Jan 27, 2015

Currently January

Even when I'm not blogging much, I like to do these little "currently" posts so I have a journal of sorts to look back on next month and next year and so on and so forth until blogging dies. Or my interest in writing about my life dies. Or I die.

Anyway, this is a bit tardy to the party, but it's still January so it counts!

Current quencher: Lots of water! I'm trying to drink a gallon a day. I even bought a little white board for my desk so I can keep track.

Current foodstuffs: Not dairy. More on that later.

Current tunes: Random iPhone shit/whatever pops up (lots of Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Foo Fighters in the mix)

Current book: Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans by Denise Grover Swank...I'm almost done, then it's on to book 3 of my 24 book NY resolution, It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell (I've started it but have quite a way to go).

Current guilty pleasure: Eating easy dinners (i.e., popcorn, cereal, or sandwiches) while Sam's working the late shift at the airport.

Current wish list: A customized weekly gym plan, please (like a trainer without the expense)

Current need: A robot to get me out of bed on time in the morning. #snooze

Current want: Either significant snow (none of this piddly 1-2 inch bullshit) or spring.

Current triumph: My sister's baby shower was a success! Even with a snow storm thrown into the mix, the majority of snow-lovin' (or at least snow-toleratin') Pennsylvanians showed up ready to party (aka drink sherbet punch and decorate some onesies, among other activities).

Current favorite show: Downton Abbey (that Mary is a saucy minx!) but I HAVE to get caught up in Parenthood before it ends! I have 5 episodes to watch before Thursday...it can be done!

Current bane of my existence: Fat cells and my incredible ability to rapidly acquire them.

Current indulgence: Well, I guess this week it'll be watching Parenthood until my eyes fall out.

Current blessing: A warm home in these cold times. So warm, in fact, I might even be able to handle a significant amount of snow (hint, HINT, Mother Nature!).

Current outfit: Black jeans (you would not have caught me dead in a black pair of jeans back in the day, but now I live in them), a tan old man sweater, cozy wool Emu boots I just pilfered from my 13 year old little sister because we wear the same shoe size, and a scarf.

Current excitement: A fun birthday trip this weekend (without the kids!), a trip to San Diego in February (with the wife), and the arrival of little baby Emma in March! Anticipation is the best!

Current mood: I'm okay. I'd be in the good zone if it weren't for feeling slightly under the weather. But it's nothing worth complaining about.

Current link: This game makes my commute fly by! In fact, I've almost missed my stop a few times because I'm so engrossed. There's a free version available, but I played all of those games so I coughed up .99 cents to buy the deluxe version and it's been worth every penny. I was never a Candy Crush aficionada, but Peggle is my jam. After staying up late one night just to keep playing, I made a rule that I can only play when I can't be doing something better with my time (like waiting for/riding the train, sitting at my allergist appointments, etc.).

Jan 3, 2015

Viva la Resolution!

I'm bad at resolutions, but fuck it. I'm making some anyway. 

1. Read 24 new-to-me books. 
2. Find a regular volunteer opportunity.
3. Get a stamp in my passport.
4. Bake a fancy cheesecake.
5. Try 3 new workout classes. 

Happy new year! I hope it's a good one. 

Dec 22, 2014

Currently: December

I'm bored with the usual survey questions, so I added a few of my own this time.

Current food: I'm slurping down some corn and green chile soup while I type this on my lunch break.

Current drink: Coffee and water.

Current triumph: My winner-by-a-hair victory over Sam in our 3rd annual (except for last year) gingerbread decorating contest! Facebook voted 68-61 in favor of my sweet, superior design. (Mad props on the icing icicles, though, babe.) My prize is being the first (between the two of us) to hold our neice when she's born in March!

Current failure: We haven't grocery shopped in 2 weeks. The only thing edible in our house right now is a pile of cut-out cookies that were sugar-glued together when Sam put them in tupperware before the icing dried.

Current music: Hanson's Snowed In album on repeat, bay-beeeeeee. It's seriously the best Christmas album ever. I will listen to it until I'm 103, mark my words.

Current regret: My coworker brought in a batch of assorted Christmas goodies so I selected a few cookies and called it breakfast. I'm anticipating a sugar crash annny minute.

Current mood: I'd rate it a solid Good.

Current amusement: I snapped this picture yesterday. December 22nd. 43 degrees. Confusion level: 10+.

Current shame: The dastardly state of my feet. I can't even remember my last pedicure. 

Current need: A space heater. My office is freezing.

Current want: 5 pm to arrive sooner. #MondayMonday

Current concern: I do believe we've reached the "nope, not gonna happen" stage of getting our Christmas cards out on time. Good thing they also celebrate the New Year. 

Current excitement: Christmas, duh. We're foregoing a formal dinner since it's just the two of us and instead I'm making a bunch of appetizers to enjoy throughout the evening. 

Current celebrity crush: HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge...I'm a serious royal-watcher (and by "serious" I mean I follow a few blogs) and I don't care who knows it! Also, I love Beyonce but I really love how she looked like a nervous little school girl meeting the royals. 

Dec 15, 2014


Wish lists are stupid and silly and greedy and fun...and so am I. So here it is.

1. A string of pretty lights -- because I hate overhead lighting with a fiery passion.
2. A record player -- because I've wanted one for years. (Way before the hipsters caught on! Wait, was that hipsterish of me to say?)
3. This Patrick Swayze print -- because...well, no explanation needed, really.
4. This cart -- because I've been lusting after it for over a year and I have the perfect place for it.
5. Roku 3 -- because I want to be able to watch Gilmore Girls and use my laptop at the same time.
6. This scarf-- because it's so prettyyyyy.
7. This book-- because I love Amy Poehler (and Leslie Knope) so very, very much.
8. Glass food storage containers -- because lunch is so much better when it doesn't taste like plastic.

What's on your stupid-silly-greedy-fun wish list this year?

Dec 5, 2014

O' Christmas Tree

You guyssss, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was glorious and the food was phenomenal and the turkey was fully cooked (but not overly so) and the drinks were flowing and the whole day was just great. I'd love to show you pictures, but I was so involved in the action of the day that I didn't take any. The mark of a good time these days, right?

So now. We're here. We made it! We're in "the middle." You know, the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also known as "the Holiday Season" and "the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." And I, for one, am PSYCHED. I patiently wait every year for Thanksgiving, a day I enjoy, mind you, to get the hell over with so that I can finally dig deep in the closet for the bright red totes that hold all the happy. The fake tree was up by Saturday (only because I had to work Friday or else it would have been up Thursday night!) and Sunday morning we got up bright and early to hunt down a live Christmas tree.

Fake tree
Luckily we didn't have to go far because there's a tree lot right outside of our neighborhood that had lots of lovely pines to choose from. And a cat.

Her name is Midnight even though she was born at 11:55 pm. I guess "11:55" isn't a very nice name so I won't hold it against her.

We picked out a skinny little lady and I still ended up having to remove some furniture for her to fit in the living room.

We quickly got her home and standing, then stuffed her to the gills with lights and garlands and ornaments. I enjoy themed trees, but they're just not for me. I love a tree full of old, eclectic ornaments with memories attached. 

Except for that ornament. Fuck that guy.

I named her Cecile. All she needs now is some tinsel and candy canes! 
Here's a bonus picture of Sam sleeping/making a dumb face. Love you snookiebritches!
I love getting home from work and plugging in the tree. It's like an instant dose of cozy! Aaaand I can't believe I just typed that. But I'm keeping it. Because this is Christmas! The season of perpetual hope! And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.

Okay, that had nothing to do with anything, I was just feeling the Catherine O'Hara spirit. Falalalalalaaaa! 

Nov 25, 2014

4 Things

Seeing that I wrote a post titled "Five Things" yesterday, I feel it's only right that I complete this "Four Things" survey that's been making its rounds.

Four Things

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Babe
  • Sissy
  • Beavus
  • Laverne

Four jobs I've had:

  • Hostess/Ice Cream Bitch
  • Sandwich Artist
  • Line Cook
  • Instructional Systems Designer

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  • Home Alone
  • Bloodsport
  • Con Air
  • Billy Madison

Four books I’d recommend:

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Four places I have lived:

  • Forksville, PA
  • Bloomsburg, PA
  • Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.

Four places I have been:

  • Fresno, CA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Orlando, FL
  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Narnia
  • Ireland
  • Hogwarts
  • My bed

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Crackers (and croutons...bread crumbs are on a case-by-case basis)
  • Meatloaf (and meat balls)
  • Fish sticks (any breaded and fried sea creature, really)
  • Fennel (and her equally disgusting friend, caraway)

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Pizza
  • Chiles rellenos
  • Scallops
  • Crab legs

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • Parenthood
  • Parks and Rec
  • Mike and Molly (newly obsessed!)
  • Modern Family

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

  • Thanksgiving because of the food.
  • Decorating for Christmas because of the cheer.
  • Christmas because of the family.
  • New Year's Eve even though it's a Wed night and we have zero plans.

Four things I’m always saying:

  • "Literally" (but I mean figuratively, obvi).
  • "Ow" because returning to the gym is a painful process.
  • "I'm going to kill you" because I have chihuahuas. 
  • "Never mind" because my filter runs a few seconds late.