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Presidents Day- The Twitter Adventure Continues

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It started in 2012 with a paid day off work and nothing else to do. For the third year, I’m back in the saddle with everyone’s favorite fellas- America’s presidents and the more interesting aspects of their lives and presidencies.

(ADDED) I also spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about my favorite holiday this year. You can see their post here.

If you can’t get enough today on Twitter, here’s a recap of 2013’s fun facts and tawdry tidbits about the Commanders in Chief:

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This is a little something that I threw together for the 4th. Ted Hawkins haunts me. My favorite patriotic song, accompanied by photos that I took. Bless us, every one.

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After The Storm

Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images/AFP)

I’ve spent the past week preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Pittsburgh pre-declared a state of emergency and warned us all to prepare for three days without power or water. We stocked up on batteries and water. I called my family in Atlanta to let them know we were staying home and would be in touch when we could. Then, the storm turned further north. We had rain and hail, some floods in low-lying areas, but the city was basically unscathed. We were lucky. In the days since, it’s been more important to track down friends in New York and New Jersey, to stay tuned in to Twitter and Facebook, to make sure everyone was ok. A friend, a single mother in Hoboken, has lost her car and expects to be without power for another ten days.

After four days working from home, tomorrow my life goes back to normal. It will be a while before “normal” for so many others. If you have extra to give, I encourage you to donate to the Red Cross.

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My Birchbox Addiction

I’ve always been a beauty products hoarder. I have a three-tiered shelf and four drawers in the bathroom overflowing with samples and items that I just never got around to using (or opened and hated). A quick run to the drugstore usually ends with me dragging home another nail polish or lip gloss. And all that buying adds up, money-wise.

So when my dear friend Baronetess started bragging about Birchbox on Facebook, I had to check it out. For $10 a month, you receive five or six samples in the mail- nail polish, lip gloss, perfume, hair and skin products- it’s always a surprise. In fact, on Twitter it’s a trend not to post “spoilers” about the monthly Birchbox as it arrives- the grab bag aspect of it all is half the fun. (Note: I’m not getting a dollar from them for raving about them- I’m just hooked).

This month, they offered a tie-in box sponsored by Teen Vogue. They offered me my usual adult box instead, but I’m so glad that I went with the teen box. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have these nails, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

I used the essie luxeffects polish from my Birchbox over a Sally Hansen “Going Green” picked up on one of my drugstore binges. Since every magazine insists that we all have an “accent nail,” (and because I didn’t have any adult business meetings this week), I painted the ring finger a light blue to match my pedicure. It’s a fun look- even if I’m not used to so much sparkle when I head to the office.

My box this month also came with a sample of kate spade new york Twirl, which I spritzed on this morning. After settling in, it’s definitely more floral than fruity, but very light and smells adult enough for office wear. On lazy mornings, I usually stick to some coconut body spray, so wearing actual fragrance is an upgrade for a Monday morning.

My hair is curly and dyed and longer and super-thick, so the Kerastase Elixir Ultime sample should be gone in two days. I love a good hair oil to add a little shine to the curls.

My other favorite product this month was a full-sized tarte LipSurgence lip tint in Barbie pink (Lucky). I never imagined that I would like a bright pink lip, but Birchbox eased me in a few months ago with a hot pink lip gloss and this matte lip pencil is the logical next step. It is matte, very matte, not a drop of shine to it. It almost looks like chalk, that’s how matte this stuff is. But, instead of drying out my lips and flaking, it makes them smooth and soft and looks like I’m auditioning for that episode of Mad Men when they all try on different colors of lipstick and Peggy gets a promotion.

Most months the box also includes a sample snack or beauty accessory item. This month, a cute spring-y peach hair-tie from twistband, so I can keep my hair out of my face when the humidity inevitably goes insane.

If you want to sign up, head over here. I believe I get points for referring new subscribers, but I’m just so hooked that I want you to experience the joy.

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Pittsburgh Urbanity

So, thanks to Lora, I have a new addiction. After last post’s photos, she suggested I start an urbanity blog. Hers, the original Oh, the Urbanity, is chock full of pics of Philly and I just so happen to have reams of photos of little things that amused me in Pittsburgh. I had to accept the challenge.

If you’d like to see what I’ve posted so far, you can check it out over at Pittsburgh Urbanity. It’s my little photographic love poem to my adopted hometown. And there’s plenty to love about this place.

Thanks for the idea, Lora! I’m proud to be a franchisee.

In other expansions, Eleanor’s Trousers is now a .com of its very own. We’re big-time! Your regular old links (if you have them) should redirect you.

And I’m finally upgrading from a Blackberry to an iPhone this weekend. I’m tiptoeing into the modern era. On that note, if you have an iPhone and think I need some fantastic app or doohickey to go with it, now is the time to tell me. If you hate iPhones or Apple or wish I would have picked something else, it’s too late now. The money’s been spent. The check’s in the mail. The egg has hatched. What’s done is done. And so forth. And so on.


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