Let’s start out with some mush. I just had the greatest Saturday. I was given some fantastic reasons to postpone my Michigan visit for a few more days, and I got to spend hours of fun with some of my besties. Can you still have besties at 29? I’m going to say yes. One truly underestimates the power of a life full of friends and family. I’m beginning to feel like myself again. It’s a good feeling.
One thing I’m not winning is the sleep game. It becomes more and more clear that as I crossover into that special new decade, certain things that used to be pure fun are now detrimental to the rest of my life. Unfortunately, one of those things is the beloved cocktail. It seems that the nights I partake are also the nights I am (obviously) up too late, and end up being awakened some three or four hours later. It’s not a great feeling, and here’s some science to make everyone feel even worse about it.
Scary Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation (Huffington Post) – Eyelids feeling heavy yet? Don’t let the fear keep you from reading this article. (I’m specifically talking to certain people who share my last name.)
Alcohol’s Effects on Normal Sleep (Science Daily) – Also, science says I’m not wrong about the drinking thing. This is why I always liked English and Social Studies better.
So, besides all the other bunches of stuff I’m focusing on as I embark on this new chapter, this has to be at the top of the pile. That may mean, as much as I’m excited to see my favorite American friends, I might have to celebrate our togetherness with tea and coffee (but only before like 6PM.) There will be a few occasions coming up to REALLY celebrate, and I will make allowances for those.
In other health news, I’m psyched to be back in the realms of a well-stocked, reasonably priced Target. Did you know, they have an entire natural products section? I haven’t seen this before, and it got my motor revved. Yeah, it’s the little things, people. Another fun project will be trying every natural product they’re slinging. Maybe not every one, and I’m open to suggestions, but I’m seeking a great, reasonably priced face wash, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and makeup. This one’s for the girls. Here’s what I picked up yesterday.
No secret, my skin has taken on a life of its own this past year especially, and it seems no amount of money, cleansing, or clean eating is helping. It’s an infuriating place to be in. At least the struggle keeps me looking youthful, around 15 to 16, when blemishes are your closest companion. I’ll let you know if I find the miracle potion that will give me back that tired, bewildered, 29-year-old glow that I should have at this point in my life.
I love a good moisturizer, and have heard Jessica Alba’s line was among the more reasonably priced options for dabbling in natural skincare. Any experienced users out there? I’d love your take. So far, I can tell you for sure- it smells pretty.
Okay, that’s all for now. I want you to know that sleep deprivation made it so this mediocre post took two hours to write. See?