Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday Giveaway: Let Them Eat Cake!

letterpressed card on Etsy
"Let them eat cake!"

No one really knows who said this and when she said it.  However, they--whomever "they" are--are pretty sure it was a woman and it was said during a time of famine when the peasants had no food.  Though this quotation is commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette, the likely suspect is probably Marie-Therese, the frivolous and self-absorbed wife of Louis XIV.  Because, really, who, besides myself, would be able to afford cake when they can't afford bread?

And this leads me to my next point.  The truth is, I have a tendency to buy the things I enjoy rather than buying the things I need.  Wine?  Cheese?  Cake?  Cookies? Yes!  I have them!  But real food?  Oh goodness.  I can't help it if I'm drawn to overtones.  The essentials get lost beneath all of the fun.  And amid all of the wooping, hollering, and enjoying, I suddenly realize that I am starving and desperately long for a piece of broccoli.  I know, this goes against everything I've said about food thus far.  I can't help it.  I'm sorry.  You caught me.  Now go eat your flax seed!

Anyway, what I mean is I am doing the Monday giveaway on Tuesday.  And I am giving away a 6 inch peanut butter fudge cheesecake to one fancy lady or fellow.

Answer the following question and I'll choose a name at random from the answers below:

I'm a little tired these days and would like a little help coming up with topics.  My frugal mind is always in full force, even if my body is, admittedly, a bit tired these days.

What is something you'd like to know how to do cheaply?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

man up and be a woman.

"A rally is not a breather. A rally is the breath before the battle-cry." --Jenna of SingleInTheSouth

I made it extra large for you so you'll know how serious I am.  Ladies, rally!!!!
Ok, so, I'm tired.  And I've been working like mad so I can be fancy and out of debt.  So far, so good.  However, I haven't had a chance to do a few of the things I love so such as tea parties and writing to you inspiring and lovely ladies. In fact, all I've done when I'm not working is wine, eat cookies, and watch Ugly Betty.

At the end of Ugly Betty, episode 20, season 4, with a mouthful of cookies (Don't make fun), I had an epiphany.  "Crystal," I said, "You must rally!"  I mean, Betty did it.  No more whining!  No more cookies!  No more Ugly Betty!

So here I am, tired, rallying, and ready (aaand, wearing a sugar mask as I type this--just because you're worn out doesn't mean you should look like you are).  Sometimes you've just got to man up and be a woman, do what you've got to do, fight for the greater good, so you may be who you were called to be.

So, no tips today on being poor and fancy--just a word to live well and rally.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dear Xanga

Dear Xanga,

Today I am all fancy and pouting.  I have no tips--just sighs.