Why today was good:

1. Aidan was excited about riding the train, and he loved it. I have to give him kudos for giving it another shot after he was so scared the first time.

2. I returned that icky pillow to Target, got the $10 credited back on my gift card, then proceeded to spend it right away. Most of the stuff was food or for Aidan.

3. I returned some stuff at Kohl’s, and it was 100% hassle-free. YAY.

4. We went to the library today. I have a HUGE bag of books. I also ran into someone who was raving about Amanda Marrone’s Uninvited. I was proud to tell her that I know Amanda! I also showed her Adam’s book, and she checked it out. YAY for pimping out my peeps. Not only that, but I have a TON of books to read. YAY. I’m so glad that new user five-book limit is all done.

5. Sundaes at Margie’s Candies (the place Adam and I got engaged!). I had one with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and … wait for it… warm chocolate and marshmallow sauce. Food HEAVEN. I should have taken a picture of the sundae, and I should have had Adam take a picture of my face when I got the sundae. Yummy.

Right now, I’m hungry. I could go for some Popeye’s Chicken, or Pie-Eyed Pizza. But I will make spaghetti. Because I can always go for that.

See ya!

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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Happy Things (Pictures)

I’ve been feeling discouraged a lot lately, so right now, I’m going to dwell on good things.

1. On Saturday, Jen and I went to LUSH so she could get presents for her mom for Mother’s Day. That day also happened to be an EVENT, and if one RSVPs to the event, one gets extra goodies. One also gets extra goodies for spending $50 or more on products. Jen did both, and SHE GAVE ALL THE FREEBIES TO ME! This means I have a whole stash of bath bombs, bath melts, soaps, all sorts of good stuff. Plus, the girl who works there is totally awesome and gave us extra freebies so Jen could have some too, but Jen gave most of them to me.

Bath bombs are not terribly expensive, but they are extravagent for me. So to make them last, I take a hammer and a screwdriver and break them in half, so I can get more than one use out of one. Tonight, I used the Golden Slumbers one. Those are chock full of lavender, chamomile, and neroli blossoms. I was literally falling asleep in the bathtub. I had to get out sooner than I would have liked. I love LUSH products because I can use the 1/2 bath bomb, get out of the tub and have no need for lotions or anything. And the bombs are cool because they always put neat stuff in the water. My favorite so far is the Champagne Supernova, with all the glitter!

If people ask me for a Christmas list, I am telling them:
– gift cards to LUSH
– gift cards to Borders or Amazon
– Wii games!

I’m totally relaxed now and would be in bed, except that I’m hungry. Going to try to satisfy myself with a small bowl of cereal, but I’m really craving something savory, like beef Ramon noodles (insanely cheap at ALDI) or spaghetti.

Also on Saturday, Jen and I walked around Water Tower Place and a bit on Michigan Ave. I took this picture of her when we were waiting on the bus back home:


I took this picture of myself before Jen got to my place:


2. Sunday, Adam and I went over to Jeff and fynixsoul‘s place for makeovers and photographs. We missed a few turns and I got really cranky and vowed I was never driving there again. (Fortunately, they live very close to the Red Line, so I can take the train to visit them from now on.) But on to the pictures. One would think, with as much ANTM that I watch, that I’d KNOW how to work it (ha), but I totally can’t. I was made up all goth and stuff, so I’m excited to see how those pictures turned out. I can honestly say I’ve never worn that much makeup ever, and I’ve never looked that way before. If I’m not too frightened of the photos, I’ll post some once I get copies.

3. Last night, Adam and I went to Mike and Jill’s place for dinner and a movie. Long train ride up north. (I refused to take the car this time.) Mike and Jill live in an awesome “vibrant” neighborhood. Their place is lovely, and they fed us this really great pizza. THAT is the savory taste I’m now craving, I’m afraid. :O We watched Bridget Jones’s Diary. It was my first time ever seeing it. It was cute. I loved listening to everyone talk.

On the way home on the train, an announcement came on that the train was only going on the L tracks and that the subway was down for renovation. On top of that, the train turned into a slow train. We got home in a fairly decent amount of time, though, but it was tiring because the train wasn’t just going. It kept speeding slightly then slowing down, then going then braking. That is wearing on the body. Still, we got home earlier than normal because we were able to transfer at an earlier stop in the Loop.

The whole way home, I was TOTALLY craving an ice cream bar. I bought some at ALDI–Nestle Crunch Ice Cream Bar knock-offs. They’re SOO tasty. So, while waiting for the 2nd train, this girl comes waltzing down there with an ice cream bar! All the stores I’d seen were closed, so I was like “Oh great, that’s all I need to see! How did she even get that??” Adam seemed amused by that even though he was craving a big glass of orange juice. I was happy to get home and gobble down an ice cream bar.

4. ROSA (meimeigui) WILL BE HERE FRIDAY!!! It’s gonna be a bootie-shakin’ weekend! YAY!!!!

5. In less than a month, Aidan will be here for the summer. Getting back into mommy mode will be strange, and it’ll definitely be strange here, out of context. However, we have lots to keep him busy when he gets sick of us. And I think he’ll LOVE the Wii. I want to get him the Spongebob game for Wii. Although his latest kick has been Dumbo of all things! So, he can watch DVDs, play computer games, play Wii, go on walks, see downtown (he really wants to see Cloud Gate aka the big bean), etc. And he’s free on the trains and buses. :)

6. ALDI is the best thing ever. The sheer amount of food Adam and I brought home the other day would have been way more in a traditional grocery store. It is so nice to have that low-cost option here. I love ALDI. Also, I am less likely to blow money on convenience foods at ALDI. I buy things that we need to actually prepare. And I decided to eat more salads. Tonight for dinner, I had chicken and spinach salad. Yummy.

Of course, now I’m hungry as all bananas, but that has less to do with what I had for dinner and more with the fact that I didn’t eat much today at all. When I am feeling down, I feel guilty about eating. It’s stupid, but there you go.

OK, I am falling asleep, and I actually have a lot of freelance work to do tomorrow. I’m sad that my Adobe 8 professional trial has just about run out. I really liked using that program. Now I have to resort to putting all my suggested changes in a separate email. I totally don’t have $500 to shell out for that program!

But, this is supposed to be a positive post. So POSITIVITY ABOUNDS. Now, if I can only pound that into my very being and core, I’d be happy.


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I’m cold, even under the electric throw set on medium, which usually roasts my butt.

And I’d even gone over to the rental office this morning with only my short-sleeved shirt on, some running pants, and a hat. I felt warmer then! Weird.

Now I’m trying to decide what to eat. The problem is that I really want a steak, but that would mean going out to the store (I like to get them fresh and cook them the same day I buy them). So, I’m thinking of having spaghetti, even though I’ve already had it twice last week. Or I could try to finish off all my bacon, but I had some of that last night before bed. Hmm. Maybe I’ll order myself a pizza! I love that I can do it online, no need to talk to anyone on the phone! Or wings! My mouth is starting to water. Must eat soon!

I was so tired yesterday. I mean, I was fighting, fighting sleep. And the morning was going so slowly. THEN I looked over and remembered that I had a Red Bull on my desk. I always drink the sugar-free one because it only has 10 calories. I swear, within two minutes, I was alert and wide awake and happy. Finished all my work, had a good lunch with Heather, and had a decent workday. The afternoon sped by!

I got home, played on the computer for a while, and then RANDOMLY crashed like crazy at 7pm-ish! I woke up after 9, played on the computer again, and then I went back to bed early, about 11pm or 11:30 or so. Slept in until just after 10am, got a package from Mommy & Daddy Selzer, and then got some stuff organized, and I’m ahead on that front! So hmm, maybe I SHOULD treat myself to a pizza or wings or both! So, maybe an order of mild buffalo wings, some taters, and a Meat Lovers Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Slut Hut. That’ll be (at least) two meals for me. And now they have these cute little mini-fried apple pies! I will want those, too! Eeek!

My mouth really is watering now, as I peruse the Web site…. :)

And, random Blogthing:

You Are a Dash

Your life is fast paced and varied. You are realistic, down to earth, and very honest.
You’re often busy doing something interesting, and what you do changes quickly.

You have many facets to your personality, and you connect them together well.
You have a ton of interests. While some of them are a bit offbeat, they all tie together well.

You friends rely on you to bring novelty and excitement to their lives.
(And while you’re the most interesting person they know, they can’t help feeling like they don’t know you well.)

You excel in: Anything to do with money

You get along best with: the Exclamation Point

What is UP with all these quizzes telling me I’m good with money??

Okay, food ordered. Didn’t get the little pies, though. I really want a chocolate brownie with M&Ms, or ANYthing cakey and chocolately with M&Ms involved. Hmm, I do have cake mix, eggs, and oil. Maybe I can arrange something….

Anyway, food’ll be here in about 30 minutes. YAY. :D

‘Til next time!

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