Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts - birthday week edition

1. Happy birthday week to meeeeeeee. I hoard my gift cards and coupons to buy gifts for my birthday like any other garden variety crazy lady.
A - I like to kick the spring off with a new pair of Sanuks every year.
B - I had a rewards certificate and 20% off at the Hallmark near my office, which has the worst selection of Yankee candles ever. I was looking for Sun & Sand but this one isn't too bad. Although I Beavis & Butthead laughed over the name with wood in it because I'm a 10 year old boy.
C - I bought perfume for the first time in five years and have been obsessively smelling myself ever since. I can't be the only person who does this. Thanks to two Sephora gift cards, I got Tocca Stella perfume and some hair ties for freeeee.

2. Self birthday gifts, the clothes section. Everything is from LOFT aside from the skirt, that's from Le Gap. I had a $50 gift card to LOFT and $25 in Rewards at Le Gap. Boom. These don't photograph well and look better in person, but there you go. I like to use my birthday as an excuse to update my spring wardrobe.
3. To round out my birthday shopping, I'm considering a Roku. I'm also on the hunt for a new purse. MFD and I don't exchange gifts and buy what we need when we need it. Birthdays = Treat yo'self.
4. Wednesday morning train vignette:  I stood up as we pulled into my stop and put my hand on the door to balance myself.
Lady behind me, leaning forward to say in my ear: "Not yet."
Me: "Excuse me?"
Lady: "We're not there yet."
Me: "Yes, I know. I know this because the train is still moving."
Lady:"I just wanted to be sure you knew."
This is the little shit people do daily during a commute that slowly drives you insane.

5. I am intensely interested in the missing airplane. I feel terrible for the families of the people. For me not knowing what the hell happened would be worse than having a concrete answer. My brain continues to broadcast images of the plane being LOST, as in on the island. TV has warped me.
6. Pictures from Mexico tell me a sad fat story. I need to move my ass more. If I'm busy or tired, exercise is the first thing I let slip and it should be the last. And for crap's sake I need to stop slumping. Eating could improve too, but birthday meals are coming. So...later for that. hahaha So far this week I've done my 40 minutes of exercise daily. Feel free to ask me if I've moved my fat ass on any given day. I'm not one of those I love exercise people so don't worry, you'll never have to hear me say things like "do work." I'll leave that to the professionals. For more on what 40/40 is, visit my friend Gwen and she'll tell you all about it.
7. MFD and I had a lovely birthday dinner with my parents last night at Brother's Pizza, my favorite. Thanks for dinner and gifts Dad & Carol!

8. I'm quite pleased with my new facial self tanner. It has excellent reviews all across the interwebs and now from me as well. MFD says it stinks, but the smell doesn't bother me. I apply it by mixing it in with Cerave night. I do not use my retinol lotion on the nights I apply this. I will now be tan for all eternity without having to bake in the sun.
9.This guy is having the best life ever but no matter what he does in life he will always be David Wooderson to me, and I mean that in the best way. Party at the Moon Tower.
And funny commentary aside, this shirt is on its way to MFD.
10. Ecard of the week...people always seem surprised that I don't want to go out and get shit canned on my birthday anymore. I don't want to waste part of my birthday weekend with a hangover. I do what I want. And what I want in this case is dinner at Zahav tomorrow night and a day of kicking around in yoga pants on my birthday on Saturday.

Tomorrow, Sarah from Beauty School Dropout will be here with a birthday themed post since she is a fellow March baby. See you then, friend. 

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Linking up with Kristin for Stuff & Things.


  1. Happy almost birthday!!! I knew we would be such goof friends when I realized, you too, celebrate for the entire month. Because, why not? I love the pale pink cardigan, top right. Looks so soft. Roku has changed our TV watching life... worth every penny, I can hear you having that conversation with annoying train lady. That plane... So creepy. So sad....those families need closure. Hooray for yummy pizza and new perfume. Alright alright alright.

  2. happy early birthday!!! i only own one perfume - stella by stella mccartney. i bought it eons ago and always forget that i have it so it sits there on my shelf until i move things around and stumble upon it. and hubs and i never buy gifts for each other either; it's always "oh, by the way, you bought me [insert item already ordered here]. thanks! i love it!" LOL

    Vodka and Soda

  3. Happy birthday week! Self-birthday-gifts are the best. We have a Netgear/Neobox (actually we may have two…). This was because they were out of Rokus and we live in the middle of nowhere. They are life-changing devices. Truly. I'm not sure what we did without it (them).

  4. I adore your birthday month celebration, and look forward to it every year. I mean, you have me conditioned, on March 1st, to think "Oh, it's Stephanie's birthday month!" I'm treating myself to a manicure/pedicure on Saturday to celebrate. HBD, BFF!

  5. Happy Birthday! The first thing I thought about was LOST too. How in the world have they not found this plane yet!? Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to spoil yourself!

  6. Happy Birthday WEEK! Looks like you're celebrating, right! So I totally though, in a few of your Mexico IG pics you looked great and like you had maybe lost some weight, sooo I say we're all our own worst critics :) You KNOW I still don't love exercising, but somehow I am chugging the eff along. Have a great week!!

    1. p.s. today is Jason's bday, so you're in good company :) and obviously I am biased

  7. I keep thinking the plane has landed on a time traveling island, so you are not alone. It's freaking me out. I'm getting a stitchfix in the mail next week which is the only thing stopping me from going shopping right now online to buy all those things. I need spring like right now and these effing 50 MPH winds making it feel like below zero are totally cramping my style. Hope you are having the best birthday week/month ever.

  8. ZAHAV!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!

  9. Love all your birthday loot, those ruffle tops are pretty. The plane thing is so freaky and the stolen passport part sounds like terrorism but they are denying it. Every time I see that I say it in my head with his stoner voice! Love that movie.

  10. Thanks for shopping at Loft for me because I can never find anything there, but I love your picks. So I can wear them too since we are thousands of miles away and no one has to know I stole your wardrobe. My husband also keeps saying that the flight is on the Lost island. But really, where in the hell is it? I am finally on season three of Parks and Rec - I hope Treat Yo Self is coming soon so I finally GET it!

  11. The missing plane thing has me all "what in the actual heck?" LIke, how does a whole plane just GO MISSING? Where. Is. It? I'm with you--if I had family on that plane the not knowing to me would be worse than knowing. I can't stand the thought, actually. Also...the woman on the train? Smack her next time ;)

  12. Is that why your brother's twitter name is David Wooderson. I will have to google that. Matt M has dimples like Sonny Corinthos. I like the Alright shirt, too. I hope your birthday month starts acting like a lamb really soon. Today the WCF is 3 here! JMJ. The missing plane is probably in Atlantis or Lemuria. God heal those who lost their people.
    #thinkwarmthoughts Love your MOMMA

  13. Happy Early Birthday!! Treating yourself with exactly what you want is the best kind of present. I don't go out and get wasted anymore either. Give me some good food and a few drinks and then a night in snuggling with the animals! LOVE that shirt - I'm kind of obsessed with Dazed and Confused. I should have lived in that era.

  14. I'm also intensely interested in this plane, I'm not sure it crashed at all after this mornings WSJ story.

    I'm in desperate need of new flip flops and although I've been in love with Teva's for years they don't make a skinny strap anymore and I hate fat strap tan lines on my feet.

  15. Do you like that new self-tanner better than the Clarins one?

  16. i like the idea of just buying gifts for yourself- you're always going to like what you get! this plane stuff is crazy.i just want to know. dammit. i need that shirt, for myself. and it's your birthday you have to eat the fun stuff!

  17. I'm saving that ecard for November.
    You've been touting Sanuks for years; I don't know why I haven't tried them yet. This year I shall.
    I much prefer buying my own gifts.

  18. I don't like being hungover on my birthday (anymore) either. I have too many things I'd rather be doing! I love everything you got yourself, I'm so jealous! Back in college, my parents paid my credit card bill (yes, I'm spoiled) and I'd charge things the whole month of November and tell my dad 'It's my birthday!!'

  19. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am loving all your Loft picks. 75% of my wardrobe comes from I love it all of course! I have got to try that face tanner you speak so highly of. This face is pasty pale. I look like a damn ghost! I hope that you have a fabulous weekend birthday girl!

  20. I haven't had any desire to go out and get shitfaced on my birthday in years. A nice dinner, a wine bar, and home by midnight, thank you very much. Sober birthday this year will be interesting for sure.

    I much prefer to just buy what I want/need or give John specific gifts (e.g., here is a link, order me this) but he likes to be creative and thoughtful, blah blah blah, when picking out gifts. Why not just give me exactly what I want?

    The missing plane thing is crazy. All of the information is so convoluted too; China says one thing, Malaysia says no, and then some wild card like the US and Vietnam get involved too.

  21. Now that we just swapped birthday information, I'm catching up on your blog ;) I SO cannot wait for the birthday month coupons to start rolling in and I'm absolutely headed to the LOFT haha. I need some Spring clothes in the worst way!

  22. Looks like you had an amazing birthday week! Majorly jealous of some of your gifts!

  23. Glad you had a nice week.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  24. Happy early birthday! I did not get shitfaced for my birthday this year and it was fucking awesome. I need that alright alright alright shirt. Love everything you got to treat yoself with, buying new clothes is happiness.

  25. Yay for birthday weeks- it is kind of genius to save gift cards all year and then treat yourself!

  26. Happy Happy Birthday!

    You can also use a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond as I've seen the Sun & Sand candles there too ;-)

  27. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought about Lost.

  28. Yes, I think of Lost too! I love that show so much.

    Happy Birthday!

    I love Yankee Candles.

  29. I'm SO with you when it comes to not wanting to be hung-over on birthday weekend anymore. I don't like spending ANY time hung-over anymore. Which is why I only drink to that point a few times a year and hate my life each time. haha

  30. Happy Birthday!!!! That is the first thing I thought of isn't that awful about Lost....but honestly where is that plane???

  31. Glad I wasn't the only one who went straight to Lost.It is so terrible though. I like the treat yo self birthday. WAY easier! Happy Birthday week!

  32. I think we need to just do "treat yo self" for our birthdays anymore too. it's just easier that way. and I would've been so annoyed too at the lady on the train. jeez! have a great birthday weekend!!

  33. I keep thinking about LOST whenever I heard about that airplane, too! It's weird that it just... vanished. And nowhere close to the Bermuda Triangle! =) I've got a birthday gift card from Loft, too, and everything's 40% off this weekend. I hope I can squeeze in a little shopping time!


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