@polka dots vs stripes YES. TJ Maxx and Marshall's are the best for designer bags. You do have to be open to color, though, because the nice black leather classic bags don't seem to make it that far down the food chain. I have a gorgeous red leather Michael Kors bag that is big and structured enough to carry folders for meetings but still casual enough for jeans and sweaters. It was $85 down from $600 and I treat it better than maybe anything else I own, car included.
@wharrgarbl Seriously. The reactions to stay-at-home dads are ridiculous. My husband's best friend recently became one and gets lots of "Oh, that's OK"s (Which is the PNW version of "Bless her heart"). He lives in sweatpants, doesn't have to commute, and gets to hang out with his adorable child all day. I AM jealous.
@sintaxis I DID NOT KNOW THIS.
So my horrific giving blood story: Senior year of high school we do a blood drive in the early spring and I am all excited to participate. Not really bothered by needles/shots, so why not? Go in, drink my water, get ready to start. The nurse (who was VERY nice) somehow pokes the needle through (!) my vein by accident. Which causes the biggest, most disgusting bruise on my elbow. It was so gross and didn't go away for weeks. And by a lovely coincidence, this is when Requiem for a Dream had recently come out and is popular. And my arm looks like THE ARM.
It did give me an excuse to class prom the fuck up with some opera gloves, so there is that.
I have not given blood since.
@datalass Great, so I will eventually get murdered on the street. I have been told about my walk involves a fair amount of unnecessary ass-swishing.
@Beck Rea@facebook My friend is a descendent of the Donner party! She has a sense of humor about it, so might be OK with this...
@plaidowl I might steal this. I bought a vacuum last week so have a pretty good person-sized box that is begging to be made into a costume.
@laurel I know! Productivity is at an all-time low since they arrived.
So this week at work, my boss got his wife 2 miniature donkeys and they are so goddamn adorable and sweet! They are grazing in the meadow behind me right now and it is so hard to stay here and work. (Our office is on the same 10 ac property as his house, so his whole property is pretty much our office).
Also they were named before I had the opportunity to come up with the best name ever for a donkey, Hoti. I was so pissed when they gave them names (Ruby and Jessie) before I could bestow my pun-y brilliance on them. Whatever. Hopefully they have a boy-baby donkey next year.
@Scandyhoovian You'll get through it! Also a couple days of bride freakout a few weeks before isn't bad, seriously. It helped me have that last bit of desperation/motivation to get some loose ends tied up and think of a few worst case scenarios and then you realize that you've got this and can re-enter Chill Bride Mode. The wine very much helps.
Also, have you found your jewelry yet? I got my pearl stuff from this Etsy store and it is unbelievably gorgeous. I highly recommend. The asymmetrical necklaces are great.