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The gauntlet has been thrown.

Says Marcoda: Take a picture of yourself right now (or right after) reading my blog then post it on yours!

Says I: I don’t want to. You’re not my mom! My hair looks weird. And…I’m grumpy. Whatever. Here.

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Things to note:

1.) Yes,  I am wearing pink stripey socks and green shoes.

2.) The green thing growing out of my head is a green hoop earring. I am actually wearing two green hoop earrings because I’m not a pirate. Unfortunately. Arrr.

3.) I’m having a Really Bad Day.

4.) Apparently I flail my arms around when I’m having a Really Bad Day.

5.) My mouse isn’t really plugged into my monitor. That part is a lie.

6.) Man, the perspective in my office is messed up!

7.) This is what I’m actually looking at on my computer, and if I wasn’t having a Really Bad Day I’d be lauging. And I am, on the inside.

Oh hi. Wait, what was that? I’m a drama queen? Me? Nooo. What a silly thing to say!

So here’s the deal. This week (month, year, etc…) has been one long crappy stressfest, culminating in the last two days, and finally into last night, when a certain ex of mine tried very hard to drive me completely crazy. I finally snapped, vented, cried, and went to bed. And now tonight I’ve finally decided to let it go. All of it. I’m done with this entire dramatic existence in which I’ve wrapped myself.

I’m convincing myself that everything will work out, everything will be fine. I’m choosing to make the widespread, ill-defined goal to focus more on that which makes me happy and less on the crazy and the stress. And hell, I’m going to smile! And listen to Pink’s So What repeatedly.

I just came back from an evening out with some wonderful friends, and the entire time I was stressed and annoyed with myself for being stressed and stressed with the fact that I was annoyed with myself.  Et cetera, et cetera. What a ridiculous way to spend an evening when I could have relaxed in the knowledge that everything will be ok and just enjoy myself. So! No more of that!

Tomorrow I’m going to Marcoda‘s house to make cake balls and hell, I’m going to wear a poofy dress and heels and pearls and a big, crazy-person smile (just to warn you, Marcoda…) because sometimes being  ridiculously girly makes me happy.

Also, I really want to buy this apron from Jessie Steele (Jessie Steele! Jessie! It’s fate and I totally need this apron!)

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…is right here!

 

 

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Trying to figure out what to post; too tired. Here. Look at Jonas:

I spent most of today in a useless daze, trying to work and failing miserably. I fell asleep at my desk more than once, and I managed to drag one mindless project out all day. Well, I thought it was mindless; at one point (after half-sleeping at my desk) I realized most of what I had done was jibberish and had to be redone. Awesome productivity!

I ended up leaving work at four, so now I have to drag my butt out of bed early and go in at seven tomorrow. Also: awesome. And I left work to come home and sleep, but I ended up vaccuming my disgusting apartment instead. Now I’m watching Jersey Girl and eating hummus and broccoli.

Way too grumpy. Time to cheer up.

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Ok, feeling much better now.

I should rename this blog “Things I Would Buy If I Had A Lot Of Money, But I Don’t So I Don’t. Sigh.”

I’m babysitting for the adorable Jaden and Jonas right now. Pretty easy since they’re both asleep. Dude, I don’t know what parents are always complaining about; tonight was a breeze! (Oh my god, kidding! Kidding! Well, about the complaining bit; the kids really were awesome tonight.) Jaden was adorable and chatty, and we played many games of Surprise Party and her version of hide and seek. (“Ok, you go hide behind the couch. I’m going to count to ten and find you.”) Not only was she an absolute angel at bedtime, but she cranked up the cute, too.

Mr. Jonas had no intention of going to bed when he was supposed to, but rather decided to sit on the couch with me and grin and kick and growl and wave his arms around like a crazy, kicking tiger-bird. It was cute. It’s taking all of my will power to not wake him up and bring him out here with me. Must not do this! Fight the urge!

Now they’re both asleep and I’m going to read my zombie book. Jaden, Jonas and zombies; great night!

I had way more fun taking and playing with these photos than I could possibly write here. It’s almost enough to make me feel like I’m a bit good at this stuff. Like it’s worth focusing my attention on. Like it’s my…thing. Thank you for this, Marcoda, and for staying up with me, distracting me from myself all Sunday evening when I really needed it, when I know you would have rather been hanging out with your husband. I appreciate it more than I could say. I hope you like the pictures.

Marcoda totally earned her Caribou Cold Press with a Shot of Chocolate, thank you very much!

(Note to self: google “how the hell to photograph people wearing sunglasses without capturing my reflection because ANNOYING!” tonight.)

I’m taking photos of this lady (and her cute new haircut) tomorrow. Yay! Way too excited about this!

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Earlier my head was a jambalaya of creative blog ideas (and shrimp) for today’s entry, but then I stumbled upon old pictures hidden on my hard drive and there went the evening. Tricky time-sucking technology. So! Let’s see, what happened today, in list form, only interesting to myself, and even that’s a stretch…

Currently listening to, repeatedly:

  • The Woman With The Tattooed Hands, Atmosphere
  • All Over Again, Bill Mike
  • Unsingable Name, Mike Doughty
  • Starman, Seu Jorge
  • Spaceball Richochet, T.Rex
  • Modern Girl, Sleater-Kinney
  • Shampoo Suicide, Broken Social Scene

For lunch, I amused myself with:

  • Eating tomato soup and a cilantro, hummus and red pepper sandwich from Panera (then remembering I hate cilantro)
  • Drinking coffee, which did nothing to wake me up, cursed coffee and cursed day
  • Drooling over these octopus plates from my favorite store in the entire world, Anthropologie
  • Also drooling over this gorgeous wood table
  • Oh, did I mention the drooling that occurred because of this dress?
  • Yes, I’m a girl and am capable of great bursts of girlishness. Thank you for asking.

Random thoughts from today:

  • All five of my pets are crazy. I wonder what that says about me?
  • The next person who asks me if I’m ready for tomorrow’s snowstorm and laughs is getting smacked. Hard.
  • Wow, people sure are snippy today! If I had any sense at all I’d keep my mouth shut and not egg on already agrivated snippers. (Yeah, because I have that much tact and common sense…)
  • Picture frames! Scrapbooking paper! Bathroom decorating is done!
  • As far as white wines go, this one makes me want to cut out my tongue with a rusty nail clipper. Bummer.
  • I love David Bowie.

Pictures!

Miss J is one gorgeous girl.

I can’t count how many times in the past decade and a half that Marcoda has given me this exact pursed-lip look of exasperation. Jaden really is Mini-Marcoda.

Good weekend thus far! Last night I made brownies with my friend Dawn (yes, I burnt them and half were inedible, why do you ask?). Today I took pictures and now I’m curled up on Marcoda’s couch, drinking wine and ignoring her so I can play with Photoshop and blog (no worries, she’s doing the same to me). Good weekend!

And now Marcoda’s singing. And turning kitties into ninjas!

 

 

 

I want to learn something new. Something that in no way relates to any knowledge I already have. Something entirely new and potentially mind blowing. Any ideas?

Oh! I just figured it out! I would like to learn to be a ninja.

Excuse me, I twitted.

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