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Okay Ladies…

We all seem to be in this together.  This love of Twilight.

official_twilight_movie_posterTurn your panties into overdrive and get to the theatre!  You know what I found?  I found it’s easiest to go to crazy movies like this in the afternoon, as most people will want to make a date or a ‘girls night out’ out of it. Or perhaps late at night?  Most of the tweens won’t be allowed out at night, and especially not to a 10:30pm show when the movie is over 2 hours long!

I finished the book tonight, and it was GLORIOUS.  And I’m pretty sure the movie will be just as good. I need to get my damn hands on a copy of the next book, eeeep!

So is anyone other than me going to be seeing this movie this weekend?The good thing about a crowd that’s younger is that you can pretty much push your way over all of them to get close enough to the screen to lick it. *wink*

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Dear Quantum of Solace,

quantumofsolaceposterYou were okay. Not great.  Not bad.  Somewhere in the middle.  Like when you have toast for breakfast.  You were my breakfast toast.  Sort of dry, but still good. Naturally Daniel Craig as Bond didn’t disappoint me, but somehow the story was hollow.  Less campy, more plain?  But then again there were certain boat chases and fights on scaffolding that weren’t boring.

Your leading ladies were hotties, as usual.  But even with sexy ladies it felt sort of empty.  Your leading lady was lovely, but you didn’t slam her like each and every other Bond girl.

Why the lack of slamming?  Were you trying to step above the over-the-top sexual nature of Bond?

Well, okay, you totally slammed that other Bond girl, but I didn’t really feel any connection to that chick.  And she looked like she was 17, which made it sort of creepy. And Bond was just sort of like, “Hello there, nice to meet you, would you help me with my pants? I’ll be needing them off to slam you.” And that was maybe 2 minutes after we met this young lady.  I didn’t even care about her.  But you are known for slamming many ladies, Bond, so I’ll let it slide.

And where were your gadgets?  I didn’t spot a single gadget.  Mind you, Daniel Craig pretty much just kicked the shit out of everyone with his bare hands, and that impressed me enough to sort of make up for the lack of gadgets.  But aren’t the gadgets part of the camp?

Why so serious, Bond?

I thought you were going to be bigger, more glamorous, more outrageous.  Like seeing a drag queen on a dating website, but instead just getting a handsome man. Still good, but not what you were looking for.

Maybe it’s because there were Canadians involved with this movie?  Did you notice how much you brought up Canadians?  There was even a Canadian agent in the movie.  When I think of Canada, I don’t think of any sort of spies.  I think of back bacon, and maple syrup, even though I can’t remember the last time I had back bacon or maple syrup, you know?

Anyway, I’d still pay the $13 that I did to see you, but I don’t think I’d buy you on DVD.

Now Wall-E, that’s another story…

Ok bai!

Shhh, don’t tell anyone

I picked up Twilight, and I am…gasp…ENJOYING it.

twilight

And I am…GASP…going to see the movie this weekend.

Stupid sexy vampires!

Caca review

I thought I had lost my post about the caca brun hair henna, but apparently it posted last night without me noticing, so the following is my account of the process and outcome.  It is quite an epic post, but I think it will answer most questions about the process and outcome.  Feel free to ask any questions though, and I’ll try to post a photo as well.

First of all, it apparently is really supposed to translate to sh*t, because they call it the “no sh*t hair dye.”  I’m thinking maybe “sans caca” would mean more in the way of a “no sh*t” hair dye, at least to me.  Or why didn’t they just call it henna hair dye?  Is that trademarked??

Also, in Canadian dollars, the block cost me $18.95 pre-tax, which is more expensive than regular old hair dye, but if you have up to say, a little past shoulder length hair, you’ll only need half the blocks, so that makes it around $10 each time you dye it.

Another thing to note before I explain my hair outcome, is that this stuff stinks to high heaven.  It just stinks, I can’t explain it any better.  I was advised to use espresso as the fluid instead of water, so I did, and that made it smell even worse.  Some people like the smell of henna though, but I’d say that’s maybe only 5% of the population.  From the reviews I read, around 50% of the people who try this stuff get a pounding headache from the smell.  Some websites suggested putting essential oils into the mix, but I didn’t have the time to go looking for essential oils, so I had to go without.

They suggest you grate the blocks into a non-metal dish (something about henna reacting to metal), which I did, but let me tell you, I can cheese grate with the best of ’em, but I had to stop more than a few times and rest my arm.  Because it’s a fairly hard block, it is hard to grate, and it takes longer than you would think.  And it gets on your hands as it sort of melts, and then the smell starts to appear.  Stinkus-maximus.  I ended up trying to chop the rest up because I couldn’t deal with grating it.  Maybe if I tried to prep that part a few days in advance I wouldn’t have gotten fed up, but I did and I chopped.

The various instructions I read also stated that you shouldn’t pour boiling water into the brown dye because that will change the molecules.  I don’t know if that’s really true, but I’d rather not have to walk around with green hair, so I just used the hottest tap water I could to make the espresso.

So you mix it to this paste that’s kind of like a thick, thick sour cream.  I couldn’t get the little chunks to melt, and I stirred and stirred.  No dice.  I assume that the boiling water would have come in handy at that point.  I just plopped it on my head with a few chunkles in it anyway.  I started with my front hairline.  THIS WAS A MISTAKE.  Basically, you are putting mud on your head, thick, sort of sandy mud. Once you paint some on your head, you’ll be hard-pressed to try and part your hair with a comb, your fingers, a fork, your dog….ANYTHING.

It will also start to dry as you put it on.  I read a good suggestion that it’s best to sort of hold your head over a tub and apply it from back to front.  I found it really difficult to get into the middle of the hair pile, which is usually pretty easy with regular dye because it’s so pliable.  My solution for that was just slopping a shitload of henna on after I was mostly done and just mashing it around.

When it dries it also starts to crack a little bit off of your head, so it’s very messy, and it will dye anything that it touches (the same as regular dye).  You don’t get gloves, so I used my hands.  Most of the dye washed off my hands, but they are slightly greenish-tinged on my palms.  Really not noticeable, but since my hands are attached to me, I noticed it. You can usually buy a pair of rubber gloves from the pharmacy counter, in case you need to know where to get gloves.

After I got all the dye on, I had to wrap my hair in cling wrap to help the color develop.  I HIGHLY recommend this, as the henna will dry and crumble off of you otherwise.  This also took the punch out of the smell, making it more tolerable.

The instructions recommend that you leave the dye on a minimum of 2 hours, up to 8 hours.  Really, unless I slept on it and wrecked my sheets, I wouldn’t be able to sit around for 8 hours waiting for color to develop.  I only lasted 3 hours.  I was noticing the smell too much and it was making me sick, so I went to the tub to wash it out.

Washing it out is another ordeal. It didn’t harden on my head because it was only on 3 hours and it had cling wrap over it, so that was good.  Basically it’s like washing mud out of your hair.  This is where the little clumps became an issue.  I spent probably 30 minutes rinsing my hair, if not more.  I tried to get it out faster and detangle by using a cheapy conditioner in large amounts, rinsing, applying more, rinsing, etc.  This helped, but my hair still smelled entirely like henna and coffee, so I had to use shampoo, and then conditioner.

I washed my hair again this morning and I can still smell the henna, if that’s any indicator of how much the smell sticks to your hair.

When I dried it the first time I noticed the ends of my hair were sort of green/blue, which scared me, but as I looked closer in the mirror, I realized that it was just more henna residue on part of my head.  I washed it again, and even this morning I had to wash a portion of my hair in the sink as the residue seemed to want to stick to this one part of my hair.  I haven’t heard of anyone else having that problem though.

As for the payoff, colour-wise I got a nice, shiny dark brown that blended the new roots with the darker portions.  I also had a nice weird strip of hair that was a bit lighter in between the new growth and the point which I dyed my hair from a golden sort of orange to deep brown, and the henna covered that as well.  I’ll have to see how the color develops, as apparently it takes a few days to experience what the final result will be.  So far my hair is nice and shiny, and it feels really nice and healthy.

I feel like if you want a drastic change in color that this stuff might not be what you’re looking for.  Basically, my natural hair is a bit mousy, so I am just trying to make it more vibrant, and this stuff does that.  I wouldn’t do it again without essential oils to try and cover the smell.  It made me feel sick, so I had to take two Tylenol, and it’s still sort of wafting into my nose today.

I think I will try again though, now that I’ve tried and know what the consistency is.  I may even just try another brand of henna, as I am sort of trying to move away from chemicals right now.  Any organic grocery store probably has henna as well, so there are options other than the caca block.  If the henna comes pre-ground, I’d probably go for that over having to grate the block myself.  I also don’t really like the idea of shelling out $20 on a trial because you can’t buy it in smaller blocks.

I just wish there was a way to get rid of the awful smell!  Smells really set me off, so this was not exactly pleasant.  And sitting around with plastic wrap on my head made me sort of antsy.  I think that’s because I’m used to the fragrance of chemical dye, and the fact that I usually only wait like 25 min for the color to develop.

If you are committed to trying to be more eco-friendly though, and gentle on your hair and scalp, I suggest trying it out, even though I had a number of complaints.  I think as I do it more, I’ll get better.  If the color doesn’t stay on well, I may pass on the Lush brand again, and opt to try another brand.  I’m not sure how the dye is priced at other places?  Possibly better, possibly not?  Lush also sells 3 colors I believe, a red, a brown, and a black.  I read complaints that the caca brun was dying a few people’s hair reddish, but that didn’t happen to me.  I managed to rid my hair of most of the red though, so perhaps these people had some red in their hair to begin with?

If you have any gray hairs please be cautious.  I’ve read that because the structure of gray hair is different, it absorbs henna with a VERY bright colour payoff.  I don’t know if I’d use this stuff if I had light hair.  It’s also tricky because there are no swatches to reference.  There are a lot of photos on the Lush message board though, a lot of before and after, but a lot of the people also don’t know how to take a close-up photo without it being terribly blurry.  I think it will give you an idea of what the expected outcome can be.

Also be cautious if you’ve dyed your hair chemically within the past month.  Try perhaps strand testing first.  Some people have had their hair go green due to a chemical reaction between the dye set in their hair and the henna.  I know my hair well, so I know it reacts reasonably well to henna, and back again.  My suggestion for a strand test is to pull some hair out of your brush (enough of a clump that you’ll be able to see the change in colour) and put that in some henna and then rinse.

If you are feeling less risky, you can find professional hairdressers that use henna, you just might have to hunt.  My last henna experience was maybe 6 months ago, and I got it done at a salon.  It was red henna, and my hair has trouble keeping the best of reds, so this stuff came out within 2 weeks (BUMMER). This, with a haircut cost me about $150.  However, if you want a nice brown, I would think the colour would stick better for the cost because the molecules are smaller. I’ve been dying my hair since I was 12 and my hair feels just as silky with henna as with chemical dye.  I’ll keep you updated on the status of the “wash out factor” though.

In conclusion, I give the Lush henna a 3/5.  It’s pretty messy, pretty stinky, takes a long time, is hard to grate, and hard to clean up (tub cleaning took another 1/2 hour).  HOWEVER, I think I would still choose this a few more times before moving back to a chemical dye because it’s better for your hair, conditions your hair, leaves it nice and shiny, is much better for the environment, and will likely improve in application with practice.

Caca for your hair?!

So I’m sitting here with henna on my hair, and have been for TWO HOURS.  Here’s what the Lush website had to say:

“Caca Brun is a spiced brown henna to give your hair a deep brown gloss with ground coffee added to deepen the color. We use nettles for extra shine. While the henna is working on your color, the nettle powder helps to condition your scalp. This Caca is for those who want to give their mousy brown hair a deeper, more defined color and have it shine like a well-buffed teak tabletop.”

Awww yeah, tabletop hair! Apparently trying to treat your scalp and hair better means that you have to find many, many hours to sit with this on your hair.  Basically, you break the henna block up and grate two or more blocks into a bowl.  Then you add water, or coffee, or tea (just to try and help the color develop) and you plop it on your head.

caca

I didn’t have any gloves, so now my hands are sort of greenish brown.  Aaaand it’s going to take a while to wash it off.  Blerg!  Oh, and did I mention that I had to wrap my head in plastic wrap too?  I look ridiculous.

And it also stiiiiiinks.  Sort of like pot and burnt hay?  I’ve read reviews of chicks keeping this on their head for 8 hours.  WHO HAS THAT KIND OF TIME?  I guess it’s something you’ve got to do on a full day of cleaning or something.  Anyhoos, I am sort of sick of the smell, and now it’s been 3 hours, so I’m gonna wash it out and see what happens…

30% off at BR, Gap and ON until Sunday!

I saw this floating around the internet and I thought I’d post it here.  This promo started yesterday, so you go to any Gap, ON, or BR and you can get 30% off your purchases in Canada and you can use the coupon as many times as you like!  Woo!

Find the link HERE.

Meme that took me an hour!

Some stuff I have done (with stories!) and some stuff I haven’t, but wanted to comment on.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins – I swam AS a dolphin, in a video game. Remember Ecco the Dolphin?! Anyone?!
03. Climbed a mountain – Yes, I’ve climbed Mount Baldy (such a stupid name) and Tunnel Mountain in Banff. Neither were too high, but they had gorgeous views. Tunnel mountain has the most deaths per year of any mountain in North America, I believe. It’s small enough that morons can climb it with a 6 pack of beer. Kids go up, get drunk, night comes and they try to get back down and usually fall off the opposite side of the mountain because the side you walk up is slanted, the other side just drops off into a forest.
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone – yes indeed. Baths with other people are usually really uncomfortable though because someone always has to sit by the faucet.
08. Said “I love you” and meant it – Of course! Steve!
09. Hugged a tree – I used to hug the tree in front of my old house when I was a kid in Calgary. It was pretty much the perfect tree. One day we saw a neighbor get mad at some branches hanging down and they ripped the branches right off the tree and set them down on our lawn. WTF!

10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise – Yes, when I was younger, I think my mom was out of town? I think there were like 8 of us at my house. We went for bagels in the morning in our jammies.
14. Seen the Northern Lights – Many times. Beautiful.

15. Gone to a huge sports game – Flames games! WHAT WHAT.
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables – We used to grow our own veggies at my house when I was a kid. We grew peas, potatoes, lettuce, radishes, carrots, and a titload of other veggies I can’t remember.
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper – My nieces! Stiiiiinky!
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity – With a nonprofit degree, OF COURSE!
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope – Does looking at my neighbors off my balcony in the dark with binoculars all over Yaletown count? I’m such a creep. But seriously, you leave your blinds open, I am gonna look at you!

26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment – Oh yeah.
27. Had a food fight – I believe I got caught in the middle of a food fight in High School. It was really quiet for a moment, and then out of nowhere tables were flipped over and the veggies went flying. I almost got hit in the face with an egg!

28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger – Yes, and failed!
30. Had a snowball fight – Naturally! I one threw a snowball way up and in front of me and it hit my best friend square on her head.
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can – More than a few times. Apparently I have a good movie quality scream, so people get me to do it.

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse….of the heaaaaaart
34. Ridden a roller coaster – Quite a few. One in particular I rode was in San Fransisco and I swear it almost broke my spine! It was one of those under the track roller coasters and oh man…I was not ready for it. It was still fun though. I am a sucker for roller coasters.

35. Hit a home run – Baseball, Kickball, sexually…
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking – I pretty much don’t care when anyone is looking whenever I dance.

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment – Yes, in fact, several moments…who would say no to this?! A fish?!
39. Had two hard drives for your computer…this question confuses me. It’s like, “You haven’t LIVED until you’ve had two hard drives.” And my answer is yes.

40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk – yup. It’s lame
42. Had amazing friends – Certainly.

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales – scary! But I’d still like to do it.
45. Stolen a sign – there was a sign in my neighborhood for a street that everyone used to steal. “Blow St.” Can yo tell why?

46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing – We used to have a rock climbing wall in Jr. High. And I’ve climbed to the top of a wall in grade 7 or 8 I believe. It was outside in the winter!
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach -Indeed, it’s beautiful
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan <— seriously, this is a top priority once I have the money.
55. Milked a cow – Awww yeah. One of my aunts took me to a farm…I think it was a relative of that uncle? God, I don’t even know whose farm I was on! Anyway, I stayed there a few days and milked a cow, and then I drank unpasteurized milk and that was totally sick. I remember getting my boots really muddy with cow poop. Or is it poopy?
56. Alphabetized your CDs – Steve did this for me. He is a patient man.
57. Pretended to be a superhero – Yes! I used to think if I didn’t look down that I wouldn’t fall, so I’d try to walk off the side of the couch all the time. It never worked.

58. Sung karaoke – No. I am terrified of singing in front of anyone.
59. Lounged around in bed all day – I tried to sleep as long as I could once, and I only made it to 3pm. That’s pretty fucking late though!
60. Played touch football – in gym. I remember playing rugby once and I was in a scrum with some dude that had hairy armpits. I was maybe 14? Totally gross for a 14 year old. And I even had a crush on this guy at one point! Armpit hair on a 14 year old is MESSED UP.

61. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
62. Kissed in the rain – this happens frequently with Steve in Vancouver!
63. Played in the mud – See: the cow milking question. I also played in this ENORMOUS puddle behind the co-op in Brentwood. I had overall shorts on and rain boots, and I kept wading into the middle because there was a shopping cart. I am pretty sure I looked pretty trashy. I went home and my feet swelled up from being cold and wet and I thought I was going to lose my feet. Imagine explaining that to anyone. “Yes, I lost my feet playing in a dirty lake-sized puddle trying to get to a shopping cart.”

64. Played in the rain – For sure. I had some great rainy day plays.
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken – So far, so good!
69. Toured ancient sites – My grandparent’s basement. If you had seen it, you would know what I am talking about.
70. Taken a martial arts class – No, but I once challenged a kid who KNEW karate to a karate fight in elementary school. He kicked me in the head!
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight – No, but I once played Sonic the Hedgehog for over 6 hours. That was back when you couldn’t save the game, so you’d have to keep playing all the way through and your eyes would get all dry and then your mom would come home and be like, “what have you been doing all day?” and you’re still in your pajamas.

72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch – Totally!
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo – got 4!
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason – This happens a lot from Steve
84. Performed on stage – I once won a fake orgasm contest at a sex show.

85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music – I’ve composed songs, but only on Garage Band on my mac
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date – for sure
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold – Once while cleaning a piercing. It was my ear too, WTF?!
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over – Vancouver, hooray!
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge – Driven over it, never walked
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking – This is a staple when I am in the car by myself.

103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart – I used to dump a lot of guys after a few dates.
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on a photo safari – Only photo safaris in Vancouver
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild <–THIS IS SO DANGEROUS! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?!?!
118. Ridden a horse – Yes. And I am not a fan of horses. They have crazy eyes. I had to for camp. It’s name was May. What a jackass horse that was. But I got it to gallop, and that was pretty cool SLASH terrifying

119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi – Does this really count as an accomplishment??
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about – Yes.
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read – I’ve read a poopload of books, so I’m thinking yes?
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language – does motioning and swearing at a lady who has a dog that is irritating my dogs count?
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language – This is so, so lame. And no.
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you – I once sold two purses that I handmade. They were sort of globe-shaped and I hand sewed roses on them to use in a wedding
145. Had a booth at a street fair – Yes. Unfortunately for me I worked somewhere lame that no one was interested in!
146. Dyed your hair – Tooooons. Black, blonde, sort of orange, greenish, red, purple-ish, and now just nice brown.

147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident – a fender bender that pretty much only damaged my car. A cop pressed my hood back into place and then told me to drive to a service station, so I started to drive, and my hood latch was unattached, so it flew backwards onto my car and smashed my windshield in on me. NO FUN. Hello Line of Credit to get a car!
150. Saved someone’s life


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