Monday, June 12, 2017

tj maxx

Why did I go into TJ Maxx Wednesday night after church?
 
um.... I cant recall....
 
It was suppose to be a quick trip but ended up being over an hour and spending over... well, never mind.  It was more than I planned to spend but I justify it by saying I literally lost everything on the first floor of my house, surely I am entitled to a little joy and can go to TJ Maxx and get a few things every now and again! Its not like I was running wild at Macys or Nordstrom's for crying out loud! 
 
The flood has been very convenient to blame things on, cant sleep?  Eating too much junk? Shopping like crazy? PTSD from the flood.... We all medicate differently. Mine happens to be shopping. I could have worse habits.
 
What did I end up getting?
 
A nightgown, an expensive Lucky brand one very similar to this in a pink and about half the price. It is so comfortable. I really like it. I might go back and see if they have more of the same brand, because why? I lost all my night clothes in the flood...
 
 
 


Chloe perfume. I admit. I need no perfume. But it was on clearance and I love Chloe and I love it when I find a gift set with perfume and lotion. It was literally too cheap to pass up. I've ben wearing it everyday.

Natural deodorant, lens wipes for purse, and honey lotion all for no other reason than I needed them and they looked like good ones to try.

The same can be said of the bath bombs and the gift bag.  It was a co-workers birthday, I needed a little gift and there it was.

Electric hair brush. I actually thought I was buying a hair dryer shaped like a hairbrush but when I got it home, it was just an electric hairbrush straighter.  I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. I don't hate it enough to take it back. It was $14. I feel I can give it a try.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I took myself North




A three day weekend turned into a five day weekend turned into seeing three states. Because why not? Still not much can be done at my house right now, and this has turned into my year of travelling, as I have dubbed it.  I was in Vermont in late February, in Gulf Shores the first weekend in May. And I was in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the last weekend in May.  (I will be in Dallas and upstate NY later this year.)



I love Kennebunkport!  It is seriously my new favorite place and I cant wait to go back.  But it was cold. I never thought Id be bundled up in a wool coat on Memorial Day weekend. My nose was cold, my feet were cold, and I should have brought a hat!



Did some shopping.  That antique glass door knob is going on my bathroom door. The last time I was in Plymouth, MA, I went to the same antique store. I love having a regular shopping spot in Plymouth!! I collect the black toile trays  (here) and will add this to my collection. I actually bought two and they were so big I couldn't fit them in my suitcase! I had to mail them to myself. Is that a sign of a serious shopper or what? They were also a lot cheaper  and more plentiful than I find them around here.




A lot of eating. A lot of sightseeing.  (My feet were cold).














Spent some time sitting in a swing on my friend's front porch and sitting on her back deck staring out in the backyard flowers and pool.



Lets be honest, I haven't given New Hampshire much thought and wasn't sure what to expect... but I didn't expect it to look like this. Gorgeous. There are beaches in New Hampshire? Who knew? The cities at the beach look like they are still in the 1950s. They are charming.







Does my friend know me or what?! Even I was impressed to find my favorite lotion on the nightstand and an electric heater waiting in the guest room for her always cold Southern friend.  Sometime in the early hours every morning, she put her dog, Charlie Duncan, in my bed. He was excellent company.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

sephora and ipsy

 
 
 
Coming off a REALLY good Sephora box last month, May was not a good month for Beauty boxes in my house.
 
For the first time in a long time, I wasn't too excited about either of them. Both were kind of.... eh.
 
I felt like I've tried all the things in the Sephora box already. I love that Smashbox primer, and they are great for travel, but I already have four or more of various sample sizes. I also have daisy perfume and the Thomas Roth. I was a little excited about the eye makeup remover, but after trying it, it stings a little.
 
Ipsy was even less exciting... 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sephora box



Terrible picture of a really good box.

So far, the Sephora Box is by far my favorite beauty box. This month was one of my all time favorites. I cant not pick what one thing I was most excited to get because I really wanted it all.

Living Proof is my favorite hair care line (and coincidentally, my favorite Bible Study!) its expensive, so I love these large sample sizes. I already use Josie Maran Argon Oil, so was happy to try a large sample of her new primer, which I already love. I've been wanting to try Watts Up by Benefit, because me and the highlighters have a thing. and I love Chloe. Floral scents are my favorite and I don't have any Chloe because it is expensive (Since I buy myself one nice perfume each year for Christmas, this will probably be what I get this year).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

juice

 
 
 
I really want to start juicing, but its too much to try in my restricted upstairs bedroom kitchen. I regularly blow out fuses trying to cook breakfast as it is.... I cant tax the electrical system by adding one more thing.
 
So, I have relied heavily on pure juice, the kind you buy that is nothing but the juice of a crazy amount of pressed/pureed/pulverized fruit and veggies.  It is shocking how much fruit your really drinking in one bottle (3 1/2 apples, a banana, 22 blueberries, 1 sweet potato, 1 grapefruit, etc...) It is also shockingly expensive, but I feel like its justified since I cant use my own juicer and I need that extra nutrition. 
 
I look at it as just another unexpected flood problem and expense..... but a tasty one.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Simple Woma's Daybook: April 18, 2017

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Outside my window:
For the most part the weather has been surprisingly pleasant.  Enjoyed a long string of beautiful blue skies and sunny days. But I know the hot weather is around the corner.


I am looking forward to:
One of my yearly goals was to do some travelling this year and I really have. I was in Vermont in February. I'm going to Gulf Shores in May and plan to shop here heavily for the house. I'm going to Maine for a long Memorial Day weekend and planning another trip for a long Labor Day weekend, right now, looks like it will be to Niagara Falls.
 
 



 Around the house:

This is somewhat of a sore subject. A flood update....  The few I know whose house is already fixed complains about the poor workmanship and quality. I try to have patience and not rush the contractor because I'd rather have it done right and avoid years of complaining about the finished product. The progress seems to happen all at once then nothing happens for the next few weeks. Its getting depressing. The wooden front stairs are built and are prettier than ever, the new iron spindles are in, I have electricity downstairs, and the fridge is plugged in (its sitting in the middle of the kitchen, but it is plugged in). I have a washing machine hooked up but no dryer. The master bath tile shower has been started and a new fence is about to go up. But, it is so slow. If I get moved in by August, I'll feel lucky.

















I am watching:
I finally came to the realization that living upstairs is not as temporary as I think it is. Its been 8 months since the flood and 6 months since I moved upstairs. There is realistically no end in sight. I've been without cable the entire time. I do have a TV but its more trouble than its worth to move it from window to window and arrange the antenna just so, hoping to get a channel. I broke down and got both Netflix and Sling TV.  Now I'm just moving my laptop from place to place. Its weird to watch TV on the computer, and I wouldn't have chosen this, but I get to watch  HGTV, the Food Network and Lifetime. I just started watching the Crown. Its been a LOOOOOOOOONG time since I watched a series.

I listening to:
Since I've been watching very little TV, I can finish an audio book in 2 to 3 days.  I read about 2 books a week. I decided that I need to make efforts to read more of the classics. Last year I read The Great Gatsby. Now, I'm reading Jane Eyre, (and you cant get much more classic than a book written in 1840s). Some parts of it are vaguely familiar so I think I half-heartedly read it (or probably the cliff notes) in Jr. High like everyone else.


I am reading:
Bible study at church, uninvited by Lisa Terkuerst. Its not the first study I would pick, but its what the women's group at church is doing. Honestly, its not my cup of tea. I'm muddling through it.
 

I am cooking:
I'm trying to cook more, its still not easy. I  can make breakfast and I made Taco Lettuce Wraps this weekend. Having a real fridge downstairs (with a freezer) helps a little.  I can make smoothies now, and put more than 2 bottles of water in the fridge at one time.
 
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