Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beachy Boy Christmas

I. Am. Bored. I've caught up on Perez (35 pages), looked at everything I could think of on Pinterest, checked out like a million different nail polish designs... and I still have an hour before my chopper takes me back to the mainland. BLAH. Right now I'm chilling in some kind of computer equipment room, coughing my lungs out, and thinking of a good Christmas tune for the day.

Yesterday, Pooh Bear and I mellowed out to some jazzy Christmas songs by Louis Armstrong. I'm thinking that I need something a little more upbeat for today. Since I'm still out in the middle of the ocean, I think a little Beach Boys are appropriate. Here's "Little Saint Nick" -

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chloe's Nails

This is not me - I wish. I'm not really sure how I found this blog... I'm sure I was avidly avoiding whatever I was supposed to be working on. Anyways, it's AMAZING. I plan on trying out about a million of the ideas she posted. I'll let you know how they work out. Chances are it'll end up pretty poorly.

In other news, some of the guys offshore complemented me on my nail polish today. That was kind of a shocker lol. Back onshore tomorrow!!

Holiday Greetings from the Gulf!

I... have failed. I didn't post a Christmas song for the past couple of days, and for that I apologize. BUT it was Thanksgiving, so you weren't reading this anyway! So all should be forgiven :)

Right now I'm on a platform in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Everybody out here is extremely nice, and they're all at least a little bit... country. In honor of my lovely hosts, your tune for the day will be "Christmas in Dixie" by Alabama.

"Christmas in Dixie"

P.S. I had a small incident with a mystery guest in my room - taking my towel, using my shower, writing on my dry-erase board, and then leaving. No idea who it was, slightly creeped out, will keep you informed.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Nightmare Before Christmas

I'm fairly certain that no one in the world can positively determine whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie. To me, it's both - which means I get to watch it during both holidays! 
"What's This?"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beethoven - He's Christmasy, Right?

I love pretty much all things Trans Siberian Orchestra. If someone would like to take me to a concert, I wouldn't complain!

"Beethoven / Requiem" - Trans Siberian Orchestra

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Day Nails

I've been trying to think of really crazy ways to do turkey nails. I had a grand plan to just have the body on my thumb and the feathers on my fingers, but.... that's way too complicated. Instead, I decided to just draw a turkey on my thumb and then add feathers to the fingers. Same general concept, without the confusion.

Please excuse the ridiculous lighting. This seemed to be the only way to get a picture of the turkey.

Making this turkey isn't nearly as difficult as it may seem!
1. Draw one large brown dot in the middle of your nail. This is the body of the turkey.
2. Draw one small-ish brown dot as the head. Put it where a head should go.
3. Use a toothpick to draw on the beak, gobbler, tail feathers, and feet. My feet look ridiculous, but it's time that you got over that.

For the feathers, I used regular red nail polish and one of my Konad nail stampers. You guys seriously should look into these. They're really cheap if you buy packs on Amazon and just use regular polish. My feathers were a little flaky this time, and I could have redone them, but.... they look kinda cool when they're not perfect.

On the Island of Misfit Toys

Work is like a ghost town this week. We have Wednesday through Friday off, but everybody with more than one week of vacation time peaced out last Thursday. As a result, we have a pretty rag-tag bunch of people in the office - just like on the Island of Misfit Toys!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?

I'm not 100% positive, but I think that Kelley first introduced me to this song a few years ago. I've listened to it approximately 1923709 times since then! The song "Donde Esta Santa Claus" by Augie Rios first came out in 1958 - which means that this guy is now older than my dad. WEIRD. Anyways, here's a cute kid in a Santa hat pretending to sing along -

Friday, November 18, 2011

Google Music - No Longer A BETA!

Watch out, iCloud! Google, my favorite company in the world, launched Google Music Beta a few months ago for avid Googlers, like myself. The moment I got my invitation, I uploaded my 11,789 songs to "the cloud" and began headbanging to my awesome tunes everywhere!

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll try and explain. The idea behind "the cloud" is that you can store files in some random blob of internet serverdom and then access it whenever and wherever you want. BRILLIANT! Since my work seems to keep blocking music sites such as Pandora, Spotify, etc. I had to find a new way to get my jams. Yesterday, Google Music moved out of the beta stage, and is now open to all users! All you need to get started is a Gmail account - and if you don't have one of those, then I don't know what you've been doing with your life.

Unlike iCloud, which seems to require you to have an iPhone or some shit, Google Music can be used by anyone. Basically, you sign in with your Gmail account, upload your songs (which might take a VERY long time, depending on your connection speed and number of songs), and then listen anywhere. As long as you have internet access, you can get onto the Google Music page and listen on your computer. Or if you have an Android device, there's an app that'll let you stream it to your phone. There is a 20,000 song limit currently, but come on. That's a shit ton. Google Music also lets you download a bunch of free songs everyday PLUS they don't count towards your 20,000. Freaking sweet!

Did I mention that it also keeps track of all of your playlists in iTunes? Well it totally does.

Screenshot Explanation
Here's a little bit of what the app looks like:

It can do all of the same stuff: keep your playlists, sort by album/artist/song/genre, remembers recent songs, etc. 

I'm still not a complete pro, since I haven't spent a lot of time exploring everything that Google Music can do. BUT, since Google is amazing, they always have a tour to look at and show you all of the awesome things you didn't even know existed. I just looked at it for a second and learned something new - GOOGLE MUSIC TOUR

I guess that concludes my rave about Google - it will take over the world one day. And I, for one, will be on board!

Christmas Time in New Orleans

We're putting up a tree in my office today! I could not be more excited, since I've never really gotten to put up a tree. Yes, I lived a sheltered life. Anyways, one of my coworkers, whom I will affectionately refer to as "Pooh Bear" suggested that we play some Louis Armstrong Christmas songs while we decorate. What a fantabulous idea! I love Louis, but I never really listened to his Christmas stuff. As it turns out, I have really been missing out my entire life. In an attempt to keep you from doing the same, here's a Louis to liven up your day! As an added bonus, there's a Billie Holiday song right afterwards :)

"Christmas in New Orleans" - Louis Armstrong
"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" - Billie Holiday

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Little Hanson for the Holidays

Before the Jonas Brothers, before *NSYNC, before the Backstreet Boys... was HANSON. You loved them, I loved them, we all know this. My very first CD was Hanson's Middle of Nowhere album. It didn't matter that most of them looked like little girls! Anyways, here's one of my favs off their Christmas album. If you don't have this one, you should definitely go out and get it!

"Merry Christmas Baby" - Hanson

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hump Day: Mele Kalikimaka!

I love old Christmas songs sung by crooners. Bing Crosby is one of my all-time favorites by far. He has such an amazing voice, plus his holiday movies are the greatest - White Christmas, Holiday Inn, etc. My Christmas song of the day is "Mele Kalikimaka," which makes sense, since it's still 85 degrees outside. If only I were in Hawaii...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bluesy Nails

Another really simple look. I'm really into diagonals right now... mostly because I discovered how easy they are!

To get this look, take a sea-green color and paint your whole nail. I used one of the Revlon Top Seed ones, since they dry pretty fast. Then take a dark blue and draw a fat diagonal line across your nail. Fill in the edge, but don't worry about making it too perfect. Cover with Seche Vite top coat and you're done!

Redneck 12 Days of Christmas

I may or may not be able to sing this whole thing....

Unfortunately, it's not letting me add this video in, so you'll have to click it!

Pretty outrageous. To that I say -

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Mad Russian Monday

I can't wait until Wednesday to post a Christmas tune. Plus Mondays need a little Christmas cheer too! Here's
"A Mad Russian's Christmas" by Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Worst Disney Sequels

I don't know if you're aware of this, but I've seen more than my fair share of Disney movies. After a few decades of avid Disney-watching, I've developed a bit of an attitude towards sequels/prequels/mid-quels. Some of them are amazing, like Toy Story 2 and 3 (if they make a 4th, I'll flip shit). However, many of them are terrible beyond belief. I really wish that Disney would take a poll and see if people actually WANTED these sequels, because I have a feeling that the majority would vote no - especially if they've seen these atrocities.

The Lion King 1 1/2

"Does anybody know when this movie is taking place?'
I loved The Lion King and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride wasn't that bad, but THIS was garbage. It didn't make a lot of sense. Apparently Timon and Pumba go back and retell the first (and second?) movie they way they saw it. According to this movie, they were in the background the whole time just cracking jokes. Yeah right. Don't lie to me.

Mulan II

"I liked you better as a man."
What a pile of doo-doo. I honestly can't even remember what the plot of this movie was. I think it had something to do with Mulan being too much of a man for Shang to deal with. They're also planning a wedding and then run off to fight another war. Or something like that. Who even cares. The first movie ended perfectly - the war was over, the girl got her man, and the fireworks went off. You can't possible create another war for them to fight! That would just be ridiculous.

The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea

"I'm so hungry I could eat an eel!"
Ursula's anorexic cousin/sister gets pissed when she's killed, swears to take her revenge out on Ariel and her family, yadda yadda. This sequel fast forwarded like 15 years to follow Ariel's whiny 12 year old daughter as she wishes to go back to the sea, which of course she isn't allowed to because of the new witch in town. She also doesn't know she's half mermaid. Why they thought this movie would be a good idea, I do not know. The best character (Ursula) is dead!! Think, people!

"Get in ma belleh"

They also made Flounder a fat hippo. Didn't see that one coming.

The Jungle Book 2

You can't make a sequel after all of the original voice characters and animators are dead. It doesn't come out the same, it just looks like a corny copy. In this picture, Mowgli and the cute girl look like they're taking a poop. Cuz that's what this was. Was there a plot? Oh yeah, Mowgli wants to go back to the jungle and is in danger. SERIOUSLY?! Just watch the first movie in reverse.

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

"Why am I here?"
This is quite possibly the worst of them all. I think only three people in the world have seen this one (me, Laura, and Kelley). This one was also obviously made way after all of the original people were dead. And it wasn't even a movie!!! It was a movie containing short, stupid stories about how Cinderella was dealing with living in the palace and becoming friends with one of her idiot step-sisters. What the heck! After she rides off into the sunset, the last thing I want to watch is her getting bitched at by servants and giving handouts to an ugly ho. I haven't seen the third one yet, but it actually looked like there was a plot - somehow the evil stepmother turns back time and doesn't let Cinderella meet the prince or something. I may watch this at some point, but if it's anything like the second one, I'm burning the DVD afterwards to save others from the misery.

Pocahontas II: Journey to A New World

John Rolfe!! That name is the biggest insult I can bestow upon a human being. Pocahontas 2 is to blame for this. In the sequel, Disney attempted to go back and correct the blatant historical inaccuracies portrayed in the first one. But who gave a shit about those! Not I! I just wanted to see Pocahontas magically speak perfect English to her blonde hottie, John Smith. Why on earth would you want to ruin that?! Instead, the dumbos at Disney (Dumbo, ha!) brought Pocahontas to England, made her wear hideous dresses, and forced her to date the weenie, JOHN ROLFE.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall (Or Something) Nails

Gah, I wish I could wait for my nails to dry before I ruin them.

I really needed something fall-ish. And this is what came to mind!

Inspirational Song of the Week: (There Can Be Miracles) When You Believe

I dislike Wednesdays. Historically, the television programming is really questionable, you still have two days of work left (although I only have one!), and time just seems to move slower. To get myself motivated to deal with the rest of the week, I typically get a really awesome song stuck in my head and just sing it when things are getting rough. I really want to start posting Christmas songs, but... it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. Instead, I'm digging into my wealth of animated movie songs, and whipping out a classic from the Prince of Egypt. This song may be too sappy for most (it makes me cry) but it's amazing nonetheless.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Disney Movies - The Drinking Game

Yup, you read that right. A friend and I got out of training early on Friday (thank goodness) and decided to go wild and watch some Disney movies! This alone would have been amazing, but to top it all off, we got hot chocolate and several tasty liquors and made it a drinking game!

Step 1: Buy tasty drinks. Since the temperature in Houston finally dipped below 70 for about five seconds, we all decided to bust out the parkas and hot cocoa. Luckily, many awesome things like peppermint schnapps, butterscotch schnapps, and cinnamon schnapps all go well with chocolate. We might have bought them all...

There is no better drink than hot chocolate - unless it's hot chocolate with crazy marshmallows!
Step 2: Pick out amazing Disney movies. For this festive occasion, we picked The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book. Ones with awesome songs seem to work best - especially after a few drinks!

Step 3: Carefully choose words/characters to drink to. Now this is where it gets tricky. Unlike most people, I tend to remember these movies well enough to quote them in their entirety. I can give you a few tips for what to pick, based on what we did:

  • The Great Mouse Detective 
    • "Basil"
    • Every time Basil butchers "Flaversham"
    • Whenever you see Toby 
  • Beauty and the Beast
    • "Beast" - this word comes up a surprising number of times
    • whenever you see the rose
    • "Gaston" - I love this character, so I thought this would be a great idea. However, I forgot that his name was said 31 times within a 4 minute song. Beware!!
  • The Jungle Book
    • "Man" - just do this one, cuz they seriously say it like 100 times.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Captain America Nails

The original idea was to do Superman nails, but I got too lazy to make the "S" - so I'm calling this Captain America. It's super simple, and I think it looks pretty awesome.

1. Apply layer of red polish to nails.
2. Paint top half of nails blue.
3. Add white dots. I didn't orignally plan to do this, but it helped cover up my imperfect red/blue barrier.