Monday, August 31, 2009

Weekend Update

Joseph spent the weekend in San Francisco with his two best friends, Vince and Eric.  They went to the Pearl Jam concert on Friday night, went to the Raiders game the next day, and managed to avoid being murdered by the crackheads outside of their cheap hotel.  

I spent my alone time cleaning.  And I don't mean your basic vacuuming and dusting.  I'm talking throw-piles-of-junk-away cleaning.  I watched that show on TLC called "Hoarders" the other night, and I guess it had an affect on me.  By the end of the weekend, my closets were organized and my pantry shelves were bare.  It felt so good!  

I was feeling SO good, that I took the time to look up some kitchen feng shui.  And what do you know!  Clutter in the kitchen manifests itself as excess weight.  So THAT'S what's been going on!  So weird that I was barely hungry today and usually I'm ravenous.  Coincidence?  I think not.  I can feel the pounds melting away already.

And now for my haul of the weekend.  While at Target for ice cube trays, I wandered into the handbag department and found this Merona tote.  I like the color (a taupey-purple), its loads of compartments, and its structure.  It's no MJ Blake, but not too shabby for $26.99.  What do you think?  

Saturday, August 29, 2009

List Potential

I'm always weary of Anthro's clothes.  They look so great on the models, yet on me they tend to run big or fit awkwardly.  So my love of this ruffled polka dot sheer top may not last once I try it on.  Definitely worth a trip to Anthro.  This just might make it to The List.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The List

Did I mention I'm on a budget?  

To satisfy my cravings in the meantime, I'm compiling "The List."  If something  makes it to The List and is still there after the wedding, I figure I want it enough to buy it.  

My first List item is the Marc Jacobs Blake handbag.  I desperately need a professional looking bag for work, and this one fits the bill PLUS it's stylish.  The Purse Forum girls (aka handbag experts) give it great reviews.  It's large enough for work, but not overly so for my 5'0" frame. The black is an easy choice, but the caramel color is enticing too.

Oh, and just a quick little note about my previous post.  If you weren't sold on the UD Primer Potion already, this stuff held up today for 12 hours in 106-degree heat.  No melting shadow, no ugly creasing.  I almost forgot its wonderfulness!

The MJ Blake as seen in Duplicity with Julia Roberts:

Sephora Haul

I've been on a no-buy since the wedding planning started.  Wait -- let me correct myself.  I've been on a budget rather than an actual no-buy.  But sometimes it feels close enough!  Boy do I love shopping.  I'm a sucker for all things pretty - makeup, jewelry, bags, shoes...

So as a budget shopper, I'm much more careful.  It's almost better this way.  I take my time researching, comparing, and finding best prices.  I can spend hours online looking at reviews of everything from concealers to cardigans.  And all that work helps me make better decisions.  I now have fewer tops that I've only worn once, less makeup I've tried and didn't like piling up in the bathroom drawers, etc.

And I now find the greatest joy in the littlest of thrills.  Like yesterday's Sephora haul.  A rundown of the wonderfulness:

Urban Decay Primer Potion.  I've had this before, then tried others not realizing all eyeshadow bases are not created equal.  This one is by faaaaar the best.  No shadow creasing, not even after all day wear.  On top of that, it's lightweight and basically invisible, not like some of the others.  (MAC's painterly works almost as well, but it's thick and appears like concealer on the lid.)  Alas, the holy grail of eyeshadow primers.  
Another tried and true favorite for me are NARS blushes.  I have Orgasm, and LOVE it.  So yesterday I picked up Deep Throat, a nice peachy shade.  NARS blushes have great pigment, but go on sheer for a glowy look.
Finally, the disappointment of the day.  The new Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Color Concealer was sold out in the color I wanted (330).  Now, let me explain that MUFE, especially the HD line, is something I love so much that I want to tell everyone about, but at the same time keep to myself like a juicy little secret.  From testing this new concealer in store, it appears it will hold up to my other MUFE favorites (more on those in later posts).  It's only medium coverage, but was moisture-rich and brightening just like it promised.  Supposedly they get more stock in tonight.  Oh, the anticipation!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Countdown: 248 Days

There's good news and bad news.  The bad news is I haven't lost any weight.  I've been using up too many of my extra weekly points, so weight loss is slower.  The good news is I'm feeling pretty great.  I've been doing Jillian's video and/or running for 45 minutes every day.  I even moved on to level 2!  (Definitely following Anita more than Natalie, but still...)  And although I'm not sticking to 18 points every day, I'm eating better.  

More good news and bad news.  The good news is that we're still making progress with the wedding stuff.  Things are really coming together and I'm SOOOO excited!  The bad news is that I've been having recurring bridal nightmares.  In one, my wedding coordinator doesn't show up, there's not enough food, and at the end of the night we realize we forgot to have the ceremony!  In another, my photographer is a drunk (or just sleepy?) hippie and I keep finding her asleep instead of taking photos.  Then my bro-in-law, Lynn, appears dead (yes, dead!), but then *poof* he jumps up, has a cape on, and says it was a magic trick!  And again, at the end of the night, Joseph and I realize we forgot to have the ceremony.  Ahhhhh! 

Monday, August 24, 2009


I feel great on Sunday nights.  My house is clean, I'm energized from my weekend workouts, and I made healthy dinners.  And then on Monday morning, a ton of bricks (aka work) hits me and I'm craving sugar, low on energy, and I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day.  

And this all happens before lunchtime.  For example, I get to work today and the building alarm goes off.  Not once, but 4 times.  It's the construction next door that's causing it, but I have to herd employees back into the building, deal with the fire truck that arrives, and have 3 construction guys talk to me like I'm an idiot.  I have to prepare for a meeting at 11, but I'm missing information that someone was supposed to get to me last week.  I spill tea on my pants and then attempt to blot it out with water and create an even bigger stain.  I look at my to-do list and realize how much I didn't complete last week that now needs to be done this week.  It's endless.

So excuse me while I sneak out of work early to go running.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doggie Dentist

Bodhi had his first trip to the dentist yesterday!  I don't think he was too happy with me the rest of the day.  He hid in the closet all night.  He was even more unhappy when I was trying to take pics of his newly white teeth.  (Ah, yes, I know.  Joseph and I really need to start having kids...) 

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Do you know your love language?

Your "love language" determines what makes you most feel loved by your mate.  The five are:
- Words of affirmation (verbal compliments, appreciation, etc.)
- Quality time (all energy is focused on your mate)
- Receiving gifts (visual expressions of love)
- Acts of service (doing things for your mate) 
- Physical touch (holding hands, physical closeness)

Joseph and I took the test the other day.  He's "quality time" and "acts of service."  I think this is right on for him.  He loves when I'm focused entirely on him, and he loves when I do little things for him, like make him dinner or wash his clothes.

I'm "physical touch."  Well, I've said time and time again, "honey, I will do everything - wash the dishes, do the laundry, clean the house - if you will rub my feet every night."  

You can take the test here:

Happy Birthday to My Big Sister!

I love you sister!

I'd be so hot if I didn't have to work

Seriously.  I worked from 7am to 7pm yesterday with no breaks.  No Jillian.  No evening walk with Bodhi.  A couple of stops at the candy dish on my admin's desk, and too stressed to even feel guilty about it.

Thank God for my wonderful dear fiancĂ©.  He had a nice dinner waiting for me when I got home.  Well, sort of waiting.  I kind of had to help him out a little.  But it's the thought that counts.  

Monday, August 17, 2009


Cats find the coziest little places to curl up.  There's seriously nothing cuter.  (And no, I still haven't unpacked my suitcase from my trip to Michigan...) 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Countdown: 258 Days

I'm off to a good start.  Did Jillian's video yesterday.  Thought I was going to throw up and was sore as early as a few hours later.  This morning I was REALLY feeling it.  It's great actually - I'm sore everywhere so I know it's working!

Ran around with Bodhi at the park this morning.  Like I mentioned, Bodhi likes to play with his mama more than with the other dogs, so at 6am I was running around makeup-less, retainer in, and hair unbrushed while the other mamas sat chatting on benches.  (Better to avoid joining in the chatting than to try to carry on a conversation with my retainer in anyhow.) 

Did Jillian's video again.  It felt quite good this time, probably because I needed to warm up and stretch my muscles so badly.

Started reading Julie and Julia last night.  I've had a hard time getting into books lately.  I started two recently and dropped both within the first few chapters.  But this one's pretty good.  I like the premise and think she has a unique voice.  So far it's a bit clichĂ© with all of the woman-pushing-30 angst, but I can understand why she used it so I forgive her.  

Dreading going to see "District 9" tonight.  Yes, I'm being made to see this despite the fact that "The Time Traveler's Wife" came out this weekend.  Oh well.  The things we do for love...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Other Healthy Stuff

I keep this list on my desk at work to remind me of what I can do every day to keep myself happy and healthy.  These are things I've tried and they really work for me.  And I know if I make them a priority, I will have more luck getting into shape.  

7 Empowering Steps You Can Take In Your Life Right Now
(Taken from one of Deepak Chopra's newsletters)
- Meditate daily
- Know your doshas and understand your mind-body constitution to bring balance into your life (take the dosha quiz here: 
- Experience nature - touch a natural body of water, walk barefoot on grass, sit under a tree, stand in the rain
- Write a poem (or journal entry or whatever)
- Commit an act of love today, maybe by making amends to someone you've hurt or forgiving someone who hurt you
- Make a powerful decision, even if it's a baby step - throw something away that no longer serves you; wash your car; get rid of paper congestion; clean a closet, a room, or a drawer; give away an item of clothing
- Perform a vital physical practice - go to yoga or pilates, go for a vigorous walk, practice deep breathing, or nourish yourself with a massage 

Countdown: 259 Days

It sounds like a long time, but it's really less than 8 months!  There's a whole lotta stuff to get done (and money to save) before the wedding!

Joseph and I are pretty prepared - we've secured all the vendors and we're just making decisions about the details now.  And we started planning our honeymoon!  We have the travel coordinator creating an Italy/Greece itinerary for us.  I can't wait.

But...  I really have to get serious about shaping up now!  Especially if I'm going to be lounging in the sun on Santorini!  

So I figure I can track my progress here, and maybe it'll make me more accountable.  I plan on:
- Incorporating running into my 2 daily walks with Bodhi, or running at the gym or work gym 
- Daily 30-minute shred with Jillian Michaels after evening run w/ Bodhi
- Weight training @ gym (or work gym) 2-3 days/week (probably on weekends)
- Yoga 2-3 days/week 
- Follow my weight watchers plan (only 18 points per day... *sigh*) 
- Lots of veggies and fruit 
- No cereal!  (I swear this is my downfall!  Oatmeal is allowed though.) 
- No snacking mindlessly at work 
- Plan for easy healthy dinners during the week 
- Lots of water and plenty of green tea (should be easy - this is what I already do) 
- Research workout DVDS specifically for arms (gotta look good in that dress!) 

Shooting for 10lbs, but will be happy with a solid 5.  

I already did Jillian's workout today (now have jell-o arms).  And I plan to take Bodhi to the park later where I always run around with him.  (I'm like the only person there who does this, but he only likes to play with me and not the other dogs.  Yes, I'm sure I look like an idiot.) 

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 10, 2009

More Santa Barbara Pics...

Happy Birthday to Joseph!

Joseph's birthday was Sunday, so I took him to Santa Barbara for the weekend.  We spent Saturday afternoon walking along the beach and checking out the art fair, and then went to dinner at night.  We also went to the "Old Spanish Days" festival and watched the singing and dancing and ate churros.  Walked around downtown at night and stopped at Starbucks for a hot chocolate.

We stopped for breakfast on Sunday morning, then took the long way home on the PCH.  Such a pretty day!  Joseph got tickets to see Pearl Jam in San Francisco and Raiders tickets for the day after for his birthday present.  I also made him spaghetti and cake and ice cream, and Bodhi, Joshua, and I sang happy birthday!

I'll try to post more often.  My sisters are inspiring me.  I'm not making any promises though.