Monday, October 29, 2012

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

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 is coming from.
They help women understand why men avoid commitment, what drives them to lie, and how to decode male speech to find out what they are really saying. They explain to men why women nag, how they use emotional blackmail, and how to understand (and take advantage of!)  the top-secret scoring system all women apply.  They also dish about the top turn-ons--and turn-offs--for both sexes. Laced with their trademark humor, Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes addresses a host of nitty-gritty battlegrounds as well, from channel surfing and toilet seats to shopping and communication. 
This book is less "advice" and more just explanations. I wouldn't recommend it as an advice book on how to work on relationships. It is more research and science based than most books about the sexes. It is humorous enough that you barely notice how research based it is.
One of the lower key funny parts about it is unintentional. Like I said, I'm listening to the audiobook. The book was written by 2 Australians who live in England. The book is peppered with Australian and British expressions. But the audiobook is narrated by 2 actors with American accents. There's something slightly odd about Americans referring to the loo, mates, and wankers.
I've learned a lot why men and women think and act in certain ways from a sociological and biological standpoint- especially about how and why women multi-task, and men are more "single track." (I'm assuming it is a British v. American thing to say "multi-track" v. "multi-task." I've noticed it several times in the book.) It explained it in terms of professional communication for women in a way I had never thought of it before. They talk about how men have a difficult time understanding women when they give presentations. Women are able to "jump tracks" back and forth with ease. Men cannot. Usually in a professional event, the presenter sticks to an outline. But if and when women leave the outline, (or if, ahem, like me, they wrote the outline themselves and allow it to jump between details) it can confuse men. Women have less success in presentations to men because men do not follow as well. However, other women will follow much better. I had never thought about this before, but it helped me recognize instances of this in the past. (And will help me in the future.)
One other interesting thing I learned- (and forgive me, I don't have the exact numbers since I am listening and not looking at the printed word) women use multiple verbal cues when they speak that indicate a "change of track" or subject change. Men do not "hear" or recognize all of the cues. The audio narration read a paragraph with verbal cues the way a woman said it and how another woman would hear it. No problem. Made perfectly good sense to me. And then they read it without the cues that men don't hear. It made no sense. It was really fascinating! I had never heard about this before. But it all made a lot of sense!
I highly recommend this book. It isn't a difficult or boring read. It is enjoyable and rather fun. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Emergency Preparedness

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 nerd girl to the core. I just haven't had the time yet to watch it. But I fully expect to become a huge fan when I do finally get past the first episode. I've been waiting for a good stomach flu or appendicitis or something to give me the time needed to invest in the series.

Friday, October 26, 2012


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 eat them again. (And yet managed to come home and start eating ramen on a regular basis for the first time in my life- often with chopsticks here in my own home!) But I have no idea if I used chopsticks in Cambodia.
It is strange how the memory can play tricks on you like that.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Not too shabby!

Standing on top of my family's mountain looking down on Salem, VA
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 means that I shouldn't expect this surge of jobs and interviews to last for long. In fact, it is safe to assume that if I don't land a job by Christmas, it may not happen at all. The fiscal quarter will change over, and the "fiscal cliff" will hit. And quite frankly, if that "fiscal cliff" hits, chances are slim to none of getting a job for a VERY long time.
So the pressure is on to get out there and get a full-time job! (Preferably in digital marketing in the Washington, DC area, but I'm open to other cities as well.)
In completely unrelated news, my October book sales are lower than I like! So! for the rest of the month I have lowered the prices!
"You Heard It Here First" is on Kindle and Nook for $2.99! And "The Agency" is on Kindle for $1.99! And paperbacks of "You Heard It Here First" are available on Amazon for $7.99 (I'm the seller, so you can trust it!)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rolling with the Punches

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 positive is expected!) 

I also noticed something else about myself- I need more practice socializing. I have mentioned many times before on this blog how I live in near seclusion. I can go for days without a real, in-person conversation beyond ordering a Dr Pepper at the drive-thru. I notice when I am thrown into social situations after days of seclusion, that I get a little too revved up, and it takes me a few minutes to get comfortable. (I have a lot of things pent up inside me ready to explode out and talk about!) And of course, job interviews aren't exactly comfortable to start with! I am glad I have friends coming to visit this weekend. It will help me get re-socialized with professionals. I also think I will start to make an effort to put myself in a social situation (go to lunch, visit a friend, etc.) before interviews.

I am also giving a lot of thought to interview coaching. I have somehow always been very blessed and lucky to be able to get interviews. I just don't seem to get a lot of job offers! Logic tells me I need to work on my interview skills. Obviously I am doing something right to get my foot in the door, and I need to work on being invited to stay inside that door! (I'm looking for places I can afford to get such coaching, and not coming up with much so far!)

As I write this I am watching "House Hunters" on HGTV. (Told you I have become obsessed with HGTV!) A young couple is looking for a house in Arlington, VA. It is fun to see people house hunting in my hometown, but it is also reminding me just how hard it is going to be to find housing for myself in the DC area. Small, tiny houses with ancient appliances (but always with one crazy nice upgrade), for insanely high prices. (I also cannot figure out how this young couple can possibly afford a $700K house!) Maybe I need to put myself on Apartment Hunters if I am ever going to find something I like, can afford, works for a commute, and accepts my awesome big dog? 

Or maybe I should focus on getting a job first!

That reminds me! (Attention: potential employers- do not take the next paragraph too seriously. Especially if you are not a DC native.) I interviewed for 3 jobs in Maryland. For this native Northern Virginian, that's tough. I could work in Maryland, sure. But LIVE in Maryland? I would feel like some sort of traitor! I don't think I could do it. (And all 3 jobs would mean live in Maryland, or put up with the worst commute in history.) I am a [northern] Virginia girl. Always have been, always will be. 

Don't get me wrong though, I wouldn't turn down a good job just because it is in Maryland. I just might have to ask them to please relocate their company headquarters to a better state, that's all. 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Living on the edge of rejection (sucks)

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 more aware of my situation will help me fight off the blues.  I'm not sure if keeping track of the numbers is a good or bad thing. I'm already tired of having to answer questions about "how's the job search going?" (It's almost as bad as, "are you still dating so-and-so?" You know what? Let's add dating to just one more way to feel confused and rejected on a regular basis too.) 
I've been down this road before. It was a very long road that never did have a happy ending. I just finally sat down on the side of the road and decided to take a break. Now I'm realizing I still have a very long road to go down. 
Bear with me folks. There is no end in sight.

*Out of 60 job applications I have had 1 "thank you, but," (code for "we never read your resume"), 1 test request, 1 salary inquiry, and 2 phone interviews (both in the last 2 days). 56 non-responses thus far. Believe it or not, this is actually a really positive number of responses!

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Another Season, Another Brazilian Keratin Treatment

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 try and find something in my price range with good reviews (at least 4 stars and under $100). I found the Complex BrazilianGlobal Brazilian Complex Keratin Hair Treatment  for $79. It only had one review (which gave it 5 stars), but the ingredients, application, and everything else sounded exactly like the CoCo brand, so I decided to buy it. Here are the before and after pictures!

Here is my hair, clean, blow dried, but not flat ironed or curled, and no shiny substances, or hair serum.

It's always a little bushy, slightly frizzy, a few waves and crinkles, and (as all blonds have experienced) you can see every single hair ending. It's just not shiny or smooth without a lot of work.
(Also do you have any idea how hard it is to take a picture of the back of your own head?)

The first step to a Brazilian Keratin Treatment is to use a clarifying shampoo (comes in the kit). You can tell immediately it removes all of the conditioners and other substances out of your hair. You wash it and then blow dry completely.
My hair after it has been "clarified."
It is a gigantic, poofy mess, and I can't run my fingers or a hair brush through it.
You then apply all of the keratin treatment to your hair (using a paint brush and parting hair into sections), and blow dry it. Some brands will warn you to do this in a well ventilated area. There is a very good reason for this. IT STINKS TO THE HIGH HEAVENS!! My eyes, nose, and throat were burning!! IT WAS AWFUL!!! I had the window open in the bathroom, and had to periodically stick my face out and just breathe in fresher air. Finally it got so bad I took the blow dryer to the back deck and dried my hair out there. (What? It is totally normal to stand on your deck at 11 pm at night and blow dry your hair!)
After the hair is totally dry (and really, I've never managed to get my hair "totally" dry. I did get it drier with this brand than I have with others in the past.), you take a very, very hot flat iron and straighten out the hair, piece by piece. The hair will steam (and STINK!) as the keratin gets "fused" into the hair. I had to leave windows open, and have a fan blowing on me the whole time. It just smelled BAD. (The CoCo's brand smelled like chocolate. It still smelled bad, but only like burned chocolate. It didn't stink so much I wanted to run away from my own head.)
In the past it has taken anywhere from 2-4 hours to do the straightening on my hair to the point where it was "dry" with the keratin in it. This time it only took me 1.5 hours to do alone because my hair was so much drier than the other times.
Another strange difference in this brand compared to the others was you only have to leave it in overnight. The other brands suggest 2-3 days. I chose to leave it in about 36 hours, just to be safe.
Here are the after pictures-

My hair is very shiny, very smooth, and very little wave to it. I'll be honest- it isn't as perfect as it was after my first treatment with CoCo's, but it is good enough. I still had to use a hair brush while I dried it. (With CoCo's I could wash it, and comb it out with my fingers while blow-drying to get these same results.) All I have done in this picture is blow dry it with a paddle brush, nothing else. No round brushing, no flat iron, no serums, etc.

All in all, I am happy with the results. The bottles came with enough product in them that I will be able to get a second application out of them in a few months. I like the results enough to use it again.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

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

Funny Wedding Ecard: 'When I grow up, I want to marry a grown man addicted to playing video games.' Said nobody ever.

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 session really jumped out at me. I was so affected by his talk that I’ve decided to share almost the full thing below.
You see, I’m tired and frustrated with the men I meet. I’m not referring just to the single men I may meet for romantic purposes (which almost never happens anyway). It seems that everywhere you look, men aren’t trying anymore. I’ve struggled internally, and even read magazine articles and books, trying to understand when men stopped caring about BEING MEN.
Are the women partially to blame? Did the women’s liberation movement, and ascent to equality, somehow make the men stop trying to carry the load? If so, that isn’t really the women’s fault. It’s like saying my neighbor mows his yard so well, that I decided to stop mowing mine because it isn’t as good as his. Stupid logic. And yet? It might be true.
I want a real man. I want a man who impresses me. I want to meet women who impress me. I have no tolerance for a pansy who doesn’t try to live up to his potential. (And the same goes for women as well.)
To quote Christofferson (who was quoting the book, “Manning Up”)-
It’s been an almost universal rule of civilization that whereas girls became women simply by reaching physical maturity, boys had to pass a test.  They needed to demonstrate courage, physical prowess, or mastery of the necessary skills.  The goal was to prove their competence as protectors of women and children; this was always their primary social role.  Today, however, with women moving ahead in an advanced economy, provider husbands and fathers are now optional, and the character qualities men had needed to play their role—fortitude, stoicism, courage, fidelity—are obsolete and even a little embarrassing.
A few months ago I went to Duck Beach with a few thousand of my fellow Mormon singles. When I returned I went straight to a nannying job, for the same family I tended to last week. At that time I wrote a column for Meridian about my experiences. In it I said that after a week of “fake mommying” and a weekend of wild, and carefree single life, I had made some changes. I realized I could be a single mother, and I could handle it. If you’ve read this blog for many years you know how much I have wanted to be a foster parent and to adopt, with or without a husband. I took care of 4 children, by myself, for a week. I survived. I enjoyed it. And I learned that I am capable and able of being a single mother.
But my experiences also gave me second thoughts about some of the men I met at the beach. When I left the beach there were probably four guys on my radar. They were each fun, attractive, and interesting. One I lost interest in before I even got home. Two held my interest a bit longer, but I realized after playing “fake mommy,” that they were not the kind of man I want to have around. And the fourth one, well, wait a few paragraphs, you’ll see.
I learned I can do it all by myself. I have lived alone for years. I can change the light bulbs in the vaulted ceiling. I own my own power tools. I can change the oil in my car. I can earn an honest living and support myself. And it turns out, I can do it all while taking care of four children.
I don’t NEED a man to take care of me.
I WANT a man who will take care of me.
It is a huge burden and a lot of work to carry load alone. I don’t want to. I don’t want to do it all alone.
I don’t know when the tides of dating changed. There wasn’t a date marked in red on the calendar to let me know when it was time to move on to the next level. In fact, I may have only noticed today that the tides changed.
When I was in high school I often heard the advice, “Smile and be nice to the boys, and they will be nice to you.” I also regularly heard, “Friendship, not courtship, should be the relationship between teenagers.”
And then, still a teenager, I graduated from high school and went off to college. Suddenly it wasn’t about friendship, and it was all about marriage. The advice changed to “Don’t chase the boys. Let them come to you. That’s how you get a man!” Throughout my twenties that advice was repeated many times. Don’t try too hard! Put yourself out there, but let them come to you! In the cutthroat and often competitive world of singles wards, that was some hard advice to take.
One day I woke up in my thirties and the advice had changed again. “Don’t wait for a man to call you! Ask him out! How else will he know you are interested? The world has changed! These men don’t know how to date. You have to make it happen for yourself!”
I fear for the advice I’ll get in my forties! Can someone warn me now what I’ll be hearing then? I want to be well prepared (because I’ve always felt a little behind thus far)!
My mother likes to say, “Men don’t reach their thirties still single because they are good at dating.” She makes a valid point. I’ll admit, I don’t think many of the women are good at it either.
I confess, I am tired. I am tired of dating. I am tired of wondering which piece of advice I should take, and then second guessing, worried I applied the wrong one.
But what is most exhausting may come as a surprise to you.
I’m tired of meeting great guys.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m tired of meeting all of the Mr. Wrongs out there too. I’d rather meet a great guy than another loser.
But it is the good ones that let relationships dissipate or fall apart that I am tired of.
I used to be a big believer in the “He’s just not that into you,” mode of thought. It helped me accept a lack of action and move on. But I’ve discovered there is a new breed out there, a new problem. These are the men (and maybe women do this too, but I highly doubt it) who are good, who are interesting, and with whom there is an attraction and interest. But they do nothing about it.
I used to say, “It’s okay, he’s just not that into you,” and move on. After all, I’ve “not been” into plenty of guys. I can accept that not all guys are into me.
But I have learned that there are guys who are into you, who are interested. It isn’t always just in your head. They really are interested and inviting.
But there is a failure to launch, a lack of spark, or whatever you want to call it. And he just doesn’t pull his weight. The relationship fails because a woman can only do so much on her own.
That is what I am tired of. I’m tired of dating. I'm tired of being patient. I'm tired of waiting for him to figure out that's a brick that landed on his head. I’m tired of trying to figure it all out. I’m tired of blaming myself for not being cute/thin/smart/funny/spiritual/geeky/ditzy/whatever enough.
I’m tired of men not being real men.
I want a man who is not going to let his life pass him by as he plays video games, or pursues career advancement or money. The longer he does that, the longer he is passing by life with me. And quite frankly, I don’t appreciate that. I have stepped up and moved on. I have made a life for myself. I have traveled, experimented, grown, changed, and lived. Maybe I don’t have cash in the bank or a three bedroom house to prove my stature. But I have lived, and I am better for it.
I want a man who wants to live. I want a man who wants to be a man! I want a man like the one described in Elder Christofferson's talk (read it after the jump)!

Downton Abbey


Like pretty much all of the women I know, I am a huge Downton Abbey fan.
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 on Amazon.) Yes, the dues will be paid to those who deserve them.
And so I justify it and don't feel guilty about it. At all. 
There's just one huge drawback. No one else is watching it with me! I have no one to swoon over Mary's wedding dress with, and all of the twists and turns going on this season. (And you thought last season had drama!!)
So who out there is with me on the Downton Addiction? Any other Abbey Lovers?
And if you are not yet a Downton Abbey fan, you can get a free Amazon Prime account right now, and download it on Amazon instant for free! (Or watch it on Hulu or Netflix!)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I came, I saw, I shopped

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.)


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 your bra. It's just ugly and tacky.
But with it being a red dress, deep v-neck, empire waist, short sleeved, etc., I'm finding it very hard to make it work.
So today I bought this "nude" camisole (that I'm hoping will barely be visible under the dress, and yet provides the coverage I need), and this long sweater.

I'm hoping the long sweater will help make the dress work a little bit better for winter.
And then I decided that OBVIOUSLY I need shoes to go with the dress, sweater, and all of my other clothes too.

And that is how I came to buy these cute little booties. I'm still not convinced that I like booties with dresses. The fashion world wants me to believe that the look goes together, but I'm still not a fan.  I actually have no shoes that will work for the winter, so this wasn't too much of a stretch to convince myself to buy. And I'm pretty sure the boots will look cute with the sweater, (and I'll at least try them once with the dress).

I also bought a hand mixer, carpet runner, Swiffer thingy, and a bunch of other random things. Oh and a lot of hummus. I've been craving hummus big time. I have no explanation for that.

Now, I must go. I have this ridiculous urge to go use the Swiffer and "mop" the living room. Funny how new household items can do that to you.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Oh the irony

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)

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sleepy Baby!

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 bed at all for the babysitter?
Seriously, that's how good this program is.
I highly recommend it.
Don't know if I'll ever have little kids, but if I do, I will be using this book!

Working Girl

Recently, I've been picking up work as a background extra on various projects. In the past month or so I've worked on 3 different m...

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