On my way!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow, you're only a day away!

So very shortly (as in, 26 hours) I will be on my way to Germany. Well, ok. In 26 hours I will be on my way to a 6 hour layover in an American airport: but then I'll be on my way to Germany!

So what do I have left to do? What have I already done?

Well, yesterday I packed (and repacked) my "suitcase" (it's a carryon, but I have to check it for the trip there due to my wedding gifts being icewine and icecider), henna'd my hair (excuse me sir, I seem to have lost my soul: can I have yours?), and turned almost all the vegetables in my fridge into a delicious, delicious marinara sauce for lunch.

Today I will repack the suitcase (I remember packing my divacup, but I'm not sure where, and I might need it while there: TMI, I'm sure), take my dance class, offer my extra veggie to the Boy, fill my portable tea container with tea and pack it, purchase coffee and breakfast cookies from Second Cup, pack those, and then -- after dropping off the cat at my sister's -- I'm done.

Then I will fail to sleep. A lot.

*dancing around like a little girl*

A coworker just walked in and offered me free samples of Red Bull's red, white, and blue editions. I took red (cranberry) and white (lime), but left the blue (blueberry), but I am so not allowed to have any of them until I get back. I mean, really. I'm pretty hyperactive at the low times. When I'm prepping for a trip, excited, AND in organisation mode? Nope. Not going to happen. You guys can stay right there in my office cabinet until it's safe (for bystanders).

Oh the wonderful thing about tiggers, is tiggers are wonderful things: their tops are made out of buttons, their bottoms are made out of springs! They're bouncy-bouncy-bouncy-bouncy, fun-fun-fun-fun-fun!


In more specific news, prior to hennaing my hair, I did a web search, and finally got what was going on with hairdressers hating the stuff. This is a free ebook written by someone doing her PhD on henna. She's studied it (just a bit). Now, I'm unlikely to spend massive amounts of money on ordering from her, but I appreciate the information she provides. The reason hairdressers hate henna? *drumroll* Many products that say, "henna" on the label are misleading.

Apparently henna dyes, essentially any henna with a "colour" listed or with ingredients other than henna leaves, often contain heavy metals (think lead) and chemicals which interact very badly (bubbling, burning, frying) with traditional dyes. So, when someone has henna'd their hair, it's occasionally bad to try to change their colour afterwards.

However, if you use crushed henna leaves only, you get a lovely red tint that is safe to colour over later. Fun fact: Lucille Ball was a henna user! I liked the idea of henna because a) my hair was still green from when I tried to dye it black for comicon in May, b) I have my father's complexion and therefore red is a good colour for me, c) I've been poo-less for a while (excluding a slip-up last week after discovering that hot oil treatments are a bad idea if you can't wash them out with detergent) and didn't want to use more regular dyes, and d) because I like to try new things. So I headed over to my sister's place and we glopped large quantities of mud onto my head, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and videogamed the morning away. After rinsing it away (didn't even need the baking soda!), I came out with a lovely red tint to my hair (with a bit more copper around the scalp that will probably fade over the next couple of days). I love it: I've always felt that red was my best colour, and this is a far more natural looking red than what comes out of salon bottles. I'm now awfully ginger ;). And my hair won't be green for the wedding!

I am very, very excited about my trip, and I am very much looking forward to coming home and having one less thing on my plate to prepare for so I can get back to my regularly (frenetically) scheduled programming.

I'm on my way from misery to happiness today: uh-huh, uh-huh!

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  • EABL81
    Have fun!
    2082 days ago
    Wow, you sound super excited! I hope the trip is fun!

    If I was to ever do dye my hair again (which is probably never), I would do henna too. I have heard good things about Lush's henna (just google Lush bath products).

    And LOL on Konrad695's comment. I already knew what a DivaCup was, but I knew that if anyone who didn't would be so very confused.

    Again...have fun!
    2082 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    Have a few comments for you.
    First is, I don't think you need any Red Bull, E-V-E-R.
    Second is repacking is no substitute for a good list on the first packing.
    Third, I can see you dancing a prancing all over the place- Gosh you're cute!
    Forth- Whenever you put TMI, those who can surmise but not know for sure are going to Google it. Not sure if I want to thank you for the education. Step 5 can make a guy a little uncomfortable.
    Fifth one is- now that I've become a learned man on your personal hygiene, can we get a pick of that wonderful red henna hair.

    Last one. You can forget about the above 5 comments if you remember this one. Have a wonderful trip!! And if you see a mountain, YES it is OK to climb it.
    2083 days ago
    Ahhhhhhhh so jealous! Can't wait to hear about Deutschland! Have a fabulous time!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2083 days ago
    Have a wonderful trip!
    2083 days ago
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