I was about 12 years old the first time I colored my hair. It was some kind of auburn wash-in/wash-out color that I managed to stain my forehead and neck with not to mention the bathroom rug and bath towels. Sorry Mom. Obviously my first dye job looked horrible. I remember one of my friends looking at me with a squint and shaking her head. But I loved the idea that I could change my identity by changing my hair.
I’ve always had what other people say is “good hair”. It has just enough wave but not curly enough to give me problems. It’s not too thick and not thin. When I was in fourth grade, the school nurse did a lice check on everyone. We had to put our heads down on the desk and closed our eyes. When she got my hair, she said to the teacher “It’s like spun gold.” I loved hearing those words.
Most of the woman in my family (on both sides) have “good hair”. My Great Aunt Ruth (on my mom’s side) had this beautiful thick head of dark blonde hair and my paternal grandmother has lovely lighter blonde hair. I have great hair genes.
I colored my hair on a regular basis starting around 13 or 14. I tried almost every color except black because my mom said anything but black. I’ve had pink hair, red hair, brown hair and every shade of blonde imaginable. I finally settled in on a light blonde that my age and the lack of sunshine in Portland didn’t support.
Last year, I said enough. I let it grow out to its now dark blonde color. I’ve been cutting the still colored hair off the bottom and it’s finally looking more normal. I’ve always had this patch of hair near my temple that is weird. When I have bangs, the patch of hair is lighter than the rest of the hair. Not enough that a normal person would notice but hairdressers always spot the ‘weird patch’. Plus due to my Scandinavian heritage, I have a silvery hairs mixed in with the rest of the lot.
But the silvery hairs are now increasing. And it’s not due to my lox loving genes. Yep. I’m slowly going silver. And it’s cool. I see older women on the street with silver hair and they look awesome. Don’t get me wrong. I’m fighting the wrinkles like it’s World War III. But the silver hairs have amnesty. They can stay.
Due to some very frugal budgeting, Andy and I were able to save the money for our upcoming trip to Jamaica. We had a very minimalist Christmas only buying each other very small inexpensive gifts and a pretty cheap Christmas dinner. For Andy’s birthday, we also didn’t spend much money either. Every time we had a few extra dollars, we threw it in the trip fund. It’s amazing how fast that added up. So as of January we paid for Jamaica!
Now we are saving for our more expensive trip in 2017. Andy and I are thinking of taking the Trans-Siberian Express through China, Mongolia and Russia. Our 15th anniversary and my 40th birthday all fall in 2017 so why not plan an epic adventure! I estimate that it will probably cost in the neighborhood of $7,000-$9,000. We will need all the time we can get to raise the money.
Recently I’ve seen quite a few Reading Challenges. You know it’s a list of 50 different types of books you need to read to complete the challenge. Then I saw an article on the best apps to keep your book reading resolutions. Personally I don’t need an app or a challenge. In fact, my challenge is keeping up with my work and obligations while I juggle books. Currently I’m reading 3 including Burt Reynolds’ autobiography. I wish the Pacific Northwest was getting some of those sweet snow days.
My mom came to visit two weeks ago. It was a short visit: fly in on Friday and fly out on Monday. While she was here, we went to my holiday party, had high tea, and ate pizza.
Hanging out drinking cider.
Eater PDX published an article in December announcing that Hotel Deluxe was now offering high tea. I’ve had a few friends that have gone to high tea so I asked my mom (who’s the biggest tea fan I know) if she wanted to go. Immediately I received a response to my email with a resounding ‘YES!’.
We arrived at the hotel and we were seated immediately. Each of us were able to choose the tea we wanted and after that was brought out, they delivered the treats.
Mom is enjoying high tea.
The bottom layer had all of the sandwiches which were delicious including the cucumber sandwich. The middle layer had the scones and the top layer the most decadent sweets. The experience was interesting if a bit overrated. We laid down $39 a person for tea, sandwiches and sweets. But when your mom wants to do something, you realize it’s more about spending the time with her than thinking that something isn’t worth the cost.
Andy likes high tea.
All in all it was a great visit with delicious food and drink.
Those two bags are full of unused clothes, shoes, bags and other personal items I am donating to Goodwill. One of my goals for January is to get rid of things I no longer need or use.
Here is my annual report for the blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
This is my favorite Adele parody and it’s pretty timely too.