Color of the Month: October

OK total disclaimer guys—This month’s color is going to need a total fail whale.  The actually color itself is awesome and a great party trick.  HOWEVER…taking pictures of it is just not working out.

Kathy, how on earth does taking pictures of Nail Polish not work out? Well….WHEN IT’S GLOW IN THE DARK NAIL POLISH.   Your eyes do not deceive you.  I got super carried away at Target and got some Sinful Colors glow in the dark polish.  It actually turned out really awesome, however iPhone cameras do not like to pick up on glow in the dark things.  You know what else doesn’t work? turning your flash on because then you see nothing but bare finger nails.
  You can see two glowing nails in the upper right quadrant of this picture.  And three nails in the upper left quadrant of this picture.  Oh well, I tried.  This is actually a great little thing to have for halloween.  During the day, it just looks like a clear topcoat, so it remains super professional.  When it’s halloween night and I somehow manage to find myself in a dark room (again), I can at least find my hand because of my glow in the dark nail polish.

Pictures aside, this actually is a really cool nail polish and I definitely recommend it.  Use two-three layers!

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Daily Dose 10/9

October is pretty much swiss cheese month.  There are holes all over the schedule for work.  Someone is always taking vacation at some point in the month, which causes a lot of shift changes.  Starting and ending work at different times each week certainly does keep me on my toes, however it really requires me to prioritize my life.  

One of my longer to-do lists, which have to be color-coded.
TBT to the one time I made a Sarah Palin pumpkin.  This was obviously before I realized what a nutter she was.

Target as a Left-shark costume.  Unfortunately not a sexy version.

My dog does love to test my “no kissing” rule  

October 3rd was National Mean Girls Day.  This did not exclude us from the ever popular “Catholic Mean Girls Day”

Have a great weekend!

Daily Dose 10/9

I should be happy that this week is over, but come Monday, I will not be enjoying the federal holiday.  In fact, my client is coming to the office, so it is super stress time for my team!  The only thing making me feel better are some snaps from earlier in the week:

 

This Uber/Lyft driver KNOWS WHATS UP! This is like the most professional thing I’ve ever seen.  It’s basically like the airplane tray table in A CAR!

My sister picked up this beautiful pleated, chevron midi skirt from Banana, and I am absolutely in love.  Super weird, because pleats, chevron, and midi, are literally my three most hated fashion trends.
  My dog and I tried to do one of those weird dog-human-beard things and it didn’t work.  I love this picture because I know she was trying really hard too.  Her head was like that for so long it was adorable.  

Just saw an absolutely gorgeous sunrise that completely turned my bad morning around.

Have a great weekend!

Banana Bread

I have a confession to make.  I have turned into my mother.  When I was younger, I was definitely a careless and reckless person.  My mom was always someone who had to be logical and responsible about something.  Now that I am older, I have acquired her “waste not” attitude.  I hate the idea of throwing away food.  Mostly because I work my ass off for my money and then I have to spend it on groceries.  Sometimes, my boyfriend tells me to pick up some things here or there, like bananas.  And then two weeks later, he hasn’t touched it and they are going bad.  Insert inner scream. 

TADA! I took last-leg bananas and turned them into banana bread! This is nothing new.  I am not saying this is a hack or something ridiculous like that.  I am doing the ta-da because this is the first time I have ever made banana bread, and it was a HIT! I made it using this pin for banana bread, and it was a huuuuge success.  Coming from a country boy whose mama probably made him fresh banana bread every week, it was the ultimate compliment!

Below are the directions from the Food.com site:

  • 1⁄2cup  butter
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 bananas, finely crushed
  • 1 1⁄2cups  flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1⁄2teaspoon  salt
  • 1⁄2teaspoon  vanilla
  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
  3. Combine well.
  4. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
  5. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  7. Keeps well, refrigerated.

WIW: #Adulting

Well, it finally happened.  I woke up earlier on the weekend than I normally do during the week, just to go to class.  I know.  I’ve graduated, I’m done, why the heck do I have class? Oh because I need 15 hours of continuing education each year to maintain an active license.  

So, this is what I did.  I attended a day-long meeting with the Pharmacy Learning Network to get my CE’s done.  If you’re looking for some live CE’s, this company is the jam.  And they feed you.   Of course, since this is work related, I had to dress semi-professional.  Something about being among colleagues.  Whatever.

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I went for my go-to business casual look, of skinny black pants, a pseudo neutral top, a fun leopard print flat, and of course, a blanket scarf.  I AM SO HAPPY I went for the blanket scarf because that room was freezing and I had to use it as an actual blanket.

DIY Headband Holder

Call me Blair Waldorf, because I own an unhealthy amount of headbands.  The only difference between Blair and me is that she actually wear shed headbands, but that is a conversation for another day.  After a kick of reading tons of organizing blogs and pinning organizing things, I am across this pin for a headband holder!
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In utter defiance of buying actual things, I decided to cover up my oatmeal can with some card stock and washi tape.  Oh I forgot, I was once on an oatmeal kick and went through tons of these oatmeal cans every month.

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Obviously you want to wrap the card stock around the can and trim accordingly.  Life is not perfect, so the card stock will be too long on one side and not long enough on the other.  Choose to pages whose prints match.  Or don’t match, if you like to live dangerously.

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So yeah, trim everything up and make it look pseudo neat.  Again, or not, if you like to live dangerously. Side note: these scissors are super small and made my hands hurt.

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Before I attach to my can, I lined up half of my washi tape onto the edge of the paper

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I wrap it around the can and then use the extra piece I cut to complete covering it up.  And voila, in like literally a minute, you have a pretty headband holder!

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I have a little shelf with a bit a height limit to put this on, so I didn’t put it on a pretty pedestal.  I actually made two–this one is for my fat headbands, and I made another with a similar pattern for my skinny headbands and elastic hairbands.

I have seen different ways of decorating these holders all over Pinterest.  Some people use fabric or burlap to give the can a little bit of friction and the head bands stay put better.  I actually think the can itself does the job, since the headbands are slightly smaller circumference.  People also use extra thick paper towel rolls for super thickness and grip, but I think that’s just a waste of a roll of paper towels.

Make Up Monday: 10/5

Alas, I have hit another beauty wall.  Basically this only happens when I am working the early shift at work.  I don’t get to do a good make up job at home, so I end up throwing on some make up from my emergency bag at work.  Lemme tell you, my best products are not in there.

Once I get home, it’s not all rainbows and daisies either.  When I have my early week, I end up doing all my errands after work.  Before I know it, it’s bed time, and my face needs some cleaning, and fast, because home girl has to go to work early tomorrow.  It really is just a vicious cycle.  I picked up this pack of cleansing towelettes at a Walgreens in Oxford, MS.  Because I went on a business trip and forgot my entire make up bag and I had to buy everything at full price, without a Walgreens card.  If you know me, you know how much that makes me cringe.

These have come in so handy in the pinchiest of pinches.  Whether I’m working late or having to stay the night at a friend’s house, I have definitely thanked the Lord I never took this out of my bag after my trip!

Monogram of the Month: October

School is in full-swing, which means pharmacy winter is here.  Pharmacy winter is a seasonal phenomenon that begins when school starts until, approximately, Easter.  The math isn’t exact, but it is a strong guestimation.  With pharmacy winter, I used to have to over stock on Epi-Pens, asthma inhalers, and give out well over 30 flu shots daily.

Obviously that has changed with the job changes.  It still doesn’t stop me from having sympathy pains for my friends and colleagues still on the front lines.  No matter what the a day brings, a staple in our lives during pharmacy winter has been hand sanitizer.  Indeed I brought my own little jar to my desk at work.  Because I learned that people in offices are just as, if not more, disgusting as people who come into the pharmacy.  You guessed it, I somehow monogrammed my jar of hand sanitizer.  I peeled off the label that comes on the plastic jar.  Clearly, the jar had some rough and tumble moments and there is an embarrassing amount of lint on the jar where the adhesive used to be.  I grabbed my trusty bottle of Goo Gone (literally the best thing ever and it was $1 at Target) and rubbed off all the stickies.
I then McGyvered the hell out of and squeezed some of the sanitizer itself into my hand so I can clean the bottle.  Remember, it’s alcohol based!For whatever, reason, I always have a metallic sharpie around, so I began free-handing my monogram onto the front of the plastic bottle.  I always start with my last name in the middle and then somehow eyeball my first and middle initials .

Not too shabby! After free-handing the monogram a couple dozen times on various items of office and school supplies, I got the hang of it.  Voila, you’re a monogram master!

Kiwi Cafe

Wait. Obligatory “how is already October” moment.  Ok. Thanks for that.  The best part about living in the DC area is that there are PLENTY of international restaurants from countries that are slightly under-appreciated on the foodie scene.  In Arlington, there is a New Zealand restaurant called Cassat’s, the Kiwi Cafe.  That means and authentic Flat White!  I don’t care what Starbucks says, that is not a flat white. We also got to try a Pavlova for the first time.  It is so light and airy and delectable and definitely worth the wait!  The rest of the food we got (breakfast) was pretty run of the mill, but perhaps dinner in the future will be nice!