Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm pissed...

I'm pissed because I can't stay awake for the life of me to watch an entire Phillies game.

I'm pissed because I studied and studied for my midterm and did less than spectacular. I knew the material but kept second guessing myself.

I'm pissed that I have to be away from Mr. B on my birthday and have to spend it with virtual strangers that think a good meal comes from a chain restaurant like Friendly's. {gag}

I'm pissed that it's been raining so much and I haven't been able to enjoy the fall weather.

I'm pissed that stupid little things like this piss me off so much. I've tried. I've tried to be a less tense person. I've tried not being so high-strung and type A, but it really doesn't help do anything but get me more frustrated at the people that go through life so haphazardly and get by. It's not fair, not fair, not fair.

The only thing that helps on days like these is going to the gym and watching trashy reality shows. So that's what I'm doing on my day off, with ten dozen other chores thrown in because I'm like that....can't sit still for more than 10 minutes. Mr. B says I'm going to give myself a heart attack, but amazingly my blood pressure is always well under the 'recommended' numbers. Last time I went to the dr. (2 weeks ago) it was 110/60....a regular reading is 120/80.

Thank god for the gym and healthy eating (and the occasional glass, or 4, of wine). They keep me sane and keep me going. Mr. B always plays a big part him. Last weekend we were talking to a guy at a 30th birthday party and he stopped mid-sentence and said to me,"You really do love him, don't you? I can see it in the way you look at him...what a lucky guy." I was floored and blushed insanely. And then Mr. B says, "I know I'm lucky...she picked me. She's smarter than anyone else in here and she's beautiful." True story, no lie. I'm still giddy thinking about it now. Yes, be very jealous :-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Do you see that?!

Sunday Mr. B and I went to Walmart to get a space heater for his coworker's bday. We rarely venture to Walmart because the shelves are never stocked and they're so freaking close together that you have to manuever the cart just right so as to not hit the ignorant person who you politely asked to move but didn't.

We're in the check out line and I started browsing the trashy celeb magazines when Mr. B grabbed my arm and pushed me out of line. My first thought was WTF?! but then I saw it scamper under the shelf. The biggest freaking spider I've seen in years. Ugh, gross!!

So of course I had to take a picture. While I'm taking the picture the woman in line behind me walked within 2" of the thing. I thought it was going to carry her kid away.

--Mrs. B

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Keeping it claaaaaaassssssssy, as always, NY

Yes, taking a private train is totally second class. Eff the environment and saving money!! Oh, wait...I forgot that the Yankees pay the big bucks for all of their talent, so they have to baby them and put them on expensive planes. I just love me some A.Roid and Derek Cheater.

We're whiners? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

Andplusalso, what does GQ have to do with anything? My dog could have written a better article than this. Pathetic.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Best Drain De-Clogger Ever!

I've used Draino, Liquid Plumber, and everything else under the sun, but I found something this past weekend that worked better than all of them combined. For some reason, my bathroom sink has a nasty habit of getting clogged every couple of months...probably because of the amount of hair that makes its way down there. Last time this happened I took to the disgusting task of removing the trap underneath and cleaning it out. I had to soak the thing in Simple Green overnight because it was so gunked up....GROSS.

I'll let you in on the secret....baking soda....vinegar...and boiling water. Yep, that's it. I thought to myself. That is waaaaaaaayyyy too simple to work as good as I need it to, but then I thought about all of those times when my parents would leave me alone and I'd make my own little 'volcano' in a plastic cup out in the yard with baking soda and vinegar. Yeah, I was a rebel.

Mr. B was intrigued by my little experiment so he helped me funnel about 1/2c of baking soda into the drain. This involved getting a 'pushing apparatus' (aka-pen) to get the baking soda down far enough to make the vinegar effective. Once we accomplished this, we donned our safety glasses and poured 1c of white distilled vinegar down the drain.

At first, the vinegar wasn't going down far enough to do any damage. It was fizzing and bubbling, but nothing spectacular was happening. I decided to take matters into my own hands and get a wooden skewer to push the baking soda/vinegar mixture further down in the drain. This worked like a charm and before we knew it all kinds of disgusting stuff was bubbling up (I didn't take pictures because I was busy gagging). We let this sit for about 10-15 minutes and put a cloth over the drain and then we poured about 4 cups of boiling water down the drain. This worked like a charm and is definitely an important step.

So next time your drain is clogged don't go buy those expensive, caustic, chemical laden drain cleaners. Reach into your kitchen cabinet and have a little fun :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Found the Bathroom Before Pics!

I turned on my super slow old computer and dug through hundreds of pictures (which is one reason why it could be so slow). I really don't know what the previous owners were thinking when they painted (almost) the entire bathroom blood red. The flash actually makes it look alot lighter than it was.

Why would you not paint the last wall? Strange.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Restaurant Review: Tinto

Mr. B and I also visited Tinto, which is owned by the same guy that owns Amada. We were a few minutes early for our reservation, so we stopped at Whiskey Village next door for a drink. Whiskey Village was alot of fun and the food and drink menu looked great. We wanted to just stay there....ha ha ha.

At Tinto, they stuck us in a far corner right above the stairs. Every time someone went up and down the stairs they ran and it sounded like a herd of elephants. Not very pleasant. The tables were so small that when they brought food, which they practically threw at us, the table was overflowing and we could barely pick our glasses up to drink.

One of the memorable dishes was a light salad with fried goat cheese on the side. I could have eaten a million of those goat cheese things. So delicious! We also got a pitcher of sangria, which always makes the food taste good :)

Mr. B got some mussels in a Basque (red tomato sauce), which was just ok, but the huge stones that I got in 2 out of the 3 mussels that I had were not good. I literally thought I broke a tooth. That kind of thing kind of takes away from the experience.

I'm not going to go through the rest of the food, because nothing was really that great (except for the goat cheese and sangria). I don't think we'd ever go back here again. I'd much rather go to Amada or Bar Ferdinand or just stay at Whiskey Village ;-)

2 stars (if only for the sangria and goat cheese)

Restaurant Review: Branzino

Mr. B and I went to Branzino in the city for Restaurant Week with 2 other couples. The restaurant was really cute and you could tell it used to be an old house; complete with old, ornate molding and trim.

The hostess was really nice and let us sit down at our table even though we were 20 minutes early and the rest of our party hadn't shown up yet. She was not as nice to the rest of our party when they tried to come back to our table and reprimanded them for walking in without her showing them in. The waitress was kind of cold and not very observant or friendly.

The food was very, very good. I got the Tuna Carpaccio as an appetizer and a Shrimp Fra Diavlo with squid ink pasta for dinner. The tuna was ok; it really didn't taste like much but the shrimp dish was AMAZING! I could have eaten an entire pot of was pretty spicy and the pasta was al dente. For dessert, we had a choice of about 5 different things and Mr. B and I both chose the cheesecake, which was just ok.

Branzino is BYOB, which probably adds another half star onto my review. Overall, I'd give it 3.5 stars. We'll definitely go back again when it's not RW.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Yes, I've been MIA for quite some time and I feel guilty. Bad blogger, bad!

I've been busy with several things including 2 weddings in the same weekend, finishing up some shower gifts, birthdays, class, work and general crazy life stuff.

I have a four day weekend coming up though and I am scheduling some quality time with my blog. Promise!

Things to cover:
1. Find pictures of my hideous 'before' bathroom
2. Post new blanket and hat pictures
3. Review Tinto
4. Review Branzino
5. Talk about weddings
6. Everything else :)