Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Toes on ice: My right foot is cold.

Let’s pretend you do not check the weather before dressing for the first time in about a week. And you think that finally the sidewalks are clear enough for you not to bother with snow boots, so you wear flats to work. If you do this, it will be snowing within the first few hours of you arriving at work. And then when you walk to Target on your break to buy instant oatmeal because you finished your box of oatmeal that morning, your right shoe will break and every step will let snow into your shoe. This is not a “what would happen if…” scenario. This is fact. Fact, I say!

(This is mostly just me complaining that I stepped into a puddle one time.)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Shampoo is a Funny Word

With curly hair, I’m not technically supposed to use shampoo. There are crazy amounts of websites that say “sham+poo=phony+poop.” Apparently, “[m]ost shampoos contain harsh, drying sulfates that are extremely damaging for curly hair (ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc.).” Except I still use shampoo. Not every day, but I still use it.

Conditioner, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. Every year, conditioner tops my Christmas and birthday lists.* I love conditioner so much I’d marry it, were such a thing legal. Though I’d probably feel bad about squeezing every last drop out of my husband, only to discard him like so much garbage when it’s gone; I’m just not that kind of girl.

Where is this going, you ask? Good question. Excellent, in fact. Earlier today I took a shower. I share said shower with some other people, so there are some other bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Suave and Herbal Essences. It made me realize that the more “fancy” a shampoo/conditioner is, the more detailed the directions are. Your basic, store brand, cheap shampoo or conditioner will be all “lather, rinse, repeat,” which incidentally was the basis for one of my favorite episodes of Pinky and the Brain***.

A non-store brand that is cheap, but not that cheap – such as, say, Suave – will go with a “Massage into scalp, rinse, repeat if desired, follow with corresponding conditioner.” Herbal Essence – the next tier up goes all cutesy: “Massage Me In. Rinse Me Out. Viola! You've Go My Full Attention.

I’m a TRESemme girl myself. The directions of these are something close to “cover hair from roots to halfway down tips – like you’re make a ponytail. Work whatever’s left through the tips. Leave on for one to five minutes and rinse.”

I imagine that the really expensive shampoo would be something like:

Pour two and a half teaspoons into your hand. Blow on it gently. After asking for and receiving its permission, work exactly half of it into the roots of your hair. Place a drop of what remains on the tips of each of your ears and work the rest in a clockwise motion into the tips of your hair. Spin around three times and rinse. Repeat.

*This is a lie. Just clarifying**, as my birthday’s coming up.

**Ha. Clarifying. Shampoo.

***They put on broadway shows to raise money to add the word “continuously” (or something) to the “lather, rinse, repeat” directions, so everyone would be busy shampooing and they’d take over the world. Genius!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Asian Foods

Winter break, winter break, winter break. The first few weeks of my break were spent in good old rainy Washington with my lovely family. In this second part of my break I am in good old sunny Escondido. Washington’s rain is nice in short bursts. I like the occasional rainy day. But man oh man I love me some sunshine. That is why Flagstaff is pretty awesome. It is very sunny there. Quite nice. Although the weather here is not quite wintery. For example, it will be 70 degrees tomorrow and it will be awesome. I like this whole winter snow thing, but a 10-day break of summer in the midst of the rain and the snow is nice. VITAMIN D.

Anyway, this side of my winter break has been filled with Asian food. Delicious. Shui Mai, Soup, Panda Express, Instant Seaweed Soup, Instant Miso Soup. The latter two are coming back to Flagstaff with me and it will be glorious I tell you. The shui mai is actually being spread over two days. Yesterday we mixed and folded all the shui mai, made 10 (2 per person) and froze the rest. We had to stop early because people had to go home. So we will make the rest of them on Friday.

And, AND I am eating Miso Soup right now. At this very moment.

These are all very fascinating facts that you are interested in, I’m sure.

All this Asian food concerns me, as I will miss it while I am in Flagstaff. “Is there,” I wondered, “an Asian food store in Flagstaff?” Yes, yes there is. It is but a 15 minute walk (or 3 minute drive) from my dorm. Tasty/Convenient.

284 words later and I’ve successfully said nothing about anything except for that there’s Lee’s Oriental Market in Flagstaff where I can buy shui mai skins and instant miso soup and the like. A bit boring, really, but at least I’ve updated my blog. Now you can stop bugging me about it. You know who you are. :)

Four days and I’ll be in Flagstaff. What fun. I'm excited.

HERE IS AN UPDATE from the 11th of January. It's come to my attention that that Oriental Market no longer exits. This is sad, but we can work through it. Thanks to Alida for finding out and letting me know.