Thursday, December 28, 2006


Hello all! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'm sure you're all having quite busy holidays. ANYWHO... This is Jingle (and Lily). She's the newest member of our family.

The rest of the animals are adjusting nicely, although Bonzai kitty is being a mega-bitch. Jingle is quite the silly kitten. She also purrs quite a bit and enjoys crawling under the covers or sleeping directly on your head at night.

Lily was absolutely thrilled to recieve her! Santa definitely came through for her and I'm definitely thinking that she's completely spoiled.
So yeah, that's the latest news on the home front. In other news, I will be on the school floor starting tomorrow. You can all cheer now. SO, come and see me and I can cut, curl, or color your hair. Woot.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Before the Christmas Chaos...

We just finished playing Santa. Here's our phat loot as of 12:13AM (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!). Post pictures coming in the morning.

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Well, we've technically got about an hour and a half before Christmas, but I figured tomorrow we'll be busy celebrating, so I wanted to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas!

We finally got a VERY excited Lily to bed around 10:00PM. This after many hugs and kisses and then us remembering that we forgot to put out milk and cookies for Santa (which this year we put out egg nog instead of milk), so that meant up again and then out with the cookies and then back to bed.

Santa is one lucky guy, this year. He gets fresh cookies from our house. We made (from scratch) sugar cookies in the shapes of ginger bread boys and girls, stockings, snowmen, candy canes and christmas trees. Casey made the frosting and while he and I frosted, Lily added sprinkles. Can you believe I haven't even had one cookie yet today? For some reason I have been anti-sweets today. Maybe it's because I'm gearing up for tomorrow?

In other news, I went to Christmas Eve mass this afternoon. First time since I was 14 (I'm 28 now). I didn't do it so much for me, but for Lily because she wanted to participate in the mass and who am I to pass up the opportunity for my kid to be a VERY CUTE angel (YouTube video coming soon)? She actually sang, and did the arm movements for the song and made me all weepy and proud. The actual mass was fine. Father Cam included the kids and allowed them to ask questions and talked to them directly. He's a great priest from what I could tell. I was just thrilled to see Lily actually paying attention and answering Fr. Cam's questions when he asked them. She says she enjoys mass. My mom thought it was a nice mass, too.

After mass, Mom and John came over and had a piece of cake and dropped off presents for Lily, Casey and me.

I'm excited and want to go to sleep. I really want christmas to be here because I can't WAIT for Lily to see the kitten we got her (although, it's not getting here until about 10AM, but that's okay with me...). I'm going to have to try and sleep in as much as possible. Maybe make her sleep a little more with me, cuddle, etc...

We have one more thing to wrap and then we have to bring all the stuff up. Tomorrow is going to be AWESOME!!!

Merry Christmas to all of my family!!! Merry Christmas to all my readers!! And may you all have a warm and fun Christmas!

Oh, PS Norad's Santa Tracker says he's around Atlanta, GA, so all you Georgians need to go to sleep!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Angel

Lily's Christmas party is today and then tomorrow is the last day of school for 2006. I can't believe Christmas is so close!! It's amazing how quickly the time has gone by! It seems just like yesterday we were starting school up again. I guess that happens when you become an adult, though... time just goes by too quickly.

Well, in the spirit of the holiday's, here is Lily's Christmas Picture.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

More Assholes

This morning I woke up in a really good mood (and I'm still in a pretty good mood with the exception of the story I am about to tell). Lily and I danced around to Christmas tunes while I cleaned up the kitchen. We ate cereal, giggled and sang at the top of our lungs. Fun fun fun.

I got ready for work, kissed my family goodbye and headed out the door at 12:30 (was going to get to work early so I could chat and let Erica take off early). I walked out to my car and noticed the door slighly ajar. I opened it the rest of the way and there it was... Or rather, there it wasn't. My stereo, a Sony XPlode that I purchased when I got Alejandro, was missing. The dash was ripped open and up, the air conditioning knobs were off, and my stereo was gone. Fucking fabulous. I ran in the house, grabbed the phone and called the cops. I did the whole police report thing, he got out of his car and said it didn't look like a slim jim was used, but he couldn't really tell and that was that. Merry Christmas. (Note: the above pic is not from my car.)

So now, I'm out a $200 stereo (which was the purchase price a year ago) and I'm also out a Suzuki Piano Volume 1&2 CD, along with a handful of other CDs like my Romeo and Juliet soundtrack (the Baz Luhrman version), Pulp Fiction, The Animatrix, Imogen Heep "Speak for Yourself" amoung others. The ones I listed were the ones that I can remember having off the top of my head. Oddly enough, they didn't take the new Madonna CD... (I'm thinking they left that one on purpose and I'm kinda glad because I borrowed that one.)

I keep telling myself that it's just stuff. It can be replaced. Unfortunately, it's my stuff and I'm really pissed off because I have been making a point to lock my doors lately. Locking doors is a big deal for me because where I grew up in Kentucky, we never locked our car doors. In fact, whenever I go back to visit I never lock my car doors. It's hard for me to remember, but I remembered yesterday simply because of our trip to the mall yesterday evening.

SO yeah. If anyone can copy me any of those CDs I listed, that would be really cool. I'm also totally up for a car alarm if Santa so wants to bring one for me...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Banana Man by Tally Hall

I heard these guys a couple of years ago. I think they're hella entertaining. Now, go watch the video.

Oh, Brother!

Lily and I were on our way home this afternoon and she says this to me: "Mommy, when I grow up I'm gonna marry Thomas and when he grows up he can marry me and we'll marry each other and then we'll have a baby brother." (Note: Thomas is the 1 year old son of my friend Mickie.)

I explain to her that when you love someone very much and you get married then you can make a baby, but it won't be a baby brother to you it will be your very own baby. Lily quietly contemplated this for a minute or two and then she says to me: "Mommy, you love Casey very much, right?" I answer that yes, I love him very much. She then says "Well, then you should make a baby!"

I laughed the rest of the way home.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My brain hurts...

Today I learned two new things at school and my brain honestly hurts. Seriously folks, I have a migraine. I've discovered that the only days that I have head pain, though, are days that I do perms (which I am happy to say that I am pretty proficient at now, so yeah... need a perm, I'm your girl), so yeah.... Perm today = headache today.

My head also seems to be bursting at the seems with knowledge (which, coupled with a migraine makes not for a fun class for Jess), though, so no complaints there. Today I learned how to do two new things. The first, while I enjoy the look of it, I completely suck at (and have since brought home my mannequin to practice) is finger waves. I think that finger waves are truly awesome. They have an air of glamour to them and I actually saw two models in the new Aveda calendar with finger waves. They looked like movie starlets from the 1920's or 30's. Beautiful. Sexy. Glamourous. I really want to work hard on learning how to do these properly because I do think they look so beautiful. I forsee lots of practice and sticky, gel covered hands in my future, though.

The other thing I learned today was how to do foil highlights. Now, while I have not actually gone and done the foil highlights (will be doing that tomorrow), the method we were shown today seems to be the easiest method out there. I have to say, though, I feel a little intimidated by the thought of doing foil highlights on someone's whole head. Unfortunately, that's something I'll just have to overcome because that, my lovely blog readers, is where the money is. Money is now in color and color is where most stylists (or fashionistas as I like to call because the good ones go for a total look concept, not just hair by itself) earn the bulk of their cash these days.

Thankfully, I have a very active imagination and I tend to be on the creative side when it comes to color. My problem is that I have to overcome the fear of mising colors and taking risks with color. My teacher said this to us: "You're either a colorist or a color applicator. You can't be a colorist without taking risks." Yeah, I want to be a colorist.

So, for the month of December I'm trudging through my color classes. Occasionally kicking and screaming simply because it's hard and I hate doing stuff that's hard, but I look at it like this: I'm doing this for my own good. Right? Right! So, suck it up Jess, put a big smile on your face, have a tube of color and some developer and go have some fun. I just keep thinking of it like I'm an artist working on a very odd canvas and my color takes time to develope. Yeah.

See, I can still be optomistic! OH, and I definitely need some guinea pigs....

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Some people are just complete assholes.

This is a picture of Shadow sitting on Casey's lap taken back in July, just shortly after the parental units got him. Shadow is very much like our Jayne. He was a complete spaz, had to follow you and be with you at all times, and just seemed to love on you. Despite the fact that he didn't listen too well (which is something that Jayne suffered from during puppyhood), he was still this incredibly loveable dog that would get as close to you as possible just because he could never get close enough to be loved on.

This afternoon some asshole in a truck hit him and killed him. This asshole didn't even stop! The neighbor apparently saw it and said that there was an audible thwack (which makes me sick to my stomach) and that the asshole kept going. What kind of person hits a dog on a completely clear day and just keeps going?! WTF?! It's just not right. I'm going to miss you, puppy.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Gorillaz & Madonna LIVE

Sam Jackson as GOD!!

When I heard about this (and promptly came home and listened to an excerpt), the only phrase going through my head was "Let my mutha-f&%ing people go!" Much woot and love to Mr. Jackson. Note: the CD sounds pretty entertaining, too... Definitely moreso than Charleton Heston's version a few years ago. Not to mention better production values. I shouldn't comment too much, though, cuz he could set his NRA minions on me. Then again, maybe I'll put my faith in Sam Jackson.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yep, I'm a geek...

Okay, while I have no problem admitting the fact that I am a geek, I do have a problem admitting the following. I like David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. Yes, okay, I watch Dr. Who! AND I LOVE IT!!! I am hopelessly addicted to it.

This isn't actually the first doctor I've seen. I watched the previous incarnations of the Doctor on our local PBS station back in high school. I found it amusing even though the cheese factor was incredibly high. It disappeared from the airwaves here, returning in a short two hour movie on Fox (which was utterly forgettable), disappeared again and then, a little over a year ago, Sci-Fi Channel (oh how I love the sci fi channel) brought it back with Christopher Eccleston playing The Doctor.

While I had enjoyed Dr. Who before, I was never really hooked. Now, I was hooked. I was looking up stuff on the internet, learning about the previous doctors, searching for Daleks (which if anyone is interested, there is a remote control one at, just do a search for radio control dalek). I enjoyed an entire season of Christopher Eccleston and then I heard rumblings that the Doctor would regenerate yet again. And who was to play the 10th regeneration? David Tennant. WHO THE FUCK IS DAVID TENNANT?! I searched and found out that it was the horrible "Barty Crouch Jr." from the last installation of the Harry Potter movies. Eww! Eww! EWWW! I juts pictured him with slick back hair, sticking his tongue out in a very reptilian manner. Yech! No! I will not like this doctor! Tennant bad Doctor! Not only that, but he was much to young!

And then I watched "The Christmas Invasion" (the very first full episode with Mr. Tennant). Okay, this guy is interesting. Hmmmm... Then, I watched more and more and more... AW CRAP! I LIKE HIM! It was more than just a like, by the way. I absolutely fell in love with the Doctor all over again. He was witty, vivacious, unpredictable and absolutely fun to watch. And the chemistry between him and Rose! Absolutely brilliant!

Ah, but now the BBC has pissed me off yet again. Rose Tyler, the Doctor's lovely andfun assistant (played by Billie Piper), is no longer on the show. In the season finale... well, I won't tell you what happens, but I'll tell ya this much. She doesn't die. I will also tell you that I cried like a baby. Pathetic, the amount of tissues I went through.

So yes, David Tennant, I love you. You're on my list.

Now, someone go buy me a remote control Dalek. Or a poster of Mr. Tennant in Who-garb would do just find. Or, Carrie since you're headed off across the pond, maybe you could sneak him back in your luggage?? ;-)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I just can't win today...

My hands smell like oil, I've cried like twice already and it's not even 8AM, and I'm supposed to be excited about getting a toaster for Christmas? If you think I'm going to be all like "OH MY GOSH!!! IT'S THE TOASTER I'VE ALWAYS WANTED!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!" You've definitely got another thing coming. Yes, thank you to the person who got us the toaster. It's a very nice toaster, much nicer than our old one, but I'm sorry... I can't get excited about a toaster.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Warm fuzzy feelings

We're into December now and I'm completely feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Tonight we put up our Christmas tree. We put up our multi-colored balls, tacky dangly ornaments, characters from the Rudolph movies (complete with Abominable Snow Man), an icicle-like Father Christmas and I sucked up putting on strands of icicles while treated to another year of the "Have you ever pulled an icicle from a dogs butt?" story by Casey. Yep, in our family, we don't talk about baby Jesus or stuff we want Santa to bring us for Christmas, we talk about pulling icicle strands from a dog's rear. And every year we laugh just as hard while imagining said dog.

The end product? A fun filled holiday evening that ends with whatever Christmas movie is on TV and a lighted Christmas tree to enjoy twinkling at us from the dining room.

This week I finish up my Christmas shopping for everyone and it's school as usual. Oh, and my "unbirthday" is also this week. Unbirthday = the day that I was officially/legally adopted by my parents.

I just feel cheery. I feel warm, fuzzy and kind of emotional. Here's Lily putting the Angel on our tree. I always get a little weepy whenever she puts it up. I don't know why. I remember my dad picking me up and letting me put the star on top of our tree. I love the fact that Casey shares the same thing with her. I love our family traditions. I love Christmastime.

Friday, December 01, 2006