Monday, December 29, 2008

here little fishy..






I am excited to announce that tomorrow, yes tomorrow!, I am going sailfish fishing (sailfishing?). perhaps I will catch the real thing to hang in my room (see stuffed sailfish below).


Got some fun things today in the after Christmas sales.. including:





to match my NYE dress!




in 4 colors.. 1.50, why not?


Dillards' shoe department always has great sales & their private labels::
Antonio Melani
Michelle D
Alex Marie
Gianni Bini
etc..
are all great quality products.

my favorite perfume was 75% off, yes SEVENTY FIVE percent.

also picked up some brown faux-leather (yeah PETA) riding boots, a black highwaisted Kenzie jumper, a cashmere sweater from TARGET!!, new shades (9.99 aka the clumsy girl's dream) and some great classic DVDs including:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - the original SJP!
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Gossip Girl Season 1
Mama Mia
We Were Soliders

I did very good, I know!

One of the upsides of the retail sales being on the downsides is that employees are valuing their jobs & therefore customer service is on the rise! Sales people KNOW their employers can give their jobs to any of the many people needing jobs so are not taking them for granted. I was a pleasantly surprised shopper at quite a few stores today.

Y, (in honor of spending green & getting value!!!)
thick hair

Sunday, December 28, 2008

9 rhymes with..

drink a lot of wine?
be completely divine?
buy a house that is mine?
go camping among trees of pine?


any of thsoe could be good for 2009, right?

the holidays, rather CHRISTMAS, was great.

went to my junior high/high school's church for Christmas eve service instead of walking the 100yards to my lifetime church. it was okay, got to see all of Alex's family [minus Alex] & meet baby Noey, presh.

Christmas day was 80 degrees, had the usual suspects over & played some fun games. two of which were:

1. everyone write down something nice about everyone else, anonymously.
2. everyone write down someone's name who is either: famous, a well known person among the group playing.. then you randomly pick a name and without looking [most important part] stick it to your forehead. you then have to ask yes/no questions until you can guess who it is. I gave Dad the name Baby Jesus, and had to guess Tim Tebow & Warren Buffet myself. TT was easy, but I still have no clue who Warren Buffet is.

I am so excited to go back to Duuuuu-vahhhl for NYE & for 2009, I think the Lord has some exciting things in store.

10 miles strong!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord!

Promising to write more [New Year's resolution????]

Y,
thick hair

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dove.. the philosopher

one thing I love about working with people with children is left over halloween candy!

today I unwrapped a Dove chocoloate with this sweet little message...

Decorate your life.

It can mean lots of different things, just fun and whimsical.

Happy Veterans Day!
remember you live in... the home of the free, because of the brave!

Y,
thick hair

Friday, November 7, 2008

it's fun to -cycle- at the...

Y.M.C.A.. la-la-la-la-di-dah.. that is about as much as I know.

But, because of a wondeful 16 MILLION dollar donation, I can work out a gorgeous gym at a income-fixed price. It was formerly a rehabilitation center that was donated to the Young Men's Christian Association [in case you have forgotten] a little while ago.

They have Zumba, Cycling, Yoga, Body Pump etc etc etc. classes. I am particularly excited about Zumba, mainly because it is in a wood-floor-no-mirror gym that I can go to with some of the wonderful girls I have met here. And with the no mirrors I will not feel inhibited & just have fun!

I joined the gym for those reasons but also because on February 15th, 2009 I am running a half marathon for breast cancer. I committed a little over a month ago and did not really want to tell anyone until I reached my 5 mile point. And I just did! And now that it is dark when I leave work [which I despise] I cannot run outside/on the beach anymore [which I also despise] because it is not safe [shocker, but I despise that too!]

Alma Matter this weekend for a football game with some of the bests from home, and mrs.sissy & spency!

Y,
thick hair

Thursday, October 23, 2008

1 little 2, little 3, little indians..

So I need to work on posting more than every 3 weeks, but because of the lovely financial state of the country, its a different story. I have been attempted to educate myself in what it all means, but numbers have never really been of my spiritual gifts. Being creative, using sarcasm & befriending people are. But you know what, I'd rather have a creative, sarcastic, friend-filled life than one full of stocks, symbols and woes! Regardless, I am trying. I even had a conversation with my Granny on her 91st birthday about them. I cannot tell you all the details because 91 year old British women tend not to be the most politically correct, but she is my hero none the less.
I found this little explaination that was easy for me, the depressed college alum, to understand what the candidates are getting at. bottoms up?


"Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3 The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. ‘Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. ‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10! “Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too.. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I! “That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!
“Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor! ‘The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man (the richest) didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier." [http://hoosieraccess.com/blog/2008/10/17/the-us-tax-system-explained-in-beer/]


on a more "Spiritual Gift" sounded note, next weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It is both "Fall Harvest" [as I was taught at Presbyterian schools my whole life]
also known as Halloween, but also the clock FALLs back also known as getting an extra hour of sleep. To mark this momentus weekend my tribe and I are migrating to the A to cheer on our team. Yes, I am leaving my great city on the weekend of the "World's Largest Cocktail Party". We are excited to dress up like Indians, stick feathers in our hair and do the warchant in a new city. Because I am slightly recovering from my Michele purchase, I am making my Indian costume out of a size 2x garnet t-shirt picked up on the Walmart clearance shelves and some left over leather fringe from the last Indian costume I made for a Y.M.C.A birthday party. But the real excitement for me is that I can use the dress form I bought as decor for my room! I kind of feel like I am on of Project Runway - minust Tim Gun & Heidi.
So that will be consuming my after hours this week.


Promise to post more! [I know you all wait with bated breath]


Y, thick hair

ps. hope you like purple, it is BIG for the next season.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

my little pumpkin!

as an impulse by at la walmarte this past weekend [my exciting Friday night] I bought the ingrediants [all 5 of them] to make a delicious pumpkin pie. i did not get around to baking it until Monday [ie: college football, birthday party at our house on Saturday & went to a NFL game on Sunday] and even more self-control did not get to eat it until last night, but you know what.. it was really good! i was pretty proud of myself.

next Tuesday, i am hosting my Bible study girls so perhaps i will make another pumpkin pie. if anyone reading this [aka my sister and maybe 1 random blog-browser..] has any fun fall recipes I would love a suggestion!

this election is getting so close! we could see Sarah Palin from my window at work yesterday! very exciting.

Y, thick hair

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

daily decor

God is good!

due to a mishap with delivery and a poor little furniture leg, a friend had her brand new dresser replaced by another brand new dresser!

and whats a girl to do with a beautiful slightly impaired extra dresser?

give it to her penny-pinching-dresser-less friend!

now if i could only get it upstairs to my bedroom.. :-D

God is REALLY GOOD.

Y, thick hair

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

fall finds part 1

this weekend rooms and I are hosting quite a few of our friends from university [dont I sound like such a Brit when I say university!] for a football game. we are thinking we should have between 5 and 12 + 1 dog. for a 2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom townhouse.. it will be a squeeze. but the more the merrier when you are among friends, right?




the sailfish has arrived! I promise one day I will post pictures of my "decorating" [although I have done nothing as decorative as many of my peers] and in what stage of life my habitat is in. right now I am in the process of figuring out a place/way to store my winter clothes, I feel like when they were in storage they multiplied because I surely do not enjoy winter so why do I have so many sweaters?

I booked my plane ticket for atlanta to go see my friends-turned-georiga-peaches for halloween and a football game [me, travel to a football game? shocker I know.] I will be there the night of halloween and our costumes.. well, I cannot give them away but they are super fun.
I got to thinking... [just kidding S.a.T.C] that alot of my trips to my Alma are like the Indian Princess camping trips I used to take with Dah & mrs.Sissy & half of my friends & their dads for a few reasons: [these will probably make more sense if you were apart of the greatest YMCA organization ever, Iriquois Nation Indian Princesses :D]

- run around with my friends until late hours of the night
- call each other funny names that have some obscure story of how it was originated
- make our own clothes
- sometimes get a little sick %-)
- try to scare off unknown older men [ick]
- sing funny songs/chants/great oldies songs
- do bizarre hand motions
- tend not to maintain all hygiene
- paint our faces
- write on the walls
am I right, or am I right?


my new current [and probably will be shortlived] obsession is the versatility of this dress:
last night I spent at least 45 minutes playing with different ways to wear it. one of which I will use this weekend!
I mean... $43.00 for at least 8 skirts/dresses.




and finally..
happy birthweek to my favorite italian twins & my Mrs.sissy





Y, thick hair

Monday, September 15, 2008

time flies when.. you are knee deep in samples!

what a busy week i had. coming up we have our sample sale going on which means i've had to sort through closets of clothing and figure out what is ready to be sold, donated, destroyed or sent back to the vendor. and 18 24"x24"x24" later i am alllll done.



this past weekend i got to go on a little "stay-cation" for a friend who is getting hitched next weekend. God has truly blessed me with some new friendships here in my new city so it has been so nice getting to know these girls.



on friday pre-beach weekend, i got a lot of house maintenance done. i, thick hair, scrubbed my front porch [wearing my fun pink rubber gloves!] on my hands and knees, then disinfected the valet trash service trash can, swept the floors, mopped the floors, scrubbed the front door, cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, my fridge shelves and sorted through the crafting drawers. i felt very accomplished.


i also made this yummy cupcakes::



Pink Lemonade with Lemon Buttercream icing!

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
9oz thawed pink lemonade concentrate
3 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Add enough food coloring to turn it the shade of pink you like!

Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).
Lemonade Buttercream:
3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Red food coloring
Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined. Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly pink. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.


they were so good. i even went as far as to zest the lemon's and put the peel on top. [sidenote, the icing was close to being too buttery, may look for alternate icing in the future.. they will definitely reappear]

beach weekend was delightful. got some sun, made strawberry daquiris [1 part ice, 1 part strawberries, 1 part splenda, ? part coconut rum], and watched college football for a while. we went to a fun restaurant on the intercoastal, had calamari, cheese artichoke fondue & champage, drove the convertible down the beach for a little. it was lovely.


this week is going to be very busy too. my buyer is at market, which means i am kind of in charge of my department! eek! should be a good learning experience. then back to alma matter for the first night game of the season!



best news of the week: we are ranked. Y

Friday, September 5, 2008

red, white & blonde

I spent a majority of my nights these past two weeks watching the national conventions. i was quite distracted from the all the speeches with the multitude of "hey cnn, put me on t.v. with my crazy hat" delegates. i admit, i have had quite a few publicized appearances of my own steming from creative signs, good seats and the sort on various sports & media websites, all of which i am proud of (you would be too, and if you're reading this you've probably been in the pictures with me). but i was distracted in a good sort of way, they are creative, each quite pleased with their masterpieces. here are some of my favorite:


on a further note, i have decided what my current dream job is: stylist to the first family. as the face of America there are some thing i think should be considered:
1. dress in Americana/neutral colors. take a hint from the perfect first lady, Laura Bush: 2. keep the eye makeup/hair natural. attention megan mccain: here she looks great, simple, classic.. but i've also seen a picture or two of the black eyeliner overdose. 3. keep the "mom spit fix the baby's hair" to a minimum - just kidding, that was precious. little Piper just catches my eye because she seems like quite the character, so proud of her momma & loving waving with her at every chance. i mean, look at this little outfit. what do you think this precocious missy is thinking in this picture?i just love tailored looks, skirt suits, family ensembles in coordinating colors, each showing a bit of each family members styles, preppy ties (or even better, bow ties!), classic grooming. i am getting anxious just thinking about it! first ladies' are the femininity of America, they should show the strength of the woman behind our man!
i loved Sarah Palin's speech (who didnt?) and John McCain, respect him, but his speech reminded me a tad of Elle Woods' speech to congress in Legally Blonde 2 (Red, White & Blonde - duh) Elle: So speak up, America. Speak up for the home of the brave. Speak up for the land of the free gift with purchase. Speak up, America!
John: Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America. Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.
Take it with a grain of salt, in the mean time register to vote! make America fit your style:


Y, thick hair

Thursday, September 4, 2008

the stork is a' coming


naturally after wedding season comes.. baby season! but before the little ones arrive, its baby shower season.

i am not quite sure if noelle is technically related to me, what do you call the sister-in-law of your own sister? but she is having a baby girl, and she will be the apple of all eleven of her immediate family members. [its probably more than eleven but i stopped counting after aunts, uncles and maternal grandparents]. i have been doing some thinking and mind changing between - do i get her something off of the registry and play it safe [& convenient to the new mom and dad] or do i go the fun route and get her something fun! i've decided to do a bit of both. for baby noelle i picked out these adorable hooded towels [registry]
&& for fun noah's ark squirty bath toys:











baby #2 will be the God sent son to the nanny of the family i nannied alot for at home. she is going to be an amazing mom and this baby is such a blessing. his name is Brett.. funny story about Brett: the little girl in the family we both care for, Lexi 3 years old is quite the character. when she was told that the baby "in manda's tummy" was going to be named Brett she said, "he cant be named that.. that's what i wear in my hair". she's a cutie. i onced dressed her up in my aviators, let her hold miss.america [my LV speedy] and tied my "hermes" scarf around her as a dress.. she refused to take the outfit off until after picked big brother up from school so she could show everyone her outfit. anyways, for Brett i picked out this super plush blanket [registry]


&& for fun: conveniently the same noah's ark squirty toys!


thus the moral of the story: get a gift off of the registry, pick an accessory that makees it more personal && pick something lightweight that will ship for cheap.

told you i'm a bargaineere.

safe travels mr.stork, deliver with care. Y

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

weekend




this weekend i am going to my alma matter to reunite with some of my great friends for our first football game of the season. it is going to be very weird for us to not be part of the student body still, i am very intrigued as to how it will play out. what do you wear as an alum? surely our old get ups for constructed dresses from t-shirts, greek letter pins are a no-go.. but i think we are too reluctant to admit we are actually alumni and wear boring heather grey t-shirts with alumni scrolled across the chest. what better way to say, "hey i'm old".




i'm also really excited to get my crafting drawers out of my storage unit! over the past 4 years i have accumulated quite the smorgasboard of supplies ranging from lace to tye dye, to stencils and fabric paint, and oodles of paint markers and stationary supples. i am looking forward to bring home those inspiring drawers, organize them and craft myself away.




on the unfortunate side of things, i am not looking forward to bringing home my winter clothes.
to me, nothing says drear like fall clothes.




if you go into stores these next few weeks [especially in florida] you will notice that some clothing companies have forgotten that here it is ninety degrees until approximately.. January when it dips down fifty or sixty degrees for about two week period. that is something i have learned to appreciate here at the fishbowl, is that we take into account what kind of climate our stores are actually in, instead of sending hooded parkas and courdoroy slacks to our resort stores [as was the case i saw this weekend when i was in j.crew]. not only is too hot to wear these clothes, but it is hot enough outside of the stores that nobody even wants to look at dark colors and thick fabrics.



enough ranting for now about what retail should be doing, i should probably get back to what i should be doing too. until next time, get out and shop! these past few weeks have been noted the best bargains of the summer. and if you are a shopper like me, who despises the drear of fall, buy some clearance summer clothes, accessorize accordingly and [sun]shine your way into early fall.




Tuesday, September 2, 2008

daily decor

I am in the process of decorating my first real world apartment. No hodge podge of assorted plates, posters and assorted promotional cups, but dinnerware, decor and coordinating hand towels - very exciting I know. Fortunately with my handy employee discount, and our quick eye in the dumpster, rooms [my roommate] and I have been able to to assemble quite the apartment. my theme in my room is nautical chabby chic but also keeping my love for design and inspiration around. its my attempt of having a beach house all in one room. i will post some pictures of the pieces i have made, bought and assembled later but i am really excited about this guy i just got. if it reminds you of something you might find in a 7 year old boys bedroom, well sorry, but i think it is kind of fun.

wanted:















afforded:



















apparently it can be hung quite easily.. 2 thumbtacks is what bizrate users said.

next hunt:
vintage steamer chest. oooh ahhh. ebay $1200+, thick hair: $40 and some stainer is what i am hoping for.

Monday, September 1, 2008

welcome me.

this is very exciting for me.

i spend a lot of time on blogs at work [a big no no] but i disguise it as looking for fashions for my line of work. i have always wanted to create one, make it pretty and have my friends and readers multiply daily, but i am no carrie bradshaw. infact i am not even sure if that is how "she" spells her name.

my blog will be filled with my findings, rants, raves and probably some family stores. Ma & Dah, the girls and the newlyweds will be their names.

i am a: recent/slightly depressed college grad, newly professional, contently single, conservatively moderate, ecletically bargainere, bridesmaid experienced, greek life enthusiast.

get to know me.