Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shopping Black Friday...or not

Black Friday is rapidly approaching and people will be waking up before they would normally, some may not even go to bed, in order to hit the shopping hot spots and claim the best deal on the item they are in search of. Me, on the other hand, I refuse to partake in such an event. I absolutely refuse to:

a) get up that stinking early
b) get up that early just to go shopping (I hate shopping)
c) fight hoards of rude people
d) be tortured by screaming children
e) put a huge amount of effort into tracking down a terrific deal only to find the shelf barren upon arrival
f) stand in horrific lines (and lines for everything)
g) chase my tail in a parking lot
h) get run over by a mob of insane people
i) watch as people hurt other people over THINGS (!!!)
j) participate in ramped spending on things I don’t need.

But really, there are tons of people are there who are braving the crowds. I say, you go for it. Me, I’ll stick with Cyber Monday. I spend less money (fewer “present to me” temptations) and I can maintain my sanity at the same time.

If you are a Black Friday shopper, here are two of the sites I like best for getting the scoop on the ads:


If you prefer Cyber Monday, check this out:

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Crushed, but thankful

I am ever so thankful for the friends who have become my long-standing family in lieu of my own family. I am thankful that I have come to love my mother unconditionally regardless of her condition fostered by a dependency on alcohol. I am thankful for my dad despite the distance between us. I am thankful for the counselor who revealed to me that my parents did the best that they knew how so that I no longer begrudge either of them.

I have come a long way with my life and, though it is not perfect, each step is better than before. No one can understand the trials that I have overcome to get here. And no one is going to make me feel bad about the place that I am at. I am who I am. Like it or leave it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A first

On Saturday, I attended my first Red Wings game ever! Sadly, this was one of the items on my Bucket List of sorts. I really never thought that I would be able to go. A big thank you to My Friend for affording me this awesome opportunity.

I love hockey. I don’t fully understand all of the rules nor do I understand all of the positions. I do get the gist of the game and, of course, I love watching the fights. Barbaric as it may sound, I like fights. Even though there was but one fight in this game, we did get to see a hat trick. (Oooo…look at my hockey lingo.) Zetterberg scored three goals in the third period for his fourth career hat trick bringing the Wings to a 7-4 victory over Anaheim. WOOT! We also witnessed Nicklas Lidstrom being recognized for reaching 1,000 career points. Awesome!

I had a great time! I am so blessed to have these little adventures.

Going to the Wings game

My Friend (His first appearance here. Kind of like Wilson from Home Improvement.)

Game shots

After a goal, the players on the ice skate by the bench and there are fives all around.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hairdo ditty

I went to The Town Left Behind to get my hair done yesterday. Nothing major. Just some color. I easily tire of the color once it starts to fade. I curse it for weeks before finally giving in and heading back to my stylist one more time.

My before:
Nov 2009 Before Nov 2009 Before

The in-between:

And, the after:
Nov 2009 After Nov 2009 After

I was really wanting my stylist to cut my bangs differently, but she was having no part of it. She didn't seem to think I need more bangs cut to replicate those of Ashley Olsen, but I beg to differ. What do you think?

Photo courtesy InStyle

Meh, I will either just go back to her or go to someone else who will cut them like I want them. I suppose the current bangs will have to grow out some, but they could be masked by newer, longer fringe.

So far, though, I like the new color. I just wonder how long it will last. I'm hoping through the holiday season at least.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Wow! This last month has been ker-raiz-zee! Crazy! Not so much at home or in my personal life, but work has been nuts! But that’s really not what I want to talk about. Moving on…

Recently My Friend talked me into painting the apartment. I have tossed the idea around several times. I, however, am the kind of person who likes to do as little work as possible. The idea of painting now and then having to repaint when I move out sounds like a lot of freaking work to me. So, as much as I like the idea of painting, actually following through with it was never in the plan. Or my plan anyway. My Friend had other ideas.

Over the weekend, we hit Home Depot and started checking out paint. I picked out a couple of colors that I like, they mixed us up some samples and we took them home to try them out. I really liked the one color so My Friend and I agreed that we would start painting Sunday. I was in charge of painting the wall while he painted the shelves that he made for my unused closet (boy is he ever handy!).

Sunday I had a little bit of shopping to do so I ran out to Wally World and then hit Big Lots for some cheap curtains and a rod for my bedroom because the outside light shines in at night. When I returned home, to my surprise, My Friend had painted the whole wall already! I was so excited. I had to stop and stare at it for a little while.

Looking up the stairs (my new painted wall!!!) Painted wall (I love it!)

The next task, of course, is to add some kind of decorative gobbledy-gook which I am so not good at. So I started looking at pictures of stuff and I came across this (which is a staged apartment at my complex, believe it or not) and loved it:


I perused the furniture stores online looking for two little ottomans like that, but couldn't find them. I did find a bench that I liked at Art Van so My Friend and I headed there last night to take a look at it in person.


My Friend and I went in the store and asked the sales lady if we could look at this bench. She pulled it up on her little computer and said there weren't any on the showroom floor but that we could buy it, have them pull it from the warehouse, assemble it and, if we didn't like it, we could return it for a refund. This was a lot for me to take in. I am not accustom to spending large amounts of money, or what I consider large (anything over $50!). So, while My Friend and I contemplated this, we decided to look at the tables that we had cased once before.

And then we decided on this one and walked out with a table instead of a bench.

Someone want to explain to me how that works? LOL

Anyway, I am uber excited about all the painting and decorating and furnishing. It's a little scary, but it is wonderful to have someone in my life who wants to do that too. THAT is exciting!