I spent my Saturday morning walking around a craft fair—which some jerk showed up to in a white stretch limo at 10 a.-freakin’-m.—in Frederick. Later my family and I checked out a model train garden near the UMBC campus and headed into Baltimore to visit the “Miracle on 34th Street” lights in Hampden. For dinner, I had chili mac & cheese at a former kids’ shoe store—complete with slide!—in Belvedere Square, where my dad used to shop for shoes among caged monkeys. It’s now a fancy diner called Shoo-fly and their namesake pie was both my first shoo-fly pie and delicious. After dinner, we stopped in Little Italy so I could pick up a half-pound bag of the best cookies in the world. Before falling asleep, I watched about half of Home for the Holidays—the best and possibly only Thanksgiving movie about Baltimore—in “Haviland Hills,” which is the name my phone’s weather app used to describe my parents’ neighborhood. Despite having lived there for the first 18 years of my life, this was also a name I had never heard prior to this weekend.
"Just laughin’ about an episode of Maude I watched the other night."
Whirlwind trip to Maryland yesterday:
- I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to catch my train.
- I got my teeth cleaned and found out my dentist’s daughter who is also now my dentist is pregnant, which means one of my dad’s best friends is going to be a grandfather, which means I had a weird conversation with my mom about having kids.
- I upgraded my phone to the 5c and the best part is that the button works! (The button on my 4 was broken for the past two years.)
- My grandma bought me lunch from a little sandwich shop right outside her neighborhood, which was nice, but surprisingly more expensive than my usual delis in Manhattan. Weird.
- I saw three awesome cats.
- I had my blood drawn at the doctor to see if the medicine I started taking this summer is working. The spot where she stuck the needle in hasn’t bruised so far, unlike last time.
- I got back on the train at 7:30 p.m. and finally was home in bed around 11:30. I passed out and then had a long and busy day of work and now I have barely left the couch since getting home.
Inspired by Danielle, here are my thoughts on makeup/beauty/being a girl:
- I started wearing makeup sophomore year of high school when Sephora opened at the mall in my town and I had read in either ElleGIRL or Nylon that a cool thing to try was to wear gold eyeshadow and bright blue liner. I bought both of those things and exclusively wore that combo for at least a year. Usually with no other makeup except chapstick.
- Also sophomore year, I decided to start plucking my eyebrows and totally over-plucked. I wore my bangs straight-across for about a month until they grew back because I looked ridiculous.
- Senior year of high school I got my makeup/hair done by a girl in my dance class for the prom. (I don’t know why?? Also let me tell you about how I ate too much pre-prom and threw up in a linen closet because I couldn’t find the bathroom. I was not drunk.) She worked at a Merle Norman or something and that was when I found the perfect lip gloss color on me, which I later found out through a Sephora sample is the same color as Buxom’s Dolly, which I now use.
- In addition to that lip gloss, I also “regularly” (not really because I’m lazy) use: Kat Von D’s True Romance eyeshadow in Ludwig or Stila’s eyeshadow trio in a combo that they no longer sell, NARS’s illuminator in Orgasm (lol x 1000, but this is the best thing I own), either Sephora-brand black eyeliner or Urban Decay’s 24/7 black liner (I also really love their other colors like “1999” mainly for the name, but black goes with everything) and whatever shitty drugstore mascara and nail polish.
- I have never been able to draw eyeliner on my top eyelids so I only ever wear it on the bottom, except for very rarely when I try to do it on the top for practice and it just goes everywhere. My friend DJ sold Mary Kay for a few months a few years ago and she tried to teach me to line my top lids, but it did not work out well.
- Should I use BB Cream? What does that do and why does everyone love it?
I’m the best best friend.
Things I am super happy about right now:
- the new OS for iPhone
Scariest weekend of meeting my boyfriend’s extended family, but it went well and LBI is my new favorite beach (or okay, maybe it’s tied with Fire Island).
It’s super hot out but also raining and in 13 hours I’ll be on my way to southern California and I just want to sleep and next Friday I get my wisdom teeth pulled so it hurts to eat but all I want to do this weekend is eat so I am sad and stressed out and just want the next few weeks to be over but also Monday’s my birthday so woo hoo?
A year ago today, I met* this guy (not the cow). I’m pretty happy.
*stalked at a show and introduced myself
Ok, a) this was DEFINITELY not the ONLY time I was called a poser in middle school. b) I distinctly remember this happened in the lunch line in the cafeteria while I was getting some ketchup for my french fries. c) This kid called me a poser after I told him my favorite Good Charlotte song was “Little Things” (which was kinda also untrue but I was on the spot and forgot the names of all their songs JUST like the time in fourth grade when I temporarily forgot the word what BOTH of my parents did for a living in the Geography Bee [it was cartographer]), which FYI I had been listening to since my dad found Good Charlotte’s first album YEARS before it was even played on HFS so WHO’S THE POSER NOW? and also d) He was definitely a total poser himself because it seemed like 2002 flipped a switch at my middle school and EVERYONE was listening to pop punk, when just a year or so earlier, they were all listening to boy bands.
And yeah, bestpicture1977, feel free to call me a poser just in general because I genuinely listened to Good Charlotte all the time on my discman on the bus in eighth grade and I am so so so ashamed.
I think I want to move to Minneapolis. Joe and I went this weekend and it’s so nice and polite and bike-able and pretty and everything’s like a Hold Steady or Replacements song and oh man, the food!
A few weeks ago, I went to Florida for Spring Training and saw the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball: a tie! I also saw a palm tree that was my height(ish) on the beach in Sarasota and walked around Ybor City, where Chloe and I found the greatest bar in the world (this bar had: indoor palm trees, a ***free*** jukebox with a bunch of great albums including The Hold Steady’s Stay Postive, a bunch of board games, fantastic pizza and beer selection, a globe collection and, best of all, a CAT) and a super cute coffee shop with a strawberry and white chocolate latte.
Right before that, J visited from LA and we had a karaoke night like we haven’t in a long, long time.
And also included above are a photo of Emily in her favorite spot on the kitchen windowsill and one of Joe flying a kite in the park from last Saturday. It was chilly, but we got hot apple cider and cider doughnuts at the farmer’s market!
I just found this in my facebook inbox. I am obviously really cool and exciting. My favorite part is like 5 people saw it and didn’t respond even to make fun of me.