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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Secrets To Success

Let me tell you the secret to success with Wen. It is the leave-in conditioner. I can almost guarantee it! After trying out the product, my hair is WAY softer when I use a little of the product as a leave-in conditioner. This may be in part because my hair is so unwieldy, but this is my observation. So make your Wen purchases with confidence, just remember to leave in the conditioner!

In other successful news, it turns out people in Springfield ARE looking for jobs and they are quick to latch onto this whole Drive Thru Job Fair concept. They lined up, one by one, to drive through a parking lot to pick up job information from local employers! With the afternoon sun glaring off the windshields, the drivers really did remain anonymous in their endeavors to find a new job. So many people came through that we ran out of job information long before we ran out of cars. Here's hoping we can help more people find jobs next time around!

Luckily people can still get the information at www.OpKnock.com. Good luck folks!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day... What Day Is It?

I'm on day number I can't remember on the Wen Haircare trial and I'm starting to feel it! Super soft hair today. I think I'm getting the hang of this thingy. I'm practically a new woman!

In other news, it is my last full week of work before the big vacation! I will be taking a mini vacation this weekend to the doggy sitters. Peanut will have to get all groomed up for his big September getaway. I'm going to miss him so, but glad I can trust he'll be in good hands.

I've only got one event this week to take care of before I take off. Times a tickin!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Glorious

It was a glorious day in the Land of Lincoln. I slept in, temperatures were moderately warm with cool breezes, and I'm perfectly content with my level of productivity.

I made blueberry pancakes bursting with blueberries, topped with hot blueberries, and a side of turkey bacon. I dined on my porch and then kicked up my heels lazing on the porch couch, browsing through my Better Homes and Gardens, and sipping from my mug of hot vanilla coffee with my trusty Peanut by my side.

We moved to the backyard where he rolled in the grass while I cleaned up after my black walnut tree. Then I retrieved my magazine and a bottle of water to lounge on my back patio while Peanut continued to enjoy sniffing the delicate breeze.

I managed to work in a few odds and ends including finishing the weekly chores, touching up paint in the living room from the break-down-the-door incident, and boxing up the glasses that had been residing on my kitchen table for about a month in the hopes of finding their way to the Goodwill store.

I also spray painted these two decorative black square tin tiles that hang in my bathroom. I purchased them when I lived in Wisconsin to go with my pink and black bathroom. Now with my dark grey walls, white looks so much crisper. They shine with their new glossy paint now, but I still need to decide if they need distressing.

I topped off my night grilling brats under a shadowy, sprinkly sky and enjoying another meal on the front porch. I picked up my magazine one more time while dusk settled in just to try out my newly hung porch lights. It has been a beautiful start to the week!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

G, P, and B&BBQ

Today was a fantastic weekend day.

I started earlier than most weekend days on a golf course. Two lady friends and I went out golfing and then out for breakfast and it was so much fun. We'll have to do it again...although my arms and shoulders are bound to be sore tomorrow from my power drive. I was never as good at putting as I was at the drive. I think that is in part because my golfing experience in high school gym consisted of driving over the football field.

Anyhoo, I mustered up minimal motivation to get a little house cleaning done even though I really just wanted to nap on the porch couch after my big morning at the golf course (I placed second, by the way, with twice the par of the course).

Then I headed to work to plant my new potted palm. I'm so excited. Check out how much more homey my office looks. I could live there!

I topped off my fabulous Saturday with Blues & BBQ downtown Springfield. In the perimeter of the old state capitol, we sought out Midstate Meats to indulge in a meat man's Meat Parfait. I managed to power through a few layers of mashed potatoes and barbecued pork before hitting the meat parfait wall. It was unbelievably delicious, but it didn't leave much room for beer.

The slope was slippery on the way down to sleppyland after that. We hung out in the street in the cool and breezy night air while trying to consume a few beers, but eventually the meat parfait sleepiness took hold and we needed to head home.

Today was a practically perfect day and I can't wait to see what's in store fort tomorrow!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Not Your Average Day

It wasn't your average day at the office.

The day derailed early when a few of us started plotting. The plan was that the smallest of us would hide under the boss' desk when we saw her car pull into the parking lot and surprise her when she got into her office.

To better see into the parking lot, I started to move my desk, which I've been meaning to do for ages anyhow. The littlest was helping me until we realized the boss surprised us all by parking in the front lot. The prankster quickly hid herself under the desk, but I didn't hide my messy office fast enough.

Boss Lady opened her office, but quickly decided she should help me finish arranging my office. And despite me swearing I could take care of it myself, she helped me get everything back in place...while the littlest hid under the desk for about a half hour.

By that time, the prank fizzled out. Someone was in the hall pretending to look for a picture on her phone as she recorded everything and others kept peeking to check on the situation. All this and my trying to push her out of my office, tipped Boss Lady off that something was up and she eventually saw the hider's arm under her desk.

The good news is that I finally got my office rearranged! I even went out over lunch and picked up a palm I had been dreaming of for a bare corner. It's so homey and I think it's going to be so much more functional. I thoroughly enjoyed not having to walk all the way around my desk to get out of my office this afternoon. I'm going to be able to increase productivity tenfold!



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Day In The Life Of A Hair Model

So Day 1 was no good. Very bad, no good hair. It was about polar opposite of hair model. In the morning I had to rinse out the overnight treatment, so I thought I might as well dive into the new hair product. I usually don't wash my hair the morning after dying it, so that was my first mistake.

I just thought it was supposed to be a wonder product, so what is the harm, right? Well my hair turned incredibly dry and brittle. My hair is sensitive and needs lots of tlc. So it was so bad I wanted to hide my hair in a bun. But I persevered with the help of a little libation. A few drinks have an amazing way of helping you forget all about your crappy hair.

Day 2. Much better. I did the whole saturating the hair, leaving it on long enough, and using the styling product. Then I did not straighten my hair. That helps. I let it air dry. It was fabulously soft and fragrently fantastic. But it was still frizzy. It feels amazing, though, so I have high hopes for Day 3.

I'm going to tame this crazy hair if it kills me. Let's hope it doesn't and I just end up with great hair. The American dream of the millennium.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Going Natural

No I don't mean my hair color. Pretty sure that ship is lost at sea.

I actually dyed my hair again tonight (still red), but it was long overdue. I was waiting for my new Wen haircare to arrive. They tell me the color should fade less then when using traditional shampoos, so I wanted to wait until I had the miracle potion in my possession before permeating my hair with fresh color.

It's vibrantly red again with a leave-in treatment left in. I can hardly wait to rinse it tomorrow and begin my new life as a hair model. I've been so down in the dumps about how crappy my hair is here in hot and humid Springfield. It just was not built for this climate. I now know why my mom has short hair. There comes a point when you just want to give up on it. And believe me, there have been plenty of hot, sleepless nights when I was moments away from shaving it all off.

Luckily I've persevered and hopefully have found the cure for crappy hair. Stay tuned for all the details.

On a side note, I doused myself in tea tree oil to tame a raging headache and I believe it worked miracles. Nature is amazing, right?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Strawberry Experiment

After catching part of a PBS show, I was motivated to try out a strawberry face mask. I jumped on Google to find the recipe and stumbled upon a website called Strawberry-Recipes.com.

I mixed strawberries and baking soda for a tooth whitener. And gosh darn if it didn't work. Like magic! Then I mixed strawberries, coconut milk, and honey for a face mask (pictured). It is amazing how good my skin felt afterwards. And hours later I could still smell strawberry.

I think next time I would be inclined to puree the strawberries in my blender just to ease the strain on my drains. Other than that, this is a habit I could get used to. It will make me feel less guilty too about letting strawberries get too ripe.

Now I just have to find a recipe for that homemade lotion.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Planking And More Fun

Last night a stop at the local watering hole turned into a night out. We quickly moved on to the West side where Rabbi found an arm wrestling match. We became a conglomerate co-worker crew. Each coming from our own events to meet up for a random night out.

Once the group congealed, we pressed on to a new location for pictures of planking. Check out that form! Pit Bull also proved she could kick higher than Josie's head. It's amazing what you learn while hanging out with co-workers.

After all that fun, you may be asking yourself, "Self, wasn't she sick just days ago?" Yes. The answer is beer cures all ills. I was feeling pretty spectacular today for the first time this week! I'm looking forward to being completely over this bug tomorrow so I can enjoy more fair food!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

An Attempt

I haven't been feeling well the last couple of days and I'm soooo tired today. When I got home I couldn't even think about food, but quickly my thoughts turned to comfort food... and parsley.

I still have a boat load of parsley to use and mostly I use it in soup. I thought I SHOULD make soup, but what I really wanted was macaroni and cheese. I compromised by seeking out a recipe for a potato broccoli cheese soup. I had one potato in the house, and about a cup and a half of broccoli. I added celery, paprika, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley of course. I used coconut oil instead of butter, coconut milk instead of milk, and coconut flour instead of flour, but I still dumped a cup of cheese in at the end.

It was tasty enough that I gobbled it right down, but it was far from perfect. It had a grainy texture, but I think that may have just been partly due to the potato. I'd be inclined to leave it out altogether and possibly substitute with something fun like maybe red pepper.

The soup also had a sweetness. That possibility had concerned me because the coconut milk I had was vanilla. I think next time I'll get the original and perhaps that will help. You know how much I hate it when sweet things ruin my savory good times.

When it comes right down to it, I tricked myself into making me dinner even though I feel like crap. Now how soon is it acceptable to go to bed?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Little Wining

I'm sitting on the porch sipping on a glass of red wine. It was late, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Parmesan Cube Steak dinner on my porch. Crickets are chirping, the cicadas are sleeping, and Peanut is standing by the door to watch all the action. My biggest complaint right now would be the country act on the Grandstand that is ruining my good time. I may just see if I can catch a glimpse of the fireworks tonight.

My Friday overnight guest and I headed out Saturday morning for breakfast, so after that I hit up a few grocery stores. It isn't a frequent occurence for me to be out and about on a Saturday.

I popped into Food Fantasies finally to stock up on coconut and almond flour as well as coconut oil. I even found soap, I had forgotten I needed. On my way back north, I hit up the southside version of my normal grocery store to use up a few of those free Driscoll's coupons. I need to get as many as I can while the organic berries are in season. Absolutely delish. That is also where a bottle of red, red wine slipped into my bag. Oops!

I made homemade pizza (it's been awhile!) on Saturday night to enjoy with my wine. Luckily there were a few glasses left to compliment my porch time tonight.

All in all, a fun and relaxing weekend, but I keep thinking about the poor people in Indiana that were killed or injured in the rigging collapse at the State Fair there. It's strange the things that don't touch you personally, but still affect you deeply. It is the parallels we see in our own lives that connect us to people we don't know and will never meet.

I'm sitting on my porch listening to the screams of joy for the country act playing on the Grandstand and I'm thankful for them tonight.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Planking

Did I mention planking fun?

Magical

See? What did I say about magical? These palm trees are fantastic.

I enjoyed a few Corona's in the Coor's tent tonight. I had dinner on a strick...a fresh corn dog. I snagged a high octane Joose right before popping the bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and downed the drink quickly to extinguish the fire in my mouth.

To top off the night, ice cold Coors Light and a little planking fun from my co-workers. Man was it packed in the tent for Who's Bad-the Michael Jackson tribute band!

I'd say the fair is officially underway. I've even got a house guest already!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beep Beep Bang Bang

Orange striped barricades. Glowing wands waving back and forth directing me onward. Blurry, red tail lights winking at me in front, to the right, and left. A twenty minute detour on my way home.

It must be State Fair season.

I tasted a little fair action this morning when I went out to help banner the beer tent for the radio stations. The weather was absolutely magical. I captured a glimpse of the lighted palm trees against the deep blue sky. This has quickly become an icon of summer for me.

Unfortunately I put in a long day at the office and didn't make it back out to the fair to see the parade. By the time I was navigating my way around the fair to get home, the North side was an anthill of activity.

The street and every inch of lawn in my neighborhood was overflowing with cars. People spilled forth from the gates out into the street chitter chattering and bubbling with excitement. It wasn't long before the booming and banging started, signaling the first night of fireworks...a feature I forget about every year. I'm lucky Peanut is so laid back. I, on the other hand, am lamenting not being able to throw open my windows on this perfectly cool night, for I would be much too distracted by all the hub bub.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time Out

I'm putting myself in time out tonight. Last night I indulged in a few drinks, so tonight I'm looking forward to being home with my fantastically great smelling Peanut.

I'm feeling so positive on this eve of payday that I almost want to reinstate my Netflix membership. I probably should wait until I write out all my checks for bills tonight before I get too excited. In the meantime, I've begun a movie exchange program with a co-worker. I have three new movies waiting for me at home that I could watch. Yes, I really am excited to sit at home alone with my doggy and take care of some household business. Cause I'm cool like that.

I just need to cram as much work as possible into the working hours so I can really enjoy my time off. This is a busy week here at work with a lot of big projects coming up against deadlines and we're short-staffed. Isn't that just the way it works out?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A-Okay

I've had a whole heck of a lot on my mind lately, but as of this moment I'm feeling a-okay.

I got my house in order over the weekend. It took me both days of on and off productivity, but we're in pretty decent shape. I've still got a pile of dishes to tackle, but all in all, that isn't so bad.

I've stocked my fridge with healthy fruits and vegetables and can't wait to nutrient up this week. It means a lot knowing you have decent food to fill you up.

After a little pre-Monday at the office, I'm feeling more confident I'll be able to tackle all my Monday has in store for me. Bring it on.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lucky Lady

Tonight I cashed in my July grocery receipts for more grocery money. After many days of looking into an empty fridge, I was thrilled to be able to grill a garlicky steak and summer squash for dinner tonight.

My sister will be happy to know that I also got extra money to replace my reusable grocery bags. I will throw away the old ones that may contain asbestos fibers. I just wish I hadn't carried them around in my car for a whole month. Cough. Cough.

This is my next concern...the pantry. You are supposed to clean cans before opening them. But I'm thinking if there are fibers on the cans, there are fibers in my pantry. If only I could muster the motivation to empty out the cabinets and clean them all out.

There is so much left to do this weekend. But for now, I'm going to enjoy my 48 Hours Mystery and possibly some popcorn. My fresh and fluffy Peanut would probably concur.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Good News!

I understand my grocery store is offering refunds for the asbestos snacks! I only went grocery shopping twice in the month of July, but even so, my produce and meat spending was $45 of the total $55 I spent during the month. If I can get a refund for that, it will probably feed me for another month!

Apart from dying from the asbestos poisoning, how lucky can one girl get?

In my process of looking into this refund business, I also realized you are supposed to throw away grocery bags. Well, I have the reusable ones, so I'm hoping washing them will do the trick. I also hope carrying them around in my car hasn't increased my exposure to the death fibers. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zippity Doo Dah

It is too late for this zippiness!

I was tired only a half hour ago and now due to circumstances I cannot disclose [EDITOR'S NOTE: I MADE RED BULL CUPCAKES FOR MY BOSS' BIRTHDAY. THEY WENT OVER RELATIVELY WELL, BUT SURE DID MAKE ME ZIPPY!], I'm zippy. I've been getting up early lately and I should continue down that path...even tomorrow. (By putting this in writing I am willing it so.)

Tomorrow is a new day and a new adventure. I've got mind-boggling problems to solve in the reporting aspects of our new traffic system at work. It's funny how you can only get by with the bare necessities for so long before you need the damn thing to actually work. I'm sure I'll have to develop a brilliant way to make the crap system do what I want it to. Luckily I'm genius that way.

Wish me luck...for a good night's sleep and a fantastically productive day tomorrow!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Slow Asbestos Death

How do you know when you've had too much asbestos?

So I just heard that my grocery store that has been remodeling ripped out some asbestos tiles. I remember being in the store when there were tiles missing. So they say if you purchased meat or produce between July 5th and now you should throw it away.

Well crap! That is most of what I purchase and I've already eaten it! Am I dying now? How can you tell? It would be great if I could get a refund for the asbestos snacks. I'd actually be able to buy fresh food. For the time being I'm on a grocery spending freeze due more to finances than the fact that my grocery store was closed down for trying to kill me. Maybe I should rethink my reasoning.

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