Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I always find this store very intimidating, with rows upon rows of "try me" products, that I'm always afraid to try, thinking someone will swoop down and force me to buy the teal glitter eyeshadow that I only just wanted to play with. (Plus, I just don't see how it's sanitary.)
But I stayed away from the eyeshadow tonite and went for something more drastic: collagen! I sampled (did not buy) Dior's $29 lip plumper.
"Get luscious, full lips without injections or surgery. Pump up your volume naturally with this revolutionary vanilla mint flavored formula with instant pumping action. Rich in collagen, it also stimulates better collagen production in your lips, too."
Though terrified it would be one of those freaky lip-plumpers that engorge your lips with chemicals that sting and burn, it was just like other lip glosses, with the exception of a slightly medicinal scent. And, as far as I know, did not make me look like Goldie Hawn in "First Wives Club":
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Unless it's free food. Free food is the best. Frequent eater, "buy 10/11/12 get 1 free meal" cards, are even better Even when it takes four years to fill one up, like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Or a misunderstanding results in hoarding a full one from Cafe Nero, determined to redeem six months worth of tea drinking on the next trip across the pond.
Today I got a "free" meal at Cosi, my favorite lunch spot, after buying 10 meals over the course of a mere few weeks. (Oops.) At least frequently eating has its benefits. Even if the free meal was a not that great pizza - also a new thing - that was incredibly tough to chew. A price for everything, indeed.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
And, according to Wikipedia, Marquette athletes currently wear Converses, and as they are one of my favorite NCAA bracket teams, this makes me quite happy.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
And it didn't taste like pee. Can I have my retroactive 4.0 now, please?
Friday, April 25, 2008
I also ate M&Ms in David's Bridal while wearing a tiara. Just to prove I'm not letting this "maid of honor" thing suddenly mature me or anything.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Today I took the train home. Not my first train ride, but my first time taking it home, and my first in the States that didn't just take me to the airport. It was late, bumpy, cold, and nowhere near nostalgic or romantic. But it got me home, and I think that's all that matters.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Yes, though being outside is precisely what was making me sick, I went anyway. This is also the first time I've ever actually ate my lunch away from my desk, preferring instead to work while eating. I popped a few allergy pills, got a quiche and some strawberries, and settled in with my book in Market Square, and a fountain.
And it was lovely while it lasted. An hour later I felt worse, and thanks to my "may cause drowsiness," medication that absolutely caused drowsiness, I fought sleep for the rest of the afternoon. (Thankfully, my new thing didn't end up being actually taking a nap at work. But oh so very hard to prevent it.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
But The Daring Book for Girls provided instructions for the "Coolest Paper Airplane Ever," so that's what I made.
No, your eyes do not decieve you. That is an airplane. I got to the end of the directions and thought I was missing a page, but that's it. So I followed the directions on flying it, flicking my wrist and fingers while not letting them bend downward and let it fly...and then tragically crash into my bed, the wall, and then the floor. (No survivors, sadly, from Aerolina Air Flight 34.)
But it did fly. Surprisingly well for a cylinder of printer paper. The book describes how this is possible, with fancy words like "drag" and "lift," but I haven't done Physics since senior year so that's not important.
But I will say that after the NTSB lets Aerolina Air fly again, we will NOT be charging $25 to check a second bag. (Thanks, US Air.)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Yesterday I had a Snickers. (I think it would qualify as brunch.) But today I had hot fudge for breakfast...with strawberries. (And pancakes on the side.)
I had never had chocolate strawberries for breakfast, but I plan on repeating it for sure.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The area is still very up and coming, but the Target and other open stores were nice. It was a two-story one, which I think is also a first for me, and unlike Friday's shopping excursion, I had no problem finding plenty to buy. It wasn't as fun as shopping with someone else, and not just because when it came time to pay, I couldn't not so slyly slide some of my stuff into Mom's purchases. :-)
With the exception of them not demagnetizing my purchase of "Enchanted" properly, so that in all three of the following stores, I set of the security alarm, multiple times, it was a good trip.
Friday, April 18, 2008
So I bought a piggy bank, my first ever that is actually a pig. And Hubert is already helping me save money. Though marked as $8, he rang up as $1.99! Thanks, Bert.
He likes to read ONTD too. Good little pig.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
But tonite I was in another remedy Googling mood, and found lots of suggestions for reducing circles and puffiness. As I don't happen to have tomato juice, potato juice, or tumeric powder on hand, I went for the easiest solution, and put two wet cotton balls in the freezer, and then placed them over my eyes.
Apparently I will be freezing the ass of my under eye circles? Aside from being literally impossible, frozen anything on such a delicate part of the face - shockingly - hurts. I think I'll just live with the black eyes; they give me the street cred I am so desperately searching for anyway.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
But, whomever Frankie is, he has a point. Relaxing is good. Relaxing is not easy, however, if you're like me, who is always tense and stressed with a hundred to do lists on random sticky notes that after an hour lose their meaning. And that was a not-relaxed sentence.
I realized during yoga a few weeks ago that I carry all my tension in my back. And I carried a lot of it today. Thus I took to Google for home remedies, and tried reflexology on my hands and feet to cure my lower back pain.
It sort of worked. I don't know if it actually works, or if it's more of a psychosomatic thing. Or if it was just a diversion tactic, as once I began rubbing my bony hand, it hurt more than my back.
Monday, April 14, 2008
At the baseball game on Saturday I took two short videos of John Smoltz and Chipper Jones. Before this, I had taken two other short videos while on vacation in Lanzarote last year, of the bubbling coastline, my favorite spot.
Last night I got inspired to actually do something with them, and made a few movies, with audio, and then uploaded them to YouTube.
They are about as basic as can be and a 10 year old could do them better, but they're fun and short and are only a preview of things to come, hopefully.
Baseball clip 1:
Baseball clip 1.5, this one's for Joey.
Note: Should AC/DC, Carrie Underwood, or the Talking Heads come across these and want to sue me for using their music: please don't. I'm just a fan and I actually paid for all of these songs. Thanks.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
But I won't. Not today anyway. But today I did do my taxes, not exactly by myself, but more than I've ever done before.
And I can even more confidently say that they are indeed stupid. And when I'm president I'll work on outlawing them instead of baseball. We might not have vital public services but, oh well, we'll figure something out. And have more money while we do it.
Daddy and me working on them. Perhaps the least attractive face on me ever, but it's quite accurate of what I was feeling.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
But, as my office has season tickets, and the Nationals are right here, and on the metro line, I jumped at the chance at some free tickets on the 3rd base line, and attended my first Major League Baseball/Washington Nationals game. Mom and Daddy came up for the occasion, and despite the 1.5 hour rain delay, and sitting in said rain, I think we all had fun. Warm, overpriced beer for them, a hot dog and nachos for me, peanuts and cracker jacks for all. Is there anything else we really need?
And to top it all off, we were playing the Braves, whom I cheer for solely because of Joey's supreme love and devotion to them. (And because I truly think he would disown me if I didn't.) I was not expecting to be so excited over the few players I could recognize, or even to care at all about the game. But I did. It's more exciting in person, and while I will not be sitting down to watch any on TV anytime soon, I will re-think the whole outlawing thing.
John Smoltz and Chipper Jones (coughadulterercough) having a chat.
A history geek's dream: giant-headed racing presidents! And TJ wins it all!
Friday, April 11, 2008
But, they don't get out much. And as a result are completely adorable neurotic messes. They were convinced Mom and Daddy were going to leave them up here, and poor Dimples, despite having hardwood floors at home, just couldn't stand to walk on the ones here. Peanut, the usually calm and rational one, was just as antsy and hilarious.
Even though they didn't have a great time up here, I liked having them around. Next time, as Mom suggested, we just might need to try some doggie Prozac.
Don't let the smile fool you, she was a wreck.
Best picture I could get of she who is afraid of the camera.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
But I was wrong.
I saw bits of pink and white as I walked closer and closer to the water, still convinced that I was only going to be left with the remnants. But as the path curved and I got a full view of cherry trees in a field, and then beyond, around the Jefferson Memorial and all around the water, it made me pause and catch my breath a bit. I'm not sure what they look like when at their peak, but they were beautiful today. The day was overcast and a bit windy, but it just meant the pink was prettier and that petals hit my face like snow.
Picture warning: I've had my camera for more than two years and have NEVER had a problem holding it straight. But somehow nearly all of my pictures are crooked. I can't believe as much as I moved around I held it wrong the entire time. Hopefully I can fix them with editing software later. Select to enlarge.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I've known Genie for nearly 10 years (wow!) and have never met anyone who can match her in personality, heart, and energy. I think what she is going to do is amazing, and today I contributed a tiny bit to her fundraising goal for the endeavor. If anyone has a bit to spare, you can donate to her fund too. I guarantee she deserves it, and it's a great cause.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Should I have nachos for dinner?
I said, should I have nachos for dinner???!!!
Thanks. Off to make some nachos. And contemplate how many friends I will lose as a result of this sad little blog.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
(I think a Jon Stewart ice cream would be even more delicious, Ben and Jerry. And would assist you in being "fair and balanced." Thanks.)
*I didn't notice that the Ben and Jerry page uses a similar metaphor on their page; I wrote mine before I read theirs, so I'm leaving it. Great minds think cheesily alike, apparently.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Shopping math: the only math I know
Today I bought a lovely WWII era reproduction on Etsy.com. This is a web site where anyone can open a store and sell their homemade crafts and goods. I like supporting amateur artisans, and have never bought anything on Etsy before. And now, thanks to sfgirlbybay, I will be keeping calm and carrying on, in 7-14 days.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
1. David the Gnome
3. And my sad little assorted foliage, Adelaide.
Thus, today I bought my own garden gnome to keep my plant company. Introducing... Pedwick David Emong. AKA, Ped.
He comes all the way from North Devon in England, where he's been residing in the Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden. While not immune to the occasional harmless prank, he prefers to spend his days "gnome napping," or travelling, and may or may not have made an appearance in the Travelocity commercials. He loves to greet friends by rubbing noses and sharing some of his daisies.
And his newest task? Helping me remember to water my poor Adelaide, and hopefully healing some of the mysterious holes and "curling" of her leaves.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
High times, hard times,
Sometimes the living is sweet.
And sometimes there’s nothing to eat.
But I always land on my feet.
So when there’s dry times
I wait for high times and then
I put on my best and I stick out my chest
and I’m off to the races again!