Winter Beverages: Irish Coffee

Irish-Coffee-Recipe-NonChronNow that the cold temps are upon most of us, it’s nice to have some warm adult beverages to sip. One of my favorite hot drinks is Irish Coffee. While this hot alcoholic beverage was actually invented in Ireland, the beverage’s popularity in the United States can be traced to a bar/restaurant in San Francisco, The Buena Vista. I’ve been there and had an Irish Coffee. It’s a very San Francisco place. Continue reading

Beauty Review: Instawave Automatic Curler

Instawave Automatic Curler ReviewThe folks at KISS Products sent me one of their Instawave Automatic Curler to try out. Now, I’m not really much of a hair stylist and my hair is fairly low maintenance. I pretty much just blow dry it and go. I put one product in it to keep the fuzzies down (see image below) and as a detangler. It’s not for styling per se.

This is what I use on my hair (affiliate link)

Also, my hair is very fine, but I have a TON of it. It doesn’t stay in any kind of hair accessory without the help of hairspray. Those cute chopsticks you see gals using to keep their hair up in a bun…I can’t use them. My hair will fall right out.

So, sometimes I like to put strategic waves in my hair. My hair has a natural wave to it, but it looks like a wet dog, so I usually just blow it straight. Enter the Instawave Automatic Curler.

I’ve used it a few times before writing this review and I have to say I love it.

Instawave Automatic Curler: Easy to use

At first, I was a little afraid of it. I have this problem with left and right. I don’t know which way is which. So, when trying to use this thing, I had a few misfires. Finally, I did get the hang of it and realized just how easy it is. I also freaked out a bit about how to hold it because other curling irons you hold horizontally. This one goes vertically. Again, it was just something I had to get used to and I did by the time I was done doing my hair once.

Instawave Automatic Curler: Fast

It literally takes 10 seconds to get a curl in your hair with this thing. Of course, I put it on high because I’m impatient. It really doesn’t take long to get your hair done even if you put it on low. I felt like I curled all of my hair much faster than with other curling irons. Maybe it was because I didn’t spend all that time twisting!

Instawave Automatic Curler: Lasting curls

Usually, the day after I’ve curled my hair you can’t see much if any waves in my hair. This was not the case with this curler. While the curl wasn’t as tight as the day before, it still held up fairly well. I had a nice wave the next day. You can see in the image above what it looked like.

Still not convinced? Check out this video to see the curler in action.

Please note: While I did receive a free curler, I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions are my own.

Book Review: The Money Run

dollar water BOOKDid you know that during the Viet Nam War the military would pay out its payroll in cash? And that the cash was flown around on a single helicopter? Yes, over 20 million dollars in small bills was being hauled around on one flight. The military personnel called it The Money Run.

The story takes place in 1971. Marine Corps helicopter pilot Jack Higgins has been subjected to something called selective scheduling. The person scheduling the flights made certain that Jack and his buddies had the most dangerous missions. Jack knows this and after four of his brothers in arms have been victims of this scheduling, he comes up with a plan to avenge his fallen friends.

This book has it all. Action, drama, humor, and even a love story.

You know how Hollywood seems to have run out of ideas?  Well, Hollywood needs to get a copy of The Money Run and make it into a movie. I like to say that this is similar to Ocean’s Eleven, but set during the Viet Nam War.

The book was written by P. R. Steele. He served during the Viet Nam war and the story is based on his experiences flying CH 53 helicopters. And no, he didn’t steal the money.  Why does everyone think that? Would he have written a book about it if he did…or would he?

Since Hollywood will take it’s time in making this into a movie, you can buy the book right now.  It’s for sale on Amazon and would be a great Christmas gift. Want a sample? You can download a PDF here.

If you’d like to see the characters then and now, head over to The Money Run website and read the blog. The stories behind the story are just as interesting as the novel itself.

Full disclosure: I helped the author edit this book and I am helping him manage his blog. However, anyone who knows me knows that I wouldn’t promote anything that I didn’t really like or use.

Halloween as a big kid

Halloween-For-Big-KidsWhat age did you stop trick-or-treating? Honestly, I never wanted to stop. Well, I stopped when I was able to buy as much candy as I wanted to eat, but when I was a kid it was a different story.

I don’t remember every single Halloween during my childhood. I do remember being in high school and I was probably 15 or 16 years old when my friends and I took someone’s little brother and/or sister trick or treating basically as a front so we could get some candy.  At least, that’s what I was thinking at the time. I wasn’t being a good kid by doing something nice for someone. I wanted a legitimate reason to gather candy from strangers while wearing a costume and not look like a weirdo.

Fine. I did that a couple of times, You can see the photo above. I’m in the middle. I’m probably 14 or 15. My sister is two years younger than me so she’s still in allowable trick-or-treating age. My cousin (she’s my age) and I dressed up like cats. We probably just bought the ears down at Long’s (before it was CVS) a day or two before and found black clothing to complete the outfit.

It’s tough to be a teenager, especially if you’re 14 or 15. You’re too old for kids stuff, but too young for adult stuff. You feel like a kid, but look like an adult, sort of. What are you supposed to do? It’s Halloween! You want to trick-or-treat, but adults look at you like you’re bringing them the plague or might kick in the Jack O’Lantern on their porch.

Have a party? Yeah, no. Aside from the fact that I don’t really like parties, my mom didn’t need that hassle. Plus, and most importantly, Halloween is my sister’s birthday, so if anyone was going to have a party, it would be her and rightly so.

This is why I’m OK with teenagers trick-or-treating. If they have some sort of a costume on, I’ll give them candy.  They’re just kids caught in a weird time of life. Plus, it’s just candy.

Happy Information Overload Day?

Information-Overload-DayAs I was looking for new and interesting things to share on the Twitter, I was looking at the random holidays on this website and found Information Overload Day. It’s October 21st this year. and was created by the Information Overload Research Group whose mission is stated thusly, “IORG brings together research, solutions, and people to help reduce the impact of information overload.”

Anyone seeing the inherent irony yet? How about the webinar about information overload? Granted, for me there really can be no such thing as information overload. I can’t stop learning about new crap. It’s just who I am…more input!

Of course, it’s more about information flow. Too much information at once will blow out anyone’s circuitry. You have to control the flow.

OK, there are some things that I’d be better off not knowing like how it’s statistically more likely that you’ll die or get hurt in a car crash than a plane crash. Or how many germs are crawling all over us right now, ignorance is definitely bliss. I think they’ve researched it and it’s true. The less you know, the happier you are which is why we have booze and drugs. At least, that’s what I think. All I know is that I need to go wash my hands…

Back to my original point, I know multi-tasking is bad, but it keeps me from getting bored. How many of us watch TV and do something on the internet at the same time? Do you know I rarely just watch TV. There’s always a computer or some smart device within arm’s length. The other day, I just sat and watch the movie Monuments Men and it was lovely. OK, I admit to looking up one or two historical facts about which I had questions, but for the most part, I just sat there and watched.

I think that’s why I like going to the movies. I’m forced to just sit there and watch. Taking out my iPhone would be rude, so I just soak up the movie. Of course, I have the thing out before the show, but once the lights go down and the previews start, it goes away.

Maybe that’s how I should cut down on the information flow. Just sit and watch TV every night without a smart phone or tablet in my hand. It might be relaxing. Imagine that!