CAN I GET A “I SURVIVED(?) THE MERCURY RETROGRADE” SHIRT IN MY SIZE?

So my brain has been feeling half missing the last few weeks. I just feel like everything is jumbled up and I can’t keep my head on straight. I blamed all of this on allergies because I didn’t really know what else to blame it on. That was until someone on Facebook posted this article about how Mercury is in retrograde from 10/4-10/25. The article actually explains quite well how I’ve been feeling the past couple of weeks.  While I believe in astrology, I don’t always find it befitting.

For example, my horoscope has been accurate exactly one time in my life. Picture it, 7th grade G with a subscription to Y.M Magazine (RIP). My YM ‘scope said a guy would score my digits and call. I was so excited! I wish I could have told myself to dial that excitement down. The guy who got my number was a friend of a friends neighbor, who (turns out) was a huge weirdo and liked to call at 3am on random nights after I haven’t spoken to him in months. Thankfully (years later) he finally lost my number. I think my mom yelled at him or something about his erratic calls, good riddance I say! I was too nice to tell him to kindly fuck off.

Since I’m a Virgo and all, the Mercury retrograde thing is supposed to really fuck with me and Gemini the most. I kinda feel it has! I can’t tell you how many online orders I’ve had the last month that have gotten all sorts of funky! Like my lovely post about the sofa cover I’m never getting, or the mysterious charge I got from the DS company I use. Next on the list, I ordered these really awesome rain boots and they mixed my order up with someone else and the pair I ordered was the last in stock. Now I have to wait until the girl that accidentally got my order sends it back to the company so they can send it to me. UGHHHH! Yeah, so that kinda shit has been occurring. I can survive two more days, right? RIGHT?!

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PINTEREST FAIL?

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[Photo] my poor form headstand

So awhile back when I concluded the only way I’ll be able to work out consistently is if I can do it at home while watching awful reality TV [namely The Real Housewives]. This idea is actually working out pretty well for me. I found tons of workout routines on Pinterest and I printed them out and leave next to my yoga mat. I clipped them together with a binder clip, so it looks like I have a workout bible happening here. I’ve been on a yoga kick lately, so most of my workouts have been yoga. I found a great one that I’ve grown to love from PopSugar. Trouble is, they don’t explain your form too much, and you’ll need to have some prior yoga knowledge to follow along. But you can always Google the proper way to do some of these moves.

Anyway, part of this routine involves doing a headstand. I haven’t done one of those since I was a kid, so there was a bit of a learning curve for me. Over the past few weeks Andy has had to help me do a headstand. Turns out I didn’t have the right form and that was definitely hindering my progress. But last night Andy fell asleep on the couch and I didn’t have anyone to help me. I actually did a headstand and was able to hold it for like 8 seconds before I tumbled into my coffee table. Go figure there was nobody to witness it except me and my dog. So I got out my phone and attempted to document it again. After several tries, I wasn’t able to do it as well as I had the first time. So the picture above is my really bad form headstand. I’ll post another picture when my form improves, but that might be a long time from now. haha!

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MISSION COMPLETE!

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This is going to be a girly post. Although I shop for clothes and shoes a lot, I tend to neglect undergarments. I was to the point where I was sewing bras together instead of just buying more. So I did a bit of an over-haul and dumped a bunch of old bras and undies and replaced them. The picture is just some of the stuff I got from Victoria’s Secret, I ended up getting a few more things after. This time I opted for more neutral bras. I tend to get ones in crazy colors and patterns that are hard to wear with a lot of my clothes since you can sometimes see them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still keeping some of my crazy colors and patterns though!

I guess I dreaded buying new bras because the ones I like tend to cost $40-$50 a piece, which is freaking ridiculous! I tried to find some cheaper ones at other places than Victoria’s Secret, but I didn’t luck out. So finally I went back to Victoria’s Secret and had lots of luck with the bras in the Pink collection. I managed (with a coupon) to get them for $20 or less each! That is just what I had in mind, and they are comfortable too! I’m so happy to have found a reasonably priced bra collection. Now I hope they don’t ever discontinue it or I’ll be so pissed!

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OCTOBER IPSY “BEAUTY CANDY” BAG!

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[Photo] October Ipsy goodies!

My Ipsy bag for October has arrived! This month I got, City Color Be Matte Lipstick,  Figs & Rouge Hand Cream, Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow, and Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Wipes. Now I can’t be sure, but I thought I was also supposed to get the Acacia Protein BB Cream for Hair. I’ll have to ask them if I was supposed to get that or not. I haven’t used all the items yet. But I’ve tried out the eye shadow, hand cream, and facial wipes.

The hand cream has a really nice scent and moisturizes pretty well. The eye shadow came in handy this weekend because it ended up matching the face paint I chose. I used it to touch up my lids a little before heading to a Halloween party. It worked really well, I’m happy they coincidentally sent me the shade that matches my Halloween costume. Haha! Speaking of face paint, the facial wipes really helped get every last bit of blue paint and glitter off my face. The wipes have a really nice smell and they are foamy. I think I might order some when I run out of the face wipes I currently use. 

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Photo of the face paint

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I purchased the Ipsy subscription on my own. All opinions are my own.

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MONKEY IN PANTS, TIGERS, AND LIGERS. OH MY!

This weekend was a bit of a flurry! I had another costume party…anyone surprised? If so, shame on you! I think we have another costume party next weekend too. Yikes! Maybe I should have considered getting two costumes to change things up? Anyway, Erin and I finally got around to King Richards Faire, since it’s the last weekend before they close for the year. We lucked out with the weather, it apparently rained in her area but it was beautiful in Carver. 

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We met up with my coworker and I was glad to finally meet her husband. While they went to the wenches show, we decided to get our faces painted. I went with lightning bolts because I wanted something that would sorta match my Halloween costume. Erin got a really pretty feather design. We explored the area and also got some food while we watched parts of the King’s Tournament. 

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We did catch all the of the juggling show and he was amazing and funny! I was stuck behind some weird teenager that made his own dinosaur/penis hat with duct tape that must have been used to also comb his dog. It was so gross looking with the dog fuzz on it! I think he also must have had ADD or something, he kept looking back every 30 seconds which was really distracting! Once the juggling act was over, we quickly moved to the front so we could have a good view for the tiger show. Unfortunately, dinosaur penis hat guy followed us and sat directly in front of us with his friends. 

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I was able to crop out any pictures that the weird duct tape horn things made an appearance in. I will say, the tiger show was freaking amazing! I was in awe of the tigers, they even had a liger, AND a monkey that was wearing pants! The tigers are part of the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. Erin and I are now thinking we need to visit this safari and definitely make King Richards Faire an annual thing. 

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Once I got home, I relaxed a little bit then I had to get ready for my third consecutive weekend in costume. The party was really fun and the food was also amazing! I’m just glad that it had cooled off a little last night, but it wasn’t freezing. It was quite perfect! 

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Because I haven’t done enough partying this weekend, we all went to my sisters house today. It is my mom’s birthday so we had lunch and cake. The party was fun, and my nieces and nephews are always entertaining! I haven’t seen Rocky the Chocolate Lab in a long time. Not much has changed, he is still very lazy and very cute!

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LAMB RAGU WITH RICOTTA & MINT #HelloFresh

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[photo] Yummy meal!

We got another set of three meals from HelloFresh this week. For those that don’t know, HelloFresh is a dinner box service. Each week they create new recipes to pick from and they send the recipes and ingredients right to your door. So you can cook your own meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. You can skip weeks if you like too! I find the recipes are really easy to follow, but definitely involve some prep time. But it’s great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and get cooking! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. Don’t worry, they have options for vegetarians as well! Anyway, we made Lamb Ragu Pasta that was yummy! If it looks good to you too, you can download the recipe from the HelloFresh site here.

Anyway, I’m happy to say this was one of the easier recipes. Andy was happy there was barely any prep. But I had a bit of cooking to do! I started off by cooking the pasta while Andy prepped the ingredients. Then I started cooking the ground lamb in a separate pan. Once the lamb had been cooking for five minutes, I added the garlic and shallot. After a few more minutes, I was able to add the ground tomato, mint, and water to make the ragu. It smelled so good! The pasta finished cooking while I was prepping the sauce, so I left in on low until I was ready to drain it. Once done, you mix the ragu sauce and pasta together. You can add a scoop of ricotta and extra mint to your plate too. We even had leftovers, which is great! 

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WALK ON DOWN!

I was curious to see if I could manage the daily pedometer goal of 10,000 steps a day. I have no idea where this standard came from, but it seems to be a thing now. I always heard you should walk at least one mile per day, but now it seems it went to five miles. Either way, it made me realize that I don’t walk as much as I should. I’ll blame in on the fact I have a desk job. I already have a pedometer built into my phone, but I don’t carry my phone everywhere I go so it wasn’t giving me a complete picture. A little over a month ago for my birthday, I got a Samsung Gear smart watch. This watch has a lot of fitness tracking features (among other things like Pac Man!).

I’ve been using the watch as my pedometer and it syncs the data with my phone. So over the last 30 days I’ve been walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, which equals to around five miles. Technically I haven’t hit my goal because I didn’t do 10,000 steps today as of yet. But it will definitely get done by this evening! This goal is a bit of a pain though. Once I realized I wasn’t doing enough walking, I’ve been doing laps around the office building during break times. I would also like to thank my stepper. That was a really good investment, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to reach my goals. Where do I go from here? I’m not sure. But I’m going to keep my 10k a day streak going!

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