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Last night I ‘dragged’ a few friends out to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert Musical. I watched the original movie tons when I was in High School and was thrilled to see that the musical version was coming to Dallas.

One friend had no idea what she was getting into. The other two (my gay boys) had seen it, but only one knew it. The other (my bff) had been forced to watch by his BF but didn’t really get it.

The show was fabulous. It was even better because Tick reminded me so much of my BFF.

Seriously in the scene (above) when he was wearing cargo pants and the socks over the ankle… I was quite positive that BFF has worn the same outfit.

Plus they have the same dance moves.


But I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a secret love child hiding because he’s super squicked out by the thought of vagina.

I’m pretty sure he’d faint if he actually saw one. Let alone get close enough to touch one.


But back to the show.


It was fun. Though there was a distinct lack of ABBA, the music was fun. I LOVED Felicia’s Like a Virgin and ESPECIALLY Material Girl…. damn those boys looked fine in their glittery bikinis and leashes!


Spoiler Alert:



There are some fine ass men in this show. See at your own… oh who are we kidding. Go see it now. It’s fucking hilarious, and the boys are pretty. 

So some of the Aussie accents were lacking. And the kid who played Benji was overacting and a half. But it was worth it.

It was one of the most entertaining nights I’ve had recently. At least sober.


Of course there waaaaaas Star Trek Into Darkness.


That also had lots of pretty boys (and girls) (and vulcans). And was action packed and made a Trekkie out of me…. I love me some Chris Pines. And Zachary Quinto. And Zoe Saldana. And Benedict Cumberbatch. And… well a whole lot more ’cause the cast is fucking hot. 

So really. I’ve had a great week of entertainment. 


Hopefully this weekend will be more of the same.


Ok, it will probably involve Fast and the Furious “the number of ‘packs’ Vin Diesel would have if her were a regular human”.

Pretty much no plot but lots of hot boys. Which is really all I’m looking for in an afternoon of entertainment. And it’s significantly cheaper than the strip clubs.


While speaking with some of my online friends this week we discussed collective nouns for different groups.

Did you know a group of crows is a murder?

Whales form a pod, and when owls are together they’re a parliament.

So we started to brainstorm what to call other groups.

A gossip of mothers? You can see that right? 


What do you call a group of hipsters?

A douche? A moustache? A microbrew? A fad? A brooklyn? A pretention?

And then it happened.


A trend of hipsters.

As I watched a trend of hipsters pass my office window, one of them tripped and broke his glasses.


This is a thing now. Make it happen.



Also toying with the ideas of:

A kardashian of fauxlebrities.

A facepalm of politicians.

A crunch of hippies.

A protest of activists.


Yes? No? What say you?

Best Blog I’ve read about depression

I’ve struggled with depression for a long time.

I’ve squashed it by being outgoing and super personable all while feeling…. nothing.

No one seemed to know quite what that felt about until today.

When I read Hyperbole and a Half‘s latest blog post I finally felt like someone understood.

Depression isn’t sadness. It’s a black hole that sucks away all feeling. 

And it’s compounded by the fact that your friends just don’t understand the ’cause’ of it or why you can’t ‘snap out of it’.

I fucking tried,

It didn’t work.

At best I could do was camouflage my (lack of) emotions so as to seem carefree and fun. But I was mostly just hoping I could stop caring about the few things left in my life that kept me alive.

Basically, Lily, my dog.

I remember once breaking down sobbing to my (then) roommate wondering what would happen to Lily if I died. I was relieved to know that he would take her, but I still couldn’t be comfortable knowing she’d be without me. And I knew she needed me. 

My friends/family were also a consideration though somehow not as much.

I understood that my death would hurt them, I mostly couldn’t care about that though. 

Luckily I realized that the place I was in was unhealthy and didn’t have to be permanent. So I got help and I’m not (mostly) feeling better.


But I was happy to finally see that someone understood what I’d gone through for so long. 


So thank you Allie!

Team player?

I just joined for the free shirt.

But seriously, how did I get roped into playing sand volleyball?

I HATE sand. Also, I’m super uncoordinated. 

Yet there I am playing volleyball for the first time since like 6th grade.

Worse than that I’m wearing <gasp> SHORTS in public! 

What on earth have I gotten into?!??!

But in all reality it’s really fun. Mostly I drink and swear when I hit miss the ball and fall flat on my face.

Or hit the ball with my chest.

Or better yet my face.

YUP. Guess who’s sporting a nice blackish/green eye. <points to self> THIS GIRL!

Seriously though I’m having way more fun with this Sand Volleyball league than I’d’ve thought and from the burn in my legs I’m hoping it will help me get at least a little in shape!

Pain in the ass


I slipped yesterday and fell right on my rump. It hurt a bit then but I was hoping that I could just ‘walk it off’. But I woke up today in a lot more pain. 

Turns out I bruised my tailbone and pulled a muscle in my back.

Sitting hurts, laying on my back hurts, walking hurts.

I spent the day laying on my stomach watching Hoarders and listening to Boston Police scanners.

This only makes the problems I’ve been having with my neck and back worse. I’m tired of feeling like I’m falling apart!

Oh the places you will go….

With a toddler.

My niece turned 2 last week and I told my sister I’d take her to the zoo for her birthday.

It’s one of those things I love to do but feel like I can’t go alone… but I can go if I have a kid with me (like those cartoon movies that are secretly awesome for adults!).

When I arrived to pick her up she was super excited to go with me.

Until we pulled out of the driveway and she realized her mom wasn’t coming with us.

The crying/yelling didn’t last long. Just a few blocks (because if it had been longer I’d have been taking her back and heading back to bed!) and then she was chattering in untranslatable toddler speak.

Every question I asked was responded to with: Huh? and then answered when I repeated.


But the zoo was fun. Despite quite a few animals being asleep or super boring.

We did get to meet a super awesome porcupine:



Who was amazingly adorable and apparently loves apples and sweet potatoes (and ‘rodent chow’).

We also met the most awesome penguin duo:



They were quite the adventurers and we had a blast watching as they ran way (INTO THE CROWD) from their owners! Amazing!

We did have a blast. Though my niece apparently was more excited by pigeons than parrots!

Still a great day out!

It all starts with a plan

I spent my day off shopping for patterns and fabric for my spring wardrobe. 

And I found some amazing fabrics and patterns.

I’m really anxious to see how it will all turn out. And I absolutely cannot wait to accessorize and turn these dresses into full ‘looks’!


I started out at Jo-Ann’s and took advantage of their $0.99 McCalls pattern sale. I found four dress patterns that I loved but it took me a looooong time to find fabric that would work.

The first I found was this:



Right off the bat I LOVED the peekaboo back. But I just couldn’t find a fabric that I would work. I found this fun semi floral print that’s silky and light and will be perfect for summer.

Then I was sad to find that there wasn’t a single other fabric that I liked at the store.

So I stopped for lunch and then headed to Hancock’s.

Right off the bat I found a print that was AH-MAZ-ING. But it was $15/yd… bummer.

I looked around a bit more and found this gem on the value shelf. Only $5/yd!



It was kismet. I loved the print, loved the feel of the fabric and it looks like it’s going to be perfect for the flow-y maxi dress.

I was wandering around and couldn’t find anything else that would work with the patterns I’d purchased.  And then I saw the cutest, springy-est plaid that would work GREAT with the shirt dress pattern I had! Woo hoo!


After all of that I was still really upset about the first pattern/fabric I’d seen in Hancock’s that was just too expensive.

Then I remembered that I had a 40% off coupon and I was sooooo freaking excited, because it’s still a little pricey but I can make that work!

ImageEspecially for a Diane Von Furstenberg knock off!


I can’t wait to get started. And definitely can’t wait to see the finished results!


Window shopping

I hate it.

I always find something I absolutely want that just isn’t in the cards for me to buy at the moment.

Today… it was houses.

Bored at work during a lull and I started looking at houses for sell. And not the “if I won the lottery” houses but like normal,” I could live there” houses.

And I fell in love.


But I’m so not in the position to buy right now. I’m on my own, not sure if I actually want to stay in this city, and don’t have an adequate down payment prepared.

But I really freaking love this house.


Look at this front porch:


It has a great back yard, huge windows, and a nice deck in the back too.

I really need to stay away from the internet.

Oh well. Maybe in a few more years…


I need new ones.

I’ve woken up nearly every morning this week with horrible neck pain.

I look like the freaking tin man every time someone talks to me and I have to turn my entire upper body to make eye contact. 

When you search Amazon for ‘pillows’ something like 800,000 results show up.

If you further search for ‘pillows neck pain’ you’re down to 635 results… better but still more than I’d like to wade through. And some are crazy expensive!

Any ideas on a good pillow? One that doesn’t require me to take out a loan and/or sell a kidney? How the heck are pillows so freaking pricey?

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