Thursday, March 24, 2011

Piano Man

Because it's Thursday.
Because I haven't had a Robert Pattinson post here in a while.
Because a guy that can play the piano is incredibly sexy.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Closet Dejavu

I'm not big on clothes shopping. Never have been. Even when I had the ability to walk into pretty much any store and choose adorable things off the rack and not have to worry about whether they would fit or not.

So, these days, I usually end up picking up an item or 2 for myself when I'm shopping for clothes for my girls. Which means that most of my clothes come from Old Navy. And I love Old Navy with a serious passion. But, I've noticed an alarming trend in my closet that needs addressing.

Allow me to present a random assortment of my favorite shirts.

Umm, does anyone notice a pattern here? I mean, aside from the fact that I need to put "color safe detergent" on my shopping list.

Yes, believe it or not, all 4 of these shirts are indeed the color black. And I'm sad to say that there are at least 4 others in differing styles that I didn't even pull out of the closet. Clearly I have an issue here.

I guess I gravitate towards black because it matches everything and it's supposed to be slimming. Sorry but there's no black shirt that can work aesthetic magic like some mad photoshop skills. Note to self: Invest in photoshop ASAP.

And so, with Spring temperatures finally arriving and warm summer days not far behind, at least I can look forward to pulling out my favorite summer dress to punch up my wardrobe.


If you need me, I'll be at Old Navy. Just look for the aisle with the black clothing.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Cupcakes and Flowers and Travel, Oh My!



I love Stargazer Lilies. And white roses.

This is the simple arrangement that's on my kitchen table now. I'm forced to buy flowers for myself since hubby refuses. He used to bring me flowers all the time when we were dating. And then it stopped. He says it's because I expect them. Whatever.

It seems like everyone I know is either at Disney World or going there sometime this year. I'm insanely jealous. I'm officially in high gear, figuring out which organ to sell, so we can go too. If only I could've gotten some change for that bum gallbladder I got rid of a couple of years ago.

I must have been bitten by some kind of travel bug last week because, while at the post office, I picked up a passport application. And actually filled it out. Were it not going to cost me $135, I might actually turn the form in. I just can't justify getting a passport when I have no foreign plans booked. Only serious dreaming.

This week is Spring Break for my kids. So far, I'm really enjoying having them home. I suspect that tide to turn tomorrow when I introduce them to the fun game of "let's clean up your filthy rooms". I'm actually more than a little afraid of what I might find in there. And somewhere, my mother is laughing because I got not 1 but 2 kids who are "just like me".

Speaking of kids, I've had baby fever here lately for some obscure reason. Hurry, someone pass me a newborn quick, so I can get this out of my system already!

Since I'm obsessed with cupcakes, I've been watching that show DC Cupcakes on TLC. I'm seriously stunned to see the line down the block when they show the occasional exterior shot of the store in Georgetown. My brother assures me that it's no joke. He's driven by the store and people literally line up to get these cupcakes. Those cupcakes would have to be AMAZING for me to stand in line. I think I'll go get a delicious cupcake tomorrow at my local bakery, where I don't have to stand in line.

What kind of random do you want to throw in this week? And check out more randomness at The Un Mom.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Let's go to the movies...yet again

It's been a while since I've done a movie post and since I've had lots of tv reruns to contend with, I've seen a lot of films in their place. Here's what I've seen lately.

Julie & Julia - This is a precious movie! I can't believe it took me this long to watch it. Amy Adams is darling and Meryl Streep proves yet again why she is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

Love Happens - I really like Jennifer Aniston. And I think Aaron Eckhart is very dashing. I really wanted this movie to work, but despite it's sad theme and decent performances, it just seemed to drag on and on. Such a bummer.

My Sister's Keeper - I've been avoiding this one for a while because I really wanted to read the book first. But, it was on HBO recently and I figured, why not. I really liked this movie. I mean really. The subject matter is depressing, but the acting is great. And wow, Jason Patric is still HOT. Check this one out.

The Town - I was less than enthused about seeing this movie for a couple of reasons. First, I'm not a fan of Ben Affleck. Second, I'm not a fan of major violence in movies. However, I'm really glad that I put those hesitations aside and saw this movie because it was FANTASTIC. See it. The writing was great. The acting was great. Everything about this was just great. Oh, and Jon Hamm is in this. Mmmm, mmmm, good.

Get Him to the Greek - I have 2 words for you...Judd Apatow. The man is comic genius. Add to that the hilarity that is Russell Brand, the dry comedic timing of Jonah Hill and a performance from Puff Daddy that almost made me pee my pants. Loved this one.

Never Let Me Go - This is not the movie to rent if you're in the mood for a British romance. It's also not the movie to rent if you're feeling the least bit down...about anything. It's well written and the scenery is beautiful, but the story is heartbreaking and the actors do an amazing job of bringing you into their world.

The King's Speech - Shannon & I have been chomping at the bit to see this one since it came out. And I'm here to tell you that all the hype and accolades were 100% deserved. This movie was FABULOUS. Colin Firth is AWESOME. Geoffrey Rush is AMAZING. Now what are you waiting for? Go see this movie.

Easy A - The writing was awesome. Emma Stone is a great actress and she has some great supporting roles in Stanley Tucci & Thomas Haden Church. Anyone who lived through the high school experience is going to find humor in this movie, especially if you loved any John Hughes flicks. I enjoyed it! (the movie...not high school) And for the record, "Can't Buy Me Love" is my fave teen angst flick of all time. Patrick Dempsey, SIGH.

Have you seen any movies lately?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Attention to Detail

Little A is in a fabulous Pre-K program at one of our local magnet schools. Every Monday, they have a homework sheet that's based on their letter of the week. It includes working on letter formation and coloring pictures of items that begin with that letter.

In an unusual turn of events, Little A finished her homework with grandma Monday night while hubby & I were at the E.R. with my ankle issue. So, we didn't look closely at it before she turned it in. However, we had a good laugh when her homework was returned in her folder.

The picture is crappy, so let me translate.

Both of my girls pay a lot of attention to details in their drawings. Striving for authenticity, Little A looked at our oven at home and wrote "FRIGIDAIRE" on the picture. Her teacher loved it and so do we!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Magical Healing Properties of Chocolate

It's been a tough few weeks around the old homestead. Mondays in particular have been especially crappy. Every Monday has brought more bad news and we're pretty over it at this point.

For those who follow me on Facebook, you've already heard about my new fashion accessory.

I love blue, but this is a little ridiculous.

I rolled my ankle pretty badly on Monday evening, so I've spent the last couple of days on bedrest. Not fun. It's swollen and hurts and today started turning a lovely shade of purple.

So, today, my BFF showed up at my house unexpectedly with a "cheer up" gift. A Death by Chocolate cupcake. My FAVORITE.

I am so appreciative of friends who go out of their way to make someone else's day brighter with just a simple gesture.

Shannon, you made my day! I'm so thankful that you're my friend.

And my sweet tooth thanks you too.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Ass Friday (on Tuesday!)

I'm running a bit behind on last week's progress. Better late than never!

I did a pretty decent job of getting in 5 glasses of water each day. I did fall off the Coke wagon and ended up enjoying a few of those and wow, did they taste SO GOOD. I got in zero workouts, which was disappointing, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I reactivated my Sparkpeople account and I've been hit/miss on entering my food intake. However, I've been much more conscious of my portion sizes, which is a WIN.

My goals for this week changed since I wrote this post yesterday. I'm striving to keep up with the 5 glasses of water per day and to keep a close eye on my portion control for the rest of this week. The workouts are on hold now because I seriously injured my left ankle last night. It's not broken, but it might as well be, apparently. I really wish my gym had an indoor pool right about now.

Now, drumroll please...

Starting Weight: 222.7
Previous Weight: 222.5
Current Weight: 221.4

I lost 1.1 lbs in the last week and I've lost 1.3 lbs overall. Yay for progress!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Random Tuesday Thoughts


My thoughts are a scary place to be today. Proceed with caution.

I'm beginning to think that I'm living in the Twilight Zone with the crazy effin weather we've had for the last few months. We've had record snowfalls and 2 tornadoes, just to hit the highlights. If I see locusts, I'm getting the hell out of here...quickly.

Speaking of crappy weather, mother nature is just trying to piss me off now by cutting the power to my DVR for the better part of a whole day. So far, I've missed Oprah's Post-Oscar show and the next to last episode of The Bachelor, among other things that I wanted to tape today. And the electric company had the nerve to give me attitude when I called to inquire as to when I could expect to have lights again. BIG mistake. BIG. HUGE. (name that movie)

And why is it that I lose power for an extended period of time the day after I make a big grocery run? Damn it.

I finally broke down and had a Coke to drink. First one in almost 2 weeks. Man, am I going to have a serious headache tomorrow. That is if I ever unwind and get to sleep tonight thanks to this massive caffeine high.

I watched the Oscars last weekend and my overall impression was Pffffttttttt. James Franco would've been hard pressed to show any less interest in being there. Anne Hathaway (who I think is precious) just seemed like a giddy schoolgirl, in way over her head. And how could they leave Corey Haim out of the "In Memoriam" tribute? A load of crap. However, I was happy about most of the winners.

Wow, this week's thoughts have a decidedly negative, bitchy tone. Yikes. I'd better stop here before things get really ugly. See ya next week. Same bat time...same bat channel.

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