Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Where can I get....?

Wow, I know. No post for months, and now 2 in one day. I guess boredom has officially kicked in.
Last night I recorded a new show on TLC. This afternoon when it was too hot for birds, but not for lizards, I decided to go in and watch the train wreck that I was sure would become one of my new favorite shows. This show is called Toddlers and Tiaras. Yes, that's right, an entire hour of little Jean Benets that compete for the Grand Supreme title and a crown bigger than my head. One little girl had won 83 tiaras. She was 6 years old. I totally wanted to be one of those girls when I was younger, and now I get to see how it all happens. I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen, and added it to my Tivo season pass manager so I will never miss another episode. I still can't seem to curl my hair wiithout it looking like a fuzzy halo, so the hairpieces alone were mindboggeling. And after 3 days of napping on teh couch (I can't seem to get enough sleep), I decided to take a shower. I am sure Jon was thrilled.
I love days when I don't have any obligations, they are perfect for experimenting. So I decided to put my hair in curlers, and see if I could spend the evening with big Texas hair, even though we are going out to dinner with some friends of Jon's parents. Bold, and hilarious.
Here's the thing though. My hair won't dry on these curlers, so in the past I have resorted to a neat hair drying thing that my grandmother gave me when I was a kid. Why I still have it, I don't know. But you hook it to the end of the hair dryer, turn it on, and you look like someone straight out of the 1950's hair salon.

And then something dreadful happened. I ripped it. And I cried. I actually cried. My grandmother gave me this. And I can't put tape on it because when the plastic heats up it could melt the tape glue.
And my hair will never dry with these curlers in. Here is my question. Do they still make these things? Where can I get my hands on another one? And what the heck is it called? Anyone know a hairdresser who can answer this question?


It is Spring Break, and I enrolled in a couple classes I need to renew my teaching certificate. What better time to get some undisturbed studying done, right? Wrong. It is a beautiful morning (supposed to be 85 today) and I have decided to sit on my porch and bird watch. Yes bird watch. If you remember, my favorite Christmas gift was a National Geographic field Guide to birds. A few weeks ago, Jon and I walked through a preserve that our local library backs up to. It was filled with small lakes (some call reservoirs) and birds, birds, birds. I had meant to look some of them up when I got home, but forgot. This morning I woke to the chirp, chirp, chirping of many morning birds, and reached over onto my nightstand to thumb through my field guide. I decided that today was a day to enjoy my natural surroundings. So I rummaged through the garage and found the binoculars. I moved one of my living room chairs onto the porch, and am snuggled up with a cup of tea. My school work is sitting next to me, but I have yet to crack it open. There are a lot of different birds in my front yard! There is one I am struggling to identify, but I think they are building a nest on my neighbors roof, so they aren't going anywhere. I hope the neighbors don't think I am looking in their windows. I have also noticed that 2 doors down there is a house we thought abandoned, and there is someone in the garage and doing yard work and I am terribly confused as to where they came from.
I have also discovered some great websites to help me with my classification. One site even has sound bites of the birds calls, which has forced me to admit that I have been wrong about a few. Which just means I will have to stay out here a little longer than planned.
I am also taking a break from my new found love of vampire books and I started reading a non-fiction book called Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Weidensaul, and it is quite interesting, if you are into that kind of thing.