Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Currently

Can I do a currently post when our what's new with you link up is tomorrow? Why, yes, I do believe I can. ps. link up with us tomorrow and tell us what's going on in your world!

What's New With You

Feeling comfortable. It's been a bit of a financial rollercoaster the last two months, KC switched jobs which - in his case - meant a month or two with no pay. He started his new job on Monday and so far loves it, which I am so freaking happy about. Anyway, I am not really a worrier when it comes to money because where we are at now is better than I ever was at my best on my own, you know? But KC freaks out if we hit even the smallest of bumps, which stresses me out. But he's done stressing, which means I can start relaxing.

Also feeling proud. I haven't shopped in 2 months, unless you count books which I don't so there.


Trying to get 10,000 steps per day. I suck at this! I do not get 10,000 steps unless I run, because I sit down all day. I have been trying to get up every hour and aiming for 10,000 every day for the month of August. It's silly, I know, but I will sit down for 3+ hours sometimes without getting up and that's just not good. So far so good, only 2 days in though haha.

Listening to the P&P soundtrack. I am terribly boring and predictable during the work week, I love that the P&P soundtrack is all instrumental, because I get distracted easily, but I also love that it makes me randomly think about P&P throughout the day. Don't judge.
Working on my running. I have been coasting along and not really trying lately, but I am really trying to focus on speed work or tempo runs. Next half marathon is in 11 weeks, then another in 12 weeks and then I think the last one is 15 weeks away. So, coasting along will not help me. I have been running with my bestie every week no worries, but it is running on my own that needs work (like, actually doing it instead of being lazy and going to work instead. Who chooses work at 6am instead of the gym/running?).

Reading lots of netgalley books. I have really been trying to knock those out, or at least the archived ones, because it was giving me the heebie jeebies, my 'ratio' was not looking good. I also need to work on my kindle unlimited list, as I want to cancel it - but you lose the books when you cancel, so I need to read them first. The two (netgalley) books I am currently reading are The Invisible Library and Beauty & the Clockwork Beast and I hope to finish them before next Tuesday for Show Us Your Books!


Wishing I could figure out what is going on with my face. It's weird, you guys. I am having some sort of allergic reaction, and no, I have not done anything at all new, no new food, no new beauty products, no nothing. I can not figure out what the heck is going on, but it's all red and itchy and rough feeling. I am trying to wait it out, but I finally cracked yesterday and went to walgreens and asked the pharmacist for help. He told me to try some benadryl cream, and my skin is definitely less angry, I just want it to hurry up and get happy.

Watching the shannara chronicles. I just randomly decided to start it the other day when I couldn't be bothered even holding a book. It's okay. KC and I watched all of Stranger Things in one day the other week - we are not binge watchers, so that was odd. It was good, I thought. Different.

Eating tuna, corn and chickpeas.


Finally got my american driver's license (permit), huzzaaaah! Congrats to me. I have to wait 30 days and then do the driving test, but then I'll be good. The reason I finally did it is because mum is coming to the US in 32 days and we are renting a car.. which I need a license for (since my name has changed since my Australian license etc etc). So, talk about leaving it to the last minute!


You can't even really see what is going on with my face, but trust. It's crazy up close.

Excited for next month. Like I mentioned, Mum is coming to the US with her (and my) good friend and we are road tripping from LA to Vegas and then shopping and eating to our hearts content. Can't wait.

So, any tips for things I can put on my face to help it go back to normal?

48 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your face! When we went to Belize I didn't wear any makeup at all for the 10 days we were there, and my face COMPLETELY cleared up. It was so crazy! It was easy since I was on vacation, so might not work for you right now :/ Good luck with your drivers test and have fun with your mom!

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  2. yay for permit and soon to be license! that's great. and your no spend months have inspired me. i looked at my account this week and was like ok i'm done haha. no more shopping for a while. i'm no help with the face stuff though :( and yay for mom coming to visit!!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  3. Wahoo, Vegas!! Hands down, O is my favorite show so try to see it if you can :) How is the new Liane Moriarty book?

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  4. I am literally no help with face things, well, because I wash my face with bar soap most days. So, wouldn't take any advice from me. But do you wear like a foundation or base layer or something? Maybe it's old & making your skin mad? Or like the brush is dirty?

    They really make you get a "permit" before you can have a real KY license? Does this mean technically KC is supposed to be in the car with you? They won't just hand you over a real license since you're a grown up & can drive in another country? That seems rude.

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  5. I'm wondering if you may have a small case of eczema. I deal with eczema and have a few problematic areas on my face, but I don't typically have issues with them until the winter when the air is cold and dry. If it doesn't clear up soon, you should probably have it checked out. You may have developed an allergy. Congrats on the KY driver's license and congrats to your husband on the new gig! (What's he doing now?)

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  6. Good for you for not shopping for 2 months! That's awesome! And congrats to KC on the new job. Glad to hear he's loving it! How are you liking Truly Madly Guilty? I've been debating on downloading it. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  7. i'm a huge fan of using coconut oil for face lotion. sometimes there's a breakout stage when you first start using it (because it is a cleanser and will get impurities out), but once you're past that stage, it's amazing stuff. you don't need very much, and you do feel oily and look shiny for a little bit after putting it on, but it soaks in really well. i generally put it on as early as possible in the morning and then put my makeup on just before leaving so that the oil has had time to soak in.

    whatever you try, good luck!

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  8. i'd say chinese herbs since that cleared my shit right up! hormones were my problem and your description sort of sounds like it. did you know our bodies go through a MAJOR hormonal change every 5-7 years? my sister and other friend went through theirs in their late 20s/early 30s and their skin freaked out; either broke out in those bumps or got major acne.

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  9. That is so fun that your mom is coming!! !! !! And even more fun that you're road tripping and eating all the food.

    I too am having horrible horrible issues with my face so I'm going to stalk all your comments and see if there's anything helpful in there ;) Good luck with yours!

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  10. Yeah for your drivers license! Yeah girl I feel you on the skin situation, mine has been crazy lately and I know it's all hormonal. I actually started using the beauty counter line and it helped calm it as of late :)

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  11. Oh my gosh - how awesome is it that your mom is coming?! That will be so fun! My skin went a little rogue on me awhile ago, but it seems to be settling now. Hope yours gets better!

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  12. So exciting that your mum is coming to visit! I know you are excited!

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  13. Yay for your American drivers license and mom coming to visit. Vegassssss <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. Congrats to KC on his new job! Switching jobs can be stressful financially for anyone, I totally get that. When are you going to start reading the new Moriarty book?? It is slow going for me right now. I have been trying to knock out all my Netgalley books as well. I haven't requested a single one since my bad binge last month. I am proud of that! I hope that you get your skin to calm back down. Face stuff can be so damn weird. I cant wait to hear all about your trip with your mom!!! So exciting! And congrats on the license!

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  15. Congrats on the license! Yay for moms visit! I also want to read Truly Madly Guilty, tell me what you think since it's on my TBR mountain and who knows when I'll get to it.

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  16. Haha for a second I was like, it's Thursday today?! ;) Yay for KC starting a new a job and you not feeling as stressed anymore! 10,000 steps is SO hard unless you run that day. Even some days I will feel like I've been on my feet all day and I still barely get close. I'm sorry about your face issues - I have no advice but I hope it clears up soon! Hormones? Hormones are a bitch and can do weird things out of the blue... And yay for your drivers permit!! Do you have to do an actual road test?! I would be so nervous to have to do one as an adult! Good luck! :)

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  17. That's weird about your skin. How things can all of a sudden make your skin change.
    I'm still trying to learn how the whole Netgalley thing works - I need to find someone to explain it to me in detail.
    I am the same way with the 10,000 steps - only make it when I'm training for a race. I really want to make it a priority - last month? I had ONE FREAKING DAY that I made 10,000 - that's embarassing.

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  18. YAY for your mom coming to the US! I'm glad you're getting the drivers license thing taken care of. I'm totally a last minute person, too, which I sometimes hate. Lol! Ahh! I hope your face gets itself together!

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  19. Okay, so the 10K steps a day every day is my goal for this month too...and holy s*!t is it hard! Yesterday (yes, the second day of the month) I had a horrible day for multiple reasons (most of them period-related) and was like, "I am throwing in the towel!" Then after I ate some chocolate and watched some TV I was like, "What the hell! Go walk NOW!" I had 5K steps...so I had to walk for FOREVER to get up close to 10K. It really is pretty impossible to get 10,000 steps every day without going to the gym every day. Or at least on work days when I sit at a desk for eight hours!

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  20. That is so strange about your skin! I hate when crap like that happens - I had a mysterious rash on my arm for two months, and just last week it finally started to disappear. I think Benadryl or Hydrocortisone cream might help - I think Aveeno makes a good healing cream, too. Glad everything else is going okay in your world lately, I bet you're so excited for next month!

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  21. I've completely slacked with NetGalley books so my rating is pretty crappy! Good job on avoiding all shopping (except books, which don't count) that's what I've been trying to do too and I've managed to stay pretty strong. I've designated August as my no shopping month and it's been ok so far. Yay congrats on getting the drivers license! I actually went in last week to trade in my Canadian drivers license for an American one. Fortunately I didn't have to do a driving test which made easy peasy!

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  22. I've been wanting to read Liane Moriarty's new book! My library doesn't have it yet so I'm impatient and will probably buy it:) Road-tripping to Vegas should be a blast! I weirdly love road trips. No idea why.. haha.

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  23. What is happening with your hand in the last picture??? It looks like it is coming straight up from the bottom. haha! I love the P&P soundtrack! It is perfect for listening to at work. No judgment here!

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  24. My face changes a lot during the seasonal changes. It's frustrating. So I imagine this is SUPER frustrating for you!

    I just started the kindle unlimited 30 day trial. I don't know why. I won't need it.

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  25. Ugh. I can never seem to get my face in check :( My advice would be gentle moisturizers, lots of water (to drink), and changing you pillow case often.
    Congrats on the license/permit!!
    10,000 steps is tough when you have a desk job- I never reach them. Ugh!

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  26. Have you been out in the sun a lot? Maybe the face thing is like a sun or heat rash? I would just use a shit ton (yes, that's an actual calculation) of moisturizer if it's itchy and dry. Happy to hear the cream is working though. Never heard of that food combo but now I want to try it. YAY for permit- good luck on your driving test! And congrats on no shopping- that's huge!

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  27. Congrats on getting your license! Have fun with your mom :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  28. Ugh sorry your skin is still playing up. Did I recommend a steroid before? Sounds a bit scary but you can get them over the counter, 1% hydrocortisone is quite good at clearing stuff up. Pharmacists can get a bit funny if they think you'll put it anywhere near your eyes, so if that's the case then a) lie and b) be careful! Again not a medical profesh but I get regular stress eczema on my face (sexay) and this clears it up nice and quick.

    Anyway! I hope you have an amazing time with your Mum, do you have a lot planned for the visit? Road tripping and eating sounds like a lot of fun...

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  29. Books totally don't count for your no spending, I 100% agree! My ratio on Netgalley is terrible right now too! I've had to limit myself and made myself not request anything until I can actually get caught up! And hooray for getting your American license! The rules for renting a car are so obnoxious in the states, so hopefully y'all won't have any bumps in the road for your trip!

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  30. Woo!! Loving this update!! Amazing job not shopping for two months! And as you know, books are education and not shopping. Totally acceptable. And...did you read the Liane Moriarty book? Thoughts? I have nothing to useful to offer on the skin issues situation, so I hope everyone else is more useful there! See you tomorrow for the linkup!

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  31. I love the P&P soundtrack and congrats on getting your driver's permit!

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  32. Sounds like the 2 month no shopping hiatus will be well worth it when your mom comes to visit!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  33. I wish I could join y'all for that road trip. I know you are going to have SO much fun!
    I still need to get my NSW license too. My TX one is valid until June 2017.
    Liane Moriarty had a speaking event and book signing in Mosman on Monday. Can you believe I missed it. :(

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  34. i reallllly love the sense and sensibility soundtrack. i should check out the p+p one too! xo jillian

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  35. Yay for getting your permit! A road trip sounds like some pretty good motivation to get it. It's great that your financial stress is now pretty much over. I tend to freak out when there's no income coming in as well, but it seems like everything worked out for you guys.

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  36. I'm with you on the 10,000 steps a day in August. I'm making August my month! Congrats on your driver's license :)

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  37. Congrats to KC on his new job and yay for your permit!! For your face, have you cleaned your makeup brushes lately? One time I hadn't cleaned mine for like months (actually this happens often haha), and I had such a bad hives like rash that didn't go away until I cleaned them. It was so weird. Just a thought!

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  38. Financial rollercoasters are the absolute worst. I feel like even when I know we have plenty in savings to cover whatever bump in the road we're currently dealing with, it still feels stressful. Just because the money is there doesn't mean we wanted to use it for car repairs, medical bills, etc.! I would be like KC and completely stress out if I wasn't getting paid for a month or two. I'm glad things are settling down for you guys.

    Congrats to KC on the new job! And congrats to you on the no shopping and on the driver's permit! That's seriously awesome! :-)

    I have no advice on the skin thing ... Sorry. :-( I hope you can get it straightened out soon, though. Stuff like that really sucks.

    I'm so excited that you'll be seeing your mom next month! A girl's trip will be so much fun! My mom sadly had to postpone her trip this month, so now I won't see her until October. It's for the best, but I know you can relate to that sort of thing: it's hard to be away from each other for long periods of time!

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  39. 1. The P&P soundtrack is my go to playlist when I need to focus or calm down at work. The entire thing is so awesome. This makes me want to watch the movie.
    2. You didn't have to get a license when you got here? Does this mean you have to deal with teenage insurance rates? Teh German has teenager rates and ugh it's brutal.
    3. I refuse to get a fitbit/etc so I don't feel obligated to meet a step requirement every day. I work a desk job so I don't do steps. I prefer negative steps in fact. I call it energy conservation. :)
    4. I stress when Teh German stresses as well. Whenever the company owner comes to Charleston, he always stresses out. A few days before he got here this time, I had a dream about how I worked at his company and the owner put ME in charge. Teh German said he felt bad that I was having dreams about his company and I think he finally realizes just how much his stress effects me, lol.
    5. YAY for Mom visits!

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  40. Well congrats to KC on the new job! You should feel good because when push comes to shove, you didn't spend (except on books) so rock on - I know you fret about that a lot but you did it girl! So excited for you and your runs and races coming up - get it girl! My face blew up at Disney this spring - I used Aveeno cortizone because it wasn't as drying. It helped. And woohoo on getting your American license - that's huge!!!

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  41. oh gosh, bummer about your face situation. : / I hope that what the pharmacist recommended keeps helping! Glad to hear KC got a new job and is liking it. We need a double dose of that over here... and, I definitely agree that life is easier with two, and I worry less about our joint finances than I did my own in college!! KC wants to start Stranger Things, guess we'll have to give it a try. We finally caught up on New Girl and started over.. LOL. No judgement on the P&P soundtrack. They played that at our wedding, and I would love to listen to it more. haha :) I hope August leads to more reading!! Hope you have fun with your mom in town! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  42. Yay for KC's new job! That transition can be a tough one though, but glad to hear things are smoothed over. Also yay on no shopping, way to go! And big congrats on getting your American driver's license! Sounds like you've got an exciting few weeks ahead.

    Hear you on working on running...right there with you.

    As for the face, I think witch hazel is really useful for a lot of things. Make sure you're washing your face after every workout and then I recommend putting a little witch hazel on a cotton pad and just putting that all over your face, and then use a gentle moisturizer after. It might not fix it, but it might, and it won't cost you a zillion dollars in lotions and toners and stuff to just try it out! (Bonus, witch hazel is great for lots of stuff including bug bites and a bottle is like a dollar and change at Target.)

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  43. That road trip with your Mom sounds awesome!

    I'm aiming for 10K steps each day this month too and having been off work the last couple days I am finding it super hard! I'm pretty sure I've taken less than 500 today and the day is almost half over haha

    How did you get away with not getting your american license for so long?! I've looked into it for MN and I would have to change mine within two months of moving there. I don't ever want to have to do another road test in my life!!

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  44. Hooray for his new job being great and for him not being stressed which means you aren't stressed! :)

    Good luck with your 10k steps a day! I've done really well with it this year thanks to competing via Fitbit with my sisters and mom. It has been a lot of fun!

    I don't have the whole P&P soundtrack, but I should get it. I LOVE Liz on Top of the World and have that one on my phone, but not the rest. I should get them. You inspired me... I'm listening to the soundtrack on Youtube right now. ;) Which are your favorite tracks?

    Hooray for your mom coming to visit! And for getting a permit (and soon license)! Do you guys have really good public transportation or do you and KC normally drive together everywhere?

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  45. Have you tried Neosporin or Bacitracin creams at all? I swear they're magic creams and if one doesn't work the other will haha :P

    Your Mum will be there before you know it! How exciting!!

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  46. Oh I hope your skin gets less angry soon! My husband is the exact same way about money. It always stresses me out. 10000 steps suck to get. I force myself to but honestly if I was still working an office job I would never get it done. The Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is bomb. So beautiful.

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  47. I feel like you are so cultured. Like fancy. I just like my trash tv and kids tunes. Lol

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  48. The P&P soundtrack is awesome. Have no shame!!! I love listening to classical music on Pandora. In July, they suddenly started adding in songs from P&P and I've been listening to the station for YEARS. I forgot how great the music it.

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