Friday, December 28, 2007

My New Favorite Book!!

For Christmas one of my coworkers gave me a book called "To-Do List: From buying milk to finding a sould mate, what our lists reveal about us." I'm only one chapter into it, but it is my new absolute favorite book! The author, Sasha Cagen, had people actually send her their to-do lists, and she published one hundred of them in a book. There are actual color scans of the handwritten lists!! I'm a visual person so I'm thrilled with that! There are different categories that the lists are separated into: daily lists, life, and new years resolutions, just to name a few. You can get the book at Borders, Amazon, etc., or she also has a blog (www.todolistblog.com) if you want to check out a few of the lists.

I LOVE finding other list-makers!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas to me!

Really quick, I just had to show you what I got in my stocking. Those of you who like office supplies will appreciate this. Those of you that don't will find it a little weird. What is it?

It's a cool old-fashioned stapler!!!!!!!!!!!









I know, it's so cool...

I'm nosy and I know it

Okay, I'm nosy. I love gossip and being in the know. I don't have to turn around and share the gossip, but I do love it when people share it with me. I'm like Elaine on Seinfeld - I've got "The Vault."

Another part of my nosiness is that I love to see how people live. I love taking walks at night around the neighborhood and looking at people's houses - how they decorate, what kind of furniture they have, what colors they've painted their walls. FI teases me and calls me a stalker, but really, it's not the people I'm interested in, just their stuff. I know it sounds weird (maybe not to all of you) but I'm fascinated with how people live! Is there a job where I could just study this all the time?

One other fascination I have is what women carry in their handbags. You already know my purse is my world; it has everything in it. I think I want to know what everyone carries around because the contents of a woman's purse describe her - you could find out whatever you needed to know about a woman just by looking in her purse. Stuff that she wouldn't normally tell you would be described by the contents of her purse. Like me. I have a Coach makeup bag and a Coach planner = I like brand names. I have about 20 different pens and pencils, plus some Post-its = I love to write and I'm obsessed with office supplies. I carry at least five different lipsticks = I love makeup.











I'll even show you my purse, just to be fair...this is the bag that my fiance got me for my birthday this past year. My birthday is coming up soon - this one has survived almost a year!!

So what do I have in my purse? Okay, you can see that too.









1. My green wallet from Nine West. Most of my wardrobe and most of my purses are black, so I got this wallet to spice things up a bit.
2. My Blackberry, cell (pink's my favorite color!) and iPod
3. Coach makeup bag (not really a makeup bag but it works)
4. Badge for work (not a bad picture)
5. Pens, highlighters
6. Glasses case, weight watchers points calculator, sunglasses, gum, yet another lipstick and powder.
7. Oh yeah and it looks like there's a piece of chocolate in there!

So is it just me, or is there anyone else out there that is fascinated with the way people live and the stuff that they have? Is my desire to know what other people have just a desire to keep up with the Joneses? Who knows, but I figure at least I have a healthy curiosity!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Why do people drink and drive?

Nothing makes me angrier than a drunk driver. I mean really, incredibly angry. If you out there in Blog-land drink and drive, don't read my blog. I don't want you to. Last night the son of one of my managers was killed by a drunk driver. The son had just turned 18 years old and was going to CalPoly next year. He was a star athlete and a really nice kid, and his dad (my manager) was his best friend. And because of some dumb-ass woman who was driving home drunk in her suburban, he's dead. Obviously, my manager is devastated beyond words. This was his only child, and after he and his wife divorced his son lived mainly with him. He was so proud of his son; they really were best friends. I've never, ever seen a more devoted father. And now his life is ruined.

It really pisses me off that people who drive drunk always survive the accident. God should reign down fire and hell on those people.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A tiny dog in a sweater


This is my adorable little boy Bruiser. He's a six-month old Miniature Dachsund, and no, he's not named after that Chihuahua in Legally Blonde. He is a tiny dog that needed a tough name. I thought I'd share a couple of cute pictures that I just snapped of him. It's getting cold here out west, so I bought him a little sweatshirt. I know, everybody makes fun of little dogs with clothes - shoot, up until six months ago, I made more fun of them than anyone else (well, not the dogs, but their owners). But apparently little dogs really do get cold really easily. Anyway, here he is in his sweatshirt that even has a pocket!! How cute is that?
Here's one more for you. Today Bruiser was sleeping (which occupies most of his time) and he woke up, got out of his bed, and jumped right up in the big chair. Now, does a 12-lb dog need all that space? No. Will he share the chair with you? Not a chance. Will he start to growl at you if you try to pick him up out of that chair? Yep. I know, spoiled rotten already.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Product Reviews

I've bought some new makeup recently, mostly on the advice of fellow blogger Allie. Everyday she takes a picture of what she's wearing and her makeup and posts it on her blog - I'm addicted to it! She put up some product reviews recently, so I decided to give some of them a try. The rest of the products that I bought on her recommendation are coming in the mail...I'll post a review when I receive them.


First was Nars Dolce Vita lipstick. Man, this lipstick feels good! It feels expensive, creamy, and is supposedly the most-wearable lipstick color for the majority of women. Well, this time I seem to be in the minority, because it just looked alright on me. It wasn't terrible, but the pinky/berry undertones of the lipstick made my skin with red undertones look redder. I think this really is a lipstick that most women can wear, but lots of things turn orangey on me, and this seems to be one of them.

The second thing I bought was Clinque Perfect Plum lipstick. This wasn't one of Allie's recommendations, but one I found on my own. I LOVE this lipstick! I wasn't sure of the color in the tube, but on it's this gorgeous berry/pinkie color that makes my eyes look really blue and my skin look really clear. It's super moisturizing too. The only problem is that it tends to wear off pretty quickly, and I'm not good at remembering to reapply. Once I master that, I'll be happy, because this is one fantastic lipstick!


The last thing I got was Sally Hansen's Airbrush Makeup. I was watching a What Not to Wear marathon recently and I noticed that the makeup lady always uses an aerosol makeup, and the people always look fantastic. I didn't know if it was from the makeup itself or the aerosol, so I decided to try this one when I saw it. When I first put it on, I was amazed - my skin looked fantastic!! However, after a day of wear, I was less than impressed. The makeup had gotten blotchy and I could see a lot of the redness of my skin peeking through. I tried again the next day, with the same results. Plus, under my eyes the makeup had settled so that it looked like I had big old lines!! I'm 25, and I haven't seen lines yet - let me tell you, that was a bad night. It was also the last time that I wore this makeup. It's too bad, because it really, really looked good when I first put it on. This one will not be a repeat purchase for me.

These are a few of my favorite things...

The other day my friend said someone asked her to name six things she couldn’t live without. I thought it sounded like fun so I thought of six things that I couldn’t live without at this point in my life. I didn’t include things like family and friends, because those are things I think most people can’t live without. This is my less-serious list, in no particular order. I told my friend about it and she said, “Wow, that is a really well-rounded, accurate description of you.” So I guess you’ll learn a lot about me in this post!

1. My purse – My purse is my world. It holds everything: my phone, my planner, iPod, money, make-up, lists. Everything. When I’m bored and sitting around, say waiting for an appointment or on a bus, there’s always something to do in my purse.

2. Google – I don’t know how I lived without Google. When I don’t know the answer to something, I Google it. My coworker will think out loud with a question and in seconds, I can email her the answer. I even Google myself sometimes – if you haven’t done it, you should try it.
3. The book The Devil Wears Prada – This is my all-time favorite book. Lots of people make fun of me for that, but I don’t care (and if you’ve only seen the movie, the movie is good, but the book is SO much better). I first read this book when I had a horrible, evil boss, so I could totally relate to it. I read this book all the time.

4. Office supplies – Office supplies, you may ask? I’ve loved office supplies since I was a little kid. In fact, one year for my birthday my parents got me a box of post-its, a few stamps and one of those bells you ring for customer service. It was the best birthday. I think if you have fun office supplies, it just makes working more fun!

5. My Blackberry/Planner – I use both a Blackberry and a paper planner. They hold everything – calendars, contacts, lists, passwords, wedding vendors and other planning info. I have a horrible short term memory, so I’m constantly writing things down and referring back to my notes.

6. Starbucks – I’m an addict, I admit it. I try making coffee drinks at home, and sometimes they’re fine, but I really enjoy going to get coffee. Somehow it tastes better out of one of those Starbucks cups! And I’m SO excited that they have the holiday drinks – gingerbread lattes and the red holiday cups, here I come!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Mobile blogging!? How cool is this, I can write a blog straight from my phone. Yet one more reason to be addicted to this thing...cool.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Welcome!

Hi Everyone! I'm April, welcome to my blog. I'll tell you right off the bat it's pretty random. I decided I needed a place to keep random thoughts, vents, and whatever else comes to mind. Here's a bit about me - I'm sort of all over the board. I'm 25, have an okay government job, and I'm getting married next year. I love to organize, I love office supplies, and I have a major purse fetish. I read books on management and think they're exciting. I have a Miniature Dachsund puppy who looks adorable in sweaters and is afraid of little dogs. I think Matt Damon and Harrison Ford are hot. I don't like talking on the phone but I'm addicted to my Blackberry. I can't stand stupid people and I don't have patience for those who lack self-confidence. Believe in yourself before you come whining to me.

Anyways, what did I tell you - I'm sort of all over the place...enjoy!