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Yesterday BFF and I planned to go shopping for a few essentials and splurges (see my previous post). When I got to her house to pick her up, she said she had a surprise for me.

She opened a box from Amazon.com and handed me the new Hungry Girl cookbook! How cool was that? I had been wanting to get it, and since I was the one who introduced her to the Hungry Girl website, she decided to get it for me.

I glanced at it quickly, and the recipes look really good. Of course, I didn’t spend too long at it, because it’s hard to look at delicious food when I’m on this fast. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some of the recipes once I’m done fasting.

The funny thing is, earlier in the day I was at Starbucks and thought about getting her The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is a book narrated by a dog, but I wasn’t sure if she really wanted it or not. She said she’d love to get it, but hadn’t yet. So, after our shopping expedition, we stopped at Starbucks and I got it for her.

The book looks really interesting:

The Art of Racing in the Rain Video Book Trailer (Extended)

It’s so fun to give (and get!) surprises like this.

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April and May have been L-O-N-G months. Mostly because I’ve been broke. No, I didn’t lose my job or get a reduction in pay or anything like that. I’ve just had a shitload of expenses, parties, gifts to buy, and bills to pay. But now, in June, I’m finally going to be able to catch up.

So, what’s the first thing I’m going to do on Friday? You got it!! I’m going to treat myself to some shopping fun. I’m way behind on some “rewards” that I’ve set up for myself for my weight loss, and after feeling dirt poor and scrimping the past two months, it’s about time.

I’m looking forward to going shopping so much that I actually made a spreadsheet of all of the things I plan to buy, including how much they cost. Obsessive, much? I did it more to make sure that I wouldn’t go too overboard in all of buying fun.

Most of the things on my list are beauty/make-up related, because I don’t want to spend any money on clothes right now, since I keep losing so much weight. The only clothes I’m going to buy (eventually) will be cheapo clothes, since I’ll only be wearing them (hopefully) for a month or so.

In case you’re interested, here’s the list:

  • Bare Escentuals foundation and eyeliner, and maybe a lipgloss, if I’m feeling sassy
  • DiorShow mascara – this is THE BEST mascara, in my opinion. Definitely worth the $25
  • Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Delovely – this is one of my all time favorites
  • Philosophy Skincare – I’m splurging and treating myself to some new (fancy) skin care: Purity, Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, and Hope in a Jar moisturizer
  • Books – right now I’m such a fan of Jen Lancaster that I just have to get her first two books: Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass
  • iTunes – Not sure exactly which songs/albums, but I’d like to get some new workout tunes

The only other thing I’d really like to get is the Wii Fit, but that’s a bit more expensive, so I may wait until I’ve hit another milestone in my weight loss.

The shopping spree is my little way of helping the economy (even thought I haven’t even gotten my stimulus check yet!!). Friday’s the day that the cash registers in my area are going to be singing, so if you’re at the mall and there’s a line forming, you’ll know it’s my fault. Sorry in advance!

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I didn’t do half of the things I thought I was going to do this weekend, for a variety of reasons:

  • No Annie Lebowitz exhibit with CBCB because of my TOM & cramps (sometimes I HATE being a girl!)
  • No Indiana Jones movie with my dad because the first theatre sold out and there was no parking to be found at the mall (2nd theatre). He and I will definitely try again next weekend.
  • No grading (yet) – It was simply too nice a day for me to be stuck inside grading, but I do need to get busy with that now

I did get to quite a few things, including working out almost all of the days of the weekend, cleaning and organizing the house, and spending some time with my parents. So, while I didn’t do some of the things I had planned, I still accomplished quite a few things, and had a nice, relaxing weekend.

Oh, and I also finished Such a Pretty Fat and you can read my thoughts about it here. It is a book I highly recommend to everyone. The kind of book that you’re a bit sad has to end.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!!!

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Given that this weekend there are three whole days to catch up on housework, workout, go places, be with friends, and enjoy life, I’ve decided to get out there and do some of it.

Friday night

  • work out with BFF (done)
  • feed my Nip/Tuck obsession by watching the latest season 1 DVDs that have arrived from Netflix (1 down, 1 to go)

Saturday

  • nail appt (done)
  • laundry (in process)
  • electric broom kitchen and bathroom floors (done)
  • clean bathroom (done)
  • tidy kitchen (done)
  • run dishwasher (done)
  • workout (done)

Sunday

  • work out (decided to take the day off)
  • more laundry (in process)
  • grade 30 Grapes of Wrath essays (got too caught up in reading fun stuff, see below)
  • get captivated in blogs and books instead of reading essays, see above
  • watch mindless reality t.v. for an hour or two

Monday

  • donate clothes that are too big to the local clothing charity (!!!!)
  • workout
  • Go to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with my dad (he and I always go to movies like this together, it’s our tradition). Sold out at the first theatre and no parking space to be found at the second one.  We’ll try again next weekend.
  • Get down to business on the 30 essays, since nothing productive happened with them yesterday (in process)
  • rest, relax, renew:
    • read for pleasure – Such a Pretty Fat and some of the mags that have been piling up (done)
    • take a long bubble bath, complete with soothing music and candles (did this one a day early)
    • talk to my sis and catch up on our lives (done)

Sounds like the makings of an excellent, very well-balanced weekend to me!

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Tonight I went to SF (two nights in a row!!) to go to Jen Lancaster‘s book signing for her new book, Such a Pretty Fat.

I was so excited to go to the Books Inc. in the Marina district of SF because it’s been over 2 years since I’ve gone to a book signing, and I love meeting authors and hearing them read from their newest books. Hearing the words spoken by the person who wrote them is like nothing else! Plus, I love hearing their thoughts on life and their interactions with the crowd.

And what a crowd! Lots of big girls who were all about girl-power, the typical SF-types who are overly politically correct, and a bunch of book lovers who couldn’t wait to hear one of their favorite authors speak. The room was buzzing in the minutes before Jen came out. Everyone seemed to know every detail of her life, and were regular readers of her blog.

I myself accidentally happened upon Jen’s blog through another blog I read. How glad I am that I discovered her, because she’s witty, sarcastic, a bit cynical, and struggling to lose weight — all the right ingredients to make a fun night and a great read.

CTLB joined me and told me that this was her first book signing ever! What a cool experience for us to share. Jen Lancaster has to be one of the funniest people I have ever heard. The whole crowd was laughing non-stop as she read from the new novel and answered questions from the audience afterwards. I couldn’t have asked for a better time.

Hearing Jen speak inspired me. I really hope that someday I’ll be able to write a book about some of the funny, touching, and intense things that have happened to me in my life. Why not?! This blog is a good starting place, and I’d really like to take some writing classes to hone the craft even further.

When it was finally my turn up at the signing table, Jen said, “Wow, you look just like every member of my family.” I asked her if she was Italian, and she said yes. “Well, half Sicilian.” And I said, “the best half. Or, at least, that’s what my mom would say!” She laughed and chatted a bit more with me. How cool is that? I told her I bet we were probably somehow related, as all Italians seem to be.

CTLB took some great pictures of the book signing, although it was hard to get good shots through the crowd of people who were there to hear Jen.

Here’s one of Jen signing the book for me. (Those eyebrows, black hair, and nose, wearing black? That’s me!! Nice cropping, huh? Gotta maintain the anonymity).

I thought it was cute that Jen was standing under a book called Smile, and a bunch of books from the ultra-princess-y Nancy series.

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Yesterday was one of the best afternoons/evenings of my life. I hosted a graduation party at my house to celebrate CTLB and I receiving our Masters degrees.

Whenever I have a party, I always go a little bit crazy beforehand making sure everything is ready: cleaning the house, shopping for food, getting decorations, and figuring out the right outfit to wear. Yesterday was no exception to the mania, in fact, there was a bit extra, just for good measure.

I have this old, wood table that used to be a workbench in the backyard. It was a bit dirty and dusty, but I figured that if I washed it off and covered it with a plastic tablecloth (that matched the cocktail napkins and appetizer plates I bought at Diddam’s, naturally), it would be fine. When my dad and I moved the table on Thursday night, we uncovered a water faucet that I didn’t realize was there. Mind you, I’ve lived here for a year and a half, and had never turned this faucet on. So, I got the bright idea to turn it on, fill my watering can with water, and wash off the table. Easy right? Not so much. I turned the faucet on, no problem, but when I went to turn it off, the spigot at the top of the faucet wouldn’t budge. The water was on almost full blast and wouldn’t turn off!! I freaked out for about 10 minutes, but then pulled myself together and called the management company so they could send the plumbers out to turn off the water. 3 hours and 2 crazed phone calls later, the plumber finally arrived to shut off the water. In the mean time, my backyard was practically flooded. A perfect setting for a party, don’t you think?

Luckily it was a really hot day yesterday (100 degrees in the shade), so the water quickly dried up and actually helped clean off the cement in the backyard. Crisis solved.

The rest of the day was spent running around mopping the floors, vacuuming the carpet, and getting the house ready for my guests. I also went to a couple of grocery stores for all the food, and got that all set up. The house looked great, the food was all ready, I looked nice (if I do say so myself), and then it was time for the guests to arrive.

Only all of my friends and family like to be fashionably late, so I sat around the house waiting for the party to start.  Soon enough people started showing up and the party was underway.  We all had a great time, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.  I kept thinking to myself, “I have such amazing friends and family.”  Each person at the party was truly thrilled for my achievement, and happy to partake in the celebration.

Flooding aside, the evening went off without a hitch, and it was one of the best times I’ve had in recent memory.

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It’s finally over!!! I’ve graduated with a Masters degree in Educational Leadership! Whoooo HOOOOO!

Tonight CTLB and I gave our final exhibition presentation, which went wonderfully well. We got great feedback from our evaluator, as well as our peers.

Then during the graduation ceremony Glenn Singleton, one of our adjunct professors and a leading activist in anti-racism education and leadership, mentioned CTLB and me by name for our iMovie that we made involving our Professional Development for Equity Plan. What an honor!

Being the overly-emotional person that I am, as soon as he mentioned our names, my eyes welled up with tears. I was overcome with emotion because here was this great man mentioning our names in our graduation ceremony. It was so powerful.

As I reflect back on all of the work that I did with CTLB, I am so proud of all of our accomplishments. We went above and beyond expectations in everything we did, and people recognized that. We went beyond just learning the material — we made a difference in the lives of our students and colleagues. I’m amazed by everything we we’ve achieved.

I’m on cloud nine right now, and I think I finally see the sun shining down on me (even though it’s night time), and the angels are definitely singing.

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