1.26.2009

in love with


YOGURT. Seriously, my fridge looks like a Yoplait commercial.



The Keurig single cup coffee maker. 



Annie's Bunny Grahams. 

I'm so sick of winter and having to layer.

1.23.2009

see you later, alligator

This winter has been brutal and my skin has totally been like reptilia. Bad news. So I've been doing an extreme moisturizing routine about every five minutes.

My life = + +


Also, It has been 12 days since I've had soda and I feel like a new woman.

Also, Pete Wentz sucks.


Also, Joel is coming today! We are going to go to my favorite pizza place Calabria's in Cranford where they have the most delicious garlicky pizza ever. And then we are going suit shopping! I couldn't be happier to see my man, two weeks is torture without him.

1.20.2009

Swimsuits?










Uhh, why must I torture myself with this in January? Victoria's Secret bathing suits are so expensive. I have some very serious exercising/saving to do in the months ahead.








Edit:


Scratch that. I need every single swimsuit from this website:


http://www.mybabyjo.com/swimwear.htm



OH MY GOD, I can not handle the cuteness.

obama!


Aw!


Super stoked to have a new and liberal President. Here's hoping that the next eight years will be more successful and peaceful than the last!

In other incredibly less important or historical news, today is day nine of my life without soda. Fight the power!

Gorge




This dress is wonderful.

1.19.2009

I love this tee shirt.


Weather Rant:



What is going on with this weather? As far as I can remember, it never snows this much over the winter in NJ. It seems like it has been nonstop snow and bad weather conditions this whole winter. I just drove home from meeting my dad for lunch in a veritable blizzard. Having 2-wheel drive sucks. Also, it sucks when no one has plowed the roads or salted them or done ANYTHING and you have to drive half the speed limit and you still feel like you are going to fly off the road and smash into a tree. Terrifying. I can't stand the snow.

Jean Rant:



I got these dark wash Erin skinny jeans from Abercrombie for Christmas. In the medium wash, they are the only jeans that actually fit me really well. But in the dark wash, they are totally more snug and every time I wear them, they turn my legs and hands splotchy blue - not to mention they stain the bottom of the white tee shirts I have worn with them. AND I'VE ALREADY WASHED THEM TWICE. This enrages me.

Movie Rant:

Fuck you, Blockbuster. How dare you charge me $5.34 for A History of Violence, which isn't even a new release. I need to get Netflix.

So tonight, I am going to watch my ridiculously expensive DVD rental and probably paint my nails fire engine red, because I have decided that that is my new favorite color.

I miss you, Joel. :(

1.16.2009

You're like an Indian summer in the middle of winter, like a hard candy with a surprise center.

1.15.2009

101.9 RXP

You get me through my work commute.

http://www.1019rxp.com/

Also, I love this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1pITR1RjCI

The Bank

So yesterday, I realized that the Public Relations Director looks and dresses like Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors, except with a bit more class:


And one of the lenders is totally Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, minus the leather.


And this afternoon, an older man came in with the most ridiculous hair or toupee ever.
Like Uncle Phil's toupee in that one episode of The Fresh Prince, only worse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5dwo1MTQSQ

Also, I hate papercuts.

1.14.2009

Daily Rants and Raves, Part I?

C'est trop froid pour moi aujourd'hui. Way too cold.


So last night, I subjected myself to Rock of Love Bus out of pure boredom. I have a sick problem with "reality" television. I love it. Really. Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, I Love New York, Real Chance of Love (I KNOW), Celebrity Rehab, The Hills and last year I even got obsessed with The Real World: Hollywood. I actually watched the Real Chance of Love finale TWICE this week - and that shit was 90 minutes long. And I got SO into it. I am clearly very ill. But even Rock of Love Bus was too much for me. Too much makeup, WAY too many breast implants, too much fake hair (sad how Bret Michael probably wears more fake hair than the contestants), just way too much. It was gross. I couldn't even sit through an entire episode.


On the subject of Bret Michael's "hair," which my friend Shannon is convinced is a complex contraption connected to his bandana, I recently found this and it made my day:



20 Years of hair-raising terror, for real.



This is the sexiest picture I have ever seen in my life. The flaxen locks, the nautical star man tank top - and his facial hair looks it was expertly shaped from a merkin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkin)




Totally different subject: Dunkin Donuts



Dunkin Donuts, your coffee tastes like fucking Sanka instant coffee, which is basically coffee-flavored water.





Fuck you, Sanka!



This morning, however, I got a nonfat latte from you and it was DELICIOUS!





Dunkin Donuts Latte Lite, you rule!


And apparently they're doing this new deal where if you buy a large beverage, you get a donut for free! Which would be awesome if I didn't decide to start eating healthy again this week. Darn.


Did anyone notice over the holidays how Dunkin Donuts cups said "HAPPY HOLIDDAYS" on them? Like Happy Holidunkindonutsdays, but all I could think of was D-Day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and don't forget about the Invasion of Normandy! I guess I really AM a history student at heart.


God, my job is boring.

1.13.2009

Batman Forever



This soundtrack is so good. I remember listening to this CD constantly after my dad bought it for me way back in the day (when Nicole Kidman was botox-free and probably married to Tom Cruise) and I found it about a year ago in my bedside dresser. Unfortunately, it is scratched to shit and only half the songs play in my car, but this is probably my favorite movie soundtrack of all time. Seriously though, fuck Jim Carrey. I can't stand him.
1. U2: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (HATE U2, but I actually like this song.)
2. PJ Harvey: One Time Too Many (SO GOOD.)
3. Brandy: Where Are You Now?
4. Seal: Kiss From A Rose
5. Massive Attack w/ Tracey Thorn: The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (originally done by Smokey Robinson, according to Wikipedia, and I've heard another version by the Marvelettes but this version is really unique and amazing.)
6. Eddi Reader: Nobody Lives Without Love (Okay, this song kind of sucks.)
7. Mazzy Star: Tell Me Now
8. The Offspring: Smash it Up (The Damned cover)
9. Nick Cave: There is a Light (Just skip this one.)
10. Method Man: The Riddler
11. Michael Hutchence: The Passenger (Iggy Pop cover)
12. Devlins: Crossing the River
13. Sunny Day Real Estate: 8
14. The Flaming Lips: Bad Days (So good!)
On a completely different note, I'm trying not to drink diet soda and it is HARD AS HELL because that shit is my fave bev.

1.12.2009

By the power of Grayskull!



I have a He-Man haircut.


No, REALLY. I do.



I have the power, BITCH!

Pudding Post

Love: Jell-O 100 Calorie Packs Pudding

It actually tastes like real chocolate pudding! And it's fat-free!



Hate: Jell-O Sugar-Free Pudding




So, it has 40 less calories than the aforementioned pudding and it is just as creamy and delicious - until you swallow and are met with a heinous and powerful articificial sweetener aftertaste. Now, I love Splenda just as much as the next girl, but TRUST ME. This is not an enjoyable taste.

Dear Envelope Moistener and Adhesive,
I love you. Thank you for sealing my envelopes with ease, thus sparing me from the nasty taste of envelope and the terrifying probability of getting a paper cut on my tongue. You are my favorite office supply. Don't tell Post-it Page Markers.
- Alex






Beginnings

No one will read this aside from myself and possibly my boyfriend and cousin. That's all right - it's mostly for my own entertainment anyways. It's 2009 as of twelve days ago and I've already broken my resolution as of, well, twelve days ago. Flossing my teeth every day seemed like a relatively easy goal to attain - I was wrong. I hate it. It is inconceivable pain and suffering and results in my mouth looking like I just lost a fightfight. So there's one thing I hate. But, recently I've been loving a great many things. Here are some of them, in no particular order.



1. Rest Stops


Honestly, where else do they have gigantic Big Boy statues and tacky state-themed souvenirs? I love it. Okay, so maybe the food is completely disgusting and insanely overpriced, but still my love for rest stops is eternal. When Joel and I were driving back from Rockville, we stopped at one and our eyes lit up with joy for the gigantic Big Boy statue in front of us. Unfortch, the restaurant was closed. Bummer, right? No biggie - no pun intended - I got two really cute Maine and New Jersey magnets.


2. The Doo-wop Singers from 'Little Shop of Horrors'



I fucking love everything about this movie. One of my favorite aspects is these hot bitches. Their outfits are fantastic.


3. Mikhail Bulgakov

Currently my favorite author. I fell in love after I read The Master and Margarita and I've since read two of his other works: One of these was Heart of a Dog, about a crazy experimental scientist who takes a freshly dead man's testicles and pituitary gland in the body of a live dog. Madness ensues, naturally. The other, which I read last night on my Megabus bus ride back from Boston (one of the things I hate) is called The Fatal Eggs and is about, yet again, a crazy scientist who discovers the ray of life - the press and Communist government go wild over the discovery and use the ray on a batch of what they think are hens' eggs, in hopes of raising the chicken population of Russia, but as the title suggest, things go horribly wrong. Bulgakov wrote during Stalin's reign in the Soviet Union, but was a counter-revolutionary. His works are often very satirical and critique Soviet Communism so when they were published in Russia (which many of his works weren't, until long after he died) they were heavily censored. His unique brand of writing combines political satire, laugh-out-loud humor, Russian culture and fanciful science fiction is unlike any other writer I've come across. Definitely a must-read. Next on my list are his two plays, Fight and Bliss.


4. 'O Brother Where Art Thou'



I'm pretty sure I hated Homer's Odyssey when I had to read it in high school, but I love this film. I found it for six bucks this weekend at a store called CeX in Downtown Crossing in Boston, where you can buy and sell used DVD's, music and video games. They have an INSANE collection.


5. 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'



Only thing I didn't like about this movie was Jonah Hill's character. And not enough full-frontal penis shots! Just kidding - four was plenty.


6. Bag Balm


There are few things I love more in this world than Bag Balm. My family has been using it religiously for generations, for chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, burns, you name it - Bag Balm is the ultimate cure-all. Maybe the appearance (thick, mucuousy yellow goop) and the strong smell are undesirable, but this product is a Godsend, especially in the winter when wind and cold weather makes your skin feel like a crocodile.


7. http://www.dlisted.com/

Absolutely hilarious and ridiculous celebrity gossip. I've been a daily reader for about two years now. My boyfriend Joel says that I have "Celebrity Worship Syndrome." I disagree - I'd say that I have "Compulsive Celebrity Gossip Website Reading Syndrome."


8. Jeffrey Campbell's "The Taking Names Boots"


Love these shoes.


9. Bagel Rising

The most delicious bagels I have ever tasted - bar none. Only located in Boston, but definitely worth the trip if you are in town.


10. The Boston Book Company - http://www.rarebook.com/

Great selection of used and rare books on all subject matters. I found a huge book of primary sources on Modern European History and an old, huge, illustrated hardcover copy of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, for only three dollars each!


11. Berets

I love them in every color, shape and size.


12. Sarah Haskin's "Target Women" -
http://current.com/search/0.htm?s=on&v=on&r=off&q=target+women&x=16&y=8



As described by current.tv, "Target Women is a recurring segment on Current TV's weekly television show, infoMania. In each episode of Target Women, Sarah Haskins takes a look at the often-ridiculous way the media reaches out to women." She is absolutely hilarious. This clip is my personal favorite, so far:
http://current.com/items/89365020/target_women_number_two.htm


13. Post-It Page Markers




How I survived my first two years of college without these, I will never know.



14. Good 'n Plenty


I only know two people who share my love for the deliciousness that is Good 'n Plenty, or black licorice in general: my dad and my boyfriend. Everyone else is clearly a fool.

For now, I'll leave it at that.