Thursday Things

1. We received a Bed, Bath, and Beyond mailing late last week advertising everything and anything you could hope to put in your dorm room this coming fall. Even though I clearly don’t need to decorate my dorm room (or any rooms, for that matter), I still looked through to see if I could find anything interesting, and oh boy, did I find something interesting.

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Can you IMAGINE rolling into your dorm on move-in day freshman year and seeing your roommate had covered his/her bed with a “Privacy Pop Bed Tent”? I mean, fine, I’ll give Bed, Bath and Beyond (or whoever came up with this product) that it’s a nice idea, but WHAT?! I feel like you’re setting yourself up for a WORLD of ridicule if you drop $130 on this sort of thing in seriousness.

2. As your friendly neighborhood Trader Joe’s taste tester, I took it upon myself to try their new Dark Chocolate Honey Grahams with Sea Salt when I came across them on the New Products shelf last week (you’re welcome).

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As you can tell by this empty container less than 48 hours after I made my purchase, they’re absolutely terrible.

If you’re looking for something a little easier to consume in moderation, let me recommend to you a new-to-me Trader Joe’s find, Raspberry and Vanilla Cream Bars.

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OMG. These. Are. Everything. I don’t really like raspberry and, to be honest, I’m not all that wild about fruity frozen treats, either. Regardless, I think these are phenomenal. I bought them on a whim on Friday (and by “on a whim,” I mean, “I had the hare-brained idea that I wanted to make popsicles, but lacked popsicle molds and the motivation to go buy popsicle molds, so I bought popsicle-like treats instead”) and have been oh-so impressed. Plus they come individually packaged, so while you could eat three-quarters of the box in one sitting, it would require more effort than eating three quarters of the box of, say, Dark Chocolate Covered Honey Grahams with Sea Salt.

Not that I would know anything about that, of course πŸ˜‰

3. Please feel free to ignore everything I said about my flowers last Thursday. All of my calibrachoa plants have either fully died or mostly died in the past three days. I may or may not have ugly cried over this. I didn’t do anything to them that I can think of, but I still feel like a failure 😦 “Bummed out” would be putting it EXTREMELY lightly.

4. Omg whyyyyyyy??

I accepted WELL before I signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll this weekend that there was no way the weather would be conducive to me having a good half. Realistically, I’ve run in similar conditions before at the Mag Mile Half last year, so from a racing standpoint, whatever. It’ll be hot and sticky and I’ll probably log a really slow time, maybe even a personal worst. Ain’t no thang. I had to run anyway.

My bigger concern about Sunday is Pitchfork. In an effort to up my music fan cred (okay, fine: because my best friend told me I had to go on his behalf since he’s still out of town AND to up my music fan cred), I bought a ticket for Pitchfork on Sunday. Though I’m not as over-the-moon excited about Pitchfork as I am about Lolla, I have gotten pretty excited for Pitchfork, and I’m genuinely looking forward to Sunday. EXCEPT IF THERE ARE THUNDERYSTORMS 😑 

I was thinking maybe I could show up in the early afternoon, go find refuge somewhere outside the festival if it started to storm, and then come back (hopefully) in time for Jamie xx, because WHOA BABY am I looking forward to his set. But ohhhh no. This isn’t Lolla. There are no in-and-out privileges. If you leave, you’re done. No more hipsters for you. I also have no idea what Pitchfork’s contingency plan is for if (when) it storms, since there isn’t, you know, an extensive underground parking garage conveniently located directly below the park, and that stresses me out, because the quickest way to get me to Panic Town is to abandon me outside during a thunderstorm. HARUMPH! How dare the weather get terrible this weekend! 

Maybe the forecast will be wrong? I sure hope so. If we could knock about 10 degrees off that high, dial the humidity back, and have some nice cloud cover, that would be excellent. Is there a comment box where I can submit that suggestion?

What’s your favorite summer dessert? I’m all about dessert in general, but I think my favorite would be the fresh fruit pies my mom and grandma make, followed by ice cream, and apparently this year, Popsicles.

Why did my flowers die???

8 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Yes, the race will probably be hot, but you’re right the weather at RnR is almost never conducive to speed. As far as Pitchfork goes, maybe you can score a second ticket from someone who has an extra, so you can go in-out-in. A couple years ago, I got a Pitchfork ticket outside the gate for $5 from someone who was trying to get rid of it. Good luck!

    • I know some people train specifically for RnR as their first and/or goal half marathon, and I can’t imagine doing that! I guess if you thrive in hot weather it’d be fine, but man, that would be 100% setting myself up for major failure. That’s a good tip about Pitchfork – I’ll have to keep that in mind! Though hopefully it just won’t come to that. Fingers crossed!

  2. Omg that privacy pop bed tent is hilarious. I want to see one in real life! Thank you for testing the honey grahams. I will now have to go purchase some. Good luck at RnR this weekend, you never know what could happen!!

    • Hahaha happy to help πŸ˜› Seriously, though, they’re DELICIOUS (and oh-so dangerous πŸ™‚ ). Thanks! The forecast looks terrible, but it’ll be okay…hopefully. As long as they don’t cancel it due to the weather! But this was just for fun anyway, so no love lost.

  3. Now, if the privacy tent was soundproofed…..

    Why did your flowers die? It might be that they were over-watered (did the leaves turn yellow at all), got too much sun, or not enough sun (I’m guessing the latter with the weather we’re having). Mine died last year I think because I over-watered them. Although, to be honest, I really had no clue.

    I seem to recall that one year it did storm at Pitchfork and they let everyone leave to seek shelter and then let everyone back in.

    • My mom suspects I may have overwatered them. I didn’t notice any yellow leaves on anything until today (on the ones that were still alive). I’m somewhat at the mercy of my upstairs neighbors, because they are VERY enthusiastic about watering their (admittedly amazing) deck garden, and it spills down and waters my plants in the process. And then we get rain like yesterday… Sigh. I told my mom next time I’m just going to get a dog, because it’ll tell me when it wants food and water and I won’t have to just guess πŸ˜›

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