Sunday, January 30, 2011

This I was cruising around ETSY to price some personalized stationery for a gift. I had just received an email from Swoozie's this week advertising their stationery sale, so I wondered how good of a deal it really was. I clicked around on ETSY for a while and found some that I liked, so I added the seller to "my favorites" to come back to later. So after our vet visit, some brownie baking, a walk and a chat with my parents, I check my email and there is a message from the seller that I added to "my favorites" letting me know that she noticed I added her and an offer for 30% off my entire purchase! What? Is this common practice on ETSY? If so, I will be adding more sellers and shopping more often! In case you're curious, this is what I was looking at...
Seems like a savvy marketer to me - because I'm sold!

Also for your entertainment purposes...I bring you So hilarious and it reminds me of college life, MG. Remember and being cool and tough? Oh, those were the days! My favorite part about this website, though, is that they have a section for TSM = Total Sorority Move. My favorite post day reads, "How much wine did we drink last night?" "The whole box." TSM.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Out the door for less than $200. It is exactly what I've been looking for!

Now...where is that tax refund?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Me: I left you a voicemail on Thursday and emailed you on Friday. Why didn't you drop the class?
Student: I didn't get your email until Saturday.
Me: You replied on Friday, so I know you got it.
Student: Uhhhhh....

Seriously. This is what I deal with. That's why I get paid the big bucks.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


6:30pm EST - AFC Play-offs
Winners go to the SUPER BOWL!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So week 2 of class is over and I have survived so far. I actually read more than was assigned this weekend - by accident and after falling asleep at least once. I saved all my reading for Monday, since I had the day off. Bad idea. But anyway, we had a discussion in class last night about how Plato believed that one could "trap" their lover by basically crippling them financially and educationally. Then this girl - probably a little younger than me said "sounds like my husband." Whaat? Seriously, what year are we in, people? She said her husband only lets her take one class/semester. Heaven forbid she takes too many literature thing you know she'll be leading feminist rallies. But then the professor said he hears that a lot from women in his classes. I guess this was so shocking to me because I do have such a supportive husband when it comes to education. Heck, he paid for my housing while I was in grad school - before we were even married! He likes that I'm educated and work toward my goals - which means he is even closer to being a stay at home dad one day. We'll see about that one.

Have you ever had Jimmy Dean D'lights? Me neither. Mostly because they're $5.99/box. But this week, my friend, they were BOGO at Publix AND I had 2 $2.50 coupons...which means 2 boxes were out the door for $.99 - oh yes. If you can get this deal, I highly suggest it. They did not taste low-fat at all. Even B ate them and he hates low-fat/no-fat!

In other news...I am watching The Bachelor for the first time in years and I am HIGHLY intruiged. First of all, most of these women admitted to having father issues and then cried to Brad during their first time alone. He's not your therapist and don't you know that a cardinal rule of dating is to leave your baggage at home? This week, though, Emily's story about her fiance dying and then being pregnant with his child...they couldn't have scripted a more dramatic twist. Also, she is so sweet and makes Michelle look even more crazy by contrast. So yes, I'm loving it this season. Did you know Brad's last name is really Pickelsimir?

And Jersey Shore had better ratings this premier than previous seasons. That is the downfall of America my friends. No one under the age of 18 should be watching that mess.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sad to report that I did not get the super awesome position. I was one of the 2 final candidates out of nearly 40 applicants, but in the end, the cards weren't in my favor. I know that when one door closes, another opens and I am so lucky and blessed to even have a job right now. So time to move on!

I had my 1st graduate english class last night! Literary Criticism. I thought it would be terrible and painful, but it really wasn't! I already learned about Plato, Socrates and life in Ancient Athens. The best part is that the longest paper is only 4 pages and he said he doesn't like research papers because he doesn't want to read them. Yes, please and thank you!

Today I got the "You look like Maggie Gyllenhaal comment" again. I think she is so pretty, and can agree that we share some characteristics. More so when she's not rail thin.

On another topic - my dear husband is currently debating his father and the general public on whether or not Sarah Palin should be held responsible for the AZ shootings on his FB wall. I don't like to put comments so polarizing on FB and I have defriended old friends and acquaintances for that. I'm here to stalk your pictures, people.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Some random thoughts.
-Still no job update. I'm staring at my phone most hours of the day though - willing it to ring. The ironic part is that the building is the one next to my current one. So during my lunch walks, I stare - longingly.
-No students are here this week and it is glorious. No fighting for parking, no walking through clouds of smoke, slipping on their club flyers on the stairs...just peacefulness.
-I went to sign up for my spring grad class yesterday and saw a literature class that looked interesting. Until I saw about 10 books on the textbook list. Looking at the post below, it would seem as if I like to read, but not that much and not about American Indian literature. Fingers crossed that I can get into the History of the English Language class with 1 textbook.
-I think Teen Mom has scared me out of pregnancy. And I'm 27.
-I'm going to be an aunt. Billy's oldest, younger sister is pregnant.
-Did you know Mario Lopez has a reality show on VH1? Now he has a latin accent sometimes. Annoying. But the show is amusing.
-I'm still living off the food my parents brought for Christmas. They can buy everything so much cheaper at the commissary. Damn you, Publix.
-Today is my BFF's birthday. She is a psychologist and yesterday I got some impromptu therapy on gchat. Talk about friends with benefits.
-Patton chewed off the heel of my 3rd pair of sneakers. Who should be punished for being so dumb? Me or him?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! I can't believe 2011 is here! I'm not sure what my feelings are about that. I'll turn 28 in 3 months. That, my friend, is something I'm really not sure about. I think a lot will hinge on next week - if I get the super awesome job. Although I'm proud of my progress and accomplishments thus far, I thought I would be further along my now I guess. But in the grand scheme of things, I'm not doing too shabby. Married to a wonderful husband: check. Job: check. Home owner: check. Cute dog: check. I know I have a lot to be thankful for.

2010 was sort of bumpy - a lot of uncertainty and that is sort of where we still are. But nothing so catastrophic that we couldn't handle. I am thankful for a super supportive family. I did get a new job in 2010 - a much less stressful job that didn't follow me in home on my blackberry. So for the 2nd half of the year, I had a lot of time to read.

My first reading challenge was finishing I Am Charlotte Simmons. Can you believe I had been reading it since 2005? That is how busy life got, I guess.

Next up was American Wife, which is loosely based on the life of Laura Bush. It was definetly intruiging. I've always had an interest in the Bush family. Jenna's husband actually lives in my apartment complex while they were engaged. We were both graduate students at UVA at the time. I never spotted either of them though. Sigh. I so wonder, though, how much of the book is true. Laura was portrayed as an independent thinker and strong woman and wife. I do believe that much is true.

The Help came next. Another thick book, but a quicker read that I thought it would be. After I read it, I started to notice the buzz about the book. It was poignant about life in the south and house help, but entertaining as well. They are making it into a movie, from what I hear.

Such A Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster was hilarious. I have read a few of her books and plan to read a few more. This one was about her weight loss attempts and the effects of ambien. :)

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult was something I normally wouldn't read, but it was passed along by my MIL. A high school boy was bullied his whole life and in 19 minutes, went on a shooting rampage. It chronicles the effect he had on others and has a suprising twist at the end.

The Summons was left in our house by the previous owners. An attempt to avoid whatever home builder show Billy was watching led me to this book. What I liked about it was that much of it was based in Charlottesville, VA. Grisham is a UVA grad, so those details were neat for me. This is more of a "boy" book, but is was suspenseful and really kept my attention.

Next up: Sarah Palin. I know there are a lot of haters, but in this book, I learned that she did a lot for the state of Alaska. There was a lot of her personal, family story as well and you got an inside look to what the VP race was like from her perspective. The RNC kept her on a tight leash, from what it seems and she's carrying a lot of hate for Katie Couric. I could hear her voice throughout the whole book, and yes, I watch her TLC show.

Lastly, there is Emily Giffin, which I learned is her pen name. I have read several of her books, and honestly the titles and story lines sort of blend together. Everything about them fits the chic-lit genre, but there is nothing wrong with that! I have been hearing about this book since the summer and I know a lot of people were unsettled with the story line. But seriously. I could not put it down. I read it in just over 24 hours. They are also making a movie out of it.

For me - that is a lot of reading for 1 year! Non-academic reading, that is. And I did not purchase one book. Most were from my local library! After moving around so much, I know they weight of books, and to me, I don't want to lug them around and I am not one to re-read books. So there you have it. Any suggestions for 2011?