Okay, I'm back! I know I was gone too long, I hate when life gets in the way. Yesterday I did all kinds of stuff. When I got to my hair appointment, they told me they were so sorry but they'd been trying to get a hold of me to tell me she was running 30 minutes behind. How dare they. How dare they force me to spend a half hour wandering around one of the ritziest, outdoor village style malls in town on a beautiful sunny day.
I also noticed that tourist season is over. I live in a highly seasonal area and logically I knew that season ends for the "society" people after Easter and for the plain old snowbirds after Mother's Day but the parking lots were empty and everything in the stores was on sale and there weren't trolley tour people shuffling around getting in my way. I don't get out much, so this was a delightful surprise.
I stopped in a ritzy boutique and tried on a bunch of expensive clothes I can't afford. Now I know what size I am and can troll E-bay for things I like (I know I'm a Cheap Ass and I'm proud of that). Specifically, I tried on Lilly Pulitzer clothing http://www.lillypulitzer.com/. Why, oh why does expensive clothing fit so much nicer? I swear the dresses and shirts held in my muffin top and pushed up my boobs, and the capris hit my leg at exactly the right spot. But at 50% off, the tank top I liked was $65. I just felt like it was too much of a splurge on the same day as getting my hair done and having Mr. Ashley take a few hours off of work so I could do so. I also stopped by White House Black Market to drool a little, I love that store.
At the salon there was a little resistance about going blonder, not much but she did mention several times that she loves my hair color right now and that it looks so natural. I can't complain at all though, it does look great, it is blonder but still natural, she only charges me $90 for a $175 highlight job and she does a deep conditioning mask on me every time for free. Her dad owns the chain of salons and I've been going on and off for almost 15 years now. They did my hair for free on my wedding day.
I also have a bit of a girl crush on her. We both read the same books and like the same things. We went through this whole big thing last year where we read and watched everything we could get our hands on that was about King Henry the Eighth. I know it sounds dorky but it is a scandalous, exciting, romantic time and I LOVE IT. She was so pissed that I haven't gotten Showtime to watch The Tudors. I'm pissed too. I saw the free preview and loved it. What the hell is wrong with me? We also did a Jesus Christ/Mary Magdalene phase and are going to do Marie Antoinette or Catherine de Medici next. There is this very intellectual, handsome gay guy there that is also into all of it and he always drags his clients over to sit by us and the three of us talk history the whole time. (You would have never guessed this about me, would you?). It is kind of like a book club meeting. Please read "The Other Boleyn Girl" to start your own King Henry the 8th adventure.
She also takes these wild vacations--mountain climbing in other countries, kayaking, rafting, two week long camping/hiking trips in the mountains alone, all kinds of unrelaxing crap every year. So my point is, I love her and that is why I put up with her shit about my hair. She's also probably right, in most instances. They scheduled my next appointment at closing time so the three of us can have a bottle of wine and talk while she does my hair. See why I love her?
On my way home my bestfriend called and proposed getting together for dinner and they were here for the whole evening. She has a daughter 6 months younger than the big kid. Her and I have been friends for 14 years. She also has a 13 year old (God bless her). Her little kid and my big kid are totally BFF (best friends forever). She bosses him around (and has forever) but they're always hugging and kissing and holding hands with each other, so he must not mind the bossing too much. They adore each other though and she is a total trip. She insists on wearing the same Minnie Mouse dress every time they come over (at least once a week) because the big kid loves it. We're going to Disney World together in September and when her mom told her she was pretty nonchalant until she heard she was going on vacation with the big kid and she burst into happy, sobbing tears. Of course, they'll duke it out if they both want the same toy or if she doesn't respond to him quick enough, and sometimes they're bickering ruins me and my bestfriend's "play dates" and that does piss us off, but last night they were good.
So there went yesterday.
Today I had to take the big kid to Speech class. I'm so glad it is over with next week. Halle-freakin-lujah for that. It's a total pain in the ass and will get it's own entry soon. I may wait for his end of the year review because that should be a hoot. I've also been busy because I'm seriously considering doing children's photography part time and have spent lots of computer time looking into that, editing pictures and obsessing about making a website. I've also managed to stir up trouble in a few other places, so really I've been pretty busy. Oh, and I fit in a nap today!! That was the best part of this whole week probably. I did miss you all though, really I did.
I'm looking forward to this weekend, yay for three day weekends!! I'll be back with something funny or some shopping soon. probably.