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Ups and downs of my day

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Today has been a weird day. Parts of the day were great, while others were not. The rollercoaster of life, huh?

I got my hair done last night. It is a little more red and a little shorter than I wanted, but the red tint will fade pretty quick and my hair grows really fast, so it's all good. Still, I wasn't totally sure about it so when I got to work I asked a few people for an opinion. Of course, I can't take a compliment, so that didn't help. What helped was the random people I don't talk to often who complimented me as they walked past me in the hallway. By the end of the day, I actually felt good about my new hairdo! I lost count of the compliments even. This was the great part of my day.

Then I ran a few errands and came home. I went to check facebook and my email quickly before starting dinner (I do this every night) but that was a bad idea tonight. Somehow fb figured out 2 people to put in my 'people you may know' that would totally pull the nostalgic card on me. Dangerous for me, I tell ya! For some reason, when I start thinking about the past too much, I end up with a MAJOR headache and get very exhausted. So after a little while I had to stop and lay down on the couch just to make the room stop spinning. I can't explain it.

I posted on my facebook that I tried to get a pic of my new hairdo and failed at getting anything I was willing to show, and grumbled about it a bit. A friend of mine responded with the link to a friend of hers who does professional photography. I checked out the page and it is $150 for 1-2 hours, 1-2 wardrobe changes, and 1-2 locations. Wow - don't think I can afford that! Still, I think I'm going to give her a call and see if she's willing to something more simple for cheaper. So I'll see what happens.

Time to watch the news then crawl into bed.


Making people think and being validated

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I got my hair done tonight - last time was October. With my new job, new doctors, new diagnoses, etc I couldn't keep up with coloring my hair. I had about 4" roots! So I got it dyed back to nearly my natural color and cut about 4-5" off. It is darker with a little more red than my normal hair, but that's okay. I look so stinking different though!

I love making people think. While I was talking to the gal doing my hair, I was kinda blowing her mind with all kinds of things that were making her think. I told her I know a little bit about a lot of things - she said it seems I know a lot bit of a lot of things! I just pay attention and remember things, then put it together with other things I already knew. I say I know just enough to be dangerous - she really laughed at that! It made me feel good to give someone else a little knowledge, but also just to make them think and see things in a different way. It also added to the validation I felt this morning when I got an email from a vendor agreeing with me that they gave us the wrong invoice payment terms and he told his A/R person to fix our account and send me an updated statement ASAP. I am so sick of being treated like I'm stupid, so this helped remind me that I am smarter than most people give me credit for!

Of course, then I came home and tried to take a picture of my new -do and it was an epic fail. I can never seem to get a picture that doesn't make me look terrible. My idea about getting some professional pix for my 30th birthday (on Sunday!) is gone - I can't find a place that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Gotta head to bed - at work I was told today that I'm getting even more work handed to me, so I've gotta get some sleep... well, if my brain actually shuts off tonight - unlike last night.

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-AIRYN- 6/2/2011 2:45PM

    I love getting my hair done!! That reminds me that I need to make an appt ASAP!!! Happy early birthday! I don't remember my 30th (it was in Feb). I had a party at a local bar and I remember pretty much nothing from the night, which is exactly what I wanted =)

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MOM2ACAT 6/1/2011 5:06PM

    I have a hard time getting "self portraits" of myself too; which is why my profile pic is still one of me in one of my wigs when I had thin hair from chemo, and not one of my with real hair which I got cut about 2 months ago.

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LADYDARYA 6/1/2011 6:39AM

    Don't you love that more work thing? My contract consists of 4 positions, one has been unfilled since middle of April and the second is a new higher that seems enthusiastic about some things but not so enthusiastic about the whole work thing and then my supervisor reminded me that she was going to be gone Thursday and Friday which means I'm doing her job, my job and the unfilled position job. Sigh...

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Don't forget the military families.

Monday, May 30, 2011

While you take some time off today, sleep in, cook out, and relax, remember the reason for the holiday. Also remember those who sacrificed without going overseas.

My father retired just over 2 years ago after 38 years in the National Guard (both Army and Air). He never served in combat and was only overseas for training. He has always done paperwork - starting in Military Pay, moving up through Auditing, and finishing as the Accounting Supervisor. Because of his work ethic and ability to have people like him, he was always considered one of, if not THE best. In his last 2-3 years the chances of him retiring without going overseas was very slim, but somehow he made it. Still, when he was in Auditing as I was growing up, he travelled the state constantly. I rarely saw him - sometimes going weeks without contact. My mother has plenty of issues, which meant I didn't have much support - or supervision - growing up. While he wasn't overseas, he really wasn't much a part of my life until I was almost into my teens.

The reason I mention this is because often we remember those who have given life and limb while serving their country, while overlooking those who stayed behind to make sure they had the support they needed at home (correct paychecks, proper supplies, etc) and the families of those who serve. When a father or mother goes on tour, they are gone for a year to year and a half, often leaving behind a spouse and kids who must go on without him/her.

So in amongst enjoying your day off, please stop for a few moments and say a silent thank you for those who have given life and limb, who have given up a year or more of their life, and for those who stayed behind. The next time you happen upon a military family, thank them for their sacrifice as well. I know it will mean a lot to them.

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CUINPARADISE 5/30/2011 2:16AM

Remembering our military (and their families) this weekend and always.

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Low-flow toilet woes

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Do you have to clean your low-flow toilet often? Something I've noticed with my low-flow toilets is that often you don't realize it isn't totally emptying a full bowl. If you press the handle once quickly, it gets rid of anything small, but you have to hold the handle or press it twice to empty a full bowl.

Since I HATE cleaning toilets, I'm going to start reminding everyone that to fully empty a full bowl they should hold the handle. This is my reminder - on a piece of paper I'm printing this:

In case you havenít noticed,
This toilet is low-flow.
If youíve gone and filled it up,
Please push the handle and hold.

With any luck, this will help keep it cleaner for longer!


Train of thought from an ice cream truck...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I've lived in my house for a year and a half (since Sep 09) and I just had a first...

An ice cream van (not truck, VAN) just went by outside, with it's little happy jingle playing. I had the door to my deck (which faces the street) open for some fresh air and I heard the music.

So here are my thoughts when I got up and looked at what it was, in order:

1) Ice cream truck? It's like 64*.
2) (Saw the van.) Van not a truck - that's kinda creepy.
3) Who drives an ice cream VAN? There aren't a lot of kids in my tiny out-of-the-way neighborhood, but there are a few - who are mostly of a susceptible age.
4) I wonder if that is even a legit vendor... MAJOR CREEPY!
5) Wait, did I want ice cream? I've never gotten ice cream from a moving vehicle before, well, except Schwann's.
6) Neighbor (who is most likely a drug dealer) is outside with his crew - not worth dealing with them to get ice cream.
7) I didn't need ice cream anyways.
8) I hope the freak who was wrongly touching a teenage boy outside my neighbor's house last summer didn't come up with a new plan.
9) I wonder if I should call the cops? But by now, it is long gone. Of course, the cops wouldn't think anything of it - they think it is a safe neighborhood.
10) Forget it - I'm going to watch tv.


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