OPI Little Red Wagon, Nubar Orange Creme, and Pets =]

I would have enjoyed to put this in some sort of order, but I failed. Sorry. I'm going to try to keep this short and to the point. I've been still so /very/ busy, and it's quite getting on my nerves. All of the camps/parents' ice cream social/family visiting/us visiting family should be over soon, I'm hoping. My father and I are going to start building a 4x3x2 snake cage for Heimlich!!

Anyways. This is my NOTD for yesterday, OPI Little Red Wagon. I hadn't intended on posting this, but it was SO BRIGHT that I just felt it needed the attention. The brush was a bit small, it was one of those sample bottles, but the application was fantastic. The manicure lasted a whole twelve hours, chipping in the shower and being half-gone through the next day. I was disgusted and surprised--it just came right off!

This is Heimlich. ^^ He was out and about.

And my Cocker Spaniel!! And..messy bed. Ignore that.

This is my NOTD from several days ago--ignore the messy application, Nubar brushes hate me. Nothing incredibly good or bad to say about this.

That's all for today!


Outlet Minihaul and Some Other Pics

I took this picture, today I think. That piece of black 'sleep' under my eye is really annoying me, and it's real shimmery. Cameras pick up way too many things that you can't see in real life! The pics below also makes me feel like I REALLY need to learn how to smile.

I know it's not really important, but my dad took some pics of my mommy and me in Joe's.

A few days ago we went to a small outlet mall. I'm not really sure the brand or the store I was at exactly, but I bought some shorts =] The colourations are really pretty, and have neutral shades in them that match well with most anything.

I'm totally digging them!!

This is a lipstick case I got at a street on Harwin. It's in Houston, and is a very long street famous for great knock-off purses and a great selection of all sorts of things. There's an asian store with Hello Kitty galore, kimonos, and all sorts of cute little things like this. It snaps close and has a mirror inside, and I have one that's black, orange, and green also.

That's all for now.


Life Update (Beware of Long Posts)

Posted yesterday: This is just another life update.

I know, sorry. I just feel like as well as a blog for all sorts of cosmetic-like things, I'd like to post some interesting things in my life (and my snakes!)

Speaking of my snakes, starts off with that. Well, yesterday.

We'll start with yesterday at Scout Camp. They all made rain gauges, by taking foil and either cutting out paper with it on it, or imprinting it by tracing and cutting out the trace they made in the foil, then colouring and decorating it with Sharpies or paint, double-sided taping these dragonfly wings to two popsicle sticks together, as well as a self-marked glass cylinder to be the measurement for the water as well as the body of the dragonfly.

There were multiple problems with this. Mainly, the den leaders don't do nearly anything. Although I'm signed up to do the older kids, I prefer to do the younger ones, about six or seven (the youngest age available). After a while we just gave up on the double-sided tape because hot glue was offered, so we just instantly sent the kids there. It was pretty hectic, passing out the foil and the paper to trace/cut the wings with, scissors, markers, cylinders, popsicle sticks, and making sure there was a sheet taped down with the measurements, or that they had rulers given to them. Most of them I had to do myself, but I had a decent time.

Very tired and in much pain, I went home to thawed mice to feed for my snakes. I cut open the bag as usual, and something I never like to see. Three mice, horizontally packed, one quite bloody. This is problematic for me because I drop them in the cages, and it's easier to hold onto the ones in the back and let one in the front drop out, but these were all neck n' neck. Consequently, Stevo's worked out alright. Tangles and Heimlich were very much out, as you can see here.

That's how he was when I got in! Now when you're opening a cage with a bloody mouse in a plastic bag in your hands with a snake like that, it can be kind of frightening. Even though they've never bitten me, Heimlich's snapped, and I'm still wary when I have food because they might mistake ME for food.

Now, today's Twilight Camp went far better. It was pretty cool. Although Josh continues to be full of himself, bossing me to go to this mandatory youth meeting which I still didn't go to, and talking about how he is very nationally amazing for scouts (he has all these smart words for it), it started out well. One of the head people came up to me and mentioned my braces and said she felt awful for me, knowing it must be painful for me and hot wearing all of my stuff, and thanked me for working hard and said I could sit down whenever I want. Now, that's a good thing to hear! What a nice woman!!

Today went far better. I don't really remember the first little block. =] We were making bug catchers. They glue the pieces together and glue the net on, and little green felt strips on top. One of the sides has a hole for a cork that's provided to keep the bug in! It was a very messy job, especially glueing the net on and the felt. They used popsicle sticks to paint the glue on, but many just used their hands! They sanded it, and one kid commented, "We don't want the bugs to get splinters!" How cute!! They were all really sweet. We had our break, in which I set up a few tables for the next round, then lunch. The next group I had was really good. At that stage the parent is required to be with them for pretty much everything, and I had tons of den leaders that helped their kids (these are groups of about fourteen). I still got quite messy. Then, there was a group still in that block of time that hadn't gotten a table and had been patiently waiting for one!! So I had to cram them in and do pretty much everything in ten minutes, which was HARD, considering it takes lots of time to glue! Because of that, the next station got a bit behind, but it all worked out very well. =]

Now, -phew-. Glad, I told /somebody/. Or at least I can think that somebody will read all of that.

For the fun part =] Vacation Bible School is a blast. Craft time, snack time, everything is soo much fun!

These two are Ethan and Elliot, two brothers. They're the best brothers I've ever seen in my life. Elliot being the youngest, he's adorable. He's supposed to be in the younger preschool class, while I teach the older, however he cried and clung to his brother, so we let them stay together. Boy, they love being together!! Ethan will hold him and cuddle him, and they're just the sweetest thing to watch.
Elliot is a sweetheart. At three, he's very, very nice. He gets upset really easily, and will cross his arms and go into a pouty, curl-up mode. I don't really know why, but I can't comprehend a word he's saying ever (his brother talks normal), and it makes things difficult, but he loves being held, cuddled, and I can usually coax him into at least coming out into the group, or standing and dancing in a song.

He /loves/ taking his picture taken. It completely cheers him up!

This is Danielle, and behind Erin with food on her nose. Snack time =]

This is Luke, also at snacktime. He claims he's not ticklish.

And Evan, at snacktime, a /complete/ cutie.

Posted today:

VBS Today was great! I can't believe that tomorrow's the last day. =[ Good news is that tomorrow I'm going to a friend's house for a birthday party, and I get to skip TC.

Well, I think I've rambled enough for now. I'll catch you guys later.

Love and God Bless,


Life and OPI Kreme de la Kremlin

Hiya! I really find this a great opportunity to speak to you, and ramble on and on about my personal life. I've kind of lost track, but I'm pretty sure in the few posts I've had, I have shown a picture of Kreme de la Kremlin, but I feel like I really didn't do a sufficient job with that at all. So, sorry.

First off, I want to talk to you about a few things that have been happening.

The first thing that happened was band rehearsal. Boy, Wind Ensemble is intense. We have to play grades 1-6 (way beginner easy to the highest grade level colleges play). Our grade six is Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss (famous for operas, etc, not the piano guy--that's his son). Now, this piece of music, well, the band arrangement, is 654 measures. To start off my summer I measured it incorrectly, and had to completely erase all about 650 measures and rewrite it all. Somehow I managed to get back on track but alas, I forgot to not erase those. Quite frustrating. The music we're playing is fun, and meant to challenge us. However, the Midwest Clinic is a musical showcase of the four "best" bands in America, and several others in the country, and it's meant to show the new, hottest composer's music. So, we're playing something of Balmages, who is a very hot composer of the 21st century. The music we're playing needs to have lots of variety in both genre and difficulty. It takes a mature musician to write music that's whole notes and half notes and have any interest to it, so we're going to be searching to find the perfect performance for this December in Chicago. I think it'll be fun, so long as we prepare for the 45-minute concert.

Sunday night we went up to the church (we meaning I) for our little Vacation Bible School meeting. We set it all up. It has a dock theme, and the hallways have a dock-looking type of pathway (that is very very slippery). Nets with rubber fish and corks are hanging from the ceiling, and our room is very grassy, watery, with a few alligators. This morning from 9-12 we begun! I'm teaching the preschool with my friend, and we split into crews, and I take six kids--being the older. I know most of them, and they really are sweethearts, and so much fun to work with. I think VBS really gives me the opportunity to grow closer to these kids, and these parents too. Preschool is one of the hardest grades to work with because first off ,we have to do everything for them. We make their crafts for them half of the time, and really playing with the toys at the church is far more fun than a Bible related game about how god is with us (and each time a student hears that you raise your hand up and shout Fear not!, which the kids love). It's very interactive and nostalgic. I think it has a good basic knowledge, and they sing some fun songs with handmotions (though my kids are always too shy!!) We're just starting out, but I think the week will be fun. They watch Chadder's Theatre and his adventures, play games, do crafts, and have healthy snacks. It's good to be able to lead a class who are always willing to sit in your lap, too.

Of course, that is the good part of this week. The "bad" part of this week is Twilight Camp.

No, they aren't turning the Cub Scouts into vampires. Twilight Camp is for kindergarten thru fifth grade. My brother is a fourth grader, a "Weebelo," I think. They do all sorts of things, the older groups focusing on teamwork and leadership. My dad, mom, and I and our little Home Depot buckets for chairs and a cooler for snacks and a dinner are working with many others in the crafts section. It is kind of cool because we are shaded, but on the side that the sun sets so around seven it hits really hard. Today they painted flags for their den, and it was really messy and quite a hassle. The rest of the week they'll be building things with kits, and one day they'll be hammering. That's eighty kids hammering at once!! I do, of course, need to mention that there is a very sweet, adorable guy. I perchance might take interest, even though he might talk too much. My last relationship didn't turn out so great (whiny little thing, who constantly sends me text messages claiming that he understands I want him to leave me alone and yet begs me to tell him to stop so that he knows he's supposed to). -shrug- Whatever happens, happens. The good thing about this is that they always have a tub in the front of water and of Gatorade! Free Gatorade!! The only thing is that it's a "bit" watered down. =[

I'm starting to experiment with my cheap little camera, and was possibly thinking of maybe posting some FOTD. Nothing drastic, of course. On general, I'm not very good with makeup. I like to do simple things, because to tell you the truth I have very little. I have a set of cheap brushes given as a gift, and I make do with cheap palettes and drugstore products. Some are good, but most aren't. Maybe it's good development for a good artist, to use lipbrush as a crease brush and a eyeshadow brush for /everything/, in which the angled and straight "shader" brush is far too fluffy but not round, but still flat? It's slightly frustrating, but I'm making do. I don't really understand lighting, or taking any good pictures of myself. Heh. I'm cheap enough to use a thin line of blended lip gloss as liner for a perfect contour, but then again, I'm not a professional. My only true hobby my parents help me spend money on is my snakes, and thank goodness for that! I can't pay for the electricity bill, the aspen bedding, the fresh water supply in my faucet, and weekly doses of frozen rodents, can I?

So, I tried it. God, no, I can't take pictures, at all. Especially of myself. It's kind of like...when you look in the mirro and say, "GOD THAT LOOKS GREAT!!!" and then you take a picture of it a thousand times and can't seem to make yourself look normal? And you go, you know if this were live, or perfect timing, then it would show how I actually look, not some weird angle of me and me taking pictures of myself. Bleh, I give up. Anyways, that's some glimpse ^ of me.

To the main point. =] Kreme de la Kremlin.

First off, I want to talk to you a little bit of where I do my nails. I don't do my nails on a table, hands laid across. In fact, I could never ever do my nails like that! Especially not my left hand, I couldn't possibly twist up my hand like that to do it. No, I actually do my nails in my bed. I have a Best of the Beatles easy piano book from when I was younger, and it has become my nail polish base. I use it when filing my nails, cleaning my nails, everything. I turn on my side and rest my right elbow on a pillow, and do my nails on this book. Lame, I know, but it makes me comfortable and I have actually less issues than if I were in a more "proper" position. My right hand I paint flat, and my left I paint by curling my hand slightly.

Anyhow, this just proves I'm human, and sometimes get a little too excited. Or careless.

In my slight humour, I actually slapped on a coat of Seche Vite, figuring it was better for it to dry quickly than for me to get it on something else trying to clean it! (Who would waste cotton?)

Anyhow, that is my attempted manicure. First things first.
Application. It was pretty wonderful to me. I had wonderful control of the polish. The brush is amazing, and I could usually get all of my nail covered in one thick swipe. This is two coats, but one will do it. If you're not careful you'll get a bit of uneven coating. It doesn't really show, but sometimes, especially up in the tip, you can see a bit of sheerness, especially in really bright conditions.
I love this colour, I really do. I love cremes, anyone would know that, and this just has that kind of "mom" tone to it. It's pretty and neutral, and would fit well with any skin tone. The only downside to this is the wear. I'm not so sure if it's just me and nail polishes, but nail polishes that last several days last a day or two to me (except that recent Koni I did, which lasted a very long time). I used this with Seche Vite last night, which always gives wondrous results to me. Now this nail polish seemed very interesting. Tips never wear for me, I always get chips. Even if it's a high end brand, I think I'm just hard on my nails or something. It's hard, too, and I think I gotta deal with it. Becasue I'm poking the small premade circles of foam in tiny gator parts to make a necklace! Definite nail workout! After a day, I've had major tipwear, and a bit of corner wear too. It's equal on both hands, majority being my thumb and index finger.
Still, big thumbs up. I will always love this polish.
Well that's all (ha) I have for you today. =]


KOTD: Nubar Baby Pink w/m63

Well I've decided to post. ^_^

This is Nubar Baby Pink (I think, I forgot), and the whole manicure took way longer than I really wanted it to. Part of it I think was a lack of patience. Baby Pink took forever to dry, and with short nails I was really unable to paint my nails properly, so it was a huge pink waxy mess that I had to clean up with several Q-tips and several minutes wasted. The brush was fine, under normal circumstances, but it was too big for my now small nails, and I couldn't get the right amount of polish on it. The polish is thick, not really runny but a good consistency, but when I would wipe it off because I had too much then I wouldn't have enough. It was really frustrating.
So frustrating, I almost didn't want to follow through with my Konad. However, I did. I'm still quite new at Konading, so I guarantee this isn't as bed as it should be. Although my nails are short, I'm liking the shape and the strength so far. I'm just really experimenting and getting the hang of it.

Evie was on my bed, so I took a picture of him. ^^

That's all I have for you today!
Love and God Bless,



Well, summer's here!! I'm quite excited. I should be. My band is going to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this December, as I've mentioned. It's very prestigious--it's going to be very difficult music, though, so we're already having band rehearsal this week.

June 10-12.
Isn't that a bit early for band practice for the fall?

I have VBS and Cubscout Camp coming up. I'm trying to live a little freer, closer to God. I'm really blessed to be able to have lots of things, but when I watch blogs I always see people with tons of things I don't have. It makes me really..quite envious.

Isn't that a commandment?

Anyways, yes. I'm trying to stock up (huh? Yeah, I know. A bit contradictory). So, I'm saving up for some more hauls. I cut my nails, because they were thinning and peeling and just awful. So, I chopped them clean! I'm barely brave enough to show my nails when they're a little bit on the average side, considering how gorgeous some blogger's nails are. It'll be a bit before I'm brave enough, or they grow a bit longer.

Now, I can post pictures of my snakes. Surely I can! I think I love my snakes too much. I can't wait until Tangles is old enough to have eggs!! Tangles is from a wonderful professional breeder, Don Soderberg (I know I've said this already) at South Mountain Reptiles. Their shipping is great, but he's kinda -_- personally.

Great snake breeder, but he thinks I should be more focused on business.

Anywho, I'm hoping I can keep a few pretty ones. =]

First up is Heimlich, my BCI.

Love that tannish colour. He's really starting to darken. The nail polish is..Meg'N? I think, by Ice. I've had several chips and major tip wear after like..a day. Then again, I didn't use /anything/. Well..I think I used a base coat..
Heimlich is supposed to be like..four feet long in a few months. He's only two and a half now, but he hasn't really been eating as much as he /should/ (Don't worry). He'll get to eight feet =]

^ I did clean that waterbowl, fyi.

Tangles is just a gorgeous sweetheart, as always. Well, she's rattled her tail a few times. What's really cute is when my cat will be on my bed, and Evinrude will jump up and see her. Tangles will reach her head up to him, and whenever Evin jumps down on the floor (So he can jump on the dresseR) her head will follow him. And the kitteh pats the glass.
My dad thinks that the snake things that Evin is just a big fluffeh mouse.
That's all I really have.