"Down the Middle" can be very polarizing.
I’ve started parting my hair (more) down the middle this past week or so. THIS IS A BIG THING (all you ladies totes understand, bros… as evidenced by the convos below… probably won’t)
I wasn’t expecting rave: “OMG - your hair looks so good!” reviews from everyone I encountered (though I did receive that from one lovely *lady* friend, so thank you. Genuinely, thank you.) but I guess I didn’t really get the reviews I was expecting at all… I was mostly expecting for people to:
a) not notice
b) notice, hate it, but not comment (which is what a lot of girls did… so also, in a way, thank you)
But here’s what I got:
INTERACTION WITH BOYFRIEND ON DAY 2 OF (MORE) MIDDLE PART
Boyfriend: *puzzled look* Did you… wash your hair today?
Me: What? yes… It’s usually clean when I wear it down.
B: Hm… it just looks different…
M: well, I parted it (more) down the middle
B: I don’t know what that means
M: Instead of my part being way over here (point to the side of my head), it’s more like… in the middle.
M: Do you like it?
B: Sure babe. Looks good.
So, I mean, I chalked that up as a pretty successful response really.
Only slightly offended he thought the difference was my hair being clean for once… or that my hair looks greasier when parted down the middle. I didn’t dwell on the convo long enough to deduce either way… and frankly, I don’t think I want to know.
Then I had this one…
INTERACTION WITH MALE CO-WORKER ON DAY 8 OF (MORE) MIDDLE PART
Coworker: Your hair has looked… very different these past couple of days.
Me: Oh, wow - I’m surprised you noticed! I’ve been parting it down the middle instead of over on the side like usual.
CW: Hm. Interesting how such a small thing can make such a big difference.
M: Yeah! I guess so! well… thanks!
CW: Oh. I didn’t say it was a good thing…
M: Oh……. yeah…. well, I guess not.
I’m still rocking it. Haters gonna hate, and my quarter life crisis will continue with the middle part… for now at least.
ThinkKit10: Make it a Habit
What habits did you start this year that you want to continue? What inspired you to get in a new groove? Will you continue into 2014?
Well, I’ve done a pretty shit job of posting my ThinkKit everyday, so there goes that answer of “writing more.”
I’ve challenged myself to do a lot of things this year, I don’t know if I’d go as far to call them “habits” but for the sake of this post, sure. I will.
One that I touched on in my other post, was spending time with people I admire… but this I’ll make less about how awesome they are, and more about how I truly, genuinely, made it a priority to hang out with them. I’m not an introvert by any stretch, but I do really enjoy nights in to myself, with my cat, a puzzle, and some broadcast TV (I’m more of an 80 year old than an introvert), but this year, I made it a point to hang out with people. And that was a great habit to get into.
I also ran. I ran 13.1 fucking miles one day in May. I took a major break from that day to about October, but I’ve started picking it back up. Now that it’s cold out (and I’m too cheap to get a gym membership), it’ll probably fall by the wayside again, but it was nice and I hope to continue that when it gets warm enough to run outside again.
These new “habits” were mostly self encouraged. I found that I became a better person the more I hung out with better people, so I wanted to do that. I guess you could say the people I was finding myself hanging out with inspired me for that because it certainly wouldn’t have been possible without them. For running, I’ll give my sister kudos for that one. She texted me one day asking me to run the Nashville marathon with her and I blindly said “yes.” Not only could I not run that (after I paid the fee), but I had to sign up for another one since I was already 2.5 month deep in training. So I’ll give myself a little credit for not bailing ship even when the odds were against me.
Cheers to change and challenges in the name of self improvement. Let’s keep on with that trend in 2014, shall we?
ThinkKit4: A Word to the Wise
What was the wisest decision you made this year? Who did it impact? Describe your decision-making process, discuss the results, or just share a little learned wisdom.
Everyone’s doing it…
I just signed up for this thing called ThinkKit. Everyone’s doing it (or at least 3 people I know at the Speakeasy, which is basically everyone for me), so I decided to do it.
I haven’t posted on this in 6 months, I don’t keep a diary, so my writing consists exclusively of emails, texts, and tweets… Clearly, it could use some conditioning. So I’ll give it a shot. No promises that I’ll post every day (or that every post will be high quality) but what’s the worst that could happen?
Don’t answer that.
I won’t make you read it, but I’m not going to lie - I’ll probably like you more if you do.
Mood Board: Ocean Avenue Collection
This one’s for the boardwalk truants, amateur spongers, and aspiring beach bums.
Our inspiration for the Ocean Avenue Collection was summer in the city, with a late 1970s/early 1980s vibe.
Crank up the radio—yes, the radio—and cheers! Beer’s in the cooler.
We’ve been expecting you.