The Daily: March 30th, 2021

The flood waters have receded. Well, mostly. There were a couple of dicy patches with thick squishy mud that almost sucked my sneakers off my feet, but over all the creeks have returned to their beds and the walking trail is once again open.

It was very nice to once again walk in the sunshine. My plan was to try out the treadmills at the gym should the trail not be open but I am glad that I don’t have to actually drive to the gym today and can just walk down to the trail and go on my walk. Tomorrow of course is a gym day. So I’ll be scheduling in the driving. At the moment gym days require walking up a half hour earlier to kind of make my schedule balance. Its working without too much disruption so far and i think I can adjust to the slightly earlier wake up three times a week. It gets me to the gym, avoids the most people and doesn’t throw my schedule off.

The only thing is that I’ve never been a morning person and right now it is early enough in the spring that waking up a half hour earlier means it is still dark when i get up. Not loving that part, but everything else seems to be doing okay.

I had my first dentist appointment in a while and it was an interesting experience. For a while they weren’t scheduling anything, then they had a system and a backlog of patients so I was overdue for a visit. It was a little strange. In the exam room my dentist has removed all framed prints and dental advertisements. There are no brochures for extra services or really anything that could in anyway become contaminated with anything. Anything that remains is coated in disposable plastic and then of course there are the masks and the gloves.

You can see the nails where pictures once were so it sort of looks like they were the victims of art theft. Beyond that everything went well. I went to my appointment sans makeup actually. I picked up a new foundation ( well new to me, I’m not sure how long it has been on the market) that i want to try. It is the No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation with SPF 15. I figured wearing it to the dentist’s on it’s first day out of the box was a bit too cruel of a test for it.

Besides any face products worn at the dentist tend to get destroyed. Sure I would be able to hide the destruction behind a mask when I left the office, but I figure why put everyone through that.

So no makeup today. I will start in on the new foundation tomorrow and wear it every day until next Thursday (April 8th) when I will write up a full review. I figure that will give me enough of a feel for the product. Tonight I will be playing around a bit more with the Ciate London Eye Luster Liquid Shadow. But beyond that, my skin gets a fresh face to the world. Or at lest the world that is encapsulated by the walking trail and the dentist’s office. It’s a small sliver of the world, but it is all that I am visiting today. I might however get in a second walk this afternoon to make up for several days in a row being unable to walk outside. In addition I am making Carrot Cake for Easter and I adore carrot cake. So getting in a little extra walking time before the carrot cake arrives is not a bad thing.


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The Daily: March 29th, 2021

Today has been a bit of a head down and get things done kind of day. The park and walking trail near my house is still flooded, and probably will be for the next few days as it doesn’t look like the rain is going to be wrapping up anytime soon. Sotoday when I went to the gym I did spend some time on the tread mill.

while on the treadmill, I listen to my music, but my eyes can’t help but take in the large line of televisions in front of me. Somehow I always end up using the treadmill in front of one of the infomercial televisions. It has been a while since I’ve used the treadmill at the gym (since I took that year long break from the gym) and the commercials really don’t change. And I always end up thinking that I might actually need a countertop rotisserie.

I don’t. But I always leave the gym thinking…maybe…

So I suppose that means the commercials work. Or at least partially work since I always think about them, but never buy because i know I don’t need. Even if I do love rotisserie chicken.

It is yummy.

But that is not the point, the point is that I managed to get my workout in despite the flooding of the park. I feel really good about that as I was a complete lump all weekend. I have to say I very much enjoyed being a lump. It was quite nice. I think the only productive thing I did was try and wiggle around my scheduling so I can add the gym time in without destroying the whole work day and then having to spend extra time working late. I think I have a system that will work.

At least it worked today. Hopefully it will work for the rest of the week and beyond. I’ve got my fingers crossed on that one. well i suppose I did two things. I also trimmed my bangs. As always i went a bit short on them and now am really wanting them to grow out again. Don’t worry a stylist is on my list of people to see soon. The trim also reminds me I need to set aside some time to deal with those eyebrows.

The look

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer

Foundation Wander Beauty Nude Illusions Liquid foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Instamarc Filter

Powder: Elf HD loose setting powder and No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur in Mauve Sunrise

Highlighter: Nomad Cosmetics Illuminated Highlighting powder in Stockholm

Eyeshadow: Cargo Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette and Ciate London eye luster in Cupid

Mascara: Ciate Wonderwand Mascara

Lips Wet ‘n Wild in Cinnamon spice

This was an interesting mix of products.  Some like the Marc Jacobs I have loved for a long time and some like the Wet’n Wild Megalast lipstick and the Clarins Instant Smooth Primer are new favorites that I find myself reaching for more and more often. I have to say I really like the mega last lipstick. It is slightly drying so I usually add a lip balm over it, but the color really lasts.

The Wander Beauty Nude Illusions Foundation I don’t reach for a whole lot.  For one thing it is one shade too light for me.  However, that is workable and it is a good enough foundation that I am more than willing to work with it.  What generally stops me from reaching for it is the doe foot applicator.  It is so tightly in the tube in an effort to keep the product fresh that when it is pulled out, droplets of foundation spray out with the doe foot.  I am forever getting drops of foundation everywhere.  Sometimes it is on the dressing table and sometimes it is on whatever shirt I am wearing so I have to change clothes before I can leave again. It is the one thing that keeps me from reaching for the foundation a lot more.  Still once the foundation is on, it looks great and it wears well.  So I will use it, I just have to make an effort, and remember a drop cloth.

The Cargo Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette is one I also almost never reach for.  The shadows are good, but it is kind of boring.  The black works really well without streaking or going patchy and the gray in the center is fantastically pigmented.  These are the two shadows that made me keep it during my last declutter.  Today I reached for it mostly because I wanted to test out the Ciate Eye luster which is a liquid eyeshadow. 

I don’t have a lot of experience with liquid eyeshadows so perhaps I was doing something wrong with this one.  It applied well with the want but there was no blending of any sort.  If I tried touching it with a fingertip to blend, it stuck to my finger and pulled off of the eyelid. If I blinked when it was still wet then I ended up with streaks.  I really like the color though and I like how it looked when I did get it to sort of work.  I think I am going to have to play around with it a bit to figure out how I feel about it, but it is definitely not a product you can just pick up and use with no issues.  At least I can’t.  I am going to need to find a tutorial. I’ll have to play around with it and get back to you.

In contrast the Ciate Wonderwand Mascara performed easily and flawlessly.  I really like this mascara and am sad that my sample sized tube is almost empty.  Since there is so little left, I may just go ahead and use it all week to see if I can just use it up.  The mascara is one I will buy again, but I have several others I want to try as well.  I need to use up the ones I’ve got open and then rotate in some of the new items before I place an order, but rest assured at some point a full size of this mascara will be mine.

I was also very impressed by the Nomad Cosmetics Highlighter.  I knew I love their eyeshadow formula but I always forget about the highlighters.  I will definitely have to reach for the two that I have more often. It was an interesting collection of products today and I have to say I really like being able to choose my products on a daily basis. There will be a few I will use repeatedly as I try out the new products but I really like seeing how I feel about the day before I decide what to put on my face.

I do actually have a new foundation coming though. I was in Target and picked up the No 7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation to try out. I’ll be starting with that tomorrow and wearing it all week and into next week to get a feel for it and then next week I’ll be writing up the review. So you guys get to see my wear test as I work through it. I know I wasn’t going to purchase any more foundations for a while but then I looked at my foundation drawer and realized that most of the foundations I have are really tinted moisturizers. While great for everyday wear at my desk I really wanted to look at more actual foundations. And so I picked up the No. 7. Their powder is one of my favorite formulas so now I think it is time to give their foundation a try. So stay tuned.


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The Daily: February 23rd, 2021

Do you know what I love about February? As soon as you start planning around the weather, it changes. On Sunday the weekly weather report announced that we had 90-100% chance of rain every day this week. Monday, we had off and on rain and the morning when I woke up it was bright and sunny and the weather report said that there is no chance of rain until Friday.

I’m not entirely certain I believe him.

But it does give me a bit of a walking window. And since i already have the new batteries in the Wii (both board and remote) I played Mario Kart with my baby doll last night. The hardest part was resisting the urge to load up on snacks. It is a game that tends to be sponsored by both Funyuns and THC in equal parts.With an occasional side nod to Twizzlers. Going for snacks once the music starts playing feels automatic.

I might stick to the Wii Bowling in the future. It’s an arm workout and better for my waistline.

But today, I stuck to my calories, did my morning exercises and went on a walk so I feel pretty good. I really am liking the shorter workouts daily rather than the longer ones. I’d like to gradually increase the daily workouts, but i think the daily ones are easier for me to make a habit than the every other day ones. Get up do my exercises and then move on with my day seems like a habit i can maintain. Once the habit is there, I’ll start lengthening them a little at a time and then maybe change some of my work outs with the ones put together by professionals. Although I have to say, I really like just having a list of exercises to get through rather than an instructor. I just don’t deal well with bright and shiny people in the morning.

I need a surly irate fitness instructor with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth, a voice heavy with mockery when they say such motivational things like – “It’s ten more crunches, you big baby, just finish them up so we can all move on with our day.”

Now that is a work out video I’d pay good money for. Where does that work out stream? I’ll sign up. Surely not all fitness instructors are super perky. I’m willing to compromise on the cigarette. They don’t have to be a smoker, they just have to mock. That’s the kind of work out video I’d make if i was going to make one. It’d call it – Just get your butt moving.

In case you are wondering, this is also why I stick to just listening exercises in my workout posts.

But I digress. Thus far I’ve managed to stick to my walks and if the weather holds I might be able to keep it aup all week. If the rains come I have a back up plan. I like having a back up plan.

Workout Plan: Week 3

This week’s work out plan is a little simpler than the last few weeks. What I want to try is a daily schedule. The goal is to build a routine. I generally find that once I make something a habit that I don’t have to think about it is harder to talk myself out of doing something. I had that with the gym, so this is my attempt to Below is this week’s plan.

Walking 45 minutes: Daily (weather permitting – We are expecting a lot of rain in our area this week so it might not amount to much)

Wii Fit Workout: 30 minutes per day on days when I can’t walk due to inclement weather

Daily exercises this week:

30 squats

50 crunches

20 lunges per leg

20 side punches each side

10 Pushups

I figure five basic exercises that I don’t have to think about and can easily count might be the best way to build the daily habit. In all honesty the only one I am concerned about is the push ups. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually did an actual push up. I’ll have to keep you posted on how that turns out. But that will be in my daily posts this week.

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The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.

The Daily: January 21st, 2021

Somedays there is just random amusement to be found. I believe in an earlier daily post this week I mentioned that my BoxyCharm Ad on was marked by Fedex as delivered (on Tuesday) and that it had not in fact been delivered. If not, then that is what happened.

So today I was on the phone with Fedex asking about what to do and they again insisted that it was in fact delivered on Tuesday. As we were speaking, low and behold a Fedex vehicle pulls up to my hose and delivers the package in question. In response, the man on the phone said “See I told you it was delivered.”

And then he asked me to take a survey regarding his performance.

I find just a little dark humor in that.

And in case you were wondering, I did give him a positive review as he was trying to be helpful. My guess is that either it was delivered to the wrong address and someone flagged down the vehicle or it was checked off by accident and not actually delivered.

Either way the Butter London Teddy Boy Palette has arrived. I suspect it will be in next week’s Makeup bag. So if you want to hear about it stay tuned.

On a home fitness note, this morning’s rain made getting up not exactly my happy time, but I did it. I was planning to walk this morning but the rain knocked that plan out. I just couldn’t face a perky work out instructor so I set a timer and ran through all the exercises I could before the timer ran out.

There were lunges and arm circles. There was marching in place and side bends. Actually the marching in place was my standard for when I needed a moment to think about another exercise. If one didn’t occur to me right away I did some high stepping in place for thirty seconds while I thought of another exercise. It worked out pretty well actually. I moved the entire time and was sweaty and out of breath when I cooled down.

I’m marking that as a win.

My calories are in check today and tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I limit my rice intake, I should be on track. I’ll also have to monitor my soy sauce to make sure I don’t go into salt overload. Other than that, I’m doing pretty good despite the overcast day and intermittent rain.


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The Daily: January 20th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are having a good week this far. Mine as been pretty good. I maintained my early morning wake up and even pushed through a You Tube work out. It was short but my arms felt like limp noodles about two hours after so I think it was probably effective.

My afternoon post is coming a little late today because we had to do an emergency Target Run. While there I picked up a hair dryer. Is it the well researched one that I planned? No. I know nothing about this dryer other than it has both a smoothing and a volume attachment as well as a button for cold styling as well as hot. It is also a Revlon hair dryer and they are generally reliable.

When I research things I tend to take a while. In the summer time I can get away with it as air drying my hair is not a hardship. Air drying it in the winter is just miserable.

I can use towels to wick away a lot of the moisture but it is still going to be several hours with a wet head. So I picked up this Hair dryer to use while I do research. Who knows I may do my research and decide that this is the hair dryer I want. Or it could just be a hair dryer I use for now. Either way I now have a hair dryer and will not need to go running around the house with a wet head for several hours. We keep the heat low in our house and while it is fine normally when I wash my hair my ears get very cold by the time my hair is dry.

So hairdryer. Woo Hoo!

Especially since I have to wash my hair tonight.

Other than that I did my morning workout, which is good because my afternoon was interrupted by the target run (even if I am happy about the hair dryer). So if I hadn’t gotten up early I would be sans workout today. It doesn’t make me like mornings any better, but it was a benefit.

I’ve maintained my calories as well although I did want an annoyance snack. My Boxy Charm Add on order is marked as delivered by FEDEX and yet it is not here. Which means it might have been delivered to another address which has happened before. Never to the same address though. So now I have to wait until Fed Ex figures it out or one of my neighbors stops by. Thus far my neighbors have been good about things like this, but it always puts me on edge. fun stuff. Luckily there are no chips in the house for me to snack on. But it is still an annoyance. Beyond that, everything else is on track for mid week. I hope yours is doing the same.

The Daily: January 19th, 2021

Dieting and exercise are often an effort in delayed gratification. If you work out today and don’t eat the entire tray of cupcakes then at the end of the week you won’t be several pounds heavier. It is rare that you get an instant reward.

But sometimes, life just hands them to you.

Today my alarm went off at the new earlier time. I glared at it. The time didn’t magically roll back and the alarm shut off. So I turned it off and despite the fact that my bed was so cozy, I hauled myself out of it.

I actually slept pretty well last night. I claimed a solid chunk of sleep, but lets face it, I am never going to be a morning person. But at the moment it is necessary.

I will say I couldn’t face a Chloe Ting workout this morning. Some mornings a perky workout instructor is just too much to take. so I went on an early morning walk instead. My walking trail is well lit and there are loads of early morning joggers and dog walkers so despite the early morning darkness beigng held back by street lamps, it is fairly well trafficked and safe.

The grass was frosted white and it was chilly chilly chilly. But still better than facing a peppy workout instructor. And I get to see all of the heavy coated dogs in the area. It is a relatively warm climate where I live and this is the time of year that the huskies and Newfoundlands all look super excited about the world. Admittedly keeping the Newfies out of the creek is always a struggle, but as I’m not the one struggling, fun to watch.

This morning I went with old school Metallica as my work out music. It suited me and I walked jauntily along the trail. But what did I see when my steps brought me back to the house? Is that a UPS van pulling away from the curb? Why yes, yes it is.

Despite the fact that we have been getting all of our mail between the hours of 5 and 7 pm lately. this van decided a seven am package was on the schedule. I’m not complaining. Inside was my order from e-salon. They very kindly gifted me a card to order their custom hair kit so I could try out their process of customization and the custom hair color itself and when I returned from my early morning walk, there it was, newly dropped off by a UPS driver who seemed not to be in on the conspiracy of making me wait until the end of the day for packages. I’m sure someone will correct him.

But for now I had a moment of instant gratification. I forced myself to wake up and get out of bed for exercise and as soon as it was over, boom early morning mail. while i’m not counting on a repeat of the instant gratification, it was nice to have it once. It made the whole day seem just a little bit nicer. The fact that it is completely personalized made that just extra sweet. And the remembrance might actually help me get out of bed tomorrow morning. Of course unless something else magically appears first thing, the feeling will fade, but if it helps me get up tomorrow, I will cling to the feeling, at least temproraily.

Although i am super excited about the e-salon box as well. Despite the fantastic shine the Color Wow brought to my hair, I very badly need to redye it. And I am excited about trying the e-salon system. Just a glance into the box lets me know that it is so much more professional looking than the regular boxed dye. I can’t wait to step my game up. And of course I’ll share each step with you. For now I need to finish up some paperwork and pop some potatoes in the oven. Tonight is our homemade baked potato bar for dinner. My potato will use up the leftover broccoli and a dusting of cheddar as it’s topping so it will be well within my calorie count. So I have exercised, I am holding steady on my calories AND the e-salon package arrived. Today is a good day. Plus, I really like baked potatoes.

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The Daily: January 18th, 2021

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope everyone is having a good one. My baby doll has the day off today so I am having a short day myself and then running amuck with him. well, amuck, grocery shopping. Sort of the same thing really.

This week i decided to start my day a little earlier. I actually got up at six am and got my workout in early. I know I say that like I planned it. In reality, I didn’t sleep well and dozed off and on. At six am I decided falling back to sleep wasn’t possible and so I turned off my alarm and got up.

I have been getting up a little earlier each week for the past few weeks in an effort to train myself to get up and do my excercises before I start the day as it is actually easier for me to remember to do them if I start my day with them. I can usually fit in a walk during the day as it is a good brain clearing exercise for me. The non-walking workouts either go into my day forst thing or they just don’t make it in at all.

Adam, my favorite Halloween mug. Inside he says “You’re the Ghoolest” It makes me smile.

So insomnia or not I figured going ahead and getting up at six am could help set the theme for the week. while I doubt I will ever be a morning person, for now I think it might be a necessity to at least imitate one. I can’t say the exercise actually made me more awake. I was sweaty and my heart rate was up. But as soon as I cooled down that wakefulness faded. Perhaps in time it will stay longer. For today, there was coffee.

I’ll admit I grabbed my favorite halloween mug and Frankenstein’s monster did make me feel better. Did you know in the book, his name is Adam? Just a little bit of trivia from me to you.

I will say that getting in the exercise first thing did make me feel rather virtuous. But don’t worry, I won’t let it go to my head. And now, I’m going to take a few hours off and enjoy the rest of the MLK Holiday with my baby doll. I hope you have a fabulous rest of the day and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow. Well early at least. I think it may take a few weeks of early morning habits before bright enters the picture. Until tomorrow, my darlings. I’m off to play hooky.


The Daily: January 5th, 2021

I’ll admit, I may have gotten up in time to get a cup of coffee before heading to work, but I hit the snooze alarm enough times in the process to make a workout a bit of an impossibility. Which kind of annoys me a little bit if I am honest.

This morning was the first time I woke up the day after a workout and I wasn’t at all sore. Well, not the first ever time, but the first in a while. It means my body is starting to get used to doing more than just walking for exercise.

I think I may have to move my clock to the other side of my night stand to make it harder to reach. Right now it is easy to just snake an arm out from under the covers and hit the button.If it is far enough away that I actually have to sit up and possibly even slide a leg out of bed to turn it off then I am already halfway up and it might make me just go ahead and get up.

Strategic spatial planning for for the non-morning person.

Be that as it may, I did manage to get two walks in today. Admittedly, they were partially for mental self-defense. Sometime in the night everyone decided they missed me and my inbox was packed full this morning, mostly with things that required at least one short immediate answer. It turns out that when there are a lot of short, but completely different responses needed, it ends up taking a lot of time.

The walks were more for mental clearing than anything else. They were good exercise, but today, that came in second to keeping my brain from imploding. Dinner tonight is roasted beets with walnuts, goat cheese and thyme. It is warm, comforting, yummy and not terribly caloric.

It is also likely to make me thing I have some sort of medical issue when everything comes out dyed toxicaly red tomorrow morning when I first visit the restroom. Maybe i could leave a postit note on the mirror. “There is no internal hemorrhage, you just had beets.”

I know probably too much information. But the beets will be yummy. as will be the warm and melty goat cheese mixed in with them. Speaking of which, i need to chuck them in the oven so they will be cool enough to peel and slice before dinner.

And then i need to keep digging out my inbox.

Well, that’s the rest of my day sorted then. I wish you luck with the rest of yours.

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