Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blow Dry & Flat Iron.

washed & deep conditioned

Merely More...

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Being Who You Are: But, What if you're Dry?

I know some of the "driest" people. It's not their skin, or anything else physical. It's their expression. Their expressions/reactions are usually void of excitement, energy, & sometimes interest.

Example A: A very like-able co-worker announces that they are getting married. Everyone gathers in the office, practically jumping up & down with excitement...asking questions about the ring/special date/dress/arrangements/etc.; but the "dry person" says "Congratulations!", merely smiles & goes back to work. 
Example B: The "dry person" is a friend/family. You invite them over your house for a get-together, & they sit in the corner of your couch, and generally appear aloof. 
Example C: You are driving, and the "dry person" is in the passenger seat. A bad car accident happens just in front of you. You are (audibly) freaking out & the person in your passenger seat is silent.

It's not that they aren't happy for their co-worker, don't want to spend time with a friend/family, or aren't shocked about the accident. They just can't or don't convey this outwardly.

Some people are "natural conveyors" of their emotions; their energy, like a ray of light, can not easily be contained. For others, it takes work to show their true feelings; often times an "energy-draining" amount of work.
Two sides of the same coin; neither better or worth more than the other.

If you are dry, be dry.
Better to just be who you are, than to feign emotions that you don't naturally feel. Apparently, fake emotions can be detected; and you don't want to become known as that person with a fake...
Ever laugh at someone's joke, but their joke wasn't funny to you? Your laugh was more so for them; so they didn't feel bad for telling a not-so-good joke.
You're truly too kind.
It's okay not to laugh. If it's all for them, what's the point?
I digress.

Who's life are you living?

If it's for other people, continue conjuring up these fake emotions. Hopefully, they will satisfy those around you. Hopefully, those around you appreciate how hard you are trying to please them.

If it's yours, be you; and if that means you naturally get a kick out of Laffy Taffy jokes, so be it.
Laugh until your eyes well with tears!


I am the danger!

Breaking Bad, TV

It took awhile for me to get into this show, but not long at all for me to totally forget that Walt use to play Malcolm's dad LOL...two different characters...& some serious acting by Bryan Cranston.
Good show!!!


It's Pointless:

...changing checkout lanes at the store. Someone in that sweet-looking shorter lane is guaranteed to pull out a checkbook...with coupons. Just stay where you are!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Top 3 Food-Peeves!

#3 melted Ice Cream
#2 warm/cold, &/or soggy French Fries
#1 stale/hard Bread

I like my hot food hot & my creamy treats frozen...all the way. LOL
I won't can't get into the bread...else this post would extend further than planned.

What's your food peeve?


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Keeping Catalogs.

I have a problem. I hoard hang on to old magazines/catalogs.

I have a nice size stack of J.Crew catalogs (the earliest dating back to 2007) that I can't bring myself to throw away; and it's growing!

Merely More...


What makes us do. . .the things we do. . .

Imagination, Tamia

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bantu Knot Out. Take Two.

Another bantu knot out!

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Hole-y Oxford!

Want. Want...W-A-N-T.

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Resting IS "doing something", right?!

I'm horrible at R&R. Relaxing. Resting...I always feel like I should be doing something (productive), so most times I go & DO it. If I have nothing important or urgent to take care of, I go & find less important stuff to do.

It's rather irritating.

Not sure how this happened, but this past weekend:

I sat down, turned on Netflix, selected Buffy The Vampire Slayer, & watched (fighting myself, hard, not to turn it off & wake up the computer to work, or go to the kitchen to start prepping dinner, or finish reading this book that I had to renew).

 I opened The Book & read.

 I managed to make it to bed before the next day came.

 I went out to breakfast with Husband, instead of cooking it.

 We watched New Jack City & sung (if you ever watched it, you know the tune LOL).

 We walked to the park & swung on swings...
& to our neighborhood ice cream stand...
where I got a strawberry shortcake with vanilla soft serve & devoured it; it was so delicious. I forgot how it's my favorite cake.

R&R; I think got a taste!

Ever feel like you need to be busy?


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Apple Pecan Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Mixed greens. Dried cranberries. Gorgonzola cheese. Candied Pecans. Granny Smith Apple slices.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, By Mark Haddon

Unique. Irritating. Sad. Interesting. Very irritating. Weird.
This book was all of the above. 

I picked it up while perusing Borders, a few years ago. It was right off the back of reading two other National Bestsellers; both of which, I loved. I read the summary, wasn't attracted to the story, but figured I'd continue riding the Bestsellers book train. It hadn't steered me wrong yet.

Merely More...



I'm ready to make a switch! Jane Carter (my staple) was excellent at giving me shiny, "smell-good" hair; but, I want shiny, smell-good, moisturized & incredibly soft hair...for days, without having to apply a moisturizer.

Oh...and toss in there "sleek" (asking a lot, I know), because I want to blow out my hair for Fall.

I heard a lot of good things about Aveda.

Anyone try this brand? How are the Damage Remedy, and Brilliant lines? Do they smell good???

I want to try these:
Shampoo • Damage Remedy
Conditioner • Damage Remedy
Deep Conditioner • Damage Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque
Heat Protectors • Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair &/or Brilliant Damage Control
Frizz Control • Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade
Styling Cream • Brilliant Universal Styling Creme

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cement, Stone & Cognac.

I love wearing short shorts with long sleeves, especially V or scoop-neck sweaters; only the weather permits it but a few days out of the year.

Any styles/pairings you like to wear, that don't quite look right (practical) under certain weather conditions?

Merely More...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Banana Foster with Candied Pecans.

Banana foster! I have to thank my sis for introducing me to this one. When she made it at a family gathering, I inhaled my bowl & wanted another. My better judgement said not to be greedy. It was so good!

I didn't have any rum, so I looked for an alcohol-free recipe...a "Shirley Temple Banana Foster", if you will. This one did the trick, but I made several changes.

Merely More...


Share it, Do it; because. . .


Tell me what is up. . .

Sittin' Up In My Room, by Brandy

"Donald...Is...Downstairs!" LOL
This reminds me; I've never seen Waiting to Exhale.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Finding that Something, that You Love to Do.

If you are unsure of the area where your true passions lie, I highly recommend taking an interest inventory test, like Strong.
You can find it online, or if you are enrolled in a college or university; check with your career center.

You answer a series of questions about your personal interests...what you like & dislike. Your answers are processed, and you receive a detailed inventory. The results are said to help you identify general areas of interest, as well as specific activities & occupations that you might want to explore further. It measures your interests, not your abilities, and ultimately can help you identify options that may lead you to a career that you love.

When I took the Strong (Wow...it was over 10 years ago!), my results were listed under the following categories:
• General occupational themes
• Basic interest scales
• Occupational scales
• Personal style scale

If you're interested in a summary of these categories, just leave a message below. The test may have changed over the years though.

This, in conjunction with the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), allowed me to get a clear understanding of my personality & interest-based career path.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

The RabbitTail.

So, my hair is was finally long enough to wear it in a puff. Having longer hair in the back made it possible. My "tail"...it had to be at least 2 inches longer than the shortest section of my hair.
Anyone else's hair longer/grow faster in the back???

Merely More...

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Don't lose your Donkey!

The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

  A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market.
As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them
and said: "You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?"

  So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their
way.  But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: "See
that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides."

  So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself.
But they hadn't gone far when they passed two women, one of whom
said to the other: "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little
son trudge along."

  Well, the Man didn't know what to do, but at last he took his
Boy up before him on the Donkey.  By this time they had come to
the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them.  The
Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.  The men said:
"Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey
with you and your hulking son?"

  The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do.  They
thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied
the donkey's feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to
their shoulders.  They went along amid the laughter of all who met
them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one
of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end
of the pole.  In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and
his fore-feet being tied together, he drowned.

  "That will teach you," said an old man who had followed them:
    "Please all, and you will please none."




Stuck in your past?

FreeTherapy • Put a PERIOD on Your Past, by Glamazini

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fresh Pasta Salad.

Oven roasted red & green bell peppers. Cucumber. Grape tomatoes. Green onion. Pepperoni. Fresh chopped basil. Fresh chopped oregano. Feta cheese. Tri-color rotini pasta.

Last time I made this pasta salad, it was ruined...ruined by a red wine vinegar dressing that was far too acidic.

This time, I cut out the vinegar & made a simple lemon dressing. Perfect amount of tart!

Merely More...


Friday, August 5, 2011


Hey Everyone!!!

Thanks so much for the sweet messages on the Mind Chatter & the Aug. Preview posts:)
They made me smile.

Stay-cation was great...we wandered & walked hand-in-hand a lot (far outside our community) & I enjoyed this the most. We also manage to go on the fireworks cruise.
Oh..., and I managed to wake up at 4:30 one morning to go fishing with Husband. You probably already know that I dread getting up early (& 4:30 is beyond BEFORE early), but there is something romantic about being virtually alone on the road together, stopping for coffee, & seeing the sun rise.
Fishing, on the other hand, is this "exciting-frustrating-messy" thing. It's exciting when you catch; frustrating when the fishies steal your bait & your line gets caught on the rocky shoreline; messy when the worms are extra slimy/crawly. Trying to get hubby to get on a fishing boat, one day...
Do you fish?

Camera needed to be repaired about a week prior to our stay-cation; so, no photos.
I think it was meant to be...I felt more in the moment without it.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

If at first you don't succeed. . .

Try again, Aaliyah

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