Sep 30, 2011

Goodbye, September!

Is September over already? It seems like it had just begun. That's why I hate 30-day months. They always slip away so quickly.

September has been mostly uneventful for me. I tried some new recipes, I picked blueberries at my parents house, I went to farm markets, I did a lot of learning. I worked some day shifts, I worked some night shifts. I applied for more jobs.

I now have a complete Linkedin profile. I'm hoping that will help with the job hunt.

I've been doing a lot of online leaning this month. I started a new site to talk about that in more depth. The bulk of which was about social media marketing. I'd like to share a bit of what I learned. 

Social Media Marketing

It's important to be yourself, while representing your brand or company in a positive light. Build trust from your customer by personalizing your interactions with them. Aggressive sales approaches and standard promotional practices don't work well. In social media, people want authenticity: A real, human touch.

Now, obviously, there is more to social media marketing then that, but I think that is the one thing that you always need to keep in mind to be really successful at it.

Yeah, that was pretty much September. Lets get on with it then, huh?

How was your September?

Help! I need a haircut!

I need a hair cut.

I got my hair thinned out a bit and trimmed before my wedding in July, but It's really been about a year since I've had a real haircut. In the interest of full disclosure: this is partly because I'm lazy. But it's also because I don't know what I want to do with it. I know I want it to be pretty short, but not too short.

So, can I ask you a favor? Can you help me? I found a couple of photos, but I'm not sure about them. If you could give me a little feedback, that would be so awesome. You have no idea.

A couple of facts about my hair:
  • It is pretty thick. It's deceptively thick, actually. It doesn't look like it would be, and most people don't believe me when I say it is. When I went to get my hair trimmed before the wedding, the hairstylist grabbed a small (in context to the rest of my hair) handful of hair and said, "When I have long hair, this is my whole ponytail."
  • My hair has a bit of natural wave, but it is so easy to make it straight. I don't even need a brush, just a blow dryer. I mean, it looks better if I use a brush or straightener, but it isn't necessary.
...I guess that's it.

So, here is what my hair looks like, washed and blow dried.

But I almost never wear it down, because it's too heavy.

Alright, now I do have a couple of ideas of how I might want to cut it.




I think my hair is too thick for the second last one. It's my least favorite anyway. The first one may be too young for me. I don't want to look like I'm trying to be a teenager, ya know? But I like it, so I included it. I guess it's really between the other three. And I was leaning towards the last one, I think. Unless you think you've got something better...

Alright. So what do you think? Please please please comment! And thank-you!

Sep 29, 2011


Welcome to Thursday! I'm feeling like I need a little pick me up, so I'm thinking about things I'm loving right now.

Things like...

Learning, Reading, Cooking, The husband, The Kitty & Hound, Anticipating Pumpkin Ale (officially released tomorrow!), thinking about making pumpkin other things (more specifically pumpkin fudge and maybe pumpkin chocolate chip muffins), Coffee, Zombie Pandemic (Love Love Love this game, unsurprisingly), Zombie anything really, twitter, going for walks, AUTUMN (My favorite season! I wish it was Fall forever), scarves, long sleeves, boots (I need to get some cute/awesome ankle boots), Day off tomorrow!, earrings, laughing hard with awesome co-workers (the only thing that makes work awesome), Ridiculous police reports ("Two more charges were laid under the Wolfville noise bylaw for situations that arose on Gaspereau Avenue and Bay Street. Neighbours reported two men jousting with garbage cans lids and lumber."), zucchini, sharing crazy food photos that I find online (Google cookie cake pie or 3D Dinosaur Pancakes), applying for jobs, pasta.

Lots of food in my loves right now. What are you loving?   

Sep 26, 2011

Music Monday: Tango shoes

I love Bif Naked and I love this song. Also, I have wanted my own tank since I was in high school. Seriously. Mine would be pink and it would be awesome.

Sep 25, 2011

My newest site

I am on a personal learning journey. Or something. I don't know. Anyway, I have a new site, where I'll be posting about my adventures in DIY Education.

Check it out: Dee Learns

Sep 24, 2011


I was writing a post about how I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to fashion. Or that I'm lazy. I'm not sure which. It was going to have photos and everything. But it didn't work out. I took the photos, I edited (most of) them. I wrote part of the post. And I hated the whole thing, so I deleted it.

Instead, here is a self portrait I took in the process of trying to make the post.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Sep 23, 2011

It's Friday!

 Happy Friday, everyone! Who's ready for a drink? Ok, maybe it's too early for that, but it's not too early to start making plans for tonight. I'm pretty sure I'm having Mojitos. Want to make some too? They are pretty easy and oh so tasty:

 What are you drinking tonight?

Sep 22, 2011


It's been awhile since I posted a mega list of thing I'm loving. No time like the present! Right now I'm loving:

The husband, my hound, my kitty, learning, free e-courses, scarves, seeing some red maple leaves on trees (Fall!), anticipating pumpkin ale hitting the shelves at the NSLC, zombies, coffee, zucchini muffins, my slow cooker, writing, getting excited about job hunting again, updating my linkedin profile (check it out, maybe you know someone who wants to hire me (shameless plug)), twitter, fashion how-to videos, fun recipes (I read one yesterday for bacon salt that said, "Cook 9 strips of bacon to crispy perfection. Then eat 5 of them."), that I'm off work tomorrow and have plans, meeting new people, laughing, one particular co-worker who makes me laugh so hard I cry (it happened), another co-worker who is super awesome and who totally gets it when I go on rants about how, although w is an awesome letter, it really isn't a double U, it's a double V, and the french got it right (pronounced dubləve, literally double V) and that I might just start calling it doubleV ("I have actually had this exact train of thought." he said "How mad do you think our QA department would be if I started saying things like 'doubleV-doubleV-doubleV-dot-google-dot-com to customers?" (-me) "Probably pretty mad."), dark teal blue (still), reading about critical thinking, new seasons of TV shows, Zooey Deschanel, snuggling, pizza with hot peppers and pineapple and lots of cheese (and some misc meats too), picking blueberries at my parents house, farm markets, Mojitos, clear nights with lots of stars, making lists, apples, long sleeves

What are you loving right now? 

Sep 21, 2011

It's Wednesday

It is Wednesday! If you thought, "Yay, the week is half over!", good for you! If you thought, "Holy crap, it's only Wednesday?" Well...Here's a Puppy.

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Feeling better about life now?

Sep 20, 2011

More help for Scarf Wearers

Hey, remember when I posted the video 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 minutes? Well, if you're anything like me, you still will need a little help with all of those scarf styles. Guess what? There are companion videos!

Is it scarf weather where you are? Got any scarf wearing tips for me?

Sep 19, 2011

Music Monday: Don't Let Us Get Sick (cover)

It's been a few weeks since I did a Music Monday. Music just hasn't been inspiring me lately. Then I saw an old bookmark for the lyrics this song. Years ago, I heard this song in a Crossing Jordan episode, but never found an MP3 of it, so I pretty much forgot about it. Except I'd bookmarked the lyrics, so I could maybe look again another time. That was...well, I'm not sure. At least five years ago. And now here we are. I love when things work out. So, here it is: Jill Sobule's cover of Don't let us get sick. (ps: It's one of those user created videos with the lyrics on the screen. I know, I hate those too. But it's what I've got, and it's worth putting up with to hear the song. Trust me.)

Sep 16, 2011

Three Blogs (and Bloggers) That I Love

I was going to write a post called something like “Ten Blogs I Love”. Sort of a link post, I guess. I wanted to share some of the awesome on the Internet, ya know? Spread the love, or whatever. As I sat down to write it though, I realised that although there are tons upon tons of blogs (and their respective bloggers) that I like, the number I love is much, much lower. In fact, I was only able to come up with three. Thus the name and point of this post. I know, clever, right? Anyway, these are blogs you should be reading. Because they are awesome. 

Sarah Von of Yes and Yes
What sort of things might you read about on Yes and Yes? What wont you read about would be a better question. Travel, fashion, amazingness, food, real life...and that’s just the beginning. I couldn’t possibly mention every topic covered. Every time a new post pops up in my RSS feed, I can be sure it will be something interesting. Plus, Sarah’s writing is casual and engaging, like a good friend sending you updates about their life. But a good friend who has an incredible grasp of written word.   

Molly Ford of Smart Pretty and Awkward 
The concept is so simple. I think that’s my favorite part. Every post has a quote for a title and three tips: How to be Smarter, How to be Prettier and How to be (Less) Awkward. The advice is always great and well written. And short, which is great if you don’t have a lot of time. Or if you sometimes feel overwhelmed because you subscribe to too many (incredible) blogs and you don’t have time to read everything and google reader is permanently showing that you have +1000 things to look at. Not that that happens to me. All the time.   

Susannah Breslin of Pink Slipped
I just found Pink Slipped last week. Then I spent three days reading through back posts. There's a lot of career advice there. But not the type of career advice you find all over the Internet that everyone already knows. New, different advice, written in such as way that it’s blunt and straight forward without being sensational or annoying. That's not all you'll find, though. Check out 9/11 Stories: ‘No One Talks About That’. And then check out everything else. 

Seriously, why are you still here? Go, read, be merry. Or whatever. 

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Sep 11, 2011

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

It is absolutely scarf and sweater weather here in Nova Scotia! Right now, it is only 9 degrees out! That's Celsius, for anyone that's confused. Fall is my favorite. I just wish it wasn't followed by winter.

...I had a point...scarves! Do I ever love scarves. I just have trouble making them look right. But this video is a lifesaver! 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 minutes. It's an incredibly helpful video, plus the girl in it is totally adorable. Win-Win!

How do you wear your scarves? Share your favorite scarf photos, tutorials and links in the comments. I need all the help I can get.

Sep 9, 2011

Laughing at Nothing

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Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.  

                                                                  -Norm Papernick

Sep 3, 2011

Jobs I Would Try If THINGS Wouldn't Get in the Way

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There are lots of jobs I’d like to try out. Jobs, not careers or professions. Jobs I would like to do for a week or a month, maybe more, but not forever. They are jobs that seem fascinating, challenging and fun to learn about. But things get in the way. Money, transportation, opportunities or other. Sometimes all of those. THINGS. Things are pesky and annoying. They make all of these jobs impractical for me at the moment. But a girl can dream, right? These are some jobs I would try if THINGS would get out of the way.

I would work in a vineyard and a winery.  There are lots of vineyards and wineries here in the Annapolis Valley. I’d love to work in the vineyard for the entire growing season. See what grape growing is all about. And learning about wine making? How incredible would that be? Grape blends, processing, bottling...and whatever else comes along with the wine making process.

I’d also like to work in an Apple Orchard. Another start to finish kind on thing. Apples are big here. They are a big part of our culture and history. I’d like to know what goes into biting into that juicy delicious apple. Plus, if you’ve got to work, an orchard is a pretty awesome place to spend your day. These first two, I know would be a lot of hard work, and my body would probably hate me for a while, but it would be worth the knowledge I’d gain.

I love coffee, so I’d love to work in a coffee shop. A small independent or a local chain like T.A.N. or Just Us!. If nothing else, I’d learn to make some awesome coffee drinks. I’m sure I’d learn other stuff though, I’m just not really sure what that other stuff would be.

How awesome would it be to be a Photographer’s Assistant? I mean, sure, I’d like to be a photographer, but that’s a whole different kind of dream. As assistant, I’d get to learn all about the field of photography. Plus, photography is a subject I never tire of learning about. Although I’d still categorize it as a job rather then a profession, I could probably actually do this one forever. So maybe it shouldn’t be in the list, but whatever, it’s staying.

What jobs would you like to try if things wouldn’t get in the way?