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Homes I Can't Afford

I've been browsing redfin.com again, this time in my hometown of San Jose, CA. Sure, I could check listings in my price range. In San Jose though, my budget doesn't get me very far - I'd be one of those folks you see on the news, happy to have found a garage to rent!

Besides, it's fun to dream. Come join me on a virtual home shopping extravaganza.


First, we'll visit 15826 Rica Vista Way, which could be yours for a mere $2,699,000. By San Jose standards, I think it's a real steal!




I can't figure out what's going on with these lights. Modern Christmas tree?

No judgement but in case you were wondering, yes, that is a cheap Ikea paper chandelier inside a multi-million dollar home.

Next, it's off to 4602 Hill Top View Ln, which is a bit more budget-friendly than the last home. It's only $2,595,000.



If you're willing to invest a little more into your budget (and, because this is all make believe, you really may as well), there's a great house a…

The 4 to 5 Day Weekend

Sexy Nerd never gets to spend 4 days relaxing at home. Over the weekend, however, that's exactly what happened. He tidied up our patio, did some telecommuting (because even during a holiday weekend, he misses his job.)(Also, he's insane.), rearranged his cactus collection, did laundry, hosted a barbecue for my parents (though one of them stood us up), caught up on his schoolwork, and watched hours and hours of racing.

Then, he was bored. There was nothing left to fix or build or dismantle. In fact, he became so bored he got the itch to buy a new house, rather than wait to build our own, simply for the sake of having something to do. The plans are out to bid, Sexy Nerd. Be patient!

(Truth be told, I actually really like this house. Isn't it charming? It would be like living inside a Mexican restaurant.)

When it was finally time to return to work this morning, Sexy Nerd was thrilled. He got up, stepped into the shower, and...

...discovered our hot water heater had died.

You …

#MyDepressionLooksLike

Spoiler alert - the tea does nothing. Tuesday, May 17th

I wish I could talk to someone about depression but I don't know where to start and I worry it will be too expensive and I don't want to risk being dropped from my medical insurance. I was so happy this morning and now I just feel empty and there's no reason for it and it happens all the time. Even Derek doesn't understand at all and he pretty much just ignores it. One day I'm going to lose though and there's nothing I can do to stop it and I don't want to do that to him or to my parents but the thoughts just come so naturally, like it's the most casual thing in the world that I would go sit in the car in the garage and never wake up again, like "Oh, I'll just go do that now" and I always stop myself before I even get up from my chair, but what are the odds that my crazy broken brain will or can prevent it forever? I felt great this morning. I had such a productive day. Everything in m…

Selling the Shirt Off My Back

In the market for a new summer wardrobe? Check out my Tradesy store! Brands I'm selling include Shabby Apple, Coldwater Creek, Laura Ashley, Charter Club, Longchamp, and more. There are dresses, suits, sweaters, jackets, shoes, shirts, vests, and pants. I have more clothes to upload (like, a million more. How did I run out of storage space with 2 oversized walk-in closets?!) so if you like what you see, email me for details on more clothes. If you really like what you see, I can put together a discounted bulk lot for you. Not my size? Many of the clothes I'm selling are too small or too big for me, so check it out.
And, to sweeten the deal, you'll get an additional $20 off your $50+ purchase (!!!) through this link. It's good for my clothes and clothes from my competition other sellers. Did I mention everything includes FREE shipping?
Like this prom dress? It's for sale!
Like this Shabby Apple Waimea dress? It's for sale!
Like my Mad Men-esque green dress? It…

Mother's Day Ideas and Amerisleep Giveaway

***UPDATE: Amerisleep has started a new referral program. If you order your mattress through this link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials!!!***
Mother's Day is almost here, which has somehow morphed into a holiday where you have to give your mom a present...and your sister(s) and your sister(s)-in-law and your friends and your employees. Yes, being a "dog mom" counts. Basically, all women expect a gift on Mother's Day. Need some gift ideas? I've taken my list of gifts from Christmas and have edited it for moms. There's also a kick-@ss (in honor of the holiday, there's no actual swearing here, as my mom would surely not approve) Amerisleep Mattress Giveaway with TWO WINNERS (kick-@ss odds of winning something) at the bottom of this post, so if you're broke and can't buy anything for your mom, you can at least try to win her something nice.

Everyone seems to have a recommendation for the *perfect* gift. Many id…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

You know those children's books that don't have any words? A favorite of mine was always Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola. I did a little baking yesterday and decided to create a wordless Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes recipe. You can totally figure out how to make this recipe, even without any words.

Cupcakes for breakfast, anyone?