Monday, July 14, 2014

Waxing Nostalgic

While talking with our contractor last week, one of the workers asked him a question. He lifted his hands and said, “I know nothing”, and then he looked at me and said, “Sgt. Shultz”. I laughed because I got it.

Later that day, while reading some online news, there was an article about the movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The article referenced the original Planet of the Apes movies and had several linked videos that showed the actors in character on TV shows to promote those movies.

I clicked on the one with Roddy McDowall and Carol Burnett and oh, how I laughed. I miss that type of comedy. The Carol Burnett Show, Sunny and Cher, and Hogan’s Heroes were some of my favorite shows when I was a child. I think they might have been reruns even then.

On Sundays around here, my husband and I usually get up early, make breakfast together and watch an old movie from the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. We laugh about how movies have changed over the years, but to be honest, sometimes I miss those types of movies. 

What type of movies do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Journey to the Gray Zone, Week 16

I have no pictures today. Next week I promise to have pictures. Other projects have kept me busy this week.

The gray is becoming more noticeable and when I rake my fingers through my hair, it looks streaky. While the effect is cool, it makes me more certain I do not want to get highlights and lowlights. That was something my hairdresser and I discussed last time.

This week was the first week I felt a little shaky, not with my decision, but with what to do about the grow-out period. My power stripe is no longer in the “Oh, she missed her hair appointment” zone and it is squarely in the “Oh, she is growing out her gray” zone.

The idea of cutting it off crossed my mind, but I do not want short hair. If I did cut it now my hair would be long enough to look like an actual style and not a crew cut. This uncertain feeling is changing day to day and I need to keep that in mind.

I did find a use for that powder root cover I purchase. I have been using it to fill in my eyebrows! It is the perfect color and long lasting. As for the liquid root cover, maybe I will give it to my hairstylist to pass on.

Next week, I have an appointment with my stylist. I think a trim and shaping are in order as well has a coat of clear Shades to smooth and shine my hair.

Something else I have been doing to make myself feel better during this shaky time is to make the effort to put on makeup every day. I am having fun experimenting and playing with different colors. As the gray becomes more prominent, I find my makeup colors are changing.

I find my clothing colors are changing too. I no longer feel as if the warmer autumn colors I used to love look good on me now that my hair color is becoming a cooler shade. Blues, purples, and pinks are the colors I find myself drawn too. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kitchen Update

When we decided to redo the kitchen, the subject of our hallway came up. Instead of a normal linen closet, we have a hallway length of floor to ceiling shallow cabinets. Because the kitchen cabinets and the hallway cabinets are both visible at the same time, we knew they both needed redone at the same time

 This morning the cabinet installers showed up to install, but unfortunately the drywall person did not finish texturing the wall yesterday. One of the cabinet installers jumped in to finish that while the others worked in the hallway.

Instead of tearing out the hallway cabinets, we had the doors replaced and the cabinet resurfaced. This was a much more practical and economical choice.

Work will most likely continue on the kitchen tomorrow, but for now, the hallway is done! Here is a sneak peek. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Healthy Living

Back in February, my sister-in-law came up with this great idea to help us lose weight. Whoever lost the highest percentage of weight by October would get $100. We decided to do weekly weigh-ins along with a monthly win of $10. Because we are in different states, we are on the honor system.

We did well for the first month and then my mother-in-law ended up in the hospital. She ended up needing bypass surgery. All went well, but multiple trips out of state were necessary for all and between the stress and the traveling, the diet went out the window. We have not checked back in with each other since.

During that time, I did manage to lose about half the weight I wanted to lose. Woohoo right? But no, that weight was lost as three different 8-pound losses and gains and in the end, here it is July, and I have not really lost a single pound.

Now that my kitchen is out of commission, I am struggling to figure out what to feed my family that is semi-healthy and that everyone will eat. Everything is fast food or microwaved during the remodel. There really is no prep place for us to make meals.

I have already decided to restock with healthy food only once the kitchen is finished. I hope to use this time wisely and plan my restock while work is going on in the kitchen. Since cooking is not really my thing anyway, I want to plan for easy meals and I need to do this on a budget. Kitchens can be expensive. Wish me luck.

Have you ever done a complete food restock for your kitchen? Do you have any tips or ideas? Please share.