I had an entire free day today due to the inauguration and how do I spend my time? Well, it started off innocuously enough. The usual. Cereal. Peppa Pig. Then I ventured onto YouTube. And saw a video on bullet journaling. Don’t Google it. I’m here to tell you to stay away from it. I wasted an entire morning and the better part of the afternoon drawing grid lines.
So yeah, this is supposed to keep one more organized. You basically make your own yearly/monthly/weekly/daily planner with a blank journal. You can track anything from personal finance, to mind/body activities like meditation or gratitude journaling. I’m using it as a way to track some of my expenses and my activities like feeding the shrimp or watering my plants. I feel a little bamboozled by Pinterest/YouTube. This is the kinda’ thing one can easily track on say Excel. Or Google Calendar. Or any myriad of online whatever. And the videos get into not only layout but tools which include markers, crayons, color pencils, stickers, pens, washi tape. It’s scrapbooking and sketching a planner. I highly don’t recommend it. The only reason why I spent all day even after I quickly realized this wasn’t for me was because I drew out a month of grids. So now that January was on there, I had to complete the rest of the year. Illogical.
2 weekends ago, it snowed! with accumulation! So, having hopped up on Peppa Pig and Frangelico and coffee, I went on a makeup shopping rampage. Well, rampage by my standards anyway.
This time, I tried a brand called Mineral Fusion. They carry it at Mom’s and Whole Foods.
- 3-in-1 Color Stick in Terra Cotta – for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. 1 product that has 3 uses sounds like it’ll be good for all the traveling that I don’t do. I only use it for the cheeks though. It feels powdery smooth and is very easy to use. I just swipe some on my face and use my fingers to spread it around until it looks barely there. Just a hint of life to my zombie-like complexion.
- Sheer Moisture Lip Tint in Shimmer. It doesn’t feel like anything on my lips. I only put a little on and it looks pretty natural.
Lip products are mostly a miss for me because I have a bad habit of licking it off. Also, I chucked almost all my lip products a few years ago when I learned they had lead and other heavy metals in them (FDA). So now, I only have 2 lipsticks in my retinue (100% Pure (like) and Pacifica Lip Tint (tolerable, would not re-purchase)).
I’ve been using both of these before work. I just apply both products third thing in the morning, then check back right before leaving to make sure I don’t shock myself. It’s just enough to look like I’m awake and ready to carpe the diem, not the noctis.
I also have a confession. I was looking for foundation and based on Lisa Eldridge’s recommendation, I ordered Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel. After it was too late, it dawned on me to check if it was cruelty-free and I later learn it is not. I will still use it because damage done, but ugh… oops. This is like the time when I needed some watch bands replaced and as I walked out of the store after they’d already done the work, I realized the straps were all leather! I wish exploitation of animals wasn’t so normative and accepted. I hate having to babysit and monitor and be careful! I won’t even bother to tell you if this product is good or bad because we can just assume no matter how this stuff performs, it’s not worth torturing some poor hapless creature for something as trivial as makeup. And it contains fragrance, so thumbs down on that too.
In the Hindu religion, the god of destruction, Shiva, is also considered the auspicious one. When first I learned what he represented, I thought it was odd to celebrate destruction, but later someone explained to me that it’s a good thing because where there’s destruction, there is also creation.
So, with 2016 essentially blowing up in our faces, I am looking towards 2017 as a rebirth. I’m rethinking what my life plans are. Reconsidering my goals and even re-prioritizing what’s important to me. Many things that were important to me aren’t anymore. I know I can’t shift old gears instantly, but I’m at least aware of them. I know less about what I want, only that I want for fewer things.
For now, these are a few of the things I want:
- More meaningful conversations
- A stronger body
- Finding and doing more things that I enjoy
- Closer relationships with my friends and family
Or maybe it’s the 8-year scarf – is finally complete!
This scarf project has seen me through 2 cats who loved to play with the yarn and needles when I tried to knit and spent many years in the closet. Most of the time, I knitted just 1 or 2 rows then put it down for months, or over a year, at a time.
When I picked it up this month, I started to experiment with different stitches that I learned from YouTube and was not very good at keeping track of them. Did I just knit or purl? So you can see an odd patch. Anyway, it’s finally done and I plan to wear this for the rest of the season!
And… dun Dun DUUUN!!
After my fish died, with the unfortunate water filter mistake, my shrimp came out of the wood work and multiplied like crazy. I realized there’s no such thing really as shrimp-friendly fish. Anything that fits in its mouth is fish food. So I dedicated my tank as a planted shrimp tank and they have taken off like crazy. Today, I doubled down, adding 4 blue velvet’s and 2 amanos.
According to aquarium forum’s amano’s are supposedly staples in planted tanks. They keep algae at bay. The amano is on the right. The little guy on the left is a half-sized cherry shrimp.
Blue velvet’s are essentially like cherry shrimp. They look exactly alike except one is red and the other is blue. The aquarium staff told me they will interbreed too so I may get some weird hybrid version, which is kind of a bummer. At $10 a pop, I would’ve preferred to keep some pure bluebloods. But hey, love conquers all I guess.
The guy at the fish store also put a piece of hornwort in the bag for the shrimp to hang onto during transit. I don’t have hornwort in my tank so I’m hoping this little piece will grow. It’s supposed to be invasive-species-level very easy to grow. Last time, they gave me some java moss which I already have.
Picked up this neat trick on YouTube.
Prepare rice like you normally would (in a rice cooker).
I like to add red lentils in my rice.
Add one whole tomato in the middle.
Add a drizzle of oil.
Once cooked, break up the tomato and stir it in the rice. It’s easy and delicious!
This is Watson. My fur-nephew. He’s a rambunctious pup.
He’s smart – knows to ring a bell to be let outside to potty.
And he’s dumb about just about everything else. He knows nothing but love and play and food and naps.
And in all that stupid puppyness, he’s cuddly and friendly and totally lovable. Look at those floppity ears.
We went to an outlet mall after Thanksgiving to get this!
Well really, all I wanted were the 4 yellow containers for the lunches I make. But then they showed me a bunch of other dishes that were only $3.99 each! So I got 3 troughs I don’t really need. Impulse buys. Darn sales.
I putzed around this past Sunday, with a completely free and open day. I had no idea what to do. It’s like my ongoing concern? Non-issue issue? Like a good problem to have. Too much free time? I love it and am grateful for every minute of it, and yet, I’m always looking for ideas of things to do. Or more specifically, things I WANT to do. I mean I could vacuum or cook but no. I watched tv – actually I just had Gilmore Girls on all day and all night. Cleaned the stove. Debated between beer or tea or coffee or whatever. I ended up making chai and having it with Trader Joe’s Brownie Crisps. Then I did a bit of yoga. Trimmed my plants. Burned a bunch of tacos on Cooking Fever. Knitted a few rows of my almost 10 year old scarf project. And suddenly the sun went down! Non-issue resolved.
By the way those Brownie Crisps – They are addictive like Oreos, but better and without the cream filling.