Monday, April 30, 2012

Gel Mani

Got a gel manicure for the first time... Hopefully it lasts as long as people say

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Man Candy Monday - John Mayer

My selection for Man Candy Monday this week, is a controversial dude but his music is amazing!! I heard his new single Shadow Days last week and LOVED IT!

I've been a fan for about 10 years and I used to find him very attractive and the pictures I chose are organized in order of appeal.
Lately, his look is a little less appealing. The longer & shaggier hair, and the unflattering wardrobe choices lately are a shame. He also has a bad reputation for being a douche.
Regardless, I think he's good looking and there is no doubt he is one the most talented musicians of our generations.

Source: via Claudia on Pinterest

I went to a concert of his at the Nokia Center in 2008 and was looking forward to a tour soon to promote his new album but read recently that the tour is on hold.

John is from Connecticut and is 34 years old.
He has famously dated Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston and others.
I have no information about his current dating status. He must be focusing on his music.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recent Scores

Happy HUmp DAy

I didn't make it to the mall or any stores this weekend as I'm still trying to play catch up with schoolwork and was glued to the computer Friday and Saturday nights.
I also ended up working a shift at the library on Saturday afternoon. I did cut my hair though, LOTS of it. I like to keep it at least long enough to put in a ponytail but I may have gone too far this time. It's super short but I do like it... this just means I have to flat iron it more often.
In fact, I may just be in the market for a new, thinner flat iron.

So I did make up for not shopping IRL by doing some online shopping.
I'm finally getting around to using some birthday and Christmas gift cards. (my Bday is late October)

Here's some of what I've picked up lately:

I realized I needed a new camera waaay back in September when I was in Chicago and my pics were lamesauce. Finally bought one in early February but I still haven't taken it out of the box.

OH wait, I did go to the mall Friday... I saw a great blazer at F21 but they didn't have my size.
I ordered this one online, hopefully I like it as much since its not the exact same style number.
I've been wanting a navy blazer for a long time.

I also ordered a navy skirt and a couple head scarves from F21 but couldn't find online one in leopard print and another in stripes

From Old Navy I got this scarf... I've been wanting to add something yellow to my wardrobe.

and this chambray shirt

aaand this dress, so colorful... I only hope its flattering

I'm trying the quilted and chain link trends with this purse.
Its nice and roomy and I'm pleased with the purchase.

And some other randoms... including a couple posters and a new license plate frame for my car

All this stuff I've purchased with giftcards or charged to BF's credit card per his request since he hadn't gotten me Bday or Xmas gifts

BTW I when online shopping I always go through ebates:

Its SUPER awesome to find coupon codes to save money and also get bonuses for shopping. I've been using it for a year now and every few months get a check in the mail.

I'm still searching for some classic and comfy ballet flats in a tan or nude shade.
I'm ready for spring! Actually I'm ready for SUMMER, I'll get a break from school at that point.
I'm OK with losing an hour this weekend because it means hopefully it wont be dark when I get home from work from now on!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Trouble, I've had lots of that lately.
2012 has been mighty unkind to me so far. I don't want to be Debbie Downer but I'll share a little...

For starters, my dog has passed. She got sick in mid January and had good days and some bad days, and eventually I took her in to the vet to be put down. It was so sad, but I know I did the right thing. I focus on being glad that we spent 14.5 great years together. I had some other personal problems that have affected me in a major way. My self esteem and motivation for anything took a big hit. I'm doing a little better with it now and doing what needs to be done to move forward and put the darkest times behind me.

Meanwhile... my cousin who is like a sister to me but unfortunately has been battling cancer for over 2 years and unfortunately lives 5 hours away had a big health scare. She was in ICU for 6 days and the whole family was distraught. Many of us drove out and I kept her some company but it was really heartbreaking to see her go through all that. She's doing better now but I still wish I could visit more often.

Will all this nastiness that I have to deal with, its inconvenient that I just happened to start grad school in January. There was times I regretted it and felt like I had no energy or focus for it and I'm still trying to play catch up. Its definitely challenging but if I want to have a career and not just a job I need to keep giving it my best efforts.

One thing I'm glad for is that at my full time job I have a new "flex" schedule meaning that I don't go in to work tomorrow and might just sleep in. Instead of working 8 hours M-F every week, I work 9 hours M-F one week 9 hours M-Th the next and get every other Friday off!!!
I'll be running errands, doing schoolwork, trying to finish up The Help, hopefully getting a haircut and maybe watching some Gossip Girl, and partaking in some retail therapy.

I'm expecting March to be much better than January and February and hopefully the year will keep improving from here on out.

I must say though that through these difficult times its been heartwarming to realize I have the support of some dear friends and family and my boyfriend has also done his best to cheer me up and has been understanding and put up with some pretty foul moods of mine.

phew that was my vent fest 2012, maybe next week (or next month but I'll really try to do better) I'll share my loot from retail therapy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's OK Thursday

Hellooooo Link Up Peeps

Here's what I'm OK with this week.

It's OK... that it's been forever since I last posted, I never said I was an all star blogger.

It's OK... that I'm really upset about losing my appeal for a traffic ticket. Everybody speeds on this particular highway and it was my Birthday "waaah!!"

It's OK... that I too often (ok almost always) wait til the last minute to use my Groupons and other Groupon type deals. It's a pain when everybody else is trying to use them at the same time and I always tell myself I won't wait but I do. Oh well If they expire I can always get at least credit for what I paid.

It's OK... that I took two days off from work last week to be with my dog because the vet told me it was the end of the road for her. Thankfully she is much better now.

It's OK... that I hate shaving my legs. It takes way too long and I wear pants all the time. But I did last night for the first time in a few weeks.

It's OK... that I wear flats every day to work. Comfort is key. Now if only I could wear jeans like the old days, pre-current CEO, that would be awesome.

Until next time.

Oh wait just one more...
It's OK... that I'm an amateur blogger and I can't figure out how to make the "It's OK" picture/button at the top of this post to link back to Neely's site
so here's the link... old school:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bigger Better Things... I hope

Hello All... I've got news, sort of

Today I applied to Library School. I've been in my current position for over 4 years. I took this job knowing I was overqualified but wanting it to be a stepping stone. I work for a very large organization with lots of room for upward mobility. I have tried and tried and tried to get promoted but have been unsuccessful. On the weekends I work at the public library and I enjoy that for the most part although it has its fair share of headaches. I had been considering a Masters degree in Library Science for a very very long time, basically since I got my B.A. way back in 2006.
I had been waiting until I was in a position where my employer would pay for the degree but I'm tired of waiting. In general, I life, I'm tired of waiting. I want progress in my life and I cant expect anybody else to give it to me. I need to be proactive.

Getting the degree doesn't mean I'll automatically get my dream job. Libraries have suffered from the government budget crisis like other departments or worse and I've also read some stuff about whether libraries are even relevant anymore in the era of e-books and what not. Actually I think libraries will evolve and expand their digital offerings. I think this could potentially be a good thing for me. I'm also a little worried because I know some people who already have the masters degree but are still in positions subordinate to librarians. I guess I'll never know how it will turn out unless I try. It is an online program and I will continue to work full time (and then some) while I complete the degree ( if I get accepted that is). I could potentially start in January 2012....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Adam Rodriguez

Morning Ladies,
I don't have much time today so I apologize for my subpar post but I wanted to participate and share some latin flavor to this Monday's Man Candy.

I don't know much about Adam other than I loved his character in Ugly Betty. He is best known for his work on CSI but I never watch that show.
I also saw him in the movie I can do bad all by myself but wasn't a fan of the look with long hair. Have a great week all!

*image via google