Little Nervous

The last tenants that rented the house we are in before us showed up today to take pictures. Apparently, the owner is trying to take almost their entire deposit because he claims they left the house a mess. Great … The people were a very nice military family, they took their pics and told us some of the things that the owner is getting them for. The owner is replacing a lot of things for us including screens and the backdoor – things he didn’t do for the previous tenants. I’m a little worried, but not so, so much.

We shall see I guess. I should be thankful there wasn’t anything like track lighting. I don’t know how to fix that myself.

Haircut

I actually went to the beauty salon on base (at the NEX) and got my hair chopped! I took in a picture of Katie Holmes and got her super choppy look. It’s short, but I love it! It was so nice getting “pampered” and having my hair washed by someone else and getting a nice head massage, lol. It’s the little things I suppose. I spent a whole hour away from home! Nice! I love my family, but it’s seriously nice getting away sometimes.

Next on my agenda is a manicure & pedicure. I asked the girls at the salon for a recommendation and they suggested a place nearby.

Tomorrow we’re meeting up with Conny and Tascha at the nearby mall. We haven’t seen them in over a year now, they were great friends in Rota 🙂

All mah Rota peeps are up here in Virginny! 😉

Sweeny Todd – In the Name of REVENGE!

They say “La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid” – which means, “Revenge is a dish best served cold” first said by Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderios de LaClos. In movies, there have been hundreds of “revenge” scenes including the famous “blow up the school and everyone in it” from “Carrie” and the terrifying scenes from “Candyman” which is definitely the “Romeo and Juliet of the horror genre!

I love horror movies and I love musicals – so I’m especially happy when they get paired up! A little cheesy perhaps, but awesome fun nonetheless!

The amazing team of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are teaming up again to bring you “Sweeny Todd” – a horror musical about a man who is unjustly sent to prison and vows to take revenge on those who sent him there. He re-opens his barber shop when he gets out of prison and becomes the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” who gives the “closest shaves” one can get!

The movie stars Johnny Depp as the Demon Barber, Sweeny Todd. Also in the cast is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett – the meat pie making amorous accomplice of Sweeny. Rounding out the cast is Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen.

The movie is a delicious blend of music and mayhem – all in the name of revenge! Served up cold of course!

Be sure to visit the visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site! You can find galleries and tons of movie information there. Also visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace!

Update

I haven’t been on here in a few days because I haven’t been able to acquire any internet access. Now I’m on my brand new cable net connection! I’m still surrounded by boxes, I’m cold (although, up here in the loft I am sitting in it’s actually a little warm), and I miss my Jax friends terribly.

We went out last night with some friends from when we were in Rota, Spain. They are here also and living about 10 minutes away – which is awesome. We went out to dinner at this little Mexican place and then went to see the lights at the beach which were beautiful!! (Thanks for the tip, Bianka!)

I picked up a washing machine off the Hampton Roads Craigslist for $80. Works well also – little dirty inside, but it will clean up. I can now catch up with the 10 loads of laundry that have to be done.

And, Xander … who is REFUSING to potty train … has a dirty diaper that needs to be changed. *sigh* Guess it’s back to work!

The “Blogosphere”

I’ve got a “tech” style rant here … I’ve been blogging for roughly 5-6 years now. I’ve had a couple different blogs, the most “popular” (for me and my readers I guess) has been Starryskye. That one is my baby, lol. Now, I’ve been doing paid posting through a couple sites on there for a few months now and I’ve learned a lot. One is Google’s idea of “Page Rank” (which a lot if not most advertisers rely on to determine whether they should use said blog to advertise on – is a sham. It isn’t based on hits/visitors (i.e. TRAFFIC) – it’s based on some sort of weird googly algorithm that only Google understands. So, when Google laid the smack down on all bloggers who do paid posts (mostly the company I work under, PayPerPost) we all seriously got hurt. My “PR” 4 (Starryskye) is now a 0. Why? Because Google doesn’t think that paid blogging is a good thing and wants to monopolize the industry (hello – AdSense?).

Another thing I’ve learned is that a lot of bloggers are really, really SNOBBY. They seem to think paid blogging hurts the “blogosphere.” Now, I personally only write about what appeals to me – or what I can share a funny story about. If I personally do not want it on my blog it isn’t getting blogged about. It really pisses me off when other people dictate what they think is good or bad and try and push it on others. Paid blogging IS NOT a bad thing when done correctly. People have been advertising for YEARS why can’t blogs be used? If you don’t like the blog content DON’T READ IT! It’s pretty simple people!

Don’t cut out my pagerank, therefore cutting out the extra money I use to pay my bills. That’s super wrong and nasty. And if you are one of those snobby bloggers you can just take your techno-bullshit and run with it. Trash talking other people is bad blog-karma. Not to mention rude.

Boxes, Boxes Everywhere!

Our packout (“millions of boxes” for all you non-military folk) was delivered today. So, now there are a million boxes everywhere that need to be unpacked. I’ve got a lot unpacked from the kitchen boxes – in fact, most everything is actually out of boxes already. Alan’s been setting up a desk upstairs in the loft, which has taken him awhile since the poor desk didn’t come out of this move very well (this is move number 3 for it). I think the master bathroom is next since it’s small (only have a couple boxes … need to dig out my hair dryer and straightener and maybe even find some makeup mirrors since there is only a medicine cabinet in there).

Still need shower rings and groceries. Gotta check out the Exchange and Commissary tomorrow I think.