This is my 500th blog posting. I've been sitting at 499 for several days now thinking that I needed to write something Meaningful and ImportantTM to mark the occasion. But you know what? It's just a number, and right now all I have to say are mundane and ordinary things. You know, the stuff that most of life is made of, and when you string them all together, they amount to something. In my case, that something is general contentment, so I can't complain.
So what have I been doing lately? Here's the abridged version:
1. Went to see "Evening" with a few friends from work. I was expecting it to be a cry-fest and totally depressing (why did I go see it? you might ask), but I found it to be surprisingly encouraging. I found myself wondering about the things that will mean something to me when I am in my last days, if I am aware they are my last days. I found myself wondering if that awareness is a luxury, what it meant to my mother, and mostly what her last thoughts were. Mostly, I liked the underlying message of the movie -- even the mistakes mean something, and very few things are truly mistakes. The movie was pretty well done, if not a bit predictable in terms of the sibling relationship. It was neat to see the double mother-daughter casting, though. Meryl Streep's daughter was surprisingly good.
2. Saturday night I depotted about half of my MAC eyeshadows. (Depotting means through a simple but somewhat tedious process I popped the metal pan portion out of the plastic casing and then placed all the loose pans in a palette that holds many shadows.) I really need to do this because sifting through 80 identical black containers to find 1 item was getting old. During the process I:
- Maimed Barbie (nicked the debossed Barbie silhouette on the surface of one of the Barbie Loves MAC shadows with my X-Acto knife)
- Maimed myself (Okay, really I just jabbed myself in the hand with the X-Acto knife. Maybe I need to stay away from sharp objects.)
- Dropped one whole shadow INTO the candle where it was fully immersed in molten wax. Ruined.
- Set the dish towel I was using on fire. (It was a very, very small fire and I smothered it immediately.)
It was nice to do something sort of crafty that will result in a more organized and efficient morning routine. But it was even nicer to do something that resulted in 5 free MAC lipsticks! (You can trade 6 empty containers in for a free lippie.)
While I was dealing with the makeup stuff, I also decided to press my loose pigments. Loose pigments are basically the same material that makes up eyeshadow in pans, but they are...you guessed it...loose. But since they are loose, they're harder to work with and not something I really want to travel with. So I got some empty shadow pans, some isopropyl alcohol, and went to work. The idea is that you make a wet paste with the pigment and alcohol and when the alcohol evaporates, you press the pigment down really hard to set it and it's just like any other eyeshadow.
Enough about makeup...
3. We finished the super-duper big events for a client this week -- they went very well overall, but they were very challenging, and that many people will just exhaust you mentally. The day after each one I'm sure I did little more than mumble and occasionally drool, I was that out of it. But they were the biggest events we've ever done and an important milestone because now we know we can and we know what it takes. And now that that many people at once is real in our minds, we can have even bigger dreams.
4. Reese's Pieces are very good. And by "very good" I mean "OMFG, please take them away before I eat another one."
5. My two favorite songs on my iPod right now are "Hey There, Delilah" by Plain White T's and "Samson" by Regina Spektor. I find the combination amusing. But then again, I'm easily amused.
6. Speaking of music, my XM radio receiver in my car is broken, and the part to fix it is on national backorder. VW has no idea when they'll get it in stock. Nothing like going cold turkey to make a person realize the depths of her addiction...
7. Work excitement of the good variety: we're all going to see Wicked on Broadway in September.
8. Work excitement of the bad variety: while working with the CEO in the conference room today, my gaze drifted up to the ceiling and landed on the bat that was roosting from the light fixture.
9. Joe and Alex are in PA visiting Joe's parents for the week, so I've had all this alone time, some of which has been great, some has been lonely, some has been productive and some has been utterly lazy. All good. :)
10. Looks like the movies-after-work thing is catching, because tomorrow we're going to see "No Reservations." (And the whole office is going to see "Sicko" Thursday afternoon. That'll be my fourth movie in about a month.)