Thursday, 30 August 2007
It can bring out the worst in you; especially if you are in an overcrowded supermarket. During my torture today I made a few observations :
- Heelies or Wheelies or whatever they are called should be banned from shops, particularly supermarkets. It is enough to have to contend with a trolley that has a mind of it's own, without having some crazy kid whose shoes are pretending to be rollerskates zooming in and out of you and the other shoppers. What is that all about? And why do said children always seem to have parents that are unable to control them
- New members of staff should not be put on the checkout until they ABSOLUTELY know what they are doing. It is most painful to endure a cashier referring back to their handbook after each item they scan; particularly when you have are buying more than one item. Don't misunderstand me, I am generally a very tolerant person. BUT, it took nearly 40 minutes for my shopping to be processed.
- Car parks should have extra big spaces for people that can't park. They are going to take over two or three bays with their bizarre diagonal parking; so just give them enough space to park in whatever formation tickles their fancy without damaging other cars.
- If your shopping experience has been anything less than highly enjoyable, you should be given a complimentary bar of fat free, calorie free chocolate, to eat in your car as you sit in rush hour traffic trying to get home.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
No, not since I've had Sisterlocks; but, since my last relaxer!
How I don't miss the feeling of my scalp heating up and the wait to see how long I could endure it, before throwing the towel in and having it rinsed out. Oh that funny rotten egg mixed with chemicals smell; a distant memory now.
If (and I have no intention of doing so) I were to cut my locks of tomorrow, relaxing my hair again would be the furthest thing from my mind.
Sunday, 26 August 2007
I knew my Grandad was going to say that (well, words to that effect), when I saw the look he gave me as I walked into the room. He is over from Guyana and I haven't seen him since he was last here, early last year. "You could take a li'l run roun' de block" he said as he gave me a big hug and kiss! Whilst my Grandad wasn't being malicious, he certainly isn't going to win any awards for diplomacy!
But his observation of my weight gain is not news to me; I know I have put it on and I'm now working to get rid of it. I was pleasantly surprised to have returned from Egypt fractionally lighter; all that time in the pool paid off. It's now just a case of remaining motivated and as I'm sure many of you know, that can be difficult at times. I probably won't blog too much about this again; you'll be able to measure my success by the photos posted no longer being just shoulder up! I have a goal weight in mind, with my birthday/Christmas time as a target; there also smaller target dates along the way.
So BR you are not the only one...
(Pic - My Dad, My Grandad & I. Do excuse the wheel grwing out of my head - sometimes you just need to take your own photos!)
Saturday, 25 August 2007
I spent more time snoozing in the sun in Egypt, than I did reading for work! So I now have just over a week to get through everything; even though I've had nearly six weeks to get this done. There is something about the long summer holiday that makes me a little lazy and I just find it so difficult to get back into work mode. But I'm trying, really I am...
Friday, 24 August 2007
Although I actually quite liked the look of my hair in it's pre-tightened state; a few locks were starting to bond with each other, so it was time for an appointment. What has surprised me looking at these before and after pics, is the fact that the parts no longer really show when my hair has been retightened. Apart from at the sides that is; it's still spacey there.
I'd really like things to thicken up there and be a bit more like the back, where the parts are almost invisible now. Did anyone else have areas of their hair that took longer to develop than others?
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
We spent a day at a watersport centre, trying our hand at various activities.
My SO and I went out on a catamaran, my sister and my brave little JB went parasailing and the others went out on the banana. Whilst the other activities were fairly short, we were out on the catamaran for two hours. It was an amazing experience and I even managed to sail it! From where we were, we had an excellent view of the coastline of Jordan. Our skipper, Mahmoud, explained that it was about 15km across to Aqaba, 5km of which was international waters; if we crossed this part we'd have been in trouble!
I'd love to do the PADI Scuba Diving course to take, but didn't think it was fair to spend 4-5 days of this family holiday doing it. Definitely on my list of things to do; this would be such a lovely place to go back to and do the course.
Back to the girls, they seemed to take a real liking to us and spent most of the day talking to us and watching our watersport adventures. This is obviously the way they have developed their skills in English. They both came from fairly large families with 7 or 8 siblings each; selling their crafts at the centre each day was their way of contributing to the family income.
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
We only had to step out of our rooms and we were at one of the hotel's pools (aah, the advantages of being on the ground floor!). Of course that also meant that we were in with a chance in the 'race for the sun lounger' competition - can you believe that some guests had staked their claims before 6am! What is that all about?
This pool was the quietest one - probably because it didn't have a bar at it!
My swimming is not up to much; I can do a few laps and then I am totally out of breath. I have been meaning to book myself some lessons to brush up on my technique for the longest time; I'll have to add it to my list of things to do this lifetime. Anyway, I decided to buy myself a float to take with me and spent about 40 minutes a day using it to go up and down in the pool.
I love being in the water; there is something very relaxing about it. And of course now that my hair is not an issue, I can enjoy it all the more :-)
Sunday, 19 August 2007
My hair is still wet in these pictures; after all the contact with water in Egypt, it was crying out for a good wash and condition. I don't usually use conditioner, but after all of the sea salt and pool chemicals I felt it was necessary. My locks feel lovely and soft and the conditioner (Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle) hasn't caused any unravelling, so I guess that means it's ok for me to use it!
It is time for a retightening and my ends could do with neatening up after my self-trim, but I couldn't be happier with my hair at the moment.
With the Red Sea to the front
Friday, 10 August 2007
I'm all packed and ready to go; I've only made minor adjustments to my packing list.
We'll be about 5 hours from Cairo, so no Pyramids for me this time; we will be right by the Red Sea, so I'm intending to try my hand at some watersports.
It's at that point now where the holiday buzz is in the house and everyone is both excited and slighlty stressed. I will start my check, double check and triple check routine shortly; you know, have I packed the passports? yes, have I packed the passports? yes, have I packed the passports? yes. And so it goes on.
It's nice to go away at this time, as it breaks up the school holiday; I had wanted to be away for the entire holiday (Japan in fact), but circumstances left us with only a week to travel in.
So Egypt it is and now I can't wait!
Thursday, 9 August 2007
I think I have got this packing thing down to a fine art and I'm sure that he won't moan this time...
As I don't intend to do alot and I am hopeful of good weather, I think this will be sufficient (and not over indulgent):
- A selection of swimming costumes/bikinis (a 'selection' is usually unheard of for me, in fact, for the longest time I owned only one swimming costume and that mainly came out for aqua aerobics. So, I will indulge myself with this one; they are light and won't take up too much space!)
- 3 pairs of shorts - maybe I should take 4. Do you think 3 pairs are enough?
- 4 vests and 4 t-shirts
- 4 dresses
- A cardigan
- 2 pairs of flip flops, my Birkenstocks and my trainers(for the gym)
- A couple of workout outfits
That's not too much is it? In fact, I'm worried it's not enough...
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
It was in my hair!!! I'd been outside and when I came back in I felt a slight itch, instinctively I put my hand to my head. I felt something move and pulled at it and sent it flying to the floor; I actually thought it was a wasp because I was sure I'd heard a buzz. I took this picture quickly so that I could compare it with insects in my gardening books. I surprised myself by releasing it humanely back into the garden and not clobbering it with the closest object; I think it was because my son suggested it may have laid eggs in my hair (kids, don't you just love them). I ran upstairs so fast to wash my hair; braiding and banding wasn't even an option! It actually felt great to be able to get to every part of my hair and scalp and my hair seems to have survived. But my curls are gone, so I still haven't managed to keep a Soft Spike set for more than a few days; I was really starting to enjoy the curls. It's probably best to keep it freestyle for a while, just in case I need to wash it in a hurry...
Monday, 6 August 2007
Her Sisterlocks are three years old and they are lovely. She has loads of them and no, she has never counted them. They are thin, perhaps too thin for me - there would be no chance of me maintaining that many myself. We spoke for quite a while about her locking journey which, by all accounts, has been stress free and her hair regime. I couldn't stop touching them, of course I asked first!
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Saturday, 4 August 2007
I set my hair on soft spikes last night; my hair was damp and I rolled all of my hair towards the back of my head. My main aim was for the ends of my hair to look neat, but I also wanted the curls to go in the same direction.
I chose this lovely shell hairtie (I'm not sure of the name) to keep my hair in place.
My aunt Charlotte had her locks started at Morris Roots; I love the splash of red she has in her hair. This look was achieved by having her hair plaited and then loosening the plaits.
My Gran and my aunt Kim started their locks themselves. My Gran likes to keep her hair shorter than it is at the moment; I think a cut is imminent...
Kim has a head of long and healthy locks, which just beg to be touched!
Thursday, 2 August 2007
I was really inspired by Brunsli's Thank You post and the information she gave about the organisation Kiva; so much so, that I immediately signed up to be a lender. The hardest thing for me was trying to decide who to help, although I knew I wanted to help women. In the end I chose two women who were very near raising their requested loan and I made up the difference.
Do have a look at the website and see what you think; if you are moved to help, there are many, many people who would benefit greatly.