Friday, October 31, 2014

Bowling with the Champs!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Buffalo Check & Saying Goodbye to this Beauty


We had a great run. 
I'm not going to lie. 2004-2009, Awesome.  Every summer I couldn't wait to get the tarp off and the top down. I would fly down the country roads and even one time, almost had a turkey in the seat next to me! It wasn't even an option of driving it if I couldn't feel the sun on my face. And she didn't have heat!
She was given to me as a "Gift" of sorts. Not a birthday, not an anniversary, just a Summer car to drive. The first winter I made the grave mistake of mothballing the inside, as it was to be stored inside a barn for the season. It took 2 more summers for the inside to air out. 
Note: Never, EVER mothball Anything!
I have some of the best memories of my life in this car. Specifically an amazing summer day with one of my besties.  We started off sipping margaritas most of the early morning at a Mexican Cantina.  And ended up taking a tour of some Amazing estates on Lake Drive. Somehow the Spyder even ended up driving though a sprinkler!

But the time has come for her to give another girl some amazing summers. P and I have too many other toys and too many other plans to keep piling money into it. I've moved on and now on this crisp fall day, it's time to say goodbye to this Beauty.




Friday, October 24, 2014

The Means to my Madness

I get it. I totally understand. You have no idea What to Wear.
Truth is, even the deepest wells run dry. Mine included.
I get asked, all the time, Just about daily, How I figure it all out.
I admit, we all stand in front of our closets, small or grand, and do the same thing.
However, I have a(fun) solution.
 
It usually starts with a Mall Haul, or perhaps I've been perusing on Pinterest(hint*hint* follow Me!). My sage advice: Stay AWAY from the Women's Fashion section. I'm using "air quotes" for women's fashion because it's mostly just full of denim shirt, black leggings/ boot combo=Boring. So head else where, start with a page you love from a catalog, a combination of colors, or an online image and head north, or what ever direction your closet may be in.
Lay everything out so you can see exactly what you have a start pulling! Don't forget about the eye candy(accessories!) that's the Fun part! P.S. I Love the juxtaposition of a chunky sweater and a sparkly bottom! (p.s. this was actually a dress I'll be wearing as a midi- skirt!) and Leopard? Leopard is a neutral ladies!
I Love mixing colors next to each other on the color wheel(remember That from art class) Very analogous of me! A very well- known retailer who's name rhymes with "brew" is known for doing this very thing!
 
Ohh Snap!I spy a denim shirt! Call it Lumberjack chic! Pearls keep it Classy:)
And VOILA! I have 6 outfits to Go-to in the mornings when I have No idea What to Wear!
Plus, Annie and I got to play dress up in the closet with our morning coffee! 
Go ahead, and play this weekend- I Dare you! Eventually I swear, there will also be a means to Your madness!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gold Stars & my Gone Girl review

**Spoiler ALERT!!**
If your at all intuitive , or can read, you'll know that this post is about the movie, and partially the book. And if your not interested in hearing the Giveaway before you've seen or read it, this and many other reasons may be why this Blog isn't for you.
 
So I went in blind. Stark blind. I had only seen the previews and heard a small amount of hub- bub about the book. If you remember, I'm an loyal reader. I read primarily and only Non- fiction. The tru-er the better, and if we can mix in a little well-known crime,, Perfect. So after hearing the hub- bub about the book, I wasn't budging. But the previews, the previews made me curious. Curious enough P and I went to see it on opening night! Another note: We frequent our local movie theatre only about once a year, if that. The thought of putting my head where others have been and the rampancy of head lice, strangely isn't enticing.
 
We went in armed with Swedish Fish and Raisinettes. We had half a box of the fish finished before the movie began. Once it started, I forgot all about those fish. The casting is good, the woman in the lead is icy and excellent. The male character.. well after I let people know we saw the movie, people were Dying to know how his full frontal was. Excuse me? Ben Affleck full frontal? Well apparently there's a shower scene, and he's all "out with it", and I'm telling you, it was such Not a big deal, I didn't even notice! Yes, apparently not That Big of a deal. People also inquire, "Didn't you just Hate him?".. Umm..I dislike him more for being Mr. Jennifer Garner than in this movie. It just was too convenient to blame anything on him. Too easy.
 
There were scenes I couldn't watch. and scenes I couldn't stop watching. There was truth in the relationship that I could relate to, and maybe that was worse than any war movies we typically watch. Scenes that P and I would digest the next day and week long. The violence, the blood and all the damn blood! Douggie Hauser had a horrible ending and now suddenly the true crazy has come out.
The crazy and the concept that two people, could treat each other this way.
I almost couldn't watch the end of it, but always the things that truly get a reaction out of you, loop you back in for more.
When we left the theatre, I couldn't even carry a conversation on with P. I had an upset stomach, and an even more upset psyche. As someone who had just celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary, I questioned how anyone stays married. Even though it was dramatic, even for a movie, I considered how many miserable couples are out there. And I have known a many. They may not go to the lengths to hurt each other as these two had, but isn't hurt, Hurt?  I knew I was taking this far too seriously and reminded myself, I had the courage once to leave a life potentially this miserable.
 
I had to remind myself that, That Girl was Gone, and this Girl see's stars, and Everything will be  Golden and Good for many years to come.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Closet Compromise

I remember my first walk- in. Well, it wasn't a walk- in , in the slightest, but yes, I could physically walk into the closet and close the door. It was a condo, brand new, and I even had to take the plastic off the carpet. I had a separate closet for fold- ables, and this,, my friends is where it May have gone down hill. 
 
My second walk- in was a marginal improvement. This is where I had the forethought to add 3 rods all within the same wall to maximize my vertical space. When in doubt, go up, right? I used an old high school gym locker for my shoes and that closet sustained me for the better 1/2 of 8 years. 
When I moved in with P, the biggest compromise was by far the closet space. 100+ year old house and for the first time in over 10 years I had to SHARE, yes I just typed Share a closet. I know,, #whitegirlproblems, right? For almost 2 years, my ginghams were touching his ginghams, my shoes were in Rubbermaid totes, and most of my jewelry was in clear plastic Zip- Loc bags! The things we do for Love! 
Thankfully, the voice of reason finally crept into P's ears. We were taking over the upstairs and the bedroom with the slanty roof line, not really big enough for a bed and tables, and we truly don't need 5 bedrooms in this house became: Mine.
 
The brackets went up, and the rods filled quickly. The vanity that still has the delivery label on the back from My Grandmothers Mom!! Got a glam coat of gold paint.  The shoes stepped their way out of the storage totes and the world is now a happier place! Sometimes Annie and I just go sit up there and play dress up! This year for my birthday, My mom brought over cake and champagne, and we ate it in my new closet! (it was Exactly what I wanted to do!)
 
 
 
I've still got some things on my wish list: Furry large rug, Sparkly chandelier, paint the slanted wall and add a monogram. But it will all happen in due time. This closet has been 10 years in the making , and a few more months is well worth it for the compromise these clothes have been through!