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Where did you go!?!?

Ok, I got massively sick.  Not just, ::cough cough:: the sick you get most of the time, but like massively sick.  I did everything right at the first symptom but it still knocked me out for more than 5 days and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since.  I will try get back with the blogging over the weekend.  In mind the posts to come up:

  • STS Week 10 and 11
  • My initial impressions using Youngblood
  • My dimethicone article
  • Superquick top chef recaps
  • My Tarte Mutipleye experiment
  • Why Togos rocks
  • Cathe 4lb microload gloves review
  • Saber knives review (!!)
  • A couple recipes

Eek, just writing them out intimidates me! We’ll see how much I get done!

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Depth Perception

I haven’t been posting much lately because 1) I caught my husband’s flu, and 2) I managed to attain a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or more commonly known as a burst blood vessel in the eye. OW.  I don’t know what exactly caused it (I was at lab when it happened), and I’m not too concerned but it does discombobulate the heck out of me.  I have been trying to do as much as I can with one eye open…which isn’t much…

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I love Anush!

Isn’t the start of a new relationship…so exciting!?

I am not super attractive (despite the hottiescientist name, but compared to most scientists, I probably fare ok), but when I was younger, I had my hair.  Beautiful, strong, healthy black flowing hair.  And so much of it!  And then, my genetics hit me and my hair started to thin out in the most obvious place imaginable — front and center.  It’s been a steady decline since I turned 20 and the source of a lot of grief.  I try not to think about.  In the end, it’s just my hair and looks and appearance don’t mean that much, right?  Yeah, but your self-esteem does and let’s face it, it’s tied to the way you look sometimes.  And frankly, I don’t think it would bother me that much if freaking stylists knew what what to do with it!

Seriously, I live in LA where even a Supercuts haircut is more expensive than the ones I used to get in the middle of nowhere when I lived back east.  Why should I dump $50-80 per haircut when they can’t do the one thing I want it to do: make my hair look good!  And I mean, good without spending 50 minutes a day styling it.  I hate using product (it speeds up hair loss too), I hate applying heat (it speeds up hair loss too), and I hate stressing about time lost (it speeds up hair loss too!).  I want the nice, versatile haircut: one that makes me look decent, and not balding, when I’m just letting it air dry, and one that makes me super sexy when I have time to be super sexy.  Is that too much to ask?

Apparently, it is.  The last couple haircuts have either been nightmares or nothing to get excited over, promptly followed with, “I can’t believe I just paid and TIPPED that.”  And then I found Anush.

I found Anush online and she quickly responded to my voicemail and freed up her schedule so I could see her.  After accidentally going to her former salon (where I met her incredibly bitchy former boss), I arrived at her new salon, the Louis Michael Salon.  First off, her energy was exactly what I needed.  I had a stretch of bad days on what should have been a nice weekend, and I frankly, I wanted to salvage that weekend.  If you could mix Hollywood FABULOUS with a huge heaping of SUGAR & SPICE (gotta love the spice!) in a totally down to earth woman, that would be a clone of Anush.  We went to a station where we talked about my alopecia, my horrid haircuts, and I almost broke down and just said, I just want to like what I see in the mirror.   We talked options and  about what I could afford and what I couldn’t, but she did not pressure me into anything at all.  It was a relief that she had sympathy to both my vanity and wallet.

And then she went to work.  And she did work.  She conditioned my hair and my gosh she started doing all these things with those scissors!  Some of it I recognized, some of it I didn’t, but whatever it was, it made me feel sexy.  She layered my hair so beautifully that you could hardly tell I suffered hair loss.  This haircut is what I’ve been wanting for years.  I know for a lot of people, they probably didn’t notice that much (like certain a-holes at lab), but for someone who has to stare at my alopecia every time I look in the mirror, it was freedom.  Beautiful, layered freedom.

Anush then did a quick look at my husband and suggested some great ideas for his mop of a head as well.  Beverly Hills is a big trek for me from Pasadena, but I really feel like she’s worth it.  She’s a completely high end stylist — actually, dare I say it?  ARTIST!  There I said it — and she’s worth every penny.  And you know, I’m going to save up every penny so I can continue to go to her.

UPDATE (5/22/10): I dropped by Anush’s station this weekend after convincing my husband he should get his hair cut by her.  What were we in for?  I was in for a Kerastase treatment and he was getting a Brazilian straightening treatment on top of his haircut.  Gosh, just seeing her lights me up.  The Kerastase treatment is do die for — if you can afford to do it, go for it.  The treatment has softened my hair and hopefully will restore my mop from whatever previous damage it has received.  She then blow dried my hair and, man, I love my hairstyle because she’s managed to make it look awesome in a different way again.  My husband got one of the best haircuts he’s ever gotten.  She spent so much time on him, I’m afraid he’ll get used to all the attention.  He thoroughly enjoyed her pleasant attitude and is definitely set on the two of us exclusively going to her for our hair needs.  So, THAT’s how good she is — now my husband wants to only see her!

To try Anush out yourself, check her website out at www.anushhairdesign.com.  Tell her the hottiescientist recommended her!

Watching Comedy Evolve

Friday night, my husband and I managed to snag tickets for 50% at the Ice House so we could see Christopher Titus, my favorite comedian.  I was first exposed to him on the show Titus which aired on Fox during my sophomore year of college, and I fell in love.  Always a fan of dark comedy, I get very excited to watch a special on Comedy Central or every once in a while see him in an intimate setting in my own neck of the woods.

The show was funny for the most part, but it was clearly a work in progress.  He did recycle some jokes from the “Love is Evol” Act.  It was hard to say what his theme really was… I’m not sure if it was trophies or revolution (and he really should stay away from the latter because he sounded like a tea-partier(bagger) when he went off on that).  I was only visibly annoyed in one part where he exhibited (I think) an ignorant to the point of unfunny take on anti-depressants, but there were definitely moments when I was laughing so hard my sides were hurting.  So, I’ll take it as a win.

It was while walking away slightly tipsy (because the Ice House makes you pay a buttload in drinks on top of their tickets), I realized that 1) I really admire Christopher Titus for working on his craft so rigorously that his final product is truly something to be admired and 2) I don’t think I’ve ever seen the beginning workings of a comedy act like this before.  I’m pretty critical at comics (oh, and his opening act SUCKED), but I don’t think I ever really walked away from an act going, that was a good START and I’m excited to see what will come of it.

Now, I hope I didn’t just curse him to an unsuccessful act!

I’ve been out of it

I’m been extraordinarily busy.  I sit and think blogging would help me de-stress, but it never materializes.  I’m going to change that trajectory (or at least attempt to) again.  Today, I’ll be bogged down with cleaning, packing, and experiments, as I’ll be gone in San Diego this weekend, sweating like a fiend at the Cathe RT.  There are a bunch of ideas and rants that have come to mind, but there are only 24 hours in the day, and I do need to sleep for a couple of them.  Here’s to another shot later!

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Post Recharge

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I came back to lab this morning, bright and early.  No workout in the morning which was sad, as now it is the evening and I’m just too pooped to work out.  I was hoping I’d have the energy to do Travel Fit but I’m not sure if I can even do that.  Despite having a really crappy storm to drive through rush hour traffic, I worked at a great efficiency in the morning.  I hit a ton of different projects all at once.  Whenever there was a feeling of, “ugh, do I have to?” I replaced it with, “Get it done!”  I didn’t have any panic or overwhelming feelings at all, or if they crept up, I brushed it aside.  I even got my H1N1 shot in downtown and ran my way back to bus in the rains and back to work to do more experiments.  Ate a dinner a little bigger than I had wanted to, got into a small FB skirmish, but nothing too horrible.  If I can manage to get my 40-80 minute workouts in, I’ll be pretty happy.  That said, I haven’t done any chores or spent much time with my poochie, but right now, the immediate goal is to get the exercise in first.  And now that I’ve futzed on the Intertubes for our two hours, I think it’s probably a good time to hit the sack.  Good night!

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Help for Haiti (or tell the extreme Right to shut the hell up)

January 15, 2010 1 comment

I’m blessed to have such a variety of friends.  That variety can extend to our political issues, as I have some pretty conservative friends, in contrast to my own stalwart liberalism.  (That said, I have some friends who are so green/liberal that I probably look like a Republican to them.)  I like to think that we all mutually respect each other, but there are times when I feel that the polarizing effects of this country land up in my living room.  One particular event comes to mind where I was chastised in my own home for watching MSNBC.  Even when I watch my liberally slanted television, I’m plenty aware and critical of it.  I’d like to think I don’t really need anyone telling me how to be a good person (or a good liberal) and that I’m self-critical enough to evaluate any information in front of me.  Mind you, Fox News is a staple in the criticizer’s home, and I rarely hear about how Glenn Beck whores himself out for his advertisers, Sean Hannity pushes the astroturf Tea Party movement, or Bill O’Reilly says that gay marriage is equivalent to marrying a duck.

But recent days have me particularly pissed.  Most people are aware of the horrific earthquake that rocked Haiti, leavings thousands dead or dying.  Most decent human beings have endeavored to tap into our better angels.  American generosity is unrivaled, and our President and other leaders have asked us to open our hearts to those in need.  But it seems that the right wing of our country, those who claim to be on the side of God, doesn’t seem to think that one of the biggest disasters to hit since the Indian ocean tsunami a couple years ago is worth talking about.

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