so ready for spring.

My teeth are killing me.

I love this movie. It’s at the part where the crowd is gathered outside Versailles with flames in hand to kill the queen, and she comes out and bows to them, and then it is quiet. The soundtrack is so powerful. This morning when my iHome alarm went off it played “Ceremony” by New Order from the Marie Antoinette soundtrack, and I woke up in the best possible mood.

I think tomorrow for breakfast we are going to get coffee (black) and scones (splurge!) for breakfast.

I want this year to be beautiful and fulfilling and so productive. I want to do more, and see more, and learn more. I want so much.

My brother is going to Afghanistan this year. Have I told you all? This breaks my heart. I am so worried, but am trying to put it out of my mind, because worrying will do no good.

My newest celebrity crush is Jason Schwartzman. Except it’s not really new. Just rekindled.

Finally, my dad emailed me this:

A pedestrian was hit and killed while walking in a crosswalk on Oak Grove Road around 7:30pm on Christmas night.

Concord Police Cpl. Sam Staten released the following information, and identified the victim, who’s also a resident of Concord.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian, 49 year old Daniel Joseph Burrie walked eastbound across Oak Grove Rd at Smith Lane in the marked crosswalk. He was struck by a vehicle driven by a 59 year old Concord woman traveling northbound on Oak Grove Rd.

Burrie sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. He was transported by AMR to John Muir, Walnut Creek.

Burrie’s family was notified of the incident and responded to the hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Concord Police Traffic Bureau responded to the scene to take over the investigation, which is ongoing.

End scene.

so this is the new year….

January 1, 2010 - 5:14 am No Comments

I’m sitting on the chair in my apartment in my purple pjs, watching True Blood with Richard. If I hadn’t lost my camera I’d post a picture.

What are your plans?