Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Fast forward to my browsing through a SELF magazine and coming across an article talking about hair color and what is "ok" to do at home and what is better to leave for the experts. And there I saw it....brown to a richer brown...."save your money, do it at home". But what if it messes up? What if my hair turns red/orange/blue/pink? I HAVE to get it done by a professional. In comes my mom who always dyes her own hair. She says it's easy and I should try it. Ok, so she's my right hand lady in all of this now :)
So after much internal agony and research, my mom and I were off to Target early Saturday afternoon...bought some nice & easy hair dye....and started the process. I was nervous through the whole thing but was determined to try to do most of it by myself so I didn't have to ask her to help every time I wanted to dye my hair. So after a detailed application process, lots of dye on my skin (ears, arms, you name it), we waited. Then waited 5 minutes longer, and then rinsed. And ta da................. (this is with all 5 of the wiener dogs of course!)
FYI: This is (from left) Daisy- parents, Lani - sister's, Milly, Willy and Puddles- parents!
I love the color and it looks great, no streaks or anything! To give you some sort of reference to what it looked like earlier that day, here is a picture of Jimmy and I the night before getting ready to head out on our date night.....
Big difference :) Love it!!
Normal hair cut/color with tip: $120
Box of Color (with tax): $8
Hair cut with tip: $45
Hair cut/colors per year*: 7
*(52 wks/8 wks = 6.5 per year, I rounded up to 7)
$$ spent in one year (7*120): $840
$$ spent in 40 years (840*40): $33,600
$$ spent in one year (7*53): $371
$$ spent in 40 years (371*40): $14,840
Difference over 40 years (33600-14840): $18,760
So there you have it...exactly how I managed to save over $18K in a simple Saturday. Now Jimmy should be thanking me, right? :) While this is nice for me, since I really do like my hair all one color and it doesn't take much expertise to dye it like that, this will work great for me! And I can do it at my convenience as well, which is something else I really like! I know that this is just not an option for those of you that really shine in the highlights and love them, so I'm sorry, I don't have a money saving solution of that magnitude to off-set your hair grooming costs. I'll work on it though :) But really, if you are nervous about dying out of a box- DON'T be! A few tips that SELF provided:
- First section hair off into 4 sections. Focus on one at a time
- Start at the roots and work your way down your hair....make sure you get the hair line that frames your face well
- Don't spread the dye all the way to the roots, wait until there are 5-8 min left and then drag the color down to the roots- that will make it look more professional
And that's it!! Good luck if you dare to venture into boxed dye :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Why does Lani have to roll around on a dead worm? And then she eats it. Just five minutes later, she goes into the kitchen and throws up the dog food she ate about 30 mins. ago! Joy! I don’t get the whole dogs rolling in bird poop and dead worms.
The first afternoon Lani was here, I put her in the kennel while I worked out in the basement. She barked for about 10 mins then crashed! What were those picky girls in Manhattan complaining about?? I didn’t get it….until 1:30am. Roger refused to put her in the kennel to sleep. Picture this…Lani laying peacefully around Roger’s neck and he says,” But she is sooo cute and adorable, I can’t stand putting her in the kennel to sleep!” So she is the newest addition to our king size bed with Puddles and Daisy already claiming their territory in the middle of the bed. We all settled into our normal sleeping spots and Lani was roaming the entire bed, bothering everyone! I tried to calm her down for about 30 mins and at 11:00pm, I gave up and put her in the kennel. No problem, no barking, no whining and everyone got some sleep. Until 1:30am when Lani woke up and barked until 4:00am. Constantly. Not even coming up for a breath! How does she do that? I closed the bedroom door, put the pillow over my head knowing that I could not go and get her because that would just reinforce that negative behavior, right? Roger swears that he didn’t get any sleep either during that time frame but he was snoring louder than Lani was barking. Puddles was up and wandering around the room, trying to figure out what was going on. It was a circus! I was tempted (for about 1 min) to get up and go walk on the treadmill and read my book…I was awake, might as well take advantage of the time. But I didn’t, I just waited until the alarm went off at 5:28 and the morning began again. I was so tired during the day, just the perfect excuse for a nap that afternoon! With all three dogs on the couch while watching Oprah!
Friday I came home at 2:00 after a college meeting. I let the dogs out to do their thing in the back yard. Puddles wasn’t too happy that Lani is back on Mullen Road. Here is this 14 year old dog with no teeth and arthritis and all he wants to do is poop in private. Lani just doesn’t get it. She must think he is in a play stance when he is pooping because she will jump all over and under him. Imagine an 81 year old man trying to poop and a kid jumping all over him??
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
- 4 hour time frames detailing when the installer might show up
- 3-4 hours to set up
- Things don't work the way they are supposed to
- You realize that your 50+ year old house doesn't have a phone line installed
- ....which in turn means that Internet you thought you were going to have last week,
- yep...that takes a week and a half (estimated) to get someone to your house to fix it
- then they give you an EIGHT hour window for them to show up
- hours spent on hold talking to one department after the other
- mounds of frustration building up
- whispers saying "I'm going to punch (insert company name, person's name, etc)"
- whispers saying "I'm going to knock out (insert company name, person's name, etc)"
- whispers saying "What was I thinking? Was this really worth the monthly savings?"
And there you have it my friends, what I am living through right now. Let's just hope come Friday.....this Internet gets up and going because like Jimmy said, I'm going to go CRAZY without it!!!
P.S. However, I will note that Direct TV came and installed it in our house on Monday and he did a fabulous job, was nice, showed up early, and even though it took forever...it works great!