Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Invisible Woman

Well, it's been awhile. I never meant to be gone so long. I started my blog with the intention of posting regularly. Maybe not daily, but at least once a week. When I was at Women Of The World poetry slam last March I had a whole slew of posts lined up. I meant to finish my haircare series. I meant to finish sharing about the trip. But I got very busy. And a little lazy. In a nutshell, here has been my last year.

In addition to working 5 days a week at the salon, if you read the last post you also know I am a poet and spoken word artist. In addition to writing, competing in slams, and performing at open mics, I am an active member of the committe that handles poetry slam in my city. We had an opportunity pop up when I got home from WOWps (women of the world poetry slam) to join forces with 3 other cities in the Bay Area to create and send a joint team to that summers National Poetry Slam. Usually each city sends it's own team and we hadn't planned on sending one in 2012, for a whole slew of reasons. But this was a great opportunity. It required a lot of work though. And a lot of it last minute. San Jose had to host a semifinals and before that, a last chance compettion. And we only had 2 weeks to get the first show together, 2 weeks after that to get our semi finals done, and then help out with the Bay Area finals. In addition, I was approached by one of the poets competing who asked me to be her coach. It was an amzing experience, I learned how to put together a slam, and the woman I coached took first place in the semis. But it left no time in April for this blog.

In May, we had one more show and the slam finals, which meant more coaching time for me. Plus, there were many hours spent promoting these shows, which meant going to a lot of shows, practicing my poems for the shows. I had also been approached by a friend's daughter about teaching aweekly poetry workshop at the youth center she hangs out at. Which involved putting together a program, running it by the head of the center, backround checks and finger printing. The actual workshops didn't get off the ground til Sept but there was a lot of prep work involved. So blog ignored in May.

We spent most of our (my husband and I) free time in June getting the house ready for my stepkids visit in July. I have the awesomest steppies. They were bringing a friend with them and I realized that our apartment looked like crap. It hadn't been properly cleaned in months (due to a shoulder injury), we had way too much clutter (lookin like an episode of hoarders, and the walls were so overdue for paint. We only succeeded in painting the bathroom (purple w/lt purple ceiling and door. god bless landladies who give artistic freedom in exchange for never having to do ish). Which turned into practically a remodel. We cleaned every square inch of this place and went through every closet, drawer, cabinet trying to downsize our junk pile. Did you know I had 50 mannequin heads in 3 cartons? Neither did I, haha. It made sense while I was teaching, but since I no longer did education for Redken I just didn't need so many. I kept 12, donated the rest. Gave away enough bags of clothing to dress a small army. Even after the purge we had enough junk to require getting a storage unit so the kids could actually walk in the spare bedroom. So, no blogging for June.

July, kids visit. Too busy having a great time to blog.

So pretty much every month after that something came up. I lost 40 pounds since the kids left. I was at my heaviest ever weight when they were here. Had to endure the embarrassment of having to get off a ride because the rides safety harness couldn't be buckled over my tummy. I swore that by next summer I would be able to go on all the rides with my kids. But that's another story for another post. I still have about 50 to go but I'm feeling a lot healthier. I will say what I have lost so far has given me a big shot of confidence, enough to brave Halloween in a pretty sexy costume.
 What better choice for a vintage loving hairstylist than a 1940s cigarette girl.
I have a better pic of the victory rolls somwhere.
So, enough excuses. I want to really get back into the blogging thing. I have tons of topics for hair articles. A few ideas for non hair beauty related posts. Some clothing/fashion related posts. And over the course of time, share with you all some of the blogs that inspire me. I was asked last year about doing hair tutorials. I don't really have the equipment or video editing skills to make my own, but would love from time to time to share some other folks amazing hair tutorials. And hair stuff, lots of hair stuff.

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