Posts tagged advice
Posts tagged advice
I am tempted to do something very uncharacteristic of me and splurge on a frivolous item. I am seriously considering buying a Chi hair straightener. My $30 Zoe straightener gives a jolly good try at straightening my crazy heap of hair, but after seeing Anne Hathaway’s pin straight hair as Catwoman, I am wondering if there is a great big world out there of frizz-free, shiny straight hair that I am missing out on. If I started using a Chi, would I have to buy a special spray to protect my hair from the serious heat? Anyone out there have an opinion on Chis or hair straighteners in general?
Recently, my hair feels sticky and dry at the roots. I wondered if I wasn’t getting all of the shampoo and conditioner out of my hair, so I took an extra long time rinsing my hair today. No luck. Could this have something to do with hard water vs soft water? I’m not sure what I have, but it could be a factor. Also, we just got a new water heater. Related? Help! My roots look like I have hairspray on them when I don’t. Or my hair just looks greasy. Anyone else had a sticky-roots problem before and how did you solve it?
50 Ways to Cope with Stress. Perfect for Monday Morning.
I need music recommendations for female singers. My itunes is becoming filled with many great male vocalists but lacking in singing straight from the uterus. Help?
I haven’t done laundry in awhile. I kept laying my clothes over the back of my desk chair, higher and higher. That system was working fine for me until the avalanche. Just walking around my room, I’ve been up to my ankles in clothes the past week. You might think I’d be running low on things to wear, but I’ve been buying a lot of clothes this week too. So, it all evens out. Except that now I need to pack for Bex’s and my roadtrip tomorrow.
The moral of the story is this: Don’t do what I did, kids. Eventually you will have to do laundry— and you better be good at the high jump if you want to get out of your bedroom door.
"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." -Harriet Van Horne.
I agree the best cooks are fearless, but what about the other thing? What say you, dear readers?
In the post directly below this one, I ‘fessed up to meeting Lo Bosworth at my local library for her book signing. When one of the librarians introduced Lo, I turned and watched a blond, young 20-something walk up the center aisle. I mentally critiqued her outfit before realizing that the real Lo had entered through a side door. Oops. So, believe me when I say I have only seen three episodes of The Hills.
The room was filled with teenagers, 20-somethings, a handful of middle-aged women and one precocious five-year-old. The room was drowning in a sea of dirty-blond hair. As you can see in the picture, on the wall was a tissue paper monstrosity that resembled two long-stemmed cherries twisted into the shape of a heart. Welcome to the M-O, bitch. Wait, is that the wrong show?
As Lo adjusted her mic, she smiled and scrunched up her shoulders in that exclusively female way that we do when we’re trying to be charming and self-deprecating at the same time, “I love being in a library with this atmosphere of knowledge and learning…”
First impression: Lo reminded me of popular girls from high-school with the poise of a pageant queen. She spoke articulately, but her tone added a question mark to the end of each sentence. “I’m working on my next book? It’s about break-ups?”
The only time she spoke definitively was when she’d say, “Boys really like it.” It became a catchphrase of hers, and it cracked me up despite the serious-as-a-heart-attack tone.
Things boys really like according to Lo Bosworth:
egg white omelets
girls wearing jeans with a white shirt
Now I keep adding “boys really like it” in my head to conversations. “Hey, gas prices went down ten cents. Boys really like it.” “Did you know Oprah has a secret half-sister? Boys really like it.”
Most of the audience questions were where-are-they-now inquiries about Justin-Bobby-Brody-Avril-LC-Speidi-Audrina-Jessica-LaTrina-Ringo-The Skipper-Paco, you get the idea.
The most interesting Q&A? Lo said it only took her two months to write her book. Do with that what you will.
I was most impressed by Lo’s polished demeanor and super-human hearing. Audience members were not using a microphone to ask questions, yet Lo never struggled to hear them. In fact, she would immediately respond with, “So, the question was…” and then repeat the question perfectly. Truly, she was Glinda from Wicked.
An adorable 5-year-old girl asked, “Is your real life like The Hills?” To which Lo replied, “I think you’re asking is The Hills real? Well, we had call times to meet at certain places to film.” Yadda, yadda, the relationships were real but MTV was filming a TV show.
Afterward, I debated whether to stick around to meet Lo. I ended up not having a choice, because her table blocked the exit door and a long line stood between me and the blocked door. I wanted to ask her about what she likes to read. Instead, I shied away from a semi-loaded question and made small talk. She made a point to shake my hand, know my name and make eye contact several times. Super profesh.
Well played, Lo Bosworth, well played.
Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.
December 5 - Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
I really wish I knew how to edit this youtube video to the exact frames I want. I don’t. However, you should click to watch starting at the 3:57 mark and end at the 5:17 mark for all intent and purposes of this blog entry.
Have you seen Ugly Betty? Before I ever watched an episode, I deemed it stupid. I thought it was going to be the same tired-old-tale, knock-off of The Devil Wears Prada, ugly-duckling cliche. I was wrong, reeeeeally wrong. It was one of the most satirically on-point television shows of its time. It’s hilarious, beautiful, witty, and charming. Betty was a relatable twenty-something female who was just trying to get ahead in her bottom-of-the-totem-pole job, because career aspirations were more important to her than love or beauty.
In this particular clip, Betty has just discovered that her new boyfriend (? romantic-entanglement guy? you know what I mean) is embarrassed to be seen with her. Obviously, this is pretty crushing to Betty who has finally managed to summon some confidence in her attractiveness by season four.
She releases her own personal set of dementors in her head. Of course, he was ashamed of her! She’s not pretty… No guy could possibly want to be with her… She’ll never be loved… Kimmy Keagan was right… She’ll always be the loser who everyone tormented in high school… Et cetera, et cetera.
So then Hilda, Betty’s older sister, hits Betty over the head with the truth:
"You gotta stop. Somehow you got it in your head that this is your story, but you gotta let that go. It’s time to come up with a whole new story for yourself. You are who you are, and the sooner that you’re okay with that, the sooner that you see what I see, the happier you’re gonna be."
IS THAT NOT THE BEST ESTROGEN-SOAKED ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER GOTTEN?!
I’m not saying the advice only pertains to the exact details of Betty’s dilemma. Everyone is a unique screw-up derived from their own combination of experiences and personality traits. But how often do I (and maybe you too?) inhibit myself from doing something or being something, because I don’t think I can. I’m not _______________.
I thought about that scene long after I originally watched it. Somehow you got it stuck in your head that this is your story… I began to let myself try things that I normally would not have tried for fear of failure or ridicule. I consciously made an effort to let go of the person I thought I had to be— the identity super-glued to my forehead. Letting go has been a worthwhile and liberating experiment.
In addition to Thanksgiving it up this week, I have a mountain of homework. However, I will not let homework get in the way of Black Friday. I have a running list of which stores are offering what deals. I’ve never really gotten into Black Friday before, but shopping as a competitive sport sounds fun. While googling around online, I stumbled across one of those websites that lists a ton of different coupons on everyday items like cereal and nail polish. So, naturally, I started clicking and clipping online coupons. Then I clicked to print. The site says you must download a special coupon printing application. You download. You install and save. You open. Nothing prints. You return to the printing link on the site and it insists that you must download the printing application— again. Lather, rinse, repeat as desired and still no coupons print. @$!&*(@#*!
My question is, does anyone know of a great coupon website that does not require downloading anything but simply lets you print the coupons directly from the site?