Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ringgg... ringgg...

My generation is getting really bad with making phone calls, I know. I have never been particularly phone savvy and leaving voicemail messages gives me the feeling that I'm being timed and must make it quick. Slight panic sets in. And after I leave messages I find myself standing there unable to remember if I left my name with the message.


If you are one of the unfortunate souls that I have left voicemail with, then I apologize. I know it's not a pleasant experience.

While I think my generation does still make phone calls, we tend to text first to see if the other person is available. Kind of like paging someone. I have a fear of calling people when they're busy. Because if I call and they answer to tell me they're busy then I feel like I messed up. I'm one of those weirdly sensitive people who takes things personally that shouldn't be taken so.

And I know I'm over thinking the whole thing but that's just me since I just left a message with someone and can't remember what I said...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Doldrums

Fall and Winter are not my seasons. I'm much more a Spring/Summer girl and this cold weather has me down.

I'm trying to adjust to the short, sunless, cold, gray days. I suppose I have a case of the doldrums.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oil Cleansing Method

I am a pale girl (think vampire with a blush) with very sensitive skin. Finding ways to cleanse my face has been difficult at best. Everything seems to irritate it one way or another. Especially anything with fragrance or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is almost everything.

(Not me.)

Being into organic/natural DIY beauty products I have read a lot about the Oil Cleansing Method. After getting fed up with my skin being all upset with what I had been using, I finally tried the OCM about a month ago.

I love it!

Basically I read many, many blogs and articles on it to figure out the exact way to do it. I'll admit that it's a little bit trial and error the first few days. I think on the third day I got it down pat. 


Every night I massage my face with a mixture of one-part Caster Oil to three-parts Olive Oil with a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil that I have premixed in a flip-top bottle. Then, using a moist warm washcloth I lay on my face and let it steam out the impurities until the washcloth turns cool, rinse it out and wipe the remaining oil off my face. Sometimes I stream it once more. No need for make-up remover because this does the trick.

Since doing this I have almost completely eliminated my need for moisturizer. If I am feeling like I need a bit more moisture I rub a little bit of Virgin Coconut Oil (yes, the kind you cook with) on my face.

Simple Organized Living has a great blog post about it. Check it out!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Noise

Have you ever noticed that when you're tired and/or agitated noise seems to be extra annoying? It just grates on your nerves.

As I sit here typing this I have earplugs in. (A little weird, I know.) I am tired and all the noise going on around me seems to be more then I can handle. Of course the ear plugs don't block out the major noise, just the small stuff. Like the sound of me typing. It's weird to type but not hear it.

They also amplify the sound of whatever is going on in my head. I can even hear my heartbeat. It's like being underwater. How I miss the days that I was short enough to lay submerged in the bathtub pretending to be a mermaid.

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.  ~Richard Steele

I crave silence. I want to be underwater.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Namesake

    I am named after my aunt. Of course she isn't really my aunt and I don't remember a thing about her except what I have been told. I only know what she looks like from the pictures my mother has of her. She was my mother's best friend before I was born. She was even the one who told my mom she was pregnant with me as my mother was complaining that she had gained some weight. My mother was so impressed with her best friend's style of mothering, along with her beautiful heart that she named me after her.

(I wasn't born in the 1940's so that isn't me.)

My aunt and her family moved away when I was just a little girl and other than holiday cards she sends faithfully every year, I have have no contact with her. If that even counts as contact.

My mother is friends with her on Facebook and they follow each other on Pinterest. Then yesterday I got an e-mail from Pinterest telling me that my aunt *enter name here* was following me.

I sat and stared at that e-mail for awhile a little amazed. I wondered what that would be like for her. Here I am named after her and she can see everything that I like put into pictures. As far as I am aware, she knows little about me.

At 21 she can see what kind of woman I have turned into. And I can finally see what this kind, giving lady that I was named after likes.




To me, she's a mystery. Yet I feel very connected to her. Now I can know a thing or two about her. And maybe, just maybe, fill the shoes I was so lovingly given.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pinterest

This is my story...

I had no idea what Pinterest was. Never even heard of it.

Then one day I saw a friend on Facebook make a reference to Pinterest. I shrugged it off not knowing what it was but making note of the name, it being an interesting word and all.



The next day another friend asked me if I knew how Pinterest worked since she had just gotten an account but wasn't sure what to do with it. I didn't and I told her so though this time making a mental note to Google it later and find out what it was.





The day after that my mom called me to where she sat at the computer. A friend of hers told her that I would like this site called Pinterest. Mom got an account and was trying to figure it out. I found it odd that I had never heard of it before the other day and now it had come up three days in a row. Weird.

I watched over her shoulder as she pinned and searched and looked at other peoples boards. She took to it instantly. It didn't take long till we were star struck and with great animation looking up any and everything imaginable. Amazed at so much creativity in one place. We were getting so many ideas!


 (No, this is not us.)

Immediately I set up an account and have been avidly pinning ever since!