Top Ten of 2012

Another year has come and gone.  It's time to reflect on the last twelve months and make my top ten list.  I have to say that this year has been quite stellar.  2011 was a very stagnant year; this time last year I was very disappointed about all that I hadn't done or accomplished.  Today, I find it hard to narrow down my list to only 10 things.

The rules: Come up with a list of 10 significant things that happened to you in 2012.  They don't necessarily have to be good things or major things, just things significant to you.  You can only have 10 things on your list, no more-no less.

01.  Jack Logan and delivering him 100% naturally
02.  buying a house
03.  coming to terms with our infertility and getting pregnant
04.  getting through 12 weeks of morning sickness
05.  going on vacation in Key West with two of our best friends, Lynn & Jenny (how did I not blog about that?!?)
06.  Painting, and painting, and painting. And painting some more.
07.  being involved in a car crash that nearly totaled my 4Runner
08.  finally getting involved with theatre again (and I will continue to be involved in 2013)
09.  having the most successful year ever as a massage therapist; I finally have a strong following of regular clients.
10.  living in the NICU for 17 days with Jack

What are your top 10's?

Oh Christmas Tree!

We got the tree finished today! We may still be in the process of moving and unpacking, but we made sure to get a tree. It just doesn't feel like Christmas without one, and with the weather here being in the mid-70's most of this month (don't even get me started on how unhappy that makes me; I hate running the A/C in December), I absolutely had to do something festive and normal. The tree has been up all week with the lights on and I put all the ornaments on today. I'm not decorating as much as I usually do, for obvious reasons, but next year, it's on!!!

Little By Little

Little by little and bit by bit we're getting the new house set up, but I think we're just going to have to accept the fact that there will be boxes pretty much everywhere for a long time. A very long time.

We have at least managed to get our bed set up, with our fancy new temperpedic mattress, no less, and Jack's co-sleeper. It's so comforting to have a nice bed to fall into at the end of a long day. We may be living in box chaos. It may be next to impossible to get much of anything done with a newborn. We may only have a tiny fraction of our stuff even packed and moved. But at least we have a nice bed to come home to.

I do have to admit that the bed is the only nice thing about our bedroom at the moment. If I take a picture at just the right angel, it looks great, but then I have to be honest and post the pics of what the rest of the room looks like! At least I have that one thing done.

Still no Internet here, so I'm not even sure what these posts look like. Maybe someday I'll come back and edit them to pretty them up. For now, this'll have to do.

Now to go decorate the Christmas tree!


Moving Day: Better Late Than Never

I know, I know. Back in October I said we'd be moved by the end of the month. In my defense, the very next day I had a baby, so that pretty much put the kibosh on the moving plans. Plus, we ended up staying in the NICU for almost 3 weeks. Not exactly conducive to packing and moving.

Well, I am now happy to say we have been sleeping at the new place for 3 nights and all our cats have been transplanted to their new indoor only home. We still don't have Internet; I'm posting this from my phone, but I just wanted to share the happy news.

We'll be living in box chaos for a while, I'm afraid...getting things done with a newborn are next to impossible. These pictures are my view from Jack's room. Yikes!


A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Happy due date, Jack. For months I've wondered what today would be like. Babies rarely arrive on their due dates. I didn't know if you'd be early, on time, or over due. Would I already be a mom by today? Would I be hugely pregnant, and uncomfortable, and anxious, and freaked out by today? Would you actually arrive today?

I had no idea you'd decide to come into the world almost 7 weeks early and that by today we'd already be used to each other and settled into a routine. I didn't expect to already be an expert at changing diapers or to already know how to calm you down when you get fussy.

You've reached a milestone today, Jack. I'm so glad you're here and healthy. I don't know what I'd do without you. I love you.

October and November Birchboxes

This is a Birchbox review two-for.  The last two months have been pretty epic and I've had my attentions focused elsewhere.  Life is settling into a bit of a routine, and I've actually had a chance to finally use all the products in October's and November's Birchbox so I can get to the reviews!

October's Box

September's box took forever to arrive; I barely had time to sample all the products and get a review written before the end of the month.  I figured October's box would take just as long to arrive, especially since I got an email from Birchbox, the day after the box was supposed to ship, telling me there was a problem with shipping and my box would be delayed (they did give me 100 extra points for the inconvenience at least).  Surprisingly, the box arrived three days later!  October's theme was transformation; I guess since people transform themselves for Halloween.  I think the theme was a bit of a stretch, but I liked everything I got this go round.

  • beautyblender double:  That's the pink egg shaped thingy in the above picture.  It's for applying and blending concealer and base makeup.  I don't normally wear concealer or base, but could definitely see using this to soften and blend blush.  I did happen to use it in October to apply the moisture tint that was in September's box.  The beautyblender double is great for makeup application!  You get it wet before applying foundation so none of your foundation gets absorbed into the blender.  I really like the shape and texture of this makeup sponge and will definitely be using it again.  The pointy end was great for getting into small areas and the round end was great for blending.
  • theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer:  I love this stuff!!!  A neutral shimmer powder that can be used as an eye shadow or as a highlighter; I wanted to powder down my entire body!  But then I would've ended up looking like a sparkly vampire and that's no good.  Seriously though, this highlighter is amaze-balls.  A+
  • LUNA Fiber Chocolate Raspberry Bar:  This bar was way better than I expected a fiber energy bar to be.  It was really moist and had a brownie like texture instead of being a dry unflavorful piece of cardboard.  It especially came in handy when I was staying in the NICU with Jack.  De-lish!
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30:  I haven't tried this yet.  I'm super fair skinned and burn just thinking about going out in the sun.  This serum will probably be good for daily use for me when I'm not usually outside much, but at only SPF 30 I wouldn't dream of using it if I was going to be outside for more than 20 minutes or so.  I need SPF 100 if I'm going to spend any time outside; make this product that strong, and you've got me interested.
  • Lucy B. Cosmetics Roll On Perfume Oil Duo in Pink Frangipani and and Wild Australian Jasmine:  OMG! I have to turn on caps lock for this--I LOVE THIS!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!  I'm not normally into perfumes, but I'm saving up to buy these in full size.  They can be worn alone or layered and they smell perfect to my nose.  Very light and floral.  They have my heart.

November's Box

November's box arrived during the blur of the first few days that Jack was home, but in the last couple of days I've actually managed to use all the samples, except for the hair stuff.  I've had no time, interest, or need to do my hair.  According to Birchbox, "This month's theme is Give and we've filled your Birchboxes with products from brands that give back and essentials that we are thankful for."  It's nice to know they picked brands that give back.

  • Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray:  I haven't used this yet.  Perhaps around Christmas I'll give it a whirl.  It's supposed to create big bedroom hair.  I've never been good at styling my hair, so we'll see how this works out.  I also don't like my hair to be too big; I have a lot of hair and a small head, so if my hair gets too big, I'm nothing but a walking hairstyle and no head.
  • Archipelago Pomegranate Body Soap:  This soap smells great!  I'll probably put it in my gym bag when I start working out again or maybe put it in my guest bathroom.  It's nice to have a quality soap for anyone who stays over.
  • Marula - The Leakey Collection Omega Rich Facial Oil:  Marula oil is the new argan oil.  I've used argan oil in my hair with great results, but the marula oil is intended for use on the skin.  I was a bit skeptical about putting oil in my face, but the marula oil is really light and absorbed into my skin as fast as lotion.  The oil contains more antioxidants and omega fatty acids than other oils on the market, so it's great for anti-aging.  The sample is tiny, but just a bit of this oil goes a long way.  My only complaint is the pump of the container doesn't pump the oil very well and I really have to fight with it to get any out.  I haven't used it long enough to see any results, but I hope it lives up to all the hype.  If it does, I may very well shell out money for a full size bottle.
  • ModelCo FIBRE LASHXTEND Lengthening Mascara:  Full size sample, and just in the nick of time. I was getting eyelash extensions for months, but being on unpaid maternity leave, some luxuries have had to go, and I was really missing my mile long lashes.  That being said, it's been so long since I've used a mascara, and I've been so used to the extreme length and thickness of lash extensions, I'm not sure how well this mascara actually worked.  I don't think the mascara made my lashes as long as it should have, or at least as long as I remember some of my drugstore brand mascaras making my lashes.  I love that the mascara tube has a mirror on the side for on the go application.  I'll keep trying this to see if I like it better, but won't be buying it.
  • John Varvatos Artisan:  This is a men's cologne, and I'm not sure I'm sold on it.  When I smelled it I thought it was a woman's perfume.  Maybe if Dennis puts it on it'll smell more manly, but even if it ends up smelling manlier, I doubt I'll like this scent.
Overall, both boxes get a thumbs up from me.  I'm still relieved there hasn't been another crappy box like August's.  These two have been much more like July's.  Keep it up, Birchbox!

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