March 31, 2009

We try to be frugal meninas… but…


(Cartoon from Coco’s parents. They went to the trouble of scanning it because it reminded them so much of her.)

We’re both lucky enough not to be severely affected by the current economic climate, but being a student is pretty much the same situation as many people are dealing with now (albeit more temporary)– by April, all your summer money is gone and you’re trying to rely on the dregs of your freezer/cupboards.

To make matters worse, we both work on campus and our job ends next week. This is good, since it gives us the chance to study for exams, but bad, because the paycheques stop coming in.

Now, we’re certainly not the type of meninas from whom one would take financial advice– the sheer volume of shoes we have purchased in the last year certainly speaks to that.

But we are the kind of meninas who read blogs voraciously– the sheer volume of time spent procrastinating certainly speaks to that.

Thus, we present:

Nuxa and Coco’s Top 5 Blogs for the Recessionista in You

5. Charade:A Fabulous Lifestyle on a Student Budget

4. DIY from Design*Sponge

3. Well-Heeled, With A Mission

2. How To Be A Feminazi Lady Bonerkiller On A Budget

1. Give Me Back My 5 Bucks!



Coco says: my sister sent me a nerdy joke

Coco says: and I will now tell you it

Nuxa says: hahaha. let’s hear it

Coco says: knock knock

Nuxa says: who’s there?

Coco says: you know

Nuxa says: you know who?

Coco says: exactly! avada kedavra!

Coco says: lol it probably works better in person

Nuxa says: dude, that was terrible

30 Days of Fab

March 30, 2009

This month, the meninas are seizing the day!

Nuxa found a list of 100 things to do when you’re upset, and we spent a few minutes (procrastinating essays, of course) looking through it yesterday. It occurred to us that everything on the list was unusual and not something we’d normally think of doing, so we decided to narrow the list down to 30 and spend the next 30 days doing crazy things together.

Next year, instead of living in the same house, we’ll be living exactly 24 meters from each other. Even though not much will change, it still feels a bit like the end of an era and this seemed like the perfect bonding project.



We’ll post every day about the fun things we did on our list, in the hopes that you (our few fabulous readers!) will be able to get some vicarious carpe diem-ishness and amusement from it.

Since this week is a swamp of essays, tests, responses, play-writing, etc etc etc, we’re starting with the lower-maintenance ideas. Today is…


the_blue_strawphoto from lasvedesina

#17 – Drink through a straw all day. If you get your hands on a straw that matches your outfit, so much the better.

Tonight we are social meninas. We’ve got a fantastic group of friends, most of whom are boys, so we don’t often get a chance to hang out with just the ladies. All of the girls are coming to our house with wine, and we’re having a Passion Party consultant come and show us all her goodies! It’s a great way to de-stress before exams and bond before the end of undergrad.




In the spirit of tonight’s estrogen-only adventure, we wonder this weekend… what are your favourite girls’ night traditions?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


March 27, 2009

“Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong–





sometimes it’s letting go.”

– Anonymous

this is what matters

March 26, 2009

Today we are ambitious meninas. Inspired by Laurie of Your Ill-Fitting Overcoat, we decided to make lists of all the things we want in our lives – goals and values to keep us guided when life is pulling us in every which way.

This is what matters to us. Everything else is negotiable.


“I want a house with lots of windows and a big kitchen where I can sit down for dinner with my family every night. I want a guest bedroom and friends to stay in it. I want my house to be filled with books and travel souvenirs. And the walls that aren’t covered in bookshelves will be covered with photos of my family and friends. I want a job where I can make a difference in people’s lives. When I leave the house I will be going to a job I love, and I’ll return home to a person I love. I want the time to read and volunteer. I want to talk to my parents every day. I want to hear the words ‘I love you’ every day. I want to say the words ‘I love you’ every day. I want to dip my toes (and the rest of me) into the ocean every year. I want to teach my kids to speak Portuguese. I want someone to share this list with. Everything else is negotiable.” (Nuxa)


“I want to be a mom. I want every kid in the neighbourhood to be able to come to my house, eat snacks, and talk about anything on their mind. I want to mentor new teachers and student teachers every chance I get. I want to save 10% of every paycheque. I want to donate to causes I believe in. I want energetic dogs to stretch out on my bed and make me exercise. I want to have girls’ nights every month. I want to take one fantastic, horizon-broadening trip every two years. I want one day of the week reserved for getting things done. I want to surround myself with quality things, not quantity of things. I want to keep in touch with my family and friends. I want to write something, anything. I want to push my limits. I want someone who wants what I want. Everything else is negotiable.” (Coco)

Best Friends

coco says: oh my god, there’s a site called

nuxa says: and what’s on it?

nuxa says: even though i could easily look it up myself. lol

coco says: mostly penises, actually

coco says: if you want a penis pinata, you’re in luck

nuxa says: i’ve been looking for one actually

nuxa says: what a great coincidence that you should stumble upon the exact thing i need right now

coco says: the universe wants you to have a penis pinata

coco says: it sent that website to me as a gift

nuxa says: i am now curious as to what will come out of the penis pinata

coco says: semen

nuxa says: why not candy?

nuxa says: i think i’d like it more if it had candy.

coco says: Item description: “This is the original penis pinata. We have been selling these pinatas since 1999. They are really nice and we have had thousands of satisfied penis pinata customers. It is still a very popular choice if you want to whack a penis pinata.”

coco says:  it comes empty, apparently- you have to put in your own penis pinata candy

nuxa says: not at all like the real thing, eh?

coco says: haha

coco says: they do sell quite a few penis candies though

coco says: lollipops, candy necklaces… and something disturbingy labeled “dick nibblers”

nuxa says: that’s just gross

coco says: this website is everything that’s wrong with our society

posts pending…

March 22, 2009

Today we are neurotic meninas.

We spent all our free (read: procrastinating) time on designing our blog and now we can’t get our spectacular first post done til tomorrow.


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