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Oh yeah - I should write something, huh?

I dyed my hair last night with a colour other than my normal one (which I have to buy from Canada). I think I won't be using this one unless I have to - it's at least four shades darker than my usual colour, and it dyed my fake nails (which fool most people at a casual glance, I am sneaky, o yesIam) bright orange.

My usual colour does not do anything so obnoxious - it's a well-behaved colour that dyes my hair, and nothing else (really - not my skin, not the countertops, not the shower curtain, and most certainly not my nails).   This colour was much more delinquent - it kept spattering everywhere, it dripped, it flew across the bathtub and smeared all over my newly washed shower curtain liner (I scrubbed most of it off, but still), and it's way too drippy for me to risk trying to dye my eyebrows.

(I normally do this - I like the look.  I know it says you shouldn't, but I am careful.  You, of course, should not consider this encouragement to do something that might cause permanent blindness, so if anyone asks, you didn't read it here.)

On the bright side, I look totally goth with this colour.  It's definitely not a natural red, whereas the normal colour fools people - just like the nails. All these fake things - it's a good thing I don't have a boob job - I'd be Barbie.

(Okay, not Barbie - she's outside my league. One of those knock-off "fashion" dolls they sell in the dollar store, maybe. And only if I have a tummy tuck too.)

But I do look like a gothy princess - it's too bad I don't know where any good nightclubs are up in Plimouth (and environs), because I would so be there, flipping my dark red hair around with abandon.  I have a wardrobe full of great clubbing clothes that would (I admit) look pretty good with this colour, and they whimper at me every time I walk past them.  I am definitely going out dancing for my birthday, but I'd like to go out before then - and maybe not  be throwing up, like I was last time.

I got sick that day - so not fair.  I went anyway, but it wasn't much of an evening (and sorry to the people who joined us), though I did discover that I can throw up and not spoil my makeup.  I'm not sure when that will be useful, but you never know.

(Looking at my calendar, the Friday before the Lochmere event - September 26 - looks possible.  Sadly, October is completely booked.)

In other random brain meat twitchings, I bought my CC27 membership today - I guess that means I'm definitely going. I have decided that ticky box is right, and I should relax, hang out with people, and wear fabulous costumes. I showed Bob my costume ideas last night, and he thinks it's cool enough that he's going to help me put some of the elements together. He's awesome - but you all knew that.

I'm a bit out of thoughts - the mega-insane cleaning yesterday (my bathroom is sparkly clean, btw) did a number on my arms, because I had to get down on both the bathroom floor and the kitchen floor to scrub. And scrub I did - I actually killed one Magic Eraser, and made serious headway through two others (of slightly different sorts) before running out of a couple of essential cleaning supplies, which I will be picking up today. In the meantime, ouch.

Okay, mega ouch. I interrupted the dust bunnies in the midst of their science experiments, and they were cranky. And I think I heard the shower curtain scream when I shoved it in the washer.

- I managed to spill sea salt all over the carpet while dusting (don't ask), but Bob will be doing the vacuuming, so I have ceased to worry about it. If we have time after finishing cleaning (and what does it say about my housekeeping skills that it takes two days to clean an 1100 square foot apartment?), we will do dinner.

Bob says he has bought me an anniversary present. We don't normally do this - we usually just buy cards for each other, or kiss and say "happy anniversary" or something, so I have not bought him one. But I am making him my truly amazing Crack Chicken Salad today so he has tasty sustenance while I am gone, and will think of me fondly.

Plus a clean bathroom. Never underestimate the romantic appeal of a clean bathroom.

(Of course, mine already has hair all over it - I shed like a Saluki with a thyroid problem.  Damn hair.)


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Sep. 10th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Have you considered Henna for your hair? Comes out beautifully, looks natural, covers grey better than anything that comes in a box, smells WAY better and is good for your hair. I swear by it.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Henna doesn't give me anything close to the colour I like - it's not strong enough. :)
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Sep. 10th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Clairol Herbal Essences?? I swear my shower looks like a pig got slaughtered whenever I dye my hiar in there, but it's the only red that has ever seemed to work with the corpse-white complexion. (Sometimes the Irish Heritage sucks!!! Mom's 50% Italian, why couldn't I have gotten some Olive tones???)
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I use Nutrisse Garnier Luscious Mango - it looks perfect with my skin, and natural enough that people assume it's my real hair, especially when I've just done it so no roots show.
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Sep. 10th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
See, you most definitely have a medical reason for hiring somebody else to clean your house. Easily justified expense. :-D
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
But then there is the stress of having to pick up before the cleaning people get there...

course I'm about ready to do that at least twice a month for my sanity.
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Sep. 10th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ohhh. I looked at your chicken salad. It looks low carb! I'm pretty sure you can pile on the fat and call a recipe healthy as long as it is low carb. And, don't forget - calcium rich, another great label that allows us to eat fat! (I really shouldn't be sarcastic, though, because I'm actually losing weight by eating low carb. And, since my chicken salad recipe has cool whip - gulp - I want to try yours.)
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
It is low, I think - the cream adds a little lactose, but it's heavy cream and sour cream, so *very* little. The celery is free, and you can add walnuts to it if you like.

My salad recipe originally came from the Silver Palate cookbook, then I modified it, so it's not really mine, but hey. It is *just* like crack (without the side-effects) - it's addictive, and hard to stop eating. Unlike crack, though, it tastes great in sandwiches or on crackers. Or on its own. :)
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Sep. 10th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
You can wash shower curtains? o.O

Okay, I don't have a shower so that's one of those things I don't need to know, but still. The mind is boggled.
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
The non-plastic ones are washable, yes. We have a linen curtain in black and cream stripes, and a liner that is fabric-like, rather than clear plastic, because the water in our apartment leaves a strange pink mineral residue on everything, and we were going through plastic liners at a rate of two a month (because even I won't put up with that level of gross). It's actually really nice - and with the line, you can use all sorts of nice curtains.

I have a really pretty blue one with white roses in the guest bathroom at the farm - which reminds me, that one needs washing.
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Sep. 10th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think I am a saluki with a thyroid problem!!!

I snorted diet coke. You owe me a keyboard. Or something. :-D
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
You don't use vinyl gloves? I buy them by the box, so I know I have ones that fit properly and won't blow out in the middle of a dye session.

Also, SeaBreeze removes color drips from even porcelain. But you gotta clean it up right away!
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I can't use the gloves when I'm washing it out - I can't feel when I have the dye washed out, and they pull and break my hair. :( Though I'm going to have to use them when I'm washing my hair for the next couple of washes, since the red takes several shampoos to wash out completely.
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Sep. 10th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
A small part of me misses the red hair, but the upkeep was brutal. And apparently my dyeing skillz with red dye were made of fail, so I had to have it professionally revived every 6 weeks and after a while it started to hurt me financially.

But black dye I can manage on my own. I'm not sure why, but I don't have the epic disasters I had with red dye, though I still manage to make a mess out of myself and everything within a 15 foot radius. :P
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
All y'all can keep the reds. I won't fight you over them. My hair is naturally dark ash blonde/light ash brown. It's liberally salted, now, of course, but whenever I've tried a shampoo-in color, my hair has picked up the "gold" or "red" tones, which have made me feel fat and ugly every day I had it. I now use the Level 2 color (semi-permanent) or the highlighting kits, both of which allow me to keep the cool tones in my hair.

Of course, people tell me I look great with red hair. I can't bear it.

Sep. 10th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
You're supposed to wash the shower curtain lining?
Sep. 11th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Not a bad idea to do it. You can wash the vinyl ones in the machine on a delicate cycle, but as someone else pointed out you do have to line-dry them.
Usually the liners hold some soap residue from the shower; the soap is hygroscopic, and that encourages a number of things to grow.
About a year ago I made a duck cloth curtain for a friend whose house is 'of an age' to which a heavy cloth shower curtain is appropriate (bath tub is a free-standing claw-foot and the curtain acts as the surround, too.) It's supposed to get laundered weekly, but he tends to "let things go" and if I'm up to date on my info, it's hitting the laundry about once a half-year. Gets the pinky stuff on it, surprisingly little mold or mildew.
Sep. 11th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have finally lost all my pink in the shower. I use Clean Shower (I think that's it. arm & hammer bought it from the guy who invented it cause he didn't want his wife dying from whatever stinky stuff she'd been using...) on the vinyl curtain when I use it on the shower. And Magic Eraser on the places Clean Shower doesn't clean. And if things are getting pink or black in corners, I liberally cover with Listerine. About a year ago, I apparently had done it enough that the pinks and blacks quit coming back -- and it's not cause I'm a reliable cleaner, either.

I swear by Listerine for killing stuff. A few years back I read that they use thymol crystals in saving books that have been exposed to mold (think medieval books in Florence after everything flooded in the 60s --I could barely finish the novel, the visions of books in convents and museums and libraries being ruined was so distressing), and it occurred to me that if Listerine has thymol, maybe it would kill the black stuff that kept creeping out from behind the unreachable, uncleanable places in the shower in our old house. I sloshed it on a couple times a week til it gave up. Felt like a superhero, I tell ya.

(a fine spray kills aphids on houseplants, good for athlete's foot, if your window tracks get icky from moisture falling down into them it will at least halve the ickiness , friends swear it kills and keeps away mosquitos)

I react badly to most cleaning chemicals, so when I do go around actually cleaning things, I take a Magic Eraser (heavy duty), a thick microfiber cloth, a little spray bottle of water, and one of Listerine. I actually don't hate it, now that things get clean easily and I don't end up with a sinus infection every time.

I do still need a friendly wood cleaning/polishing product tho....

I was raised thinking you only cleaned while terrified that the visitors on their way would see what a mess your house was. I haven't completely grasped deep down that you can just keep your house clean because it's nicer to live in it that way, but I'm working on it.

oh, lol, I just remembered something from my past! Like many of you, if things get put away they no longer exist. I think it's genetic. One house we lived in, my mother put a wooden door desk top over a table in the living room and added a pulley system so she could just pull it up to the ceiling if the table was needed for something other than her wave of paper trying to overtake the world.

It didn't work for shit, lol, being unstable and likely to dump things off, but I still think it's a great concept, as long as you don't want to look anything like a normal person!

Sep. 14th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Heck yes about the romantic impact of a clean bathroom. My mom friends all agree that whether he cleans it, or just gets us enough sleep so that *we* can clean it, clean bathrooms are THE aphrodisiac of the new mom. The rest of the house can be *T*R*A*S*H*E*D*, but if we can take a bath without cringing, he's WAY more likely to get happy too. :)
Sep. 14th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
dust bunny wrangler
Gotta love those manic cleaning binges...

As someone who is just starting to get involved with the SCA and medieval re-enactment, I applaud your dedication to details and authenticity.
I love your projects and can't wait to see more.
I have so much to learn!
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