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eSalon Custom Formulated Hair Color Review

eSalon custom formulated hair color is claiming to be the new at-home hair dye that we all must try.  They are claiming that their service is good enough to replace drug store brands, cheaper than going to a professional and somehow better than what a stylist can do in a salon.  After months of seeing these advertisements I decided to take the plunge and give them a try.  This is my experience and what happened when I ordered eSalon Custom Hair Dye.

The first step was signing up at their website.  I plugged in my email address and was confronted with a screen asking me what color is my natural hair color.  You have 3 pictures to choose from; a blonde woman, a dark brunette woman and a curly red headed woman.  As a redhead I chose the curly red headed woman.  (*Note – I noticed that when it came to the red, the women almost all of the time had curly hair. I worried that the dye for red hair was meant for a different texture of hair but that ended up not being the case.)

As I moved through the screens I was asked pretty much the same variety of questions that a stylist would ask.  What kind of color is currently on my hair.  When was the last time I dyed it. How much gray do I have etc. eSalon’s system asks a lot of questions to really drill down what you look like and at the very end I uploaded several pictures of myself from both front and back angles so they could really see my hair color.

When I completed filling out what felt like a contract for my soul I placed my order and hoped to god I had not just wasted my money.  There was nothing I could do but wait.  I had decided I wanted to go considerably darker than my normal golden red; I was going for a chocolatey auburn so at the very last part of the ordering process I made sure I included a note for the person that would be mixing my hair.

A couple of days later I received an email telling me something had gone awry and I needed to contact the company before they sent out my product because if they sent me the wrong product I would have to reorder.  I dialed the phone number on their website and was immediately met with a message saying they were closed.  I started to panic.  How could they be closed?  The lab has to be open for the custom color mixer person to blend my custom formulated chocolately auuburn hair dye!  I dialed again and again received the message they were closed.

With lightning speed I jumped onto email and shot a letter to their customer service box letting them know they asked me to call them but they were closed.  I expressed that I was worried about my transaction.  a couple of emails and a few calls later I receive a phone call from someone who claimed to be my own personal color mixer person.  He wanted to discuss my color choice.  He made a comment “since you have ALL THAT hair” and I laughed but I was secretely scared inside that there wouldn’t be enough dye in the bottle to color all of my hair.  He assured me they would be sending me two bottles of dye.  It’s complientary the first time.  After that I would have to pay for 2 bottles.  I have to say I don’t like this about them.  1 bottle is roughly $20 so after my first order I would have to pay full price and full price for 2 bottles if I wanted all of my hair dyed.  Not cool.  the first order was only $10 because of the promotion.  I couldn’t see myself paying $40 for hair dye when I can 2 boxes at Target for less than $10 each.  My debit card agrees.

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When my order I arrived I received a box that had 2 bottles of color, 2 bottles of developer, 2 pairs of pink gloves, a brush, a packet of what they call stain guard but is really just vaseline, a package of stain rand a packet of shampoo and conditioner.  Included in the box was a set of instructions that claimed to have been specially prepared just for me by my custom hair color mixer person back at the eSalon lab.  The labels all had my name on them and said they were mixed just for me.  It was cute but I am not so naive as to fail to understand that is the justification behind the price point.  I have to say having my name on the product would not sway me to buy it.  I have deeper criteria than the packaging.  It honestly doesn’t matter to me that it came in a waste-of-space pretty box with plastic gloves made to hold these specific bottles.  They  could have shoved the ingredients in a bubble-wrap lined manilla shipping envelope and I would have been okay with that because the packaging is not what matters.  What matters is what condition my hair would be in when I was done.

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Nice touch putting my name on the bottle but honestly I can do this with my printer.

 

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Before I got started I brushed my hair out and took a picture.  Bear in mind my hair was dirty.  I had not washed it for 2 days in preperation for this day.  Here’s my hair from the back before dying it with eSalon hair dye.  There are white spots on the photo because I was in the middle of working on my bathroom and construction grime was on the mirror and I didn’t notice.

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Now, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.  This was a product I had never tried, had no point of reference for and knew nothing about.  As you can see I have long hair.  I cut it to just below my shoulders and went light brown in January 2013.  I missed my hair and I have no intention of frying it off now that it is long again.  You better believe I did a strand test.  I tested a good sized swatch of hair and it went well so I took the plunge.

sectionedMy custom prepared instructions told me to seperate my hair into 4 sections.  so I did as told.  I mixed up the bottle for my roots and got started applying it.  I was instructed to leave the dye on my roots for 10 minutes and then apply the other bottle to the ends and let that sit for another 15 minutes.  When the 15 minutes was up I was to add water to the roots and massage it and rinse it out completely with warm water until the dye stops coloring the watering.  This is all normal stuff but it bothered me that the dye time was short but I guess it wasn’t really considering it was just broken up into 2 sessions of application.

Once my hair was dryed and brushed the texture was nice.  It was still soft and silky but I noticed it had a touch of courseness to it that wasn’t there before.  I am okay with that bit of courseness even though I know it means damage because it will help it not lay so flat.  The smell of the product was stinky but it wasn’t any worse than any boxed brand I’ve ever bought from the store.  One thing I do want to point out is that this dye is extremely messy.  I’m a veteran self dyer and this was the worst in the mess factor.  It dripped everywhere. I was very irritated with the mess.

The overall color of my hair was okay but it was certainly nothing to write home about.  the roots were darker than the ends.  There wasn’t much dimension to the color.  Within days it felt flat and dull.  Now 3 weeks later the color is gone. It was gone by week 2 actually. My hair has a small amount of barely brown showing through but otherwise it is as if I never dyed it.  Except the grays.  I can’t deny that it is covering my grays but keep in mind I only have a few silver strands.  I don’t see them in there right now.  I ended up cancelling my account and removing any auto replenish settings.  I won’t be buying this product anymore.  Not at that price for the color to wash out that quick.  I would say to someone else though, give it a try.  it might work for you.  Just because it isn’t for me doesn’t mean it isn’t for you.

Below are a couple of pictures of my new hair.  I haven’t taken a pic at week 3 but I will get one soon and get it posted so you can see the color is gone.

 

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How to Travel with A Vibrator & other Sex Toys

coupleThe Proper Way to Take a Vibrator on a Plane

Traveling with sex toys, vibrators in particular, has the potential to turn from greatly anticipated vacation to sexually humiliating nightmare rather quickly. Airport security is working more diligently to find strange, possibly dangerous, items in passenger’s luggage these days. Here’s the right way to travel with your favorite sex toy.

Packing sex toys and vibrators

You should never just toss your toys into your suitcase. Each toy should be packed with precision. There are two kinds of packing materials to take into consideration.

  1. A cloth bag. Any soft, clean cloth bag will do. You can even use those purple drawstring bags that Crown Royal Whiskey comes in. A cloth bag will protect your vibrator from getting travel grime on it as well as keep any existing cords from getting tangled in your personal items.

Note about ordinary cloth bags. These will not keep your vibrators from showing up on the x-ray machine.

  1. Cleverly disguised sex toys. You can purchase vibrators that look like ordinary hair brushes, a tube of lipstick or even a sports massager. Typically security sees these things and pays them no attention.

Where to pack a vibrator

First of all never pack your vibrator in your carry on luggage unless you have no other choice and I can’t image a scenario where you will be tortured and shot if you don’t bring it.

If your trip is so short that you don’t have any luggage to check in then check in your carry on and only carry on what you can put in your pockets.

In other words don’t ever carry on a vibrator or sex toy, always check them in. When you go through security checks at the airport, your carry on bag, shoes and anything in your pockets have to be put in small bins and passed through an x-ray machines. Some toys have the potential to look like weapons as they are x-rayed.

Any questionable items that pass through the machine are alerted to security officials who will pull you aside and examine every item you brought with you. This may mean your vibrator will be on public display and if it is a really strange sex toy you may have to explain what it is and what you are doing with it.

You also stand the chance of being singled out for a random search. If this happens the last thing you want to have found is your vibrator.

When you pack your vibrator, put it in the soft cloth bag and lay it gently between folded layers of clothes for protection or in a discreet pocket intended to protect items.

What about personal lubricant?

Personal lubricant is allowed in both carry on bag and checked in bags. If you chose to pack it in your carry on bag it must be less than 3 ounces stored in a quart size zip lock baggie. Anything larger than 3 ounces will be tossed out. The best way to carry on personal lubricant is in sample sizes.

Personal lubricant packed in checked baggage can be carried in larger sizes. You will want to pack them in plastic zip lock bags to avoid any spills or explosions that may be caused during altitude changes.

General vibrator travel tips

Never leave batteries in your vibrator when you pack them. Strange buzzing noises coming from your luggage will most definitely cause you to be pulled off a plane to explain. Always pack newly bought fresh batteries in a separate place other than in your sex toy.

Choose your toys carefully. Do not attempt to bring toys with you that look like weapons such as whips and ropes. Leave the hardcore bondage gear at home and make do with ordinary toys. Nothing screams terrorist to a straight-laced security guard like bondage gear.

Anal plugs can sometimes resemble short knives when x-rayed. Watch where you put those things.

If you are a part of the mile high club remember to bring along some individually wrapped moist wipes for cleaning both yourself and your toys.

Never tell security that your toy is a bomb, looks like a bomb, smells like a bomb, is THE bomb or make any other references to bomb. What do you think will happen?

Sex toys can make an already fantastic voyage even more fantastic and business trips no longer need to be dull when you bring along your favorite vibrator. You should have no problems if you follow the simple steps outlined in this article. Happy travels and stay safe when you fly the friendly skies.

Cannibal Recipes – Cooking with Flesh

grillingPreparing human flesh for consumption can be tricky. It is vitally important to have knowledge of seasoning and cooking technique when you are preparing a cannibalistic meal and my easy to recreate recipes will give you just that.  Follow this simple recipe guide and you’ll be serving your friends and family in no time.

 

Marinated Leg of In-Laws

When it comes to in-laws, the meat can be tough and wiry. This comes from their illogical perception of you – the person who claimed their child as their own. Slapping the flesh while the in-laws are still alive can sometimes help tenderize the meat but cooperation is highly unlikely. Remember Culinary Gurus, fear tenderizes all meat.

Ingredients: The Stuff You Will Need:

4 legs, two from each in-law
4 cups white wine
12 chopped carrots
4 diced white onions
2 Bay leaves
1/2 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Combine half of the wine, bay leaves, 2 of the onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Slice the leg into pieces the width of a normal steak. Place in glass cake pan and cover with marinade. Refrigerate, covered, for 36 – 48 hours, turning the meat occasionally.

In a large skillet melt butter and add meat. Fry until the meat is golden brown on both sides. Remove meat from the pan and add the remaining onions and carrots and wine. Simmer until vegetables are soft.

Pour vegetables and meat back into cake pan and bake for 2 hours at 375. Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese, salad and wine. Feeds 4-6 people.

 Deep Fried Testicles

This dish is a favorite with the ladies. The guys don’t care for it so much. It makes a perfect appetizer for baby showers and wedding showers.

Indredients: Balls – What Else Do You Think You’re Going to Need?

8 – 10 ball sacks with testicles intact

1 egg, cracked and whipped in a bowl

Flour

Salt and pepper

Oil

Directions: This Ain’t No Porno So Be Delicate!

Dunk testicles in egg, drudge through flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Heat oil in a frying pan or deep fryer and fry until golden brown. Serve with barbecue sauce or ketchup. Ranch smothered cowboy balls are effin amazing!

 Crock Pot Crack Head Soup

At last we’ve resolved the Crack Head problem. Crack heads can finally be put to good use.   What better way to treat crack addiction than to serve addicts at charity dinners.   The next time you are planning the Fireman’s Ball or some other charity fundraiser, consider adding this recipe to the menu.

 Ingredients: Gotta run fast to catch a Crack Head.

3 freshly skinned and butchered heads from cocaine or crack addicted bums

1 large can chicken stock

4 cups chopped carrots

2 cups chopped celery

4 cups peeled, chopped and boiled potatoes.

1 16 oz can tomato juice

2 tbsp. garlic salt

Pepper to taste

 Directions:

Chop heads into bite size pieces and brown lightly in a skillet. Dump all ingredients into a large crock pot including the browned head pieces. Cook on medium high until vegetables are soft; usually 4 – 6 hours.

Quick and Easy Telemarketer Chili

Telemarketers are known for disrupting dinner with their sales pitches. If you ever manage to get your hands on one, serve them up with this easy to prepare telemarketer chili.

Indredients: You’ll Have to be Crafty to Catch a Telemarketer.

1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground telemarketer (in some countries the eyeballs are a delicacy!)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
1 cube Beef bouillon
2   (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2  to 3 (15 1/2 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans
2  teaspoons  chili powder
1/4  teaspoon   hot red pepper sauce or dry pepper
2   tablespoons  Worcestershire sauce
1  tablespoon  olive oil

Directions:

In large skillet, brown telemarketer with onions and drain off excess grease.  Stir in water, bouillon cube and tomato sauce.  Add kidney beans to the pot and season with Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, salt and pepper.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat, simmer 15 to 20 minutes, and stir occasionally. Serve over tortilla chips with shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream, black olives and onions.

 Disclaimer: These are obviously not real recipes. Please do not attempt to cook real human flesh as it is illegal and disgusting.
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Summer Sunburn Remedies

How to Care for a Sunburn

redI’m a redhead and I have pale skin with freckles; that means in the time it takes to get Domino’s Pizza delivered, wash my car or dry towels, my flesh fries to an unholy-hell shade of red. It goes without saying that I’ve exposed my skin to the business end of a can of Solarcaine Spray and a jar of Neutrogena face cream.

 

  *I’m going to go off topic for a minute here because when I thought about Solarcaine I was reminded of Bactine.  What the Effin’ Eff IS Bactine? It was incredibly coldsolarcaine coming out of the can and stung on impact in this weird sandpaper-scraping kind of way but yet it numbed your skin for about 30 seconds and then you needed to be sprayed again. I remember when commercials encouraged you to spray it on bug bites, scrapes and cuts and burns. Did our moms ever question the validity of Bactine? Probably not. None of us glow or have super powers as a result of being sprayed with it. Funny how today’s mom would have a PHD in the ingredients listed on the bottle all the while their Little Johnny or Sally is the sickest kid in the class and has the worst allergies. Food for thought – I ramble. So, I googled Bactine and I found an old commercial. May as well check it out, you’re hear about sunburns anyway.

 

 

 

 

Sunburn Home Remedies and Treatments

Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera tops Hawaii’s list of miracle treatments for Sunburns It is an antibacterial substance that helps stimulate the immune system. Hospitals are known to use this for burn patients because it contains aloectin B.

Apple cider vinegarUse a cotton ball or cotton cloth to apply apple cider vinegar to your sunburn. Make sure to keep your skin moist with cider vinegar to prevent peeling and blisters on the burned areas.

Baking Soda – Run a bath with the temperature as close to your own body temperature as you can get and then make it slightly cooler. You don’t want it to be cold, just cool. Add a ½ cup baking soda to the bath and soak.

Black Tea – The trick is to mix the black tea with peppermint tea. Brew black tea in a teapot or sauce pan and allow it to cool. Once cooled, pour into a spray bottle, shake and spritz your sunburn. Ingredients in the black tea sooth sunburns and draw out the heat.

Calendula Creams – Calendula is a healing plant. The healing properties of the flowers are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral.

Cucumbers – Rub cucumber slices on your sunburn. They have a cooling effect, taste good and will soothe your burn.

Lavender – Drop 20-25 drops of lavender oil into one cup of water. Add mixture to a tepid bath and soak the sunburn away.

Lemon water- Mix one cup lemon juice with two cups cold water. Use a cotton ball or cotton cloth to gently rub mixture over sunburned area. Lemon cools the burn and acts as a disinfectant.

Milk  – Soak a cotton cloth in cold milk, place in plastic bag and freeze for twenty minutes. After freezing, wring excess milk from the cloth and apply as a compress. Refreeze compress ever twenty minutes to retain coolness. Apply compress in twenty minute cycles for two hours. Be sure to wash the milk off of your body afterwards so you don’t smell like sour milk.

Oatmeal – Just like oatmeal is good for chicken pox it is also good for moisturizing and soothing skin that has been sunburned. Simply dump oatmeal into a tepid bath and soak.

Onion – Bruise a white onion and rub on the sunburned area.

PeppermintUse a cotton ball to rub peppermint oil on your sunburn. Peppermint is a cooling agent.

Potato  – Use grated potato shavings to apply to your sunburn. Starch is the element in potatoes that cools sunburns.

St. Johns Wort – For burns that have not blistered or caused open wounds use St. Johns Wort to make an ointment. Word to the wise, St. John’s Wort makes the skin sensitive to sunlight so you should avoid being in the sun if you use this remedy.

Vitamin E Cream – Creams and ointments containing vitamin E aid the healing process and shorten the effects of sunburn on your skin.

Witch hazel  – Make a compress using witch hazel to cool your burn. Just apply the compress as need to cool your skin..

Yogurt – Rub plain yogurt that has no flavor, but contains live cultures on your sunburn. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with cool or tepid water. You can also mix one cup mashed strawberries with one cup plain yogurt and apply for 15 minutes before rinsing

Realizations of An Empty Nester

tribeI remember that as a new mom it was uber important to be there to experience all of my child’s first moments, like when my daughter Alyssa spoke her first word or when my son rode his first two wheel bicycle or when the baby of the family cut off her long hair or Sam thought she could drive to Hawaii.  Those moments will stay with me the rest of my life.   Having The Tribe (Our 4 kids dubbed themselves The Tribe when we made a family bulletin board for the kitchen one year.) fly the coop and go separate ways has brought so many of those “firsts” to mind and I sometimes find myself lost in a memory so vivid I can almost hear their voices.  Watching The Tribe grow and accomplish and become the passionate, creative and strong people they are has been rewarding to say the least and while I’m so unbelievably proud of them and excited for the new adventures headed my way the realization that the nest is empty is threaded with sadness that my fledglings are living a life where I am only a part of it rather than the epicenter of it. Sounds selfish don’t it?  I thought it did as I said it but then I don’t feel selfish about it at all, I grew them and raised them so I get to be selfish about them but I won’t.  Instead I will cheer them on and celebrate that I too will live a life where they are only a part of it rather than the epicenter of it; funny how it works out that way.    What prompted this post was that I realized that after tomorrow August 17th 2013 I will no longer have mounds and mounds of laundry to wash, it will just be the hubs and I.  Here are a few other realizations that empty nesting has brought.

  1.  I will never change another poopy diaper in the middle of the night (no I’m not babysitting grandchildren – ever)
  2. There will never be 4 sopping wet kids fighting over dish duty in my kitchen.
  3. 4 radios on 4 different stations will never simultaneously reverberate off the walls of my hallway.
  4. I will never ever again say, “Blake if you don’t stop that I will pull this car over and make you get out!”
  5. A sippy cup will never makes its home in my cupboard again.
  6. A scared little boy will never bolt into my bedroom in the middle of the night and climb in bed with me.
  7. The only puke I will have to clean up will be either mine, hubby’s or the dog’s.  Still yuck.
  8. I won’t leave my front door unlocked while I go to bed, worried because so-n-so forgot their house keys.
  9. Never again will I drive a history textbook to middle school.
  10. I will never wake up in the morning to find my living room looking like a party happened in my sleep, unless a party really does happen in my sleep.
  11. You won’t hear me ask, “Who did this (insert crime here)?”
  12. School will never dial my telephone number again to ask me why my student hasn’t been there for 3 weeks.
  13. I have no one to give “the sex talk” to.
  14.  4 little hands will never again shake me awake on Christmas morning to scream “Santa came!”
  15. The only person in my house that will ever wear my underwear or socks will be me.
  16. I have to do all the housework by myself unless the hubs helps out.
  17. When I travel or go on vacation I no longer have to plan and pack for 6 people.  Someone should probably warn the hubs that he’s on his own for packing from here on out.
  18. Barney the stupid purple dinosaur will never again sing I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family….
  19. Never again will 4 kids burst through my front door on roller skates – 3 to tattle on the 1 that pushed the other…again.
  20.  I will never again receive another school report card in the mail, or by accidental discovery of said report card being taken out of the mail and hidden in the pocket of a pair of jeans in the laundry.

How to Get Your Kids Off Your Couch and Out The Door

I have the easiest way to get your kids off your couch and out the door.  This works on teens and older.  You could use it on younger ones but you’d have to be less explicit and arrange caouch2for their care first.  With older kids you can say whatever it takes to get the job done.

One afternoon I found out that our youngest adult child was getting ready to go out with her older sister for the day and didn’t plan on returning until the next day so my husband and I decided we wanted to spend it relaxing and hanging out, watching movies, snacking, catching a buzz…naked.  We do that, we like to run around the house naked when its just us.

We went about our day while we waited for her to leave and it seemed like it was taking forever.  Finally my other daughter arrived to pick her up and we thought they’d take off pretty quick but as it turns out us old people, the parents, must be fun to be around because we couldn’t get rid of either of the girls.  They turned on the tv, got a snack, played with their hair in the mirror for an hour and just kept lagging behind.  Finally tired of waiting for them to get the hell out of my house I turned to my beautiful daughters and we had a conversation that went something like this:

Me:  Are you 2 still here?  What’s taking so long?

Them: Nuthing.  Just hanging out.

Me: Get out.

Them: Mom!!  (lots of sighs and eyeball rolling began)

Me: I’m serious.  Get out.  I love you but I have plans so I’m kicking you out.

Them: Alright, alright.  Geez mom.  (Now they started shoving crap in drawers.  A mess I will have to clean later)

Me: Dad and I have plans. We wanna run around naked.

Them: ewwww.  Mom!!  (they are now urgently throwing shit in drawers and grabbing purses and car keys)  That’s really gross mom.  We don’t wanna know what you 2 are doing when we aren’t here.

Me: We’re married.  We’re allowed to be nekkid.  Now get before I start stripping and you know I will.

Them: (Heinous laughter and cackling is coming from them as they zip down the hallway) We know you will!  (they ran out the door in a puff of perfume) We don’t wanna see your butt.  We’re leaving!

I have to tell you this trick really does work.  I’ve used it many many times.  If they act like they don’t believe you then just start stripping and I guarantee you they will make plans to get off your couch and out the door super quick!

It works every time.

 

The Boomerang Daughter

boomerangIts not uncommon in this day and age to hear about a twenty-something moving back in with their parents because they can’t afford to pay for rent and utilities on their own.   Businesses are working these young adults in short 3 hour shifts and only giving them a few measly hours each week; not enough to sustain themselves.  As an empty nesting mom on the cusp of rediscovering life without kids the last thing I want is for one of my kids to struggle so hard they have no other choice but to boomerang back through my front door.

One of my daughters has been having this exact struggle for a few months now and I have anticipated that she very well may darken my door with bags in hand.  Of course I would never turn my own flesh and blood away; I’m always happy to see them and hug them and send them home…to their own home where they throw their towels on the floor, grow mold in cups of forgotten fluid on the coffee table and leave pizza crust on the couch.

My husband and I have discussed at length what this will mean for us and our plans for new adventures and we have decided on a clear set of things we will and will not allow to take place in our home while we are there or while we are away.    We realize that it shouldn’t stop our plans to enjoy life and it while it doesn’t bring things to a screeching halt, it does delay things some.

I wonder sometimes about other parents and how they handle the issues that come with having grown kids.  We have friends who’s adult children live at home with them and we often talk about the difference between a home with a full family of grown adults vs our empty nest.

How’s things been for you since your kids grew up and became young adults?

Can I Make $100 A Day at Bubblews.com?

Do you want to know how to earn money working from home?  You probably found this blog post after seeing an advertisement that asked you that very question.  Working from home is a popular search term especially with the job market the way it is right now.  I am always looking for way ways to earn cash online and I have successfully found a few.  When I do find a legitimate source of work on  the internet I post about it.

bubblewsIf you’re looking to make some extra money being a stay at home mom/dad working at home on the internet you may have heard about a web site called Bubblews.   It is very reminiscent of when Cha Cha first opened up offering quick cash to those that got in on the ground floor.  There is money to be had but it is not as it first appears.

Right off the bat, the answer to the question “Can I make $100 a day on Bubbews.com?”  is no.  How about in the long term?  It is absolutely possible.

I have a group of friends who have been testing out the Bubblews.com platform and have been succeeding so I thought I would toss my hat in the ring and check it out.  I issued myself a personal challenge to see if I could make $100 a day.  With family and friends cheering me on I came up with a battle plan and the next morning I started my challenge with the intention of working one full 8 hour shift.  Here’s how it went.

Bubblews has a cap of 10 posts per day but there is no cap on liking, disliking, commenting and connecting so I worked out a schedule of what times of the day I would post and how much time I would spend on the social aspects.

My plan for the social aspect was to click on the posts of 10 other people and open all 10 in my browser at once.  I quickly read each post and then went back and liked each of the posts.  Then I facebooked them, then g+ and then twitter and so on until I had done all the social activity I could for each of those 10 posts.  Then I went back and connected with each of those posters and commented on their profile page.  Often times I would peruse their profiles for interesting posts and read a couple.  I limited myself to 3 posts per person so  I could reach more people.  Once I had all 10 I closed those browser windows and started another 10.  When my schedule called for me to post I stopped the social activity and posted real quick then went back to my social routine.  Yes it did get boring and yes at times I wanted to just say forget about it.  But I didn’t.

I need to mention one quick thing I learned about the facebook feature on Bubblews.  The Facebook like reccomendation button doesn’t post to your newsfeed.  It will only show up on your timeline.  I used the facebook button on the bubblews site to get credit for the activity but posts I really wanted to share, I copied and pasted the url directly into facebook status update box and shared it that way.

All in all this is what my schedule looked like.  When I completed each task I crossed it off.  My copy is handwritten on notebook paper.

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Post 1

8:30-9 –socialize

9 – 9:30 – Post 2

9:30 – 10 – Post 3

10 – 10:10:30 – socialize

10:30 – 11 – Post 4

11 – 11:30 – Post 5

11:30 – 12 – Lunch

12 – 12:30 – Post 6

12:30 – 1:30 – socialize

1:30 – 2 – Post 7

2 – 2:30 – socialize

2:30 – 3 – Post 8

3 – 3:30 – socialize

3:30 – 4 – Post 9

4 – 4:30 – Post 10

4:30 – 5  – Socialize.

Now not only did I have a schedule to follow  but I had also created the titles of all 10 of my posts the night before so when it came time to post all I had to do was quickly write up the posts and go about my business.

Here’s how I did money-wise.  I started my challenge with $6.20 already in The Bank at 8 a.m.  By 11:36 I checked in with The Bank and I had racked up a little money, my total was now $8.89.  woohoo!  Throughout the day I checked in with The Bank and it didn’t take long to realize that it was going to be very difficult to earn $100 in a day.  I just don’t have the connections to get the page views to make that kind of money but I kept plugging for the sake of the challenge.

At the end of the day The Bank was at $11.71.   That comes to a grand total of $5.51 at .68 cents an hour. Shocking isn’t it?    I checked in a couple of times later that evening and when I went to bed The Bank was at $13.34 without activity from me so I “earned” an extra $1.63 without doing anything more.  Keep in mind that my experiment was based on one day of activity and I have not taken the time to build connections and gather readers.

So can you make $100 a day with Bubblews.com?  If you have spent a few months making connections, posting and hobknobbing then yes eventually you CAN build up enough of a following to earn that kind of money but when you first start out just know that you are going to put in full time hours but you will be chasing pennies.  Literally chasing pennies.  If you don’t have pennies coming in from another source then by all means this can be a way for someone new to freelancing to get their feet wet and earn a few dollars.

The real “trick” –  if you want to call it that – is social activity.  Its kind of a popularity contest only you don’t really have to get to know all those people.  Chances are a large portion of the people you connect with will never actually read your post.  Its a job.  You develop a routine for clicking all the buttons, making comments and getting out of there.  The more people you connect with, participate with and interact with the more money you will make.   In the old days, before the internet, (Gasp!  Shut the door!  Before the internet? Pshaw!) we would have called something like Bubblews a pyramid scheme.  It still is really, it’s just that this is how internet pyramid schemes work.  You promote,  particpate, encourage others to do the same and all the while this activity earns you cash.

If you are interesting in giving Bubblews.com a try click on the following link to sign up and get started.  Don’t forget to read the How it works page and get familiar with the terms.

http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=51bb3cf2322f46.06771897

3 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Convertible

I bought a convertible but you probably saw that in one of my other posts.  I’ve learned a lot about owning a convertible in the last few months.  There are things I didn’t think about before I bought my car; things I wish someone would have mentioned.  Things like “you’re daughter might get pooped on by a bird while you are at a stop light.”  Ewww!  Right?  True story, that did happen – to my youngest daughter.  LOL  I didn’t find out about it until we got home and she went straight to the bathroom.  When she came out her head was wet and I questioned, “what happened to your head, kid?”  She laughed and blushed and said, “A bird pooped on my head.”  We both erupted into silly stupid laughter but it was me that had to go out and inspect the car for unforseen bird turd.  I thought that since I didn’t think of these things then other people might not think of these things so I wrote this quick read-along for you.

3 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Convertible

The Top – Hard vs Soft

While this might seem like a question of personal preference I can tell you it is more than that.  A soft top is stored on the car.  It is connected to the car and simply folds back to expose the interior cabin of the car while a hard top has to be physically stored somewhere when it is not in use.  Unlike a soft top, a hard top doesn’t fold back so it can take up a good amount of space if you don’t store it correctly.  There are available tools to help you store your convertible hard top but like anything else those are going to run you some money.  Hoists and pulley systems have to be installed and if you sit the top on the floor of the garage then you won’t be able to park the car in the garage.

When you’re thinking about whether to buy a hard top or a soft top, stop to consider that a soft top is a magnet to vandals and thieves.  Convertibles are attractive anyway but a soft top has the added potential of being stabbed which means higher insurance rates.

One more thing about the top; there’s this whole thing about carefree convenience when It comes to owning a convertible and if there’s one plus to owning a soft top its that if you suddenly decide you want to roll through town topless, you can easily do so whereas with a hard top you have to decide this before you leave home and should an impromptu rain shower strike while you are rolling through town with the top on the garage floor then you are going to get wet.  A weather app for your phone is a must have for convertible owners!

Exposure – The Wind in Your Hair

Ah yes, the reason every convertible owner gives as to why they bought the car; to feel the wind in their hair.  The first time I experienced this feeling I had second thoughts about having a convertible.  That’s a whole lot of air coming at you from all directions.  It’s loud,  it dries out your eyeballs and whips your hair into a rat’s nest in a matter of seconds.  It can be an acquired taste. I recommend that before you buy a convertible test drive one more than a couple of times to see if you can get accustomed to the feeling of driving around without a roof.  There are a few tips and tricks to minimizing the wind but let’s face it;  you are out in the open traveling at a high rate of speed – what do you think its going to be like?    If you are a woman or are in a relationship with a woman that will either ride or drive the convertible then she must know that with the top down the hair goes up.

One last word on being exposed and that is you are going to want sunblock.  For those of us that don’t tan the sunblock will help minimize the amount the sunburn you are going to get and for those that turn into golden brown beach bunnies – shut up!  I mean seriously, shut up, stop rubbing it in, some of us just turn into lobsters.  Also,  being out under the stars on a warm summer night is amazing.

To Cover or Not to Cover

When you own a convertible you have to think about covering it up when there’s no roof to keep leaves from being blown inside or to keep birds from pooping on the seats.  If it’s hot outside then the upholstery is going to be hot and you are going to get burned when you sit on it.  Covers can be found for about $25 and they are UV protective and somewhat water resistant.  They also keep leaves and poop from landing inside the cabin but they do not keep cats from climbing up inside the car.

Boy!  Having a roof is so convenient!  Yes it is.  Know this right now; having a convertible takes work; especially if you don’t have a garage.  When I bought my convertible I kept telling myself there’s a learning curve to having a car with no top and there is; the learning curve comes from taking the simple things for granted.  Of course there’s more to owning a car like this but for starters these are a few of the things I never thought about before I bought my convertible.  I strongly encourage you to talk to the owners of other convertibles and go for rides in them so that when you buy one you know exactly what you are in for.  Otherwise get off the computer and go outside, enjoy going topless.

Oh and Zoon Zoom.

Listerine & Shaving Cream Summer Feet Treatment – Does It Really Work?

The Listerine & shaving cream recipe has been all over the internet lately.  I belong to pinterest and I’ve seen it pinned over and over again.  I too pinned it with the intention of giving it at try as soon as I got some Listerine and shaving cream.  I had some generic Target brand mouthwash in the cupboard but I figured if I was going to try out a recipe I should at least do it justice and use the name brand stuff.  Sometimes that makes a difference.

I have scaly feet.  They get dry and they crack like the desert in the height of summer.   I have my regular ritual for dealing with it but I’ll be the first to admit it gets tiresome to put in all that effort 365 days a year so come winter I tend to slap some moisturizer on my lizard-lady skin and cover it up with socks.  I have tried a lot of different things to combat dry feet, things that include Saran Wrap and coffee grounds among things.  But what I’ve found that works consistently is simply soap, water and a good pumice stone.    That doesn’t mean I have given up the hope of ever finding a cure for dried, cracked heels so I’m always up for a good home remedy.

The weather has gotten warm and I’m ready for flip flips but my feet aren’t.  My feet are so cracked they’re cavernous.  I figured this would be a good time to give the listerine & shaving cream recipe a try so I ran to the store and bought mouthwash and shaving cream.  I would have taken pictures of my feet before I started but I got so excited to try this remedy that I forgot until my feet were already stuffed into ziplock baggies.

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Yes my toenails are purple.  It’s time for a change.  I decided if I was going to lay around for 30 minutes with my feet stuffed in bags I’d get all comfy in bed and watch some tv so that’s what I did for 30 minutes.  You could read a book, peruse my blog for other silly things to try or whatever but I recommend that you keep your feet at an angle so that the Listerine will soak the bottoms of your feet.

When the 30 minute timer went off I jump up and hobbled down the hallway to the bathroom where I had a fresh towel and washcloth waiting for me.  I unveiled my feet and I guess I wanted to believe in this remedy so bad I thought that my feet would be beautiful like removing mummy wrappings and finding a beautiful young woman underneath, like old movies.  It didn’t happen.  I hate to say it but this is one busted home remedy.  Not only were my feet every bit as cracked as they were when I started but scrubbing them did not make the dead skin fall off.  Here’s what my feet looked like immediately out of the Listerine.

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So in the end would I take the time or effort to give this remedy a go again?  Absolutely not.  While my feet smelled minty fresh (which is a plus if you are spending your life with someone who likes to put your feet in their mouth) unless I had a specific fungus or my feet smelled really really bad I wouldn’t bother with this remedy.    My feet feel exactly the same way after a nice, long, hot soak in the tub.

once my feet were dry I gave it a good go with a pumice stone made for feet and applied a bit of lotion.  It’s probably going to take at least 2 more treatments to get my feet looking the way I want them to for the summer but for now, here’s my tootsies after Listerine, shaving cream and a good pumice stone.

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An Empty Nest Means I Have Socks!

If you’re a parent then you know that nothing is sacred and that whatever belongs to you will surely be found in your child’s room or possession at some point.  As a mom that most often means you will find your clothes laying on the floor of your daughter’s bedroom and that includes socks.

Ever since my girl’s feet got to be close enough to that same size as mine they started stealing my socks.  I haven’t had my own socks to myself in over 12 years.  Forget having a pair that matches.  I mean look at this pic of my feet.  These are the socks I’m currently wearing because I can assure you that my youngest is wearing the mates to both of these or they are buried in her drawers somewhere.

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In 4 months my youngest leaves for college.  She’ll be living there, in the dorms.  I WILL HAVE MY OWN SOCKS!  You have no idea how exciting that thought is. LOL Celebrate that empty nest!

Prom Dresses for Sale

I have prom dresses for sale for cheap.  I have purple, white, hot pink, and 2 different shades of blue.  These dresses have been worn once and are suitable for prom, graduation, various school dances, parties, quinceaneras etc.   I bought 4 of these dresses for my youngest daughter and made one of them.    She’s getting ready to leave for college in a couple of months so we are tying to raise funds for some of her expenses and we figured selling her old dresses would be a good way to bring in a few dollars.

All of these dresses are a size small or a size 2.   My daughter’s measurements are 25 – 27- 27 so while the upper portion of the dresses were always a tad bit large on her, the bottom fit perfectly so if you are larger on top or have boobs then you may have to have alterations done.

My lighting wasn’t great when I took these photos and I’m not a good photographer but the pictures are pretty accurate colorwise. The purple dress is  dark and iridescent that it appears to change color as you move.

The light blue dress was for a different reason; I made it for my daughter’s 8th grade graduation.  she’s 18 and as you can see in the photos she can still fit into it.  That tells you she is tiny so please take that into consideration when you look at that dress.  The flowers along the top of the front and the small bow on the front are pink while the large bow and the mid-center section are white satin. The white bow has clips so that it clips to the dress, it can be worn with or without the bow and it comes with a small shoulder jacket.  the reason I made the jacket was because the school my daughter went to at the time would not allow a dress with straps; they had to have some sort of cap shoulder or sleeve.

If you’re interested in one of these dresses please leave me a message and I’ll email you with shipping and payment information.

I am asking $40 for each dress plus the cost of shipping.

Here are the dresses

Apostolic Pentecostalism; The Cult of Christianity

Photo courtesy of  Franklin Isabell
Photo courtesy of Franklin Isabell

A Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal is a person that believes in speaking in tongues – glossolalia – as proof that a person has received the Holy Ghost. Oneness Apostolic Pentecostals are people who believe in dramatic demonstrations of the Gifts of the Spirit, such as prophecy or the interpretation of tongues. Pentecostal Oneness believers reject the concept of the Trinity and are convinced salvation relies upon the literal form of baptism; dunking rather than sprinkling and repentance of one’s sins. People who are not familiar with Oneness Apostolic Pentecostalism may think that the following descriptions are exaggerated and shocking, however the things depicted in this article are indeed accurate as I have witnessed it firsthand. I spent a part of my childhood as a member of this religion because my parents were, and still are, heavily involved in their local Apostolic Pentecostal church. This is my perspective of the methods used in brainwashing new members into the Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal religion and their indoctrination.

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Before I go any further I feel it is important to explain that this article was originally published on Associated Content now known as !Yahoo Voices.  The article received over 100k reads and was retired by !Yahoo.  The topic is still hot so I decided I’d repost it here.  It is open for discussion and I’m not the least bit hurt by any comment you can post.  This article had over 5,000 comments during its duration on the internet and I’d say the consensus as to whether or not I’m bat shit crazy or absolutely correct in this article was split right up the middle.  Just as many people agree with me as disagree with me so join right in and tell me what you think about this article.

 The other thing I feel important to explain is that this article is only referring to one particular group of Pentecostal people and that is the Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal group.  If you believe in the Holy Trinity, come from a Baptist Pentecostal church or some other affiliation of either Pentecostal or Apostolic then I am not specifically talking about you although I will say that there are parts of those religions that also meet some of the upcoming topics I cover in this article.

 For purposes of simplicity from here on I will be referring to this particular group of people as either Apostolics, Pentecostals, Apostolic Pentecostal, their, they’re, it, its, cult, organization or some other moniker that clearly identifies I’m not talking about every single solitary Pentecostal person on the planet.

Without further ado, the remainder of the article…

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 Social Bonds Must Be Severed

One of the things involved in being submerged into the Pentecostal religion is breaking bonds with friends and family. When a new member of the congregation is first converted they are bombed with love, compassion and new friends that tend to leave them estranged from friends and family and oftentimes are unsure as to why.

The reason for the separation is simple; family and friends think the convert is acting weird.  The new convert begins to take on religious jargon and the mentality of the church and in their enthusiasm overuse it. The convert is being taught to represent God in everything they do by using phrases like “Praise God” and “The Holy Ghost checked me.” Most people find this to be a bizarre way of talking outside of church.

Pretty soon the convert begins to push this new found religion on others. Typically the family reacts and tries to pull them back into the family fold and to turn the convert away from their new church and in turn the convert believes the family simply can not “see the truth.” At this point the convert will discuss this problem with other church members and may even testify in church about the resistance they have encountered. Church Elders will advise the convert to preach and teach and continue to behave the way they have been in an effort to convert those that have resisted.

The cycle continues until the convert becomes a pest, totally convinced that the devil has a hold on the minds of anyone that does not see the truth.  Church friends will instruct the convert that their family and friends have rejected the truth and separation is best because the Bible cautions us against socializing with the sinner.  From that moment on the bonds that keep families together will be broken because there will no longer be any commonality between them.

The new Pentecostal convert may become lonely, but never fear the congregation is near. This babe in Christ, as they are often called, will jump promiscuously into friendships in the church without taking the time to find out about the members of the congregation and many of these people have led lives of crime and drugs or worse. In the Pentecostal religion the bigger the reason you were saved, the better.  They brag about how bad their life was before they were converted.

The convert is taught not to worry about a Church member’s past because all their sins were previously washed away which makes them immediately trustworthy.  Of course that is not how they explain it but that is exactly what happens.  They put so much emphasis on how good someone becomes once they are saved that any entertaining any negative ideas about the church congregation is simply not going to happen.  Thus the convert will endeavor to build a new safety net of friends and claim the other church members as family which then makes it near impossible for the convert to just walk away.

To leave the church is to be cut off from this “brothers and sisters in Christ” idea.   Separation from the church can be devastating to a member who no longer has other family or friends as a support group.

Proper Church Procedure;  What Every Good Pentecostal Knows

Oneness Apostolic Pentecostals can be more easily spotted than their Trinitarian counterparts. They purposely have a precise way of being viewed by the outside world. They endeavor to separate themselves physically from the rest of the world in order to be seen for the church they represent. All Apostolics are trained right from the start to alter the way they dress. Women are warned away from wearing pants, jewelry of any kind, including watches and wedding bands, sleeves must reach half way between the elbow and wrist, make up is a no no and skin is off limits. Men are not allowed to wear shorts, jewelry or have long hair; their sleeves must be the same lengths as the women’s.  These rules also apply to children.

Rock and Roll music (this constitutes any music not played on the local Christian radio station and even some of that is off limits if it has too fast of a beat) is of the devil. It is not allowed in any form in the home, car or church. Any music that makes the body want to move in wantonness is considered soul threatening.  Church music, choir music, music performed in church and music performed by Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal churches is acceptable so long as it does not have a “beat.”

Sitting on the front pews as close to the pulpit is a requirement that is never stated or said but merely understood. The closer to the front of the church a member sits, the Godlier they are considered. Pentecostals will leave items on the pews or in chairs to mark their seat; this is done throughout the week. Sitting in the back of the church is a clear indication of being a backslider and heavy prayer is ignited instantly.

If one is to survive in his or her local Apostolic church, emulating the Pastor and his family is a must. This is also considered to be another sign of holiness. The more recognized by the Pastor the holier the church goer is.

Sensory Overload – It’s all about Hypnosis

There are two things that All Pentecostal churches use to manipulate and influence people with; sensory overload and expected response. When a person is blindsided by something that they have no time to prepare for, their instincts takes over and they react.

For example, when a sales person rapidly spews facts about a product at you, they are overloading you with information using things like the pitch of their voice and hand gestures. They are attacking your sense of hearing and seeing. Normally a person can not process all this information at a high speed; the one thing that can is the emotional response mechanism. Music is how they use this technique to create sensory overload.

Loud music with the right chord progressions causes the rational part of the brain to shut down.  Pentecostal musicians are masters at manipulating the energy of the congregations.  They play to the crowd just the same way any musician performing does; to help lower normal rational functioning long enough to stimulate a person to high levels of emotion. Simply put they are provoking emotion. Let’s face it, it’s easier for people to accept religious persuasion when accompanied by emotional music. The resonance of the music makes it feel tangible, real, and powerful.

Another technique of sensory overload is shouting. Apostolic Pentecostal Preachers are known for shouting their messages. This makes it unavoidable to a person’s consciousness. As the person shouts over the loudspeaker, the high state of sensory focus and overload imprints the message in one’s mind. During emotional releases in this kind of environment, it is easy to truly feel changed. This change is nothing other than a state of hypnosis.

The rational faculty shuts down for a moment, emotions soar to the highest levels and the person is left feeling liberated. The rational faculty is part of our brain that is designed to protect us from being emotionally controlled and that gets stopped from happening. Losing the ability to use rational, Pentecostals often lose control, run around, shouting and speaking in tongues as they climax in a state of ecstasy.

Once someone accepts this emotional state as evidence of Religious Truth, they are open to emotional manipulation and control. A person can eventually become a slave to this kind of emotional manipulation.

All of this is learned through the process of feedback. Positive and negative feedback are not rational instructions, but emotional responses to one’s actions. Sometimes there is childish glee, shouting, hugs, big smiles, and back patting for positive feedback received from the congregation and more importantly the preachers and pastors, and frowns, strange stares, and social estrangement for negative feedback from these same people. The particulars of feedback can vary from place to place, but the power of such conditioning is enormous in Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal churches. Churches manipulate people using emotional feedback because most people seeking religion are seeking feedback that they are okay.

Many Preachers like to say that they used to dance with the Devil, but now they dance with the Lord. This statement is a little revealing. Church has become their dope. In traditional Christian churches emotional restraint and self-control are a regularly taught lesson but in an Apostolic Pentecostal church acts of wild behavior are condoned, emotional ejaculation is encouraged.

Divine Authority

The term “authority” suggests an author, as in, what did he write? Most religious organizations require serious study before granting a minister his license – sometimes from four to eight years in seminary. Many Pentecostal sects do not require anything in the way of qualifications. Full institutional credentials are not necessary for pastoral duties, only the skill of verbal communication and a working knowledge of how to make the books look legal.

The idea that a church should be ran like the military with a commander at the top, lieutenants and generals guiding the ranks is a dangerous concept. In such a system, it doesn’t take long to realize that questioning the chain of command isn’t taken lightly. In a Pentecostal church questioning the chain of command is considered rebellion. It says it right in The Bible, they will argue.

If a board member asks a pastor to quit teaching on certain things this would be rebellion against someone higher than him in the “established leadership” of the church. Whatever the Pastor says goes because he has been marked as an official “man of God.”

The entire Apostolic Pentecostal movement is a fraud that drains the life out of people. Children go to bed at night crying because they are not allowed to live life like other children. Kids are labeled rebellious and are beaten because they don’t live up to the churches standard of holiness. Women are taken from their natural inclinations to make themselves up to being a plain person that becomes void of will and spirit. Men become emotionally manipulative because they are taught their wives are beneath them. Some will go on, read this, and still refuse to accept the Truth about the Apostolic Pentecostal way of life because it does not compute – it cannot be – not according to their Pastor.

 

Midlife Crisis, More Like Midlife Excitement

I finally got to get a new car; a car just for me.  I rarely have passengers now that my kids are grown up and have cars of their own which meant the world was my car lot and I could get any kind of car I wanted.   Well, any kind in my price range which believe me was not very substantial.

At first when asked what kind of car I was going to get I responded with “something cute and something small” and everyone chuckled and wished me well.  Once I’d spent some time driving cars and trolling Craigslist I decided I wanted a 2 seater and suddenly I was having a midlife crisis.  So I bought a Mazda Miata hardtop convertible.

Check out my midlife crisis.  It’s got clean interior, a kickass stereo system and an alarm system.  My husband and I fit perfectly and there’s no room to haul around kids and their friends or take crap to the dump or haul unwanted crap to the Good Will Stores.  After driving the egg-on-wheels mom-mobile for the last 13 years I got me a car that serves no other purpose than to have a good time.  Yeah buddy, here’s to getting my midlife crisis on.

I finally got to get a new car; a car just for me.  I rarely have passengers now that my kids are grown up and have cars of their own which meant the world was my car lot and I could get any kind of car I wanted.   Well, any kind in my price range which believe me was not very substantial.

At first when asked what kind of car I was going to get I responded with “something cute and something small” and everyone chuckled and wished me well.  Once I’d spent some time driving cars and trolling Craigslist I decided I wanted a 2 seater and suddenly I was having a midlife crisis.  So I bought a Mazda Miata hardtop convertible.

miata2Check out my midlife crisis.  It’s got clean interior, a kickass stereo system and an alarm system.  My husband and I fit perfectly and there’s no room to haul around kids and their friends or take crap to the dump or haul unwanted crap to the Good Will Stores.  After driving the egg-on-wheels mom-mobile for the last 13 years I got me a car that serves no other purpose than to have a good time.  Yeah buddy, here’s to getting my midlife crisis on.

Anti Illegal Immigration vs Racism The Law in Opposition of Opinion

Image Courtesy of Ben Shafer
Image Courtesy of Ben Shafer

Some would say that I’m racist because I have a general disdain for illegal immigrants.  And see, after reading just one sentence of this post you immediately thought, “Racist!”  Illegal immigration is a touchy topic in this country and the minute there’s anti-illegal immigration behavior our knee-jerk reaction is to cry racism.  The fight then becomes about what someone thinks or believes rather than what the law dictates and what is right vs what is wrong.  When you put illegal immigration up against racism it is essential to understand that one of those two things is indeed a factually mandated law put in place and voted on by the people of the United States while the  other simply is not so and is a belief system perpetuated by society.

I’m not racist, however, not in the true sense of the word.  I have absolutely no issues with people of other races and cultures.  I am all for those who come to the United States the legal way and become legal citizens. I encourage immigrants to learn our language and our ways so that they might integrate into our society.    I agree with immigration when it is done according to the law and the guideline set forth therein.

What I do have a problem with is people that want to come to my country, receive the perks of being in my country but don’t want to become legal citizens and adapt to the American way of life.

I don’t have tolerance for those who come here expecting to have their housing paid for, their food paid for, free medical care and a paycheck to boot.    It sickens me when I see groups of illegal immigrants march up and down the streets of my city waving the flag of their country and shouting about how  unfair immigration laws are and how they have rights too.  It irritates me because if they had taken the proper measures to become a legal American citizen they would know from learning about our constitution that if you are here illegally you have no real rights other than to be treated as human.  If you want rights become a citizen.

I once had a woman tell me that she refused to become a citizen and that it didn’t matter that she’s not a citizen she should still have all the same rights I have because she worked two jobs – under the table.  To her, the fact that she wasn’t paying taxes was neither here nor there so much so that she worked to make a living rather than getting welfare. While I applaud her work ethic, not paying taxes is illegal.

One of the other reasons I’m against illegal immigration is because it’s fucking illegal.  That means it is a violation of our country’s laws and that makes these people criminals.  Color it whatever way you want but one type of crime is no different than another in that there are appropriate consequences for various types of crime.

I’ve been asked if I think its unfair for kids of illegal immigrants to be deported and I say yes it is fair.  It is just.  It is the law.  Those kids should get pissed off at their parents, not America or Americans.   They should demand that their parents become legal citizens  and they themselves should become legal citizens so that they can partake in all the goodness that America has to offer.  It is not these poor kids fault that their parents came here illegally but it is also not our responsibility to take care of those kids or their parents.  We have far too many Americans that we need to take care of before we start taking care of people from other countries.

Of course I have a lot more to say about this whole topic, instructions for using an American-style toilet being a big one, but this post is already too damned long and I’m sure no one wants to hear me ramble on any further than I already have so.  I know that I’m not going to make an impact on immigration laws one way or the other and I don’t really care if we are discussing it as a nation because we have already discussed it and put laws in place regarding it.  As far as I’m concerned We The People, as a Nation  need to start enforcing our own immigration laws and let the chips fall where they may.

How to Train the Cat to Go Through the Doggy Door

The best decision I ever made as a pet owner was to train my cat to go through the doggy door.  It was a rule I insisted on having after my husband told the kids we could keep the kitten they’d found.  Shocked,   that’s what I was, shocked, when my husband said yes to that.  I shouldn’t have been surprised though because our daughters had a way of getting him to say yes.  He was putty in their hands and he didn’t even know it.

I knew it though.  I knew that they may have batted their pretty brown and blue eyes at him and convinced him that we needed to give that poor, homeless kitty a good home but I would be the one cleaning out a litter box and I would be the one keeping the 3 dogs from eating the poor, newly-homed kitty.  So I made up a rule; if we were going to have a cat it was going to go through the doggy door because I was not going to have a filthy, stinky, box of cat shit in my house.

Being that I have 3 dogs – 2 border collies and a basset/retriever mix – who burst through the doggy door and tear down the hallway at speeds high enough to completely topple people like bowling pins, it shouldn’t be too hard to make the cat do it too.

It’s pretty simple to teach your cat to go through the doggy door and crap outside.  Once our new little fur-ball had gotten a bath and stuffed her face with food I set about introducing her to the doggy door.  The kids were all excited about this.  The cheered the little kitty on when I set her down in front of the doggy door and urged her to go outside.  She on the other hand just sat there looking sweet and mystified.  The dogs were sniffling the floor and trying to get a peek at the commotion.  We all huddled around the doggy door in my laundry room in the hopes that this cat would somehow grasp what was going on and leap through the flap.  Nope.  Didn’t happen.  She just stared at us and when I didn’t let her run away she started meowing.  That got the dogs worked up.  The kids were starting to feel sorry for her and there was rumblings of trying again later so I did the only thing I could think of to do.  I picked up the cat, shoved her through the doggy door and dropped her onto the pavement outside.

The kids cheered, the dogs barked and I slammed the door shut.  At first the cat sat there and looked stunned.  She didn’t know what had just happened.  I watched her through the window and after a moment I called to her.  She looked around and came to the door but she didn’t  come back through.  One of the kids ran outside to the other side of the doggy door, picked up the cat, shoved her back through the doggy door and dropped her onto the floor in the laundry room.  Once again the kids cheered and the dogs barked.

We did it a few more times and after 5 or 6 times she started to get the hang of it.  She was insecure about it but the whole family was in it for duration so we stuck it out and kept shoving the cat in and  out of the doggy door until she got it.

She did get it.  Chloe is 9 years old now and going through the doggy door is so second nature to her that she goes in and out regardless of day or time and even in the winter when I cover it with a towel to keep the draft out.    I told you it was simple.  Teaching your cat how to go through the doggy door will save you money, keep your house from being stinky and makes for an  interesting conversation starter.

Sharing My New Art Gallery, Tootin’ my own horn as it were.

I’ve been yakking it up about art lately.  Just outright talking smack so I’m putting my money where my mouth is and posting a gallery of my art work.  I dug out the CDs (gasp! I know!  Who has anything on CD anymore, right?!) Well I still do.  I have stacks and stacks of them.  If i wanted to I bet I could make a scale model of a small city with all the stacks of CDs I’ve collected.  It’s just a passing thought; anyhow, I rooted out a ton of old artwork, (I didn’t realize how much of it I have actually created.  What a pleasant surprise.) and uploaded it into 2 galleries.   Check it out.

I separated my artwork into galleries.  For now there’s only 2 categories for now.  Enjoy.

This is a collection of my artwork.  It spans several years and you can see how my art has changed and grown with time and practice.  { Click here to Enter the Gallery}

 

 

 

 

 

This is a collection of various webpage graphics, webpage layouts, magazine pages,  banners, logos, badges  and such that I’ve put together over the span of time on the internet.  There’s hundreds of graphics out there that I can’t find and have lost so this is a fairly small sampling.  They are fun though to look back through.  {Click here to Enter the Gallery }