Foamy Newness

As we’ve talked about before I can be kind of flighty.  Sometimes this comes in the form of bouncing interests when I get bored.  Or when I should be working on something else.  For example, I really should be working on my final paper yet somehow the new hair dye I just bought called louder than the huge stack of data to sort through.

Yes, I’m one of the 99.98% of women who cannot honestly remember what their natural hair color is.  With the exception of about a year I have dyed my hair since I was 14.  That single year was recently when Hubby asked me what my natural color was and I answer him I decided to grow it out and see.  Notice that it’s been dyed several times since this little experiment if that tells you anything.

New product alert!  I saw an ad in one of those magazines that made me curious to try a new product.  Samy Fat Foam Hair Color.  Found at Walmart on sale for about $6.  I’ve used creams, gels, and liquids to dye my hair.  Hell, I even used that crazy spray in sun stuff (we’re not even talking about the Koolaid or Jello powder summer).  But foam is a different experience for me.  From the packaging I was expecting foam similar to mousse and not Cool Whip so that was a bit of a challenge.

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the directions was that there were a lot of them.  We’re talking some serious reading material.  I’m used to only having to look up how long to process the color once the mess is in my hair.  This was more like a chemistry experiment.  Here’s the simple version:

  1. Wear gloves
  2. Pour developer liquid into container
  3. Pour powder dye into container
  4. Tighten lid onto container
  5. Shake container vertically for more than 30 seconds
  6. Open lid
  7. Coat hair with foam
  8. Wait 30 minutes
  9. Rinse until water is clear
  10. Use included shampoo and conditioner
  11. Style as normal

 

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How did it turn out?  I like it.  I was a bit disappointed that there were only ten colors to choose from but maybe that’s why I don’t like picking colors from the other lines… too many options.  This one was pretty easy to use and I only managed to drop one blob of fluffy stuff on me (nothing on my bathroom for that matter) so that’s a definite plus.  Another plus is the smell… or lack of smell.  I won’t lie and tell you that it was like walking through a patch of flowers nestled next to a stream in the mountains.  It just wasn’t the normal burn-every-hair-in-your-nose stench most hair dye comes with.  I like the color even though my initial reaction was along the lines of “Oh MY!  That is a bit DARK!”  But I think it’s a nice change from my normal medium/light brownie coppery color.  Would I use this again?  Yes.  I really think that I would.

~Please note this is not a paid review.

Begin the Hate

Not the pile in my home but similar

I’ve posted in the past about my obsession with finding the perfect gift for people during the holidays.  The one thing that they may have mentioned in February that would make them happy to receive sometimes ends up in their possession during the holidays.  This is something I strive for.  To see that the recipient totally forgot they even mentioned it is the best reward.   Sometimes it’s something that is made special just for them (we’re talking crafty stuff) or even a gathering of smaller things running with a theme.  Silent Bob was presented with a foodie’s delight basket last year.  I really had a hard time not digging into that one early myself.

With one exception my holiday gifts are finished.  Totally. Done.  Some purchased stuff along with some creative stuff.  But that part doesn’t matter as much as it being complete.  I don’t have to worry about a panicked search through the aisles of Hellmart finding the perfect popcorn tin. 

Yah, you can hate me.  I’m okay with that.

Pleasing Purse

If you ask my husband I have too many purses.  Not like most women and the shoe collections I hear about.  Mind you these aren’t the super expensive brand name kinds.  They’re just the Hellmart Tarjay kind but still.  I found one the other day I knew I needed.  Actually to be honest my mom found one and I had to have my own.  You’ve seen the infomercial about the insert that has all of the pockets that you place in the purse to organize it?

This new find actually has a version of the organizer inside already.  It’s attached so I don’t have to worry about pulling it out when I go to grab something.  See.  I know it’s a bit hard to make it all out but trust me it’s great.  AND 30% off!  So for under $20 I think this is a real find.  You can find your own at Kmart.  The brand it Butler Essentials by Jen Groover.

MmmMinty Fresh

It’s been a long time since I’ve really been surprised by a product.  I was out with Button last night and we made a trip to Hellmart.  After wandering around a bit I found these. (go to the site and get a coupon!)

The Colgate Wisps are single use toothbrush like items.  There is a little “breath freshening bead” located in the middle of the bristles.  On the other end there is a pick to reach between teeth.  Since the breath freshening bead is sugar free it’s a great alternative to the after-lunch stick of gum.  Also it says on the package that it’s non-foaming, leaves no residue, and is safe to swallow.

After my first use I really want to get some more of these and pass them out to my friends (and the creepy lady that brushes and flosses in the public bathroom at work… yuck).  For just a few dollars you get a pack of four individually wrapped brushes.  They also come in three flavors (peppermint, spearmint, and cinnamon).

It’s the Little Things

The highlight of the weekend for me was a quick trip to Hellmart.  Now, some people have sock monsters in their dryer… not in my house.  Nope.  We have an undie-eater.  I’m not kidding.  I have to buy underwear about four times a year… not because what I have is worn out but just plain missing.  Yes, missing.  It’s really ok because for some reason I really do like new underwear.  It’s something so simple that just makes me feel happy.  I know it’s odd.  Actually, I’ve asked a few people about this and they were in complete agreement.  So, maybe I’m not the only odd ball out there.  There’s hope afterall.

Miss Me?

Here’s the short run down on the last week or so.  I had a lovely week off from work… didn’t get anything done that I wanted to really (lots of doctor appointments though), started last week with jury duty (a really great experience that I’ve never had before), Sunday I started a new addiction interest (I’ll get to that in a moment), I got my eval at work yesterday, today is turkey day (my sister is playing host this year), and I get to work tomorrow.

Now for my latest obsession interest…

No, not the movie.  I haven’t even seen a trailer for the movie yet.  In an amazing marathon of reading on Sunday I read all 498 pages in one sitting.  Button, I apologize for all of the teasing I give you for not reading “grown up” books.  This one really surprised me.

Only to follow with…

I felt it necessary to stretch this one out since I don’t have the rest of the series yet.  So this one was about 523 pages between Sunday and Monday then I had to follow up with the rest of the 40 or so pages on Tuesday.

Here’s where I need help.  I can’t find the third book anywhere and I don’t have the patience to wait for the mail if I order it online.  Does ANYONE have this book and may I borrow it for a few days?  Here’s the one I’m looking for.

When I say I can’t find it anywhere I mean I spent about 2 hours last night going from store to store.  Starting with a large bookstore that only had one copy of Twilight and a few of Breaking Dawn (the 4th in the series).  I then ended up searching Kmart, CVS, Walgreens, and a Walmart I’m not really supposed to go into after dark.  No Eclipse! ANYWHERE!!!  C’mon people, share the love!  Help a poor adict out and give her the fix she needs.  Anyone?

UPDATE: SKVDRDB from work found this one for me!!! I can’t thank her enough.

Laughing in the Rain

First, no I’m not normal.  I don’t usually know where my umbrella is.  Very rarely use one.  I’ll let you in on a secret…. humans don’t melt in the rain. Ok, now for all of the smart asses out there.  Yes, I’m human.  There I said it.

I started out today in kind of a strange fog of sorts.  I didn’t have to go to work since I’m working Saturday.  I had a small list of things I needed to get done.  Grocery shopping, pay bills, do a quick write up for chem and submit it, sort through some clothing and donate what I can’t use, get my oil changed.  I like getting errands done during the week if I can.  It’s like I’m breaking some rule.  Almost like skipping but it’s well within the what-won’t-get-me-fired category.

Since R is the one that does all of my auto repair I figured I would see him first.  Ok, he asked me to drop by early in the day since they had some things going on in the shop and I did ask him to squeeze me in.  My first stop (after the bills and sorting of clothing) was Astralbody Dollar coffee place (c’mon you know it).  Only to find that in my rush of getting everything organized to leave the house that I forgot to eat.  Yes, it’s kind of like forgetting you have to pee.  It does happen.  I walked into the Target that this place is located (ok stop laughing.  I live in the boonies and we take what we can get) and figure I would order what I always hear one of my crazy family raving about.  I walked right up to the tiny woman in the green apron ten sizes too large for her dimunetive frame and ordered the smallest soy vanilla late and a huge pumpkin spice late.  It’s a good thing I got that pumpkin late too… the soy vanilla late had no flavor.  NONE!  Alright, $3 spent on warm milk-like thing.  Here’s the best part, as I’m putting my order in I try to find something in the case of food that could possibly take me until lunch time when I spy oatmeal.  Yes, plain jane oatmeal in java world.  Ok, I buy it.  It really has to be some kind of super tasty brand or something worthy of the green smiley lady on the bowl.  Nope, the barista opened a pack of (I am not making this up) Quaker plain instant oatmeal.  Then to top it off asked me what toppings I wanted.  Um, ok.  The display showed brown sugar, raisins, and nuts.  I opted for the brown sugar and nuts.  It didn’t taste too bad for plain oatmeal but really.  $3.  Lesson learned.

Off to the shop I go.  Oil change.  Check!  List of other things that need repair.  Check!  Oh well.  At least I got to show off my personal assistant talent.  I was asked to call a couple of companies that R is contractor for and play the “where’s my check” card.  It worked splendedly.  R couldn’t believe how fast I could get the answer he was looking for.  Finally, all that time following around state government officials pays off.

Next stop, the donation center.  Nevermind that sign that says they’re open Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm for donations.  Nevermind that it’s Monday and only 3:00.  Apparently when you take charity you get to make your own hours.  So I still have three bags of clothes in the car.

Hellmart here I come!  Groceries were easy enough.  As painless as it gets I suppose.  At least until I go to leave the store.  I can’t see the cars in the lot it’s raining that hard.  F.U.N.  So, I say again, I don’t use an umbrella most of the time (now if there’s hail I’ll use it).  I’m not running.  I’m not even in a speed walk to the car.  Nope, slowly walking to the car.  Laughing the whole way.  Laughing enough that a lady actually felt the need to stop and ask me if I was alright.  Don’t know why the whole rushing around to get out of the rain croud stuck me as hyserical but it did.  Why run?  So what, you’re wet.  This is the modern era and we do have heaters and are fully capable of drying.  We won’t die from being rained upon.

Once in the car I decided we were going to have some of the take and bake pizza for supper.  Which was fine until I found out that my oven decided to die.  Yah, did I mention that I had called Button and Mr Button over to share said pizza?  Yah.  Figures.  So strangely enough laughing in the rain was the highlight of the day.  Even more strange is that the next time it rains I’m going to try to do it again.  It was rather freeing in a soggy kind of way.