Archive | January, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions

2 Jan

I hate the whole idea of a New Year’s Resolution.  It’s the equivalent of “I’ll start my diet tomorrow.”. Sure there are things that I need to do more, but the fact that the numerical year is different isn’t going to make it stick or make it any more important in your mind.  Who has actually accomplished a New Year’s Resolution for more than a few weeks. I’ll tell you: NOBODY.  If someone says they have, they lied.Yeah, I should probably get back in shape, remember to take vitamins every day, not sleep in makeup, become a smarter shopper, do better in uni…the list could go on for days. I will try to do these things, but I think they’l happen more organically, not spurred by changing calendar years. I’m not that type of person.

What I am is a list lover.  I love to write lists just so I can cross things off them.  One of my…quirks…is that I love love love to cross off the last item on a list. My favorite lists are the best books lists and the Academy Awards Nominees lists.  Every year since 2009, I print out the Academy Awards Nominations List and I watch every movie nominated in every category during the course of the next year. (Yes, I’ll write about this again when this year’s list comes out.)  Some are great, some are shite, but I feel like I get a good dose of culture that doesn’t exist in South Dakota.

On a related tangent, I’ve always loved to read.  I like to read mostly classics, with some great contemporary books mixed in.  I don’t like many modern popular books.  I went into B&N a few weeks ago & “Paranormal Romance” had whole entire shelves (yes, PLURAL) devoted to interspecies lovin’. I will never understand that. I also can’t stand modern “chick lit” like “50 Shades of WTF“, “Sex and the City“, anything by Danielle Steel…that sort of book.  Every single story like is like a “you choose 3” combo of these categories: going to a new job/school, new motherhood, first twuuuu wuuuv, romance after divorce/bad breakup, becoming famous (or the love interest is famous), living in the ‘big city’, and, dieting. Blerg. Isn’t that why we keep friends from high school on Facebook long after graduating & losing touch; to read and laugh about their stupid vapid manufactured drama. That in book form=no thanks. Sure, there are exceptions, but in my eyes they are few and far between.

Many “best books” lists are mainly classics, with some good contemporary books mixed in.  I’ve reached the halfway mark on some lists, but I’d love to finish one in the next couple years.  I don’t have a specific one I’m working on, I’d just like to make a dent in a few and read some of the books that I’ve bought but haven’t yet read.

With so much technology…basically netflix & youtube…I just sort of stopped reading in my free time.  After long days & nights of class & studying, I wouldn’t want to read in my limited spare time, no matter how much I really loved the book. I’d rather watch an episode of a good tv show or a quick video.  Then when I had more time, I’d think “Ooh, time to catch up on XYZ show, I can finish the season” or “XYZ movie just came out on DVD, I’ll redbox it.” I love a good TV show, but I want to read more.

This year’s goal: 50 books. I think I can do it.

I’ll keep a running list on here, updating after I finish a couple. I won’t do book reviews or anything, just a short statement if I liked it or not. Unless it’s really good or really terrible, that’s as in-depth as I’ll get. As I think most of them will be older books, I don’t think I can say something that hasn’t already been said.


P10P/B Update #2: My Confessions

2 Jan

Confession: I broke P10P and P10B.

Confession #2: It’s not as bad as it sounds.

I purchased a red lip liner from Rimmel. I didn’t have one & needed one to wear red lipstick to some holiday festivities. Cost: about $3. I’ve already used it about three times, so I think it was worth it. In my opinion it shows a little progress: I found a great drugstore product instead of heading to Sephora or a makeup counter for a pricier alternative.

I also went to B&BW to stock up on wallflower refills. I had just put in my very last one from my last B&BW semi-annual sale purchase so was completely out. (2 packs for $6 on all the scents is a great deal).  The wallflower refills are not a beauty item & therefore not counted However B&BW had the Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Butters 75% off so I bought 2. Cost: about $8. I love vanilla & the body butters are very thick and creamy. These will definitely get used.

So now my projects have become Project 11 Pan and Project 12 Bottle.  I’ll probably keep referring to them as P10P & P10B for continuity’s sake, but the new “requirements” will be reflected in the totals.

Confession#3: My mum gave me a SJCP gift card over the holidays, but I haven’t spent it. I really want to, but I want to make more progress on the makeup items in my P10P. I think I’ll hold onto it, until a time when I really feel like breaking the project.  Yes, items will be bought, but I won’t be spending any money. I just don’t know if gifted items and gift cards violate P10P/Bs.  Any opinions?

Confession #4: I haven’t been able to hide my Ipsy and Sample Society boxes away and not use those items.  I have been playing with them & using them.  Some I gave as part of gifts, some I kept, and some I traded.  My subscriptions boxes were one of the original exceptions for these projects, so I havent been adding any thing to my stash that I wouldn’t already have.  I did cancel popsugar after this December’s box (one word: dull) so…progress? I think so.

Not a Confession, but an update all the same: I finally found both my camera and the battery charger so I’ll be posting more now that I can take better quality photos.  I had been using my phone with quite mediocre results, but things should be a little better. I’m not good at photography or photo editing, but I can take sharper photos that are more true to color-I think that is the most important part.

Thanks for reading,


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