June 2011 | explodedsoda

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I am NOT a morning person

I never really have been.

I just really hate that initial getting out of bed thing; I mean I do it, reluctantly, but I complain and feel sleepy all day. I'm very rarely late for work, because I'll force myself out of bed if I have to be somewhere. But if it's a weekend and I want to go lay out early morning at the beach...usually I'll end up hitting snooze and sleep till noon anyway. Do you know how hard it is to get a spot at the beach at noon? Yeah.

I never really got into the whole coffee thing.

Okay that's a lie, I did once. I fell in love with coffee for a while and was going to buy an Aeropress and a French press and a bean grinder...up until I had that one really bad panic attack after having a huge coffee, then I called it quits on the coffee.  The only coffee I'll drink now is an iced coffee or frappuccino once every now and then.

I never really got into the whole energy drink thing.

Except Bawls, but it's so damned hard to find. I just had to buy a case from the Internet. Red Bull smells like piss and I imagine it tastes like it too. Hell Red Bull + Vodka is one of the few drinks guaranteed to make me vomit even if I have just one. Gross.  Monster tastes like melted skittles, Rockstar is okay but still has that slight Red Bull smell to it and then I haven't bothered trying anything else.

And even then I never really drink Bawls in the morning.

I never really got into the whole going to bed at a decent time thing.

It's like once it hits 9:30-10pm I get this second wind and could go till 2 or 3am. Everynight. Even if I was exhausted all day it still happens. Like right now, it's 12:30am and I said I was going to go to bed early. Although not that it really matters, cause I went to bed at fucking 11pm last night and was still just as tired as I was when going to bed at 2am.

There was only one time I was ever close to being a morning person. I could wake up at 7 or 8am everyday and have almost no trouble. I won't lie, it was a great feeling to not waste a whole day; To be up with the sun and feel like you're actually accomplishing things.

It was for a guy of course, go figure.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Freezing in summer

One of the best feelings in summer is walking out of the hot sun and into a well air conditioned building.

Or, if you're me, walking out of a too air conditioned building and into the hot sun.

I hate that about summer; how businesses and restaurants run their AC at a ridiculously low temperature. I mean, yeah, you have to keep the clientele comfortable, but it's 90 fucking degrees outside and I'm wearing shorts and a tanktop to keep cool and now you're blasting me with freezing air.

Can't we find like a reasonable middle ground where I'm not sweating to death but I don't feel like I need to be carrying around a fucking sweater in July?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Things I Love - Mascara

I love mascara.

This statement would probably catch anyone I know in real life a bit off-guard since pretty much anyone who knows me can tell you I rarely wear makeup.  I'm more of a sleep-in-as-late-as-possible girl than a get-up-early-and-get-pretty girl. I usually only do my hair and makeup if I'm going out somewhere or I have someone to impress.  I don't really think I need makeup, I'm pretty decent looking enough as is, but there is one item of makeup that I feel is absolutely essential to my arsenal.


I could not live without mascara (or bronzer I guess when it's cold outside and I have no tan, otherwise mascara is basically all I need). I still don't really wear it on a daily basis (unless it's sunny outside, some reason I love putting on mascara to get ready for a beautiful day), but if I feel like just sprucing up my look for the hell of it mascara is definitely my go to.

I couldn't help but write this blog post today when I realized I had four different mascaras in my laptop back. Four. Who the hell has four mascaras on them at one time? This girl apparently. I know a lot of girls will have multiple lip gloss/stick/color but me? Mascara.

I guess the reason I end up with so many mascaras is because I'm determined to find that elusive PERFECT mascara. I even have colored mascara in my makeup kit too! Blue is such a fun color to wear especially when it's sunny.

So how do they compare?

Maybelline Great Lash (Waterproof): I love this mascara, it's been voted one of the best mascaras year after year for a good reason.  It doesn't add much length or volume but it's great for just an everyday, basic look.  I go waterproof mainly because my contacts and I don't get along so I tend to get watery eyes and the last thing I need is mascara smeared all around my eyes. I sometimes also use this one over the other two since the other two are not waterproof. Definite must have for me.

Covergirl LashBlastLength (Water resistant): This one is okay, it was a buy one get one free deal at Jewel-Osco months ago and I bought two and still haven't finished this one up.  Water resistance isn't that good, I end up with it all over. Does definitely lengthen but I wish I had bought the LashBlastFusion for volume and length, or maybe one of this and one of LashBlastVolume.  The water resistance thing kind of bums me out too, probably why I don't wear this one much.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator: I just bought this one last week while at Ulta since I had seen it on TotalBeauty as their #1 rated drugstore mascara. I don't really believe the claims of 117% longer lashes after 30 days of use, but then again I'm also not wearing it everyday so I couldn't tell you if it's lash growth serum works.  So far I have a love/hate relationship with this mascara.  Some days it goes on GREAT, no clumping at all and looks near perfect. Other days I do one swipe over my lashes and it clumps like hell, which is so frustrating. It's not waterproof (at least I don't think it is) but I haven't had any issues with it running either. For the most part I'm liking it so far.

I've used a few other mascaras in the past, some Mary Kay ones that were alright. The only one I remember that really stands out as a favorite was Maybelline Full 'N Soft (waterproof of course) which I remember loving too.

If anyone has any mascara suggestions please let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My On-Again, Off-Again Relationship with World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is one thing I can't quit. Some girls have that boyfriend they can't seem to let go of, but for me it's this damn game.

I was first introduced to WoW when the guy I was dating at the time (2004 so..jeez I was 16) was in the beta. We broke up and in a sad attempt to get him back I ended up buying the game a month after it's release so we could all play together.

I ended up getting addicted. (and no the guy and I didn't get back together either, haha)

The first server I played on was one of those that had a TON of issues in the early days of the game, and after a month or two I couldn't take it anymore and quit. It was just such a pain in the ass never being able to play or always getting kicked off the server. WoW was like a lover that was never available except when you weren't.  Luckily, later that year Blizzard had fixed a lot of issues I got back into it again, this time with a different group of friends.

Over the past 7 years (7 years, can you believe it?) I've quit probably 5 times; pretty dysfunctional relationship huh?  I always seem to quit before new expansions come out too. I've only hit the level cap once (level 60, then quit almost immediately before Burning Crusade came out), mainly because every time I start up again everyone is on a different server.  And I'm cheap so I'm not about to transfer a character so I just make a new toon and start the leveling process all over again.  Not only that but once they added in achievements to the game I became a bit of a completionist (going for Explorer and Loremaster right now!) and spend most of my time doing achievement things.

I actually went to Blizzcon during one of my hiatuses from the game, hoping that I would get a beta key to Starcraft II, but instead got one to Wrath of the Lich King. Kind of useless to me AND eBay kept removing my auctions for the beta key so I didn't even make money off of it, nor did I play the beta.  Sadly enough about a month after the beta ended I started up my account again. What a waste.

The last time I quit I thought it was for good, just like every other time. The guy I was dating kept mocking me ('Oh are you flying around on your dragon again? Why don't you do something social? You're such a dorkus maximus.') so I quit. I let someone convince me that WoW and I weren't meant for each other and I needed to cut him off. And for two years I didn't play WoW; two years I didn't play because someone thought I should change. Silly mistake.

The first thing I did when we broke up was start downloading WoW and reactivate my account. (and I am seriously not even joking, I was bawling my eyes out while drinking wine by myself and doing this).  I couldn't help it, I'd been hearing the sounds from my roommate's laptop for months while she would play and I just had to beg WoW to forgive me and take me back one more time.

And WoW gladly took me (and my money) back with loving, open arms.

I'm a Horde girl, if you can't tell from the picture, but I play Alliance on occasion (though I don't enjoy it!)