Friday, January 23, 2009

This and That

Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself. ~Hubert de Givenchy, Vogue, July 1985

I was looking for a change, so I started parting my hair on the opposite side.

I know... I'm a rebel.

Seriously, though -- those of you with absurdly thick hair will understand: fixing my hair the same way all the time made my head hurt to the point where I couldn't stand it. That pain is the reason I keep getting it all whacked off -- braids, pony tails, even just pulling a little bit of the sides back -- it all hurts. But, I can't stand to have my hair tickling my face. Drives. Me. Nuts.

My hair is as resistant to change as I am though, so I had to pin and spray the pogees out of it to keep it in place the first day. And, I have to admit, it really felt funny. The wind on my part... I kept thinking something was wrong: I shouldn't FEEL the breeze there. The way I auto-flip my hair was in the wrong direction. Funny how we get so used to something, isn't it?

I'm on day three of my new part, and my hair and I are getting used to it. Still, I'm rather tired of having to mess with it at all, and dream of chopping it off again. DH is resistant to this ("Short hair looks like a man."), but it's my head, so I'll make the final decision.

In the meantime, I'll have fun with my new look.

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Dakota is doing incredibly well in agility. I don't have pictures because the instructor doesn't want the flash to distract the dogs, and I completely understand. Last night, we learned the teeter-totter (or see-saw, which is what I chose to call it... you have to name the obstacles so the dog knows where to go). I thought this obstacle would be the one Dd refused to do. It's noisy, it's scary and IT MOVES!! She didn't love it, but she did it -- and she did it without help the last time. I was so proud. She really enjoys doing the agility and is becoming quite the star of the beginner class. She's one of the few who does the course off leash, and gets it *mostly* right.

The only problem we have right now is that there is one dog in the class who is dog aggressive. The owner is using the class to help socialize the dog AND to build a stronger bond between owner/dog. They keep her on leash the entire time (except when she runs through the tunnel or chute), and the instructor is always near, but it makes us all very nervous. It doesn't help that the dog is a pit bull. I try not to be biased against breeds as I firmly believe that it's HOW a dog is raised not WHAT a dog is. In fact, neither pit bulls nor rottweilers are in the top three breeds of reported dog bites (interestingly, Golder Retrievers ARE, so throw those preconceived notions right out the window).

Still, the fact is, while I don't believe that pit bulls (or rotties, whom I adore) are more aggressive than other breeds, the simple fact is this: if a pit bull attacks you or your dog, you're more likely to get seriously hurt than if a ... oh, cocker spaniel or Australian shepherd does.

So, it makes me uneasy.

And, last night, we compounded the fun by adding an unsocialized German Shepherd to the mix. She wasn't exactly dog aggressive, but she wasn't being friendly, either. And Dakota developed a fascination with her. The two times Dd stopped listening to me and took off, she went right to that dog.

Dumb Dd.

Anyway, for the most part (except the one time the pit jumped through the tire facing us and lunged with a menacing growl and was stopped about 18 inches from us...leaving my heart firmly planted in my throat) fun was had by all.

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You Are Kate



You've done a bad things in your life, even though they were justified.

And since you keep your past to yourself, people see you as very mysterious.

You're independent. You do what you have to in order to survive.

You are quick witted, and you have a variety of useful skills. You're quite resourceful.

Although you're a loner, you form strong romantic bonds quickly.

Deep down, you're very loving - though you are still scared of being burned by someone.



Some yes, some no... and since I don't watch "LOST", I have no idea who Kate is, or whether I'm like her... Now, if there was a "Eureka" quiz...

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12 comments:

Ceri Hebert said...

You Are Sun

You have a past history of being secretive and deceptive.
You're the type of person who will protect yourself at all costs.

While you can be crafty when you need to, you are usually giving, friendly, and likable.
You truly care for other people, and you are very sensitive.

People tend to underestimate you. You seem like a fragile flower, but you're not.
You are gutsy and clever. You have a way of getting what you want without anyone noticing.


Meh, not so much. I love Lost. I've been watching it since day one. Kate is cool, so don't worry.

My DH doesn't like short hair either, but I had mine cut anyway. I used to have long, beautiful hair. I don't know what happened to it. It's impossible to do anything with now.

Rotties are gorgeous dogs. Pit Bulls make me nervous. My mom has an Australian Shepherd (her 2nd) who is the sweetest, gentlest dog in the world. I'd take her.

Diane Craver said...

I've never watched LOST.

That's neat about your hair because I've heard you shouldn't always part on the same side. I feel weird though when I change and part it on another side.

And I don't leave comments all the time because I now have to sign in on my google acct. each time I post. I don't get it. I used to visit, sign in once and visit other blogs without signing in again on the same day.

Have a great weekend!

Sarita Leone said...

I changed my hair part recently and it took a while to get used to seeing myself that way. Now I can't remember how I looked with it parted on the other side. *G* Very adaptable here, I guess.

The dog class sounds intriguing but I honestly would be scared out of my mind with a growling, lunging dog nearby. I give you heaps of credit, you're much braver than I am!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

Judy said...

We should SO develop a "Eureka" quiz. In our spare time. :-)
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MomJane said...

I have never watched Lost, so haven't a clue as to who is who.

I would be very nervous around a dog who is aggressive like that. Good luck.

groovyoldlady said...

I think a pit bull is more likely to attack and kill another dog than a human. It is bred into them. You can train them and earn their love to the point that they'll try to ignore their instinct and be compliant, but when the rubber meets the road...

I had a rat terrier mix. Sweetest little doggie in the whole world. with PEOPLE. There was absolutely NOTHING we could do to get her to like other dogs. She went toe-to-toe with a dobie and cowed the beast who was 6 times her size! And she killed 1 parakeet, 1 gerbil, a neighbor's pet rabbit and umpteen wild rabbits - and let's not mention the skunk incident, alright? It was in her blood to KILL. And no amount of redirecting, training, or scolding changed that.

Dru said...

I'm glad that Dakota is having a good time at the agility classes. It sounds like you found her calling.

I know it's how dogs are trained and raised but rotweillers and pit bulls scare me and I tend to squeeze by them when I see them on the streets.

You Are Hurley

To the outside observer, you're a happy-go-lucky, fun person.

And it's true that you know how to have a good time.

You can make the best of a bad situation. You love making other people smile.

You're also quite level headed. You're often the voice of reason during chaotic times.

However, there's a lot more inner turmoil going on than most people realize.

You sometimes wonder if you're going crazy, and you even wonder if you're cursed.


I don't watch Lost but I hope Hurley is an okay person.

Have a good Friday.

Tori Lennox said...

You Are Sun

You have a past history of being secretive and deceptive.
You're the type of person who will protect yourself at all costs.

While you can be crafty when you need to, you are usually giving, friendly, and likable.
You truly care for other people, and you are very sensitive.

People tend to underestimate you. You seem like a fragile flower, but you're not.
You are gutsy and clever. You have a way of getting what you want without anyone noticing.


Huh. I'm not at all sure that's me.

Dru, don't worry. Hurley is a sweetheart. :)

Brandy said...

I don't watch Lost. *g* But, the quiz said I was Sun. Ookay.
I wear my hair long and in a french braid every single day. I wonder how to change that up? *G*

I hope you have a great day!

Amy said...

you're more likely to get seriously hurt than if a ... oh, cocker spaniel or Australian shepherd does.

Especially if MY cocker spaniel goes after you...she's missing a LOT of her teeth.

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On the hair: headbands, baby. The soft ones, not those plastic jobbers. You can keep your hair long, don't need a part and it stays off your face. And this is coming from someone with a GINORMOUS amount of thick, coarse, curly hair. Trust me, I GET it. Between headbands and octopus clips, I'm set.

Gay said...

Hair grows back. I like to keep changing things up, myself.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Okay, so from one major Eureka fan to another... who are you on Eureka? Believe it or not, I think I'm Jo. ;-)

Pit bulls scare me. Three people were killed here recently when they got out of their electric fence area. The three were just on morning walks in the area.