Break Ankles, Not Hearts

So I’ve been off the grid since January 1, and this is why:

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In the most epic Melissa The Klutz moment of all time, I stepped off the curb in front of my apartment awkwardly on December 30th, and broke my ankle in two places and dislocated my foot so badly that when I stuck my leg out straight, my foot was dislocated so badly that it twisted about 70 degrees to the left.  It was bad. A week later I had surgery where I had a 7 inch titanium plate inserted into my leg, and I’ve been recovering at my parents house in Delaware since then.  While it’s been nice having people do my bidding (although, recently, I’ve been forced to do my own bidding when possible), and lay around.

I haven’t posted anything because there isn’t a lot to write about.  I’ve been reading trashy romance novels, teleworking 4-5 hours a day, watching crappy (and really good) television, knitting, and researching for Brazil.  No one wants to hear about how I cry every 20 minutes while watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E!

The first two weeks I basically stayed in the house.  I have gone on a couple of adventures since then.  I went out and played bingo with my mom one night, and went to lunch and saw some wild horses at Assateague Island!

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I’m hoping to make a trip to Rehobeth sometime this week to pick up some yarn at Michael’s, and a new legit waterproof rain coat from the Columbia outlet.  I went up to DC last Friday because I took a little tumble and had to go make sure that I didn’t redamage anything.  And I’m back in DC this coming weekend for a doctor’s appointment and to have a meet up planning sesh with my favorites to discuss preliminary Brazil plans.  Let’s hope I get a sweet space boot at this appointment!

2014 Goals

I dislike the idea of resolutions, which, to me, implies a daily committment.  I’m really bad at that kind of thing for a long period of time.  Instead, I like to have a list of goals to reach each year, that encompass the things that are important to me.  They don’t necessarily require a daily commitment, but they require effort, discipline, and self-control.

1) Reread the entire Harry Potter Series Now that it’s available in eReader format and FREE via Amazon Prime.  No money spent, and not having to carry around 20lbs books is nice.  I may end up ordering them because I do enjoy the series and don’t mind giving money to J.K. Rowling, but for now I’m planning on getting them via Prime.  I also think it will be interesting picking up on all the clues knowing the endgame of the entire story as a whole.  And perhaps it won’t take me 2 months to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this go-round. (I’m going to continue the “Read More Shit of Literary Merit” Challenge into 2014 as well.  These totally count in that.)

2) Pay off debt credit card* and car I have a payment plan in place that will have this done by December 2014.  I also plan on using at least half of my tax return towards this goal, and half of the 2 “extra” paychecks I receive.  So my real goal is to have this completed by September. *I have a rewards earning credit card that gets paid in full every month. This is the card that carries a balance.
3) Visit 1 New Country, 1 New Continent, & 6 New Cities I set the 5 new cities goal for myself last year, and blew it out of the water (8 new cities across 4 [2 new!] countries). I always like to have a travel goal because it keeps me motivated to go to new places and try new things. I had to keep in mind that I am going to the World Cup in Brazil, which is a huge financial commitment, so my jetsetting ways of 2013 are probably not likely to continue in 2014.  Probably. My 1 new country/continent goals are a gimme, because I’ve never been to Brazil, and I’ve never been to South America. So that’ll get knocked out in the same trip. As will 2 or 3 new cities. Efficient.  There are a few other MLS trips I’d like to make, and I imagine I will be doing the USMNT send-off matches as well.  I think this will be an easily attainable goal again, but sometimes you need a softball goal.

) Participate in at least 1 Whole 30 challenge- I know several people who have done it, and I’d like to give it a try.  My original plan was to do it in January, but I’ve pushed it back to February due to lack of time to properly plan meals and shopping for items.  Plus, I’m PLANNING to start using the fitness center in my building and doing a diet/cleanse and the same time I am cranky and sore is not ideal for anyone.

5) Learn a New Knitting Skill  I taught myself to knit last year, but I can only garter and purl stitch things in a straight line (scarves and mug cozies). I’d like to learn to knit a cabled slouchy hat, or some socks, or something. (Fitz was so little!)


Cinema Season 2013/2014

alg-awards-jpgAhhh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The Hollywood awards are announced and excellent films are being released en mass.  The SAG Awards nominations were announced yesterday, and the Golden Globes announced this morning.  With these announcements, I am able to narrow down my list of movies to see during the winter season.  I’ve been known to pull double and triple headers at the movie theater during this time of the year.  And being located in DC, I have my pick of theaters and showings, even for the more obscure films.  Below are the films that have been nominated in the major award categories (Film, Director, Acting, Screenplay) that I need to see before the Golden Globes on January 12.  As I have only seen two of the films so far, it’s time to get my butt in gear! Challenge Accepted!

12 Years a Slave
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Captain Phillips
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American Hustle (so excited I bought my ticket 9 days in advance!)
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Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
All Is Lost
Blue Jasmine
Saving Mr. Banks
Dallas Buyer’s Club
Labor Day
Before Midnight – 12/16/2013
Frances Ha
Enough Said
August: Osage County
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Lee Daniels’ The Butler – watched this one on my couch!

Of these films, I am most looking forward to The Wolf of Wall Street (LEO LEO LEO LEO LEO), American Hustle, and August: Osage County.  All three have powerhouse casts, including some of my all time favorite actors, and interesting plots.

Which films are you most excited about?  Which films on this list, if any, have you seen?

Updated: 12/30/2013

Watch Out Boston, Here I Come!

I’m heading up to Boston tomorrow evening for AO Boston’s 5th Annual Winter Ball on Saturday.  It’s going to be a wonderful gathering of soccer friends from around the country getting the chance to hang out, drink, and reminisce about a crazy 2103 while in formal wear.  And tomorrow evening we are getting a late dinner with one of my favorite Bostonians and then going bar-hopping.  I’m excited. I’ve got some time on Saturday morning to do some sightseeing, any recommendations?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Damage… So Far

I spent a lot of time considering how I wanted to approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, given that I was having a sort of No Spend November, and need to really strap down to save for Brazil and all the travel I have in the next year.  Obviously the best way to approach the day would have been to blindly delete every email and twitter alert that came my way, or just stay off the internet.  At the same time, it’s a good day to purchase things you need at a heavily discounted rate, and get some Xmas shopping done.  So, let’s see how I did.

Black Friday

First and foremost, I have deleted every 50% off EVERYTHING email from LOFT and J. Crew Factory, and the BaubleBar emails.  These were always going to be the most dangerous of all the sales, and so far I have resisted.  I did forward the JCF email to my mother since I have Claire cardigans on my wish list. And then suggested a pair of ribbon socks that would boost the order over $50 for free shipping because I am an extremely thoughtful daughter.

Apple TV and HDMI cable - I didn’t NEED this, but my Wii bit the dust last week, and I had been wanting an AppleTV anyway.  I’m a cord cutter, and I watch a great deal of stuff via Hulu+/Netflix/Amazon Prime.  It wasn’t reeeeeally on sale, but $10 off an Apple product is practically a sale.

Caps Hoody and Slippers on -  I didn’t need the hoody in the sense that I would be risking bodily harm without it. However, I do not have any Caps outerwear, and it is COLD in Verizon Center.  Especially when your lucky seat/section is right under a massive air vent… Yes, I could wear my coat, but that covers up my jersey, and then I don’t have any Caps stuff visible! I’m clearly trying to justify this purchase when really it’s “The hoody was cute and I wanted it.” The slippers, however, were a definite need. I usually buy a pair at Victoria’s Secret every year, but this pair was $12.94 PLUS an additional 15% off.  I have  yet to turn on the heat in my apartment because I am stubborn and my toes are starting to protest.  I wear out slippers like no one’s business because I wear them year round because I hate socks.

Sephora - I always grab a bottle (or 2) of Philosophy’s Purity face wash (need) when it’s on sale for $10 (reg. $26) a bottle every Black Friday.  I had $20 in coupons and a bit of a surplus in my beauty category in YNAB, so I also got a few travel sized toiletries, including some Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, Smashbox primer, and a Buxom lip lacquer (sounds super fancy, don’t it?).  I also got 290578567 free samples with my order, including a self tanner wipe which will come in handy next week so I don’t look super pale in my cocktail dress for AO Ball.

Special Snowflake nail polish @ Maya Cosmetics- Run by a good friend of a good friend, Maya Cosmetics makes some of my favorite nail polish.  Kat is running a 30% off sale (use code HOLIDAY13), and has some new polishes just for the sale, including some great winter holiday colors.  I purchased Special Snowflake, but HIGHLY RECOMMEND Like a Boss (on clearance!), Cupcake Violent, Stargazing, Good Tidings, Graceless Lady, and Kung Fu Treachery.  I know I said I wasn’t buying any nail polish this month, but the fact that I made it to November 29 without doing so shows I really made the effort. Besides, I couldn’t pass up the chance to support one of my favorite small businesses.

Stars 1994 Tee from Bumpy Pitch – an homage to the legendary World Cup 1994 USMNT Denim Kits, this tee was a MUST HAVE as soon as they released it.  I patiently waited for the Black Friday sale, which essentially covered the shipping fee, but that’s fine.  I’m going to look fly as fuuuuuuuuuuuuug wearing this in Brazil next year. And all the times before that too.

Cyber Monday Shopping List

New Bluray player  for <$70
Wireless Printer for <$50

SUCCESS. I got a new LG bluray player for $55, and a Canon wireless printer for $45. The only thing I impulse bought was one of those cat toys that’s a circular thing with a stuffed mouse in it the kittens can bat around with a feather on top of it. But that is their Christmas present, so it doesn’t really count.  I also purchased the one Zoya nail polish color I’ve had on my lemming list for ages, Dream, using one of their FlashPromo codes that had a free bottle of nail polish and free shipping with any purchase.  So I essentially got a color I was going to get anyway, without the sales tax I would have paid in store, along with a free bottle of Lola. A very good deal, mostly because of the free shipping.

Overall, I think I did pretty well.  Yes, I spent “a lot” of money, but I also was able to knock out all of the Christmas presents that aren’t being made by moi, and I got a lot of items that were on my “Need to Buy/Upgrade” list.  And any items being replaced can be taken to Goodwill before the end of the year for tax benefits.  Part of my “success” in this area is due to the fact that the sales, overall, were kinda crap. I think next year might be the year I attempt to score a TV on Black Friday.

Lust List :: November 2013

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We are all about the lists here on MIT80s this week! First off, let me profusely apologize for this crude as crap collage.  I am working on trying to find a collage app for my phone since I do a lot of my blogging from on my commute during the week.  This one is a fail.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in a bit of a no spend phase this month to recover from an incredibly spendy October.  So things I’d normally just buy myself as I wanted them are added to my Future Purchases list to buy when my wallet has stopped crying.

1) Dark wash jeans – These are more dressy than regular jeans, and would come in quite handy for nice events, and when going out.  They’ll also be more professional in the office on Jean Fridays during our CFC Fundraisers this holiday season.

2) Fitbit Force – I’ve been researching and going back and forth between the Fitbit and the Jawbone Up.  Fitbit recently came out with the Force, which is an upgrade on the Fitbit Flex.  It’s a great way to track your steps, your sleep patterns, the calories you burn, how many floors you climb, and then convert all that data into reports.  I hurt my foot back in September, so I’ve been walking less than usual.  But I’m finally feeling better, and will be back in the community fitness center this week.  I feel like having the Force will force me to walk more to meet a steps goal as I enjoy a challenge.

3) Sweater Leggings – I wouldn’t be caught dead in these in public, but all the sweater leggings I’ve seen in the stores seem like they are really cozy.  I can see myself curled up with a cup of cocoa and the kittens this winter.

4) Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag in Stripes – I have been lusting after this bag for a really loooooong time.  I mean, IT HAS A SEPARATE SHOE COMPARTMENT, Y’ALL.  This is such a major thing for someone who travels.  Especially someone who takes a lot of quick 2-3 day trips.  When I go on those types of trips, I usually carry a duffel bag over any other type of luggage. However, at $180 each, or $230 if you want a customizable one (which, I would now that they apparently have the large size as an option), it would require some saving, not impulse buying.   In no way do I “need” this bag, but I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant it noooooooooooooow.


5) Gigi New York Hayden Satchel in Emerald – Another bag I have been lusting after for quite some time. But, again, at $475 (you can see why I have a Ridiculously Expensive Bag category in my budget, yeah?), it requires some saving AND waiting for one of the biannual Friends and Family Sales where the discount is 25% off or more.  Hopefully more. Like 50% off.  Or maybe they’d just like to send me one out of the kindness of their hearts?  It’s so beautiful though.  I love a good satchel, it’s my purse of choice. And emerald is so in right now.

6) A pair of Victoria’s Secret Slippers – I spend $25 a year at Victoria’s Secret, and it’s to buy a pair of slip-on slippers.  Every year, without fail, almost as soon as they are in stock.  This is because I wear a pair each winter.  There are several million different types of slippers, but nothing beats a simple pair of slip ones.  It’s so easy to slip them on as you get out of bed in the morning, or as soon as you walk in the door after a long day at work.  No having to sit down to pull on slipper booties, or ballet slippers.  VS slippers keep your toes toasty and are nicely cushioned for optimal comfort. Friends & Family Sale

Hello, and Happy Monday! Hope you all had an excellent weekend, like I did. is one of my favorite places to get makeup, I’m excited to let you know they are having the Friends and Family sale, beginning tomorrow, November 5th.  The sale will be running through Friday, November 8th, and you can also get free shipping on all orders over $35.

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Now, I know I promised that I wouldn’t be purchasing any beauty products this month, but that doesn’t mean I can’t put together a list of stocking stuffers for my Ma to get for Christmas!  She complains that my makeup lists always include items she can’t find in stores, so I have just started sending her to and (2 sites, 1 cart!) as a one-stop shop for that sort of thing. Below are some of the items on the list I’ll be sending her tonight.

Philosophy Purity Face Wash – My holy grail face wash, and one of the few expensive beauty/hygiene products I use.  I always buy it on sale, and a 16oz bottle will last me about 10 months, so I’m fine with it costing around $25 a bottle (on sale).  (I’ll be asking for the travel size bottle for Xmas)

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cake Hole – I’ve had my eye on this color for quite some time, and the name makes me giggle.  Regularly $15, I only purchase when it’s on sale.  If you’re looking for some suggestions, Saucy Jack is my favorite red, like of all the reds I own.  Jack the Lad is a gooooooooorgeous emeral shimmer, and All Hail The Queen is pure perfection when it comes to a neutral with a little something extra.

urban-decay-naked-basics-paletteUrban Decay Naked Basics Palette – My problem with palettes is they rarely are made up of a colors where I would wear every shadow.  I am not a makeup/beauty expert, and most of the time I look like a clown when I try to follow tutorials for eye makeup.  I also stick to neutral colors.  Plus when I travel, I travel light when it comes to makeup.  The UD Naked Basics palette has 5/6 colors I would wear on a daily basis, comes in neutral colors, and would definitely fit in my bag when I’m off travelling.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Cashmere Bathrobe – Essie Winter collections are usually some of my favorite collections of the year. This year is no exception. I’ll be asking for Cashmere Bathrobe to add to my collection.  Some of my favorite colors from Essie are Russian Roulette (red), After School Boy Blazer (dark navy blue), Play Date (a lavender creme, and a top 10 fave), and Beyond Cozy.

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo – I am a shower at night and roll out of bed 20 minutes before I have to leave type of girl, so dry shampoo is a staple in my beauty routine.  I usually use TRESemme’s dry shampoo, which is wonderful, but when I want to treat myself, I get Oscar Blandi.

I hope these suggestions help you, if you decide to take advantage of the sale.  I would go to and sign up for their emails so you get the code in your inbox bright and early on Tuesday morning!

**Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these brands. I recommend them because I am either a fan of the brand and use it myself, or I am interested in trying the product out**