Friday, April 10, 2015

Hair post: Photos of Thinning

I just realized it's been quite a while since I've written anything relating to my thinning hair.  I also realized that I'm pretty sure I've never posted actual pictures of my condition.  So here ya go...

Here's what I look like straight on--not terrible.


If you're 7ft tall though, or flying overhead in a drone, here's what you would see:

And here's what you'd see if I bowed down in front of you:
(And yes, of course I took these pics in the ladies' loo at work.)

It's interesting for me to be able to study these...I could never get a clear, good shot of my head with a regular digital camera.  But my mobile phone does a bang up job.  I don't know--it's, uh...I guess the thinning isn't as horrible as I (usually) imagine it to be, yet it's still somewhat of an embarrassment.  I gave up wearing a topper piece in June of 2012 (http://paleladywrites.blogspot.com/2012/06/hair-loss-and-7-stages-of-grief.html) and honestly don't believe I would ever return to wearing one.  But lately I have found myself wondering if I'll ever shave off my hair and just rock the bald look because of profound thinning.  *sigh*  Blargh.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Style: new secretary vs old secretary

Our office secretary (sorry, I dislike the term "administrative assistant") has been retired now for one month, with the new gal working hard to learn the ropes.  And while she, the new gal, is a perfectly nice woman, I find myself missing the personal style in dressing of the former secretary.  Nancy (the retiree) is 65 years old and has wonderful taste in clothes.  Even if wearing a pair of jeans and a tee shirt on casual Friday, Nancy would add just the right amount of jewelry and a nice pair of shoes, and look put together.  She has a real flair for fashion, for creating outfits and not just throwing on clothes.

The new gal is around 43 and lacks...something, I don't know.  I've noticed she wears a lot of black, not because she's a Goth, but because she's a little plump.  (She could stand to lose 20 or 30 pounds...okay maybe more.)  And she's trying to hide inside of her clothing.  "I'm wearing black; you can't see me."  In the month I've known New Gal, I can't recall ever seeing her in any color lighter than navy blue, and now I'm doubting that I've seen her in that color.  Hmm, I think I'll keep a list of the colors she wears for one month; that would be interesting.  I think she would look great in some nice shades of medium to light blue, or even the right shade of pink.  Or if she actually likes dark colors, hey, that's fine--but switch it up some.  Wine, navy, emerald or forest green, brown, purple, grey, rust, "firebrick" red...the list of dark colors is endless.  When we get more comfortable with each other I'll broach the subject, like, "I've noticed you wear a lot of black."  Maybe black is her favorite color and golly, nothing wrong with that; it's also one of mine.  I remember when I was considering switching to an all-black wardrobe.  Now I'm glad I did not restrict myself to that extreme.  At any rate, I'll keep track of her color choices for a bit and will let you know.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Back to work

Hello!  Yes, my vacation week is over and I am back work today.  Oh, it was a great week of "stay-cation" and I accomplished a lot.  I wrote out a page long list of chores, cleaning tasks that I wanted to get done and I am proud to say that I finished the whole list.  It became quickly evident that the bedroom closet will take considerably longer to clear and reorganize than what I'd estimated, so that project will have to wait (maybe on my 3-day Good Friday weekend??).  I was so happy; this is the first spring clean I've done in years...YEARS, and I loved it.  I loved seeing my family off to work and school, and then perusing my to do list and choosing what I would work on that day.  But then my dream job would be a housewife, so of course I was a happy little woman.  LoL 

Spring is officially here, not only on the calendar but in real life as well; my hyacinth have bloomed as well as the Daffodils!!  Sugar Cookie and I picked some last week to make a bouquet for the kitchen.  I love that yellow color--it's such a happy shade.  Springtime in Southeast Missouri is an odd time, as one needs a jacket in the morning but you're sweating by the afternoon.  Layers are essential, darlings. 

Back to work I must go, but I did want to post an update.  *waving*  Be safe and enjoy your day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Last curve ball from winter?

Well, last week I worked a grand total of one and a half days, thanks to the latest winter storm that visited our area...a little bit of ice with a whole lot of snow on top, around 10 inches.  It's not that I mind having free vacation days from work, mind you, it's...I'm so sick of seeing snow everywhere.  I have a feeling though that last week's storm will be our last; at least I hope so.  Luckily by the weekend our temperatures had risen to the high 30s/low 40s, enough to begin the melting process, and the melting will definitely continue throughout the week.  Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 40s or even 50s (*squee!*) with plenty of rain to wash away the dregs.  But now of course, we'll have to watch for flooding.  It's always something. 

I'm taking vacation time next week and am planning on doing some spring cleaning.  Can I tell you how excited I am about that?!  I can't remember how long it's been since I have taken an entire week off (not counting the Christmas holiday time--every employee here gets that).  Yes, children, I will be running the "sweeper" (vacuum), mopping, dusting and cleaning items that have not been cleaned in, well, too long.  Something I want to tackle is my bedroom closet and vanity.  Oy vey...just getting those two areas under control could eat up my entire vacation week.  Oh!  And we are now under Daylight Savings Time, which always cheers me up since we have light longer in the evenings.  And that means Sugar Cookie and I can resume our "preevning" walks.  Bliss!  Stay safe, my darlings, and have a glorious day.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hair post: March 2015

Haven't measured in a while, however here's a picture I took this morning.

And this was January:
It's probably about an inch longer.  I'll reread the January post but it memory serves, my length was at the top of my bra strap and is now below the bottom of it.  Scissors haven't touched my hair since...I think it was June or July of 2013.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Longing for skirt weather

I never thought I'd say this but...I'm tired of wearing jeans. 
I don't wear skirts when the temperatures are as cold as they've recently been 'round here.  Normally I don't mind wearing jeans, but this week I've been scouring clothing websites, almost drooling over the dresses and skirts with their springtime colors mocking me.  And yes, I realize there are only 21 days until calendar spring, March 20, however there is no guarantee of Missouri winter-like conditions being done with at that point.  My mother used to tell the story of my sister being born on March 25th when it came a blizzard.  So even though I like to *think* of March as being the light at the end of the tunnel that is winter, it's really April when it happens.  But anyway, yes...been online window shopping for dresses.  I find it interesting that I'm leaning towards dresses instead of skirts.  My preference for skirts has been one of practicality, as one can mix and match tops and bottoms with a limited number of items.  For some reason though, I'm finding dresses appealing.  Maybe it's a sort of one-and-done situation, I'm not sure.  All I know is that my legs are longing for some fresh (warm!) air and a little sunshine.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh February, how I hate you

Winter used to be my favorite season...not so much anymore.  For the past few years the entire area holds its collective breath, waiting for February weather to pummel us and this year is no different.  Snow, and lots of it, started fall Sunday night, continuing all day Monday.  When it finally ended there was anywhere from 8-12 inches on the ground (depending on locale).  The university was shut down Monday and Tuesday, and today we had a "delayed opening".  I still had to wade through foot and a half high snow drifts and slither down uncleaned steps to reach my building.  Thank God for handrails and thank God it was snow instead of ice.  So ready for Spring.