Saturday, March 28, 2009
my cats are indoor only cats. while they may have free roam of most of our house, there are certain doors we keep closed unless one of us is in there namely the laundry room, basement, and attic. we are very careful to keep the girls out of these rooms in general although i do let them join me when i am spending time in attic with my shoes. most of the time, they are in the same room as us or sleeping in the bedroom, so its easy to notice if one of our girls is missing. twice in the last week, my eldest, belle, has managed to sneak past us and hide. tuesday, she spend most of the night in the laundry room after dan put his clothes in the dryer before going to bed. i woke up and not immediately seeing her went looking for her and was surprised to hear her meows coming from our laundry room. we figured this was a fluke since she's only gone missing once in the almost 3 years we have been living here. but then, last night she managed to pull a houdini again. i've been conducting my rock candy experiment in my basement(completely covered of course). i feel the need to check the progress of my rock candy at least once a day. unbeknownst to me, she slipped past me into the basement. maybe a half hour or so later, i started hearing noises coming from the basement. sure enough, she was waiting at the door to be let out. i have no idea what she had gotten into down there, but the top of her head was covered in dust and dirt. sadly for both of us, this meant we both got to endure one of our least favorite tasks. i got to give her a bath. she whines the whole time. its so funny as kitty my other cat will sit outside of the bathroom watching the whole time merely glad she isn't the one in the tub. i did take a pic of how pitiful she looked but only with my cell phone camera hence the poor quality.
Friday, March 27, 2009
paper origami crane earrings from smutopia's etsy page
i saw these super cute paper origami earrings, and felt they were calling my name. i am in love and i think so will some of my friends will be too. especially for the super reasonable price of $7 currently with free shipping. and, she says on her site she can customize the color for you. i like the green personally, but might go for blue more. that's right only $7 for those unique earrings and free shipping. what a deal. that's one of the things i love about etsy. you can get one of a kind items that are often adorable, and fashion forward and support an artisan. as a budding artist myself(hopefully, one day, i will sell some of my photography.), i feel good about buying goods from the artist him or herself.
smutopia also has nice stone jewelry. i like stone jewelry instead of gemstone jewelry in general. not only is it more affordable to get the real deal, but i tend to think its not so tacky. all of her wares seem to be very reasonably priced with the most expensive thing i see being a necklace and earring set for $24. and, i am smitten with her seaglass ring and her drops of fire ring.
additionally, smutopia has a behind the scenes blog and is having a giveaway through 4/2/09 at midnight for the earrings which have my panties all in a bunch. i'm now a follower of her blog. she seems to have frequent giveaways. i'm also kind of excited to see her wares before she even uploads them to her store.
i am currently trying to save myself as bills have to be paid and not spend money shopping right now(yes, even grocery shopping) which is why i haven't ordered them yet(well, that and there is always the hope that i might win that giveaway.). but one day with more money and hopefully one day soon, i plan on plunking down some money on her products.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
and, i'm tired of the silly boys at work talking about their brackets. so, please let this be over.
as a note, this is a 2nd go at this post since i lost the first one while blogger was down. i probably missed a bit.
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this is not the only time i've had to make it work(why can i not say that without hearing tim gunn of project runway saying it in my head?).
some other examples of making it work:
- no buttermilk in the house(and frankly i didn't want to buy something just to use in one recipe) just add a tbsp of white vinegar to regular milk
- overslept and no time to wash your hair. apply some baby powder to your scalp and hair and thoroughly pat away, so it doesn't look like you're trying to impersonate casper the friendly ghost.
- who hasn't patched a small hole in the wall with toothpaste?
- i've run out of ibuprofen and had a headache. i did however have a sample bottle of pamprin. it is mainly tylenol anyway. guess what it worked, but for some reason guys won't take it even after i show them the active ingredients.
- carrying a small purse with no room for my coupon holder, so i made my grocery list on the front of a junk mail envelope and stuffed the coupons i thought i might need for the trip inside the envelope.
- no gift labels on hand and no time to print off some cute ones from the net. cut some scrap of the gift wrap you're using into a rectangle. fold it over and write on the inside. tape or tie to the box. now no confusion about who it belongs to.
these are just a few examples of how i've made it work in the last few weeks. how about you? i'd love to hear some other people's creative solutions.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
but spring is here which means daily hair removal and regular fake tanning at least on my legs. oh the fun of extra time to get ready in the morning or at night. oh, the joy. you see i have glow in the dark skin. while porcelain skin on my face is attractive(seriously, i've grown to love it.), its far from cute on my legs. so, i use self tanner to have a slightly tanned look.
at my heart of hearts, i am lazy when it comes to this. i have tried just about every razor on the market. look in my medicine cabinet, and you will find at least 12 different razors with disposable blades. i've tried disposables, and they belong in the trash. i had an electric razor once. an old roomate of mine dropped it, and poof it was broken for good. i must admit i was glad since it tended to be more painful than the possibility of cuts with a regular razor. so, even though, i have whittled down to my few favorite razors, i am still always on the lookout for the newest improved razor that may be better than the last. my current favorite is the venus series especially the venus embrace, and they do have a money back guarantee if you don't like it. i haven't yet tried the spa breeze. not that i don't want to, i just forgot the coupon the last time i went to the store. even though its my favorite razor, its still not perfect. shaving is time consuming and there can be nicks and bleeding all over the bathroom towels. another reason, i hate shaving though is the cost. razor blades cost an arm and a leg. venus which aren't even the most expensive razor blades out there run anywhere from $9.44 to over $15 just for 4 cartridges. and, a cartridge only seems to last at most a couple of weeks and at its worst a week. i've tried the generic brand, the mystique at walmart trying to save money since a 4 pack of their cartridges was only about $4. it was awful. not only do i need to use shaving cream(something the embrace eliminates the need for.), but i just didn't seem to get as close a shave. and, the blade was was dead after about 4 uses. i figured it out, and the generic is actually more expensive and less effective. i guess for me, i just have to expect to spend more time on my legs.
so, bring in spring and more time primping for me i suppose.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
days like today when we are slow at work, and my boyfriend also has a slow day at work can be rough. with the economy the way it is, its easy to get down. while in rehab, i came up with my personal tool to deal with my depression and the lows of sobriety. i came up with what i called my happy songs. these are songs that i can't help but smiling and generally singing along with when i hear. back then, i made a cd(stone ages i know) with the three songs that filled this special place for me especially when i can't manage to get my hand on a slurpee. people have laughed at me when they see my cd titled happy songs, but it really works for me. my original happy songs were:
- tiny dancer by elton john
- sweet home alabama by lynard skynard
- patience by guns n roses
some odd choices to some but all of them have nothing but good memories for me. did i mention i am a bit (and by a bit i mean a lot) nostalgic? tiny dancer makes me think of the scene from almost famous where everyone on the bus is singing the song. let's just say some friends and i recreated this scene and ever since it has had and extra special place in my heart. can't even begin to think how many times a band played sweet home alabama, and everyone danced along. and patience, it makes me think of my friend's now defunct band reign playing this song sitting in the parking lot behind a bar back in the day.
in a pinch without the cd, i can usually count on classic 80s tunes like vacation by the go-gos or what i consider beach music like most anything by the beach boys, jimmy buffett, or kenny chesney or about anything by the monkees. tonight, i decided i needed to update my happy music. it really has helped me through some tough times, but i think i sometimes need more than just three songs. so, here are a few i am thinking of in making my playlist:
- rebel yell by billy idol
- don't worry be happy by bobby mcfarin(cheesy i know)
- you get what you give by the new radicals
- girls just want to have fun by cyndi lauper
- when the sun goes down by kenny chesney
- cheeseburger in paradise by jimmy buffett
- theme from the monkees
- banditos by the refreshments
now if only i had the gift of being able to mix songs perfectly to make a perfect mix tape/cd/playlist like my dear friend shell does. i am so sorry that mix cd she made for me in college died.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
meat out day
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