Archive for March, 2008

For the love of product.

Origins A Perfect World™ Nighttime antioxidant mask with White Tea Anyone that knows me is all too familiar with how frighteningly dry my hands get in the winter. I can’t begin to over-exaggerate how thoroughly desiccated they become. It’s bad. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I finally found a moisturizer that smoothes out and hydrates my poor little paws and it’s been sitting next to my bed all this time. I used this mask on my hands twice last week and they’re completely healed, a million (!!) times softer and on their way to fewer lines.

Emilio Pucci Vivara The most heavenly scent in the world. I initially got this as a free sample from Sephora but instantly declared, “This will be mine!” And now it is. I love it. The notes are Italian bergamot, amaretto, sambac jasmine, narcissus, Indonesian patchouli and iris butter. The amaretto is very pronounced, which I love.

bareMinerals Liner Shadow in “Bark” I feel like I’ve already written about how much I like this eyeliner but I wear this every day so it’s definitely worth praising. I mix a little bit of powder with two drops of Bare Escentuals Weather Everything Liner Sealer and it lasts the entire day. As someone with bad allergies, I’m very careful about what I put near my eyes and this is completely non-irritating. (Plus I have to really claw at my eyes to make this stuff flake off!) To apply (cat eye-style!), I use a Sephora Professionnel Angled Liner #15 brush.

Murad Resurgence Hydrating Gel Mask I’m a bit of a product junkie so I’m always rotating my skincare products, mainly masks. (Because I finally found a cleanser I think I like.) Right now I’m using this handy dandy hydrating gel mask which does the job. I always get random dry patches on my face (I suspect the culprit is my deeply dehydrated self) and thus far, this has been keeping that at bay. It might not be The One but it’s good.

A week of links.

New-to-me artist Ana Bagayan. I can’t remember where I found out about her.

Some eye-catching photographs at the Cut: Slimane Shoots Sasha for French ‘Vogue’, Magazines Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Especially the shot of Guinevere van Seenus.)

Takashi Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum. The walk from my mom’s house to the Brooklyn Museum (with stops at the farmers market and Botanic Garden) is really nice in the summer.

BigDog: The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth via Coilhouse. Watch the video, it’s actually pretty cool.

Perhaps a new weeknight staple? Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta. For next time, I’m halving the amount artichokes and not settling for canned. Too watery and salty.

Some highlights from NPR: Wading Through an Endangered Species Backlog, Boston Wants to Harness Composting Energy, Brooklyn Spill Dwarfs the Exxon ‘Valdez’ Disaster

Reznor vs. Radiohead: Innovation Smackdown and a brief interview with Trent Reznor (via Wired).

Huge Iceberg Breaks Away, Antarctic Ice Shelf ‘Hangs By A Thread’ via Wired. Also video of the British Antarctic Survey’s flyover and a thin silver lining?

Awesome guest room finished at Making it Lovely.

Keeping it brief.

Stork and Diff are playing “Fight For Your Life” on harmonica and guitar, respectively. Oh wait, now they’re playing “Just Like Heaven.” And earlier, Merdud and I figured out the secret lives of the 52 dogs in a pack of Umbra K-9 Playing Cards. We ate two pizzas, one with potato-sausage-onion and the other with spinach-mushroom-broccoli. I couldn’t resist making Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding (Bake or Break). The sugar caused my teeth to explode but not before giving me 26 root canals.

Friday nights are icing on the cake at the end of a good work week. While I was on the phone with my dad this afternoon, I commented on how much changes when you’re suddenly happy with your job.

Off the top of my head.

1 Did you happen to try any Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs this Easter? I know they’re just regular Peanut Butter Cups, only shaped like eggs but they’re heavenly. I’m utterly convinced that they taste different—even better!!!—than their simple round-shaped brethren. I haven’t actually disclosed this theory to the Stork because he would certainly count it as another strike against me but I encourage you to comb through the sale candy at your local grocery store and buy up as many Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs as you can get your paws on. And then tell me if you agree. (Disagreers need not reply.)

2 I’ve lately been on a bit of a reading streak, finally making some serious and consecutive headway on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which I’ve been reading since September. It’s a good piece of science fiction albeit not flawless by any means. I don’t always love reading it but right now I do. Maybe when I finish, I’ll write a proper review. Next up is Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions because apparently I really want to learn more about particle physics…? And after that, I might tackle And the Ass Saw the Angel again.

3 My iPod has been dominated by Alien Sex Fiend, Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell, the Erasure best-of Pop! and The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The runner-up giants would be the Joy Division, the Boss and Fields of the Nephilim’s “And There Will Your Heart Be Also.” (“And There” got deeply lodged in my brain, kind of like Green Eggs And Ham this week.)

4 I have lots of links to share! Keep your eyes peeled or consider yourself fairly warned.

On the first day of spring.

I’ve waited months for today and yet it still managed to snow this morning. I’m really hoping for the whole “out like a lamb” thing to come true this year because I’m so very tired of wearing my down coat and slipping on ice and forgetting to bring a hat or wear my mittens. I’m ready for open toe shoes and longer days (wish true—check!) and skirts! Okay, I’m never really ready for skirts but maybe this year I’ll wear them more often. And thunderstorms. I’m definitely ready for thunderstorms!

Work is still wonderful. (I can’t believe I’m saying that.) I’ve been assured that it won’t always be that way and I’m sure that some days won’t be marvelous but at least the floor isn’t shaking, I don’t have to listen to the boom of what is essentially 46 sewing machines and I escaped the evilevilevil clutches of my former boss! You can have all of that crap in exchange for the stress and challenges of my new position. I think you’re getting the short end of the stick, though.

A few currents for you:

Netflix The Doom Generation, A Clockwork Orange

Work Mix Alien Sex Fiend, Best of / Skinny Puppy, Ain’t It Dead Yet? / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Let Love In / Bauhaus, Swing the Heartache / Leonard Cohen, Various Positions / Joy Division, Unknown Pleasure

Colors black, grey, acidy yellow, blues

Mess in the Kitchen homemade Devil Dog, Ding Dong or Hostess cake, Irish soda bread, mango chipotle chicken sausage with bell peppers and onions over couscous, baked ziti!

Links Radiohead Launches In Rainbows Video Contest, Trent Reznor Calls for User-Generated Music Videos, Smith Island Cake Poised for Maryland Fame

Link Dump

Hydrogen Sulfide May Kill Us, Bring Us Back to Life – Mass extinctions, more theories on where all of this climate change is going.

French village bans death – Outlawing death as protest.

Study Finds Drugs Seeping Into Drinking Water – “A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.”

Soïa & Kyo via Door Sixteen – Love some of these coats for spring, especially Lotta and Wanda.

Global Warming to Affect Transport – “The nation’s transportation system was built for local conditions based on historical weather data, but those data may no longer be reliable in the face of new weather extremes, the report warns.”

Did IPods Cause a Crime Wave? – Maybe but then again, maybe not.

Music Industry Proposes a Piracy Surcharge on ISPs – More developments in the music industry vs. the internet story.

Nine Inch Nails Album Generates $1.6 Million in First Week – Some figures on how Nine Inch Nails’ recent album is doing. (Follow-up to this.)

Smile!³

Not a lot of updates this week because we were house-sitting but we’re back at home again! I’m quite the happy little homebody so I’m glad to be back in my own digs. I’m also completely and utterly thrilled with my new position at work. It’s so very satisfying to be excited about and challenged by my job. To not think, “Oh no, it’s Friday and I only have two days off and then I have to do this whole dreaded week all over again and when does it end??” It’s good not feeling that way anymore.