Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No GIFs, just a giveaway...and other confessions

...This month has been super crazy so far!  Is anyone else as surprised as I am that July is almost over?  Seriously, where the hell has this year gone?

...I haven't been able to do much blog reading lately because of how crazy it's been at work.  Hoping to catch up on everyone's blogs this week.  No promises though because I've got a shitload of blogs in my feed so it might take me more than a week to catch up.

...Fuck work.

...Remember my #icant + #iknowican post from Friday?  I didn't do a damn thing on that list except get a new phone.  Didn't work out.  Didn't make anything.  Didn't even get to enjoy my weekend because I had to come in to work on Sunday (again, see previous confession).

...Because I've been so behind lately (confession #3), I wasn't able to get the monthly giveaway up last week.  So, since August is just next week, the July giveaway starts today.  You're welcome.

...I don't have time right now to go into detail about what exactly is in the box.  Maybe tomorrow or tonight I'll edit the post to let you know what's in the box.  Maybe.


So I just realized that I didn't even provide you with a photo of what was in the box, here's a photo with a brief description of the items:

Cute floral nail file, nail polish, perfume sample, eye makeup remover, face cleanser, false lashes, sleep mask, and one mystery item.

...I know it's a really vague description, but that's all I can manage right now because (1) I'm tired and (2) I left the box at work so I can't give you the brands and details right now.  Sorry.

...I'll probably end up adding some extras to it this weekend to make up for my half-ass-ness this week.

Friday, July 18, 2014

#icant + #iknowican

 #icant keep procrastinating on this whole workout thing.  "I'll start tomorrow" has been the phrase of the month and I just can't seem to get started.  I did get an hour workout session in last week, but since then - nothing.

#iknowican kick start my weekend by jumping in to a workout routine.  I've been waking up a little earlier lately so I think I can squeeze a 30-minute workout in before my morning shower.  Thanks to my girl Kenzie, I signed up for a 30-day yoga challenge that I'm planning to start this weekend.  I've also signed up for a 5-day HIIT challenge to add a boost to my routine.  And, thanks to Krys, Chris, and Kris, I am continuously drinking water throughout the day!

#icant continue to put off projects.  I have a habit of starting something and then putting it to the side when it starts to get too hard or too complicated.  I need to start a project and finish it.  And thanks to this new creative site I was so lucky to be given a trial to, I've got project ideas coming out of my ass!  Okay, not literally, but seriously it's opened up new outlets for me to try - painting, crochet, paper crafts, etc.

#iknowican get a small project done this weekend.  I think actually finishing a project will make me feel more accomplished and will motivate me to start (and finish) another one.  I'm thinking of putting together something I can wear to the Liberation Day parade on Monday, even if it's just an applique on a shirt.

#icant go without a phone or a camera anymore!  My camera battery has been dead for weeks and I still haven't gotten around to replacing it.  Now that Liberation Day is a few days away, I need to replace it and my phone so I can take and post photos for you guys.  In case you didn't know, Liberation Day is a bigger deal than Independence Day here on Guam.  Check out my post and photos from last year.

#iknowican sign that damn contract and get my new phone.  I've decided (so far) to go with the iPhone 5c.  It's $100 cheaper than the 5s, with most of the same capabilities and functions.  And since the iPhone 6 is expected to come out later this year, I can always buy the 6 unlocked and switch my SIM card over and use the 5c as a back-up.  This decision may change once presented with the actual phone and contract.  Hahaha.

#icant.  Work.  I really just can't anymore.  I feel like I'm dying every day in this place.  I think I need a new career path.

#iknowican have a great 3-day weekend to energize and recharge and hopefully start to have better work weeks.  Yeah, right.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: On Being Obsessed with Yourself

Okay, so let's talk about me for a second.  I'm frikken AWESOME.  Seriously, I am.  I'm not perfect and I will never claim to be perfect, but I'm pretty damn close.

Is it weird that I have over 100 selfies on Instagram?  No.  Is it weird that I have 5 different mirrors in my closet just so I don't miss seeing myself on the way out?  Not at all.  Is it weird to have a mirror directly under my computer screen angled right to my face so I can look at how gorgeous I am throughout the day?  Absolutely not.

You know the term "Look good, feel good, do good"?  I live by that term.  I believe that when you look good on the outside, it makes you feel good on the inside and that, in turn, makes you want to do good and be AMAZING.  You have to take pride in the way you look and be confident in who you are in order to do epic shit and help others do epic shit too.

Some people may say that being so into myself is shallow and vain, but why?  What is so shallow about loving yourself and showing it?  If you don't look or feel awesome, how will anyone else know that you really are awesome?  Think about it:  you're your best promoter!

And yes, some days we just feel crappy.  That's life.  But if you need a quick boost of confidence to get back on the awesomeness track, here's a few quick tricks:

1.  Take a selfie.  It sounds shallow, but taking a good photo of yourself can really boost your self-love.  And seeing all the likes you get on it only multiplies that feeling.

2.  Put on some makeup.  One of the best things about being a girl is getting to play with makeup.  If you need a quick boost, throw on a coat of mascara or a swipe of lipstick to change up your look without going overboard.

3.  Dance for yourself.  Seriously.  Turn on your favorite song and dance in front of the mirror!  It'll instantly make your day seem a whole lot more exciting and you'll feel energized and ready to take on the day.  Bonus points for singing or lip-syncing!

See, aren't these tips just as fun and awesome as I am?  I know, right?  You've got to live with yourself for the rest of your life.  So love yourself.  HARD.
Now tell me, how awesome are you?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I love me some naps...and other confessions

I didn't write a post yesterday because we spent the morning at the clinic while Trace got his arch bars out.  The rest of the day was spent taking care of him since his mouth was still pretty sensitive and he was still really groggy from the anesthesia.  I also got some much-needed rest and relaxation too.
I also don't know what I would have written about had I been in front of the computer instead of sprawled out on my bed.
When the nurses asked me if I wanted to keep Trace's arch bars, I pretty much looked at them like they were the stupidest people on the planet.  No, I do not want something that was in my son's mouth for over a month!  I get that some people save little souvenirs from the hospital, but that shit is disgusting.  No thanks.
I've been having a hard time deciding what phone I should get.  My previous phone was the iPhone 4.  Now, I know that the iPhone 6 is expected to come out soon but I really can't go that long without some kind of device so I have to choose one now and I'm driving myself nuts over it.  Here are my options:  (1) iPhone 4s which is free, (2) iPhone 5c which is $49, or the (3) iPhone 5s which is $149.  Which should I choose?
All those phone options are with the 2-year contract and that kills me!  I was previously contract-free which meant I could cancel at any time without having to pay a fee.  Since my phone broke and nobody has a good, working iPhone 4 or higher that they're not currently using, I am now forced to get the stupid contract.  I feel like I'm losing my freedom!

Now it's your turn to fess up!  And tell me, what phone do you have?  Also, what phone should I get?

Monday, July 14, 2014

This weekend was...

Empty threats
Good soup
Sighs of relief
Broken phone
Netflix binging
Living-room camping
Finally sunshine
Turkey and stuffing
No workouts
Oreo pie
Messy rooms

Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts on Friday!  The threat of the tropical storm had passed and we got the "all clear" early Saturday morning.  We spent our weekend at home, just as we would have, had the storm hit.  It allowed me to relax, have some down time to play with the kids, and I also turned on the old sewing machine and started on a few projects that I'm looking forward to completing this week!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Condition 2

We interrupt your regular broadcast to bring you this important message:

Sorry everyone, but there will be no #icant + #iknowican post today (as if you were even looking forward to that).  As you may or may not know, the weather here on Guam was pretty crazy last week as Typhoon Neoguri passed us by and headed for Japan.  We lucked out on that one, but Neoguri did some pretty harsh damage to Japan.

Just when the skies started clearing up during the week, we are again in the midst of a storm.  What was considered a tropical depression has now been classified as a tropical storm this morning and it is expected to pass right over us tomorrow afternoon.

It is 12:20pm and Guam is currently under Condition of Readiness 2:

Damaging winds may arrive within 24 hours.
Close and secure shutters.
Fill containers with water.
Move vehicles to a secure and protected area.
Review family disaster plan with entire family.
Seek emergency shelter if your home is not fully concrete or prepared to withstand damaging winds.
Tune in to radio and/or television.

Hoping this will pass by quickly and not cause so much damage.  I'll be heading home in a bit to lock up and get shit together.  I'll try to update over the weekend, if the power doesn't go out and cut us off from the rest of the world!

Till next time, peeps!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: A Call for Help

No matter what anybody says, you cannot take on the world alone.  Okay, well, you can - but you probably won't win.  Everybody, everywhere, needs some kind of support.  Family members, friends, pets, we all need someone or something to help us out every once in a while.

In life, we come across many different people.  Some good, some bad, some who seem to be good but end up being really bad.  We live, we learn (anyone else thinking of Alanis Morisette?).  Sometimes those lessons are good, and sometimes they're bad.  The bad ones cause us to put up our shields and try to close ourselves off from other people who may hurt us.  It makes it harder for us to open up.  It makes us think that we can do everything on our own.

Newsflash:  We can't.

Now, don't get me wrong - there are a lot of things that we can do by ourselves.  But there are also a lot of things that we sometimes think we're doing all by ourselves, when we're actually not.  All those people in your life who care about you?  They've been helping you all along.

Most times we overlook the small things that people do for us.  Whether it's your mother babysitting for you, your friend stopping by with pizza and beer for a night in, or your cat curling up in your lap to comfort you - all of those people contribute to your overall well-being.  Those are the people who got your back, and who's back you should have in return.

Where am I going with all of this?  Truth is, I could really use some support right now.  I've been in a fitness and creativity slump lately and haven't been owning up to the things I set out to do.  I need motivation and guidance and a bit of a kick in the ass to get shit done.

So, I'm calling on all of you, my wonderful blog support system, to help me out a bit.  Send me your positive vibes, tweet me whenever you drink water so I can drink more water too, tag me in your Instagram photo to help me get my creative juices flowing, text me some kick-ass inspiration throughout the day so I don't lose focus!

And of course, if you need the same kind of help or support in return, I got you!

Thank you to everyone who reads and supports this blog, including you mom.  Your comments, shout-outs, and friendship really means a lot to me.  Without you, Frikken Duckie would be pretty damn boring.