Easing into it and break time…

My day did not start well…

First, my car door was frozen shut so I had to beat my car to get it open. Next, the parking lot I usually park in at work was blocked off for an event. Finally, I hurt my foot. How? I have no idea…

However, the one bad thing that has stuck with me today is the blatant disrespect with which I was treated.

Rude. Pure and simple.

While I won’t describe the whole situation (to protect myself and others), I can tell you that I have never in my entire life (even as a bartender) been treated so rudely.

And, since I am a professional now and constantly worried about what I should say to who, I filtered whatever reply would have come out of my mouth. Believe me, the bartender had a few words…

Boo. Hiss.

For anyone I have ever disrespected, treated with blatant disregard or rudely interrupted, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. It hurt me, and I am sorry if I have ever hurt you. I wish I could remember every time I did it and to whom… but, then again, did I really know I did it?

For the other party’s conscious, I accept that you probably don’t know what you did.

What did I do to cheer myself up, calm myself down and make me happy?

I came home (instead of going to the gym where a whole bunch of people would be), and did yoga in my living room. Big fan of Shiva Rea -30 minutes later and I discovered my hips are tight. Not surprising.

At the end of yoga practice is Corpse Pose and deeeeeeeep relaxation. I laid on my living room floor destressing and relaxing for ten minutes.

Oh yeah.

Then, I took a long, hot shower and put on sweat pants. Perfect.

Finally, I baked BANANA BREAD! Healthy? No. Awesome? Yes. :)

I am upset about being treated so rudely today, but I’m okay because I know how to make myself feel happy without putting a whole lot of effort in to it.

Here’s Dinner Tonight…
Ingredients

  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 2  large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas) – I used four.
  • 1/3  cup  applesauce (I didn’t use any.)
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla and applesauce. Mix in bananas. Mix into flour mixture. I used a wooden spoon; you could probably use a blender.

Pour batter into loaf shaped baking pan and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a rack; and then turn out of pan.

Yay!

A new plan

I feel like C-R-A-P.

Why?

I’ve been eating bad food, haven’t been to the gym in a week and haven’t had a good night’s sleep in… well… I guess last night I slept well.

Here’s the thing: I’ve been so crazy busy with school, I’ve been living off Ramen Noodles, coffee and beer and ignoring how I feel, which is sick.

Not good. Not good at all.

So, instead of allowing this to continue, I have created a plan!

My plan is to not do anything about anything until I wake up Friday morning. Why Friday? Fridays are always good days. Always. Always. (It cancels it out if you say it twice. -Stepmom)

Tomorrow, I have to teach, sit office hours, meet three different groups of people at three different times AND study for my exam Thursday night.

Thursday… I’ll be studying… and exam-ing. Boo.

So, Friday, after I teach and sit my office hours, I’ll be A-OK to run off to the gym and enjoy some treadmill.

I am well aware that my workout will suck. I’m prepared for that. So, instead of trying to kill myself on the treadmill or the rowing machine or the elliptical, I’m going to re-ease myself into the whole process.

On Friday, the world will return to normal… at least for skinnyshae. Regular Shae… she’s pretty much a spaz-face until she passes comps in a few semesters.

To be more interesting and less depressing, here are some of my favorite/most awkward Google search terms that get people to my blog…

-any variation of the following… “I Used to Be Fat” and “A&E’s Heavy,” which are the most popular

Crock Pot Pot Roast (No lie… I’m so good at this. And the world should know it.)

-Yoga Journal Birds of Paradise or Yoga Shiva Rea (Thank goodness!)

I’m addicted to coffee (and I’m glad I could help someone)

-What’s your body frame?

-Insanity fit test results female

-My personal favorite… “rambo nerf”

-sleeping German Shepherd or German Shepherd playing in the snow

TLC’s What Not to Wear Sarah

Eating disorders and gymnastics (Pray for this one.)

-overhanging forehead (???)

-cross ear tattoo (Wewt!)

disfigured tongue :(

cheap and healthy groceries

 

Old habits die hard…

Monday will begin the sixth week of the semester. And, as I have predicted I would, I am officially falling behind in my classes. Boo.

I do not like falling behind. I do not like making sacrifices for a schedule that involves putting school anything but first. I do not like it!

Because of my inability to accept falling behind, which I consider graduate student failure, I have chosen to put school FIRST and everything else… last (whenever school is done).

Why is this a bad thing when it sounds like such a responsible thing?

Well, “everything else” includes dieting and exercising, and that’s not good. It is especially not good for these few (hundred) reasons…

  1. I am STRESSED out, and, instead of going to the gym in the afternoon, I spend hours in my office at school working, researching and reading textbooks and journal articles. This does not help my stress; I know a super-charged workout will… but do I go? No.
  2. My time is precious, and I don’t like running out of time. I feel like I’m running out of time right now! In order to save time, I often focus so fully on something that I forget to eat… for hours and hours and hours and hours and… You get the idea. When I finally do eat, I gorge and feel like poo. What sucks even more is that I don’t even feel hungry until it is just too late to stop my fridge-raid.
  3. I miss my friends, but I often put them even farther down the list of “things (people)” because I feel that they love me and will forgive me for dropping them off at the bus station instead of taking them all the way home. (That analogy just came to me. It’s not very good…)
  4. I want to cook dinner, a healthful dinner, every night for Husband and I to enjoy before he goes to work. However, instead of cooking, I’m studying or researching or organizing my binders and binders of readings and notes for school. I consistently forget to thaw some sort of meat for dinner or find a new recipe to enjoy. We end up eating Subway. Not fun.
  5. My dog is SO excited it is getting warmer and the snow is gone so he can go for walks and play outside. However, Husband sleeps during the day (when I’m spending my life inside my house in front of a computer screen), and the dog drives me CRAZY. This is why I don’t have children. You can’t put children after something. Thankfully, you can put a dog after school, and he’s just going to have to deal with it for now.

Well, that’s really only five reasons, not hundreds. I could think of more, but I don’t want to bore you all with my depressing-ness. I figure my failure to exercise, diet, see my friends, cook dinner for my husband and walk my dog is a good enough sample of all of the things I should be doing but not doing.

What is my sixth miserable fail?

My blog.

I have a feeling, in the very near future, that I will forfeit my resolution to blog daily. I have already failed at this twice (I’m keeping track).

Boo. Hiss.

I has a super sad about this whole thing!

But I have work to do. Not only do I have to worry about my three classes (each with its own research project) as well as a conference I need to prepare for in April (with another research project), but I have something like 48 students whose lives I don’t want to mess up because of speech class. Most of the time, my students come before my school… And, often, that’s the way it has to be.

I guess I am telling you all of this because I feel bad that I will not be blogging much for you, not be creating new entries for Dinner Tonight or the Journal Series, not finding new workouts and diet tips and secrets, not giving you (probably no good) advice about keeping your skin, hair and face healthy and beautiful…

Just NOT doing the things that I want to do because I have responsibilities to the things that I promised myself and others that I will do.

I want a master’s degree, at least, and I want to learn new and exciting things (being the student I am), so it is not that much a sacrifice in my mind.

In my stomach and abdominal area, however, yes… it’s a bloody sacrifice. :(

Forgive me friends, but I have research to get through (BP oil spill, feminist critiques of television witches and their husbands/boyfriends, cyberbullying and approach/avoidance techniques between husbands and wives).

How I got stuck studying FOUR different things this semester I’ll never know.

Until next time, probably late late tonight… I still have a few makeup tips for my bride-to-be friends. It’s coming girls!

Bridal Week: Brows that Wow!

…sorry… I got busy cleaning… and studying… and cleaning… Here’s the article’s information, though, today on how to sculpt perfect eyebrows for your wedding day. (Again, I don’t think I plucked anything… :)

You’ve really got two choices when it comes to eyebrow-grooming: waxing or tweezing. (We won’t get into threading because you’re still yanking hair out and that’s just like tweezing.)

Below are a few tips for getting that perfect arch!

Tweeze Whiz
You need the right tool, one that grabs hair securely.

Before tweezing, apply some ice to the brow to numb nerve-endings and nix pain. (All this did for me was make my face cold…)

To determine where to tweeze, use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the shape you want and tweeze anything outside the lines.

If you’re unsure of where brows should begin and end, hold an eyeliner pencil straight along the side of your nose and tweeze any hairs that extend inward between the brows. Next, angle the pencil outward from the bottom of your nose toward the outside corner of your eyes and tweeze any hairs that extend outward toward your ear.

Remember to tweeze stray hairs creeping up your forehead and down toward you eye lids. Form the arch to peak over the outside corner of the iris, not the pupil… you’ll look really asymmetrical and bizarre.

Match Game
Now that you’ve cleaned up your brows, make them match (ish). Start with the arch: adjust by tweezing out unwanted hairs and filling in gaps with a pencil or powder. If you have a round face, you can add angularity with sharply-arched, defined brows. If your face is more angular, go for a soft, less dramatic arch. Remember to go slowly, or you might risk overtweezing.

Hue Review
Color is critical when using artificial eyebrow enhancers. Your brows should match the color of hair on your head. Brows should not be darker (unless your brunette went platinum) than the darkest shade of hair on your head.

Sorry about the delay. I meant to get to blogging yesterday, but a messy house mixed with school stress really turned me off to doing anything near a computer screen.

Tomorrow… Bridal Beauty: Eye Do’s and Don’t’s

Bridal Week: Your Wedding Day Beauty Kit

Emergencies and crises occur every day. Chances are, one of them will happen on your wedding day. Instead of panicking last minute as you watch your entire world fall apart, plan ahead.

We will just discuss my Evil Journal entry on beauty and what you should pack for the day of your wedding.

Wedding Day Beauty Kit

Note: Do not try to redo or overhaul your makeup between the ceremony and reception. If you have to touch up, go ahead, but changing your face will do you no good.

Find a midsized makeup or beauty bag and pack as many of the following items as you deem necessary. Dispatch one of your bridesmaids to the pharmacy a few days in advance to find travel-size products of as many of the items you might need. As for makeup, do not waver from the products you use on the big day.

  • tissues, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • bobby pins (for more than just hair ladies…)
  • breath mints
  • concealer/coverup
  • dental floss (You have cake in your teeth!)
  • deodorant (Pack some for your man, too.)
  • eye drops
  • hair brush/comb
  • hair spray… lots and lots of hair spray
  • hand cream
  • lip gloss or balm
  • lip liner
  • lip stick
  • mascara (waterproof is usually necessary for this kind of event)
  • nail polish
  • perfume
  • toothbrush and toothpaste

This is NOT an exhaustive list.

During the day of my wedding, we got copious amounts of double-sided tape, lotion, Velcro stickies and many other things for just-in-case-ies.

Liquor and shot glasses might also be necessary! :)

Good luck ladies! Planning ahead is the best idea for any crisis-ready event, especially a wedding.

Tomorrow… Bridal Beauty: Brows that WOW!

One in a lifetime opportunity…

Well, I have been unable to watch MTV’s “I Used to Be Fat” because of college. However, I caught the episode today of “Tanner.”

Now, I know that this week is Bridal Week… but this has to be said…

Tanner is not okay.

Tanner can suck it.

He had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and threw it in the trash can. Tanner, you have made skinnyshae angry.

So mad.

Of course, I don’t have room to say much. I did not do my workout today… BUT I have a good reason: I spent all afternoon studying for a quiz, which didn’t turn out well because I’m pretty sure I bombed it, but I was still studying.

Good excuse in my book.

Video games? Not so much. General disregard for the gift you are given? Don’t think so.

Gah.

Bridal Week: Countdown

When should you begin a beautifying routine? What else should be included? Evil Journal had a brilliant entry from before my wedding…

5 to 6 Months Before…

  • Begin a stress-relief regimen; and reserve one night a week for some non-wedding fun or quiet time.
  • Start experimenting with different hair (styles, colors, cuts, etc.) now. (I cut my hair around this time and really enjoyed the length it grew out to.)
  • Start a good cleansing and moisturizing regimen and consider consulting a dermatologist or making appointments for monthly facials.
  • If you don’t already, start exercising. You’ll look great, feel better and be less stressed out.
  • If you want to lose weight, consult your doctor or nutritionist to develop a nutrition and fitness plan. Set a weight loss goal and meet it before dress fittings begin. Once fittings are underway, you’ll need to stay the same size. (Or reconsider weight loss. Your guy thinks you look fab. Remember, my dress couldn’t be altered – I didn’t lose any weight for my wedding and still felt fabulous.)
  • Start paying attention to your nutrition. Bad food habits and too much caffeine mixed with wedding stress can transform you into “Bridezilla.” (Honestly, I think a number of things can turn you into a Bridezilla and coffee is not one of those things…)

3 to 4 Months Before…

  • If you don’t plan on using your regular hairdresser, make consultation appointments with potential candidates. Bring along pictures of styles you like, even a picture of your veil and headpiece. If you want to wear an up-do, discuss how long it will take to grow out your hair so it’s the proper length. (I had my friend -who is a fashionista! -do my hair and make-up in my mother’s bathroom. Cheap and awesome!”

    skinnyshae wedding hairstyle long curls and makeup
    She did a fantastic job!
  • Make consultation appointments with potential makeup artists. Be sure to take pictures and analyze them. Do your features stand out? Do you look like you’re wearing a mask?
  • Decide on a makeup artist and hairdresser and book them for the day of your wedding. Set a wedding day schedule at this point as well, including the hair and makeup times.
  • Now is the time to experiment with self-tanners. Consider the neckline of your gown and whether you have existing tan lines you’ll need to cover. (I went pasty as an uncooked pancake -never heard that one before have you? -my skin was no wear near tan. And I don’t believe in fake-bakers.)

1 to 2 Months Before…

  • Meet with your makeup artist for a trail run. If you don’t hire a pro, like I didn’t, then go get a makeover at a department store and buy anything you might need.
  • Bring your veil to your hairstylist for a trial style.
  • Now is the time to have you eyebrows professionally shaped. (I don’t actually know if I plucked my eyebrows…)

 

Those are my eyebrows the night before, and I have no recollection of plucking them... Also the white stuff is pimple cream.

 

  • Use an at-home face mask or get a facial. Don’t risk an allergic reaction any close to the wedding day.
  • Cut down on tea, coffee and red wine. Try a teeth-whitening system.

2 Weeks Before…

  • Get your final trim -just split ends -and stick with the look you love.
  • Remember to eat right: fruits, vegetables and fiber! No salt. No fat.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize. Soft and silky elbows, hands and feet are musts.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated (body, skin, hair, etc.).
  • Keep up the exercise!
  • Touch up hair color.
  • Confirm all your big day beauty appointments, as well as all of those annoying things we have to do that day…
  • Remind your man to get his final trim, too… They’re so messy.

1 Week Before…

  • Avoid overindulging in salty snacks and alcohol.
  • Get a bikini wax (OUCH!), a final eyebrow shaping and shave your legs.
  • Get a massage -from a professional or from your fiancee. You deserve it.

1 Day Before…

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Pack your emergency beauty kit. (For tomorrow!)
  • Deep condition your hair.
  • Exfoliate your skin with a familiar product.
  • Have a professional pedicure and manicure.
  • Take a long relaxing bath. You definitely deserve this.

Day of…

  • Be sure to eat something. This is not a day to operate on an empty stomach.
  • Get your hair or makeup done. Wear a robe or button-down shirt, a color that matches your gown to get the makeup right.
  • Take a few minutes to reflect on the day before giving yourself one last look over. And remember… you’re beautiful. Get going!

Tomorrow… Bridal Beauty: Your Wedding Day Toolkit