Friday, February 28, 2014

e.l.f. Ex-tra Lip Gloss - Reviews and Swatches

If you saw my e.l.f. haul post from a few days ago, you knew this was coming! I ordered 4 of the new glosses from e.l.f.'s EX-tra lip gloss line, and since there were almost no reviews online when I was preparing to order them, I wanted to make sure to put one up ASAP to help other people who like to read reviews before ordering!

So far, these are available in 6 different shades. Going with the "ex" theme, each color has a man's name. Cheesy or cute? I vote cute, but there's also something a little creepy about thinking, "Do I want to wear Marc or Michael on my lips today?" I ordered 4 of the 6 available colors (Michael was out of stock, and Joe looks too orange-y for me.) I'm hoping that these come out in a wider variety of shades eventually since (spoiler alert!) I like them quite well, but several of the colors so far are pretty similar to each other.

From top to bottom: Brett, Marc, Brian, Scott

Ah, the joy of inexpensive cosmetics - you sometimes get things like sloppy sticker application.

Brett   -   Marc   -   Brian   -   Scott

If you want a gloss that has a lot of color to it, these definitely deliver. They're also pretty true to the color they appear to be in the tube.

Although Marc and Brian look really similar, they are definitely different when applied: Brian is more of a Pepto Bismol pink, while Marc is a bit deeper - more of a berry hue. There's a small amount of glitter in all of them, but it's really not noticeable once they're on your lips.

Brett - Marc - Brian - Scott - no flash

Brett - Marc - Brian - Scott  - with flash

One strange thing - Brett has a fairly strong scent that makes me think of fruit punch, but the other three didn't really have an identifiable scent, just a sort of musty lip gloss smell (if that makes sense).

I love the formula of these glosses. They're easy to apply, richly pigmented, not sticky, and have a nice shine without being over the top glittery. You can apply them lightly for a hint of color, but full strength gives you as much color as a lipstick. Definitely worth the $2 they cost.

As far as my personal preferences go, Brett is a bit too bold for an everyday look for me, but it's great for a more dramatic going out look or used over a red lipstick. Marc is one of my favorites - it's a little more pink than I'd usually wear, but I still like it. Brian is a bit too light for me. Scott looks very neutral on my lips since it's not that far off from my natural lip color, so it just adds a little something.

If you're into ingredients, here's the list from the official e.l.f. site:
Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Microcrystalline Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxytethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Retinyl Palmitate (Va), Neotame, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum). MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Hope that helps! Overall, I'm delighted to find another gloss from e.l.f. that I like, and I'd be even happier if they expand the number of colors available!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Publix Italian Days

Normal people go to Orlando and photograph Mickey. I take pictures of Publix.

You guys know that I love Publix to the point that being close to one is on my must-have attributes when apartment shopping. (The place that I was supposed to move to in September was within walking distance. I still mourn that!) I also love all of the snazzy savings events that they do, and right now they're doing their Publix Italian Days again! This one seems to pop up at least once a year, and it focuses on (duh) Italian food. It's running from Feb 20th (for those of you who can time travel) until March 5th, and savings on ingredients like Hunt's tomatoes and Pillsbury breads.

There are coupon displays in the stores, or you can print coupons from or save coupons to your digital Publix account here. Then you can make a bunch of delicious Italian food and bring me some! (Lots of cheese and bread, please! And maybe some wine?)

Disclosure: The information and a product package have been provided by Publix through Platefull Co-Op.

Things I Love Thursday #3

I haven't done a Things I Love Thurs in ages, but the things I wanted to share are piling up on me, so I finally got it together and put them all in one place here!

*A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded a cat-themed weather app, and it's sort of my favorite thing.

There's a slightly annoying box that pops up when I switch between cities that asks if I want the ad-free version for 99 cents, but otherwise it's pretty great.

* I thoroughly enjoyed these 39 Test Answers That Are 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time.

*Loved this blog post reminder that bloggers lives aren't as Pinterest-perfect as you may assume.

*Came across this awesome photo set where an Orlando photographer captured one of our less glamorous parts of town. I'd love to hear some of the conversations that took place.

Welcome to Night Vale poster

*I've been listening to Welcome to Night Vale since a friend got me into it this summer, so now I've been doing that thing where you try to get all of your friends to also get addicted to the thing you love. Go listen to it, people! I've been sucked into the black hole of Pinterest finding awesome fan art that other listeners have made. So many awesome things!

*Fun fact- I opened Pinterest to pick a Night Vale image to use in this post. Got sucked in, emerged 4 hours later. Arrgh!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Another e.l.f. Haul & Upcoming Reviews!

I still haven't totally finished reviewing the products from my last e.l.f. haul, but they had a sale earlier this month that I couldn't pass up - 50% off everything! I'm pretty broke, but I still had the $25 gift card that came as a freebie with my last order, so I gave in. But seriously, if you do the math... You get free shipping on orders $35+, so I put $70 worth of stuff in my cart, applied the 50% discount code which made it $35, then used my gift card which brought it down to TEN DOLLARS. And I got so much stuff! I was able to get pretty much everything I've been wanting to try but haven't ordered yet, as well as a few spares of my favorite products.

Seriously, y'all - never pay full price for e.l.f. unless you're at Target and must have a new eyeliner ASAP. They always have a promotion going on and while some aren't so great, something awesome like 50% off or the free gift card seems to come around at least every couple of month. (They did the free $25 gift card with orders $35+ again right after the sale I ordered from.)

Note - I'm in no way affiliated with e.l.f. and all of this stuff was bought with my very own dollars. 

As usual, e.l.f.'s shipping sucked. I ordered on the 12th and got the email that my order shipped on the 18th, but when I looked at tracking it showed that FedEx didn't actually pick up my order from the warehouse until the 20th. Everything finally arrived today (the 26th). Shipping should sooooo not take 2 weeks!

Ready to see what came in the big box of makeupy goodness? SO MUCH STUFF!  Here's the list of everything I ordered, along with handy notes:

Lip Products:

e.l.f. Essential EX-tra Lip Gloss in the colors Marc, Brian, Scott and Brett - These are new and looked super cute, so I ended up ordering 4. I usually only order one of a product until I'm sure I like it, so this was a little out of character for me! Thought it was kind of cute that the "Ex" glosses are named after men. There are also 2 shades I didn't order (Joe and Michael - not sure why I skipped the latter, it's a pretty shade. Might have been out of stock?). I'll definitely review these, possibly first, since they're brand new and I had trouble finding reviews and swatches when I was ordering.

e.l.f. Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in the colors Tiki Torches, In the Nude and Sangria Starters: I've had mixed luck with these so far - I love Sangria Starters (thus ordering a spare!), didn't like Movie Star much, and hated Coco Loco. (Click each color name for the full reviews if you're curious.) I decided it was worth ordering a couple of new colors while they were on sale for $1. I'll definitely review them and let you know what I think!

e.l.f. Essential Lip Balm Tint in the color Grapefruit - I have this lip balm in the color Berry and like it fairly well (haven't reviewed it yet, I'll probably wait and do both in one post) so I'm trying a second one.

e.l.f. Mineral Mineral Lipstick in the color Nicely Nude - I've never tried the mineral lipsticks before, mostly because they're regularly $5, which is a lot for me to spend on a color I haven't seen or tried out in person. (I'm poor! I'll happily pay twice that price for a color I've seen and tried and loved, but I'm definitely cheap when it comes to gambling on colors I've only seen online, especially since e.l.f.'s photos are often quite different from the actual colors.)

e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm in the color Romantic Rouge - I have this in two other colors, so might as well try a 3rd!

e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip color Natural - It's weird, I would almost swear that I've tried one of the matte lip colors before, but I didn't see it in my most recent couple of orders, so maybe not?

and not a lip product, but pictured above anyway:

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in the color Headliner - I've heard that their HD blushes are amazing, so I finally gave in and got one! Here's hoping it lives up to the hype! I've never used this kind of blush, so I'm curious!


e.l.f. Studio Lash Collections in the style Flirty and e.l.f. Essential Natural Lash Kit - Not really sure if I'll review these unless you guys are super interested.

e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush - Again, not sure if I'll review this unless it's somehow amazing or terrible.

e.l.f. Studio 3-in-1 Mascara in Very Black and e.l.f. Studio Volume Plumping in Black -I'll probably do a comparison of these two.

e.l.f. Studio Matte Eyeshadow in the color Nude - They seem to have stopped making the white matte shadow that I used a ton of, so I'm hoping this will work as a replacement!

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer  - I've reviewed this primer before - it's awesome.

e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in the colors Black and Coffee - The black is my very favorite eyeliner next to my $22 gel stuff from Sephora. Couldn't resist grabbing a couple of spares to help my order hit the total I needed.

e.l.f. Essential Holiday 4 Piece Glitter Eyeshadow and Primer Set Color: 4 Piece Glitter Eyes Set

e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush - I have several of these, can always use a couple of extras! And who can resist 2 for $1? Not I, my friends.

and non-eye products shown above:

e.l.f. Studio HD Lifting Concealer in the color Fair - I got one of these in my last order and loved it, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet. Soon!

e.l.f. Essential Shine Eraser - Oil abosorbing sheets. Not sure if they warrant a review. Maybe I'll do one review for several of the items that I won't have much to say about?

Not pictured : e.l.f. Essential Signature makeup bag. I mostly added this to get my order total up to the minimum I needed - It's usually $8, so I normally wouldn't have go it, but it looks pretty good for $4!

Sooo.... yeah, a TON of stuff for $10! I'm excited to dig into everything!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday... Something?


I just went to type the title of this post and realized that I don't even like the title "Tuesday Tell All". I've been using it because it's one of those thing I've seen a lot (kind of like Wordless Wednesday), but I don't think it fits me. But I do like doing random, babbling blog posts about this and that on Tuesdays, so I need to come up with a new name. Any ideas?

Anyway! Here's what's up, what I'm digging lately, blah blah blah:

*In my quest to make money to move back to Florida, I actually signed up to be a mystery shopper. I've only done three jobs so far, but it's kind of fun! The three I've done so far have been for fast food places, which has been interesting since I almost never eat fast food (it's just not in my budget - how sad is that?). Three fast food meals in a week when you're used to maybe one a month is a little overwhelming. Definitely need to space those out! The only thing I don't like about them is that they generally don't let you do special orders - ie if you order a cheeseburger, you're not allowed to ask for no ketchup. Blehhhh. (It's entirely possible that my cats were gifted 5 nuggets of chicken after I ate one to test quality. Om nom nom.)

The pay isn't much, but at this point anything helps! And I'm super excited that once I'm back in Orlando, they have shops available at my favorite grocery store! That means a small amount of free groceries, plus getting paid to go there. Score!

*In a note that is in noooooooo way related to my previous bullet point (*cough cough*), I've been pretty addicted to green tea from Sonic lately. Until last week, (when I went there for totally random purposes, as one does) I didn't even know they had green tea. The first time I went, I ordered a peach-mango flavored green tea and it was spectacular. The second time I got cherry, since I'm obsessed with Xing Tea's cherry green tea and haven't been able to find it in like a year. That one was meh. Needed at least one more pump of cherry. Do you think it would totally confuse them if I ordered a double-cherry tea? Possibly?

 It will probably be a couple of weeks before I go back (I mean, not like I'm going there on any kind of schedule or anything), but I'm already pondering my next move. Blackberry, maybe? Do I even like blackberry flavored things? No idea.

*I was reading a fashion blog recently where the blogger spent $24 to get a really cute dress shortened (which made it look awful, but that's a whole other topic). Is this seriously something that people do? Hemming that dress couldn't have taken more than 20 minutes tops, I can't imagine paying someone to do it. I totally understand the concept of paying for tailoring, but... it's a hem! Reading that post made me think I should start offering alteration services. I will happily take 20 minutes of my day to pin and sew a single seam in exchange for what I'd make working at Disney for like 3 hours. Arrgh.

*I don't think I mentioned it here, but about 3 weeks ago I made the dumb mistake of trying to break up a cat fight and got a kitty claw through my fingernail. I'll spare you the icky details, but it's still super gross looking, and I just want it to get better so I can paint my nail again! Any tips for getting it to heal quicker?

*I have so many half-written posts in my drafts folder! I think that my goal for the rest of this week is to finish a bunch of them up. Feel free to nag me!

*I don't think that I ever mentioned on the blog that I have Instagram now! You can follow my personal account here, and the account for the blog here! I haven't posted much yet, but I promise to be more interesting eventually!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 - Round 3!

Time for more NYFW highs and lows! Ready to start this post off with a bang?

At first glance, I was surprised to see how toned down this Betsey Johnson show was compared to her usual craziness. It was still super colorful, but not as off the wall and theatrical as usual. Still, I think hers would be one of the most fun shows to walk in! There was a long-sleeved version of this green dress that I think would be amazing for a Christmas party or other glittery night out, but I went for this outfit to post instead because I dig the orange otk socks and the purple loose-knit sweatery thing.

Lela Rose - You definitely need to click on this one to enlarge it and appreciate the detail  I still can't figure out if those are feathers or carefully manipulated fabric.

I adore this Marchesa Voyage dress! Did you ever do those little art things as a kid where you scratched away the top layer to reveal the rainbow colors beneath? That's what the top reminds me of.

It's so rare for me to like anything Michael Kors that I felt like this was worthy of posting. The only negative is that the ruffles appear to gather in a sort of unflattering way at the crotch. (Unless that's a thong? I think this actually has an opaque nude layer below the lace, since there are no visible nipples. Am I wrong?) Still, I can't believe that I like a Michael Kors dress this much.

I love this sort of retro Oscar de la Renta look! 

I feel like this Vivienne Tam look is a great example of how runway looks need to be mentally broken into pieces when you're looking for inspiration for your own wardrobe. The cool details of the shirt, the patterned tights, and the see-through lace skirt over a tunic-length top are each cool on their own, but thrown all together it's a lot for one outfit.

That's it for New York! I'm swamped with trying to get other things right now, but once I have some real free time, I look forward to diving into London, Paris and Milan!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 - Round 2!

Time for more New York Fashion Week goodness! Let me just tell you now - this post involves R2D2.

I will confess that the Alice + Olivia presentations pretty much always give me a fashion ladyboner. They're always so beautifully thought out and presented! This collection had a fairy tale theme, and I was totally smitten from the first few looks. It's a fantasy, but a wearable fantasy. Loved pretty much all of it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stuff You Eat After Being Snowed In All Week

I did not leave my house for the first ELEVEN days of February. If I had known that was going to happen when I was out on the last day of January, I probably would have done some serious stocking up on groceries. However, as I mentioned a few posts ago, we got a totally random snowstorm and I became a hermit. (I don't drive in snow/ice if it's at all possible to avoid it thanks to a horrible experience several years ago. There were a couple of days within those 11 where the roads were halfway decent and I probably could have made it out, but I wasn't that desperate yet.)

Towards the end of my snowed in phase, I started running out of good things to eat and got desperate for something different. Anything different. I went up to poke around my kitchen one night and came across the box of food that Plateful Co-Op had sent me about a week prior as a promotion for Target's Breakfast Twist project, which highlights ways to put creative but simple twists on everyday breakfast foods. Target is rad so I obviously accepted the box of things they sent me with joy, but I had no idea what/if I was going to write about them. After over a week of not being able to shop, though, I was pretty thrilled to have a box of food that I'd almost forgotten about!

I ended up grabbing these three things from the box:

At first I just grabbed the peanut butter, with plans to just attack the jar with a spoon because I'm totally civilized like that. But then the apple stuff caught my eye, so I thought I'd do some kind of twist on a PB and J type of thing. Then I grabbed the Nutella just for good measure. Nutella is always a good idea.

(BTW, I hope these tiny little packets are NOT the actutal suggested serving size of Nutella. If so, I have been doing it very, very wrong for like 15 years.)

So tiny!
After I decided to go with the peanut butter and apple thing, I realized I had no bread, so I ended up eating them on a toasted hamburger bun half. I really wish I was kidding about that.

I own an embarrassing number of plastic spoons from Orange Leaf. They're awesome for spreading stuff on other stuff, though!

Holy crap, you guys, it was so good! I probably never would have picked up the apple stuff on my own, but it is amazing. I originally assumed it was sauce since it was in a pouch, but it's also got actual chunks of apple and cherry in there. My nearby Targets don't carry these yet (I looked them up and found out that they're super new), but I hope they do soon!

I made this slightly more photogenic version of my snack a couple of days later when I had actual bread:

I said slightly more photogenic.

So check it out, am I totally a food blogger now? Do I get a book deal for my own cookbook? This whole "peanut butter on bread" stuff is pretty groundbreaking! (Although I still call shenanigans on anyone who claims to regularly use Nutella in recipes instead of just eating big blobs straight from the jar like a normal person.)

General Mills provided me with the free products and information through Plateful Co-Op, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Just a girl appreciating some free peanut butter when winter sucks.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Date Dress Picks

Do you guys ever end up shopping for made-up occasions? For instance, I'll think "I'm sick of cold. I want to go ona cruise somewhere warm and sunny and palm tree-y!" That thought leads to "I wonder what I'd wear on a cruise?" and then the next thing I know I've just pinned like 40 cruise outfits on Pinterest and it's 5 am. Please tell me that this happens to you guys, too? Anyway, last night I found myself thinking about adorable, disgustingly romantic Valentines day dates, and I ended up browsing for cute dresses. I thought I'd share some of my favorites! (And nope, I don't have plans this year. I just spent like 3 hours browsing dresses because that's how I roll.)

Daytime/Casual Looks

I am totally in love with this dress, but I can NOT figure out what kind of shoes I'd wear with it. Anything red would be too matchy-matchy, and it's so hard to find white shoes that don't look tacky. Maybe a minimalistic sandal in a nude/neutral color? Or would you throw in a curveball with a different bright color like blue or purple? Go metallic? I have NO idea!

This dress, on the other hand, would be perfect with red shoes! Maybe something like this?

I feel like the two small-ish pops of red would be a fun nod to the holiday without being all covered in hearts and flowers, ya know?

Or, if you're doing something super casual...

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Bootcut Denim - Assorted Colors
My favorite jeans from Target (Fit #6 is the best!)


Are the burgundy boots with the almost same color sweater too much? Would a dark brown be better? And maybe throw in some gold earrings?

Gold Chandelier Earrings, Oval Marquise Filigree Teardrop, Scalloped Edge, Modern, Everyday

I made the mistake of searching Etsy for gold earrings. Excuse me while I cry over all of the pretty things I can't afford right now! These are from Redpeonycreations.

Night Out Looks:

This dress went straight to my Sewing Inspiration board on Pinterest the moment I saw it. I *must* make a v-backed red dress embellished with lace now. This is just too great. (I'd wear this one with simple black heels to keep the attention on the dress!)

Alternately, I think I'd go for something super-sparkly and fun like this. I actually have a red sequin dress, but it's suuuuper short and a little too tight in the bust. I'd love something silver like this! (I fear that I may be reaching the upper end of the age range where I can get away with wearing this kind of thing!)

Although if I could wear anything for a night out, I'd probably go for something like a giant Oscar de la Renta ballgown, or some super sparkly Armani Prive, or an uber-feminine Tadashi Shoji. (Mmm, I need to get back to browsing Fashion Week runway shows!)

Later That Night Look:

Lycra chemise - Chemise

This chemise by Coquette is one of my absolute favorites that I own. The bust part actually offers amazing support, and the whole thing is surprisingly comfortable! I almost wish I could get away with wearing it out of the house. (This is where I remind you that you can save 15% off any lingerie or other fun adult things at with the coupon code SP3! I haven't posted about them in ages, but they finally got some new lingerie in, which I'm quite happy about.)

If you wear something awesome for V-Day, be sure to leave me a comment with a link to the Instagram pic or something so I can check it out! I'm totally curious! (Um, unless it falls into the lingerie category. I like you guys and all, but...)

I think I'm going to attempt the pink eye makeup look from my Pinterest To Do List post today. If it turns out well, I'll try to post about it tonight or tomorrow! If it's a total fail, I might need to make a few more attempts at it first!

Note: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you click the link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. Thanks for that - coffee is expensive. 

Saturday, February 08, 2014

New York Fashion Week! Fall 2014

I'm sure that by now you guys know that Fashion Week is like Christmas to me! Just fewer trees, more dresses. Both involve stockings? I dunno. Anyway!

I loved this ultra-feminine Erin Fetherston collection! Love this pairing of a flippy-skirted little black dress with an oversized lace top. You could wear either of these pieces with countless other things, but they're perfect together. What do you guys think of the "glove" type things? I'm undecided.

Definitely digging this peacock feather Nicole Miller dress. Wearing this at my house would be instant death with all the cats, but still, it's rad.

How great is this super dramatic Tadashi Shoji look? Capes have been big on awards show red carpets lately, so I wouldn't be surprised to see this show up on one soon!

From the same collection, I love that the vibrant blue part has an almost liquid quality.

I like this super chill look from Visvim. It's a tiny bit Hoarders-esque in a "just wearing my nightgown and bathrobe!" way, but I still dig it.

I'm caught up with all of the New York shows so far, so I'm going to go ahead and hit publish on this one, even though it's a bit shorter than most of my Fashion Week posts! It's so rare for me to actually stay caught up with shows, I want to enjoy it while it lasts!

Pre-Fall Fashion Week Part 2

Given that Fall 2014 Fashion Week(s) are already underway, I realized I needed to get my act together and finish up my post about Pre-Fall! How depressing is it that designers are turning out entire collections faster than I can write about them?    Anyway, here's the rest of my picks for noteworthy pre-fall looks!

Absolutely in love with this dark Pamella Roland dress. Especially love the sheer arms.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Tuesday Tell All #4

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have SO MUCH rambling to do today! Get some coffee and get comfortable!

*First of all... hey, did you guys happen to notice that it is winter?

I am totally over it. I checked the weather on Saturday night, and it said that there might be some snow showers on Sunday. Instead, I woke up to this.

WTF?? We got something like 4-6" that day. I went into a mild state of panic because I was low on coffee and cat food and other such essentials to life, but luckily the roads were good enough yesterday to make it out for supplies. Today, however... more ice and snow. It is actually so bad that the MO Dept. of Transportation is asking people to just stay home.

Snowy crash in Branson

This was Branson on Sunday. I feel so bad for people that got stuck away from home - it was clear in the morning, and then around 9 am the snow started, and by about an hour later travel was impossible. 

Highway 13 west of Branson

This pic is from about 10 minutes away from my house. (Don't worry, I didn't take photos driving. You couldn't pay me enough to get out in that stuff. Both of these photos are from this news story.). 

I have been checking the forecast, and it looks like the next day that it will actually be above freezing is Feb 12th. I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

*On Saturday (the day before all the snow, thankfully) a vet clinic about 45 minutes from me did a special day where you could get male kitties neutered and given a rabies shot for $22 each. I've been needing to get some of my boys done for ages (Seriously, Bear turns 2 in May!) but it seems like every time I've had any spare cash at all, something has come up, so this was perfect! It was actually originally scheduled for the beginning of December, but they had to reschedule due to weather. Bear, Sam, Grem and Ten got smooshed into kitty carriers and off they went. I spent a couple of hours in that whole "OMG, my babies are at the vet and getting surgery and I am freaking out and can they please come home now?" state of freaking out. I know that neutering is about the most routine surgery possible, but still, putting the lives of your loved little fluffy ones into someone else's hands is terrifying.

Kitties came home in the early afternoon, still pretty groggy from the anesthesia and sporting fabulous new bikini waxes. I was torn between laughing and crying - little cats stumbling around like they're drunk is simultaneously heartbreaking and pretty funny. Poor Sam peed *everywhere* in his carrier on the way home, but all he wanted when I let him out was to be held, so I sat there with a urine-soaked cat in my lap for a good 20 minutes. Grem was SUPER groggy, so I left him in his carrier for about an hour after they got home until the point when he started trying to get out. When I let him out, I noticed that his ear looked smooshed and I figured he'd been sleeping with his head against the carrier door for too long.

Nope. It was gone.

Vets will sometimes clip the tip of a stray or feral cat's ear to show they've been neutered. This was an option on the paperwork where they went, but we very clearly said NO. Somehow, they got screwed up and did poor Gremmy's ear anyway. I haven't got a better photo yet, but approximately the top 1/3 of his ear is totally gone.

I. Am. Not Happy.

I get that they were dealing with a large volume of cats that day, but in general, when you send your cat to the vet you kind of expect him to come home with all of his body parts, ya know? And this isn't like "Oops! We gave him flea medicine when it wasn't requested." It's not like ears grow back. Gremmy is a cute enough little gremlin to pull off the Van Gogh look, but he's going to have lopsided ears forever now. That is SO NOT OKAY. I don't even know what to do about it. I plan to call the vet office and at least let them know that they royally screwed up, but the snow has meant that there's no way they've been open since then. And it sucks, because I would have had such a good impression of them from the fact that they did a low cost neutering day, but this totally changes my opinion. If the vet or vet techs can be this careless about Grem's ear, what else are they not paying attention to? It's scary. What would you guys do?

*Since I'm doing pretty much anything legal to save up some extra cash to move back to Florida, I signed up to be a mystery shopper. Most of the jobs for it that have been available in my area are fast food shops, which means you go to the fast food restaurant and make note of things like how long it takes to get your order, if the food is put together neatly, served hot, etc. They don't pay much ($5-10 plus reimbursement for your food), but every little bit helps, right? Plus, free food!

However, I've been totally bummed that I've already had to reschedule my first job TWICE! Originally I was supposed to eat somewhere on Saturday between 11:15 and 1:45 pm. I totally forgot that Saturday was also vet trip day when I accepted that one, but I figured there was very little chance that they would fall into the same time frame. HA! Murphy's law! The cats needed to be dropped off at 11 and picked up at 1, and the vet's office was about 45 minutes from my house. Since Saturday was out, I rescheduled it for Sunday, but then I woke up to the many inches of snow you saw above. I've now re-rescheduled that one for the 15th, but I'm also scheduled to do one at a different place this week - chances are still totally up in the air on if I'll make that, depending on if I can ever make it out of my driveway!

*Finally, I will confess here that I didn't watch the Super Bowl, but the very best part of that day was the new U2 song! If you missed it, they did a thing where they released their new song for free on iTunes for 24 hours, and for every download Bank of America (who I usually hate) donated $1 to (RED). Pretty awesome. I read that they did 2 10-hour days of filming the performance part of the video. I would have killed to have been one of the 1500 audience people for that! TEN HOURS of U2. I wouldn't even care that it was the same song the whole time. I'd just be making googly-eyes at Edge and dying of happiness.

There's a longer version of the video where Bono talks about the evolution of the lyrics, but I can't find it. This gets me totally craving another tour! I really miss my tour buddies!

Are there any Superbowl commercials that I missed that I should check out? I know about the Budweiser one, since it was filmed in Winter Park (just north of Orlando), but other than that I'm totally in the dark. Suggestions?