Getting Your Life Organized

My post “Man, I want to be a lady” was actually less about the archetypal “lady” and more about the frustration I was feeling about the mundanity of my life.

As I have mentioned before, I am a recent graduate. All through University, I often worked 2 jobs, full time school and volunteering. Which meant that often my life was so busy that I never truly had time to sit still. This worked out perfectly for me because I have the type of personality where if I don’t have to do anything, I will stay in bed all day…literally till like 9pm without even peeing.

Or in another words: I have no discipline.

So, once University ended and all of a sudden I had nothing to do – I crashed.

I did what everyone does after they finish school – I slept in, binge watched Netflix (heyloo!), watched plenty of movies. I relaxed.

However the second week in  – I was done relaxing. I did not know what to do. Life seemed mundane. I lost the drive to do anything. Most of my friends were busy with their own families, vacations or jobs.

So for the next month I would barely get up from bed, not really dress up, and just kinda became a sloth.

I want to make it very clear: I was not depressed. I was just being the good ol’ fashion lazy. Finally, I was ready to take on new things and I think part of starting this blog was just that. Something that I could get excited about and actually work on.

As I said before, the post “Man, I want to be a lady” was actually less about my desire to be the archetypal lady and more about me needing to feel productive.

So, over the course of the past few weeks I took a few steps that really worked out for me

Sleep
You know how when you’re a baby, you stay up all night screaming your lungs out? Yeah, I never grew out of that. Even as a toddler, I would stay up till 3-4am while my parents were sound asleep. I think this was partly encouraged since we lived in a huge family of grandparents and my uncle’s family. My uncle has 3 sons and no daughters, so I grew up as one of their kids as well. Which often meant that after my parents went to sleep, I would go and talk to my uncle and aunty or grandpa about my day till 3-4am —- I TALK A LOT (another thing I never grew out of).

I am naturally most energetic at 10.00pm. That’s when my energy spikes. I get so much stuff done if I start it at 10.00pm! So, going to bed at any time before 3 has always been a struggle for me.  Thus, my first hurdle was falling asleep.

I have tried everything from sleepy time teas, music, hot showers, sleeping pills, nature voices and heck. even lullabies. However, recently I found something new – bed time guided meditation.

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OH.MY.GOD! This thing has changed my life. I don’t know if it’s the ladies voice or what – less than 10 minutes of this and I am sleeping like a rock. Seriously, I feel bad for her – how do people stay awake when she talks to them?  The weirdest part about this is that I naturally wake up now, way before the alarms.  (Oh! I am the person that usually has 25 different alarms on, and even have one of those loud beeping alarm alarm!). So this is huge for me okay?

Eating Breakfast
I am terrible at eating on time. Seriously! I can easily go about 24 hours without any food. However, if I do eat a big meal – I tend to get hungry within 2 hours. I don’t understand my body either okay? What I have noticed is that, if I eat breakfast, I tend to get very hungry come lunch time. That alone puts my entire eating cycle on a normal rhythm.

Eating two dinners
Okay hear me out on this. As an Indian, I like my dinner at 10.00pm. Which means that like most Indians I too have developed a gut. The thing is, I cant sleep until I am full. I also can’t drink water past 7pm or I will be up all night! 😥 What I have found works for me is to eat two dinners. One at 5pm – usually something rich in carbs. Then I go on a walk (I try to walk minimum 2kms a day) and then when I come back, I will eat a salad. This works out because I am often so hungry after my walk that I actually enjoy eating salad. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS FOR ME?!

Rough Note Book & To Do lists.
Remember how I was lamenting about how I wish I could keep an agenda? Well, its true. I do wish I could keep an agenda. Agendas don’t work out for me. What DOES work out for me are To-Do lists. Since I was in elementary school, I always keep a notebook with me. They are called my “rough books”. It’s a habit that my elementary teachers started us on. A rough book is a book where you write whatever in. Its just a regular lined notebook in which you can write anything. I use mine to write notes, journals, my feelings, fears, to-do lists, instructions, and even these blog posts.

  • IMG_20150704_025648 (2)I also write to-do lists. Especially, if I have places to go the next day. I also like to write mundane things such as waking up. Mostly because, checking off the waking up makes me feel accomplished enough and gets me driven to keep checking off the rest of my list.

Now, a couple of disclaimers. I am not not disciplined because of my poor parents. They have tried everything with me, but I think it’s just deeply ingrained with me.

I haven’t overnight turned into a new leaf. Any significant life changes takes time and sometimes you fail. For example: On Saturday, I woke up at 1,00pm and then stayed in bed till 9.00pm. No sh!ts were given that day. Did I feel unproductive and terrible at the end of the day? Yes! But, I am also kind to myself. Its work in progress and I am proud of myself of doing it as much as I can.

So, if you struggle with any of these, I wish you all the best. I hope some of my own experiences help you feel a bit more productive.

Cheers!

SuperSh!t

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Rainy Day Date Outfit

It was date day for Mr.SuperSh!t and I. Unfortunately, we only get to see each other once a week. So, while I look like a troll (less internet, more lives under a bridge) every other day. I actually try to make an effort to look decent on the days we see each other. That’s one of the benefits of long (ish) distance relationship.

So last night I had binged on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black (*internal shriek*) and had only managed to get to bed by 6.00am this morning. Fortunately, I managed to wake up 20 minutes before meeting Mr.SS. Also, fortunately I had showered at 5.30am! You know what song was stuck in my head when I woke up? Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede. SO RANDOM!

I woke up this morning expecting it to be sunny but alas, it was raining. Ugh! WHYYYY?! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE rain! But, I also wanted to look super cute today. So its safe to say I was feeling a bit bummed. I could no longer wear the sundress I had laid out. So, I did what any sane person would do and rushed to pinterest for rainy day outfit inspiration!

Woman wearing white trench coat, striped top, polka dot skirt, wide brimmed hait, and black rain boots, standing on a street wet with recent rain

Jessica from  What I Wore Today

My version

My version

I saw this look and I loved it! I just adore the idea of skirt with rainboots!

Next step of course was hair! I have long hair and I did not want to straighten it (duh!). Since I washed my hair at 5.30am, I also didn’t have enough oil in my hair to put it in a bun either. One of the things I have been doing since spring is, experimenting with braids, but I did not want to do a full braid either. So, back to Pinterest I went. I saw this look and I decided to go for it!

Half French Braided long brown hair on woman.

Find instructions here

SS

Mr.SuperSh!t and I had a fun date. We had a very healthy lunch, and then I got a chocolate-pecan pie cause I cannot resist dessert! We watched Jurassic World (Mr.SS and I are huge fans of the Jurassic Park franchise since we were kids…so we were extra excited). We then went and a had a little less healthy dinner and some minor shopping!

A few squirts of Siriracha and this was heaven in my mouth

So naughty!

Funny story, Mr.SuperSh!t and I have never shared an umbrella before today. Not because it has never rained. Mr.SS is usually anti-umbrella. So, today was our first day sharing an umbrella. Mr.SS is exactly a foot taller than me. Which makes sharing an umbrella not very fun. Either I poke him in the eye, or I got wet! On our way to the movie, Mr.SS saw this super cute umbrella and bought it for me! Its perfect – its small so that I won’t stab anyone else’s eyes out when I walk around the city with it, its clear so not only can I see through it, it also won’t clash with my outfits, it matches my rainboots and professes my love for rain!

Woman holds a clear umbrella with the sign

I love simple dates with Mr.SuperSh!t. He always manages to makes me laugh even when I make him take a gajillion pictures of me when he is hangry!

Outfit
Lace White Crop Top
Floral Skater Skirt – I got mine at Old Navy Children’s aisle in 2013. 
Tan Belt – Ardenes
Rainboots – Payless Shoesource. I got mine in 2012 from the Children’s aisle.
Coat – H&M 2013
Bag – Ardenes [I think I should have taken a black bag instead but I was being too lazy to carry anything bigger…and clearly could not give another sh!t about it ;P]

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Man, I want to be a lady!

I will start this off with a disclaimer. I am a post – modern, third wave feminist. But, I also want to be a “lady”. Not just any lady…think 60’s middle class white woman…lady.

I don’t want to be one of those etiquette people. I do think etiquette is important, but I think its more important to be kind and generous. I could not give less of a shit that my dinner table is not seated hosts at the head and the foot, with boy-girl-boy after, I would much rather we all sat where we were most comfortable.

So what is it that I want to be?

I want to be one of those women who have their sh!t together. You know, those women that uses an agendas and is super organized? I am pretty organized, but I can never stick to something…and I tend to lose my agendas….a LOT!
Source: https://goo.gl/1v1BjI

I want to have that classy style. Think sundresses and petite heels. Think circle skirts and A-line sundresses. Think Betty Draper from Mad Men ….*drooooool*

Source: https://goo.gl/d0sF9W

I want to wrap gifts – okay this one sounds silly, but I never wrap gifts because I think its a waste of money. But I LOVE getting wrapped gifts. So, one of my goals for this year is to learn to wrap gifts!

I want to be a perfect hostess. My dream is to have a cabinet full of beautiful china, and be one of those hostesses who make personalized baskets for all her guests.

Source: Oh Joy! https://goo.gl/Fhl8E2

I want to be a great cook – My mom is one of those stereotypical grandma type ladies that over cooks for her guests. She makes so many options, and make sure everyone is well fed. I want to be her….

Oh God! I THINK WHAT IM SAYING IS THAT I WANT TO BE MY MOTHER!

Well …I didn’t expect that…

Update: Please read this follow up post 

– SuperSh!t

By the hair on my chinny chin chin || SS

I think of myself as a pretty secure person. But the one thing that Im most insecure about is the hair on my chin. Like many women, I too grow hair on my chin. Nothing to be ashamed about. Except, it grows back SO FAST! I went threading on Wednesday and by Thursday I had hair to tweeze. Now granted, its also because I have ingrown hair and she could not thread all of it out.

I always joke that I got the worst of the two genes. The women in my mom’s family suffer from chin hair. They also suffer from ovarian cysts and PCOS. So, guess who has a great relationship with her gynecologist and family doctor…ME! If you do suffer from fast growing facial hair, I would honestly recommend getting yourself checked out. It cannot hurt. So far, I am okay but I am constantly being monitored. Thanks free healthcare!

Anyway, through years of inexperienced tweezing, I have really dark marks on my chin. YAY INGROWN HAIRS!

I have been trying to figure out a good beauty regimen for myself. Here is what I have been trying.

Every night – Apply Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel  (See mini review below)
Every other night – Exfoliate using an Apricot Scrub
Every other night – Tweeze immediately after exfoliating.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel – $10.08 (on Amazon)
I like this product. I think for basic sun spots it does the job. It takes a couple of weeks but you will notice the difference. Even for my chin discolouration, I have noticed them lightening after about 14 days of use. I have it on my desk so, when I’m about to go to bed, I would slather it on and go to sleep. Wash it off in the morning. I wish I had taken photos of it. Blogger Fail!

Vitamin E
I have been hearing SO many good things about Vitamin E for dark spots.so for the next few weeks, I will be trying that out for the next little while. Guess what? Ill even take pictures.

Cheerio
– Your little Piggy

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please speak with a licensed medical professional before the use of any products. 

What is in our toilet? (AKA an update on whats going on with us)!

Hey fellow turds,

So, you may have noticed we have been rather quiet lately. It is because the three of us are having some exciting changes in our lives that we are slowly getting used to. One us recently was promoted to a new position (GO ONE OF US), two of us have recently gotten new jobs (GO TWO OF US), one of us just got into graduate school and is in the process of setting up all the exciting things that go with that (GO ONE OF US), one of us was on vacation (GO ONE OF US) and one of us is on vacation (GO ONE OF US) and one of us is learning to drive…(GO [literally] ONE OF US).

So, bear with us while we figure out what the sh!t is going on in our toilets (aka lives)!

Wishing you regular poops and clean colons!
– the 3 sh!ts!

Banana Hair Mask to Help Your Sh!tty Hair!

I have a weird admission. I hate ripened bananas. I like my bananas slightly green still. Is that weird?

Banana

Don’t judge me! 

Anyway, I had left over ripened bananas. Since, they are now officially unedible, I did what every other normal, regular person would do. I made a banana hair mask. 

Bananas are rich in potassium that strengthens hair, minimizes breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates repair of damaged hair. Bananas also moisturize your hair as they contain natural oils and about 75% water.

The basic idea is: you take a banana, smush it and you put it all over your scalp and hair.

If you feel like putting a little bit more effort into it, you can add any one or a combo of the following to the mixture

  • Coconut Oil – Holy grail of hair treatment. It helps hair growth, minimizes hair loss, help reduce damage, conditions, its anti-dandruff, anti-fungal, and the list goes on!
  • Olive Oil – Smooths hair, anti-dandruff, conditions, adds shine, tames frizzles, softens hair, and more
  • Honey – Adds and retains moisture, minimizes hair loss, softens hair, adds sheen, EXCELLENT for dry, dull, brittle hair. Also its smells and tastes yummy!
  • Milk – Makes hair soft and shiny
  • Yoghurt – Conditions, adds and retains moisture, helps soothe itchy scalp, anti fungal, anti bacterial, ati dandruff, cools your scalp (ya hot head!)
  • Avacado – helps support hair growth, adds shine, prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth
  • The blood of your enemies – helps absorb their power into your body through your scalp.
  • Coconut Milk – Nourishes hair, prevents balding, stimulates hair growth, helps detangle hair, conditions, moisturizes
  • Possibly anything else that may be going bad in your kitchen

Here is what I used:

2 Bananas
2 Tbs of milk
1 Tbs of Coconut Oil
1 Tbs of Olive oil
aka everything I had.

Pro tip: USE A BLENDER!!! There is nothing like having annoying banana chunks in your hair!

It should look like this:

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I sectioned off my hair, and spooned the mixture onto my scalp. I then massaged the mixture in. THIS FEELS AMAZING! It was super cooling! Keep going until your entire scalp has been covered. Then massage the rest onto the length of your hair. Wrap it up in a shower cap, plastic bag, or a towel. (The general theme of this entire process is: Use what you have!)

Keep the mask on for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of whenever you have time to wash it off! [I kept it on for about 2 hours]

Shampoo and condition as normal.

Wet:

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Dry:

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Then do this for the next few hours!

It MAY smell like bananas for a bit but I feel the smell fades away after a few hours.

The hair ends up being very shiny, smooth and soft. The tips of my hair has been feeling a bit frayed lately, and after this mask, it feels just as shiny and smooth as the rest of the hair!

Let us know if you try this sh!t and how it goes!

– SuperSh!t