Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Saving Graces

By mid-afternoon on Friday I was barely hanging onto my religion from having to deal with the box.

If you are unaware of boxville's mayor, please see the previous post.  

Having waxed on so poetically as to how I was going to hold it together and refrain from ripping a new hole, I held myself to it whilst cursing myself all the way but couldn't help fearing the buzzkill of it all would linger like a dark cloud over the weekend. 

Once the clock struck 3 it seemed only fair to let my employees go home a little early after a tough week. Seeing as I'm my only employee it was even more delightful. With oodles of free time and Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, I took it to the streets to scour antique shops in questionable neighborhoods I had only heard about in rap songs. 

I was in full-scale 'cannot be in my office for one more second or I will lose it' mode, as evidenced by this photo:
Here we've got some blur, some positive thinking as manifested on the shirt (fake it til you make it), 
a fringe bag for protection, the magic shoes and a whack pose for good measure. 
Once inside I left all those worries behind upon spotting the above. GOLD CATS. 
Not to be mistaken for the golden calf.
And, um, yeah.  New roommate. 
I could go on but I'll stop here. I mean how could I even top it? Not possible.

Before I knew it, it was time to head home aka back to the work space.  The one downfall of working at home is it's hard to leave a less than stellar day behind, so let's just say I was not in the mood. Once there I dialed everyone and their mother to see who wanted chips and salsa so I could, you know, continue running away from home.  What? No one?? 

Around that time I began feeling sorry for myself until I turned on The Young and the Restless and realized Victor Newman has waaaaaaaaay fewer friends than me.  *Bright side.* Suddenly my phone buzzed with an email from Claire. Claire who is from the Bay area and has been a blog friend for the past two years even though we've never met face to face. Claire was in my neighborhood, on a girls trip and on her way to none other than The Corner with a bunch of other bloggers + friend? VICTORY IS OURS.

See what I mean about fake it 'til you make it?  Examine the evidence:
The incomparable Claire! 
After all these years I guess I could have hauled out a comb? 
We've got peeps from SF, the UK and Canada all right here. Loves it!

It was by far the best way to kick off a weekend that turned out to be incredibly fun-filled and crazy. A special thanks to Micaela, Marianne, Claire, Ezgi (doesn't blog, but should do stand up comedy) and Faiza for peeling by for dinner and drinks. Can't wait to see you again!


Courtney Erin said...

I loved seeing the photo of all of you on Instagram - what a perfect way to leave behind a crappy day at the home office. And please tell me you got those golden cats...

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

this free bird said...

Courtney. I left those behind and have to call and go back. Can't stop thinking about them. Kind of scaring myself with all the cat paraphernalia, but don't even care.

Torrie said...

love this!! and love how it all manifested (by you doing a 'call-out' for chips & salsa :))... so fun! (& i'm sure the chef was happy too)

Anonymous said...

Perfect start to the weekend. I need to live closer to CA. That's all.

Closet Fashionista said...

Woohooo, sounds like the perfect pick me up to poopy week...I need that to happen for me too, haha...
Isn't it so awesome meeting bloggers...I wish I could meet more in person...if I ever go to Cali I shall have to hit you up ;)

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

How fun! Girls getting together, always fun.

Lori said...

What a great time Carrie ~ love that you were rescued from the "boxiness" of the week.

Claire Kiefer said...

It was one of the best spontaneous moments ever. Sorry for the poor quality of the pics. These days it doesn't get any fancier than my iphone. I should really work on that. And honestly, I can't stop thinking about the ridiculously yummy food we had at the restaurant OR my too-short meeting with you. Next time, BEACH COCKTAILS. And more from The Corner cause I'm still dreaming about my potato tacos & beet salad. Thank you so much for everything, especially your willingness to hop over to meet me on NO notice whatsoever--it was the best!

Allison said...

So glad the girls came around for you in your time of need! I was watching the young and the restless today and laughing about victor.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oh awesome!!! I was reading this and loved how you worded your rough day (been there though i do get to actually leave the office that I have to go to every day- which rarely benefits me so I'm happy to have one one-up on working from home, ha) and I didn't even see a blogger meet-up coming! It's so funny to see two faces I "know". Blogging is so funny and never ceases to entertain me! I'm so glad you guys met up and had some bonding time. that's awesome!

PS... i want your arms and pps... that store looks awesome. I'm always down to peruse anything that looks like it's full of hidden treasures!

LyddieGal said...

what a fabulous improptu blogger meetup - glad things worked out and you enjoyed cinco de mayo!
Chic on the Cheap

Dancing Branflake said...

I will meet you. This will be happening one day.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

For the love of god please tell me you bought the gold cats!

Daisy said...

love that a group of bloggers hit up the corner! sounds like a blast.

Lisa said...

Please tell me you got that poster! otherwise i'm tracking it down and hanging it over my tv
in dramatic fashion

Amber said...

That pose you doing in that first pic is beyond rad. :)

allergic to vanilla said...

aww fun!! It's always good to see blog friends you've never met before!!

x carlina

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

What a perfect way to shake off the box!

Micaela said...

you are just as beautiful and fun as i knew you'd be! :) i am soooo glad we got to finally meet and what better place than your boyfriend's DELICIOUS restaurant. We agreed 100 percent that it was the BEST we've had to eat on the whole trip-- hands down.

If we had more time, we def. would have stopped by on our way home, we loved it that much.

THANK-YOU for everything and for meeting us on such late notice. Means more than we could tell you!

already can't wait to see you again :)


Josie said...

Hooray for giving yourself a bit of a break, Carrie! It looks like you had a ball.
xo Josie

drollgirl said...

it was fate! so fab! and i bet it was the most fun EVAH!

p.s. still jealous. LOL!

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