Hair

One of my 30 things is to grow my hair long. I have very thick hair so when I have long hair I have a lot of hair to deal with!

I’ve been “no poo” (not using shampoo or conditioner) since new year and it’s made my hair much more manageable. It has its bad days, but certainly less of them than I used to, and most of my problems stem from my fringe, which refuses to grow out.

I mainly use water only. About once a week I rinse my hair thoroughly in the shower with water. I try to massage my scalp to get the natural oils moving, and then I comb it through in the shower. I get quite a lot of hair out on the comb, with little bits of what looks like dust on it. Sometimes I finish off with a capful of cider vinegar. Honestly I don’t know the theory behind this, it just seems to be the done thing but lots of no poo-ers.

Here is my hair halfway through the year. I don’t have a before picture because I never used to wear my hair down as it was too much hassle! 

  

Quarter of the way…

So I’m a quarter of the way through the year, and I’ve done 6/30 things and started lots more, so I think that puts me just about on track!  Time for a general update on what I’ve been up to…

I’ve put together and had printed a children’s book for my boys, and they both love it – they definitely feel famous when they read it!  Not only that, but a photo of them that I took at Christmas-time made it into Devon Life, so that’s my something published.  I wrote a crappy poem for Steve’s Valentine’s card too.  But the best thing about doing these bits of writing are that they inspired me to write a short story for grown ups, and I massively surprised myself!  I’m not quite ready to share it publicly yet, but I’m sure I will before the year is out!

IMG_0111

I even dusted off my sewing machine and made a couple of skirts and a dress.  My pink and blue jersey dress looked great, but my plan to do bias binding on the hems didn’t work at all on the sleeves and I ended up cutting the dress up after I’d worn it the once!

1503583_10152254287157614_9123658269355077436_n

But the thing I am really excited about is the 10k run I have booked for Sunday 12th April and will now be doing in fancy dress!  Up until now I have not been the biggest fan of exercise (my thing was always that we should do enough exercise as part of our daily lives to not need to exercise for the sake of exercise – and I do pretty well on this as I walk back and forth across Shaldon bridge several times a week for the school run) but I think I’m hooked!  This year as part of my 30 things I have already done three hours as part of a Spinathon, and walked the Templer Way.  I’ve also started exercising with some of the Mums from school.  I am, by a significantly long way, the slowest in the group, and when they plank for a minute I basically just lie on the floor, but I go and that’s what counts right?!

image_5

Recently I read somewhere that it’s much easier to start a new habit before you’re 30 than it is after, so I’m determined to really get into exercise this year!  Yesterday I downloaded an App called Zombies, Run! and last night I went out on my best run ever.  It was faster than I’ve run before and it felt totally different to my previous runs.  The app made it really good fun, I was very close to shooting my invisible gun many times!

I’ve got a tattoo planned out and have just started reading 100 years of solitude.  I’m keeping up with my blog (though not necessarily that regularly!) and my diary.  My hair is getting longer by the day, and now that I’ve gone “no poo” it looks and feels better than ever and is loads more manageable.

And finally, the thing that prompted this post – I am hatching a plan for treating someone less fortunate to dinner.  Today I met a lovely man who told me about a trout dish his wife used to cook.  Before she died she taught him to cook, but he can’t remember how to do this one dish.  So that is what I will be treating him to!  I can’t wait to do this one!

Seven Things

A few days ago I was nominated by a friend for the latest thing doing the rounds on Facebook – to share seven things that most people don’t know about you.  I am a pretty open person, most people know most things there are to know about me, so this was quite a challenge, but here’s what I went for:

1 I haven’t used shampoo or conditioner in 2015 and my hair has never felt better.

2 I wish I had a degree but I wouldn’t know what to study. I’m pretty ok at most things, but I wish I was really good at any one thing.

3 The only reason I go running is to listen to music. The main reason I don’t go running more often is because of having to wash and dry my hair (but see 1, this is getting easier).

4 I wish I could lose my baby belly but I’m sure I wished the same before I had babies. I think it’s just my shape and being content with that is easier to achieve than losing it, but I’m still working on that!

5 I had my tongue, tragus and nipple pierced when I was a teenager.

6 I am super lazy and take the easy way out much too easily. I want to give myself more of a challenge, but I can’t be bothered.

7 I don’t think you can truly know someone until you have shared an awful hangover together. That is when true friends are made and why I love having friends to sleep here after a night out.

EDIT I didn’t include the most important thing. Charlie still breastfeeds occasionally and it is the loveliest thing in the world.