Random Rambles


HI!! Remember me?  Jess, the girl with the shopping/wine addiction and sometimes posts recipes but not that much anymore and is kind of dramatic but also doesn’t like to use punctuation but instead  just keeps writing words and making really long sentences that don’t really make sense? Yes?

Ok good.  Anyways, I missed you guys!  Seriously. I decided to take a nice little break from blogging this weekend, which was nice, but I had no one to tell my not-that-exciting stories to… well Mac listened, but he usually falls asleep when I talk, and Brandon nodded a lot, but I don’t think he cares that much about the fact that my lip gloss perfectly matched my sweater on Thanksgiving.  No, I mean, like PER-FECT-LY.  And if that’s not something to get excited about, well, then… I don’t know.  Sigh.  See? I need you guys.

So other than the fact that I dyed my hair this weekend and am now just a few shades darker and slightly redder, not that much excitement has been going on in my neck of the woods.  I don’t have any fancy Thanksgiving leftover recipes and I definitely don’t have any exciting new purchases to tell you about.  I somehow refrained from Black Friday AND Cyber Monday this year, which in itself is a Christmas miracle.  I actually think the most exciting part of my weekend was that I discovered Starbucks’ Gingerbread Lattes.   Um, how has no one ever told me about these?  Here I was, ordering boring caramel lattes all this time, but then along comes Gingerbread and blows my freaking mind.  Oh, and you know what ELSE I discovered at Starbucks??  This.

I don’t know what goes on in that hipster Starbucks music lab, but I like it.  I’m usually not one to start listening to Christmas music this early, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you this was on repeat on my Spotify all day yesterday.  I may have also popped in the She & Him Christmas album once or twice too… but you know how I feel about Zooey.

Speaking of Christmas, we decided not to put up our big fat beautiful faux tree this year.  Not just because it takes up like… half our living room, but the thought of hauling it out of our garage to adorn it with glittery balls and lights, only to strip it down 30 days later and shove it behind the tractor is just not that appealing to me this year.  Perhaps that’s a little Scroogey, but fear not, I’ve convinced Brandon to buy a smaller, slightly less-involved REAL tree this year.  I may have told him he’d find me standing in a Hoss’ parking lot two weeks from now, staring at fresh-cut Douglass Firs and whimpering… He’s a good man.

Lastly, can I just tell you something truly amazing that occurred yesterday?  (Spoiler alert: I’m going to.)  I had to return a curling iron to Target because it smelled funny (yeah, I know, it’s weird, but a girl can’t have her hair smelling like burnt popcorn) and after a successful return, I found myself wandering around the black hole that is Target.  Fifteen minutes later, I was sauntering out the door towards my car with- get this…. NOTHING.  Yes.  That’s right. I went to Target and I left with nothing.  In fact, since I returned something, I technically left with more money than what I went in with.  Did that just blow your mind?  I sort of wanted to dance around the parking lot, throwing up my arms and singing, a la Sound of Music, but instead I just tweeted about it.  Pretty much the same, yes?

[tweet https://twitter.com/StealthyJess/status/273139004822650882 align=’center’]

Lastly for real- it’s approximately one month until my 30th birthday.  I’m thinking of starting a game called “how many times can I get carded at the liquor store before December 26th” in an ridiculous attempt to raise my spirits.  (Pigtails are clearly cheating.)  Having said that, I should probably start going to some new stores…

Please feel free to share something random in the comments section so I don’t feel like a complete ADD hot mess.

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  1. My whole life is one random hot mess and I’m 31, so you can always depend on me to make you feel normal. Just please don’t use the “Dirty Thirty” moniker leading up to this birthday. I like you too much for that to happen…

    Also, I went to Target this weekend and left with nothing as well. They were out of the ONE THING I NEEDED. How is that possible? It’s like we’re unicorns or something, seeing how rare that is.

  2. The idea of getting out the christmas tree and putting it up is exhausting. If I still lived on my own, I’m sure it would only have a 50% chance of actually being put up. Luckily, my roommate seems to be bouncing off the walls with holiday energy.

  3. I thought leaving target with nothing is impossible!!! And even more money than you walked in with?! Speechless!

    Good things will come in your 30s, fear not Fran!! Xo

  4. I put up my holiday decorations on election night. Of course, I only put up garland (which has to be tacked down due to cats that love to climb on top of cabinets and walls) but fluffing garland and tacking it down is no fun. I figured there was nothing on TV that night so I might as well get it over with. I’m glad I did; last year I think I finally got it done 1 week before Christmas and refused to take it down for a solid month just because of the effort I exerted. But its necessary to me, I live alone and spend so little of my time in holiday decorated environments. I need a touch of festive if I’m going to be forced to deal with the cold temps outside.

  5. Starbucks’ gingerbread lattes are AMAZING … they just taste like the holiday season! 🙂

  6. All the spirits at the booze store will probably help out with raising those spirits.

    While I respect the importance/ease of the fake trees, there’s nothing to compare to that piney smell that isn’t courtesy of our buddies at Yankee Candle. I still am repping the tiny pumpkin I got 3 weeks before Halloween, so not sure how much holiday (or at least the APPROPRIATE holiday) decorating will be going on…. Ah, the life of a single lady.

  7. Here’s my random tip for continuing to get carded after you’re 30…now is the time to invest in good skincare products. I have my whole Bobbi Brown routine that i’ve kept up with for quite some time…just last week a guy sitting next to me on an airplane was kind enough to tell me how young I look. Thank you Sir.

  8. leaving target empty handed! thats like magic! i get excited when i spend under $20 which has probably been twice! i’ll be putting up my holiday decorations this weekend – with my pathetic little 4ft fake tree. last year i put it on top of a box to make it look bigger but i think it just looked more charlie brown-ish!

  9. I don’t know why I was so gung ho about setting up a tree this year. I’ve only done it one other year on my own volition. I love real trees, but they just seem so hard to keep up with. Especially since we’ll be gone so much this December.
    And the Target thing. I really can’t even believe it. You clearly have magical powers. The only thing that has saved me from spending my whole life savings there lately is not having a car so I can’t drive to a Target. Otherwise, I’d probably already be living in a box by now.
    30 is going to fabulous! And you don’t look a day over 25. Promise. XOXO!

  10. I’ve kind of been putting off putting up my tree this year. I should probably get on that, though, because I’m always happy when it’s done! Good work at Target. You’re like a superhero.

  11. Real Christmas trees are the best. They smell amazing. I’m excited about this decision.
    I still get carded every now and then at the liquor store. I find it happens more often when I’m in sweats and no makeup, which seems backwards, but I’ll take it.

  12. Good job not leaving Target $50 poorer! It’s nuts how I can ALWAYS find something to buy. It’s so bad that Vishnu now rolls his eyes every time I mention a “quick” trip.

  13. Leaving Target w/ nothing = Christmas miracle!!! But really. And as for the 30th bday, the initial shock will wear off pretty fast and you will love feeling so wise and mature — trust me! 😉

  14. Thank you for the holiday music rec… it is music to my dirty hipster ears. I have also added to my spotify. thank you.
    congrats on leaving target empty handed.. impressed.

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