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By 4/04/2018


there are some subtle tweaks i've been making of late - one includes not drinking.  another includes trying to only talk about things i 1) am not assuming about 2) am not oversharing just to get a laugh.  this doesn't leave me with a lot to talk about.  and lastly, and infinitesimally the most important, i stopped curling my hair and am using a texturizing powder instead.

the not drinking was purely reactionary.  a defensive position taken to combat the cold sore situation we discussed last week.  i was so over having a busted grill, so i started with an obvious cause, the fairly regular poison i pour in my body with hopes of changing the dial on the kaleidoscope a twitch.  no dranks for two weeks and i'm fine.  i drink a lot of coffee and that leaves me feeling like i want to flip a table over most evenings, but my face looks fantastic.

tad and i went to barnes and noble last night and each picked out a book on something we knew nothing about.  the plan is to read it, get it, and then teach the other about it.  this seems very npr-y of us, but desperate times call for fund-raisers and other equally sigh-inducing measures, so catch me in a few weeks and we can have a robust convo on the house of medici and bird sounds.  i'll assuredly be less funny, until i get the hang of this and i can overshare about birds.

and the one you've been waiting for with bated breath - the hair situation.  so i left the good curling iron in colorado.  wait, back up - i lost the smallish one that made the shakira frizzy curls, i left the longer barreled one that made the rachel bilson curls, i bought a stupid one in mexico that pulled my hair out (the drybar one - it's awful), and then i ended up on this one, which really did the trick in combining all the best of what worked in 2003, but burns my hair.  and sometimes it's worth burning your hair, when you turn out like one of chrissy teigen's great hair days (see), but i was making it a thing, and that's just doing too much.  extra, as you young people say.  (this curling iron is really good, in moderation - the long barrel is key for long hair).

so now i'm using this texturizing powder, and it does for me what i think that beach spray stuff is supposed to do but doesn't, which is give the roots all kinds of body, add texture to the middle, and generally turn the whole thing up a notch.  i put it everywhere, all the way down to the ends.  what really takes the cake is now i can get ready in about 46 seconds, and my hair smells good, and this whole thing fits into my new casual, birding lifestyle.

i also took my bedskirt to be dry-cleaned, i switched to cubed ice from crushed, i get a cookie whenever i'm at whole foods, and i told siri to stop listening.  this is me now.

welcome to spring bitches.




10 comments

  1. Yours continues to be the only blog that I actually read. I realized today that if I never told you that, and you stopped, I'd regret it. So keep making me laugh and I'll keep waiting for your book to come out.

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  2. I've cut back on the drinking too. Two glasses of wine on a weeknight would make me feel SO tired the next day. Just not worth the drag. Helping with the dark circles too which is an added bonus. It is such a responsible decision which is so unlike me that it causes me to think I may finally be growing up (at 40).

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  3. I love the idea of reading up on a topic and sharing what you've learned with your partner. I've read that the secret to keeping things interesting as you move into a longer term relationship is to keep learning and trying new things. Feel free to add "in bed" as one does with a fortune cookie, but this is not required.
    Also, totally unrelated, Target's new Opalhouse line seems right up your alley.

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  4. I rarely leave comments. Love your writing style - fresh and honest. Keep at it, surely a book deal is in your future.

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  5. This is the best post. That is all.

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  6. Like everybody else inspired to comment, I've been reading you for I don't even know how many years now and appreciating you without ever telling you. The whole blog world is so weird, because we know you so well and you don't know us -- but I have to tell you about this curling iron because if/when you do need to do a little wave/curl, it is such a gamechanger. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-1-25-inch/dp/B01N0C415Z/ref=pd_sim_194_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N0C415Z&pd_rd_r=F164B4RGWH8NSG121H23&pd_rd_w=JezXD&pd_rd_wg=7m9zk&psc=1&refRID=F164B4RGWH8NSG121H23

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  7. Like everybody else inspired to comment, I've been reading you for I don't even know how many years now and appreciating you without ever telling you. The whole blog world is so weird, because we know you so well and you don't know us -- but I have to tell you about this curling iron because if/when you do need to do a little wave/curl, it is such a gamechanger. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-1-25-inch/dp/B01N0C415Z/ref=pd_sim_194_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N0C415Z&pd_rd_r=F164B4RGWH8NSG121H23&pd_rd_w=JezXD&pd_rd_wg=7m9zk&psc=1&refRID=F164B4RGWH8NSG121H23

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  8. I love these random personal posts and your hilarious / honest writing style. :) You probably know this, but the Mister Pompadour founder(s? at least one of them) lives in Raleigh. Friends of friends--lovely and fun family.

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  9. I get a cookie when I go to Whole Foods, too! I love the vegan oatmeal raisin ones (because they are the best, I'm a total carnivore). Sometimes I make trips to WF to get "something", conveniently forget what that something was, and just get a cookie :)

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