Tuesday, June 24, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 12 (plus how to get your #100HappyDays book)

Twelve weeks in! I spent a lot of time working at the theatre this past week. The latest musical we're doing, Peter Pan, opened on Friday! So most of this weeks pictures (5/7 to be exact) were taken at the theatre or are about the theatre, hahah.

If you're new here and don't know what's going on, check out 
this post about the 100 Happy Days challenge! Basically, I'm taking a picture every single day of something that makes me happy, for 100 days straight. If you like, you can see my past weeks by clicking on the "100 Happy Days" button in the navigation bar above. You can also follow along daily on Instagram, you know, if you can handle hearing from me that often ;)

Last week I said I'd talk about how to get your 100 Happy Days book once you're finished with the challenge. I saw a lot of people were confused about it, so I just thought I'd help. I added it to the bottom of this post, so you can easily ignore it if you want, hahah!

Anyway, here's what made me happy this week!

Day 79
I took this picture at the theatre, on the third day of tech week. "Tech week" is the week before opening a show, where you rehearse it the entire week before it opens. Basically you have to spend a lot of time there. The truest statement ever said about theatre technicians is that we do a lot of "hurry up and wait." You're always either REALLY busy, or sitting around not doing anything for an hour. Because of this I find it important to have a fully stocked tech week bag. This may differ from person to person, but mine usually consists of a book or two, my tablet (or other portable internet device), a nice big water bottle, and some snacks. Depending on what show we're doing/what I'm doing for that show, I'll bring my Nintendo DS, too, heheh.

Day 80

On of my favorite things about my job is working with this guy...even if he doesn't like smiling for the camera :p

Day 81

A more recent tradition that has been going on at the theatre is having secret buddies. At the end of tech week we randomly draw a name (technicians and actors are all added together, so it could be anyone), and then throughout the run of the performances we secretly leave them gifts. My secret buddy clearly has their shit together more than I do, because they brought me gifts on opening night! Now I feel kind of bad that I didn't have time to get anything for mine during opening weekend, but we have two more weekends of shows left so I have plenty of time to make it up to them!

Day 82

...annnd another shot taken at the theatre. Like I mentioned in Day 79, it's always important to have a book with you. For this show I'm working with lights, so I spend the performances up in a catwalk above the audience. Being in precarious positions doesn't stop me from reading! As you can see, people were arriving and seating themselves at the time, but I still had about 30 minutes before the show started - plenty of time for one more chapter ;)

Day 83

Finally home, with a celebratory drink after our final opening weekend show. Here's to two more weekends! This is the last theatre photo for this week, I promise.

Day 84

Saints Row!!! I have a whole blog tag that's pretty much about how I love the Saints Row games. On Monday, Andrew surprised me by getting me the Saints Row IV Season Pass as a little early birthday present. I've been considering buying it for months now, but I've been trying really hard not to make frivolous purchases. The Season Pass contains most of the add-ons and other bonus downloadable content for the game, like new missions, weapons, outfits and all that. I mostly wanted it for the two new missions, How the Saints Saved Christmas, and Enter the Dominatrix. Hehe.

Day 85

Everything is awesome! "Man, I feel so great right now! I could sing this song for hours!" Hahah. Last week Andrew got The Lego Movie for us, and this morning we finally had time to sit down and watch it over breakfast! I've been wanting to watch it again ever since we saw it in the theater back in February. I love it so much!

Alright, so now about the Happy Days books. I've talked to a few people that were unsure about it, and since I'm almost at the end of my challenge I decided to look into it. It seems like the most common misconception is that you will automatically get a book for free once you've finished. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Instead, you can buy a book, with the proceeds going towards to the 100happydays Foundation. The proceeds will be distributed as follows: 33% INVESTED in bringing happiness across the world, 33% DONATED to a project of your choice, and 33% COSTS of materials and running costs. While free is always nice, it's always great to donate to a good cause! There are three different types of books to choose from, ranging from $15 - $35. Before ordering, you will need to upload each picture that you took and make sure they're in the correct order. As far as I can tell, you can't keep your captions from your pictures. Aside from books, you can also order a set of 24 prints or a set of 20 postcards. You can check it all out at their foundation page, linked above.

So yeah! That's how you get your book. I don't plan to order one right away. I'd love to have one eventually, but as I mentioned earlier, I'm trying not to spend much on things I don't NEED. I'm also curious to see if they'll offer a hardback one in the future, which I think would be really nice!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Twenty Things I'll be Doing this Summer

Happy first day of Summer! I won't lie - summer is not my favorite season...actually, it might be my least favorite. It's just too hot. An overheated Natalie is a miserable Natalie. And it's not like I have summer vacation to look forward to anymore, so really it's all the same, just HOT. Either way, there's still so many great things summer has to offer. Sure, some of it you can do any time of the year, but we all know that it just isn't the same.

So here's my list of what I'll be up to this summer.

1 - Go to summer festivals and fairs. Maybe a carnival? I've never been to a carnival!

2 - Not wear pants - the greatest thing about summer, really.

3 - Make and eat my own popsicles. I eat ice cream all year round, but I only like popsicles when it's hot out. Awhile back I bought some popsicle molds from IKEA that I never used, but recently I read this article on Buzzfeed that inspired me (and I'm not just talking about the boozy ones listed first).

4 - Attempt to make these badass rainbow shorts, using this tutorial.

5 - Be obnoxious and wear said rainbow shorts everywhere for the rest of the summer (assuming they turn out ok). Andrew will hate them, but that might make it even more fun?!

6 - Make s'mores over a fire. I actually kind of hate camping, but I love s'mores!

7 - Throw a 21st birthday sleepover for one of my best friends. You're never too old for sleepovers ;) I'm thinking we should try making some of these Disney inspired cocktails!

8 - Have a picnic.

9 - Start washing my own car more, or at all, really.

10 - Finally go see a drive-in movie!

11 - Get fresh fruit and kettle corn at the farmers market. Farmers market always has THE BEST kettle corn!


12 - Turn 23 on July 23rd! :) I didn't even realize the age I'm turning and the date were the same until typing that just now, hahah!

13 - Work show after show at the theatre. Right now I'm working on Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan, shortly after Peter Pan ends it'll be time to start working on Tommy (ugh) and Bonnie and Clyde. I could keep going, but then we're not talking about summer anymore.

14 - Hopefully not spend too much money during the Steam Summer Adventure Sale.  Really, it's almost cruel how amazing their deals are. Go Red Team!

15 - Use last years experience and try making another rum melon.

16 - Mocha Cookie Crumbles, from Starbucks. I've learned that you can ask them to make this all year round, but the chocolate whip cream is seasonal. The way I feel about Mocha Cookie Crumbles in the summer is very similar to how most people feel about Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the fall.

Mocha Cookie Crumble
Perfection (via Google)

17 - Try to wear more sundresses. They make me feel pretty! I'll need a few more. I say this every summer, and then have trouble finding ones that I both like and can afford. Wompwomp.

18 - Swim at night. Sun can be the worst. Luckily in the summer you can swim at night without it being too cold, and it just feels a lot more peaceful, for some reason.

19 - Make one of these scarf headband thingies.

20 - Wait for winter, because summer is just too damn hot.

 Linked on A Harvest of Blessing and The Dwelling Tree

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Circle: Throwback Thursday - The Last 7 Years

Today I decided to do a little "Throwback Thursday" post, after seeing this one that Kiki made for her monthly Circle topic that she hosts every month! I don't have any reeeally old photos on hand - not without digging them out, scanning, and all that - but I thought it'd be fun to show a peek of the last seven years. Sometimes I feel like it wasn't that long ago, but then when I look at pictures, and think about what I was up to at the time and how much I've been through since, and I realize that it kind of WAS a really long time ago! In 2007 I was sixteen, homeschooled and in college at the same time, in Girl Scouts and felt really awkward. Now I'm almost 23, working in the field I studied at college, too old to be in Girl Scouts, have lived in three different apartments since I moved out of my parents, and still feel really awkward. Where does the time go? 


I'm on the far right!








Wednesday, June 18, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 11

Eleven weeks! I really like some of this weeks pictures. I feel like they give a more accurate idea of what my life is like, for some reason? Hahah.

If you're new here and don't know what's going on, check out this post about the 100 Happy Days challenge! Basically, I'm taking a picture every single day of something that makes me happy, for 100 days straight. If you like, you can see my past weeks by clicking on the "100 Happy Days" button int he navigation bar above. You can also follow along daily on Instagram, you know, if you can handle hearing from me that often ;)

Day 72

My two book prizes from Armchair BEA came in the mail! They're advance reading copies of Egg and Spoon, by Gregory Maguire, and Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudsen. I won them with one of my daily topic posts and an Instagram challenge photo. I can't wait to read them! I wanted to start them right away, but I'm making myself finish the books I have checked out from the library first.

Day 73

Andrew wanted to trying making his own "Royal Red Robin" burger, which is basically a cheeseburger with a fried egg. They turned out really good! I'm pretty sure we'll be making these again.

Day 74

I recently found this Hershey's Cookies 'n Creme iced coffee while I was grocery shopping, and now I'm hooked! Hershey's Cookies n' Creme bars are my FAVORITE candy. I also love iced coffee, so I had to try it out! It doesn't have quite the kick as other coffee drinks, but it's delicious and refreshing on warm days.

Day 75

This is a picture I took while working in the box office, at the theatre I'm usually doing techy stuff at. I've helped out in the box office a few times in the past, but this was my first time doing it all alone. I was called earlier that day, asking if I'd fill in. I was a little nervous, but said yes anyway. Luckily everything worked out fine :)

Day 76

Hahah :) I made this for my dad on Father's Day! If you can't tell, the actual picture is from the movie Rambo, and I just added my dads face in there. My dad isn't really anything like Rambo, but maybe that makes it even better?

Day 77

Monday was the first day of tech week for Peter Pan! I was up doing light stuff when I took this picture. I can't show you the set or better views of the costumes until the show opens on Friday, sorry! It's going to be a really fun show. How can it not be, with flying, sword fights and fairies?!

Day 78

Yesterday, before going back to rehearsal, Andrew and I went over to my parents. They're super cool and let us use their washer and dryer. While doing laundry, we played some Munchkin, one of my favorite tabletop games! I almost won, too...

So there's another week gone by. In next weeks recap I'm going to talk a little bit about how to get your 100 Happy Days book after you've finished the challenge. I've heard from a lot of people that were confused about how it all works (including myself), so I looked into it a bit more and I'll be sharing soon :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blog Hop Tour - A Closer Look

Recently, my friend Paula, from her little Happysnappy corner of the internet, invited me to play along with a blog tour she was participating in! Basically it's a game of tag, where the set of questions you see below get passed on from blogger to blogger. Paula picked me and two other writers, and I'll be picking my own three to send it to after this! Paula said she picked me because she enjoys reading about my book adventures and my Happy Days challenge, how nice is she? So let's check out the questions...

1. What am I working on?

I feel like I'm always working on a hundred things, flitting from one to the next. Sometimes they all get done, sometimes they don't. I don't recommend this. Sigh. Here's a summarized list of things I've been working on lately:

- My blog, of course. I spend a lot of time working on my blog, I'm not even going to admit to you how much. I'm either writing actual posts, drafting ideas for future posts, returning emails, catching up on other blogs, or just over analyzing anything I've ever hit "publish" on. #BloggerProbs

- Books! I'm always reading something. Currently I'm reading "China Dolls," by  Lisa See, and "Songs of Willow Frost," by Jamie Ford. Not only do I really enjoy reading, but I feel like it makes me a better writer, too.

- Then of course, there's my actual work that I do for a living. Right now I'm stage managing a production of "Romeo and Juliet," and today I start working on techie things (we call it "tech week") for a production of "Peter Pan."

I'm a little busy. Even worse, right after taking this picture, I realized I didn't add everything :'(

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Since we're all bloggers here, I'm going to assume you're asking about my bloggy work. My work differs from others because it's 100% me, and there's no other me out there, is there? I write about things that I like to read about, such as honest book reviews, DIY, video games, theatre, and simply the life of your (kinda) average 22-year-old girl. My life isn't glamorous, and I don't pretend that it is. I worry about money, I tell myself I'm going to eat healthy (until my favorite food shows up), I'm always procrastinating, I make lots of mistakes, and things aren't always happy. But...that's me, and that's what I write about!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
My blog is purely for my own enjoyment. I love to write, and I love to write about things I love and that make me happy. I also feel like writing about what I do motivates me to do more. If I write that I'm going to read this book and tell you about it, then I make myself read that book so I can tell you about it. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing to have people read what I have to say, and actually enjoy it, but I wouldn't be here and give this much time to something that I didn't love doing.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
Very frantically. I decide I want to do something, and I start doing it right then and there. If I'm not home then I'll take notes about it, to help me remember for later. I don't recommend this, either. That's why my posts are never on a regular schedule. It's a habit I'm trying to break! I'd love to be able to plan things out in advance.

Me, thinking of new blog post ideas.

Hah! So now you know a little more about me. I'm not sure if this paints the best picture of me, but it's me nonetheless so what can you do? Hahah :)

Next I get to tag three more bloggers! Here's my pick:

Gina, at California Scrappin' Gina loves to scrapbook and is always making something great! She also runs my favorite blogging group, for bloggers in California. We're a small bunch, but we have lots of fun. I consider all of them my bloggy friends, and soon to be in real life friends ;)

Pam, over at Hodge Podge Moments. Pam is also in our little group - she doesn't currently live in California, but she'll be moving here soon! She's really great, and we have a lot in common. We both love reading, rockin' out to The Killers, and color coordinating our lives.

Last but never least, we have Mary, from Along Comes Mary! I "met" Mary in April, when she commented on a post I wrote about musicals, and told me how much we have in common. Living in Southern California, she's always doing cool things that fill me with envy, but it's fun to follow along on her adventures!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful fathers out there!

Here's my dad.


Yeah, he's pretty cool ;)

Friday, June 13, 2014

It's Friday the 13th! Let's talk horror movies.

Today was Friday the 13th, and there's a full moon tonight! Having them both at the same time hasn't happened in nearly a century, and the next one won't be until 2049! I mostly came here to talk about Friday the 13th and movies, but the moon thing was just a cool bonus because I only learned about it five minutes ago.

On Friday the 13th, when I can, I like to watch scary movies. Watching them any time is fun, but it just feels a little more fun on days like Friday the 13th or Halloween. I'm really picky with the horror movies I watch. That doesn't necessarily mean I have high standards (I like some really awful movies), but for some reason a lot of really popular horror movies don't interest me once I see them, or they don't live up to the hype.

The Ring is the perfect example for this. That movie came out when I was eleven, and everyone was saying that it was the scariest and best horror movie they'd ever seen (and I mean everyone, not just my eleven year old friends). I was more skittish back then, I didn't watch many horror movies, and I had no intention to watch The Ring anytime soon. For some reason, what all of those people said stuck with me. I never bothered watching The Ring until last year, and I was a little apprehensive about it. Even now I'm still a huge weenie (if it was actually SCARY), but I watch these movies anyway. I can't really explain why I enjoy torturing myself like this. Anyway, last year I watched The Ring, and I thought it was one of the most boring things I'd ever seen. I was scared to watch that? What a letdown.

Me watching The Ring and Blair Witch Project

I also watched The Blair Witch Project recently. For some reason I'd just never gotten around to seeing it. But really guys, I thought it was SO BAD. I almost fell asleep. I waited the whole movie for the action to pickup, or maybe even an actual story, but nah. While I'm at it, I'll also say that I didn't care for Paranormal Activity, Insidious (don't even get me started on 2), Cabin on the Woods or VHS. I'm sorry.

Alright, enough of the ramble. Here's a couple of movies I really think are scary.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Really, if you want to know about things that keep me up all night, this movie is all you need. It is 100%, without a doubt, the most frightening and unsettling movie I've ever seen. There is an alternate film poster for this that is much cooler and more scary looking, but I don't like looking at it, so I posted the boring one for my own sake. Years ago, I was hosting a little horror movie night at my house, and my friend brought a bootleg copy of this movie (the only kind of copy you'll find of it). Now, if I could, I'd smack him over the head for convincing me to watch it. This film is great at convincing you that it could be an actual documentary, and that it all actually happened. The bio explains it better than I do:

"A serial killer obsessively documents his career in carnage in this pseudo-documentary thriller. When police raid a house in upstate New York, they discover a profoundly disturbing record of one man's ugly crimes. A psychotic serial killer once called the house his home, and along with the implements of his grisly pastime, investigators find over 240 hours of videotape shot by the killer which present a visual record of his murders in all their horrifying details. Both state and federal law enforcement teams sift through the gruesome images, looking for clues of the slayer's identity, the identity of his victims, and where he could possibly have gone. But repeated viewings of the material reveal little beyond the terrible facts of the crimes, and as the authorities comb through the madman's images, they find the tapes have had a disquieting effect on them."

Don't watch if you're scared of Venetian masks, people lurking in your closet, or the possibility of being kidnapped. Or just don't watch it. I still check my closet every night.

I can't blame anyone but myself for watching this movie. A friend told me it was super terrifying for her, but when someone says something like that, it kind of just makes you want to see it even more, you know? Also, my friend lives all the way in Canada, so it's not like she forced me to watch. Anyway, I admit the bio sounds pretty basic/average home invasion movie:

"Explore your worst fears imaginable with this shocking suspense thriller inspired by disturbing true events. After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt’s (Scott Speedman) remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as three masked strangers invade. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive."

So basically these three assholes in creepy masks break into a couples vacation home and proceeds to terrorize them. If you haven't pieced it together yet, people in masks really get to me. And the possibility of someone hiding in my closet. I don't know why. SPOILER: That line on the poster, "because you were home," is an actual line from the movie, and it really freaked me out. The woman they're attacking cries, "why are you doing this to us?" and one of the masked people says, "because you were home." So there was no reason for them being there, they just FELT LIKE IT.

Don't watch if
 you're ever scared that you forgot to lock the front door, you don't like being home alone, or an unexpected knock at the door freaks you out. 

So there you have it. Now you know what scares me - please don't use this information against me. I need to stop talking about this now. I'll be going to bed soon and don't need to think about these things before trying to sleep! Before I go, a few questions:

- What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?
- Did you watch anything scary on Friday the 13th?

I'm legitimately curious, so let me know in the comments! I didn't watch a movie today, but I finally started American Horror Story: Asylum. So far I like it much better than the first season!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 10

Ten weeks! I'm so close you guys!

If you're new here and don't know what's going on, check out this post about the 100 Happy Days challenge! Basically, I'm taking a picture every single day of something that makes me happy, for 100 days straight. If you like, you can see my past weeks by clicking on the "100 Happy Days" button above, or clicking here! You can also follow along daily on Instagram, you know, if you can handle hearing from me that often ;)

Anyway, I have decided that after the 100 days are over, I'm going to continue this project with a couple little changes. I probably won't force myself into taking a picture every single day but I'll keep the same habits and make sure to take at least a few each week, which I'll recap as I do now. That way you won't have to see pictures of my sandwiches and other boring things anymore, hahah.

Day 65
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Game of the week was Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It's a strategy card game for PC, Mac and Ipad. Best part, it's free! You use your cards to cast spells, summon monsters and other things. It's also really simple to learn! My little brother got me hooked on it, even though I'm not very good. Pictured here is a RARE victory!

Day 66
Romeo and Juliet

This was kind of a crazy day for me. I got a call from my boss at the theatre, asking me if I would stage manage their upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. I used to stage manage for a different company and long time ago, but these days I mostly just do tech stuff. I was excited for the offer and said yes, so she asked me to be at rehearsal that night! We'll be having rehearsals until we open next month, and at the same time I'll also be working on tech stuff for Peter Pan, so June and July are going to be crazy busy.

Day 67

Library books! Two of the books I'd ordered had arrived, so I went to go pick them up. My new apartment is literally across the street from the library, so I'll be spending even more time than usual there. Like most readers, I can't go into a library and only pick up what was on my list, and I picked up two more. The top two books were on my Summer Reading List, and are File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, and Songs of Willow Frost, which I already started reading! The other two books are about slow cooking and making wire jewelry - two hobbies I'm trying to get better at!

Day 68
Orange is the New Black

Even though it just came out, I feel like I'm the last person to talk about the second season of Orange is the New Black. Half of my friends already finished it all, but I'm taking my time. I think I'm on episode 9 right now (ok, I'm not taking THAT much time, but you get it). I'm totally loving it, and I'll be bummed when it's over again. No spoilers!

Day 69
Tony Awards

The Tony Awards were on Sunday! As a theatre person, I watch them every year. Whenever someone says "The Tony's," I think of that part in The Producers, from the Keep it Gay song, and they chime "Tony, Tony, Tony, Toooooony!" Hahahah.

Day 70
Heroes of the Storm

Wow, lots of screen pictures this week. I leave my apartment, I swear! Anyway, my boyfriend Andrew has been tossing around this idea to start a video game site/community, and part of it features live game streaming. He used to work in the video game industry, so games are a huge passion of his. He asked for my help setting up a blog/Facebook/Google+ and all that to get him started, so of course I said yes! When he has a bigger following we're going to set up an actual website where we can have all the content in one place, but for now I think it's a good start. Anyway, yesterday was his first "streaming" day, and he and his friend live streamed their BETA of Heroes of the Storm. BETA basically means it's a game they received for free + early for testing purposes. A MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, and they decided they're going to play different ones each Monday and call it "MOBA Mondays!" We're both big fans of alliteration, hahah. I'm happy that he's picked up a side project that he's excited about, and I'm interested in seeing where this goes! He's given me access of the social media accounts, and later on I might write guest blog posts and things :)

Day 71

Reading and watermelon! I picked up this book from the library today, but it looks like I ordered the large print on accident! Oops, hahah. I like being able to sit by a window all the time; too bad it's way too hot to go outside. It's been over 100 this week, I don't even want to think about how hot it'll be in July!

and there's another week :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

In a Snap!

Hey friends! Today I'm going to talk about shaving. I always avoid wearing pants whenever I can get away with it, so shaving is kind of important to me. At the same time, I don't like spending an arm and a leg on razors. Being a girl is hard.

Anyway, more specifically, we're going to talk about this tiny, adorable Venus Snap razor that Influenster sent me! Isn't it cute? I love tiny things. I don't normally do product reviews, so bear with me, ok?

If you look really closely, you can see my reflection in the case, in my Hello Kitty robe, taking the picture. Whoops.

It comes in this little blue case! The width is a little bigger than your standard makeup compact. I love that it makes it easy and convenient for traveling. I hope it's not just me, but I've packed razors multiple times in the past, only for them to get gunky and weird when I arrive. The case is plastic and not super sturdy, but it should hold up just fine as long as you aren't playing hacky sack or whatever with it.

Wow I guess I need to invest in an iron, huh?

Let's start with some facts and Venus's claims. As you can see, it's a short and squat (like me!) little razor. The handle is about 2 inches long, and the pink part is rubber to help you grip it. The razor heads have five blades, are replaceable, and can be swapped with any Venus refill. The blue around the razor head is the "moisture ribbon," which helps smooth things out, and claims you won't need shaving cream/conditioner/soap/your lathering option of choice. I like taking shortcuts, so I was really hoping that claim was true.

How did it really work? Pretty good. On the first shave (from here on, one "shave" equals one shower session, shaving both legs and underarms) the moisture ribbon was doing its job, and glided effortlessly. No pulling or irritation; I didn't even feel anything, really. After drying off, I wasn't particularly dry, but I needed lotion just like I always do after I shave.

I made sure to set the razor outside of the shower so it could dry properly. Have you ever left a razor in the shower accidentally, and you come back and the moisture strip has melted off in a gloopy mess? The worst. Anyway, when I looked at the razor again later that day, the moisture ribbon hadn't melted off (yay), but I could see that most of it had been used up already during my shower that day. That was a bummer.

Now, in my opinion, a razor is only as good as its reuse value. I'm not going to shell out money for a razor that's only good for one use. I didn't want to write a half-ass review, so I waited until I needed another shave and tried again. It still worked pretty well the second time, but not AS well. Since a good portion of the moisture ribbon was already gone, I used a bit of conditioner to smooth things out, just in case. I have sensitive skin, so I didn't want to be too risky. Finally, I waited until I needed to use it AGAIN, and tried a third time! This is where things get a little dicey. It provided an alright shave, but not great. Think of those 2 bladed Bic razors; not awesome, but it'll do.

Overall, this was just an ok razor for me. The first two shaves were really nice, but the price doesn't make it worth it for me. The razor itself is almost $10.00, and doesn't come with any replacement heads. The refill cartridges are around $15.00 for a 4 pack. I like the idea behind it, though. The size and case make it really convenient for a weekend getaway, just throw it in your bag and go! 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All views and opinions are my own!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Summer Reading List

Whether you prefer to do it sitting outside by the lake or inside with your AC blasting (no judgments), I think summer is a great time to get some reading done. Something about the season just screams ~relax (or whispers it, since we're ~relaxing and all that). After participating in a week full of Armchair BEA I've been wanting to read more than ever. I was already reading a lot to begin with, but now my "to be read" list has gotten out of control, and I want to read ALL THE THINGS right NOW. While my list of books I want to read is never ending, I do have a select few that I especially look forward to reading in the coming warm months. What's that? You want me to go swimming with you? Sorry, I'll be reading. Here's a small look at what my nose will be stuck in this summer :)

Songs of Willow Frostby Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost

I first learned about the writer Jamie Ford waaay back in 2008, when my mom and I went to Book Group Expo in San Jose. We had a great time, but sadly, Book Group Expo isn't a thing anymore. When we got there we were given these awesome swag bags, and included was an advance readers copy of Jamie Ford's first book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (you can find it in the same title link above). It's historical fiction, which is my thing, and it went on the be a bestseller. Anyway, his second book, Songs of Willow Frost, came out late last year, and sounds like it will be just as good as his first book. I meant to read it sooner, but...you know. This is the first book I plan to read this Summer!

China Dolls, by Lisa See

Lisa See, China Dolls

Lisa See is one of my FAVORITE authors, so I am beyond excited for her new book that just came out! She writes historical fiction (surprise). This book actually came out today (June 3rd), but by the time you read this it won't be the same day anymore, because I'm queuing this to post on Wednesday or Thursday, hahah. Anyway, I love all of her books. Her last one was called Dreams of Joy which came out three years ago, so I've been waiting on this for awhile. Her new book takes place in San Francisco. I think that's awesome, because I've been there a million times. I ordered this from the library, so I'm hoping it gets here soon!

I've mentioned before, but I still love Lemony Snicket books, even if they're for the younger crowd! He's so witty and full of dry humor. This book came out last year, but I hadn't even realized it was a thing until recently, and I ordered it from the library right away. File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents is a stand-alone book, so it's cool if you haven't read any of his other works yet. It's a collection of mini-mysteries, and you get to follow along with a young Lemony Snicket as he tries to solve them. Sounds fun, right?

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire, Egg and Spoon

Gregory Maguire can be sort of hit-or-miss for me, but I'm really looking forward to reading his new book, Egg and Spoon. I won an advanced readers copy with my Armchair BEA introductions post, surprised it hadn't been nabbed by someone else already. Sometimes his books can be a little difficult to read, especially when I'm just trying to relax; but I believe this one is actually a YA book so it should be a little easier on the brain. I normally hate YA, because teen angst, but I have high hopes anyway. It's about the Russian Baba Yaga, so it can't possibly be angsty. If you don't know who Baba Yaga is, I recommend finding out. She isn't someone you want to mess with!

That's all I have 100% planned, for now. Most of the things I read happen randomly, like I'll pick it up at a library sale and just start reading it. My reading list isn't usually planned out! If you want to keep up with my reading adventures, visit me on Goodreads!

Do you have any books you're looking forward to? Maybe something I should add to my list? I'm legitimately curious, so let me know! Or don't, no pressure ;)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 9

100 Happy Days is now more than halfway through! This week has been the first time I actually felt like Day 100 was within reach, hahah. It's a weird feeling, because I feel like I only started doing this yesterday - but no, I started over SIXTY days ago! Woah. 

Day 57

Everyone already knows that I work in theatre, but a lot of people don't know that I work in two different theatres. Pictured is the college theatre I work at, just not as often. On this day I was happy to be there because it had been a long time since I'd been there last. I have a lot of memories in that building, because it's where I first started doing technical theatre. When I was still in high school I would enroll to be on the tech crew for the college's musicals, and I'd earn three whole units (please note sarcasm) for doing something that would take over my entire life until the run of the performances were over. It's really exhausting, but if you're looking to earn three units in a month, go tech some shows. After highschool I didn't really have time to tech shows, but I started taking technical theatre classes at the same college. In one of the classes I met my future boss, who is still my boss now and really awesome. I also met my boyfriend, Andrew, and now we've been (some would say weirdly) inseparable for about four years now. So in a way, this theatre shaped what is most of my life right now. WEIRD.

Day 58

Just hangin' out and reading after a long day. Confession: I also used this for my Armchair BEA Instagram challenge photo, which was to show your current bookmark. I would have posted it even if I wasn't taking part in BEA though, I swear! I wasn't even eligible to win the Instagram anymore, because I'd already won two prizes that week, hahah. What do you use as a bookmark? Do people still buy fancy bookmarks, is that still a thing? I tend to use whatever's closest when I'm in search for one. This ticket that I'm using for mine is from when we went to the Star Wars science exhibit at The Tech Museum in January. I always keep old tickets and stubs!

Day 59

Here I am, in a rare photographed moment, doing one of the many things I do at the theatre: hanging lights. This is at the college theatre I was telling you about, I spent a lot of time there this week. Hanging lights in and of itself isn't hard (once you know what you're doing), but it's not something that many people would want to do. You're usually doing it pretty high up while in precarious positions, the lights are heavy and always REALLY dusty (always, it's a mystery), and it gets pretty hot up there. So as you can see I live a very glamorous life (more sarcasm).

Day 60

On Friday we had some friends over. I told them I needed to take their picture for "this thing I'm doing on Instagram," and they were just like, "what?" Hahah. Although lots of people have seen our new place, this was the first get together we hosted here. They brought us a really cool housewarming gift, I'm sure I'll be showing it off once it's hung! All three of them are people we work with. The two on the left are brothers, Danny and Joey. The girl on the right is Danny's girlfriend, Jenna. We had some drinks, snacks (am I the only one that can't drink without snacking?!) and played some games.

Day 61

This is my friends son that I babysit! Whenever I'm with him we usually talk about Pokemon and video games. When I got there on Saturday I was a little distracted, because they had a new kitten! I LOVE KITTIES! He was so tiny and sweet. I think he started to get tired of people picking him up, though, so then we just watched him nap. Cats > Dogs every time.

Day 62

Yeah, I took a picture of my delivery pizza. I loved it! Hah. Andrew and I hardly ever order pizza, but when we do, it was always Domino's. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE their pizza. It's the cheapest pizza place that isn't Little Ceasar's (because ew), and they deliver! We hadn't had a pizza delivered in a really long time, because the only Domino's that would deliver to us had closed! We also found out (after many phone calls), that even the more expensive pizza places wouldn't deliver to us, because our side of town was too far. UNTIL RECENTLY! When a new Domino's opened up close to us! So close that it'd make more sense to pick up the pizza, but that's NOT THE POINT right now. So anyway, we had this pizza the other day, and it was amazing and very satisfying.

Day 63

I finally hung up my two jellyfish where I wanted them, so they don't have to sit on the shelf anymore! They looked nice on the shelf, but I wanted to do something ~different~. I decided to name them Zimos and Johnny Gat, because I like to pretend I'm part of The Third Street Saints. I can dream, ok? The one on the left is Zimos, because he's smiling. Johnny Gat never smiles, and neither does my other jellyfish. So it's perfect, really. I like that both of the jellyfish are blue. When I get more jellyfish I'd like to hang them here as well, and someday I'll just have a huge swarm of jellyfish, hahah.

Day 64

This one's from today! Andrew and I went on a MUCH needed trip to the grocery store. I'm trying to get better at that whole "meal planning" thing. Pictured is about half of it. Andrew started putting things away before I was able to snap a picture. As he was grabbing more things I had to say, "Stop - I need to take a picture!" He sighed, as he tends to do, and waited for me to get a decent picture. Hahah.