Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Old Bluemoon, New Tricks

So I'm schooling myself on something super important this week:

The skill of applying eyeliner to my upper lid without coming out of it looking like I got into a fight.  ;-)  Miracle of all miracles, I pulled it off this morning.  It's the small victories!

Last night I went home and was totally antisocial, as intended. I voluntarily talked to the man who delivered my dinner, and then I involuntarily spoke with my neighbor on the phone.  I knew she would keep bugging me if I didn't just take the call, so I sucked it up and endured it, ensuring it was a short convo. 

After that, I lounged.  I watched a bunch of DVR, including New Girl and The Mindy Project, two shows I love.  I need to go back to the beginning of New Girl via Netflix or something as I only watched one or two episodes.  Someday!  Beyond DVR, I also got some new music for my ipod with the assistance of the Amazon giftcard I received as a gift for officiating the wedding this weekend.  They know me so well!  I buy all of my music and ebooks from, so it was perfect. 

One of the songs I bought and added to my collection was "The Violent Bear it Away" by Moby.  I heard it for the first time this weekend, as this was the song my new sister in law walked down the aisle to.  They chose all very untraditional music for their ceremony, which I thought was awesome.  Other selections included "Clocks" by Coldplay, "Intro" by The XX, and "The Good Life" by OneRepublic, among others.  The Moby song is purely instrumental and is gorgeous, and I think I will forever associate it with that very cool moment in time when my brother saw his future wife appear in a doorway and knew his life was going to change for the better.  :-)  I'm kind of hooked to it!

I'm also reading a really good book called "Reconstructing Amelia" by Kimberly McCreight.  It's one of those books I look forward to picking up again each day for my commute.  There are many books coming out in the next couple of months that I want to read.  They include: 

Man Up by Ross Mathews
Don't Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent, aka The blogger
The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro

Joyland by Stephen King
The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster

In other words, lots of humorous books and memoir, essay type books on my list for late spring and early summer.  I also have tickets to go see Ross Mathews for a book signing/reading the week his book comes out, so YAY for that!

In other news, it is 86 degrees out at 12:19pm.  Predicted high today is 89.  It's APRIL.  WTF, mate?  Supposed to be in the 80s tomorrow, but 70s on Friday and 60s for the weekend before we get back to 70s next week.  70s is more the right speed for spring, but I will admit it is nice coming to work in capris, sandals and a sleeveless shirt.  :-) 

Last night in my apartment was kind of rough, though.  They don't turn on the A/C until later in the season, so it was stuffy like crazy.  Today will be worse since it's hotter already.  Good thing I need to get to the gym and maybe I'll go on a walk.  Sure, it's hot outside, but at least air might be moving out there! I had a less than ideal night of sleep because I don't do well when it's hot inside and I'm trying to sleep.  I had my fan on and windows open and no blanket!

I have made one interesting discovery this week with regards to my allergies.  Pollen has been sky high in DC this week, and my allergies are much better this week than last.  In summation, pollen clearly isn't my issue!  Weird.  Wonder what was up last week??

I'm CONSIDERING walking to Robek's for a smoothie for lunch, but it's a really long trek, so I may just do that for dinner instead.  It's another way to get out of the house for a bit!  I had this really awesome Berry Slim smoothie last time I went and it was so delicious.  Today's lunch may just be a sandwich in light of my financial woes this week.  ;-)

Okay, who's going to come to DC to go to a Nationals game with me tonight?  I so want to go and can't get anyone to go with me!  This is why I need a guy, LOL.  Or just more friends who like baseball?

Happy Wednesday!


  1. You guys are having some strange weather on the East Coast.

    My 'allergies' stopped too! So annoyed! Right after I got the generic Zyrtec I bought off Amazon, all the sudden I'm fine. Oh well, if it comes back, I've got my pills. So weird that you were feeling it and Ready and Fading wrote about it too!

    I was pretty awful at doing cat eye, or using black eyeliner until I started using a bent eye liner brush that I got from the Sonia Kashuk line from Target. Seriously, best $5 spent. I use the bent brush and gel eyeliner from MAC. I can get it right at the lash line, super thin or thicken it up perfectly. Bent brushes are a thing of genius!

    1. We really are having some odd weather. I was so hot last night in my apartment, no fun.

      Super pleased with lull in allergies, even if I don't get it. I know many others are much MORE miserable now with the pollen so high, though.

      I'm intrigued by this bent eye liner brush, may have to check it out!

  2. Are you using liquid or pencil? Liquid is a nightmare for me. Mostly because I nearly always blink and it ends up ALL OVER my eyelid.

    1. Oh, definitely pencil. I, too, have tried the liquid liner and failed spectacularly. :) I do not have a steady enough hand for that!

  3. An idea bout your allergies. In the spring when the ground is very wet there can be mold from the leftover decaying vegetation from last year. It's worse in the fall when the fallen leaves are rotting but can be present in the spring too. Just a thought, I know my mom is very sensitive to it.

    1. Hmm, that's interesting! I need to pay more attention I guess to figure out exactly what my triggers are.

  4. Love the slant eyeliner brush by Maybelline. (For some reason you can only find them in Walgreens or RiteAid and not CraptasticCVS.)

    I'd go to the game with you, but I *have* to go biking tonight while I have the time. :( But I'm totally with you on that -- I can never find anyone to go to soccer games with me, and it's a job that would be perfect for a boyfriend. ;)

    1. Will check it out! Love getting product and tool recs. :)

      I need to get a bike. It's something I've been thinking about, but I've not ridden in years and for some reason I am kind of intimidated about the whole idea. Weird, I know!

      I keep forgetting you're in my 'hood! I'm always up for a game sometime, or anything really. Gotta love meeting strangers through things like this, LOL.

  5. thank you for the book recommendations!