CASE OF THE MONDAYS?

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I am bit of a cranky pants today. I feel like a small child that didn’t get enough sleep but forced to go to kindergarten. I have no reason to be cranky, aside from the fact it is Monday, and I couldn’t go for a walk during lunch. I enjoy my lunchtime walks, but it’s actually raining today, so I couldn’t go. Yup, I’m secretly an old person. Anyway, we do need the rain quite badly. We’ve been in a drought situation in my area, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. But I will blame it on the rain anyway.

I also got an Audible book a while back, and it’s been a real struggle to get through it. So I’m making myself listen to it as much as possible. But I still have about 40% left. UGH! After that, I also made another poor Audible decision. So looks like I have another potentially sucky book to get through. 

I decided maybe a Twix bar would cheer me up. Normally I get all my snacks from the gas station down the street. But with the rain, I can’t walk there. I also don’t want to give up my parking spot and drive there. OH CONUNDRUM! So I concluded I will be forced to pay the astronomical prices of the vending machine. I put my money in, got my Twix, and the machine accidentally gave me too much change. Also, my afternoon meeting got moved. Now things are looking up!

 

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HELLO, BLOG!

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Sorry, I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I doubt anyone has noticed, so no harm there! Last weekend I celebrated my birthday. I was all “bah humbug”about it at first (because I don’t want to get old!), but we all had a very good time. I used the downstairs area of this new place called Article 24. I like the atmosphere there, and they have PARKING. Which is a rarity around here.

I went a little early and had dinner with friends. Once we were done eating, we took over the bar area. My friends began to shuffle in, and we had just enough seats at the bar for everyone. It got a little loud when two large parties sat down to eat, but they didn’t stay too long. We enjoyed some drinks, including ones that are set on fire. We ended the night at The Drop, which surprisingly wasn’t that crowded. 

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On Sunday, I didn’t go to the fashion swap because Andy and I went to the last day of the Brimfield Flea Market. We had a lot of fun spending the day looking around. We also got really amazing donuts, and hot dogs. I saw loads of interesting things for sale, but I was good and only bought a few things. I grabbed a couple of spin drums for myself and Erin. We are going to see if Ralph Macchio will sign them for us. haha!

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SOMEONE CALL BOB VILA FOR ME!

So I went to go look at the new apartment I will be taking ownership of in October. It has good bones, but the bathroom and kitchen need to be redone. I was hoping the kitchen wouldn’t be bad, but it’s small and has no counter space. I actually like my 1950’s kitchen in my current apartment much better. We may not have much counter space there either, but it’s more than the new place. So we will have to open up the kitchen and renovate it.

We were talking with my dad’s friend who is a contractor, he is going to have an engineer come by and take a look at the layout and see what can be done. We may end up copying the format of my sister’s apartment, since it’s basically the same layout. Plus if she can find her floor plans, that makes things much easier. As for the rest of the place, we will need new front and back doors, some painting, and to refinish the hardwood floors. At least Andy and I can refinish the floors and paint on our own. But basically, I don’t know how long the renovations will take, so TBD on when the hell we can move in. It makes sense to do all these changes prior to moving, as it will be majorly disruptive to do these things while we’re living there. I also need to get an estimate for all the work that needs to be done, so I can start the “wonderful” journey of getting a loan. At least interest rates are low. But still, yikes!

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REVIEW: #Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer @brandbacker

Hey guys! I was selected by Brandbacker and the lovely people over at Valentia to review the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer. I’m so happy I was selected to try it, because I really love this face cream. I was in the market for a new cream, as the one I was currently using proved to be far too heavy for my oily skin. This product is very lightweight, and absorbs quickly. It also leaves my skin with a nice glow, and it doesn’t make my face look greasy by the end of the day. The cream also doesn’t have any strong fragrance and you don’t need to use a lot. Overall, I’m very impressed with this product.
About Valentia:
Valentia products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. They perform extensive research into what skin care customers find most important. They saw an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and parabens. Natural ingredients with an organic base, have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged skin. Their products help prevent signs of aging. The products reverse signs like, wrinkles, dark spots, and effects of oxidative stress on the skin.
About the Product:
Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer – A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
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– Even skin tone
– Diminish fine lines
– Provide all-day hydration

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.

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ROLLER COASTER…OF STRESSING MYSELF OUT

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As much as I like tolerated living in the lovely city of Boston, I can’t wait to move this year. No offense to our great city, I just think living there when you aren’t in your early to mid-twenties, is vastly overrated. I also don’t work in the city (Andy does), so living there serves no real purpose for me anyway. I can’t stand the college kids, traffic, lack of parking, and overcrowding of bars. Summer is fine, and winter break is good(ish) as well. We are fortunate in the sense that my area is mostly older people, families, and young professionals. We also have a nice apartment, and driveway with garage to use. Those can be a rare site, so this place has served us well. At least there aren’t a ton of annoying college kids making noise, and being generally douchey on my street either. For that I am grateful.

But I’m ready to GTFO and move a couple towns over. We aren’t moving far, just a 13 minute drive, to be exact. I can also take the bus, as there is a stop right outside my new street. I am also happy to report, my new hood’ isn’t windy, narrow, or on a very steep hill. My current road should really be a one way. It’s a death trap waiting to happen. Despite the fact there are cars parked on both sides of the already narrow way, people feel the need to fly down like their assholes just caught fire.

That I will never understand. With that in mind, it’s dangerous even on the best of days. It is truly a shit show when it snows. Thankfully I have a car with all-wheel-drive, otherwise ain’t no way I’d make it home. That is why I’m looking forward to my new apartment that is on a FLAT STREET with loads of  parking on both sides, but people actually use their driveways, so it’s unnecessary. 

Despite the fact I’m looking forward to getting out of Boston, I am not looking forward to the actual act of moving. That stresses me the fuck out. It literally scares me. I don’t actually know anyone that enjoys moving, but it just feels daunting, no matter how prepared you are. Ever since I found out I was moving, I’ve been a hot mess on the inside. The trouble is, I own a lot of stuff. I love clothes, shoes, and makeup. So I have closets full of that stuff I have to make room for. UGHHH. I’m trying to stay positive though, it’s not like I’m moving far and have a ridiculous timeline to follow.

Our new apartment is bigger space-wise, but I will be losing a bedroom and some closets. I’m remedying the situation by going to Ikea before we move, and getting  wardrobe cabinets, and storage shelves. I’m really trying to focus on more storage for the new apartment. We’ve accumulated a lot of stuff since we moved almost 5 years ago. So it will not be fun to sift thorough everything and move it over. Nor will it be fun to spend money on moving, renovations, and additional furniture. 

The silver-lining, we can move at our own pace, and don’t have a set date we need to be out. But I will be the owner of the new space, so we’re responsible for our own renovations and such. We plan to renovate, but not sure how much we’re going to do prior to the move. I also don’t know how long that will take, so actual move-in date is TBD. I would just like to get out before it starts to snow, please! I can’t do another city winter (although last year was fine, which means this year will be a frozen hell on Earth). 

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BAH HUMBUG

My birthday is next week. I’m celebrating it this weekend, but I’m not really looking forward to it. I didn’t have a birthday outing last year, instead I went to my favorite brewery in Maine, and the beach with Andy.

 I thought it would be a good idea to  throw something together this year. I figured I would look forward to it, as I didn’t do anything last year. But my feelings are “meh”. The sad thing, I’m actually looking forward to my birthday next year, because I already have a theme in mind. I will be 33, my Larry Bird year. Therefore I’m making the theme Larry Bird. I’m paying no mind to the fact my wedding will be less than two weeks after my 33rd birthday, I’m celebrating it anyway. People will be sick of me by the end of September, but let’s worry about that next year. I have to get through my Bah Humbug year first, haha!

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DEAD SONGS, COSTUMES, AND VACATION

Guys, I’ve officially had to resign the idea of finding the song from my last blog post. I could record myself humming the tune and post it to a music forum I found, but I think it best to give up my search. I checked my computer again last night and it yielded no results. Maybe someday I will find it, if I happen to be listening to an early to mid 00’s alt-rock station, but I think I have better odds of winning the jackpot.

No matter, I have to switch into Halloween mode anyway. This year I’m starting a bit earlier than normal. It’s because my friends have decided to start sending out invites to parties NOW. Plus, I’m going on vacation soon and will be gone 8 days. This will inhibit my time to work on the rather ambitious costume idea I have in mind. I almost shot myself in the foot last year. I had a costume picked out, then I was hit with sudden inspiration a day before my friends party. So I made a trip to the craft store, and express shipped a giant beach ball to myself, and had a Tim Gunn “make it work” moment.

Anyway, while I could pull off making this costume all by myself, I’m enlisting the help of Andy. Despite the fact he HATES dressing up for Halloween, he loves to build things. So he is more than happy to assist with engineering my Halloween costume. I’m not revealing what my costume is, but it’s going to make the one I made last year look like child’s play. 

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Last years Deathstar costume, it actually only took me a half day to make.

I’m glad he is helping me, otherwise this costume would take me FOREVER to construct on my own. Plus, I shouldn’t be trusted with power tools and electricity. So he will be handling the heavy duty cutting, and electrical work. The rest is basically up to painting, assembly, and praying it works! The only part I’m nervous about is the fitting, I’m worried it will not fit the way I want. But I think as long as we don’t make it too small, it can be adjusted. He is confident my idea can be pulled off. I’ve already selected materials and design. Andy is drafting construction and measurement ideas (I can’t be trusted with math either, haha). Wish me luck! If we pull this off, I’m definitely entering it in some kind of costume contest.I have a backup plan, if this idea falls through. But I am quite confident in Andy’s construction abilities. 

I won’t be blogging the rest of the week. I have a girls trip planned with my friend. I’ll cheers you from the beach, with my drank in hand. 

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