Friday, December 30, 2011

Greetings!

Hello Doomcookies and Jellyspoons!~

It is your delightfully batty host, once again updating this dismally undead blog to inform you all that I did not commit Christmas suicide or anything of the sort. In fact, I'm doing quite well. The holidays are very nearly over and I actually suspect that my New Years celebration will go quite smoothly.

Instead of the traditional jaunt over my uncle's house for cards and booze, the boyfriend and I are dragging my younger brother with us to the cities for a treat at the new Japanese restaurant that opened this summer in the Minneapolis. It's called Zen Box, run by second generation Japanese folks, and Izakaya style. If you're not sure what that means, Google it, and you'll learn something new and shiny!

I tried to get rid of the annoying red and green Christmas hair today, but it's pretty stubborn. I put a medium brown dye over everything (which had started to fade drastically) and now everything just looks brown-green and brown-red. Oh well...at least this way it's no SO noticeable that I had odd hair. ^_^

And I must admit, I like having darker hair.

If you're a follower of my Lolita-related blog, pop on over there for a holiday gift haul. I thought about posting it here, but I don't want to upload a shit ton more photos tonight. I actually have to leap away from the computer to go check on my spaghetti sauce and prepare dinner. Toodles~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday Blues

I think I'm beginning to truly despise the holiday season. If I didn't know any better, I'd say I was Mr. Scrooge's great great great granddaughter or something.

For the solstice, I did nothing to celebrate. But that's not terribly surprising...I've been falling off the pagan bandwagon for a while now. Christmas Eve was a literal nightmare for me. I was fine until people started arriving and then an anxiety attack set in and pretty much ruined the whole night for me. Not to mention my uncle harangued me for having a few glasses of wine. I'm 24, mind you.

Christmas Day was alright. I had dinner with my boyfriend's family and I was a bit intrigued at the amount of gifts I received. I had honestly expected next to nothing, since my family doesn't really do the gift thing anymore. My immediate sector is poor and the rest of them are stingy goats. So...yeah.

Honestly though, I'm just glad the holidays are over. I never before really understood why the holidays could be stressful. But when you hate your family, times are tough, and you're stressed out - well, I get it now.  I'm almost looking forward to the day when I move to Japan and can hang up all these silly "American" traditions and customs. They've been getting me down lately.

And now that Christmas is over, I'm going to dye my hair back to a normal shade and become invisible again for a while. It's my method of recuperating I guess. I'm not going back to red just yet, and since I've already been a blonde (for a short while) I figure I would try being a brunette for some time. I did black once and that looked horrible on me, so we'll settle for a nice deep shade of chestnut.

Does anyone else suffer from depression or anxiety during the holidays?

(p.s. I'll do a holiday haul once I get all my new crap over to my place.)

Monday, December 19, 2011

When the Dust Settles...

It's Monday evening. I'm sitting in the living room with my laptop upon a TV tray. A Perfect Circle is playing on Youtube, providing a nice lull for me to settle in and grind this entry out. I'm exhausted. My eyes hurt. But there's no rest for the wicked.

Finals are over. And with it my first semester of college. I thought I would feel relieved to just have it over. But I'm always melancholy when a chapter of my life closes. My delightful roommate is gone now. My classes are over. My friends seem to be lost in that chapter and now I'm just drifting alone in the ether. I feel kind of ...empty. I don't like endings. That's why I never finish any of my stories.

On Saturday, Chris and I drove to a bistro-cafe called Pardon My French in Eagan. That's where the holiday themed Lolita meetup was going down. I was actually excited for this one, but it went more awry than the Halloween meetup did. There was no real sense of organization and I felt...neglected. Again. I'm afraid I don't have anything in common with these people.

Chris wasn't thrilled with the event either and since he wasn't feeling good to begin with, we ducked out early. Again. As it was, the person who received my name for the Secret Santa drawing had only just arrived as we were leaving. I, of course, knew nothing. Now I have no gift. I did give the items I bought to Tessa and she seemed happy with them, so thank goodness for little blessings.



This is what I wore for the Meetup. I'm quite happy with it. It was elegant and comfortable. My hair turned out fantastic....finally. Vampire Red from Manic Panic is the way to go for sure...

On Sunday we went out to dinner with Chris's family for a late birthday celebration. He turned 23 on Tuesday so yeah, we needed to do something. We ended up going to Red Lobster. I haven't been there for years and I was looking forward to some of the thing I remembered. Just as luck would have it, they completely changed their menu and I honestly couldn't think of anything there I actually wanted to eat...v_v

Oh well.




This is what I wore for the dinner event. I'm quite in love with my hair. I gathered it all up, twisted it up to one side and secured it there with some claw clips. Add a festive little headband and voila! This is also my newest dress from Bodyline, which I love, since it reminds me a bit of Beetlejuice! <3

Anyways....now it's Monday and I'm completely burnt out. I spent most of today in my footie pajamas watching movies. I finally got some laundry done and decided to think about my numerous sewing projects, but I'm sure I won't do much more until tomorrow.

Chris will be here soon....so tata!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Finals Week: Round 1

So finals week is off to a great start. I didn't do much studying over the weekend, even though I should have, but I did pretty good on two exams so far. I have another one at 7:30 am tomorrow morning and then one at 10:00 am on Friday. I'll study more tonight for my final exam tomorrow and then the rest of the week is pretty much devoted to brushing up on my entire Math course.


Also, it's official. Pillarbox Red from Manic Panic is crap. I redyed my hair this weekend. I went ahead and reinforced the green a bit and then used up the entire rest of the bottle of red and after washing it out it's still pretty orange. I don't know if that particular color just looks that way or what....but if I ever do something similar I'm going with a much darker red shade. And maybe a different brand. Perhaps Raw does red as well....*ponders*




Too bad it's so blurred (boyfriend sucks with camera) but here's an elusive smile from me. Aren't I purdy? And yes, my hair dye shirt is a pink striped thing. Sue me. 


So....since the next Lolita meetup is this Saturday, I'm going to use it as a jumping off point to wear Lolita (or some Gothic variation) for the duration of my winter break. That's three weeks of totally awesome fashion. And since I have quite a bit of new stuff to break in, I figured why the heck not?


Speaking of stuff to break in, I went ahead and bought my dream pair of shoes this weekend. Target's had these babies lying around for over a month now and I kept waiting for the price to drop but alas....it didn't and these were the last pair in my size.




They're quite lovely and amazingly comfortable. I can't wait to wear them to the meetup. ^_^ 


Well, wish me luck for the rest of finals week! Cheers!~

Friday, December 9, 2011

Last Day of Classes

Welp, the end of the semester is nearly here. Today was the last day of regular classes for me and next week I only have a few finals. Whew! I'm so relieved that after next week I just get to relax. 


Today I gave my final speech in CMST. It was a persuasive speech urging my classmates to donate plasma and I think I did pretty well on it. I wasn't as nervous as I usually am during presentations, so I didn't stumble as much. I might have been just under the time limit though, I'm not sure.


The miracle is that I was even up in time for my speech today. You see, last night the hyenas on my floor were being particularly loud and obnoxious. I guess none of them need to study for their classes or finals. Fine, I hope they all flunk out and vacate the premises then. But to top it all off, one of the girls next door brought her boyfriend into our bathroom.


Let me explain something here. My floor is an all girls floor. I chose that way for a reason. I don't want guys up here all the time. I don't want guys in our all girls bathroom either. And there's a rule on non co-ed floors about having the opposite sex in the bathrooms. The rule is: Don't do it! 


It was about 11 pm when all this went down. I seriously don't feel comfortable peeing in the presence of some strange guy, so after I got out of the bathroom, I went down the hall and over to the other wing where my CA lives. She invited me in and I told her about the noise level in my wing and about the bathroom incident. She was understandably upset, much like I was. So I guess she's going to address these issues at our floor meeting tonight. If nothing changes after winter break, I'm gonna have to start some shit. Seriously.


Because that's not cool. 


In other news, after this floor meeting I get to go home! Apparently my most recent Bodyline order arrived today and I'm so excited to open it up and have a look. I bought this particular dress because it has a very "Beetlejuice" feel to it, which is one of my favorite films. 




There are so many awesome ways I could coordinate this dress and I'm ecstatic about giving it a go. 


This weekend I'm also gonna fix up my hair. I'm a little disappointed with Manic Panic's Pillarbox Red, but I'm gonna give it another try this weekend. Hopefully it'll stick well to what I currently have. You see.....the red looked awesome after I rinsed everything out. Now it looks orange. Want proof?






People are thinking I'm a Miami sports fan or something. The only people who say it looks really cool are the ones who knew it was holiday colors. I'm more than impressed with how the green's holding up but after washing my hair this week the red faded out to a sickly orange and I noticed that I missed a few spots on the green. So I'll fix it up and be done. ^_^


Well kids, I'm gonna get back to studying now. Here's my current work station and, in fact, where I'm writing this blog too! 


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A very homey Christmas...

You know, someday I look forward to having my own place that I can go ahead and decorate for the holidays. Until then, I simply have to settle for indulging in the nostalgia that all my mom's decor evokes.










My mom's got an incredible collection of snowman themed decorations, which is great because then she can leave them up all winter long. So we decided to make our tree this year more winter themed than Christmas. So we've got blue and silver bulbs and snowflake/icicles on it. Very cute stuff. Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Strangely Wonderful and Terrible Weekend

Today was my last math unit exam. I'm pretty sure I bombed it, much like I bombed the last three units of homework I did last night as well. But I can't really be blamed, I hadn't slept the night before and I was very stressed out and exhausted. 


My weekend was quite fascinating, actually. Saturday was terrific. Chris and I went down to Maple Grove to try out a burger joint he's quite fond of. The place is called Five Guys and they really do have wonderful burgers. Even better though - were the french fries. Thick cut and fried in peanut oil, I felt as though I'd died and gone to some fast food heaven. 


Then we walked a block down to JoAnn Fabrics and I found the most delightful little Christmas print fabric: 




It's from Skelanimals, a brand that I found incredibly awesome while it briefly graced the shelves of the local Hot Topic, but it didn't hang around long. So I was very awed to find this and I got three yards of it. I also picked up a typical plaid with a bit shimmer and some dark green cotton. I'm gonna do quite a bit of sewing in the next few weeks! *squeals with glee*


Sunday, however, wasn't so great. At 2 am, I went with my mom to the ER because she was having chest pains. They concluded she might have a blood clot somewhere and did all these tests, but found nothing. I left at about 8:30 am to start doing my hair stuff and she didn't get released until about noon. Needless to say, none of us got any sleep and it was a pretty miserable day. On top of that, I didn't get my math homework finished up until nearly midnight - which is when it was due online! 


Although, I have to say, I operate surprisingly well on no sleep because I managed to make my hair look totally awesome. Granted, I had to bleach it TWICE the night before because that damn Splat! hair color was staying put, but after I got my preferred dyes in things went smoothly. I left it in for 5-6 hours and washed it out shortly before heading back to school last night.


 Before

 During

After

And for the record, I was wearing lime green footie pajamas with cupcakes on them pretty much all of Sunday. It was great! 

Anyways, as soon as I got back to school I zipped through the last of my Math stuff and then crashed. I slept until 7:45 am and had some strange dreams. Now I just feel....off. I hope things sort themselves out this week.