December 29, 2009

meltdown 101

you know those people on american idol that try out and are absolutely horrible but in complete denial because their parents have told them for years that they could sing well?

i am having that moment, over and over again at my new job. i have a new empathy for those folks. those poor, mislead american idol rejects. i am one of them now and im starting a club. it will be called: The I Don't Know Shit and I Never Did Sad Kids Club. (i know, i know, you're dying to join)

i have forever been told how smart i am, how capable, how exemplary and fast learning...but, now, i am sure that every person in my life up until now has been lying. it becomes increasingly clearer to me each day that i am slow to learn, hard to please, silly and insignificant in the workplace. (and maybe in life) all my previous experience has become obsolete and irrelevant. i am 14 again, freshman year, learning to stay afloat in a scary and unforgiving environment. i am failing.

i am so aware of this fact that i am turning into a paranoid schizo. im positive that everyone around me knows it and frequently discusses it - that everyone is lying about what they know to my face and that i am going to find my face on a billboard someday with the caption: don't hire this imbecil.

in happier news, i got my most desired present of all time for chreeesmas!

merlot. hunter. boots.




now, to recall that rain dance i once learned at fifth grade camp...

December 28, 2009

christmas ends. contemplation begins?


Christmas festivities have come to a close and so exhausted am I. Even now, sitting in bed, listening to Easton, the pup, chew to his heart’s content on his new rawhide (thanks allison!), I can barely keep my eyes open.

and i’ve already braved a day back at work. work.

i wrote a post today that i might submit tomorrow. i read and re-read it all day, wondering if it was too bleak for the holidays, too dramatic for someone with a job when many have none. i worried that it might appear as though i don’t appreciate what i have or that i am bad-mouthing a perfectly fantastic organization. im still nervous now, just talking about it.

i hope its none of the above. i hope that maybe it conveys the same feelings others may feel about life sometimes. i hope that i have the balls to hit the “publish” button tomorrow.

December 24, 2009

sleepy shirt

remember when you used to wear your dad's old shirts to sleep? all oversized and extra comfy...



this picture will never cease to make me laugh

December 23, 2009

December 21, 2009

egg sauce chun and daemons

today's month and day is a palindrome. i like palindromes, they're neat and tidy.
today is also a monday, a munday, a mundaaaayne. it's not so often that these days take a hold of me and dictate how i will feel but today has been rough, soo tired, egg sauce everywhere. and it's not because i had a rockin' weekend either.

i did, however, give blood on saturday morning which i could still be fatigued from, right? yeah, if i play my cards right, i can even get out of christmas festivities! "oh, i'm still so tired and light headed from giving blood...ouch, owww, ooo, eeek. i think i'll just stay home and rest. errrgghh" ...it would play out something like that.

if i had my own daemon, i would send it in my place to work, to run errands, to socialize, to do just about everything.

speaking of daemons, i found this funny little test to find out what my daemon would be, ya know, if i were a character in The Golden Compass.
you did know what i was referring to, right?

turns out, the best candidates for me are: Jay, Terrier, Go-Away Bird, Turaco, Mockingbird, Amazon Parrot (yeah, that's an amazing parrot, not just any old average parrot) apparently, it's bird daemons for the "opinionated soul" ...that's what i am. the internet told me.

wait, is a terrier a bird or a dog?

December 17, 2009

potties and bandaids

first and foremost, to expound on my potty talk last post...i heard the first of these quandries on my way to work that day (talk radion rules!) and the second is something I seriously wonder about. (i alternate on the flap direction, if you're curious.) now, some may get a little squeamish with potty talk. myself, however, i looove to talk dirty, ha!, but seriously, i do. we all use the loo, we all know what happens in there, let's get rid of this taboo! (rhyming rules!)

now, on to more pressing issues. i went to the doctor the other day. AHHHH!

i have been informed that i 1. have high cholesterol - which i think was code for "you're fat, vicki" 2. am vitamin D deficient - which i took to mean that i should go the beach more, and 3. need to get a tetanus shot - which made me think of dirty, rusty nails, which in turn,  made me laugh

well, we addressed number 3 right away and i was a champ because i don't mind shots; i don't even mind needles. (insert crack cocaine joke here? psh, i don't even know if that makes any sense) but let me just say that i may have to change my mind now because MOMMY! MY ARM REALLY HUUUURTS!

i say! i keep looking for the huge bruise that must certainly be there, for the open sore that is bleeding and pussing, causing this unjust, violent reaction. but, no. there is no bruise, no blood, no scar even. only a two day old bandaid. i am a wuss.

on the brighter side, the first two diagnonsenses have inspired me to be healthy!! see, if the doc tells me to, i can, i can, i can! so, working out has commenced along with salads, fruits, veggies, brown rice
and lots of daily supplements. suppies?

onto the skinny, oh, i mean healthy, future i go! now, if this arm pain will just leave me be. hmfph.


December 15, 2009

the manner of the months




since the year is almost over and i'm constantly struggling to realize this fact, i am often referring to calendars. email calendars, iPhone calendars, wall calendars..etc.
when i don't have a calendar handy to snap me into reality, i use the one in my head. it looks like this:

january february march april may june july august september october november december

when december comes around, we're at the end of the line. we'll jump back to the front, the beginning, when january comes. and when it's june, we're in the middle of the linear year. (as i see it)

this makes me wonder how everyone else views the calendar in their mind...is it linear like mine? is it circular like a clock? vertical as a list might be?

maybe how you see the months says absolutely nothing about you or about how you think but it's still neat to wonder. to take note of that simple fact that what may be completely natural and normal for us might be unheard of for others. and since it's the season of giving, what better gift than perspective?

other comparison curiosities: do you stand or sit when you, ahem, wipe? do you place the toilet seat cover so that the flap folds towards you or away from you??

all very crucial topics. so, let's hear it. what is natural for you?

xoxo


December 13, 2009

san francisco treats

most of us don't travel enough. and by us, i mean myself and the hank. so to rectify this abomination, i surprised him this weekend with a quick getaway to san francisco - a place to which he had never been. we flew out on saturday morning and got back this evening; it was practically perfect in every way.

and now, a telling of said trip by way of photographed moments...












can someone please fix the formatting so adding multiple pictures to a post doesn't make me want to start a new blog on wordpress???!!!!!! ahhhhhh!! it's amazing i have any hair left.

December 11, 2009

aaand the winner for best dressing rooms* is....

TJ effing Maxx. (to be specific, the one on 3355 Rosecrans St. in San Diego) and I know, who'd have thunk it!?! but ladies and gents, it's true and it took me completely by surprise. i was at lunch today, shoppin' (because why waste that time actually eating??)and discovered this lovely truth. and as a woman, i find the dressing room to be an extremely essential part of the purchasing process.

so surprised i was to find the most flattering backstage vanity lights lining the mirror, the cutest little red leathered ottoman on which to sit or place things AND a bazillion hooks. i cannot believe how few hooks you'll find in most dressing rooms...hello!? where am i supposed to hang my purse? how do i make a No section? where will i hang my clothes so they're not on the dirty floor!?!
thanks tj, for gettin' it right.

to reward the maxx, i bought 2 pairs of jeans and 2 jackets.

you're welcome.

*best in this caliber of store. i'm sure if i went to any store where i get champagne, their dressing room would inevitably take the prize. and why wouldn't it, really.




December 8, 2009

get jingy with it. ya'll.

shnikies!!!
i just discovered something so totally fabulous that i demand everyone get it NOW.

it's called Jing. At work, I've been plagued by the limits of Windows and it's lack of screen grab. At home,
Mac makes it very simple and lovely to grab any part of my screen to save as a jpg. and i love and use it often. but here, it's been mucho difficult. until today...thanks C!

now, i'm sure i'm not among the first to use Jing. heck, maybe it's officially old news but! since it's new to me,
it's gotta be new to others out there too! unite slow motioners!

www.jingproject.com - go there and download it for free. you will be able to grab anything on your screen, save it, copy it, add fun little arrows, highlights, text to it. and then simply paste it into an email or add it to an artboard. i mean, really windows - why doesn't this come standard!? of course, you can download it for Mac too. and the fun little gadgets are not to be ignored, even on the more stacked mac.
stacked mac, holler.

to top the whole thing off, once downloaded, you'll see this lovely little bubble appear on your desktop. mine is at the top, center of my screen and so to me, it is the sun. shining it's facilitating light all over my work day. MmmMMM, it's warm in here.





enjoy!! disfruta!!



December 7, 2009

do you snapture?

the past weekend brought some fun stuff my way. wild animal park, first holiday party with my new workie peeps and the first of much christmas shopping. and how cold was it?!!? so great - it's finally winter in san diego and i couldn't be happier about it.

other new things to come into my life were the apps i bought for iPhone. Snapture and CameraBag - they both offer some neat features and while I'm still on the lookout for the ideal camera app - these are fun for now. check, check it out.


 


*heck yeah, those are gRaffs!!!

December 1, 2009

letra de belleza

Vondrous letter art.
    and look, it's a V...ya know, like my initial!

         ah, life.


oh, p.s. - december is here. what the whaaaat!?

November 29, 2009

dog days

three days in t.town and we’re home now.
easton and ace spent lots of time and love on each other - running outside, running inside, biting appendages, napping, sleeping, hugging, french kissing, french kissing, french kissing....is that normal? those two swap spit more than any two i’ve ever seen.

if our dogs are gay, i hope they get married soon. mommy would be very proud.




we were also lucky enough to spend some time with carrie and kevin - two of my most favorite peeps. we did some bowling down at kearny (aka caaarney) mesa bowl, where i bowled a record 114 in the first game - breaking my wrist in the process. not really, but there was some residual pain the following day. hank, kevin and carrie all enjoy bowling very much. i’m not particularly a fan of the sport but i will endure it for those i love...

and for sparkly lights. fridays are a party down there at carney bowl. rainbow disco balls and everything. we made our way into the bar after our two hours were up. there was some major karaoke going on and it was a grand ole’ time but we knew it was time to leave once kevin blacked out. how did we know, you say?
he started imitating at top volume the awful, awful karaoke monkey that was on stage. when other people started watching him instead of the her, the fat lady had sung.


saturday was a glorious day of nothing. absolutely nothing. we watched about 10 movies, drank copious amounts of coffee and ate fantabulous sushi at edamami (my most recommended sushi joint in san diego) with mimi.

and as if all this was not enough, i came home to christmas decorations



AND a special delivery from greenwich, connecticut! lauren, i ADORE my gifts. once again, kat burki has brightened the day with the help of the lovely l. henry. how very generous, thoughtful, beautifully wrapped and pleasantly scented - a lavender sachet, candle and samples of the various scents from burki-town. thank you a million times.

reader, share the joy with me...


easton liked it too. and if i am reading him right, it looks like the next KB endeavor should be...dog treats?



i think it suits the brand.
adios november!

November 24, 2009

birthdays, turkey and twilight

this week is crazeee!!....or foonglah (my latest learned chinese word! sheh sheh china!)
yesterday i worked all the day long and then drove straight to fuddruckers for some less than
satisfying food - but it was all worth it to wish mikey and trey happy birthdays. they're 11 years apart, exactly.
i love that age span...im surrounded by both wisdom and whimsy. or not. i just like alliteration.

so back to foonglah. tonight i am going straight from work to buncoland to meet my lovely and
gorgeous bunco ladies for drinks, eats aaaaaand TWILIGHT!!! i admit, it is a little silly
that i love, love, love it so much. but i can't help myself. i was completely wrapped up in
edward and bella's relationship in the books and so watch the movies, i must. this second movie, New Moon,
is based on my least favorite book of the series - i skimmed through a lot because i am so clearly team edward.
jacob is cute and he really looks great in the film but it's just not meant to be for me, or for bella.

what, why are you making that face? these people are real, right? ...

after some twilight excitement tonight, i go home, to sleep, then right back to work tomorrow followed immediately
by another birthday dinner with my very best besties of all time, nicole and joanna. happy birthday coco! she's old now.
we usually celebrate with a delicious sushi dinner and since she just had little baby khloe - she is DYING for some raw fish.
it's time nicole, it's time.

luckily, after all the fun and fabulous mayhem that this week holds - including thanksgiving in LA with my dad - hank and
i get to relax all weekend at a friend's house. watching tv in their huge california
king bed, making coffee in their beautiful and new fancy, shmancy kitchen. and walking the dogs in what i hope to be perfect fall weather.

oh, but that's only after BLACK FRIDAY madness. we actually look forward to this each year.
we're slightly nuts and love a good sale. i'm not even kidding, i have to beg hank to stop once he
gets going. cannot wait! did you hear that macy's will have down comforters for only $19.99!?!?!?!
but step away from the shelf you, because those are mine.

happy thanksgiving reader(s). xoxo

November 22, 2009

flickr and the v

ok flickr, i joined. is there some kind of welcoming party? present? branding tattoo???

check me out every once in a while...you never know, you may be all up in that vickichristine photostream.

holler.
 
*hank loves a good team shirt. oh, and that's totally not me, the one with the tequila down her throat. ... ... ...

November 19, 2009

everyday

today i worked through most of the day before realizing I had missed lunch. so around 330 pm, i grabbed a kashi cereal bar that i bought on tuesday night for my wednesday work trip to phoenix. hello arizona!

i ate my little chocolate peanut cereal bar as i walked around the office complex. i watched the traffic go by on the 5 freeway. i waved to a guy in the office next door.

it wasn't much but it was enough to remind me that life is more than every day on the job. it’s more than my 2 hour round-trip commute. it’s more than what i do. because every day i’m faced with choices and i make them - and that fact alone is pretty neat.

today, that hard-as-a-rock kashi snack and the sunlight on the highway outside my office door made me smile.

November 4, 2009

maine on the braine




to be or not be...employed.

california is currently tied with oregon for the highest unemployment rate in the country, around 12%.

ouch.

luckily, this information helped me to feel a little less culpable during these last 5 months. you know, the duration of time that i was, ahem, unemployed.

i think it is safe to say that it usually goes: employed = good, unemployed = bad. and all but i have to say that i am officially “on the fence” about it.

the more we work, the more money we make, the more we buy, the more we have to work to make more money to buy more things. the more we work, the more we are away from our family, the more we think about being at home. hmmm.

OR

the more we work, the more we accomplish, the more we feel happy and fulfilled. the more we work, the more money we make, the more we can save for...a rainy day, a vacation, retirement. the more we work...

whatever the consensus, i realize that work is a huge part of life and admittedly, i am overall happier when I’m working. And since I’ve just started a new job, I am indeed starting to feel like myself again. And I fear, dear reader, that you may have to endure a steadier flow of posts - if only because i actually leave my house on a daily basis. Who knew the outside world could inspire so much commentary??

...don’t worry easton, you are still my most important daily companion.

November 2, 2009

drop caps and hearts.

Victoria and the hank. she fell in love and never looked back.
   because how could she possibly not look straight ahead, at that face.
       hank is code for heart, the heart that he has given and the heart that he holds.



October 7, 2009

falling in love


i love fall. i love autumn. i love the wind and the trees; the air so crisp, the scent so soft and clean. i love the sweaters and the boots; the scarves and the hats. i love to wake up early and stand outside on our back porch. i listen to the wind and it fills me up with the magic of the day. i wish i could take it inside with me so the feeling of openness and willingness would follow me all day long.

and even as i sit here with my mug of warm apple cider, i can hear it outside, reminding me that a new season is here.

oh, how i love fall.



i took this picture during a morning run in Kennebunk, Maine. The first of the leaves turning, red.

September 28, 2009

easton bits

today, while running on the beach with my sister, i thought about how nice it would be to sit wrapped up in a warm towel on my mom's lap.
little did i know it would involve a photoshoot.
again.

it's vickie's vicstory

the title vicstory is no more, at least not on this shiny new macbook. if you love the name and cannot imagine your life without it, please refer here.

i found my name twin the other day and have been lying awake every night since trying to figure out what to dub this bloggy blog. today, in celebration of my impulsive ways, i've dressed it to match my URL. it may change tomorrow or the next day; it may not. but another hour as a sad name biter, i could not endure.

i realize it may seem a little dramatic to immediately want to dissociate myself with another of the same name but upon reading the OG vicstory i felt it was unavoidable. i’m happy for vickie and those that are interested in her medical progress. how great that they use the blog to keep all informed. i truly hope that she only feels better and better with each new day.

but, uh, vickie, i’m out.

September 23, 2009

Kat Burki smells good.

I am in love with my latest find (thanks Lauren!) in lotions and potions. It is created by designer Kat Burki and comes in a darling wrapping AND right now, you can get some for free! Click here for more details

The image I have here, in my lovely new closet, complete with shelves (thanks Joe!) is of the sample size - before final logos and packaging were decided. But don’t let the simple labeling deceive you, the scent is just as good and clearly, Lavender is my choice among the options. Mmm.

I just recently noticed that they have Lavender sachets on the website too. You mean, all my clothes can smell just as nice!?! Sold.

September 21, 2009

September 17, 2009

Happiness is a warm purchase


Today is September 17, 2009. I am setting up my brand new MacBook Pro. Love. I am in love with my new purchase. In. Love.


The only appropriate complement to my happy spending spree would be the perfect pair of boots. Original Hunter Wellington Boots in merlot, about which I received an email from Zappos today, telling me they are now available and ready for purchase. Only $115 and free shipping and those boots are mine in 3 days.


And I won’t be charging those. This baby, however, is a different story. I vow, vow, vow to make super amounts of extra payments to my credit card. I really should even forego eating because I’m pretty sure I can use the money I’d spend on food to pay for my new diet. MacBook meals. Meals of delicious iPhoto and Pages, of scrumptious iTunes and Photobooth; how undoubtedly fuller I will be!


And thinner too...Rachel Zoe, watch out.


September 16, 2009

the passing of months

grief stole most of my july and all of my august this year.

i actually said yesterday, it's almost september though, right?
fresh start, coming right up...

June 26, 2009

adios apartment...


the hank and i just moved out of our lovely, lovely north park apartment. it was a sunny, spacious apartment complete with a view of kansas street, a walk-in closet, and an extremely loud, (albeit friendly)downstairs neighbor, who kept all visitors alert with her daily creep stare from the window and an abrupt "HI!" to anyone within 20 feet of her stuffed animals.


and while all those assets are priceless, the thing i will miss most is my bookshelf. my color coded, wonderfully organized and displayed bookshelf. when i grow up, i want to sleep in my library.