Thursday, December 30, 2010

So Long 2010

It's that time of year when everyone is looking back and reflecting on all the things that have happened. Not to be too pompous or anything, but I definitely feel that I've had some pretty good moments here in blogville, and thought it would be fun to jump on the band wagon and think about my best posts of the last year.

I began this blog in February, and it's been a fabulous trip so far. From leaving The Writer to moving to moving to a new city, it's all been a trip and I'm glad I have this blog to remember it by.

That said, here are my favorite blog posts of this past year. I hope you'll enjoy reminiscing with me!

5. With A Twist- the second half of this post, involving Straight No Chaser!

These are my favorites because they remind me of great moments this past year, crazy moments this past year, and also remind me of all the changes that have taken place since I started writing this past March. I can't even imagine what 2011 will bring!






Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The End of the Affair

I've recently become disillusioned by a store, who name I will mention. Kohls.

To be fair, recently actually means about 3 minutes ago, so I'm writing this through the embittered haze of one who has just had the glitter of a fabulous online order ripped from her eye (does that even make sense? Forgive me, I'm a little irritated whilst writing 
this. . .)

I can remember when it all first started. About 3.5 months ago, I headed into a Kohls having been there, of course, a million times before. Countless sales and great buys for some reason hadn't really made it clear to me. That fateful day, however, something changed. My eyes were opened (so to speak) and I realized what an amazing deal everything was. So many sales, so many fun clothes. I was in love. Totally in love. I even signed up for their credit card (eek!). From that day on it's been fabulous. Kohls peppers me with incredibly exciting e-mails and sales, and I happily head to kohls.com and spend way more money that I should. It's all a win-win really (well, now that I'm writing it out it doesn't seem too win-ny for me). 

Then about 2.5 weeks ago, I headed onto their website to find the most adorable little night set and all the proceeds went to charity. It was half off for $5 but then of course if i ordered $50 I'd get free shipping andihadacouponfor15%offsoIhadtoreallyordermorethan$50. . .OK, so you get the point. Sixty dollars later, I was happily tapping in my Kohls charge number and getting excited for my purchases to be shipped three day express for free and arrive before Christmas. Not because they were presents, but because I really wanted to wear the new outfit for Christmas. 

December 23rd rolls around and I come home from work to find my package sitting pretty in the lobby for me. I rushed inside and began to tug open the packaging. Suddenly, a black wad pops out of the bag. "What?" I think, "I didn't order tights in my frenzy, did I?" Oh no, I didn't. Kohls.com had screwed up my order and sent me three pairs of large, men's, black gloves. Seriously? Where were my Vera Wang jeans? My LC cardigan with purple flowers? Nowhere to be found!

The next day, I called to remedy the sitch. The lady was very accommodating but confused me with talk of someone coming to pick up the order and switching and setting up times, etc. It all seemed a little complicated and ridiculous to me, but I went with it. How foolish. When I'd still received no word from "them" -the people who were to switch the order- I started to get a little impatient so I called again tonight to get more answers.

Oh, I got some alright. Super helpful guy tells me a. girl from before did something that was wrong and (he didn't say exactly) wasn't even protocol; b. I can remedy the situation in about 3 weeks; c. I have to go return the wrong order they shipped me in store if I want to speed up the process; d. I can't get part of my order because it's no longer available (the sleeper set that started this whole mess) and; e. I still won't get the rest of my order for another 2 weeks.

Dear Kohls,
We're through. 
At least until you send me another coupon for 40% and I totally forget that you suck at keeping orders straight and I really don't like you. But until then, I'm so over you. 




Friday, December 24, 2010

What's 4 More?

It's come to my attention that I maybe have made a bit of an error on a previous post. 

If you go here and take a gander at the last couple of paragraphs you'll notice that I may or may not have made reference to santa's lovely reindeer. The problem is, I alluded to the fact that there were 12 reindeer (or, flat out said it).

I mean I'm sure there are 12 reindeer, really. Of course Santa probably runs things such that he has some backups. What happens if Dancer gets a snowball in the face, or Prancer steps wrong and sprains a hoof?

Still, the fact remains that traditionally, Santa only has 8 reindeer, nine if you count Rudolph. I mean, I know the song: Now there's Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donner and Blitzen. And obviously, I recall the most famous reindeer of all. Nevertheless, I still somehow just assumed that all those names made 12. . . whoops!

Just wanted to clear that up on this Eve before Christmas. And now, back to some festivities, including watching Love Actually, one of my fav Christmas movies, with the mom and sister.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Tales from the T

First and foremost. Let me update you on my life with this piece of shocking news: I saw my T crush on Tuesday and he had cut his hair! Gone were those beautiful, luscious, blond, curly locks (OK, now you're wondering if I have a crush on the man or the hair. . .I wonder that too sometimes). I'm pretty sure I gave an audible gasp when he entered and I recognized who he was. Still, after recovering, I decided he looked just as good, maybe even a little more mature (I like mature) and he still had cute little licks in front, like, just hints of curls. I could handle that.

However, I couldn't be too focused on T crush because the most (this remains to be seen, as stuff like this happens often) ridiculous scenario was playing out right next to me on the train.

Actually, I've gotten ahead of myself, let me start from the beginning. 5:05 PM, a coworker and I hop on our train to head home. I grab a nearby seat, while J stands across from me (she was getting off at the next stop to transfer). A short, rather stout man gets on the train and charges over to where I'm sitting, squeezing his way between me and another passenger. J and I are chatting when, just after we pull out of the station, Man sticks his arm right in front of my face, so that I actually have to lean back, and presses the bell strip on the wall  (Mind you, you don't have to do that underground). His hand lingers for a moment then, he slooowly lowers it away from my face. J and I are working hard not to laugh at this point.

We arrive at the stop for which he's rung the bell. He sits calmly, not even attempting to get off or looking the least bit confused, concerned. nothing.

J leaves, i plunk in my headphones and slip into the dream like state the T always induces in me. Man falls asleep or is dying or something, as he's making weird, hacking, blowing noises periodically. I squeeze as far against the wall as possible.
When we hit the above ground portion of our trip, Man becomes excited, but for some reason is moving at the pace of a sloth. He leans over, this time in the other direction, and basically straddles the male passenger beside him to ring the bell strip again. Other Guy looks alarmed and tries to get out of his way, to no avail. Man half stands, sits after that. We stop.
Again, doesn't get off.

This goes on for 3 or so more stops, until, at one point Man is literally on top of Other Guy. With a wild look in his eye, Other Guy manages to scrunch up and scoot his way out from under Man and slide next to me. He looks at me with a look of panic, confusion, and just general WTH?? I smile understandingly, secretly really glad Man decided to use the other bell strip.

Finally, Man makes his way to the exit, but doesn't get off. When a woman gets on blocking his way the door, he becomes incredibly agitated, "Excuse me, excuse me" he exclaims in a nasaly voice, "I'm getting of at the next stop. Excuse me!" 

She smiles calmy and assures him she'll move when they stop. Man is clearly not happy but has no choice. At last, the train stops and he exits, blocking several other people trying to get on/off in the process. I spent the rest of my ride home trying to work out exactly what had just happened.  All I can say is, there's never a dull moment around these parts.

For the record, T crush seemed to find these goings on equally strange. Not that I was watching him or anything. I mean, not at all. I just assumed. . .





Monday, December 20, 2010

A Cup of Good Cheer

Oh, my dear blog friends, can you believe it's already the week before Christmas. I've been having so much trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year, for some reason. Slowly, though it's welling up.

This Saturday some girlfriends and I headed over to another city, New York,  for some fun shopping, festive lights, and just general fun! I always love going to NYC during the holiday season. There's nothing like a 50 foot tree to make you feel a little like Christmas. Not to mention, whilst floating around Saks balking over the fact that a pair of socks can cost upwards of $100, I also thoroughly enjoyed some truly beautiful Christmas decorations. As much as I love my baby of a tree, can you imagine coming home to this stunner every night? Hello!


And if that wasn't enough to get me in the Holiday mood, today it FINALLY snowed in Boston. I was beginning to wonder what a girl's gotta do around here to get some Christmas cheer?!?  Everything looked so much softer and prettier as I walked from work to the train station, glorying in all the fluffy, white stuff! 

(on a side note, I was wearing a pair of cute wedge boots that I quickly learned are not meant for trekking around in the snow. At one point I almost face planted into the brick walkway while dozens of other unconcerned commuters huffed past, irritated at me for slowing them down!)

Despite the dangers of wading through snow in slippery boots, my spirits are no less dampened. In fact, I'm happy to be home. As snow falls outside my windows, I'm getting ready to bake some cookies for a Christmas party here tomorrow. 

Oh, hey Christmas. I think I'm almost ready for you!



Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Tiny, fake fir trees and snow flakes that glisten

     Christmas shaped cookies , and warm woolen mittens

          Wrapping my presents while Old Blue Eyes sings,

               These are a few of my favorite things. 

This evening has driven me to writing songs! Sorry, Maria, I mean no disrespect to your version. Frankly, though, I don't really like cats all that much and I like my package wrapping to be just a tad more flashy. . .

Seriously, though, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is evenings like this. I get to snuggle up at home, wrap gifts, and belt out some of my favorite Christmas tunes. Seriously, how amazing is it, that Christmas is basically the only holiday that has an entire repertoire of songs that only come out once a year, and never get old no matter how many times you've hear them? So classic. 

Not to mention, I actually love wrapping presents. I love getting square corners just so, and fussing with slippery bows until they are perfect. I love arranging tissue paper and choosing what paper fits each persons personality. Basically, what I'm saying is, if you ever get too overwhelmed with all the holiday hubbub, I'd be happy to wrap your gifts for you. . .for a fee. Come on, a girls gotta make some Christmas cash somehow!

In honor of this most glorious time of year, and my recent "caroling" I've compiled a list of my top 5 Christmas carols for you all. In case your jonesing for some Christmas cheer and need some help!

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel. (Definitely, the best song of the season from the arrangement to the lyrics.)
2. Carol of the Bells (Celtic Women, espesh)
3. Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt's version is far superior to anything else out there!)
4. Christmas Waltz
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?

This is such a short list. More realistically I'd have to give you like my top 20. I mean what about Mariah Carey, because all I want for Christmas really is you. . .

Alas, I'll stop here because I could just go on gushing forever. I exhort you to action, however. Go listen to some classic Christmas tunes. Brush up on your 12 reindeer, show Frosty some love, or just settle in for a Silent Night. Whatever it is, get to Pandora now and get you some Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Chapstick, and Chapped Lips, and Things Like Chemistry

I'm a chapstick addict.

 As you read that statement, I'm sure you chuckle to yourself.

"Oh, Katy" you thinking, "you're so dramatic is laughable." 

Well, first off, you'd be right. Even I won't pretend that I'm not an incredibly dramatic person. Second, however, it's become pretty clear to me over the last few years that me minus chapstick is a bad scene.

Rare is the week that goes by without someone making a comment on my extensive chapstick application, by near panic attacks upon realizing I've forgotten my chapstick, and or my whining when I head somewhere for a few minutes and forget to throw a chapstick in my pocket.   

If you don't suffer from this addiction. Let me try to explain. I don't just use chapstick in the dry winter, or on cold, windy days. Oh no, I'm a die hard, year round chapstick user, and a mere stick transferred around just won't do. I have a chapstick for each of my purses, chapstick for my car, spare chapstick at work, and of course, several chapsticks in my bedside table.

If by some horrific oversight, I go somewhere and find that I don't have chapstick on hand, panic sets in. My hand get clammy, i get irrationally angry at myself, and my lips begin to burn, tingle, and in some extreme cases swell. Constantly, I find my mind wandering toward applying some chapstick. While everyone sits, enthralled with Harry Potter, or a future bride opening her wedding gifts, or a cute baby cooing on his mother's lap. . .I'm somewhere else. Squirmy, distracted, and feeling a little faint, I'm wondering where I can sneak off to to get some chapstick. Sometimes, I'll compromise and use some lotion to moisten my lips, but it's never enough

And if you're wondering. NO. I NEVER use another person's chapstick. That's disgusting. Unless we've kissed, in which case, I can make an exception. Otherwise, I don't want my lips on something your lips have touched. bleck.  

 What prompted this particular post? Well, I'll tell you! This weekend, I left for a day and a half of traveling and forgot my chapstick. Then, somehow, terribly, my car chapstick was missing. The horror! After an agonizing 18 hours or so, I eventually found a chapstick in my coat pocket. My lips are still recovering. . .

This prompted me to do some research in chapstick addiction, as I've read that it's a legitimate problem before. I learned tonight that while it's not an addiction like alcohol, say, our lips are easily psychologically affected.  As soon as we think about our lips the saliva on then dries, and we have the urge to moisturize them.

If we don't moisturize them, they can easily dry, crack or peel, because we continue to think about it and they continue to dry out. Jeez! It's clearly a lose-lose situation. This isn't a problem that affects everyone, but it apparently plagues many people all over the world.

I just happen to be one of the many. 

Really, I'm writing to advocate for addicts like me who are constantly being made fun of by our friends and coworkers for our ridiculous addiction. We are not crazy, we have a real problem. Be nice to us.

. . .And if you're wondering, yes my lips are incredibly dry and starting to burn as I write this. I think I'll go put on some chapstick. . .


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Godiva Dive

Sometimes, I take really ridiculous pictures throughout the day because I think to myself. I'm going to blog about this tonight! But then, I get home, and something ridiculous has happened that I want to share. Or, as is the case more recently, I don't end up blogging because  I'm busy, tired, blah blah blah (I could give you a hundred lame excuses but I'll refrain. I know you don't care!) 

What ends up happening, though, is I'll be looking through pictures on my phone for something and I'm like, "what is this?"
"Why do I have a picture of a man's shoe with gum on it?"

"more importantly, do I even know that man?"

 You know, usual stuff like that. So today, I thought I'd share a few of these candids and explain a little about them, despite their initial failure to make the cut for my blog.

1. This is an escalator at one of the Cambridge T stops in Boston. Basically, it is a vertical escalator, and you ride on it for probably about 3 minutes if you chose to not walk down and just stand still holding on for dear life, hoping you don't plummet to your death (like, say,ahemmeahem). Additionally, if you are going further outbound, you actually have to go on another escalator after this. Do you realize this is an indication of just exactly how far underground you are when riding this T line. Eek!
ps: just so you have the full picture: I wasn't even all the way down the escalator at this point, I still had about another 20 feet.


2. This is the common area in my office. Filled with Godiva chocolate. The Christmas season is definitely upon us. As such, various big wigs from other companies send expensive gift baskets to various big wigs in our company. After the latter big wigs select what they want, we get to feast on the rest. Have you ever had Godiva chocolate covered pretzels, or their coconut truffles. Well, I have and let me tell you. . .they are divine (although, don't over indulge or you'll be feeling sick for hours. Not that this happened to me or anything. I mean, I'm just saying. . .).

Isn't my life simply thrilling? After eating my weight in chocolate, I then hop on a completely vertical escalator, hoping that in my fear, I don't puke up that fancy chocolate all over innocent (and just as frightened) fellow escalator riders. Believe me, everyday is not this glamorous.




Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's Tradition!

Yesterday, at work, I was having a conversation with a coworker about traditions that different families create surrounding Christmas. I love that everyone has their own special moments and activities that mean Christmas for them.

Do you have special events or things that you and/or your family do as part of this wonderful season?

One of the traditions I've loved that my mother started was this: each year she would buy each of us kids a new ornament that fit our personalities or hobbies or whatever was special to us at the time.  Now when we decorate our trees we already have a box full of meaningful ornaments that bring back so many fun memories.

I hope if I'm blessed with little ones that I'll remember this wonderful tradition and make it happen for my kids. 

Another of my favorite things that we've always done at Christmas is stockings! Even now that I'm 23 years old, I still get so excited for my stocking on Christmas morning. Presents are great, but my mother always made a point of buying complete surprise gifts for our stockings. Fun cosmetic products, candy, and any number of fun little items. And of course their was the CD or DVD we inevitably were coveting that season or year. 

I still love that stocking tradition and it's another I want to carry on for my children. 

What is it that is so satisfying about traditions that we create? I'm sure I don't know but I want to keep them coming, that's certain!




Monday, December 6, 2010

solitude

This weekend, in preparation for a crazy, hectic month of holiday I took a day entirely for myself. It was glorious. I never wanted it to end. 

Saturday morning after seeing my sister and her boyfriend off (they spend the night Friday) I headed back into the house took a shower. . .and then decided I was going to spend the day completely alone. 
What did my day of solitude look like, you ask? Well, it was mostly spent snuggled up in front of the TV watching Christmas movies, playing spider solitaire on the computer (I'm addicted), reading, listening to music, and baking (I may have pretended to be on my own cooking show whilst partaking of this last activity).

I budgeted and belted out Christmas tunes, and even broke out my guitar for half a second. I also  forwent any real food in favor of subsisting on mint chocolate M&M's, Arnold Palmer Half Lemonade Half Ice Tea, and batter from my baking.

It was supremely refreshing and I now feel ready to face this crazy December with renewed strength and vigor! 

Then, my  weekend was topped off by getting a free orchestra seat to see the Rockettes perform at the Wang Theater in Boston!  Bring in on Christmas. I'm totally ready for you now!


If spending an entire day alone and not speaking to anyone (but yourself. . .) sounds like a great idea to you. do it. You won't regret it one bit.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hump Day

I've come to notice a correlation between the oh-so-famous hump day (Wednesday, in case your a tad out of the loop) and my general appearance. 

I never really made the connection before.. I mean, sure hump day is accompanied by a 2 o'clock slump in which I try to simultaneously nap and type at the same time and a general sense of despair that sleeping in Saturday morning seems for far away. Today, though I also noticed that Wednesday also usually means that no matter what outfit I wear is completely bedraggled and ill fitting. My hair is a mess, even if I do the exact same thing as I do every day, my normally comfortable shoes give me blisters and I feel ill.

It's as if every fiber of my being is struggling to get over this hill of a day. Thankfully, I sail into Thursday somehow every week and manage to get my hair back under control (ha ha) and find something productive to do in the office.

Seriously, what is it about Wednesday? It's like ingrained in our genetics that it be a sluggish, near insurmountable day.

Although, blessedly today is December 1st. December, the month of Christmas. How glorious!






Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crafty, Crafty

We've taken things to a whole new level here in my cozy, city apartment. The roomie and I are in full crafting mode; brought on, do doubt, by the holiday season! Our coffee table has been covered with projects and remnants of projects for the last few days, and it's such fun! 

Our projects have included pine cone  ornaments for the Christmas tree, purple picture frames, and red jewelry chests. Here's our coffee table in various stages of craftiness:



The only down side to all this lovely, adventurous, homemade goodness, is that one of my (many) flaws rears its ugly head. I am a perfectionist. In the most awful sense of the word. I'm irrationally demanding, and boy do I like things just so. Eek! This leads me to great heights of disappointment, irritation and dissatisfaction as I go about my crafting business. Nothing is ever as "right" as I imagine it in my head. None of my projects come out quite like the vintage or clever finished product I desired. Oh, the pains of perfection!  

I'm making an early new years resolution (super early, and strange, because I never make them on the real holiday) to not be such a controlling perfectionist. Who cares if a little red bow isn't draped over a pine cone just so? Does it really matter if the Christmas ornaments are scattered in a perfect random pattern? In short, no. So maybe I should just stop worrying about it, have fun crafting and let the finished products take care of themselves! It'd probably be a whole lot more fun that way. . .

Monday, November 29, 2010

For The Birds

As I prepared to head to bed last night, I had this odd sort of foreboding. I mean, I was returning to work after a 4.5 day hiatus and it just seemed natural that maybe tomorrow would be kind of chaotic.

I wish that word covered it.
At 6:30AM my alarm goes off, to my great confusion. It takes me a moment to understand what that heinous noise is, but from the recesses of my memory (from 4 days ago) I recall what that sound means. GET UP! So I do.

I hop into my shower, cursing the crap water pressure and wonder when the plumber's coming. After a mediocre shower, I head into my room wear I decide upon one of my least favorite outfits ever on the basis that it's clean, and functional. A mere half hour later, I enter the kitchen deciding to kick this morning up a notch with a nice fried egg sandwich for breakfast. I'm excited and everything goes as planned until the moment I whisk the egg from it's carton. I gently crack it against the edge of the counter and as I go to open it. bam. raw egg explosion.
Raw egg everywhere. Down my shirt, pants, counter, stove. Hello, Monday.

Skip ahead to mid day, I leave lunch early and set off for City Hall where I hope to rectify a sticky situation involving my new resident parking permit which seems to have the wrong license plate number written on it. My lunch break ends at 1:00, so you can imagine my sense of urgency as I step up to the counter at 12:55. Determined to make it through, I explain my plight to the service person and hand over my registration. Service Lady takes a gander at my registration at which time, she points out that my parking permit has the same license plate number as my registration. That's funny because the license plate the RMV of the great state of Massachusetts gave me is a completely different number. How does that even happen?? Ever so helpful, the lady encourages me by telling me the $40 ticket I got as a result of this fiasco will easily be erased upon my fixing this little snafu with the RMV. 

I, of course, have no time to dwell on this because it's 1:01 and I have to get back to work so I can continue training the new employee no one told me I'd be taking under my wing, despite the fact that I've only been at this job for 3 months.  

I'm laughing as I write this, because, really, there's nothing else to do.

In the spirit of the past months tender, thankful moments. I'm going to let all this roll off my back and think thankful thoughts. Trains came on time today, the city hall employees were surprisingly very friendly, and my Christmas tree is up and decorated.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Three Days of Thanksgiving

I've basically been eating like it's Thanksgiving everyday for the last 3 days.

Tomorrow, it's time to crack down, me thinks. . .





Tuesday, November 23, 2010

cheeks cheeks cheeks

 I nixed VLogging today. There just aren't enough hours in the day to work, eat dinner, have guests, and make a fool out of yourself on camera and post it on your blog for the world to see. whew.

But all that craziness can't stop me from giving thanks! Today I'm thankful for 
babies.
OK, that might sound a little creepy. But, seriously, babies make my heart so happy. They're beautiful, amazing beings, and they smell so dang good. I hope to be lucky enough to be a mother of lots of little ones one day, but until then, I'm just thankful other people are poppin' 'em out!

 In fact, I was just at a baby shower this weekend for a friend, and was bursting with happiness that she is soon to be a momma. It's such a blessing!

This little girl in particular, the daughter of one of the woman whose blog I read (you can see it here) literally makes me tear up sometimes with how cute she is and can we talk about those cheeks.



I'm all weak at the knees. Man, do babies slay me :)


Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Been So Long

I guess I've gone the same amount of time as I usual do between postings on the weekend, but it seems  
so long this time.

So, I loved the whole vlogging thing, but in part I feel like I'm missing the writing parts of my blog. I'm still going to Vlog my last three thankfuls, but today I'm going to write mine! I gotta get some practice in before Friday rolls around and I'm back to the good stuff!

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to be thankful for today. I wanted something profound, serious, funny, smart and challenging.

Then, my day got started and it was a whirlwind, I felt sick, my body was achy and resistant to moving. So many reasons this day did not go as planned.

But. I made it through.

That's what I'm thankful for. On this day, where I was tired, grumpy, achy, and stressed about many things. I got done what I needed to do, made it through the day and even got to finish it off my doing some "baking."
I mean it was half-baking since I mostly just melted ingredients, combined them, and then chilled them. Still, it calmed my soul and made me feel like me again. So I'm thankful for making it through today because it means I'm that much closer to Thanksgiving. And it means I can make it through any day. Especially if I get to bake!


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me, happy I made it through the day. And happy I'm heading to bed in T minus 5 minutes!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lassie, or something

I keep having things I want to share with you guys, but I know having stories AND vlogs is a bit much! Still, here's just one teensy, happy tidbit of my life. Here are some lovely pictures of Josh Radin (and me loving me some JR when I went, and was thankful, a few weeks ago!)



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SEVEN days!

Can we talk about what a hot mess I am in this video. I'm sorry all. Whipped this baby out in about 2 minutes and threw it up!

I'm no less thankful, just wiped from my day and looking forward to my lovely, downy, warm bed. yum



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dust Jacket

Oh dear. It seems my success on vlogging every day will be broken this evening. That doesn't mean my thanks will, however!

I will make every effort to return with a fresh vlog tomorrow, but until then let my tell you what I am thankful for today:
 Books
Books are my most constant friend. When I am stressed, scared, tired, lonely, happy, whatever, I love to read books.
I love the way they smell. I love the scratch of a page turning or the satisfying thump of a finished book closing. If I could chose only one pastime to engage in for the rest of my life, I think it might be reading. Reading a book is so much more than just one thing. It is listening to music, sailing the high seas, falling in love, falling out of love, laughing til you ache, finding a friend, dreaming you can be anything. 

I am so thankful I live in a time and place that allows me to know how to read and also allows me unlimited access to books of all kinds. 

Now to go all cheesy on you, William Hazlitt once said, "Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."
Good reading, folks. And good night!




Monday, November 15, 2010

Bullseye

Today I missed my stop coming home after work for the first time ever since beginning a daily commute over 2 months ago. I mean, it was fine since there's stop like every 10 feet and I just got off the next one, but it felt so strange. It might have been because I'm reading this amazing book called The Lace Reader. It's not new, it came out in 2006, and I had it recommended to me ages ago, but I happened across it yesterday at a new/used book store and couldn't resist it for half off! If you're from MA and interested in book which takes place in Salem, and is a bit of a mystery you should read this (I'll even lend it to you!).


 On a side note, I may have also missed my stop because I was concentrating on not vomiting while the man across from me picked his nose none to discreetly. ugh. There better have been gold up there or something. . .

Friday, November 12, 2010

T crush

**Pardon me while I revert back to my 14 year old self for this post. I, of course, don't normally write about such trivial things (hah hah) but I felt that this particular situation called for a blog post.

If you count up all the hours that I spend on the T each week commuting to and from work, it's about 7 hours, not including the extras on nights and weekends! Naturally, us commuters often see each other on the same T over and over again as we schlep to and from work every day around 8AM and 5PM. We don't show any signs of recognizing one another. No, that would be far to personable and intimate for a New England city dweller. This does, however, provide the perfect opportunity for a T crush

You're probably telling yourself that I'm ridiculous right now, and maybe I am, but lets be honest: you know you have a  _______ crush. Fill in the blank: Laundry mat, bus, newstand, Trader Joe's. 

You have no real interest in meeting them because that would shatter the illusion and you maybe already be involved with someone else. Be that as it may, your heart quickens at the sight of this person throwing softener in with their tighty whiteys or debating over organic whole wheat pasta or cheese tortellini. 

Enter my T crush. I noticed him my first week commuting on the train and have looked forward to glimpses of him ever since. He's well dressed (Holy Ralph Lauren!), has beautiful dirty blonde curls, dark mysterious eyes, and once held open the crazy T doors for a little old man trying to get off (so cute!). 

I don't see him every day and, in fact, hadn't for awhile until yesterday. As I fought my way on the train after work I stumbled (literally) into the middle car only to find him sitting handsomely across from me and two seats down.What a rush.

I tried to remain completely nonchalant while I took in his glorious curls and wondered what he was so busily tapping on his smart phone. 

And then. we had a moment. 
It was brief, but so much was said (I mean, with our eyes)

Him: Oh, hey I recognize you. umm, why is the T so crowded today
Me: Ummm. I like you hair. and your shoes. and your Puma bag. Also, you have really nice hands (I'm a hand girl) and I sort of wish I knew your name but not really because it might be something boring and would totally ruin this moment for me. I wouldn't mind the T being crowded if I was pressed up against you and your sexy leather jacket. . .

(clearly, I'm a fast eye talker and can get a lot in with just a split second glance)

Then, the T lurched to an incremental start and we slumped into a light T slumber, groggily opening our eyes once we reached above ground to keep an eye our for our respective stops. 

until tomorrow T crush. . .until tomorrow

PS regulars: tomorrow will also bring another VLOG! I figured you wouldn't sit still long enough for this lengthy post and a VLOG :)












Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thanks, Veterans!

Well, I think everyone can guess what (or who!) I'm thankfully for today, and rightly so! Just a few side notes: My paternal grandfather, who is a veteran of the Korean war passed away several years ago, but I'm still thankful for him and proud of him! We really don't know how lucky we are here in American sometimes. . .

On a more goofy note, tomorrow I have a fun little story to tell you about my T crush. Oh yeah, it's gonna be good, heh heh!



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Great Balls of Fire

I don't think this post needs anything else, except this one editorial: sometimes I'm a total whacko. . .

Monday, November 8, 2010

Music Man

Check it:


You can check Joshua out here. This man makes me happier than any stranger should ;0) Oh, and try not to judge me on this vlog, it was early morning, I was exuberant after some amazing live music.

My top 5 fall weather songs:
1. One of Those Days-Josh Radin
2. King of Anything-Sarah Bareilles
3. Save the World-PT Walkley
4. Shelter -Ray LaMontagne
5.She's Mine - Brett Dennen

Some new, but mostly old. I always listen to these songs way more often in the fall weather. I don't know why but it just seems right...









Thursday, November 4, 2010

Baby Talk & Tonsil Hockey

It's 8:07AM and I've just headed out to catch the T to work. After rushing around to get some chili in the crockpot,spilling a bunch of crushed tomato on myself and generally having a rough morning. All I want to do is settle in on the T and take a nap!

Enter the rainy day T ride. Muggy, smelly, sticky, and most of all crowded. Round about 8:15, I pushed my way on my train, and wriggled down the narrow car toward the back. I managed to sandwich myself in between two girls in a coveted door alcove. Then. They got on. You know them. The couple who sort of matches, talks in obnoxiously loud voices to each other about their personal business and spends half of the ride sucking face.

As luck would have it, they packed themselves in tightly right next to me. The T lurched away from the platform with a screech and I had nothing to do but listen to their ridiculous conversation about triplets (?) and their making out. Suddenly, it became very clear that this couple was even worse than normal. Girlfriend began baby talking Boyfriend and then in a move that almost made me vomit, starting weird babbling baby, bubbly blowing noises as she moved in for the kill. Ick! If you want to blow raspberries on your boyfriend tonsils do it on your own time, lady! Or at least pick a day when I'm not pressed just as tightly against your boyfriend's side as you are. Jeez! I've never been so happy to arrive to work. . .40 minutes later. 

My name is Katy, and I disapprove of playing tonsil hockey on the T. 

I do approve of being thankful though. . .

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christopher

If there ever was a more postworthy day this month it is today. Want to know why?

Ok, OK! twist my arm why don't you. I'll tell you!

. . .

I bought my Christmas tree today! It's a perfectly shaped, three foot, Alberta pine named Christopher.

"But, Katy" you ask, "how can that be, it'll be dead by Christmas?!" Oh right. Did I mention it's fake?

The new apartment isn't really suited to handle a full size tree this year, so I've opted for a little baby one. I'm excited because every year, I want to go all Martha Stewart and decorate my tree only with white lights, pine cones, and red bows. Well, folks, this year is the year. And you will get to be a part of if. I mean, you're not invited over to help me decorate (I don't even know some of you!) but I'll definitely be posting pictures of Chris in all his gloriousness. Now I just have to wait about 23 more days before I can set it up. Let the countdown begin!


And before you go and start dreaming up Christmas schemes of you own. Take a minute and be thankful, will ya?


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Give Thanks Challenge

Can you believe it already November 2nd??

Frankly, I can't but as I've expressed before, I'm super excited for what that means. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are that much closer. YAY! In preparation for these glorious holiday days, I've decided to launch a little personal campaign to be more thankful!

Check it out below:




PS: Sorry for the poor video quality. I live in a basement apartment and use a Dell. Needless to say, things are a little bit shaky in the VLOG department. Still, I'm hoping I'll work the kinks out and get better and better!

PPS: It's a tad quiet so you might need to crank it. I was being thankful early in the morn and the roommate was still peacefully slumbering. I figured the sounds of me chirping bloggily so early might not have been what she had in mind for the start of her day. . .


Monday, November 1, 2010

BOO!

I have to admit, I've never really been one for Happy Halloweens, and all that hooplah. Dressing up seems completely ridiculous and overrated to me and I usually do everything in my power not to have to dress up. Sure there was one year in college where I Poshed it up with some friends so we could go as the Spice Girls, and around the time I was 11 I decked myself out in full witch regalia-fake spiderweb nails and all.

Nonetheless, Halloween is definitely not one of my favorite holidays. This year was no different, and aside from a party I was attending on Saturday, I was perfectly happy to lead a Halloween free year.

However, somewhere between my roommate looking adorable dressed up as the T (Boston's subway system) and seeing pictures posted online of everyone in their costumes, I became inspired. Not wanting to spend any money, I perused the internet looking at others costumes and ideas for "costumes from the closet." Because I'm evidently 5 years old, I decided to patch together a ladybug costume. You know, red wings, black dots, antennas, etc. etc.

I threw myself into this craft project with unusual gusto and a paper Trader Joe's bag, swirly red earrings, and several safety pins later, PRESTO, I had myself a Halloween costume at no charge.

Here are the results. Not my best efforts, but give me a break!







More exciting than Halloween is that once Halloween ends, Thanksgiving preparations can begin (ok, who am I kidding, the Thanksgiving preparations began several months ago when someone gave me like 6 big bags of frozen cranberries. I've been waiting impatiently to make some delicious homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving ever since!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ballerinas in Boston

I won't pretend that I'm mad for ballerinas. Or that I once was one (hahah). But I saw this project and these images on another blog I follow and I thought they were so stunning and creative! They juxtapose the beautiful and strong lines against gritty, city backdrops from both New York (mostly) and Boston.

The first two are my favorites, I was entranced by the lines. The others are all taken in Boston, how fun!

To learn more about the Ballerina Project, go here.



14th Street-NYC


Manoa Park



Public Gardens



Charles River




Boston-Charles



Monday, October 25, 2010

Witch Ones

It seems that the fates have decide that I should be hit with one idyllic fall weekend after another.

And let me tell you, I'm not complaining! If you haven't already guessed (HA!), fall is my favorite time of year, so much so that sometimes I just think I might burst with how in love with autumn I am!


Ok, so enough with the gushing, I know. As usual, I like to tell me weekend stories in pictures. But I'll give a little context:)

On Saturday some friends and I headed out of the city to Boston Hill Farm in North Andover where we picked apples and pumpkins, ate cider donuts, and foliage peaked our way there and back. It was beautiful and even more fun as we had a friend who has spent the last several years in Hawaii along. She was so excited, and it got me even more so (wait, is that possible??)



Sunday, I headed north once again and met my sister in Salem, MA. Our visit to Witch Central was prompted by a visit from her friend G and G's daughter Sofie from Florida. It was their first
trip experiencing fall in New England, as well! We walked the cobblestone streets, went to a cheesy witch show (actually, Mary-Rose and I were kind of freaked out. . .) and checked out a psychic expo.

Thanks to a friend of mine showing me to it a few years ago, we also visited one of my favorite places in Salem. The Derby Street Bookstore. Piled, packed, and swaying with used books, it's a literature lovers absolute delight.


Sofie loved it as much as me (I think!) and we had fun winding our way around looking at fun books.



(just some light childrens reading)





Thursday, October 21, 2010

Live Chat

Rincel
Once again, My name is Rincel and thank you for choosing Comcast.
We value your business like a Diamond.
This is the ending comment I received from the comcast representative I was 'live chatting' with this evening while trying to solve some account problems.

Have you ever chatted online with one of these helpful people for your cable/computer/who knows what else?

It's actually pretty awkward. Are you supposed to respond to their prefab statements? Do they know that you lied to them and told them you'd fill out the survey and then didn't? Are they a man or a woman? Are they even real??

Then, to make matters more ridiculous, my helpful Comcast person ended our conversation with little gem. Uh, pardon the pun, I couldn't resist!

**It should be noted I was partaking of this live chat business because I called the 24/7 customer service line only to be told the office had closed at 9pm?

Ok.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bachelor Smachelor

Today I got an e-mail from a friend of mine requesting I read some updates of this girls blog.

This girl Faye is from Mississippi and was obsessed with the Bachelorette apparently when it was on TV. I wish I could scoff at this, but in fact V (e-mail sending friend) and I spent each week stressing, panicking, and screaming at the TV/the more obnoxious bachelors right along with her (well, as total strangers. . .in different states).

A month or so ago, V sent me a link to this girls blog with a funny story about how she had ordered a shirt from one of the bachelor's- Chris Lambton - landscaping company and had spoken to him on the phone when she'd failed to notify them of change of address.

Evidently what followed was some giveaway thing, some twitter flirting, etc. etc.

And this past week, Faye ended up making a trip to Boston with her sister and they met up with Chris and some friends.

I'm reading this story, and I'm thinking. . .seriously? Is this a joke?

This random girl from Mississippi get a random phone call about a random shirt and this is the outcome.

Then, I start to think: "Chris, come ON. This girl, she's from MS and apparently gets too drunk to remember hanging out with you. I've got this friend V and she's super sweet and loves dogs and ok she hasn't ordered a shirt from your company yet, but she's from MA"

So Chris Lambton, all I have to say is, you'll probably never read this and I don't have a twitter (nor does V. . .) so we can't show some twitter love, but if you're looking for some fun girls to hang out with. . .you should keep it local.

Also, I believe there was a Bachelor friend of yours named Craig. . .bring him along too.

I mean, it's the least you can do, so I have someone to talk to while your off sweeping V off her feet!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mousecapades

If only the cockroach at work had been the end of things. . .

Alas, it was not.

Late yesterday evening, I was calmly sitting on the coach working online when I happened to glance up toward my kitchen. There, on sitting just as calmly on the kitchen floor was a tiny brown mouse.

Surprisingly, I remained casual, pointing it out to my roommate just as it took off for the pantry. We both jumped up, and in an extremely brave move I actually entered the kitchen and prowled around to see where it had gone.

In typical ridiculous fashion, Becca and I decided it would be a good idea to vacuum to discourage further mouse invasion. Becca took the proverbial bull by the horns and broke out the vacuum. Then, she headed into the kitchen and started vacuuming. I retreated back to the couch.

From a few feet away, my attention was still focused on Becca. Mere seconds after the vacuuming starting, mousy came flying out of the pantry in a total panic. I wish that words could truly describe the scene that ensued:

As the mouse frantically dashes around, Becca hops from foot to foot shrieking before she manages to climb up on one of our bar stools. My response is to launch myself to a standing position and run back and forth across the couch also screeching in fright. The mouse disappears, more scared of us, no doubt, than we of it (well, that's what Becca keeps saying anyway).

In the wake of the great mouse escapade of 2010, Becca and I threw almost an entire cake and bag of candy corn away, set up two glue traps and contacting some men, lining them up for potential dead mouse disposal services.

We've upped our game today substantially. And as of this afternoon, our arsenal has increased from glue traps to poison and snap traps.

Someone told us last night that naming them makes trapping them all the more sweeter. So, little Hubert. You're going DOWN!





Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is it Friday yet?

A list of the more ridiculous events of my day:

1. Technically this began last night when I started baking cupcakes for a coworkers birthday round about 10pm and decided to make buttercream frosting from scratch. I had to finish this morning while also trying to catch an earlier train.



2. Cupcakes frosted, I catch the T but keep smooshing them Then, my pant's zipper breaks, so it basically looked like I just didn't zip my pants. I can't fix them because I'm too busy balancing my cupcakes.

3. After arriving at work, I jerryrig my pant zipper with a paperclip.

4. I arrive home to download, and eventually listen to, Joshua Radin's latest album that came out Tuesday (I've only just had a chance to listen to it). Somehow he's swung from soothing acoustic tunes to some weird alt rock dance mix??

On the bright side, there are only 72 days until Christmas.

If you're thinking that this post makes absolutely no sense. . you may be right. Neither does eating candy corn (which you don't actually like) that you bought because it is so quintessential fall but is now sitting in your jack-o-lantern candy dish in danger of getting dusty.

Think about it.