Thursday, 27 December 2012

My new normal

So, I thought I was developing allergies to a product, or eczema was flaring on my face because over the past few months I have noticed a persistent dry spot on my chin. I'd leave home and five minutes later be putting lotion on that spot. Then I read an article on Elle's website and realised that *gasp* it might be age related! I have no problems with my age, I just pretty much ignore it, let it be and do my own thing.  I would have appreciated some reciprocity.

Taking care of my skin is something I've tried to do from in my teens, and med school in Cuba meant constant sun exposure, so I'm always using face creams with SPF 15 at least. But this is different, this isn't preventative anymore. So I'm embarking on a new regimen. That eye cream that's been languishing on the side has been pulled out, and added to some new purchases. And it was fun going through everything in the skin care aisle at the pharmacy.

So whereas before I saw a serum as something to buy for my mom, I'm adding it to my daily routine, along with a gel moisturiser and an oil on top of that on my dry-prone chin. I still have my regular SPF Olay complete moisturiser for daytime and an Olay night time cream that I've been using for months and just realised it says 'firming'. So that's why my skin feels taut and a bit dry when I use it... Anyway, I'll be trying to alternate it with the gel, depending on the weather. Fingers crossed that it works.

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Monday, 24 December 2012

It's Christmas!

So Christmas is almost here! At first I didn't feel as excited as I usually do, but I guess being away from home, that's to be expected. I am excited that my husband has the day off, so I'll be spending it with him, yeah! I have finished my Christmas shopping, mostly gifts for our nieces and nephews with a few grown-up gifts in the mix. My gifts for home were bought online and shipped to friend who is home by now. So that helped me to feel connected to home.

The weather here is turning a bit since there's a cold front. I like dressing warm, something I didn't get to do much at home. But the nights take some getting used to. I did shop for tropical winter wear in advance though. Just need to remember to wear it.

This evening we went to a Nine lessons and Carol service at what I hope will become my new church home. It was so good to hear some carols, we don't sing carols till Advent is over, though they didn't sing my all time favourite, the Carol of the Bells. Tomorrow is another Carol service followed by midnight mass, so fingers crossed I'll hear it then. I like old school carols, they feel more Christmassy (yes I know). I'm counting down the hours till my husband's shift ends, and then three days of bliss (except for when I have to do homework). Merry Christmas!

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A break from my break (food, sun, but no sand)

We recently celebrated our anniversary, and although hubby had to work, he worked it out and surprised me with dinner at this amaahzing restaurant on Paradise Island. As usual, I liked what he chose for himself more, lucky he shares. 

An amazing sour sop souffle
Over the weekend we stayed at hotel for a few days. It was nice and quiet and fun just the two of us. We found an Italian restaurant, Capriccio, the first night and he wanted to eat every meal there after that!

Batter fried calamari

 Spinach and feta ravioli

Linguini with Salmon & alfredo sauce

The food was really good though, so the next day we went back for lunch and had pizza.

And somehow I wasn't hellbent as usual on getting to the beach, I just enjoyed the view of it from our room. It was a wonderful mini-vacation. Don't know when our next break will be, but looking forward to it already. It's nice to get out of our daily surroundings even if just for a little while.

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Starting my Christmas list #2

Time to start sorting out my Christmas shopping list for my family here (my in-laws). Everything for back home has been purchased online and shipped with a friend going home, and that and school killed me for a while. Everything had to be small, so as to not be a burden, but still just right. It'll get easier, cause now I'm not limited by size. Just by my pocketbook, (hubby to the rescue!). So I realize I might have to do a bit of  steering, cause if left up to my husband, everyone, including my mother-in-law, may get something electrical. So I will definitely be choosing her gift or he's just going to get her something that plugs in. And while I know she'd appreciate a tv, I'd like us to get her something nicer that she'll use more, but that at the same time has a touch of whimsy. Still thinking about what that might be.

If I were truly evil, I'd get my nieces and nephews the noisiest toys ever! But that would surely backfire, as I'm home during the days and their parents would probably just drop them off with said toys during the holidays. And I don't have a car! So scratch that, I was just joking anyway. And I want them to love reading like their auntie, so I think I'll go in that direction.

Meanwhile, I still have no idea what to get for my husband. Anything I can think of he's gone and bout for himself. I mean seriously, who does that in the two months before Christmas? He'll surely be surprised if I actually listen to him when he says he doesn't need anything. I know gifting is not mandatory for the unemployed, but I like giving something however small, especially if it's meaningful and enjoyed. Anyway, my break is over and I have a deadline to meet. So I'll worry bout that another day. Hope everyone is having better luck than me figuring out what to gift.

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I'm considering leaving my hair be and going natural. So for the past 6 months, I have forgone processing. Which is kind of hard, cause since I have little experience with flat-ironing and all those other things, styling my hair is hard. I have found some products which help keep my fly-aways (basically all of my hair) under control. But it's hard. I was never very creative with my hair before, but now I am well and truly stumped.

So last month I did a full sew in weave for the first time. My baby nephew almost didn't recognise me at first. It lasted about a month before I got tired of it. It looked really nice at first, but while in theory I may be high maintenance, in reality I had no idea how to maintain 'my' hair. But it was fun, all glossy and shiny and bouncy and my husband liked it, or at least the colour. But the upkeep was hell. But at least I tried something new. And now I know that long term, it might not be for me. This is what I hope my hair will be like if I persevere.

 Thalia, model represented by Chantale Nadeau #NaturalHair

The outcome of all of this is that I am now hooked a couple of natural hair blogs. As if I needed more distractions from my schoolwork.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

So it isn't just about me.

Our anniversary is coming up, and even though this year we're technically on his turf, I want to plan a surprise. At first I was worried about him planning something as well and then I realized I had bigger problems. My credit card just expired. Not to worry, the bank is always prompt with sending out the new one. Problem is, that's back home. So, how is this going to work? Sigh. Uptown problems, right? It's  late, I'm crazy tired, so I guess in the morning I'll call around and I'm sure some nice young person will figure a way out of this minor dilemma and help me part with my money.

In the mean time I'll just dream of anniversary, Christmas, 'hush you don't have a job but you're still an amazing wife' gifts. I'm putting it out to the universe...

Moissanite earrings

It's much harder trying to figure out what to get him, he's such  a guy. And I seem to have peaked early, getting him really good stuff so early in our marriage (the Z whatever sports car is not happening unless he relaxes his views on gambling). And my half dead brain, I'm tired cause I study a lot, just kicked in (and I typed that with a straight face), I think I know what I can get him! If I can figure out how to get where it is. Again with the uptown problems. Suggestions are still welcome. Back to my schoolwork now.

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