1. Zebra Sarasa 0.7 Gel Pens
I stole a couple of these 🖊️ off El Hub’s desk. Now I’m 💝 obsessed. The ink is darker than dark, and they absolutely will not skip, ever — to paraphrase Kyle Reese in The Terminator.
The ink also dries quickly, so you don’t get ink on your palm or your fingers while you’re writing (I hate that). Here’s a box of 12 for $13 on Amazon.
2. MAC Face & Body
Every once in a while I whip out this classic, which you can build from sheer to medium coverage, and fall in love with it again. I keep coming back to it over and over, year after year. It looks like skin, doesn’t feel heavy, and it doesn’t budge once it’s on.
I hadn’t used it for a year (no good reason, really) but grabbed it on a whim last Saturday before brunch at Wishbone. I wore it with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder, and I liked it so much that I’ve been wearing it every day this week.
This is a “Duh, Karen!” kind of thing, but it’s so damn annoying how I forget the most painfully obvious life lessons and always have to re-learn things I should already know. (!)
You know this because I’ve said it about a million times, but I’m bad about building breaks into my workday.
There, I said it. Again. I’m the type of person who, if I’m doing something and I get on a roll, will do it for hours until I burn myself out.
This is a bad thing.
But when I take breaks throughout my day (please, Karen, remember this time!), even when I don’t feel like I need them, I’m much happier overall.
When I have a long stretch of time, like when the baby’s napping or when my parents are watching her, and I work for 50 minutes, or some other good chunk of time that’s less than an hour, then take a 10-minute break, I’m less frazzled and more productive.
And I’m not allowed to do anything productive during these breaks. That’s crucial. I can go for a walk in my front yard, or dance around for a song or two, or drink some water, or have a cup of tea, but I don’t allow myself to “think.”
Yay for breaks!
4. Trader Joe’s Spud Crunchies Potato Snacks
There’s a reason you’re staring at this crumpled, jaggedly torn bag of Trader Joe’s Spud Crunchies Potato Snacks, and it’s because the bags don’t last long at all in my house before they take damage!
In the weeks since I discovered these, this was the first time I was able to take a reasonably OK picture of a bag in the house, LOL! Because I always eat them so quickly that I forget to take a picture before I toss the bag.
Brace yourself… These are potato chips in the shape of a French fry.
Yes, they are tasty, to put it mildly, but WARNING! They aren’t exactly diet food. One small 4-oz. bag contains four servings that are 150 calories each…
Why, cruel world!?
Because I’m inclined to sit in front of the telly with them and go to town, I take a small handful out and put them on a paper towel or in a small cup. Then I close the bag and put it waaaay in the back of the cupboard.
5. The Whole Truth, starring Keanu Reeves
What a pleasant surprise! 🙂 I found this Keanu courtroom drama while randomly surfing around on Amazon Prime Video the other day. I started it thinking it would be boring enough that I could leave it playing in the background while I colored a page in my coloring book (ya know, one of those ones to help you de-stress), but I actually got sucked in.
Keanu is good in it (for Keanu)! And yes, I don’t care if he never wins an Academy Award. He’ll always be my high school 💖 crush.
In an alternate universe, Keanu from the Speed years and I are living happily ever after on a farm on Kauai where we raise goats and chickens and grow papaya with our brood of five kids and 12 cats. 🙂
OK, that’s me. What have you been loving lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,