Friday, August 15, 2014

second hand and consignment

i have fallen head over heels in love... with that polka-dot box has my heart... 

conchord is pleased with it as well... his new favorite box, actually.

i digress.

they have super nice, designer stuff that someone wore once, then proceeded to keep in their closet for four years because it was too nice to give to goodwill (guilty, sorry goodwill). they give you money for these things!

they mail you a generously sized return bag to stuff full of goodies you don't want any more. they pay for shipping both ways. once they get all your stuff, they go through and give you money for your items based on quality and resale value, etc. you can look up what your stuff is probably worth ahead of time on their clothing calculator and you can opt for item insurance: if they don't accept or don't offer you enough for an item, they'll send it back if you've prepaid for the return shipping. otherwise, anything they don't accept goes to charity. then, you use your money to buy things you'll actually wear for less than a steal! or you can ask them to send you cash. very few items require consignment, but otherwise, all your stuff instantly turns into credit/money; no waiting for it to sell; start shopping immediately! the only total bummer being no men's clothes, and i haven't found a similar site for them. hopefully they'll add menswear to their site soon. they didn't start out with kids, so maybe.

i recently went on a shopping spree, getting a whole new wardrobe of fall sweaters, mostly banana republic, and only spent one hundred dollars... ! ONE of their fancy schmancy sweaters is usually that much and i got all of them! ...the original amount i paid was one hundred and thirteen and change, but they "found a tiny flaw (small stain)" in one of the sweaters i bought while packing it so they gave it to me FOR FREE! i couldn't figure out which one, that's how tiny the "flaw" is. 

i recently ran into a similar website geared toward back to school for kids (thanks, casey). is brilliant; kids grow fast and schools need financial help.... so duh. the difference is, the money you'd get for the clothes and part of the price you're paying for the clothes you buy goes to school music programs, but you can choose which school, score! ...and nice kids clothes at less than a steal! all those fancy limited too (justice now, i think) clothes i wanted as a kid, at a quarter of the price. Through August 20th you can get 20% off your entire purchase with code ‘BackToSchoola20′ and you can always request your free donation bag with no purchase necessary.

happy shopping!

p.s. this post is way not sponsored, as usual; i wish. ;-)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

the dust has settled

...for the most part. i got myself to yoga and back without the gps, so... practically native now. i'm at a weird cross roads with "the five". apparently, "the" ___ freeway only happens in california and everyone else thinks it's strange. do i stick to my roots and carry on, letting people know pretty quickly that i'm originally from los angeles, or do i embrace my new home and make an effort to use "eye five"? HALP! i'm having an identity crisis! votes below *wink*

we decided to stay in our current apartment when our lease was out and signed another year, which was a load off. it's nice to be out of a lease, but then you have to justify the few months paying extra for month to month by moving soon. *cue thunder and quick pan up to barf face* no, just no. now that we're staying we get to put more holes in the wall, ftw! we'd crammed everything into a forty-five dollar per month storage unit in the basement of our building because we planned to move out in spring. i've started work on breaking that stuff out and making places for it in our apartment. there's some prime real estate over the dresser i want to puncture and put up shelves.

(that whole wall is naked!)

not sure if i want to go industrial with some adjustable metal shelves

or keep it classy with some lack seamless shelves
adding shelves will allow me to have my out of season wear in the house without having it in the way of the current season's clothing... cuz we have seasons up here, you know. and no, not just rain, cold rain, more rain, then hot sticky rain, GOSH!

conchord turned four on the arbitrary, yet awesome, birthday i gave him to help me remember better than whateverthefuck date we actually got him (i was in a very bad place at the time and not paying much attention to dates). since the shelter said "he's probably about four" in january, i decided he was born august nine of two-thousand and ten. 

found out i'm finally going to have a nephew! seven nieces and one nephew, shenaniganz. in congratulations, i sent my sister some peepee tee-pees.

anyone who's been around a baby boy knows what's up. for the diaper change neophyte, most baby boys squirt pretty epically when you remove their diaper for changing. all over the changer, the changing area,  the wall, sometimes the ceiling; it's a mess. something about the fresh breeze on their mini junk makes it feel all nice and they just let loose. 

i'm up to twelve miles on the long runs in preparation for beating the blerch... NEXT MONTH! i'm not worried. the training plan has been great and i'll be doing fourteen miles twice before the race to make sure thirteen point one won't ruin my fun (oh dear, unintended rhyme; leaving it!) on race day.

since this post is turning into a number off, here's another! my wedding ring is up for sale (link with sale deets here). i don't have any urge or financial reason to sell it; simply not wearing it enough to justify such an expensive piece in my armoire. i love it a ton and wear it in rotation with other rings, but don't really "need" it, and it's worth some serious coin, so why not put it out there and see what happens. in the mean time, i can still wear it as often as i have been, no bigs. 

we are absolutely in love with bikram yoga and have made plans to do the thirty day challenge after we beat the blerch. thirty days of bikram yoga, in a row! (see also: suicide by drowning in sweat) it's so fabulous that j loves it too! he was hesitant at first, but fell in love with the twenty-six sweaty poses and we have such a great practice going. though i have started to miss my pilates something fierce. i've decided not to go for (and put in all the time training for) a full marathon. thirteen miles is plenty far and i plan to keep the long run of at least ten miles on weekends tradition going, but during the week i want to do more yoga, more pilates, and we've been dying to take tango lessons! j got into tango a few years back and got me all excited about going with him. i've always wanted to dance; tis why i sprung for the choreographed dances at the wedding... maybe that's what got me interested in pilates (the unofficial physical therapy/cross training for dancers), lol, reflections. anywhozle, getting deeper into yoga now will hopefully help keep the gloomies at bay come winter. i've got my light at work and my yoga. gotta line up the shrink and get the hormones in check next. i have twoish more months till it's grey time all the time; gotta get my ass in gear!

Friday, July 11, 2014

seven eleven

don't forget to exploit corporate america on the few days a year they try to win our affections with freebies.

Friday, July 4, 2014

'muhrica burffday

you want me to celebrate what? the united states? ...

go fuck yourself 'muhrica.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


let's go in chron order:

i did a warby parker home try-on. i loved the process and liked the glasses (everyone voted for pair number four), but i ended up deciding the glasses i had were sufficient for backup to my contacts, so i didn't get any even though they're super affordable and cute. i recommend at least the try-on.

let it be known that conchord loves harvey birdman... and that this was the last thing ever watched on this television. the next morning, the tv shut itself off and sent us a distress signal with its little red light indicating that it was borked. craigslist to the rescue!

it works! forty dollars and about two hundred pounds later, we have a forty inch plasma monitor from THE YEAR 2000 to hold us over for the three times a week we're looking at a tv instead of sweating somewhere outside or in a bikram studio. oh yeah, and we're back to bikram for cross-training purposes. 

i turned twenty-seven on memorial day. birthday morning waffles are excellent for face-hole stimulation, not so much for birthday candle holding. 

the hlp came up to portland to surprise me in cahoots with j and had a fun trip to a beach house for us. it was a wonderful and relaxing weekend and i got to run with my two favorite people on the beach. epic and blissful. she's the best!

i call it "catemplations". too fuzzy wuzzy! caption contest?

summer is coming!!!! my new favorite breakfast = rice cake with s&p avocado on top, s&p tomato on the side. omnomnomnomnom.

cats are awesome at life. sun naps on the couch are the answer to most problems.

and last, but certainly not least, my big sister married her prince in lake tahoe over the weekend. it was gorgeous and super sweet. we drove the 560 or so miles through some back roads highways and national parks. it was long, but pretty. we had a great time visiting my family and meeting a few cousins for the first time. father's day was fun, especially because my father was there to hug and stuff. i got to congratulate the high-school grad in person. i can't believe my baby niece is already on her way to nursing school. and now i have two new nieces/nephews due in december. each sister measuring only two weeks apart, lolz... like some kind of sitcom. 

what have you been up to?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

efficient hair

i had all my hair chopped off because i'm lazy. long hair isn't cute when you're lazy. it's all scraggly and easily tangled and limp. now it's bouncy and full and happy. i use way less wen and way less time in the morning, ftw! it's not as perfectly coiffed as the stylist would like it, but 

close enough.
also, only mascara and tinted lip balm (and instagram filter). not bad.

the best part about this hair is the wash and go aspect as well. i can throw little twists on the sides with bobby pins and let my natural curls do the rest. my hair isn't "curly" per se, but i have something between a ringlet and a beach wave going on that looks passable. though, this blow dry took four minutes, so...

just something i've been up to; thought i'd share.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

national running day

i'll be going to yoga tonight, actually, but had a nice run last night in early celebration. from the beginning of training for this blerch half marathon, i've been doing interval running, but last night was only a three mile deal, so i went for the non-stop to see how i've progressed. i felt great and got to see my fancy watch all happy about new records. it was adorable. 

one big thing i've learned so far in my training to be an actual runner with goals and shit, is compression socks are AMAZEBALLZ!!! 

sunday was the longest long run i've had to date, seven miles is nothing to sneeze at, and i had the most fabulous run of my life even though my ipod died. it was a gorgeous day with a beautiful breeze in the perfect amount of sunshine; the birds were chirping and i had sunscreen on. it was really picturesque. i felt great through all seven miles and i have my compression socks to thank. they really made a huge difference as far as i can tell and i will be running with them at least for my long runs from now on. i haven't been running long enough to tell you what about them felt better other than i felt stronger and wasn't suffering as much. also, i wore my usual toesox underneath and felt like that helped with my blistering issues as well. so there.

the best part? pro compression is having a runner's day sale that extends to june fifteen!

fifty percent off when you buy two or more with the code "june". i'm just getting started in the compression sock game, so i can't say for certain they're the end all be all, but other runner's i like to read about are absolutely ga-ga over these socks; and they're cute. so there.