Thursday, January 15, 2015

My opinion - facewash

Face wash, it's one of those things that I think many of us use, but it's hard to find the right one. Instead of the great, the good and the ugly I'm just going to review the washes I use and why (ok maybe I'll give you small "don't bother"

AM shower: I shower every morning (because I shave my legs every morning) and in the shower I wash my face with a sulfur-based wash. I like it because it keeps things calm in my trouble zone (chin  and lower cheek). This does not foam at all and I don't use it anywhere above my cheek bones, but I find it super successful in preventing breakouts.

PM/after workout: If I workout and then shower in the evening I wash my face with the off brand version of this face wash. I like the foam, and the scrubbiness comes in handy when removing makeup.

Every now and then I'm not showering, but I need to take my makeup off, when that happens I often take my eye makeup off with some Mary Kay eye makeup remover. I'm running out, but I have seen some recipes for homemade versions around the internet so I may have to try that in the future

Don't bother: every face wash sample I've ever been given at a makeup counter has been a disaster. Either it completely dries my face out, or it makes me breakout like a barely pubescent teenager.

So those are my opinions for the week, what do you like for facewash?

Next week: water bottles

Monday, January 12, 2015

The tradition i wish wasn't

What do you do about keys when you go on vacation?
I went back to the east coast over the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, working out of my company's Massachusetts office for 8 days. While there i had a rental car and my kept my husband's house key attached the rental keys. What should i have done with my house keys? Usually, I keep them in a front or side zipper pocket of one of my suitcases. This has been fail proof.

Until now.

Somehow I lost my house key while I was out there, and didn't notice until I was trying to get into my apartment upon my return late on a Sunday night. My frustration was at an all time high. The keys are still missing a week later, but I've solved the problem with my spare and a lovely kiosk, but it was a stressful night/morning as I waited to get my spare back from the friend who was checking on my house.

1 Week into the new year, how are your traditions going?

1) 2/ week, but I'd like that to be back up at 4, this week looks promising
2) I am calling this a complete success. I made a dinner for the week which made pre-dinner snacking much less of a problem. I also tried a new recipe for a lemon loaf using the lemons in my front yard. Finally i whipped up a spaghetti squash casserole, high in veges, low in calories, we'll see how well this goes this week nothing appears to be a problem at the moment.
3) Sharing, I think I need to plan this a bit more, I have some ideas, I'm thinking some bread drop offs this month

How are your goals/resolutions/traditions coming along? Have you figured out what success looks like?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My opinions

The beginning of a semi-regular feature here: something I like, these will be things that I buy on my own, review on my own and generally have an opinion about

This week: Podcasts

The great (non-craft related): I have not had a conversation about podcasts without recommending Pop Culture Happy Hour. They have only lead me astray once (gone girl), but have been so right so many times. I do miss trey grahams random opera references, but sometime I'll find another source for those.

The good (craft related): The Fat Squirrel Speaks- you will either love her style or you will hate her style. She is like watching my internal self get excited and silly about yarn and yarny-things. I love it. The way she sing songs her segment titles makes my day and I love her shenanigans

The less-than recommended (craft related): Do not shoot the messenger or defile the person who points out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes, but I'm here to give my honest opinion and this is it. There is a yarny podcast that is probably the "biggest" yarny podcast out there, at least according to the number of yarny podcasts that mention it. It is hosted by a mother daughter combo and while I am sure it is a great podcast I can NOT get past the voice of one of the hosts. It's like listening to never ending nails on a chalk board and how anyone can handle it is beyond me.

Next week: Face wash

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Traditions for the Year

10 on Tuesday this week was about intentions/goals/etc I've told this story before, but I think goals are great, but traditions are better. Accomplishing one this is fantastic, but if it's about the journey let's make it about the journey. So, here I go for this year the list of traditions I'm going to continue and new ones that I want to try

1) Move - I've been really good at maintaining my running, but I'd like to extend it (run longer) and be more consistent. I'd also like to make my yoga more consistent
2) Food fun - I love to cook and i run out of time quite often but this year I'd like to PLAN at least 2 dinners per week
3) Share - I have time, I have things, I have opinions. I'm going to share them. Share time: volunteer; Share things: cook and take dinner/treats to others; Share opinions: Well right here is a good place for that
4) Compassion - It is well known that I don't have a ton of patience for incompetence at life. This year I'm going to work on that patience. I don't know anyone's full story and I need to grow my compassion and patience for more people. Less frustration, more acceptance
5) Stand - I started this last year at work, I have a sit stand/desk and I go some weeks standing a lot and then some weeks I don't at all, but I'd love to do it half and half
6) Culture - I'd like to attend a cultural event at least once a quarter. A play, a concert, a ballet, an orchestra, etc
7) Purposeful career moves - make a better plan, take actions that are a bit more long term focused
8) Write - This has always been a thing I do, but not a tradition I hold. Maybe this year it should move over to my list of traditions
9) Finish - I have started some relatively important things in my life that need to be completed. These are the things for which I don't care about the journey, just the destination. The actual finish line might not be this year, but serious progress will be made in 2015 and at each small finish line I'm going to make it
10) Prepare for 2016 - 2016 is my deadline year. It's the year that I want to buy a car I actually like, it's the year I want to have my own bees, it's the year I want to live in something bigger than a 300 sq feet. To make that happen there will need to be some significant earning so that there can be significant saving.

 Want to see what other people are doing? check out the list of other 10 on tuesday-ers over at Carole's

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

Carole, as usual, came up with a fun topic this week about the winter olympics

My thoughts:

1) I miss them - no NBC reception means no Olympics
2) When will NBC figure out how to let me stream more than highlights, but less than full events in a nice, easy, way?
3) Yarn for the hideously ugly american sweaters came from an awesome Oregon Ranch. Go read about their REAL sustainability efforts and history
4) I want some of that yarn
5) How did I not know that women didn't ski jump in the Olympics until this year?
6) This girl dances like she's my father's daughter (but she's not)
7) Zdeno (plays for the Bruins in the NHL, for Slovakia in the olympics) is a GIANT and he does this cute little lean when taking pictures with normal/short people. Still a giant. Pictures of Zdeno with other olympians
8) There has never been anything I have even pretended to want to focus enough energy into that I could compete in the Olympics. I think I'm actually OK with that
9) Living without TV cuts off much of my work chit-chat options
10) I need to get off the couch

Want to see the thoughts from people who have actually had a chance to watch the olympics? Go over to Carole's blog to see all of the link-ups

Monday, February 17, 2014

Keeping up

I have been writing about a blog post a day, but I haven't gotten most of them fully ready (missing pictures or links). I'll continue to schedule them out as I get them completed

Today though, I found a super fun topic from this blog post which I found out about via this blog post

I've always claimed that I was born to be an adult. Childhood was hard, but not because I grew up in a rough family or in a bad neighborhood or somehow had a traditionally rough childhood. No, I just didn't thoroughly enjoy the being a kid thing. Adults have it good. I can stay up 'til all hours of the night if I want to and I can have pie for breakfast or lunch and dinner. Sure I have to deal with consequences of those actions in a way that didn't really play into my life as a child, but in the end being an adult is kind of awesome.

There are some drawbacks though, mostly revolving around chores and bills and that sort of thing. Spinning off the motivation from the other blog posts:

Things that I still despise as much if not more so than I did as a kid

1) Dishes - hate them with a dishwasher, hate them without a dishwasher, but believe that I should be responsible and not use disposable plates, silverware and napkins at every meal so they are inevitable

2) Folding Laundry - I don't hate doing laundry, there is a certain joy in the control and OCD I have about laundry, but I could forever cover my body by grabbing garments out of a pile on my couch. Folding and putting away? just... blech

3) Trash - When I got married (well I warned him before the actual wedding) I made it clear that I don't take out the trash. Not because it's not a job "for ladies" but because it's not a job for Britt. My husband, being the saint he is, didn't bat an eye and I don't think I took the trash out as a married woman more than 2 or 3 times before I moved to the cottage.

4) General tidying - I've heard a rumor that some people actually find joy in organizing and tidying up a house. I don't

5) Making a bed - I'm of two schools of thought on this. I used to think it was just a matter of not living alone, differences in sleeping schedules and neither one of us caring. I'm sure that's part of it, but I do live alone now and I still don't really make my bed pretty much ever. I'm sure the extreme lack of ease (my bed is against a wall on both sides and the head so making the bed is an adventure to say the least) is part of it, but maybe I'm also a little like Jim Gaffigan who said, "I don't make my bed for same reason I don't tie my shoes when I take them off. It doesn't make sense." bonus: Jim Gaffigan is hilarious

As with everything, there are some things that I think I enjoy that others would find baffling or at least a little weird

1) Vacuuming - I could vacuum all day I do love it so. I think having a decent vacuum makes all the difference and I LOVE my vacuum. I have even seen the same model at stores for under $100 (grocery outlet and big lots are a good start). I have this model and my husband has this model and we love them both for the around the house vacuuming. I also swear by owning a shop-vac for cleaning out a car and for cleaning up a busted hot water heater

2) Cleaning MY bathroom - I have never shared a bathroom with my husband which is definitely a good thing because the best part of cleaning my bathroom is how quickly I can do a DEEP clean (all surfaces, fixtures, floor, baseboards, etc scrubbed). I highly doubt I could do that same cleaning in the same amount of time if we shared. He's just dirtier than I am in the bathroom - though for the record he is much much tidier than I am in every single room of the house (see item 4 above)

3) Making lists - I found out about bullet journaling via some twitter folks (I don't tweet that often, but find it easy to follow interesting people and conversations) and I use a britt-style method of that technique to really get things accomplished. At one point in my house we had 3 whiteboards which I used for 3 entirely different purposes and they kept my brain on track

4) Cooking - this one isn't that surprising, I have always loved to cook and I make myself dinner many nights of the week. I used to dream of becoming a personal chef, I don't think it is actually feasible for me, but it's a fun dream

5)Washing windows - I should do this one more often, but I keep my blinds here at the cottage closed up so I don't really notice the state of the windows

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Things that aren't as good

Much of the time I go into diatribes about things that I do not miss about New England. I've only been here 7 months, but I have finally found something that just doesn't seem that great in California, but is amazing out in the northeast

Tulip Trees (the magnolia kind, not the poplar kind)

These trees lined the side streets of my college campus (not a traditional quad based/segregated from the area campus) and were one of the first things to bloom in the spring bringing the city out of the season I call death.

Out in the suburbs they were little pops of life bringing with them the hope that at some point the landscape will change from the muddy-snow-sand-grossness into something wonderful and amazing.

In California? They are pretty, but without the contrast of despair, death and hibernation they really just don't do much for me. I realized this last week, but really looked at each one on my run today to ensure it wasn't just one bad tree. It's not.

They really are just less impressive in such a lush landscape. The color seems almost muted and while they still have a beauty close up, it just doesn't take my breath away like it does in MA

Some other pretty things I saw on my run