Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Week’s Peeks: These Cats and Other Creatures of Habit

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, October 28th, 2015.

The week’s peeks from the week of the 18th. Enjoy!

Hanging out with the folks. Mom seems shocked that Dad
can play an instrument.


Thank you to M.I., Anon, and Anon for donating! I earned a
T-shirt from the donations.

We be cookin'. And when I say "we," I don't mean "we" but

I eat pizza when it's free. I just won't have 3 pieces like I
used to.

I should have named her "Shadow."

This cat.

And that cat.

Still thinking.... So far, ... it's okay.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

September 2015 Beauty

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, October 26th, 2015.

It’s almost NOVEMBER. Let’s get this done.

September’s Usual Suspects:
The progress on items are roughly (% used up):
     (27%)  Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup – 5.0
     (62%)   Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Transparent
     (35%)  Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer – Light
     (80%)   Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles – Brightener
     (21%)   NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder – Taupe/ Ash
     (Who knows??)           *Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (sample)
     (Who knows??)           *L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara – Black Brown

September’s First Team:
Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze
*Urban Decay Naked palette – ?
MAC eyeshadows – Ricepaper, Satin Taupe, ?
NYX powder blush – Peach
*Maybelline Color Whisper – Lust for Blush
*L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick – Tender Berry, Rambling Rose
*Marc Jacobs Honey
*DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

*Not pictured.

From the list of August beauty, I took some items off but added nothing new. I was sick for the second half of September, and I don’t really remember what I wore in the first half, so this month’s list is an educated guess. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the routine so that I can get out the door without much fuss.

I have been experimenting with simplifying and adjusting the routine somewhat. I haven’t been using bronzer and sometimes cutting out the concealers.

To start off the individual product updates, I mentioned in a previous month that I had lost the Revlon Peach Parfait Lip Butter – I have since found it, and not in the place which I had suspected. It still looks and smells in good condition, but it feels thinner and greasier than I think it should, if I remember correctly how it used to be when it was fresh, so I am tossing it after all. I had about a quarter-inch of it left.

It’s still going to take the rest of this year and maybe a little more to use up Maybelline’s Bad to the Bronze but I can see the finish line! I think I have less than a quarter left.

That’s about it. Nothing fancy this month.

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted.

For comparison, my skin is a medium yellow tone with cool undertones; the foundations that best match me have been: MAC Studio Fix C30, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Natural Beige 60, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Medium Beige 250.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Healthy Go: Back To Square One

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, October 23rd, 2015.

I know right – where has the HG been? Hibernation.

I may be back at my highest weight ever now. I don’t know the number because I haven’t weighed myself lately, but I think I just gained all the weight back and so I’m basically back to where I started from three years ago.

(                ) Yup.

Ugh, I think I’m just trying my best to manage all the things of Life and not doing too well. It’s not like I can really cut any of it out though. I have to work. I have to budget. I have to watch what I eat. I have to move more. I have to work on thesis. I have to relate with people. I have to take care of the cats. I have to make myself relax and enjoy something once in a while. So on, and so on and so on. That’s life, woman – get to it.

Dumb, right? That I can’t manage well and that I stress out, about Life. To put it into perspective, I spent about a decade being depressed and NOT living, so living now (the past 7 years or so) is still… I have to figure it out. If that makes any sense. I need to build better habits that will help me with it all. I get better at it, and then more is added, which is expected.

All that stress has shown up on my waistline.

Time to fight back.


TITLE Classic Leather Speed Rope
I finally got a new jump rope that is the right length for my height. I plan to use it soon, like this weekend, or even today, soon. I haven’t yet (as I’m writing this) because I didn’t have shoes either. I tested out the rope a little in barefeet, so I think it’s a good length.

TITLE Classic Leather Speed Rope. Weighted handles.
I’m 5’2 ½”. The rope is 8 ½’. I got it off of Amazon, the TITLE Classic Leather Speed Rope. It also comes in 7.5’ and 9.5’. I think the 7.5’ would have been too short for me despite recommended height-lengths. It comes with a mesh cinch-bag. It’s all coiled up, but it uncoils as it’s whipped around for jumping, at least it did for me. I probably won’t keep it in the bag all the time though, so I can just get out there. It comes with weighted handles that can be taken off – I prefer weighted handles when I’m in better shape.

Champion C9 and New Balance Sports Bras

Other new gear: sports bras and shoes! Seriously, I hadn’t bought new workout stuff in… I’m gonna guess it’s been at least 5 years. I already had a post about my old pairs of shoes which were both about a decade old.

The bras came padded, but the pads are removable.
I’m guessing that my old sports bras are about 5 years old. I needed something with newer support-life in them. Earlier this month, I got 2 new Champion C9 bras on sale, and then 2 new New Balance bras on discount. I’ve done a few exercises at home, like mountain climbers and such, and so far, the bras are working out – I mean, I’m good with them, they’re good with me (?) – you know what I’m saying.

I decided to leave the black Skechers at work, which meant that I was on the hunt for a dedicated workout pair that I could keep at home (or run to and from work, the buses, etc.). I was looking at either runners or trainers – I used to get NB trainers and really like them for the arch supports mainly.

ASICS Contend3 Running Shoes
This time, I went with ASICS Contend3 runners. The color combo is “Titanium/ Aqua Splash/ Mallard”, is what the box says – dark gray, aqua, and white is what it is. I don’t enjoy running because my knees tend to hurt, but I’ve been considering going on a run, like I have a desire to feel the wind in my hair for some reason. Likely, I’ll do what I normally do which is go on the elliptical at the gym – it doesn’t hurt my knees and I’m less likely to fall on the ground. And, of course, I can use them while jump-roping and other activities.

I just got the shoes this week, like a couple days ago, so time to move it!

Breakfast: potato and sweet potato cubes, Vienna sausages,
and scrambled eggs
While I was sick for so long, my diet took a dive. Just this past week, I started to get back into prepping my meals again. This week, I’ll grocery shop again for more fruits and veggies. 

I plan to skip the morning Coffee Bean or Jamba Juice drink at least once a week (I only work part-time) and have hot tea at work instead – I’ve already done that a few times. It’s been easier now that I have the tumbler, because the A/C at work is good so hot tea would quickly become cold tea in a mug but stays hotter longer in the tumbler.

The fire stairs at work
I’ve tackled the fire stairs at work twice now. I don’t think I’ll be doing that more. Being fire stairs, it’s closed off from most of the air, which made it difficult for me to breathe the more I climbed. At first, I thought the shortness of breath was only being out of shape, but I realized that it’s also that there’s no fresh air. I was able to do those 50+ flights of stairs on campus last fall semester more easily because most of them were in fresh air and that helps a lot. 

I’m gonna hafta think up some other ways to get more activity in on the work days.

I had planned to write more about memories and motivations and encouragements and such – that’ll have to come later as that takes more of me to write. As always, I’ve already been thinking about it a lot, I just haven’t written it in a coherent fashion yet and I’d like to work it out more.

  • What healthy thing have you been up to?

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional health anything. I am a health trekker, updating my audience with the different sights, and hopefully encouraging others on their own journeys. I am moving towards a healthier lifestyle in a slow and steady approach.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Week’s Peeks: Stair & Manes

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, October 21th, 2015.

WP for the week of October 11th.

I tackle the fire stairs. I wish it was as cool as that sounds – fire stairs, stairs on fire.

My mane. Bagheera’s mane.

And more Creeper in the Dark.

Started from the 2nd floor, so
6 flights conquered this day.

Spicy chicken.

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Photo credit: Mom.

Yes, I sometimes have the blood
of a Vulcan for breakfast.

7 flights conquered this day.

Creeper in the Dark. No messin'


"I'm bored with you. Be gone."

On the lips: "Heart On" by Colourpop.

Fried rice and egg, and some
UH Wahine VB.

Mililani Starbucks - the guy server
was cool, seen him before. I should
get his name so I can give him
proper recognition.

Impromptu flowers from my mommy.

Sneak peek in the Week's Peek.

Another sneak peek in the Week's Peek.

More sneak peek in the Week's Peek. Maybe.

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