Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rihanna, drinking for thirty years and shopping for 23

hey girls! (and boys, although i think that probably only applies to trip)
it's been a whirlwind last two weeks.  two of my best friends from high school flew out to visit, so you know i had to show them a good time, right?  we drank our way through thirty years, hitting up an '80's bar crawl, a "'90's house party" (at a bar) and, of course, going out in normal clothes ONCE just so we encompassed the '00's.  we lost one of my best friends the second night, and waking up in the morning, i called the bar where we last saw her, but i was still pretty out of it so my message sounded a little like this:
"uh, hi! this is alanna!  we lost my best friend last night?
her name is judy!  she is 4'11 and she was wearing '80's gear!!
[giggles for about two minutes]
call me if you find her!! she is very nice so maybe she is still there!! see you in a few hours!"
appropriate, given the severity of the situation, huh?  well, we of course checked facebook and little judy had managed to get online and message me to tell me that her phone was lost, her purse was soaked as she had decided to mermaid it up in the pacific ocean, and her side pony was just all out of wack.  we picked her up from her new location (seriously thirty minutes away...girl must have been on some adventures) and proceeded to make our 1115 champagne brunch reservations...

oh, that's '80's and '00's, you ask?  [and yes, the second photo is 00's...despite the psychedelic pattern, it's a Trina Turk '10 swimsuit coverup that happens to make a fab sundress] what happened to '90's?  obviously judy forgot her camera cord and she can't upload them!! that's what 96 hours straight of drinking through 30 years of clothing does to you!

i also wanted to update y'all on my couch...SO, after it wouldn't fit (see last post) and i listed it on craigslist, i came home to find the entire structure of it gone.  fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) i still had the cushions in my apartment.  thus, i give you, the uncouch-couch:

hilarious, eh?

other than that, things have been going well. 
Rihanna and the rest of the big stars for the new movie Battleship made a visit to the USS Stockdale yesterday and a couple guys from my office got to go photograph it - having seen the 'before' photos (unretouched), Rihanna is really. freaking. pretty. girl has no blemishes whatsoever, and her skin naturally looks airbrushed. 

becky ( gets back on friday so i'm looking forward to another antics filled weekend!

there's a $50 Chili's Gift Card giveaway at !

Monday, July 12, 2010

frickin' couch. and lilly with kkg!

my couch:
is currently stuck somewhere in my apartment complex.  after acting like a friends episode and trying to get it up the stairs, in the elevator, over the balcony, and through the roof (ok, the last two were suggested by a drunk guy walking by), i finally just listed the poor thing on ebay.  $1599 (BEFORE TAX) and nothing to show for it but a year's worth of storage unit bills, i'm finally giving up.

on a better note, Trip and I booked a trip to Mexico!  we'll be staying at an all-inclusive resort in the end of August, prior to his sister's wedding!

finally, and the best news - here's the flier for the new Lilly Pulitzer Kappa Kappa Gamma gear, coming out for fall:

love it! 
also, after personally drinking what added up to two bottles of wine yesterday, i am proud disappointed okay with saying that my Monday morning weigh in was the exact same as last week's.  now that i have a big, sexy vacation to plan for, though, i think it'll be easier to stay on plan! 
have a fab week, y'all!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WW steals, Brazilian Blowout and Wine Tasting

First things first...after one week on Weight Watchers, I lost four pounds.  Kind of scary to realize how much I had to be eating before, huh?  Since then we've had a major holiday weekend (including a wine tasting trip), and because I didn't have to go into work on Monday, I didn't get a chance to weigh myself.  This past week could have been detrimental, but hopefully it was more like a maintenance week. 
For those of you who made sweet Weight Watchers comments, thank you!  BUT I will show you exACTLY why i'm back on the WW:
the gut!!!!!
that did not used to be there, and now it's out of control, even when i'm sucking in! 
off topic break: speaking of which, that's an example of some post Brazilian Blowout hair...the significant part about the BB is that I expected to have Nicole Richie/Lindsay Lohan loose ringlets in shiny hair when I was all done [just air dried], and that is NOT the case.  The good part about it [that I'm extremely glad about] is that it takes SO much less time to blow dry and I don't need to flat iron it anymore.  I still can, and then it looks just amazing, but i can also spend just 15-20 minutes blowing it out and look like I spent my normal hour flat-ironing and blow drying! //end of off topic break
The good thing is, at my new job, there aren't a lot of opportunities to snack unless you bring your own food.  when I was on the ship, the vending machines were always stocked, I had drawers of granola bars and popcorn, and there was always cereal, donuts and other snackies down in the Wardroom (kind of like a communal kitchen/dining area for Officers).  Here, I get to experiment with my own bring snackies with no alternative temptations!  hence, i give you:
Alanna's Greatest Weight Watchers Finds
(so far)

  • Flatout Multigrain Wraps = 1 point.  Amazing microwaved, toasted, room temperature, wrapped around lettuce, spread with a Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge, filled with roasted peppers...pick your favorites and fill it, or broil it in the oven, coat with spray butter and crushed garlic and enjoy your pita chips!  With 8 grams of fiber, it's crazy filling, too!

  • Kraft Singles 2% Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese = 1 point.  I know I've already told y'all about this, but I am OBSESSED with this stupid cheese!  It is so incredibly flavorful!

  • Gardenburger Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Veggie Burgers = 1 point.  Just as good as they sound, and there's cheese pieces inside that melt out and keep the patty from getting too dry in the microwave.
i combined all of the above with romaine lettuce and spring mix, two roasted yellow pepper slices (they're ~5-15 calories each depending on the brand, I get mine from Trader Joe's) and a few spritzes of Balsamic Vinagrette spray salad dressing for a THREE POINT MEAL that was INCREDIBLY filling! 
now, back to the list:
  • Raita.  At 25 calories for a 2 tbsp. serving, it is one of the best dips/dressings/spreads I've found, especially because it is creamy and delicious, not runny and gross like some of those other low calorie dips.  I get mine at Trader Joe's and love to dip baby carrots and sugar snap peas in it!
  • Thomas's 100 calorie English Muffins = 1 point.  Once again, I've already extolled their virtues and you know it, but really, seriously?  Get the cheese from 3 bullets up, split the muffin, spray with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and nuke for 20 seconds.  You. Will. Die.
Alanna's Most Disappointing Weight Watchers Find:
(thus far)
  • Pirate's Booty = 3 points for a 1 oz. serving!  So disappointing, because 1 oz. is only 140 calories, so i thought I was fine until I entered the nutrition facts into my handy little point calculator.  No luck, my friends - because of it's relatively high fat content and zero grams of fiber, Pirate's Booty is a Weight Watchers letdown.
I'll leave y'all with a group photo of us wine tasting - I'm standing [bending over] in front of Trip (we think he may have been tickling/grabbing me, or that I was trying to get out of the way of Barnyard, the guy in the wig behind me).  I'm in the Lilly Bowen I told y'all I wanted - I know, I know, I haven't lost the ten pounds, but what other opportunity to legitimately wear intense Lilly's in public is better than wine tasting?  I'll probably be wearing one to Opening Day at Del Mar as well!
ETA: here's my submission for pink and green thursday!!
over on pink preppy lilly lover!  i know it's supposed to be pastels but...i couldn't resist!