Jul
01
2010

Landlords Say The Darndest Things

No-one likes a whiner, I know. But sometimes you just feel so much better when you get it off your chest, don't you? Me, I'm railing against my old landlords at the moment, and I know "railing against them" sounds all hardcore and stuff, like I'm outside their offices with a pitchfork, but really it just means I'm sitting in my spare bedroom surrounded by boxes, making aggravated noises in the back of my throat like a cat hacking up a hairball, and sputtering angry words to myself. It's very productive, I assure you.

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Jul
06
2010

OK Commuter

Today marked the very first time Sean and I made the commute on public transport from our new house to work. Don't get me wrong: we lived in it for three days last week before heading off to Barbados on vacation, and they were all days we could have tried to figure out the bus or the train, but we drove to work instead: mostly because our heads were packed and spinning at that point and one more new thing to understand would've driven us, I think, to the brink.

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Jul
12
2010

Bed, Bath, and Beyonce

I should tell you first of all that this post has nothing to do with Beyonce. If you want to read about Beyonce, you should go and talk to my friend Alison, who had dinner with her last week. Yeah, that sounded much better than it actually was: Alison didn't so much "have dinner with her" as she "had dinner in a restaurant in which Beyonce was also having dinner," but that second way doesn't sound half as good. Although, tomayto, tomahto, you know? The way I see it, Alison was having dinner. Beyonce was having dinner. Ergo, Alison had dinner with Beyonce. Let's leave it at that.

Anyway, this post, as I mentioned, has nothing to do with Beyonce, but it does have something to do with beds and baths, and if you watch the video below—the last in the Putting It All Together series, sadly—you'll see what I mean.

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Jul
13
2010

Advice On Throwing A Party With A Friend

Picture yourself at the beach in July. What are you wearing? A bathing suit, right? Maybe a t-shirt and shorts if you're there in the evening. What you're not wearing at the beach in July, I'd expect, is a long-sleeved t-shirt under a hoodie under a jacket with a fur-lined hood, wrapped in a pashmina, and topped off with a hat.

Welcome to summer in San Francisco.

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Jul
14
2010

The N Is Near

My new commute, until now, has been pretty innocuous. We get on the train, we sit there and read for thirty minutes---I have rediscovered reading! I now have a time and a place to read!---and then we get off at the other end. We do this twice a day and it's fine. Sometimes I get my phone out and Yelp all the restaurants and bars we're passing because we move through entirely different neighborhoods now and it's always nice to know where you can get a decent falafel. Sometimes Sean and I chat, sometimes we don't.

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Jul
18
2010

All About Barbados

It's been a while since we got back from Barbados and I haven't even told you anything about it. It was---as you would imagine a vacation in Barbados to be, particularly one taken after two weeks of packing and moving and painting---rather fantastic.

For a start, this was our balcony:

And this was the sunset view from that balcony:

And this was the pool where we spent our days:

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Jul
20
2010

Hello Colleagues, I Am Wearing A Bikini

I'm heading to Phoenix tomorrow for a brief work trip, and when I say it's a brief work trip, I do literally mean that I will be there less than 24 hours. In fact, I have just done the Plane Math (not to be confused with the Plain Math, although truthfully it was only adding and subtracting, so it was actually pretty plain) and it turns out that I will be in Phoenix for a grand total of seventeen and a half hours, eight of which (I hope) I will be asleep for.

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Jul
25
2010

Words And Phrases I Would Become President Of The World Just To Be Able To Ban, Even If It Meant Doing A Lot Of Paperwork

In any way, shape, or form
Kthxbai
Moms' night out
Put a bug in his ear
Just sayin'
Woot
I'm not going to lie...
Epic fail
Where are you at?
Awesomesauce
Pick your brain
I can haz _____?
I heart you
Internets
Teh Internets
Ridonculous
If you will
Old school
I'm so blessed
Peace (when someone uses it as their sign-off in an email, like "Talk to you soon. Peace, Holly")
Coming down the pike
So be it

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