Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 4: Seven fears/phobias

Ehh, 11:38 is close enough to tomorrow, right? Here we go...

1. Dentist. Even if I'm just getting a cleaning, I can't stand it. I don't really know what it is about it. The smell, the sharp objects, the waiting. Eck the whole thing.

2. Spiders. I'm not, by any stretch, a girly-girl but spiders do freak me out. I'll smack a bee out my face, flick aunts away, even pick up a toad or snake but I cannot stand spiders. Especially the brownish clear house ones. Disgusting. Oh and centipedes too. Absolutely nasty. Eww all those little legs...

3. Heights. These are starting to sound rather dull and ordinay but being really high up freaks me out. Like I'll never be able to get down.

4. Swings. I can't even push little kids on swings. It makes my stomach turn like nothing else in this world. I have no idea's something to do with how I'm afraid they'll never slow down, which leads me to...

5. Fans. Well, not all fans, only ceiling fans. Same thing with swings, I'm afraid they'll never stop moving. But really, who cares if they stop moving? I guess I do...

6. People knowing something I don't. I'm always afraid my mom or my friends know something about me or my job or house or literally anything about me that I don't know and are keeping it from me. I don't know why. I'm weird. When people say they "need to talk to me" or "call me later, it's important" that is like the worst thing ever. Tell me now! I physically can't wait until "later."

7. Not being able to pay our bills...which is an everyday fear. I hate not being sure of your employment status or if you'll have enough to cover your bills and food and everything like that.
Day 3: Eight things that annoy you.

Really? I can only list 8? Well, I guess I'll just list the first 8 that come to mind.

1. When a car is driving really slow in front of you, on a main road that is supposed to be 45 mph. They're going about 30, blinker on, blinker off, looking around, I think I might have to turn soon, I don't know...and when they finally turn...THERE'S NO ONE IN FRONT OF THEM! It was just them, on there own. No traffic jam, no accident...nothing!

2. When every song that's currently on the Top 40 radio stations sucks. Like now.

3. When people think we all owe them something. Like some people at my work, when we have to set up specific rooms specific ways. We can suggest to them all day that another room would be easier, is already set up the way they want, etc...but they don't want to move it "just because." And they all think we are there to serve them.

4. When I can't think of an actor's name or what movie they played in before the one I'm watching. Thank goodness for Google.

5. When people are "driving" on a tv show and they turn the wheel back and forth super fast. Where are they going? How are they still alive?

6. When internet is slow. Be it on a laptop, an office computer or my phone, I absolutely hate waiting for a page to load especially when I scroll down and since it was slow, it scrolls all the way down to the bottom by the time it loads. Ugh!

7. When parents don't watch their kids. Like in a store, they are screaming and touching everything and running around and the parents couldn't care less.

8. When people stand in the aisle at a store and block it. Hello, do you not have that magic 6th sense that lets us know someone is behind us trying to get through? It's rude! Move!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 2: Nine Things I do Everyday

1. check facebook/twitter/youtube/email
2. laugh
3. brush my teeth
4. put on eye cream
5. text
6. kiss my boyfriend
7. eat
8. watch tv
9. put my hair in a ponytail

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10 Day Challenge

So instead of starting out with the big ole 30 Day Challenge, I just found the 10 Day one and it looks like an easier way to go, for now. The questions are all different from the 30 Day so I can do both.

Here are the questions for the 10 Day Challenge:

Day One: Ten random facts about yourself.

Day Two: Nine things you do every day.

Day Three: Eight things that annoy you.

Day Four: Seven fears/phobias.

Day Five: Six songs that you’re addicted to.

Day Six: Five things you can’t live without.

Day Seven: Four memories you won’t forget.

Day Eight: Three words you can’t go a day without using.

Day Nine: Two things you wish you could do.

Day Ten: One person you can trust.

Okay, Day 1. Ten Random Facts about yourself.

1. I love cheese. If I could only have one food forever, it would be cheese. Everything is better with cheese, if I had some cheese, I'd ask for cheese on top, etc.

2. I have OCD. No, not the "I'm trying to be cool, I like my dvds organized I'm like OCD about it!" First of all, that doesn't even make sense. OCD is something you have not become. Plus, it's not cool to have it, it's annoying and it makes for a loooong day. An example: I no longer enjoy reading magazines since I have to finish reading every article I start even if I have no interest in it. I'll keep flipping back through the pages to make sure I read every word and it's almost not worth it to look at anymore.

3. I'm not creative. Which is weird, I've always been into art, I loved to draw when I was younger, I was a Graphic Design major when I started college and I've worked at both Michael's and Hobby Lobby. I just need some examples or I won't know where to start. I used to scrapbook but I'd have to get a scrapbook magazine or look at other people's pages online to get inspiration. I don't have a problem making my work look like my own, I just need ideas to begin. I can't just jump in, although, I wish I could.

4. I'm obsessed with Tim Tebow. I didn't find out about him until late last year but I've become obsessed rather quickly. He is one of the most attractive guys I've ever seen and he's a great ball player. I know some things when it comes to football and I know he's used to playing college but I think he'll make it in the pros. But it's come to the point where I get legit mad when people say something bad about him. That's sad. Note to self: he doesn't know you exist, Liz.

5. I hate when people don't believe you when you tell them something about someone from Hollywood. Here's what I mean: when I see an actor and I say "Oh, they're from insert movie title here" And someone disagrees. I wouldn't say it unless I was 100% sure. Then I have to take more time out of my day to look it up and prove it to them. Just believe me ok, I'm right. :)

6. I absolutely hate loud, unexpected noises. For example: one loud 'yip' bark from a dog, when someone sneezes and I'm not expecting it, when the fire alarm goes off by mistake at work when I'm standing right next to one. Those types of things bother me for a good 5 minutes after they occur.

7. I think I have two cavities. I hate despise the dentist. I'm terrified to even get a cleaning. It's uncomfortable, it tastes bad, I can't swallow for a long time, there's nothing good about it. I have an appointment coming up in October and I don't want my teeth to get worse so I'm just going to have to tough it out.

8. It's really starting to get on my nerves how every tv show tries to put down people who work for maintenance. I used to not even pay attention but since I work for the maintenance department at my work, even though it's not my dream job, it's hard work. Everyone depends on you, yet most of them treat you like dirt. Without the maintenance staff, a lot of things wouldn't get accomplished. We work hard and our work often goes unnoticed. Someone needs to do maintenance; I don't understand why every single show that features some type of janitor makes fun of them and acts like they're too stupid to find a "real job". Some of the smartest, funniest, best people I know work right along with me. I don't know if they want kids to reach higher than cleaning up after people for a living or what but every job is important somehow. I'd like to see a workplace without maintenance for a week and see how it holds up. Ah, okay end rant.

9. I love candles. I have different scents in every room. My favorite brand is WoodWick. Since I don't have a fireplace, I light these throughout the house and it's as loud as an actual fire would be. The one in Amber Woods is my favorite, it smells amazing. I always try to pick fall scented candles, no matter what time of year it is.

10. I love the rain. It makes the day harder because all you want to do is curl up and watch a movie but I just like a change. That's why I never get bored because in Michigan it's completely unpredictable. Being a weatherman here would be the easiest job, all you have to say is "it might rain." No one can be mad at you because there's no way to foresee what's coming. I've even heard comedians talk about how they don't know how to pack when visiting Detroit. Last Friday it was 92 degrees and super windy. The next morning it was 48. I could never live in Philadelphia California where it's always sunny. I need variety, I need 4 seasons.

Alright, Day 1 is completed. Phew. I hope they're not all that long. This will also be cool to look back on in a year or so to see what's changed and what's stayed the same.

Until tomorrow...


What's New?

So I'm sitting in bed, Full House is on in the background and I'm wide awake. It's 8:02am, I don't have to be to work until 12:30. The worst part is that it's raining so it feels like it's 4am and it's one of those days where you just want to stay in bed with your sweats on (especially with this cramp I'm currently experiencing) and do exactly as I'm Full House re-runs. No, strike that. The worst part about today is that I know when I get to work, I have so many big tasks to complete. I hate going to work and knowing that I'm going to get sweaty and disgusting and there's nothing I can do to prevent it. I'm also going to my mom's house straight from work to celebrate my sister's birthday so no shower for me until later! I really am just waiting for Friday. This weekend is going to be great because it's one of those weekends where we have nothing planned. The boyfriend and I are going to get some hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins to put out and we'll probably go to Dixboro for some cider and home decorating ideas. This is the most exciting time of the year, we've planted our mums,  I have my autumn leave door mat out and a scarecrow on the door. Yes, I wish I was Martha Stewart.

Anyway September has been like a month of new beginnings for me. I started Weight Watchers on Tuesday. It's a lot easier than I'd thought it would be. It's all about choices now. I used to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. That's not the way eating is supposed to be. I'm changing myself so that I'll eat what's good for me most of the time and treat myself on special occasions. Now I can choose, do I want 1 cookie or a whole bowl of salad with chicken? I'm proud of myself so far because I haven't given up or cheated. I've been tempted...believe me! But I want to be healthy and thinner more than I want some french fries. I have about 93 pounds to lose so I have a long road ahead of me. Hopefully by this time next year I'll feel comfortable going to holiday parties and looking good at them. My only regret is that I wish I started this sooner. I'm not going to beat myself up about it, though because you have to be completely commited and motivated to start such a big journey like this, or else you won't be successful. I'm finally ready.

Along with Weight Watchers, I've been exercising. I know I'd lose weight just following my points alone but I want to speed it up and also gain some strength. I used to run, in fact, I ran every weekday morning for over 8 weeks. But my shins were killing me, I thought over time they wouldn't hurt so bad but they do. I have shin splints and I don't want to hurt them even more so I decided to get exercise in other ways. Yesterday I started Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. She used to annoy me really bad. I know she's a tough trainer but I just hate how cheesy she is on commercials. I designed my website for you *points at the camera* but I trust her because she used to be big. I know some personal trainers probably have good advice but how do they know what will work for me if they've grown up skinny little kids that decided to lift weights? Anyway I kept hearing how hard it was but I thought "No way is an at-home workout dvd going to be hard for me." I was wrong. I was so wrong. I did Level 1 of the dvd last night, on the easiest level and I worked up a sweat more than I did running in 90 degree weather. I'm definitely going to be sore later. But I'm gonna keep at it. I'm going to make myself do it for thirty days straight. I plan to do Level 1 for two weeks, Level 2 for one week and Level 3 for one week as well. I hope I'm more toned when I'm done. I should notice a change, after eating my points for a month while doing the shred...I hope.

Another challenge I decided to do (I don't have enough on my plate mind right now, right) is the 10 day blog challenge. This challenge will be, well, challenging for me because I don't write in this blog as much as I should, let alone every single day. But I will. I feel empowered so there's no better time to start this than now. My next post will be about the 10 Day Challenge so keep an eye out for that.

Wow, I managed to write a whole post without one mention of makeup? I'm going to have to change the name of my blog! Most beauty related posts to come as fact, I think that after the 10 day challenge, I'm going to attempt the 30 Day Challenge and then after that, the beauty edition. Talk at you guys later! Thanks for reading :)

What are some of your biggest goals?


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Current Loves

Alright, I have a few minutes to kill; the boyfriend is still sleeping, and I'm waiting for my dad to text me about what time he wants to meet for breakfast. It's my birthday today so we're going to Cracker Barrel to celebrate. :)

I was thinking of what I could write about and it all came back to these few things I'm currently obsessing over.  The first thing is fall, which I know I somehow mention in every post. But really, the weather is wonderful, it's just chilly enough for a fleece or hoody and it's pretty windy out there. All of the fall home scents have come out too...I think fall scented candles are my biggest weakness. We went to Ulta last night, as well as Bath & Body Works and picked some up. At Ulta, I bought a WoodWick Candle in the scent "Cider Mill." I love the WoodWick Candles because they crackle like a fireplace, are extremely scented and last a lot longer than any other candle I know of. At Bath & Body Works they had the Slatkin & Co. 4 oz. candles on sale 2 for $10, which is a great deal considering they are usually $9.50 a piece. I already have some scented oils from that brand in the fall scents so I picked up two candles, one in "Spiced Cider" and the other in "Autumn". Spiced Cider is amazing, it smells exactly like a mug of hot apple cider. I have the oil in that flavor as well so that should cover the whole house. The autumn candle smells just like one would expect "autumn" to smell. It smells like if you were to walk in the woods on a fall morning. Just delicious, I burned it last night. I also have an oil in the flavor "Leaves" which smells like, well, leaves. These types of smells just make me feel happy inside, I'm not sure why!

Bath & Body Works also sells the room sprays in those scents so I picked one up in "Spiced Cider" for an upcoming contest I'm hosting.

Another thing I'm loving? My new phone.
I went to AT&T on Thursday morning because my boyfriend had lost his phone the night before. My phone had been giving me some problems so I wanted to have them look at it, anyway. Well my boyfriend decided (after much deliberation) to buy the new Blackberry Torch. I've heard a lot about it, it's the first real touchscreen Blackberry and is supposed to be a super smart-phone. I'm not going to lie, I was jealous. The tech there, Fred was his name, couldn't figure out what was wrong with my phone so I asked when I was eligible for an upgrade. "Not until next April" Fred replied. Oh well.

But then we got to talking about U-Verse, AT&T's cable service. We are unhappy with our current service and Fred told us we could get U-Verse for $10 cheaper a month with all the same channels and internet, plus more. Fred then told me I could get the Blackberry for the upgrade price ($!99) if we switched to U-Verse. I was intrigued but I didn't need a new phone so I passed. He was really pushing the U-Verse so he said "alright, you can get the phone at the upgrade price AND I'll give you a $100 Visa gift card if you switch to U-Verse."
I still wasn't biting, I just couldn't justify it. But then he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. "I'll give you the $100 Visa gift card and I'll sell you the Blackberry for $98, if you switch." How could I turn that down? Even if I waited until April I'd end up paying $100 more for the phone. I was sold. And Fred could tell because he went and got a new phone and put it by the register "just in case."
Anyway, on to the phone. I love it! It's so complicated, I'm not even sure I know how to use it. I figured out texting, Facebook and Twitter, that's about it for now. The camera stopped working so I'm taking it back either today or another day this week, it must be a glitch. I feel rather important with this phone, like a high powered business woman. I think Blackberries have a way of doing that to a person.

The other thing I'm really liking is my Rimmel eyeliner. I had an eyeliner from Rimmel a really long time ago, it's down to a nub now, and all I could read on the pencil was "Magic." I wasn't sure of the exact color name or type of liner it was. I could never find another one to match up to it. I recently bought one called "Jet Black" and that was clearly not it. It didn't glide on smooth at all, wasn't super pigmented and didn't last long. So while at Meijer on Friday afternoon, I was walking by the Rimmel display and saw that there were two different black eyeliners. I swatched them both on my hand and it was clear as soon as I swiped the one called "Black Magic" on my hand that it was the one I had been after. It glides on so smooth, is super black and stays put. And it's only about $3.50! It looks awesome on the waterline, FYI.

I also have been in love with my Converse shoes. I got them at Target about a month ago for only $22. I used to have a pair of navy blue high tops but my sister has them and I wanted the shorter ones anyway. I also got them in grey because I'm obsessing over that as well and it goes with everything. I wear them all the time, as soon as I get out of work, if I run errands or anything, I slip them on. They are so comfortable and easy to drive in. And they look cute as well :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Random Babble

I'm trying my hardest not to fall asleep at this very moment. This week has been super busy so far, and it's only Wednesday. At work we have what's known as "shut-down" where our building gets, well, shut down. Only for a week but during that time we deep clean and fix things that can't be done while we're surrounded with guests. There are a few good things about it, you get to work with people who's shifts don't normally cross yours, you get to work as many hours as you want to, and you get to wear normal clothes while blasting the music. The bad things about it are that you have to work-a lot- to get the things on your list checked off, you have to balance shut down maintenance with your normal everyday workload and then there's the waking up 6 hours before you usually do to get there early. But I'll take the overtime while I can, since things are still not looking good for poor old Michigan.

One thing I'm excited about is that it's raining here. And not just sprinkling, it's pouring cats and dogs with a fierce wind. We needed the rain so much, in August we set records for how dry it was. Maybe this will break the humidity? Wishful thinking. This has been one of the hottest summers I can remember. It's hard to breathe outside. This weekend is, however, supposed to be a high of around 70 so maybe fall is right around the corner? Let's hope.

...Not that it matters, I am moving into autumn with or without the weather's cooperation. I currently have Home Alone on the TV, which I consider to be a Christmas movie, and I have a Yankee Candle in Cozy Home burning and it smells ahhmazing! Apparently (after searching on Google for the better half of an hour) it's discontinued. It makes me want to blow it out and not burn it but it just smells so yummy, like all the scents of fall melted into a cute little orange jar.

=Anyway, on to the beauty part of this blurb. I'm contemplating dying my hair dark(er). Right now, it's a medium brown with blonde highlights. The highlights are growing out, a lot, and I'm sick of giving up mucho dinero for hair appointments. Plus with the winter months coming, I like a change. I'm just unsure. I picked up a box of Garnier Fructris hair color because it's my favorite kind. The avacado and grape seed oil really nourish my hair and make it silky smooth. I got the color Chestnut, or Medium Golden Brown. Still iffy on the color and if I should even color it at all...

=In other news, I picked up the new Soft Lips in the flavor Chai Tea. I'm not too impressed with the scent, I thought it would be more spicy but it's just a sweet vanilla-esque smell. It smells good, and fall like, don't get me wrong, I just was hoping for something that smelled more like the chai tea I order from Starbucks. Great conditioning as always and I love the size of the tube :)

I'm really hoping fall gets here soon. This weekend is going to be a good one. Saturday I may or may not go into work, but if I do, it will only be until about noon. Then, at 2:30pm it's UofM Football kick-off time baby! I can't wait! BDubs, Beer and my couch is all I want. Then at night, we're heading to Detroit for a really good friend's birthday. Sunday we have a Labor Day BBQ at my mom's house and I'm sure my boyfriend's family will want to get together for Labor Day on Monday, which is fine, since we both have that day off. I'm just excited for things to come, finding a school to go to finish my degree, my birthday in two weeks and the holidays of course. For me, from September on, the rest of the year is the best time and I couldn't be happier :)

I'm sure I'll do a tutorial or OOTD on Saturday so I will see you then!