January 2016 behind the scenes

Posted on January 30, 2016 under Life

My friend Aisling does monthly behind the scenes posts to catch her readers up with the parts of her life that have not otherwise been featured on her blog. I thought I’d take a leaf out of her book in an effort to branch slightly out of the beauty blog niche. I’m unsure if I’ll do these every month (perhaps every two months would work better for my blog?), but for now here’s January!

School

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Can you tell I’m a liberal arts student?

Early in the month, I started back at school after a month of break in Toronto. As a lot of you probably know, I’m in my last semester of my undergrad. Obviously my workload is pretty intense – I’ve barely gone a day this month without doing at least an hour of reading for school and I’m only just barely on top of everything. Luckily I find most of the material very engaging!

I’m also (very far) in the process of applying for grad school – I’ve prepared everything and solicited reference letters, and I’m just waiting on one letter before I can submit. Up until the beginning of October I was planning on going back to my home province for grad school, and was going to apply for 3 programmes in Ontario. Then I decided to apply to a few UK schools as well, then only UK schools, then a single UK school. It might seem like putting all my eggs in one basket, but I’ve felt strangely almost no stress since making that decision! (I’m also a lot richer than I would have otherwise been – UK applications are free, whereas Canadian ones cost $100 each!)

Visitors

My roommate and I had a few friends up from the US for the weekend a few weeks ago and it was very fun! We ate a lot of good food (including at St. Viateur, which I couldn’t Instagram because I’ve already Instagrammed my meals there TWICE), and we also went to Old Montreal.

old-port-imadake

The food is from Imadake, which I would highly recommend to anyone who finds themselves in Lower Westmount with a craving for ramen!

It’s kind of pretty, but it – like Montreal in general – is more tourist-friendly in the summer. It’s a far cry from how it looked when I went there at the beginning of September:

old-montreal

I really struggle when people visit me here – it’s a nice city, but more for living in than visiting, unless your purpose is to just party for an entire weekend. Then it’s great! It’s even harder at this time of year, since Montreal winters are no joke. Regardless, the five of us had a good time – and, come to think of it, we mainly spent our time eating and going out, so I suppose it was the quintessential Montreal weekend.

Donated blood

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Donating blood is very dear to my heart, as my brother had open-heart surgery as a newborn baby and relied on blood transfusions to survive and have the chance to grow into the healthy and very tall 18-year-old he is today! Also, my blood type is O-, which makes me a universal donor, so I feel a real duty to do it when I can.The last time I donated was in January 2014; sadly I was dehydrated (my own fault) and fainted, because I was too stubborn to admit that I was not feeling right. Later I found out that I had hit my head on the way down and sustained a mild concussion. Whoops! I finally went back almost two years to the day after that fateful incident, making sure I was very well-hydrated, and donated more. This time it went off without a hitch. I would have gone back sooner, but I was ineligible for those entire 2 years because you have to wait 6 months after getting a new tattoo or piercing and I was constantly setting the clock back on myself by adding new things to my body!

Really my only complaint with the whole blood donation process is the archaic MSM blood ban, which I hope will be eliminated soon now that it’s part of PM Trudeau’s official platform! Otherwise, I’ve only ever had a good experience with the facilities and personnel. If you’re able to donate I’d highly encourage it! Take it from this needlephobe: you barely feel the needle go in, and once it’s in, you don’t feel a damn thing. (Well, unless you’re super dehydrated and your blood flow sucks, in which case it hurts like a bitch. But that’s the least of your worries because you’re also lightheaded, experiencing spotty vision, and about to faint.)

New Hair

This is probably not news if you read my Rimmel foundation review, but here is a better shot of the colour:

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I dyed it using Manic Panic Fuchsia Shock, which is honestly not my favourite! The colour is gorgeous and my hair feels about as good as it ever will, but it’s fading pretty quickly. Back in early 2014 I did hot pink with Directions dye and it lasted forever, so I guess I expect better of a colour in this family. It’s okay, though – I don’t think I want to have bright hair for too long. It was really just a combination of feeling like my undergrad is the time to do this, and having far less hair, making the dyeing process much easier. It’s just something to be aware of if you’re looking for longevity!

Glasses

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Drinking wine in a One Direction shirt on Friday night, as you do.

I got glasses for the first time since I was 13. For about three years between 2009 and 2012 I was a contacts user, but gave those up once I got to university because I was too lazy to put in the effort. I will admit that I am not fond of the idea of myself in glasses, but I was starting to develop a forehead wrinkle from squinting so often, so off to the eye doctor I went! (Yes, my vanity saved my eyesight…) Strangely, my prescription has not budged since I was 13. Anyway, I bought the Naomi glasses from EyeBuyDirect because I’m broke! The shipping time was very fast and they seem to be a good quality considering the price. I’ve only had them for about a week, but so far so good. Being able to see things more than 2 feet in front of me is weird…

Justin’s makeover

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We had decorated Justin for the holidays but eventually decided that we needed to update him. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, we gave him Cupid, a heart made out of roses, and his wife Sophie. (I love Sophie!) Also, the irony of the fact that I’m not a Liberal voter and my roommate is American and thus ineligible to vote does not escape me.

All in all, it’s been a good month – hope everyone else has enjoyed their January as well!