Local News – KMOV Rant

Do you ever find yourself talking to your T.V? I do this a lot.  I talk to commercials (“Yes, because he fell off a ladder he needs to think about life insurance, because I’m a selfish $%^& and that’s my first thought…). I talk to T.V. shows.  But especially I talk to my local news.

Sometimes its me griping at the producers for putting up the wrong graphic (“you have one job…”).

Last night in particular – KMOV the local CBS affiliate in St. Louis started its news at 4:59 PM.


I was watching something else. Noticed the credits rolling. Switched over to KMOV and … they were already well into their “breaking news”.

Mentioned this fact to my Mom who watches them almost everyday. “Oh, yea,” she says, “they do that everyday, I always miss their first story which is usually breaking news.”

So, KMOV, you, by attempting to get the jump on the other local news stations cause us to go to the other news channels to find out what “breaking news” is developing. Because you see, like normal news channels, they wait until their SCHEDULED program start, and thereby allow me to have time to get to their channel on time for their first, and presumably most important, news story.

Keep it up KMOV.  Fox2 is looking better and better.


Minimalism and Makeup

I was a wannabe minimalist for a while there (see previous posts) but I’ve succumbed to the pressure to buy.  Specifically makeup.  And lots of it.

When is enough, enough? Well after a few hundred dollars (I haven’t really counted but when I’ve qualified for Ulta’s Platinum status on the rewards card – I know I’ve spent $350 at that store alone.)

But I don’t believe in expensive makeup.  The most costly thing I own is my Revlon Color Stay Foundation.  But what I don’t spend on one product I definitively spend on 30 different products.

However I think I’ve finally hit my limit.  I was going through a shopping cart on Ulta or Sephora and I realized, “I have that color” and then on another site, “I have a color that’s very similar to that and I’ve NEVER used it!”

So once more I’m on a spending moratorium.  I’m still looking at products mind you.  I’m just not buying unless i really need it.  And if I find one of the products or samples or whatever I have just isn’t very good – I toss it.

(Favorite product right now – Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Trio.  On my nails is Wet N Wild Mega Last nail color in Wet Cement.)

So I’m going to try and use a different product on my eyes every day.  Pull out every palette and try each color. Really get some use out of what I have rather than keep spending money!  It is what it is (my face that is) so any new product can only do so much.  Nothing out there is going to make me look like Kate Upton, no matter what it claims to be able to do.  I still need to get some skill in applying it too.  So practice I will do.

Monday Makeup! ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss Review

I love ELF Makeup.  Its cheap and pretty good quality.  I’m sure you can buy the name brand stuff (I’m lookin’ at you MAC and Urban Decay) and get better quality but I’m sorry I’m not spending that much for my face.  My face isn’t going to look that much better with a $50 to $100 product than it does with a $10 or even a $1 product.

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss in Berry Cherry

ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss in Berry Cherry

This is my favorite lip gloss right now.  The color shown to the left is Berry Cherry and, on my lips isn’t quite as pigmented as the picture would suggest.  But its still pretty.  And each tube of gloss is only $1.  So if you don’t like the color – you’re only out $1!

The texture is not nasty, lip gloss sticky.  For example, I got a sample box of Ulta cosmetics and it had a clear ultra shiny lip gloss – OMG it was horrible!  It was like someone took glue and put it on my lips.  Even after I took it off it still felt sticky.  ELF Hypershine on the other hand, is pleasant to have on your lips.  If you do want to wipe it off, to eat or whatever, it comes off cleanly and with no residue that I would describe sticky.

The applicator is a brush which the gloss comes out of when you twist the clicky deal at the bottom.  Not my preferred method of having lip gloss come out but this is done well.  It doesn’t glop out.  Each click puts out just a little.  In fact to do my whole lips takes about 6 – 7 clicks.  I think it works best to do several clicks at once and then the gloss starts to come out and you can see it between the bristles of the brush.  Then dab it around your lips and then use the brush to spread it around.

The gloss does have a slight smell but I like it. Its a sweet smell, maybe like a cupcake? I don’t really know how to describe it but it doesn’t overpower me at all, and I’m very sensitive to smells.

As far as lasting time goes – I think it lasts well. Sometimes I forget I’m wearing it because it feels so light on the lips.  And it stays shiny the whole time – it doesn’t get dull and just have color on the lips – its full on shiny.

I haven’t tried any other colors and this one looked like the darkest on the site. However, I’m going to be buying more very soon.

***Note: I don’t dislike Ulta makeup – I have an eye shadow duo from them that I really like. I haven’t tried much else yet.  After all I’m still new at this makeup thing.

Cheap Makeup

I’ve worked for a computer consulting company for years. But even before that I didn’t have much to do with makeup. Too much work to put on. I would sweat it off, or it would just disappear.

Then I started watching a couple of beauty “gurus” on You Tube, and I found out that if you have the problems I mentioned above – use different makeup.

But then I was like, “But I don’t know which kind I even need. Have you ever looked at the makeup aisle? It’s a little overwhelming. And one of the makeup artists on You Tube only likes MAC products. MAC is not cheap. I’m not buying MAC.”

Then I found emilynoel83.  (AKA, Beauty Broadcast).  She loves and reviews tons of drugstore makeup.  She turned me on to ELF Cosmetics and Wet n Wild.  Both cheap drug store brands but with some good products.  ELF has $1 makeup brushes!!! And they are great! Also some Revlon and CoverGirl products which have really great quality.

My plan is to once a week review makeup.  I’ll go through my collection, what I wear every day and always come back to.  I hope you enjoy it.

Marriage to anyone

I don’t think marriage is outdated. As a religious person I have certain beliefs. However I don’t feel that marriage should continue as it is today.

If you decide to marry someone it can cost thousands of dollars to dissolve when you want to divorce. It clogs up the justice system.

Get rid of it.

As it is I mean. Make marriage completely unrelated to any government arrangement. If you want to get married – fine. Do that. If you want to get divorced – just do it. Make it a simple process. Go to the county courthouse or to your church and just say – we’re done. Sign an paper and your through.

No joint bank accounts. If you buy something for someone, its a gift. No joint property. No pre-nups. No joint tax returns. Everyone files separately.

However I just put a large number of people out of jobs. Judges, court staff, divorce lawyers and their staff. But you know what – I don’t care.

Minimal Email

For the last week I’ve been working on sorting through all the messages I’ve let accumulate in my Inbox at work. I leave the messages there because I seem to think that I’ll need to refer back to them. You know, each “Lost/Found Keys in the Lunchroom” email, and each “we saw this error 6 months ago and you might see it again” email. I had a sorting system but I was a little to granular. I had one for Wireless issues, one for WAN issues however if the issue seemed to span Wireless and WAN I always didn’t know quite where to put the message. So I’d leave it in my inbox until I decided…

So I followed a suggestion instructions on Leo Babauta’s website zenhabits.net. I modified his list but I think it will work for me. I created an Action folder and an Save folder. I found that when I searched for an email I’d open up my All Documents link (we use Lotus Notes at work – don’t judge me) and just search for the sender/receiver or subject. So now I just have to go to the Save folder or still go to the All Documents. Under the Save folder I have a couple of specialized folders that I do actually use. But those folders had to meet criteria – have I actually looked in this folder in my recent memory, or will I likely do so. If it didn’t meet these requirements the folder was trashed and the emails were moved to the Save folder. For example, I like to save the emails regarding new employees at our company or emails that are sent when people leave the company. Those two folders I’ve actually used recently and I like to go through them nostalgically and remember people who came and went.

Today, finally, I’ve completed emptying my Inbox of all that crap that I didn’t really need to refer to. Anything that I still need to act on is in the Actions folder – and this I hope to keep up to date – moving items out when they are acted upon. It took me maybe 4 hours to really get this completed.

One of “those” days…

Ever have a day when you’re so overwhelmed you sit at your desk for the last 4 hours of the day and just do nothing? Not really nothing… just anything but work.

Or have you ever had a day where the project you have to get done, doesn’t? Not because you didn’t work on it. Rather you worked on it for 15 minutes in every hour of they day but then got interrupted at least, if not more, than once an hour by something that is absolutely more important than your project.

The world is burning and you’re project is to find out how to stop it – but you keep getting interrupted by the little fires starting to eat away at your building which you legitimately have to stop now, but these little things keep interrupting your work on the big picture.

For me, this happens every day. Its frustrating. I think its what makes me so crabby in the evenings.  I think it causes road rage as well.  However I’ve come up with a way to work with it.

My most successful way to focus, I’ve found is to estimate an amount of time that I think I can get a specific task completed. Sit there for that amount of time, close my email, put my phone on do not disturb, and do it.  If I get a little longer than that allotted time, I let myself. But I have to complete that task.

Then I choose my next task and how long it will take. And I do it again.

This also makes my time sheet easier. I have to account for all my time spent in a day, what project I spent time on, what customer I worked with.