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Oh, clothing shopping. You never cease to amuse and confuse me. There are stores ranging from urban clothing to maternity clothing to preppy clothing with sizes that differ as much as every single person I know. It’s wonderful to see all the different styles of clothing, but sometimes the sizing can be extremely confusing because each store uses different sizes!
I’ve been thinking about what to get my Mother for Mother’s Day, since apparently it’s coming up soon! I’ve thought about flowers, customized sweatshirts, handprints of Monster, poems, you name it. Nothing seems to “fit”. Nothing sounds just right. Of those things though, I think the customized shirt would be the best. She goes crazy for that stuff. What are you all getting your Mom’s or Mother-in-Law’s? I wish I was creative enough to think of something original but yeah, it’s just not coming to me!
I have been doing a lot of work in the pharmaceutical area of my store lately. Particularly in the protein bar and weight loss and supplement aisle. I have not ever really paid much attention to supplements or things of that nature, but I find it incredibly amazing how many varieties there are of protein bars, shakes and supplements. I see a lot of kids who go to the local college come in and buy whey supplements, I guess is what it is, and they say that it helps them bulk up. I have never heard them discussing the best creatine supplement, but I imagine they must know about creatines effects in bulking up muscle mass in weight-lifters and bodybuilders.
I am a huge fan of the tv show, Glee. I know, I know.. It’s a bit silly but I’m quite happy with it. It’s got its ups and downs but I’ve stuck it through. I think it’s cute in it’s almost-campy ways. Anyways, the overall theme is acceptance but this theme was really hard on the acceptance of body, self and mind. It was particularly of interest to me when one of the newest ‘main characters’ touched on having a Thyroid imbalance. I don’t think that’s talked about very often on television, that I’ve seen anyways, and it is a real issue. I’m glad to see that they did touch on it and not in a “making fun of” way.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way. This is not a sponsored post. Sleepless Nights is my supplemental income generator but this right here? This is real shit.
Okay, now let’s move on. I’ve seen my friends obsessing about Lush lately. In all my cynical glory, I brushed it off as some passing fad. I buy my face wash at Wal-mart because I am a cheap broad and I’m happy with it, damnit. Or so I thought anyways. After a few conversations with one of my best friends, Angela, about how much she loved Lush, I broke down and started looking through their inventory online.
My first reactions: massage bar? What the hell is that? Shampoo .. bar?! Angela, is this hippy central!? What the hell is this stuff!? Why did you make me look at this stuff!? Whoa, what is that? Wow, this is interesting…
Of course, I remained quiet and polite and genuinely fascinated. (Seriously, shampoo and lotion bars? Blew. My. Mind.) So after a bit of debating and actually asking Spencer for permission to splurge on myself a bit and buy Angels on Bare Skin (to which he replied, “Yes dummy, why would you ask permission?”).. I went through with it. Now let me tell you something – shipping something from Canada is a bitch. That face wash cost me 20 bucks when all was said and done.
Whatever. I’m not even mad.
So I get it today. I get super excited. I swear, I have never been that excited about a shower. Ever. I got a call from my landlady at work saying I had a package in the office and from that point on, all I thought of was when I could take my shower. I finally got home, got my package and opened it. I was so excited to see Angels on Bare Skin in person. It freakin’ looks like cookie dough! I totally wanted to eat it. Not really. But then I see these little packages. Samples. SAMPLES! Now, I am a “Brand Ambassador”/”Event Specialist” for a company that gives out samples in stores. So to get home from my job giving out samples to getting home and getting samples sent me into hysteric fits of laughter.
It’s been a long week already, if you can’t tell.
Anyways, I showed my Mom the excitement of my new pretty shiny purchases. Then I waited. I waited through supper with the Monster. I waited through cuddles, a book, a tv show. I waited through his bath time. I waited and waited and waited. And then… IT. WAS. TIME!
I had my heart set on using Angels on Bare Skin as soon as I got it but these damn samples were too good to pass up. The samples? What were they? Coalface and Quinquereme of Nineveh body soap. I had to try them. I couldn’t wait. I had to.
So I hop in the shower and I get my lather on. Except, well, Quinquereme of Nineveh doesn’t so much lather as be motherfreakin awesome. It smells so good. It feels good. My skin feels like it’s breathing fresh air right now. It feels soft and clean.
Wait, let me explain something. I have dry, sensitive skin. Everywhere. Except my t-zone on my face. That’s oily. But everything else? Dry. Sensitive. Oh, and my boyfriend and his family? All allergic to perfumes. So when I get a body wash, I want something that’s gonna make me smell good without killing them. So I generally have stuff that cleans me nicely but maybe doesn’t make my skin feel the best. It’s a blessing to be sitting here rubbing my arms and feeling how soft they are while still feeling clean.
Anyways, so I moved on to the Coalface. Ang seemed to be excited about me trying that and reporting back to her (which was pretty much the inspiration for writing this blog, so go Angela!) so here it is. It smells like licorice. Like black licorice. Now, I hate licorice. Especially black licorice. But this didn’t smell terrible. It smelled distinctly licorice but tolerable. But when I got it on my face? HOLY KAPOW. It felt good. It didn’t lather much but that’s okay because it kicked my combination face skins ass. I washed my face twice with Coalface because that’s how I roll. I always wash everything twice. I’m a little obsessive that way. My face felt really tight in the shower. I don’t know what that means because I’m terrible at being a girl, but it was different.
Anyways, I got out of the shower and was like – okay my skin feels so .. happy right now. It’s lame to say but my skin feels good. I don’t feel gross. I feel pretty and soft and clean. All at once. This is like.. amazing for me because every product, especially face washes, screws with my skin so hard. I keep rubbing my face and it feels so soft while still feeling clean and not greasy or oily or too dry.
So, next I have to use Angels on Bare Skin but I’m pretty damn confident that I will love it just as much, if not more, than Coalface and Quinquereme Of Nineveh.
Let’s review, for those living under a rock, what Japan has gone through over the course of the past month. First, there was an earthquake. A 9.0 earthquake. Every increase of two-tenths of a unit on the Richter scale represents double the energy released at the source. So 1.2 is double the energy released as a 1.0. Then they had a tsunami that wiped them out. Then they had to deal with nuclear reactors and nuclear meltdown. And then, to top it all off, this week they had another earthquake which was a 7.4, if I remember correctly.
So, in the span of the month they’ve been hit by three types of natural disasters.. Two earthquakes, a tsunami and near-nuclear/nuclear-meltdown (which I feel is a type of natural disaster in that it was a natural disaster that caused the nuclear power plants to malfunction). Now, after the first earthquake and before the tsunamis I heard a slew of people saying “Well, they deserved it.” They deserved it? They deserved it?! For what?
The response I got every time: It’s revenge for Pearl Harbor.
Let me let you sink that in for a minute. Revenge. For Pearl Harbor. A natural disaster 70 years after the fact is revenge for Pearl Harbor. Not to mention that we blew up Hiroshima and Nagasaki as revenge. And now that another earthquake has hit and they’re even more devastated than before? Well it’s okay guys, because they deserved it. I hope you’re reading this with disdain. I hope you’re reading this and you understand how disgusted I am with people that say this crap. It’s infuriating. Don’t give me these lines of how the US is “independent” and how we wouldn’t “expect aid” or “receive aid”. Don’t give me the crap about how we should focus on our own problems. We don’t focus on our own problems when we decide to declare war over oil. We don’t focus on our home problems when we decide to impose our religions and doctrines on people half-way around the country. So don’t even dare say we should focus on ourselves.
Here’s a hint: we have homeless people on our streets. We have high unemployment stats. We are a country in debt. We are in debt and we are creating wars to stimulate the economy. The Japanese don’t deserve to be destroyed. They are humans and they deserve love. They deserve help. They deserve much more than the ignorant would allow them. Don’t let people spout ignorant comments. Don’t let them perpetuate hate for a group of people who are suffering. It’s stupid, it doesn’t look cool and it makes you look ignorant.
So last week, I found out from the repair shop that my van was going to cost more to repair than it was worth. I thought, okay – no big deal. So they bought it from me for a little bit of money and I went on my merry way. We went down to just one car and it was no big deal. Then, the car died. Yeah, I literally coasted into the maintenance shop where we take the cars. Smoke billowing out of the car. So that was fun.
Thankfully, we have some really awesome family who have helped us out and we’re apparently getting a new vehicle and will only have to pay a chunk of it.