Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7.285 Who Let The Dog Out?

Sometimes my work gets so hectic that I'm forced to do a lot in a limited amount of time. I work pretty damn fast and at times push myself hard. But, I too, have my limits. There is no amount of money that anyone can pay me to voluntarily work myself to the point of injury. Long time readers would know that I currently work in a manual labour job (and have been for a couple years now). I'm very good at what I do even though I don't receive any appreciation for it. I took the job because I needed an easy full-time job to pay off my student debt as quickly as possible- which I did. I'm staying for now because I want to save some money before I quit.

There are days when I feel like leaving on the spot because the company I work for expects too much from their employees whilst giving practically nothing in return. The following list may mean nothing to you, but it's a reminder to me about what I had to do one day for 11 hours:

13 boxes to date (300pcs/box) = 3900pcs
3 heavy larger boxes to date (120pcs/box) = 360pcs
8 boxes to label (300pcs/box) = 2400pcs
18 heavy large boxes to date (120pcs/box) = 2160pcs
2 boxes of cups to label (1000pcs/box) = 2000pcs
2 boxes of lids to date (1000pcs/box) = 2000pcs

Total: 12,820 pcs

So that means, I labeled and dated with a date gun a combined total of 12,820 containers in one day. My shoulders, hands and knees were paining by the end of the night. No one can or is willing to do what I do, and they know it, which is why they expect more from me. Thankfully most days aren't like this. The above example was an extreme example. I would not last if I had to do that everyday. Still, this company I work for is just terrible. They take their employees for granted and I'm sure one day that will come back to them. What goes around, comes around.

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Anyway, today is my day off. Instead of giving us tomorrow off, we have today off. I'm taking advantage of my free time to be productive. After I got up in the morning I went outside and pulled out all the weeds that were taking over my vegetable garden. I also replanted some plants into different pots and watered them with some fertilizer.

I swept the house, took pictures for my blog and now I'm going to try to write up several blog posts in hopes to save them to post when I have no time to blog.

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The Mister and I watched Jurassic World during the opening weekend. We went to see it in 3D at the Scotiabank Theatre because IMAX was all sold out. You can imagine how excited we both were. *Spoilers* After seeing the movie... we both felt a little let down to be honest. I mean don't get us wrong, it was a good movie, but it was just shy of being a great movie. There was too much talking scenes, yet the story line was not in-depth enough. A lot of scenes should have been cut, like who cares about knowing whether the kids parents are getting divorced? It doesn't contribute to the plot and doesn't develop the characters in any way either. The only relationship I cared about was the one between Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). Claire's character development was very good, the kids- not so much. And making the T-Rex the hero? Sounds almost like King Kong all over again. Things I liked about the movie was obviously seeing the park again, the fact that they created a new dinosaur (humans do like to mess with genetic modifications) and the training of the raptors was interesting. I also really liked how they brought back some old familiar things from Jurassic Park (the scene where they find the original park), and who can forget the incredibly nostalgic movie soundtrack. Overall I give it 8.5/10.

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A couple weeks ago my sister was dog-sitting for a friend. The pooch's name was Porsche (yes, as in the car).

He was a bit of a weird dog but very well trained. He'd only relieve himself when he went out on walks. Here the Mister is taking him out for a walk.

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The dog was weird because he was insanely clingy. He likes to be by you and likes to invade your space and sit in your lap. I never thought I'd let a dog on my bed but he was so small and he'd whine if I didn't let him. He was also high maintenance because he doesn't eat dog food, he eats cooked meals. My sister had to make his food with oatmeal and yams and then bake it. If the food ended up being crispy he wouldn't eat it. He also loved eggs and chicken.

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Having the dog around was pretty neat because it gave me some insight into what it's like to have a dog. Although it required more maintenance than your average dog, it was quite eye-opening. You need to have the time and day to walk it, groom it, bathe it, take it to the vet and if you ever travel, finding a dog-sitter can be troublesome.

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Having some pizza and chicken wings because, as you know, there's not much places within walking distance to eat near my house. And if you're wondering why we never cook, if you can see how busy the kitchen can be and look at how crowded my family fridge is, then you'll know why we don't even try.

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The Mister and I have not been to the park in ages- let alone swing on a swing.

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Back when I was in middle school, I remember sneaking away to this park during lunch hours with my friends. They swapped out the old playground with a new one though, and just below this hill you can see that they planted new trees.

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It was a really nice day that day. In that park there was also a wooded area with a creek that you can explore. The picture makes it look bigger than it is. Back in middle school my crazy friends and I walked through this creek with our shoes.

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Home time :)

A couple of beverages we had on the go while shopping downtown on separate occasions. The Vitamin Water was what the Mister wanted to try and it turned out tasting really good. If you know me, you'd know I can handle eating sweet things. The new Tim Horton's Creamy Chocolate Chill however, was disgustingly sweet. I don't know if the person made it butchered it? But if it's suppose to taste like pure sugar and chocolate, then count me out! Blehck!

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We visited Taste of Thailand recently. We haven't eaten here in so long. The Mister told me how he loves the ambience of restaurants like this- lights dimmed and cozy.

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We ordered the typical, Calamari for our starter and Golden Curry with rice for our main. Mmmm.

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Lastly, I saw one of my friends post this link on Facebook. It's a good read if you want to know which sunscreens to avoid. Kind of sucks because a lot of the major brands like Neutrogena and Coppertone are on the list. And the ones recommended are the ones I've never even heard of before! I don't know if I'll completely avoid it in the future but I'll definitely avoid it for my face (I'm using the Shiseido one now anyway). There are a lot of bad things we're using and eating. It's the whole thing about going natural... but that's just not in my cards. Remember, sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.

"Always let your conscience be your guide." -Pinocchio 

Friday, June 19, 2015

7.284 Sephora VIB 15% Off + Shiseido Warehouse Sale May 2015

Happy Friday!! I don't know who's reading or who you are, but I want to say thank you for taking interest in my blog. Thanks for sticking around even though I'm only blogging about my experiences these days. Back when I had more time, I blogged mostly about things I bought- makeup, clothing, decor... and did a number of reviews too. Although I try not to let numbers affect whether I continue to blog or not, knowing that there are readers motivates me too. I hope to make my blog more interesting and to have an eclectic blog once again soon. For now, I hope you enjoy this post I have for you today.

If you haven't already noticed, these purchases are completely outdated (back from May) but I've been meaning to share them with you so here goes...

For the Sephora VIB 15% off sale I mainly wanted to splurge on two items (the rest were necessities) plus two lipsticks.
The first item I splurged on was the Tarte Tartelette eyeshadow palette. I've heard so many rave reviews on this palette that I had to give it a shot; plus it's all matte so it's right up my alley!

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These shadows definitely live up to the hype. They're buttery, smooth and give a soft finish. I personally don't like eyeshadows that are too pigmented but these are great because you can do a natural look or build up the intensity. These eyeshadows remind me of Burberry shadows quite a bit- and I love those a lot. No swatches because I only had time to take quick pictures that day. This is by far my most favourite eyeshadow palette to date. I only own 2 other eyeshadow palettes because I'm very meticulous when it comes to buying them since I don't want to own a ton. I would highly highly recommend getting this, it's so worth the splurge.

Oh and side note, the original palette that came in the mail had a shattered eyeshadow (black) that got all over me and my sheets. I returned that one but they didn't have any more in stock at the time, so I had to buy this palette another day for full price. Still totally worth the splurge though!

The second item I wanted to splurge on was this Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo. The packaging is less than what I expect from Guerlain but it is what it is.

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I got the colour "01 Clair Brunettes". I use this powder as a semi-contour/bronzer to give myself a beautiful glow. To me it falls into the "complexion powder" department. It's neither a foundation, highlight, bronzer or contour powder. It just gives the skin a beautiful flush of colour, a healthy glow.

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And the last major splurges were on these two lipsticks from YSL. Right: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine "Rose Infinite" #7; left: YSL Rouge Volupte "Opera Rose" #29. I own so many YSL lipsticks already but that's because they're my favourite to use. You'll always find a YSL lipstick in my purse, it's total love!

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And here is the rest of the stuff I got from the Sephora sale. Most are just necessities like the Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant, Philosophy Purity Cleanser, Giorgio Armani Corrector, Tarte Maracuja Concealer (this is new to me but concealers are a necessity for me). I also picked up the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in "Rose" and a new Clarisonic Luxe facial brush head in Cashmere. I usually buy the Sensitive brush head but this one looks promising. The rest are samples and 100 points redemptions.

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Then back in May my mom and I attended the Shiseido Warehouse Sale. That day was the day my mom and I spent the most we've ever spent from going to the sale over the years :S My issue was that I ran out of a lot of my skincare items. The sale came just in time for me to replenish them.
I only bought one makeup item this time around. If you look at the sale back in November of last year, you'll notice that the price for the White Lucent Emulsion went up. This was also the case for some other skincare items at the sale.

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The blush I got is called "Starfish" #OR308. I haven't had the chance to wear it yet but I will soon. It's a very Spring/Summer colour and looks very pretty in the pan.

And that's my beauty haul for the Shiseido Warehouse and Sephora VIB sale. These two sales coincide with each other in the same month twice in a year. Around these times I always find a hole burnt into my wallet. Sigh... the life of a beauty enthusiast.

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Bonus pic! I'm reorganizing my makeup collection and have come to the conclusion that these empty boxes of packaging have got to go. I have a hard time letting go of packages sometimes and end up accumulating them until there's too much clutter. At that point I finally give in and feel okay with chucking them all out lol.

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Oh and one more! Shoppers Drug Mart sent me Burberry's new perfume sample in the mail. The packaging just for the perfume sample was pretty detailed and I was quite impressed (good job Burberry!). I am in love with the scent. Now there are 4 perfumes I want to get my hands on: Prada Candy Florale, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, Dior J'adore and Burberry My Burberry. They all smell so divine. Why am I such a perfume addict...?!?!

This weekend the Mister and I are going to the Toronto Waterfront Festival. I hope it'll be fun!

"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different?"- C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

7.283 A Chaotic Zoo

I was talking with a coworker and somehow we got into talking about being adored by others. I told him I couldn't care less if guys liked me, which he then proceeded to tell me that I'm weird. I get the whole "it feels good" to be liked, but then for me, all of it doesn't matter anymore because I don't need nor want adoration from anyone except my boyfriend. In my mind, what's the point? If you like me, ok, thanks. But in all honesty, it really doesn't matter to me if anyone does or not because in the end the only person I want adoration from is the Mister. But I guess that just makes me weird.

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Back in May, we went to see the cherry blossoms at High Park just like we had in previous years.

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Two ice cream trucks were parked just outside the park so we decided to get my favourite, the Twist.

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I didn't think that this year would be any different from the other times that we've come here, however, this time it was totally packed. And I don't mean like packed like you would expect a park with blossoming sakura trees would be, I mean overrun.

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I couldn't believe how much people were there. I've never seen the park like that before... it was like a crazy zoo! Absolutely chaotic and definitely not to our liking. We couldn't enjoy the trees at all. It was not the serene and peaceful time we are used to visiting.

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We finally explored more of High Park and checked out their zoo.

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The peacock pen was the first thing we saw.

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Two of the caribous had babies with them and one of them just gave birth that day. You can see her on top of the hill grooming her baby.

The zoo was pretty small and I felt bad for the bison because there isn't enough space for it to roam.

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We walked and walked and walked. We walked most of the trails and at times almost got lost.

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Made it up to the kids zone. Lines for ice cream and food were super long. Also, I spotted the sword in the stone!

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We even made it all the way up to the dogs off-leash area. That place seemed like heaven for dogs!

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Then after exhausting ourselves out by walking so much, we headed back to the Grendalier Restaurant to eat. There was a huge line to order food and a super long line to the ladies washroom (what else is new?).

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I ordered the Ribs and the Mister ordered the Steak. Unfortunately the food was not good this time around. The steak was not really savoury and my ribs were not tender at all; in fact it was very dry- unlike the ribs we had last time we were here. It might be because it was super busy and maybe the kitchen staff were being overwhelmed by the huge crowds. I'm glad we've eaten at this restaurant several times because if this was my first time, we wouldn't come here again.

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Also got the yummy French Onion Soup, which still remained delicious as I remember it to be.

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We outdid ourselves in the dessert department :S We should have just got one to share because the only thing we fully finished from this whole meal was the onion soup.

"I know that some have been through more than others. But if we don’t expect more from each other, hope better for one another, and recover from the hurt we experience, we are surely doomed." -Mrs. Jennings