I’m totally judging your groceries

Exhibit A: Girl in line ahead of me has in her basket exactly 6 apples and 6 assorted Chobani yogurts. Both of us realize we have forgotten something and leave the line. What did she forget? 4 Dannon Light ‘n Fit, obvs.

Exhibit B: Why does everyone who buys soda have to buy 10 cases at a time?? Have you noticed this?? No one seems to be able to buy just one case. Is there risk of a shortage? Do they get lonely? Is Diet Coke really that addictive? What will happen if you run out?!

Exhibit C: You’re totally going to eat that entire frozen pizza yourself, aren’t you.*


*This was my own basket. And yes. I did.

Save Hamilton!

Here is something near and dear to me……  The Hamilton Wood Type Museum.  Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan,  most people don’t know this place exists, but I assure you even the non typography/printing geek will marvel at this collection of history and art.  Sadly, in recent days, the owners of the old Hamilton building that houses this amazing museum, with 1.5 million pieces of wood type – as well as a huge functional workshop, has told them they have 90 days to vacate.   This working museum sees thousands of visitors each year, come through to see how wood type was/is made…..  as well, classes and workshops that host students from around the world, are held here.   The task of moving will not be small and an estimated $250,000 will be needed to pack and relocate.   With generous donors having pledged $65,000 already, there is still a long way to go.  This amazing piece of American history must be preserved!  Please consider!  Save the wood type!  Contributions may be made online here.

Favorite Songs of 2012: Friend Crush, Friends

One of my favorite places to learn about new music is the food/music blog (no really!) www.turntablekitchen.com.  The Mixtapes, Musical Pairings and Single Servings offer tons of great, new tracks alongside recipes, showcased ingredients and kitchen gadgets. (If only I could cook!!)  And that’s where I first heard Friends and their super catchy, “I’m His Girl”.

Friend Crush was released as their second single and then appeared on their first full length album, Manifest!, which came out in June. Filled with tons of hooks and 80s grooves, the album was a summer favorite. Continue reading

No Love for 90s Fashion

So apparently it’s time for 1990s styles to start coming back, thanks to our 20-year cycles of “those who fail to learn from the past are doomed repeat it” fashion.  Jess, Lyn Marie and Pamela are all thinking about revisiting these looks, and I’ll admit to feeling a certain amount of nostalgia for 1990s fashion when I catch re-runs of Boy Meets World (spoiler alert – Cory’s a lot harder to sympathize with as an adult) and early Buffy the Vampire Slayer (thanks, Jess, for getting me hooked!).

But while that’s all well and good, here’s why I won’t be joining in on the fun…

Exhibit A – 1996 Yearbook Club photo

I’m third from the right in the top row, wearing a baggy t-shirt and leggings (which, as you’ll see, is a recurring theme…).

Exhibit B – 1996 Oboe & Flutes photo

That’s me, again, second from the right in the middle row, rocking a terrible shirt, an awful haircut and the world’s most duck-sounding instrument.  But the real icing on the cake is…

Exhibit C – 1996 Knowledge Master team photo

Yep, ladies and gentlemen – that’s a full-on unibrow.  (Not that the scraggly hair, giant-ass softball shirt and enthusiastic participation on the nerd squad are doing 90s-me any favors…).

I’d say that I wish I could find more pictures of my 1990s style to show you beyond my 1996 middle school yearbook, but that’s a lie.  If I do find them, I going to burn them so that my future children won’t look back on them and assume they’re genetically-predisposed to sartorial failure.

I swear, I’m normal-looking now.  I’m not going to be winning any “Best Dressed” awards, but at least the clothing I wear demonstrates that my body shape is something other than “rectangle” and my hair doesn’t so closely resemble Lindsey Lohan’s extensions (on most days, that is).

So while the rest of y’all can go on and experiment with the “new” 90s fashions, I respectfully decline to participate.  If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here writing about internet stuff and getting out of work, as I’m obviously disqualified from offering this blog fashion advice 🙂


How to rock your Lululemon vinyasa scarf

(as requested by jess)

Step 1.    Purchase overpriced vinyasa scarf from Lululemon.  (Seriously, I love Lululemon, but they are pricey, and we could probably make this ourselves.  Truth:  we never actually make things when we say, “we could make that ourselves!”)

Step 2.    Ok. So this scarf is seriously huge, and I honestly was just winging it the first time I put it on and it looked pretty good!  It’s basically a really big “infinity scarf” (which seems to be the big thing this year, I guess – google it and see what I mean – everyone is selling them) with snaps.  What I did was drape it around my neck, snaps done and toward the bottom and off to the side a little.

Then I just wrangled it up into a second loop and popped it over my head.  Which would be pretty easy with a regular scarf that isn’t the size of a blanket.  This one is the size of a blanket, so it takes some playing around with.  I also unsnapped a snap or two to make it lay more flat and wide at the bottom.  I think it looks the best this way.
You could also unsnap all snaps and wear it as a regular style scarf.   I feel meh about this.  It’s kinda boring.  This scarf is cooler than that.
You could as well wear it as a scarf/hood combo.  I don’t like it like this all that much either.  I feel like I look biblical?  Or just plain ridiculous.   But if you were somewhere cold without a hat, it would be a good option.
Step 3.    Go about your grocery shopping and Target wandering looking damn fabulous!
Side note:  If this isn’t working for you, I guess you have a new really expensive and fancy blanket….. or you could use it for this.  Because it is huge.  HUGE.