Monday, January 28, 2013

I’m in Love…


… with a scent.

That is, the Sandalwood essential oil scent in the Art of Shaving starter pack.

Husband decided that he wanted to start using some better shaving elements than his cartridge razor and gel shaving cream. He’s going to be shaving most days for his new job, and having a shaving routine that’s better for his skin is probably a good idea!

We had been to the Art of Shaving in the Galleria before for gifts and he wanted to check it out over the weekend. We walked out with a sample kit for about $20 and the thought we might be back for the bigger kit.

At home, he opened up the package and got everything set up. I sat next to the sink and just watched him shave. First, the essential oil was rubbed over his beard to soften the bristles and add a layer of protection against the razor. With that added, the razor glides over the skin and removes the hair, leaving the top layer of skin – which is a good thing! Second, he used the brush (not shown) to lather up and add the cream over his beard. LOTS of lather and it was everywhere. An amazing white beard he got to play with! It was really quite amusing. ;)

Then the shaving part happens. I’m kind of impressed by how he does that. It’s crazy to watch! Slowly, the beard and white foam disappeared and a clean shaven husband was left in his place. He added the moisturizer at the end and then beckoned me to come feel his shaven face.

And oh. my. goodness. I’m in love. I mean, I love my husband, of course. After 5.5. years, I would hope that’s still the case! But after he shaved with this stuff? I wanted to go out immediately to get him the full set, with a fancy badger brush for the lather and the safety razor he wanted to use instead of the cartridge razor. Because damn. I sure I do love my husband even more after that shave! So amazingly clean shaven and yummy smelling… Damn.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Line Etiquette

So let’s say that you’re in line at the Container Store one Friday night after wandering around for hours finding the perfect hanger and other awesome things at your favorite store.

There’s only one employee on a check out line and she calls for back up. You’ve lined up sort of behind the one person ahead of you that she’s checking out at the moment, and wait for the additional employees.

Another customer comes up with their soon-to-be purchases right when the new employee opens up a check out line across from the one you’re in. You could slide two feet to the left and be in that newly-opened line.

Yes, the other customer takes it upon themselves to walk to the new employee and check out. And doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.

This begs the question – when you’re in line, do you stand in line for the actual check out person or do you stand in a general line for multiple check outs and the first one that opens up is where you go? I am definitely a fan of standing in one and waiting for the next available cashier. It seems much easier and makes more sense for the I-can’t-choose-the-shortest-line-at-check-out-to-save-my-life me.

Or am I the weird one?

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Ending of 2012 Begins 2013

This holiday season, Husband and I were spoiled, completely and utterly.

We were spoiled with my nephew’s first Christmas…


We were spoiled by my in-laws…


We were spoiled with the love of a new family…


We were spoiled with friends who were able to come to our Christmas celebration…


We were spoiled with homemade presents that bring a memento of my Dad back into our lives (pillows made of his ties!)…


We were spoiled by snow in Texas…


We were spoiled by lovely conversation and amazing food on Christmas…


We were spoiled by fabulous conversation after dinner…


We were spoiled by amazing family…


We were spoiled by celebrating a birthday that nine months ago we weren’t sure would happen


We were spoiled by amazing rustic fancy food at the Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth to properly celebrate my brother’s birthday…


And finally, we were spoiled by spending the New Year’s celebration at a friend’s cabin at Innsbrook, where it snowed on New Year’s Eve…


What an amazing two weeks and a wonderful way to start the new year off right.