Monday, November 29, 2010

My Favorite Makeup

I can't say I'm a makeup expert, but I do know a lot of makeup products.  If it exists there is a really good chance that I have tried it.  I'm a girl that hates to spend money unless I truly love what I'm buying.  Good makeup is very expensive so I have spent years trying to find items I can stomach spending a small fortune on.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Foundation and Powder - Estee Lauder Double Wear
(I wear Ecru)  I will admit these are pricey (about $35 each), but this stuff stays on.  I usually put makeup on around 3am to make my early flights, and don't get off work until 7pm.  I need makeup that can hang that long and this does.  The only downside is that it is so good, it takes several washes to get it all off.

2.  Primer - Smashbox Photo Finish 
Worth its weight in gold, this primer evens out skin tones then makes your makeup glide on as smooth as silk.  At $38 it kills me when I have to fork out the money to stock up, but I won't go without it.

3.  Eyeshadow - LORAC in Superstar  
Cheap eye shadows are a waste of money.  I have had this neutral trio for about 6 months and I wear it all the time.  At $25 it is quite a bit more than something from over-the-counter type brands, but I promise it goes on smoother and lasts longer.  I have it in several colors but the Superstar is by far my favorite.

4.  Mascara - Covergirl Lashblast Fusion
Here is where I drop all the expensive brands.  There is no mascara better than this in my book.

5.  Mineral Foundation - L'Oreal True Match Naturale
No, I don't wear two kinds of foundations, but sometimes I'm in a hurry or don't feel like going through my entire makeup process.  I have tried dozens of mineral foundations, including expensive ones, but I think this one has the best coverage and longevity.

I am still on the hunt for the perfect eyeliner and blush so if you have a recommendation, I'd love to hear it!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Movies

Tis the season for Holiday movie watching!

We started watching Christmas movies a few weeks ago, but this week is all about Thanksgiving so tonight we watched the ever popular Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  Tomorrow we will watch my favorite one, Dutch.

But why does TBS play Wizard of Oz every Thanksgiving?

Is it because we're supposed to be thankful we don't have to live around flying monkeys?  'Cause I am very thankful.  Stupid monkeys.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Roy Rogers or Big Gay Al?

One of the places we visited during our time in Springfield was PFI, a western wear mega store. 

This is not a place we would normally shop in, but we were meeting my dad and Freda for dinner and needed to waste away about an hour.  We were close by this store and neither of us had been in it for years so we thought it would be fun to play around in it.

PFI has amazing things.  I was dying for these boots but they were a tad high (still want them).

One of the things that made us laugh was the amount of rebel flag stuff everywhere.  When I lived in the Ozarks it was all around me, but having lived among Yankees for the last five years, it seemed odd.

As I was taking a picture of that rebel belt buckle I noticed the rack of scarves and bolo ties behind the display case.  Awesome.  Immediately, I told Jim he had to try one on.  I was surprised he was willing to play along but he did. 

We were laughing about it when a sales lady came around the corner and told Jim it looked good on him and that the color suited him which just made it all the more hysterical. 

So, what do you think?  Is Jim a spitting image for Roy Rogers or South Park's Big Gay Al?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Salmon with Avocado Sauce

Salmon fillets
1 large avocado
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
2 green onions, minced
2-4 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

Score the avocado just to the skin and spoon out into a food processor.

Add the lime juice right away to prevent browning, then add the onions and mustard.  Pulse until mixed then slowly stream in the olive oil until it has the desired consistency.  Add salt as desired.

I don't know why I don't have any salmon pictures, but searing the fillets is super easy.  Most importantly you want to pat the fish completely dry.  Heat some oil in a large pan over medium high heat until hot, but not smoking (use just enough to cover the bottom).  Season one side of the fillet and place that side down into the oil.  Season the other side.  Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until opaque.

The flavors of the lime and avocado pair perfectly with the salmon.  You may want to double the recipe.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Winner Is....

Sweet Donna B!

Yay Donna!  Drop me a line and let me know how you want it sister. 

Since some of you have asked about smaller ones for your kiddos or an interest in purchasing some, I am more than happy to oblige.  I just really enjoy making them so $5.00 each (for the yarn, buttons and postage) is good enough for me.  Just let me know sizes, colors, how many, etc and I'll get them out to you lickety-split.

Thanks my little lovelies!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crochet Lovin' and a GIVEAWAY

I am seriously in love with crocheting.  Obsessed maybe.  In the last two weeks I have made countless flowers, learned as many different techniques as I can find, purchased 3 different kinds of crochet hooks and about a dozen (or more) skeins of yarn. 

As I mentioned a few days ago, Work Angie and Home Angie typically don't mesh, but since I have a lot of airplane/airport time, this is the perfect time filler.  When I was coming home from Oregon yesterday I did get this comment from some guy, "Wow.  I don't see a business woman in a suit knitting very often."  And I was all "It's crochet, jerk."  No, not really.  I get all red and embarrassed when people talk to me that I don't know in these circumstances so I just smiled and said something dumb. 

If you remember, I bought this headband from Etsy last year for $16 + shipping.  I figured out the pattern, tweaked it a little, and made, I don't know, like 6 of them because it is my FAVORITE.  I can't possibly wear all of them so I want to give one away.  I am all about "boho" these days. ☺ 

I got so excited about this whole crochet business that even my mom was inspired to join in.  She emailed me this picture of the hat she just made.

Super cute, huh? 

Down to the details.  This headband takes no time at all so I would be happy to make it child-size if you prefer, and whoever wins can decide what color they want it.  Just leave me your name (or feel free to share your link) and I'll announce the winner on Saturday.  Good luck!


PS.  Please excuse my excessive cheesiness in these pictures.  Sometimes I'm just like that.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Live From Portland

This is me right now, seven and a half hours into my day and still at the Portland airport. Two more hours and then I can board my one hour flight to Medford where I will rent a car and drive to one of my stores where my work day will officially begin. Nevermind that I have been doing reports, sending emails, and making phone calls and stuff at the airport. And blogging. And reading Cosmo. And eating a $13 sandwich.

Portland isn't bad if you just have to be stuck in an airport. It has been voted the number one airport 4 years in a row according to the signs everywhere. What I like about it is that even though it's an airport, it still has kind of a hippie vibe. There are always live performers here. In the last four hours I've watched someone play a xylophone, a piano, and a harp.

One time I saw a barefoot woman with dreadlocks playing the guitar and singing here, but I'm pretty sure she was just a barefoot woman with dreadlocks playing the guitar and singing and not really part of the program, but I watched her with awe and loved her.

I wish she were here today instead of this harp lady.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


1 1/2 cups arborio rice*
4 cups chicken broth
2 chopped shallots (or 1 small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine (I used a riesling)
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan

*At my grocery store the Arborio rice runs about $8.50.  Can you believe that?  Right below the expensive stuff I found this package for about $1.75.  It worked perfectly.

Bring the broth to a boil in a medium sauce pan and cover.  You may want to use reduced sodium broth if you don't use much salt.  For us it was just fine.

In a deep skillet melt 2 Tbsp of butter over medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until tender.  Mine took about 4 minutes. 

Add the rice and stir it to coat with the butter.  Add the wine and stir until the wine is absorbed. 

Add 1/2 cup or a couple ladles of broth and stir until almost completely absorbed.

Continue adding broth a few ladles at a time and stirring constantly, allowing the broth to absorb each time before adding more until the rice is tender and creamy.  About 20 minutes.  Stir in the last Tbsp of butter.

Remove from the heat and add the cheese and any herbs or vegetables that you would like (I added chives)

Risotto is extremely easy to make and definitely worth the time.  If you haven't had it, there is nothing like it I can compare it to.  It is silky and chewy and delicious.  Try it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Military + Airport = Waterworks

Several of the cities I travel to are military towns. Sometimes as I am heading to the line for security I walk past a young couple saying their goodbyes before this brave young man leaves for his tour of duty. Sometimes I watch as a group of girls hug each other and cry because one of their daughters or sisters just left them to go overseas for a year or two. But sometimes I come home on the same flight as a group of servicemen and women that have been in Afghanistan or Iraq or somewhere else in the Middle East and will be seeing their family and friends for the first time since they were deployed. As they walk past people on the plane heading to their seats, I hear many people express their thanks for their service and sacrifices. The flight attendant or the pilot usually express their gratitude and we all clap and cheer for them. But the best part is when we get home. As I walk down the ramp to baggage claim I see a huge group of people smiling and holding balloons and signs, all anticipating the arrival of someone special they've been worried about and praying for since the day they left. The military people stick together and always come down together as a group. Everyone waiting erupts into cheers as soon as they see the first sign of camouflage. People start jumping up and down. Children run to their Daddies. Everyone embraces. It makes me cry every single time. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Goodbye Vacation - Good Morning Insanity

Going on vacation is such a treat. I was incredibly blessed to be able to go back home to the Ozarks for a week to see my family, but now it's back to the grind. 2:00am alarms and 6 hours of airporting is fine once you're used to it. You develop a sort of numbness to the chaos. However, I got rather spoiled at waking up from sunshine on my face, drinking coffee and eating cinnamon rolls and generally lounging around all morning. That way is better.

Right now I am in Salt Lake City, heading toward Montana.

Normally I try to keep Work Angie and Home Angie as separate as possible, but this morning I needed a little calming effect so I brought a craft with me. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was young but I had forgotten. I took it up again this past week (thanks, Freda) and it makes me super happy. I find the motions very soothing.

So there I was, on the plane in first class, in a business suit, crocheting a retro headband (to fulfill one of my other personalities) when the flight attendant stopped to tell me she liked the color of yarn I was using. Now, because I'm not a proficient crocheter yet, I have to count out the stitches or else I have more or less than I started out with. I got all confused when she spoke to me mid-stitch so instead of saying "thank you" I said "four."  I avoided eye contact with her after that.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sibling Influences

Part of my job requires me to occasionally stand in front of a group of people and speak. I don't really mind doing it as long as I can convince everyone to avoid looking at me. That's the hard part. Actually, it's not that bad. One of the speeches I've done a number of times is about the direct effect one person can have on another person or a group of people. I talk about this thing called "Mirror Neurons" and explain it with an example about my family. When I am around my people for an extended period of time I start emulating their speech patterns and mannerisms. Do you know what I'm talking about? Anyway, I've been in the Ozarks for 6 days and look what happened....

Friday, November 5, 2010

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Here we go.... The first day of my new site!  I realize it might not look that different at first, but that's mostly because I'm not technically savvy enough to figure out why the background shows up on some computers and not others.  If you see a turquoise background, CONGRATULATIONS!  You win absolutely nothing, but you get to marvel in the beauty that is turquoise. The big difference here is the name change and the little link buttons on the right.  Pretty much everything is organized now and easily accessible.  If it works, that is.  

The new name of this site is a nod to my two worlds - part time "Career Woman" and part time lover of all things domestic (plus a dozen other personality tidbits that just wouldn't fit into the title).  There are still many, many changes and additions to come, but I was really excited to get it started.  This is my pet project and my outlet.  A big thanks to those of you who choose to come along for the ride.