Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Things I Knew Before I Dyed My Hair a Non-Traditional Color

Lately I've been in sort of a rut. And what do you do when you're in a rut? You want to shake things up, of course. Now, I'm not the type who likes to shake things up or do anything impulsive* so I thought this through. I kept going back to my hair. I wanted to do something drastic to my hair.

Ready to plunge in
But what could I do?

My day job is in a corporate environment so whatever I did had to work there. This really limited what I could do. I could do an edgy, professional cut but I'm someone who considers a messy bun as the height of hairstyle and the less product, the better. And I hate having short hair so that also limited what could be done. So a hair cut was out. That led me to color. I've been coloring my hair for years in the auburn and red zone for the most part but I wanted a funky color. Without bleaching my hair.

I did some research and found the Splat Midnight series. It's technicolor hair dye for brunettes who just don't want to bleach their hair. It's what they call "demi-permanent" and meant to last 30 washes. After reviewing the color options with Bestie Danielle, I went with the Midnight Indigo and took the plunge on the first of March.

How did it go?
Interesting to say the least. I was nervous-excited as I prepped for the dye job Thursday morning. At Danielle's suggestion, I decided not to go full blue but only do the underside. That way if I hated it or it came out awful it would be hidden when I let my hair down.

Since I've been DIYing my hair for a while. I have a system: wear my contacts, no shirt, and clamp my hair up with a claw once all the dye is in. After I sit and read for the 25 minutes it takes for the color to set, I hop all the way in the shower to rinse out the dye and, well, shower.

This system does not work with demi-perm dye.

The Smurf massacre
First, since it was a blue base it look like a Smurf massacre in the bathroom. No matter how careful I was, blue dye ended up all over me and the sink. Even with Vaseline over my ear tips, shoulders, and neck I was still covered in blue. Hubby helped me remove some of it with water and some burp clothes that Munchkin no longer uses. It didn't work. What did was make up remover towelettes to take the dye off me. It worked beautifully.

The second mistake I made was not giving me enough time. This dye takes longer than my normal 25 minutes to set. In fact they recommend 45 minutes to an hour! Since Munchkin had an appointment that day I barely made 45 minutes. Next time I will not do it on a day where there is an appointment. Or a day where Munchkin is going to be around because the last thing I need is a blue toddler.

Wet it looked black
The third mistake was just hopping in the shower like I normally do. The water looked like blue food dye and stained everything. Including my feet and legs. So next time I will not hop full body in the shower. It just doesn't work.

Because my hair is naturally dark the blue did not pop like I pictured but it was more subtle. When it was 100% wet it didn't even hint at blue and I thought "dammit, all that time to just have black hair." Because of that, I wasn't sure I liked it at first but as the day went on, the color grew on me more. And the fact that I'm half blue and half auburn is kinda cool because I can twist my hair in different ways to showcase both colors.
Final product

One word of caution: When your hair is wet, the color will run and stain so it's important to not wear light colors when you have the wet hair, go to bed with wet hair, lean against your pale colored headrest in the car, etc. Make sure you have some ratty towels or rags to drape over things if you're going to put your wet head on anything.

Will I do it again? Most likely.

What do you think, Lurkdom? Was it a success or a bust? Tell me below.

Also, I want to know: What's the craziest thing you've done to your hair?

* Save that one time where I flew to PA for an overnight just to see a tribute band.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Flippant Girl's Guide to Staying Positive

Rumor has it there are people out there who are called "optimists." I call shenanigans. There's more chance of me riding a unicorn than meeting one of these other cryptozoologic wonders. But as someone who has an impressionable child, it's my job to keep those horrible sarcastic, doubtful thoughts far away. So how the heck does this get achieved?

Warning: Amateur hour advice ahead!
  1. Medicate. Medicate, medicate, medicate. Take a thousand uppers, have too many Frappucinos, mainline caffeine. Do anything humanly possible to stay upbeat. 
  2. Create a panic room. But not the kind you use for an alien invasion or an insane president. This will be solely for when you feel the need to spew out every negative thing in your brain but don't want anyone to hear. Make sure you have some wine in there as you might be in there for a while.
  3. Have a questionable agenda. It's true. No one will suspect you're planning world domination if you're positive and happy-go-lucky all the time. 
  4. Surround yourself with people more pessimistic than you. If you chill out with a bunch of people who talk about any of the following, you in turn will feel like the most positive person on the planet: Medicare, Trump, how it goddamn snows in the winter, taxes, death, the "good old days." The list really is endless.
If you too struggle with being positive in the face of life or perpetual cheerful ankle-biters, remember, I'm here for you!

Also, did you know my YA Contemporary about four friends and an all night scavenger hunt is up for nomination on Kindle Scout? You can read the first 3 chapters here. If you nominate me and share my book with your friends, I have a chance at publication (and then you'll get my book for free). How awesome is that?

Monday, February 26, 2018

It's Nomination Time!

If you've been around for a while, you've heard me talk about mimes and a book with I refer to as SFLN. If you're curious to know more about it now's the time! What was called Scenes from Last Night is now up on Kindle Scout as SCAVENGER NIGHT.

If you're not familiar with Kindle Scout, it's an initiative through Amazon that empowers the readers to select the books that will be published. Each book has a 30 day window where people can read a tag line, short blurb, and an excerpt. If you like what you read, you can nominate it and share it for others to nominate too. If you get enough nominations, you get a publishing contract and an advance for your book. Pretty sweet, right? Right!

What's SCAVENGER NIGHT about anyway? It sounds like a horror book.
It's definitely not a horror book. It's a YA contemporary with humor and mimes.

For Leo, winter break always meant tearing it up at Chaplin Point’s annual Christmas scavenger hunt. Not this year. Instead, he’s made plans with three of the geekiest kids in school. Leo can’t imagine a more cringe-worthy night than one involving sweatpants, Netflix, and aliens. Even if his dad finds out and makes good on the military school threat, Leo’s hell-bent on making it to The Point, geeks in tow.

Leo’s plans are bad news for Sully and his annual Dr. Who binge fest. Even if going to The Point means he’s got a shot with the girl of his dreams, he’d still have to face her terrifying bully of a boyfriend.

Going to the party of the year is exactly what Faith needs to ignore her suspicions her boyfriend is lying about his Christmas plans. She wants to win the scavenger hunt and take home the cash prize. Anything to take her mind off confronting him and what comes next.

Concerns about the party plague Natalie. Among them: never being able to escape the nickname “Shorty McTits” and her growing attraction to Leo. When he dares her to team up with him for the scavenger hunt, she ignores the butterflies in her stomach and meets his challenge. But when Leo and Natalie get picked up by the cops, plans change. As the foursome race through a night fueled by beer, mimes, and bullies, they all must choose between who they are and who they want to be.

Want to know more? Read the first 3 chapters and nominate me for publication here!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My One Word for 2018

Last year, my word for the year was strive. I felt it was a great word since I had a lot of changes in my life and it was a kind word which gave allowances if I backslid or did not succeed at something. Even now I still use this as a reminder to be kind to myself.


But strive was so 2017. We're well into 2018 and it's time to focus on the present. This year my word is "create." Create means to bring something into existence which has broad applications. I definitely had writing on the brain when I chose my word but it applies to other aspects of my life as well. Now I'm not consciously creating anything but keep this word in the back of my brain is enough to think outside of the box for solutions, for pursuing creative initiatives, for fostering a creative life in Munchkin.

Do you have a word for this year? If you do, share it below and how you plan to incorporate it in every day life!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Where I've Been: An Almost Year in Review

Happy Monday, Lurkdom!

It's been almost a year since I last wrote and a lot has happened. Some of it great, some of it not so much. Regardless of what it was, I've been BUSY.

Well, what the heck have you been doing?
Parenting. A lot, a lot of parenting. Munchkin demands takes up a lot of time. But you know what? That's okay because she is the funniest, craziest, cutest Munchkin around. She loves the movies Trolls and Sing so much I can most definitely do monologues from both. She tells me to shush if I want to sing her to sleep and insists on eating apples in their natural, uncut, unpeeled form.

With all of my time being consumed by my daughter I'm learning how to crunch in writing in different ways and that is an ongoing process. I'm trying to do more writing in the morning so I can spend my evenings doing things like watching movies with Hubby or crocheting or staring at the cat but I got to say this is a hard transition.

I've taken up bullet journaling for this year with mixed results so far. For the 2nd consecutive year, I've picked a word for the year which is create. (Hopefully I will post more about that soon.) I'm working with an editor to self-publish Phoenix Rising. I constantly want to throw everything out of our apartment and start everything over from scratch. Hubby's unemployed and I volunteered to learn about another line of business at the day job.

There have been some other awesome things going on but I don't want to slam it all down in one shameless post. Instead I will leave you with a few fun photos of the last year and hope you all will share with me what you've been up to in the comments.

Slippers from a local con

Sandra Boynton 1st bday cupcakes
How we roll: Shirts, socks, and all the Cheez-its

Trolls has even taken over The White One's life

Friday, March 3, 2017

Introducing Things I Haven't Told You

The art of the daily blog has pretty much slipped away, at least for me. The scant time I have between the day job and raising Munckin* I use to focus on writing. It only makes sense. What good is an audience if you don't have a book? Of course, the same can be said for the other side of the coin.

But I haven't forgotten about you, Lurkdom. Honest. I'm working real hard on trying to get it all figured out. So to help myself with this, I'm introducing a new feature. It's called Things I Haven't Told You.

What in the Sam Hill are you planning?
Well, it's not that hard to figure out. We've been in a relationship for nine years. There are things I haven't shared with you that I believe will entertain you. Perhaps even resonate with you. And what is blogging if not about connections?**

Okay, Miss Smarty Pants. What haven't you told me?
Glad you asked.

I've talked about SFLN on here a few times. During those mentions, the word "mime" comes up. If our friendship has transcended blogging, you've also seen me talk about mimes on Facebook as it relates to the WIP. I have history with mimes. This has nothing to do with me being slightly French or the fact I used to have Mime Hunt as a screen saver either.

I studied mime and clowning in college.

This wasn't my major and it was only for a semester, but it was a valid course of study. Miming is interesting as you have to tell a story with only your body. To do this well, you need exceptional body control and be able to isolate body parts. It's really challenging and, in it's own way, a workout.

I'll be the first to admit I wasn't great at miming. I didn't have the patience to properly execute the techniques learned. This doesn't mean I don't have an appreciation of the art. It's a classic going all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and still thrives today.

And I still break out into the occasional mime routine.

If you want to try your hand at mime, I say nothing. That's the first rule of mime, Lurkdom. All kidding aside, if you want to try your hand at mime, you should! Expert Village has a great YouTube series on miming techniques.

* Internet-nickname pending. Right now, we'll go with this.
** And possibly being a vanity project.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My One Word for 2017

The Lurkdom knows how much I'm anti-resolution and am more about goals. Being a new mom hasn't changed this, if anything I'm more pro-goal than before. Historically, I always fall short on what I want to achieve.

That's why this year, I'm working a new angle. A lot of people are already on board the one word for the year bandwagon, but I'm new to it*. If you're new to it too, you can read about it here. (Disclaimer: I ignore all the happy-fuzzy God things for reasons that I will not get into here.)

This year's word? STRIVE.

With all the changes in my life, this word is appropriate. It's a kind word, but filled with potential at the same time. I'll strive to be less anxious; I'll strive to eat better; I'll strive not to relate everything back to my daughter or cats. These are just examples because I should be striving in all things**. If what I'm reaching for is attained, great. If not, I don't need to be hard on myself***.

Change is a lifelong thing, Lurkdom. But this year I'm striving to improve myself just a little.

What about you? If you had to pick a word for the year, what would yours be?

* Turns out I'm really not new to this. Looks like I attempted this last year with the word "patience." I forgot about it and so did not work. 
** Let's be honest, I will relate things back to being a cat-mom or a mom-mom. 
*** I'm also striving not to beat myself up too much about things.
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