Dreary

Ick. It’s a rainy day here in SC. We’ve got the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay coming through. I hate rain. I mean, I know we need it badly here since we’re in a drought, but it’s just so depressing. We have a lot of big windows, so the house is normally really bright and airy feeling, but today it’s just dark. It’s the kind of weather that really makes you not want to do anything all day. Even the cat is spending her day huddled under the covers of the bed in the guest bedroom.

Buffy under the covers

That lump under the covers is Buffy (Yes, that's a lot of Thumper stuffed animals. I'm actually cutting out quite a few. They belong to Chris. He's collected them since he was little.)

I had planned on checking out a few local used book stores and looking for a good library today (I found one library yesterday, but it was the size of a closet), but I ended up staying in instead. I hate driving in the rain (though at least I don’t have to drive in the snow here – that is way worse, particularly in my car) and I really don’t like to have to walk through it to get somewhere.  If the bottoms of my jeans get wet, I feel gross. My hair is just up in a ponytail today, but typically my hair and rain don’t get along either. Rainy days in college were spent walking around huddled under an umbrella, while I clutched a hood closely around my face to try to avoid frizz.

Chris, on the other hand, is loving the weather. He spent about 10 years in Indonesia as a kid growing up, so he’s used to heavy rain and loves it. In fact, the only time he’ll open the blinds in our computer room is when it’s raining. So, he’s happy today. Well, at least that makes one of us.

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Creepy

I found this website linked on A Girl and A Boy. It’s called MakeMeBabies and it uses a picture of you and your spouse (or you and a celebrity or whatever) to spits out a picture of what your kids will look like. Here’s a few examples of what I got:

A little creepy, no? And these were among the better results. Some of the results had HUGE foreheads! Of course, I blame this on my fivehead. 

It also doesn’t seem to take hair color into account – some of our kids were blonde or redheaded.

I decided to get a bit creative to see how accurate this thing actually was – here is the baby of Chris and the Alien:

Still a fivehead (I guess the Alien does have a pretty big forehead there), but come on! Is this thing trying to tell me that I look sufficiently like THE ALIEN to get a not-too-diffferent child result??

10 Beauty Products I Love

I think I may do a series of posts on things I like and things I hate. Today’s topic: 10 beauty products I love:

  1. Dior Diorshow Mascara (in black) – Ok, this is a bit pricey, but I love it and when I do buy it, I try to make it last. This mascara is the best for creating a “false eyelash” look, which I love. It just makes my eyelashes so thick and long looking. It may sound odd, but an added bonus of this mascara is that it actually has a very pleasant rose-like scent. When I’m not using this mascara, I’ve found that CoverGirl’s Lash Blast does almost as good a job for a fraction of the price.
  2. Caress Glowing Touch body wash – This leaves a very subtle shimmer on your skin.
  3. Olay In-Shower Body Lotion – This leaves my skin super soft and moisturized. I can even skip regular lotion. Small warning though – it will leave your shower floor slightly slippery.
  4. Solia hair straightener – It straightens really well and leaves my hair super shiny. Plus, it’s still going strong after nearly 3 years.
  5. L’Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner (Black Brown) and Smashbox Cream Eyeliner (Midnight Brown) – Ok, we have a tie here. Since they’re similar products, I figured I’d lump them. I actually do use them in different situations, though. The L’Oreal eyeliner is a liquid that comes out of a felt tip, which makes it super easy to apply. The Black Brown color is also a good color for brunettes, since it’s not quite as harsh as black, but still dark enough. Perhaps the best bit is that it doesn’t flake like some liquid eyeliners can (it can smudge a bit if it’s very hot out though). I use this one when I just want a quick look that includes eyeliner, mascara, and blush. The Smashbox eyeliner is a cream eyeliner, which is applied using a slanted eyeliner brush. It takes a little longer to learn how to apply, but doesn’t smudge once it’s set. I use this eyeliner when I put on a more dramatic look that adds in eyeshadow for a smoky eye.
  6. Dior Hypnotic Poison – I love this scent. It’s spicy and musky and vanilla-y, which are all scents I like on their own. It also happens to be one of the few of my perfumes that doesn’t send my husband into an allergic frenzy, so that’s always nice.
  7. All of the products from the Dove Pro-Age face line – I use the foaming face wash, day moisturizer, rich night cream, and eye treatment. My face looks and feels amazing after I use these products. The night cream leaves my skin really soft and moisturized without feeling greasy. I’m also happy to have a day moisturizer that has a bit of SPF in it that doesn’t clog my pores. It was particularly refreshing to find an “anti-wrinkle” regimen that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
  8. Natural Ice Lip Balm – I’m not a fan of lipstick at all and I only put on lip gloss for special events, so this is what I always put on my lips. It’s basically medicated chapstick, so it protects and moisturizes my lips and leaves them tingly. I actually find that the tingly component tends to emphasize my natural lip color, so I don’t feel I need anything else.
  9. Bare Minerals – I always find that these products leave my skin looking airbrushed. I’ve been lucky to have pretty good skin to start off with, but it’s pretty sensitive, so if I’ve got irritation from something else or a few blemishes, this just makes my skin look flawless, without giving me any further irritation. I only use the foundation powder (I use Light) when my skin is looking kinda funky, but the blush (I use Secret) and bronzer are always helpful.
  10. The Venus Embrace – I used to think all these Venus razors were the same, but I swear this one gives me the best super-close shave. My legs are soo smooth after using this 5-blade razor. If you’ve already got a Venus razor, skip the whole starters set and just get the replacement blades since they’re all universal fits for each other. I use the blades on the Vibrance body. I wonder when we’ll be up to the Mach20

*Cringe*

Who is this skunk-haired, harsh, old-looking woman (on the right) in this recent picture from the next Harry Potter movie? Certainly not Narcissa Malfoy!! Narcissa Malfoy has long blonde hair (clearly stated on pg. 22 of HBP)! Good Lord, WB, what are you doing to this movie?? Focusing too much time on the fluff parts of the book (the silly relationships), limiting the actual memories of Tom Riddle to 3, cutting out characters left and right, etc.  I understand the need to cut some subplots out of the movies (though cut out any more Snape and I’ll seriously be angry) – no one but the hard core fans would sit through an 8 hour movie. And honestly, I’m super psyched that they’re splitting the last book into 2 movies so they don’t have to cut too much out. But is it too much to ask that they at least get the details correct?

A hypothetical situation and a rant

*Cowritten with my evil mastermind hubby of doom, Chris (he requested this title for himself)

Ok, so this situation is going to seem somewhat weird at first, but stay with me for a moment. Also, I love both dogs and cats, so this is not about preferring one over the other – this post isn’t really about dogs and cats.

So, imagine you have a dog and you have a cat. You’ve had the cat for years and you feel quite a bond with it. It is, of course, a cat, and in being a cat, certain personality quirks it has are inherent, such as independence and possibly a bit of an air of arrogance. You just got the dog, but it’s cute and it seems to love you already.

Now, imagine you’ve come across the tennis ball of all tennis balls. The tennis ball that once belonged to Serena Williams. A great prize, indeed, by all accounts a legendary find. One that you may never get again. You decide that one of your pets deserves this ball (for the sake of this argument, you cannot keep the ball for yourself). Do you give it to the cat or the dog?

On the one hand, the cat has been loyal to you for years. The cat may even enjoy having the ball as part of it’s collection of prized possessions, which also includes 2 golden catnip mice. These golden catnip mice are extremely rare; only a fraction of all the cats in the world have one, let alone 2 of these mice. The cat will rarely, if ever, use the ball, however, so giving the ball to the cat is simply a show of appreciation to the cat. The dog will be quite sad to see that you’ve given the ball to the cat, and even more sad when the cat never uses it. The dog may question your love for him.

On the other hand, you can give the ball to the dog. The dog will use that ball everyday and get soo much joy out of it. The dog will be so thankful to you and will love you even more than he did before. The cat may be a bit pissed that you didn’t give him a gift, too, feeling that you are overlooking his loyalty and dedication to your ongoing companionship. On the other hand, the cat does have those golden catnip mice.

Now then, I have put forth this silly hypothetical situation in order to explain a World of Warcraft story that I read about a week ago, since I’m pretty sure most of the few people who read this blog don’t play WoW. You can read the “official” post about it here. Basically, an extremely rare ranged weapon made for hunters (yet technically minimally usable by a few other types of players) dropped off a boss fight. The group leader gave the weapon to a rogue (the cat from above) in the presence of two hunters (the dogs from above) who didn’t have it yet. The reasoning given was exactly that given above – the hunters were relatively new to the group, so the leader gave the weapon to his loyal cat, who will use this extremely rare, highly coveted ranged weapon of extreme rarity extremely rarely.

To further explain to non-WoW players, a rogue is a close combat class, meaning it does hand-to-hand combat almost exclusively. Typical weapons include small pointy objects like daggers, swords, and humming the theme to “It’s a Small World”. The only time a rogue might use a ranged weapon is to get the attention of an enemy so it comes closer, at which point the bow will be put away in favor of some sort of close combat weapon. The rogue doesn’t even have skills that allow it to use a ranged weapon well over the course of an entire fight. The only practical benefit this weapon has for a rogue are a few stats that are attached to it (stats which could be found elsewhere). A hunter, on the other hand, uses ranged weapons almost exclusively, so this extremely rare, highly coveted ranged weapon is a perfect fit for a hunter. It, in fact, is currently the best weapon in the game for a hunter. A hunter will get a huge benefit from using this, since he uses it all the time as his primary means of damage! Giving the ranged weapon to a hunter is not only good for the hunter, but good for the whole group of friends he fights alongside since having the best weapon in the game will mean he’s doing more damage to help the group.

Giving this ranged weapon to the rogue solely to reward his loyalty to the group is pretty stupid. He has already been rewarded with 2 other equally extremely rare weapons which were actually made for rogues (like those golden catnip mice). At this point, accepting the hunter weapon is not only an act of greed (to possibly be the first in all the people who play this game to have 3 extremely rare weapons), but it is a slap in the face to those hunters in the group. That rogue should be ashamed of himself. This probably seems a bit over the top to anyone reading who doesn’t play World of Warcraft, but as someone who plays a hunter, I feel quite passionately about this.

It just doesn’t make sense to give the ball to the cat in this case.

Now THAT is what I’m talking about!!

Woot! Huge congratulations to Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson for winning gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s all around competition in gymnastics!! Amazing!

And I’m mad

So apparently, Warner Brothers has decided to postpone the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21 of this year to July 17th of next year. What the hell, Warner Brothers?

They’re apparently blaming the postponement mainly on “repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films“. So because the writers decided to strike for so long, there aren’t enough movies that will be ready during the highet profit time of the year, the summer. Warner Brothers decided the best option was to use Harry Potter to fill the gap. Forget about keeping fans happy and releasing the movie when they say they will. I will refrain from saying angry things about the writers. I’m just mad. I want my movie.

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