Saturday, December 31, 2011

In 2012...

I hope your weekend is SAFE, fun, and appropriately silly.

In 2012, I will:
+ Learn how to salsa and re-learn how to swing (starting 1/13 at Century Ballroom, with swing in Kirkland and at Lisa's)
+ Sew costumes for Norwescon
+ Sew everyday clothes for myself, especially as I explore my 'style' (at least 1 new piece)
+ Start the P.I.N.K. Method (I'm sure I'll be blogging the hell out of that)
+ Pamper myself a bit more, with doing my nails and getting facials and waxing
+ Read at least 15 books
+ Finish writing my novel with Otaku
+ Continue volunteering at MEOW
+ Enjoy my life to the fullest!

RAK time!

Book Soulmates

It's December, so I only sent out one book for RAK (I put the majority of my altruistic efforts toward the LJ Holiday Wishes community). I didn't receive any books, which was expected (though I think 3 books people contacted me about in previous months must have gotten lost/damaged/stolen in the mail....ah well!). I really really wanted to send two books to the two bookworms that live together, but sadly, one gal's wishlist was entirely out of my budget. Sorry!

So this was my sole RAK ambassador for December:

Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Confessional


I confess...
It's really easy to turn me into a grinning idiot. Just make sure Boysenberry texts me something sweet and random, when I least expect it. Then watch me pause everything in my life, read it three times, and giggle like a kid at Christmas.

I confess...
It's also really easy to make me paranoid about having done something wrong. Just regularly communicate with me, and then go to radio silence for 3+ days. Then watch me pace, worry, obsess, fear, and generally try not to implode.

I confess...
I worry that this makes me high maintenance. And perhaps also a little neurotic. And needy. :(

I confess...
I'm also really bad about getting my hopes up. I'm naturally optimistic, and at the slightest encouragement, I will go squee and make plans and let myself be ridiculously excited. This is not mixing well with casual dating, wherein I am supposed to be cool, aloof, and hard to get.

I confess...
I have never in my life been cool or aloof, and playing hard to get seems dishonest to me, and a bit of a headgame. I envy you ladies to whom that James Dean stuff comes naturally.

And because I love you, and am still twitterpated despite being nervous about being a big dork, here's something hot to leave you with. *ahem*

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review: In the End

Things revved up even more for me in the final 3 months of 2011. Work picked up, and went well, holidays came in like a tornado, I had good (and painful) experiences with several amazing men, I made some changes in my life, and I got to see amazing things happen in the lives of people I love. Looking back, 2011 was a big year of change!

Considering that part of the positive change was consciously accepting and reveling in each opportunity I found, my theme song is:

I co-hosted the Swapoween with Miss Angie
I crushed on Blue, a bit too much for my own good
I fell in love with Budugalee Cards
I started Diary of a Costume Addict, primarily to chronicle my SteamCon Victorian Eel Outfit

I read a lot
I had a blast with Mamarazzi's Autumn Swap
I started my ritual lazy day weekend with Otaku
I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my family
Blue put another slice in my scarred heart
I sent a lot of books to total strangers

I hosted a book giveaway
I jumped back into dating...and was a naughty wench
I learned more about skin care
I got hooked on the British TV show Misfits
I survived Christmas

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We Want to Know Wednesday


Thanks as ever to Mamarazzi, Queso, and Crazymama for hosting!

{1} What was the best part of 2011?
Growing up. After a stressful and challenging first quarter, and a humbling second quarter, I feel more like I've grown into my own this year than EVER before. Maybe turning 30 had something to do with that, or maybe it was emerging from being powerless to painting my own destiny.

{2} What do you look forward to in 2012?
Gaining more skills and confidence in my job, fulfilling creative needs in my hobbies, getting in better shape, and of course dating some amazing menfolk!

{3} Do you actually keep your New Year resolutions?
No, which is why I don't make resolutions. I just make changes. :)

{4} What are your top 3 resolutions for the new year?
To start the P.I.N.K. Method with Zao, to get into swing and salsa dancing, and to finish my co-authored novel with Otaku.

{5} Do you have any fun new years traditions or plans?
Growing up, we had French Breakfast Puffs and Lil Smokies for breakfast on New Year's Day, and watched the Rose Parade. This year, I have no plans, and am devoted to playing my NYE party plans entirely by whim.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Happy List


I am happy...
That despite being so sick he had to go to the ER on Xmas, my brother is healing normally.

I am happy...
That the holiday was a success. I admit I was kind of over it, mid-way through the day. But we didn't scare my bro's new girlfriend away, which is fantastic.

I am happy...
That Boysenberry texted me on Sunday to wish me a Merry Christmas, even though he doesn't celebrate the holiday and I'm sure he was busy with his family. Sweet little gestures like that go a LONG way with me, and considering how impressed I have already been by his manners, attitude, life, etc....well, I'm having to maintain a death grip on this whole "dating casually" thing right now.

I am happy...
That I'm finally wrapping up the craziness that has been work for the past 2 weeks. I feel very on top of things, and accomplished.

I am happy...
That I have A PLAN for the new year. The Virgo in me always needs one. 
So here it is: 
  • I am starting the P.I.N.K. Method for body toning and weight loss, with a local friend (yay accountability). 
  • I am starting swing dance here in Kirkland. 
  • I am starting salsa dance out at Century Ballroom (1-2 times a month). 
  • I am learning how to knit and crochet. 
  • I am getting a costume or two done for Norwescon, but not going to stress out of my gourd about it. 
  • I am going to get back in the habit of writing regularly so I can stop feeling so damned guilty about it.
And that takes care of my physical, emotional, and creative needs for the new year. Wahoo!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Whether you'll be lighting the menorah tonight, or watching for Santa, or looking at your bayberry candle, or attending Christian services, I'm wishing you and yours a merry holiday, and weekend, and end to 2011. May we all enjoy health, prosperity, joy, and adventure in the coming year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Confessional


I confess...
I have fallen behind on blogging this week. Sorry! I will endeavor to catch up.
I confess...
Part of that was being uber-busy with work, and part of that was...erm...getting uber busy. *ahem*

I confess...
I don't do resolutions, but 2012 is going to be a great year for most of us. A creative one, too. 

I confess...
I am looking forward to some relaxing time with my family this weekend. I'm so happy about the SOs my brothers are bringing, and my folks aren't fighting, and I just feel peaceful going into it. Plus, of course, eggs benedict and mimosas. Mmmmmmm....
I confess...
I will be happy to hear the end of the Christmas music. I was dandy with it at first, but considering I only like about 30% of the tunes piped out of every store and shop this season, it's starting to get old. Or maybe I'm getting grumpier in my adage.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 In Review: Summertime (and the living is....)

Well, things really broke for me in July, August, and September this year. In August I had my interview with Wave, and consequent hiring, which lead to my moving to Kirkland and all the joy since. It was definitely a new chapter, in the best possible sense.
My theme was absolutely Feelin' Good (which, though I love the Nina Simone version, I must go with the Michael Buble version here, for the pacing)

I reached 100 Followers! And hosted a giveaway to celebrate.
I got hooked on RAK (Random Acts of Kindness).
I wrapped up my series on boudoir photography and posing.

I got a new job.
I got a new flat.
I had a blast with Mamarazzi's Favorite Colors Swap.
I had mixed feelings about turning 30, which went away after a bucket of margarita.

I got to fight zombies! Ok, run away from them. Still!
I had this brilliant idea to blog about my costumes (*coughcoughfail*).
Miss Angie and I hosted the first annual Swapoween.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Happy List

I am happy...
That I had a weekend full of Misfits, good food, and Otaku. It was restful, it was fun, and it was the best thing I could have done with my weekend before Christmas.

I am happy...
That I love myself enough to be guilt-free about enjoying all these goodies. Vendors that we contract with have been showering us with gourmet cookies, candies, and chocolate. I'm almost getting sick of sugar, but not quite.
 (actual cupcake that I just ate)

I am happy...
That I haven't gotten seriously ill yet. I'm usually sick in the Autumn and/or Winter, with the allergies and the stress and all, and I've been working hard to keep that from happening this year.

I am happy...
That my coworker gave me a defined "style", which allows me a chance to narrow my wardrobe down to a certain look. The style? Victorian Grunge.
 (I could make that...)

I am happy...
That I have so much to look forward to, with the holidays and family and crushes and everything. This is going to be a busy, fun, lovely few weeks!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Musical Monday: Echoes

Over the weekend, Otaku got me hooked on a British show called Misfits.
And the theme song, while not normally my bag, is very much something I need playing if I ever have to battle zombies or be a subversive agent in a big government, or anything like that. So if you're feeling rather punk, enjoy:

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 in Review: The Moving Months

Continuing the theme of 2011 In Review, I've got to say that I would have been in a very bad place in April, May, and June if my parents weren't so generous. They let me move back in with them which, while embarrassing, was much better than killing Scotsman or living on the streets.

And my theme for those three months would have to be:

April 2011
I invited the Universe to bless my life with a good man.
I participated in my first book swap.
I started dating again (of course, now I can't remember who Lynx was).
I vlogged.
And I moved to my parents apartment, after the fiasco with Scotsman and finances.

May 2011
I focused a lot on inexpensive nutrition and gleaning.
I gave up on dating, after a frustrating run. Except not really.
The Yakima river flooded, and it was beautiful.
I went through a lot of job interviews.

June 2011
I got into hooping.
I got into Arbonne (as a product user, not a seller).
I had a really great time hanging with my folks.
I started a very fun blog series on Boudoir Photography.

Friday Confessional


I confess...
Blue really hurt me, more than I let on. I can't help but be a little paranoid now, when a guy that I like ignores my texts. I ought to be more patient, and give them a day to respond before I get twitchy, but the panic rises....I can't help it. It makes me feel needy and broken and I HATE that.

I confess...
I really like both of the guys that I went on dates with last weekend. I also have a teensy crush on a guy here at work. My crush-gland and my libido are in full swing!

I confess...
I am behind on ornament baking, stocking decorating, jewelry making, costuming, and putting art up on my walls. However, I am done with Xmas gifts, wrapping, plans with the family, and holiday decorations. Yay!

Yeah, I know, this one is short. What can I say? I'm still catching up on sleep. ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mobile Media Nownownownownow

This post brought to you by LG DoublePlay™. All opinions are 100% mine.

So who else has a phone contract expiring soon??

Personally, I'm looking at getting the LG DoublePlay (from T-Mobile) to replace my Samsung thingie (that's close enough to the official brand, right?). 

Here's the cool parts about the LG DoublePlay:

  • Touch screen
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard (so much easier for texting)
  • 3.5" colored display with high-end graphics
  • 5 Mp camera built-in
  • HD video recorder built-in
  • CloudText capability for collaboration with you iPad folks
  • Android capability, so one-touch performance and market for buying more apps

If all of this sounds more like a computer than a're right! Personally, I almost never talk on my cell phone. It hurts my ears, I'm awkward (not in a cute way) on the phone, and I can't do it while at work. But texting? Surfing the 'net? Checking email? Taking random photos of my current experience to blog about? These things are top priority for me in a mobile phone.

I send about 200 text messages a month when I'm blazing (i.e. being a social planner butterfly chick). And if my phone could do it right now, I'd use it for social marketing constantly, especially during the holidays when I have hours of down time and no laptop with me (and usually some video I desperately want to share with someone). I'm most excited about the HD recorder, though. Me with video capabilities (and a better mobile camera) would be dangerously fun!

What about you guys- are you big into using social media on your phones? Do you prefer texting to talking?

Check out the LG DoublePlay™ for yourself!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Face Care 101

A woman's skin care techniques can be as varied as personal taste, and there is a vast variety in skin care types and needs. But with the domination of marketing and trends over basic skin intelligence and education, it's difficult to find what things work best for you (without spending a ton of money, going through potentially-damaging routines, etc). I know- I have been there. 

Given all the research, interviews with aestheticians, and trial-and-error that I've done, I wanted to share the most important tips with you guys.

The following holds true no matter what kind of skin you have (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, rough, wrinkled, damaged, fair, etc):

Always always always clean your face twice. Yes, even if you have very dry skin. The first time is just to remove the surface makeup and oils. The second time is to deeply clean the pores so that your skin (one big organ, ya know) can breathe, excrete, etc as it should. When your skin functions as it should, you glow (and have fewer breakouts).

The first cleanse, to remove makeup and dirt, can either be with a specific face-make-up remover (different from an eye makeup remover!), or you can use plain olive oil. You just need to put some on a cotton ball and gently swipe it across your face (may need to do two cotton balls and swipes).

The second cleanse, right after the first, should be with your specific facial cleanser. Just put some in the palm of your hands, rub together to start a lather, then gently dot the cleanser on your face. Using a wet soft cloth or sponge, lather the cleanser evenly over your face in circular motions. This helps with circulation as well as getting a nice deep clean. 

You don't have to press hard or scrub vigorously (this can damage the surface cells and even bust capillaries). And for the love of all that is good and holy DO NOT USE BODY SOAP ON YOUR FACE. That stuff isn't made for delicate skin like the undereye area and will do more harm than good.

After you rinse and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel or cloth, apply moisturizer. Yes, even if you have naturally oily skin. You should use a daytime moisturizer (usually very light, with built-in SPF), and an evening moisturizer (usually a somewhat heavier cream for repairing skin damage). 

If you have those annoying bumps under your eyes, make sure you're using an undereye-specific moisturizer in those areas- that skin is tissue thin and pretty needy.

Different product lines will target different skin needs, but ALL skin needs to be thoroughly and deeply cleaned, and then moisturized, to retain a good balance and healthfulness. If you follow this regime and still have skin issues, the problem likely lies with the products you're using.

And, of course, one of the best things you can do for your skin (and all your other organs) is to drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet, and get regular exercise.