The search for a new trivia venue went well last night. We decided to head to the burbs’ and try Playmakers. The Caesar salad wasn’t as good as the old place, but they offer 1/2 price burgers on Wednesdays so I’ll call that a win! Andy and Brian both liked their burgers so I’ll definitely have to try one next week. It’s always funny that we get excited over cheaper beer and food prices when we move a few miles out of Boston. So they are definitely gaining points there.

Another thing I like is that there was only about 15 or so trivia teams, as opposed to nearly 30 each week at the old place. We also liked the questions a lot more as well, but we got cocky and sloppy (#TWSS) towards the end and lost our first place spot. I’m sure we can at least place or something next week. I noticed they turned the old costume/joke shop across the street into a wrestling store, complete with oak tag sign for “Wrestling Universe”. I preferred the costume shop, despite it being a mystery how it stayed open for so many years when Halloween is only a once a year deal.


I took a selfie with the Undertaker, but I looked awful in it. So I will not be posting that on the internetz


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I was supposed to get a couple of packages from UPS delivered last Wednesday. The tracking info said it was delivered at 6:20PM. Andy and I were both home at this time. He also went out to have a cigarette about 15 minutes after the package was supposedly delivered. To add to the mystery, our upstairs neighbor received their UPS box to their door. I didn’t think someone would steal my shipments, but there was a girl moving out from an apartment across the street. I didn’t think someone would be that ballsy to snatch a package that was only sitting for 15 minutes. So I figured maybe UPS scanned it in and left if on the back of the truck.

Instead of calling to complain, I decided to wait a day hoping the packages would show up. No such luck! So I called and opened a claim and a re-ship was sent out for the missing items. Fast forward to Sunday night. I get a knock at the door and it’s a neighbor saying that UPS dropped my stuff off at her place by mistake. After all that, they dropped it at the wrong house! Now I have to send back the re-shipped orders. But I’m just glad to know that there isn’t a package thief in the area, just tired UPS drivers. I just wish my neighbor didn’t wait four days to return my packages, but she could have been out of town. 

I’m excited for tonight, I’m hoping the bar we try for trivia is a keeper for us! Also, I hope they have decent Caesar salad. 

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This week we start the search for a new trivia spot. We’ve been going to the same place a for a long time now and I guess we finally reached the last straw during our last game. The pub we go to has really spotty wait service that we’ve grown accustomed to. Some weeks are better than others, but overall we have to be strategic about when to order food, more drinks, and get the check. I usually forgive them because we go there all the time and we like playing trivia. Plus, I’m addicted to their Caesar salads. I don’t know why, but they just taste better there than any place else. Since my mom doesn’t read this blog, I think it’s safe to say I don’t eat as many veggies as I should. So I use pub trivia as the opportunity to have more salad. I should probably get a garden salad instead, but I try to incorporate other veggies throughout the week.

Anyway, enough about my dorm-room style diet. It was really the cheating problem that finally got to us. We know people cheat at trivia, it’s an unfortunate fact. Some trivia hosts are better at calling it out and monitoring it than others. The usual host isn’t great about taking actions against it. But even he noticed the the two girls from Ireland that kept winning each week. Whats even more shady, the manager of the pub would sit and play with them off and on. Ummm….red flag anyone?! 

 The host began to question them, and the girls claimed to be lawyers. I don’t see how being an Abercrombie-clad Irish lawyers lends you extensive knowledge on the Hoosier State though. So we began to watch them ourselves, trying to look for excessive phone use.  I didn’t see any, but it turns out they were asking the waitstaff and the manager for answers! The time I didn’t go, Andy and Brian were at the end of their ropes with this shady arrangement. So they called out the manager for helping them. He said the girls work there. That’s very interesting, considering they were “lawyers” a few weeks back and none of the waitstaff acted like they knew them. The manager never returned to their table that night, and the waitress for Andy’s table made a disappearing act of her own. So basically, we’re out a trivia venue. I told Andy I would help him write a Yelp review. After all, I’m the queen of scathing Yelp reviews. Wish us luck trying out new places over the next few weeks. 

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Fotor0728112541I thought I would share my latest Sephora haul. This time I got Philosophy ‘When Hope is Not Enough‘ facial serum, Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, and Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry.I haven’t had a chance to try anything out, except for the Straight Blow Dry (it’s a re-order) and the Philosophy serum. 

I’ve been using the Bumble and bumble balm for a couple years now (that’s how long it took me to finally use up my 5oz tube). I love the results! It’s a heat-activated styling balm that helps straighten, smooth, and prevent frizz. It also leaves my hair natural looking/feeling, as I don’t like anything that leaves a residue. YUCK.

I was very excited to finally get the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette! I can’t believe I was able to wait this long to get it. I mean, it’s shaped like a chocolate bar and the shadows are made with coco powder so they smell delicious. If my eyelids decide to ever become smelly, these eye shadows will come in handy. haha! The palette also came with instructions on how to achieve certain looks, I’ll definitely be using those.

I kinda wish I researched contour kits a bit more, but this Smashbox one seems really simple. But I’m sure I could have found one in a lower price range. Hopefully when I use it, I’ll really love it as I’ve been wanting to try a kit for a while now.

Since I’ll be turning 30 in just over a month, I thought it would be a good idea to start with the anti-wrinkle treatments. I’m trying a serum for now and this one by Philosophy has good ratings. It has a slight smell to it, but it fades quickly. The serum is formulated as a lightweight, oil-free antioxidant serum with toning, firming, and anti wrinkle properties. I just started using it last night and it hasn’t made me look 16 again, but I’m willing to keep using it. 


[EDIT 7/31/14] I tried the chocolate bar palette and contour kit. I loved the chocolate palette! I used the directions for the “milk chocolate” eye look. It came out okay. I added some gold eyeliner because I figured it would go well with the shades of brown. My only complaint about the palette is that the colors are not listed below the shades, so you have to rely on the plastic insert. But other than that, it was easy to follow. I wasn’t really impressed with the contour kit, I feel like it didn’t really show on my face. Maybe you aren’t supposed to use BB cream under it? Just a bare face with concealer, perhaps? Either way, I’m willing to experiment with it more. But I think next time I’ll go with one that’s at a lower price range. [/EDIT]


I’m awful with taking eye makeup pictures, sorry!


**I purchased and reviewed these items on my own.



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Oh man, I can’t believe it’s the end of July. Why does summer go by too fast? Andy and I had a very fun and busy weekend. I’m sad that it’s Sunday night already. That shit should be illegal! My dad started a garden in the backyard and our city garden is looking like a jungle! My neighbor is also growing his own veggies in the back too. He made us some zucchini bread from what he picked in the garden. I grabbed the big zucchini that was growing so I can use my moms recipe for fried zucchini. 

1) Our garden 2) Out for beers 3)Godzilla I made from a double-exposure phone app 4) Swim time!

1) Our garden 2) Out for beers 3)Godzilla I made from a double-exposure phone app 4) Swim time!

Aside from some swimming on Saturday, we went to our friends backyard birthday party in Dorchester. It was a really nice party that was catered! I guess a perk of getting old is that your friends can afford to have catered BBQ’s. We were unaware of the bartender and catering crew, so we brought our own beer. I was having trouble picking something at the liquor store, so I asked the guy for “something fruity” and he pointed me to the Road Jam by Two Roads Brewing. He said it’s new to our area, so I was willing to give it a try! Its made with red and black raspberries and a touch of lemongrass. I really like the beer! I will definitely pick up another pack next time I go out.

1) Getting acquainted with the local singles at the liquor store. 2) My party outfit. 3) My beer selection 4) Pretty tiki lights from the party 5) Roasting giant marshmallows

1) Getting acquainted with the local singles at the liquor store. 2) My party outfit. 3) My beer selection 4) Pretty tiki lights from the party 5) Relaxing at the party

We were supposed to go to our friends show after the party, but we were having too much fun and stayed late. We roasted GIANT marshmallows and sat by the fire. We also used their trampoline! But I spent a good portion of the party in the hammock too, and it made me realize how much I need a hammock. haha! 


Today I went to visit my parents and got my mom’s fried zucchini recipe. Sooo good! I can’t believe how big the zucchini from our garden is, we’ll be eating the leftovers for a while. 


1) Giant zucchini 2) Fried zucchini 3) My mom made tiramisu, yum!




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I think it’s about time I come to terms with the fact my phone is stalking me. I can’t deny it anymore! In the morning it’s all like “29 Minutes to Work (1 minute less than usual)” and in the afternoon it’s all like “32 Minutes to Home (2 minutes more than usual)”. I guess this I can (sort of) understand because I set my home and work address in Google Maps. But it knows other shit too and I’m not sure how! Yesterday, it sent me two notifications that I should leave for the Queen concert by 7:02PM to make it on time. Ummm…thanks? On the way home from the show, it told me to avoid a certain street home due to road work. Well phone, maybe I wasn’t going home! What do you think of that?!

It’s done the time to/from work for a while know. I never thought much of it because I preset the Google map settings. But it started to freak me out when I went to Vegas and it knew what flight I was on and when I was aboard the plane. It also sent me a kindly reminder to leave by 6:10PM in order to make our dinner reservation. I never told my phone this info! Next time I’m on a plane, or going to a concert, I’m totally taking a screenshot of these notifications. I should change my phones name to “Pat”, since it’s acting like Katy Sagal in Smart House


I wonder if I injure myself if it will ask me “does it hurt like the dickens, baby?”

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Win Makeup by ONE DIRECTION and tickets to the August 8th show! #makeupby1D #thelookscollection #markwins

1DThanks to Brandbacker, I have the chance to  make your teeny-bopper dreams come true. There is no shame here, I still love boy-bands to this day. Anyway, I get to share a One Direction makeup and concert ticket giveaway with local readers. The two tickets are for the August 8th, 2014 show at Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, MA). Sorry folks, transportation and lodging are not included. BUT, the winner will also get two Make-Up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition beauty sets with collectible tins. You’ll look so good with your One Direction makeup, people should be lining up to offer you concert transportation. Right?!

The two makeup collections for the winner, will be randomly selected from three available options (Midnight Memories, Take Me Home, or Up all Night). I haven’t used these goodies yet, but I’ve been selected to try it. I’ll be sure to post about their cosmetics line it once I get my samples! The makeup is by Markwins International and will be launching Mid-August in Macy’s stores and other select retailers. Check out the images below for more info on each makeup collection! You should also check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

MidnightMemories TakeMeHome UpAllNight

Now onto the contest details! This contest is open to the US and Canada only. Winners will be randomly drawn from qualifying entries. Check out the official rules in the link below to see if you’re eligible. Winners will be selected at random. Filling out the form gives the brand consent to contact you about winning, announcements, and other promotions. No Purchase Necessary. Winners will be selected on 7/29.

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