Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Diary of a hunkered down hausfrau

A chronicle of two housebound days courtesy of Sandy

SEPTA wasn't running and the office was closed. Excuse the mess of the nest I made. Monday's office setup and coworkers:

Small pleasures: a leisurely eaten bagel out of your own toaster on a rainy Monday.

Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.

My third, fourth, fifth and SIXTH calls to Comcast within two days over billing issues. As the winds howled, I chipped away at their criminal resolve and they are crediting our account the $178 they owe us which was a mere $60 on Sunday before I did more math. Math is hard, you guys. You thieving bastards will never get the best of me! COMCAST DO YOU HEAR ME?!?! Sworn enemies for life.

My dogs won't go outside alone. The wind is scary and lifts their little ears up.

DVR and TV catch up:
-The Good Wife: Lamont Bishop, you showed vulnerability. I liked it.
-Jersey Shore (two episodes): Roger, don't do me and JWoww like that.
-Up All Night: Will Arnett singing along to The Cranberries was perfect.
-CSI: Thank you Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue for making this show good again.

At various points during the day, we have arguments over Gold Rush, Up All Night, Star Wars (one of those assy Clone ones that I have no time for), incessant weather coverage, and how the other person should not watch it. Par for the course for those of us lucky enough to have power and cable through the storm. And we are lucky. One by one our friends and family update their statuses on facebook to include being powerless, seeing transformers blowing on the street, blue sparks coming from their own electric, trees coming down on or around their homes. Arguing over the TV is a luxury many don't have at this time.

Less than 24 hours after they were purchased, the cookies bought at Sam's on Sunday are gone. This is bad on many levels. We blame Sandy and wind fear.

Gus slept like a fat little sausage most of the night. Geege was like MOM when will this be over this wind is scary!

I got an email from Amazon saying that due to Sandy, delivery of my rainboots was surely going to be delayed. Poor timing on the rain boots.

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I fall asleep thinking dear large trees around the house, please hold your ground. And that I never want to hear hunker down again. Ever.


Commence unhunkering.

Our Sandy damage consists of some downed tree branches and broken yard items. I am so grateful to be so lucky. My thoughts are with those that were not. We check in on our family and tell those without power that they are welcome at our house. Mother nature is a scary bitch.

We're are so saddened by the devastation at the Jersey Shore and are thinking of anyone with a home or business down there. If you grew up in the Philadelphia area, chances are high that you spent part of every summer down the shore. It is part of your personal history, and to see it knocked down is traumatic. This is the Deauville Inn where we had our wedding, one of our favorite shore spots. I love that the photo (that I lifted from their FB page) had the caption "will be ready for next summer though." Coming out strong, it makes my eyes well up. Damage to the Deauville from Sandy - on the left.  According to the owner Lynda the deck, awning framework, docks and patios need some work. On the right is a photo of my Dad and I walking in on my wedding day on one of the docks. You can see the deck, other dock and awning as they normally are. We'll see you next summer Deauville. My heart is heavy for the people of NJ and NY and those right in my backyard with no power, down trees, destroyed homes. Again...feeling lucky.

Coffee with Ron Swanson and The Breakfast Club.

Washing the couches. Washable couches are an utter dream. Here are the boys enjoying clean couches and the elaborate sheet and blanket system we employ to keep them off of the actual couch cushions when we can.

Tuesday's office. Less dog hair and more structure.

My sister and brother-in-law and their kids stopped in to get some hot food and heat since they were without power. Jax was kind enough to visit my dining room office. The dogs were not pleased with the new location.

The boys napped the day away.

Then these happened - pumpkin gingersnap parfaits. 

Essie Demure Vixen nails

Watching the past two episodes of Nashville. Rayna James, you should be with Deacon. If not...Deacon, call me.

My electric-less brother arrived to eat, shower and spend the night.

And on HER day off, Debbie put together a facebook page for her jewelry called Debbie Rae Designs. Please click on that name, visit her page and like it, and check out her stuff. As the owner of many Debbie Rae pieces, I highly recommend them.

This concludes two housebound days. Mesmerizing, wasn't it?

Today? Civic engagement - yours truly has jury duty.

Happy Halloween! And happy birthday to my uncle Perry and my good friend Jimmy G.


Linking up to Rolled Up Pretty for Whatever Whenever Wednesday.

Monday, October 29, 2012

the pre-Halloween weekend that was

Pumpkin chocolate chip bread baked while wearing polka dot pajama pants and a Dirty Dancing tee. 
Come to mama.


Spinach dip for Saturday


Extra crispy Ellio's pizza and a gasping snorting fit of laughter while watching Parks & Rec.
"Jerry, did you eat farts for lunch?"
Proving once again that farts are always funny. 
And so is Parks & Rec.


I'd omit the italian seasoning next time. Make sure you salt the ground turkey.
It came out of the oven watery, so drain it and you'll be good to go.
Hearty and healthy. 


Sunday soup made on Saturday: veggie beef barley.
Just like Mom Mom used to make. 


I had to use tomato paste, and had a bunch left over.
I froze it in tablespoon size portions using the ever handy ice cube tray.


Happily cleaning up from a productive Friday night in the kitchen at 11:30 p.m. 
Times have changed.


Cutest boys ever.
Friday night issues: I picked a huge fat tick off of Geege, 
and Gus had a toenail issue so he was up all night. 
Which meant I was up all night.
\MFD had to take him to the vet on Saturday, and he was weird the rest of the weekend. My poor boy.


Saturday morning's coffee was so so necessary.
If you're in Philly, head to Mugshots for yours!


Bath & Body Works has the perfect size candles for my Buddah candle holder. 


Changing pictures in frames to the back drop of
Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, The Good Wife, and college football.


A trip to Redner's for some gallons of water, pimentos and pumpkin.
Why do people load up on perishable items before storms? I saw a man with four cartons of eggs.
I got water because one of my greatest fears is to be without water when I need a drink.
If you see me sitting in my house, there will always be a glass next to me.
Agua issues.


Halloween prep.
I was ready for a full 45 minutes before MFD was ready.
This is nothing out of the ordinary in our house.
Thanks to my mother and father-in-law for staying over with the dogs!
We were Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.


Good times at Jill & Frank's Annual Halloween Party.
I enjoyed one million swedish fish vodka drinks, there were fabulous dips to be had, I Hate Dead Rabbits was the required firepit saying, MFD wore different costumes in his unique way, and the party was a lot of fun like it is every year.
I went to bed smelling like fire pit smoke and singing Kenny's original composition in my head.

The lovely hostess, the winning costume - Queen Bee, second place costume scary as hell zombie, I loved that Cruella wig, MFD obviously did too, Kenny & Lauren's awesome pumpkins, eyeball cake pops, the Queen Bee's discarded heels, an interesting pinterest cookie creation

Sunday morning I dropped MFD off at his mummer clubhouse.
On Saturday, the only thing I ate was a piece of pumpkin bread until 8 p.m.
That plus a night of drinking = ravenous.
I had a hotdog for breakfast at the 7-11 next to Ferko in Bridesburg.
As the kids are saying, YOLO.


I decided to stop at Sam's since I have a business membership and few others would be there.
I did end up seeing my uncle in the parking lot, which was fun.
My small haul: healthy, healthy, healthy...and damn good.


TV catch-up
Duck Dynasty. Roberts family, can I meet you? Pretty please?
The Big Bang Theory
The Office


Sunday dinner:
pimento cheese chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.
If I'm making mashed potatoes on Sunday, they're loaded with butter and some sour cream.
Not the light version, in other words.
Thanks to Shelby at Big Hungry Shelby for the link to the pimento cheese baked chicken.


Hurricane freezer prep: fill baggies with water and put them in the nooks and crannies in your freezer.
They'll freeze solid and if your power goes out, will help to keep your food cold longer.
Or they can be used in coolers. Thanks to Suzi for this tip last year around Irene time!
When the threat is over, let them thaw in the sink and reuse the bags.
MFD makes fun of me when I do this, but like everything else in life,
I like to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.


A notification from work that we'd be closed on Monday.
Working from home it is!


Laundry, vacuuming, fresh sheets and a pre-bed shower.
Fresh sheets are heaven, I do declare.


How can a show be this good?

the weekend that was

Dear universe: please don't let Sandy be as bad as predictions, and pretty please let all the trees around our house remain intact and standing. AMEN HOLLER. 

Love you all like Emily loves Revenge. Stay safe this week if you're in the path of Frankenstorm.

I'm linking up with Sami's Shenanigans, Five30three, and Join the Gossip for Weekend Update.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hello, Liebster.

In the past few weeks, I've gotten a little more active in the blogging community via link ups, following some blogs I wasn't following before, and commenting more instead of just reading and moving on.

One of those blogs is Luck Fupus, and its writer Marla was nominated for a Liebster Award. One of the things about Liebster is that you pay it forward to your fellow bloggers, and Marla (a Philly girl) was nice enough to nominate me. Thank you so much Marla!

I know, I know. What the hell is a Liebster? 

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Rules for the recipient:
  1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to. 
  3. Choose 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them to your post
  4. Go to their page and tell them about the award
  5. No tag backs!
So here goes:

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I never go anywhere without a drink - it's always next to me in the house, and I always have one on my person while running errands. 
2. Clean sheets are my favorite small pleasure (and I just put some fresh ones on).
3. Going anywhere with visibly chipped nails makes me feel like a street person.
4. I like coffee more every day. And I love it already.
5. I'd rather cook than bake. 
6. I could watch Dirty Dancing every day and never get sick of it. 
7. I treat my two pugs like kings. 
8. I read every day, and just can't transition to an e-reader. 
9. My favorite color is purple. 
10. I love to be productive and cross things off of my to do list.
11. My husband and I have been friends since we were 13. We're 35. 

Marla's Questions

1. What 80's sitcom theme song would be the theme song for your life? (mine is Small Wonder!)
Facts of Life - you take the good you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have the facts of life
2. Guilty pleasure?
That I don't consider any of my pleasures guilty. 
3. PC or Mac?
4. If you could pack up, move and restart your life anywhere in the world, where and why?
On the beach in Strathmere, NJ. The beach is a fine place to come to terms with the universe, and Strathmere is a sleepy little town that makes me feel serene.
5. Best gift you have ever received (NOT counting engagement ring, married/engaged ladies!)
I really love handmade gifts. I treasure the ones from my Mom Mom, and I'm laying under the quilt Lori made me right now. 
6. What is your worst personality trait? Be honest, no one is perfect.
I have no patience, and my first instinct when dealing with a "poor me" person who plays the victim is to snarl at them. Like Sweet Brown says, ain't nobody got time for that. 
7. Who is your "Hall Pass?"
Clive Owen.
8. Hidden Talent?
Crafting funny haiku
9. NATURAL hair color?
10. What reality show would you like to be on?
The Challenge
11. Favorite blog post and please share the link!
The Bloggess - Beyonce. 

I nominate these bloggers (and recommend that you follow them!), some I've been following for a while and some I just started following:

1. Shelby at Big Hungry Shelby
3. Gwen at Confessions of a Gila Monster (who is doing a cool Restaurant Odyssey)
4. Terri at Life, Liberty and Wine
5. Mary at Little Bit of Class, Little Bit of Sass
6. Milinn at Love and Whimsy
7. Cynthia at Living in Neverland
8. Beth at The Life of Bee (another local girl)
9. Michelle at Peggy & Bea
10. Helene at Helene in Between
11. Kalie at With Style & Grace

My Very Important Questions for these bloggers:

1. What is the beauty product you use that you recommend to everyone and anyone?
2. Preferred dessert?
3. What's your favorite meal to prepare?
4. If you could be a character in any movie, who would it be?
5. Where did you go on your last vacation?
6. Silver or gold jewelry?
7. Your favorite restaurant/
8. Do you subscribe to magazines? How many?
9. What's your favorite season?
10. What show do you look forward to every week?
11. If you had an unlimited account funded by a mystery millionaire to use at one store, which store would it be?

Thanks for playing, y'all. And Marla thanks again for the nomination!

East coasters, batten down your hatches and stay safe. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

I visited The Mothership on Monday night. I heard a chorus of Celebrate Me Home rise up out of the night air when I stepped onto the curb. Just kidding not really. Since then, I've been happily tearing apart my house and putting it back together. Thanks Amanda and Fronk for the awesome gift.

FYI to anyone who's tried to comment on this blog before and given up because of insane captcha issues: I removed captcha feature a while ago but never informed you. My apologies. Comment away! Now, good day. I SAID GOOD DAY! I still really really really wish I was able to grab isaidgoodday as a blog name.
I'll preface this by saying that I love politics. However...I've reached my political limit this week on the facespace and the TV and everywhere. I don't want to talk about it anymore. DUNZO, as KCav said one million times. I miss you Laguna Beach. MTV, where is the Laguna Beach marathon?

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Hallelujah the song: my favorite version is k.d. lang's. Yours? Discuss.

Welcome back Happy Endings! As Penny would say, this show is ahmalzing. They were a little hyped the first episode, but I know they'll settle into themselves.

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A friend of mine is selling a line of super cute glass tile pendants she makes by hand. Check her page out at JC designs on Facebook and get involved in some early Christmas shopping!

I got two new bedside lamps on the cheap from The Christmas Tree Shoppe. Ours were mismatched after a cleaning casualty a while ago and my soul felt unbalanced. Where lamps are concerned, I like the matchy matchy. Things are right in the world again.

That book you see there, Tigers in Red Weather, is pretty good if you're looking for a book. Things that are always on my nightstand: a book and a glass of water (or in this case, watered down green tea with mint and fresh squeezed orange).

Pinterest peeps who are already married:  wouldn't the entire wedding process have been much easier and more awesome if pinterest existed? I adored and am still tight with the girls from my wedding month board, but good Lord I could've kicked my own wedding's ass if I was on pinterest in 2010.

I made a Dirty Dancing board on pinterest simply because I could.

Oh, you two.
I wonder if Ma Kelly from Johnny Dangerously is available to handle my laundry? I can't keep up.

Ecard of the week, repinned from Lauren because I love haiku and never want to get out of bed during the week, especially when it's dark:

Now, a haiku for you:

Thursday Thoughts - all done.
Go do work or something now.
Smile pretty chickies.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beauty marks

What beauty products and procedures are you loving lately?
Sorry men, this one is mostly for the ladies, although perhaps you could do with a good exfoliator?
In either case, check back tomorrow for Thursday Thoughts. 

I'm still using the Oil Cleansing Method on my face. I bet you thought I'd go back to a regular face wash, didn't you? Admit it. Here's a downside to using the OCM: when it spills in your weekend bag and somehow gets out of the sealed ziploc it's in, it's a real mountain of a problem. I know because this happened to me on Sunday night. tra la laaaa

Moving on...I've now added exfoliation with baking soda. I keep the baking soda in this tiny tupperware type thing in the bathroom, so if you're ever over and snooping in my cabinets, this is not cocaine. It is baking soda. All kidding aside, it makes my face as smooth as a baby's bum. And it doesn't have any weird chemicals in it. Just mix it with a little water, rub your face down, leave it sit for about 45 seconds, and rinse it off. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Here's what else I'm using on my face: tea tree oil for zits, Kate Somerville Quench hydrating serum, and always every day even when it rains SPF 50. I also use Clinique All About Eyes, but I'm in the market for a new eye cream. Any recommendations?

I usually can't be bothered to wear a lot of makeup, even the $50 Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturizer that I really like and makes me look less like a walking zombie on weekdays, but when I wear eye makeup I can be bothered to wear base. I just switched to Clinique Touch Base. I like it a lot, and you could actually wear it like an eye shadow if you were lazy that day.

Fall polish! This is Essie Bahama Mama. I just ordered OPI Bubble Bath, Essie Demure Vixen, Essie Raspberry and Essie Eternal Optimist. Come to mama, babies. They should arrive today from Mbeautylounge. The selection and prices were great. I was happy to see they had Zoya polishes. I'll definitely be a repeat customer.

Warm vacations are over for the year, but I keep them alive with Disney's H2O sea salt hydrating body lotion. This stuff is the shit.

Hair-wise, I'm holding firm with got2b fat-tastic dry shampoo and Pureology shampoo and conditioner.

And if I have a bunch of Uncle Larrys going on up on my head, I use a little dab of Bed Head Manipulator.

On my wish list: a new MAC lipstick.

What about you? Tell me your secrets to looking lovely.

Linking up with What I'm Loving Wednesday at

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