diary of a manic obsessive.


giveaway on Novelista Barista!

yay yay yay!!!

My bestie bffer nugget fo' life, Jennifer at NovelistaBarista.com is hosting a Holiday Giveaway from my etsy shop.
[thank you luvr!]

[OLD photo! haha]

please make sure that you check out the giveaway & OBVI you should ALL be following her hott ass at NovelistaBarista.com!

what's she giving away? well...

'tis the season for giving!!!

JenBunny is being so super awesome by helping me out with this giveaway (although, it's a bit selfish, bc if i can make the money to go home, i'll get to see her FACE!)

please enter her giveaway & PLEASE check out my shop for all the BRAND NEW things i've been making the last week.

use the coupon code SPANKYLUVSME for 10% off any order!!!

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featured etsy luvs*

i was featured!!!

a little etsy love was sweet enough to feature my shop on the blog!!!

i sure hope that it drives some traffic to the shop.
make sure to check out the blog & see who else got a shout out!

i've been working on some really funky new things for the holiday season.

here are some of them:

i'm in LUV with gold for the holidays. everyone should take advantage of the sparkle of the holidays & glitz the hell out of EVERYTHING. (i may have taken it too far since my carpet is currently glamified with overflow glitter around my studio area... oops! guess even my vacuum will get a little holiday cheer!)

please visit the shop. i have SO many more things coming!

do you think that i should change
anything on my shop? 
are my prices too high? 
too low? 
input is SOOO appreciated!

I'm so excited about being featured, & having new wonders on the shop that i'm going to give you all a present! 

coupon code!!!



for 10% off any order from my shoppe!!!

yay! i hope i can make money so i can fly home for the holidays!!! [i miss my crazy family...]

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thank you mom.

we're all thinking about what we are thankful for.

i've become so thankful for my family, especially my mom. her & i have built up such a different, strong relationship since i moved here & i miss her so much.

i'm thankful that she wrote this blog post about me. heehee. she's cute.

i got sad tonight, watching It's Complicated because i saw it with her & my sister & bc Meryl REALLY reminds me of her, esp in this movie. ::tear:: i got a little choked up. no lie.

here's my pretty pretty mommy vintage style

&, even though it doesn't really tie into this post, like, at all, these photos just crack me up. (My mommy is the itty bitt!)

My Grandfather, the dapper gentleman in the back, is Paul McCobb, famous furniture designer from the 1950's (even though the Wiki has NOTHING about his wife & children... rude). The other doode is my mom's half brosi, Paul Jr. & the gorg-a-saurus is my Grandma, Molly. I, unfortunately, never got to meet Paul, since he passed when my mother was only 9, & I don't really remember Molly, since she passed when I was about 2.
but look at my itty bitt mommy pie!!!

eeeee, hahahahh!!!!!! She's sooooo cuteee!!!

I luv it when she tells me stories, like the time she wanted to watch The Wizard of Oz, even though she was realllly scared of the flying monkeys, & she'd run down the mirrored hallway from her parents room to the living room, basically just to tell her mom that she was scared, get in trouble, & RUN back to the room to keep watching, all to turn around & do it again. I don't know why, but i have a vivid idea, in my head, about what this whole saga looked like. i'm giggling just thinking about it.
I like the story about how she'd climb up the built in shelves to get things that she wasn't supposed to have & how 1/4 of her eye is green, while the other 3/4 is blue, because she sprayed some cleaner in her eye when she was little & didn't tell bc she didn't want to get yelled at.

Since i've been living in Cali, i've been talking to Ma basically every day, at least once. She has, on a few occasions, to her dismay sometimes, been my talking buddy while i wonder around the grocery store asking "what should i make for dinner" or "where are olives" (yes, i asked her where the olives were in the grocery store on the other side of the states, where she's never been, were). We've talked about how our lives have turned into a weird parallel of each other, both ending up as the "woman of the house" living with a [sometimes] "Grumpy Spouse" (moms words) & an "Irresponsible 19-year-old". it's def weird that we are both the one cleaning up around the house, cooking dinner, being housewives while looking for jobs, making art, blogging, & having our etsy shops.

i miss my mom so much. 
i hate that it took a 3,000 mile distance to make us closer, but i'm glad that we are.
i need to go home for a visit.
i need a mom hug.

everyone go & read my moms blog. she's just getting back into it. her & my sister & dad all moved about a month after i did (but they moved one town over, not three time zones..) & she's been trying to get their new apartment in order, so she, like me, is just getting back into the blog-o-sphere.

so, i'm hoping that my mom will be Skyping me in, so i can "pseudo"-sit at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table.

i hope that she's thankful that i wrote this.

this Thanksgiving, i'm thankful for my family, whom i love & miss & hope i can see for Christmas, & i'm so very thankful of the relationship that i have with my mommy. 

i can't even think about how much i am thankful for my puppy, Holly. Honestly, just thinking about her at all makes me burst into tears because i miss her so much.

[posted this pic & legit, started to cry... i knew it.. ]

who are you thankful for?

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got my hurrr did!

i've been going through [inevitable] long hair withdrawal ever since i cut my long locks off in exchange for a short "sassy" bob-like cut.
not to mention bazinga isn't a fan of my short hair :(

I've been trying to get extensions, but they are HELLA expensive, even though Roomies [ex] friend was going to hook me up for about 1/3 of the cost, but never did it & now she's out of our lives [hopefully for good].
doesn't it suck when you think someone is pretty kool, then you find out they are full of shit & really just a virus? ugh. i'm so sick of that.
So, knowing that it would be a loooong time before i'd ever be able to afford real extensions... so long that my hair would probably be super long before i had half the money, i tried to find a nice clip in pieces. Even those can run you like $100. So i started searching on etsy.

I was hoping that i'd be able to find someone who would be willing to exchange a hair piece for something from my shop. No one wanted to do that... :(

Then i found Dawn. She has an etsy shop & she makes clip in hair pieces. I messaged her & asked about an exchange. She said YES!

I made her a custom dream catcher & she made me a custom hair piece!!!

cute, eh?! 

now i just need to figure out a way to make it work in more than just this one hair style!

I'm SOOOO thankful to Dawn for trading with me. I am also very happy that i thought to put the idea out there!!!
Maybe i won't be able to sell as many things as i want to, but maybe, just maybe, i can trade some more things.

I'd also like to put the word out to anyone who would like to host a giveaway from my shop.
I'm happy to give away a bracelet:

I can do basically any colour that you'd like, with or without accent beads (which can be either teal, red, black, silver or gold) & middle beads of the same.

If you'd like to host a giveaway, please let me know.
If you'd like to make a trade of anything in my shop, let me know that too, i'm happy to hear any offers!
(especially if i can find things for X-mas gifties, since i'll be BROKE this holiday)

So, once again, i want to thank Dawn, SO much & i want to ask that everyone take a look at her shop. She's new, but she was very sweet, a great communicator, and a luvly chick.

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the desperate quest.

I need to find odd jobs or something.
I need to go home for Christmas & it's INSANE how pricey it would be for us to go.
I'd need a good, $1,300 minimum to make it work. That's before even thinking about buying any gifts!

I've been hoping to sell my items on my etsy shop, Twitterpated Pretty, my prints on Red Bubble, i'm even trying to get my sister to help me sell my books & some other things that i left back in CT to try to make some extra dough.

on that note:
Has anyone ever been a mystery shopper? I don't know how it works, but i know it's like, a thing.

JenBunny mentioned that there are blogs that will pay you to do product reviews. How do i get into that?

If anyone knows of any places to find freelance work, or venues to sell hand made work, or prints of my art, please let me know.
Also, if anyone wants to HIRE me for some freelance design work, or writing work, please let me know. I'm desperately trying to earn enough moolah to fly home to see my family & friends for christmas.

(of course, feel free to donate to the cause! hahaha or, ask me about advertising, if you'd like!)

i miss my family.

because i don't like to end on a sad note...

silver lining: i have new wish bracelets available on the etsy shop, & i believe that JenBunny (NovelistaBarista.com) will be hosting a giveaway for one of them soon!!!

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a crazy damn week...

to say that things have been crazy would be putting it HELLA lightly...

just for my sanity, or what's left of it, left's start with Halloween & progress quickly, so i don't dwell...

Oct. 31st:
I woke up, hung out in the bedroom with Bazinga for a little while, watching TV, took a shower & was getting ready to paint him up like a zombie for work. He went into the shower & i went into the kitchen to find that it had FLOODED, yes FLOODED like a motherfucker. Of course, we didn't even end up having time to paint his face like a Zomb [which ended up being a good thing, bc his dumb job canceled the "dress up for work on h.ween" thing, so he woulda looked like a damn fool], but he didn't even have any time to help me deal with the catastrophe. Roomie got out of HER bathroom, saw me standing in a puddle of murky DISGUSTING backed up sink water, complete with food bits, asked me what happened, &, when i said "the fucking sink overflowed", promptly said "oh... damn." & walked into her room, closing the door behind her...
this is when Spanky goes from frantic & annoyed to MEAN RED.
I asked roomie to PLEASE clean the front deck because she'd had people over the last few days & it was a wreck & i didn't want trick or treaters to see that. she said she would, but, of course, she didn't do anything.

Nov. 1st:
Maintenance guy comes again [he'd come an HOUR after i'd called "emergency" maintenance the day before & said that they'd have to come back the next day to deal with the [basically] sewage that had covered our kitchen & seeped through the doorway & under the dining room rug]. 
he snakes the drain.
I ask Roomie to PLEASE help me clean up the insanly grossified kitchen [seeing as we ALL live here & i can't, for the life of me, understand why it's MY job, & my job only, to clean it]. She, of course, does not...

Nov. 2nd:
Bazinga goes to work early, I wake up & tool around on the compy for a little bit before bothering to wake up Roomie to ask her, once again, to help me with our nasti-rific kitch. She wakes up & wonders, hung over, into the living room, sniffling, asking me if anyone "came into the house last night" while she wasn't home. Uh... no... why? - Well, because, all of her rent money [due Nov 3rd], which she keeps in a highly secure glass pickle jar in her room has been stolen. - awesome.
She has a fit, asks to borrow my phone to make "A call" [aka about 50 calls, to non mobile-to-mobile number which i'll prob get charged for]. 
She's CLEARLY too distraught to help me with the mess in the kitchen [&, honestly, how DARE i even THINK she'd be able to help me scrub the floor], so i have to do it. 
Here i go, on my hands & knees with nothing but paper towels & [thank god] rubber gloves - because the ONE household item we asked Roomie to buy was a goddamn swiffer/mop which she hasn't bought in the 4 months we've lived here [thanks mommy for sending us one after this insanity!] - scrubbing what, basically looks like dried VOM from every surface, crevice, & corner of our kitchen, while waiting for the maintenance guy to come back.
They say they need to put in an industrial fan [SUPER LOUD] for the next day or so to dry up the carpet.
Are you keeping up? Kitchen: flooded, Rent $: stolen, Mess: still there, Roomie: worthless.
k, just checking

Nov. 3rd:
We can't make rent, obvi, so Bazinga & Roomie have to go tell the Leasing Office that we are a bunch of assholes who can't be trusted to not have half the rent jacked from our apartment. They give us until the 10th.
Roomie states that she will work "every possible shift" to make up the cash.
My unemployment check still hasn't come.
I still haven't found a job.

Nov 7th:
I win for the 2nd [ever] time [this season] in Fantasy Football.

Nov 8th:
Roomie tells us she made "pocket change" at work & can't give us anything for rent that night. We're still short, but my unemp check comes. She, somehow, seems to have enough dough to go to the WEED clinic, however & get "too stoned to go to work". She invites friends over.
I make chicken noodle soup.

Nov. 9th:
Roomie has people over... still. They drink almost all of our Soda, make a huge mess in the JSUT cleaned living room [our apartment complex had the rugs cleaned bc of the spill on the carpet. the living room was spotless.] I go to the bank to deposit my unemp check & make sure that, worst case, i'll be able to cover the rest of hers, if need be.
I come home, Roomie is stradeling a guy i've never met, on the deck, & tells me that "there was an accident". One of her friends had attempted to close the blinds in the kitchen [& must have pulled the chord & LET FUCKING GO] & smashed my 3 little glass martini/shot glasses that my friend Steff gave me for my 21st bday. 
I want to cry.
I take EVERYTHING of mine from the kitchen & living room & put it in my room or in boxes & put them away. 
I realize that there's no way she's going to make enough money that night to cover her ass with rent [& the $50 late fee]. I ask her to talk about "money". I flip out at her, telling her that she can't have this place be a FUCKING hotel [ or "shelter" since we don't see any money from them - "Moocher Shelter"]. She says "don't trip". I'm absolutely trip'n & i wanna smack her for telling me not to. I have another glass of Pinot Grigio.
Roomie & her bffer L go to work. Her guy friends leave.
We have leftover Chicken Noodle soup.
Roomie & L come back saying that "there were too many girls working tonight. we were turned away. L's mom is loaning me the cash. don't trip."- I say "ok", but i mean "i'll kill you".

Nov. 10th:
Bazinga & I go to the bank [after he's back from the dentist where he finds out he has 3 cavities & needs over a thousand dollars - without medi ins - in dental work, asap]. We combine funds to get a money order for the TOTAL rent + late fee due (almost double my share, covering Roomies loss).
We come home. Roomie has her friends STILL here [yes, as in, they haven't left.. in days].
A few hours later, there is a commotion in Roomies bedroom. She's fighting with L. It's getting REALLY loud. ::SMACK:: - someone hit someone. L is screaming & eventually runs out of the apartment, demanding that the two boys go in & "get her shit" [which, there's a lot of since she's been basically living here for days]. Obvi, since L's mom was "loaning" Roomie the money for rent, she's not going to have it. Further more, since the blowout, Roomie doesn't "think it's a good idea" to go to work, since L works there, too. L "needs time to cool off".
Roomie asks if we can cover her. We [purposely] didn't tell her that we already did pay it. We wanted her to sweat it out a bit.

I hate when i do this, i write a post, don't get to finish it, then a few days go by & i'm not even in the same headspace that i was when i wrote the still unpublished post.
I'm going to post this (obvi, since you're reading it) anyway.

I'll add:
- Roomie has since been "turning over a new leaf". She's rarely getting stoned, starting to work at a new club, not having people (accept for her one friend who is drama free) over, helping around the house & being very open about her making changes.
- I dropped a soda can tab into the drain with the disposal, reached in to get it & grabbed a handful of broken glass, slicing my fingers. I was NOT happy. Not wanting to have the maintenance guys come back for a 6th time, or whatever, in a week or two for the kitchen sink, i carefully put on a rubber glove today & fished the remaining shards out. I hope i got them all.
- I'm reading a book called "Love Sick" - it's kinda confusing me...

I'll tell you one thing, if Bazinga doesn't get his butt off the couch & go to the grocery store to buy food for dinner, i'm gunna crack!

on the plus side, i've been really enjoying cooking yum dinners & occasionally baking.  I'll post some recipes sometime soon.

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introducing: "How Do I Get Him To..."

A while back, i had this idea for something called the "Duck Pond"... but, like 80-90% of my schemes/plots/ideas... it was a F-L-O-P!
so, i'm starting the same TYPE of idea, but with a different basic perspective...


i want the "theme" to focus on answering one specific question at a time, with input from readers, experts (if i can find them), friends (both chickies & duckies) &, MAYBE even Boyf Bazinga! (although, most of the questions will most likely be posed by me, so i'm not sure he'll have much to say on the topics!!!)


where do i find my "experts"? I already have my luv guru, Miss Mercedes of "How to REALLY Hold On to the Man of Your Dreams", but i haven't... really... asked her yet..... but, hopefully i can at least GUILT her into it ("But Miss M, i already posted about you on the blog!!! you can't let me & my readers down!!!!" wink wink!)

If you know of any bloggers who focus on relationship advice, please, let me know so i can contact them!!!

if YOU want to comment or input your advice to any posed question, PUH-lease keep your eyes out for the questions to be posted & e-mail me your advice. I'll post what i get & make sure to give you a link back! :)

The first question is a BIT shallow, but, hey, you gotta play in the kiddie pool before you dive into the deep end, right?

how do i get him to....

know what kind of jewelry i like?

I've been with Bazinga Boyf for about 7 months now, & Christmas is around the corner. I'm not the typical "BUY ME SHIT" type of girl, but i wouldn't mind something glitzy to admire over Christmas dinner. BUT, how do i let him know what type of bling i like, without being TOO in your face about it?
Do i just say "hey, so you know, i like this, i don't like that.", do i take a catalog & circle/cross off the things i luv/hate? do i give up & just hope that he gets it right & then say i luv whatever he gets me (aka just be happy that he got me anything?).

e-mail me your advice or a link to any experts to Spankyluvsit@gmail.com, tweet me @Spankyluvsit, & keep an eye out for the answers!

luvs it*


Dia de los Muertos!


i hope you all took a moment to give luv to those you have lost.

luvs it*


a few things...

Obvi I haven't been posting much. I hate that i haven't, but i've been doing so much other stuff, trying to make some money & trying to stay sane...

you all know about my etsy shop, Twitterpated Pretty that i've been working my bum off trying to keep up with...

i've also, thankfully, been painting. All my paintings are available online as prints, postcards, etc. on my RedBubble page!

If anyone knows of any boutiques or shops local to you that is at all like this kinda of a place (this is in my boo Kaylee's hometown) that may want to pick up any of my art, please let me know the name & location, so i can contact them! Anyone that helps me gets a postcard thank you sent to them! :)

Has anyone been following the twitter account @ShitMyDadSays or seen the books or TV Show staring William Shatner? Well, i follow the twitter & i've LOLed at the book at Borders (i haven't watched the show..) & it made me think, there should be one of these for the silly things that my boyf, Bazinga, says. So... tada!

@HeSaidWhaat was born the other day! It's fresh, i'm just starting, but i'm hoping that it picks up! haha. You can also see videos like this one by searching He Said Whaat on YouTube!

What an attractive photo of my sexy boyf...

ahhhhh hahahaha. that's the profile photo for the twitter... but i like these ones better...

damn, he's hot... :)

So, other than those projects, i've been searching for [legit] work, being dragged through interview processes for bullshit "sales" positions (aka 100% commission jobs where they want me to go door to door selling... i dunno... vacuums?), TRYING to keep this DAMN apartment clean, which is beyond frustrating given the fact that i have a SLOB for a roomie who i don't think has ever once cleaned anything in our apartment, like at all.
She can be entertaining, but the novelty is rapidly wearing off...

When i'm not doing any of that, i'm trying to be a good girlfriend, learning the finer details of Football from Professor/Coach Bazinga, watching more football in past 2 months that i think i ever have in my life (even though i've always been a football fan, i've never watched EVERY GAME EVERY WEEK! PRO & COLLEGE) - but i don't mind.

I've been cooking every night, baking often, trying not to gain all the weight back & juggling bills bills bills!!!

i wonder how Bazinga would feel about me getting a sugar daddy...?

I've also been reading. I was supposed to be posting every time i finished a book......... but i've been reading & not posting! gar!!! So.. here's the list of what i've read since i last posted:

1-6 were already posted

7. Harry Potter 7 by J.K. Rowling [can't fuck'n wait for the movie Nov. 19th!]
8. You're an Animal, Viskovitz by Alessandro Boffa [illustrated by my sisters BFFs Momma, Roz Chast!]
9. Easy by Kerry Cohen Hoffman
10. The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper [sooo good, i recommend, highly!]
11. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
12. Purge by Sarah Littman
13. The Naked Truthby Danielle Staub [yes, the trashy book by the trashy Nj Housewife... i couldn't help myself. i'd promised, NAY, sworn that i wouldn't give her any $$$, so i bought it used! HA, THWARTED!!! - it's terribly written & i feel horrible for her poor children... seriously... it's a load of highly entertaining bullshit...]
14. Pretty Deadby Francesca Lia Block [my fav author, not my fav book of hers.]

now i'm reading Fat Free and Fatal by G.A. McKevett, a fun Private Eye book!
I feel like i'm forgetting one, but, regardless, i've MET MY GOAL of 12 books for the year & i'm one away from my "expert goal" of 15.
[I read Diary by Chuck Palahniuk. I thought it was this year, but i can't find it in my archives... hmm.. maybe i have reached my goal. Oh well, lets see how many i can do!!!]
To celebrate, i'd like to launch a Book Exchange. If you're interested, e-mail me at Spankyluvsit@gmail.com. Tell me your fav book & let me know you're down & i think i'll start up the exchange via ELFSTER.COM shortly!

Well... that's basically it for me for now.. i will tell you that i've been watching The Women of SNL while writing this & was so stoked to see one of my all time FAV clips was on!

Here it is...

[sorry, i couldn't find it on YouTube to embed... :(]

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