I will be going to my parents house Thursday morning to eat a giant "Holiday Breakfast Casserole" and drink mimosas with my parents and brothers (who are home from NYC). Then I will go home and take a nap/make rum punch (not at the same time) while my boyfriend goes out and buys a case of wine (our dinner contribution). Thursday night we'll have "fancy" dinner with my extended family and Friday we'll go over to his parents' (probably in our PJs) and gorge on leftovers. Friday night we will go to the bars with all of our brothers. I will be the only girl with my boyfriend, his two brothers and my two brothers. Hopefully my brother's fiancee will bring her sister so I can have some lady time, but she has family in from out of town so I don't know! No matter what it will be FUN because I'm the only kid in town so it's always great when my brothers are home! I'm hoping to spend very little $$ - my boyfriend, his brothers and my brothers are all extremely gentlemanly so I hardly ever have to pay for anything when they're around. I am a lucky lady (and so is my brother's fiancee!)
@Allison Yeah, I am not afraid of asking someone to be more quiet on the phone my 7am commute to work. I just don't want to hear about your legal, money, boyfriend or health problems on my 30 minute bus ride to work and I DEFINITELY don't want to hear about them for an eight-hour plane ride. this is the worst thing I've heard all week!
@scn231 ugh I did not know that about Laura Mercier and it makes me so sad because I love her baked eye shadows! However, I always assumed her tinted moisturizer is the best because all the magazines told me that, but I switched to Dr. Jart BB and my skin looks so much better! THANKS MAGAZINES
@fabel I'm firmly in the I <3 Sephora's generous samples policy camp! Going on vacation? Need a little bit of foundation/moisturizer/perfume? Go to Sephora and pretend you want to try it out! They always give you like a week's worth of product in a nice little jar that's perfect for traveling.
I make lots and lots of stew/soup. Mostly vegetarian... The base is always some kind of canned tomato (crushed, chopped, puree depending on what texture I want) and chicken broth. Sometimes I add canned pumpkin if I want it to be really thick. After that it's pretty much a free-for-all based on whatever is on sale at the grocery. A bunch of almost-wilted veggies ( sometimes roasted, sometimes just chopped up and dumped into the broth) and a grain (quinoa, barley, brown rice). If I'm feeling fancy, I'll add chicken or chorizo or something. The biggest difference is the spices - chili spices, indian spices, whatever I'm in the mood for. It's super quick to throw together and it's hard to mess up - it's all just whatever you like! Plus it freezes really well and is healthy. I usually make two of these at the beginning of the week and it's enough for my boyfriend to eat all week (having two choices makes it more likely that we'll pack instead of buying).
@gyip oh man I swear the lighting in Sephora makes you look as terrible as possible so you'll buy more! I always feel like I look great (for me) when I leave the house and then the second I walk into Sephora it's Grease City with zits that have seemingly popped up in the 10-minute drive to the mall...
@cawcawphony UGH I'M SORRY THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING. I tried to get my due date changed to the last day of the month instead of the 20th (what??? the 20th?? This does not work with my paycheck schedule.) and the same thing happened. My dad even WORKS for a company that issues student loans and told me it would work yet... no.
@andnowlights Thanks for the crossed fingers! I'm really nervous because I'm not very good at asking for things! People keep telling me they've gotten discounts, and I never would have even thought to ask. I've been putting it off for about a month and the bill is due on the 30th! I was super blindsided by the bill - I had some health problems a few years ago and have to get yearly blood work/labs. I've been lucky to be on my parents AWESOME insurance up until about six months ago and never realized how good their insurance really was until I went to an appointment on my own insurance. I definitely was not expecting $1,000ish for a few blood tests! Fortunately this should be my last one?
My 1 thing was to go get a haircut. Instead I may have gotten impatient and buzzed it off last night in the shower with my boyfriend's clippers. It was already short but now it is SHORT. I've gotten all positive reviews, though - except for my boss who has said nothing but keeps staring at the top of my head whenever she talks to me. My new 1 thing is to call my doctor's office and find out if I can get any sort of discount if I pay my entire $1,000ish bill at one time... I'm hoping they'll be generous since it's almost Holiday Season.
ughhhh we went through this over the summer! I never thought it would be so hard to find a reasonably priced not disgusting 2-bedroom apartment in my medium-sized midwestern city.