Thursday, July 26, 2018

Defeat the Hair of Defeat [My Mythical Year]

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My hair's gone up.
My hair's gone down.
My hair's gone all around.

Modified Corn Rows
Sixth grade.
When I was in graduate school, I participated in a Group Counseling class exercise where we were to give our hair history.  This exercise revealed both fun and interesting facts about my classmates.  It also brought out some of my own long forgotten memories.

God bless the 80's...
I think
As a young girl, my hair meant a great deal to me.  There wasn't anything particularly special about it, but it was the only part of me that I felt was pretty.  I had the typical ponytails or plaits (we pronounce it "platts."), plus the occasional cornrows.  I have what's known as "course, resistant" hair--what we call "nappy."  Early on, my mom straightened my hair with a metal comb she heated on the stove top.  Later, we learned about chemical straightening.  Then the 80's came...and the invention of the Jherri Curl.  I kept that style off and on until the mid 90's.

Unfortunately, my history does include a couple of negative entries:
  • The first time I was ever teased at school was over my hair.  They got to the glasses and the fat body later.
  • I've had a couple of hair tragedies.  Once, I had a Jerri Curl put in and neither I, nor my parents knew that my scalp hadn't healed from having Chicken Pox.  We figured that since my face had completely healed, my scalp had as well.  Nope.  The treatment left my scalp a blistered, bleeding mess.  My dad ended up taking me to our cousin's barber shop to have all my long locks cut off. The second hair loss was more of a financial tragedy than a mishap with scissors or chemicals.  I had been 
    My "Broke" Haircut
    getting my hair done at the local salon, but couldn't afford to continue doing so, plus at the time I didn't know how to do it myself.  Again, I trucked off to a barber (a couple from church owned a barbershop, not my cousin's place again) and get an $8 cut with the #2 guard on a set of clippers (they explained it so I could cut it myself).  Again, I watched my long tresses hit the floor and be swept into the trash.  That haircut not only traumatized me, but my preschool class.  It took them a couple of days for them to adjust to it; I never did.  Dave Ramsey once said that when he was struggling financially, his wife made him tuna sandwiches every day for lunch.  So, when he eats tuna, he feels broke.  Every time I broke out my clippers or saw my hair, I not only felt broke, but also defeated. 
Through the years, I've tried to keep up with my own hair; all to mediocre success.  I could only pull off two styles consistently:

The French Twist.

The "part it and comb it the best you can."

Honorable mentions (no pictures) are (1) Sleeping in about 12 pounds of curlers, giving myself a headache while hoping the curls held for more than a day and (2) trying to curl my hair with a curling iron that will burn the snot out of my hand or ear, but won't curl my hair worth a crap.

My new cut (back)
Fast forward to today and my new home in the arid climate of Colorado.  My Alabama hair did not take to the climate well at all.  I've slathered my hair with conditioners and different oils and moisturizers, yet they simply sit on the surface of my hair and wear out in a day.  My shoulder-length tresses morphed into the consistency of a hay bale.  I've continued the fight for nearly a year.  Then, the thought hit me:  Why am I fighting this?  What do I win?  Can I win?  For me, winning this battle is letting it go.  Winning the battle is to stop trying to hang on to some past beauty that never existed.  So, last Sunday with stomach churning and sample pictures on my phone, I headed to the Super Cuts across the street from work and told the stylist to go for it.

From the front
(Sorry it's blurry)
It's been more than a week now since the shearing, and I'm still liking it.  Yes, it's short, but it's a feminine style.  It's long enough in the top that I can spike it when I'm in a silly mood.  I'm still on the hunt from products that will work with my hair texture and the dry air.  I may grow it out again someday, but right now, I'm happy.

Well, let's see what my next Mythical Merit Badge will be?

By the way, I'll post the picture of my badge later.  It's been stuck in Texas somewhere for more than a week and the estimated delivery date has changed at least once.  Thanks, DHL!

UPDATE: After nearly a month (!!) my badge and Ear Biscuit jar finally came in:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Beat the Heat: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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I feel most energized when I ...

Create.  Whether is music, writing or art, putting my creative spin on something gives me energy.

Where were you ten years ago?

Ugh!  2008 was the beginning of a very dark time in my life.  I was at the most stressful, dehumanizing job ever, my health was heading into the toilet, and my spiritual life wasn't going well either.  Praise the Lord, I'm not there now!

July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? Which one's your favorite? Your most used?

Yes.  My favorite emoji to use is the smiley face.  😊

What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list?

I hope you're not wanting a serious answer, because you're not going to get it here.  (Think about who you're dealing with)  My top ten songs NOT to play at a wedding:
  • Friends are Friends Forever by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.  I hate that song to its core.
  • Superfreak by Rick James.  Well, I guess it depends on the couple, doesn't it?  Save it for the reception...or better yet, the honeymoon.
  • You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi.  Might as well sign the divorce papers at the reception.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith.  'Nuf said.
  • Any song by Adele.  Music to slit your wrists by.
  • Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield.  Dang Rick, get your own woman!
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police.  Um, if you're getting married, do you really need to keep stalking your intended?  #Creepy
  • What's Love Got to Do With It? by Tina Turner.  If it's that bad, stay single, honey!
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.  I can smell the cheese from here.  You know that the couple from that song are dead, right?
  • Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks.  Your wedding theme might as well be "Hold my beer and watch this!"

What deserves less of your attention? More of your attention?

My fears deserve less of my attention.
My faith deserves more of my attention.

Insert your own random thought here.

We're all in the throws of summer heat.  I think we all need this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Blueberry Hill in the 'ville: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?
The only thing I would get rid of in my apartment is the clothes dryer on our side of the complex.  It needs to be replaced.  I've called the repair people twice and told them that the heating element is going out on it.  However, they keep saying there's nothing wrong with it.  If a dryer won't get 3 towels and some wash cloths dry in 45 minutes, there's something wrong with it.  I end up using the dryer in the adjoining breezeway in our building, which in itself is a minor inconvenience, but in principle irks the stew out of me.  I'm really surprised no else has complained.

When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

This spring after the tornado struck my hometown.  One of the most beautiful tributes to our town was from the Spirit of Atlanta drum corp.  The link to the video is here.  "Salvation is Created" is one of the Marching Southerners' standards, so it was more than a fitting tribute.  I was nostalgic and homesick all at the same time as I sat in front of my computer at work and cried (good thing my cubicle is in the back corner of our floor).  I still miss home and I still tear up every time I hear it.

You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?

Assuming the standard apps that make the phone a phone (calling and texting) are not included in this question, I shall proceed.
  1. Google maps - Helps me get where I'm going when I don't know where I'm going.
  2. Music Player - I don't go anywhere without a soundtrack.
  3. Camera - Right now, my phone's camera is the only means of keeping a photographic record of my adventures.

July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?

Blueberry muffins are a take it or leave it muffin for me.  If I were going to have a muffin, I'd prefer a banana nut muffin.  The last sweet treat I baked was peanut butter cookies.  The last savory treat I baked was a frozen pizza.

What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

As a child I was very timid and so scared of people that it bordered on xenophobia.  Today, that's not me.  In fact, I love meeting new people and attempting to make new friends.  However, in too many ways, I'm still too much like my old self.  I talk in my latest book review here about how I'm trying to change that.

Insert your own random thought here.

I think I've got another song to add to my list of life songs: