Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Your Weekly Dose of Random

1. Do you guys remember the blog post I wrote, I Didn't Marry My Best Friend? HuffPost found it and asked me to participate in a segment about the subject on HuffPost Live, HuffPost's online streaming network. I was seriously fucking jazzed to be contacted by HuffPost about a blog post I wrote. It's difficult to mention something like this without people thinking you think you're too cool for school (I don't) or that you're being too hard on yourself when you pick out something you don't like (I'm a realist, not a negative nancy). Things that go through your head when watching yourself like this: it looks like my upper lip isn't moving, hahahaha/my voice, it's my mother's! nasal city/so glad I wore makeup/I didn't curse!/thank God holding the phone is keeping me from gesturing wildly like I do/I wish I had more clothes that color/is there any visible dirt on me from gardening? It was pretty cool even though I wanted to vomit right before it was happening because hello, Nervous Nelly checking in for web TV.  I even wore makeup on my day off. You're welcome for the makeup, internet. A huge thanks to MFD for his encouragement and support: without him I probably would've declined HuffPost's request for an interview because it's definitely out of my comfort zone. Even though I'm out here blogging daily, I still shy away from attention and am not at home in the spotlight. He basically told me to get out of my own head, so I did, and it was fun. The End.

2. In addition to doing that Monday, I cleaned out closets, washed couches, ran errands, made some appointments, went out to lunch with MFD and had delicious grilled fish tacos, watched MFD get sucked into the Target One Spot, and finished up my flowers. Sometimes you just need a day during the week to bust a move.
3. Have you ever gone screen-free for a set period of time? I'm conscious of putting my phone down and stepping away from social media, and honestly we don't have the TV on too much at home anymore. I'm rarely behind the computer at home unless I'm writing blog posts at night or on Sunday. That being said, I don't know if I could last a week screen-free. I like the connections too much I think. Marcie at On the Needles attempted it and her journal is pretty cool to read through. Check it out here.

4. You fucking go, Pennsylvania. I'm proud to live here. Except for the fact that Corbett is the governor. I'm not proud about anything having to do with him and hope to be bidding him adieu after November.
5. Simple weeknight dinner to use up some veggies: saute onions, zucchini, asparagus, grape tomatoes, and spinach in olive oil. I boiled some of that better for you pasta, threw the veggies over it along with some capers and two cans of tuna in olive oil. Boom.

6. This dog. She's insane. The middle photo cracks me up.
7. The Ulta closest to my office is three stories. So that's like getting extra exercise in when I'm shopping, right? There are good sales there this week. I got Not Your Mother's products and sleep masks buy 1 get 1 50% off. I'm also trying two new products: Bare Minerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser based on a recommendation from Amanda at Meet at the Barre and the fact that exfoliating remains my face's weakest link, and Biolage Color Last shampoo and conditioner based on my nose thinking the scent is amazing.
8. They're still not back and more shit is going tits up in Nigeria. The United States is on the ground in neighboring Chad to monitor drones looking for these girls. I hope we can do what the Nigerian government has not been able to. I also hope Hoko Baram finds his ass on a terrorist watch list immediately. #BringBackOurGirls
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9. Need something for your wall? Proceeds from this print order go to support Walk MS. Order by clicking on this: Eva Marie Typography shop on Etsy. I ordered Do Good for my gallery wall and hung it Monday (first picture below). It's something we live by in this house. I'm giving one away on my Facebook page today. All you need to do is head over and answer the question. Winner will be drawn randomly this evening and chooses their print and colors.


10. Ecard of the week:
Dear tiny 8 pound, 6 ounce, new infant baby jesus, deliver us early unto this three day weekend. Shake & bake. Amen. 

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38 comments:

  1. Fantastic! HuffPost is the holy grail of bloggers. You're the second person in a week I have heard getting picked up by them. Congratulations!! I love that tuna pasta recipe...so easy. And, you can get the Italian flavored one too, which is delish. Love the e-card. I will do just that. ;-) And hooray for PA! Have a great Thursday and an even better long weekend!

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  2. I'll have to watch the Huffpost piece again when I watched it on my phone it was just a pic of the dude the whole time. You did amazing!! Mae is such a cutie! I have a thing for the crazy dogs. Go Pennsylvanua for finally growing a pair! Equality for all! Shake and bake, haha love it!

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  3. That is seriously awesome that you got on HuffPost!! Congratulations!

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  4. I thought you were great on HuffPost! I definitely didn't notice any weird lip issue. Hurray for a random day off. I'm off tomorrow for an ever long weekend and I'm ready for it. And holy hell, Nigeria. We're sending people there now, right? Which is a whole 'nother story but clearly, something needs to happen...

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  5. Between what's going on in Nigeria, and the heartbreaking stories coming out of Jordan I just don't know what to do with this world. I want to fix it, and I can't, and it makes me crazy. :(

    Congrats on being on Huffpost! Here's to many new readers joining you!

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    1. I'd love to have a magic wand to fix a bunch of shit all over this world, Sarah. That would be nice, wouldn't it?

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  6. I am one proud Momma! We are usually our own worst critic, except for conceited people, LOL!
    You were always a good veggie eater, thanks to Mom Mom! Mae is adorable! So photogenic, just like her
    Mom!
    Keep writing and spreading your infinite wisdom! Love you to infinity and beyond!
    your MOMMA

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  7. I'm glad MFD convinced you to do HuffPost! This will come as no surprise, but I don't see myself going screen-free for a week unless I'm incapacitated in some way.

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  8. Still as proud of you as a virtual friend can be about the HuffPost thing! Awesome!!

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  9. Karen Klein-SchafferMay 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    What a great accomplishment for you. Brag away (athough I know you're not bragging) but if you were...you deserve it!! I wasn't able to open the HuffPost link but I will search it out and watch. Way to go!!!

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  10. Lmao your dog cracks me up. Woo congrats on the HuffPost, that's freakin awesome!

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    1. Brews and Tunes, she's a maniac. She woke up at 2 a.m. last night barking like a nutcase at absolutely nothing. Woke all creatures in the house up.

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  12. Whoa....I am talking to someone famous now. What to say what to say....congrats on the HuffPost!! That is so freaking awesome! I would have thrown up all over myself and passed out. Because I am cool and not awkward at all....

    Mae!!! I can't even with those pictures! She looks the same shade of crazy that Mac is and that scares me.

    I love Biolage shampoo! I rotate it regularly and I think you will enjoy it. Amanda has me wanted that damn exfoliate too...let me know how you like it as well...then I will have no choice but to buy it!

    "Dear tiny 8 pound, 6 ounce, new infant baby jesus, deliver us early unto this three day weekend. Shake & bake. Amen" - Annnnd this is why I have hard core love for you. In a non, marrying you in PA way.

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  13. I watched you, I thought you did really good!! I was so proud, since that post was awesome :)
    The closest Ulta to me is 1.5 blocks. Dangerous territory.

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  14. I am so over the moon happy for you with the whole HuffPo thing. You were great! I turned down a request to do a segment for the exact reasons you mentioned and I kick myself every day because Huffington. Post.

    I live nowhere near an Ulta and it makes me so, so very sad. The closest one is about an hour away. Maybe I'll make a day out of it before the child finishes school.

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  15. well you know i watched the whole thing :) i think you totally killed it!
    Yeah Pennsylvania!
    You never stop kicking ass.

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  16. I saw your post on twitter and watched a bit of your interview! Fantastic! That was one of my favorite posts.

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  17. Proud of my Best Friend!!! Yay! BFF!!! Love you BFF! Let's go to Ulta together!

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    1. File under things I'd rather do with my best friend: go to Ulta.

      xoxo

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  18. You did great with the interview! I agree. I'm not married...or even in a relationship anymore...but they aren't the same. I definitely have my best friends & then my S/O. They are all so important to me...but in different ways & for different reasons.

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  19. First of all, nice comment, MFD.

    Secondly, I didn't know three story Ulta's existed, so I'm very jealous.

    And, lastly, nice job, PA! I continue to think the state of Texas can't do anything more embarrassing than they already have. Then, they do. Just to prove me wrong, I'm sure.

    -Heather
    I do what I want.

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  20. Look at you all famous and shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it crossing some weird kind of line if I say I was excited to hear your voice? I mean, I think I've pretty much crossed all the lines that there are to cross at this point, so, fuck it. :)
    YAY for #4! They did that in Michigan then they retracted it after a fucking DAY. Ridiculous. I don't see why this kind of shit is still even an issue. Aren't there more important things for people to focus their time on...?? Like #8 for example?!?!?!

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  21. Oh my gosh! High five on the interview! You totally rocked it!!

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  22. 3 Story Ulta?! Craziness. I need to get out more. I loved getting to see you on the interview, and yay to MFD for giving you the feel goods to take it on. You rock girlfriend! If I ever use up all of my other exfoliating stuff I may have to give BM a try :)

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  23. The Shake and Bake sign off is everything.

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  24. That throw together dinner looks great.

    I'm proud of you for doing Huffington Post Live! I'd have never been able to do that.

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  25. Great job on HuffPost Live! What a cool opportunity!! Yay to PA and all the other states that jumped on board with marriage equality these past two weeks. It's about time!! Biolage is my absolute favorite.

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  26. I'm so proud of you for your HuffPost segment. You did great, sounded natural, and gave insightful answers. Great radio/video!
    I got my sephora products today In the mail, I'm excited to try some new stuff. Please let me know what you think of the BE exfoliator. I've had bad experience with their facial products, but maybe they've changed some things up!
    Congrats PA!

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  27. Con-freaking-grats on the HuffPost hookup!!! That is awesome! Also your dogs are really just too cute!!!

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  28. That is SO awesome! I love it! And, you know, I agree with you: Scott is my partner. Like the other girl said, we never were friends; we started dating the day after we met. We didn't grow up together, we got married after dating for 9 months. I've gone through phases of best friends and now that I'm a grown up, I have different friends for different things. A gym friend, a teacher friend, a shopping friend, etc. Maybe I just wasn't lucky enough to have my 5th grade bff still be my bff? (Though we still talk occasionally).
    Anyway, CONGRATS!

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  29. I almost couldn't BREATH when I got your email about the HuffPost. I was dying I was so happy. Ask Jack for confirmation I was spouting off you do not understand this is the HUFFINGTON FREAKING POST it is the internet go to for stories. He didn't understand about the Huffington Post and was killing my happiness with trying to acquaint him so done with Jack. SOOOOO proud. I sat watching it critiquing the moderator "You need to go to Stephanie more." "Yes Stephanie do explain what you meant when you wrote that in your blog" GREAT JOB LOOK THAT IS STEPHANIE ON HUFFINGTON POST." "She is so pretty, so photogenic." I couldn't be prouder and steps to the top Huffington Post is a damn good step. Still soo excited!

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  30. WOW!!! I just tweeted you but HOW GREAT IS THIS!!! Sorry, I'm behind always :) I was sick yesterday...so that is my excuse. You did a fantastic job!!! Yay for PA...I can't wait to move out of our backwards state...the fact that it is even a debate pisses me off.

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  31. Congratulations on your live interview ... cool as a cucumber!! Enjoy a great long-weekend :)

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  32. congrats on your interview on huff post live! you did great, and love what you said. all so true to me in my relationship as well. friends, but definitely not best friends! :)

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