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Hope everyone had a great holiday season, I’ve still got 6 pagan holidays, New Years and Chinese New Year to look forward to so I’m still truckin’, lol. The nice thing about being a heathen, well amongst other nice things, is that we really never run out of holidays and so I can buy stupid things I don’t need ( hah, as if I don’t need the entire Enchanted Worlds collection! :P ) and call them holiday purchases, lol. I seriously need to make more cash, though, I rarely actually buy anything, so everything I DO buy I feel bad for buying, but since it’s the holidays I tried to put that out of my mind so I could indulge in presents for friends and family.

I may be working in the capital, though, come this spring or summer. They have an assistant job open that pays upwards of 30 large a year, maybe 35 depending on who, exactly, I work for. Either way it’s over triple what I make now, for less work, and I’ve practically been promised the job so, it’s just a matter of transportation.



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I don’t know if you’ve heard about Trusted Tours and Attractions before, but they’ve got discounted tickets to sight seeing tours in some awesome destinations. I’ve never really thought about sightseeing tours, I mean I knew about them – I knew they existed – but every vacation I’ve ever taken was just a trip to relax and let the world roll by, but you don’t really get to fully experience a location that way. I’d love to go to Key West, or back to San Diego, where my step sister used to live. We used to go up every couple of years and stay with her, and we’d go to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and drive all the way up to Anaheim and visit Disneyland and Knott’s, which were, and still remain to this day, my favorite vacation activities.

One of the more fun memories of visiting San Diego was going to the Zoo when I was 12. My parents kept a pretty tight leash on us, they were very strict and, to be honest, didn’t like Laota and I to really enjoy anything we were doing – almost like we were committing a sin by having fun. We weren’t allowed to make noise, or laugh too loud or too much, and heaven help you if you were hurt or cried at all. So most of our vacations were spent with everyone sitting quietly in a relatives living room. But this particular year we were both with our step sister (who’s 20 years older than us) and not our parents, and we ran around like lunatics, all three of us. We bought souvenirs, which we later got in trouble for, and took pictures of the animals, especially the birds. We even bought San Diego Zoo visors, and for Laota and I that was us wasting money but we didn’t care, it was just nice to be allowed to have fun for once.

I’d love to go back, were I ever to get up the cash to do so. Trusted Tours and Attractions offer of Old Town Trolley tours sounds like just what I need, I get to see the sights and I don’t have to hobble around the streets looking for sights with my not-too-keen eyes, lol. Actually, Trusted Tours has an e-Newsletter and, if you sign up by December 14, 2007, you’re automatically entered to win yourself 4 free tickets to the city you choose, isn’t that awesome?



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There’s just something about the Yankees, isn’t there? They have a hotdog and apple pie quality to them, even their name’s patriotic and watching them play the game is a sight to behold. I wish I’d been able to see them play live, in-stadium, or get Yankees Spring Training tickets, but I’ve never had the money to go to even a local ( Royals ) game, not that I’m a big fan of KC’s team. I miss New York, and The Boys are part of that, and I’d love to go to Spring Training but just checking the Yankees Spring Training Schedule is going to have to do it for me. In June, when they play the Royals, I’m going to enjoy watching them cream the crap out of KC’s team – sorry, I’m no fan, lol.



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I think a lot about where I’d go if I had vacation time and money, and the will to go considering I’ve been exhausted for so long, I always think of somewhere sunny with water and sand, and I never thought for a second about using Holiday Rental to find a ski apartment in Bansko for your ski holiday. Apparently, these destinations are in Bulgaria – for real! I never heard of anyone going to Bulgaria for a ski holiday, but I suppose people who live in luxury can do those kinds of things. Apparently Holiday Rentals has the best accommodation and cabin selection in the UK, they even have villas and chalets to choose from and they have what they call the Rent With Confidence Guarantee that you can read about HERE. What a cool idea, not one I’d ever have thought of, I hope to take them up on it one day. :D



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Ohh, this is neat – I’m checking out envelope printing from Envelope Printing Online. They’ve got a decent selection, a bit on the small side for an online printer, and the prices are pretty good for anyone who – like me – doesn’t live anywhere near a Kinkos but could still use a service like this. Overall it’s a nifty site, my only complaint is that their selection is very corporate, and I don’t blame them at all for that. I’m sure corporations are their number one customer, but they do run a business online and if they’re going to compete they’re going to have to branch out into more fun, artsy and even cute designs to keep up with the big boys like Vista Print. It’s a nice site, though, and they’re definately worth checking out. I may refer my boss there, the designs look like they’re right up his alley. :D



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You know, I never thought I’d be looking at apartments in Austin Texas, or anywhere in Texas, for that matter. In fact, I believe at some point I swore Texas off as a possible place to move to once I get out of Stabsourri, but I’m looking at some of these places on SimpleSearchApartments.com and they actually don’t look half bad, a bit on the pricey side but not too bad. The search engine thingie is awesome, like Rent.com without all the annoying ads and pop-ups, and you get more advanced choices for search criteria, like searching by amenities or school district, or even by pets – very nifty site.



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I’m running out of Asian horror films. Running out! I’ve watched all the greats and a lot of the oldies, a few times over, and even own some of them on DVD. Plus a slew of newer ones ( Ringu-present ) and their sequels, and I’m out of shorts like J-Horror: Anthology, Kazuo Umezz’s Horror Theater and the like. The last Asian Horror film I saw – which was supposed to be supernatural horror – was The Quiet Family. While this is a fabulous film, very funny with high production values, it was more of a drama and there was little supernatural content if any. And don’t get me started on the mislabelling Vanishing Twin – don’t rent it unless you’re kind of a pervert. If you are, you’ll love it, lol.

I just want something new, you know? Not a drama, but something supernatural on account of how I’m four years old and I like spooky movies, lol. Maybe a new highschool horror film like the Whispering Corridors films or, if I’m lucky, an ironic ‘your stomach stretched to the limits of human endurance’ film like Dumplings – I just love those. But, yeah, I’m reduced to rewatching Ringu over and over and over and trying to supplement my lack of horror films with Christmassy films, and it’s not working, because what I want is horror – when I get an idea in my head, it sticks like taffy, lol. If you’re a fan of Asian horror ( especially K-Horror or J-Horror ), and you’ve seen a film or three you think I should see, please let me know – here’s hoping I haven’t already seen it, lol.



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Ooh, nifty… Design Diva’s got some gorgeous fabric, just beautiful stuff, some of which is hand painted Egyptian cotton with asian prints, a few of the tropical ones, of course, caught my eye and they’ve got discount Scalamandre fabric that’s just to die for. One of the things I noticed immediately was that they had brocade – brocade! That’s like the sound of Angels singing to a former Goth, well, once and future Goth, lol. I love rich fabrics and colors, and the amazing array of gem tones means I have to figure out how to hold an online store up at gun point – or just make more money so I can buy my lovelies, lol.



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Well, it’s official – today is My Birthday Eve. Pay out, PayPerPost, I’d like a cake, lol. I know, I know, it’s sad that I’ve got to buy my own birthday cake – but it’s something I chose to do, and I’m a damn good baker so I could, technically, bake my own if I wanted to but I want to buy a nine dollar ice cream cake. It’s generic, but it’s good – strawberry shortcake with white chocolate decoration on the top and berry cream ice cream. I’m too old to be obsessing over cake, lol. But, I’m of the mind that I’d like one decent birthday, and this is the first year I’ve had in twenty years that I haven’t had to share ( meaning give ) my celebration to my stepdad. The awful jackass.

See, his birthday was the day before mine so I’d get a piece of cake but I couldn’t blow out the candles, he’d get the cards, he’d get the presents, he’d get pampered and I was expected to be one of the people who did the pampering. I can’t tell you how many times I was the one who baked his cake, bought him presents, made him dinner, cleaned up after him – because my birthday didn’t matter. I know it’s kind of childish to whine about it now, since most people consider birthdays to be something that only children get excited about, but I spent my birthdays until I was seventeen being silently envious and hurt by it. In fact he dominated my mother and Laota‘s birthday celebrations, too, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother’s and Father’s days, school events, church events – if there was attention to be paid, he wanted it paid to him and no one else. He was like a vicious, jealous, mean child and he’d get violent if he didn’t get what he wanted, when he wanted.

After a certain point in my life, though, I think I just accepted it and fell into a life of mundane repetition – no opinions, no backtalk, no promise of a better life. And awful as it is to say, in the months that he’s been gone my life has taken an upswing – it’s not a good life, I’m still landlocked and holding down four jobs with literally almost no pay ( we’re talking maybe $200 a month, if that ), and were it not for PayPerPost, I’d literally have nothing. At least I can afford a cake this year, and, for once, it’s happy birthday to me.



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Here’s something I didn’t know, and knowing me it was most likely common knowledge, but back to my ignorance. I just found out that the holiday trees in Washington D.C. and Rockefeller Center in New York City are lit up with LED Christmas lights from Holiday LEDs which, as you may also already know, are eco friendly ( use 90% less energy than regular christmas lights ). I’ve been wanting some of these LED holiday lights for awhile now, they taunt me because they know I can’t afford them, lol. I love this kind of thing, though, because in my fondest dreams I’m some kind of decorating superhero who’s yard and trees always look professional and everything’s perfectly safe and in tip top shape, all well oiled and choreographed to music like a Las Vegas fountain, lol. Alas, I’m not – I actually royally suck, but I still want these delicious lights. They’re the only LED Christmas lighting of their kind.

See, other LED holiday lighting that’s made especially for the pros isn’t UL approved for an astonishing feat that Holiday LEDs is approved for, and that feat is that, end-to-end, you can connect these bad boys and stretch lights for over a half a mile – oh yes, an entire half a mile – and to add to their safety, they have hard plastic encasement ( is encasement even a word? ) and never get too far above room temperature so you don’t have to worry about moisture getting into them and ruining your lights, or them heating up and burning down your house. The only problem with me getting a string is that I’m ungodly poor and I’d have to steal them, which isn’t out of the question yet but I’d like to wait until I have magical powers.



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So, the girlie in me has decided I need new shoes. Oh yes, new, new shoes. Beautiful Dansko shoes. I find myself adoring Dansko shoes, especially the beautimous Courtney in black oiled, which is so me, so very me. It screams to the New York boho in me that I left behind in my teens to persue my insane love of all things Japanese, but for $114 I’m willing to make an exception and go a little boho again, for old times sake. :P

Dansko has such gorgeous style and my $114 shoes would be enough to qualify me for their free shipping! Yes, shipping’s free on orders over $100 and why didn’t I notice those Courtney’s come in white? *sigh* Dankso, you’re evil! You want me to spend all my money at your site! >_<



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I’m assuming you’ve read my ranting about how I can’t get my skin to ‘get right’. I’m not too worried about my face since, so long as I remember never to actually touch it with my hands ( lol ), almost never break out. But my PCOS keeps my skin guessing, especially on my neck, I can be clear-skinned for weeks then I’ll get attacked by zitties that I can’t shake no matter what I do, and where I live you either pay very high prices for things via the mail or you just do without treatments which is why I’ve been contemplating Proactiv, even if they do have Jessica Simpson in their ads, lol.

See, the fact that it was developed by dermatologists is what I’m really looking for, because I don’t have the ability to visit a doctor, let alone a dermatologist. Proactive also claims to be able to stop new blemishes before they start, which is what really makes the system seem sparkly to me and worth the money, because it’s the fear of them forming that’s my real problem. Woe is zitty me, lol.



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You know what? Screw the Science Channel. Screw them for having all these neat shows and me not being able to afford their services! They want me to murder them, or more realistically, they want me to shell out money I don’t have to subscribe to their stupid science and stupid cool shows that they know I want to see, so until My Royal Shallowness can afford their stupid subscription payments I’ll only be living a half life, not knowing what goes on beyond Pluto or before we ruled the planet. And yes, I’d like to see Giant Moa bones, don’t you think I want to see Giant Moa bones? Of course I want to see Giant Moa bones, thank you. But do they ask me? Do they offer me their knowledge in exchange for nothing, just the way I like it? No, no, of course not. Don’t make it easy for Faith, she has History Channel and Discovery, she’ll be fine! Science Channel, you will RUE the DAY!



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Okay, I’m not usually swayed by designer handbags, mostly because I tend to think designers charge entirely too much for their products, but Bolzano has some beautiful stuff at their site. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but since when is designer anything going to come cheap enough to sell at Small Mart? I’m especially attatched to the City Stitch Gianina tote, in it’s gorgeous white and green, with such clean lines and beautiful tropical colors. I hate not having a billion dollars, because I need a billion of those, or whatever a billion divided by two hundred is. I’ve confused myself, lol.

I just adore some of this stuff, it’s one of those things I can trick myself into saving up for, lol. Generally, my bags cost about one dollar and I have to mend them somehow. I keep thinking, what would I do with a designer handbag, though? I never go anywhere, but I buy jewelry and make up that I never wear, so I don’t see how this is any different, lol.



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Ahhh, SelectBlinds.com is neat! Besides just being the one stop window coverings shop for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and even to spite that fact, they have some really beautiful blinds. They boast window shades, mini blinds, faux and real wood blinds as well as my favorite item on the website, the absolutely stunning Tropical Isle Bamboo shades in Manaca Cocoa, a beautifully rich cocoa color that would look fabulous with the dark sage green in my bedroom. The best part, though, is that if you aren’t sure how your new blinds will look, you can order a sample for free – including free shipping – to find your perfect match.



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Scale Envy

Oct. 6th, 2007 04:49 pm
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I’m sure you know, by now, that I have a small eBay business reselling clothing from a wholesaler ( yes, I do have 8 billion jobs ), and one of the things that I’ve been dying for is a personal shipping scale to help with the load, because when you don’t have a car, it’s a pain in the butt to walk all the way down to the post office, which is quite a distance, just to find out how much something weighs so when a potential buyer asks you for a personal shipping quote you can tell them, with confidance, how much it would cost them.

Actually, there are quite a few places these days to buy retail scales thanks to the online auction/store boom, but it’s hard to find any at decent prices that someone like moi, who doesn’t want to declare themselves bankrupt, can afford, lol. What I really want, though, is a scale like this WeighMax Xtro, because it’s what I need, almost exactly, and it’s very cheap right now. I planned on getting one of those scales that prints it’s own shipping, but I couldn’t afford to recharge it with sixty bucks at a time, because, what if I never used all of it? Then I’m out sixty bucks, or fifty five bucks, and I may as well have not sold that tank top for fourteen, because I’ve lost on the deal, lol.



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I *probably* don’t need a bar sink. Do I need a bar sink? Someone, tell me I don’t, because I want one and I may waste money buying one over at Faucet.com, who have a zillion bar sinks to choose from and I’m so damn domestic these days that the idea of a faucet you can swing out of the way appeals to me far more than I want to admit, lol. Shouldn’t I be thinking about buying shoes or make up? I’m *fairly* sure I’m a girl, or at least in some way woman-like, and I shouldn’t be thinking about plumbing fixtures, lol.



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Okay, granted, the thought of ever getting married to anything but my work makes me long for the days of the American Wild West when anyone could buy a gun whenever they wanted, so looking at wedding dresses is crazy-insane, and moot to boot, lol, but these Allie Renee by Mon Cheri dresses at TheBridalShop.com are really pretty, actually.

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This one, in particular, I liked – mostly because it’s a nice, dark color. I’m not too fond of the train, nor do I like the idea of so much taffeta, but it’s got a great A-line cut to it, the top is convertable to a halter or tank with included straps and the color is close to perfect – perfect being black, if you’re wondering. I can’t very well pretend to walk down a pretend aisle in a $800 dress that I can only pretend afford if said dress is green and my cheap-ass Hard Candy nails are black, can I? See? You understand, lol.



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Wheee, wheee, wheee! Superfoods! I love superfoods, I’m an advocate of Spirulina if you can get your hands on it, and now there’s something called “Gâc”, an asian fruit I’ve never in my life heard of that is naturally rich in antioxidants, including but not limited to beta-carotene – yet another thing I absolutely love and adore, hence my obsession with teas, lol. R.G. Skin Revitalizer is, apparently, an all natural dietary supplement that makes good use of pure Gâc oil, extracted right from the fruit, that’s supposed to do wonders for your skin.

Gâc is packed with carotenoids ( plant pigments ) that protect plants from the damage inflicted by sunlight, so imagine what they can do for your skin. On top of that, Gâc boosts your skin’s cellular rejuvenation, which means younger looking, healthier skin for you.

The idea behind using an oil instead of a juice seems to be that the fat content of oil helps your body absorb the nutrients from the plant more thoroughly than if you’d just drunk the juice as-is, and since it’s all natural you don’t have to worry to excess about R.G. containing any harsh chemicals or drugs, plus the added bonus of Gâc is that it actually helps you to boost your immune system, and who doesn’t want that?

Granted, these are all claims – but if R.G. does half of what it says it does, then I want it already, lol.



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Or, rather, stupid things that COST money. I was on eBay, as I often am just to lust after things I can’t have, and I saw THIS – right from Disneyworld, which is stupid since they put a price on it rather than a “Click Here To Shoot Yourself” button, lol.

I’m really not that fond of Disneyworld in comparison to Disneyland, but anything like a comforter from the actual hotel is something I want – yes, I am two years old, and yes I do want stupid things, but you probably want a skinny, tan, blonde boyfriend in a visor so my wants are less insane by far than yours, lol.

They always have neat things, though, I never can afford them – they once had Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride props, how unfair is that? I almost sold my cast member pins to afford some of them, but nostalgia won out, lol. Besides, they may be worth a hundred ( bit more ) since they’re in such good condition, but they wouldn’t have been worth attraction prop money by far, lol.



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