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Why Men Don't Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes

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For the past few road trips I have been listening to "Why Men Don't Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes: The Ultimate Guide to the Opposite Sex" on CD. (My local library has a great books on CD collection.) I really like this book!
Here's the description from Amazon- 
Do you know the top seven things men do that drive women nuts? Or the real reason women cry more than men do? What are men really looking for in a woman—both at first sight and for the long-term? These are only the starting points for Barbara and Allan Pease as they discuss the very real—and often very funny—differences between the sexes.
Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes takes a look at some of the issues that have confused men and women for centuries. Using new findings on the brain, studies of social changes, evolutionary biology, and psychology, the Peases teach you how to make the most of your relationships—or at least begin to understand where your partner …

Emergency Preparedness

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Earlier today I was snuggled deep under my blankets looking at the weather reports, contemplating whether or not I really think a hurricane can actually effect a town 5 hours inland. For a few minutes I started to plan what I would do when this idea of a hurricane dumps several inches of snow on my home in the mountains.
I planned what comfort foods I could eat, what sweatshirt I would wear, and most importantly, what I would watch on Netflix to keep me entertained.*
It all sounded so lovely- a fire in the fireplace, Netflix, blankets, hot chocolate.
It really was going to be a nice couple of days.
And then I remembered I work from home. I freelance. I don't get snow days.
And then the weather models changed. No more freak storm headed at us. Just some rain and a 40 degree temperature drop. (not cool!)
I'm a little disappointed.
So long, Hurricane Sandy. We hardly knew ye. 

*I had decided it is finally time to sit down and get involved with "Doctor Who." I'm a…

Chopsticks

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Chopsticks.
Not the tune, the eating utensil.
I can't remember if I used chopsticks in Cambodia or not.
Last week I ate at a Thai restaurant and opted to use a fork over chopsticks. I was briefly teased about it, with someone making the suggestion maybe I didn't know how to use chopsticks. But that wasn't the case. I was on my way to a job interview and wearing a nice dress. It didn't seem like the right time to risk a chopstick and noodles malfunction.
I'm actually fairly decent with chopsticks. In fact, I'm really good with chopsticks. I don't remember how or why I gained this skill, but nonetheless, I'm just as good with chopsticks as I am with other dinner utensils.
But for the life of me I can't remember if I normally ate with chopsticks in Cambodia or not.
How ridiculous is that? I ate 3 meals a day there for 4 weeks and 3 days. And almost all of those meals included rice or noodles. I remember eating rice and noodles until I never wanted to …

Not too shabby!

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I had a great weekend! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It was beautiful autumn weather, and the leaves were at their color peak. And I had 8 wonderful friends (well, 7 friends, 1 cousin) in town to visit!
Can you believe it? People actually came to the boondocks to visit me!
We went on some short walks and hikes, ate tons of food, and talked and talked and just had a lovely time! (And I took the above picture of our valley.)
In a conversation with my friend (mostly DC-based singles, but not all) I had an epiphany. All those job interviews I am getting? Probably not a result of my awesomeness. (Well, maybe just a little!) It is probably more likely that there are a lot of job openings and hirings happening right now due to the federal fiscal year just beginning. Companies and agencies (particularly in the DC area that are usually on the federal fiscal year) have new budgets and funds to work with, and therefore are hiring right now. I'm glad I realized this because it also me…

Rolling with the Punches

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Has it really been a week since I blogged? I guess I really have been as busy as I have felt.  Just moments after blogging about "living on the edge of rejection," the phone started ringing. In a sudden whirlwind I booked FIVE job interviews (some in person, some on the phone) back to back. Knowing that potential employers may be looking me up online, I won't go into how I felt about the interviews. I'll just say some felt good, some felt meh, one felt wrong. 
Overall, having been through this process before, I decided to look at this as my practice round. I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. I noticed in my interviews I was doing something I consider to be a mistake in all of them. I need to work on that. And I noticed a few questions I needed to work on my answers to. My work history is not my favor (but my skills are), and I need to find a better way to favorably answer those questions. (Hey, I work in marketing and PR, knowing how to spin to the positi…

Living on the edge of rejection (sucks)

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The last few days, even weeks, have been rough for me. I can't really describe it as depression, frustration, loneliness, anger, disappointment, etc. Some strange combination of all of the above?  It finally hit me this morning what it is that has been eating at me, and why every little non-amazing moment in my life feels like a failure.  I'm living on the edge of rejection again.  At last count I have applied to 60+ jobs* (in about a 3 week period). And I have sent my novel out to a few publishers and literary agents for consideration.  Every day is a chance for success and rejection.  This morning I was looking over my to-do list. I have created a list of all the places I check and apply for job openings so I don't forget one- LinkedIn, Idealist, DCJobs, HooJobs, AMA, Craigslist, Monster, Indeed, WashPost, and Mashable.  That is 10 places to either be rejected or happy before my day really begins.  No wonder I'm always feeling emotionally beaten!  Hopefully becoming…

Another Season, Another Brazilian Keratin Treatment

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As mentioned a few posts ago, I tried another Brazilian Keratin Treatment (also known as Brazilian Blowouts) in my hair this week. The brand I have used in the past, Coco's Brazilian,  (read my experience here - "Brazilian Blow Out Before and After"), no longer sells in single applications. You have to spend over $300 and get a salon size now.
That doesn't work for me, so I have been looking around for a different brand of the same quality. I loved the effectiveness and results of the CoCo's brand, so all other brands have a lot to live up to.
A few months ago I saw this cheap brand at Sally's Beauty Supply. It was only about $30, so I bought it and gave it a try. It was completely worthless. Three days later there was no evidence that I had even used it. (And yet, the application and amount of time it takes to apply it is the same as the other brands. So really, I lost about 3 hours of my life to this worthless product.)
I went back to Amazon this week to t…

Say a little prayer for me!

Sometimes this song and this movie clip is all you really need in life!


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Men don’t reach their thirties still single because they are good at dating (but then, neither do the women)

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By way of explanation for my non-LDS friends. This past weekend was the LDS General Conference. Twice a year Mormons gather around laptops, TVs, radios, and sometimes even go to churches, for a whole weekend, and listen to “conference talks” from Salt Lake City. Some of our most beloved leaders give speeches or talks, on the subject of their choosing (but there is often an unofficial theme). Four of the sessions are “general sessions,” for the whole family to watch and listen. The weekend before conference is the special all women’s session, and Saturday night of conference is the all men’s session (known as the priesthood session).
For the most part, women don’t watch the priesthood session, or pay much attention to it. They can if they want (it isn’t secret), but they have to go out of their way to do so. I went out of my way this year and read the official transcript that was sent to the press for the male session.

The talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson during the priesthood s…

Downton Abbey

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Like pretty much all of the women I know, I am a huge Downton Abbey fan.
Huge.
So huge in fact, that it was killing me, KILLING ME I SAY, to know that Season 3 is playing in the U.K., but they are making Americans wait till January or some nonsense like that. So I got it into my head to see if there was some way to find the episodes online.  And I did.  But they aren't entirely legal. And yet, I'm not entirely sure that they are illegal either. The site I found them on seems incredibly legit.  Normally I am very, very opposed to illegal downloads. When your personal livelihood depends upon royalties, you can get rather passionate about illegal downloads and copyright infringement.  But this time justification was not hard to come by. I know full well that even though I'm watching it in a slightly questionable gray area right now, I will still watch it again when it airs in the States, and I will likely even buy and download it as well. (I've even pre-ordered Season 3 …

I came, I saw, I shopped

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I got a little wild and crazy today.  I got paid.  And therefore, I shopped.  A lot.  And I did most of it online. (But not all of it. Obviously I also had to go to Target and other places. The national economy can thank me later.)  And now I need your feedback.  Just a few of the things I purchased today-
It is time for another Brazilian Keratin Treatment. (I'll do a full before and after report after the weekend.)


See?

And since the brand I have used previously has TRIPLED in price, I'll be trying this one out now.

And obviously I needed a rice cooker, right? (I used to have a great one, but it has been sitting in storage forever. I miss it.)


A few months ago I bought this dress when I was in a major rush.

(Except my dress doesn't have the ruffle thing.) I love this dress, but because I was in a rush, I didn't realize just how far down the arm holes go. I will never understand why dresses (and shirts) are made this way. No one wants to see into your armpit and to y…

Oh the irony

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Please tell me you see the humor and irony here!

The first email-

And then the second email from them an hour or so later.

(just for the record, they highlighted the yellow, not me)

Sleepy Baby!

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You want to know what is awesome?
This is - Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.
Let me put it this way- when the babysitter is telling you how easy it is to put a two year old to bed, the system works.
The little guy I was watching all week is on this program. Let me tell you how easy bedtime is. He gets dinner, a bath (which is adorable because he does the full naked baby RUN for the bathtub), and then I put a diaper and pajamas on him. I personally chose to sing him a little song, and a little hug and kiss, and plop him in the crib. He usually dove head first to get into the crib. He calls out a little, "night night!" I shut the door, and we're done. He wakes up about 12 hours later, but doesn't cry. He just hangs out in his crib till someone comes and retrieves him.
The routine repeats at naptime. Lunch, diaper, crib. He sleeps 3 hours.
Does your baby go to bed that easily?
A 2 year old who goes to bed so easy that the babysitter is impressed?
Does your baby go to…