A year later my sister made another YouTube video, I again did the editing for her. It's a makeup haul & review, so if you're into that stuff, go check it out! It's an improvement in a lot of ways from the last video, but ignore the backdrop, we didn't have time to perfect that before filming.

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I got Louie in January of 2011 (I think), he turned 6 years old last December. After waiting years to get a puppy of my own, I got him during college, after I first moved away from home. I found an ad on Craigslist for a litter of half German Shepherd, half Australian Shepherd puppies. The day I was supposed to pick one, I completely panicked because I knew I would love them all, so I sent my then boyfriend to pick one and bring it back to me. He brought me Louie. I named him Louie for a couple of reasons, I was studying King Louie XIV and Louie was the name of the dog from Sublime.

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1. Lime Crime's Opals highlighters, still in development, but I would love to own those. You get pink/gold/peach for $38.
2. Makeup Geek has 10 duochrome eyeshadows for $55, my favorite of which is Blacklight! I really want a bunch of this to wear every day for the rest of my life!
3. High-Maintenance by ColourPop. I've actually been having a really hard time finding cranberry & burgundy eyeshadows... $18
4. Unicorn Brushes by Unicorn Lashes, 10 face & eye brushes for £45. I'm not sure how practical they are, but I love them nonetheless.

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Today has been a day of editing! Almost done burning CDs, batch processing at the moment. Then once I deliver the packages, I will be caught up & ready to book shoots for March. I've had quite a few inquiries recently so that's exciting... possible weddings, a couple boudoir sessions & even a burlesque shoot!

I've designed a photo book for the most recent wedding I photographed, and as soon as I get my tax return deposit I can order 2 copies to be printed. One book for the venue, and one for the bride to keep at her salon. I also have prints for past clients printed that I need to pick up & deliver. I want to offer more products, I was hoping to order some sample products for the studio, but we'll have to see.

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Didn't end up doing much yesterday at all, mostly just editing. Today I had to work and tomorrow I have community service & to check in with my probation officer. Then I work all weekend.

Tomorrow is a "Day Without Immigrants", a seemingly national boycott in which undocumented immigrants will not go to work, or school, or shop in order to show the rest of the country how much we rely on them. I'm actually really excited to see what happens, the few undocumented workers I know will definitely not be shirking their work hours. Mostly because my boss would not allow it, which is ironic in and of itself. Then again, they are here to work, and have the strongest work ethic that I've seen in my life.

I've got nothing against immigrants, as I see it we are all immigrants. We are just people in the world. I have never had a bad experience, a disadvantage, or anything taken away from me by someone labelled illegal. I honestly don't even understand why a person can be illegal, I understand wanting to keep people 'documented', but I don't see why anybody cares where anybody else was born.

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Not doing much this Valentine's day, I plan to have some craft time with Rory later and make some valentine's but that's about it. Hope everyone is having a nice day.

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Mommy Monday #2
​Aurora Lori was born January 6, 2015 at 5:15 am. She weighed almost 9 lbs & measured 19 in long.

Her first year flew by. She started teething early and had 2 new teeth every month. She slept in her crib at 3 months, and started sleeping the whole night by 8 months old. She started walking at 10 months old, and shortly after started saying words like mama & bobby (for bottle). She started a small variety of vegetable & fruit baby foods by the time she was 6 months.

Rory spends lots of time with her family, between her GG & aunt Briegh, me or her father stay at home with her while the other works. She has lots of friends her age too, so we get to go to lots of parties and stuff. She hasn't started day care, but I'm hoping to get her into a Montessori toddler program by this fall.

Not long after Aurora turned 2, she started using sentences, not that I can understand them. She loves Mickey Mouse & playing doctor, knows her colors well & can almost count to 10. She's really quick at figuring things out, and loves to draw, sing & dance.

This blog as much as anything is to document my baby girl growing up. My progeny, my mini-me, my punk pumpkin angel. Let me know what kind of Mommy Mondays you'd like me to do next.

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A long time interest & possible vocation of mine, is mortuary science. I also really like forensic science, but I'm not so great at you know, actual science. There's a few reasons why I think working with dead people would be a realistic possibility for me. My mom and sister are in the medical field and I've listened to their work experiences my whole life, knowing what I know I am absolutely certain I would never be fit to work with physically or mentally ill or the elderly. I do not have the patience or mental strength, however I'm sure doing the things that need to be done with the dead wouldn't bother me (emotionally or otherwise).

Mortuary science is the study of deceased bodies through mortuary work. The term is most often applied to a college curriculum in the United States that prepares a student for a career as a mortician or funeral director.

Funeral directing occurred in ancient times. Most famous are the Egyptians who embalmed & mummified their dead. The Greeks and Romans also had elaborate burial ceremonies, where the body was often cremated and placed in lofty tombs. Despite different procedures and traditions, the core principals of funeral services remain the same: to honor the dead and help their transition to the afterlife.

A funeral director oversees funeral arrangements, works with grieving family members and does plenty of paperwork. A mortician prepares bodies of the deceased for burial or cremation. These tasks often entail the embalming and burial or cremation of the dead, as well as the planning and arrangement of the actual funeral ceremony.

Once a body is collected, an embalmer cleans and disinfects which usually involves massaging the body's limbs which are stiff from rigor mortis. Then the bodies organs and cavities are completely drained of blood and fluids, the nose, throat & anus are packed with cotton. After the eyes and mouth are sewn shut, the body is washed again, shaved if necessary, and nails are trimmed. Makeup can be applied to make the body look less dead or 'waxy', and they are dressed.

Want to know more about death and mortuary work? Caitlin Doughty is a LA based mortician who has an awesome Youtube channel called Ask A Mortician , go check it out.

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Today was very busy, woke up to some religious solicitors on my front porch & after telling them to leave they proceeded to back over the 4 foot cliff at the edge of the driveway. It took 6 hours & 3 trucks to get the car unstuck. I didn't watch the whole thing because I had other things to do. I had to check in at probation, and meet a new client for a mommy-and-me mini session. The spring themed session was successful, luckily the 2 month old baby was in a good mood. Then I had to go home and get ready for work at the restaurant, which I had to close.

Earlier, I watched Kelly Eden take the 5 Love Language test on her youtube channel. Seemed like a good idea.

MY Scores

9Acts of Service
7Physical Touch
7Words of Affirmation
4Receiving Gifts
3Quality Time

Acts of Service - Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an "Acts of Service" person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: "Let me do that for you." Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don't matter. Finding ways to serve speaks volumes to the recipient of these acts.

Physical Touch - This language isn't all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face – they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive. Physical touch fosters a sense of security and belonging in any relationship.

Words of Affirmation - Actions don't always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, "I love you," are important – hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Kind, encouraging, and positive words are truly life-giving.

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