Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Do I Look Schweaty?

All I kept asking was do I look schweaty? DO I LOOK SCHWEATY? I should have been more specific, do I look like a schweaty clown who needs filler?
Observe a playful head tilt, oh wait that is a baby ripping fake hair out of my head.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Rage

Last night, we had a repeat rage session.  I noticed that she was a little cranky when I got home but not a big deal.  Then she insisted on feeding me broccoli stir fry with a large fork except that her aim sucks and it went everywhere.  Grease everywhere but I wanted to encourage her use of utensils and obvs I try to feed her a lot.  I denied her the use of a steak knife which irritated her.   Then the train flew off the rails when I wouldn't unzip my wallet.  A screaming fest started and she can't stop herself so I took her upstairs and put her to bed.   I tried to hug her and comfort her but she pushed me away so I changed her clothes and put her in her bed.  She screamed at the top of her lungs for five minutes and then I checked on her, held her and repeated that it was bedtime and she went to sleep an hour early again. 

What do you do when uncontrollable rage starts? I am usually in the camp that they need a tension release and I don't get upset.  What are your thoughts?  She has 16 teeth and no fever, BTW. 

Holiday Plans

I have seen A LOT of EXCITING planning going on that involves a lot of WORK on a ton of blogs.  I applaud everyone's creativity and resourcefulness.  I'm going to break it on down for you. 

Holiday Cards
The first round of "general" cards were sent today.  I am missing some addresses and my Hanukkah cards are square and require more postage so the second set will be out by Friday.

LO Hanukkah Gifts
I bought her a book for each night and we will light the candles on her Menorah and ours each night that we are home.   I will also throw in some latkes and a meat surprise one of the nights.

Holiday Activities
This weekend we are doing a fun holiday mommy and me mini trip with another mom and her baby for some spirited winter fun.  I will drink spirits and she will have fun?

Next weekend, my mom visits and LO gets to open up all of her gifts from grandma.

The following weekend, we are doing a gift exchange with our mommy and me group and a baby holiday party.  Also, a few adult holiday parties scattered about.

Also, there is a lot of tree smelling going on.  Sometimes leaving in the hood has its advantages with all the empty lots turning into big sniffing tree lots.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bookie Wins

I have read quite a few books lately that have not sucked.  I got most of the recommendations through your blogs but thought I would repost a few before I forget completely.  I should mention that my standards for books has been reduced considerably due to lack of time and memory.  Nonetheless:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet
I am not big on war stories especially romance during wars.  I'm glad that I had a weak moment as I really enjoyed this book.  I found the relationships and prejudices from different generations very interesting and I feel like I didn't know enough about the internment of the Japanese during the war.  There is no steamy romance just a nice friendship between two tweens during a difficult time in the world.

Ape House
Sara Gruen wrote Water for Elephants, this is not that book.  I love Water for Elephants and if you are expecting that book then you will hurl this book through the window.  If you can accept this is a different book, then you will read an interesting story. 

The Litigator
I like John Grisham, there I said it.  Are we still friends? Don't tell me that you didn't read Danielle Steele in the 80's.  Get over it, he is an entertaining writer.

The Forgotten Garden
I loved the Secret Garden growing up and the countryside in England continues to be one of my favorite spots to visit.  I am reading this book and I love it.  It is a bit longish and it jumps between three different times in history but I am really enjoying the tale.  I just ordered the other two books that she wrote to read next. 

I also ordered Molokai to read because nothing says holiday fun like leprosy.  What are you reading?? Anything new in my other fav subject, polygamy??

Black Monday Mandate

I propose that the Monday after Thanksgiving be called Black Monday.  This day rivals January 2 as one of the worst days for going back to work.  You drag your biscuits back to work and all you want to do is close your eyes and take a nap.  We attended a four day eating contest wedding extravaganza that was ab gorg (absolutely gorgeous).  I could show you pics of the beautiful bride or the cuteness of LO but I only snapped one picture.  I didn't bring my camera as I knew that balancing a strapless dress, a baby and five inch heels would push my dexterity to the limit.  So at midnight I snapped a picture of my own vanity.
Sometimes an idea on Tuesday at 5pm seems like a better idea than the actual execution three hours before the wedding starts.   My closest in age first cousin was married  this past weekend.  She was the first baby to be born in my family (both sides) after me and my "first baby."  I remember carrying her and talking about her non-stop.  Every few years I stumble across her as my first subject from my first camera and there are so many pictures of just her--on a swing, on a step, standing.  My creative photo ideas obvs didn't come until later and with a much less willing subject, side eyes LO.  I actually cried when I tried to give a blessing which will surprise all of you that I think I have a cold dead heart, side eyes DH. Her wedding was also the final nail in my coffin of oldness.  When younger people start getting married and it is not inappropriate or a shotgun wedding, you are OLD.

So onto my own vanity, I got clip-in hair extensions.  Ok, now that you have stopped laughing, I will tell you my GOAL.  I wanted to be able to do something pretty or interesting with my hair for the wedding.  I was thinking a little discreet hair to pull back or curl.  I didn't think that I would look like Peggy Bundy with a longer mullet.  Usually you think about these ideas and then you have them cut and try them out BEFORE the big day.  You don't go hours before and expect everything at once from someone you found on YELP.  I left the salon uneasy and she assured me that I JUST needed make-up and I would like them better.  She kept saying they weren't as long as I thought.  I put on makeup and the curl fell out of them and it looked like a terrible wig.  I saw a few pictures yesterday and I wanted to scratch out my own eyes.  After how many years, I have finally figured out that I have a long face that doesn't look good with longer hair.  WHICH IS GREAT because she also cut my hair and cut me bangs.  My usual steely defenses against layers and bangs were broken down by anxiety about running late.  Sigh, at least I can easily forget Hairaster 2011, oh wait it is immortalized FOREVER on video, camera and beyond. 

Spending four days with LO was amazing and we managed a lot of QFT (quality family time).  DH was truly a champ all weekend and a great date.  Being old beats the hell out of sharing a room with older family members that may or may not snore so loudly that sleep is impossible.   Although, I have drawn you a pic of the suite that we had and my pitiful sleeping arrangements.

The amount of attention paid to LO over the weekend bordered on ridiculous and I think she is starting to believe her own hype.  I caught her french kissing herself several times over the weekend.  Also observe the obnoxious bright pink tennis shoes.  After two shoes stores 20 pairs of shoes offered and sighs of resignation from DH, she picked out shoes that look a lot like Dolly's shoes. 

Lastly, one of the cutest things to happen in LO's world this weekend was a Friday night play date with one of her BFFs (other than her own image).  One of LO and my fab mommy and me friends stayed with LO while we attended the rehearsal dinner.  When we came home and it was time to say goodbye, both girls ran up the stairs and sat in the dark next to each other on the same step hiding.   Do you remember doing that as a kid when you didn't want your friend to go home, I melted a bit inside.   Hope your turkey, booze and sugar consumption was high, so we can put a Black Monday nap mandate into effect. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Talkin Turkey

Thanksgiving was amazing as in best day evah.  LO woke up late after only one night screaming session and she sang to herself in the crib for an hour giving me time to relax and lay in bed.  A quick trip for breakfast crepes followed by her "smelling" the Christmas tree lot made me one happy mama.  A big nap for all three of us and a quiet lunch for DH and me followed by an awesome dinner at my aunt's house for 55 people.  I love large turkey day celebrations with mixes of the old and young peeps.  LO showed me that she is growing up too fast by hanging out with the other flower girls and only popping in for a quick hug.  The only thing that I would say that upsets me about having divorced parents is the holidays or celebrations.  At big events, I missed that reassurance of a quick hug from my mom or dad.  I always felt a bit insecure not having a touch point among the happy chaos.  So an extra squeeze for LO is always in order.

As an adult the holidays tend to snap us back to the traditional roles that we played as kids, eh.  During the year, I am a live and let live type of person but during the holidays I turn into a fixer.  I must fix this for ______.  Most recently, it is the urge to fix for my father and I can't help but wonder if I am fighting against the current.   People must play their own roles and as much as I want to fix, am I supposed to be mature enough not to fix? DH is a fixer himself and tells me just to take care of whatever needs to be done but am I doing something for someone else based on my own feelings of insecurity?  Ahhhh, heavy subjects for such a happy day but allow me a little leniency as it is 10 years since my brother died and although the anger has dissipated, sometimes the sadness creeps in even though you fight so hard against it.  Also, probably a little bit of a fix for a parent isn't the worst thing in the world when his sadness must be creeping as well.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

House Hunt

I have found a new house to fawn over.  My aunt suggested I look at the house and I was like grumble grumble, too busy of a street, grumble but I really like it and want to marry it.  DH even likes the house but there is one teeny issue.  The price is a bit high and this is in the kitchen. 

WHAT IS THAT? How am I supposed to sell DH on the house not needing upgrades right away if there is a contraption in the kitchen that looks crazy pants!?  The location is great and they have sidewalks and the right schools and close to numerous bakeries but WHAT IS THAT?  Oh yeah, send cash NOW, mommy needs a new whatever that is.

Abu Dhabi Bound

Last night, I was feeling a little stir crazy and wanted to go do something in the hour after work, before LO's bedtime.  DH has been working non-stop and sometimes a girl just wants to go eat some yummy food.  I took LO to a restaurant that was a bit fancier than I remembered with white tablecloths and VERY quiet.  The thought of strapping her back in the car, made me decide to just go for it alone.  The last time, LO and I ate alone, she vomited all over the table as soon as we sat down.  This time was a lot worse as she was just loud and jumping and wanted to bang on the wall and throw stuff.  I rushed through my meal WITHOUT wine and paid really quickly and then a piano player started playing and she sat still and listened to him without moving for 15 minutes.  I already had heartburn from eating so quickly but she had a good time.

I would not have taken her out if I had known that she would be up the EVERY 45 minutes the entire night SCREAMING.  I feel like death today and almost ripped DH's face off for just being in my general bad mood vicinity.  We finally gave up at 6am and let the monster run wild all while screaming, "Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi." I heard DH mutter that he was going to buy her a one way ticket.  Why is this kid up screaming?? Help me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pre-Holiday Crazy, Just for Fun

We had a crazy weekend where I felt like a bad mommy for packing in so much crap into one weekend when I know that the next six weeks will be crazy.  I do get some weird comfort that the nanny provides a much more relaxed pace so the poor thing can recover.  Friday night we avoided the Souplantation and hit up the Counter instead.  LO inhaled an inordinate amount of french fries that I think gave her gas for the rest of the weekend.  She ate almost an entire adult family size plate of fries.  I could have stopped her sooner but I had NEVER seen anything like it.  She can go an entire day with consuming a bite of cheese and some milk.  I worry constantly about her lack of food and veggie consumption but obviously she can consume a lot more food as long as the food is fries. 

Saturday, LO and hit up our first warehouse sale downtown.  Practically every weekend you can go to a sample or warehouse sale but I never go as the pace and intensity can be frightening.  Another mom suggested we go but Friday night both of us were tired and it sounded like  a horrid idea so we decided to skip.  Saturday morning LO and I were just sitting there looking at each other so we hopped in the car and hit the Splendid, Ella Moss, Little Ella sale and it was a lot of fun.  LO LOVED the loud music and looking at the racks and racks of clothes. I found a ton of kids clothes on the cheap and feel like I could do it again. I got a call asking LO to join my family at a LA KINGS game so she was off to the game and shopping as soon as we got home.  DH and I found ourselves with time to OURSELVES that involved champagne shopping.  We drank champagne and then went shopping which is ALWAYS a bad idea.  LO came home that night right before I went to Mom's Night Out in honor of another mommy friend pg with her second baby.  Second baby, second baby, second baby, ahhhhhhhhh.

Sunday, my dad flew into town to see LO and go to Santa Barbara in the pouring rain to see a private museum with one of the largest sports memorabilia and pop culture collections in the country.   LO was not impressed with much except the Oompa Loompa costume and the submarine from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.  I was impressed with the ELF costume in the Will Ferrell movie outfits collection and the pink dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  My dad liked the Michael Jackson collection which had his iconic white glove, red bejazzled sweater and an outfit with a lot of tassels and such.  There was also enough sports memorabilia to make your head spin like the original rules of basketball written in a notebook.  Basketball was supposed to be a female sport BTW.  They also had the Holy Grail tablet from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade one of my all time fav movies growing up.  I also did love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory but was disappointed to see the everlasting gobstopper and the golden egg just looked like movie props.  Other cool stuff included the Lucille Ball dresses and fur and the first edition book collection. 

Then on the way home at the airport my dad was almost hit by a car.  I can't event talk about it as I am still in shock that he didn't see the CAR racing towards him and then he was on the front bumper ALL because he left his phone in our car.  LO broke down HARDCORE when we got her home and demanded her bed immediately.  Poor thing, put a lovey on her face and wanted to be left the hell alone.  Oh LO, I love you and will try in JANUARY to make things less hectic.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mascara Winner

The mascara trials and tribulations ended today with me trying Michelle's suggestion of  L'Oreal True Match Naturale mineral-enriched mascara in blackest black. I really liked this mascara as it was light and the package said that it was natural with an "e" which warmed my wannabe hippie heart.  I realize that it is a marketing scheme but I love me a good branding/packaging effort.  I would have chosen this mascara if I wanted something that looked and felt natural. 

BUT I love me so goopy thick mascara like MODELS wear so the winner is Hillary with Covergirl's Lashblast Fusion.  DM your address through Twitter and I will send you a tube!
You can TOTALLY tell the difference!

Sleep, Gifts & Meds

LO is back to sleeping through the night again.  Praise whoever, it is wonderful.  I waited to long to increase her medication is basically what happened.  I knew that her reflux was bothering her but I kept telling myself that she HAD to be getting better because SO MANY DOCTORS said it would be better at one year.  Then it was 18 months and finally I need to face reality that it is NOT getting better.  She was starting to look really thin and not eating or sleeping well and it was time to increase.  The pediatrician will barely discuss it with me anymore as the GI doctor and I made the decision that NO tests are being done until she is two.   She ventured a bit into the subject this week when we went to see her for some eczema around LO's mouth and was a bit upset that I waited so long to increase her meds but decided that her weight was acceptable.  I feel like the eczema is a result of the medication getting around her mouth when we give it to her as it is hard to administer medication three times a day in two different forms to an active child without it spilling a bit.  Anyway, sleep you are awesome.

All of this sleep and I realize that I need to face reality and realize that the holidays are HERE. John and I had a discussion about not purchasing gifts for anyone besides our mothers.  I was the one who initiated the conversation on reigning in the gifts and he quickly put the kibosh on all gifts.  I feel so weird and strange and oddly unsettled.   I purchased a few books for LO to open and Grandma has been sending tons of gifts so I don't feel any guilt.  I am feeling a little weird about showing up at my in-laws house with one gift.  Will we be able to pull it off?  I am not going home this holiday season so it may be easier than one would think.  Do you think that you could go through the holidays without buying gifts? I usually buy gifts for 30-35 people so it is a big leap for me to cut gifts down to two people.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mascara Day #4

Today, I tried out Covergirl's Lashblast Fusion mascara or the purple one as referred by Hillary.  I really liked how well the mascara went on and there was a good amount of goop without any funny odors.  Erica suggested that the smell on the Colossal Volume by Maybeline was the smell of poverty, bwahahahaa.

The mascara trials are almost over and no funny weirdness to my eyes, SCORE!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baby 1,562,547, Me 0

LO and I had what can only be described as a battle of "your face" last night.  I came home last night and brought in a box which is extremely exciting for LO who yelled "box," and wanted to carry it.  We get deliveries almost daily as I buy everything on the Internet because the Internet is AWESOME.  I opened the box and realized my mistake as it was a holiday gift for her from grandma.  She pulled out the racetrack and started squealing with excitement, so I promised her a car from the track and put the rest away.  The nanny took her upstairs to change a diaper and she seemed upset but alright.  She wanted a paci to calm herself down and then the nanny left. 
She came into my bedroom got on the bed and started kicking the bed while grumbling a bit.  I asked her to put the paci away as we weren't sleeping.  She ignored me until I took the paci away and then all hell broke loose.  She threw a fit that I was sure was going to result in vomiting.  Nothing could distract her insane violent crying which is pretty unusual.  Finally, I told her that she could have the paci but she was going to bed immediately and in her clothes.  She looked at me and marched to her bed and got in an HOUR before bedtime with no bubble bath, no choosing pjs, no nudie run and no stories or singing.  I put her in the crib and turned off the light and she said under her breath, "YOUR FACE."  I felt horrible and broke down a few minutes later and went and put her pjs on and held her.  She said "Sucker," and let me hold her. 

A friend of mine invited us to a sample sale downtown on Saturday that I really want to go to but her daughter sits in a stroller for an hour! What to do with LO who doesn't sit in strollers, some sort of strap to my leg??

Mascara News
All of that extra time to myself was helpful last night because I could NOT get the waterproof mascara off.  I have often wondered about people who wear mascara and false eyelashes for multiple days, two words: WATERPROOF MASCARA.  Holy he-double hockey sticks that shite doesn't run because it is like cement.  Upon closer inspection of the other mascaras, I realized that I had ACCIDENTALLY bought waterproof in ALL of them.  I had to make some exchanges at lunch so I just applied the Maybeline Colossal Volume mascara (the yellow one) as recommended by Erica and Shannon.

I did like the extra goopiness as it made the mascara feel a bit thicker and I can definitely feel the mascara on my eyelashes which is probably a personal preference.  I would love this mascara if it didn't have a funny smell.  I noticed the smell when I was applying the mascara and I could still smell the weirdness 15 minutes later.  I am either used to the smell or it has faded but it seems a bit peculiar.  It is a mix of a restroom at a public pool (chlorine) and chemical?! I did buy one of the last tubes so maybe it has gone bad?
Also another picture of me trying to look like a mascara model. Voila!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mascara Day #2

This morning I took K and April's advice and tried out the CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara in VeryBlack(the orange waterproof one).  I'm not quite sure of the "VERY" black as plain black is not black enough, you have to be VERY black.  I thought the mascara went on very easily but pretty light for a hint of mascara where I am more of a glob it on.  This could be attributed to the new tube and maybe it gets more globy and thicker as you wear it.  I countered the lightness by putting a ton on.  Overall, not bad and I like how it feels.  I am a bit worried about taking it off due to the mascara being waterproof.
I have also started using the CeraVe facial lotion as recommended by Erica for the AM which includes sunscreen.  I am not a fan of sunscreen in my face lotion due to acne and sensitivity but this went on smoothly with no irritation.  I have decided to try out each of the lotions for a few days so I started this week with the CeraVe to judge break-outs and irritation.  I did need to put on more of the lotion on to attain the same amount of my moisture as compared with my cream but with a price of $13, I was feeling extravagant.

From the Desk of....

The construction
The tears
The disagreement over form
The finished product
The list of directions that I received from the dictator desk.

  • When I say uh-oh because I have thrown something on purpose, it is still UH-OH lady.
  • If I want to turn the light switch on 76 times, be prepared to hold me there for 77 times.
  • That black and white cat has to GO.
  • You LOVE blue crayon that is why it is appearing all over your house.
  • I hit my head and we NEED to discuss it in detail and pause at the location of the incident every time we walk by to acknowledge that I hit my head.
  • I'm not wearing a coat or trying on boots for New York, I don't care what you promise. 
  • I will run my shopping cart into your wall repeatedly because I like sound of metal crashing, deal with it

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mascara Day #1--Dior Show

The base for the testing.  It is called "show" because models use it on the runway.  You know models are awesome and we should be like them ALWAYS. 
An unfortunate close-up where I had to crop my nose out or risk scaring you with its size.
Me trying to look like a pouty model with my cameraphone but looking like a pissed lawyer instead.

Would You Rather?

Edited to include a description of Giggles & Hugs

This was a popular game when I was in my 20s that also involved some sort of drinking game thrown in the mix.  There were always disgusting choices and you were forced to choose between extreme pain such as an eyelid caught on a nail hanging from a building or all over body fur for eternity.  I think we should play it as a way to describe my weekend.

Would you rather tell your company that you let your 19 month old bang away on your computer in the office resulting in possibly losing the ENTIRE business drive OR go to Giggles & Hugs?

Would you rather go for a massage for ONE hour that results in multiple cell phone calls during the massage that your 19 month old has hit her head on a rusty old metal Coke box or go to Giggles & Hugs?

Would you rather eat at Souplantation where your 19 month old refuses to eat every single item beyond the frozen yogurt and the place is packed with screaming and mediocre food or go to Giggles & Hugs?

Would you rather go to a super fun 40th bday party and be hung over with a cranky 19 month old or go to Giggles & Hugs?

Would you rather go to an event at Giggles & Hugs with a BAND and people on microphones in addition to the screaming or go to Giggles & Hugs?

What is your would you rather for the weekend??

Giggles & Hugs is an overpriced Chuck E Cheese with over privileged parents and bratty, pushy kids all SCREAMING non-stop with LOUDNESS ALL THE TIME.  It is the Westside torture chamber that always seems like a good treat for the little ones but always KILLS me.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winner, Winner

Tiny Prints Giveaway
We have a winner up in here! All of the submissions for holiday cards were awesome but I decided that I liked the "Christmas Collage" from Mama Bub the best.  I'm not saying that she is going to go with the ornament style but I think it is pretty cute.   Please contact me through Twitter for instructions on how to get your 50 free cards.

Makeup Giveaway
I am going to buy or order the make-up tomorrow and start trying out the different products.  I have decided to try a product a week and announce a winner in each category on Fridays.   The first week will be mascara as there were so many recommendations.  I plan to try one on each eye for the next few days.  If your suggestions give me some sort of strange reaction, you are going to send me something, right?!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Normal or NOT Normal

Have you read those tabloid magazines that show stars doing everyday tasks and then scribbled in red across the photo is "Not Normal" like when a celebrity is taking out the trash in high heels or "Normal" when they have no make-up on.   I am going to explain a situation that happened this morning and then I am going to rely on you to tell me if this happens to you?!  I am not trying to imply that I am a celebrity but I sometimes QUESTION whether certain things that happen are NORMAL.

DH- "I would like to discuss health insurance benefits with you and today is the last day"

Me- "Sounds great, I will IM you when I am free this am at work so we can talk on the phone."  Reference this post to see why we can't discuss at home

DH- "Ok, I am very busy and important"

Me at work 9:30 am- Send IM saying I am ready

DH- SENDS a Goto Mtg request with a login and phone number

Me to myself- Alright, he wants me to look at a PPT, ok.  I log on and then nothing, no phone call just waiting to view his screen.  Hmmmm, so I call him and he ASKS me to call BACK on the conference line that he has established for the PPT.  EVEN though we are currently on the line TOGETHER.

A 30 minute discussion on the conference line follows where he asks me repeatedly if he can take out EXTRA life insurance on me.  

Normal or NOT Normal?  Does your husband show you 30 minute PPT where you are really not permitted to speak and make you call a conference line???  Oh DH, so glad that I don't work for you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Like Oprah Up in Here--GIVEAWAY

So I am thinking that the hills are alive with the sound of music dream house is a bit out of our price range and we should not have gone to the open house.  We are more electrical transformers in the backyard and random non permitted extra room type of budget.  So in an effort to maybe one day afford just the transformer or just the extra strange room and not both, we need to tighten our belts and get some serious effort going on the cutting costs.  So I am doing a GIVEAWAY like OPRAH'S favorite things but you do all the work.  It takes a lot of work to make me halfway presentable gorgeous in the am and some mega bucks. 

So in an effort to cut costs, I am going to tell you a product that I currently use and the cost and you suggest a less expensive item that works just as WELL.  I will buy the product and if I like it, I will send you one too.  All of you lurky turkeys that never comment, should be jumping in about now. I am actually embarrassed to reveal some of these items.  Here it goes:

Mascara--Dior Show $25--Do not suggest this one as I have tried it and it runs down my face and I look like a bad tranny.  I am fine looking like a pretty tranny but not a bad one.

Face lotion--Fancy from the dermatologist $72--I have rosacea and extremely sensitive skin but that Cetaphil moisturizer doesn't cut it.  I am old and need some moisture.

Eye cream--$85--I have tried a lot of them, so this will be a tough one.

Foundation--Dior 'Diorskin Nude' Creme Gel Compact $48--I love this gel compact.  It is foundation that is creamy in a compact.

Eyeshadow--Dior 3 color smokey eye shadow $48--Three colors that blend perfectly together and make my eyes look smokey.  It has three colors that all work together.

Eyebrow Fillerinner--Diorshow Brow Styler $28--It has a brush on one end that smudges it all together.  Find me the CVS version.

BONUS ROUND--You know how I tortured gave you a peek into my holiday cards?  Now you can win 50 cards for yourself! Take a lookie and spin around Tiny Prints and then tell me which card you would use for the holidays in my comment section if you win.  Oh yeah, I am the JUDGY McJudgster and I will pick a winner based solely on my discretion on YOUR style.  MWahahahahaha! 

You can also win a free card from Santa to your kids if you visit their FB page on Wednesday, November 9.  I had NO idea that Santa wrote cards as I thought he was supposed to receive the cards.  All of this is just like OPRAH in an electrical transformer in the backyard type of way.

All comments must be posted by Midnight PST on Saturday, November 12, 2011.  Ok, comment already.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Short Stuff

A lot has been going on but nothing that makes for good reads, so a few short stories...
  • I have met a child that I think is the devil.  Like really the devil.  Is that weird? Also not a short story but more of a statement.

  • LO is in a wedding in three weeks and she has no shoes which is freaking me out for no particular reason.  It is hard to find girlfriend some shoes that fit (small feet) and that she will wear (freaky weird aversion to shoes that don't sparkle or offer some exciting design).

  • I am not dieting but rather eating a lot of sweets which is making my bottom line look a bit largish.

  • DH and I found a house that made us spin around and sing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music," but it is a bit pricey and has no sidewalks.  No sidewalks is freaking me out a bit and then I start freaking out that we would have to live in the house FOREVER.  FOREVER, I have never lived anywhere FOREVER.   But it has a big play structure in the back and LO ran up to the window and yelled, "WEEEEEEE," which is her name for the park.  Right now, she could run up to our window and yell "homeless person, alcohol, dry cleaning or chain smoker." I was thinking that LO could maybe get a job and we sell the cats and voila we would be mere bajillions pennies away from buying the house. Sigh, liquor stores and car washes for life.

  • Back to the house, I mean it is a bit out there as in seven minutes into a CANYON with loads of trees and beauty but far away from Whole Foods and homeless people.  We would have to like COOK and be with each OTHER a lot and eat RAMEN noodles.  But we could have people over but NOT a lot cause no sidewalks = no parking.  But a back yard and a garden for vegetables and a WEEEEEEEEEE and great schools for all grades. Yeah, LO would need to look after herself during the day due to the high cost of the house and there would be no radiation treatments for cats and I'm not sure that Maria would be able to find the place but it has dark wood floors and THREE bedrooms for a BONUS baby.  sigh.

  • We went to G-pa Irv's house last night and he turned on the TV to a frightening cartoon where there was screaming, fighting and ghoul being thrown and he wanted LO to "watch" the TV.   Hmmmmmm, it was wrong on so many levels.  My little wanna be hippe brain was on overdrive trying to minimize the exposure and get the TV turned off in general.  When I am 91, I will for sure be turning on hugely inappropriate programs for great grandkids because no ONE is going to contradict you. 

  • DH and I decided that Friday night dinner is over as going out with a toddler is no longer that enjoyable at an adult restaurant.  I want to enjoy my wine in peace and not worry that a two and a half foot monster  adorable child is licking the window or throwing food.  Word on the street is that soup plantation is pretty much the child friendly scream fest and kids eat free so we will be giving in and hitting the buffet line with the soft serve machine. 

  • Every weekend until next year is packed solid and I am getting the freaky holiday nerves.  I think this also correlates to "short story" #3.  Part of my holiday cards being printed did help to alleviate a little pressure.  I have decided to use credit card points to pay for my reduced list of gifts and challenge myself to not spend ANY money.   I bought LO some books from her school that I will give her for Hanukkah and that is it my friends.  Short stories OVER.
Pro-house and ramen noodles and selling a kidney or Liquor store and car washes for LIFE.  Where do you fall??

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween = Big Win

I was pretty sure that the best part of Halloween was picking out a costume and taking pictures before your child decided they wanted to be something annoying.  Then we discovered trick or treating and it took the fun to a whole new level.  DH was OUT of TOWN for one of the best nights evah.  I am going to recap it here for him and the grandparents.  You may want to SKIM.  We arrived at Anna's house to go trick or treating early.  There was a last minute decision to ditch the chicken due to some anger at the chicken costume during a baby Halloween party over the weekend.  I doubt there is even one picture of the angry chicken that doesn't involve crying. 
Loading up the wagon.

Cruising with Anna the Dragon--Rawwr
Getting my bag ready for the first house.
Yap, Yap, Yap, I'm bored with your talking.
Oh hey, a pumpkin for me!
 Yeah, you are holding out on us as I see another pumpkin right there--hand it over!
 Oh hey, raisins too!!
 Two packs of raisins--Halloween is the greatest!
 RAISINS--So cool!
 Ambiance shot
 Same, same with Anna. No need for baby smackdowns.
 Anna, I think I can cover more territory if we split up.
Come ON mommy. I had to put down the camera as there was a lot of running up to people's houses and running inside if they had a dog.  I was surprised as she was so excited to pick out something from a bowl.  She had two bites of a chocolate bar and wasn't that impressed.  She wanted to stare at the candy or hold it. 
 Best day evah!

She walked most of the neighborhood until she fell over exhausted.   She slept until 9:45 this morning and woke up elated.