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I get up early. I stay up late.

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I was munching on some candy corn with peanuts at an octogenarian’s birthday party this weekend, and I noticed something surprising. The ordering of the colors (orange, yellow, white) were not what I remembered. If I had to guess, I’d say candy corn goes orange, yellow, white— but that’s incorrect!

Wrong Candy Corn Manicure!

The colors are actually yellow, orange, white!

Correct Candy Corn Manicure!

This was an important PSA for anyone attempting candy corn nails this Halloween.

Filed under candy corn Halloween Nailpolish colors candy corn with peanuts tastes like peanut brittle— I don't care what Doug says.

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Watching: The Mindy Project. It’s no secret that I love Mindy Kaling, and her new show is everything I hoped it would be. It’s pitch-perfect humor for every smart girly girl. Don’t forget to tune in on Tuesday nights on Fox.

Reading: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I went in with an open-mind, free of any Harry Potter comparisons. Honestly. I respect Rowling so much as a writer, and I trust her to tell me a good story with solid writing. My trust is growing a bit thinner page by page, but I am still less than 100 pages in, so I will continue to hope she knows what she is doing, and this story is going to actually go somewhere. Anyone else reading The Casual Vacancy? 

Listening: Three (relatively) new CDs are making their rounds through my itunes: Mumford and Son’s Babel, No Doubt’s Push and Shove, and Regina Spektor’s What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. I recommend all three. 

Blogging: I stepped down from blogging for Hot Guys Reading Books, due to my busy schedule and my heart’s inability to muster up enthusiasm for any guy except for mine. Still, I whole-heartedly support the blog, my fellow bloggers, reading, hot guys reading books, and people who love hot guys reading books.

Learning: I finished a free online course through my local library called How to Write Fiction Like a Pro. It was truly one of the most helpful and insightful courses that I’ve ever taken. I learned so much in six weeks! Naturally, I signed up for my next online course already. Libraries are the best. 

Working: I’ve been asked to start a creative writing club for middle-schoolers. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. The first meeting is in a couple of weeks, so I have plenty of time to plan. So far I have a handful of kids that are really interested, and I am hoping to round up more. One boy informed me that he is working on a 500 page novel about cats that rule the world. Besides personal projects, my goal is have these kids enter short story contests throughout the year.

Eating: Doug and I made Dragon Noodles from Budget Bytes this past week, and it was ah-maz-ing. If you love spicy food (read: red pepper flakes, Sriracha, etc), then you must try this recipe. I’m already thinking about the next time I can make this firey feast.


Filed under currently The Mindy Project The Casual Vacancy dragon noodles life the lighter side of life

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Remember that time Samantha Jones treated herself to a chemical peel that went horribly awry? 

Well, guess what… You, too, can have dried-out, irritated, red skin just like the glam Sam Jones for a fraction of the price! At least that’s what the seemingly innocuous Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub did to me. I used the scrub three nights in a row, and yesterday I woke up with a seriously chapped face. There’s a red mask around my T-zone and dried flakes of skin that will not go away despite continuous reapplication of lotion. 

The moral of the story: do not try to exfoliate your skin too many days in a row. Also, casually introduce new face washes into your life and do not go whole-hog all at once. *End PSA*

Filed under face Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub red chapped dry skin beauty routine Samantha Jones

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I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.
Margaret Mitchell

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I’ve developed a chewing gum habit at work. I seriously chew gum the whole day except during lunch. One of two things is bound to happen: I workout my face muscles so much that I look thinner in the face OR I develop a wicked case of TMJ. Currently, I just have a sore jaw. I am going to try not to chew any gum tomorrow and give my head a rest, but popping a fresh piece of gum in my mouth just perks up my whole day!

Filed under Just call me Violet Beauregaurde gum TMJ

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me before a social situation:
they're gonna hate me they'll think i'm annoying they are going to judge me i am going to fuck this up so bad they'll never wanna speak to me again i am a terrible person this will go terribly
me during a social situation:
huh this isn't that bad
me after a social situation:
they hated me they thought i was annoying they were judging me i fucked that up so bad they never wanna speak to me again i am a terrible person that went terribly

Filed under me in a professional setting me meeting acquaintances