Have I mentioned that I really dislike working the 1-10 shift?
Getting off from work that late is rough for me. Mostly because at least part of the week I have to be in bed early enough so that Jordan can be up to get ready for his 9am class. Also, I just wish I had evenings off so I could make more plans with people. Most people aren’t able to make plans at 10am because they work normal day shifts. And then not seeing people during the evenings keeps me in this perpetual state of hermit-ness.
Tonight, when I got off work, I made my way to Safeway to grab a few things. Well, it was supposed to be a few things, which is why I didn’t get a cart and instead just kept grabbing the things I needed. Until the things I needed just kept growing to the point that I had ridiculous armfuls of groceries, including a ten pound bag of potatoes I might add. I barely made it to the check out only to find out that their credit card machines were broken. So I asked the checker to hold my stuff while I went to the atm.
And of course, I didn’t want to take on the ATM fees, so I drove down the street to my bank. When I got there, I found out the ATM was closed. Great. So, I decided that it would be worth not having to pay for the ATM at Safeway to start all over at WinCo. Sadly, the line at WinCo was soooo long. But, on the bright side, my order at Safeway was going to be just over $30, while my order at WinCo ended up being just over $20. And what do you know, their card machines worked.
An hour and a half after I started my journey to grab a few things at the store, I made my way home with my $20 worth of groceries. The part that really gets me though is that I can’t stop thinking that I should have gone back into Safeway or called them to let them know I wasn’t returning for those groceries. I have this nagging guilt over it that I felt I needed to get it off my chest. I’m sorry to the employees that I made put all my groceries back on the shelves. I’m sorry that I said I’d be right back, but didn’t even bother to let you know I’d changed my mind. Alright, I feel a bit better now.
Moral of the story: Just shop at WinCo in the first place.
The dreads are about to turn 6 months now. I’m trying to embrace a slightly more natural way of keeping them for now and they’re starting to feel like they’re turning into real dreadlocks. I do wish they would grow a bit faster though. I guess hair will only grow so fast. I’ll probably be in a constant state of complaining about the length of my hair for the next year or two then.
I can’t help it. I love the dreads, even if they’re not in their full glory yet. Jordan’s not as much of a fan though. He keeps trying to get me to comb them out. I’ve made it 6 months so far, so we’ll see how stubborn I can be! History has shown though that I can be a bit impulsive about my hair. We shall see, we shall see.
And yes, this is how mundane my life is. Grocery shopping on a Saturday night and watching my dreads grow.
Dreadlocks update: Five months already…
In the last few weeks, my dreadlocks have gone through a bit of a transformation. The long extensions that I started out with were starting to weigh on me… literally. Although I really liked the different color variations, the texture of the hair was so much different than mine that the attachments weren’t staying in as well as I would have liked. So I took them out.
Not ready to give up on my long hair just yet, I left in the dyed hair that matched my natural red the closest, but the contrast between my natural hair and the extensions bothered me too much because it wasn’t balanced out with all the other colors. I couldn’t leave them in like that for long. So here I am, back to my roots. Just my hair in there. I’m trying to relax a little on the fact that my hair isn’t as long as I’d like it to be.
I have to admit that in the last couple of weeks, I’ve started to doubt the dreads and I’ve considered combing them out completely. But at the end of the day, the heart wants what the heart wants, and my heart wants beautiful natural dreadlocks. I found some dreadlocks timelines online from other ladies with locks and I have a renewed confidence that my dreads can continue to grow into the masterpiece that I’m dreaming of.
5 months in, I wish that I had taken some pictures of my dreads the day that I finished them so I would have something to compare them with. I was just so eager to have the finished product with the extensions that I rushed right past it. Better late than never!
Jordan ran off to go study this afternoon, but got sidetracked by some beautiful fallen leaves. They were blowing about by the wind and the fence of the nearby elementary school provided an excellent catch for what came to be a massive pile of lovely leaves. Jordan came back to grab me for a spontaneous picture session. It was such a sweet thing to do. Jordan knows me all to well… It was the perfect thing to brighten up my day. And it was so much fun to play around in all that!
I have a growing list of posts that I’m behind on for the blog… I actually have been up to a few things in the last few weeks that I’ve planned posts for. Good blogging intentions only get you so far though eh? Sometimes I blog because I want to keep a running scrapbook of the “goings on” in my life, and other times like now I feel utterly anxious to post. Probably because these pictures were such a fun, spur of the moment thing that it really made my day special. And of course, I think it’s appropriate that I use this opportunity to take a second to share what’s been going on with me lately.
Lately, I have been able to do a little cooking and have added a few recipes to my collection, which is always great fun for me. However, I still haven’t managed to give pumpkin spice a try yet. This afternoon, Becky told me I could use her leftover Halloween pumpkins for some experimenting, so I suppose I have no excuses left! I gotta get on it while those pumpkins are still good!
Paying for college out-of-pocket really gets expensive fast, as I’m sure many of you know. Just when I think I’ll have a break from tuition payments, another one is due. But I do seem to have come across a bit of luck and I’ve been able to go from part-time to full-time at my job! More hours=More money! Sometimes thinking about adding all those extra hours feels like I’m just getting robbed of my creative time, but for the moment at least, I’m looking at it in a different way. After all, having extra hours in your life is no guarantee of getting the things done that you want. Ever heard of the saying, “Need something done? Ask a busy person.”? Being as productive as possible during my days seems like living the dream in at least one respect. So my goal is to embrace my new schedule. 🙂
Jordan and I are hoping to move to Seattle after this school year. We still have a lot of work to do to make that happen, but every day I want it more and more. I think I’m a big-city girl at heart and I can’t wait to get over there and experience that kind of life for myself. I can’t believe that it’s November already. That possibility is getting more real with every day that passes. And hey, getting full-time employment is a huge step in the right direction towards making that dream a reality.
Sometimes is seems like I have absolutely nothing going on so I’ll crawl into my little shell and hibernate for a while. I’m fairly introverted, so I feel like this works out well for me for the most part. Eventually though, I can sometimes get to a place where I’ve been cooped up for so long that I start going a little nuts. I’ll stay in a state of “so much time and so little to do” for a while and then BAM! Everyone and their dog has plans for me and I can’t seem to catch my breath. I’ve been feeling a little like this lately. I keep thinking, “I was doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING besides work for a month! Why couldn’t we divvy up this craziness a little?”
I suppose at the end of the day, one shouldn’t complain about having a busy schedule. In fact, the days where I’m going, going, going, tend to leave me feeling the most fulfilled, regardless of the anxiety ridden anticipation of it all. And those moments at the end of a hectic day where I can relax and unwind end up being far more satisfying than the lazy, couch potato days. Although, sometimes a day where you have no commitments or obligations is a beautiful thing.
That being said, I’ve got the next week off from work and I’ll be spending it in the very best of ways. My thrill-seeking cousin, Laurie, has invited me to THE BEST HALLOWEEN EVENT EVER! We’re going to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood! I’ve never been to Hollywood either, so to say I’m excited is definitely an understatement. Excited, but terrified at the same time… I hope I don’t die!
I feel like a little kid when I travel. Everything is so fun and different from the day-to-day grind. I’ll be traveling by train and plane tomorrow. This will be my second train ride and I quite enjoyed the first. It’s pretty cool to see the world from a non-highway point of view.
I’ve got just a few precious hours between now and my train ride and I still have to finish packing! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. 🙂
Hello again. 🙂
As you may already know, I’ve been dreaming of having dreadlocks of my own again for quite some time now. Although I adored my short and sassy cut that I got last year, I was anxious and impatient to return to my long glorious locks. Once again, my “all or nothing” behaviors have caught up with me and I refused to be satisfied by medium hair length. I waited it out as long as I could.
The last thing on the list to do before I could get the process going was to find a color match that would be close enough to my natural hair color to make the dreadlock extensions look natural. Without holding onto too much hope of a perfect match, I took a gamble on a dye and it paid off. I couldn’t be happier. As soon as I saw the color, I knew I’d finally be dreaded within a matter of a couple weeks.
So, for the last two weeks before my trip to the coast, I have been doing absolutely nothing in my free time other than work on my dreadlocks. That, and keep myself going on this tedious project with just stupid amounts of television. I’m a little bit disgusted with the amount of TV that I “watched” during this dreading phase. That being said, I don’t think I would have finished without the entertainment. I lost steam after about a week.
Thank goodness I was able to get them finished just in time for our trip. That would have been awful to get there with half-done hair! Many of my closest friends were so surprised to see me in dreadlocks because I’d kept it on the down low that I was finally making it happen. I had just barely gotten them finished and hadn’t even put any pictures up online. It was fun to unveil them to everyone. 🙂
As I saw that the dreads were getting closer and closer to being done, I kept feeling like this was right. It’s like I can finally be myself again. It may sound kind of silly to be so passionate about ones hairstyle, but I never wanted to give up on my dreads in the first place! I was forced into a year and a half hiatus from them. Having them back just feels right. 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve managed to post anything here. I’m very sorry. I’ve been keeping myself busy this month participating in #VEDA 2013 or Vlog Every Day in August. It’s been so rewarding and confidence building to just put myself out there and feel accepted and embraced by others. It’s such a fun and supportive community.
I’ve also been doing a lot more juicing lately and I’m feeling so good about it. Adding in all the juice during the last month has really made a huge difference in how my body feels. I just love how clean and healthy it makes me feel to be eating as many raw fruits and veggies as possible. Because of this, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time discovering new recipe ideas for me to try out. Stay tuned for some more awesome vegan recipes coming up soon!
Here are a few of the things I’ve been inspired by lately. What kinds of things are you inspired by?
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Via Wet Seal
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1. Ai Wei Wei
This Chinese artist is just so inspiring. The pieces he designs are so moving, but even more than that, the love that he has for his people and his country is what makes me admire him so much. If you haven’t seen it, go check out “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry” on Netflix. You won’t regret it.
2. Long Walks
I just love going for walks. Walks provide a sense of clarity that I just can’t get anywhere else. It’s like I’m able to just take some time for myself and focus on issues that I need to work out or dreams I want to pursue and such. If only ever long walk was on the beach… 🙂
3. Reading with Jordan
I love reading a good book. Even more than that, I love reading good books aloud with a friend. Sharing a book with someone can be some of the best quality time spent together. It’s just so much fun to discuss the book while you’re going through it. You have someone to make predictions with and get involved with the story. Jordan and I had read the first book of the Hunger Games and enjoyed it, but had other books to read afterward that we were more excited about. About a week ago, Jordan and I saw the movie trailer for the second book, “Catching Fire” and it was just the motivation we needed to get back to reading the series. So far, I love it even more than the first book!
4. Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
5. My Camera
Hands down my favorite toy that I own. I’m just so giddy about it and the pictures that it can take. I freaking love it. 🙂
6. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom
7. Making Sushi
First of all, I LOVE sushi. Last year, I learned how to make sushi myself and since then, I’ve just become obsessed with the process. It’s a process that can take about 2 hours from start to finish to fully prepare so you’d think it would be kind of a pain to do very often, but it’s something I end up making about twice a week. I think that for me it’s kind of therapeutic. I just love all the little steps and finding the slight modifications that make the sushi that much better. 🙂
8. Dreaming of Dreadlocks
I really loved my dreadlocks and wish that I could have kept them, but it just wasn’t meant to be. My hair was just too damaged and oddly colored that I needed that clean slate…. Now, my hair just can’t seem to grow fast enough and I’m getting more and more anxious to dread it. In the meanwhile, I love to find pictures of beautiful dreadlocks and plan out how exactly mine are going to be. Perhaps it’s a weird form of punishment to constantly remind myself that my hair isn’t ready, but it makes me happy to think about what will be someday… 🙂
It’s just so nice to be back in school and pushing myself to learn and grow. I’d been out of school for about 6 years, so I was very out of practice. I’m not going to say that my technical writing class is the most exciting subject matter of all time, but I’m just really appreciating being in class, doing my homework, pushing myself to perform well and just being on campus in the student atmosphere.
10. Road Trips
I love being out on the road. In March, Jordan and I had a week to go on a trip. We didn’t have any concrete plans, so we just took to the road and just went wherever the wind took us. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I think it’s the ideal way to travel for me. 🙂
Anytime I say that I want dreadlock extensions for my boy-short hair, my husband tries to talk me out of it. Oh, when will he learn that Imma do what I want?! He argues that it will look obviously fake.
Yes. One day I’ll show up at work with my boy-short hair, and the next day, I will have amazing long dreadlock extensions. Do I care that they won’t look natural? Hell no! Natural is the opposite of what I want. 🙂