Friday, December 24, 2010

"You're supposed to be the leading lady of your own life..."

Alexa and I are watching The Holiday "together" now: we're each watching it and we synched our "press Play" times so we can comment on it.

Merry Christmas, internet world.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmastime Is Here

The other night I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and was struck by the fact that Christmastime is, in fact, here.

Also, Michigan got dumped on in a little mini-blizzard and that too, brought home the whole "Christmas" thing. We didn't get it as bad as Minnesota, but still. It took my dad nearly an hour to go ONE mile.
Needless to say, I stayed home.

Now, for those keeping score at home, I have been posting photos of the holiday shenanigans going on here in the Great White North on my brand new Tumblr. I've been posting some of the more choice ones, and we've moved from the library to the kitchen in the geography of the house.

Later this week is our annual trip to Chicago to go visit the people who still live in the city. I'm really looking forward to it, it's always fun to see a real city all lit up and busy for the holidays.

Also, we eat tons of delicious food.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello There.

Long time, no see eh?

Let me start this entry with an entreat to my blogmate, Emily. We need a new design. Perhaps something for the holidays?

Anyway. We also apparently have just neglected this blog like you wouldn't believe.

To bring us all up to date, let's do a brief recap of the last 3 months or so. I am still unemployed. To be honest, I haven't looked for a job as hard as I probably should, but there it is. There are times when being unemployed is somewhat handy. Like when the furnace inspector comes to inspect stuff to the furnace. It's nice having me home when my mom is traveling and my dad can't get away from work.

I am also taking a pre-requisite course in Linguistics. It is fascinating. Once this class is finished I'll be starting my Masters in January.
I know, right? Like, real, grown-up college? It's kind of insane.

My mom is home for the holidays, which is nice. She's been gone pretty much the whole year and it's cozy having her around. Of course there are moments when that isn't true. But isn't that how the whole "Mother/Daughter" thing works?

I'll try to be around more. Maybe even with a festive photo or two.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mansion Party

My friend just invited me to go with her to a party at the mansion in a few weeks.

The Mansion.

As in, Playboy.

She told me to wear a little cocktail dress (not lingerie), but it'll still be awesome.  I am excited.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Nose Won't Be Runny For Long

I'm currently that really irritating kind of sick. You get the runny nose, a bit of a headache, maybe some aches and pains and that's about it. You're obviously (at least to you) sick enough to not feel well and perhaps not do some of the stuff that you would do normally, but otherwise you'd best suck it up and do it. Whatever it may be.

I'm sitting in my kitchen, blogging, feeling all snuffly like. I have to go golfing in the morning, and I'd blow it off if I hadn't done that last week. And because I'm not desperately sick, no one will really go "Oh you poor thing" if you don't show up, but if you're dying ill, you get the look of "WTF Are you doing here?"

I took some NyQuil. It's cherry flavored. I'm fairly certain it's what evil tastes like. But now I'm nice and sleepy and I can't get in the bathroom because my mom is showering. Annoying.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Alexa is cheating on us with another blog

At least she's pretty well-spoken and clever while she does so.

Alexa's solo blogging adventure: Chronicles of a Lunchtime Explorer

Saturday, August 28, 2010

So. Things.

Since the last time I was here, things have changed considerably.
I went to Washington DC with a friend for a job fair which should have convinced me to move.

It didn't.

I continued to work at the coffee shop, get rejected from various grad programs (all of which were super expensive AND super exclusive) and then. And then.

Well, two "and then's".

First off, I turned 24 years old. I'm SO ANCIENT LOLZ. But still. Another birthday.

AND THEN. (this gets capital letters)


Since then I've been looking for employment, running errands for my mom a la a personal assistant and...stuff? I don't even know.

But I'll blog here more. Promise. ;)


I'm sitting here drinking my glorious pumpkin spice coffee beverage from Starbucks. THE TIME HAS COME.

That is all.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


So I just applied at Kohl's (a store that I'm actually very fond of) and their silly computer just flat out rejected me for "not fitting the criteria" that they're looking for.
How frustrating is that. Getting rejected before a human being even looks at your application. An excellent self-esteem killer.

In other news, I'm getting rejected from grad schools left and right. Yet another thing that makes me want to run into oncoming traffic.

I know things will look up. But right now this second, all my rage is in my jaw and it makes me grind my teeth.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Long Time, Big Moment

I've got a lot to write about, albeit some of it more interesting than other parts of it.

More importantly, I had a big moment the other day.

And without further ado-here it is.

If I don't get into a grad school which requires me to move out of state and therefore, out of my house in MI and quit my job at the coffee shop, I'm quitting. I know it's a long way away, but I will not work past December 31.
It's a small concession, a potentially lame revelation-but I think, especially as of late, it's possibly the best decision I've made in a while.

So there's that. I think it's pretty brilliant. Even if it scares me a little.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shopping WIN

I don't go shopping very often. I don't like going into stores and 1) not finding something I like, and 2) not being able to afford a lot.


There is a Buffalo Exchange down the street, and I walk past it often while running errands. For the past few weeks, there has been an awesome summer dress in the window—teal and dark purple abstract pattern, asymmetrical hem, halter tie top...AKA awesome.

The thing about Buffalo Exchange is that it's a resale shop. They buy used clothing from people in exchange for cash or store credit, and they're kinda picky about what they accept. Think of it as a high-end Salvation Army or Goodwill, if you will. There is likely only one of any item.

Therefore, I felt a slight sense of panic/excitement when the dress was no longer in the window today. I previously felt too awkward about asking them to take it off the window mannequin for me, so I may have just lost my chance for the dress...however, now it was off the mannequin, and maybe I could still capture it!

I dashed inside and went right to the dress rack...and there was my beautiful teal/purple asymmetrical hemline halter-tie dress! Panic moment again: it's a size extra-small, and I'm more of a small/medium. Happy moment: IT IS STILL THERE, and I can at least try it on.

I wrestled the zipper up my back and debated—it has a low back, so although it was a struggle to close it over my ribcage, it still was doable. The top could be tied and adjusted to make it fit better. AND THE SKIRT PORTION WAS AWESOME.

As I exited the fitting rooms, the attendant asked me, "How'd it work out for you?"
"YES! For the win!" I answered.

The dress still has its original tags attached. I have purchased a $158 dress for $16.50.

And I now own my window dress, which the store only had one of, which magically fit me, that I have wanted for weeks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Things I Want Right Now

  • A car—specifically a Ford Focus with automatic transmission, power locks & windows, and 4 doors...that's all.
  • My own bedroom (no more sharing a small space)
  • Bunnies!

In short...I need money.

Monday, March 15, 2010




Wednesday, March 3, 2010

100th Post: A Retrospective

HEY GUYS, WE ACTUALLY MADE IT TO 100 POSTS! And it only took us...over a year. Whatever.

Now let's get all nostalgic and look at our favorite highlights:

Tool Academy obsession
So trashy...but so, so good.

Emily goes on TV shows
Ridiculous. Within about two months of moving to L.A., I was on Ellen DeGeneres AND The Price Is Right. Still to come: Mythbusters! (Yeah, I forgot to blog about that one. I'll make a big deal about it when my episode airs.)

Alexa visits L.A.
YEAH SHE DID! The duo reunited for one awesome week.

Black AmEx competition
Alexa got the first one...but I got more!

Alexa goes to Paris
Champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower. WIN.

See also:

Here's to even more ridiculousness to come!

Because Emily Told Me To

Me: And now I have to go to bed. Because I have a confession. I have to work tomorrow.

Emily: WHAT

Me:at the coffee shop


Me: ...yes.




Me: So Baby will go back there, until Patrick Swayze comes to say "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
...wait. Fuck.

Emily: LOL

Me: Regardless, I needs dollarz.
So I'll report in tomorrow about it. I'll even blog.

And on that note....bed.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Emily's Olympic highlights

So the Olympics came and went, and as much as Alexa and I LOVE THE GAMES...we hardly blogged about it. That's a FAIL on our part.

I now give you my Olympic Highlights:

The Opening Ceremony whales
I cannot find photos/video of it online, but oh man. Video whales on the floor, spouting up some mist. Awesome.

Canada's Mittens
They are freaking cute and made me happy.

Apolo Anton Ohno
Winning medals and hearts. (Okay, due to my extreme desire to WIN THE OLYMPICS, any athlete who can bring home several medals has basically won my heart.) I may have missed a few speedskating events' coverage, but I always watched Apolo's races. I also loved his announcements of his personal medal count after each win.

Bump, bump, bump, launch...spin!, bump, bump. AWESOME. I never noticed moguls before, but holy cow this event rules. Plus, just look at that outfit: looks like comfy pajamas.

Charlie White & Meryl Davis
Silver medal in ice dancing! Their "Phantom of the Opera" costumes were amazing! Also, Alexa knows Charlie! GO TEAM!

Shaun White wins again
In the words of Alexa, "GOD Shaun White is just SO much better than everyone else." Seriously. He consistently gets more air and turns out better tricks than anyone. His "victory lap" was scored even higher than his first run. I feel like the event itself was just a formality—Shaun White was going to win, period. And I have to comment on team outfits again: USA rocking the plaid shirt and jeans? Of course we did.

Scott Hamilton's figure skating commentary
"Triple axelllllll....YEEESSS!" "Whooooa...ooohhh..." This is a man who loves the sport, and I love his commentary.

Lysacek pwns Plushenko
LOL RUSSIA. We beat you even without a quad!

Snowboard Cross
I just love how they jump and go whoosh.

Bode Miller wins gold
Hey, he finally got one! Way to turn around that "go big or go home" attitude from Torino. (Notice the trend: I love people who win medals.)

Closing Ceremony hijinks
It looked like a Thanksgiving parade threw up in Canada. Inflatable animals and mounties and singing maple leaves...I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. It was completely unexpected during what I thought was supposed to be a classy affair. WHATEVER, it was amazing.

Okay Canada, you got more golds than anyone...but we won more overall medals than anyone, and we all know that's what I really care about during the Games! 9 Gold, 15 Silver, 13 Bronze...37 total medals...USA! USA! USA!

Monday, March 1, 2010

iamamiwhoami - WE HATE YOU

Emily: ALEXA
Alexa: yes?
Emily: ALEXA
Emily: It's apparently a viral campaign for some artist "yet to be revealed"
Emily: Video #6
Alexa: I am afeared
Emily: GOOO
Emily: I am here, digitally holding your hand
Alexa: lol
Alexa: ok
Emily: 0:33
Emily: I'm gonna have nightmares
Alexa: obvs
Alexa: terrified
Alexa: Why? Why? WHY?
Emily: I need to know who is behind this
Emily: so I can hate the proper person.
Alexa: You mean it isn't the work of Satan?
Alexa: Okay. AWFUL
Alexa: I have to shower, but when you find out who did this, TELL ME

Alexa: That shower cleansed that video from my soul

Monday, February 22, 2010


Alexa (11:58:58 PM): I shalll blog in the morning
Emily (11:59:04 PM): NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Emily (11:59:08 PM): IN THE MOMENT

And here I am, blogging in the moment.
CHARLIE AND MERYL WON SILVER!!! I am SO PROUD of them and it was an amazing performance and GO USA!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doctor, doctor, what be ailin' me?

I think it's my OLYMPIC FEVER.
As it's been told, Emily and I are totally afflicted with the disease. It came to a head in 2006 during the Torino Winter Games (when we were living together) and then went totally out of control with the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

That being said, we have serious Fever.

It is also very exciting this year as I know someone in the Games. We're not total BFF or anything, but I went to high school with Charlie White, who competes in ice dancing. It's just so much more thrilling when you know someone there. He is a really nice guy, one of those genuinely good people, so I recommend everyone watch and root for his as he goes for gold!!

It just makes me mad that I have class tonight and I have to TiVo some awesome downhill skiing, snowboarding and other awesomeness.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Just to make this clear:


We were all about TORINO '06 while living down the hall from each other in the dorms, and bonded again over BEIJING '08 (though we lived apart then). In a matter of hours (even if it's 36+ hours), the madness begins again!

I just signed up for my NBC Olympics email/text alerts (I am all about the medal count), and added some awesome widgets to the blog's sidebar.



Less Snow Than We Thought

The snowmageddon missed us, thank goodness. That's not to say we didn't get any snow, but at least where I am we didn't get the 6 to 10 inches there were forecasting. Excellent news, if you ask me. However, my class got canceled tonight. I find that annoying. You couldn't have canceled classes yesterday? When it was snowing?

In other news, Captain Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch passed away. Emily is the one who told me, and I find it very sad. Love the show, and goodness knows he was a fixture on it.

We'll miss you Capt. Phil

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hijinks I say

To say I've been up to some hi-jinks is a lie, but it's a fun word to say.

Still very much "pseudo-fired". It sucks.

Will have to quite ballroom dancing at the end of the month in order to not be even more broke than I am now (if it was even possible).

In other news-6 to 10 inches for the metro Detroit area over the next day or so. Oh winter.

Now that I consider to be a "hi-jink", if you will.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Now You See It

And Now You Don't

Do you remember that time I was working? too. I was doing my ACT prep, bumbling along as best I could. Was I the absolute best teacher? No. But I tried hard and I think at least a few kids learned something.

I get my first real critique on Wednesday at noon.
I got pulled from my school Thursday (my day off) at 4.

So while I'm not technically "fired", I still might do some proctoring in a few weeks, but still. I call it being "pseudo-fired".

Doesn't make me feel any better. I also don't really want them to call me for substitute work. It freaks me out in a very real way. (to expand upon in a different entry)

So there's that. I was employed, and now I'm sort of not. Gives me plenty of time to finish up my grad school applications and whatever.

We're all in this together, right?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Working 9 to 5

While I'm not actually working 9 to 5, I am now working.

I am doing my ACT prep at a school here in Michigan. I want to keep it vague, until after the position is over. This whole thing is guaranteed to end March 5th.

It's somewhat rewarding sometimes, when a student understand something on the test or figures out something they were having trouble with.
On the other hand, I was called "nice but boring" the other day, which bothered me more than it should. I was trying to go over geometry-not always the most fascinating of subjects.

But whatever happens, this whole experience will be good for me, and it's definitely better than not working. Or even working at the coffee shop. I have different responsibilities and a different set of "woes", if you will.

I'm just happy that however it happens, my life is moving forward. It's reassuring that this year will be better than last.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Life's Better With Company

I'm still very unemployed, and both scared and exhilarated at the same time.

Today my dad drove my mom to the airport, which was very nice. While I could have done it myself, it was snowing (not wicked hard, but reasonably decent) and it was nice to just go along for the ride, as compared to doing all the work myself.

The other day my parents and I saw Up In The Air. There is this scene with George Clooney (sigh) and Anna Kendrick (the girl who plays Jessica in Twilight). They are on an airplane together, and she is working on her laptop.
I admit, she is typing fairly furiously. In all honesty, she is banging the crap out of her poor laptop. George asks (basically) "What did your computer ever do to you?" and then it hit me.

This is how my mom thinks I type. Bang. Bang. Bang.

My laptop didn't do anything to me. I just "type with purpose" (as Anna says to George). And I type quickly.

Sidenote-See Up In The Air. It's a timely film for this particular moment. Especially living in Detroit, and now that I've joined the ranks of our unemployed. Some of the film is funny, some of it really isn't, and it ends on a bittersweet note.

As George says in the film, "Life's better with company". It's a good note to end on.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Moving Forward and Why It Scares Me Shitless

As we have learned, I quit my job at the coffee shop last year. I put in my two weeks notice and my last day was over a week ago.

In the meantime, I was hired and then given no information on a new job. But that isn't the point of this entry.

I have now become "unemployed". I have joined Michigan's vast amount of unemployed people. And I am simultaneously terrified and unafraid. I know I can't go back to the coffee shop. The atmosphere is toxic to both me and the people around me. I become someone I don't want to be around, and I know how unhappy it makes me. In turn, I make most people around me miserable.

This is my declaration. There has to be a point where someone stands up and says "Enough." My life this year will be better for this and I know it.

I'm closing my eyes and jumping. I am saying "enough" and moving forward in the most scary and wonderful way.
I am unafraid. And I am scared shitless.

Promise to go on this ride as a group. It'll be fun. I swear.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How many blogs can I start (and not finish)?

Emily: I'm trying to hold myself accountable with Krav/training now
Emily: as in,
Emily: I look like a slacker if I don't do something for a few days now
Alexa: OH HAI. For realz-while I don't Krav, this is a good idea because I am a lazy shit and shouldn't be
Emily: I wonder how long it'll last, though
Emily: we fail at our other blog
Emily: ...and this conversation should go on it.
Alexa: Obvs. But I popped the 2010 cherry thank you very much
Emily: That you did.

PS: I'm going to Maryland for 10 days (leaving tomorrow morning) and I packed a small bottle of Tapatio in my suitcase. I don't trust my small-town stores to have it there. Priorities.

Alexa: I'm so proud of us. 2 entries in 2010 and it's only Jan 6th
Alexa: So far, so good.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Bitches!

And I now will pop the cherry on the 2010 posting for this blog.

A few things-Christmas was delightful. I received a GPS to let me know where I am going while driving, which is nice. Especially since I tend to be clueless when driving. I hope it's sort of a metaphor for my life-while before I generally was lost, now I have some sort of direction.

On December 30, 2009 I had my last day of employment at the coffee shop. I had put in my 2 weeks notice, and it all came down to that fateful Wednesday. We should note that it was fantastic. While the job that I was hoping to get has sort of changed (a long story for an entry that isn't this one), I think this is the 2010 kick in the ass to change my life. Whether it be a new job, grad school or whatever. I need something else.

And on that note-your turn Emily. Pop that 2010 cherry. It's delightful, I swear.