Wordless Wednesday: Nicole’s Knotty Hair

knotty naughty nicole

When unraveling braids, my hair gets a little knotty/naughty

25 Random Facts About Me

1. I have an obsession with multi-colored striped socks.
2. I sometimes want to go to a concert so badly that I’ll buy the tickets and vow to eat Top Ramen and Mac & Cheese until I’ve made up the price of the concert.
3. I’ve always wanted someone to throw me a suprise birthday party….but now that I’ve said that, I don’t want it to be on my upcoming 30th birthday.
4. Since my trip to London, I’m keeping my eye out for anything Black Currant flavored (which is proving hard to find at the regular grocery stores)
5. I’ve been baby hungry lately. Yep, I’ve admitted it. Maybe in the next year I’ll do something about it.
6. I watch at least one episode on Hulu.com per day because there are no TV stations that work at my house without cable or satellite. Current shows I’m following are Grey’s Anatomy, The Biggest Loser, Private Practice, 90210, Glee, The Office, Ugly Betty, and clips from SNL.
7. I need to make appointments with a dermatologist, OB/GYN, dentist, optometrist and endocrinologist before the end of the year (when my amazing copays will likely go up)
8. Today Rosie made me an awesome fresh fruit salad. She seperated the pomegranate, sliced up Fuji apples, bananas and mango. She used all my fruit that I bought at the grocery store yesterday, except for the blueberries. It was refreshing and a fun suprise from my awesome daughter.
9. I’ve got two concerts coming up that I’m excited about: Mat Kearney this week, and Imogen Heap next month. If you want to go, shows are at In The Venue in SLC, tickets are GA and still available.
10. I usually am not at a loss for words, but I have no idea what to say when I made a statement at the Utah State Correctional facility next month.
11. I got a gym membership this week. I haven’t had one since last year in Michigan. I figured that I need to put more effort into getting into shape, since I’m unemployed and have plenty of time to spare. I got a freebie personal training session a few days ago, and have been sore ever since.
12. Speaking of unemployment, I’m really frustrated about the lack of job opportunities in my field in Utah County. I’m going to decide this week how I can come up with $2000 to pay for a course to become certified in hospital coding. I’ve wanted to do this for years, but didn’t have the time while working full time. After all these months at home, I’m liking the idea of having a job that will allow me to work from home (see #5)
13. I’ve been getting quotes from moving companies this week We are going to ship all of our stuff from our Georgia storage unit out to Utah. Since Taylor recently was displaced from Atlanta to Memphis, his company will reimburse a portion of the moving expenses. So far, quotes are $1800-$3000, depending on which company to use. Yet another big expense we need to figure out how we’ll cover.
14. I am currently digging these newly acquired albums:
“I Told You I Was Freaky” by Flight of the Conchords
“Far” by Regina Spektor
“Ocean Eyes” by Owl City
“Brand New Eyes” by Paramore
“Ellipse” by Imogen Heap
“Breakthrough” by Colbie Caillat
(500) Days of Summer Soundrack
15. I’m out of iTunes gift cards. I got a stack of them for last Christmas and recently uncovered them in my black hole purse pocket. Thus all the new music. If you are wondering what is on my Christmas list, you can never go wrong with iTunes credit. Or foreign candy.
16. I made the switch from a Blackberry Curve to an iPhone this week. It’s a 2 year old used 2G model, purchased for dirt cheap off a cousin who got the 3GS. I had avoided it for a while, but am quickly becoming a believer. I was sick of my BB giving the “hourglass of doom” several times a day, as well as the horrible camera. That now brings my Apple products total to 4. Someday I’ll get my Macbook.
17. I started a new blog…Nicole Rates It. Because my opinion matters.
18. I might join my friend’s family’s handbell choir. I’m missing musical performance in my life.
19. In-N-Out is opening northern Utah locations. Cafe Rio is opening California locations. As much as I love the food from both places, I’m a little sad that they’re expanding out of their regional markets. What will we see next…Waffle House in Spanish Fork?
20. 86 kids from Rosie’s school missed school in October due to H1N1. I’ve been experiencing fever, runny nose, body aches, headache, and cough since I returned from London. I refuse to acknowledge the correlation, but admit that I played hooky from church just in case.
21. I found a bunch of great books at thrift stores this week, including piano music for hits from 1984 and 1989. Can’t wait to get my keyboard back and brush up on my Wilson Phillips, NKOTB, Donny Osmond, and Duran Duran.
22. I have three different type of toothpaste in my bathroom, which I use depending on my mood.
23. I keep a suitcase half-packed in my closet, just in case an opportunity to travel comes up with little notice.
24. I’m in the mood to go on a really scary rollercoaster.

25. I narrowly averted a Keane crisis at Whole Foods yesterday. I was showing my Keane mega-fan Esther some of the biscuits I’d eaten in London at Whole Foods, and when she saw the HobNobs, she said “Richard loves those!” I thought she meant the Richard she has a date with next week…but she’s like, “you know Richard whatshisface from Keane”. We couldn’t think of his last name and had panicked expressions on our faces, and the Whole Foods employee asked if there was anything he could help with. I asked him if he knew Richard’s last name, and he acted like we were crazy. After a few Google searches on my iPhone, we were reminded that Richard’s last name is Hughes. Keane crisis narrowly averted thanks to Google Mobile. And for your viewing enjoyment, this is Esther playing with Richard’s ear after the LA Palladium Show last May.We met the Keane band members after the concert….and she saw them again in SLC a few days later.

A very disappointing announcement

For the first time in a long time…I have nothing to say. I’ve never been at a loss for blog topics. So here’s your chance….what do YOU want me to blog about?

And now a random picture of my sister and I from 2007.

Getting to Know You Meme

1. Name? Nicole
2. Birthday? 2/5/80
3. Favorite color? That’s a hard one. I would say purple, electric blue, lime green, and silver.
4. Shape? Definitely, definitely a STAR
5. Relationship status? divorced
6. Love kids? Absolutely, especially Rosie.
7. Favorite car? I love my 2000 Honda Civic..I’ll drive it till death. I do really like Passats, Priuses, and CRVs.
8. Keenest sense? smell
9. Favorite article of clothing? Either my denim jacket or pajama pants
10. Favorite ice cream? Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie, Blue Bunny’s Lemon Zinger, and Maggie Moo’s Cinnamoo (with brownie bits)
11. Favorite restauraunts? Chevy’s, Tucci’s, Johnny Carino’s, McGrath’s, Rumbi Grill, European Connection, Happy Sumo, Rodizio, anything Japanese
12. Aura color? blue and crystal are equal (check out www.auracolors.com/test.htm)
13. Store you could max out a credit card at? Old Navy, Dillards, Bath and Body Works, ebay
14. Signature scent? Clinique Simply (but I also like Happy and Happy Heart,victoria’s Secret Love Spell and anything citrusy (duh!)
15. Gold or Silver? Silver
16. Mint or Cinnamon? It’s a toss-up…but I’d have to say cinnamon
17. Describe your toothbrush: Purple and white Oral-B electric (and you gotta have the SATIN floss)
18. Boxers or Briefs? Neither
19. Vocal Part? Alto I in Viva Voce, Alto II in Sterling, Soprano 2 or Alto in ward Choir
20. Instant Messenger? Addicted! cuteculturechick on MSN, and nicoleandrosie on Yahoo!
21. Favorite scent on opposite sex? I love Hugo, Drakkar, and any of the Calvin Kleins. As long as it’s light…
22. Do you emode? Uncontrollably…I’ve probably taken every test…
23. Do you ebay? Yep
24. Favorite letter of the alphabet? I really like R and Q for some reason. Although now that monograms are back in style….N is ultra-cool!
25. Do you believe in Santa Claus? yep
26. Favorite Network? VH1
27. Mistletoe-shy? Nope
28. Religious Affliliation? LDS
29. Cartoon character you most resemble? Snow White or Betty Rubble
30. Favorite TV shows? Gilmore Girls, ER, American Idol, Survivor
31. Reality TV junkie? Depends on the format
32. Scariest experience in you life? Being in the ICU on life support with Lung Failure (althought I was in a coma for most of it)
33. Hugs or Kisses? Again, a toss up. Either way, there’s got to be an emotional connection or it’s not as fulfilling. As much as I’m a kissaholic, I’d have to say hugs. (as for Hersheys….almond hugs)
34. Favorite feature? My blue eyes…but I’ve got a great smile too
35. Do you ever meet anyone off of the internet? I have before….
36. Coke or Pepsi? Diet vanilla coke
37. Nike or Reebok? Nike….but I LOVE Doc Martens
38. Favorite Books? Le Petit Prince, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, LDS Fiction, the scriptures
39. Free-time activities? Bargain shopping, singing, acting, attending concerts and theater, bowling, scrapbooking, roller skating, dancing, camping, exercising, outdoor stuff…
40. Something about yourself that nobody would know? I have completed 9 journals since Jr. High
41. Favorite music? Alternative and Pop, but I like just about everything. My favorite groups are U2, Matchbox 20, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chicks, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Eclipse, Beatles, TMBG, Sting, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, and cheezy, sappy, 80’s love songs. I’m also an A’Cappella junkie! Ooh, and acoustic/bluegrass too!
42. Favorite moves? HELP! Better off Dead, Say Anything, Legally Blonde, Moulin Rouge, musicals, etc…
43. Gum or mints? Cinnamon altoids, Doublemint Gum, or Bubblemint Orbit Gum
44. Ever been bungee jumping? Always wanted to…
45. Ever been TP’ing? Yep…and got caught…
46. Most embarrassing moment? I have many humorous ones…since I’m an actress I don’t really get “embarrased” easily. I’ll usually laugh it off. Although I was mortified when the lipstick kisses on a HS crush’s car stained the white paint…
47. Celebrities you have been compared to? Madonna (back in her cone-bra days) Rosie O’Donnell (pre- Flock of Seagulls hair) Demi Moore, and just recently Courtney Cox and Jennifer Connelly.
48. Nicknames? Oh so many….Nicolie, Cole, Snow White, Trixie, Attention Deficit, CCC, Citrus, Dear, Chica, Gorgeous, “Elementary my dear Watson,” Sister Kapp Perry, Jello, Nicoletta, Zoe, and my recent favorite….SMOKIN’ HOT!
49. Dream role to play? Either Ado Annie in “Oklahoma” or Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”
50. CD in your player? It’s a mix CD that I made for Ryan for valentines Day and kept a copy of. Has Eclipse, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Pretenders, Dido, Lisa Loeb, and “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life”
51. Do you collect anything? Souvenier shot glasses…I have about 40
52. Favorite song of all time? Sheesh, that’s a hard one…a few would be “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney, “Something” Beatles, “In Your Eyes” Peter Gabriel, “(Stay) I Missed You,” Lisa Loeb, “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong, and soooo many Sarah McLachlan Songs.
53. Favorite Place to be Kissed? Huh, you think I’d make that public? If you want to know bad enough, you’ll have to figure it out on your own!
54. Mascots of Schools you have attended? I was a Wilsonville Jackrabbit and Byrom Bobcat in Elementary, Hazelbrook Hawk and Riverview Rebel in JR HIGH, and Murray Spartan. Then I was a Ricks College Viking (It will always be Ricks to me)
55. Last Movie you saw? In the theater, “stepford Wives,” and “Be Somebody, or Be Somebody’s Fool” in the VCR.
56. First CD you ever owner? I got three for my 12th b-day….MC Hammer “2 Legit to Quit,” Amy Grant “Heart in Motion,” and “The Sound of Music” soundtrack
57. Last concert attended? I went to a couple Peter Breinholt shows last week, but the last BIG concert I saw was Kelly Clarkston and Clay Aiken (friend won them off the radio) and before that was BNL.
58. What fact would nobody guess about you? I can peel an orange in one curly piece.
59. First Concert Attended? NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK! (still a guilty pleasure)
60. Do you feel like this meme was a waste of time? I don’t know…did it entertain you??? If so, it’s not a complete waste of time.

Astrological Musings

I’ve never been much into astrology, but at dinner last night, Gary and I were talking about it a bit. He is a Virgo. And I just busted up laughing. What’s up with me attracting Virgos? Alan’s a Virgo….Steve’s a Virgo…..Tim’s a Virgo…Dan’s a Virgo…and now Gary? I decided to do a little research on the Aquarius/Virgo relationship….. (remember, this is just for entertainment purposes!)

“On their first meeting Aquarians see Virgoans as someone who thinks like they do, in an analytical way and they find that a nice surprise. Virgoans see Aquarians in a similar way and appreciate their friendly manner. Aquarians find Virgoans have an independent nature much like their own and are easy to be friends with. Virgoans find Aquarians different to other people but sociable, someone to have an interesting time with. Neither sign has the need for an emotional relationship but this doesn’t mean there won’t be an attraction between them.

Aquarians want to be free to make friends with everyone and Virgoans need order in their lives. This combination is almost impossible but if both have planets like Venus (love), Mars (desires), the Moon (emotions) and Mercury (mentality) in other more compatible signs this match can work. If not it may be that the Aquarian feels too restricted by routine and decides to go off on their own leaving the Virgoan to sort out the mess left behind. This relationship will always be difficult but if they are prepared to work at it Aquarians can learn to be a bit more organised and Virgoans can learn that being perfect isn’t always best.”(http://www.astralarts.com/virrel.html)

This partnership unites two spirits with very different approaches to life and not a lot in common. Simple understanding, let alone sympathy, may be awfully hard to find between these two. Aquarius, the ingenious idealist, the experimenter and risk-taker, and the futuristic humanitarian works in his fashion to improve life for masses of humanity — even generations he will never live to see. Virgo is fixed on providing work and service today for people who can benefit from his special talents and skills now.
(http://www.enchantedspirit.org/Astrology/Compatibility/AquariusVirgo.php)

What do you think? Destined for failure? If I ever get married again, it will probably be a Virgo.

(postscript 3/29/09 Taylor’s a Virgo. LOL)