A daily lipstick I love!

When spring finally arrives, and yes, it has arrived, I saw the fat white guys' bellies shining in the sun outside my work window the other day and that's a sure sign. Anyway let's get that thought immediately back out of our minds and talk about new lipstick. I mostly always wear red lipstick except in the spring. I yearn for something pink! For the workday I really don't worry about whether or not lipstick lasts that long because I can always reapply but I do want it to last. I always wear Cover Girl Outlast lipstick in Ever-Red-dy whenever I want a lipstick that will stay put and that I will only have to reapply once and that's only a maybe. Like when I am going out for the day, have lunch plans or I am doing something after work but unfortunately that color is really the only color I like in that line. In looking for an everyday lipstick, I tried Maybelline Super Stay which was ok but after awhile I found I didn't favor the smell of it. I also tried L'Oreal Infallible which I liked but found a bit too shiny and messy to suit me even though I did love the colors available. I also tried Revlon Colorstay but wasn't overwhelmed with love for it either. None of those lipsticks were that particularly long lasting on me and for the price tag I decided to keep looking for an everyday lipstick I can put on easily in the morning without painting on. I was even getting to the point of money not being an issue.

I have been reviewing long last lipsticks and I decided I was finally going to splurge and go for MAC Longwear which seems to get the best reviews but at $18 a tube I cannot afford to just try a color so I plan to get a red and then if I like the lipstick, which I so hope I do, I will try another color. I thought I might even venture to the mall and look at colors if I liked It. I am so much  in need of a second lipstick I love I am willing to spend money and go to the mall!

While looking through reviews I kept coming across ladies suggesting Wet and Wild Megalast lipstick which sells at drugstores and large department stores for under $2. It sounded like a no brainer to me to at least try it. At lunchtime I ventured to my local Walgreens and I'll be damned if it wasn't on sale for $1.49. I got 8 tubes for under $13 which included the tax! It took a little bit to find it in the store. It's one of those brands that set out in the aisle (which I always think of teenagers when I see) but I did find it in the makeup area also down by where the nail stuff starts. I highly recommend it. As an everyday lipstick that you don't have to keep reapplying or worry about your hair being strangely attracted to it can't be beat!!

I'll show off my reds I purchased after my MAC tube arrives :o)

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Music Monday - WNKU - Public Radio That Rocks

While in the midst of cleaning and moving things around the office after the fellow crashed into our building I found I could pick up the public radio station that my boss is always raving about. I had never been able to pick it up on the old radio I use but when my boss moved out to my area for a couple of days while his office was being repaired he let me know that recently the radio station obtained a new frequency which is close to us. It used to be a country station that I knew I could pick up but never had any desire to as I am not a huge fan of country music. Well, not mainstream country music anyway and while WNKU plays a little country music they play almost everything else too. I even heard a Frank Zappa song the other day.  While I haven't heard any heavy metal or pop music I've heard such a variety of rock n' roll and blues that I haven't missed it at all. They even play The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Besides I can catch up on my pop favorites on the VH1 top twenty countdown that I record each weekend and if I want to bang my head I can do that at home. It is a public radio station so you don't have to listen to all those commercials either. News at the top of every hour so you can keep up to date with what's happening in the world and great music all day long. Live bands in the studio and one of the things I like is they will play a cover of say a Bruce Springsteen song and then they will play a Bruce Springsteen song. Cool stuff!

If I had to pick a genre, I would just call it a little slice of Americana heaven!

You can listen online here.

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Lightroom 5

I have been using Photoshop for quite some time but I have never really gotten the hang of it. I got as far as I needed to edit a bit and never learned any more about it. I have been wanting to take a class but when I mentioned it to my son he suggested that I purchase the Lightroom software. He said it was easier to use and was probably more up my alley for my purpose, which is just to enhance my photos I take for fun. The edition I purchased is Adobe Lightroom 5. I just today started messing with it a bit and I must say he was right. I was able to figure out the basic settings in one session. If I can use it right off the bat, believe me anyone can. I can't wait to see what it will do when I actually do some reading up on it. 



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Someone else's misfortune

A few weeks ago, during our last ice storm, I was sitting at my desk when I heard a huge crash. I thought, OMG, the ceiling has fallen on my boss. As I hopped up I heard, what the hell, come from his office so I knew he was ok. He came out saying someone had hit the corner of the building. We walked outside to see what happened and sure enough there sat a truck up over the bush and into the building. Luckily no one was hurt. That is if you don't count having the holy hell scared out of us all!

As it turned out the carpet was ripped up so we ended up getting carpet for the whole downstairs which meant new carpet for my area. Yay! I have worked here for many years but I was in another area for a few years. Since I moved I haven't done much to my spot due to the fact that the way the desk sat it was impossible to get cords down the side and things hooked up where they should be. It is also impossible without professional help to move the desk. Not to mention it's the main spot for telephone/internet equipment which was right under my feet and nothing set up where it should be. It's been a thorn in my side for sometime but there was really nothing I could do about it until now. The way I looked at it was I have a window and a vent next to my feet. I pretty much just worked with what I had and pushed all the cords and boxes up against the wall as far as I could. I feel now it would have been worth my while to hire someone to move the desk for me but as they say, hind sight is 20-20. I wish I had gotten a true beforehand picture but I didn't think about it at the time. I kind of had to get everything out of the desks in a hurry so they could lay the carpet while I was out for a couple days.

Once I got everything hooked back up and placed where it should be I was so tickled I decided it was time to do a bit of decorating and get some other new stuff. The guys who installed the carpet left the desk out from the wall so I could do what I needed to and then they came and put it back where it needed to be. They even got the divider between me and the door flush with the wall so no more windy drafts. I couldn't be happier. I even have the phone on the side I like to answer it on. I bought several items. I got myself a new chair and mat, a new computer stand, a clock and baskets for files. I plan to pick up a couple plants for some greenery but I think I'm all set now :o)

I found an old typewriter down in the basement a long time ago and thought to myself if I ever decorated that I would use it. I finally got my chance so I got it down and cleaned it up the best I could. I sat it on top of my shelf. Another item I like is a pretty cardinal coffee cup I brought from home to use for pens and such. I'm still working on organizing my drawers and baskets but I really like the outcome! I may even end up being more efficient but time will tell on that one! lol

Jumper:  eBay (Jumpers)
Black Cardigan Sweater:  Goodwill
Clock: Hobby Lobby
Baskets:  Hobby Lobby
Chair: Office Depot (Luckily it was on sale but regardless I love the chair)

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Crocus in Bloom

I went for a walk today and the only flower I found was one lonely yellow bunch of crocus. One is better than none though, and it made me smile. For awhile anyway. After I found out it was going to snow a bit more tomorrow I decided to hit the grocery for stuff to make old fashioned vegetable soup. Since it tends to take all day to make Fadra and I went for walks outside between tending to the soup. She loved her bone she got out of it and I must say the soup hit the spot. A beautiful day! 

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Wearing my Origami Owl necklace

On Saturday it was actually pretty enough to walk around a bit outside. It was wonderful to feel the warm sun on my face! Fadra had been sick so I didn't want her to get too excited but she couldn't help herself. She still had to chase Fiona. Of course, you know how cats are, she likes to taunt her and then ignore her. It's funny! I kept our venture outdoors short and it was nice while it lasted. Fadra is so much like a baby I swear. Afterwards she wanted me to sit with her and slept about 2 hours. My son laughs at me and asks if I do realize that she is a dog. I realize she is but I don't think she realizes she is! 

While walking around and taking a few photos it occurred to me that I hadn't featured my Origami Owl necklace that I got for Christmas on the blog so since I had it on I thought I would take a picture and share. I really love it and it's such a novel idea. Pretty cool! It is a locket necklace that opens up for small personal charms. You can change them in and out to tell your story. They have lots of different styles of lockets,  necklaces and charms. My daughter-in-law had a party for the holidays and my mom got me the necklace, the I love you sign and the dog paws. My granddaughter got me a blue heart because that is her favorite color and she loves me she said. Then after finding out my best friend had bought one for her mom and her mom-in-law but not for herself I decided to get her one for her gift. I got her one just like mine along with a best friends heart which splits and I gave her half and I kept the other half. She loved it! There are several other charms I need to fill my necklace which I plan to pick up soon. I want a wedding ring and a tube of red lipstick for sure but what I want to know is where is my frog, people? I have a friend who would love to sell you whatever you would like. Check Kim out here and be sure to pick up one of these awesome necklaces for yourself and don't forget your best friend. Everyone I know who has one absolutely loves it!

Outfit Details:
Sweater Top: The Gap (similar)
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: UGG
Necklace: Origami Owl

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