I got flowers at work today. I've been doing this job helping people find jobs since 2004 and today's the first day I've gotten such a wonderful surprise.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
USA Today's article began with, "As an industry, airlines received the fourth-worst score in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) rankings of customer satisfaction. Only pay TV, social media companies and Internet service providers rank lower. Even wireless carriers and car dealers rank higher. That may not be an indictment of the industry, but it does indicate a lot of room for improvement."
Monday, August 4, 2014
Yesterday I went to Dunkin Donuts because I had a coupon burning a hole in my pocket. It was mid-afternoon on a lazy day and I was sort of close by, so I drove in and decided to hit the drive-through.
There were cars parked over to the side of the lot the way most employees seem to park, but there weren't any cars out front. The only other time I have been to this place was last year at night and they only had one or two donuts left. Plus, and don't hate on me for this because the rest of the country seems to love their coffee, I don't love their coffee.
But the coupon was for iced coffee super cheap. So there I was.
I pulled up and I sat. Waited.
No one said a word. I thought perhaps they were closed, but the sign said that from 4-6pm, iced coffee was cheap. Super cheap, in fact. In fact, the 4-6pm price for iced coffee was the price of the coupon. But no one knew I was there and I decided I didn't need the calories, so I drove off sans iced coffee.
This morning I found myself near a McDonald's, which I know for certain was open because it was clearly open with people and cars and activity and McDonald's is always open.
I drove my top-secret stealth Camry up to one of the drive through speakers.
Her: "Hello, welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?"
Me: "I'll take a large black coffee."
I waited quite a while and finally said, "Hello?" But there was no response.
Another car pulled up to the other speaker next to me and placed their order, so I left.
I should lease the car to the government for secret missions.
I listen to the radio most of the time. The classical station isn't coming in anymore and that annoys me, especially in the morning because that's when I prefer classical.
I've decided that I don't care. They both have merits. One thing about a window seat is you don't have to get up for someone else to go to the bathroom.
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out,
just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will
take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of
kindness, blow the rest away.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
And yet it is very different. I like it. The only thing I don't especially like is that it seems to me it is too frizzy. But I looked at older photos from here and it doesn't look more frizzy after all.
There is a lot less hair! Tons of hair hit the ground and I didn't care in a huge way.
I don't normally use a lot of products. I use a sulfate-free shampoo from Nature's Gate and occasionally I use a citrus rinse from Dr. Bronners. I comb it when it is wet and full of conditioner. I make my own leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle: distilled water + conditioner. I also will sometimes use Aveda's Be Curly, but it has alcohol in it, so I don't like to use it. I wrap the wet hair in a small towel that's super absorbent and after a few minutes, I take off the towel and shake my hair. Then I flip the towel so the drier edge is toward my face and let the towel soak up some more water.
I use a diffuser on my blow drier when I need to get it really curly and/or dry really fast.
With this new cut, I have been touching up with a small curling iron. I just curl a few pieces here and there and also touch up the ends.
The surprising thing I did was allow her to color it. I was deeply undecided up until the point I was sitting in her chair. She used foil as for highlighting, but she matched my hair color and didn't try to eliminate all the gray hair.
I'm glad I did it and I'm also glad it isn't a huge difference.
Here it is straightened. You can see how the ends aren't full and that's because of all the hair she cut out of it. Doing this made me realize she cut more from the back, where I have a ton of hair, than she did on the sides and front, where there is a fraction of the hair.
This is after I brushed it. ACK!
Here is where you can see that the ends aren't as full as before.
The old stained hair from a previous dye job is still there, but not so boldly obnoxious as before. She cut a lot of it off. It's much more subtle.
This is in sunshine and may give you an idea of how much less grey there is right now. As my hair grows and gets cut, I will see more realistically what my grey hair looks like. Then I will make a decision.
That's the saga. If you have read all this, you're a trooper!