Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Forget Paris...



So, I checked on the details of the Paris teaching assignment and 1) The dates were changed and they now overlap with my Miami trip (read: the class begins on the day I'm leaving!) and, 2) The Paris center was offering hostel (not hotel) accommodations.




A hostel? Really? I had a flashback to Mel's experience in Austria. If I wanted a hotel it was suggested I pay for it myself. What?! For 5 weeks? Um....No. I love the company, but the corporate structure is a little like a franchise, and that means that some of the centers are run by cheap managers. A significant percentage of our teachers are struggling students who wouldn't mind the hostel experience just for a chance to be in France, but I wasn't feeling it. For that length of time?! So I will not be summering in Europe this year.




I'm a little disappointed because my 30th birthday (or the 1st anniversary of my 29th:-) is coming up in August, and while I am glad to be alive...there are several reasons I am not looking forward to it. I've lead a full and useful life packed with meaningful experiences, but there are so many things I thought I would have accomplished by now. I felt like being in Paris for my thirtieth (Shoot! Just being able to say I was in Paris!) would have gone a long way towards cheering me up about it...


But at the same time, it really isn't the best time for me to be away from home for 6 consecutive weeks. The assignment would have interrupted my progress on several important projects (and I do sometimes fall into a pattern of sacrificing long-term goals for short-term goals - a cycle I am trying to break). So...disappointed though I am, it really is okay. And there's always next year.



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I discover new SL blogs every day! I get so excited every time I find a new one. I was never into chat rooms or myspace or meeting people online. I'm much more comfortable with and focused on my relationships that have come from personal interaction, so I have been surprised at how much I like reading blogs and how much I start to feel like I know people and look forward to hearing their news.




Today I found Meikmeika's blog, "Lock and Don't Stop!" She just celebrated her first lock anniversary. I appreciated her post with words of wisdom for people considering Sisterlocks

My second retightening is tomorrow. I will take pictures, but I am not sure if there will be enough noticeable change to merit posting them. I do know that I do not intend to go past 5 weeks between retites. I don't think my hair looks overly messy, but I don't like the way it feels. It's not too terribly bad throughout the interior, but I can't stand the way it gets around the edges; especially at the nape of my neck and the front of my hairline.

I'm in my sixth week and I don't know what happened in that extra seven days, but it feels loose and floppy in a way that I am not fond of. As I have posted before, I like feeling like my hair has been 'done' and right now it just feels kind of 'there.'

I am giving more serious consideration to purchasing a Nappylocs tool just to maintain those edges. I actually have enough new growth to retighten at 3 weeks; and I'm pretty sure my hair is strong enough that the frequency wouldn't cause damage. I have decided that want to know how to retighten myself, and I want to learn now while it's optional and I will not feel like I'm forced to due to consultant, location, or money issues. However, even if I do learn to, I am certain that I will continue to see my consultant. 1) Because I like her and 2) Because having my hair done by someone else is a small luxury I look forward to.

I know I said I was dropping out for a while, but, alas, I couldn't stay away.

8 comments:

Carmen In NC said...

I'm sorry about Paris. Maybe you can go when you have nothing to do but relax and enjoy it. I went back and linked the Turning 30 article - - http://www.dysan.net/Weird/show/597.html I thought it was so cute. I'm glad you liked it.

Sogolocs said...

Thanks for tagging me. You can find out more about me now. I have the nappylocs tool and I love it. I took the class for sisterlocks retightening and I just can not use that tool. I am able to tighten my edges with the nappylocks tool. Try it, you'll love it.

muslimahlocs said...

too bad about paris. it's one of my favorite getaways. God-willing, you will be able to get there soon!

WomanInProcess said...

I'm sorry to hear that the Paris thing didn't work out for you but don't forget that everything happens for a reason... you'll get there.

naadii salaam said...

i too find new loc'd blogs everyday too. just wanted to show you some love since i just found your page. i was happy and surprised to see that my blog is listed in your link section. thanks for checkin' me out!

dewdrop said...

Oh anytime! I will actually have my 6 month-versary in July so i'm waiting to update again then. I have so much to update, it's just a matter of finding the time. I'm liking how your locks are turning out and I think you may be my hair twin. ~dew

n'Drea said...

Awww, I'm sorry that you're not going to Paris, but you never know. Something else far more wonderful and even better than those plans you had will come up. Be patient, you'll get to Paris at the right time. I believe that everything happens for a reason, whether we understand it or not.

Meikmeika said...

I know I'm commenting so late on this one but I'm so sorry to hear about Paris. Maybe something better will come this year.

Also, thanks for dropping by my blog. I also love it when others comment.