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May 19th, 2006

This shop called For Love 21 (operated by Forever21) opened up at the mall where I work. My co-workers who checked it out were all a-twitter so I moseyed on down after work to check things out.

I found some cute hairpin things (here) which I intend to use to try to wrestle my hair into shape. I should probably break down and have it cut, but I’m laboring under the idea that maybe I’ll grow it a bit. I’ve been having fun with “drive to work hair” aka the punk rock sticking-straight-up-on-one-side look that results from driving on the freeway with the windows rolled down. It’s actually a lot cuter than it sounds – my coworkers love it. But it’s going to be rainy this weekend, so some pins were in order to try to do something else with it.

I also found a fun pair of really large black sunglasses with rhinestones in the frames – super cute, and cheap, and fun. They don’t seem to have them on their website or I’d link to a pic. I don’t usually do big ol’ sunglasses, but I’m into fun lately. Goes with the wacky hair, I guess.

Last, but not least, some dangly gold earrings with stars on the ends. I can’t wear them to work (darn rules about dangly earrings) but they are also really cute – I can keep ‘em in my makeup bag and wear them when I’m not on the clock…

Speaking of shopping, Torrid has some stuff I really want. See here, here, and here. Skulls seem to be “in” this year, and I like the pink stuff with skulls on it. Seems kind of edgy, yet girly.

Posted by Claire at 10:49 PM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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May 18th, 2006
Update To My Rant Below

An FDA Advisory committee has recommended that the FDA approve the cervical cancer vaccine. Story here. There are several things pointed out that support giving the vaccine to girls (and boys) before they are sexually active – from the article: “Miller said Gardasil does not necessarily protect against one or more of the four viruses in people already infected before they get the vaccine, and can increase their risk for precursors to cervical cancer.” Also: “In addition, the FDA staff highlighted five cases where children with birth defects were born to women who received the vaccine around the time of conception.”

So, give the vaccine to young people before they become sexually active. It’s very simple.

Now, as long as the FDA doesn’t do some political jockeying and deny approval to pacify the religious right, this will be a good step forward for women’s health.

Posted by Claire at 01:09 PM | Current Events | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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May 16th, 2006
Cheap Shots

I know, using the foibles of my clients for blog fodder is low. But I don’t care. I’m STILL sick, and I just can’t resist once in a while.

Take for example, the client who tried to get us to open a half hour early, just for her, because she “just needed two things.” Ummm, no. We open at 10 am, and you can go cool your heels at the Starbucks down the way. You are not special.

Then there are the clients who don’t understand why they have to wait five or so minutes, on an insanely busy Saturday, for a consultant to be available to apply some makeup upon their frowny faces. Do you SEE how busy we are? Make an appointment for one of our weekday consultations if you have the obsessive need to be served NOW NOW NOW.

My personal favorite is “What do you mean, you’re OUT?? I drove all the way from (insert slightly long distance here) to buy this! I can’t believe it!” First of all, there is no need to be rude to me. I do not control the inventory and did not sell the last one half an hour ago just to spite you, no matter what you might think. If you’re going to drive a long distance, get a clue – call first and make sure we have what you want. We’ll even hold it for you! But be rude to me, and all you’re going to get is my cold stare and a “So sorry. Try online.” It’s makeup, lady. I’m not gonna feel bad because we don’t have your shade in stock.

Also tons of fun are the clients who are shocked, appalled, or just plain rude about our prices. I get it that you don’t shop high end makeup much – the makeup counters at Nordies are a bit intimidating, so maybe you’ve never seen what this stuff costs. And some of it IS overpriced for what you get – I’ve mentioned that before. But rather than act like I’m personally trying to rip you off when you ask about the price of that Dior mascara, why don’t you just shut the heck up??!? I don’t set the prices, I just work here.

Ahh clients. For every 1 bitchy and/or annoying one, there are 10 nice ones, really. It’s just the annoying ones usually stand out more.

Posted by Claire at 12:45 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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May 11th, 2006
Hack Cough Sniffle

I’m sick. It really sucks. DH shared his plague with me – it’s a coughing, sniffling, sneezing, stuffy nose nightmare. I was scheduled to work 8 pm to midnight tonight (the freight shift) and ended up calling in sick when I checked my temperature and discovered I was running a fever. I have to work the rest of the week (i.e. my next days off aren’t until Tuesday), and figured I’d be better off missing tonight so I could try to hang in there for the rest of my week.

I blame DH. He thinks he doesn’t have to be responsible, but I’m’a gonna blame him anyway.

Hack. Cough. Sniffle.

Posted by Claire at 07:58 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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May 9th, 2006
Stupid So-Called Moralists

So I’ve been reading a lot lately about a vaccine for HPV (otherwise known as Human Papillomavirus), specifically for the strains that are most likely to cause cervical cancer in women. It is estimated that 99% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV. Also, it is worth noting that it is estimated that over 80% of sexually active adults have been infected by HPV at some time, although the majority don’t suffer any ill effects or even know they have been infected. Click here for more on the vaccine.

In order to be most effective, the vaccine should be given to young people before they are sexually active, say, for example, at puberty. However, the religious right is prepared to fight this, stating that the best way to not be infected by HPV is to wait until marriage to have sex.

So I’m thinking… huh? Sure, in a perfect world maybe. But how many people make it to marriage with BOTH partners being virgins? Is it fair to condemn a woman to the possibility of cervical cancer just because she has sex before marriage, or marries a man who isn’t a virgin?

The religious right considers sex outside of marriage to be immoral, and I guess, that dying of cervical cancer is an appropriate punishment for such a sin – never mind that men are biologically prevented from sharing in that fate. Ideologically I consider it more immoral to withhold a cancer-preventing vaccine from all women, just because some of them may also be engaging in premarital sex.

Posted by Claire at 09:36 PM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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