Monthly Archives: June 2012

Remember when?

I was working in the ICU and I hear one nurse say to another nurse ” I’ll be your best friend if you being me a rubber band.”. That really made me chuckle because it brought me right back to those days when I’ve said that myself to my little girlfriends (and some boys) .

Did you use that phrase as a kid? I used it a lot. Kids all around me used it to get what they wanted. “if you come play with me I’ll be your best friend” ” if you let me borrow your bike I’ll be your best friend!

Life was so simple then. All it took was to say you’d be someones best friend to get someone to come out and play. I hardly think that things are simple for kids these days. It’s all about having the latest sneakers, the latest video game or the best clothes.

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Rock of Ages

I went to see Rock of Ages today with a friend and boy am I glad I did.

If you are a fan of or lived through the 1980’s (as I did) , Rock of Ages is a must see for you. Rock of Ages is based on the broadway musical of the same name written by Chris D’Arienzo. Rock of Ages is a ensemble film with an all star cast, featuring Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, an drunken, self destructive, aging rock legend, who is one part Axel Rose and one part Jim Morrison in attitude and mannerisms.

The premise is simple. Set in 1987, in Los Angles, a small town girl (just a small town girl, living in a lonely world..) meets a handsome bar back at the Bourbon Bar (a nod to the world famous Whiskey Bar on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. She has talent, she can sing and has come to Hollywood to follow her dream (as if there were some other reason to come to Hollywood). She is a music aficionado and she is mugged on her first day in L.A and he takes her prized records. In flies Drew, played by the talented Diego Bonetta, of 90210 and Pretty Little Liars fame, to save the day. He hears here story and gets her a job at the Bourbon Bar which is owned by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin). The club is in trouble and Stacee Jaxx is supposed to solve all the financial trouble. Hilarity ensures and the movie just rocks you! Another plot is Catherine Zeta Jones, conservative advocate Patricia Whitmore’s attempts to rid the Sunset Strip of filth of which she sees Stacee Jaxx at the “head of the snake” which is causing all the decadence on the strip.

When I had first heard that they cast Tom Cruise as I thought to myself , “seriously? Tom Cruise?” Well, he blew me away with his performance as Stacee Jaxx. He can actually sing and has a decent voice. I was completely amazed. He is equal parts Jim Morrison and Axel Rose (and he sounds like Axel rose too). Awesome performance!

Rock of Ages, thankfully, doesn’t take itself too seriously. In fact, the movie is a musical comedy featuring Rock music from the 80’s. Such 80’s legends such as Journey, Poison, Pat Bennetar, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Quarterflash, Warrent, Whitesnake, Def Lepard, and The Scorpions is included in this film.

Rock of ages stars:

  • Tom Cruise
  • Julianne Hough
  • Diego Boneta
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Russel Brand
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Bryan Cranston (in a non-singing role)
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Mary J Blige
  • Malin Akerman

With Cameos by:

  • Debbie Gibson
  • Sabastian Bach
  • Will Forte
  • Constantine Maroulis
  • Kevin Cronin
  • Eli Roth (Hostel)

I give this movie 5 of 5 stars because I loved it so much! I highly recommend this movie if you feel like hearing some awesome music and having a good laugh.

“Bath Salts”

On May 26, a 31-year-old man stripped a homeless person naked under a highway overpass and attempted to eat his victim’s face for minutes until police shot the suspect dead. However, not before he devoured three-fourths of his fleshy feast. (I have seen pictures) Officers investigating the Miami, Florida incident say that they believe bath salt use could have played a role, and less than a month after that episode, similar accounts have been reported.

Bath Salts have also been linked to two Harris County Texas deaths. A 46-year-old Jersey Village man, known to abuse bath salts, was found outside a northwest Harris County business hanging upside down from a piece of coiled razor wire above a chain link fence with a gash above his right wrist. It is believed he bled to death.

 

Bath salts. From what I’ve heard about them they are some serious shit, but I didn’t know exactly what they were so I decided to do some research for myself. On the street this drug is called “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss”. The products have been outlawed many states, but it’s still possible to purchase them online. Sites such as ivory-wave dot com and Bath salts direct dot com are still up and running. People have been arrested for purchasing bath salts online.

Bath salts are presumed to be methylenedioxypyrovalerone. This is a is a psychoactive drug with stimulant properties which acts as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). MDPV is the 3,4-methylenedioxy ring-substituted analog of the compound pyrovalerone, developed in the 1960s, which has been used for the treatment of chronic fatigue and as an anorectic, but caused problems of abuse and dependence.

Routes:

  • Snort/ smoking (Inhalation)
  • Shooting (IV)
  • Mix with food. (Ingest)

Duration of effect: 3-4 hours

 

Desired Effects:

  • euphoria
  • increased alertness and awareness
  • increased wakefulness and arousal
  • increased energy and motivation
  • mental stimulation/increased concentration
  • increased sociability
  • sexual stimulation/aphrodisiac effects
  • mild empathogenic effects.
  • diminished perception of the requirement for food and sleep

Adverse effects physiological / psychological:

  • High Heart Rate
  • High blood pressure
  • vasoconstriction
  • insomnia
  • nausea, stomach cramps, and digestive problems
  • increased body temperature, chills, sweating
  • pupil dilation
  • headache
  • kidney pain
  • ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Over stimulation
  • breathing difficulty
  • agitation / hypertonia (condition marked by an abnormal increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch.)
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  • severe paranoia
  • confusion
  • psychotic delusions
  • extreme anxiety/agitation, sometimes progressing to violent behavior
  • suicidal thoughts / actions

This new street drug scares me. You don’t know who is under the influence and it makes the world that much more dangerous. To think that someone could eat my face off on the street makes me shiver….

 
http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Methylone#ixzz1x95badiS

http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Mephedrone#ixzz1x94Ina7p

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/bath-salts-drug-dangers?page=2

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Bath-salt-products-linked-to-at-least-2-Harris-2343758.php

 

also published at speedingthroughnursingschool.wordpress.com

Wear Sunscreen

I remember and love this “song”. It’s good advice for everyone, but especially the young. When I first heard this, I didn’t take it’s advice. Now I understand…..

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99: Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

 

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

 

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

 

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

 

Respect your elders.

 

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

 

Bead Love (Charm Bracelet Shopping?)

I was walking for exercise the other day in a large local shopping center when I happened upon a jewelry store called Zales. In their window they advertized for the Personal Bean Collection Charm Bracelet. This really got me thinking about charm bracelets and the different companies and jewelry stores that sell them. And there are many of them but I will cover just four of them

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Persona

Zales I discovered yesterday, also sells and exclusive line of charm bracelets called Persona. These are similar to Pandora as are most of the companies charm bracelets. Their bracelets come in rope (available in a rainbow of colors) and sterling silver. No gold apparently, upon further inspection of their website. The bracelets range from $55 to $65. Zales and Persona offer Dangle, Crystal, Enameled, natural silver, Italian glass, Brazilian Agate, Shell Pearl, and 18 carat cold overlay beads. The beads range from $25 to $50. Persona appears to have some cute affordable stuff.

Charmed Memories

I am not a fan of Kay jewelers because of some bad service I got at one of the local stores. They do however have a charm bracelet line called Charmed Memories.

Charmed memories offers Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings just as Pandora does. Their Bracelets range from Rope (in 4 color, black, brown, navy and Pink) to Sterling silver with various clasp availability on the sterling silver bracelets t They offer a vast array of beads such as Murano glass, Swarovski crystal, Enameled, sterling silver and Hello Kitty. If you are a fan of Jane Seymour’s Open hearts collection they offer beads from that line as well. They beads range from $20 to $60. They also offer “timed beads” (watch faces that keep time) for $99.

Chamed memories seems to offer a good selection of charms. This line, however is not good if you favor gold.

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Pandora

I am a Pandora girl myself. I love to add charms for the different occasions in my life. The Bracelets themselves come in rope (many colors), Sterling silver and Gold. They range in price from $20 to $1650. The Beads come in Sterling silver, Sterling Silver with Gold, Gold Charms, Enameled beads, Wooden Beads and Murano glass beads. They also have dangles and alphabet charms. The beads range from $35 to $845 I love the Murano glass beads, they are so beautiful. I personally have a sterling silver chain (i prefer the look of silver to gold) with a few Murano beads and some sterling silver beads and one spacer. The Murano glass beads are supposedly from the Murano glass factory in Venice. I suppose that is probably true. Doesn’t matter because they are beautiful. I love my bracelet.

Pandora also makes rings, earrings and necklaces which are equally beautiful. They are available at Jared Stores and online from the Pandora website.

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DaVinci

Hallmark stores offer the DaVinci bead line. This line had bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The bracelets appear to be offered in only silver (they don’t specify sterling, silvertone or silver but at these prices probably silvertone) and offers two types of bracelets: bangles and clasp type (lobster claw and toggle closures). These range in price from $9.99 to $12.99. The line offers beads in silver, with birthstones, cubic zirconia, enamel, two tone (gold tone/silver), art glass, fimo (clay) and natural stone, and foil glass beads. It does appear from the website that each charm is $6.99.

The affordable cost of this line seems like it would make a good starter bracelet for a tween or teen. Or a great source of costume jewelry for those not wanting to pay the higher prices of the jewelry store