The Halcyon Life

April 24, 2010, 11:22 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

After what seems to be an eternity. I am finally getting a moment to put up an update post. 

My husband is much better, although some test results came back and he needs to go for more testing. My school semester finally ended, but I’m about to begin an “intercession class” on Monday. It is a class that is offered between the spring and summer semesters that is a 5-day long intensive course. I barely had a “break” from school. I ended up flying out to find an apartment for where I will be moving in August. Needless to say, I spent 6 days driving around a rental car (Chrysler 300 — which is very hard to park!) and found tons of overpriced, old apartments to choose from. When I say overpriced, I mean easily spending $2500-$3000 without bills, for a small 2 bedroom. I should be moving to New York City for that much money! 

While I have some reviews and other stuff I would like to catch up on, I just wanted to share some purchases that I made yesterday.

Avatar Blu-Ray/DVD Combo – $19.99

My husband and I rarely go to the movies. We make exceptions for action flicks (e.g. Transformers, Iron Man, etc). We have a theatre within walking distance from our apartment, but tickets are $9.50 each. So, we usually rent them from our Publix (through Blockbuster Express) for $1.00 and spend the $18 dollars we saved from not going to the theatre on something else. Avatar was a movie we both wanted to see in the theatre but never had time to do it. When we realized it was no longer in the theatre and was coming out onto DVD within a matter of days, we figured we’d just buy it (as if we had gone to the theatre). Normally we wouldn’t buy a movie that we’ve never seen, but with the reviews being so great, we figured there would be no way that we would hate the movie. had the combo listed at $19.99 (plus shipping), as did Target, so I picked up a copy. (Note: Walmart and Best Buy were more expensive).

*Just a little extra note. The movie plans to be re-released into the theatre this fall with six additional minutes of never aired footage. Another Blu-Ray/DVD will be released afterwards. They are also planning on releasing a 3D version of the movie next Spring.*

Liberty of London for Target Pleated Dress – Jumper Print – $20.98 (on sale in stores); $29.99 (online)

I was never really drawn to the Liberty of London line at Target because I generally don’t wear prints. I had tried on a blouse when the collection first arrived in stores, but disliked how the blouse was cut. It made me look quite frumpy because of my chest. I found this dress in the clearance section (after someone had picked it up, but ended up putting it back on the rack) and figured I would try it on. Well, I ended up really liking it! I think the photos online are pretty horrid. This is the first halter dress that I’ve been able to purchase despite have a larger chest. The print is brighter than in the photos and the fit is more flattering in person. The arm holes didn’t hang low either. I assume the online price will change soon considering it’s now on sale in stores. 

The dress reminds me of Anthropologie’s Castle Lake Dress, except the Liberty for London dress is much more affordable.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend everyone!


April 9, 2010, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Reviews

From-the-Green Cardi – $69.95 (currently on sale)

This is a gorgeous crop sleeve cardigan from Tabitha. The deep green is stunning and the marigold and yellow embroidery is exquisite. It’s part wool and I find it slightly itchy, more so than the Buds & Vines Cardigan. But, I usually get cold very easily and it will be sure to keep me warm.

April 7, 2010, 10:44 pm
Filed under: Personal

I think it has now been weeks since I’ve had a real post and I do apologize for that! Things have been quite hectic so I thought another update post was in order until I could manage to get things back to the norm. I haven’t even had time to check my personal email account in quite some time. If you are expecting a response from me, I’m sorry about the delay!

To start, my husband is doing much better. Without going into too much detail… He ended up spending three days in the hospital. It probably would have been more but the last test they ordered for him to do could be done outpatient, so he ended up being discharged. He had a procedure done yesterday and although we don’t have the official results yet, the doctors don’t seem to be leaning towards any of the horrible diagnoses that they were originally speculating.

Next, this is my last week of the school for the semester! I fell behind when my husband became ill, but thankfully my professors and supervisors were understanding and granted me a couple of mini extensions for some minor projects. Ultimately, the semester went by very fast!

Besides wrapping up my school work tomorrow, I’m taking Tulip (the new family kitten addition) to the vet tomorrow with her sisters. They’re old enough to be de-wormed and we’ll see if they need any vaccinations. I also am debating on purchasing concert tickets for a concert in May. Now, some people might be embarrassed to admit  this or probably think it’s a waste of money, BUT, the Backstreet Boys are touring and coming to my hometown! Besides a slightly ridiculous price, I have a slight dilemma. I will be at a conference the weekend they are coming! Now, I can lose some money by leaving the conference a little early — my last night in the hotel, which is only about $30 because I was sharing the room), and can drive four hours back home to see the concert.

Ticket presale starts soon and I’m not sure what to do. What would you do?

Leave the conference a little early and go to the concert OR stay at the conference and just listen to them on my ipod.

Last but not least, I’ve picked up a few things since my last ‘real’ post. Including an adorable bag from LeSportSac (that even my husband likes), some great finds from Anthropologie, and more. Stay tuned!