Andrea’s Angry Dance

December 24, 2008


The holidays make me angry for a variety of reasons I won’t go into.  Typically, I tend to explode and upset those around me, but this year I’m taking advice from Bret McKenzie and am trying to dance my anger away when it arises.  The best part of all is that it really does soothe your soul!


Makes You Wonder How The Other Half Live

December 18, 2008

Apparently some of the pipes in my bathroom were leaking inside the walls, so the maintenance guys tore open my bathroom wall to fix it, stretching the project over three days.  Today was the last day during which they replaced and caulked the tiles.  Here’s a photo of the finished product:


Can you spot the problem?  You can’t?  I guess that’s because you’re not borderline ASD like I am.  When they removed the original speckled tile and stacked it in the bathroom, I assumed they would reuse it.  But no! Why would they do that, when they have solid white tile they can use so it won’t match at all?  THANK YOU, maintenance guys!  My shower looks SO much better now that it screams, “PATCH JOB!”

It seems like every time I get worried about buying my own home and I start to question whether I should, something like this happens and makes me realize that owning my own home will be the absolute best purchase I will ever make.

Hell yes, man!

December 7, 2008


I’ve been rather blue these past few months.  I feel like I spend too much money for someone who is still in grad school (despite the happiness I was touting in my previous post), I’m lonely, and I don’t really know where my life is headed in the upcoming months (re: getting a job).  But then I read this interview with Jim Carrey about his upcoming film, and was kinda struck by quote at the end:

Smartly, Carrey added that he believes audiences can learn some old fashioned optimism from the film.

“I believe that they can create their reality,” Carrey says. “And that weekend, they’re going to go, ‘You know what, there is no recession. There is no problem. I’m going to spend my money. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to walk out with a smile on my face and say yes to life as is!’ How’s that?”

As always, sublime, Mr. Carrey. Sublime.

And it got me thinking…  So what if I buy that piece of jewelry that’s on sale?  As long as I can still pay my bills and I’m not splurging on things like that every week, it’s OK to treat myself once in a while.  Also, I’ve turned down a lot of offers to go out with friends lately for a multitude of excuses.  So the next time someone calls at 10pm (after I’m already in my jammies) and says, “Let’s go out for drinks!” I’ll take them up on it instead of calling it a night.  As for the job, I just have to get up off my lazy rear, update my resume, and start applying for them.  The rest should fall into place.  And hey, I just might send out all those Christmas cards after all.  Who cares if I don’t get any in return?  I like sending them out, so I think that I will!

Maybe the key to keeping New Year’s resolutions is to start them a month early.  Sneaky!

Friends and family: You’re on notice!

December 6, 2008


Every year I send out 20+ Christmas cards, and every year I get less than 10 in return.  Granted, I have nothing awesome to say about my life in my Christmas card, but I try to choose cool and/or humorous cards to brighten your day.  So this year I’ve decided to do things a little differently.  If you send me a Christmas card, I’ll send you one.  Otherwise, I am no longer wasting my time and money you – ba humbug!

Money really CAN buy happiness!

December 3, 2008

I recently bought one of these:


and one of these:


from Perpetual Kid (which is quickly becoming my favorite online store), and they are every bit as awesome as I had hoped they would be!  Plus, the shop uses biodegradable packing peanuts in their shipping boxes, and somehow an adorable alien finger puppet makes its way into every package (Jonathan loves those).

Next on my wish list is one of these.

My New Favorite Beer

December 3, 2008


I went to Trader Joe’s today to try their edamame hummus (delish, as it turns out).  I thought I would pick up some beer, and fell in love with the name of this one.  I was sold when I found out it was dark and chocolatey.  If Newcastle and Guinness conceived a child in Germany, it would be Optimator!