Missed Monday

6 07 2010

I would like to blame my HTC EVO 4G for the fact that my computer’s keyboard is thoroughly dusty. The fact that I wasn’t home for seven days, have only been home 3 days and tonight I’m leaving for another 5 days probably won’t make it any less dusty, either. It’s worth the extra dusting.

Anyway, about the missed blog Monday…it was a holiday. I’m sure you’d agree that if your ONLY blog day fell on a holiday, you’d skip it too. It’s not like I completely neglected to write.

OK, so my HOT news of the week is that I bought a strapless bra. For those of you who don’t know, that’s one big ass pair that is going to attempt to be held up completely free of straps. Is there such an invention that can hold up 10lbs of breasts? IS THERE? I hope it’s true! I hope it FITS! I ordered it online from HerRoom. I have ordered from there before but the bra did not fit. It had nothing to do with the website, it was the brand, Va Bien. The shape was wrong for me as it was too pointy, and the size was two sizes too small. I learned my lesson and that is “when it doubt order a size up” when it comes to bras. I underestimate the size of the girls sometimes. LOL Wish me luck this time!


Step Forward into Your Cave

29 06 2010

Last Friday I saw my awesome orthopedist only to find out two things…one, he loves my awesome new phone (who wouldn’t?!) and two, I have to go back in ANOTHER three weeks to get my surgery date. Yep. THAT slow. It is what it is and I can do nothing about it. I’m waiting on insurance, referrals, approval, etc. Well, I take that back, I already have approval, I am just waiting for the other paperwork to clear.

Saturday Joe and I went back and forth between Huntington Beach and Long Beach, helping his sister move. I can’t say it was FUN, but it wasn’t bad. Personally I hate the work that comes with moving. I’d rather hire movers and call it a day. Let THEM move my stuff. I have no problem packing and unpacking, but the moving part basically blows. I hate to say it but I am more of the “Put that side table in the bedroom next to the bed” kinda girl. Nothing wrong with that, right? I’m not asking for someone to pack for me, or unpack my things while I direct them where to put each item or anything. It is less of a laziness than a preference. I have moved 6 times in the past 5 years. That is a LOT of moving. A LOT. Not to mention that one of those moves was very temporary and I had to put everything in storage and take it back out a month later. I am over moving. I’d like the next time I move to be more permanent. Much more permanent.

Moving on, though, Sunday was a nice relaxing day as it always is on weekends that I’m at Joe’s house. Oh, and did I mention that I’m going to be at Joe’s until Friday? Yep. So far, so good. Although I woke up with a mild headache that morphed into a medium-strength migraine that lasted until 3pm, I still managed to get a lot of things done today. I have done countless loads of laundry. I washed the sheets, the comforter, towels, Joe’s work clothes, Joe’s daily clothes (and some of mine), and I still have one load to do and everything that can be washed in the laundry will be clean. I did the dishes, cleaned the shower, cleaned the kitchen sink and dusted some of the livingroom. I also took a nap. I am not sure how it is that when nobody is around to nag and annoy me, that I can get all sorts of productive things done in such a short amount of time. I love it. I just wish it worked that way at home. I am at ease here. My anxiety is basically non-existent here. I am pretty sure that the root of my anxiety is my home life. hehe It is chaotic. I am not. I like order, no, I LOVE order. I love things to be done easily. There isn’t much reason for them not to be. I like to say I’m going to do something one day and actually have the time, ability and sanity to do it. That is what I did here today. I am really happy about it, at peace with life.

So now that all my “chores” are almost done for today, I get a call from Joe and he is at Walmart. I talked to him at lunch and was under the impression that he was going to come get me but he decided not to. Normally, this would be fine but unless I know exactly what I need, it is easier for me to just be there. I told him I would go tomorrow instead but he is going to come get me instead. I need deodorant and food for lunches, and dusting spray and window cleaner. There is always the possibility that there are more things I need and I just don’t know it yet. If you’re a girl or you’re close with any girls, then you know what I’m talking about here. hehe If not, well…the best way to explain it is this. Imagine you’re bored. You go to your local store with cheap things to “just look around” you come home $50+ poorer. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Retail therapy or shopping addiction? I say shopping addiction so that I’m not tempted to trivialize it much or let it get out of hand. I try to only buy things I actually need or will need soon such as toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, food, shirts (I have under 15 shirts that fit me. 3 of those shirts have tiny holes in them, thus justifying a few shirt purchases from time to time) and things for my daughter.

Well I suppose I’ll go wait for Joe now… and clean more tomorrow. Oh! There he is! 😉

It’s Summer!

23 06 2010

Yep, you know it’s Summer when you get up at 9am and it’s 75° outside already. It is nearly 12:30p now and 92° and rising. I, of course, am indoors where the A/C is on. I’m not stupid. I’m not going to let my hair dry too fast (it’s nice and cool on my skin) or melt my freshly applied makeup off. No thanks. I DO have to go grocery shopping in a while though, but the grocery store is nice and chilly. In the Winter I bring a hoodie to the grocery store and in the Summer I can hardly stand to leave. Thank god for places that have to be cooled.

So this is just a quick blog because I have a few bored minutes and I really need to do the laundry I planned to do yesterday but couldn’t.. Here a pic of the Summer me… not much different from the other seasons of me, but I changed out most of the makeup in my travel makeup bag so here it is. It’s much fresher, I think.

I’m not sure WHY but this pic looks “shorter” than when I took it, thus making my face look wider. hehe
Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying your hot weather…use sunscreen and hydrate!

High Heels and Hair Inspiration

22 06 2010

This morning my Nikita heels from ShoeDazzle came! They are as cute in person as they are on the website. It’s a bit difficult to get a good pic of them on, but I got a semi-blurry pic. I painted my toes Barbie pink today and it looks adorable with the shoes, too.

Since I’m on a roll with the shoes, the pink polish and I’m in the middle of re-packing my makeup bag because I’m getting sort of sick of what’s in there, I was thinking of how much my hair has grown since this time last year. In April I cut my hair into a cute barely shoulder grazing bob and in June 2009 it was just at my shoulders. This month, it is well below my shoulders, in fact, it’s an inch or two below my shoulders in a standard (not low or high) ponytail. My goal is to eventually have waist-length hair, but if it doesn’t look full and healthy, I will keep it a bit shorter. Short term, I would like to grow my hair to the bottom of my bra strap, or mid-back length. I was looking through some pics and found these, all of which I love for different reasons that I share below each pic. I still regret cutting my hair last year. I know I can’t do anything about it now, but it was as long as it is now, which means I would have mid-back length hair NOW had I not cut it. Oh well… next year, right? lol

I love this. It’s not too thin or thick, and it’s my natural hair color, too!
Lighter than my hair but with fewer layers and a blunt edge. 
This is what my hair might look like when it’s long and straightened. 
I don’t plan to go darker than natural but I still love Kim K’s ‘do. 
The long layers are perfect.
Either this took HOURS to get perfect or it’s a wig. 
Either way, I love the length, again not too thin or thick, and I really love blunt bangs with long hair. 
Another long cut with blunt bangs c/o Bumble & Bumble (they also make my very favorite hair products!)
For reasons I can’t place, this is my favorite of them all. I think because it’s clearly effortless, yet still stylish. Also, the color looks very natural which I’m into. Afterall, that IS how your hair would look after two Summers at the beach. I assume that’s how long it would take to grow it that long from my current length. 
So there is my inspiration. Although I hate it, I get really frustrated and put my hair in a ponytail almost all the time. I do it so I will get past the “growing out” phase and let it be long. I am ALMOST there. Also, having kept it up most of the last year has allowed me to get it this long and it looks so much better when I style it because it’s healthy now. Since last year I have changed the way I treat my hair, too. I no longer use permanent (ammonia-containing) dyes in my hair. I do not use “natural” dyes, either. They coat the hair so thickly that if you ever decide to grow it out, not only will you have a line where the dye stops but you will have noticeably thinner hair above the dye line. How ugly! I haven’t dyed my hair in 3 months, either. That is another way I go about keeping my hair healthy. I have limited how often I color my hair. I have a gray or two but they aren’t visible, and who is going to notice two grays, anyway? If someone notices and they care, that isn’t my problem. I’m not insecure about it. I don’t LIKE grays but they are such a non-issue that I rarely think about it in the first place. I want my hair to be in it’s best possible condition when it’s long so I can keep my long hair. I don’t want to be one of those girls that walks around with snaggly, split-ended long locks. That’s just not cute. 
By the way, special thanks to Aveeno Nourish + Shine Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping my hair SO SHINY! WOW! 
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22 06 2010

This video reminds me a LOT of Madonna. The makeup, the style, the theme and more. It really just emanates that 90’s Madonna music video style to me. I love it. I love the song and the video, while a bit confusing because I imagined it would be different, was awesome, sexy and I just love GaGa’s nude colored two piece get-up in the bed scene. See for yourself!


22 06 2010

I feel like I’ve been SO busy the past few weeks. Time has flown since my last orthopedist appointment and this Friday is my second follow-up to find out the official date of my surgery. Between my last appointment and now, I have almost forgotten that I’m having surgery. If my arm didn’t still hurt and my fingers had feeling again, I would have completely elected out of it at this point. However, there is something wrong in there and I can feel whatever it is. It doesn’t hurt that I haven’t felt my ring and pinkie fingers on my left hand in over a month. So that’s that. 

Aside from finding out my surgery date, this Friday is day one of my mini-vacation. Actually, while it may be a vacation to get out of the house for 7 days, from Monday to Friday I will be working, doing some cleaning, making dinner for my two favorite Yucca Valley boys (because they are really the only two I know well enough), one of them being my super awesome Joe. I love to cook for people who appreciate it, and they sure do love to eat. lol Amazingly, they are two of the slimmest guys I know. Don’t you hate that? 

On Friday, Maya goes to her dad’s house until Monday when she will join my mom at my grandma’s house for the rest of the week. They will go to Disneyland, some gardens, the beach, and more. It’s a nice refreshing summer vacation for them and a nice break for me. I will go to the Whelchel-Sterner house and drink away my cares on Friday night. Saturday, we have tentative plans to stay with Joe’s sister who is moving to Huntington Beach this week. On Sunday, we plan to go to Disneyland which, as always, is one of my very favorite things to do. From Monday to Friday I will be holding down the fort (and working at home, ahhhh I love it) while Matt and Joe do that man thing and get up early and go to work. 

As I’ve mentioned in older blog posts, I quite an obsessive packer. I can’t just buckle down on Thursday night and pack everything I’ll need for 7 days away from home. I can’t rely on the fact that I’ll be reasonable driving distance from home, either. I have already started a mental list of things I need to bring to occupy myself for hours a day at a home where no women live. By that I mean that none of my usual creature comforts are there, so whatever I’ll need, I’ll need to bring. Such things include my flat iron, makeup (and I want to re-pack my makeup back for summer, too), a book or two to read, enough outfits for the week, pjs, shoes, hair ties and bobby pins, various hair products, painkillers (cuz the arm starts to hurt whenever it wants at random), phone charger, various seasonings for the dinners I’ll make and god-knows-what-else that I come up with throughout the rest of the week.  Then I will need to figure out how to pack small because it’s not like I have a suitcase or anything. lol I don’t know WHY I don’t have a large cute duffel yet. I really should work on that.

OK, well that’s all for now… just a few things that were on my mind. I am SO EXCITED for this weekend! 

Miike Snow – The Rabbit

19 06 2010

There is argument about the possible meaning of this video, the interpretation, the significance of the characters and plot, but I don’t care. What I DO know is that I love the song and the video to death. Look!