In the Air.

Someone’s Birthday

I can’t believe it’s August already. Tony’s 36th birthday is tomorrow (the 17th). We met when he was 28, he’ll be 36 tomorrow. Makes a person wonder where the time goes, doesn’t it?

This man makes me laugh so hard. We had date night on Friday, and went to our local Red Robin for dinner. As we sat there eating, one of us decided it would be entertaining to do body builder postures. And so, there we sat, with every bite of food we took, posturing to flex our biceps or quadriceps or neck muscles or whatever sitting pose we could invent to flex a muscle. “Hey look! Our car is that way!” Flexing a bicep to point repeatedly. “Oh yeah, well this chicken wrap is the best I’ve ever eaten!” Overflexing chest muscles to pick up a green burrito looking thing. On and on it went. We were laughing so hard we nearly had tears running down our faces. The waitress must have thought we were insane but, I’m telling you, it was the funniest dinner I’ve ever eaten.

Happy Birthday, babe!

No Shampoo, etc., Week 13.

May 17th was the last day I used shampoo — that was 13 weeks ago. Hard to believe, but it’s not really any big deal anymore. In fact, I’m slowly but steadily whittling away the inventory of shampoo by using them as a post-swim body wash. Outright discarding them seems wasteful. I have no plans to ever use shampoo to clean my hair again.

I use my baking soda/water rinse every 2 to 3 days, as needed, and my recipe for that concoction has never changed.

We have really hard water, so I boil 32 oz. of tap water, turn the heat off and add 1/2 c baking soda. I then wait until it cools and pour into a squeeze bottle. I use only on my scalp while showering. For soft water, you would just add the baking soda to the water without boiling and shake.

I’ve finalized my apple cider vinegar rinse recipe, and it’s now fine-tuned to what my hair needs — I use this every day, since I swim every day. I add 1 c aloe vera juice, 1/4 c apple cider vinegar, a 10″ stalk of fresh rosemary and fill the rest of the 32 oz. bottle with tap water. As I mentioned, I use this every day and I use it on the entire length of my hair. Takes about a cup per use.

I’ve completely stopped using Scalpicin, I don’t need it anymore. My scalp is healthy with no inflammation or itching. Occasionally, due to a preference for lovely smells, I’ll use a small bit of sulfate free conditioner or a small bit of sulfate free oil. Loreal has a wonderful line of products that I love.

In addition, I keep a small plastic container by my sink of baking soda. This I make a paste of when rinsing my face. It makes a great makeup remover and exfoliates my skin.

Here’s a picture from last week, after my hair cut:

Yeah, I figured you wouldn’t be able to tell…

Anybody but me feeling the change of the seasons? There’s something in the air, isn’t there? The smell of autumn, a little bit of a chill at night that wasn’t there a week ago? Hmmm.

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8 responses to “In the Air.

  1. Happy Birthday Tony! I still don’t get the boiling the hard water. Hard water means lots of minerals. Boiling steams off water leaving the minerals so you have actually increased the mineral to water ratio. I’m just saying. And your hair looks great. A few weeks ago I cleaned out a plastic garlic powder shaker container and filled it with baking soda to keep in my shower. I’m going to use it as a face scrub, to soothe irritated skin and an occasional hair rinse.

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    If I don’t boil the water and add the BS, then it’s just a bottle of gritty water no matter how much I shake it up. It’s why I almost didn’t go through with this the first time I tried it. But then I read somewhere about boiling the water and adding the BS. Turns out that when the water is boiled, and BS is added to the hot water, adding the BS makes the water “slippery”. I don’t have to understand it if it works… *shrug*

    You’ll have to let me know if the BS works as well for you as it does for me. πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.

  2. Cat

    Chill at night?? It’s been about 96-100F here for the last 5 days and it’s going for at least a week – and this is with humidity! You’re probably just getting the weather we had all of June and July. πŸ˜‰

    Happy birthday, Tony! May you both have many laughter-filled years ahead!

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    *happy sigh* The weather has been soooo perfect here lately. πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.

  3. grrrace

    Happy birthday to one of the best hubbies ever! πŸ™‚ Glad you guys are still having such a fabulous time together! πŸ™‚

    Yup, it’s been a little chilly…

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    Fabulously ridiculous together! πŸ™‚
    Loving the chill. πŸ™‚
    When should I come see you this week?

    ~Jammie J.

  4. tony

    :mrgreen: that is right it’s MY B-DAY!!!!
    love you sweetie, XXOXOXOXO
    :mrgreen:

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    Happy Birthday, silly! :mrgreen:

    ~Jammie J.

  5. Happy Birthday to Tony! You two are a pair of nuts!

    I can tell the difference. All the ends are nice and neat. Very lovely hair.

    And thanks for the pick. You know I appreciate them!

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    I did it just for you. πŸ˜›

    ~Jammie J.

  6. Happy Birthday Tony!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    Tony shares a b’day with my youngest – ’tis a good day, huh?

    I’m really ready for a change in the weather. Still hotter ‘n Hades here, but the light is changing – I’m ready for some cooler weather.

    Your hair is gorgeous! It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to ditch the chemicals and make it all better!

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    I’m loving the respite in the weather… it may get hot again, likely will, in fact. But they’re forecasting this kind of weather for the rest of the week.

    Thanks — my hair feels so healthy. It’s wonderful.

    ~Jammie J.

  7. Okay, I get it now. You’re using the hot water to break up (down?) the BS. Thank you. My brain can rest now.

    I did a face scrub tonight with the BS and I feel ever so smooth and soft. I used to bathe in it all the time but had never thought to use it on my face or hair. Also when we were kids and poor and ran out of toothpaste, we had to brush our teeth with it. We thought it was awful, but it’s not.

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    Yep, break it down! That’s what I boil the water and add BS for!

    I use the baking soda toothpaste put out by Arm & Hammer — I love that stuff, it makes my teeth feel cleaner than any other toothpaste I’ve ever used. I’ve never put BS straight on the toothbrush, though, maybe I should.

    ~Jammie J.

  8. Beth

    Belated happy birthday to Tony! Glad dinner was a riot!

    You really inspire me with your poo-less ways. I fell off the wagon a few weeks ago, but have started it up again. I’ve started putting rosemary in my ACV rinse too. It smells great!

    I wonder how much more useful can baking soda get?

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    I had a bit of a quandary when I went on my first trip, but I just bought smaller bottles and put some of the mixture in them. Worked fine. It’s even easier now that I don’t BS it every day. In fact, if I don’t swim, I might be able to get away with just washing it with water.

    Baking soda is wonderful. I love the stuff.

    ~Jammie J.