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Tag: I'm an Addict.

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 6:59PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

This was a tag MissChievous did and I thought it was interesting, so here are my responses.

Are you addicted to social communities / social networks?
No, not really. I don't have a Tumblr or Twitter, actually. I check my Facebook once a day, if I remember to check it all. I used to be addicted to it, but I think since they've started doing all those huge changes in the past few months, I've really lost the urge to be on Facebook a lot since it's so confusing to use at times.

Would you rather give up TV or the Internet?
Oh, geez. Honestly, neither. I can't really watch my shows on the Internet because it really gives me a headache. I mean, if I miss an episode of a show I love and the DVR forgot to record, I'll watch it online--if it's available--but it really gives me a headache. I guess it has to do with the size of the monitor or the sound quality, but it just gives me a splitting headache. I love my Internet way too much too.

Do you listen to the radio -- which stations?
Yes, I do when I'm in the car. I can't remember the stations at the moment as I never really pay attention to them! We switch between a classical station and a variety pop/rock channel.

Do you read newspapers or magazines?
Yes, but I'm not subscribed to any. I read Better Homes & Garden when I see one that interests me. I'm not into beauty magazines since I've found that blogs are usually 3 months ahead of magazines with what interests me most (nail polish!)

Do you place great importance on your cellphone?
Um, no. If it texts, takes decent photos and makes calls, I'm generally okay. For those of you who want to know, I have a purple LG Chocolate.

Do you have a notebook / tablet PC?

What are your favorite books?
Don't have one. Most books I read become favorites for awhile and go on the shelf of "I love..." (especially the ones I buy.) I love way too many books to have a favorite.

Would you rather give up books or movies?
Oh God. I'd pick *cringes* movies. I love my movies, but I love my books more. I read over 100 books a year!

What are your favorite TV series?
House, M.D. Criminal Minds (I <3 Spencer Reid), <i>Grey's Anatomy</i>, Intervention, Hoarders, Dogs 101, It's Me or the Dog, Once Upon a Time is quickly becoming a favorite. I have a few others, but those are the main ones.

Would you rather stay in and watch a DVD or go out to see a movie?
Stay in and watch a DVD.

If you were starring in a movie, what genre would it be?
Probably a drama.

Which movie/book/TV character is most like you?
Hermione. She's me in a nutshell.

Which celebrity would you like to meet?
Living? Natalie Portman. Dead? Audrey Hepburn.

Do you have any favorite computer or console games?
No, I don't play computer or console games much as they hurt my wrists.

What is your favorite music genre?
Don't have one. I very much dislike rap and hip hop though.

Which band or singer did you love as a kid or teen?
Britney Spears, N*Sync, Backstreet Boys and, of course, the Spice Girls! I was a 90s girls through and through.

Why did you join the Youtube community?
I watch videos and comment on them.


Tag: My Long Hair Car Routine

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 8:16PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Wow. I haven't written in a really long, long time!

This is a tag from my friend, Siobhan (LaDollyVita33), on YT about long hair and hair care. Since I'm not allowed to do video except under certain restrictions (thank you, dear old Dad), I turned it into a blog post. Happy reading, Siobhan!

1 What is your natural hair type, color and length?
My natural hair type is fine, smooth and I have a ton of it. It's pretty much stick straight, but I have a little bit of a wave towards the ends. It's also pretty fragile to I don't use heating tools, teasing it is pretty much out of the question and using a straight edge razor to cut in layers is out of the question (my hair is really damaged at the moment from said razor. It's finally long enough for said damage to be removed.) My natural hair color is a really dark chocolate brown (it hasn't been colored in years, so the color you see in my FB is my natural hair color) and it's layered so my longest layer is an 1.5 inches above my bra in the back (right below my shoulder blade) and the shortest hits around the middle of my neck which drives me nuts (didn't ask for it there. It does not fit in my one sided braids!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!)

2 Tell us about your haircut. Do you cut it yourself or go to a salon? How many layers do you have?
My haircut currently is a medium-long classic layered cut with bangs the shorter in the front and longer around my temples (they blend into my cut.) All of my layers (front and back) are maintained with scissors; I go to a professional salon (Ulta.) My hair is far too fragile for a razor; my hair actually shreds with a razor. I won't bore you with my last visit as it wasn't pretty. My hair in front have gradated layers; the back of my head has three layers, if I remember correctly. I do know I have fewer back layers than front layers. My hair is pretty flat, so the layers put a little bit of volume in my hair and create dimension on my oval face and long neck. The bangs hide my high German forehead that I'm sensitive about. I used to be pretty sensitive about my long neck, so the layers have an added bonus of covering that as well on my bad days.

3 What hair brush or combs do you use?
I use a Conair oval brush with plastic bristles with balls on the ends. I tend to switch between the Gel Grips and the Smooth Operator oval brush as they feel the most comfortable in my hand, follow the contour of my head, and they don't bother my hypersensitive head. I hate the square ones and those with natural hairs. Natural hair, as good as it is for your hair, scratches up the skin on my scalp generally and square ones tend to be too heavy for my weak wrists. The round ones that you use to dry your hair with a hair dryer get twisted in my hair far too easily (and they pull like none other!!!!!!) I'm insanely picky about my brush. My brushes last about 2-3 years and then I need a new one (like now.) It's not that they aren't built sturdily--they are--I just use my brush a whole lot! It gets a whole lot of abuse. It's not uncommon for me to drop my brush 20 times a day. It does live on a precarious spot on my dresser.

Comb wise, I have your basic combs. I have the two-side plastic comb in two sizes, a plastic wide-toothed comb (in the shower) and a plastic rat tail. I don't use combs much as they hurt my head. I mainly use a comb to dig out my bangs after a shower. or to separate my hair for braids.

4 Favorite hair accessory? Where did it come from?
My flower bobbies from <a href="www.etsy.com/gardensofwhimsy">gardensofwhimsy</a> Mine are in blue and purple. Love 'em.

5 What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Braids or a ponytail. My hair has got to be off my face or it drives me bananas.

6 Favorite shampoo and conditioner?
Currently, Aussie Cleanse and Mend Shampoo and Conditioner. I might be switching to Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil s & c. Depends on how I feel. I do extremely love the 3-Minute Deeeep from Aussie. That stuff is a godly deep conditioner.

7 Favorite hair oil, leave in conditioner, detangler, etc.?
I love the Aussie hair insurance. It smells good (but doesn't cause migraines with me) and works like a champ. Cheap too!

8 Do you wash your hair everyday?
Yes. You don't even want to know what my hair is like a day without washing. It's, well, you don't want to know.

9 How do you wear your hair to bed?
Down...and a teensy bit wet. I wash my hair at night. :)

10 Do you use heat tools like a hair dryer, straightener or curling iron? How often?
Yes. Rarely. At most, once a week.

11 What are your two favorite hair tips?
1. Be gentle! 2. They are many other ways to wear your hair than attacking it with a flat iron, hair dryer, curling iron, etc. Braids, buns, twists, pin curls, etc. Sometimes the greatest way of getting compliments on your hair is to style it without heat!

12 What is your hair length goal?
I'd love for my hair to reach my elbows, but my hair generally stops right about my bra strap. It says, "Nope, I ain't growing no more. You CAN'T MAKE ME. Naaaaaaaaah, nah, nah, nah, naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah." I have bratty hair.


Would you rather? Beauty Edition

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 5:31PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

I should be giving my wrists and hands a rest as I kinda wrecked them when I went kayaking on Sunday, but this was a little too good to pass up! I loved MissChievous' responses so here's mine.

1.) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
Oh geez, some of my palettes are limited edition, but at the same time, I really, really love all my lipglosses. I'm addicted to lipgloss. I think I'd rather lose the former as they're more replaceable though than my beloved palettes. It'd be really tragic and I'd have a meltdown, but I can replace them....over time.

2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
Oh gosh. I love my hair long. If it meant I only had to chop it all off once, I'd chop my hair. My hair is a basketcase short (goes in weird directions, takes forever to style, et cetera), but I'd do it. I really despise split ends and they show very well on my fine hair so never being allowed to trim my hair is a horrifying thought. Short hair is the lesser of two evils here!

3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Finally, an easy answer! Pink cheeks! That's what I wear every day.

4.) If you had $1000 to spend, Would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
Clothes. We're not talking Kohls clothes either. Carson Pirie Scott clothes. Well made, tailored clothes. Probably buy those leather boots I've been eying. Leather lasts 10x longer than pleather.

5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Oh geez, eyeliner as lipstick.

6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
Sephora. I've never been to MAC. It's too far away from me.

7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
As much as it PAINS me, I'd choose one lip color for the rest of my life. A pinky color. I love pink lipglosses (which is odd as I despise the color pink.)

8.) Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Oh my gosh, I don't know. I wouldn't have this problem if I lived in Hawaii as it wouldn't matter, but it gets SO cold and dry where I live in winter and so hot and humid in summer it's hard to pick. How about I refuse to choose and will continue to wear my summer clothes in the summer and my winter clothes in the winter?

9.) Would you rather wear dark nails or bright nails all year round?
Bright nails. I mean, I'd rather have a mood picker upper I guess (although I so seriously love dark colors too!)

10.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
Um, um, um, oh gosh, I don't know! Give up my Stila lip glazes or my Almay mascara? I'll give up the mascara. There's always Benefit.

11.) Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a pony tail or a messy bun?
Ponytail. That's how I wear it most of the time anyway!

12.) Would your rather never being able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
Oh no! I love both to death! Have my nail biting problem back or............my lipgloss. My beautiful lipgloss. I love lipgloss! I'll pick *closes eyes* the lipgloss. It pains me though!

13.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all? or sharpie them in everyday?
I'll Sharpie them in! I know what having no eyebrows looks like! It's so weird!

14.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Oh geez, I couldn't live without either. Honestly. Nail polish kicked my biting habit. I guess I'd pick nail polish if I absolutely had to, but I'd be really sad!


A Beauty Survey

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 7:00PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Y'know, when I'm very bored, I swear I just go hunting for these things just to occupy myself. If you're interested in filling in out, just copy/paste it into your own blog and leave me a link so I can read it! This is one of those either or surverys.


blush or bronzer? Blush, generally. I'm not a bronzer person. They tend to make me look jaundiced. I finally found one that works on my very, very fair skin and I'm still figuring out how to use it without looking tranny.
lip gloss or lipstick? Lipgloss, lipgloss, lipgloss. I have loads of it.
eye liner or mascara? Oh gosh, that's hard. If I absolutely had to pick....eyeliner.
foundation or concealer? Concealer, definitely. You haven't seen my undereye circles.
Liquid Foundation or Powder? Liquid.
neutral or color eye shadow? Why can't I have both? You can't make me choose!
pressed or loose eye shadows? Pressed, please. I'm way to clumsy for the latter.
brushes or sponges for foundation? Neither.


OPI or China Glaze? Grrrrrrrrrr. I love both. Um, OPI for the names, China Glaze for the colors. Ha ha. :) (Or, I could just say both and get it over with.)
Long or Short? Short. I'd love to have them at a medium-short length, but with what I all do (and my clumsiness), that isn't going to happen.
Acrylic or Natural? Natural. Acrylics are usually done badly and look AWFUL.
Brights or Darks? Both.


perfume or body splash? Neither, unless you're looking for an asthma attack from me.
lotion or body butter? Lotion, UNSCENTED lotion, thank you.
Lush or other bath company? Aveeno and it has to be the Daily Moisturizing Lotion version. Dermalogica for the face.


jeans or sweat pants? Jeans.
long sleeve or short? Depends on the weather.
dresses or skirts? Love them both in the summer.
stripes or plaid? Um, stripes.
flip flops or sandals? Sandals, if I had to choose. Flip flops are the worst type of foot wear for your foot (well, your body actually.)
scarves or hats? Scarves.
studs or dangly earrings? Studs are what I wear everyday. I wear dangly occasionally.
necklaces or bracelets? Necklaces.
heels or flats? Flats.
cowboy boots or riding boots? Riding.
jacket or hoodie? Depends on what I'm wearing and what I feel like.
Forever 21 or H&M? H&M.
Abercombie or Hollister? Haven't shopped at either.


curly or straight? Mine's straight with a very, very tiny wave.
bun or ponytail? Both.
bobby pins or barrettes? Vive la bobby pin.
hair spray or gel? Hair spray. Gel in my fine hair? Not a good idea.
long or short? Long.
light or dark? Dark.
side sweep bangs or full bangs? Neither, mine are straight and neither wispy or full.
up or down? It's generally up. I like doing all sorts of hairdos with my hair.


Rain or shine? SUNSHINE!!! I love the sun!
Summer or winter? Summer! Summer! Summer! (Unless it's this summer. This summer is cold!)
Fall or spring? Spring, even though I'm allergic to trees.
Chocolate or vanilla? Both.
East coast or west coast? Um, neither, considering I haven't lived on either side. I've lived in the center of the US and the Southwest....I'm going with the Southwest (or the Mountain region. I liked that region too. I could never live on a coastline.)


The A to Z Tag

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 7:54PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Ironically, this one isn't from CCee. (gasp, I know, one not from CCee? Never!) It's from Alli from One Pearl Button.

A. Age: 22
B. Bed size: Queen.
C. Chore that you hate: Can I answer "all of them?" Okay, I actually don't mind vacuuming as long as I'm not dragging it up to my bedroom (which is why my room hasn't seen a vacuum in...4 months? My Dyson is HEAVY and my wrists give out taking it up the stairs. I need that digital one.) I really despise anything dealing with the bathroom and the words, "clean the refrigerator." Our fridge is notoriously disgusting...well, until I became in charge of the living room and the kitchen. Now I nag everyone about the fridge. OR, if I have to clean it, I get paid $25 extra on top of my paycheck. No, my parents don't like paying that one.
D. Dogs: I have a bit of an obsession for dogs (it's an Autistic thing, peeps) so it comes as no surprise that my family has had them for almost as long as I can remember. We have Zena, a Decker Rat Terrier (but, of course, you all knew that). I've owned in the past (in descending order) Kimo (a Jack Russel/Rat Terrier mix), Porsche (a rescued retired Greyhound), and Joseph (an adopted black Labrador Retriever). All of them, in some way, have acted like therapy dogs even though none were or are trained as therapy dogs. Porsche really stands out as she was the only one who was able to detect my seizures before my mom (which is a feat, mind you) and normally alerted my mom by a big Greyhound woof. She would them lie down next to me and lick me awake afterward. She was a big body pillow for me and a very kindred spirit. (Okay, I will NOT cry. WILL NOT CRY. I've been having a very bad I-miss-Porsche day.)
E. Essential start to your day: Taking my medicine and having a Coca-Cola. Some people have a cup of coffee; I have a can of Coca-Cola.
F. Favourite color: Purple.
G. Gold or Silver: Silver. Gold is for my mom, silver is for me. I look sick in gold.
H. Height: 5'2.5" That .5" is very important to me. Everyone else in my family is at least 5'6" so at least give me my .5"!
I. Instruments you play: I used to play violin, recorder and flute, but I don't anymore due to some very bad tutors. So, I only sing now. The voice is the most ancient instrument of all, after all.
J. Job title: Housekeeper for the parents and Undergraduate Student (i.e. Still uses parents as an ATM machine to pay for school, books, clothes, and other expenses like buying makeup, DVDs and buying Zena new nifty toys that she probably won't use)
K. Kids: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha no.
L. Live: In ze great and wonderful Upper Midwest (although, if you ask me, it's not so great and wonderful. It's temperamental and dead freakin' cold in the winter.)
M. Mother's name: Marilyn.
N. Nicknames: Katie, Kate, Kates (reserved exclusively for my Grandpa-who started the name-and my mom), Peanut (for my love of the protein), Smurf (there's a story behind this name if you ever want to hear it. I've been smurfed twice), Katie Bug (one I hate a lot), Katie Sue Who (yes, from The Grinch), and a bunch of others. No, you may NOT call me anything other than Katie or Kate or I will kill you.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Four times.
P. Pet peeve: People who abuse/neglect/treat their doggies badly. I have others, but that one really makes me mad!
Q. Quote from a movie: I like a lot of movie quotes, but the one I really like currently is, ""Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious." (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: One, younger.
T. Time you wake up: 1-3:00 PM. I'm a night owl currently.
U. Underwear: Yes? I have no idea what this question is asking (ditto Alli).
V. Vegetable you hate: Um, I hate a lot of vegetables. I am not a veggie person. I only like corn (not on the cob, I can't have it on the cob concerning my dental work. I can only eat about a tablespoon before I can't tolerate it anyway), potatoes, garlic (not alone!) and green pepper. That is just about it. I DON'T LIKE VEGGIES!
W. What makes you run late: Getting dressed, most of the time. That and Zena.
X. X-Rays you've had: Ha ha ha! I don't remember how many X-Rays I've had done. A lot. And I do mean A LOT. A lot of dental X-Rays (concerning my dental problems, yes, I've had a lot of them) and all of my problems as a kid, I've had a lot of them done. I have, on the other hand, only had two MRI's done! That has to say something you know. Don't even ask me about EKG's and EEG's. I've had more of those than I've had X-Rays. It comes with the territory of Epilepsy. You get a lot of those done.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Homemade chocolate chip cookies, traditional German spritz cookies (straight from the homeland. No Americanization people. No frosting or sprinkles or blah! I hate it when people Americanize spritz cookies!), a lot of cookies, beef stir-fry, garlic herbed chicken (I'm probably killing Alli with all the meat I'm listing, but those two are my daddy's favorite), seasoned salt pork chops, grilled cheese sandwiches, brownies (okay, I make them from a box, but still), Angel food cake, blueberry pancakes, crepes....oh and my caramel apple pie. My parents fight over that apple pie for the last pieces. It is unbelievable. Two grown people fighting over pie. It's disgusting sometimes!
Z. Zoo animal: Wolves, naturally. Followed by the seals and sea lions and the polar bears (at least, I had to see Klondike and Snow after the wolves when they were cubs and I lived in Colorado. EVERY week I saw Klondike & Snow. They were 10x cuter than Knut ever was.) and giraffes and elephants. Let's put it this way....I really like the zoo. I really like cute animals. I've had a giraffe lick me and that was really odd. They have really sticky (and LONG) tongues. I've also ridden an elephant which is majorly uncomfortable. I've had elephants take peanuts from me (which made me angry. I love my peanuts.) I've had many a zoo adventure.


Diet, Fitness & Supplements

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 7:24PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Okay, I get a lot of questions how I manage to stay so skinny. While everyone here has probably never seen a photo of me, let's just say...I'm skinny. As in, really, really, skinny. 96 pounds of skinny, approximately (I might have gained a few pounds from the neurologist office last week).

To tell you the truth, I don't do much to stay skinny. I was born with a small frame, a fast metabolism and a small stomach. I pretty much graze all day long. The super picky appetite doesn't help things. However, I'll still write this all down so you still get the idea what I do.


Ha! Diet? What diet? Okay, I tend to eat rather healthy, believe it or not. I eat a lot of pasta and I have something dairy with nearly every meal; I eat meat about twice a week. My downfalls are vegetables, fruits...and my intake of Coca-Cola. I also tend to use salt a wee bit too much! Okay, and my eating junk food at night while reading, watching a movie, and/or doing my homework (but I do believe that you can indulge in a guilty pleasure so this doesn't really count). I like very few veggies and fruits and I don't eat them every day. I will binge on fruits in late spring and all through the summer (particularly pre-sliced Granny Smith apples). Come autumn, I don't want to see another fruit until April. I eat veggies *maybe* once a day, if at all. Veggies are sort of the bane of my existence. I'd rather eat paper before you get me near a carrot (ew, carrots).

Coca-Cola. Let's talk Coca-Cola. I love Coca-Cola. I've managed to get myself down to about four cans a day. Still, that's a lot of Coke. It's worse around midterms, finals or when I have a massive paper due. That's chain Coke drinking. I might drink ten cans then. I seem not to know what the word "water" means until bedtime. I admit, it's a problem. I have to admit though, Coke tastes reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally good.

I eat whenever I'm hungry. In other words, I graze like a giraffe. I do eat meals, but it's normally "brunch" and "dinner." There's no breakfast. I'm not up early enough for breakfast. Breakfast also does nasty, NASTY things to my digestive system. It's not fun.


Okay, okay, I must admit, I am not the non-traditional exerciser for the most part. Why? I pace. I'm a long time pacer. I can't help it. Since I'm a chronic insomniac, I have to find something to do at night. Whilst listening to music, I pace. All over my room. Seriously. I would probably win the gold pedal in the Pacing Olympics, if one existed. I try not to pace too hard or too much as my knees are messed up and I have Cerebral Palsy in my legs, but I do pace an awful lot.

I have really, really bad knees from being super clumsy (and having a run-in with a hockey puck and a fence...long story about the fence). I also have spastic Cerebral Palsy in my legs and weak wrists. I also happen to have unpredictable bronchial Asthma and Epilepsy which narrows my exercise fields. My idea of "real" exercise is walking, especially walking my dog when it's warmer out. I do super, super simply yoga when I start to feel stressed out. I do a lot of stretching to keep the muscles in my legs as loose a possible so I don't end up in surgery for the Cerebral Palsy. The idea of another surgery creeps me out.

I do what most people call "real" exercise in summer as it's just way too cold here in winter (no motivation, I tell you. NONE). I walk Zena--and sometimes her pal Ally--when it's really nice out as most people get to read on here. OnDemand's Exercise TV is a god send to me. I do Cindy Whitford's 15 Minute Ab Workout and the lower body one on there. As much as I hate Kim Kardashian the person, her ab workout is amazing, even though it's hard the first two times. Exercise TV is a godsend because if I buy a workout DVD, I never seem to use it. I don't know what it is, but if it's onDemand, I'll use it; if I buy it, I won't.


I'm the queen here. I take a lot of supplements. Well, not a lot. I take four. I don't get everything I need in order to live from my super picky diet!

-Vitamin B Complex: This is to even out my energy levels since mine used to go between extremes! This also is used for my not-so-great immune system.

-Vitamin C: For the not-so-great immune system. If I go a week without taking my C, I almost ALWAYS get sick. I just have a really crappy immune system.

-Multi-vitamin: For everything the above don't cover.

-50,000 IU of Vitamin D: Yes, you're reading the right dosage. I take it once a week. This thing multitasks. Boosts immune system, reduces migraines and helps with seasonal affective disorder are just a few benefits of Vitamin D.

What's your diet? What do you do for fitness? Do you take supplements?


Girly Q Tags

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:28PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

AKA the Girly Questions Tag, but I didn't want to write that all out.

Tagged by CCee.

1. Is it cute when guys kiss you on your forehead?

2. A big poofy dress of a short party dress?
Short (right above the knee) party dress. When you're 5'2", poofy can make any 22-year-old look 2. Not a pretty look.

3. What would you do if you received a long love letter?
Read it. Cringe if it's overly sappy. Gag if it's overly mushy and overly cutesy. I am not the one who likes to receive really long, really sappy, cutesy, mushy love letters. It just makes me cringe. Don't you dare call me "sweetie pie" either; that's an instant word to make me gag and it's pretty insulting. I'd be seriously insulted if you only used my name in the "Dear" part and gave me cutesy names for the rest of the letter. I do have a name. I LIKE my name. I don't like my name being replaced with an object. If you really, really respect and love me, you'd use my name for the majority of that letter. I just start twitching when I notice that my name--which, by the way, is part of my identity--is replaced with words like "sweetheart" and "honey" and "love." It's one of those things that ticks off the feminist in me.

4. Group dates or single dates?
Single dates. Group dates tend to overwhelm me. I'd rather get to know you, not your friends.

5. Do you hate it when guys act different when around their friends?
Yes. Honestly, if I see you're a jerk with your friends yet you're sweet as pie to me, there's something wrong with that situation. I'm not saying I want you to do all the things men do to communicate (slap each other on the back, play fight verbally), but your personality should be the same. It's the same thing when I come to meet your parents and you come to meet mine; it's fine to be nervous, but don't completely change your personality. I also pay a lot of attention to how you treat animals and pets too; I'm more emotionally attached to animals. If you treat animals poorly, it reflects a lot about your personality, trust me.

6. Are diamonds a girl’s best friend?
No, but they are awfully sparkly. Dog's are a girl's best friend (in my opinion, anyway. I'm very biased towards dogs).

7. Is your hair up or down?

8. Do you straighten your hair?
No. I all ready have stick straight hair that does a weird wave thing at the end (this happens to all people with straight hair. Nobody's hair is poker straight. All hair curls or waves at some part of the shaft), I don't need a straightener. It's bad enough I battle it out with a curling iron when I want curls. My hair refuses to hold a curl.

9. What’s your favourite girly magazine?
I don't have one.

10. What’s your favourite mascara?
My Almay one that is mentioned in about five thousand other tags.

11. Do you get your nails done?
No, but I should get a manicure sometime and have them shaped. I can't shape my nails for the life of me. I have three square nails and two squoval nails because that's how my nails grow naturally. Can't I just have square nails PLEASE????? The different shapes drive me nuts!

12. Small or large purses?
Medium purses. I need a bag that'll hold all my medicine and crap, but is small enough not to take up much room. Satchels like this one seem to be the best option.

13. Jeans or skirts?
JEANS!!! Unless it's summer and like 95 degrees Fahrenheit with 90% humidity. Then, I want my skirts.

14. Do you wear clothes, shoes, jewelry that is uncomfortable?
Uh, no. I'm not that kind of girl who sacrifices comfort for fashion. I can be comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

15. Do you text message a lot?
No. I'm not the person who uses their phone a whole lot. I'm kind of phone-phobic.

16. What would you do if you got pregnant?
Scream. Then cry hysterically. Then go to my mom and ask what to do considering I've never had sex.

17. What’s your favourite colour?
Purple. True Crayola purple is my absolute favorite, but I tend to like all purples.

18. Heels or flats?
Flats. Heels and Spastic Cerebral Palsy in my legs aren't a good match, trust me.

19. Did you ever cry during a romantic movie?

20. Would you ever leave the house without makeup on?
I have, but it's usually if I'm going to the hospital because I need a shot for my migraine. I don't usually consider myself "dressed" without makeup on.

21. Wallmart or Target?
Depends on what I'm getting.

22. Do you wear coloured shirts?
Yes, I do.

23. Do you like preppy boys?
Yes, but I'm not one for labels.

24. Are you spoiled?
Extremely, but in other ways than monetary.

25. Do you think lipgloss is the best?
Yes, generally, yes. I have more lipgloss than anything else.

26. Do you own any big sunglasses?
No, mine are medium sized.

27. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
30-1 1/2 hours. It depends on how I'm feeling and if it's a school day.

28. Do you like to wear bandaids?
Only when I need them. Non-latex band-aids aren't all that pretty.

29. Do you like skater boys?
I knew a few, but it's hard to say if I liked them.

30. Gold or silver?
Silver, it works better with my skintone.

31. Do you like to receive flowers?

32. Do you like surfer boys?
There's no surfers around here. Lake Michigan isn't all that surfable. Plenty of boaters here, no surfers.

33. Do you dress up for the holidays?

34. Do you like to wear dresses?
Not unless it's really hot and humid...which defines my summer. I have two casual dresses I love wearing.

35. On a scale of one to ten how much to guys confuse you?
They don't confuse me, they just have a completely different way of thinking and acting due to gendered childhood socialization (behold, Sex, Gender & Power lingo!). It's more certain people confuse me over a certain sex.

36. In the last 48 hours, have you hung out with a guy?
Only if you count my dad and my brother.

37. Do you wear lipstick?
Sometimes, but I do prefer lipgloss.

38. Do you like to hold hands?
No. I'm not a touchy feely person (it's part of my Autism. I don't like being touched). If you get to hold my hand, you better take the chance. I don't give people that option much.

39. What is the youngest you would date?
Certainly not someone in high school. That's really young. I'm almost 22, but I'd prefer someone close to my age.

40. What do you notice when you first meet a guy?
His face, particularly his eyes, then his posture.

41. Is it hot when guys are sweaty?
Not really.

42. What is the best possible feature in a boy?
It's hard to say. I like guys with a great personality, a great smile and great eyes. The last two seem to go with a great personality.

43. Do you like making eye contact?
No, and if you think I am looking at you, I'm not; I'm looking through you. Autism is a strange little disorder. Eye contact is just one of those things I fail at.

44. Do you ever picture your wedding dress and your wedding?
Hm, not really. I don't like to daydream about weddings and wedding dresses. I do like looking at wedding dresses. Some are really pretty.

45. Would you kill for chocolate?
No, not at the moment.

46. Do you ever spend all day/night getting pretty for a guy?
No. I can't fathom doing that.

47. On a scale of one to ten how fun is shopping?
Depends. Shopping is fun, but I hate that it requires money. If only there were moneyless shopping (as in, you can buy whatever you want and pay nothing). I'd give it an 8.

48. Do you freak out if you miss your favourite show?
Only when I know I forgot to DVR it.

49. Do you yell a lot?

50. Do you wear sweatpants/PJ’s to school or work?
No, not unless it was pajama day at school. I went all out for pajama day.

51. Have you ever dressed unlike yourself to impress a guy?

52. Do you write a lot of mushy love poems?

53. What makeup could you not live without?
Concealer and mascara.

54. Do you fall in love easily?

55. Do you have cramps right now?
No. Just got over a massive migraine though.

56. Do you consider yourself pretty?
It's a work in progress. Sometimes I think I am and sometimes I think I'm downright ugly.

57. Do you think guys will open this even though it says Girly Questions?
Probably not. One could hope though.


The 50 Questions Tag

Wed, 12/08/2010 - 6:33PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Would you believe I originally put "The 50 Tags Question" as the title?

Tagged by You-Know-Who

1. Where were you three hours ago?
In Basic Algebra, trying to get as many of the questions on my study guide for my final answered by the teacher so I didn't have to do it all. I didn't work. 75 problems of pure, heinous, torture.

2. Who are you in love with?
I don't have one. I don't actually trust men easily, actually.

3. Have you ever eaten a crayon?
Yes, a red one apparently. I had to ask my mom. I did a lot of strange things as a child, so I normally ask my mom (especially if it sounds weird like eating a crayon).

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?

5. When was the last time you went to the mall?
Um, gee, when was that? Beginning of November? I had to take back a shirt to TJ Maxx, but I don't remember when that was.

6. Are you wearing socks right now?
YES. The conditions at my house are Antarctic; it's 16 degrees Fahrenheit (that's -9 degrees Celsius). Anyone who knows me knows that is just way too cold for my warm-weathered needs.

7. Do you have a car worth over $2000?
No, I don't have a car. My dad owns the only car and I'm forbidden from driving it.

8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
Define out of town. If you're talking about out of the actual lines that is "my city," that is today. My college is in another village (village being over 10,000 people, okay, not ten. Think modern civilization; I do live in the United States!).

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No, I stay as far away from the cinema as possible. Crowds and me just don't mix.

10. Are you hot?
No, it's cold outside. My dad has this philosophy that 70 degrees in the house is an okay temperature. "Yes, I know you'd like 72 degrees, but I don't like the bill!" Yea, well Dad, I'm cold! Gimme 72. I'll settle for 71. That extra digit makes a difference, trust me.

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?

12. What are you wearing right now?
Slippers, socks, skinny jeans, long-sleeve t-shirt, vest-thingy, boyfriend sweater, a thermal sweater and a silk scarf. I told you I was cold.

13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
See question 7.

14. Last food you ate?

15. Where were you last week at this time?
At home, just like I am now.

16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?

17. When was the last time you ran?
I can’t even remember. I'm not a runner.

18. What was the last sporting event you watched?
Oh God, the Winter Olympics. Unless you count Dancing with the Stars because, yes, I had to watch Evan Lysacek kick a$$ after the Winter Olympics (yes, I'm still bitter that Pussycat Doll woman won. It totally should have been Lysacek) and then I had to watch Jennifer Grey kick everyone else's butt in the previous one (redemption!). Somehow, I've gotten sucked into the spin-off Skating with the Stars, probably because my favorite Winter Olympic sport is figure skating....even though I'm not fond of pair skating. It's hilarious to watch the celebrities trip over themselves on the ice doing something as simple as gliding on the ice. Trust me, I skated for a year; if there was one thing that you can't screw up, it's gliding. You just...glide. It's so easy, yet the celebrities can't figure this concept out. Glide, people, glide!!! (CCee is probably dying from laughter by now. I need to end my gliding rant)

19. Your favorite animal?
Land Animal--Wolves with jaguars/leopards/cheetahs (it's a three way tie. I can't pick) trailing behind them.

Sea Animal (one that stays in the water 24/7)--It's a tie between orcas and bottlenose dolphins. If I had to pick, I'd be a bottlenose; they live in warm waters (I love heat; hate the cold!). Orcas stay in Arctic waters mainly (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).

Sea Animal (one that divides time between land and sea)--Sea otters! Have you seen their faces? They're adorable.

Amphibian/Reptile/Fish--Turtles, particularly sea turtles. I find baby and adult sea turtles cute.

Domesticated Animals--Um, I think it would be obvious, right? DOGS. I do rather dislike most spaniels and Chihuahuas though. I don't hate them, I just don't find them as cute as, say, a Greyhound (which I've owned) or a Scottish Terrier. I tend to love dogs that are more "manly," as most girls would put it. I'm not fond of toy breeds; they just....yip and annoy me half to death. I'd probably kill them too as I'm too clumsy for something under 20 pounds. Give me a sturdy breed!

20. Your dream vacation?
At the moment? Australia; they're experiencing summer. Summer = heat. I. Want. HOT. WEATHER!!! Not extraordinarily hot, but whoever said this is the "happiest season of all" needs to visit a psychiatrist. All I want is for summer to come and quickly!

21. Last person’s house you were in?
Um, my own?

22. Worst injury you ever had?
I've sprained my ankle. Hyper-extended both wrists numerous times. Strained both wrists numerous times. Bruised my hand and my ankle down to bone. Jammed my fingers. Gone around limping for a few days from falling down the stairs. It's your pick. I've never fractured or broken a bone and I've never had a concussion (this being incredibly odd as I'm Epileptic and I've hit my head more times than I can count).

23. Have you been in love?

24. Do you miss anyone right now?
My dogs that have passed away, particularly my Greyhound, Porsche.

25. Last play you saw?
The Nutcracker.

26. What is your secret weapon to lure the opposite sex?
My expressive eyes, apparently. I wouldn't know as I'm completely unaware if I do anything. I go around minding my own business.

27. What are your plans for tonight?
Sleep! I was up the past two days on the computer until 3 AM typing papers!

28. Who is the last person to send you a facebook message or comment?
My mom? I have no idea.

29. Next trip you are going to take?
Going up to my grandparents for Christmas Eve. We open Christmas presents on December 24.

30. Ever go to camp?

31. Were you an honor student in school?

32. What do you want to know about the future?
I don't have a clue what I would want to know about the future. That's a loaded question, I think. How far into the future are we talking about?

33. Are you wearing perfume or cologne?
No, I'm highly allergic.

34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor’s visit?
I see one tomorrow and another in January. The more disorders you have, the more kinds of doctors you need. I have three currently; that's including my regular physician.

35. Where is your best friend?
In my house, lying on my mom's feet. You never said that the best friend had to be human.

36. How is your best friend?
She’s great, as always.

37. Do you have a tan?

38. What are you listening to right now?
I'm listening to a show called Modern Familyon television.

39. Do you collect anything?
DVDs, music, nail polish, books, art books, and pretty or cute trinkets (I have some porcelain, glass and some cute little Japanese dog trinkets). I don't exactly go out and rush out to get them when I see one, but if I like it, I'll pick it up. Art books are expensive and mine are from manga that I love (which generally are less expensive than normal art books, but they're still pricey), so I only have a few of those.

40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know?
One of my aunts. The woman just never stops.

41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over?
I've never been pulled over. I totaled my car (actually, black ice totaled my car) before that ever happened.

42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
I have to due to my dental stuff (long, personal story that I'm not sharing).

43. What does your last text message say?
I have no idea as it got erased. Ha ha.

44. Do you like hot sauce?
No, I hate spicy foods.

45. Last time you took a shower?
LAst night.

46. Do you need to do laundry?
Not until Saturday or Sunday.

47. What is your heritage?
I'm a mutt. I'm 1/2 German, 1/4 French-Oneida and 1/4 English-Scottish...or so we think.. I'm definitely 1/2 German, we don't know the exact percentages for the other two because there's a wee bit of Polish that's nearly extinct. The Polish thing screws everything up.

48. Are you someone’s best friend?
I think so.

49. Are you rich?
Me? Just me? I'm dirt poor, money wise. I'm a student, plus I don't work. I work for my parents by keeping the house clean! I'm rich in terms of values though.

50. What were you doing at 12 AM last night?
Typing my paper on the computer! I hated every last second of typing that paper. I was done typing papers after the 12-page horror that was Monday's paper.


Tag: What am I Using? Volume Who Knows What

Sat, 11/13/2010 - 1:15PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

I'll give you one guess as to who tagged me.

Hint: She lives in the Netherlands, does make-up tutorials and nail polish swatches and likes to make me do tags.

I figured I'd do this one since there's been a huge change from the last one that's buried somewhere in this blog. My skin and hair has decided to go berserk.

Shampoo: Neutrogena Clean Volume Shampoo everyday; once a week I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Cleansing Shampoo to get all the build up out of my hair. Why? My hair is super, super, super oily. As in, I go ONE day without shampooing and you can wring out oil out of my hair. I swear OPEC could use my hair as an oil refinery.

Conditioner: Neutrogena Clean Moisture Conditioner every day; Aussie 3-minute Deeeep conditioner once a month. Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner to get out tangles after I wash my hair. Writing this all out makes me sound insane.

Styling products: I use styling products? I never style my hair really. I usually pull a brush through my hair and call it a day. BUT, if you must know, if I do feel like using my hair dryer (which is seriously NEVER), I do use Paul Mitchell's Smooth serum and Suave extra-strength hair spray. Sometimes I have to use John Frieda's Frizz-ease Secret Weapon on a bad hair day, but that's rare. I normally just pull my hair in a pony tail. I think I have a Garnier curling mousse too that I never use because my fine straight hair refuses to curl so I've given up on trying to obtain those pretty curls every one else can get EXCEPT ME.

Note: Well, for something that was supposed to be a short answer, that turned out to be rather long. Oops.

Shower Gel: Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash.

Bath: I. Don't. Take. Baths. I hate them. I'm a shower person.

Body Moisturiser: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

Deodorant: Degree for Women in some scent I can't remember at the moment.

Fake Tan: Don't do them.

Cleanser: Countryside Pleasure's goatmilk soap bar in Milk and Honey I take off my make-up first with Neutrogena Make-up remover wipes.

Exfoliator: Biore Detoxify Daily Scrub

Peeling: Too sensitive for peeling. Technically, I use Differin which is an acne prescription gel.

Masques: Jurlique Intense Recovery Mask (it expired and it's like $49...:cries:)

Serum: No Serum

Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil Free Sensitive Skin

Primer: No primer

Foundation & brush: Covergirl Aqua CG Smoother SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer in Fair to Light; applied with my fingers. I do have a foundation that I wear when I have a concert from Covergirl, but I DESPISE foundations.

Concealer: Revlon Colorstay undereye concealer in Fair. This. Stuff. Is. WICKED. I love it. It covers my hideously vampire undereye circles very well and it's darn cheap. I need to try the blemish concealer now.

Powder: I don't use powder.

Blusher: Stila Convertible Color in Petunia

Bronzer: I occasionally use one from Cargo, but I really dislike bronzer. I don't even need it.

Highlighter: Benefit - High beam

Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay - Eye Shadow Primer Potion

Eyeshadows: Oh God, not this question. I can never answer this question. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm, L'Oreal HiP eyeshadow duo in Shady (use this a lot on school days), sometimes Stila Kitten and whatever else strikes me. I'm not really picky.

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero for the upper waterline and whatever happens to strike my fancy. I have Stila, L'Oreal, Prestige and Max Factor ones (that I refuse to give up). Normally for school I just wear the Zero on my waterline, maybe Stila's kajal eyeliner in onyx or smoked quartz if I have time.

Curler: Shu Uemura - Eyelash Curler

Mascara: Almay Nourishing One Coat Volumizing Waterproof mascara in black. You'd have to rip that one out of my dead, cold hands. I love this mascara. Very natural volume.

Lipstick: Benefit - Jing-a-ling

Lipgloss: Stila lip glazes in passion fruit and grape fruit

Nail Colour: butter LONDON in British Racing Green, Illamasqua's Rampage, Essie's Pretty Edgy....I've been on a green streak lately.


This or That

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 5:56PM by Ellenora 0 Comments -

Tagged by CeeCee. Do I ever get tagged by anyone else?

Question 1: Bronzer or Blusher
Blusher. I may have a natural flush, but a blusher can really pull together and polish a look.

Question 2: Lipstick or Lipgloss
Lipgloss, definitely lipgloss.

Question 3: Eyeliner or Mascara
Oh geez, I use both on a daily basis. I think I'd choose mascara.

Question 4: Foundation or Concealer
Concealer. You haven't seen these undereye circles.

Question 5: Neutral or Colour Eyeshadows
Nope, you can't make me choose. I love both equally. I'm standing my ground on this one. I refuse to pick one, Cee!

Question 6: Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow
Pressed. Too clumsy for loose.

Question 7: Brushes or Sponges
Brushes. I'm not sane without a brush.

Question 8: Jeans or Sweatpants

Question 9: Long sleeves or short
Long sleeves as it's cold.

Question 10: Dresses or Skirts
Depends on how I feel, the season and the occassion. I'm really a denim person.

Question 11: Stripes or Plaid

Question 12: Flip Flops or Sandals
SANDALS. Do you know how bad flip flops are for your feet (and your body)? They actually destroy your feet (no, I am not jesting). I cannot wear flip flops without screaming and crying in pain the next day. I only ever wear them when I'm getting a pedicure which is rare.

Question 13: Scarves or Hats
Scarves. I don't like things constricting my head really. I only have three hats; yes, three.

Question 14: Studs or Dangly earrings
I can't live without either. I'm really girly in that I love jewelry. I don't wear a lot of bracelets, but you'll usually see me wearing earrings and a necklace (and always my watch!).

Question 15: Necklaces or Bracelets

Question 16: Heels or Flats
Flats. I have spastic Cerebral Palsy in my legs and there's only ONE pair of heels so far that don't make me scream in pain the next day. Most of heels are neglected. They're beautiful, yes, but completely unrealistic when you have problems like mine.

Question 17: Jacket or Hoody

Question 18: Rain or Shine
SUNSHINE! Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine!!!!!!!!!!!! Vive la soleil!

Question 19: Summer or Winter
Summer, as long as it's not where I live currently. Where I live summers are notoriously humid and hot, a wicked combination.

Question 20: Fall or Spring
Spring, definitely.

Question 21: Chocolate or Vanilla
Depends what it is and what I'm craving. It's hard to pick. When I was younger, it was vanilla or bust. Today, it depends.

Question 22: Eastcoast or Westcoast
Neither, give me Colorado and I'm a happy camper.