Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes I think....

If something strange is going to happen, it will happen to me. Sooooo, today the hubs and I go to a local park to take in the tour of the house, which is decorated for the holidays. We arrived to the park around 4, parking our car across the park, and went on the tour at 4:30. We finished the tour at 5:15 and knew that the park was closing so we swiftly walked across the park to make our way to our car. We knew that building we had walked through when we first got there would be locked but usually there is a gate on the side of that the building to go through. It too was locked.

Now I am in a panic as we make our way to yet another locked gate that was about a 5 minute walk from the first one. I figure that we need to jump the fence which is about 6 feet tall. Hubs gives me a boost but I, just having had a shoulder surgery, don't feel too steady to jump on over it. I tore my shirt, sweater, and have several scratches on my hand, stomach and arm. He made his way over and then I really start to panic, as I am now in a cold, dark, 100 acre park by myself!

I called 911 and informed them that I was locked in. As I was on the phone with the dispatcher, I decided to check one last gate. I was relieved to see that gate cracked slightly opened and I was just in time because someone was coming to lock it as I went through it.

I swear it felt like I was living through a made for TV movie!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My natural hair essentials

I have been natural for about a year and a half now and I have been learning how to best handle my hair. I have naturally curly hair but it is very thick. I started getting relaxers when I was 9 years old because my mom did not know how to handle it. In high school and college I would sometime wear my hair in a wash and go style, showcasing my curls and waves. Back then I did not know better and would put mousse in it. Now I have a few thing that help me style and maintain my hair better. Here are the products and tools that are helpful to me.

1. Trader Joes Spa Nourish Conditioner. It is only $2.99 but this is a great product. It is really moisturizing and helps when I detangle my hair in the shower.
2. My wet detangling comb.A good comb is a must!
3. Pantene medium thick leave in condtioner followed by coconut oil to seal the moisture in.
4. John Freda Dream Curls to define and provide a slight hold for my curls.
5. A satin pillow case helps to save my hair.
6. A hair catcher for the shower because I can clog up a shower in 2 shampoos.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The joys of natural hair

Okay, I love my natural hair most days. But lately with only one good arm to style it with, it often resembles this....

It is hard to put it into protective styles while sleeping, so most night I just put on my satin bonnet and throw caution to the wind. I have to say the one thing I am most looking forward to is being able to style my hair once my shoulder has regained a regular range of motion.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

While I heal

Currently I am out of work, recovering from a shoulder surgery. I had a list of things that I wanted to accomplish during this time. I pictured myself getting my house sparkly clean, finishing up my wedding planner certification, trying new recipes and getting some reading done, all in the first week. Then reality hit. First of all, ouch! If I push myself too hard I feel the pain. I have to move about the house kinda slow in order to get things done. I still have 3 more weeks in the sling and then physical therapy to complete. I also come to the realization (again!) that I oftentimes lack follow through with tasks that I have deemed to be important. I write myself to do lists that go sadly neglected when Ellen or Oprah comes on. So, I will continue to rest and heal, with periodic bursts of semi-productivity. Hopefully this will still bring an outcome of achieved goals.