Thursday, November 26, 2009

i guess i never got the memo

About to shower and head out for Thanksgiving. My family's dinner is at 1, and I'm taking a train to DC afterwards to meet up with the Foliage and co. Then he and I will crash at his apartment (he has the lease until the end of the year) tonight. Tomorrow I'm taking a barre class at in Logan Circle. It's AMAZING. If you're ever in the DC/MoCo area, I highly recommend it. It's the only place I've ever paid to work out, and it's worth every penny.

Then we're going for a run, and then maybe doing some people-watching. I've never been out on Black Friday before. I just avoid all consumer meccas on that day. I have no idea what the appeal is. Nothing at any store that really participates in Black Friday is going make those crowds worth it for me. Or waking up that early. Man, I hate waking up early...

Other things I hate: Carlos the Cat. And that's all I'll say about that. I feed him and stuff, lest you worry that I'm depriving him of food. I just...can't stand him. At all.

I like hanging out and catching up with my best friends. It seems to happen so rarely. Stupid adulthood.

I started working on a skirt several years ago...I got it from a thrift store. An a-line, heavy sweatshirt material skirt. I guess it was around winter of 2006 that I started altering it. I drew a branchy tree, then cut out leaf shapes, then sewed fabric into the leaf spaces, and cut out flowers from a patterned fabric I had and sewed them on top. I'm sure there's a technical term that could WAY condense that sentence, but I have no idea what it is.

Anyway, it was one of the most tedious sewing projects ever, and with just 5 little leaf cut-outs to go, I abandoned the project. It's been in every closet I've had since then...just hanging there. So sad. But I decided I wanted to wear it for Thanksgiving this year. And because I'm a ridiculous procrastinator, I just finished it this morning. Well, I finished the cut-outs. Then I tried to take it in, and got overwhelmed with trying to decide between a zipper, snaps, hooks 'n eyes and what order I should be doing things (take in the darts first, or sew in the fasteners?) I took in the back seam, removed the waistband, made a new waistband, and left a space for the future fasteners. After I did this, I put it on to see how it was fitting, and...still too big. Sigh. So I secured the exposed seams and decided to just safety pin it. I'll have a weird bunch thing at the back, but whatever. Hopefully people can focus on the decorative handiwork.

I wonder if anyone who reads my blog cares at all about sewing. I feel like even if someone who did love sewing looked at my blog, they wouldn't read that. But I'm leaving it, because that skirt was an effing psychological mountain, and I champed it. Well, partly champed it. I'll finish it later and then I'll post pictures.

Oh, hey, totally forgot the Foliage left his passport here and now I have to try and find it. Otherwise we'll have to call off the trip. But I've torn apart every place I can think of, and it's not turning up. So that's super exciting (read: makes me want to drop kick something cute and innocent).

Safety pinning.
Passport searching.
Last minute packing.
Green Bean Casserole Assembly.
My parents'.
Newark, NJ.

Sorry there aren't any pictures. Oooooh, can't forget my camera... Hopefully I'll have some pictures to post (both of Mexico and the mostly-demolished basement) when we get back.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

somebody check my brain

So I am STARVING but going to dinner in 35 minutes. Oh, the lament! Oh, the injustice!

That is literally all I signed on to say. I guess I should say other stuff too, right? Fine. Ugh...

We got sweeeet tiles for a sweeeeeet price for the basement. It's ridiculous how quickly Christmas is coming and how little time we have between now and then to get this stuff done. The word you're looking for is "daunting".

I want to work out but the hunger is preventing me. Also I'm crazy sore from working out yesterday.

Also CPA exam coming up. As in, tomorrow. Yeesh...

But for the moment, killing time until we meet up with my mom, sister and a friend for dinner at Mona Lisa. I've never been. But nothing could make my stomach happier right now than pasta.

Man, I'm sorry. This has been the worst post ever. Now I'm going to force myself to do some lackluster crunch thingies.

OH, but everyone who's out tonight should go to Trolley Square! It's the first of two "Trolley Nights" where most of the stores are having open houses with hors d'oeuvres, and you can get pins that awards the bearer(s) discounts at those locations for the duration of the holiday season! How sweet is that?? Maybe I can coerce Mom into swinging over there after dinner. The next (and final) one is December 10th. Seriously...go.

Monday, November 2, 2009

mmmmm tofuttiiiiii

I eat Soy Delicious so often that when I have Tofutti ice cream it's like a (succulent, refulgent) smack in the mouth. That's not the point of this post. I just get pumped about my snacks.

We got the house!! I am currently in said house, in the Foliage's office, using the neighbor's internet, once again. The legit internet will be hooked up this weekend, people, so don't get all up on my case. Yes, it's just me alone in the house. Me and the cat. The needy, needy cat.

Front stoops: not as cute when covered in wet leaves and you're carrying heavy, unwieldy furniture

After crossing all our 'T's and dotting our 'I's, I attempted to transfer the house money from my checking account into the joint account we opened specifically for shared bills. But WSFS decided to play a funny yoke and mail a physical check instead. Which left us, on the day of closing, essentially penniless as we waited for it. Luckily, I was able to stop the payment JUST in time, and we got a cashier's check that morning. Thrilling stuff, I know. It was definitely the most major stressor during the purchase process, though, and I wanted to share.

So now he's in Maryland, working his first half-remote week, and I'm in the house I wasn't supposed to live in. Whatever. It's the cat's fault, not mine. I want a salad. With balsamic dressing. Real bad. Anyway.

Project #1: finishing the basement.

We have a lot of ideas. We've decided to use ceramic tile or some other sort of stone for the floor. This is for a few reasons. Mostly the potential for moisture since it IS a basement, and the fact that the only way to get between the front and back yards is through the house, and if we're going to be dragging yard supplies through, the surface should be easy to clean. Eventually we'd like to add a half bathroom to that floor, but that probably won't be affordable within the basement timeline (fully-finished for living room-ness by Christmas).

1/2 bathroom location (we'd get a stacking, smaller washer/dryer set to put enclose in a closet in the bathroom, probably)

Project #2: kitchen.

The kitchen is lovely. It has a polished brick floor, awesome lighting, new appliances and gorgeous cabinets. But it also has a solid, non-storage wall between it and the dining room. And in such a small house, being that closed off is just silly. We want to take out the wall and make it a peninsula with either storage or herb racks above it. We're also contemplating how to add a non-awkward pass-through to the living room and make the built-in china cabinet a feature. There's no timeline for this currently except for "before we decide to sell the place." Hopefully sooner than later. But who knows? The kitchen project might be cheaper than the 1/2 bath project since we don't have to do any major appliance or utility stuff, but...we'll see how budgets feel once we actually start paying the mortgage.

I love this sink!!!

Dead wall...standing...or something

I heart built-ins

We tend to like one another's ideas. The problem comes when we both want to do too many things, and then get overwhelmed. Then we split off. I, coming from my mother's house, get an idea and then I do it. Or at least I start it and then maybe "do" it. He, having only lived in rentals, essentially, is stricken by the idea of a permanent change. If I had more time this week, I'd be painting oversized graphic prints in the craft (my) room. But he'll be back before I have a chance. And now he'll read this and lock the door and hide the key. Luckily, I'm a fearless part-owner and have no problem kicking in the door. Damaging a door paves the way for a cooler replacement door! Ha! Now he's reading this and crying, probably.

Watch your BACK...door...!!

We've gotten almost all of his big furniture in here now, but I don't want to take pictures until the rooms look how they're going to keep looking. Y'know? Y'know.

Random otherness!! This Saturday (and the first Saturday of every month), Walter's Steakhouse on Union (at 8th) hosts a '20s Style Speakeasy! We're going, and if you'd like to join, just come to the house and then we can all walk or drive, depending on the weather and the shoes. I haven't decided on my outfit, but I definitely want to do finger-waves, if possible. My hair might be too layered, though. Whatever. I'm pumped. If you DO want to go, you have to RSVP to get the secret knock/password (different every month). I've been wanting to go to one foreverrrrrr but we're always so busy. But now the stars have aligned, and I'll be drinking in Fitzgerald style! It starts at 9, which gives you plenty of time to take care of your other Saturday obligations.

We ALSO went to the prom (again)! Oh, man, so fun. SO fun. Which reminds me...

You know...this has been a rainy year. In fact, this is kind of a rainy part of the world (deciduous forest, for those of you who don't remember 3rd grade geography). So when people don't do things because it's kind of really frustrates me. When you show up to events on rainy days, everyone's been rained on. We're all in the same I-kinda-look-like-garbage boat. And I think that makes it more fun because it sort of equalizes all the participants. And not doing stuff because of the weather is a pretty boring way to live. If you want nature to cater to you 24/7, go to SoCal. And pay out the nose to survive. I digress.

Clearly, people who find excuses to not participate in things really annoy me. But back to the prom!

I wore a gown made out of what I have to describe as...a floral, white shower curtain...? That's about as close as I can get. Under the vinyl were layers and layers of some gauzy business. Ruffle around the scoop neck, and there was a green velveteen ribbon at the empire waste. We got the Foliage's outfit at the thrift store for a total of $25 (2-piece suit, button-up shirt, and INCREDIBLY PERFECT bright white peewee-style shoes). Glorious.

We went. We drank. We danced. Drank more. My super classy date was named "Class Whore." Awwww... Afterwards, we went to Gallucio's for karaoke, where my father and boyfriend signed me up to sing Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." What can I say? It's a crowd pleaser. Especially when you get on stage in a shower curtain and bust out the full-on Lemmy voice. I think the term you're looking for is "heart-warming." Pictures are on Facebook, but I'm not really comfortable posting them here, so...sorry. I tried to at least upload the promotional artwork image, but it isn't working.

Here's what I CAN post pictures of

Gee, that sure looks a lot like Mexico... OH, because it is!! We've been talking about going on a vacation together for basically as long as we've been together, and I haven't been on a real vacation in....hmm...5 or 6 years. Since before I started working full-time, anyway. And even then, I think I cut vacations short for school.

My parents bought into a timeshare this year, and they're going to use their 2 weeks per year to get two suites for one week for the annual family trip. But since this is their first year having it, they got an extra week which expires in April and they haven't been able to figure out a way to use it. Enter: us. I won't be able to take a vacation UNTIL April (after New Year's, anyway), so we looked up location availability and flights and...Cancun for the week after Thanksgiving is just ridiculously cheap. We'd really love to go somewhere cultural where we could explore, but...we needed cheap airfare. We're homeowners, not gazillionaires. So I'm pretty stoked.


Okokok what else... We were Marla Singer and the Narrator from "Fight Club" and were pretty dead-on. I got a last-minute amazing find at the Silver Spring double-thrift-store for $10. Mid-moving. It was an exciting weekend. All the pictures that exist from that are on facebook, so you'll have to stalk me there to find those, too.

AND another event: next Wednesday, Westside Family Healthcare (a nonprofit providing medical attention to low-income families in the area) is hosting a fundraising event at C.W. Harborside. A coworker of mine is on the board and will be guest bartending. I'm taking yet another exam at the end of that week, so I don't know if I'm going to make it, but I'll definitely be attempting to go.

And now to bed because it has taken me FAR too long to write this update (includes time for getting distracted by pictures on facebook...really distracted), and I have class tomorrow night and I need to be able to stay awake for it. Here's hoping...

Plus, I have to turn "my" room into this after class tomorrow

No big deal or anything. It'll totally fit. And the Foliage won't mind at all, I'm sure.