November 25, 2014

Ask & Tell

{answering these questions}

1. Who would want your celebrity parents be? (note: they don't have to already be a couple)

Tom Hanks and Jennifer Garner. Because doesn't Jennifer seem, like, such a mom? If you Google pictures of her, you'll see that she's constantly with her children - taking them to dance lessons or to the library - and I melt. She reminds me of my own mother, and that's why I like her so much. My reasoning behind Tom Hanks should be a given.

2. Growing up, did you wish you had a different name? If so, what did you want your name to be? Would you still change it?

I wanted my name to be Jenn. Yes, Jenn with a double N. Because I thought the double N made it classy and original. But I've accepted that I'll never find my name on one of those key chains you see in every tourist shop, in every city (something that seriously upset me as a child) (and something that I still look for, because old habits die hard), and have grown to appreciate my name. Even though it's frequently spelled wrong, and pronounced incorrectly more often than you'd think, it's mine, and it's just different enough.

More recently I've grown to attached to my full name, instead of any nicknames that I've been given over the years. "Liss" (yes, DOUBLE S) has been used by people closest to me (friends, family) for as long as I can remember. It feels cheapened now, by people who should not have been using it in the first place.

So, call me Alissa. Unless your name is Tiff, in which case, you can always call me Lissa. But, please, do not ever refer to me as "A'liss" because I'll punch you in the stomach. Try me.

3. How do you take your coffee? Tea?

Coffee a variety of ways: cream and sugar, just cream, just sugar. It depends on where I get it from. Tea: iced, always. Mixed with lemonade, sometimes (lookin' at you, Arnold Palmer).

Three new questions for you!

1.  What is your worst habit?
2.  What is your favorite meal?
3. Who have you been told (or who do you think) is your doppelganger?

November 24, 2014

Last Saturday...


A recipe for a perfect Friendsgiving (alternate names: T. Hanks-Giving, Skanksgiving): my grandmother's roast beef recipe + a great group of friends who aren't afraid to call on their mothers/sister-in-laws when they need help prepping food + just a little bit of alcohol + Tinder.

Yes, Tinder.

Nothing made us laugh harder than Matt, 29 who insisted his baseball uniform looks best on someone's bedroom floor.

November 21, 2014

My Week in The Newsroom Gifs

Sunday: Me, every Sunday, when I realize I have no post ideas for the week.

Monday: Me, to a co-worker, who likes to call me "girlie" and "blondie" much to my chagrin.

Tuesday: When I went to Target with a co-worker during our lunch breaks.

Tuesday Night: Kelsey and I celebrated progress re: hashtag SECRET PROJECT

Wednesday Night: When I ate cookies for dinner.

Thursday: How I felt when Tiff shared VERY exciting news! And no, she's not breeding.

Thursday Night: My face after not seeing my favorite spin instructor (who is incredibly sexy) in over a month.

Friday: Me re: the manicure I'm going to get tonight.

November 19, 2014

Ask and Tell

Round 2. Leave your answers in the comments section. I'll post my answers next week.

1. Who would want your celebrity parents be? (note: they don't have to already be a couple)

2. Growing up, did you wish you had a different name? If so, what did you want your name to be? Would you still change it?

3. How do you take your coffee? Tea?

November 18, 2014

On holidays, and who needs them?

I think I’m slowly becoming a Jehovah Witness. 

Okay, not really, but hear me out.

I still love Halloween. Haters to the left, and put down that fun-sized Snickers bar on your way out. But this year I was more than happy to stay home on Halloween and not dress up, even though I had a great costume idea (Hazel Grace Lancaster). Granted, I still trolled around my house in sweatpants, and could have easily put on a raglan and jean jacket to complete my look. Anyway, I’m getting off topic! Halloween can stay.

Thanksgiving can stay, too. Because after I eat, no one judges me for taking a quiet 15 (that turns into a 2 hour nap) on the couch. Then I wake up for dessert and go home. Then I get the next day off from work, always. And that’s why I love Thanksgiving so much.

Christmas, though. I’m all for everything leading up to it: decorating, getting a tree, THE WHITE LIGHTS THAT GIVE ME SUCH A CASE OF THE FEELS, I CAN’T BREATHE - that’s all fine and well. But I struggle with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My great-grandfather died on Christmas Even when I was 11 years old, and it has never been the same since. 

On Christmas Eve, there’s always something  Like, so and so doesn’t want to come if so and so is invited. Or this one isn’t talking to that one, so it should be interesting. I’m guilty of it, too! Do you know how many times I’ve sat at a table, and have been ignored by someone in my family? Or been doing the ignoring? Or witnessed someone else ignore someone else? TOO MANY TIMES. Way too many times for my 28 years on this planet. 

And Christmas Day isn’t what it used to be. When my nephew was born, my brothers and I decided we would stop buying for each other, and only buy for my nephew. Which has been nice, because I no longer have to think about what to get my brothers and their wives – the downside is that I don’t get anything, either.  I don’t have a significant other who showers with me with presents that I can take pictures of and post on Instagram. So, HI MOM AND DAD, YOU’RE THE ONLY ONES WHO GIVE ME CHRISTMAS GIFTS ANYMORE – MAKE ‘EM GOOD. 

That's not to say I think Christmas is all only about presents - it's not. This year, it's also about the fact that my office has a holiday "shutdown" so we'll be closed from Christmas Eve until January 2nd. However, I'm taking January 2nd off, because I'll be in North Carolina. Thank you and goodnight.

I still have this vision that my family will come together on Christmas Day, and cry over a beautifully framed photo of my mother, when she was pregnant with me, and it just so happens that one of my brother’s wives got drunk and invited one of my ex-boyfriends to join us, and he shows up, with a great head of hair, and a snow globe for me, and we make out in the ambulance he drives.

Maybe I just described the end of The Family Stone. Whatever.  Give me a fun group of siblings, or let me sleep until New Year’s.

I’m calling in sick on Easter this year – it’s pointless. And it usually involves ham. Last year, my mother decided to switch it to a brunch, which sounded promising, since she also requested I bring ingredients to make mimosas. But Easter is a holiday that alcohol can’t even help. As soon as I left my parents’ house, I drove around aimlessly for 3 hours. I was so mentally exhausted, I had to literally flee the sceneOnce I got home, I laid in bed until I ordered Chinese around 8pm. I’m skipping everything except the Chinese food next year.

And, finally, birthdays. Remember my birthday this year? I choose not to. I didn’t start 28 off on the wrong foot – I started it off on a broken ankle. Figuratively, of course.  Next year will be different.

I swear I’m not a Scrooge. I just have a better understanding of why movies are released on Christmas Day: for some people who don't have family (at all) (or just in the area) to celebrate with. Or for people like me, who have plenty of family, but prefer to sit in a dark room full of strangers.

November 17, 2014

Alissa Lately

I spy...

drinking // hot chocolate. I have a sore throat, and I don't like tea, so hot chocolate is the next best thing, or something like that.

watching // I just finished Parks and Rec, so I'm officially ready for the last season to start in January. But having to wait a week (or more) between new episodes is criminal. How do you people do it?

wishing // I remembered to get some of my more recent pictures printed today. I woke up early, planned on sending pictures to Walgreens, and grab them after I was done at the market. Instead, I fell back asleep until 3:45 and didn't get to the store until almost 6. Whatever! I'm sick. I needed to rest (or something like that).

listening // to this song. If it doesn't end up on their new album, I'll be tres depressed.

wanting // a manicure. When I paint my nails, it looks like a child did it. It'd be nice to have them done professionally for a change. Hmm, maybe I'll do that.

hoping // I don't royally screw up the food I'm supposed to be making next weekend for "Friendsgiving." I will have frozen pizzas on stand by.

reading // Uhh, Harry Potter. I don't know why I continue to answer this, because I always say the same thing. But, after I finish book 5, I'm going to take (another) break and read Lena Dunham's book. Anyone read that yet? SN: I saw a preview for season 4 of Girls the other day and thoroughly lost my shit.

eating // maybe cookies, maybe not. Who's to say, really? I mean, aside from the 3 people I sent pictures of cookies to.

feeling // all sorts of sentimental and emotional and see also: those cookies I bought - it's period week, folks!

November 13, 2014

Vlog Thursday!

Had to switch it up this week. I'm sure you understand.

I finally got around to editing the footage that I took in New Jersey - over a month ago. Enjoy!