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Learning My Lesson… And Applying It

13 Nov

My hair color disaster a couple weeks ago was a great example of a lesson that I’d already learned, but failed to apply in my life.  When I go to a drugstore or something and buy a box of hair dye and follow the instructions in a half-assed manner, the results are never good.  About a year and a half ago I tried to do that with a highlighting kit from Target and the results were blotchy and weird.  So, I really spent some time thinking about the hair color I wanted and how best to achieve it.  Then I went to the Sally website and store and spent a lot of time figuring out which products would work best.  And when I finally lightened my hair it turned out really nice.  It worked because I really put some time and energy and thought into it.  That was the lesson I learned: when you put thought and planning and energy into at-home hair coloring, the results can be lovely.  But I did not apply this lesson when I colored my hair recently.   I find I have to relearn similar lessons in cooking from time to time.  I get all cocky about what a good baker I am, so I get sloppy and wind up with bad results.

I have a little less than a week left in the project, and I feel like I’ve learned many lessons.  I’ve learned about how easy it is to save money when I’m not buying random little things I that I don’t need for fifteen or twenty bucks a pop.  I’ve learned that if detergent or razors or toilet paper or something like that is on sale, it makes sense to go ahead and buy it whether I need it right that minute or not.  Stuff like that has an indefinite shelf life, and while I wouldn’t tie up a ton of money in things like that, it’s nice to have it around when I need it.  Because you know that stuff is never going to be on sale when I absolutely have none left and need it right away.  I learned that recreational shopping takes up a huge amount of time in my life.  I had no idea. I also learned that I don’t miss it very much when I don’t have it (except for the used book store shopping!)  I learned that I don’t really need more shoes, at least not until some that I already own get worn out and need to be replaced.    I’ve learned that the writing is easier when you work on it regularly and not sporadically. I learned that there aren’t as many places to wear a bright pink terry cloth romper as you might think (it turns out I’m not Crissy Snow).  I learned that if I eat out all the time I’ll end up adding a few pounds on (actually that one I think I’ve learned early in this life and just sometimes fail to apply).   I’ve learned that the people in my life that visit my blog regularly are often the people that I can count on to be there for me when I really need someone.

Hopefully these lessons will stick with me, and I won’t need to relearn them in order to apply them.  Unlike that lesson about needing to pay attention to things you leave under the broiler.  That lesson just does not stick with me for more than about 10 months.

Only five days left!




28 Aug

So, I think I must be subconsciously trying to make this project more difficult.  In the past couple of weeks I’ve broken like 3 glasses and two bowls.  I keep on knocking things off of tables or countertops, or dropping them while unloading the dishwasher. This is why I can’t have nice things. I’m a clumsy person generally, but this is silly.  And when I told people about the idea of shopping only at Walgreens because they have everything you need, a couple of people mentioned that they don’t have much stuff like pots and pans and tableware.  Which is true.  But I’m not some little, fresh-faced, 19 year-old who’s never lived out of her parent’s house and moving into an apartment for the very first time; I’m a grown woman. I have both the crappy, second-to-the-least expensive pot and pan set from Target that I bought 12 or so years ago, as well as some really nice copper-core stainless pots that I’ve acquired more recently (as a Christmas gift; I’m still not a grownup enough to invest that much money in cookware).  I own plenty of everyday plates and bowls, and I have a set of 6 fancy place settings, and I have more cute little dessert plates than could ever be reasonable.

The fact that I was starting this project with a whole houseful of stuff was not an accident. I live alone, I don’t have kids, I own lots of stuff and I don’t really need to be acquiring more and more, so it was a good time to do this.  But if I keep breaking crap, what am I supposed to do?  They don’t sell stemless wine glasses at Walgreens.  At least not that I’ve seen.  Maybe I need to look carefully on my next shopping venture.   I might end up using those pink, reusable, $1.50 a dozen plastic cups as my everyday glassware.