Saturday, March 07, 2009

Today It Was Warm

And you could tell by all of the stark white legs that walked the streets of Boston. I'm sorry if you read this and realize that this is you-but maybe it's a good thing as you obviously have no one in your life who'll tell you never to go outside like this again...

I'd like to mention that if you have to wear a coat like you were, you should not be wearing shorts. (Are those shorts? Or is it a bathing suit? I don't know...) Also, what's with the white socks? This is not a good look. For anyone. Especially when you are wearing brown sneakers from the "fashion sneaker" section.

I know it seems like I'm picking on you alone-I'm not. You just happened to be the first person I saw this morning when I went out for the day. So again, if you happen to see this, please forgive me. You were just too outrageous for me to let you walk out of my life without taking a picture.

Today it was warm.

Too Much Computer Time

Control S. That's what I tried to do last night when I dreamed of something I wanted to remember. It didn't work, so I hit control, alt, delete to stop the program from running. I had no keyboard so I used the imaginary ones on my stomach.

Sadly, I am not joking.

I woke up around 3am to someone pressing on my stomach insistently. Bottom left side, bottom right side and the top right corner. And again. What was happening? Why was my stomach being poked and prodded? WHO was in my room?

I've already given it away-you know that no one was in my room; the person hitting control, alt, delete on my belly was me. Fully awake, I started giggling to myself, wondering how the heck my brain comes up with these things. I wondered why the control S didn't work and wondered even more what it was I was trying to remember.

The control, alt, delete worked in that regard-it still hasn't surfaced. I think I need to cut back on my computer usage.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Product Reviews

Before I start, I'd like to say that this is not a paid ad. This is just a post because 1, I am bored and 2, I've recently tried 2 products that I've wanted to try.


The first is the As Seen on TV Ped Egg. I was leery of trying this because well, it seemed too good to be true. I've tried and used several foot scrubbing tools in the past because I'm obsessed with soft skin and some have worked, some have fallen flat. My little sister bought the Ped Egg while she was staying with me last week and when I saw that it worked, I knew I had to try it.The Ped Egg isn't unlike the other foot scrubbers I've tried. What makes it great is the shape-it fits right in your hand and is easy to use. It also catches the dead skin that it removes inside of the egg making it cleaner than other filing sticks I've had. Finish off with the fine sanding pad and your feet are callous free and smooth. I used it with my feet dry first and then after the shower the next day and my feet feel better than they have in years.

Rating: 9 out 0f 10

The next product I tried is Maybelline's Define-a-Lash Mascara (in my shade of Blackish Brown). I admit, I was mostly seduced by the packaging-it's my very favorite color and it's shiny-pretty much a no brainer why I picked it. I have long eyelashes and think my eyes are my best feature so I almost never leave the house with mascara. I like to make it look more natural than "spidery" so when I find a product I love, I don't really veer away from it. But remember how I was seduced by the pretty packaging?

Bad move. I hate it. The applicator is wiggly-it bends and moves as you apply the makeup which creates clumps. The mascara itself does make your lashes look longer, but it also gives them that unnatural spidery look that I hate. If you like a more natural everyday look, this is NOT the product for you. I wouldn't even recommend this for nights on the town. It's horrible and will soon be in my garbage. Don't waste your money.

Rating: 1 out of 10 -only b/c it has pretty packaging.

Last I want to mention that I dined at Qdoba the other night. Because I am watching my carbs (but wanted to treat myself a little bit) I asked for a "naked" taco. Basically I just wanted the meat, cheese and veggies.

First of all, this confused them more than anything-why don't I want the shell? Do I want it on the side? Am I sure I want it plain? Just as I was about to get angry, the manager stepped in and said it was no big deal, just put it on a plate without the taco shell. Duh!

This is the 2nd time I've dined at Qdoba. The first time I had chicken and it was not bad-not fantastic, but it's a fast food Mexican place, so it was as good as can be expected. This time I opted for the ground beef. As I was eating my naked taco I couldn't stop thinking that the meat tasted so familiar. I couldn't put my finger on it though-I just knew I had tasted it before and that it did not taste like taco meat.

And then it hit me. It tasted like a Slim Jim.

Now, I haven't had a Slim Jim in maybe...20 years-but it's not a flavor you forget. It's a very specific taste. And as a Slim Jim it's OK...but in a taco, not so much.

So, I'd like to give you my honest opinion: Don't get the ground beef at Qdoba. Unless you like Slim Jim tacos...then by all means, knock yourself out. (Just don't ask for it without the shell!)

Rating: 3 out of 10. Beef and cheese is still a winning combo...

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Duvet

I knew that when I mentioned my duvet cover yesterday that someone would ask for photos. I'm not really sure why I didn't originally post some-maybe it had to do with me being lazy last night. :) It's sort of a grayish blue color and is super soft (something like 400 thread count). Best of all, it goes very well with my curtains which I absolutely love and it also coordinates with my rug, which I also love. The only thing it doesn't look so great with is my red throw pillows that I always have on my bed. I think I'll have to start a search for clearance pillows whenever I go out. They have to be just perfect or it'll drive me nuts forever!!



I love that it is all one color but still has a design. I'm not much of a flowery decoration person, and all of the modern striped or color blocked duvets I found seemed too masculine. This is the perfect duvet for me. A little patience and persistence never hurt anyone!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Randomivity


Having an impromptu lunch with a great friend with Mexican food is pretty much a great day!

When people who don't normally visit me come to Boston I am happy. It's fun to show them my life because usually I go to them and leave my "new" life here.

If a restaurant knows that GPS doesn't work with their address, I'm pretty sure they should mention that on their website. Otherwise "people" might end up driving around the bad parts of Boston for 2 hours trying to find the place.

Walking in a blizzard isn't so bad when you have someone to walk with.

Happy Birthday's with flashlights, fried ice cream and friends is always a good time. Especially when it's not really anybody's birthday. (They had really nice bathroom light fixturestoo.)

If you need to tell someone that you're waiting for the music to turn on, you should wait until you swallow your food instead of using weird gestures that make strangers react violently. :)

I actually witnessed a grown man ask a hairdresser to give him a mullet. Thankfully, she said no.

Having someone save old pillows for you when they buy new bedding because they know the new ones will be too soft is one of the sweetest things ever. It's the simple things, people.

It's also good to know that if the old pillows were suffocating me in my sleep I would be saved.

Even a couple of hours spent with someone whose hugs make you feel safe lifted my spirits.

I still have no job. And no prospects. It is starting to get very scary and I'm angry that my old employer screwed me by hiring me 6 months before they laid me off. 6 months looks really bad on a resume, even if it had nothing to do with me.

I am in love. I have been searching for a duvet cover for literally a year now and have not been able to find on that I liked. Today, on a hunch, I stopped at Marshall's, dug through piles of sheets and found THE perfect set. It matches my room perfectly, and my style with just enough pretty to make it mine. I. Love. It.

Sorry to be late on posting today-I was driving home from CT.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Toosdae ?'s

Here are 3 questions that have nothing to do with each other. They're just random. I might as well be asking you about tuxedos.

1. Are you driving the same car that you were driving 5 years ago? If so, what is it? If not, why?

2. Do you prefer cooking with nonstick pans or stainless steel pans?

3. Do you have any rituals or superstitions you rely on prior to major travel?

1. No, but almost. I bought my current car 4.5 years ago-it's a Saturn Ion and for the most part, I love it. Before that I was driving a Pontiac Vibe and I loved that even more but had to give it up because it got beaten up. Yes. Beaten up. By a person.

2. I prefer cooking with stainless steel but only after culinary school when I learned how to use them. I do use a nonstick pan when I am cooking eggs though, because I own one and it's just easier.

3. When I fly I usually have a rosary in my pocket and I pray during take off. I find it funny sometimes because it freaks people out to see someone doing that. Which is weird.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Manic Monday: Waffle

One of the weirdest changes about living on a college campus was eating every meal in a dining hall. Having to eat every meal with other people seemed somewhat overwhelming to me. I couldn't fathom having to function & look presentable prior to having coffee, orange juice and breakfast let alone possibly sharing a table with other people.

The one thing that made the dining hall not so bad was that the food was really, really good. There was a killer salad bar (with the best honey mustard dressing I've ever had) an ice cream bar and a sandwich bar (with fantastic rolls and really great tuna fish). This was in addition to the hot meal which changed daily and came with dessert. And it was all you can eat.

The greatest meal of the day was always breakfast. Even though I was barely coherent, the food was a fantastic way to start the day. Not only did they have every cereal under the sun (I chose Cocoa Puffs most days) but they also had an omelet bar, scrambled eggs and some sort of breakfast meat and the best potatoes ever. Bagels, muffins and pastries also were available to us. When I really felt like I needed a bulky breakfast to get my day started, I opted for the waffle bar-which really wasn't a bar but a station. They provided the non-stick spray, the batter and the timer and we could load it up and cook a nice hearty waffle to our liking.

Oh it was so yummy! I liked mine crunchy with lots of butter and syrup. If the fruit was really fresh that day, I also topped the waffle with some strawberries and blueberries. I can tell you that when I moved away and transferred to UCF in Florida, I missed the cafe at WSC very much-mostly because of this waffle station!

So, while it took me a while to adjust to having to eat around hordes of people for every single meal, I learned to adapt because the food was so yummy. And yeah-I recognize that I was pretty lucky to have good food away from home. (I didn't miss the ball lock pins)(I don't know what that means).
Monday's are MoMoLicious.