Monthly Archives: April 2008

bad influence

The Girls “encouraged” me today to buy a black, sequined, spaghetti-strap, backless, floor-length gown. $99.99 online (, Masquerade 399517), I bought it at Ross for $24.99. Oh yeah, because that’s how I roll.

I would show a photo here, but WordPress “updated” their system, and now I can’t figure out how to add images to my post.


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Thanks, Mandy!

On Wednesday, I wore a pretty, vintage, carnation-pink dress to work. When I got home from the office, I realized that at some point during the day I had managed to get a quarter-sized smear of blood on the skirt.


Lucky for me, I was in the middle of a chat with Mandy when I saw it, and her cool head and freakish familiarity with stain removal was exactly what I needed. She instructed me to soak the stain with cold, carbonated water (which I had on hand! yay, seltzer!) and to BLOT like crazy. Admission here: I did not blot. I scrubbed with a nylon-bristled brush, but I did scrub towards the center of the stain, rather than spreading it outward. I scrubbed until I could scrub no longer. I could still see a faint ghost of the stain, but there was no more that I could do. I set the dress aside to dry.

On Thursday night, I checked the dress. Even knowing where the stain was, I had to look hard to find it. It’s not completely gone, but it sure is in better shape than it was earlier! I may still try some kind of commercial stain-removing product, but even if it never gets better than this, Mandy deserves some sort of merit badge.



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In preparation for days in sunnier climes

I finally found some self-tanning moisturizer* that doesn’t smell like someone’s butt. Nair, on the other hand, still does. “Vanilla Smoothie” scent? Yeah, no. Besides, I’m not too keen on slathering some cream on my skin that will chemically melt my hair. Eep! (mutters to self: I don’t know what I was thinking.) But hey, time for my seasonal razor-blade replacement! I really have to get better about doing that more frequently.

*Hemp Bronzing Moisturizer from the Moist Products Company in St. Paul, MN. Woo, shout-out to my BFITWWW in the Twin Cities! Its bronzing efficacy remains to be seen, but at its worst, it’s a nicely-scented moisturizer with lots of “natural” ingredients (fruit and flower extracts; coconut, sesame, olive, sunflower, tea tree, and jojoba oils, and obviously hempseed oil) and it isn’t tested on animals. So it has that going for it.


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biologically predisposed

I believe the theory that humans are biologically predisposed to crave sweet/fatty foods, because once upon a time our survival depended on getting enough calories…

But why do we thrive in sun, and get depressed on rainy, dark days? How did those traits prevent our extinction?

Just wondering.


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