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Favorite outfit

I am certain I have no photos of myself in this…but lately, my favorite outfit is a pair of gray sweatpants and a navy blue hoodie.

Apart from that, I just bought this adorable little dress from Land’s End:

Er, I can’t seem to grab the image, so here’s a link.

I got in in navy blue, and last week, I wore it with a  red cardigan. Very cute. :)

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We bought a fancy-schmancy new oven. Flat cooktop, convection oven. Woohoo! The one that was left here when we moved in was just getting to be too unreliable. Sears was having a sale (and offering 12 months no interest), so we jumped on it.

It gets delivered Wednesday. Whee!

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So, I bought this cute little black dress on for supercheap, and of course, it doesn’t fit me…


It’s a medium, but it seems to be a juniors-sized medium. It’s fairly short, even on me, and WAY too small at the top. I was kind of falling out of it, so it would probably be best for someone with, um, a little less going on up there. ;) If you can use it, or know someone who could, I’d prefer to give it away rather than send it back. (Really, it was that cheap.) Comment or send an email.

Nature girl

Aug. 9th, 2009 09:08 pm
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Lately, I’ve been making an effort to use more environmentally-friendly personal and cleaning products. Pictured above:

Method toilet bowl cleaner, Method fresh shower spray, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (almond), Burt’s Bees facial cleansing cream, raspberry and brazil nut conditioner, milk and honey body lotion, peppermint lip balm, and Nature’s Gate chardonnay moisturizer.

I’ve used the castile soap to make facial cleanser, hand soap, and body wash, all of which I’ve been very happy with. I have a recipe around here somewhere for the facial cleanser (it has honey and vegetable glycerine in it), and the hand soap and body wash are just castile soap diluted with water with a smidge of vegetable glycerine and a wee bit of essential oil (I used ginger).

I just made the switch to “natural” dishwashing liquid and dishwasher detergent. I have not yet managed it with laundry detergent…so expensive…but I plan to when I start working again.

Rand and I have also been making more of an effort to buy organic and/or local foods whenever possible. Luckily for us, Wegmans makes this very easy. (I love the local farmer’s markets, but we don’t make it to one every week.)

I recently saw a delivery truck for Akron Poultry Farms, and I intend to call and get on their delivery route soon. I was checking out the website, and they have lots of great stuff!

Anybody want to recommend any great products?

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So, I’m in the middle of writing my article for Toasted Cheese which needs to be ready to go up on the site, oh, Tuesday. Procrastination is bad. ;)

The weekend has been lazy and generally relaxing. This is a good thing. Rand and I talked about going out to a movie, but didn’t see anything that we wanted to go out for. We want to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but that isn’t out until next week. Ah well.

We found ourselves in possession of a wee bit of extra disposable cash, so we went out to eat several times this weekend. Yesterday, we went to May Jen, and I had the yumtastic ginger garlic chicken. And we have leftovers, which will probably be eaten tonight. Mmmm…leftovers.

We’re in the process of decluttering, and took a couple of boxes of CDs and DVDs to trade in. We spent way too much time doing that today! While we were in F.Y.E., I asked a salesperson what music was playing. It turned out to be a new release called Unfold by Marie Digby, which I just decided I need to buy on iTunes. (only 6.99, and I still had some credit left from a gift certificate Samantha gave me for Christmas. Yay, me!)

Rand bought the full Northern Exposure box set with his credit. We also traded in a bunch of CDs at Record Theater and bought a few new things with the credit (and we still have a bunch of credit left). Sadly, we have a small selection of stuff nobody wanted. Sniff.

I still have some photos from Rand’s birthday that I have yet to post…I treated him to dinner at Marinaccio’s, a place neither of us had ever been. We both enjoyed our meals very much. More on that soon. Besides the dinner, I (with contributions from both our parents) bought Rand a new iPod…he wanted one with more space. So guess who else gets a new (slightly used) iPod? ;) Of course, now I have to go through the process of getting what I want onto the iPod. Oh, the trials.

I also have some photos of my pretty, shiny new earrings that people who follow me on twitter heard about yesterday. They will be posted soon.

Oh, and that long-term sub job I mentioned at the beginning of last week? I got it. Since it’s a shorter period of time than my other job (and in a different district), there are no benefits…but it is steady work, great experience, and a wee bit more money than I’d be making as just a day-to-day sub. I went in on Friday to shadow the teacher I’m filling in for and meet the kids and my soon-to-be coworkers. It seems like it’s going to be great, and I’m very happy to have the experience. This week is spring break, so I’ll be starting a week from tomorrow. :D

More? I’m sure there is, but I should probably get back to work…hope you’re having an excellent weekend!

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I have what some might call problem skin…it’s somewhat oily, but quickly dries out if I use products that are too harsh. I’ve spent most of my adult life bouncing around from product to product to find something I like.
I first encountered Clinique skin care products through my aunt, back when I was a teenager. I liked the products then, and she proceeded to buy them for me as gifts for many years. At some point, I got away from them…probably because of my financial situation. I also had issues with the soap, which then only came in bar form and would get all slimy and gross inside the soap holder.

Recently, at a friend’s house, I saw some Clinique products, and I was reminded how much I liked them. I did some quick research and found out that the soap now comes in a liquid pump. Joy! I promptly drove myself to Macy’s and purchased the 3-step system. (when you go into the store, a specialist will work with you to determine which formula best suits your skin.)

The best part is the Dramatically Different moisturizers. I use the gel, because my skin tends to be oily. It adds moisture without making my skin feel greasy. It’s amazing.

I’ve been using my new Clinique products for a week, and I’m not even remotely joking when I say my skin looks and feels better than it has in years.

No, Clinique is not paying me for this post. ;)


Feb. 7th, 2008 11:34 pm
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Quick opinion…

(1) These

(2) These

or (3) These ?

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new curtain!

This is the new curtain I bought for the living room window. I ordered it from Amazon, and it arrived in two days, even though it was from an outside vendor!

For those of you who have never seen it in real life, here’s the old curtain:


So, you can see why I’m so happy. The new curtain is much shorter…but it’s long enough to cover the window and for the bottom to be unseen behind the couch. Good enough for now.

By the way…I think pinch-pleated draperies and drapery hooks should be abolished. Gah.

But anyway…yeah. Happy Erin. Hope everyone’s having a pleasant Friday!

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Educator Savings Week is Wednesday, September 26 -Tuesday, October 2.
Current and retired educators save 25% off the list price of books, CDs, DVDs, and more on personal and classroom purchases.

Teachers, librarians, homeschoolers, professors and other educators, join us for food, fun and prizes during our Special Reception, Friday, September 28 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Borders stores. Just bring proof of your educator status. Visit us online for more information.

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I tried this on in “diamond white,” which is slightly whiter than ivory, but slightly less white than white. The color pictured is light gold. It comes in a reasonable-priced version with glass beads, or an expensive version with Swarovski crystals.


(ignore the fugly hair thing)
I liked this one a great deal. However, it only comes in white and diamond white, and I’m liking the deeper, more champagne and gold colors. It’s also a bit more expensive than the others.

So far, my mom and her friend both like Grace Kelly the best.

I did make a brief venture into David’s Bridal. I hated it. I felt like cattle, and I got a superpushy saleslady. Ick.

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hippo birdie
(I heart Sandra Boynton!)

Thanks to all who have sent and/or posted birthday wishes!

I met up with Jen briefly yesterday, and she gifted me with these:


Ginger cookies! 33 of them! Thanks, Jen! :)

And of course, I had already received my awesome camera from Rand. I also won the auction for the pretty little dress (which I hope fits me!), bought myself a new yoga mat $12.99 at Marshalls), and renewed my flickr pro membership.

And Thomas has just pointed out that a tropical storm has been named after me. Aw, how’d they know? ;)

Sadly, I really do have to grade papers today. Wah! No fair! I also need to contemplate a career-altering decision that needs to be made by, uh, tomorrow. (if you want more info, email or IM me…)

Later, Rand and I will be going out for dinner. Apart from the grading and decision-making, it should be a good day. :)

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Would it be crazy to buy this:

Just because I think it’s purty? (approx. $50 US w/shipping)

And then I found this:

while searching for something to wear to the World’s Largest Disco, and I want to buy it just to wear because it’s SO adorable.

I need to be stopped. ;)

(by the way, if you’re interested in coming to Buffalo for the Disco, let me know!!)

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So, what does a girl do when she’s about to be out of work for a month? Why, she goes shopping, of course…

I didn’t mean to, really. But I’ve got that reunion coming up…and yeah, I’ve got things I could wear, but who wants to wear something old to their class reunion?

I ended up, among other places, at Ann Taylor Loft. And I walked out with this:

It fits beautifully. I was afraid the straps would be too long, but get this–they’re adjustable. Genius.

And it’s even something I can wear to work, if I can find a little sweater or shrug to wear with it (which I think is going to be harder than it should be. I wish I could knit or crochet).

They also had a cute little black eyelet skirt in my size for $15, so I got it. No photo online…I’ll have to take one.

And curse eBay and its evil ways…although I don’t have any occasion to wear this (yet) I keep looking longingly at this. It is stunning. It is exactly what I’ve always wanted. It is CHEAP, even with overseas shipping and insurance. And it’s whispering “Erin, buy me. I can hang in a closet until you need me…” What, you don’t hear it? ;)

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