Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Milo and I wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We hope the holiday is everything you hoped for this year! If you don't celebrate Christmas, we hope you enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year!


And best wishes for an awesome 2011!

(I had just told Milo he may have been too ambitious with such a big stocking....he was setting himself up for disappointment.....needless to say he wasn't that thrilled with my commentary....)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Random Crap #5

So I assume you can guess from the title, I have "won" (I know I know its not really winning if I pay for it) another BOC from Woot! If you aren't sure what a BOC is...see my first post about it! I decided to make it fun and do a blog post every time I get a BOC! So without further adu, here is Random Crap #5 and some random crap from me!

Ok one adu...I realized that I miscounted in my last blog post. It was my FOURTH BOC not third. So this is really my fifth BOC. I changed the past post title, but I didn't want to go change everything within the post...so this is my general correction, and I apologize that I can't count even though I have a degree in math.......(yea I know)

Soooo now without further adu...

BOC #5 – Woot-Off Dec 1, 2010


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Photo from Woot! Website



This was a pretty medium sized BOC. I didn't weigh it myself but the FedEx Tracking claims it was approximately 1.4lbs. The box was about 5''x9''x13'' and it was pretty light. 


There were only four unique items in this BOC....

Item #1 - Digital Photo Frame Keychain


Brand New! Holds 50+ Pics! Has a calendar & shopping list!!! Yea I think this keychain is a bit big for me....hmmmm who needs a stocking stuffer???

Item #2 - Universal AC Adapter for GPS Chargers




Another brand new item...I think this is sort of interesting. I very rarely use my GPS while not plugged in while driving. I'm crossing my fingers (well I'm fairly confident) that the name of this item is unnecessarily specific and perhaps it can be used on more than just GPS chargers. This would have been REALLY useful last year when I left my wall charger for my phone at home in NJ. Its definitely one of those things you don't think you need until you need it.

Item #3 - T1 Series Tech Light Tool Logic (2)



I honestly don't really get what these are except for red lights that have mini tools that come off and look like they can clip onto a belt or hook onto a keychain........well I did find one fun use for it....for about 30 seconds....

video

Side Story: Over Thanksgiving my family and I figured out that we could torture Milo with a lazer on the ground. It was hysterical but it drove him absolutely nuts. He would chase the light around the yard though....so I might invest in one for the park. He never figured out where the light was coming from...but I think since this was only a regular red light it was easy for him to figure out.

Moving on!

Item #4 - Blingin' Clutch Purse - aka "The BOC Bag"


Ummmmm looks like I'm ready for any New Years Party! Actually looking at the colors...this purse MAY have actually worked with my outfit from a holiday party this past weekend...


Anyway...that was my entire BOC...not the best but not the worst...fun as always!

Laura's Random Crap
Now for some Random Crap from my life!
  • It has been REALLY...and I mean REALLY...cold out...but I'm pretty sure the entire East coast is aware/suffering through this...including Florida.
  • The cold weather is making Milo stir crazy...I still go to the park with him...but the other day it was rainy which even he doesn't like....and even though he knew it was rainy...he wanted to go out constantly...and then want to go right back in...and was pacing around alllllll day...I feel bad for my pup in the winter :-/.
  • Speaking of the pup...he has started to howl in his dreams. Like seriously HOWL at the moon howl. He has never howled while awake, but starting over Turkey Day...he started having howl worthy dreams...and he woke me up doing it the other day...I really want to know what he dreams about!
  • I can't stop Facebook baby-stalking my two cousins for pictures...I LOVE when I get to see new pics of the new babies...they are tooooo cute! I also can't wait to see Alegra again over Christmas!!! :-)
  • My sisters are hysterical and left the best Christmas video for me on my Facebook wall...its honestly probably not funny to anyone else...but I LOVE it!!!
  • The Sing-Off makes me happy. I think (out of those left) I'm rooting for The Backbeats...I am really impressed by their singer Joanna and their beatbox girl Courtney! But overall they are all great groups!
  • My living room has had a makeover over the last few months. There is sooooo much more space than there was when I first moved in. The couch is the only hand-me-down piece left...but it has recliners so it can stay for a bit. My mom surprised me with the shelf lamp in the corner and the storage ottoman. I was nervous that the ottoman would crowd the space, but I think it works great as some seating on that side of the room for parties/games. Now I need things on the walls:
  • Yes...that is The Sing-Off on TV in that picture.
  • I have been doing a few sewing projects on my new Singer...I went back and forth between 2 pretty basic Singer machines...this one won my own personal Sing-Off (ba-da ching!)
  • I had such a great time at my friend Danielle's Holiday Party this past weekend! She makes a TON of wonderful food and hosts a lovely party! I can't wait until next year! Thanks for the food and fun Danielle!
  • I painted my nails what should have been a festive dark green. It was one of those colors where 1 coat doesn't look right but 2 coats makes it look black. I have gotten multiple comments on my "black" nails. I have a few colors that do the same thing. I recently thought of a possible solution...if it works I will be blogging about it.
  • Whenever I buy games for people as gifts (board/card/multi-player video) I always secretly wish I could try playing them. I love games. If I ever give you a game...do me a favor and play it with me? Please please please?!?!?! My cousin Tobey learned this with my grab bag gift last year....still enjoying your Hyperslide Tobey?
  • I am really excited to get home for the Holidays! :-)

I could come up with more Random Crap...but I'm sure I've thrown enough at you for now....no more official Random Crap from me until BOC #6!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Reaction Buttons....Woof!

Still relatively new to this blogging thing, I just recently discovered a cool little feature that I wanted to alert everyone too! Now, on the bottom of each post, you should see little check boxes with different "reactions" next to them. If you have a reaction to any of my posts go ahead and click the appropriate box! Check one, check a few, check them all if you want! Tell the truth, be funny, be sarcastic...whatever you like! I can't see who checked what...I (and everyone) just get to see the tallies for each reaction!

I can have all sorts of reactions there but in playing with the settings, if the list goes onto the next line, its hard to see all of the options. Right now I have it set at the following 7 reactions:
  1. Fun!
  2. Yummy!
  3. Bleh!
  4. HAHAHA
  5. Interesting
  6. Meh
  7. Woof!
I'd like to make the reaction buttons permanent shortly....but I'd love some feedback/suggestions on what those permanent reactions should be! If you have any suggestions for different reaction buttons let me know in the comments below! Or if you like them how they are let me know that too!

Oh and if you like go back and "react" to my past posts!! I'd love to see the tallies!

Enjoy! :-)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

One Man's Trash....Is Another Man's Palm Tree

For the past few years I have been the proud owner of one of the ugliest floor lamps ever. Here...judge for yourself:


And yes that is the best picture of the lamp I could find because 1) it was ugly so I didn't take too many pictures of it, and 2) it was ugly so I hid it behind the TV cabinet.

Recently I got a nice new TV and cabinet (and then a new coffee table and lamps for my birthday!) So with all my new living room decor, it was time to get rid of the ugly lamp.

I asked some friends if they needed it (totally expecting no one to say yes because....lets say it together...its UGLY). My friend, Sam, seemed to be considering my "free lamp" offer. He joked that it would be funny to turn it into a palm tree. I agreed, and even offered to help if it would get it out of my house. But alas, it was just a joke and weeks later, the ugly lamp was still standing in the middle of my bedroom looking uglier than ever.

Then...it dawned on me!

Sam's birthday + need to get rid of lamp = BEST PALM TREE LAMP BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! (............hopefully)

I was excited and a bit nervous to take on this challenge. So one Saturday, Milo and I headed out to the empty lot across the street lugging a large lamp and some brown spray paint.

Before
After


















Funny story, when I brought the dry brown lamp back inside, the front desk lady said "oh so you just switched that old lamp out for a new one!" and I was like "well actually I just painted it"....she was amazed...like seriously amazed that I would (have done/been able to do/thought to do) such a thing...as was one of the office staff leasing people....I was sort of just amazed that they were so amazed.

The painting was the easy part. I decided, with a helpful suggestion from a coworker (Thanks Deanna!), to make the leaves out of wire and fabric so that they were more like a lampshade but also sort of flexible. I chose 18 guage wire and cut out a stencil of a leaf in some cardboard. I bent the wire around the stencil, cut out some fabric around the wire, and sewed the wire into the fabric around the edges. Each completed leaf looked a little something like this:


I know...doesn't really look too much like a palm tree leaf. At this point the leaf took me a bit longer than expected and it wasn't looking as I had originally envisioned...I was contemplating giving up. But then I did this.....and I knew I was heading in the right direction!


So I kept going. To try to make the tree have some texture I got some light green and some dark green fabric. My original plan was to make 5 light leaves accented with 3 dark leaves. I wound up running out of time (and the lamp shade was significantly covered with 7 leaves) so I ended up with an awkward 5 light and 2 dark. I figured if necessary I could edit later.

The night before I finished, I blew up a few balloons, mixed together some flour and water, and had a stab at making paper mache coconuts. I have to tell you this made me a bit nervous. I haven't done paper mache in god knows how long, and nothing as crafty/possibly tricky as molding a balloon. I was nervous because I had heard horror stories of the paper mache sphere getting all messed up when you pop the balloon and the thought of putting all that time and mess into something that could break so easily and not work out would have been annoying. (I am also not a big fan of popping balloons...all those kid games where you had to sit and pop a balloon to win a race....NOT a fan). Here is a tip! If you put a piece of tape on a balloon, you can poke a hole in it through the tape and it wont POP...it will just release air. Once enough air is leaked out, you can cut the balloon with scissors letting out a lot of the air, and there is no damaging (and scary) POP. It worked like a charm and my paper mache coconuts came out better than I hoped.

I don't have pictures of making the coconuts because it was super messy....I wouldn't have dared touch my camera or phone.

Once the coconuts were done and spray painted brown, I used a hot glue gun to attach the leaves to the original plastic lamp shade, and string and wire to attach the 3 coconuts to the base of the leaves. I covered the edge with a band of dark green fabric.......annnnnnd..... voila!



I made it so the lamp shade/leaves could fully come off as one piece, the coconuts another, and then the base of the lamp on its own so that it was easy for transporting.

Another funny story...two guys saw me lugging the tree (as the whole tree because it was easier to carry that way) down the hall to go to my car. They held the elevator for me and didn't say anything about the fact that I had a huge palm tree lamp thing with me. It was like this awkward giant elephant in the elevator. So I was just like "Does it look like a palm tree???" and they started laughing and saying that they didn't even realize I had made it....I hadn't told them I had made it....I think they realized and were trying to be nice hahaha....

I have to say, even though its not the best looking palm tree lamp I'm sure...I was pretty proud of myself with this project. I wasn't sure I'd really be able to do it at first, and almost gave up on the idea once or twice...but I'm really happy with how it turned out. I was able to surprise Sam with it when we surprised him this past weekend for his birthday. His reaction? "You did NOT bring that ugly lamp over here!"...but really after the initial shock...I think he liked it (or at least he told me he did). 

Sam...if you are reading this....seriously do not feel obligated to keep it.....it was more for the laughs....I won't be insulted if it mysteriously disappears hahaha. It was actually more of a selfish gift being able to do something fun to get the ugly lamp out of the house.....(Sidenote: I'm not a 100% evil friend...I did get him an actual birthday present as well).

So there you have it....one of the many things that has been distracting me from blogging.....more to come!

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Apologies to Thanksgiving

I have been a bad blogger lately for a few reasons. Firstly, because I haven't significantly blogged in a WHILE. Reason: everything I've been doing that is blog worthy has been a surprise for people so I couldn't blog about them! With some birthdays passing and the holidays approaching I will be able to start blogging about things again (slowly but surely).

Secondly, my blog is guilty of the one thing that bugs me the most around this time of year....it skipped right over Thanksgiving!

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and the December holiday season. Elf was on TV yesterday and I was so excited! I love seeing the lights go up and the trees in people's windows. The city put snowflake lights on the lamp posts by my building and that makes me smile. I really enjoy holiday songs and carols....but only AFTER my absolute favorite holiday...Thanksgiving....is over.

It just makes me sad when people skip right over Thanksgiving to start celebrating the holiday season (this includes music, decorations, and OVERBOARD shopping (aka being 100% done weeks before Thanksgiving)).

Anyway I feel sort of guilty that it's now Christmas season and I didn't blog anything about my beloved Turkey Day.

(Sidenote: This is probably where my friends and family are rolling their eyes thinking "Oh geeze she has gone overboard...feeling GUILTY towards a HOLIDAY...where does it end!?!?!")

ALRIGHT alright.....I'll revise my statement: Anyway I feel sort of guilty hypocritical that it's now Christmas season and I didn't blog anything about my beloved Turkey Day. So before I even say the C word one more time...I would like to quickly share thoughts from my Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun this year! My parents and sisters did something different and had dinner with one side of the family and dessert with the other! That wasn't the only new thing this year. Milo got to join the Turkey Day festivities instead of having to stay home. I have to say for 98% of the festivities I was really very proud of him. He behaved really well even with driving between two houses and seeing tons of new people (and a few dogs) that were all brand new to him. During dinner he even stayed out of the dining room and took a nap! The last 2% of the evening he got a bit scared when my little cousin Gianna joined us toward the end of the evening...but we will work on that!

We also had 2 (very) new babies to celebrate this Thanksgiving! My cousin Tobey and her husband Ceaser brought their 1 month old baby girl Alegra to celebrate! She is such a beautiful and calm baby (even with all the craziness in our family)! I was so excited to meet and hold her for the first time! My other cousin Lisa, who lives in San Fransisco, also had a baby during Thanksgiving week! Her, her husband Alex, and their super new baby boy Max video chatted with the whole family on Thanksgiving! I cannot wait to eventually meet baby Max in person (crossing my fingers for next year)!

This year I am thankful for many things:
  • My wonderful supportive family and friends.
  • My awesome mutt Milo who just gets funnier, cuter, more loving, and more mature every day.
  • Being able to stay in my city apartment even with all the craziness of finding roommates this summer and fall. 
  • My job and the security it provides. 
  • All the people I work with that make going to work a pleasure every day. I am really lucky to enjoy my job and my work environment as much as I do.
  • And finally, the various setbacks I had this year taught me valuable lessons that I will take with me into the future so I am thankful for them as well. 
And with that, I will move on from Thanksgiving...and I promise my favorite holiday a proper post next year....

Now, in the spirit of allowing the Holiday Season to begin immediately after Thanksgiving, I thought it was alright and appropriate to quickly share my guest blog post about my holiday wish list on my friend Rebecca's blog, I Wanna Be A Domestic Goddess. If you are looking for great gift ideas this holiday season, she is doing a week full of "Holiday Gift Guide" themed posts as well as having a bunch of various guest bloggers giving their very own wish lists. I have already gotten tons of ideas for gifts from her posts! She finds the coolest stuff so be sure to check it out!