Friday, November 29, 2013

The Post Where I Catch Some Heat...or hopefully not...

I already caught some flack on Facebook when I posted this photo of me and MB *gasp* in line at Old Navy at 6 pm last night.




So why not post it here and catch further grief ;-)

It is not as if I am a regular Black Friday shopper. I reluctantly joined a friend for the first time last year because she wanted some company. As a result, we did get a shiny new Kitchen Aid mixer...

This year we decided to brave Old Navy, and truth be told, it was not as crazy as everyone had been predicting. Everyone was very nice and patient, including the employees whom it was suggested would be absolutely miserable after being required to work the holiday.

We didn't leave to go shopping until after we had our traditional holiday dinner:


so it was "all good" tradition-wise.

And here is why you never want to eat cranberry sauce at our place. I filmed this Vine after I overheard MB explain his foolproof method to VC:




well now, what was more disturbing - that Vine or our indescretion in shopping on Thanksgiving? Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Perfect Line

I recently stumbled upon a product that I am absolutely nuts about. I wanted to share it with you, especially this time of year when many are dressing up for holiday parties.

The product is Laura Geller Eye Calligraphy Liquid Liner Kit:

Despite going to a "look 10 years younger" makeup seminar last year where the makeup artist touted using only eye shadow, never using liner (WHAT??? I know, you are shocked too ;-) ) I went back to using liner.

I missed the dark defined line on my upper lid. Problem was that I never got a perfectly drawn line. Problem solved.

The kit comes with three Lip liners for thin to thick lines. I am still using the "classic" liner - and loving it.

Another perk is that the liner dries very quickly, which is good news for those of us with hooded triple lids :-( I no longer have to clean up smudges that would occur when my lids creased before my older liners dried.

*This is NOT a sponsored post in any way.  Just a product I am deliriously pleased with :-)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

In Time for the Holidays: A NOVICA giveaway!

I have written in the past about the incomparable artisans who fuel their passion and creativity as artists for NOVICA. This is the perfect time of year to again check out their website featuring a gift guide For Him and For Her.

Why give your friends/family ho hum gifts that everyone else has seen before? Embrace the uniqueness that comes from handcrated gifts from artists all over the world.

This year NOVICA has added premium gift wrap - so the gifts make even more of a statement.

Here are a couple of my favorite gifts on my wishlist:

Of course, as someone who is obsessed with her rescue ginger tabby, I am in love with this wooden tabby cat that rests on the edge of a table - precious:

Then there are these gorgeous green onyx earrings to match my eyes:


What's in it for you? A $25 gift code to NOVICA to pick out your own favorite gift:

To Enter: Leave a comment with a special item from the NOVICA catalog that caught your eye. For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway and paste the link in a separate comment.  Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 4th at 8:00 pm. Good Luck!

Full Disclosure: I received a gift for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Well That's a Bunch of CR*p!

I was just catching up on my morning Huff Post reading. If you do not have the Huff Post app, I recommend installing it today, so you can read intriguing articles, such as the one I just read.

Did you know there is a profession called a "scatomancer" ?

Well, there is. What is a scatomancer? It is a person who analyzes poop to predict the future. Your poop.

Not sure if  you ever had the unfortunate experience of donating a stool sample for analysis. I had to do this several years ago. And I thought I'd vomit on the car ride to the clinic from the delightful aroma - and my poop was sealed in a container.

This dude actually puts his hand in the poop and smells it up close. The stronger the aroma, the better.

And now you know why this profession never comes up on the Yahoo Top 7 list of Most in Demand Jobs...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Premature Wrinkles and Turkey Neck??? NO THANKS!

As I was googling "does running cause a bad back," I came across many articles stating that running leads to premature wrinkling and turkey neck due to the constant pounding that drags everything downward.

Lately I have been doing my very slow jog - can you say 10-11 minute mile? and concidentally or not, my lower back has been very achy for 3 weeks now. I am taking it easy in an attempt to put off a visit to the orthopedist since I am averse to unnecessary x-rays.

Now that I have read this alarming news, I think I will stick to Zumba class with the 70+ year olds. Much safer, plus I will look young. Not only will I be surrounded by older people, thereby making me look young by default, but I will be avoiding the harsh pounding that could lead to turkey neck.

This is a photo of me after I ran several laps around the track at the finale of VC's Track and Field season last year. I hope to look the same 5 years from now, by avoiding the track.


*Oh, I am tickled to see that the nose to the left is a girl who is a local recordholder as well as winning her age group in the triathalon in London a few months ago. It is kind of like the Tortoise and The Hare, me being the Hare.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Incredibly Disturbing

I saw this video yesterday on Facebook -- and it is still troubling me today. If you live in the DC area - please be extra-vigilant.

These misguided youths think potentially killing a person is a lot of fun.



Senseless...Sad....Stupid.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Holiday Greeting Cards - GAH!!

After pouring about 4.16 hours into picking out the design for our yearly photo greeting card, I have come to the conclusion that it has gotten insanely out of hand - the crazy amount of options!!

Makes me long for the good old days when we picked up a box of cards - and that was it. But then how much fun would we have? No fun kitschy Carma Sez card.

Very excited about this year's card - since it features awful pictures of us - but a super fantastic image of Pumpkin photoshopped into the background - photo to come...

As I was persusing the cards, I came across a "Happy Christmas" card - I mean, who says that? "Happy Christmas?" "Happy" should be reserved for birthdays and Halloween.

So much to do so little time - that I am spending making Vines lol.

Hope you are having a fantastic fall weekend. xxoo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Normally I Don't Make it a Habit of Siding with Convicted Criminals

...but I'll make an exception in this case. I heard on the news this morning that a prisoner on death row who is about to be executed wants to donate his heart/kidneys to his mother and other organs to others in need. His request is being denied because of "logistics." Logistics? Seriously? there is no way to arrange for it. I doubt that is the case. There is NO way? This may be the only altruistic thing the guy has done in his life. Surely there is a way. Is it that he should not be granted any "privileges?" I would say since he will soon be DEAD that is not really a concern. What are your thoughts? Should he be allowed to donate his organs? WOW - as of tonight it looks like the state is going to re-evaluate and hold off on the execution.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I Just Can't Help It!

I am having too much fun making Vines of my adorable Pumpkin. This one has got to be my favorite one so far. It is less than 6 seconds long - worth a look. I cannot begin to tell you all the joy that having a kitten has brought into my life. Never pictured myself to be a "cat person" - but now I can't imagine not having a cat. She talks to me and is a welcome companion. As I told VC when I was contemplating his move away to go to college next year: "I need to get myself a fuzzy friend." And he ended up being the one who wanted a cat. It is "technically" his cat, but since I am chief caretaker, she has taken a liking to me too :-) Hopefully you will be inspired to make the trip to your local pet shelter and adopt your own friend in need.... In the meantime, my latest Vine:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What's in a Name?

I was catching up on local news this week and I came across a naming phenomenon that struck me as a little odd. A couple just had a baby & the baby's last name is a combo of both their last names. (mom goes by her own last name) Strange. For example, let's say the Mom was "Jane Thomas" and the father was "John Newman" - the baby's last name would be "Thoman" This was an actual story. I am not making it up. How the heck are relatives in the 3000's going to trace back the family history on Ancestry.com after they come across this combo name? Good or bad idea?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Vine: "Why Can't I Catch the Elusive Ladybug?" featuring Pumpkin

If you like cats and for gosh sake, who doesn't like cats??? I made a cute vine that showcases Pumpkin's raspy voice and exuberance:
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