Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Fun: Color Your Own Paper Dolls

Well, Spinsters, It would appear we've made it through the wilderness of another week. As such, I think you should treat yourself this morning with a little bit of relaxing fun. That's why I made you a special Plus sized coloring page today. As a bonus, you can cut this lady out, and all her clothes fit! That's more than I can say for myself, but perhaps it's because I'm 3-dimensional. I'll go with that.

Today's paper doll is made for 11x17 paper, but if you don't have that, of course you can print her and her ensembles over three pages of 8.5x11. Or you can shrink to fit, but I don't suggest that. She'll be very tiny if you do that. 

This lady didn't make it into the Spinsterhood Diaries Summer 2015 Coloring Book (I'll do a post on that when I receive my copy), so she's an extra-special printout just for today. Well...and perhaps if I decide to have a book of just paper dolls I'll put her there. 

In any case, Happy Friday! If you'd like to procrastinate a little before you actually get any work done, I suggest you find a printer, and make some paper dolls!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spinster Food: Pulled Rotisserie Chicken

I had a really hard time deciding whether to categorize today's post as an "obsession cofession," a "Spinster PSA," or "Spinster Food." In the end, I clearly went with the most obvious option, but the other two were viable as well.

Today's topic qualifies as an "Obsession Confession," for two reasons. First, when I discovered this in the grocery store a few weeks ago, I couldn't believe my eyes. Ever since then I've been trying to find it at other stores, but it seems Kroger has cornered this market for the time being. Secondly, I think that it's a confession because this shows how truly lazy I am. However, I think we've already established that I'm lazy in pretty much every way. I don't even like to wear pants, so...yeah.

I could also have called this a "Spinster PSA," because I feel like everyone should know abut the pulled rotisserie chicken. It's perfection. It's great for salads, topped with sauces, in casseroles, or just eaten cold while standing at the counter top. I'm not here to judge, spinsters. Especially since that's how I ate it the first time.

So far, I've checked at Publix, Whole Foods, Walmart, and Kroger, but only Kroger has this fabulous product. For my part, I've been using it to make chicken salad. I like to cut it up really finely with my kitchen sheers, then add a little mayo, salt, pepper, garlic, and a splash of balsamic vinegar (because I'm addicted to balsamic vinegar), and voila! Chicken Salad!

So, if you don't live near a Kroger, I'm sorry. I sincerely hope you can find yourself some pulled rotisserie chicken very soon. It is a  game-changer....especially if you're a lazy spinster.

Happy Thursday! We're almost there!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spinsters I Know and Love: Kate McElveen

It's been quite a while since we had a "Spinsters I Know and Love" post, but after seeing Kate McElveen this weekend, I knew I needed to do another.  When Kate returned her answers answers to the Spinster questionnaire, I found I was quite right in this idea. 

I don't remember meeting Kate McElveen, but my parents bought the house I grew up in from Kate's parents. Kate and I went to elementary school together, and then we ended up at the same high school as well. Eventually, Kate went on to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and later to a different college than I did, and I really don't know that I've seen her much since then. However, when she said ranch dressing was the fat girl's ketchup, I remembered how much I liked her.

In addition to being so fashionable that she recently styled a shoot for Garden and Gun, Kate is witty in that way that makes you want to sit on the back row of any seating arrangement and whisper-giggle. What is she whispering, you ask? Well, for one thing, she recommends Under Armor compression shorts from the boys' department if Spanx aren't quite your style. For another, she shares a love of activewear from the men's department like I do. Only, she prefers gym shorts while I like to go with the elastic-ankle sweatpants. Still, you can see how I could like a girl like this.

So, without further ado, I give you Kate's answers to the Spinsters I Know and Love Questionnaire:

Name: Kathryn Watson McElveen (better known as Kate Mac)

Age: 28 

Profession: wardrobe stylist 

Dream Job: rapper 

What you 
love to do when you have an afternoon/day/weekend at home alone:  a Laguna beach/ the hills marathon, redboxes, sporadic cat naps, Taco Bell, coke icees, and zaxbys...whoops

Favorite Breakfast food: GRITS, duh!

Favorite Takeout: Just one? Ummmm The Diamond Restaurant in Charlotte (think fried chicken, mashed potatoes, Mac n cheese, and errything starchy.

Favorite treat (food or otherwise): milkshakes...and anything potato related 

Favorite Beauty product or what's in your beauty bag: Vaseline. Mascara. Blush. Eyelash curler...always have an eyelash curler.   

Favorite nail polish or nail polish color: 50 shades of grey by Essie. 

Favorite Art or Office supplies:
Le Pen Pens

The thing you 
love to do that you probably wouldn't do if there was a boy in the picture/around your apartment: wear the sweatpants and shorts of boyfriends past...��

Something enjoyable about being single: Doing (eating) what I want, when I want, where I want. And taking full advantage of the "McElveen minute".

If you had a one-sentence spinster philosophy, what would it be? "I'm just doing me and you can never understand it..."

What's your loungewear style? Either lulu lemon yoga pants and a sweet rapper tee or the occasional nighty. 

What's your uniform (include a sketch if you want)? Elastic or lace...let your imagination sketch that out! 

Complete this sentence: "People think_____, but really_____.": People think that I pay attention to everything going on around me, but really I'm really thinking about the newest flick out on netflix and what I'm having for dinner. 

Coffee or tea? (and what's your favorite of the one you like) coffee. Sugar free skinny vanilla latte (no pun intended)

Your go-to desk snack: frozen ROLOS. Or if it's February/March GUL SCOUT COOKIES

I have seen every episode of...:  90210, LAGUNA BEACH, GOSSIP GIRL

Your favorite spinster jams:  "CRAZY" BY BRITTANY SPEARS, "what a girl wants", "do you really want me" by Robyn, "candy" Mandy Moore and "more than a memory" by Garth brooks- oh and anything from Rent or Wicked, duh. 

Currently in your Netflix and/or Hulu queue: Keeping Up With The Kardashians; about Bruce. 

The question on everyone's mind: Kittens or Puppies, and why? Puppies...because cats are sneaky and remind me of myself too much. 

Complete this sentence: "I probably shouldn't admit this, but...": I probably shouldn't admit this but I'm obsessed  with Dave and Busters and if you're thinking of taking me out...that's the way to my heart."

In Another Life I would be Kristin Cavallari or SARAH JONES 


So there you have it! A little peek into the interior world of none other than Kate McElveen. She also writes a blog that's currently under a little reconstruction, so when it gets back up, I'll link you!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coloring Page: Fruit!

So, as you've probably guessed, I've been working on illustrations for the forthcoming coloring book for your summer vacation. Today I'm showing you another one of the illustrations. While fruit doesn't necessarily have anything specifically to do with Spinsterhood, I do think it's a good coloring page for summer. 

A few comments about the fruits above:

1. Those little circles dotted throughout are supposed to be blueberries, but you can make them any color berries you like.

2. That hairy-looking lemon in the top right hand corner is supposed to be a kiwi. I think the sliced kiwi toward the center of the coloring page is more obvious, though.

3. That weird-looking one on the center right hand side is supposed to be a peach. I know what it is because I drew it, but in hindsight it looks a bit strange. 

Ok...I think three qualifies as "a few." Print this out on 8.5x11 paper and get yo' crayons out. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm Baaack! With a coloring page...

Well, spinsters, I'm back, and today I've brought you yet another coloring page of my face. I'm almost finished putting together the latest and greatest Spinsterhood Diaries coloring book. It should be out next month. Don't worry, though. I'll link you. 

I'm not quite sure what gives my hands in this coloring page the particular look of rubber kitchen gloves, but there they are...looking like gloves. If it makes you feel better or makes you giggle a little, you can just color my hands bright yellow. 

There will be much more to come this week, but right now I'm recuperating from a trip to South Carolina and my first (and only?) wedding of the season. At the rehearsal dinner, I got to talk to one of my friends I'd forgotten I liked so much. While I was talking to her, they served our salads, and I was saying how much I loved all these different kinds of dressings. To me - with my chunk sitch and all - dressing is pretty much the only reason for salad. Kate, though, prefers ranch dressing above all others, or as she called it, "fat girl's ketchup." I laughed so hard at this, I just had to share.

Happy Monday to you all! Start it off by coloring this coloring page. If nothing else, you should color the rubber glove hands.

Monday, May 11, 2015

See You Soon: A coloring Page

So this past weekend, I couldn't stop falling asleep, like, all the time. I fell asleep after work on Friday night and ended up eating peanut butter Oreos and chocolate milk for dinner at Walmart where I went to buy some pillows and mattress protectors for our fire victims. I fell asleep floating in the pool on Saturday morning wearing my first one piece swimsuit in a while. I had somehow fastened it wrong, and now I have a strange neckline tan. Yesterday, I fell asleep while having a foot massage and awoke to my own snoring. 

In addition to my compulsive sleeping, I'm also getting a bit of a sore throat. I think that requires a few more naps and quite a bit more Netflix and puppy cuddling.

Now, let's talk about the rest of the things on this coloring page (besides the chocolate milk, pool float, peanut butter oreos, remote control, tv, pillows, and swimsuit. I think those are already explained.) 

- Fried egg:
          At 29 years old, I fried my first egg this weekend. I'm pretty proud. It turned out well. Now I want to buy dozens of eggs and fry them all.

- Bed frame: 
          One of my coworkers' neighbors donated a metal queen sized bed frame and a hair dryer, and I went to Decatur to pick them up this weekend. 

- Bed in a Bag:
          I think I should just share this in case anyone else needs very affordable bedding. You can get an 8-piece bed-in-a-bag at Big Lots for $30. It includes a comforter, fitted sheet, flat sheet, two pillow cases, and some pillow shams. 

- Kate Bolick's Spinster:
          I really miss the subway for reading. I've had this book for three weeks, and I'm still not halfway through. I'll get myself all set up to read it, and then I'll get too hot or too sleepy or too...something, and I won't be able to continue reading. The book is great so far. I need to carve out more reading time...somehow. Don't worry. I won't start reading in my car.

- Mexican Dress:
          I ordered this embroidered Mexican dress on Amazon about a month ago, and now it's all I want to wear. I wish I had five. 

Ok, all, enjoy your week!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Grainy Photo of a Friday Night Spinstering

Yesterday here in Atlanta, we had some serious traffic problems. Worse than the traffic problems was the cause of the traffic. There was a plane crash on 285 with four fatalities. Because of this, though, at lunchtime, I found myself stuck in gridlocked traffic for some 45 minutes as I tried to get home to walk Miranda.

Around eight, once the traffic had cleared, it was finally time to leave the apartment again to make a trip to ye olde Walmart to purchase some mattress pads and pillows for Zee and her roommate. After a week of gathering, I think we've got about 75% of the items on our list, and I am quite pleased. I also purchased some chocolate milk for myself at Walmart, too. Friday night is, after all, a time to get turnt.

The picture you see above is of my latest Spinster Netflix Binge, Call The Midwife. If you haven't seen it yet, you must start immediately. I think it puts Miranda in a cuddling mood.

If you still want to help the ladies who lost all their things in the fire, their registry is still open! Enjoy your Saturday!