Tilting at Windmills in the Middle of the Night

Credit: Davis Staedtler

Sometimes you wake up at 3:30am from a bad dream in which someone is trying to bring you down. Emotionally. Professionally. 

You think of all the things you could have said. That you should have said. You run the argument through your head again and again. 

You defend yourself. You attack. You retreat. You attempt diplomacy. You attempt to figure out how to be the better person while harbouring no bull shit. 

After awhile it sinks in that it wasn't real. It didn't happen. It's not going to happen. 

You're just tilting at windmills in the middle of the night. And so you roll over, huddle under the blankets, and take deep breaths as you slowly fall asleep and prepare for another day. 

My 4 Favourite Lush Products

My friend Tarrant's youngest daughter just got a part-time job at Lush, which launched a discussion about what products they should try. I generally pop into Lush a few times a year to stock up on products. During the fall and winter I buy a lot products to help combat dry skin because winter is brutal. 

In every trip to Lush a little bit of impulse shopping happens. In my case that's usually seasonal times (mmm... Santa Baby lip scrub). But here are the four Lush products I try to have on hand at all times. 

My 4 Favourite Lush Products | Sassymonkey.ca

1. Soak and Float shampoo. I've written about this shampoo and how it saved my scalp before. (Fun fact: That's the most popular post on my blog.) As I noted in that post, Soak and Float does have a strong smell though I have to say I rarely notice it anymore. Even if I did, it's worth it to be done with having an itchy, flaky scalp. It's been about three years now and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. Bonus? It's a bar shampoo so you can totally take it in your carry-on easily. 

2. Lemony Flutter cuticle cream. I always get the name of this product wrong. In my head it's called "Lemon Fluffer," possibly because "Fluffer" is one the cat's many nicknames. I keep a small container of this on my desk and tend to put it on while I'm on conference calls. I know some people swear by almond or other oils for cuticle moisturizing but unfortunately my cat thinks those things are DELICIOUS. Like most cats, she is anti-citrus so this cuticle cream works on multiple levels.

3. Dream Cream. Dream Cream is my is go-to moisturizer for most of the year. (I need something a bit heavier in the midst of winter when I seem to become part-lizard.) Aside from being a great moisturizer for me, I find it also helps clear up mild eczema flares and soothes itchy spots of skin. Note: I haven't tried the self-preserving Dream Cream. Based on the reviews I've read it has a different scent so that might work for you or might not.  

4. Butterball bath bombs. I love taking baths (and reading books in baths but I have rules about that.) Put in a few rough workouts? Epsom salt bath. Feeling decadent? Bubble bath. The problem I have with baths during the winter is I find they can make my skin dry and itchy. (Sensing a theme to this post?) A few years ago I was at local Lush and bought a couple of Butterball bath bombs on a whim. I'm not going to lie—I bought these particular bath bombs because they were cheaper than the other bath bombs. That turned out be awesome because I love them. They are very moisturizing and during the really cold, dry snaps of winter weather I'll toss one of these in a tub and treat myself to a nice long soak. It gets bonus points for not having flower petals or glitter in it either. (Don't get me wrong, I love glitter. GLITTER ALL THE THINGS... except bathtubs. Cleaning glitter out of the bathtub is less than relaxing.) Holiday tip: These make excellent stocking stuffers. 

What are your favourite Lush products? Is there something I really need to try? 

Sassymonkey Reads: October 2015

October was a weird month. It seemed really long. I'm guess that's because we didn't have a fully functioning main bathroom and shower for ten days. I'll write about that eventually. Maybe. Best intentions and all that. This is what I read during the chaos that was October. 

Sassymonkey Reads: October 2015

Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll by Fred Goodman. So I do this thing where I go through the on order and newly arrived non-fiction on the library website and just request anything that looks interesting because our library doesn't have a limit on holds. (I love my library.) There's always a few books I reserve for Lee because I like to surprise him. This one one of them. 

Lee: "This book is awesome. You need to read it. I love it!" *finishes book and hand it to me*

Me: *Reads book. Waits for it to get awesome. Finishes book.* "Exactly which part of this book was awesome and not boring?"

Apparently you need to be a bigger Beatles and Stones fan that I am to care about Klein. And I really rather like the Beatles and the Stones.

To Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent by Naveed Jamali. It's easy to sum up this book. It's one big humble brag. An anti-climactic humble brag at that. Apparently they might be making it into a movie and I have a feeling they'll be rewriting the ending. *yawn* 

The Silence that Speaks by Andrea Kane. Lee laughed at me the entire time I was reading this because I only seem to be able to find the large print versions of Kane's books in our library system. Yes, I will totally read these in large print. They are fun thrillers and I really like the characters. I need more fun thriller-y fiction in my life. 

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes. I love Clara Hughes and I respect her so much for showing her brokeness in this memoir. I am really, really tempted to buy it for a friend but I'm not sure "Here, have a book about brokeness and depression and athletic endurance!" really screams, "Merry Christmas!" I mean, it totally can but I'm not sure that's what I want to say this Christmas to that person.