29 January 2010

Friday Linkage


It's been a long week, friends. We've discovered mystery hot dogs, learned the real lyrics to songs and had apartment drama. Looking on the bright side, it's Friday. The weekend is here. So chin up, my lovelies. Let's start things off with links:

28 January 2010

Epic Evening

Last night was awful. I have my white flag out and surrender.

I was nervous about going to my first class at the gym. The class turned out to be the least of my worries. I got home from the gym around seven, and it was 56 degrees in my apartment. I looked at the thermostat and it was set to 69. Noooo. The heat was out. I called my brother (who does HVAC) and he talked me through things. We narrowed down the problem and he told me I needed to call my landlord.

While my landlord was on his way, I decided to make dinner. I set up my tiny space heater in the kitchen, but I blew a fuse. Ugh. I went to the basement to reset the fuse and as I came back up stairs my smoke alarm went off. Dinner is burning! I shut dinner off and jump up to hit the button on the smoke alarm to shut it off. It shut off, but the whole thing also fell from the ceiling and broke. Come on!

The landlord came and couldn't fix the heat. He needed a part that he will get today. He managed to rig the heat for a while to get the temperature back up and left me with a really big space heater. I was nervous all night about the space heater catching something on fire. It's not like the smoke alarm could tell me the place is on fire, because, oh yeah, I broke it.

This morning, my mom called at 7:15. I don't get up till 7:30. I was angry for the premature wake up. I moved the space heather into my bathroom to keep warm and get ready. I tried to make coffee. More fuses were blown. I said forget it and went to Starbucks.

I'm sort of done with things for the moment. I just hope to go home to a warm apartment.

27 January 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Misunderstood Lyrics

Yes, it is Playlist Wednesday. However, the program I normally use to compose my playlists is being a jerk. This doesn't mean I'm leaving you high and dry. I always have a backup plan. We're still going to discuss music, and once again I would appreciate your feedback in making me feel less crazy.

When it comes to songs, I am a lyrics person. It drives me a little nuts when I can't understand what a singer is saying, and it sways my opinion of them. There are notable exceptions when I know I don't understand what an artist is saying, but I trust them and don't care. Vampire Weekend, is a perfect example of this. The first time I heard A-Punk, I knew it was love. I also knew I had no clue what this guy was saying. A quick search on Google helped me out with the lyrics, but I have to do this with every song for them.

A few weeks ago, I got their new album and was listing to  'Horchata.' Midway through the song, I started to crack up. As I listened I swore I head Mr. Koenig sing, "You understood, so you shouldn't have farted." Amanda, you're being a child. There is no way he's saying that. I listened over and over, and for the life of me it sounded like he was saying farted. Google to the rescue again and, big surprise, I was wrong. The actual lyric is, "You understood, so you shouldn't have fought it."

Please listen and judge for yourself. He says it a few times in the song. The first is at 1:51, and it's even clearer at 3:05. Tell me you hear it too. Even if you don't, humor me?

26 January 2010

Celebrity BFFs

I came across this post on the Old Sweet Song blog, and it makes me feel better about myself. I like knowing I'm not the only one who has ever imagined having celebrity BFFs. These two ladies are totally on my list. Let's make it even more exciting and add in Zooey Deschanel and Jenna Fischer. Fun. So come one, dish. I know you've thought about it too, who are your imaginary celebrity BFFs?

25 January 2010

The Case of the Squishy Bag

I still have no explanation for the events I am about to describe. Feel free to try and make sense of things for me in the comments section. I need help.

It's Saturday evening around 6. I'm leaving my brother's house in a bit of a hurry, because I think I'm going to be late. I'm supposed to be at Sherry's in about ten minutes. If nothing out of the ordinary happens I should be able to swing this. As I am pulling out of the driveway, I notice a white plastic bag on the front lawn. Odd, when I walked the dog a few hours ago that wasn't there. I wonder what's in it. I shut off the car and go to investigate.

As I get closer I see that the bag is tied in a knot. I poked the bag. It was squishy! I am a little grossed out, but above all things I am curious. I untie the knot and open up the bag. HOT DOGS! The bag is full of hot dogs! Now, I'm not talking the Oscar Meyer pre-packaged kind, these are straight up deli-style, linked at the ends and everything. They are not packaged, not frozen, they are just there, loose in this plastic bag that seems to have mysteriously appeared in my brother's front lawn.

At this point, I am grossed out because I just squished some random hot dog. I am also laughing because this doesn't make any sense. I realize I am now late. I know I have to throw the hot dogs out, but my brother's garbage cans seemed so far away- behind the gate and by the garage. No time, no time! In one of my less sensible moments, I throw the hot dogs into my car and drive to Sherry's house.

I still have no explanation. I've been pondering this doozey for two days now and haven't come up with a thing. The bag wasn't on the front porch like someone had left it there, and it wasn't close enough to the side walk for someone to have accidentally dropped it. It was sitting in the front lawn, midway between the sidewalk and the house. I ask you to put on your best Nancy Drew / Hardy Boy sleuthing cap and try and figure this one out for me.

22 January 2010

Extra Friday Present!

She & Him have a new single titled 'In the Sun.'  Listen here!

Happy Friday Links

At last, it's Friday. Even though I had to set my alarm a little earlier than normal this morning, once I was conscious enough to realize it was Friday, I was content. Tomorrow I've got a crocheting party. I'm pretty excited. I know nothing about crocheting, but I hope to leave with more than a ball of yarn. Tonight, I've got a cake to bake, a book to finish and some mischief to pull on my brother. Explanations and pictures will come Monday. Until then, have an awesome weekend!

Do you eat it?
Happy Lady Eats
Hobbit house
"Meat" business cards
Death Cab covers Simple Minds
Apple ukulele
Shower curtain love
Crazy fun furniture
Spice Girls musical? 

21 January 2010

Ampersand Ampersand

It's true what they say, an ampersand a day keeps bad design away. Check out this tumblr account called Ampersand Ampersand. The concept is simple, everyday a new ampersand is posted. Serifs, sans sertifs, slab serifs- pick your poison. There's something here for every design nerd.

20 January 2010

Playlist Wednesday: It's All Relative

Love them or hate them, we've all got family to deal with. I happen to love mine, because they're awesome, but I've still had my share of arguments with them. One of the most infamous being an argument with my mother when I was 15. I wanted to hang up decorative butterflies on the wall above my bed. We argued for hours over how high on the wall they should be positioned. She wanted them higher, I wanted them lower. I thought they should be the same height as the picture frames on the other wall, but she insisted they be higher, "because butterflies fly, and picture frames don't." Oh, family, we may not always understand each other, but we sure are entertaining. It seems musicians feel the same way, here are a sampling of songs with family members in the title. Enjoy!

(Side note: "Because Butterflies Fly, and Picture Frames Don't" will be the title of my autobiography due out many years from now)

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

19 January 2010

Bachelors of Highbury Quiz

One more post today, just cause. This one is for all of my Austen fanatics. Masterpiece has been promoting it's new version of Emma, which I am pumped about, and as part of the marketing fun they have a Bachelors of Highbury Quiz. At this point, you are either squealing in delight or have completely stopped reading because it sounds like I'm speaking in a foreign tongue. Either way, I took the quiz and am feeling a little better about my situation after having scored Mr. Knightly. Take it for yourself here


Deep Breath

I am having one of those rip out your hair, want to drink some wine, maybe just start screaming at people and get like ten cats moments. I usually don't stoop to such cheap amusements, but why mess with something that works?

Story Time

Okay, kids, here is the story I promised you. A month or so ago, I showed up to work and ended up helping out with a photo shoot for a client. Someone was needed to hold a product for the shots. I became that someone. My hands now grace the cover of the packaging. This is pretty awesome. I used to joke in high school that I'd be a hand model one day. Maybe I should have joked that I would marry an attractive Scotsman instead, because things seem to be working out pretty well for me. Well, I did a second helping of hand shots with a few spokes-modely ones for good measure.

Technically, I'm spraying myself. Odd, but wait, it gets better:

I know, I'm such a suburban housewife. If anything, I can add this to my biography of random facts. So far it reads:
- Bitten by a monkey
- Rode an elephant
- Met Fabio
- Hand modeled

Not bad but it needs work. I'll keep you updated and let you know when I have something else to add.

18 January 2010

Anthropologie Inspiration

I am convinced there is no problem Anthropologie cannot solve. I'm currently wrapped up in every girls' great debate of "what should I do with my hair?" I need a trim, do I keep it short or grow it out again? If only there was some cute haircut that could provide inspiration either way. What's that, Anthropologie January 2010 catalog?

Ooo. I am in love with this model's hair. If mine is even half that cute, I'm down for it.  Next,  I found myself browsing though the rest of their website and found ideas for layering. Oh, Anthro, you are the coffee to my Monday.

15 January 2010

Sweet Friday Links

Sweet, sweet Friday. I do love you. I love you like a bird loves a french fry.

I made it through week two of house sitting madness. So far, so good. All pets are alive and accounted for. I've got a fun story I'll expand upon next week when I've got some visuals. Teaser: I was a hand model. My hand graces packaging. Irony of ironies, I have since burned my hand. Have an awesome weekend, I'm doing very exciting things like getting my oil changed. It's okay to be jealous. To make it up to you, I have links:

Billy Corgan and Jessica Simpson?
Snuggle suit
Origami jewelry
Periodic Table of Condiments
Android Karenina
Best Sesame Street guest stars
Things we didn't know until last year
5 Seasons of LOST in 8 Minutes 15 Seconds
Grace Kelly's wardrobe at museum
Book clock

14 January 2010

Check It: Sweet Nothing Heart Necklaces

As of late, I'm a bit obsessed with necklaces. When I saw these Sweet Nothing Heart Necklaces on the Fred Flare site, I let out a little squeal. The different phrases engraved on them are super fun. There are more on the site, so check them all out. I'm partial to "better recognize."

13 January 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before?

How do we move in a different direction from last week? How do we feature something not so lovey-dovey? How about a playlist that borders on obsession? I know, let's do a stalker playlist.

I love Death Cab for Cutie, love them. I was a little surprised when I found out their single 'I Will Possess Your Heart' was all about a stalker. Huh. Normally, Ben Gibbard isn't so much of a creeper, but it's a great song, musically and lyrically. I poked around and found that there are a lot of songs dealing with stalking, so let's put them all together and have some fun.

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

12 January 2010

Shopping Vicariously: Snowed In? S'no Problem!

When the weather is as cold as it's been, I have such a hard time getting up in the morning. Everything in me just wants to stay in bed, maybe venture out from under my comforter around 10:30 only to make it to the couch with a good book and lounge all day. I want an adult snow day wherein my only obligation is comfort. I want to wake up, see ten feet of snow and not be phased. Today's ensemble was created in that vein. I call it: Snow Day? S'no Problem! (ah, wordplay)

Yoga pants
Cashmere blanket
Jane Eyre

11 January 2010

Lost Camera

This has been making the Internet rounds, but if you haven't seen it, you should. Andrew McDonald, posted an illustrative guide on how to prevent camera loss. It's clever, funny and just a little adorable.

Check out his precautionary guide here, and maybe get inspired to make one yourself.

08 January 2010

Snowy Friday Links

Happy Friday, dearies! While navigating to work was a bit difficult this morning, I'll admit it was so pretty. All the snow, everything dress up in white- how could you not like it? I hope everyone has some fun weekend plans. Tonight I start a marathon session of housesitting. I've got two weeks, and three different locations ahead of me, and I can't wait. My mother calls me a gypsy. I call it house-trekking. Why not live in a different location every week? That's how adventures happen. I hope you have adventures of your own this weekend. Until Monday:

Cute Save the Date video
How to stop hitting the snooze button
IKEA number poster
Ampersand clothing
Gorgeous wedding dresses
Crafty Scandinavian blog
The coolest tea in the universe
Great print
Fun summer shoe
Marc Johns comics

07 January 2010

Amazon Kindle Commercial

Have you seen this commercial for Amazon Kindle? Every time it's on television I get excited, more so than I should over a commercial. It's done using stop motion animation and has a fun, quirky song, two things I love. Brilliant.

I did a little investigating and the song is by Annie Little and called Fly Me Away. Love the second verse when the trumpet kicks in. She doesn't have a full CD out, so you wont find anything on iTunes, but I did find the whole song for you.

And as long as we're video posting, Michelle sent me another stop motion link the other day. Amazing:

06 January 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Tugging At Those Heart Strings

I'm rereading Jane Eyre. It's my favorite book, and without spoiling anything there is a lot of love and a lot of heartbreak (shocker, I know). At the moment, I'm right in the middle of the heartbreak. While I tend to stay away from 'love and loss' themed playists, in favor of something a bit more original, we are making an exception. And if we are going to make an exception for someone, who better than Charlotte Bronte? The woman knows how to tell a story.

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

05 January 2010

New Additions

The apartment has a few recent additions that wish to make your acquaintance.

First up, a house isn't a home without a pug. Check him out! The new pug currently resides in the kitchen next to some plants. Most likely, this will be his permanent residence. 

Let's get a close up on that face. The under bite kills me.

Next up, I was given a panda. He's pretty chill.

Finally, for those of you who don't know about my kitchen clock, whenever people come by to visit, they leave something in the clock. If you take a look at the photo below, it's quite the menagerie. We've got gum, magnets, cupcake ornaments, hair gel, salad dressing, a Chewbacca marble, pins, a key (to what, I still don't know), bottle caps and now- a stretchy rhino. I don't know how else to describe him, but he's rubbery, filled with something and can be used as therapy stress relief. Love it.

04 January 2010

I Am Proud

Shopping Vicariously: Polka Dot Frenzy

I have a pension for polka dots. They win the 'fun' award for patterns. In my eyes, they can do no wrong. Fun fact: While polka dots are ancient, they first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain. At the same time polka music was extremely popular and the name was also applied to the pattern, despite no real connection between them.

While I have a few polka dot items, I've never taken it to the next level and worn them all at once. I don't know how the general public would receive that. If I walked rather fast all the dots might make people dizzy. Still, a girl can and should dream. Today, we will all dream of a "Polka Dot Frenzy."



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