Love & Loathe — 02/18/10


* Junk mail. Since I’m getting old and persnickety, I simply don’t have the tolerance or fascination for all the catalogs and crap that companies send out. I used to make phone calls and request being discontinued, but nowadays, that’s no longer effective. So, I’ve resorted to ripping off the back page of the catalog (or whatever shows my address), sticking it in an envelope and mailing it back to them with “REMOVE FROM YOUR MAILINGS” written across in big, red letters. It really makes me happy if they’ve included a postage pre-paid envelope.

* Bill collectors. Especially the ones from Chase. Even moreso because they’re trying to collect a debt from someone named “Neil or Christine Trudeau” and I’ve advised them that I am “Jammie” and have been “Jammie” my whole life and there is no one at my number by the name of Neil or Christine and to please stop calling. I’ve been nice to them, I’ve tried being grumpy, I’ve tried sending them to my fax machine. I’ve called Chase back and told them the story, I’ve talked to every department possible, including their legal department, all to no avail. I now call them “my boyfriend” because I talk to them more than I talk to my husband during the day. Seriously, 4-6 times a day is the normal number of times they call me — every single day. At least my phone skills are staying up to date!


* My husband. He has been and continues to be one of the biggest rocks in my life. No matter what scary path my life takes me on, he is intuitively supportive and a great communicator. I respect him and cannot even begin to put into words how much I love him. I know I’m being mushy, but it’s Valentine’s week, so I’m entitled.

* I have an interview next week with a company that would totally kick ass in the “cool” department and would look great on my resume if I land it. The phone interviews have gone well, and it’s everything I’m looking for in my next position… except for the pay. It’s half of what I was making before (ouch!!), but we all know, jobs these days seem to be an endangered species.

* Organizing. Gosh, do I love organizing things and things are never organized enough, so I’m always tinkering in my brain with ways to organize things even better. Problem is, the external processing of my internal genius oftentimes looks messier than I like.

* Our neighbor’s little girl gave us a little bag of candy for Valentine’s Day. GAH! Be still my heart from the cuteness of it! I don’t remember if I ever told you the story about how she came over with her dad and didn’t want to leave (about a year ago)? He finally left her here after we told him it was OK with us, and then checked on her a bit later, and she STILL didn’t want to leave. She was pretty low maintenance, actually, just wanted crackers and toys. hehe

* We’re going to the mountains this weekend. A quick trip, but still, I always look forward to that.

* Showers. Never undervalue the pleasure of simple things, and I do love my showers. Nice hot water with good smelling soap? 10 minutes of pure bliss.

One Last Thing:

I realized it’s been awhile since I wrote a hair (no shampoo) update. It has, as of yesterday, been 9 months since I stopped using shampoo. Instead, I use a mixture of baking soda/water which I rub into my scalp, when needed, and then rinse it completely out. If I’m swimming daily, I’ve found that I only need to use the baking soda/water mixture every 4-5 days. If I’m not swimming daily, it takes about 2 days before the grease starts to bug me.

For a “conditioner,” I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water, aloe vera juice and a stalk of rosemary. This mixture acts as a clarifier, removing the chlorine from all the swimming I do. I use this mixture immediately after I get out of the pool.

Occasionally, if the tangles get out of control, I use L’oreal’s sulfate free conditioner.

This process is now just as normal to me as using shampoo was for years and years. Although, apparently airline security didn’t feel it was normal at all. They inspected my luggage, and opened the two bottles when I traveled in January. I know this because they didn’t securely close the top on the baking soda/water bottle. Thankfully, they did return it to the plastic bag I had it in, so it only leaked a little onto my packed clothing.

9 months, no shampoo:



Filed under Hair Can Be a Topic of Conversation, Love/Loathe

26 responses to “Love & Loathe — 02/18/10

  1. Next time take the baking soda dry and dilute it there. At least it will reduce one bottle.

    • I could do that, but if the water is hard it would need to be boiled to help the BS dissolve in it. Don’t always have the facilities to boil water everywhere I go…

  2. grrrace

    dang, those Chase people are persistent…

    your hair’s looking gorgeous. 🙂


    • I know, the Chase people were calling early enough that they were waking up my mom. The ringer was turned on in her room…

      My hair feels really great, it does need a trim again, though. 🙂


  3. tony

    Nice hair cutie pie. Mountains here we come, YES!!!
    love you too, XXOXOXOXXOXO

  4. My wife likes to send take junk mail from one sender and mail it in the prepaid envelopes from another sender’s junk mail. Let them share the love and pay the postage!

    Good luck on the interview! Being underemployed is still better than being unemployed.

    And I always appreciate the pictures of the hair. Such wonderful scenery.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • You do have a way of summing things up… underemployed, good word. 🙂

      Glad you enjoy the scenery. 🙂

      I can’t believe the weekend’s over already.

  5. your hair is just gorgeous …
    just like you … *smile*

  6. When you said you were going to write a hair update, I immediately thought you were referring to THE hair. The crazy one.

    (It’s been on my mind. I pulled a big, crazy hair out of my chin today and thought of you. Honestly.)

    I like the junk mail idea! Has it worked?

    • HAAAA! Crazy Hair is still there and doing remarkably well. It’s a survivor, don’t ya know. Glad to know you think of me at random times throughout the day. 🙂

      I’ll let you know how the junk mail thing works out, I’ve only been doing it a couple weeks. If it does or doesn’t, at least *I* feel better about trying to do my part to cut down trash and waste.

  7. P.S. Best of luck on your interview!

  8. Caryl

    You’ve got a strange ringer on the phone in that room. The rhythm of it is like riding a horse or being at the horse races! It totally scares the . . . out of you until you figure out what it is.
    Love you anyway.

  9. Always beautiful hair : ) The “cool” company will hire you on that feature alone, never mind the fact that you rock your job!

    I loathe those calls as well. I get one for a guy with a Spanish name- Hi! Jewish girl here : )

    We are going today to sign papers on the house. I looked at the builder’s website and they build in CA. too- would love to live there!!

    • Hmmm, well, I’ve been putting my hair up for the interviews. Maybe I should leave it down?

      HA HA!! Bill collecting is a terrible job, not one I would want.

      I hope your new home is everything you want and more. So exciting!

  10. py

    Good luck for the interview. I can visualise you radiating with professionalism and talents during the interview with the interviewers, and the interviewers are thinking to themselves while they were interviewing you “that’s the right lady for the position that we have…. and we will pay the right pay so as to hire her.”

    Best wishes!

  11. Look at your GORGEOUS Hair…! WOW! I remember when you first began this new regime…And now it is 9 months? WOW, again!

    Like you, I LOATH all the junk mail. I throw out almost everything that comes, every day!!! And every time I think—What A Waste Of Paper & Money….How many trees have to die to supply the paper for all this JUNK MAIL??? And so many of the things I get are asking for money. If I gave to every charity that sends me stuff—well, it’s just impossible. I do what I can.

    Hope you had a GREAT Weekend away, my dear,,,,and I wish you all the best on that interview! And as we say in The Theatre, ‘Break A Leg’….that means Good Luck!

    • I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I started this “natural” hair regiment.

      Junk mail is such a waste. I wonder if it’s really worth it to all those companies who pollute people’s mailboxes.

      We did have a great weekend and thanks for the good luck wishes! 🙂

  12. Redfred

    When Chase calls today say ” Hello, this is Christine Trudeau and you are never getting your #$%^&ing money, so sue me” lol.

    Seriously though it is not Chase that is calling you it will be a collection agency that they have contracted to collect (or more like 4-6 agencies) Collecting is an awful job, we do it here at my company and there is an annual turnover of staff rate of 70%, many don’t make it through the first month. I’ll check and see if there is a correct way to stop them calling a wrong number.

  13. Redfred

    Sending you a private email about the collection calls 😉