This is really my first foray into makeup. In the past six months, I’ve gotten so into it, watching various YouTubers (From Head to Toe is my favorite, and the inspiration for making Makeup Favorites posts) and learning from the wonderful employees at Sephora. I feel confident enough to list off some of my favorites, so let’s go! Most of the links will take you to Sephora’s website, since that’s where I purchase 99% of my makeup.
Confession: I have never been the type of girl who has her shit together. Oh, I LOOK like I have my shit together. I’m the organized one in RTDFW (Rooster Teeth DFW, a fan community in which I’m a leader – we plan fun events and stuff, and have made new friends). My school notes are impeccable, complete with different colored pens and highlighters. I use a homework app, and my email has several folders that I sort them into.
In actuality, I very much do not have my shit together. It took me this long just to find a career that I want to pursue, and have figured out different ways to showcase my talent and abilities. My instructors in my introductory classes at college have helped a lot. I’m taking a class called Education Alternative, which is a mandatory one credit hour class for those on academic probation. The instructor is absolutely incredible. I had my last advisor meeting with her this morning, and she nearly made me cry when she basically told me that she knew I could accomplish great things. I’ve never been told I have motivation before, and to hear it from an instructor whose job it is to try to get students to get their shit together meant a lot to me. I’m baking cookies for her before our last class on Thursday.
To go along with “whatcha playing”, I figured I’d do one for things I’ve watched, as well. I’m usually not a big movie goer, but I’m making more of an effort. I am a big Netflix and Hulu person, though, along with random internet-based shows (although my favorites are between seasons right now).
The big release this month was, of course, Zootopia. I went to see it opening night – not on purpose, really. I hadn’t had a good week, and I thought “hey, cute Disney movie about animals, that looks good, let’s see it.” Nate and I went to Studio Movie Grill, and in a jam-packed theater full of children, watched the latest Disney feature. We loved it. We loved it so much that we saw it again two days later. And then saw it again the following week. And let’s face it, I’ll probably see it again. And again. And again. And…You get the point.
The concept of “home” is always something that’s confused me. Not because my life is, or has been, unstable in any way – on the contrary, I had a pretty great childhood and lived in the same house from ages 5-18. It’s all the discussion about what home is that confuses me.
Home could be, quite literally, where you live. Your castle. I always try to make my apartments personal, hanging paintings or posters, displaying my video game collection and books, and I’m terrible about hoarding little things like stuffed animals and figurines. When people come over, they definitely get a sense of who I am – my kitchen is filled with gadgets, I have all of my video game systems proudly on display, and there are posters of things I like on the walls (framed, because I’m an adult and I can buy $8 frames at Wal-Mart instead of using push pins like some kind of animal).
But have you ever been somewhere and felt this feeling deep inside you like you belong there? It’s sort of like relief, like you’ve finally found where you’re supposed to be. I guess that could also be my inner dreamer, or my active imagination. It’s easy for me to picture myself living in other places. Of course I’ve thought about the usual things – Los Angeles, New York City – but I most often think about it in two places – Minnesota, and northern Michigan.
I am a huge nerd.
You know, fifteen or so years ago, that statement would’ve gotten me beat up, but now it’s normal to be into video games, comic books, whatever other stereotypically nerdy things. I’ve been a lifelong nerd – I fell in love with video games when I first played Final Fantasy VI and Earthbound as a kid. I’m not as into comic books, but I did have a nice little collection when I was younger. Board games? Into it.
It occurred to me recently that I haven’t been writing as much as I should. Given how many changes and new experiences I’m starting to have as a (mostly) adult woman, I thought that maybe, just maybe, it was time to take blogging seriously. Of course I had diaries and journals as a child and teenager – I still remember my brief love affair with Diaryland when I was 16, and I still have friends that I made on LiveJournal around the same time. But since the popularity of Facebook, I just haven’t been journaling seriously. Oh sure, Timehop will show me little nuggets from my Twitter and Facebook, but that doesn’t really tell me anything. I got drunk with my friends eight years ago and sent out a lot of hilariously misspelled Tweets? Great! But where were we? Did anything interesting happen (probably, I am a delightful drunk)?