Life, Misc.

A few things on a Friday

*First, just a note for anyone having a rough week or a rough day:

What a true and comforting thought. 🙂

*I got a haircut/ color yesterday.

Can I just say (again)- I am soooooooooooooooo glad that I found my new hairstylist a year or so ago?? I cannot even explain how much I prefer the “single chair” set up compared to sitting in the middle of a busy salon. I do not think I realized how much I despised sitting there with foils in my hair with people all around me (while I looked like an alien under the bright salon lights), or awkwardly listening to the conversation between my neighbor and her stylist.

Being in a private room, just me and the stylist, is a gazillion times better. And, she’s way cheaper than what I paid before. And she’s nice. And I like how she does my hair. Win-win-win-win.

*After my hair appointment I swung by the nearby library.

I had to return a couple things, but I decided to browse for some “holiday” books. I had this one on my Want to Read list (no idea where I ever heard of it, but it’s on my Goodreads list… so I apparently added it at some point).

I also saw a shelf with a bunch of the Debbie Macomber holiday books.

I am pretty sure I’ve read one or two of her books before, and if I recall correctly, they are quite cheesy, borderline cringey, and very predictable holiday love stories. Basically, a Hallmark movie in book form.

But you know what? I don’t think I care. I just wanted to have a few light-hearted, feel-good books on hand for the next month or so, and this should do the trick. Maybe I’ll do a search for some more highly recommended “holiday” books to request for next year, but for now, I was just glad to find something in stock at the library.

(And full disclosure, I like Hallmark movies, so… these will likely be fine.)

*Weekend plans

I have to wrap up work early today to head to a Chicago suburb for a swim meet with Asher. We opted to just attend the Friday/ Saturday sessions (will skip Sunday) to limit a hotel stay to just one night. Also, we have tickets on Sunday evening for Come From Away downtown, so we needed to be back for that, anyway.

I’m looking forward to a little solo getaway with Asher! Will be short and sweet, but the 1:1 time is always nice.

*Ethan started basketball.

Last night Ethan had his first school BB practice. Basketball is not really “his thing” exactly, but he had so much fun doing it last year, and ALL of his friends are on the team. I’m so grateful that his school league is pretty low key (i.e. not super competitive/ only for kids with serious basketball interest). He got new basketball shoes that he LOVES and was excited to break them in. I am also grateful that Ivan took charge of ordering 3 different pairs of BB shoes to see which would work best, and he is also dealing with returning the two he didn’t keep. I don’t think I’ve purchased a pair of shoes for my boys in…. 10 years.

*How cute is this?

I went for my 20 minute walk right around dusk. It was pretty cold and “flurrying” outside, so Ethan declined my invitation to join. When I got home, he was doing the above, with a lollipop in his mouth. Haha. What a perfect cozy scene. Oh to be 14 and to be able to just lounge around by the fireplace with a book at any time.

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for my newer to me hair place!

13 thoughts on “A few things on a Friday”

  1. I really love that thought about bad days! Such a useful reminder!

    Last year, for the first time, I checked out a bunch of holiday books to read during December. And they were all a flop for me. I want so badly to get into the holiday spirit, and so many people have these beloved holiday reading traditions… but it didn’t work for me. Womp womp. Anyway, I am living vicariously through you and your nice stack of holiday reads.


  2. That picture summarizes the best of what the holiday season/winter have to offer.

    I hope Come From Away is everything you hope it will be. I’ve heard such great things!

    And I am 100% with you on “single chair” for a hairdresser. I changed from a salon to a single owner/operator setup years ago and it is AMAZING. She’s an introvert and while we talk, she’s also fine to sit in comfortable silence and it’s AMAZING.

    I had asked around for suggestions at the university where I work (an internal messaging system) and her name came to me from someone I didn’t know; I wrote back that I was thinking of trying someone else first that had been recommended by a colleague and she wrote back – don’t. Go to Jill. Trust me.


  3. I love that photo of Ethan reading by the tree! I hope my boys are as into reading as yours are!

    Sometimes it’s nice to read light, easy, predictable kind of books. I never used to read romance but then during the pandemic I was really drawn to them because I liked knowing they would end with a happy ending. And I have continued to read them because they are just light and happy and I need more of that in my life!

    Enjoy your weekend – hope the swim meet goes well! It is stupid cold here – high of like 16. Paul has an outdoor park birthday party tomorrow – we’ll have the same weather tomorrow. So I am kind of dreading that since I am kind of a wimp. I would run in 16 degree temps but hanging around at a park is different. I guess we’ll just bundle up and stay as long as we can. Then Sunday we have the matinee showing of The Grinch which I am SUPER excited for!


  4. Super unfair to say you got your hair cut and coloured and then YOU DON’T SHOW US!!! Photo? Please?

    You know what, I love Hallmark-movie-like-books. Not all the time, but once in a while, it’s really nice to read something that you know is going to turn out well and give you lots of happy fuzzy feelings.


  5. it’s great to have a preferred stylist, so easy and assuring. I don’t remember having had a hair style doing the cut just for myself. that would be an interesting experience. can we see your new style?
    love the pic of the Christmas tree with Ethan, soooooo festival. I wish I had one now.


    1. I just wrote my latest post about not having hair but I can still relate to your excitement about the stylist. My daughter has short hair and it makes me happy that going to the one she sees now makes her happy. We had tears after a visit at a different place and I felt so bad that I picked it (the cut was fine but it was way to much fuzz for her).


      1. Oh no! Tears at the stylist would not be good. I know I have felt SO FRUSTRATED in the past, because I would spend a literal fortune getting it done, and then still not really like it. Not to mention all the time you sit there…. ugh.


  6. I love a good Holiday romance novel! One of my favorite authors (not even just favorite romance author, but favorite authors ever) put out an anthology of Holiday short stories years ago, and it’s perfect for me because I can just dip into one and get my warm-holiday-happy-ever-after fix without the time investment of a whole book. The stories usually involve snow, ice skating, decorating the manor, a big misunderstanding, a nice grovel at the end, and seeing the Christmas star.
    I am so jealous that you get to see Come from Away! We watched it when it came out on Apple+ and I thought it was so so so good. I hope you enjoy it!


    1. I didn’t even realize it was on Apple+! We saw it last night- I really liked it!!

      I have also noticed the “short story” thing seems popular with Christmas stories. I’m not usually a big fan of short stories, but I can see how it might be nice around the holidays. Especially when busy- just little bite sized stories could be just right. 🙂


  7. I have followed my stylist to three different salons now. Ashley knows my hair history and I like that we’ve had this long-lasting relationship. She used to be at a big salon, moved to her own, and then moved to an interesting set-up where she’s one of several, but each stylist has their own room, so it’s only just me and her. I really appreciate this in these times of COVID. But if she ever stops hairstyling or leaves the area, I have no idea what I will do. Finding a good stylist is such a blessing!


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