Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

Photo credit:  The Holiday

However you choose to celebrate the upcoming holiday, I hope you are able to have plenty to eat, plenty of loved ones close to you to celebrate with, and plenty to give thanks for all year 'round. 

This Week's Manicure

In the midst of the Yo Gabba Gabba madness of this last weekend, I also realized I needed to freshen up my french manicure I had going on.  The last one was a UV gel version (sorry I didn't get a pic of that one), so it lasted really well obviously, but my nails had grown and you could see the growth under the white tips of the manicure.  So. Not. Cute.

Have I mentioned that I love polished nails?  Nice collection of all things pertaining to a manicure and pedicure... and yet I still go out and have it done more times than not.  That's the laziness I guess.  By the way, my favorite nail brands are Zoya followed by China Glaze.  But I digress.

So I dug through my collection of stuff and pulled out these:

Photo credit: Me  -  Left to Right - Zoya Anchor Base Coat, Sephora by OPI A-ha Moment, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Seche Vite Top Coat

And turned those into this:

Photo credit:  Me

Not bad freehanded white tips if I do say so myself. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba. Yes. I'm Serious

So last weekend was a bit of a packed weekend for me.  Let's just say there was an extra ticket to a show that I got invited to at the last favorite little nephew's (my cousin's kid) first concert of sorts (we're talking 5 and under here), complete with an afterparty.  Thinking it was going to just be a few hours for this toddler fest, I figured sure, I'd help my aunt and uncle out who apparently spent a crazy amount on tickets and get to spend some time with the little guy.  This Yo Gabba Gabba deal couldn't be that bad, right?

Well Saturday I woke up with a bad sinus headache.  If you've ever had one of those, you know that they tend to amplify everything: sensitivity to sound, light, etc. and just make it that much worse.  Popping in every OTC medication with coffee I had in my stash, I figured I could still make it through the day.  After all, I couldn't disappoint the 4 year old who had by now been amped up with the news that I too would be coming to the show.

This is where having kids would have given me a heads up for what I was about to encounter.  The show time was around the same time that pretty much every child in that theater would have been experiencing nap time.  Let the wailing in that room begin!  And it did.  Up until this happened...

Not having ever seen an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, I had no idea that towards the end of this Yo Gabba Gabba dance party I would experience this...

Can't tell who this dude is from the awesomeness of clarity the camera on my Blackberry produced?  Here's a hint:

Oh baby yooooooouuuu...

Got what I neeeeeed.

But you say he's just a say he's just a friend.


Yes friends, that man would be Biz Markie, who is lovely with the children, but turned the last 15 minutes or so of the show into a flashback concert for the parents.

I gotta tell you that with the throbbing of my head, the flashing lights from the stage that is reminiscent of what I imagine experiencing an acid trip to be like, and the toddlers in desperate need of a nap, I was SO ready to be out of there.

But wait.

I had this:

Which meant this:

With every. freakin. member. of Yo Gabba Gabba.  And story time.  And another special appearance by Biz Markie.

Stick a fork in me.  I was done.

Would I have shelled out $130 for that experience if it was my kid?  Honestly, no, especially if that kid was under the age of 6 or 7.  While the lights, the music, the choreography and the insane amounts of confetti depicting the leaves of fall, the snow of winter, and just plain confetti and streamers were effective in trying to hold these kids' attention, there were as many kids that could care less after the first 15 minutes.  And the truth of the matter is if it were not for their parents, they would have never known about the live show and would have been perfectly happy with continuing to just watch it on tv.

How did my little guy enjoy it?  At first he didn't know what to make of it.  He's naturally a bit shy, but up until that point, he had just seen these characters on tv, so the entire experience was a little surreal.  I know that feeling.  While he liked meeting the characters and finally got to the point where he was able to go up to them and hug them for a picture, his one comment about the whole experience?

"It was too loud."

 I agree little dude.  I agree.

*All photos by me.

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Stuff I Love: The Vampire Diaries

Photo credit:  I can't pinpoint who to credit for this photo since it's posted all over the internet without a credit, but probably a safe assumption to assume the CW and Warner Bros. have dibs.

There is just too much on TV to watch.  I say this as someone who doesn't even have cable...or a satellite of any kind.  That also means I don't have a DVR.  What I do have is a home location that allows me to get the major networks through an antenna and a Blu-Ray player that's wifi connected so I can stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. through my television.  This has allowed me to catch up on TV shows that are either now on too late for me to watch (I'm up at 5am during the week) or shows on cable networks that I don't have access to.  My latest obsession:  The Vampire Diaries.  As a lover of the Twilight novels, this is obviously a natural fit.  The characters seem to be well cast, the writing is clever with definitely enough well placed plot twists to keep me interested, and there is just enough gore and suspense to provide me the thrill without being too much.  Yes, I realize I'm late to this television show's lovefest.  I mean, they're on like Season 3, right?  Better late than never.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Stuff I Love: Westin's White Tea Aloe scent

In January of 2006, I landed a project that had me traveling back and forth to the NYC/New Jersey area throughout that year.  Comprehensively, I probably spent at least 5-6 months in a hotel while there....and that hotel was a Westin.  From that experience I became a Westin devotee.  At a certain point, the front desk staff greeted me by name when I walked into the lobby after arriving after my cross country flight on Sunday nights.  They even started asking if I would like my margharita pizza ordered as well when I checked in, since I usually ended up ordering room service when I got into my room.  I could go on about the list of comforting experiences I had there as I continued to stay throughout the year, but what I really wanted to tell you about is the scent of a Westin.  

Walk into any Westin hotel, and you will smell this lovely fragrance (exclusive to Westin) wafting in the air of the lobby and carried over into their bath amenities in the restrooms and in the hotel rooms.  As the Westin has become to feel like a second home, that fragrance instantly puts me at ease as if I was walking into the house and smelling my mom's cooking.  I always knew they had a Home Collection website where you could order many of the items you experience during a stay there, but for whatever reason had not ventured over there until today.

Just look!  There's like a whole scent system!  I imagine they use something like this for their lobbies:

Photo credit:  Westin At Home

Then there's of course the potpourri, the candle (full and travel sizes) and the oil diffuser.  With the size and setup of my own home, at some point I'll probably get the oil diffuser...and the candle...haha.  Of course, if you would like to carry the scent with you all day, they also have the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and soap.  Honestly, I have so many from the hotel in my own personal collection, that I won't need to purchase the bath amenities for a while.

If you would like to peruse Westin's At Home offerings, just click here.

*This was a personal endorsement.  I have not received any product or compensation for the opinion expressed in this post.  Other than a being a rewards member of their Starwood Preferred Guest program, Westin hotels and/or Starwood has no clue I even exist.  Just sayin'.

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Blog Lovin

I just signed up on Bloglovin because:

1)  I just found out about it and

2)  Why not?

It's actually a lot like Google Reader...but not.  :)  If you are so inclined, go ahead and click on the button below to follow my blog on there.


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Stuff I Love: Push It Good...

Around the time when I was in the 7th grade and just starting to hit the school dances full force, Salt N Pepa came out with a song called "Push It," and it Blew. My. Mind!  I don't know if it was the beat, the lyrics (which quite honestly I never really comprehended what it was I was singing; I just went with it - now I understand the disapproving looks from the adults around me when I would belt them out), or the fact that two strong women were out there making awesome booty shaking music.  Either way, from the very first time I heard the song until this day, the second those chords tickle my eardrums, my ass starts moving and my head starts bobbing around like a bobble head.  It was even my ringtone for the longest time, and my co-workers would start dancing when my phone rang at work.  It's the only song that through the years has not lost its charm on me.  What's the song that makes you get up and move without fail?

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn...the Wedding

Photo credit:  Yahoo Movies
Well of course Breaking Dawn was more than just the wedding...there was like a honeymoon...and a "demon" infant...but I'm getting ahead of myself. 

Hats off to the director of this feature.  It brought back the essence and emotion of the very first Twilight movie and was very necessary to visually capture the tone of Breaking Dawn.  Those of us who have inhaled the books (I managed to read all 4 in a week, foregoing sleep because I just. couldn't. put. the. books. down.) have not only waited for the first movie to arrive, but we impatie...uh...patiently waited for this one.  The buildup to this wedding has been insane, and in my opinion, it was perfect.  The setting, the dress, the shoes, the background music, the way the director edited the entire sequence...were all perfection.  And you know, for my dislike of the casting of Kristen Stewart as Bella from the beginning, I actually found myself *gasp* enjoying her performance. 

Unfortunately, something happened with the power in my theater and the screen went blank and the lights came up right about the time the Bella's unborn baby was literally sucking the life right out of her.  That was SO not even amusing.

While the last couple of movies in the Twilight series left me less than raving about them, this one completely satisfied what I had envisioned while reading the books.  If you're a fan, run, don't walk to the theater...but then, you've probably already seen it during the midnight showing last night.

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Did You Want Something?

The next time you want to butter me up to ask me to do something, it's probably a good idea to show up with this....

Photo provided by skinnynomore

A couple of helpful tips...there better be butter grilled into the bread or you can keep it...and a little red chili pepper and bit of cream goes a long way into making a good tomato soup into a fabulous tomato soup!

Now uh...did you say you wanted something?  :)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Little Update....

So those signs I was going on and on about in my last post?  Well, I still believe they were signs, and I still believe in signs, but I've put things back into perspective.

Would it be amazing to attend the NKOTBSB show in Oslo on my birthday next year?  Absolutely.  Is it a sign that that's where they're scheduled to do a show on my birthday?  Sure.  Logistically speaking, however, while possible, it's so not something I want to willingly navigate.  It would literally take a full day of traveling there and a full day of traveling back.  Considering that I can't stay longer than 4 days during that timeframe, it's sooo not worth it.  I haven't even mentioned the expense - though I could actually get a decent roundtrip fare to and from Oslo.  Unless I win the lottery or some miraculous thing happens with the logistics, it's not something I'm willing to move heaven and earth for.  Or shall I say, those boys are not people I'm willing to move heaven and earth for.

In other news, I experienced Hell Week Parts I and II where I literally felt like I was mentally being run into the ground at work.  The thing was, it wasn't even the worst professional circumstances I've been in.  For some reason it was just so mentally exhausting. I think I've recovered from that, but I'm really having a hard time getting my focus back on other things at work that I had to push to the wayside during Hell Week.  Maybe I haven't yet recovered. 

Not helping my lack of focus...time spent with my manfriend.  He gets me all kinds of messed up, and he knows it.  We always have limited time when we do get to see each other, but no matter how long that time is, it never seems like enough.  And every time I see him, every time he kisses me and touches me and holds me, I fall for him more.  At certain point there's going to be a freefall, and at this point there's nothing I can do about it except hope that the fall doesn't hurt this time.

"I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already fallin'..."

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