Sep 30, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011



Hey! Believe it or not, this Friday ritual is still a thing I do. It's been a while (over a month!) and me no likey the hiatus. Today, I'm BACK!

1. Ryan Gosling and George Clooney together on the red carpet...this ACTUALLY HAPPENED:


It's pretty rare, and absurdly steamy, for two members of my elite Fantasy Boyfriends Club to have a real-life rendezvous. It sends me into sensory overload to imagine a meeting of the minds such as this. They're going to be in a whole movie together (which I CAN'T WAIT for). It's called the Ides of March and it's about politics....

This 'Face/Off'-style amalgamation of sexy is kind of a mindF for me. I can't even really look at it too much...totally overwhelmed.

2. A Dutch man got caught in the airport with over a dozen live hummingbirds in his pants:

I'm sorry for the graphic-ness on that picture, but you can't see the birdies and not see the bulge. This is a weird thing. He had hand sewn compartments for them and taped to his pants. What's even weirder? He has a prior charge for this same offense. What the hell?  What could this obsession with smuggling tiny birds be? I would imagine those little beaks could really peck the heck out of his junk (there's a "that's what she said" in there somehwere...giggle). Weird.

3. POWERBABIES UNITE. Gwen Stefani's babies and Angelina Jolie's babies are friends:

Jolie brought her brood over to Gwen's London home for dinner and a play date. WHAT THE HELL. What do they talk about? Do they just sit around and talk about good pre-schools and sippy cups like other moms? Or do they discuss how they are raising an army of pretty people who could will dominate the entire world? I think it has to be the second thing, right?

4. Coffee fights depression in women. Shocker, right?  A new study shows that women who drink full-caffeine coffee are 20% less likely to battle depression.

The same effects weren't present with other caffeinated beverages - decaf, tea, cola. But, you can't drink much, because it can cause anxiety and insomnia. To me, this isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff. But, however, I love when I find science that validates my unhealthy habits. So, gals, drink away!

5. Quote of the Week:

Little preface: The Kardashian girls got professional makeup lessons when they were teens and now Khloe and Kim have this to say about it..
"...we've turned out to be the biggest trannies because of it."
I've been saying the Kardashian girls were tranny-licious for YEARS. I'm glad that's finally out in the open. Those girls don't leave the house in less than 5lbs of makeup, aren't known for any real talent and mercilessly "marry up" on television....when I think too much about them I get mad at the state of pop culture. But, this "tranny" admission does refresh me. Despite all of the things, I've just said, I will remain an E! loyalist. I have to. VIVA trannies who own it!




6. Doritos' inventor will be buried with some chips. The man who's responsible for the genius explosion of tastiness that are Doritos tortilla chips, Arch West, died last week in Dallas at the age of 97.

He thought of the chip and pitched his idea to Frito-Lay in 1961. They were skeptical, but the chips have become one of their most iconic products. Now, sadly, he's no longer with us, but he will live in eternity with Doritos. His family intends to sprinkle some of the chips in where he's being buried. This is a weird thing to me. I wonder how long the chips will stay orange underground? Probably a really long time. I may just need to partake in some Doritos in his memory, right? I think I have to go with Cool Ranch. Those are flipping delicious.


I'm looking forward to a slow weekend of relaxing with my favorite pups and perhaps some good friends time. Goal is to get in 2 workouts and be healthy-ish. It's the weekend, "ish" is about all I can hope for. Love you, loves!

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Haven't done this one in a while, so just for funsies:


1.   My current obsession is    trying to get my butt back in shape. I'm finally feeling healthy and am ready to get my body back into a good place. I like to feel confident about how I look and I've been in ankle-healing hell for months. It's go time, baby.

2.   My wonderful friends (and obviously the Prince)    make me happy.

3.  My greatest strength is   my ability to find humor in things. I spend a lot of my life giggling to myself. It's not a bad way to experience the world.

4. Obsessing and worrying about things I can't change   is my greatest weakness
(PS: me just typing that out to the internet might have been a mini breakthrough)

5. My life is    an evolution. I often feel that every passing week and month (heck, even day sometimes) is a whole new adventure. This year I've seen alot of changes and done a lot of nomad-ing (figuratively and literally), so I'm figuring out how to thrive on the move.

6. In high school I was     pretty regular, I think. Not a star athlete or popular kid, but not a dork (or mostly not a dork). I always had lots of random friend groups, and at the time didn't feel like I belonged anywhere, but now am thankful for having kept things random.

7. When I'm super tired    I get really cranky. If I need sleep, you better believe that T.Rex Casey is coming out. That's my grouchier, bitchier and less pleasant alter ego. Lucky for all of you, I'm feeling quite rested today.

PS: There will be a newsflash today. It's been 3940830597 years, but I'm on it today.
Sep 29, 2011

Update: Supreme fish tail success

Yesterday I discussed my recent braid craze. This is was my goal:


Lucky for me, I live in the same little house with a hair genius. She was sweet enough to sit me down and try to replicate. She did a freaking fantastic job:


Hair genius ain't no joke. Although her take was more curl on the bottom than wave, I think I like it more. 

Thoughts? My roommate is better than your roommate. And that's just that. 

By the way, this hair was created for a group outing to the Melting Pot, the fondue restaurant.  I'd never done the whole fondue thing and let me tell you -- it was amazeballs. I really don't get why I've never been to a place known for it's cornucopia of melted cheeses. Maybe it's just the Texan in me, but a melted cheesey item that isn't Queso is a weird thing to me. Tasty, but weird. I loved it. Lots of work, but lots of fun. And don't get me started on the dessert. Jillian Michaels and I are going to have to have a date later.
Sep 28, 2011

Braids on the Brain

Hair help - I need some. So, that's what we're talking about today for...

Go link up with Michele here.

Ok, back to the hair talk. I'm feeling braids right now. Roommate and I saw a girl at ACL with a beautiful fish tail thing happening (wanted to snap a photo but felt like a total creeper) and I've had braids on the brain ever since.

It was something like this:

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We've now experimented a bit with the fish tail and it's happening soon. 

I also love this:

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...but the smooth, straight, annoying white girl hair that's attached to my head doesn't like to wave. I need a beach/surf spray. Any recommendations?

This seems a pretty idiot proof (sorry so huge, can't figure out the deal with the jpeg):

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Funny thing though, I've never been a french braiding whiz. Damn.

The chances of me mastering this are slim to none. But I LOVE: 

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Oh dream hair, how I love you. I'm bad at hair, always have been. I'm going to work on this. I'm going to add "get good at hair" to my before-the-end-of-the-year to do list. That'll be right up there with "do some kind of charity" and "get skinny again". The hair thing might just be the easiest!

television is BACK!

So last week, while I was in a Dallas black hole, TELEVISION CAME BACK, and I didn't get to soak any of it in.  I wasn't even here to appreciate all the glory that is network T.V. premier week. Typically, premier week is a ritualistic, blackout period of awesome in my world. All place cease. I don't keep this up the whole fall, but demand to for the premiers. UGH. But thanks, to the genius sauce that is DVR, this week I'm getting all caught up. Thoughts:

Modern Family

Like always, it was the best by far. They got a new little Lily, who's sassy. I miss old, mute, precious Lily. But, it was pretty genius. They left Dylan (Haley's BF) at the dude ranch, which saddens me. I love him. 

The Office

I've been a fan for a long time, but I'm kind of running out of interest. Pam is pregger, Angela is sassy, Dwight is weird. I'm feeling like we've seen it all. I am excited to see James Spader, I like thim. I can't help but think of him as the villainous Steff on Pretty and Pink.

Parks and Recreation

Per usual, Ron Swanson stole the show. Tammy 1 (his first wife) came back and he had a jet pack hidden in the air conditioning vents at city hall so he could flee her at any time. GENIUS.

Gray's Anatomy

Drama galore. Am I the only one still watching this. Meredith and Derek are in fight central. Christina is a neurotic mess. Alex Karev is a jerk. Mark Sloane is cocky. Why haven't I gotten sick of this yet? No se.

Community

I wasn't really all that impressed. Community episodes have left me in complete stitches in the past, but not this time. I hope it picks up. There needs to be a lot more Dean and alot more Chang. ALOT more Chang.

Up All Night

Wasn't a big fan. Shame, I LOVE, LOVE Will Arnett, but baby tales don't do much for me at this point. Long live Gob Bluth. I don't think I can commit to that one.

Free Agents

Synopsis: divorcee learning to date. Snooze.
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I still have so much to catch up on: Gossip Girl and Glee! Also, I want to check out the new shows Whitney and The New Girl.


So tell me, internet, is it weird to love premier week as much as I do? Is it ok to call it "my super bowl"? Or should I reserve that term for finales week? Decisions, decisions. Did you have any thoughts about the return of television?
Sep 27, 2011

Friends Are the Family You Choose

Hi. Yesterday I wrote to you from a dark space. I didn't even mean to be so doom and gloom, just that I'm in a mental and emotional rut. The response was like ridiculously, overwhelmingly uplifting. What the hell did I do before I had this blog with which to seek much-needed pats on the back? A couple of you commented (blog BFFs Meg, Meg O., Christina and Amber - I'm talking to you), and a few sent private emails (which I can get at: casey{at}poodleism{dot}com). But, a certain, very close friend sent me this email.
It's an honest and heartfelt list of things she thinks I'm good at. There are 20... 20. Here it is verbatim:

Subject: Stalker Email

Hello,
Call me a stalker if you want but I was motivated by your yesterday's blog post to write you this email.

Things you are good at:
1) humor
2) sarcasm
3) dating
4) writing
5) taking care of other people's S
6) cooking
7) creativity
8) ideas
9) putting things into perspective (for me especially :) )
10) exercise
11) nails and makeup
12) home making
13) conversation
14) FUN
15) taking care of the prince
16) making lists and getting it all done
17) moving. you're a pro.
18) shopping
19) current events
20) hangovers

If you want my advise--and you probably don't, hehe- find a way to take a day off soon and do exactly what you want to do and don't apologize for it. After all, isn't that what some the people that annoy you are doing for themselves?

Are we being real for a second? This made me happy cry. It genuinely made me tear up at my desk in the middle of a professional firestorm. This is not something I do. If you don't have a friend like this, I highly recommend you taking all steps possible to acquire one. She's seen me at my worst and still can think of 20 g-d things. 20. Blown away.

The ones that touch me the most:
- "putting things into perspective": why can't I do this for myself?
- "taking care of other people's S": meanwhile, I'm neck deep in my own S.
- "humor": ultimate compliment to me

The funniest: dating (hah!), hangovers (that's just the damn truth), moving (my dad might disagree)

Teaching moment of the day:


So, as an update to yesterday: to-do list is made, poodle has cuddled me out of the dark zone, but mostly....blessings are counted.
Sep 26, 2011

Off the wagon - help

Hello all! I need some help.

I've sort of lost my mojo. The last few weeks I just haven't been able to find any motivation - for anything. I haven't been blogging, I've gotten out of a healthy workout routine (which ALWAYS screws me), I've been impatient in my friendships and have not had generally a winning attitude. Why now? Not sure.

I had something of a stressful week in Dallas last week. I had to be there for work for 4 days and it ended up being a busy, stressful, rollercoaster.  Lots of work and generally being back in my old stomping grounds kind of sent me through the ringer. Although a semi-unpleasant week, it might have been just the kick in the pants I need to get things going again. 

I found this, and I think it's really true:


So, I'm brainstorming ways to maximize the denominator. 

I joined a gym today that I'm really excited about (and kind of can't afford - oops), so I'm hoping to get the old muffin tops under control asap. But, as it relates to the other stuff -- finding good blog ideas, being kind to everyone I know (no explanation for my recent grouchiness), thinking of new and fun adventures, generally just getting my world together -- do you have any good ideas?

Tell me, internet. How do you get motivated? What inspires you out of a rut? Let's all just assume that wine is already a major part of my happiness regime. 

I'd love ideas.
Sep 22, 2011

It's OK....

...to ju love this linkup and wish it was your idea. Somehow, this time EVERY WEEK, I'm looking for a little nod of the head from your internet friends. Tell me my absurdity is OK.

Its Ok Thursdays

Hey, it's OK...

...to get a neon manicure, even though your a grownass woman. My mani/pedi partner got a chic dark fall color. I'll go brights until I can't:

Yes, that ring is my name in cursive. one of the best things I own.

...to JAM OUT HARD to LaRoux in my office:


...eat birthday cake for breakfast because you're sleepy and cranky...right?


...to, at times, harbor a healthy amount of rage at the incompetence of others:

healthy amount. I'm nowhere near a Betty Draper shooting spree. 

...to want a piece of this...BAD:

Yes, I had the miscellaneous thought to Google that in the middle of my work day. Oops.

...to have secrets.

that's all I can say about that.

Busy Thursday. Sick of work. Read to debaucherize on the weekend.
Sep 21, 2011

Drawbridge officially down

I recently had a little Gchat with a friend of mine that has been stuck in my head for a couple days. To give you some context, this friend is a man who is married to a close girlfriend of mine...How we got on this line of talk isn't important.
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Me: I'm ready for my knight in shining armor :)

Friend: haha. well, while you're looking for that knight, it's always best to let down the draw bridge....I have no idea what that means. it's probably a metaphor

Me: oh the castle door is wide open

Friend: hahaha. i heart your rhetoric

Me: i even drained the moat.

Friend: hahaha

Me: I'm done with the frogs. the single world is a treacherous medieval wasteland.

Friend: grass is always greener on the other side. single life is easy...i'm not saying married life is hard cuz [wife] is the balls, but I'm trying to be optimistic for you.
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There are lots of things I love about this conversation:

1. Speaking in fairtytale metaphor about my personal life. Let's just go ahead and pretend its going to be a fairtytale.

2. My friend's husband refers to her as "the balls." Hilarity for lots of reasons.

3. I got the piece of advice to "let down the draw bridge." I don't know what that means, but I think it's a debauchery free pass.

So single women of the internet, I have it on good authority that we can all let down our draw bridges. Interpret it as you will, but that's what I call VALIDATION.

Perhaps a be-spectacled, semi-sarcastic princess is the type I'm emerging to be...


Well, just thoughts. Happy Wednesday night!

New Award!

Happy Wednesday, all! I've been out of the blogging mood lately...my work life has been a mess lately and this whole week I'm in Dallas in our main office to take care of business. And boy, do I mean it. Yesterday, I practically machine-gunned my to-do list...total domination.

So, today, I'm allowing myself to FINALLY catch up on the internet world.To my surprise, I came out of my blog coma only to discover that one of my favorite blog friends gave me an award! Yay! What a treat!



What a sweetheart! Thanks so, so much! Go read her blog, it's good stuff. Here are the rules of the award...

1. Thank the person that gave you the award.
2. Share three random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to five other bloggers.

Three random facts about me....
  • My top 5 favorite foods are REALLY, really random:
    • Breakfast tacos
    • Wedding Cake (I'm a snob about this, it's gotta be WEDDING, not just vanilla)
    • Goat Cheese Pizza
    • Macaroni and Cheese
    • Avocado
  • I guess this isn't that random, but I've recently started to collect antique poodle items. The collection so far is only 4 figurines (I feel like an old hoarder lady even using the word 'figurines', but I don't know a better word), but I'm in love with them. I have nervousness about this spinning out of control into real hoarder-ness, but I think it's in check so far because I have a discriminating eye for only the best of poodle trinkets. (It's just occurred to me how ludicrous that last sentence was.)
  • My car hit 87,000 miles on it this morning. I got the thing with 18,000 on it over 4 years ago. It blows my mind to think that I've had 69,000 miles of adventures in that little baby. I guess most of them were errands and mundane things, but I spent most of my drive in to work trying to think of a place that's 69,000 miles away. Google tells me that's close to three times the circumference of the entire earth (which is 24,900 miles). MIND BLOWN. (hi, I'm distracted and A.D.D., have we met?)
And now for the bloggers to whom I bequeath this great honor...

Meg @ O. Is Me

These are all some of my daily go-tos, so go check these sweet ladies out!

Thanks again Courtney!
Sep 19, 2011

Emmys Fashion Recap!


Last night, after a long party weekend out at ACL fest (even though I only went one day like an extreme old person), roommate and I settled in to watch the Emmy Awards. There were lots of good winners, but Modern Family stole the show. It won best comedy, best directing, best writing and both Dunphy parents got an acting Emmy:


As for the fashions, see an entire slideshow here, but these are the ones I have thoughts about...

Ones I LOVE:

Brooke Burke
I'm a sucker for assymmetry and magenta.

Naya Rivera
Santana = smokin'. I love the structured top.

Claire Danes
Sparkles.Sparkles.Sparkles.Sparkles.

Sofia Vergara
Can she be more bangin'? Also, love those big green earrings. Perfect.

Julie Bowen
I love the sequin pattern. I wish she would gain a couple L -Bs, but I love this.

Amy Poehler
Roommate (who's way more fashion savvy than me) wasn't a fan, but I like Amy's kind of different take. I like the color. Also, I want to steal her husband. Gob Bluth FOREVER!

Strangely, RED dominated the night:



Lea Michelle
Not a fan.

Nina Dobrev
Vampire Diaries = poo man's Gossip Girl meets poor man's Twilight. But the dress has a little much going on for me.

Giuliana Rancic
Interviewing people, she looked like twins. Come on, E!

Adrianne Palicki
Love you and your dark hair, Tyra!

Kerry Washington
She's looking tiny. I do really like the subtle sparkles.

Kate Winslet
She's ridiculously talented, but am I the only one sick of watching her win stuff?

Kathy Griffin
Bad prom dress.Guess we can't expect much else.

And the men:

Joel McHale
Hello, gorgeous.

Cory Monteith
Finn Hudson = dork. Cory monteith = sex machine.

Ones that didn't work for me at all:

Julianna Margulies
Wedding dress with shiny golf balls. No likey.

Gweneth Paltrow
Belly. really?

Katie Holmes
Unflattering snooze-fest. Also, why didn't she have time to get her hair did?

There are fashion experts with things to say here. Generally, I liked the show. I love awards shows on a lazy recovery Sunday. What were your likes/dislikes?

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