On Friday Bargain Bin: The Leftovers

My mom is really easy to shop for but my dad is tricky. I often go with item-of-the-month type things for him. For his birthday I did 3-month subscription to a men's Birchbox, but usually some type of alcohol or food. He's found new favorites and those can then become the "special" things that I get for him for later gifts. My parents also appreciate upgraded versions of things they already love, like Tanqueray Ten and a sampler of fancier-than-Schweppes tonic waters to upgrade their regular gin and tonics. Experience tickets are also cool. If they both love golf maybe purchase a round of golf from a local place other than their usual. For things like that I usually check in with my parent's friends for references.

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm 1

On Estate Jewelry: A Necklace That Wears Its Own Rings

@Megano! Definitely sent the link to my fiance and told him I had changed my mind. I want an engagement ring, but only if it's that one.

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm 0

On Estate Jewelry: A Necklace That Wears Its Own Rings

@Blackwatch Plaid Do you think there was a rule on band member's members hanging the same direction?

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm 5

On Ask a Clean Person: Holiday Disasters 2012

Trader Joe's dripless candles! Not expensive, they don't smell like anything weird, and they really won't drip until the very end.
I will also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to pick up a few things from the freezer aisle. Deliciousness abounds and this is the time of year when having a back-up dessert or side comes in handy. Maybe also pick up some of the frozen mac n' cheese, because you're beautiful and deserve to be happy.

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm 2

On Assumptions

@Bayou I take an escalator as part of my commute every day and am pretty confident about it but stepping onto an escalator with a piece of rolly luggage brings back all the fears.

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm 1

On Assumptions

@melmuu I once saw a platform sandal thrown onto the street from an apartment window. I'm not sure why they threw a single shoe at the window (fight? sabotage? attempt to hit a passerby?) but for the next few days whenever I saw the increasingly mangled blue platform I felt like I had some important secret knowledge.

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm 2

On The Return of Ghost

Oh shit. I just read the ghost saga (now that the prequel is out) and my heart, it aches.

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm 1

On The Ghosting of Ghost

Tearing up at work, again

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm 2

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Gloria Swanson Saga, Part Two

That picture in the Roxy! I die.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm 4

On Friday Open Thread

@allofthewine Save it!
But I also want to see good ideas of what I could be spending my money on.
Communal bargain bin time?

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm 1