Curly Girl Method

I don’t know how I stumbled upon it but I finally got into the Curly Girl Method (CGM) by Lorraine Massey. I’ll probably post before and after photos at some point but I’m only a few days in and I’m already in the “transition phase” (read: looks like shit) as the curls I have start to realize that they don’t have to be fried with my flat iron.

I’ve had mildly curly, BIG hair my whole life. In high school I found out about hair straighteners and oooh boy did I take that and run. I bought a straightener, turned it up the highest setting (nearly 500 degrees) and let ‘er rip. I let it rip for about 15 years.

The Curly Girl Method starts with removing sulfates from your shampoo/conditioner and using silicone free conditioners. This is a lot more overwhelming than it may seem. The DevaCurl products are wonderful (created by Lorraine Massey and the official products of the CGM) however they are pricey so I was trying to find quick, cheaper, drugstore products to get started. With the help of some CGM Facebook groups and NaturallyCurly.com, I was able to get into my new routine.

My hair before CGM

My hair is starting to curl on its own again but I’m sure I’m due for a DevaCut, which is a type of haircut designed for curly haired people, performed by stylists who have to be trained in the art of the DevaCut. Updates on that as it comes.

As I find products and start seeing more transformation, I’ll post photos and talk about what works for me.

That being said, I’m nervous for my stage hair…I usually straighten my hair when I perform…even my avatar on WordPress is me with stick straight hair. It has always been the more accepted hairstyle whereas curly can be seen as “messy” and “unruly.” Even my coworker chimed in as I was fluffing my curls about how much he loooooooved straight hair. -___- I’ll be ignoring the curl-shamers.

Wish me luck! I’m sure I’ll be clogging many drains in the near future.

xox Lo

New Year, New Netflix Binge

Like the rest of the world, I recently started watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I bought my mother the book a few years ago and I enjoyed reading it but I never committed to the strategy. Somewhat inadvertently, I’ve made some new changes since the new year. The underlying theme being “GET UP ALREADY!”

I’ve always wanted to consistently go to yoga, and despite there being several studios in my town, none of them had exactly what I was looking for. I happened to see an article in the town paper about a new studio up and they offered a “chakra flow” yoga. All my woowoo senses sparked and I signed up. I’ve already gone a couple times, found a new water bottle, and even got a lavender FitBit to keep myself moving around when I know I won’t be going to yoga. So hopefully walking up a flight of stairs won’t wind me anymore.

Another itch has been to get another tattoo. I’m thinking either a small four-leaf clover or a small magnolia. Who knows!

That’s my new year’s update for now.

Adventures In Rock Hunting

I’m currently on the hunt to get more information on raw gemstones and minerals.

If you didn’t know, I’m turning into a bit of a “rockhound.” I’ve been collecting crystals and gemstones for a while now but I realized there wasn’t really a prominent source of training and education on the raw identification. I happen to work in jewelry, so getting access to polished and cut stone identification is easy, but I want to know about when you’re in the river sifting through rocks and dirt — is that an emerald or a labradorite in the pan?

SPEAKING OF WHICH:

gems

Don’t look at my gray hairs.

Here is a picture of me doing sifting for amateurs. Yes, I BOUGHT that sand but I had a lot of fun doing it and the water felt nice on my hands. Also featured is my Bugs Bunny watch.

No doubt you probably saw the image of a bunch of gems on my bureau posed according to the colors of the chakras. Note to self: clean the rest of your bureau off instead of shoving stuff to the side, we can still see it. Also featured is my Bugs Bunny watch…again.

I’d be interesting in hearing what other people have learned about raw stones and minerals. Any information or books or classes would be great. I found the Pinterest has actually been a pretty big source of information as far as the mysticism and metaphysical properties of stones go. I guess we’ll see!

with love and gems xo

 

 

Magnets, man.

I recently got over some sort of cold or season allergy spell recently. My body has felt weighed down and stressed out the last few weeks so I was probably due for ailment. I try to drink a lot of water and stay away from sugars, dairy, and flour-based products but I recently wanted to step up what I was doing because I still didn’t feel well after I recovered.

I’m no stranger to holistic healing but I was skeptical when trying out an ionic foot bath treatment. I’ve used the foot patches, you apply to the bottom of your feet at night, that claim to removes toxins from your body. The patches would change color but I was still aware of the fact that that could just be a magic trick to make you think it’s your body have an affect on the patches, or vice versa.

The ionic foot bath I received took about 45minutes and really looked gnarly after I finished. I work in a jewelry casting house so I breathe in metal particles all day. That’s what that sediment at that bottom of the footbath is in the picture below. Mostly the detox started from my left foot, which the left side of my body has always been the side to get cramps or pain. My foot kept feeling like it was on pins and needles and it would rise up into my calves and into my stomach. IMG_0438

My stomach started gurgling a lot and it felt like my insides were moving around or adjusting. I felt a little dizzy after and went home to drink a lot of water.

That was about a week ago and I feel the urge to go back again. I feel much lighter and less stressed out.

While I was getting the foot bath done, I also got the pendant that is proudly displayed on the cover of this brief essay. It is said to block out electromagnetic radiation. I sit next to 3D printers all day and the amount of energy and electricity that is used to power them is overwhelming. So far I’ve felt better able to focus at work. Could it be the foot bath, the pendant, neither, or both?

Who knows, but there is nothing like killing a natural, healthy high then eating two bags of Peanut Butter M&Ms in bed!

xo

You Formerly-Toxic Avenger

Laughing Her Head Off

I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with this little baby troll head so I captioned it “What is Trolly laughing about?”

Someone said she might have just laughed her head off. It sounds like a nice state of being.

I recently picked up Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I’ve never read any of her novels and I have to say that moving from Fried Green Tomatoes to 19th century English may have not been the most graceful segue. I keep checking in on the SparkNotes to make sure I’ve fully understood the intentions and feelings of the characters. So far I’ve been about 95% aware of what’s going on. It’s turning into more of an after school project then a hobbyist’s escape.

Today was a ten-hour work day. It was hot and I didn’t have any lunch prepared so I had to walk to the cafeteria. It was nice but I brought $8 in cash and found a penny on the way. When I got to the register my total was $8.03. If only my street-side fortune could account for Massachusetts State Tax.

Every once in a while, I’ll think of an item I own and think “where the hell did that go?”

I own more notebooks than I can fill in one lifetime. My memory of a Toy Story Moleskine notebook (featuring the aliens on the cover) suddenly came to focus. I’m pretty sure I bought two of them. So far I’ve only found one so it remains to be seen if there is a second notebook and, if so, when and where will I find it.

I was in the sun more in this past weekend than I have been all summer collectively.

There is a mediumship course I just started taking and they encourage getting outside so I was proud to be relaxing and finishing homework at the same time.

However, that sun exposure seems to be finally hitting me now.

Until next time.

 

End of August

Tomorrow is Friday and I cannot drink enough NyQuil to get me through to the weekend. The weather in Massachusetts has been fluctuating now that we are moving from August into September, my glands seem to have tripled in size. My sinuses are blocked and my hearing has gotten fuzzier. I have to say, I quite like it.

I completely missed July and most of August. Notable events? I turned 29 years old. I would say this feels like a milestone, being the last year of my 20’s, however, I’ve felt like I’ve been 40 years old since the 3rd grade. I finished Fried Green Tomatoes. I made my first hot toddy and ate my first BLT. I never really liked raw tomatoes but a little bruschetta changed my mind. I pitched to a PBS storytelling show. I got denied by a PBS storytelling show. I got to voice a cartoon character. I got to host a comedy show for four audience members. I got to host a comedy show for a full house. I started up my Pinterest again and I ordered my first StitchFix. I started reading a Jane Austen book after finishing Fried Green Tomatoes. I should have made a smoother transition from country drawls to whatever the hell is going on in Persuasion. There has been a lot going on.

I scheduled myself an “ionic foot bath.” It’s in the realm of holistic healing and I don’t  know what’s going to happen but I hear it draws out toxins from your body and turns the water gnarly colors. I sit next to 3D Printers all day and I used to eat a lot of tunafish as a kid so I think maybe ridding myself of heavy metals and electromagnetic toxins should be on my to-do list.

Yanni played his Yanni: Live at the Acropolis 25th Anniversary Tour. It was nice and also 3 hours long.I got a t-shirt and was gifted a Yanni mug. That being said, I’ve been listening to Enya almost exclusively. She doesn’t tour (yet) so I figured if I listened to her enough I could manifest her in concert.

August is coming to an end quicker than I had hoped.

My Nyquil is starting to kick in so I will bid you adieu. For anyone else suffering from allergies or change-of-season-blues, if you have a stuffy nose – try holding your breath. If you hold it for long enough your body goes into a “SHE’S GONNA DIE, GIVE HER AIR” mode so you’ll get a second of relief. Use at your own risk, I don’t know what kind of damage that could cause brain cells so consult your doctor and not a stranger on a blog.

 

Goodnight! Enjoy the rest of your August days.

Mid-June Update & Friends

It’s mid-June and I remembered to take my Iodine supplement for my thyroid. We can all relax now.

The last two months have been so particularly draining that I forgot I had a blog, let alone two. Please excuse the brevity and lack of cohesion. I guess now is as good a time as any to plug my cartoon page LonelyTrollGirl.com. Check it out!

I co-produce a monthly comedy show and it has been very rewarding but also it has made me into a person that drinks a lot of “stress relief” teas and considers showering “down time.” Meditation has helped but sometimes I confuse thinking about meditation with actually doing it.

Lonely Troll Girl was submitted to a few shows and projects but so far she’s been waitlisted on one and rejected from the other. We haven’t heard back from the third project and are anxiously awaiting a decision.

Goodreads has been another nice outlet to have. My goal for 2018 is to read 25 books. I believe I’m about halfway there. Sometimes my reading slows down when Disney Emoji Blitz has an event going on and I end up staring at my phone late into the night.

I started watching Impractical Jokers. Having never seen it, I thought it was stupid. However, one Sunday last month, I sat down for breakfast and turned on the TV. What looked like an older episode was on. I laughed out loud a few times and ended up being late for what I had scheduled that day because lost track of time. It’s been I-J and me ever since.

My birthday is coming up soon and I will be entering the last year of my twenties. It’s not so bad when you have already felt like you were in your 40s since you were 9. I say that as I’m lying in bed with my hips elevated to alleviate pressure but also with my laptop being supported by one of my many stuffed friends.

Now I’m off to finally catching up on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. So far the book and the movie have been extremely close. Down to some monologues verbatim. I’m so glad the movie was well done. I think about if my book was optioned and the movie ended up being trash, how I would feel. Hopefully, if that ever happens it’ll be a smash hit and either Danny Elfman or Thomas Newman will do the score. Thank you in  advance.

That’s it for me. I think it’s time for bed.

Bye!xo

Be My, Be My Maisy. My One and Only Maisy.

It’s been an eventful week. I got a flat-tire, I pulled my hip out, and my kitty, Maisy, had to go to the big kitty corral in the sky.

I got Maisy and her sister, Litty, soon after they were born in April 1999. I was in fourth grade and had never held a real baby kitten before and ended up panicking and losing control of them while we were still in the driveway. They both scurried under the car before we could even get them house and my mom had some choice words for me about responsibility. Thankfully, they survived their little detour into their new home.

They didn’t have names but once Litty started eating straight from her litter box, well, we’ve never won any awards for being creative. Family legend has it that we named Maisy after the character in Uncle Buck, but in reality (i.e. my reality, which isn’t saying much), we were all in the family room one night with the lights off, about to watch a movie, when there was a commercial for either McDonald’s or Burger King or some other fast food chain, that was giving away Maisy Mouse cartoons or toys. My mother said “Maisy, that’s a nice name” and it stuck.

Being in fourth grade in 1999, we had recently got a family computer to which someone would say I got “excessive” use out of. We received some kind of CD ROM that had all sorts of graphics on it to make posters, awards, etc. Naturally, that meant I had to make official documents stating that Maisy was mine and Litty was my brother’s. Hot of the HP they were shot down almost immediately by the rest of the family. I even had a clause stating that switching ownership was permissible but no one ever reads the fine print.

I grew up with Maisy through grade school and high school, and sure enough she would always be waiting on my bed when I got home from college. I moved out a few years after graduation and would still come and visit my mother and the kitties at least once a month. Every time I left, I would always make sure to kiss each cat and say goodbye. I was home this past weekend and had to rush back to my home (a little less than 2 hours away) to make the pharmacy. I forgot to kiss Maisy goodbye.

A few days later, she appeared to have had a stroke and had renal failure. She made a trip to the vet but being almost 92 in cat years, they said any procedure would only be prolonging the inevitable and it would be wise to consider quality of life. My mom took her home. She seemed to be in pain and stopped eating. A nice veterinarian was able to make a house call a little over a day later and help Maisy take  the big nap.

I miss her already and feel like I’m functioning on a very base level (if I’ve made errors in syntax or grammar, just let this one slide please).

Here she is in her natural habitat, desperately trying to force herself under my sheets.

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Ice Cream for Me

I just ordered ice cream because it’s payday and I like to treat myself with a a phlegmy cough at 3am unmistakably produced by a mound of Purple Cow eaten only hours prior.

At least I would have but I ordered French Vanilla instead.

I started listening to the S Town podcast. I had no idea the “S” stood for “Shit.” I guess I just assumed it was a spinoff of Serial and the S stood for “Serial?” Not a terrible conclusion but also not correct.

I generally don’t listen to podcasts but every so often I will go through a wave of “binge” listening to them. Season 1 of Serial was great. Then I bounced around to interview casts like You Made It Weird, How To Be Amazing, and Magic Lessons. It was so intermittent that I even went as far as deleting the Podcast app off of my phone because it went unused (and I needed an excuse to fit 2,000 more photos on my phone, as if that equaled out in any capacity.)

In the mornings, I’ve been listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Half the time I don’t even know who the guests are and they are usually the most interesting. I’ve also been listening to the audiobook (well, CD) off Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. So far, so good. I’ll let you know if I reach total enlightenment by Friday.

My ice cream came. I added “chocolate flakes” hoping it would be like chocolate Frosted Flakes but apparently it was more literal and it arrived as chocolate shavings.

Anyways, my ice cream is melting because I’ve been slowly typing with one hand.

 

Bye!143xo