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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Haircut Advice Needed

I can't find my camera, so I can't take a photo of what I wore today. You're not missing much, it was basic black from head to toe. Today I'm showing you a few samples of hairstyles of the past. I'm getting my hair cut next week and I'm trying to decide how to have it cut. I like it long because it's easy to pull back when it's windy or when I'm working out. However, it's getting long enough that it is starting to get in my way.


My hair is very thick and fairly curly, so it's a lot of trouble to get it straight no matter the length. The sweet girl who cuts it always thins it out quite a bit, so that does help. However, at this length, it takes over 30 minutes to dry with a blowdryer on high. Julie and I had to take turns at the mirror when we were on vacation together, and she couldn't figure out what was taking me so long when she was waiting to dry her hair. I just thought it took everyone that long to dry their hair!


While I think the short hairstyle is the most flattering, it is probably the most high maintenance of all. My hair is more curly on one side than the other, so even when I have straightened it, it curls up on one side and looks uneven if my hair was cut while it was wet.


I do use a flatiron on it, but it never really wants to straighten completely. I am thankful for the body, but get a little frustrated that it won't do what I want. That's partly my fault, though, because I pretty much refuse to use any product on it...because I don't like washing it every day...because it takes so long to dry and straighten.


Do you like it long:

Medium:


Or short:


Extra short was the easiest to maintain, but I'm pretty sure Blondie wouldn't like it:

iPhone Lessons

My dad stopped by to see a friend of his earlier this week and his friend showed him his newfangled iPhone 3G. This guy and wife are 80 years old and have never had cell phones, so it's pretty impressive that they were even willing to try using the things. Their daughter set them up with the phones and gave them instructions on using them, but it's pretty difficult to remember those things when there's no one standing over your shoulder reminding you what to do next.

My dad knew that I had the same phone, so he asked me to go to their house and see if I could give them some tips. They weren't planning to use them for email or Internet or any applications; they just needed to make and receive calls. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I went to see if I could help them. My main concern was that the phones would need to be setup with iTunes and this couple doesn't have a computer. Fortunately, their daughter had already taken care of that, so all we had to do was figure out the calling features.

We went over the basics, like calling people in your contact list, calling people not in your contact list, creating new contacts, checking missed calls, and checking voice mail. They weren't interested in learning to text, but I think they could if they wanted to. Since I know learning lots of different procedures at once can be confusing, I decided it would be a good idea to type up some basic step-by-step instructions for them to refer back to if they needed a refresher. I thought I might be able to find this online, but I couldn't. Thus, I decided maybe I should post it for the benefit of others. I know not many people want to use their iPhone just for making and receiving calls, but it might be helpful to someone!


CALLING

To call someone in your contacts list:
1. Tap the green “phone” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
2. Tap the “contacts” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
3. Scroll to the name of the person you want to call.
4. Tap the person’s name.
5. Select the number you want to call (home, mobile, etc.).
6. To hang up, tap “End.”
7. To return to the home screen, always press the “home” button.

To call someone not in your contacts list:
1. Tap the green “phone” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
2. Tap the “keypad” icon.
3. Dial the number.
4. Tap the green “call” button.
5. To hang up, tap “End.”
6. To return to the home screen, always press the “home” button.


CREATING NEW CONTACTS

To create a new contact
1. Tap the green “phone” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
2. Tap the “contacts” icon.
3. Tap the + sign at the top right of your screen.
4. Tap the “first” field; the keyboard will appear and you can type the person’s first name.
5. Tap the “last” field and type the person’s last name.
6. Tap the “mobile” field and enter their phone number.
7. If the label is incorrect (like if you have entered the home number in the mobile field) tap the label and select the appropriate label from the menu.
8. To add additional numbers, simply tap the next open field and it will allow you to enter more numbers.
9. When you have entered all of the information, tap “done” at the top right hand corner.


If you miss a call, you will see a tiny red circle with a number in it at the top right corner of your phone icon. The caller might have left you a voice mail, or you might want to call them back. If you tap the “phone” icon, the menu at the bottom of the screen will give you more information. If there’s just a missed call, your “recents” menu will have a red circle, if you have a voice mail, you will see a red circle by the “voicemail” menu.


CHECKING MISSED CALLS AND VOICEMAIL

To check your voicemail
1. Tap the green “phone” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
2. Tap the “voicemail” icon.
3. New messages are indicated by a blue dot to the left of the name or number of the caller.
4. To listen to a message, tap the name or number of the caller.
5. You can store the message by doing nothing. To listen to it again, simply tap the name or number again.
6. To call the person back, tap the green “call back” button.
7. To delete the message, tap the red “delete” button.

To check your missed calls:
1. Tap the green “phone” icon on the bottom row of your screen.
2. Tap the “Recents” icon that looks like a clock.
3. There are three menu options at the top of the screen: “all,” “missed,” and “clear.” If you tap “all” you will see both calls you have made and received (or missed), if you tap “missed,” you will see only calls that you have missed. If you tap “clear” it will erase all of your recent calls.
4. New calls will show up in red text.
5. If you want to call the person back, simply tap their name or number.

If someone calls you and you want to save their number in your address book, you can save their number without having to type everything in. In your voicemail and recent call menus, you will see small blue circles containing white arrows to the right of a caller’s number. If you tap the circle, an info menu will appear. This will allow you to do several things, like call, send a text message, create a new contact, etc. To create a new contact from this number, simply tap “create new contact” and enter the person’s information just like you do when creating a new contact using the + menu.


TEXTING

If you get really brave and decide you want to send a text message, here is what you do:
1. Find the green “messages” icon on your home screen. Mine is at the top left of my screen. It has a picture of what looks like a conversation bubble from a comic strip.
2. To type a new message, tap the “pencil & paper” icon at the top right of the screen.
3. In the “to” field, start typing the name or number of the person you want to text. Soon, a menu of options will appear under that field. The phone is guessing who you might want to text based on what you have already typed. If you see the person’s name appear, you can stop typing and just tap their name to avoid having to type their whole name.
4. In the oval shaped field just above the keyboard is where you type your message. Remember the “up arrow” next to the Z is your shift key. To find numbers and punctuation, tap the “.?123” key next to the spacebar and a different keyboard will appear. You can toggle between keyboards as much as you want. Whenever you need to type a number or punctuation, just tap that key and type the characters you want. To get back to the letter keyboard, tap the “ABC” key next to the spacebar and continue typing letters.
5. To send, tap the blue “send” button.

Reading and replying to text messages
1. If you have a new text message, a little red circle will appear by your “messages” icon. Tap the icon to enter the texting menu.
2. New messages will be indicated by a blue dot to the left of a message.
3. To read the message, tap the person’s name or number.
4. To reply to the message, tap the oval shaped field at the bottom of the screen and the keyboard will appear.
5. Type your message and tap “send.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lucy's New Pets!

A few weekends ago, we got Lucy some new pets! She got 14 new goldfish.


First she sniffed them, to determine if they were worthy.


As you can see, they were unworthy.


Actually, we are not quite that crazy. We got them for the cattle's water tank. Apparently they eat up all the moss and keep the water nice and tidy. I only wanted them because if you put goldfish in a cattle tank the grow to be ginormous. I find ginormous goldfish amusing.


The fish spent the night in a five-gallon bucket because I didn't want to go out in the cow lots at night. They thought the bucket was very cozy, but now they are happy in their 300-gallon tank.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Easter Bunny Basket

I got a freebie at K-Mart!


I like to send people cards, and as I was browsing the greeting card section at K-Mart I noticed a coupon hanging from the shelf. If you buy three cards, you get this cute little Easter bunny basket! I already had that many cards in my hand, so I grabbed a coupon and this adorable little basket.


He even has bendable ears. He's pretty much the cutest thing I have seen in weeks, and he is free!

I have no idea what I am going to use him for. But he is awfully cute. I'm sure I will come across an equally cute little kid, whose cuteness will be enhanced with an Easter bunny basket.



He even has a cute little bunny tail. You need a bunny Easter basket with a fluffy tail!

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that I used the word "cute" six times. But it is worthy. Because it really is adorable. And I think everyone needs one. And I think you need to hurry because something this cute will run out quickly!

Friday, March 25, 2011

...And the Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who entered my most recent CSN Stores giveaway! Lots of people suggested a ceiling fan, which I had not considered before. We'll have to see if we can make it work.

Now for our winner!

(Drumroll, please)

The lucky winner is (selected by the random number generator at Random.org) comment #9, Darcy!

Congratulations, Darcy! I will contact you via email today just in case you miss this post and then you will get to choose what you're going to buy with your $35 gift certificate!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Random Kindness?

A couple of weeks ago, Blondie and I ate dinner at a burger joint we really like. When we arrived, we saw that one of his former college classmates was also there, so we stopped to talk to her and Blondie introduced me.

We went on to eat our dinner, and as the father of the family of four next to us returned to his table after going to the register to pay, we overheard him say that someone has picked up their check. He was dumbfounded, because when the cashier explained that it was the young mother who had been sitting on the other side of the restaurant, he had no idea who she was. When Blondie overheard this, he told them that she was a math teacher at the local high school. They had a high school aged daughter, so he thought it might be possible that she would have recognized the girl from there. However, they said didn't know her at all. Either the girl didn't go to that high school or hadn't had this teacher's class.

As we were driving home, we were still amused by this and we started thinking...what if she actually meant to pay our bill? I mean, we were sitting right next to this family and she actually does know Blondie. And hadn't seen him for a long time. Perhaps she was trying to be friendly to us and the cashier just misunderstood which table she meant to pay for? We'll never know. Now we have a dilemma, though.

If she did intend to pay our check, we should thank her. But what if we're just thinking too hard and she does just choose random strangers in restaurants to confuse with her anonymous generosity? Do we send her an email and say, "if you meant to pay for our dinner, thanks! If not, never mind." Awkward.

If she did mean to pay our bill and got theirs, though, she probably did think we were pretty hungry. You know, since a family of four would theoretically eat twice as much as a couple.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday



I'm not really sure if this outfit goes together at all. Since it's officially spring, I thought this shirt was appropriate. However, I usually wear it with jeans or shorts. It's really lightweight and comfortable, but it's also pretty high maintenance. It's 100% cotton, so it has to be ironed. And ironing is a lot of work for a casual garment. Since it has to be ironed, that means it's dressy, right? Is it the same level of "dressed up" as the pants and shoes?

Do the shoes even go with the rest of the ensemble? Normally I would never wear brown shoes with black pants, but these shoes are kind of different. They have texture. I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo, but it's some kind of faux reptile look. They were originally $99, and I got them on sale for $34. I have a burgundy patent leather pair of the same style and brand that are tolerable for high heels and I thought I would really like these. However, they're very stiff and uncomfortable. But I think they look cool! I only wear them when I know I'm going to be sitting most of the day.

I'm definitely not a fan of this photo angle. When I use the camera timer, I have to set it on some stationary object, and usually that object is a desk or table at about mid-thigh level. That makes for some very unusual perspective issues. My legs aren't actually three times as long as my torso, but this photo would suggest otherwise. I thought the seated pose might help with that, but it's still awkward. I should also wear makeup, but I'm just too lazy.

Shirt: Gap, Pants: Express, Shoes: BCBG

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Karate Kid

Blondie's cousin's young son has taken an interest in karate and has been doing extensive research on the subject. Recently at Sunday lunch at Grandma's house, Blondie taught Zaya some moves. Then, he learned some more moves from his uncle. And yet a few more from his aunt.

Blondie took one semester of karate in college to satisty the physical education requirement. Apparently, to a seven year old, this makes him an expert. Yesterday Zaya asked what color the first belt was, and Blondie explained that it is white. He asked how you earn more advanced belts, and Blondie told him that you have to take a test. Zaya was ready for his test!

Unfortunately, Blondie had to admit that he is not qualified to administer the exam. He told him that he would have to enroll in an actual class for that. That didn't dampen Zaya's spirits, though. He wanted another lesson yesterday. Last time, they worked on cardio and punching and later he learned some new techniques from his aunt and uncle. Yesterday, they studied blocking. They started their "workout" with pushups and a little run, then practiced their karate moves. Blondie's expertise will soon be exhausted, but they are having fun for now!

Zaya's pushup technique has improved significantly since this photo:


Punches:


Blocks:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Temperature Shift

On Wednesday morning, it was a chilly 38* when I drove to work. Later that afternoon, it was 78* as I drove home. I didn't look at the temperature yesterday morning, but yesterday afternoon on my way home, it was 89*. That's a 51* difference in 36 hours! My plants and my sinuses are confused. The Bradford Pear trees in my neighborhood have lovely blooms, but the houseplants I put outside to get some sun have wilted. My normally clear sinuses have been stopped up for a week and I've had random headaches. I'm ready for the weather to settle!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lighting Challenge

Blondie and I really dislike our kitchen lighting. We have a 1970s era drop ceiling, with fluorescent lights and these dreadful translucent panels. Some might call it retro, but we think it’s dated.


We have talked about different lighting options, but we are not home improvement experts. We could do something with pendant lighting in this room, but Blondie is so tall that probably won’t work for us. He really likes the art deco style, so maybe some type of indirect lighting would be good here. Anything would be better than what we have!

Any suggestions for do-it-yourself challenged homeowners? We don’t really have any carpentry or electrical skills, so it has to be easy. And we don’t want to spend a lot of money, so an extensive, expensive remodeling project is out of the question.

What do you think? Any expert opinions on what we could cheaply and easily to do update this space?

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What Lucy Wore Tuesday

C and I have a lot of fun playing in the water. Lucy also enjoys the water, but she's not a very good swimmer. She will have fun splashing around in shallow areas, then get stuck in a spot that is too deep and have to be rescued.

Last Summer, C found a boat for us and we knew Lucy would have a fun time going to the lake with us. We also knew she could easily sink to the bottom of the lake and become catfish food. We love Lucy and don't want her to be catfish food, so we came up with a solution.
This is Lucy's new life jacket. Yes, we are those crazy dog people. But we love our dog and want her to stay alive.


And doesn't this photo make you happy? Because C and I got a great laugh. I can't wait to see her paddling around the lake with it. I think she will like it after she figures out it allows her to swim without sinking, but for now she thinks it is a mean joke.
Life vest: Outward Hound

What I Wore Wednesday




The jewelry I'm wearing today was handmade by my cousin. She makes lots of colorful baubles and recently opened her own shop in her hometown. Ignore the yellow tone of the photograph. I hurriedly snapped it under the fluorescent glow of my bathroom lights so I could see in the mirror what I was photographing.

Shirt: Express, Pants: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Nine West, Necklace & Bracelet: Ronna's Creations

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winner!

I'm a winner! And not in a weird, Charlie Sheen kind of way. I really am a winner! Paul Byron Downs at The Basics Blog does a weekly giveaway. I was the lucky winner a few weeks ago when he gave away gift cards to Anthropologie. You should take a look at his blog, it has lots of handy tips! He also has a web page called The Basics, where you can find an archive of his articles. He covers a broad range of topics, I enjoy The Outdoors and Food & Beverage. He even has a grownup recipe for eggs in a hole. It's a fun website!

I love Anthropologie! They have such neat things that I can't afford unless I win a gift card from a blog giveaway. So thank you to Paul Byron Downs for the gift card! I had so much fun choosing what nifty things I wanted!


My first choice was these mini latte bowls. They are really cute and I can't wait to eat ice cream out of them. Or pudding. Or strawberries. But most likely ice cream.


I also got this cute little egg tray. I thought it was going to be bigger and I planned to use it for devilled eggs, but unless I cut the eggs in a way that will cause them to roll all over my plate, I don't think it's going to work. Maybe I will just use it for its intended purpose and it will hold eggs in my refrigerator.


I love how everything from Anthropologie came wrapped in a tidy little package. It was so fancy!


Inside the big envelope was my invoice, and the little package held the gift card. Very chic. At least I think it's chic. I'm not a very chic person, but I think a chic person would identify this packaging as chic. And I felt chic when I opened it.

So go over to The Basics and enter his giveaway on Wednesdays, you might win. And make sure to browse the rest of the website for lots of handy tips!

Pay Phone



I did not know such a thing even existed anymore! I took a different route to work this morning, and this caught my eye. It's at a grimy gas station known for selling beer to minors and being robbed on a regular basis...well, as regular as robberies occur in this small town. Even though the phone is fairly out-in-the open (hence my ability to drive up to it and snap a photo with my phone), I'm sure lots of clandestine business still gets transacted there. I must admit, I did not investigate the functionality of this pay phone. That would have required me to touch it, which was out of the question as I was not in possession of rubber gloves and hand sanitizer!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Basketball Season

This has been a very busy week for me!

I drove to Oklahoma City to see the dentist on Monday and got to have lunch with a friend I haven't seen since college. Then, on Tuesday I went back to OKC after work with some of my colleagues for a legislative reception. Blondie ate dinner at church on Wednesday with his family and he practiced for worship team. Then yesterday we attended an evening lecture at the university. The only day we have eaten dinner at home this week was Monday and I don't even remember what we ate!

Today Blondie is picking me up from work early and we are going to drive two hours to see his school's basketball team play in the area tournament. We will get to eat with his uncle who lives in that town. Then tomorrow we're going back to OKC where Blondie will attend a continuing education workshop and we'll possibly attend another basketball game in the afternoon. Blondie's alma mater, which is in a different size class than his employer, is playing in the state tournament this weekend and we hope they win tonight so we'll get to see them play tomorrow.

Since I went to OKC last Saturday for a church event and to watch basketball with Blondie, I will have made four trips to OKC in seven days! And gas is $3.39 per gallon.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shiny. O. Sparkly


I have discovered a wonderful new thing! It's actually not new at all, just new to me. Have you ever tried S.O.S. scrubbers? They are amazing. AMAZING!



When I opened the box I was a bit disgusted. Doesn't it look like a person with long, gray hair took a shower using Zest soap and this is what came out of the drain? It's a giant blue hairball!


This is the remnants of chicken soup. I soaked it, scrubbed it, and ran it though the dishwasher twice. It was icky and crusty. I set it aside, assuming it would clean itself. After I discovered it wouldn't clean itself I decided to try S.O.S. pads. And after about 30 seconds of scrubbing, it was all sparkly and shiny (I thought it took a sparkly and shiny photo, but apparently I didn't and I'm not going to now).

It was magical and blogworthy and I think everyone needs their very own box. What is even more amazing is that they are only $2.39 for a box of 10 at K-mart! This is one of the best things I have ever found. I'm going to try it on my grimy bathtub next.

And I'm fully aware this looks like a giveaway, but it's not. I wish S.O.S. knew who I was and gave me lots of boxes to give to you, but you'll have to buy your own box. Unless you want to come to my house and I will share mine.

But please don't come to my house if I don't know you. Not only will you probably not be able to find it, but I will definitely not open my door to strangers.