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Posted by parsingtime on February 23, 2009

Let me preface this post with this statement: Husband likes to scheme. He likes to buy lots of something that everyone wants and then price gouges them on eBay. I hate Husbands schemes.  I’ve written about how I don’t like Husband’s schemes before.   Husband likes to think he is opportunistic and often asks me why I don’t like making money when I tell him how much I dislike his schemes.  We just disagree on this point.

And with that on to today’s post. Remember how Husband had a surprise for me?  And how I hate surprises?  Well while out a couple of weeks ago  Husband could not contain himself a moment longer and had to tell me my surprise. It wasn’t a valentines day surprise but a birthday surprise…just given to me a little early.

So we are at dinner and he tells me he has gotten me a Kindle.  My face sort of dropped. He told me his reasoning….he does in fact know that I like to own my books but since I never can fit enough books in my luggage when we go on vacation or I travel he thought this was a great idea.  And it was. It was very thoughtful.  He is a well meaning, good Husband.

I pointed out that a Kindle went over the agreed upon birthday budget….and that’s when Husband told me not to worry because he had actually bought 5 Kindles and was planning to sell the other four on eBay for a profit so my Kindle would come in under the birthday budget.   And that’s when I said, Huuuusss…baaaaannd (if you know Husband’s real name you can understand how that would work). And he knew I wasn’t happy. 

First off, I have a hard time accepting expensive gifts (don’t ask me why, I just do — though I’m happy to buy expensive things for other people). Second, I like to own my books. And while I would “own” them so to speak on the Kindle, I wouldn’t have a hard copy. I’m that weird person who will randomly pick up a book I’ve already read (ten times)  and read a few chapters for no apparent reason other than I like to.  Third, a scheme!

I realize that I seem really ungrateful. And maybe once it gets here I’ll think it is really cool and he will be the best Husband  in the world.  It arrives this week so we shall see. I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how great the Kindle is and how much bibliophiles love it.  It’s going to be hard to get past the scheme, but I’m willing to give it a fair shot. 

When Husband came home from a business trip a few months ago with a new Longhorn key ring for me, I was beyond thrilled. It was so thoughtful…he noticed that my key ring was broken and the keys were falling off the loop and bought something I needed but a much nicer version than I would have bought myself.

I feel bad for him I really do…he wanted to do something nice for me and I’m the crazy female who prefers a key chain to a Kindle.

Honestly, we are both a bit to blame here (you know if I can just spread a bit of blame for my own damn ungratefulness). I need to get over Husband’s schemes they are a part of who he is,  he really enjoys them and they don’t hurt anyone.   And when I say that I really want an iTunes gift card or a new water bottle for the gym or a gift card to a nice hair salon because I hate my haircut but I only got it cut a few weeks ago and can’t really justify another haircut because of my Depression Era-like frugal nature…well, he should really listen.


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Posted by parsingtime on February 22, 2009

The vegetarian experiment has been going on for two weeks now and except for some Valentines sushi I’ve been a complete vegetarian. Husband, did not last as long. He was traveling and went to a steak place with the Hog (short for Hedgehog, not pig) and his lunches at work are never meatless.  But he was a vegetarian at home so I guess that counts…sort of.

Over the last two weeks we have had grilled eggplant parmesan, Indian food, veggie enchiladas, pasta, Spanish tapas (basically lots of interestingly cooked vegetables, like garlic mushrooms and a hot green bean/shelled edamame  mint salad), calzones (we made donut holes with the leftover dough — which was fun and yummy), portabello mushroom burgers, pad thai and several different stir frys.

Overall it has been a good experiment. It forced me to learn to make some new things (tapas, which when made at home really can be an affordable filling meal! In Boston we went to a place called Dali with a big group of people and it cost $40 a person for tapas which is fine as long as you don’t go home and eat cereal because you are still hungry) and I unsurprisingly haven’t missed cooking meat (I hate touching raw chicken).

Are you amazed by the amount of parentheses I can fit into one post? Five times really seems excessive.  I really need to work on that plus my use of ellipses.

Anyway, we are taking a break from the vegetarian life tonight with some fish tacos, but overall I think  if I didn’t have to give up sushi I could totally be a vegetarian.

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Time for a Pedicure

Posted by parsingtime on February 10, 2009

I dog on Charlotte’s restaurant scene a lot…but there is one good reason to live in Charlotte verses Boston.

For the first time in two years, I’m wearing flip flops in February.  Also, for the first time in two years I haven’t spent winter suffering from S.A.D.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 9, 2009

The economy is in the crapper. Obama is trying to pass some sort of ginormous stimulus package which may or may not work and some idiot reporter decides to use his question to ask about Alex Rodriguez and steroids.


These people annoy the hell out of me.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 9, 2009

Back from my quick trip to California, well almost back, I’m waiting at the airport for my connection, after getting kicked out of the Continental Presidential lounge….seemingly I could only stay in the lounge if my mom stayed with me. I clearly look like riff raff. I’m annoyed especially since I wasn’t going to drink any of the free liquor.  The lady actually escorted me, I was not impressed.  I did steal a packet of crackers and nutella before I left, so take that annoying Continental Nazi.

Anyway, the parentals are in the process of buying a second home in California.  And since we (my dad and I) somehow convinced my mom to go for an awesome vacation home instead of just finding a place for my dad to live during the week we decided on a place that is great.  It’s in downtown, a block from a river, you can walk to restaurants, wine bars, bookstores, boutiques etc, it’s pretty close to wine country but still close enough to SF to be able to do stuff there and it is brand new so the developer is a bit desperate to sell.  All in all a good combination.   And the best part is it is three bedrooms and three bathrooms so it is a bit like hotel living (i.e. you don’t have to share a bathroom with anyone else staying over). 

It also made me realize that I’m ready to buy a place.  Ready in my mind even if we aren’t ready in actuality (still one more move in our horizon).  Of course, it is much easier to shop for homes with my parents since they have a better budget.

I also realized that once again another city has better food than Charlotte.

So back to Charlotte today and on to vegetarian living.  Any bets on how long we last? I’m guessing I’ll be able to last longer than Husband.

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Cauliflower or Cabbage

Posted by parsingtime on February 4, 2009

Last night as I was trying to fall asleep:

When you come back from California I think we should be vegetarians for a while.


I feel like I’ve been eating too much beef.

Well, I don’t cook beef and no one is forcing you to order burgers.

I know. But I make bad food choices when I’m out. I can’t help it.

How can you be a vegetarian anyway, you don’t like eggplant or cauliflower or…

Hey, I like cauliflower. I eat it when it comes with pulled pork sandwiches.

Oh my god, that’s coleslaw made from cabbage.

Oh, well I’ve started to like that.

And there you have it. We are going to try being vegetarians for a while…which is fine with me but we’ll see how long it lasts when I’m making Indian style green beans and eggplant (the mushy kind that my grandmother likes because you don’t have to chew it much so it is easy on the dentures) or worse tofu. 

Anyone have any good vegetarian recipes? I need all the ones I can get.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 4, 2009

The tanking economy has  definitely changed how people and companies deal with things day to day. I no longer buy a million books and instead put holds on the library. Hyundai is advertising how you can give your car back to them if you lose your job. Target is advertising the Pay Less part of their Expect More Pay Less promise by putting the price of items in their commercials.

But the real way you know the economy is tanking is when regular companies take ideas from infomercials, repackage it and get a celebrity spokesmodel to promote it. 

You all have seen the commercial for the Ped Egg right?

In case you haven’t it is all over TV as a way to get rid of calluses on your feet and not have all the dead skin fly all over your house. It is all neatly contained in the egg.  It is also completely gross to see the people in the commercial throwing away their dead skin.   I’ve been seeing this infomercial for at least six months now. And then this morning while I was running on the treadmill I saw a Revlon commercial with Elle Macphearson advertising the Revlon Pedi-Expert kit.

 Revlon Pedi-EXPERT™

Looks like a pink ped egg that comes with a nail clipper and file, if you ask me.  The ad basically was saying that  in this economy you can’t go get your regular pedicures and here is a an inexpensive yet luxurious way to still have beautiful feet.  Elle Macpherson does it and so should you.

The Ped Egg people must be so ticked off.  Ped Egg verses Pedi-Expert. There is going to be a smackdown.

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Pandora II

Posted by parsingtime on February 2, 2009

My Pandora radio station just played Miley Cyrus. Not just Miley Cyrus, but Miley Cyrus massacring a Cyndi Lauper classic.   My Monday through Friday radio station is set to play reasonably low key music for the work day…you know things like Paolo Nutini, Dispatch, Corinne Bailey Rae, Fiest, Coldplay etc. Songs I can play in the background without being too distracted.  How the hell did Miley get on it?

I had gone almost 29 years without hearing a Miley Cyrus song  and I hope that it’s another 29 before I hear it again.

Bad job Pandora, Bad job.

PS – Someone please mail me a nap. I’m so tired.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 2, 2009

It’s really impressive that I managed to get a foot stuck in my jeans, fall over and skin my knee, especially given that I’ve been dressing and undressing myself for over two decades now.  Husband was properly concerned about my fall…he has this thing about household accidents.

I got over the joy of working pretty quickly on Saturday…mostly because I couldn’t get my data to work out. Fortunately Husband is a rock star at excel and fixed my issues.

We had friends over for the Superbowl yesterday which was fun…not the game, I didn’t care about the game. Our friends brought their new puppy over to play.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was much more fun than the football.

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