So. I was going to apologize for not posting in a while. I mean, it’s spring break, I’ve been assiduously Not Grading (that has to stop today), cleaning house, and reading. But I’m not going to apologize — instead, I’m going to complain. If Iowa can’t get its act together and give me more than one day of sunshine at a time, well, there’s nothing I can do, but these clouds make the Desert Girl feel distinctly non-creative and un-posty. So there.

As for a general update:

1) I’ve gone vegan except for skim, organic milk on my cereal and fat free half and half in my tea and on my oatmeal. So I guess that’s not really vegan but ultra-vegetarian, or at least more vegetarian than I’ve ever been. At any rate, I’ve lost 9 lbs.

2) I’ve grown my hair out. It’s in about 5″ layers, the longest it’s been in 15 years. And guess what — it’s moderately curly! When I was very young and living in the Seattle area, I had curly/wavy hair; later, living in Nevada, my mother told me I’d just grown out of it. Turns out it’s the humidity — here in the midwest, my hair is curly again. Oh yeah, the gray also helps, as it adds body (gray hairs are more coarse). Anyway, people keep asking if I’ve gotten a perm, but no, I just brush it and then shake my head vigorously and presto! It took 37 years post Seattle, but I finally have fabulous hair!

3) I’ve been playing around with a 2′ triangle loom, deciding if I want to invest in a 7′ one (or talk my newly retired BIL Leroy into making me one….).

4) Because spring, however cloudy, turns a middle-aged woman’s fancy to thoughts of whether or not she’s ever going to go out on a date again, I’ve been perusing dating sites. Which leads to disappointment because all evidence indicates that single, middle aged men in the Midwest are largely bitter about women, post pics that look like sex offender mug shots (when they aren’t pics of the guy’s much worshiped Harley or pics in which a woman has obviously been cut out), have no idea how to use spell check, list their interests solely as NASCAR and hunting, and, despite the fact that many of the men aren’t prize pigs themselves, stipulate they are looking for a woman who is slender/athletic. All of this, combined with the clouds, leads me to work on my stash of organic milk chocolate, reducing the weight loss mentioned in #1 to 7 lbs.

So that’s March in Storm Lake.  C’mon summer!


2 responses »

  1. Picture of your hair, plz. I just cut mine and it’s way curly, too. I think it’s age. Actually, I got a bad sickness and after that, my hair grew like crazy and it got curly. So, I cut it.

    Still not brave enough to go gray. maybe when I’m 40.

  2. Strongly suggest that desire for large, cumbersome, limited-use loom in your cozy-but-small space home is result of long winter and case of spring fever. Remember the wacky spinning wheel? Suggest you:
    –keep knitting, crocheting
    –try (which I have heard good things about, even here in the
    Midwest) I’ve been told that just giving the number and type of responses
    they ask for eliminates most NASCAR types and less-than-prize-pigs.
    –only eat that chocolate after grading 25% of your total grading pile (4X)
    –stick with the hair loveliness, and avoid the cloth headwraps. I may be an
    old married lady, but I know man-repellent when I see it.

    Lastly, take heart, young grasshopper–spring IS coming. And there may soon be flooding and severe thunderstorms to prove it.

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