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Blog Therapy

It has been too long since my last post. I read many blogs daily and if any of them had allowed a 5 month break between posts, I wouldn’t be happy. So I apologize to my reader (Mom), for being so careless. I partly blame Pinterest.

Typically, I do not discuss any personal matters on this blog. I like to highlight fun internet finds, vintage knick-knacks, and food (because there are no blogs that currently do those things). However, I am allowing myself one gut wrenching, tear jerking, emotionally ridiculous blog post to pay homage to something that comes and goes in everyone’s life… a relationship.

For all of you single, independent, masters-of-your-own-life-cool-kids who have moved on from heartache to being the incredible person you are today, you have my full permission to feel sorry for me and file this away as a cautionary tale. For all of you single (but don’t want to be), 2 steps from the cuckoo’s nest, kindred spirits of mine who find yourself hugging the bath mat sobbing and screaming at your imaginary audience while listening to Adele with snot running down your ex’s t-shirt, I can sympathize.

Adele, thank you so much for choosing to write songs and pump them into the mainstream just when I needed you. I love hearing that song below while shopping for shoes. I have a wonderful morning, feeling slightly back to normal, and then…I hear it….that feeling in my chest starts to weigh more and more by the second, memories flash before my eyes and then tears. Before I know it, I am telling the shoe guy “I hoped you see my face, and that you’d be reminded that for me….” and then I buy $315 dollar boots. I hate Adele. 

Breaking up is terrible. Especially when it is with your best friend and partner in crime. I have been both on the giving and receiving end of this terrible ending, neither are fun. However, none of my previous experience prepared me for this one. I am not looking to divulge any juicy details or submit my lost love to (doesn’t exist, yet…), I am only here to help remind each and every one of you how much breaking up sucks, in case your memory fails you. And for what seems like nearly everyone around me who is also going through a recent split, thought I would share a few of these things to help you know, you aren’t the only one who does them.

Fact: Watching 500 Days of Summer while in a relationship is different from watching it after a break up.

A day in the life of recently single female:

6:00 AM – Alarm goes off

7:45 AM – Zombie your way out of bed

8:00 AM – Leave for work, forget to shower

8:20 AM – Get to work, drink 5 hour energy, cry 

8:35 AM – Rationalize in your head you have been in the office long enough for a 15 min break

9:00 – 5:00 – Work…

5:30 PM – Go to class (couple crosses street holding hands and you find yourself veering your car in their direction)

6:30 PM – Drive home, listen to the saddest music you could find (seriously, you googled “saddest music”, and found what you are listening to), cry like you are hoping for an Oscar, flip off the family of four staring at you in the next lane

7:00 PM – Get home, eat for the first time today (frozen burrito and 8 shots of tequila)

7:25 PM – Watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind because you read it was #1 break up movie. True.

9:47 PM – Contemplate dying your hair blonde or moving to Vermont

10:15 PM – start online shopping for wedding dresses (while listening to this, because girls are crazy), and craigslisting apartments in Vermont

11:12 PM – text your ex-boyfriend that you have just had the most miraculously productive day and you may be moving to Vermont

11:59 PM – Pass out

6:00 AM – Repeat, change movie

Ladies and Gentleman, Adele.

Relationships. We have them, we love them, we end them. We become independent and incredible human beings just long enough to forget these things, then do it again.

(breathe in———-breath out)

I may sound like a sad sack,  and a little nutty, but I am over it. Moved on to greener pastures. I got cable and a Schwans man . I’m good.

In closing,

What are we going to do!?

Do it again.

Delete this post the second you meet someone.

Buy a Kindle and this while you can still classify it as retail therapy.

Wash your hair.

Fact: Time is your best friend.

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Weird food things

I saw this pillow while online window shopping today. It made me curious about other food things that people buy.

pizza pillow front

pizza pillow back

nacho wallet

can i get a shake with that burger (inevitable pick up line)

my dog ate my homework

for the meat eating hipster

sushi friend

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The cutest Christmas blog

I read quite a few blogs. I often feature other blogs on my blog. One of my favorite cutesy blogs is Thompson Family-Life ..and the pursuit of all things cute, kitschy & crafty. Her recent blog entires have been some of my favorite Christmas-inspired yet. Take a gander.

Top Five Reasons I Love Fall

I love the smell of autumn, the feeling, the sights, the clothes, the food, the beer. Fall is the perfect season to fall in love, read a book, play outside, start something new. I could do a top 20 things I love about fall list, but I won’t bore you. Let’s begin!  

The Top Five Things I Love About YOU FALL!  

5. The chill! 

In my opinion, there are few things better than throwing on that light sweater or adding an extra quilt to your bed for those chilly fall nights. The nights are longer, the air is crisp and cool, the sky is orange. It is romantic, comforting, and truly the greatest time of year! 


4. Back to School!  

Student or not, seeing those back to school supply bonanzas take over every store makes me very happy. I love overhearing kids talk about the rotten teachers they have this year and whether or not they will have classes with their best friends. I love to reminisce about the feeling (and smells) of walking into school on the first day, figuring out where my locker was and never using it…deciding on who my #1 crush was going to be that year. Where spring was a time of desperation to make it out of school alive, fall was (is) a magical time for new beginnings. Every now and again I will have the bright idea of becoming a teacher, just for these back to school encounters to become an up-close and personal experience again. Not going to happen, but it is nice to daydream about.  

School food!

I know where you are, but I don't know how to open you.

3. Seasonal Beer!  

When it gets a little cool outside and the leaves are turning, go out on the porch with a blanket, a book, and a beer.  

pumpkin makes great things even better

2. Fall Food!  

I love food year round, but fall food is the best food. We break out our crockpots again, halloween candy ruins our diets,  and then there are the gourds. I won’t talk about it, feast your eyes.  

comfort food at it's fall finest

Kürbis Cremesuppe

(f)all-time favorite candy

a caramel apple a day...

 1. So many things to do!
 We may have school to keep our days busy, but our nights and weekends are filled with more fun than one can handle. Oktoberfest, hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, halloweening, raking leaves…. ahhhhh…I can’t wait.  (And Keeneland fall meet for all you Kentucky folks)

trick or treat

don't mind if I do


 So this concludes my top 5 reasons for loving fall. Get ready, it is almost here.

Apartment redecoration infatuation

In May of this year I moved into a new apartment, leaving behind The Indian Queen (my old apartment’s god given name). Unlike my old apartment, my new one has ZERO storage/closet space and the world’s tiniest kitchen. In an attempt to make me love this place rather than loathe it, I have recently become obsessed with stalking furniture and design blogs for inspiration in changing this tiny apartment into a wonderful/comfortable/ aesthetically pleasing space to dwell. The pictures below map out a few ideas and rooms I would love to model my place after. I am on a tight budget, so I will be attempting quite a bit of DIY projects, as well as using my fantastic furniture finding friend Freddie to “scout :)” out some funky fantastic furniture finds. 

Top Five Men

My blog is slightly scattered, has no purpose or direction, and fails to fall into any category whatsoever…thus making blog ideas slightly difficult as the possibilities are endless. So, for the fun of it, I am going to throw together a few top five lists that no one will care about but me. Enjoy!


5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – He has made his way to my list (ousting Mark Ruffalo) in the last year. 500 Days of Summer was enough to make my heart melt, and being able to divert my attention from Zooey is quite a feat. (Jim Carey was unsuccessful). Seeing him in Inception yesterday made my weekend.

It is all about his smile and the way he looks in a vest…

Here comes your man

4. Josh Ritter – I first laid eyes on this Idaho native at a show in Charlotte, NC in 2005.  He ended the set with Good Man, and I knew from that moment that I would see this adorable singer/songwriter in concert any and every time he was near. I have never experienced a more intimate and sincere performance than the ones that Mr. Ritter offers up. Luckily I only have 16 days until my next fix.

I’m singing for the love of it—have mercy on the man who sings to be adored

3. Robert Downey Jr.– I first fell in love with him in Wonder Boys. I love him as Iron Man, I love him as Sherlock Holmes, and I will love him regardless of the film. He is arrogant, a little rough around the edges, and I could stare at him for hours.

I love you

2. Casey Affleck I don’t have a lot to say about this man aside from the fact that I love his raspy voice and his teeth. I think he is very handsome indeed and would marry him tomorrow if he asked. I can’t wait to see The Killer Inside Me

Better than Ben

1. Roger Federer – Tom Brady, Tony Romo, David Beckham, all ugly. The only athlete that matters to me is this Swiss beauty. He took a girl who knew absolutely nothing about tennis and turned her into a girl that found her self waking up early on a Saturday to watch him run around a court doing things I was unsure of. I knew it would all be worth it, however, once they cut away to a replay and all you saw was that face, with that beautiful hair glistening with sweat, gliding across the Nike head band.

My doubles partner

There you have it, my top five favorite men to stare at.

Pacey Witter

I would also like to include an honorable mention

(my celebrity boyfriend since the beginning of time

….Mighty Ducks):

Joshua Jackson, who (thankfully made his way back to television) and costars in my favorite show Fringe.

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Things Vanessa learned this week.

(I am sorry for all who read this, only Vanessa will find it funny. Stay tuned for things I learned from Vanessa)


These are called nabs. Why? Click pic

There is a house in Texas made entirely of salt.

That the black smoke monster doesn't only chase Mr. Eko

Let’s start something new

The magpie comes a calling
drops a marble from the sky
tin roof sounds alarming
wake up child
let this be a warning says the magpie to the morning
don’t let this fading summer pass you by

(click the bird)