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T.G.I. Five-Days – Week Ending June 9, 2017

· The News You Need to Know Because I Told You So ·

June 9, 2017 37 Comments

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! I hope you’re sitting down (or sprawled out on the couch – no judgement here!), because I’ve got the real news of the week for you.

Shall we get started?


1) Revenge, elevated to an artform

This is a local news story here in Boston that unsurprisingly made it beyond the state line, because… well… it’s pretty damn funny! Abu Musa used to own a 7-11 franchise in Southie. (Side note: If you’re not from ’round these here parts, petty and/or actual revenge is somewhat of an Olympic sport in Southie. People will slash tires, smash car windows, etc. if one dares to take “their” parking spot on the street during the winter. Some people would never live anywhere else; these people are crazy.)

Frustrated with the corporate rules surrounding franchises – primarily, you MUST sell those little hot dogs that have been under the heat lamp since the Johnson administration – Musa eventually lost his store and settled with the 7-11 mothership. However, we’re just getting to the good part.

He opened another convenience store practically right across the street, and named it:

Photo credit: WBZ-TV.

Yes, that’s right, 6-Twelve. And before you ask, he does NOT sell hot food, thankyouverymuch.


2) You are more stylish than you think

I was stunned – yes, STUNNED – to learn that, for once in my life, I’ve been ahead of a trend. “Octopus buns” are apparently a Thing™ now… and if you’re like me, your head is probably cocked slightly, brow furrowed, as you wonder, “WTF is an octopus bun?”

(Spoiler alert: Sadly, it is not a new delicious sushi-type thing.)

An octopus bun is a messy bun on the top of your head, with pieces of hair sticking out of it. I’ve been rocking this shit for years. Like, ever since I’ve had hair. It’s not a coincidence that this trend is sweeping the nation right around the time that we’re all getting ready to start mopping sweat away from our various ladyparts… OR IS IT?!


3) FBI Director gets us asking the REAL questions

In another sign that the impending heat is starting to get to us, the Twitterverse was on fire this week during former FBI Director James Comey’s appearance in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. I’m not referring to Comey’s testimony, though – I’m talking about all the people who apparently, inexplicably, found themselves thinking of James Comey as a sex symbol.

I swear I am not making this up.

What I think is happening is that people are realizing that he’s 6’8″. SIX FOOT EIGHT, y’all. Plus, he seems really earnest. This is probably embarrassing the shit out of him. I mean, the man said “Lordy” – I am legitimately laughing while writing this!



Okay – time to get it together after all the Comey hotness. I know it’s going to be difficult, but just try for a few minutes.

I LOVE me a good portmanteau. So, when I was reading the New York Times the other day and read a headline referencing a “fauxdega”, I was instantly sold – total clickbait for a person like me. When I actually opened the article, though, something so delightful and magical was there waiting for me – a fake bodega (or “fauxdega”, if you will!) where EVERYTHING is made of felt. Adorable, heart-wrenchingly cute felt.


Photo credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

Lucy Sparrow is a British artist whose medium is… you guessed it… felt. She’s done this before: she’s made multiple stores entirely from felt in the UK. You can actually purchase items at this one in New York City – most run from $20-40, or you can buy the whole kit and caboodle for $500,000. (Anyone want to go in on this with me?!)

The freezer department at The Felt Convenience Store. 

A post shared by Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul) on


5) It’s getting hot in here

It’s about to get steamy in here again.

One of my favorite YouTubers, QPark, filmed a video of himself strolling around New York City in a romphim for ten hours. Bold statement, but it’s quite possibly the best thing I’ve seen all year.

(Heads up: NSFW language, so if you’re watching this at work, definitely wear headphones. Or, don’t. I don’t know what kind of an office you work in.)

I have to say, my faith in humanity has been restored. The vast majority of people are SO damn excited to see him out and about in the romphim! Live and let live, people.


I leave you for the weekend with this thought: James Comey in a romper. You’re welcome!


  1. Reply

    Jessica Hughes

    June 9, 2017

    I am dying over here! What a fantastically hilarious post from beginning to end! I love, love the revenge of Abu Musa naming his store 6-12, genius I tell you! And Comey in a romper….can’t lie, I’m not going to get that out of my head all weekend 🙂

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    June 9, 2017

    Oh gosh octpus buns are something I’ve known and seen rocked for ages! If you have long hair and you go to yoga, you rock one! AND omg fauxdega that’s totally insane that everything is made out of felt! What dedication. and WOW to the romper.

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    Karen Morse

    June 9, 2017

    HA! This was hilarious and very entertaining yet again. Thanks for the good read. That felt store though, everything is just so adorable! I’d love to get my hands on some of them!

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    June 9, 2017

    Haha, I’m amused. That romper is insane though, wow. Enjoy your weekend!

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    June 9, 2017

    The weekends are great for junk food! This freeze looks like it has a great selection. Party On

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    Jessica Taylor

    June 9, 2017

    James Comey in a romper has me DYING! So funny! Loved this post.

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    jd Obedoza

    June 9, 2017

    Rompers for men? Seriously?

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    Melissa Chapman

    June 9, 2017

    Those foods look amazing and so many different types. I don’t think I will ever want something called octopus buns.

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    Claudia Krusch

    June 9, 2017

    Well I am thrilled to hear the octopus bun is trendy. I have been wearing my hair like that for years.

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    Team up Girl - Kate

    June 9, 2017

    Hahahaha yes! I was mastering the octopus bun for YEARS and I am so happy it’s finally trendy :P. Also, that “felt store” is super cool 😀 and funny!

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    June 10, 2017

    Thanks for a good laugh! especially about the romber thing, lol and lol!

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    Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)

    June 10, 2017

    Such a fun post! What a great way to start de day! thank you! xx corinne

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    June 10, 2017

    What fun! That somber thing had me in stitches, too funny. I needed a little laugh. This is a fun post!

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    Seattle Travel Blogger

    June 10, 2017

    James Comey is a hunk of a man! Wow, how many guys do you know that are 6′ 8″?!!

    Thanks for the entertaining blog post.

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    June 10, 2017

    I’ve been rocky messy bun on the top of your head for around 4 years. I agree with the ladies on twitter, former FBI Director James Comey is a cutie. Finally, I don’t like the romper on that guy.

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    Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    June 10, 2017

    Reading this post had me in stitches. Which is just what I needed today as the rest of my day has been rubbish. Thank you so much 🙂

    Louise x

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    For the love of jars (@4theloveofjars)

    June 10, 2017

    Wow I never had myself as a trendsetter! I too have been an octopus bun expert for many years! 😀

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    Jalisa Harris

    June 10, 2017

    The rompers are killing me. Everyone has such a negative view on the male rompers and I’m sitting here like umm okay.

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    Cindy Ingalls

    June 10, 2017

    This was such a fun post to read! The bodega made from felt–amazing! Thanks for the laughs!

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    June 10, 2017

    Entertaining as usual! I really look forward to your posts every Friday! That one about the 6/12 store is just hilarious!

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    Katja Knox

    June 11, 2017

    Octopus buns eh? I wish it had been a new type of delicious sushi, but I suppose being ahead of a trend will have to suffice 😀
    Katja xxx

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    Amanda Love

    June 11, 2017

    FELT EVERYTHING! I can imagine my daughter going crazy over the products in that store and I can’t blame her! Each one is just so adorable!!! I definitely enjoyed reading!

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    Cassie Tucker

    June 11, 2017

    That 6-12 store is just a laugh riot. My husband wouldn’t care about the hot food. His big question would be “But does he still sell Slurpees?” LOL

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    Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)

    June 11, 2017

    How fun was this! The weekend flew by way to fast but I’m already looking forward to another Friday post from you!

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    Amber Nelson

    June 11, 2017

    This is a great post! Thanks for sharing! I got a good laugh out of it!

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    Renée ♥

    June 11, 2017

    Great post! With every line item, I’d be thinking, “Oh, this one is my favorite.” And then the next, “Oh, this is it.” Any chance we could get Comey to walk around NYC all day in a romphim? Because that would be amazing.

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    June 12, 2017

    That felt store has to be the most random thing I have ever, ever seen! And octopus buns – don’t that all go like that after 10 minutes anyway? 😉

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    June 12, 2017

    What a lovely Friday post. I love the articles you shared and most enjoyed the guy in the romper as I just discovered them and love wearing them so good for a guy to experience it as well.

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    June 12, 2017

    Some good news over here indeed hehe! I’ve been wearing octopus buns for at least 15 years now yaaaaay!

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    daniella flores

    June 12, 2017

    Haha I have been rocking the octopus bun for my whole life then! Weird that it has a name now.

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    June 12, 2017

    that store in NYC looks so cool! I really want to visit and buy one of my favorite felt products. Love this fun little news post

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    Cynthia Nicoletti

    June 12, 2017

    The romper was funny. Ihave been rocking that messy bun for so long I don’t even remember 🙂

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    June 12, 2017

    Omg Comey hot?!?! I had no idea that was a twitter thing!!!! Too funny!

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    June 12, 2017

    bwwwwahahahaha! This was hilarious and very entertaining yet manifique views and vibes!
    FriYAY fvibes

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    Shoshana Sue

    June 13, 2017

    Haha I laughed hard while reading this! The romper trend has me so confused but I salute QPark for hitting the streets in a romper lol.
    And yeah Comey is eye candy.

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    Blair Villanueva

    June 13, 2017

    No matter how awesome romper for men is, i can’t let my boyfriend wear it (and I know he wont). His genital is too prominent too flaunt. LOL

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    June 14, 2017

    OK. I knew Comey was tall but I looked up his height a few days ago and was SHOOK. haha! So glad someone is mentioning this lol!

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