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It seems like not so long ago I was complaining about spending big bucks on new tires for my automobile. Yes, it sucked. And yes, it was uber expensive and one of the deepest holes I’ve put in my pocket on a car related purchase. But in the end the tires were worth it.

The thing is… I anticipated paying for the tires. I knew the time was coming so I was able to set aside a small amount of cash each month to help buffer the total hit my credit card would take.

Although I’m an employed twenty year old with essentially no debt… it’s not like I’m rolling the dough each month when I get a paycheck. Budgeting is one of my weaknesses. And unless I’m anticipating a large purchase or know I’m going to have drop a large chunk of cash I don’t have a huge amount of dollars set aside. Besides my savings which I refuse to touch.

So when Dallas gets hit with the worst hail & tornado storms I’ve ever experienced and my poor car gets slammed with golf ball size hail… my bank account isn’t ready to handle the high deductible I’ll have to pay to make the chicken pox on my car go away and replace the cracked windshield.

Once again I’m faced with a crappy adult expense that comes with owning a car. Not my ideal way to spend money I haven’t really budgeted to spend. On a car none the less. I’ve been debating buying an iPhone for the past few weeks since my Droid is on its last breath these days. But instead I’m going to have to hold off and put the few hundred iPhone dollars towards my darn deductible. How frustrating. Damn high deductible.

But hey, as one of my friends told me the other day, at least my car isn’t broken. And even better, as Jason pointed out last night, at least I’m still alive. I guess I do have that going for me.

When my BFFs were in town for a weekend we woke up bright and early on Friday morning to pop the champagne and watch the Royal Wedding. I know you’re probably wondering why I’m bringing the Royal Wedding up now that weeks have passed.

Ellie Goulding is the reason. I was first introduced to her when she had a stint on SNL when Tina Fey was hosting a few weeks ago. She sang a cover of “Your Song” and my sister and I were both confused as we watched. We couldn’t figure out who this hip-Scandinavian-looking girls was. I’m not even sure if she’s Scandinavian she just had such a close resemblance to the Swedish pop star Robyn I just assumed she too was from the Northern hemisphere of Europe.

Ever since I saw Ellie on SNL her name has been popping up everywhere it seems. I saw her mentioned on the home page of iTunes when I was doing some new music searching the other day. But I skimmed over it because I still had no idea who she was.

That all changed today. Via Twitter I discovered that Ellie was lucky enough to be asked by Kate & William to perform at their wedding reception. Ding ding ding. That’s why she’s all the sudden hit the mainstream music scene! I had to do a little investigating for myself. Turns out she sang a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” at the reception. Attention caught. The next stop on my investigation was YouTube. And I found a video of the cover. And I, too, became a Ellie fan.

And if you’re unfamiliar with Scandinavia and their culture… this video will give you a pretty good idea of what it’s like. It’s one of the reasons I can’t stop watching it.

On a completely different note; last night, I as I laid in bed trying to fall asleep my mind was racing like crazy with topics for future blog posts. I came up with a few. So stay tuned – the blog is planned to actually get some new content this week!

Despite the fact that I love having visitors in Dallas, when it all comes down to it, I’m a fairly independent person and require alone time every so often. So that’s exactly how I’m spending the first Friday in 3 consecutive weeks that I’m without guests. It’s blissful and relaxing.

I received an email from friends this afternoon saying they were planning on meeting up at a bar to watch the Mavericks game tonight (PLAYOFFS WHAT WHAT) but I knew I had to say no. It’s rare that I say no to social gatherings on a Friday night, but I knew the couch, a bottle of wine and the DVR couldn’t be passed up.

Earlier this week I was digging through some blogs I have saved in my Google Reader and discovered this cilantro jalapeño hummus recipe from Mama Pea. If your mouth starts salivating just reading that threesome combination then do not waste any time and make some ASAP. To say it’s delicious is an understatement. It’s so good it’s my dinner and I’ll most likely eat all of it.

Also, lesson of the evening is that patience really is a virtue. Especially when opening a bottle of wine. Or you may end up trying to pry (read: force) the cork out too soon, resulting in a broken cork and half of it floating in the bottle.

I had to snap a quick picture with my high-quality phone camera.

Hummus, wine, DVR and the couch are calling my name. Enjoy your Friday, whether or not you’re flying solo.

I know. I’m such a bad person. I’ve left you hanging again. I’ve betrayed my readers (I was about to say “loyal readers”. However, I doubt those are far and few based on how often I update this baby).

Believe me little blog when I tell you I’ve thought about you everyday for the past few weeks. That doesn’t make the fact that I’ve neglected you any more acceptable. But know that you’re always on my mind. And I hate excuses, but really that’s all I’ve got for you tonight. Excuses to justify coming home and finding other, less worthy time suckers to fill my evenings. But it happened. And we find ourselves in August already. That’s the real issue here. It’s August already. Where did the summer go? How did this happen?

As I watch friends around the US (aka the Midwest) update their online statuses on Facebook/Twitter/FourSquare/etc. about the cool weather and open windows all I can think about is the coming of Fall, which I will gladly welcome with open arms. It’s my favorite season after all. Partly because I love cooler weather – sweatshirt weather. Iowa State sweatshirt weather.  Heck, I’ll even take the “cool front” that blessed Dallas today.

A cool 85*. Cool front. That’s what they refer to as a “cool front” down here, y’all.

Anyway, I have all these topics in my head to write about. Let me feed you this excuse: not enough time. You’ve heard it before. You probably use the excuse for certain things in your own life. We’re all guilty of it.

But, honestly, I’m focusing on soaking up my last few “official” days of summer before Labor Day weekend. Hopefully once the summer activities settle down, I’ll be able to share more with you. And give you the attention you deserve.

Because let’s face it. You deserve more than I’m currently giving. I will try to do better.

Until then.