The Great Hair Reduction

There was a lot of hair removed from our house today by way of the hairdresser. A goodly amount landed on the floor in large chunks. But everyone is happy with the results, especially the wearer of the hair, and that’s what counts.

The longest hair in our household is now my elder child who rather resembles Carl from The Walking Dead. It’s long enough to get in his eyes but not tuck behind the ear. From experience, I know that is quite, quite annoying. Never fear, the annoyance is scheduled to be removed by a trimmer at the cessation of the school semester.

My hair is the only hair that is intentionally growing longer. I mentioned shaving my head in late December, and I’ve got about 1.5 inches that have grown back. My intent is to get it below my shoulders or longer before I succumb to the urge to shave it all off again.

The only other thing to say is how amused I am finding myself when coworkers who don’t see me daily respond to my growing hair. Suddenly I’m spoken to like a child.

“Look at all that hair!”

Like an infant born with a full head.

Really?

Yeah, so…

Happy Saturday!

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Start and End (a miscellaneous post)

It could be argued that all my posts are miscellaneous posts.

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These guys are how I started my day. I came downstairs, fed the cats, and opened the window. As I made my coffee, three of the four of them mobbed said window. (They really like the cool air, apparently.) Fluffy, the only one not pictured, stopped by later for his bit of enjoyment.

About a week ago I got a new-to-me vacuum from my mom, her Dyson DC65 Animal upright. It has its quirks (it doesn’t like to stand upright, and the cord is irritatingly stiff and prone to tangles), which is why when she heard that I thought mine had broken, she was happy to have an excuse to replace hers and gift it to me.

I used it for the first time on Mother’s Day, and it’s amazing. I really, really love it. I’ve used it, and I’ve experienced the annoyances it definitely has, but it vacuumed up an entire cat worth of hair. !!!

So worth it.

My hair is growing in, and it’s eliciting an awful lot of comments such as, “Wow, look at all that hair!” And, “Wow, your hair is really growing in!”

Yes. Yes, it is. ◔_◔

I had a class with my kid tonight, and it was fun. I got drawn on with a stabby pen.

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That is all.

Worst Smoothie Ever (but amazing consistency)

Ugh. Bleh. I’m just going to mark today down as the biggest smoothie fail I’ve had. Even yesterday with its pulpy red mess was a huge improvement over today.

I started with old frozen bananas. That could be the problem right there, but I’m actually not going to blame them.

I added a cup and a half of water. Not the water’s fault.

Then kale and chia seeds and spinach. I’ve had banana and kale and spinach together before, but with orange juice as the liquid, and maybe OJ would have helped.

But it’s the peanut butter powder. I should not have done that. Nope nope nope. This is just nose-curlingly bad. It’s nasty. It is only my determination to not rise on the scale again that keeps me choking this down and not dumping it down the sink.

Ick. Blech. Do not recommend. Two thumbs down. And a toe.

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Edited to Add: to be fair, the aftertaste isn’t as horrible as I had imagined it would be.

Smoothie Report (red) + weight tracking

I made a smoothie this morning with Fuji apples, red cabbage, yams, carrots, and frozen berries. There was not enough water and it’s ended up with entirely too much pulp. It is very vegetable-y.

All this is okay, though. I enjoy the vegetables I put in, so it’s not gross. The end result is basically that I’m eating for fuel this morning instead of flavor.

Lunch should make up for it, as I nailed the dressing this morning. (Hummus + water = the salad dressing I thought I was making with the tahini a couple weeks ago.)

In other news, I’m going to start tracking my weight again as I liberally fuel my diet with healthier, mostly plant-based foods. I should be careful to note that I’m not even trying to go vegan yet. I am trying to make plant-based choices, though, for breakfast and lunch during the week. That’s the easiest time for me to have full control of what I consume. Dinners are always family-based, and the family is not going vegan any time soon. Some days I’ll be able to get more plant-based meals in, but mostly not. I just don’t have the energy right now to cook two dinners.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I hope all mothers of all types are having lovely days.

Usually, my Mother’s Days have been very relaxed. My husband would corral the kids, feed them, take care of chores for me, and I wouldn’t have to do much of anything the entire day. There was often a greeting card of various types involved.

This year is different (and that’s okay). He’s so tired he essentially forgot. My gift was a hug I initiated. The kids haven’t said much, and even though I’ve told them we’re going over to their grandparent’s house for Mother’s Day and to celebrate a birthday, they haven’t really acknowledged me or the event.

Oddy, I’m okay with this. I’m not terribly okay that my husband is exhausted all the time, but that’s life right now. I know I’m appreciated, and maybe next year will be different. Or maybe we’ll do something a little extra for Father’s Day, or our anniversary in September. It’ll all even out eventually.

So Happy Mother’s Day to mothers of babies they gave birth to in their hearts or with their bodies, mothers of furbabies, mothers of kids belonging to other mothers, and all the other mothers out there that I’ve forgotten. You know who you are, and that you deserve all the love and appreciation and gratitude that your families and friends can offer you.

Have a lovely day!

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Mental Health Day

I am taking a mental health day! I have the day off of my regular job and I have zero responsibilities. So far, I have:

  • Gotten Spot to the Car Doc – it’s an exhaust issue, and the part has to be ordered from the dealer so he’s got a follow-up in a week once the part comes in
  • Checked in with my mom who doesn’t really need to be checked up on, but we had things to discuss so we discussed them
  • Shopped with my mom because they’re a single car family now and Dad had the car
  • Ate with my mom – three different types of dessert and a Raspberry Chia Kombucha
  • Showered, ate breakfast, drank coffee and orange juice, and meditated all before 6:30 a.m.

Now my kids are home and I still don’t have to do anything! I think I will watch some YouTube, maybe do some extra transcription work, but there will be absolutely, positively no checking of the email for the job which I have the day off from! I’ve glanced at it twice and there was nothing urgent. There’s a vacation responder turned on, so nobody should be asking me what’s what.

See how happy I am? So happy! I really needed this today.

Insecurities! Insecurities everywhere!

Am I doing a good job as a parent?

Am I an inconvenient friend?

Am I a bother?

Why do I feel so alone?

Do I talk too much?

Have I gone too long without contacting that person?

Am I even likable?

Does anyone care what I think?

Am I doing the right thing?

What if I’m screwing things up beyond repair?

Am I overthinking this?

Today’s insecurities were brought to you
by the letters I, V, and the number 4.

Yes I Yam

I put a yam in my smoothie today. Not all of it, just a few chunks. Uncooked.

I think I could feel the texture of it in the end result. That didn’t prevent my enjoyment of it, though. I have a few more pieces that I brought to work to microwave for a snack, but at the rate today is going I may need to save it for tomorrow.

Also an important question: can you refrigerate raw yam? I’m off to Google that.

I did it! (more cooking adventures)

I made rice!

Yes, I’m 40 and I’ve never (that I can recall) made rice that didn’t come in a microwavable bag.

I made long grain brown rice, with a teeny bit of salt, and it doesn’t suck!

It did make a mess in the bottom of my pan, but I think maybe that’s because I peeked at it. Lifting the lid is a no-no, I’ve been told.

I made rice so I could prep easy lunches for the week. I made four meals, and for those four meals I’m having corn, black beans, garbanzo beans, and brown rice, and I hope to buy a can of salsa to add as a garnish once it’s warmed up. (Because salsa is LIFE.)

I am not certain as to how healthy this planned meal is. I’ll try to get a green smoothie every morning that I eat this for lunch (I have two bags of spinach and some red cabbage and carrots and berries and bananas), so maybe it’ll be healthy-ish? And then I’ll join the family for dinner. Meats and stir fry and frozen pizza and such.

Ooh, and I microwaved a yam for lunch. That was good (although I probably added too much margarine). I’m going to do that again and remember to use the nutritional yeast next time instead of margarine.

Healthy, I almost got you! 😀

YASSS (smoothie report)

I had a fairly awesome smoothie tonight for the first time in about six months (I’m completely guessing – it could be more like eight. Actually, it is eight. I just counted) and it was

*singsong* faaa-bu-lous!

I used the bananas from six (shh – it sounds better) months ago when I stopped making smoothies, the berries from the same time, and then also some tiny apples (so cute!), smallish kale (with stems – so lazy), carrots, and water. About a cup of water.

It was also large. 1.25 liters by the marks on the blender.

And it was brown. A chocolate brown and not a baby-poop brown. Thank you, berries+kale=nature’s color wheel.

I miss smoothies, but not the time it takes to assemble them (which could be reduced if I prepped the food before making the blended goodness). I also don’t miss washing out the blender.

I do miss the full-but-not-heavy feeling I usually get after eating them. (Present occasion excepted because I really did make too much.) I’m going to have to get back in the habit of making one a day, and also back in the habit of purchasing the food necessary to prepare them. That means spinach, kale, celery, ginger, and more bananas ought to go on my shopping list. The tiny apples were good, too. I’d not tried those before. (I mean, I’ve eaten apples before, but not in smoothies.)

The only other thing about this one other than it was probably a little too large is that it was fruit-heavy. I’m glad I didn’t add OJ to it, but I probably should have used one apple and fewer bananas since I added the berries.

But since I’ve not been eating much in the way of fruit or veg at all lately, I’ll give myself a pass on this one.