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Thursday, June 28, 2012

More nail blog give-aways!

Attention all nail polish aficionados and manicure maniacs: I've spotted a few sweet nail-polish giveaways and am sharing the deets with you!

 Pretty and Polished Pointers is giving away 2 beautiful OPI colors. You have 33 possible entries, so what are you waiting for?

Also, Glitter Obsession is giving away gift certificates! This one excites me so much! The GC's are for http://shop.llarowe.com/ which is amazing! Glitter Obsession is one of my fave nail blogs, so please visit and show some love!!!

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Prejudice... wrote a blog about it... like to hear it? Here it goes.


I am so disgusted right now. I am sad, angry, and ashamed of the human race. I feel like Picard trying to fight off The Borg. I want to bang my head against the desk in sheer frustration.

History is repeating itself. It pains me to know that there are people whom I call friends who actually believe that NC did the right thing yesterday in passing Amendment One, which effectively slams the door on gay marriage, as well as leaving many other “non-traditional” families out in the cold. Using your religious beliefs to restrict the rights of others is not only lame, it’s dangerous, hateful, and just plain inhumane. 

Listen, I grew up in a fundamentalist Pentacostal household. My father was a minister for many years. I’ve read The Bible. But really, if you want to take your cues from a 2000 (or anywhere between 1500 and 3500) year old book of laws, well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw, Heather, we’re all screwed. Our diets and clothing practices alone are going to send us to “Hell”, not to mention the fact that we’ve outlawed slavery and sex-trafficking. Oh, yeah, and guys? If you’ve gone to the barber lately, kiss your ass goodbye. The whole planet is fucked.

My point is not to bash your beliefs; it is to get you to just consider thinking about things differently. Our country keeps going back and forth on the issue of Separation of Church & State - and it's causing too many problems. Either our government is secular, or it's not, and it can't seem to make up it's mind, which is allowing all manner of discriminatory practices to take place in the meantime. Whatever happened to "Love your neighbors as yourselves"?




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

So, my posts lately have been of a rather inane nature, but today I need to be real. A fellow student in my grad program passed away last week. This was someone whom I didn't know, however her death is having an impact on me. Why? From all indications, this death was a suicide. And if you know me or have followed this blog at all, you know that this is a topic that is very personal for me. Having lost 1 partner and almost having lost another (thank you Universe, for stepping in when you did), and struggling with my own mental health issues over the years makes this an important topic in my life. I am so sorry that this young woman felt so overwhelmed and in so much pain that she chose to end her life. I have nothing but love and empathy for her loved ones left behind. However, I am kind of pissed off at other people.

Some people are using this as an opportunity to remind us to take care of ourselves, and to be on the lookout for others in our classes who may be having a difficult time, that we don't have to feel alone or struggle without help. I appreciate this little reminder because some people do get wrapped up in their own stuff and don't recognize when others may be in trouble. HOWEVER....

Not 2 days before this woman's death I sat through a class with tears streaming down my face (yes, for the duration of the class, I couldn't stop them), feeling overwhelmed, panic-y and generally flooded with depression and anxiety. It is the end of the semester, I am having health issues that I never anticipated that quite frankly scare the crap out of me, not to mention all the other stressors in my life at the moment... The point is, that I was starting to break down and lose it and no one (with the exception of 2 other students who I am becoming close with) said a thing. The prof looked at me as I cried and after class started to walk toward me, and then walked the other way and left. When I got in my car I sobbed for a good 15 minutes. I felt so alone and overwhelmed. I felt like I was in the wrong place, that I wasn't good enough and all my decisions had been the wrong ones. I felt like crashing my car. What if I had? What if I hadn't had the presence of mind to just keep driving to Oaky's house - just get there safely and take things one step at a time? It could have been me. And yet, I don't think anyone realized how I was feeling. So, when a few days later, we get an email saying we should be each others' eyes and ears and help each other out... well, frankly, it pissed me off. It hurt. It made me feel invisible.

I have since talked to my therapist and I am on the mend, it is a complex thing with PTSD, it waxes and wanes. So please don't worry for me, I am ok at the moment and am still on a healing journey. No one but Oaky and a few close friends know what I have been struggling with for the last few months, and I plan on keeping it that way, for now. It's too hard to keep opening up about it especially when I find it difficult to trust people as it is. I just needed to write about it because I felt like I was slapped in the face. Or worse, completely overlooked. Feeling invisible is one of the worst things in the world. But I know I'll do what I always do, turn my pain and struggles into fuel for helping others... as long as I can find the energy and strength to keep doing that, I think I'll be ok.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Another give-away!

http://www.glitterobsession.com/2012/03/600-follower-giveaway.html?spref=bl
Visit the above link to enter Glitter Obsessions 600 Follower Giveaway! She is giving away 6 Milani glitter polishes, and they are sooo pretty. :) Good luck!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nail polish haul!

This is my first haul post. And it is definitely worth posting. I got some amazingly cute Spring colors for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! How cheap, you ask? 69¢ per bottle! I love clearance. ❤

The haul: 10 gorgeous colors & the Salon Express nail stamping kit.
More after the jump!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Another Nail polish give-away!

I just came across another cool nail blog and they are having a give-away! Click and visit!
http://www.nailxchange.com/2012/03/my-500-followers-giveaway.html
Good luck to everyone (but I hope I win LOL)!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First day of Spring Mani

Happy Spring!!! To celebrate, I decided to do a beautiful spring-y teal color mani with some silver accents.
The color is Plenty of Fish In the Sea, a gorgeous shimmery teal color in the new Spoiled line by Wet n Wild. I used 3 coats because it's kind of thin and you definitely need more than one. But for $1.99 it's quite a bargain! There are about 72 shades available in the Spoiled line, which I hear are exclusive to CVS. LOTS of gorgeous shades, intense, pearly, metallic, and glitters  - but again, thin, so you need multiple coats. But for 2 bucks a pop you can try several shades without breaking the bank and feeling guilty.
Used:
(Teal) Plenty of Fish In the Sea by Spoiled (by Wet n Wild)
Silver Glitter nail art paint by KISS
Top coat: Sally Hansen Mega Shine
Clear rhinestones





In sunlight

 *more pics after the jump*

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I am avoiding research statistics homework...

I realize apologies are in order. I have not posted in months! I'm so sorry. However, as you are about to find out, I have good reason.

I. Am. Exhausted.

The Courage To Heal

Ellen Bass was the co-author of The Courage To Heal, the book that has made such a difference in the lives of so many survivors around the world. She also wrote this poem. I have it on a poster hanging in my bedroom. It helps me to feel sane some days. 
This is for my friend, MW, and all the other people who may need to hear the words and feel the validation.
You are not alone. Click to see the poem after the jump.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More Nail Stuff!!!!

I am gettin' crazzzzyyyy with the nail polish lately and I keep finidng more and more give-aways. It would be very naughty to keep this info all to myself, so here is the latest one I found: http://thenailpolishrehabcandidate.blogspot.com/2012/02/100-followers-giveaway.html
Go ahead and enter - good luck!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

NAIL STUFF!!!!!

Ok, I just came across this awesome nail art give-away and I wanted to let you all know about it, too. So, go visit Bunny Nails and get your nail art on!
http://bunnynails.blogspot.com/2012/01/bunny-nails-1st-giveaway.html
*~*~*~*~*~woooooo!!!~*~*~*~*~* <---that's confetti 'cuz I'm sooo excited!