Staying AWAKE!

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The wave of exhaustion that was hitting me this Tuesday early afternoon was simply ridiculous. My eyes were closing on its own accord. Its not even like I haven’t slept enough (I don’t think ) I even slept later than usual. My allergies were (still) bothering me and I haven’t made enough of an effort to follow through with all of my allergy solutions. OTC allergy meds haven’t been as helpful as I hoped but a side effect of it is extreme exhaustion which makes it hard to focus on the work at hand.

Some solutions:

  1. Pour a cup of ice water down your back, if you cant do it to yourself have a coworker do the honors (Tip: Close the door so other individuals do not cart you away due to the nervous-breakdown–like noises)
  2. Rub your face with ice cream
  3. Bite a lemon
  4. Get out of seated position and proceed to do 15 jumping jacks (ignore all of the stares you will get.)
  5. Do a headstand for 5 minutes (or until your face is red enough.)
  6. Jog in place
  7. Proceed to take off extra layers and turn the decrease the temperature (when you are good and frozen only then can you put back on those ‘extra’ clothes)
  8. Drink a mint tea
  9. Write a list of 30 reasons you really need to stay awake.
  10. Think funny thoughts – laugh loudly.
  11. Brighten up the room- put on all the lights, open the window shades.
  12. Open the windows when a bee comes in run around the room screeching like a banshee.
  13. Do some yoga (google the specific kinds that wake you up)
  14. Pinch yourself repeatedly, after you have enough black and blue marks all over put ice on it.
  15. Stand on your desk and sing an annoying song on volume 500, after enough people hear you enough tomatoes, pens, tape etc. will be thrown in your vicinity. Get off your chair and pick up all the junk that has accumulated.

This is just a starter… there are plenty of more… creative options… I would love to hear yours!

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Spring Break

Spring vacation

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Was so relaxing even though not a lot got done.

Sometimes you need mandatory off days.

It wasn’t so much that I did anything super exciting and fun.

It was more that everyone was home.

And there were lots of things going on.

Siblings, siblings in law, nieces and nephews all came.

It was a party.

It was adorable seeing which neices/nephews personality and you would be surprised how young they begin exhibiting theirs.

It doesn’t make it too hard to realize what they will be like as teenagers.

Like the 2 year old  niece that comes to my room expecting me to ‘do her face’ and nails.

The nephew who finds it fascinating to see dead animals.

The 3 year old niece who knows how to manipulate the adults around her.

The toddler who while learning how to walk, tottering away, manages to step over all of the blocks, lego, and clics scattered around, but will walk into a wall.

The little boy who tells the most outrageous lies when posed a question regarding something he said previously. He is a really talented liar and they are hilariously funny (although his mom is not entirely amused).

Just like adults, even, I tell you.

It does not warrant a comment!

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I made a nice oatmeal facemask, cuz I decided my face needed something else.

I whipped it up quickly since it’s a really easy recipe – consisting of egg-white and oatmeal smeared on face and left on for 15-20 minutes.

I was lying on a recliner, waiting for it to harden.

My father walked by and turned to my older brother, “this looks like an ad for something.”

My niece toddled by. She is a really precocious 2-year-old. Nope I am totally not a biased aunt or something!

“What’s that?” she asked.

“Oatmeal.” I responded.

“Can I have some?” Cuz clearly if I was putting it on my face, it was something worthwhile.

“No- it’s silly!” I sat her on my lap and told her, “Feel it”.

She did and then agreed she did not want it after all. Once it’s halfway dried it has a very spongy, icky consistency.

I let her into my room and sat her down allowing her to watch YouTube clips of random stuff.

In middle she turns to me and said, “You know,” (referring to my face,) “it’s weird!”

Then she insisted on using all of my makeup which I willingly complied – I love putting makeup on people. When I told her we were done and after the little girl inspected herself in the mirror and gave the okay –she then insisted that I had to put makeup on her doll. Her doll had a filthy face and I had to use nail polish remover to take off all the dirt. But after it actually looked pretty decent.

I took her out of my room to give her icecream (ha because I am not her mother – I get to spoil her rotten, and mind you this was waay after her bedtime!) I passed my brother in law in the hall.

His eyebrows shot up “Who pied you?”

My niece looked up at me, “It’s weird.” She informed me (again)

Okaaay I had more than enough comments I think it is time to wash it off!

Creative things to do with Records

Records!

I don’t even think the average college student knows what this even is. So I will explain – records are the thing they used before tapes were. Oh dear -that definitely did not explain it very well. It was what was used before CDs were around – good heavens- I have a feeling that just made things worse.

Never mind- ask your grandparents.

  •        Make a bowl! Place the record over a hard bowl that can go in the oven or a  tomato sauce can  and put it in the over on 400 degrees, when it has taken the shape of a bowl take it out. (less than a minute) Ta-da you have a cool bowl!

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  • Make a dessert stand. Take three records the bottom one should be the largest one, the second one a little smaller (cut it to size – or if you have smaller records use those).Take candlesticks and heavy duty magnets. Place the magnets on the bottom and top of each of the candlesticks so they hold everything in place. The order: bottom- largest record with a magnet on the underside, and on the middle of it, then a candlestick with a magnet on top and a smaller record placed on top. It looks so unique!
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Wall- Art

  • Make a mirror to hang on your wall. Buy a smaller (but not too small) round mirror, cut the inside of the record out- and hot-glue-gun the mirror behind the black record. Looks super amazing. (Oh- and attach a string – any type that would be strong enough to hold it in place secure it with hot-glue-gun )
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Note : for a slight variation you can use it for a picture frame!

  • The awesome-est butterflies- you can decorate a whole wall with them- it looks simply splendid. Trace a butterfly shape on the records surface and put in the oven on 400 for less than a minute (45 seconds) when it has somewhat cooled but is still highly malleable cut the butterfly. Then bend it in half so it gives off a 3-D sort of look.
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  • Buy a canvas and use 3 different shades of one color paint. (like lavender , purple, and deep eggplant. Tip: you can buy the darkest and a white—mix!) . Make it begin on one side as the lightest stop a third of the way through and use the medium dark color stop 2/3rd the way through and for the last little bit use the darkest color. Now- put the record in a paper shopping bag (the shop right kind works great) and use a hammer and bang it – don’t smash too hard since you need all the pieces to be able to be put back together . (We absolutely can-not have a humpty-dumpty situation).  Hot glue-gun the pieces together so you can have the circle –still circle shaped but lying on a super cool canvas.
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  • A bracelet- bake the record in the oven (you guessed it) 400 for less than a minute (do it on a can) When its highly malleable but not too hot cut it in the shape of a strip. You can put a cool design in the front – you can make it out of staples if that floats your boat. Even just making little holes in are are =Remarkable!
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  • An earring holder. Take a blow torch to use as a heat source (for a few seconds and don’t touch it to the record, you can use a candle if you want) and use needles or a skewer to make identical  holes for the earring.
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Good luck! Let me know how it goes!!

(btw please do not hold me responsible for writing some things which are possibly hazardous stuff)

Cow eye-balls and a warm sunny day

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May actually a good combination.  According to some -anyways.

Today was the first day of Anatomy and Physiology 2, lab class. We were given eyeballs to cut open after learning a little bit about it.

It’s strange since I am not one who gets grossed out by these things (like when we did the brain I was actually enjoying myself – a little too much, much to everyone else’s consternation.) Blood and guts never disgust me. It’s usually cool.

Either I just got older (like I don’t like roller coasters anymore…), or its just eyeballs specifically. We had to watch a video of a professor cutting open the eyeball and pointing out the different parts.

My eyes were tearing away – in middle I had to even look away. It was so grotesque since there was lots of jelly mush (aka vitreous humor) all over the place.

For some odd reason my eyeball came out ‘the most massacred’ everyone else’s eyeball was surprisingly copybook. Except for mine. Probably the cow had glaucoma – totally not my fault.

The professor came around to check everyone’s and her eyebrows went up a notch when it came to mine.

“It’s the cow..” I tried explaining.

She nodded, disbelieving.

Oh, well.

The weather was gorgeously hot and while stopping off at 7/11 to get Slurpee’s I kept on smelling my hands.

I had washed them – but they still reeked.

The cashier stared.

Maybe it was subconscious.

It was a good day all in all; I mean a dissected eyeball, stunning weather, a Slurpee, what could be better?

Liz

I have this really close friend, Liz.
She has big eyes, is very pleasant to be with, usually. I met her about a month ago. Since then, we have been inseparable.  She has a distinct personality, and she is funny.
She listens to everything i say.
She takes me where i want to go
Unless she is feeling moody.
Then i have to take her to (the)shop- to calm her.
She is my car.
I named her Liz because of her feminine eyes, and light blue color. And Liz is a girly name
 For some odd reason or other she hates having the windows open. (She jams often) That sucks for me because I enjoy fresh air when I drive fast.
We both enjoy it when I drive fast- that is the one thing that makes us get along so well.
She is funny in the way whenever we go on a bump; she reacts with displeasure by making her windshield wipers go off.
She likes to pretend to me things that aren’t since she always increases the speed to say something higher than how fast I am really going, or maybe I am ignoring her sign of irritation, like she’s telling me  to slow down a bit.
Liz and I are inseparable.

My niece is a character

I went over to her house today to help my sister pack. She is moving this Sunday and has no movers, is not packed and a darling daughter who unpacks as she packs.

I would be very frustrated if I were her.

As it is I came over to help and was not the most thrilled person out there after she unpacked a box I had just packed.

“Oh no- What are you doing?” I said in an unhappy tone of voice to my little two-year-old niece.

I did not get a response from her – she just looked at me and continued to unpack all her toys.

I couldn’t help but smile at her.

She had the most trouble-making face on and she had stamped her eyelids with blue ink.

I looked at my sister to see her reaction.

“Darling you can only play with one toy now, the rest is going to stay in the box.” She said tiredly and unconvincingly.

The darling just looked at her and continued yanking all the items I had put inside the box.

We just looked at each other, and then I said. “My gosh I can’t even get mad at her face is covered in stamps she looks hilariously funny!”

“I know! The stamps were near my makeup and she thought it was makeup.” She laughed and said “You should see her after she gets into my makeup…”

I smiled and then she said,

“Her face, the walls …everything in sight.”

I left soon after.