And She Was….

Not only am I acclimating to my new heated environment, I’m getting used to Vegas life. I’ve basically lived outside of a small town for most of my life only visiting the “city” outside of it, Kokomo. It would mostly be considered a town compared to where I live now, but it is where most of my knowledge of city life comes from. I visited the capital of Indiana several times over the years, so I knew the basics about city living from that. I just never lived there. The closet thing I’ve come to living in a somewhat large city was in Muncie where I went to college for four years. Those who lived there know while it is somewhat large and populated, it is mostly due to the university population that migrates into the city during the fall and spring semesters. Also visiting the fair city of Las Vegas on several occasions has given me a good idea of what to expect. There is more than the Las Vegas Strip.

Amazingly, my time in Kokomo and Muncie has prepared me inexplicably when it comes to dealing with crazies and rednecks. There are a multitude of people living here in the dessert, but alas, there are plenty of crazies. First example: Driving. My brother and sister-in-law have told me about the driving situation here in Vegas, and I’ve even witnessed it as a passenger during visits. Kokomo’s traffic was left to be desired, mostly due to the fact that my car somehow had an amazing ability to become invisible until the last moment, encouraging most of motorized population to attempt to hit my vehicle. As you can see, I became a little bitter towards the licensed and not so licensed drivers of Kokomo. Muncie was actually worse. For a town that always seemed to have the traffic lights go out at least once a week somewhere along Mcgalliard or Tilottson, two of the busiest streets in Muncie, no one remembers that no light means 4-way. I feared for my life on a daily basis. I actually had a situation where a woman pulled up behind me as she was racing to get her frosty, the only thing that seemed logical at the time for her to be racing for. I was not moving fast enough nor did she seem to really care. This was definitely not one of the situations I was prepared for. If you have ever wondered about my strange driving behavior while in Kokomo, Muncie was probably the reason.

Las Vegas is pretty much the same except there are about 4x as many people and everyone is extremely impatient, emphasis on extremely. They always assume that little tiny area that you are keeping in front of you, so that you don’t suddenly end up in the ass of the car ahead of you, was left just for them. Most of the time, the drivers here just assume you see them and will stop, because who needs to get into an accident. My sister-in-law just told me the other day that I should never be the first one to go at a green light. There is another factor that adds to the mess that is Las Vegas traffic. There is a big dynamic in the traveling population. The visiting California drivers are always in a hurry and are extremely aggressive. This is most likely due to being used to driving in L.A. Another large part of our traffic is from the retirement community. In my experience, older people tend to drive slower than the majority of drivers. You put these two parts together on I-95, and you now have a description of the traffic flow: slow down, speed up. This makes it very dangerous. I recommend avoiding driving through Las Vegas if you’re not actually planning on stopping. There is no sense in putting yourself through that if not.

I was also informed to keep my eye out for cops, the ones that aren’t marked. They take undercover very seriously here. I knew that they had a variety of unmarked vehicles to travel in from expensive sports cars to minivans, but I hadn’t actually seen one yet, until today. I was venturing out on an errand and decided to stop for a shake when I saw that two unmarked cop vehicles had blocked in a car that had been parked. What I assumed to be a kid leaning over the Grand Prix cop car with his cargo shorts, popped collar polo, and backwards baseball cap tipped to the side, I soon realized was actually the cop. They apparently take their jobs seriously here and do intend to blend even, when that means dressing up like a tool. I know that I probably shouldn’t have, but I started cracking up. I was just glad I did this as I was turning away from the officer.

I’m still looking for jobs and waiting on a call back from one of the interviews I had. I am starting to be concerned about money. Not that I’m going to be broke tomorrow, just figuring in my comfy cushion. My sister-in-law suggested that I offer babysitting services, and I’m starting to seriously consider it. I’d just feel better if I got a job.

Until next time….

Take your mama out all night and show her what it’s all about…

I am in a Scissor Sisters type mood as I type this my natural lovelies. Tonight I am going to a bachelorette party. I guess we are going to a drag show. It has been forever since I  have been to one and I am totally looking forward to it. I looked up some different things to do with my TWA (teeny weeny afro) so that I could have something special. Some things would take me hours to master, and I should have probably before the day of the event. Oh well.

Something in the natural community has sparked my eye recently and I want to try it soon. It is called 'banding' It is kind of like stretching out your hair. I found a lovely tutorial of it on You Tube and I wanted to share it with you. Watch and learn.

Please make sure you watch it to the end and notice her incredible hair! Loving it! If I end up doing this, is this something you guys would want a video on? Let me know!

I am off to become beautiful! Ta Ta!

Follow Friday

I have decided to link up with Family and Life in Las Vegas to do Bee Funny Friday Follow! It's got some rules, and they are really simple:

1. Add a main link to your blog weekly (Linky will open every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Pacific and close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday mornings Pacific).

2. Follow the blogs in the # 1 and # 2 spots.

3. Post pictures and/or stories on your blog about something funny that happened during the week. That way others can smile, or get a good laugh.

5. Put our Bee Funny button in your post to share the fun.

4. Visit as many blogs as you can, and let them know that you are there from Bee Funny Friday Follow. Follow the ones you like, and we are sure you will get follows back.

6. But most of all, Bee Funny! Because Beeing Funny is what it is all about!

Bee Funny is open to family friendly sites ONLY, all others will be deleted.

Are you ready to Bee Funny!?

So for me, Bee Funny today is not about pictures, it is about a story. Yesterday was the Pretty Indy Party . It was a chance for people to get out, meet other people, socialize and network. That is exactly what I did. Slipping a few of my business cards into my luggage  purse. I took a deep breath and started to get ready for the party.

Honestly? I used to be a big party animal. But who likes going to events alone? Not me. I really haven't made any friends since I have moved to Indianapolis. But I was going to this with the determination to network and maybe make a friend!

I had a blast. They everyone left with a free book by author Laina turner-Molaski called Stilletos and Soundrels.  It sounds like a really good read and I can't wait to crack into it. I am going to try and read it and finish up here fast because in a couple of weeks school starts back and I won't have much time for my enjoyment reading!

The best part of the night came from the girl sitting right beside me. She was in town from North Carolina. She had a wedding to attend, friends to visit and one of the pretty indys throwing the party was one of her dearest friends. I haven't laughed so hard at something in a long time. She taught me a new drink: Vodka Awesomes. She orders vodka and water. Boring right? THEN...she pours in half a pack of crystal light drink mix. She said she felt like my pusher giving me a pack to try myself *snicker*

The night went forth and her and I just got sillier and sillier.
Her: What?
Me: Is that Paris Hilton outside!?
(both of us turn and look at an incredibly tall incredibly blond girl with what looked like a skimpy towel wrapped around her and clipped with a sparkly jewel.)
Her: OMG she looks like one step up from pretty woman hooker!

Later on

Her: Look! it's Snooki and J-wow!
(we turn and look at the bar where in fact Snooki and J-wow lookalikes were hitting on the same guy)
Me: I didn't know we were in Jersey.
Her: I LOVE THIS PARTY! There are so many lookalikes! I just want to fist pump and hug everyone!!!!
Me: *snicker*

Best Party Ever. Thank you Pretty Indy

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner…

The winner of the Moroccanoil Treatment still has not come forth. I will be selecting a new winner tomorrow. That gives you a day to enter if you have not entered yet! Contest information is here

Just a little funny

This was back before I went natural... Pardon language on this.. I was angry.

About A Boy

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Directed: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz

Screenplay: Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz

Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult, and Rachel Weisz

Since this film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, I would like to explain my feelings concerning film adaptations of novels. I personally like to watch the film version first before I read the novel if I can help it. I am not usually disappointed with either version in this order. Some people prefer the opposite way, but when I read the novel first, I end up becoming highly more critical of the film. I try to keep this my policy, but I am human. If I get involved with a series I really like, I tend not to have the patience to wait. Lol!

My first attraction to this film was the fact that it was British made and starred Hugh Grant, and this is also the very reason I purchased it. I tend to gravitate toward the British shows, because I enjoy the dry humor so much. Hugh Grant never disappoints in this area. What I originally thought was going to be funny narrative of Hugh Grant’s character during bachelorhood, turned out having an endearing story filled with just as charming, if not eccentric, characters as well.

The story follows Will and Marcus as they both go through the trials of growing up. Will is a self-proclaimed bachelor living off the royalties of his deceased one-hit wonder father and happy to do so. He spends his days watching game shows, spending money, and plotting his next female conquest. His newest plan finds him impersonating a single parent, believing that he can find plenty of women looking for fun and not attachment. It is through one of these exploits that he finds himself suddenly involved in Marcus’s life and not by choice either.

Marcus’s dramatic and eccentric mother’s usual antics are enough to embarrass him as he tries to survive school and the trials of being a normal teenager, but her latest self-absorbed stunt threatens to rip his world apart completely. Fearing for his mother’s sanity and the remnants of his happiness, Marcus comes up with a plan to find his mother a boyfriend. Since he hasn’t really met an adult male besides his own father and Will, he places his hopes on Will and forces him with a little blackmail to date his mother.

What actually develops between Marcus and Will is a relationship that pushes the other to accept themselves as they are and move on with life. In Will’s case, this means becoming the matured man, willing to let others in, whom he should have become at least ten years earlier. For Marcus, he finally becomes one with his awkwardness and learns how to have fun. At the beginning, Marcus is the mature adult, putting his mother’s happiness before his own, and Will’s the child, not being able to see beyond his own indulgence. This story is their journey of finding their rightful roles in life and creating a bond with the other that was unlikely in the beginning, but turned out to be exactly what each of them needed.

Being that the novel is fantastic, the only way that they could have hoped to recreate the charm into film is with the cast that they chose. This is a story driven film, and in order to achieve this in film the actors chosen become the tools in which to propel it forward. Bad acting can easily put a story driven film through cardiac arrest before it has even seen the silver screen leading it straight to the dreaded video store path.

Hugh Grant was perfect for the role as Will. His acting is usually limited to comedy, but it is an area in which he shines. Normally, his serious moments are always overlapped by immediate comedic relief. But Hugh Grant can do drama and has the resume to prove it, which gave him the perfect chops to present Will’s character perfectly.

Nicholas Hoult handled the mantle of his first major film part quite well, delivering an engaging and believable performance. I have seen him gradually take on more and more film roles since About A Boy, and he has gotten stronger. It is clear from this film that he would have such a career ahead of him.

The last actor to pull you into this film is none other than the famed chameleon actor, Toni Collette, which she proves undoubtedly on her recent television series, The United States of Tara, as a women with a multiple personality disorder. Toni Collette has played many varied characters that spread across a spectrum that at times you do not realize the actor you are watching is her right away. This is just raw talent that few actors have. This film is no different. She once again throws herself into the character of Fiona, Marcus’s mother. Her characters neurotic tendencies allowed Toni Collette to portray a woman that allowed you to sympathize, empathize, laugh with, and laugh at without one awkward turn.

Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to add about Rachel Weisz. She was not terrible in this film, just that her character did not offer her much to work with beyond delivering the lines. Her character was important, but only as a device for Will’s character.

Over all, this is a wonderful movie that not only will make you laugh, but make you feel good. I would also like to make a tiny notice to the soundtrack that was written and performed by Badly Drawn Boy. It adds its own character, and I highly recommend to those who find this type of music appealing. Just be warned that it is score as well as music.

I give this film 4 Buttery Kernels.

Coming Soon: Accepted

Worst job interview… IN THE WORLD

Before I get on with my sad tale of woe is me embarrassment of a job interview. I must tell you that this is all my fault. I applied for a position that is way over my level. This is what happens when you do that sometimes.

For those of you that do not know me well, I am in technology. Well, I would be in technology if I was not unemployed. I've filled out countless applications, sent in tons of resumes and the results? A few interviews here and there, talking to my dogs a lot, scrapbooking and blogging. 
I sent in my resume for a job I found on It was above my level of expertise, but I always do that, thinking that the hiring manager will see my resume and think I am not qualified for the job, but they have something that may work for me. It has happened before.
Well, they called, wanting me to interview for this job. I was shocked, I was happy and I was nervous. It was a phone interview today. I WAS ON IT.
This woman asked me questions of technical things I had never even heard of. SAN? What the hell is a SAN? I know of LAN, WAN, and even MAN. But never SAN!  (FYI- LAN= Local Area Network, WAN= Wide Area Network, MAN= Metropolitan Area Netowrk, and SAN= Storage Area Network (I had to ask my husband who is more of an IT guru than I will ever be)
After a few more questions like that. I was just deflated. That interview took some stuff out of me. So I took a nap. Because that just sucked ass.
Now, I need a hug...and possibly some cake. But I will settle for a hug.

Tuesday Tuesday

My title is from when I worked at Old Navy back in the day. You pretty much get used to the music and block it out, but some songs made me clinch my teeth together. I don't know the name of this one.. but it started out with a man singing "Monday Monday" and some angel type chorus would come in. I would hate to hear that.. especially on a Monday.

Today I have a job interview! I am so excited. Blogging does not pay the bills y'know!

A Little More Information

Just to keep this site moving, I am going to start reviewing my film collection. My collection is getting close to 500, and it is still growing. Yes, I do realize that I have a problem. Lol! Also, I should mention that I do have some anal-retentive issues when it comes to my movies. I keep them if alphabetical order. This will be very apparent, as I go through my reviews. Don’t be afraid to laugh about that. It is okay to make fun of me. For the reviews of the films in my personal collection, I thought that I will also add why I own them. This is an important reason to me, because not all movies should be purchased. There are even some movies that will take 2 hours of your life that you will never get back. Keeping with this spirit, I will also let you know where a new film measures up in this way. I'll let you know whether you should stay away, go see immediately, buy, or just rent.

I will be leaving this site open for anyone to leave a comment if they like, regardless if they are affiliated with Blogger. I will rate my films through Buttery Kernels. Yes, it is rather cheesy, but since I wanted to be different from the regular Stars rating system, this is was the only representation I could find that was not currently being used. It will be used like the standard system: 1 to 5 Buttery Kernels, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. I hoping that you will have as much as I and thanks for visiting Blondie’s Flick Find.

Coming Soon: About A Boy


I haven't had the winner of the contest contact me yet. I will give her until the end of this week, and then I will choose someone else. 

Want to get in the game? Go back a few entries and read about the contest!

Last week I left a brief post about “pre-pooing” or pre shampooing your hair. Before I went natural, I had never heard of such a phenomenon. I thought I would talk about it a little bit today.
Generally a pre-shampooing treatment is some sort of oil (like olive oil for example) used on the hair before shampooing or co-washing. It didn’t make sense to me at first because I thought “Why am I putting something in my hair that is immediately going to wash out?” Then I did a little research. put it best: It protects your hair from drying out during the shampooing process. If you think about it, what are you actually shampooing? You are shampooing your scalp, not your hair really. It’s protecting your hair from the harsh drying chemicals in shampoo. They also make the point that natural curly hair kind of works like a sponge.
Think about the sponge you get from the supermarket. Go home and try to clean stuff with it straight off the bat. It’s not going to work well is it? Why? Because, sponges have to be moistened; it is sort of the same with our hair. Conditioner will be absorbed more in the hair if you pre-poo.
Lately I have been pre-pooing using Moroccanoil’s Oil Treatment. I pre-poo my hair at night, and in the morning I take my shower and wash. Moroccanoil’s Treatment is thick, and a little bit does my whole head of hair. I wrap my hair up at night. I’ve been feeling a difference. My hair is softer and more manageable.
I do not pre-poo everyday. I don’t have time for it, sometimes I forget. But I do notice a difference when I do. So once again I ask you, do you pre-poo?