It’s been so long since I posted one of my favorite comic and here it is.
It’s been so long since I posted one of my favorite comic and here it is.
I didn’t realize that I haven’t been doing reviews for a long time and I think its time to do just that. I am going to start with one of my favorite lip sticks in the drugstore. It is very inexpensive and they are fabulous. If I am stuck in an Island with just 1 beauty item, then it would definitely be a lipstick. I have always been a lipstick person. These lipsticks retail for about $1.99 and they are very pigmented. They are opaque and apply very smoothly on your lips. They do appear to be semi-matte which I love. They have a lot of color range which will suit a fair skin to deep skin tone.
The formula is consistently good in these lipsticks. You can easily find some color which will your skin tone. The colors which I have in my collection are:
903C – Just Peachy. It is popular with the fair skin tone ladies. It is a gorgeous peach color. But with my skin tone it kind of looks like a pastel peach in my lips.
905D – Smoking Hot Pink. It is a fabulous hot pink and I LOVE this color. It is fantastic on a makeup less day. The color brightens up my face. It is a perfect match for my skin tone and Yes, it is a bright color.
906D – Wine Room. It is a mauve color and a subtle color. I do love this color as well.
There are shades of reds, oranges and pinks in these collection and they all look fabulous. The only downside I could think of is that if your lips are dry then it can emphasize when you apply this lipstick. The solution is applying a light lip balm before this lipstick. Overall, you definitely need these in your collection.
Week 9 Topic is How did you feel? I didn’t know what the topic meant, but I will take it in the context of how did I feel on my first day of seeing the pet shelter. My biggest fear before volunteering in the pet shelter was that I will get upset when I see the cats in the cage. I agree, the one thing I can’t digest or get over is animal abuse or animals in need. I feel guilty and worry about them. And that is the reason I don’t read news because bad news upsets me. I am sensitive and I can’t watch anybody suffer . On my first day of my volunteering, I was learning the routines and things to do. I realized that the cats there are being treated good because of the kind and worried volunteer 24/7 . They are not suffering and the people are looking out for them.
It certainly made me feel better to see how experienced volunteers are spending a lot of time with the shy and scared cats. They will talk to them and cajole them to eat. They spend nearly 40 minutes with them to let them know that they are going to be ok. And when the shy ones get adopted, the accomplishment you feel is so high. We get so happy when we find the cats/kittens adopted. You see lot of these shy ones in the shelter and I do worry about them when I get home. I somehow get attached to them.
Recently I have been worrying about 2 cats in the shelter. One of them is a kitten named Prudence , who is 6 months old. She has black and white marking. When she came to the shelter, she was hurt in the tail. The vet believed that her tail had been run over by a vehicle and to see her in the cage in page and growling at everyone, I had this sick feeling and worried about her. She didn’t eat and was in pain a lot. Finally the vet decided to amputate the tail and it took her 2 weeks with a cone around her head and now she is the sweetest kitten ever. All the volunteers in my shift just can’t get enough of her and we all worry about her. Hopefully in a week or two she will get adopted to lovely people. And the second cat from this week is Jack . He is a one eyed adult with the sweetest nature. He is so affectionate and a lap kitty. I am in love with him. I just worry with his one eye that he is ok with climbing in his cage but he reminded me so much of my kittens. I seriously hope that he gets adopted this week.
After reading their stories, I hope you realize how tough it is for me to leave them there. I just want to take them home and care for them forever. There are so many shy, older cats in the shelter and they worry me because I want their old age to be spend in a content home rather than in a small cage. I worry about each and every one of the older ones because they don’t get adopted quickly. I just console myself saying that there are lot of people out there who will give a loving home to these cats. We always hope that the problem cats will be adopted too.
I feel both accomplished and worried by the time I come home. And somehow I hope that I will keep doing this for a long time .
Week 8 topic is expressing gratitude to 3 people. I want to thank someone whom I haven’t mentioned in my gratitude challenge and I hope I can do that for this year’s challenge . The 3 people who I want to express my gratitude are the friends who were there for me during my transition from a single woman to a married woman in a strange new country. I am talking about someone who were there for me when I moved to Dublin. Moving to a new country was difficult for me because everything is new but these 3 people made me comfortable and I was very fortunate in that.
The 3 people I am talking about are,
Tapas – She was my neighbor in Navan and those first few months of my first year, she was my anchor and kept me from going stir crazy. Our afternoon teas, gossips and her mom’s paratha’s are some of the few memories which I cherish the most.
Deepthi – She was a shopaholic, just like me and I loved going out with her. And one of my most memorable time with her was our vacation together in France and Spain . We certainly had a blast. And I won’t ever forget our trip to Monte Carlo and the Gucci store where she kept trying on clothes which were about 2500 Euros . We got along together so well and had fun on all those trips.
Leena – She is the first Tamilian I met in Ireland and she is such a sweetheart. She was a great cook and one of the people I visit whenever I miss talking in Tamil. She made me feel so comfortable in a strange new country.
Did you know that Tapas, Deepthi and my husband’s name are the same . Whenever we are together, we used to say “my (hubby’s name) said that” and all the other ladies used to tease us about it. That is certainly one of my memorable times in Dublin. As an introvert, I find it difficult to make new friends but these 3 people made me feel as if I knew them forever. Somehow we just got along together very well. I will always cherish the memories with them.
Week 7 topic is a Friend. I have made lot of friends in my life but I will talk about a Friend who made a difference in my life. I always found it hard to make new friends. I am not the person who goes and talk to a stranger but if they talk to me then I will talk. I have always been an Introvert. I have always preferred books to going out and making friends during my childhood. I met this friend in college and we were classmates. Before I take them into my friend circle I always observe people to see if I will get along with them. We were just classmates during our first year but then I sort of gravitate towards her and the main reason was her personality. She is one of the genuinely nicest person I have ever met and she was very helpful.
I have always trusted my instinct. I had these feeling that some friends just use you and then just ignore you. I hate those kind of person. Suddenly they call you after months just because they need something from you. I don’t encourage those kind of people. If you have met lot of people then you understand that getting along with a person is very tough, at least for me, due to the demands they make on us. I don’t want to call them every day to ask what they ate or meet them everyday. If we don’t have anything in common then I don’t have to talk to you. If we have very less things in common then maybe talking or texting once a week is more than enough (for me).
During my college days, I was just a quiet, shy person who just smiled at everyone. I was an average student, studying only when I have to study. This friend helped me a lot with my studies and I should probably say that she is one of the reason I didn’t fail in my college . I used to go to her house to study and meeting her family changed me. Everyone in their family was genuinely nice. I LOVED going to her house. Her father was the softest spoken person I have ever met in my life and I have a great respect for him. Being her friend changed me to a better person and gave me more confidence in me. Everyone in her family was very encouraging to me. Even now when we talk to each other our conversation just flows, it’s as if we have been talking every day. But since she is in the west coast and I am in the east coast and she is a working mom, we rarely get time to talk. I would say maybe twice a year but I look forward talking to her.
We just got along well together and that is a very rare thing. I do have lot of friends but having a best friend is rare and I think everyone can understand it. I think she is the type who will make her friends feel that they are her best friend and that is a fantastic quality. I am GRATEFUL for meeting her in my life.
Week 6 topic is the city you live in and so I am going to talk about Seattle. I know that some of my friends do not like living in a city which rains a lot but as for me, I don’t mind. I am so grateful for my city and the first reason is that it almost never SNOWS . After living in Ireland for 6 years, I am used to the gloomy dark weather and rain. I was not going to do well in a city with either too much sun or snow. And if you don’t know, I absolutely HATE snow. The reason we moved to Seattle is that it barely has 2 days of light snow a year. I can’t stand the cold. My extremities get cold in winter and I hate that. I also don’t do well in extreme heat. So Seattle suits me with 3 months of perfect Summer and the rest of the year mostly rain, I am ok with it.
I am grateful that Seattle has lot of interesting places to see. I love that you can travel to the next state in just 3 hours. We love driving to Oregon and Canada in summer. We travel there every summer and they are beautiful. I love Oregon coast and they are one my favorite place. I love that this city is multi-cultural and that why you can get multi cuisine here. And I love that everybody are nice and not rude like people in New York (and yes, I think people in NY are rude) . I love that there are lot of Indian out here, Indian shops and Temple. I also am grateful that I have lot of option for my daughter to learn our Indian culture. I am grateful to this city for giving me some fabulous Friends.
And Finally, I am grateful that Seattle has been good to us .
Disclaimer - This article is going to be picture heavy and information about lot of stuffs you won’t be interested in :) .
And if you reader are thinking “What the heck is Filofax? ” then let me enlighten you about that world. In a world of planner, Filofax is the Louis Vuitton. Yup, the top most popular brand of the planner. I have gotten obsessed with them and when I say obsessed I mean, I am seriously thinking of spending about $130 on them :D . If you asked me about Filofax last October, I would have no idea about them but right now I know most of the things about planners, brand, stationary, where to get them, etc, etc. And you wonder how I got into this world? Let the story begin.
It all started last November. I have used an A4 folder to use as a planner for almost 2 years and I wanted a change. I also read an article about how we all have moved to the smart phones instead of actually writing it down on our planner. So then began my journey of looking into the world of planners and lo behold, I found Filofax. Do you know there are millions of people obsessed about their Filofax? :D . I found groups, pages and blog about them. They also show how you can change the planner to suit your needs. So I began to plan.
I needed a planner binder and of course, I am not going to spend $50 least on a Filofax :) so I began to search for other options. And one day while I was watching some YouTube videos on planner :roll: , I found a lady talking about her Filofax which she found in Goodwill. That gave me an idea, I started browsing the Value Village near my home in their office section almost every week and was hoping for a binder. And within 2 weeks, What do I find? Filofax :D <3 and the model is Carnaby. You have no idea how happy I was, It was beyond happiness which was equivalent of hitting Jackpot for me :D . I couldn’t believe it. I kept checking it out and was scared that someone will recognize its value and will start fighting with me for it ^^’ . And the price I paid was $1.99 :twisted: .
I was in high for few days and I kept touching it to see if it was real :lol: . And then my obsession started. I researched about accessories, printable, pens, Stickers, washi tape, post it’s, etc ,etc. I wanted to know all about planner and I loved reading blogs about how they decorate it and how they used it. I was obsessively researching about it and finally I was ready to use it by December 22nd :) . I printed all the things necessary and I got the printables from other blogs which were free and it took hours and hours of searching Google. I got beautiful accessories from Etsy, Daiso and World Market.
While I was researching about printing, I realized that you have you cut the paper for the right size or print them in the A4 size and cut them and I wasn’t happy with all the effort. And I found a blog which gave me a perfect idea. It even had a template of how to mark the A4 paper into the right sizes and take them to the FedEx office to have them cut :D . It was perfect. I also had to struggle with the printer but I finally found the way. I was beyond excited when I started printing. I got the printer paper with 24 lbs since 20 lbs was too thin and you can’t print on both sides of the paper. I also had to get the card stock paper for printing the Divider pages and other pages.
Once the planner was ready, I started using it religiously.
The Folder section which I have are:
Monthly – at the moment I am using them to keep an eye on the daily steps.
Weekly – all my appointments, to-do list and menu preparation
List – reading list, shopping list, wish list, expenses during travelling, pet expense, Pet treatment, Brain dump and blog post ideas.
Misc – Storing empty pages
I will also list the places where I got the stuffs for my planner,
Cycle Page Marker – World Market
Planner Charm – Etsy Shop from here. They sent it from UK and it took about 5 days and it was perfect. I am freaking happy with this charm.
Dividers – From Lucy’s blog. They are freaking amazing. I LOVE them.
Washi Tape, Page Marker – Target, Daiso
Post it’s , Tab post it’s – Staples
And that is how I got converted to Filofax. I am so excited about sharing these with you. Does any of you have these? Are you obsessed with them as I am?