Sunday, January 31, 2010

day one hundred fifty-four, fifty-five and fifty-six

Day One Hundred Fifty-four 1/29/10
Purchased From:  Circle Thrift
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2010
Price: $5.00
Accessories:  jeans, blue moon boots, faux fur hat, anchor gloves, grey cardigan, green neckerchief
Hair and Makeup: Down for most, usual makeup with wine colored lips 
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: Lots of boot compliments/comments.  A client told me I was "very pretty but I could lose a few pounds" 

There's a good reason I write these every day.  I forgot so many details of my life within hours.  Friday was good from what I remember. I worked, grocery shopped at Whole Foods, which somehow allowed me to spend $107 on god knows what.  After work I met up with friends at Johnny Brenda's for a drink and then headed home to make foods for our Kitchen Nightmares viewing party.  Kristin came over and brought a veg lasagna. I made a salad, garlic bread and spaghetti to go with it.  Unfortunately we were not in the episode. Oh well.  It was weird, none of the interviews they did made it into the episode.  I think it was because they had a review to rely on for the bad  impression.  Oh well, at least I got meet Chef Ramsay. It was fun.  We spent the rest of the night watching theme songs to shows we watched growing up.  It was really quite pathetic.  We went to bed around midnight and I woke up at 4:45 with the need for butt peeing.  I went back to sleep and woke up again at 6:15 for more butt peeing and some barfing.  Awesome.  Almost an hour later I went back to sleep.  Waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach flu is not fun.  I spent the next day in bed until I finally got dressed around 5:30 and went to do a cat job...

Day One Hundred Fifty-five 1/30/2010 
Dress: White Slip
Purchased From:  
Year or Era Purchased:  ?
Price: $?
Accessories:  jeans, hunter wellies, faux fur hat, red scarf, black tank top, grey cardigan
Hair and Makeup: None
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: n/a

The day was spent in bed.  I attempted moving only when nature yelled and punched at my guts and to get a bowl of vegetable broth.  I think I watched nine episodes of Law and Order Special Victims and half of Food, Inc.  I slept on and off and felt like total crap.  Michael worked all day on our third floor spraying insulation and cleaning.  It looks awesome and it's so much warmer now.  I felt like a total jerk for being in bed all day.  I finally got dressed and went to do a cat job, which is where I'm pictured.  The cat's name is also Abby.  She was pretty rad and really loves cat nip so I made her night.  On my way home I stopped at Ekta and got a tub of rice.  I came home and ate more broth and rice and got back into bed.  I watched more Law and Order, probably most of season four.  I fell asleep again and woke up this morning after 11, still feeling not so great.  

Day One Hundred Fifty-six 1/31/2010 
Dress: Green Tommy Hilfiger Camping Dress
Purchased From:  Circle Thrift 
Year or Era Purchased:  Spring 2008
Price: $5.00
Accessories:  black tights, hunter wellies, black leg warmers, yellow cardigan
Hair and Makeup: Down for most of the day but up in a messy ponytail for the photos, usual makeup with wine color lips 

I woke up feeling better but that feeling quickly subsided after I put some fluids in my body and took seven trips to the bathroom. Michael made pancakes, I threw a bit of a fit and yelled.  I ate a pancake with little success.  It was quite tasty but body hated it.  I climbed back in bed and watched Interview With a Vampire.  Eventually I got up to get dressed and do my cat job.  The beauty of the stomach flu is that you lose weight without thinking about it so much.  This dress hasn't fit in some time. It fit today.  I could always get it on but today was much easier and I didn't feel like a giant blob in it.  The dress is some weird tent like material. I like it but I have never worn it before.  I hope to keep losing weight and keep this one in my arsenal for when I'm completely comfortable in it.  I have no idea why I didn't wear it before when it fit really lovely. I was probably saving it as I often used to do with my dresses.  So dumb.  It's 10:06 on a Sunday and I'm going to climb into bed now.  Here's hoping February doesn't come with more stomach flu.  

day one hundred fifty-four and day one hundred fifty-five.

stomach flu :( I have two updates needed but I have no energy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

day one hundred fifty-three.

Day One Hundred Fifty-three 1/28/2010 
Dress: Vintage Red/Maroon Floral Dress
Purchased From:  Circle Thrift 
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2010
Price: $5.00
Accessories:  light grey tights, reddish maroonish leg warmers, black boots, pirate ship necklace
Hair and Makeup: Down for most of the day but up in a messy ponytail for the photos, usual makeup with wine color lips 

This morning was really quite lovely.  Michael worked from home so I didn't get out of bed until almost 10AM.  I woke slowly and with kitty cuddles before finally setting feet on the ground.  I made myself coffee and showered since I was too tired to do so last night.  Before I knew it I had to leave for work.  Time gets away from me so easily.  I wonder if it's because I'm too slow, too preoccupied or so over being a dog walker that I self sabotage my schedule.  It's not that I hate dog walking. There are certainly fabulous aspects of it but I'm ready for my dare to be great situation.  Maybe that's why I'm obsessing on school.  I think it's a way to channel myself into something positive and productive.   JD Salinger died today.  That makes me sad.  I haven't read his works since I was a teenager and I think it's certainly time to revisit them.  I was walking around the student bookstore at CCP last week and saw a copy of The Catcher in the Rye and thought to myself that would be sort of awesome to study in a classroom setting.  I remember loving his books but to be quite honest I don't remember much about them.  I feel that way with a lot of books I've read.  I guess that's why I enjoy rereading so much.    I'll have to add reading good quality books to my getting shit done in o' ten list.  

Today's dress was purchased yesterday at Circle Thrift.  It's sort of hippie/bohemian for me but I like it.  It's vintage, which automatically makes me love it more.  It was quite cold today so I paired it with some rad leg warmers and my beat up faux suede boots.  For the part of the day I could keep up with it I wore some dark lipstick.  My lips are really too small for dark lipstick but I love it so much I don't care.  I spent most of my day working and then came home and straightened up the house a bit.  We're having people over tomorrow night to watch the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares since Kristin and I were interviewed for the Hot Potato Cafe episode.  Let's hope we didn't end up on the cutting room floor.  Even if we did it was pretty bad ass meeting Gordon Ramsay.  He was super nice but wore dorky sneakers with an otherwise nice looking ensemble. Watch it tomorrow night on Fox at 9PM! Look for Kristin and I talking about why we've never eaten at Hot Potato.  If we didn't make it on watch it anyway because that show rules.  

We went to dinner at New Delhi in West Philly with Orsborn and Sam.  It was nice and I managed to not fat myself into an Indian food coma.  This is probably because they didn't have saag paneer or malai kofta.   After I made Orsborn take me to the Foodery for some fancy beer purchasing.  I really like to have a beer, usually just one, every now and again, more now than again, lately.  I never understood the lure until I tasted one I loved.  

We came home and played a little Mario but I'm too tired and my mind is all over the place for some reason so I couldn't sit still.  I kind of want to just go crawl into bed and since it's 12:13 I think that's acceptable.  Good night. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

day one hundred fifty-two.

Blurry but still my favorite of today's batch.

Day One Hundred Fifty-two 1/27/2010 
Dress: Red Plaid Flannel Dress
Purchased From:  Port Richmond Super Thrift 
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2010
Price: $3.95
Accessories:  black tights, black leg warmers, black and orange snow boots, squirrel necklace, black belt
Hair and Makeup: Pigtails for part of the day, down for the rest, usual makeup with red lipstick for some 
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: Michael


Fucking hell.  I've been on hold with Comcast for one hour and twenty-eight minutes.  At this point I'm just doing it out of habit.  Ugh.

Sorry for the lame update yesterday.   I was exhausted for no good reason really. I woke up at 6AM to take Michael to the train for his DC work jaunt but I went back to sleep for three hours when I came home.  Yesterday was a huge disappointment.  I found out that I am unable to attend school this semester even though I already attended a class, met with an advisor and bought books.  I'm so glad all of the people I spoke with last week clued me in on the fact that I wouldn't be eligible for classes this semester.  Oh bother.  I was super excited too.  When I called to inquire why I couldn't attend this semester and plead my case the first woman I talked to told me the school was "full". I corrected her and told her that wasn't true at all since the class I attended had 11 open slots. She got super pissy with me, told me to hold on and transferred me to a voicemail.  Awesome.  After I finally spoke to an intelligent, though still mean, woman she informed me the problem was just the time needed to process my application and transcripts.  She definitely made it a point to tell me it was my fault about three times.  Thanks.

Since I knew school was no longer in my plan for the day I decided to use the extra time to get shit done.  I took a trip to the post office, and stopped at the jewelers to get my wedding rings resized since they're a tad small and causing eczema when soap and grossness get trapped under them.  I was very proud of my errands.  I also worked a really long day and came home and made a super yummy dinner of veggie chicken, pan fried walnuts and kale and truffled mashed potatoes.  Yum.  Michael and both fell asleep on the couch and after waking I just couldn't bring myself to write a blog.  

Today's dress is once again probably a nightgown but I don't care.  I love the red plaid.  It's quite comfortable.  It had belt loops on the sides so I added a black cotton belt from another dress.  Turns out it was way colder today than I thought it would be and this nightgown dress is a bit thinner than I thought it was.  Oh well.  I am so wearing it to bed tonight.  

I had a fine day, way less productive than yesterday but fine.  I took Michael to work and then stopped at Circle Thrift on the way home.  I got some amazing and weird blue snow/moon type boots that I'm super excited to wear.  I also got a few dresses and some cute shirts. Lots of my stuff was orange tagged, half off.  I love Circle Thrift.  I need to yelp them. I came home and did lots of dishes while calling Comcast to complain that one of our boxes wasn't working.  We get free cable since Michael works there and in December decided to upgrade a box to dvr/hd.  We get charged for this service but it's still discounted. Since we switched the box our bills never changed from $0 like they should have.  Someone forgot to update our account, which automatically made it so one our boxes wasn't activated and kept shutting off.  Had I never called to get the box (that resides in the kitchen and gets little use) fixed we would never have paid for the dvr/hd box.  Blargh.  All so I can listen to tv while I cook and do the dishes.  I spent the rest of the day doing boring stuff.  I worked and went to the gym with a quick stop at the grocery store.  I came home and started on dinner and that's when my Comcast debacle began.   The brilliant tech that helped me earlier somehow turned off one box while activating another.  

Ok so after two hours of being on hold with Comcast I hung up and called back and voila two minutes later I had an operator.  ARGH! This makes me want to hurt someone.  We finally ate dinner (twice baked potatoes, veggie ribs, leftover kale and broccoli with almonds and lemon butter) and watched the State of the Union address.  After dinner we played some Mario and drank a little wine.  I got a headache, which I'm sure was my body's way of reminding me not to drink too much.  Now I'm off for a shower and bed.   I hope I don't dream of stupid Comcast.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

day one hundred fifty-one.

Day One Hundred Fifty-one 1/26/2010 
Dress: Brown Cotton Sundress
Purchased From:  Port Richmond Super Thrift (originally from target)
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2010
Price: $3.95
Accessories:  blue tights, hunter wellies, grey knee socks, navy blue cardigan, pink hat
Hair and Makeup: Braids, usual makeup with extra grey eyeshadow


I'm too tired. I'll update in the morning. 

day one hundred fifty.

Day One Hundred Fifty 1/25/2010 
Dress: Grey Cotton Dress 
Purchased From:  Port Richmond Super Thrift
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2010
Price: $2.50
Accessories:  black tights, hunter wellies, cream knee socks
Hair and Makeup: Pulled back, almost no makeup
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: n/a


Today was so sad. I don't want to write about it much.  We put our cat Easter to sleep today.  She was in renal failure and has been suffering from kidney disease, hyperthyroid and high blood pressure for almost two years now. She stopped eating on Saturday and that's when I knew she was done. I probably could've kept her alive with lots of pills and fluids but it would only have provided me with a few extra days and her with more suffering.  Michael and I took her and held her the whole time.  She chomped down on my hand at one point and left me with a nice puncture wound to remember her by.   We came home and started drinking, me a dark beer, Michael some fancy whiskey that was a wedding present from our friend Caroline.  I tried it and it was smooth and lovely.  I checked the mail and got a huge kick to the face in the form of a letter from CCP saying I can't take classes this semester as my paperwork wasn't in on time.  Ugh.  I don't understand why no one could tell me this last week when I was there in person.  I guess I have to go tomorrow and see if there's anything I can do.  Good thing I already bought my books, lost the receipt and attended a class.  

This dress is my Easter mourning dress. I bought it yesterday at the Super Thrift.  It's a forever 21 dress. It kind of stretches out as the day goes on, not great but hey, I bought it for $2.50.  

Here's are some pictures of my baby girl Easter that I've been looking over while listening to sad music.  The first one is by my friend Jared Castaldi and I love how you can see her surly attitude in it.  

Sunday, January 24, 2010

day one hundred forty-nine.

Day One Hundred Forty-nine 1/24/2010 
Dress: Strapless Polka Dot Dress 
Purchased From:  Circle Thrift
Year or Era Purchased:  Spring 2009
Price: $5
Accessories:  black tights, hunter wellies, navy blue cardigan, kurt halsey bird necklace
Hair and Makeup: Two mini braids into braided buns, Usual makeup 
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: MIchael 


This dress hurt me because whoever made it is an asshole.  Pieces of sharp plastic thread that made up the "boning" kept poking me in the sides and they hurt like mad.  I spent most of my day watching terrible movies, avoiding the world and sulking because my cat is dying.  We're going to take her to the vet tomorrow and put her to sleep.  I feel so bad for her.  Sorry this update is so lame but I'm just not feeling it. 

day one hundred forty-eight.

Day One Hundred Forty-eight 1/23/2010 
Dress: Black Lace Top Cocktail Dress
Purchased From:  Forever 21
Year or Era Purchased:  Winter 2007 or Spring 2008 
Price: $22.50
Accessories:  Black short sleeved jacket, black tights, gold heels
Hair and Makeup: Usual makeup with extra grey and purple eyeshadow, wavy/curled hair
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: MIchael 

Today was mostly lazy and fat.  Michael and I lounged about and then ate Primo hoagies and he watched Grey's Anatomy with me.  I think he secretly likes that show.  We spent a large portion of our day on Easter the cat death watch.  It's so sad. I think I'm going to take her to the vet on Monday morning and have her put to sleep.  I've only ever had to make that decision before with my rat Alcatraz but he was already in the hospital and the vet advised it.  Easter is my little old lady curmudgeon and I'm so sad to watch her stumble around hide in dark corners.  She was diagnosed with hyperthyroid, kidney failure and high blood pressure about two years ago.  I think her kidneys started to fail rapidly over the last day or two and she has been losing weight for the last two years but is now mostly skin and bones.  She still purrs when I hold her and pet her but she mostly just wants to be alone.  A few minutes ago she climbed into the cat bowl of toys and peed all over them.  I just let her do it and threw away the toys.  She's old and dying and she can pee where she wants to pee.   Steve always jokes that Easter looks like she should be at the bar smacking the bar for more drinks.  She used to smack our hands while we ate so we would feed her any dairy or Italian food we had on our plates. I have video of her eating spaghetti but I'm too tired to deal with that so until I figure it out tomorrow here's a still photograph:

Somehow the day got away from me and I eventually got ready for our evening events.  I didn't wear this dress all day but I had to attend my client's 70th birthday party this evening so I gussied up a bit to attend the high society party.  It was held in a condo building in Society Hill and Michael and I got to have weird and surreal and sometimes awkward conversations with strangers.  Michael and I found a middle aged couple to talk to and actually stayed a lot longer than we expected. It was nice to do something so out of the ordinary and weird. I love my shoes so much, they're actually my wedding shoes and they're from Smak Parlour.  I love them so but after approximately three hours my feet began to feel as if one million fire ants with tiny hammers are smashing into the balls of my feet in unison.  The dress is also not an all nighter as the lace top starts to itch and annoy me in the armpit area.  I once wore it to a Madonna/Michael/Prince and by the end of the night I was wicked rashy from the sweat induced lace chaffing. Yum. 

 I think now I'm going to crawl into bed and watch Lucky Louie on Michael's laptop. 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

day one hundred forty-seven.

Day One Hundred Forty-seven 1/22/2010 
Dress: Pink Lacey Dress
Purchased From:  Delia's
Year or Era Purchased:  2000ish?  
Price: $29-39?
Accessories: Pink hat, pink underslip with ruffles, pink tights, black boots, grey cardigan, white/pink polka dots neckerchief
Hair and Makeup: Usual makeup, double buns with a hat
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: A client told me the dress was a little too young for me (I think she's right), Michael liked the boobage


Yesterday began with a frantic coffee slug and wardrobe selection.  I had an appointment with the accountant to finally do my 2007/2008 taxes.   This is an example of me failing at adulthood.  My 2006 taxes left me with a bad taste in my mouth and $1100 lesser, putting fear into me every April for the next few years. I am pretty bad with money, I must say.  I spend it when I have it and don't save it.  I don't have a savings account or a 401k with more than $700 in it.  I have debt and I have too much junk and can always convince myself I need something else.  I'm going to try to stop that this year and include it in my 2010 getting shit done quest.   We've been attempting to purge the house of unnecessary items and become more organized.   The accountant visit went so much better than expected and left me with a serious spring in my step for the rest of the day. I worked and then met up with Michael for dinner and a drink at the Abbaye.  It was lovely. Later in the night we met up with friends at our neighborhood bar and I got a little drunky, which is why I didn't update last night. Oops. My apologies.   

The dress is a silly pink with lace overlay dress from Delia's that I am sure I loved because it's fairyesque.  It will be going into the donate pile.  It's too small and it just doesn't do anything for me.  I added the underslip for some flare and I thought it improved it but not enough.  Plus my boobs and bottom are waaay too big for this juniors dress.  

Thursday, January 21, 2010

day one hundred forty-six.

Day One Hundred Forty-six 1/21/2010 National Squirrel Appreciation Day!
Dress: Blue American Apparel T-shirt to Dress
Purchased From:  Clothing Swap
Year or Era Purchased:  Fall 2009 
Price: $Free
Accessories: black tights, blue striped leg warmers, black furry boots, black undershirt, ribcage necklace, 
Hair and Makeup: Down, just brushed, usual makeup
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: Michael called me sweatin' to the oldies

Whew. I am exhausted.  I worked a long day and then went to my first class! Yay! I emailed the professor last night and she is allowing me to audit her class until I am officially enrolled as a student.  I'm taking African American Literature and so far I like the professor a lot.  It is plausible that I am older or the same age as her.  Oh well.  

I was at a loss of what to wear today because I have very few dresses left and many of them are quite dressy or don't actually fit.  I opted for an oversized t-shirt cut off at the neck to help lengthen it.  I realize it's not a dress but like I've said before I will throw on some tights and call it a dress.  

I came home from school and work and made a dinner of leftovers plus some pan seared smoked tofu.  It was good.  I also indulged in some vegan treats chocolate cake that I got at Govinda's today because I am wicked pmsing.  Yup.  Sharing is caring.   After dinner I worked on getting all of my tax stuff for 2007/2008 done so I can go get them done tomorrow.  I am not looking forward to this! I put it off waaaaaaaay too long.  Ugh.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

day one hundred forty-five.

Day One Hundred Forty-five 1/20/2010
Dress: Grey Business Lady Dress
Purchased From:  Circle Thrift
Year or Era Purchased:  Fall 2009 
Price: $5
Accessories: black tights, green flats, vintage cream and black short sleeved cardigan, bird necklace, grey waist belt 
Hair and Makeup: Down for most of the day and curled with hot rollers. I don't know why I put it up for the picture, usual makeup
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: A few shoe compliments, one hair compliment and some guy in an elevator said I was "pretty and helpful" since I held the door for him.  I think that was more insulting than complimentary for some reason. 

I did not want to get out of bed today. Since I was exhausted and Michael and I taught ourselves to use the espresso maker I attempted to make myself a cappuccino.  I don't think I did it super well but it turned out okay.  I'll give it another try with some better coffee tomorrow.  I spent the morning wasting time on the internets and searching for some old writing samples to no avail.  I'm sure I put them in some random box, wrapped them  in saran wrap and buried them in a drawer somewhere.  Maybe not the saran wrap part so much.  I forced myself to get ready early and get my butt out the door and working on time.  I came close.  Slow process, it's a slow process.  I liked my outfit today. I felt vintage professional.  It's funny I picked out this outfit so I could feel grown up and cute when I met with the advisor at CCP but then I didn't take off my ratty dog walking coat and I wore my dirty and beat to hell purse.  Oh well.  I tried.  If I had a fancy office (ok, not so much fancy but you know, fancier than picking up dog poo) job I'd wear this outfit.  

I worked a bunch and then went to CCP and met with a really nice Professor and the advisor for the Creative Writing program.  I then had to deal with the welcome center/admission gods only to find out I am at the mercy of the transcript request timeframe.  Ugh.  No transcripts equals no skipping core classes I've already taken.  Blargh.  I've emailed a possible professor asking if I can audit her class until I am officially a student and officially have 15 credits of core classes I've taken over ten years ago.  Cross your fingers. 

For some reason I was seriously tired after working today.  It might be because I had to deal with a drunky client.  I do not like this so much.  It was her birthday and she cried a lot.  Her emotions ran the gamut from sad to scared and injured to worried about getting items from Costco.  She said she felt dizzy as she had fallen a day and a half ago. I am pretty certain that the birthday lunch drinks she had and the glass of wine she downed while I was there may have had something to do with her dizziness.  How do I end up in situations like these? Maybe if I get all into this creative writing thing I'll write a dog walking memoir.  

I came home and collapsed on the couch and succumbed to bad dvr'd television such as celebrity rehab, american idol and some food network worst chefs show.  It felt good to do nothing and veg out for a while.  Michael came home and I made us easy dinner: lasagna roll ups (lasagna noodles spread with ricotta, sauteed mushrooms, and sauce and then rolled up and put into a casserole dish, covered with sauce and mozzarella cheese), garlic bread, roasted zucchini and angel hair pasta with three cheese store bought sauce.  It was pretty yummy but I was able to resist seconds, good thing since I bailed on the gym today. 

I am off to my blissful comforters and pillows now and I'm super happy about it. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

day one hundred forty-four.

Day One Hundred Forty-four 1/19/2010
Dress: Black, White and Yellow Floral Mod Dress
Purchased From:  Conway
Year or Era Purchased:  Fall 2009 
Price: $3
Accessories: black tights, black chucks, blue leg warmers, black cardigan
Hair and Makeup: Up in a low bun, usual makeup 
Comments/Compliments/Complaints: None. I don't think anyone even actually saw my dress today.  Oh well. 

This dress was $3 and that's probably why I bought it. I'm also a big fan of the yellow color on the dress.  I call it Katy yellow because my friend Katy always wears this color and sort of made me aware of my love for it.  Sorry for the non updates lately but I've been busy with my birthday boy and kicking ass at life.  Ok, the life ass kicking started today but it feels so good I'm going to extend it into my memory of the last few days.  

Before I go any further with today and my aweosmeness I'll elaborate on the past two days.  Sunday was spent mostly lounging and couching it with Michael.  We played video games, ate giant samiches and  watched Into the Wild (I still have to finish the book but now I'm even more into doing so).  I then made us a pitcher of bloody marias and we played Super Mario Bros. for hours.  It was lovely and slightly pathetic at the same time.   

The dress I wore on Sunday was a slip I've had since high school. There's a giant photo of my high school friends and I in the center of our yearbook, something I find sort of badass and wonderful.  I was one of those rare people that loved high school so it makes me happy to look back on it.  We were instructed to dress as we normally do but a little brighter if possible.  I remember painstakingly dyeing my hair three or four different colors and then dyeing it back to normal for my stupid retail job within a day or two.   Here's the photo and a close up of the slip in its original state and me as a tiny little teenager.  

The day of the yearbook group and candid shots happened to fall on the same day as the health screenings at our school and the same day I got my period unexpectedly while wearing a white slip dress.  I went to the nurse to get some lady products and apparently during my travels I was spotted by the school's principal who was none too happy with my outfit.   He called the nurse and told her to tell me to change.  I remember just buttoning my sweater since it was so oversized.  While I was in the office I spoke with a visiting nurse there to do help with the health screenings.  She told me her son would love me, he was one of the Dead Milkmen.  That was pretty rad.  Turns out she was the Mommy of Rodney Anonymous.   I realize this was just a passing comment but I was seventeen or eighteen at the time and this left a huge impression on me.   Later in life I dyed the slip black, which turned it a nice shade of dark grey.  It's a little stained and spotty and has a few rips.  I will never get rid of this garment.  I wish I still had that green argyle cardigan.  I still have the boots.  I like to bring them out once or twice a year.  Maybe I'll dig them out this week.   

Yesterday was a lovely day except that I had to work and Michael had off for MLK day, lucky boy got a three day weekend for his birthday.  We slept in and I made him huevos rancheros for his birthday breakfast.  It was actually Huevos with Chipotle Black Bean Sauce and I have to say it turned out gorgeous and yummy.  I was super duper proud.  Here it is in all its glory:

I had to leave and go work while Michael did very unbirthday like stuff such as fixing the dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, doing laundry and paying bills.  Not my kind of birthday but to each his own.  I came home and we got ready to meet up with his family at Mikado Thai Pepper in Ardmore.  I spent the entire car ride laboring over which items to order since there are so many delicious choices.  I opted for the red curry tofu.  I highly recommend this meal to anyone and everyone.  It is bliss.  After dinner we went around the corner to Colie's boyfriend Mike's apartment for presents and pie.  Michael got an espresso maker, fancy iphone headphones and I got him a toolkit roll thinger for his motorcycle.  He was a happy boy.   Since he never specified his cake or pie of choice his Mom made both a cherry and a lemon meringue pie. Nom.  He blew out all of his candles in one breath.  Word. 

Today was my getting shit done day.  I am taking it back.  I spent my morning hours crossing things off of my to do list in a furious manner.  I made an appointment for my taxes (don't think I'm fancy these are for my 2007/2008 taxes because I rule at life and don't want to go to tax court as Philadelphia is recommending I do, no good) called the stupid UPenn vet for my cats meds that she never called into the pharmacy, spoke with the director of the Creative Writing department of CCP, applied to CCP, and requested my transcripts sent to CCP.  Whew.  I'm going to meet with the Creative Writing director tomorrow to go over possible classes I can get into this semester.   The program is for a certificate that I don't need since I have a degree but I've been looking into the English/Creative Writing Graduate Program at Temple and it requires some stuff for admission that I'm not ready to provide.  CCP would provide me with extra experience, writing samples, access to professors for recommendation letters, etc.  It will also help me to decide whether or not to commit the time and money to a graduate program in this field.  I'm pretty excited about the whole endeavor.  I barely write poetry or fiction anymore but I'd love to get back into it and learn to do it in a structured manner.   There are many ideas in my brain arsenal.  I certainly need to brush up on my literature and vocabulary as I feel it is lacking greatly since I've delved into young adult fiction novels like Harry Potter and Twilight.   

I spent the rest of my day with a spring in my step.  I worked, picked up Easter's meds, went to they gym, grocery shopped and made dinner of horseradish cheddar mashed potatoes, sage mustard seitan (I'll put this Horizon's cookbook recipe up tomorrow; it is tasty!) and chilled asparagus with a sesame wasabi oil drizzle.  Michael and I gorged ourselves while watching Cougartown.  I'm not sure if he enjoys this show or just watches it to appease me.  He does laugh and there are pretty ladies in it so I guess it's not all bad for him.   We then sat down and went over our wedding photos and finally chose the four large prints we wanted.  Cross that off the list.  We then watched the dvd directions for the espresso maker (dvd directions kick the pants off of written directions in case you didn't know) and attempted to make our first cappuccino.  It turned out kind of bad since we didn't stop the water flow in time but now we know and we'll keep trying until we're espresso/cappuccino pros.  It was such a wonderful productive day.  I hope for many more days like these in the future.  

I suppose I should go get clean and get my ass to bed since tomorrow is quite a busy day.  

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