Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What do you do when your tupperware is missing!?!? (not a laughing matter)

not totally related... but hilarious!

Okay, so... I got rid of the Worst Roommate of All Time (if she ever stumbles upon my occasional mentioning of her then I hope she will take what I say into consideration, for her own future well being.)  She has now been replaced by a shiny new roommate, who has a very positive reputation among my friends so I felt confident that she was a good choice. Even if not, I assume I could only go up from where I had been.  So far, she has proven to be all that I hoped, which is low maintenance, friendly, tidy. Yippee!!!!!  The relief is wonderful!!!
{Note to my Roomies - if you are reading this (doubtful) you may want to stop here if you tend to be sensitive. Honesty is a thing to be valued, my friends}
Somehow, within a week and a half of my new roomie moving in, three of my newly purchased and adored Pyrex tupperware dishes, as well as a newly purchased IKEA cutting board, VANISHED.  At least that is what they want me to believe, they being the person that took them!!! (I just envisioned myself snarling, screaming and pulling my hair while saying that, maybe tearing my clothes, like Biblical times.)
I have scoured the kitchen and repeatedly asked both my roommates if they have any clue as to the items whereabouts, to the point of nearly cornering and interrogating them.  Both have claimed ignorance, to which I have responded something like, “I’m just baffled! I mean, I’ve looked everywhere! I haven’t even used them lately - and I mean where - where on earth could a cutting board go!?!?” (lots of broad hand motions.) To which they quickly agree, “that’s so weird...” while slowly backing their way out of the kitchen leaving me silently pleading: wtf!?

Now, I do not believe that either of these gals are prone to lie.  I know that one of them (Roomie 1) might forget that she had, perhaps, transported them to her boyfriends house to make him dinner or something, but not lie. The other gal (Roomie 2) I haven’t known long enough to say for sure, but as I said, she has great references.
So where does that leave me???
situation a) Roomie 1 completely forgot that she left the items elsewhere
situation b) Roomie 2 is actually a liar yet to be exposed
situation c) Roomie 2 broke them, lost them or did something with them she feels she can’t admit to
situation d) I misplaced them, even though I feel I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I was not using those items near the time of their disappearance
situation e) The Worst Roommate of All Time came back into the house and took them, thus further confirming her status as The Worst Roommate of All Time.
I’m thinking E.  I know you’re thinking I’m crazy, but Worst Roommate of All Time claimed that she “lost” her key - curiously, right after she had come back to the house to pick up her last load of items.  I was skeptical from the moment I heard it. Well, crazy or not, for the sake of my sanity I had the locks changed within 24 hours of the thought entering my mind. 
Now that I can check that off my list I am still short 3 Pyrex dishes and 1, hardly used, cutting board.  The reason I’m still flaring my nostrils about it is because I know that it is actually very unlikely that Worst Roommate of All Time would actually come here to take those random items (too lazy.) So the question still remains: Who Dunnit!!!!!   Aaaaggghhhh!!! Will I ever sleep again??? 
But seriously - I really just hope it was me, and I really hope I find out - soon!!! 
Advice is welcome - to all of you virtual air molecules out there, buffering and releasing  my rants. (It's been pointed out to me that the previous sentence doesn't make sense. I'm okay with it.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lets Reconnect...

Hi there.  Uh, this just in, my new alarm clock has failed to go off for the past two mornings and just now I set a tester time and it went off. So... what the heck?

A lot has been going on in my little world. A lot that I can't, and probably shouldn't, share right now, because I'm pretty sure most of you would categorize my sharing as "complaining."  But things have definitely been tricky. I am learning.  It's the acting out what I am learning that is so hard.  Learning to speak my mind, instead of letting my blood boil and veins pop like Spencer Pratt, is a big one.  Instead I just cry to my cat, "I'm not cut out for roommates! I'm just not!" ...or relationships or work or...
I've been so consumed by personal dramas (which I am not used to) that I have completely forgotten where I was going with anything else in my life!  Even my blog!  I've found myself desiring to retreat and hideaway from everyone so I don't have to deal!  But I know that's not what's right.

So, here I am, re-entering into the things that were/are important to me.  I've had a few things that I wanted to document and share with you but several of my belongings have mysteriously gone missing, one of which being my camera.
I will proudly declare that I have achieved something I never thought I would.  I now run aprox. 6 miles on a regular basis!  All at once! No stopping!  AND uphill!!! Well - half uphill, of course.  I am so proud of myself!!  But even accepting the new title of "athlete," I still fall victim to pity parties.  I was inconsolable a few nights ago.  I felt like all my efforts weren't doing anything and the years of my prime were being squandered by my muffin top.  I pouted shamelessly to my boyfriend while eating in bed, using the scale I'd bought that day as a tray.  It was a low moment.  But we all have those, right?

Well, I'll end my ramblings for the night with this:  My boyfriend and I went to Tahoe over the 4th of July.  It is so incredibly beautiful up there!  We went on an amazing hike up to 8,000 feet. Even though the temperature was in the 70's we were hiking in snow! It was so cool!  We stopped at a gorgeous lake w/ miniature icebergs floating in it and had lunch while taking it all in.  I was able to borrow a camera and get some pics!  It was breathtaking!

It is called the Wild Flower Hike. Normally the hillsides are covered in wild flowers, but they had a late snow this year, so there were just a few buds.


Critter company

Oh yeah, there was a crazy guy that swam out to one of the chunks of ice. Freezing!!!



Yet, the guy managed to inspire a follower...  I love the expression on his face! The water was soooooo cold!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Do yourself a favor and check out this band, Passion Pit. You may recognize their music from a current commercial, but I don't remember what the commercial was for.  I'm loving their songs, Sleepyhead and Little Secrets. I've put them in my Playlist.com music player. Give them a listen and tell me what you think!!
Please share your favorite music in a comment! I am always looking for new music!!!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Coco Before Chanel - movie recommendation!

I just watched the movie Coco Before Chanel (2009) in which Audrey Tautou portrays the early life of the fashion legend. There are so many cool things I never new about Coco Chanel! She has such an interesting story!

A few things I didn’t know that I bet you didn’t either (Spoiler Alert!!): her real name wasn’t Coco; she was an orphan; she worked as a not-so-talented cabaret singer; she never intended to be in fashion but sort of fell into it after other failed attempts at fame and wealth. If the movie’s depiction is accurate, she also lied a lot about her past, was the mistress of a wealthy man in exchange for financial support, and suffered the loss of the only man she ever loved. 
Having known very little about the late designer I could not have guessed that Coco was very much a hippy of her day. She refused to wear a corset and frowned upon the extravagant accessories that gilded every other woman's attire. Instead she was inspired by mens wear and tailored for herself a wardrobe of what was the beginning of today’s European prep. 

The movie captures the timelessness of her style. Much of what she created for herself, although bold for the time, is still in fashion today:

Stripes are everywhere right now and they've always been a clean and classic look. (Upper left: Coco Chanel introducing the chic stripe in the 1930's; upper right: Audrey Tautou as Coco; Lower left and right: clothing from Anthropologie - I love the dress!)

Here is a pleated top with cinched shoulders (I'm not sure if this is actually Coco or someone replicating one of her outfits), I actually think it's much cuter than the current examples I've found:

(Audrey Tautou as Coco on left, Anthropologie top on right)

And finally, Coco in her elegant black dress, with pockets no less! 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hang in there!

Grrrrraaaappplllfff!!!!!!!!! My computer is determined, one way or another to war against me! Right now it is deciding it will not charge, possibly ever again! But I have things to say!! Don't leave me! Whoever you are....!

Friday, April 23, 2010

crying over spilled enchiladas and dirty forks...

Ugh. Friday hasn't brought me the relief it usually does. My weekend started with a messy plop when my left-over delicious enchiladas fell to the ground as I was leaving work late. I'll be honest, I dropped an F-bomb, that's how good those enchiladas were.
Once I got home, I called my boyfriend to lure him to hang some curtain rods for me by suggesting we "veg-out" at my place (he doesn't have cable, I do.) But, his phone was acting up, as every phone he's ever had seems to....  There was a lot of, "what?" "I saaiidd..." "I didn't hear any of that!" and "arrggg!!!" We both got totally irritated and, well, I'm blogging instead of hanging curtains. Stupid.
Then, just to embrace the moment, I started getting depressed about my life. Where is it going?! What am I doing?! What do I want?! I have no idea! Pout, pout, pout, pout.
I'm getting the growing impression that my BA in Sociology might be completely worthless to me. There is nothing I can do with it, that I want to do with it. Pout, pout, pout, pout.
I decided to empty the dish drying rack a few minutes ago. Yet again, I found dirtied, disgusting and completely unwashed dishes sitting on the rack, the clean dish rack. They're like little dirty rats trying to blend in amongst clean white mice. They are the strike of an oblivious, or defiant, roommate. I haven't figured out which it is. I stashed some of the particularly dirty dishes in my cupboard as evidence to back up my argument when I address her. Last time I brought up the issue, she looked at me like I was crazy and I had no proof to offer her. That won't happen again!
I'm hungry now. I've got to find something to replace my left over enchiladas. I think some frozen Trader Joe's pizza, a glass of red wine and a sewing project might be just what I need.

Please share your plans for this weekend, I'd love to hear if you're doing anything fun, inspiring or creative! Or just anything! I'm really tempted to go to IKEA...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Two things I love around my home...

I'm so glad to join in with Two Things Tuesday at Bacwoods Fern again! I'm looking forward to sharing the new things I find or create while trying to make my place more homie and... just me. Here are my two, somewhat small, things:

I went to buy a small pot for this bright little plant and right next to the pots were these colorful mugs! So I got one of those instead. I think it's sweet, aw.
I went to a vintage shop recently to get a gift for a friend and could not tear myself away from this little mirror. I thought, I could make this, it would be so easy to make this! Then somehow I ended up thinking, oh, whatever, and I bought it. As it turns out, the store manager made it herself! Well, I guess it will just be in my room to inspire me... and help me with my morning make-up and various other mirror responsibilities. Ain't it cute?

What are your two things? Link up at Bacwoods Fern or post a comment. You know... it doesn't have to be a Tuesday to share... technically it's Wednesday by now anyway. Yikes! Bed time!!