Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 31st

It's time for another perfume review! Today is Muguet Blanc by Van Cleef and Arpels.


I tried this lovely scent in hopes of finding something similar to my beloved La Perouse. (Which I literally just found out today has apparently been repackaged/repromoted by Hollister, oh my god.) I have to say, while Muguet Blanc isn't the exact same, it is very reminiscent! The primary note in it is lily of the valley, with some peony and neroli as well. I'm not always a huge fan of strictly floral scents, but this one is really lovely. The lily of the valley is gorgeous, and the scent overall is incredibly gentle and comforting, a little soapy, but it also has a small citrus-esque kick from the neroli. It's definitely very green, but somehow in a way that I actually find pleasant. Usually overly-green perfumes are much too sharp or medicinal but this just...this just feels right. I don't have good words to describe this one as both times I've worn it it's lulled me to sleep in a really nice way. It's so fresh and vibrant, yet muted. I really enjoy this one.

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30th

I tried a new perfume today as well, but I didn't get quite enough of a grasp on it to write a proper review, so hopefully that will come tomorrow. Brad and I just watched a bunch of Steven Universe and now it's time for a snack and bed.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29th

Perfume reviews! Perfume reviews! Today I'll be chatting about these two scents from Van Cleef and Arpels...


I know these bottles look nearly identical, but they are in fact two different scents! I'm currently sampling quite a few scents from this line, so don't be surprised if you see another similar bottle in the near future.

So, first off is Bois d'Iris, or essentially, "Iris Woods." I was super excited to try this one, as I've been really enjoying iris scents lately. I like the old-world, powdery feel that they've got going on, and I figured the "wood" element, in this case driftwood, would help enhance that. Well, I wasn't quite right unfortunately. The dominant note in this fragrance is actually vanilla. There are also some sweet resins like myrrh and amber, as well as sugar. So instead of a powdery iris, I got a saccharine vanilla with an afterthought of woods and iris. The thing is, it's not a bad fragrance. However, because of its name, I was expecting something totally different. I'm also not really on a vanilla kick right now, so I just didn't enjoy this one, despite it objectively being quite good.

Secondly we have Gardénia Pétale, which I don't think I need to translate for you. This one actually does what it says on the tin. If you like rich, milky gardenia, this is ideal. This is basically a soliflore, which to some may be an excellent thing! If you love realistic, creamy gardenia, run out and buy this. It's got some hints of other white florals like jasmine, but it's pretty much gardenia through and through. I can appreciate that, but since gardenia is more of a "like" than a "love" for me, I typically prefer it to be in scents with other notes to offset it. (Crystal Noir by Versace is a great example.) Again, an objectively excellent fragrance but not one I'll be looking to buy.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 28th

Today was 100% a lazy day and I have nothing exciting to report. Whoops. Tomorrow I'm going to do a perfume review though! Does anyone miss those? I kinda do. I gotta get back into sampling!

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27th

Brad and I reread some blog entries from 2010 last night. I sure was more eloquent back then. I've become such a casual blogger, I feel so lame! I used such fancy grammar and bigger words back then! But it also made me think, since I'm not in school right now, and since work is slow, I have inherently less to blog about. Going to school every day means basically a guaranteed story or tidbit to share. Sleeping in and then having Subway for dinner is like...not that exciting as far as a blog entry goes. I'm still working on getting that second job though! Even though it's stressful, it's exciting. Oh, and here's some news- I'm planning on going back to school! Ahh! It probably won't be for awhile (fall would be the soonest I'd want to start) and it'd be online, but I'm really motivated to get my ass into gear and finish my Bachelor's degree. Kind of exciting, huh?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 26th

Today was so fun! I got to have a cozy morning, and then Brad and I had a spontaneous date night! We painted pottery and got Japanese food, both of which were an excellent time. Gyoza is yummy! I painted a koala and Brad did this cool geometric elephant. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

I don't really have any plans for tomorrow. Maybe a movie or something?


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 25th

I got my hair done today and I absolutely love it! Thank you, Lacey! It'll take one more go before my root color is where I want it but everything else is so perfect! I'm ecstatic!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24th

Hair appointment tomorrow! I'm so excited to finally get my roots fixed! Tonight I just wanna be cozy though.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23rd

Mike is streaming TTYD and I'm co-comm! For now anyway! I'm gonna know that game so well by the end of this. It's okay, I love that game. And I really wanna cosplay as Ms. Mowz soon. Even though I still have two other cosplays to do...but I love them all!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22nd

Ahhh I slept too much today and now I'm all messed up. Hopefully having work in the morning will get me back on track. And hopefully I can sleep well tonight so I don't feel tired in the morning. I've been meaning to take a really long, relaxing shower for awhile now but I keep putting it off/running late/etc so maybe if I can't sleep I'll just take a hot shower and relax. I also want to do a face mask. My skin has been kinda freaking out since MAGFest, though not too bad.

I need to get my hair done so badly. My roots are scary. I'm like a month behind on getting it done.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21st

Attack on Titan is scary, you guys. The Titans really freak me out. Something about their anatomy is super unsettling.

Today was a really chill day (I'm even wearing my glasses!) and I'm thinking tomorrow might be too. I just want a nice long shower and some kitty cuddles.

Tonight I'm going to read the book I got at MAGFest, the Field Guide to Kanto. I got to meet the author/illustrator there, which was super cool! She even drew a little Mew in my book.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 19th

Today was really nice! I got to sleep in, then Brad and I got dinner and went to Gotcha Gachapon, which is an arcade/store with mainly Japanese games and merchandise. It was super fun, and I wasn't completely terrible at most of the games! Also, I'm such a weeb these days. I love it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18th

Work was so damn slow today! I worked with nice people though, and Brad visited! Then I got Wendy's!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 17th

Doctor's appointment went well. I even submitted some job applications. And I slept well last night! I'm feeling a little under the weather now for some reason, possibly due to an excessive number of Subway cookies, so I'm just going to have a chill night. Maybe I'll finally start Attack on Titan. Or I'll just cuddle Cas a lot. Or both!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16th

Man, I am all out of sorts. Anxiety levels are increased, and I'm really feeling it. Like, tachycardia, general unease and restlessness, all that stuff. Even a decrease in appetite, and I'm usually a hungry fool. I've got a call in to my doctor though. Despite wanting more hours at work, I'm kind of grateful for the downtime, just in case I need time off for new medication or something.

Brad has a stuffed Snorlax now.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15th

My mental health has been taking a bit of a nosedive as of late. Really, it hasn't been great for a few months, mostly since about when winter started happening, but the past week especially has been rough. I feel incredibly overwhelmed, sometimes by things that are not a huge deal. I've been sleeping too much and staying in bed too much. My motivation to do most things is barely there, if at all. Today my anxiety finally caught up with my depression, so instead of just feel despondent and upset, I also became panicked and distraught. Everything felt like it was happening in HD, way too fast and too much all at once. And all the while, I could not get myself out of bed to take a shower because that seemed like the hardest task ever and there was some executive malfunction in my brain that was saying I simply couldn't do it. My body just would not. It is a very scary feeling, knowing you want and need to do something but you feel unable for essentially no reason.

I also got a huge slap in the face about how my financial situation has changed after moving. This is extra scary because right now, getting up and going to work is genuinely hard for me. I love my job and I enjoy it while I'm there, but actually getting out of bed and getting ready is so difficult- again, for no real reason. But at this point, I'm really need a second job. I simply don't make enough money. But the stress of finding a job is huge and I'm already feeling stressed about what seems like everything. Even Cas has been putting me on edge lately, which makes me sad. (He just likes to be in my personal space, often my face, and that's been kinda making me anxious lately.)

I feel terrible because I feel like I can't give enough to the people who deserve it. I feel like I'm upsetting my parents, my coworkers, and everyone else in my life. When I'm depressed or anxious I don't spend my time or money well which is bad. I feel like I'm getting worse at coping. I'd love to see a therapist, but I also worry that I won't be able to get my ass out of my house to actually see said therapist. I'm due for an appointment with my psychiatrist soon at least, so if nothing else, maybe I can adjust my medication towards something that helps. Even my OCD has been noticeably worse lately.

I wish my apartment was clean. I know with certainty that would help. I wish I could pay back people who I owe money, namely Brad and my dad. (Tax returns are soon though, thank goodness.) I wish I'd done Cas' insurance sooner. I wish my job had consistent hours. I wish it wasn't winter, or that winter didn't seem so bad. Onwards and upwards.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14th

I've been playing so much Neko Atsume lately. I love those kitties so much.

I got a call earlier saying work was slow and I didn't need to come in and it kinda messed up my whole day. Like, I took a long nap after that, didn't really it breakfast but did have a pizza at some point...and general have just felt really out of it. I dunno. I also feel kinda ill and like I'm way too awake for 10:30 PM, so I have a feeling I'll be up later than I want to be. I'm also seriously craving protein, like I could go for a footlong Subway sandwich right now so badly. That would genuinely make me feel so much better. But instead, I guess I'm gonna have cereal because I have...not really any other options. But tomorrow, Subway. I feel like I need it. Veggies and turkey and all that good stuff.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13th

Cas is being so noisy tonight! And clingy! I think he must have missed me last night. I unfortunately have a little tummy ache from too much ice cream so I'm just chilling, talking with friends, and checking Neko Atsume constantly for White Shadow. Tubbs came and sat on the big cushion today! He is such a fluffy kitty.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12th

Hey, work wasn't so bad today! And I took a nap! Now I'm over at Brad's house for sleepies. It's comfy here! I love it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11th

My internet has been really weird since getting home and it's driving me crazy. Kinda hard to catch up on YouTube videos when they buffer every thirty seconds. Geez.

MAGFest was an absolute blast this year though. I'm so glad that I got to hang out with so many people. And it was a lot easier than last year, since this year I actually knew people. Last year was just a lot of meeting new people, and it was my first convention, so it was a bit overwhelming. (But still fun!) This year was more chill, I felt more comfortable around everyone, and I felt like I could go off on my own without fear of getting lost or something. I do wish I'd done more stuff, like attending more panels and playing more games, but since we weren't staying in the convention hotel this year, I felt like I didn't have as much time. I also had that nasty shoulder/neck pain for the first two days so I didn't feel like doing much regardless. But I met rad people and bought rad merch so I'm pretty pleased.

Today I've been trying to catch up on YouTube and check out the websites of the artists whose business cards I grabbed in the merch hall, but like I said, my internet is being ridiculous. I pay too much for it to not work properly.

Tomorrow is my first day back at work! And it's an early day, of course. I'm just listening to CHVRCHES and hanging out with Cas right now so it's a chill night, at least until Cas gets hyper. He's playing with a piece of paper right now. Also, this Snapchat filter is the best.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 10th

Today I picked up Cas and also did nothing else! Such a sleepy day! I did a flat lay of my MAGFest goodies though. Take a gander!




Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9th

Back in my apartment and feeling very tired! Long weekend, long drive home, and some Dramamine makes for a very sleepy Kate. MAGFest was an absolute blast though, I had so much fun with everybody.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 8th

MAGFest was so much fun this year. Not staying in the actual convention hotel made it harder to do things, but it was still amazing. I got to hang out with so many friends, buy some amazing merch, and play new games! It's sad that I won't see most of these friends until MAGFest next year, but I'm just happy to see them. They're amazing people!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 7th

Party night! Sorry for another short blog entry. I'll update things after I get home! With pictures!

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6th

Thrown Controllers panel tonight! My phone screen got broken unfortunately. Hopefully hanging out with friends now!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 5th

MAGFest day one has been good, albeit crowded! I'm off to hang out with friends now!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 4th

No sleep last night. Feeling kinda shit. Time to get a really good rest before the MAGFest fun begins!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3rd

I feel like I need to take another nap. I am so damn tired. I got almost no sleep last night, and even though I napped when I got home, I'm still sleepy. I have a bunch of packing to do though, which is stressing me out. I have to get up early which means I should spend the next two hours getting ready and then just sleep, but I have no energy or motivation to do that.

In other news, that leg wax was a fucking joke. It seems like instead of ripping the hairs out of the follicle like you're supposed to, this just like...ripped off the hairs, if that makes sense. Basically, the same effect you'd get from shaving, where the hair is even with the skin...except it's not even. There are tactile, visible hairs all over my legs, and there are even portions on my knees that were completely missed. The problem is, my legs hurt and itch so badly that I don't know if I can shave them. Complete waste of money and time. I should have gotten my hair done instead.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2nd

All right, so today was interesting. I actually slept pretty well, but ended up feeling sick after eating a little too much chocolate so I kinda just hung out in Brad's bed all day while he was at work. I also got my legs waxed tonight, and it was...okay? I wasn't able to get an appointment at my normal spa (where I had my Brazilian done a few days ago) so I went somewhere totally new. It was on this weird, poorly lit road in the middle of what seemed like an industrial area, which was kinda bizarre. The spa itself was clean and all that though. However, I feel like my legs are having a worse reaction to the waxing than my hooha, which seems unusual. They itch like crazy and they're super bumpy, and they just don't feel smooth. I would liken it to how your legs feel a day or two after shaving, where you can feel the hairs coming back. Maybe it's just because it's my first time, but I'm gonna need them to chill out because if they're gonna stay feeling like this or the hair is gonna come right back, then I'm better off shaving. (The Brazilian, however, was great. Would recommend.) So I won't be going back to this esthetician. Even if my legs end up feeling better, I still like my other place a lot better in like, every single regard.

Tomorrow I have lots and lots to do! Work first, then I have a hair appointment, laundry, and of course packing for MAGFest! I can't believe it's so soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 1st

Happy 2017 everyone! It's my two year anniversary with Brad today so I surprised him with some gifts and flowers, and now we're just chilling. Tomorrow is leg waxing day! And then work...but then MAGFest! I'm really excited, and today has been a lot less stressful than the rest of this week. Thanks, 2017!