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29 May 2012 @ 04:38 am
ETA: New LJ layout. It's pretty monochromatic with its greyscale, but I like it (and frequently love monochromatic arrangements, despite my love of rainbows). Inspired by RealSnape (I think?) posting the picture of it--or, having an icon of it, and Tetley (in her less pesky form) posting the full picture in response. I haven't trackd it to its source yet for credit; I should do that soon if I can. Anyway, yay Judi!Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank.

I've realised I need to basically force myself back into the habit of trying to life-update every day to make myself keep up with LJ. (I like to do this because it gives me a clear record for when, at the end of the year, I start wondering things like "what the eff was 20xx for and did I actually leave my computer chair?") Even if, in reality, it doesn't end up being every day.

I'll start with some random things about my life:

  • I went no-poo, which may sound like a terrible life choice health-wise, but is actually a movement (I am so not funny) involving the discontinuation of commercial shampoos (some people stick with commercial conditioners--often all-natural--and call it "CO" or "Conditioner Only"). Instead I am now thoroughly washing my hair once a week with a baking soda/water combination (1tbs BS per 1 cup water), white vinegar/water (50-50 proportions, because it's good against scalp-itching, which I've always had even with regular shampoo and rarely with any actual dandruff), and my favourite: a green tea rinse of 2 bags green tea steeped in 2 cups of water and mixed with 1tbs honey (moisturising and gentle), 1tbs aloe vera gel (food-grade, as it's literally a liquid gel a person can consume every day), and enough drops of tea tree, rosemary, and lavender essential oils to soothe my scalp. I occasionally use it between wash-showers, too, for my scalp; I imagine I'll be doing that more in the summer with this gorram humidity and the fact that my hair is trying to curl and tendril away from me. But the process makes me smile, because it makes me feel like a chemist/potions-master as I create my own hair products and my hair also smells uniquely amazing (I have now been known to get caught sniffing my plait, which is a touch embarrassing). I have little doubt that Snape creates his own hair-washing products, however infrequently he uses them. (I too went through the transition period as my scalp recalibrated away from having the natural oils stripped away with detergent; I felt very Snapely. Now my scalp is all, "Oh wait, I don't need to keep producing that much? Awesome! I'll just produce enough to keep hair soft, shiny, and less tangled." I appreciate it, scalp, truly.)

  • I am moving to Providence in the middle of June. The move-in date is my mother's birthday, so I'm not sure how useful I'll be for the big move-in...but they don't want everyone moving in at the same time anyway, so it's good that I'll be waiting. And I probably won't just jump to Living There, because my brother is back from England for the summer and even if we don't speak much, I somewhat love living in the same house as him again--it won't happen much longer. (Don't any of you dare tell my Dweeb of a brother that: he leaves his suitcase in the middle of the living room with his shoes perfectly placed to trip over; he plays computer games and video games with no headphones so I wake up to things exploding; he is the most arrogant little super-tall [at 6'2", I am convinced he built a time machine in-utero and went back in time to steal my height from my very DNA] Dweeb ever; despite turning 20, he is certainly a 20-year-old boychild. But he's growing up, he's noticing girls a bit more often, we have more of our Real Conversations, and I also love him to pieces. Even if I am forced to do most of our bonding by going to fast food joints. *Long, loaded sighs and grumbles about how she should be Eating Moar Saluhds.*) I had a feeling my hair would get more talk than my move to Providence; I'll try to elaborate on that some other time. But cheap enough rent, reminds me of houses in England, on one of my favourite streets in the world, lots of cats, lots of people, lots of creativity. (I'm calling it the "Pussy Palace": the boys think it's for all the ladies they intend to seduce with the power of their minds and their stripper pole moves, but it's really for the ridiculous number of cats.)

  • As mentioned, my brother is back. My Xander-Dweeb (just proving he has a name) brother has returned to the Land of the Hamburgers before heading back to the Land of Tea for his third and final year at university, which will include his project/dissertation. Apparently he and his project supervisor are intending to work on it in a way that it is also commercially viable, since one of his project supervisor's dreams is to successfully sell an undergrad's project.

    And hamburgers leads me to today...

  • Memorial Day. I consider it one of the corners to the American Triad of Grilling: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day. Days I mainly recall from child-, kid-, and teen-hood as "days the adults go grill, eat, and get drunk" (occasionally in that order, but sadly rarely so). Instead of going to the neighbours', I went to M & B's, for whom I pet-sit/house-sit and who invited me to their barbeque. I nabbed a hotdog and a turkey-cheese-burger, which I ate during some wonderful conversations with my fellow UUs (Unitarian Universalists). M then helped me load up the car with the first batch of their collectibles that I'm helping them sell. (If you had asked me three years ago if I ever thought I would be working by commission with any sort of sales, I would have said "no" and thought you were more than slightly crazy.)

  • Shopping happened. There is a Savers by M&B's, so I stopped there before the BBQ to search for some jeans, as I've been wearing the same two pairs over and over again. I arrived to find that all clothing was 50% off, which also meant the place was a madhouse. I found four pair of jeans and a pair of pyjamas that are absolutely perfect: matching top and bottom (I may never have matching pants, but pyjamas I can now do) in bright, happy, rainbow plaid. $1.50. Score. (The four jeans came to $12, so I'm pleased.) I went back after the BBQ and found one more perfect pair of jeans in another size, a pair of shorts (which I will make myself wear this summer), a green-plaid button-up, and some single sheets so I have more that don't drive me mad by riding up at the corners (I hate that, as sleeper that rolls around a lot). Not too shabby. I also laughed to think of all these people I've heard speak disparagingly about second-hand shopping and judge those who do it, and then turn to me with questions like, "Where do you get your clothes? You have such a unique style!" (Eat your heart out, darlings: I'm recycling and looking good. Also, it's a cocky day today, heh.)

  • Unrelated to anything, toilets are evil. Especially our upstairs toilet. It didn't look at all clogged (just a bit of loo roll and clear water) when I flushed it, and suddenly the sodding toilet was spitting back at me. Or, well, cascading water over the sides--but for all the insult, it was throwing water directly at me. I pushed down the stopper-thing that stops water from leaving the tank (clearly, I know all the technical terms) and then did the least feminist thing I could imagine: hurried down the stairs hollering, "Dweeb, Dweeb! We have a problem!" (He, being am oblivious gaming dweeb, did not hear me; his-friend-and-our-neighbour did, so instead he helped me mop up the mess. Saintly boy, truly.) Now the bathroom floor is mopped.

    I think that's all for my exciting day, except for planning a random trip to Salem with Shaya tomorrow since I was given a $40-off coupon to a restaurant there by friends at Ferry Beach. I also want to write up about Ferry Beach soon, but that will require a post of its own. For now I think I've mainly caught up on those 'oh hey, I should tell LJ/my future self this' topics. Also, almost done catching up on my flist; hopefully this time I'll keep it up.

    Love you all!
    minervas_eule: Apfelblueteminervas_eule on May 29th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
    I am very happy to hear about your getting to spend time with your brother - ours do see each other so little by now, and love each other so much, it is such a pity how this becomes such a rare thing in today's world, everybody moving far away all the time...

    Tell Arthur Weasley about the toilet-thing, it seems this one wizard is playing his tricks on Muggles again :-))

    Is there a job-related reason why you move to Providence - or are you just moving to live on your own and love it better to be in that town?

    And *yeah* for LJ to keep track of one's own life :-))
    Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Water path.cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
    I'm happy to be able to spend time with my brother again, too! I'm sure that next year, or the year after that, it'll start getting tough and we won't have as much time to spend together. But I'm sure, especially since it's just the two of us, that we'll make an effort to see each other.

    I should tell Arthur Weasley about the toilet thing, certainly!

    Many of my personal friends are living in Providence, in the same house; now that they're moving out of that house and into another, they invited me to join in (since I was going to move into the first house). It's also a city, so things are in walking distance (and more job ops hopefully)--plus it's a college town, with Brown University and everything, so I love that! It's really a lovely city.
    lash_laruelash_larue on May 29th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
    Toilets, having been superceded by computers as the prime source of human irritation, may be organizing and planning a genereal insurrection.

    People keep dropping cell phones into then and now they can communicate by other means than Mr. Hanky.

    It's going to be an ugly mess when Crapnarok falls...


    Edited at 2012-05-29 10:47 am (UTC)
    Kiwi Crocus: HP || McHooch || Kittyhawk away.cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
    Ahahahaha you are a riot, Lash. I think that is exactly the problem.
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    Kiwi Crocus: Dar Williams || Magic's in the Learning.cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
    Thank you! Glad you like it. (: I'll head over to that post to put the credit down in my profile. :D
    CaroRulescarorules on May 29th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
    Moving is exciting!! :) Keep us posted on that!
    Kiwi Crocus: EA || Mrs. Fisher || Is that so?cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
    Will do. (: I'm not sure I'll be able to avoid it! I haven't moved in almost a year--it feels so strange, after essentially moving every 3 to 6 months!
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    Kiwi Crocus: HP || Ravenclaw || Wit and learning.cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
    Thank you very much!

    And I wouldn't be too impressed! It's hardly real chemistry. The baking soda is literally taking a tablespoon measure, putting the powder in the water, and stirring--then straight into the bottle. The white vinegar and water are just with a measuring cup and again right into the water.

    Although I am slightly proud of the green tea rinse. (: Especially since the (cheap) bags broke and I had to use a strainer! That was fun. Otherwise it was just another case of "measure and stir", with a bit of making up how much essential oil I wanted.

    Soap was used to wash hair for a long time, even on long hair. I think it was the hard water that changed it--soap stopped working so well. But it's definitely easier, better, and healthier on hair!
    zee: cuddles *-*zofbadfaith on May 29th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
    You're all kinds of wonderful.

    (and I love the new layout)
    Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Threads.cranky__crocus on May 30th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
    Awwwr, you flatterer. Thank you! And so pleased you like the new layout. :D