Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth perfume

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker and I were discussing smells. Particularly, perfumes. I said how I used to be able to wear perfume and essential oils, but these days I have become like my mom and I am extremely sensitive to smells. Many perfumes, hand lotions and fragrances actually make me ill if I have to be around them. I get a runny nose, headache, itchy-fevery eyes, which just makes for an over all yuck feeling. I have had to ask Christmas flowers to be taken out of the office and co-workers to not use a certain hand lotions or perfumes. I feel bad asking this, but if I don’t I feel physically ill.

All of this led me to remember Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth perfume that I got for Christmas one year. (Anyone else?) I loved that perfume! At least I think I loved it. Or maybe it was that my friends also had it and it was popular at the time. I grew out of it and I think I ended up tossing the last bit of it out. Years later, my mom reminded me of my love for it and how she couldn’t stand it. To her, it smelled like cat piss. Thanks mom! I’m thankful she didn’t tell me that at the time, I know I wouldn’t have handled it well.

Did you ever have Electric Youth or some other celebrity’s perfume?

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#MicroblogMonday – Glass works again

And I forgot to blog again last night.

Yesterday late afternoon I went to check out a glass club. They do Tiffany style work (stained glass windows, lamps), fused glass (pieces melted together) and even mosaics (bits glued onto something in a pattern). I am so excited to become a part of this club and to get back into making glass stuff.

I made my first stained glass pieces back in high school over twenty years ago. I made some roses, a pen holder, a mandala window piece and a combined mirror/glass window piece. In more recent years (still over 5 years ago), I made an angel, butterflies for a mobile and then a bunch of fused glass jewelry.

The possibilities are endless and ideas are flowing, it’s only a matter of choosing what I want to do first.

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Book Review – Service Tales

Service Tales – More Stories of Man’s Best Hero by Ace Collins

I loved this book! As the title says, this is a collection of true short stories about service dogs and the humans they help. I have always loved dogs* and especially service dogs. I know first hand how smart dogs are (except for this one beagle we had…) and what comfort they can bring when you need it most. Then to have a dog trained to help you in a specific way so that you can have a full life just makes my heart warm and fuzzy. In most of these stories, the service dogs ended up learning so much more than what they were taught and more than anyone ever could have expected. I cried and laughed with the stories. This was an all around heart-warming book. I recommend it to anyone who wants an uplifting and quick read.

*And cats, but this book isn’t about service cats.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

#MicroblogMonday – Great and not as I expected news

Great news first: I won a 50€ gift certificate! It was because of this photo below and the hair dye I used: Hermans professional, Bella Blue (and Patsy Purple). I can’t wait to get more hair dye and have a rainbow on my head. 


And now the not as I expected news: I had my pre-op appointment this morning to get my tubes closed, but I might not be able to get it done because of my endometriosis. I wanted to cry as I left the office. I’ve been waiting since the beginning of the year for this appointment and my endo has to go and screw it up. I’ve always disliked this totally silent, pain-free and symptomless partner of mine.

I can’t remember what (how much endo) was found when I had my laprascopic surgery back in November 2009. But if there was a decent amount found and removed, I should now stay on hormonal birth control to help keep the endometriosis calm and at bay. I am using NuvaRing now, but I could such to the Mirena IUD instead. 

I’m now waiting again. The doctor has asked from the hospital for my surgery details. Once she gets that, she’ll send me her final recommendation of how to proceed. I’m quite sure she’ll recommend no surgery and to continue with the horminal birth control.

Do you have any experience with the Mirena IUD that you’re willing to share? 

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#MicroblogMonday – Pockets

Pockets are wonderful things. They can hold your keys, phone, tissues and money. They can also hold rocks, toys, shopping lists, hair bands and more. This morning, I found acorn tops in my pocket. What’s in your pocket?


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#MicroblogMonday – Before and after, pregnancy changes

Before I was pregnant/had kids, I firmly slept on my left or right side. Favoring my left. This was still true during pregnancy with Paxlet and after he was born. Again, when I was pregnant with Tadbit, I still preferred my left side, but I flip-flopped. As much as a pregnant lady can. However, I have recently been waking up and finding myself on my back! I’ve never really been a back sleeper, but it seems I am now.

Have you had things change in your life that you used to do differently?

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#MicroblogMonday – selling clothes on FB

Since I am not going to have any more kids, I/we won’t be needing small clothes anymore. I save some of Paxlet’s clothes for Tadbit, but some clothes are just too boyish, even for me. So, I’ve decided to try selling the kids’ too small clothes on FB once more. I photographed and posted about 30 pieces of clothes, a pair of brand new shoes with the tag still attached, undies/boxers and socks. I posted them for cheap, most are for ,50 cents, as I want them gone. So far, it seems to be working. I got rid of two items during the weekend, several more today and two bags and some socks should go tomorrow. It’s not the easiest, nor most cost efficient, but I get a bit of money back. I do feel a bit guilty at times for letting perfectly good clothes go so cheaply, but at the same time I am happy someone else will get use out of them. Next, photograph Tadbit’s clothes!

Have you sold items on FB? How did it go?

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