Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I'm Free!!!

Ok, so it’s been quite a while since my last ‘true’ post (oh the shame…I’m so ashamed) so let me start with a post that I have been meaning to do for months now…

I took the retightening class back in February ’07. I must say that I have felt liberated and empowered with my locs ever since. While I adore my consultant, it was a 2 ½ hour trek every 5 weeks for my retightening…that became old very quickly. I do, however, plan to visit her at least once a year for a check-up and possibly a grooming. For now, I'm just glad to be free!! I find myself retightening locks on a whim, these days. I need to be careful though, because I'm beginning to have locs all over that are at different stages....some are ready to be retightened, some are definitely in need, while others are not. Kinda a pain to search for the 'next potential loc to tighten'...but anyway...I digress...Oh, speaking of grooming, can anyone tell me what exactly I can plan to expect from a grooming session? I’m thinking that she will trim excess hair around each lock and maybe combine any tiny or weak locks? I’m sure I’m missing some things. Is it worth the $$$? Help?!

The first few times I attempted self-retightening, it literally took me 1 week for me to complete my head. I stopped frequently because my arms got ridiculously sore. Also, I kept getting confused with the direction I needed to point the tool, based on the side of my head I was working on….needless to say, it was very daunting at first. Several months I contemplated giving my consultant a call and telling her that I gave up and please help! But I know she would have encouraged me to finish on my own, so I forged on. Now, I am happy to report that my retightenings take about 2 days, with me working off and on both Saturdays and Sundays. I typically can finish before work on Monday if I start Saturday morning. My goal, of course is to get within 1 day, preferably about 3-5 hours would be ideal. I’ve made a slide show after some of the first ‘self sessions’.

The pics below are random pics taken pretty recently…some as recent as last week during my visit to my sister’s (went to the beach). In the picture of me and my son sitting down on the beach, I hope you can see some of the texture I’m getting with my locs. It’s kinda blurry because I got my camera wet, and I believe it was trying to fade away (it’s off being repaired now) I was proud of this pic. It’s one of the few times I’ve worn my hair up (it’s just now beginning to be long enough on the sides…still no go on the back up-dos yet…that reminds me of my next post….my kitchen…still to come).

Monday, July 09, 2007

Yes, I am alive....and I've been Tagged!

Shame, shame on me for being out of touch for so long. I know when I say that I've been super busy with work, home maintenance, and family most everyone will say...and?? for I'm sure that many of you have many of the same juggling acts to do and much more! So, I wish I could claim another reason, but alas, I must say that my juggling has left very little room for blogging. However, I have made myself a promise that I will post at LEAST once a month (though I'm shooting for 2 - 3 times p/month). I also commit to visiting more sites and commenting as much as possible. I have much to share with you guys and have missed everyone. I can't wait to catch up on my blog reading!! Well, here's my start...

Thanks Jen and Cashana, for tagging me! I had begun to think no one cared! lol! ;-)) Jen, I must say, the most recent pic you have on the LHBE is phenomenal! You look beautiful and so do your locs!!

1. I’m a lefty. [I'm an underwriter, by the way. See link.] Growing up in a household with all right handed people (4), it has always baffled me that I stuck to my left handed ways. I believe I am a bit mixed up though, I must say...when I played softball as a kid, I batted right-handed, and I wear my watch on my left arm...as most right-handed people do. I love being left-handed though...makes me feel special. Shout out to all of the lefties out there! ;-)

2. I make jewelry in my spare time. (hah! whenever THAT is ;-)) ) I have developed a true fondness for the craft and enjoy the way it allows me to broaden my accessory collection. I can wear a different color/style every day (although, I don’t…haven’t made myself sit in one place long enough.) I’ll have to do a post about my hobby.

3. I’m originally from up north (Detroit, MI by way of Scranton, PA). I ventured down south to attend college (college-A, college-B) and haven’t been back since (except to visit). I love the HEAT!

4. I absolutely LOVE to eat. But not just any food, I love delicious foods…Italian, Cajun, Japanese, and of course Soul Food, to name a few. I love going to new places and trying new twists on some of my favorites. My friends say that I am very…let’s say…passionate about my food. I’ve been accused of ‘making out’ with my food on occasion! ;-)

5. I love movies, theatre, opera, and ballet. I don’t get the opportunity to do the latter (3) as much as I would like, but hey…I guess that’s just more that I have to look forward to. I am absolutely sick that I wasn’t able to go to NYC for The Color Purple.

6. My dream and goal is to be an entrepreneur and to be able to provide a legacy for my children and their children’s children. (Although, at the moment, we’re only on child one, we’re hoping to expand sometime in the near future).

7. I am so Proud to have Sisterlocks! What a great network of people it allows me to be in touch with!

Next up??...Let's see...how about Chocolocs, Ama Alisa, Ree-C, Shaun, Roxy, Moosiko, and GIgirl! (I tried to find people who haven't recently given 'tagged' responses...my apologies if you've responded before. If you have, will you comment me a link to them? Thx!!

I'll be posting tomorrow as well...it will have pics included....;-)