Monthly Archives: December 2013

December Photo Challenge Day 11: Book I’m Reading (With Bonus Josh Hutcherson Pics!)

Hunger Games

The odds of me reading in bed without falling asleep are never in my favor.

As you can see, I’m currently finishing up The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m about three quarters of the way through the final book, and while I’ve been enjoying the story I’m kind of ready for it to be over so I can stop being annoyed by Peeta. Like, sorry you were tortured and your “fighting skills” are more suitable for Cupcake Wars than the Hunger Games, but quit being so needy. Also, your name is dumb.

Josh Hutcherson, on the other hand, can follow me around like a helpless goon anytime he wants.


Really hoping he’s over 18.

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December Photo Challenge Day 10: Nails


Nails are Color Club’s New Bohemian. Mug is from Starbucks last year, but you can occasionally find them for sale on eBay (although for about twice the retail price). Totally fake lens flare courtesy of boredom and Photoshop.

In other news, it is still freezing outside, although the city finally put cinders down on the street (or should I say DEATHLY ICE FIELD OF DEATH) outside my office:


I’ve instructed Dave to look for my body in this intersection if I don’t come home from work this week.

I’m totally regretting not putting these on my Christmas list this year.

December Photo Challenge Day 9: Handwriting

First of all, I’m sorry if you follow me on Instagram and have noticed that I never know what the date is. On Saturday I thought I was already on day 9, and then this morning I thought it was day 10. Good thing I put a planner on my Christmas list.

Today’s photo is supposed to be of my handwriting, and I sat here for a long time deciding what I wanted to write to showcase my magnificent penmanship. I finally came up with this:


I know that seems kind of harsh, but here is what I woke up to the last two mornings:


More like -BULLSHIT.

I live at a fairly high elevation so I’m not a total pansy when it comes to the cold. I can handle lows in the single digits, but when I walked outside this morning it actually hurt to breathe. My car had trouble starting. I almost fell three times walking to work because the city didn’t feel the need to plow and cinder the luge courses that have replaced our streets. (Did I mention we got 5 inches of snow Friday night, which is now covered in a thick layer of ice? Because THAT HAPPENED.) To sum up: I hate the cold, I hate the city, and I hate that for what I’m paying to the power company this month I could buy my own tropical island to reside on. WHERE IT DOESN’T SNOW.


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December Photo Challenge Day 6: Favorite Sweater

SweaterMy current favorite sweater is this long, black, open cardigan that I picked up at Target a few weeks ago. It’s super soft and keeps me very warm, but its best quality is that if you were to, say, eat a pound of stuffing, two rolls, and two slices of pie on Thanksgiving, it would camouflage that shit no problem. Not that that happened or anything.

I was going to take a picture of me WEARING the sweater, but Dave took the camera with him to work this morning, so instead I drew my outfit in Paint. You’re welcome.


Apparently my left tibia broke free from my bootie.

Although this particular sweater is currently sold out online (check your local store, though!), Target is kind of killing it right now with their open cardigan selection – my favorites are this and this. PLUS right now Target is running a buy 1 get 1 50% off deal on clothing, shoes and accessories, so basically you are just wasting money if you don’t take advantage of that deal.

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December Photo Challenge Day 5: Outfit Photo

I had planned on wearing a dress today, and when I woke up and saw that it was 3 degrees outside with a high of 34, I knew I’d need to come up with some extra layers to keep from freezing. Enter: boot socks and a chunky cowl.


Imagine that I’m standing two feet to the left so you can actually see my tree.

Dress, JCP (similar) | Sweater, Old Navy (similar) | Tights, Target | Boots, Audrey Brooke (similar)| Cowl, handmade | Boot socks, Target (similar)

CowlCowls are one of my favorite things to crochet – they take no time at all (especially when you use a giant hook, like I did for this one), and they make such a huge difference when it’s cold out. I thought I’d lost this one, but discovered it hiding out under my desk when I was vacuuming at work yesterday. Apparently I don’t vacuum very often. #dirtbag. Speaking of dirtbags, those boot socks are really just the top half of boot socks. The ones I bought weren’t tall enough to stick up out the top of my boots, so I just hacked the feet off and wear them like leg warmers. I may look like an extra in an Olivia Newton John music video before I put my boots on, but it works.

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December Photo Challenge Day 4: BFF

I am the worst at keeping in touch with people. Part of it is because talking on the phone gives me major anxiety. (Issues. I have them.) Luckily, I have several friendships where it doesn’t matter if we talk every day or even every month: Every time we see each other it’s like no time has passed. Danielle is definitely one of those friends:


Apparently “washing my bangs before going out in public” wasn’t high on my priority list in 2010.

I believe this photo was taken about three years ago in Portland at a show for a Russian band called Mumiy Troll. This is one of the things I love about Danielle: We get into all kinds of random shit, like watching 80s rock bands we’ve never heard of, or driving five hours to meet at a hotel halfway between our houses to drink beer and watch the first two Home Alone movies.

Michelle is another one of those friends. We’ve been friends since grade school, when we would do super cool things like make fake radio shows on her little sister’s Fisher Price tape recorder and sign our parents up for the adult bed wetting program advertised in the check out line at the grocery store. In junior high we founded a fake underwear company called Iwanna Thong, complete with fake newsletters that we’d send out to people to try and embarrass them. And because I know you’re dying to know what we looked like in junior high:

Michelle and Heather

Dressed up as grandmas for Halloween, and modeling the Iwanna Thong fall line. And because I know you’re going to ask me for a tutorial on how to get bitchin’ bangs like mine, the trick is soaking them with hairspray while they’re still on the curling iron. Those things could hold up in a wind tunnel.

Best of all, both Michelle and Danielle are the type of people who don’t get mad when their friend plasters photos of them on their blog without asking permission. At least, I think so. If not, I might be in the market for some new BFFs.

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December Photo Challenge

December is the hardest month for me when it comes to blogging. I wish I could say it’s because I spend all my evenings at fabulous holiday parties and have no time to write. The truth is that all I want to do after work is go home, wrap myself up in my Snuggie, and watch “Love Actually” on the couch while drinking hot beverages spiked with 100-proof Schnapps products.


This could be us, if Dave would stop being such a snob about blanket/robe hybrids.

I’ve seen this December Photo Challenge floating around on Instagram, and decided to steal it for my blog. Even if I can’t bring myself to write quite as often this month, I can probably set down the bottle of Perma Frost long enough to post a picture and a few words every day.

December Photo Challenge
Of course I’m starting this challenge off in typical Heather fashion: Three days late and photographing the wrong thing. The thing is, I don’t have any hot chocolate in the house right now so I had to take a picture of my coffee instead. However, there is enough peppermint mocha creamer in there to basically qualify it as hot chocolate:

Right after I took this the cat rubbed against my elbow and my coffee got all over the couch, but it’s OK because it’s impossible for me to be in a bad mood when I’m near twinkle lights. (I’m considering wrapping myself in them before I go to Walmart tonight.) Happy third day of December!