Vote on my Hairstyles

Guys, I need your opinion on something. It’s important. It’s about my hair.

I have a kitchen post coming soon, I promise. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m still in the midst of finishing up my MBA and summer classes make it difficult to keep up with other life stuff. For the past couple of weeks I have been basically trying to not fail my class, because all I really want to do is paint walls and make crafty things while watching old episodes of The Office.



Battlestar Galactica.

Anyway, since I’ve been SO, SO busy, I have neglected to get a haircut, for a long time. Seriously, this is what my hair looked like in January:



My stank face looked like this in January too.

And a few months later:


And now… well I don’t have a photo of that. It’s longer and still with bangs.

I’ve been trimming my own bangs with only moderately disastrous results. They were crooked for a few weeks.

So here’s the deal: one of my very greatest friends in the world is getting married 9/6. I literally cannot get in for a haircut until 9/9. I have a schedule conflict for every single open appointment, so I’m screwed. My hair is going to look sad for the event…. and for any photos that I might appear in. In order to not look all scraggly and homeless, I’ve been experimenting with a few different hairstyles. Note I am usually pretty terrible at doing my own hair, and these selfies I took are comically douchey. Bear with me here.

Look 1: Glamorous Curls



1) I own a curling iron

2) I’m pretty sure I can’t mess this up


1) Andrew told me the back of my hair looked like a rats nest (hopefully I will be able to fix that if I go with this look)

2) I had to use A LOT of product, so much that my hair didn’t actually feel like hair anymore

Look 2: The Rooster



1) this is pretty easy to do


1) it involves a lot of hair teasing

Look 3: Twisted



1) I kind of feel like a 40s housewife


1) Andrew said it looked mullet-y in the back…

So friends, what’s the winner? Tell me what do I doooooo?




These are My Obsessions

That title is to the tune of “Confessions” sung by the multi-talented Usher.

Last week, we had a visit from some cousins, who so kindly activated Instagram and Snapchat accounts for me. I guess I must be really old now that the younguns are helping me with technology. Jeeze! I am really loving instagram; Snapchat, not so much (I feel like I NEVER have enough time to actually see the pictures. I am old.). I can see what my friends are posting, what my favorite bloggers are posting, and even what the Kardashians are posting (I CAN’T stop!). Also, you should follow me and Julie.

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My new glasses. Aren’t they cute?? You know I look smart in them.


I mentioned that I was going to read Pillars of the Earth in this post– I am completely wrapped up in the story, so much so that I’ve dreamt about the characters. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

I know I already mentioned Orphan Black, but seriously, people, I think I am going through withdrawal. To combat this, I ordered the Pillars of the Earth miniseries from the Library. We’ll see if it’s as good as the book.

Last, but certainly not least, my FitBit. I check it all day, every day, to make sure that I am getting all my steps in. Oh, and I get incentives at work for doing this, too, which is another great perk. Since I started using it back in July, I’ve walked over 250 miles!



One of My Favorite Things

….is CEREAL! I don’t know what started this whole thing, but I don’t think I can live without it. Even if I eat eggs with toast for breakfast, I still will eat cereal at some point in the day. And I usually have a small bowl when I get home from work as a snack. It’s just so good– it’s crunchy, sometimes sweet, creamy if you sneak in some half and half and just plain deeeelicious! And, sometimes, you get lucky; like I did here and here.

Here are some of my favorites:

1) Quaker Granola (oats, honey, raisins & almonds): I think this is what started my love affair with cereal. My mom always bought this when I was a kid, and I compare all granola I eat to this. It’s kind of coconutty and I love the one with the raisins, but it also comes without. Love it plain, with yogurt or with milk! Oh, also good with a banana.


2) Kashi Go Lean: Love this stuff! It’s got protein (13g), it’s got fiber(10g), it’s got texture (puffs, twigs and grahams). It’s really good if you add some chopped walnuts and banana. Go Lean Crunch = also good!

Go Lean

3) Frosted Mini Wheats: an old faithful. You need lots of milk with these, since they soak it up, but there’s nothing like getting a soaked (but not soggy) mini wheat with just the right amount of frosting.


4) Cascadian Farm Hearty Morning: I like to add blueberries or banana or both to this cereal. I love that it has flakes, granola clusters and twigs, not to mention 8 grams of fiber.


5) Frosted Flakes: how can you NOT love these?? They’re grrrrrrreat! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! They are especially good with some half and half mixed with my skim milk. They’re kinda like dessert, which is probably how they should be eaten anyway, since they have an awful lot of sugar!


I am always open to recommendations…


Baby Got Back (to Normal)

You know when you have one of those days where you just feel like a worthless, underwhelming, no good piece of crap?? That was me yesterday. I don’t know why yesterday of all the days, but let me tell you, I totally felt it.

Today, I still was in a funk when I woke up, but then I saw this quote, and it made me feel better. I don’t have to be extraordinary every day. I can just enjoy being a part of life and actually living.

“Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

~Make the Ordinary Come Alive, William Martin

And then, my Google alert today gave me this article about Crohn’s disease/IBD awareness and the new #GetYourBellyOut that’s been circulating on social media. And I started to feel better; people really do know about IBD. AND they’re starting to talk about it! The more awareness there is, the closer we get to a cure.

Dan still isn’t normal, but we’re not giving up: he’s had 3 infusions of Remicade so far, and all we’ve gotten are some fevers, dehydration (which sent us to Good Sam one Sunday), more cramping, more nausea, and more yuck. Sometimes these things just take time. In the meantime, we are staying the course and marveling at the ordinary things in life.

Like, how Dan wore his slippers to the emergency room a few weeks back (and posed like a Beastie Boy after he was released and feeling more like himself):


Or, seeing the new fabric on the seats for the chairs on our patio:


Or, listening to this song from ORPHAN BLACK, my new favorite show! (The song is a jam, but the show is SOOOOOO GOOD. We’ve already watched them all and now we have to wait until next April for season 3.)

Or, seeing asparagus grow on one of my walks through the Civic Garden Center!



Or, catching up with my BFF on the phone the other day…it’s the little things, people.