Monday, August 30, 2010

Spoiled Much?

You know your dogs control you when you a. Take them with you to grab food from somewhere and b. Go to a completely different fast food place to get them something.

**Update since I've been asked: I went to Zaxby's, but I feel guilty giving them something so heavily breaded. I then drove a mile and a half down the road (passing a McDonald's, a Sonic, and my neighborhood on the way) to Dairy Queen, where I got them a hamburger with ketchup only. Obviously Preppy Lab gets a bigger portion than Preppy Pup (especially since Preppy Pup has gained some weight recently).

And... I may or may not have also gotten myself a Reese's Blizzard while I was there. Don't judge. :)
1/2: You know your dogs control you when you a. Take them with you to grab food from somewhere and b. Go to a completely different fast food place t


Random 5am thoughts:
  • Whoever left me the profanity-filled voicemail from the unidentified number at 2:30 this morning MUST BE STOPPED. Seriously, the phone didn't even wake me up (surprisingly enough since I slept on the sofa last night), but this idiot feels the need to leave me twenty seconds of the rudest words in the English language. Not in any coherent order, mind you, just repeated over and over. Along with "man, I hate that name, hate that name... )*&%)*&#$."
  • Today's memo to self is not to ever use the recipe for Devil's Food cupcakes as I used last night because it is most definitely NOT the same as the one I used to use and have since lost. Mediocre taste, blah look, just not pretty. Waste of Hershey's cocoa. My homemade cream cheese frosting, however, could win some awards...
  • Preppy Pup is not accustomed to "roughing it" on the sofa. She is the worst sofa partner ever (By the way, I slept down here to keep Preppy Lab company, she's been having a hard time since we had to let Preppy Golden go and whines all night if no one is downstairs with her.). Our sofa is not a sleeper sofa, and it's not a giant over-sized monstrosity, either. Which means me and my 19 pound miniature pinscher (yeah, she's fat... she's gained several pounds rather quickly because Preppy Lab has managed to stop eating without us noticing because someone is picking up her slack.) were snuggled in a spot is less than half the size of my bed. She didn't care. She wanted her half of the bed. This made for a very interesting night.
  • I thought blogging early would wake me up, but no go. I'm still falling asleep. This wakeup time is almost enough to make me wish I wanted to teach middle school -- they don't start until 9. Almost.
And now I would like to apologize for wasting your time with this post. :)

P.S. Sunday is Mr. Preppy's birthday, so I need some ideas for other little things to throw in with his gifts. Will do an in-depth post of said gifts later today (maybe. maybe tomorrow.)... and don't worry... he hasn't read in a while due to me telling him if he wasn't going to read loyally EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. to not bother. So, yeah, he reads the posts I pull up and say "read!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scoop of Chaos

In an effort to take my mind off the disturbing/upsetting dreams I've been having lately (don't worry, if they continue you'll be reading about them soon since I will be trying ANYTHING to get them to stop), I'm just posting this fun survey that Sarah at Wears Inappropriate Shoes (apparently one of supposed-to-be siblings since we have so much in common) tagged me for.

1. What's your signature color? Pink! And turquoise, but mainly PINK! I wear a lot of neutrals to teach in, but I always have pink polish and pink accessories. My pen pouch? Pink (actually a case that came in a Pink perfume gift set from VS). My favorite earrings? Pink sapphire studs that my Daddy gave Mama one year for their anniversary (I inherited all the good stuff post-divorce), or my pink pearl studs my Mema got me for my birthday last year. BB case? Pink. Pink Coach purses? I have two, one for winter and one for summer. Lunchbox? Pink damask (let me tell you how much the coaches make fun of that). Favorite color to grade papers in? Hot pink, of course. Preppy Pup's collar and leash? Pink. Fave Vera Bradley pattern? The retired Hope Toile, because it's pink and was one of the early patterns that was designed with breast cancer awareness in mind. Pepper spray on my (pink Masters) key ring? Pink. L.L. Bean bookbag? Pink. Rainboots? Pink. iPod? Pink (well, ok, silver with a pink silicone case because they didn't have the 16gb one in pink when I got mine). All the turquoise in my life (bedroom, clothes, shoes, Preppy Pup's clothing, my clothing) stems from it being my sorority color and blue topaz is my birthstone... plus being fair-to-medium-skinned and blonde, pink and turquoise are two of the more flattering colors for me to wear. Right now I am dying for a pink ceramic watch.

2. What's your most embarrassing moment? Umm, to this day it is when I called my mom at work and whoever answered the phone was trying to give me directions to whatever part of the hospital I was meeting her in and I said "yes ma'am...." to a man. Not just a man, but a Lt. Colonel in the Army soldier man (Mama works at a military hospital). Worst part? Him saying "yeah... I'm a guy." Let's just say that his voice did not match his job nor his build... I have never been so glad when someone she works with was transferred to another military base because I was tomato red around him every time from there on out.

3. Would you ever get anything besides your ears pierced? I had my belly button pierced from March of my senior year of high school (when my 100 pound Mama went with me and had hers done, too) to October of my freshman year of college. You UT ladies will appreciate this... my suitemate got me a UT belly button ring to change to from my original one, but it was a little bigger. Apparently when I put it in, it stretched the front part of hole out kind of thin and in the middle of Buddy's Race Against Cancer, where my pledge class was volunteering, I had to run to the Knoxville Police Department because I leaned over to get something and immediately developed a big red spot on the front of my shirt. Yeah, blood. My ring ripped through the front wall of the hole. Best part? Seeing the macho cops turn milk white at the sight of my heinous belly button and all the blood. I thought about having it re-pierced, but I was not a fan of the pain the first time, and now there's scar tissue to work around. I'm good with the one hole in each ear I have now. Oh, and one of my biggest pet peeves? Those gauged out holes in people's ears that look like they belong in a National Geographic from 1943 (which a TON of students have where I'm teaching... I hate looking at them because it literally makes me physically ill).

4. Are you a social butterfly or a homebody? Both. On weekends I fluctuate between being bored and going stir crazy if I'm at home too much and just wanted to chill out and relax. Weeknights, however, I am a total homebody. I want to walk in the door at 3:30 and wash my face and not leave until the next morning.

5. Are you done having babies, or do you want more? Umm, I haven't started yet and I'm not sure I will. I go back and forth on if I want kids or not... Having a house full of puppies will probably suit me just fine!

6. Are you loyal to your hairstylist or do you try every salon in town? Well, since my stylist is Mr. Preppy's mama, I'm pretty loyal. :) Before her, though, I saw the same person for over ten years.

7. How many times have you moved in your life? Umm... it just took me at least five minutes of discussing this with Mama to figure out the answer. Ten, if you include moving back from college the two times I moved away.

8. If you could plan a vacation with just you and your love, where would it be? The Greek Isles.

I tag... anyone who wants to re-post! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ode to Denim

So I'm sort of short. Like 5'3" if I stand up really straight. I also have an hourglass figure, complete with thicker thighs that resulted from over ten years of competitive dance and four years of varsity tennis.

For that reason, I have a tough time finding jeans that fit well and are flattering. If I'm wearing heels (or wallabees), I used to like slight bootcut dark washes. While I still love my Sevens and Earnest Sewns (and my oh so worn, can't bear to throw them out, well-loved Gap jeans from the 4 year period I was a retail slave... back when they had great fits), I've been embracing the straight/skinny leg trend (yes, I know it's been around for a while) lately. Bootcut can lean toward being unflattering on shorter people, especially if you have hips. Finding jeans that fit in the waist but aren't too tight from my hips to thighs has proven difficult lately.

Which brings me to my latest (like last 6 months or so) obsession.

J.Crew Matchstick jeans. I love these. They are flattering without being overly snug. I can wear the same pair out to dinner as well as on casual Friday in front of my students. With a butt, hips, and these freakin' thighs (yes, I am bitter, thanks for asking), finding jeans that are appropriate to wear in front of teenage boys while still looking feminine and not boxy or like I'm drowning can be an issue.

Addressing the short issue: most of my "work" pants have an inseam of 30-32 inches, so I just adjust which shoes I wear so they don't drag the ground. I do the same with the Matchstick jeans, but I have a few different inseam lengths. I have regular (33") and short (31"), but I also have some that have been altered. I think this is one of the best features of the Matchstick jeans. Because the leg opening doesn't change drastically if you go up 3 or 4 inches, like a bootcut or flare would, they still look just as perfect if you need them altered.

I have them in medium/dark and dark washes... I'm expanding into the more medium and medium/light washes by getting 2 or 3 pairs off eBay (sorry y'all, a student teacher's budget does not allow me to drop $98 on a pair of jeans... or much else). I'm usually not a fan of lighter washes, but I know for casual errands in the fall when it's just a little too chilly to wear shorts, lighter jeans can look great with a cute tee. Also, when I have to spend weekends driving to and from Atlanta or in the library at school working on lesson plans and my portfolio, I see myself being a lot more casual than usual. I'm looking forward to fall fashion, maybe because I want to break out my cute boots and sweaters... but probably just because I hate freezing in my classroom and sweating walking to my car. I'd like the car to class transition to be a little more uniform.

Do you have favorite, go-to jeans? Or any other staple to ease the transition to fall? How about the college student/ young professional budget issue? Any tips?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

nothing like an emergency to calm your nerves....

Tomorrow is the first day of school for students. I was nervous, until tonight.

And tonight, this happened:

I spent the evening at the emergency vet with Preppy Pup. She was stung or bitten by something and the poor thing's entire face was swollen. Tried Benadryl at the vet's suggestion, didn't work. She wasn't in pain, wasn't having trouble breathing, no personality changes (seriously, she was all about playing), but her face was swelling and was just heartbreaking to look at. So, we've just returned home from the vet, after she got a steroid shot and was sent on her way, and I have to stay up to watch her for at least another hour.

Therefore, I am too tired to care about students starting tomorrow. I mean, I have them in homeroom for TWO HOURS. It's not like there are actual lessons to be taught on the first day, it's all administrative paperwork.

Plus, I love Preppy Pup waaaaay more than I'll ever like these kids. I mean, yes, they are our future and all that... but c'mon. Preppy Pup is my girl, my princess, my fur child. There's no overcoming that bond.