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The Final Haul

Hanukkah is over, so I can officially give my final Hanukkah haul.  We left off at the glorious new iPad that I can’t stop using.  (So many apps, so little time.)  Since then, Jessica came home from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, so we had to exchange gifts with her.  She bought me and Daniel two video games:  Halo 3: ODST and Arkham Asylum.  Daniel has been loving the Arkham Asylum, which is great. She also bought me a gift card to Starbucks (yes, another one).  Daniel bought me some crochet supplies, including a book with tons of patterns and different stitches, new hooks, and yarn.  I’m already half finished with an infinity scarf.  Pics to come when it’s all done.

Daniel also bought me the first 3 seasons of CSI: Miami.  I admit that I absolutely love that show.  I already had the 4th season because that was when I first started watching the show on tv.  Now we are starting a CSI: Miami marathon and I could not be more happy.  I’m easy to please, right?

For the last night, Daniel gave me Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, which apparently got rave reviews and I’m so excited to play it.  First, I need to finish a few other games I’ve started, including Hey Ice King, Why’d You Steal Our Garbage for the Nintendo 3DS and Super Paper Mario for the Wii.

Oh, and I made Daniel stuffed shells on Friday!  It would have been a fantastic success had I not forgotten to put the spinach into the ricotta mixture.  I was completely bummed about that, and still kind of embarrassed that I forgot something so crucial, but the dish wasn’t all boring.  I did make a great red sauce with sausage mixed into it, and everything still tasted great.  We will be eating those leftovers for quite some time.

Happy Hanukkah!

I’m kind of bad about posting lately because things have been so hectic here.  There’ve been a lot of exciting things happening so this is probably going to be a long post. First, Happy Hanukkah! This post is coming to you from my new iPad, which is really exciting.  Daniel’s parents bought it for us which was very nice of them.  I can already tell I’m going to be using it a lot.

Let’s recap what’s happened during Hanukkah so far.  On the first night, which was Saturday evening, we went to Daniel’s parents’ house to open gifts.  Nicole bought me two bottles of nail polish and some eye makeup.  She knows me so well.  I also received my annual gift card to Starbucks from Adrienne.   We spent the majority of that night eating latkes and chatting with Wendy and Andy, who are good friends with Ken and Adrienne.

On Sunday night, Adrienne handed me a gigantic gift bag full of Doritos.  She knows me pretty well, too.  As one of Daniel’s gifts to me, he made me a delicious dinner consisting of chicken bacon roulades, green beans, and homemade bread courtesy of Ken.  It was amazing.  We’ve only had that dish once or twice before, so it was a nice surprise.  I had expected risotto or something like that, so I’m glad he surprised me.  I only guessed what it was after we went grocery shopping together earlier that day.  From me, he opened The Orange Box for the XBox 360, which has Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2.  He was very excited about it.  And I’m looking forward to playing through Portal again on an actual console.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner!  Thanks Daniel.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner! Thanks Daniel.

The full table shot.

The full table shot.

On Monday I opened a chocolate orange and a gift card to Target, both from Daniel’s parents.  Daniel gave me The Avengers on DVD which I was thrilled to see because I love that movie. (You can read all about that here.)

But Tuesday was the most exciting day. Daniel called me around noon to tell me that he had received a job that he only just interviewed for on Monday.  As you may know, he is currently working a temp position at Duke, but his new job will be a full-time position at Duke that will start the same week that his temp position ends.  How perfect!  Last night we celebrated by going to Bull McCabe’s for some drinks and good Irish fare.  And then…we went to his parents’ house where they gave us an iPad. Ohmygod.  I love it.  AND we also went to Best Buy to pick up our new TV, which was also a gift from Ken and Adrienne.  So right now we have a lot of new toys to keep us busy for a very long time.  I can’t even express how excited I am right now, about all of it.  Daniel will finally be able to sleep now that he has full-time work, and I am so proud of him.  I have a fancy new gadget that I can’t get enough of, and we’re only half through with Hanukkah.

Our new TV.  Daniel is playing Skyrim.  He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

Our new TV. Daniel is playing Skyrim. He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

The iPad.

The iPad.

If anybody reading this has any suggestions for cool or interesting apps, let me know.

November Favorites!

I can’t believe it’s December already!  This month has gone by so quickly, and now it’s almost 2013.  I’m pretty excited for this coming month, but first, here are my favorites from November.

TV Shows

This month Daniel and I have been watching a lot of a Bob’s Burgers.  I’ve talked about this show before.  We just think it’s hilarious.  It’s about a guy named Bob who owns a burger restaurant with his family.  His wife Linda reminds me so much of my mother, but Linda is much more funny.  His 3 kids, Tina, Gene, and Louise, help to run the restaurant.  Gene reminds me a lot of Daniel, and Louise is very similar to Nicole, but more evil.  If you want to know more about it, check out my previous Bob’s Burgers blog post, which I’ve linked above.

We’ve also caught up on New Girl.  I actually started watching this show when it premiered, then made Daniel watch it, and now I think he’s more addicted than I am.  We love Schmidt.  I don’t care much for Zooey Deschanel, but the male characters are absolutely worth it for me.

Books

This month, I finished Habibi, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson.  All of his work is just incredibly heart-wrenching, and Habibi is no exception.  If you’ve never read anything by Craig Thompson, then I would recommend starting with Goodbye, Chunky Rice.  It’s not as daunting (length-wise) as Habibi or the semi-autobiographical Blankets, but the story-telling is amazing, and the art is stunning.  All of his lines are so fluid, and it looks beautiful.  The word “Habibi” means “my beloved” in Arabic.  The book is set in the Middle East, and it’s about two people who are doing the best they can to survive under the circumstances.  They are trying to live “off the grid” as much as possible, since they essentially ran away together as children and became fugitives.  Eventually, they are separated for many years, but their feelings for each never fade.  Instead, their feelings grow stronger, and eventually they find each other again and begin their long overdue romantic relationship.  Since Daniel hasn’t read it yet, I’ll leave my brief synopsis there, and he can read it and explain to me all of the Islamic symbolism in it, since he’s the Religion major in this relationship.  It’s a wonderful, exciting, tear-inducing book that should definitely not be overlooked simply because it’s a “graphic novel”.

Movies

Since Daniel and I saw Skyfall earlier this month (on our date night), we’ve been on a huge James Bond kick, and because we have all of the 007 movies, we’ve been trying to watch them sequentially, starting with Dr. No.  At this point we’ve only watched the first three, but now that I’m back from Unadilla I’m sure we will be resuming our Bond movie marathon.

Nail Polish

This month I really only wore two colors.  The first was a Sephora by OPI color.  Now, a lot of people have had problems with these polishes being streaky and difficult to apply.  I do find that the formula is a bit thick, but once the polish dried there were no streaks on my nails, and it looked great.  I’ve been wearing “Three Way Mirror”.

The second color was a nail polish from Avon that I’m sure I must have stolen from either my mother or my sister.  I believe it’s called “Mosaic Plum”.  It’s a gorgeous deep purple color with gold micro-glitter.  However, I wouldn’t really recommend Avon polishes.  I currently have two, and I have the same complaint about both of them.  They chip pretty quickly, even with my amazing Revlon ColorStay Base Coat and Top Coat.  Also, at least with this purple color, it didn’t come off with nail polish remover very easily at all, and when it did finally come off, it wanted to take the top layer of my nail with it.  That’s not a good look for anybody.  So, while I adore the color and would love to wear it again, I really don’t want to go through the slow and messy process of removal again.

Pretty colors.  You can really see the gold flecks in the purple nail polish.

Pretty colors. You can really see the gold flecks in the purple polish.

Makeup

For this month, I feel like I have more makeup favorites that I usually do.  I’ve recently discovered Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles.  I’ve heard a lot of positive chatter about this, and it has not disappointed.  It doesn’t have to be used only for the under-the-eye area; it definitely can also be used as an all-over concealer.  It works like magic.

I’ve had Mac’s Cranberry eyeshadow for almost a year now, but I’ve hardly worn it because it typically made me look like I had a black eye.  I think this is a common problem with eyeshadows that are a deep berry or purple color.  I finally figured out how to wear it so that it doesn’t look like a bruise, and I’m absolutely in love with it.  Plus it’s very festive to wear an eyeshadow called “Cranberry” to Thanksgiving.   Cranberry looks great on the outer half of the lid and outer “v”, with Wet ‘n Wild’s “Nutty” placed on the inner half of the lid and Urban Decay’s Buck (a light brown matte shadow) in the crease.  And you only need a tiny bit of the Cranberry shade, because it’s very pigmented, and will quickly start to look like a bruise if you really build it up.  I’ve also been using my Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone pallet a lot this month.  You can do so many looks with this pallet, the shades are great quality, and for $4.99, you cannot beat the price.

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Mac’s Cranberry Eyeshadow

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Wet ‘n Wild’s Nutty, which is a dupe for Mac’s Satin Taupe (so I’ve heard). I hit pan on this quite a while ago. This is my go-to everyday shadow.

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Urban Decay’s Buck Eyeshadow

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The Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Pallet

For lipstick, I’ve recently purchased L’Oreal’s “Blushing Berry”.  I definitely needed a good berry color for this season, and this one is beautiful.  I’ve also been wearing Maybelline’s “Born With It” lipstick, usually layered with their lipgloss of the same name, for a very light pink, shimmery lip.  For a more neutral look, I’ve re-discovered one of my favorite lipsticks, Maybelline’s “Nearly There”, which I have heard is a dupe for Mac’s Viva Glam V lipstick.  And “Nearly There” looks great when paired with Mac’s Viva Glam V lipglass.

Blushing Berry, Born With It, and Nearly There

Blushing Berry, Born With It, and Nearly There

Top: Mac's Viva Glam V lipglass, bottom: Maybelline's Born With It lipgloss.

Top: Mac’s Viva Glam V lipglass, bottom: Maybelline’s Born With It lipgloss.

....and swatches!  Left to right:  L'Oreal's Blushing Berry, Maybelline's Born With It lipstick, Maybelline's Nearly There, Maybelline's Born With It lipgloss, and Mac's Viva Glam V

….and swatches! Left to right: L’Oreal’s Blushing Berry, Maybelline’s Born With It lipstick, Maybelline’s Nearly There, Maybelline’s Born With It lipgloss, and Mac’s Viva Glam V

Random Things

Since this is my first fall/winter in Durham, I’ve been loving the weather.  And for the next week, it’s supposed to be in the 60s and 70s.  It is December, right?  I can honestly say that I don’t plan to spend  another winter in Upstate New York, if I can help it.

I’ve been really, horribly addicted to watching beauty gurus on Youtube this month.  It was bad before, but this month has been really bad.  Currently, my two favorite Youtubers are Amarixe and Missglamorazzi.  Allison (Amarixe) gives great, honest reviews, interesting makeup tutorials, and always uses a mix of drugstore and high end products.  I’m all about that.  I also have a link to her blog in my Blogroll, to the right.  Ingrid (Missglamorazzi) is just adorable and I love her “Get Ready With Me” videos.  She seems like such a sweetheart, and if I’m in a bad mood or if I’ve had a rough day, I try to watch one of her videos and it kind of cheers me up a little bit.

Depending on what day you ask, I actually really enjoy holiday shopping.  Sure, it sucks fighting with some grandma over the last cinnamon scented candle that you want to buy for your sister-in-law (I just made that up, that’s never really happened to me), but it is an awesome feeling when you find the perfect gift for a certain person.  It’s a good feeling when they open it and you just know that they like it.  My nephew Gavin was so excited about his Dinosaur Lego set that now he wants the rest of the sets that go with it.  And even though Lily didn’t like it at first, eventually she wanted me to read the book to her over and over again, and loved the cute little necklace that came with it.

What were some of your “November Favorites”?

An Early Hanukkah Gift

Look what Daniel bought me!

That’s Daniel with Doody on his head. (It’s a game…called Doody Head.)

I’ve been having a lot of problems with my laptop’s screen.  It’s actually a common problem among MacBooks like mine.  I bought this when they first released the aluminum unibody 13″ MacBooks (before they switched them all to MacBook Pros).  The computer itself still works great, so we just converted it into a desktop.  I love it.  It wasn’t meant to be an early Hanukkah gift, but I guess I came home early one day after work without warning Daniel, and he had set it up just to make sure that everything worked.  I guess he figured that since I’d already seen the gift, I might as well just have it.  Thanks Daniel!

October Favorites

Well, I just realized I haven’t done one of these since June.  Oops.  So, if you didn’t read that one (which you can here), I will use this post as an opportunity to discuss all of my favorite things that I’ve seen/used/experienced this month.

TV Shows

While Daniel and I have been watching this show consistently since the fourth season began a few months ago, Adventure Time really stepped up their game in October.  The story-telling has been fantastic.  Yes, it is an animated TV series, and yes, it’s on Cartoon Network.  It’s definitely geared to a more adult audience though.  They deal with some pretty dark concepts.  The whole premise of the show is that modern civilization as we know it has ended (after the Mushroom War), and all of the magic has returned to the world.  As far as we know, the protagonist Finn is the only human left on earth (although, there must be others, because where else did he come from).  He is accompanied by his best friend Jake, who is a dog that can talk and stretch his limbs or morph his body into various shapes.

My favorite character is the Ice King.  When we were first introduced to the Ice King in the first season, he came off as just a silly villain.  He wasn’t really malicious, he just wanted to kidnap and marry a princess.  Since the first season, we’ve actually found out that the Ice King is a completely tragic character.  Before the destruction of the world, he used to be a regular guy, studying to be an antiquarian.  At some point in the past, he obtained his crown which gives him all of his powers.  Unfortunately, the crown actually caused him to go mad, and he has no memory of himself before he became this wizard, but we do know that whatever he did while wearing his crown actually scared away his fiancée, whom he would often call “princess”.  So now, he spends all of his time trying to figure out how to find a princess that will marry him, but I don’t think he even understands why he does it.

This season just wrapped up last week with a huge cliffhanger, so I’m really looking forward to season 5.

The other show that I’m obsessed with right now is, of course, Revenge.  I already know that it’s only going to get more and more convoluted, and they probably won’t resolve much, but I’m hooked.  The second season just started airing at the very end of September, and I very faithfully watched the first season last year and earlier this year.  Even if it’s just a poorly acted soap opera, I’m addicted.

Daniel and I have also been watching the X-Files.  Right now, we’re in the middle of the third season. All of the seasons are available free through Amazon Prime.  X-Files is a very cool show because I love crime shows like CSI, but I also like sci-fi series like The Twilight Zone, and this combines the best of both.  Also, Mulder and Scully remind me a lot of the two main characters from the show Bones.  I enjoy the show Bones, but I prefer X-Files if for no other reason than the acting is better.  On somewhat of a side note, X-Files is the scariest show I’ve ever seen on TV.  For me, personally, American Horror Story has got nothing on X-Files.  I’ve seen some of the freakiest, nastiest stuff in that show, things that I never thought they’d be allowed to show on prime time TV.  So, really, it’s kind of perfect for this time of year.

Music

October means Halloween and that means you have to listen to good Halloween music.  Now, I just made a post about my Top 10 Favorite Halloween Songs, but there have been a few artists that I’ve been listening to consistently this month.  The first is The Misfits, naturally.  They are great any time during the year, but especially around Halloween.  The second is AFI.  I’ve really been listening to some of their earlier albums, which sound a bit more classically punk than their more recent releases.  I was browsing on Wikipedia one day when I found out that Davey Havok was actually asked to be the lead singer of The Misfits back in 2006.  I like to imagine how this would have changed my life for the better, but I try not to think about it too much because it would have been so awesome that my brain might have exploded.  AFI does a number of Misfits covers and I personally am very impressed with them.  They include “Halloween” and “Last Caress”.

Books

This month I’ve been re-reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  I really wanted to read again it before I saw the movie.  The book is such a classic in many ways.  I think the way that it was written in the form of letters by an anonymous person to another anonymous person was such a brilliant way to portray this “Charlie” character that I know teenagers look at and say “This could be me writing these letters”.  You become so well-acquainted with the characters, but you never learn who they really are, or where they are from, so it could be anyone, and that’s one of the things that makes it so appealing.

Movies

On Monday night, Daniel and I watched X-Men: First Class for the first time.  You might be wondering how we’ve managed to go this long without seeing it.  Well, Daniel was very wary after the fiascoes that were the third X-Men movie and Wolverine: Origins.  This was much, much better than those.  In terms of the story, it was more on par with the first X-Men movie that revolved around Magneto’s master plan of turning the whole world into mutants.  Or something like that.  Honestly, it was a good movie, and we both loved the fact that it was a period film revolving around the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I also appreciated the way they explained Charles Xavier’s injury.  Overall, I was pleased with it, and now that we own it (it was $10 at Target), I will definitely watch it again.

Although I haven’t watched it yet this year, I am very much looking forward to my annual viewing of Hocus Pocus.  It’s a movie I’ve watched every year since I was a little kid, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Halloween movies, even if it isn’t scary.

Nail Polish

For most of this month, I’ve been wearing Butter London’s “The Full Monty”, which is a beautiful glittery gold nail polish.

The Full Monty

I thought it would be great for fall, since gold is such a perfect fall color, but it would also be absolutely stunning during the summer in the sun.

Currently I’m wearing a color by L’Oreal called “The Muse’s Attitude”.  I believe it is limited edition from their Project Runway 2012 collection.  It is a beautiful teal/green duochrome polish.  I think it will be great for Halloween.

The Muse’s Attitude

Makeup

In keeping with the gold and bronze colors of fall, I’ve been doing a lot of looks using the Naked Palette, and Mac Amber Lights and Bronze.  One of my favorite looks that I experimented with this month used UD’s Half Baked in the inner 3rd of the eyelid, Mac’s Amber Lights in the middle 3rd of the eyelid, and Mac’s Bronze or UD’s Smog (depending on how dark I wanted the look to be) on the outer 3rd of the eye and in the crease.  (Sorry I have no pictures of this look.  If you really want to see it, write a comment and I will find time to post a pic.)

Half Baked

Amber Lights (left) and Bronze (right)

When I felt like doing something simple and quick, I just took Urban Decay’s Toasted and threw it on all over the lid and it looked awesome.

I’ve been using a couple of different lipsticks this month as well.  I recently purchased Maybelline’s “Make Me Pink” and I’ve been wearing it pretty often lately.  Also, because I’ve been doing more bold eye looks this month, I’ve rediscovered an old favorite: L’Oreal’s “Fairest Nude”, which is the perfect nude lipstick for my skin tone.  Finally, because fall is a great time to break out deeper reds and berry colors, I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s “Let Me Pink”, which is a deep, rich berry color.  I actually purchased this color years ago, and I have been unable to find it again.  I would love to re-purchase it because mine has dried out a little bit, so it’s become more difficult to apply.  However, the color still looks amazing.

Lipsticks!

Let Me Pink (left), Fairest Nude (center), Make Me Pink (right). The lighting is poor and does not do them justice.

Random Things

Daniel and I carved pumpkins this weekend!  This is one of my favorite traditions of all time.  Daniel and I both carved characters from Adventure Time.

This is my pumpkin. It’s Lumpy Space Princess.

The one on the left is Daniel’s pumpkin. It’s Finn.

What were some of your “October Favorites”?

What I Stumble(d)Upon Today

I have always felt guilty about the way I cast aside my old iBook G4, my first laptop, for a newer aluminum unibody MacBook in 2009 (now the MacBook Pro).  There was nothing wrong with it, other than it just got slow.  Today I was lucky enough to StumbleUpon a blog that was all about Apple Products.  After some digging, I found this post all about restoring an old iBook G4.  Now I can’t wait to go home and try to start it up again.  It was a great computer, it just didn’t stand up to the new fancy computers Apple started to put out post-2006, which included things like iSight, etc.  But, I know that if I can get it working again, my mom would love to have it.

Old Faithful

Any tips for restoring it are welcome, but I’m hoping between that blog and some random forums around the ‘net, I should have enough information to do it.  I can’t really make it much worse than it is, right?