Random is Order

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

Thursday Thoughts – 6/27/13

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

Today, I’m linking up with my bloggy friend, Jen, over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Her blog is totally fun, and seriously has the most comprehensive list of subscription boxes I’ve found anywhere, so go check her out!

~ I was completely, over the moon excited to receive my first Birchbox (pics and initial review coming soon!) That is, until I opened it and discovered that they think I’m old. Seriously, 2 out of the 5 products were for aging this, that or the other. Now, I will admit that some days I feel older than others, but I never feel old, and I can’t figure out why Birchbox has pegged me that way either. I even went back in to check my profile selections, and the “Aging” category was not checked so I’m really not sure why I got all this “aging” stuff. The real bummer about it is that I didn’t get any of the goodies I was super looking forward to such as the Davines hair samples or the Suki scrub. BB has to be really good next month, or I don’t see myself sticking with them for long.

~ Who here watches Pretty Little Liars?

Pretty Little Liars

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Please tell me I’m not the only one. Anyone read the books? Anyway, are you not completely loving all the reveals they’ve had going on so far this season? With all the new info and what has already happened, does anybody think that Ali’s mom might be A? OR, do you think they’re trying to set up for the same angle that went down in the books? I don’t want to write about it because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but come on! That has to be what they’re going for, right? Too creepy if they do, because they won’t be able to carry the same storyline on the show that they did in the books because the two have already diverged SO MUCH. I’m not looking forward to the end of the Summer Season and that crazy, long wait until next January.

~ I think I have to just come out and admit that I am completely addicted to nail polish. The problem is that I just joined the Julep Maven program, AND I can’t stop buying OPI polishes everywhere I see them, and the small container I bought for them years ago just doesn’t hold all of my polish any more. I don’t have a wall I can mount a polish shelf on so I need to come up with some other kind of storage, but I can’t figure out what. I was thinking a train case, but don’t want to spend $40+ on one. Plus, Roger’s eyes bugged out tonight when he saw me looking at one at Ulta, and found out they cost that much for an EMPTY case. He totally thought I was joking, and they were full of makeup. Too funny! So, I’m basically looking for suggestions on ways to store my growing nail polish and accoutrements collection as well as all of the new makeup I’m amassing from my subscriptions. Please, share your ideas!

~ I haven’t had a ton of time to read this summer due to my class and internship schedule, but I did pick up a couple of books at the library last weekend. Right now, I’m reading the Jane Austen Mystery series, and yes, it’s THAT Jane Austen.

The books are set in the era of Pride and Prejudice, and feature the fictional diaries of Jane Austen as she recounts her tales of solving mysteries throughout the England of her time period. Author Stephanie Barron (the pen name for Francine Mathews,) does a great job of writing in the language of the time, and keeping with the feel of Austen’s real novels. The first book in the series is, “Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor,” which is the one I’ve pictured here. I’m on the third book in the series, and I find them to be absolutely charming. If you were like me, and wished that you could peek into Elizabeth and Darcy’s lives forever, you will likely enjoy this series as well.

~ I’ve been feeling kind of down lately, and finally pegged the reason for it today. I figured out that I’ve basically been in class non-stop except for a few 2-week breaks since May 2012. I’m getting ridiculously burnt out, and have a wicked case of cabin fever. Of course, there’s not a lot I can do about it because I’m in the middle of another set of classes right now, and can’t really go anywhere. I’ll have a break between Summer and Fall semesters, but it’s another 2-week break, and I’ll have to work. I guess I’m just bummed because I won’t be graduating for another 3 semesters after this one, so I’m looking at solid homework, studying and tests through December 2014, and it’s just making me tired. I’m going to have to plan something fun for Winter or Spring Break, or I’m going to go nuts.

That’s pretty much it for today’s thoughts. I’m working on my Julep post right now, and should have it up tonight. In the meantime, thanks for reading. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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But I WANT to sleep.

I’m tired. It’s a combination of school and my internship, but it’s mostly because of a wicked bout of insomnia. I only got something like 3 hours of sleep last night, and I’m totally the worse for wear for it. I had big plans for lots of things today, but only got homework and a couple of other school things done.

Still, I did manage to catch tonight’s SYTYCD, and vote for my faves. I’ll just say right now that I’m loving Tucker and Jasmine H, and I think they will both go far. If you didn’t catch tonight’s show, try to check out the routines on YouTube tomorrow. The opening was especially interesting as it featured a Nappy Tabs choreographed routine that moved from the entrance of the studio all the way through makeup, wardrobe and ended on the stage. The big deal is that it was all filmed in one long take, and was very, very cool to see.

So, I’m off to bed earlier than normal in the hopes that I get more sleep tonight than I did last night. I’m going to try to get up early tomorrow morning to hopefully get more accomplished. Have a great night, everyone. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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TV Time!

I’m seriously addicted to what I can only refer to as fluffy TV. I spend so much of my life working, studying, networking and trying to have a normal home life while still finding time to sleep occasionally that I have very little time for letting my hair down. One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching nothing but fluff on my rare bits of downtime.

I pretty much DVR everything I watch because: a) I am rarely home, and available to watch TV when something I want to watch is on, and b) I totally do not want to spend my rare TV time on commercials. Roger DVRs a lot of what he watches as well, but his stuff includes things like documentaries and random shows about fishing on the Discovery Channel. While the fishing shows he watches are basically a bunch of guys with foul mouths screaming at each other, the stuff I watch is infinitely worse in it’s own, silly way.

Basically, right now, my portion of the DVR is filled with Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, The Fosters, and copies of multiple Disney Channel half hour comedies. To see this in list form would probably make you think I was a pre-teen or a young adult at the most, but I obviously am not. I watch this stuff because it’s fluffy and I don’t have to think much about it. Plus, it makes me laugh and/or removes me from reality for a short time which is a nice break.

Not everything I watch is teen tv. I do have some high-brow fluff in the form of Downton Abbey, Season 3 to get through. Plus, I love some good reality TV in the form of So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway and Top Chef. Basically, my requirement for reality TV is that the participants must be able to DO something, or have a skill. Otherwise, I try to avoid the genre. Well, if I’m being honest, I avoid MOST of the genre except for Dance Moms. I justify watching this by saying that I love watching the girls perform, which I do because I think they are all incredibly talented, and so young to be so good at what they do. Having said that, I truly watch it because it’s like a train wreck that I just can’t look away from. I honestly can’t figure out how much of it is staged for the show, and if it’s not staged, why on earth those mothers would expose their children to that type of environment. I understand wanting a talented teacher, but there are plenty out there who are really good at what they do, and who don’t scream at, belittle and play favorites with their students.

Anyway, that’s another topic for another post. In the meantime, I am SO happy that I took some time tonight to de-stress and watch TV after finishing my big group project and finals. On this week’s So You Think You Can Dance, the top 20 was revealed, and I was excited to see that the 6 I pegged for the show at their initial audition made it in. SYTYCD is my favorite summer series, and I both watch and vote religiously. I hate that they are keeping the one-day per week format that they introduced last season, but grateful it’s still around.

My other summer/winter obsession is Pretty Little Liars. I got sucked into this crazy mystery last summer when I watched Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix, then caught up with 3 as it was being aired. I’ve read the books and know how they end, but the show is an entirely different animal. I just love everything about PLL, and can literally debate it endlessly with friends and co-workers. I have to admit that I’m dying to know who did it all, and I’m loving some of the reveal that occurred at the end of last season/beginning of this one. While I super want to solve the mystery, I don’t want the show to end so I’m mostly OK with the pace. I’m trying to figure out what they are going to do with the Aria/Ezra storyline though, because that whole situation broke my heart. I know it could never happen in real life, but the actor who plays Ezra is just TOO CUTE, and can’t go anywhere so they’ll just HAVE to get back together. 😉

So there you have it. My current summer TV obsessions which I’m sure are going to be quickly joined by The Fosters and Twisted on ABC Family. I’m already enjoying those shows and they are brand new, so it will be interesting to see what happens with them. I’m also super hoping ABC Family renews Bunheads because I love Amy Sherman-Palladino, and thought the show was too cute. I have a whole other set of Fall shows that I love as well, but that post can wait until the season gets a bit closer.

Do you watch fluffy TV? What are YOUR TV Time guilty pleasures? Leave me a comment in the box below, and let me know if you enjoy any of my silly and addictive shows. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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