Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Do you want it now or later?

Abby and I are thinking about creating a Break-Up Blog, where we'll share horrible/hilarious stories about the end of relationships. We're not sure yet how this will go, but the other day I made this video about one of my sister's relationships.

During her freshman year of college, L dated this really really cute guy for like two weeks. Really the only thing she liked about him was the fact that he was really really ridiculously good-looking. Since they were barely dating, and she didn't really like him that much, she wasn't upset at all that they hadn't made Valentine's Day plans. Well... surprise!


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Betty

Ok, it took me a while to get to talking about my costume, but I have a good excuse. I had bronchitis, so I spent most of Monday and Tuesday lying on my couch, and the rest of the week working.

My favorite part of the costume is how much of it I already had on hand.

Starting at the top: The wig. A few years ago my cousin Morgan went as a very convincing Marilyn Monroe, and this is the wig from that costume. The earrings and necklace are both pieces of costume jewelry from my grandmother, but they don't go to the same set. The necklace didn't have any earrings to match, and the necklace that actually goes with those earrings was too showy for a house dress. It is a fabulous necklace though, and I hope I have an excuse to wear it at some point in the future. My cousin Jaccie rescued both sets of jewelry from our garage sale over the summer, with the intention of being Wilma Flinstone for Halloween. She ended up being a crayon, which left the jewelry up for grabs.

The sweater is new, but it wasn't purchased specifically for this costume. I picked it up off the clearance rack at Target because my office at work is like the inside of an icebox year-round. The dress needed a sweater, because it's sleeveless and it was a bit chilly on Halloween, and that pink just matched the flowers on the dress so perfectly.

Speaking of the dress, my mom picked it up at a garage sale over the summer. My sister had expressed some interest in being Lucille Ball for Halloween, and my mom found a couple dresses at this old woman's sale. She bough a white dress with black polka dots, this brown and pink number, a pink stole, and a pink "pearl" necklace all for $5. I thought the stole was too dressy for this day dress, and we couldn't find the pink necklace. The dress could have used an underskirt to make it fluff out a little more to make it a little more period appropriate, but I came up with this costume just days before the party, so I didn't have time to find one.

The shoes are my own. They aren't really period appropriate, they're a style that's more reminiscent of the '40s than the '60s. I have some shoes that would have been more accurate, but these are much more comfortable.

And, finally, my favorite part of the costume, and also the only part I had to buy: the plastic wine glass. I picked it up at target for $3, and it really completed the look. I wanted to get a box of candy cigarettes, but the only store I know of that still sells them was sold out. Maybe there were a lot of Betty Drapers walking around on Halloween. And, in case you were wondering, the wine glass is both dishwasher and microwave safe. For all those times you need to heat up your wine.

All in all, best last-minute Halloween costume ever.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I have to work this weekend, so it won't be a super fun Halloween for me, but I did go to a party tonight dressed as Betty Draper. I actually won 2nd place in the costume contest, which surprised me, because I wasn't sure if anyone there would even watch Mad Men.

Anyway, here's a quick picture of me in costume with a couple pics of the "real" Betty for comparison. I'll have a better picture up later, probably Monday, with some more discussion.





Edited to add: This right here is post #200. I don't know how that happened.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Caffeine Intake Update

I was about to come here and post about how I'm a failure at limiting my caffeine intake. You see, I'm very nearly back to where I was, coffee-wise. It turns out I'm mighty unpleasant on mornings when I haven't had coffee. Who knew? That's rhetorical, don't answer that.

But then I realized that coffee wasn't my only source of caffeine. While limiting my coffee was mostly a failure, I have been extremely good at cutting back on soda. Abby was married 7 weeks ago (she conveniently got married the same weekend as my kidney stone, so it's easy for me to remember the exact day), and I'm pretty sure that I've only had 5 or 6 cokes since then. I had one when we saw Eclipse (shut up), 2 at my boyfriend's party last weekend, and a few more randomly scattered throughout that time frame. 6 cans of coke in 7 weeks is a huge improvement over when I would drink one or two cans a day. I'll probably have a few more today at Relay for Life, since it's an over-night event and I'm an old lady who is usually asleep by 11.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Orange you glad it isn't Pink?

Items I own that are Pink:

DVDS: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Beverly Hills 90210 Season 1, Coupling Season 4, Gilmore Girls Season 5 & 7 (based solely on the color of the spine of the case)
3 Victoria's Secret bags
2 Nail files
1 Candle
1 jug Raspberry Lemonade
1 Minnie Mouse Travel Coffee Mug
1 sponge
1 Picture frame
5 Shirts
1 pair pants
3 pair pajama pants
2 bras
5 pair underwear
3 pair socks
Fabric scraps (I'm not actually going to bust into that box right now, but I know there's some pink fabrics in there)
1 "Blushing Nude" lipstick
1 makeup compact
1 bottle Pepto Bismol
1 bottle Sweet Pea and Violet bodywash
1 Treasure Troll with fuchsia hair and a pink leotard (I found it in a microwave. No, really. Now it chills on my dining room table with a Ronald McDonald doll. My apartment is awesome.)

Items I own because they're pink:

None.

(An argument could be made that color was influential in the decision to buy the articles of pink clothing listed above, but in the case of all the pink shirts I own, either pink was the only option and I wanted the design, or I own the same shirt in multiple colors. At no point did I spot a shirt and go "Yay! It comes in pink!")

This list is a response to this post about marketing guns to women by making them pink. Making guns pink isn't marketing to women, it's just supporting the sexist notion that all women love all things pink. I cannot wait for the day that "Shrink it and Pink it" stops being the primary way companies market to women. Making it pink is not going to inspire me to purchase a gun. Or a cell phone, or a tool set, or a computer, or anything else for that matter. Women are not simplistic creatures. Seeing the color pink does not set off some sort of trigger in our brains that causes us to buy. Why why WHY is everything designed for women PINK? If I'm given the choice between two objects that are identical aside from color, I will almost never choose the pink one. The other one has to be a seriously ugly color for me to go with the pink.

If marketers really want to sell to me on the basis of color, they should make things orange.

For more on the "Shrink it and pink it" phenomenon, check out this Jezebel post.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cheater

I cheated... I drank a cup of coffee on Saturday. I couldn't help it! I was starting to get one of those headaches and the only way to get rid of it was to drink some caffeine. It was my first cup of coffee since Monday or Tuesday.

Other firsts for the weekend: For the first time since giving up soda, I craved a Coke. I bought a pork chop sandwich to support my cousin's soccer team, and I really wanted to open up a nice cold can of coke to go with my cheap fundraiser sandwich. But I resisted, and I got by with a glass of lemonade.

Also for the first time since cutting back on my caffeine, I had trouble falling asleep last night. I tossed and turned for a while, and eventually looked over to see what time it was. I was expecting to see 1:00 am or later, since that's usually what I see on nights when I can't sleep. It was 10:30. So I relaxed, realizing that even if I didn't fall asleep for the next hour and a half, I would still get a good night's sleep in. I was kind of hot, so I took off my pajama pants, and that's the last thing I remember before waking up this morning.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quitter

It's been over 6 months since I wrote anything here, but I figured this is a good reason to come out of my blogging hibernation. You see, while the "Hairspray" part of my blog title hasn't been true for a long time now, I never expected that the "Coffee" part would also become false. Yep, you read that right. For the time being, I am not a coffee drinker. Let me explain.

About this time last week, I was dreaming that I was a super cool detective solving some sort of supernatural mystery. Think Veronica Mars crossed with The X Files. Suddenly Dream-Miranda feels an intense pain in her side, goes to the bathroom and starts peeing blood. This freaked me out and woke me up. Awake-Miranda was somewhat relieved that the peeing blood part wasn't real. Unfortunately, the intense pain part was. I don't know if I can possibly explain how much pain I was in. It was INTENSE. I was asked at least three times to rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10 and I yelled "TEN!" every time. Although this really is a better Pain Rating Scale.

Long story short, I had a Kidney stone. Now, I haven't given birth, so I can't deny or confirm this point, but I'm told that the pain from a kidney stone can be worse than labor pains. I was also severely dehydrated. So dehydrated, in fact, that when ER Nurse Jamie was trying to draw some blood for tests, she said that my blood was coming out like "sludge." They poured a bag of IV fluids into me and then came back and took some more blood, because my Sludge Blood wasn't very good for tests. And then I got a second bag of IV fluids.

So what does this all have to do with giving up coffee? Well, you see, coffee is a diuretic. All caffeinated beverages are. Diuretics make you pee a lot, which can make dehydration worse. I've also given up soda completely, because sodas can contribute to Kidney stones. I didn't go completely cold turkey off caffeine. For a few days I allowed myself to drink enough coffee to get rid of the headache (usually about 1/2 to 3/4 a cup). Now I've moved on to drinking a cup of tea in the morning. Today, since I don't have to work until noon, I let myself sleep in a little, and so far today I've just been drinking water. Although I think I might make myself a cup of tea before I go in to work.

The effects of going caffeine-free have been pretty much what you'd expect. Tired. Irritable. Trouble focusing (although this may just be an aspect of my real personality). Every day I feel a little bit better. And I'm not saying that I'll be caffeine-free forever. Once I'm healthier, I may ease in to having a cup of coffee now and then.

It's funny, if you had asked me two weeks ago if I could ever give up drinking soda, I would have probably just laughed at you. But now, I don't really miss soda that much. Coffee, on the other hand, I miss so much. It's not just the drink itself, but the social aspect of it. How many times have Abby and I gone to Barnes and Noble to drink coffee and browse the bargain books? How many times has my mother invited me over and promised to "buy" me a cup of coffee? It's for these reasons I don't expect that I'll ever stick to being completely coffee free. As for soda? Maybe I'll just keep that for the occasional Jack & Coke.

I'll try and keep you posted as I continue to overhaul my dietary habits. As long as I can stay awake.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Celebrity Deaths and the Mourning of

I get it. I do. I was very saddened by Patrick Swayze and Heath Ledger. And Brittany Murphy. Don't Judge Me!

I was sad when I heard about their deaths because they had all been involved in films I love. Dirty Dancing. 10 Things I Hate About You. Clueless. Yeah, that's pretty much my entire adolescence. And they were all still young. Ledger was obviously on his way to becoming one of the greatest actors of his generation. Swayze, or "The Swayz" as he is sometimes called, was generally awesome. And, hey, Brittany Murphy could have cleaned herself up and gone to Broadway. Girl could sing, as seen in this video (skip to 2:38). My point is, there was a real chance that they would do more in their careers and lives.

Today JD Salinger died. And people are really upset. They're upset that an author has passed away who hasn't published anything since 1965 and hasn't given and interview since 1980. He was 91 years old. Why are these people so upset? Unless you're a member of his family or social circle, this in no way negatively effects you. You're not going to miss his personality or opinion, because he wouldn't even come to the door if a reporter came a knockin. Were you thinking that after FORTY-FIVE YEARS of not publishing anything that suddenly he was gonna pop out a new novel? Hey, maybe his widow has some of his unpublished manuscripts lying around that she'll have published now that he's dead. So maybe his death positively effects you. Or maybe there are no manuscripts and instead of writing he's spent the last several decades of his life playing canasta. There were no new books and no new interviews coming. My point is that the level of JD Salinger in your life would not be any higher if he were still kicking. Not that he would be doing much kicking, what with the BEING NINETY-ONE. The Onion sums it up with a nice bit of satire: Bunch of Phonies Mourn JD Salinger.

Also, I read Catcher in the Rye. Underwhelming.

I'm going to bed now.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How I Spent My Snow Day.

This past Thursday we shut the 'brary down for the day due to the weather. I had just gotten the dvd Moon in at work, and I had Choke at home from Netflix. So the obvious choice as to how to spend my day off: Sam Rockwell Movie Marathon.

First Up: Charlie's Angels.

I remember actually liking this movie at one point in time, but, much like Coyote Ugly, I've recently discovered that some movies I liked in high school are actually terrible. The only reason this movie is allowed to exist at all, let alone on my DVD shelf, is Sam Rockwell as Eric Knox. He rocks it. All of the following video is quality, but the best bits are of him dancing at 2:38(Hey Ab, can we play that song at your wedding?) and DOING THE SPLITS at 4:40, but there's a tiny bit at 3:50 where he bites at Drew Barrymore's face that I love. Really, every line he says is golden, and there is absolutely no reason for such an awesome character and performance to exist in the motherfucking Charlie's Angels movie. It's truly heartbreaking that his character doesn't win.



#2: The Green Mile

"Wild Bill" Wharton is at least 100% less sexy than Eric Knox. But Rockwell brings this kind of ridiculously gleeful insanity to the character that makes it hard not to love him. Well actually, by the end of the film you really should hate Wild Bill. For lots of reasons.



PS- The Green Mile is a truly fantastic movie. It clocks in at 3 hours, but it honestly doesn't feel that long. There isn't a minute of the movie I can imagine being cut out, which is definitely more than I can say for the next movie.

#3: Choke

You know it's bad when you're watching a film adaptation of a book which you haven't read and you think "Wow, this is a bad adaptation of the book." I could just tell. There is so much in the movie, and it all kind of works, but... I think there's too much. There's a whole bit with Sam Rockwell's character Victor's best friend collecting rocks that really does not need to be in the movie. It's obvious that the writer-director tried to fit too much of the book into the movie, which isn't necessary. Film is a different storytelling medium than novels. He needed to pick and choose which parts of the story to focus on, and he didn't. What really saves the movie are the performances from Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, and Kelly MacDonald. It's not a terrible movie, but something seems sort of... off. This line from the Pajiba review pretty much sums it up: "It's like watching two brothers kiss each other in a hello greeting. They're family, so I guess it's natural, but it just seems bizarre."



And finally: Moon.

LOVED it. But, I really like science fiction and obviously Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors, so it would have to be absolute shit for me to hate it. It's a really wonderful, relatively small sci-fi movie. Sam Rockwell absolutely carries the whole film, although I did recognize Douglas from the IT Crowd as one of the corporate guys Sam Bell communicates with. I won't tell any more about the plot, but watch the trailer and then add this movie to your Netflix queue!