Today my hair has horns

Hello, I have missed this blogging activity, generally using the excuse that I have no time what with pursuing my degree and all, but it occurs to me that if I have time to play Sugar Smash, I have…

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Today my hair has horns

Hello,

I have missed this blogging activity, generally using the excuse that I have no time what with pursuing my degree and all, but it occurs to me that if I have time to play Sugar Smash, I have time for this.

After completing the transition to gray hair, which I’ve documented, I decided to go from shorty-short to longish. It was a pretty grueling process, because growing out a pixie cut is not for sissies. There are long periods of just awful. In those dark times, I was glad that I work from home (ish) because very few people had to bear witness to the mop on my head, but later it was pretty OK, i.e.,

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This is actually pretty cute. and I liked it for a while.

Then there was this:

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This shit needed desperately to be cut; it wanted to be a mullet, and the mullet must be avoided at all costs. Amazingly enough, it was 3 months before I actually did anything about this mess. But when I did, it became this.

 

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This was really quite good for a long time (I actually ended up going 9 months without a haircut after this one. I literally cannot remember a time in my life before this cut that my hair was all 1 length.

But then I hit the wall that I hit when my hair is too long. It breaks a lot because it’s too skinny to support it’s own weight (weakling hair), and to keep it off my face, I just end up pulling it back into a ponytail all the time. Which is both boring and not a great look for me. This is what it looked like on Sunday, the last day it was longish (shoulder length is quite long for me).

 

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The before

Yes, I snapchatted it. I was having a decent hair day and I knew it was coming off. Later that day, I snapped this picture.

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The after

Much better. The hair anyway; my lipstick game needs work.

I’ve made this trip from longish or sometimes medium length hair to super short several times, and I honestly cannot remember the number of times I’ve asked a stylist to give me Demi Moore’s hair from Ghost (it’s a big number), but there are a few things that I have to relearn every single time I make this kind of cut.

  1. For the first week, I will automatically squeeze out about 4 times as much shampoo and 8 times as much conditioner as I need. Then I will stand in the shower for a moment, looking at too much product in my hand, mentally kicking myself.
  2. Bending over and wrapping a big towel around my head turban style is just silly.
  3. The more product I use to make this hair length more fun (and I use a lot of products), the more epic the bed head I will have the next morning.
  4. If I don’t apply a little bit of at least finger combing when it’s wet, no amount of product will prevent the horns from forming. Today I have horns that are coated in spray, wax, and whatever else I could find. The horns do not care; they are sticking out proudly.

In other news, I am now 4 courses away from a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Informatics from Western Governors University-Washington. It’s going to take me 2-1/2 years to go from transfer credits for precisely 2 classes to full-blown college graduate. I pretty quickly realized once I started that I had missed being in a learning environment, and this program let me work at my own pace, so I basically smashed my way through the first 18 months. The last couple of terms are slower going, but that’s mostly my choice. The upper division classes have more new-to-me information, so the reading is not something I can skip and feel OK about, so I’ve slowed down to absorb more.

Next up after the BS: First taking the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) exam. Then I’m 98% sure that I’ll be pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management also at WGU. I wasn’t sure about a graduate degree at first, but it feels like a good idea and a good fit.

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Change is Hard

Going gray was totally not enough to change my life (surprise, surprise). After 4 interviews, no new job, and general unhappiness with my situation, I knew it was time for a more drastic change. Still gray, but now checking another of the “things I want to do in this life” box. As of July 1, I have reentered the life of a student, and I will get my degree this time. I’m getting a BS in Health Informatics (and I know that plenty of people have no idea what that is; it’s an IT degree with a healthcare focus) via Western Governors University. I am very excited about this, and did enough research to know I made the right choice for my school. The school’s tagline says it all: Online. Accelerated. Affordable. Accredited.  My program comes with several IT certifications, and 6 weeks into my first 6-month term, I have completed 2 of the 4 classes to meet the minimum for the term. At this rate, I can graduate in 2-1/2 years and that is starting with transfer credits for a grand total of 2 classes; I am essentially doing the entire program start to finish, and I am kicking ass.

On the other hand, I’m still not happy in my current job, and I’m looking for a new one, but I’m looking at other transcription jobs for the time being. We’ll see how that goes. I know that in the long run, the degree will help me get out of the house, and maybe I can get out of the house before I actually graduate, but my current situation is untenable in the long run, so clearly I have to do something.

And I’ve achieved nothing in terms of weight loss. That’s the thing I’m probably most unhappy about. Oddly enough, if I actually try and not just pay lip service to the notion, it’s the one thing I can do something about the most quickly. I still hate tracking food, which makes me bitter and resentful, but I did get a FitBit (and I was using a smart phone pedometer app for a bit before that, but it wasn’t accurate enough), and I’m so hyper-competitive that it’s making me move more. I even have the Wii controllers recharging now (which hasn’t been done for months) so that I can make use of that and not have it be a $200 dust collector anymore.

Finally, I will be blogging with my friend, Lindsay (she’s made of awesome) about our Knit Along which is taking place while she is in Japan and I am here. We’re at Yarn Over An Ocean if you’re interested. So far, there’s 1 post, but more will come.

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First trim and thoughts on how to transition

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At this point, it’s been 12 weeks and 3 days since my big chop and getting rid of all the dye. Today’s picture is a before and after collage of my first trim since that cut. If you look at my last picture, the one taken in October, you’ll see that I had a good amount of growth. I didn’t get much taken off this time; in fact, nothing above the middle of my ear, but my bangs are pushed to the side which makes them look shorter. I’m experimenting with letting it grow for a while and seeing if the curly, wavy hair that I had as a kid comes back. I’m granola-crunchy enough that I really do like the look of long, curly gray hair, as long as it’s well maintained.

I’ve been giving the matter some thought, and I really do think that it’s better to go short than to keep the hair long and transition slowly. I know there’s a school of thought that a pixie cut is aging, but that’s a stupid school, and I’m not buying into their program. Long roots are far more aging, IMO. I’m definitely in the cut it short and get it done camp. Looking back, I almost wish I had just gone ahead and gotten a buzz cut back in August (she says with all the swagger of a woman who did not shave her head). I’m sure it wouldn’t have hurt me in the job interviews that I had in September and October any more than my very clear half-and-half hair did.

I think that half-and-half can look like “I don’t give a shit about my appearance,” far more than fun, funky short gray hair does. I may be turning 50 (much) later this year, but age is just a number. I still care about my appearance (hence my disdain for half-and-half hair), and I have certainly not given up on myself (another thing I hear about naturally gray hair).

So, in conclusion, long curly gray: Good. Roots that are more than a couple of inches long: Bad.

But that’s just my opinion.

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Slackers unite!

I’ve totally been a slacker on this blog lately. Must remedy that. Back soon. Promise.

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No More Dye (17 weeks)

No More Dye (17 weeks)

Final haircut after the decision made not to dye. This is 17 weeks, so less than half the length of a full-term pregnancy since the last time I dyed my hair. It feels great to be free of the every 6-week cycle of cut and color and the constant worry every time an event comes up as to where in the root/dye continuum I would be.

Meanwhile, in other matters, I’ve had a grand total of 2 job interviews and 0 offers, but I’m dealing with that disappointment, moving on, and filling out more applications. I even worked out today. It might be nuts to view it in these terms, but with having the last dye out of my hair finally, it feels like now is a really good time to get on with the other changes that I want to make.

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About 14 weeks’ post the last dye

About 14 weeks' post the last dye.

My most recent hair picture, plus I’m learning to wear lipstick. Exciting times.

Also, I’ve had a job interview (for a job I really want), received a rejection letter (for the first job I interviewed for and would have taken but probably wouldn’t have loved), and my son (whom I like to refer to as That Boy) has left for Army basic training.

Seriously, exciting times.

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