Disclaimer:
These blog posts date back as far as 2006 and were originally written under a pseudonym. Due to the passage of time and the introduction of new information, many of these posts may no longer reflect my thoughts on certain matters.

 


  • Cover reveal! (2) April 9, 2016 Spring cleaning means dusting things off, and this blog is no exception.  I’ve been swamped lately (short version: working two jobs plus multiple freelancing opportunities, and writing a textbook!) but a writer friend of mine is releasing her new book, and she deserves a little recognition!  Here we go! Today is the cover reveal for Tuned ...
  • Death of a Legend (0) January 12, 2016 I woke up this morning to a number of emails, texts, and messages. “Don’t read the news,” said one.  “Just go back to sleep.” “I’m so sorry,” said another. “Are you okay?” People I haven’t spoken to in over ten years started reaching out to me.  Old friends, former co-workers.  Everyone, it seemed, saw the news and thought ...
  • 15 things I did in 2015… (0) January 9, 2016 15 Things I did in 2015: 1. Finally (with the help of a truly great doctor) figured out what was going on with my health.  Went on medication, and I have been gallbladder-attack free ever since! This man basically gave me my life back, and I am forever grateful.2. Continued with the writing group! We’ve grown ...
  • Screw Perfection in the Kitchen with These Messy Meals (0) November 23, 2015 Here’s another article I wrote recently for Three Little Sparrows, which includes some of the easiest go-to meals I know! SCREW PERFECTION IN THE KITCHEN! (WITH 4 EASY RECIPES) You’ve probably heard the saying before, “stop comparing your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.”  Well, it rings true in the kitchen, as well. We all chase perfection, ...
  • Confused about contouring? (0) November 16, 2015 I was talking to a girl at work today (hi, Erica!) and she mentioned she had a blog.  I told her I did, too… and then immediately felt really guilty for somewhat abandoning my blog. I know I need to get back into the swing of things, so I’ll begin by sharing some blogs I’ve been ...
  • Oh, hey guys! (0) September 19, 2015 If you’ve been looking for me, let me catch you up on my life: I graduate from grad school on Sunday! I’m doing a lot of freelance work for multiple clients.  I’m a contributing blogger over at Three Little Sparrows.  My first article was published last week, and there are lots more scheduled!  Took my somewhat annual Florida family ...
  • Bucket List Updates, NYC Edition! (0) June 5, 2015 A few months ago, Sara had a conference to go to in NYC so I tagged along. I love going to NYC with Sara because she basically tells me she’s up for whatever… which results in me being able to plan a bunch of fun stuff! For this trip, I crossed two things off my bucket ...
  • Less than thrilled by DailyLook Boxes so far! (0) June 3, 2015 A few months ago, I was checking out DailyLook (a service similar to Stitch Fix) and they were offering your first three boxes for free.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to check them out, so I did. These are photos from my second DailyLook box, which — while admittedly better than my first — still isn’t ...
  • Stitch Fix #10 (0) May 12, 2015 (As you may or may not have read, I was recently laid off, so I’ve paused my Fixes.  However, I still have some catching up to do. Fix #10 was the last one I received, so I’ll be going back through my past-but-not-yet-blogged-about Fixes until I can reinstate them.) Here we go! 1. Renee C Melody Cowl ...
  • Checking in on my goals for 2015… (0) April 19, 2015 I’ve made a bit of progress on my goals so far this year, let’s take a look:4. Graduate with distinction in September. When I first published this list, I had five classes left to go.  Now I only have three! I get to “walk” (participate in the commencement ceremony) next month, but I won’t really be done ...
  • Beware the Ides of March… (0) April 12, 2015 Okay, to be fair, it was a little after the Ides of March… but it was in March, all the same. I got laid off.Actually, my entire department got laid off, not just me. Ugh, I know.  Being laid off sucks under ordinary circumstances, but in my case, it was from a job I loved.  A job ...
  • 4 Quick Tips for Editing Your Own Work (0) March 27, 2015   You’ve done it! You’ve written a book, article, essay, or something else equally awesome and exciting. You’re thrilled to throw down that final period and relax, knowing your vision has finally been committed to paper. Well, you might not want to rejoice just yet; there is still work to be done. Sorry to be the one ...
  • 15 Things to Do in 2015 (0) February 2, 2015 Now that I’ve submitted my final paper and I have a week to relax before the next term begins, I figured I’d -finally- sit down and write out my “15 in 15” list.  Here we go! 1. Experience “dark dining.”  This is one of those things I’ve been wanting to do for years, but no one ...
  • 5 Career Tips for New Grads (1) January 23, 2015 5 Career Tips for New Grads You’ve worked hard for four years, or maybe even more than that.  (It took me eleven years to finally get my bachelors degree, so I’m certainly not judging you!) But now that you have that degree in your hand, you’re ready to take the workforce by storm! Here are some tips ...
  • 14 things Accomplished in 2014! (0) January 1, 2015 It’s the end of the year, and now is the time to make some new plans, resolutions, or what have you.  I’m making this a two part series, since I’m still busy coming up with 15 things I want to accomplish in 2015! I’ll start with a round up… 14 things I accomplished in 2014: 1. Went on ...
  • Stitch Fix Number…six? I think? (0) December 9, 2014 It’s Stitch Fix time again!  This time, I requested some jeans, some Margaret M straight leg jeans in a yellowish color, a peplum top with a bedazzled collar by 41Hawthorne, and the same Market and Spruce top they sent last time, only in green.  They didn’t have most of this stuff, but they did have ...
  • No Spend November: How’s it going? (0) November 11, 2014 We’re almost halfway through November, and all I have to say is…yikes! I thought this would be a fairly easy experiment.  It would give me time to plan for Christmas buying,  and it wouldn’t be too hard otherwise because I didn’t “need” anything. And them my mom came to visit and we went to Kohl’s.  MAN OH ...
  • Stitch Fix #5: Pictures taken by Mom 🙂 (0) November 11, 2014 Stitch Fix #5 is here! I was super excited about this Fix, since it happened to get delivered on the same day my mother was visiting.  I was able to rope her in to help take my photos and also get her feedback on some of the pieces, which is great since I’m usually deciding on ...
  • FINALLY: The 30 by 30 Roundup: How did I do? (0) November 3, 2014 As some of you might remember, I had a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Me on my birthday! With a lovely astral crown made by Sue of Giant Dwarf. Well, I’ve been 30 for almost 6 months now, so it’s time to see how well I did! 1. Graduate college: Done!2. ...
  • No Spend November Starts Now! (2) November 1, 2014 The Rules: Duh.  Don’t spend any money in November. (This does not count necessities: groceries, cat food and litter, gas, anything medical myself (or my cat!) may need.  I have amended the rules slightly to include that I am allowed to buy things from my monthly StitchFix, if I see fit.  Also, since I’m going on a ...
  • Stitch Fix #4: Now we’re getting there! (1) October 16, 2014 If you’ve been following my time with Stitch Fix, you’ll know that I’m sort of middle-ground about it.  The Fixes I’ve gotten haven’t been perfect, but they’ve been improving.  The choices the stylists are making these days show me that they ARE paying attention to my style and requests.  And if I’m unhappy, their customer ...
  • Hi! (0) October 11, 2014 I have so many things to write about, but I’m super busy with school right now so everything else has been taking a backseat. I do want to take a minute to share a poem my writing group pal Michael Ireland wrote for me.  Enjoy! I know not what they say about living in the clouds I don’t prefer ...
  • Stitch Fix #3: A big let down! (0) September 17, 2014 Ugh!  Just when I thought Stitch Fix was on the right track, I get another bummer of a Fix. Now, on one hand, they really are improving by sending me pieces that are a little more “me.”  They’re showing me that they’re listening, which is GREAT.  When I opened my Stitch Fix today, I was super ...
  • Clearing the air about PCOS and Infertility. (0) September 3, 2014 The other day, HelloGiggles posted an essay of mine… “What No One Told Me About Taking a Fertility Test.“ You may have read it…in fact, that might be the reason you found my blog in the first place. In that case, hello! I’ve received a TON of feedback from readers around the world, and it tends to ...
  • Stitch Fix #2! (0) August 22, 2014 After my first Stitch Fix (which was,  if you’ll recall, disappointing!) the Stitch Fix team was cool enough to reach out to me, apologize, offer me a credit, and listen to my (extensive!) feedback in an attempt to set things right. I was really nervous about my second fix. Would they hit the nail on the ...
  • Pinterest Attempt: Vegan Ice Cream & Ice Cream in a bag (0) August 1, 2014 Since I don’t own an ice cream maker, this Pinterest Attempt was actually a combination of two different Pins: Ice Cream in a Bag, from 2 little hooligans: and Vegan Ice Cream from Handle the Heat (pictures belong to the respective blog owners–mine didn’t turn out pretty enough for photos!) For ingredients, I used another recipe I had found (and ...
  • Pinterest Attempt: Banana Bread (0) July 31, 2014 Yikes. For some reason, maybe it’s the weather, but our bananas have been going “bad” (read: too ripe) before we can consume them lately. No biggie, I found a recipe for banana bread and decided I’d whip up a batch and bring it to work to share. Well, this was a comedy of errors before it even ...
  • Stitch Fix Update: Color me impressed! (0) July 26, 2014 After airing my grievances on my blog the other day, I received a really nice email from Stitch Fix this morning. They must have one KILLER PR team, because they found my blog post and referenced it in the letter!  They were very apologetic and offered to give me a credit on my next styling fee, ...
  • My First Stitch Fix! (0) July 24, 2014 I was super super excited to get my first Stitch Fix.  I had to wait THREE months to get it, and I was freaking out while I waited.  I tried not to buy anything new, as I had specifically asked for a maxi dress and a statement necklace, and I was holding out for those! My ...
  • Pinterest Attempt: Honey Lime Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream (0) July 23, 2014 In addition to having a shit ton of cucumbers coming out of our garden, we also have more cilantro than we know what to do with. I don’t know why I picked cilantro, honestly.  I’ve never been eating something and thought “you know what would taste great in this? ...
  • Our Jungle Garden (2) July 18, 2014 When Shaun and I first moved in, we were excited that we had a HUGE garden plot in the backyard.  We’d both dabbled very briefly in gardening (I grew some herbs on my windowsill, he grew tomatoes, jalapeños and eggplant in pots) and we couldn’t wait to do things on a larger scale. We stepped up ...
  • What is WattPad? (0) July 15, 2014 I’ve recently started using WattPad. Here’s the thing: I’m super picky about my writing.  I literally have boxes and boxes worth of old writing, as well as a huge folder filled with all my digital writing. Out of all those pieces, how many actually see the light of day?  How many do I actually submit to magazines, ...
  • Review: Writing Storybooks for Children (0) July 10, 2014 I found a Groupon for the course Writing Storybooks for Children.  Because naturally, taking a break from school means I have to get something else done, or else I feel like a slacker. *sigh* It must be nice to relax, but I’m not familiar with that sensation. Anyway, I felt like it would be a good idea to ...
  • You aren’t a blogger if you don’t blog! (0) July 3, 2014 I’ve been so bad about this updating thing. June was crazy busy.  I’m taking a self-imposed break from school, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. For my birthday, Shaun & I went to Concord MA and did a literary tour.  We hit the town a little late so I unfortunately missed out on ...
  • Fancy meeting you here. (0) May 9, 2014 Well, hello there!  Fancy meeting you here. As I’m sure you can imagine, I am appropriately swamped (I just typed “swampy.”  I am not swampy.) or else I’d be blogging on the regular.  Let’s do a quick round up to see what’s been going on lately… -Submitting: I’ve been entering some short story contests and the like. ...
  • Radio Silence. (2) February 27, 2014 Last week I had an A average in my course…and then it was moving day.  Well, moving weekend.  Then unpacking and cleaning week.  Needless to say, things have been -crazy- around these parts…I’ve kissed my A goodbye and hope I can squeak by with a B! Getting the UHAUL was a nightmare (I registered a week ...
  • Beautiful Rejection. (0) January 31, 2014 After 30 rejection letters and 12 no-responses, trying to land a literary agent can start to feel like a fruitless effort. (credit) See, the thing that is really hard about submitting your work to agents is that you usually get back form rejections.  They are pre-written and usually say things like, “Thanks for thinking of me, but ...
  • Fiverr.com is either really good or really bad. (0) January 18, 2014 I’ve known about Fiverr.com for a while, but I’d never really poked around there.  Today I was researching an article I’m working on and I got completely sucked in! I’ve been stalled in production for my children’s television show for years.  I always get little stops and starts (oh! a famous author agreed to let me ...
  • 30 by 30 (part 3) (1) January 3, 2014 It’s officially January…are you ready for installment number 3 of my 30 by 30 list?  Here we go! 9. Christmas shop in NYC10. Go to “The Real Bedford Falls”11. See Annie on Broadway12. Get a latte with latte art I managed to do all of these things, too!  I didn’t really have much to buy when I ...
  • It’s a Wonderful Life Festival – Seneca Falls, NY: 2013 (0) December 21, 2013 Oh. My. God. I don’t even know where to begin this post, but last weekend was the most amazing weekend maybe in my life.  (Okay: when I met Sharon, Lois and Bram and hung out in their trailer singing songs while waiting for the rain to stop? This is up there with that.) Every year, Seneca Falls, ...
  • Good news! (0) December 18, 2013 I’m happy to report that grades have just rolled in, and I passed my first grad school course with a B+! Yay!  It was a little challenging at points (the final paper kicked my ass, officially) but I think my next course will be a bit more my speed. I also had one of the most ...
  • About Alison: (0) December 5, 2013 Alison Downs is a copy editor by day and a writer by night. You’d normally find her over at alisondowns.com, but she’s joining the .org party for now until some extreme unpleasantness gets settled over at GoDaddy.com. Here, you’ll find links to previously published work and information on any upcoming publications. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Paint Nite! (0) December 5, 2013 My final research paper for the semester is due Sunday by midnight and it’s less than half done.This is as good a time as any to blog, right? Right! Last night Sara and I checked out a Paint Nite.  It was her second time going and my first…a very interesting experience because I am somehow both ...
  • 30 by 30 (Post 2) (0) December 1, 2013 Welcome to my second installment of my 30 by 30 list!  I’m dividing it up so that I can hopefully finish it all by 6/21/14! 5. Get a pet.6. Go to a drive-in movie.7. Have tea at The Plaza Hotel.8. Buy something at Tiffany’s. I also did all of these…yay!  I’m sure you all remember Major Tom ...
  • 30 by 30. (Post 1) (0) November 10, 2013 So some of you may remember that I was busily trying to compile my 30 by 30 list a little while ago.(You know, 30 things to do/see/accomplish before you turn 30?) Well, I finished writing the list a few months ago, and since 30 is only about 7 months away now (yikes) I’ve kicked into high ...
  • That time I lied and gave a boy a black eye… (0) November 2, 2013 I remember 8th grade as being a really difficult time.  All of a sudden, our teachers were mean and our work was super hard.  And then there was the school play, and the fact that every time you didn’t do well on a quiz, teachers would say stuff like, “Careful, if you get held back ...
  • That time I broke someone’s elbow (2) October 5, 2013 I’m not an aggressive person at all, although back in high school I had a bad month where this was not always the case. My senior year, I had a boyfriend I was pretty crazy about…and one day he just seemed different.  Held me at arms length, didn’t invite me to his house after school (which ...
  • That time I accidentally applied to Grad School… (2) October 4, 2013 Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was “thinking about grad school, but in a half-assed way”? Well, I was doing research on a few different options, and I tried to send away for some more information from one school.  I was trying to find the application fee, but I couldn’t see it ...
  • That time that two strangers walked into my house. (2) September 28, 2013 OMG. So I’m shaking like a leaf right now but I’m going to try to compose myself enough to get this all down. At maybe 10:00 tonight there’s a knock on my front door.  I’m not expecting anyone, but I figure it’s probably one of my neighbors reminding me that the community “parking lot party” is coming ...
  • Oh and also… (0) September 24, 2013 Got my second novel rejection today.  Not that that is exactly good news, but as far as I see it, each rejection brings me that much closer to an acceptance! Part of their rejection letter:We are a small, nonprofit literary publisher of six poetry and ten prose titles each year. The limited size of our ...
  • Crooked. (0) September 24, 2013 As I mentioned, I was super excited to view an apartment today.  I was really nervous, too.  I dressed up and brought all my required paperwork, figuring I’d be signing a lease today, since the location was completely perfect. I got there 20 minutes early (it was really close to work) and sat in my car ...
  • Happy lots of things! (0) September 18, 2013 All of a sudden this year blew up a little with craziness, so I’d like to say congratulations to my friend Stina, on her Hawaiian wedding!  You know those old friends who you don’t see nearly enough?  Stina is definitely one of those!  I got to see her at her bridal shower though, I’m very ...
  • The Hardest Part About Writing Is… (0) September 14, 2013 1. Writing every day. I’m tired. I’m hungry. I should clean the house. I’m not feeling well.  My brain is tired. My blog needs updating. Even though I love writing, I seem to always have a million excuses.2. Finding the right words.  (I probably spend 75% of my writing time with the thesaurus out, because ...
  • Not sure why I blog. (0) September 5, 2013 I know the most successful blogs have a theme, but I’m never quite sure what the “theme” of this blog is.  95% of the time it’s me whining, right?  And the other 5% I talk about hair and makeup and cool things I found online.  Ho hum. Anyway, I’ll attempt not to whine right now.  Here’s ...
  • Hair update! (0) August 30, 2013 I might have made progress on saving my henna-hair disaster. After I washed my hair last night–three times–with my clarifying shampoo, my hair was officially the worst it has ever looked.  I looked like someone dumped a bottle of olive oil right on my head.  It was sticking out in crazy directions from the grease…it was ...
  • Don’t dye over your henna: A Public Service Announcement (0) August 22, 2013 So, here’s the thing.  With my uber pale skin and my blue eyes, I was sort of meant to be a redhead.  While throughout the years I had come to accept my natural hair color (brown), whenever I wasn’t a redhead, I felt like there was something missing. For the past four(ish) years, I’d been a ...
  • Quiet month of July… (1) August 3, 2013 I just realized I didn’t post a thing for the month of July! I was super busy, spending the first week on vacation in Maine with my best friend Katie and her family.  It was a fun time with lots of swimming, boating, fishing, shopping and, of course…a sunburn for me. I got a lot of ...
  • Real*Love (CityBlis Edition!) (0) July 1, 2013 I was recently asked to join a fashion website, which made me laugh a little because I’m not exactly super fashionable.  But, since it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Real*Love post, I figured I’d check out their site and show you my favorites.  Here we go! Black Asymmetric LeMuse Blouse with Buttons  $85- I ...
  • 29 tomorrow, yikes. (2) June 21, 2013 So tomorrow I turn 29 which is 365 days away from 30, which is a little scary. My boss and coworkers took me out to the Cheesecake Factory today to celebrate, which was fun. I also got some pretty flowers. 🙂 I’ve come a long way in the past few years: finding a good relationship, a good job, ...
  • Day One. (4) June 5, 2013 Today was my first day back at the gym after a long absence.  I think it’s been six months since I was last seriously “checking out” gyms, and this time I just ran right in, paid up, and spent the next 3 hours working out.  The girl at the counter laughed at me for having ...
  • Ushering in June with my late May ipsy Glambag… (0) June 1, 2013 Guys, my first bag just got here yesterday and I’m already so glad that I switched. First of all, the little bag it comes with is super convenient.  I do a lot of traveling and the bags I currently use just weren’t cutting it, I needed a slightly bigger one.  This one is perfect, and has ...
  • Ditching Birchbox. (Boxes April and May) (3) May 20, 2013 I got my last Birchbox the day of the marathon bombing, and I didn’t feel it was appropriate to really blog about makeup on a day like that.  Unfortunately, putting it off meant I forgot to post it for the whole month of April.  Here’s the short version: We have…Beauty Protector, Protect and Detangle:  It smells good ...
  • I did it! (0) April 24, 2013 It took 11 years of frustration, sacrifice and sometimes tears.  But I did it. Now I have a really expensive piece of paper, a really large mountain of student loan debt, an alumni pin, a novel looking for a publisher, and that persistent nagging feeling, What’s next? I’m really glad I was able to meet one of ...
  • Oh, Boston. (0) April 16, 2013 I don’t even know what to say about today.  I’m rocked by this tragedy more so than Newtown (although that’s not to say I wasn’t bothered by Newtown) because I grew up in Boston.  I was right in that area last month and the month before that. There are so many conflicting reports coming in: was ...
  • Junk food fail? (0) April 6, 2013 For anyone who has been following my medical saga: Since gluten was ruled out, I figured I’d give the chiropractor a shot.  It didn’t work, and I had something like five attacks within January and February alone.  I asked my doctor if it could be something to do with my gallbladder, and he thought it could ...
  • Graduation: T minus 20 (0) April 2, 2013 I graduate in 20 days, and today we received word that my advisor, poet laureate of New Hampshire, Walter Butts, had passed away yesterday. None of us knew his illness had taken a turn for the worst until just recently, and as soon as we were notified I went out and bought him a card.  I ...
  • Wet blanket attends (another) concert. (0) March 26, 2013 Remember roughly two years ago when I went to see Bright Eyes at the Radio City Music Hall and decided that I was, in fact, too old for concerts? Well, I’ve been going to concerts since then. The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Leonard Cohen, Afghan Whigs, Gin Blossoms…and last night… Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Concerts grew ...
  • “David Bowie influenced my fashion sense…” (1) March 23, 2013 I was driving home listening to the new David Bowie album, and despite being a big Bowie fan, I’m not exactly liking it so far.  Which to me, after years and years of fangirl obsession and seeing him in concert at least three times, felt awful.  I felt like I woke up next to someone ...
  • It’s not me it’s you. (0) March 22, 2013 UGH. Looking for apartments has to be one of the most stressful things in the world.  You know what you want and what your price range is, but nothing seems to match up just right.  If you find something in your price range, it’s too far from work.  If you find something close to work, it ...
  • March Birchbox! (2) March 19, 2013 After I changed my settings from “low maintenance” to “I know what I’m doing when it comes to makeup”, I was holding my breath for my March Birchbox. Drumroll, please! I think changing my settings was the way to go! Top row: Whish shaving cream:  This stuff smells like blueberries and has a lot of air whipped into ...
  • #AWP2013, oh my! (0) March 8, 2013 Well, today was my first day at the huge AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference.  And whoo boy! I am exhausted already!  This stuff takes a lot out of me, I don’t know how people do it all the time. For those of you going to the remaining days of the conference, I have ...
  • Worst possible thing to say. (1) March 1, 2013 Today I went to the doctor and had some bloodwork done. Now, for some reason I have teeny tiny little flat veins.  Which  means, you basically can’t get any blood out of my arms–you have to go in through the back of my hand with a butterfly needle. (I usually tell the phlebotomists this up front.) Well, ...
  • February Birchbox! (0) February 23, 2013 I vowed I’d give Birchbox THREE chances to really “hook” me. My January box, the first one, was so-so…I loved the shampoo, and I’m using the lipgloss even though I’m not a huge fan.  I at least could give the products a SHOT… My February box arrived a little while ago, and, well… It’s safe to say, I’m ...
  • Seriously. (0) February 14, 2013 Dear Ladies, This is a Public Service Announcement. Don’t date assholes.  Seriously.  Even if they’re an asshole to everyone else except you.  Even if you think they’re kinda just like a rude comedian, but at least they make you laugh.  Because guess what?  One day, you’re going to be on the other side of that fence.  One ...
  • My first Birchbox! (0) January 25, 2013 So after hearing the hype for years now, I decided to go for it and sign up for Birchbox.At first, I was undecided between Birchbox and Ipsy’s Glambag, but because Birchbox had a waiting period, I figured it was more in demand and therefore, probably better. What is Birchbox? The long and short of it is this: ...
  • ALL.MOST.DONE. (0) January 21, 2013 I am officially 90 days away from graduation. I just turned in my last draft of my senior thesis to my advisor and second reader. Aside from some minor edits, my last semester is over. I’m pretty damn excited.  A little scared about having to speak at graduation and give my (45 minute!!) senior presentation…but I’m sure I’ll ...
  • Pinterest Attempt: Pasta with… (1) January 18, 2013 In keeping with my New Years Resolution to learn a few healthy new meals, I’ve turned to Pinterest… My first try was pasta with tomatoes, black olives, garlic and feta. it seemed pretty foolproof for a first attempt.  I threw in some spinach I had on hand, too, and used pasta that was made with veggies.  I ...
  • Movie Reboots. (0) January 5, 2013 I know they probably have VERY little in common (I haven’t seen the new movies) … but there are a few previews making the rounds these days that really remind me of old movies (or at least parts of old movies) I’ve already seen. Example 1: Promised Land (2012) Synopsis:  A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing ...
  • Merry Christmas/Happy New Year! (1) January 1, 2013 I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season!  Mine was pretty low-key as I had a couple trips planned that got cancelled, but it was still a fun time. My best friend Katie came up from Florida and we got to see each other for the first time in a while–I don’t think I had seen ...
  • Hard sell. (0) December 13, 2012 I always get these sweet southern ladies when I call up my internet provider.  They’re absurdly friendly and we usually end up laughing about stupid shit and it’s pretty amusing. Today was no exception.  We laughed and she made fun of me having to haul out a LADDER to switch off my modem.  We got my ...
  • RAIK: Random Acts of Internet Kindness (1) December 8, 2012 People on the internet can be so mean.  Some hide behind an anonymous name to make nasty comments– and once you don’t have to actually stand behind your opinion, the internet becomes a free-for-all.  (This is one of the reasons Youtube has begun encouraging users to use their full name recently.) Last night and today in ...
  • I have been goofing off instead of writing. (0) December 6, 2012 Because honestly, this paper is just too horrid to face.I have 5 pages done so far out of the required 15-30. Have I mentioned I really hate writing about writing?Oh yeah.I have. I leave you with me wasting time.
  • Well, isn’t that colorful? (1) December 4, 2012 This is what my spine looks like. The green areas are “good”.  Normal spines should be green. Red/orange/yellow areas?  Not so much.  So apparently my back is totally gnarly.  They’re looking at the x-rays now and I get to go back in and learn more on Wednesday. This was all spurned by the fact that: -Remember my colonoscopy/endoscopy?  Well, ...
  • Turkey/Crunch Time/Dear God (2) November 28, 2012 Is school over yet?  Jesus.I have a mere two weeks to “finish” my novel.  (This is my own goal, my advisor said it doesn’t need to be finished but I feel silly turning in a half-written novel as a final project!)I also have to write two completely ridiculous papers about writing. This all explains why ...
  • My nightmare at the polls… (0) November 7, 2012 Even election day doesn’t go off without a hitch around here… I got out of work at 5PM and headed straight to the polls.  Now, I used to live in Massachusetts but a number of years ago (not sure how many, I’m guessing around six) I moved to Connecticut.  Although I changed my license and all ...
  • Good news didn’t take long! (2) November 2, 2012 I’m pretty lucky it seems, that only a couple days after I was fired, my part-time job decided to take me on full-time…with a pretty sweet raise, to boot. So finally I can resume some sort of semblance of “life as a normal person”…I can stop working 70 hour weeks and work 40 instead.  I can ...
  • Well, I’m glad that’s over. (5) October 30, 2012 Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and I’m absolutely heartbroken at some of the pictures I’m seeing from NYC.  I just can’t imagine what life in the city must be like right now, and I can’t help but wonder how long it will take for things to get back to normal.  I know I don’t ...
  • Whoa Hurricane Sandy… (2) October 29, 2012 Stay safe everyone. I hope your jobs care more about your well-being than their “numbers” and you got to stay home without fighting a battle with your HR reps.  🙂
  • That time I got a “double dip” (0) October 23, 2012 WARNING:::  I’m not going to get VERY graphic in this post, but if you’re at all squeamish about  medical stuff you  may want to skip this one! I’m not lying, this is exactly what my doctor said to me as I wheeled towards him on a gurney.“You’re here for the double dip?” Dear lord.  Yes, I suppose ...
  • A Hot Mess (minus the Hot) (0) October 18, 2012 Yesterday the internet was down at work, so I got sent home a little early.  Since I have a medical procedure scheduled for Friday (and I won’t be able to leave the house for all of today) I knew I had quite a few errands to get done.  I was excited to have an extra ...
  • Graduation. (2) October 1, 2012 Today two of my favorite people graduated, as well as countless other people I admire. I’m so happy for them and so proud, and I wish them the best and all that, but at the same time I am so achingly sad to, well, “lose” them, in a sense. This is my last semester.  I’ll be walking ...
  • That time I turned myself in. (0) September 22, 2012 I have a lot of really crazy stories.  Okay, so not the I-blacked-out-and-woke-up-married-in-Vegas type of stories, but some decent ones all the same.  I was telling this one at work the other day and it occurred to me that I am always the co-worker with the wild stories.  I’d like to share one at The Moth one ...
  • Just a note to say… (0) September 14, 2012 Gluten testing is the stupidest thing under the sun. I’ve been gluten-free for at least a year now, and had been limiting my gluten intake for a long time prior.  And when I finally decide to go see a doctor to get an official diagnosis (because there is a big difference between celiac disease gluten intolerance, ...
  • “I killed someone’s only love.” (0) August 24, 2012 Not all, but SOME birds mate for life. ALL birds experience mourning, much like humans. This photo breaks my heart, even more so now that I’m fairly certain I killed a bird with my car this morning. It wasn’t my fault.  Okay, no, it’s my fault in the same way that animals were here first and we come ...
  • You’re hired! (0) August 18, 2012 I had a chuckle today while checking out my analytics page for the blog–I came across these search terms: “job poisitions that require the ability to speak ubbi-dubbi.”*** Here’s the deal, reader from Pennsylvania.  Even though you spelled positions wrong, I like you already.  And I need an intern.  I can’t pay you, but it’s not a ...
  • Perfect. (0) August 3, 2012 So, of course Bravehost/Bravenet (the company I used to host my other website for free) suddenly yanked free hosting out from under everyone.  With no warning or email notice or anything–suddenly I went to my website (thank goodness I checked it) and there was a big pop-up telling me to log in to see changes ...
  • I must be insane: Completion of week one! (0) July 28, 2012 I DID IT! But I am ready for a nap. Wow.  Let me tell you, squeezing 6 hours of sleep a night, 14 hours of work a day, and a 3 hours of commuting into a day is HARD WORK. (Did you count those numbers up?  Let me save you the trouble–they equal 23.  YEP.  That equals ...
  • FINALLY. (0) July 18, 2012 I’m beyond happy to report that finally, after over 10 years of searching (and doing unpaid internships!) I have secured a paying media job! It’s a small business that does web development webcasts, DVDs, CD ROMs and will soon be branching out to podcasting.  I am appropriately excited to be trained (trained!) on digital editing software. ...
  • School. (0) July 1, 2012 I have been in college (off and on, sometimes taking one class at a time, always working through school) for ten years now. I am happy to report that in only a short 10 months, barring any major disasters, I will finally have a diploma in hand. This has not been an easy road.  I can’t believe ...
  • Pintrest Attempt: Miracle Bathtub Cleaner! (1) June 29, 2012 So, as a girl with hair that is pretty thick (and at one point, was also very long) I often find myself with backed up shower drains. I’m told this is also quite a common occurrence among people living in buildings with shared plumbing–drains can usually be quite “slow”, so you can imagine how bad it ...
  • Pintrest Attempt: Halter Top! (1) June 22, 2012 It really makes me mad how little guys have to spend in order to maintain their appearances. Shave, shower.  Shirt, pants, underwear, socks, deodorant.  Brush teeth.  Floss teeth. Girls? Please. Shave legs with electric razor.  Shave underarms with Venus razor.  Wax eyebrows.  Pluck any offending facial hairs.Shower.  Exfoliate.  Wash.  Hair mask.  Skin Mask.  Pore strips.  Leave-in conditioner.  Anti-frizz ...
  • Happy Birthday to me! (1) June 21, 2012 I’m 28 today, which I must admit is completely insane, because a) this year has FLOWN by and b) I keep getting mistaken for 17-22 years old. So, I mean, I guess there’s something to be said for moisturizing.  Although I swear I find a new gray hair every day. I’m not sure exactly what today holds ...
  • Pintrest Attempt: Pickles! (2) June 12, 2012 In case you didn’t know already, I’m a pickle fanatic. Honestly. I have been known to eat an entire jar of pickles in a week, and that’s when I try to exercise willpower.  In reality, I could easily polish off a jar in one sitting.   I love ’em. But it’s a little annoying how they’re sold.  I’ve ...
  • Pintrest Attempt: Sassy Water! (0) June 8, 2012 So, even though I have a lengthy to-do list that has to be completed by Saturday, here I am sharing my Pintrest pins with you. Now, when Molly over at These Little Moments  started using Pintrest, I believe she made some kind of blog where she pretty much said, “I’m pinning these things, why not DO them?” ...
  • Obsessed. (3) June 7, 2012 I’ve been totally consumed by Instagram and Pintrest lately.   Someone (an anonymous commenter on this blog actually!) recommended Pintrest to me MONTHS ago. I got on the super exclusive waiting list, got started, and was really kind of meh about the whole thing.  I pinned a few things, but it really just seemed boring. Fast forward ...
  • Resume Bomb: Beginning Consequences (0) May 25, 2012 Now, most of you probably know that I have had to make due with some…unfulfilling employment over recent years.  Nothing astronomically bad (although they’ve all had those moments!) just not what I really want to do. As a teenager, I pretty much grew up in a television studio.  I could run anything in the studio (except ...
  • Hell yes. (0) May 18, 2012 Guess who’s seeing Leonard Cohen in concert? If you said me & Shaun, you’d be right!  It was a you-buy-my-ticket-i’ll-buy-yours anniversary present (as of Monday we’ll have been dating a year, yikes!) but the concert isn’t until December so it’ll feel more like a Christmas thing.  I love Leonard Cohen so I’m totally psyched! In other ...
  • You know what’s awesome? (2) May 10, 2012 When blogger changes it’s whole interface and you have NOCLUE how to post a simple entry.  YEAH. (I figured it out obviously.) My boyfriend got a new camera and a lens and oh my god it takes amazing photos.  So we’ve been photo hunting these days which is interesting as I’m not much into landscape or architecture ...
  • College, Paris…? (2) April 23, 2012 I apologize for being M.I.A these days, folks.  It’s one thing after another over here.  (That makes me sound stressed yet important, doesn’t it?  In all actuality, as I said before, I sliced my finger open because I am AWESOME.  And then I went away to school for almost two weeks, where I don’t have ...
  • We’ve got a winner! (0) April 11, 2012 I just picked the winner for the PrintRunner giveaway, congrats are in order for elenamarija! I’ll be getting in touch with you for your information.  Thanks for entering! (For everyone else, stay tuned! I plan to host more giveaways soon.  Also, I apologize for not blogging lately, but I sliced one of my fingers open with a gigantic ...
  • Only 1 day left! (0) April 10, 2012 Don’t forget to enter my contest!  (For details check out my post below this one!)I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow, Wednesday the 11th!
  • Contest time!! (2) April 2, 2012 It’s time for another giveaway!  Aren’t you excited?! I know I am!  Free stuff, yay! WHAT TO WIN: This time, the kind folks over at PrintRunner.com have offered up 250 customized stickers for you today! Printrunner.com specializes in different kinds of printing services, not just online sticker printing.  Go check them out! This sounds like a fun idea to ...
  • My Mercury is in retrograde! (1) April 1, 2012 I’m definitely ready for Mercury to come out of retrograde. When it’s in retrograde, it means problems with communication (increased fighting and arguments, etc).  It means you shouldn’t enter a new project, sign any papers or begin any new friendships.  It means you shouldn’t make any large purchases (especially things with moving parts) and if you ...
  • I’M DOING IT! (0) March 30, 2012 I have a confession to make. I have short-hair envy.  Really. Sure, my long hair is pretty.  But goddamn it’s a pain in the ass.  To do my hair it requires me to clear a 3 hour window of time: one hour to wash, one hour to blow-dry, and one hour to straighten.  (And there are no ...
  • Psst… (0) March 23, 2012 Sorry for being so chatty today. But, I’m home sick so it should be understandable. Anyway, look over there ————————————–> There should be a place of some kind for you to enter your email address so that you can be notified of my new posts!  Yay!  (I use Google Reader myself, but, you know, whatever floats your boat!)
  • Dr. Google at your service. (0) March 23, 2012 I am sick. Yesterday I felt just fine.  Albeit a little nauseous (I’ve been nauseous nightly since Monday–because I’ve been too busy to grocery shop and I’d been having “just a little” gluten before work.  Guess I can’t get away with that anymore!) and sneezy (I’m allergic to my cat) but that’s normal for me. But I ...
  • Bad? And Good… (1) March 22, 2012 The Bad: Sometimes the immaturity and lack of responsibility of others really gets to me. There’s a woman at work who deliberately gives me the silent treatment.  Not because I did anything wrong, mind you, but because I don’t holler out obnoxious hello’s every time I see her.  Now, maybe this has a lot to do with ...
  • The spring cleaning continues. (0) March 21, 2012 Today I was happy to get rid of the ugly milk crate/cardboard box organizing system I had been using for my records. As you probably know, it’s important to store records upright, which can be difficult at times.  I was thrilled to pick up this great record storage shelf from Urban Outfitters.  It holds my record ...
  • Spring cleaning! (2) March 16, 2012 I’ve been bit, hard, by the spring cleaning bug.  For about a week now, I’ve been tackling small projects every morning before work, and then running boxes and bags of stuff to the thrift store/clothing dropbox on my way to work.  I’ve even mostly cleaned out my car! I wish I had taken before and after ...
  • What’s today? (4) March 15, 2012 I am shocked that NO ONE I spoke with yesterday knew what day it was. I don’t mean Pi day, either.  Or Taylor Hanson’s birthday.  Or the Ides of March.  (That is today–3/15.) I’ll refrain from naming it here, only because my mom is reading (hi mom!), but it’s sort of like the male version of Valentine’s ...
  • Favorite things. (0) March 1, 2012  I realized the other day that while I have some adorable heart-shaped measuring spoons (a gift from Lauren’s wedding!) my measuring cups were very blah.  They also didn’t fit properly in my kitchen drawer, causing me immense frustration whenever I tried to open or close it. Lucky for me, Newbury Comics had these super adorable measuring cups ...
  • Done! (0) February 24, 2012 The other day, sick of always emailing things to my mother and asking her to print them for me, I purchased a printer. I bought it at the same time as my Macbook (it was an optional add-on at the Apple site) and I didn’t even give it much thought.  It was literally like, “Oh, hey. ...
  • Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted. (3) February 21, 2012 It seems like 2012 is going to be “my year”, as they say. In the past month, thanks in great part to my friend Mike (who is a WIZARD when it comes to doing my taxes) and this new pretty sweet job (which allows me not only to work full-time, but weekly overtime as well) I ...
  • Mini-rant. (2) February 4, 2012 It makes me angry when people assume that just because something has worked for them, that it will work for everyone. A friend of mine recently posted a blog that implied pretty much anyone could obtain a job in 14 days–and if they didn’t, they simply weren’t doing things right.  Now, I’d be all for this ...
  • This is not about celebrities. (2) February 1, 2012 I GOT A NEW JOB YAY! I started on Monday, it’s full-time (yay) with benefits (yay) and more than I was making at my previous job (yay).  Also, I don’t have to deal with customers (yay) or anything of that nature, AND it’s a casual dress code so I can wear my usual dress/leggings/boots/cardigan attire (yay!). ...
  • Writing Muse: Victor Garber (2) January 24, 2012 I made this new rule for myself.  I should write 1,000 words of my novel every day. If I keep up with this, I should be finished with my first draft by April. Now, because this might affect the frequency of my blog posts, I figured I’d tell you just a little about my book.  Starting with my current ...
  • In the off-chance that Miss Fey ever Googles herself… (0) January 18, 2012 So, after seeing TONS of people surf into my website after googling “Tina Fey Naked” (or some variation of those words) I discovered that my blog is the THIRD entry that comes up when you type that into Google. My first thought is, “Oh my God I wonder if Tina googles herself!” It’s possible, right?Who isn’t guilty ...
  • Style Icon: Zooey Deschanel (0) January 17, 2012 I love Zooey Deschanel. I know about the whole Manic Pixie Dream Girl thing.  And I get it.  I know all her characters are pretty much the same (even though she’s been quoted as saying she’s been quoted as saying “I don’t wanna do the same thing over and over again because that’s, well, first of ...
  • If you can’t say anything nice… (1) January 13, 2012 …don’t say anything at all.  Right? Clearly not. Don’t get me wrong–I am NOT a saint in this regard.  I can be quite judgmental at times, but for the most part I keep my comments to myself. Now, while some people could see this as worse (because now I’m just talking behind people’s backs, right?) I think it’s ...
  • A photo a day. (1) January 8, 2012 I’ve been taking part in Instagram’s “January photo a day”…thing (I don’t know what to call it! It’s not a contest or a competition…just a fun thing to do for those of us who love Instagram!) Anyway, it’s been fun so far and I’m proud to say I haven’t missed a day yet! (Although I nearly ...
  • A year in review? (1) January 7, 2012 I’ve been trying to come up with a “year in review” blog, but the problem is there are some months where I just can’t remember what was blog worthy!  Here’s a little mini year in review, just the highlights! January, February, March: This was a pretty rough time of year for me, to be honest.  I was ...
  • Happy New Year! (2) January 2, 2012 I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I rang in the New Year with Shaun and some of his friends, drinking some champagne that I swear tasted like roses. Due to the mild winter, this year would have been perfect to brave the streets of New York City for NYE–but I simply didn’t plan ...
  • Murphy’s Law Day (0) December 28, 2011 Holy crap, if there ever was a day that completely embodied Murphy’s Law, it was yesterday. I can’t even remember all of the crap that happened, but here were some of the major highlights: Ever since I started with my company, I’ve been saving shipping boxes.  This was company orders–I was supposed to stockpile around 100-150 shipping ...
  • Bye-bye Christmas… (8) December 26, 2011 I’m always sad when Christmas is over.  🙁  I was glad when I turned on the radio at 3 AM this morning (yes, that’s the ungodly hour that I had to rouse myself and head off to work!) and still heard Christmas music.  (And then later at 11 AM, they were playing some occasional Christmas ...
  • Another one… (2) December 19, 2011 I have yet another job interview tomorrow. This one isn’t the ideal job, but hell the pay is more than adequate.  That shit will be NICE.  Bye-bye, debt. By the way?  My mom is awesome.  The morning after I posted my last Real*Love entry, I noticed the next day that both the owl and the typewriter had ...
  • Real*Love, Etsy edition! (1) December 15, 2011 So, the downside of Christmas is that shopping for other people usually gets me in a..well, shopp-y mood.  With the economy what it is at the moment, that’s never a good thing.  I try to placate my urge to shop by buying little, practical things that I can consider to be an investment down the ...
  • You weren’t missing much. (1) December 13, 2011 So, I guess I’ve really not been missing much all those years when I couldn’t go to The Nutcracker around the holidays. (image) As a kid,  I went with my class (maybe fourth or fifth grade?) and we took buses up to The Wang Center in Boston. I remember a girl from a lower grade was ...
  • Holy crap there she is! (1) December 5, 2011 I hope this (significantly delayed…) update finds you all well.  As you can all imagine, holiday time is always crazy in the retail world, so I’ve been pretty busy between work and school and trying to find the perfect presents for the boyfriend… (I think I’ve done okay–although he keeps shaking the packages and has ...
  • This weather is insane. (4) November 3, 2011 Unexpectedly on October 30th, the sky opened up and dumped 20 inches of snow onto all the lovely trees. The trees that, although their leaves had changed color from green to the pretty autumn shades we all know and love, had NOT shed their leaves yet. When 20 inches of snow hits unprepared trees, it weighs them ...
  • I’m tired. (0) October 26, 2011 Quite honestly, I’m tired. Tired of working an awful job and coming home only to spend my evenings applying for other jobs. Tired of coming home drained, anxious, stressed and negative.  Tired of complaining to those gracious enough to listen to me. Craigslist.com, Mandy.com, Careerbuilder.com, WorkInRetail.com, Indeed.com… I am burnt out. I have had 2 interviews (and two impromptu ...
  • [Crossposted] (0) October 25, 2011 I promise a fulfilling blog post in a few days: for now, I am busily attacking my college coursework.  For now, enjoy this random thought.  Sometimes in the morning, I will forgo the typical American bacon egg & cheese, bagel with cream cheese, what have you, and I’ll get a croissant, toasted with butter. And even though I’m late ...
  • Dresses. (2) October 12, 2011 I’m obsessed with this photo right now.I look at it every day. Something about it appeals to me on a deeper level than just “I like this photo”. I want my life to be this simple and uncluttered.  Laid out effortlessly like a pre-planned outfit.  All elements that work together, but can be interchangeable. Years ago I had an ...
  • Home sweet home! (0) October 10, 2011 I’m back!  And trying to turn my life around. Well, my job situation anyway.  I deserve so much better, and hopefully I will find it, soon. My college stay was…interesting.  I meet a lot of really smart people there who push me to be a better person–and in the same vein I am at times shocked by ...
  • College is weird. (2) October 3, 2011 I apologize for the silence, all, but I am currently away at college. It’s been an interesting time thus far.  I have discovered that my “drink” is champagne.  (So much for being a cheap date.  Now I feel like I need to wear black dresses and pearls every time I drink.) I have watched countless people wrap ...
  • Style Icon: Tina Fey (4) September 26, 2011 While Tina Fey is certainly no Fashionista (and I don’t mean that in a bad way–I’m sure Tina herself would agree with me) she has managed to convince me of two things: It’s okay to be a brunette. Men don’t make passes at girls that wear glasses?  FALSE. For yearrrssss I dyed the hell out of my hair. ...
  • Real*Love, Etsy edition, part two! (0) September 22, 2011 Okay, so as I mentioned before, I wrecked all my dishes. Now, at first I thought my favorite coffee mugs (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sesame Street and Love Is…) had miraculously been spared from this disaster. Nope.  Not the case. So now I have been searching, on Etsy, for the “ultimate” set of mugs.  I only want two, ...
  • Real*Love, Etsy edition, part one! (0) September 21, 2011 I have to admit, part of the beauty of Etsy is that you find things you never knew you secretly loved. For instance, I have certain things I search for specifically on etsy: birds, cherry blossoms, coffee, sushi, and the color mustard (or goldenrod) yellow. I try not to frequent the site too frequently.  Mostly, because I ...
  • A week (or so) in photos: (1) September 17, 2011 Okay, so really this is only from the past two days, but, still.  You know me.  I don’t get out much 🙂 Here’s the thing, folks.  I HATE summer.  I can’t stand being hot and sticky.  I hate shorts, I hate the sun, I hate mosquitoes.  I’m not a fan of swimming outdoors or barbecues or really anything summer ...
  • The world of one. (0) September 15, 2011 So, obviously it’s impractical to own, say, one pair of socks, or underwear, or something like that. But what about owning just one of everything else?  Granted, if you entertain a lot or have a big family this is next to impossible.  But for someone like me, it seems to be a good idea. See, when it ...
  • If my job were a relationship. (0) September 13, 2011 AN ACT OF FICTION. Me:  Best Buy, we need to talk.Best Buy:  Uh oh.Me:  This thing we’ve got going on here?  It just doesn’t seem to be working out.  I mean, it was fun while it lasted, but, lately it’s just been more trouble than it’s worth.  I mean, be honest with me.  Are you happy? ...
  • Tiffany’s. (0) September 7, 2011 (I was trying to get some writing done, and instead this conversation between Holly and Paul came to mind.  Sidetracked.  Blog post.  This counts as writing, right?) Holly Golightly: What do you do, anyway?Paul Varjak: I’m a writer, I guess.Holly Golightly: You guess? Don’t you know?Paul Varjak: OK, positive statement. Ringing affirmative. I’m a writer. Holly Golightly: The ...
  • ZOMG, I am alive. (2) September 2, 2011 Haven’t had too much to blog about lately.  I survived a hurricane, even though I live less than 10 feet from a river.  I was lucky to not have any flooding.  People throughout the state are still without power, though.  Mine only flickered and went out for a minute or two.  Yay! Going back to school ...
  • NO. (4) August 17, 2011 So I decided today that by handing in my V card (my vegetarian card! what were you thinking?! Pervs!) it’s really not going to be a good thing for my health.  Being a vegetarian may have been at times expensive and difficult, but you know what?  It kept me from eating fast food. Today I had ...
  • You’re going to hate me for this… (0) August 14, 2011 Or:  Things I can’t write on Facebook, lest I want to lose at least 100 friends… But I realized today that beyond not “getting” why everyone is so obsessed with Lady Gaga… …I actually don’t think I like her. at. all.  And, I gave her a chance.  More than a chance, actually.  Some of her tunes are catchy, but ...
  • Contest winner!! (1) August 5, 2011 Hi everyone! Sorry about the delay on picking a winner!  I’ve been super busy lately between work and getting this sweet new ride… that I completely forgot until my mom (who is a reader—hi mom!) reminded me. So the winner of the UPrinting poster contest is…. commenter 2, Lady KT! Congrats lady!  I need to send your info ...
  • Blog giveaway! (2) July 30, 2011 It’s Giveaway Time!! The lovely people at Uprinting.com have generously offered this giveaway for us! What 1 lucky reader will win: A 18″ x 24″ Poster (you design your own!) with either semi-gloss or high-gloss. 1 business day turnaround time. (This is approximately a $35 value.) I’ve checked out their  template tool and it seems pretty straightforward and easy to use–just ...
  • A week in photos: (3) July 25, 2011 I start every morning by mixing all of these ingredients together, plus water and ice cubes, with various delicious results.  The espresso machine was a birthday present from my boyfriend. (Yup.  It’s officially official now.)  It was the perfect gift.I got a pedicure from a little shop down the street a few days ago.  It’s ...
  • And knowing is half the battle! (0) July 14, 2011 So, my mother sent me a youtube link today.  (Because my mother is just discovering new technology, and she is awesome, and this video is awesome.  And she knows I love musicals.) My favorite lines: “…but it’s seven characters too long.”“Watch the ads and it’s almost like paying.”“Now I can’t wait to read about me later on ...
  • A “writer” problem… (2) July 4, 2011 I often jot down little thoughts onto scraps of paper, and then find them later and type them out.  Usually I have an idea of where their placement belongs in a story I’m writing. Quite a bit though, I run into the problem of finding these scraps of paper years later.  Once I found one that ...
  • First time for everything… (0) July 1, 2011 So I have this friend on Facebook…and whenever he updates or I look at his photos or whatever, I’m filled with this horrible sense of dread and embarrassment. You see, one time, God, maybe even three or four years ago now, he drove me and my then-boyfriend to a housewarming party of a mutual friend. There weren’t ...
  • Learning and applying are two different things. (0) June 22, 2011 I learned a long time ago that I’m an ice cream archaeologist. Whenever I buy any type of ice cream with a “swirl” in it (we’re talking the peanut butter in Turkey Hill’s Peanut Butter Chocolate, swirls of that nature) I suddenly find myself chasing the swirls around the carton. “I’ll only have a bite or two…” ...
  • Real*Love (2) June 8, 2011 I’m pretty much head over heels for just about all of these items! Rare Editions Black Pageant Easter Paris Dress  Seriously, can we talk about having this dress made in adult sizes?  Because how freaking adorable is that!  I would wear it all the time.  Someone, find me some fabric and I’ll get a-sewin’… Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast ...
  • Bummer. (0) June 4, 2011 I’ve been intensely lucky lately.  Fate has been looking out for me. Exhibit A:  I was driving with Lauren and we were stopped at a red light.  It was late at night and no one was around, and I stopped to light a cigarette.  The light turned green, but my cigarette hadn’t caught fire yet, so ...
  • Hi, hi, hi there…. (2) May 30, 2011 So, as it turns out I hadn’t actually blogged about this yet (which is weird, as we all know I blog about everything!) but my best friend Lauren is home from Germany!  Which means…I have a social life again, hurray! (Me, Mary, Lauren, after a night of enjoying some fab sushi and watching Yo Gabba Gabba.) This ...
  • You and I. We’re just bittersweet. (0) May 24, 2011 So, a little while ago I had this someone. I didn’t have him long enough for him to really be called anything, not really, just a someone.  But still, he was influential to me in a big way.  Made me realize and value a lot about myself.  Made me see how I deserved to be treated. ...
  • In which I am bummed, again. And use a lot of quotations. (0) May 11, 2011 I have to say.  If “good things come to those who wait”, “everything happens for a reason”, “this too shall pass” and there is a such thing as karma… The universe has GOT to be gearing up to throw something REALLY AWESOME my way sometime soon. I’m very tired, in the love department at least, of things ...
  • In which I sound a little crazy. (0) May 4, 2011 What are the karmatic implications of owning a house pet? (and furthermore, why is “karmatic” not a word?) This just struck me today as I was listening to “Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling.  (This is not the song my cat Major Tom is named after, however.  I am quite loyal to David Bowie.)  The ...
  • In which I talk to myself. (2) May 1, 2011 So, as you might have guessed, I live alone now.  Well, with my cat.  Which is totally cool and fine.  I’m liking it actually.  If I put something down, it’s exactly where I left it when I get back.  If something is misplaced or a mess, I have no one to blame but myself.  It’s ...
  • A story in three photos. (0) April 27, 2011 I have been incredibly fortunate lately and have attended some really wonderful shows, both on Broadway and off.  I’ve seen Bebe Neuwirth perform in Addams Family and Victor Garber (my current muse) perform in Defying Gravity for the New York City Opera. But I have this really bad habit of getting over-excited as the performance begins, ...
  • Learning something about myself. (0) April 23, 2011 When I have absolutely no idea what’s going on, my typical response is “FULL SPEED AHEAD!” I guess I think it’s better to throw caution to the wind and learn things, then to sit around and try to figure things out but never really be sure. This has bitten me in the ass once before.  But I’m ...
  • Sickness and a pricing fail… (0) April 16, 2011 So, as I mentioned, I got my top two wisdom teeth out and my past few days have been slightly pain-filled (thank God for Vicodin) but today I started getting a cold which just made everything worse.  🙁  I guess my immune system had been fighting this one off, but was weakened due to the ...
  • I am paying you to do a service, not to yell at me like I’m your child. (7) April 13, 2011 I got my top two wisdom teeth out today. Of course, this had been something I had been dreading for years.  I’d quite literally put it off since I was a teenager.  I figured hey–they didn’t hurt, so why bother?  I’d like to keep my teeth in my mouth. But, eleven years later I’m struck with this ...
  • Please tell me I’m just too old to get the joke… (0) April 13, 2011 While browsing facebook, I stumbled upon this photo: (It has been cropped to hide the person’s identity, and clearly for this reason, I am NOT going to provide photo credit.  Deal with it.) Now…it may be difficult to see what it says under the girls hair.  Let me help you out with that. My inmate looks better than ...
  • More kale and tofu than a vegetarian could stand… (0) April 10, 2011 Or: 8 days of peace & music I am back from Goddard now…and how the hell do I explain what just happened?  It was a bizarre and intense experience that I suppose only happens when you throw the artsy, literary and intellectual people together for eight days, take away most forms of deodorant (direct quote from ...
  • Oh, progressive college. (1) April 6, 2011 I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I chose this school. But you know what?  I can handle it.  I’m really determined and it’s going to happen.  Even though because of my placement, it means I have to complete three projects this year that most people who just start out at a ...
  • Say “I love you” if you mean it. (0) April 3, 2011 Warning:I’m going to get a little bit deeper here than I usually do. I’ve always been a very loving person, but over the years I have obviously, like everyone else, been hurt.  Had my heart stomped on.  Eh, it happens, right?  Hindsight is 20/20.  But, the problem is, sometimes you take just a little bit of ...
  • (0) March 28, 2011 I was just checking my page stats and it made me laugh to see that 17 people have googled “Lusty McLusterson” and it has brought them to my page. Other memorable keywords: “weird insecurities” (guilty as charged…working on it!)“naked in brain parking” (sorry…what?)“alisonleeds.com” (haha. people google it rather than just typing it into the browser?)“alison fuller naked” ...
  • I’m here. (1) March 23, 2011 Sorry folks, I have quite literally checked out lately.  Most of my writing consists of tearfilled and depressing letters, so you have all been spared.  Be joyful. The good news is that I got in to Goddard College!  I was getting really nervous there for a while, especially since everything seemed so last-minute.  (The application deadline ...
  • The Wet Blanket Attends a Concert, Part Two: (1) March 16, 2011 So, the main purpose of me going to New York City is that Bright Eyes, one of my favorite bands, was on their last tour ever, and I had gotten ONE ticket to their Radio City Music Hall show. I hadn’t been to a concert since 2006, but when I heard it was their last ever ...
  • The Wet Blanket Attends a Concert (4) March 10, 2011 Or:  Why Bebe Neuwirth is a Vampire. So, I went to New York City yesterday.  I had had it planned for a while, but I had planned on going alone, until my co-worker/friend Christie asked, “Can I come?” like, less than 24 hours before I left, lol. She might have been partly joking but I was ...
  • Gratitude. (0) March 3, 2011 So, I watched The Secret today.    And I’m giving it a shot, mostly because all of the people I know who follow it are extremely happy and successful.  The first step of The Secret is to list things that you are grateful for.  Since the whole point of The Secret is to put your ...
  • Not my ideal Saturday. (0) February 27, 2011 I’ve missed quite a bit of work lately, so I was forced to go in to work today, a Saturday, to make up some of my missed hours, in an effort to save as much of my vacation time as I could.  A pain in the ass, but no real biggie.  I planned on making ...
  • 10 things. (2) February 22, 2011 To help combat my fragile emotional state, my best friend Lauren gave me a homework assignment: find ten things that make me happy and do at least one of them every day. Being broke, it’s easier said than done.  Most things that make me happy require at least a small amount of money (Caramel Macchiatos, creative ...
  • A happier story. (1) February 19, 2011 So, a coworker/friend of mine won free tickets in a work raffle to see Shrek the Musical.  I didn’t have any interest in Shrek, really, (I’ve never even seen the movies, just part of the first one) but she knew how much I love musicals so she invited me and our boss/friend along. It was a ...
  • Yep. (2) February 17, 2011 My fun times with friends (this is Theo, my friend Mary’s son–remember him?) have pretty much come to a close.  Now I am forced to take a look, without distraction, at my life. And no sir, I don’t like it. I’ll try to stay upbeat on the blog as much as possible.  But things are not happy ...
  • Forgive me. (3) February 13, 2011 My college essay is due REALLY soon, so I have to finish it ASAP.  And it’s so ridiculous!  Five to ten pages about myself…ugh.  I’m not enjoying this. For now, I leave you with this absolutely beautiful piece of artwork.  It’s called Liberty and it’s by Kneil Melicano. I definitely want this as my next tattoo.  I’m ...
  • Downsizing, again. (0) February 8, 2011 The real things I love are things that I can’t pack. My kitten.My job and co-workers.My ex.  (Yeah, I said it.  I think I’m coming to terms with the fact it’s okay to love him.  I also have to say–I really understand the Jack White/Meg White issue.)My mom.My big, fluffy cloud blanket.  (Yeah, I’m a 26 ...
  • Um. (2) February 6, 2011 So, I’m definitely not religious.  But you now that saying…when God closes a door he opens a window? Well…my life has gone completely crazy overnight.  I’ve gone from being dumped to being invited to live in Germany. It’s going to be the craziest, most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done in my life.  But I think I’m going ...
  • Gift Registry: The Break up. (1) February 3, 2011 I’m pretty sure that there should be gift registries for when people break up from long-term relationships. I mean, think about it.  I’ve spent the last four years being part of a unit.  Buying things that you envisioned sharing for the rest of your life–one vacuum, one frying pan, one mattress, one set of dishes and ...
  • Missing in Action… (1) February 1, 2011 Sorry I’ve been absent lately, guys.  Things are not the greatest in Alison-Land, mostly the definite end of my almost-four-year relationship (I have a three year expiration date, it seems.) and the fact that there has been so much damn SNOW in New England that I’ve successfully managed to use ALL OF my sick/personal time ...
  • Nightmares on Broadway (5) January 22, 2011 10-12 years ago, I took musical theater workshop classes at a little studio that popped up down the street from my house. I was in 7th or 8th grade when I started, and it was the perfect outlet for a dorky, Broadway obsessed shy kid.  We put on A Chorus Line.  We sang Christmas songs for ...
  • Small things. (0) January 19, 2011 I haven’t been feeling very creative for the past two days. Progress on my novel has been at a stand still, although I have been doing a great deal of research. The fact that I don’t have any desire to put pen to paper is slightly worrysome…I was going at a really respectable ...
  • Really, Ian? (3) January 18, 2011 As far as celebrities go, I think Ian Somerhalder is a pretty stand up guy for all his activist work. He and I see eye to eye on many issues, and I’m glad that he uses his celebrity status for good. That being said, he’s a hottie and I’ve been lusting after him since I ...
  • Some day I will laugh at this… (0) January 13, 2011 …but not today. Things that I don’t own: A shovel A broom A snow blower Thing I DO own:YEP. That’s a frying pan. Wish me luck. I’ve been at this for 2 1/2 hours already.
  • Recycled: Meeting Sharon & Bram. (1) January 11, 2011 I wrote this post when I returned from a trip to Canada in 2007, where I had met Sharon and Bram of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show. I was in total awe and still shell-shocked from the entire experience. It was incredible.I’m sitting in the back of a silver Toyota Camry, and ...
  • One more thing to worry about. (0) January 10, 2011 Some of you may remember the Barbie Camcorder scandal that occurred this Christmas. I’d paraphrase it, but I do NOT want my blog coming up on perverts search engines. So I’ll just tell you that people were concerned the camera might take some not-so-nice photos. Of youngsters. (Ha! Find THAT, pervs.) Anyway, now Lady ...
  • FYI… (0) January 10, 2011 I’m submitting my new novel to the “Dear Lucky Agent” contest on the Guide to Literary Agents blog! Winners get the first 10 pages of their manuscripts critiqued and a free subscription to Writer’s Digest. For more info, check out The Guide to Literary Agents blog!
  • To insure or not to insure… (1) January 9, 2011 As some of you may know, the company that my job obtains health insurance from decided to raise their rates by…well, a lot this year. And as some of you may also know, I was having trouble keeping my head above water with the rate it was at before the raise. So, after much debate, ...
  • Real*Love part duex (0) January 8, 2011 Japanese Sushi Plate Set Two things I love, cherry blossoms and sushi, come together so perfectly in this cute little service-for-two sushi plate set. These cute robins egg blue plates have been on my Amazon wish list forever. One day they will be mine! Antique french “rotund” birdcages These ones are just a decorative copy–the real ...
  • Post-holiday laziness (2) January 6, 2011 Is anyone else’s sleep schedule completely thrown off by the holidays? I keep feeling wide awake at night. I go to bed at my normal time (usually between 10 and 12) but then I wake up at 3, 4 or 5 A.M and I have a really hard time falling back asleep. Last night ...
  • Writing overdrive! (3) January 2, 2011 I haven’t been able to think of anything else but writing lately. I’ve been obsessively working on a second chapter of a new book, obsessively craving feedback about older pieces, obsessively trying to figure out my TENSES… I am at present a member of three writing groups. (Just joined a new one today!) And ...
  • As 2010 draws to a close… (4) December 31, 2010 I did super well with last years resolutions. Is it time to make some more? Let’s see. In addition to quitting smoking and eating meat, I also got rid of my microwave 6 months ago. It started off pretty simple. I was tired of hearing, “You can’t microwave styrofoam, it’ll give you ...
  • Christmas haul… (0) December 25, 2010 Every Christmas Jay and I get tired of waiting and we usually cave and open gifts early. Last year, we opened gifts VERY early–we literally opened one gift a day for most of the month of December, but then when Christmas morning rolled around, we had nothing to open. I think Jay was okay with ...
  • Don’t stay silent. (3) December 24, 2010 (actual personalized post card I’m sending to my stylist, Sarah.) I am learning as of late that I no longer believe in keeping things to myself. Life’s too short to hold your tongue.That being said, I’m not going to go up to someone and tell them to go jump off a bridge or anything of ...
  • Confessions: (0) December 22, 2010 1. I am blogging from work. And I’ve been drinking. (It’s okay, it was a holiday party!) My power cord to my laptop at home is dead, so you might not hear from me until Monday or Tuesday when my new one arrives. 2. I feel very guilty because I MISSED my ...
  • Happy early Holidays! (2) December 20, 2010 One of my long-distance best friends came home for the holidays this weekend. It was so great (and also a surprise! I only knew about it a couple of days in advance!) to see her, even for a short time. We watched Christmas movies (sort of…we really just talked through them. But what else ...
  • Giveaway result!!! (1) December 18, 2010 I used the random number generator at random.org and the winner is… entry number one, imfortyish! Congrats! You can shoot me an email with your address to ARTWonderland com, and I’ll get the pretty dress out in the mail to you tomorrow! 🙂 Everyone else, stay tuned. I have another Korean article ...
  • My first GIVEAWAY! (8) December 11, 2010 Hi everyone! With Christmas coming up, it’s the perfect time to hold my first ever giveaway. You see, I am completely in love with Korean fashion. Their dresses are just about the cutest thing ever. BUT, I am blessed with two things most Korean girls must not be: boobs and hips. Because of these, I find ...
  • Find me on Facebook! (0) December 9, 2010 For those of you who use an RSS feed or a Google reader, this is just a heads up that I’ve created a Facebook page for this blog/me! If you want to “like” me (and please do, because it currently says that zero people like me…which is not fun for my self esteem!) just visit ...
  • Ugh. (0) December 7, 2010 Not even halfway through the week yet and I am struggling with the first real cold I’ve had all year. It’s not awful, except some of the side effects are ridiculous. I have what I can only assume is a swollen lymph node (I’ve never had one before) and it’s almost completely deformed the left ...
  • A late addition to my christmas list… (0) December 6, 2010 Pierce Brosnan in Playgirl? Ummm…yes, please.
  • Really, Coco? (2) December 2, 2010 “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” -Coco Chanel Although in most instances I think Coco was a genius, I really do have to disagree with this. I used to wear perfume religiously–every day. Wouldn’t leave the house without a spritz or two. But when I started reading all about the dangers of ...
  • *RealLove* (1) December 2, 2010 Household Edition! 1. To say that I hate to do dishes is an understatement. Old soggy food, gross dishwater and wrinkly hands–complete with a ruined manicure? No, thank you. BUT, I might reconsider if I had a pair of these super cute dish gloves. This site here has SO many different options that I ...
  • So. Freaking. EXCITED! (0) December 1, 2010 I just have to share this with someone. I have that crazy excitement that just can’t be contained! As you all may know, I love, love, love Bright Eyes. I was also severely bummed out about six months ago when I searched for tour dates and came up with nothing. I realized it had been ...
  • Put on your big girl panties and deal with it. (5) November 30, 2010 Or: not everyone will always like you. As some of you might know, in addition to all my other spread-myself-too-thin hobbies, I am constantly writing and submitting my work for publishing. Usually, I get a standard form rejection letter that looks a little bit like this: Alison, Thank you for your fiction submission to [magazine ...
  • Productivity, begin! (0) November 24, 2010 It’s only midnight (so technically it’s day one of my 5 day weekend) and I’ve already successfully emptied my clogged inbox and read everything that had backed up in my google reader. Off to an awesome start, if I do say so myself! Hopefully I can keep it up! 🙂
  • When censoring goes too far. (3) November 21, 2010 Everyone, meet Alan Cumming. He’s an actor. Quite talented, in my opinion. Odds are, you’ve probably seen him in something. He keeps very busy and has a large body of work! Now, since I am a huge fan of Victor Garber (seriously, get a load of this smile and tell me he ...
  • I can see the weekend from here! (0) November 19, 2010 But what I’m really most excited about is next week! Somehow, it’s worked out that I’m only working on Monday and Tuesday–leaving me with a five day (paid, thank you very much!) weekend! I hope I can manage to get more done this extended weekend than I did during the last. Without a doubt, I really ...
  • My first article 🙂 (2) November 18, 2010 I just published my first article on Associated Content. I get paid based on how many people view the article, so if you could please give it a quick read and forward it, I would appreciate it. Thanks! http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6022642/bring_back_my_childhood.html?cat=7 It’s about discontinued toys/foods/etc from my childhood 🙂
  • My take on this TSA mess… (2) November 17, 2010 (I don’t usually take a stand on things like this. I don’t like saying things that may make people angry, but THIS really makes me mad and I feel it needs to be said.) I read a really lengthy blog post about someone who was (for lack of a better term) frisked during a TSA ...
  • Love and stuff, with things attached. (1) November 17, 2010 Okay. So here we are, what, five days later? And Jay and I are back together. Love is hard work, people. It’s not always perfect, and sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of things. But in the long run, we love each other (I personally got a wake up call of a ...
  • 25 random things (2) November 13, 2010 I was tagged in this note on Facebook, and since I don’t feel much like blogging, I’ll be lazy and do this here. 25 Random Things… 1. I was born three months premature and my parents weren’t sure I would make it. 2. I was home schooled for years. My mother pulled me out of Kindergarten halfway ...
  • TWLOHA (0) November 12, 2010 Happy To Write Love On Her Arms day, everyone. I apologize for the crappy cell phone photo. But I hope you all celebrated in your own way.
  • Oh, boy. (2) November 11, 2010 Well, I am going to begin by telling you what I don’t want to hear. I don’t want to hear that you are sorry. That it will get easier, that things will get better, that I’m better off. I don’t want to hear that there are more fish in the sea, that you did ...
  • Hello, Daylight Savings Time. (0) November 10, 2010 I had thought this extra hour of sleep would refresh me, but I’m still pretty worn out. I haven’t put any work into NaNoWriMo in a couple days and I feel super guilty about it. Luckily, I have a four day weekend ahead of me (it’s okay to be jealous). I hope I can ...
  • Friday! (0) November 6, 2010 I’m in the middle of a transcription file right now and after that I have to go right to bed and wake up hella early because I am going here… Oh, yeah 🙂 I have been looking forward to this for a few months now. Kinda excited for a road trip (it’s been way, ...
  • …and here we are! (0) November 4, 2010 Thanks to the help of my super-helpful friend Craig, we have arrived at alisonleeds.com! Yay!
  • How cute is this? (3) November 4, 2010 (Photo credit)(Bag available at City Lights Books.) (Okay, so it’s not really cute, it’s a little plain. But I love it for obvious reasons!)
  • Working from home makes me TIRED. (1) November 3, 2010 (I work 10 hour days and then sometimes am given some freelance transcription work through another agency. Today is one of those days. I also had a writing group meeting that lasted 2 hours AND a commute that totaled 2 hours. LONG.ASS.DAY.) Freelance work isn’t bad in general, but I’m behind on a ...
  • Revisiting the past year (4) November 3, 2010 I know the year isn’t quite over yet, but I stumbled across my “New Years Resolutions” that I had posted online last year, and thought I’d take a look at how I had measured up. -Quitting smoking: Done it, cold turkey! I had a point where I kept an “emergency pack” to smoke ...
  • Apologies. (1) November 2, 2010 Please accept this photo of me dressed as a bunny. (Yes, I had three Halloween costumes this year.) I am in the middle of trying to move my blog from here to my domain at alisonleeds.com (don’t worry, you don’t have to change your links if you don’t want to. As far as I ...
  • Who’s the face/heart/soul of your music? (3) November 1, 2010 Heart:I was driving home the other day listening to Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. While they aren’t awful, they are nothing to me compared to Bright Eyes. Conor just doesn’t do it for me when he becomes all poppy. Maybe the lyrics are there, but the feeling is gone. (I ...
  • Happy Halloween! (3) November 1, 2010 Never underestimate my ability to have fun on a budget. My friend Mary wanted to go to Six Flags this year, but I couldn’t afford the full price tickets. Then they went on sale, but I couldn’t really afford the sale price tickets, either. Then a lady at my office had three tickets she couldn’t use this year. ...
  • eBay ban! (2) October 30, 2010 I’ve decided today that I need to put myself on an eBay ban, maybe for the month on November at least. I very much have a love/hate relationship with eBay. I love it because I can want the most random thing ever, and all I have to do is type it in and (in most ...
  • The newest member of 20 something bloggers… (5) October 30, 2010 My membership in 20 something bloggers was approved today! (And just in the nick of time. As the lovely guy training me at my new position had to point out today, I am ALMOST 30.) It started with a simple sentence. Him: I’ve known him for 20 years. We met as children.Me: ...
  • NaNoWriMo 2010 and me (3) October 27, 2010 To be perfectly honest, I’ve heard about NaNoWriMo before. Lots before. I’m not sure why, but to me it always seemed like the kind of thing non-writers did. I don’t need a special month to write a novel, I would think. I’m always writing anyway. But as November approaches, I’m looking at NaNoWriMo ...
  • And I could be just an idiot, but at least it don’t bother me none (1) October 25, 2010 As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am currently leasing this car: Sexy, no? No, that’s not actually my car or me driving, but you get the idea. But as lovely as this car is, I simply cannot afford to keep it. In truth, I cannot even afford it at the moment…but ...
  • Weekend? Where? (0) October 25, 2010 What a tiring weekend I have had! It began with waking up bright and early on Saturday to go in to work. I had to make up 5 hours from a Thursday shift that I had missed. Then, this little pumpkin… …turned one year old! (see this post to vote for him in the Gap Casting Call!) I ...
  • Lusty McLusterson (0) October 24, 2010 It’s beautiful fall night outside right now. Cold, but not too cold for a short walk. Someone’s using a woodburning stove, a scent which I absolutely adore and that screams “fall” to me. I thought I’d share with you some of the items I am currently lusting over.Men’s Schwinn Windwood Cruiser, $149.99 from Target. I’ve ...
  • Dorks>Cool kids? (0) October 23, 2010 What’s scary is I’m seeing this type of pattern among the “cool kids” from my middle school/high school days. Maybe not the open facial sores, but definitely a permanently strung-out look. (Not to mention, 3.5 children.) It’s sad. They seemed to have hit rock bottom and reformed, but something in their face tells ...
  • Yucky food for thought. (1) October 22, 2010 Just in case you were wondering, 99 cent store brand cheese slices are not “a good deal”. They taste absolutely nothing like cheese and in reality are very difficult to choke down unless you mix them in with scrambled eggs and top them with salsa. I don’t have a whole lot to share with you ...
  • Moxie Crimefighter, and why days off are spoiling me (2) October 21, 2010 Wednesdays is normally my internship day, but lately they haven’t been needing me. The chance to relax has been great–being up at 5 AM everyday for my hour long commute and then 10 hours of my mind numbling dull job (followed by coming home and freelancing, also mind numbingly dull, but with the ...
  • Kind of a crazy day. (1) October 21, 2010 I spent the morning thrift shopping (I found a new store and came home with a fantastic haul that includes four pairs of shoes and several new outfits!), the afternoon on the phone with the police (let’s just say, I came across some information that I can’t stay silent about) and the evening crashed on ...
  • The good, the bad and the chubby! (0) October 20, 2010 The bad: Gmail just will NOT open for me. I’ve tried all kinds of troubleshooting and still nothing. I’ve been without it (except for on my BlackBerry, where it works fine) for two days now. While my allergy m.e.d.i.c.a.t.i.o.n (ha! take that spammers! find me now!) helps with most sneezing and coughing, it does nothing ...
  • What’s in your bag? (5) October 16, 2010 I love reading other people’s “What’s in your bag?” posts. It’s like a little peek into people’s personal lives that you aren’t supposed to see! This is my lovely Nine West bag. Now, the fact of the matter is, I am a total purse hoarder. I used to buy a new purse at ...
  • Hmm. (0) October 16, 2010 You know what’s missing from this blog? PHOTOS. I love when blogs I frequent post photos, so why is this an area I’ve neglected?! I will remedy this soon, with the often imitated ‘what’s in my purse’ game, hopefully tomorrow. (Starting out slow! Bear with me.) Stay tuned!
  • Message in a bottle, part 2 (2) October 6, 2010 This one was far, far more direct than the last. And it’s almost a year later. (Time flies, doesn’t it?) I hope I don’t regret this one. But beyond all else, I know that I’m not leaving anything unsaid. That’s important to me at this point.
  • Trying to keep things cryptic. (0) October 3, 2010 I don’t like being confused, having regrets or the like. I don’t like being unable to share how I really feel for any reason. It’s suffocating. I wrote this poem. It’s no good, and I haven’t edited it yet, but it needs to be posted. I don’t know if you’ll read it, ...
  • You never know. (0) September 27, 2010 I’ll admit, in addition to being pissed (like my two most recent blog posts have pointed out) I’ve also been depressed lately. Things are not looking good when it comes to me getting to NYC. I still have to save about $1,200 for admission and dorm fees, and I never have anything left over from ...
  • Rolling downhill (2) September 20, 2010 I am having an unbelievably shitty day. Please forgive two negative posts in a row. On Wednesday, I was supposed to be getting my wisdom teeth out. Now, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this (I’ve never had surgery before and I was very scared) BUT I realize it has to be done. My wisdom ...
  • Honestly?! (1) September 19, 2010 I’m angry, and whiny, and negative. You may want to skip this and await happier posts. I’m getting really aggravated that people just convienently forget about me. If every SINGLE year I ask you, “Are you going to do [this thing that used to be a really fun yearly event that I would drive 100 miles ...
  • The Constant Writer (2) September 15, 2010 So, I saw that movie A Constant Gardener a while back. And the way that you can absolutely tell that I don’t care for a movie is that I don’t remember ANYTHING about it, except for the title and maybe who was in it. (Ralph Fiennes? I think? That’s definitely spelled wrong, ...
  • Productive day (0) September 9, 2010 Today I had two meetings, one regarding a new internship and one regarding starting a television program. I also got permission from a children’s performer to use his songs at no charge in exchange for exposure. I’m closing out the night watching Nip/Tuck and applying for college scholarships. Now all I need is to GET some scholarships (not ...
  • Allergists (3) September 1, 2010 (Due to the abnormal amount of spam tI have gotten, I am disabling the comment section for this post only.) So as I sat in the allergist’s office yesterday, I found myself pretty damn glad I have health insurance. Because I mean, let’s face it. I’m still young, so I’m fairly healthy. I quit ...
  • Goodness. (0) August 19, 2010 I have big things in the works over here, and I’m afraid to say too much in fear of jinxing things. I suppose I can say this: I have a business meeting to go to next week. And I may be making a few project proposals sometime soon. All in all, it’s good news, things are moving ...
  • Here she is, world! (2) August 14, 2010 Okay. I know, I’ve been EXTREMELY M.I.A lately, but this is only because I was in the process of moving and have been without any internet access (save for my Crackberry) for the past month. Trust me, the withdrawal I went through was painful and extreme. But right now? Things are amazing. I have ...
  • The first thing to go in a failing economy: Service. (2) July 22, 2010 When the economy first tanked and CVS felt the heat, they immediately cut down the pharmacy staff to WAY under what was needed to run sufficiently and effectively. We all did our best, but we all commented on how customer service was going to suffer as a result of us being understaffed. Recently I have had BEYOND ...
  • When life takes over… (1) July 14, 2010 Ugh, right. I have a blog. Sorry about that, folks. My bad. I’ve been wrapped up in a life that isn’t terribly exciting but is demanding, all the same. Today I managed to slice my thumb open with an EGGSHELL. (Because I am talented) I also stepped barefoot onto a piece of glass, but ...
  • Gifting yourself. (4) June 1, 2010 I’m sure I can’t be the only person in the world who does this, but… June is my birthday month. As as such, I am excited about what to get myself. Is that ridiculous? I mean, I would be excited about whatever Jay was going to get me, ordinarily. Except he dropped some MAJOR cash to ...
  • 😀 (0) May 31, 2010 See that purple magazine near the bottom right? That’s Freshwater magazine (containing my poem!) on the shelf at Barnes & Noble! How freaking awesome is that?! I’ve been beaming all day.
  • I take that back. (0) May 23, 2010 Okay. Okay. I tore apart Netflix for a (semi) recent move with Victor Garber in it… First Wives Club, from…1996, I think it was. And, yup. Definitely still finding him attractive. And even when he was screaming and angry in the movie, I was giggling because he just doesn’t look anything but ...
  • OMG. (2) May 21, 2010 So, about 12 years ago (YIKES) I was in the play Godspell. Although I always had an interest in seeing the movie, I could never find it in Blockbuster. Recently I discovered they had it on Netflix, so I finally got to watch it. And oh, my, God. (…er…oh my Jesus?)I am suddenly obsessed with ...
  • Hello, everyone! (1) May 19, 2010 I’m here, hello. See? My typing fingers still work. My lack of blogging MAY have something to do with the fact that I type non-stop for 8 hours a day at work! But I swear I have not forgotten about you. As when I wrote last time, NYC and this college are ...
  • Also, I apologize. (0) May 8, 2010 I realize I’ve fallen out of the (real) blogging world lately, but I’m completely consumed by this cause. I can’t even THINK of anything else, much less write about it. I did go to an absolutely fantastic poetry festival today (and yesterday) though, and they’ve given me some new writing ideas. So ...
  • In which I continue to videoblog (0) May 8, 2010 …and beg for your help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idXVM9apiNo Having a pretty good hair day.
  • Blogging out for help Part two. (0) April 30, 2010 It’s day two and I’ve already received $60 in total. Pretty freaking awesome, if you ask me. You guys ROCK. There has been some concern that this is a scam, so in an effort to prove that no, no one has taken over my computer and stolen my identity, I made my FIRST VLOG ...
  • Blogging out for help. (4) April 28, 2010 As most of you know, I was recently accepted into my DREAM college, The School of Visual Arts, in my DREAM city, New York. But there’s a slight problem. In their acceptance letter they also informed me that I am required to send them $1,300 ASAP. This money is due by May 1st (yes, the ...
  • Twitter fun. (0) April 27, 2010 Yes, I just hit Barak Obama up for $1,300. I mean…he can spare it, right? (Just in case, I hit up Eddie Izzard, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Waits, Felicia Day, Conan O’Brien, Weird Al Yankvoic, Hanson and LeVar Burton. I figure between they can probably spare $100 each.) Folllow me on twitter. The fun never ends.
  • Oi. (0) April 24, 2010 After about a year of NOT drinking, I am suddenly an incredible lightweight. The good news? It’s cheap as hell. I split a $4.99 bottle of Moscato with the boyfriend and I am having trouble typing. Yay. In other news, things I cannot say to people: -your child is ugly. I’m sorry. ...
  • A review of a different sort (1) April 6, 2010 I have to admit, while I am an awesome vegetarian (aside from when places like to mix bacon into their salads with no warning… what the hell, Wendy’s?) I would make a really crappy vegan. Although I’ve never been a big milk drinker, my desire for all things cheese, egg and ice cream pretty ...
  • Classes that SHOULD exist in college. (6) April 5, 2010 The end of the semester is not far away, and I’m hopelessly lost and trying to catch up in math class. I’ve enlisted the help of a friend as a tutor, but even that was not enough to keep me up to speed. Today I set aside the ENTIRE DAY for finishing up chapter four. ...
  • Blurg. (0) March 31, 2010 In the past month I have been very busy with work, but I’ve been bad and haven’t done much writing (aside from some editing of The Novel of DoomTM, or even gone to the gym ONCE. (I KNOW. Someone hit me!) The good news is, my body is no longer used to eating junk ...
  • Things I’ve learned from working in an office: (0) March 27, 2010 -If you type the month, sometimes the year and the date will pop up and suggest “hit enter to continue”, and then Microsoft Word will write the date for you. Know what I’m talking about? Anyway, I’ve discovered that Microsoft Word only does this SOMETIMES. But you can greatly increase the odds of this happening if ...
  • What I’ve learned from working in the city, part 2: (1) March 20, 2010 -No matter what temperature the weathermen (or in my case, Weatherbug) may claim it is, it always feels at least 10 degrees colder in the city. I first noticed this during a trip to Toronto one spring when I only brought along a thin coat and became a popsicle quite rapidly. -Men who dress as ...
  • Learning “real world” lessons the hard way. (0) March 15, 2010 Seeing as I’ve worked nothing but retail (excluding my stint as a shabbily dressed office manager back in 2007) my entire life, I have been able to get away with wearing fairly casual clothing to the work place. Usually I could get away with black jeans and a casual shirt, as most places ...
  • Thanks for the going away party! (3) March 12, 2010 (or: Why CVS has really outdone itself this time.) ((this is probably my longest blog ever. You have been warned)) I’ve bitched here countless times about “the pharmacy”, always trying to keep it fairly anonymous. Well, I don’t care anymore. Yeah, I workED for CVS. Ready to read the BEST ...
  • What I’ve learned from working in the city part 1: (0) March 12, 2010 There are three distinct different groups, and it’s relevant in the parking lots: -Upper Class. You park in a hotel. It’s a completely covered, well lit area with numberd parking spots, video surveillance and elevators leading you directly into the building. There’s a posted guard and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if ...
  • Procrastinating… (0) March 8, 2010 The new job is going very well. I pretty much type my little hands off all day long, but I’m entertained by the phone calls I’m transcribing (I had a guy today who sounded exactly like Hank Hill) and the time passes fairly quickly. In bad news, I didn’t get the part in the ...
  • We’re goofy. (2) February 27, 2010 Friend/now co-worker: What’s a dumpster doing in the middle of the highway?!Me: Burning! Stupidest joke ever, I know. But we cracked up. And ...
  • The strong silent type (3) February 21, 2010 I apologize for my silence around here lately. I have a college application that must be postmarked by March 1st (which I didn’t realize was just 9 days away…!) not to mention I start my new job on Monday AND have an audition on Wednesday and math homework to catch up on/get ahead in. So, bare with ...
  • Well. (1) February 17, 2010 I’m not exactly sure how well I’m doing by way of my yearly resolutions, but things kind of took off here all of a sudden. I start my new job next week.And I just applied for a REAL.LIFE.COLLEGE., that I would begin in September (which is before I graduate community college, but we’re overlooking that for ...
  • YES. (1) February 11, 2010 SO, my big news? I got a new job! I don’t start for another two weeks, but I am tremendously excited and hopeful that this will remove me from the world of retail forever. In the meantime, I will be glad to have an office to go to where I can work a full time and ...
  • No news is (not) good news (0) February 9, 2010 No updates on the important stuff quite yet. Worked a thirteen hour day yesterday. I’ve worked them before, but they were usually split between two jobs– a morning shift at the pharmacy and a nighttime shift at the portrait studio, for example. This time, due to a co-worker being out ...
  • The secret to beautiful, fuller lips… revealed! (1) February 1, 2010 Ladies, forget the collagen injections. They’re painful and addictive, not to mention lip injections are a surgery that often makes you look WORSE, not better, after your lips have healed. (Meg Ryan and Lisa Rinna come to mind!) For those of us who cringe at the thought of putting unnatural elements inside our bodies (and also are none too ...
  • Fear not! (1) January 29, 2010 I eventually braved the snow (which had calmed down slightly) and left the house. (Seriously, my cabin fever was getting really bad.) I’m feeling much better now, and I have almost an entirely new work wardrobe that FITS! And I only spent $62. YES. No more people making fun of me because my ...
  • GOING. STIR. CRAZY. (2) January 28, 2010 Today was supposed to be my day off. I agreed to work 8-2, even though I had a ton of things to get done… figuring I’d have enough time to do them after work. Except today also happens to be Jay’s day off… and I did that stupid thing that I sometimes do. Instead of getting ...
  • Where In The World Wednesday: Toronto, Canada. (0) January 27, 2010 It’s Wednesday and I am taking part in Classy in Philadelphia’s Where in the World Wednesday series! The idea of WITWW is to post a picture of you in someplace in the world…it doesn’t have to be somewhere foreign or tropical. Just a picture of you somewhere that you consider traveling. That’s Jay & I being absolutely ...
  • Getting my hopes up… (0) January 26, 2010 It’s really too early to say exactly what is going on… but the boy & I have been talking about moving to New York City. Up until yesterday, we had been discussing the possibilities of Boston… but then I got this fantastic course catalog in the mail for the School of Visual Arts in NYC… and ...
  • Sick mind alert! (1) January 25, 2010 I know I’m not the only person who finds this product HYSTERICAL. After doing a bit of does-this-thing-work research, I actually found the product at Target this weekend (at cheaper-then-infomercial prices!) and snapped it up. It sounds like it really works, and although I’m skeptical, I’m dying to find out. I’ll be ...
  • I’m with Coco (1) January 23, 2010 For anyone who may have been wondering, I am definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a card-carrying member of Team Conan. (but, are you really surprised? Does ANYONE, with the exception of his wife, maybe, find Jay Leno funny?) Tonight is Conan’s last show, and I’m super bummed that I don’t get any television channels ...
  • Oh, school. (0) January 21, 2010 Things seem to have been worked out at school. Apparently they now decided that they will NOT allow me to get a double major, and instead, they will “just this once” pay for the 2 math classes I need this and next semester. So, good. Less work for me, then, which is excellent because the ...
  • Not Eating Things That Will Kill Me (part 1) (1) January 20, 2010 I spent way too much money at Whole Foods last week, trying to buy all “safe” things that are good for me. I spent MUCH more then I had intended on– $147– but I came home happy. Here’s what I bought, and my verdict: Himalayan rock salt in a salt grinder. ...
  • And in other news… (1) January 12, 2010 For some reason I may not have financial aid this semester. They told me (today) that I have a past-due balance of $450. That is due… TODAY. Lovely, that this is the first I hear of this. I usually have both financial aid AND ...
  • Weird realization. (0) January 12, 2010 My ex-fiance was a major pothead. He used to keep his weed and his pipe/bowl/whatever tucked inside his glasses case so that his mother wouldn’t find it. I hated that he was a pothead, and I used to check inside his glasses case now and again to see if he was still smoking. Sometimes I ...
  • Let’s not eat things that will kill us. (3) January 10, 2010 I recently discovered that Splenda is terrible and awful for your body. Considering I gave up sugar in my coffee, and have been trying to avoid sweets as well, (and Equal, Nutra-sweet and aspartame all cause cancer, among other things) I was worried and decided to do some research to see what an alternative, safe ...
  • Stuck in resolution mode! (1) January 8, 2010 I can’t turn off the whole “New Years Resolution” mode right now. For years, I had declared that resolutions were dumb and pointless, so I didn’t make them. Now, I’m apparently making up for lost time. To recap, my ‘resolutions’ or goals (call them what you will) are as follows: -Stay healthy. This includes not ...
  • Crystal ball, where are you? (0) January 5, 2010 If i could have anything in the world, I’d definitely choose a crystal ball. One that would specifically let me know if I was wasting my time. It seems very foolish to me, that I always think things are okay in my relationship. And then all of a sudden, he’s silent ...
  • Being too ambitious. (0) January 4, 2010 I’d like to add to my “resolution” of sorts. Finish a novel by this time next year. A good novel, that I’m proud of, and that I can shop around. I don’t even have a plot in mind, but I know I can do it. It will just take lots of ...
  • Book blog. (0) January 3, 2010 I tried to read more books this year, but didn’t quite manage to read as many as I had hoped. Here is my end-of-the-year list: -The Devil Wears Prada-White Oleander-Animal Farm (re-read)-Slaughterhouse Five (re-read)-Harriet The Spy (re-read)-Girl, Interrupted–Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. James Mandel–Stumbling Into The Light by Edwina Trentham-The Beach-Twilight (yes, yes! ...
  • New Years Eve (0) December 31, 2009 I’m one of those people who gets horribly depressed on New Years Eve. As a teenager, I used to lock myself in my room crying… sometimes contemplating suicide, sometimes burning myself. (I was a little bit of a sicko.) This year I have promised my therapist I will not dwell on the ...
  • The Christmas Haul: (0) December 31, 2009 (a little late) Considering my family set a $25 spending limit this year, I fared FAR better then I should have in the gift department. All in all, I got… -a gift card to the hair salon from my stepfather-a gift card to the nail salon from my stepfather-MakeUp Forever “Aqua Eyes” from my mother (it’s supposed to ...
  • On a less gross note– (2) December 21, 2009 Do any of you lovely ladies out there have size 10, 11 or 12 feet? I have two (maybe three…) pairs of shoes in my closet that I no longer wear. Two are boots, one is a pair of (giant) platform Mary Janes. One pair of boots I have worn only once– I love them, and used to ...
  • Not sexy. (1) December 20, 2009 (This entry is gross, and includes gross booger pictures. Consider yourself warned.) I’ve spent the past few days since school has been out being decidedly NOT sexy. Dirty hair, dirty yoga pants. Eating ice cream straight from the carton like a true American woman. Napping whenever possible. None of this by choice, ...
  • Halfway there… (1) December 15, 2009 Yesterday I took (and probably failed) my Biology II exam. Today I took, and passed with an 85, my computer exam. I was really worried about failing the class, but the teacher gave me B-. Score! Tonight I turn in my half-finished work (the math portion of my brain died two weeks ago and ...
  • …are you sure it’s December? (0) December 12, 2009 The other morning, I woke up to snow. By 5:30 that night, I was on my way to class during a huge thunderstorm with torrential rain. I wanted to hear Christmas music, so I scanned the radio three times to find the channel that plays non-stop Christmas music. It wasn’t there. … are you sure it’s December?
  • Rejected! (0) December 10, 2009 Today marks the receipt of my first-ever rejection letter from a publishing company. It’s a weird feeling. Instead of being sad or angry (I was naturally disappointed, but just a little bit!) I was instead inspired. As soon as I got the rejection, I high-tailed it to my favorite website ever ...
  • The shunning of Twilight (2) December 3, 2009 I tend to shun things that are immediately popular, and outrageously so. Like, Harry Potter. I went for a good three years, I think, refusing to see the movie. Everyone told me I’d love it, but I stood my ground… until the third movie came out. I caught up ...
  • Goals For Next Year: (2) December 1, 2009 Instead of jumping on the usual bandwagon of New Years Resolutions, I’m going to simply post what I would like to have accomplished by this time next year. Hopefully, I will pass all my classes this semester (I’ve fallen behind in a few of them, but I hope I can still squeak by) & ...
  • Giving thanks (1) November 29, 2009 I’m jumping on the Thanksgiving band wagon, here. Things I am thankful for: Having understanding landlords, a roof over my head, a car to drive and food to eat, after what was a very financially trying year. Jay getting a new job that pays him well, gives him full-time hours, and seems to be downright enjoyable for ...
  • Message in a bottle…. (2) November 26, 2009 12 days ago, I threw out a message in a bottle. I told fate, “Go ahead and do what you will. If it’s not meant to be, I get it, I’ll move on.” Today, fate intervened. I’m still flabbergasted. (That’s all I’m going to say on the matter for now.)
  • Today’s thoughts. (0) November 24, 2009 I don’t like to censor my blog. But in this case, it seems I have to… at least until things blow over at work. So I will leave you with the words of Kid Rock: “You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve.”
  • Things my boss should have told me in training. (0) November 23, 2009 Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy working alone, as I’m able to operate effectively and I really am more confident and comfortable when there isn’t someone breathing down my neck. That being said, I was skeptical about this new job when the boss spend about 6 days training us (most of this time ...
  • Tonight’s Coffeehouse (0) November 20, 2009 I read at the coffeehouse tonight, and it went very well. (Although why they insist on serving only Decaf, I will never understand!) I wish there were more poetry nights I could get involved in… it’s so nice to hear the little approving murmur of the crowd after I finish speaking. ...
  • Accumulation. (2) November 16, 2009 It’s amazing all the shit that I’ve managed to gather up in the 25 years of my life. I was at my mom’s house earlier today with some friends and found so much stuff I didn’t even know I still had… letters, photos (we found my old photo book from all my dark room work in ...
  • Old conversations. (0) November 12, 2009 I’ve been going through my old livejournal lately, out of boredom I guess. I used to use my livejournal for everything. I’d privatize links and notes to myself, and I updated like crazy… sometimes up to 10 times a day. I’d save old conversations sometimes, if they made me laugh or made me think… and I’ve ...
  • *phew* that’s over with! (0) November 9, 2009 Today I worked my second shift alone at the portrait studio. (Last night, I worked alone as well, but it was very low-key and I had everything under control.) Today, I had two sits within 40 minutes of each other, which meant I had to be on top of everything! It was nerve wracking ...
  • Another weird dream… (0) November 8, 2009 Last night, I had a very odd dream that left me very unsettled for most of the day. I don’t remember all of it, so I will try to explain the specific feelings it gave me, more then the plot. I was living in a city, around the same age I am now (or maybe slightly older) ...
  • Good only: (0) November 6, 2009 Jay started a new job today, & he’s making more then we expected he would. The dishes are clean I finally got around to hard-boiling more eggs The $30 purse I’ve had my eye on forever was knocked down to $19. I bought it 🙂 My raise at the pharmacy finally went through! People in class liked my ...
  • Gripes Only: (0) November 4, 2009 -I spent $150 on a mattress and bedframe that wouldn’t hurt your back, after spending $150 originally on a mattress and bedframe for “us”. When I come home from work to find you sleeping on the couch… I’m going to be a little irritated. Not to mention, people sweat when ...
  • We’re adorable. (1) October 31, 2009 Pixelated, but adorable.
  • Scenario: (1) October 29, 2009 Have you ever looked at someone and been overwhelmed with unanswered questions? There’s someone I know. We haven’t spoke in a while, but we’re still friends when we do see each other. There was no big falling out that took place. This guy is dating another friend of mine (who I also haven’t spoken ...
  • (New) Job Rant… (0) October 29, 2009 (…because things are never just GOOD in my job-life.) So, I have to admit that the older I’m getting, the more I refuse to be treated a certain way by people in charge. This is making it very difficult to work for people. Usually it would just infuriate me that my pharmacy boss would insist on RE-calling phone ...
  • Books, school and such (0) October 27, 2009 In this post I remembered that I was trying to read more books this year. I managed to somehow NOT read a shitload of books over the summer, and now that the school year has started up again, I’ve read three: -Girl, Interrupted (I loved the movie, had started the book about 10 years ago ...
  • The craziest dreams ever… (0) October 21, 2009 I had the absolute weirdest dream last night. I can’t remember the exact plot so here’s what it involved: -Obama put money into rebuilding the Community College’s theaters, so they literally lifted our old auditorium out through the ceiling & we had to wait to get a new one. There was graffiti all over ...
  • Irritating superstitions. (0) October 18, 2009 So… most superstitions are just silly things that don’t normally happen… like, don’t walk under a ladder. How often is there actually a propped up ladder to walk under, anyway? But there’s one superstition that my mother recently introduced me to (yes, all my neurotic superstitions are inherited family traits) that I run ...
  • Good, bad, and indifferent (0) October 17, 2009 Bad: I was just denied the chance to audition for a Beatles tribute band because I’m female. (I realize I should have probably seen this one coming, but I can sing Beatles songs fairly well & I was blinded by excitement.) Good: A girl I graduated high school with might have a full time job for Jay!!! & I ...
  • “Agents for the rest of us.” (2) October 15, 2009 I think there should be Agents for normal people, not just stars. For example, my agent would be: -keeping track of my homework & reminding me of when things are due-acting as a secretary for all these stupid bills-scheduling all major doctor, dentist and eye appointments, and making sure the appropriate insurance cards get charged (don’t even ...
  • & the family keeps growing (0) October 13, 2009 So my cousin’s wedding was this weekend. I was a little nervous about it, seeing as at my LAST family event (not counting funerals…) I was a little bit harassed by people saying, “Oh, you’re next.” and basically putting unfair pressure on me to pop out babies/get married. Luckily, I didn’t hear any of that ...
  • Open Mic Night (0) October 6, 2009 So today, I unexpectedly got out of class early and ended up going to the Coffeehouse, which is a great little poetry & open mic night that’s set up by my favorite.teacher.ever. I texted Jay to come by, and he did– with a piece he wanted to read. I said I wanted ...
  • Bucket list recap (0) October 5, 2009 So, some time ago I wrote up my “Bucket List”. (see this post.) Oddly enough, I seem to have left something out of the list– BUT, I did it today, so I can write it in and scratch it off all at once. I rode an elephant! Pictures to prove it will come soon, my friends took some ...
  • Step One In Realizing The Dream: (1) October 1, 2009 Jay & I were talking today, and I threw out an idea.I phrased it in a silly way, and mostly made a joke out of it, but it’s really something I’d like to do. Just… up and leave. Go to were the jobs are. Explore places. Rent out a room, ...
  • Autumn cleaning, job prospects, and more… (2) September 28, 2009 So, I’ve been tearing apart my closet and I set myself a new rule: If I don’t LOVE it, and it doesn’t fit PERFECTLY– out it goes. I test the “fit” of something (i.e: pants) by putting them on and buttoning them, and then giving a little tug. If I’m able to pull the pants ...
  • WANT. (0) September 23, 2009 Why does it seem that when I’m at my worst financially, yet working my hardest, that I can’t turn off that part of me that… desires EVERYTHING? I’ll go for a very long time without buying myself anything… and then somehow my mind goes, “You DESERVE stuff! Look at how good you have been! ...
  • Luck, turning around? (0) September 17, 2009 I had my job interview today. I don’t really know how it went, as job interviews can be pretty misleading nowadays. It seemed to go well, but I don’t expect too much. After that, I got to school and found out they were giving out free food. I got closer & realized they were blasting David Bowie. I ...
  • Quick update… (0) September 16, 2009 My eyes are starting to close, so I thought I’d update quickly… I have a job interview on Thursday. It’s only part time, but it’s something I *really* want to do… so I’m really excited & hoping I get it! I’m very tired of getting excited about a job and then ...
  • Craft Show: Day 2 (0) September 13, 2009 Today was a beautiful day… the sun was shining, for most of the day there was a light breeze.. it was nice out. This increased foot traffic at the Craft Show by probably 90%. This increased my total profits by…. oh. Zero dollars. To top it all off, at various points during the day, that aforementioned ...
  • Craft Show: Day 1 (0) September 13, 2009 UGH. Talk about a major, catastrophic LET DOWN. Today was awful. Jay & I got everything set up quickly and it looked great (despite not having quite as much stuff as everyone else– some of these people must have been doing this for 20 years!). We then played the waiting game for THREE ...
  • All-nighter. (0) September 12, 2009 When my best friend Lauren and I found ourselves broke and unemployed one summer, we did the only thing two girls our age COULD do… We drove our parent’s cars, lived in our parents houses, and spent what little money they gave us on cigarettes and McDonalds. Nightly. Oh, and we also didn’t SLEEP. ...
  • Google Analytics. (0) September 11, 2009 I JUST realized that I had set up this site with Google Analytics, probably a few months ago. I checked up on it for the first time today, and was pretty pleased with the results. Most of my readers come here directly, and most of them are repeat readers. Hi guys! You ...
  • Bad morning! (0) September 10, 2009 I was up til 2 AM playing (and beating) Beatles Rock Band with Jay. Unfortunately, this morning was NOT a good one. First, I was dreaming that I was already at work– so every time my alarm clock went off, I shut it off in my sleep and continued working. When I finally jolted upright in bed, ...
  • H&M Jeans. (6) September 2, 2009 Everyone has one… it could be a stuffed animal passed down to you by a relative, a quilt made specially for you, or even your high school prom dress. One of lifes little “security blankets”, that you refuse to get rid of, even if they’re only collecting dust. Mine are my H&M jeans from ...
  • ugh (0) August 31, 2009 I don’t know what is wrong with my face lately! I’m guessing that it might be due to the fact that I’ve spent quite a bit of time outside this summer (usually I drape myself over the air conditioner and do nothing but read & watch movies!) what with working at the amusement ...
  • Before bed… (0) August 29, 2009 I don’t feel as if I’ve been doing very well with stress, money and just.. day to day life management lately. There are a lot of things I need to get done that I have more or less been ignoring. It’s strange, because in doing so, I’ve become a lot ...
  • This is side one, flip me over. I know I’m not your favorite record. (1) August 21, 2009 My boyfriend and I are great together. We get each other’s sense of humor, we understand each others past and work hard to help each other make the present and future better. We help out when the other is struggling, we spend TONS of time together, the sex is great, and we have fun ...
  • Being happy… (1) August 18, 2009 This past weekend, and yesterday, have been pretty awesome. I’ve spent a lot of time working at Six Flags, which, aside from the heat (and the kid who threw up green Gatorade while I was tattooing him yesterday) has been nothing short of amazing. The people I work for and with are great, and ...
  • The busiest month of my year… (3) August 11, 2009 So, I didn’t expect this, but August is rapidly turning into the busiest month of my entire year. Take a look. This week, I have a work related party to go to on Friday, work all week long (no days off for this girl!) and a baby shower for one of my best friends to ...
  • The land of missing things… (1) August 10, 2009 I spent all of today cleaning the apartment… it’s still not spotless (we have too much stuff crammed into a tiny space!) but it looks much, much better. I threw out a lot of useless paperwork and stuff I don’t need, organized my clothes (I can’t afford to do ...
  • Whatever, boyscouts. (4) August 7, 2009 I honestly don’t know what it is with people in authority being so damn irresponsible. To backtrack (because I’m not actually sure I’ve blogged about this yet): In June, I applied for a job as an Arts & Crafts Director at a week long Boy Scout Day Camp that would take place in mid-August. A week later, the ...
  • Exes (0) August 4, 2009 I saw my ex (technically, my most recent ex, considering the last two people I regard as exes I never was technically in a relationship with… infuriating, ladies, yes?) today. It was pretty much inevitable, seeing as we both work for the same company, I was bound to see him sometime. We were walking towards each other ...
  • Google is stalking me. (1) August 3, 2009 Is it just me, or is Google creepy sometimes? I mean, I just wrote a short story and posted it to the blog of a writing group that I am a member of. In the story, I used the word “UHaul”.And now that little box at the top of my Gmail is suggested cheap ...
  • Today stuff… (0) August 1, 2009 I’ve been reading The Daily Mail (online) a lot today, and I came upon an article I found really facinating. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1203550/He-owns-22-pairs-socks-spends-31-000-bags-shoes-Meet-Mr-Mrs-Average.html It’s basically an average of ALL things that make up a British Man and British Woman. I really wish I could find the same article written about Americans! (In other news. I fit into ...
  • My job even pisses me off on my days off!!! (0) July 31, 2009 So I went into work on my day off, to pick up my check tonight… and tucked inside the little envelope was a pay stub and NO CHECK. Someone fucked up, and they’re all refusing to assume responsibility for it. I am SICK of this corporation dicking me around and now NOT PAYING ME. They ...
  • 31 Things: (0) July 30, 2009 (I stole this idea from another blog, and thought it would be nice to kind of write a random list, rather then writing nothing more then work related rants! Enjoy, I will try to keep it positive.) 1. Pretty much 90% of my wardrobe comes from Charlotte Russe now. It used to ...
  • Today’s work rant. (0) July 30, 2009 Dear Jerk Boss: If you want to be a giant douchebag to me from the second I walk in the door until the moment I leave, you clearly don’t want me around anymore. So why not just have me go home? Or fire me? Cut me the fuck loose. ...
  • Ahahaha… (0) July 29, 2009 So, even though I am quite happily in a relationship at the moment, I do have an OKCupid account. I don’t bother to use the site for searching or anything like that, I only use it to read emails that men send me (because, honestly? Some of them are freaking hysterical.) Here’s an actual email I got ...
  • Another Pleasant Valley… Tuesday. (1) July 22, 2009 At work, we have a board that is posted on the wall. It illustrates in very simple terms what you should be doing at each part of the day. (For example, if I was working a 9-5 shift, it might say “9-11: Alison, pick up (also known as register). 11-3: Alison, drop ...
  • stressballs (0) July 16, 2009 My internet connection is giving me a hard time.My computer is giving me a hard time. My bills are sucking. My hours have been cut at work from 30 a week (which I was barely scraping by with) to 20, and there is no sign of an increase. I’ve already dropped to part time (against my ...
  • Today’s thoughts: (1) July 9, 2009 (This rant does not apply to Coral and Tony, Chris and Kim, or Lauren and Kay, who are ALL good looking married/soon to be married couples!) Marriage rant! At this time in my life, I’m looking around and seeing that most of my friends are getting hitched now. Some would say they are too young ...
  • Can we all try to be responsible, please? (1) July 5, 2009 I’m selling a bunch of things on craigslist to make some extra cash, since work has cut me down to part time hours and money is really tight right now. (when ISN’T money tight though, really?) Today, a girl was supposed to be bringing a truck and her brother in law to pick up my ...
  • who I am and who I want to be. (0) July 4, 2009 It seems I am always torn between two extremes. Part of me wants to somewhat revert to being a teenager– I want my pink hair back, I want my crazy leopard print sheets and decoupaged black walls. I want more tattoos, I want more live music and more friends and more ...
  • It’s been awhile… (0) July 3, 2009 I’ve been busy and stressed lately, I apologize for my lack of blogging. While I’m at work, I think of millions of rants that I’d love to write about once I get home, but when I actually sit down at my computer, my head goes completely blank. It’s very unfortunate. I spent my 25th birthday ...
  • The Adventures of Cripple McGee (1) June 13, 2009 Ugh. So I woke up early this morning, and, like any other morning when I have to work, I dashed to my computer and checked all my emails & things as quickly as I could. With about 10 minutes until my shift started, I stood up from the couch & was about ...
  • This actually just happened: (3) June 12, 2009 I had to call my credit card company because they gave me a $40 late charge for a payment that was ONE DAY LATE. ONE DAY! I thought you had like a 7 day window with these things (most other credit card companies do.) and, I was having a hard time with ...
  • Hey look, I wrote something! (3) June 11, 2009 I joined a writing group in an effort to get my ass into gear. This is my first response to our writing prompt. I’ve been sitting in a coffee shop for nearly 3 hours writing it. Enjoy! Karl vs. Routine The acne covered stockboy returned from the back room with ...
  • Things I wish my apartment had: (1) June 10, 2009 -Free laundry! I don’t mind doing laundry constantly, but making sure I always have quarters is a real pain, especially when I’m broke. -walls I could paint. Seriously, white walls drive me CRAZY. They’re okay in some rooms, but in all of them? Noooo. -A space out back where I ...
  • Dear customers: (3) June 10, 2009 When you ask “What time does the pharmacy close?” and I answer, “Ten o’clock.” there is no need to confirm, “The PHARMACY closes at ten?” English is not my second language. I heard you the first time. I am not mistaken. YES, the pharmacy ...
  • Good news… (3) June 5, 2009 The “power team” I referred to a few posts down?It’s back together. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Jay & I are back together.You may rejoice now, as this means all writing of depressed, sobfest blog posts will come to an end, and I can actually resume writing about my ACTUAL life again, and not my weepy delicate ...
  • coffeeshop, 9 AM (1) June 4, 2009 I was supposed to meet a guy to finish up my employment paperwork for camp today, but he never called to confirm and never showed. So instead, I’m hanging out with my netbook, free wifi, and an expensive “50/50” (half orange juice, half Ghiradelli white chocolate). I’m sick as hell right now, ...
  • The Bucket List: (5) June 4, 2009 Today at work we were discussing quitting smoking. A guy that I work with is in his 60’s with COPD, but he still smokes and doesn’t plan on quitting. He said something like “why bother, I probably only have a good 10 years left anyway.” Eventually I said something ...
  • oh, hey! Positive. (1) June 3, 2009 In GOOD news, I got hired for a Arts & Crafts Director job at a small summer day camp near me. The program is only a week long, but I am SO ridiculously excited about it. Also, I’ve lost 23 pounds since my weigh-in at the doctor last year. And ...
  • sinking (1) June 3, 2009 I can’t help but feel that no one understands me lately. I know that’s not really anyones fault, I don’t hold it against them. But it’s making me feel very, very alone. One of my best friends suggested “don’t you think it’s time to move on?” and I couldn’t even bare ...
  • Fucked. (4) May 30, 2009 Did you ever feel like you’re so broken you don’t think you’ll ever be fixed again? Welcome to me, right now. For all you frequent readers, you know that my boyfriend broke up with me about a month ago. Well, we still live together, and even though at first we were talking about moving out, we ...
  • Starting small… (0) May 15, 2009 Today marks the end of the semester! Hopefully I did alright… I’m sure I did fine in at least 3 classes, but the other 2 gave very minimal feedback, so I’m not sure and I’m slightly nervous. I’d really like to make Dean’s List again, we’ll see. I definitely was not as motivated ...
  • Whatever. (0) May 12, 2009 The semester ends in 2 days. I have about 6 papers to write because I hadn’t realized that nearly every week there was a paper due on the READING in my film class. He never mentioned it in class, and no one in my group ever talked about it, so I ...
  • Death and reflection (1) May 10, 2009 My uncle died on Wednesday morning. I’ve spent the last two days at the wake, funeral and burial with my mother, stepfather, and extended family. I didn’t cry. I am hands down one of the most emotional people in the world, yet I didn’t cry. To me, what was really saddest about this ...
  • Someone change, someone change, someone change my life tonight (0) May 6, 2009 I need to change my life. Really. I don’t know how to do it, but it has to be done. I look at myself now, and I see someone I’ve never wanted to become. For someone who had SO MUCH going for her so many years ago– how did it come to be that I’m here, now? ...
  • Forcing myself to write. (2) April 27, 2009 I know at least one person gets aggravated with me when I don’t blog. For many people, this is the only way we keep in contact, so I really need to keep writing. I don’t want to. I have never said that before. I don’t want to write. Losing Jay ...
  • He wants a lover he doesn’t have to love (3) April 13, 2009 So, my boy and I are broken up. I’ll get all the emotional crap out of the way right now: I loved him more then anything in the world, I did everything I could for him for the past year and a half, he was and is my best friend, the only person I really ...
  • Admitting defeat. (1) April 8, 2009 Hey, guess what! All you people who said I was crazy for trying to take 5 classes, 1 internship, AND juggle a full time job? Well, I just got a part time job on top of it all. (I couldn’t pass it up! $17 an hour! In this economy! I would have been a fool ...
  • Goals. (0) April 2, 2009 I’ve been so flipping busy with work and school that I’ve fallen into this really strange deal-with-it-but-freak-out-occasionally depression. I don’t notice it all the time, but sometimes I just stop and think, “I’d kill myself right now if I knew I could get a second chance.” and that scares the crap ...
  • Fake Day. (2) April 1, 2009 Today at work was very interesting. It was my jerk bosses 50th birthday, which I guess meant that absolutely every member of the staff lined up to collectively kiss his ass. They decorated with streamers and balloons and posters and tons of “Over The Hill” crap. I do not UNDERSTAND this about ...
  • Florida, part two (0) March 24, 2009 I have now returned from Florida (I’ve been back for a few days, actually). I had an amazing time, it was so nice to see Katie after so long. I had fun hanging out with her and her boyfriend, and I loved Disney World! It’s impossible to see the ...
  • greetings from sunny florida! (1) March 17, 2009 Well, it’s past midnight now, so it isn’t sunny– but it was 88 degrees when I touched down in MCO today, a nice change from the 40 degrees I left! The plane ride was okay– it was my first time on a plane, so I was really scared at first. My fear was clearly evident ...
  • A quick update (0) March 13, 2009 You find me now quite different then when I last left you. I had a blow up with my boyfriend a week or so ago that ended with me being single for (a heartwrenching) 26 hours. This eventually led to me begging for a second chance and seeking counseling as I realized that ...
  • Another brush with fame? (1) February 22, 2009 I’m sure some of you followers recall how I am with celebrities. I have this list of people I need to meet. In my head, I’m intelligent and have important conversations with them and they advise me in what I should do next to further my career (I want to work in children’s television, ...
  • If I could have anything in the world… (0) February 21, 2009 I would want a crystal ball that, when I looked into it, would show me where my effort would be best spent. For example: I am currently looking at colleges in NYC. There are a couple that sound interesting, and while I’ve always leaned toward television production, I also enjoy ...
  • What image do you project? (0) February 20, 2009 I gave my 2nd speech in Public Speaking today, and it went well. I was nervous as hell, however (I HATE public speaking), and of course my hands were shaking, my palms were sweating, and I felt like a big idiot the whole time. We got back these papers critiquing our presentations, and ...
  • vivid dreaming… (2) February 19, 2009 Did you ever meet someone in your dream that you feel like you’re destined to meet in real life? I had one of those last night. I blame watching Heroes before bed, though, because in this dream the male character was holding a knife to my throat, and when I got it away from ...
  • Okay, I lied. (0) February 18, 2009 I’m updating again, but not with good news! This is simply a list for my own benefit of the things I need to get done ASAP. 1. Write up outline & grab props for a speech I have to give tomorrow (done)2. Read next chapters in speech book & take notes for quiz (there was no ...
  • Long time, no see (0) February 18, 2009 I haven’t had too much to say lately– nothing has really been going my way, and I’m honestly just sick to death of bitching about it. I’m really hoping that things will turn around quickly, and that I will have some better things to blog about in the very near future. I’ll ...
  • Corrupt file. (0) February 5, 2009 What mode of defense does a lower class citizen have against a legal system that responds only to money?To an agressive, irresponsible driver who speeds through a red light, causes a collison, and then pays off witnesses? Everything has just gotten so fucked up so fast.
  • Oh, and I almost forgot… (1) February 4, 2009 In a moment of completely refined Alison-classiness today, I was getting really tired in class this morning (as I mentioned before, I’m not feeling well), and we were being forced to stand for long periods of time. At one point, the teacher left the room and I crossed my arms and ...
  • When EVERYTHING attacks… (0) February 4, 2009 So after my tattoo on Saturday I suddenly found myself horrendously ill. (Okay, so I’ve been WORSE, but still it wasn’t fun– a fever and super headache and dry cough and the like.) On my way HOME from getting said tattoo, my car started making funny noises. Wonderful. ...
  • Naked? (5) February 1, 2009 I spent most of my day today naked (well, topless.) in a tattoo parlor. I have a half-finished back tattoo to show for it, which unfortunately doesn’t look like much yet. I can’t wait until it’s done! I do not like the way my reflection looks in the teapot. I’m well aware ...
  • Money woes (as usual!) (0) January 30, 2009 I believe the most depressing time of month is when you get a $190 paycheck on Friday, and have $300 worth of bills due on Monday. (uh and rent due by the 10th, and car insurance on the 16th…) It’s this sudden frantic scramble to scrimp. I’m selling a dress on eBay which has already ...
  • Back in the swing of things… (0) January 27, 2009 My first day of classes was today. It went okay, but the first few classes are sometimes hard to tell. The teacher seems… interesting. (Picture Vincent Price with his finger in a electrical socket. You’ve got it.) He doesn’t give tests or quizzes, which ...
  • Savings, consolidating, etc. (0) January 26, 2009 This weekend took quite an unexpected turn for me. I had planned to go to IKEA with Jay and take some photographs (we intend to run amok pretending that we live there), but instead I ended up being attacked by MASSIVE GIANT SAVINGS. On Friday, Merrill and I went to get our ...
  • Feeling like a dork, slightly… (2) January 21, 2009 When I was in 8th grade, I wrote a novel. I scribbled away in 5 subject notebooks for the entire school year, and when I was finished I had 504 pages to show for it. All my friends read it as I wrote it, dog-earring the pages they ...
  • Lonely but not alone. (2) January 17, 2009 There are friendships, and then there are friendships. Though they both appear the same on paper, one of those is a much more general term, and I have lots of the “general” sort of friends. There’s nothing against them, and I don’t want anyone to feel slighted over being grouped in the ...
  • Not exactly what we learn in Cosmo… (3) January 14, 2009 Yes ladies, it’s true. While we’re busy scouring Cosmo that includes articles like “How To Please Your Man Every Time” & “What he REALLY wants in bed & how to give it to him”, guys magazines are touting articles like the one above. Seriously, authors? Are you kidding me? ...
  • Take a chance on me? (4) January 12, 2009 Bummer. I bought this super cute orange cowl neck sweater dress at Charlotte Russe for a beautiful TEN BUCKS last week, intending on wearing it with black tights and Ugg boots. I put it on today and while it is every bit as adorable as I had hoped— my natural ...
  • Revolutionary Road (6) January 9, 2009 I don’t normally write about movies, and I definitely don’t consider myself anything of a critic– but Jay scored us some free tickets to an advanced screening of Revolutionary Road(which we just returned home from) and let me tell you it was FANTASTIC. The subject matter is fairly ...
  • Time for a new plan of action? (1) January 4, 2009 Today was mostly spent at my older cousin’s baby shower. It was interesting and a bit awkward, as all events with my extended family tend to be, but not as bad as I had been expecting. I was confronted with an epic amount of “We’ll be throwing YOU a baby shower this same ...
  • unsettled. (3) January 3, 2009 There is something that is somehow both calming and terrifying about the realization that maybe, just MAYBE, no matter how hard you work towards your goals, and how much you’ve fought to actualize your dreams… you may never, ever achieve them. I may be nothing more then a disgruntled pharmacy technician. A so-so writer. An ...
  • Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Weird (0) December 28, 2008 I promised a Christmas recap, and here it is! Disclaimer: I am not a miserable ungrateful bitch, but yes I *am* about to complain about certain Christmas presents. Consider yourself warned. The Good: -Good grades! I made the Deans List! I was incredibly excited as I’ve never in my life managed ...
  • Can I have cookies with extra fortune, please? (0) December 23, 2008 That fortune came in my fortune cookie tonight. I hope for once it’s right. Not much is new here… I’ve spent lots of time lately working, painting, going to the gym and watching The Office with Jay, courtesy of Netflix. I get my grades back from this semester on Christmas Eve, and ...
  • The 12 Days of Christmas…. (0) December 14, 2008 Because Jay and I are impatient, sometimes slightly excitable people, we decided to break from the “normal” Christmas tradition that is held by most people (that is, opening gifts on Christmas Day) and instead, we’re giving each other one gift a day. This so far is working out very well, and ...
  • Pipe Dreams (0) December 12, 2008 When I was much younger, I wanted to be an actress. I used to memorize films and act them out with friends, and as soon as my middle school offered an “Improv Workshop”, I jumped at the chance to take it. I made my parents fork over big ...
  • fragments (0) December 7, 2008 Did some Christmas shopping with my mom today… came home and hung up stockings and set up the tree I borrowed from a friend. It was looking a little bare (times are hard. I only bought one box of 18 ornaments and kinda hoped that would be enough… it was ...
  • New Years Resolutions: (0) December 3, 2008 It’s that time of year where everyone is trying to figure out what exactly it was they promised they’d do differently this year and most likely failed at. I’m not generally the type of person who makes New Years Resolutions. Mostly because A) Most resolutions are broken within the first month, and ...
  • Moving forward… (0) November 29, 2008 Thanksgiving was pretty good here… Jay and I went to my parents. My insane but adorable mother has apparently recently become addicted to Food Network, and our Thanksgiving feast was proof of that. Normally, she’ll stick to the basics– turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce… but this ...
  • Personal vs. Private (0) November 26, 2008 I have a severe problem keeping personal things private. It’s in my nature to share pretty much everything, no matter how dark or sad or embarrassing. If it’s difficult for me to say outloud, I write about it. It’s sometimes hard to respect others boundaries when things involve ...
  • Is anyone elses life like this? (0) November 22, 2008 I have nothing against people who are religious. I have nothing against people who are political. That said, I DO have something against people who insist that their beliefs and opinions are the only viable option. Converters, if you will. But my neighbor is currently ...
  • addiction. (0) November 21, 2008 she desperately searches the ashtray for a half-finished cigarettebut they’re all smoked down to nubs and offer her not even a puff
  • Disgusting, or good? (0) November 21, 2008 Tonight I came home and decided to try to be creative with the contents of my fridge. I mixed together a block of frozen spinach, a whole avocado, some diced onion, and ranch dressing. I was going for a kind of healthy spinach and avocado dip… it’s interesting, but the proportions are all wrong. ...
  • Bugger. (0) November 15, 2008 I somehow managed to spend my entire paycheck already (honestly, all I did was buy snack food at work, soap & deodorant, McDonald’s, and rented two movies) so now I’m stuck inside all weekend long. This kinda sucks as I wanted to venture out and find a new craft store, maybe buy some new supplies and ...
  • Yay, day off. (0) November 14, 2008 My theater teacher gave us the day off today (sort of… he expected us to meet up outside of class even though he wasn’t going to be around… um, sorry. No.) and instead of spending it going over my final scene (which I will have to perform by the end of this semester and ...
  • Word association (0) November 12, 2008 When I was a little kid, I used to be completely terrified of fat people who mentioned that they felt nauseous. I don’t know where this originated, but I seem to remember it having something to do with the term “fat cow”. It stood to reason if cows had six stomachs, ...
  • Down with up… (0) November 7, 2008 I’ve had a very down day today. To think about it, actually, it’s been a very down couple of weeks. Today hit danger levels, though. It’s very frustrating to be an in-debt 24 year old, living on a VERY minimum income, working ones ass off and going to school as well. ...
  • Back to the grind… (0) November 4, 2008 I’m home from D.C (and more then a little exhausted) but it was a fun trip and definitely worth it. I bonded a bit with some of my classmates and teachers, too, (read: went out drinking with teachers!) and as a result just feel better about the school in general. ...
  • Still here… (0) November 1, 2008 Evil butt-turkey has not wreaked havoc on me or my digestive system, thank god. Had an interesting but low-key Halloween. Played my first RPG game. I think this marks the first year I’ve worn two different costumes in the same day. (Neither of them were that special. In one of ...
  • Um… (0) October 31, 2008 So, the other day in an effort to save money, I bought what essentially are deli meat “remnants”. The same way you’d buy that little bit of cloth that’s left over at a craft store at a discount price, likewise, they sell the butt-ends of deli meats and cheeses at the ...
  • Does the world even know it’s on fire? (0) October 30, 2008 I’ve taken up painting. Okay, so really, I’ve been painting for a grand total of 2 days. But I’m having fun with it, even though I’m clearly no Picasso. I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do with my finished works. They aren’t good enough to ...
  • Random Thoughts: (0) October 29, 2008 -9 times out of 10, when I add a girl from my past on facebook (be it a friend, classmate, old co-worker, or simply an acquaintance) the story is the same. She’s usually a single mom or married (it seems the most popular girls in high school are now the single ...
  • Why you won’t find me in a casket in a Catholic church… (0) October 26, 2008 (Okay, actually, to be honest, I don’t know where it’s considered “okay” hold funerals. I’m assuming that I’m really SOL if I want to shy away from a traditional church as the site of the actual service, but I’ll return to this in a bit…) My friend Nick’s services were this weekend. ...
  • Traveling… (3) October 22, 2008 I’ll be in Washington D.C for 2 days in the beginning of November… I’ve never been there before, and would like to cram in as much sightseeing as possible. Does anyone have any recommendations of things I should be sure to see while I’m ...
  • Something good…. (0) October 19, 2008 It’s hard to take anything positive away from the death of a friend, but I’m trying to. I went back to Rocky Horror today and had a good time. Most of the people I used to know are no longer around, but I was greeted with open arms ...
  • Submission. (0) October 17, 2008 When faced with the opportunity to stand up for myself in the coming weeks… … the best thing I can do is just keep my mouth shut. Cryptic, yes. It will have to stay that way for now. This quite possibly might be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
  • Backtracking? (2) October 16, 2008 Nick’s death has brought on a huge period of reflection for myself and others. Mostly, we seem to be realizing how much we’ve missed out on for whatever reason– personally, I shut the entire Rocky Horror cast out of my life back in… well… 2004… ish? It’s been so long ...
  • R.I.P Nick (0) October 12, 2008 Last night at 9:10 Nicholas Ross Francis, surrounded by a roomful of friends and family, passed away after a life-long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. He was 26 years old. He didn’t deserve this. Nick, we love you and will never ever forget you. (March 15, 1982- October 11, 2008)
  • *sigh* (0) October 11, 2008 Today I told Jay my flood dream. He told me (of course) that I didn’t have to worry about anything like that happening (which I know, even if my subconscious does not!) but he also told me that sometimes I make him so mad that he can’t see himself with me in a year. I guess that’s how ...
  • I am angry. (0) October 11, 2008 I went to bed angry, I woke up in the middle of the night angry, I woke up in the morning angry. It just seems to me the harder I reach for someone the more I get pushed away. I more I crave affection the more I get ignored. ...
  • Nightmares, nightmares, nightmares. (0) October 10, 2008 I didn’t have a SINGLE nice dream last night– I woke up crying from at least 3 different nightmares that I can recall right now. 1. My mother tore down the giant collage that I’m currently working on. It’s on the back of the door of Jay & my apartment, and in ...
  • I hate when people in higher ranked positions then I cannot do their jobs. (0) October 8, 2008 About a week ago, my inbox was graced by a newsletter sent out of my community college. Actually, now that I think of it, there were two of them. The first looked *exactly* like spam, but for some reason I opened it anyway. When I discovered it was from ...
  • Clustermap. (0) October 8, 2008 Every day I investigate my clustermap to see that more people that I don’t actually know are reading this. (Yes, for some reason, my readers extend beyond my closest friends and my mom!) (uh.. I hope my mom doesn’t actually read any of this…) All I have to say is… psst! You people over there ...
  • Sad. (0) October 4, 2008 An old friend of mine is dying. I haven’t seen him in months– he was part of an old group of friends who mostly stabbed me in the back a long time ago. He wasn’t at fault, but he was very close with many of the offending parties. In the long ...
  • Celebration!!! (0) October 3, 2008 I just got the results back from the Pharmacy National Certification Exam I took the other day… …I PASSED!!! There will be much celebrating this weekend!
  • My adventures with “Dirty Ebay” (0) October 2, 2008 Did you all know that there actually exists an “adult” version of our beloved eBay? I hadn’t known until a year or two ago, when I somehow stumbled on it completely by accident. There were tons of auctions, so I searched around for a little while looking for anything unusual ...
  • My boyfriend is awesome (0) September 30, 2008 I’ve been getting into Polaroid Instant film lately (about 20 years too late, I know), so I was really dissapointed when I discovered that the company had discontinued their instant film. Prices have skyrocketed (I saw a 10 pack of exposures selling for up to $30 online), and Polaroid lovers are scrambling to buy as many ...
  • In which I plan to understand politics: (1) September 29, 2008 So, they voted down the “bail-out bill”, and the stock market is down 600 points. Everyone at work seems to know exactly what this means, and they’re speaking in hushed, panicked tones and calling their loved ones for more information. I can’t get anyone to really explain to me in laymens terms what this exactly means– I ...
  • Adventures with money (0) September 28, 2008 I stopped paying for things with “paper money” when I was 16 years old. I had gotten my second job, (my first job was a month-long stint at one of the most popular restaurants in Boston! Not wise for a girl who, at the time, suffered from a ...
  • The Umbrellas of… well, Springfield. (1) September 27, 2008 I took the National Pharmacy Certification Exam today. I won’t know how I actually scored until October 3rd, and at this point, if I pass I will be surprised, and if I fail I will be equally surprised. I didn’t have much time to study the material (the books were ...
  • The Seinfeld of all blogs… (5) September 25, 2008 Some times I wonder if it’s really okay to continually blog about… well, NOTHING. Let’s face it, now and again something amusing will happen, but am I essentially writing about nothing? My boyfriend used to blog quite a bit, but stopped. I tried to encourage him to ...
  • GRRRR (2) September 21, 2008 Why is it that NO ONE I KNOW has ever heard of Nick Cave… …but when I try to get tickets to his NYC Concert on October 4th… suddenly people think it’s okay to charge $244 for a general admission ticket. (Granted, I found them for $45, but I still can’t afford that this week. Maybe ...
  • Payday and Corn Pops (0) September 18, 2008 For those of you who don’t work a fixed-hour a week schedule, do you ever get that antsy feeling right before you get your check on payday? Like ‘I-hope-the-employment-gods-decided-to-show-me-they-appreciate-me-more-then-usual’? This past week I worked overtime. It was supposed to be just a half hour of overtime, but since I ended up ...
  • Dissapointed… (0) September 15, 2008 I just found out that my aunt sold a house that’s been in our family for, sheesh, I don’t know… easily 50 years. I lived in it with my mother, and my mother was born in it. Before that, my grandmother and grandfather lived in it for who knows how long. I’m really disappointed ...
  • When the going gets tough… (0) September 13, 2008 …the tough sell their panties on craigslist.org for extra cash.
  • Getting creative with an empty cupboard… (0) September 11, 2008 Only to a starving college student does Spam, Ramen Noodles, Salad Dressing and Parmesan Cheese sound like a good combination. It’s not bad, but I’d never dream of subjecting anyone else to it.
  • Always too emotional. (0) September 10, 2008 A little boy just ran, screaming and hysterical, through the halls of my apartment building. Through the sobs and the screams, I could make out just four words: “I want my mommy”. I hear you, kid. I long for the days when a kiss could fix a scraped knee and an ice cream cone felt ...
  • Can you just be freaking HONEST with me? (0) September 8, 2008 1. Quite awhile ago I applied for a job as a Barista at a coffee shop. The interview went great, the people really liked me. They kept introducing me to people I’d be working with, giving me a tour of the area, etc. I thought for sure I’d get ...
  • Acting Class (0) September 5, 2008 So, although shaking our limbs until they go numb, making funny noises, pretending to carry invisible cups full of water, and mediating is very strange curriculum for your average college course (I used to pay $60 a week to do the same thing as a kid in Boston) there is something to be said for ...
  • First day jitters… (0) August 27, 2008 I start my first semester at a new college tomorrow. To follow my entire college career (which has been on and off from 2002 to present) this makes three colleges I’ve been to, four majors I’ve attempted to get degrees on, about 13 classes I’ve begun, three that I’ve withdrawn from, and one ...
  • Disturb my peace. Please. (0) August 24, 2008 I live on a fairly main road, wedged nosily between railroad tracks and a catholic church that enjoys nothing better then ringing its bells for a good solid 2 minutes every Sunday morning. During the summer months, the tinkling bells of an ice cream truck have also joined in on the fun. Jay complains, most specifically about ...
  • Sometimes you just have to drive a little further down the road… (1) August 20, 2008 So, obviously I’ve been bummed lately. Things haven’t quite been going my way, money is tight, yatta yatta. Today I was out running errands with Jay, and we got bored and decided to explore a little. We drove around looking for cute little shops to stop in. ...
  • Why are you where you are? Is it where you belong? (0) August 16, 2008 I’m having another one of those little moments today. The kind where I look at my social circle as a “map” of sorts, and lament my location. My best friends– by location. Boston- Seeing as I’m originally from there, Boston has the highest concentration of best friends, and really ...
  • Starving? (0) August 13, 2008 I wonder if you stopped one of those poor starving children you see on television (you know the ones I’m talking about!), and asked them to explain the sensation of starving, what they would say? I’m not eating enough lately. I’m by no means starving, but it’s still quite an unpleasant sensation. This ...
  • Brushes with fame… or, how I embarrass myself around moderately famous people. (1) July 22, 2008 (This was written last week, except for the end part) When I was 8 years old, I had the most brushes with fame in the shortest amount of time. The first, was Jonathan Richman. He was appearing at the Tower Records in Boston, where he was unveiling his star on their “Walk of Fame” ...
  • Rahr… (0) July 22, 2008 I’ve been a whiny bitch lately, I know it. Don’t think it’s escaped my notice. I’ve got some interesting bloggers in my sidebar– check them out for a good dose of non-whine.
  • Sickness & Batman. (0) July 20, 2008 We had a hectic morning. Jay and I crashed on the couch last night (because it’s next to the A/C, and it’s really a bed that we make up to look like a couch) and he didn’t sleep very well because of this uncontrollable cough. Turns out, I gave him my cold– which anyone ...
  • Adventures in cars (0) July 17, 2008 The other day I was in the car with J., he was driving. He missed a turn he had to take, as people often do, so he pulled into the next driveway to turn around— only to discover that for some reason, that particular driveway went NOWHERE. ...
  • Feeling slightly better… (2) July 15, 2008 I cleaned the bathroom and part of the living room and showered, after working 9-6 and dragging J. out of the house for ice cream around 8. (The Cold Stone Creamery that used to be right around the corner from us apparently is now out of business. I’ve never had CSC, and I ...
  • Sick. (0) July 12, 2008 I was sick as hell today. It started last night before I went to bed… I had a huge asthma attack and even though I used my inhaler (three puffs when I’m only supposed to use two! oh no!) I was still coughing afterwards. I woke up this morning and my throat felt exactly ...
  • Tired of this… (0) July 10, 2008 I really am completely exhausted of existing in such a humdrum way. I sleep, I go to work, occasionally I attend a wedding, party, or visit my parents during the weekends. I am living this life in the hopes of achieving something better. At times it is discouraging– like at ...
  • Over analyzing like it’s my job… (0) July 8, 2008 Today J. woke up boasting of a “really cool dream”.The short version of the dream turned out to be, aliens (who are really just like us) came down from Mars and said to him, “Hey, you’re pretty unhappy here on earth. Come with us!” And he did. ...
  • One step forward… three steps back? (0) July 8, 2008 To take a look at my life from the outside, I’m doing well. I’m finally out (for good!) of my parents house, I’m in a healthy relationship (um, finally?!), I’ve got a pretty good car, and a fairly stable -almost- decent full time job. I’m lucky, right? If there’s one thing you should know ...
  • Meandering.. (0) July 5, 2008 This is going to sound terrible, awful, and cheesy. But I’ve been thinking about writing it for too long to NOT write it. You know those montages in movies, where they show two characters (always a couple, usually young) goofing around, having the time of their lives, and laughing their heads off? That’s my relationship. I don’t ...
  • Hell on wheels (1) July 3, 2008 This is what we call “One of those things that only happens to Alison”, or “An Alison Story”: I went to court this morning to bargain down my speeding ticket from March and get an extension on it. The judge knocked it down to $100 and gave me until August to pay. ...
  • Leaving The Country. Or, why Michael Moore is a genius. (0) July 1, 2008 So, for a few years now I’ve been toying with the idea of moving to Canada.It started out as a complete and total joke– J. and I, when we were both just “internet friends” who would talk on the phone for 6+ hours every night, mentioned running away to Canada together. At the time, it had ...
  • Why you won’t find me in a church with a veil (0) June 29, 2008 So, as you may have figured out from the heading, today was my friend’s wedding. It seemed to go on without a hitch (but who really knows for sure except the bride) but, like the bachelorette party, it made me all the more aware that: a) You will not find me in a ...
  • Things I need to get together: (0) June 28, 2008 Work. Let’s face it, my current work situation sucks. I need something better, or maybe just something different. I’m working on that, but most of the things I’m finding state “college degree required”, “bilingual a must”, or turn out to be dead ends. I’ve sent 4 ...
  • Countdown until work: 1 hour 15 minutes. (2) June 25, 2008 I really need a new job, especially with all the hidden expenses that have suddenly been brought to my attention.Someone, please. Open a cute little coffee shop and let me work in it! In other news, my mother totally removed the guesswork from my decision of whether or not I should contact my father. ...
  • Legality…. (7) June 24, 2008 I am positively buried in red tape over here. I go to court in July to contest a speeding ticket. I’ve never gone to court by myself, and quite frankly, the idea of standing before a judge and pleading my case scares the shit out of me. I’m sending certified letters to Boink Magazine ...
  • Shock? (0) June 22, 2008 I haven’t seen or spoken to my biological father in fourteen years now. Today, he found me. On Myspace, of all places. A Myspace message stating little more than, “Happy Birthday!” I’m still not sure what to make of this. He is ...
  • Getting stuff done. (0) June 20, 2008 Yesterday, I got my nose pierced. It looks awesome, and doesn’t really hurt until I forget it’s there and try to rub my nose, or flare my nostrils. Nostril flaring is a big owie right now. And it does kind of feel like there’s a big booger ...
  • Times Square, 2011 (0) June 19, 2008 (Not much is going on right now that doesn’t involve me completely bitching about work, so I’m taking this opportunity to post something I wrote about a year ago. The photo is a still from the film “Coffee and Cigarettes”, directed by Jim Jarmusch) * ...
  • Feel the burn. (4) June 18, 2008 My lovely mother applying Solarcaine to my sunburn this weekend. It’s Tuesday and I’m STILL having trouble wearing proper clothing. Let this be a lesson to you: even if you put on sunblock, you can get TERRIBLY burned! You have to let it absorb into your skin ...
  • Lobster. (0) June 16, 2008 So, I’ve had myself quite the weekend. It started off with waking up early and getting horribly lost driving to my friend’s house. When I finally arrived (a half hour late, after driving down two different roads, and then ALL THE WAY HOME to retrieve the cell phone I had left on my ...
  • Out of the way– fat kid wants a cheeseburger, bitches!!! (0) June 14, 2008 Or, HEY, summer is here. Let’s deal with a whole new set of insecurities! Being overweight is such a vicious cycle. It’s summer. It’s hot as hell. And all of a sudden, you realize that your jeans and tank tops just AREN’T going to cut it this year– both fashion-wise, and comfort-wise. So, ...
  • TOO.EXCITED.TO.SLEEP. (0) June 12, 2008 My incessant perusing of careerbuilder.com was interrupted by an email from a Sean Altman email list I belong to. And because of this glorious email…. … I just bought two tickets to see the founding members of Rockapella perform in NYC this July. No one else cares about this but me, no doubt, but I ...
  • Gotta get me one of them career-type things… (4) June 11, 2008 Or, where Alison bitches about WORK. Let me just begin by telling you, straight off, that 95% of the customers I deal with every day are complete and total assholes. I work in a Pharmacy, and we only get a few different kinds of people: Soccer Moms: Usually picking up Ritalin for their children. ...
  • Ali-Stock. Or why you won’t find me in a bar wearing a sash. (0) June 9, 2008 I’m back, marginally well-rested, nowhere near hung over (I had to drive from Boston back to Connecticut at 2AM), and also nowhere near ready for tomorrow to be Monday. The bachelorette party was fun, but remarkably low-key. It consisted of four of us and the bride-to-be, driving to Boston and going out to eat. ...
  • Starting the day off on the wrong foot… (0) June 7, 2008 I had an emissions test scheduled for 8:30 AM today. For those of you who know me, you know that me scheduling ANYTHING at 8:30 AM is just ridiculous, seeing as I am absolutely the furthest thing from a “morning person” under the sun. And on SATURDAY morning? ...
  • I interupt this regularly scheduled blog… (0) June 6, 2008 On the children’s TV show “Zoom” on PBS, they had a language called Ubbi-Dubbi. Essentially, it was pig-latin. You would simply say ‘ub’ before every vowel sound. Now, it’s not as easy as it may sound, and as a child I was desperate to figure out ...
  • Predator:: Part II (0) June 3, 2008 I stopped the car at a public park.“Do you seriously expect me to be grateful to you?” She demanded, as I shut off the ignition. “or is this some kind of twisted pick-up line? Do the other girls actually go for this?”“I’ve never done this before.” I told her plainly, exiting ...
  • Predator:: Part I (0) June 2, 2008 The first time I heard Kelsey’s voice, it was over the loudspeaker at the supermarket. I was drawn ...
  • The age of kleptomania (0) May 31, 2008 We’re in trouble.A full tank (12 gallons, let’s assume) of gasoline now costs over $60. Less then half a cart of groceries? $80. In a day and age where it’s difficult to find decent work without a college degree (and only a small percentage of high school graduates go on to college), most of ...
  • with all the angst of a teenage poet (1) January 29, 2008 Oh, internet. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day, and minding your own business on the internet… and finding a photograph of some ex-friends of yours, hanging on on the couch you were raped on. Laughing, having a good time. They know of the event but denial has already ...
  • How to be a fuck up: lesson 4,681 (1) November 27, 2007 Don’t tackle your 6 page paper until the week it’s dueStay up too late covering the reading materialPour out your heart on 8X11 white lined notebook paperDelve into your inner demons too deeplyUpset yourselfScrap the 2 pages of writing you already have so that your human sexuality teacher doesn’t send you to a psych ward Realize ...
  • Just look over your shoulder, honey. (0) November 17, 2007 I think at the end of the day we’re all pretty lost. Does finding solace in another person make you weak and dependentor is companionship really the answer to all of life’s little problems? I’ve always had a complex with showing I was tough. In the long run it translates into having difficulty expressing emotions sometimes.I’ll ...
  • Opinions: What they are and how to have them! (0) October 22, 2007 Let’s get started.
  • Something is missing but I don’t know what it is… (0) March 17, 2007 I think I just want someone to have a visible passion for me that is noticable in ways other then an erection. I want someone to love me. I’m tired of purely physical love that lasts a night and leaves me wanting more and unable to get it. I want to be touched and held but ...
  • Help save BOOK IT! (0) March 5, 2007 http://www.petitiononline.com/bookit07/petition.html Remember that program you may or may not have done as a child, where you had to read a certain number of books per month, & you’d be rewarded with a pizza? Well, members of of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood are protesting it, saying that it promotes childhood obesity. Now, I don’t know about you ...
  • YOU DID NOT BREAK ME. (0) February 28, 2007 You came close. You tried, because it’s all you know how to do. You belittle, you yell, you fight. You nitpick about everything under the sun– you hated having to drive me to work [even though your 15 minute inconvience afforded you FREE use of my automobile ...
  • I am apeshit crazy. (1) February 16, 2007 At night I line my pillows up in the middle of my bed & sleep on the edge, with my back pressed against them. It’s as close as I can get to spooning with you.
  • Dry paint fresh tears (0) February 12, 2007 Some say she’s rushing to get away from her past.She replies with, “I just want a future so bright that the past gets away from me.” I don’t like looking at pictures from the past anymore. They’re filled with faces of men who no longer love me, friends who are no longer friendly. ...
  • Thank you, internet. (0) February 8, 2007 Think what you will about Myspace. But I’ve been exchanging emails recently with my best friend from elementary school, who I completely lost touch with around 1997. The internet is a pretty handy little tool. I should probably also express my gratitude for OKcupid, while I’m feeling so.. grateful. While I ...
  • “Adult” insecurites (0) February 7, 2007 As a teenager I worried about my skin. It was horrible– I was broken out constantly. I worried about my weight, it fluctuated, tipping the scale at 220 at a point. I flirted with anorexia and dropped to 160 in a few months. I was awkward, I was ...
  • I’ve watched “High Fidelity” three times this week. (0) February 6, 2007 Top 5 Dream Jobs:5. Karaoke Disk Jockey4. Business owner 3. Psychologist2. Magazine editor1. Children’s Television Host I’m going to school for Psychology, so that’s a start. I’ve done the Children’s Television Host bit for awhile, but I want to pick it up again now that I’m older & ...