The trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was just released online!!!

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My Hair

I’ve been thinking of changing my hair for, I don’t know, 6-7 years now. Every time I think of making a change, I chicken out once I get to the salon and end up with the same style I’ve had for years and years.

A little history:

-I’ve had reddish highlights and they always faded way too fast (like within 2 weeks).

-I’ve had sideswept bangs, but they never cooperated. I don’t know if it’s a cowlick (or whatever it’s called) or what, but even with a blow drier and hairspray, they never actually swept across my forehead as they should. Here’s a picture of the reddish highlights (freshly done) and sort of sideswept bangs (the bangs have also been a bit shorter than this):

-I’ve had very very dark brown (almost black with a reddish-brown sheen in the sunlight) overall color which I really liked, but that also faded into my natural color.

-When I was little, my hair was about chin length. In all of the pictures I’ve looked at, my hair looked very fine and limp (unless I crimped it, and sorry, I won’t be returning to crimping!).

-In elementary and middle school, I had bangs. I grew to become quite a perfectionist over how they looked, and unfortunately, they became almost like clip-on bangs, they were so hairsprayed. I think they’d be easier to handle now, having a straightener, but I fear the perfectionism and the helmet-look…

Here’s what I’ve got now:

-Color is dark brown. I haven’t colored it in over a year. The last color I had was the very dark brown I mentioned above, so I don’t think there’s any noticeable distinction between my natural color and what’s left of that.

-Length is just past my shoulders. It WILL NOT grow much longer than this. I don’t really know why. I used to think it was damage from straightening, but I don’t straighten much anymore and it still doesn’t grow.

-Wavy texture – if I let it air dry with no product, I end up with frizz and pouf out the wazoo.

-I’ve always straightened it (up to this year). I like how it looks straight (it’s even pretty shiny), but it takes more effort and is more damaging to my hair.

-I’ve started wearing my hair curly this year, simply because it’s quick and easy. With a curling mousse (I’ve tried all sorts of gels and sprays and cremes – the mousse gives me the best, longest lasting result), I can get it to curl decently. I don’t know how to use a diffuser on my blow drier (or if I even should) so unfortunately, when I use product, it looks fairly crispy and wet until at least midday. By the end of the day, I have soft curls which look pretty nice. Also unfortunately, the longest part of the back of my hair doesn’t hold the curl well, so I end up with curls all around my face and in the shorter layers around my head, but a straight chunk in the base of the back. It’s infuriating. Here’s a few picture of it curly:

From the front, near the end of the day

From the front, near the end of the day

From the back. Notice the straight bits at the bottom.

From the back. Notice the straight bits at the bottom.

-I also have no idea how to use curlers or a curling iron. Every time I try, the curls on my right side are gone by the time I get to the left side with the curling iron. I’ve also had a professional use a curling iron on my hair for my wedding and this is me, a few hours later – still somewhat curled, but this is much looser than right after it was done:

Picture by Gina Frederick of Allan Reider Studio

Picture by Gina Frederick of Allan Reider Studio

As for changes, I’m fairly open. I just want something that looks good on me – doesn’t emphasize my chub, make me look stuffy, or make me look too much older. I prefer to keep the color at least somewhat close to what I have now, just because I can’t afford to maintain touch-ups right now. Also, as I stated above, my hair won’t grow too much longer than it is now, so longer than present is out. Anyway, I need ideas!

As a side note, I really dig this hair, but 1. I’m not sure I could pull it off with my face and bone structure and whatnot, 2. I’m not sure if it’s really a look for a suburban, southern, everyday life, and 3. I would definitely be restricted to straightening it (this isn’t a deal breaker, especially if it looks awesome, just slightly less convenient).

Crush from American Gladiators

Crush from American Gladiators

Yes, American Gladiators, I know. This is why I’m a bit hesitant. But, doing my search for good pictures of her hair, I’m finding that a lot of people seem to like it! It’s kind of just a longer version of the Posh haircut. As a little experiment, I found a few pictures of Crush online (before I found the ones above from a video), and inserted my head! I mostly just thought these were funny, so I thought I’d share them:

New Member of the Family!

Ok, don’t get too excited. No kids or anything. But look!

First, there is Buffy, who I’ve had for almost 5 years:


Isn't she cute? 🙂

A few months ago, we got Wilbur:

It was actually hard to get a sideways shot of him, he loves to look at us and wiggle around.

It was actually hard to get a sideways shot of him, he loves to look at us and wiggle around.

And now, our newest addition, we just got Wellington:

He was a bit shy at first. He seems to be coming out of his shell a bit now.

He was a bit shy at first. He seems to be coming out of his shell a bit now.

We’re thinking of getting a dog as well, but we’re a bit nervous about how Buffy would react, so we’re not sure…Also, it would have to be something fairly small, since we don’t have a whole lot of space for a dog to run around inside or out, but I don’t want anything yippy either. Any suggestions on dogs that are cute and relaxed?

Disney Meme

I found this question at That’s My Answer:

If you had to be one of the costumed greeters at Walt Disney World for a day, what character would you be and why? What do you anticipate your day would be like?

I think I’d choose to be Snow White. As much as I like the no-talking aspect (I’m shy) of the full costume with head of things like Minnie, I definitely wouldn’t want to be in that hot suit all day, so of all the princesses, I think I’d choose Snow White, since I’m pretty pale and have dark hair to begin with. I also like that she’s supposed to be friendly with all the animals. I also love animals. I’ve always liked Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) also, because I like to sleep, but I’m not sure I’d make a good blonde.

I think I’d have fun being a character at Disney World, apart from my shyness, which I’m sure I’d get over. The past 2 visits, I really enjoyed seeing all the little girls in their adorable princess costumes, looking forward to possibly having one of my own one day – ask the hubby, every time I pointed one out, he’d just roll his eyes jokingly and say I can’t have her (one day…assuming I don’t have all boys. They probably wouldn’t enjoy being dressed up like a princess…). I’m sure they’d be super-excited to see me, which would be a lot of fun. I’m not sure how I’d handle the crying or bratty children though (this is one reason why I’m not quite ready for my own children yet).

For the record, my hubby says he’d be Mickey because everyone loves Mickey, though he thinks he may be too tall. He can do a pretty convincing Mickey laugh though!

A Mishmash of Things

It’s been a long week. My tooth is finally feeling mostly better and I’m able to eat most food on that side, although somewhat ginergly. I hope to have it fully functional by the time I need the permanent filling put in in a week or so.

While I was healing up, my hubby had to travel for business. It was only 3 days, which is nothing compared to the 2 years we spent apart while I was finishing up graduate school, but I still missed him a lot. A king size bed is awfully lonely with just me in it (even the cat only spent part of the nights with me! I think she missed him too). While he was gone, I was able to watch a few movies that he wouldn’t be into – 27 Dresses, Definitely, Maybe, and Fool’s Gold.  I really liked 27 Dresses, but the others were only ok. Definitely, Maybe had a cute premise, but it seemed a bit cheesy at times and Fool’s Gold was funny and somewhat action-y but nothing special.

I also got in some reading time. I finished up The Hound of Rowan: Book One of the Tapestry, which was pretty good. I’d been looking for a new series to get into after finishing up the Harry Potter books, and this is one of a few series that I like so far. While I definitely got into the book and had a few nights where I didn’t want to put it down, I did find a few problems with the book. First, some of the chapter transitions could have been clearer. There were some points where I found myself thinking, “Wait, is this the same day or is this weeks, even months later? What happened with x? When is this??”  I also found far too many similarities with Harry Potter. I don’t know whether or not it was intentional (I know the whole “kid discovers he can do magic” thing is pretty popular now), but I noticed it a lot, some of which just seemed like blatant rip-offs (instead of Quiddich, there’s a soccer-like game with magical obsticles, and of course, the main character, who has some sort of special magic about him, is surprisingly good at it for his age.) I will read the next one when it comes out in the fall, but I really hope it starts to take on more its own story.

The hubby got back around 11 am on Saturday morning (he had been working a mix of days and nights while gone, sometimes both in one day) and we decided to go see The Dark Knight with some friends. As expected, it was really good. I really like Christian Bale as Batman. And Heath Ledger was good as well; very creepy and quite scary at times – I had started to wonder if the Oscar nomination rumors were based solely on his untimely death, but I do actually believe he did a great job and deserves the nomination if he gets it. The plot was interesting, the action was good, and it packed a few surpises. All in all, a great movie. I won’t say anymore, to avoid spoilers, but I definitely recommend it. Once again, the hubby and I are in search of the original movies, which we don’t remember. Anyone know where to get them cheap?


So much for my blog name tonight. It’s 4:30 am and I just can’t sleep. I’ve tried watching TV, I’ve tried reading, I’ve tried closing my eyes and just laying there. Nothing seems to be working. Which is odd, seeing as how, before bed, I took one of my tylenol with codeine that the dentist prescribed to me. It’s supposed to make you drowsy. Not so much of that here. It’s also not doing so much for the dull ache in my jaw. The tooth doesn’t hurt, but I kind of feel like I’ve been punched in the face a day or so ago. At least the tylenol with codeine isn’t making me nauseus like it did when I was prescribed it after having my gall bladder removed. It didn’t work then either, I guess I should have remembered. <sigh> I guess I’ll just surf around a bit for an hour until the hubby gets up.

Dental Update

Sorry for a dull topic here, one that I’ve kind of beaten to death already, but it was pretty much the only thing that happened today, so too bad! 🙂

Anyway, the root canal is done (except for the permanent filling, but that’s nothing) and it was relatively painless, luckily. And much quicker than I thought. It only took about an hour. I did have to stop the dentist once because I felt a twinge of pain, but otherwise the worst part was actually getting the novocaine. Mostly, it was injected the same way I’d had it injected before, but this dentist also injected some very close around the tooth. It did a good job of numbing, but it required him to push a very pointy needle very hard into my tooth area. I’m not entirely sure exactly where it was going in (I think he said something about bone, but I’m sure I must be wrong). It wasn’t painful, but he warned me it sometimes makes your heart rush, which it did with me (it probably doesn’t help that I was completely rigid in the seat, probably blocking blood from all sorts of places). It just made me feel very shaky and panicky, so I had to take a 5 minute breather. The dental assistant, who was very sweet, seemed very concerned about me passing out, so she turned on the fan and got me a Sprite. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have passed out or anything, I really just needed a few minutes to breathe and calm down. I especially didn’t want the root canal contraption put immediately back on my face (it’s like a sheet of thin rubber they cover your mouth with and hook into the tooth to prevent bacteria from getting into the rest of your mouth – you have to breathe out of your nose and try not to drown on your drool). After I calmed down, everything went smoothly. The novocaine has also mostly worn off, so I’m no longer a slurring drool bucket!

I’m supposed to eat mushy food for the next few days, so I’m off to see what I’ve got that fits the bill.

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