Thursday, December 31, 2009

Glamour Mag Inspires Love and Life New Year's Resolutions

Glamour had a little snippit with resolutions every lady can make and stick with this year, and no, losing that last 5 pounds isn't one of them. I thought some of them were so good that they were worth repeating here. These are my faves:

1. Don't let a week go by without telling someone that you love them. Out loud. Pets count. So does your reflection in the mirror.
2.If you can't find something decent to watch on TV, turn it off.
3. Always read the kid a book (and definitely pat the bunny).
4. All together now: This year there will be no drunk-texting of exes. (Also no drunk-tweeting or status updating--at least not until they invent the great Internet erase machine.)
5. Find out the dates of every election in your district. Vote in all of them.
6. For every time he initiates it, initiate it twice. (nothing like a little friendly competition-lol)
7. Buy a "good decision" piggy bank. Pay yourself a dollar for every time you skip the third drink, go to bed early or make the difficult phone call. At the end of the year, buy yourself a "good decision" present. You've earned it!
8. On January 2nd, sit down, take out a pen and a piece of paper and write down five reasons you would want to marry yourself. Doesn't that feel good?

My personal new year's resolution is to floss everyday. I figure, it's simple, easy to maintain, and has huge benefits for my teeth, AND my dentist will finally stop nagging me. Though, personally, with all the good decisions I plan on making this year, I might have to buy myself a good decision vacation, or a present every couple months to keep that pig from getting too full. Happy New Year! And here's to fresh starts and new beginnings!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Eyebrow Waxing

I went to the salon recently, and told the beautician that I wanted her to clean up my brows. In waxing speak, this is code for following the already established shape of your eyebrow, and just getting rid of any stray hairs that have managed to grow outside that shape despite the fact that you pluck and wax them away the second they appear time and time again. It was a reputable salon. I don’t trust my eyebrows to just anyone, after having several botched jobs when they came out too thin, uneven, or my forehead was waxed without asking even though I do not have a unibrow, and in fact my eyebrows are strangely far apart.

So, because the name and rank of the salon implied a certain level of skill and professionalism, I trusted this woman mere days before my sister’s wedding with a very important part of my face and expressions with little clarification on what I wanted her to do. Now don’t judge me, you know what I mean when someone has angry eyebrows or surprised eyebrows, and this could happen in real life if waxing went too wrong. After my experience, I will not be so vague with my orders.

This woman drastically changed the shape of my eyebrows, and made one shorter than the other by waxing off a key piece towards the center, altering the line up with my nose. As shown in the picture above, there is supposed to be a straight line from your nose up to the end of your eyebrow. Now, every time I go to the salon, I get lectured about over plucking that little section. But it just won't grow back! I need a little Rogaine, just for that one little spot.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Editor Schmeditor

Being hired as a proofreader, or editor is a funny thing. Sometimes it is literally comical to see the strange typographical errors that people make. Most of the time it is funny in the weird sense that you are a new person hired onto the team just to find the errors that other, more established employees hadn’t noticed. You are actually looking for the mistakes that your boss makes. Imagine doing that in any other position. I don’t think it would make you very popular around the office. But when you are specifically cast as a proofreader, it makes you a hero. People gasp about all of the spelling mishaps, and grammar missteps that you found, exclaiming what a great job you did! You saved the publication!

It’s a fine line that must be tread lightly when starting at a new place. You need to learn the standards of the company, and how strict they are with their grammar and colloquial expressions. For the most part, grammar is a really subjective thing. Everyone learns it one way, and uses it how they see fit. Any published author will tell you sometimes they throw correct grammar to the wind because it just doesn’t sound right.

People have their different pet peeves. Some hate the word “Get” in any context. In pretty much any instance, there is another verb that could take its place and sounds better. Some flip over the passive voice (which can be difficult to avoid). Others don’t condone parenthetical statements. Even the use of ‘once’ is a hotly debated term. Is it a time marker, or can it be used as another way of saying after? It really depends on your audience.

The truth is that most people don’t really know what “proper” grammar is, and will just trust you as the proofreader if you say it is right, a lovely little power to wield. Yet the standards of proper change based on audience, writing type (technical, promotional, academic, etc). It is a peaceful thing to go quietly through pages of text, fix the problems, and finish knowing the document is better after you have finished with it. At least in your eyes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Christmas Spirit

I got a chain email the other day, that was very typical of the Chrismas season. It was about a little boy who asked his mother if Santa Claus is real.

It was the best answer I've heard to the question so far. She told her son about how since he asked that question it meant he was old enough to learn about the Christmas Spirit. She used an example of a woman whose car she had hit in the grocery store, who left her go with instead of with information, with a smile and a Merry Christmas.

This woman had Christmas spirit she said, a special attitude and feeling that spreads over people this time of year. It's a time when people do random nice things for each other. Instead of yelling, they smile and say it's ok. They buy gifts to show their appreciation for having people in their lives. It's a sentiment that stretches around in kindness, and people use Santa Claus as a way of reminding themselves of this special loving sentiment once a year.

It's true. I have noticed people on the subway nodding and making room instead of scowling and elbowing. More doors are being held. More music is being played. Everyone is jaunting off to one party or another celebration. It's festive. It's magical, and the Christmas Spirit is all around.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Tonight I had my very first experience with Cirque de Solei, and I have to say, it was as fantastic as everyone has told you. I saw Wintuk at Madison Square Garden. It was a mixture of circus act, christmas story, and acrobatics that had a little something for everyone. It is one boy's quest to find snow, and the magical dreamland he encounters while looking. There is limited dialogue, a narrator who could really be done without, and mostly breathtaking dance and feats of nature.

Trampoline stunts were performed, that looked like the person was just flipping end over end over end without traveling across any space. A woman twirled more hula hoops than you could count around her barely moving frame. A man walked a tightrope. Women dangled and twirled in tandem from ribbons twisting from the ceiling. People bounced off of giant wooden rods, and a woman and a man climbed inside a giant hoop to spin around the floor. All to the tune of winter scenery and live music.

There were puppies, a little romance, cops and robbers, and even angry snow monsters. This show truly has a facet for any audience. And, *SPOILER ALERT* at the very end, to complete the magic of the evening, it snows, actually blizzards down tiny tissue paper flakes. Everyone I was with was beaming with the joy of the season, and the wonder at how people can actually do those things with their bodies. I loved it, and I am thinking about signing up for a trampoline class at Chelsea Piers sometime soon!!


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