Hair Ideas

I posted a note on Twitter and Facebook the other day that I was contemplating cutting all my hair off. Now that is a bit of an exaggeration, but not completely. Right now my hair is about as long as it’s ever been.

Bad iPhone picture of my hair a month ago.

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I have about four options for how I wear my hair. Down, in a clip, in a braid, or in a french braid. Except that 90% of the time I throw it up in a clip. Usually this happens before I’ve left the house, so it is still dry at night when I let it down. Especially in the winter, this is no fun.

Ideally I want my hair to look like Charlize Theron’s in Sweet November.

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I know my face is the wrong shape and my hair isn’t as wavy, but I still love this hairstyle. I’ve loved it since Christmas 2002 when I went to a hair salon and had them cut off a huge amount of hair. I had never and have never had my hair as short since I was 6 or so. This was the first cut I’ve ever had that I LOVED. Absolutely LOVED. I think I was too nervous to get it cut as short as I wanted, but… All of the following pictures were taken within the month. I was in Mexico in January 2003.

I am combing wool in this picture.

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I hated it when it looked like this. This is the worst picture I could find of my hair.

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This is much better.

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I want low-ish maintenance, but it doesn’t have to be as low maintenance as in Mexico. I would not reject mousse. Any specific ideas (especially when accompanied by pictures) would be appreciated.

Birthday Baking

Unlike the previous two Novembers, this November I am not addicted to blogging. But I try to get on here once a week or more, anyways, so here are some random pictures from this weekend.

For B’s birthday, I decided to make lasagna. From scratch. (Except for the sauce.) Here you see the spinach pasta noodles drying.

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Butternut Squash Sauce + Pasta.

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Covered with cottage cheese and caramelized onions.

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And more pasta.

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Mozzarella with raw red peppers.

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More layers followed. Mmmm. Lasagna Innards.

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Add some browned butter and sage leaves and bake. We’re still eating the leftovers.

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The next day I had a kitchen helper, S.

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We made this Fruit Pizza. Can you find the hidden message?

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Photos across time

Last year I got a negative & slide scanner for Christmas. Unfortunately, my negatives were living in Kentucky and I was living in Minnesota. Until a few weeks ago, when Mom came to visit with a shipment! I have most of my pictures from age 17 to 20 now (then I went digital). Here is a sampling.

Mom brought slides from her year in Switzerland and Germany. Here’s a picture. IMAG0021

I love how older photos just ooze datedness.

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ME! Age 2 or so, which means we are at the Madison zoo? Or the Columbus zoo? Anyways, I’m sure I didn’t care because I had a stroller and yogurt.

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If my hair could still look like this, that would be awesome. Also, I appear to picked up a love of reading early on. Where reading means making a mess and looking at pictures.

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I can only assume that this is me after being chastised for making a mess. Or maybe mom wouldn’t read Goodnight Moon to me for the thousandth time. Either way, it was obviously quite upsetting. This was also during a phase where mom didn’t cut the feet off my sweet pjs. I want some of those pjs now. No drafts!

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Dad had to help me pet a goat. Obviously they are scary. And bigger than me. (But I’m taller! HAHAH!)

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My little cousin L. She’s now in high school!

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L and I make wontons. She was an excellent helper then and can only assume she is even better now.

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One of my many senior portraits. I should obviously do a whole series on these.

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The Glasgow Highland Games during sophomore? year of college. We dressed up. Obviously I didn’t get the whole “in costume” thing, because while I do have a jug of root beer, I am wearing a GIGANTIC sports watch as well as tevas and SOCKS. Classy!

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One of my favorite pix ever of me and my little bro. Obviously it could be cleaned up but there’s no time today. At the time he was less than a semester into going to high school in Canada, 1000 miles from home, and living with strangers. While it was hard on the family, I can’t believe that he survived (and thrived) away from home at such a young age. This guy also ran a marathon this morning and beat his goal. I was proud of him then and I still am today.

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That is all for now, but there is lots more where this came from.