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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Note to Self: Watch How One Addresses Ernesto

Well - the storm came and went through our area with nary a *blip* on the wind radar. The most destruction in my area was a few leaves here and there with some rain. Other than that - nada. So, like I said yesterday - quasi relief/disappointment.

Well, having said that, in my discussions with friends up north, I decided to rename Ernesto a couple choice names. I am, after all, a seasoned Floridian (HA!). I learned never to compare a storm named Ernesto with a person with a napoleon complex or issues with a cocktail weenie (if you get my drift) as I'm perusing my headlines and see that Ernesto is about to be upgraded to a hurricane.

It appears like Ernesto might have something to prove. Inferiority complex, quite possibly!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I've Sixteen-Candled My Own Blog...

First, I forget that Shaddy's birthday is May 24. I remember this, oh, about 2 weeks ago. Yeah - bad cat owner, am I.

Today - I learn that my blog turned 1 on August 4th. Much like what was done to Sam (Molly Ringwald) in Sixteen Candles, this poor blog has now suffered..

Happy Belated Blog-iversary to Just Because... Can't believe it's been a year already - how time flies!!!

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Roomie's Quote of the Week...

Roomie's quote while walkin off with a bunch of photos including those of H. - "You Come in my room, I'll cut you".

Mind you - this is after I shredded a pic of one of my friends with one of the reporters I detest!! Oops.

What can I say - I love my shredder.. now where are those pics of Mark...

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Relief / Disappointment

Armed with my venti non-fat, iced pumpkin spice latte, this gal was ready to hunker down Orlando style, only to hear Ernesto was going to be a drizzle on the landscape. It was a sense of quasi-relief yet some sense of disappointment. Reluctantly, I went into work slightly feeling let down that I wasn't going to have the Florida version of a snow day, only consoled by the fact that it's almost September and fall is upon us.

But, in the good news horizon - Labor Day Weekend is almost here (with the requisite Monday off) and I feel the need to reorganize my closet - Michelle's partially to blame since she did a fabulous job redoing her closet and now I'm inspired. I need to put my fall clothes in the forefront and get rid of my 2 sizes too big clothing.

If only I can get as inspired about my overflow of paper and work tasks *sigh* I'm finding that I'm more inclined to pull out the procrastinator hat and sunglasses set that was distributed upon entry into college. Well, with that being said, and in light of the "drizzle" bearing down upon us, I guess that I'll pull a Scarlett O'Hara and say, "Tomorrow - I'll worry about it tomorrow!"

**Side note: It's now Tropical DEPRESSION Ernesto - how can one have Tropical AND Depression in the same sentence - like THAT make sense? **

Photo from Orlando Sentinel

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Look - Its the Great Pumpkin!!!

Great News: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned!

There is no greater sign of fall to this gal than the smell of pumpkin in the air. Starbucks has debuted a new menu with a Pumpkin Spice Latte (Iced, Venti Nonfat version please) and it's Pumpkin Frappachino. They also have pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones and pumpkin cream cheese muffins in the bakery. Of course, I find all this out AFTER I order my iced venti nonfat vanilla latte *sigh* but, in honor of Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Depression - whatever you wanna call it, Ernesto, I'm going to get a couple of these and put them in the fridge for my quasi hurricane day tomorrow (after work lets us out prior to the storm being projected to hit O-Town at 2:00 p.m.)

AND - then I find out that if you registered your card with Starbucks, they are reloading it with $5.00. That's a FREE coffee (well 2 for me since I have two registered cards) - so I am a VERY happy gal.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Why Is It...

  • Why is it, they always say "When Life Throws You Lemons - Make Lemonade". I don't like lemonade. I like ice coffee...
  • Why is it that people assume that they know what I'm talking about when, in reality, they don't have a clue?
  • Why is it that people just automatically say "Bless You" when sneezing and, when you know another one is coming shortly and you don't say the proverbial "Bless You" until the person's sneezing fit is over, they look at you like you're crazy? Doesn't it sound stupid to say bless you every five seconds when a person is sneezing 5 times in a row? It is allergy season, ya know.
  • Why is it that when a server can't seem to get your order right, said server gets upset when you correct them? Corrective criticism anyone? They are still getting a tip unless they f'd it up that badly.
  • Why is it when you tell a friend the truth that they don't want to hear, you feel guilty like you should preface everything from now on with "I'm sorry but". Since when did defending one's opinions earn one the catholic guilt?
  • Why is it that I just can't seem to realize - Costco/Saturdays = whopper of a bill AND people who can't drive their carts in the right direction. That place needs stoplights at the end of every aisle. Jeesh!
  • Why is it that I always seem to want what I can't have and never seem to see what's in front of my damn face until it's too late?
Now where's that damn ice coffee - the only thing I got up in this joint is lemonade!!

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S&TC Musings...

Carrie: Now I've laid down a gauntlet. He either has to say "I love you" back or I guess I'm going to have to break up with him.

Charlotte: Well, how long are you going to give him?

Carrie: Well, I didn't put an expiration date on the sentiment, but I figure it's got the shelf life of a dairy product. It's going to start to curdle in about a week.


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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away...

Amazing how *blah* a gal will feel if the rain is cascading down. 90% of the day today the rain has been coming down in hurricane style "feeder band" hell, but with the sun shining. I feel like when I look out the window, that the 4 horsemen of the apocolypse should be to the left or something. Needless to say, this rain is doing wonders for my attitude... *heavy on the sarcasm*

On a lighter note... It's Saturday...

And someone riddle me this, batman - when a man asks if you are "Dominant or submissive" when it comes to "dating roles", shouldn't one be a tad scared. I asked him if he had an issue he felt he needed to discuss. If he has a thing for PVC, or role playing - buddy - don't let the door hit you on the a$$ and not in a way he'd enjoy either.

And then people wonder WHY I'm single, HELLO - I live in Central Florida - Rednecks, freaks and modelizers - fun fun fun. **

** these are just MY impressions for the record - it is in no way meant to offend said rednecks, freaks or modelizers currently on the dating scene in Central Florida. I would just rather meet a recovering Northerner, ya know?**

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nine West is my kryptonite..

I'm in love, Love, LOVE with these shoes from Nine West... I got them in the most gorgeous shade of Teal and it's a marriage made in heaven... And, to make it better, I got them at 15% off thanks to a coupon from Shop, Etc. magazine... *happy happy joy joy* The platform is dyed to match the shoe...

However, much to my horror, I had a S&TC moment yesterday where this heel got caught in a small groove in the sidewalk on my travels downtown on my daily Starbucks retreat - thankfully, it is not a big scratch *sigh* but my shoes held up well. Still - great investment and I *heart* them.

NineWest is having a promotion where you spend $100.00, you'll get a coupon for $25 off a future purchase. Not like it will take alot of arm twisting for me to go visit that store. I can fully admit that I need to join Shoe Hos Anonymous!


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Marriage Made In Heaven - Maui That Is...

IMO - One of the most gorgeous places in the world is Hawaii. One of my friends got back from there recently and he was married in Maui - it was absolutely BREATHTAKING!! There is so much magic on that island, that I can't think of a better place to have a wedding. The sunsets, the sound of the luau, the lupulu…hey - I'm game. Something to think about. First, to quote one of mah girlz, I needs to find me a husband first *LOL*...

**this post is brought to you by PayPerPost. My thoughts and opinion, as always, are my own.**
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Quote That Killed Me...

As I've said before, I have some amazing friends and thank God daily for blessing me with their friendship. From Meowmix, Reese, Roomie, JZ, The Divas, Bec, MB, mah girlz here in O-Town, etc., I'm very blessed. I could write books on the fabulous qualities each one of them have. They are all unique and I adore them.

I have been so crazy busy with my dad being here in Orlando this week that I really haven't had time to do much. Well, in cleaning out the TiVo, I was watching one of my shows and the character looked at her friend and said "It's my instinct to find you when my world is falling apart. Tomorrow I'll Be Strong". That quote beyond hit home for me. It got me to thinking of my behaviors and who I turn to when everything is going utterly crazy.

Before Nicky died, I could turn to him about anything, good or bad. When he died and I about lost it, BR lent his shoulder and I've been misappropriating it for oh, about 8 years now. After hearing that quote, I got to thinking about how whenever my world is crashing, (or at least seems it to me), I turn to him. I know that with BR, I don't always have to be the strong one and he won't judge nor do I have to make any apologies for having an occasional moment of weakness. BR is logical and points it out straight and will tell me when I'm being an azz (which *ahem* I can be on occasion). He can crack a mean joke and doesn't often get emotional whereas I can get emotional about the stupidest crap sometimes. The man was even my personal trainer and wouldn't flinch a bit when I would mutter that he was an evil torture king or something. When he was a cop, he wouldn't even pull me over for speeding. When my ex threw me through a window, BR was there and ready to bounce Mark out on his butt. Through everything with A. & H., BR has stood on the sidelines, providing counsel whenever needed. When I decided to move here - BR supported my decision and is always a phone call away. Right before a hurricane, it's almost tradition to call him to chatter about what's going on considering that he has YET to fly down here and deal with one of those lovely storms. When I visit home, catching up is a breeze - its like I never left. Plus - besides Meowmix, BR is one of the best security guys in the business. If I'm in trouble, I'm glad he's got my back.

So, with that being said - I just wanted to publicly acknowledge one of my rocks - BR. I really do find him when my world is falling apart. I know with him, he will never pass judgment and always push me to achieve the best - Thanks BR ;)

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sex & The City Quote for This Week...

Carrie: Samantha is my friend. She's my family. My insides. She will be fine because she has to be fine. That's how important she is to me.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

You Know to Think Twice When...

You know you need to think twice when:
  • you call a new doctor's office to get directions to their "top secret location" and the receptionist tells you "I don't know how to tell you how to get here, I just live here"
  • on your way home you see an ambulance leaving Chik-Fil-A. Cross that place off of one's list of "acceptable fast food places in a pinch". Suddenly, cooking after a long day sounds so much better.
  • while shopping at Whole Foods you see that an onion is $2.68 a lb. Don't onions come from the ground?
  • you also see that a tuna steak at the same Whole Foods is $26.99 a lb. At Albertsons its $7.99 a lb. Both of which are frozen because you know damn well Orlando isn't near any damn fresh tuna catch of the days.
  • while driving in traffic you realize that the people here in Orlando are a bunch of displaced Northern crazy drivers.
  • that a "large vanilla" at Baskin Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts is either a 1 scoop, 2 scoop or 3 scoop. When the woman wouldn't give the counter person a defined version of "large", she blew up telling the counter person that she was the "guest" and in a cascade of F-Bombs (in front of children as well), that he had an attitude. Note to self: Thou should be nicer to the counter person - they can spit in your food. In a case of "power", they just trumped you.

Yeah - I can see why Orlando topped the list of America's Angriest Cities!

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sex & The City Quote of the Week...

Charlotte: I can't believe you're dating a politician. You're not even registered to vote!

Carrie: It's the undecideds they're really after

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Fashion Plus...

This is an open invitation for everyone to visit Fashionista +, a fashion blog devised by Reese & myself. This is a labor borne out of frustration for today's fashion choices and to maybe point some real women who have curves into a more fashionable direction.

Granted, its a work in progress, but if you like what you see, feel free to bookmark, blogroll, or visit from time to time. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

That's It... I'm SO in the wrong city..

Reese shocked the livin' daylights out of me the other day when she ever so casually "bumped" into George Clooney. Yeah - you heard me - the wench literally bumped into the man of my dreams and then commandeered him for herself, leaving me with "the other George" (as in George Eads). Well, I would love me some George Eads, however, that's not the same as George Clooney - that’s like comparing a Louis Vuitton with it's very distant knock off cousin from Canal Street in NYC, ya know. It's NOT George Clooney. You can read about her adventures here.

Then - the gal rubs salt into the wound by saying "Well - he IS shooting on the lot until mid-September." You know what - I'm so in the wrong city - imagine just walkin' around at lunch and *boom* in front of you is George Clooney. *Sigh* She sees EVERYONE around town. Let's not even discuss her "encounter" with Matthew Perry - the universe is bent on torture, IMO. All we have around here is a random boybander, Lou Pearlman and occasionally Tiger Woods - nothing swoon-like at all.

Reese - lets hope Mr. Swooney is around during Grammy time - what is the name of that steak place again that he frequents? I think the Ivy is off the list of sites to visit.

Photo courtesy of LaineyGossip.

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Show Me The Coupons...

Yes, I know - I'm one of the queens of internet shopping among my friends. However, in my favor, I rarely shop online unless I have a coupon or am getting cash back of some sort (or both if I am lucky!). Anywayz.. I was pleasantly surprised when PayPerPost offered this little jewel on the Internet Shopping Nile…

I was able to find coupons from everything to makeup to DVDs and you bet your bottom dollar that when I need to buy a new TV to replace the one in the living room that "kicked the bucket", I will stop by here before I make my final decision on which lovely online retailer (BestBuy or Circuit City) will get my $$$ (and has in-store pickup cuz you know this gal is not going to pay for shipping let alone trust UPS with something expensive - they did break my damn couch AND my coffee table - inept idiots - but that's a rant for another day).

Now - I wonder if they got a coupon for that NARS stuff.. Wait - AHHHHH.. I think I found a new friend.

*This Blog Post has been brought to you by PayPerPost. My Opinion, as always, is my own*

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

On the Hunt...

When we were in Vegas, Meowmix pointedly asked me when I decided to dress all "girly-girl". Honestly, I don't know if it was the Florida sunshine or the weight loss or what, but this gal looks good in a damn skirt. So, you can imagine my shock this weekend when I go to pull a dress out of my closet for a friend's wedding, and find it bare like Mother Hubbard's cupboard.
  • Well - there was the dress that I wore to the International Dance Music Awards a few years ago but, nah - it has to go to the dry cleaners.
  • There was my Grammy dress, but that was way too formal for this event. Not to mention, I need to have the hem resewn - my heels - the streets of LA walking to the arena - non-mixy things.
  • Well - then I had my white skirt, lace top and military jacket - looked too much like the damn JC Penny ad (cute outfit but so not for a wedding)
  • Finally -there was my new brown/black chiffon skirt that I wore in Vegas. However, the tops that go with it were way too casual.
  • We'll forget the beige circle skirt & cropped jacket - too suity for the wedding and lets not even get into the full length leather skirt I have. (However, it just dawned on me - I have a full length leather skirt with a sleeveless mock neck top that I got from Newport News 5 years ago that has *never* been worn.. hmmm.. remind me to check that for suit options this fall).
So, much to my dismay - I didn't have anything dressy that wasn't too "worky". I wound up wearing my favorite coral blazer, a pearl camisole and black pants, but still... I should have been more girly-girl. It was my friend's wedding after all.

So, if I will ever get out of my shopping funk, there are a couple dresses that I am interested in checking out - Reese is recommending Nordys and A Pretty Pear is recommending a gorgeous dress at Torrid. If y'all ever met Reese - she's got impeccable fashion taste - as I found out once when we both showed up for a trip to Philly with the same skirt in different colors. (Hey - that skirt is still in my closet - hmmm..yet another undiscovered treasure). So when she recommends something that she thinks is *so me*, much like E.F. Hutton - I'll listen.

Now if only my legs won't look so shockingly Addams Family White...

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Baby Steps, People...Baby Steps...

I'm thinking of slowly getting back to the shopping Moi that I know I can be now that my friend's wedding is over and no more shopping is required ... it's going to take some time, but I'm thinking that I might, perhaps, start with this. Now this sounds and smells heavenly. Now that I'm wearing skirts more, this might make me a tad less Casper the Friendly Flippin' Ghost and more Va-Va-Voom, if ya know what I mean.

Updates forthcoming... If anyone has tried it, please let me know your opinion. I know, I know - its a tad pricey but every makeup artist I've talked to recommends this product so, I guess, if it's *that* good, the investment might be worth it.


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PayPerPost Review

PayPerPost wanted my thoughts on their service. Granted I haven't been blogging as much recently, but that's due to my previous break. I was beyond pleasantly surprised when I logged into my email and I received my first payment.

Now, many bloggers are either for or against PayPerPost, however, I find that some of the topics that they present to be interesting, the sites fun to research and you never know what you may discover. You are able to choose what you wish to blog about, your tone and if you agree or disagree. Did I sell my soul to the devil, nah - not for this. Will it help out towards Lys' shoe fund - most definitely.

Seriously - it's a decent site and you have control. It’s your words and your thoughts, not some recycled copy from some ad exec driving a Mercedes. As I always say, this post has been brought to you by PayPerPost. However, as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

What's a Fashionista?

My mother shocked the living @*!*!@*# out of me the other day when she candidly asked, "What's a Fashionista?" My mother - the ORIGINAL fashionista - was unaware of the meaning of this label. Quick - get that woman some Ginko Biolba, stat!

Granted, my mom and I have our issues, more complex than can be explained, but one thing we always *got* was fashion. This is a woman who lived by the Vogue mantra, wore trends ahead of them breaking mainstream and shopped at The Forgotten Woman in NYC before Oprah gave it cred to her viewers. She knew how to tell a real Gucci or Louis Vuitton from a fake. She introduced me to shopping in "the city" aka Manhattan for fall and spring wardrobes. She knew the importance of quality over quantity (well, most of the time anywayz.) I don't always agree with the amounts of $$$ she would spend on this stuff, but back then to be able to tell my friends - "Sorry - I have to go to NYC to go shopping" (insert groan here) - truth be told, I loved hanging out with her and her friends as we visited Bloomies, Saks and countless stores up and down 5th Avenue.

She was one of the people I got some of my fashion mantras from (along with Ms. Kelly Ripa and Susie Pollick back in the day at DPUSA). My mom taught me the basics of looking at the mirror and making sure it fits correctly, that the shoes went with the outfit, and to always look put together. Kelly taught me the wonders of rockin' a mean stiletto and not falling, rhinestones *were* good with every outfit and Aquanet (at that time) was our friend. Susie taught me that Jewelry was *vital* (back then the bigger the better w/ earrings), the importance of cat eyes & eyeliner (for her it HAD to be blue - I however prefer more of a teal - makes the eyes pop and not as heavy nowadays) and we didn't have to look all slutty to be cute :) Oh - and to not look at the camera. I hated that damn camera. Now, there were trends I subjected myself to that I regret now - i.e. that damn bubble skirt, or when I had extensions 3 months later from cutting off all the hair only to have one of the producers go "Wow - your hair grows fast". What I wanted to tell Betsy that my hair was faker than the chicks from Sweet Sensation.

My mom's downfall is her hair. She needs to change her haircolor to a more normal shade of red and less of a tomato color. When she wears that with her red suit - talk about seeing her from a mile away. One of the most vivid memories of my mother's fashion sense, was this gorgeous buttery soft camel long leather skirt that was just too much for words. She would wear this with a tan angora and leather inset cowlneck sweater and a pair of boots. So chic and classic!! Needless to say, when I got a couple years older, during the divorce, she couldn't fit into this particular outfit and I was able to. You can bet your bottom dollar that this outfit was so timeless (well - for the 80s) that I could wear it not only around town, but also in Philly - oh how I miss that outfit. During the move it somehow disappeared.

Many lessons I carried on through the years, however adapting to the trends/classic edge. I'm more of an Audrey Hepburn style with a dash of Oprah. So when my mother asked "What a Fashionista" was, I realized that she had succumbed to that mindsucker, QVC/HSN and really was thinking that *they* knew the trends. So, for the holidays, I will be getting her a subscription to InStyle, Shop AND Lucky. She needs to realize that while she may be older, she's still fashionable. Even Lauren Hutton models the latest trends for Spiegel and they are pretty up on the times. They really don't cater to the same markets that QVC & HSN do. Now don't get me wrong - home shopping - hey whatever works. However, do NOT believe those hosts when they tell you that "Ponchos are in for fall". Hon, they have been out for about 2 seasons - get thee to Devil Wears Prada - STAT!

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

This Week's S&TC Wisdom...

Carrie: When you're young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun, then you grow up and learn to be cautious; you could break a bone, or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don't leap at all because there's not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there is no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?


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Highly recommend this recipe - even Roomie gives her approval!

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

I Succumbed...

And with a 20% off coupon at FatWallet not to mention cash back, I purchased my first Cuisinart for only $23.00. Granted it's a "Mini Chopper" but hell - it's a way to start, right? As I've decided to get the "big girl version" when I buy the house, I figured this could help me cook a bit more at home...

Lately, I've been getting home from work and, upon arrival, I just don't feel like doin' squat. I guess most of that is from dealing with the emotional heave-ho I'm facing, but still. So, I decided that it was time to invest in a little somethin' that relaxes me. Cooking is one of those things I love doing. Don't know why I started playing Iron Chef - I just have. Over the past month or so, I have noticed that I'm more likely to grab take-out on the way home and my wallet is screaming for mercy. I'm a tad "empty pocketed" this month playing bill catch up, and I think I'm going to have to tighten the belt (both literally AND figuratively.)

So, with that being said, this gal is going to make a vow here on this blog to eat out only 2 x a week (either lunch or dinner) and cook or bring in lunch the rest. I'm even planning my meals ahead of time - now THAT is a shocker.

My Starbucks runs, however, stay the same. If I'm taking that 20 minute walk 3 x a week - I figure those 20 minutes of me clearing my head and taking a break midday is well worth the $4.10 investment for my Nonfat Iced Venti Caramel Macchiato. Much like the mastercard commercial, that time out of the office is priceless.

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