Friday, July 31, 2009
Also, be sure to read The Shaniqua Chronicles, parts 1-3 on there too. awesome.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Of all the forwarded emails, videos, etc. that I've received in the past I can't remember a viral video getting as much face time as this one. I received it four times in a single day--and that doesn't even take into consideration the facebook posts, online articles and television mentions.
But...it's really cute and really refreshing to see people having so much fun with something that could easily be boring and typical. If you haven't seen this, check it out--you won't be able to watch without smiling. If you are like me and you've seen it over and over--watch it anyway...it's monday and i know you need an excuse to slack off! :)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like. ~Author Unknown
i have this constant internal battle between wanting a great cut and 'experience' and not wanting to spend $80 on a haircut. today i made the wrong choice, my peeps. i went to a place with a coupon. i'll wait while you let that sink in. a freakin coupon. and well, like most things you get what you pay for!
for years i got my hair cut at a fancy pants salon in scottsdale. i have somewhat complex hair i guess. it's super curly and ridiculous thick. it doesn't look that way to a stylist that isn't used to my hair though. Since I typically have it flatironed within an inch of its life, it's kinda deceiving. when i didn't work in scotts anymore, it really wasn't worth it for me to travel up there for a haircut. it was a tough choice, but whatevs. i don't get my hair cut as often as i should, so driving 25 miles really shouldn't have been a huge deal breaker. again, whatevs.
so i show up at this place during my lunch and the lady tells me that she's behind and is it really necessary to wash my hair. I tell her yes, i want it washed. (seriously, isn't this a given!?!? i like to be a bit pampered when i'm getting my hair done, thanks) She tells me fine, but that my hair seems pretty clean (STFU lady, ugh). She then tells me that she has another client under the heat thingy who she needs to finish up on in twenty minutes. I tell her that I scheduled an hour appointment. She then seriously says, oh so you want it dried too? WTF is all i can think. I tell her yes, of course I want my hair dry...do you not normally dry the hair after it's cut? She stares at me and says no. she seriously tells me that most walk out with wet hair. i call bull shit. no way. you can't even tell what your hair looks like if you leave with it dripping down your back. Still not sure why I didn't just walk out at this point, but well I didn't.
She hurries me back to the wash area, and is completely rushing through the process. She shampoos and rinses and hands me a towel. hands it to me. doesn't even put it on my freakin head. I ask, um was that a two in one shampoo/conditioner or something. she says no. did you want conditioner too!?! I am floored at this point. Apparently when you use a coupon you only get shampoo. i tell her yes, she needs to use conditioner which she is apparently annoyed at. She rushes through it and hands me the towel again. At this point, i'm positive she'll just shave my head and kick my ass outta the place to be done with me. Again, for some reason I stick around to find out.
I'll spare the details of the whole cutting experience and just share a few tid bits. The entire time she is continually looking over at her other client who is patiently waiting and says things like, "i'm so sorry i'll be right with you, this client needs a bit more attention" and "i squeezed her in but didn't know she required her hair to be dried before she left". I could have punched her in her face at this point. ahhh. Also, she argued with me about how I wanted my bangs, where I part my hair and how I wanted my hair thinned out. I told her that i'd never been through a haircut where the stylist argued with me about what i want. At that, this horrible woman told me that she'd been cutting hair longer than i'd even been alive. ok. fine. i hate you.
So, after the quickest cut ever, she puts no product and no styling into my hair. the crown of my hair and underneath are still damp. At this point, i cannot even tell if i like it. my hair is just frizzy (no product, no straightening) and I could really care less. She says "do you need hairspray?" I tell her yes, I do and...she hands me the spray and walks off. seriously. just hands it to me to do it myself.
i'm enraged and storm up to the counter, coupon in hand. the woman charged me to blow dry. seriously. my haircut was $15 and she charged me another $15 to blow it dry. No shock here but zero tip for this B.
Lesson Learned: if you are high maintenance like me and want conditioner and to avoid leaving the salon with dripping hair, don't use a coupon. go to the place that puts product on your hair and cuts your hair the way you like and suck it up while you pay the bill.
ps-sorry this is so long, and pretty boring. :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here are some pics from last week at storytime. Lauren brought Jack, Emma and Mady and Jill brought Chloe, Cadence and Brody (who I got zero pics of during this outing). At the end of storytime, it's bubble time and that's clearly what I took the most pics of.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
i swear this photo doesn't even do it unfortunate justiceThe crockpot had to be soaked for hours to get all the crusted mess off. I typically fill the crock pot with warm water, add some dishsoap and set it to low for an hour and anything caked on just slides off...not this time. The heat just continued to cook all that burnt junk and the house smelled like funk.
So I ended up scratching that plan and headed to the freezer. We always try to keep lots of frozen veggies and meal options handy in case we don't plan anything for dinner...or in this case if dinner plans go horribly wrong. so we ended up making a bag meal thingy and some green beans...not the most interesting meal but it did the job and we didn't have to scrape the charcoal off to eat it :)
I think that this went wrong in the liquid area...next time i'd add a cup of chicken broth...not too much so that it would dilute the flavor, but enough to have liquid in the crock. live and learn!
connor was thrilled-he got to eat mickey chicken nuggets with multiple dipping options...plus apple sauce with hidden sweet potatoes.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
zoey...cowering under the kitchen table
another zoey photo. love her little birthmark over her kitty cat lip
we had a movie night and connor cuddled up on a chair with lightning
Monday, July 13, 2009
i definitely stole this photo from google images
Teriyaki Chicken with Veggies & Fried Rice
2-3 chicken breasts, halved
1 box fried rice - rice-a-roni
1 bag of frozen veggies-partially thawed
enough teriyaki to nearly cover chicken
Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Halve chicken breasts and place in bottom of cooker. Pour enough teriyaki to almost cover chicken. Cook on Hi for 3 hours. With 90 minutes to go, dump the box of rice-a-roni and the seasoning package in over chicken. Mix well and recover quickly. (I think I heard somewhere that leaving the lid off for 1 minute is the equivalent to losing 10 minutes of heat - it's possible I made that up.) With only an hour left, dump the semi-frozen veggies into crock pot and stir some more.
This was really good. the chicken was really tender and because the breasts were halved, the chicken really soaked up the teriyaki sauce well. Great flavor and the rice and veggies really made it a complete meal. We had this for leftovers the next night too and paired it with a simple green salad. Easy peasy. The only thing I'd change is that the rice and seasoning were really strong. The typical preparation of the rice is with a couple cups of water i think so the way I dumped it in there was no dilution. Next time, I'll add a cup of water at the time I add the rice and seasoning so that it's not quite as intense. When we had it as leftovers, I reheated it on the stove with some water and it was much better i think. Super simple and great tasting.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
connor saying "that's me!"
Here are more pics from the actual father's day. Dad & Corliss came over in the morning for breakfast, and then my mom and dad came over that evening for father's day part two with dinner. Good times.