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"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." ~ Eric Hoffer

Random Monday 7/8/13

Random Monday @NotInadequate

Once again, this week’s Random Monday post is coming at you as a link-up to my bloggy friend Deb over at Not Inadequate. Deb is a funny lady. You should check her out sometime!

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~ I kind of actually got to do the “Monday is cancelled, go back to sleep thing” today. Not because of anything good, mind you. No, because I woke up with a raging migraine. My only option was to go back to sleep after taking some headache meds. There went all of my plans for the day.

~ I spent hours with my friend this weekend planning out our school schedules for the next several semesters. If your GPA is at a certain level or higher (at least 3.5,) our school gives you the option of registering for three semesters of classes at one time. This means that I was allowed to register for Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 back in March of this year.

Now, I’m definitely a planner, and regularly schedule out my activities a few months in advance. But even I get the willies planning out what amounts to my life for more than a year. Still, after hours of relentlessly juggling, checking and rechecking, I think I am finally all set with my schedule, and pretty much know what I’ll need to take every semester between now and graduation in December 2014. Yes, it means 4 more semesters of full-time classes (including a full Summer session,) but it will all be worth it once I finally have my degree in my hot, little hands.

I will have to request overrides for both Spring and Summer 2014 so I can take more than the regularly allowed number of credits per semester, but again, as long your GPA is good, they will allow it. I currently have a 3.93 (darn that A- in accounting!) so I’m pretty much a shoe-in for the override. Plus, I’m only requesting to add 1 more unit in the Spring, and 3 more in the Summer. This will put me at 18 units for Spring and 15 units for Summer. Of course, I will still have a part-time job plus part-time internships in addition to being in school full-time right up until I graduate.

~ I’ve officially set up my new domain for my blog at my new web hosting company, and I’m in the process of learning how to design a custom background, header, etc. My initial design is going to be pretty basic as I am planning to pay someone to do something a bit fancier down the line, but I want something more than a free WordPress theme. I do have school, internship and life stuff to deal with along the way, so I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get everything completely shifted, but I’m thinking it might be another couple of weeks. All I can say is that Google has been my friend throughout this whole process because I would have NO IDEA how to go about doing any of this without learning how online.

After polling friends (both blogger and offline,) I did decide to go with a complete name change of my blog, domain, etc., to be more in line with what I talk about here. I’m still trying to figure out how to get all of my followers from here over to the new blog, but will be working that out soon as I want to get moved before any of my existing followers get too attached to my current theme or blog name.

~ I am so impressed with the wear I’ve gotten on my OPI polish job that I did on the 4th of July. It’s been 5 whole days, and I haven’t had a single chip. In fact, I’m JUST starting to show wear along the free edge of my thumb and index finger on my right hand.

This is what my manicure looks like after 5 days.

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Look ma! No chips!

Here’s the slight wear along the edges.

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See the white edges on the thumb and index finger?

I haven’t been quite as impressed with the Julep Fireworks glitter polish that I have on my accent nail. It’s been slowly wearing a little more each day on the free edge. I can’t figure out if this is because it’s a glitter polish, or if the issue is the Julep formula. I’m planning to re-do my nails tomorrow using only Julep polish so that should give me a better idea. I love this polish job and love that it has lasted so long, but I’m a little over the red, white and blue color scheme on my nails at this point. I’ll be sure to post a wear test on the straight Julep polish mani once I have more data.

~ I should be receiving my July Birchbox and my first ipsy Glam Bag this week, and will be putting up reviews for June GlossyBox and July Julep so stay tuned for those.

And finally…

~ My song discussion of the day is all about how much I am in love with Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” that is blowing up the airways at the moment. I’ve actually read in a couple of places that it’s being tagged as the “Rock Song of the Year” which I can see because it’s a really great song. I like the lyrics a lot, and like the bass drum line even more.

As I’m sure y’all have noticed, I don’t usually talk about songs here that I love unequivocally, and this one follows that trend. You see, I HATE the video for this song. I mean really, really hate it. The premise is a cock-fight setting with anthropomorphized stuffed animals, and the champion literally tears the losers to shreds. I know it’s fake, and that it’s just stuffed animals, but I just don’t like the premise at all. Lou Diamond Phillips makes a very sleazy-looking cameo in the video as the operator of the fight ring, and eventually receives his come-uppance. Even so, nothing about the video is redeeming even though the song is absolutely fantastic. It just goes to show that videos don’t necessarily improve songs, but at least seem to no longer hurt their performance.

So, that’s all the randomness I have coming forth today. I actually am working on some homework at the moment as well so I’ve got to get back to it.  Thanks for reading.  Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Random Monday 7/1/13

Random Monday @NotInadequate

“Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin’ all of the time”

This The Mamas and the Papas song written by John Phillips is SO appropriate for me today! This has been the worst Monday I’ve experienced in recent years.

Once again, I’m linking up with my bloggy friend Deb, over at Not Inadequate for some Monday randomness.

~ I got to spend all morning at a Florida DMV office getting new tags for our Jeep. Roger has kept putting off registering it in Florida, and it was finally picked up for expired tags this weekend. Approximately $800, two trips to an impound lot and 3 hours in a DMV waiting room later, and we now have two Florida registered vehicles. What a shame we’re planning to move back to California in less than 2 years.

Florida License Plate

~ I got zero sleep last night due to a completely horrific toothache. My tooth and jaw were literally throbbing so bad that I couldn’t lay my head down at all because even the pressure on the opposite side of my head was unbearable. No sleep made my morning at the DMV SO MUCH BETTER (not).

~ We are planning to do lots of Walt Disney World fireworks this week in honor of the 4th of July. So far, we think we’ll be taking in the Magic Kingdom fireworks on July 3, and then spending the 4th of July at Epcot for their awesome display. The only issue with this is the weather forecast which is currently showing rain, rain and more rain for the whole week.

~ I finally got my first Julep review up yesterday, and actually have my July Julep Maven box sitting here waiting to be opened. I had planned to open it and take pics this afternoon, but those plans got waylaid by a very unhappy circumstance that I will be posting about separately. I also sampled the last of the items I received in my June Birchbox, so that review will be getting posted in the next couple of days as well.

And finally…

~ Today’s song post is about the new Ke$ha and Will.i.am collaboration, “Crazy Kids.” I absolutely love the chorus of this song, but completely hate Ke$ha’s obnoxious sing-songy annoying spoken word cadence that she does in her songs. Because I enjoy the chorus so much, I have completely mixed feelings about this song, wanting to turn it up to sing along with one part, but wanting to change the station for the rest. I think this is quite possibly the most bipolar response I’ve ever had to a song, and it confuses me. The most frustrating thing for me about the whole situation is that I know Ke$ha can sing well, but chooses to do her annoying sing-songy nonsense. Ugh!

That’s all the random I have for today. I actually have another post coming up shortly about a very not-random situation that occurred this afternoon, so stay tuned for that to be posted soon as well. Thanks for dropping by! Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Random Monday 6/24/13

Random Monday @NotInadequate

“Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.”

I’m super feeling this quote today, and just had to add it here. It’s exceedingly appropriate for my mood.

Once again, I’m linking up with my bloggy friend Deb, over at Not Inadequate for a little beginning of the week randomness.

– My new classes for the second half of the Summer semester began today, and I’m already cranky. They’re super-accelerated because they cram 16 weeks of material into 6 weeks. All of my classes this term are online which I normally love. Of course, I only love it if the professors are organized, and I’ve already realized one is, and one isn’t. As an event and hospitality management major, I will admit that my classes aren’t exactly rocket science, especially since I already have experience in the field. Still, some can be pretty challenging, especially with the short time frame.

Today, the professor for my most difficult class emailed to let us know that he is at a conference, and won’t be posting any info about the class until Wednesday at the earliest. He went on to assure us that it would be OK because we won’t have any assignments due this week. This is NOT ok because it means he will be packing 16 weeks of work into 5 weeks instead of the measly 6 weeks we are supposed to get. I am annoyed by this. Somehow, I’m sure there will be more info to come on this topic.

– Speaking of school, I am quite pleased to note that I have received solid As in both of my first term classes, so I’m 50% of the way to my goal of a 4.0 for the Summer term. President’s List is SO CLOSE I can taste it!

– I got the sneak peek email for July’s ipsy bag, and it has a full size Benefit Cosmetics Benetint! I love Benefit, and swear by their mascara, They’re Real!, and I’m a big fan of this product also, so I’m super-excited. I can’t wait!

Benetint!

Benetint!

– I spent the better part of two days working on a scholarship application, and stressed all over to get it submitted by the deadline, only to find out the deadline was extended by two weeks. I guess that’s nice, but I’m irritable that they said people who submitted by the original deadline won’t get bonus points for submitting when we were supposed to. I know that sounds petty, but there’s a lot of money up for grabs, and I could really use some of it.

– I had a great time this weekend on my mini-Summer break, but I didn’t get much done around here so now I feel behind. I just have to finish editing my Julep box pics, and that review will be ready to go. I also picked out the cutest pics of the furbabies to feature in their intro post, and I am working up a post about our visit to the Kennedy Space Center. I’m hoping to get two of those three up tomorrow, plus fix whatever craziness is happening with my Categories section.

– And finally…

– My current song captivation of the week is centered around the new Daft Punk song, “Get Lucky”. This one also features Pharrell singing the most blatant hook-up lyrics I think I’ve come across. I honestly didn’t care at all for the song until Roger pointed out how catchy the completely inappropriate lyrics were, but now I inexplicably find myself singing it at random moments. Yes, the lines are totally wrong, but it’s a complete ear worm, and I just can’t keep it out of my head!

That’s it for today’s randomness. Thanks for braving it with me. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Random Monday (the First!)

Random Monday @NotInadequate

“It’s just another Manic Monday.
Wish it was Sunday.
Cause that’s my fun day.
My “I don’t have to run day.”
It’s just another Manic Monday.”

Gotta thank The Bangles for this particular catchy tune because truer words were never spoken, especially about today. I’d go into all the horrors, but I’m trying to block them from my memory.

Anyway, here’s my first, official Random Monday! It’s something my bloggy friend, Deb, over at Not Inadequate does every week, and I finally get to participate now that I have a blog! I’m pretty much over the moon about this occurrence even though I wish my day was taking a hike out of the solar system on the tail of a comet.

(Just a note: Deb over at Not Inadequate is hilarious. If you are looking for someone who is a wise-cracking, craft-making, freezer-cooking, home-schooling mom, definitely check out her blog. Soon!)

So, without further ado, here’s my randomness, ready to roll!

– I had the pleasure of taking a nap yesterday while Roger went off to see yet another superhero movie (Man of Steel.) I was a bit cold when he came to kiss me good-bye, and I asked if he could grab me a blanket. As he wafted it in the air to spread it over the bed, it flew a little higher than anticipated, and hit the ceiling fan. I guess it must have wrapped around a blade because it sheered off the arm, which went tumbling end over end, and came to final rest about 2 inches from my nose in between our pillows. (No, it didn’t hit me, but it DID come a little close for comfort.)

Now, this particular fan was left in the house by a previous owner, and has to be AT LEAST from 1983. Roger tried to find replacement arms at the hardware store that would work in a pinch, but the spacing was off so we have to find a new fan for the bedroom. I’m not upset that we have to get a new fan, but I am upset that it will probably be a couple of weeks before we can get it hung, and I have this to look at in the meantime.

My missing fan

My missing fan

– This week is finals week for the first term of the Summer semester. I’m only taking two classes right now (plus an Internship, which is an entirely different post,) so I only have 1 final, plus some sort of final practicum in one of my event classes. What’s killing me is the enormous group project I’m also working on for the event class as well as the enormous project I’m working on for my internship. This much stuff going on in one week during the summer should not be allowed.

– Did you hear about all the GLOSSYBOX drama with the June “American Beauty” box that was supposed to have a full size, special edition Bondi New York nail polish? Well apparently, someone in the sandbox can’t play nice (between GLOSSYBOX, Dallas Shaw and Bondi) so Bondi decided to pull out. Bondi’s owner is a class act, and released a PR statement on Friday so people wouldn’t be disappointed with them when they got their box without the polish, but GLOSSYBOX didn’t bother to inform us subscribers until this morning.

One of the reasons I finally pulled the trigger on ordering GLOSSYBOX this month is because I wanted one of those awesome polishes. They are impossible to find around here, and I knew I’d be getting one so I signed up despite my misgivings over increasingly large numbers of posts regarding delays, shrinking sample sizes and unsatisfactory customer service. After I found out that my box would not come bearing a Bondi, I just decided to call GLOSSYBOX and cancel my order. Their customer service rep was very nice, and took care of it immediately. I’m not saying I won’t try them at some point in the future, but it’s not going to be this month. Instead, I think I’ll just keep an eye on how they recover from this particular PR nightmare, and also see if they can get their act together with shipping delays, contents, etc. If not, there are definitely some other options waiting in the wings.

The only good news in all of this is that Bondi’s president has said that they will be packaging these limited edition colors in their regular bottles for release in July, and the Bondi NY Facebook page has been posting some interesting questions that make me think the wind might be blowing in the direction of a Bondi subscription box service in the near future. This makes me super happy as I love their colors, the fact they are a 5-free polish so good for me and the environment, and they donate a ton of money to charitable organizations. I definitely see myself ordering directly from their site in the future, and can also see myself subbing to any box they decide to sell.

– So, yes, I live in Florida, and yes, the state is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water. Does that mean, however Mother Nature, that you must use all of this water around us to be the bearer of all the daily, horrible thunderstorms we’ve been having the past three weeks? Also, I know we as humans do awful things to your world, but do you have to keep crashing air masses together right over the portion of the state I live in so that random, terrible thunderstorms literally form out of nowhere each afternoon/evening, and dump water on us without any advance warning?

I know we whine at you that we need the rain when you don’t send it, but must you send all of it at once? My hair has been a massive frizzball, and has looked like I’ve been rubbing balloons on it for three weeks, and the entire state is starting to smell more than a little moldy. Plus, the air is so filled with water that I can get a drink by inhaling. Can we be done now for a little bit? Please?

– Roger and I DVR the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown because I love music, and it’s one of the only places to reliably see new videos of popular songs. The last three or four weeks has featured Robin Thicke’s new song, “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell and TI. The video for this song is so horrible that we fast forward through it the minute it comes on. Unfortunately, the song is unbearably catchy, and has been circling around in my head for DAYS. I’m about to go ride It’s a Small World just to catch a new ear worm.

Also, while I have no idea who Pharrell and TI are, Robin Thicke is unmistakable. Not because of his voice or singing style, but because he looks SO MUCH like his dad, Alan Thicke, from Growing Pains fame. The likeness never used to bother me, but I think he’s looking more like his dad the older he gets, and that’s just too creepy, especially when he’s trying to look all broody and sexy in his videos. Instead, he just looks like a lecher drooling over the scantily clad models in the video. Blech!

– And finally…

– Julep is having their first ever warehouse sale with some amazing prices like individual colors for $3.00, and duos for $6.00. It’s one day only so definitely go check it out. They are giving a free Julep v-neck t-shirt with every $75 purchase as well so you’ll be able to score fashion for your nails AND body. Check it out here!

Thanks for roaming the random road with me. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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