Archive for January 2009

Hello, my name is Amy and I procrastinate.

January 29, 2009

Yes, I admit it. For so long I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. I was a Virgo, damn it, and I got stuff done. No BS-in’ around. But, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I, Amy McAdams, procrastinate.

Wow. That felt good.

To be honest, I think my interpretation of procrastination and laziness is probably more strict than most. I realize that, even when I procrastinate, I still manage to do something. Like, today: I went to a color seminar through a local printer, and learned quite a bit. But, it wiped me out and I came home, ate a piece of chocolate and talked Matthew into watching an episode of Lost in our ongoing mission to catch up to the current season.

Since finishing that episode, I’ve managed to make one client phone call, take a picture of my outfit today for WR, upload photos to Flickr, update my Facebook status, eat a handful of almonds, play with the dog, bug Matthew in his office, make some tea, look through WR some more, write some personal emails and, well, here I am. All in the name of not wanting to work. I think my brain is fried from all that learnin’ I did this morning.

Anyway, in an attempt to fix this “problem,” I’ve placed this CD on hold at the library. It’s ready to pick up tonight…I think it’s a sign:



January 28, 2009

Inspired by Nadnuk from Wardrobe Remix, I decided to do a little grouping of my haircuts over the past few years. Why? Well, I am a crazy person about my hair. For example, I just cut it all off and now I wish I would have left the bob and dyed it back blonde. Regardless, it IS just hair. And, it’s fun to have fun with. I thought it would be interesting (at least for me) to see where I’ve been in my hair travels:


They’re all chronological from the upper left (that one was taken in early 2004). The next one is mid-2006 and so on until today. BTW: I hate that center photo…at the cabin, no makeup, no shower. Ick.

I do think I’m ready to go blonde-ish again, but supposedly it requires bleach and that’s a teensy bit scary.

Buffy the LipHair Slayer.

January 27, 2009

Those of you who know me well know that I am obsessed with “As See On TV” products. There’s the ShamWow, the Snuggie, the PediPaw, Bare Minerals, Nads…just to name a few.

My most recent eyebrow raiser: SmoothAway


It’s the hair removal system that is supposedly pain-free and exfoliates as you use it. Wow! Sign me up. Well, to be honest, I had my doubts. But, after talking to a friend who tried it out and liked it, I decided to drop the $9.99 at the local CVS to see if it really worked.

First off, it comes in this cute, but cheap, little plastic green carrying pouch. Since the pad holders themselves are pink, it gives it a cute overall color combo.

Last night I started with the upper lip (yes, I have to groom the upper lip like most hormone-having ladies over 30). Mine isn’t bad…it’s blonde, but it’s annoying. So, I attached the little buff pad to the fingertip-sized pad holder, washed and dried my face thoroughly (per instructions) and started buffing away in small counter- and clockwise motions. NOTE: Pay close attention to the instructions. DO NOT PRESS TOO HARD. I used minimal pressure and I had a little spot that was slightly irritated.

After going over the area a few times, I did see a difference. It wasn’t removed, but it was just tightly groomed. Like I said above, I did have one area that felt a little irritated, so I followed the instructions and dipped a cotton ball in milk and held it against the area for a few seconds. It seemed to help.

For the rest of the night, however, that area of my face felt tight and a little sensitive. That could go away over time, of course.

As for the larger, hand-sized pad. Well, I used it today after my shower and it seemed to take a little more elbow grease than I expected. Again, it did take the hair length down, but it didn’t remove it.

Overall, I think this is an okay product for the $9.99 price. I’ll probably stick to the ol’ razor for my legs, but I prefer this method of small area hair grooming to some of the other alternatives (I’m looking at you, Nair. And, you too, cuticle scissors.). So, if you can find it at your local drugstore, and promise to take it easy with the buffing pressure, I say go for it!

Tag, I’m it?

January 26, 2009

The lovely Miss Rachel over at Fruit in a Box tagged me to reveal seven random things about myself. I just did a similar thing via facebook that was a random gathering of most of my neurosis and habits. I think I’ll take this opportunity to choose seven random fashion/craft/lifestyle things to stay true to the String theme:

  1. I only wash my hair every other day, but I have to take a “body bath” every day or I feel absolutely disgusting.
  2. I have schizophrenia when it comes to crafting. I’d like to focus on one area and get really great at it, but I can’t find it in me to put that much effort into one direction. I feel like I’d be missing out on so much other fun stuff. The only bad thing about this: most times this makes me not do anything crafty at all.
  3. I am an emotional shopoholic. Seriously. I have a big problem with buying things to make myself feel better. And, then feeling worse after I’ve made the purchase, but not bad enough to return anything.
  4. I mostly work out like a crazy woman so I can eat like a crazy woman.
  5. I wish yoga pants were super stylish. If they were, I’d wear them every day.
  6. I hate brushing my teeth (but I do…twice a day).
  7. I look at girls way more than I look at guys when I people watch. Every once in a while, I’ll see a super-cute guy, but mostly I’m looking for good style and good haircuts. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m going to get punched in the face for staring so much.

I tag:

Middle West Meals

Fiber Art Almost Every Day


Cordial Kitten

Here are the rules:
* Link to the person who tagged you
* Post the rules on your blog
* Write 7 random things about yourself
* Tag 7 people at the end of your post and link to them
* Let each person know they’ve been tagged

(I know. I only tagged 4 people. I’m a bad girl.)

Learning to KNiiTT…Wii-style.

January 21, 2009

I bought Matthew/us a Wii for Christmas and we’re in the midst of trying to beef up our sad little game library. Other than the Wii Fit, I have no future gaming purchases that truly excite me. Until now…


Matthew just sent me a link to this. At first I thought it was a total joke but, after reading more, I think it’s kind of genius. KNiiTTiiNG is the work of Artist Rachel Beth Egenhoefer and uses the Nintendo Wii to knit:

“The more we started to work together and play silly Wii games, the more the ideas started to come.  We thought about the craze of Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero and then thought we’d make our own type of “Knitting Hero”.  Users follow the knits and purls as they move up the screen challenging the player to knit in rhythm with the game, and without dropping a stitch! In Dance Dance Revolution the player produces a dance (or something like a dance), and in Guitar Hero the player creates an actual song.  In KNiiTTiiNG however, you can only knit a virtual cloth object which comes back to my ideas about tactility and code, while also bringing in elements of pop culture and scatological video games.”

At this point, it’s in the development/beta stage, but you can check out the website to find out what’s to, hopefully, come.

Having the S.A.D. on such a not-sad day.

January 20, 2009

It’s official. I have the S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder). I’m assuming most Midwesterners do. And, today is such a great day with the whole “out with the Bush and in with the ‘bama” thing. I mean, I watched the speech, it was amazing, I was uplifted for an hour and then it was back to ol’ S.A.D.-sack Amy. Admittedly, this is one of the first days I’m noticing it, so that could make it worse. And, I work from home, so I don’t leave the house a lot when it gets witch-tit cold. And, I am PMS-ing. So, there’s that. But I have this list of things I want to do and I feel like the cold blah outside prevents me from doing so:

  1. I want to go outside and play with the dog. I feel so sorry for her because she’s all cooped up in the house. She’s chewing again (mostly power supplies and buttons off of jeans) and she just seems bored.
  2. I want to throw on a skirt, cute top and some open-toed shoes and run out to get a coffee or a snack. No bundling-up required, thank you. I’m getting tired of this layering bullshit.
  3. I want to open up the windows and get fresh air in the house.
  4. Referring to #3, I’d like to save a few hundred bucks on the ol’ gas bill.
  5. I’d like to go for a jog outside and not have to get mad windburn/hypothermia while doing so.
  6. I want to have friends over for a backyard shindig.
  7. I want to drive with the windows down.
  8. I’d like it to be light outside a little earlier AND a little later.
  9. I want to go sit outside at my favorite pub and drink a beer with friends.
  10. I want to sit outside and read a book.
  11. I want to take my new camera out and about and improve my skills. There are only so many pictures of myself, Matthew, the dog, the cat and the food I eat that I can take.
  12. I want to be motivated. It seems like when it’s warmer outside, I’m motivated to do more work, crafting and anything in general.

I think that’s it for now. Sorry for the bitching. I thought that maybe, after typing this all out, I’d feel better because I’d literally be thinking warm thoughts. It kind of helped.

Martha meets Amy in a cluttered Midwestern Michael’s aisle.

January 19, 2009

During my month off, I spent a lot of time at Michael’s. I had been working on my self-promo/client thank yous, and had made several trips due to my lack of thorough list making. Due to an extended cell phone conversation during one particular trip (I hate being on the phone while I’m checking. It’s rude.), I was forced to walk up and down each aisle to kill time. When I realized I was in the Scrapbooking section, it was too late. There I was. Mesmerized by an abundance of overwhelming visual stimuli: The Martha Stewart Crafts Section. Did I know this whole collection existed? Probably. Did I know I would love everything so much? Not at all. My particular favorite was, by far, this little collection of alphabet cards:

animalalphabetWhat would I do with them (outside of getting pregnant and decorating my kid’s room with all 26 prints individually framed and perfectly spaced)? I know myself and I’d buy them and they would sit in my craft closet waiting to be used until one day I give them to someone because I don’t have any more room.

And, while I’m at it, why am I the last to know about all of the awesome Amy Butler Paper Crafts? Seriously. I wanted to buy everything just to bring it home and stare at it for a few hours.