Evereve Trendsend

The same ladies who encouraged me to try Stitch Fix again also turned me on to Trendsend. This is a service provided by a store called Evereve, which I’d never heard of – there’s none in my area. They primarily cater to moms, with the slogan, “Take care of your family, we’ll take care of your fashion.” Like Stitch Fix, there is a $20 styling fee, which is applied to any items that you purchase. You can order just one box, or schedule them every 1-3 months. Unlike Stitch Fix, they send many pieces (I got nine in this first box; a blogger I saw got twelve!), grouped into outfits. Also unlike SF, they actually read your style profile and research their customers! I was literally almost in tears of happiness as I read the very personal comments my stylist made about each piece she carefully selected for me, keeping my needs, personal style, and lifestyle in mind! Prices are comparable to Stitch Fix (and you can specify a price range in your profile), although you can also tell them to pull from Evereve’s sale section. Not every piece was a winner, but I’m definitely keeping a few and will definitely use Trendsend again and recommend it to anyone!

Outfit One:



Flyaway Horn and Stone Double Tier Necklace – $9.99
Not pictured above because the clasp broke off from both ends of the chain literally as soon as I touched it! I liked the style of the necklace, but almost didn’t trust it to even try again :o/ But then I took a closer look and saw how it broke, and was able to fix it with a little pair of pliers (my jewelrymaking class experience coming back!). So I will be keeping after all :o) I’m wearing it in the next outfit picture. (Marked down from $28)

Bobi LS Scoop Neck Tunic Tee – $19.99
The fabric on this was a little thin and the scoop neck a little low, plus I have literally an entire drawer of solid color long sleeve shirts (as noted in the letter from my stylist, “Your blog was filled with lots of solid colored .. tops”). Also not loving this rust color. I could get more of my favorite Merona ones at Target for less than $20. Return.

Under Skies Sleeveless Blazer – $24.99
Isn’t a sleeveless blazer actually… a vest? I guess this is a neat piece and it’s certainly outside my usual box, but when I layer it’s for warmth, and I don’t want a layer without sleeves. Is that weird? Also, not feeling the navy… Return. (Marked down from $58)

7 For All Mankind HW Ponte Skinny – $79.99
Love these pants! They are the work-appropriate black skinny pants I’ve been looking for! They fit great, have great stretch, and are definitely pants (not leggings). They’re not cheap, but the price seems reasonable for a good pair of pants. Keeping!

Outfit Two:



Allison Joy Cozy Soft Stripe Tunic – $68
I will first say, these two items do not go together at all (hence confused look above!). Why would you wear this long tunic under this cropped jacket? This tunic is way more expensive than I would like for this type of thing. However, it’s super soft and warm, the length is great, and I love the stripe for pattern mixing! So… keeping!

Allison Joy Alexa Rouched Sleeve Jacket – $98
I have a very similar jacket (darker gray) to this that I got from Stitch Fix, but the difference is that I can’t get that one buttoned, and this one I can :o) But it’s so similar, I’m not in love with the very light heathered gray, and I can’t see spending $100 on it :o( Return.

An Extra Top and Adorable Tunic Dress:



Braeve Free Spirit Sublimation Tunic – $24.99
Stitch Fix seems to have a problem understanding that some women have larger chests than others, so I love that the stylist specifically said, “This top is perfect for your busty figure!” I also appreciate that this was pulled from the sale rack ;o) (marked down from $58). The knit is very soft, almost like a chenille. However, it’s kind of weird, with thicker and thinner spots; I don’t love the cream color or the pattern; not sure the flare at hips is flattering; the sleeves are an odd length; and there’s a weird kind of diagonal seam on the front that goes right across the middle of my chest. Return.

Hourglass Lily Ikat Tunic Dress – $58
I like the idea behind this, and that the stylist took note of my love of leggings and send this for me to pair it with (wearing above with my own black leggings). I love the black/white/gray ikat print. However, the body is a little clingy in the stomach and hips, neckline is a little high, and I’m not a huge fan of the poofy sleeves with the elastic cuffs… Honestly, if the cuffs weren’t elastic I probably could overlook any other flaws, but there were too many things I don’t like about it, so, return.

Unlike Stitch Fix, there is no discount or other benefit to keeping all the pieces you were sent, so you don’t feel obligated to keep things you really don’t want. One other neat aspect is that when you check out, in addition to leaving feedback on each piece, you can also link to their online store and see if it’s available in any other sizes or colors (there really weren’t other options for the pieces I liked, if they were even still available in the store at all). You actually aren’t charged until you send back your package and they see what’s there and what you kept, which is a little odd; I did notice a copy of the packing slip is included in the return bag, so they can confirm.

As I mentioned, I am mostly super impressed by how much care and attention the stylists give their customers! I love the pieces I kept and will definitely give Trendsend a try again when I want to refresh my wardrobe a little :o)

21 Day Fix – Thoughts on Day 12

I have a number of friends who’ve had very good results with the Beachbody 21 Day Fix program. Now, you know exercise and physical activity is really not my thing, and my love of bacon and cheese prevents me from dieting, but I’d gotten to the point where I was avoiding wearing some types of clothing, and I only liked being photographed from certain angles, so I figured I would give it a shot. There were lots of impressive before and after photos, so I figured if I lost just 5 lbs. I’d be happy. I’m on day 12 right now, and have already surpassed that goal! Plus, I’ve definitely noticed physical changes already! Like, I put on jeans the other day and they just slid right up and buttoned shut :o)

The program consists of three weeks of healthy eating, plus a daily 30 minute workout. Of course I know what’s good to eat, but the trick is that you get color coded containers in varying sizes that help you control your portions. That visualization is really helpful! You also get a booklet that explains the eating plan and gives lists of what you can eat and recipe ideas, but honestly I was so overwhelmed the first couple days. I actually planned my daily meals a few days before starting the program, but once I started, I ended up shifting things around. Again, being visual, I created a color coded Google Sheet where I could list out my daily meals and snacks, and tally up the number of containers at the end of each day.

The workouts are really not horrible, even for someone like me who does not do stuff like this. All you need for any of them are two sizes of hand weights and a yoga mat. Or you could use a resistance band instead of weights, and they have someone in each video to demonstrate how to do that. Each of the daily workouts focuses on a different area: total body, upper, lower, cardio, pilates (probably my favorite), “Dirty 30” (surprisingly my second favorite), and yoga. There’s also a bonus plyo DVD which makes my knees sore just thinking about it. And an extra 10 minute abs workout you can add on to any of the other days. I just get up and do them first thing in the morning, and then I’m done for the day. There is a lovely woman named Kat who appears in every workout and demonstrates the alternate moves, if you’re not quite ready to go full force with all the moves yet.

For me, the eating really hasn’t been a challenge. I already cook and prepare a lot of our food, and besides my generous use of cheese, I already am making a lot of vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Although we eat out a lot as well, it’s not like we’re having fast food every day (or very often at all). So the difference is really just portion size, and making sure I get the right proportion of veggies and protein vs. fruit, carbs, fat, etc. I’m actually making a lot of the same recipes I would have made before, just the portion is different, or maybe I’m swapping white rice for cauliflower “rice.” So the menu isn’t a problem for me. It’s really all about planning and making sure you have those ingredients prepped and that you know what you’re going to be eating that week. Some people prepare a week’s worth of meals in advance, and I just can’t do that – I don’t want to eat the same thing every day, nor do I want to be eating 5 day old leftovers by Friday. But I will generally prepare enough of a meal to split into 2-3 portions and have for a couple meals.

If you’re going to eat out, there’s even equivalents in the eating plan book for things like pizza, sushi, and burritos. (I haven’t had to do it yet, but the next time I go out to lunch with my coworkers, I have my Qdoba burrito bowl order all planned out!) If you need alcohol to have a good time, you can replace one serving of carbs with one glass of wine three days a week.

Challenges: At the end of week 1, I got hit with a wicked cold. I had to pause the next couple workouts a few times because I couldn’t breathe or had to take a coughing break, but I never missed a day. That same weekend, we got a blizzard with over 2 feet of snow. Everyone on Facebook was posting pictures of the comfort foods they were making while they were snowed in: chili, cookies, etc. I was stuck in the house with my vegetables and didn’t really feel like eating a salad. I did end up making a veggie fried rice with cauliflower rice which actually was pretty good. And the next week I got ingredients to make a 21DF friendly veggie and turkey chili.

So overall, my totally unbiased review is that the program is worth it and I am definitely pleased with the results so far. You can do multiple “rounds,” but I think after my 21 days are up I’m going to take a little break at least from doing it 100%. I will probably continue the workouts, and the lessons I’ve learned just about how to visualize portions will definitely stick with me. Stay tuned, because I also want to do an in-depth review of some of my favorite participants in the videos ;o)

“High Among the Clouds”

Several years ago, GG turned me on to this cool band from Israel, Project RnL. They have a lot of great YouTube videos and are really just musically amazing. The singer is incredible, and their keyboardist/bandleader does a lot of neat stuff aided by the computer. GG of course is blown away by the guitar player. They didn’t have an album or anything, but we pulled the audio off all the videos we could find and have listened to them for a while.

Fast forward to last week. I subscribe to e-mail alerts on upcoming concerts based on bands I like. Usually I just delete these because the results are totally random, but last week I opened one and saw that Project RnL would be playing not only in the US, but on the east coast! But it was a Tuesday night, two hours away, the show was pretty early, and GG usually has to stay at work late. I figured it would never work out, but sent him the info and he was game. He said even if he was running late, there’d probably be an opening band or something we could miss. So we got tickets, luckily the blizzard had already come and gone, and it’s one of GG’s less busy weeks at work so he was able to get out at a reasonable time, grab me, and get on the road to north Jersey!

The show started at 7:30 and we walked in at about 7:35. It was very quiet, and the venue was not what I expected. It was just sparse tables in a room with very cool decor, and a stage decorated like a circus sideshow. The crowd seemed to be mostly middle aged male prog rock fans, but there were a couple ladies sprinkled in. There was no opening act, it was a full night with Project RnL! It was just really quiet and intimate, and when the band took the stage, it was a personal performance to a crowd who really wanted to be there and sat quietly. My ideal viewing experience!

They opened with Twisted Truth and Moves Like Jagger, played for about two hours straight, closed with Slim Shady (which was really amazing and funny live), and came back for a quick encore featuring Avenger. They played every original and cover song of theirs that we could think of, except one ;o) I also loved Bad News Jitterbug, which I hadn’t heard before, but they did this cool thing where every band member ended up beating on a drum at one point, and it was very impressive live! They do a lot of technical computer stuff with their backing tracks and pre-recorded harmonies, and besides one minor hiccup, all went smoothly :o)




After the show, we were able to meet all band members but the drummer. And they are all super nice! They seemed flattered that we trekked up from Philly to see them, but we were equally excited that they were in the US at all! The singer, Ray, shared that they were planning a US tour in a few months, so we will definitely keep our eyes out and hope they play somewhere closer to Philly! (He was asking us about what other cities are north and south of us; when he asked what was west, GG and I were both like, “Nothing.”)



In addition, we ended up sitting next to Ron Bumblefoot Thal, former guitarist of Guns N Roses, who chatted music and guitar gear with GG during and after the show! (He was super nice, like really really nice and friendly!)



PS: Thank You Scientist, whose t-shirt GG is wearing above, is local to the area and we thought they might be at the show. Bumblefoot actually teaches the guitar player! He was texting them, but he had their own rehearsal until 10PM and couldn’t come!!!

PPS: According to their web site, RnL stands for “Rock n LOL,” referring to the humor in their approach to music. However, when GG asked what it stood for, keyboardist/co-founder Eyal said the definition changed every time, and that day it was “resonant nearby laughter” :o)

My Fourth Stitch Fix

Just about two years after the first one, I’ve decided to give Stitch Fix another try! A group I’m in on Facebook has really been raving about SF and similar services, and I figured they’ve had some time to get their act together since the last time I tried them, so I’d give them a shot. I asked for two things: longer tops I could wear with leggings (possibly with lace or crochet), and a poncho with any length sleeves. Well … No modeling photos, because I’m lazy, but here are the results:

Market & Spruce “Chaimbers Cowl Neck Knit Top” – $48
This is a loose, 3/4 sleeve gray sweater with a small cowl neck that seems to hang pretty nicely. It fits well, although it doesn’t really have coverage for leggings. It’s a nice soft knit, but do I need yet another 3/4 sleeve gray sweater? Do I $50 need it? Sigh, I’ll probably keep it.


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RD Style “Honay Cowl Neck Poncho Pullover Sweater” – $78
This poncho is crazy. I know I asked for any length sleeve, but this is literally a knit bag with 3 holes for your head and arms. And a kangaroo pocket. Hope you like keeping your arms at your sides, because you can’t raise them! It’s just sloppy looking, even the yarn it’s knit from looks disorganized. Return.


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19 Cooper “Clemency Split Neck Tunic” – $68
Well I asked for a tunic, so… This one actually has kind of a neat black and white pattern that only slightly hurts my eyes. It is so long though! I guess I should specify in my style profile that I am like 90% legs and 10% torso. It really looked redonk on me, and also I hate tab sleeves. Return.


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Loveappella “Febe Crochet Detail Knit Top” – $48
This is a stretchy short-sleeved black top with crochet running from the neck down the sleeves, and a split shoulder. I loved it the moment I put it on, despite the fact that it also isn’t really long enough to wear with leggings! And I probably wouldn’t bother wearing it in cold weather, because that pretty lace will get covered up. I could definitely wear it out in the summer, though! Keep!


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Rune “Porter Legging” – $38
I did not ask for leggings. I asked for things I could wear with leggings. What is this?? (I couldn’t even pull them over my hips, anyway.) Return.


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December

Somehow, for having a full two weeks off this month, I did not really get a chance to relax at all! In the beginning of the month I had my weekly volunteer thing, plus 1-2 holiday band concerts each week, and seriously two weeks of holiday parties at work – every different group I’m part of had their own celebration, luncheon, white elephant, etc. Then I borrowed a child for a night and a day, which was fun but also crazy. That four year-old wiped me out!

My time off started with car trouble that kept me grounded for two days and really cut into my last minute Christmas prep plans! Luckily, the repair was covered under my warranty, and seems to have been a quick fix. Then I was able to finish up my shopping for gifts and Christmas dinner!

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with GG’s family – it was nice not to have to fit two Christmasses in one day! Then, due to scheduling issues, we hosted my family the following day. All celebrations were nice :o) The day after that, we made our traditional trip into Philly to do “all the most Christmassy things.” Usually we do this before the holiday, but actually it was nice to go after: fewer crowds, good deals from vendors who were closing up shop, and everything was still open (we went to Comcast, Macy’s [Dickens Village], Love Park, and Dilworth Park. Plus a snack from DiBruno Bros. and lunch at El Vez before catching our train home.

GG and I started watching Netflix! So far I watched my imaginary boyfriend‘s latest stand-up special, and the entire series of “Master of None,” which was cute. We need to watch “Black Mirror” next!

And now we are spending a relaxing NYE on the couch – my favorite place to celebrate!

PS: Yes of course I watched “Jill and Jessa: Counting On [a Paycheck from TLC],” and if you want to know what I thought of it, you should really follow me on Twitter!

Magical Weekend!

I just had the type of weekend that a couple years ago I would have been like, “I can’t wait to sit down and blog about this!” but now with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, writing a whole blog post seems like so much hassle, haha!

On Thursday night, I made dinner and GG and I were going to try to go see Krampus, but at the last minute I was like, “Hey, we don’t have to go tonight, maybe we could squeeze it in this weekend, so we ended up staying home and watching The Imitation Game instead.

This weekend was our third annual holiday party, so I took Friday off work so I could have a full day to clean and prep food and stuff, without having to rush or stress. It was really an all day event, but I got a lot done around the house, did some last minute food shopping and errands, etc. Our party is a dip contest, so I prepped one of the two dips I was making (I was worried not a lot of people would be coming, so figured I’d better do two).

Saturday was the day of the party and I kind of timed things out so everything would be totally ready by party time, and I have to say my timing was excellent. GG and I even had time to go out for lunch – there’s a new grilled cheese place in our town, and it is great!

There were not a ton of guests coming, but they all arrived right on time, and everything was going well – photo booth pictures were being taken, drinks imbibed, dips sampled… Then the surprise entertainment arrived! I got a magician! I’d been trying to find an entertainer for this year and nothing was really working out, so I just put out an ad on Craigslist and actually got a ton of responses! Even then, things just weren’t working out. So I ended up getting a hold of this magician, and we talked about how I wanted him to show up and surprise everyone, and he was totally cool with it, so we went ahead and confirmed. So he arrived in the middle of the party and because I ended up having to go outside and help him with a couple set up things, everyone knew something was up. He did a full half hour show in my living room, and it was amazing! There was a little bit of everything: fire (yes, in the house), juggling, card tricks, sight gags, razor swallowing… Anyway, he was really cool and when he was done I was like, “Hey, want to stay and hang out?” and he did. So we’re besties now. (Also, he did more magic! Like, if you hand him three of anything, he will juggle them.) Everyone agreed this was the best party entertainment yet. Oh and the results of the dip contest: despite splitting my talent between two entries, they came in first and second place. I took myself out of the running for my own contest, though, and there were only 3 other entries, so they were first, second, and third place ;o)

On Sunday I went to this freezer cooking workshop that I’d invited myself to! I saw on Facebook that a friend of mine was going, and I just commented that it sounded cool, and got myself invited :o) The hostess is a Pampered Chef consultant and it was at her home, which was overrun with her four rambunctious children. It got a lot calmer once they all headed out with her husband for a birthday party! We made seven meals total, using Pampered Chef spice blends that we had ordered in advance, and our own groceries that we brought with us. They all look amazing, so I’m super excited to get cooking! You end up with seven meals, but I think we’ll only be able to get through 1-2 a week, because they each make 6-8 servings, so we’ll have leftovers coming out our ears! They should be good leftovers though! I think the workshop was a really neat idea, so I’d like to host one myself sometime maybe in the new year. I already have a lot of people who are interested in coming!

And then… We finally saw Krampus! It was pretty good and funnier than I expected (I thought it might be a more serious horror … which it also was … but it’s hard to be too horrified when it’s cookies and toys attacking people). The ending seemed like it was going to be disappointing, but it had a nice twist!

November

Busy busy month … As usual …

  • Visited MB and A and R and their new little R (this might get confusing with two Rs!)
  • Continued rocking my new business at a few events
  • I decided against continuing our co-op vegetable shares this season, but I did purchase a fall cheese share (3 locally produced cheeses, every other week), which has led to some surprising new cheese finds!
  • I’m volunteering with a program for high school kids through work, and while these students are all real go-getters and have to be motivated to even get into this thing, I’m sure they’ll eventually get on my nerves.
  • Had a girls night out at The Melting Pot – only two friends ended up making it (there was a huge storm that night, so I understand why some ladies didn’t want to travel too far) – but it was so much fun! And dinner was delicious, of course :o)
  • I was supposed to host Thanksgiving, but then another family member decided to host, so I just had to bring all the food, lol! Turkey was purchased from Honeybaked Ham, but I made all the veggies (carrots, brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes). Other family members helped with other food items :o) It was a really nice day, we had a bigger crowd than usual and it was good to see everyone. Then it was off to my in-laws’ for dinner #2!

Ready for holiday season..?!

October

It’s been such a busy month, and I don’t even know what I did! I traveled to DC for a training event for my 3rd side biz. GG, and I, and the cats all had various doctor’s appointments. He got his boot off and can now begin rehab for his fractured ankle! We spent a weekend in Maryland for a wedding – wedding was beautiful, family drama was awkward. We went out to MU for Homecoming and had a lovely day, including a visit with my very first roommate who I hadn’t seen probably since we all graduated! Plus there was a special reunion for all alumni from my fraternity, which was pretty neat. And GG had a big, exciting, life-changing thing happen, yay!!

Tonight for Halloween, we once again handed out full-size candy bars for the kids. We didn’t scare anyone this time, but did also offer hot apple cider (topped with whipped cream!) for the adults :o)

FabFitFun Fall 2015 Box

Once again, FabFitFun has put together a really nice box! This is probably my favorite one yet, with the most items that I will really use! Even the box itself was cute and fun, with a pretty purple raindrop design by illustrator Kelsey Oseid.

  • Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil by Passport to Beauty: This is a gold full-face mask treatment that actually looks terrifying, based on the photos on the box… $65 value
  • FabFitFun x Tappan Collective Umbrella: Cute umbrella that says “rain rain go away” in a pattern of raindrops. Mine is white text on a black umbrella, which will be really fun for rainy days. $32 value
  • Lucky Lip Stain by Manna Kadar Cosmetics: As has seemed to be the case with the lip products in these things, I wasn’t super impressed by the color or other special properties it was supposed to have (primer, gloss, and stain in one). Nice texture though, and left my lips feeling moisturized. $24 value
  • 3D White Brilliance 2-Step System by Crest: Despite the photo of the full-size product in the booklet that came in the box, this is just a single use sample pack. I’m kind of nervous about tooth whiteners, so may or may not try this one. (“Sponsored,” aka free)
  • Flawless Skin Fluid by Doctor D. Schwab: I was excited to try this lightweight moisturizer. It’s supposed to even and brighten skin tone – a full-size tube! It definitely is light, and has almost a pearly finish to it. I guess if you’re not going to wear makeup on top of it, that will give you the “brightening” effect. $39 value
  • Purple Purse Charm by Allstate Foundation Purple Purse: I really liked this one. It’s a nice purple leather tassel with a little metal charm, sponsored by the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to support Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  • HISY Battery Pack: A portable battery charger. Looks like there were a few colors available, mine is a light mint green. It’s small and sleek, and charged my phone 20-some percent pretty quickly, even while I was using it. I will have to see how well it holds a charge. $24.99 value
  • Strength Tubing Ankle & Total Body Tone with Tubing: Lower Body & Core DVD by Merrithew: This is a lower body workout DVD with some kind of resistance band thing. I’ve been wanting to try something like this, so excited to check it out! $33 value
  • Glass Crystal Bead Bracelet by Tribe Alive: Delicate little bracelet with light blue crystal beads and gold chain. I have a similar bracelet but half of it is adjustable cord, so this one is a little different. These little bracelets are great for layering with other pieces or wearing casually, and Tribe Alive apparently works with impoverished women to give them jobs and fair wages. These were created by women in Honduras. $49 value
  • Gift Card by Jeweler’s Wife: This is a $15 gift card to a site that sells jewelry from popular designers like Pandora and Alex and Ani, which of course I can’t wear ;o) May be a gift to someone…
  • Gift Card by Picture It On Canvas: I’ve been wanting to create a gallery wall and maybe include some photos printed on canvas, so I could give this service a try. They do other things besides canvas, too (like posters, phone cases, etc.). $75 value

The FabFitFun Fall 2015 box contains over $357 in product, and can be yours for only $50 – $40 if you use my code! If you have an extra few bucks a quarter that you were probably going to end up spending at Target anyway, why not treat yourself to a fun surprise? ;o)
Photo borrowed from Subscription Box Ramblings – check out her post for tons more pictures!

Birthday Weekend Extravaganza/Disaster

My birthday was this past Saturday, and I had so many plans for the weekend! Everyone was asking me what I was doing for my birthday, and of course I happily shared the whole run-down of events. I should have known not to plan ahead!

Thursday:
What was supposed to happen – work, have lunch with friends, go to a Phillies game with GG and his parents.
What actually happened – My day at work was nice, I was greeted with some cards and gifts from coworkers, which was really thoughtful, we don’t always do that :o) Went out to lunch with a couple of friends. One of my good friends, who I’ve worked with forever, found out she was getting laid off :o( It’s actually not a horrible thing, she’s been miserable in her current position, the commute is horrible, and she has two young kids. She will easily find another job that’s closer to home and/or more flexible. And she’s getting a great package from our company. Anyway. It was pouring rain by evening, and since I’d said I would go to the baseball game if it was nice out, I wasn’t going. Nobody else wanted to use my ticket, either. I stopped by GG’s parents’ house to drop off a phone charger for him, then he went to the game with his parents (which was rained out) while I went to visit my grandmom. (My in-laws had a little disaster of their own – their power had gone out for a couple days and all the food in their freezer melted and then re-froze while they were away. They sat things on top of their stove while cleaning out the fridge, and then almost started a fire when the stove was accidentally turned on! Then there was something about a hole in a bottle of hot sauce and sauce spraying everywhere.) I went home and actually got a lot of stuff done while GG went to the baseball game, had dinner, game was rained out, he came home. While he was outside getting ready to take the trash out, he slipped and fell, twisting his ankle pretty badly.

Friday:
What was supposed to happen – I was going to make dinner at home, then we were going to go see The Visit.
What actually happened – GG’s ankle was swollen really badly and he couldn’t put any weight on it, so I took him to urgent care. Luckily we were the first people there when it opened and we got in right away. They did an x-ray, and nothing is broken or fractured, hooray! They gave him a giant plastic boot to stabilize his ankle so he could walk on it, but of course it’s his driving foot and he can’t drive with that thing on (or with his ankle so sore). So I drove him to work, came back to work from home, picked him up, made dinner, friend came over just as I was pulling it out of the oven, let GG eat while I was with her, ate my dinner cold.

Saturday:
What was supposed to happen – spend the day in New Hope, have a nice b-day dinner at Hearth.
What actually happened – We stayed home so GG could rest his foot, then went out to dinner at the Melting Pot, which was nice (and they gave me a special card and a piece of cake with a candle), and then we went to see The Visit. We got a good spot on the end of a row where GG could put his foot up on a railing. Of course the theater was all the way at the end of the hall, but on the plus side, it was near the exit door, so GG just stepped outside and I came to pick him up in the car. Oh and the movie was very good, nice return for M. Night Shyamalan. I recognized the town they filmed in, which is always cool. Very suspenseful, and good twist – not what I had predicted!

Sunday:
What was supposed to happen – go to the Oddball Comedy Fest in Camden with a friend (and possibly meet up with some other friends there.
What actually happened – Well, we had tickets, and our one friend was counting on us for a ride, so we still did go. GG actually did pretty well hobbling all the way from the parking lot to the venue; walking around during the opening acts on the side stage, sponsor booths, and getting dinner from a food truck; and getting up a giant staircase to watch the headliners from the giant sloping lawn. By the time we walked all the way back to the car, though, I could tell he was really in pain. Hopefully all that walking around didn’t set him back too far in his recovery. In general, the show was good, though we were sitting so far away I could barely see the giant video screens, let alone the actual comedians standing on stage. We got cheesesteaks from Philly’s Finest Sambonis, which were pretty good, but their management of the crowd and keeping track of orders was just ridiculous. Unless there was nobody else around, I would not eat there again. We missed an entire act of the show, and if I’d paid any more for those lawn seats than I had, I would not have been happy. Also, I feel like some of the comedians were playing it really safe with material. My imaginary boyfriend John Mulaney, for the first time that I’ve seen him live, did all material I’ve seen before. He also apparently forgot that he’d been back in Philly since he’d been married. He seemed very excited to pull out his Donald Trump bit again, though!