so, apparently i started some kind of growth spurt recently. not physically, fortunately (see below re weight watchers), but mentally or emotionally or something. all of a sudden, i'm all taking care of myself and stuff.
i joined weight watchers a little more than a week ago because i can't stand being so unhealthy. the new program is pretty awesome, especially with the online tools. it's really well done. the food part of it is all about fat, fiber, carbs, and protein (which all factor together to yield a point value for each food or drink); the rest is reshaping your thinking and getting more active. all of these are things with which i need help, so it's been good for me thus far. i lost six pounds in this first week (which would be a lot more awesome if i hadn't GAINED almost five pounds at maryland sheep and wool just before logging my initial weight, but still: satisfactory). mainly it's been nice just being more sensible and learning about healthy eating in a new way, and i haven't felt deprived because they're very generous with the points.
then yesterday i had some much-needed productivity time and girl time, during which i ran one million errands and monica and i played at the waterfront. i started the morning (after taking andrew to catch the airport shuttle for an overnight trip to visit friends) at lowe's, where i bought a beautiful (and practical!) steam cleaner for floors. i've been wanting one of these for years, and sort of longing for one for a few months, thinking that it would help clean the floor in the craft/cats' room (where, sadly, at least one of them has taken to peeing). so yesterday while leisurely browsing at lowe's, i came upon the selection of floor-cleaning machines and saw this one. it's exactly what i wanted AND in a sleek midcentury-looking design AND (guilty!) grey-blue. how could i walk away? it was like $70, and i am completely smitten. i used it yesterday on said floor and was very pleased with my purchase #smug.
so. that's all pretty grown-up, right? eating more healthily? cleaning? i know! the lowe's trip also included three big clear plastic totes to use as new litter boxes for the three new types of litter i also purchased yesterday; i've been advised that the peeing outside the box might be because the cats dislike the automated litter box or (more likely) that the shape or size of the box isn't what they want. so i bought a 66-quart bin and two 26-quart bins (again, on the advice of some cat lovers), plus some feline pine, some world's best cat litter, and some yesterday's news. the feline pine seems, so far, to be less easy to keep clean (because there's no clumping) than the world's best, but i haven't set up the one with the yesterday's news stuff yet. if you're really interested in following this whole experiment, you'll have to let me know. as any cat person knows, there are myriad details and nuances to track. it's exhausting being a cat, i'm sure, because it sure as hell is exhausting owning one.
okay. so that was the cat portion of the outing. lowe's and petco. (petco, btw, had a pitifully small selection of litters. aisles and aisles of food [input] but less than one aisle of litter [for output]. and most of what was there was clumping clay litters, which i'd like to avoid for environmental reasons.) also at petco: a LOT of dogs for the vaccination clinic. one poor four-month-old german shepherd puppy had an explosive bit of output while waiting in the too-long-for-puppies line. he was beautiful but produced remarkably potent output. poor guy.
anyway. then i headed to my favorite part of the waterfront: target. target has everything. and pretty. plus a soda fountain at the entry so i could sip on icy ginger ale the whole time (i know: lots of ww points) i shopped. but i found lots of useful things, and it's where monica caught up with me after her morning stuff.
but the highlight of the day came after target: makeup time at the clinique counter at macy's. i'd seen some emailer about macy's and clinique doing a promo where you come in and get a color consult and they give you a present. i like presents, and i love clinique, so i forwarded the email to monica a few weeks back, and we had been trying to find a day to go be girly ever since. yesterday was that day.
i lucked out with the uberprofessional and knowledgeable michele (one l--she's sophisticated). she started with a whole skin-care consult before moving on to color, and i discovered that i have a lot of redness that i never ever notice. very red nose and cheeks. i know that i blow my nose a lot (allergies? i have no idea. but we go through tissues in this house like crazy--and i carry a hanky everywhere), which probably stresses the skin some. and i'm very hard on that area when i'm sleeping, again because of congestion. so burst blood vessels and so redness.
so she did an awesome job, and i bought a bunch of skin-care products and makeup. who knew that moss-green eyeliner might look good on me? (michele did.) and who knew that there was a pore-minimizing serum that could help me with the grand canyons on my nose? (michele did.) or a redness-reducing foundation that i could apply just to the red areas and not even worry about foundation on the rest of my face? (michele did.) she hooked me up with some great stuff.
the catch: she asked whether i would come in in two weeks for a checkup. an excuse to go back and be girly again for an hour? you bet! but this means that i actually have to *do* the whole three-step plus moisturizer plus eye cream plus pore-reducing serum thing for two weeks twice a day so that my checkup is honest. (god forbid one should lie to the clinique consultant.) so i did it last night and again this morning, LIKE A GROWN-UP. (most days i'm doing great if i wash my face at all, frankly.)
so, in the interest of science, here's me last night a few hours after the great makeover of 2011.
(urgh, why is it uploading sideways and how do i fix that?)
and here is me this morning just after doing the second official repeat of the regimen.
who's a pretty girl? yikes. anyway, this shows you some of the redness, even though the ott-lite washes out most of it. but maybe it will be entertaining to see how things progress. or maybe not. either way. it's a blog.