Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This song is brought to you by the only Coheed and Cambria song I like "Welcome Home".)
As I sit here in my fluffy pink robe sipping my coffee (unsweetened coconut milk and one packet of generic blue stuff) at 5:44 AM, I am a) wishing my favorite mug was clean because this one isn't big enough and b) thinking about adaptation.
I am, as a Taurus usually is, unhappy with change. Sometimes even good change annoys me. Once I get over the initial hump, though, I think I adapt fairly well. As I've mentioned before, the hubs will soon be working at 6:30 am, and this needs to start getting up at 5 am. I don't have to be at work until sometime between 9 and 9:30, it's flexible, and even at 9:30 I usually beat everyone else there. I like a few minutes of relaxation time before everyone comes in and starts complaining about stuff. (Note to self: no Saleswoman today, just Watchmaker and Bossman, which means Bossman will be bugging me the second he comes in. Better get to work even earlier today.)
So, over the last several weeks, we've been pushing the alarm back a half hour. This week it's going off at 5:30. I seem to be adjusting to this way better than the hubs. I get up, make coffee, check SparkPeople, maybe blog, then on alternating days I kick him and Bingley out of the living room so I can do my bell workout (I have this terror of doing two-handed swings and Bingley runs in front of me and I hit him with the bell so I make him go in the other room).
Then I shower and eat breakfast, which is about the only thing I'm truly consistent with: a Thomas' Double Fiber Honey Wheat English muffin, because I like the flavor they have, not because of the fiber, 2-3 Tbsp of Skippy Creamy peanut butter depending on whether it's bell day or not, and a banana between 100-125 grams on top. This is the breakfast I've found that really keeps me full and energized almost until lunch.
So this getting up early thing has really not been too bad. Some of you may say "just stay in bed, he can get up on his own" but once the alarm goes off I'm awake. Half the time I'm awake before the alarm! I go to bed pretty early and read or think for a while. In fact, lying in bed in the dark is where I get the plot for the novel I will never finish worked out, haha. I find it easiest to fall asleep when I'm trying to figure out a plot device, it's my version of counting sheep.
One day someone will event a video camera where I can just think about what my book looks like in my head, with all the imagery and facial expressions and costuming and I won't have to write the words down. The movie in my head will go straight to digital media. The words won't be there to get in the way. (Although the fact that people can interpret a book the way they choose is one of the reasons I love the read.)
So anyway, since I have all this spare time in the morning I've been trying on my Faire costume and seeing what I can adjust. I got a tank top at the thrift store I think will work style wise. I got new boots a few months ago so I don't need my old boot covers, and that got me to thinking: I want to wear the tank instead of the long sleeve blouse I wore last year, but I don't want to entirely expose my arms, because I'm still not super confident with them. I have a bunch of leather left over from the overcoat I bought to make the boot covers from. I'm going to make some sort of cropped leather jacket from the scraps so I can cover the parts of my arms I don't like and maybe it will look a bit like armor when it's done. Also, hubs doesn't want to wear his sword belt this year (the kind you tie in a knot instead of one with buckles) because he says the hanging part always hits him in spots he'd rather not be hit, so I may get to wear that too.
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One day, I will cosplay as Lulu from FFX.
Come on, a corset and a skirt made entirely of belts?! I don't have the cleavage she does but heck, she's just cool.
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So anyway I'm using the cuffs of the boot covers as sleeves, since they were originally the sleeves of the coat anyway, and I'm using another piece of scrap leather for the back. I'm not sure how it's going to get assembled. I'm gluing it at present then I suppose I'll punch some holes with an awl and add lacing for both looks and sturdiness. Hopefully in a few days I'll have something photo worthy for you. I wish I had a sewing dummy in my size so I could see how it fit without having to take it off and put it on over and over. I have a sewing dummy but it's a plus sized one so we use it to hang hubs costume on!
So yesterday at work I'm sitting at my desk thinking about maybe starting to do some work and I hear Saleswoman call my name in that chalkboard scratching way she says everything "Ohhhhh Miss Andrea...(Bossman) needs you!" I groan audibly and tell her to tell him I'll be out in a minute. I make myself a cup of coffee so I can survive this ordeal. He wants me to stand at his desk and look at jewelry a wholesaler is trying to get us to sell in our shop. He does this, because I'm picky and also his bookkeeper so I curb his spending. I tell this good-looking guy he's talking to exactly this, that I'm picky, really, really picky when it comes to jewelry. Bossman even tells him in the 5 years I've worked for him I've only asked for about 4 items from the shop. This does not include the random things he has given me which I have pawned off on other people. So Wholesaler guy says ok, he will not be offended. Even so, I have to spend the next hour listening to bad jokes from Bossman and telling this cute but timid guy most of his jewelry is not that pretty. To be fair, it was all fashion jewelry. Sterling silver with cubic zirconia, and not many people in our town will spend $300 retail for CZs.
The guy even had an ornate slave bracelet, which is a bracelet attached by chains to two rings you wear on your middle finger. Bossman put it on my hand so we could see if it would be pretty. Then I snickered and did this to Bossman:
(Seriously, Guardians of the Galaxy. Go see it. It's awesome.)
I like having a job where I can made obscene gestures at my boss and have him laugh instead of fire me. (I once almost mailed a package with an empty watch box in it, but realized it before the postman picked it up. I left the $2000 watch sitting in the back room. I ran out to fix the problem and told him and he GUFFAWED. Not angry at all, he THANKED me for making him laugh so hard. My job is weird.)
After that he went into Philly to hit Jeweler's Row and I had the privilege of setting up the new color laser printer he ordered. Which actually was quite easy ONCE I FIGURED OUT HOW TO CONNECT IT TO THE WIFI. (Did I mention I do a little bit of EVERYTHING around here?) So now even Watchmaker can print crap from the iPad mini he goofs around on all day. (He would get faster results asking me to Google things for him than he does asking Siri.) I have yet to figure out how to print from my Android, but it will happen.
Finally heard back from Bestie about her foot. Looks like the hike will be delayed until October. Maybe Columbus Day, since I'm off Mondays and she will be off that day. We're still going to hang out though, have lunch and go apple picking. I may even indulge in an apple cider donut from the farm if they're still warm.
Friday morning before work I'm meeting an ex-coworker for coffee. I miss her so much, and thought she was upset with me because she got laid off. I was her supervisor but I did not make the decision and I tried very hard to boost her productivity so it wouldn't happen. Either way, I'm really glad she's not upset with me and it's going to be awesome to see her. I really, really like this woman. (There are very few of my current/former coworkers I don't like. There was this guy we called Creepy Chris who would stand behind my oscillating fan in pants that hadn't been washed for 2 weeks and blow his crotch stink at me, and then there was Brendyn who was good looking and charming at first before we discovered he wanted to do everything his way but his way was screwing up. And there's Saleswoman, who I only find irritating because she complains incessantly and is a 'victim' all the time. She also likes to sue people a lot.) So anyway, I'm glad to be having coffee with her!
I'm also getting back into No Poo a little bit. No Poo is a type of hair cleansing that only uses products you have in your house. My hair is naturally dry, so I can't wash it too often, so since I've been working out more I need to come up with ways to make it look presentable. Yesterday I "dry shampooed" with cornstarch. I put the cornstarch in a bowl, dip my fingers in it, then use the tips of my fingers to massage my scalp and the hair nearest the scalp. I did this until it was covering all the roots, then let it sit for a half hour. Then I brushed it out with a boar bristle brush. I need to brush it pretty well because my hair is so dark. I've read people with dark hair can use cocoa powder, but I don't like the idea of cocoa powder being all over the bathroom floor since it's toxic to dogs. So I brush. It works decently well to get an extra day before shampooing. Today I'm going to use my regular shampoo, deep condition my ends then do a cider vinegar rinse on my scalp. (That's 2 T ACV to 1 cup cold water, poured over the head right before getting out of the shower.) It does smell a little like vinegar when it's wet but when it dries you can't smell it at all, and ACV leaves the hair SO SOFT. If you want to know more about no poo, Google is your friend. Check out the Long Hair Community Forums. Tons of advice there.
Anyhoo, I need to hop in the shower before hubs uses all the warm water, and I think I've rambled enough, even for the people who like my rambles.
I do have one quick question before I go.
Would anyone be interested in learning a Portuguese word when I do my video blogs? I've been using Duolingo.com to learn a little Portuguese (Brazilian, not European unfortunately, but I take what I can get) and the sentences they teach you are ridiculous. "The butterfly reads a book" is not a sentence I can work into every day conversation, ya know?
Anyway, if you're interested, say so and I will do so!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We all do it. We all demean ourselves. Sometimes we even do it right after we get a compliment. I am guilty of this, you are guilty of this. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
Over the last several years I have been listening to podcasts about various topics, all produced by the same man. His name is Scott Johnson, and if you Google Frogpants Studios you will find his picture. Out of respect I'm not going to post it here.
I have listened to this man self-criticize his looks for years. He thinks he has a weird face, or his chest is sunken, or whatever. It really stood out to me, because I hear women self-criticize all the time, but it's not often I hear men self-criticize. But not only is this man doing this, he's doing it in a very public way, and it blows me away because, to me, this man is really handsome. Not like, supermodel or anything, but marrying type handsome. Let's just say that if I were single and this guy asked me out on a date I would totally go.
(Side note: I recently have had a good looking guy tell me was FAT. So. Not. Fat. And all I could say was "You sound like a woman!" Seriously we need to stop this, ladies and gents.)
How do we get so insecure and down on ourselves? Why do we spend so much time putting ourselves down? I'm much better about it than I used to be, but it's still a struggle. I'm working on forcing myself to stop at "thank you" and a smile when I'm complimented, instead of going "oh yeah but I still need to work on BLANK".
So let's all set a goal of not deferring compliments. We need to smile, say thank you, and then STOP. No self-criticizing as a way to defer the compliment. Because you know what? Maybe people will stop complimenting you if you keep doing that.
Remember, you are WORTH the compliments. Most of the time people say it because they mean it, not because they are just trying to make you feel good. So take it at face value.
So, I'm challenging everyone (including myself) to work on taking compliments better. Believe in yourself! You're worth it!
Monday, September 15, 2014
The last couple of days have been pretty cool.
As I've said, my shoes came. Showed them to people at work. Bossman said inappropriate things as usual. I will not repeat here! Also made commission on Saturday, which means everything else I sell this month is just bonus. Woot! After work I tried to start work on my mom's lap quilt I'm supposed to be giving her for her birthday, which is in 2 weeks. Notice I said START. Well my machine is binding up on the bottom thread so I gave up on that pretty quickly. So I decided to watch The Fountain, since I had mentioned it to a friend recently.
Me, watching a very sad movie, home alone, on a rainy Saturday afternoon is a recipe for disaster. Hubs got home, we ate dinner, and he saw that I was a little glum, so I tried on my shoes for him and mentioned something about needed accessories. So he tells me to put better shoes on because he's taking me to the mall. We go to Charming Charlie, which is one of my favorite stores. It's only got accessories, and they're all color coordinated. Now I'm looking for red, classic, bright red. THEY ONLY HAVE BURNT ORANGE AND DARK RED. I guess because it's Fall? I have no idea. I was disappointed. We wandered around anyway, checking to see if there were earrings or a bracelet or something I like. And we come across this:
Sorry the pic is blurry. IT'S A CLUTCH WITH BRASS KNUCKLES FOR THE HANDLE. And on top of that, they are RINGS WITH SKULLS ON THEM!
You can also see the bangles I got propping it up. And since I couldn't find any red accessories, I got some red lipstick. I spent most of today looking for a red belt to really define my waist, but I couldn't find one I liked. I'm really picky.
My earrings are faux pearl chandeliers seen here:
and the lipstick:
Aaaaand the entire outfit:
After Charming Charlie we both got bubble tea, which is a treat I only have every now and then, but I love it. I got coffee flavor and hubs got lychee. Then we walked around Christmas Tree Shops, because it's the perfect place for someone like me to look at a whole bunch of stuff I have no interest in buying.
When we got home I remembered I hadn't made reservations for our anniversary dinner. It turns out the restaurant we were going to isn't open on Sundays or Mondays. Our anniversary is on Sunday this year so we decided we would go to another place. We're going to go to a place called Catelli Duo. It works out because hubs will have to drive because there is no way I will be able to drive in those shoes!
Yesterday we did our usual grocery shopping and the usual boring Sunday laundry time. In the afternoon we just spent some time together cuddling and stuff. Then I watched the latest episode of The Knick. I won't spoil anything if anyone hasn't seen it yet, but let's just say things are about to get complicated and good. It's good enough to watch while I wait for the rest of my shows to come back on.
Today hubs wanted to go out to the thrift store, and I desperately need clothes if I'm not going to freeze to death this winter or look like a bag lady. I grabbed a whole bunch of stuff and brought it into the dressing room and wound up with a black tanktop, a gray quarter zip fleece with hot pink accents, black Old Navy corduroys and a grey wool winter coat. (Seriously, everything I got was gray or black.) All four things for $24 though, coat included! Nothing worth photographing though.
But, shoes and accessories! (I got a full length mirror!!!)
So last but not least is my menu for the week, which is crap, but whatever. You guys say you like my menus!
Sunday: Ham and cheese toasties with crudite
Tonight: Momofuku pork shoulder with roast butternut squash and whatever carb I feel like making
Tuesday: Homemade Meatballs w/ Spaghetti & Tossed Salad
Wednesday: Croissant Dogs (Hubs request) with Latino Blend Vegetables (Also his request)
Thursday: Asian Pork & Rice Soup (with leftover pork shoulder)
Friday: Ham Steak w/ Candied Acorn Squash
Saturday: Freezer surprise (I have some thing in the freezer that looks like it may be beef stew but it's not labeled)
Well that's about it! PHEW.
I'm sure I will have something more to say tomorrow. I've been chatty lately!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
I ramble as usual about the rain, shoes, and rewarding yourself.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I got challenged on Facebook to list off the top of my head 15 movies that have stayed with me over the years. Thought some of you might be up to the challenge!
1. The Princess Bride
2. Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen)
3. The Fountain
4. The Muppet Movie
5. Fight Club
7. The Shawshank Redemption
9. The Prestige
10. Boondock Saints
11. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
12. Hero (Jet Li)
13. House of Flying Daggers
14. White Oleander
15. Brotherhood of the Wolf
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