Friday, August 22, 2014

3.22 Seven Deadly Sins - Lust (Vetiver)

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-second day of each month is "Seven Deadly Sins."
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You know what I like a lot?  A nice smelling guy.  I've written in the past about how my husband's signature scent was the now-discontinued Helmut Lang Cuiron Pour Homme when we first started dating and even now, lo these many years later, when he wears a certain sweater, I swear I can smell that leathery, smoky scent.

So the search for a new signature scent took years, but we've discovered that I am a fan of the scent of vetiver in all its deliciousness when the boy wears it.   
What you see here are the scents that make me snuggle with the boy whenever he wears them - Parfums Divine L'homme de coeur, Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe, and Comme des Garcons Vettiveru. I am not going to tell you how incredibly pissed I am that Jo Malone stopped making Black Vetyver Cafe (*heavy sigh* - it's Helmut Lang all over again), but I did buy out the last 100mL bottle I could find in Chicago recently. 

And if anyone is curious about what I wear, the truth is that I don't regularly wear perfumes because I'm kind of sensitive about smells, particularly when I'm eating.  I really, really, really, don't like to wear scents that smell like food (citrus or vanilla, for example) because I will think about that food all day long. I used to say I was anti-flower scents, too, until I got a small sample of Wild Bluebell when I purchased the giant bottle of Black Vetyver Cafe. It turns out I am an English garden kind of girl.  But I only wear it on special occasions like going to get an oil change or the maintenance guy is coming to fix the bathroom fan. I'm fancy like that.

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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

3.21 Laughter - Super Stars MusiCards

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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Part of my birthday present from my husband included a Bowling Green t-shirt from a store called Homage, based out of Ohio. I love this store for a variety of reasons, especially that a fair number of their products are made in the United States and/or Canada and they have BGSU gear, but I also love that when I opened the package with my shirt in it, a package of ProSet MusiCards was included in the order.  I have no idea why they were included (the 1991 package, if anyone's curious), but Dr. BB and I had a good laugh over them, especially the insert that included a contest that ended on December 31, 1991.

And if you want more information on any of the above artists (who is Shy?), just turn the card over!  Plenty of knowledge to be had there. 
It actually kind of makes me sad to read the back of the card about Bobby Brown. When these cards were published, Brown hadn't yet been married to Whitney Houston and no one knew the train wreck that was about to happen in his life.  Maybe I'll send it to him as a reminder of his life before things got out of control.

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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

3.20 Lessons - Don’t Count on Anyone Else

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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Hey, guess what I got in the mail today? A card from my mom for my birthday.  Isn't that nice? It's an adorable card with a mischievous little kitty on the front.   I bet that kitty drives her human companions crazy.
But I don't want you to get too many warm and fuzzies, my friends.  The inside of the card is not nearly as cute.
Not "Love, Mom" or even "Happy Birthday! Your Mother." No. She simply signed her name.

I can think of several reasons why she did this. Maybe she was sending out all of her mid-August birthday cards and mine was just part of the shuffle. Maybe she was distracted as she wrote it because she wanted to get it in the mail in time and just did it in a hurry. None of these explanations actually make me feel better, though - she couldn't be bothered to take two minutes of her time to jot down "I miss you and am looking forward to seeing you in October!  Have the happiest of birthdays! Love, Mom" - and the idea that I am not worth her time or thoughts resonates inside of me. I'm not worthy. I'm not important. I'm not a good daughter. I'm not anything.

Lesson learned. You really can't count on anyone else to care about anything that's important to you. Seriously. There are TWO people on this planet who I think should actually care about my birthday (as opposed to being polite and saying "happy birthday" and then dismissing it from their brains) - me and the woman who went through two false labors and a dozen hours of real labor to give birth to me thirtysome years ago.

I vow right here and now that I will not put myself in this position again. I refuse to be disappointed by my family again. I have no expectations of them, although I understand that they have expectations of me that I will try valiantly to meet.

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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Care Package For the Teacher in Your Life

Is there someone in your life who is a teacher? Is there someone in your life who could use a little boost this time of the year? Do you live approximately 479 miles from someone who would be able to use some fun new school supplies for school?  Well, I've got you covered.

I put together a little care package for Bestest Friend last week and here's the end result. I used one of the bags that I recently sewed to hold a bunch of Sharpies, mechanical pencils, pens, and a couple of erasers.  I also included a box of crayons,  Post-It notes, and a magnetic memo pad (not pictured) to round out the collection of school supplies.

I also looked through my envelopes and envelopes of stickers (what grown ass woman needs as many stickers as I have?  I do not know) and threw in some unused sheets of stickers.  When I ever so briefly taught high school  my students really enjoyed getting stickers on their assignments more than I thought they would.  Or you can just give them to your own kid.  You know, whatever. 

My experience with high schoolers also taught me about the drama of their lives. I included some stuff that you might think would be in the domain of some administrator or school nurse, but that I frequently pulled out of my own desk drawer in a math classroom.

1. Kleenex tissues -  I would get very angry about having to walk across my classroom to get to tissues, so these are nice to have at your desk.
2. Tylenol -  So many headaches with screechy teenage voices all around you. This could explain why I don't teach secondary education anymore.
3. Johnson and Johnson First Aid Kit - Look, I know that the rules say you should send kids to the nurse for things like cuts and whatnot. But when a kid would get a paper cut and it would take her out of class for twenty-five minutes, I would get pissed off. I kept some Band-Aids with me and when a kid got a very minor cut, I would just hand one over. 
4. Ear plugs - I handed these things out like candy to my special needs students.  And maybe I used them a handful of times myself to get through grading.
5. Sewing kit - Teenage girls frequently wear clothing that falls apart. I blame Forever 21.  Having safety pins on hand rarely came in handy, but when it did come in handy, it was really handy. Also, I like having needle and thread with me at all times because I am a control freak. Unraveling sweaters are not a crisis in my life.
6. Nail file - Have you ever broken a nail and realized you had to wait five hours until you got home to cut and trim it? It's the worst.
7. Hand wipes - People, especially not quite grown ones, are gross and filled with germs. You don't want to bring those germs home.

I also bought some ChapStick to put in there, but I accidentally forget to put it in the box when it got mailed. Sorry, Bestest Friend. I will put it in the desk of my new office!!

What do you think?  Is there something fundamental I missed?  Would you like to get this care package in the mail?

3.19 My Best Friend

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the nineteenth day of each month is "My Best Friend."
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You know who called or texted me on my birthday?  Bestest Friend, two other close friends, and my favorite sister-in-law.  You know who didn't contact me at all? My mother or my sister.

Sometimes your family is not made up of individuals who are related to you by blood. Sometimes your family is made up of the folks who come into your life at just the right moment and make everything that was wrong just go away.  Sometimes your family is made up of imperfect individuals who are perfectly fitted to understand you and everything that makes you tick. It's the people who  understand your inner torments, roll their eyes when you use the phrase "inner torments," and never ask why you're calling.  It's the people who actually know what you're thinking without the veil of niceness or appropriateness covering your innermost truths.

Presents from Bestest Friend. Not just anyone can send you a greeting card calling you a whore.

True family remembers to call you on your birthday.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, August 18, 2014

3.18 Favorite Memories - New Picture Frames!

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eighteenth day of each month is "Favorite Memories."
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So at some point this week, I'm going to have to go to my office at school and get situated.  My new computer has been ordered, my syllabi are nearly complete, and now all I have to do is get the janitorial staff to put my diplomas on the wall, and get ready for students to come in.  Oh, and I need to decorate my office.  I have been slowly working on building up a few touches here and there, but one of the things I most wanted to do was get some frames for snapshots. I love the way a frame elevates a photo from blah to something special.


I ordered five frames from the Haven line from Rustic and Refined's Etsy shop - Sea Foam, White, Daffodil, Barn Red, and Turquoise. I'm going to keep an eye on the shop and if they ever add a true blue color, I'll order one of those, too.  The frames came with hardware for hanging, as well as dowels that allow you to set each of the frames up horizontally or vertically.


I'm excited that I'll be able to surround myself with the ones I love when I'm working in my fancy new office.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

3.17 Bedtime - Dresser

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the seventeenth day of each month is "Bedtime."
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We all have little areas in our homes that we know could use a little work.  I can't deal with the Rubbermaid bin that contains our winter gear and I don't even want to talk to you about the junk drawer in our kitchen.  But the dresser by my bed has been getting out of control more and more every night. As I went to put away my new earrings and necklace last night, I noticed that "putting things away" in the bedroom had come to mean "throw stuff on the dresser and hope for the best." 

So I spent some time in the bedroom this afternoon and I was pretty impressed with the outcome.


There are things that absolutely must stay on the dresser - cases for my glasses, three tubes of Chapstick, my journal, and lotion for when I wake up in the middle of the night scratching at my dermatitis - and those are the great unmovable objects.  A lot of the other things that were just clutter actually were put away where they belong, some things were thrown away (*gasp* - an empty box was put into the recycling bin), and many of the items just sitting on the dresser top were put inside that little blue bowl. That is the bowl where all the jewelry I wear on a daily basis actually belongs. Oh, and my Kindle (in the purple case on the corner) is absolutely essential.  Is there a place that a Kindle belongs except right next to me at all times?


Whew. I'm going to be able to sleep a lot better tonight without the fear of piles of my own possessions falling on my head.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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