Friday, October 31, 2014

Tag! The Fall Edition

1.) Favorite fall lip product?: I love it year-round, but I especially adore MAC’s Russian Red during the cooler months. It just seems to get prettier when there’s a chill in the air. 

2.) Favorite fall nail polish?: L’OrĂ©al’s Owl’s Night. It was released with their 2011 Project Runway collection, and it’s the most perfect brown-green-bronze in the universe.

3.) Favorite Starbucks fall drink?: Duh. Pumpkin Spice Crack, of course. 

4.) Favorite fall candle?: Anything spicy, pumpkiny, or woody. I can’t pick just one, but I love my new Bath and Body Works candles.

5.) Favorite fall scarf or accessory?: My green Burberry scarf. It’s the prettiest shade of green, and it keeps me so warm.

6.) Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?: I’ve never tried any of the others, so… haunted house.

7.) Favorite Halloween movie?: Nightmare Before Christmas! Is this a Halloween or a Christmas movie? I don’t know, and at this point, I’m ashamed to ask.

8.) Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?: Mini-Butterfingers. They always seem to taste better on Halloween.

9.) What are you dressing up as for Halloween?: Since I’m sick, I shall skip a costume and simply clam my rightful place as Queen of the Undead.

10.) What is your favorite thing about fall?: The “fall smell.” Either you know exactly what I mean, or you’re going, “Huh?” If you’re in the latter category, I am so sorry you’ve been deprived of the most wonderful scent ever. 

I tag… anyone who wants to do this? It’s kind of late now, going up on Halloween and all. Happy Halloween, guys!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Better Than A PSL?

Guys! If any of you are as obsessed with coffee as I am and like to make your own lattes and cappuccinos at home, my cousin stumbled upon a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte on WikiHow, thought it sounded doable, and swears it is better than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Crack. 

I haven’t tried it, but it comes highly recommended, so I thought I’d share the love. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Haul

Disclaimer: I did not buy all of this at once! I’m not made of money, people. Also, two of the items were on sale, and another two will last me a very long time, so chill. 

1.) Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack: Three delicious shower gels that are almost the size of a full-price shower gel. Philosophy has the best scents, and I won’t be needing to buy shower gel for a very, very long time. 

2.) Turbie Twist: Regularly $9, I got this on sale for under $6 at Walgreens. My old hair towel died a nasty death. Not really — the elastic snapped, so it just wouldn’t stay put on my head anymore. Plus, it had stopped soaking up as much moisture. Has that happened to anyone else?

3.) Jack Skellington Mug: Also found at Walgreens, and look how cute! I’m a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fangirl, so when I saw the last little Jack mug sitting there looking so lonely, I had to take him home. 

4.) Owl iPhone Case: I actually got this to use as a second wallet because I have too many damn cards. It says $9.99 on the little tag, but for some happy reason, it rang up as being $7.99… without a sale tag being on it. I guess it was meant to be.

5.) Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm: This itty bitty pot costs $32. But! I do not use it as a cleansing balm. That thing would be gone in, what, five uses? I get nasty eczema patches during winter, so I use a teeny-tiny amount of this to cleanse the burning/itching/peeling areas because everything else hurts. The first time I ever tried this, I had a tiny sample jar a friend with similar skin depotted for me to try, and that lasted me an entire winter, so I can justify the cost. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ebola And You (Also, Lions)

I still feel like death warmed over, and now I seem to have pinched a nerve in my shoulder to add insult to injury. Good times. 

I tend to spend a lot of time looking at cute animal pictures when I’m feeling badly — okay, I look at them all the time — so when I came across this one, I had to share it. Guys, remember that there is more to Africa than Ebola. Ebola is a disease. Diseases do not have nationalities. African Lions, on the other hand, do. Look, pretty lions!

Traffic in the Nairobi National Park in Kenya was halted for ten minutes while these two sweeties head-butted and rolled around in the middle of the road. 

Okay, back to Ebola. You cannot catch Ebola if you are walking down a crowded street, and someone in the crowd has Ebola. You cannot catch Ebola if you go to Starbucks and the guy who sat in your chair an hour ago had Ebola. 

Ways you can catch Ebola:
- coming into contact with The Icky Ps (by that, I mean puke, poop, pee, and phlegm). One of the aforementioned must come into contact with an open wound or mucus membrane — eyes, nose, mouth.
- droplet aspiration (This means if someone coughs or sneezes directly into your mouth, you could catch it. It does not mean if someone sneezes six tables away from you that you should panic. It’s flu season, guys).
- blood — self-explanatory.
- bow chika wow wow. People! Do not swap spit or otherwise get your freak on with someone you suspect could have been exposed to Ebola, and you will be safe from it. I make no promises in terms of other yucky things. 

Chill out. This is not Contagion or The Walking Dead. The number of people to die from Ebola in the United States? One. Around five thousand have died in Africa. Get your damn flu shots. The flu kills almost forty thousand people every year in the United States alone. 

Flu shots! Get them!

(Source: my uncle is a pathologist, and a friend works at the CDC).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Squee

Because I have chills, fever, body aches, a sore throat, and haven’t been able to breathe through my left nostril in over a day…

Have a puppy! Puppies make it all better, and I don’t want anyone to feel as lousy as I do. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

His Name Was Nathan Cirillo

I’m in a state of shock right now. It doesn’t seem right. Who attacks Canada, honestly? Instead of focusing on the shooter, let’s not give the bastard a second of notoriety. Instead, let’s focus on Nathan Cirillo. Here he is posing with a tourist from California. (Credit: Sarke1 of Reddit).

Here he is at work. (Credit: nemisis84).

And with his dog. (Credit: da_corn).

This handsome man was murdered today in a senseless act that left Canada — and the rest of the world — reeling. I will never print the shooter’s name, nor will I speak it aloud. Men like that are attention-seekers. They want remembrance. They want their names listed alongside Timothy McVeigh and Mohammed Atta. If we give them what they want, they’ve won, and that would make this tragedy even more heinous. 

Each October 22, I will think, not of the shooter, but of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed just before ten yesterday morning at the National War Monument in Ottawa. He was twenty-four years old.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Wants #14

Thanks to a play on my name, my uncle nicknamed me Calamari. Out of respect for my awesomeness, he later amended it to Calamari, Dark Lord of the Squid People (I was actually paged this way over the Target intercom. Everyone turned to stare, and I just took a bow). Because I’m definitely a squid lord. I don’t want none of that “lady” bull. 

I was trolling ModCloth looking for Christmas presents when I saw this cute little thing. Isn’t it adorable?! Sadly, it’s sold out, or it would be on the way to me. Bring it back, ModCloth! Your squid lord demands it!