Things I Love

  • My little Boo, of course.
  • My husband who gave them all to me

Thank you Mr. Bubbas!


Sexy Music

Due in part, I am sure, to my ever expanding fascination with the UK, I am loving lots of British artists.

Paolo Nutini is so different.  For one, he is an Italian Scotsman – go figure.  His raspy voice and hopeful love songs just transport me to moments in my past.  I have to avoid listening to him at work because I just lose focus.  So great…


My other current love is Duffy.  She has so much soul!  When I first heard her on the radio, I have to admit that I pictured someone completely different.  Her music reminds me of the Motown my mom always loved.  It brings fond memories.


Then there is Jamie.  I was hooked the moment I heard “All at Sea” on the radio driving home from somewhere at night.  His voice and moody piano playing makes me think of cloudy English skis and drizzly, gray afternoons.  It is great staying-home-on-a-rainy-day music.  He does great covers too!  My personal favorite is “Frontin'” by Pharell – so unexpected…


Best Mascara EVER!

I am hopelessly addicted to Maybelline Colossal mascara!  For the longest time, I only bought L’Oreal Voluminous simply because that is what my mom always used.  I think that is what a lot of women do, they buy whatever their mom buys.  Don’t get me wrong here, I was always satisfied with the Voluminous mascara, but it never really blew me away.

Since I began my hard-core coupon shopping a while back, I have been trying lots of new products that I wouldn’t have otherwise bought.  One category of products that tends to be  free after coupon/rebate is cosmetics.  So I have been trying different lipsticks, glosses, mascaras, and beauty tools.  About a month ago, one such freebie deal led me to purchase Maybelline Colossal mascara and I have never looked back.  Since then I snatch up just about every remotely good deal I find on it, which is usually at least BIGI free.

It doesn’t get clumpy and it really extends my lashes in a non-over-the-top sort of way.  I should also add that I use a lash curler as well since it makes a huge difference in how mascara looks.  I discovered lash curlers fairly recently also and would not be without it now.

In general, I am not much of makeup person.  I usually just opt for mascara and lipstick/gloss, so I really appreciate when those things work well for me.


My Two Loves

Someone has combined two of my favorite things!  Pink Nintendo DS and Bento


Photo from Alafista

Sunshine Buddies

I got my first Sunshine Buddy, or Nohohon, about two years ago.  Here he is on my desk at work:


I first saw Sunshine Buddies at Wizzywig, a local Japanese import store specializing in Kawaii stuff.  I bought a green dancing one because I love chartreuse and he looked so cute swaying back and forth.  I get some strange looks and lots of people at work ask me what he is.  It takes them a moment to notice that he is moving, so that is what people wonder about the most.  Since he is solar powered, he just dances the day away and I have never needed a battery.

When I looked in to Sunshine Buddies online, I found out that they are very popular in Japan.  I guess loads of people keep them on their desk because they are supposed to have a calming effect.  They are also apparently popular in Britain where they are often given as friendship gifts between women.  They can be hard to find in stores here in the US, but they are pretty plentiful online, especially on eBay.  They can be ordered online from Wizzywig as well, but they have a limited selection.

Last Friday, Sean took me to Wizzywig so I could get a few Animal Crossing charms for my DS and I noticed some new Sunshine Buddies while I was there.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I got another one as a friend for my green dancing Nohohon.  I thought pink would be a good match…


My new Nohohon is a Goukaku type, which from what I can gather means he is a prayer Nohohon.  Since I don’t know Japanese, this is just what I can glean from a few Google searches.  Yet another situation where I really wish I could read Japanese…  Anyway, I am super happy to have two now and it has really boosted my morale at work.  I think I may be starting a new obsession…

Currently loving…

I am lovin’ me some Cetaphil lately.

First the boring storey: I had to replace my daily facial moisturizer recently and the Neutrogena stuff I normally buy was not on sale and I was not feeling it for almost $13.  I looked around the skin care aisle at Target a bit to assess my options.  After reading the labels of a few contenders, I was not satisfied with what I was finding.  I think that what I require is pretty basic – I need SPF, fragrance free, and oil-free/non-greasy.  I also don’t want to pay a fortune.  Is that so much to ask?  Just as I was about to give up and resort to the usual Neutrogena, which is not awful, but could be better, I noticed something different.  Way down near the floor I saw that Cetaphil had an SPF face lotion.  I hadn’t noticed it before (I replace my facial lotion pretty infrequently because I use so little each day).  I took a look at the label and it met all of my requirements – plus it was only $9 instead of the $13 for Neutrogena.  Well I was pretty proud of the deal I scored, but still a little apprehensive about how well is would work.  My skin is super dry right out of the shower and super oily by midday, so I have always struggled to find the right product for my face.  I was pleasantly surprised, though, to find that the Cetaphil lotion goes on very light and soaks in pretty quickly (making it easy to wear under makeup) and it didn’t make my face a greasy mess by the end of the day.  Hooray!


Now for the much more entertaining story: I recently started reading Dooce.  I am not sure if I have just been living under a rock, or what, but I had never seen the site before.  So I have been reading through old posts to sort of get caught up on this site.  So, today while I was reading it at lunch, I came across this post about Cetaphil face wash.  I was chuckling about the ejaculatory comparison when it occurred to me that my beloved Costco had just sent me a coupon book (my faves) and inside said coupon book was one for Cetaphil.  Well I have also been in need of a better face wash.  The L’Oreal stuff we have been using smells too floraly and has been drying out my skin like no-body’s business (it was free, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to pitch it, okay?).  So I chatted Sean and told him I wanted to go to Costco tonight.  This is pretty much how that chat went:

Me: Can we run up to Costco tonight?

Sean: We were just there, what could you possibly need?

Me: Things.

Sean: What things?

Me: Important things.

It ended up that Sean had to work late tonight anyway, so I went up there by myself (which I haven’t done in forever, btw) and got my Cetaphil Semen Face Wash – and you know what, she was right!

Currently Loving…

I love this site!  It is a collection of actual photos that appear in Real Estate Listings with funny commentary by the author.  Hilarious!

This is a great recent example…

For the ladies

“Large Games room – currently used for Pole Dancing Fitness Classes.” I believe you; millions wouldn’t.


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