Happy New Year

I resolve to dance more

and wear blue.

You have done what you could — some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Wine I oughta'

My first experience with wine was well planned and eventful. I was a freshman in High School, my friend
Cindy was a sophomore. We had heard many funny (from our senior friends) about how getting drunk was ever soooo cool. We wanted our own stories to tell. So naturally we discuss the possibility with our moms (that's right.) After much discussion a decision was made. We could do it. But, with rules. 

Rule one: We get our own drink of choice. Our mothers would have nothing to do with it, monetarily or  otherwise.

Rule two: The event would take place at Cindy's house and we could include one other friend. Cindy's mom would be out of the house overnight (a phone call away) and my mom would be home (a few houses down) in case of an emergency.

Rule three: Because Cindy could drive and I had a permit, the car keys were taken away. This rule stands true today.. don't drink and drive.

That's it girls. See you in the am. (grins on their faces)

 On the day of the "event" four bottles of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill Wine showed up at the door - delivered by one of our senior friends. (Why is everybody grinning?) After a few minutes of admiring our bounty, we went on to the all important task of choosing the glass we would use to consume our story in a bottle. We decided on the tallest glass. Let the drinking begin.

We drank the first glass slowly, savoring the taste of strawberry. Yum... tastes like jello. Needless to say it didn't take much and we were in the "you're my best friend"... "I love you" stage. We were so happy. We danced, we sang, we ran around with no clothes on. Soon after came the confession stage "did I ever tell you I want to be you?".... Then comes I shouldn't have had that last bottle stage. I lay across the bed pleading for the room to stop spinning and promising my mom if I make it through this I will never drink again. This was the consensus of the room.

The next morning I arrive home with my head pounding - (the sound of my own voice was enough to make me cry) and mom asks in her loudest speaking voice "How was it?" My hands fly up to my cover ears, the universal gesture for "Ouchhhhhhh must you use words to communicate with me?" She sent me up to my room armed water and orange juice. I spent the rest of the day and evening sitting cross- legged in my beanbag chair praying the pounding would stop and my sisters would do their living and breathing somewhere far away. Mom came to check on me a few times and simply grinned. Her work was done. I didn't drink again for a long, long, time or eat strawberry jello.

If you find yourself the morning after New Years Eve sitting cross - legged in a beanbag chair try a couple of the remedies below. 

  • Drink plenty of water and try to stay away from coffee and carbonated drinks. 
  • Mixed fruits are one great way to treat your hangover. Fruits such as bananas, peaches, grapes and strawberries make good smoothies for hangover cure. It is also nice to add vitamin supplements while making a smoothie.
  • If you have a juicer, cranberry, apple and orange juices are also quite helpful to give one’s body a boost on Vitamin C. Natural fruit juice i advised rather than those seemingly 100% organic juices from the supermarket. Remember that the freshest juices are those squeezed from the freshest fruits, and the healthiest juices are those which have been squeezed by none other than yourself.
  •  Eggs are also natural cure for hangovers. But remember not to fry it, pouch it or boil it then add it to your hot soup. Avoid foods with plenty of fats and oils.

*Ginger is also believed to detoxify the body and helps in setting back the balance in the body by aiding in the flushing out of the alcohol.

You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack... it grew by one. So there... there were two of us in the wolf pack... I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, "Wait a second, could it be?" And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast!

One Fly Santa

Merry Merry Christmas from me to you.


 "That wasn't flying! That was falling...with style!"
Woody says to Buzz
Toy Story

side pony

No news to those who know me, I'm all about the pony. High or low and I'm really loving this messy side pony I discovered on  A Cup Of Joe. 


1. Start with day-old hair...meaning it's been a day since you've washed it. (If you must wash your hair, then use a volumizing spray to add oomf; and if your hair is oily, use a French dry shampoo to build body and texture.) Now make a deep side part on one side of your hair. You can use a rat-tail comb to get an extra straight part.

2. Backcomb the top quarter of your hair. Basically, brush the hair downwards toward your scalp so it's sort of frizzy and can stand on its own.

3. Gently brush the very top layer of your hair to make it smooth on the top. That way, all the backcombing will be hidden under the layer that you brushed. Still, don't brush too much, you want it a little messy.

4. Take the entire backcombed section and pin it behind your head. To make it secure, place the bobby pins in an "X."

5. Now take all your hair and put it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Tighten the rubber band as tight as you can. This will help "push" your hair up, creating more volume at the top.

5. You can either leave the rubber band exposed, or hide it by taking a small half-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the rubber band. Take a small bobby pin and pin the hair to the rubber band.

6. Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair. Use the same motion as you did to back comb, but use your fingers instead, since this will create a messy texture but will be softer and gentler than using a comb. Remember, this look isn't about perfection; it looks best slightly messy.

A cup of joe

Excitement was plentiful during my two years' service as a Pony Express rider.
Buffalo Bill

mad pie

Popped out of the oven this way. 

really, really, mad

"It could be argued that there is an element of entertainment in every pie, as every pie is inherently a surprise by virtue of its crust.”  Janet Clarkson, Pie
ya think?


last outdoor flea

 One of the many things I love about the flea market. 

Superman riding a stuffed boar mounted to a slab of wood wearing giant sunglasses and sombrero. Oh. yeah.. and an alligator trying to make it's way outta town before the snow flies.

With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60.
Jack Nicholson

kepler 22-B


For my Em.. astronomy is your friend.

A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside our solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life, except for one hitch. It's a bit too big.
The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard to find place that's not too hot, not too cold, where water, which is essential for life, doesn't freeze or boil. And it has a shopping mall-like surface temperature of near 72 degrees, scientists say.

The planet's confirmation was announced Monday by NASA along with other discoveries by its Kepler telescope, which was launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009.
That's the first planet confirmed in the habitable zone for Kepler, which had already found Earth-like rocky planets elsewhere. Twice before astronomers have announced a planet found in that zone, but neither have been as promising.


Every time I go and shave, I assume there's someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, 'I'm gonna go shave, too.'
Mitch Hedberg


A chignon is a popular type of hairstyle. The word “chignon” comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck. Chignons are generally achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or at the back of the head, but there are many different variations of the style.

You can get the look in three steps:

Step 1
Tie a low ponytail, either to the side or in the center.
Step 2
Wind your ponytail in your hand to create a twisted effect.
Step 3
Keeping your hair twisted, wrap it around a hairband then fix in place with grips.

* For a messy look, pull a few strands out to hang loose.

 - How to do a romantic chignon bun

Or add three more steps. It's really the same thing as the three step, but with more words.

  1. Brush into a low ponytail.
  2. Secure it at the nape of your neck.
  3. Wrap the ponytail around the base
  4. Tie second elastic around the bun.
  5. Secure the sides with bobby pins, tucking them into the bun to conceal.
  6. Use your fingers and pull a few stands of hair out and lightly spray with hairspray.

I'm all about the messy chignon.

Seriously gorgeous.

Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.
Ivana Trump

while you blinked and I looked away


That's right,  while we were just doin' what we do... Representative Joe Pitts, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, held a hearing on November 2nd. The hearing was about taking away new preventive benefits from millions of American women. The reason for this hearing (clearly) is to undermine the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that ensures health plans will cover birth control with no co-pays - one of the most popular benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

  Pitts was the sponsor and pushed for a vote on H.R. 358, a bill that would have eliminated existing protections for women seeking care in emergency situations. Since becoming subcommittee chair, Representative Pitts has aggressively gone after women's health  issues 
(why you hatin' Joe?)

Recently NPR reported, conservatives are stepping up their attacks against birth control as "more and more voices are opposing the provision of birth control for its own sake."

It's important to note that birth control use is nearly universal in the United States: 99 percent of women who have been sexually active have used birth control at some point in their lives.

Planned Parenthood is asking for all those so inclined to give President Obama  10,0000 Reasons Why Birth Control Matters  here  in the hopes he and Secretary Sebelius will decide to keep birth control coverage intact for millions of hardworking women. I gave my two cents.

Men - their rights and nothing more; Women - their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

four ways and a classic

A white shirt is a classic.
I have a few in my closet, how about you?
Oh and by the way... do you button up or down?
Either way, check out this fabulous video with four great ideas on how to wear a classic.

This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty.
Mitch Hedberg

I see blue in that black

A few months ago my dining room went from yellow to black. A blue - black (there is such a thing) actually. We were having a lovely dinner with friends and the subject of the dining room color came up. Since we were sitting in the dining room surrounded by the chosen color it made sense. 

"How do you like the black?" I ask.  *  "Oh, I thought it was blue."

My work here is done.

                             Too many people just eat to consume calories. Try dining for a change.
                                                                        John Walters

from Roo to you

Happy Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving is a magical time of year when families across the country join together to raise America's obesity statistics. Personally, I love Thanksgiving traditions: watching football, making pumpkin pie, and saying the magic phrase that sends your aunt storming out of the dining room to sit in her car."
Stephen Colbert

life of the party

Just in case things get a little boring at Thanksgiving Dinner. 

Ta - Da

A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.
Adelbert von Chamisso

scarf season

scarf * a long piece of cloth worn about the head, neck, or shoulders

 scarf * to eat or drink voraciously; devour

 Scarves are wonderful accessories don't you think?  Yes? Me too!

Have you ever wondered how many ways you can wear one? Well now you can stop wondering. Because below is a most wonderful video showing 25 different ways to wear a scarf in under five minutes.  Don't thank me.. thank Wendy from Wendy's Look Book  here.

it's only temporary

wallpaper *  usually with printed decorative patterns in color, for pasting on and covering the walls or ceilings of rooms.

self adhesive* Having a surface coated with an adhesive and not needing any substance, such as glue or paste, applied to form a bond

temporary* Lasting, used, serving, or enjoyed for a limited time.

 *Wallpaper.  *It's versatile.  *It can liven' up any decor.  *Love.

  And now.... way easy to take down the minute you get tired of looking at it and it doesn't take a rented steamer. Welcome to the world of temporary wall covering.  






The main part of the house is a deep red and I have butterscotch carpet. And I have a bathroom with leopard skin floor, wallpaper and toilet.
Macy Gray

I've met the enemy and it's name is eucalyptus

* Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees (and a few shrubs) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia

* Eucalyptus has long been used as an antiseptic and decongestant. From the aborigines of Australia, eucalyptus is known around the world for its soothing and healing properties. Eucalyptus warms and dries, which makes it an effective treatments for respiratory problems. It works as an anti-inflammatory and revives the tired mind.

Eucalyptus is good stuff.

Google away my friends, you'll be hard pressed to find anything negative said about it.

Until now.

 I was sitting on the living room floor having a perfectly wonderful conversation with my sister. When the faint smell of eucalyptus slowly crept into the room. (my niece had eucalyptus incenses burning in the kitchen.) Okay, that's nice. However, with each word the smell got stronger and stronger until my head felt twice it's normal size. My eyes became so narrow my sister looked horizontal. 

So, with my giant head and my eyes nearly shut I go to the kitchen to grab some raw carrots and a bottle of water from the fridge (why?) I don't know why. I begin to chop on carrots like a famished beady eyed rabbit and chug water to wash 'em down. I decide I should step outside for some fresh air - I'm still chopping and chugging as I step out into the cool air. Ahh... that's better. For a minute. Clearly I'm suffering from eucalyptus poisoning (that or I'm actually turning into a beady eyed carrot crazed rabbit.) The signs are all there....giant head, beady eyes, raw carrot craving. I'm pacing back and forth considering a google search for "eucalyptus how much is too much" when like a hammer it hits me. I have a migraine. Brought on by a combination of humid southern air and eucalyptus. Yes, the beautiful silver - green " known around the world for its soothing and healing properties" eucalyptus has me praying  to "toss my carrots" and find a nice cool cave to sleep in (preferably not in Australia.)

Eucalyptus....it works as an anti-inflammatory and revives the tired mind. Yeah. NO.

Speaking of Poison.


I'm looking through you


                                                                          You're not the same


My favorite "You can not be serious" look.

Striker: "Surely you can't be serious?!" Rumack: "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."

Quote from the movie Airplane

hands down

“If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.”

“Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.” 

“I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later you might think you're having a good idea but it's just eggs hatching.”

Incredible Hand Art.  Bet you had to look twice.

“It's fascinating to think that all around us there's an invisible world we can't even see. I'm speaking, of course, of the World of the Invisible Scary Skeletons.”

Welcome October

Wait for it.........

“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir, We must rise and follow her; When from every hill of flame, She calls and calls each vagabond by name”

beautiful form watcher

Below: what parts of my home would look like. 

If you had kaleidoscopes for eyes.

In 1816, the kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist, Sir David Brewster.
  Kaleidoscope means the beautiful form watcher.


Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.
                                                                         Adrian Guelke

*I used http://pixlr.com/o-matic/air/  for the photos. Check it out.  Too Cool.