Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stormy Days

As most of you know and have seen, Hurricane Sandy arrived and wreaked havoc across the tri-state area. Many people did not take this seriously, as I saw from my social networking sites, and it bothered me a little. I mean this storm did come from the Caribbean where there were several fatalities. People were joking about it, and irritated that the MTA was shutting down the subways and buses. But now that it has passed, everyone is realizing how serious really was. I may have been a little OCD with my preparations, but I took the necessary precautions and I was glad I did. Hurricane Irene last year caught us a little off guard and we were affected by flooding and power loss. I wasn't trying to be in the dark again! (pun intended)

The storm was crazy, I watched it all on the news in shock. Thank God we were not affected. My mom and grandma came out of this ok as well. One person I know had a tree fall on their house, but were otherwise fine. My job is in the part of lower Manhattan that was not only flooded, but without power. When I saw that ConEd explosion, I knew it wasn't good. So I will be out of work for the next few days until they can get things back up and running. While the MTA will have buses running, it's still going to be hell until they get the trains back up. I mean I always bitch about the bus by my house on a regular day, so I already know the buses will be more than shitty during these conditions. Plus there are downed trees out there. I'm not trying to kill myself for a temp job. Sorry! I know I need the money, but my life and well being is more important.

For now I am biding my time watching TV and eating a whole bunch of crap I'm not supposed to be. After all of this I'm going to have to catch up at the gym :-X

Hope all of you are doing well!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

I found something I have fallen in love with, and I'm never turning back!!!

Why does my hand look so manly? :(

This has helped my damaged hair become more manageable and smooth. And without the hassle of sitting under dryers, wrapping in plastic, all that mumbo jumbo. I just massage this is, go 2 cycles on my Clarisonic and rinse. My hair is coming back to life! To make my hair look even more awesome, I rub some jojoba and vitamin E oil into my hair and its shiny and soft as ever. But even before I started using the oils, I noticed a MAJOR difference in the texture of my hair, even with all the bleached ends i had. Did I mention I will never bleach my hair again? Anyway, now that this has been introduced to my life, I will never again go without it. It performs so well for the price.

If you've never heard of this, or Aussie, I think you should go for it! Can't go wrong with it. :)

"Add some roo to your do!"

- L

PS I know my posts have been slacking, but there's been drama at work and class has had me putting in work. Plus my birthday weekend just ended. So i'll be back on track soon hopefully!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Japanese Goodies!

For my birthday, MJ Fan Girl brought me some goodies from Nihon (Japan)!

I was really excited to meet up with her for dinner. We went to Narita (Japanese of course) and had a good time. I couldn't wait to open the bag! Inside was one of my favorites, Tokyo Banana, a BB cream, a Japanese Uniqlo flyer, and a Sephora giftcard.

I was ├╝ber excited! I ate one of the Tokyo Banana before we even left the restaurant. Hehe.

Before the night was over, I went to Barnes & Noble and got this pocket sized Japanese book so I could practice my beginner skills. I know MJ Fan Girl will help me practice since she's so fluent. :)

I took these pics all at home of course. After all of this, I'm stuffed and content to go to sleep. Class tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ASL Update

I'm still working on the other post. I'm trying to figure out my POV for it and how to make it all come together. I've also been lazy and busy. Lazy to post, busy with class and work.

ASL is a little harder for me because I can't practice with the Mr as I had hoped. I finally made the effort to ask my friends to practice, so I will be practicing with someone 1x a week. Hopefully this helps. My main focus will be to work on reading and understanding someone else's signs, as well as grammar. But I am picking up on the signs fairly quickly. I just need to practice them and learn them that way. Having class 1x a week on Saturday mornings may not have been the best idea. I also feel a little behind because almost everyone else has more ASL experience than I do. But I will not be deterred. I am going to try to look at many DVDs and online vids as possible, with the books I have. I must pass this. I will pass this.

We have a project due this Saturday, and the person I chose to research was TL Forsberg. She's really cool, and her music is pretty awesome. Check her out singing and signing:

I'll be in touch soon!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mental Block

I am working on a post, but I want it to be a full post, not half assed, so I am waiting a bit longer to publish it. I can tell you though, it is something personal and there will be pictures. It needs the pictures. While I am working on that, I do have a mental block. I really don't have much else to write about. I have not been feeling inspired or anything at all. Life's been pretty mundane so far. Can't complain about that. I don't want to fill my blog with fluff either. So I'm gonna leave you with this:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Birthday Month

October is my birthday month, but it hardly feels like it. All the other years I'm jumping for joy and frenzied over making plans. This year - nada. It didn't even register to me that my birthday was drawing near until I started getting the birthday coupons from all these stores I shop at. Even then, I am not as excited as I normally would be. I have no real plans, although I did get the day of and day after off from work. But I can't go away anywhere because I have class on Saturday, which I can't skip because we have a presentation due. Even with that, my heart isn't in it. I already know how my finances are, and while I have the money to go crazy and do all sorts of stuff, I kinda don't want to. Earlier in the year I had my heart set on going away for my birthday, taking the Thursday and Friday off and just wildin out. It is the big 2-5, quarter century, whatever you wanna call it. It all goes downhill from here (or so I've heard) and I wanted to do it up big. Now, I'm just like whatever happens, happens. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. I mean there will be other birthdays, and most some people don't make a big deal over birthdays, but I feel a little empty. I wonder what's missing.........

Well I don't have to wonder too much, I already know.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stepping It Up

Bear with me while I undergo some blog changes. I am still trying to tweak this to my personal tastes. I want it to look like ME. So I am trying to ditch the templates and keep it simple, but still let who I am show through. I need a good header that's for sure. I'm going to try and see what I can pull together. But just don't judge me. Any and all suggestions are helpful. I'm still learning.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Jay-Z at Barclay's

I'll try to keep this short, but who knows with me. Last night the Mr and I went to the Jay-Z concert, he had bought the tickets the day they dropped. I was kind of excited, looking forward to it, and then I was there and the excitement died. They did a good job on Barclay's and it looks amazing. The seats inside, not so much. I'll admit it, we got the nosebleed seats, all the way up top. But I've also been in the nosebleeds in MSG, and the differences made me wish I was at MSG. The seats were on such a steep slant it was dizzying to look down. The seats were really cramped together, you had no leg room at all, less than what you get at the movie theater. I know I can't complain too much, and I would have been content if it was not a concert. Those seats would be ok for a basketball game, from how high we were too, you would be able to see the whole court, no problem. But this was a concert and it was a totally different dynamic.

The ushers did not show you where your seats were, just checked to make sure you were in the right section and sent you on your way. It was slightly confusing how to find your seat, and it was so dark you could hardly see the numbers. Most people gave up and just sat wherever. A few people got pissed off and thankfully no punches were thrown. There was a good mix of people attending the concert, and they all had one thing in common - smoking. The entire section was smoke and lighters with everything from cigarettes to black and milds, and good old Mary Jane. I expected people to light up, but I didn't expect it to be so blatant. The ushers did not give a shit. People were walking around the hallways with cigs in their hands. The crowd did get a little bit rowdy too, there were people in the aisles, no one stayed in their seat. But nothing major. I guess it was all to be expected.

Jay's performance was good, he said the Sunday show had the best energy. He gave a motivational bit about not letting anyone bring you down and don't give up. Songs were fire. I just didn't appreciate having to wait an hour and a half to see him. We had an 8pm ticket time and Hov didn't show til 9:30. That may not seem like a big deal to most of you, but he didn't have anyone open for him. We were sitting there while the dj played music. I felt like that was kind of disrespectful. The other concerts I have gone to, the artists were on time or had opening acts for them. I also didn't like the mini disappearing act he pulled towards the end to change his jersey. At that point I was ready to leave, so when the light dimmed, we dipped. I was content with watching the rest of the performance from the TV in the hall. It was nothing spectacular. I probably won't ever go to another Jay-Z concert, but if the conditions are right, I may give Barclay's a second shot - so long as I'm not up high.

Anyone else go? Let me know what you thought!