A Little Me Time

I will admit that I woke up a little cranky today.  I haven’t been sleeping well the past couple of nights, and lack of sleep always makes me out of sorts.  I have been having some issues with my back.  I don’t know what I have done to it, but it really hurts.  It started a few weeks ago and was really bad for a couple of days and then seemed to get better.  Then it started hurting again earlier this week.  I can’t seem to find a position at night that doesn’t hurt, so I just toss and turn trying to get comfortable all night.  Anyway, I woke up already cranky and with a slight headache to a whole lot of banging and scraping noises outside.  One of my neighbors is apparently getting a new roof.  It literally sounds like they are in my backyard. That’s how loud it is.  All of the banging, of course, was not helping my head or my mood.  Needless to say, my day did not start out the best today.  Things quickly turned around, though, because I had a much needed hair appointment this morning.  I feel like I talk about my hair a lot. Sorry about that! There is just nothing better than spending a couple of hours at a salon with someone playing with your hair.  I swear, I wish I could afford someone to come to my house and wash my hair every day.  The way they massage your head as they wash your hair is the absolute best.  Now, that is one thing that will help my headaches! It is also so relaxing to me to have someone else dry my hair.  I absolutely hate drying my own hair because it takes FOREVER! I sure do love it when someone else does it, though.  The hum of the hair dryer mixed with the warmth and someone else brushing and running their fingers through my hair can totally put me to sleep.  Maybe I am weird, but I would bet that many of you ladies enjoy that too. It is like a little escape that is all about me, and I only get it every couple of months.  Of course, it sure isn’t a cheap escape, but I think it is worth every penny.  I always come out looking and feeling better about myself and totally relaxed.  How is it that they can get my hair to shine and feel so silky smooth and I can’t? I wish I could have more moments of me time like when I get my hair done.  That feeling of utter relaxation is so addicting, and I crave it all the time.  If only there were some other way to get it without the expense and there was enough time for it.  

Getting your hair done is just the best, isn’t it? It totally turned my mood around today. I even stopped by Dunkin Donuts next door when I was done to treat myself to a hot chocolate.  I don’t drink coffee so hot chocolate is all I ever get there or Starbucks.  It has been so cold the last two days that I needed something to warm me up.  It definitely hit the spot.  Now I am back home and the banging is still going on, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering me quite as much as it did earlier.  It is certainly back to reality, though.  My little escape is over, and it is back to business.  As soon as I am done typing this, I have to figure out how to pack for the Bahamas and Christmas all at once. I really don’t know where to start. It has to pretty much all get done today and tomorrow since our weekend is full of competitions.  Tomorrow will actually be my last post for a couple of weeks.  I am taking some time to travel, spend with my family, and enjoy the little moments.  Maybe I will get to squeeze a little more me time in there too somewhere. Wouldn’t that be nice? I will be back to posting again in the new year.  

I want to wish you all the most blessed Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year.  May you all share tons of love and laughter with your friends and family. Thank you for being a part of my life this past year.  It truly means the world to me.  


Haircuts are for the Birds!

Both of my daughters have really long hair, and I can’t stand it. It isn’t because I don’t like long hair.  Instead it is because neither of them takes good care of their hair, it always looks like a stringy mess, and I’m the one who has to deal with it for competitions. My oldest pretty much keeps hers in a ponytail 90% of the time anyway, so what is the point of having it so long? My youngest daughter’s hair is so bad that you can barely get a brush through it most days.  I swear I will fight through brushing it to get through all the tangles only to have it a tangled mess again within 5 minutes.   It drives me nuts. Neither of them like getting their hair cut either and actually only get their hair cut about twice a year when I have to force them to go. Today was one of those days.  You would have thought that I was making the lady shave my youngest daughter’s head by the way she was acting. She did not want anything cut from her hair.  She won’t listen to anything I have to say about how your hair needs to be cut to remain healthy and for it to grow.  The stylist even tried telling her the same thing, but my daughter wasn’t having any of it. Thankfully, my oldest has learned to just accept it and allow hers to be trimmed.  That’s the thing, too. I was only forcing them to have a trim.  It wasn’t like they were cutting 6 inches of their hair off.  I think both of them ended up getting about 2 inches cut off.  You honestly can’t even tell that they even got a haircut, but my youngest was furious.  She was texting me the entire time that her hair was being cut saying that it was too short now. As we walked to the car afterward, she said it was too much and that her hair was now ugly.   Her friend that was with us told her that you couldn’t even tell that she got it cut. My child just fussed at her friend saying that she was only saying that because I told her to, which I did not do. You really can’t tell.  Her hair is still ridiculously long, and I will still have to fight the tangles.  

Why do simple things like a haircut have to be so difficult? Where did I go wrong with that? I sure wish I knew the answer.  I think they must have gotten it from their father. I seem to remember stories of him refusing to get his hair cut as a child and pictures of him with longer hair. LOL! We all know that it didn’t come from me because I have shared the horrible pictures of me with the short, permed hair forced on me as a child!!!  I still have nightmares about it. Ha ha! At least I am not forcing them to get a perm! No matter where it came from or wherever we went wrong, my kids have to get their hair trimmed every now and then.  It is just a fact of life.  I feel like it will continue to be a fight, at least with the youngest, for years to come.  Maybe one day we will see eye to eye, but I doubt it! Until then, I will continue to drag the youngest kicking and screaming to the salon, and I will continue to pull half of her hair out trying to detangle it every day. Someone please tell me that I am not alone in this and that it is worth the fight! I may loose my mind!