Wednesday, June 29, 2011

and so goes my shit life...

The wonderful homeowners that I spoke with yesterday called me just a little while ago.. and, as the story of my life goes.. the tenant that's there now can't move yet, she's having trouble with the fiancee.. he wants to stay living with his mother & she doesn't want that ( really, who can blame her?)

So, now of course after I told my own shithead LL that I'll be moving as of August 1  I have to start looking and praying really really hard that I find something.... meanwhile tell this guy that the deal fell through so I might be stuck here longer. In Hell.

as my dad would day... Fuck Me. Goddammit I'm so pissed right now y'all have no idea.

Tears, ugly bad ones because I just can't catch a goddamn break.

♪♫The Search is OVER♪♫

No, I promise I won't sing you the song.. even though I do really like that song I won't be looking for love anytime soon.  This girl has had her heart trampled on bad enough to last a lifetime, there's only so much hurt one person can take.

No.. aside from that horrible news I have some Smashingly Wonderful Jubilant news....


In a really nice neighborhood, with lovely homeowners who have grown children who are married and out of the house.  AND.. it's close to school, really close to school by like 7 blocks or so.

I went to see it last night and when I got there and the owner told me it wouldn't be available until August I was kind of apprehensive. .. until I walked in the door and OH MY HOLY HELL was it beautiful.  Big beautiful living room, big eat in kitchen and the bedroom is HUGE.. all the furniture the current tenant has is really big and since I have scarcely any furniture it will seem even bigger for me, lol.  This place is easily twice the size of where I am now.. breathing room :) yay.

 I can't wait to go and take a second look and sign my lease and all that stuff... I was so excited last night and I really felt uncomfortable looking around too much since someone is still living there, but she's moving out to move in with her fiancee.. so it's all good.

I was worried my landlord was going to give me a hard time, considering he's a complete asswad.. but he didn't.  They partied until after midnight last night and the first thing on my mind this morning was not to be nice to him, so I just let him know politely that I found an apartment that will be ready on August 1st and he said that's fine, thank you.  Y'all have No idea how happy I am to be finally getting out of this house and away from these people.

At least I can start this new chapter of my life in a new place with nice people.  It's a bit more than my old place but definitely worth every penny for the peace of mind I will have knowing that there will be no crazy loud music until all hours of the night and parties all the time.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Reason #1297 why I should have stayed home today

It’s no secret that I’m not “in with the in crowd” in my office.. I do my thing and that’s just the way it’s always been. I've never been part of their clique and I’m fine with that. I don’t really share personal stuff with them aside from the apartment shit and various family shenanigans. They all have no clue that my life was pretty much shattered last week when things ended with the guy who I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I do a good job of putting on a smile and pretending everything is fine.

But.. Since I know they read this I’m putting it out there.

And No, I don’t want to discuss it. It was hurtful enough the first time around and I don’t want to relive it. If I’m a little pissy, let it go because I’m not in the mood to be bright and cheery to everyone, although I do try since nobody wants to deal with the bitchy receptionist.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 21 of my Fruitless apartment hunt

Yesterday morning I realized that The Mother in Law is already here and I panicked.  I still haven't found an apartment.  I've been through at least 6 real estate agents and numerous homeowners and I keep hitting the same wall, either these people want only one person for what I can afford or as soon as I mention The Kid they stammer and shut down and that's the end of it.  I can't afford a 2 bedroom apartment.  Plain and simple. I have to talk to my boss when he gets back from vacation Wednesday, but I know come Friday the shit is going to hit the fan if I still don't have a place.

I'm just getting so fed up.  I knew it was going to be hard.. I mean I've been searching for a place for over 2 years now but these people are the worst ever.  I've never known a family more inconsiderate of their tenants than them.  For the Landlord to tell me on June 5 that he wanted me out asap and to expect me to find a place like it was easy peasy was a shitty thing to do.  And now with his mother in law already here I know they're going to be trying harder to push me out.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My week in one sentence

Chapter 32 of Misery loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder

In case this isn't clear it reads: 
Men are Fuckers who just want to mess with your head

So true.. so unbelievably true.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Guess what?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Big Ice Cream question...

Planning to make up a batch of Philly Style ice cream tonight.. but what flavor should I make?
Comment here or head on over to my FB page and let me know.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Oh, hey.. It's Friday

Oh Hey, look at that.. It’s Friday

Hmm... What to flip off this week?

My job? So far, so good this week.

My Landlord? Yea, he’s totally obnoxious when he gets up at 5am, that’s not news

My Complete lack of sleep can be flipped off.. For once, I would like to get a solid 7 hours sleep, I know 8 is too much to ask for.

My apartment hunt.. No, actually not the hunt itself because that’s a test in patience all in itself.. But the homeowners who ask for exuberant amounts for rent in unbelievably tiny spaces. I recently saw a homeowner who had the audacity to ask $1,350 + Utilities for one bedroom apartment in their basement. Yea, Ok Buddy. Some sorry sucker probably took it too because I don’t see it listed anymore. I went to go see an apartment at 9:30 last night that was in the perfect neighborhood, 2 blocks from the kid’s school and had One huge bedroom.. But the rest of the apartment was tiny.. And it only had one window in the whole apartment. That was the deal breaker for me.. I need windows, especially in my bedroom. I've emailed a few more today and the one I really want to get back to me is the 2 bedroom one that I can actually afford.. Pray for me on this one.. I need to get the hell outta this house asap.

This wacky weather needs to make up it’s damn mind already, we had wicked thunderstorms this morning that blew my power out for a good half an hour starting at about 7:45 while I was applying eyeliner no less.. Almost poked my damn eye out with the brush then had to go up into what little daylight there was to finish it all, lol. By the time The kid rolled his butt outta bed the power came back up but the damn filter in my aquarium was making a grinding noise (dear Fluval, I hate your filters with a passion). I’ll take care of that crap later when I get home.

The Kid is taking his Science regents as I write this and as soon as he’s done Summer officially starts for us and he will officially be a 10th Grader (which really makes me want to cry, 3 years and my little teeny baby boy is going to be graduating, it’s a little hard to handle, I’m not old enough for all this)

Speaking of not being old enough my birthday is next week.. If you don’t know how old I will be I’m not sayin’.. But, it’s under 35.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I will never be defined by a number

My podiatrist's office called me yesterday because I had gone in a few weeks ago to get fitted for custom orthotics and they needed my weight. When I was there they asked me too, but I didn't know.  Finally the nurse just asked me to guess, so I did.  It could be more, could be less I told her.. I just really have no clue.  The last time I was weighed was in January at my GP's office when I was sick and I know I've lost weight since then.

I have no idea what I weigh. I do not own a scale. I will not be defined by a number. When my pants start getting tight I know something's wrong and eat better & exercise to fix that...when my pants are big, its all good. As long as my clothes fit, I'm happy. I'm not a small person. I've got a big chest and hips. My sister got my moms tiny frame... I take after my dads Italian side if the family. Its all good.

I will never be a size 2 and I'm fine with that. The thinnest I've ever been was a size 6, 13 years ago when The Bestie got married. Who knows if I'll ever be there again. It doesn't matter to me though.

Don't get me wrong, I do watch what I eat but I'm never on a 'diet'. I like real food. I've taught the kid to make the right choices and while he's a big kid towering over me at 6' he has never been overweight.

We never had a scale in the house growing up, my mom didn't see any sense in it. I never saw any sense in being obsessed with my weight. As long as I'm healthy and happy that's all that matters.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What's better than a Homemade Marshmallow?

A homemade chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick!!!

I made Marshmallows* last Sunday and had them sitting in the oven to set up and dry out a bit.  I kept the marshmallow as a slab until yesterday because it's been wickedly humid here all week.  I cut the marshmallows up using my pizza wheel dusted with a little powdered sugar and then tossed all the marshmallows into a gallon size Ziplock bag. I tossed in 1/4 cup powdered sugar and shook it good to cover all sides of the mallow so none stuck together and give the chocolate something good to hang on to.

I took about 20 marshmallows and stuck them on Popsicle sticks, gave them a good tap on the side of a bowl to remove the excess powdered sugar and put them in the fridge to hang out until I was ready to cover them in chocolate.

I went over to my local party supply store and got a bag of chocolate melts, melted them down and using a rubber spatula coated each mallow in chocolate.  Don't dip the chocolates directly in the chocolate because they'll start to melt (trust me here, I learned by experience) Just get a good scoop of chocolate on the spatula and spread it around the marshmallow.  I sprinkled some colored sugar crystals on them too while they were still hot for some extra color and a little extra texture.

Set the chocolate covered marshmallows on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper so they don't stick and easy cleanup. Store the covered marshmallows in the fridge covered in plastic wrap or in a ziplock bag.

* When I made these marshmallows I used the Marshmallow syrup that I had leftover from the last time I made Marshmallows.  Using the marshmallow syrup gives you bigger fluffy marshmallows than using corn syrup and I find you whip them for a shorter amount of time also.  In total, this time I whipped the marshmallows for around 6 minutes and they were ready to go.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Flip Off's 6/10/11

Ok.. Here goes...

This Entire Week can Flip the hell off!

I should just leave it at that...

But I won't.

EVERYONE at my job can Flip the Hell off.. with the exception of the 2 that are on vacation this week and the 4 that are Not on my shit list.  There was some bullshit going on in my office yesterday that was like high school. I'm seriously over that.  This is Not High School so grow the fuck up and get over it.

It's no shocker that I need to get a new job... unfortunately my plans for that are on hold since First I need a new apartment.. and then I need to get my shit together to get a new job.  It was supposed to be the other way.. but, of course there had to be a wrench thrown in my plans.

My Landlord and his ENTIRE family can Flip off.  He informed me on Sunday, 3 days after I had paid my rent that his Mother in Law is moving here from Columbia, they want my apartment for her and want me out ASAP.  So as if I haven't already been actively looking for an apartment the hunt is now in overdrive so I can get out by July 1... NOT to be accommodating to them, but so I don't have to pay these fuckers another months rent to spend another blazing hot summer in this place with NO a/c.

The Real Estate agent that was nice enough to call me after I had emailed her asking her if she knew of anything for rent within my budget and explaining my situation and then proceed to tell me all I can get within my budget is a dump in a shitty area.. she can Flip the hell off.. she doesn't deserve my money.. let alone a real estate license just for the main fact that she's a bitch and that was very mean spirited.  I work... I make shit pay.. but I still work 40 hours a week so.. what  ever.

I'm sitting here waiting for my truck to get her oil changed... she also had a tail light out.. so that's getting fixed too while he's at it so I can avoid a ticket.. because cops over here can be real jackwads.. but then again, cops everywhere can be.. so that's no shocker.

What will not be flipped off EVER:

The Bestie is flying in today.. after flying for God knows how long, an overnight layover and then 17 straight hours of flying she will be landing around 3:30 this afternoon so I'll get to hang with her this weekend... and bring her yummy fresh baked goodies :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It’s Really freaking HOT

Hot Damn.. All of a sudden it’s summer.. It was 90 yesterday and it’s 93 here right now.
No, I'm not complaining.. I love it.. it's just... hot.

But I have baking to do!!

And, no A/C in my apartment (You have no idea how bad I can’t wait to get out of this place.. It’s the finding a new place that’s killing me)

The Bestie will be here tomorrow.. But I’m most likely going to see her Saturday, because I’m sure she’s going to be exhausted after flying 17 hours with her 4 year old son.

It's supposed to rain later.. so here's to hoping for some divine intervention so I can turn the oven on and not bake myself in the process.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It’s the little things that make me happy

I’m a simple girl.

Really, it doesn't take much to make me happy.

On my way to work I realized that the Farmers market is open over in the courthouse parking lot.

It’s only there once a week, every Tuesday from 7am-1pm

I had no cash on me and contemplated turning around and going to the bank.. But I decided against it. I’ll go next week, when hopefully there are more than 5 booths open, because it was looking a little sad this morning.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

5 ingredient, 5 minute comfort food Chocolate Pudding

I've had an uneasy feeling all day, I chalked it up to too much coffee.. until about an hour ago when my landlord rang my doorbell and told me that I have to move out.  They're bringing his Mother in law from Columbia and they need this space for her.  I told him that I've been looking and it hasn't been easy.. his response was "Well, I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to get out"

yea, Thanks dude.

Uneasy feeling validated... on to the comfort food whilst I search for an apartment (the endless damn search)

 5 minute chocolate pudding

3 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3 Tbs cornstarch
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan mix together the sugar, cocoa and cornstarch.  Whisk in the milk and turn the heat on to medium.  Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.  Pour into bowls, cover with plastic wrap touching the surface of the pudding so it doesn't form a skin and chill 20-30 minutes (or freeze it, YUM!)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Flip Flippity flip flip Friday Flip off’s 6/3/11

This week has been a short one.. But OMFG it’s been a Long damn week!

I have a few flips and one Big, HUGE yippee this week

Lately, I hate my job.  I read a book not too long ago with good advise "You should never have a job you hate so much you think "Thank God it's Friday" Every week of your life" I'm there.. it's time to move on.  I'm underpaid, under appreciated and totally sick of this place. I'm convinced all lawyers have some sort of mental disability... either that or they're just f'ing crazy.

 I put in for OT for the first time EVER last week.. Gave my boss a time sheet and everything and sure, he signed the check.. But told me I can’t do OT anymore. What.EVER dude. Everyone else is paid for their time here.. the F"ing File clerk takes home more than I do.. and she makes OT.. so WTF?  Like they pay me so much I’m rolling in it.. I’m barely scraping by here. Kid has to be to school at 7:45.. so I'm here at 8, I get shit done before 9 then I'm here till 5.. I'm glad school's almost over.

Oh... and.... and... Not only will I be graced with The Nazi this summer.. but BOTH of her snotty teenage daughters... y a y NOT.

Sallie Mae can suck it. Hard. I hate them and also the bitch who did my student loan WRONG in the first place and I didn’t realize it until it was too late.. So I’m stuck paying way more than I should have to begin with.
The Jackass cop who gave me a ticket for having Rosary beads hanging off my rearview mirror... he can flip the Hell off because I went to court the other day and had to pay a $105 fine.  ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE DOLLARS a $50 fine and a $55 state surcharge.. BS... for Obstruction of view?  What an asshole.

I’m not naming names.. But a certain someone in my office who’s been playing the same CD on repeat for the past 2 days ALL DAY.. I’m sick of hearing it already.

The Big Big Yippee this week... THE BESTIE IS COMING NEXT WEEK!!! For 2 Months!!! YAY!! I’ll be taking off every Friday I can while she’s here so we can go sit on the beach, BBQ and spend as much time as possible hanging out while she’s here... because I miss this chick like Cray-zee!! I haven’t seen her since she left in October and no amount of email and Skype can replace actually having her here in the flesh.

I will be baking this weekend and next week so I can bring here some goodies when she gets here.. This weekend I’m making Marshmallows and These and possibly a batch of whoopie pies.. I’m not sure how well they keep in the freezer since if I make them now they’ll hang around until next week.. But we shall see :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

3 years

I've been officially blogging for 3 years.  I can't believe it's been that long, but it's been fun :)  I've met some really great people along the way and the next 3 years are going to be even more awesome :)

Thanks everyone for following me along on my blogging adventures and all the future adventures ahead!