Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to share my monthly favorites and big things that happened in my life.
Normally, I don’t have much to say in these posts, but this was a big month for me! So here’s what I’ve been up to.
Beauty – Make Up & Skin Care
So I have started to wear make up again so that I will look nice on camera while working. Since I’m training, I have a ton of video meetings! Plus, since we’re all virtual, we are encouraged to do video instead of just audio for meetings whenever possible. I don’t mind, but I always have breakouts so I feel I need a boost! So I’ve started wearing the Almay Smart Shade Foundation in 300 Moyen with SPF 20. I wish it was lighter weight but it is more medium weight. I do love how it blends onto my skin though, so I am a fan of it. I think I’ll probably use up other foundations I still have or throw them out if they are expired. Once I do that, I want to try to find a lighter weight foundation but if I don’t find one I like, I might just repurchase this one. Who knows!
I’ve also been using my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand. I’ve loved the Fit Me line for years and while I should probably buy a new one as this one is quite old, I just haven’t gotten around to it. It’s almost out so maybe I’ll just use it up anyway.
I’ve also started to rediscover my love of contacts. Since the pandemic began, I’ve mostly been using my glasses at home and really grew to love them, but when I started working I switched back to contacts, as my glasses will rub the makeup off the bridge of my nose usually. I do still love my glasses, but I do think they’re too heavy and will cause headaches. I think once I’m not constantly on video and don’t have to wear a full face of makeup all the time anymore I’ll maybe switch back to glasses a few times a week, but for now, I will stick to my contacts.
A really crazy new favorite is Microsoft OneNote. Despite being a long time Microsoft office user, like many others, I’ve never used OneNote until now. I guess I just didn’t see the point but someone at work recommended it and gave us a short training on how to use it. It was great! I’ve handwritten a ton of notes at work from my trainings, and I’ve kept doing that but now I’m working on transferring them to OneNote when I have some spare time. I find it’s super easy to use and I love that I get to review my notes again while doing it. I know many people already use OneNote, and it’s so easy to pick up, so I feel foolish for not using it before!
I’m Fully Vaccinated!
So I did a post all about my vaccine experience, which you can read if you want! Alas, I do not seem to have gotten the 5G network that the crazy conspiracy theorists were crying about. But watch out serial killers, I’ve got my tracking chip now!
All kidding aside, it is such a relief to be fully vaccinated. After over a year of staying home and rarely going anywhere, it’s so nice to no longer have such a huge stress hanging over me. I’m looking forward to doing ballet without a mask but I don’t think I’ll be taking it off in stores just yet. My ballet class is pretty small and I know everyone is vaccinated (we all volunteered the information and shared our experiences), but in stores… that’s a different story! Plus I kind of like the masks! I like the anonymity of it honestly.
I do want to travel again soon, but as I just started a new job, I know I won’t be getting that sweet, sweet vacation time just yet.
I Started My New Job!
Speaking of the new job, I started my new job! I accepted a job offer late April and started this month. I’m an Academic and Finance Advisor for an online university. I won’t go on too much about it because I recently shared some thoughts in my desk tour, higher education adventures, and Thursday tales posts.
Even though I’ve only been working for two weeks, I’m just so excited to be working again that I can’t stop talking about it! I was unemployed for quite some time, having been furloughed in April of 2020 and officially let go the following October. Plus I am a huge fan of higher education, so being in a field I’m passionate about is so cool. I really like it so far and I hope I’ll do well in the role.
So somewhat on the more serious side is some drama in my subdivision. Literally I can’t wait to have enough money to move out into a tiny farm in Texas and hopefully not have that drama anymore!
A few years ago our very quiet subdivision randomly got some annoying new stop sign. Apparently it was to try to slow down drivers in a long stretch of road, which was honestly annoying because most of that stretch has no houses, so there’s really no reason to be overly cautious in that area. Due to this, sometimes drivers tend to roll through the stop. Well, my dad ended up getting ticketed for that and when he complained to a neighbor the guy said that he’d heard there had been a near accident recently so the neighbors involved complained to the police department and demanded they patrol our subdivision more often. Apparently, the issue was that there was a kid who either got hit or almost got hit by another neighbor who didn’t do the stop properly.
Now, before you feel bad for either the kid or the neighbor, let me give you some context. So the few houses that are in that area all have school aged kids which are all very poorly behaved. Their parents don’t bother to watch them (surprise, surprise) and they often run out into the road chasing each other without properly looking. It’s very annoying and I’ve often said it’s only a matter of time before something happens to the kids because they literally don’t pay any attention and just run. I don’t care if kids play in the street, in fact that happens all the time on my street, but they do have to pay attention and have supervision in my opinion. The kids on my street always have a parent around and they pay attention so when they see someone coming they’ll all yell to each other “CAR!” and everyone immediately moves to the edge of the street. The kids at the front of the subdivision don’t do this at all, hence why they almost cause accidents.
As for the neighbor, she’s honestly a pretty reckless driver. She lives in a house across the street from me so I regularly see her speeding in and out of her driveway. She and her husband are pretty reckless in general from what I observe. Their German Shepard is so poorly behaved that they rarely let it out of the house anymore. They used to leave the dog off leash so he’s run up to people barking and actually bit their next door neighbor. The dog also goes crazy and pulls on his leash during walks if he sees another dog so he’s lost his mind when I’m walking my puppy niece a few times. The reason they never really get in trouble for anything is that the husband is a police officer so I think people don’t really say anything out of fear there will be retaliation.
In all honesty, I don’t think the neighbor was at fault at all. Even if she had done a full stop, those kids are out of control and don’t pay attention so it could have happened to literally anyone! If the kids were properly trained and their parents paid attention too, then there wouldn’t be an issue. Well, the fact that people don’t do proper stops is an issue but at least there wouldn’t be a serious issue. While it sucks that it took a kid either getting hurt or almost getting hurt for people to pay attention, I do think it’s better that now the parents have to address the bad behavior of the kids and the neighbor has to pay better attention when driving.
So that’s my May life! Let me know what you’ve been up to this month. I’d love to know!
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