Saturday, March 31, 2012

My Mercury is in retrograde!

I'm definitely ready for Mercury to come out of retrograde.

When it's in retrograde, it means problems with communication (increased fighting and arguments, etc).  It means you shouldn't enter a new project, sign any papers or begin any new friendships.  It means you shouldn't make any large purchases (especially things with moving parts) and if you absolutely HAVE TO, you need to carefully read the fine print.

So far during this cycle, I have gotten two flat tires due to a nail and a screw, which I presumably picked up in my parking lot at home.
I've gotten very sick, then quickly recovered, only to get a little sick/run-down again.
I've made little purchases.

It's recommended to use the time Mercury is in retrograde to purge and let go of things.  Luckily, this coincided with me being bit by the spring cleaning bug!  I've purged TONS of my stuff--including my hair.

And this is where communication problems comes into play.

I don't want to say bad things about my salon, as I love the girls there and have had wonderful experiences my past 3 visits.  But this fourth one was less than ideal.  Everything seemed to be going well, but then my stylist "ran out of time" (her next client was waiting in the waiting room) and had to rush me out.  Despite the fact that I ALWAYS blow-dry and straighten my hair (& that this is included in the cost I paid), she threw some curling cream in my hair and had me walk out with it curly and wet.

I was horrified at first.  I'm not used to curly hair, so I thought it looked AWFUL, but I couldn't be sure since it was curly! I couldn't see the actual cut itself.  I had to wander around shopping for a few hours all the while hating my hair, before I went home and straightened it.  
My final verdict is that while I like the front of the haircut, the back is a shitshow.  It looks limp and unfinished, not like I just got my haircut at all.  It should look polished.
I wore that hat ALL DAY at work today.  When I took it off briefly to show some coworkers, they asked, "Did you cut the back yourself?"
After I explained that I had to get the back fixed, they grimaced and said, "Leave the hat on."

So...at least people don't sugar coat things for me, I guess!

I do hate when people say firmly, "I liked your long hair."

That's kind of like loving someone else's baby.  Someone else's baby who you hand back to the mother as soon as it cries.
That's just peachy.  You didn't have to take care of it.

I have another appointment this week to "fix" my hair.  (Ugh, why is my salon so far away from my house?! I need to move.) I'm hoping the back is still long enough to give some shape and structure to!

Friday, March 30, 2012

I'M DOING IT!

I have a confession to make.

I have short-hair envy.  Really.

Sure, my long hair is pretty.  But goddamn it's a pain in the ass.  To do my hair it requires me to clear a 3 hour window of time: one hour to wash, one hour to blow-dry, and one hour to straighten.  (And there are no shortcuts! I know you're probably thinking, so just let it air dry.  It just doesn't work.  For some reason, when I let my hair air dry, my scalp goes INSANE.  It's mostly healthy (a little dry) otherwise--but when I skip on blowdrying it's flake city.  Yuck.

Not to mention all the crap I have to put in my hair to style it.  Conditioners, BioSilk, John Frieda products, molding mud...so much for using natural, organic products!  My styling products really need a revamp.

I've had enough.  And I look at all these girls with short hair and I think...it's time.  It really is time.

I've never been able to find a hairstyle that definitively is "mine".  There are three that I liked a lot--and, well, they're all short styles.

So...I'm doing it.  I have an appointment today at 5.  I'm not sure which of the three styles I'm going for...it will be a surprise.

Here is my last long-haired photo before the haircut.  Bye-bye, hair!  I'll update you when I return.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Psst...

Sorry for being so chatty today.

But, I'm home sick so it should be understandable.

Anyway, look over there -------------------------------------->

There should be a place of some kind for you to enter your email address so that you can be notified of my new posts!  Yay!  (I use Google Reader myself, but, you know, whatever floats your boat!)

Dr. Google at your service.

I am sick.

Yesterday I felt just fine.  Albeit a little nauseous (I've been nauseous nightly since Monday--because I've been too busy to grocery shop and I'd been having "just a little" gluten before work.  Guess I can't get away with that anymore!) and sneezy (I'm allergic to my cat) but that's normal for me.

But I woke up at 7 AM with a continuous cough.  When my alarm went off at 9, I felt pretty good--but once I sat down after turning off the alarm, the sickness crept up on me again.

A girl at work has bronchitis and strep throat, and as far as I can tell by googling (because I don't get health insurance until May, grr!!!) I think I acquired the bronchitis part of it.

I've been on a constant cycle of tea, water, orange juice, soup and ice cream all day, with intermittent use of my two inhalers (one for asthma, one for allergies). I've been napping on and off, and although I'm alternating between being freezing and burning up, I don't seem to have a temperature.  The cough has mostly subsided--but the problem is, I have asthma, so I think I actually have asthmatic bronchitis...or...bronchial asthma...?  I don't know.  The bottom line is, I can hardly breathe and my lungs are KILLING me.  ouch.

I'm going to be REALLY angry if I'm not better by Saturday.  I don't want to have to postpone my NYC trip, but I can't imagine walking through the city like this.  I went to the grocery store and that left me exhausted!

Cross your fingers I caught this soon and I'll be back in tip-top shape soon!

Bad? And Good...

The Bad:

Sometimes the immaturity and lack of responsibility of others really gets to me.

There's a woman at work who deliberately gives me the silent treatment.  Not because I did anything wrong, mind you, but because I don't holler out obnoxious hello's every time I see her.  Now, maybe this has a lot to do with the way I was brought up, but I feel that screaming at people is impolite and inconsiderate to those around you.  I have nothing against saying hello to people, but I also hold onto the antiquated notion that "children should be seen and not heard" and "speak only when you are spoken to".  (I know I'm not a child, but still, I am a fairly quiet person and these stick with me to this day.)  I'm also fairly friendly once I'm comfortable with people, but this woman never took any of this into account.

Instead, she yells hello at everyone (and goodbye at everyone) and turns her nose up at me, even in situations where dialogue is important.

Sorry, but I'm not comfortable screaming to you.  I come to work to get to work--not to circle around greeting every co-worker.  I am not cold and unfriendly, and I am more than willing to speak to you.

But to think you are accomplishing anything by not speaking to me is just absurd.  The only thing you're accomplishing is showing the world that people never grow out of immaturity.  I'm not offended by your silence towards me (in fact, I prefer that to the yelling, you're doing me a favor) but instead astonished that you think this is proper workplace behavior.

Also, my damn cat keeps pooping on the bathroom floor.  Totally unacceptable home behavior.  Shame on you both!

The Good:

And, now that that's off my chest, I'm excited to report that Shaun & I are headed to NYC in a few days.  It's been almost a year since my last trip (I went solo to see Victor Garber perform in a Sondheim benefit--which was awesome but a little disappointing as I expected the venue to be a bit more intimate!  I was practically in the last row of the Edward Koch theater and the performers looked like ants.) and I'm definitely due.

We'll be hitting up some typical tourist-y venues and hopefully catching Avenue Q (I have waited approximately 10 years to see it!) and doing some shopping.  I'm so looking forward to it!  I'll be sure to post some photos when I return.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The spring cleaning continues.

Today I was happy to get rid of the ugly milk crate/cardboard box organizing system I had been using for my records.

As you probably know, it's important to store records upright, which can be difficult at times.  I was thrilled to pick up this great record storage shelf from Urban Outfitters.  It holds my record player and a decent number of records (which is good--it will let me keep my collection in check! No vinyl hoarding here!) and even has a smaller shelf where I'm temporarily keeping a few DVDs and some printer paper.  The spots for the records are slotted to keep them standing up straight.

I'm pretty much in love with it right now.  Have you ever bought something new that you just can't stop looking at?  Yep, that's me with this.

(If you love it just as much as I do, it's still available at Urban Outfitters online.  They have a couple different record stands/tables, but I liked this one the best because I could keep my record player right on top.  :) )


And no, Urban Outfitters didn't pay me to write this.  I'm just that smitten!  You would be too.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring cleaning!

I've been bit, hard, by the spring cleaning bug.  For about a week now, I've been tackling small projects every morning before work, and then running boxes and bags of stuff to the thrift store/clothing dropbox on my way to work.  I've even mostly cleaned out my car!

I wish I had taken before and after photos of everything!  Right now, the hugest difference is my living room.  It was completely cluttered by boxes that I had always planned on taking to the thrift store, but had never actually sorted through.  I'm proud to say that's finally taken care of, and despite being covered in cat hair (something I don't think I'll EVER get control of, as Major Tom sheds like it's his job!) it's spotless.

Today I'll be picking up my nice clean laundry and shipping some items back to some old, distant friends.  (Isn't it funny how you accumulate things that don't even belong to you?)  I'm looking forward to the absence of that guilty feeling.  I hate looking at something and thinking, I've been meaning to get this to them... It just makes me feel awful!

I still have a big list of things I need to get done, as well as items I want to replace...but I'll get there soon! I'm excited to do a bit of furniture re-arranging too.  Maybe I'll finally post an apartment tour when I'm done!  I always promised I'd do one...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What's today?

I am shocked that NO ONE I spoke with yesterday knew what day it was.

I don't mean Pi day, either.  Or Taylor Hanson's birthday.  Or the Ides of March.  (That is today--3/15.)

I'll refrain from naming it here, only because my mom is reading (hi mom!), but it's sort of like the male version of Valentine's Day.

Post it in the comments if you know it.  (And, additionally, post what state you're from, if you're so inclined.  Thus far, 100% of people I've spoken with in CT have never heard of it and thought I was making it up!  Maybe it's a Massachusetts thing?)

And, if you're not shy, tell me--do you actually celebrate it?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Favorite things.

 I realized the other day that while I have some adorable heart-shaped measuring spoons (a gift from Lauren's wedding!) my measuring cups were very blah.  They also didn't fit properly in my kitchen drawer, causing me immense frustration whenever I tried to open or close it.

Lucky for me, Newbury Comics had these super adorable measuring cups in the shape of Russian nesting dolls!  (The other smaller measuring cups are inside.)  Love them.
I'm not sure if I fully have "writer's block", as they say, but I've definitely been in work- and bill-paying mode lately.  It's been difficult to concentrate on my creative work--which I really need to do, as I have a deadline looming before me and it's coming up FAST.  I had tried to force 1,000 words a day for a finish date of April--but I must admit, that's not going to happen.  I'll be a little more generous and forgiving of myself.

I had a small victory yesterday by clearing an hour to write and actually doing so.
 Today my beautiful coffee press arrived!  Sadly, it came after I had JUST finished my morning coffee.  Boo, UPS!  Poor timing.  I can't wait to start tomorrow off with some experimenting though.  I've never used a coffee press before, but I hear it's the way coffee is meant to be brewed.