April 1, 2014

Currently, I'm Asking for Your Input

Happy April, everyone! It's time for my favorite monthly linky, hosted by Farley!

I normally don't expand much on my Currently posts, but this one needs some discussion. In particular, I'm looking for some feedback on a couple of these, so feel free to chime in!

Listening - I L.O.V.E. that I'm still in my bed after 10:00, and it's not because I'm still sick!  Spring Break is the best gift ever! 

Loving - Yesterday, Chicago was blessed with 70 degree temperatures for the first time in what felt like a year. Although it didn't last long enough (a cold wind is howling as I type this), it was the perfect way to lift my spirits. I took the time to not only straighten but also curl my hair and put on a cute outfit, complete with fun jewelry for a day date with my man. Joel and I spent some time at the outlet mall simply because it allowed us to walk around outside, hand a nice lunch at a salad bar, and then we visited my BFF Ashley and her twin girls AND my sister and her boyfriend. When we got home around 8:00, we spent a couple hours hanging out with my brother and his girlfriend before climbing into bed to watch some Real Housewives. It was basically the perfect day!

Thinking - I'm looking for some new books to read. When it comes to adult books, I've really been enjoying memoirs and autobiographies... especially those by funny women. Ellen Degeneres, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey... I've loved them all. What else should I add to my reading list???

Wanting - At Joel's insistence, I caved and bought a pair of Crocs last year. My schedule was such that I was literally on my feet from 6:30-1:00 every day, and they were the ONLY shoes that didn't make my plantar fasciitis hurt at the end of the day. They feel like walking on little clouds. I know Crocs are the shoes everyone loves to hate, but I think I'm finally in a place where I can say I don't care. We visited the outlet store yesterday, and I think I found at least 3 other pairs I want to buy. My sister thinks this is the first sign I'm getting old and fears I'm on my way to wearing mumus and giving up completely on my appearance. I assured her this is not the case. I think I'm just finally old enough to not care if someone judges my shoes if they aren't the ones walking in them all day!

Needing - I've mentioned this before, but I've been finding grays in my dark hair since high school. I started coloring my hair using boxed dye from the drugstore until my hair stylist pointed out that my ends were literally black from soaking up too much dye. I'm at a place now where my hair needs to be colored every month because of regrowth and because those stubborn grays fade so quickly. The last time I went to the salon for color only (at the end of February), I shelled out $130. And this is for all-over color. I don't do highlights or lowlights or anything else fancy. I would... but I'm trying to be cost-efficient. And call me crazy, but I don't think $130 for all-over color is cost-efficient. Who can afford that every 4 weeks? Not this girl! Especially not on this salary. I desperately need to find a more budget-friendly solution. I know I shouldn't go back to using boxed color, so I need to find another option. I'd love to be able to buy my own color and developer on ebay (but how do you know what will work for your hair?) to do it at home for a fraction of the cost. Anyone have any tips or alternate ideas?

Hours & Last Day - I have to punch in on a time clock and am required to be in the building from 7:35-3:05. This is more than an hour later than I arrived to school in my previous jobs, so I'm not complaining. :) Our last day is June 6 after 4 snow days. They were worth it! 


  1. I say you gotta do what you gotta do....If Crocs are comfy, you've should go with it! I really struggle with finding comfy shoes. You've given me something to investigate here. Thanks! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. 70 degrees sounds amazing!! We hit 60 yesterday and it felt like summer! :) I can't help you with memoirs or autobiographies, but I have a huge stack of spring break reading next to me right now... The Circle, Divergent, Gone Girl, and The Fault in Our Stars. Enjoy your break!!

    EduKate and Inspire

  3. Books to recommend: The Fault in Our Stars (LOVED!!!), Gone Girl, Wonder, Dark Places, Shadow and Bone, Hyperbole and a Half (Hilarious), and some Phillipa Gregory novels.

    Enjoy your break! I'm really wishing ours was later right about now.

    Life With Middle Schoolers

  4. I don't have grey's coming through (yet), but I colour my hair with foils instead of all over colour. It does help that my hair is blonde/light brown (so not sure if that will help). I find that it costs more to get done, but I can then go 2-3 months without needing to colour again if I don't want to. The foils tend to grow out more naturally, but wont cover over grey hair. Not sure if this will help you!

    Learning to be awesome

  5. I have too many thoughts on your hair dying needs.

    Thought one, I buy boxed dye all the time my hair dresser was once worried about my ends so her thoughts were to dye my roots and then the last five or so minutes dye the ends so its sitting there less time than other sections of your hair.

    Thought two. Do you have a Sally's near you? Sally's sells all hair dying supplies needed for you to create your own dye and its a lot cheaper. My hair dresser told me to buy a huge bottle of developer at 20, it will last forever and then you can pick your own color to mix with it. The nice thing is they have the little hair samples so you can really see the color. I like the L'Oreal brand, but they have a ton of options. The only other items you need to buy would be a bowl, brush and gloves. And then you can just apply on the areas you need to darken.

    I like this method because I can mix colors together to get a the perfect red/brown combo and I find that it lasts longer. I have been incredible blessed to have a hair dresser that was willing to offer me so many tips for dying my hair at home.

    Longest comment. ever.

  6. I don't personally own any Croc's, but they have some really cute ones out there. I have some friends that wear them also and love them! I used to do box color too, but now I fork out the money for getting mine done. This past time I had a friend do it...it was much cheaper for me to buy the supplies that she got at the salon store for way much more reasonable. I have to have highlights or I'd attempt to do it myself.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. It's not about giving up on the appearance , It is about just making a few adjustments! I dress significantly different from what I did 10 years ago and am moving past Crocs to Dansko or Alegria! It just becomes a necessity. Try going to Sally's Beauty Supply. They have everything and if someone very helpful works there, it might be a solution for you. I have given in for the last several years and have been paying to get mine done every 5-6 weeks. I am just at a point in my life where it is just one of the little luxuries we can afford and it is so much easier to have someone else do it! Enjoy the rest of your break! I just have 3 weeks before state testing to look forward to right now! :)

  8. Ugh, plantar fascitis (sp). I have discovered Merrell shoes, but will look into Crocs as well!

  9. I don't own any Crocs, but I have seen some cute Mary Jane style ones from them! A great book recommendation is Andy Cohen's biography, especially if you're a RH fan! AND...the cost for your hair...Yikes! You must be getting it done in the city. In the suburbs there are much more reasonable prices. I pay $40 for all over color with my girl. Another option would be to go to a salon school for your coloring. Prices are cheap and students get practice. Kind of a win-win for something simple like all over color!
    Short and Sassy Teacher