Archive for November, 2008

The New Idiom of Daily Life

Recently, all my communications classes have started to make me feel really guilty.  Guilty about the fact that I willingly allow myself to become co-opted into buying more things, into this vicious cycle of consumerism that undoubtedly has no end, at least as we know it.  It’s strange because I’ve known for so long that buying things don’t make me happy.  Consumption, or at least impulse buying, only ever gives me a temporary dose of happiness, and after that brief two or three hours I feel the same.

Yet I continue to participate in this horrible, horrible cycle of consumerism that is not only causing me to participate in this system that essentially promises discontent, but also creates a ridiculous amount of waste.  It’s destroying our earth.  And us.  And yet we all continue to do it.

Part of the reason I am discussing this now is because of the recent news that a man got trampled at a Wal-Mart during Black Friday sales.  I think this is a perfect example of consumerism (at its finest?); that people are able to do something so horrible to another human being and not be concerned or show remorse for their role in the accident.  I know that it’s likely that the media sensationalized this, but the fact remains: that people just continued shopping.  That makes me sick.  It really, really makes me sick.

It’s in losing our ability to care for others that we become less human, I think.


November 29 2008 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Today, or this week

I’ve gotten all my midterms back and I’ve gotten an A on all of them – 93%, 90%, 87%, 86%.  I’m pretty pleased with myself; next stop: straight As!  I know I can do it.  Let’s hope I can 🙂

Today I almost got fucking hit by a car, it was actually possibly one of the scariest moments of my life.  I was waiting to cross the street at Cambie, and the light was starting to change and I could see a car a little ways away.  I figured that he would stop, seeing as the light was changing and he wasn’t going to make it across the intersection before it changed to red.  Well, he totally didn’t.  And since I was listening to my iPod, and I totally space out when I listen to my iPod (I know, my bad) I didn’t realize he didn’t stop until I was about 3/4 the way across the street and I was like, “what the heck, why are there lights on me all of a sudden” and then it dawned on me and I walked like two steps faster before the driver slammed on his brakes, stopping about 2 feet away from me.  I was SO FUCKING PISSED OFF – I just stopped and looked at the driver with a “WHAT THE FUCK?” face.  And all the other drivers were looking too!  And then when I finished crossing the street, he sped off and ran the red light.  I can’ t believe people who drive like this are allowed to.  And worse yet that we have no laws that stop people from getting distracted while driving say, on their cell phone.  Ugh.

So Obama won, like I thought he would.  I didn’t have much of an opinion on this election just because I didn’t really get to research tons about it.  Though I’m aware that as our neighbour, an American election is important to Canada, I didn’t really feel like it was important enough for me to really do research like I did for our own election.  That said, I do have high hopes for him and hope that he brings change to America, I feel like they really need it; however, I doubt that it’ll be easy for him to do so.  Hopefully he’s not all talk.

Another plus of the day: my credit card bill was a lot less than I thought it’d be!  And also, I switched my fido plan recently, so instead of paying like 50 dollars a month for 100 text messages, 150 daytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends from 5 pm, I’m paying 30 dollars a month (without system access fee and 911 fee!) for unlimited text messages, 100 daytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 5.  It’s a really good deal!  Plus tax it’s around 33 dollars I think, so I’m pretty pleased that I’m saving a lot of money.  I used to always go over my text messaging limit and end up having to pay an extra 10-15 dollars, so on top of the 50 dollar fee for my old plan, I’d have to pay for the extra text messages AND system access fee and 911 charge.  It really sucked.

November 5 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Everyday Essentials

So, I`m here supposedly writing an outline for one of my papers and I have decided to indulge you all in a good old post regarding my everyday make-up routine.  To be honest, I used to be the laziest person about my appearance – and in some ways I totally am – and my friends always used to make fun of me for not brushing my hair, etc. etc.  But recently (as in the past year or two) I have been experimenting in the world of makeup and hair and I`m not going to lie, it`s pretty fun.  That said, I`ve never been a fan of the whole cakeface look and I usually just try to maintain a really simple, natural look (plus, William prefers it, which is a plus for me!)

Left to right, top to bottom:

  • Clinique High Impact mascara:  I`m a really big fan of Clinique`s products.  I love this mascara because it gives me an instantly volumizing look, plus I`ve never had any issues with clumping or smudging throughout the day!  And it also comes off super easily.  My only issue might be the giant brush, because I have tiny Asian lashes, but now that I think of it, the brush is probably the reason behind its amazingness 🙂
  • Burt`s Bees: Everyone loves this stuff, so I don`t think I need to devote a huge explanation to it, but I loooove the tingly feeling it gives my lips after I apply it.  I`m not big on shiny, coloured lip glosses, balms, or lipsticks, so this is perfect because it moisturizes but isn`t really fancy.
  • Nars Orgasm blush: I always feel the need for a little bit of colour on my face and this blush shade is PERFECT.  It`s subtle, but not so subtle that there`s no colour.  I wish it wasn`t so expensive though..
  • Clinique Quickliner for Eyes: The smudgy tip on this is awesome.  To be honest, I`m not really that picky about my eyeliners, but this is the one I reach to the most, haha
  • The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter: The first time I had this, it was a Christmas gift from a friend.  I`ve never gone back, it`s my absolute favourite body moisturizer.  It`s really thick and creamy and moisturizes SO quickly, and I love the smell!  My only qualm with it is that it takes a little while to absorb, but I guess you have to expect that from such a heavy cream.
  • Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15: I never, ever, ever, ever, used foundation before I got this stuff.  I was actually on a trip to Seattle with William and stopped by the Sephora and was wondering about this product (Sherri raves about it), and the artist offered to apply some on me.  I was AMAZED by the difference it made!  I actually have really good skin – fairly even skin tone, I never break out save for a few unnoticeably blemishes here and there – but this stuff makes it look like I have perfect, airbrushed skin, foreals.  I love that it`s easy to apply and feels like there`s nothing on my skin, and also that it offers sun protection and is completely waterproof.  When I remove my makeup at the end of the day it`s all still there!
  • Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser: Dry shampoo is my saviour during exams and school time because sometimes I just don`t have time to completely wash out my hair (I know, it`s pretty nasty).  I love this stuff because it actually makes my hair feel really clean, and it also gives it a boost at the roots for some volume, which is great because I have quite limp hair 😦

I think I might do a post about my skincare routine sometime too.  Being girly = totally fun!

November 1 2008 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

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