Archive | February, 2013
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Funny Time

17 Feb

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” -George Carlin

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” -Brian Gerald O’Driscoll

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” -Abraham Lincoln

“I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.” -Unknown

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Captain Adventures

16 Feb

What do you do when you foster a dog for a week and then fall in love with him? One guess….yep, you got it! You adopt him. When I decided to foster an abandoned dog it was because I had the time and the resources to do so, being that I was unemployed. What better time to be a foster parent, right?! Well, what I didn’t expect was to be given the best dog in the entire universe to foster. Little did I know that when I took this guy home, I would be met with an angel dog. I honestly thought he would be a 1 or 2 week project, but it was only a matter of time until he turned into much more than a project.

The dog I took home, Captain, has part Shih-Tzu and part Dauschund blood. I’ve never had a mixed dog before, nor have I ever taken care of a rescue before. I was under the impression that he might be a little misbehaved due to abandonment or lack of routine. WRONG! The dog never barks, he’s fully potty trained, plays well with animals and humans, and he loves to snuggle.

After making the decision to keep him (there was no chance I could let someone else take care of this dog when I fell in love), the first thing I did was get him groomed. He was even CUTER after he was washed and cut. All I ever hear from my friends now is how much they want to keep him. Well, TOO BAD! He’s alllll mine. I love that everyone can see just how fantastic he is and I know he feels the love since he’s not moving from home to home. He’s exactly where he should be, which is in my arms.

Post-haircut Captain

Post-haircut Captain

The best thing about Captain is that he made best friends with a stuffed panda. He literally takes the Panda everywhere with him – the bed, the couch, outside to potty, everywhere!! I went a little crazy with the toys because I wanted him to be happy, so I bought all sorts of goodies – balls, squeaky toys, Nyla-bones, the whole 9. He loves his Panda so much that he will “share” his toys with Panda.

How cute is that? It’s like he does cute things purposely to prove that I made the right decision. Every day he does something else that confirms my decision to keep him. It’s my first experience with adoption and rescue, but the best experience so far.

Panda enjoying the bone that Captain shared with him

Panda enjoying his bone that Captain shared

I continue to volunteer for Those Left Behind Foundation and some of the dogs there have the exact same story – cute, loveable, smart, and sweet – but unless people look past the scruff and the initial shyness these dogs have, they may never see the ‘Captain’ within.

Withdrawals

2 Feb

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a makeup job and I’m starting to get withdrawals. I’m supposed to do makeup on a photoshoot for a potential advertisement in a VERY new and well known casino (can’t spill the beans!) at some point in February. The problem with large productions such as this is that they tend to get pushed back. I’m chomping at the bit to get to work and add to my portfolio.

On that note, I was going through my portfolio today and I had to say I was impressed.  I don’t consider it narcassistic to like your work, but there are certain photos that I am amazed by. The part of my conscience that doubts my abilities wonders if the picture is so phenomenal because of the model, or maybe the photographer, but then the other part of me realizes that without the red lips I put on the model or the PERFECT eyebrow that I created, the look just wouldn’t be the same. It is so interesting to see how far I’ve progressed since I started doing makeup. Watching your own skill grow throughout different photos is truly a great experience.

I am really happy to be at a place in my life where I can pursue my passions and I have the ability to dabble in the things that I love to do. I have a feeling that when I look back at my life in 50 years or so, I’m going to remember the “Good ‘ol days when I was a makeup artist” with incredibly fond memories.

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Makeup and a Smile

2 Feb

Big hopes and dreams are part of my regular repertoire. This seemed very appropriate for my hopeful dreams that have been abundant today:

Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I’m just a girl who wishes for the world.” -Marilyn Monroe