Hump Day Raves

Some crappy stuff may have happened recently, but so did some cool stuff. 

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Getting a new mani/pedi! It’s been ages since mah nails got fully pampered, and when I had someone else cut my toenails. The new spa I work at also offers nail services, and us workers get a sweet employee deal for manicures and pedicures. I had some free time after my shift, a nail tech had an opening in her schedule, and the chipped paint on my nails needed to go. I opted for gel polish so my shizz would stay on longer, and while the process took a little longer than expected, the finish was worth the time! 

I forgot the name of the polish used, though. It was from OPI and I’m guessing it could be this pretty thing. 

Free luxe makeup!! Two weeks ago, I finally received my order for Pat McGrath Labs (that I ordered back in early December), and, since I have all the luck in the world, my Celestial Divinity palette had a broken powder in it (it was that lovely green one at the bottom corner), and the rest of the powders got affected. I emailed PMG’s customer service, and they ended up offering me a free Celestial Divinity palette. A freebie! That baby is worth $78 (and is currently sold out), and the messed-up palette is actually still usable. Now I have two of them! *sniffles in joy* 

I’m a few days late in this, but I must give a shout-out to MJ Rodriguez for being the first transgendered actress to win a Golden Globe. Viva Blanca Evangelista! Now can Pose be brought back for just a couple more seasons, please? 

Getting Gifts Rule

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I may have gifted myself just a tad bit for the holidays (and there was more that I bought for yours needy since then), but there’s still nothing sweeter than getting gifts from others. Sure, all that would barely fill 1/9th of Santa’s gift sack, but who cares when a long-time friend of yours gifted you a C-note? And that Target gift card, given by another friend, is worth $25, I should add. Now I can buy more presents that would overflow Santa’s gift sack. (Heh-heh-heh, sack.) Merry Christmas, everyone!

New Shizz

As I mentioned in my last post, yours truly got herself the following new shizz: 

A new phone! Unlike some people, my life doesn’t revolve around a cell phone. Nonetheless, I needed to upgrade from my basic Betty phone that was a temporary replacement for my Samsung Galaxy S10+ that broke on me a year ago. I thought I would be able to get some trade-in value for the broken S10+ when I took it to the Samsung store in Palo Alto on Black Friday weekend. I didn’t, but two cool things came out of that. 1) You can use a wired mouse to work your phone if the touchscreen is shot to hell. And 2) the store instead offered me a refurbished S21 Ultra 512GB for $20 less than the $1K price of a S21+ 128GB thanks to sweet discounts that took place when I bought that S21 Ultra. What, you think I was gonna turn a deal like that down? And how did I afford what could be the grandest phone I ever owned? All I’ll say is thank you, Affirm, for existing.  

By the way, that kitty!! So adorbs. 

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A new toaster oven! Why am I bothering with a new TO when I already have an oven built into the stove? Because that oven is too big to use for everyday warming/baking/toasting, and before you ask what about the microwave, I have a newsflash: my studio doesn’t have a microwave! There wasn’t one built in, nor have I bothered to buy one when I moved in almost two years ago. I felt like my old Oster TO was good enough to warm foods, and I stuck with it up until two weeks ago when it started to act wonky on me. You know you’ve owned something for so long when you don’t exactly remember how long you’ve owned it, which was the case of the Oster. Coincidentally, Cyber Monday deals were happening, and Macy’s was selling a Black & Decker TO + Air Fryer for a very good deal. That Black & Decker now sits in the same spot where the Oster was at. 

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I recently tried its air fryer and made falafel balls and patties (as seen above)–a food I usually prefer frying in oil. It actually turned out well. The TO got kind of noisy on the Air Fryer setting, but that’s the only quibble to making air-fried waistline expanders. It cooks, toasts, and warms my other chow well without any machine noise. I recommend! 

And, finally…

Honey, I needed it. It’s still in my line of work (massage) and I’ll only be working part-time there (“there” being a nice-ass local spa with probably the best kind of commute I could ever have) so I can have time to work on my private clientele on other days. I started my second day of training 14 hours ago, and I’ve been up since the buttcrack of dawn (my night owl self adjusting to a morning worm schedule has been tough), so I’m a little surprised I’m still able to type coherent sentences here. It’s not new shizz, but my tired ass could go for some sleep right now. 

Happy Britney Is Free-day!

And on a day when this scumbag gets indicted!  

Now if the courts can go after her abusive leech of a dad, that would be swell. Also, she should dump that BF of hers. He’s pretty sus, if you ask me. 

I hope Brit-Brit gets to live her life her way from here on out, and that she and her kids are happy and safe. 

 

Party Of One – The Sequel!

It’s my birthday, bitches! And while other born-day celebrants today would hit the clubs, a fancy restaurant, or have a house party thrown by friends, I was feeling spicy this year. I did laundry! I cleaned my floors! I cooked food! And before you snicker, one of my birthday traditions for the past eight years or so is not leaving home. At all. Even if I’m out-of-town and in my rental home or hotel room, I don’t go out. Why should I bother going out and possibly encountering assholes or shit situations that could likely ruin my special day? Plus, I normally do laundry and floor-cleaning on Saturdays. It’s a habit.

Birthday food! To the left is my birthday cake, which I got for half-off at Safeway a couple months ago. Hey, it held up well in the freezer the whole time. To the right is a pot of chicken bacon ranch mac & cheese–homemade, honey. I originally was going to order some mac & cheese from Homeroom (which used to have a chicken bacon ranch dish), but I know I can cook up a mean mac & cheese myself. And while the breadcrumbs didn’t toast as I wanted it to, the taste was divine. Fattening as hell, but divine. That dish was so good, I ended up making my birthday wishes on my mac & cheese instead of on the cake.

If you also want to fatten your butt like me, here’s the recipe for that. (The recipe doesn’t call for breadcrumbs, by the way; I just added it myself.)

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Birthday pampering, Part One! Y’all, I was feeling for something vampy this time around. I thought about getting Chanel’s “Vamp” with my Macy’s b-day coupon, but $18 for a small-ass bottle of nail polish plus having to wait for it since they don’t sell Chanel nail polish in Macy’s stores (not the ones near me) didn’t sit well with me. I found out that Revlon’s “Vixen” was a good dupe for “Vamp” and it was only $7. The color on dat thang! Unf. Also, my polish looks a lot more smoothed-out than it does in the pic there. I had just painted them.

As for presents, I may not have been gifted a filthy foursome with Irina Shayk, Aiden Turner, and Michael B. Jordan for tonight. Maybe next year. But Godiva cherry-filled chocolates and a free Replica fragrance sampler set from Sephora, among other gifts, is nothing to scoff at! Besides, until I get that foursome, the gift of your favorite baseball team winning the World Series right before your b-day is hard to top!

Now to treat mahself even more. I’m gonna online shop (Pat McGrath just had to start her Fall sale today) and play some games on the Wii. Aww yiss.

Tomorrow I go out and continue Part Two of my birthday pampering. Yours Oldly is getting herself a massage and some hot tub time at a spa. I am SO overdue for a massage. So my Halloween costume this year will be something rare–a relaxed and pampered woman. I’ll probably put on a robe, slippers, face cream, and cucumbers over my eyes for added effect.

Retail Therapy

mini TJ Maxx haul!

If there’s one thing that can take me away from the pinche basura that happened last Thursday, (yes, I’m still a bitter bitch about it), it’s shopping! And my little haul from TJ Maxx recently soothed the savage breast beast in me. Best of all, those items were all found in the clearance sections! The two candles normally go for $3.00 more at TJs than how much I got them. And I’m glad they were not used; I mention this because I found out some ingrates are now returning their used candles to TJs, and they end up in the clearance shelves. Come on, now. 

I have to say that the Replica travel fragrance was THE find out of the haul. I got that for $10, and it originally goes for $30! (The whole haul costs less than that!) And it didn’t even looked used! And-and, ooooh it smells so good. My body and my studio will be smellin’ like heaven now. 

 

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Yaaasss Elliott.

I also recommend Good Housekeeping’s article that features more coming out stories from other LGBTQ+ figures. And if you need a little uplifting on this day, this vintage Tumblr post is pure fire. I seem to post/link it every Coming Out Day, and it never get old.