Friday, July 5, 2013

#90 To not have to "live the dream" anymore

I literally had people tell me this week that they would hate to be single these days.  Awesome.  Because it's so easy already, and that sort of statement just makes things so much better.

My friend Darcie had a roommate's mom tell her at one point that she thought those girls were living the dream- single in the city going and doing whatever they wanted.  So whenever Darcie and I start feeling down about being single, we just remind ourselves that we are living the dream

Truth be told, I think the grass is always greener on the other side.  So I'm trying to enjoy the grass on this side of the fence for now.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Edition

In case you're wondering what to get that single girl in your life for Christmas, I wanted to share a few ideas with you.  Most are based on my current obsessions (because I assume that all girls think like I do).

**To my mother: please don't take notes.  I already own most of these things.

For the girl in your life who hates ugly notebooks...or who can't seem to organize her life and is always running late when you meet up for dinner, get her a May Books notebook.  The picture of the notebooks below were my first foray into the notebook customization world.  You customize everything- the print, the monogram, the pages (lined/graph/calendar/etc.)  Or, if you know someone who likes to send snail mail, they also just started a line of May Notes.  I just ordered some and I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival.  Added bonus: the company is based in Houston. #TexasForever

For the girl who cares about the world but also likes fun jewelry, scarves, and bags, check out Noonday.  The Noonday story is really neat and you should go to the website to get the full version, but briefly, a couple of years ago a lady in Austin (#TexasForever) started selling crafts made by artisans in third world countries to try to fund her adoption.  Today, the organization enables ladies in countries around the world to create a steady income which allows them to care for their families and keep their children.  On this end, Americans can utilize Noonday parties to raise money for their own adoptions.  Win win.  This is the bag I'm sporting these days:

For the girl who loves Europe, Paris in particular, several ex-pats/Francophiles have released books in the last year that showcase the city of lights.  My favorites are Cowgirl Chef and Paris in Color .  Ellise Pierce is originally from Denton, Texas (#TexasForever), but wound up in Paris after falling in love with a Frenchman.  So her cookbook is a Texas/French fusion (which results in awesome food, apparently).  I took my mom with me to see her lead a cooking class at Central Market and I certainly do not regret that.  Please go see her if you ever get a chance.

Nichole Robertson did a color project in Paris (you can buy prints from her etsy shop) and I am IN LOVE with the results.  I've already bought several things from her shop.  This is the print that is hanging above my fire place:

I love the irony of that statement being painted on the ground.

Nichole's husband Evan is an artist in his own right and creates beautiful illustrations based on literary quotes.  If I could, I would COVER my walls with Evan and Nichole's works...but I don't want to go broke.  So for now, I have this one (my favorite) hanging in my house:

For the girl who lives in Dallas, Houston, or Austin (#TexasForever) and likes cookies, a Tiff's Treats surprise is sure to be a hit.  Warm cookies delivered in the afternoon?  Best idea ever.  I'm only sorry I didn't think of it first.  (also great for those of you who know students studying for finals right now)

Happy shopping, friends!  And merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

#88 Socially unacceptable to be single

I love the cheekiness of the Brits.  They have a way of saying very harsh things, but not in a rough American way.  I found this article on CNN today where a guy writes about how socially unacceptable it is to be single and how brazen people are in voicing their discomfort with the idea of singleness.

It is 2012, so I don't feel like we're living in a time when being single at 29 is all that uncommon, but my friends are dropping like flies.  I fear I'm not all that far from an age where I will be looked upon with pity.  But, when that time comes, I'm going to start asking the questions that this writer has posed:

"Why have you settled for him?"

"How did you get stuck with her?  Are you so afraid of being alone?"

I actually won't ever ask those questions, because as the writer pointed out, that would be considered rude.

I am certainly going to start referring to myself as a "spinsta" though.  Great word.

Monday, November 26, 2012

#87 Emergency Preparedness

Whenever I go to my parents house, I can count on them having a show on DVR that I've never heard of.  This Thanksgiving break was no exception.

First, I can't believe I've been missing out on the magic of Duck Dynasty.  I had actually heard of that one, but never seen it. 

There's another "reality" show that's based around the story line of people who are preparing for emergencies.  It sounds like they prepare for something like a nuclear war or a zombie invasion.  I did not watch an entire episode of this one, but from what I gather, it's a lot like hoarders...only these people are certifiably crazy.  For instance, one lady stores/hoards dry soup packets by taping them to the back of a door in her house, and then covers those packets with another board (so that the looters won't find her soup, naturally).

This show ranks how prepared the participants are for an emergency.  The rankings are based on categories such as availability of food, shelter, ammunition, and supporters.  If you're unfamiliar, supporters are those people that you plan to gather with post disaster.  You need at least one other person to want you to survive in order to help you out.  The more, the better, but you want at least one.

My parents told me about one of the episodes they watched where a guy brought in a mail-order bride from another country just to be part of his group.

How incredibly sad.  I refuse to get married just to have a group in the event that there is a disaster.  However, I may put this in my dating website profile to see what kind of crazies come out of the woodwork.  This should be an interesting social experiment.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

#86 Roommate is getting married

This is really just a combination of other posts:

It's cheaper to live with someone.

Some of us (ahem, me) don't like sleeping in a house alone.

Everyone else is getting married, so there's peer pressure.  (or, you figure everyone else is giving up, so you might as well join that club too)

I realized tonight through some instagram stalking that my MP target's roommate is engaged.  So, it's go time for the MP.  Because you know when single men in their late 20s/early 30s are the weakest and most willing to buy into the marriage idea?  When they're faced with the fact that their life is about to change because their bff is getting married.

On an unrelated note, hurricanes suck.  One of my friends who lives in Staten Island lost everything.  ANYTHING that you can give that would help him get back on his feet would be much appreciated.  I know that Texans/southerners/midwesterners tend to be generous people, so I'm counting on that.    Let me know if you want to help and I'll connect you!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

#85 Sweaty buddy

Last week I started a 9 week to 5k program with a local running store and so far, I am pretty impressed with myself.  I ran for 5 straight minutes this morning, and while that may not be a lot for some people, it is for me.  And considering that before last Saturday, I wasn't running AT ALL, that's kind of a lot.

The plan for the group today was to run for 10 minutes straight, and obviously I didn't make that, so I was trailing a little behind the leaders.  By the time I got to the end, they were already in the middle of the stretches.  As I walk up, the leader says "find a partner, your 'sweaty buddy', to lean on."  Ok.  So that's awkward, right?  Luckily, I had a lady walking in my direction before one of the guys could get too close.  But for a split second there, I was jealous of my friends (who I jointly refer to as 'Shody' and are also in my running group) who have a built in sweaty buddy just because they're married.

Who really wants to lean against a sweaty stranger?