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next time, i’ll make an appointment

 

last week's snow

Tomorrow morning at "oh-dark-thirty", I will be embarking on a little journey that will take me 2,457 miles from home. I'll be heading to the other coast, hoping to see the other ocean, sleeping in a bed all by myself, not answering the late night baby-cry. And chances are, I'll miss all of it.

But, I will be gathering with friends I have never met, and look forward to seeing face to face. 

So for this mama, a trip like this required a little freshening up of the old wardrobe, thanks to a very fun shopping trip/Christmas gift with my mother. 

And it also required a hair cut. A long overdue hair cut.

And being the oh-so-last-minute kind of person that I tend to be sometimes, I failed to schedule a haircut with my regular girl. It left me at the mercy of a walk-in joint yesterday afternoon. 

As she was washing my hair:

Her: So will you be going to a Super Bowl party tonight?

Me: No….we had friends over last night…. I have a baby who goes to bed pretty early, we'll just stay home and have our own little party, etc. etc.

Her: Me, too. I'm staying home. I'm still recovering from partying last night. That was about the craziest partying I've done in a long time. So crazy that I came home with a heart tattooed on my butt and I don't even remember it.

Me: (speechless. trying to remain polite. wondering what makes her think this would be a good idea to share with me. wondering if i should feel flattered that she thinks i'm young-enough-looking to share these kinds of stories with.)

Her: (leans over me to wash my hair and I notice the unmistakeable reeking of alcohol on her breath, and dripping from her pores)

Later…..

Her: (more generic questions about my life)

Me: (tell her at one point that I have four children.)

Her: Will you be partying tonight for the super bowl?

Me: (I thought we covered this already.) No, we'll be staying home.

Her : Is your man going to be cooking?

Me: (speechless, again.)

Her: Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?

Me: We're Steelers fans. My husband grew up in Pittsburgh. But we used to live in Wisconsin for a few years. They love the Packers.

Her: Oh. Is that where Green Bay people are from? I don't follow football. 

Me: (speechless, again.) Yes. Green Bay is in Wisconsin.

Later….her final question to me before starting up the hair dryer

Her: So, you gonna be drinking tonight?

Me: *sigh* No. We'll be staying home. (though after this experience, I might have to.)

Miraculously, I managed to get out of there with an average haircut. Let's hope it looks okay from the back too. 

So today will be list-making, and laundry, and packing, and also soaking in these girls just a bit longer before I sneak off in the dark, tomorrow morning.

 

last week's snow

Tomorrow morning at "oh-dark-thirty", I will be embarking on a little journey that will take me 2,457 miles from home. I'll be heading to the other coast, hoping to see the other ocean, sleeping in a bed all by myself, not answering the late night baby-cry. And chances are, I'll miss all of it.

But, I will be gathering with friends I have never met, and look forward to seeing face to face. 

So for this mama, a trip like this required a little freshening up of the old wardrobe, thanks to a very fun shopping trip/Christmas gift with my mother. 

And it also required a hair cut. A long overdue hair cut.

And being the oh-so-last-minute kind of person that I tend to be sometimes, I failed to schedule a haircut with my regular girl. It left me at the mercy of a walk-in joint yesterday afternoon. 

As she was washing my hair:

Her: So will you be going to a Super Bowl party tonight?

Me: No….we had friends over last night…. I have a baby who goes to bed pretty early, we'll just stay home and have our own little party, etc. etc.

Her: Me, too. I'm staying home. I'm still recovering from partying last night. That was about the craziest partying I've done in a long time. So crazy that I came home with a heart tattooed on my butt and I don't even remember it.

Me: (speechless. trying to remain polite. wondering what makes her think this would be a good idea to share with me. wondering if i should feel flattered that she thinks i'm young-enough-looking to share these kinds of stories with.)

Her: (leans over me to wash my hair and I notice the unmistakeable reeking of alcohol on her breath, and dripping from her pores)

Later…..

Her: (more generic questions about my life)

Me: (tell her at one point that I have four children.)

Her: Will you be partying tonight for the super bowl?

Me: (I thought we covered this already.) No, we'll be staying home.

Her : Is your man going to be cooking?

Me: (speechless, again.)

Her: Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?

Me: We're Steelers fans. My husband grew up in Pittsburgh. But we used to live in Wisconsin for a few years. They love the Packers.

Her: Oh. Is that where Green Bay people are from? I don't follow football. 

Me: (speechless, again.) Yes. Green Bay is in Wisconsin.

Later….her final question to me before starting up the hair dryer

Her: So, you gonna be drinking tonight?

Me: *sigh* No. We'll be staying home. (though after this experience, I might have to.)

Miraculously, I managed to get out of there with an average haircut. Let's hope it looks okay from the back too. 

So today will be list-making, and laundry, and packing, and also soaking in these girls just a bit longer before I sneak off in the dark, tomorrow morning.

34 comments on “next time, i’ll make an appointment”

  1. Have a great trip.Had to read this out loud to my husband, long after we should have been in bed.We had a great laugh, thanks for sharing…I needed that. By the way you are normal…just in case you were wondering.

  2. Oh my! I was waiting for the part where you told her you were afraid to have her cut your hair! What a brave woman you are…and Im sure it looks fabulous! Enjoy your trip!

    :)Lisa

  3. You are very brave to stay in that chair. I would have said…Oh crap! I forgot that I am meeting my man at the bar in 10 minutes for my morning bit of hooch. I’ll have to reschedule. and I would have run like the wind out of there! Glad it worked out for you. Have fun on your trip.

  4. Oh man, that’s awful! I’m glad you got a half-way decent haircut out of it. I was at the dentist a month ago when some guy in the waiting room asked what I was making. I told him it was a scarf but at the rate I was working, it probably wouldn’t be done until summer. He told me that’s when he was getting out of jail. Awkward!

  5. Good thing you went without the children! Sometimes I take my girls with me to get a manicure. The last time I did that there were two young girls discussing when there food stamps would be avaliable(I’m editing here). We can all use a little help, but come on lets have some respect. On the otherhand you must be flattered that you appear to be younger looking so she assumed you may be impressed with her partying. Thank you for sharing I needed a real good laugh

  6. haha! i feel the EXACT SAME WAY most of the time when i get my haircut. it is like i am the lamest person on the planet when i get into a conversation with a hairstylist, haha!

    enjoy your trip! can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

  7. SCARY! You are a brave woman to go through with the haircut! I’m over here on the Southern end of other coast, it was upper 70’s yesterday. Bring some tank tops!

  8. I’m not sure I understand… you have a problem with people admitting they use food stamps? I don’t really think that is similar to this story at all.

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