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there goes the baker with his tray like always.

I’m ridiculously excited for Monday. I found out that my friend’s family in Milford wants me to stay with them for the night and I’m oh so happy about that because even though I won’t be seeing my Megan (she’s doing some fancy-dancy book larnin’ at law school), I love her family! Seriously, my dream house is their house. I don’t know how to describe it other than the fact that it’s full of antiques, it’s always warm, and as weird as it sounds, I love the smell of the house because it always has a woodsy scent in the air. There are way too many good memories in that house, especially one night during our senior year in high school, Megan and I were on the computer and for some reason or another, we started talking about *NSync. We found out that we both loved JC Chasez back when *NSync was in their heyday and wondered whatever happened to him. We thought he had the best voice and was the sexiest one out of the whole group. I don’t think Google was popular back then so we either Yahoo’d or MSN searched him and found out that he actually came out with a solo album back in 2004 called Schizophrenic.


Apparently he had some pretty choice songs on it that had lyrics like…

Keep in mind I’m a love machine

Get it 24-7, call me anytime you need

Some extra attention, did I forget to mention

School’s back in session, get ready for a lesson!

I just want to feel alive and do what it takes to satisfy you

Hour after hour baby, all night long with you

All day long I dream about sex

And all night long I dream about sex

And all the time I think about sex with you.

or!

Woke up next to you
You were lying fast asleep
Didn’t think to wake you
You were all up in my dreams
She had, no makeup, no toothpaste
I don’t wanna wait
‘Cause she’s such a sexy dame
I just can’t control my thang

and finally, the classiest song out of the bunch…

‘Cause when I’m all alone

I lie awake and masturbate

I love to hear the sounds you make

Baby, here I come.

That is a far, far cry from the God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You Days.

Needless to say, we had to get it. We made a run to the Oneonta Wal-Mart and to our surprise, we found that Schizophrenic was in stock AND all of the lyrics were intact! So much for the family values, Wal*Mart. Ever since then, it has become our car CD and unfortunately/fortunately (whichever way you want to look at it), Megan and I have actually used up some of our brain cells by memorizing all of the lyrics. If anything, we performed an act of charity because Justin is getting all of the love these days and JC was just left behind in the dust when he went solo. Probably because he sang about jerking off.

30 for 30 time…and another shot of, what I like to call, the TOOL wall in my brother’s room!

Black Drape Cardigan- Kohl’s

Grey Striped Tank Top- Kohl’s

Leggings- Kohl’s

I’m really excited to get a haircut on Tuesday. My bangs are doing the Belle thing, where one will just hang out, no matter what you do to it. It’s all good though, Belle was always tied with Ariel in the number one spot when it came to Disney Princesses. Let’s just say this, if I could, I would live in the Library of Congress. You know the part of the movie where Beast shows Belle his library and says that she can use it to her heart’s delight? That’s how I felt when I received my Library of Congress card.

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…it feels like I never left.

But in the meantime, I’ve got it hard

Second floor living without a yard.

It may be years until the day

My dreams will match up with my pay.

-Feist

The deep snow lyric also rings true now.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Here I am. At the Daily Grind. The first day of work went famously. I’m really interested in what’s going to happen with it. I’ve been fortunate to have received so many professional opportunities to see the different sides of the political world and how they operate. As for being back in Albany, it feels like I never left.

It isn’t NYC. It isn’t DC. I mean after a month in DC, even though I was fucking scared as hell in the beginning, I acted enough like a local that the tourists came up to me to ask for directions…Albany just feels like your favorite comfy couch that you come to and collapse in. Yesterday, a few of my buddies and I went to my favorite bar in Albany, DeJohn’s. I love the atmosphere there because it’s a place where you can just chill out. From the outside, it looks pretentious, but as soon as you step inside the bar, you realize it’s not the case. The waitstaff still knows who you are, even after not being there for a while, and they’re more than happy to serve you and treat you like a normal human being. I personally think it’s Albany’s version of Cheers. You also cannot go with $2 drafts for Happy Hour. I took my first extended trip on CDTA today and I learned that just because a sign says “bus stop” doesn’t mean the bus will actually stop at that sign. Yet, finally the bus gods gave me a break and I made a few friends. Found out the girl sitting next to me shares the same birthday with me. I’m going to be meeting up with some friends tonight, however there are still a whole lot of people I have yet to see. I’m leaving for home straight after work tomorrow. I will be back next week though and hey, once the apartment comes into place, things will get easier and more stable!

On Monday, I wrote that I felt self-conscious about taking pictures for 30 for 30. But hey- it was my first day of work today and I was feeling pretty awesome because I was getting paid to do things again. Needless to say, I threw my self-conscious feelings out the window.

Long Sleeve White Tee from Kohl’s

Grey Dress by H&M

Black Sweater Tights by American Eagle

Slouchy Ankle Booties from JCPenney

Belt by Forever 21

Bobby Pin with Small Flowers by H&M

This is my favorite work outfit. I love this dress, I always get compliments on it. It was only $34 when I bought it last March. I’m still trying to figure out how to pose, I had to use self timer because I felt awkward asking my friend about taking an outfit picture. He’s already letting me stay at his pad for the week. He doesn’t need to do anything more for me =D

(Writer’s Note: At this point, I stopped writing because I met up with my pal Marc from the lovely music blog Cautious and Carefree.)

Friday, February 4th, 2011

What a lovely night! The gang was (almost) reunited but it still felt so good! As I mentioned before, I met up with my friend Marc and we visited his roommate, who I refer to as my other dad, who works at Caffe Vero on Lark Street. Go on and give it a try when you find yourself in the Albany area! I will bet you my bottom dollar that my other dad will give you the best service ever! Just look for the ever-changing facial hair and that’s him!

I do my best to patronize both Caffe Vero and The Daily Grind. They’re both great local coffee shops but even though my other dad is employed there, I do find myself going to the Daily Grind more. Caffe Vero is new and opened while I was in Potsdam. The Daily Grind has been in Albany for years. My relationships with the baristas there are similar to the relationship one has with his or her favorite bartender. In November, I visited the Daily Grind with my former boyfriend and Ed, one of my favorite baristas, said “you’re back!” after four months of not being a regular. Today, he asked me if I found a new job yet and I was delighted to say yes and I haven’t seen him for two months. Also- the Sunday crowd is outstanding. I end up bumping into Jim, a local musician, there and he always introduces me to all of his friends who are truly fascinating people. I haven’t had a chance to experience the community at Caffe Vero yet but I hope that will change once I move back to Albany. Besides, I can’t let my dad down =D

It was casual Friday at the office today. I wore jeans for the first time in a month and four days.

Here’s the outfit breakdown:

A white drapey cardigan from PacSun (wore it on Tuesday)

A floral tank top from Kohl’s (also wore that on Tuesday)

A scarf from Maxwell’s, a local variety shop in Oneonta. Seriously they have everything from really cute scarves to CDs to tapestries to an extensive bowl collection to porn.

Jeans from American Eagle

Socks from Walmart*

Moccasins by Minnetonka

A daisy hair clip from Claire’s

Belt from Gap

CDTA almost missed me today. I was standing at the bus stop and I saw the bus start to pass me. The driver ended up stopping at the next block and told me that if I didn’t have my CDTA card in my hand, he would have passed me.

Now- if the driver wasn’t such a nice guy, I would have been really pissed because I would have been late for work. I still can’t understand why a bus driver wouldn’t stop when he sees someone at a bus stop but who knows. All I know is that I’m lucky I even had the CDTA card in my hand because my friend D gave it to me two months ago and I found it in at the bottom of my purse a hour before I was standing at the stop. The ride home was a lot smoother- actually it was really touching. I noticed a really old man get on the bus who looked a lot like my Grandfather who passed away almost five years ago. Not only that, he acted a lot like him too. My grandfather was the kind of guy who was friends with everyone. When I saw the old man greet the CDTA driver by shaking his hand, saying that he hasn’t seen him drive in a while and laughed with him over a joke- I had to keep myself from shedding a few tears. My grandpa would have done the same thing. I saw him do that all the time to others. He didn’t care if you were a janitor or a big shot, he treated everyone like they were his best friend. The old man was even wearing a Members Only jacket, just like my Grandpa did. It was just a stark reminder that yeah, people really do care about other people in this world, even if you think your part is small. We all have an effect on each other. I hope we all can make it a positive one.

I’m back in Sullivan County for the weekend. But I’ll be back “home” on Monday =D


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Sephora vs. Walmart* Concealer Smackdown. Benefit Boing vs. Hard Candy Glamoflauge

 

Italy. We have great food, amazing culture, beautiful countrysides, interesting history, and outstanding fashion. You’d think that we have it made.

Well, there had to be a trade off somewhere. We have the WORST skin. Any Italian can tell you that there is truth in the “greasy Italian” stereotype. Most people eventually grow out of acne. Italians don’t.

Therefore, I’ve become a concealer connoisseur. I’m also allergic to benzoyl peroxide so I can’t use the heavy duty acne medications or most of the over the counter stuff. If I don’t have concealer on, I will look like a 12 year old starting puberty.

Last March, I was in Sephora looking for the perfect concealer because I was going out on a date with a boy that I haven’t seen for years and well, I wanted to look pretty haha. First dates are a wonderful excuse to buy makeup! Next thing I know, this wonderful Sephora makeup artist sweeps me away into his chair and gives me a makeover. He noticed that my skin needs a heavy duty concealer, so he let me try out Benefit’s Boing, an industrial strength concealer.  I was impressed! Not only did it hide all of my flaws, but I did not have to re-apply the concealer for the whole day! Even though you only get 0.1 oz of product for $18, it lasted me from March to October. My only con is that it gives you a shine-y look if you wear it by itself. You will need a powder if you want a natural look.

Since my unemployment, I’ve been trying hard to save money and although it’s an amazing product, I couldn’t justify spending 20 bucks on concealer. So I was in Walmart* and I wanted to find a nice concealer under $10. I asked the attendant and she recommended Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge for $6. I was skeptical because I did not have a good experience with Hard Candy’s Baked Blush, I thought that product was very cake-y. However, I needed to buy something because I was out in Oneonta and I was getting ready to see a ton of people that I haven’t hung out with in so long. As soon as I walked out of Walmart*, I got in my car, flipped up my sun visor’s mirror and put it on. Just like Benefit’s Boing, a little bit of this goes a VERY long way. It has a very sticky texture and I was surprised because I found that I did not need to re-apply the whole day! Unlike Benefit’s Boing, you get 1.7 oz of product. My only con is that just like with Hard Candy’s Baked Blush, the product has a cake-y finish, so you will definitely need to apply a powder over it if you want a natural look. The pencil that it comes with is also useless.

In a perfect world, I would love to buy Benefit’s Boing. Until I have the budget to splurge on makeup again, I’m satisfied with Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge.

Also, if you’re like me and you’re allergic to benzoyl peroxide, I HIGHLY recommend Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick for $8. Whenever I feel a breakout coming on, I just glide the stick over the affected area and I wake up the next morning to find that my acne is healing. Yet I’m alarmed right now because I think Burt’s Bees discontinued the product! If you can find it, pick it up! It’s my little miracle worker!