The Daily: October 15th, 2020

Today certainly started with the sizzle pop of excitement at my house. Mostly because my graphics card in my computer overheated and fried. which was all sorts of fun. But somehow it managed not to take anything else down with it. So only minor replacements were needed, no work was lost and fearing to leave my computer alone too long lest anything else happen, I got a lot of work done.

I remain hopeful that all issues are complete, I can replace what needs to be replaced quickly and all will be well. It does mean that tomorrow’s schedule is more variable than usual. I think things are steady but if tomorrow’s posts get delayed then you know I’m seeing the techno doc and will catch up later.

But that is a just in case issue. I’m about 90% sure all is steady now.

My break from my desk today netted me a walk and a much better chance to test my Native deodorant. Temps rose near me enough that I ended up very sweaty. Although I’m pretty sure it is more humidity rising than the heat. All of my shirt was wet, not just the underarms. It went directly to the washer. But I did a sniff test first.

There is a strange odor left behind on the shirt. It isn’t a sweat stink and it isn’t the cucumber mint, or any real combination of the two. It is an odd sour smell that I sort of remember from my Speak deodorant test. Although not nearly as bad. The last time I smelled this it was at the beginning of the first Natural deodorant trial and as near as I could figure out it was my body purging toxins. I can only guess that this is the same, but it isn’t nearly as strong as it was last time (which is nice) and I didn’t have the scent on light sweat days, just when I sweat buckets. Maybe I didn’t have as many toxins so they didn’t feel the need to flee my body in such large and immediate quantities.

Either way I put the shirt in the wash, took a shower and now smell delightfully of cucumbers and mint. Mostly mint to be honest, but it is a nice scent. It will be interesting to see how the grand toxin purge progresses. But for now I am pleased with the deodorant. and my on going trials. And I promise I will stop talking about my underarms until I make a final decision about how I feel about the product (in a few weeks), i just wanted to give a bit of an update since, I reported no initial odor. I didn’t want anyone to try it and be surprised.

So what it boils down to is I got my walk in and am monitoring my computer closely. I’ve also shifted a lot to the cloud and transferred reams of information to USB drives. You know just to be prepared.

Tonight is a crisp cool salad which will probably be accompanied by a nice glass of Riesling. I will sip and try not to think of french fried electro bits. And because there is only one glass left and the bottle has been in the fridge for a while. Fingers crossed it isn’t vinegar.

The Daily: October 12, 2020

I know it is super early for the daily post but it is a strange day. Today is a holiday for my babydoll and it is pouring down buckets of rain. So all of the things he planned to do have gone by the wayside and he has asked if I wanted to play hooky and join him in a movie marathon.

And yes, yes I do.

Plus he made the puppy dog eyes which I can’t resist.

This morning I spent some time with the Wii Fit since I knew that even if the rain stopped the park would be flooded and thwart any attempt at using the walking trail. I am also monitoring my calories to make certain I don’t go over the non-walking day calorie count. It is kind of the best I can hope for fitness wise today.

So I will very shortly be turning off my computer for the day and taking advantage of the holiday. Partially, because I want to spend time with my baby and partially because he has already been in my office every twenty minutes with a new comment or question because he just doesn’t know what to do with himself. So the odds of me getting any work done this afternoon even if I decline the movie marathon are slim to none.

Sometimes it is just best to lean into the distractions and accept it.

And I don’t mind spending time with my baby.

I just need to resist the snacking. As long as there is no snacking, I shall be fine. Since I am preparing a big lunch salad which always fills me up just before we start our movie marathon, I should be okay. Plus there are almost no snacks in the house. I made certain not to pick them up last time we went shopping so they wouldn’t be here when the inclination to snack struck. And I know for a fact that yesterday my babydoll polished off his bag of emergency doritos. which he would only do if there was nothing left. I think my current snack foods include a small container of grapes (all that’s left of the bunch) and a kiwi fruit. So I should be well able to stay within my calories.

Its sort of like planning.

Oh and for those looking into more at home fitness, Prosource fit has restocked their Kettlebells. For a long time they were having trouble keeping them stocked because everyone was trying to build their own home gym (and they are affordably priced and high quality). But they have finally restocked and have all the sizes you could possibly desire in store. I mostly mention this because I have been planning on picking up some of their kettlebells for my own use and have thus far been thwarted by out of stock items. So they are now instock for those who, like me may have been previously thwarted.

And on that note, I am off, first to make a large lunch salad and then to indulge in a movie marathon with my baby. It feels quite decadent for a rainy Monday afternoon. But I am okay with the occasional decadence. For once I am not only caught up on my work, but actually ahead of schedule. And so I am off to enjoy. I’ll be back in the morning.

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The Daily: October 8th, 2020

Sleep. Such a beautiful thing. And last night, I managed to find it. So too, apparently did my neighbor. Or if he didn’t then at least his late night driving around the neighborhood was sans radio.

It was bliss.

Actually I was tired enough that I woke up feeling like someone hit me with a brick in the middle of the night. I also woke up in the same position as when I went to sleep, which almost never happens. I think I just conked out.

But I felt a lot better. My walk today did not feel as though my feet were made of lead. Which I consider a bonus for my workouts.

Less appealing was the humidity. The temps may still be low but the humidity went sky high today so I was sweating buckets. I kept telling myself it was good for the skin and that sweating purges toxins. I think I might have tried telling myself I was getting that post exercise glow. That lie didn’t last as I looked in the mirror when I got back to the house. There was no post work out glow. I just looked like a drowned rat.

So I cooled off, took a shower and decided I earned the trip to the drug store to look for replacement e.l.f. foundations. It turned into a bit more of a saga than I anticipated. I struck out at three drug stores and ended up at Target. But I found one of the products I was looking for. I also found out the one I loved has been discontinued. This week I’ll have to see if the new one stacks up against the replacement. They aren’t the same. One was a tinted moisturizer and the other is an acne fighting foundation. The link will take you to it if you want specifics early. I’ll spend some time poking around on the elf site later and see if I missed anything. At the moment elf has free shipping with orders over $15 in case you are looking to shop. I have to say it was really hard not to pick up other products while I was at Target. It is one of my downfalls. I tend to pick up an item when I see it or need it and then when I go onto the site to take advantage of the sales I realize I have already picked up all I wanted. So I’m trying to control the impulse buying and the need for the immediate so that i can just add in my wishlist when I do bulk orders for the holidays. I already know I will be ordering at lest three of the Bite sized palettes this holiday season. Seriously, good eyeshadow for $3, can we say stocking stuffers for thirteen year olds? I think we can.

Its actually amazing. I started adding things up and then I had to call parents to double check my ages because I thought I might have gotten them wrong. There are a surprising number of twelve and thirteen year olds on my list this year. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised as everyone starting having kids at the same time. I just didn’t realize that we were entering the land of the teenager.

Fun stuff, and a not to bad day in total. I slept, I walked, I recorded my calories and I am maintaining the stance that I sweated out toxins. I don’t know what those toxins would be but I feel confident I sewated them out. I may not be able to convince myself of the post work out glow thanks to the mirror, but I am sticking with the toxin removal. It makes me feel better about the sweat fest. Now I am off to rehydrate and to finish out the last of my day. Tomorrow morning I am back on the scale and we will see if I managed to take a step forward.

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The Daily: October 5th, 2020

Good afternoon my darlings. I know I got my scale back but I kind of enjoy the afternoon waffle. So for now I am going to keep it up. Today, I feel really good about myself. I didn’t overindulge this weekend, which is always key. And I remembered to log in my calories.

On weekends especially I really forget to do that. It’s not like I don’t think calories count on the weekends (although really how awesome would that be?) I just tend to be away from my desk on the weekends and it doesn’t always occur to me to write them down when I am not at my desk for long stretches of time.

But if Friday’s weigh in taught me anything it was that I need to be more vigilant.

I suspect my vigilance will fade after the shock wears off (maybe two weeks) but hopefully by then I will be back on track. Friday I painted my nails for the first time in a few weeks and despite no garden work this weekend they already look beat down.

It’s this polish. I love the color. It is this reddish brown color that looks better in person than on camera. It has a slight sheen and sparkle to it without actually being glitter. I break it out every fall. And every fall I apply it, it looks fantastic on the day I apply it and then the next day it goes down hill fast. I either need to find a top coat that can seal it in or I need to find this color in a more reliable formula.

Every year I try it, and every year I am disappointed.

Seriously, I just painted them Friday afternoon

But seriously, I always get excited by the color. If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

But as disappointing as the nails were (and most of them broke off this weekend to which was sad), I did find out something fabulous. Glossy Box had a sneak peek released.Well two actually. They are for the October box. The first item they had a sneak peek of was the Generation Skin Ultra Violet Purple Brightening mask. That’s right, one of my favorite masks is going to be in the October box. And Sneak peek number two? Translucent powder from Ciate London.

I know, it’s like they peeked into my empties bin and asked themselves, what is it Mimsy likes? So that was fun to find out. If you aren’t a member of Glossy Box, you can get a discount on your first box with the code BEAUTYTALES. With that you get your first box for $16. And it is going to be a good one this month. They also have a Rodial Limited Edition Box set to be available October 22nd so if you are a fan of the brand and interested, you can go to the Glossy site and get put on the notification list for that. I’ve tried a sheet mask from them which I liked, but I have to confess, I don’t actually know all that much about Rodial. Although I have to say the fact that it is the Dragon’s Blood collection does make me curious. I know, my fantasy roots are showing.

But I was super excited for the Generation Clay Mask. Now if only I could work out this nail polish issue. Do you think if I put it in the empties bin the powers that be will notice? Possibly not. I already got two items I used up and want to use again coming in a box this month and that may be the limit. Maybe I’ll just call that plan B and when I take my car for it’s weekly spin around town to make sure everything is still working I’ll stop in at the drug store and see what there seasonal selections look like. Surely someone has this color or something to help this color.

The Daily: October 1st, 2020

It has returned.

Mere moments ago, my scale was brought back into the house. I agreed to a month long separation, but now it is back in my bathroom.

I have to say i was ready to face it again. I was ready to find out if I did gain weight or not and I was ready to restart my weekly weigh ins. I felt confident and secure.

And then the scale arrived.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the number it projects is not the end all be all of my existence. I just sort of feel like I am about to take a test i forgot to study for. Suddenly I’m realizing how many exemptions I either talked myself into or let myself be talked into by my baby.

And I can’t blame him, I went along with him when he suggested take out.

I know he is only going to be as healthy as I make him be. If he suggested take out and I suggested a healthier at home alternative he would have sighed a long suffering sigh of a man who really wants to eat his weight in burritos, but he’d go along with my alternative.

Which means as the one with veto power where meals are concerned any exemptions are squarely on my shoulders. And while I did get my walks in when it wasn’t raining, I started skipping my morning you tube workouts. Mostly because I have been fighting insomnia and mornings are not my happy time. I need to either figure out a way to get myself up, or schedule those workouts for later in the day. I’m guessing the latter is going to be my best option. Although with the upcoming time change I might be able to turn that to my advantage. Even though the clock changes to give me an extra hour of sleep, I might change my alarm to sound an hour earlier so my body feels like it is getting up at its normal time. I just might be able to trick myself into getting into that habit. The Spring time change would kill me, but the Fall one I might be able to pull off. Until then, an afternoon workout may be my best alternative.

But good bad or indifferent, tomorrow morning I am stepping on the scale.

Nothing to be scared of at all.

Its just a scale.


Wish me luck.

The Daily: September 29th, 2020

The rain has returned. So I am doubly glad I spent extra time outside yesterday. it may have thrown my schedule off, but as I’m not leaving the house today, I can catch up. It seems like that is generally the autumn cycle. except that this year I’m not making up for the lack of outdoor walking with the gym. This makes me a little bit nervous. I also realized I’ve fallen back into the habit of thinking I know how many calories I am eating instead of diligently recording them.

I know that is not good.

But I got busy and forgot. I need to get back into that habit. especially as I am still without the scale.

Today is kind of an off day in general though. My baby doll is home today. And not working from home, just home. His allergies have stopped him up and made him grouchy and persnickety. So he took a sick day so as not to inflict himself on his co workers.

I love the fact that whenever he feels sick or out of sorts he forgets where things are located in the house. Thus far I’ve been asked where we keep the tea (in the tins marked Tea oddly enough), where we put the honey (In the pantry next to the syrups), how to make oatmeal, where the cough drops and tissues are as well as where his favorite blanket is. I’m not supposed to call it his binky because he claims it isn’t, but the moment he feels even slightly our of sorts that is the blanket he wants to get.

So there have been many interruptions. He refuses to let me do anything like make the tea or oatmeal or even get all of the things out for him because he insists he can do it himself and he doesn’t want to cause trouble. So I get the stop and start day and he feels he managed to suffer stoically in silence as I got on with my work. And yes he thinks the twenty plus interruptions are actually him suffering stoically in silence while leaving me alone to work.

But we’ll have an early dinner so he can take the allergy meds his doctor gave him, they knock him for a loop and cause him to sleep early and deeply. Then tomorrow he will be back to his old self. So I’ll probably be working late this evening and normality will resume in the morning. At least he really is very good about having only one day of down time. As the ragweed still has me a little stuffy I kind of envy the one day take down. but such is not my fate.

Today is more about making sure tea with honey gets where it needs and less about making sure I burn my calories. I am making a conscious effort to log in what I eat today though and I’ve put a post it note reminder on my monitor for tomorrow. I need to get back into the habit of writing things down. If I have gained weight in my month without the scale, I’m pretty sure the lapses in recording are part of the reason. At this point while I am a little worried about what the scale will say I am sure that the reality of it will help steer me back onto the right track.

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Happy shopping, I’m off to find the tea tin. I’m pretty sure it ran away with the honey in a blatant attempt to out do the dish and the spoon. lets hope nothing tries to beat the cow jumping over the moon. I’ll be back tomorrow when my baby doll is back to normal and the chance of rain looks like it’s a slightly lower percent of possibility.

The Daily: September 28th, 2020

Sunshine!!!!! Oh how I have missed you. After a misty start to the morning, the sky finally cleared and revealed the sun. As it has been raining since Wednesday, it was fantastic. I went on a very long walk. While the sun is not terribly hot, I will say the humidity is fierce.

I returned to the house from my walk looking like it was actually raining outside. I walked straight into the laundry room, stripped off and put everything into the washer before heading directly to the shower. This was not a job for dry shampoo and showerless wipes. No, as fabulous as they are, this was a job for water and shampoo.

Well once the water warmed up it was a job for shampoo. I started off with cool water. It may not be as hot as it has been, but with the humidity I really felt the sun today. Then once I cooled down enough to allow the water to warm up, I called in the shampoo, conditioner and bodywash triumvirate and emerged later clean and feeling like I actually got some excercise.

While I spent much of the weekend sorting clothes and bringing out my fall and winter wardrobe the only activity I managed was moving around inside the house. The rain more or less kept me house bound and made me feel like a lump. The walk made me feel better about things. While I seriously doubt that I will ever be the person who talks about a ‘runner’s high’ – unless I spot some pot smoking joggers and even then I think I would just be impressed by fast moving potheads – I will say that now I am accustomed to walking almost every day, the days I don’t walk my body misses it. When I take a few days off and then get back to walking I always feel like I am clearing out some mental cobwebs. Its a nice feeling. So I was glad to see the sun today.

Something else I was happy to see, Peter Thomas Roth is having a sale on their To Die For Line. I tested out the To Die For Primer from PTR and absolutely loved it. I only had a sample and I put the full size on my list to look into for Black Friday. With this sale I may be able to scratch it off the list early. The sale is To Die For Collection Sale 50% off with Coupon code: TODIEFOR. The sale starts 9/28 12am ET and ends 10/4 11:59 pm ET. The above link will take you to the sale. I don’t get anything if you use the coupon code, it is just the sale code. If you are interested in my review of the Primer you can click here to read it. It was part of my Make Up bag for both the week of May 22 and the following week as there was enough in the sample tube for two weeks of use. It is an excellent mattifying primer. So I saw the sale notice and had to share. Hope you enjoy.

The Daily: September 24th, 2020

Rainy, rainy Thursday. There will be no walking outside. In reality it is on;y 62 degrees outside but as we routinely hit triple digits in the past couple of months it feels really cold. So everything is cold and damp. And I discovered one of the draw backs to having my baby doll working form home is that he occasionally scuppers my meal plans. He had to run to the office earlier and came back with lunch time burritos. It is a nice locally owned restaurant that I like supporting, but because I wasn’t going to get much exercise today I planned on a salad for lunch.

Yeah, the salad was not to be.

But the burrito was delicious. I think because we are eating out even less than usual food other people cook is extra tasty. And he did get my favorite so I can’t complain. It was a nice surprise.Just not diet friendly.I’m going with the salad for dinner and hope in the end it balances out.

Otherwise just working as it rains.

Thus far the highlight of my morning has been writing a scene where a somewhat foppish prince taunts a warmongering king across a battlefield in an effort to stall the actual battle. The city needs time to evacuate. It is actually a fun story. It’s the sequel to Cursed actually. That one sort of twisted up the Sleeping Beauty tale. I’m still following the main character from that, but I think I might try and work in a rumpelstiltskin tale into this one. Not sure yet. There is more plotting to be done before I reach that stage.

So that has been my afternoon. I skipped walking ate a giant burrito and have been writing most of the day. I have put the leg weights on my ankles so at least when I do move i have some resistance. Usually I only wear my Prosource fit weights in the morning between the desk and coffee pot, but I thought this afternoon they were justified. I could use a little extra help.

So not much to report on the fitness front. Unless non-fitness counts. There is one fun spot though. The Glossybox Advent Calendar became available for pre ordering today at noon. There is a discount for Glossy Box Subscribers ($89 for subscribers, $99 for nonsubscribers) but even nonsubscribers can order it. I’ll be doing a post solely on Advent calendars in October but I wanted to mention this one to you as it tends to sell out super fast and if you are interested I didn’t want you to miss it. While pre order is now available they are officially released October 5th. I know that included in the advent calender this year is Molton Brown, Viktor and Roth, Iconic London and First Aid Beauty to name a few. You can check it out by either clicking the link above or the advert below.

The Daily: September 23rd, 2020

Well, I managed to avoid the oreos. Unfortunately, I forgot about the halloween candy and came home with a small bag of candy corn. Luckily there is a very finite amount of candy corn I can eat in one sitting. Two pieces are delightful, any more and it is just too much. But I do like the two pieces. Its a small bag that ended up in the cart so it will probably last me til november and then I won’t want candy corn again until next halloween season.

And the nice weather is tempting me out for longer and more frequent walks. hile it is causing me to have to play a little bit of catchup this afternoon, I really enjoyed my extra long walk today. The weather was absolutely perfect. Just cool enough so the air had a little snap to it when I started but warm enough that I cold still sweat a little in th tshirt once I got going.

At least it was only a little sweat. This summer has been brutal on my clothing. The t-shirts I bought as replacements mid summer are still holding up (go Hanes!) but they are not looking new by any stretch of the imagination. with the weather cooling off they will probably now last me until spring.

My undergarments not so much.

Today actually one of my bras made me think I was having a heart attack. It was a t-shirt bra with an underwire that is super comfortable to wear. when I walk sometimes I wear them and save my sports bra for more bouncing activities. I dropped one of my earbuds, bent down to pick it up and felt a shooting pain in my general heart area. I thought, ‘this is the end, I’m going to die in the middle of the walking trail.’

And then I realized the pain stopped when I straightened. Turns out one of the wires had worked its way through the bra material and when I bent down everything shifted and the wire broke through the cloth and stabbed me.

Which was quite a relief.

I’ll take undergarment failure over heart failure anyday.

So I took extra long on my walk, got scared silly by a bra, took a shower and now get to play paperwork catchup. Not a bad day in all really. lunch was a bowl of honey nut cheerios, because the heart smart bee looked quite appealing after my walk, and as long as I don’t bust my calories at dinner I should be right on track. And as long as I take more veggies than rice onto my plate I should be well within my calories. It always astounds me how caloric rice is. I understand why, I get the whole food and nutrition break down, but my brain still looks at the tiny grains and things I’m missing something. Luckily the veg tonight lean heavily towards peas and mushrooms, both favorites of mine so veg over rice isn’t a hardship. But that is later, now, I have a contract to finish and later underwear to buy.

The Daily: September 22nd, 2020

Good afternoon my darlings. I know it is a bit early for me to be posting the daily post, but very shortly I am going grocery shopping. we haven’t been in a while and decided as today was not as busy as the rest of the week and early afternoon might not be all that crowded, we were going to try to go for it.

Plus our cupboard is beyond bare. Last night was left over night and we pretty much cleared out the fridge. So we are going with a long list. And I have found that grocery shopping these days tends to exhaust me. I don’t know if it is the stress, the fact that we shop for a month’s worth of groceries at a time or the interaction with people who sometimes don’t seem to be paying attention to their surroundings.

And the not paying attention starts before the grocery store. Some of my neighbors weren’t the greatest of drivers before the pandemic hit. Not having to drive everyday has not improved their skills. Sadly I am beginning to long for the time when I was just irritated because they didn’t use their turn signals. On my last grocery run I began to think people no longer saw the lines on the road. Which is extra strange because our city government decided that during the time when the roads were less traveled, they were going to go ahead and repaint most of the lines on the road so they are now brighter than they have been in a while.

And yet still unseen.

But maybe they have gotten back into the habit of seeing lanes since last month. Traffic seems to have increased so I know they are practicing.

So I went on an early walk, shivering slightly in the cool morning air (much to my delight). I double checked my grocery list and I even brought out my flat iron. And I used it for more than my bangs. I actually use it on my bangs most days because somehow sleep seems to raise one side up higher than the other. Not a lot, but enough that it is noticeable and I begin to think that I might need to take scissors and even them out. Then I use the flat iron and realize I did cut them straight I just slept funny. In case you are wondering I use the Foxybae traveling flat iron. I find it works much better on my bangs than the large one. I don’t know if it is just easier to maneuver or what but I really like it for my bangs. Its a good flat iron in general and perfectly sized for my bangs. I do need to actually get a regular sized flat iron for the rest of my hair though. The travel sized one is great if I want to put a little curl in my hair while straightening it, but it is kind of small for straightening all my hair.

I have a lot of hair, and I get tired.

Dressed for groceries and feeling like a cartoon villain

So the full sized flat iron is actually on my list for Black Friday/cyber monday. And yes I have started making a list – both of things I would like to pick up and items for those on my gift giving list. This year I’m not traveling so even stockings will be mailed. Hence the plan ahead for both purchase, packing and shipping.

But that is for later. For now, the list I am checking twice is for groceries. And then I am donning my mask and heading out. Foraging in the wild, if you will. I’m currently trying out a mask that has a bump out for the nose. Oddly enough not only does it leave space for my nose but it doesn’t touch my mouth and thus get coated with lipstick. It does make me feel like I am either a GIJOE or Mutant Ninja turtles villain. So I am either Cobra Commander or Shredder. I can live with that.

So off to get groceries and hopefully not linger near the oreos. I have a craving for them but know I can’t be trusted with the pack. I’m not much for sweets but I can take down far too many of the oreos for them to be left in my vicinity. I need like a two – four cookie pack. That way I can eat them and not see the rest of the cookies just waiting for me. So Oreo avoidance and groceries are the theme for this afternoon. With me luck.

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