SYTYCD

While summer means beach trips, patio drinking and sporting my excessive collection of sandals, it also means So You Think You Can Dance (affectionately known as SYTYCD) is back for another season. I should apologize in advance for the number of clips I’ll inevitably post through the season – but sorry, I’m not sorry.

Little kids that are amazing hip hop dancers? Right up there with elderly couples and Jacoby Ellsbury on the list of “things that make my heart melt”. Add in my boy Glitch and game over.

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Things I learned last week

  1. Follow this. It’ll bring infinite joy to your Insta feed.
  2. Marathon training fades Real fast. I ran 3 miles Friday morning and by mile 2 you would’ve thought I just finished Heartbreak Hill. Apparently you can train your ass off for 4 months and within a couple weeks you’re back to square one. Sure, within this short window my mileage has been minimal and I squeezed in a quick Vegas bender but still, the realization I’m not invincible and can no longer run 18 miles like it ain’t no thang is rather upsetting.
  3. Buy and use this daily. The main reason I get regular manis is to keep my dry, cracked cuticles in check. I’ve used this for a few days and it’s already helped SO much. Something that could’ve been brought to my attention before I dropped thousands paying a salon to do what I can now easily do, while in traffic.
  4.  Jay-Z and Beyonce aren’t the definition of perfection. After last week’s elevator scandal, all I’ve heard/read about is “Oh yeah, I saw this coming,” “Everyone knows they’ve always cheated on each other,” “They get in blow out fights all the time,” etc., etc. Ummm, what – why did no one tell me? Am I the only one with rose colored glasses on that thinks they’re the ultimate couple that can do no wrong?  Giving fair warning, the end of Jay and Bey may be harder for me to cope with than Justin and Britney. My only ask is they at least stick it out through this summer’s tour – those tix weren’t cheap.
  5. Wrap the top of your bananas in plastic wrap to keep them from spoiling. I’m not sure who discovered these keep-your-food-fresh tricks but thank you.
  6.  You don’t always get a parking ticket when you park illegally. Twice last week I parked in illegal spots and came out expecting to see that bright orange envelope on my windshield and found nothing. I used to be the person that would drive around for an hour looking for a legal spot to avoid getting a ticket, but those days might be over. Parking ticket roulette reminds me of the rush I used to get going to bars with my fake ID in college. Sometimes you get away with it and sometimes you get your ID passed around between bartenders laughing at the horrendous quality but still served scorpion bowls all night long… or just have to pay the city $25.

This weekend was filled with a girl’s night out (to celebrate my friend’s recent engagement!!), shopping trip to the outlets, friend’s cookout and first fro-yo of the season. All pointing to the fact that summer is officially almost here!

Things I’ll Never Understand

Inspired by Erin’s post (who’s blog has become a daily read for me, girl’s hilarious), here are a few things I’ll just never understand:

  • Money exchange/conversion rates. I might as well have been playing Blackjack with Monopoly money in Punta Cana because I had no concept of how much I was winning losing. I also had a panic attack when the woman at the spa charged my card 8,000…pesos.
  • Wearing socks with flats.
  • People that don’t like puppies.
  • Snapchat.
  • People that try to get into an elevator before people inside have the chance to get out.
  • Space. See previous rant here.
  • Getting a regular manicure instead of a gel manicure.
  • Why people make their bed every morning.
  • 3D Printers.
  • and to reiterate my favorite from Erin’s list: “How people leave Target only purchasing what they originally intended to purchase.” Seriously.

Link Love

Here are a few articles I read this week that you may enjoy too:

The Founders of Stella & Dot – I’m going to a Stella and Dot party later this month to support breast cancer awareness and already own a few cute pieces, so I enjoyed learning about how the company came to be (love that the name originated from their grandmothers). Inspiring story that you can create a profitable business doing something you’re passionate about!

10 Money-Saving Decorating Tips We’ve Learned from Everygirl Home Tours– Clearly I’m on an Everygirl kick…I love seeing how other girls (not interior designers) decorate their apartments – especially on a budget, so I’m a big fan of their home tour features. I’ll definitely be trying out #9 and #10.  I have tickets to Paint Nite later this month so we can check off #6 and I’ve already nailed #8. Not having many books + inheriting a 10 foot tall bookshelf = Perfect spot to display my worldly shot glass collection, candles on candles and other knick knacks. 

The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever – Whether these are real or not is debatable. What’s not debatable is they are some bad ass pictures.

This Video Uses Jelly Beans To Show You How Much You’re Wasting Your Life – Really interesting and also utterly depressing.
(Apparently the video to the link is gone so here it is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk)

On that note, there’s no more time to waste – go out and DO something this weekend! And to those of you that have a long weekend, I’ll be cursing you on Monday morning. I mean, enjoy your long weekend…

That Whole Shutdown Thing…

So I don’t keep up with politics at all and won’t pretend that I have any interest in doing so. But when there’s something major going on in the news, I like to do a quick Google search and read up just enough to feel somewhat informed about what’s going on in the country, world, etc. For example, I know enough to know the difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act (there is none – they’re referring to the exact same thing) unlike many of our fellow Americans apparently.

For the crisis in Syria, Refinery 29 broke it down nicely for me: What You Need To Know About The Crisis In Syria

When talks about the government shutting down came about, I read this: Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work

It shed some light on what’s going on but I still have a lot of questions that I’ll probably never ask for fear of sounding completely ignorant. So instead of trying to dig deeper, I gave up and turned to the most reliable and accurate source on the interwebs – Buzzfeed. Nailed it.

Good Reads

  1. Printable, Foldable Shoes Could Solve World’s Footwear Shortage – Love this concept! It seems so simple, almost a “how did we not think of this sooner?” I hope it grows and becomes a sustainable option for so many that are without a decent pair of shoes. And both designs are pretty stylish too! Sidenote: They definitely didn’t include my shoe collection when they were determining the average person has 10 pairs of shoes… #shoeobsessed #firstworldproblems
  2. Photographer Captures Girlfriend Leading Him Around the World – A little cheesy but cool idea and amazing photos! You know I had to follow them on Insta…along with another recent follow – Oprah.
  3. Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy – I usually don’t agree with articles that try to define my generation but this one just resonated. Yes, it’s a generalization but I think it’s a solid argument. Especially the “follow your passion” trend and the social media phenomenon. So accurate: “Social media creates a world for Lucy where A) what everyone else is doing is very out in the open, B) most people present an inflated version of their own existence, and C) the people who chime in the most about their careers are usually those whose careers (or relationships) are going the best, while struggling people tend not to broadcast their situation.”
  4. The Truth About “Health” Foods – Amazing how something as simple as reading the ingredients label will make you put something right back on the shelf.