Moving, Weddings, And a Cat’s Stupid Adventure

I’m long overdue for a post. The reason I’ve been away for so long is because….

Grizz and I bought a house! It finally happened. We waited a long time to get this house, but we’re finally in.
We’ve been busy getting things in order and it’s coming along. I have things I want to blog about, and I’m really excited because I have a studio now, so I’ll have room to shoot photos for things. It’s my goal now that I have the extra shooting space to plan more Outfit of the Day things. I even may do the holiday look book again, although I may try and do it a little differently. The wig collection is something I’m finally going to be able to get started on.

We were also busy with his sister’s wedding. Which was incredibly cool to be a part of it. It even ended up making the news! They got married on a moving “L” train in Chicago. It caught fire with the news, the even went on live TV!
Here’s one of the articles and the interview with Windy City Live is at the bottom of it.

I’m like, hey, I know them! ^_^

We threw a couple of parties here already, which is so exciting now that we have the room for it. Grizz’s birthday is coming up and we’ve been having an unseasonably warm fall, so we’re having another party that hopefully we’ll get to have a fire. 🙂

We have a few things we’re not used to having to do all the time, like double checking our doors. Last night our back door was not only unlocked, but as Grizz discovered when he got up for work this morning, it wasn’t even latched. The door was wide open for who knows how long. My first instinct was to jump up and look for Demon, our cat, who’s been obsessed with trying to sneak out whenever the door is open. As I expected, he was nowhere to be found. Grizz was already looking outside for him. I went down the block but didn’t see him. I was so heartbroken, and I remember shutting off the lights in the kitchen but I didn’t check the door so naturally I was blaming myself. And I was so worried about him. He’s so dark so he’d be hard for people driving in cars to see…
As we were admitting defeat and heading inside, something told me to ask Grizz to shine his flashlight under the deck. When he did, there was a set of glowing eyes looking at us. Luckily for us, he’s very food driven. So opening his can of cat food was all we needed to do to coax him out.

Stupid cat. Scared the shit out of me. I’m really glad that he didn’t get that far. I suppose if anything this whole experience will make me obsessed with checking to make sure the doors are locked.
I don’t even like cats… how did this little jerk claw his way into my heart?  It’s also been a small challenge trying to get him to get along with our dog, Eva. She’s used to cats because she’s lived with them almost her whole life. So she really doesn’t care at all about Demon. Like, she’s far to busy begging people to throw her ball and climbing into everyone’s lap even though she is far too big to be a lap dog. Demon, however, has never seen a dog. So, he took a bit longer to adjust. He’s still not a huge fan of her, but they coexist. And they’ll both snuggle me, so that’s all I wanted out of the whole arrangement.

Yay!

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So that’s what’s been going on lately.

I want to get back on track blogging-wise so I’m trying to plan simple things I can do for right now.
I think the next thing I do will be a makeup thing. I ordered an eyeshadow palette that was a collaboration with Morphe and KathleenLights on YouTube. I’ve been wanting to buy a YouTube collab, but this was the first one that was affordable so I went for it. It should be here Friday so I think I’m going to do a first impression or something like that over the weekend.  I literally just found out (like, I’m watching her October favorites right now and she JUST said) it’s sold out already. It released a week ago and it’s limited edition and it’s already gone. I’m glad I got it right away. It’s kind of the reason I want to do a lookbook again because I’m already thinking of cute holiday makeup looks.

Anyway, I think that’s it for me. I’ll talk again soon. 🙂
Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!

What did you dress up as?

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♥J

Christmas Haul 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you had an awesome Christmas! For me, and I’m sure for a lot of people as well, Christmas was almost a week long affair. But I’m finally recharged and relaxed and ready to share some of the wonderful presents I got from friends and family!
(I’d also like to preface this, as many people do, by mentioning that I am not trying to brag about the things I got. I’m incredibly lucky to have such great friends and family who think of me. If Christmas Hauls are something you don’t like to see, then click away.)

I’m gonna split these up by party, I think just so it’s a little more organized.

So first up is Friendsmas!
I’ve recently starting hanging out with a new circle of friends and we went to a Friendsmas party with them. I don’t know anyone that well yet but we did do a Grab Bag Gift Exchange. We all drew a number and picked a gift to open. I ended up with this really pretty box with a wolf on it! There were some strange gifts in the bunch but I’m really happy with the one I ended up with! I’m not so sure what I’ll be doing with it yet, but it’s really nice and I love it!

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Next is the stuff I got from my friend Barry. He came to visit from DC.
He brought me this multi colored scarf with a Lego pattern on it and this adorable Pikachu hat!
Also not pictured, is a little Hearthstone from World of Warcraft and a card pack for the game Hearthstone. Love it!

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On Christmas Eve Grizz and I exchanged gifts with Tarara, our roommate. She got us this adorable container for holding spatulas and things like that. It’s cute because it looks like a mason jar! Also, you can see the rainbow whisks in there, which she gave  us as well. Because rainbow.

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Grizz and I also decided to give each other one of our gifts as well as the new ornament tradition.
The ornament he got me is this awesome Dalek one. He’s wearing a Jayne hat, which is the ornament I got for him.

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And the “secondary” present is a camera strap. Super colorful and boho which I love. I took a picture of the picture of it because I’m so meta. But mainly because it hasn’t arrived yet.

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Christmas morning was main gift day for Grizz and me!
He got me Pocket Wizards for my camera! For those who don’t know, Pocket Wizards allow me to remotely fire my flash instead of keeping my external flash mounted to the camera. I’ve been using cheap knock offs until now, which do the trick but are nowhere nearly as reliable. I’ll need more as my “studio” grows, but I have an awesome start now, so I’m super excited!Xma2015-1850

Then it was off to my parents house to exchange with them and my sister. And Bonnie!

My parents got me a Rogue Flash Bender. Pictured is the box it came in because I’m using it to shoot this.  But it’s good for when I am using the flash mounted to my camera because it’s a large bounce panel, for softening and spreading light.

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And here is a Luxi Light Meter Attachment. You’re supposed to be able to attach it to the camera on your smartphone and then download a light meter to use it with. So far I can’t find a good light meter that does all the things the Sekonic does. Particularly, catching the exposure value of a flash. Anyone know of one? To be honest, I just threw this on my wish list without researching it, so it could be that this item is just a dud. Which is no one’s fault but my own. It was totally a thoughtful gift.

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I got green Skullcandy Earbuds which I wanted with the intention of specifically using with my tablet. Love it. Skullcandy has never failed me. Hands down, best headphones.
To also go with the green theme of my tablet I got this green case for it. It comes with a bluetooth keyboard. Which I find super awesome but I am having a slight issue. Nothing with the keyboard itself but with the bluetooth on my tablet. I noticed a problem with it when I bought my color changing bluetooth speakers. When I go to connect my tablet to it sometimes it won’t connect and I have to restart the tablet. Even then it cuts out eventually. I also noticed the same problem when trying to send something from it to my phone via bluetooth. I was hoping I wouldn’t have the problem with the keyboard, but same thing. It’s definitely something wrong with my tablet but I have no clue how to fix it. Any ideas?

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Another adorably thoughtful gift is this little handmade car trash can. It has a little weight on one end, which you put in the glove box. I was there when my mom got it because we went to the craft show together but I love it. This is a huge life saver for me, as I tend to just throw my trash all over my car and never clean it. So this at least  holds me accountable to throw it all out when it gets full. And the Pac-Man design is the best.

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No Christmas with be complete without a nod to my favorite store, Bath and Body Works. I have enough travel sized bottles for a million vacations now. ^_^

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Miss Dolce Vita had also given me some B&BW stuff! A Sweet Pea gift set. Love, love, love!

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My big present this year was a joint present for me and Grizz from my parents. They’re these super awesome chairs. Looking at them they’re just regular dining chairs that go really well with our table. But they also fold up! So my parents got me this set and we’re gonna get a couple more that we can tuck away nicely for company. My mom actually needed to use my Costco membership to get these so she never wrapped them, she just left them at our house as an early present. So we’ve been using them for the past few weeks and they are fabulous!

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After Christmas morning at my parents’ house, it was time for Grizz’s family. We went over to his older sister’s house and did our Secret Santa gift exchange. My future mother-in-law got me these fabulous crow leggings. I adore them, and they happen to be the one pair of leggings I wanted the most!

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And then of course, I overheard her asking Grizz on the phone what else I wanted because she was looking for one more thing and he said to check the wigs. So I was kind of wondering which one I was gonna get and she got me the one that happened to be my favorite on the list! It will appear on my wig collection post, so I’m just gonna throw a little selfie in there. I promise, whenever that comes out you’ll see a much better photo.

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The day after Christmas was spent with my dad’s side of the family. We do a Secret Santa every year. This year one of my cousins gifted me an AMC card and some yummy movie snacks. It’s like a cute little movie date kit. I think we’re gonna go see Mockingjay Part 2 with it sometime this week, so yay!

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We all received a check from our late great grandmother as last Christmas gift from her. I’m not going to say how much, but I will say that I’m going to do the adult thing and kill some of my debt with it. But with a little bit of it I still wanted to treat myself, so I got myself a Wacom Drawing Tablet. I just ordered it so I don’t have a photo, so I’ll just leave a link to it. I have HUGE Photoshop goals I want to achieve next year, and this will really help out. So, thank you Grandma, I love you.

I’ll even have a little bit left after doing the responsible thing AND getting my drawing tablet so I will be getting a new wig. You can help me decide which one I want by voting on my last post!

AND for the last Christmas party. This was with my closest group of friends. We also did a Secret Santa. My friend Tim got me a Pokemon Origami book. Isn’t this so adorable?!

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What did you get this year? Who did you spend your holidays with? Was it awesome? I hope it was!

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♥J

 

 

 

Spooky

Yesterday, when I got home from work I took a nap because I wasn’t feeling well.  This was a fairly long nap too.  During said nap, I had a really strange dream.  It actually woke me up with a start because it was just so weird.

When I was a kid, my family had a mobile home in Indiana that we would visit for a week at a time or every weekend or so during the summer.  My aunt and uncle and cousins always went camping at a campground nearby and our grandmother had (and still has) a mobile home in the same park.  She still goes there for a month at a time over the summer.  Basically, it was like a summer home.  We sold it around the time we sold the trailer we were living in so we can buy the house we live in now. 
It was a really small trailer with a screen house surrounding it. The trailer itself was only big enough for us to sleep in really.  It had a little stove and bathroom too.  But we spent most of the time in the screen house, where we had the dining table set up.  In that area, there was a storage room.  We put mostly crap there, but we would also put our dog Mandy in there when the family came over to visit because she was kind of aggressive at times.  Now, Mandy was put to sleep when I was in high school.  So she’s been gone for several years now. 

In my dream, my parents, my sister and I went back to trailer in Indiana. I suppose the person who bought it sold it back to us or something like that.  And other family members came to visit too. We were all hanging out in the screen house.  I was sitting at the table when I heard a whining noise coming from the storage room. Sounded a lot like a dog, but we didn’t bring Bonnie with us.  So I opened the door, and Mandy came running out. She ran right past everyone in the room and then vanished suddenly.  When I exclaimed, no one else believed me. No one saw her but me. 

Like I said, strange. 

Come to think of it, it might have been around this time that we lost her.  I actually don’t really remember. I believe it was March or April. 

I miss her still, at times.  It’s silly yes, but she was a part of my life when I was just three years old.  Letting her go was very hard on the family. 
It makes sense I would still dream about her. 
I just wonder why my dream made it seem like I was crazy. I mean, it was a dream after all.  Why didn’t everyone else see her run from that room and then vanish?  Why was it just me?

♥Jessi Michelle

.:Skin White as Winter as the Sky Returns to Grey:.

Well, it’s that time of year again.  You know, the cold, frustrating time.  Filled with frozen car doors, icey roads, chilly rooms in the house, and all that snow you didn’t ask for.  Yeah, that’s right. It’s winter. 

Aside from my favorite holiday, Christmas, there is nothing I like about this time of year.  And while I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life, I hate it all the same each year. I spend the entire winter praying that April would hurry up.  Because there’s nothing like a White Christmas in the Windy City.  I’m a summer baby.  I was born in summer, and my favorite season has been summer for as long as I can remember.  My mood is usually about as bright as the sun.  And since the sun hides for a majority of winter, I pretty much want to do the same thing. 

On Wednesday, when I went on Facebook, I noticed that my aunt posted a photo album of my uncle Bob.  It’s been eight years, this month, since his death.  And we tend to miss him a lot around this time.   This is my favorite picture of him from that album:

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I want to dedicate the song of the week to him this week.  Here is “Anthem of the Angels” by Breaking Benjamin. (edit: for some reason, the normal audio player I use is not working so this is one I found on youtube.)

White walls surround us
No light will touch your face again
Rain taps the window
As we sleep among the dead

Days go on forever
But I have not left your side
We can chase the dark together
If you go then so will I

There is nothing left of you
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels
And say the last goodbye
Verse 2
Cold light above us
Hope fills the heart
And fades away
Skin white as winter
As the sky returns to grey

Days go on forever
But I have not left your side
We can chase the dark together
If you go then so will I

There is nothing left of you
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels
And say the last goodbye
I keep holding onto you
But I can’t bring you back to life
Sing the anthem of the angels
Then say the last goodbye

Your’re dead alive (x4)

There is nothing left of you
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels
And say the last goodbye
I keep holding onto you
But I can’t bring you back to life
Sing the anthem of the angels
And say the last goodbye


We miss you, uncle Bob, your memory still lives on in our hearts. Love you.

♥Jessi Michelle