Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Black Hole

I have been in the black hole of technology. THIS is why I haven’t posted, been incommunicado, and reverting back to Austen times. 

Moving is a pain in the patootie and I swear I will not do this on my own again. Finding a place, closing, packing, moving, loading/unloading, unpacking, hooking up essentials, getting internet, figuring out transit routes- blah blah blah, the list goes on. And on. So week two and I’m testing new bus routes to and from the metro. I figure that 2 mile walk uphill in sweltering 99% humidity yesterday was better done on my own and not with an exhausted friend or family member in tow. Let me make the mistakes and work out the kinks before I have an audience. 

And once I get home I find my little wagging dog greeting me at the door. Such a blissful moment! I let her out and she immediately runs to tell the squirrel nation how much they have encroached on her territory and how much she really doesn’t appreciate this. Then we go back in the house to… silence. Oh I have dreamt of silence for years, having lived in crappy apartments with paper-thin walls. But my silence is multiplied by the fact that I’m in a dead zone. 

One would think that when you move to a large city like the DC area that you are in a concrete jungle. Not so much. I have a large garden out back and loads of green space and trees. Good for views, not so much for cell phones and cable companies.

I called Comcast and they were scheduled to come out. The guy gets there, looks at me, and calls me from his cell phone (really?). He mistook the order and told me I needed to reschedule. GRR. Then in protest I call Direct TV. Another few days and they come out to tell me I have too many trees and they can’t hook up cable or internet. GRRR. I have one (and sometimes two) bars of cell phone service so I miss a lot of calls and drop more. GRRRR. The movers made a half-assed attempt and fail to get my box spring up the stairs so I’ve been sleeping on an air mattress for two weeks. GRRRRR. 

All of my grumblings will hopefully come to a close tomorrow when my new bed will be delivered, AT&T delivers a signal boost, and Comcast returns to install cable and internet. Not that I’ve minded reading (and nothing else) but it would be nice to have options and to be able to watch Game of Thrones again. And sleeping on a fantastic mattress?? What bliss! I cannot wait! Send prayers, my friends that the stars align and all goes through as planned.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New 'Do

Thank you for the comments via Cafe Gray, email, and the blog. It was a resounding vote to grow the bangs and cut the length. 

Before I was having a bad version of a Mrs Brady do replete with flipped ends and bowl helmet top. Cutting off some of the layers and growing the length has already seen less frizz and *gasp* an actual style!

My hairdresser told me that I still have  about 4" of dyed hair on the canopy but it is so blended that only a hairdresser would be able to see it. Although that's a long way to a resounding graduation it does mean that my hair will continue to get lighter and lighter. So exciting! 

Here's a quick pic before I jet off to run some errands. You can see how much lighter my hair is with just a trim:

Starting Fresh

This past week has been a whirlwind: packing, movers, cleaning and handing back the keys to my craptastic apartment, relocating to the DC area, and closing on a home. Whew! A lot to be sure. 

I'm currently typing this on my smart phone and sitting on my stairs as I have no internet and furniture until next week. Michelle has explored every inch of the parquet floors and chooses a sentinel position in front of the back door. Apparently this is the best lookout for the enemy squirrel. 

I think how different this place is from my old place in North Carolina. The apartment was made of papier-mâché and I would have an endless stream of noise from the stomping up the stairs to the neighbors blasting their music at all hours. 

This place in VA brings a whole new set of noises: hundreds upon hundreds of birds cacophoning and the weird bark of squirrels. Kids playing at games in the courtyard (and not sitting in front of a tv all day!!) and the stream of friendly neighbors coming in to introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood. 

Welcome to my own bit of heaven. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Frizzy Friday

In my quest to avoid the hard stuff during my move to Washington DC (i.e. sorting, donating, purging, cleaning, etc.) I have decided to post more than usual. In fact, I'm trying to procrastinate through this post just so I won't have to go through closets and I can watch old episodes of Monarch of the Glen.

Today I am writing about the annoyance of frizzy hair. I currently live in a swamp- Southern heat followed by heavy humidity. Yes you get dewy skin but the hair suffers. I really don't know how I survived it last year with short hair. In a couple of weeks I will be moving to DC- slightly less heat (very slightly) with an impending thunderstorm every night. Sigh. I hate Summer. Although my hair is not as frizzy as it once was, it is finer hair now so there is a frizzitude or shall we call it, frizz tendency? Here is a picture of what this humidity is doing to my hair. Ugh.

Okay I need help and fast. This is what happens to hair (that was just FLAT IRONED this morning!!!!) when one lives in humid cesspools of air that you must swim through. Anyhoo... what in the world should I do with my hair?!

I am at a point where I have no particular style. You can see on the right side of my hair that there are bangs that are growing out (my fault, I got scissor happy). You can also (kind of) tell that my hair is not completely devoid of leftover dye. I have up to 3 inches in the back but since it's in the back, I don't care too much.

Now, should I get a trim and let the bangs catch up? Or should I bite down on the leather strap and wait it out a bit, depending on the pony tail as my default hair style? Bear in mind that I have a wedding to attend in a month and I'd like to be able to dance and have a great time, not worrying that my hair looks like a giant q-tip.

So in my utter shock that there are people that read my blog, I am calling on you to advise me on my current hair situation. Post suggested hair styles, comments, suggestions- I need them.