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March 27, 2012

10 On Tuesday


1. It would seem that the baby bug is slowly creeping its way into my life. Don't worry, though. I am vigorously fending it off for now.
Note the baby bug's diaper.

2. I used to be one of those that said I'd never switch from books to reading tablets. I wanted that wonderful and familiar feel of having a book in my hands. Then last summer I read The Help on my sister's Kindle. Well, that completely changed my opinion. No holding open big books with annoying creases, no pages blowing in the wind, no pinky getting sore from holding open the book, and best of all, if you're going on a trip somewhere, you don't need to pick and choose between books or do what I did and bring a gagillion pounds worth of books because you don't know what ones you'll want to read.

If you're still a neanderthal and are against the idea of reading tablets, thinking that you can't give up the feel of a book, I strongly suggest you try a reading tablet and then decide which is better.

3. When I have the house to myself, I turn into a Broadway star.

Speaking of Les MisĂ©rables, are you all aware that they are doing a movie of the musical to be released December 14, 2012? GET EXCITED! I know I am.
Hugh Jackman: Jean Valjean! Russell Crowe: Javert! And numerous other fantastic cast members! SQUEAL!


4. To encourage Eric and myself to finally start being picture-taking people, we bought a new, fancy camera. Hopefully some amazing pictures will be coming your way soon.

5. Eric's ex, Patti, and I have recently defied all social conventions by becoming friends (it's official because it's on Facebook). We seem to be kindred spirit-esque, and therefore, it would be silly to not be friends because she once dated Eric. I was my usual subtle self in broaching the subject of friendship to Patti.

6. Eric and I never intended  to have Vancouver be a permanent thing. Three years maximum, one year minimum. We've always known that we wanted to end up back in Alberta where the majority of our friends and family are (WE MISS YOU!). Vancouver was mostly a life experience thing. So with the job market being absolute garbage for Eric here, we are quite certain that when our lease is up in August, we will be moving back to Alberta. We're not sure where yet because it'll depend on where we can get the best jobs. The places we're considering, though, are Calgary, Lethbrige, Red Deer, and Edmonton.

We're horribly excited about the idea of being back in Alberta. We've greatly enjoyed it here, but even though we're only one province away from Alberta, we feel like strangers in a foreign land. We're Albertans through and through.

So anyone that wanted to come visit us in Vancouver had better get their butts over here before we leave!

7. Stupid coastal climate.



8. One of mine and Eric's favorite things to do is get into TV series after they've been going for a while or are completely finished. We can then watch them one after the other with no commercials and no interruptions. It's wonderful. Some of the series we've done this for are: How I Met Your Mother, Glee (first season = good, all other seasons = all kinds of bad), Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, Six Feet Under, Death Note, Once Upon a Time, etc... Yeah, Eric and I like to watch a lot of TV. Whatever. Get over it.

Our current series is Battlestar Galactica. We are obsessed. I don't think we've ever burned through a series quite like this. It consumes us. We've basically given up on all our current TV shows to power through BSG. If you are as cool as me, Eric, or Dwight Schrute, I would definitely suggest starting up Battlestar Galactica. And as Dwight would say, "Have you ever watched Battlestar Galactica? No? Well, then you're an idiot."

9. I had no transcripts to work on this weekend. None! Zip! It was heaven. I did a lot of this:

As well as watching Battlestar Galactica, obviously.

10. I am not a fan of clothes shopping. I get overwhelmed by all of the factors that come into play: (1) too many people, line-ups, etc..., (2) too much selection, (3) hate trying clothes on, (4) get distracted from my original purpose, (5) money! So I usually go in spurts. I go as long as I can without shopping until I absolutely have to get new clothes. This last spurt has been pretty bad because I have needed to update my business wardrobe but kept putting it off. There are multiple things in my wardrobe that I can trace back to grade 11 or even further back! I finally went shopping yesterday and was in some crazed and possessed shopping state. I didn't even initially intend to do it, but I was at the mall, saw H&M, and then went into Rambo mode. The shopping Gods blessed me with zero lines to the dressing room and the till. And now I have pretty, new clothes. Huzzah.


March 01, 2012

Rag Curls

So I decided to rag curl my hair last night on a silly whim. I've always wanted to try it, and last night seemed like a good time to do it because I didn't have work today. I couldn't try rag curling my hair for the first time when I had to get up the next morning and look presentable for work; overnight curls are too unpredictable.

For those of you who may not have heard of rag curls before, I shall explain: Rag curling is a no-heat, overnight curling method. This, and other similar methods, were used by girls back in the day to curl their hair. To rag curl, you take strips of fabric, roll sections of wet hair up into the strips, then tie the strips. When you're done tying the strips, it looks like this:

You would then sleep on this and unroll the strips in the morning.

Now, the finished look I was hoping to achieve was something like this:




You know, just some nice, cute ringlets. I was being realistic about this, though. There were a few reasons I knew it was unlikely my curls would turn out as nice as these girls': (a) I had never tried rag curls before, (b) I was doing the rag curls on myself, (c) my hair is significantly shorter than these girls' hair, and (d) my history of  doing cool things to my hair is not great. So I was well aware that this could end up being a hilarious mess, and I was looking forward to this hilarious mess. I'd say it was even better than I had anticipated, though. VoilĂ !


So gloriously frizzy!
Hi there.
I could not have been more pleased or amused with the outcome. 

I'm reminded of this:

My stars!

Or this:

Larry from The Three Stooges


So that was how it looked initially when I unravelled my hair from the strips. I think I may have ran a brush through it a bit too. But after that I wanted to play around with it a bit. I give you Afro Paige:

Just spectacular.

Afro Paige is one of the better Paiges.

You can kind of see here how some of the curls are a little ringletty, but for the most part it was just a wonderfully fluffy mess!

Afro Paige, you are an inspiration to us all.

This hair could have its own gravitational pull!

So hot right now.

Magnificent.
And there you have it! My rag curls. In my opinion, it was a spectacular success. In terms of wearability, however, not so much. If I were to ever need an afro for a costume, though, it would be perfect. This hair could even work for a 1920s look like Clara Bow's, especially if I were to do finger waves or pin curls on the top of my head.
Clara Bow

Clara Bow

Clara Bow
Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants

Mae West, Reese Witherspoon, Jean Harlow

 It actually isn't far off from some of the Clara Bow dos as is! Man, too bad I wasn't alive in the 20's. I could have been something! I could'a been a contender!

I'll definitely give rag curls another try some day in hopes that I will get the intended and desired look. It'll probably be when my hair is longer, though. The back was so short that I couldn't get most of it up in the rags. And there will definitely be some tweaking needed the next time I give it a try.

And now I will try to not make any more hair posts for a good while.