Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Come to Momma!

I've been waiting since June, and last night they finally arrived......

Drumroll please

My SHEARS! This makes it finally seem real. Oh, and this means I can work some real magic/do some real damage! We did some cutting on our mannequins using our thinning shears first. Apparently, in the past, people have seriously injured themselves the first day of haircutting by underestimating the razor sharpness of these things. Thus far, all digits in the class remain nick free.
I had a hard time sleeping last night, and dreamt of all the beautiful haircuts....
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Monday, October 3, 2011

I changed my mind

Ok- last night I promised to tell the story of how another student accused me of giving her herpes. And I will tell you, but I got a link to an incredible website in my weekly Tumblr update, and I had to share it. As a cosmetology student, we will learn all aspects of beauty culture, skin, nails and hair, but the focus is hair. I enjoy doing nails, but know I couldn't only do nails. My current nail obsession is gel manicures, and I am getting quite good if I say so myself. This website you are about to click on and jump to is extraordinary. I will tell you right off the bat that I would not take them time to do 99% of the stuff that these people have going on, but its fun to look. I have to say, I am smitten with the french manicure with the leopard detail- shown holding the gold china glaze nail polish. What caught your attention? Besides the fact that a good many of the manicures shown could pose a health risk......

Sunday, October 2, 2011

One topic, one month October

So a challenge for the month of October is to write every day about one topic. I wasn't going to attempt this, but then at 11:25 on the second of October I decided to give it a shot. So technically I've already failed, but, whatever. My topic is cosmetology school, so here goes.

Tonight we had a chance to earn a couple of extra hours by attending a mini make up workshop at the MAC store at the Shorthills Mall, from 6 until 8. It's a very small store, so attendance was limited. I think 12 signed up, 8 actually showed up, 2 of which were an hour late. Getting cosmo (or esthetician students for that matter) anywhere on time is like herding squirrels. They are darty, chatty, they zig when you think they will zag. Annoying. Anyway, I will share a tip the instructor shared with us, which is completely awesome. When applying eyeliner to your upper lid, do not be overly concerned with neatness. Now here's the tip- smudge the eyeliner, but hold the brush with the bristles facing downward, and smudge using upward strokes. He also used the brush pointing downward trick when applying eyeshadow to the lid. I cannot wait to put this to work tomorrow morning.

Allrighty then. Hope you enjoyed this little tip. Let me know if you try it, and whether it works for you. I think the story for tomorrow will be about how I gave another student herpes.
Until tomorrow,

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Are there more sheep than people in Ireland?

Today we drove from Galway to Belmullet. When we told the clerk at the desk where we were headed, she gave a wry look and commented that someone must have family there. As a matter of fact, Henry has traced much family back to the Belmullet area, and that was the attraction. Belmullet is in the northwest of Ireland, on a peninsula that could almost be an island. We stopped in Westport at a manor house turned weird Disney-like park.

It rained a bit while we were there (huge surprise, I know) so we didn't get to enjoy the gardens and grounds that surround the house. We did get this photo op, which I had been waiting for for days

The leaves on this mystery plant were huge and would have made excellent umbrellas had they not been exceedingly prickly.

We also saw sheep. We see sheep almost everywhere. I could not find a definitive answer as to whether there are more sheep or people, but if there aren't more sheep, it's close.

We were never enveloped in sheep, but they are everywhere. And they are not all that bright. But they sure taste good. The paint marks are distinct to each farmer, as many use common grazing areas for their sheep and also because sheep just roam around, and you need to be able to tell whose are whose.
Oh, there are cows too- can't forget the cows

If you get an ordnance map for the area you are driving through, it will give you great details of the countryside. There are literally thousands of old to ancient things to see, if you know where to look. Here's an old tomb, just on the side of the road, in someone's side yard

Oh and we finally remembered to use my tiny tripod to take a picture of all of us together.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 7-A Test of Endurance.

Day 7 proves to be the most uncomfortable of the days so far. It rains so much that we can't possibly get dry and so we are damp and cold all day. This is very unfortunate as we visited a sheep herding demo with border collies at Joyce County Sheepdogs Remember Babe? These dogs are outstanding. So excited to work. As Roy was showing his technique, the other 5 dogs were in their pen, barking and jumping, wanting to get in on the act. Here is Roy

Roy and about 20 of his flock of sheep were in Marley and Me.

Owen Wilson spent a better part of the afternoon drinking tea with the Missus and this little girl who was 10 days old at the time

Kaylin is 2 1/2 now and had as much to say about shepherding as her father. It was raining pretty hard when the demo began, but she put on her Hello Kitty wellies and her slicker and hat. Her dad gave her a wee shepherds crook and she was off. I wanted to take a video of it all, but it was raining so hard, I couldn't risk damaging my camera.
After the demo we stopped in the local pub, had some soup and tea and drove around some more.

I barely even took any pictures, that's how bad it was out. We headed back to Galway for dinner and bed, with hopes that day 8 would go back to wind with a bit of sun.

Day 6- Of Wind

I keep telling myself to stop trying to figure out the weather. But our activities are so dependent on mother nature, it's hard not to obsess. Today it was Mountshannon, the final resting place if Monsignor Liam. It is a lovely little town, we visited his grave and then had lunch in his cousin's Hotel/pub.

Then we zagged back east to the Cliffs of Moher. Now getting back to the weather, as near as I can tell, we are either going to have rainy weather or extremely windy and somewhat clear weather. Today was the windy and clearish variety. This made the cliffs additionally interesting as there was the added fear of being blown off the cliff- literally.

Why does photo-pinching objects never get old for me?

So then we drive to Galway and saw stuff:

We were driving and saw this by the beach and drove down a path to it. It is just part of someones front yard. Pretty cool.

And if you ever get a chance to eat an Irish strawberry, do it. Possibly the best tasting tiny things ever!
Coming up next- liquid sunshine!
Oh and this is the night that my body told me to eff off. As we were walking through the pedestrian mall in Galway, I started feeling funny, and not in a good way. We picked a restaurant, I ordered - TANDOORI CHICKEN! See, clearly not right in the head. Food comes, the room seems awfully hot. People get nervous. Ann, the good friend that she is, walked me, quickly back to the hotel. I had a moment during which I was convinced I'd have to try to vomit in a rubbish bin with a teeny tiny opening. But I made it. I crawled into bed and slept the sleep of someone who desperately needed a good nights rest. Moral of the story, if you are tired, rest, you big dummy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 5: normally weather like this

would see me in bed, with a book. But that's not what we do on this vacation. Hey, we booked a trip to Ireland, not Antigua, we knew weather would be persnickety. Today it showed us how cranky it could be. Bear in mind this did not stop us. I bought a toasty warm woolen sweater and cap, I fear not drafty, damp, blustery weather. Today we toured the Ring of Kerry. This is not a geography lesson people, so if you want info on what that means, it's called google. Anyway, here is a smattering of what we saw:

Hills, and water and rocks!

Fucshia growing wild on the sides of roads

The remains of ancient fortresses

Cliffs and water!

Fog and remains of fortresses- hmmm how can we get to it?

Answer, find a terrifyingly narrow road/sheep path and drive down it


Nice and ruiny!

Foxglove and rhododendron grow wild in this area

The ocean

This is what seems to pass for sand so far at beaches in Ireland.

Some more water, cliffs and ruins
And a colorful town

Tomorrow we leave Killarney, go to Mountshannon, then Cliffs of Moher and then two nights in Galway. Till then, ciao!