Sunday, March 20, 2011

Approve/Disapprove 3.20.11

  • Groupon/Living Social: in general these sites make me so happy. I get all kinds of fun adventures…last week I used a deal to Brasserie Beck for some delicious mussels. Up next keratin treatment…update to follow
  • Girl scout cookies: more specifically Thin Mints (aka crack) and Tagalongs (aka heroin)
  • People who comment on my blog (hey, I’m new and a little tiny bit of an attention whore).
  • Wegmans: the quality of Whole Foods, the value of Shoppers.
  • Having already planned my birthday vacation and the countdown on my phone that goes with it. 

  • People who make fun of how slow other people run.
  • Virginia Tech not getting selected for the men’s basketball tournament. Again.
  • A certain online store that offered a 30% off discount the day after I made a large purchase and wouldn’t retroactively apply it to previous order. No worries just reordered (free shipping, of course) and will return the expensive one. Silly company.
  • Shoe laces that aren’t long enough for the shoes they are lacing. I mean I drop $100 on running shoes, the least I could ask for is laces long enough to tie with a bow.
  • Losing that hour of sleep last weekend.

Monday, March 14, 2011

One of My Favorite Things..

I have an obsession…I’m strong enough to admit it.  No, it isn’t wine or liquor or men (ok maybe men a little). But what I am referring to is product…beauty product to be exact. They might know me by name at Sephora and I have a small satellite drug store in my bathroom that covers everything from soap to shampoo/conditioner….face wash to volumizer…and everything in between. I’m ashamed to mention body wash and lotion. If it smells good and softens my skin, hair, or slowly developing laugh lines, I want it.

As I sit here typing I am trying to decide what my favorite product actually is. I have to differentiate between that which I love and that which I need (and also love). So I think I’ll do what I just love…Moroccan Oil. (I know, it has been around for a long time and well covered in the blogs but oh well)

This tiny little bottle and a little dab into your hair every time you wash it will literally make your hair so lovely and soft. Over time I determined that if I refill my little bottle from a big bottle it makes it easier to transport and use (and much less expensive if you happen to spill on your mom’s carpet ~ sorry Mom!!!)

This company makes various other products (a glimmer spray ~ ehh no thanks and a deep conditioner ~ nice to have) but this is my absolute favorite.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


In life there are things we all like or dislike, agree with or disagree with...well in my world it is approve or disapprove. The concept of disapproval has even resulted in its own emoticon :-/

It isn't about being negative and usually the emoticon (and similar gesture in real life...oh yes, there is a real life gesture) is reserved for somewhat silly things and comes along with a good laugh...usually.

In that vein, I hope to share some things that over the week get my (and my friend's) approval or disapproval. They are best enjoyed with laughter and some self awareness that you feel the same way about a lot of them.


  • Bryan Stinespring (VT offensive coordinator) getting play calling duties rescinded as part of his job ~ basically a great demotion that should have happened years ago. (Don't let the flowers fool you, I'll talk about football here)
  • Denver, CO and my sister having great friends and being really happy after moving there just 6 months ago.
  • Southwest Flight 106 pilot. He rocked a landing in several inches of snow, late at night. My mom says “thanks for taking such good care of my baby.”
  • My great dermatologist who is getting my skin back in shape and while it is greatly improved she says “we can do better than that” ~ approve of that attitude.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. No further words are needed.


  • My younger sister, Lily, has recently acquired an iphone and a work ethic. As such, she isn’t on gchat all day to talk to me. Disapprove.
  • Restaurants where I have a reservation that request a call back to confirm my reservation.
  • Greeting cards with lots of words. Do not confuse this with greeting cards generally...I love those, especially if they come in the mail or from a guy I like. But more than about 10 words and my eyes glaze over. This does not apply to a handwritten note enclosed...I prefer those go on for pages.
  • People who park where there isn't a spot or even worse take up two spots...your car isn't that fancy.
  • HOV violators. You are not more important than the rest of us. Yes, I'm talking to you 17 year old with the tinted windows on your Ford Focus...I know you are alone in there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I love flowers, especially ones that spring forth from bulbs.

Spotted this first sign of Spring today as I was walking outside for lunch.

All of the bulbs are starting to push up through the soil and I'm excited for the beauty that will coming in the weeks and months to come.