It doesn’t fit!

As a nod to ringing in the Year of the Cock, I am cleaning out my closet. I’m ridding myself of the most obvious – jeans that no longer fit! These are ones that I’m never going to squeeze myself into ever again without doing major organ damage.
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When I first started working, I measured my work hours in the pairs of jeans I could buy. I was making maybe $10/hour and that was about a pair of jeans on sale. For a really fancy pair, I might have splashed out for a $20 pair. Whether it’s because of my slowed metabolism due to aging, or from the all the squats and Warrior threes, or one too many beers, 6 out of these 8 pairs do not fit me anymore.

Happy Groundhog Day! Again!

This blog is 10 years old! TEN! YEARS! A decade!

This winter has been more spring-like than wintery so I’m not even paying attention to the ol’ rodent. My nose knows what’s going and and what’s going on is, we haven’t had much of a winter.

Cock

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the year of the cock.

Haaa! I’m t0o immature for this.

Ok in all seriousness, this year is the year of the fire cock.

If you have a fire cock, call a doctor.

Aannd… I’m done.

Have a fortuitous new year filled with love and joy.

Bullet Journaling

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.
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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.

Makeup Rampage

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.
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    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.

 

Happy 2017!

In the Hindu religion, the god of destruction, Shiva, is also considered the auspicious one. When I first 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

Hits and Misses of 2016

Hits:

  • Ikea Tekla Dish Towel – Best snot rags ever. Even on my worst allergy days, I never get the painfully raw red noses anymore. They can handle my worst drippiest snottiest days. They don’t disintegrate in my work bags. I haven’t left a forgotten tissue in the laundry since. Seriously so convenient. I think I bought 15 of them so they last me through the week and I use them daily.  They’re also good to take to the gym as a face towel – clean ones of course.  Even though they’re not terry cloth, they are soft enough to use on my face and absorbent.  I eat with them too (again, a fresh one) to wipe my mouth (and nose when I’m eating spicy foods). So practical, sturdy, and multi-functional.
  • Peanut Butter and Apples – This is a classic, but this year, it was also my go-to snack, dessert, and craving satisfier. IMG_0983
  • Raw Shea Butter – When cream doesn’t cut it against severe dry flaky skin, I got regular shea butter.  It’s thick and oily.  Great for severe dry skin and lips.  By the way, the same company sells African black soap which is great as a shaving soap as well as a face wash.  Also a thumbs up. IMG_0885-001

Misses:

  • Paperblanks Midi Journal – Too dang small.  Pages are too small and there are too few pages.  For me, this size is for shopping lists, but it’s too nice and fancy a binding.
  • Lindt Dark Noir 99% Cocoa chocolate bar – I love dark chocolate but this made my mouth pucker.  I think I found my maximum limit on the percentage of dark chocolate. 90% is still okay, but 99% took the joy out of eating chocolate for me.
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  • Not That Kind of Girl – This book was a miss for me.  I couldn’t even get past the first chapter or two.  It was too angsty and whiny?  Whatever it was, I didn’t enjoy it and 2016 was the year I decided life was too short to trudge through books I didn’t enjoy.  I wonder if I would have liked it when I was in high school though.  I enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye as a kid, and that featured an angsty adolescent too.

The 7-year Scarf

Or maybe it’s the 8-year scarf – is finally complete!

Scarf

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!!
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Ebi

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.

Amano Shrimp

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 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.

Tomato Rice

Picked up this neat trick on YouTube.

Prepare rice like you normally would (in a rice cooker).
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I like to add red lentils in my rice.
Add one whole tomato in the middle.
Add pepper.
Add a drizzle of oil.
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Once cooked, break up the tomato and stir it in the rice. It’s easy and delicious!
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