Venus Trapped in Mars

31 October 2013

Someday I will.... + a Q&A

I really wanted to link-up with Taylor yesterday but I had the group giveaway planned. What does that say about you when you are late to the Someday I will... linkup?? I feel like it is necessary to tell you that I purchased the wifi on the plane to write this post. That means you are obligated to read it all, right?

The Daily Tay

Someday I will... Start watching a television show that is not called: Family Guy, Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Saved by the Bell, Real Housewives, Bravo TV Network. I'd rather watch reruns of these than new episodes of anything else.

Someday I will... Not stress about what people think about me. Does she like me? Does she not like me? Is she mad at me? Is she mad that I said that? Should I have said something different? Am I ugly? Do I look fat in this? Is it bad that I'm wearing black tights and a blue dress and tan boots? Sheesh it was exhausting just listening to myself type that. Why do we all care so much?

Someday I will... Not get irrationally, fly-off-the-handle angry at convenience store clerks. *Inserts Card* *Please enter Zip Code* *Please enter pin* *Unable to authorize--- beep beep beep* *Please see clerk* *Goes inside* *Clerk asks, "Did you want to pre-pay? How much would you like to pre pay?* "No I' didn't want to pre-pay, I don't know how much I want to pre-pay!!! I apologize that I have yet to memorize the exact gallon quantity my car will hold!!!!!  I just want to put my little card in the slot and have you just take out the correct amount of money for the correct amount of gas it will take to fill my tank!!!!!!!!!!!! So yeah, someday I won't get that angry.

Someday I will... Enjoy cooki---- HAHAHA no.

Someday I will... Opt to buy 1 investment piece rather than 45 shirts from Forever 21 for the same price. 

Someday I will... Stop having such a ridiculous emotional attachment to things like stuffed animals, and birthday cards.

Someday I will... be a sideline reporter. 

I'm going to end on that one because it's the one I really want to happen. Now I want you to meet Ashley from Rainstorms and Love Notes (and get to know me a little better too while we're at it!)
We're both athletic-themed car selfie takers, what more could you want?




A:  James Gandolfini. My husband and I were in the middle of watching our way through the Sopranos series when he died, and we were crushed to learn that he'd passed away.
S: Heath Ledger. I just feel like he really wasn't done making his mark on the world. I still can't believe he is gone!


A: Anything that would hurt my family (also, wear a Ravens jersey in public)
S: Anything that would hurt my family (also, wear a Kentucky jersey in public) Sorry but Ashley's answer was just too perfect.

A: Entertainment Weekly, for writing a world-famous novel that's been adapted into a movie, of course
S: Maxim. That would mean I've suddenly become a super hot bombshell. Also, this magazine is my guilty pleasure. The articles are really very funny.



A: Jigsaw puzzle, all day, every day. I maybe even have a jigsaw puzzle app that I play regularly...
S: Jigsaw. I tried a rubix cube once and it made me feel like a total moron after about 7 seconds.

A: One afternoon during my freshman year, I was speed-walking to get to the bus on time, and I tripped and fell to my knees in the middle of the hallway. I guess my jeans were kind of slippery though, because I went sliding across the hallway, which caused everyone to stop and stare. If my life was accompanied by music, the record definitely would have screeched to a halt at that moment.
S: Similar story. I was playing JV basketball, (and I know what you're thinking, you had to play JV? Yes, I am a good samaritan and paid my dues until it was Varsity time) and my dad was driving me to school for my game. We had to dress up for home games, so I was wearing the only thing I owned that I considered dressy, hooker boots. Why my mother purchased those square, chunky heeled, knee high boots for me I'll never know. Well as I go to jump out of my dad's truck and run inside, I jump and slip like in the cartoons (in my hooker boots) right on a patch of black ice. The boys JV basketball team was all standing outside and saw the whole thing. I cried through the entire game as the vision of me falling in front of the boys basketball team replayed over and over.

A: I'd go with 2012 - I started a new job, got hitched, first discovered Breaking Bad, and I got caught up in the election coverage and the Summer Olympics. It was a good year!
S: Not freshman year during JV basketball, that's for sure. This one is easy, my 21st year. College, sorority life, lived with great friends, had no responsibility.... all the stuff I'm dying to have back in my life again!


A: Don't Lie by Vampire Weekend
S: Levels by Meek Mill



A: Smooth, because no food should ever be referred to as "chunky"
S: ^^^^^ That.


A: Brooke7510 - my middle name, plus the months of my dad's, mom's, and my birthdays. It was 1997, people!
S: Sribby2210 - S for Sarah. Ribby for I have no idea but I'm sure I thought it was clever as hell when I first came up with it 22- for Sheryl Swoopes 10- for Chipper Jones



A: To be honest, I already have the Magic Bullet and the Perfect Tortilla Pans, but I'd love to add the Chillow to my collection.
S: Hah! Magic Bullett makes me giggle every time. Mind is in the gutter. I'll tell ya one I want and one I don't want. Want: Hot Buns Don't Want: Air Curler (just stick a wad of bubblicious in your hair, go stand out in a hurricane, and voila-- meet the Air Curler!)

What do you guys think, isn't Ashley fabulous?? Go tell her hey girl heyyy! 
Or tweet her "Hey Girl Heyyy!" if you're really an overachiever! 

Oh, and congrats Sox fans :) 
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30 October 2013

Kate Spade Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday morning everyone! I have my October sponsors here today with a fabulous Kate Spade giveaway, but first, let's meet some of these pretty girls! I also asked everyone to pick a GIF that most clearly describes their personality, I think you'll get a kick out of them! I spent about a million hours mapping it out so you should be able to click on the picture itself. If it ends up not working, I have links under each picture as well!





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And without further delay, we bring you a $225 Giveaway to Kate Spade!!!
If you win you are required to buy me the pink and orange giraffe iPhone 5 case. JK (unless you want to, let's not rule anything out..)


 Ashley ::::: Melyssa ::::: Lindsay :::::
Caroline ::::: Steph ::::: Allie :::::
Magen ::::: Kippy ::::: Kayla :::::
Paulina ::::: Sevi ::::: Ashten

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29 October 2013

Handshakes and a Halloween Drinking Game

There are some do's and don'ts of excelling in an interview. When I lived in Tennessee, I conducted interviews on a weekly basis for the company I worked for. I have certain, simple things I look for and if I don't find, I will tune out the rest of the interview. The biggest, and most important that sets the tone of the whole interview is the handshake...


Handshake: If you don't shake my hand correctly, we're done. This goes for men and women. Just because I am a woman, doesn't mean guys should curtsy instead of shake my hand properly. I promise, my hand won't break into a billion pieces when you shake it. 

Don't do any of the following: 
Use the tips of your fingers to squeeze the tips of my fingers
 Don't offer me a "pound-it!"
 Don't shake with the LEFT hand
Don't just place your hand in mine and just let it sit there
Don't offer your hand to me like you're the queen

I assure you I am not the only one who thinks this way. Give a proper, full handshake with a hearty squeeze. If you don't, you WILL NOT get the job, I can guarantee that.

END RANT

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Shortest rant I've ever had on this old blog, huh? Well I wanted to keep this thing short and sweet today so you can meet the gorgeous, Setarra! I usually beg suggest that my sleepover pals make a drinking game for their feature post! And boy do we ever have a drinking game on our hands today. I can't believe this was made by a Redskins fan (jk lollllzzz lylas)!! Seeing as I'll be traveling for work on Halloween, I'll for sure be playing this in my hotel room. Take it away, girlfriend!



Hello Everyone! Setarra here from Quaintrelle. Life has been pretty darn interesting since I recently moved down to Northern Virginia from NYC. I moved in with my boyfriend after loving via long distance, we got engaged annnnd after 3 months of unemployment since moving to VA, I finally got a job! This Friday marks my first paycheck in what feels like forever so you know I’ll celebrating over many dranks this weekend :)

When Sarah suggested coming up with a drinking game for VTIM, I immediately thought about Halloween … And while I have no plans whatsoever to wear a costume this year (I tend to get dressed up every other year), you better believe I will be stalking following everyone else’s shenanigans for Halloween via my favorite form of social media, Instagram! With that said, pull out your drink of preference and get ready to play “The Hallow-Insta-Drinking Game.” (say that 3 times fast)





A Jack-O-Lantern They Made
Some Kind of Pumpkin Infused Beer
Their Halloween Decorated Fingernails

Referee
Police Officer
Nerd
Witch
French Maid

When someone posts a picture of themselves in a costume that barely covers their assets and you think“Thank goodness I’m not walking around in the cold in THAT.”

When you see the cutest baby dressed up in the cutest costume and involuntarily feel your ovaries get excited…

Someone posts a REALLY scary picture of a Clown and you scroll through to get away as quickly as possible before that image ingrains itself in your mind and gives you nightmares.

Someone posts a picture of what they wore last year (or the year/s before) kudos to Halloween happening on a Thursday this year … #tbt




When someone posts their Halloween pictures on Instagam NEXT WEEK courtesy of another lovely hashtag … #latergram

When You ‘Like’ A Picture Of Someone’s Costume Even If You Kind Of Really Don’t Like It.
Thank goodness Instagram doesn’t have an ‘unlike’ button...


And that’s that my friends! Don’t forget to swing by my blog, Quaintrelle, and have a Happy Hallow Holiday!
xo, Setarra

28 October 2013

Nothing Is Going My Way

What do you get when you write a blog post about how everything is going your way? You get the exact opposite the following week and the universe laughs at your stupidity and then gives you a wedgie and calls you names. 

1:: Vols lost, Cowboys lost, and I had to change my fantasy team name to, "Not Very Romosexual." 

2:: On the bright side, I ended up winning my second game of the season in fantasy, the NFC East is horrific so a cowboys loss isn't earth shattering, and the Vols just need two more wins to be bowl eligible. Please, just two more boys, two measly wins.

3:: Speaking of bright side, question for my Vols girls.... how bout that Dobbs?? Exciting right? Why the heck haven't we been playing him this whole time? Because the plan for him was to be redshirted? Sheesh, we need him NOW. Forget about worthless Worley, Dobbs for president!

4:: This weekend I checked out a new restaurant in Uptown called The Rustic. Pat Green is a partner in the company, it serves foods made from only local ingredients, has 40 Texas beers on tap and is a live music venue. Well, the food just really wasn't for me. I'm a simple girl, with simple tastes. This place only had weird stuff one the menu. For instance, what is a calf fry?  The description on the menu said, "If you have to ask..." So naturally, I didn't want to look like an a-hole and ask them what the heck this thing was I was eating. Sorry Texans, I'm new here.





5:: If you haven't downloaded the OS X Mavericks yet, DON'T! My computer is slow as molasses. Not only did it take two days to download, but now my whole operating system is moving slower than the Cowboy's pass defense. 

6:: Come follow me on Poshmark. #shamelessplug


That's it for me today. How was your weekend? Did your teams do better than mine?
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25 October 2013

Fan Friday: Shake and Bake






If you don't like the movie Talladega Nights then I'm afraid we have nothing in common, and you will not care for this blog post. The good news is that everyone in America liked this movie and it won the Academy Award. For what you ask? Best movie ever made. So you all should like this post.

The coolest company ever, Xperience Days, contacted me and asked me to review one of their "Xperiences." I could choose from their long list which included Xperiences that were safe and practical, like a photography class, or more romantic, like a gondola ride for two, or a night of partying country western style at Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honkey tonk.

And then I saw it.... A Full Throttle Stockcar Ride Along Xperience at Texas Motor Speedway. Shake and bake baby. Shake and then bake. My mother was less than thrilled to learn that I would be doing 3 laps in a real NASCAR car at 165 miles per hour.










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So I get to the track on a chilly Saturday morning and they have me suit up. I love how I did my hair and makeup for the occasion, there ain't nothin' sexy about that suit I put on. I'm not sure how Danica manages to look hot, I certainly didn't! In my defense though, I think Danica has a slightly more tailored suit than I did. 

I feel like I should just warn you, I look like a super nerd that is totally geeking out in every single one of these pictures. Like a teenage super fanboy at his first Comic Con. 
Holy toledo would you look at that nerd? I can't look at that picture without involuntarily snorting my drink out of my nose. If anyone needs a good photo to catfish people with, there is your sexy shot right there. You have my permission to reel in all of the guys. 

Listen, Red light, Yellow light, Green Light, GO! {name the song....}
HAHAHAAHAA. Oh lord. This picture. That picture sums up the ride. I don't know what I'm doing in this picture, but I think I'm pulling up my pants so  I can run to the bar faster. I don't have anything to compare this to...

...Oh wait, yes I do. Have you ever been on the Crazy Mouse roller-coaster? The one where you are in that little car thinking, "Oh no Mr. Mouse coaster, you're running out of room to make that left turn, you should turn soon, TURN TURN TURN RIGHT NOW MOUSE OR WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!" Yeah, and somehow the mouse makes the turn, and you live. It was like that. 
And just as I feared. The bangs were in the pits. (Ba dump chhhh) 

I'm on fire! Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me! Ok, I'm done with Ricky Bobby quotes. But really, to say I would recommend Xperience Days is an understatement. One of the coolest things I've ever done.  I like blogging. 

*Xperience Days gave me a free stock car ride in exchange for this post, my thoughts and opinions are my own. Some may be the Geico pig's though. 

Linking up with Whitney with a festive song for the occasion! 
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