Month: April 2013

Target mini haul – beauty bargains

My local Target is having a clear out of some beauty products and I bagged a mini (well, micro!) beauty haul as a result. I got:

  • L’Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in 306: Sex on the peach – RRP $6.95AUD Down to $3.83AUD
  • L’Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in 618: Santorini Lagoon – RRP $6.95AUD Down to $3.83AUD
  • Maybelline The Turbo Volume Express Waterproof Mascara – RRP $19.25AUD Down to $9.83AUD
  • Cosmetica Retractable Lip Brush – RRP Not sure! Down to $4.83
  • Australis Totes Smokin’ Eyeshadow Palette (8 shadows) – RRP Not sure! Down to $4.83 (BARGAIN!)

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The bargain bin can be an iffy place to navigate, full of broken or opened cosmetics and an array of seemingly unflattering colour choices, but today I think there were genuinely good buys in the mix… you did have to sort through some of the piles, but overall there were good deals and not too many damaged products polluting the assortment of actual bargains. I say ‘actual’ because I know Australia’s cosmetics and beauty prices are exorbitant in the bricks and mortar stores, compared to what you can find online, but I was happy with a $5 eyeshadow palette and polishes that were nearly half price (and close to the actual U.S. RRP).

Don’t be afraid to dive into the bargain bin, especially in this retail climate – there are some genuine good buys to be had 🙂

The weekend!

The weather has been really good over the last few days, a bit hot for Autumn in my opinion (it feels like an extended summer) but it’s been beautiful and sunny and we’ve been able to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. We went to Bunyaville Conservation Park for a walk along one of the trails which was good exercise for all of us and Millie had an awesome time sniffing the path (full of fun smells!). It’s one of the few (or only) National Parks I know of in my area that allows dogs (on-leash) and it was a nice way to relax and exercise at the same time. I love walking, Mark doesn’t so much, but we reach a compromise…sometimes 🙂Image

Post walkies tiredness in the car:Image

I finally caved and played a complicated board game with Mark and a few friends. It’s called ‘City of Horror’ and is a Zombie Apocalypse survival board game. Now, I’m the type of person to consider Monopoly or Upwords to be enough of a board game for me to play and have fun, so games that are more complex are just not my kind of thing. Mark has been bugging me to play a game for so long and I was finally in the mood (kinda). Frankly, I’d rather watch TV or go for a walk, but, like I said earlier, compromise.

City of Horror:

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While we were occupied, Millie was occupied too, trying to pry treats out of a cardboard box I’d given her as a game:

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She doesn’t eat the cardboard or tape, and gets the treats out pretty quickly. I’m trying to decide where to go next for our walk this afternoon, we might just end up going to our regular park but it’s nice to mix it up.

Until next time!

Today is the day

Today is the day my partner and I make some huge life decisions. Firstly, we decide whether or not we want to be together after nearly 6 years in a fun but tumultuous relationship. We love each other very much, have a lot of intellectual and moral ground in common, yet find some of the daily grind with each other very difficult and have a few very opposing relationship-issue views. Second of all, we also must decide whether or not we are ready to have a baby… “SAY WHHHAAATTT??”. I hear you. We have to decide whether we will have a baby together because I have severe endometriosis. The doctor says it’s now or potentially never. HUGE pressure, right?

I’ve had 2 surgeries and a colonoscopy regarding my endometriosis. All within the last 8 months. My fallopian tubes are basically blocked and I have endometriosis everywhere in my pelvis (like a sauce splatter, so my OB/GYN colourfully says). They’ve scraped most of the endometriosis out, but the chances of it growing back are quite high… unless my hormone levels are taken care of, which is what being pregnant does… for 9 months. It basically buys me 9 months of non-endometriosis (the endo doesn’t grow for that time that I’m pregnant because it has nothing to feed on; I can’t go into the science because I’m crap at it! Google is your friend if you’re curious!) but after that, it could come back. Unless I just stay pregnant for the rest of my life, which sounds romantic in some way, but hellish in a more practical, realistic way… to me anyway 😛

Switching back to the relationship, we’ve had a few sessions of counselling which have been both good and bad at times. The last session ended on a rather somber note, of us having to decide what our minimum requirements in being in a relationship were to each of us, and basically comparing notes at the next session and seeing if we had enough common ground to stay together. That session is this afternoon, following the IVF consultation with an IVF nurse and our OB/GYN.

If we decided to split, we could come to some sort of agreement where he potentially donates his sperm anyway, but it would be messy and painful. I don’t think I could have a baby with someone who wasn’t my partner at the time and I feel like I’m not strong enough to go it alone. For me, it would be a choice between having a baby with my partner, or having no baby at all; endometriosis or no endometriosis.

This expression sums things up quite eloquently:Image

Millie is off sunbaking / napping so I can’t disturb her with my concerns (she’s available 99% of the time, but a pup needs to rest).

I’ve read through the paperwork and I think I know that trying IVF will be the path of less regret, but having children has never been on my life goal list, not like some people I know who have always longed to start their own families. I have my own personal issues that have made me hesitant in the past about starting my own family, but they seem negated by the medical urgency to ‘solve’ the problem of endo. Endometriosis is like cancer but is not malignant… but by golly, I would say it affects people in a very similar way. It’s not easy to get rid of and can change your life completely (I’m not in any way trying to minimise cancer at all, mind you).

Life is complicated, but tomorrow is promised to no one, so you must do what you can now.

Peace and love from Lizzie and Millie x