Tuesday, October 31, 2006

the joys of hair removal done right

Happy Halloween! I am not dressed up, and not doing anything fun tonight ... this is the first year of my life when I haven't had a costume, or done anything for Halloween. It's sad that I've ended up like this... but I'm feeling pretty glad that I'm not a kid here tonight though, it's cold outside... who ever heard of trick or treating in the snow? Those poor children.

Anyways, today I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time ever, and I must say that I will never go back to doing my own brows. $5, 2 minutes, and all of a sudden I have beautiful, not lopsided eyebrows. I don't know about anyone else, but I never know what to do with mine. What shape to make them, how to keep them looking groomed without going too far... and how are you supposed to pluck with your left hand? They have been a mess my whole life, and I don't know why it took me so long to realize the solution. I shouldn't BE doing them myself. Leave it up to the experts. How long will it be until I give up on home grown mani/pedis and adopt the same attitude? Hopefully for the sake of my budget, it will be a while, but I have to say, I'm sorely tempted to hand over all my grooming to the ladies at Bella Tonic spa ($5 threading, $15 manicure, $25 pedicure, $40 full leg and bikini wax... ok, I guess it would add up quick:)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

It's finally here.



Winter. It snowed for the past couple of days, and at first I thought it would just melt. But it hasn't... could this mean that I'm finally going to have to experience a REAL Canadian winter? Here's a picture of snow found on the internet... instead of the forest, imagine my house. That's what it looks like here. Today, I decided to pull a total west coast move and not drive at all because of the snow (even though I'd been driving in it yesterday). I spent the day watching Gilmore Girls on DVD (yes, possibly quite lame, but thanks rach!), and cleaning my house... it was very cosy. That's the nice part of snow, it makes you so happy to be inside. Well, when I did finally venture out to go for coffee, I decided to wear my winter coat and boots... even though it was probably overkill. It was NOT overkill, by the time I crossed the street I was cold, -16 degree windchill is A LOT worse than I remembered it.

Yesterday, in the snow storm (ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration), Rachel and I went and saw Marie Antoinette.


Dallas was out of town, and next week when James is here I've already made him promise to take me to see Borat (who else is psyched for that movie?), so it seemed like the perfect girly outing. It was exactly what I expected, very pretty to watch but with extremely sparse dialog. So much so that if you didn't know the story, it would be kind of hard to follow. Lucky for me, I'd read an article in vogue (of all places) a couple months back that was all about the life of M.A., so it helped to fill in details about a lot of the characters in the movie.

Tomorrow is my last day off this week, and I definitely have errands to run, so I'm going to have to go out into the gross, mucky world outside. Aren't I glad that I didn't take my dad's advice and kept my winter tires on all summer. Some may say it ruins your tires, but I was prepared when the snow hit.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New computer!!!



So, I finally came to terms with the fact that technology had passed my old iBook by, and that it was time to move on. So I've upgraded to a new MacBook. It looks almost exactly the same as the old one... but don't let that fool you because it is sooo much faster. And, things actually work on it! I can finally post pictures on my blog. And as per Ang's suggestion, here is one I took of myself using Photo Booth. Up until now I've been uploading pictures only at work, but that is a little sketchy since I'm pretty sure it's frowned up on. Oh well, if they don't want me blogging at work then they should block the webpage...

I have no good excuse for the lack of posts recently. I've just been working and playing with Jenny and Rachel. It's just so wonderful to have those girls living in town. So here are some highlights of the past couple weeks...

* I bought my wedding dress!!! I'm so excited to get to wear it... it's exactly what I wanted, but nothing I'd imagined. And now that I have a dress it's extra motivation for me to get my butt to the gym. The dress fits now, I'd better make sure it will still fit 7 months from now.

*Found a couple new restaurants I like. Me and Rachel went to the Urban Diner on Saturday night, and I had the fanciest Mac and Cheese dinner of my life. So tasty, and super cheesy (probably not helping my goal of fitting my wedding dress much). And I went back to Daddy-o's on Whyte with Jenny yesterday. Oh my, they have a very good crab cake po-boy sandwich. Crab cakes in a sandwich... that is decadence.

*Went to see Cirque du Soleil a couple weeks ago, and of course it was fantastic. It was their new concert type show, Delerium, so at first I really wasn't sure what to expect. But they really didn't dissapoint, there was still plenty of insane stunts and acrobatics... PLUS there was a lot more dance than in the previous show of theirs that I saw... and I realized just how much I watching dance.

*I bought an iPod nano... a red one, which is so small... I mean they are not joking when they say it's tiny. And let's all give a big shout out to Apple for bringing back the colours. It's so great to have music at the gym again, i'm just going to have to try and be a little more careful with this one.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fashion victim?




So... I bought my very first pair of skinny jeans today. They are not even just straight leg... these are tapered, tight, grey, skinny jeans. An item of clothing I vowed never to wear, since I remember hearing from the British what-not-to-wear girls that tapered pants flatter NO ONE. And that the only people who could sort of pull it off are size 0, but even they are pushing it.

Well this fall, skinny pants are back again... along with leggings and long sweaters and belts... it's the 80s re done, and for some reason I find it all very intoxicating. See, I missed the 80s the first time around, since I was in Japan and things were different there. And we were a little too young to have the full fashion force of the 80s hit us... But still for years, I've felt left out when conversations turned to what fashion disasters my friends were during the later part of that decade... I was just a regular kid and did not wear the bright neon legging, or the legging that looked like photo copied jeans for that matter.

Skip forward to 2006, and I'm in a change room trying on tight tight jeans, vaguely aware that they do in fact make my hips look huge... but for some reason I don't care. Sometimes it seems fashion is not even about how good you look, it's just about embracing the moment. I wore my skinny jeans all over town while I did errands for the rest of the day, and every time I caught a sight of my reflection in a store window I couldn't help but smile. Maybe I'm just a fashion victim jumping on a hideous trend, but at least I can say I've done it... and besides, by the next time this trend comes around I'll DEFINITELY be too old.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

wedding shmedding...

So last night at work I was talking to my friend Rob, who is getting married next August. He was talking about how crazy organized and on top of things his fiance is... the whole thing is pretty much planned! She's even designed, printed, and assmbled their invitations. There is nothing like hearing about someone like that to make you feel like you are failing as a bride. I haven't even looked into invitaitons at all! Or flowers, or cakes, or much of anything for that matter.

I'm not exactly feeling stressed about the wedding yet, but it's just that I'm not super keen to plan it at all. I like thinking about things in theory... but when it comes to putting it all together, I suck. And what's worse... every time I decide that some detail isn't that important to me, there is this little voice in my head saying "You only get one wedding, and if you don't do it right you will regret it for the rest of your life." So I'm left with this list of things that I feel I should care about...but don't really. Oh if only I could have a wedding planner to do it all, or a wife of my own to do the planning...that would be great.