Category: Shopping

Thank you

You know you have a great best friend when he lets you try out foundation on him cause you want to buy it as a gift for a female friend who has the exact same skin tone. Especially when there are tons of people watching, and you forgot that foundation can be tested out on the palm of the hand, so you’re smearing it all over his face.

Me: What do you think, Jack?
Jack: I think he needs blush.
Seb: Fuck you, I’m pretty!


Mind you, said female friend actually put this on her wish list. It’s not like I go around giving makeup to people, gently suggesting that they need it. Those gifts are not always appreciated. I remember when my neighbor once gave me soap for my birthday. Not some luxurious shower gel – no. An honest to God bar of soap. I recall saying thank you, but I also recall that in my mind I was going “Do I smell bad? Are my hands dirty? Am I… etc.” (Turned out she gave me the soap with the best of intentions. She knew I love everything that has a green apple scent, and this was the only thing she could find. Oh, and she also gave me a gift card for a bookstore.)

Which makes me wonder… Have you ever gotten a gift you were secretly (or openly) offended by?

Lists, Lists, lists

Who knew going on vacation was so much work? I sure didn’t. Maybe because the last time I went on a real vacation was when I was 14 and we went to Egypt (and by “real” vacation I mean going to a country that doesn’t share a border with the Netherlands). I’m pretty sure my mom took care of everything back then. Sigh.

So far, I’ve:
– Applied for an ESTA (and it was approved).
– Got earplugs for on the plane
– Bought summer clothes

But I still have to:
– Got travel insurance
– Get vaccinated for god knows what (June 16th)
– Go to the dentist to check for cavities (tomorrow)
– Go in again for a teeth cleaning (June 15th)
– Go back to the jaw surgeon for a check up after they prescribed me muscle relaxants
– Get my mouth guard for teeth grinding adjusted

… When I just read that I realized it looks like I have horrible teeth It’s not that bad, actually It’s just one appointment after the other because I will be gone for two months and don’t want any trouble in the US.

As for the summer clothes, so far I have:
– 3 dresses
– 2 pair of shorts
– around 15 shirts that are either sleeveless or short sleeved.
– 2 skirts
– 5 pair of ballerina shoes

That should get me started 😛 I’m sure I’ll shop a lot in Texas as well.

Hello, mr. Sun!

Could it be? Is summer really here? Looks like! It gave me the opportunity to test run the clothes I bought for Texas, at least, and I’m happy to report that they all fit and are very cute. H&M tends to go all over the place with their sizes, so there’s always a bit of guess work involved when you order online. But I am now the proud owner of two cute dresses and two pair of jeans shorts.

andtwonewpairofshoes. *cough*

I was doing so good with the whole “not buying shoes”, but I can’t not order ballerinas when they’re only ten Euro. Besides, who doesn’t need 5 pair of ballerinas… haha. At least they’re all different colors…

If all goes well, I’ll be buying my plane ticket next week. GAH, I’m so excited!! Although I probably will ask my physician for something to calm me down for the longest bit (London-Dallas). I’m such a nervous flyer, and I’m afraid that if that continues on for 15+ hours I’ll turn into such a nervous wreck that Cesar Milan will have to rehabilitate me in his simulation trailer afterwards.

We don’t want that, do we? No.

Also, the fifteen hours of flying have convinced me that I need to quit smoking before I go. If you don’t smoke, you might not understand, but for nicotine junkies like me 15 hours of abstinence equals death. Besides, smoking is bad for you (yes, smokers know this), so now is as good a time as any. However, I do need a project for when I try to quit, so I don’t start stuffing my face 24/7… I gained close to six pounds the last time I quit smoking… and that only lasted 12 days (until I got hit by a car and broke my elbow, which -to me- was a great excuse to start again). B. (along with the internet) taught me to knit like a year ago, and after a few months of practice it became clear that I’m actually pretty good at it. However, I still knit with 70 cents worth of plastic needles that chip and equally cheap wool that splits… So I raided an online knitting boutique last night.

I found some pretty colored metal knitting needles, crochet hooks and gorgeous colored wool, and as soon as it arrives I will be knitting a sleeping bag for a baby. (Just to be clear; not my baby. But I will be a proud semi-aunty in a few months, yay!) My motto: if you’re going to be a dork, at least do it in style!

… And hopefully it will distract me from the nicotine cravings. Eeep.

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