Jan 29, 2009

Babies as punishment???

So, was he a punishment to his 18-year old mother? After all, she conceived him at 17 with a man she didn't know that well and wasn't married to, 3 months pregnant when she married him and he turned out to be already married to someone else, and ended up leaving her as a single mom.

Or so I've heard. Correct me if I'm wrong. So, what if she had decided to get rid of her punishment?

Jan 21, 2009

Inaugural Benediction

I didn't realize that I wasn't already embracing what is right.
And with Cherokee blood in my veins, I prefer "Native American" over "red man"...

I can't speak for the "yellow" and "brown" people (yellow people = The Simpsons??), but didn't Martin Luther King, Jr. dream to see a nation where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character?

"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right."

Odd to have racial comments in a prayer. Notice our president's fade noticeably during the "white" comment. After all, he's half white. Maybe he was offended as I was. I pray for President Obama. He has a heck of a tough job ahead of him.

Mario Kart

Yay!! I beat all the 50cc races (even that rainbow thing, finally)!

Jan 16, 2009

Our Doggies (again)

Gem got a new sweater, since whippet-type dogs get cold. Angie has a built-in fur coat so she doesn't need one, although she looks like she wants one.

Jan 15, 2009

Nosey Doggie!

While photographing an oriental robe, look who showed up in the corner...

Jan 11, 2009

Jan 9, 2009

Shampoo and conditioner

Sometimes you really get what you pay for.

I'm a natural blonde, sort of a medium-ash shade that lightens in the sun.
But being genetically inclined to growing a prematurely pigment-challenged mane (my mom was fully-gray at 40), I've been cheating on nature just a little bit for about 15 years or so. I color the grey hair back to my original blonde color... at home, thanks to Clairol. Being a tightwad (thanks, dad) I've been using inexpensive shampoos and conditioners over the years, and I guess it was showing. My hair would reflect the light really weird in photographs. Not obvious, but something just wasn't right. I'm all like, OMG, that's not me!! Apparently the coloring actually changes the structure of each hair shaft. Or so i've been told. Also, grey hair has a different, somewhat coarser texture even before it's dyed and sent to bed without its dinner.

Recently, I purchased some mid-priced shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for color-treated hair. And guess what?!! My hair looks normal, both in person AND in flash photos!
Thank you, Paul Mitchell. I think I paid around $19 per 33 oz. bottle (fragrancenet.com, not to mention a good percentage cashback from fatwallet.com), but it seems to have beat by far the $1.25 for 16 oz. stuff I was buying before (i swear, i won't say it was Suave or VO5, really). -hangs head in shame- I did find Pert to be a not-so-bad shampoo for the price, but they didn't have one specifically for color-treated hair. And I have to admit, the VO5 strawberries and cream conditioner was yummy-smelling (but not so tasty).

Some things you can skimp on, and other things not.
I am cheap.
But not that cheap...

What to give to the man who has (almost) everything

Dead animals may be a good choice....
one can never have too many of those.