Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let's Try This Again....

Earlier this summer I jumped on the bandwagon and got a twitter account which I LOVED. However I was a complete idiot, and used my full name, so when I randomly googled myself one day and found my twitter account I kinda freaked and deleted it. So I don't know why I just decided to recreate one again this morning, considering that it's on 9am here and I'm not really awake yet but I did haha. So if you all want (and I hope you do!) click the link on my sidebar and follow along! Oh, and I found someof you but I would love to follow everyone so leave your username so I can follow you too! Hope everyone's having a good week and getting ready for NYE tomorrow!

ETA: Thanks to SunshineMeg for being my first follower!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

California Here We Come...

So I absolutely HAD to use a line from The OC theme song to say that I'm off to Palm Springs for New Years! We're going to meet my aunt and uncle as well as some family friends out there and it's going to be a blast. We went last year and had a fantastic time but if any of you have any suggestions let me know!!


Hi everyone...I shouldn't even be on my computer right now considering I have to get up to leave in a few hours but I just read this on Classy in Philadelphia's blog and I would love to pass this along and share Brandy's story. Also, if you have a chance go on and check out her blog here....its fantastic!

My name is brandy. And I have a blog.

And a plea.

I use my blog to showcase the crazy I meet everyday, share the stories of the kids I teach and document my love for tequila, dairy products and the abdominal muscles of Ryan Reynolds. Rarely do I talk about personal issues on my blog- as personal as the dude that I adore (who I actually met through my blog- single ladies, let that be a very good reason to blog, the possibility of meeting someone as wonderful as my man), but I need your help. And it involves my dude.

He's a guy who made math comics for my class, so they would love learning about addition. He's the kinda guy who sends my friends gift cards when they are having hard times, who remembers every story I ever told him, who was the first person I celebrated with when I got a teaching job. He's the guy who sent flowers to me at school- dozens of my favourite pink roses just because he loves me. He's a guy who has spent a year patiently explaining (and re-explaining) everything there is to know about football during the important games when silence is preferred. He's made me word puzzles and comics and stayed up late playing Scrabble with me (even though I beat him almost every time). He's listened to me cry about school and family and jobs. He is everything I never knew I needed and everything I always knew I wanted.

The holidays have hit us hard. He's recently been told he may have something called multiple myeloma- an incurable cancer, that gives a person an average of five years of continued life. Though this news has came as a shock, he continues to be exactly who has always been- spending his time worrying about me, rather than worrying about himself. He's the most selfless individual I know- (he stayed late on Christmas Eve to work, so his co-workers could leave early) and a post like this would never be something that he would promote or encourage but when I'm overwhelmed and feeling helpless, the blogging community has always given me tremendous support and comfort, two things I desperately need at this time.

As I write this, the future is uncertain and we aren't sure what's happening. He'll need to see an oncologist soon, to verify what's going on in his body. My hope is that everyone who reads this think positive thoughts and if you are a person who prays, could you add him to your list? (You can refer to him as 'brandy's hot awesome dude'). If you don't pray, please keep him in your heart.This cancer is only a possibility and I believe that the prayers and positive thoughts of people can make sure it never becomes a reality.

I want to give a big thank you to the blog owner who scraped their original blog plans and graciously put this up. My goal is to get as many people as possible to see and read this post. If you are reading this and want to help, copy and paste my plea into your blog or send a link through twitter, so more people can keep him in their thoughts. I would be so very grateful (even more grateful than I am to my friend who first showed me the picture of Ryan Reynolds on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. If you haven't seen it, google it. You. Are. Welcome).

I realize this all sounds dramatic, a Lifetime movie in the making- but this is life. Right now. And I'm throwing away any hint of ego and am humbly asking for you to pray or think kind thoughts. If you are able to pass this on, thank you and if you know anything regarding MM- please email me (my email is on my blog). This isn't a call for sympathy or a plea for pity. It's just one girl hoping you can think positive thoughts for the person she adores. If my current heartache provides you with anything, let it be with the reminder that life is short, love is unbending and no one knows what could happen next. Maybe it is silly, but I really do believe that positive thoughts can make a huge difference. Thank you for reading this and if you haven't already? Please tell someone you love them today.

I did.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Recap

Happy 2 days after Christmas everyone, I hope you all had a great holiday! Santa was VERY good to me this year and left me lots of goodies including a ton of books and dvds (one of them was the 5th season of Lost which I can't WAIT to watch), a North Face coat, and snow boots! We had a very relaxing Christmas day and then went over to my neighbor's for cocktails which was interesting to say the least. I love my neighbors but they don't always have an edit button on what they say especially when they've been drinking for a couple hours so I definitely heard more about they' life (they're also in their mid-60s) than I wanted to know!! After the party we came back home, ordered Chinese and watched The Holiday and I'll Be home for Christmas which made a very nice Christmas night!

Everyone has posted pictures of their Christmas decorations, and I guess that I'm a little late to the party considering it's after Christmas haha but my mom goes all out around the holidays so here they are.

(most of our ornaments lean towards the handmade/folksy kind and I love this one which we got in Vermont one year)

(The Christmas Barbar which I think I told you all about in my christmas traditions post)

(all of our stockings....and yes my dog does have his own!)

(my grandmother who is VERY proud of her Norwegian/Viking heritage gave this nutcracker to us)

Today, I'm off to Boston to exchange a gift for my dad, and use a couple gift certificates before coming home to pack for CA tomorrow! I hope you all had a great holiday....what did Santa leave for you?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Can you all believe that it's Christmas Eve already?? Wow I am SO excited that Christmas is (almost) here!! Today my dad and I have a big day ahead of us in that it's been our Christmas tradition (since I was about 6 and my dad ACTUALLY forgot to buy my mom presents that year) to go shopping for my mom together on Christmas Eve day at Copley Plaza/ the Pru Center in Boston. I absolutely love this tradition with my dad, and the Copley is always so pretty at Christmas.

My aunt and uncle aren't coming out this year (we're just going to meet them in CA for new years) so it's just going to be our (very small) family for Christmas which I'm actually so excited for! Tonight my family and I are going to dinner in Boston (another tradition) before going to midnight mass which is seriously something that I look forward to all year. It is absolutely beautiful, and my favorite part is when everyone sings Silent Night (one of my favorite Christmas songs) by candle light. Tomorrow we're going to my neighbors for their annual Christmas party, and then have a very relaxing night, and either go to a movie, or just get take out and watch holiday movies. I hope you all have a FANTASTIC holiday, and that Santa is good to you all this year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tunes Tuesday: The LAST Chrismas Edition

Sorry this tunes Tuesday is coming a bit late today...we're having a Christmas party tonight and I have been helping my mom get ready for it all day! I'll post a longer recap of the party tomorrow, and hope everyone is enjoying these last couple days before Christmas!!

Hanson- Christmas Time

I wish It was Christmas Today- SNL

Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)- Jessica Simpson

Josh Groban-Believe

River-Joni Mitchell (I know this isn't really Christmas-y and that it's REALLY sad but I always listen to it around the holidays)


Monday, December 21, 2009

A fun Christmas Meme

I've seen this on a bunch of blogs, but most recently, Belle on Heels, and thought that I would do this too!

Q: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A: The Holiday, and I'll Be Home for Christmas (Love JTT haha)

Q: What is your least favorite Christmas movie?
A: Some of the ones on Lifetime are kinda rough (not The 12 Men of Christmas though, I loved it!)

Q: What Christmas song(s) drives you crazy?
A: Christmas Shoes

Q: What is your favorite Christmas song(s)?
A: Breath of Heaven by Jessica Simpson, Dominick the Donkey, At Christmas-Hanson

Q: What is your favorite Christmas drink?
A: Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks

Q: What is your favorite Christmas memory?
A: I always love going to midnight mass with my family especially when the congregation sings Silent Night by candlelight

Q: What is the best toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
A: My first saddle that I got when I was 10...I DIED haha.

Q: What is the worst toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
A: This UGLY nightgown that my aunt gave me one was horrible!

Q: What do you LOVE about the holidays?
A: Um absolutely EVERYTHING! The music, tv/movies, decorations, shopping, baking, holiday parties... I could go on forever haha

Q: What annoys you about the holidays?
A: The fact that many people get angry/annoyed when shopping...kinda makes you loose the holiday spirit!

Q: Do you prefer a star or an angel on top of a Christmas tree? Or something else?
A: Angel

Q: What is your favorite family recipe at Christmas?
A: A cranberry cookie pie that my mom makes every yummy!

Q: Are you a Grinch or a Who at Christmas?
A: A Who!

Q: Christmas light displays - Love them or hate them?
A: Love lights and think they're so pretty...although some people can go a bit overboard sometimes.

Q: Santas at the mall - fun times or creepy?
A: A little creepy but I still like them

Q: Christmas you send them?
A: My family always does, and this year my housemates and I sent some out too!

Q: What is the best thing about Christmas in your opinion?
A: The music

Q: What is the worst thing about Christmas?
A: The day after!

Q; When do you put the tree up and take it down?
A: Usually the first week in December and the first week in January

Q: Out of the 12 Days of Christmas, which item would you want your truelove to give to you?
A: Anything but the swans...I hate swans and they're kinda mean!

Q: Why do you think grandma got run over by a reindeer?
A: Drank too much eggnog haha

Q: Who is your favorite reindeer?
A: Rudolph!

Q: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
A: Of Course!

Q; What is your favorite smell at Christmastime?
A: Fresh Christmas Trees

Q: What would make you happy at Christmas this year?
A: Just being with my family/friends and enjoying the holiday!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Over the past couple weeks a bunch of you have been SO amazing to give me a couple of awards, and I have been lame enough not to post them. I still can't believe that people read this thing (and I just saw that I have 150 followers...WOW) and actually give me awards, so thank you all and here they are!

The very fabulous Lauren at Dreams Take Flight gave me the "your blog is fabulous award!"

The rules for this one are to just share five things you are obsessed with, and then pass the award on to five of the most fabulous blogs you read!

  1. The whole Holiday Season. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are my absolute favorite times of the year. I love the movies, tv specials, food, music, decorations, and overall EVERYTHING about the holidays.
  2. Lady Gaga. I don't know about everyone else, but even though she is totally weird and out there, I absolutely LOVE her and am kinda obsessed with the Bad Romance video. I would love to be one of those dancers and wear those CRAZY outfits!
  3. Bravo. Lately, I've become kinda addicted to all of the bravo shows, and I've also been loving the fact that they show old episodes of The West Wing in the mornings when I have to get ready for school. Next to the Travel Channel, and Food Network, it's become one of my go to channels when nothing else is on.
  4. Chipotle. I used to be a Qdoba fan until our town just got a chipotle, and now I am TOTALLY obsessed. The chicken tacos, and their chips with guacamole are my favs.
  5. My Target Boots. I wrote about these and posted a picture of them in my previous post, but I have been wearing these nonstop and am totally obsessed with them.
Ok so I'm going to pass this on to these fabulous bloggers:
Julie from Wearing Mascara
Chanel Fashionista
Marian from Escaping the Single Life
Flip Flops on Lex
TWA from Are you a preppie?

Sarah from Wears Inappropriate Shoes (ha I absolutely love the name!) gave me the "Over the Top" award...I've seen other people do this and this looks like so much fun so here it goes:

Here are the Rules:
Use only one word, pass along to six favorite bloggers, and tell 'em you did so.

1. Where is your cell phone? Table

2. Your hair? Messy

3. Your mother? Studying

4. Your father? Football

5. Your favorite food? Chinese

6. Your dream last night? Nope

7. Your favorite drink? Wine

8. Your dream/goal? Happiness

9. What room are you in? Family

10. Your hobby? Reading

11. Your fear? Death

12. Where do you want to be in six years? NYC

13. Where were you last night? Out

14. Something that you aren't? Aggressive

15. Muffins? Ew

16. Wish list item? Chanel

17. Where did you grow up? Massachusetts

18. Last thing you did? Brunch

19. What are you wearing? PJs

20. Your TV? Patriots

21. Your pets? Dog

22. Friends? AMAZING

23. Your life? Crazy

24. Your mood? Lazy

25. Missing someone? Friends (the ones at school...oops I broke the rules!)

26. Vehicle? Away

27. Something you're not wearing? Makeup

28. Your favorite store? Many

29. Your favorite color? Navy

30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday

31. Last time you cried? Ummmm...

32. Your best friend?(s) Many

33. One place that I could go over and over? Vermont

34. One person who emails you regularly? Sorority

35. Favorite place to eat? Foxfire Inn

Now I'm going to pass this along to:
Tarver from The Sweet Silver Lining
The Preppy Pearl
BLC from The Company She Keeps
New England Girl
Sweet Sassy Southern and Classy

Now last but certainly not least, both Christine from The Sweet Sea, and MMC from Black Labs and Lilly gave me the "Happy 101" award which is seriously adorable! Both of these ladies' blogs make me so happy so you all really need to run over and visit them!

10 Things that Make Me Happy!
  1. Being done with school and HOME!
  2. My family and friends
  3. My snowflake PJs
  4. Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes
  5. Christmas music/movies/tv
  6. Glee
  7. All of the sparkly clothes that are out right now
  8. Snow
  9. The chance to read for fun
  10. Holiday parties

10 Blogs that Make Me Happy!
passing on the Happy 101 Award to these fabulous blogs...
  1. MLD from California Born and Virginia Raised
  2. Jules from Chic & Pink
  3. Nicole Marie from La Mia Vita
  4. Whitney from Peace Love and Big
  5. Gracie Beth from Preppy Southern Princess
  6. Southern Champagne Wishes
  7. Sarah from Classy and Fabulous
  8. Classy in Philadelphia
  9. Blackeyed Susan from Susan in the South
  10. Tshirts and Mini Skirts

Let It Snow!

I hope that everyone on the East Coast is enjoying this very snowy weekend! It's snowing like crazy right now and I for one am LOVING it. I think my mom and I are going to bake cookies and watch holiday movies today, and then later as long as the roads are OK were going to head out to a restaurant near Sturbridge which is so pretty and very "holiday-y." I can't wait and I think it's going to be GORGEOUS with the snow! I am so happy to finally be done with finals and have a couple weeks off to just relax. I have a bunch of fun things planned for this break and am very excited to head out to Palm Springs CA with my family for New Years!

So I feel like I haven't written an actual post and "talked" with all of you in forever! So many fun things have happened so in the interest of not having a post that's 8 years long here's a quick recap:

  • We had our semi-formal the first weekend in December and it was SO much fun! It was held at this really cool little bar, and the atmosphere was great. The bar owners were so generous and had an open bar for us too which made it that much better haha. I know a couple of you were wondering what dress I chose but stupid me forgot to bring my camera cord home so here is the only (good) picture I could find on facebook!

  • I had my third and final job interview and it went so well! They were so welcoming and friendly and the two people I talked to were great. After the interview they told me that I would recieve an email letting me know if I was still being considered for the position, and last week I got that email! So now all I have to do is wait which sucks, and keep applying for other jobs, but I REALLLY want this one so hopefully it will come through!
  • The Saturday before finals, my friends and I took a study break and went to Macaroni Grill which was so delish, and afterwards went to Target to look around. Well, I had seen many of my sorority sister's with these Frye boots, and had been trying to find the Target version for FOREVER, and I finally found them! It was a nice to buy myself a little treat before finals!

Target's Version

Frye Boots

  • Yesterday I went out to breakfast with my bff C, and then went Christmas shopping in Boston. It wasn't as crowded as I thought which was really nice, and I'm so happy that I'm almost done with everything. I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away!
So that has been my life in a nutshell these past couple weeks. I hope that you are all having a great holiday season so far, and if you're around here, enjoying the snow!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

AHHH...It's Finals Week!

Good luck to everyone who also has finals this week, and I'll be back to normal posting/commenting this weekend!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tunes Tuesday: Fun Christmas Edition

Alright so it's round two of my Christmas songs Tunes Tuesday, and for this week I decided to pick out my favorite "fun" Christmas songs. As always share your favorites in the comments!

The Twelve Pains of Christmas-Bob Rivers (This song always cracks me up...especially towards the end. Sorry about this VERY weird video...I seriously don't know who comes up with these sometimes haha)

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

Dominick the Donkey (LOVE this video haha)

Snoopy Versus The Red Barron-The Royal Guardsmen


Monday, December 7, 2009

A Snowy Surprise

I just woke up to get ready for class and look what was waiting outside...

It's SNOW! I'm such a little kid, but I always get so excited for the first snow, and this is the perfect thing to brighten up a Monday. Funny enough, even though we've actually gotten a fair amount of snow here over the last couple of years (especially last year) this isn't really an area that deals with snow well, so M just told me that alot of schools are closed this morning because of 1/2 inch. Lucky kids I wish I still had snow days!! Off to get ready for class and have a great Monday everyone!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Hope you all are having a lovely Saturday morning! So first I wanted to mention the most AMAZING giveaway that Fantabulously Frugal is hosting. She is the most generous person ever and is offering 3 different packages with various goodies in them such as Gucci sunglasses, gift certificates and other amazing things! So head on over there enter, and if you do PLEASE mention that I sent you!!

So the other news is that I'm going to my sorority semi-formal tonight, and of course can't figure out what to wear. So maybe you all can weigh in! Here are the options: (oh and sorry for the crappy photo quality...I took them on my phone haha)

Option 1: I haven't worn this since freshman year but it's basic and cute and has a fun back (see below)

The back of Option 1

Option 2: I don't know if you can tell from the picture but the dress is a really deep, pretty forest green. I love this dress and wore it to a semi sophomore year, but the only problem is that it's a little tight and can make it hard to breathe haha.

Option 3: This dress I wore for recruitment last year and it's REALLY pretty and comfy however I do need to add "chicken cutlets" and a good dose of fashion tape to make it work on top haha.

Option 4: Oops, sorry I didn't rotate the picture, but this dress I bought yesterday and is navy with ruffles on top.

So....which one do you like?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tunes Thursday

Sorry that Tunes Tuesday got moved to Thursday this week...I left for my interview Tuesday night and was completely busy preparing for it. When I got back last night I went for mexican and margs, and then was completely lazy for the rest of the night! As for my interview I think it went really well! I spoke with two people and the first person I spoke with went to the same school as me, and both were so nice and completely welcoming. They seemed pretty impressed with my intership experience and I think that I would be amazing for the position so hopefully I'll here something back from them soon! In the meantime all positive thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Ok so on to this weeks Tunes Tuesday...for the rest of the month it's going to be all christmas...YAY! Alot of these are non-traditional but they're what I listen to starting in Novemeber so enjoy!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings-Barenaked Ladies

Just Like Christmas-Low

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear-Sixpence None the Richer

Santa Can you Hear Me-Britney Spears

Do you Hear What I Hear-Whitney Houston

All I Want for Christmas-Mariah Carey

Look for more next week!