Friday, May 26, 2017

"Direct" Personality

On Wednesday I walked into a training course on communication.  I was surrounded by 12 people I had never met before and, frankly, will never see again.  They all worked together and I am from a workplace 2 hours away.  The workplace dynamic between these people was interesting to say the least.

Our instructor jumped right in and made us do group activities, starting with a round of Mad Gab cards.  Apparently I am a genius at this game, or these people were just not good at it.  After that nice little ice breaker, we jumped into communication and its importance.

To my left was a table of two women and a man.  To my right was my partner, Christy, and then a table of all men.  The men were crack ups.  I don't think I have heard so many men giggle as I did on Wednesday.

After the little 1980's film about miscommunication we jumped into a personality test.  With four different personalities to choose from , I knew which one I would be immediately.

Here is the thing about me, I am not warm and cuddly.  Especially not at work.  I have a job to do and sometimes I have to be horribly stern with customers.  It comes from working with billing and non payment.  People don't realize it, but it really does take a particular personality to get the job done.  My heart doesn't bleed (often) for people and I come across with a "take no shit" demeanor.

So it was no surprise when my results were "direct" personality.

Everyone else was spirited (something shiny syndrome), considerate (let's group hug) and systematic (the OCD of the office).  Then we were put into groups...

How many people were in my group you may ask..

Just one.


I had to complete the negatives of my personality and you would not believe how these people were afraid to hurt my feelings by saying negatives about my personality trait,

I know I am defensive in body language, inconsiderate to emotions of other, and have a tendency to be a fast paced, fast talking person who tends to work alone.  These are not new to me.

I couldn't help but laugh as these 12 strangers were so shy about the personality traits.  In fact one man said, " I would hate to work with you, because you would make me actually do my job..."

Why yes Stan, I would.

All in all, it was a great course and I don't think I have laughed so much in a work training.

Monday, May 22, 2017

How Is It Monday

It is Monday.. How did that happen already?!?

It was literally just yesterday that I was sitting poolside with a fresh Michelada in my hand getting sun at the river.

Ok, it wasn't really fresh... It was a Styrofoam cup from a  gas station with fresh lime and a Coors Light.

It is still classy!

Anyways, today is one week from Memorial Day and two months until my birthday.  I cannot help but feel like summer has started around these parts.

While I am happy about summer, I am also longing for the holidays with snow, because we never actually got winter in Southern California.  At least not the kind of winter we would have when I was a kid.

Yes I am sick and twisted.

Anyways, I hope y'all have a lovely Monday!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Sometimes bloggers are a little less creative than usual.  This week is one of those weeks and this post is one of those posts.  So here is what I am currently up to.

It Works- I finally stepped up and signed up to be a Distributor of It Works.  The products are amazing.  There is something like 46 products, but I swear by four of them.  After two years of using the hair, skins nails vitamins I knew I had to sign up.

The Beatles- Lately I have been listening to The Beatles.  I have always been a fan, it just seems like lately their music is good for my soul.  Plus SiriusXM just added The Beatles channel... I am in love!

Girls River Weekend- This weekend has been a few months in the making.  We picked a date back in February and stuck with it and now the weekend is finally here.  We had a few girls drop out, but 4 of us are still going for some fun in the sun to work on tan lines.

"The America Heiress"- I picked this book up at Target and  I am planning on starting it this weekend.  I recently finished "Last Woman Standing" and "The Secret Life of Violet Grant".  Both of which I liked and plan to recap on the blog.

Hoping everyone has a great weekend full of beautiful weather, shenanigans, and laughter.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Good Old Hockey Game

For starters, if you don't know the title of this post is lyrics to a song, you are not a true Canadian hockey fan.  I am neither Canadian nor a hockey fan, but that didn't stop me from going to Game 7 of the Western playoffs to watch the Anaheim (Mighty, yes they will always be the Mighty Ducks to me) Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers last week.

Truth be told, it was amazing to witness such a huge victory crowd, but it still leads me to believe that they are all front runners from Orange County in their hideous orange and black.

Seriously what happened to the purple and jade of the 90's when the Disney Company founded the team at the Pond (which is now the Honda Center... I hate change!)?

Anyways, this wasn't my first professional hockey game.  They are fun.  It is a great atmosphere, full of excitement, and for the most part the fans are respectful to the visiting team's fans.  

As for the game, I don't know much about hockey other than the players want to get the puck in the net of the opposition.  The plays are fast and it is more intriguing than soccer or basketball.  That being said, I do know a bit about the history of hockey, the original six and the fact that Canadians are HARDCORE fans!

I really think hockey is more exciting in the movie "Mystery, Alaska" than it is IRL, buT that could be because Russell Crowe is sort of endearing as are the rest of the guys.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dry Shampoo

As gross as it sounds, I don't wash my hair everyday or every other day.  It's more like two to three times a week.  Saying that, dry shampoo has become a best friend.  Some days I want more sleep, or maybe I was up too late, or maybe I just really don't want to do my hair....  Regardless of reason I love dry shampoo.

I have tried a lot of dry shampoos, even baby powder.  Some can add color to cover up the powdery gray color, some smell amazing, some don't do much and others leave your hair even greasier than when you started.  I have thick, wavy hair that is prone to getting oily after a day.

1. Bastite Brunette- I love this dry shampoo.  I have to say it is my favorite.  When my hair was blonder I still had dark roots so using the Brunette one wasn't a big deal.  It smells amazing and gives your hair body for an additional day or two.  It holds up well and using this product I was able to go a full 7 days between washes.  I don't do that anymore, but I had to try it out.

2. Not Your Mother's Tapioca Dry Shampoo-  I saw this and immediately ordered it.  The plus to this dry shampoo is the smell.  It is divine, but the product doesn't work so well on my wavy thick hair.  I have followed the directions to a T and for some reason, it leaves my hair plastered to my head as if the powder isn't absorbing the oil.

3. Tresemee Dry Shampoo- This brand was the VERY first dry shampoo I ever used.  It was the only I would use until I branched out.  The smell is over bearing for what it is.  The dry shampoo leaves your hair fresher if you can get used to the smell, which was a deal breaker for me.

4. Julep Dry Shampoo- Holy moly, this was not like dry shampoo at all.  It was more like spraying hair spray on my scalp.  I even tried a second can and it had the same effect on my hair.  There is literally nothing good about this brand.  I don't think the product did very well as their website no longer carries the dry shampoo.

I do love dry shampoo, but I most especially love how my hair is healthier and smoother on wash days, because I am not subjecting it to harsh washes daily.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Whiskey Tastings

A few months back a couple of friends and I came up with idea of doing  a whiskey tasting.  Sounds dangerous, right?

It was actually a nice evening, but I do feel like it could have been better.  Lately I have really sucked at life, including, but not limited to, party planning.  Somehow April 29th seemed SO far away in March when we planned the date.  I thought I would have the perfect little get together, complete with commemorative tasting glasses.

That didn't happen.

In fact the tasting glasses were actually seasoning shakers that I pulled the plastic caps off of from the Dollar Spot at Target.

We made tri- tips with two different seasonings.  A friend brought freshly dipped chocolate strawberries while another did mac and cheese.  There were baked beans, twice baked potato wedges, cheese, crackers with salami and pepperoni.  The variety of food helped to really savor the flavors of the whiskey's we tried.

The best part was the varieties of whiskey.  I am more a smoother whiskey fan so Pendelton tends to be my whiskey of choice and after Saturday night it still is.  Marker's Mark is still to harsh for my taste, but it was fun to get together with friends and try things out.

Now that I have plethora of whiskeys, stay tuned for a few whiskey cocktails in the coming weeks.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wedding Officiant

Here is something a few may or may not know about me, I am a wedding officiant.

I became an ordained minister 10 years ago to help some friends out who wanted a non-denominational wedding ceremony with a personal touch.

I have gotten to know couples and create ceremonies based on their personalities,. beliefs and the love I witness between them.

I personalize your ceremony and get very excited to announce the happy couple as married each and every time.

Email me for more information.