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Guest Post: A day in the life- shut off that fucking alarm, and where did this peanut butter come from?

20 Oct

Raw! After reading this, that was the first word that came to mind. I love the Talk Thirty To Me community because of posts like this—when we all get to peep into the private and intimate moments of other Scoundrels’ lives. However, I could do without the 7:15am mention. vaguelycool, thanks for your open, way informative, and give-me-a-laugh post. I don’t envy you. Nonetheless, I’m sure we have some mommies, wives, and all around, up-to-their necks women out there that are definitely relating to you right now. Happy reading, Scoundrels.

This was written at a stoplight.

I have no GD time. I have literally composed, edited and submitted this piece at stoplights from Denver to DTC over the last two weeks. I’m a working mother of two rascals and I have not one minute to myself in a day. I used to shop at Banana Republic between appointments during the week, swan into wine bars at 5pm and entertain clients/friends until the wee hours. I had time to read magazines, get pedicures and go on dates with my husband, and then things changed. For the better definitely, but time just…disappeared.

Here’s what my day looks like. Mind you, this is just an average weekday, not inclu

ding special events, friends/family in town or heaven forbid, a date with my husband. Just a regular day.

My day starts at 12.01am. I have been asleep for about an hour with any luck.

3:30am – feed infant son, burp him, change his little pants, settle him back to sleep

Oh, the joys of doing it all. Image courtsey of parmeter.net

4:15am – “pump my bosoms” as my 2yr old says

4:30am – go back to sleep

5:30am – husband’s stupid alarm goes off

5:40am – husband’s stupid alarm goes off

5:50 am – husband’s GODDAMNED stupid alarm goes off

6:00am – (GETTHEFUCKOUTOFBEDYOUMOTHERFUCKER) husband’s stupid alarm is turned off, husband gets out of bed

6:30am – a) infant son wakes and cries or b)2yr old daughter wakes and begins the “MUUMMYYY” deal

7:00am – nanny arrives (thank GOD)

7:15am – “pump my bosoms” and eat something – usually simultaneously

8:30am – or sometimes 9:00am – I arrive at my office

9:15am – usually discover snot, sick, yogurt or peanut butter on my suit

9:30am – 5:00pm – various meetings, lunches, pointless paper bullshit, fun client meetings and other money making duties – will typically drive about 60miles throughout the day – smile on face – pump my bosoms at 10:00am and 2:00pm – usually in a toilet stall or in my car in a parking lot

6:00pm – battle traffic home unless there is a client drinkies (here’s hoping) at a downtown wine bar

6:15 – get smothered by kisses from 2yr old, bowled over by hairy dog, receive download from nanny (learn of everyone’s poops, including graphic descriptions, and timeouts of the day, among other things)

6:45pm – complete reading an average of 6 bedtime stories, brush dolly’s hair, change a few diapers, feed dog, unpack bosom pumping bag, pump bosoms, get dinner going

8:00pm – sit down to dinner with husband. Inhale two glasses of wine (compulsory) – watch news

9:00pm – start the two hour process of going to bed – finish emails, put laundry away, pump my bosoms, husband feeds infant son

10:30pm – get into bed, attempt to read 2 pages of book (usually same 2 pages I read the night prior as I can’t remember what the book is about). Husband feeds infant son.

3:30am – get up to pump my bosoms – email TheVar about how I should write a story about how little fucking time I have…….and every single day I marvel at how lucky I am to have such a wonderful life. I’m not kidding.

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From the Broke Files: My Top 10 List

14 Jul

Sport posted From the Broke Files a couple of weeks ago and it got me to thinking, mostly about how I’m financially poor, yet so socially rich. I’ve decided to share my top 10 list of socially rich activities that have sort of nudged themselves into my newfound 30s lifestyle.

  1. Going to a baseball game in the rain, eating hot dogs, and sharing a drink with a friend. (Free tickets, btw.)
  2. Impromtu photos shoots with photog friends in the park.
  3. Evening bike rides down the river front.
  4. Taco Tuesdays ($1 Tacos – In your face! Or, my face in this case.)
  5. Happy Hour with the TTTM Community.
  6. Thrift shoppping.  (I’m still learning how to do this. I’m queer. We like to shop. We’ll have more about this in a later post. Stay tuned!)
  7. Picnics and a game of bean bags in the park. *sigh*
  8. Volunteering. Project Angel Heart comes to mind.
  9. Ooooo, brainstorm sessions.
  10. Potluck brunches rooftop. Nom. Nom. Nom.

You see, there is so much that can be done without spending a lot of $$$. And, you betta believe, I’m going to live it up. I guess these are the joys of growing up and becoming comfortable with being yourself. Thank you, 30s.

Are you ready for a TTTM :) Hour?

12 Jul

Cause we are!  Here’s the deal. We’ve set up a Happy Hour this Saturday, July17th, 2010, at Venue in the Highlands for our Denver readers.  Yes. The same Venue Sara posted about earlier. Exciting!

We are inviting all of you Scoundrels out for cheap apps and 1/2 off drinks (wine and cocktails). You heard it right–1/2 Off Dranks!

The purpose of this blog is to create community through dialogue and what better way to do it than some face-to-face time.  We’d love to see you all there. In an effort to make this as smooth as possible and a courtesy to Venue, we’d like for all that plan on attending to email an RSVP at TalkThirtyToMe@gmail.com.

Venue
(303) 477-0477
3609 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

Happy Hour: 4 – 6:30pm
Saturday, July 27th, 2010

Friends and Sponsors: Venue Bistro

12 Jul

Tucked away in Denver’s Highlands Neighborhood you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a real treat in dining.

Venue Bistro located at 3609 W. 32nd Ave is a mix of delectable food and posh atmosphere. Every detail of Venue is executed with a sense of purpose.

Does it seem like we’re kissing ass? Well you betcha! Our good friends at Venue not only take care of us every time we dine there, but they have become the first official sponsors of TTTM.

Woot!

But seriously, Venue is a terrific place to hit up for a romantic birthday dinner, a night out celebrating a joyous occasion or a cheap and delicious happy hour. You know how I feel about a good happy hour.

On their menu, Venue has one of my favorite dishes in the Mile High City: shrimp and grits. The flavors come together in this dish in what can only be described as a moment of perfection. I’m drooling right now thinking about it. If you haven’t had the pleasure of consuming said dish, I suggest you stop what you’re doing right now and head to the Highlands. Yeah, it’s that good!

Aside from Venue being a badass restaurant, they’re also supporters of our community. We’ll tell you what we mean by that later today.

Stay tuned!

From the Broke Files

24 Jun

By Sara Downey
Blogger of meanest look

Budgeting is not my strong suit. Saving is not my strong suit. Spending is. But this economic reality demands that I watch my pennies. As a result, I’ve gotten good at a few things.

Bargain shopping– like so many of the ladies, and honorary ladies, I la la love to shop. Especially for housewares or clothes. Shoes piss me off. Mostly because I think of them as little orphaned pets in a rescue and I can’t take them all home. So I feel about shoes the same way I feel about puppies and kittens-screw ’em, if I can’t have them all, then I don’t want to visit the pound.

Even at the most wallet-friendly stores, shopping can add up. This is not groundbreaking knowledge, people, just facts. And if you throw my new “I must have it if it says it’s green” compulsion in the mix, then my shit will be broke in no time flat. My solution? Thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales for those oh so green and oh so cute vintage pieces that make my house a home.

And for my clothes addiction? “You just have to look for the sales,” says Maria, a fellow shopper who does wonders with her budgeting.

This is no joke. Maria finds the sales that make me weak in the knees. Seriously, I’ve never seen someone who can sniff out a clearance item- that actually fits – at Anthropologie like Maria.

Happy Hours– I really enjoy driniking. Not in a worried that I’m an alcoholic way, but just in the mojitos on a summer afternoon FTW sort of way.

But 8 dollar mojitos can suck my wallet dry as I wet my whistle. My bottom line is a little thing called “drink specials!”

If you’re a lady, you already know about the disgusting practice known as Ladies’ Night where bars pour us weak drinks and use us as lure for sex starved rejects from Jersey Shore. Ahhh Ladies’ Night.

At many gay clubs there’s one better called “free drinks from 9-10” where the idea is to get the kids there, lube them up with free booze and start the dance party early. It works and is awesome. Although, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t dance before that last free drink at 10. Budgeting.

My favorite of all drink specials is happy hour. Late night or after work, happy hours are the best. Cheap food, cheap drinks and a perfectly acceptable way to order two drinks at the same time to beat the clock. Hell, one place in Denver even brings you both drinks on their 2 for 1 menu at the same time whether you want them to or not.

Free Events– Related to drinking cheaply, there is one way to entertain yourself without spending a dime: free shit!

And here’s the real treat, there are free events on a daily basis if your city is big enough. For example in Denver, there is pretty much always something to do that won’t cost a dime. Everything from free days at the zoo to art gallery openings, guarantee free entertainment. Summer seems to be the season for the most free entertainment with events like movies in the park, and free days at national parks.

The biggest score in Denver is the little known Fresh City Life put on by Denver Public Library. They have a singles club, writing workshops, movie nights, and crafting events all for free all the time.

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