Sunday, January 31, 2010

The secret to beautiful, fuller lips... revealed!

Ladies, forget the collagen injections.

They're painful and addictive, not to mention lip injections are a surgery that often makes you look WORSE, not better, after your lips have healed.

(Meg Ryan and Lisa Rinna come to mind!)

For those of us who cringe at the thought of putting unnatural elements inside our bodies

(and also are none too fond of the pepper-filled "plumping" lip glosses, which tend to burn like the dickens)

but still want a shiny, plump pout... there IS a solution!

I have discovered, quite by accident in fact, a new breakthrough in cosmetic technology.

And now here you have it (and don't let anyone tell you anything different, you've heard it HERE first!) the natural, safe, beautiful, TEN SECOND CURE that will leave you with the lips you dream of!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Fear not!

I eventually braved the snow (which had calmed down slightly) and left the house.

(Seriously, my cabin fever was getting really bad.)

I'm feeling much better now, and I have almost an entirely new work wardrobe that FITS! And I only spent $62. YES.

No more people making fun of me because my work pants are so big they're falling off. (yeah, I know, there are WAY worse things people could tease me about, right?)

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Today was supposed to be my day off.

I agreed to work 8-2, even though I had a ton of things to get done... figuring I'd have enough time to do them after work.

Except today also happens to be Jay's day off... and I did that stupid thing that I sometimes do. Instead of getting all my own shit done like I should, I come home and say "I have to do this, this, and this." and then WAIT for him to decide he wants to come with me.

(even when he says, "Oh, that's okay, you can go do that, and I'll stay here and start up the laundry." I still SIT ON MY ASS hoping he'll change his mind, but not actually saying, "You should change your mind, because I'm waiting for you.")

So today I turned around at 5 PM and the sun was going down. And all of a sudden I was PISSED. I had sat here for 3 hours waiting for him to change his mind, and I've wasted all of the sunlight.

I jump up and leave, irritated for silly reasons, and I get outside and clean off my car. (Keep in mind, it is NOT SNOWING at this point) As soon as I get the LAST snow-scraper full of snow off of my windshield... it suddenly turns into white-out conditions. My car is covered again, completely, in a matter of SECONDS. I was literally watching it happen.

Needless to say, it seems that I wasn't meant to get anything done today. Considering this was my only "DAY OFF" this week, I am ripshit. I am just SITTING HERE. I WANT TO GET OUT OF THE GODDAMN HOUSE AND I CAN'T EVEN SAFELY DRIVE DOWN THE STREET.

Fuck working on 'days off'. I need the money, but in hindsight I guess I should have said no.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where In The World Wednesday: Toronto, Canada.

It’s Wednesday and I am taking part in Classy in Philadelphia’s Where in the World Wednesday series!

The idea of WITWW is to post a picture of you in someplace in the world…it doesn’t have to be somewhere foreign or tropical. Just a picture of you somewhere that you consider traveling.

That's Jay & I being absolutely exhausted in the Toronto subway. I drove a carload of people the 8 hours there from Massachusetts, and in my efforts to not have to stop to pee every hour, I didn't drink a drop the entire time.

Once we got to Toronto, we encountered some unpleasantness at the hotel (we were an hour late, and for some unfathomable reason, our RESERVED rooms still weren't ready for us yet), so instead of getting to rehydrate myself and take a nap, we were forced to wander Toronto in a downpour.

By the time I finally got some water in my system, I'd likely been dehydrated for 10 hours. So, no surprise to me, I wound up with a UTI from hell. And I had stupidly left my antibiotics at home. AND, because I was in Canada, I couldn't transfer a prescription from the US.

It was NOT my idea of a fun vacation, although it really SHOULD have been. I'd like to eventually go back and get a do-over. (Due to the hotel problems, we DO have a free night at the Hilton awaiting us, someday when we can afford the gas!)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Getting my hopes up...

It's really too early to say exactly what is going on... but the boy & I have been talking about moving to New York City.

Up until yesterday, we had been discussing the possibilities of Boston... but then I got this fantastic course catalog in the mail for the School of Visual Arts in NYC... and really, if I'm going to do it, why not do it up? NYC is where the jobs will be, not Boston, and with SVA I could get an internship at NBC (Saturday Night Live!) or PBS (Sesame Street!) and who knows... maybe get my foot in the door.

We're going to NYC soon to scout out different neighborhoods, (Jay's never been to the more tourist-y parts of town and doesn't understand my obsession) so of course I am excited as all hell. This will be a ridiculously expensive endeavor, but I'm hoping that maybe we can figure out a way to either dorm together at the same school, or maybe make due in a super cute (but probably claustrophobic for Jay) microstudio.

Either way, this won't be happening until 2011, so I have some time to research colleges, figure out scholarships, financial aid, etc... and just be ridiculously hopeful and excited. I'll still apply at a few colleges in Boston (Emerson is still probably my best bet), but my heart is in New York!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sick mind alert!

I know I'm not the only person who finds this product HYSTERICAL.

After doing a bit of does-this-thing-work research, I actually found the product at Target this weekend (at cheaper-then-infomercial prices!) and snapped it up. It sounds like it really works, and although I'm skeptical, I'm dying to find out. I'll be sure to let you know if I see results, check back with me in a week or two!

(if it doesn't work, it will at least make for some fantastic comedy skits, I can tell you THAT right now!)

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm with Coco

For anyone who may have been wondering, I am definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a card-carrying member of Team Conan.

(but, are you really surprised? Does ANYONE, with the exception of his wife, maybe, find Jay Leno funny?)

Tonight is Conan's last show, and I'm super bummed that I don't get any television channels in my apartment. I'll have to miss it and download it later.

I would have really been honored to be a member of the audience during any one of his programs. When he moved from NYC to LA I was devastated, because I knew my chances of getting to NBC Studios in NYC were far greater then the chance of getting to LA.

Anyway. I hope Conan goes on to do great things. I will miss his comedy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oh, school.

Things seem to have been worked out at school.

Apparently they now decided that they will NOT allow me to get a double major, and instead, they will "just this once" pay for the 2 math classes I need this and next semester.

So, good. Less work for me, then, which is excellent because the amount of concentration I will need to put into passing math is utterly ridiculous.

And... $125 for a USED math book? REALLY?

In other news, I just saw this on Fabulously Broke In The City 's blog, and it was too cool not to post. I never thought of pole dancing as such an acrobatic thing! Granted I've only been to one strip club in my life [and that was in Canada and the strippers had crabs...] ... but, still. I envy this woman's strength and flexibility! Amazing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Not Eating Things That Will Kill Me (part 1)

I spent way too much money at Whole Foods last week, trying to buy all "safe" things that are good for me.

I spent MUCH more then I had intended on-- $147-- but I came home happy. Here's what I bought, and my verdict:

  1. Himalayan rock salt in a salt grinder. It tastes just like salt, so I don't really have any complaints. I don't expect much from my salt, except to be salty. However, this website sings its praises.
  2. Nutritional Yeast. This is a flaky powder that can be added to virtually ANY recipe, and it provides a whole ton of vitamins. (Especially B-12, which is hard for vegetarians to get enough of.) As soon as I tried some, I recognized the taste-- my mother used to put it on popcorn when I was a kid. It's a very different taste, vaguely cheese-y, and I'm sure it would take some getting used to for other people. However, I like it and will be buying more.
  3. Kombucha. A girl I once new swore by this stuff as a weight-loss supplement/appetite stimulant, so I'd been looking to pick some up for quite awhile. It's marketed as a "cure-all" (the label claims it has anti-aging properties and also promotes a healthy digestion and immune system, just to name a few) but according to this website, not enough studies have been done to prove anything, and a few have even died from drinking the stuff. It was an interesting taste... slightly carbonated and slightly alcoholic (it is fermented, after all.) but mine had ginger in it, which almost instantly burned my throat. I'll have to drink it slowly. I didn't mind the taste, it reminded me of a fruity wine. Jay thought it was disgusting, claiming it tasted like vinegar. Maybe it did... I like vinegar.
  4. Acai juice. This "superfruit" is being billed as a "cure-all" just like Kombucha. As far as I can tell, no one has died from it yet-- and it has a much more pleasant taste. It's full of all kinds of Omegas... I'll definitely be buying more.
  5. 100% Coconut Water. I read somewhere that Coconut Water was "natures Gatorade", and that it was more hydrating then water. Sounded pretty good to me! I was eager to buy some for after I got out of the gym. My conclusion? GROSS. I'm not terribly picky, either. I tried this stuff twice, and I can't imagine actually chugging a glass of it... just a sip is off-putting. No, thank you. Too bad I bought two cartons.
  6. Falafel burritos. Organic and AWESOME. I hate that falafel is so hard to find around here-- I have to drive at least a half hour to get some.
  7. Organic pickles. They taste like pickles.
  8. Tofurkey. (The kind with the stuffing inside) My mom made this for me, and it's pretty good. I also bought peppered tofurkey lunch meat, which Jay said tastes like dog food. I don't mind it.
  9. Cultured Coconut Milk. (Also known as... 'yogurt'!) It was really good, and I will probably by it again. Strange how Coconut water is so nasty but Coconut Milk is good.
I did get some other things, but those were the things that mainly needed some review :)

(Also, I feel the need to write this down in case I forget... today I weighted in at 162 pounds. That's a total of 58 pounds lost since my Junior year of high school. YAY.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

And in other news...

For some reason I may not have financial aid this semester. They told me (today) that I have a past-due balance of $450. That is due... TODAY.

Lovely, that this is the first I hear of this. I usually have both financial aid AND a grant that pay for everything. I definitely don't just have $450 sitting around, and I have no way to come up with it before class starts on the 22nd.

I'm really hoping this is a mistake.

My job has also switched me to working nights now, which is the worst possible thing that they could have done to me. Example: Yesterday I woke up at noon, worked til 10, had dinner at 10 PM (SO bad for my body) and then stayed up til just after 2 PM. Because when you work til ten and then come home, it doesn't FEEL like time to go to sleep until 3 PM!

Today I slept til after 1 PM (GREAT.) got up and hung around in my pajamas doing some cleaning and making important phone calls. I'm going in to work for 5, so at 3:30, it's really too late to even think about going to the gym. I'll work til 10 again and eat dinner at 10 and do the whole thing all over again.

You know what this is going to lead to? 1) A poorly digested dinner that interrupts my sleep and helps pack on pounds 2) a TWELVE hour period of sleep 3) lack of exercise (before I was working til 3, 4 or 5 and then going straight to the gym) 4) Getting nothing done 5) DEPRESSION.

I'm so angry that my job cares so little about my health and wellness that they would do this to me. It's only been ONE day so far, but it's already fucked my body up. I worked SO HARD to get on a normal schedule, and now it's gone to shit. I want to SCREAM.

Weird realization.

My ex-fiance was a major pothead.

He used to keep his weed and his pipe/bowl/whatever tucked inside his glasses case so that his mother wouldn't find it.

I hated that he was a pothead, and I used to check inside his glasses case now and again to see if he was still smoking. Sometimes I would find nothing, sometimes I'd find a baggie, and I'd spend an hour or two sulking about it.

Today, as I was cleaning the apartment, I found myself absentmindedly doing the the SO ingrained glasses case check.

Nine years later. I guess crazy habits are REALLY hard to break.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Let's not eat things that will kill us.

I recently discovered that Splenda is terrible and awful for your body.

Considering I gave up sugar in my coffee, and have been trying to avoid sweets as well, (and Equal, Nutra-sweet and aspartame all cause cancer, among other things) I was worried and decided to do some research to see what an alternative, safe sweetener would be.

I eventually found (and bought) an acceptable sweetener-- but in my research, I also found some terrible and frightening things. It seems that NO FOOD is safe.

Grocery store eggs will kill you.

Grocery store milk will kill you.

Grocery store meat will kill you.

And, perhaps most disturbing to me, seeing as I only drink rice milk and don't eat meat--
SOYBEANS will kill you.

As of right now, I've bought coconut oil (you can use it for cooking, hair conditioner, and body/face lotion.) and the new, safe sweetener. I've contacted a woman near me who sells REAL free range eggs, and hopefully I can buy some from her in the future.

As for the soybeans, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. Ugh.

I think I may eventually end up living off of only vegetables and water.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Stuck in resolution mode!

I can't turn off the whole "New Years Resolution" mode right now.

For years, I had declared that resolutions were dumb and pointless, so I didn't make them. Now, I'm apparently making up for lost time.

To recap, my 'resolutions' or goals (call them what you will) are as follows:

-Stay healthy. This includes not smoking (I've been a non-smoker for about 3 weeks now), not eating meat (fish is okay), greatly reducing my carb, dairy, and sugar intake (there's nothing I love more then bread, cheese and ice cream!) and working out (I've gone twice this week, and my stomach muscles already feel tighter!).

-Take better care of my teeth. Now that I've quit smoking, my wisdom teeth are getting infected again. Joy. Must brush and floss frequently, and use my chlorhexidine.

-Get a better job. The he-said-she-said bullshit drama at my current one is killing me. Better yet, start my "career". Yeah... I like the sound of that.

-Pay off as much debt as possible. (My entire tax return will go to this.)

-Minimize everything. Have fewer items, but more high-quality items.

-Keep the apartment clean.

-Read more. (I've already read 1 book so far this year, and I'm working on 2 more... so this is well on it's way to being accomplished.)

-Travel more. (I want to get to NYC to see SNL again this year.)

-Finish writing a book (I can do it.)

I had another resolution I wanted to add, but wouldn't you know I can't remember it now?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crystal ball, where are you?

If i could have anything in the world, I'd definitely choose a crystal ball.

One that would specifically let me know if I was wasting my time.

It seems very foolish to me, that I always think things are okay in my relationship. And then all of a sudden, he's silent for an entire car ride (even after I'm trying to engage him in conversation), followed by a snide remark once we get to the grocery store, like we're suddenly fighting about something.

Only, we weren't. Nothing happened to fight over. He's suddenly making it abundantly clear that he's angry at me, but for no reason.

And yes, people are allowed to be in a bad mood for whatever reason. So we suffer through the agonizing grocery store trip, both being pissed off at each other for no good reason. We go home and have some dinner, watch a movie... and after a few hours, I forget.

I lean over and give him a kiss on the cheek.

He doesn't smile, he doesn't give me one back. Instead he snarls, "You aren't mad at me?"

I tell him I wasn't mad at him, that he was just "being a jerk for no reason, and I didn't know why."

And now it's on. He's drudging up his old stand-by argument of 'You only keep me around to amuse you. You don't like me when I'm serious.' which is ridiculous. As far as I'm concerned, I see two Jay's... happy Jay, and depressed Jay. Of COURSE I like the happy one better.

I cannot recall a single conversation in which I chastised him for being serious. I WILL, however, lighten the mood if he's being overly cynical. But there are many, many times where I wish he would be serious, and the fact that he's goofy is of great irritation to me.

And then he says, "You're going to do what you always do, now. I'm trying to talk to you, and you're going to shut down and ignore me, and then tomorrow you're going to act as if this never happened."

I shut my laptop, picked up my Kindle and cell phone and said, "Yep." as I left the room.

If "serious" Jay has nothing better to do then bitch at me, he's right. I don't like him.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Being too ambitious.

I'd like to add to my "resolution" of sorts.

Finish a novel by this time next year. A good novel, that I'm proud of, and that I can shop around.

I don't even have a plot in mind, but I know I can do it. It will just take lots of self-control.

Book blog.

I tried to read more books this year, but didn't quite manage to read as many as I had hoped.

Here is my end-of-the-year list:

-The Devil Wears Prada
-White Oleander
-Animal Farm (re-read)
-Slaughterhouse Five (re-read)
-Harriet The Spy (re-read)
-Girl, Interrupted
-Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. James Mandel
-Stumbling Into The Light by Edwina Trentham
-The Beach
-Twilight (yes, yes! I gave in. I'm slightly ashamed.)
-New Moon (technically, I finished this one today, but I think I started it on the 31st... or maybe the 1st? Either way, I'm counting it as last years book.)

So, 11 books in 12 months. Not TOO bad, I guess. I'd like to at least double that this year, and I'm sure my Kindle will help me in that regard. It makes buying a new book at the drop of a hat WAY too easy!