February was just too short, even if this year, the month had an extra day.1 So, here I am again with yet another post of My Favorite Things, a linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. It’s Raisa’s turn to host it, so if you would like to join the linkup, be sure to read her newest post.
As mentioned before, February was way too short, even though we’re used to knowing that February only has 28 days with the exception of Leap Year. Either way, the month is still short. My entire month became more of The Adri Independence Month because my parents2 are on a rather long vacation in the Philippines. They return home next Wednesday, which means, The Adri Independence Month will officially end for the time being. I’ve done quite a lot of things and experienced a lot of things as well.
March’s edition of My Favorite Things won’t be as “interesting” as the one for February, mainly because of Lent Season.
Girl Develop It! (San Jose Chapter)
I wrote about my very first study group meet at the San Jose chapter of Girl Develop It! sometime ago. Even though I’ve only been to one, I do plan on attending more of their study groups. The local nerdettes meet up every other Monday night, but I’ve gotten busy with real life stuff again that I couldn’t make it to their next meetups. I do plan on attending another study group though when I’ve got something to present and earn my critiques.
I recently joined another local GDI chapter, headquartered in Oakland. They just recently opened some months ago, and I haven’t really checked them out as much. I do wish they had study groups though, but they did offer some volunteer work whenever they hold up meetings and classes. I look forward to them when time finally allows me.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
When I came back to writing book reviews on Blogcritics after some 2-3 year hiatus, this was the first book that I wrote a review on. Sure, it’s probably another boring guide about cleaning up and decluttering to some people, but this particular one has some mental and spiritual tranquility that we should all take advantage of when we finally decide to declutter and organize ourselves.
In a nutshell, I didn’t exactly follow all the steps and methods of The KonMari Method of decluttering because I’ve always known the one thing that I can never get myself to fix up and organize: clothes. I was happy when the first few chapters of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method starts off with clothes. Most people would probably teach us that we need to organize first, fix the ones we want, and then get rid of the ones we no longer want. The KonMari Method does things backwards:
- Organize your clothes in different categories.
- Get rid of the ones you don’t want anymore. Actually, to be more specific, talk to these items first, pick one and feel from your heart and see if the item “sparks joy” for you. If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
- My favorite part of the clothing session: how to fold them in very small and flat pieces and store them standing up, rather than laying them flat like most of us are used to doing.
What I also love about this book is also is the evident quirkiness of the author herself. Even though some readers think she’s got some OCD issues,3 she actually explains the reasons why she does the things she does. She even explains them further on her companion book, Spark Joy. I also recommend picking up its companion book too if you don’t have a sense of following careful instructions or just having a hard time imagining the steps in your own head. In short, the companion book has step-by-step instructions with pictures/illustrations in them.
It’s a gel… that becomes an oil when applied on your face. The oil eats up your makeup and other impurities, then simply rince it with water or wipe your face with a clean, warm, and wet muslin cloth. I started using this product last December when my local Body Shop store was having their Christmas sales. This thing originally costs $12, but they were selling it for as low as $6. It was a complete bargain, I started to stock up with two tubes of this thing. The saleslady let me sample the product and it felt so soft and cool, and my face just felt so refreshingly clean.
Before, using an oil-based product to combat impurities and restoring the moisture and softness of the skin was unheard of in the Western world. Japan (and Korea I believe) already began using oil-based cleansers to wash their faces for decades now, and it’s not until later that the solution to dry or combination skin (sometimes oily, but that depends on how oily the face is) would be oil.
Just use a generous amount of this gel and apply on your face in a circular motion. In a few seconds, the cool gel becomes oily, and the oil is where the magic starts. If you wear heavy makeup, especially with your blush and lipstick, this would be the solution. I rarely put any makeup on because my workplace isn’t exactly a beauty parlor, so to speak. This product though really does the job in cleaning away impurities and combatting outside radicals to restore your supple skin.
I learned that this is actually an old product in the Nutriganics line and that production of this product stopped in the earlier years since the launching of the Nutriganics line. It wasn’t until last Christmas that my local Body Shop store started selling it at low, discounted prices. The salesladies there reminded me that the gel oil became a limited product and that I must stock up a bit. I ended up purchasing this product on Amazon and subscribing to it, so I get a tube of the gel oil to my doorstep every two months or so.
Hugo? Why not Jekyll?
I already earned my certificate for Jekyll training sometime ago and I’m currently taking a class on Hugo. This is another static site generator like Jekyll, and even though Jekyll is the most popular, Hugo seems to be a lot faster and more efficient than Jekyll. Still, I would use both tools for my future web projects whatever that may be.
I’m looking into building a few fanlistings (and probably some hobby shrines if I felt like it) using Hugo. I don’t have any progress just yet, but will keep in touch on this one. Even though I’m still a die-hard WordPress evengelist, I’d love to open some kind of tutorial (even though you can just visit the Hugo website) on static site generators one day, something that’s rather easy to follow.
And to summarize…
- GDI (Girl Develop It!) San Jose Chapter
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil
… and I probably got more in mind right now, but nothing’s coming back to mind at the moment. Maybe I’ll try and edit the post (most likely not) when I do remember them.
On the sidenote...
- February 29 – Leap Year Day [↩]
- Yes, I live with them, and keep in mind that I live in California, if you know what I mean… [↩]
- I do too, by the way… [↩]