Year In Review

ImageWith 2013 almost over it’s about time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the last 365 days or so.  I’ve had a busy year.  Most people say that but compared to my previous years this one takes the cake.

  • I changed from full-time to part-time at work
  • I started at Cleveland Chiropractic College to finish up my undergrad work
  • It snowed… a LOT (cleaning up feet upon feet of snow alone sucks)
  • I was snowed in at work so patients would have the care they deserve
  • I had a birthday (duh)
  • I was accepted into the doctorate program
  • I left my job completely to start school full time
  • I put two dogs down for serious health reasons just a few weeks apart
  • I filed for divorce (which wasn’t exactly smooth)
  • I lost two dogs in the split (still have my little cuddle buddy though)
  • I lost a best friend that had been by my side for years
  • I’ve learned how hard it is to take care of a house completely alone (although it’s not changed that much)
  • I’ve started the doctorate program at Cleveland University Kansas City (they got university status in January)
  • I’ve made numerous new friends
  • I’ve had more than a few first dates
  • I’ve found a new best friend and confidant 
  • I’ve learned that I’m not as strong as people believe I am but I’m stronger than I think
  • I’ve been able to check several items off of my bucket list
  • I’ve learned that I like quiet

Overall I think that it’s been a very good year.  Lots of changes but change is good.  Being able to adapt to those changes is better.  I’m stronger for everything that I’ve experienced and as much as I’d like to say that I would rather have had a quiet year I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I finally look forward to the future and welcome it and all that it brings.

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Day 3: Deeper into Hell

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I actually completed the entire workout today! Granted if I sit for too long now I need help getting back up. But I finished it!

This is not to say that I did the majority of the workout without using Jillian’s modified moves. Because that would be a lie. I don’t even care. I can do pushups for the entire time I’m supposed to be doing them. Are they the girly kind using my knees instead of my toes? Hell ya! Is this program kicking my ass? Duh.

I just really hope that my formerly round body catches on soon and stops this super sore routine. Because it is making things hard. Like getting into the car, standing up from the toilet, and don’t even ask me to sit on the floor.

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.

There’s Poo in My Hair

Shampoo that is.  I read a ton of blogs.  One of the lovely ladies I follow is so super talented she even makes her own solid shampoos and conditioners.  I was lucky enough to find a sample of both in my mailbox this week.  Now, you know that I’m a klutz so a solid bar of anything could have disastrous results in a shower.  This is easily remedied with those little organa bags brides love so much.

Wonderland Handmade Bath and Body is where you can also have the same amazing shower experience that I had (not that kind you dirty monkeys).  I’ll be honest that when I first opened up the mailing package the scent kind of took me over.  It was a very strong mix of what reminded me of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil and Pearberry lotion.  I was a bit concerned that I would have to swat away bees if the scent stuck around after I used these new little gems.  I put the package on the table and went on with my day.  Coming back to it a few days later ready to use the shampoo for the first time I found that the scent was no longer overpowering.  My guess is that the short trip from Wisconsin to Kansas in a sealed envelope might have concentrated the scent.

Juicy Green Pear Conditioner and Coconut Shampoo (bad camera phone)

This shampoo experience is completely new to me.  I wet down my hair and started lathering the bar between my hands to work up enough lather for my head.  Almost immediately the softest mound of bubbles was ready.  Into my hair it went.  Scrub, scrub, scrub, and rinse.  As the site says “be sure to use lots of water during the wash and rinse, since this is actually a shampoo concentrate in solid form” I rinsed and rinsed.  I actually stood there a moment trying to decide if I needed conditioner.  Which as it has been quite chilly here lately (wool coats have been used) and I use an extra conditioner even after 2-in-1 shampoos (plus we have some of the hardest water around) I grabbed the conditioner.  Again rubbing the little flower shaped solid between my hands I lightly coated my locks.  Rinse again.

Once out of the shower I toweled my hair so it wasn’t dripping and proceeded to brush through it.  Wait!  No tangles… not a single one.  Even my super-hope-Hubby-doesn’t-ask-how-much-this-cost products can’t do that.  Wow.  Really impressed.  I was afraid this kind of result would happen if I was too heavy on the conditioner and will find the greasy look after my blow dryer was done with its job but I was totally wrong.  These products are just that good.  I couldn’t help myself throughout the day to play with my hair.  I felt like a 50’s teen with a crush twirling my hair all day.  This is some seriously good stuff people.

[insert cheesy infomercial voice] How much would you expect to pay for such an amazing product?  $60? NO! $50? NO!  How about the low low price of just $10 each.  That’s right.  $10 gets you enough shampoo to last as long as a 12 ounce bottle of the liquid stuff.  And the conditioner will last just as long (if you keep these dry between uses~ everyone knows what happens to the bar of soap left in the puddle too long).

Luci, I’m so glad that I was able to try these out.  I was blind but now I see.  Solid ‘poo and con for me from now on!

~ For the record this was not a paid review.  Also, I have fine hair but a lot of it.  It’s been too long but it is color treated.