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.
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.