Hi everyone! Sorry, I've been gone for the long holiday weekend visiting family, and then had a crazy busy week at school - enjoying a nice day off today, though! I'm going to try baking some Philippine sweet buns called "ensaymadas" - they're delicious! :) There's an asian festival coming up at Jerome's work, and we're getting a booth - him and a friend are going to be selling braised pork buns, and I'm going to try and sell these while I'm helping them out! One day Jerome is MC-ing, and so II'll need to take over the booth on my own. Should be fun, and hopefully bring in a little bit of extra cash! :)
Originally Posted by ElvenEyes
lol Jen! I am living vicariously through me, too! I need to remember the holidays are coming up and it isn't all about me, so starting to mingle my shopping in with my MU hauls! Yes, I am part Mohawk and French Canadian, but mostly English,Welsh and a dash of Scottish in me! Hence the fair skin but the semi monolild/hooded eyes. Part of the genes!
When it comes to furniture I truly lucked out. Our bedroom piece is from Ethan Allen, when they still made super classical furniture. I am a furniture freak. I love high quality hardwood because it will last a lifetime if you care for it correctly. Both my husband and I had already paid off all student and car loans when we got married so that really helped us a long the way. We both worked full time until married when I stopped working due to health issues. With no kids and only day trips we were able to save for nice furniture and my home is my delight! Then when my grandfather passed away he left all his grandchildren a rather large sum of money. With it I bought some lovely Victorian styled barrister bookcases for my beloved books. Then he left more money to all his 4 children but when his estate was settled they found waaaay more money than anyone could have imagined. Now he was a typical yankee, do it yourself person to the day he died. He scraped, saved, invested in stocks and bonds and wow. My parents are set for life and sharing it with my sister and I now, while alive, since interest at banks is not worth hoarding money. Each Christmas I get a lovely sum to play with and that has gone to furniture, grandfather clock, more books and bookcase, jewelry, oriental rugs, etc. And they enjoy seeing it. My sister spent all hers on trips to the Vatican and Greece. Nice trips, but now gone. Even her pictures got lost. I'm glad I invested in the house. We have these items for a lifetime. So that is my financial story! Not rich at all, just very lucky in a unexpected way. I like too that every time I dust my furniture or snuggle up on a wing chair or hear the clock chime I am reminded of my family. A nice way to honour them, day by day!
Jen~Shows!! Terra Nova is on Fox, Monday nights at 8pm here. It is about Earth being badly polluted and ruined by humans and they have found a way to travel back to earth when dinosaurs still existed to give us all another chance to survive and make the right choices. It is a mix of Lost meets Avatar meets Jurassic Park. Lots of fun and adventure. Person of Interest is amazing. CBS on Thursday nights. Two vigil anti men, with a lot of wit, both who once worked for the government, one left on a bad note and another who created a system to trace terrorists now using it to trace people of interest, either victims or perpetrators, and stop crimes before they happen. Both have lost someone on 9/11. Excellent and original idea. Kinda freaky, too! And Once Upon a Time, which has not started yet. October 23rd. A twisted fun version of all the fairytales come to life as people travel back in forth in and out of books. A darker version of Inkheart, methinks!!!
P.S.~Just put up a new blog on my NOTD. Check it out! Who knew I would be into dark nail polish and it would actually look nice on me! I think I found one of my October favourites already!!
Lol, Debi! :) I would love a good makeup haul right about now - it'll have to wait until November and my next paycheck, though! And that mixture of genes has worked out well for you! ;)
What a nice story about all your furniture - we have been given most of our furniture second-hand from family members, so it is special to us in that way as well! :) I am going to have to test out all these shows now.... I'm on Season 4 of Angel, and once that's done, I'll have to try some of yours! :) I love your blog - the dark colours look lovely on you! :)
Originally Posted by -Cassandra-
:) Thank you. The majority of parents of Greek kids in my generation didn't put any emphasis on knowing how to be 100% fluent in their native language. So, the majority at least 80% them do not know how to speak Greek at all. My parents put a big emphasis on being 100% fluent because that is how to pass down the cultural knowledge and keep the language alive. Which is why I spent 13 yrs in Greek school lol
Jenn- Is Italian really easy to pick up fast?
My week has been pure hell. Averaged about 4-5 hrs of sleep per night , which forced me to be dependent on red bull so I don't fall asleep in the middle of class.I have fall break from after today's classes are over till Wednesday. Unfortunately, my teachers want to make sure NO one can enjoy break by assigning midterms for that Wednesday back and then two on Thursday >_>
Lol! All the better! :) I think that's amazing - when Jerome and I have kids, they will be learning French and Tagalog for sure - Jerome wants them to learn Japanese first, but I want them to have that piece of their heritage! :) And yes, if you have Spanish and/or French, Italian is fairly easy to pick up! :) I got a set of lessons I could play on my iPod while I was travelling, and it was really useful!
Ugh, that week sounds miserable! I am a person who needs her sleep. I remember those late nights with Redbull!!! Keep trucking through it - it will all be worthwhile once it's over!
Originally Posted by ElvenEyes
Hi Shimmerettes! Sorry I have not written, but this was a holiday weekend and my husband has this whole week off for vacation, so my visits will be few and far between! I am still trying to keep up my blogging, though won't post quite as much as lately since we are busy doing fun things, chores around the house, cleaning, projects before the snow comes, and some fun trips! The foliage is turning but not as pretty as other years because the leaves all became dried and wind-whipped from the leftovers of Hurricane Irene, so most are turning bronze and falling off. It will be a very nude Halloween! I hope you are all having fun! I've sold some decks and books and made the most of it with a few hauls from Chanel, Nordstrom and MAC and day by day getting them up on my blog. So with a belly full of Chinese food I am off to organize my shelves before a light supper and some TV with the husband! Enjoy your week! xo
I had the same time of week, Debi! Hope you had lots of fun enjoying a break with the hubby - sounds like he needed it,too!
Originally Posted by shadowaddict
Hi everyone, I haven't been on here much except to see what was happening with the holiday collection.
I've been pretty busy with stressing over that damn dinner and my family has a lot of fall birthdays. Shopping for gifts has helped get my mind off the dinner and shopping for kids is always fun. My niece has two kids a little girl who turned 4 on Sept 13th and a boy who turned 6 three days later. They of course celebrated with their parents and all last month. We also have a few adults to buy for. My sister and her husband are coming to visit this weekend from Kansas City so the whole family is getting together to celebrate all the birthdays. It will be focused on the kids but we will give the adult gifts later that day.
Cassandra--I hope your week gets better. My daughter has a major research paper due Thursday and it's driving her crazy. She has fall break next Monday and Tuesday but yeh same thing she has a test and a bunch of assignments due right after. I don't even know why they call it a break.
She recently has started taking a break every Sunday night. A couple of people from her high school invited her a month or so ago to an Irish pub. It turned out she knew some of the people there that hug out together. Aparently for quite sometime a group of about 30 or so people have been going there every Sunday night. They kind of all know each other in a round about way. Some go to school together, some know each other through theater or both. They have the same band there every Sunday so they know the group also. It gives her a stress break and the band guys always joke around with everyone and she loves their accent. They always do "What Would You Do With A Drunken Sailor" and each week someone tries to out do the response from the week before. She's told me some really funny ones but of course I can't think of any of them at the moment.
Debi--glad you are selling more. I love good solid quality furniture also as it will last you a lifetime and then some. Your bookcases sound lovely.
I'll have to check out your blog to see your latest hauls.
Gift shopping sounds like fun! :) So does your daughter's break night - it's so important to plan those in, otherwise they don't happen! Kind of like my house cleaning at the moment :P
Originally Posted by shadowaddict
While I was shopping for gifts I looked at some clothes and it was so frustrating. I probably ended up trying on 15-20 pairs of slacks. The ones that fit I thought looked ugly once they were on, some fit in the hips but too snug in the waist, and then a couple I kind of liked weren't in petite sizes so I would have to have them altered. It just all seemed like too much work. So many of the pants are very slim at the ankle or just straight. I like a wide leg that flows straight down and over my shoes to give me a bit more height with my heels instead of having a break in the look. I guess I'm just too hard to please.
I also don't want to spend a lot because I am trying to eat healthier and hope to be in a smaller size in the not too far future. I'm trying to get a good start before the holidays so I have my focus set and good habits in place. That has helped me in the past to avoid all the sweets, breads, and all those other bad carbs that I am addicted to. I can stick to the turkey, veggies, and fruit. I'm not a big meat eater. I basically eat chicken breast, turkey breast and seafood.
I too need to get off my butt and spend more time on the treadmill and less time in this chair and away from this desk on the computer.
Jenn-- hope things are still going well for you guys. Have you bought any pretty nail polish lately? We've got Debi into Butter London now also. She has some great colors. I just bought Snog, Macbeth, Chancer, Scoundrel, Toff and Saucy Jack. Ulta online is running buy 2 get 1 free so of course I had to place an order. I also was able to use a coupon code so that made it even nicer.
Our Nordies just opened a few weeks ago and they have a great selection and now I can see them in person before buying. The Nordstrom in Vegas I was at this summer had a very small display. I don't know if it is always like that or if they were just low on stock. You would think with all the tourist they would have a large display.
I saw some Deborah Lippman n/p that I loved. They are $16 so I'm going to think about it. One is called "Dream a Little Dream of Me", it's a pretty shade of pink with sparkles, not chuncky glitter. It didn't pop out at me as I scanned the colors. The sales lady picked it up and showed it to me. I swatched it and didn't expect it to be so pretty. I looked at it on lippman site and you just can't see how pretty it really is. The other is called Wicked Game. I love the name but the color is so cool and it's kind of duochrome. It's described as swirling lavender gray (iridescent)
I have the same pants experience as you. Thankfully, my aunt has been giving me some hand-me-downs lately that are too mall for her but perfect for me - most of them have never even been worn, because she bought them hoping to become a smaller size! :) Thank goodness I can postpone that shopping trip, now!
My latest pretty nail polish I got was from the CCO in Buffalo - it's Mac's Sly as a Fox from the Tartan Tale collection. It's a deep red-brown, but has fuschia micro-glitter that peeks out in some light. Really gorgeous for fall! I need to get some more Butter London - I have a bunch of them on my wishlist, but unfortunately don't have Ulta here for those amazing deals!
I've been looking at the Deborah Lippmans as well - Temptalia's swatches make them look so pretty! I'm not normally one for glitters because they're such a pain to take off, but they're mesmerizing! I'll keep my eye out for some, and update you on my next haul :)
Originally Posted by LMD84
hey Debi! I saw on facebook you have now finished selling your decks and have left that forum. it is great that you managed to sort everything out before the holidays! i hope you and your hubby also had a lovely week off together :)
have you had the dinner yet? how did it go? hopefully it was bearable! and i need to get cracking on shopping for gifts... i have bought nothing so far! although first i need to buy nick an anniversary gift because it is our 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday :) then the following week it is my birthday... maybe then i shall think about christmas!
hey Sally! i think if you are not using most of your stash then it is time to sell and let somebody else enjoy it. plus you can use the money to spend on a new interest you have :)
sorry i haven't been around much. i was away for a couple of days this week. the sony conference was good and i enjoyed seeing the other managers. i won a sony tablet which was amazing because i could never afford one myself. this stops me wanting an ipad too! the guys at work were happy for me which is nice and they are going to put lots of cool apps on it and games for me to play with :)
today i am spending the day filming. in some ways this is annoying though because i sound like a man! my throat hurts so much because i have a cold. i need to send nick out to buy some throat meds i think. have a great weekend guys!
Congrats on your anniversary and on winning your tablet Lou!!! Lots of good things in a short period of time! :) Hope you're feeling better soon to enjoy it all! :)