Contour MakeupHoly LORD what are you doing to your face?! You basically just drew a treasure map on your face, blended it, and now you look like a totally different person. Is this a lie? How do you meet someone at night, wake up the next morning and explain that you are indeed the same person as last night?! Wouldn’t it be more effective and less time-consuming to wear a mask? Just saying.
Smart WatchesOk, so, initially, they seem super cool. They are sleek and badass, right? Until I saw someone walking down the street, talking into their wrist. Looks silly. Why should I pay for an item that is either a slave to my phone or pay for extra data so it can be independent from my phone?
Facebook Keyboard WarriorsSeriously dude, you are scum. Get a life. No one cares what you say online. I dare you, no, I triple dog dare you, to say that to someone’s face, politely, and argue like civilized humans. Bet you couldn’t do it.
K-CupsWhy hasn’t anyone made an easier way for me to recycle my K-cups? Sure, everyday I can peel off the foil, save the grounds for compost and was the tiny cup. But do I? Rarely….
Why Isn’t Everyone Obsessed with Public Libraries?Seriously, I am over here, freaking out about how awesome libraries are, yet so many people are not using them. Or worse, flapping their mouth about how libraries are obsolete. This is FREE STUFF people, FREE!!! Maybe people love being in debt. Not me. I am too cheap!
Well, obviously I love photography. Before the invention of the iPhone, I was never seen without a camera around my neck. Can’t say the same now, since I carry the phone instead. But still, I am taking photos and documenting life, maybe even more so then when I shot film!
This is literally me – a bald person laughing so hard, she is crying. Seriously. Ask my husband. He will tell you about my earth-shattering laughs as we watch Golden Girls or Will & Grace on Hulu.
Aw, doggy. Love my doggy. Love this little doggy too. So cute.
I have never been cool. Seriously. My mom will say otherwise, but she is so totally biased. I sport a similar pair of glasses, only in bright pink. Luckily, my teeth are a bit better than this! Took me a long time to be proud of my nerdiness. It’s always been there, but I am less shy about it now.
I always have a pile of library books at home. If there isn’t a pile, then you know something is very wrong. This pile is far too short to represent me, but still, it will do for an Instagram post!
Aah! Peace and quiet! So rare! Some folks are still sleeping when we are walking. What a shame. And the folks that are out at the same time as you, have respect for morning tranquility. A day should start quietly!
You may see an animal or something special
Once in a while, you will stumble upon an animal. It is rare, but when it happens, it is awesome (until the dog dashes off after one)!
Fresh air, no trafficNo loud cars. No exhaust fumes. Just fresh air!
Starts my day off right with exercise!
Ok kids. I hate exercise. I hate gyms. SO walking is ideal for me. I get to see things and trick myself into exercising!
Clears my head
No phone or emails? No dinging of text messages? No one around to talk to you? That means a nice, clear head with no distractions. Some of my best writing comes from a clear head! Too bad I can’t write and walk at the same time.
After a while, perfect, digital music means nothing to me! Love that old crackle sound of the record player. It makes music real to me. I also know I own that music. The record is tangible and doesn’t stop playing when my phone battery dies.
Lifting the needle and placing it on the recordOh my goodness. Love dropping the needle in just the right spot. Trying to figure out the line of the next track is fun!
The hypnotic spinning of the recordI don’t know why, but I get lost in a spinning record! Sometimes I try and read the song titles while it spins. Crazy girl!
Picking the next record
Oh so many records to choose from. I look at all those records my husband and I hunted down at estate sales or Salvation Army! I hate advancing a button on my phone to find a song. I don’t get to see the album tracks or any special information like special notes from the artist!
Having to get up off the couch to flip the record
You’d think it might be annoying, but it is much better than that ongoing digital music. The process makes me slow down and appreciate the music more.
1. Julie Andrews Perfection. No explanation needed.
2. Cary Grant That face, that hair, that voice!!! So dashing and debonair. There are very few actors I am so interested in to have watched so many of his movies and he is one!! I may not be anywhere near watching ALL the films he starred in, but I must be close!
3. Gene Kelly
He is just one of those actors who ooze joy no matter what role he plays. Oh and of course, he’s a fabulous dancer! One of my go-to movies to watch when I am sick is Singing in the Rain. He aways makes me laugh.
4. Jimmy Stewart
Of course I love him in It’s A Wonderful Life but I also enjoyed watching him in Hitchcock films as well. I wasn’t sure I would like him as any other character than George Bailey. Grant always played the cool cat but Stewart never struck me as that kind of swoon-worthyworthy actor. But he is great!
Sure, she always played a sex kitten but I think she is a lot smarter than everyone gives her credit for!! She had a lot of pizazz and personality. Love that look!
Sure streaming is convenient but it has sucked the fun out of music.I have lost the excitement of catching my favorite song on the radio. Remember how gratifying life was when you have to wait for your favorite song after three commercials?! I miss the sounds of records and cassettes. Part of me also misses manually flipping a record or reloading a cassette. Makes me more mindful of music than just letting a phone constantly play track after track while I tune in and out.
Handwriting and Computers
Yes, the convenience of typing is so wonderful but means nothing to me. It takes very little effort to get the information from your brain to the computer. Writing makes you think, pause, reflect etc. If I am going to commit something to a piece of paper it has to be good! That delete button has erased far too many good ideas. And there is something about the flow from brain to hand to paper that is romantic to me.
Radio and Digital Music
Having everything at one’s fingertips sounds like heaven but it really isn’t. I so miss the days of the DJ telling me to stay tuned after the commercial for that song I really wanted to hear. As I said above, there is something so gratifying about being made to wait for your reward. Also, I kind of miss being able to call into the radio to make a request!
Streaming Movies and Movie Theaters
I will be the first one to say that I don’t get to the movie theater as often as I did when I was younger. It is incredibly expensive and it is hard for me to find a film I really want to watch on the big screen. With the advent of streaming, it seems like no one wants to leave home because they have a world of movies at their finger tips. But I find that having so many options just exhausts me. I spend most of my time scrolling through options and just adding them to my queue rather than watching something. I do miss seeing movies on the big screen – the dramatic music, the bright colors, the suspense. I can’t really get that feeling at home with constant interruptions. But on the other hand, it is nice to be home, under a blanket with my husband and dog. I can’t decide on this one!
Pencil and Pen
Ok, so this isn’t totally a old/new thing since pens have been around for a while. I have so many colored pens that are so much fun, but there is just something romantic about pencil. I so miss using pencil! I especially miss sharpening pencils!!! A few years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I asked for an old-fashioned, metal pencil sharpener. You know, the kind that you bolt to the wall. He bought one and I LOVE IT! I just have to remember to empty the container of shavings!
Everyone is nice to each other (for a minute) – With the exception of those folks who are totally stressed out by the holidays (you’re doing it wrong), I love how nice we all are to each other around Christmas. Normally we charge around, thinking only of ourselves, yelling at each other in traffic or on Facebook. How refreshing!
We are actually thinking about others -We love to surprise others with the perfect gift. We spend the time thinking about the ones we love and what they would enjoy unwrapping Christmas morning. Fun!
It is ok to eat whatever you want –Ok so all nutritionists and fitness trainers are saying hell no to this right now. But what other time of year would I ever have access to this kind of food (because I totally eat healthy all year long)?! Some sarcasm there…
Spending time with family –There is never enough time to see family. It is unfair. But Christmas is a great excuse to spend time together. I love an excuse to get together!!!
Decorations, movies and music – I LOVE it when we empty the attic of all the Christmas bins and start to unpack all the goodies. It is like this magical flood of excitement and nostalgia. Whether it is a piece you purchased at TJMaxx last year or that dorky ornament you made in the 1st grade, it all means something special. And of course, I love planning my movie viewing line up and playing Christmas records! YIPEE!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
-Inspired Bald Girl
It seems like the word of the decade is MINDFULNESS. It is everywhere- books, Youtube, Yoga class etc. MINDFULNESS can apply to so many aspects in one’s life! This year I have been reflecting a lot on finances. I’ve set some pretty tough financial goals for myself so I have to be mindful of certain things in order to achieve the goals. Much like the rest of America, I have certain retail weaknesses – Starbucks, clothes, stationary or pretty much anything at Hobby Lobby. So in my Happy Planner I have inserted a little unofficial manifesto to remind myself to save money. Here are my top 5 –
Reading, writing and learning are all FREE (and will enrich your life!)
Rearrange or repurpose. Don’t buy new.
Look around – you have so much already.
You have everything you NEED (most consider WANT over NEED tisk tisk)
Annie Leibovitz – She is the only photographer who has a style that I recognize immediately. It takes a lot to stand out as a photographer. It isn’t like other media where the stroke of your hand makes a signature line that is unique to you!
Sally Mann – I always liked her portraits but didn’t really fall in love with her until I read her memoir Hold Still. WOW. I highly recommend the book.
Bill Cunningham – Ok, so I maybe hoped and prayed everytime I went to New York City that Bill Cunningham would drive by me on his bicycle and capture my photo. A girl can dream. Always enjoyed seeing his photographs in the New York Times. I recommend the documentary about him called Bill Cunningham New York. You will fall in love with him.
Diane Arbus – I remember seeing her photographs in a library book in college and being blown away. What in the world was I looking it? She is like no other.
Cindy Sherman – Thank you Cindy Sherman for getting me started in my college photography class. I really enjoyed her self portrait film stills. Self portraits were my way out of Alopecia hell. I tip my hat to you Cindy!