Monday, August 6, 2012

Random Sh*t

Random Shot. That's what my title means, little brother who should probably not be reading this blog but is so dang cute he gets away with everything.

Moving on. Coherence is a virtue I have not always been gifted with. Today I've been writing work-related nonsense for a solid 11 hours already, and my mind is fried. Ergo, you get random, um, "shot".

I hate my hair. Once a month the moon is in the right stage and the humidity is perfect and it works, but the rest of the time I pile it on top of my head and hide it from the world. As much as I hate it now, I have to remember that at one point I had an orange afro. In comparison, I now look freaking awesome all of the time.

Orange afro. Never again.
My mother-in-law is visiting for two weeks. I know, I know - insert mother-in-law jokes here. But actually, it's kind of nice to do all the touristy stuff that we would never do ourselves. Yesterday that meant going to the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga - awesome.

Rest days kind of suck. Yesterday I was all, "yeah - tomorrow is a rest day!" and today I want to pull my eyelashes out one at a time because I can't run. I'm antsy. I keep biting my nails and twisting my hair around and eating random crap because....well, just because.  Because I'm bored and getting up to eat more candy is more fun than writing anymore.

I have the best job ever. Ignore everything bad I've ever said about it. I was lying. Honestly, I love my job. I work from home, I get to do what I love - write - and I get a lot of feedback so I can get better. (I'm not deluded enough to think I'm perfect, so critique is a blessing.) Seriously - if anyone wants to break into freelance writing, send me an email. I certainly don't need the competition, but I wish someone had shared a few resources with me a few years ago and saved me a lot of time and hassle.

I'm doing a giveaway on Facebook tomorrow.  Chobani sent a me a big ol' package of love today, and I want to share the wealth. I got an awesome water bottle and then a kind of less awesome but still fun bag with speakers. I don't know where to take the bag with speakers, but I'm so excited to have it. I'm going to use it as a purse, plug my iPod into it and have an ongoing soundtrack for my life. Anyway - my facebook page. Giveaway. Tomorrow. I'm keeping the bag, but I'll be giving away some free yogurt coupons instead.




Love your hair or hate it? P.S. If you have awesome straight hair that requires no maintenance I will shank you. JUST KIDDING! Cuddles.
My hair is this weird stage between fro and ringlets naturally. It looked good when I had it permanently straightened in Hong Kong, but the process causes cancer, is banned in America and costs a fortune, so that was just the one time. But damn, it looked good.

What song(or songs) would be on the soundtrack to your life?
"Sundress" by Ben Harper (I love the song, but I also just love sundresses. That's as deep as I get here) and Hot Blooded by Foreigner.  Because I'm awesome.

39 comments:

  1. Don't hate me but I can wear my hair either straight or curly and it behaves really well most of the time. Now sometimes in the humidity it's a lost cause but that's when I throw it in a ponytail and go.

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  2. Oh that hair is awesome. I've had several perms gone awry in my pre-teen years. Songs on my soundtrack??? That is a great question! "All Alright" by Fun. "Nobody Gets Me But You" by Spoon. "All is Full of Love" by Bjork. "Do You Realize" by The Flaming Lips. Oh and of course, "Can't be Tamed" by Miley.

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  3. I love my hair. It's totally unique and by blowdrying it for like a minute and half I can get it to look good like 95% of the time. It's a pain in the ass in the summer but who's isn't?

    Baby Got Back, or Whooty. Same general theme.

    Rest days are awesome, and I want a job where I never have to leave the house.

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  4. Hate me. My hair is straight all the time. It's just wash and go, literally. I don't have to brush it, it dries flat and straight. Sometimes I wish I have some curls though. I always loved little ringlets curls. I guess you like what you can't have.

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  5. I kind of love the orange hair...it's super cute. I'd love to freelance write...if you're serious...I'll take whatever tips you got!

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  6. I have straight hair and my daughter has ringlet curls! I seriously have no idea how to style her hair as I have always had straight hair.

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  7. Having a job where I could stay home sounds awesome, but so does NOT having a job haha :)

    My hair is frizzy in the summer, dry in the winter. At least it's not gray.

    Rest days make me antsy too, unless I'm too busy to notice (like, not at home busy)

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  8. I have a love/hate relationship with working from home, it's bc I have kids. They can be so distracting. I love that I can make my own schedule and I think I get more done bc I'm not socializing.

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  9. You must have plenty of people tell you that they "love your hair" or "wish they had your curls!" And they're 100% honest. But I'll bet - from personal experience - that you want to give a bad perm to each and every one of 'em. (I know I do!)

    I have a love/hate relationship with my curls. I figure people with thin, straight hair hate theirs, too. Mine turns into a good 80s-hair-band style on Oct 31 every year, so I've got that going for me!

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  10. I have a lot of hair. It's thick and coarse and it frizzes. It sticks out. It is so imperfect :P

    On the soundtrack of my life... I'm Too Sexy, of course ;-)

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  11. I love your hair! I have mixed feelings about my own hair. My hair is not straight and dries with a wave. If it brush it dry it turns into a big poof ball! In order for it to be presentable I have to blow dry it and curl it for hours and then I go for a run and it's a mess again!

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  12. my hair....well my kids ruined it for me....back to back pregnancy...not good for my hair...I lost a ton, it never came back and so now I have thin hair... it is not straight but I am ok with that!


    I hate rest days as well. I rested today and I was grumpy all day.

    looking forward to meeting you very soon!

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  13. My hair is flat and really thin, like 80 year old lady thin, I'd loooove full and unruly hair for awhile. The mail lady also brought me a box of chocolates and mini Larabars today. Thank you! I think the rest of my summer runs are going to be fueled by all that :)

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  14. Kids ruined my hair too. It was all straight and awesome because I barely had to brush it. Now there is a perma-dreadlock at the base of my skull. Looking back, I'm not sure if it was worth it (not true, but you know).

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  15. Hate my hair this morning, but thankfully I'm going to the hairdresser today WOOOHOOO :-)

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  16. You know, on a rest day, you don't just have to sit around. I rarely do no physical activity on my rest days. I usually take the dog for a long walk or go hiking.

    I love my hair most days. The fact that I can shower and let it air dry and it looks good is awesome.

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  17. Diana von der LuheAugust 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Hi Vanessa, I am sooo sorry about your hair - you know you get it from me, my bad! But yours is so thick and has actual curls - mine on the other hand is kind of a mix between curly, kinky and straight (just the front is straight! Its a real joy to style! My hair also behaved slightly better before my children came along - Ha!

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    1. Mom-sorry I ruined your hair! Hopefully my smiling face more than makes up for that. Right? Right?!

      And great job running for 40 minutes yesterday - Whoo-hoo!

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  18. Diana von der LuheAugust 7, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    BTW, I actually ran today. For 40 minutes!

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  19. Wait... so does this mean you blow dry your hair straight every day now? Wow I do not have the patients for that! I wear my curls crazy or normally up in a bun, aka I don't own a hairdryer and am proud of it :D

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    1. NO WAY! Haha, I don't own a hairdryer either. Way too much work involved for someone who works from home!

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  20. I'm always excited for rest days until they happen. Yesterday was a rest day and I felt so yucky from it that I was up at 5 am (which never happens to me) doing situps and pushups! :-) I have straight hair and let me tell you it still takes maintenance I also wear mine up a lot! We always want what we don't have, right?

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  21. Don't hate me. I have weird non-straight, non-curly, somewhat wavy and freaky cow-licky hair that requires blowdrying :P

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  22. Cuddles, hahaha. I feel ya on the hair issues. I have curly hair that would have been kickass in the 80s but is less manageable with the 100% humidity in which I live. I finally settled on "cream" because mousse is crunchy and nasty and I don't own a hair dryer. I've tried garnier and organix both. May be worth a shot, helps with humidity.. I swear.
    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=196096&catid=183514&aid=338666&aparam=196096
    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=373857&catid=183459&aid=338666&aparam=373857

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  23. I finally stopped straightening my hair a few years ago and have learned to love my curls. Growing my hair longer helped and so did finding the right product (I love Carol's Daughter and Jessicurl).

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  24. After struggling with hair loss, I am now very thankful for my hair. I just let it grow and grow and the weight makes it more manageable. I probably should do more with it, but I'm lazy. Currently, I'm in Mexico and the humidity is out of control, so it's doing it's own thing, nothing can tame it. Frizz frow extreme.

    I also like my MIL....I lucked out.

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  25. um, I freaking love coupons. especially ones that are for something free. I get butterflies in my stomach when I use coupons! It's creepy, I know.

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  26. My hair is crap right now because I had a steroid shot and it all fell out, but usually it is very well behaved. I don't own a blow dryer or straightener (or any other "tool" unless you count a comb) and I don't color it and I cut it myself. It doesn't look perfect, but it needs no care, so I'll take it.

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  27. Some days I love my hair and some days I hate it, always a love/hate relationship! lol

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  28. I have very very straight hair - even though I sometimes wish it had a little more oomph, anytime the humidity creeps up, I thank my lucky stars that even in high humidity, I can let my hair air dry and it doesn't turn into a giant poof ball.

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  29. i think we have the same hair. except i now pay for keratin treatment to keep it straight (got hooked after a groupon). and straighten it every day. it’s no fun. but it sure looks way better than it did years ago-a christmas tree shaped fro (with my cheap straightener back in the day).

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  30. I agree with the "Oh my poor hair dries bone straight" <------- OH no! lol I WISH!!! my hair is an in between type hair so the longer it gets the more I like it (ie: less wave and frizz, due to the weight holding it down) I hate my blonde highlights and am trying to grow them out. It is going to take forever. I don't know why I dye my hair I LOVE it's natural colour.

    Chobani is awesome! but I have never received a bag with speakers - Hello Emily! please send me one ;) lol

    and I like the orange fro PS: I wish I was a good enough writer to freelance. Alas I can't even string together a simple sentence ;)

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  31. you should look into the brazilian blowout. I had one done in april, does wonders for my hair with all this darn humidity. worth the money

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  32. Thanks again for the info you sent, Vanessa!

    My hair is permanently in a pony tail. I look really professional in my suits and pony tail at the office!

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  33. That was some gourmet shot right there! My hair, kill me know, is stick straight. I hate it. I want poofy, curly hair! For real. Want to trade?

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  34. I have curly hair that I now straight iron. I cut it off three years ago and LOVED it. Now, I want a pony tail back. NOt as long as it was (my hair stylist's arm would kill me when she blow drys) but running with a clip in the center doesn't work, as I turn into bozo the clown with wiry hair on above the ears ;-)

    LOVE the Chobani. they were handing out free cups in Chicago at the rock n roll there! That was sooo worth it. It wasn't just for racers either. Joy for everyone!

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  35. I love these random posts :) :) :) And I think your orange fro looks fabulous!! My hair is in between straight and curly. I've got a pit of a frizzy wave going on that is probably not the hottest thing around. I think I've blow dried it twice this entire summer. It's been bun and ponytail season!

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  36. What!!! You hate ur curls???? You know how many ppl have straight hair? Now do u know how Many ppl have beautiful curly hair? Ya not that many. My hair looks exactly like yours in the picture and I absolutely adore it! Just find the right anti friz cream And ur good to go 5 min after a shower ( I use l'occitane , five essential oils cream.,, it's amazing). Seriously love ur afro! You have a full, thick and beautiful Hair.

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  37. That pic of you with the orange afro is just gorgeous. How could you ever hate that - absolutely, bloody gorgeous :)

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