Archive for January, 2011

January 29, 2011

Brunch Brunch, Baby.

Ummm………. YUM!

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Two lovely ladies came over to my apartment and made brunch with me. Poached eggs, pancakes with whipped cream and homemade fruit syrup, fruit salad and girl talk. Yes, please.

January 26, 2011

Snowglobe

I’m living in a snowglobe! Who knew?

This is the first time all day that I’ve been able to see more than just a white blur outside of my window!  Dear Winter in New England, I’m ready for you to go. Thanks 🙂

January 23, 2011

Oddball American

I would never expect myself to feel out of place as an American in America. Or as a Connecticut-ian (Connecticut-ite?) in Connecticut. But, last night- I did. And not in a bad way.

I went to a party that my neighbor was throwing on the 6th floor of my apartment building. It’s new for me to be going anywhere “single” so I was pretty anxious- not to mention that while reading the invitation, every other e-mail address ended in @yale.edu Not that I don’t think I’m smart or personable- but Yalies? Oh boy, I may be out of my league here.

Let me just say, I am so pleased that I went. Never before have I been with such a diverse, but lovely, group of people. Just as taste of the countries that were represented last night: England, Ireland, France, Africa, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Turkey and Scotland. There were fifteen of us. I was one of four Americans and the only native of Connecticut.

It was a blast sharing stories of cultural differences and oddities over the ever bonding wine and whiskey. I found that I have a pretty spot on British accent. I learned that if you’re going to visit Ireland, the LAST place you want to visit is Dublin. I discovered that in Europe, aside from meal portions being about half the size as those in America, “doggy bagging it” is not commonplace.

But what really made me smile was the realization of how innately similar we all are. How we’re all driven by the same happiness and love and smiles and laughter.

Look at me! Branching out! Making new friends! Learning new things. I rock.

January 21, 2011

Sh*t

Sorry have been MIA the past few days! Been a busy, busy bee at work. That’s a good thing, right? I should be grateful- and I am. I am grateful for so many things. A lot of crappy stuff has happened to me in the past three months or so. A friend of mine said “Jess, you’re a really tough girl.” This is true, but I think moreso than being tough- I am appreciative. Yeah, shitty shit happens. A lot of it. But throughout the bad times, and in these three months of what seemed like “one bad thing after the other”, there has been a lot of joy and smiles. It’s easy to just be angry with the world when things go wrong but, “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” as Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently states. So instead of being angry or sad or beaten down, I will take the good from the bad, See the light in the dark and find my joy in every day.

I hope the same for you all. Blog ya soon.

January 18, 2011

Blankets of Happiness

Like, literal blankets.

Going through my apartment I noticed that aside from my bed, I have a whopping six throw blankets scattered over chairs, draped in baskets and folded onto ottomans. I like to think that this is a direct respresentation of who I am as a person. I’m cozy. I thrive on cozy. I live cozy. First of all, my apartment is 450 square feet- including a kitchen, dining area, bed/couch, three chairs, two ottomans, dresser, washer/dryer, walk-in closet and bathroom. Cramped to you? Blissful to me.

My home is my retreat and I would want anyone who comes into my home to feel the same way. Every seating area (aside from the dining table) comes adorned with a blanket. I want you to come into my home, sit down, snuggle up with a blanket, drink a cup of tea or have a glass of wine and feel at home.

Who cares if it’s New England Winter, 12 degrees out with snow banks up to my knees? No matter what it’s like outside and no matter what my day has been like prior to walking through my apartment door, I know that once I sit down and cover myself with a blanket – everything will be OK.

January 16, 2011

25 Things Before Twenty Five

Part of my ending things in my old relationship and moving out on my own was to discover and grow within myself.  Yes, I want an “Eat, Pray, Love” experience a la Elizabeth Gilbert.  I’m so excited to have the world at my fingertips right now and the freedom (not to mention the time!) to dream and accomplish anything I want.

After seeing Nicole from Making It Lovely complete nearly all of her “30 before Thirty” list in just about six months, I decided to create a “25 Before Twenty Five”  list.  Why 25?  Well, twenty five seems to be the next milestone birthday. Who cares about what I’ve accomplished by the time I’m twenty three? (kidding) But seriously, I will turn 25 years old on May 9th, 2014. That is, if we make it past December 21, 2012 (damn Mayans).  That gives me about three and a half years to do the list. Seems like an awesomely long amount of time, right?  Well, I have a feeling some of my goals are going to take a little while to accomplish.

I already know a few things I want to do, like skydive and become a certified yoga instructor, but I still have a long way to 25 things. So, check back here to see not only the progress of my list compilation, but also to see what and when things get crossed off!

January 15, 2011

“Peapod vs. Conventional Grocery Shopping”

This post could also be titled “The Lazy Man’s Way of Acquiring Groceries vs. The Antiquated Loading Up of Your Actual (Not Virutal) Shopping Cart”, but that’s a little long winded though, don’t you think?

So, after I saw my lovely neighbor get her groceries delivered and brought right into her apartment (20 floors up! no lugging bags!), I decided to give Peapod a whirl.  My first order came today and while I was pleased to see all my produce was fresh, all my frozens were still frozen and my coupons were indeed accepted, there were still a few sanfus that made me miss conventional grocery shopping. So will I use Peapod again? I’m still debating.

Let’s do a Pros and Cons list!

Pros of Peapod

-No waiting in line
-Delivered right to door
-Awareness of spending and
can edit before purchase
-After placing order can continue
to add new products as I think of
them
-Makes it easy to meal plan and see
meal combinations
-There’s a mobile app to edit my list
with
-Stops me from impulse buying
-Saves on gas
-Don’t have to lug groceries up 20 flights
-Don’t have to load up my car in inclement
weather

Cons of Peapod

-Shipping charge
-Encourages laziness
-Not everything available
online (ex: my local eggs),
so I will still need to go to store.
-Have to put shipping into my budget
which may equal less food
-Can’t use my reusable shopping bags;
lots of plastic bags used.

Peapod has a lot more pros that I intially thought. If I utilize it correctly, Peapod could actually be a very helpful service in more ways than just allowing me to be a lazy bum and not walk up and down aisles. I can meal plan, keep track of my spending, not impulse buy, save myself more time for other things (like working out!) and overall have a more efficient method of purchasing and preparing meals. I will, however, still need to go and pick up my eggs and other randoms as needed, but I think I’ll be able to deal.  Now, if only I could get my hands on some free shipping codes…

January 15, 2011

“RIP Samantha Jean”

It’s super hard to make this post… but it has to be done. My cat, Samantha, has been living at my ex’s since I moved out in December. Prior to my leaving, she was obviously not herself and not the regular happy, energetic kitty she usually was. My ex took her to the vet and they kept not finding anything. Eventually she wasn’t eating enough or getting enough nutrients into her body causing her liver to fail and she passed in the wee hours of this morning (around 4am). I am absolutely devestated but very relieved at the thought of her no longer being in pain. Here, I just want to take a minute to remember my baby kitten. She was really a best friend to me while my ex was deployed. Like a dog, she waited at the door for me to come home from work, then licked my faced excitedly when I picked her up. She was my spooning partner in bed and gave me massages while cuddling on the couch. She had more energy and spunk than any other cat I’ve ever met. Although her time here was short, she was so loved and brought me an immense amount of joy.

Thank you, Samantha, for getting me through this year.  I love you with all my heart and soul. Say hi to Boomer and Hugo.

January 14, 2011

“Wishlist”

After yesterday’s “Etsy Porn” post, I found myself wanting to share a million other Etsy finds! In order to make this blog more about my life and less about Etsy, I’ve decided to create a page for my ever growing “Wishlist“.  Here, I will selfishly post all the things I’m currently drooling after for my apartment, my wardrobe and more. This way, 99% of my blogs won’t be about everything I want to buy, because 99% of the time, I’m looking online for things to buy… I need therapy.

January 13, 2011

“Etsy Porn”

I have a feeling this is going to be a regularly occuring type of post. I love etsy. It’s one of those websites that I could (and do) get lost in for hours upon hours. Sadly, when I get jolted back into reality there’s a puddle of drool and an empty wallet next to me. Self control, Jessica, self control.

Feast your eyes upon this little baby.

I mean, seriously. I’ve been struggling to figure out a cute way to have tissues available to my guests- especially during cold/flu season and especially with the two feet of snow we just got hit with. Problem solved!  He’s a freaking whale…and he has my heart. He’s from this adorable shop on Etsy. I love supporting small businesses, anything made in the USA and anything really stinkin’ cute.  Swoon.

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