Friday, September 24, 2010

The iTrend: Will it Ever End?

 photo found on Google
It is impossible to look around and not see iProduct or iAdvertisement.  While walking through campus today, I saw a t-shirt that said iRep (representing the university I guess).  You walk in a store and there are so many accessories for iPod and iPhone.  Plus, there is that annoying iDog!  Hell, even driving on the interstate, there is a billboard for iRock (for Slippery Rock University) that hasn't changed in about 2 years.  Will this trend ever end? 

A few weeks ago, I got a cute eye shadow compact that looks like an iPhone.  It is called Eyemobile.  When I told Garrett what it was called, he thought it was iMobile, following the trend.  This is something that is now being ingrained in our heads!

A possible way to control this trend (and maybe see other companies be more creative in their naming instead of riding out the popularity of an existing name) is for Apple to trademark or copyright i(blank) or just the lowercase i prefix.  Then we will hopefully see a decline in these products, thus stimulating companies and marketing executives to use their own creativity!

Things I Love Thursday

Photo by Apple
Sorry for the lack of TILT and for this particular list being late.  I have had no time to write between being in class and having to go to work (and feeling lazy because I'm sick).  I am getting my apartment (and therefore, life) organized and hopefully I should be able to get more actual writing done.

Getting My Laptop Fixed/ Visiting Friends I Haven't Seen In AGES
My laptop broke soon after I got kittens, however it was still usable.  Late last week, the screen stopped displaying anything all together!  OH NO!  I recently found out that my friend has started his own computer repair business (and if you are in need of computer repair in the Pittsburgh area, here is his website)!  I was able to get my computer fixed AND hang out with a friend I haven't seen in a few years!

Being called nuts
While walking to class the other day, I ran into a girl who used to live in the same complex as me.  She saw what shoes I was wearing (red platform peep-toe ankle booties) and said I was nuts for wearing them!  I got a few more comments on the shoes throughout the day and it made me smile.  I have never really gotten complimented on my style before (although I did turn a few heads).  I guess people like my sense of style!

Work Being Tolerable
This isn't often when I walk out of a shift and think that the day wasn't bad.  Usually, the managers are morons and my co-workers are insufferable!  The other day, I thought that work was actually fun.  I was making jokes with my co-workers and managers and was able to get my cleaning job done quickly (which means I get to leave sooner)!  One would be amazed at how an enjoyable work-place can increase productivity!  Positive attitudes are good for a variety of reasons!

Super Cheap Tickets to Phantom of the Opera
I LOVE going to the theatre and I jump on any opportunity I can get.  My school is taking a trip down to the Benedum (in Pittsburgh) to see Phantom.  I haven't seen a professional production of this show on stage and I am really looking forward to it!  I was able to get a ticket for myself AND for Garrett (and they are next to each other!) for $10 a piece!  WHAT!?!  I don't even think the student pricing is that good!  I am REALLY looking forward to the show!

Seeing the show and getting lost in Pittsburgh
The show was on Sunday and it was AMAZING!  The costumes were beautiful, the music was out of this world (I literally had shivers from the music.  That has NEVER happened before!), and everything about it was absolutely perfect!  We actually didn't get lost trying to find the theater either.  We got lost trying to get home.  In an attempt to try and find some signs of a highway or a way home, we found ourselves in Squirrel Hill and stopped at a few shops.  One of which (and my favorite of the day) was a Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop!  I had never seen one in real life and was completely pumped about being in there.  I was so overwhelmed by the amount of flavor options!  There were so many that were shop exclusive!  Everything was tasty and full of win (I hate that phrase, but it is the only thing I can think of that seem to fit)!

Being told my "plan" is good
By plan, I mean this: I want to open up my own clothing store.  I want to make the clothing and accessories myself (or at least design them) and maybe even open a "brick-and-mortar" store (yay physical presence)!  I gave some rough details about how I want to do things and more than one professor said that it sounded good!  YAY FUTURE!

Being Told by Professors that My Job Sucks
In my business classes, we discuss what qualities good management has and well as what bad qualities.  I almost ALWAYS have an example from my current place of work of how the management is bad (and I mean BAD).  Anything ranging from motivation techniques to Total Quality Management (TQM) principles all register as negative in each aspect!  Sure, some days are good (see above), but it doesn't mean I want to stay there at all!

Fall Season
I love the fall for more than just the fashion shows.  I love seeing how people keep themselves warm and what kinds of sweaters and jackets people have.  It is really funny when I start noticing everybody wearing almost the same thing.  I also enjoy seeing that occasional pop of something different.  It is really fun to just sit back and watch the styles walk right past you.  I LOVE seeing how people style themselves!

Hot Drinks
Cold weather means hot cocoa and lattes!  Warm drinks are a delicious way to warm yourself starting from the inside!  I like breaking things up by adding different flavor shots (favorite classics: mint and raspberry. favorite new obsession: hazelnut) to my drink!  YUM!

Getting Adequate Sleep
Getting enough sleep in extremely important no matter who you are!  It also feels so good to let yourself get the sleep you need instead of trudging around with just a few hours of sleep a night.  I get so bored hearing "I only got 3 hours of sleep last night" because these people are just not good at managing their time.  Instead of watching TV all night, go to sleep.  You can watch that show the next day (if you record it or if it is something you can get on your netflix subscription).  If your kid wakes you up every night, stop complaining.  You chose to have that kid!

Getting apartment clean
My apartment is usually a mess of clothing empty bags, and random sheets of paper.  Yesterday, I got off my lazy fanny and took charge!  I have a floor for the first time in a few weeks, and I can see the top of my dresser (which hasn't happened since I moved in).  Getting used to the new bathroom set-up is a bit awkward (and because of that, I need to get my kittens a new water dish), but I really like it!  I got a modular shelf from Target and it is wonderful!  I was able to assemble it with no help (!!!), it was fairly cheap, and I can take it apart and use it for when I go to conventions!  I already have ideas for how I want to set up my artist table and these shelves are going to SERIOUSLY maximize space!

Dread Falls
These are really popular at anime conventions, particularly with the punk crowd.  I really like the look of them because they are colorful and off the wall!  Also, they are not very common (at least in my area), which makes me like them more!  Mine are blue, white, and a reddish purple (it does look a bit patriotic, which wasn't what I was going for) and I made them by twisting and braiding yarn!  They are super easy to make, and even easier to "install" (again, this is a punk look).  I will do a post on these soon!
The Fun Theory
This is best shown off in the form of video.  When I first saw these, I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day.

Small Lovelies: Kitten antics, laughing so hard you can't stand up, having interesting discussions with friends, puzzle games, singing loudly to music while driving down the highway, having half my collection of shoes in my car (uumm...yea....I kept changing shoes and forgetting to bring them back in to my apartment until yesterday), naps, sunglasses, American Pickers and Pawn Stars (two new TV obsessions), High heels (more than just the comments I get while wearing them), staying warm, playing with pets, and caring professors (that can really make or break a class)!

One last video for you!  Hope you like it as much as I do!
I hope you have had a lovely week and have awesome things to look forward to!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Beautifully Unique to just Mag-Elicious. Why the change?

 Photo found on Google
I know I have been absent these past few weeks (AND I promised more content.  Seems a bit backwards, no?) and for that I apologize.  I keep coming up with AMAZING blog article ideas, but ultimately, have to shoot them down.  Why?  Because these articles are not within the "Beautifully Unique" realm.  I started Beautifully Unique to be a fashion/life style blog (similar to  I am not her, not do I want to be.  I have spent much of my time trying to be somebody I wasn't and I am not going to go back to that.

Now, I realize that there are other topics I want to cover.  This blog is my voice on the internet.  Why should I limit myself to just a handful of topics?  There are other things in this world that I care about.  People have opinions on every topic (even if their feeling is of indifference).  While Beautifully Unique was a blog, Mag-Elicious is an opinion.

Now I can post on subjects like management or even politics and ethics.  The possibilities are now LIMITLESS just with a simple change.  I feel like I am much more free to post about all kinds of opinions.  I can now use some of my older drafts that I started to write and as I was adding final details/touches, I realized didn't fit my blog.  You have no idea how good this feels (unless you have done it too, in which care, you do know)!

I keep saying this (and I keep saying "I mean it!"), but expect some top notch posts!  There is so much I want to share with you!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: Back in class

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Ack!  I keep not posting on here!  In the moving process (from my small place to my big place), I misplaced my internet cable!  But, I am back in class, have access to computer labs on a daily basis, and should be able to keep up with writing delightful morsels for you all to enjoy!  Here is what I have been in love with!

Structure: I love knowing I need to be somewhere at a certain time.  I love being better about what I eat.  I love the bouncy life energy that you can feel while walking around campus!  Sure, a quite summer with most of the students at home is nice, but sometimes it a bit too quiet.

My teachers: It seems like a have a ton of teachers who actually care about what they do this semester.  It is amazing the difference in educational quality that you recieve when a teacher cares compared to one who doesn't!  My one professor tries to make class fun by adding all kinds of music/sound effects to his power point slides.  I had him a few semesters ago and he even gave us a music quiz for the sake of having a music quiz (I think it was for extra points?)!  Another professor wanted everybody to introduce themselves in the front of the class and after each introduction, said where to find help for everybodies respective fields!  WHAT?
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Friends:  Most of my friends went home for the summer, and since I worked so much, I was unable to go and visit them (sad panda)!  Everybody is back now and it is GREAT!  I ran into my one friend (and his adorible girlfriend) a few times and we had a chance to really catch up! 

Style watching: Everybody dresses differently (DUH!) and it is kind of fun to see how different people style different pieces and such!  I saw a girl on monday with a Betsyville bag!  It was sequinned and awesome!  I also am seeing TONS of awesome book bags!  It almost makes me want to replace my pink Hello Kitty messanger bag!

Waking up early:  I feel like I can accomplish so much more if I just get my lazy butt out of bed a little bit earlier!  After the initial grawginess of waking up, I tend to feel wide awake pretty quickly, which is REALLY suprising!  Monday, I woke up at 6am, got a shower, and even had time to do 20 minutes of pilaties before I went to my 8am class!  I was even shocked at how much I got done!

Renee: This is a woman I work with and she can be REALLY funny! One day when I left, I said "Bye everybody!" and left. Garrett said bye back and Renee yelled at him! "Why didn't you tell her 'I love you' back?" It was hilarious! Then, she told me to have fun playing with my kittens tonight! She is so funny!

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Fresh baked bread: Growing up, my dad was always playing with a bread maker and the house smelled like a bakery. It was amazing! Last night was the first time in about 2 years since I made bread and it was SOO tasty! I got a bread mix (European Herb and Cheese) from the grocery store and it better than I thought it would be. It tastes like it was made from scratch!

Covered Litter Box: My kittens LOVE playing in their litter box and I am not sure why. Having a covered litter box cuts down the the amount of litter that gets tracked through-out the apartment and into the bed. I have only had it a day and already I can see so much of a difference! If you get kittens, covered litter boxes are the way to go!

Photo found on google
Stock photo of the cat condo

Giant Kitty Condo: Just earlier today, Garrett took me out to get the kitties a nice kitty condo.  We have been looking around for a while because we knew we wanted to get them something bigger than 18 inches tall.  After months of looking, we found one close to where we live (no shipping!) and we picked it up earlier today.  The kitttens loved it SO MUCH that they started playing on it before it was even fully assembled!  HAHA!  Those kittens are so adorible and hilarious!

Amazon Student: Free Amazon Prime for a year just because I am a student??? Free 2-day shipping??? You would have to be MAD to not think that is an amazing deal! JUMP ON THAT!

Netflix: I keep finding all kinds of treasures on Netflix. I have been watching all kinds of things I haven't heard of before (I don't have cable, so I don't get commercials). Because of that, I never get to hear about Cashmere Mafia or Love and Other Disasters (both are hilarious)! Plus, there are a ton of TV shows I LOVED as a kid!

Phantom of the Opera: My school has tickets to see Phantom down in Pittsburgh for $10 and it includes transportation!  WHAT???  I have always wanted to see a stage performance of Phantom since I was about 11.  Now that I am 22, I have an oppertunity that I REALLY don't want to miss.  I just need to ensure I can get 2 tickets and the night off from work.

So, I actually combined 2 different TILT posts that I found (I really need to keep better track of some of the posts I write).  I have had an amazing week back at school (despite works attempts to ruin everything) and can't wait to see what I learned this semester!  Are you in school now?  If so, was your first week back awesome?  I would LOVE to hear from you about what you love right now!