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Friday, February 9, 2007

The 6 Step Way To Have a Good Ending To a Bad Week

I've had a bad week. Work has sucked ass and I'm stressed out with the upcoming house purchase and all the work that accompanies that, plus it's day 46 and no aunt has visited me yet. How does one put a happy ending on a sucky week? They take a mental health day, that's how.

Here's what that looks like:

1. Huz and I were both in the mood for some authentic southern BBQ last night so we looked up some local joints and went to try out the one with the coolest name ever, Mothership BBQ. We drove past it a few times because it's literally just a small house on a block full of other small houses, but when we went inside we were taken aback. It was an eclectic place, to say the least, and we had it all to ourselves. The dark green walls were covered with album covers from the 70s and, man oh man, were there some serious fashion violations from the great decade of my birth. Shudder. We had many a laugh at the pictures of long, feather-haired men in bell bottoms and ladies in Jane Fonda-esque workout garb (oh? You don't know what that looks like? Don't you remember this post?). The tables and chairs were all mis-matchy and obviously picked up on the cheap at thrift stores, so the ambiance was seriously lacking (as the owner clearly knew, because one of the first things he said to us was, "Remember! We're taking reservations for Valentine's Day...heh, heh...I mean, check out that dining room!") but it didn't matter in the slightest. Nope. Because that pulled pork sandwich, macaroni and cheese, and roasted cinnamon apples kicked major ass my friend. Anthony Bourdain would have loved the place, if only it weren't for the no smoking policy.

2. I called in sick today and took a well-deserved, if I do say so myself, day off.

3. After calling in sick, I promptly went to the kitchen and made myself some walnut Belgian waffles. Delish!

4. I ran a bunch of errands that I normally would have crammed into a Saturday which tends to suck because a.) the roads are always busy on Saturdays and b.) I feel like I spend half of my weekend doing errands. But! Not today! Because today is a bonus day to my weekend! Because I'm bad and took the day off! Woot! (Feeling real guilty here, can you tell?)

Anyway, back to my errands: I brought my wedding ring and the lovely ring my grandmother gave me to the jeweler's to get an official appraisal done (because I have no paperwork for either and now that I'm going to be a grown up homeowner and all, I figured it would be a good thing to give to the homeowner's insurance company if, god forbid, anything were to happen to them); I ran to the post office and mailed a book we sold online; and I picked up my hot new pair of jeans that I got hemmed (I'm short you know) and dropped off another pair of pants for hemming.


Nice hemming job, huh? I found a place nearby that puts the original hem back on, which looks great on jeans.

5. Then I found yet another cool local place to frequent. It's (drum roll please) a shoe store. A cheap, but great brand-name-carrying shoe store. Ladies! Do you know how cool this is? It's like a store full of multiple O's! Hello heaven! I bought 3 shoes for the price of one, not kidding. Here they are.

A pair of tall black wedge boots to replace the cribbage board boots by famous shoe designer Neville Winters.


Nice, eh? They were the unbelievable price of (you won't believe it) $9! One O down, two to go.

The next are a lovely pair of Nine West shoes to wear with dress pants at work. They are all leather and fit like a glove. Priced at $24.99 they were a steal.


And finally we have a pair of fun, wedge cut espadrilles for summer. These are Liz Claiborne's and were a mere $21.99. (Ignore the ugly toenails with remnants of the red nail polish from Christmas please. In my defense: it's winter and nobody sees them but me. That is, until I take a picture of them and post it on the Internet.)


6. After this successful shoe shopping, I went out with a friend for lunch. It's a place I've been meaning to try for a while; I had a mighty tasty tuna melt with smoked mozzarella on wheat and a yummy, orangey spiced iced tea. Even better, my friend paid for the meal. Thanks Em! Then we went and she gave me a tour of the home she and her husband just bought. It's a great historical house with 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, a giant whirlpool bathtub, and glass doorknobs - a perfect blend of old and new. And they'll live only about 2 miles away from us once we move to our place. Very cool.

So that, my friends, is how to give a happy ending to a crappy week.

Posted by Bird On A Line @ 3:41 PM

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