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Message started by La_Diosa on Aug 28th, 2006 at 1:27pm

Title: Godyssey's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 28th, 2006 at 1:27pm
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Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Aug 28th, 2006 at 5:11pm
Welcome to the land of hair journals!

I'm sorry to hear about your situation.  I hope it miraculously goes away.  Think happy hair thoughts!

I LOVE the pic of your kitty.  What's his/her name?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 28th, 2006 at 5:44pm
Hi Sakina

I definitely think happy thoughts, it's the best medicine!

My cats name is Kali.  I have 3 cats in total Kali, Kat and Bau Bau.  I definitely have to think happy thoughts as far as they're concerned, because they can be a handful sometimes.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Aug 28th, 2006 at 8:05pm
I have 3 kitties, too.  Sweetie, Ziggy and Jupiter.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Aug 28th, 2006 at 8:40pm
Wow!  Yay for thick hair, huh?   :D  Good for you to stay strong and give your alopecia the bird.

And yay for kitties!  I've got 4, but only one's a jumper like that.  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 29th, 2006 at 1:53pm
I LOVE COCONUT OIL!!!  ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 29th, 2006 at 1:59pm
Sakina and berkanna:

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Aug 29th, 2006 at 4:28pm
Welcome to the land of journals!   :)


Quote:
Do all of your cats get along?  I originally only had 2 cats but about 3 months ago my mother passed away and I decided to take her cat since my sister doesn't like animals.  
Well, they're still not getting along and I don't know if this is normal or if it's even okay to keep them all together.


Yes, it's quite normal for cats who've just been introduced to not get along.  We have 9 cats, 5 of whom are siblings from the same litter, and even they don't always get along!   ;D  Newly introduced kitties need time to establish a pecking order, to learn all about each other, and make friends.  Give them some more time and hopefully they'll have grown to be buddies.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Aug 29th, 2006 at 5:43pm
Wow, 9 cats!  Well, its good to know that this is normal.  At this point I'm so attatched to the new guy I wouldn't want to give him up.  Thanks for the advice.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Aug 29th, 2006 at 5:46pm
Well, or they'll find their own 'territory' and not mess with each other too much.

I've had anywhere from 4 to 7 at one time, and my oldest (she's 17) doesn't get along with anyone other than me and my husband.  She's an odd duck, however.  I got her when she was 4 weeks old and just doesn't understand cat social behavior.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Aug 30th, 2006 at 10:44am

wrote on Aug 29th, 2006 at 1:53pm:
Her advice for my fragille hair texture is to not manipulate it much, to wash my hair in plaits (to eliminate tangles) and to stop trimming my ends.  She is a firm believer in the search and destroy method.  Hopefully this will help me reach my goal.



She gave you good advice.  Although I don't wash my hair in braids very often, I do try to move the hair as little as possible when washing so that it won't tangle.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 3rd, 2006 at 2:51pm
coconut oil is great

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 4th, 2006 at 1:24pm

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Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 6th, 2006 at 3:26am
I've just decided to officially retire my jojoba oil.  I like the fact that it's not greasy but, it doesn't make my hair soft at all, so it makes no sense for me to continue using it.

I'm still waiting on another coconut oil to arrive in the mail. Hopefully, that one will make my hair just as soft as the coconut oil I'm using now, but without the greasyness.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 6th, 2006 at 11:21am
I like the curls!

good luck on your quest to find the right oil for your hair.  I've not tried coconut oil - primarily because jojoba oil works so well for me.  But if it works for you, go for it!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 6th, 2006 at 4:26pm
Thanks Bikerbraid :)  You most likely wouldn't like coconut oil because of your hair texture.  If it's too greasy for me, I couldn't even imagine it in your hair.

I'm still waiting for my new oils, I guess they're not coming today, but Fedex just dropped off my new showerhead!!!  Yay, I'm happy. I'm replacing my old shower filter hopefully for a better version.  This one claims to have 2 stages of filtering, as opposed to the regular ones that just have 1.

Once I use it, I should be able to report if it's better than the regular shower filter.

Ooooh, I'm on page 2. ;D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 6th, 2006 at 5:27pm
I just won this beautiful handmade vintage dress on eBay.  I'm so excited, I can't wait to get it! :D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 6th, 2006 at 6:28pm
That dress is GORGEOUS!  :o Congratulations!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Sep 6th, 2006 at 8:37pm
Wow!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 7th, 2006 at 10:42pm
Thanks Bikerbraid and Sakina :)

I just washed my hair using my new shower filter and I have to say that my hair is noticably softer, it's not a huge difference but it's noticable.  After my shower last night I even noticed that my skin was softer too.

I was going to wait until this weekend to wash my hair but I was so anxious to try out the new filter, that I decided to do it today.  I was so excited, I didn't even bother putting my hair in plaits before the wash, my hair doesn't tangle that much anyway so it's okay.

But  anyway, just as I had finally gotten into the shower and completely wet my hair, my apartment buildings maintenance man knocks on my door ugh... needless to say I was very frustrated.  He was delivering my new dryer so, I had to get out of the shower with dripping wet hair to let him in. Then, about 10 minutes later the cable man comes I couldn't believe the timing. It seemed to take them forever to leave but finally they both finished,and I was able to finish my hair. Geesh!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 7th, 2006 at 11:17pm
OH MY!  Sooo many visitors when you are trying to shower!  I guess I never thought about the advantage of showering in the basement - I can't hear the doorbell or the phone!  ;D  No interruptions for me!

Glad the shower filter is working for you.  I can sure tell the difference when I travel and have hard water to deal with.  I can hardly wait to get home to my softened water.  My hair and skin feel sooooo much better with soft water.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 11th, 2006 at 7:04pm
BikerBraid - I wish I could be so lucky to be able to shower in the basement or anywhere and have no interruptions howevever, there will be no such luck for me, but a girl can always dream. :)

Today, I'm going to the store to purchase a few things that I read about here last night.  My list is as follows;

1. Greeen Tea Supplements

2. L-Lysine 1000

3. Glycerine

(And to make Kimberlilys Leave in Spray)
4. Aloe Juice

I'm also going to get some stimulating scalp oil from naturesgift.com

Needless to say, I'll be doing a lot of experimenting.  

My new oils came over the weekend and I can note that I do not like safflower oil for in my hair.

The new coconut oil is okay, it's not as greasy, but it doesn't soften as well as the first one I purchased. So it's either greasy and very soft or so so softness without the grease.  

When I went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago I got oil all over the bed thingy they make you lay on, good thing it had that paper on it, I would've felt even worse.  I swear I felt like that Soul Glow family with the greasy hair from the movie Coming To America.

My new dress arrived today and it looks just as nice in person, whew...what a relief.  I need to get it dry cleaned though, just to feel okay about wearing something vintage.

Alrighty, off to the store I go...


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 11th, 2006 at 11:25pm
So much for my shower in the basement..... We've been without water for 2 days now as the plumbers try to find a leak in the line outside.  >:(  Hopefully by bedtime, we will have water!)

Your shopping trip has an interesting list - good luck!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 12th, 2006 at 12:36am
Oooh, I hope you have water too.  I've definitely been there before and know just how very much of an inconvience that can be, good luck with the water situation BikerBraid.

Yeah, I guess the list is pretty diverse.  Well so far I don't like the glycerine, it's so thick it feels like styling gel and I haven't tried Kimberlilys recipie yet, I think I need to wash out the glycerine first.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 13th, 2006 at 10:19pm
Did a wash today using Soft and Beautiful Extend a Perm.  Was very amazed with how soft my hair was after the wash and condition, the third step however left my hair a bit hard.  I won't buy the Extend a Perm again but I will try out their regular shampoo and conditioner.

I've only been using the Biotin for about two weeks now and I'm already noticing less shedding, it's amazing!!! Maybe I'll crush some up and give it to my cat's LOL!!

Breakage is another issue but I've already known that I need a protein treatment (because of too many times at the pool this summer) I just haven't done one yet.  

I'm going to most likely do a relaxer at the end of this month.  I've got at least an inch of new growth so, I'll also measure again then too.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 14th, 2006 at 6:43am
Okay, I was wrong about the Extend A Perm.  The directions specifically say that after the 3rd step you have to blow your hair dry and with a comb if you can.  Well, I didn't blow it on high or until it was dry, but after it air dried, I used my steam flat iron and now my hair is very very soft.  The extend a perm is a thermal conditioning treatment so it requires heat to work.  I still won't be buying this again because it defeats the purpose of having healthy hair but I guess it didn't hurt to try once.  And I'm going to the DMV tomorrow and have to take a drivers license pic so, I wanted nice hair. :)

Since my hair is so soft I couldn't help but play in it all night, I'm completely obsessed!!!

My new comb, A boring ponytail & Me wishing my hair was this long!!!;D      

A bun with metal hair sticks, And no post of mine would be complete with out my kitty obsession.  I love them so much!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 14th, 2006 at 10:47am
BEAUTIFUL!

I love the bun with the hairsticks..... and the first one, with the flower comb/clip.  And of course, the kitties are darling!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Sep 14th, 2006 at 2:43pm
Hi La_Diosa!

How cool that you've started a journal of your own, your hair is definitely beautiful, and thick, omg!  :o  I hope your alopecia is getting the hint from all your bird-flipping, hopefully it'll see that it's unwanted, pack up it's bags and go.  That's a really cool pic of your cat in your first post, he/she's like suspended in mid air, what height!  I myself am allergic to cats, so as adorable as they are I must steer clear, I've got one big goofy lab at home instead!  Good luck on meeting your goal of 30", I myself would be very happy with that length.  I'm at 25 & 1/4" now, I can't seem to get past 27", but I plan to keep trying.  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Sep 14th, 2006 at 2:46pm
Oh yeah, 2 more things...

1)  That ebay dress is awesome

2)  I just made a batch of Kimberlily's LIS for the first time, and I am really liking it.  I used moreso the water and aloe juice, with just a bit of jojoba oil, it's a perfect blend for my hair.  It's much easier to control when you're using it in spray form.

That's it.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 14th, 2006 at 9:28pm
Thanks Bikerbraid, those are my favorites too.  

Maggie: Thanks for visiting my journal, it's really great to have your support, and our hair is pretty much the same length :) I think I'm still at 25" even.  I may need to refigure my goal since I've been wet measuring.  I don't think 30" will look as long as I'd like w/dry hair but, I'll figure that one out once I get there.

Yeah, I hope my alopecia is getting the message too but I guess if not, the longer I grow my hair, the more hair I'll have to do a balding mans comb over style if necessary ;D LOL!!! (Imagining myself with hair like Donald Trump!) :o :o

Good luck at getting past 27", I'm sure you'll have no problem. Thanks for the compliment on my eBay dress, I'm still trying to figure out if my addiction to eBay has reached the point to where I need to do a 12 step program. Hehe!!

My husband would be so envious of you, he loves dogs and grew up having a lab.  He's being such a good sport dealing with all of the cats even though he's a major dog person. I'm sure eventually, we'll have to get another lab for him though, they are gorgeous dogs.

Hair: I still haven't tried the LIS because I tried substituting jojoba with  coconut oil and it's not mixing at all, even when I shake it, so I'm going to have to whip up another batch.

Okay, I've decide to list the things I've learned about my hair lately;

Hair serum dramatically helps with my dry tangles.

I love coconut oil, virgin is less greasy and good for use during the day.  Unrefined is more moisturizing yet, very greasy so better to apply at night.

I don't like safflower oil, jojoba oil or glycerine.

I like relaxers made for childrens hair, better than Motions.

Steam flat iron used very sparringly, is better than a regular flat iron, it leaves hair feeling soft and conditioned instead of hard, dry, and fried.

It's better to keep my hair in up do's because it helps alleviate the urge to fuss with it.

My 2 stage shower filter softens better than the 1 stage.

Biotin helps with shedding.

Green Tea and Green Tea Supplements are good for the hair.

L-Lysine may be good for my hair (haven't tt my doctor about this one yet) Whew... :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 15th, 2006 at 2:11am
Okay, I feel that I am finally ready to purchase my first pair of LL hair sticks!!!  I wasn't sure if I had enough hair to get much use out of them, or if I could think of enough hairstyles, but after more experimentation today with my cheapo sticks I feel I can finally give it a go :)

This one is kind of weird and to the side but, I'm sure I can make up different things as I go along.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Sep 15th, 2006 at 12:41pm
Oh, so you're husband's a lab lover too, how cool.  They've just got the funniest personalities, this is the first dog I've ever had, and I just love her to pieces.  She's six now, and she's just maybe starting to lose her puppy edge, she's finally starting to settle down more, but there's absolutely no hiding her excitement when she encounters new people.  What can I say, she's a lover!  ;D

Some Q's for you-
You keep mentioning that you have to use a relaxer on your hair, is this a chemical relaxer?  Is your hair only straight when you straighten it yourself?

I know you said that you don't care for jojoba oil on your hair, but maybe when it's diluted with the aloe juice and spring water it won't be so bad.  You only need a little bit of it in comparison to the other ingredients.  I only say that because jojoba is the closest thing out there to natural human oils, so I would think that it should be one of the best.  I've heard that (I think it's) sweet apricot oil is supposed to be very good too...maybe I'm thinking of sweet almond oil & it's just apricot oil, without the "sweet".  Hmm, I have to check into this now!

When you say that green tea is good for the hair, do you mean just drinking it?  Or is there something else that you do with it?  I'm thinking you mean just ingesting it.

And this one's not a question, just a general comment about Lysine.  It seems to be good for a lot of stuff, I take three every day, it's great for the immune system and fighting against infections.  Particularly good for cold sores, too.  I choose natural remedies as often as possible, I'm not one much for meds unless there's no other way (which there usually is  ;)).

Last thing- That new dress you got, is that one you actually plan on wearing, or is that one of those things that's meant to just be displayed?  Hopefully you get to wear it, it's too beautiful not too!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 15th, 2006 at 2:46pm
Maggie: I can only imagine how much fun having a dog would be,

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 16th, 2006 at 4:05am
I tried the aloe juice, jojoba

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 17th, 2006 at 2:13am
Ooh La La!!! My hair has been so wonderful today!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Sep 17th, 2006 at 2:44am
I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  I cannot imagine your loss.
Sounds like you and I have more in common than wanting long hair and loving hair toys.  I have a sister and we are as different as night and day.
People who know both of us can hardly believe we're from the same family.
My sister lives on a farm in Michigan raising cattle and has 3 kids.
I live in the dessert, teach yoga and have 3 cats .
I'm not sure we've ever agreed on anything, our POV's are so different.
My sister and I didn't get along until after I moved out of the house.  I only speak to her occasionally.

I hope this doesn't sound harsh, but what other people think of your spending habits or earnings is none of your business.
So what if they think you spend too much.  That statement is about them, not you.  I've also been in this situation with relatives and as a child I felt guilty over it.  I think we want everyone to be happy like we are, and if they're not we feel bad.  Again, its their problem.  I'm not saying to not be compassionate for others, we all make our own choices-with or without awareness.

OK-I'm leaving your journal now, I hope I did not offend.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 18th, 2006 at 6:45am
Spell check! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 18th, 2006 at 7:22am
just like me. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 18th, 2006 at 12:29pm
Okay, let me just say that I'm really in love with my hair. :-*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Sep 18th, 2006 at 1:07pm
Hi La_Diosa!

Sorry I'm only responding now, I usually try to stay off the computer over the weekends, I kind of forbid myself to use it.  The weekend...by weekend I mean Sunday, which is my only day off (usually), anyway, I always try to allot myself some "freedom" time to be creative and away from technology.  Usually I'll paint or read a book, or like yesterday, spend lots of time outside with my pup.

I'm glad to hear that you like the LIS, it works so wonderfully on my hair that I've been using it every day, at least once a day.  I like it even better than just applying the jojoba oil straight to my hair, it seems to have a nice effect when it's blended with the aloe juice and water.  So, aloe juice tastes like crud, eh?  I thought about drinking it too, it's very good for you, especially for healing stomach ulcers.  I couldn't get myself past the smell, maybe it wouldn't be so bad mixed with juice?

You remind me of my grandmother (don't shriek!) when you talk about wearing dresses for no special reason.  That's her to a T.  She's 83 & a knock-out, and she wouldn't be caught dead in anything but a dress or a skirt, coordinating jewelery from head to toe, and matching heels and purse.  You know, she still gets asked out, even wedding proposals!!  I pray to God that I age like she did!

About the Lysine, yes, I started taking it on my own for an immune system boost.  I really do not bother with medical doctors if I don't have too, so I went out on my own to get it.  I bought it at my health food store, I always make sure that what I take is pure, vegetarian friendly, and has no chemicals or other crap in it (like GNC products).  To be honest, I really don't know what effect it has on hair or hair growth, I will look into that.

As for gelatin, I suppose it is good for hair and nails, but being vegetarian I would/could never take it.  It's actually pretty gross stuff.  :-X

My sister and I are like yours and Sakina's, definitely night and day (me being night  ;)).  I'm tall and thin with brown straight-ish hair, she's short & thin with brown/black wavy to curly hair.  Our attitudes, tastes, styles & choices in life are so dramatically different.  Like you and your sister, when we are together ppl cannot believe that we are related, let alone sisters!  They think we're putting them on!  She did and continues to do the college thing to get the prestigious job, loves lots of shiny gold jewelery and jewels and dresses to be socially accepted.  Me?  Not so much. :P  I gave college the bird (as you did your alopecia  ;)) and decided to go out on my own, make my own job.  I wear little to no jewelery, not even my wedding or engagement ring.  And as for what I wear, it's whatever my little heart desires, society can kiss my grits when it comes to acceptance.  It's funny, you said you usually end of modifying your clothes to get what you want, I do that too.  I often buy something not because I like it as it is, but because I see potential in it.  Out come the scissors, needle & thread, safety pins, or whatever it takes to get the job done.  My trash is forever filled with denim scraps, straps from this shirt, a collar from that shirt, and sleeves from a few others.  My husband has come to expect it by now!

(((Hugs))) I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother.  I can't imagine what that loss feels like, it must leave a hole in your heart.  From what you said it sounds like she was lots of fun, I bet you have a million good memories of her.  Thank God for memories, huh?

Boy this is long, I'll stop taking up all this space in your journal now.  Bye!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 19th, 2006 at 8:14pm
My hair was doing so great over the past few days but today, it decides to be uncooperative. >:(  It became very crunchy and remained that way no matter how much oil, serum or aloe spray mixure I gave it.  After trying everything I could possibly think of, in vain,  I decided to do a CO.  My hair is air drying and feels better now, I'll have to see how it is once it's dry.

YAY!!! After having my brand new elliptical sit in the box for over a month because Sears dragged their feet about sending someone out to install it, they finally came yesterday.  They installed it in all of 4 hours, I have no idea why it took so long but after waiting 6 weeks for them to show up at all, I didn't even ask.  It works great, I've really been feeling the burn!!!  I definitely like working out on machines than without them, I just can't get an intense work out otherwise.







Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 19th, 2006 at 8:39pm
I'm going to try the Lysine too, I just haven't got around to buying it yet.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Sep 20th, 2006 at 4:59pm
Actually, you spelled acupuncture perfectly.  :)  There's a very good possibility that your alopecia could be helped.  Acupuncture has cured my SIL's infertility, she became pregnant within 4 sessions, it has made my MIL pain free from her three herniated discs.  That one is really miraculous, she was in so much constant pain, she was nearly ready to dump a bottle of pills down her throat and end it all.  Not really, but she got to the point where she said she understood why people in chronic pain often purposely OD.  She is now 99% pain free.  It was also greatly helping another loved one of mine who suffers from severe anxiety, depression and alcoholism, he was making leaps and bounds but then made the devastating decision to stop going.  What a mistake.  Anyway, if it could do all that I believe there could be hope for you too.

Me and my sister, who knows why we're so different!  Just different genes, I guess.  I still love her and on some level we are a little the same, but definitley from different planets!  It's wierd because my brother and I are like one in the same.

Flowy dresses....love flowy dresses!  There are so freeeeeeeee!  ;D  I am quite comfortable in a flowy dress and a pair of sandals, I have a very earthy side and this suits it just fine.

I don't think gelatin has anything to do with sharks, maybe you're thinking of shark cartilage.  I'll still spare you of what that pretty jiggly stuff really is though.  :-X

You've piqued my curiostiy with the alopecia/acupuncture thing, I'm going to look some info up when I get time.  Ha!  When I get time, I'm so funny!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 21st, 2006 at 10:59am
My hair is feeling quite wonderful this mornin' :D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 21st, 2006 at 11:06am
Oh, I finally got my butterfly dress

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Post by La_Diosa on Sep 26th, 2006 at 4:44pm
WooHoo!! The sites back up!!  [smiley=vrolijk_26.gif]


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Post by La_Diosa on Sep 28th, 2006 at 7:52pm
AARRGG!!!!  I WANT SPINACH!!!!!  >:(

About 2 days before contaminated spinach outbreak, I asked my husband to go to the store and get me some spinach because I was running low.  I don't know why he didn't get it for me, but then the recall came. I was fine thinking okay in a few days I can have a salad but, still no spinach!!!  I know, I'm like a friggin' rabbit but I love spinach salads!!!  I was in the store with my mom when I was a teen and she told me I could only get one snack.  We were already at the checkout counter and I was seriously having a hard time trying to decide between a bag of lettuce and a lemon cream pie.  The clerk thought I was completely crazy but, I love my salads and now I'm having serious withdrawal :'(

Okay, my hair is fine although I did do a little mini trim because I straightened with a hot iron and thought that maybe the trim would stop any damage before it starts. [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]   [smiley=bath.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 28th, 2006 at 7:59pm
I feel your pain regarding the spinach.  I usually eat a spinach salad 4 or 5 times a week.  I too miss my spinach.  :'(  Hopefully it won't be much longer before we can have our favorite salads back!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Sep 29th, 2006 at 3:48pm
The recall is over, folks. Now it's just down to how trusting you are.  :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 29th, 2006 at 9:12pm
I didn't know it was over, I still can't find any locally.  I'm pretty trusting at this point.   After this fiasco I feel they'll do their best to make sure it doesn't happen again, well at least not anytime soon. :-/

I ordered my first pair of LL hair sticks yesterday!!!  I'm so excited!!! They're a special order so, it'll take a while for me to get them but I've been experimenting away with hair styles so, when they arrive I'll be ready.  [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by silvermayne on Sep 29th, 2006 at 10:15pm
Congratulations on ordering your first pair of LL hairsticks!   But be VEWY, VEWY CAWEFUL!!!  They can become addictive!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 29th, 2006 at 11:08pm
Don't I know it.  I don't even have one pair yet and I'm already eyeing 3 more pairs!!  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Sep 30th, 2006 at 8:13pm
I just finished a modification to a new belt I purchased.  It was a minor modification so it didn't take long, even though I did it by hand.

BEFORE

I really liked this belt but thought there was something missing so I added some lace.  It's hard to tell in the pic but just adding a little lace made a huge difference.  I'm much happier with it now.

AFTER

This coat is my next project: I'll replace the old collar with a new ruffled satin collar (the one in the pic's actually much more puffy in real life and it's kinda scratchy).  The sleeves are shorter in person too, so I'll have to extend them by adding more layers of ruffled satin.  And I also purchased some pretty onyx buttons from eBay to replace the old ones with.  I think it'll turn out nicely when finished. Oh, and this will all match my new black and sterling hair sticks that I'm so excited about!![smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Sep 30th, 2006 at 10:16pm
Nice addition to the belt.  Your changes to the coat are ambitious.  Good luck!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Sep 30th, 2006 at 10:44pm
I love the belt.  The coat is gorgeous-I love the sleeves!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Sep 30th, 2006 at 11:30pm
Nice work on the belt, La_Diosa.

I recognize the coat as being from Newport News. Love them!! They have such wonderful gothic items in the fall/winter!!  ;D

Good luck on the project & be sure to post pix when you finish!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Oct 1st, 2006 at 12:10am
Thanks Bikerbraid I know it is quite ambitious, I'd rather take it to my seamstress, it's just that I still have a few items at her shop that have been there for a while because she's really backed up, so I'm not sure when she'll be able to get around to it.

Sakina, I love the sleeves too.  Hopefully when done, the collar will be just as nice.

Yep, you're right Angel Spun, I usually don't shop there, but I'm so in love with their new fall/winter catalog.  A lot of the clothes this season are so very Victorian (and Goth) inspired, I really love that look. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Oct 1st, 2006 at 9:49pm
I was getting really bad dry tangles and pesky tiny little knots so, I finally decided to do a wash using my Pantene Ice Shine.  I like it.  I did my typical low heat, blow dry til damp, detangle thing and the comb just glided through my hair. I didn't have 1 knot or tangle.

I applied safflower oil prior to washing and it made my hair softer. I'm thinking of alternating my coconut oil with safflower oil from time to time to see what results I get.  The only thing is that the safflower oil doesn't smell as yummy as the coconut, I'll have to add some essential oil to change that.  

I ordered some more of my favorite perfumed hair spritz from eBay.  It's moisturizing and is mainly oil, water and fragrance, but they have so many scent selections.  I tried vanilla this time, pretty much thinking it would smell like extract but I was surprised that it had more of a baked goods smell to it like cake or cookies.  It smells so good with my coconut oil, it's definitley my new favorite.  I'm going to try chocolate next, I think that might smell good with coconut too.

Oh, and tonight I discovered a cool way to speed my hair drying along...rollerblading.  I decided to accompany my husband as he went on his nightly jog, the cool breeze felt so good going through my hair.  I felt like Leonardo DeCaprio in Titanic, I couldn't help but raise my arms in his "King of the world" pose, it was so nice.  :)

I did another measure and am now thinking that I cut off more on my last trim than I previously thought.  I got 24 1/4 inches, dry :-/    Last time it was at 24 3/4 so I don't know.  My ticker even changed today to 9 months even til 30 inches .  I hope I at least come close to meeting that goal.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by maggie on Oct 2nd, 2006 at 10:22am
Oooh, cool belt and jacket, me likes!  Verrrry sexy!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Oct 2nd, 2006 at 10:45am
Gracias!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La_Diosa on Oct 3rd, 2006 at 9:04pm
Okay, maybe I need to lay off of the measuring for awhile because the inconsistency is making me crazy.  I measured again today out of disbelief of my last measurement of 24 1/4", and this time I got 24 3/4" and then right after 25". :-/ I'm thinking that maybe my hair was a little poofier the last time (since I didn't flat iron) which made it seem shorter but even now, my measurements aren't consistent.  I am confident though that now my hair is at least 24 3/4" which is good. :)

Yesterday, I mixed up my beloved coconut oil with 1 part saflower oil, I'm estimating maybe 1/4c of hair serum and 1tsp of vanilla extract.  After I apply it, I use my vanilla hair spritzer stuff and my hair seems to really like it. It's soft but not oily, and it smells good.  I'm just waiting to see how long it takes for my hair to get crunchy from the serum build up, or if it even gets crunchy at all before my next wash.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Oct 4th, 2006 at 10:15am
Hey there!   :D  Nice to "meet" ya!  
About the measuring deal...When I started growing out my hair last year, I was measuring faithfully every month.  I had a chart all made out and recorded the numbers...all that crap.  Well, before long, I got so hung up on the numbers (my hair didn't grow half an inch this month--*gasp*  how come?!), that I started stressing over it.  I was focusing on the wrong thing, instead of simply trying to take care of my hair and letting it do its thang.   :)  Now I measure infrequently.  Maybe every 3 months or so.  Anyway, just wanted to finally drop in and say howdy, and let you know you're not alone in the "measuring makes me crazy" club.   ;D  Take care!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 4th, 2006 at 6:23pm
Nice to "meet" you too Trisha!!!  :)  Thanks for letting me know that it's not just me thats getting a bit unnerved by the measuring.  You're right, the health of our hair is definitely more important than the length. I'm just so anxious for length RIGHT NOW!!! ;D But, I'll definitely focus more on whats important, and in the meantime...my hair will grow. ;)  And yeah, I was actually thinking that spacing out my measuring every three months would be a better idea.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 7th, 2006 at 3:14am
compeletly

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 7th, 2006 at 3:43am
Geeze

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 7th, 2006 at 3:59am
I'm sure eventually I'll just collaspe.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 7th, 2006 at 6:57am
tvfunhouse

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 7th, 2006 at 9:48am
I'm so sorry your new neighbors are causing  you so much stress.  Hopefully you can get out of your lease without penalty.  But in the meantime.... 8-)

Since they are up so late, making noise, you can assume they like to sleep in.  But wait... isn't that when you vaccuum?  ;)  and do other LOUD cleaning chores?  If you have your washer/dryer in the hallway near them, you could wash and dry your tennis shoes..... early in the morning.   Maybe you could take up the drums and practice in the morning?

But more seriously (however everything I've mentioned HAS been done - and was quite effective, I might add), if your landlord doesn't do anything about the noise, how about the police?  It sounds like they are disturbing the peace.  A knock on the door by the local authorities just might be what it will take to get them to realize they are not living alone in the country.

I hope you can get this resolved in some manner soon.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Oct 7th, 2006 at 12:26pm
Wow!  That really sucks.  I like BB's suggestions.

What a horrible intrusion on your life.  That sure would make me mad as hell, especially becuase the management won't do anything about it.

Add alcohol and get instant a**holes.  I would respond like you do, try to suck it up and be the better person.  However, you have rights and they don't have any more rights than you do.

I think moving is a good idea-it is empowering to take action that will benefit you in the long run.

I hope you find a new apartment of your dreams with awesome, kind, likeminded neighbors.  Your soon to be old neighbors will probably burn the place down.  If that happens, will you let me know?  Thanks!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 7th, 2006 at 7:10pm

bikerbraid wrote on Oct 7th, 2006 at 9:48am:
Since they are up so late, making noise, you can assume they like to sleep in.  But wait... isn't that when you vaccuum?  ;)  and do other LOUD cleaning chores?  If you have your washer/dryer in the hallway near them, you could wash and dry your tennis shoes..... early in the morning.   Maybe you could take up the drums and practice in the morning?



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 8th, 2006 at 12:07am
I just did a nice relaxing hair wash and 20 minute deep condition under a hood dryer, and I had great results without ANY assistance from my blow dryer :o  I've finally decided to totally give it up.  I felt that as long as it was on the low setting and that I didn't use it to get my hair completely dry, that it was okay.  

Tonight after my wash, I decided to comb my hair out, and then let it air dry in two plaits.  I used serum to help the comb glide through my hair while detangling, and I noticed that when I was done I hardly had any breakage.  Usually, when I "blowdamp" I get a lot of breakage on the ends which I'd just chalk up to me needing to deep condtion more.  I had no idea the blowdryer ON LOW HEAT, was contributing to my breakage.  Well, now that I know,I'm done with it.

Also, I took a look in my bathroom cupboard and found some Fructis Long and Strong.  I purchased it last year used it once and into the cupboard it went.  I realized after it began to dry that the reason I stopped using it was because it makes my hair feel a little stiff but, I solved that problem by applying this hair lotion stuff that I have right on top of it and it was fine. I'm planning on using the Long and Strong after every wash from now on hoping that this stuff will live up to it's name, for all I know it all ready has, maybe it was the reason that I didn't have so much breakage.  At any rate, I'm still done with the dryer though, because I've come to realize that I can live without it so I will. :)

Oh, and I've also realized that I don't like the Pantene Ice Shine.  After I washed I noticed that my hair wasn't as soft as it usually is so I did another wash using my Kerastase Nutritive shampoo and that made a world of difference so, I'm done with it too.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Oct 8th, 2006 at 1:02pm
Good job not using the blowfryer anymore! Those things are awful! Well, for hair, at least! They're great for drying paint or glue, or warming up a bed in the winter!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 8th, 2006 at 4:41pm

wrote on Oct 8th, 2006 at 1:02pm:
They're great for drying paint or glue, or warming up a bed in the winter!  ;D


;D Maybe I'll try those things one day!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 9th, 2006 at 5:46pm
It's been 2 days since my wash without my blow dryer and I still like my hair and it's actually much better than it usually is.  

I LOVE curly hair so, from time to time, I'd use hot rollers to achieve a curly style, I know really bad.  Well, since I let my hair dry in plaits this time POOF!!! Instant curls!!! :)  AND I didn't use any heat!! ;)  I used to dry in plaits years ago but, since I did so many plaits, I simply got lazy and stopped doing it.  It's so easy to only do two plaits (as long as I get the part straight) and everynight I've been adding a moisturinzing lotion, my coconut oil/safflower oil/serum mix and replaiting before bed and when I wake up, it's so nice!!! :)  I don't know why all of my pics are blurry nowdays. :(


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:46pm
Looks great!!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:55pm
Thanks Sakina.  Except for the color, it kind of reminds me of  the style I've seen you do but with 2 sticks that cross like an X.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Oct 10th, 2006 at 9:05am
Wow! awesome hair!!  I love the kitty kats too! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 10th, 2006 at 10:05am
I love the braid waves!  Great picture.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 10th, 2006 at 6:06pm
Awww...thanks you guys!!!  I'm just happy I can now do my hair without any heat! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Oct 11th, 2006 at 1:40pm
ooo, PURdee!   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 12th, 2006 at 11:17pm
Thanks Trisha :)

Well, I ordered these really pretty jeweled metal French twist holders.  I finally got them in the mail today and realized they're not going to be good for my hair.  The clamp isn't smooth which can cause snagging and probably breakage so I reluctantly have to get rid of them...they're soooo pretty...sigh.  Oh well, I have to do whats best for my hair right?  Did I mention how pretty they are? :'(

I saw that Bath and Body Works make a scented moisturizing shampoo and conditioner called Warm Vanilla Sugar.  I figured it would smell really good and decided to buy some online, but after getting out bid on eBay (by someone who for whatever reason decided to buy them for more than they are worth) I had to go to B&BW today to get some.  I'm glad I didn't win it on eBay because once I smelled it, I realized I didn't like it, but I did love their mango.  I bought some of that and will most likely try it the next time I wash but, I still want a vanilla scent.  Vanilla just seems more appropriate for the colder weather than mango.  

I even purchased 20 Strawberry scented candle tarts on eBay as well because I got them at a good price, but they're just so summery smelling.  I guess I need to pony up the moolah and get some season appropriate ones.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 16th, 2006 at 6:26am
Well, I did my usual Sunday wash and deep condition.  I used my new Bath and Body Works mango shampoo and conditioner, it smells so good, the smell reminds me of Pop Rocks.  Anyway, the conditioner is great, it makes my hair really soft but I don't like the shampoo.  It's a moisturizing shampoo but it's not enough moisture for my dry hair type, my hair felt more like I'd used a clarifying shampoo.  So, I'll no longer use the shampoo but, I will continue to use the conditioner ( I just paused to sniff my hair again...hmmm!).

I also have to admit that I used my blow dryer too :(  I just couldn't detangle without it.  I tried and tried thinking okay, maybe if I add serum I'll be able to get the comb through and that didn't work so I kept trying this and that to the point where it was just getting silly. Then finally I relented and got out my blow dryer, and just like that it was detangled in less than 10 minutes.  It seems weird but, I honestly believe it has something to do with the heat. I simply cannot get a comb through my hair when it's wet and cold.  I can't even do a cold rinse after conditioning because afterwards my hair just doesn't cooperate.  I don't understand why, but history has taught me that in order to detangle my hair, I have to either use a blow dryer or make sure my bathroom is sufficently warm.  Next time I'll take in my space heater and see what happens.

I just remembered that the last time I washed prior to this, I also did a hot oil treatment.  That could've had a hand in making my hair more managable post wash as well.  I think I'll get some more from Sally and see if that makes any difference.

Oh, and if anyone is interested in some Pantene Ice Shine shampoo and conditioner and the bottle of Bath and Body Works moisturizing mango shampoo let me know.  I've only used each one time and can mail the rest out to whoever may want it.:)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 16th, 2006 at 6:42am
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Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 17th, 2006 at 9:32am
[I'm hoping that it's only the change in the weather

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Oct 17th, 2006 at 11:13am

wrote on Oct 17th, 2006 at 9:32am:
For the first time, I'm beginning to think that I may not reach my hair growth goal.  My hair has been shedding much more than normal lately.  I'm hoping that it's only the change in the weather but I don't know.:-/  Fortunately my hair isn't looking thinner (yet), but it's definitely shedding a lot more. :(


Humans are just like every other mammal out there - we go through seasonal shedding too!  I know you've got cats, so I'm sure you're dealing with the excess cat hair and wondering "Where does all this come from?  They should be bald by now!"   ;D

Right now I'm shedding like crazy - I feel like I'm in a competition with my cats about who can leave more hair about the house!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 18th, 2006 at 3:14am

Now I'm exhausted and about to go to bed, nightie night :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 21st, 2006 at 10:51am
I just love the way it smells.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 31st, 2006 at 8:03pm
my hair has finally surpassed bra strap length.  It's not that much longer mind you, probably about a half an inch but it is clearly longer so of course, I'm very happy.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Nov 1st, 2006 at 1:26pm
Congrats on all of your hair achievements--yay rah for you!   8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 1st, 2006 at 4:42pm
Thank's Trisha and a Yay Rah to you too for reaching BSL!!

Last night I decided to reward myself with some new hair toys.  I was looking around and decided to purchase a bun cover which I guess is more of an accessory than a toy.  Anyway, I've never used one before so I can't wait to try it out.  I ordered it on eBay so I don't have it yet but, it's crocheted with black metallic yarn.  I was hoping the metallic yarn would dress it up a bit, as I have a fear of looking like a lunch lady in it. :-/  I'll take pics when it arrives.

Also, I'm considering a leather stick barret.  I want it to hold a bun as well but I'm having trouble deciding between a medium and a large.  I think the medium will be too small and the large will be too big so, maybe I'll have to hold off on the barret until my hair grows longer

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 2nd, 2006 at 9:27pm
WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!  I DID IT AGAIN!!!!  

I was able to detangle my hair again without the blow dryer! This time, I began gently detangling in the shower, usually I wait until after I get out.  Afterwards, I patted my hair with a towel, easily re-combed and then put my hair into two damp plaits.  I'm not sure if combing my hair in the stream of water helped or if it was because I did it very quickly while my bathroom was still steamy. I did use a different shampoo, that could've been it too.  I don't know if I'll be able to do it again but I'll always make an attempt before resorting to the blow dryer.

Oh, and I found a home for all of the hair products that I felt didn't work for me after only one usage.  I sent them to my sister and her kids, they can't wait to try them.   So I'm happy that, that made them happy and I'm glad the products are not going to waste. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:06pm
Congrats!  I vote for combing your hair in the shower as the method that helped the most.  That's how I detangle my hair.  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:29pm
Thanks Bikerbraid!  I guess I actually stumbled onto something good!  I'll try detangling in the shower from now on, hopefully it will work for me everytime. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 5th, 2006 at 8:31pm
I was feeling so great today.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Nov 6th, 2006 at 11:15am
Hang in there women!  Bikerbraid is right, it just takes time.  What I would do when I started was put up my hair and not look at it. Even now I don't measure anymore and it has grown! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 6th, 2006 at 6:46pm
Thanks ladies for the advice.  I know it just takes patience, patience, patience and of course good care!  


bikerbraid wrote on Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am:
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  :)

Ahhh...I'm visioning my own long and beautiful hair *sigh* [smiley=happy.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 17th, 2006 at 3:45pm
if only Michael Jackson would do a show, then I'd be REALLY happy!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Nov 17th, 2006 at 5:37pm
Woooooot!! Another MJJ fan! You rock, sistah! hehehe  ;D

Have fun at the Prince concert - that guy plays a mean guitar when he wants to!

I haven't been to Vegas in awhile, so be sure to live it up & tell us about it when you get back.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 18th, 2006 at 1:48pm
Angel Spun  Yay for MJ fans!!! ;D  

Yeah, Prince is wicked on the guitar.  I can't wait to see him again.

Last week I almost had a major dissapointment with Michael though.  I heard that he was going to perform Thriller last week in London at the World Music Awards. I was desperately looking for tickets for the show, but couldn't find them.  Now, I'm SOOOO glad that I didn't get the tickets because he didn't even perform, it was just a rumor!  Geeze, I would've been so upset to fly all the way to London for nothing.

Hair

I took my plaits out and to my surprise, detangling wasn't that bad afterall.  I did experience some breakage in the process however, but I'm sure that was inevitable. I just hope I remember to detangle in the shower going forward, I shouldn't have any breakage that way.  

This colder weather seems to be really hard on my hair, it's definitely more fragile and brittle, but I'm doing my best to combat it. One thing I'm trying is going oil free for a while, I'm thinking maybe until the spring. Oil is just not making my hair as soft as it used to and I think it may be because the cold weather is hardening it in my hair or something.  Anyway, I'm going to stick to my lotion type moisturizers which still seem to be working fine used alone.  

Also, I think I'm going to give myself a trim soon.  I'm not certain but I'll know for sure after I do my relaxer touch up in a week.  I may want to even my edges that may be a little uneven looking due to the breakage.  If I do trim, it won't be more than half an inch.  Although a half an inch is a whole months growth so, I'm leaning more towards not trimming.

Health

My dermatologist treating my alopecia basically referred me to someone else.  He said that the doctor he's referring me to is a hair loss specialist so maybe it was the best thing to do.  My alocpecia is pretty much the same.  No hair is falling out but I'm not having regrowth in those areas either, it's basically at a standstill.  It could be looked at as bad and it can be frustrating, but I always have to be grateful that it's not worse.  It's still not noticable and my hair is still really thick. There are some people with alopecia who are totally bald or most of their hair is gone,when I look at it that way, I can't help but feel really lucky and grateful.

I'm also trying to get into better shape before my Las Vegas trip.  I've been eating pretty healthy except for my recent sugar free vanilla wafer obsession which I had to stop.  I was literally eating whole packs of 27 in one day.  Theres no sugar, but theres still so much fat!  I've been exercising more on my elliptical,doing yoga and belly dancing.  I actually feel really great about exercising and good about my food choices.  I feel really good after a healthy meal of salmon and grilled vegetables as opposed to eating... well, I was going to say Mexican but just the thought of it now is giving me a craving. :'(  Oh well, once I get into the shape that I want to be in, then I will be able to have my Mexican (and my Italian and my Indian and my Greek) again, but only in moderation.

Just thinking about food is making me hungry, I'm going to go have a healthy snack now. Adios! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 24th, 2006 at 1:20pm
I couldn't wait until Sunday to relax/wash my hair.  I was going insane because it simply felt like crap.  I know now that my problem is not oil, but the lotion stuff I was using so much of lately.  The whole thing does make sense now that I think of it.  I was using it prior to plaiting every night to 'set' my waves so I guess it had to make my hair somewhat hard/stiff to hold the wave pattern all day.  When I first began doing this however, my hair felt  soft and nice but it seems the more I applied the lotion the stiffer/harder my hair gets.  After my wash last night, I put my hair in a bun prior to going to sleep instead of plaits, using oil and laying off of the lotion, and I awoke this morning to soft hair for a change.  It's so weird because I don't know whats in the lotion that is making my hair hard and it didn't feel bad in the beginning. **shrug**

I decided not to trim, but decided to measure to get a jump start on my December measurment. Somehow it's exactly the same as it was in the beginning of this month 25.5",  I'm not sure how that's possible but, I'm not showing any new growth.  Maybe between now and the first I'll have a growth spurt and gain a half inch.::)

The last time I washed prior to this, I felt I didn't do such a good job either washing or rinsing out my conditioner because I had flakes in the strands on the right side of my head.  Last night I had them even worse and noticed that my scalp is flaking really bad where I have alopecia, it looks like psoriasis.  This has happened before, I think it may just be that time of year.   Only thing is that the last time I recall this happening, I lost hair.   Hopefully I won't lose much or any hair at all this time.  I'll definitley be watching very closely.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 26th, 2006 at 12:16am
I gave in and trimmed my hair.  I trimmed an inch, but it actually wasn't much hair at all.  My hair had broken off so much that the ends were very thin, so I cut them off.  I realize it was a set back since now I'm at 24.5 inches (just below bra strap) but at least now my ends are thicker and not just scraggle that I'm hanging on to simply to claim an extra inch.

I finally got my crocheted bun cover in the mail and I don't like it.  They even sent an extra one since they took so long to ship. Now have the task of finding someone to give them to.  I did see a gold one and I'm wondering if I'll like that one instead.

Oh well, I'll go reset my ticker now.

I was wondering what this does...  Pretty cool!! [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.

Sorry the bun cover didn't work out for you. :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:31pm

bikerbraid wrote on Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm:
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.


Yes, my plan is to not do another trim for a LONG time.  Oiling and wearing my hair up more will benefit me greatly.   I think part of my problem was experimenting with too many different products that weren't good for my hair.  I need to keep it simple and stick to what I know works, like oil.  And on the plus side, not experimenting with everything I see will save money. :)


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I was just looking at the Hair Product ingredients thread and realized why some people are so anti cones.  I had been using them a lot pretty recently and although I did notice build up, I didn't realize they could keep moisture out.  I stated before that my hair hadn't been geeting soft after my washes anymore and I wasn't sure why.  I'd stopped using a moisturizing hair lotion thinking that it (although it doesn't have cones or alcohol) was the reason for my recent crunchyness.  Now I see that it wasn't the lotion or the oil (which I had also stopped using briefly, thinking that it was the cause) but my hair conditioner which I didn't use only because I ran out of it.  My mango conditioner from Bath and Body Works made my hair unbelievably soft at first, but the more I used it, it no longer had the same effect.  My hair had become crunchy and brittle.  I didn't read the lable to see that the conditioner had cones and that was the reason for my build up and brittleness.  Whew, am I exhausted!


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 27th, 2006 at 4:31pm
I just clarified today for the first time in maybe 2 years.  Even though I had product build up, I was afraid to clarify because the last time I had a loss of elasticity afterwards and I'm not sure why.  Anyway, I gave it a go once again, and everything is fine.  I also made sure to deep condition afterwards and I had an effortless detangle.  I'm on a roll with this no blowdrying thing, I LOVE IT!! But I'm still afraid to throw the blow dryer away.

I'm going to see how my hair does without using any cones.  They're always good at first, but then the build up that is sure to follow drives me nuts.  If I can go without them then I will but if not, at least now I have a good clarifying shampoo.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Nov 28th, 2006 at 7:28am
Don't throw the blow dryer away - it still has a purpose...... you can use it on the plastic window coverings to winterize your house.... you can use it for various crafts that require heat such as heat shrinking plastics..... you can use it to power a hovercraft toy.... it dries paint really fast...etc, etc, etc.

I've not used a hair dryer on my hair in probably 10 years, but I still have one!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 28th, 2006 at 2:44pm
Thanks Bikerbraid, I'll try and keep those other uses in mind, especially the hovercraft who woulda thunk? ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Nov 28th, 2006 at 5:00pm
Aye, and let's not forget running one between your bedsheets when it's cold, drying out wet shoes or drying a facial masque!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Nov 28th, 2006 at 9:05pm

wrote on Nov 28th, 2006 at 5:00pm:
Aye, and let's not forget running one between your bedsheets when it's cold, drying out wet shoes or drying a facial masque!  ;D


Ooooo - good ones!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Nov 29th, 2006 at 11:21am
I haven't used my blow dryer in years, but it still lives under my bathroom sink, "Just in case".  

There's something about having it, I guess.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 2nd, 2006 at 6:45am
WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!  I JUST MET PRINCE!!!!!  YAY!!!!  He invited my husband and I to dance on stage with him to my favorite song!  He also gave us tickets to tomorrows show because he wants us to dance again but unfortunately, we're leaving in the morning so I can get back to my kitties because I miss them.  Although now my husband is going on and on about how he wants to stay so who knows.

It was such a nice time that afterwards I couldn't help but cry.  I'm sure that people thought I was crying because I was excited about Prince but I was so sad that I won't be able to share tonights events with my mother she'd be so excited for me.

On another note I was really horrible to my hair.  I curled with an iron instead of my molecular rollers because they broke the day before I left. :'(  Oh well.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 2nd, 2006 at 4:11pm
WOW! That is fantastic!  You are one lucky couple!   :o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 3rd, 2006 at 1:03am
Yeah, it was so lucky!!!  I'm back home now, I just got in.  We decided not to stay but sent Prince a bouqet of flowers and a note thanking him but declining the invitation.  The concert was great and the whole time in general was very eventful, I'll never forget it.

We didn't get the opportunity to go house hunting while there, the houses that I saw online weeks ago were already rented by the time we arrived but, I still don't think I want to live there so all is fine.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 3rd, 2006 at 3:52pm
Sorry you weren't able to take advantage of the 2nd show,  but what an experience!  I hope someone took a picture for you.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Dec 4th, 2006 at 6:41pm
How cool! And how nice of him to invite you back - that's awesome. Some stars just truly know the value of good P.R.

Glad to hear that you had such a good time. Maybe you can go back & see him again soon.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 4th, 2006 at 10:30pm
I think we may return for either New Years or my birthday.  I was just entirely too tired to stay in Las Vegas another day.  We arrived on Wednesday evening and pretty much hit the ground running.  We went to a concert and then right after, saw another band play and they also had me up on stage dancing.  It was all very exhausting.

There aren't any pictures although I did read a blip about it on one of his fan sites.  Prince doesn't allow pictures to be taken at his concerts.  But thats fine with me, I'll always remember it picture or not.  I used to have Prince posters on my wall as a kid and his music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember so it was very surreal to have him ask me to dance twice (the first time by myself and the second time with my husband) and also hold my hand.  He even invited us to a private after party which he decided to cancel due to his being tired, so I guess I wasn't the only one.  Yeah, I'll never forget that night.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Dec 5th, 2006 at 2:10pm

Quote:
I'm sure that people thought I was crying because I was excited about Prince but I was so sad that I won't be able to share tonights events with my mother she'd be so excited for me.


Trust me, she knows   *hugs*   ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 5th, 2006 at 4:15pm

Trisha wrote on Dec 5th, 2006 at 2:10pm:
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Trust me, she knows   *hugs*   ;)


[smiley=dankk2.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 5th, 2006 at 7:31pm
Just got back from my new dermatologist and of course they decided to completely change my meds yet again.  No more clobetasol, or steroid injections or retin A.  This time I've been prescribed tar.  Yes, some sort of medicated tar.  I'll have to apply it once a day and it's supposed to stimulate my scalp and promote hair growth.  Apparently, it has a high regrowth success rate, taking only a few months to work.  We'll see...

Also, I have a few small pimples on my forhead and the dermatologist recommended that I stop using oil in my hair.  YIKES!!!  As soon as I found something that works for my hair it breaks out my face.  Oh well, I think I can live with a few tiny pimples.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 5th, 2006 at 8:31pm
I've been paying more attention to my hair lately of course and noticed that although my hair can be thick, that the strands are not.  So, I began looking around and found a few facts about my hair type that have kind of cleared things up a bit for me.

Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of these strands densely packed together.
I had been under the impression that my hair was coarse but when I looked closer at the strands, I began to question this because my strands are thin.  Although, I do have some coarse strands, overall they are fine.  All of my hair that sheds is fine and the breakage tends to be coarse which doesn't really make sense to me, I'd imagine that the coarse hair would be stronger.

Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair – fire up the curling iron, fry it with chemicals – you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. :o
I guess this is why my hair tends to grow longer the more I keep it up and the less I do to it in general.

Generally, this hair is densely packed to give the appearance of very thick however, fragile hair.
And it does look very thick when air dried after a wash however, when heat is applied and it is straightend then the hair no longer has a thick appearance but a thin and flat appearance which amazes me that the hair can go from one extreme to the next.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 6th, 2006 at 6:18pm

wrote on Dec 5th, 2006 at 8:31pm:
Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair – fire up the curling iron, fry it with chemicals – you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. :o


I'd been thinking about my fragile hair all night and day.  My hair has been up ever since I read about the properties of type 4 hair, I think I've been scared straight.

I've also been getting what I call the itchies.  My scalp itches when I don't get my injections which the doctor took me off of and I haven't gotten my tar medicine stuff yet because my pharmacist had to order it.  Hopefully, it's in today.  The itchies are driving me nuts!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 7th, 2006 at 5:38pm
Well, I've applied my new medicine today.  I was supposed to start with a 10 min application on the first day and by the end of the week be up to 60 minutes.  It's supposed to be a gradual process because the "tar" (which is actually a white cream) is supposed to sting (so I was told) and stimulate hair growth.  Well, today was my first time using the medication.  I put it on a little over 50 minutes ago and I've yet to feel even the slightest tingle.  I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow to see if it's working although there is no tingling involved.  I hope it's working.  These doctors change my meds so frequently that it's really expensive.  I was only on my last medication for a few weeks before I was instructed to try something new.  I have so many half used medications that I could open my own pharmacy.

I have been experiencing some new growth though as well as new hair loss however, it's not much loss, and seeing new sprouts of hair always makes me happy. :)  I have been eating more protein lately and drinking slim fast with protein as well.  I wonder if that has anything to do with it?  I've also been exercising more lately that could be it too, who knows.  Oh well, time to rinse this stuff off of my scalp.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 8th, 2006 at 8:54pm
My hair isn't feeling so great today.  I haven't washed (my hair*modified) in about a week. I was trying to see how long I can go but I'm thinking of giving in already.  Because I use oil daily, I'm beginning to get the impression that I won't be able to go that 2 weeks that I'm trying for.  My hair doesn't smell or feel gunky, it is beginning to feel crunchy though.  I'm starting to feel that I may need to come up with a whole new product regimine so that I can extend my wash cycle from once a week to once every two weeks.  I feel that the less I wash, the better off my ends will be.  And speaking of my ends, I have been keeping them protected basically all the time in a braided bun in an attempt to sheild them from the harsh indoor  heat.

*Modified- [timestamp=1166188051] I just realized that on the 8th, I was already 3 days short of 2 weeks post wash, not 1 week as I'd thought. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 9th, 2006 at 4:10pm
Last night I actually had a nightmare.  I dreamed that I cut my hair into a very layered bob with big swingy curls and I really like it!  I liked it so much I kept swinging my head around.:o  I know I've been struggling lately with the thought that I'll never reach my goals, but giving up and actually cutting it?!?  Nope, ain't gonna happen.  My hair has never gotten much longer that BSL in my life and before, I never thought (or cared) about the reason for it.  My hair is very dry and I'm learning how to take care of my ends so that they don't dry out and split, so I'm definitely going to continue going for it.  I want long flowing hair. I just hope that I don't have anymore nightmares!  That was scary!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 9th, 2006 at 7:02pm
I just rinsed my new medication from my scalp and am now convinced that this stuff is apparently doing something.  I guess because my pain threshold is so high, I dismissed the tiny bit of tingling that I now get from the medication as no big deal.  This time I looked at my scalp afterwards and was completely shocked to see how red it has made my skin.  Like, REALLY red.  I don't think I'll be going past one hour (as recommeded by my doctor) anymore because wether it feels like it or not, it's definitely irritating my scalp which is the plan.  If it works, my doctor said I can see results in as little as 2 month. I'm so glad my doctor recommended me to a new physician.  I was going to buy some peppermint oil to stimulate my scalp, but theres no way that peppermint oil can compare to this stuff.:)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:56pm
Have you heard of "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey?  Its a great book-she has great advice for taking care of curly hair.  Her own hair is corkscrew curly and looks great.  

Good Luck with your new medicine!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 9th, 2006 at 11:59pm

Sakina wrote on Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:56pm:
Have you heard of "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey?  Its a great book-she has great advice for taking care of curly hair.  Her own hair is corkscrew curly and looks great.  

Good Luck with your new medicine!


No, I've never heard of this book before. I probably would've been a little skeptical of it had I stumbled upon it on my own, seeing that the chapter devoted to black hair is titled "You Go, Curl!" :-/
Otherwise, it seems pretty interesting and may offer some helpful tips for me.  Maybe I'll check it out, Thanks! :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 10th, 2006 at 8:43pm
So, I was doing my daily oiling and medication application when I began playing in my hair.   I haven't had the chance to do this much lately, since I've become more strict with myself about doing up do's.  Anyway, I flipped my bang which usually hangs over to the left, to the right and it looks so much better!  

I've been growing my bangs out since I cut them for the last and final time about two years ago. My bangs are cut asymetrical with the shortest part falling at chin level, and the longest part about 3 inches past my chin.  Growing them out has been a pain because it looks so drastic.  I have the longer hair and then out of nowhere is a chunk of shorter hair, it's not gradual at all.  But simply changing my part helps tremendously.  I still don't like the bangs enough to keep them at this length of course, but enough to where growing them out shouldn't seem so horrible going forward.

When I was a teenager I wouldn't leave the house without bangs and as an adult, I've experimented with them from time to time only to become completely annoyed by them and regret cutting them, yet again.  So now, although I sometimes still get bang envy when I see someone with really nice ones (I've NEVER had nice bangs btw) I've learned to just let it go.:P



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 10th, 2006 at 9:21pm
I noticed an older thread about favorite hair flicks and I decided to list my favorites here, for a little inspiration and I thought it would be fun. :D

The Kama Sutra A Tale Of Love - I Love This One!  Not Only The Elaborate Hair Do's But Also The Costumes That They Wear In The Movie.   I Think That Any Bollywood Movie Is A Great Hair Movie. The Actress Shown Is Indira Verma (She's Also In The HBO Series Rome)

Of Course I Love Memoirs Of A Geisha (No Image Necessary) But, I Know I Could Never Get My Hair Straight Like That And Have It Remain Healthy. Oh, And The Story!!!  I Was So Rooting For Her And The Chairman To Get Together.  I Was So Obsessed With This Movie When It Came Out, I Also Had To Read The Book Too.

http://re3.mm-a8.yimg.com/image/2945641187
And Also A Knights Tale.  You Can't Really Tell From This Pic But, She Had Really Long Hair And Pretty Cool Do's In The Movie.  I Guess It's Clear That I Love Period Films::)  Oh Well, I'm Sure There Are Lots Of Others That Are Really Good But These Are The Only Ones That Come To Mind Right Now. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 11th, 2006 at 12:33pm
I love those movies too! :)  The bollywood movies are awesome and not only great hair flicks but some are so funny!  My favorite funny one is "Dude where's the party?"  A ROTF good time!  Have you ever seen in these movies when the ladies purfume there hair with incense? I do this every once in a while with indian rose incense, it smells divine!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 11th, 2006 at 5:29pm
I've never seen Dude where's the party, I'm gonna have to look out for that one. :) And now that you mention it, I have seen women perfume their hair with incense I was just never aware that, thats what they were doing.  I've seen them wave the incense around the hair and body but I wasn't aware that they were simply doing it for the purpose of "perfuming".  I always assumed it was just some sort of Indian custom or spiritual ritual. ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 15th, 2006 at 7:58am
I was able to hold out, and it's been almost 3 weeks since I've washed my hair.  I know it may sound gross but it smells fine.  It just doesn't have that soft, just been washed feel to it because of product build up.  It's funny, because I honestly didn't even realize how long it had been since I washed last.  I'd been wearing my hair up pretty much all of the time lately, so I guess it was easier to ignore.  I'm going to wash/clarify my hair sometime over the weekend and try going totally cone free.  I'll see how eliminating cones works out as I go along.  

I didn't want to speak too soon but I'm so excited!  I really think my new medicine will put my alopecia into remission!  I've only been using the medicine for about a week now, but last night I saw even more hair regrowth in the areas where my hair had fallen out.  I hope I continue to see more growth in the days and weeks to come.  I'm very optimistic and excited!!! :D

Oh, I also received an email that my first pair of LL hair sticks have been mailed and are on their way.  They are a special order, so it seems like forever since I ordered them but I shall have them soon. :)

I was reading over my journal entries to see where I started.  My hair was at 24" when I first began journaling here. ( My first journal entry states 25" but that was a wet measure.  I now only measure dry)  My hair had gotten to 25.5 but recently I trimmed, and am now at 24.5 so I've only gained 1/2" since I started :'( I've gotta do better in '07'.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Dec 15th, 2006 at 11:36am

Quote:
I didn't want to speak too soon but I'm so excited!  I really think my new medicine will put my alopecia into remission!



(whispered) yay! (whispered)
...trying not to scare away the progress!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 15th, 2006 at 1:05pm
(whispered) no we don't want to frighten it, Yay!!! ;D  *hugs* Trisha

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 16th, 2006 at 2:53pm
Yay!!! I got my hair sticks today.  I ordered them a while ago and since then, I began to assess my spending and felt that maybe I shouldn't have spent so much money on a hair accessory, but now I'm glad that I did. They're beautiful and I purchased black (with sterling accents) which goes with pretty much everything so I know I'll get alot of use out of them.  Also, because I now have 2 sticks, I can do a nice and secure bun without using bobby pins or putting my hair in a ponytail first!  So when I remove the sticks, my hair falls loose and I can shake it out like they do in the movies! ;D

I'll post pics later this weekend. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 16th, 2006 at 3:54pm
Congrats on the new sticks.  I look forward to seeing a picture of them in your hair.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 17th, 2006 at 3:26am
Thanks Bikerbraid :)  Are those your hair sticks in your new avatar? :o

I typically do a simple doughnut bun but since getting my new sticks is such a special occasion (to me :)) I've decided to experiment and attempt to be a bit creative.  Sorry about the quality, I can't seem to take a good picture these days.  

The last pic was my first go at the midevial bun. I didn't do such a good job, so I decided to cheat and make it look better by bobby pinning a brooch to the center. The last pic also provides a clearer view of the sticks.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 17th, 2006 at 7:46am
Wow!  Your new sticks look lovely! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 17th, 2006 at 12:38pm
Beautiful sticks!  They are perfect in your hair.  :D

I love your different hair styles with them - you do a very nice job with your hair and the sticks.

[and yes, those are some of my hairsticks - that picture was taken a year ago.... I hope to update it soon.]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Dec 18th, 2006 at 4:55pm
omg, La Diosa, what beautiful updo's! And beautiful hairsticks!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 19th, 2006 at 10:54am
(((hugs))) Thanks everyone! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 22nd, 2006 at 8:35am
I'd been feeling under the weather for a few days now, just waiting on the cold that I was positive was sure to come.  I'd been suffering from an upset stomach, a scratchy throat and fatigue.  It wasn't until yesterday when my cold still hadn't come on that I realized that it was acid reflux.  I'd been on medication for this since the spring however, I ran out last week.  I decided that I didn't need to renew my prescription because I had been feeling fine, not figuring that the only reason I was fine was because of the medication.  It had been so long since I suffered from the symptoms that this time, I couldn't identify them.  So, I got my prescription refilled and I feel a lot better.  So much so, that this morning I decided to clean my entire apartment and mop all of my floors.   Now my only ailment is a headache from the fumes. :-/

My hair has been doing fine.  Other than oiling, I've been keeping it in a bun and just letting it grow. Keeping my ends tucked away is working out to be really good for my hair.  It still looks fresh from the trim and my ends aren't the least bit dry or brittle.:)

My second Caruso hair setter (this year, I've been purchasing Caruso hair setters since I was 17) conked out on me after only a few months so I decided to purchase a different brand.  I bought Revlon ionic steam rollers but I don't like them.  The rollers seem to get unnecessarily hotter than the Caruso rollers and the rollers are smaller so I can't get all of my hair wrapped around them let alone clamping it.  I think it may be cheaper to sell them on eBay than to return them.  Hopefully, I'm not stuck with them long and can use the money to buy a new Caruso hair setter.  Even if they don't last long, at least they are effective when they do work.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Rainbow on Dec 22nd, 2006 at 9:32am
wow your updos are so thick! Yours so blessed!!! the sticks are barely visable with all that hair lol. Youf hair looks fab with sticks.

Hope u get better soon and are able to return the rollers

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 22nd, 2006 at 10:04am
Awww, Thanks Rainbow. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 22nd, 2006 at 7:06pm
What are you taking for your acid reflux?  My husband was originally prescribed Prilosec which is now an OTC.  He takes it every day, and will remain on it forever due to a medical procedure that was performed on him that has left him without the muscle that closes off the esophogus (and keeps the acids in the stomach).  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 23rd, 2006 at 7:02am
Bikerbraid I take 40mg of Protonix once a day.  I've taken Prilosec OTC as well but only for a day or two.  I've never taken it long enough to know if it's as effective for me or not.  How does Prilosec work for your husband?  I have the feeling that I'll be on medication for acid reflux forever as well, although I don't know the cause of mine.  I like spicy foods which I still eat and as long as I take my medication, the foods don't bother me.  Is your husband on a special diet?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 23rd, 2006 at 1:21pm
Today I clarified.  It's been 3 weeks and 5 days since my last wash.:o  It was easy to do because I kept my hair up pretty much the whole time so it was easy to ignore.  

Anyway, I am now officially cone free.  I'm going to try it out for awhile to see if it works for me.  I attempted it before, but I took it for granted that my leave in conditioner was cone free but it wasn't.  So, I CCC to remove any left over cones, detangled with my creative 3W comb, applied coconut oil and did my hair in 2 plaits to air dry.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 23rd, 2006 at 6:37pm

wrote on Dec 23rd, 2006 at 7:02am:
Bikerbraid I take 40mg of Protonix once a day.  I've taken Prilosec OTC as well but only for a day or two.  I've never taken it long enough to know if it's as effective for me or not.  How does Prilosec work for your husband?  I have the feeling that I'll be on medication for acid reflux forever as well, although I don't know the cause of mine.  I like spicy foods which I still eat and as long as I take my medication, the foods don't bother me.  Is your husband on a special diet?


Hubby has been on the Prilosec for several years now and it works great for him.  You might ask your doctor if Prilosec would be an option for you.  My hubby eats whatever he wants - spicy foods are a favorite.  But even on a bland diet he would have trouble without the medication.  The sphinctur muscle at the end of the esophogus is what keeps the acids in the stomach - hubby's did not open all the way before and food would not be able to pass thru to the stomach (a very uncomfortable situation).  So the doctor stretched it open, but that lets the acid come up into the esophogus, so he takes the medication.  It's a case of it being easier to treat the heartburn than the contractured muscle, so they intentionally damaged the muscle.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 3rd, 2007 at 4:03pm
BB- I may ask my doctors about the Prilosec OTC in the future but the Protonix is working well for me so I'll stick with that for now.

Hair - I haven't had much to report lately hairwise.  I've decided that I really am going to wait longer in between measurments.  Instead of every month, I'll measure every other month or every 3 months.  I think doing this will help me obsess a little less about my hair and reaching my goal.

I've been very protective of my ends keeping my hair up pretty much all of the time.  I did purchase some new black satin scrunchies and a wide tooth horn comb which I now love.  At first I was dissapointed with the comb because it wasn't as smooth as I expected it to be, but once I filed it, it turned out to be very nice.

We decided not to go out for NYE, I really wasn't in the mood.  Instead we bought a bottle of white wine (I don't like champagne too much) a cake, and 2 numeric candles, a 0 and a 7.  At midnight we blew out the candles and had a toast.  It was a nice quiet evening, much better than going out. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jan 4th, 2007 at 12:42pm
Aww, your nye celebration sounds perfect.   :)  Hubby and I have never gone out on new year's eve; we usually don't have the money to blow, and all the idiots seem to come out in full force on that night!  (besides, it's WAY past our bedtime!!)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 11th, 2007 at 1:15am
Did a CO today, no biggie, nothing else going on hair wise.  I did purchase some shea oil though.  I'm not sure if I like it yet, I'll know after a few uses I guess.

Finally took my moms cat (now my cat) to the vet.  I'd had him for months, but I'd put off taking him because I had been wishy washy as to wether I'd keep him or not.  Well, of course I still have him and I don't have any plans of giving him up so, we went to the vet today and I was shocked at the bill.  He needed a check up and shots so today's visit was 200.00 and we'll still have to pay another 600.00 for his appointment next week.  He needs a few teeth pulled and he needs groomed.  Owning pets is very expensive. :'(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jan 11th, 2007 at 11:27am

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Owning pets is very expensive.  :'(


It certainly can be!

My family is kind of in the same boat with the whole cat/vet situation. One of the neighbourhood strays adopted us, so we've been looking after him for a few months. He needs a lot of work and is, erm, not the most well-mannered cat we've ever known. That's for sure!  :P  So who knows what we'll do with him, really...

On the financial note, just be glad you don't have horses!!  :o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jan 12th, 2007 at 10:15am
Yes, pets ARE expensive.  Dogs are worse than cats, and big dogs are worse than little dogs.  (Everything seems to be based on weight!)  Horses, of course are even more expensive.... I don't even want to think about them!

But, pets can be wonderful.  I guess that's why we spend the money.  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 14th, 2007 at 2:32am

wrote on Jan 11th, 2007 at 11:27am:

On the financial note, just be glad you don't have horses!!  :o


I couldn't even imagine how much a vet bill for a horse would be, I don't even want to try :)


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But, pets can be wonderful.  I guess that's why we spend the money.


That's right, and money comes and goes... so oh well, they're worth it.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 14th, 2007 at 2:35am
I washed my hair again today.  CO's just never do it for me.  For whatever reason, my hair needs shampoo to feel soft and clean.  After CO's, my hair is always hard and crunchy so I'm finally done with them.  I'll just continue to make sure I dilute my shampoo prior to washing.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jan 14th, 2007 at 11:16am
My hair's not as curly as yours, I have discovered that I need to shampoo about once every 2 weeks or else my scalp gets sore.  I wonder why your hair would get crunchy with conditioner...maybe cut back on the amount you're using?

Does the relax treatment dry out your hair or scalp?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 14th, 2007 at 11:43pm
I use a protein conditioner so maybe it could be that I'm really not sure, but I do use a ton of it.  

Yes, the relaxer does dry out the hair afterwards, I have to apply a moisturizer to it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 16th, 2007 at 2:09am
Since I washed my hair a few days ago, I've yet to put any product on it.  No leave in conditioners, no oil's of any kind, no moisturizing lotion and I still love it.  I'm beginning to realize that I may not need to use styling products because it feels so much softer without them at least so far.  I'm going to cotinue this for a while and see what comes out of it.

I'd been wearing my hair parted down the center with 2 braided plaits on each side and I love it.  It's fun and I like that when I take the plaits loose, I can make 2 wavy pigtails out of each one.

Oh, I got my cat back from the vet today.  I don't know why I agreed to getting a lion shave.  He's a boy cat but now he looks like a weird fru fru poodle.  I'm sure he must feel quite emasculated.   I just can't wait until his fur grow back becasue the current texture is weird, he was cut down so low he feels like suede and more like a mouse than a cat.  I miss all of his cuddly fur. looking at him now is so weird because in a way it's as if he's naked.

Beleive me, I will post pic a later.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jan 16th, 2007 at 7:53am

wrote on Jan 14th, 2007 at 11:43pm:
I use a protein conditioner so maybe it could be that I'm really not sure, but I do use a ton of it.  

Yes, the relaxer does dry out the hair afterwards, I have to apply a moisturizer to it.


When proteins build up on the hair, it will get crunchy.  When doing CO washings, it is usually recommended that you avoid proteins and cones since both build up on the hair shaft.  A vinegar rinse will usually eliminate the buildup.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 16th, 2007 at 9:10am
Thats really good to know, thanks Bikerbraid. :)

I've decided to apply some Aveda light elements to my hair this morning.  It's a very light spritz of a water based moisturizer.  So far I like it it's so light my hair still feels product free just a little softer.  So far, I like the feel of not having products in my hair.

Also the BIG thing that I'm excited about is that my alopecia spot has filled in and my hair is really growing!  I'm very happy about this![smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jan 16th, 2007 at 5:08pm
That's fantastic!!  I'm so glad to hear your spot is filling in.  WONDERFUL!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 16th, 2007 at 10:07pm
La Diosa that's great! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 17th, 2007 at 2:54am
Thank you ladies. :D

Here's my poor naked kitty before and after.  I can't even let him sit outside now because I think he'd freeze to death. :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jan 17th, 2007 at 9:24am
EEEEKKKK!!!!  :o :o  Do they really do that to cats intentionally??

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 17th, 2007 at 1:03pm
Yep, unfortunately so.  It'll take 6 months for him to look normal again. :'(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 17th, 2007 at 2:09pm
Oh poor kitty! :-[  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 17th, 2007 at 5:12pm

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Oh poor kitty!
 
I know you just can't help but feel sorry for him right? :o

Hair Today, I applied some shea oil to my hair but was careful not to apply too much.  Typically, I like to apply lots of oil because my hair is so dry, but this time I only used a few drops.  It looks healthier and shinier with the oil yet, I don't  have product overload.  I was using so much stuff to protect my hair from the blow dryer, but since I haven't used it in quite awhile now I guess it was finally time that I stopped using so much gunk.

Recently, I've been able to hold off on washing until my hair begins to feel crunchy.  I'm wondering when or if that will even happen now that I'm using less products?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 24th, 2007 at 3:49pm
Today, I washed and conditioned with Sunsilk Hydra TLC.  It's the first time I've used this product.  It wasn't as moisturizing as I thought it would be but my hair turned out fine.  

I didn't realize how long I was in the shower, and the water turned cold before I could get all of the conditioner out.  I did a rush job and thought I'd gotten it all, but after scratching my scalp I realized that I didn't.  I'm just going to let it go.  I don't think leaving some conditioner in should be a problem.




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 2nd, 2007 at 12:30am
I've been using Giovanni's direct leave in conditioner for about a week now and I really like it.  The directions say to apply it after washing but, I've been using it as a daily moisturizer instead of oil which hasn't been working too well for me lately.  I was looking for something like this at my local Wild Oats store with no luck, but then I saw it mentioned here in the product reviews and thought I'd give it a try.  It's really keeping my hair moisturized nicely even with the indoor heat.  I've also been using humidifiers but they only seem to do so much.

Anyway, even with my hair up most of the time, I'm noticing that my ends are tapering again even though I trimmed an inch off about two months ago.  I only stopped using my blow dryer this past fall, so maybe I'm still having breakage due to all of the prior years of abusing heat.  I refuse to trim again though.  Not that its that bad yet, but if I'm just going to wind up with tapered ends even after trimming I might as well just let the trimming go.

It's been so cold here lately (just as it's been everywhere else).  I hate the cold so I've pretty much holed myself in my apartment like a hermit, going out as little as possible.  I did venture out so that my youngest kitty could experience snow for the first time, but to my surprise she didn't like it AT ALL.  This was as far as she'd go. :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Feb 2nd, 2007 at 8:17am
Awww - cute kitty!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Feb 2nd, 2007 at 8:48am
I love Giovanni products, and had good results with them.  I just can't afford them right now.   :(  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Feb 2nd, 2007 at 9:37am
Cute kitty!  I love the boots your wearing!  I too am holded up like a hermit myself due to the cold.  I've never tryed Giovanni before, I like Jason.  I would love to try Ojon Tawaki but man is it's not cheap!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 2nd, 2007 at 6:49pm
I'm going to try the Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo and Conditioner next.  I really do hope I like it because it really isn't cheap experimenting with product after product, but at least my sister makes out.  I mail her the products that don't work out for me.  At this rate, she'll never have to buy shampoo and conditioner again.


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I love the boots your wearing!
Thanks Lisabelle.  I love these boots they are very warm.

My kitty thanks you all for the compliments, as she takes so much time and  pride in her grooming! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 6th, 2007 at 7:40pm
Well, I decided to go ahead and relax my hair today instead of at the end of the month as I'd planned.  My roots were getting really thick and poofy due to my new growth and I had gotten tired of it.  

I was also wanting to trim soooo bad because my ends seemed to be tapering and thin looking, but after washing and relaxing, my ends actually turned out to be fuller than they initially appeared although I'm not quite sure why that is.  Since my roots were no longer poofy, I took a measure and got a little over 25.5 inches.  I was really shocked that it was only 25.5 inches because it looked so very long (for my hair) but I guess it only seemed so long because lately I'd been wearing my hair wavy which takes from the length.  25.5 makes sense though because at my last measure after my last trim 2 months ago, I was 24.5 inches.

I'm getting ready again, making plans to go back to Las Vegas to see Prince in concert next month.  His performance dates are not yet confirmed for March so I'm hoping he'll still be there.  In the meantime I am shopping again for travel outfits so if he will be performing I'll be ready.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Feb 6th, 2007 at 11:08pm
Is that pine based treatment still working for you?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 7th, 2007 at 11:10am
AHHHH!!!!  I wish there was an undo button.  I just accidentally deleted my entire post!  I meant to hit enter and I hit delete >:(  Oh well.

Sakina:  I've been through so many products that I don't even recall a pine based one, so whatever it was no, I guess it didn't work out for me. :-/

Hair: When I'm washing out my relaxer, I tend to scrub like a maniac to make sure I've removed all traces of the chemicals so in doing so, I typically tangle it up pretty good.  Yesterday when I finished washing, I was only able to detangle enough to put my hair into two plaits but this morning when my hair was dry, I really had a job ahead of me.  It took me about 5 hours to get through it all and get all of the tangles out. :o  Surprisingly, it didn't seem like such a long time though.  I had my iPod going the whole time and I was singing along to the music and dancing while I was going through my hair, so basically I had a detangling party.  I haven't applied any heat to it (and of course I'm not going to) so right now my hair looks huge like Diana Ross's but I'm happy with it.  I'm just glad that I won't have to do this again for another 2 or 3 months. 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Feb 7th, 2007 at 12:15pm
5 HOURS?!  Oh my stars and garters, girl!   :o  I have a new respect for what you must go through to have long hair.  I don't know if I could do that, and I'm an extremely patient woman.  *hugs*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 7th, 2007 at 1:30pm
Now, I've heard people say "Oh my stars" but "garters" is a new one for me, although I do like it! ;)

I remember the first time my hair ever got that tangled. I began sobbing like a child because I thought it would be absolutely impossible to detangle and I was certain that I'd have to cut all of my hair off but my husband came to the rescue.  He sat there with me all night long helping me to detangle and he even showed me how to do it so that it doesn't take as long.  I know that 5 hours is a long time but it sure beats all night long, especially when you have no clue as to what your doing.

My hair doesn't get that tangled after a regular wash, only after I apply relaxers (chemical straighteners) and I'm really scrubbing to remove them.   As long as I don't manipulate my hair much while washing, the tangles aren't bad.

But at the same time, as I was detangling I did wonder if I'd be able to keep this up with hair that's 10 inches longer than it is now.  Oh well, only time will tell, but until then I'll keep on truckin' full steam ahead to grow my hair longer. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 9th, 2007 at 5:40pm

I've been on mothernature.com

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 9th, 2007 at 8:56pm
I just got this flower leather stick barrette in the mail today.  I love it, but I'm going to wait until spring to wear it.

This is my hair from last year around this time.  Because I've cut so much hair off last year (I figured about 4.5 inches) I currently don't have much more length than this.



On another note, my cat (the one with the $800.00 pet bill last month) is sick again.  He's been sneezing nonstop for a few days.  I called the vet to get suggestions as to what to do.  They mentioned to me on a prior visit that most of the meds they prescribe can be purchased over the counter but instead of recommending something, they said I should bring him in for a diagnosis.  Geesh!  My dad said they must love to see me coming.  I've decided to wait a few more days to take my cat to the vet.  If it's a cold, hopefully it will naturally and cheaply run it's course.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 10th, 2007 at 1:24am
Egad, sorry about your horn comb, La Diosa.  :(

Your hair looks great, though!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by TexianTraveler on Feb 10th, 2007 at 3:23am
My mother used to say "Oh my stars and garters" all the time.  She still does, but not as much.  

What my grandmother used to say, that I have heard NOWHERE else, is "There's more ways to kill a cat than choking him on butter."  

I used to say it too, but I got too many weird reactions.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Rainbow on Feb 10th, 2007 at 3:33am
wow i love your hair, thats just what i want. In the second picture you have really nice layers, and length. Im guessing you hair type is 1b/c/iii  ;).

Sorry about your cat, i am not really keen on animals, i know people get close to their pets but i really am scared of pets, even fish, apart from on my plate.

Forgive me i hope your cat will be ok, please update and let us know

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 10th, 2007 at 5:00am
Angel Spun: Thanks for the compliment and for offering your condolences for the loss of my comb. :)

TexianTraveler: I'm guessing that the puzzled look on my face as I read the line about the cats may also count as a weird reaction. ;D  I really love animals so I don't think that'll be a quote that I'd use either.

Rainbow: Nope.  My hair type is 4a/f/i.  My hair is chemically relaxed, which means it lightly loosens my very tight natural curl pattern and it makes it much easier to manage.  Most people think that type 4 hair is course, but the strands are actually fine and very fragile, unlike coarse hair which is strong.  It's just that type 4's have so much hair, that the assumption is that it must be coarse.  

I love having animals around.  At every stage of my life I've had some sort of pet either cat's, dog's, birds, and fish. I couldn't imagine my life without them because I love them so much and they are very loving in return.

I appreciate your show of concern for my cat, even though you're not so fond of them.  This evening he's been making weird hacking noises, so I may take him to the vet as soon as Monday.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Rainbow on Feb 10th, 2007 at 5:19am

Wow your hair looks in great condition! Are you sure your not a iii because those buns you posted were huge!!!

I can understand your love of animals i know people who are very attached to their animals and they love them like a friend, for me i cant get over the fear they might bite me. I was never bought up with animals that is why i cant connect, for you who have animals at every stage of your life can then understand animals and enjoy them, i wish i could to coz they are so cute and fluffy, i would love a bunny but i am to scared to hold one so its not a good idea.

Animals can be expensive at times but it worth the price to see them well and happy. You should invest in pet insurance if you havnt already it could save you loads

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 10th, 2007 at 6:01am
I'm sorry Rainbow you are right.  I had to go back and re read the fia hair typing chart.  I had been  under the false impression that iii meant thick strands.  So yes, I am 4a/f/iii.  I'm glad you pointed that out to me or else I still wouldn't have realized my mistake. :)

I have to admit that I am afraid of very large dogs, you know the ones that are as big as ponys.  When I go to Petsmart some people bring in these very large dogs and I'm always hoping that the dog doesn't become mad and start attacking people.  

My cats do bite but they only do it when playing so they're very soft bites, they come no where close to being painful yet alone breaking the skin.

In the past, I'd never thought I'd need pet insurance at this point.  I felt that with young cats it would most likely be an unneccessary expense, but lately I have been looking around at different carriers.  It would make life so much easier on me though if my husband could just add the cats as dependents on our health insurance we get through his job. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Rainbow on Feb 10th, 2007 at 8:52am
lol that would be good insurance for all the family and pets, you may have started a revolution here lol.

Im glad you sorted your hair typing, i thought mine must be non exsistent if yours was thin lol.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 11th, 2007 at 9:06pm
Well, my husband surprised me this morning with yet another cake.  It'll be a long while before I'll even want to look at another cake again.  At least this one was tiny, enough for 2 servings, okay maybe 4 but we each ate half. ::)  This time, instead of just having 2 numeric candles, this tiny cake had a whopping 32 candles! :o  There was so much heat that the candles melted very rapidly creating a wax layer on top of the cake!  

The card he got me was just as sweet as the cake.  It reads... My Sweet Wife, I wish you could see what I see.  You're always fussing about some this that's too big or some that that's too small, but everything looks perfect to me.  You are sexy.  You are beautiful.  Just look into my eyes and you'll see.  Awww!!!!  I love him so much!

Look how my hair looks as though it's about to go up in flames!  Oh, I had to give myself a little pastie because I was still in my night gown.  I hope this pic isn't offensive to anyone.


And here's another pic of me when I was just a wee thing.  Sunrise, sunset... :)






Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 12th, 2007 at 1:14am
How about this for something. This morning my husband was staring at his computer and out of nowhere began screaming obscenities.:o  Quite startled, I told him okay already, I'll change the channel.  I was watching a pretty horrible Prince movie at the time and I thought he had become so fed up with it, that he just snapped.  He said no, it wasn't the movie that had gotten him upset.  He said that his Powerball numbers hit. Yes, his numbers hit, the very one time that he didn't go out and play them because he felt that it was too cold outside.

A few nights ago he came in a put a powerball ticket on my desk.  He told me to make sure I checked the numbers for the next drawing that was on the 7th.   The next day I checked, and just as usual he didn't even get 1 number. His numbers for 2/07/07 were 2  11 16 41 8 and 16 as the PB.

After all of the comotion, I pulled the site up on my computer (cause I had to see it for myself to believe it).  It was very shocking to see the same numbers (with the exception of one )from our ticket on the screen right before my eyes.

The PB  numbers for 2/10/07 were 2 11 16 41 42 and 16 as the PB. :o    
He always plays the number 2 because both our birthdays are in Feb.  He plays 11 and 16 because those are our birth dates.  He also chose 41, the age he'll be in a few days and the number 8, which was one that stumped me.  He picked 16 for the  powerball, again because thats his upcoming birthdate.  

I remained surprisingly calm, trying to calm him down as well. I kept saying there was nothing we could do to change things, so no point in getting upset about it.  Yet, all he wanted to do was to continue cursing out his computer.  Although I must admit, that inwardly I too was screaming "THIS ISN'T FAIR, THOSE ARE OUR NUMBERS!!!" I just couldn't get over the chances of this happening!  This man plays both Powerballs every week and very rarely just gets a single digit and now this!?!  

For us, this was actually the second chance that we had to become millionaires (the first time is a very long story that happened about 11 years ago.  Remember all of the IPO's that were going through the roof around the new millenium?... we were so close! *sigh*) and now it has again slipped through our fingers.  Eventually, my husband alerted me to the fact that since he was off a number, our winnings would've been $10,000.00 and not millions as I had thought.  I definitely know that 10 grand is nothing to sneeze at, but to know that it wasn't actually millions was a huge relief to me.  HUGE!  

I do understand that money doesn't buy happiness, but having thought that we missed out on millions just by missing one day of purchasing a ticket was a horrible horrible tease.  But at any rate this whole thing just seems so freaky and mysterious to me.:-/   He threw out the ticket right after finding out he didn't win but I now wish he would've at least kept it as a souvenir.


Oh, and the 8 represented the month that his son was born. duh! Some Stepmother I am. :P

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Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 12th, 2007 at 7:06am
Holy Crow!!!  Funny how things work out sometimes.....I guess a better way to look at it is that he and you were alive and healthy enough to even see the numbers!!  I know not much of a consolation,but I'd be hollerin too,if that makes ya feel any better! :P

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Post by Trisha on Feb 12th, 2007 at 12:55pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LA DIOSA!!!  8-)  

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Post by Lisabelle on Feb 12th, 2007 at 4:35pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 12th, 2007 at 4:46pm
Thank's for the birthday wishes ladies!!!



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Post by Angel Spun on Feb 12th, 2007 at 6:59pm
Wow, look at that flaming cake!  ;D

Hope your birthday was awesome, La Diosa!

Sorry about the numbers. That's a real let down. But there's always next time, right?

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 14th, 2007 at 2:04am

wrote on Feb 12th, 2007 at 6:59pm:
Hope your birthday was awesome, La Diosa!


Thanks Angel Spun, it really was!

[quote author=Angel Spun link=1156775221/180#193 date=1171324748Sorry about the numbers. That's a real let down. But there's always next time, right?[/quote]

[color=#000000]Yeah, hopefully next time he'll actually remember to  play and then get ALL of the numbers right!  I mean really, five out of six numbers!?!  What's his problem??  LOL!!!

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 14th, 2007 at 2:18am
Tonight I got on the scale, simply because I do that every once in awhile just because it's there.  Well, somehow I've gained 8lbs!!! :o  I didn't even notice, and have no idea how!!!  Well, now that I think about it my husband has been baking lots of chocolate chip cookies lately and with all of that cake...and ice cream...and all the candy that he bought.  Okay, now I really am mad at him! lol  Typically, I eat sugar free but lately he's been feeding me all this sugar loaded junk!  I think from now on I need to do the cooking...and start working out more.  Now, I'm actually at the "correct" weight for my height however, I've naturally been a few pounds underweight all of my life, so seeing those numbers on the scale really freaked me out!  And apparently, it's not healthy weight gain (like muscle) because I gained it all from eating junk food.

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Post by Trisha on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm
Yep...sugar will do it every time.  It's EEEEEvil   >:(  
But I must add the statement that, judging from your recent photos, you look fine as wine.   ;)

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:32pm

Trisha wrote on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm:
Yep...sugar will do it every time.  It's EEEEEvil   >:(


It sure is [smiley=evil.gif],  I'll be avoiding it like the plague!


Trisha wrote on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm:
But I must add the statement that, judging from your recent photos, you look fine as wine.   ;)



Thanks for the sweet compliment, Trisha!  I just have really skinny arms though.  My weight gain goes directly to my midsection, thighs and bottom. Even at a lower weight, I have to work out to keep those areas firm or else.  I began working out already so hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.  And today, I've cooked all of my own meals so far :)

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 15th, 2007 at 1:45pm
Yay, it finally came today!!!  

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Post by Trisha on Feb 15th, 2007 at 1:49pm
Oh my stars and garters!  Is that you in both photos?
 

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 15th, 2007 at 2:20pm
Yes, the first one was about an hour ago.  

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Post by bikerbraid on Feb 15th, 2007 at 2:51pm
:o :o :o Oh MY!!!  We have a star amongst us!  The headdress looks lovely on you.  

You made a very convincing Cleopatra.  That is too funny about the people taking multiple pictures with you.  I guess I never really thought about there being jobs specifically for wearing costumes and playing a part in Vegas.  It must have been rather interesting.  What other costumed parts did you do?

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 15th, 2007 at 3:53pm
A star!?!  Puhleeze! ;D  Thanks for the compliment though!

Yeah, I guess they have jobs for everything.  They do the same thing in LA  in front of the Manns Chinese Theater.  The last time I was there, I took a pic with a fake Michael Jackson.  

I worked as a wine bearer also at Ceasars, a belly dancer at the Aladdin and at the Venetian I was a "sexy elf", which was hilarious to see on a pay stub.  The other costumes weren't as beautiful and elaborate as Cleopatra.  Although, it was pretty cool getting paid to play dress up and stand around chatting and taking pictures for a few hours.  They even gave us free meals!

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Post by Rainbow on Feb 15th, 2007 at 5:43pm
wow that must have been so exciting!

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Post by bikerbraid on Feb 15th, 2007 at 10:07pm
I think you win for the most unique job!  What fun.

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 16th, 2007 at 3:45am
It was cool yet odd at the same time, knowing that the pictures I was in, could be looked at for years to come commemorating a fun and exciting time in the lives of people from all over the world.

I've had lots of jobs in my 32 years.  I'm a hopper!  I've sold clothes, shoes, was a paper girl in my early teens, worked in several banks, was an executive assistant, a receptionist a few times over, woked in call centers...and the list goes on. With my very long resume due to an unstable work history, I began to get shocked that people would continue to hire me. :P  Typically, when I first start a job (no matter what it is) I really love it for maybe a year, and then I'd get bored and end up looking for something new.  It's as though I have ADD or something.  Modeling and working through the talent agency was perfect because with every assignment I could do something new and fun.


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Post by Trisha on Feb 16th, 2007 at 11:10am
Your job hopping sounds exciting and wonderful to me right now.  I'm very much stuck in a rut right now.  I probably should have switched jobs about 5 years ago but chose to stay where I am comfortable.  Don't get me wrong; I love the people I work with.  They're like a second family to me, and that's probably part of the problem.  I have only 5 more years working at the university before I can retire with full benefits, so I really can't leave--that would be utterly stupid.  I could, however, switch departments if the right job became available.  But still...*sigh*  Okay, sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread, La Diosa!!   :)

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 17th, 2007 at 6:03am
Um No, I don't think leaving your job now would be such a smart decision. ;)

Changing departments sounds like a good idea for a change of pace if that becomes an option.

My god mother has worked at the University of Buffalo since graduating high school I think somtime in the 60's.  It's so weird to me when I hear about people only ever having one job like that.  I could't begin to imagine what that would be like.  The movie Ground Hog Day tends to come to mind.  This is her last year before retirement.  She's happy about it but at the same time it's all bitter sweet.

She and my mom who had been best friends since elementary school, were planning to move in together after her retirment and I guess do a Golden Girls type thing, but now with my mom gone, I'm not quite sure what she's going to do.  I'm sure my sister and I will make more frequent trips to Buffalo to make sure she doesn't get lonely.  It's so weird how when one person passes, the people that were in their lives have to grow closer together in an attempt to help fill that void.  My last birthday was an example of that.  On every birthday since living on my own the only people who called to wish me a happy birthday were my mom (ALWAYS at midnight btw, she'd never say hello she'd just burst into song singing happy birthday and completely off key mind you) , my sister, whoever I may have dating at the time, and maybe a friend here and there but thats it.  This birthday, I was flooded with calls from so many extended family members.  It was a little weird but I felt it was thoughtful.

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 17th, 2007 at 6:35am
http://images.oprah.com/images/tows/200702/20070205/20070205_107_350x263.jpg

This woman is my idol.  She was on Oprah a  few weeks ago and when she revealed that she was 70 years old my mouth dropped!  They were showing clips of her daily life.  She rollerblades, does pilates, rides a bike walks alot, eats healthy and it's paid off because she looks great and most importantly she has a great attitude.  I think there are good and bad ways to age, I think she is definitely aging well.  I'd say she treats life as though everyday is a gift and to honor that she lives every day to the fullest.  I just cannot not admire that.

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 18th, 2007 at 10:39pm
I know I decided to stretch my washes out a bit but, I couldn't wait to try my new Giovanni shampoo and condtioner!  Curiosity and excitement got the best of me because I washed with it today and now... Ahhh.... I'm in love! :)  My hair not only came out very soft but *GASP*  tangle free!!!  I was able to glide the comb down my strands, it was simply heaven.  I looked at the bottle and thought, hey lover where have you been all my life?:-*  Every Giovanni product that I've used so far has been an absolute dream.  I'm experiencing some fear though because things can change.  Experience has taught me that a product can work well for awhile but something changes and then it just doesn't do it for ya anymore.  I'll have to keep my fingers crossed in a hope that I continue to get the same wonderful results everytime.  Next on my purchase list is Giovanni Nutrafix Renconstructor.  

Oh, and I got a brand new wide tooth comb to replace my lost one and then the broken one.  It isn't seamless so I had to file it down.  Now it's feeling a bit rough so I'm going to have to get a nail buffer and hopefully that will work in making it smooth.  

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Post by Trisha on Feb 19th, 2007 at 11:38am
Ugh, I miss my Giovanni shampoo and conditioner!!   :'(  All right, that's it...when all these "guests" finally move out of my house, I'm going back to Giovanni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by La Diosa on Feb 26th, 2007 at 4:31pm
Trisha: I feel for ya!  Hope you get your Giovanni fix soon! ;)


HAIR: I'm going to wash in a few days but I'm very low on my leave in so I'm trying to ration it until the new one arrives.  Today, my hair is feeling soft but would be softer if I had more condtioner in it.  Yesterday I couldn't get over how nice and bouncy it was!!!  I don't recall ever having "bouncy" hair!! [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] It's so great!

I was belly dancing all this morning and gained an extra motivation to take care of my hair and grow it long.  Watching myself do hair flips in the mirror really made me desire the waist long hair that the belly dance instrutors on my dvd's have.  

I'm noticing that my hair is oxidizing which I find weird.  The top and sides of my hair are turning a lighter shade of brown. I'm not outside in the sun much, not that it's been very sunny lately and I have a very good shower filter.  Hmm... not quite sure whats going on here. [smiley=huh.gif]

I've been able to whittle down my product usage and I feel that I finally have the best products for my hair.  

Hair Polish or Glycerin work well prior to washing to help me detangle prior to and post wash.  I may need to use a clarifier every so often because of this though.  
Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo And Conditioner work very well for me.  I still haven't used the reconstructor but I feel it will help with breakage and to stregthen my hair.
Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner for after washing and applied daily to dry hair for additional conditioning.
Coconut oil, I had given oil up for about two weeks only to reincorporate it into my regimen again.  I really don't feel that I need it for hair health, but I do like the shine that it provides.  It's the only product that I've found with the ability to make hair shiny that doesn't have cones.
I've also made the decision to only dust from here on out.  It's somewhat of a miracle I suppose, but I can honestly say that I'm done trimming.  I just need to purchase a new pair of good hair scissors.

I've also learned that I can't "play" in my hair too much.  I like experimenting and trying out new styles but I realize that all of the excess combing and manipulating is causing breakage.

BODY: I've been working out everyday since I discovered my weight gain.  I've lost a few pounds but also realize that I'm gaining muscle so I may not be as light as I originally was which is fine.  I'm loving the exercise, it's making me feel really good about myself.  Not just for asthetic reasons but I feel good that I'm being active. I feel as though I'm accomplishing something.  I hope to adapt my exercising into my way of life from now on and not have it be something thats only temporary.  Working out also motivates me to eat healthier.  When you're working out so hard, it's really difficult to be comfortable with eating junk.

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Post by La Diosa on Mar 6th, 2007 at 4:46pm
I just had a wonderful wash day!  My replacement water filter cartridge and my Giovanni conditioner both arrived in the mail today.  I had to buy a few bottles of conditioner, this time I can't run out in between shipments this way I'll always have some in stock.

I decided to do an experiment to see which method I like better either washing my hair loose or in plaits.  First, I applied glycerin to my hair and then proceeded to detangle with a wide tooth comb.  Then, I parted my hair down the middle as usual, but this time I plaited one side and let the other side be.  

I began to wash and loved the fact that the plaited side was just so neat.  My worry was that I wouldn't get the plaited side clean but I continued on only taking the plait out to apply conditioner and then I replaited.  After 10 minutes, I took the plait out again to rinse then I applied leave in, detangled (very easily), and again replaited.  It was a dream!  The other side wasn't as tangled as it appeared however the plaited side was definitely easier to detangle.  Of course, I will be washing this way from now on.

I forgot to mention that I used a turbie twist to pat my hair dry.  I loved the softness of the turbie twist and I also liked how effective it was in drying, it's actually unbelievable that that little thing did such an efficient job.  When I was finished, the turbie twist itself even felt pretty dry, absolutely amazing!  

I happened to catch a glimpse of my hair in the mirror while I was in the shower and I couldn't believe how much longer my hair looks when it's wet than it does when dry.  It appeared to be about 3 inches longer. :-?

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Post by La Diosa on Mar 9th, 2007 at 5:32pm
My husband noticed that his naturally very dark hair is also changing to a lighter brown.  I'm convinced now that it's the humidifiers that are oxidizing our hair.  Fortunately, very soon it'll be time to put them away.  I'll have to decide what to do about it by next fall though.

My left knee has really been bothering me since I began working out.  I'd rest it for a day, maybe but then I'd be back to my 20 minutes a day on the ellipical regardless of the pain.  I've tried Tylenol but it doesn't work.  My husband recommended that I rest my knee for an entire week.  I've decided to try that out but it's killing me not to do the elliptical.  I've still been doing dumbells and leg lifts though.  In one of my yoga magazines they listed some poses that are good for the knees so I will try those out in the mean time.

In just the past 2 months I got news that my neice and youngest sister are both expecting babies. :o  I was shocked and didn't know what to say.  All I could do was wish them well.  Hopefully, everything will be and they'll find happiness in their choices.

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Post by Trisha on Mar 12th, 2007 at 2:27pm

Quote:
I was shocked and didn't know what to say.  All I could do was wish them well.

Sometimes that's all we can do--even, or especially, when we don't agree with their choices!   ;D

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Post by berkanna on Mar 13th, 2007 at 11:12am
You really shouldn't mess with knees - I agree with your husband - time off would be a good thing.

I'd focus on upper body work for a while, maybe do some low-stress restorative yoga poses to keep the flow going.

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Post by La Diosa on Mar 13th, 2007 at 4:42pm

berkanna wrote on Mar 13th, 2007 at 11:12am:
You really shouldn't mess with knees - I agree with your husband - time off would be a good thing.


You're right.  My mother had really bad knees so you'd think I'd know better.:-[  

I've read that stretching the knees first is necessary before doing workouts and doing that has really helped me.  That may be common knowledge to most, but I did not know to do that.  I always stretched afterwards.  Now I do yoga poses that are good for my knees before and I stretch again afterwards, and so far so good.   I'd felt that since 30 minutes is such a small increment of time out of an entire day, that I could work my legs 7 days a week but I guess not.  I've decided to only do the elliptical 4 or 5 days a week.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 15th, 2007 at 3:14am
I've finally had a successful CO.  First, I applied the last of my Hydra Silk TLC conditioner to my dry hair and I let it set for about 20 minutes and then I rinsed.  Then I conditioned again with a combo of Giovanni's 50/50 remoisturizing conditioner and their nutrafix reconstructor.  I let that sit for about 5 minutes then I rinsed again, dried with my turbie twist and then applied my leave in so all in all it was actually a CRCRC. ;)  I decided not to do my normal plaits as it dries because I may be going away on Monday and if I do I want my hair to be straight and not wavy.  It dries so much faster when it's loose and right now it's so soft, I'm very happy with it! [smiley=engel017.gif]

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Post by La Diosa on Mar 17th, 2007 at 7:36pm
Okay, so yesterday was not a good day.  I had to take my cat to the vet early in the morning, he's fine just a bit of sneezing.  Anyway, we had to get going and I couldn't find anything to wear.  I put on my size 2 khaki's and I could NOT get them fastened.  That has never happend to me before.  I've had my pants be too tight but never to the point where I couldn't fasten them! :o  So then, I got my size 4 jeans (jeans that I purchased last summer to be my "fat" jeans) out of the dryer and they were sooo tight.  So my husband is like well just put on some sweats.  So, I'm looking all over and can't find them and he's looking in the laundry room for any pants with an "elastic" waist, of course now I'm feeling great! :P  All the while my husband keeps trying to explain to me that my metabolism isn't going to be what it used to be because I'm getting older.  Now I'm feeling wonderful! ::)  In the end, I just put on a roomy dress and off to the vet we went.  

I've been working out like mad for over a month now, I can't believe I'm not getting any smaller.  I am firmer though, but I want to be able to get back into my size 2 clothes.  I'd tried on my other pants and I could get them fastened but they're all too tight to be comfortable.  I refuse to give up though, or else I'll have to get rid of alot of clothes that I love.:'(

On another note, at least my hair is doing okay. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Mar 17th, 2007 at 10:32pm
1.  Yes, your metabolism does slow down as you get older.
2.  Many of us would love to have size 4's as our "fat" size!
3.  The body stores fat during the winter months, but with exercise and eating right, you will lose your "winter weight" once again.

Hang in there!  (and I'm glad your kitty is OK).

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 18th, 2007 at 4:31am
Yes, everything you said is absolutely true bikerbraid.  

I think I'm either PMSing or having a pre midlife crisis or both.  

I've been natrually a few pounds underweight my whole life which was something I had to come to terms with (because of teasing and such) and accept it as a part of who I was, so now putting on weight is such a radical change for me.  I'd always expected to take after my mother and her father who remained very thin even into older age without dieting or exercise, but I guess I'm now beginning to take after my fathers side.  I know it sounds weird me complaining about not being able to fit my size 2's, but in a small way I feel as though I'm losing a part of my identity. My hope is that it is just winter weight which will fall off with a bit of exercise.

I visited the optometrist last month and she mentioned that eventually my (now just about perfect)vision will deteriorate and I will need glasses all of the time in order to see. :o   And I know that my first gray hair is right around the corner even though I still feel so young.  I'm not afraid of aging, but I will admit my fear of oneday looking in the mirror and not recognizing myself anymore.  I always looked at aging as as being sooo far off but now here it is.  I just have to get used to the idea of it happening now thats all, but there are more important things going on in the world right? ;)

Thanks for your concern about my kitty.  He is clearly allergic to something in our apartment yet we have no idea what.  We left him at the vet all day so that they could monitor him and he didn't sneeze once.  As soon as we brought him home he began sneezing again immediately.  We'll have to put him on antihistamines if it doesn't clear up in a week, which I doubt will happen.

He's been through so much but, I'm so glad I have custody of him.  My mom hadn't taken him to the vet in years and he really was long overdue.  Now his teeth are great, his coat is shiny, he no longer has bowel problems, he has other cats to interact with...now all we have to do is get this sneezing under control and he'll be the happiest kitty!  He's such a sweet boy! :)

Oh and I gotta thank Berkana again for reccomending the FURminator!  I soooo love it!  It removes SOOO much fur and an unexpected bonus is that my cats feel so much more soft!  
My cats have a chair that only they sit in and my husband and I go through maybe 2 of those tape lint rollers things a week to get the fur off of that chair, our clothes, and our other furniture.  Now my cats hardly leave any fur behind.  This thing will definitely save us money on lint rollers.  Those things are about 4.00 ea and buying 2 every week really adds up!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Mar 19th, 2007 at 10:38am
Yay FURminator!   ;D  I'm also glad your kitty is OK.  You can test kitties for allergies, the most common feline allergies are food-related.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Mar 19th, 2007 at 3:18pm
I really need to get a FURminator!!  If you do get some build up of shed hair on the cat chair, use a rubber glove to remove it!  Just a plain glove like for washing dishes will do the trick-just put it on your hand and wipe the fur away.  I don't know if it works on clothing, but for sure on furniture.

BTW, I completely understand what you're saying about identifying with your size.  I, too, was naturally skinny & underweight (and all the teasing that goes with it) until I was 21.  Then I had a super bad accident and have been gaining weight since I couldn't exercise like I did before the accident.  I slowly went from a size 4 to an 8 where I seem to be kinda stuck.  I had to take some prednisone and went from a 6 to an 8 overnight!  OMG!!  I cried and had to send my mom to the store to buy me some pants so I could got to a doctor's appointment.  I don't feel like this size is me-and I can't wear so many of what I consider my cute clothes.  Totally depressing.  Good luck!!

I hope you find out what's making your kitty sneeze.

Vitamin B6 in fairly large dose (50mg I think) is a natural diuretic.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 19th, 2007 at 8:11pm
Berkanna: My vet didn't recommend any testing, I'm not sure why.  They just offered to put him on medication.

Sakina: Thanks Sakina!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 20th, 2007 at 11:49pm
Sakina:  Sorry my response was so short, I'd been going through a funk the past few days and didn't really know what to say.  I was glad that you could relate to what I was feeling, but at the same time of course, not happy at all to hear about your accident.  What happened?  Is that why you began yoga?

Exercise: When I first began working out I did loose a few pounds, but then I put on pounds and felt that I was fighting an uphill battle.  I realize now (well I'm almost 100% sure) that what's going on is that I'm gaining muscle which is making me heavier, but I'm not loosing enough fat to offset it.  So basically, I just need to do less strength training and do more cardio which I've already implemented yesterday.  Also, I gave up my low fat dip that I had been snacking on a lot lately.  Regardless of anything, I do need to learn not to let such things get me down.  I still have my health and all else important to me so, there you go!. :)

Hair: Doing really well.  I tried trimming it up a bit the other day.  I didn't take off much, I just wanted to even it a bit so the side where I lost hair (from alopecia) doesn't look so much shorter than the rest.  I trimmed off an inch, but that side is still about 2.5 inches shorter than the rest, I usually just tuck it behind my ear to get it to blend better.  I'll even it up gradually, I could't bear to do it all at once.  Anyhoo, I'm back at 25 inches long, it seems as though I'm never going to let it grow longer with all of my trimming but, we'll see.  I don't know if I'm going to continue reaching for my goal or if I will just let it hang around this length as I even it up.  So far, I've been doing the latter.

I'm still waiting on the cassia to arrive in the mail, I can't wait to try it.  The only thing is, I'm wondering if I should've purchased 2 bags instead of one.  I hope it's enough.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 21st, 2007 at 1:25pm
Step out of that funk, girl, it's the first day of Spring!!! :D  *hugs*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 21st, 2007 at 8:44pm

Trisha wrote on Mar 21st, 2007 at 1:25pm:
Step out of that funk, girl, it's the first day of Spring!!! :D  *hugs*


;D LOL!  I'm out of it, I swear! ;D  
I didn't know it was the first day of spring but it was beautiful out!  I sat on my balcony and went for a walk, I really enjoyed the day!  Thanks for the hugs! *hugs you back* :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 26th, 2007 at 8:23am
Okay, so today is the third day in a row that I've washed my hair.  My cassia arrived in the mail so I needed to wash and dry my hair before using it.  

Well, yesterday was the day I applied it to my hair and it was definitely an experience.  I mixed it with orange tea and was surprised at how much paste it made.  Initially, I didn't think that the one small packet would go very far.  So, after letting it sit 15 minutes,  I applied it to my hair in sections unil it was all over.  All over my hair, all over me, thank goodness I put paper down first because some had also splattered on my floor and my sink and counter top.  Needless to say, it was a mess!  Anyhoo, I put a plastic cap on and did a thorough cleanup job of my bathroom as I waited the instructed 30 min to an hour before rinsing.  I decided to go the full hour and then I rinsed.  I knew that it would take a while to get all of the paste out of my hair but everytime I got out of the shower I'd only realize that I still hadn't gotten it all.  This was the most difficult part.  When I do henna, I will have my husband help me rinse.  After about 4 rinses and a condition, I'd given up thinking that maybe I could comb the rest out after my hair dried.

As my hair air dried, I noticed it becomming hard even though I'd applied a leave in.  So that was my hair all day yesterday, too hard to get the rest of the cassia out because the hardness made it somwhat brittle.  The after effect of the cassia was similar to a protein treatment.

I couldn't take the hardness anymore so first thing this morning I did a shampoo.  Shampooing helped soften my hair and helped to get the rest of the green bits as well as the cassia smell (although, the smell wasn't bad, it smells like grass).  

Aside from the mess, doing the cassia was somewhat like a day at the spa but overall, I haven't noticed any benefit from it.  I won't be doing this again however, once I begin to notice grays I will try a mixture of henna and indigo to cover them up.  Hopefully, that process will be better. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 27th, 2007 at 2:55pm
Today, I detangled my hair from my last wash.  I'd put it through so much lately that I didn't really feel up to detangling until now.  Anyway, I can definitley notice the effects of the cassia.  My hair looks shinier/healthier but it feels coated.  As of now, I'd say that I don't really care for the new texture of my hair but maybe I'll get used to it.  







Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 27th, 2007 at 4:39pm
That's a shame, to go through all of that process and not like the results.  Maybe it'll improve with time...?  (hopefully)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 28th, 2007 at 9:53am
Yeah, I'm hoping that will be the case.  I must admit that today my hair feels a little better than it did yesterday.  I think the "coated" feel will wear off after awhile.  I don't completely dislike it though, my hair does look healthier at least and it's not as dry as usual.  Since I did the casia I haven't had to apply leave in conditioner to my hair as much as I had to before.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 31st, 2007 at 12:57pm
The jury is still out on my cassia 'situation' :P  It conditions really well but it also gives my hair a stiffness that makes it hard to manage.  Lately, I've been thinking that the stiffness maybe what others may refer to as "body" so in that case, it wouldn't be a bad thing but my hair naturally has lots of body, so I think thats why the stiffness is coming into play.  

I feel that I will try cassia again, but at a time when I am in most need of body like after a relaxer.  

On another note, a few days ago did another trim.  I still would like to have long hair however, my need for even hair is superseding my desire for length at this time.  I waited to post about my trim in order to wait for any remorse to kick in but it hasn't.  Overall, my hair still isn't as blunt or as super even as I'd eventually like it to be, but it is 'more' even now and I like it much better.  At this time, I'm thinking that I will trim an inch perhaps once every 3 months until it gets even (my right side is the issue, it's a few inches shorter than the rest of my hair due to past hair loss) and then I will move forward with growing it out.  At this rate, I'm thinking I will put off actually reaching my hair growth goal until next year and I'm fine with that. At least now (unless God forbid my alopecia decides to act up) I know when I reach my goal it will be all even (which looks much healthier) and in great condition. :)

I didn't measure my hair and won't do so until May 1st,  but right now I'm satisfied regardless of the number of inches that I have.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 2nd, 2007 at 6:15pm
I applied hair polish to my hair and surprisingly, it made a world of difference!  I'm really liking it, it's way more managable now.  I decided to do spirals using steam rollers, here are the results! :D  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 3rd, 2007 at 10:37am
Wow your hair looks gorgeous! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 3rd, 2007 at 11:37am
Thanks Lisabelle!  It looked great yesterday but unfortunately, I can't say the same for the way it looks now.

I took a walk to the store today and although it's very windy out, I decided not to put my hair up.  Big mistake, my hair was everywhere!  I had bags in both hands so the best I could do was try blowing my hair out of my face or flipping it, but neither worked, I couldn't see and I felt like cousin it! [smiley=angry.gif]  By the time I got home, all of my curls were gone and my hair was all a big poof.  Oh well, I've learned my lesson.  When going out on windy days, I must contain my hair. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 5th, 2007 at 6:53pm
he emailed me back saying that he liked my hair!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 5th, 2007 at 9:16pm
I have a similar issue with spending.  I think I do it because I get bored.

Check your phone book for women's shelters to donate your clothing to.  There's got to be at least one of those in your town.

Good luck.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 6th, 2007 at 4:54am
Other than my love of new things I really don't know what drives my need to shop, however, I know that it's deeper than me being bored. I feel it's something that I seriously need to think about though or else I'll never completely combat it.  

I would've never thought of donating to a homless shelter.  Thanks for the suggestion Sakina.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 6th, 2007 at 5:28am
I just did a wash and plaited my damp hair to dry.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 7th, 2007 at 2:16am
HAIR:I bought some medium sized plastic spring clips for my hair went to the store the other day.  This afternoon I put in some more spirals with my steam rollers and did a half up half down style using one of my new clips.  I like the clip in my hair but something that I noticed even more is how I no longer get breakage like I used to.  Months ago when I'd style my hair, I'd end up with a few tiny pieces of hair on my floor and counter that I'd have to clean up when I was done.  I hadn't realized that, that is no longer the case.  I'm 100% convinced that it's because I moisturize my hair everyday with leave in conditioner.  I began doing this over the winter because it was so dry in here and oil was no longer helping me.  Although it's warmer out (well sometimes, the weather here has been fluctuating a lot latey) I still applied the conditioner everyday and my hair is so much softer and less brittle for it.  

I recieved another free sample of Sunsilk products in the mail today.  They have a conditioning cream that also can be used on dry hair.  I haven't tried it yet, but I can't wait to see if I get the same results as I do with the Giovanni leave in.  I'm also going to try Nuetrogenas Moisture Touch Silk leave in to see which I like better overall.

HOME LIFE: I got so much done today.  I'm really starting to enjoy this being alone thing, I get so much accomplished when I'm alone.  Today, I tackled my bathroom closet.  I organized all of my products so that the shelves didn't look so cluttered.  One thing that I realized is that before going to the store for toiletries, I need to check that closet first.  I found brand new make up and lip glosses that I'd forgotten I'd purchased.  And I still have a habit of buying shower gel without checking the closet to see if I have any in there. :P  I have the same issue with my clothes closet.  Just a few days ago I was relentlessly searching online because I wanted a black frilly top only to later look in my closet and find that I already owned a black frilly top. ::)

I even made some cool discoveries when I was cleaning my jewelry chest that I'd gotten for Christmas in the 8th grade.  I hadn't opened that thing in years and just did so today to clean it up a bit.  I windexed the glass, cleaned the felt and shined it up with some Pledge, now it almost looks new.  Anyway, I found very nice necklaces that I hadn't seen in years.  I took them out and put them on my other jewlery rack so that I can remember that they're there and maybe get some wear out of them.  I even found a necklace that my dad gave to my mother when they were married.  It's so beautiful, I don't know what it's made of they're beads of some sort.  It could be ceramic, I'm not sure.  It's very old (my parents divorced when I was 4 or 5) but it still looks amazing, I can't wait to wear it!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 7th, 2007 at 5:49am
A few weeks ago, I heard a dancer say

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 8th, 2007 at 2:57pm
Happy Easter! -)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 9th, 2007 at 5:07am
I finally finished making the headband that I started weeks ago.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 9th, 2007 at 5:08am
[color=#000000]I decided that I'm going to apply a medium brown henna next month.  I figure that it will either make my hair more uniform in color, turning it a richer shade of brown or it won't color at all and just give it a shine.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 9th, 2007 at 10:40am
Congrats on figuring out your passion!  --What about offering your services as a Personal Shopper in person instead of virtually?  You could advertise in the local newspapers or something.  Just thinking out loud...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 9th, 2007 at 4:40pm
Yeah, perhaps you're right.  Currently, I was only looking to put what I already do to use (shopping from home).  Maybe in the future, I'll get out there among the living again and attempt to move forward with the idea.  Since moving to Kansas almost 2 years ago, I've pretty much been a recluse and really don't have the desire to go "out there" yet. :-/   Although, I might get lucky if I did though.  Prior to moving here, I had no idea how big shopping and entertainment was in this area.  When my husband and I do go out during the day, it's suprising how many women I see "lunching" and shopping.  

I'm trying to drastically cut down on my sugar intake and today my husband goes out and buys me a big box of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. >:(  Maybe he did it as payback for the way I treated him yesterday, but it really made me upset.  I'd been good for so long that I couldn't resist and ate about 8 cookies!:o  Absolutely disgusted with myself, I was going to just toss the rest but he convinced me not to stating that he would eat them.  That's an old trick that he uses knowing that if they're here I may get tempted to eat them.  So, I decided to put my unwashed hands in the box and touch every single cookie. [smiley=evil.gif]  Thats my new trick! ;)  I told him what I did, and that if he wants to eat them (he's not a germophobe like me) thats fine by me, but now he knows that I'm serious about NOT eating them. [smiley=vrolijk_1.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 10th, 2007 at 2:44pm

Quote:
So, I decided to put my unwashed hands in the box and touch every single cookie.

How ornery of you!!  (i love it!)  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 10th, 2007 at 4:23pm
LOL!  He actually finished the rest of the cookies all by himself last night! 8-)

I on the other hand got on my elliptical and did yoga.  Treating your body right feels so much better than sitting on the couch gorging on cookies!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Apr 11th, 2007 at 10:22am

wrote on Apr 10th, 2007 at 4:23pm:
I on the other hand got on my elliptical and did yoga.  Treating your body right feels so much better than sitting on the couch gorging on cookies!


True!  Although, I admit I feel good WHILE I'm sitting on the couch eating cookies (or strawberry shortcake in my case last night).  It's only AFTERWARDS that I feel bad.   ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 11th, 2007 at 3:00pm
LOL!!!  I actually had the same thought as I typed that. :D  
It does feel good while you're eating junk food, it's the guilt that you feel afterwards that doesn't feel so good.  

And when you exercise it's so grueling, but when you're finished is when the good feelings kick in. ::)

I saw a health club commercial not too long ago, and their slogan was "No one ever says I wish I didn't work out today."  And that's so true!  I often think about that when I don't feel like working out.  That motivates me because I know I'll feel so much better after.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 13th, 2007 at 7:44pm
I just did all of my shopping in preparation for my relaxer at the end of the month.  I love Sally!  I love how you can go in there, collect a cart full of items and pay less than 20 bucks!  I feel the same about drugstores too, they are my dream![smiley=laugh.gif]  My Sally card expires at the end of the month so instead of renewing right away, I'd like to save my 5 bucks and go in again and really stock up.  I'd have to think of what I need, and make sure it all doesn't come out to too much.

I finally tried my Sunsilk conditioning creme sample.  I tried it to moisturize my dry hair but I didn't like it, it doesn't help with the stiffness from the cassia like my other stuff does.  

Today, I was informed that my dress (above) won't be processed because it was recalled by the manufacturer. :o  I wanted to ask if they could send me one anyway because I'd already bought shoes to match, but knew I'd be wasting my breath so I didn't even bother.  Now, I have to figure out what to wear with the shoes, it's going to be difficult to find something else to match with them so well.:'(


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 14th, 2007 at 10:40am
I wish I had Sally's up here in Canada.  It sounds like a really neat store!  I really like the shoes you bought, sorry about the dress but when you get the shoes maybe you can take them to a dressmaker and have a dress made to match?    I use to work with a lady in the states who would relax her hair and it looked lovely. Her hair was BSL and it never looked dry or brittle.  I loved when she did updo's!  She said her secert was never to braid her hair tightly or use heavy sheen products.  I have a guy friend who had really curly blonde hair, he remined me of Alexander the Great!  LOL!  His mother would relax his hair when his was a teen.   When I worked at Shopper I would advise a perm (relaxer) that was all natural, can't remember the name!  I had a lady who had such fraigle hair but still wanted a perm so I gave her that brand, Bolanitcals I think?  It worked very nicely.  Sorry I'm ramlbing!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 14th, 2007 at 3:32pm
Hi Lisabelle, your post was fine, not rambling. ;)  I think the trick to healthy relaxed hair is making sure that you moisturize well to keep brittleness away, to not use heat on the hair and do up do's whenever possible.

I wonder why your friends mother relaxed his hair?  I did a hair show for a salon once, and they decided to relax the hair of a friend of mine who is white.  She didn't mind, but I thought it was such a horrible idea.  I know that there are some nonblacks with really tight curls who get them,  but I feel that unless your hair is too kinky to manage, that you should stay away from them.  The chemicals are so harsh that even though you can prevent most breakage, it is impossible not to have any at all, so you must be extra careful with relaxed hair.  

I've heard of Botanicals.  I never used it, but there is no relaxer that is completely natural.  They may have included a few natural ingredients, but they all contain chemicals that brake down the hair in order to straighten it.  Seeing that there is no way to completely avoid the chemicals if you relax, another trick is not to relax often.  Some people relax every 4 to 6 weeks.  Althought, no one should ever relax every 4 weeks because it's way too soon and they'll most likely overlap the chemicals and overprocess their hair.  Every six weeks is the absolute soonest to re relax if you want to do it often.  I relax no sooner than every 3 months although some people only relax once or twice a year.  The longer you can go the better. :)  

Too bad you all don't have a Sally.  Is there a store in Canada that's similar?  

I was on the Fredericks site where that dress is sold and for some reason it doesn't look like they recalled it in size 12.  I was thinking that maybe I could buy a 12 and then have it sized for me.  I'm not sure if I'll do it though because I don't even know if my seamstress can do it.  Most likely I'll just continue to look around for something else.  So, far I'm not having any luck but I didn't need it for anything special so I can take my time. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 16th, 2007 at 10:44am
The reason he told me was that he hated curly hair.  Mind you his hair was so dry and ruff I could not get a comb through it.  His hair is still very dry, he shaved his head a while back then let it grow back.  I don't know if there anything like Sallys up here :'(  Canada is still very much like the boon docks. :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 20th, 2007 at 4:53am
When my husband saw that yet another pair of shoes arrive in the mail for me the other day,  he told me that we'd better be going out somewhere and real soon.  Well, tonight he finally got his wish, we went out.  

Yesterday, I got an email from our local comedy club, they were giving away free tickets to this evenings performance.  I called to reserve our tickets but had to get completley dressed in 45 minutes which for me can be tough.  Although I went over my time taking a whole hour to get ready and had my husband calling the time out to me every 15 minutes (which I hate), we made it there on time and had a lot of fun.

The headliner was Chris Rock's brother Tony Rock, who in my opinion was funnier than Chris (who I'm a huge fan of).  I was laughing so hard that my stomach hurt and I had tears rolling down my face, so yeah, I guess that makes it a good night. Afterwards, we went dancing and out for tacos.  So now, I'm a bit dehydrated and hung over but it was worth it to see my husband happy, we really enjoyed ourselves.  

Hair:  Recouperating.  I didn't have time to steam curl so, I used a curling iron instead and of course, after a night out it smells like smoke.  Later, I'm going to deep condition in an attempt to make this all up to my hair. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Apr 20th, 2007 at 11:44am
Sounds like a fun night!

:D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 20th, 2007 at 11:59am
I know your shoes appreciated some fun time!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 20th, 2007 at 7:31pm
Yeah, I always try to show my shoes a good time! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 26th, 2007 at 2:49pm
Is everything all right with you, my dear?  I haven't seen a new entry in your journal in, what?  6 days...I'm starting to get concerned.   :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 26th, 2007 at 5:02pm
Trisha please don't be concerned, I'm alive and well. ;)  I'd been lurking here and there but have been doing other stuff.  

I'd been trying to get a doctors appointment for my knee and was finally able to get one scheduled for tomorrow.  It's still giving me problems, hopefully they can help me out.  

I also went out in the freezing cold today and took some pics in my bellydance gear.  I'll most likely post some soon.

Thanks for checking on me, you're so sweet! (((hugs))) :)  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 26th, 2007 at 8:17pm
Oooh!  I would love to see the pic's!  I'm not brave enongh to photograph myself yet :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2007 at 6:02am
I couldn't sleep so well last night,

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Apr 27th, 2007 at 7:46am
Beautiful!!

Absolutely gorgeous!  Thank you for sharing.  I love your outfits and your hair looks fantastic.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2007 at 8:00am
Wow, thanks bikerbraid! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:14am
Oh well, so much for my doctors appointment.  My ppo gave me the wrong address which had us on a wild goose chase.  It's my fault though, they gave me the wrong phone number so I should've known to verify the address.  I had to reschedule for Monday, at least it's not too far away.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:17am
First - HOLY CATS!!!!   :o  Those pictures are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  I really like the very first pic, with you reaching towards the camera.  That's a lovely pose.

Second - Look on the bright (?) side of missing today's appointment.  Maybe Monday your knee will hurt again!   ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:54am
WOW!!  Your such a pretty thing!! :)  I love the purple costume!  You hair looks lovely!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2007 at 11:31am
Thanks ladies! :)



berkanna wrote on Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:17am:
Second - Look on the bright (?) side of missing today's appointment.  Maybe Monday your knee will hurt again!   ;)


LOL!  I was thinking the same thing! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 27th, 2007 at 12:28pm
[smiley=thumbsup.gif]  glad you're okay  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2007 at 1:27pm
Thanks, didn't mean to worry ya! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Apr 27th, 2007 at 11:54pm
A) I love those outfits!
B) you have beautiful hair
C) you match your hair for beauty
D) those are lovely photos! Where did you get that purple veil?
And I'm.. sorry your knee didn't hurt? Also sorry you got the wrong number and address for your appointment.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 28th, 2007 at 5:49am
Thanks Kiraela, your post is so sweet!  

I got the purple veil on eBay but it was a long time ago so I don't remember which seller I purchased it from, the veil and skirt were sold as a set.

Yes, my left knee has been giving me problems off and on for weeks or maybe months at this point.   I finally made a doctors appointment to see whats going on with it because it's really beginning to effect my workouts.

Thanks again for your kind words! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Apr 28th, 2007 at 10:56pm
WOW, you look gorgeous!! I agree with Berkanna, the first picture is great!  ;D

I really hope you get your knee problems solved. I know what it's like to have a troublesome knee. Back when I used to have four ballet classes a week, I couldn't sit still for fifteen minutes without one of my knees starting to ache. I hope it's not like that for you.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlygirl22 on Apr 29th, 2007 at 9:42am
Beautiful pics thanks for sharing!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 29th, 2007 at 7:35pm
Thank you juri and Curlygirl22! I guess the pics weren't as bad as I thought they were.  

Juri: My knee pain has been pretty constant lately wether I'm moving or not.  Fortunately, the pain is tolerable but it is still pain nonetheless so I'm really hoping my doctors visit tomorrow will help.

Hair: This morning, I clarified in an attempt to remove the coated feeling caused by the cassia but it didn't work.  I guess I'll just have to wait for it to disappear in it's own time. :(

Other: My husband and I went to the mall yesterday and after walking a while, my lower back began to hurt so badly I thought I was going to die.  I really feel as though I'm completely falling apart.  I ordered an inversion table on Friday and I hope that it helps me with all of the issues that I've been having lately.  I also ordered the Hoopnotic dvd so when my knee acts up I can maybe burn calories by using the hula hoop.  But now that I think about it, I don't know if that will work because I'll still have to use my knees.  

Last night, I suggested that we go to another comedy show and it was really bad.  We stayed for about 10 minutes into the act and then left opting to go dancing.  I only had a few glasses of wine but the alcohol really hit me hard.  My husband didn't mind it though, he told me this morning that I'm funny when I'm drunk.::)  I've been recovering from a hang over all morning but as long as he was amused, right?:P  It's so funny, when I was younger I never used to get hangovers now all it takes is a few glasses of wine, go figure.:-?  

As I'm typing all this I feel like Debbie downer, but I'm actually in a very good mood.:D

Also, I read bikerbraids tip about protecting hair from the sun.  The sun lightening my hair has always been an issue for me. My problem is I like wearing my hair out in the summer.  I think perhaps I'll look for products with sunscreen or something. The last thing I need is to make my hair anymore drier than it is if I can help it.




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 29th, 2007 at 11:02pm
I hope your knee is feeling better.  Sorry I didn't say this before, I am such a knunkle head! :P  Thinking of Hoopnotic, I was at my in-laws today and my neice has some hula hoops and I gave it a go!  I was shocked that I could still do it!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 1st, 2007 at 11:34pm
Thanks Lisabelle but you didn't have to worry about it, it's no biggie.:)

That's impressive that you can still hula hoop.  I tried it a few years ago myself and totally sucked.  I guess I'm going to have to learn all over again but when I do I'll be able to do some pretty cool tricks! :D

I was excited because I got my inversion table today.  I found one on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price and what I most liked about it was that the part you lay on is cushioned.  I was glad my husband was gone when it arrived because I was able to put it together myself.  I love working with tools and putting things together, I always have since I was a kid and my mom made me put together my own Barbie McDonalds when I was 9.  I felt so proud of myself and I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I put things together.  My only dilemma was that in the end  I had an extra screw.  Eventually, I put it in although it didn't seem necessary but, I figured better safe than sorry.

I told my husband to begin slow and only go back a bit of the way until he's used to it but does he listen NO!  He goes all the way back feels light headed and then instead of coming back up slowly as I suggested he comes up just as fast as he went over.  Needless to say he needed to lay down for a bit afterwards.  I however, loved the inversion table.  I placed it in front of my window so that when I'm upside down I can view the woods, I found it very relaxing.  I think in the future I'm going to use this to meditate on in addition to my zabuton.

Now I'm off to change my ticker, right now it's waaay off.:D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:29am

wrote on Apr 29th, 2007 at 7:35pm:
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Juri: My knee pain has been pretty constant lately wether I'm moving or not.  Fortunately, the pain is tolerable but it is still pain nonetheless so I'm really hoping my doctors visit tomorrow will help.


Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that it's a constant pain. I hope your doctor's visit helped some.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 4th, 2007 at 12:32pm

Hair I haven't been doing too much with my hair lately, just letting it grow. I've been wondering if inverting can help with that?:-?  Yesterday, I did whip up a mixture of mostly water and a bit of coconut oil.  My hair was feeling a bit dry and the spritz really seemed to do the trick, it felt really soft and adequately hydrated for the rest of the day.[/color]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 4th, 2007 at 2:11pm
Well, I've changed my ticker, and from now on I'm only focusing on my short term goals.  I feel that this way, I won't feel so far away from my hair goal that it seems unatainable or simply like some random number that really doesn't mean anything.  

My first goal is to get back to BSL which I only need 2 inches to do.  Then, I'll be gunning for mid back, and then waist length.  I'm still looking to ulimately get to around 30" give or take a few.  I'm not sure how many inches exactly I'll need to be where I want, but it's somewhere between 28 and 33 inches.  In the meantime, I've sworn off trims vowing only to dust (I know I've said that before, but this time I REALLY mean it).[smiley=engel017.gif] ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on May 7th, 2007 at 10:27am
I think focusing on short-term goals is the better way to go about acheiving things.  That way you won't get discouraged when it's taking SO LONG to reach a goal.

If that makes sense.   :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 8th, 2007 at 1:52pm
That's it exactly, Berkanna! ;)

Hair:  I've been thinking about how my hair is probably just as short this year as it was last year and had been feeling a bit sad about it but I realize there ARE pluses.

First of all, last year my hair was much shorter on the sides but now the sides are closer to the same length as the back which gives my hair a more thick and healthy appearance.  And my bang is longer as well.

Secondly, in the past year I've learned how to maintain healthy hair.  I learned about moisturizing, I haven't been using heat (except for steam occasionally) and I've been manipulating much less to cut down on causing damage, which has definitely helped.

I also feel that if I hadn't cut my hair over the past year, that it wouldn't look as healthy as it does now. I had to eliminate the damage that I had caused from abusing my hair in the past.

With all of that said, I feel much better about the choices that I've made over the past year and I now feel that it's now truly ready to grow. :D

Acne (Yikes!):  I've had several breakouts on my chin over the past week and the cause is definitely a mystery, but I've really made things worse in my attempt to treat it.  I'd been putting loads of Retin A on my chin and have had lots of pain, peeling and redness as a result.  The only relief I found was through icing my chin, which numbed the pain.  It's finally feeling and looking a little better and I've cut out the Retin A, now letting it take it's time to heal.  I suppose patience is the key to everything. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on May 8th, 2007 at 10:53pm
Oh be careful with Retin A :o  I hope your chin clears up soon.   I use to get bad chin acne when a took a certain medication.  What worked for me was to change my daley skin cream to Vichy Normaderm.  Happly I don't that those pills anymore! :-[ :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 9th, 2007 at 4:49pm
Thanks Lisabelle!  I looked up Vichy Normaderm online and it looks like pretty good stuff.  I'm gonna stick with Retin A (because I still have a ton of it left) but after my painful lesson, I'll definitely be careful not to over do it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 15th, 2007 at 3:22am
I just woke up from a nap about 2 hours ago and have neck stiffness which is freaking me out.  My husband and I were rear ended earlier today (well, technically yesterday) and now I'm thinking my stiffness may be a result of the accident.  It wasn't a bad accident which is why I'm conflicted and think that perhaps I must have just slept weird or something. :-/  

On another note, I've been having really good hair days lately.  At night I've been doing CO's and then pin curling my damp hair.  In the morning I unwind the curls and get really nice waves, it's been so great! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on May 15th, 2007 at 12:35pm
I hope the neck stiffness was nothing serious! Even minor accidents can cause whiplash and other problems, though. If it doesn't go away I would definately see a doc. about it.  
And I'm glad you've been having good hair days! Somebody needs to. ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 15th, 2007 at 6:20pm
Thanks, Kiraela. Fortunately, the stiffness was nothing serious and did go away.  I'm so happy for my good hair days, we should all have them! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on May 15th, 2007 at 10:11pm

Kiraela wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 12:35pm:
I hope the neck stiffness was nothing serious! Even minor accidents can cause whiplash and other problems, though. If it doesn't go away I would definately see a doc. about it.  
And I'm glad you've been having good hair days! Somebody needs to. ;)


I second that! I am happy your better :-*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 15th, 2007 at 10:51pm
Thanks Lisabelle! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 25th, 2007 at 8:43am
I'm finally satisfied with the evenness of my hair (well almost) but now that its pretty even and short, I'm really getting impatient for it to grow.  My hair has been growing faster lately though, last month it grew a whole inch, it's never done that before (or at least not since I began measuring last year).  I can't wait to see what it does next month.  

I've been doing CO's several times a week since it's gotten warmer out and it seems to be good for my hair.  Only now I'm looking for a new shower filter, one that removes monocholramine as the one that I have does not.  I now realize that, that may be the reason that my hair is still oxidizing. :-/

I'm still getting acne on my chin and I'm really sick of it.  It's definitely time for me to invest in a Zeno zit zapper.  Hopefully, it will work (all of the reviews that I've read have been positive) then I'll never have to worry about acne flare up's again.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 25th, 2007 at 12:32pm

Quote:
Zeno zit zapper

I am NOT making fun of you, but when I read "Zeno zit zapper", the only thing I can imagine is a ray gun!!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 25th, 2007 at 1:03pm
LOL!!!  It's not like a ray gun although that would be funny. ;D  I can imagine myself handing the zeno zit zapper ray gun to my husband... " Here, shoot me in the face with this" ;D  I guess zit zapper does sound weird though, it's actually called an "acne clearing device" ::).  

It's pretty cute, kinda looks like a cell phone, see...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 30th, 2007 at 11:24am
It does look like a cell phone!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on May 30th, 2007 at 11:36am
I would love to hear if this thing works. My poor hubby has acne all the time and he's 43! :'(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 30th, 2007 at 11:43am
I know, they also come in pink.  

I was finally able to order mine today and honestly cannot wait for it to get here.  My skin is so broken out now that I've actually resorted to popping my zits.  I know, it's gross but I can't take it anymore.  I'm wondering if it's because the weather is changing.  My skin is so oily lately it's taking my focus away from my hair.

Lisabelle:  I read that they have a very high success rate killing 90% of the bacterias that cause acne.  I'll let you know if it really works once I try it out.  I would've thought that it was odd to have acne at 43, but I didn't start getting acne until I was 28 and it comes and goes. It's very unpredictable.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 30th, 2007 at 5:46pm
Well, I did my monthly wash today.  I only use shampoos once a month but do CO's in the interim.  Anyway, after my wash I decided to go in the back and hula hoop but as soon as I did it began to rain heavy but I decided what the heck and hooped anyway.  My hair was still wet so I figured the rain wouldn't hurt, it was so much fun but it's nice to be dry and warm again. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on May 30th, 2007 at 6:09pm
It sounds like you had a great time today!!!  What a fun thing to do.  I wouldn't be able to do it.  I bet it is great for the waist though!!

You caught my curiosity with the only pooing once a month.  Do you do vinegar rinses regularily during the month to prevent CO build up and stop your hair from getting greasy?  I can't imagine pooing only once a month.  I wish I could!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 30th, 2007 at 7:01pm
I had a great time today, all topped off with a glass of wine. :D

No, I don't do vinegar rinses.  My hair is kinky so it's very dry, greasyness is not an issue for me.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on May 30th, 2007 at 7:21pm
yum, glass of wine.  Have one for me.  I am on a diet so it isn't part of my life plan right now!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 30th, 2007 at 7:28pm
I guess I already did that, I'm on my second glass. :D  LOL!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on May 30th, 2007 at 7:30pm
Oh so jealous.   :'(  Enjoy!!!!! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 30th, 2007 at 7:49pm
Awww... don't be jealous.  Wine is good for you, have a glass! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on May 30th, 2007 at 7:53pm
I probably will on Friday when I visit my folks.  I can't forsake myself of things I love all the time or the diet will never work.  In the meantime, I don't have any in the house right now so I can't since the store is closed now.  LOL, otherwise, you might have talked me into it.  You know, twisted my rubber arm.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 31st, 2007 at 10:31am
A natural approach for getting rid of zits is to dab the affected area with tea tree oil.  --That's if you can tolerate the smell; tea tree oil has quite a strong aroma.  My daughter had some success with this method.   :)  Just a suggestion...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on May 31st, 2007 at 2:38pm
Ok, so much for Friday for the wine.  Today is a day to celebrate, but to avoid being repetative (sp?), since I am doing to post why in my journal, you will have to go there to see why!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 31st, 2007 at 2:57pm
Thanks for the suggestion Trisha, I'll definitely give it a try.

Okay off to joeydog's journal :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 31st, 2007 at 3:45pm
I'd been so busy thinking about other things that I forgot to note that I straightened my hair today.  I hadn't straightened it in so long I figured what the heck.  I doubt that one day of being bad will cause any permanent damage.  I made sure to use a thermal heat protector and I straightened with a steam curling iron.  Once straight, I applied hair serum and steam curled the ends using the large rollers.  It's now so full, bouncy and soft.  It reminds me of Rebecca's hair from Cheers, I always loved how much body she had. I was so happy with my hair that I had my husband take me out to lunch for loaded nachos, yum!:D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jun 1st, 2007 at 10:47am

wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 3:45pm:
I was so happy with my hair that I had my husband take me out to lunch for loaded nachos, yum!:D


Now THAT'S a celebration!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 1st, 2007 at 12:02pm
Yep, it was!  And for dinner it was KC Masterpiece!  Quite a decadent day! :)

Hair:  Just realized that my hair probably isn't growing as fast as I thought it was.  It just appears that way because I straightened it yesterday which of course would add extra length.  So although my hair may not be growing quite like a weed, the discovery of extra length was a pleasant surprise!  Since I'd been cutting off so much lately, I didn't expect to reach 23.5" until Aug.

I'm going to continue dusting regularly (it just makes my hair look so much neater) and letting it grow!

Other: My husband decided yesterday that he wants to move to Atlanta asap so I've been given the task of looking for a new rental.  After my horrible experience with my neighbors below, I no longer want to live in an apartment.  Hopefully, I can find a nice house with a big yard for rent.  Wish me luck! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 1st, 2007 at 12:37pm
The pics of your cats are great!!!  As for getting along, as someone said, they will figure out there pecking order...although they may never truly be chums.  It will all work out ok.  I have 3 cats.  2 of them I call 'the twins' although they are not related and one is black and one is white.  The thing is, they are always together and grooming each other and getting into mischief together, even though they are now 14!!!  My third, 'yoda' has taken 7 years to get into hanging around with them, even though I brought him home and bottle fed him when he was just 4 days old.  His ears and eyes were not even open yet.  I used to be a vet and someone brought him in to be euthanized.  I convinced them to sign him over to me.  He got his name because of the way he wiggled his ears when he sucked on the baby bottle!!

I am soooo sorry to hear you have alopecia.  That sucks.  I really hope this new doc and treatment get good results for you.  I am, at least, happy you have thick enough hair to cover it.  I wish you the best of luck!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 1st, 2007 at 2:12pm
Joeydog:  I think it's cool that you used to be a vet, is that what you're going to go back to doing?  As a kid and a teen, I was always told that I should be a vet because I love animals so much.   I knew that being a vet was not in my future because I could never get used to seeing so many sick animals, it would break my heart. :'(

My cat's thankfully, now co exist peacefully, well most of the time. ::)  My one cat still wants absolutely nothing to do with our newest member, even though it's been a year since his arrival.  

Your Yoda sounds too cute! :)

Fortunately, I haven't had any hair loss since January.  I had two bald patches but now they are filled with thick hair about 2.5" long.  Hopefully, my hair will never fall out ever again, which is possible.  Alopecia is very unpredictable so I'll never know if this is the end, or if it'll come back a month or a few years from now.  But for now I'm happy that it's growing! :D  Thanks for your well wishes!

Other:  My husband is taking things apart and beginning to pack.  Yikes! :o  We haven't even found a place yet, or looked for any places for that matter!  Ugh, he's driving me nuts!  He's hinting that I should begin packing my stuff to but I'm not going to put my stuff in boxes just yet, I can't live here for another month with all of my belongings in boxes.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 1st, 2007 at 2:30pm
Whoa, moving to Atlanta!  --Did you expect this?  For your sanity, I hope you find a place SOON!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 1st, 2007 at 2:48pm
No I didn't expect it at all.  My husband and I had decided that we were going to renew our lease.  Our rent office gave us our lease renewal form yesterday and thats when he changed his mind, completley out of the blue. ::)

I hope we find a place soon or yeah, I will lose my mind!:o  My job is to "stop playing on the internet" and look for houses to rent, so off I go... :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 1st, 2007 at 5:41pm
Hey there, good news about your hair and the cats!!

No, I no longer practice as a vet.  I needed to work the emergency type work with animals.  Spay, neuter, spay, neuter bored me to death.  As I said to someone last night, imagine going from working in the ER (think of the show ER) to being a family doctor!!  Not for me.  Unfortunately, doing emergency work with animals is much like with humans in that you must do shift work and long hours.  My health could not take it.  I miss that kind of work but now I am a toxicologist, which I really do enjoy...although I miss the animals.  Maybe it was my fate to become a toxicologist. My Dad was one of the best toxicologists in the world in his time and I spent my life saying I would never be one.  

When I decided I had to leave the vet work, I decided I needed to work for the gov't so I applied for EVERYTHING.  I needed the benefits since my meds cost me $1000/month and I needed job security in case I ended up of work for an extended period of time like I have now.  I wrote exams and went to interviews and one day got the call I was wanted for a job...as a toxicologist.  I had to laugh.  Dad was thrilled of course to see one of the family continue the legacy so to speak.  Turns out I really like it and happen to be fairly good at it.  I am not my Dad or anything...but he had 30 years of experience.

I hope you have good luck house hunting...but don't abandon us completely!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 2nd, 2007 at 1:05am
joeydog: Wow, it's funny the way things work out sometime.  I'm glad that you enjoy your job, your one of the lucky ones!  So what exactly does a toxoclolist do?  I'm thinking that it has to do with finding out the toxicology levels in the deceased.  

Other: I've finally prined out house after house today.  I have to admit that as I was looking at these houses that are larger than what we have now, that have no neighbors too close by, with lots of land and trees surrounding them, I began to get excited.  Now, I can't wait to move.  I can't wait to be able to have a garden and I also want to turn my back yard into a quiet oasis where I can bellydance, hula hoop and use to meditate sometimes.  I was even looking at swing sets, I've always wanted a swing  because I love swinging.  I was also looking at pond kits because I would love to do something like create a pond and waterfall but since the property will be  rented I'm wondering how much leeway we'll have when it comes to modifications of the property.

We're going to continue making calls tomorrow to set up appointments hopefully, for this coming week, I can't wait!

I'm off to bed now... good night!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 2nd, 2007 at 1:29am
Oops... before I go to bed, I wanted to note that I've made a radical decision to keep my hair @23.5" through September.  My right side is still causing me so much frustration because it's still so much shorter than the rest of my hair.  It seems as though no matter how much a trim the back to correct this, the side still never catches up.  I don't know if it isn't growing as fast as the rest,or if it just seems that way due to possible breakage.  So, I've decided to keep my the right shorter side in a braid for the summer ala Vikki Vale, just to keep it contained so theres no chance of breakage.  Hopefully in October, my right side will have caught up to the rest and by that time and I can commense growing with completley straight and blunt hair.  

This is my plan but it's so frustrating.  If it werent for my alopecia I wouldn't have any issues about this.  But I have to look on the bright side and be happy about the fact that is is growing even if it seems really slooooow. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 2nd, 2007 at 9:23am
Well, a toxicologist, in its simplest terms, is someone who studies poisons.  There are many types of toxicologists.  Forensic toxicologists (like my cousin) do figure out things on the deceased.  I on the other had, work with new products that come out.  That is to say, if a new drug is on trial, it undergoes many studies to determine what health problems might occur when using said product.  My job is to go through the data and determine at what levels a substance might cause harm to humans and then 'regulate' what levels a substance can be used without causing harm to humans.

I will discuss it more under my journal if you are interested.

I am glad you are excited about looking for houses, and I hope you find just what you want.  Good luck and keep us up to date.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 2nd, 2007 at 10:42am
Toxicology sounds very interesting!  

I found some places that seem really cool on paper, hopefully, it will be what I want. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jun 2nd, 2007 at 4:46pm
Good luck house hunting, La Diosa!  I'm rapidly learning about the perils of residence searching.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 3rd, 2007 at 12:40pm
Thanks Kiraela!  I hope I don't run into any of those perils, I just really want to get this over with. :-/ I think we may be going to Atlanta later this week to look around in person.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 6th, 2007 at 6:54pm
I'm not quite sure what is going on at this point.  My husband went out of town for business on Monday so, I'm not sure when we're going to see the houses in person.  Also, he just got the news that the account that he's working on may be going away so that puts things up in the air as well. *sigh*  Either he will be put on a new account or he will "go on the bench" as they call it until another account emerges.  I guess it's a good thing though because he currently doesn't like the account that he's on, but if he goes on the bench I think I'd rather move to Los Angeles.:-/

It's been a year today since I learned of my moms death and I'm doing much better than I thought I'd be.  I no longer cry anymore and it's much easier to remember the good times.  I do miss her though.  My niece is going to have a baby in a few months making my sister a grandmother at the age of 34 years old. ;D  I know that my mother would have a really good time teasing my sister about it.

My Zeno finally arrived today and I can't wait til tomorrow to see if I have any improvements.  Over the past weekend my husband and I went to dinner.  As we were leaving, an older gentleman stopped my husband and whispered something to him.  Then my husband motioned for me to come over because the man wanted to meet me.  He said he just wanted to say hi and that I was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen.  It was flattering but it also made me very insecure that after seeing my face (my zits) close up, that he'd think the complete opposite.  My latest bout with acne has been an annoyance but until then, I didn't realize that it was taking a toll on my self confidence.  Oh well, it doesn't change who I am inside and I'm really liking my hair!.:P :)

On a good note, my elliptical is finally repaired.  It squeaked eversince it was put together by the installation company.  They suggested that perhaps with use, the squeaking would go away.  Well, not only did it not go away but it had gotten increasingly worse with use and handle bar began to loosen dramatically.  After looking at the machine, the repair guy stated that there were a few parts missing.  He believes that the installation guys probably didn't know where the parts went so they pocketed them.  Nice.::)  Anyway, it works fine now and I don't have to worry about it totally collapsing while I'm on it. :o

Oh, and the girl who was abducted from Target is from my area. :o  That's the Target I go to. :o  It's so frightening to know that something like that could happen around here, it's a nice area.  Also, it's frightening to think that you can be abducted in a parking lot.  I'm always very aware of who's around me because unfortunately I've been followed a few times and even chased on two occasions.  But I guess being aware isn't enough if someone can do an abduction that easily.  I feel so bad for the girl and her family. :'(  I'm also very angry about the predators out there.  If they haven't already, I hope they get this guy off the streets ASAP. >:(





Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 7th, 2007 at 11:55am

Quote:
It's been a year today since I learned of my moms death and I'm doing much better than I thought I'd be.  I no longer cry anymore and it's much easier to remember the good times.  I do miss her though.


I've heard it said that the death of a loved one never gets easier to accept, rather we simply learn to live with the sadness.  My father was killed in a tractor accident 25 years ago, and his death was so long ago that most of the time I'm fine.  Yet I recently ran across the last photographs taken of hiim (by me) and started tearing up.  *shrug*  I think that awful hurt really never disappears from our heart.  *hugs*


Quote:
the girl who was abducted from Target is from my area

It's quite sobering and tremendously sad to realize that we really aren't 100% safe anywhere anymore, isn't it?  I consider myself a pretty confident and independent gal, yet I no longer shop alone--hubby always goes with me.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 7th, 2007 at 3:54pm
Trisha: Your right, I don't think the pain of losing someone ever disappears completely.  About 2 years ago, my sister and I were on the phone reminiscing about our grandmother who died almost 20 years ago and we really began sobbing.  Afterwards, we had to laugh because after so much time we thought we were over it, but guess not.

I understand your not shopping alone but it angers me that we (women) can't be free to walk around alone without having to worry about sickos.  I take walks around my apartment community because it's such a nice area with lots of trees.  I like to just enjoy nature alone and in silence but I've always known that I can't get too wrapped up in what I see or feel because I have to be aware of cars or people who may be around and it just makes me so upset.  My husband doesn't want me to walk alone anymore but I don't know if I will or not because it's something that I really enjoy.*shrug*

Other: Speaking of my sister, I was talking to her last night and I really feel bad for her.  She also was aware of the fact that it was a year ago yesterday that she found my mothers body.  She lived in walking distance to my mother and now she feels so alone.  My father lives about 20 minutes driving distance away from her, but they don't talk or see each other as often as my very family oriented sister would like.  It's not that my dad is mean or anything, it's just that he has been going through depression for a few years now and it's difficult for him to communicate regularly.  I realized years ago that my relationship with him was almost non existent and I dealt with it.  When my mom died, I basically felt orphaned right then and I had to tell my sister that she too needs to just let him go.  I told  her that she and her girls are family and they have to be there for each other.  I hope she gets over her feelings of abandonment, I don't like hearing her cry. :'(

Acne: Well, I was zapping the daylights out of my zits yesterday but today they are still hanging around.  I can say that they haven't gotten anyworse like they would've but, they haven't gotten any better.  I was reading the reviews on this thing again yesterday and the consensus seems to be that they don't get worse and they disappear faster than they normally would so I'll see if that's the case.

Hair: Great! ;)

Well, I'm off.  My husbands back so I gotta get dressed to go to dinner now. :D


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Post by La Diosa on Jun 9th, 2007 at 12:37am
Yay, today is a good day!  Well, first of all I'm glad that they captured that creep who murdered that girl.  I can't believe he had a wife and child at home, I feel so bad for them.

And on the first of May, I mailed a return to Victorias Secret which I did not insure so of course the post office lost that package.  I called them a few weeks ago and they told me that there was nothing they could do.  With no recourse, I decided to just chalk it up but today I called Victorias Secret.  I wanted to see if by some slight chance my package arrived recently.  They said it didn't but since I had a delivery confirmation number as proof of shipping, they'd mail me a gift certificate.  WooHoo!!!  I'm so happy for that because those pants were 60.00.  

Last but not at all least, my skin is clearing up very nicely!  The Zeno doesn't work exactly as described, meaning they don't clear up blemishes overnight but if you catch it early it will clear up in 2 days leaving no mark. :D  

There is a restaraunt about a block and a half up the street from us that we never went to before.  So yesterday, we decided to walk up there and give it a try.  The food was so good, everything we ordered was delicious and they made the best drinks.  To think all of this time it was so near and we never tried it out.

We're waiting to see what happens with my husband's employment situation.  He'll know in a month wether or not his account remains, wether he's transferred to a new one, or if he'll be laid off with pay until a new account is available. We've decided not to make any moves or decisions until then.

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Post by La Diosa on Jun 9th, 2007 at 12:26pm
This morining there were birds outside my bedroom window feeding on sunflower seeds as usual, but then my cats and I heard a weird sound.  It sounded as though there was something scraping inside the wall.  At first I was very concerned until right before my eyes I saw this...


I went on my balcony and got this pic from outside.


My cats wanted to see closer but we didn't want to frighten the squirrel so my husband kept them at bay.  

Then, we decided to let the cats go to see how they and the squirrel would react.


And how the squirrel would react to my husband...


And to tapping the glass...


It's reaction to cracking the window...


It's reaction to opening the window even wider...


LOL!!!  This is one brave squirrel :D


Soon after climbing on top of the feeder (because of the opened the window), one of the suction cups came loose, the squirrel lost his footing and ran off. ;D  The birds are so relieved that now they can snack!

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Post by La Diosa on Jun 11th, 2007 at 2:20am
Just did a CO and set my damp hair with pin curls.

I only had my Zeno for a few days and I'm already out of treatments, it came with 60 2 1/2minute treatments.  Tomorrow, I have to find out where they sell replacement tips.

Ugh, I was so excited all week to see the finale of the Soprano's only to be quite disappointed.  Other than them killing Phil, it was very uneventful. :P  I hope tomorrow's season opener of Big Love is good.  Oh well, off to bed.

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Post by Trisha on Jun 11th, 2007 at 9:27am
Now just WHAT would you have done if that squirrel had hopped inside the window and started running around your apartment?!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 11th, 2007 at 11:31am
What a cheeky little squirrel! ;D  We do not have grey/brown squirrels anymore up here, ours are jet black and some times red! Yeah the Soprano's @#$& me off too, mind you it was neat to see Paulie loose his nerve, the bugger >:(

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Post by Kiraela on Jun 11th, 2007 at 2:31pm
squirrels are cute and adorable at a distance, but I had a bad experience with one once... (looong story, basically it was a creepy stalker squirrel) so up close and person they sort of freak me out a little. but since that one's on the internet, and not my dresser, I can say, "aww, so cute!"

Also, you have very pretty kitties. My kitty Emma says "hi" to your three.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 11th, 2007 at 4:06pm
Well, the squirrel is now showing up every morning and eating ALL of the birdseed as though he's at an all you can eat buffet.  My husband said that yesterday the squirrel even brought a friend along. >:(  The birds aren't happy either.  They try swooping low near the squirrel I suppose to frighten it away but to no avail.  Now, I have to figure out what to do to make the squirrel go away.  I wouldn't mind if he ate a bit and then left but he shows up too often and stays too long, and now I miss the birds. :(

Trisha:I have no idea what I would've done.  I figured I'd let my cats deal with him but since they're all declawed, I don't know what they would've done either. :-/ ;D

Lisabelle: I saw a black squirrel on the internet, it looked cool.  I've never seen a red squirrel but I'm sure that would be a very neat sight.  When I lived in Pennsylvania, the squirrels there were brown and not gray.  I'd never seen a gray one until I moved here.  I thought Paulie being afraid of that cat was so funny! ;D

Kiraela: Ooh, I don't know how cute I'd find a squirrel inside either.  My kitties say meow to Emma.:)

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Post by Kiraela on Jun 12th, 2007 at 3:58pm
It wasn't so much that the squirrel was inside the house, as the fact that it was barely 6 in the morning, and I was getting dressed for school... turn around and there's a Squirrel. Watching. Me. From. My. Dresser. freaked me out.  Not to mention I heard scritching noises in the wall all night, the night before that and my cat (always locked in my room at night) had dissapeared. I thought creepy stalker squirrel had killed him or something.  Turns out Magic was just afraid of squirrels and hiding really well. The only thing I can suggest to get rid of your stalkersquirrel is have animal control come out and remove him... typically, they'll come get him and release him a few miles away.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 12th, 2007 at 5:41pm
Yeah, I could see how seeing a squirrel on the dresser first thing in the morning would be freaky.

Well, my squirrel only shows up to eat out of my bird feeder which I have suction cupped to my second story window.  I can remove the feeder altogether, but for now what I've done is moved the feeder higher up on the window hopefully, out of the squirrels reach.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jun 12th, 2007 at 5:56pm
Good luck on removing your squirrel!   I was thinking, another thing my grandmother's done is put her feeders right outside the windows, but on posts with large caps under the feeder... so that even if the squirrels can climb up the thin metal pole, they can't get past the caps... and it gives the birds a place to sit. I'm not sure if I explained that well...  I'll do my best at a drawing.

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Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 12th, 2007 at 6:37pm
Thanks for the drawing, it's good and I completely get it. :)

Right now, I'm not going to build anything though because we may be moving soon.  Hopefully, just moving the feeder that I have a bit higher will eliminate my squirrel problem.  I got this feeder because I didn't want to give the birds a place to sit because then, they would possibly get too comfortable and leave droppings.  

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Post by Kiraela on Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:05pm
ooh, good point. Actually, random trivia... did you know there's a species of moth that when sitting still with its wings folded, is almost indestinguishable from bird poo?

It's called the Wood Nymph Moth. Wierd, eh?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 12th, 2007 at 11:10pm
Yuck! :P  I've never head of a wood nymph moth but thats the best survival mechanism ever! I don't know who would want to go near something that looks like that.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 13th, 2007 at 7:47am
Oh that really does look like a bird poo. :P  I can see me trying to clean it off my car windsheild and having it get up and fly away! :o  Nature as has neat camo eh? :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jun 13th, 2007 at 10:55am
Has your friendly, pushy neighborhood squirrel returned?

My uncle used to feed peanuts to the squirrels at his house, and they got to the point where they'd knock on the door and take the peanuts from his hand!   :o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 13th, 2007 at 4:33pm
Last night, I moved the feeder higher so that it would be out of his reach, but I felt bad.  I put it back so that he'd be able to eat from it this morning but he never showed.  It's pretty odd seeing that he's been a daily morning visitor since Saturday, I hope he's okay.

On Sunday, we put raw almonds in the feeder especially for him and he seemed to enjoy them.  Although I've read that it's possible to feed them by hand, I wouldn't attempt it because I've also read that they have very sharp teeth.:o

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Post by Trisha on Jun 14th, 2007 at 1:19pm

Quote:
I wouldn't attempt it because I've also read that they have very sharp teeth

Smart woman!   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 14th, 2007 at 7:33pm
I am a country girl who moved into the city for a few years (which I hated) and then came back to the country.  When I first came back a bought peanuts and sat outside feeding the squirrels and chipmunks.  I stopped half way through the summer.  They never bit me...they even sat on me.  My family have pics of it.  The reason I stopped was, while I fed them along the tree line, they started coming up on my deck when I was sitting there which put them 20 feet out in the open.  As I watched the hawks circle, I feared I was sending my new friends to their graves.  They are not meant to be tamed...and I forgot that important rule.  Now I throw them walnuts on the ground when I am feeding the birds...but never let them come to me.

Just a thought for you to consider...even 'knocking on the neighbours door' could put them in danger if the wrong person is at the door.


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Post by La Diosa on Jun 16th, 2007 at 8:40pm
Today, I decided to buy a different leave in conditioner.  I bought Giovanni's Vitapro Fusion.  I think I like it better than the Direct Leave In but I'm not quite sure yet, although according to the bottle it's supposed to provide a deeper condtioning.  The one thing that I like about it for sure is that it comes in a spray so I can better control how much comes out.  Lately, I've been using Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In as well, it's okay but I find it a bit greasy.

I don't know whats going on with me but for the past 3 nights in a row I've had dreams about Prince.  I'm not complaining though they're really good dreams. 8-)  He's supposed to be taking over the Roosevelt Hotel this summer the way he did the Rio over the winter.  I've been checking constantly to find out when this will be confirmed so I can get tickets, so I'm sure thats why I've been dreaming about him so much.

I don't know what the heck is going on with my email but I think I may need to change my address again.  I'm getting so much spam it's riddiculous.>:(

Also, my squirrel is fine.  He showed up a bit late the other day, but he's still shows up every morning for breakfast.  We're definitely going to move in a month or so and I'm going to miss him.  I wish I could take him with me.:(


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Post by La Diosa on Jun 16th, 2007 at 8:46pm
Also, I've decided not to follow through with my plan to keep my hair at 23.5 through the summer to let it even up.  When I first cut it I was happy about the change, but now I'm sick of my hair being so short so I'm going to let it grow back out.  I'll most likely cut an inch off in Jan and then another in the spring to get it totally even. ::)  I'm constantly going back and forth with this, I change my mind as often as I change my clothes. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 16th, 2007 at 8:52pm
Ok, I am going to show my age here...Prince...is this the same Prince that was known as "the artist previously known as Prince" and then "Prince" before that.....excuse me...dog says she has to go out RIGHT now so I may lose train of thought.  BRB, although posting this you will not notice..but the train of thought might be gone.

Ok, ya, thought is partially gone...so the important thing for me to know, since I work with lots of people younger than me...is this the same Prince?  I am guessing not.  Would just like to know.

Ya, ok, laugh at me...that is ok.

JD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 16th, 2007 at 9:01pm
You're funny, yeah, it's the same Prince ;)  ;D

This is what he looks like nowdays

 

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Post by Lisabelle on Jun 16th, 2007 at 11:40pm
He's still so cute!  :-* When I was begin trained in different makeup lines I got to met a lady from a line called Nacara had who had worked with Prince.  She said when it came to skin care he loved vasoline and would bath in the stuff if given the chance ;D!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 17th, 2007 at 12:09am
Hmm... so Vaseline is his secret.  He does have very nice skin.  Vaseline wouldn't work for me though, I break out too easily.:(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jun 17th, 2007 at 9:49am
Huh, there you go.  I am so out of touch that I did not know he was still around.  Maybe I should get out of the house more!!  Not today though, back to the darn garage work today.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 17th, 2007 at 10:31pm
Don't feel bad Joeydog, lots of people don't know that he's still around.  I happen to know because I've been a fan of his since I was 9 years old.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jun 18th, 2007 at 9:40am
So, you're definitely moving to ATL, then?

Speaking as someone who is currently going through the moving process, good luck with that!   ;)  I think I hit my packing wall last night - I got awfully whiney and silly last night and my husband ended up sending me to bed like a child.  I think I needed it, though.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 18th, 2007 at 7:59pm
Yep, we're definitely moving to Atlanta.  Well... as of Friday we're only about 99% sure.  On Friday my husband got a lead on a job in Houston which he seems pretty interested in.  So, he's going to check that out and if he can get interviewed and they can make a decision quickly (which typically isn't the case) we may be going to Houston but as I type this I seriously doubt it.  Yeah, I'm 100% sure we're going to Atlanta.;)  

Aww...berkanna.  I hope he didn't send you to bed without dinner.:D  Just joking.  I completely understand how nerve racking packing can be.  

I've moved lots in my life. On average, I only stay in an apartment for 2 or 3 years then it's off to someplace else. My only worry right now is about my cats. I've never had to move with so many animals before, I'm still trying to think of the best way to do it. When we moved here we only had one cat but 16 hours in a UHaul with a scared kitty was no picnic.:-/

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Post by Kiraela on Jun 19th, 2007 at 1:21am
hooboy, moving with cats....  :o I've done that a few times. When my family moved from arkansas to North Carolina, we had three adult cats, and 8 two-week-old kittens.  yes. 8. Both our females had had kittens the same night, in the same closet, and nursed all of them equally, so we were never quite sure who was whose. That was a fun move. Expecially when the car's engine quite literally fell out on the interstate, and my brother(who had been driving the car), the two dogs, and the 11 cats had to ride in the back of a moving van, in the summer. (Luckily it was... vented... due to the fact that mom peeled a rather large hole in the top of the truck hitting a low branch. In our driveway.)  Hopefully your move goes a lot less eventfully!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 19th, 2007 at 3:14am
Um yeah.  I hope my move isn't quite that eventful either.:o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jun 19th, 2007 at 10:03am
Holy CATS!!!   :o

I've only moved locally, so I haven't had to deal with long distance moves with cats.  Well, we had a 2.5 hour move once.

You may want to investigate a light sedative for the cats - we actually aced our tortie for the 2.5 hour move because she HATES (and I mean HATES) car rides.  It was a very good thing.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 19th, 2007 at 10:23am
I don't know about the sedative thing.  When we moved with our one cat from Pennsylvania to Kansas, I sprayed her carrier with Feli Way (not sure about the spelling :-/).  I don't know if I sprayed too much or what but she became frighteningly lethargic.  I'm too afraid to use it again.

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Post by La Diosa on Jun 19th, 2007 at 10:25am
This pic is from yesterday.  I got some new butterfly hair accesories! :D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 19th, 2007 at 12:05pm
Those butterflies are so cute!  The blue one matches you top! I hope your move goes okay.  I have never moved with cats but I did move with fish once.  I had a five pound Oscar named Piggy and he rode in the car in a bucket at my feet.  He was fine and even mooched some of my lunch!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 19th, 2007 at 10:28pm
Thanks Lisabelle. :)

I can't believe you moved with a 5lb fish!

Before I moved, I had a 55 gallon fish tank but I knew that there was no way I could move with all of those fish so I took them back to the fish store.  It was kind of cool though because they even gave me money for them which was something I completley didn't expect.

Other:  Looks like my plan to see Prince this summer are shot.  They just finalized the performance schedule and his first shows are this Saturday and Sunday. :o  He's only playing 7 shows total and VIP seats are 3121.00 a couple.  With such short notice and our move coming up, theres no way we can swing that.  We don't have the time or money right now.  Oh well, maybe next time.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 20th, 2007 at 9:57am
I'm sorry...does that say three THOUSAND dollars??  *choke*  :o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 20th, 2007 at 10:12am
Yep, unfortunately it does. :(  Not to mention air fare, car rental and a hotel...pretty steep.

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Post by Kiraela on Jun 20th, 2007 at 10:46pm
:o $3121.00 ?! ... the only way I'd pay $3121 to see a concert, is if I were sitting in the performers lap. ;D And even then it'd have to be someone reaaallllly good. Even The artist formerly known as 'the artist formerly known as Prince' barely makes the cut on that!  I'm sorry you can't go to the concert though, La Diosa. * consolatory hug*  On another note, those are some very very pretty hair accessories. Where, pray tell, did you get them?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 21st, 2007 at 3:34am
Thanks for the hug Kiraela. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 21st, 2007 at 11:58am
I'm so bored today I can't stand it.  I woke up at about 2am and have done everything from bellydancing, the elliptical, watching my squirrel gorge himself, shopping online (I got a great deal on two dresses :D) and watching a marathon of The Girls Next Door (I love that show) and I'm STILL bored!  My husband is out of town on business and won't be back until tomorrow, I sooo can't wait  I'm really climbing the walls here.

Hmm... just realized that 2 of my favorite tv shows right now are centered around a man romantically involved with 3 women.:-?

I think I may get a job when we move but I don't know.  I prefer to work at night because I really have difficulty waking up regularly in the mornings.  It's just that when I work at night I don't see my husband much, so that's were the problem lies.  Anyway, I updated my resume on Monster and I'm already getting calls and emails but they're for positions in Kansas. :P

Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In Cream is really beginning to grow on me.  I think I'm going to not replace my Giovanni Leave In and continue using this.  I don't like the build up it leaves on my hair, but I'm getting used to it and it does keep my hair moisturized and softer much longer than the Direct Leave In.
 




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 21st, 2007 at 7:13pm

wrote on Jun 21st, 2007 at 11:58am:
I'm so bored today I can't stand it.  I woke up at about 2am and have done everything from bellydancing, the elliptical, watching my squirrel gorge himself, shopping online (I got a great deal on two dresses :D) and watching a marathon of The Girls Next Door (I love that show) and I'm STILL bored!  My husband is out of town on business and won't be back until tomorrow, I sooo can't wait  I'm really climbing the walls here.

Hmm... just realized that 2 of my favorite tv shows right now are centered around a man romantically involved with 3 women.:-?

I think I may get a job when we move but I don't know.  I prefer to work at night because I really have difficulty waking up regularly in the mornings.  It's just that when I work at night I don't see my husband much, so that's were the problem lies.  Anyway, I updated my resume on Monster and I'm already getting calls and emails but they're for positions in Kansas. :P


Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In Cream is really beginning to grow on me.  I think I'm going to not replace my Giovanni Leave In and continue using this.  I don't like the build up it leaves on my hair, but I'm getting used to it and it does keep my hair moisturized and softer much longer than the Direct Leave In.
 


((((Hugs)))) I know the feeling.  I've had Hubby go to Europe twice, once for 2 weeks and once for a week and I went a little nuts too!  (why didn't I go with him? Long sad story, better left for later :-X)  You can rent movies, have a major cooking party, enjoy the peace and quite, have people over, watch Youtube??  You can take the time to do some mediation, more shopping!  The when hubby gets home attack him! ::)



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 23rd, 2007 at 5:07am
Thanks for the hugs Lisabelle!  

I did rent movies and I did a bit of meditation but I was just lonely.  He's back now so I'm feeling fine now!  And yeah, we attacked each other! ;)

A little get together is always fun, but I haven't had people over since last year.  My husband and I are pretty much solo out here so there are no parties unless we bring people out.  The only thing about that is when they come all this way for a visit, it lasts a bit longer than I'd like. :P  

Other: Anyhoo... I'd found another perfect house in Atlanta.  The rent wasn't much more than we are paying now but it had much more space, a huge fenced in yard and an in ground pool.  Again, my husband always slow on the move waited too long to call and now the house is gone. :'(  Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Hair: I've been noticing a bit of hair breakage lately, not quite sure how or why.  The only thing I can think of is that my hair may be over moisturized making it weak.  At any rate, I'm now off to give myself a stregthening protein treatment.  

Right now, I have a rather annoying habit of constantly incorporating the Rehab song into my daily life.  My newest dittie, is "I got myself some breakage, but I said no no no".  I know, so lame! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 25th, 2007 at 7:36am
That protein treatment was just what my hair needed.  It's feeling much stronger now.  I'm going to do another one maybe in a week or two just to make sure that my hair really has all of the strength it needs.

I've really been eating horribly lately.  Barbeque ribs, potato salad, turtle custard, cake, crab rangoons...  It's no wonder that when my most recent purchases arrived I could barely squeeze my hips and rear in them.  I got 3 new pretty dresses and I look disgusting in them.  It's quite strange the way I put on weight, instead of distributing evenly throughout my body, it all goes to my hips and rear.  I  have this big J-lo butt which I really need to do something about, I honestly can't see how that woman finds clothes.  Today and yesterday, I upped my workouts doing a mile on the elliptical each morning.  Then throughout the day, I belldance and hula hoop and do my core secrets bun work out.  I'm also cutting down the junk and eating more healthy foods and shakes.  

I saw this work out device on tv called leg magic which works the abs, the rear and the thighs.  After we move I'm going to order one.  I figured theres no need to order it now because then it's just one extra thing to carry.

Also, my husband said he can't make any promises but he's going to try to take me to the Prince concert at the end of July.  He says he needs a vacation and would love to go to LA so hopefully, everything will work out. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 27th, 2007 at 4:47pm
Well, we are just about all packed.  We may be going to Atlanta this weekend and will stay in a hotel until we find a place.  My husband is still running the show (which is why it isn't planned better) and it's driving me nuts!  I was so irritable yesterday that I even frightened myself! [smiley=evil.gif]

There were boxes everwhere as there had been since he packed everything up on Saturday and yesterday I just lost my mind and was snippy about EVERYTHING.  As I type, my neighbors below, who are always such a joy ::) :P are pounding on their piano.  I actually can't wait to get the heck out of here, I just assumed we'd have a place picked out first.

Anyway, my husband finally moved the boxes out of the living room and the bedroom and entryway and stacked them all in our dining area.  At last I can breathe again.

I got some merchandise in the mail today so I could begin selling again on eBay.  Right now I only have 5 dresses for sale (I kept one for myself of course ;)) but I'll slowly begin accumulating merchandise.  I used to sell a lot in the past but I really let it stress me out, I took the whole thing so personally.  See, I only sell things that I love and would wear myself, so when my items wouldn't sell quickly, I would get sad.  I know it sounds silly but I couldn't imagine how someone could see something that I personally think is really great, and pass on it.  But I know that, that's just the way things work sometime.

I thought about getting a job outside of my home, but for now I've decided to go the eBay route.  I just prefer living like a hermit and on my own terms.  Also, I've been doing some online browsing for yard things like ponds, fountains and swing sets.  So once I move I want to dedicate myself to setting up and decorating as opposed to working.  I SOOO can't wait to move into a house with a yard.  I used to think apartments were so cool but now, I've been living in apartments since I first moved out on my own almost 14 years ago and I'm completely sick of them.  It'll be so nice to have my own private outdoor space. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jun 27th, 2007 at 7:54pm
If you don't mind me asking, what's your ebay name? I'd like to at least take a look at these dresses! I've been wanting to start selling on ebay too.. It seems like it will be a good source of income, once I can finally get a paypal.
And I know all about getting snippy... The other day I was in such a bad mood my guy refused to come in the house for a few hours.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 27th, 2007 at 10:03pm
No, I don't mind, my eBay name is diosa*celestial.  I really like it because it's so forgiving and can be worn dressed up or casually and it's so comfortable.   I wore it out tonight for dinner and cocktails with my husband and his coworkers.  Heres a picture of the dress.:)




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jun 27th, 2007 at 10:29pm
oooo, that is a fantastic dress! And I love those shoes....  You know... my first thought on that picture was... "La Diosa as "Price Is Right" model" :P

I just wish I could wear something like that and not look horrible.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 27th, 2007 at 10:42pm
Thanks Kiraela! :)  I wish I were a Price Is Right model, what an easy job! ;D  They and Vanna White have it made! ;)

I'm sure you would look great in a dress like this, it's cool cause it can also be worn with leggings or in the winter with tights and a turtleneck!  

Don't mind me, I'm not trying to put the sell on you or anything, I just get so excited about clothes.::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jun 28th, 2007 at 1:33pm

wrote on Jun 27th, 2007 at 10:42pm:
I'm sure you would look great in a dress like this, it's cool cause it can also be worn with leggings or in the winter with tights and a turtleneck!


But it's white.  White makes my skin look pasty and wierd.  Otherwise, I'd be looking a bit closer.  I need some dresses - when I unpacked my closet, I noticed I only have ONE!  The rest of my clothes are slacks, skirts and tops!  I need more hot-weather clothes too, most of my tops are knit longsleeves.   :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 28th, 2007 at 2:29pm
It's actually cream but I guess it would still have the same effect for you. I'm such a dress person I couldn't live with only one, but I like skirts too as long as they're long and comfy. :)  

Well, have fun shopping! :D  

Unfortunately, I have to give up shopping for now until we move and I actually have a shipping address again. :P

We're definitely moving tomorrow, my husband rented the truck and hired a mover to assist with the big stuff.

This morning I took down my balcony decorations, it looks so bare out there.  Later, I'm going to start packing up my bathroom and other loose ends so that tomorrow morning we will be ready to load the truck quickly and smoothly.

We've decided to keep the cats in the car as we tow it.  They'll have more room to sleep and run around than if we had them in the cramped truck cabin with us.  I'm going to lightly spray the car with Feliway and we'll check on them everytime we stop.  Last weekend, I purchased tags and collars for them for the move, I pray this isn't necessary but better safe than sorry.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jun 28th, 2007 at 3:14pm
Good luck with the move, I hope everything goes smooth and easy and that you are able to find a great new home.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 28th, 2007 at 3:30pm
Thanks Sakina, I haven't seen you in awhile!  I hope all's well. :D

I think my irritability a few days ago gave me the release I needed and now I'm actually pretty optimistic.  I'm just going to do my part as far as packing up my stuff etc. and hope everything else falls into place.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jun 28th, 2007 at 3:50pm
Yeah, I was out of town for a week.  All is well, thanks!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 28th, 2007 at 3:57pm
Yes, indeed, good luck with the move--here's hoping you + hubby find a great place soon.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 28th, 2007 at 4:13pm
Good to hear Sakina ;)

Thanks Trisha!

(((Hugs you both)))

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 2nd, 2007 at 7:24pm
 I'm hoping tomorrow she'll adjust to them again.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 4th, 2007 at 1:33pm
Ugh...I really feel like venting!  This is the 4th day in a hotel and I'm really tired of it.  Maybe I could do better in a 5 star hotel but this Extended Stay crap is for the birds.  

Anyway, with it being the 4th we didn't get much done today.  I was hoping I could just sleep the entire day away but unfortunately it isn't physically possible.  Yesterday we saw 2 houses.  The first house was very tiny but very out in the middle of nowhere and secluded like I want, it even was on an acre of land but the house itself was very tiny.  I don't understand why with all that land around it they didn't just build a bigger house.  The second house we saw was big and beautiful, man was it gorgeous but it was in the middle of a very cramped development so many houses so close together.  Ah, what to do?  Well, we're not too sure yet but I guess we'll see soon because I'm going to freak out if we don't make a decision and get somewhere soon.

Well, now we're going to dinner and I plan on having a drink or two or three.  And I'm going to get some candles or something to make this place a bit more comfy.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 7th, 2007 at 1:59am
Well, I'm still in my hotel room.  I got a huge melon scented jar candle and it has made it a small bit more home like for me.  We haven't decided on a house yet but we're going to look at one more house tomorrow and then wrap this whole thing up.  We decided not to persue the smaller house, so it's between the bigger house and the one tomorrow so, we'll be moved in one of the two sometime this coming week.  

I so miss having a home.  While my husband watches tv in the evenings, I entertain myself by imagining how I'm going to decorate which ever houses we're interested in at the time.::)

We went to see Sicko yesterday and it really disgusted me.  I knew that in this country money is king, but I had no idea to what degree.  I actually felt myself tearing up and wanting to walk out, out of anger and frustration but I stayed.  After everything that I saw documented in the movie the reason for my anger and frustration was the fact that I feel that I can't do anything about the current system, that I can't make things better for people, I felt and still feel a strong sense of helpless and hopelessness. :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 7th, 2007 at 2:15am
I guess I should mention something about my hair. ::)  

Yesterday, I actually washed with V05 shampoo and my hair didn't fall out. :o  All of my shampoo is packed in the truck because I wasn't planning on being homeless this long, so I felt I wouldn't need it.  Anyway, I just felt icky so I wanted to wash my hair and since I couldn't find Giovanni anywhere I just bought the really cheap stuff.  I got the kind for normal hair even though I always use moisturizing shampoo and shockingly I even liked the way my hair felt afterwards, it turned out soft and not at all dry.  Seeing that I have dry hair to begin with I don't see how that was possible, but next time I wash I'm going to try it again to see if it was a fluke.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jul 7th, 2007 at 7:30am
Hang in there!  I know you'll find a place you'll love!  When I saw Roger and Me I felt the same way as when you saw Sicko.  I had to turn away with the bunny lady, though I know she was doing it to make a living (barely).  
Big Hugs! :-*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 4:31am
Lisabelle, I've never seen Rodger and Me but it sounds interesting.  Theres a Blockbuster right up the street from us so I'll check that out.  You always rent good movies! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 4:35am
Well, I'm in my new house and I love it!!!  We've been here for about 2 weeks now but it took this long for them to set up our cable and computer service.  The guy came yesterday and was here for about 3 hours, I've never heard of such.

I still don't like how close we are in proximity to other houses but the house itself is wonderful!  We still have some setting up to do as I don't think that some of our older furniture is a good fit for this house so we've eliminated some things and need to replace them with other more aesthetically appropriate things.  For one, I'd like to replace my more conservative looking computer desk with a more contemporary one and a Swopper chair but my husband doesn't think that the chair is worth the money.  I'm sticking to my guns though and hopefully he'll give in, I guess this sort of thing is the price I have to pay for not having a paycheck of my own. ::)  Unfortunately, there aren't many business around here so I'm not sure if my employment status is going to change anytime soon.  There is a Curves up the street though and I got an application from them but I haven't filled it out yet.  I don't think they're hiring but I'll see.  

Anyway, the back yard is nice but bare so I would like to plant flowers and things back there anf get new outdoor furniture as I don't like my old balcony stuff for the yard.  It's going to be slow getting everything done but so far I'm being patient.

My favorite part of the house is my bathroom, it's very large.  I've convinced my husband to let me have it for my sole use so I'm happy about that.  It's big enough for me to put my portable fireplace in and eventually I want to set up my 55 gallon fish tank over the tub but we have to prioritze so I'm not sure when I'm going to get that going.

This weekend we bought a washer, dryer and a lawn mower a first for both my husband and me.  This morning after my husband mowed the lawn he said he finally felt like an adult and it reminded him of when his father used to mow the lawn.  I found this very strange and amusing because I had the same exact thought the day before when I was doing laundry, it reminded me of my mother.

At any rate all is well with life and hair. [smiley=laugh.gif]

This is my bathroom which I am so in love with, in the daytime you can see lots of trees outside the window.  I had to go in the closet to take the picture.

The door in the picture opens to a closet like room that houses the toilet and I love this because it keeps it separate from the rest of the bathroom.


And the kitchen, I love the green walls.


The foyer has 2 of these neat cut outs and eventually I want to keep fresh flowers in them which I think will provide a nice and welcoming fragrance upon entering our home.  Since I have to prioritize, that's not in the budget right now so these dried flowers will have to do. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 8:06am
How exciting and beautiful!!! :)  Best of luck to you and hubby in your new home!  It is lovely and I'm sure that when you finish putting your special touches in it,it will be even more lovelier! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 9:29am
Wow what a nice place! Love the kitchen! I like the decor too, neat Vangoh! 8-)  Good luck and have fun!!! 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 11:12am
How exciting for you! I remember moving into our first house.... it was not a new home (built in 1900), but it was OURS!  The excitement of taking on adult chores, furnishing and maintaining it.  Enjoy it while you can.  (After 30 years of home ownership - some of the luster has worn off.)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 6:50pm
Curlgirl: Thanks Curlgirl, this is the exciting part!

Lisabelle:  Thanks Lisabelle, Starry Night over the Rhone is my all time favorite.  I don't think theres anything more beautiful than a starry nighttime sky.  I do find it odd though, that at night I don't see stars at all in my new area. :-/

Bikerbraid:  I find it pretty weird that I'm so excited about this.  I've lived on my own in apartments since I was 19 years old but being in a house makes me feel like I'm just starting out all over again, theres such a newness about it. :)
This house isn't ours yet, we've decided to do a lease purchase option where we can live here for up to two years and sometime between now and then we have to make a decision as to wether we want to mortgage it or not.  Right now I'm completely gung ho however, if the luster has worn off after two years who knows... maybe we'll try living overseas (a dream of mine) but, for now I'm happy! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jul 24th, 2007 at 11:44am
Glad y'all got moved in and "hooked up"   ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by berkanna on Jul 24th, 2007 at 4:06pm
Welcome back to the land of the internet!   :D

New house looks very nice!  Congrats!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jul 24th, 2007 at 6:52pm
Congrats on the new place, LD.  :)  Should be very exciting.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 24th, 2007 at 11:01pm
Thanks ladies! [smiley=laugh.gif]

The other day I realized how silly of me it is to throw things away right now, especially things that are fairly new and in good condition.  Instead of getting rid of my desk and outdoor wicker love seat I'm going to refinish them so that they'll match better. My only hope is that I do a good job.  

Well, my husband is away on business and I'm here to handle all of the duties myself so I guess I'd better take out the trash now, I'd completely forgotten that tomorrow is garbage day! :P

Also, I'd been sort of feeling guilty because my oldest neice is about to have her first baby and I told her I'd come to visit after the baby was born.  Well, I'd just decided not to go because I could use the travel and hotel money that I'd spend visiting for things around here.  I figured I'd send a gift and explain that I won't be visiting until next year.  Does this sound selfish?  My husband says no but I don't think he's a good judge of such things.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by texian.traveler on Jul 24th, 2007 at 11:39pm
First question is, how close are you to your neice?  Second question is, how close do you WANT to be to your neice?  What you are basically saying by using the travel money is that the stuff you want is more important than the relationship.  

I am not saying that is automatically a bad thing.  You are talking to the woman who did a community theater show instead of attending her neice's wedding.  I knew the message I was sending about the relationship, and frankly I was comfortable sending that message at that time.  I sometimes regret the hurt I caused, but even two years later I have NO REGRETS about doing the show.

So this is by no means an attempt to lay on a guilt trip.  If you don't think she'll care, then go next year.  If you feel your need to feel settled in your home is greater than your need to visit, or her need to be visited, go next year.  But understand that, as with all choices, there might be a downside and a price.    

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 25th, 2007 at 12:04am

texian.traveler wrote on Jul 24th, 2007 at 11:39pm:
If you don't think she'll care


I guess that's actually the number one question, I'm really not sure if she'll care.  I'd been assuming that as long as I sent a gift she won't care but instead of asking others, I should ask her how important my being there is to her.  I guess I'd been telling myself that she won't care to make my not going easier on myself.  I even told her sister that when I did visit I'd bring her back home with me and let her stay for awile.  So, I guess I should ask her how she would feel with my reneging as well.  If they want me to come and I do the opposite then yes I am being selfish however if they truly want to see me and spend time with me then I will visit.  

Thanks for helping me sort this out TT  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jul 25th, 2007 at 9:03am
With me, decisions of that nature are always based on money, specifically lack thereof.  Being a one-income family, it's unfortunate but ALL of our decisions have to based upon money.  Just my .02  *hugs*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 25th, 2007 at 1:07pm
My sister is a single mother of 3 and her household is run that way too, which is why I'd been so convinced that my neice would understand.  I still haven't asked her yet though. :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Aug 30th, 2007 at 3:14pm
L, you haven't posted in quite a while; I hope all is well with you.  I'm thinking maybe you went to visit your niece...anyway, take care and let us know how you're doing.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 2nd, 2007 at 4:36pm
I'm fine, thanks for checking Trisha! ;)  

I did infact go to see my neice.  She had her baby on the 20th, a beautiful little girl named Mariah.  She was actually due on the 8th so I'm glad I didn't go then.  Money is still an issue with us right now so we had to drive instead of fly but otherwise it was great.

I'm still trying to get my house together as much as I can and it's become quite the project, I'm actually quite obsessed.  I'm still enjoying living in a house for the first time as an adult, I even cook on a regular basis now, my husband can't believe it. I'm finally totally domesticated! ;D

We did our patio which kept me busy for quite awhile.  There is no cover in the back to protect us from the sun or rain so we purchased a gazebo cheaply at an end of season sale.  We had to paint it and weather treat it to protect it from rust and we also had to anchor it down.  It was quite a job but it's now finished and I like to sit out back with my cats.  Although when I do, I can't help but think about my next project... the yard.  I'd like to take up all of the grass and replant new seeds. I also want to plant hedges and flowers and put out bird baths and feeders, but my husband thinks we should wait until the spring although I'm trying to persuade him to do it now, I'm not sure if I'll get my way or not. :-/

I was able to treat myself to one new thing though.  I purchased two AeroGardens and love them so far.  I'm growing herbs in one and romaine lettuce in the other.  They haven't grown enough to where I can harvest them yet but they have sprouted and are coming along nicely.  I can't wait until I'm able to eat salads that I grow and incorporate my own fresh herbs into my recipies!  This works out great because I've been a vegetarian for a little over 2 months now.  At this point, I don't see myself giving up dairy anytime soon but I do feel better eating a vegetarian diet.  I've also been keeping myself busy by working out everyday.  I do yoga twice a day, I do the elliptical for a half an hour a day, I meditate and bellydance...  I really can't get over how productive I've become.  I feel much happier now than I did before and it really shows.  Not that I was unhappy before though, it's actually a bit odd but it is what it is.::)

A few weeks ago we began noticing a gurgling sound coming from the guest bathroom toilet and we had no idea what it could be.  I was fearfully thinking that either a mouse, rat, or snake would eventually appear from the comode.  One day I was sitting on the couch and I saw all 3 of my cats lined up at the bathroom door looking curiously at something.  I went to the bathroom to see what had caught their attention and saw that there was sewage all over the floor.  The toilet had backed up, it was a smelly, disgusting mess.  We called the plumber and after about an hour or 2 of sucking the bathroom pipes, he pulled out a big wad of "flushable" feminine products and those "flushable" toilet wipes.  Apparently, these items (as I was scolded) aren't flushable at all, well at least not in this house. It was quite an expensive lesson and I didn't like being scolded like a child. >:(

Anyway speaking of the toilet, my cat now uses it.  Again, one morining I was sitting on my couch and I heard a noise from the same bathroom.  I panicked thinking that we were having toilet troubles again, but this time when I got to the bathroom I saw my cat urinating in the toilet.  It was the funniest thing I'd ever seen in my life and could not stop laughing!  She doesn't do it all of the time but she still does it occasionally, I only wish she'd learn to flush! ;D  My cats never cease to amaze me, they bring me so much joy! :D

Oh well, thats me...domestic goddess! ;D  I'm so wrapped up in this house (and playing house) right now but, I'll check in more often.  I do miss you all! :D

Oh, I forgot to mention my hair.  Well, I decided to keep it the same length all spring and summer so that I could slowly even it all out.  It's finally one length all 23.5 inches of it, with the exception of my bang.  I'm hoping that I'll be bra strap length again by the new year. 8-)  Bye for now! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Sep 2nd, 2007 at 7:21pm
Hi Sweetie!  Have fun with your house!  I was rolling on the floor when you said your cat pee's in the john!  I had an image of my bunny trying to do this!  You tell that plumber to go take a running jump at himself! Those things are flushable! Tell him to take it up with the company who makes them, not you.  (((hugs)))

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Sep 3rd, 2007 at 12:07am
*giggle* I'm glad you're loving your new house, La Diosa... Can we get pics? >:D Yeah, I had to learn the same lesson when I moved down here... apparently louisiana plumbing is a lot less effective...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 4th, 2007 at 1:11am
Hi Lisabelle and Kiraela! It's great talking to you again!  

Lisabelle:  Believe me, I had lots of choice words for that plumber however, as always I kept them to myself and basically took what he was dishing out.  It's pretty weird though because prior to moving here, I'd been flushing my "flushables' for years with no problem. :-/  Now, I have to toss them in the trash which took some getting used to but it's fine now.

I'm wondering if perhaps a rabbit could be toilet trained.  I mean if they can use the litter box... ?:-/
But yeah it's too funny that my cat does that now.  It would be nice if all of my cats would follow suit because it would save lots of money that would otherwise be spent on litter.  I'm sure they can be trained but it's actually me that isn't up to it.  Perhaps sometime in the future.

Sure Kiraela.  There are pics below but I also posted pics on the previous page.  Keep in mind that they are mainly "before" pics as we still have lots to do yet.


The front

The Gazebo which still isn't finished.  We bought plants for it but the weather was so hot lately that it was causing them to wilt and we had to bring them inside.  You probably can't tell from the pic but I have a chandelier hanging in there, it's pretty cute.  There's also a fountian and a chiminea in there that for now I only use for candles.  I'm still looking for a rug to place in there as well so, so far it's coming along okay.

This is our view which is lovely for me because there aren't any houses behind us.  But I hate looking at that bare fence so what I want to do take the fence down and plant  hedges.


My look is pretty much the same as I'd mentioned I've kept my hair around 23 inches all summer evening it up but I'm finally there and ready to move on to BSL again already.

My hair is by no means anywhere close the the length that I want it eventually but I'm still trying to have fun with it as it is.  This is me playing around with pigtails.

Well, I'm off to bed now... (((hugs for Lisabell and Kiraela))) :-*  I'll try to make my way to everyones journals this week.  Hope everyone had a great Labor Day!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Sep 4th, 2007 at 7:16am
Wow, that's a nice looking house! It's so cute from the front! Except for the plummer incident, it sounds like things are coming together.

Your hair looks really nice. Keep up the good work! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 4th, 2007 at 8:10am
Your hair is looking very good!  The house and gazebo are beautiful :)!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Sep 4th, 2007 at 10:50am
What a charming house!  Love the Gazebo!  I can see a nice rug in there, try Ikea!  You hair looks great and so do you! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Sep 4th, 2007 at 1:40pm
I've got to second everyone's comments... that is a seriously cute house, and I love love that gazebo. I love those pigtails, too~ very cute.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Sep 7th, 2007 at 4:08pm
Your hair is looking FINE!!!  *hugs*   8-) Love the house, too!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 15th, 2007 at 5:07am

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments about my hair and home. :-*

Lately, I'd been working out like a mad woman and had finally gotten to the point where I had to stop pushing myself so hard.  Today and yesterday I was completely exhausted, so much so that I couldn't do any working out.  I want to get into really great shape really bad but I've got to learn to pace myself.  

Earlier this week we went to Home Depot and got some things that I suppose homeowners need like a hose, pruning shears and basic stuff like that.  We also had to buy weed killer because the weeds are spreading like crazy.  When my husband cuts the lawn I'd talked him out of raking thinking that it was doing a good thing (so I'd read) but apparently what we were doing was speading the weed mulch all over the lawn creating a situation for weeds to grow up everywhere.  So yesterday, we had to get this stuff to kill the weeds with great hope that it'll even work. ::)  

I was able to find some cool solar lights for our walkway at a great price.  I so can't wait for them to show up.  And I'm ready to decorate for Halloween now but unfortunately, it's still too early. :(

Lately, I haven't purchased any new clothes opting for vintage preferably from the 60's and 70's hippie type stuff.  I love the variety that I find available when shopping second hand. I'm trying to convince my husband not to consume new clothes but used however, that isn't going to happen.  Oh well. :P

I was in fact, able to convince my husband that we needed a Cat Genie and he agreed! :D  My cats were afraid of it at first because it's a bit loud during the cleaning cycle, but I've worked around that by cycling it manually when they are either sleep or playing in the back yard.  I am grateful to say that they are now used to it.  It's so cool!  I only have to push one button to start it and then flush the toilet when it's finished, it's a snap. :D

I had to take my cat to the vet earlier this week for his food allergies.  Now I have to give him 3 pills a day and I hate it.  First of all,  giving a cat a pill is no picnic and secondly, I'm sure that afterwards he hates my guts which really breaks my heart but  then,  after a while he will come over to me and let me pet him. :)

Hair:  Doing great!  Not growing quite as fast as I'd like but as long as it isn't falling out I'm content.  I'm not really doing too much with it lately, only keeping it up in two buns.  Right now I'm just trying to let it do it's thing and grow.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 15th, 2007 at 8:55am
Just curious,did you know that your body reaps the most benefit and grows when you are not working out???  Years ago I had a vicious cyle of running(training for the NYC marathon) and bodybuilding,couldn't decide which I loved more,but saw that when I rested my body,the most beneficial results were visual,physical and internal.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 15th, 2007 at 2:21pm
Yes Curlgirl, my husband reminds me of that all of the time.  I think I over do it out of fear that if I don't push myself I'll lose my motivation and get comfortable doing nothing. :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 16th, 2007 at 1:12pm
I totally understand how you feel about that!  I've come to learn that quality,not quantity is so much better in working out and many other things in life.  I think you'll find your happy medium,may not be happy for others,but it is your happiness that is foremost. ;) :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 16th, 2007 at 10:30pm
Yep you're right, I need to find that medium.  The point where I'm not doing as much but also where I also don't feel like a slacker. :-/   I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 17th, 2007 at 9:01pm
Today my husband and I finally decided to throw in the towel and call a lawn service, our weeds are horrible.  Also, they're now spreading to the neighbors lawn. :o

I'm happy because we finally got a new, nice lamp shade for our living room.  I've come to expect that when we move that my husband will break a few things.  Well, this time one of the things that broke, well got ripped was our silk lamp shade.  We've purchased 3 other lampshades since we've been here but we didn't like them and ended up returning them.  This shade cost more money than I wanted to spend but at least our search is finally over.

My elliptical is still in the dining room because we cannot get it upstairs where I want it.  I called a local fitness machine repair shop and they'll break it down into smaller pieces and reassemble it upstairs.  I didn't want to spend the extra money as I'm trying to be more thrifty these days but we have no other choice.

Our tv is stil on the floor.  I wanted to hang it on the wall but don't know what we'd do with our components.  I think it would look silly to hang the tv but have a stand for the components so, I've decided to just get a stand for the components and the tv.

When we moved here I opened a new bank account and have been having horrible experiences with it eversince.  So many rules!  Everytime I turn around I'm getting charged fee's.  My husband said to look at it as though I paid someone to read the small print for me because every fee was a learning experience.  That didn't help though, I'd been calling the bank everyday and was pissed!  We went to Whole Foods after I had yet another talk with the bank and I saw a woman walking with crutches, she only had one leg.  Well, that put things into perspective for me.  It made me realize that I really don't have room to complain about much of anything. :-[  

Well, that's whats going on with me right now, oh and looking for halloween decorations...I can't wait! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 21st, 2007 at 5:03am
WooHoo!  I'm happy because I just finished my "after summer" relaxer and it only took me 1 hour and 20 minutes from prep to finish!  But the main reason I'm happy is that I checked my hair, and the two spots where I'd lost hair from alopecia are now 4" long!!!  I'm actually having a glass of wine to celebrate! [smiley=beer.gif]  The end of last year, when my hair first began filling in, marked the first time since I was diagnosed, that I didn't have hair actively falling out and hopefully, I never will again! :D

I was also thinking about all of the things that I've learned about my hair this year.
  • I can't regularly wash my hair with a shampoo that has cones or protein.  Natural shampoos are best.
  • Moisturizing, leave in conditioning creams do better in my hair than oils.
  • Hair serum greatly helps with tangles but, isn't needed nor should be used more than once between washes
  • CO's are great for eliminating product build up between shampoos.
  • My hair loves Giovanni Vitapro leave in conditioner.
  • I don't need to use clarifying shampoos.  Because my hair is so dry whenever I need to clarify I only need to use shampoo for natural hair as opposed to my regular moisture shampoo for dry hair.

I'm sure there are more which I can't think of right now.   I haven't tried any new products in a while basically because I don't have a need to.  As it is, I've pretty much got my hair all figured out, yay!!!

Other: I'm so into vintage dresses right now.  I just got this pretty little number in the mail today.  It's really long and comes down to my ankles.  I only wish I had THAT hair to go along with it :Pperhaps next year when I wear it, I will.;)





Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Sep 21st, 2007 at 1:29pm

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Posted by: La Diosa Posted on: Today at 2:03am
WooHoo!  I'm happy because I just finished my "after summer" relaxer and it only took me 1 hour and 20 minutes from prep to finish!  But the main reason I'm happy is that I checked my hair, and the two spots where I'd lost hair from alopecia are now 4" long!!!  

Woo hoo!!!   [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Woo Hoo!
Post by Sakina on Sep 21st, 2007 at 4:31pm
That's awesome, LD.  I hope you are over the alopecia forever!!

Super cute dress!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 21st, 2007 at 9:58pm
Thanks Trishia and Sakina! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Sep 21st, 2007 at 11:08pm
Way to go!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Sep 22nd, 2007 at 3:44am
Congratulations, La Diosa!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 22nd, 2007 at 6:27am
Congrats,La Diosa!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 29th, 2007 at 7:29pm
Thanks everyone! :D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Sep 29th, 2007 at 7:51pm
That is a nice dress and you look really nice in it :)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Sep 30th, 2007 at 12:06am
Thanks Jerry, how very nice of you. :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Sep 30th, 2007 at 10:10am
You are very welcome :)


My wife wears pajamas to bed when it is cold.  We have electric heat in our apartment which can get very expensive so we just bundle up as best as we can ::)
I am hot blooded so if the outside temperature is like -10 C I will wear a t-shirt to bed but that does not happen too often.


I am sorry your cat was briefly lost.  My wife's two cat's do not go outside even though I am sure they sometimes wish they could.
It is a proven fact that inside cat's live longer than cat's that go outside.
Our town has a leash law but most people ignore it or don't know about it so we have a lot of cat's running around outside.  Most of them are friendly so when I walk to work and walk home I sometimes pet the cat's who are friendly.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Sep 30th, 2007 at 11:17am
What nice clothes!  I love what you did with the post box. I am sorry about Kitty.  I agree with Jerry, its dangerous for cats out there.  A cat cannot run free in my neck of the woods as there's to many wild animals about.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Oct 1st, 2007 at 12:22am
I hope kitty's back, safe and sound...

It's funny, my cat is completely uninterested in the outside... We've carried in groceries, door wide open, with Emma lounging on the back of the recliner looking out the door like, "grass. eww. no thanks."  When she was five weeks old, I brought her out and set her in the grass... She started screaming, climbed up my leg and sat on my shoulder shaking. Of course, I was wearing a skirt at the time... so I rather got the point. Not an outdoor cat.

BTW, that dress is pretty, and that wall color is so cheery looking. like you'd wake up in a grumpy mood, growl at everything, look at the walls, and be  ;D. Also: footie pajamas? I didn't even know they still made those! cute though.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 2nd, 2007 at 8:00pm
My kitty is safe and sound.  I don't let them go out unattended but the thing was that I didn't even know she had gotten out.  I was doing something out front when I heard her screaming.  I just assumed she was upstairs in the house (and she's typically very vocal) so I ignored it.  When she didn't stop, I went upstairs to look for her but she wasn't there and thats when I realized she was outside.  I went back out and I no longer heard her and all sorts of thoughts crossed my mind.  I wondered firstly, where she was and if she was okay, if I'd ever see her again...  I was even upset with myself because I hadn't updated her microchip information.  Then I just began calling out for her and she screamed again.  Everytime I called her name she'd let out a loud scream until I was able to follow the sound and find her.  She was a few doors down scratching at someones door.  I'm certain she was scared and confused having no idea where she was.  She was fine once I got her home.

Thanks for the compliments on my flowers and new duds. :D  
There is a site called Jumpin Jammerz and they sell footed pj's.  I love 'em! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 3rd, 2007 at 3:43am
I'm glad you and kitty are fine!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Oct 3rd, 2007 at 5:36am
That dress is too cute and your house is just gorgeous! And I'm happy that your cat was safe.

I read your entry in Curlgirl64's journal about the coconut milk soak. I haven't had the guts to use it on my entire head, but I sometimes use the plain milk on the length. I heat the milk *slightly* and then dunk my hair in the milk. It is really drippy, but I find that putting my hair in a plastic bag and then putting a shower cap over that eliminates some potential mess. Brands with a high percentage of coconut milk (like 90%) tends to be thicker and somewhat less drippy. HTH

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 3rd, 2007 at 10:03am
I agree!!  I put a shower cap on and then a twistie turbin over that!  Things are tight,but better tight then having drips all over!!!  The dogs sits and waits in anticipation for that!!!!!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:55pm
If I let it go, it will grow. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by novusfemina on Oct 10th, 2007 at 8:53am
My mom used to make my Halloween costumes every year... aww, what memories!  Hehehehe, so your fur-babies are a little spoiled.. nothing wrong with that.. at least they will wear the costumes!  My cat would probably run and hide if I put a costume on him.  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Oct 10th, 2007 at 1:47pm
Vegan cheesecake...isn't that rather an oxymoron?  :-?

lol Cats + costumes = not cool! When my sister & I were kids, we used to torture our poor cats by putting them in a ballerina costume that actually belonged to one of my sister's stuffed animals.  :P  My cat would freak out and kick furiously until the shoes came flying off...my sister's cat would just lay down and pin his ears.  ;D  Yes, we were twisted...but good times.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Oct 11th, 2007 at 2:43pm
My cat has been known to wander around a house with a stretched out, useless scrunchie around her neck(I'm still not sure how she put it on... I woke up and she was wearing it...) but if one were to try to put anything else on her(like a dishtowel cape(don't ask)) she'd flop over and refuse to move until it were taken away, or she worked out how to worm out of it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Oct 11th, 2007 at 3:21pm

Quote:
Anyway, my new doctor said I shouldn't need regular visits with her either and will just give me meds and lots of refills.  I was sort of disappointed when she said that

Although if talking to your new therapist makes you feel better, why not do so?  --Instead of only taking the meds, I mean.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 12th, 2007 at 12:46am
novusfemina:  I never said my cats liked the costumes...they hate them but I figure for all that I do for them day in and day out they can at least dress up for me. ::)

Angel Spun: Yeah I suppose it would be an oxymoron however this recipe calls for absolutely no dairy.  It's mainly crushed nuts and coconut oil.


Quote:
When my sister & I were kids, we used to torture our poor cats by putting them in a ballerina costume that actually belonged to one of my sister's stuffed animals.    My cat would freak out and kick furiously until the shoes came flying off...my sister's cat would just lay down and pin his ears.    Yes, we were twisted...but good times.
 You crack me up! ;D

Kiraela: So far only one of my cats has given me any real problems with this.  My normally sweet docile kitty actually tried to bite me as I put her costume on but, I'm determined that they will all be in costume on Halloween. :P

Trisha: I don't know.  She never suggested it so I'm not sure how much it would help.  I don't get anxiety attacts anymore, unless I go off my medication and even then they aren't bad ones, so I guess she feels that it isn't serious enough to require counseling sessions.  Maybe I'll ask her next time.  I was also thinking it may be because she is the only one in her practice and her waiting room was pretty full.  Perhaps this is her way of making sure eveyone gets seen. :-/


Life:  I was still in bed around 10 this morning when I noticed my husband acting strange.  He had already awaken about 7 oclock but around 10 he kept coming into our room but seemingly for no purpose.  He'd come in and walk right back out.  The second time I even asked him what he was doing but only glanced at me and kept on walking.  Finally, I got out of bed and he came into my bathroom and told me that my cat was missing and that we needed to find her.  Here we go again.  I was so upset because only yesterday I'd told him that if he's going to let the cats out in the yard he MUST watch them because my youngest can climb the fence.  So of course I'm pissed at him but knew I had to find my cat.  It took about 2 hours but eventually she began to respond as I called her.  She was in the back of my house in the bushes were there are tons of thorns.  I tried to get down there but got cut on my leg.  So my husband went down there to look for her.  I'd call her, she'd respond and he'd try to get as close as he could but he could never get close enough to grab her and she would not go to him.  After what seemed like forever, eventually she came out of the woods and made her way over to me.  I was so upset with her but also relieved at the same time.  I gave her a bath just in case she ran into some fleas and ticks but she seems perfectly fine.  I and my husband on the other hand have lots to thorn cuts to tend to.  

I just purchased hedges that can grow up to 12 feet which I am going to plant all along the fence, so hopefully once I get those going, I won't have to worry about her hopping over anymore. ::)









Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by novusfemina on Oct 12th, 2007 at 8:36am
Hehehehe!  I can see you talking to them now, "Like it or not, you're going to wear it.. I'm the holder of the can opener and the tuna fish!"

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Oct 19th, 2007 at 10:08am
Cats...Oy, they're like kids, immature ones at that.   ::)

Title: Re: Lisabelle's Hair Quest
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 19th, 2007 at 9:53am
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Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 23rd, 2007 at 12:28am
Yes, my cats are like children, but this year I've given up and will be giving them their way.  The one costume I have is still too big even after my altering it and the other one I got was to big as well.  They said to measure from head to their bottom to determine size but I suppose that only works for dogs.  Anyway, the last one I ordered was from an eBay fraudster who took my money (and the money of a few others) but never delivered a product.  So, I re sold my other costume and decided to give it up this year.  I'll dress them next year and hopefully it'll be more simpler, at least now, I know what size they wear.

I did finally get my costume though.  It's a maids costume but I altered it and dyed the white lace parts a pretty teal blue.  Now it looks more like a Moulan (sp?) Rouge type outfit.  I'm going to dress my husband up as a vampire but I want to do his eyes like Johnny Depp in Pirates (so sexy!)

I still haven't been thinking about my hair too much lately.  My newest passion is vintage clothing, buying and selling.  I'd never been to a thrift store prior to a week ago and I was surprised at how much fun I had, it was like searching for treasure.  I can't wait to go again in a few days. [smiley=laugh.gif]

I also went to the Moscow Cat Theater this past weekend, it was so much fun!  They train regular domesticated cats to do circus tricks, it was amazing!  It was geared alot towards kids as they had clowns too, I imagine to fill the time as they prepared the cats backstage.  They even called my husband up to be part of the show at one point.  He was sick and feverish with a cold but he loved it.  He was making silly faces and winking at the crowd, the people seemed to enjoy it but I was preoccupied with the thought that he may pass out.  He was fine though and was saying how much he loves being on the stage and how even sick, the show must go on... he's such a ham! ;D

Um, my house is coming along great!  I'm finally going to get the dining set that I want next week, so we can have proper meals and a proper Thanksgiving at the table.

I figure that by the end of the year we'll have everything done around here and hopefully then, I'll be ready to join the Compact.  I'd love to try to not make any new purchases (except the essentials) for one year, or at least six months.  I think learning to get by with only what I have will be great for me.  I've actually done it before but then it was easier because I didn't have the means to consume.  This will be more of a challenge because I'll have the means but will have to use discipline not to shop.

Yay, Halloween is getting closer everyday!  I already carved my pumpkin which turned out really nice but apparently, I carved too prematurely because it's already rotted and had to be thrown away. :'(   My husband and I are even already snacking on those little candy bars.  Not only can't I believe that I'm eating this candy, I can't believe how much I can eat, it's nuts!  I've finally lost 5lbs and if I keep this up, I'm most likely going to put it all back on. :'(  I think now is the time for me to practice discipline. :P  




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Oct 23rd, 2007 at 1:29am
Next time you carve your pumpkin, rub Vasaline on the cut parts to keep it from drying out or rotting too early!


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 23rd, 2007 at 2:17am
Ooh, great tip, thanks!  It was the first intricate carving I'd ever done so it was a bit disappointing to have it rot so soon, hopefully this will work for me! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Oct 23rd, 2007 at 10:29am
The Moscow Cat Theater sounds like fun!   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 23rd, 2007 at 2:24pm
It really was!  I only wish I could teach my own cats to do some of those tricks.  My cats are pretty smart, I just don't know how to begin teaching some of those tricks.  Perhaps I'll buy another cat training book. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 25th, 2007 at 6:28pm
Yay, I found something new to be excited about!  I've been in such a hair rut lately.  I'd found products that worked so I'd just been doing the same routine which is fine, but it's been boring.  Today in the mail, I got a catalog with Ojon products and they sound great so I'm gonna give them a try. I hope they work as well as advertised.:D

I also recieved the perfect leather jacket in the mail today.  I was so happy because I'd been looking for a nice jacket for years. It's so cute and feminine, it's black and ruffly with lace trim.  Only now it felt a little weird because I no longer eat meat yet I just purchased leather. :-/  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 25th, 2007 at 6:50pm
You won't be disappointed with the Ojon products.  I've used them on and off for about 4 years.  The restorative treatment is pricey,but well worth it! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Oct 25th, 2007 at 6:53pm

Curlgirl64 wrote on Oct 25th, 2007 at 6:50pm:
You won't be disappointed with the Ojon products.  I've used them on and off for about 4 years.  The restorative treatment is pricey,but well worth it! :)



I second that!  Ojon is really good! 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 26th, 2007 at 1:33am
Woo Hoo, Ojon!  Now, I really can't wait to try it!  Thanks Lisabelle and Curlgirl for telling me of your experiences with it.   I'm getting the S&H plus the restorative treatment, I'll let you know how it works for my hair.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 26th, 2007 at 5:16am
:) you're welcome!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Oct 26th, 2007 at 11:14am
Cheers! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 28th, 2007 at 1:34am
Ugh...night clubs are so lame! >:(  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Oct 28th, 2007 at 11:41am
Oh how cute!  You pretty thing you! 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Oct 28th, 2007 at 12:41pm
The colors look really good together ;)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 28th, 2007 at 1:52pm
Thanks Jerry and Lisabelle (you're always so sweet :-*).  

I liked the colors too.  I'm actually glad I altered it and painted it blue. There were so many other girls wearing the same costumes (including this one), at least mine was able to be somewhat different.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 28th, 2007 at 4:01pm
you look great!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 28th, 2007 at 7:26pm
Love the costume - you look darling!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 29th, 2007 at 12:05am
[color=#000000]Thank you Curlgirl and Bikerbraid.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 29th, 2007 at 11:02am
I've been thinking about drought situation down there - it is starting to sound pretty scary.  :-?

Filling your watering cans while the shower warms is a great idea!

Have you considered recycling your gray water? If you wash your dishes in a removable tub, you could recycle that water.  The same is true of bath water and water used for food prep.  Basically any water except the toilet water can be recycled.  You just need to create a filtering system.  We have this up at our land (we don't have any plumbing up there).  We created the filter by using a 30 gallon plastic garbage can.  You fill the bottom 8" with rocks, a screen layer on top of that, several inches of smaller rock, a screen layer, several more inches of even smaller rock, a screen layer, several inches of sand, a screen layer, then dirt (with plants if you like).  You have a hole with a faucet at the bottom of the can so that you can control the water flow.  To recycle the water, you dump the used water on top.  It will filter thru the dirt, sand and rock and eventually get to the bottom.  What comes out of the bottom faucet can be used to water plants and is usually safe for pet drinking as well.  

In the meantime - I hope you get rain soon!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Oct 29th, 2007 at 2:24pm
No, I never considered recycling gray water, I didn't even know that was possible.  Lately, I haven't been taking baths though opting for short showers, but recycling dishwater is definitley something I can do.  Thanks for the tip.

Yeah, the situation is pretty scary.  I just don't think a lot of people here (including my husband) really know how serious it is because as of now, we still have water.  I don't think some people really have grasped the idea that if we don't get enough rain, in a few months, that may no longer be the case. :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 2nd, 2007 at 2:06am
I'm counting down the days until my Ojon shampoo, conditioner and rejuvinating treatment arrives.  I even ordered a new shower filter for the occasion, it's supposed to remove everything, I can't wait.  I'm hoping it will all be here by Saturday so I can wash my hair then.  It hasn't been that long since my last wash but trying new products always excites me. :D

I'm also thinking about trying Formula 37 hair pills.  From the reviews I read it works for some but not for others.  They're pretty pricey but I figure if they work then it'll be worth the cost so I think I'll try them for a month to see.   If they work great if not at least I'll know and won't have to keep wondering what if.

Today we went to Buford Hwy where they have one of the largest varieties of ethnic restaurants and shops all in one place in the country. I went searching store to store looking for my Buddha that I want to put in my art niche, but there were just too many stores which is why I thank goddess for the internet.  I can search from the comfort of my own home, any time of day, without having to roam aimlessly from store to store and usually in vain, to find what I want.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 2nd, 2007 at 7:17pm
Well, I got my restoratives treatment today.  It smelled okay until it emulsified then it smelled like smoke.  I put it in my hair anyway but I think I used too much, as it now seems greasy and my husband says I smell like a pot head. :P    I'm going to keep it in overnight for extra conditioning and I'll wash it out tomorrow.

Went to see American Gangster today.  It's very good.  They showed about 1/2 hours worth of previews prior to starting the movie and I was surprised to see that there are a few other cool movies coming out. :)  

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Post by Curlgirl64 on Nov 2nd, 2007 at 7:52pm
It usually smells like roasted coffee and chocolate.  You can start at the ends and work your way up to do the whole head.  If you wanted to leave it on overnight you could or leave it in for 20 or 30 minutes and then shampoo.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 3rd, 2007 at 8:59pm
Yeah, it does have a roasted coffee scent.  

Hair: Well, I the treatment in overnight and washed with the moisturizing and thickening shampoo and conditioner.  I know my hair is already quite thick but I was curious to see if I could get more body.  Anyway, my hair still seems as thick as it's always been but it does feel softer and quite managable. :D  I put my hair in two pigtails to let it air dry.  Afterwards, I applied a bit more restorative treatment (not as much as I put in yesterday ::))  and I like it.  It feels soft and the treatment gives it a nice shine. :)

I've been so bummed out lately about how short my hair is, I trimmed off so much over the spring and summer.  Even though my hair was a few inches longer this time last year, I have to keep reminding myself that it wasn't nearly as healthy as it is now.  I was still regularly using a blow dryer for goodness sake. ::)  

One thing that took my mind off of my hair for a bit was recieving a new vintage dress in the mail today.  it's a long gorgeous crocheted sweater dress and I only paid 10.00 for it!  Shopping vintage is so much fun! :D

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 4th, 2007 at 9:38am
I am happy the Ojon worked out for you. I love Ojon!  Knowing how much to put in your hair is a little hard at first but you get the hang of it.  Whatever is left on my hands I rub into my skin. In the summer when its really hot put the RT in the fridge or it seperates.  Enjoy! 8-)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 7th, 2007 at 12:21am
Thanks Lisabelle!  You're so right, knowing how much to put in was tricky but I've gotten the hang of it. ;)

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 7th, 2007 at 10:35am
Cool! ;)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 8th, 2007 at 6:44pm
Okay so, now that the cooler weather has arrived

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 8th, 2007 at 8:22pm
I have the same trouble with the dry heat making my hair dry.  I oil it evey night just on the lenght.  Isay keep the humidfier going all the time.  I think if you keep washing it might make the dryness worst. :-/

Oh you kitty is so cute!  I'm trying to remember what breed she is.  There was a  video store in my area that had this type of cat and I loved it! :-*

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 8th, 2007 at 11:23pm
Yeah, this time of year sucks for my hair although not totally.  Because I don't go out as much in the cold, I'm afforded more opportunity to do up do's more often since when I go out I prefer my hair down.  


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Post by juri on Nov 9th, 2007 at 3:45am
About your hair, you can try spritzing the length with water before you go to bed or put it in an updo. Sometimes when I'm in the middle of a wash cycle, I dampen the length before I go to bed and it's nice and soft when I wake up.

Good luck with your FIL and stepson's visit! I don't have any in-laws so, unfortunately, I can't give any advice. I'm sure it will be fine, though. If not, at least 3 days instead of 3 weeks.

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Post by Kiraela on Nov 9th, 2007 at 2:19pm
Well, like you said, it's only three days, so if it's awkward, or even sucks, at least it will be over soon.
Paul and his dad don't get along. at all. and his father lives on the other side of the duplex, and they share the shop. It can be rough, lemme tell you.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 9th, 2007 at 3:17pm
The water spritz sounds like a good idea juri, I'm gonna try it.  Thanks :D

Well, he arrived and it wasn't bad (well except for the fact that he basically called me skinny ::))seeing that we do have a bit to catch up on.  They've (he and my husband) have now gone to pic up my stepson which feels weird saying since I never call him that.  I think I'll refer to him in here as DH's son.  My husband told me that he'll try to think of different places we can go together so that we aren't all just awkwardly sitting around here.

At least we have a couples date night pottery class to look fwd to tomorrow which should be fun... I'm just still not so sure as to what I'm going to wear. :-?


Another thing I know we'll be doing is looking for a new car this weekend as we're in the market for one right now.  I'm really pushing for a Prius, I think they're so cute!  Anyway, I was on eBay and saw a cute little green 07 with a bid of about 200.00 and the auction strangely had no reserve. Typically, I'd never look at a green car but felt if I could get one for basically nothing why not?  So I figured what the heck, and increased the bid up to 1000.00.  Who would think of purchasing a car on eBay?  I found it so funny and weird seeing it in the items I'm bidding on section on the My eBay screen.  Well, after a few more relatively low bids, the auction mysteriously disappeared.  Actually, it wasn't that mysterious to me.  I knew right away that the person who listed the auction realized their mistake of not having a reserve price and was afraid of letting a perfectly good car (even if it is light green) go for potentially 3000.00 or something way below market value. ;D   Sure enough when I rechecked, it was there relisted correctly.  Then I thought hey why not browse homes for sale while I'm at it and yep, there they were... houses for sale on eBay. ;D  I guess I'm a dork but that's too funny to me.  "Like someone might say "Hey why don't I go on eBay and buy a pair of pants... and perhaps a house  while I'm at it". ;D

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 10th, 2007 at 1:49am

Oh and why is it that I can't wait to get the December edition of Ebony magazine with Michael Jackson on the cover!?!  Thinking that it was already on stands, this past Sunday morning I had my husband drive me to Walgreens at 8a.m. to pick it up.  When it wasn't there I was quite disappointed and it's really frightening that I can't wait.  I thought I'd abandoned this phase in the 90's. :-/ All I know is that it better be a good article. ;D Check out the cover...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Nov 10th, 2007 at 5:37am
You're welcome! I used to do that when my hair was shorter and I hope it works for you.

Too weird; I'm listening to Michael Jackson on my laptop and then I see your entry on him. :o

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 10th, 2007 at 11:24am
"shakes head at your hushand"  Guys! ::)  I wish I had the med/dance room myself.  I always thought that was so cool.  When I pratice my dance and hubbies home, I send him to the bedroom as I like to practice without him watching cause he will make comments. He use to ice dance when he was a teen, so this guy can do the samba on blades! :-?
Say, Micheal looks pretty good!

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Post by Angel Spun on Nov 10th, 2007 at 11:40am
Gotta love Michael.  8-)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 11th, 2007 at 4:21am
Juri:  It worked, yay I'm so happy.  Prior to going to bed I did a spritz of water and hair lotion, and the next morning my hair was still soft.  Thank you! :D

Lisabelle:  I don't like bellydancing in front of my husband either.  Whenever he catches glimpes of me dancing I always stop.  He says it's nice and he'd like to see me dance, but I don't because I'd feel that I have to perform, as opposed to dancing for me and my own happiness.  I'd only feel comfortable if I choreographed a routine and had an elaborate costume, lighting and props. ;D  It would have to be perfect, unlike when I'm just dancing for pleasure, not sticking to a routine and dancing however the music makes me feel without caring (too much) how I look.  I don't think that's weird? :-?

So, your husband can really samba on ice skates!?!  I'm really impressed. :o

And as for Michael Jackson looking nice...  Well, as much as I like him and I truly do, I'm sure it took a lot of airbrushing to get him to look that way. [smiley=happy.gif]

Angel Spun:  Okay, if I didn't remember you mentioning that you were a Michael Jackson fan in a previous post, I'd think you were being sarcastic. ;) :D

Other: Today was fun.  Well, I actually slept until 3pm because I ended up staying up all night and not going to bed until 9am due to my sleeping disorder but after 3 was a okay. :)  We went to our couples pottery class and had a really good time.  My husband who is a total novice made the best piece of work out of everyone, he was quite pleased with himself. ::)  Everyone was also very nice and fun, it was a great group and I'm sure all of the wine didn't hurt. ;D  Anyway, we met this couple that seemed to have so much in common personality wise, with my husband and myself, so we swopped numbers and hopefully will go out together sometime.  With my husband and I pretty much attached at the hip day in and day out, it was nice to be able to enjoy conversations and the company of another couple. :)  

After our night out, we returned home to FIL and SS and that was nice too.  It actually felt surprisingly good to be welcomed by family when we came home.  It's surprising because it's so unlike me, or at least I thought it was. :-/  We all talked laughed and watched tv until we all got tired and decided to go to bed.  Now everyone is asleep and although I felt tired my body changed it's mind and now here I am up again. :P   I'll most likely take my sleeping pills in a bit, I do so hate this, sleeping disorders suck! :P  And on that positive note I'll be off to take my sleep medication. ::)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 11th, 2007 at 4:47am
Oh, before I go to bed, I figured I'd do everyone a favor and post the following PSA.  

"When your cat is using the toilet, please don't interrupt them by trying to get them to look into the camera.  As this may startle your poor kitty, causing them to lose their footing and fall into the toilet as my poor kitty did. :P  Keep your cat safe, give them privacy and let them use the toilet in peace.  Thank You."  [smiley=laugh.gif]

The preceding PSA was brought to you from the makers of the Cat Genie.  The expensive automatic litter box that your cat (well at least this one) will totally ignore opting instead to use the toilet which it is sitting right next to. ;D  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by juri on Nov 12th, 2007 at 6:58am

wrote on Nov 11th, 2007 at 4:21am:
Juri:  It worked, yay I'm so happy.  Prior to going to bed I did a spritz of water and hair lotion, and the next morning my hair was still soft.  Thank you! :D

You're welcome! I'm glad it worked for you!! :)

ROTFLMAO!! I'm sorry, but that picture of your cat is too funny. I knew some cats do that, but I've never known someone with a cat that actually uses the toilet. How in the world do they keep themselves from falling in?


Lisabelle--Jean-Luc ice danced! :o I'm beyond impressed.[/hijack]

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 12th, 2007 at 8:23am

wrote on Nov 11th, 2007 at 4:47am:
Oh, before I go to bed, I figured I'd do everyone a favor and post the following PSA.  

"When your cat is using the toilet, please don't interrupt them by trying to get them to look into the camera.  As this may startle your poor kitty, causing them to lose their footing and fall into the toilet as my poor kitty did. :P  Keep your cat safe, give them privacy and let them use the toilet in peace.  Thank You."  [smiley=laugh.gif]

The preceding PSA was brought to you from the makers of the Cat Genie.  The expensive automatic litter box that your cat (well at least this one) will totally ignore opting instead to use the toilet which it is sitting right next to. ;D  



Oh my!  ;D

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 12th, 2007 at 8:29am

juri wrote on Nov 12th, 2007 at 6:58am:

wrote on Nov 11th, 2007 at 4:21am:
Juri:  It worked, yay I'm so happy.  Prior to going to bed I did a spritz of water and hair lotion, and the next morning my hair was still soft.  Thank you! :D

You're welcome! I'm glad it worked for you!! :)

ROTFLMAO!! I'm sorry, but that picture of your cat is too funny. I knew some cats do that, but I've never known someone with a cat that actually uses the toilet. How in the world do they keep themselves from falling in?


Lisabelle--Jean-Luc ice danced! :o I'm beyond impressed.[/hijack]


Oh yeah he can ice dance, he had a dance partner too.  Poor hubby has scars on his legs from one too many accidents with the blades.  He also has a few medals and was one local TV once.  Me, I cannot skate to save my life :P

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Post by Trisha on Nov 13th, 2007 at 4:18pm
I'm glad the family visit is not as awkward as you thought it might be.   :)  Have fun  *hugs*

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 15th, 2007 at 5:32am
Yay, everyone has returned to their homes and life is back to normal around here. Thanks Trisha! ;)

Hair:  Great but only thing is... well it's quite a big thing to me, but I think my alopecia may be trying to make a return.  I've been experiencing itchiness that is symptomatic of alopecia.  I've also been applying my medication again in the hopes that that will stop anything before it starts.  Fortunately, I haven't noticed any hair loss and I so hope I don't.  I finally got my hair healthy and evened out the way I've wanted it, I'd hate to have my hair fall out again and completely ruin what I've accomplished. :'(  I'm just trying to think happy thoughts and hope for the best.

Oh and I've decided to wash more frequently since my hair is becoming more dry due to having the heat on lately.  So far so good, it's really feeling better. :D   I'm hoping that the extra conditioning that I'll recieve from more frequent washings will be beneficial.  I also ordered a new shower filter this morning and I'm hoping that will help too.  The one I have currently removes chlorine but not chloramine so this one should take care of everything so hopefully, I'll see more positive results with my hair.  

Yesterday I got coconut milk from the store, I'm going to mix it in with my conditioner the next time I wash.  I'm so excited I can't wait to try it! :D


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Post by La Diosa on Nov 15th, 2007 at 7:55am
Only yesterday I realized how much the view from my window has changed, it looks beautiful.  

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 15th, 2007 at 10:57am
Neat Pics!  Love your new avatar! :)

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Post by Angel Spun on Nov 15th, 2007 at 11:12am
lol LD

Cats just like to jump into things. The cat that lives with my family once tried to climb into my dad's guitar case. And my sister's cat liked to sleep in her dresser drawer.  ::)

That's a cool fountain too.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 15th, 2007 at 3:31pm
Thanks Lisabelle and Angel Spun :D

Yeah Angel, I suppose them liking to be in the aquarium is the same as them jumping in boxes, they love to do that.  My cats would sleep in my dresser drawers too if I let them but that's one place of a few places that I don't allow them to go, I get enough cat hair on my clothes as it is. :P

Other:  My husband left today for a business trip so I'm stocked up on groceries and dvd's until he returns.  I've even decided to finally try some recipes from Everyday Italian.  I watch that show all of the time yet have never made anything.  Giada was actually on Oprah the other day and it was hilarious.  She made a cheese and chocolate chip pannini with basil (or some other herb) anyway, it was quite clear that Oprah didn't like it as she constantly described the taste as interesting.  I felt bad for Giada but it was such an awkward tv moment I had to laugh.

Anywhoo...I got my popcorn and 2 Johnny Depp movies, Libertine and one I've never heard of called The Man That (or Who?) Cried, I hope its good.

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Post by Kiraela on Nov 15th, 2007 at 4:27pm
Okay, I've been looking at too many LOLcats...(For definition of lolcat, go to www.icanhascheezburger.com) As soon as I saw that picture I had captions popping into my mind like mad. "waiting..." was my favorite... would you mind if I borrowed that pic?  As for cats jumping into things, My cat, if given a choice, will sleep in the mesh cat carrier, as long as the main door is zipped up but the top flap is open. if the door part is down, she won't go near it.
Anyway, I love that new avatar.

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Post by Sakina on Nov 15th, 2007 at 4:56pm
I love the Libertine.  Its not for the faint of heart.  JD's performance really blew me away and the realism the director used makes this an awesome movie in my book.  Is the other one a western in black & white?  If it is, I've seen it and after I got used to it rather liked it.  Strange story, I think.

Cute kitties.  My giant Ziggy will try to get into the smallest box.  Cracks me up!

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 15th, 2007 at 5:44pm
I love that site Kiraela, it's so funny!  No I don't mind if you borrow the pic. :D  Thanks for the compliment on my avitar.  I was inspired by the House of Flying Daggers.

Sakina: I've seen bits and pieces of the Libertine but never the whole thing.  The last time I saw a blip of it on tv Johnny Depp's face looked like he was burned in a fire or something.  He's so cute I wasn't prepared for that but now I know to expect it. :)  
The second one I don't believe is a western or in black or white but I could be wrong.  I'll find out when I watch it.  Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchette and John Turturro are in this one. Anyway, the other day I saw another movie on tv that JD starred in that I also had never seen or heard of before, I had no idea he's done so many movies. :-?  

My cat likes to try to get into little boxes too, and even worse, envelopes. ;D  I don't know what goes through their minds sometimes but they sure are funny to watch. :D


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Post by Kiraela on Nov 15th, 2007 at 7:21pm
Sometimes I wonder that too, but then I stop, think about it for a second, and decide I'm much better of not knowing what goes on between those furry little ears.
I have often said of my Emma, "she's never met a blanket she didn't like the underside of." She'll cold-nose me until I lift the blankets for her to crawl under... and half the time she keeps right on going, falls off the bed at the other end, and jumps back up to do it again. when she was a kitten she got into everything, including shoes. I found her once, sleeping inside a boot.  

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Post by Jerry on Nov 15th, 2007 at 7:47pm
Those are great pictures :)

Cats can be so funny at times ;)


Jerry

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 15th, 2007 at 7:48pm
The Libertine was really good!  :)  

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 16th, 2007 at 6:05am
Kiraela:
Quote:
and half the time she keeps right on going, falls off the bed at the other end, and jumps back up to do it again.
;D That's too funny!  

Jerry: Thanks!


I only watched The Libertine last night because I was too tired to watch both movies, but I really enjoyed it.  It was a good story and the acting was excellent.  I really love movies from that time period.  I love the way they speak, how thoroughly they articulate.





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Post by Jerry on Nov 16th, 2007 at 5:11pm

wrote on Nov 15th, 2007 at 5:44pm:
I love that site Kiraela, it's so funny!  No I don't mind if you borrow the pic. :D  Thanks for the compliment on my avitar.  I was inspired by the House of Flying Daggers.

Sakina: I've seen bits and pieces of the Libertine but never the whole thing.  The last time I saw a blip of it on tv Johnny Depp's face looked like he was burned in a fire or something.  He's so cute I wasn't prepared for that but now I know to expect it. :)  
The second one I don't believe is a western or in black or white but I could be wrong.  I'll find out when I watch it.  Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchette and John Turturro are in this one. Anyway, the other day I saw another movie on tv that JD starred in that I also had never seen or heard of before, I had no idea he's done so many movies. :-?  

My cat likes to try to get into little boxes too, and even worse, envelopes. ;D  I don't know what goes through their minds sometimes but they sure are funny to watch. :D



According to the IMDB (The Internet Movie Database), Johnny Depp has done 42 movies so far with 4 in production.

I have seen a lot of his movies and even though he does play some strange characters he is a very good actor.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000136/

I hope the link works for everybody.


Jerry

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Post by Sakina on Nov 16th, 2007 at 6:09pm
Dead Man is the movie I was thinking of.  Totally not the one you got.

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 16th, 2007 at 8:20pm

Sakina wrote on Nov 16th, 2007 at 6:09pm:
Dead Man is the movie I was thinking of.  Totally not the one you got.



That was sick! ;D  Got any tabacco?

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 17th, 2007 at 7:53am
Wow, I'd had no idea he'd done 42 movies.  Thanks for the link Jerry.

Never heard of Dead Man either. ::)

I watched the Man Who Cried last night.  There were parts of it that were okay, but overall I didn't like it too much.  I especially didn't like the ending and wound up a bit angered by the way the story unfolded.  Oh well. :P  Oh, and I also felt a bit uneasy with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci having sex scenes. :o  I mean she's pretty young isn't she?  I still remember her as the little girl from the Adams Family.  I felt the same way about them being love interests in Sleepy Hollow too, but at least in that movie their contact was pretty mild.  



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Post by Jerry on Nov 17th, 2007 at 9:03am
You are very welcome :)


I always forget his first movie was the first Nightmare On Elm Street ::)

Jerry


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Post by La Diosa on Nov 17th, 2007 at 3:09pm
Yeah, I know he was in that movie, he was so young then! :D  

Other:  Today I tried a recipe for grilled shrimp and a pesto sauce from Everyday Italian.  It was very easy to make and although I was initially afraid to try it, it actually turned out quite tasty!  I was so proud of myself that I had to call my husband away from his business meeting just to tell him of my success in the kitchen![smiley=laugh.gif]  Later tonight, I think I just might tackle another recipe.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 18th, 2007 at 10:36am
Ugh, this morning I woke up with a bad case of the itchies!  My scalp, my arms, palms and even my feet all itched like crazy, very weird.  I'm thinking it's just due to the dryness of the air in here... I hope. :-?

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 19th, 2007 at 7:25am
I hope your feeling better!  I know the itchies drive me nuts this time of year too.  I use Aveeno lotion religiously.  We have hard water in my building and that doesn't help at all.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 20th, 2007 at 6:31am
Awww, thanks Lisabelle!  Unfortunatley, I had to suffer with them for another day and it was really freaking me out.  I took a million baths and showers (even with our drought situation, I felt so bad), moisturized like crazy but nothing worked.  When I layed down to go to bed, I all of a sudden couldn't breath out of my nose even though my sheets were freshly washed and my whole bed room was clean and disenfected.  My husband at that time felt that I must be having some sort of allergic reaction to something and he gave me one of his allergy medications to see if that would help, and it actually did. No more itchies and I can breath. :D  I still find the whole thing pretty weird though, what could I possibly be allergic to?  I've never had allergies in my life.

I'm excited because I can now begin shopping for the Secret Santa exchange.  I looked at a few things online before realizing how utterly stupid that would be.  I'd order online having it shipped to me so that I can inspect it and make sure it's okay, and then reship it to somone else. ::)  So yeah, it makes more sense to actually go out to the mall or something.  I'm a bit nervous about the gift though.  I want to give something really nice but think it'll be quite the task with a 10.00 price limit.  So, I'm going to start looking as soon as possible feeling that I'm going to need all of the time thats available to me.

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 20th, 2007 at 7:08am
(((hugs))) I am happy your feeling better!  Allergies can happen at any stage of life and any time.  It wasn't till I was in my late 20's that the pollen started bugging me.  I too am wondering what started you reaction Maybe a food you ate?  

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 20th, 2007 at 9:12am
I really don't know.  I can't imagine what I may have done or eaten  differently that would cause an allergic reaction.

Well anyway, I'm feeling good today because I've been having a bit of selling success on eBay.  I'm selling very regularly and feel that I'm going to keep it up this time.  I've even been looking to purchase more wholesale merchandise.  The only thing is, selling clothes is a huge conflict of interest for me because I like buying clothes so much.  It's hard not to get tempted to spend the money as soon as it's made.

So, I now have to go to get ready for the appointment with my shrink.  Perhaps she can shed light on my conflicting interests, or at least give me more meds.  She's been getting quite stingy with them lately.;D

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 21st, 2007 at 3:49pm
Oh, I forgot to mention that I rented another movie last night called Reign Over Me, with Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler.  It was very good


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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 21st, 2007 at 6:55pm
Hmmm.... the meds I take make me very active, I had to cut down my dose cause I could not sleep.    If you don't want to drive don't.  I mean if you have to you can, so I do not see why she making you do this. :-?

Oooh a Morroccan restaurent with belly dance show, cool!  8-)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:12pm
 My hair had reached my bra strap but it was in a V

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 23rd, 2007 at 1:02pm
Last night was great, although we realized that we're not that fond of Morroccan food.  

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 23rd, 2007 at 1:15pm
Oh too bad you did not like the food much, still the place looks great and you looked fabulous!  That belly dancer had a nice costume!   8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Nov 23rd, 2007 at 3:46pm
I always enjoy your pictures LaDiosa, thank you for sharing once again 8-)

Jerry

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 23rd, 2007 at 6:06pm
Lisabelle: I was a bit dissapointed about the food but it was still a good experience and a learning experience.  Yeah, her costume was very nice.

Jerry:  Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy them.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Nov 26th, 2007 at 11:09am
I'm with Jerry; I always enjoy your photos, too.   :)

Quote:
I just don't know why my hair grows like that

My hair grows naturally in a V shape, too.  I think most people's hair does.  I prefer the V shape for my hair, though I realize not everyone does.  In any case, your hair has come a long way, baby.   8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 26th, 2007 at 2:50pm
I'm glad you enjoy the photos too Trisha, I like taking them.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 27th, 2007 at 1:44pm
So I've decided that I'm not done Christmas shopping.

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 27th, 2007 at 4:24pm
 Who knows what or where he'll decide to use it next.


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Post by Kiraela on Nov 27th, 2007 at 4:33pm
OOHH, very pretty LD!!


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Post by La Diosa on Nov 27th, 2007 at 4:55pm
Thanks Kiraela. :D

Other: Okay now I'm dealing with an eBayer who won an auction but hasn't paid, nor contacted me in the time that I've specified in the listing. >:(   Really, I don't mind non payers.  I understand buyers remorse or changing your mind, especially in an auction situation. You have plenty of time to shop around before the auction is over, and you may find something cheaper or more suited to your needs, I get it.  But what I don't like is non communication.  At least let me know that you don't want to move forward, so that I can move forward, geesh! ::)

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Post by Angel Spun on Nov 27th, 2007 at 5:11pm
Nice work with the vest, LD! Very pretty.  :)

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Post by La Diosa on Nov 27th, 2007 at 5:37pm
Thanks Angel! :D

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Post by Lisabelle on Nov 27th, 2007 at 8:47pm
Awesome vest!  As for the e-bay dead beat, make a complaint to ebay and if you still do not hear from the buyer relist your item.  I've had to do this a few times myself.  It really sucks when by do not pay for something that was very expensive cause you loose out on the ebay fee's. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Nov 29th, 2007 at 2:25pm
Lisabelle:  Fortunately, the item I was selling wasn't expensive.  I did have to make a complaint but still no response which is fine with me, once I get the final value fee credited it'll be okay. :)

Hair:  I'd forgotton about the conditioner concoction that I made last week.  I put coconut milk in it but didn't I refrigerate it afterwards.  It doesn't smell weird but I'm not sure if it's a good idea to reuse it in my hair yet, I'd hate to waste it. :-/

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Post by Trisha on Nov 30th, 2007 at 10:37am
Yesterday I couldn't see the picture of the vest, but I can today, YAY!  Very NICE, babe!  

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 2nd, 2007 at 1:43am
Thanks Trisha! :D

Other: I didn't think I'd ever get a break.  This weekend has been very busy so far.  Yesterday, I started out wanting to paint over my plain, white, boring, bedroom walls, but then my cats food allergies began to flare up and in a word it was a mess. We had to put off the room to take him to the vet... during rush hour, fortunately they were able to see him that day.  When we finally got there after getting lost, they gave him a check up, a shot, 2 prescription meds, food for his new prescription diet, and of course the bill, always way more than I expect. ::)  Then when we got home, there was still the mess to clean.  I had to give my carpets a shampoo and a steam treatment and my husband had to take our comforter to the laundry mat. ::)  

We didn't get to doing the room until today.  I was so nervous about the color because it looked so bright and shiny after it was mixed, but it turned out really nice after it dried and we put the furniture back in the room.:D  Now, I want to wall paper the wall behind my bed and then I think my bedroom will be complete. I've never done wall paper before and it seems pretty scary but I'm up for it.

So far this weekend I saw the movies Waitress and Namesake.  I liked Namesake... and Waitress too, but it was more of a dark sort of comedy.  I did get a kick out of her crazy pie names.;D




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Post by La Diosa on Dec 2nd, 2007 at 8:31pm
Hair:This evening I washed my hair and did a protein treatment.  I wasn't experiencing much breakage but I did notice that my strands were appearing a bit weak so I decided to do a preventative protein treatment.  My conditioner, coconut mixture still was okay and not spoiled or anything but I still didn't like the results. :P

Other: Today was yet another beautiful day.  I raked the leaves in the back yard and sat outside next to a fire with my cats.  There are usually a group of 4 cardnals that fly around together and eat seeds from my feeder.  Today they were perched in a tree and their red feathers looked so beautiful against the backdrop of yellow leaves.  I was so disappointed I didn't have my camera nearby to get the picture.

Also, I was a bit bummed today because now I'm really loving my bedroom (which was the most boring looking room in the house), even more than my meditation room.  Now I feel I have to redo the other room to make it better. :-/  
I've decided to get chandeliers for both rooms, but I now think I'm going to have to repaint that whole room that took us an entire weekend to do only a few months ago. :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Dec 3rd, 2007 at 2:37pm

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sat outside next to a fire with my cats.  There are usually a group of 4 cardnals that fly around together and eat seeds from my feeder.  Today they were perched in a tree and their red feathers looked so beautiful against the backdrop of yellow leaves.


Aw, that sounds so nice...I wish I could have sat near the fire with you and the kitties!   :)

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 3rd, 2007 at 4:42pm
Yes, it was nice and it would've been very nice to have you over. :D

Today, however is a different story. ::)  I was taking a nap and my husband alerts me that he let my cats out to play in the yard and my youngest most adventurous one has hopped the fence again.  I was going to get up but then he tells me he was going to handle it.  I knew that he couldn't handle it and it would be loony tunes as ususal but I let him try all the same.  About 10 minutes later he comes to me sreaming and cussing about how she had him chasing her up and down the street and wouldn't come to him.  
So, I bundled up and went out.  He told me she was back behind the fence a few doors down.  So I had to go into someones back yard to get closer to her.  When I saw her she wasn't close enough for me to grab but I called her a few times and then she came, that simple.  I could tell she was afraid so I soothed and petted her during the walk home and she was fine.  However, when my husband came out of the front door she freaked out and tried to get away from us wiggling out of my arms and scratching me in the process.  He grabs her up, I'm afraid he's going to kill her but he throws her on the floor and starts yelling about how ungrateful she is.  I'm like...she's a cat.  So anyway that was my afternoon. ::)  But at least I made another sale on eBay.  And the funny thing is during everything the mailman pulled up delivering a package that I ordered.  Asian wall plaques with the words happiness, serenity, and love... boy we sure needed those today. ;D

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Post by Kiraela on Dec 4th, 2007 at 3:53pm
I'm sorry, but if I were your cat, I'd probably freak out and try to run away from him right then too. Poor kitty. Cats know when their people are upset with them, and DON'T want to be anywhere nearby.

Anyway, though. I hope everything else is going well for you. *hug*

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 4th, 2007 at 5:13pm
To see her afraid of him like that, to me was the oddest thing but I think you're right.  She knew he was angry.  And yes, everthing else is going okay.  All is serene today, thanks. :)

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 5th, 2007 at 6:24pm
Ugh, I'm not liking my hair today!  After I washed it I put hair lotion on it and scrunched it up to create waves but it's feeling so dry. :(  I've realized that the curlier I make my hair the more difficult it is to keep it moisturized.  Oh well, lesson learned.

Other: I gave my husband one of his Christmas gifts yesterday, and to my surprise he actually liked it.  He is a stickler about his shoes and is always polishing them, but he keeps all of his polishing supplies in a cardboard box.  So, I bought him a wooden shoe vallet with drawers, additional polishes, brushes and cloths.  It was so nice to know that he actually liked something I bought especially since he's the pickiest person I've ever met. ::)  Well, besides grandfather who come to think of it was very anal about his shoes too (as well as everything else). :P

I'm alone today, so I have to fend for myself in the kitchen.  I don't know what it is but I prefer appetizers and side dishes to regular meals. ::)  Anyway, I made more pesto for shrimp and salad and also some hummus for dipping pita bread when I want to snack later.

Also, I was so thrilled to have drank a glass of plain milk today! :D  I actually hate plain milk and only use it for cooking or cereal.  Today I decided to try a glass of soy milk and was pleasantly surprised to realize that soy milk all by itself is delicious!

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Post by Lisabelle on Dec 5th, 2007 at 7:36pm
Cool! What brand of soy milk did you try?  I keep trying brands and they're gross.  I drink 2% milk right now.  Neat present you got your hubby.  Mine is a clothes horse, he has lots of clothes.

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 5th, 2007 at 8:14pm
It's Silk brand, plain flavor.  It has sort of a nutty taste.  I can't even drink 2%, I just don't like the taste of regular milk unless its mixed with something.  I usually use 1% or skim though.

Yeah, I thought the gift was pretty neat, seeing that it was something he could actually use.  
My husband really isn't a clothes horse at all, he's more into shoes for some reason. ::)  I don't discriminate, I like shoes AND clothes! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 6th, 2007 at 7:13am

wrote on Dec 5th, 2007 at 8:14pm:
It's Silk brand, plain flavor.  It has sort of a nutty taste.  I can't even drink 2%, I just don't like the taste of regular milk unless its mixed with something.  I usually use 1% or skim though.

Yeah, I thought the gift was pretty neat, seeing that it was something he could actually use.  
My husband really isn't a clothes horse at all, he's more into shoes for some reason. ::)  I don't discriminate, I like shoes AND clothes! ;D



I'll give it a go next time I go food shopping! 8-)

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 6th, 2007 at 4:49pm

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I'll give it a go next time I go food shopping!
 Good, I hope you like it as well! :D

Other: Not quite sure what it is, but I've been in sort of a funk today and yesterday. :-?  

Anyway, I ordered some things to sell online and some of the items arrived damaged.  Unfortunately, that's happened to me before and I took the hit, but this time I was thankfully able to get my money back from the manufacturer.  And I got a few wholesale dresses for myself out of it, so it still worked out okay in the end.

Cats are so amazing.  I decided today to give my cat a break from his meds as he hates taking them.  But, apparently just one day off can make things go terribly wrong.  Anyway, after I got off of the phone with the wholesale clothing company, my cat comes to me and starts meowing.  He never meows unless something is wrong so I knew right away that he needed to go outside to relieve himself.  Good thing my cats and I know how to communicate with each other or I would've had a horrible mess to clean.  Sometimes I feel as though I'm living with 3 feline Lassies. :D

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Post by Kiraela on Dec 6th, 2007 at 7:20pm
I was wondering, what's your ebay name again? I completely forgot and can't find mention of it anywhere.

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 6th, 2007 at 7:50pm
No problem Kiraela, here's the link.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 7th, 2007 at 4:31pm
Ahhh... for the first time in a few days, I'm feeling like my normal self. ( ;D my cat is trying to lay on my arms as I type.)  Anyway, this morning I meditated for about a half hour and it really made all the difference.  I hadn't meditated in a bit and now realize that it is so vital to my mental well being.

I also haven't been exercising lately either and have decied to just do a little bit a day and thats it.  I don't want to exercise to the point to where it totally feels like work (or torture) anymore because when I do that eventually it leads to me getting burned out and just quitting.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 7th, 2007 at 7:00pm
This morning I realized that part of the reason I'd been feeling so blah lately is because I've been bored.  I'm always most happy when I have a project around the house to keep me busy.  We'll be hanging wallpaper soon, which I'm looking forward to, but since I can't keep repainting and haning wallpaper everytime I get bored, I really need to find a real hobby.  

I think that it's finally time for me to learn how to sew.  I saw some really neat machines that don't appear too complicated for a beginner.  Hopefully, I can find one with really basic instructions and maybe even a dvd.  

I'm actually excited at the thought of it.  I think it would be neat to learn how to make dresses and other things for myself. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Dec 8th, 2007 at 8:19am
I have not had the feeling of being bored in a very long time ::)

The reason is mainly due to the internet but I also have other things which keep me busy so I don't think I will know what bored is until after I finally retire from work ;)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 8th, 2007 at 5:23pm
Well, you're lucky Jerry, I got bored even when I had a job. ::)  The only time I didn't get bored at work, was when I worked in retail (which I really loved, but the pay sucked :P) and when I did work through my talent agency.  Both jobs were fun and exciting because no two days were ever the same.  However, when I did office work, regardless of what it was, I typically got bored after the first week on the job.  The only thing that kept me around and that I looked forward to was payday.  Bottom line, if it isn't fun or interesting enough to hold my attention, I get bored.  Thats why I really need to find something that I enjoy.

Hair: Was going to wash last night but decided to do a CO instead.  Seems that washing more frequently is helping to combat the dryness that I was suffering through but now it seems the more I wash the more prone my hair has become to tangles.  Even with the CO I did experience some tangling but fortunately not too badly.  Going forward (well until the weather gets warmer) I'm going to just CO or perhaps I may try the baking soda wash myself.  Anyway, I'm still really in love with Aubrey Organics Revitalizing Conditioner, it makes my hair so soft.

Other: Got my body henna/mendhi kit in the mail today but I don't think I'm going to do it for awhile. :-/  I want to get a good idea of what sort of design I'm going to do first.

Also, I found this really nice French restaurant that I wanted to try for Christmas.  I tried booking reservations online and it kept saying no reservations available at the time that I picked.  So silly me I keep trying different times, getting the same message.  Finally, I called to see when they did have reservations available and of course the guy told me that they're closed Christmas.  Why didn't their site just say that? ::)  So anyway, back to the drawing board.




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Post by Lisabelle on Dec 8th, 2007 at 5:41pm
Other: Got my body henna/mendhi kit in the mail today but I don't think I'm going to do it for awhile.   I want to get a good idea of what sort of design I'm going to do first.

Oooh you got a kit!  Did you get the one from the henna page?  There are oodles of designs out there.  ;) This one is my all time favorites!
 The henna is done bewteen the fingers and looks very sexy when you move your hands around. ;)

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 8th, 2007 at 5:59pm
Wow that's very pretty!  I couldn't do that though, unless it came with a stencil and even then I don't know. :-/  

Actually I had something more like these in mind.  These were the pics that inspired me to try it in the first place but it also seems too complicated and I don't want to mess it up.  


I got the henna from a company called Henna Sooq, they're in Canada actually.  I decided to go with them because thats where I purchased my cassia in the past.  Anyway, the stencils that they sent me with the kit aren't very nice to me.  Not unattractive, just overly simple. Apparently, I like the more complicated looking designs but unfortunately, don't feel that I can do them.::)  Do you use stencils?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 8th, 2007 at 7:37pm
Those designs are really cool! 8-)  I would love to have my whole body done!  I have tryed stencils and the problem is the henna bleeds out from under them and you have a mess.  Here's an idea!  Why not try putting some chocolate syrup in a cone and practice with that! This will help you get the hang of how to use a cone.  Use a really thick type of syrup, mistakes can be licked away! :D  Tonight I am doing my other hand.  What I did lastnight was a simple design from arabic patterns.  My favorite patters are Iranian, they are very fine lined and feature birds and tiny stars. 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 8th, 2007 at 8:18pm
Chocolate syrup...what a great idea! :D  And the licked away part, yum!  I love how you think! ;)  I'll probably need to get some more cones though, I think my kit only has one.

Ooh, tiny birds and stars, sounds very nice!

Other:  I so kick butt in the kitchen! :D  Tonight I made stuffed cannelloni with very sparse ingredients.  I pretty much made it up as I went along but it came out delicious!  I had to redeem myself because I tried to make the same dish last week, but with a white sauce and it was horrible... and then, I was following a recipe! >:(  Anyway, I've been plesantly redeemed. :D

I also harvested the rest of my basil and replanted my areogarden.  It's supposed to last 6 months but I swear it's only been about 4. :-?  I really need to check that.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 9th, 2007 at 2:18am
Hair: I just plaited my hair and put some Ojon restoratives treatment in it.  I'm hoping it'll help to prevent dry tangles.


Other: I checked my henna kit and it did only come with one cone, but it also came with a tiny plastic bottle with a metal tip.  Apparently, I can use the bottle or the cone for application.  I'm going to go with the bottle because it just seems as though it'll be easier to apply that way.  It also came with 2 pages of designs which are broken down step by step which is pretty cool.  I still won't be using it until after the new year though because if we go out for the holidays, I don't want to have this stuff on my skin.

How 'bout my husband told me tonight that he never updated his marital status on his W4.  We've been married for going on 3 years now, so all of this time they've been taking out more taxes from his pay check because he's still listed as single!!!  He just realized it and fixed it... I could sure hurt him sometimes.  But I guess we all make mistakes, actually, I didn't think of it either. ::)  Oh well, off to bed.

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 9th, 2007 at 6:08pm
Hair: Sleeping in the Ojon treatment worked very nicely.  When I unplaited my hair it was still very shiny and soft, and it smells nice too. :D

Other:  Thinking that perhaps we'll have to have our Christmas dinner "out", on Christmas Eve.  It's surprisng to me that there aren't very many places (besides asian restaurants ::)) open Christmas day.  I understand that most people like to eat at home but we eat at home just about everyday.  And since it'll just be us, dining out seems like more of a treat than staying in.  There are just a few more places that I want to try first before I call it a wrap.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 10th, 2007 at 10:58pm
Ugh... I'm still searching for restaurants for Christmas and on top of that my husband asked me to search for NYE packages while I'm at it, and also to look for some other places that we can go to in the meantime. ::)  Appears I'm the events coordinator in this relationship. ;D

I was happy though that he really likes the dress and shoes that I bought for Christmas dinner.  Now, I'm working on getting my New Years dress, but the one I want costs more money than I want to pay for such a tiny dress.  I don't know what to do. :-[  And my husband needs a new suit.  I'm so not looking forward to going shopping with him because he takes forever to shop for clothes.  He inspects every single detail and it has got to be perfect.  I recommended that we start looking tomorrow to give us extra time that I'm sure we'll need...and perhaps before we leave I'll have a glass of  wine that I'm sure I'll need. ;D

Oh well, off I go to do my event planning. :P

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Post by Trisha on Dec 11th, 2007 at 12:34pm
Good luck, sweetie, sounds like you'll need it!   ;D

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 11th, 2007 at 3:07pm
Thanks Trisha, I need all the luck I can get! ;)

Last night I got no where with my searches and we'll be going to the mall later today. :P

This afternoon, my focus has been on cleaning out my closet.  I've listed things that I no longer want for sale on eBay.  Christmas time is turning out to be a very good time for selling, I just hopes it keeps up. :D  

I spoke to the woman at the wholesale clothing place today asking her why FedEx never came by to pick up the items I am returning.  She told me to forget about it and that she'd issue my credit anyway.  That was actually pretty cool because now I'm going to list those items for auction as is, and hopefully I can make a bit of money from them too.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 12th, 2007 at 6:43pm
So I gave up and had my husband find a restarurant.  It's a very nice roof top restaurant with an observatory.  I don't know how I missed that place? :-?

Today, we went to a vegetarian restaruant and from the description on the internet it seemed somewhat upscale.  So, my husband and I got all dressed up and after arriving, realized that it was merely a glorified diner.  The cook brought us some tofu samples which were okay, but I didn't like the food or atmosphere enough to stay.  I recommended that we leave which my husband felt was rude, but I figure, if we weren't going to enjoy ourselves there, then whats the point of staying AND having to pay for it.  It wasn't like we were guests at someones home.

Anyway, my husband got me the coolest leather jacket today.  I'd been trying to win it on eBay for the longest now, but I would only bid up to a certain dollar amount and always got outbid.  Well, the seller only had one left in my size so I asked him what was the minimum he'd sell it to me for, because in the listings his buy it now price is always 399.00. :o  So, he made me a lower offer, more than my maximum bid amount but my husband told me not to worry about it and to get it anyway.  He's so sweet!

I've also decided to get the more expensive dress for NYE.  I've wanted it for awhile as well, and I can swing it with the money that I've made from selling on eBay, so I figure why not.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 13th, 2007 at 9:36pm
I've been feeling great lately.  I've been working out regularly for about a week now and it's really made a difference already.  Even though I'm not killing myself, I can definitley tell that I'm firming up.  I haven't even had to deprive myself.  I've been eating daily servings Ferrero Rocher chocolates well, yesterday I had about 2 servings ::) but it's all working out okay. :)

I do want to cut down on sugar though.  I think one good way to do it is to stop drinking Slim Fast.  Now that I can drink soy milk straight from the carton, I don't need to drink Slim Fast which will eliminate that extra sugar source.  Too bad I still have a pantry full of the stuff.  

I went shopping the other day and realized that the soy milk I just bought, is not the stuff that I liked so much the last time.  Before,  I got the kind off of the shelf and this time, I got the one from the refrigerator section.  They look almost identical, but the taste is different.

Also, today I had my first meatball sandwhich in almost... I have no idea how long.  The meatballs were made of soy of course, and although they didn't taste the same as the real thing, they weren't bad.  I'll definately get them again.  I didn't like the soy breakfast sausages that I got though.  I had to close my eyes and imagine that it was chicken (soy chicken ::)) which made it somewhat okay as it tasted more like chicken than sausage. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 14th, 2007 at 3:55am
SO EXCITED, SO EXCITED!!!  OMG, I think I may have found the PERFECT thing to do on NYE but I can't confirm it yet so I don't even want to mention what it is until it's confirmed!  I really need to calm down too just in case it doesn't work out.  Oh well, not much of a post but I'm very hopeful. [smiley=laugh.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 14th, 2007 at 3:02pm
Ugh... I have the most frivolous problems in the world yet, they continue to stress me out. :-[  

So here it is, for NYE I could go to a club where Michael Jackson is scheduled to make an appearance.  Just an appearance, if he even decides to show up at all ::) ... and it's pretty expensive to get in and from what I can gather nothing is included even with VIP admission.  No drinks, party favors, champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, nothing.  

Or we could go to a very nice restaurant pay half the admission of the other place, where a 5 course meal, champagne toast, party favors are all included and they'll even have a dj and dancing.

Now seeing Michael Jackson in such a small forum would be a very rare, perhaps once in a lifetime occurrence.  However, if he doesn't show, the night may be a total waste and even if he does show, is it worth it only to get a glimpse?

At any rate I'm trying to see if a full refund would be possible if he doesn't show. :-/

And of course, when I went to order my dress today, I was told that they are custom made and take about 3 weeks for delivery.  So, I'll have to find something else to wear.  It's not really a big deal though (not that any of this is in the whole scheme of things ::)), I have a few nice dresses that I can wear.  I just wanted something new, but at least this way I'll save some money.

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Post by Angel Spun on Dec 14th, 2007 at 4:42pm
Michael Jackson?!?!?! *faint*

That is a tough decision, girl. As much as I freaking worhsip MJJ (in a completely platonic way, of course), I wouldn't go if the price was too steep. Just a thought...

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Post by La Diosa on Dec 16th, 2007 at 11:57pm
Yeah, it is a tough decision but I think we're going to go with the Michael Jackson option.  We're going to make the final decision tomorrow after talking to customer service... and if tickets are still available.

Hair: Just did a CO and I'm 99% sure that I'm at bra strap.  I'll be doing my relaxer this coming weekend and that's when I'll know for sure.  Although, my hair will only be bsl when wet.  I don't think that it'll show up with dry hair until maybe sometime in the spring.

Other:  I've been talking to my sister a lot this past weekend and it was nice.  Although, I still think it's weird that my mother had to die for my sister and I to communicate more. ::)

My husband revealed today that my Christmas present will be a Buddha statue which I've wanted since we moved into this house.  I'm so happy because when you walk into our front door, the first thing you see is this big empty hole in the wall and now I'll finally have something to put there.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 19th, 2007 at 12:39am
Ugh... I have no idea what time I went to bed (I think about 7 o'clock) but I just woke up thinking that perhaps it was 4 or 5 in the morning but nope, how about 11pm. :P  I suppose I'm up for the rest of the night.:-[

I guess winter has officially arrived in GA.  It's been freezing cold lately.  I sure am glad that my other onesy arrived in the mail a few days ago because I sure do need it now. My husband has been trying to get me to go out with him, running errands and such.  He talked me into going to the movies the other night, we saw I am Legend.  It was not great, just okay.  The theater experience was horrible.  First of all there were empty cups and partially eaten bags of popcorn and napkins on the floor.  The guy behind me had his feet proped up on the seat next to mine, dangling them by my head. >:(  So my husband and I switched seats, only to have me now sitting next to 2 people who wouldn't shut up the entire time.  And then there were a group of teenagers who were a bit loud, apparantly trying to be cute...they weren't. ::)   But anyway, when the temp drops like this, I like to go into hermit mode and regarless of the weather, I prefer to watch movies in the comfort of my own home.  
We've been getting soooo much candy as presents lately, the last package was so much it was sickening, but we've been eating away at it.  After yesterdays chocolate pig out, I'm surprised that I didn't go into sugar shock...there goes my diet.::)

Okay, I know you're supposed to look beyond the surface and judge people by their inner qualities but I was a bit shocked to see this pic. :o  MJ never ceases to amaze me, I still love 'em though.

I so hate when people do the photo comparisons, but it is easy to forget that he once looked like this...  

Anyway, this is my current crush, he's such a cutie!  I know, I'm a married woman, but there's no harm in looking.[smiley=engel017.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by MTBBIO on Dec 19th, 2007 at 10:29am
I am gonna go see I Am Legend today, hopefully I"ll have a better movie experience :-( sorry yours wasn't so well...and omg MJ!! That is a horrible pic :-(  It's sad to see pics of him whn he was younger

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Dec 19th, 2007 at 5:05pm
Ah, that last MJJ pic was from the set of Moonwalker.
Kinda sux that he sports so many disguises these days. I mean, I understand the desire to when you're the most famous person on earth, but I think it causes more of a spectacle than if he'd just gone without them. Ah well. To each his own. He's still a beautiful spirit.  8-)

Sorry about your theatre experience. How bloody typical!  ::)  Now you know why I only go to the latest showings for movies that have been out awhile.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 19th, 2007 at 9:44pm
MTBBIO: You're right, it is a bit sad seeing the older pics.  I sometimes wonder how he feels about them.  
Well, I hope you enjoy the movie!  At least your experience will be better than mine because theres no way it could be worse. ;D  
I love your smurf avatar btw!  When I was a kid I never missed an episode! :D

Angel Spun:  Yep, that pic was from the set of Moonwalker! Wow, you're good! :D  
Yeah, people are going to recognize him anyway, he should stop with the disguises (if that even is one :-/) it just makes him seem weird although, it doesn't seem as though he minds.

The theater thing was weird because we went on Monday evening.  I was shocked that it was so crowded, I figured that just about everyone would've seen it by then. ::)

Other:  I'm worried about my kitty.  She's been sneezing all day today and has been following me around a lot more than usual.  My other cat had been sneezing a lot lately too, but we know he has allergies so it's not that big of a deal. I guess we'll have to take her to the vet if this continues.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 21st, 2007 at 3:02am
WOOOHOOO!!!  I'm back in the saddle at Bra Strap! :D  AND... it's the best bsl ever (well, for me :P).  It isn't just one little piece or a point but it's all even.  I wasn't sure that my hair would make it as I'd planned, because I cut off that pesky "V" last month but I made it anyway.  I was so happy to see my hair there that I forgot to measure though.  I'll have to do that next time I wash.  I'm going to try just doing CO's or cleansing with baking soda for the rest of the winter.

Other:  My cat seems to be doing better.  She's still sneezing a bit here and there but not nearly as much as yesterday.

Yay, I sold out of my jewelry and my last dress sold today on eBay.  I have more arriving tomorrow, I only hope they're in good condition. :-/

The customer service dept. from the club I was interested in going on NYE, finally called me in response to a vm I left them almost a week ago. ::)  Anyway, they said that MJ isn't showing up, only the Jackson 5 :-?  That completely makes no sense as MJ is the lead singer of J5 and his likeness was used on the promotional poster.  I had decided last week that I would go wether he showed or not (and something is telling me that he still may) but this just seems like such a screwed up event, the way they're handling things and promoting this, that I've finally decided not to go.  I'm just glad my husband held out on buying the tickets until I spoke with them.

 

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Dec 21st, 2007 at 4:11am
Congratulations on getting back to BSL 8-)

Some might not consider BSL long enough but to me not as long hair taken care of and looking cared for can be just as good as knee length which is neglected and in rough shape ::)

Length is great but it is not everything in long hair (in my opinion anyway).

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 21st, 2007 at 6:22am

Jerry wrote on Dec 21st, 2007 at 4:11am:
Congratulations on getting back to BSL 8-)

Some might not consider BSL long enough but to me not as long hair taken care of and looking cared for can be just as good as knee length which is neglected and in rough shape  ::)
Jerry


Thanks Jerry :D

But, "just as good"? :-?  

I say that BSL that is in good shape, wins hands down over neglected and worn looking hair of any length. ;D  Healthy hair is always better! ;)

I think that long hair can be beautiful, but I'm not so caught up on length either.  If so, I wouldn't have cut so much of my hair off this past year in an order to get it healthy, but those days are over!:D  Anyway, my long term goal is only around hip length at the most.

Other: I've updated my ticker to show my next goal of Mid Back Length which I should be at by at least the end of June.  It seems like such a long time away but I'm sure it'll be here before I know it.




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Dec 21st, 2007 at 6:26am
Hip length is close to my favorite length which is thigh length 8-)

I have only seen maybe 5 or 6 ladies with those kinds of lengths so far.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 21st, 2007 at 6:40am
Yeah, thigh length is pretty rare.  I think bikerbraid is the only one here so far with thigh length.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Dec 21st, 2007 at 10:24am
There are a few others here with thigh length hair, but just don't post as often.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 21st, 2007 at 12:18pm
Wow like the new avatar Ladiosa!  Congrats on BSL!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 21st, 2007 at 2:40pm
Thanks Lisabelle! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Dec 21st, 2007 at 4:34pm
Congrats on reaching BSL again! Wow, you beat me! lol  ;)

Best of luck getting to mid-back ASAP. And sorry about the NYE show. That just sounds a little suspicious to me, seeing as MJJ is supposed to be reuniting with the Jackson 5 for a tour, plus Janet. Hmm...  :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 24th, 2007 at 1:06am
Thanks Angel Spun! :D  Although, I may not have beat you to BSL.  I wet measure, it's the best way for me to get accurate results. ;)

The NYE thing is being held at Jermaine Dupri's club here in Atlanta so I didn't think it would be too suspicious seeing that he's dating (or engaged? to Janet) but it does seem to be a rip off.  Unless, I wanted to pay hundreds of dollars just to be in the same night club as the Jackson 4 (maybe Janet makes 5? :P).  They finally have a disclaimer on their site stating that it isn't a concert and that they will be offering a champagne toast and hors'deuvres, but there is still no mention that Michael won't be there although they continue to use his likeness in the promos.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 25th, 2007 at 1:18am
Well, it's technically Christmas and I don't feel anything at all. :-/  The only thing I do feel is a bug to do more productive things.  I'm even thinking of getting some books on calculus just to see if I can learn it, even though I've always been horrible at advanced math.  I just want to try something different.  I typically don't do New Years resolutions but this year I wrote down a couple.

Learning to sew
Planting hedges and a flower garden in the back yard
Cooking more
Reading more, etc.  Although my husband is against this one because he said we can't do it together, but I said we can.  I told him, I'll read with earplugs in and you can watch tv. ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Dec 25th, 2007 at 5:15am
That is funny that you are thinking about New Year's resolutions and that you typically don't do them because I have been thinking the same thing lately ::)

I suppose the main reason I don't do them or believe in them is because it is very hard for me to stick to them :P

But, if I did here are a few I would do:

Stop biting my nails
Get our credit card balances even lower than they are
Be more affectionate with my wife like I used to
Use less sick time at work


Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 26th, 2007 at 7:49am

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Be more affectionate with my wife like I used to


Aww...thats a nice one. :)

I've never liked the idea of New Years resolutions because I always felt that it shouldn't be necessary to wait for NY to make postitive changes.  It just so happens that my strong need to be more productive and  NY just happen to coincide this year.  

I never worry about sticking to them because sometimes you may fall off track but not being too hard on yourself and continuing to try again is the key.

Other: Had a great Christmas!  We went to a very nice restaurant.  It was a revolving roof top restaurant a top of the Westin hotel.  I forget exactly how high up it was but it was very high in the sky.  They had observatories and telescopes so that you could look out at the city.  I couldn't believe I forgot my camera because I wanted to get some pics but oh well. ::)  It was a bit foggy because we had rain all day but I still thought it was a very beautiful view.  Oh, and the food was great too. :P

Anyway, it was so cool because I wore one of my wholesale dresses that I sell on eBay which was very nice for the occasion, a shiny satin gold rain coat type dress.  I got so many compliments on it which I thought was funny seeing that I only paid about 15.00 for it. ;D  I just felt it a bit odd that there weren't very many people who dressed for the occasion and I felt it took a bit from it in a way.  Many of the men there were in Docker type khaki's and polo looking tops.  The women weren't very dressed up either.  I'll never understand why most people choose to dress casual for any occasion, we've become so laxed in this country.  It would be nice to bring back the older style of dress when men always wore jackets and hats, and women always wore dresses like in the old black and white movies and 50's sitcoms... it was just a more glamorous time.  

I also straightened my hair with a steam curling iron, so I got to see my and wear my hair at BSL when it was dry.  I don't want to wash my hair again until the 1st so that I can wear my hair straight for New Years Eve, hopefully I can wait that long.

Lastly, I've been eating chocolate lately like... I don't know what.  Even my dessert last night was chocolate.  I sure hope it isn't possible to get diabetes in a week because if so, I'm in trouble. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by MTBBIO on Dec 26th, 2007 at 1:18pm
I'm glad you had a nice Christmas! The restaurant sounds great, I've always wanted to go somewhere w/a view like that....I completely agree about the issue of people not dressing up for certain occasions.  One thing I've been noticing a lot lately is people who wear jeans to weddings. UGH.  In my culture, you don't need an invitation or even need to know the person who is getting married to attend, it's just a big party where all are welcome.  But these are usually the people who will show up wearing jeans and/or  t-shirts which I just think is rude and disrespectful to the bride and groom and their families.  I mean, I understand if they don't want to wear a super fancy dress, but come on it takes as much effort/time to put on a nice pair of black/gray slacks as it does jeans!  If I go to a wedding/quinceanera where I'm just tagging along and don't personally know the ppl, I make sure to wear a dress or skirt because I don't want to draw even more attention to the fact that I don't know the ppl! Yes it would be great if we could go back to that glamorous era..

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 27th, 2007 at 3:36am
Thanks MTBBIO! :D

Yeah, I know what you mean.  I wouldn't want to stick out if I showed up somewhere uninvited either, and to wear jeans and t shirts does seem rude IMO.

My girlfriend from highschool got married a few years ago and some of her guests showed up in jeans as well, it must be an epidemic.;D

Other: I'm basically counting down the days until spring as the cold is forcing me to not want to go outside much.  I guess I should start working on my new projects to keep me busy until then.  I just signed up with Blockbusters home mail delivery thing.  We have a Blockbuster right up the street but they never have anything. ::)

I also ordered 2 yoga dvds from eBay.  One couples yoga dvd, for my husband and I to do together and a neat one called Yoga In Bed, which you do in bed.  They have exercises for the morning and night, it sounds like fun, I can't wait 'til it arrives.

And I think my first book of the year may be Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat".  

Hopefully, with my reading and other various projects for 2008, spring will arrive in no time. 8-)

Hair: I'm so loving it! :D  Now that it's straight it feels so soft and silky on my back.  Too bad straightening regularly would kill my hair or else I would do it all the time.  I'm definitely enjoying it while I can, and so far I do think that I'll be able to keep it straight into the new year.  




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 27th, 2007 at 9:44pm
Not sure how I missed it before but there it was, that pesky point that my hair likes to grow into.  I just cut it on Thanksgiving and tonight I cut it off once again, about a half inch.  I hope this isn't going to turn into a monthly ritual.  My hair is still BSL though, it's just that now my hair is closer to the top of the strap than the bottom.

I think I'm getting a cold too...scratchy throat, runny nose...sounds like a cold to me. :P  I so hate being sick but it'll be my first cold of the season, hopefully it'll also be my last.

And speaking of things that are on the fritz, my computer has been acting extremely wacky lately.  My windows only stay up for about 10 minutes and then they close.  I think I have a virus so I guess I'll be getting a new computer soon.  It's not a bad thing though because I want a laptop.  I have a flat screen now but I'd prefer to have a portable one that I can use from any room in the house.




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Dec 28th, 2007 at 10:13am
(((Hugs))) I hope your feeling better.  Laptops rock!  I have a old IBM think pad I use for my writing and I love it!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Dec 28th, 2007 at 4:54pm

Quote:
Laptops rock!

I second that. I have a widescreen Gateway & like it a lot. It can go outside, in the garage or any room in the house and stay connected to the net via wireless network.

Oh yes, and be sure to get anti-virus & anti-spyware add-on's...and keep them current.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Dec 28th, 2007 at 5:11pm
Thanks Lisabelle.  So far I'm still not feeling too bad but, I'm taking it day by day. :)


Yeah, my husband has a laptop and I'm always carrying it around.  I'm sure he'll be happy when I finally have my own.  I'll just have to make sure that I keep my anti-virus protection current. ::)  I typically don't let it expire but I've gone about 2 whole years unprotected. :o  ... Or is that something that I shouldn't advertise online? :-/ :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 10th, 2008 at 3:55am
The new year is here and so far it's been great... even though my husband and I were quite sick with colds.  We spent brought in the new year in bed as we awoke to the fireworks outside, even sick, it was very nice.

Anyway, I've been keeping to my resolutions of finding more things to keep me productive, which I guess would explain my absence here.

My husband and I are finding lots of different places to go and things to do around here, and the spring like weather that we've been having lately has been especially nice.

Cooking and going to wine tastings are becoming favorite activities.  Well, that and trying to re litter train my one cat.  I'm not quite sure what his problem is, but he'd taken to going on the floor.  I'm so thankful for my arsenal of cleaning supplies and machines but enough was enough.  No matter what I did, he'd continue to go in the same spot.  I'd sprayed and scattered every concoction you could imagine and it didn't matter to him. Although, my one concoction of lemon juice, vinegar, and onion powder even smelled appetizing to my husband.  After I'd sprayed it he excitedly walked in the house wanting to know if I'd given up my pescatarian ways and was cooking steaks. ;D  And of course it didn't deter my cat either.

Finally, when I went to do my henna on my hands and feet I noticed eucalyptus oil in the kit.  When I saw how my other cat who was sitting next to me responded to the scent, I knew it was worth trying, so I sprayed it down and sure enough it worked.  My cat finally abandoned his favorite spot and eliminated in the box. :D

I'm off to bed now,
Happy Belated New Year Everyone! :D
LaDiosa



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jan 10th, 2008 at 4:56am
Happy New Year,sweetie!! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 10th, 2008 at 10:41am
Hi, happy you feeling better!  How did the henna turn out?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 10th, 2008 at 1:18pm
The color on my hands turned out really well although the design leaves a lot to be desired.  I tried doing it in between my fingers as you did but I kept closing my ring and middle fingers together by mistake instead of spreading them and it botched the design.  Next time I'll focus better but it was late and I'd already taken my sleeping pill before I started, doh! ::)

The designs on my feet came out better but the color isn't as nice.  I had to learn the hard way that the color won't be as dark if I use water to remove the henna, which is what I did with my feet.  

I'll post a pic later.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jan 10th, 2008 at 1:59pm
Happy new year, sistah!  I was just about to ask where you've been.   :)

Interesting to read about your cat...we have one naughty girl who does the same thing.  Keep in mind that we have 6 indoor cats who use 3 litter boxes.  I am pretty dilligent about keeping them clean, scooping the little every day.  But if Tootie Bug doesn't think the pans are up to her standards, she wees right in front of the back door.  I've tried cleaning the area with vinegar and other things, with no success.  So maybe I'll try eucalyptus oil next time.  Thanks!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 10th, 2008 at 3:29pm
Hey Trisha, glad to hear from you!  Yeah, try the eucalyptus I think it'll work for you.  
However speaking of that, my cat found another place to go today (which I really don't get because our litterbox is automated and sanitizes after they go :-/) so this morning, I sprayed every baseboard of our entire house, now he'll have no other options.

Heres some pics of my henna. Not as good as Lisabelle's but hey, I'm new at this and I'm learning as I go. ;D  Anyway, it was pretty weird taking pics of my feet, there was no way for me to make them look good. ;D

Here I applied henna around and over my tattoo (which I hate).  It's old and faded but the henna gave it a rich color.



This one came out a bit smudged because I didn't like the design and attempted to erase it and start all over.  I realized that "erasing" doesn't work because the henna will still stain even if it isn't left on for very long.



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 10th, 2008 at 4:32pm
Since I have a little time, (although not really because my husband has gotten used to me not being on the computer so much and is currently calling me away) I figured I'd mention some hair things.

I've been washing my hair with baking soda and I really like it.  I wet it in the shower (hmm... I can't remember if I mentioned my new shower filter) and then I dump a big pitcher of my baking soda and water mixture on my head.  I work it through a bit for a few minutes and rinse.  It leaves my hair feeling clean but not overly dry and I follow it with Aubrey Organics jojoba and aloe reviatlizing conditioner.  It feels so good afterwards.

Anyway, I switched my shower filter from Aquasana to Vitashower probably a month ago.  For some reason I don't recall mentioning it.  It removes chloramines as well as chlorine and my hair has definitely been much softer after washes as a result.

Other:  I started my book The Vampire Lestat almost a week ago and I'm just about finished.  I wanted to read one book a month but it appears that I may be doing more reading, if I have the time.

Gotta go :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 10th, 2008 at 10:15pm

wrote on Jan 10th, 2008 at 3:29pm:
Hey Trisha, glad to hear from you!  Yeah, try the eucalyptus I think it'll work for you.  
However speaking of that, my cat found another place to go today (which I really don't get because our litterbox is automated and sanitizes after they go :-/) so this morning, I sprayed every baseboard of our entire house, now he'll have no other options.

Heres some pics of my henna. Not as good as Lisabelle's but hey, I'm new at this and I'm learning as I go. ;D  Anyway, it was pretty weird taking pics of my feet, there was no way for me to make them look good. ;D

Here I applied henna around and over my tattoo (which I hate).  It's old and faded but the henna gave it a rich color.



This one came out a bit smudged because I didn't like the design and attempted to erase it and start all over.  I realized that "erasing" doesn't work because the henna will still stain even if it isn't left on for very long.



Hey not bad at all!  :) You got a good stain!  You mentioned before that you removed the paste with water. I remove it with coconut oil.  What I do is in the morning I take off the wrappings then put on a generous slathering of the coconut oil and let it sit a bit.  Then I scrap it off with an old credit card.  I then wipe it with a dry mico fiber cloth very gentely and then (here's my secret!) I apply a thin coat of Tiger Balm to keep the skin warm and help the design develop.  When I do my feet, I then were socks all day to keep in the wamth.  I know its hard doing in-between the fingers.  I have train myself not to move while doing it, I know its not easy :P.  What you can do is do one finger at time and let it dry before you do the next.  Practice and have fun! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jan 11th, 2008 at 1:19pm

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However speaking of that, my cat found another place to go today (which I really don't get because our litterbox is automated and sanitizes after they go


Hmm, maybe the cat is a bit scared of the automation?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 11th, 2008 at 4:40pm
Oooh, thanks for the tips Lisabelle, I'll try them next time. :D

Trisha: No, they're not afraid of the automation.  He'll go in there sometimes but sometimes he doesn't.  I often have to give him medicine for food allergies which cause loose stool, I think has more to do with it than anything. :-/    He used to go in the yard but now that it's gotten colder he doesn't like to go out too much.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 17th, 2008 at 7:55pm
This week I've made the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my entire life... I'd decided to give up my cat, we gave him to a shelter.  His elimination problems had become too much for my husband and I to deal with everyday, several times a day.  I'd spray my deterrent down only for him to go somewhere else.  I'd sprayed all of the baseboards and after a while, even that didn't seem to matter.  It had become too stressful and even with the constant cleaning, I felt it was simply too unsanitary to live in such conditions.

I'd been crying a lot for the 2 days after we gave him up but slowly, I'm feeling better, although I still miss his presence and seeing his face around here.  He really was a good cat, and was so very sweet but we couldn't solve that problem on our own or with all of the very expensive vistits to the vet. :'(

I've been keeping myself busy as usual, one of my new goals is to learn one new bellydance routine a week and it's helping me to keep my mind off things.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jan 17th, 2008 at 9:54pm
*hug* I'm sorry, hon. I know it sucks having to give up an animal you care about.  :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 17th, 2008 at 10:22pm
http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0028.gif I'm so sorry you had to give up your cat. Please don't cry sweetie, were here for you. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0052.gif

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 17th, 2008 at 11:11pm
Thanks Kiraela and Lisabelle.  

Your positive responses mean a lot considering I've been feeling that the choice I made was an absolutely selfish and evil one.  My husband doesn't agree with me (which actually isn't shocking because in his snobbery about the cat not being a pure breed, he didn't care much for him anyway), although aside from the sadness I feel about my cat no longer being here, I really don't know how to feel about myself for what I've done, but as it is I feel rotten.  

Yet...I'm relieved that I no longer have to worry about soiled carpets,furniture and bed linens (in his attemt to "cover" it up, he'd sometimes get his paws dirty and track ALL over the house).

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jan 18th, 2008 at 12:18am
What a hard decision to make!  I'm sorry you had to make it.  I hope you can forgive yourself and feel better.  (((hugs)))
I had a cat once that I had to give away and I felt like a failure.  Its awful to go through, in my case he was much happier on my sister's farm than in my house.

Is hubby a pure bred?  *ducks head* I just had to ask...

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jan 18th, 2008 at 3:22pm
Awww... *hugs*   :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 18th, 2008 at 3:35pm
Thanks Trisha :)

Sakina: Yeah, that's totally it, I feel like a failure that I couldn't make it work and unfortunately there was no one that I could give him to so, oh well.  I'm working on forgiving myself but now I'll just stick to trying not to think about it so much.

Oh, and no my husband isn't a pure breed, he's a mutt just like me. ;D  I've had the same thoughts in the past about his snottyness towards that cat. :P


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 18th, 2008 at 4:00pm
In other news...  how about this scary email I just got.

"Our records indicate that you have purchased one of the Inversion Therapy Tables listed in a
recall through the Amazon.com website and are therefore affected by this recall.

A weld in the center of the inversion table can fail when the table is in an inverted position, posing a fall hazard to consumers. :o

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Inversion Therapy Tables and contact Stamina Products to have the table picked up and to receive a free replacement inversion table or a refund." :o

I just called Stamina Products and fortunatley, my inversion table isn't included in the list of the recalled ones...whew! (wipes brow)  That email was really scary considering I use that thing pretty often.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Kiraela on Jan 19th, 2008 at 12:08am
that is scary. I'm glad yours wasn't on the recall list, though.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jan 19th, 2008 at 9:05am
Hello LD,

So very sorry to hear about your kitty.  My heart goes out to you.

What is an inversion table?

I hope you are keeping well.  Sorry I haven't been around much.  Take care of you,

JD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jan 19th, 2008 at 10:17am
I am sorry to hear that you had to give your cat to a shelter :(   People who are not animal lovers would never understand that we get very attached to our pets and giving them up is very stressful and hard to do.


I have given up two dogs and two cats in the past and even though I only cried in private I cried on the inside when I was around people as well.

I would love to have a dog but the one thing stopping me the most is that I know eventually it would get old and die and I am not sure I could handle that.
I know I am going to miss my wife's cats when they eventually go to kitty heaven.


I hope you feel better soon and you will be back to normal sooner or later.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 19th, 2008 at 4:51pm
Joeydog: Thank you, it's good to see you around here again. :)
You lie on an inversion table and recline in an upside down postition to stretch your spine, which helps with spine lubrication and to relieve stiffness and  back pain.  Some people even do exercises on them like sit ups.

Jerry: Thank you.  I wasn't sure that anyone could understand how difficult it was but like you said, I guess you have to be an animal lover to know.

It's funny that you mentioned not wanting a dog because you're afraid to lose it evenutally and now that's how I feel.  

I still have 2 cats with me but I don't think I could ever get another animal because I'm now too afraid of something like this happening again and I don't think I could go through it twice.  Hopefully, when my cats evenutally pass it won't be as hard on me, as that is a natural process and not of my doing... although I will miss them of course. :-/

Other:  Does anyone know if it's possible for birds to over eat?  I fill up my bird feeder which is pretty large about twice a week.  I realize that there are a good number of birds that eat from it but it's basically all the same ones coming back over and over.  On a typical day, I can always spot 9 red cardnals, 5 yellow cardnials and other various birds in my yard or perched in the trees near the feeder and they look a bit hefty for birds IMO.  I'm just wondering if I should only keep the feeder out for half a day or if it's normal for birds to eat so much.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 20th, 2008 at 3:12am
Hair:  I'm so loving my shampoo free washes!  I told my sister that I'd be mailing her all of my shampoos as I'll no longer be using them.  

Without shampooing, I just feel so low maintenance.  After I wash and condition, I just comb my hair into a high ponytail which I've been wearing a lot lately, and it looks great with basically no additional manipulation.  It's so full and swingy!

I've also given up perfume, well I still have one more bottle of Prada left but when it's gone, I won't be buying anymore.  Lately, I've just been using essential oils and they're great and so much cheaper than perfume.

Other: WooHoo!!!  I'm not sure exactly why, but my husband just told me that he'll be doubling my allowance!  I'm so happy! :D  Although, it reminds me of how estatic I'd get when my grandmother would increase my allowance.  Hmm...nothing like feeling like a child again, well a child with a much larger allowance.  ::) :P

Also, I've decided that exercise isn't enough and that I really need to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.  Since eliminating meat from my diet I've only gone carb crazy which definitley must stop.  I just hope that I find what works for me as I can no longer totally depend on my high metabolism to keep me fit, especially since I'm in the house all day long.  This past week while my husband was away, I'd been super active but I just have to work on a way to keep it that way even though he's since returned.

He says he's game as far as working out with me, so I just have to decide the best work out schedule for both he and myself.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jan 20th, 2008 at 11:27am
Bird eat alot! The birds clean out my neighbors feeders in about an hour!  Not to worry this is what they do. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 21st, 2008 at 1:08am
Thanks Lisabelle, I wasn't sure wether or not I was being kind by feeding them or just giving them ammunition to eat themselves to death.  So much for "eating like birds...".

Other: Today was a pretty good day.  My husband and I ventured out into the cold world and did a bit of grocery shopping.  We even found a korma sauce that's pretty identical to the sauce they made at an Indian restaraunt that I loved (and miss) so much in Kansas.  I also tried a spicy hot chocolate recipe that I'd never tried before and it was so delicious!  Now, I'm pretty sure I'm hooked on hot chocolate with red pepper (and other spices) in it.

It's amazing how expensive it is to buy natural body lotions and soaps, I've vowed to learn how to make my own this year.  I already bought molds for the pillar soy candles I'm going to make and I'll be getting a sewing machine next month for my birthday.  I think I'll save so much money and gain at least a minor sense of accomplishment learning to make more things myself.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jan 21st, 2008 at 3:41am
Good for you!  I can't tell you how much $ I think I've saved since I make my own whipped body butter,lotion bars and lip balm!!  I put in the ingredients I want(vegan) and have control over that,which I like.
Not only can you save money,but if you have a few customers,make money as well!!!
One of my gifts from C for Christmas was a serger.  I've been serging alittle and love,love,love it!!!  My sewing machine(which I was never fond of Singer anyway)just sits there..... unused.  You'll love getting a machine!   Sky's the limit on making things!!!!  More money saved! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:15am
Yes, making my own products and controling what goes in them will be wonderful!  I wish I hadn't spent so much money at the health store yesterday. :-[

I already have my eye on a soap making kit.  I figure I'll make it once with the kit basically to learn, and then I should be able to wing it and experiment more after that. I can't wait!:D

Other: So I officially feel like part of an old married couple.  I was in bed reading a book while my husband laid on his side of the bed reading a magazine.  I giggled and said the only thing that I was missing were reading glasses, and he said "yeah and a bonnet and long flannel night gown to complete the look." ;D  Also the other day he was trying to get romantic and the whole while I kept talking about my dissapointment with the solar lights in the yard... I'm totally hopeless. ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 11:00am
Here's a good "natural" site that includes recipes for homemade shampoos, conditioners, lotions and potions.   :)
www.care2.com

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 4:48pm
Thanks for the link Trisha! :D  I wasn't able to find the recipes yet but I'll keep looking.  That's a pretty cool site, it has lots of neat information. I added it to my bookmarks.

The other day I found Martha Stewarts soap recipe which looks good and pretty simple so I might just go with that one.

I saw some lotion recipes on other sites, but I don't think I'll use any of those.  I really love Kama Sutras edible lotions because they're moisturizing and smell so good.  I'd love to be able to find a recipe to make something similar to those.

Other: Last night, I made my very first pumpkin pie.  It came out okay but not great, although my husband really likes it.  I personally don't think it's firm enough.  I followed the instructions exactly as they were written, so I'm not sure how I could make it more firm the next time.  Does anyone have any ideas?

Also my computer is still acting crappy.  I'll finally be getting a new one next month, I really can't wait. :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 5:09pm
You could try using less evaporated milk.
And make sure to do the knife test in the center of the pies before you take them out of the oven. If anything comes out on the knife, it's not cooked all the way.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 5:18pm
How about that, I didn't do the knife test! ;D  I just figured it would firm up more after cooling which it did, but I don't think it did enough. Thanks Angel!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 5:27pm
Sure thing.  ;)

Oh, and cooling doesn't really make them firmer (side note: keep them out of the refrigerator). The only thing that can make them firmer is to use less evaporated milk and cook them all the way through.
   Leaving them in the oven won't make them firmer either - it will just burn them. Once they're cooked, they're cooked and that's it. You'll know that they're done if nothing comes out on your knife. HTH

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 6:13pm
Are you saying not to refrigerate them at all, or just not during the cooling process?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 6:42pm
Not at all. Store them at room temperature, covered.  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 9:18pm
Thanks, I'd better go and take it out of the fridge. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jan 23rd, 2008 at 11:56am
LD,

Thanx for the explanation about the inversion table.  

Back tracking a bit, I noticed you and Jerry worried about having new pets.  As you know, I am sitting out the last part of 4/5 of my animals lives.  The pain I will feel when they have to go will be remarkable...but I will get new pets down the road.  

My 'kids' have given me 15 years of joy and bliss.  Yes, I will hurt for weeks after they each leave me and yes I will always feel a little sad when I remember them.  On the other hand, the joy they have brought me and the fond memories I will have will be worth more to me than the pain of losing them.

Some people never chose to have animals again after they lose a beloved pet.  There is nothing wrong with that and I am not saying you should run out and get a new animal or that it is wrong to never have an animal again.  I guess I am just saying to let your heart heal (however long that takes...which by the way is just as long as for a beloved human life despite what some might think) and then weigh the years of joy vs. the hurt you feel right now.  Perhaps in time you will chose to have another pet...or perhaps you wont...but either way their is nothing wrong with which ever decision you make.  Now is certainly not the time to think about it when you are mourning.  Maybe in a couple of years you will change your mind but don't get it set in your mind right now that you can never have a pet again.

Heck Jerry and LD, we don't chose to not let people in our lives because we fear losing them.  LD, as you know I lost my fiance in and accident years ago.  I still let men in my life....OK, OK, after the last one I will wait a while before I get involved again because I have to sort me and what I feel out first.  It is the same idea.

Take care,

JD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jan 23rd, 2008 at 1:55pm
I should explain that as I get older (even though I am only 43) death is something which I try not to think about but as everyone knows, every living thing does die sooner or later.

And, every time someone I know or even if I hear about someone elses pet or animal dying I can't help but think about death ::)

We recently had a guy in our office who is just a temporary die of heart failure in his home the day after new year's (I think he was in his 60's or 70's)  :'(   I only knew him for a short while but I got to know him well enough that I thought he was a very nice guy and I always got along with him.  Some of the people have talked how they are saddened and shocked that he died so unexpectedly and suddenly.

My first actual death experience was when my dad's mom passed away when I was 15.  I was not real close to her but close enough that it stopped and made me think.
Since then I have had many people including my adopted mom die.  And each time it just reminds me of my own mortality.

So, when I say I will not get a dog because I know it will die sooner or later is because I would rather not have one and have to face that day even though I would love it to the end of its days.

And, this might sound selfish to some but I am hoping I will die before my wife does because I am not sure I would be able to handle her death.  I might have a different attitude when I am a lot older but if she died in an accident I would probably have a nervous breakdown.  I know I would not handle it very well.

Heck, when 9/11 happened I was pissed off and very depressed and I didn't even know any of those people.

So, I guess the older I get the harder it is for me to accept death.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 23rd, 2008 at 5:47pm
getting another pet

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jan 23rd, 2008 at 6:38pm
We seem to have a lot in common ;)

I used to handle death betther than I used to but it seems like the more I go through them the harder they are to accept.

When my blood father died and we were at his funeral, I did not cry until my blood uncle told the army officer to give me the American flag which was draped on his coffin.

When my adopted mother died I spent a whole night/morning crying but I went to work because I didn't want to be alone and being around my coworkers actually helped in my mourning.


When 9/11 happened I also watched too much of the news which was kind of hard not to do but I am guilty of being too drawn into it.

I finally got out of my depression by doing something fun with my wife and my sister.

BTW, I have seen a few psychiatrists but that is a whole different story (actually two stories).

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 23rd, 2008 at 7:18pm
I would never stop

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jan 24th, 2008 at 1:07pm
LD and Jerry,

Like I said, I am not telling you how to mourn, nobody should as it is an individual experience.  I just wonder if it is a waste of time and life to fear death rather than live life.  I don't mean that as in you should not mourn those who die but to fear those you love dying or fear loving because of death is another thing.  

LD, I also understand your fear about a new pet having the same problem.  

To both of you, all I can say is to do as your hearts' tell you as only you can decide what is right for you.

JD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jan 24th, 2008 at 6:32pm
Yes, you are right.  It is a waste of time to worry and think about death but you never know.  Like they said on the news, Heath Ledger would have had death at the bottom of his list of things to do in life but now he is gone.

But, people who have not had loved one's and even not loved one's die do not experience the saddness and sometimes suddenness of death.   But, everyone sooner or later has to face it with themselves or with someone they know dying.

I was hesitate to say anything but when my adopted mother died I found peace with reading parts of the holy bible.  That helped me and also being around family and friends.  

I try not to think of death but at times it is very hard not to do.  Especially when someone close to me dies.  And so far that has been people I thought would not die as young as they did such as a niece, a nephew, a few friends and people I knew and talked to now and then.  And recently the guy who worked temporarily in our office.


And, when I was very young (around 6 years old) our family had a white cat and I was the one who found it in the ditch frozen to death.

And not long after that my mom, sister and I were visting my oldest sister in Castro Valley, California.  We were in a car waiting for the light to change when all of a sudden we heard sirens.  There was a white dog crossing the road and it panicked and got ran over by a fire truck.

So, that is probably why I feel the way I do about death and pets.

But, as I get older death means something different and like I said before when I get even older it will probably mean something even different again.

BTW, I am curious.  How many deaths have you gone through in your life so far?

Jerry  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 24th, 2008 at 9:36pm
Joeydog, I know you weren't advising us on how to mourn, I was just recalling my own experience. (((hugs)))




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by joeydog 1992 on Jan 29th, 2008 at 8:12pm
((((hugs))))) back at ya LD

JD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jan 30th, 2008 at 10:32pm
Lately, I've been doing lots of nothing but decided to pop in and journal today anyway.  

Hair: Currently, I'm conflicted as to wether or not the baking soda washes are still working for me.  I've been experiencing product build up that seems to go away after my washes, only to return a day or two later making my hair ready for another wash.  Tomorrow, I'm going to wash with shampoo for the first time this year and see what happens.

Other:  Still buying things for the house.  I'm working on getting new lighting fixtures for 3 rooms.  I talked to my neice last night and she gave her opinion that I'm always been "buying new things for the house" for as long as she's known me. Apparently, I never think "it's finished" even when it clearly looks that way to everyone else. :P  That reminded me of a comment that her younger sister made to me a while back about how I always expect every tiny little thing to be perfect all of the time.  It always feels odd when they express their opinions of me, as if they feel that I'm doing something wrong, I'm not sure why though. :-?

Last week, and only for a split second, I thought about adopting a little girl that I saw on an adoption agency website.  I was only looking at the site out of curiosity.  I couldn't believe that a website where you look at pics of children, deciding on which one you want, basically picking them out the same way you would pick out a new dress, even existed.  Anyway, I saw a cute little 6 year old girl, who was described as a girly girl listed and I thought about adopting her.  

Although, I realize that I'm the last person that should have children, regardless of how they're aquired.  My sleeping pattern is so unstable that it would be impossible to keep a normal schedule for a child.  

Just for the sake of conversation, I brought up the idea to my husband over dinner that night, and he was amazingly okay with it if I decided that I wanted to adopt.  Then, I asked him what he would even do with a little girl, because he comes from a family of mainly guys, and he also has a son, so he isn't used to girls.  His very quick, unhesitant response to my question of "I wouldn't do anything with her, you would" made it clear as to why was so okay with it, I couldn't help but laugh.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 1st, 2008 at 12:36pm
Realized that washing with shampoo wasn't necessary after all.  My hair was feeling weird because it was dry.  I've been spritzing it more often with a 50/50 mixture of Giovanni Vitapro fusion spray and water, now it's great.

I'd been bellydancing for hours this morning and for a few hours yesterday getting a good work out, but I couldn't take my eyes off of my hair.  I especially loved seeing my hair when I was doing head rolls.  Finally I stopped to play in it,  trying out different styles.  It was fun because I hadn't really been handling it too much lately, right now it's in two Princess Leia (sp?) buns.

I'm contemplating using lemon juice on my hair to give it some highlights this summer but I have to research it to see if that'll be okay for my hair.  I did it once before when I was in high school and I liked the color that I achieved.   However, back then, I didn't know healthy hair from a hole in the ground, so I'll see. :P

I got my new book in the mail a week ago and I just haven't felt like reading it.  After a week, I'm only on chapter 2.  I guess I have to be in the mood to make any progress with it.  Maybe I should try another book that will compel me to read it, who knows.

I rented the Notebook and watched it for the first time and I really liked it but didn't understand the end.  Apparently, I wasn't the only one because I saw other people online just as puzzled as I was.

Fingers crossed, this should be a pretty busy weekend.  Hopefully, I can finally get my husband to help me wallpaper the bedroom and put up candle sconces.  Although, he's currently on the way home driving here from a business trip, so he may be too tired but I really hope not.  I'm so up for a project.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 1st, 2008 at 2:47pm
Sometimes it's easy to take for granted how nice life is.  I was reminded as I was taking a nice warm bath in the middle of the day...


and at the same time, enjoying this lovely view of the sky...


and this nice warm fire.


Such a nice day!  Well, now I'm going to try to watch a few chick flicks that I rented, before my husband comes home. :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 1st, 2008 at 4:35pm
Aww, kiiiiittyyyyy    ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 3rd, 2008 at 5:55pm
;D Yeah, she always manages to get herself into my shots!

Other: Yay! My husband was marvelous as always and worked on some home projects with me this weekend, it was great!  We finished wallpapering the wall in our bedroom (the first time for us both) and it was a bit tricky but I'd say we mastered it towards the end.  Here's the final result, and notice that my cat has managed to be in the pic again. ;D  I also did some painting today and hung the pics up on my walls.  One is shown in the picture.



We got some vases and some other cool stuff from the World Market today, so when I make my candles I'll have a nice table centerpiece.  I so love home projects!  They're also great for occupying my time as I wait on my hair to grow! :D

More pics of my hams...




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 3rd, 2008 at 10:12pm
Awwwwwww!!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Feb 4th, 2008 at 10:46am
Pretty Kitties! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 4th, 2008 at 11:29am
My kitties thank you ladies! ;D

Other: I made the decision today to wall paper a wall in my dining room as well.  I'm going to use the same kind of paper, but I have to get another roll.  We're going to put it on the same wall that we'll be hanging the fish tank on and I think it'll look neat.  My husband thinks it may be too much but hopefully, he's wrong.

I also have a mental design for my backyard.  My plan is to put in a fish pond out there.  I've been doing lots of research on installing them online.  Hopefully, there are no pipes or anything where I want to dig, I guess I'll have to call the gas company to be safe.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Feb 4th, 2008 at 3:05pm
I put a pond in my front yard when I lived in Michigan.  I sooo loved my pond.  We had water lillies and zebra grass, and miniture cattails.  I got some gold fish from Wal-Mart and then as a gift to hubby, 2 koi.  The koi had babies and we had to find people to give our extra fish to!  Every year you'll have to divide your water lillies or they become root bound.  You'll want to keep them in pots to keep them from taking over and killing any of your other plants.  Lotus flowers are notorious for stangling other plants.  Water lettuce is cool, stay away from water hiacynth!  They'll really take over, and then your fish won't be able to breathe!!
We took the pond water (you have to put fresh water in weekly, I think) and put it on our flowers in the yard and it really helped them grow.  I had miniture roses and they loved the fish poop!!

Good luck with your pond!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 5th, 2008 at 12:25pm
Thanks for the tips Sakina! :D
Yeah, I was dissapointed about the hiacynth because I think they're pretty when they bloom, but they are refered to a weeds. :-/  Oh well.
I'm only going to do goldfish no koi, from what I understand koi can get quite large.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Feb 5th, 2008 at 12:49pm
Heheh!  I got a baby koi once for Valentine's Day.  It was sooo cute!  It was white with a black and red cap on its head.  I put her in with my goldfish in my 35 gallon tank.  I called her Momo and she got so big I could put my finger in her mouth! I would feed her by just dropping her food into her mouth! She would splash me when she wanted attention!  She would wake us up in the morning by making sucking sounds on the water line of the tank.  In about a year she was about a foot long so I sold her to a pet store that already had koi.  It took both hubby and I to get her out of the tank and once in the net she struggled like mad!  Whew that was work, she must have been 5 pounds easy!  Ah memories!!! ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 5th, 2008 at 1:18pm
5lbs! :o  That's only a few lbs. less than my cat! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 5th, 2008 at 4:57pm
Oh, I looove koi! So adorable and they act more like cats than fish. hehe

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 5th, 2008 at 5:16pm

wrote on Feb 5th, 2008 at 4:57pm:
they act more like cats than fish. hehe


I wish you hadn't said that because now I want one! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 5th, 2008 at 6:19pm
;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Feb 5th, 2008 at 8:22pm
They do get big, and so do goldfish!  They'll grow to the size of the environment.  Our koi died at about 8" long.  With the pond in the front yard (for feng shui purposes) the neighborhood kids would come over and stick their arms in the pond, terrorize the fish, add frogs, even a turtle!  Our subdivision butted up against a golf course, which had water hazards and the kids would bring the frogs and turtle from there to our house.  It got reeeallly noisy during frog mating season!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 7th, 2008 at 12:11pm
Hmm, I didn't know that gold fish grew to the size of their environment.  

I was also wondering about your pond in the front yard when you first mentioned it.  With all of the kids around here, I couldn't imagine doing that.  Fortunately, our back yard is fenced in so we won't have any problems with people messing with it.  

My plan is to get a swing set and only put up two swings instead of 3.  I want to put the pond in the middle, where the middle swing would be.  So it will be a small pond, only about 3 feet.  

Last year, we had weeds pretty bad so I want to make sure that we have them under control before I do the pond.  Right now our grass is only just beginning to sprout. I'm thinking we'll be able to get it started towards the end of next month.

Other: Went to Jo Ann Fabric store yesterday.  My husband was on a conference call so he stayed in the car until he finished.  I asked him for 20.00 and he gave me 80.00 and I instantly got anxious, although I didn't give the money back. ;)  When I went in, I noticed sale signs everywhere and thought "he has no idea what he's just done".  But I was good.  I only bought some tea lights, a bag of 100 for 6.99, a Buddha for 9.99 and soap making supplies totalling about 12.00.  When he came into the store, I was already at the check out counter and I gave him the rest of the money immediately.  It took lots of strength not to blow all of the money buying everything that caught my fancy, wether I needed it or not.  I love craft stores! :D

Buddha - He's 12" Tall.


I wore one of my favorite dresses on my little shopping trip as well as a curly up do with a lace headband.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Feb 7th, 2008 at 3:28pm
Neat buddha! Your looking good kido!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 7th, 2008 at 6:29pm
Thanks Lisabelle! :D

Other: Well, I wanted another project and boy did I get one today!  My dining room chandelier arrived a day earlier than the estimated Fed Ex delivery date which was fine, but it sure is a task to put together.  The chandelier came in as many pieces as it possibly could, and the instructions aren't much more than an incomplete diagram.  Luckily, I have a knack for figuring things out and putting them together, I've been doing it since my Barbie day's.  Out of sheer impatience, I learned to put things like Barbie dream houses, Barbie salons and such together as a child without any assistance. However, even with my aquired love for projects that require assembly, this project proved somewhat tricky.  My husband is doing the wiring as I type, and without instructions, his patience has almost diminished.  I'm sure he'll get it together alright though, and hopefully, in time for dinner.  I'm making stuffed manicotti. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 10th, 2008 at 2:52pm
I washed my hair in the bathtub this morining, it was wonderful!  I loved lying back and having my hair float under me! :D  This time, instead of one, I added 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the pitcher of warm water that I use to wash with.  My hair definitely feels cleaner so I'm going to stick to this modified recipie.  I was also adding undiluted essential oils to my hair, but have come to realize that I need to dilute for better results and to eliminate the breakouts that it caused on my back.  I'm really lucky that it didn't cause me to breakout on my face.

Other:  I've really been enjoying my weekend!  Yesterday, I went to the craft store to get fabric dye to use on the lampshades that came with my new chandelier.  They were a tan or off white color and I dyed them burgundy so they would match my dining chairs which are a combination of burgundy, sage green, and gold. Most of my furniture contains one or all of those colors, I really love those colors together.  Anyway, the dye instructions state that rinsing can only be done after 72 hours which will be tomorrow, I hope they come out okay. My husband doesn't think I should rinse them at all because he likes them as is.  Currently, they are streaky and  rinsing will make the color more uniform (and most likely a bit lighter) but he thinks the streaks are cool.  Oh well, I'm going to rinse them anyway and hope for the best.

I also made my first batches of soap yesterday and they came out great! :D  I used melt and pour glycerin with cucumber and avacado.  Then, I added chamomile and a few drops of lavander oil... ahh it smells so good!  I also bought some honey almond oil, but after smelling it at home (it was sealed, so I couldn't smell it before buying), I realized I didn't like the scent. :P  Anyway, now I have to find something nice to display my soaps in, I'm so proud of them! ;D

I spent yesterday evening drawing fun designs on my body with latex paint while watching 2 of my favorite movies, Flashdance and Purple Rain.  One of the reasons that I love Flashdance so much is because it was filmed in the area of Pittsburgh where I was raised.  So, it's pretty cool to see it showcased in the movie.  When I first saw the movie as a kid, I loved how Alex lived in a former wharehouse, and one day wanted to live in one myself.  Well, I never moved in a wharehouse, but as a young adult I lived in that same industrial area that she lived in, just a few blocks up the street.  I loved that place!

Well, today is yoga, the elliptical machine and bellydancing.  Yesterday, I gave myself a break from all but yoga and healthy eating, so today I'm getting back to it. ;)  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 12th, 2008 at 12:13am
I had a really nice birthday.  It began with a surprise breakfast in bed, not a well rounded one, but nice all the same.  Behold breakfast... The inside was yellow cake with boston cream.


Then, after going back to bed and waking up around noon, my husband gave me another present.  A bottle of Babydoll, my favorite perfume.  He also put some extra money in my bank account so I could shop.  I bought some clothes, a chandelier for my bedroom and a juicer.  

Later, I got dressed for dinner.  We went to a very beautiful seafood restaurant.  It was so nice, every one who waited on us wished me a happy birthday.  My husband said that he only casually mentioned it  while making reservations, but I guess they keep notes of such things.  It was a very nice touch.  We had lobster bisque, crab cakes, lobster stuffed with crab, a cheese plate and wine.  Then, we had more birthday cake and more wine at home... ugh, I'm still stuffed.  

I used to hate having my birthday in the winter but today was a very nice sunny day, I didn't even need a wrap.  


Oh well, it's the end of a very nice day.  I only wish every day could be so nice! :D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Feb 12th, 2008 at 1:19am
I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 12th, 2008 at 1:44am
OOOOHHHHHHHHH,what a nice birthday!!  I'm glad you had a wonderful day!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Feb 12th, 2008 at 8:59am
Happy Birthday Sweetie!  33! Naw more like 23! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 12th, 2008 at 3:19pm
Thank you Sakina, Curlgirl and Lisabelle! :D


Quote:
Happy Birthday Sweetie!  33! Naw more like 23!
;D  
Aww, you're so sweet Lisabelle! :-*  23 was one of my favorite years, but I wouldn't trade it for my life at 33 for anything. :)

Other: My husbands Valentines or Birthday gift (not sure which one, I just bought two gifts :P) arrived in the mail today and he saw it so I just gave it to him early.  He'd wanted some Buddhist prayer beads because he thinks they look cool.  I guess the same way people wore rosaries in the 80's.  Anyway, they were nice.  I ordered them on eBay and wasn't sure if they would look as pictured, but they did and he's happy with them so I'm glad.  I also got him a victorinox rescue Swiss Army knife.  I ordered it (unsolicited from him)because of all of the features.  I hope he likes it as well.

I think we may be spending Valentines at home.  I don't know what I will cook, but I really want to do a pretty Valentines table set up.  Oh well, we'll see.

Also, my oldest sister sent me an email last night.  I hadn't talked to her in quite a while so it was nice to hear from her.  She told me that she and my other sister will be coming to visit me in June.  I'm so excited, also because I'll get to see my nieces as well.  And my grandniece... ooh, did I type that!?!  Ugh, I honestly just felt my stomach turn.  She's my nieces 6 month old daughter, but I think in the future, I'll just refer to her as my niece.

Anyway, I can't wait to start planning for their arrival.  One of the things I know for sure is that I want to get a karaoke machine.  We love doing karaoke together. :D
Also, I don't know if they're going to want to stay with me or in a hotel.  My other sister mentioned a hotel at one point and I hope that's what they decide.  I like it when they visit but I'm just not used to lots of noise all of the time so, with my 2 sisters (maybe 3) and 4 neices, I think a hotel would be best.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 13th, 2008 at 4:53pm
I told my husband that I wanted to cook dinner at home tomorrow, but he wants to get dressed up and go out so that's what we're doing.

I'd planned to make vegetable korma and chocolate fondue for dessert, so that's what we're having tonight instead.  Well, except for the fondue... my husband currently doesn't have a sweet tooth and honestly, neither do I.  We're still hacking away at birthday cake and chocolates. :P

We just got back from the grocery store and I saw a woman with wavy, light brown, tail bone length hair.  It was gorgeous!  She was walking in front of us and I noticed myself following along almost in a trance, I was so captivated by her hair.  I can't wait until my own hair can get super long like that.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 15th, 2008 at 1:34pm
Yesterday was great!  I love getting dressed up and going out.  Although, we ate so early that by 9:00 I was hungry again, so we ended up getting takeout from the Olive Garden.  I love their salads and calamari.

I gave my husband yet another early present and he really liked it, I was so relieved.  I never realized how much he likes getting gifts, because usually he tells me not to buy him anything.  I told him that I'll continue getting him things in the future.  I love seeing the smile on his face while he's opening gifts. :D

Oh, yesterday my cat gave me a shock by bringing a gecko into the house.  I was on the phone and began screaming in my sisters ear, I was so frightened.  I'm not afraid of gecko's, I just didn't want her to kill it or lose it in the house.  So I tried to grab her and put her back outside while the gecko was still in her mouth, but she ran past me and into my bedroom with it... where she preceeded to play with it.  All the while, I'm screaming for my husband to come and do something.  He was amused and felt we should let her keep it.  Evenutally, my cat got freaked out by the commotion and went into the other room leaving the gecko to run around my bedroom.  My husband finally caught it and put it back outside.  Gecko's outside are cute, seeing them running on the floor by your bed is not. >:(

After seeing tulips in the grocery store, I told my husband that I didn't want the usual roses for Valentines but pretty spring like tulips.  So I got tulips, and even picked them out myself.  I love them!  I put them in my bathroom on the tub, I like looking at them when taking my bath.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by roomtogrow on Feb 15th, 2008 at 7:46pm
very pretty tulips! they are one of my favorite flowers!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 16th, 2008 at 7:12pm
Thanks Roomtogrow! :D  They're potted but I'm not sure that I will be able to keep them around much longer, they don't look as good as they did when I bought them.  I moved them to another location close to a window.  I hope that helps. :-/

Hair:  I'm getting a bit of breakage.  I haven't really been doing anthing about it though.  I guess I'm just hoping it will go away on its own.  I know that, that isn't going to happen so next time I wash I'll use protein.  I thought about doing it during my wash today but I didn't. :P  I hope that I stop it before it begins to show on my ends, but for some reason I've been feeling a bit indifferent about it taking care of it.

Other: I'm no longer going to grow basil in my Aerogardens.  No matter how I arrange the pods, they always tower over my other herbs depriving them of light.  I'm going to plant them in a pot and see how they grow that way.








Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Feb 18th, 2008 at 4:18pm
Happy late birthday, sweetie!   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 18th, 2008 at 4:21pm
Thanks Trisha! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 19th, 2008 at 2:31pm
Ugh... my hair seems to have slowed down in growth.  I haven't measured in awhile but it doesn't appear to be growing much.  It's pretty weird thought because it was growing like crazy in the fall.  
I've been wearing my hair in a braid and in buns for the past few days just to give it a rest from all of the styling that I've been doing to it last week.  

I've been paying close attention to hair when I'm out, when I'm looking at magazines, catalogs and watching tv.  In doing this I've noticed that BSL is about the average length of most women so I really can't wait to get out of that vicinity.  Hopefully, my growth rate will pick up as spring gets nearer.

Other: I got some stain for my wicker loveseat that's outside.  I think I may apply it today.  I was going to do it last week but it was raining so frequently, I didn't want to take the chance.  Anyway, my bedroom is finally finished and I need something to do so, I guess that's my next project.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 19th, 2008 at 4:51pm

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I've noticed that BSL is about the average length of most women

:-?  Not on any women I've seen.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 20th, 2008 at 6:11pm
Angel, are you talking about women where you live or are you including women in the the media as well?  Whats the average length you see?

Other: I started my love seat today but didn't finish it.  Apparently, it's going to need 2 coats in order for me to obtain the rich color that I want.  Although, it does look better than it did with just one coat.  I can't remember for the life of me if the wicker was very light when I bought it or if it faded in the sun.

Today, my birthday gifts arrived which is great! :D  A pair of pants that I ordered didn't fit, but other than that, everything appears to be okay.  I'm going to try out the juice extractor later.

The rest of my candle making supplies also arrived in the mail today.  I figured making candles would be just as easy as making soap, but I've learned that there is so much more involved in making candles.  The wax takes longer to melt than glycerin.  The glycerin took maybe 2 minutes to melt and the wax took 20.  Also when candle making, there is a specific order in which you must add the ingredients, and the temperature of the wax has to be just right before you can pour it into the molds.  I also didn't order any wick tabs. :P  I'd convinced myself that I didn't need them however, in the end I realized that I should've bought them.  Hopefully, my candles will turn out fine, but I'm just chalking this up to learning experience. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by roomtogrow on Feb 20th, 2008 at 6:41pm
around here, average length on women seems to be at or above shoulders...not many with very long hair.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Feb 20th, 2008 at 7:05pm
Ditto that. Both in real life and media.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 20th, 2008 at 9:01pm
Hmm... we must be looking at different catalogs and stuff on tv. ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by waiting4longlocks on Feb 22nd, 2008 at 12:52pm
where I live I think BSL is also average, but the majority of people I see are in their 20's.
I have a group of 6 very close girlfriends, and while my hair is almost BSL (the longest layer at least) ... it is definitely the shortest of the group. Guess it just depends on location, etc.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 25th, 2008 at 3:08am
Not much is going on with me.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Feb 25th, 2008 at 10:18am
Wow, you had quite a night!  I'm glad the copy let you off with only a warning.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Feb 25th, 2008 at 11:59am
Glad the cop was nice about the stop - but, hey!  If you got the legs - then you should show them off!  Next time be sure to enter the contest!!!! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by waiting4longlocks on Feb 25th, 2008 at 3:23pm
Now that you mention the southern thing... I just realized my friends from up north all seem to have bobs and shoulder length hair.

Anyways~ It sounds like you had a fun night... and I agree, next time enter the contest!!!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 25th, 2008 at 5:51pm
Yeah, I'm glad he let us go with just a warning too.  My husband used to get tickets all of the time, so I know how expensive they are.

I've always been afraid to enter those types of contests.  It's the crowd that decides the winner, based on the amount of applause, whoops, and hollers you elicit.  My biggest fear has always been that I'd get booed and have tomatos thrown at me or something.  Thats why I found it funny that there were women who didn't even enter because of me.  I guess we all have that insecurity.  Maybe one day I'll try it just to get over my fear, because to this day, I've never seen a woman get booed or pelted with tomatoes. ;D  And I won't be young forever.  Well, semi young.  On my birthday, my 15 and 18 year old nieces called me and began to sing a song that they'd made up, about how old and decrepit I am...geeze. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 26th, 2008 at 5:37pm
This morning we awoke to loud winds and pounding rain, louder than I have ever heard.  I so love the sound of rain, but I must admit that I couldn't enjoy it too much out of fear that this storm might result in more than rain.  Our power did go out for awhile but fortunately, it wasn't for much longer than an hour.  

We thought that we left tornados behind in Kansas, only to realize that Georgia sometimes gets tornados and other weather thats just as fierce.

Well, thankfully there were no tornados but there were downbursts.  There were no blown over trees around here, but the news is showing they were rampant in other areas.  However, looking outside, we did see lots of knocked over trash cans, basket ball hoops and such.  Also, our gazebo really took a hit.  It somehow was lifted into the air and half of it was over our fence.  Our fence is about 5' high so that's quite impressive.  We managed to get it back into our yard but it was a mangled mess.  It's kinda funny because yesterday I'd just finished painting the love seat out there and had ordered a wicker table to put out there as well, and now the gazebo is obliterated. :P  I am a bit dissapointed because we'll have to spend money on a new one, but I'm very grateful that our house didn't suffer any damage and that we're safe.  Unfortunately, not everyone can say that as there were a few deaths and substantial home damage as a result of the storm.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Feb 26th, 2008 at 9:44pm
We have had a pretty windy winter and when it is cold it makes it almost unbearable to be outside with the windchill factors.

We have downbursts now and then but luckily not too often.

We have not had tornados and I don't know if I could handle those.  They look like they would be very scary to be in or even near.
I have never seen one and hopefully I never will.

Jerry



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 27th, 2008 at 1:24am
When I lived in Kansas, we would have tornado watches quite frequently which was terrifying, especially when the sky goes dark and the hail begins to fall. The thought of them scare me so much that I used to have nightmares about them.  I hope I never see or experience one.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Feb 27th, 2008 at 7:54am
Here in Minnesota, we don't get as many tornados as Kansas, but we have them often enough!  That eerie dark green sky always scares me.  I've not been in one directly, but I've had them verry close and that is enough.  The damage from them is unreal.  I've seen tree branches forced thru the trunk of a large tree like a spear thru a fish.  THAT is power!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Feb 29th, 2008 at 11:10pm
Bikerbraid: Whoa!!! That is power! :o


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Mar 1st, 2008 at 9:43am

bikerbraid wrote on Feb 27th, 2008 at 7:54am:
Here in Minnesota, we don't get as many tornados as Kansas, but we have them often enough!  That eerie dark green sky always scares me.  I've not been in one directly, but I've had them verry close and that is enough.  The damage from them is unreal.  I've seen tree branches forced thru the trunk of a large tree like a spear thru a fish.  THAT is power!



Oh I'm getting the chills!  I've been in a water tornado aka waterspout when I was a kid.  The only thing that saved Dad and I was our life jackets.  It came up so fast and ate our boat.  I remeber feeling water and wood hit me then the next thing I was in the arms of a coast gaurd man in a helicopter. I was so scared I could not move but when they brought Dad up I went to him and attached myself to his arm.  We just had some bumps and scraps but that was very scary. :o

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Mar 1st, 2008 at 9:45am

wrote on Feb 29th, 2008 at 11:10pm:
Bikerbraid: Whoa!!! That is power! :o

Other: I've been sick with a cold for the past two days, lying in bed trying not to cough to death.  So, since we don't have a tv in our bedroom (I'm against them), my husband brought in the projector so that I could watch tv in bed.  We also put on our cat's favorite movie so that they could join in on the fun.



Here are both of them.  They were jumping up on the wall trying to get at the rodents. ;D


Also, these are the soy candles that I made last week.  I was inspired by these candles that I already own.



Neat pics! I love those candles.  I want to get the soy candles that can be used as lotion.  Feel better soon!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 2nd, 2008 at 7:22pm
Thanks Lisabelle! What a scary story, although being rescued by a helicopter sounds pretty exciting! :o  

Other: I'm not at 100% yet, but I'm feeling much better.  Last night I even did a bit of ballet.  Today, I wanted to get a good workout in but after getting winded from a few yoga sequences, I decided to wait until I'm completley over my cold.  

I've been drinking LOTS of juice lately, as I've become completely addicted to juicing.  My refrigerator is absolutely full of fruits and vegetables.  I'm not doing a juice diet, but juicing to supplement my diet with more fruits and vegetables.  Drinking them is way more easy and more fun than eating them. :D  I love experimenting with different fruit and vegetable combinations.  I haven't even been following a recipe book.  I was going to buy one but it hasn't proved necessary, as I  think it would be pretty tough to mess up a fruit drink.  I'm also making sure to get in fiber supplements as well.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 8th, 2008 at 2:08am
Ugh... I've been dragging lately

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Mar 8th, 2008 at 10:52am
My sympathies to you about the mother and daughter fiasco!!  I am attached on one side and there are tenants that blast music when the landlady is gone.  My birds sit on their perch aggravated while this disgusting noise vibrates through the wall!!! >:( >:(  My sister even went next door to ring their bell to tell them to lower it.  They can't even hear the door bell or the phone!!! >:( ::)  
Maybe the police is the next best solution,as was in the case of the mother and daughter problem you've experienced.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 9th, 2008 at 6:55am
I don't know about where you live but we have a loud noise ordinance which goes into effect after 10pm.


What bothers me about people that play their music so loud is the lack of respect for others >:(   Especially when it is late at night or early in the morning and they don't stop to think or care that most people sleep during those times :o

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 9th, 2008 at 11:26am
Curlgirl: Yeah, calling the police may be your best bet.  It's such a shame that it must come to that sometimes.

Jerry: Most apartments do have a noise ordinance but that doesn't always mean that people will comply.  Some people are so rude, stupid or both, that it doesn't matter to them.

Hair: I used the rest of my henna paste on another section of my hair and I really do like the color.  I can't wait to do more applications to see what the peak color will look like.  I don't want it to be really bright and drastic, but definitley not as subtle as it currently is.  Somewhere in the middle would be nice.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 9th, 2008 at 12:08pm
I have not done the research but I believe our noise ordinance is for apartments, houses and wherever avoidable noise is within the city limits.


One day, I was out riding my bicycle and a guy was out working on his car with the car stereo about as loud as it could be :o  Someone must have called the police because an officer in his car came along and made the guy turn it down and this was in the middle of the day 8-)


While on the subject of loud music and loud noises, I forget where the thread is where I advised you to try ear plugs 8-)
Well, I am going to take my own advice because my wife has a head cold and has been doing more than just sawing logs :P  I went out and bought some ear plugs and I am going to try them tonight and see if I can get more than a few winks and/or z's ::)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 9th, 2008 at 12:23pm
Out of curiosity, I should look into the noise ordinance laws myself.
The argument that I spoke of took place in the early evening, it wasn't even dark yet.  I was under the impression that the police were able to intervene because the nature of the noise was an argument that could've possibly gotten violent but I'm not sure.

I hope the earplugs work for you.  I bought mine back when you suggested that I try them but I haven't needed them once since I purchased them.  It's funny how that works.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:46am

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It seems that no matter where we move to or how nice the neighborhood, there are always going to be people around us who act this way.  Perhaps I'm cursed?


No, honey, you're not cursed.  Unfortunately, this is the way of the world now.  *hugs*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 12th, 2008 at 1:58pm

Trisha wrote on Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:46am:
No, honey, you're not cursed.  Unfortunately, this is the way of the world now.  *hugs*

Well then, thats's a shame. :(


Hair: Did my relaxer on Monday.  When I was finished, I took a measurement and realized that the reason my hair was looking as though it hadn't grown was because... it hadn't. :-?

My last measurement was mid January, and my hair hasn't grown an inch.  It's pretty peculiar, especially since I haven't trimmed since then and now.  I don't recall my hair ever doing this before and I know that I'm not at terminal length.  The good thing is that my hair is healthy and is still even.  I only hope this resting phase, or whatever it is doesn't last much longer.

Other: Today is such a beautiful day! :D  My husband, the cats and I played out back for a while, enjoying the sunshine, it was nice! :D

Oh, I also relaxed my husbands hair. ;D  I'm not sure what his hair type is. It's whatever type of hair you get when you're a mix of black, spanish and philipino, I'm guessing 3a or b.  Anyway, the relaxer made his hair straight and spikey, I think it's cute.  He didn't like it at first, but after shaving his 5 o'clock shadow that he normally wears, he liked it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 12th, 2008 at 2:03pm
(Just noticed Trisha's ticker) Only 8 days! Yay!!! [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 13th, 2008 at 10:44am
Woo hoo for Spring!   ;D  Maybe your hair has taken a rest due to the stress of moving.  You know, having to find a house, pack up everything, get down to Atlanta, UNpack everything, painting, decorating, go, go, GO!!   :o  Now that you're settled, I bet your hair will start growing again soon.  *hugs*

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 13th, 2008 at 4:09pm
Thanks Trisha, but I'm sure it isn't stress.  My hair was growing like a weed in the fall (and I was continually having to trim off that darned point that my hair would grow into) but during the winter it stopped.  I'm thinking (hoping ::)) that it'll begin to grow again as it gets warmer out.

Other: Since the weather is nicer, I'm able to wear shorts and short skirts for my walks, but I'm a bit disapointed with my legs.  I have 2 scars left from where my cat scratched me a few months ago.  I put on self tanner this morning in an attempt to camouflage them.  I got a nice color but the camouflaing didn't work so well. I have that Sally Hanson spray stuff, but it's such a pain.  Hopefully, they'll fade soon. :P  










Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 17th, 2008 at 10:22am
Hair: Well, my henna never arrived.  They made the mistake of sending me indigo instead.  I get to keep the indigo (although I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it) and they're going to send the henna out right away.

I realize from a color chart that doing henna in my hair will make it a dark auburn at it's peak.  That's fine with me though.  I want to try something different and if I don't like it, it will eventually fade.

Other: Yesterday was a wonderful day! :D  We got dressed up and went to the Four Seasons for brunch.  Even though we weren't very impressed with the food, it was a nice experience, the restaruant was beautiful.  Afterwards, we went to the mall and I got some cool looking running shoes to make my walks a bit more comfortable.  Then, we went to Home Depot to finally get a drill powerful enough to drill the holes for my privacy hedges.  We got all 50 holes done in less than an hour.  Now, I'll be able to put the hedges in the ground as soon as they arrive this week.  I so can't wait to have more green in my yard.  

When all of our work was done, we relaxed by watching a few movies and then went late night shopping at Target.  We got groceries and my husband surprised me by buying new speakers for my computer, they're amazing!  I couldn't help but dance and spin in my chair as I was listening to the music from them.  I had the music turned up a bit and my husband kept saying "turn that down, your're gonna kill the cats" LOL ;D.  It actually wasn't that loud, ::) but it was fun.  I think my cats enjoyed it too, because everytime he would shoo them out of the room, they'd always immediately return. :D

I wonder what today will bring.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 17th, 2008 at 12:24pm

Quote:
"turn that down, your're gonna kill the cats" LOL


LMAO   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 18th, 2008 at 11:47am
Ugh, I was watching the news and apparently, more storms will be coming through tomorrow.  We've had such bad weather lately.  I thought it ended with the tornado that came through on Saturday.  I still can't believe how totally unaware I was of Georgia's weather prior to moving here.  I'd never known of, or heard anything about the violent weather that occurs here. >:(

Yesterday, I finally found a meditation altar for my room.  I saw one online for about 300.00, but we went to the World Market and I got something very nice for only 70.00.  Only thing is that the legs are too long so I have to have them shortened.  

We went back to the mall, Home Depot, and everyplace else, so I did lots of walking and my shoes held up great.  It was like walking on pillows.  I should've gotten new shoes a long time ago.  Well...I should've gotten the appropriate shoes a long time ago. ::)  I had been wearing Sketcher maryjanes because they're cute, but they are not made for walking long distances.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 18th, 2008 at 6:11pm
When I heard of the horrible tornado in Atlanta I thought of you and I was hoping you were ok which you are 8-)


Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 19th, 2008 at 12:33pm
I had the best sushi experience of my life!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Mar 19th, 2008 at 4:05pm
Awwww, kiiiiiittiiiieeesss!!!  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 19th, 2008 at 10:13pm
They always manage to incorporate themselves into my pictures! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Mar 20th, 2008 at 8:54am
Wow!  That was really tall.  It looks great.  I like those pillows!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 20th, 2008 at 1:27pm
Thanks Sakina!  Yeah, it was tall.  I wasn't even going to buy it at first because it was so big, but I'm glad I did.

Other: I just finished up a morning of gardening and I actually enjoyed it!  When I was a kid, I helped my grandfather do some weeding in the back yard.  Well, when a big beetle crawled out of the weeds and scared the crap out of me, I vowed to never ever do yard work again.  If I could've looked into the future back then to see myself today, I would've been quite shocked! ;D

I pulled lots of weeds, coming across caterpillars, worms and all sorts of other insects, but I was okay with it and didn't freak.  I planted all of my hedges, showing care to each one, as they are currently so tiny.  I told my husband that I was very skeptical that these little 4-8 inch plants are going to grow into the 12 foot plants that I'm expecting them to.  Then, I looked at the super large trees that have grown on the other side of my fence, and I had to remind myself that at one time, those trees were once only tiny seedlings themselves.  

Well, I'm off to take a well deserved, relaxing, bubble bath. :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 20th, 2008 at 3:00pm
Feels good to get your hands dirty now and again, doesn't it?   ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 20th, 2008 at 3:37pm
It really did! :D  I'm already anxious to plant more things, but I guess I should wait and see how my first project turns out first.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 21st, 2008 at 12:18pm
Yard Stuff: I couldn't wait to check on my newly planted hedges (if they can even be refered as such at this point) this morning and last night before bed (with a flashlight :P).  Well, all is fine so far, but about a handful are appearing as though they won't make it.  At the moment, I'm not sure what to do or what I did wrong with them.  Hopefully, I can save them, if I can figure out what's wrong. Since I am a novice at this, the thought is overwhelming.  My main thought is just waiting to see what happens, and if they don't bounce back then, I can keep replacing them until it eventually takes.
Fortunately, these are hardy plants so if I did replace a few, the odds of them being able to establish themselves in my yard are pretty good. :D

I said goodbye to my gazebo.  My husbands repairs on it didn't withstand the rain we had last week, and it was rusting a lot in the places where it had broken.  He felt he could repair it some more, but I'm done with it, so I had him take it down.  I've been calling around to get a free estimate on a permanent structure for out there.

I stayed up 'til about 4 this morning online looking for cool things to do out back.  Right now, it's just a blank canvas waiting to be turned into something beautiful.  I'm going to wait until next year before I do a pond. I just want to make sure that the drought is completely over before I begin that project, but other things I'm thinking of doing are;

Creating a meditation and yoga area
Replacing regular mulch with colored glass mulch or sand
Applying a colorful mosiac to my swingset after we put it up
Buddha, Angel and Fairy Statues
A humming bird chandlier feeder

Hopefully, I can turn it into what I'm envisioning. :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 21st, 2008 at 1:36pm
That sounds like it will be neat and creative ;)

I am sure you are planning to take lots of pictures.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 21st, 2008 at 4:12pm
Of course, I love taking pictures!:D They'll be slow coming though.  I want to get these hedges established and looking like something before I begin taking pictures of anything.  The greenery that the privacy hedges will create is what is going to make the yard. ;)  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 21st, 2008 at 7:36pm
There's a show on tv that chronicles the "dirtiest jobs"... well, none of those people have nothing on what I just did.  

My cat's litter box was clogged so I had to take it apart, while it was full of sludge and unclog it.  It was so disgusting, but it had to be done.  My husband offered to take over and do it.  In the beginning we were both trying to figure out what was wrong with it.  However, figuring out what was wrong and fixing it, had become a personal challenge to me, so I sent him away.

Anyway, it's all done now and I just took the longest, most thorough shower of my life. ;D  I washed my hair and also remeasured.  Apparently, I measured wrong the last time, or my hair has grown 1/2" in just under 2 weeks. :-?  At any rate, it is (was?) growing so, I'm happy about that! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 23rd, 2008 at 4:07pm
Yesterday, my husband decided that he wanted to go to the laundry mat to wash our comforter, which is too large for our washer.  I hate laundry mats and didn't want to go, but I gave in.  I took the comforter off the bed. Then, I took off the sheets, planning to wash them in our own machine.  He then told me to give him the sheets so we could take them as well.  I didn't see the need to spend more money there and perhaps be there longer because of another load but again, I gave in.  So, I reluctantly gave the ball of sheets to him.

Well, long story short(er).  I didn't shake out the sheets and neither did he, only to later realize that my cell phone had been wrapped up in them when they were put in the washer.  Oye! >:(

We've been having such bad luck with cell phones lately that I had to laugh.  It all began in the fall when he bought his son a ridiculously expensive cell phone.  He wanted a new cell phone (in my opinion just to show it off at school) but very soon after getting it, he lost it.  Then, I accidentally broke my husbands phone.  He bought a new one, only to accidentally drop in into a public toilet and have it automatically flushed away before he could even blink.  Then, of course, mine going in with the wash. ;D  

Aside from that, and him having to replace yet another phone, yesterday was gorgeous!
While my phone was washing, ::)  we drove around and found a park with a nice walking trail.
We walked for about 1/2 a mile.  I was very happy to find this place, because the wooded walking trail behind our apartment was one of the things that I missed about Kansas. Now I have a scenic place to walk here too. :D  

I have no plans for today.  Easter hasn't been a big deal for me since I was a kid.  I did all of my cleaning and outdoor plant watering already, so for the rest of the day I'll just relax.  

I started a new book called "A New Earth" because I wanted to see what the big deal was about.  It's not much different than most of the Buddhist books I've read.  However, I suppose if you aren't a Buddhist, or haven't read books on Buddhism, then, this book may seem like a novelty. I'm not saying that it isn't profound, it's just nothing new to me.  I'm only half way through though, perhaps I'll stumble upon something new as I read on.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 24th, 2008 at 9:27am

Quote:
While my phone was washing  ::)


LOL   ;D  Maybe it's a sign that you and hubby are not supposed to have cell phones!!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 24th, 2008 at 2:46pm
Perhaps you're right! ;D   I'd suggested that we get a land line phone but he likes cell phones better.  It can be more convenient, but at the rate we're going, it's definitely not cheaper.

Hair: My henna arrived so I'll most likely be doing it in the beginning of April.

Fitness:  I'd slacked off a bit with my workout routine, cause I'd been busy doing other things.  Last night, I started the elliptical again, doing a mile and today I did another mile.  Now, I'm going to grab a snack and bellydance some and perhaps I'll do another mile this evening.

I'm attempting to lose 3lbs this week by watching what I eat... (had to stop typing for a second.  My cat is giving me kisses :D )and exercising.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 26th, 2008 at 12:46pm
Hair: Well, today will be henna day.  I was going to wait a bit but I think that my hair could use the conditioning now.

Fitness: Won't be doing my mile on the elliptical today or any other form of exercise.  My old knee problem flared up yesterday.  I'm pretty sure it's my new tennis shoes.  They're very comfortable for walking outdoors, but my older shoes were best for me on the elliptical.  Hopefully, all I need is one day off for it to heal.  I've already lost 1 lb, and I want to keep it moving.  

Yard stuff:  I was nervous because we had a freezing temps the night before last.  The local news suggested covering susceptible plants to avoid having them die off.  With that, I was just about to give up because I barely know about growing them, let alone covering them.  But fortunately, most of them survived.  I did pull up 4 that looked as though they weren't making it, but I think they were the same four that I noticed not looking too good soon after planting.

Also, since the plants came with no instructions, I wasn't sure how to water.  The instructions I found on the internet were all different so I discovered a way to gauge when the plants need watering.  I dug up some soil from my yard and stuck it in one of my cats unused bowls.  Now, whenever I water my plants, I water the soil in the bowl as well.  Even though it doesn't have roots sucking out the water, I am still able to tell how long it takes for the soil to start drying up.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 26th, 2008 at 5:43pm
OMG...the coolest bird is outside my window right now.  It's black with bright yellow on the outside of each wing and when it flies, it reveals red feathers on the underside of its wings.  Pretty cool! :D  My husband said that he's seen more variations of birds living here, than anywhere else, and I'd have to agree.

Okay, back to my reason for posting. :P  

Hair: My hennaing is complete and I'm now waiting for it to dry.  There's a nice breeze coming in through the window that I'm sitting next to, so that should speed things along a bit.  

The color looked very subtle at first, but when I saw my reflection near the window, I could see more burgundy and even orangeish looking tones.  Although, I won't know what the final result will look like for a few days.

I'll most likely take outdoor pics tomorrow.  I doubt that there will be any daylight left after my hair has dried and I've finished styling today.

I'm also hoping that I rinsed enough of the henna out so that my hair doesn't become hard or dry.  It took forever to rinse and even in the end, the water still wasn't 100% clear.  I'd say it was more like 99%. The drought has totally affected me because, just seeing all of that water going down the drain made me cringe.  Just seeing water go down the sewer during a heavy rain makes me cringe.  But anyway, once it was 99% clear, I finished up, hoping it would be good enough. I  couldn't bear using more water.

Now, I just want to relax.  I haven't been working out, but I've been doing house work all day, so right now, I'd kill for a cold glass of riesling. Okay, maybe not kill...but I'd totally give someone a dirty look. :D  Well, since I have no wine, I guess I'll go make a glass of juice.  Hopefully, that will be just as refreshing. ::)

Fitness: I weighed myself again, and it appears that I've lost 1.8 lbs already this week.  I'm sure most of it was water though.  My knee is still hurting, but I'm really hoping I can resume my workouts tomorrow.  I still have 1.2lbs to go, to reach my goal for the week.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 26th, 2008 at 10:34pm
I took a few indoor pics

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Mar 27th, 2008 at 8:39am
Nice pics Sweeite! :)

Wow I would love to see a butterfly!  I have squirrel city here, they come in colours too!  Grey, black and red! ;D  Your hair looks great!  I would love to henna my hair too! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Mar 27th, 2008 at 12:14pm
Nice color on the henna; it'll be interesting to see if it changes over the next few days.   :)  Sounds as if the animals are giving you an official Spring welcome!   :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 27th, 2008 at 2:58pm
Lisabelle: Thanks!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Mar 27th, 2008 at 4:50pm
The color looks great!  How is the texture?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Mar 27th, 2008 at 5:53pm
It looks beautiful!!!  What a nice job you did!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 27th, 2008 at 7:12pm
Thanks Sakina and Curlgirl!

The texture is fine, it hasn't changed or gotten thicker or anything that I've noticed.  It was a bit hard after my rinse and not soft like it is ususally after a wash, but once I conditioned it, it was fine.  Because I didn't get it rinsed completely, I'm just making sure to keep it moisturized well.

Other: My litterbox was acting up yesterday, yet again, so I took it outside and completely cleaned it using the hose.  I made sure that nothing was clogged and that no hoses were kinked.  When I got it back inside it was working like new again.  Today, I needed to change the cleaning solution cartridge however, now the new cartridge won't work. ::)  The cartridges have electronic sensors on them and for whatever reason mine it isn't reading.  You can only order cartridges online, so I have to wait until Monday which is when the new one should arrive.   In the meantime, I'll have to clean the box manually.  Isn't technology wonderful? :P


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Mar 31st, 2008 at 4:50pm
Hair: It seems more burgundy  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Mar 31st, 2008 at 6:28pm
Wow, those extensions do look great.  The thought of wearing someone else's hair gives me the creeps.

A while back I was having some knee problems and my massage therapist suggested that I routinely stretch my quads.  It worked, well, that and new shoes that support my feet.  I have a severe pronation in both feet and my shoes have really helped.

Mostly, though, the quad stretching has made the difference.

Good Luck on your goals!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 31st, 2008 at 9:08pm
You do look great with hair that long 8-)

Hopefully your real hair will be that long soon.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Mar 31st, 2008 at 9:14pm

wrote on Mar 27th, 2008 at 2:58pm:
Lisabelle: Thanks!  Butterflies are a rarity here, because there aren't many flowers. :'(  This summer I'd like to plant flowers to attract them but I have clay soil, and I've yet to find a flower that I'd like to plant that is compatible with this type of soil.

Trisha:Thanks!  I like the color although it is different, but that's what I wanted.  I read that it does change color after a few days due to oxidation.

I took this outside today.



Fitness: My knee is feeling fine today so I will do my mile (or more) on the elliptical.

I didn't sleep well last night, I kept tossing and turning, so I got up this morning at 4 and bellydanced until I was tired enough to fall asleep.  Right now, the choreography that I'm learning is more advanced than any I've ever done, so I'm a bit obsessed with it.




Wow, I missed this picture ;)

You are so beautiful and the color in this picture is great 8-)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 1st, 2008 at 8:26am
Sakina: Sometimes stretching does help sometimes it doesn't.  My knee was doing fine for a long time until I recently switched to new shoes.  My new shoes are great for walking. I just don't think that they provide enough ankle support for aerobic exercising like my old ones do, so I've switched back.

Jerry:  Thanks for the compliment.  I hope my real hair will be that long soon.  Right now, I'm about 3 or 4 inches away.  Unfortunately, it'll never be that full though.  

Other:  I don't think I ate too poorly last night.  I had a bowtie pasta with lobster, but the sauce wasn't too creamy.  My only problem was that I had too much wine.  When will I ever learn? :-/

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 1st, 2008 at 8:56am
Oooh love the picture!  You always look so beautiful! ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 1st, 2008 at 11:32am
I went to Performance Footwear and they put me in a "neutral" shoe and I got on a treadmill and they video taped me walking and then jogging.  Then, frame by frame they showed me how my feet move naturally and then recommended shoes that would give my foot the best support.

Maybe there's a Performance Footwear store in your area.  The footstrike analysis is free.

I hope your knee feels better!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 2nd, 2008 at 10:14am
Thanks Lisabelle, you're so sweet!

Sakina: I totally forgot about that service!  They had one in Pittsburgh when I lived there and my husband suggested that I do it back then, but I never got around to it.  I'll check and see if they have one here. Thanks!

Other: The litter cartridge came but now the unit isn't functioning, so they're sending me a new one.  How's that for great service! :D

Yesterday, it didn't rain but a sprinkle, so my husband was disappointed that we wasted the day in the house. :P  Although, we did go to the patio cover place to look around and get an estimate.  The guy was nice enough to follow us home to look at our patio to measure and such.  He gave us a pretty good price and will begin installation later this month.  I'm not exactly sure how I'll decorate it yet, but I can't wait to have a place to sit outside again.

I stumbled upon a friend of an old friend online yesterday.  He has pics posted online, and his body is ripped.  He's 43 years old and is in the best shape.  It really inspired me to step up my workouts, but it's pretty difficult to do one thing when my husband is doing something else.  So, I asked him if he'll start taking his working out and eating habits more seriously as well.  He said yes, but I don't know if he's totally on board, only time will tell if he's committed. :P  Yesterday, I was so pissed at him.  He decided that he would go to the store and get snacks.  I told him that I only wanted a small bag of cheese curls, yet he came home with a large family sized bag of them.  He also had a whole chocolate cake, my favorite ferrero rocher chocolates and another large bag of chips.  Sometimes I swear that man is determined to sabotage me... and on purpose. >:(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 2nd, 2008 at 12:03pm

wrote on Apr 2nd, 2008 at 10:14am:
Sakina: I totally forgot about that service!  They had one in Pittsburgh when I lived there and my husband suggested that I do it back then, but I never got around to it.  I'll check and see if they have one here. Thanks!

 Yesterday, I was so pissed at him.  He decided that he would go to the store and get snacks.  I told him that I only wanted a small bag of cheese curls, yet he came home with a large family sized bag of them.  He also had a whole chocolate cake, my favorite ferrero rocher chocolates and another large bag of chips.  Sometimes I swear that man is determined to sabotage me... and on purpose. >:(


You're welcome!  I hope there's one near you.

Hubby really messed up, didn't he?  When I want chips for a snack, I go to the gas station.  They have the smaller bags and since I don't want to hang out in the gas station I'm less likely to buy more than I came for.  Oh, and ours has excellent iced tea so I get some of that, too.

Good luck on focusing on your diet and excercise lifestyle.  Keyword: Lifestyle!

Hey, I just thought of something!  Look to see in your area if they have a small gym that specializes in personal training.  I train 2 days a week for 30 minutes and then do my yoga and bellydancing and cardio on other days.  It is really helping me to get enough excercise in and lets my brain rest from teaching.  I highly recommend it!!!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 2nd, 2008 at 12:14pm
The ideal situation is indeed where husband and wife support each other and are doing the same thing at the same time (as far as Way Of Eating).  I'm lucky in that the low carb lifestyle works for both hubby and me.  But if one of us had chosen a different diet, then the other would have to adjust.  I think if I were you, I'd probably tell hubby that if he wants those things then he needs to keep them out of your sight.  Maybe designate an out of the way space in the cabinets for him to store his no-nos...someplace that you do not/will not EVER look at.  Out of sight, out of mind.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 2nd, 2008 at 3:43pm
Sakina: There's a 24hr fitness center very close to me.  My husband looked at it last month.  He liked it alot but since I'm not very big on gyms I was indifferent about it.  Since it's warm, I'd rather get bikes and do more outdoor activities.  Although, a few days ago I did tell him that I would sign up if he wanted.  It would be really nice if they have classes though because I think I would prefer that over using machines.  I'll have to see what type of classes they offer if any.

Trisha: My problem with him and the snacks is that he buys what I like specifically for me, so theres no point in him hiding them.  No matter how many times I tell him not to buy things like that for me, he does it anyway.  Yesterday, I even threatened to throw away the big bag of cheese curls after I took out one serving but he told me not to.  Then, today he made me lunch and was just about to put some of them on my plate and I told him NO. For now I'm still standing firm, but they're still here nonetheless. >:(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 3rd, 2008 at 12:07pm
Okay, then, how about this?  --You tell him that the next time he buys those things "for you", you're going to throw them in the trash...and then do it.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 3rd, 2008 at 12:48pm
LD, hunnay, if I've learned anything in life, it's that 1.) men are never committed to practical things (diets and relationships fall into this category), and 2.) the power of resistance is in your own hands.

If junk food is around, your instinct is to eat it without thinking. When you find yourself looking - or worse, reaching - for those things, you must consciously tell yourself NO! and walk away from them. This is how I am able to do "junk food strikes" for 1-2 weeks. It's all mind over matter, babe.  8-)

As for your hubby, bah! Let him fall off the wagon if he can't manage to stay on, but don't let him pull you down with him!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 4th, 2008 at 4:47pm
Oh, I threw those cheese curls out the night before last.  I woke up in the middle of the night with the munchies... so guess what happened?  I reached for that bag. I did eat one serving, but out of anger I threw the rest away.

We had yet another talk last night and he said that he will stop buying things like that.  But his dumb "what did I do?" and "I didn't know" act was enough to make me want to smack him.  He say's he buys those things to "pamper me" and "make me happy" (whatever  :-? ).   I don't know how many times I need to tell him that it isn't pampering nor making me happy if it isn't something that I want.  He can be so dense sometimes.  I told him that if he wants to pamper me, then he can buy me some fruit.

Although, I must admit that this talk took place when we were out last night at the chocolate bar. :P  I'd never been before and I figured that one time wouldn't hurt anything.

Fitness: My knee is feeling better so I've resumed my workouts.  Today I did 1 mile on the elliptical and a few spurts on the leg magic thing.  So far I've only had 2 protein shakes, tea, gatorade, scallops and baked beans. I'll have a small dinner and then I'm done eating for the day.

Other: Since we've been going out more (which my husband is thrilled about) I finally gave in and purchased the dress that I wanted so bad for the Prince concert a few years ago and this past NYE.  It went on sale, although not by much, but I figured what the heck. It arrived today and although it isn't exactly like the picture online, it's still okay.  Black and blue are one of my favorite color combinations and I don't have another dress with the two colors, so I'm going to keep it...even if it was way over priced IMO.  Not to mention that they charged me 16.00 to ship it first class mail from Florida and the thing only weighs 13oz.  I wasn't very happy about that at all, but whats done is done.  See...




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 4th, 2008 at 5:51pm

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He say's he buys those things to "pamper me" and "make me happy" (whatever  :-?  ).   I don't know how many times I need to tell him that it isn't pampering nor making me happy if it isn't something that I want.  He can be so dense sometimes.

Oh, LD, honey. Do not be misled. He's not buying these things to make you happy. He's  buying them because he wants them. Just trust me.
The only way this man is dense is by thinking that he'll be able to get away with it if he twists the story around to make it look like he's doing something nice for you. Just smile and say, "Nice try, babe."  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 4th, 2008 at 6:19pm

wrote on Apr 4th, 2008 at 5:51pm:
 [quote]He's not buying these things to make you happy. He's  buying them because he wants them. Just trust me.


Um...perhaps with somethings. He buys his favorite junk food for himself, which is mainly stuff that I don't like, like hostess snack cakes and stuff.  He's allergic to the hazel nuts in the chocolates that I like, so he's definitely not buying them for himself... well, maybe not in that sense.  

I'm beginning to think that he doesn't want me to eat healthy so that there is no pressure on him to eat healthy.  I can't say for certain that, that's true, but it's a theory.

Retail Therapy:  Persistance definitely pays off! :D  I'd wanted a coat from Newport News but held off on buying it, thinking that it would be there forever.  Well, I was wrong because they sold out of my size.  However, instead of giving up on it, I kept checking the site everyday to see if they'd gotten more in or a return.  Well, I guess they had a return because today, my size was there so I bought it.  I'm really glad I did because it turned out to be the only one that they had. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 4th, 2008 at 11:56pm
I just washed my hair with shampoo for the first time this year.  Well, not including the one time when I did my relaxer.  If I didn't shampoo after that I'd have no hair left.

Anyway, my hair feels so much softer now.  I needed to shampoo to get all of the henna residue out because the baking soda wasn't doing it.

I'd been using Aubrey Organics Revitalizing conditioner for a good amount of months now.  I only realized how expensive it was on my last shopping trip.  I'm not going to stop buying it because I do love it,  but I really need to pay more attention to prices before throwing things into my cart.  Anyway, today I was out near Bath and Body Works and I was so tempted to go in and buy a bottle of their Mango conditioner.  I resisted the urge because I know that my hair doesn't respond well to conditioners with cones.  I just can't help but long for an all natural conditioner that smells sweet and fruity as most of them just smell like grass or something.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 5th, 2008 at 11:57am
If you have an Ulta near you, go in and smell Devacurl's One Condition.  I love it!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 5th, 2008 at 3:08pm
There is an Ulta near here.  I looked on their website and the product wasn't there.  I'll call my local store to make sure they carry it here, if not, I saw it online with a shipping fee of only 1.00.  So thanks, I'll most likely try it when I wash next week.  I can't wait to experience the scent of Lemon Grass as opposed to Mistletoe. :P

Oh, and there isn't a Performance Footwear here.  Thankfully, my knee is fine now but hopefully, I can find a Performance Footwear the next time I go out of town.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 5th, 2008 at 3:16pm
I was just on Aubrey Organics website and was surprised to see Longlocks.com listed in the "friends of Aubrey" section. :D
http://www.aubrey-organics.com/friends/friends.cfm

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 6th, 2008 at 5:17pm
Just got back from working out at the park.  We powerwalked 3 miles and did step exercises on the benches.  It really felt good working out outdoors, there was a such a nice breeze.  One of the things that I dislike about working out inside is that once I really get going, it gets so hot and I can never get the AC cool enough to compensate.

Now I'm off to shower and get dressed.  We're going back to the Geisha House for sushi.  

Oh, and my weight is back down but still not where I want it.  I'd like to lose anywhere between 3 and 5lbs.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 7th, 2008 at 9:44am
I really enjoyed dinner last night well, except for the fact that I ate way too much.  After two rolls, miso soup and sake I was stuffed but my husband just kept ordering more and more.  Finally, I told him that if he ordered anymore food that he'd be eating alone.  I did get a dessert to go but it wasn't so good. :P  

Also, I don't know if he was trying to make me feel better because of the funk that I've been in about my weight, but he told me (unsolicited) that even after all of this time that he looks at me sometimes and thinks "wow".  He said that he has a sexy wife and that if he were single all over again he'd persue me just as he did when we first met.  Wasn't that sweet? :)

Ugh...why is it that I can't type anymore for but a few seconds before my cats jump up on my desk, block my screen and start rubbing their heads against mine and licking my face? ::)  

   

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 7th, 2008 at 12:19pm
NICE dress; very sexy!   ;)  As to the cats...because your sole purpose is to love/pet/pay attention to THEM and not anything else!!  (So says my cats)   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 7th, 2008 at 5:58pm
Thanks Trisha!  Yep, I'm sure thats what they believe.  As soon as I wake up (or as soon as they wake me up  ::)) they begin meowing for me to pet them.  

I've even noticed myself sleeping in a ball lately, so that I don't disturb THEM as they both sleep completely spread out on their backs, on MY side of the bed.  One day I'm gonna show them some tough love and show them whose boss around here! ;D

Fitness: Power walked in the park again today for 2.5 miles and jogged the other .5 miles in addition to more step exercises on the bench.  Now, I'm going to take a relaxing bubble bath with this new Jason body wash that I just bought.  I hope I like it.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by texian.traveler on Apr 7th, 2008 at 6:55pm
Only one cat likes to sleep with me, usually, and she and I discuss how we can both fit.  My question is, how does a six pound cat take up an entire queen-size bed?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 7th, 2008 at 8:30pm

texian.traveler wrote on Apr 7th, 2008 at 6:55pm:
My question is, how does a six pound cat take up an entire queen-size bed?
;D ;D

I can't answer that question but I'm sure it's figured out a way. ;)

When I had 3 cats they'd ALL sleep with me... and on my side of the bed.  Sometimes I'd end up with one sleeping on my back as I lay asleep on my stomach, or another sleeping next to my head on my pillow.  It's ridiculous! ;D  My husband always tells me to just kick them off, but they look so peacful that I don't ever want to disturb them.  I suppose that's the reason that they only sleep on my side of the bed.;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 8th, 2008 at 2:10pm
I think I might do a wash today but I never made it around to ULTA.  My husbands son is staying here for the next few days, perhaps I'll send them to get me some conditioner.

Also, I've got to stop straightening my hair with the steam iron so much.  Lately, I've been using it after every wash because straightening shows my length more.  However, I didn't get my hair this far by OD'ing on heat, so I'm not going to start now.  My plan is to make it to the New Year without a trim, so I have to be super careful with my hair.  So far, I haven't trimmed since Dec.  I've only been dusting and for me that's a huge deal since I LOVE the fresh look of a trim.  My ends still look fine though.

Fitness: Today, my right knee is hurting a bit, which is a odd.  I think that I came down on it funny yesterday during my jog.  I'm definitely going to do some sort of working out today though.  

Eventhough my husband has been working out with me, his diet habits aren't changing much.  He's still trying to get me to "snack" with him but I've been resisting and it hasn't been difficult.  He got me some more chocolates, but I just stuck them in my bedside table with the rest of them...unopened.  Now when I crave sweets I just whip up some fresh fruit juice, and for salty snacking I'll eat 1 serving of nuts, or a V8, or a garden burger with spicy mustard and no bun.  

Other:  My plan for today is to finish my book "A New Earth".  I'm really enjoying it.  I like it because it doesn't just say "don't do this or that" it actually gives examples as to how not to do certain things and how to deal when you're in certain situations, almost like a manual.  I think that once I'm finished, I'll read it again just to let it seep in more.

Wow, I just got my water opened.  I'd been trying to open this bottle for about 20 minutes, resisting the urge to call for help. ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 8th, 2008 at 8:03pm
Did a CO.  I called the Ulta near me and they said that they don't carry DevaCurl products so, I had to use my regular stuff.

...And I didn't, nor do I plan to use any heat.

Fitness: Did 2 miles on the elliptical.  I'm going to try doing a few push ups later, but I have no upper body strength so at best I'll maybe do 10. 8-)  

I like having small arms so I typically don't work them.  However, I'm quite certain that nothing I could do workout wise would put me in any danger of accumulating bulky arm muscle. :P  

Today, I had a V8 for breakfast, speghetti for lunch and a veggie burger and protein shake for dinner.  I'll most likely have fruit juice if I get hungry later.  

Other: I hooked my computer up to my 23" flat screen tv and boy is everything HUGE!!!  And its so bright I feel like I need sunglasses.  I don't know if I can get used to this.

Okay, why don't I see the color option? :-?

[timestamp=1207700039] Found it.  It was way on the other side of my screen! ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 9th, 2008 at 3:42pm
 Then I read the sheet that our lawn guy left yesterday

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 9th, 2008 at 4:34pm
Are you eating every 3 hours?  Drinking enough water??  How often you eat has a big impact on getting the calories you need without hitting a slump and then reaching for the nachos.  Same thing happens to me, BTW.  I've started eating olives to help with the full and satisfied feeling so I don't crave carbs and fat too much.  I eat 3 or 4 with whatever else I'm eating and for me it does the trick.  I get a tub of mixed greek olives-yum and heart healthy fats to boot!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 9th, 2008 at 8:34pm
Ordinarily, I do eat every 3 hours but lately I haven't been, which is why I knew that I wasn't eating enough calories.  I started eating 3 times a day but still small portions as if I were eating every 3 hours.  I figured it would help me to take off more weight and faster, but it's backfiring.  

Today I ate more but only healthy stuff.  I do drink plenty of water though.  

I gotta try that olive trick.  I love olives and always keep them in the fridge.  For the past 2 days I've been snacking on pickles.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 9th, 2008 at 10:31pm
You gotta eat to loose weight!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 10th, 2008 at 11:03am

Quote:
Posted by: Sakina Posted on: Yesterday at 7:31pm
You gotta eat to loose weight!


Yes; otherwise our body goes into starvation mode (holds onto everything).

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 10th, 2008 at 11:24am

Quote:
You gotta eat to loose weight!


I know. ::)  At times, it just seems so counterproductive, but you're right.  I just need to work on finding more good foods, that are good for me.  Especially, since I'm hungrier more often now that I've stepped up my workouts a bit.

Hair: Last night I slept in 2 braids and this morning I unraveled them to create waves.  Then, I put some Ojon restorative treatment on my hair and that made it feel nice and soft.  My plan is to keep this routine up throughout the spring and summer so that I'm not manipulating it too much.  Also, I'll have waves without the use of heat.

Fitness: Today, I'm taking my workout back outside.   Will do the usual 3 mile power walk or a little less, if I get some jogging in.  

Other: I cleaned out my closet this morning and got a big bag of clothes ready to give to the Goodwill.  I just purchased a new pair of shoes and a skirt off of eBay and I'm currently looking for a new dress.  However, aside from that, my goal is to forgo any new clothing purchases until the fall. Hopefully, I can go through the fall and winter, but I don't want to push it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 10th, 2008 at 8:55pm
Didn't do my exercising today.  We put up my swingset instead! :D  Well, just the frame anyway.  We didn't have all of the parts, so we had to make 2 trips to Home Depot.  Tomorrow, we should have it complete. :D  

We'll also have to level the yard a bit, although I'm not too sure how we're going to go about it.  

While at Home Depot there was a stange man helping us.  He kept saying that I was nice looking or something and he kept asking us lots of questions and making weird jokes.  He wasn't rude, it was just akward. I hope I never see him again.  :P

So I'm off!  My husband just went to get sushi, I'm going to shower and then we'll watch Must See TV (I believe that's what NBC call's their Thursday night line up).  The writers strike is over!!!  Yay!!! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 12th, 2008 at 2:49pm
I got more mulching done

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 12th, 2008 at 5:31pm
The swingset looks so nice!!  Reminds me of when I was a kid and loved to swing on the one in our backyard!
I've always went by how my clothes fit because the scale is not a true thing unless you're measuring body fat on it.  The scale can be your worst enemy when you're trying to take care of yourself.  Each day it can say something different,depending on water weight gain,muscle gain or fat gain.  I've maintained a 75 pound weight loss for just about 20 years and I get on the scale very seldom.  I really go by how my clothes fit.  Give it a try,it might help! ;) :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 12th, 2008 at 5:38pm
*chanting*  Screw the scale!  Screw the scale!!

Your swings look fun!

Hi, Kitty!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 12th, 2008 at 11:19pm
Thanks Curlgirl! :D  I never outgrew my love of swinging.  I even swing sometimes when we go to the park.  That's why I'm so happy that I now have a yard for my own.

Yep, I agree that going by the way my clothes fit and wether or not my body looks tight or jiggly will be best for me at this point.  There are too many different variables to consider when weighing myself.


Sakina wrote on Apr 12th, 2008 at 5:38pm:
*chanting*  Screw the scale!  Screw the scale!!


*joining in* Screw the scale!...  ;D

Yeah, the swing is fun.  Surprisingly my husband even swings with me.  :D 

LOL, all this talk of swinging, where I swing and who I swing with sounds so kinky! ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 13th, 2008 at 6:18pm
Fitness: Today, I did 1.25 miles out at a new park.  This one was more woodsy so it was a nice change.  There was a stream or a creek that ran parallel to one side of the walking track, and in it was a large turtle sitting on a rock.  It was about 2 feet.  I'd never seen a turtle that large or one in the wild before.  I wish I had taken my camera. :(

I wanted to walk on, but my husband was overly concerned that I would get my new shoes dirty while walking on the gravel trail.  He kept suggesting that we stop and I kept protesting but then, he said two magic words...Home Depot.  So of course, I said okay lets go!  I love Home Depot! :D  We bought a new rake and I got some Miracle Grow for my plants.  I read the reviews for Miracle Grow online and overall they're very impressive.  I hope it works for me as well.

After feeding my plants, I did 2 more miles on the elliptical.  

Hair:Ordered more henna and Deva Curl's One Condition online.  I can't wait til they arrive.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 14th, 2008 at 7:32pm
Hair: Washed last night using shampoo again.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 15th, 2008 at 5:02pm
Eeeeeek! Antihistamines are bad! They can knock you out for days.  :P  I once had to go to work stoned on Benadryl (which included driving there & back  :o). That was no fun.

And AWWWWWWW @ your cat! hehe She's cute even when rolling around in pollen.  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 15th, 2008 at 11:01pm
My doctor explained that it's the dramamine in the antihistamines that can cause drowsiness or anxiety (it can go either way depending upon the person).  So, he suggested that I use an antihistamine without the dramamine, which is what I bought.  Today, was my second day taking it and I feel fine.

But speaking of getting high off of meds.  I took my Lunesta last night for the first time in a few weeks and it made me completely high.  It was scary.  I woke up this morning and didn't even remember how I got to bed.  Totally freaky. :o

Hair: Still liking the wavy pony.  It's easy to achieve and because it's pulled back, I no longer find myself mindlessly finger combing my strands.  This way it's easier for me to just let it be.  I also love the swing action that the ponytail gives me as well.

Yard Stuff: Today, I dug up a 2X2 foot area near my bird feeder and ammened the soil with potting soil.  I'm preparing that area for some bulbs that I should be getting in the mail soon.  I also planted more morning glories.  This time,I planted them at the base of the bird feeder so that they will wind themselves up the pole as they grow.  I'm hoping that the flowers will attract butterflies.  And although we don't have flowers yet, I have been seeing a great deal of them lately.

Fitness: Yesterday, laziness got the best of me and I didn't work out so today I decided to make up for it.  I power walked outside within our housing community.  I walked for 35 minutes.  I put my cats in their stroller and took them along with me.  We were eventually joined by a 6 year old boy who was riding a bike, named Matt. He was curious about the cats.  He wanted to know their names and if I fed them.  When he asked to pet them, I knew that Kat would be frightened but I mistakenly thought that Kali would oblige him... she didn't.  They were both frightened and turned tail to hide in the back compartment of the stroller.  He was dissapointed and turned to leave in the other direction but not before giving me a bit of advice.  He said to "make sure that I don't walk too fast so that the cats don't get sick". ;D  I told him that I wouldn't,and thanked him for his advice as he rode off. :)  He was too cute!  He remined me of what I used to imagine my kid looking like...that is, when I used to want kids.

Later on,  as I was crossing a street on my walk, I saw some more young kids playing outside.  They waved and said hi to me from down the street but I decided not to walk in their direction.  I didn't want to frighten my cats anymore nor did I want to slow down to talk.  Then, I thought that these are some really friendly kids and wondered if their parents ever told them to not talk to strangers. :-?

Then, I came home and did 2 miles on the elliptical and did a few reps on the leg magic thing. Lastly, I did a few exercises on the balance ball.  Oh, and I also carried my cats litterbox out back, disassembled it, hosed it off, put it back together and carried it back into the house.  That was tough work so I know that, that had to count as exercise.  Now, I can rest. :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 16th, 2008 at 9:15am

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I also planted more morning glories


You know...as a farmer's daughter I must tell you...everytime I hear of, or see someone, planting morning glories, I start twitching.  My Pop used to spend hours trying to keep those dad-burned weeks out of his soybean fields!!   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 16th, 2008 at 10:29am

Trisha wrote on Apr 16th, 2008 at 9:15am:

Quote:
I also planted more morning glories


My Pop used to spend hours trying to keep those dad-burned weeks out of his soybean fields!!   ;D

;D

When I was a kid, I hated morning glories.  They used to grow wildly on my moms back fence and to me when they aren't pruned, they look a mess. So I used to spend what seemed like forever out there trying to pull them down.

My hope with these, is that I'll be able to care for them from the start, so that they never get to the point to where they look like unkept weeds.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 16th, 2008 at 10:33pm
Yard Stuff:My flower bulbs came today so I planted them out back.  They were much smaller than I expected, it was a very easy job.  I also swung for a bit as my cats hunted for prey.  I wonder how many calories I burn while swinging?

Fitness: Did 2 miles on the elliptical, yoga ball exercises and I worked out with my new yogalates dvd.  

I also did lots of house work, cooking and I made a candle that turned out pretty bad. :P  It seems as though I've been on my feet all day.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 18th, 2008 at 10:55pm
Hair: Still up in a high ponytail, which I braid and bun every night.  Somehow, it feels softer being up all of the time eventhough it isn't totally protected.

Yard Stuff: Went to Home Depot again today.  My husband wants to buy hedges that are larger, or trees to transplant to our yard.  We still haven't decided yet however, I'm all for being patient with the ones that we have and just letting them grow in their time.

Fitness: Yesterday, I did one mile on the elliptical and power walked outside for another mile.  Today, took 2 leisurely walks for about 15 min each.  The walks were nice.  This is garage sale weekend for our housing community so it was nice to walk and talk to our neighbors while browsing their wares.  We took our cats along as well and this time surprisingly, they didn't seem afraid when curious strangers came near to take a closer look at them.  

Although, walking leisurely was nice, it completely felt like slacking off. :P

Other: I'm a bit dissapointed that I threw so much of my stuff away upon moving to this house.  If I had known that there was an anual garage sale weekend thing, I would've held on to my unwanted items and had something to sell.  I still have one or two things now, but I don't know if they're worth sitting out all day in the sun for.  :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Apr 19th, 2008 at 12:18pm

wrote on Apr 18th, 2008 at 10:55pm:
Other: I'm a bit dissapointed that I threw so much of my stuff away upon moving to this house.  If I had known that there was an anual garage sale weekend thing, I would've held on to my unwanted items and had something to sell.  I still have one or two things now, but I don't know if they're worth sitting out all day in the sun for.  :-?[/color]



I knew there was a reason I hardly throw anything out ::)

Seriously, I have a hard time throwing most things away or getting rid of them one way or another.  I suppose you can call me a pack rat and that is one reason we have a storage unit :-[

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 21st, 2008 at 9:58pm
Jerry: See, I'm the complete opposite of a pack rat.  If I'm not using something I will try to sell it on eBay, give it to the Goodwill or throw it away.  I don't like having lots of extra stuff around.  Although sometimes, I do find myself looking for something that I'd forgotton that I'd gotten rid of and then regretting it.

At the last minute, I did find a few things that I no longer wanted that I could sell, but then the sale was winding down so I didn't bother.  I'll most likely just donate what I have.

Hair: Clarified and mixed my henna in preparation for my application tomorrow.  This time, I mixed it with cinnamon, merlot and Celestial Seasonings rasperry zinger tea.

Fitness: Hmm...over the weekend exercised a bit but didn't use the elliptical, I mainly just walked outside.  Today, I swung for close to 3 hours, did yogalates, leg magic, exercises on the balance ball and a mile and a half on the elliptical.  I would've gone longer but my abs were really sore, I guess from all of the swinging.  I've also been eating really well.  






Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Apr 22nd, 2008 at 11:53am
I realize that our hair texture is completely different but I have a question about the baking soda method.  In between washings, are you rinsing your hair with warm water?  In other words, let's say you use the baking soda on Monday and Thursday; then on Tuesday and Wednesday are you rinsing?  Or doing nothing?  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 22nd, 2008 at 1:48pm
I do nothing.  I wash once a week and am usually able to go the entire week without needing to rewash or rinse. That's whether I use shampoo or baking soda. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 23rd, 2008 at 7:10pm
Hair: Yesterday, I did henna.  I didn't rinse it all out and I'm beginning to think that it isn't possible to do on the first day.  Once done, it looked wonderful and felt so soft.  Today, it feels dry.  No matter how much oil or moisturizer I use it feels stiff and hard.  I vaguely remember the texture being a bit weird the last time.  I'm sure that once I wash again and remove all of the henna, it'll be fine just as before.

I wanted to get some comparison pics to see the difference between now and last time.  However, when I'd gotten around to it, the sun wasn't as high in the sky.

I'm also still waiting on my DevaCurl Conditioner.  I'm dissapointed at how long it's taking to arrive.  I was at a local health store yesterday and saw that Alba makes a natural mango scented conditioner.  I think I'll try that next.  

Fitness:  Yesterday, I had a headache that wouldn't go away so I didn't workout at all.  Today, I did 2 miles on the elliptical.  Perhaps I may do more later but if I don't, I'm okay with that.

Other: Earlier this afternoon, we went on a tour of CNN studios.  We saw the news being broadcasted live which was pretty cool.  Although, everything else aside from the news desk wasn't as glamourous as I thought it would be.  I expected it to be very fancy looking, but it just look like an average office space.  Not that it was bad...it just wasn't what I expected.

I got my coat back from the tailor.  They fixed the sleeves as best they could...and they also charged 5.00 more than what was on the receipt they gave me when I dropped it off (can they do that?).  Anyway, it now fits better than before.  Well, the sleeves are just baaaarely long enough but it works.  I also got back a vintage crochet sweater dress that I dropped off too.  I paid about 10.00 for it on eBay, but I love it!  It looks great and no longer has that vintage smell. :D


The dress looks funny (front puckers or pleats) cause it isn't zipped in the back.  I don't see how anyone can opperate a zipper thats directly in the back, without being double jointed.



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 23rd, 2008 at 8:18pm
I love that coat and your hair color is gorgeous!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 24th, 2008 at 11:43am
hehe Yup, that's the lace trench I remember.
Looks good on ya, girlfriend.  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Apr 24th, 2008 at 11:46am
Oh I love that dress!  8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 24th, 2008 at 1:45pm
Thanks Sakina, Angel and Lisabelle! :)  

I think I may wear the coat as a dress from time to time, it sort of looks and fits like one.

Hair:Moisture, Moisture, Moisture.  That's what I've been doing to my hair, moisturizing like crazy and it worked! :D  My hair feels soft and normal again.  I suppose that henna is a process that doesn't end after the first day.  On day one after my application, I need to make sure that it's adequately moisturized.  Then, my next wash will remove the remains that I didn't get on the first day so I won't need to moisturize as much to have soft hair after that.

Diet: I've stopped eating so much soy.  Everyday, I ate several servings of meat substitutes made of soy, since I stopped eating red meat, poultry, and pork.  

I had been getting bloated a lot (constantly feeling full) from it.  When I went to the doctor last week, I asked for a pill or something to help with my issue but couldn't offer any help (with much of anything ::)).

So, I decided to cut back on my soy intake and I feel so much better and lighter.  Also, my waist has gotten back down to it's normal size! :D  Lately, I've been consuming more fish for my protien.  I've also been drinking 1 serving a day of my husbands protein shakes which have a tremendous amount of protein so, I'm sure that I'm getting enough.

Fitness: Worked out with my yogalates dvd and I also worked out with another new dvd called Reach - Upbeat Toning & Flexiblilty For A Dancers Body.  That one is awesome and really kicked my butt. It incorporates ballet moves into the exercise routines.

Later, I'll do my walking outside once it cools off a bit.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 25th, 2008 at 5:09pm
Today is another lazy day.  My husband and I slept until noon and I really don't feel like doing much of anything. :P

My sister called today and said that she isn't sure if they're still coming down in June.  My oldest sister just decided to  settle get married, last weekend, :-X so now she doesn't have money for her share of the trip. ::)  

The conversation with my sister led to another with my husband.  I didn't realize that it could be so tough to find a proper mate, that some choose to settle for the bottom of the barrel. :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 27th, 2008 at 10:59am
Yesterday, was such a beautiful day.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 28th, 2008 at 3:27pm
Hair: The mail came and went and still no conditioner.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 28th, 2008 at 9:09pm
Where are your carbos?  How about some brown rice to go with that fish?  The complex carbs not only will help fill you up;they will be a complete branch chain with the protein.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 28th, 2008 at 11:17pm
I'd cut down on carbs because I felt as though I was eating too many.  Now, I guess I'm not eating enough.  I need to work on a happy medium.

Other: My stepson has been here for the past few days so I've been a bit bored.  Out of boredom, I changed my husbands screensaver from a pic of me, to this...


I like it...he doesn't.  I told him that it was nice and reminded me of the Care Bears (somehow :-?).  He said that he had no idea what I was talking about, that he wasn't gay and to change it back. :P I'm still bored.  At least it's close to bedtime.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 29th, 2008 at 8:55am
I like the pic!  Don't be bored.  Be creative and come up with ways to either be with your stepson or avoid him!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 29th, 2008 at 11:49am
LOL.  It must be the rainbow reminding you of the care bears.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 29th, 2008 at 12:17pm
lol Care Bears...nope. Don't see it.

Is this your husband's computer? As in, did he buy it? If so, then changing his screensaver to suit your tastes is out of line.

When I lived with my last bf, I used his computer all the time and while he was more than willing to share it, I most certainly did not go about tampering with anything that he had put on it. Whenever I downloaded a background or whatever, I always made sure that it was something that appealed to both of us. He had a serious fascination with the sky, including astronomy and meteorology, so I downloaded gorgeous pictures of different galaxies, constellations, and all kinds of weather and natural, earthly phenomena to use as backgrounds, etc.

Do you and your husband have a common interest that would make for a good screensaver? Try that. Otherwise, I agree with Curlgirl64: leave his stuff alone and find something else to occupy your time. The kitchen should be up for grabs, no?  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 29th, 2008 at 8:00pm
Curlgirl:  I tend to avoid my stepson when he comes over.  He isn't a bad kid or anything, but he's a young boy thats into boy things, so I pretty much just let him alone with his dad when he's here.

I wasn't bored that much longer though.  I ended up downloading some songs off of iTunes and went to bed.

Sakina: Yeah, I was thinking that it was the rainbow that reminded me, lol. :D  

Angel: The screen saver change wasn't that big a deal.  I didn't really expect a 42 year old man to keep a pic of a unicorn as his screensaver, and fortunately for me, he doesn't get all nutso about his stuff. ;)  If he could handle me completley wrecking his BMW when it was still less than a year old, I'm sure I'm pretty safe making an easily reversible change to his computer.  Anyway, that was just me being silly because I didn't have anything else better to do at the time. :)  

I love pics of the sky as well and always have different pics of the sky as my computers screensaver and desktop background.

I've had this one up for a while...I think it's so beautiful!


Hair: Finally washed it today!!! :D

I went to Whole Foods to get some Alba conditioner and ended up buying Hugo Naturals instead.  Hugo Natural products smell delicious, even moreso than Alba and well...Hugo was very persistant. :D  He was there on a tour and let me sample some of his products.  Everything smelled heavenly and he was so nice!  I got lots of free regular sized samples.  I got two soaps one lime and the other is grapefruit scented.  He also gave me large shavings of other scented soaps as well as some really great lip balm and a bottle of massage oil.  Did I mention how great this stuff smells?  Anyway, the conditioner was vanilla orange I believe. It smelled and tasted like cake (just joking, I didn't taste it ;)) and I really, really, REALLY wanted to like it just for the smell alone but...it didn't make my hair feel as good as Aubrey Organics does. :P  I also wasn't able to get the comb through my hair as easily after using it.  I'll use it a few more times though and I really hope that I'll like it better the more I use it.  

Anyway, he gave me his card.  He wants me to email him to let him know what I think.  He also said that if I don't like the products then he'd give me my money back but I wouldn't even ask.  He was very generous and trying new products is always a gamble...sometimes you like them, sometimes you don't.   Oh, but I did like the soap.  You can even wash your hair with it, which I did.  I loved washing my hair with a bar and may do so again in the future.  As for how it felt, I can't really say because alot of henna washed out, much more than I thought was still left in.  Perhaps thats the reason that my hair didn't respond well.  I guess time will tell.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Apr 30th, 2008 at 1:00am
I tried Hugo's soap and body lotion but they are too drying for me.  I gave the vanilla orange lotion to my husband instead of throwing it away.  I think it smells like marshmallows on him, so he's my marshmallow man.  At least until he runs out of lotion!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Apr 30th, 2008 at 11:23am

Quote:
It smelled and tasted like cake (just joking, I didn't taste it  ;))

;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 30th, 2008 at 3:23pm
Sakina: I tried the lotion too but didn't get a chance to see if I liked it or not because he spread body butter on me right after.  I'm not really a fan of body butter though, no matter what brand it is.


Quote:
so he's my marshmallow man.
Aww...thats cute. :)

Hair: I tried the massage oil on my hair this morning and so far I like it. It isn't greasy and it gives my hair a sleeker feel.  

My husband said that he'd take the conditioner off of my hands but I'm not ready to give it up yet.  I'm wondering what it will smell and perform like if I mixed it with Aubrey conditioner... :-/.

Yard Stuff/Gardening:  My hedges are sprouting leaves and looking fuller but still aren't getting taller.  I'm under the impression that they won't grow taller until the roots become established, but I'm really not sure whats going on.


I've noticed 2 of the 20 crocus bulbs sprouting.  I was afraid that they wouldn't sprout until next spring if at all, but they're coming up. :)


The morning glory seeds that I planted have also sprouted.  When the first one came up I assumed it was a weed, but when the others appeared I realized what they were.  They came up much quicker than I expected, but I'm not pleased with the appearance.  They really do look like weeds even though they're brand new.  The color of the leaves are dull and not shiney like I thought they'd be.

I'm waiting on bare root ivy plants that I ordered.  When they arrive, I've going to dig up the morning glories and replace them with ivy.  Hopefully, the ivy will have greener, shinier leaves.  

I decided to give up growing tomatoes in my areo garden.  The plants outgrew the size of the aero garden and only produced 4 tomatoes.  

I think I'll stick to just planting herbs and romaine lettuce in them.  I just planted these about a week ago.


Fitness: Yesterday, I didn't workout.  We had lots of errands to run and I mowed the lawn all by myself.  My husband came out towards the end to "help", but he didn't do much. :P

Today, I'm going to do 2 miles on the elliptical and perhaps do a video workout afterwards.



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Apr 30th, 2008 at 5:12pm

Sakina wrote on Apr 30th, 2008 at 1:00am:
I tried Hugo's soap and body lotion but they are too drying for me.  


I forgot to add that if the soap was too drying for you, then maybe the henna wasn't the reason that my hair felt a bit dry after washing it with the soap.

Although, it seemed fine for my skin, I always apply lotion after showering, so it's hard to tell.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 3rd, 2008 at 2:42pm
I also dusted afterwards as I normally do.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 3rd, 2008 at 7:41pm
The pics are great!  Thanks for sharing!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on May 3rd, 2008 at 9:01pm
You look very pretty in pink 8-)  I am not a big fan of short dresses but that one is nice on you ;)


And the other pictures are neat too :)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 3rd, 2008 at 9:54pm
Cute outfit!  Hey, plasmawindow.com has 2 dvd's that are made for dancing.  I got one to play at my Halloween party this year.  I'm making a dance floor w/spinning lights, fog and techno music.  I got the 2nd one and also the coral reef for the "chill lounge" I'm making for the eating area.  Outside will have gross skeletons and monsters so I don't want to gross anyone out while they're eating!!

I really like that dress, you look great.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 4th, 2008 at 10:10pm
Thanks Curlgirl, Jerry and Sakina! :)

Sakina: Your party ideas are pretty cool!  They always are though, I bet you could plan parties for a living! :D  Thanks for that dvd info., I'll check it out.

Yard Stuff: I don't know why, but I haven't seen the hummingbird today.  It didn't even seem to stay long yesterday. I hope it comes back.  Tommorow, I'll change the nectar and see if that makes a difference.

I did have one unwanted visitor though...a carpenter bee.  I'd never even heard of a carpenter bee before...carpenter ants, yes, but bee's no. I noticed a hole in my swingset and saw something black moving around in it.  At first I thought it was a termite, although I think termites are white.  Anyway, my husband sprayed some WD 40 into the hole and the bee came out.  Now I have to patch the hole and read up on how to treat the wood to prevent them from coming back.

Other: I've been feeling sluggish all day. I woke up late, we went out and had an early dinner, watched tv and now I'm already ready for bed.  Maybe if I started working out again I'd have more energy. :P   I haven't worked out since Thursday.  This week I have to get back on schedule.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by texian.traveler on May 5th, 2008 at 11:26am
I have heard that carpenter bees can be very nasty.  They do a lot of damage and are hard to get rid of.  I would check my house as well as the swingset.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 5th, 2008 at 11:39am

Quote:
Trisha told me to try it and she was right


::)

You should only have to change the nectar every 2-3 days if the temperature is extremely hot.  Otherwise 5-7 days is soon enough, if the food isn't consumed before then.  Sometimes you won't see the hummers, but they're around.  If it's very windy, they tend to stay off of the swaying feeders, and I don't blame them...  They probably get seasick!   ;D  Did I give you this website?  
www.hummingbirds.net

I consider them to be reliable experts in the hummer field--you cannot go wrong by reading their site.  One question--in the photo, are both of those hummer feeders?  It's obvious that the one on the left is, but what about the blue one on the right?  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 5th, 2008 at 2:11pm

Quote:
Trisha told me to try it and she was right.   ::)
 Well, you did and you were. ;)

No, I never saw that site.  Thanks for the link.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 5th, 2008 at 4:22pm
Yes, I was going to suggest moving the feeders away from one another.  Hummers are VERY territorial.   :)  The Chlorox (wipe) shouldn't bother them, but rinsing may not be a bad idea.  They're probably just sizing up the sitaution, getting used to your backyard, etc.  You'll find yourself bending to THEIR will, instead of the other way around.   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 5th, 2008 at 6:46pm
texian.traveler Posted on: Today at 8:26am

Quote:
I have heard that carpenter bees can be very nasty.  They do a lot of damage and are hard to get rid of.  I would check my house as well as the swingset.


 We just had the guy out a few days ago to check for termites and he said everything looked good. I imagine that if he saw damage from carpenter bee's that he would've mentioned it... I hope.



Quote:
You'll find yourself bending to THEIR will, instead of the other way around.  ;D


It's definitely looking that way. :)

I haven't rinsed the feeder yet.  Thing is, because of where I moved it, I can't see it from my window.  It could've come back and I wouldn't really know.  So, I'll wait and see.  I also want to figure out a way to move it back to the other side of the yard but not so close to the other feeder.

Hair: Took Biotin today for the first time in months.  I'm going to start taking it again to see if it speeds my hair growth any.

Also, after sending emails and getting no response, filing a dispute and then a claim through Paypal, the company that I ordered my DevaCurl conditioner through decided to ship it out.  I finally got it in the mail today.  Too bad the company sucks because I wanted to order more from them.  DevaCurl has a product called mister right that I want to try.  Maybe I'll just order it someplace else.  Anyway, I shouldn't run out of conditioner for awhile.  I currently have 3 new bottles 1 Aubrey Organics, 1 Hugo Naturals and 1 DevaCurl.    

Fitness: Um, not today.  I'm just so tired all of the time now.  I know it's my sleep medication that's now affecting me during the day.  I have to work something out with it or else all of my efforts will have been for nothing.

Yard Stuff: Got the wood putty and filled the bee hole.  

Home Stuff:  Also, got two large screws needed to hang my fish tank.  Now, all we have to do is get it up on the wall.

Other:  My husband wants to go out for cinco de mayo.  Well, we just went out for Mexican and margarita's yesterday.  For me that was (although not intentionally) enough of a cinco de mayo celebration for this year.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 7th, 2008 at 4:21pm
 I'm still taking my biotin and even bought a new bottle.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 8th, 2008 at 1:55am
I'd rather dance so oh well.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on May 8th, 2008 at 5:05am
Woot! You found a dance studio! 8-) Right on girl.  I would love Ballroom, expecally since my husband use to Ice Dance.  But we don't have time for it, oh well. :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 8th, 2008 at 5:16am
How expensive can yarn be?  Well,let me tell ya from my yarn stash(that's overflowing :-[)  You can get worsted weight inexpensive or something like silk,bamboo or soy that can be pretty pricey!  Even hand dye yarn is up there in price.  You could easily spend over $70 in yarn to make a simple sweater!!!  It's crazy,some of the prices.  I think I spent close to $70 to crochet a cardigan,but the yarn was rik rak rayon and hand dyed.  It's a beautiful yarn!  You most often get what you pay for though.  Noro puts out fantastic yarn,but very pricey!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 8th, 2008 at 9:35am

Quote:
I thought that when I cut my hair evenly last year that it would grow evenly from there, but it doesn't


Nope...  that's probably the one factor that ALL hair has in common; individual hairs do not grow at the same pace.  Irritating yet true.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 8th, 2008 at 9:37am
I'll second Curlgirl's commrnts on yarn.  Yarn can become very addictive.  Yarn stashes can consume entire rooms.  And cost??!!  Oh my - there are some GORGEOUS yarns out there that will cost you an arm and a leg.  I'm amazed that some people will spend $60 on yarn for SOCKS!!!!  But, if you shop carefully, you can be economical with quality yarn.  (eBay rocks!).

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 8th, 2008 at 12:32pm

Quote:
Woot! You found a dance studio!  Right on girl.  I would love Ballroom, expecally since my husband use to Ice Dance.  But we don't have time for it, oh well.


Yeah, and the funny thing is, is that before yesterday I wasn't even thinking about taking a bellydance class.  But, I began thinking of all of the different ways that an actual class (it'll be my first) could help me grow as a dancer and I got so excited.  Plus, it'll be a fun opportunity to wear my bellydance outfits and perhaps... get a few more. :D

I'm sure you and your husband would be great ballroom dancers.  Hopefully, you'll have the time sometime in the future. ;)


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I think I spent close to $70 to crochet a cardigan
:o


Quote:
I'm amazed that some people will spend $60 on yarn for SOCKS!!!!
:o

Okay then...rethinking the whole crocheting thing.  A few years ago, I imposed a spending limit for myself. I now won't pay more than an already set amount for different clothing items...unless I REALLY love them.  And Well, $70 sweaters and $60 socks are waaaay above that limit.  

Since I'm on eBay alot anyway, I will take Bikerbraids suggestion and search for yarn there...although I would like to feel it first.  So, I guess I'll look around a bit and see what I can find. :-/  


Quote:
Nope...  that's probably the one factor that ALL hair has in common; individual hairs do not grow at the same pace.  Irritating yet true.
 

Ugh...I wish I had known that before. ::) But I suppose I can't be too dissapointed with being so scissor happy last year, because although I lost time and length, my hair is healthier now than it was then.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 8th, 2008 at 3:47pm
Now my turn to agree with BB!! :D  E-bay does rock!  I bought that $70 worth of yarn on e-bay and have not regretted!  It would have cost me an arm and a leg if I went to a store to buy it!  I try to get all my yarn on e-bay because alot of the prices out in the stores make my eyes bug out of my head!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 8th, 2008 at 6:17pm
it's a little small.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on May 8th, 2008 at 7:05pm

Curlgirl64 wrote on May 8th, 2008 at 3:47pm:
Now my turn to agree with BB!! :D  E-bay does rock!  I bought that $70 worth of yarn on e-bay and have not regretted!  It would have cost me an arm and a leg if I went to a store to buy it!  I try to get all my yarn on e-bay because alot of the prices out in the stores make my eyes bug out of my head!!!



I was addicted to Ebay when I first became a member but now I only buy things now and then ::)

I mostly buy hard to find and out of print (OOP) CD's but I have bought lots of other thing too.

It is amazing what you can find there.

The main complaint I have is that most of the sellers overcharge for shipping which can almost be as much as the item itself :o

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 8th, 2008 at 8:02pm
I'm still addicted to eBay...and amazon.com.  :) 

I do make sure that the shipping isn't exorbatant though or else I won't buy the item.  Sometimes they'll charge a very small amount for the item and make up the price through shipping, there are 3 reasons for this.  Either they think you won't check the shipping price, making their low price more appealing than other like items.  The other 2 reasons are it's cheaper for them.  The lower the price of your item, the less eBay charges you to list it.  Also, eBay charges a final value fee so, the more your item sells for, the higher of a percentage they take.  Shipping isn't included in the final value price so if you charge .01 for your item and 100.00 to ship, then you get away with not being charged with a higher fee for your listing.

It's also good to click on the more services link under the shipping price. Sometimes the seller also offers other shipping services at a lower price than the one listed.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 8th, 2008 at 8:48pm
I love snoods.  Lady MacSnood.com will make you an extra long snood.  Most often when I wear one I put my hair 1/2 up, pin the snood on the back of my hair and then decorate my bun with LongLocks hairsticks.  Its pretty showy.  That one in the pic would be super cute under a hat.  Lunch lady-HA!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 8th, 2008 at 9:23pm
Jerry,couldn't agree more about those shipping prices!!   :o
The snood looks very nice on you.  I have the same trouble with bun covers as my hair is thick and curly so my bun is big and covers give me a problem. I make my own!!  Problem solved.
I have a Lady McSnood bun cover,but am thinking seriously of Sakina's suggestion of asking her to make me a custom made one.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 9th, 2008 at 12:18am
Ooh, I must check out lady McSnood, Thanks, Sakina! Although, I've been wearing my snood all day, well, since this afternoon, and it's grown on me.  I took my hair out and it wasn't all scrunchy and crimped like I thought it would be.  But when I put my hair back in, I basically kept rolling the length under as if it were on a roller and then I put the snood back on.  I took it out again just to test it, and as a result I had a bit of waves.  I also experimented with wearing my bangs out and also with doing a side sweep with them.  I like it best with my bangs out and more particularly I like the side sweep.  Also, if I wanted, I could wear it out (when running errands) with dangly earrings and not have to worry about my hair getting caught in them.


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That one in the pic would be super cute under a hat.


Do you mean like a Fedora?  I've seen Alica Keys pull off that look quite nicely, but that really isn't my style... although, I do have 2 fedora's.  I only wore them when my hair was out and curly, but I haven't worn them in a long time.


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Lunch lady-HA!
 

I know... Men! ::)


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I have the same trouble with bun covers as my hair is thick and curly so my bun is big and covers give me a problem. I make my own!!  Problem solved.


Curlgirl: I couldn't even imagine what your bun cover would look like.  Not only is your hair thick and curly, but it's super long.  Your bun cover is probably as large as my snood. ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 9th, 2008 at 12:36am
I wasn't specifically thinking a fedora.  That's one hat style I don't own.  A ladie's top hat would look cool.  I have this one in the black ribbon fabric:

http://www.wwmerc.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=CF4637&type=store&category=6200

Yes, I have the matching Emily Bustle Dress, too.

Also, perhaps this hat.  I never tried this one on with a snood...

http://www.greatlookz.com/product/8VHMKBKOS/Designer_Victorian_Touring_Hat_in_Black.html


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on May 9th, 2008 at 6:25am
Love the snood!http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0012.gif
I have a lady Mcsnood one and I love it! Its royal blue with silver beads.   I got a extra large one on her ebay sight when it was on sale for $25.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 9th, 2008 at 7:28am
It's funny,I had to make the bun cover the size of a coffee saucer!!! ::)I still have trouble trying to put them on though.  I think maybe I should try a snood.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 9th, 2008 at 2:56pm
Sakina: I LOVE those hats!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 9th, 2008 at 5:10pm
;D  I'm beginning to think that "marrital compromise" is more like...

"Mine!"
"No, mine!"
"No, mine!"
"No, MINE!!"

::)  Thank God I'm single. lol

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 9th, 2008 at 5:25pm
Sort of.  Our's is more like...

"I'm right and you're wrong!"

"No, I'm right and you're wrong!" ;D

Luckily for us, in the end, when it's actually determined who's way was wrong, we're able to admit it. :)

I'd say married life and single life both have their up's and down's. ;)  

Yard Stuff: We've been sitting on the couch watching a little bird building a nest in our hanging flower basket  that's on the swing.  It's been flying back and forth carrying scraps and placing them in the basket to build a nest.  I was thinking of bringing the basket in before the nest was complete.  I don't think that, that's a very good place for a bird nest because when I go out and swing, it might frighten the bird.  My husband said to let it go and see what happens so that's what I'll do.  At least it's high enough that my cat's can't get to it.




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 12th, 2008 at 9:01am
I love to put my scraps of yarn out in the spring for the birds to use in their nest building.  We have very colorful nests in our neighbor hood!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 12th, 2008 at 12:31pm
What a great idea!!!  I wish I had known to do that before I donated all my scraps of yarn to the Salvation Army :-[.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 12th, 2008 at 10:48pm
Bikerbraid: I'd love to see those nests. ;D  Cool idea!


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 13th, 2008 at 3:53pm
Darlin' I'd be careful mixing Xanax and alcohol.   :(

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 14th, 2008 at 3:50pm

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Darlin' I'd be careful mixing Xanax and alcohol.


Don't worry Trisha, it was such a low dosage that there was definitely no danger. Thanks for caring though! :)  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 14th, 2008 at 4:22pm
WooHoo!!!!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 14th, 2008 at 4:51pm
The pics were great!!  Looks like a really nice place to visit,too!  Love the room!!!It really looks like you had a good time,despite missing the kitties!!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 14th, 2008 at 5:08pm
Awww @ the kitties!

And awwww @ the stingrays! lol I love feeding stingrays. And batrays. It's so funny to watch them stand up straight and beg like dogs! lol What's really funny is to have like 20 of them mobbing you at once, all jockeying for position. hehe Too fun...

Looks like you guys had a nice time.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on May 14th, 2008 at 5:45pm
WOW, it looks like you had fun even though you were missing your kitties 8-)

That looks like a fun place to visit.

I have only seen sting rays once which was at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma (technically it is Ruston), Washington and we only petted them (they feel so strange) and not fed them.  They are very neat but I don't know if I would want to be near them in the wild oceans ::)


Those are very neat pictures ;)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 14th, 2008 at 11:13pm
Thanks everyone! :D  

I told my husband that I don't like travelling as much as I used to because I love being home so much.  I thought he would be dissapointed and think that I was no longer fun, but to my surprise, he said that he felt the same way! :D  So much for the young couple who once quit their jobs and moved to Las Vegas on a whim. ::)


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Love the room!!!

I did too! The whole hotel had a shabby chic sort of look to it. :)


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And batrays

I have no idea what batrays are...gotta look those up.


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What's really funny is to have like 20 of them mobbing you at once, all jockeying for position. hehe Too fun...


It was fun, but I could only handle one at a time.  20 stingrays coming my way for one little fish would still scare me. ;D


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(they feel so strange)


They felt strange to me at first too but then I got used to them.  I began petting them as naturally as I pet my cats! ;D  


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I don't know if I would want to be near them in the wild oceans


Neither would I!  Dine-jer! (as the late crocodile hunter would say)



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on May 14th, 2008 at 11:52pm
Aww at your adorable kitties!!

I never can ride rides like 'The Pirate'...they scare me. As well as those stingrays! I could never fed them...
But I have fed fish like that. The way they all appear out of nowhere for food kinda concerns me :/
Sounds like a really fun trip!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 15th, 2008 at 2:15am
I wasn't too concerned about the fish because I'd think that they could eat vegetation or something.  I was more concerned about the stingrays and wether or not they had other sources of food then what the visitors gave them .

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 15th, 2008 at 12:28pm

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I was more concerned about the stingrays and wether or not they had other sources of food then what the visitors gave them .

Of course they do, silly. That's the employees' jobs. My guess is that, like most animals, they'll probably eat at any chance they're given.  ;)

Bat rays...Myliobatis californica. Soooo darn cute! They're a little bit like stingrays, but they have a different shape (with "wings" like bats), slightly different texture and are usually darker in color. In captivity, there's no reason to be afraid of them (or stingrays) - the spines on their tails are clipped so they can't sting people. They also have really flat teeth. Here's a link to a picture of one.
   These are the guys that I've fed 20 or so at once. lol They stand straight up and splash around all stumbling over each other and begging like hungry dogs. It's the cutest thing ever.

Growing up in San Diego, I've been around many sea animals & have learned things about them. My favorite rays are the mantas. They're enormous.  :)

As for out in the wild, you'll most definitely want to avoid stingrays, bat rays, eagle rays and others since they will have the poisonous spines on their tails. Most of them are afraid of people and will dash away if you come too close. But they hang out on the ocean floor and will sting you if you step on them.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 15th, 2008 at 12:59pm
When I saw the photo of the cat you spotted while on the trip, my first thought was, "Whoa, what's LaDiosa's cat doing THERE?!"   ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 15th, 2008 at 4:10pm
Trisha:  I know, isn't that funny!?! :D   That cat had the same markings as mine, but it was charcoal instead of brown.  I think it was a bengal. Bengals come in charcoal, brown and snow (white).  The only way to be sure though is to see the markings on it's stomach.  We tried calling it over to feed it, but it ran away.

Other:  I forgot to add this pic yesterday.  We were driving somewhere in Texas (I believe) and we had to cross this neat looking bridge.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on May 15th, 2008 at 9:48pm
That is a cool bridge 8-)  It looks like the one they have in Boston, MA.

I should start a bridge thread because I am kind of a bridge fan because there are many neat bridges in the United States and the whole world for that matter.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 16th, 2008 at 11:12am
Have you spotted any more hummers?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 16th, 2008 at 12:58pm
Angel: Thanks for all of the info on stingrays and batrays.  Batrays, don't look at all as frightening as they sound. ;)

Jerry:  I've lived in Pittsburgh most of my life and they have lots of bridges there but they're all basic.  I've never seen anything like this one.

Trisha:  Nope, no more hummers. :-[  I'm going to try a new feeder evenutally and see if that helps.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 16th, 2008 at 5:04pm

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Angel: Thanks for all of the info on stingrays and batrays.  Batrays, don't look at all as frightening as they sound.  ;)

Hey, no problem!  :)  I've never thought they looked or sounded frightening at all. Of course, I also think moray eels are quite beautiful.

Do you happen to have a fountain or anything in your backyard? Hummingbirds like those too.  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 16th, 2008 at 7:07pm

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I also think moray eels are quite beautiful.


Ewwww!  Now those things do look scary! ;D

I had a bird bath out last year and it didn't attract hummers but the other birds didn't use it either.

Other:  I won't be able to take my bellydance class on Tuesday because my husband will be going away again.  Hopefully, I'll be able to go the following week.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 17th, 2008 at 10:02pm
Hair: I woke up this morning and when I went to take off my snood, I noticed that it was unravelling.  I contacted the seller and she told me she'd send me another one.  

Other: Ugh...I've been feeling so sluggish for the past few days and I'm not sure why. :P  We were thinking about going to a Ren Fest but I was too tired.  I've been laying around all day today.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 18th, 2008 at 5:47pm
Hair:  I just did a wash using Giovanni 50 50 hydrating-clarifying shampoo and I conditioned with my Aubrey Organics revitalizing conditioner.  My hair is currently air drying in two plaits.

I haven't washed with baking soda in a while because my everyday leave in that I use has cones in it and of course the baking soda doesn't remove them.  

And, I've decided to just stick with my Aubrey conditioner from now on.  I don't like the smell so much but it's the best conditioner that I've ever used in my hair.  It leaves it so soft and managable that I can overlook the scent.
I gave my other conditioners to my husband and he likes them. :)

I'm also going to do henna again this month and continue doing it every month.  I've done so for the past two and though removing it takes a few shampoos, my hair does seem stronger.  I'm not getting breakage like I used to and I think it may be because of the henna.  I was only going to just do my roots from here on out, but I'll keep doing my whole head since it seems to be working out as a good conditioner/strengthener.

Other: I woke up feeling sluggish again, but I pushed past it and got alot of cleaning and yard work done today. :)


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 18th, 2008 at 9:48pm
I'm glad you're having such a positive experience with the henna.

I give products I'm no longer using to my hubby, too.  His hair is pretty much indestructable so he doesn't care.  ;D

Have you considered using acv rinse to get the cones out when you use the baking soda?  Maybe those cones are water soluable.  I still use acv even if the cones are water soluable.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 18th, 2008 at 11:20pm
Sakina:  I've never done an ACV rinse.  I've been afraid that it might be too drying for my hair.

I've heard that some cones are water soluable, but I don't know which ones are. :-?

After washing, I used my old Giovanni leave in that doesn't have cones.  Too bad I don't remember why I stopped using it in the first place, but I guess I'll see.

Other: I just spoke to my sister and she told me that they aren't coming to visit in a few weeks.  She and my other sister were going to drive but my other sister spent all of her money and my sister can't do the drive alone (confused? ;D).  Anyway, we're hoping that they can come down at the end of summer.  Although, I am a bit relieved because it's going to be sooo many people in my poor little house. :-/

My 15 year old niece added me as a friend on Myspace. ;D  I don't really use the account, but it was amazing to see how much she's grown.  ...And also to see all of the shocking, colorful ::) langauge that she and her friends use.  I can't and won't say anything though because I was no saint at 15 (foul language wise), and neither was her mother.  But it was nice to see her pics. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 19th, 2008 at 2:17am
I have dry scalp and hair.  I have found the acv to stop my itchies and give my hair a softness and a shine that's not there when I don't use it.  I have a 44oz. plastic cup in the shower that I fill 1/4 with acv and the rest w/warm water from the shower.  I rinse with that after I shampoo, leave it in for about a minute and then rinse it out before applying my conditioner.  My hair really loves it.  I do it 2 or 3 times a week.

I don't know all the namesof which cones are water soluable, I think you can find them on the Ingredients thread somewhere around here.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 19th, 2008 at 2:40am
Wow, I'm gonna try that!  I thought that ACV was for people with oily hair and would make my hair dry and brittle. :P  Thanks, Sakina! :D

I'll have to check the ingredients thread to see then.  Hopefully, I'm using the right ones. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 19th, 2008 at 12:08pm
8-)  8-)  8-)

You're welcome.  Please share your results with us!  The white vinegar is better for oily scalp/hair and the apple cider is best for dry.

You'll need to experiment with how much vinegar to water you like.  I run the fan in the bathroom so I don't get overpowered by the vinegar smell.  But then, I'm using about a cups worth.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 19th, 2008 at 3:50pm


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Please share your results with us!


I will. :)

Hair: The cones in my conditioner are not water soluable although, I didn't think they were because of my need to clarify at times.

Anyway, I now know why I stopped using the Giovanni daily.  It's more difficult to use on dry hair and takes some rubbing in.  The Neutrogena leave in that I use can be used on both wet or dry hair.  On the bottle it states that it "melts effortlessly into strands" and it really does.  Too bad it has cones and lots of other stuff that I can't even pronounce and would like to avoid...but it works for me. :P
And... it's the only product that I use that isn't all natural (aside from relaxing of course ::)) so I'm not doing too badly.  Although, I would like to eventually be completely natural with my products in an attempt to compensate for the relaxing.

Other:The food combining book that I purchased on eBay finally arrived today.  The listing stated that it was in like new condition, which it is... but it's a library book. :-?  It has the librarys stamp on it and also the sticker from their dewy decimal system.  I wonder if it was stolen?  Do libraries donate books to be sold?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 19th, 2008 at 4:15pm
Our libraries have sales once or twice a year.  A book that is sold is usually marked as such so that you know it is not stolen and they know it is no longer in circulation.  The mark is usually on an inside cover page - either the front or back of the book.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 20th, 2008 at 5:37pm
The book wasn't stolen.  There is a stamp inside that states that the book was withdrawn from the records of the library. :D

Hair: Last night I put some Ojon restoratives stuff in my hair and it feels much more soft and touchable.

Yard Stuff: Aerated the area where my hedgelings are.  Hopefully, that will help them grow a bit faster.

I took down the hummingbird feeder.  The nectar was low (most likely due to evaporation :P) so I was going to change it.  However, that feeder is such a pain to take apart and put back together that I've decided to just be done with it.  It's back outside (for decoration) but it's empty.  I'll just get another one that is simpler to use.  I like the easyness of the hummzinger but I'd like to find something more attractive looking.

Animals:  Driving me nuts!  Everytime I turned my back, one of them was trying to hop the fence.  Geesh!  My husband made up a nickname for my cats because they try to hop the fence... but I guess it isn't so nice so I won't repeat it...although it is funny. ::)
Anyway, then, I'd put them in the house only to have them start screaming...and they're loud!  I can't wait for them to go to sleep.

Fitness: Last night I did tons of squats and now I'm paying for it because I'm so sore, but it felt good to do some sort of exercising again.

I weighed myself last week and today, and I'm finally noticing my weight creeping lower and lower.  

I guess my problem was just winter weight that needed to come off... and I know I put on muscle.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 21st, 2008 at 12:18am
It began raining very hard

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on May 21st, 2008 at 1:20am
I'm glad you are ok :)   That would have scared the you-know-what out of me :o


We are supposed to be getting lots of rain, hail and even snow in the mountains.  They are reporting flood warnings because the rain might be so heavy it could cause some of the creeks and rivers to overflow a lot.
The rain would be nice and we need it a lot but the hail and flooing can just stay away :P


I hope the weather is better for you very soon.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 21st, 2008 at 8:01am
Bad weather when you are alone in the house can be very scary.  I'm glad everything worked out OK.  We've not had any tornados in our area yet this year (we are barely out of our winter weather!), but I've lived thru enough of them to respect the weather.  

If you don't have a basement, the best place to be in a tornado or heavy winds is an inside room or closet - preferably without a window.  Closets actually provide a lot of protection because of the closeness of the walls.  NEVER ride out a wind storm in a car.  Cars can be picked up and tossed around.  Many people are killed each year in their cars.

Since the hail was significant - be sure to have your roof checked for hail damage.  Most household insurance covers hail damage.  We just had a new roof put on due to hail damage last summer.  Paying the $500 deductible was much cheaper than paying $8000 to have the roof replaced out of our own pocket.  (And conveniently, we were planning on replacing it this summer anyway!)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on May 21st, 2008 at 12:13pm
I'm glad you're OK, La Diosa!  I suggest getting a weather radio, you can take it into the closet with you.

Stay safe!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 21st, 2008 at 4:09pm
Yikes, that is some wild weather!

Color me stupid, I had no idea that tornados came through Georgia.  :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 21st, 2008 at 8:56pm
Bikerbraid:  I was thinking about going in the closet because I heard that it's the "safest" place, but then I looked in my closet and saw how much stuff is in there.  Thats where we keep our carpet sweepers and all sorts of things.  I'm glad that I didn't have to retreat in there yesterday because there wouldn't have been any room.

My husband said that if we get a warning while he's here that we'll just get in the car and drive in the opposite direction.  I'll have to tell him that, that isn't safe.


Jerry: Thanks, it was very scary but I'm glad I'm safe too. :D

Sakina: The weather radio sounds like a good idea.  Because after I heard the weatherman warning peope to take cover, I was wondering..."okay what do I do after I go into the closet?"  I wasn't sure how long I'd have to stay in there. ;D

Angel:  I had no idea that tornados came through Georgia until I moved here.  I'd never heard about it before.

Yard:  There are leaves all over my yard from the storm yesterday.  I swept outside and got them off of my patio and removed the ones that had stuck to the windows but I didn't feel like raking them.  Maybe I'll get those tomorrow...if it doesn't rain again.

The flower bulbs that I planted awhile back have been stolen.  I believe that either a squirrel or chipmunk dug them up and ate them.  Oh well, I don't think that I had the appropriate soil for them anyway, seeing that only two had sprouted.  At least some little critter had a good meal.

Fitness:  Today I bellydanced and did my leg magic workout.  I'm still a bit sore, but seeing the weight finally peeling off is so motivating! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 22nd, 2008 at 8:37am
We have a storm shelter in our basement.  In it I keep a flashlight (I have a crank type, so batteries are never an issue) and a NOAA radio (also a crank type).  This way I have light and know what the weather conditions are from the National Weather Service.  I also keep a pair tennis shoes, a jacket , blanket and jug of water in there.  This way I am always prepared.  (We also use the crank light and radio when we are camping and loss of power is much more likely.)

If you needed to head for your closet - just take the big stuff out - your life is more important that your sweeper!  You might want to keep a few emergency items in the closet, just in case.

Glad you haven't had to learn the hard way what is safe!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 23rd, 2008 at 12:56am
Thanks Bikerbraid, those are really good suggestions. :D  

As for the sweepers...I was thinking that they might be dangerous.  I'd take them out of the closet and go in, only to have them fly through the wall and hit me in the head. ::) ;D

Fitness: I was dissapointed that my husband had to go away again because I wanted to take a bellydance class on Tuesday.  Well, the studio sent me an email stating that with the storm they had to close, so I wouldn't have been able to go anyway.  Also, they emailed coupons out to make up for the day, so I'll get to use it whenever I'm able to go. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 23rd, 2008 at 11:56pm
Did a CO.  Mixed Aubrey Organics with Hugo Naturals.  I know I said I would stick to Aubrey from now on, but that vanilla orange scent smells so good!  I still didn't like the way my hair felt with the HN alone, so I used a little Aubrey and that did the trick.  

I've been letting my hair air dry in a bun all day.  

It still seems to be growing so slowly.  When my hair is dry, waist length seems about a mile away but when it's wet it doesn't look so far off...about 3 inches.    

Anyway, I've been taking Biotin however, I haven't been taking it as regularly as I should.  Hopefully, with the help of Biotin and the summer sun, I'll have a growth spurt.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 26th, 2008 at 12:20am
Hair: I ordered my henna powder and decided that I'm going to mix in indigo on my next application.  My hair looks too streaky for my liking and I want to darken it up for a more even color.

Other: Today was a lazy day.  I just hung around the house and yard.  I got bit up pretty bad while swinging outside.  The insects are now out in full force, so I have to make sure that I use repellent before I go out, from now on.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 27th, 2008 at 3:57am
Earlier today my husband was going through my old photos (from when I wore blonde extensions) and he kept commenting on how much he liked "my hair" then and the color.  I explained to him that they were extensions and in order to get my hair like that, I would have to bleach it and that it would be very damaging.  Yet he still kept going on how much he liked it. Although I had to admit that I think that blonde is very flattering on me too.  However, in order to have him actually understand what I was talking about, I showed him a few pictures of Beyonce.

How she normally looks, with blonde extensions and lace wigs that are glued around the hairline.


Then, I showed him this pic.  Apparently, she was giving the fake hair a rest that day (although her ponytail looks a bit suspect)  However, you can see all of the damage around her hair line due to all of the horrible things she does to it such as bleaching, using heat and relaxing. Also wearing lace wigs that require glue around the hair line and extensions. Another problem with extensions, is that if you're going with a color other than your own, you have to dye part of your own hair to make the color blend and you have to straighten it or curl it most likely using heat, to make the texture blend.


Fortunately, for me, I never had damage even close to this.  And as much as I like myself with lighter hair, I'll take dark healthier hair over bleached, damaged hair anyday.  Oh and after the pictorial, my husband now gets it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on May 27th, 2008 at 1:37pm
Oh, her poor hair!   :o  I'm glad your hubby now understands.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on May 27th, 2008 at 4:11pm
That is a great picture showing how much damage can occur.  Thanks for sharing it!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on May 27th, 2008 at 5:24pm
Egads, poor Beyoncé.  :o

Tell your hubby that Jessica Simpson is back on the market, if he prefers blondes.  ::)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on May 27th, 2008 at 6:12pm
Nah..he isn't in to Jessica. ;D  The only blonde that I know that he thinks is attractive is Denise Richards.  Other than that, he seems to prefer brunettes ;)... or brunettes with blonde extensions. ::) ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 1st, 2008 at 3:19pm
Yesterday, I washed with Aubrey Organics

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 2nd, 2008 at 1:04pm

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what the hell am I talking about this stuff for?...


;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 2nd, 2008 at 4:47pm

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...I'm a grown ass man

Never heard it put quite that way before.  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by LittleLuc on Jun 2nd, 2008 at 4:47pm
That braid is beautiful!   I'm so jealous!!  :)
How did you do it?

LittleLuc

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on Jun 3rd, 2008 at 1:54am
I would also love instructions on the braid, it's so pretty!
Also, that 'handyman' sound very insane. 80 to 80 an hour? Good thing he was fired!

Hahaha, 'grown ass' men can't talk about kitties' birthdays?  ;D
And I hope that if I ever get married my husband will care about my kitties' birthdays. What am I saying hope, he better care or he won't be my husband XD

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 3rd, 2008 at 6:07pm


Trisha and Angel: Yep, I'm married to a crazy person! ;D

Hair:Thanks for the compliments, LittleLuc and AmandaC! :)

As for how I did the braid, it wasn't difficult however, I suck at giving instructions, but I'll try.
I parted a rectangular section starting from a little behind my ear to where I would wear a side part.  Then, I started doing a cornrow upwards to the part.  Once I got past the part I just kept braiding until I had a long braid.  Then, I bobby pinned the braid down to look like a braided head band.  I chose to do a side sweep bang but of course, you could do it without a bang as well.  
I hope my instructions make sense.  

Cats: My Kali's birthday was yesterday but as I mentioned, I didn't celebrate other than wishing her a happy birthday and giving her some extra attention.  However, I guess that wasn't enough because she decided to have a celebration of her own.  I'd gotten 2 bags of treats for the cats.  I usually keep one bag upstairs and the other bag downstairs.  Well, after taking the one bag upstairs, I forgot to put it away and left it unopened on the floor.  I typically know better, but I wasn't thinking.  After I'd gone downstairs, Kali bit and scratched opened the bag, and ate just about all of the treats. ::)  I wasn't too upset, but since it was a full, brand new bag, I'm just glad that she didn't get sick.

My other cat got bit or stung today.  We were in the yard and I saw a huge flying beetle looking thing.  My cat and I went over to investigate.  When I went to get the swatter, I noticed my cat running in the other direction away from the bug.  After I killed it, I saw her with her eye closed.  Ugh...I was so afraid and didn't know what to do.  I opened her eye to check it but didn't see anything.  Then, she began licking her paw and rubbing her eye and eventually, she seemed okay.  Her eye is now open and she isn't rubbing it anymore. Whew!  I didn't know what to do but I guess she did! :)

Yard Stuff: Grass has been growing up through the mulch that we put down so for about 3.5 hours yesterday, I was out pulling up the grass by the root.  It was a long process and I got bit up pretty good, but it looks much better.  I also saw a tiny frog or toad (don't know which) but it was no larger than a quarter.  I picked it up, but it got loose and hopped away.  


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on Jun 4th, 2008 at 2:20am
My cats have been known to conspire to get those bags of treats open! They love them too much! And yet my cats have never gotten sick from so many treats, which I';m still surprised about.

And oh, thank goodness! I've had scares like too and once my cat did the exact same thing yours was doing, not opening her eye and rubbing it with her paw, and I wanted to just run with ther to the vet down the street, I was so overly panicked. Of course she was fine within minutes  ::)

And those directions might work for me! I'll have to try it tomorrow! :) Thanks!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 4th, 2008 at 1:31pm
AmandaC:  I hope the instructions work for you. Your hair is so long, I'm sure you'd look very pretty in that style.

Other: Last night...well this morning was so amazing!  At 2:00am I was still awake and unable to fall asleep.  Then around 3:00 still awake, I decided to take out the trash because I knew that if I fell asleep I wouldn't want to be bothered to wake up and take it out later.  When I got outside I was suprised at how nice the weather was.  It was humid (which is great for my hair) and it was just the right temperature, not hot but not too cool either.  So, after taking out the trash I decided to let the cats out in the backyard to play as I swung for a bit.  Then I noticed the sky which was completely filled with stars...it was so beautiful!   For some reason seeing stars here isn't a common event so I was so grateful for that experience.  By this time, I'd taken my sleeping pill and it was beginning to kick in, but I no longer wanted to go to bed because the night was just so beautiful.  So I went in the house and got a ton of candles, well, 9 large candles to be exact. ::)  I lit them and placed them around on my patio.  Then, I got my blanket and laid down on my outdoor sofa.  It was so nice and peaceful that I quickly drifted off to sleep.  However, when I awoke at 7:00am the sky was very bright, birds were chirping and I could hear cars driving down the street.  It was quite a rude awakening and I felt like a vampire that needed to escape the light to someplace dark ASAP.  So I blew out the candles and retreated to my bedroom where I could go back to sleep. 8-)

Well I'm off.  My husband will be back from his business trip in a few hours so I need to go and prettify myself. ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 4th, 2008 at 2:00pm

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I felt like a vampire that needed to escape the light to someplace dark ASAP
  :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 4th, 2008 at 4:57pm
hehehe LD. Welcome to my life.  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 4th, 2008 at 11:13pm

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hehehe LD. Welcome to my life.

;D


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 4th, 2008 at 11:52pm
Tonight we had our birthday celebration!!! :D

When my husband came home, he cleaned up and we went right back out to the store to get supplies.

We had fun shopping for cat toys and other items for them.  Although, I figured that since we were getting so much for the cats that we should get a birthday cake as well.  My husband wanted to know if I was going to get their names written on the cake and I laughed and told him "no, the cake is for us". ;D

Anyway, we happend to see his ex, his son's mother at the the store.  She didn't see us but I was a bit nervous that she would and inquire about all of the cat items in our cart.  I told my husband and he thought it was funny.  He said he'd just tell her that she just wasn't "cat enough" for him...whatever that would mean. ::)

After that I was a bit self conscience and prayed that the cashier wouldn't ask us who's birthday it was.  

I realize that I get my quirkiness from my mother and she's effectivly passed the torch.  Here are the pics from our party!  My cats really had a great time! :D

I blew up balloons for them because that's one of the things that I wanted for my birthday.  I wanted my husband to blow up enough balloons to completely fill our back yard.  I thought it would be pretty and he agreed but I didn't get my balloons. ;D




We got them helium balloons too because they like to play with the ribbon.


They didn't like the ribbon around their necks, so I took them off so that they could relax and play. :D  We got them little balls with bells in them, mice with catnip in them and Kali also liked batting around the blown up balloons.


Next, it was cake canned food time!  Since I'd already gone all out, I got them candles too. ::)


Kali (on the left) had already eaten a lot of treats so I didn't think she would have room for anymore food...

but boy was I wrong.  It's not shocking though...Kali loves to eat! :D


And that was that!  They loved everything and I had so much fun watching them.  I thanked my husband for putting up with all of my craziness eventhough he seemed just as into it as I was.  Which was confirmed when he replied that he only wished that we could've gotten them a male cat stripper as well. ;D  We laughed about it and all of the scenarios... and how it would be like the cat in Shrek. ;D  I'm so happy that he's crazy, because that makes me seem not so crazy. :)

Oh well, on to more pics...Kat as a kitten.  Look at her big ears! :D


...And Kali as a kitten.  I just realized that I don't have many solo kitten pics of her.  She was always with Kat.


Now off to bed I go.  My stepson will be here tomorrow so I have no idea what the day will bring. :P








Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jun 5th, 2008 at 1:51am
It looks and sounds like everybody had a great time 8-)


My wife's cats would probably like a birthday party like that until one of the balloons got popped and that would be when the younger cat would run and hide because he is the biggest chicken in the world ::)

And, the older cat would beg for some of the cake which he would not get but who knows if he would get too full of treats but he has a picky digestive system so we would have to be careful with him about that.

Thank you for sharing the great pictures ;)

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jun 5th, 2008 at 3:53am
Here is a picture of the scaredy cat who has many names and personalities but his given name is Bandit ;)

I think it is loud noises that scares him the most because it probably hurts his ears but even if I clap my hands once he jolts to another room :o
He will go to only 3 people which include my wife (his mommy), my sister and myself.  When my wife's dad visits he is afraid of him because he can get loud at times.  But, if anyone knocks on our door he is gone :P

During the 4th. of July and New Years he slinks around like Sylvester from the Sylvester And Tweety show because of the fireworks.

Jerry





Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 5th, 2008 at 3:53am
Fortunately, none of our balloons popped, but my oldest cat is as fraidy as they come.  She isn't socialized so whenever stranges come over she head for the hills (which is upstairs under the bed ::)) until they leave.  I'm not sure why she is the way that she is but, oh well, I love her anyway.


If you think that your wifes cats would enjoy a party like that, then perhaps you could suggest that she thow them one.  
Our party didn't cost much at all, about 60.00 (but that total also include items that we purchased for ourselves as well)
And my cats really enjoyed themselves...as a matter of fact, my one cat is  still playing with their new toys as I type. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 5th, 2008 at 3:59am
Jerry: Seem's that we posted at the same time!  And Bandit is a cutie! :D  My cat only comes to my husband and me, period.  Although she did let my sister (who hates cats btw pet her once)  My cat isn't so nervous when it's just my husband and I regardless of how much noise we make, she just has a strong fear of other people for some reason.  She's also very territorial and doesn't like other cats.  When I got my second kitten I was so afraid because my cat seemed as though she was trying to kill my new kitten but fortunately, they were able to bond within a week. :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jun 5th, 2008 at 4:40am
Cats, dogs and animals in general can sense human intentions.

I was at a co-workers house setting up her internet and one of her cats got up on the computer desk and I was petting it.  She commented that she was surprised that the cat was doing that because I guess it was not really a people cat.  I just told her it could sense I am an animal lover.

And while out on my break/walk at work some people are out walking their dogs and I will sometimes stop and pet their dog (or dogs).  
One guy commented that his dog did not let most people pet it and he was surprised it was letting me and I told him I really like dogs.

But, young kids are kind of the same way because most kids will talk to my wife like they knew her forever :o  I know she likes kids but sometimes older kids and even some adults do the same thing with her.  Now and then I will ask her if she knows them and she usually says no.

Jerry


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 5th, 2008 at 9:34am
CAT PICTURES--YAY!!!   :D  
I think it's very cool, having a party for the kitties.  

Jerry, Bandit is a pretty tuxedo cat--we also have a black and white.  His name is Sparky and, like most tuxedo cats, he has quite a unique outlook on life.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 5th, 2008 at 4:44pm

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I think it's very cool, having a party for the kitties.


Thanks Trisha! :)  Today is my Kat's birthday, but the celebrations are over. :)

Jerry: I think that some animals are just naturally skittish.  My cat has no reason to be afraid of most of the people who come into our home, but that's just her way.  As I type this, she is upstairs with me right now as she has been all day. She's afraid and won't go downstairs because my stepson is here.  We have to bring her food and water upstairs so that she will eat and drink because otherwise she won't even go downstairs to eat.  She will only venture downstairs if they go out, when he goes to sleep or when he goes home.  It's so bad that whenever visitors come over, I have to wait for them to leave or go to sleep so that I can take her downstairs to use the bathroom...although at times I have seen her use my husbands toilet which is upstairs.:P

Other: I can't believe how hot it is outside.  My husband was complaining about it being 90 degrees, but when I went out I didn't see what the big deal was...until I got out in the sun.  I thought I was gonna roast. :o

 



Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jun 5th, 2008 at 5:55pm

Trisha wrote on Jun 5th, 2008 at 9:34am:
CAT PICTURES--YAY!!!   :D  
I think it's very cool, having a party for the kitties.  

Jerry, Bandit is a pretty tuxedo cat--we also have a black and white.  His name is Sparky and, like most tuxedo cats, he has quite a unique outlook on life.   :)



When my wife decided she was going to buy him from the pet store she looked at his face and realized the coloring makes him look like he is wearing a mask so she decided on the name Bandit ;)
But, he and the older cat have different food so when he thinks we are not watching him he will try to steal his brother's food so in that way he is a bandit too :P

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 7th, 2008 at 12:02pm
Fitness Fun: Yesterday, I bellydanced until I got nauseated, but it really felt good to dance again, I haven't danced like that in a while.

Other: After that I spent the rest of the day outside.  Now that we have our patio cover it's like having a whole other room.  I sat out there and enjoyed the beauty of nature, read a Better Homes and Gardens magazine (where I got some pretty cool ideas that I might try), played games on the computer and ate my lunch and dinner.  It even rained last night and it was so nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy the rain without my furniture (or me) getting soaked, I lit some candles and enjoyed the rain and accompanied lightning show.  

My only problem is that during the day, there are so many flies.  I've never seen so many flies in my life.  So, we went to the store to find fly traps but with no luck.  So then we took our search to Home Depot and I didn't see any traps, but they did have a fly zapper machine!  At that moment, I swore I heard angels sing! :D  We bought it and I couldn't wait to get my new toy home and have it annihilate those flies!  I excitedly got it hooked up and I placed it outside and waited...and waited...but nothing. :-?  The flies were not going into the zapper.  Ugh. >:(
I kept it on anyway hoping that over time it would at least get a few, but the thing just wasn't working for me.  However, once the sun went down, it began to zap lots of flying insects and for a moment it seemed pretty cool.  But, it was so loud!  And the zaps were so severe that it looked as though it was using enough energy to cause a power outage.  So, I decided that enough was enough and it's going back.  

Now I'm back to square one with my fly dilemma. :-[  And, I've gotten so many bites that I've lost count.  

While at the store yesterday, I looked for more insect repellant but they all contained deet, so I went without.  When I got home I researched deet on the computer but it seems that everyone is split as to whether it's harmful or not.  But, I'm bit up so badly that I guess I'll have to take my chances.

Hair: When I finally came back in the house sometime after 10, I ran myself a bubble bath.  While in the tub I submerged my hair in the water.  I didn't shampoo but, I rinsed it very well and followed it up with my Aubrey conditioner, which I didn't rinse out.  I just towel dried it, set my hair in pin curls and went to bed.  This morning my hair is still damp but I took the set out anyway.  I have some loose waves but it didn't turn out as nice as I'd hoped.  I'm still waiting on my hair to fully dry to see the results of my not rinsing out the conditioner.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Citrine on Jun 9th, 2008 at 6:33pm
It sounds odd, but I've seen places that hang up a bag of water outside near seating to keep flies away.  Supposedly the flies mistake the bag for a wasp nest and avoid it ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 10th, 2008 at 10:07am
You may have to resort to the good old fashioned killing device, otherwise known as a fly swatter.   :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 10th, 2008 at 7:53pm
Thanks for the advice, Citrine and Trisha.  I already have a fly swatter but there are sooo many flies.  When I'm outside, I want to be able to relax instead of constantly swatting flies.  Anyway, after serving as a buffet the other day for all of the flies, I've been wearing my repellent.  Although, someone recommended a fly trap for me and I'm going to try that out, hopefully it'll work.

I bought another hummingbird feeder yesterday.  It's much simpler to use than the other one that I have so I really like it.  I haven't seen any hummers yet, but hopefully I will.  I keep wondering if someone nearby is feeding the hummers which is why I don't see any.

Last night we had an electrical storm, it was great!  We were sitting in the living room and decided to turn off all of the lights and the tv.  We raised all of the blinds and just watched as the lightening lit up our yard as well as the house.  It lasted for almost 2 hours before it even started to rain.  By then my husband was asleep and the cats and I went out to enjoy the rain for a bit before I finally went to bed myself.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by texian.traveler on Jun 10th, 2008 at 9:43pm
You could also try putting up a martin house or a bat house.  Both eat flying insects.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 10th, 2008 at 10:00pm
I don't know what a martin is (I'll have to look that up) but I had considered putting up a bat house.  I just don't know where I'd put it, I believe they have to be pretty high off of the ground and I don't have any trees in my yard.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by texian.traveler on Jun 10th, 2008 at 11:33pm
Martins are a type of bird.  Like bats, their houses have to be put high up.  You usually see them atop a 15ft pole or higher.  The houses don't have a perch on the front, because martins like to fold their wings and just zip inside.  When they fly, their wings make a curve back from their shoulders, kind of like one of Batman's throwing stars.  It's how I tell them from other birds.  As a teenager I used to lie in the pool and watch the martins fly overhead.  A lot of times they would dive toward the water, catching mosquitoes.  Scary sometimes, if you weren't expecting it.

I don't know anything about bat houses either.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 11th, 2008 at 11:18am
Only certain types of bats eat flies. You would have to research the different species in your area.

I guess flies are just part of summer in the south. And if you're going to live there for long periods of time, perhaps the best thing to do is just get used to them.

Flies are everywhere at the ranch where we keep our horses. The owners hang fly traps from rooftops to catch them. They're these long, sticky strands of tape with kind of a roll thing on the bottom. And they usually end up getting covered with flies.
   But for the most part, we just accept it as part of the territory.

Have you tried maybe burning citronella candles? Bugs are supposed to hate them.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 11th, 2008 at 1:11pm
Texas Traveler: Thanks for the info on martins! :)


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perhaps the best thing to do is just get used to them.


Angel: Trying to get used to them is where I got into trouble.  I figured oh what the heck... and then, they bit the %&$# out of me!  >:(   Now, that I realize that they bite, I know that I must wear repellent.  However, they are still pesty and hover around when I'm outside, so if I can work out a way to kill at least some of them then it would be a good thing.

Also, I do have citronella incense, but I haven't used it yet because I don't have an incense holder. :P  Although from what I understand, I thought citronella only works for mosquitos. :-?

Hair: Currently have henna in my hair. I did it around noon and I'm thinking of rinsing at around 5 or 6.  I did a mixture of 4 parts henna and 1 part indigo.  I'm going for more of a rich brown color but nothing too drastic.  I didn't do a strand test so I'll have to wait until later before I know what the results will be.

I also noticed that my hair has been less kinky and more managable lately.  I heard that henna lightly loosens up curl patterns, I wonder if that's whats happening in my case.  At anyrate, my washes are now more of a breeze and my hair is softer.

Yard Stuff: A few days ago I had a little scare.  I went to water the flowers that I have hanging from my swing set, and as I was watering, a bird flew out, zipping right past my head.  I was so shocked that I screamed.

The next day, I figured that after the watering episode that it had probably left for good but nope, it flew out again as I watered the flowers.  I have to water the flowers everyday because they wilt in the sun.  I haven't watered them yet today, but hopefully the bird has figured out my watering schedule and isn't in there.

Still haven't seen any hummers.  Tomorrow, I'll refill the feeder and hope for the best. :)

Other: Yesterday, I finally brokedown and got a futon for my meditation room.  I thought it would be cool to just throw pillows on the floor and sit on them when I was in there, but I'd slowly gotten tired of that.  The futon looks nice and it's so much more comfortable to sit on than the floor, regardless of how many pillows I put down.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by bikerbraid on Jun 11th, 2008 at 2:59pm
Here are a couple of ideas for your fly situation:
http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/348595
http://www.eartheasy.com/live_natpest_control.htm

I have a bat house (for brown bats).  It is on a 10 foot pole on top of our house.  It is big enough for about 200 bats, but I don't think there are near that many in it.  Our bats eat gnats and mosquitos.  I'm not aware of them going for flies.  We love to sit out on our deck at sunset and watch the bats swoop around catching their dinner.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 12th, 2008 at 6:53pm
My henna turned out pretty good.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:34pm
Went to the dentist today and actually had my teeth cleaned for the first time in too long.  It wasn't as bad as the technician said it would be.  She said that it would hurt because I hadn't had a cleaning in awhile (she has absolutely NO bedside manner) but fortunatley for me it didn't hurt at all.  My teeth feel so much more clean now and if it weren't for her, I would've and wish that I would've gone in sooner.  Oh well, it's done now.

Today, we just did house stuff.  Got a new lawn mower.  My husband was looking at all of the specs and all I was concerned about was if it was cute or not.  Well, we got a good cute one.  Our lawn is now freshly and nicely manicured and the fly population is down too.  The trap catches about 15 flys a day and I just put up another one, so being outside isn't as bad.  Also, I've been burning my citronellea incense and it doesn't deter flies...probably mosquitos, but not flies.

Hair: I updated my ticker the other day.  My short term goal is now waist length.  My hair still seems to be growing slowly but I don't see how I can't be at least waist length by the end of the year.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 14th, 2008 at 8:21pm
Today we did lots of running around.  We went to Whole Foods and I stocked up on conditioner, bodywash, soaps and house cleaners.  I even finally found a little basket to house and display all of my soaps and things.  It's plain and white, but my husband recommended that I put decals on it to dress it up, which is a good idea.

Hair: I've yet to moisturize today so my hair is feeling a bit rough, especially since I applied henna a few days ago. I suppose I should take care of that right away. :P

Oh, and the guy at the health care store recommended that I try Burts Bees pomegranite conditioner.  His wife, who he says has a texture similar to mine and is part Japanese, part Black, uses it and loves it.  I told him that Aubrey is my all time favorite.  He said that his wife loves Aubrey as well, but prefers Burts Bee's.  So who knows, maybe I might try it... one day.  I just thought that I read here somewhere that Burts Bee's was a bit drying, I can't remember. :-?  

Yard Stuff: Yay!!!  We got another good soaking of rain today.  My yard looks so green! :D  I bought some sunflowers today for the dining room table so I put the other flowers outside in the vase that I got while in Texas, it looks so nice!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 15th, 2008 at 8:20am
Hi Sweetie!  Thinking of Burts Bees... I once used there  Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment and it made my hair feel like straw!  :P

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 15th, 2008 at 1:53pm
Thanks Lisabelle! :D  I thought that I read that here somewhere but I wasn't sure if it was you or Berkanna.  

Other: I was up ALL night playing Bejeweled2 on the computer. ::)  Once I get myself together, I'm going out to look for decals for my soap basket and when I get back I need to feed my hedges.  It's so hot today.  Hopefully, when I get out in the yard it will be much ::)... well at least somewhat cooler.

Hair: Moisturized last night so it now feels normal.  Since it's so hot out, I'll just need to make sure that I keep it moisturized so that it doesn't get too dry like it did yesterday.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 15th, 2008 at 6:01pm
I went to Michaels and found cute little decals for my soap box.


I'm so happy that I have a place to put my soaps now. :)


I didn't feed the hedges yet, because it's still a bit hot but here are a recent pic of my morning glories.  I put string out a while ago and they began to really shoot up.  Hopefully, by the end of summer they'll reach the top of the swing set.


My patio still isn't finished.  But, heres my current little set up with the flowers that I put out yesterday.  


Oh, and here is my trusty and nasty little fly trap.  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 15th, 2008 at 7:52pm
hehe Eww, I think there are a few fly traps like that at our ranch.  ;D

At least you've found something to take care of those blasted little buggers!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 16th, 2008 at 2:45am

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At least you've found something to take care of those blasted little buggers!


I know, finally.  
Although even with the traps, the flys are still a nuisance, I even got bit yesterday while wearing my repellent. >:(  And now I'm beginning to see lots of gnats too.

I'll be putting up curtains soon, but if they don't work, I'm going to have to give in and get our patio screened in, which is what I didn't want.  I didn't want to screen myself in because I wanted to actually feel like I was outside, but the flies make it waaaay too outdoorsy for me.


Fathers Day:
I didn't call my dad nor send him a card.  I don't feel bad about it at all...just a little weird.  My dad has been depressed over the last few years and really hasn't made much contact with me or my sister within that time.  I've actually been okay with it for a long time but my sister hasn't been.  Anyway, I still call him from time to time but our relationship has basically dwindled into nothing and I'm okay with it but I still wonder if not sending him a card or something is rude.  I sent him cards in the past, but he never calls to thank me or just to tell me he got it.  Last year I finally called him and asked him if he'd gotten the cards that I'd sent or not.  He said that he did, but just didn't call. :-?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 16th, 2008 at 4:37pm

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but I still wonder if not sending him a card or something is rude

Yes it is. Depressed or not, he is still your father. And whether he chooses to contact you or not doesn't change that.
   Of course, I understand the "why bother with someone who doesn't bother with me?" mentality, but family is family. Always.
   Be the bigger person here, hon. Sending cards doesn't require that much effort and you don't even have to talk to him face to face.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:11pm

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Yes it is.


Perhaps.  I'd say yes, if he cared, but I don't know if he does. :-/  Although, I guess I should at least send cards, it doesn't hurt.

Other: Finally took a bellydance class today.  I had a free coupon which was good so I didn't have to pay.  It was supposed to be intermediate.  I've been bellydancing for years, but was a bit intimidated at the thought of taking intermediate classes without any formal training (just DVD's).  I just felt that I'd have to be more advanced than a beginner.  Anyway, the intermediate class turned out to be too slow for me as I would classify it as a beginners class.  So, I inquired about the intermediate/advanced class.  The instructor told me that the choreography for the class that I am interested in was difficult for her and she wasn't sure if I could do it unless I am able to attend almost every class.  Well, because I don't drive and my husband travels, I don't know if I could do every class, but I'm sure that I could do most of them.  I can't wait to do it though, if it was difficult for the instructor, I'm sure (or hope) it will be a nice challenge.  And of course I have lots of free time to practice.

Hair:Did steam curls all over, but didn't have an opportunity to swing my hair around in class like I wanted to. :P ;D  

There was a girl in my class with hair that was about waist length.  When she came in she had it in a ponytail but right before class started she put it in a bun.  I couldn't believe that she put her hair up, I wanted to say "what are you doing?" lol.






Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on Jun 17th, 2008 at 6:18am
Even if he doesn't say anything like Thank you, or even acknowledge it, the cards probably make him feel good for a little while, knowing that you thought of him.

Ooh steam curls? Those sound nice, I'll have to look them up!
And belly dancing seems really fun, I hope you can get to a lot of the lessons!! Isn't it also a good pretty way to stay in shape?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 17th, 2008 at 8:42pm

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the cards probably make him feel good for a little while, knowing that you thought of him.


Yeah, I was thinking that.


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Ooh steam curls? Those sound nice, I'll have to look them up!


I use a Caruso steam setter.  It's a way to get curls quickly and safely.  The rollers get warm from the steam, but they don't get hot and the steam makes my hair soft.  I've been using Caruso rollers since high school.


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And belly dancing seems really fun, I hope you can get to a lot of the lessons!! Isn't it also a good pretty way to stay in shape?


Yeah, I love bellydancing, it's lots of fun!  I think it's a good way to stay in shape if you do it often enough, lots of cardio. :)

Yard Stuff: I was standing by my hanging flowers and I could hear tiny little squeaks from the birds...I guess the eggs have hatched.  My cat noticed too as she perched herself underneath the basket just waiting for a bird to come out.  She tried hopelessly to climb up the swing and get to the basket but luckily she is declawed or else she would've gotten to them.

I saw a hummingbird at the flower basket too.  I guess it would come back after I took down the feeder. ::)  I removed the feeder to put up the fly catcher. :P

Other: I signed up at Classmates and chatted with two old schoolmates.  Pretty cool site. :)  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 20th, 2008 at 8:23pm
Hair: Washed my hair on Tuesday for the first time since my henna.  I got all of it out now and it feels soft again.  I also trimmed off 1/2 of an inch.  I was getting that point again and I just couldn't help it.

Hair Sighting: I was in Walmart today and I saw a lady with hair almost to her ankles.  I'd never seen hair that long in person and was in awe.  I stopped dead in my tracks and pointed her out to my husband.  Her hair was very healthy looking like it was freshly trimmed.  She was a blonde and her hair was in a pony tail.  She was nicely dressed too.  She had on a long white floral dress.  

Other: Been busy with the house lately.  I got curtains for my patio.  Hopefully, they'll provide some protection from insects and rain. The other day, I found a cool ceiling fan for my dance room. It's a bit complicated to put up, so we've been installing that all day.  Also, the bellydance studio inspired me to paint my dance room walls dark red.  I already bought the paint so I guess that will be tomorrows project...as well as adding a coat of red to my dining room walls. My next project will be my bathroom.

My stepson is here and this time he brought a friend over to spend the night.  It's really nice that he has someone to play with.  My husband and I are both hoping that the friend will stay the entire weekend to keep my stepson occupied.

I also finally bought The Secret.  Hopefully, I'll have some time to read it this weekend but, with all of the house stuff, and since we're going to the movies, I'm not sure if I'll get around to it.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by LittleLuc on Jun 20th, 2008 at 8:37pm
I have a Caruso hair setter too!  I was thinking about dragging it out again, but I wasn't sure if it got too hot and would damage my hair!

Thank you so much for answering the question before I asked!
:)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 23rd, 2008 at 3:15pm
Glad I could help LittleLuc! :D

Hair: It's been feeling great lately, nothing new going on.  But, I did have a dream the other night that Michael Jackson was giving me a blow out... :-?

House Stuff: We finally got my ceiling fan up but we nixed the remote control because we (my husband) couldn't get that function to work.  Anyway, it cools things off pretty good so I'm going to try working out today.  Hopefully, it will work and I won't over heat.  I decided to only paint one wall red but the room looks great!  

And since I liked the color so much, I also did my dining room, plus I painted my art niches red and next we'll be painting one wall in the den red.  I'm debating wether or not I should paint the trim around the fireplace as well.  I'm leaning towards doing it because I love the bright splashes of color.

Yard Stuff: We got the curtains hung up outside but we didn't want to drill so we used adhesive.  I guess the humidity made it difficult for the adhesive to stick because the rods fell down.  Now we have to decide on another method of making it work.

Other: Last night we went to the drive in and saw The Happening...boring!  Well, the movie was boring.  My husband and I made our own fun...gotta love the drive in! ;)  He can't wait to go back! ;D

My little sister is having her 20th birthday at an amusement park and all of my family will be there.  Her birthday is on a day when I have a bellydance class, so I'm not sure if I'm going to go yet. :'(  I'm hoping that the party isn't on her birthday, but on a weekend which will make it perfect for me.  I have to call her and double check.  I really want to go plus, I already picked out some cute outfits to buy just in case.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 23rd, 2008 at 4:19pm

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But, I did have a dream the other night that Michael Jackson was giving me a blow out...  :-?

Hot stuff.  ;)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 23rd, 2008 at 7:33pm
Yeah, really hot. ::)  ;D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jun 24th, 2008 at 4:19am

wrote on Jun 23rd, 2008 at 3:15pm:
Other: Last night we went to the drive in and saw The Happening...boring!  Well, the movie was boring.  My husband and I made our own fun...gotta love the drive in! ;)  He can't wait to go back! ;D



My wife and I went to The Happening and even though it was not as good as I thought it might be I think it is still good ::)  But, I have liked everything Mark Wahlberg has been in so far that I have seen of his.

I remember having fun at the drive in when the movie was boring but that has been a long time now since our drive in's are now a McDonald's and a Super Walmart.

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 24th, 2008 at 8:29am
Other: Last night we went to the drive in and saw The Happening...boring!  Well, the movie was boring.  My husband and I made our own fun...gotta love the drive in!   He can't wait to go back!  


Woot!! You go girl!! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 24th, 2008 at 9:50pm

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My wife and I went to The Happening and even though it was not as good as I thought it might be I think it is still good   But, I have liked everything Mark Wahlberg has been in so far that I have seen of his.


Well, Roger Ebert gave it a B which was shocking to me.  I usually like M. Night Shamaylan, Mark Wahlberg and John Leguazamo however, although the acting was good, I didn't like the story. It was just to boring for me.  I'd give it a D.


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I remember having fun at the drive in when the movie was boring but that has been a long time now since our drive in's are now a McDonald's and a Super Walmart.


This was only our second time at a drive in so I guess we're making up for lost time. :)  They didn't have drive in's where we lived growing up.  I didn't even know that they still existed.  I thought that drive in's were a 50's thing.


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Woot!! You go girl!!  
;D

Fitness:
Today, I worked out for the first time in a good while.  My stamina isn't what it was and I only did a quarter of a mile on the elliptical.  I also used my leg magic thing and inverted.  My goal is to lose around 7 lbs and maintain it this time.

Diet: This month, I began eating meat again for the first time in almost a year and boy did I eat meat.  I had a gyro, a few McDonalds burgers, chicken, ribs and just about everything else.  Now, I'm done eating meat again, and will only eat fish probably for another year.  

Hair: I'm not using my Neutrogena moisturizer as much now.  Currently, just spraying 1 part water and 1 part Giovanni leave in spray (don't remember the exact name) is enough for me now.  

Yard Stuff: I finally saw the little birds in my flower basket.  A little bird somehow fell out and my husband had to rescue it from my cats.  He put it back in the basket however, he didn't put it in the nest.  Later on, I helped him place the little bird in it's proper place.  It was so cute.  There are about 5 little birds in there and to adult birds that fly back and forth feeding it all day.  They mainly eat spiders.

And the hummingbird has been stopping by everyday to eat (or whatever they do) from the flowers.  I need to get another shepards hook before I can put the feeder back up.  But then, it'll probably stop coming around.

I did some weeding and didn't spray myself with repellent and now I'm all bit up again.  When will I learn??? :-[House Stuff: Still haven't finished painting.  I ran out of paint and haven't gotten back to the store. I'm sure I'll be done with everything by the end of the weekend.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 26th, 2008 at 4:42pm
Yard Stuff: I don't know what's going on but today 2 birds made their way out of the nest.  This time they were dead before my husband could put them back in.  I don't know why they are venturing out of the nest before they are even able to fly. :'(

Fitness: Didn't work out yesterday...I was sooo tired for some reason.  I'm going to work out again today though.  It's amazing how one workout can make legs look instantly tighter.

Other: My childhood friend (from 2nd and 3rd grade) and I are still emailing each other.  It's funny to think that friends from that long ago could remember so much about each other and still have things in common.


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Trisha on Jun 27th, 2008 at 11:31am
My childhood friend (also from early elementary school!) and I are still in contact, too.   :)  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 27th, 2008 at 4:36pm

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My childhood friend (also from early elementary school!) and I are still in contact, too.
 

I figure that no matter how old we get, our core personalities (most likely what brought you together in the first place) never totally change.

Hair: Another snood bit the dust.  I so loved the snoods that I got off of eBay because they weren't cotton but more of a silky rayon knit...they just weren't constructed well enough.  I guess I'll be purchasing my next one from Lady Mc Snood

I was trying to go 3 weeks in between hair washes but that isn't going to happen.  My hair is starting to feel coated even though I haven't been using my regular leave in.  Although, it could just be dirty seeing that I've been spending so much time outdoors.  Ewww, I never thought of that before but it makes sense... so I will be washing promptly.  Well, later today.  We're about to do more yard work now.  I guess stretching my washes would be best done in the fall or winter.

Other: I spoke to my sister and she clarified.  They will be celebrating her birthday on the Saturday before, which means I won't miss my bellydance class and that I can go! :D  And I have an excuse to buy a few new outfits! :D

I got an email yesterday from the bellydance instructor (one I'd never met).  She wanted to make sure that I'd had instruction in the past because otherwise she thinks that the class would be too advanced for me.  I explained that the last class I took wasn't advanced enough and that I've taught myself using DVD's.  She responded that I should be okay then.  I can't wait for this class!

Ugh...as my cat screams now, I'm reminded of the show on PBS about cats that we watched last night.  My cat's both scream very loudly like children (currently she's downstairs and I can hear her all the way upstairs)  when they don't get what they want wether it's to go outside, to be petted or to be played with.  The show spoke of the relationship between cats and humans.  They stated that in the wild, cat's aren't very vocal at all, but adjust they're behavior when they are around people because we are vocal.  Cat's also manipulate us by using higher pitches because they've learned that, that's what we respond to most and hence they're more likely to get their way.  Although, this was something that I'd already sort of figured out.  When my cat is about to vomit, she makes a loud noise that sounds like she is in so much pain.  As a kitten, she'd do that and I'd come running.  Well, she figured me out quickly because she began making that noise even when she wasn't sick because she realized that that was a way to get my attention.  Now I see why people refer to cats as sneaky! ;D  I still love 'em though! ;)




Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 27th, 2008 at 4:44pm
My husband just came in my room and showed me a July calander that he just made with my picture on it.  In the pic I was wearing a red bikini top and standing in front of an American flag, it's pretty cool!  :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 28th, 2008 at 1:39am
Hair: It began to rain heavily as we finished our yard work so I was able to get my hair soaked pretty good.  My husband joked that I should've brought my shampoo outside to wash my hair, like in the movie Fun with Dick and Jane. ::)  Well, if it would've rained any harder then I probably would have, but I went and washed it in the shower instead.  I used moisturizing shampoo but it's a bit dry now so I wish that I would've used baking soda.  After washing my hair, I noticed that my showerhead was all gunky.  I don't know why or whats on it but I'll clean it tomorrow.  I also need to change the filter while I'm at it.  Anyway, I let my hair air dry in a ponytail but tomorrow I'll style it properly...in hopes that we can find something fun to do and go out.

Yard Stuff: I checked the flower basket that held the birds nest.  Unfortunatley, there was only one tiny bird left and it too was dead.  I don't know why they all died but I feel so sad.  The birds spent so much time building the nest and feeding the birds several times a day for weeks only for them to die. :'(   I told my husband that perhaps the mother birds never came back because we put the one bird that had fallen out back into the nest.  I'll never know, but I hope that they never build another nest so close to our house again. :(


Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Lisabelle on Jun 28th, 2008 at 5:59am
Yard Stuff: I checked the flower basket that held the birds nest.  Unfortunatley, there was only one tiny bird left and it too was dead.  I don't know why they all died but I feel so sad.  The birds spent so much time building the nest and feeding the birds several times a day for weeks only for them to die.    I told my husband that perhaps the mother birds never came back because we put the one bird that had fallen out back into the nest.  I'll never know, but I hope that they never build another nest so close to our house again.  


Awwww sweeite! :-[  It happens sometimes...but don't let it get you down.  It happens alot in my yard.  I find baby birds on the ground, it's sad I know. :-/ (hugs)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jun 28th, 2008 at 1:36pm

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but I hope that they never build another nest so close to our house again.   :(

Um...sorry, hon, but as long as you have hanging flower pots, they most likely will. Birds love using those to nest. Especially doves. Our backyard usually has many hanging baskets and we let the birds use them as they wish. And yeah, they die all the time. It's normal.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 28th, 2008 at 11:33pm
I had no idea that, that was normal.  Knowing that makes it a little better, but it's still so odd to me.  I just keep wondering why... and I wonder how the mother birds feel. :-/

Hair: Didn't do much to it today.  It's still in a ponytail from last night.  All I did was Caruso it.

House Stuff: I finally got to hang up my new shower curtain.  I couldn't hang it because my hooks were too small.  So I got some cute shower hooks with white flowers on them and they look nice with the curtain.  

Family Drama: I talked to my older sister today (the grandmother).  She was home alone with my nieces daughter, and her 6 year old daughter.  I'm sure it's difficult when you're doing everything alone so she is really frustrated but I couldn't believe the nasty things that she was saying to my niece.  I asked my sister if my niece was in the room with her and she said yes, but that she didn't care if she hears.  I just hope that my sisters words don't scar her.  I told my sister that when I get the chance that I will let my niece come and stay with me for about a week.  I know that it isn't much, but I don't think that it would hurt to remove her from that enviornment for a while.  I just hope that I can be more patient than my sister.  

We are planning on going to Chicago soon after the Pittsburgh trip.  However, if for some reason Chicago doesn't work out, I'll bring my niece down with me.  As I type I'm actually thinking about nixing Chicago for my niece.  We were only going to see a concert anyway... :-/

Other: I just made my poor husband go back out to the store.  He just went to Wendy's to get food for my stepson, and he came upstairs and asked me if I wanted anything.  Well, I was on the phone and basically blew him off.  When he came back in, I realized that I wanted popcorn and a bottle of wine, so back out he went.  I can be so difficult some times. :P

Now, I'm off to go watch Quills, and wait on my popcorn.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 29th, 2008 at 10:05am
Have you ever tried the hookless shower curtains that QVC has?  They are the best!  Less than a minute to put up and no neck strain!!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jun 29th, 2008 at 3:40pm
No, I don't watch QVC so I've never even heard of them.  Although, I don't mind hanging shower curtains. My problem was that I couldn't because I didn't have the right hooks.
This is the curtain that I bought.  I got if off of eBay.


Family Matters:
After thinking about it more, I've decided that I'm probably less equiped to handle my 6 year old niece than my sister is, eventhough she isn't handling it well.  I don't have children, so who am I to think that I can do better?  I'm just going to leave well enough alone with them and hope for the best.

Other: I didn't get to finish my movie last night.  This is the second time that I rented this movie from Blockbuster (once through the store and the other time through their online service) and both times the movie was so horribly scratched that it ruined the playback.  I'm so sick of Blockbuster.  I think I'm going to cancel my account and go back to Netflix.  I've never had any problems with them.  However, at the time that I was with them they were still pretty new.  Hopefully, their quality hasn't gone downhill as well.

House Stuff: I had to get rid of my cats birthday balloons so that I could paint.  They were still playing with them weeks later.


Before:


After:


My dining room and other areas aren't complete yet as I thought they would be.  Hopefully, I'll get them finished soon.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 30th, 2008 at 4:34pm
Ah ebay!!!  Nice curtain!  The pics are great!  Thanks for sharing them!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jul 1st, 2008 at 3:08pm
I also saw that PBS show on cats.  Very interesting and informative!

I love that red wall!

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 2nd, 2008 at 9:17pm
WOOOHOOO!!!! I just got in from my bellydance class and it was just the experience that I was looking for.  It wasn't too difficult but it's definitley challenging.  The warm up and cool down kicked everyones @ss the and the choreography was challenging.  Also, everyone was just so nice and fun!  

Yesterday, I called different family memebers on the phone to tell them that I wasn't going to Pittsburgh afterall.  Well, everyone that I spoke to had so much personal drama going on that it actually made me feel crappy and I wound up having a very scary anxiety attack late last night.  I honestly thought I was going to die. Needless to say, I got through it, and I'm just so grateful for today.

Well, now I'm off to celebrate.  We're going to Chilli's for nachos!

Later! :D

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on Jul 3rd, 2008 at 1:49am
That red on the wall is gorgeous!
Your kitties are so cute!!! My cats love balloons too. I'll have to remember to buy them some for my(yes my, not their) birthday!

And I'm glad you're okay now! My sister has had some bad anxiety attacks, so I know they can be scary.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 3rd, 2008 at 3:59am
Thanks Curlgirl, Sakina and AmandaC! :D  I still have one more wall to paint and then I'll be finished.  I can't believe I've been procrastinating so much lately.

AmandaC: I'm glad at least someone can understand what I go through with anxiety at times.  My husband can't really empathize with me because he doesn't understand how someone can get terrified for no apparent reason.  He just doesn't understand. :-[Hair: On Monday, I did pincurls overnight and they turned out very nicely.  Yesterday, I only had to finger comb but today I had to touch it up a bit with my steam rollers.  

Since my last snood came apart, I've really been in desperate need of a new one so, I just bought more from eBay. I know I said that I would try Lady McSnood, but the ones on eBay are just less expensive and they are made of the silkier knit that I prefer.  I got 3 this time and hopefully, they'll hold up better than the last ones.  I ordered them from a different seller than before.

Animals: After I gave up my cat over the winter, I swore off getting anymore pets but I'm now coming back around.  My husband and I have been discussing getting an African Serval.  They're so cute (well, I think that all cat's are cute ::)).  Anyway, they grow to be a bit large, so we're just hoping that my oldest cat won't be afraid of it.  Actually, I'm hoping that she can learn to love another cat the way she love's Kali.  For the 2 years that I had my mothers cat, Kat never warmed up to him at all.  But, I'm already thinking of names.  So far, I may go with Khloe but, we'll see.  :)

I found this pic online...isn't it purty!!! :D
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2116/1802818927_4fb065bb42.jpg?v=0  





Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 5th, 2008 at 1:21am
I'd definitely get one. 8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Jerry on Jul 5th, 2008 at 12:05pm
Wow, those are neat and big kitties 8-)  I bet they eat a lot more food than the normal cats?

And I thought $10 was expensive for a cat :o  But, they actually cost more after you get them if you figure in the food and annual vet visits.  But, as most pet owners would say they are just like having real kids ::)

I am going to take my wife's oldest cat Rascal to the vet Wednesday to get his teeth cleaned and just that is going to be around $375.
He also had blood work done a few weeks ago and that was around $187 so that is where my wife's stimulus check is going.


I am glad you had lots of fun at the amusement park.  If my younger sister (who is 42) was with you she would go on the rides with you because she loves them as well.  But, I would  be like your husband and mainly watch :P

Jerry

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by AmandaC on Jul 6th, 2008 at 9:03am
Aww! I want one of those!! If only I had a spare 20 grand(and if only all of my kitties are scaredy cats XD)
Actually speaking of that, my sister just got a puppy, but none of our cats(we've got 4) have warmed up to it...usually when they see the tiny 1 lb. thing they run or hiss and swat at him. So would you know of any tips? Or is it just up to them(like things usually are) when they'll get used to it?

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:26pm
Jerry: Yep, taking care of animals can be expensive.  

Servals eat a special type of food which is more than what a regular cat eats.  However, the price figures out to be the same as what I'm paying for cat food now.  So, I guess that means it would be double but, it's still not much.

Amanda: My cat's took less than a week to warm up to each other but those first few days were very scary.  My cat's hissed and basically tried to kill each other (well, my oldest cat, Kat tried to kill the new intruder).  However, after 3 or 4 days, we began to realize that the real and scary fighting that they were doing, turned into play fighting and that they were getting along.  Now, when I added a 3rd cat to the mix, my youngest cat didn't mind, but my older cat being just as territorial as ever, never warmed up to the last cat and we had him for about a year and a half.  

I think that if they aren't getting along within a week that they may never get along.  Although, not getting along doesn't neccessarily mean that they'll be violent with each other.  As my first cat and the 3rd cat that I brought in never got along, but fortunately, they did learn to tolerate each other.  I also don't think that there is anything that you can do to make them get along.  I think that when or if they accept each other is solely up to them.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 8th, 2008 at 2:29am
My trip was great

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Post by roomtogrow on Jul 8th, 2008 at 8:12am
Pretty cat-you should definitely get it if you can find the cash :). I'm also a big cat fan. I also like your living room color-ours is also red!  

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 8th, 2008 at 4:01pm
Yeah, I'll most likely get a Serval at some point...not the Ashera.  A twenty thousand dollar cat just isn't going to happen. ;)

Thanks for the compliment on my red wall. :)  

Bellydance Class: My instructor responded today and said that she couldn't link the song because it is encrypted.  So, I'm going to have to practice without it afterall.  She said that we will review last weeks lesson because of this, but I want to be to the point where I can breeze through it forwards and backwards.  So, that' what I will be doing today... dancing a lot.  
Gosh, now I have the Bee Gee's in my head..."You should be dancing...yeah!" :D

Oooh, and yesterday, I ordered some new bellydance gear.  I still need a few more hip scarves though.  Well, off I go.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Sakina on Jul 8th, 2008 at 7:38pm
My bellydance teacher burns us a cd and has a bring in a blank one as an exchange.

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 9th, 2008 at 10:36pm
My instructor sent me the link this morning but when we got there, she had burned cd's as well.  

I wasn't too happy in class today and really didn't want to be there.  My husband and I were out earlier today just running errands and stuff, but I didn't want to go to class and wanted to hang out with him instead.  So, the entire time in class, my mind wasn't there.  

Also, I realized that it's more difficult for me to learn in a class atmosphere.  There are just too many distractions going on.  At home with the music and notes I can learn the steps in a snap, compared to in class.  At home, I can just focus on me.  Anyway, I hope that I enjoy it more next week.

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Post by Lisabelle on Jul 9th, 2008 at 10:50pm
Wow nice cat! :)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 10th, 2008 at 12:58am
  wild cats roaming around their mansion,

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by Angel Spun on Jul 10th, 2008 at 4:35pm

Quote:
Some people want a house full of kids...I want a house full of cats.

Ditto.  8-)

Title: Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Post by La Diosa on Jul 10th, 2008 at 11:09pm
Hair: Because it's been raining here for almost everyday for a week now, my hair has been in a constant state of frizz.  I don't really mind though because it's still soft and since I'm not the one that has to look at it, I just keep thinking, who cares.

Yard Stuff:My morning glories have grown so tall, that I am now wrapping them around the very top of the swing set.  They look really good.  So good that I'm going to plant them on the other side as well.  I only planted them on the one side because I remember (from when we had them in our yard when I was a kid) that when they died off in the fall/winter that they looked pretty bad.  I figured that I would experiment with one side first and if they looked too bad that I would just pull them up and replace them with evergreen ivy.  Well, now I'm thinking that if I have to take them down that I'll just replant them again next spring.  They grow so quickly that it shouldn't be a problem.
Only thing is that they've yet to produce any flowers.  I'll have to research what the reason could be.  Right now, I'm thinking that it probably has something to do with the soil.

Oh, and we were in the yard cutting back some of the weeds from behind our fence.  Our weeds aren't bad, but the weeds from our neighbors side were coming over to ours.  So my husband and I began cutting them.  I didn't think it was a big deal, the weeds aren't in the neighbors yard (well, not these weeds) but behind their fence.  However, they were so overgrown that they were hanging over our fence.  Anyway, our neighbor saw us cutting them and then came over to the fence.  He didn't say hi or anything, but he asked us for our sheers.  So, my husband handed them over and our neighbor began cutting the weeds.  I think that he was offended, but that wasn't our intention we were just cutting weeds.  I'm thinking that our neighbor must have some sort of complex or something though because a little while ago, he told us that the HOA told him that he needed to cut the weeds in his front lawn.  He wanted to know if we got a notice too and we told him no.  I'm not sure why he asked though, because we don't have any weeds.  Maybe he thinks that we reported him or something.  

House Stuff:  Last night, I stayed up all night and painted the white trim around my fireplace red.  It looks so much better now.  This weekend, I want to buy more paint and basically do the whole house...not all red, I just want to get rid of my white walls.  I'm going to get more red for 2 walls in my den, then I want to get yellow for the other walls in the den as well as the walls in the foyer, hallway and going up the stairs.  Then, I need beige or tan paint for the trim.  

My next projects will then be setting up my dining room fish tank (I already have the fish picked out, we saw them at Petsmart ), finishing my bathroom and then decorating my cat's bathroom.  I just had the thought of doing my cat's bathroom as we were driving back from Pgh.  I don't know exactly what I'll do with it.  My husband (who gave me the idea) suggested that I take pics of the cats to Kinko's and have them make faux oil paintings of them.  I decided that I could hang those pics in their bathroom and perhaps put up some sort of cat printed walllpaper.

Other: Last night, after my husband hooked up my laptop, took files off of my desk top and put them on the new computer, he came over to g