Thursday, April 21, 2011

Things I love: Someone else doing my eyebrows

Today I went to the Aveda school to get my eyebrows waxed.  I wouldn't have gone all the way down there just for that, but Kathryn wanted a hair cut, and I am not going to turn down the opportunity to have someone else deal with my eyebrows.

I hate plucking them.  Excuse me, tweezing.  (The girl who did them today said "we pluck chickens, we tweeze our brows".)  It takes forever and I often make them lopsided.  I'd much rather pay $10 every few months for someone else to thread/wax them and then make a half-hearted effort to keep them up myself in between.

I've gotten them waxed at Aveda once before, so I assumed it would be the same routine.  However, as soon as I get there the receptionist walks me past the little waxing station in the front, opens a door in the back, motions me in, and leaves.  The room is pitch black very dimly lit, and I immediately text Kathryn "she just closed me in a dark room".  After my eyes adjust, I realize it's a waiting room.  A very dark waiting room.  It was a little odd.

After waiting there about 10 minutes, a girl comes and takes me back to a room, and I realize this is actually the fancy spa part of Aveda that's supposed to be soothing and relaxing.  Other rooms had people getting massages and facials.  Uhh, hi, can I change my mind?  I want that too.

To sum it up: best eyebrow waxing experience ever.  She took like half an hour to make sure they looked good.  This was way better than the front of the salon little waxing booth where you're done in 5 minutes.  And still only $10!  I need to figure out how to get that again the next time I go.  "Hi, I'd like to make an appointment for an eyebrow waxing, but can I make it for the fancy back room instead of the front one?  Thanks."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wanna-be Crafter

I'm totally a wanna-be crafter. I could be an actual crafter, but I have little to no patience for crafts. I also have very little motivation to do crafts on most days. The actual crafting doesn't seem so bad, but its the getting all the supplies out and then cleaning it all up at the end. And the frustration in the middle when I can't make it look like the picture.

Even though I know this about myself, I still collect bookmarks for crafts I want to do "someday". Here are some of my favorites, that maybe someday will get done.

This mason jar soap dispenser from apartment therapy is so simple and so so cute.  The handy thing is, I already buy soap in the really refill jar.  And I happened to break the top of the old soap dispenser when re-screwing it on.

Now that I look at this, I actually need the top to that, so that's not helpful at all.  It's actually really inconvenient.

I still want to make this though, it will happen someday!

I've been using one of those zipper pocket Vera Bradley wallets with the key ring since November, and I'm converted.  I love it.  I saw this tutorial to make a cuuute zipper wallet, and I want to do it.

The only thing stopping me is that it looks like a lot of cutting.  And a lot of sewing.  And that's a lot of patience.

But it looks like the front pocket would hold my cell phone!  How handy is that?!  I need to find some cute fabric, and some patience.

Last but definitely not least, I WANT TO MAKE THIS PRETTY PINK PLANNER.  I know it's more of a tutorial of how to make your own planner in general, but I want that one.  Exactly that one.

I've even bought some pink glittery sticky back foam that I found.  The problem with this is finding something to use as the small binder that's a reasonable size and price.  This may need to wait until I have a real job, so I can do it right.  I'm so excited though.

And she's Swedish.  Those labels are in Swedish.  But that only accounts for a very small amount of the love that I have for that planner.  Someone make it for me please?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

English Muffins!

I go through food phases. I find one thing I enjoy eating, and then I eat that thing for many meals at a time. It's probably not very healthy, but it is convenient when you're only feeding yourself and always have leftovers. They get eaten.

Lately my food phase has been whole wheat english muffins. In case you don't buy english muffins, they're almost $4 for a pack. I didn't buy them for a very long time because that was just more than I was willing to splurge on bread. However, I saw them on sale for buy one get one free recently, and for the first time it occurred to me that "no, I can't eat all those before they get stale, but I can freeze them!". (Little did I know that no, actually, I can eat them all before they go stale.)

I decided that making english muffins would probably be cheaper than buying them. (Okay you got me, I ran out of english muffins and was too lazy to drive to the store. Only I would think that mixing dough and letting yeast rise and spending two hours making english muffins is "more lazy" than driving half a mile to Publix.) I looked for recipes on the internet, and the internet delivered.

I used this recipe because her blog (I'm assuming it's a her, but maybe it's a him) looked legit and the pictures looked delicious. I didn't have high hopes of mine turning out actually looking like english muffins, but I figured I would be happy with just some homemade bread. However, I followed all the instructions and MINE LOOK LIKE ENGLISH MUFFINS!

I can't find my camera, and my phone isn't connecting to my computer, but just take my word for it. They look like actual english muffins.

And they are delicious.

I made half the recipe and wound up with 7 of them. This should last me a day or two.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I can lose hours of time by "just looking at one thing" on Etsy. It's never one thing.

The other day I was perusing Etsy's recommendations of "what I might like", and I came across this:

It is a "Custom Embryo Tie Tac" by NB Designs. A little creepy yes, but I could see the appeal if I was in that field of science. It's very creative. What really went through my mind was "what in the world have I favorited on Etsy for them to think I want that??"

I did figure it out. I favorited this very cute sloth necklace sold in the same store:

I love sloths. It's a life dream to hug one.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Job Search

I'm going to finish my lifelong career as a student soon! I'm ready.

I'd be more ready if I already had a job.

Right now my biggest pet peeve is online employment applications. Why do I have to spend an hour inputting every job and degree I've ever had into it's own form? Isn't that what a resume is for? Why do I have a resume? Can't I just email that to you?

It wouldn't be so bad if I knew I was going to get the job, but it is frustrating when I think that I'm likely going to have to repeat these steps over and over (and over). And over.

The bright light at the end of this tunnel is that, God-willing, I'll be done with all this in 4ish months and on to the next chapter in my life!

I'm excited to have a decent income and no school. Bring on the real world!