29 07 2011

FL has been plum full of storm clouds for, oh I don’t know at least three weeks! However, there was one semi-sunny day last weekend where we made it to the beach. But other than that it’s been consistently raining. Which means there are thunderstorms, green grass everywhere, and lots of days-in. Except for when we have to go to class, and march in the rain. That is oh so very fun. Showing up drenched to sit in a cold bldg for six hours. Ah well, that’s the Navy for you. Gotta take the good with the bad. However FL needs to straighten itself out before my friends arrive. We will not accept any days but the sunny ones. We need some blistering hot weather (hold the humidity) and sunshine up to our elbows.

I suppose the weather kind of matches my mood lately. It’s been a week and a half since my break-up with the Mista. And I’m ready to go public with it. Well, not really ready to talk about it…but long story short, I was the one who ended it, and we have since gone separate ways. I think I have a commitment issue, I don’t know what it is really. But after 8 months I still didn’t see a future with marriage, family, kids, the whole what-you-see-in-movies thing so it was time to move on. No one wants a broken heart, and no one wants to break one. But the best thing for both of us was to split up. Even if he doesn’t see it now, he will eventually. And maybe we can be friends someday. (I think it’s compulsory to say that at a break-up, but I mean it this time.

Anyway, since the fateful conversation, I have since received a little email in my Junk Box. (Why do people check their Junk email??) It was from a little website known as I don’t know if you have heard of it. They only have commercials on TV every hour. Anyhow, I proceed to open it and look it over and wonder if the universe is trying to tell me something. That I made the right decision? That it’s time to move on? I am not ready to move on, and I’m not, definitely not looking for a man right now or anytime soon. Regardless, I decided to investigate.

There are so many dating websites out there, but the two that come to mind are eharmony and I proceeded to via a handy link enclosed in the email. Here it asked me to fill out several surveys, which I did to quench my interest hunger. There were all sorts of questions. I mean, crazy questions. Do you sleep with your socks on? Do you like to travel? What’s your favorite city? There were of course the typical ‘where do you work’ and ‘likes and dislikes in a mate’ questions. But this was a wide array of personality questions, as the commercials allude to. So I followed through and stuck with the questions until the very end. Then it came time for a credit card. Whoa whoa Nelly. I didn’t say I wanted to actually do this thing. It came time for the do or die moment, and I couldn’t go through with it. But the more I got to thinking about it, the more I realized something…

When you meet someone randomly, in movies it’s called a meet-cute I think, it is 100% based on looks. If you are in a coffee shop and see a handsome guy from across the room and he comes over to have a little chat, he came over there to talk to you based on your appearance only. If you are a member of a dating website, and are looking to meet a match on there, the points of interest are based purely on your personality (and that pic you posed of yourself that has just the right angle). Well, who the website thinks you will have the most in common with. And although the world leads us to believe that opposites attract, it’s actually okay to date someone that you have a common interest with. Like the love of travel, or similar jobs, or maybe the fact you are both divorced with kids.

Online dating has gotten a bad rap over the years, I’m not sure why, or what exactly is so wrong about meeting someone online, getting to know them via personality matches, likes/dislikes, etc and then meeting in person to see if the chemistry is there. Makes a lot of sense if you ask me. Plus, I happen to know three very happy couples that did exactly this, and two of them are now happily married.

So, maybe someday this will be for me….but not quite yet. But after some research, the online dating thing gets my seal of approval, for what it means.


WTF Weds: Ed 021 …more movie debauchery

27 07 2011

Go to this instant and watch the previews for a movie entitled “Rubber”.

I was fortunate enough to see this with my own two eyes at the movie theater during one of their many many previews. I mean, there are enough advertisements and previews these days that I can literally finish my popcorn and icee before the movie even kicks off. Maybe I’m just a piglet…

Okay, so this movie Rubber…the storyline is about a tire who has gone rogue (from a car??) and is out to kill. Kill people. I know what you are thinking…’How does a tire kill humans?’

Good question. Well this tire rolls down the road in a very dramatic type of way and eventually runs across some people and starts shaking until the people die.

Super super intense storyline.

This is going to have to be a “I need to be drunk or nearly unconscious” type of movie experience.

Fringe Affairs

26 07 2011

Today was obnoxiously long for some reason. Perhaps because there is no looming test in the near future the day seemed to drag on and on. Plus it’s uncomfortably humid down here in the F-L. At any rate, I’ll take this weather over Bahrain any day.

The parents have been building a new room where the back deck used to be, and it’s turning out quite nicely. What started out as a “4-season” porch, turned out to be a full blown extra room with ducting (heat/ac) and real walls. It looks awesome and went up very quickly. I haven’t been home to the house in a couple years but this is officially my new favorite room!

Does anyone watch the TV show Fringe? It’s a pretty awesome show, and it has Pacey from Dawson’s Creek as one of the main characters, otherwise known as Joshua Jackson. It’s a show about the supernatural, a modern-day X-Files but not quite as farfetched. Good show if you are looking for a new one to dig into. Pacey’s dad is this crazy old coot scientist type, and the main character is a woman who works for a special branch of the FBI set out to investigate some very strange happenings. Her and Pacey, and crazy scientist buddy up to find out what’s at the bottom of it all. And they have a lab assistant named Astrid who plays a small role, but she’s a pretty decent actress.

Also been watching a lot of Covert Affairs. It has the chick from Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo. She’s the main character and works for the CIA as an operative/field agent. And of course, again, it’s a little out there, but has a good storyline and is now in the 2nd season so apparently it has taken off. She lives with her sister, and goes on these crazy missions all over the world. Her sidekick is kind of a nerdy-handsome ex-Army blind guy. (Don’t worry, the CIA gave him tons of cool gadgets for his office including a computer for the blind.) One of the bosses at the CIA is Sandy from another tv show, The O.C. I forget his real-life name. But he’s one of those older-hotties.

In unrelated news. If you haven’t downloaded the Awolnation album yet. Do it now.

Up in the NAS(ty)

24 07 2011

Had a wonderful weekend and got much accomplished. Shopping at the ol Cordova Mall. Luckily we made a quick pass.

Got some pedis. P.S. Tip n Toe in the mall has the most luxurious massage chairs. And it was probably the best pedi I have ever had. They have some serious massaging skills up in that joint. Leg massage? Yes, please!

Went to see Friends With Benefits, with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. HILARIOUS. You must see this. Also saw HP7. Sad but very nicely done to end off the series. The theater wasn’t as packed as I thought it would be and there were surprisingly very few children.

Got some laundry done. For some reason I end up having at least three loads by the weekend. How? I have no idea seeing as I wear a uniform to school every day and then change into pjs… But, luckily the laundry machines are only a few doors down.

Went to Red Robin for the FIRST time in my life. It was ay-may-zing. Holy shit. Seriously you have to go there ASAP if you have one in the area. Unlimited steak fries!! And free refills on root beer floats. What?? You heard me FREE refills on the root beer floats. As in an entirely new frosty mug with a float in it as a refill. Crazy stuff

And last but not least. The beach!

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Just what I needed. A nice peaceful weekend.

Tanger Outlet = Black Hole of Goodness

22 07 2011

This past weekend me and my friend Gypsy went to the Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama.

About an hour and a half west of here. Honestly I thought it was closer, but it ended up being a fast trip nonetheless. We had some time to catch up and listen to some new tunes. Plus it was a gorgeous day despite Mother Nature’s “wet sunshine”. Also, we learned there is a Lambert’s Cafe in Foley. “Home of the throwed rolls.” Turns out the place originated in Missouri, my motherland. Who knew. We didn’t end up eating there this time because there were at least 50 patrons in front of us and we didn’t want to wait for three hours. So, we made the executive decision to eat something at the mall. Interestingly enough, for such an overwhelmingly large mall, there were only three food places. Pizza. Chinese. Sammies. That is all.

Tanger Outlets is not a place for the occasional shopper. It is a place you go as an experienced shopper. Get in, get some business done, and get out. You will lose your mind without a plan of attack.

I have no idea how many stores are there, but if I had to guess I would say at least 100. And thankfully we weren’t interested in over half of them, such as the knife store, the jewelry stores, the tool man-shop, the higher-end stores etc. Makes sense, they have to pepper in some shops geared towards the poor poor husbands.

So, we hit up quite a few outlets. Eddie Bauer, Nike, North Face, Jockey, Coach, etc. BUT, during our walkabout, two new stores were introduced into my life.

1. Soma

2. White House Black Market

Amazing little shops. Well, not little since they are chains and all over the world but you get the drift. Soma is a woman-stores. Undies, sleepwear, etc. Kind of like Jockey, but they have really good quality intimates. if you wanna check it out. But as I was wandering around the store, I found some undies that have a silicone lining on the cheek part. So they stay in place, ie: no wedgies, like EVER. I found this pretty ballsy  that they would claim this. I have never owned anything that didn’t at some point during the day ride up and become uncomfortable. So, the silicone isn’t like butt padding, it’s just a very thin little strip, so as to act like double-sided tape (you can kind of see it in the pic). These panties also offered the “vanishing edge” feature. I scooped some up to try them out and rushed to the counter before I could gather any other items I didn’t need.

As I approached the counter the lady was helping someone else, so I patiently waited near the lotions, the optimum marketing placement that gets me every time whether it’s lotion, purfume, lip gloss, nick nacks….Me and Gypsy tried every lotion up there and decided we liked the majority of them, and didn’t like one of them and made some ick-faces as we smelled them some more….and then it was time to check out.

This particular saleslady seemed overly excited about undies…. As she scanned my picks, I did my usual “Do you have a military discount” routine and forked over the plastic. This is the moment where said lady decided to practice a little afternoon overshare. She went into the “these undies are so great!” sales routine and went on and on about how the vanishing edge is great and the silicone sides guarantee no more wedgies (but her boyfriend was reportedly disappointed about this feature) and how they are top sellers, and after wearing them once I’ll be hooked forever. Mmmhmm? (insert polite nod and awkward save me glance at Gypsy). Then, the lady proceeds to pull up her dress and show me exactly what she was talking about with the vanishing edge/silicone business. She lifts up her dress, and btw, we are still standing in the middle of the store at the register as various customers meander in and out. She pulls the back of the undies out and shows us the silicone and snaps them back into place and exclaims her love of these things. Then she put her dress back down, handed me a receipt and then it was Gypsy’s turn to take a stab at check-out-counter roulette. As you probably have guessed, I headed for the door and waited for her in another location. Awkward.

BUT, as it turns out, these undies are AMAZING. Like, amazing. Time for my own overshare. (guys, skip this paragraph) I got five pairs, they have them in every kind, bikini, high-rise, boy shorts, etc so you can mix-n-match, and all sorts of patterns. I wore them for the first time on Sunday and it feels like you are wearing nothing, as in absolutely nothing underneath. AND for the first time in twenty-six years I went an entire 18 hours without a wedgie, or even a slight panty adjustment. It was the strangest thing. Going from my staple Victoria’s Secret staple panties to this new, unfamiliar land with pure bliss where you put on your undies and forget about them. Amazing. I will never buy anything else. Crazy peep show saleslady was onto something…

Now, as for the other store. White House Black Market. This place was somewhat similar to NY & Co., but a tad more swanky. They sell business-y type clothes that you can also dress down if wanted. Supercute coats and pants/jeans. I ended up finding a greenish-military colored jacket that is perfectly fitted, and some jeans that look great. I will def be visiting that joint again.

All-in-all we had a nice little day trip. Good thing, cause I was house-bound most of Sunday due to rain, rain, and more liquid sunshine (according to the saleswoman at the North Face Outlet).

Now, what’s the plan for this weekend? Loving being back in the U.S. and catching up with old friends!

Hope everyone had an equally enjoyable weekend. I’m trying to send some of this rain up to the midwest!

Sista Roch

21 07 2011

Check out my sister’s paintings!!


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I don’t know what the real names are, so I named them 🙂

The white one will be mine! Waiting for her to splash some goodness on there. I guess the naming was a little premature…

WTF Weds: Ed 020 Just. Wrong.

20 07 2011

There is a movie.

It is called:

“Hobo With a Shotgun”

This is a real movie.

As in, someone paid money and produced this garbage.

Garbage that consumers choose to purchase and spend 86 minutes of their life watching.

Tell me, what went wrong in your life that you would stop by the movie-gettin store and actually pay dollhairs for this?? And I happen to know someone who knows someone who RESERVED this at the store. Like, signed his name, paid money in advance, and sat on the edge of his recliner anxiously awaiting the release and subsequent ownership of this shit.

I mean I guess I have to sit back and laugh about it.

Oh America, you keep us entertained, don’t you.