Emerging of the Bombshell Within

An eclectic view of a girl's life

A girl just giving up on the day May 12, 2011

Filed under: Update — bombshellwithin @ 11:50 PM
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I had planned to tell you about how I was happily reaching my 90 day evaluation at work and how it’s a great thing to be uber professional and seamlessly transition into a new work environment.  But then I had one of the worst days at work EVER.

To put it succinctly:

I worked 17 hours and then some straight.

My evening consisted of being spit on in the face.

And then not being able to wash that off until I had gotten all the kids off the unit.

Even then I had to ensure I had enough staff before quickly scrubbing my face.

So, aside from that… I got nearly bitten more times than I can count, I got insulted and shoved… then accidentally hit when some of the boys were trying to defend my honor after they thought I got hit when the other kid spit in my face.  I only got shoved but it was hard to keep it together when all I really wanted to do was have a really good cry.

Anyway, I’m hoping the bosses take it easy on me the next few days and this is all part of the job.  There are good days and there are bad days.  First shift wasn’t terrible but second shift took the cake on being terrible.  So, I already scrubbed myself under scalding hot water and now all I want to do is sleep.

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A girl randomizing May 11, 2011

Filed under: Random musings — bombshellwithin @ 10:57 PM
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This evening I found myself thinking on how it is we gain inspiration to blog.  I know a lot of friends gather inspiration on things they read and other blogs they enjoy following.  The only problem for me is that the blogs I bother reading are those of close friends.  These friends in turn seem to like to take their inspiration from the things I write.  I’m deeply flattered by this but at the same time, doing the daily blogging challenge, they have a lot more material to use when it comes to posting on their own sites.

Plus, am I the only one who would find it confusing?

To blog about something someone blogged about…

Who originally got the idea from your own blog.

Yeah… it’s either confusing or self-serving.  The latter is meant in the sense that I don’t want to just talk about myself.  Sure, I’m awesomeness embodied but that doesn’t mean I should go around saying “look at me being faux humble about something awesome I wrote because someone else wrote about it.”

And anyone who knows me knows I don’t have a modest bone in my body.

So, tonight I decided to do something completely different.

I used the random quote generator to start myself off.

I did not, however, choose the first quote on the page.

Instead I chose the fourth one because 4 is my favorite number.  This is what popped up for me:

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

Robertson Davies

And the moment I began reading it, I knew it was totally awesome.  Since it is that particularly awesome and I agree with the quote, I now feel no inclination to expound on it within my blog entry.  Feel free to discuss it in the comment section, though.  I promise I’ll join in.

 

A girl pondering about words May 10, 2011

Filed under: Random musings — bombshellwithin @ 11:00 PM
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Lately I have found myself thinking on this Post-a-day 2011 Challenge that I embarked on and how I have miraculously kept myself blogging on a daily basis.  But what most seems to be occupying my thoughts about this matter is, while I have been blogging daily for the past 5 months and some odd days, I wonder if I’ve truly said anything through my blog.

Other than I’m scattered…

Overworked…

And perhaps partially deranged.

There have been many words flowing from my fingertips and I would like to think that it makes sense a third of the time.  The rest… I can’t help but feel that it fills the space.  What I can tell you is that I have been sorely tempted not to blog for a single day and see what I feel.

But then I give myself a mini drama attack.

And let me tell you that this happens almost nightly.  Pretty much at the time when I sit down and think to myself “Oh darn, it’s nearly 11pm and I have not blogged.  I have no clue what to write about.  Maybe I should just not write anything.”  Then I turn around and tell myself: “SELF!  Why would you go and think  something like that?  Not blog today?  Really?  How could you even say that to yourself, self.  That is ridiculous and disheartening and…. hmmm maybe I should feed myself chocolate.”

A handful of M&Ms later, I try again and I just take a deep breathe and type away whatever is floating to the top of my brain.  This is how my blog works.  At least, that’s how it’s been working lately since I spend a whole bunch of time working and overworking and not doing enough new and interesting things to be blogworthy.  And yet, I persist and continue to blog about everything and nothing.

Perhaps the bombshell is the Seinfeld of blogs?

As I draw closer to the halfway point of this year and this challenge, I find myself wondering as to what will happen when 2011 is over.  Will I choose to blog daily as it’s become such a habit?  Will I take a break for an indeterminate amount of time just because I can?  Or will I just go back to my more usual style of sporadic posting punctuated by November NaBloPoMo or the string of really interesting events that may yet take place in my life?

Whatever happens, I’m not worrying about it.  Still, the thought that maybe I’m just typing a whole lot of words for this year can’t be shaken off as easy as I can shake off other icky thoughts that mess with my vanity.  Sure, I know many of you feel its admirable and wish you had the dedication and persistence to blog daily on your own blogs.  Its no surprise that many of my blogging friends have not blogged in quite some time.

Perhaps I’m just blogging enough for everybody?

If so, does that mean in 2012 it will be someone else’s turn?

 

A girl with an answer May 9, 2011

Filed under: Games — bombshellwithin @ 11:28 PM
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Remember how a few nights ago I blogged about wanting one of the many Sims 3 expansion sets that are out there?

Well, I caved.

I bought the Sims 3 Medieval and it is so freaking amazing that I can’t even begin to describe it.

It is very like the different Sim expansion packs that the Sim universe departs into more focused goals and quests and not so much on the mundane living.  And like those series of ambitions, you need to still work in the daily things a Sim needs to stay alive.  Luckily this Medieval world simplifies things for you and you really only need to cater to the basics of eating and sleeping.  But to make a well-rounded and happy Sim, you need to still manage to do all the rest of the things one normally does in a Sim game.

You start off with a Monarch Sim and then you branch out from there.  You build and expand and create new heroes that will aid you in expanding your kingdom and prospering as the Watcher.  If you had a god complex before with the Sims, this version of the game pretty much implies that the Sims can build a whole religion around you.  Which, if we’re being honest, is completely hilarious and great fun.

I’ve probably been playing for the past 8 hours and can’t get enough of it.  It keeps things fresh and interesting… and guides you through your quests while still allowing you certain degrees of freedom.  I love it and I recommend the game to anyone who loves the Sims in any way, shape or form.  My one recommendation is, if you can, just purchase the digital copy and download it.  You’ll be able to get it for about 50% of what you would have paid for if you’d gone out and bought the disc for the game.

Anyone else given it a try yet?

 

Happy Mother’s Day 2011 May 8, 2011

Filed under: Holiday Wishes — bombshellwithin @ 11:55 PM
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Well, I worked 17 hours straight, but I managed to squeeze in a phone call to my momma.  She loved her gifts and wanted to keep the gifts I sent for my grandmama and aunt.  But I got to talk a bit to everyone during a 10 minute break.

So you can forgive me that all I want to do right now is go to sleep.

 

A girl pondering to buy or not to buy May 7, 2011

Filed under: Games — bombshellwithin @ 11:21 PM
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Now, I love the Sims.  I haven’t had much time to play but I do sneak in a few Sim days every time I remember.  There is just something about having the Simolean god complex that greatly satisfies me.  And the other day I was wandering the internet and saw that direct download of some of the expansion packs are 50% off.

I first saw this one and remembered that I really wanted it.

But then…

I remembered this one had come out and I had thought it seemed pretty awesome.

But…

There's this one too!

 

A girl trying Aveda May 6, 2011

Filed under: Beauty — bombshellwithin @ 10:57 PM
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When I followed the Stalker to our very beautiful and talented hair designer at East Meets West Salon here in Fayetteville, I went in with an open mind.  If someone could get a handle on the Stalker’s hair, then my own hair would be a breeze.  It was just important that I found someone I trusted with my head and hair.  Luckily she was just as amazing as the Stalker had said she was and I’ve been more than delighted with her talent and personality.

Given what I’ve said about hair care and beauty, I was more than willing to discuss with my new hair designer (because at EMW they are not called hairstylists but hair designers) my frustration and desire to try some new products for my hair.

This is the problem with the bombshell….

When she has the money….

She will very willingly plop it all down for further fabulousness.

It is not secret that salon products do not come cheap.  After all, Suave’s entire hair care campaign is based on that.  But sometimes you have to be willing to spend a little more.  Considering my general dissatisfaction with hair care products at the economically thrifty price point, if I could afford more… why not give that a try, too?

So it should come as no surprise that I walked away with about $100 worth of products on my first visit.  My concerns were simple.  My hair is fine and was experiencing some dandruff that seemed resistant to most products I tried after continuous use.  I color my hair, so moisture and color conservation was also a key factor.  These were the things I openly discussed with my hair designer and she very adeptly gathered the right products that she felt I should try.  EMW is all about natural products and their line for everything from hair care to hair color is with Aveda.

I didn’t initially blog about them because I wanted to give them a try for a few weeks and see if my love held true.  These are the products I started off with:

For the dandruff

 This was the first product that my hair designer recommended for me.  It’s a spray for a stream of product that you massage a little into your scalp in the areas you feel are most problematic for dandruff.  I felt it was great to use but I wasn’t a fan of the smell.  It has a very distinctive herb smell which is pleasant but very old-world perfume type smell.

Damage Remedy Shampoo

And to complete the combo, as I like to keep product usage within the same line…

Damage Remedy Conditioner

I promise you that I did not take offense that my hair designer wanted me to use something that said Damage Remedy.  My hair is fine and with the color treatment can tend to split at the ends.  Given how much we mistreat our hair… okay, okay, given how much I mistreat my hair, this sounded like just what I needed.  It’s no surprise that just such a product would be the one most sold in the salon.

So I used this trio for about 3 weeks.  I noticed the slow improvement of my hair with usage and I found that the dandruff problem was improving just with the use of the shampoo and conditioner alone.  When I consulted my hair designer on my next trip in for hair color, she believes that my hair had more of a film due to the alcohol in most shampoos and conditioners.  She was glad to hear that the flaking had improved and said that perhaps I should wash my hair daily or at most, every other day, to see if that would improve things further.

It did.

Which is great because with the new Aveda hair color, my hair designer did not recommend that I continue to use the dandruff solution.  In fact she told me to stop immediately.   And since I already showed everyone how gorgeous I looked after that visit, I will continue to focus just on the products.

In that visit I wanted a product that would help smooth my hair when I dried it and help combat frizz some.  I tend to straighten it more than leave it natural and I had some gloss serum which would make my hair greasy after just one day.  This is the hazard of having fine hair such as mine.

Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother

  I have to say that this is my favorite product so far.  It really does tame the frizz when I allow my hair to dry naturally without weighing it down.  But what I love about it is that it keeps my hair sleek when I’ve straightened it.  I’ve noticed a difference on how well my hair keeps and it does not get heavy with oil.  This works perfectly given with my regimen of washing my hair every other day or on the third day when my schedule does not give me time to wash it when I work doubles.

What shall I try next?

If my budget allows for it on my trip this Tuesday to retouch my color, I’m thinking styling products.  Maybe a type of hair gel or hairspray?  I saw an article in a magazine and Aveda’s hairspray was recommended in tips for the ultimate blow-out.  So, we’ll see what my gifted hair designer recommends for me then.

Has anyone else tried Aveda?

Or is there any other top of the line hair care line you recommend?