Archive | September, 2010

Stuff I Want Wednesday

29 Sep

I’m still on the hunt for the seemingly elusive perfect fall dresses. I’ve looked all over town, but the internet seems to be where they’re hiding out. Here are a few of my favorites:

Asymmetrical Tank Dress

Belted Wrap Dress

Embellished Bubble Dress

Puff Sleeve Dress


Ten Things Tuesday – September 28

28 Sep

Ten completely random things:

1. It’s been weird doing BioFuels outreaches at my old middle school. I started there in sixth grade the very first year it was open, so it was kind of a big deal. I don’t think I’ve been back at all since I left – maybe for something my brother did up there when he went through. It’s so strange being there again. I was on the same hall for two years, so I’m realizing how little of the school I actually knew. I’m eventually going to all the sixth grade classes, so I’ll actually see more of the school now than when I was there as a student. It’s so weird, and definitely makes me realize that I’m an adult now. I did get to see my 4th and 6th grade teacher yesterday, which was fun. We didn’t get to talk much, but it was good to see her nonetheless. I think she was really surprised when I showed up to do the programs on her hallway!

2. I have spent the entire day sitting on the porch of Davy Crockett’s birthplace. I’ll do the same thing tomorrow. It’s Greene County conservation camp. The third and final camp of the month. Really, how many times can I talk about the gecko and the cockroaches in one month? At least 50. No joke.

3. I’m so excited to have all the great TV shows back! Last week was premier week, as I’m sure you’re all aware. I had to miss the Glee premier, which wasn’t a huge disappointment considering I was meeting Jason Mraz. Totally worth it. I’m so glad to have that back in my life. All those wonderful men. Really, there is not one of them who I’m not completely in love with. I’m also glad to have The Office back, too. Last season was a little slow, so it will be interesting to see how they pep it up this year – and with the apparent imminent departure of Steve Carrell. That should make things interesting…

4. Even though I often say that my life is quite boring, I think it’s gotten much more interesting lately. Although I feel like I do nothing but work, I really have some grand adventures at work. No two days are ever the same, which definitely keeps things interesting. I’m kind of looking forward to next week, when I have some time at the Museum without programs scheduled, to just do some planning and get my life organized again. Outside of work, I have done some pretty fun things lately.

5. A month from now, I’ll be 24. That sounds so much older and more mature than 23.

6. I had a dream the other night that involved Jack Shepard, from Lost. He was devastated to find out that his father died and that his wife was cheating on him – ironic that that’s really what happens on the show and what happened in my dream! Anyway, we weren’t on the island, but in the real world, and I was comforting him in his tragic loss. I didn’t hate it…

7. I really need a salted caramel hot chocolate fix. Like, immediately.

8. Plane tickets for Boston are officially bought! I’m flying up to visit Katy the middle of next month, and I just can’t wait! I can’t believe how often I’ve been on a plane the last several years. Really, I love traveling and flying. I wouldn’t want to do it every single day of my life, but frequent flying I could definitely get used to. Airport security might be a hassle, but airports are so fun! They’re great for people-watching. It will be so nice to get out of town for a long weekend, away from work, and to see Katy. Not to mention that I’ve never been to Boston before, so I’m in for an entirely new experience!

9. I’m still waiting on Coldplay to announce the release of their next album and subsequent touring schedule. They’re one of the last bands I really need to see live, and I’m getting a little impatient for that.

10. I have worn socks the past several days in a row. Not a huge deal, I know, but I hate wearing socks. Yes, they’re practical for many reasons. But I much prefer to wear shoes that do not require them, so it’s been a little different walking around with them on. It might take some getting used to, after months of not wearing them at all. Really I just want my feet to be free and unrestrained all the time.

Winning the Genetic Lottery

27 Sep

What have I accomplished with my life today? I’ve introduced my mom to both Awkward Family Photo and People of Walmart. She doesn’t spend quite as much time on the internet as I do – I mean really, who could compete with that – so she has been blissfully unaware of the hilarity each of these sites offers its viewers. It’s been a while since I’ve taken a gander at them, so it was nice to be reintroduced to the creme de la creme of society. Those never fail to make me instantly feel much better about myself. No matter how frumpy or terrible I think I look, I know it could be much, much worse.

The Search Continues

26 Sep

Despite a long working day yesterday, it’s been a good weekend. The weather yesterday was perfect for an outside event, and today it’s decided to pour rain like crazy. Definitely good timing on that part! It’s funny how we get so used to being inside when it rains, that when we go outside in the rain we don’t quite know how to act. My mom and I went to church this morning, each with our umbrellas, each dodging the rain as best we could. Of course, our feet ended up pretty wet. I hate when that happens; although rainboots are effective, they’re not really pratical for churchgoing. Not that the rain was a huge nuisance, it’s just funny to think about how little we really interact with it.

After church, we picked up my grandmother to go have brunch. I guess you could call it that, because it was breakfast food at like 11:30. Except it was Cracker Barrel, which isn’t really your typical brunch place. Anyway, there was a 30 minute wait by the time we got there, which was pretty early. We skipped Sunday school this morning, so we got there before most churches had let out, and what we thought would be after the traveling crowd. Well, apparently the rain drove everyone in there today, because it was packed! It wasn’t too bad, though – they have so much stuff to look at out in their store, that by the time you’ve made your round through it, your name is being called. I had their delicious pancakes with the famous maple syrup. I love that stuff – we used to devour it and collect the little bottles when we were younger. I’m probably not going to eat again for the rest of the day. And really, I’m content with that.

Later in the afternoon, my mom and I went shopping. I’m still looking for those elusive fall dresses. I told her I was planning to go, and she decided to come along with me. I did find one really cute dress – gray with large dark polka dots all over it, with kind of a 60s cut. It’s really cute – I’ll probably be wearing it very soon. That was the only dress I found, though. We tried Belk first, which usually has great dresses. And while they did have some good ones, most of them were gray or black, colors I’m trying to stay away from this year. A girl can only handle so many black dresses… Even though the dress I did get was gray, it has a cute pattern to it. Next we went to JCPenney, where I usually have good luck. Any time I’m looking for something specific, I can almost always find it there. No such luck today, though. Everything was either too fancy, too matronly, too summery, or black. Not the criteria I’m currently looking for. No luck at Forever 21, either. They don’t really carry that many dresses, anyway. And actually, it’s hard to pick them out of all the tunics and longer shirts they have. My mom racked up on some headbands and jewelry, though.

With such a disappointing trip to the mall, we went out to Old Navy to look, but they didn’t have much, either. I did find two pairs of pants – one a slate gray to replace the ones I got rid of earlier this year. I had seen this really great green trench coat on their website, but of course that was the one color they were out of at the store. They had the black and the tan, and the red – which I would have gotten had I not already had a red coat – but no green. I really want a great trench coat, and in a fun color. I’ll have to keep looking for that green one.

In the middle of working, raining, and shopping, I’ve been to Nikki’s twice this week for Lost dates. We’re up to about halfway through season 3 now, and it’s getting intense. Definitely a lot more going on than the second season. I have a feeling I’ll be adding this to my DVD collection soon – I’m really getting addicted! Just like everyone said I would. I’m a sucker for television, what can I say!

All in all, not too shabby of a weekend. Even with working on a Saturday. I’ve been quite productive – trading out my summer and winter clothes. Shopping for some fall essentials, even though those dresses remain unfound. I’ll have to keep on that search. And hanging out with friends, trucking along through our Lost marathons. Life is quite good to me today.

All Work and Some Play

25 Sep

In the middle of Jason Mraz this week, I did mangae to get a little work done. I had three BioFuels outreaches this week at the middle school. I’m just at halfway through with them out there. They’ve really been fun – I usually don’t get to work with sixth graders, so it’s been a nice change of pace. I definitely won’t miss the early mornings, though. Seriously, I could not be a teacher – getting up at the butt crack of dawn to be around kids all day. I’m not cut out for that 7 am stuff. I like my later mornings, thank you very much.

The plus side to doing such early-morning programs is that I can leave the Museum early. I don’t have to worry about staying til 5, because I’ve already got my hours in for the day. Also, I get to come in late some mornings, like Fridays, when I have late afternoon programs. It’s a nice trade-off.

Speaking of Friday afternoons, I’ve been going to all the different Coaition for Kids schools lately. Getting through that whole series of science and art lessons is nice, and using up my grant funding that I have to spend!

This morning I got up and headed out to Earth Fare for the Itty Bitty Bites Half-Marathon. We took the bubble table out there for the kids to play with, as well as my new tent for special events. I think it turned out to be a success. I definitely ended up being out there a lot longer than I thought. Which didn’t do anything to help me balance out my hours for the week. Maybe someday…

My parents have gone down to Columbia for the day to see my brother. My mom has spent the last couple of weeks cooking some of his favorite meals and freezing them. They’re not planning to spend the night, which I think is pretty crazy. It’s not a very long drive – about 3 1/2 hours, but to do that both ways in one day is definitely a lot. I kinda wish I could have gone down, too, but once again, was working. I’ll have some time off in October when I can spend time with my family, when we go to Folly Beach. I’m excited about that. So this afternoon, it’s just been me and my grandmother in the house. I decided to pull out my fall and winter clothes, go through them, and put up the summer things I’m not going to wear again this season. And as I mentioned earlier this week, the hunt for some fall dresses continues. But still, a productive day, both professionally and personally.

This is What my Heart Looks Like:

24 Sep

 The best hobby to have

Right on Target

23 Sep

As all the fall fashions are starting to show up in magazines and in the stores, I’ve had some serious shopping lust lately. I don’t know what it is about having any kind of money in my pockets, but knowing that it’s there to spend is certainly enticing. I’m not a very good saver, unless there’s something I really, really want. Lately I’ve just wanted to go shopping all the time, find great new items for my wardrobe and amp up my style. What can I say, I’m a typical girl and a compulsive shopper.

Tonight I went to Target to find some new fall dresses. In going through my closet lately, I’ve discovered that I have hardly any dresses with sleeves. I’m a big sucker for sundresses, so that’s probably the culprit. And really, most cute dresses don’t have sleeves on them anyway. For whatever reason, when you put longer sleeves on a dress, at least in stores around here, they look far too matronly for someone my age. So, I headed off to Target tonight hoping to find something more cold-weather appropriate. Also, I know there’s a new designer line there, with some great prints that I really like.

Although I didn’t find any dresses I liked, I did find a couple other things that will work nicely for fall. One of them is a teal silk tank top, which is such a great color. I love jewel tones, and they’re always big in the fall. I’ll be able to wear that shirt for several different seasons. I also got a purple and polka dot cardigan, which is some of the pattern that I’ve been trying to incorporate into my life. I also got a leather jacket – well, not real leather, because I can’t afford the real stuff, and also because I haven’t decided where I stand on those issues. I’m sure my mom will be really confused by this – leather isn’t really my style. But I decided I need some more edge to my look, so I found a great leather, military-inspired jacket with an asymmetrical zipper. I can’t wait for it to get cold enough that I can wear it.

I also sort of walked out of Target with the second half of the first season of Glee…although that certainly is an essential. I don’t know what I would do without that in my life now. Seriously, why did it take me so long to jump on that bandwagon?

So, the great dress hunt continues. Hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend to look for some. I’m planning on pulling out my fall and winter clothes then, too, so then I’ll be able to tell what other things I need. Or I just need to find a more wallet-friendly habit…